Wool: This is how fashion history is made

Selected from more than 300 applicants representing 46 countries, this year’s International Woolmark Prize finalists demonstrate the growing diversity of the global fashion industry and show promise in their commitment to sustainable practices.

High profile editors, industry influencers and some of the world’s best retailers form the judging panel of this year’s International Woolmark Prize, tasked with selecting the menswear, womenswear and innovation award winners.

From water-resistant outerwear to wool denim, the 12 finalists of the 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize not only show the breadth of wool’s applications, but actively push its existing boundaries, too. Here, a preview of their innovations.

With a hall of fame including Valentino Garavani, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, the International Woolmark prize is a veritable lesson on the course of fashion and connects an astonishing list of industry legends, both past and present, with the wool fibre.

General Chao restaurant opens in Chatswood

It’s the spicy, umami, seafood sauce from Hong Kong that packs a punch. 

Now XO sauce, the Asian condiment made from premium dried scallop, chilli, garlic and onion that global foodies obsess over will be elevated from a side to centre stage at Chatswood’s soon-to-open General Chao.

The brand new Modern Australian Asian restaurant will bring a new level of premium hospitality to the lower north shore when its doors officially open in District Dining at Chatswood Interchange on February 13.   With high end dining districts popping up in central pedestrian hubs across the globe, General Chao is set to become a leader in this space for Australia.

Inspired by the diverse flavours and rich tapestry of modern Asian cuisine, General Chao will offer Sydneysiders and visitors alike an unforgettable modern Australian-Asian sensory journey.

With a rich fine dining background, Head Chef & General Manager Son Sewoo (The Sovereign Room) has crafted a diverse and approachable menu featuring the finest fresh Australian produce such as Spencer Gulf prawns, Queensland mud crab, Valenca free range pork, Jack’s Creek Wagyu and bio dynamic lamb.

His contemporary take will offer the perfect blend of Australian-Asian cuisine with culinary creations including sushimi grade Hiramasa Kingfish, Jasmine Tea Smoked Duck Dumplings, 24hr Braised Pork Belly in Masterstock and General Chao’s modern take on the classic Prawn Toast.

“A highlight of the menu, our special house-made XO sauces featuring abalone, truffle and gold leaf, is the most decedent XO sauce range in Australia, and the perfect accompaniment to any Asian meal that will take diners from the traditional to the luxurious,” Sewoo said.

Multi-award winning mixologist Michael Chiem (PS40) has handcrafted an inspired cocktail list, guaranteed to get any party started and fuel guests long into the night. Try the Barely There Spritz, Mandarin Oriental or Bloody Navy or share the signature XO Cobbler with Plantation XO sauce, Oloroso Sherry and bitters.

The restaurant’s extensive premium wine and champagne cellar represents varietals from Australia and New Zealand’s leading wineries and regions, including Seppelt from Great Western Victoria, Chaffey Bros from the Barossa Valley and Church Road from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand, all of which have been meticulously selected and paired with dishes.

General Chao’s relaxed up-beat atmosphere will provide a versatile setting for a range of engagements, whatever the occasion from a quick mid-week lunch to a corporate event, after-work drink to a cosy table for two.

Completely refurbished, the 187-seat restaurant will feature an open kitchen, neon signs, an Instagram worthy XO display and two private dining rooms for that extra special group celebration.

Source: General Chao

Qantas unveils design of new first class lounge in Singapore using virtual reality

Qantas is using virtual reality (VR) in the development of its new First Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport, which is set to open at the end of 2019.

Industrial designer David Caon and his team have created an immersive virtual reality representation of the design concept, providing a better way for Qantas to preview and fine tune lounges. A similar approach is being used for the airline’s upgrade of its A380 cabins.

Qantas is working with David Caon in collaboration with Akin Atelier, to build a First Lounge for 240 customers, offering a luxurious design and premium dining inspired by Singapore’s vibrant culture. The new lounge is being designed to suit transit travellers with shower facilities, a la carte dining including an open kitchen, a cocktail bar and plenty of device charging stations.

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said VR gives the airline a completely new way to make sure a lounge meets customer needs well before the build begins.

“While we already use VR technology to promote destinations, this is the first time we have used it to better understand a lounge design. Being able to immerse ourselves in a virtual lounge gives us a more accurate sense of space and an understanding of how it will look to scale,” said Ms Webster.

“We know Qantas customers like to dine in the lounge to maximise sleep onboard, so the layout will offer generous and comfortable seating options, ideal for eating, working or relaxing.”

“As Qantas’ largest hub outside of Australia, Singapore is an extremely important part of our network. There is strong demand for travel in premium cabins to Singapore and we are looking forward to complementing the First class experience with a new lounge.”

Unveiling detail of the interiors today, designer David Caon said a neutral colour palette, luxurious materials and leafy green highlights will make customers feel relaxed as soon as they enter the lounge.

“The interiors achieve a synergy with other Qantas First Lounges on the network, using key materials like marble and oak from the Sydney flagship lounge, combined with finishes reflecting the lively culture of Singapore,” said Mr Caon.

“With a continued focus on wellness, we’ll be looking at including the latest advances in light technology, allowing passengers to better synchronise their body clocks with future time zones.

David Caon said using Virtual Reality has revolutionised the design process between designer and client.

“Virtual reality brings the 2D drawings and photos to life, and for this project in particular, it has sped up the consultation process between our design team and Qantas,” said Mr Caon.

The Qantas First Lounge in Singapore is expected to open in late 2019, while the existing Business Lounge will be expanded and is due to open mid-year. The overall lounge capacity in Singapore will increase by 60 percent, and combined, the First and Business Lounges will offer seating for more than 800 customers.

Qantas operates over 50 return services in to and out of Changi Airport each week, making it one of the largest foreign airlines to operate out of the Singapore airport. From Singapore, Jetstar Group operates 298 weekly return flights to 26 destinations.

In addition to Qantas’ investment in Singapore, the airline recently announced it will upgrade its lounges in Tokyo, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart.

David Caon said using Virtual Reality has revolutionised the design process between designer and client.

“Virtual reality brings the 2D drawings and photos to life, and for this project in particular, it has sped up the consultation process between our design team and Qantas,” said Mr Caon.

Source: Qantas 

LANCÔME: Discover the new Absolue Soft Cream

Discover Lancomes’ New Absolue Soft Cream range. Establish Absolue’s rose biotech expertise via Grand Rose extracts, the one legendary ingredient.

The star cream Absolue Soft cream features a cutting edge formula combining exceptional efficacy and ultimate sensoriality: the TTT texture.

The entire range in a new premium packaging. A modern renovation with refills demonstrating luxury with conscience.

Absolue Soft cream   RRP $400  (Refill RRP $340)

Absolue rich cream    RRP $420 (Refill RRP $360)

Absolue Oleo Serum  RRP $330

Source: Lancome

A new direction for fashion label LOVER featuring Sarah Ellen and Yan Yan Chan

Fittingly on Valentines Day, the annual celebration for lovers, LOVER has launched the first in a series of initiatives that will define the new direction for the label.

In celebration of Valentines Day LOVER have collaborated with photographer Nick Tsindos on a video series titled “LOVER for lovers”. The videos feature four influencer couples including Sarah Ellen with partner Caleb Jackson, Yan Yan Chan with boyfriend Nathan Jolliffe and model Angela Yu with girlfriend Emma Boseley. Nick also features in the campaign alongside his girlfriend Mimi Elashiry.

Inspired by the famous line spoken by Lady McBeth “Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it”, and filmed in voyueristyic style, the videos capture an intimate moment with each of the lovers, in play and in passion.

The video series will launch the LOVER Autumn/Winter 2019 collection. Titled Liberty, the collection is inspired by the renewed wave of female empowerment ushered by the Time’s Up movement. This is translated in 1970’s inspired floral prints and voluminous silhouettes that float around the body and create space for taking big steps.

Hotsprings CEO Joanne Goldman says “Hotsprings acquired LOVER in 2017 with the intention of reviving the cult of LOVER globally. The past 14 months has been spent behind the scenes, realigning design, production, marketing and the retail offer in preparation for the next era for this iconic Australian brand. This is the first campaign for the new LOVER. We want to push the boundaries and explore modern love and romance”.

Concurrent with the launch of the new-look LOVER, co-Founders Susien Chong and Nic Briand will depart the label in late March. Joanne Goldman said “Nic and Susien created a much-loved fashion label. We are grateful for their passion and creativity, as well as their collaboration over the past 14 months. A new era for LOVER will now start and we are extremely confident in the future success of this iconic Australian brand. We look forward to making announcements in the near future”.

Born from the paradox of two paramours, LOVER is a celebration of two people with two different aesthetics, a beauty in the differences. The brand brings together an innocence of spirit against a technical savoir-faire, the romantic and the ethereal, versus the dark and irreverent to create considered detailing, feminine silhouettes and precision tailoring. LOVER is worn by enigmatic women worldwide including Alexa Chung, Miranda Kerr and Beyonce.

Lover is owned by Hotsprings, an Australia-based, family-owned fashion conglomerate based in Sydney. Hotsprings’ stable of Australian fashion brands includes P.E. Nation, Rebecca Vallance, Cooper St Clothing, Vestire and Jasmine and Will.

Source: Lover