Celebrities wearing CHANEL at the Serpentine Galleries Summer Party in London

The Summer Party took place in the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery to celebrate the Serpentine Pavilion 2018, which has been designed by the award-winning Mexican architect Frida Escobedo.

Following the success of last year’s collaboration between CHANEL and the Serpentine Galleries, which saw the pioneering art institution and iconic fashion house combine creative forces, the partnership has developed for 2018 to create a unique event celebrating free art and free thinking, and honouring the best in art and architecture in the heart of the city.

Leading figures from the worlds of international art, architecture, design, fashion, music, film and business came together to celebrate and raise funds for the Serpentine’s globally acclaimed exhibitions, architecture, education and live programmes.

In line with the creative vision of CHANEL and the Serpentine Galleries, guests experienced a truly immersive party, with live performances from Nile Rodgers and DJ Mimi Xu on a stage created by the acclaimed set designer Es Devlin, who has previously worked with both CHANEL and the Serpentine. Coco’s’ Restaurant offered a seated dining experience on the night, while award-winning interior designer Joyce Wang has created a bespoke ice-cream cart from which gelato had been served.

Guests included:
Christo, Nile Rodgers, Bianca Jagger, Charli XCX, Ciara Wilson, Charlotte Dellal, Ellie Goulding, Edie Campbell, IAMDDB, Es Devlin, Edward Enninful, Andrea Dellal, HRH Princess Eugenie of York, HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Natalie Dormer, Lady Kitty Spencer, Max Irons, Sandy Powell and Laura Jackson.

Source: Chanel

Meadowlark launched its new ceremonial line

Whether solemnizing a special occasion, symbolizing something powerful, or expressing commitment — to a lover or to yourself — CEREMONIAL is an elegant and distinguished range of jewellery, with an evergreen appeal.

This new offering from Meadowlark is antithetical to a bygone set of rules: who, what, and how something can be worn. Instead, a fundamental respect for the beholder’s individual needs and identities is kept at the forefront of the design and craft process.

Careful attention has been paid to ensure that the rings are comfortable, customisable and available in a wide range of sizes and price-points.

Five years after the brand’s first CEREMONIAL iteration the focus remains on providing an ever evolving selection of jewellery that befits unique expressions of love.

Photos by Chris Grundy

Source: Meadowlark

Romance Was Born to show during Paris Couture - Monday 2nd July

Romance Was Born will reveal its latest collection Step into Paradise during Haute Couture in Paris, with a runway show confirmed for 4pm on Monday 2nd July at Union Chrétienne de Jeunes Gens de Paris. This is the first time Romance Was Born will be showing internationally, having previously established itself as a regular addition to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia schedule.

The brand’s collections continue to find success with luxury department stories and wholesale partners internationally including David Jones, Bergdorfs, SAKS, Moda Operandi and Farfetch. Romance Was Born intends to continue its domestic momentum combined with international expansion, as well as collaborations and projects planned throughout the year.

Romance Was Born’s Pre Fall ’18 collection, Seven Wonders, is currently available online, and in stores worldwide.

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Levi's launches the first 24hr music mental health hotline

Support Act is delighted to announce the launch of its long-awaited Wellbeing Helpline, made possible with support from Alberts’ The Tony Foundation and Levi Strauss Australia.


“The launch of this service is in direct response to requests from our colleagues working in music to help improve overall mental health and wellbeing,” said Clive Miller, CEO Support Act. “Based on our consultations and research, we believe that a specialised service specifically tailored to the unique challenges faced by artists and music workers will be of enormous benefit to all people working in our industry.”

The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, will be staffed by professional counsellors* who will offer expertise in all areas related to mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety, addiction, suicidal ideation) as well as issues which can be mental health related (such as loneliness, relationship breakdown, financial worries, illness and workplace conflict).

The free and confidential service is available to anyone working in Australian music who needs to talk to someone about any aspect of their wellbeing. The service will also offer specific urgent support for people who may be a risk to themselves or others. It is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days per year by calling 1800 959 500 within Australia.

“We are thrilled to see this idea brought to fruition in less than 12 months under the dynamic leadership of Jo Caveand the team at Support Act,” said Emily Albert, Executive Officer at The Tony Foundation, which provided seed funding for the initiative. “We have gone from initial conversations at the BIGSOUND Mental Health Summit last September around how to best support wellbeing in the music industry, to the helpline being made available this week. Alberts is delighted to have been able to contribute to enabling this vision to become a reality and to making this much needed service available to people working across the music industry in Australia.”

Nicky Rowsell, Marketing Manager of Levi Strauss Australia & New Zealand, which has provided additional funding and expertise, added: “Levi’s is proud to be a part of such an important initiative that will see our local musicians and music industry workers receive Australia’s first mental health and well-being help line.

This is a critical first step in a longer journey that Levi’s is heavily invested in; to really give back to the music (and wider) creative community in a meaningful way that we hope will make a real difference. We look forward to continuing to work with SUPPORT ACT on breaking down stigma and raising awareness around mental health. If this work can help to save lives – then I think we all need to make it a priority to protect the future of the music industry itself.”

To access the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline please call 1800 959 500 within Australia. Enquiries can also be made at www.supportact.org.au.

Source: Support Act

Tahiti sounds (very) nice . . .

Tahiti Tourisme has announced the launch of a dedicated portal for guesthouses across the Islands of Tahiti, providing travelers with not only alternate accommodation options but also the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in Tahitian culture.

The portal provides a comprehensive listing of guesthouses across the Islands, with the ability to search by location and to take a peek inside an array of homes that could be where you lay your head next, plus facilitating direct contact with the property. From stunning multi-family lodges to basic beach bungalows for two, the range of guesthouses creates a wealth of alternate accommodation options.

Already well regarded as a luxury destination, Tahiti’s lesser known guesthouses – or pensions – make for a very affordable holiday and the most perfect embodiment of local hospitality you could ask for. As most guesthouses are usually traditional Polynesian fare in locations that are not yet too well known, the surrounds are often incredibly scenic and staying in this style of accommodation not only opens the door to authentic Tahitian hospitality, but also parts of the islands that travellers may not otherwise venture to.

Staying in a small family-run guesthouse is an opportunity for total immersion in the daily life of a Polynesian family, and in addition to the home-stay-style accommodation, hosts provide the opportunity to share, see, understand, feel and experience life in the islands as if you were a family member returning home. Examples of shared activities include fishing in the lagoon with your hosts; discovering local products and cuisine, or hiking the mountains with the family’s children in search of waterfalls and pools to swim in.

Different styles of guesthouses can be found on almost all of the Islands, and cater to the needs of tourists looking for something other than a resort. Bed and breakfast guesthouses include furnished rooms or bungalows (four rooms at most) that are located adjacent to the family home, and come equipped with private or shared bathrooms.

The overnight stay includes breakfast served in your room or in a common area, which could be the family dining room. Farés or “family residences” are guesthouses that include furnished bungalows (nine units at most), located near the family home and are equipped with private bathrooms and facilities for cooking and relaxing. They have a front desk, a common area reserved to guests and, if desired, they will provide daily housekeeping.

The welcoming and spontaneous warmth of a Polynesian family synonymous with a guesthouse stay is a unique experience that combines tourism in search of authenticity with friendliness, quiet and intimacy, discovery and open space. Staying in a guesthouse is also a way to play a role in safeguarding and protecting local heritage and the environment.

And far from an expensive holiday, you may find yourself budgeting to stay forever! (Well, at least a few more days than you initially planned.)

Source: Tahiti Tourisme