CONFIRMED: AFL Grand Final venue announced

Seven welcomes the AFL’s announcement that the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final will be played at the Gabba, and the show of support for Queensland and the key role it’s played in helping the competition navigate the many challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Seven also welcomes the decision to schedule the Grand Final in prime-time for the first time in the competition’s 123-year history, setting up an historic night that will be a fitting crescendo to a unique and captivating season.

“The Grand Final at the Gabba is the culmination of an incredible season of collaboration with the AFL. Together we’ve been able to deliver a top-quality broadcast schedule in a season like no other, and it’s a testament to the strength of our partnership that the fans have continued to see great footy throughout.”

– Seven CEO and Managing Director James Warburton

The AFL Finals will provide massive reach and engagement throughout October. Forecasting the BIG year on year audience increases throughout the Home and Away season continues.

The 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final will be running on the same day of the 100th Cox Plate Carnival – so expect big audiences all day, as the remote will be set on Seven from Sunrise.

Be part of history and the biggest night on television in 2020 – October 24!

Source: Seven


FASHION: AUSTRALIA'S FIRST VIRTUAL RUNWAY STRUTS OUT OF ADELAIDE

In a national first, Australian, bespoke label, ‘couture+love+madness’ has launched its new collection ‘La Mariée’ via a virtual runway.

In this strange and unprecedented time, where fashion parades and runways shows are off limits, the brand showcased its new 22-piece collection in a new way – using social media platforms such as Instagram and facebook.

The brainchild of internationally renowned designer, Cristina Tridente, this collection stays true to her mantra of bespoke pieces that all made in Australia.

Cristina found her love for fashion as a five-year-old, making outfits for Barbies.  She launched her label ‘couture+love+madness’ in 2011.

Since that time, she has dressed celebrities such as Charli XCX, The Veronicas, Dannii Minogue, Vera Blue and influencer Elle Fergusson and her collections have been showcased at international fashion weeks in USA and China.

Ms Tridente said: “With more people glued to their phones and social media it seemed logical to create a virtual runway that I could share digitally. And with restrictions on gatherings due to COVID 19, I really had no other choice but to take creativity in promoting to another level.”

“I formed a collaboration of world class creatives and engineered a way for both my brand their skills, services and products to reach an audience –  a brand new audience, larger than ever before.”

“We must move forward and reinvent the way fashion is expressed.To survive, thrive and inspire; we have imagined a runway for an intimate event that can be accessed via a phone or computer in fashion lovers own time, in any part of the world.”

The collection explores different ‘types’ of brides. modern, romantic, classical to name a few. Viewers are on a journey through the ages from sweeping ballgowns to short and playful silhouettes, appealing to a multitude of personalities.

Ms Tridente said: “I’m really excited about this new collection, for me, it embodies different personalities of past bridal clients we have worked with. I love the idea of creating something different for brides and having a variety of styles within the same collection to appeal to a broader audience”.

Set in the historic grounds of Ward Z, the former Glenside Hospital in Adelaide; viewers are invited to come along and explore a runway in a different way.

The collaborative team that Cristina pulled together includes Adelaide Fashion Festival favourites,  Meaghan Coles Photography, Studio Botanic,  event design, Mia Gambranis Creative Director, Filip With an F spinning tunes and models by Finesse Models Australia; the agency that discovered talents including Lily Nova and Akiima.

Hair and makeup was provided by the team from M&Co Style Bar, styling by Cristina Tridente and stylist Emma Riemersma with videography by Dylan Starczak.

The virtual runway video and photo gallery is now live at www.couturelovemadness.com.au

Source: Couture Love Madness


Pampered Pets Staycation & first ever Dog wedding at Langham, Sydney

The Langham, Sydney has partnered with Australian based charity, Pound Paws to launch a new curated Pampered Pets Staycation package.

In addition to a luxurious stay, this package will be supporting other cats and dogs around the country. For every staycation booked, $20 will go towards Pound Paws who provides a modern approach to the re-homing of pets in Australian pounds and rescue centres. They operate via an online search engine, which allows users to search for a pet in pounds and rescue centres across the country.

Shane Jolly, general manager of The Langham, Sydney says, “Since the pandemic hit Australia, animal charities have seen a 45 per cent increase in the adoptions of dogs and 20 per cent increase in cat adoptions. Now that guests are looking to spend their weekends away from their homes, it is only natural that they want to bring the whole family and that includes their pet on their staycations and we want to make sure that our guests have that option at The Langham.”

“We have specially designed this new Pampered Pets Staycation and work with Pound Paws to do our part to rescue more dogs and cats and have them go to good homes,” adds Jolly.

Guests and their pets will be welcomed by The Langham Service Stylist upon arrival.

Everything will be set up and prepared for the furry friends: a luxurious pet bed, two Langham bowls (one for water, one for supper,) a surprise pet gift bag full of goodies and a complimentary in-room Pet Afternoon Tea.

From $698 per night, this pawesome package includes:

• One night’s accommodation in a Deluxe City King room
• A complimentary Pet Afternoon Tea upon arrival
• Breakfast in bed for you and your pet
• Surprise pet gift bag
• Complimentary three-hour pet sitting.
• Complimentary valet parking

Owners will also receive a dedicated ‘Pet Room Service Menu’ featuring dishes made daily from fresh produce, free from onion, garlic and acids. ‘Lassie’s Favourite’ is a popular choice, as is ‘Rawesome’, an Angus beef tartare dish. Pet owners can also purchase pet gifts from The Langham’s specially curated Pet Gift Guide, which includes a plush Langham pink pet carrier, collars, leashes, pet bowls and more.

A pet-sitter and turn down service for doggy beds is also available. The concierge is also knowledgeable on pet friendly dining options within the vicinity of the hotel, offering a full program of activities for the whole “family.”

A series of add-on events and requests are also available to book with the specialised Pampered Pets Stylist, from celebrations, in-room photoshoots to a paw-dicures and facials for pets.

The Langham, Sydney has dedicated pet friendly guestrooms so that this extra special service does not impinge on the comfort of other guests.

The Langham, Sydney is the center of all celebrations and caters to the needs of all pet (dogs, cats, rabbits, birds) parties, from birthdays, baby showers to christenings.

To celebrate these new offerings, on Thursday August 27th, The Langham, Sydney hosted its first ever Dog Wedding between The Langham, Sydney’s Ambassador Dog, Muppy Puppy and his long-time girlfriend Boomer. It was filmed by The PuppyTime Show, where Muppy Puppy is the star of the show.

The Langham, Sydney is excited to be giving away one special Pampered Pets Staycation for two people and their pet. To enter, go to The Langham, Sydney’s Facebook or Instagram page. Australia has one of the highest ownership of pets in the world and The Langham, Sydney is proud to support all guests with pets to experience and indulge in a beautiful, luxurious staycation.

For more information on Pampered Pets Celebrations, call +61 (2) 9256 2222 or email tlsyd.rsvn@langhamhotels.com

Source: The Langham


SORAYA HENNESSY: Handcrafted Designer Bags for the Stylish and Chic

Soraya Hennessy inspired by the women who travel curiously, dress fiercely, and shop responsibly. The designer, Soraya Pena de Hennessy, set out to shed a positive light on her home country of Venezuela, and support the Wayuu artisan women.

Her mission is to share the craftsmanship of the Wayuu women with the world, ensuring that their culture is celebrated and remembered. In true artisanal spirit, the designer and her team work closely with the Wayuu women and favor the slow, handcrafted practices that foster respect for their heritage and create a positive outlook for the future.

Each bag is handwoven in the artist’s own home, and can take between 10-25 days to create depending on the complexity of the pattern.

Soraya Hennessy has been embraced by a number of retailers around the globe including, Moda Operandi, Shopbop, Bergdorf Goodman, Goop, Intermix, and Anthropologie. Additionally, her work has been featured in global fashion publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, People in Español, Marie Claire, and Grazia.

Source: Soraya Hennessy


The Tiffany Diamond makes it's 4th historic debut on Gal Gadot in the Kenneth Branagh film 'Death on the Nile’

The incomparable 128-carat Tiffany Diamond, made famous by Audrey Hepburn and last worn by Lady Gaga, will appear in the new 20th Century Studios daring mystery-thriller, “Death on the Nile,” based on Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel.

A recreation of The Tiffany Diamond is prominently featured at the center of the storyline, alongside other Tiffany designs worn throughout the film. “Death on the Nile” stars Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Kenneth Branagh, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hamer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, and Letitia Wright.

 “The Tiffany Diamond is a priceless symbol of the highest standards of virtuosity and craftsmanship at Tiffany, and rarely makes an appearance beyond its vault,” said Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer. “A central role in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel is deserving of our priceless diamond.”

The Tiffany Diamond, a rare fancy yellow diamond, was unearthed in 1877 as a 287.42-carat rough diamond from the Kimberley mines of South Africa and procured by Charles Lewis Tiffany. In 1878, the rough diamond was cut in Paris into a 128.54-carat cushion-shape brilliant with an unprecedented 82 facets, revealing thes stone’s extraordinary fire and beauty.

This October, Tiffany & Co. will promote the film in stores and across its digital platforms, highlighting Tiffany’s radiant yellow diamonds and the exceptional collections seen on screen. Select Tiffany stores will feature a “Death on the Nile” curation of diamond-intensive Tiffany jewelry reflecting looks from the film, including exquisite and one-of-a-kind high jewelry pieces, Tiffany & Co. Victoria and Schlumberger® designs.

In addition, store windows that capture the spirit of Christie’s thrilling mystery and feature jewelry from the film will be featured at the Tiffany Flagship Next Door in New York, the Beverly Hills boutique in Los Angeles, and the Old Bond Street location in London.

In “Death on the Nile,” Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, the stunning Tiffany Diamond, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement.

Learn more about the Tiffany Diamond and iconic Tiffany jewelry designs at Tiffany.com. Death on the Nile is in theatres October 23.

Source: Tiffany & Co.