VEJA x Lemaire sneakers - love them!

Sitting next to each other at a Greenpeace dinner, Sebastian Kopp of Veja and Christophe Lemaire formed the idea of a sneaker – uniting the cool of Veja and exclusivity of Lemaire.

Dropping in two different styles – a 3D-knitted recycled plastic aqua shoe and an Italian army inspired vintage model.

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Longines Golden Slipper ambassadors, Sam Margin & Rosie Tupper

Swiss watchmaker Longines has welcomed Longines Golden Slipper ambassadors, The Rubens frontman, Sam Margin and his international model wife, Rosie Tupper.

The couple will attend Sydney’s pinnacle racing event, Longines Golden Slipper Day on Saturday 23 March at Rosehill Gardens, where the finest two-year-old thoroughbreds will vie for the coveted title. The Swiss watch brand is proud to mark its six years as the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival.

Godolphin filly, Tenley, is the favourite to win the coveted Group 1 accolade and the 2018 Longines World’s Best Racehorse, Winx, is expected to take centre stage in the Group 1 The Agency George Ryder Stakes. Off the track, Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will headline a live concert after the last race.

“We are delighted to have celebrities like Rosie Tupper and Sam Margin embodying Longines’ long-standing motto “Elegance is an attitude”, as we will celebrate later this year the 20-year milestone of the brand campaign,” said Mr. Walter von Känel, Longines President.

The pair will lead the style stakes by judging the Longines Prize for Elegance, where they will select the most elegant female racegoers of the day, with the winner announced at a special presentation on course. The lucky lady will be awarded a timepiece from the Longines DolceVita Collection. Since its inception, this line has illustrated contemporary elegance of the Longines brand worldwide and is inspired by the “Dolce Vita,” paying homage to the sweetness of life.

“Working in the modelling and fashion industry, I’ve always had a keen eye for style and elegance. I’m looking forward to seeing the ladies expressing themselves in bright colours, whilst also bringing the glamour that Longines Golden Slipper is famous for,” said Longines Golden Slipper Ambassador, Rosie Tupper.

“When Rosie and I started dating, I bought her a vintage Longines watch as a gift – we both have a special connection to Longines,” said Longines Golden Slipper Ambassador and The Rubens lead singer, Sam Margin.

Longines supports horse racing globally and has been associated with equestrian events for a century and a half. These partnerships reflect Longines’ intrinsic values of Tradition, Elegance and Performance.

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Sherman Centre for Culture Fashion Hub 5-14 April 2019 - Countdown & Programme Highlights

Founder, Executive and Artistic Director for Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), Dr Gene Sherman AM will present the SCCI Fashion Hub for 2019, following a sell out debut in 2018. The success of the first year for SCCI marked a significant milestone in the growing influence of the not-for-profit Foundation that aims to educate and inspire through thought provoking Fashion and Architecture events.

The SCCI Fashion Hub 2019 programme includes over 40 stimulating seminars, workshops, symposia, films and teen’s events featuring a beautifully curated line up of local and international guests over 10 days at SCCI, Museum of Sydney, Sydney Living Museums, UTS, AFTRS and the Sydney Jewish Museum.

“SCCI Fashion Hub 2019 aims to deepen and expand upon the previously explored fashion thématique, as well as introducing new fields of inquiry. In the 2019 iteration, additional historical periods will be explored. Geographical spread will be amplified,” Dr Gene Sherman says.

Five headlining international speakers will investigate the transformation of contemporary fashion across geographic and ideological borders. Spanning four continents the keynotes for SCCI Fashion Hub 2019 are established fashion stalwarts.

The opening launch event on Friday 5 April will feature a keynote address by Angelica Cheung, Editor-In-Chief, Vogue China.

From global leaders to Australian household names SCCI explores both the positive and negative views shaping fashion in its evolving complexity.

Fashion Words gathers the brightest minds in fashion media with Edwina McCann Vogue Australia, Angelica Cheung Vogue China, Glynis Traill-Nash The Australian and Sammy Preston Urban List, together with Sydney’s most insightful literary and fashion critics covering topics including Fashioning Protest with Ollie Henderson (House of Riot). Saturday 6 April.

Jewish Fashion Stories travels from Vienna to Sydney, Weimar to Hobart, to explore the impact of Jewish émigrés in developing Australia’s fashion credentials with author Tim Bonyhady, Dr Peter McNeil and Jonathan C.Kaplan. Sunday 7 April.

Art and Fashion gathers leading Australian contemporary artists, sculptors, photographers, writers and jewelry designers including Alex Seton, Gerwyn Davies, Benja Harney with Alison Kubler (VAULT), Michael Zavros (Bulgari Award-winning Artist) and creative couple in conversation Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy (Dinosaur Designs) to explore how artists have enlivened history of fashion and continue to shape its future. Tuesday 9 April.

Two teen workshops titled Fashion-Forward Teens with fashion illustrator Leo Greenfield and Make Up Artist Emma-Lee Court invites tomorrow’s fashionistas to explore the creativity, fun and techniques of fashion illustration and stage makeup. Sunday 14 April.

2019 Fashion Hub is presented in collaboration with four venues: Sydney Living Museums, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the Sydney Jewish Museum. Explore the full programme at

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Vivid Sydney 2019 Program Launch

Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events.

Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer – Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific.

“This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.”

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy.

“It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local – Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.”

Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event.

“This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said.

This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres.

In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette.

Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae.

Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars through KA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era.

Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019.

On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation.

In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel.

Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives.

This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology.

Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging – including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity.

Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress.

Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’s Carriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat.

The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record.

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Individual Traveller Sri Lanka Solo Tour For Men And Women 55+

Individual Traveller has announced an exclusive Sri Lanka Solo Tour for Men and Women 55+ inviting participants to ‘Travel where you’ve never been with friends you’ve never met!’.

The fully-escorted 12-night/13-day tour showcasing intoxicating Sri Lanka and visiting fascinating cities and regions including Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy and Galle, is being hosted from 9 – 21 September 2019.

As with all Individual Traveller-operated itineraries, this Sri Lankan tour will focus on providing solo travellers with the opportunity to share their holiday experience with likeminded people in a safe and welcoming environment.

Individual Traveller was created for people who travel on their own for whatever reason. The tours have been specifically designed to ensure that travelling solo does not mean travelling alone.

Individual Traveller’s Sri Lanka Solo Tour for Men and Women 55+ is priced AUD9799 per person and includes:

  • 12 nights in a double room for single use (4-star quality hotels)
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 dinners
  • English speaking guides throughout
  • Transfers
  • All entrance fees
  • Open bar at hotel 5.30 – 6.30pm each evening to mingle with other travellers
  • Porterage
  • 24-hour assistance during the entire trip

SriLankan Airlines is currently offering return airfares from Melbourne to Sri Lanka from $982 in Economy Class and $3580 in Business Class (including taxes).

Individual Traveller Managing Director and Creator, Liz Young, has welcomed Sri Lanka to the product range, saying “We’ve had a lot of interest from our clients about Sri Lanka and we’re very proud of this particular tour”.

“Not only will people get to see the magic of this wonderful country in style but they’ll be able to share their experience with others. The response we’ve had to our other solo tours has been enormous and Sri Lanka is just as popular,” Ms Young said.

Source: Individual Traveller