A jet lag cure near? Qantas and researchers from the Charles Perkins Centre hope so!

Qantas passengers are set to benefit from a world first collaboration between the airline and one of Australia’s leading academic institutions to reshape the travel experience. I ventured to Sydney University to hear about the work that is about to be undertaken in order for feel better, pre, during and post any long haul fllying.

The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre will work with Qantas to help develop the airline’s new approach to long haul travel ahead of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights later this year. The centre brings together researchers across a variety of fields from nutrition to physical activity, sleep and complex systems modelling.

Qantas and the Charles Perkins Centre are looking at opportunities to involve some Qantas frequent flyers in trials that involve wearable technology in the measurement of existing biorhythms during travel, enabling future products to be developed and designed with the insight of robust data.

Professor Steve Simpson, Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, said the partnership is hugely exciting as it’s the first time there has been an integrated multidisciplinary collaboration between an airline and a university around in-flight health and well-being beyond medical emergency.

Source: Qantas

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week unveiled . . .

After the devastation of Cyclone Debbie, it was great to see Hamilton Island coming, beautifully, back to life.

Audi Australia hosted an intimate lunch for media and key VIP guests to celebrate the launch of 2017 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. The lunch was held at private house, La Piscine in Darling Point.

The VIP and media guest list included Audi Ambassador, Collette Dinnigan, Nicky Oatley, Edwina McCann, Kellie Hush, Nick Smith, Kerrie McCallum, Jimmy Niggles, Sheree Commerford and General Manager of Corporate Communications at Audi, Anna Burgdorf.

Guests were treated to a glass of Piper Heidsieck on arrival and enjoyed a bespoke menu by renowned chef, Andrew McConnell from Melbourne’s Cumulus Inc.

Anna Burgdorf opened the lunch with a short welcome speech to all guests and introduced Collette Dinnigan who will be returning to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week this year to curate a very special sunset fashion event.

The venue – an exquisite, private house in Darling Point had names like Collette Dinnigan (Audi Ambassador), Nicky Oatley (Hamilton Island Brand Manager), Anna Burgdorf (General Manager of Corporate Communications at Audi), Andrew McConnell, Jimmy Niggles and Sheree Commerford in the mix.

Other names included Vogue’s Edwina McCann, Harper’s Kellie Hush, Nick Smith, Delicious guru Kerrie McCallum and InStyle’s Emily Taylor.

Take a look at hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au for all the details . . . oh, and and to potentially sort out a trip to Hammo Island.

Skytrax Hat-trick For Etihad Airways First Class

Etihad Airways has once again been presented with three coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class, Best First Class Onboard Catering, and Best First Class Airline Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The event was held at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, as part of the bi-annual Paris Airshow

The prestigious World Airline Awards are widely considered to be a global benchmark of airline excellence. Winners are chosen based on the votes and findings of a ten month survey of over 19 million air travellers from 105 countries. The survey covers over 325 airlines, from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring quality standards for 41 KPIs across front-line product and service factors in the airport and onboard environments.

In recent years, Etihad Airways has won numerous accolades for its First Class service and cabin designs. This also marks the third time the airline has won all three First Class award categories at the World Airline Awards.

Etihad Airways’ three-class configured longhaul fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A330/A340 family aircraft also feature private First Class suites, with Poltrona Frau leather seating and cutting-edge features and amenities.

Edward Plaisted, Chief Executive Officer of Skytrax, said: “Etihad Airways continues to be a market leader in first class air travel, illustrated by their excellent performance in this First Class section of the awards. It is a remarkable display of consistency to yet again secure this very prestigious set of awards and we congratulate them on this achievement.”

Source: Etihad

Sephora to Launch Ninth Australian Store at Macarthur Square

SEPHORA Australia will open their fifth New South Wales store at Macarthur Square tomorrow, 22nd June 2017 as part of the centres $240 million redevelopment.

As SEPHORA’s second store opening this year, the global cosmetics retailer (owned by LVMH) welcomes the new Macarthur location as the ninth across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, contributing to the global beauty giants 2,500 stores worldwide.

Libby Amelia, Country Manager of SEPHORA Australia, said SEPHORA is thrilled to be a part of Macarthur Square’s redevelopment plans.

“Launching our fifth store in NSW is such an exciting venture for SEPHORA Australia.

After such a great reception for our four Sydney stores (Pitt St, Broadway, Macquarie and Warringah), it is clear that there is huge demand for SEPHORA’s exclusive brand offering in NSW.

Naturally we are thrilled to be able to offer our south west Sydney customers the opportunity to experience the wonderful world of SEPHORA, right on their doorstep at Macarthur Square”, said Amelia.

Following its recent $240 million redevelopment, Macarthur Square is the largest shopping destination in south west Sydney.

Macarthur Square Centre Manager, Pedro Araujo is excited to welcome SEPHORA to their expansive retail list.

“We are thrilled SEPHORA will be opening their doors to our customers in June.

SEPHORA is an exciting addition to the new retail experiences at Macarthur Square and further cements our position as the number one place to shop in south west Sydney,” said Mr Araujo.

The Macarthur store will bring south west Sydney beauty lovers SEPHORA’s most sought after brands Tarte, Anastasia, Kat Von D, Beauty Blender and Marc Jacobs Beauty, alongside exciting new products from Blithe, Murad, Tarte Skincare and Sephora Collection.

Incorporating direct-from-the-US fixtures such as the Benefit Brow Bar and SEPHORA Beauty Studio, customers will have the opportunity to have exclusive, one-on-one access to SEPHORA’s beauty experts as part of the complimentary and redeemable paid service offering.

Source: Sephora

Max Mara Celebrates Wool Week in Sydney

Max Mara celebrated the launch of the Max Mara Woolmark capsule collection, which was unveiled for the first time in Australia during Wool Week.

Held at the Max Mara Boutique in the heart of the Westfield CBD precinct, notable guests that attended the cocktail reception included Kate Waterhouse, Elyse Taylor, Kaitlyn Ham and Tash Sefton.

Celebrating the inherent, natural benefits and innovative properties of Australian Merino wool, Max Mara has cleverly incorporated Wool Denim into its wool-rich AW17 range, offering consumers a luxury alternative to traditional denim apparel.

Max Mara has utilised innovative 100% Wool Denim fabrics that replicate the look and style of traditional denim, but have added benefits thanks to the natural qualities of Merino wool, including increased softness and warmth, along with its ability to resist wrinkles.

Max Mara has always chosen Merino wool as the fibre of excellence for its collections and this season has pushed the boundaries on the traditional uses of wool – such as fine tailoring, heavy coats and knitwear – to showcase a different approach for the fibre and celebrate its innate versatility.

“We are very pleased to have Max Mara showcasing Merino wool at its finest,” explains The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough.

“Merino wool is a luxurious, innovative, natural fibre and Max Mara’s latest Autumn/Winter collection highlights wool’s modernity and global relevance in high-end fashion”.

Source: Max Mara & Woolmark