Megan Hess: the illustrator's chic take on the Pacific Eden high seas

Australian illustrator Megan Hess has returned from her first P&O cruise with some chic sketches of Pacific Eden –  and fond memories of a family holiday island-hopping across the South Pacific.

Onboard as P&O’s guest, Megan captured the stylish spaces of the latest ship with her signature flair – including a beautiful illustration of the resort-style Lido pool area.

Megan became known after illustrating Candace Bushnell’s best-selling novel Sex in the City in 2008, and has gone on to work with some of the most prestigious fashion designers and luxury brands around the world.

Stairway to snow heaven: Aspen is everything you would expect it to be. . .

Have spent the last few days on a fantastic ‘media famil’ – basically a totally organised trip hosted, usually by an airline and the destination tourism company, to where you are invited. In this case, Australian airline Qantas and the crew from Aspen Snowmass got together a small gang of travel writers and commentators and have taken us on the most extraordinary culinary and snow journey at possibly the best time of the year – there is snow, I’m getting my ski legs, we are eating like demons and all up, having the most brilliant time.
Hearing about the history of the town of Aspen was interesting – it made its fortune from silver mining – and has certainly had his financial ups and downs over the last over few hundred years. Yes, it’s glamorous, full of the monied and not so monied and yes, it can be expensive, but within all of that, it hasn’t lost a very calm and village-like atmosphere.

You don’t feel like you NEED to get dressed up to the nines every time you walk out the door. Which is a GREAT thing!

After one Night in Los Angeles staying at the London hotel – seriously this is THE place to go – we arrived in Aspen & stayed at a great hotel called The Limelight, very affordable and in a great end of Aspen and right opposite a brilliant park that even has rugby union poles. Work that out!

We’ve been to the ski slope called Buttermilk, there is Highlands there is Aspen mountain and there is Snowmass. There is a veritable feast of snow Mountains and brilliant ski slopes. But the piece to resistance, so far, is staying at what I perceived as the best ski hotel in the world – The Little Nell. If there is such thing as a seven star hotel this is it. It’s attention to detail, just the way you walk in and every single staff member Is just genuinely nice to you makes experience just extraordinary.

With our room looking over the pool, hot tub and the Silver Queen gondola which takes skiiers up Aspen mountain, we are loving every minute.

I have my son with me who at 14 is lapping up his ski experiences – and nailing it!

Anyway here are a few pics. Hope you enjoy it and I’ll keep you posted!

*Melissa is a guest of Qantas and Aspen Snowmass for the first few amazing days of her trip before she takes some ‘real’ holiday time! Oh, & she has paid for her son holiday.

‘Bad-boy’ of fashion Jean Paul Gaultier to dazzle on Target Runway at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

Target Australia has today announced its latest Designer for Target collaborator, Jean Paul Gaultier, will take centre stage at its Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) runway show on Wednesday 9 March, 2016.


Jean Paul Gaultier himself will also attend the Target Bourke Street Melbourne store on Thursday 10 March, 2016 to celebrate the arrival of the collection landing in selected Target stores and online.


The runway show – led by the iconic fashion designer himself – will be the first time Australian consumers will see Gaultier’s exclusive ‘Jean Paul Gaultier for Target’ collection up close; which includes over 100 pieces of women’s, men’s, kid’s and infant clothing as well as a large collection of homewares.

Jean Paul Gaultier for Target - Target Australia

According to Mr. Gaultier, he’s thrilled to be able to launch the collaboration in one of his favourite fashion cities.


“Each and every time I visit Australia, I fall in love with the local culture and attitude towards fashion, and continually find inspiration in my surroundings. The laid-back street-style and design ethos of Australians is refreshing – I love that there are fewer rules, and Melbournians in particular embrace diversity,” Mr. Gaultier said.

“I’m so proud of this collaboration and I’m excited to see Australia’s reaction. Target is all about providing quality fashion that’s accessible and it’s rewarding for me to make my designs and fashion ethos accessible to so many more consumers.”


The Jean Paul Gaultier for Target collection is the latest partnership to be announced in the retailer’s ‘Designers for Target’ program, which has seen Target partner with leading local and international designers including Dion Lee, Dannii Minogue, Missoni and Stella McCartney.


Stuart Machin, Managing Director Target Australia, says the company is thrilled to bring Jean Paul Gaultier to Australia to celebrate this partnership and showcase Target’s latest collaboration in its VAMFF runway.


“At Target, we’re continually looking for new ways to offer higher quality and on-trend fashion, at a lower price to our customers. We’re extremely excited to partner with Jean Paul Gaultier for a fun and eccentric range that will provide his iconic and quirky designs at a fraction of the price; making his amazing designs accessible to more people,” he said.


“The ‘Designers for Target’ program has drawn huge crowds in the past and a strong following from Australian shoppers and we’re confident that consumers will fall in love with the ‘Jean Paul Gaultier for Target’ range when they see it at VAMFF and when it lands in-store.”

Graeme Lewsey, CEO, VAMFF, says the Festival is privileged to host the showcase of ‘Jean Paul Gaultier for Target’ during its milestone year in 2016.


“For the Festival’s 20th incarnation, we are honoured to host the world exclusive launch of the ‘Jean Paul Gaultier for Target’ collection. Jean Paul Gaultier is a grand couturier and fashion legend, and the celebration of his remarkable collaboration with our valued partner Target Australia will certainly be a highlight of the 2016 program,” he said.


With pieces starting from just $10, the collection comprises over 100 products and will be available online at and in selected Target stores across Australia from 10 March, 2016.


Tickets to the ‘Jean Paul Gaultier for Target’ VAMFF runway followed by an entertaining Target runway go on sale on 14 January at


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Cate Blanchett oozes style, class & sensuality in Carol

I’ve just been to a screening in Sydney of a seriously brilliant movie, Carol.
The love between these two women in the 50s – one (Cate Blanchett) married with a small child, the other (Rooney Mara) a shop clerk & budding photographer – starts as a slow simmer – the looks, the gestures, the brushes of an arm – but explodes into one of the most exquisite & stylishly erotic, sensual & liberating of films.
Dare you not to come out of it feeling raw, emotional, and even more excited by the complexities & pure joy of true love.
Yes. I totally adored it!
Should score lots of awards as the season kicks into gear.
Carol opens in Australia January 14.

TOPSHOP has announced Karlie Kloss as the face of the Spring Summer 2016 campaign.

Seeing in the New Year with a true role model in today‘s technology-fuelled, socially networked world, TOPSHOP Spring Summer campaign sees Karlie Kloss model the collection in a series of images shot in New York by acclaimed photographer Tyrone Lebon and styled by TOPSHOP Creative Director, Kate Phelan. 

The campaign will feature in stores, across advertising, online and throughout social media channels worldwide. 

Kate Phelan, Creative Director, TOPSHOP comments: “It is thrilling to have Karlie back, eight years after her first modelling job and first TOPSHOP campaign alongside Jourdan Dunn. She is the ultimate TOPSHOP girl and modern super – a world-renowned fashion figure, businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who will resonate with our global customers through her many talents, ambitions and passions.”