Too scared to take it off, it's jewellery I've even slept in: LK and Crown gear up for Melbourne Cup madness . . .


You now how to read about red carpet regulars 'borrowing' jewels before they rave all about them on various Style Squad and Fashion Police awards wraps?

Well, when I have EVER been fortunate enough to be afforded that opportunity when I am  shooting for media stories, I've actually slept in them. And nothing else. I've put them under a pillow; clipped them (somehow) on a PJs pocket or stayed (much) of the night making sure (yes, yes there is usually a safe in a smart hotel room) bit then I still worry that will be broken into. Mad, I know.

So, I was more than excited to see the offering for Victoria’s 2012 Spring Racing Carnival from the LK Boutique in Melbourne, who will host an exquisite pop-up Emporium at CROWN from now until November 11th, capturing all the refined elegance of the horse season.


The month long event recalls a bygone era when sourcing timeless jewellery and stunning millinery to complement a race day outfit was an essential and fun highlight  of Melbourne’s style calendar.

A unique shopping experience, it will allow visitors to discover the best ways to style their accessories according to their race day outfits during a personalised styling session with fashion experts such as celebrity milliner, Richard Nylon.

Focusing on the Victorian era of racing, but with a Mad Hatter’s twist, the design of LK Boutique’s pop-up store will be delightfully eccentric.
Swathed in a harlequin pattern with pink highlights, a gold arched trellis and stunning floral display will entice CROWN guests, LK Boutique VIPs and the general pubic through a giant keyhole on the front door into a topsy-turvy wonderland.

Inside, furniture will perch on the ceiling, grass will grow on the floor and walls leading to a sideways tea party. LK Boutique’s exquisite range of handpicked jewellery will be beautifully displayed in delicate china teacups and teapots. Adding to the anticipation exclusive, high-end brands Pasquale Bruni and Giovanni Ferraris will be amongst the selection of unique pieces on offer in the emporium.


Hatboxes and old fashion hat stands will feature quintessential Richard Nylon couture headwear, designed specifically for LK Boutique’s event. Using a range of self-taught techniques, Nylon’s original pieces are hand-manipulated wearable art – sculptural creations of innovative design and imagination. His designs are extraordinary, blurring the line between fashion and art.

Sponsor, Hendrick’s Gin will provide liquid refreshments served up in gorgeous branded teacups. The brand is a perfect match for the pop up event, conveying as it does all the refinement and exquisite taste of the Victorian style.  Get down and have a look . . I certainly will . . and if I am lucky enough will get to sleep in some . . .


Jennifer Lopez: now we know why she is glowing...


In the big wide world of 'branding', so many celebrities and performers have really embraced the perfume market to 'up' brand awareness.

Enter, Jennifer Lopez, who ten years ago had a #1 album, #1 movie, and #1 fragrance. and Today her 'Glowing' scent celebrates ten years and is, again, unveiled in Australian stores.


Today, J-Lo remains one of the hottest talents of our time. A reigning diva, her star power commanding legions of devoted followers. She is on top of the charts. All over the media. All over the world.

In an olfactory sense, Glowing by JLo is a 'Floral Woody Amber' that embodies the aura of Jennifer in her most flawless form: modern, sexy, wet skin. Sounds mighty sexy when you put it like that . .  .

Inspired by her favorite candle, the fragrance opens with a sophisticated blend of florals and citrus fruits that reflect Jennifer’s bright persona, then a luxurious drydown of deep musk, vanilla, and sandalwood leave a trace of her signature sexiness. The perfume ' notes' include Bergamot, Mandarin, Cypress, Orange Flower, Muguet des Bois, Cassia Flower, Sandalwood, Amber Sultan, Vanilla, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cashmere Musk. Mmmm, busy scent indeed.


There is a new illuminating fragrance bottle: a simple cylindrical shape with deep-cut vertical glass facets. The Glowing by JLo bottle was inspired by the lines of Baccarat crystal. The crystal lines create the perfect backdrop for an innovative dance of reflective lights: When the atomizer is pressed, the bottle beautifully illuminates for 15 seconds.

The Glowing by JLo carton is a shiny silver box with hits of a nude wash of color on all sides and an image of the illuminated bottle appears on the back panel. The Glowing by JLo logo is stamped in a deep purple. A 'Coty' scent, it's priced from $45 an up to $85 for the Eau de Parfum, all available from today.

Watch a bit more J-Lo action . . .

Find me on twitter @melissahoyer


How the J'Aton wedding dress of Jodi Gordon came to life . . .



The designing pair behind the Melbourne based J'aton fashion house, Jacob and Anthony, share with Melissa Hoyer, the history of the making the wedding dress for actress Jodi Gordon, when she married footballer Braith Anaista in a ceremony in Bali.

Jodi, 27, and 30-year-old Braith spent 12 months planning their wedding, booking Villa Istana at Uluwatu and meticulously planning a spectacular white wedding above the dramatic white cliffs of Bali’s famous surf break.



There there were a handful of league stars, including Reni Maitua, Brett Finch, Willie Mason, Mitchell Pearce, Jake Friend, Aidan Guerra, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Nate Myles and his wife, Home And Away star Tessa James, all in guesr mode,m according the folk at Woman's Day, who covered the nuptials for hireklymg

The J'Aton duo designed the wedding dresses for Terry Biviano, Holly Valance, Rebecca Twigley and Delta Goodrem’s controversial gold statuesque dress from The Voice Finale.

Jodi’s ornate dress took 6 months and a total of 300 hours to create from start to finish with a team of 5 people working on the gown.

Diamond drop earrings and Jodi’s four-carat Nic Cerrone diamond engagement ring (based on the same design as Princess Diana’s famous ring) added an extra sparkle to match Jodi’s eyes.

A few words from J'Aton . . . .

  Dannii Minoque:  a fan of the J'aton duo. And vica-versa.

How long did it take to make?

We started 6 months before the wedding but all in all it took 300 hours to create from start to finish as it was all beaded and created on the premises here in Australia with a team of 5 people working on the gown.

When did Jodie first contact you and what was it she was specifically looking for?

Our first consultation was at our good friend Kelly Smythe’s place in Sydney as Kelly is Jodi’s Stylist and we have worked very closely with Kelly on numerous clients. From Kelly’s house we then continued at Ice Bergs as it was an all day/night consultation it was very fun, relaxed and personable as we are all close friends. It’s an incredibly rewarding part of the job when you get to work with mates and we are a great team.

Did she / you have any inspiration? 

The location was not decided on from the very beginning and this is very important to us when designing a gown as formality, climate, energy and mood play a very important role when designing a gown.  So initially it was just all about what Jodi’s loves, wants and desires were for her gown/wedding and what she felt suited her body best. The first consultation is pretty much about getting to know the client so with Jodi because we knew her well and her style the first consultation was also a mixture of getting to have a catch up and a drink as we all lead such incredibly busy lives and never get to really see one another. So it was the gang reuniting and getting to enjoy one another’s company but we did a lot of wedding talk in between as we were all so excited that Jodi was getting married, it was so very important to us and such an honour.

What materials were used and how much material (ie metres, bolts)

Fine silk muslin and organdie with Italian tulle, several French laces and vintage lace. Swarovski beads as well as vintage beads found on our European travels that were very old and rare finds.

What was the dress made of ?

- Bra Hooks: used to fasten the gown for a more modern minimalist look with a heavily corseted base constructed within the gown as Jodi loves corsetry.

- Lace: We used four French laces that we fully reworked into the gown as well as a vintage lace that we found in Paris that was over 80 years old.

We also had a special lace created from our best friend Zoe England it was like a webbing and fusing of silks that we designed in coral shapes to go with the beach side theme.
- Boning: Meters and meters of boning was used within the gown as it is something Jodi has always been fascinated and loves more than anything in a special gown.
- Cyrstals: Glass Swarovski pearls were used as well as some vintage pearls and Glass German droplet's that we found overseas. We had an array of little special finds and surprises within the beading. When it comes to vintage beads you can only find what you find and that is the beauty of vintage the fact that it is rare make it so precious and rare and it has its own history.


  Rebecca Twigley and husband, AFL footy player Chris Judd .. . 

What were the intricate details that made Jodie’s dress so unique and special?

The fact that we meshed together so many different laces and made it look as though it were one. That is something we really specialize in detail and incredibly subtle detail. We will go out of our way to hand sew the tinniest thread or lace detail if we connect and believe in a certain aspect of the designs necessity. It is painstaking and can take forever and is incredibly fine and delicate work but it’s what we are passionate about and it’s justified to us anyway and our clients as they respect and honour the workmanship.

We love also the fact that we all were obsessed with the dress being mat and not a sparkly number. It was not Jodi doing 'red carpet' so we didn’t want loud colours and drama as it had to be soft romantic and significant and that is what we love about the dress, that it had no bling factor to it. The dress for us had to have a sense of simplicity without just being plain and boring as Jodi did all along want a dream dress and not just something she could buy off the rack.



Kristy Hinze and Sportscraft: a perfect match . . .


Leading Australian lifestyle brand Sportscraft continues to strengthen its retail presence with the opening of a flagship store within the Westfield Bondi Junction centre. This store will be the first in Australia to have the cutting edge new shop fit out representing the brands fresh new direction.

In her role as Sportscraft Brand Ambassador, the delighful Kristy Hinze (above and who happens to a good pal) helped celebrate the opening of Sportscraft Westfield Bondi Junction at a store media event last night.

Daniel Bracken, Apparel Group CEO said “Our strategy for Sportscraft centers around creating broad customer appeal, this investment in the ‘look & feel’ and the in-store experience will help cement Sportscraft’s position as the leading Australian brand”.


The new store fit will provide customers with an exploratory retail experience combining elements of Sportscraft heritage to create a truly authentic feeling. Textured timbers paired with rustic features and elements of innovate design create a fun yet whimsical journey for shoppers.

This new look is a mixture of stylish, yet recognisable and timeless details.  It is traditional with modern; old with new; light with dark.

Further stores will be rolled out through 2013.