‘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 target.com.au 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 www.ticketek.com.au/vamff.


For more information, visit www.target.com.au.

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.”

Enforcing dress codes at McDonald's are never going to happen. . .


Remember the huge drama that surrounded the Qantas decision to enforce a dress code in its airport lounges?

Personally I was — and still am — absolutely all for it. I mean, it’s not that difficult or even expensive to look neat and respectable when you are about to jump on a plane.

But attempting to enforce a dress code for a trip into that bastion of culinary excellence, the zero-Michelin star eatery chain McDonald’s is just ludicrous.

Seriously, we are talking casual takeaway food stores not chic restaurants like Neil Perry’s Rockpool or Matt Moran’s Aria.

Chances are, particularly at this holiday time of the year, patrons of Macca’s are zipping in, either on their way home from the beach, back to their holiday shack or purely because they can’t be bothered cooking at home.

Sure, I have never quite understood how people who are fortunate enough to own shoes can walk out of the house and into a shop or munchery without them on, but maybe that’s just me.

But for a Melbourne McDonald’s store (which is near a swimming pool, by the way) to try and enforce the rule “No shirt, no shoes, no service” is just not going to happen.

Even Macca’s own current advertising campaign features young, ripped guys in boardies and no shirts and some cool chicks in cropped tops, simply because that isMcDonald’s.

It is not a fancy pants restaurant where, out of respect for the food and the venue, you get dressed up to enhance the eating experience.

While new innovations like ‘Create Your Taste’ burgers, salads and ‘cleaner’ foods have been demanded by Macca’s customers, one thing that won’t ever change is what you have to wear in order to buy it.

With McDonald’s, it is what is, so why meddle with tradition?

Should we get ‘dressed’ to go to McDonalds? Continue the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @melissahoyer

This article was originally posted on news.com.au

Three girlfriends launch a brilliant (non-commercial) website for Christmas

Thursday, December 17, 2015 — OrphanChristmas.com is the brainchild of girlfriends Lara Ozdirik, Colleen McCutcheon and Juliet Potter, who created the website in full festive cheer to encourage people to open their hearts and doors to those in the community who may otherwise spend this time alone.
There are many who, for a multitude of reasons, don’t have a place to call home on Christmas Day; students, travellers, the elderly, neighbours and the homeless – and the Orphan Christmas website www.OrphanChristmas.com was created for them – and also for you – to post an open invite to your Christmas shindig.

Potter says, “My son’s illness as an outpatient of Randwick Children’s Hospital has meant we haven’t spent Christmas with our family in Queensland for years. As a result, each year we throw an ‘Orphan Christmas’ and it’s always been a blast meeting people and spending the day with new friends and sometimes complete strangers”.

For Colleen, who runs homewares website Gloria Linen and Home, the home and hearth is what Christmas is all about. “We started talking about how some aren’t able to spend this special day with their loved ones or with any other people at all. We wanted to create something that allowed them to do that. We couldn’t believe the url was available!”

For Lara, of European migrant stock who moved to Australia in the 1960’s, family is everything and the thought of being away from her extended family, daughter and two grandsons at Christmas is unthinkable. “I’m fortunate to be able to spend Christmas with my loved ones each year – but some people aren’t that lucky. The thought of anyone being alone at Christmas is heartbreaking so we decided to create a website that could work as a platform to connect everyone each year”.

The Real Spirit of Christmas

Orphan Christmas’ secondary focus is to raise money for charity, this is, after all, what the festive season is all about and the true spirit of Christmas. Chosen charities are The Wesley Mission, who do so much good in the community it is impossible to begin to list here, and A Touch of Goodness, who feed the homeless on Christmas Day and beyond.