Collette Dinnigan may have quit high-end fashion but affordable lingerie for everyone her latest project

Australian designer Collette Dinnigan is returning to what she does best, with her latest designs set to hit Target stores in September.

The exclusive lingerie collection, Collette Dinnigan Wild Hearts, is expected to be sellout hit for those wanting a designer piece without a designer price.

Lingerie was always Dinnigan’s first fashion love, long before she decided to pull up stumps on her signature fashion collection two years ago.

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, Dinnigan would create exquisite pieces of underwear that garnered an ever-wanting clientele.

She has now joined the Designers for Target stable, with Wild Hearts reflecting her distinguished design signature with the range featuring sophisticated, feminine pieces in intricate lace and delicate prints.

Dinnigan says it was a natural decision to partner with Target after their first successful collaboration in 2008. She has always been upfront about not wanting to remove herself entirely from the style world.

“I was thrilled at the opportunity to work with Target again; it is an iconic Australian brand, well-known for the calibre of their designer collaborations,’’ Dinnigan says.

“Lingerie is where I first started my career. When you love something you gravitate towards it, there is a natural affinity. I love lingerie.”

Target Managing Director, Stuart Machin said the retailer was equally excited by the partnership. “Collette Dinnigan’s reputation as one of Australia’s most successful designers has resonated with our customers over the years with past collaborations,’’ Mr Machin said.

“Her incredible talent is represented in this collection, offering affordable luxury for the modern woman. We love Collette Dinnigan’s creative vision, always appealing to the fashion conscious customer”.

The 60-piece collection will feature soft-cup feminine bras, underwear layered with lace in dove greys, blush pinks and black, as well as sexy, sheer camisoles and beautiful chemises echoing a vintage boudoir feel. The mixing of fabrics is synonymous with the Collette Dinnigan style — beautiful, feminine and sexy.

“My Wild Hearts collection is the epitome of everyday luxury, with a focus on comfort without compromising on style. The collection features washable fabrics with delicate lace and embroidery, allowing for luxurious everyday designs,” Dinnigan says.

The collection will see Dinnigan continue her association with Target as part of the successful ‘Designers for Target’ program, most recently with Collette Dinnigan for The Australian Ballet exclusive to Target.

Collette Dinnigan Wild Hearts be available in 172 Target stores nationally and online from September 24, 2015, with sizes ranging from 10B to 16DD and underwear from 8 to 16. Prices will start from an affordable $15 to $45.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au


How to make the perfect ham and cheese toastie

AUSTRALIA’S obsession with cooking shows and showing off what we consider our triumphant (and tragic) #foodporn pics on Instagram have become national pastimes.

So, instead of social media enthusiasts just showing off their culinary narcissism, there’s a worthy way to make your fancy-pants food post do something more than garner “likes” from friends and followers.

In somewhat perfect timing, Australia’s most respected French-born chef Guillaume Brahimi (well, July 14 is Bastille day) is the ambassador for this year’s #mealforameal campaign.

With two million Aussies reliant on food relief every year and 90 per cent of Australian food relief agencies not able to meet demand, Brahimi is calling on people who “share” their meals on Instagram to make a difference.

The #mealforameal initiative means that every time someone takes a photo of a meal and shares it on social media with that hashtag, main supporter Virgin Mobile will donate to OzHarvest, so they can deliver a real meal to a person in need.

So far, over 260,000 food pics have been turned into real meals, but this year organisers want to go bigger, even including your 3am kebab, your after-work pizza, your at-the-footy pie, a swish dine-out meal, or a sandwich at your desk Insta post.

Brahimi stars in the warm and fuzzy campaign that pokes some fun at traditional, long-winded cooking shows as well as, at times, our crazy food photography obsession. Most importantly, it also teaches how to make the best ham and chess toastie.

This year, the ever charming Guillaume has partnered with the telephony company to help Aussies get behind the cause and in the interim, loosen up their food styling and “filtering” techniques: “I’m always on my mobile taking pictures of food,’’ says award-winning Brahimi.

“I love that social media has allowed us to celebrate and be inspired by food. But I’ll admit, I can spend a bit too long getting the perfect shot!

“I strive for perfection in everything I do – the best ingredients, technique, presentation. To be a good chef you have to.”

With that in mind, Brahimi and the mobile company have decided to turn every food picture we take – good, the bad, the unfiltered and the unflattering – into a real meal for someone less fortunate.

“Why wouldn’t you start posting everything you’re eating as the premise for the campaign is that any meal counts from the 3am kebab, to the ham and cheese toastie.”

(You can see Guillaume create his “perfect” ham and cheese toastie – that’s English for Croque Monsieur – in the video below).

Sharing photos of perfectly styled, overly-filtered meals on social media is something Australians love to do, and some new research has shown just how far we’ll go to get that perfect shot for Instagram.

According to research for Virgin Mobile almost half (49 per cent) of Australians regularly post food pictures on social media and as a nation we are posting a whopping 71 million food photos per year. Yes, our social media news feeds are overly stuffed with pictures of food.

Check out some of these Instagram food post habits:

* Three in four (74 per cent) of Aussie social media users that post photos wouldn’t post a food photo if it didn’t look good enough to share

* Our Insta-shame doesn’t stop there, with 63 per cent of Aussie food posters admitting they would never post a picture of their guilty food pleasure such as last night’s leftovers, a fatty takeaway or their secret stash of chocolate

* Three in four Aussie social media users (74 per cent) would be happy to be more truthful with their posts if it was for a good cause

* 41 per cent would happily stand on a chair to get the perfect food shot

* 30 per cent exaggerate about how good a meal is when they post it to social media

* 57 per cent post food pictures just to get a reaction from friends and family

* 61 per cent of Aussie social media users admit to at least one of these behaviours before they post their foodie picture on social media: they re-arrange the dish to get the perfect shot; they claim somebody else’s dish as their own; they request fellow diners to wait to eat so they can post the perfect shot and they cook a meal specifically to share it on social media.

(The research, btw, was conducted online by Lonegran Research among 1,011 Australians aged 18 or older who regularly use social media and post images of food/meals on social media).

Ronni Kahn, founder and CEO of OzHarvest says that last year’s #mealforameal initiative enabled OzHarvest to deliver a quarter of a million more meals to Aussies in need.

“The initiative was so successful because Virgin Mobile added purpose to an everyday act, giving people the opportunity to turn their mobile phone behaviour into something more meaningful,’’ says Mr Kahn.

“This year we’re asking people to post every one of their food pics – the good the bad and the ugly – no matter what! The more food pics tagged #mealforameal the more meals we can deliver to those in need.”

Meanwhile, David Scribner, head of Virgin Mobile Australia says the phenomenon of snapping and sharing food pics through your mobile is showing no signs of slowing.

“Our mobiles are a one-stop shop for food photography, allowing people to snap their meals in high quality and immediately share them through social media,’’ he adds.

“The success of #mealforameal is testament to this phenomenon and we’re so proud of how Australia has shown its support so far. We’d encourage more Aussies to get snapping and tagging, whatever they’re eating, because every food pic could mean a meal for someone in need.”

Okay, so we’re not all going to be as genius-like in the kitchen as Guillaume, but hey, next time you’re posting your piece of #foodporn tag it #mealforameal too so at least you can help out those who may not be as fortunate.

Check out www.OzHarvest.org for more details.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au


Winter respite: cool looks from Lilya

With its trademark Australian coastal lifestyle vibe, LILYA SS15 takes its summer inspiration from American beauty Lauren Hutton and The Big Apple.

The collection encapsulates the quintessential uniform for a woman who is as comfortable by the beach and as she is in a concrete jungle – wearable, chic and easy.

Linen, silk, lace, cotton and rayon voiles are transformed into cute shorts, flirty summer dresses, broderie anglaise blouses, relaxed separates and timeless basics in classic gingham checks, understated diamond prints, earthy stripes and bandana prints. Its neutral palette of mist, cream, nude and taupe are livened by blues, pinks and lemons which are reminiscent of lazy summer dusks and relaxed roof top hangs.

As part of the Spring/Summer collection, LILYA introduces this season’s most coveted footwear, the gladiator sandal. Made in buttery soft leathers and suedes in pared back hues of havana tan, gunmetal grey, navy and black, they are the ultimate summer sandal.


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Eva Longoria heading to Australia for Specsavers

ALL EYES ON EVA LONGORIA

Actress leads search with Specsavers for Australia’s most stylish spec-wearer

Specsavers is excited to announce that award-winning actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria will be touching down in Australia next week to launch the 2015 Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition presented by Specsavers.

Eva takes up the role of star judge and ambassador for the Specsavers’ competition, following in the footsteps of fellow proud spec-wearing ambassadors – actresses Sarah Michelle Gellar and Margot Robbie, style icon and Mad Men star Christina Hendricks and international supermodel Helena Christensen.

The Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition, now in its fifth year, is a nationwide hunt for Australia’s most stylish and confident spectacle wearer. Eva will join fellow judges, including fashion designer Alex Perry and L’Oréal Professionnel Stylist, Brett Albury, to decide the Australian who has made their glasses into the ultimate fashion accessory.

Eva became a spectacle wearer herself four years ago, after noticing her eyes felt strained from studying late at night for a Master’s degree. An eye test revealed Eva needed glasses for reading, which have since become an invaluable part of her life – whether hitting the books or reading a script for her latest role.

Eva said, “As a glasses wearer I care about looking great in my frames. That’s why I’m thrilled to be launching Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition and visiting Australia later this month to kick off the search.

“Wearing glasses is all about having fun and embracing your style. Whether I’m on set filming, studying or at a special event, accessorising my look with glasses gives me confidence and allows me to make the ultimate style statement.”

The winner of the competition will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles, with a friend, to meet Eva on the set of her latest TV show and earn the prestigious title of Spectacle Wearer of the Year. Eight Australian finalists will win a trip to Sydney, including a professional photo shoot and spec style consultation.

Entries to the 2015 Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year are now open at: loveglasses.specsavers.com.au