W Hotels collaborates with cool cossie brand, We Are Handsome

Sydney, Australia- W Retreats in Asia Pacific has shaken up the fashion scene once again with its latest collaboration with Australian designer swimwear label, We Are Handsome. Created with W Hotels’ guests in mind, the exclusive capsule collection takes inspiration from the electrifying nature and glowing marine life surrounding the four W Retreats in Asia Pacific including W Retreat & Spa, Maldives, W Retreat Koh Samui, W Retreat & Spa Bali, Seminyakand the soon-to-open W Goa. The swimwear capsule collection will feature We Are Handsome’s signature women’s scoop one piece and men’s boardshorts, which are unique to the collection.  The limited edition swimwear is now available via We Are Handsome’s website and W The Store at all W Retreats in Asia Pacific.


“When it comes to fashion, W Hotels is all about energy and discovering the unexpected and this collaboration brings that spirit and attitude to life,” said Arnaud Champenois, Asia Pacific Senior Brand Director, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “We Are Handsome’s disruptive design draws on the electrifying marine life surrounding each of the properties, perfectly capturing the unique style and vibrant personality W Hotels is renowned for.”


Katinka and Jeremy Somers, owners and founders of We Are Handsome, spent time at the W Retreats in Bali, Koh Samui and Maldives to draw inspiration from the properties and W Hotels’ guests. The result is a vibrant custom design, an interpretation of the colours, textures and glowing elements of the W Retreats and their natural surroundings at twilight, featuring a combination of a Chrysaora jellyfish and different hues of electrifying blues and purples.

“We are really excited to be involved in this project and to have the opportunity to collaborate with a brand which shares the same passions for disruptive design and fashion” said Katinka Somers, Director, We Are Handsome. “We took our inspiration for the collection from the energy which ebbs and flows through the resorts when the sun sets, the stars come out and nature starts to glow. The bespoke design conveys this energy, as well as the vibrant and playful personalities of the retreats and their island destinations, whilst evoking their bold sophistication and glamour.”

Key features and inspirations for the limited edition swimwear print include:

· At the centre of the design, the Chrysaora jellyfish print plays tribute to the vibrant, unique and spectacular life force that surrounds the retreats
· The design backdrop draws on the rising of the stars in the night sky over the retreats, coupled with the fluorescent light of the plankton and marine life in the surrounding oceans
· The electrifying palette of blues and purples reflect the unique, vibrant and playful personality of the W brand and the classic swimsuit shapes depict W Hotels’ contemporary resort glamour
· The overlying, glow in the dark elements in the design are borrowed from the recent restyling of W Maldives, which lends its theme “Let it Glow” from the Indian Ocean’s colourful marine life, twinkling stars and fluorescent plankton. At W Maldives guests can dive into paradise, where it’s all about them.

We Are Handsome’s limited edition swimwear for W Retreats in Asia Pacific is available at AUD230 for the women’s one-piece and at AUD202 for the men’s boardshorts. For more information and purchase of the swimwear, visit www.wearehandsome.com or drop by W Hotels The Store at the four W Retreats.

Pamela Anderson recreates iconic red cossie Baywatch shot for fashion brand, Missguided

Showing that a full face of make-up, a full-bodied head of hair and a very neat figure are her trademarks, it is THAT red cossie that Pamela Anderson wore in Baywatch that really made her famous.

The iconic bombshell became a household name in the mega-popular 90s beach-side TV series and has revived her signature look for the fashion brand, Missguided, for an explosive kick-off to the inexpensive brand’s new fashion season.

Celebrating the ultimate mega babe, Pamela is model the brand’s new SS16 collection of vibrant bold swimwear, deep-plunge lace-up bodysuits and cut-out panelled bardot dresses, drawing on the pin up’s iconic look of the Pamela Anderson we know from the 90s.

“As a fun and bold brand, we believe in championing confidence and empowering women — Pamela Anderson is the ultimate babe and original pin-up for that. She’s iconic,” says Nitin Passi, CEO & Founder of Missguided.

In collaboration with Missguided, the campaign concept has been dreamt up by freelance creative director & super stylist Soki Mak who works with Dazed, ID and Hunger and styled females such as Paris Hilton, Ellie Goulding, Iggy Azalea and Marina & the Diamonds.

Known for her hyper real aesthetic, Mak brought Swedish photographer Arvida Bryström for a collaborative all-women team. The team wanted to represent what the Missguided brand stands for with their #babesofmissguided campaign.

Together with Ms Anderson, Mak and Bystrom created a bold yet candid campaign that shows all sides of Pam — ‘the iconic sex symbol, the real woman behind the pin-up persona and her strong beliefs as a strong, successful empowered female’, goes the media release.

On the other hand, it just shows a 48-year-old woman looking not dissimilar to how she looked nearly 30 years ago, albeit with lots of hair, make-up, a well-toned body and some styling love.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au

The coolest clock I've ever seen

Humans since 1982 created a customised clock installation for the exclusive Ham Yard Hotel in London. The installation contains 135 interconnected clocks and is based on the “A million Times” concept. The Ham Yard Hotel is located in the midst of Soho.

The ‘A million times’ is a graphically conceptual, mechanical and engineered based design project. With this kinetic installation, Humans since 1982 present clocks as objects unleashed from a solely pragmatic existence. Locked in its functionality to show the time, the natural character inherent to an analogue clock with its two arms constantly dancing in slow motion around the center, unveils hidden figurative qualities without denying its primary purpose.

Karen Walker's latest addition: the X Blunt Umbrella

An unexpected piece is set to become one of Autumn/Winter 2016’s fashion essentials, with Blunt Umbrellas and Karen Walker announcing the release of a limited edition umbrella in new season Karen Walker print. 

The makers of what many believe to be the world’s toughest brollies, Blunt Umbrellas, have teamed up with designer Karen Walker to create the Karen Walker for Blunt Cosmos Umbrella, a new umbrella that combines fashion and functionality.

Known for her chic-meets-eccentric handwriting and love of colour and print, Karen’s designs are universally coveted and cherished by fashion lovers worldwide.

The Cosmos Umbrella features the Cosmos print from this season’s ‘Star City’ collection, which showed at New York Fashion Week in September 2015, and is in stores now.

“We love the idea of creating an umbrella as part of this season’s collection so the season can carry over to one of the most useful items in your life,” says Karen. “I’m a huge fan of Blunt and wanted to create an umbrella that looks great in the hand, but at the same time is top quality,” she continues.

Blunt Umbrellas is known for its design-led ethos and often collaborates with artists and companies to create unique umbrellas.

“We love collaborating with creative, forward-thinking brands so we were really excited to put our heads together and come up with something we hope umbrella users will love,” says Scott Kington, co-founder of Blunt Umbrellas.

Like the rest of the Blunt range, the Cosmos Umbrella is designed to be virtually indestructible, and has been tested to withstand wind speeds of up to 100km/h – making it a must-have statement accessory.

Those wanting to get their hands on this autumn must-have will have to be quick –there is strictly one drop of 1,500 worldwide. It’s a super limited edition and seasonal piece that’s likely to join the ranks alongside Karen Walker’s other coveted, sell out pieces.

The new Karen Walker for Blunt Cosmos Umbrella will be available in Australia online at the end of March 2016 via www.bluntumbrellas.com.au and selected retailers nationwide, including Top3 by Design retail stores and online in XS_Metro RRP $119 (AUD) and Lite styles RRP $139 (AUD). Limited stock will also be available at selected retailers in the USA, New Zealand, and Japan.

Mega vivid Sydney 2016 Line-up Announced

The longest ever Vivid Sydney will shine for 23 nights when it illuminates Sydney Harbour, new and much-loved precincts, and hosts vibrant music performances and big ideas talks, from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer-Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “This year Vivid Sydney is back with an incredible program where art, creativity and innovation meet, and are celebrated by local and international visitors.”

“Vivid Sydney delivers the world’s leading light artists in Vivid Light, cutting-edge musicians in Vivid Music, and creative innovators in Vivid Ideas. In 2015 the festival attracted a record 1.7 million attendees, and this year visitors to Vivid Sydney will have longer to experience the wonder of Vivid Sydney, and enjoy our biggest year yet.”

In a Vivid Sydney first, the sails of the world-heritage listed Sydney Opera House will celebrate the rich and diverse work of Australia’s Indigenous artists through the projection, Songlines. This exceptional work of art is directed by Sydney Opera House Head of Indigenous Programming, Rhoda Roberts of the Bundjalung Nation of NSW, and brings together six Indigenous artists whose work illustrates the extraordinary connections between Indigenous astronomy and the natural world – the celestial and terrestrial Songlines that weave through time and distance, earth and sky.

Vivid Sydney’s brilliant light also returns to Chatswood, Central Park, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, Martin Place and new precinct The Galeries, which becomes the festival’s first indoor precinct. Treasured attractions, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Zoo, will light up during Vivid Sydney in celebration of the monumental anniversaries both celebrate in 2016.

At Garden of Light, visitors will take a glittering journey through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as part of its 200th birthday celebrations. Grand installations will dazzle and delight including the impressive 60-metre long Cathedral of Light, made from hundreds of thousands of white LEDs which radiate gentle but brilliant light from all angles.

Vivid Music will pulse through the city with new sounds and venues with highlights including the world premiere of Björk Digital, a new virtual reality project from the international avant-garde artist and the inaugural Curve Ball – a large scale live music and art event from Fuzzy Music, both held at Carriageworks.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will unleash a series of incredible acts including synth-pop legends New Order, indie folk band Bon Iver, jazz artist Esperenza Spalding and the Australian premiere of Anohni’s astonishing multimedia show.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will present The Sound Gardens: Vivid New Music performed by talented students with guest artists Natasha Anderson, Anthony Pateras and Clayton Thomas. Aussie hip-hop will be celebrated at Come Together @ Luna Park and One Day Sundays at The Factory in Marrickville. ARIA Hall of Fame inductees and 80s trailblazers the Models will join fellow chart-toppers the Machinations and a stripped down version of Dave Mason’s The Reels to present The Models, Machinations & The Reels for one night only at the Enmore Theatre.

Vivid Music venues joining the line-up in 2016 include Newtown Social Club, brand new venue Cake Wines Cellar Door and returning favourites including Oxford Art Factory, Freda’s and The Basement.

Vivid Sydney, now in its eighth year is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Vivid Sydney runs from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016. For more information visit VividSydney.com