Johanna Johnson unveils affordable Black Collection

Johanna Johnson launches affordable Black Label fashion collection

Renowned designer Johanna Johnson has just launched a fashion forward collection of bridal wear, debutant gowns and ready-to-wear pieces for the discerning follower of fashion.

Black Label is a fashion collection that holds true to Johanna Johnson's renowned design, quality and craftsmanship, at a modest price.

Hand-made in Australia the collection offers brides the indulgence of mixing andmatching new statement bridal pieces, featuring delicate silk camisoles, playful knee length tulle skirts, and metallic heels through to floor length heavy silk gowns.

Exclusive bridal gowns range from AUD $1000 - $2500, with luxury lifestyle pieces starting from AUD $580. As well as the more traditional bridal colour-ways, the collection is available to order in an exclusive colour palette suitable for debutant balls, formal events and red carpet moments.

The collection is available in the Sydney Flagship store and can be pre-orderedthrough the Johanna Johnson online store.

Shot on location in Melbourne, Australia, the Black Label film is Johanna's latest creative offering. Created and directed by Johanna, the film was shot, edited and produced by Scott Kingman (a founding member and co-writer of the Melbourne band ‘The Alternative’).

Johanna’s designs are requested from around the world by clientele including Meryl Streep, Christina Hendricks, P!nk, Madonna, and European Royalty. The same team of craftsmen that createJohanna’s gowns seen on red carpets around the world are the team producing this quality diffusion line, providing a luxury red carpet moment for every fashion budget.


Chivas and QT please the boys

Chivas Regal and QT get together for Sydney’s SpaQ.

GUESTS: Fitzy & Wippa, Gabrielle Weller & Jesse Arifien (Oliver Grand), Nick Smith, Damien Woolnough, Amy Cooper.

GOSS: A truly civilised affair – Tarlets of spanner crab, pulled pork burgers and arancini rice balls were washed down with a selection of scotch whisky from Chivas Regal – 18YO served neat with hand chipped ice and a sinfully good whisky sour.

Gentlemen were further treated to shoe shines, clean shaves from the SpaQ Barbers and the chance to sample the premium Chivas Regal 25YO in the SpaQ relaxation room.



Original Love Boat captain to romance cruising Australians

Love Boat Captain, actor Gavin MacLeod, shares tips for romance before he arrives in Australia

As the countdown to Valentine’s Day gets underway, one of the best known Captains of Romance, the Love Boat’s Captain Merrill Stubing, is dusting off his famous uniform to bring his unique brand of 'love' Down Under.

In a YouTube video that combines the spirit of the iconic 70s show with sage 21st century advice, Captain Stubing - aka actor Gavin MacLeod - can be seen sporting a rose between his teeth for a romantic selfie as he shares his personal tips to help couples of all ages chart their way through the sea of love. View the video here

The launch of the video coincides with the announcement that the 82-year-old Love Boat Captain will be making a special visit to Australia this week, from February 7-8 to oversee a romantic vow renewal ceremony on a Princess Cruises’ Love Boat, Sun Princess, before setting sail to New Zealand to preside over another ceremony in Auckland on February 12.

Gavin, a veteran actor who just received the Golden Palm Star at The Palm Springs Walk of Stars, has starred with scores of beautiful Hollywood womenduring his career.

But according to Gavin, the most beautiful woman he’s ever come across is his wife Patti:

“She’s so beautiful I married her twice." he says.

While Gavin concedes there are many different views on lovetoday, heoffers advice from someone who’s “been there - and done that” with tips to keep the love alive in 2014 and beyond, including

*the risk that mobile phones present to romance

*the lure of a good dance move to shimmy your way into someone’s heart

*the charm of a man who’s manly enough to embraceChick Lit” 

*the magnetism of a man who can handle a beater to whip up some cookies sprinkled with love.

The show’s stories centred on the ship’s crew, led by 'Captain' with celebrities playing guest roles and Princess Cruises’ passengers cast as extras.

Stars who appeared on the show include Joan Collins, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Michael J Fox, Joan Rivers and The Village People.

Gavin’s visit Down Under will only be his second visit to Australia and New Zealand since the LoveBoat recorded a special two-hour episode in Sydney in 1981.

Love Boat fans can follow news of Gavin’s visit Down Under via Princess Facebook page and on Twitter @princesscruises using the #loveboatdownunder

Gavin’s video can be found


Alex Perry joins Myer fashion stable

Australian designer Alex Perry has joined the Myer stable, after departing from his former style retail home, David Jones late last year.

Unquestionably one of Australia’s most high profile designers, Alex Perry’s signature style of beautifully cut,hand crafted pieces with quality finishes in the most luxurious fabrics will be a welcome addition to theMyer stable of designer brands.

Alex Perry will launch exclusively in Myer in August 2014 and will be available in nine Myer storesnationally including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Myer Group General Manager of Women’s Fashion, Nicole Naccarella, is thrilled to have attractedone of Australia’s most celebrated and renowned designers to Myer.

“We are delighted to welcome the enormously successful Alex Perry brand to Myer in August 2014 asa department store exclusive. His breathtaking designs will be a fantastic addition to our alreadystrong Australian and international designer offering. We look forward to welcoming Alex into ourdesigner family at our Spring Summer Fashion Launch in Sydney in August and can’t wait for Alex tobe a part of our extensive spring racing calendar.”

“Securing this significant brand further establishes Myer as the premier destination for fashion andlifestyle brands in Australia. We look forward to building on the Alex Perry customer base with Myer’sloyal customers, who will no doubt love this exciting new brand,” Ms Naccarella said.

Fashion designer, Alex Perry said, “the Alex Perry brand has experienced unprecedented growthglobally in the past 12 months. I am excited to work with the dynamic and talented team at Myer, togive Alex Perry the most exciting department store presence in Australia, and an unprecedentedselection of the Alex Perry brand.”