The latest from adidas: the Consortium Superstar 80v metropolis.

2015 was THE year of the Superstar and marked the tenth anniversary of the Consortium Series which began with the now legendary Superstar 35th project. After a continuous stream of high-profile collaborations, special make-ups, and a multitude of colorways, the Metropolis is yet another highlight and a most fitting end to this exciting year.


Derived from the natural habitat of the Superstar the monochromatic warm grey of the Metropolis resonates a bare concrete essence, retaining the contemporary aesthetics of its native urban origins. The shoes appearance blends harmoniously with the modern city architecture and could even be taken for camouflage in this environment. Apart from the aesthetic standpoint there is a rather practical element to the color too, as it is naturally more forgiving regarding the dusty side-effects of inner city life.

With the choice of an ultra-soft suede leather for the Metropolis’s complete upper, the juxtaposition to concrete couldn’t be more of a contrast. What comes as a surprise on this Superstar is the fact that even the most iconic part of the shoe, the shell toe, is actually executed in this same suede. Apart from the subtle contrast stitching the upper as well as outsole, leather lining, and slim cotton laces are completely uniform in color. Silver foil embossed Consortium signets on both tongues, silver all-over printed insoles and, most recognizably, the individual numbering on both heel tabs appear as the only visual markers for this limited edition highlight.


The adidas Superstar 80v Metropolis is released in an edition of 1000 pairs and will be launched on November 13th at Espionage and Sneaker Boy. RRP $150

World's biggest short film festival, Tropfest, cancelled due to 'mismanaged funds'

THE world’s biggest short film festival, Tropfest has announced its December 6 event will not be taking place as scheduled.

Tropfest’s founder and director John Polson has announced he has started legal action against the management company, which was also responsible for raising funds, after a six-figure hole was found in its finances.

“It is devastating for me to announce today that Tropfest will not be taking place as scheduled in Centennial Park this year,” Mr Polson has said in a statement.

“In the past week or so, I have been made aware that the company contracted to raise the funding and administer the Tropfest event is unable to move forward for financial reasons.

“Despite a challenging sponsorship climate, Tropfest has done reasonably well in attracting support this year; however, to my great surprise, the management company has informed us that it is unable to proceed.”

Mr Polson has been at the helm of the mega successful event for 23 years and admits it is one of the most difficult decisions he has had to make.

“It goes without saying that this announcement is the most difficult one I’ve made in Tropfest’s 23 year history,” he adds.

“My heart goes out to this year’s 16 filmmaking finalists, to our incredible list of sponsors and partners, and of course to our loyal and beloved audience.

“It is too early to tell what has actually happened here, although it is hard to avoid concluding there has been a terrible and irresponsible mismanagement of Tropfest funds.

“I and others will be spending the coming weeks and months investigating what has transpired.”

Ever since Tropfest stated it in the Tropicana cafe in Sydney’s Darlinghurst 23 years ago, it has attracted the world biggest names in acting. They have included Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Cate Blanchett and visiting international actors, who happen to be in Australia at the time of the event.

Tropfest also has become an event that attracts tens of thousands of guests who set up, picnic-like positions – for many years in The Domain and in public places all over Australia, although this year’s main venue was Sydney’s Centennial Park.

“In the meantime, I ask all of Tropfest’s many supporters to bear with us while we figure out how we can rebound from this disaster,” adds Mr Polson.

“Now more than ever this unique Australian cultural event needs your patience and support.”

The film festival was heavily criticised in 2013 after awarding a ‘transphobic’ film, Bamboozled, the top prize.

The man behind Tropfest has reportedly launched legal action over the “irresponsible mismanagement” of funds that led to the cancellation of this year’s short film festival.

The annual festival in Sydney’s Centennial Park – scheduled for December 6 – won’t go ahead because of lack of money, Tropfest founder and director John Polson says.

“It is too early to tell what has actually happened here, although it is hard to avoid concluding there has been a terrible and irresponsible mismanagement of Tropfest funds,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

A discrepancy of six figures in the festival’s finances managed by a company contracted to run the event means it cannot go ahead, Mr Polson told Fairfax.

Mr Polson said he was surprised to learn the festival could not proceed.

Tropfest had done reasonably well to attract support this year despite challenges to sponsorship, he said.

Tropfest was due to celebrate its 24th year.

Since its inception in 1993 it has expanded to festivals in New Zealand, South East Asia, the United States, and the Middle East.

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The not-so-forgotten women of fashion: & they're over 40. . .

Trans-Tasman Research Reveals Women 40+ Rock their Age but Resent Misrepresentation

Millers ‘Seeing Me Project’ Out to Combat the Issue of Invisibility for Women 

Women 40 and over across Australia and New Zealand appear to be rocking their age and feeling good within their own skin according to a landmark study* revealing the majority feel younger than they are (85 per cent) and more youthful than their mothers were at the same age (61 per cent).

However the Millers 40+ Woman Study of almost 4300 customers on both sides of the Tasman* showed that these ladies do not feel they are being represented in line with their own positive outlook.

Three quarters (76 per cent) want to see women their age appropriately represented in popular media such as advertising, fashion spreads, movies and television shows, with almost half sayinTrans-Tasman Research Reveals Women 40+ Rock their Age but Resent Misrepresentationg this is very important to them. However, 80 per cent of these women believe this is simply not happ
ening, describing the way they’re portrayed as ‘old’, ‘elderly’, ‘unimportant’, ‘frumpy’, ‘invisible’, ‘unfashionable’ and ‘dowdy’.

Evelyn Kipriotis, Head of Marketing for Millers, said the survey clearly indicates that women 40+ feel misrepresented, despite the fact that they are proud of their age and who they are.

“Over the years we’ve struggled to find models through the usual casting agencies and we’ve always wondered why this age group is so under-represented, particularly when we see so many beautiful women in our stores,” Kipriotis said.

“These women have given life, love and care to others for decades, and they’re not embarrassed about their age or how they look. From beauty and entertainment, to fashion and film, the messaging in the market is telling women they should look younger and hide their years. We need to proudly recognise all women over 40 and celebrate their beauty, vibrancy and character – wrinkles and all,” she said.

Kipriotis said this is why Millers has just unveiled The Seeing Me Project – a pledge to use customers in advertising plus a digital community hub to showcase 40+ women’s awesomeness.

“The Seeing Me Project is a long term commitment by Millers to celebrate our women. It currently features a casting call where you can apply to be a Millers model and ambassador, research into hot topics for women 40+, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage from photo shoots and our inspirational video celebrating women of all ages,” she said.

“It will evolve over time with events and forums so our wonderful women can be seen and heard as they keep getting better, not older, growing in confidence, wisdom and achievements.”

According to the research, feeling good about the person you are (88 per cent) and feeling healthy (88 per cent) are very important to women over 40. Close to half (45 per cent) of those surveyed think it’s very important to feel visible to others and this increases with age.

Worryingly, despite the fact that around six in 10 women regularly feel valued (60 per cent) and respected (65 per cent) by their family and friends, the majority (78 per cent) said they have felt invisible when engaging with those beyond their close circles, with 15 per cent regularly feeling this way. Almost a third (31 per cent) also said they have felt discriminated against because of their age.

Retailers lead the way in terms of places where women said they have felt ignored (65 per cent), followed by public transport and walking down the street (44 per cent), social gatherings (42 per cent) and at restaurants or cafes (33 per cent).

Kipriotis said everything Millers does is for the love of its women, with the brand on a mission to combat the issue of invisibility in the broader community for women 40+.

“We have always seen these women for who they truly are and looked after them in-store so they never feel invisible. Now we want the whole world to see them as we do,” she said.

“At Millers, we are constantly working to help them look and feel their best, and we have a unique community that we take pride in fostering and supporting. From introducing customers in our advertising, to transforming our products, retail stores and customer service offerings, we are wrapping our arms around women so they feel valued every day.”

The Millers 40+ Woman Study also revealed which influential Australian peers women find most inspiring, with Ita Buttrose, Rebecca Gibney, Quentin Bryce, Julie Bishop, Deborra-Lee Furness and Maggie Beer topping the list.

“Our women don’t just want to see the likes of Helen Mirren representing them. They want to see people from all different walks of life, shapes, sizes and ages coming up trumps. It’s time we all got on board to celebrate ageing and allow women over 40 to be seen as they deserve,” Kipriotis said.


Revealed: the 'best' hotels in the world according to renowned travel website Mr and Mrs Smith

COOL, creative and sometimes a touch kooky, the winners of the world’s hottest hotels according to Mr & Mrs Smith have just been announced in London.

The charmingly offbeat UK bolthole The Pig — on the Beach, which overlooks Studland Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, has been named Best Smith Hotel 2015. Meanwhile, the ‘sexiest’ hotel sash has gone to Italy’s drop-dead, sensual and grotto-like Bellevue Syrene just near Naples, complete with a four poster bed and your own pool.

And three mega chic Australian hotels have made the hallowed hotel list too. Runner-up to the UK inn is Halcyon House — a bright, bold and brilliant surf-motel makeover at Cabarita in northern New South Wales that has been garnering rave reviews.

As well as taking second place in Best Smith Hotel, Halcyon House was a runner-up in the Best Newcomer category. The other Australian properties named runners-up in two other categories were Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley in ‘Best for Families,’ and Southern Ocean Lodge in the ‘Above and Beyond’ category.

Mr & Mrs Smith is a hotel website, booking service and free-to-join travel club which specialises in finding the world’s most inspiring boutique hotels.

Founded in 2003, Smith has published nine coffee-table guidebooks and maintains a hand-picked and anonymously reviewed collection of more than 1,000 of the world’s most stylish stays at It has gained cult-like status for its objective hotel reviews.

‘The boutique hotel industry is at the cutting edge of hospitality,’’ says James Lohan Co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith.

“That’s what we want to celebrate with the Smith Hotel Awards — the places that do things differently, where you come back with stories of chefs creating impromptu dishes tailored just for you, or where the general manager personally drives you the scenic route to the airport.

“We hope this year’s hotlist of 12 winners inspires people to make 2016 the year they go out and find them.’

More than 1,000 hotels in the Smith collection battled for a place in the 12 specially selected categories, including Best Pool, Best Hotel Restaurant and Hottest Hotel Bar.

More than 22,000 hotel-loving members of the public had their say, voting for their favourite stays during the month of September, after which shortlists were put to panels of expert judges.


Best-Dressed Hotel

•Ett Hem, Sweden: ‘Ilse Crawford’s bespoke interior is sublime — timeless and contemporary in equal measure. The design references the traditional Swedish Gustavian colour palette, brilliantly and luxuriously updated with modern and vintage furnishings. It’s an architectural jewel, too,’’ says Neale Whitaker Editor-in-chief, Vogue Living Australia.

Runners-up were The Battery in San Francisco and Ham Yard Hotel, London.

Sexiest Bedroom in the World

•The Roccia Suite at Bellevue Syrene, Italy: ‘In-room massage pool and canopied four-poster in an Italian grotto: Hellooooo hat trick,’” says Immodesty Blaize, Burlesque star.

By the way, bellevue Syrene happens to be in Sorrento, which is on the southern extreme off the azure waters of Naples. I mean, could this place have a sexier location?

Runners-up Sansovino Suite at Aman Canal Grande Venice, Italy and Water Villa 5 at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

Hottest Hotel Bar

•The Zetter Townhouse, London, UK: ‘It’s a masterpiece by Tony Conigliaro that continues to rack up awards and turn out superb bar talent,” says Paul Gabie Founder of 28 Hong Kong Street and CEO of Proof & Company.

Runners-up The Elephant Bar at the Nomad, USA and Cafe Gray Deluxe at the Upper House, Hong Kong

Best Hotel Restaurant

•Oreade at Monteverdi, Italy: ‘This is one very special place, a farm to table homage to the surrounding Tuscan bounty and where chef Giancarla Bodoni serves up delectable Italian dishes from a killer menu, with daily specials thrown in so you can dine with indulgence every night of your stay,” says Tamara Heber-Percy Co-founder, Mr & Mrs Smith.

Runners-up Belmond Le Manoir aux. Quat’ Saisons, UK and Nomad at The Nomad, USA

Best Spa Hotel

•The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam: ‘A beautiful part of Vietnam and a stunning resort. The spa is set in pavilions: the ultimate in privacy and luxury,” Peony Lim Fashion and lifestyle blogger.

Runners-up Corinthia Hotel London, UK and Dormy House, UK

The Eco Award

•Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia: “I’m amazed at how much they are doing with the environment and the local community,” Livia Firth Founder, Eco Age.

Best for Families

WINNER Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji: ‘This looks like such a dreamy place, both for kids and grown-ups. My sea-creature-obsessed kids would absolutely LOVE to visit here,” Courtney Adamo Co-founder, Babyccino Kids and Instamum.

Runners-up are Aarbella Club, Spain and One & Only Emirates Wolgan Valley, Australia, which we’ve featured in our pics above.

Best Budget Boutique Hotel

WINNER Masseria Cervarolo, Italy: “After recently visiting the region I feel like a traditional Puglian farmhouse is the perfect way to explore the gorgeous surrounding areas, “ Henry Holland Fashion designer.

Best Hotel Pool

Amangiri, Utah, USA: ‘You can’t beat it: the light, the rocks, the pool snaking around this wondrous gleaming edifice that changes colour as the day wears on. The best mixture of natural and sophisticated.,” Melinda Stevens Editor in chief, Condé Nast Traveller.

Runners-up are Rayavadee, Thailand and Cap Estel, France

Above and Beyond

•Huka Lodge, New Zealand: ‘The guest comments on the personalised service of this property are amazing — the general manager personally driving guests to the airport, and the front-desk attendant jumping off her bus as she passed by when she spotted guests they were going the wrong way. They really do go above and beyond the call of duty, and that made this hotel stand out for me.” Amanda Shadforth Founder, Oracle Fox blog

Runners-up Aenaon Villas, Greece and Southern Ocean Lodge

Best Newcomer

• The Battery San Francisco, USA: ‘For all its hipness, San Francisco sorely lacks the type of hotel you get giddy at the thought of staying at. Or at least it did. The Battery practically aches cool. So much so that you want to check in, and stay in … regardless of what’s going on outside,” says Susan Riley Deputy editor, Stylist magazine.

Runners-up Hotel Urso, Spain and Halcyon House, Australia

Best Smith Hotel 2015

•The Pig — on the Beach, UK: ‘The Pig has come of age, transplanting its winning code to the natural playground of the Dorset coastline. Timeless interiors, top-notch food and spot-on service all help it continue to flourish,’’ says Sophie Lam Head of travel at The Independent. The runners-up are Soneva Fushi, Maldives and Halcyon House, Australia.

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