CAMILLA Franks shock diagnosis

Camilla Franks, owner and Creative Director of CAMILLA, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Camilla is under the care and guidance of one of Australia’s leading oncologists and she will begin treatment very shortly. As a new mother, Camilla’s first priorities are her health and family. CEO, Jane McNally, said: “We have no doubt that Camilla will face the challenging weeks ahead with her usual determination and exceptional fighting spirit. The love and support of her entire tribe is with her always.”

Camilla has only recently returned from maternity leave. The robust executive team who have been leading the business through this time will continue to drive the brand. Camilla intends to manage the creative direction of the CAMILLA brand throughout her treatment, alongside her Head of Design Jenna Redfern and Design Director Natalie Wood.

Camilla is supported by a team of 250 in Australia and a further 1000 through her long-time manufacturing partner in India. “Over the last twelve months we’ve been focused on rapid expansion plans for the business and Camilla is entrusting us to continue this journey while she undergoes her treatment.” Says McNally. “We will continue to build on the strong foundations which have been established.”

Camilla has told her team: “I start on this journey humble but resilient; I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared but I am fearlessly determined to do whatever it takes by focusing on my body, mind and spirit as I take my first trusting steps towards recovery. Many of my wider CAMILLA tribe have already been on this journey themselves and I know will be an inspiration to me as I begin mine.

As you know, my beautiful daughter Luna arrived a few months ago, and it is her smile and warmth that remind me this is a challenge I will embark on with courage – for her and my fiancé as well as myself. With the incredible love and support of my little family I have no doubt I will beat this. I am so grateful for those around me, who have already been such an amazing support to me following this news.”


Giorgio Armani Dresses Cate Blanchett at Opening Ceremony of Cannes Film Festival

For the opening ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett wore a Giorgio Armani Privé gown.

The actress, who will preside over the Film Festival jury, chose to revise a gown that she wore to the Golden Globes in 2014.

In revisiting a gown already worn on the red carpet Cate Blanchett made a symbolic gesture towards the idea of more responsible consumerism, where clothes are not so frequently discarded.

The long black bustier gown, with a deep cut on the back and slightly flared lines, is tailored with crinoline lace and crystal-embroidered tulle.

For the opening ceremony Martin Scorsese and Chinese actor Wang Jia also wore a Giorgio Armani tuxedo.

Source: Giorgio Armani

Vivid LIVE shines off-stage at the Opera House

A glamourous retro pop-up bar, intimate musings from legendary rapper Ice Cube, exclusive Backstage Tours and hearty food with a view. Vivid LIVE’s 10th anniversary year will give contemporary music fans countless ways to drink in the atmosphere under the sails from Friday May 25, as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Goldie’s Music Hall, a pop-up bar from the team behind bluesy Newtown local The Midnight Special, reaches back into the golden era of ‘60s and ‘70s funk, soul and R&B transforming the Concert Hall Northern Foyer into a gleaming world of black and gold.

Warm light from beaded lampshades, plush furnishings and majestic peacock chairs will envelop guests in flamboyant excess, set to the soundtrack of Sydney DJs like Gonz, Rusty and Boonge, and Mama Disquo spinning timeless records you won’t find on Spotify.

Goldie’s will team up with Aria Events to offer specially-made cocktails like the ‘Golden Years’ – cognac, rye whiskey, amaretto, whisky barrel bitters and orange zest – and a drinks list championing local brewers Grifter Brewing Co. and Young Henrys. Best served with a bite from their decadently nostalgic menu and sparkling Sydney Harbour views. (Open from 6pm til late, from 25 May to 4 June.)

Ice Cube – legendary West Coast rapper and founding member of pioneering rap group, N.W.A. – will appear in a rare and intimate one-hour discussion with beloved Double J music presenter Zan Rowe ahead of his final Australian-exclusive Vivid LIVE performance.

Join the self-confessed, mega music fan for a live recording of her iconic Take 5 segment in the striking surrounds of the Joan Sutherland Theatre as she invites one of the greatest rappers of all time to tell stories from his expansive 30-year career. (Monday 28 May in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, 5:30pm. Tickets $19 per person.)

The Vivid LIVE Backstage Tour is an intimate experience run exclusively during Vivid LIVE, offering a glimpse into the passionate, exciting and demanding world of the acts who grace the Opera House’s world-famous stages.

Step behind the curtain just hours before the evening’s Vivid LIVE performances to discover what really happens backstage from sequins to sound-checks and the nooks and crannies usually off limits to the public including the internal Broadcast Studio. The two-hour experience concludes with drinks and dinner in the Green Room – the private hang out of crew and performers. (Tour runs at 5:30pm nightly from 25 May to 4 June. Tickets $175 per person.)

Hearty winter favourites and playful cocktails inspired by Sydney’s kaleidoscope of colour and light will warm nights of Vivid Sydney exploration across the Opera House precinct. Portside Sydney’s outdoor Illumination Bar menu features pulled brisket brioche sliders, spiced lamb pasties and signature Vivid cocktails like the bittersweet citrus-infused ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’ (Open 5pm til late).

If you’re on the go, Portside’s Ilumaburger pop-up on the Forecourt has you covered with gourmet toasties, sweet treats and burgers like the ‘Southern Belle’ with spiced chicken and slaw (Open 6pm til late).

Opera Bar nights will be filled with neon light, with colourful Vivid Sydney-inspired cocktails ‘Electric Blue’, ‘Red Night’ & ‘Orange Glow’ accompanied by a neon trio of beetroot hummus, kalamata tapenade, rocket and spinach pesto dips. (Available 25 May to 16 June.)

The Four Worlds brings the haunting ambient music of electronic producer Mark Pritchard to life in an outer-worldly 13-minute film experience. Immerse yourself in psychedelic sonic landscapes created by award-winning visual artist Jonathan Zawada whose captivating cosmic designs will grace the Opera House sails in Metamathemagical.

Meet the minds behind this mesmerising collaboration as Zawada and Pritchard join Opera House curator Sarah Rees in a special in-conversation on 27 May. Screenings of The Four Worlds will alternate with a 10-year Vivid LIVE retrospective showcasing stunning imagery of the provocative and ambitious acts who’ve made the past decade of Vivid LIVE unforgettable. (Free screenings of The Four Worlds in The Samsung Lounge from 25 May to 16 June; Free in-conversation in the Concert Hall Northern Foyer, 27 May at 5pm.)

Source: Sydney Opera House Vivid LIVE

Chanel 2018/19 Cruise Collection - Heavenly!

More than just a tradition, setting out on a journey for the Cruise collection is a highly anticipated rendezvous. It’s the guarantee of a change of scenery, of beaches, of beauty and discovering a place, an era, an art de vie.

When Gabrielle Chanel presented a small collection at the end of Fall 1919, intended for holiday resorts and Biarritz in particular, did she have any idea she was initiating a brand-new fashion movement? Did she know she was bringing forth the first ever Cruise Collection?

American Vogue sensed the thrill, revealing in its November edition that year, that the couturier’s designs, although do not differ particularly from those which she exhibited last year, they formed a collection that differs entirely from anything else shown in Paris at the same time.

Lighter, imperatively more comfortable, these unlined designs in jersey and these sweaters were ideal for yachting, spa towns, seaside resorts, and sun-drenched destinations like the Riviera and Venice with its Lido beaches.

Six years earlier, in Deauville, she had launched outfits inspired by sailor suits, that she revisited in woollen jersey, then in silk jersey. They were as soft as they were fluid, practical to wear daily without ever loosing that established CHANEL allure. From sailor to cruise ship, there was but one step.

Chanel pushed ever further the cursor of this small line judiciously wedged between two seasons. Responding to her own needs, she added suits and evening dresses for holidays and luxury cruise ships, then very fashionable for a life “of destinations”, one that pierced the cold months of a Parisian winter with rays of sunshine.

An originality revealed by Harper’s Bazaar in December 1933 in an article about Cruise clothes, and then again by L’Officiel de la Mode in December 1936, delighted to discover a very complete mid-season collection and that perfectly illustrated the unique concept of Gabrielle Chanel’s fashion. To never be like anyone else, to swim against the current, to make her own desires and lifestyle her principal source of inspiration, this was what guided Mademoiselle Chanel in her creativity. A sea lover, she sailed at length on the yachts belonging to the Duke of Westminster, the Flying Cloud and the Cutty Sark.

It was while docking in Monte-Carlo on the Flying Cloud, that she discovered the village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and fell for the charm of a domain which from 1929 would be home to her property La Pausa. It was on this same boat that she met architect Robert Streitz, to whom she entrusted all the work on her Provençal residence.

Irreverent with her tomboy style, Gabrielle Chanel was occasionally seen on the deck of these boats heckling with Bendor, as the Duke of Westminster was nicknamed, sporting Bermuda shorts or wide-cut men’s trousers and a gilet that we today would call oversized. She was often seen basking in the sun, eyes shaded by her famous sunglasses. This woman who revelled in her freedom more than anything, felt what women would soon be dreaming of : a fashion for now and for the future, visionary in every detail. Gabrielle Chanel’s talent didn’t need to prove itself anymore.

And neither does Karl Lagerfeld’s. At a time when fashion had almost turned its back on the so-called cruise collections, the designer spun the ship’s wheel the other direction. As soon as he arrived at the helm in 1983, he breathed new life into this hyphen between two seasons and it has continued to grow, becoming one of the most important moments in the year.

Is it just about slipping a few swimsuits and light dresses in-between two suits? Absolutely not! Responding to the needs of those who seek sunshine in the winter was not enough: Karl Lagerfeld thus transformed Cruisewear into a line that anticipates the warmer days to come, a completely renewed wardrobe, never stuck to the previous one or the one to come.

A collection in its own right, with its own story, its own identity, its own inspiration, quick to nourish desire and to brighten the gaze. A collection that embodies travelling in all its forms, real or imaginary, temporal or historic, and that he wanted to land all over the world, like a magnificent postcard: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Venice, Saint-Tropez, the Cap d’Antibes, Singapore, Seoul, Cuba and even Versailles in the XVIII century and Paris, metamorphosed into the epicentre of Ancient Greece.

To dream, to let the imagination float away on a reinvented tweed, a diaphanous lace, a colorama imbued with sunshine, sublimate women in a little black dress… Isn’t that ultimately what fashion is all about? Is it not for this reason, among others, that CHANEL, is like no other and will always be CHANEL? It’s almost anchors away, so we wish you a bon voyage and a beautiful Cruise.

Source: Chanel

Inside the grand Chaumet jewellery opening in Sydney

French luxury jeweller Chaumet made a very grand entrance to mark its arrival into Australia.
In honour of the occasion, Mr. Jean-Marc Mansvelt, Chief- Executive- Officer of Chaumet, hosted eighty guests at the iconic Catalina Restaurant in Rose Bay.

Names included Nicolas Croizer, French Consul General, as well as Elizabeth Debicki, Natasha Bordizzo, Lily Sullivan, Amanda Shadforth, Gracie Otto, Tanja Gacic, Talisa Sutton, Michael Cheika, Glenn McGrath and Kaitlyn Ham, all wearing jewellery from Chaumet.

The landmark restaurant was awash with Bleu de Sèvres – the distinctive colour of Chaumet and referring to royalty – whilst guests were transported into a world of French romance with champagne, florals and a contemporary French harpist.

Chaumet showcased its high jewellery creations, sharing insight into the craftsmanship, beauty and quality of the Maison. The most distinguished pieces from the evening included the Josephine Aigrette Imperiale ruby diadem – a modern interpretation and precious reflection of the refined taste of its muse, Empress Josephine.

The diadem characterizes ‘the art of the line’– moving lines like living nature, elevation, ascending movement, in line with Chaumet style.

Meticulous techniques of traditional craftsmanship like the “fil-couteau” or openwork, including Joséphine Aigrette’s Impériale tiara in white gold set with a pear-shaped Pigeon’s Blood ruby weighing 2.66 carats from Mozambique and brilliant-cut diamonds.

La Nature De Chaumet Collection was also presented, expressing the identity of Chaumet while revealing its vision of nature. It included the Firmament apollinien necklace, combining the celestial blue of Burmese sapphires with the opalescent blue of sculpted moonstone and the Passion incarnat tiara with incandescent red spinels and rhodolite garnets.

Models adorned the High Jewellery sets and through their grace and strength epitomized the Maison’s muse, Empress Josephine. The collection is a precious echo of its muse’s taste, sophisticated and feminine, born of a constantly renewed illustrious history.

“The Australian people have a deep appreciation for precious gems and beautiful creations, combined with a strong engagement with arts. This naturally connects the Australian culture to the world of luxury jewellery, and we are proud that Chaumet could make this link in Sydney”, said Mr. Mansvelt.

Established in 1780, Chaumet was the first jeweller on Place Vendome, creating fine jewellery, high jewellery and tiaras for the worlds royalty. Chaumet’s history has been intimately linked with the history of France. Marie-Étienne Nitot, Founder of the House, established his own aristocratic clientele and became the official jeweller to Emperor Napoleon the First and Empress Josephine.

For 238 years at the very heart of the Place Vendôme, the High Jewellery savoir-faire of the Maison has been passed down through generations of jewellers. Chaumet is now open in Westfield Sydney CBD.

Source: Chaumet