Calvin Klein Collaborates With The XX

Calvin Klein, Inc. today announced that Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons collaborated with The xx and photographer and filmmaker Alasdair McLellan on the creative concept and direction for the music video for the band’s latest song “I Dare You.”

Simons has had a longstanding appreciation of The xx – Jamie Smith, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim – and was drawn to the band’s work with McLellan on the music videos for “On Hold” and “Say Something Loving.” Seeing a connection between the videos and his own work at CALVIN KLEIN, Simons was pleased to collaborate on the third video of the trilogy, lending his eye to the architectural and atmospheric elements and utilizing an eclectic cast of CALVIN KLEIN collaborators.

The music video, which was filmed in Los Angeles at Lloyd Wright’s Sowden house and John Lautner’s Rainbow House, opens with actress Millie Bobby Brown, who currently appears in the Calvin Klein By Appointment campaign, and also features Ashton Sanders, currently featured in the men’s Spring 2017 Calvin Klein Underwear advertising campaign; Paris Jackson, who attended this year’s Costume Institute Benefit as a guest of the brand; and models Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes, who each appear in advertising campaigns for the brand as well as the Fall 2017 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC runway show.

Source: Calvin Klein

ANTIDOTE: Sydney Opera House announces festival of ideas, art & action

The Sydney Opera House today announced ANTIDOTE – a new festival celebrating the artists, thinkers and doers who have spearheaded change in a time of uncertainty.

ANTIDOTE is an important addition to the Sydney Opera House’s stable of flagship contemporary festivals: All About Women, Graphic, BINGEFEST and Vivid LIVE. Over the weekend of 2 and 3 September 2017, it will fill Australia’s most recognisable meeting place with immersive performance, courageous ideas and some of the world’s leading change agents.

A response to the times we live in, ANTIDOTE marks a bold evolution in the Sydney Opera House’s curatorial program and builds on the strong base of the groundbreaking Festival of Dangerous Ideas, which it replaces in 2017.

International highlights include bestselling author and transgender rights activist Janet Mock, National Co-Chair of Women’s March on Washington Tamika D. Mallory, author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race Reni Eddo-Lodge, and the star satirists behind The Onion.

The festival also features local heroes such as Uncle Jack Charles and Archie Roach, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ‘78er Julie McCrossin, and Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist’s Celeste Liddle.

Participatory performances – including The Money by UK interactive theatre group Kaleider and Blank Placard Dance, replay by dance-maker Anne Collod (revisiting Anna Halprin’s seminal performance in San Francisco 50 years ago) – will re-shape the way audiences engage and think about big ideas, from capitalism and democracy to what constitutes contemporary activism.

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Art News: As 'the pool' Makes a Splash at the NGV

An 11m long pool will be transported to the National Gallery of Victoria for The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity, an exhibition that celebrates and explores one of Australia’s greatest cultural symbols.

A multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space, complete with wooden decking and pool lounge chairs, that reveals the connection between landscape, culture and architecture through a singular architectural form.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘Whether natural or manmade, inland or coastal, pools are undeniably linked to the Australian lifestyle and our national psyche.

We encourage visitors to dangle their feet in the water or relax poolside as they reflect on the idea of the pool as a place of cultural exchange, socialising, competition and reminiscence.’

The exhibition holds its Australian premiere following a successful showing at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale where it received more than 100,000 visitors.

It was presented by the Australian Institute of Architects and curated by Aileen Sage Architects (Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holliday) with Michelle Tabet.

The installation also includes a series of eight ‘lanes’ that present audio excerpts from eight prominent Australian figures who share their personal stories to further reveal the relationship between the pool, its architecture and Australian cultural identity: Olympic gold medal winning swimmers Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould; environmentalist and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery; fashion designers Romance Was Born; writer of best-selling book The Slap Christos Tsiolkas; winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Prize Anna Funder; Indigenous art curator Hetti Perkins and Australian rock musician Paul Kelly.

The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from 18 August 2017 to February 2018. Entry is free.

Source: the NGV

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week unveiled . . .

After the devastation of Cyclone Debbie, it was great to see Hamilton Island coming, beautifully, back to life.

Audi Australia hosted an intimate lunch for media and key VIP guests to celebrate the launch of 2017 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. The lunch was held at private house, La Piscine in Darling Point.

The VIP and media guest list included Audi Ambassador, Collette Dinnigan, Nicky Oatley, Edwina McCann, Kellie Hush, Nick Smith, Kerrie McCallum, Jimmy Niggles, Sheree Commerford and General Manager of Corporate Communications at Audi, Anna Burgdorf.

Guests were treated to a glass of Piper Heidsieck on arrival and enjoyed a bespoke menu by renowned chef, Andrew McConnell from Melbourne’s Cumulus Inc.

Anna Burgdorf opened the lunch with a short welcome speech to all guests and introduced Collette Dinnigan who will be returning to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week this year to curate a very special sunset fashion event.

The venue – an exquisite, private house in Darling Point had names like Collette Dinnigan (Audi Ambassador), Nicky Oatley (Hamilton Island Brand Manager), Anna Burgdorf (General Manager of Corporate Communications at Audi), Andrew McConnell, Jimmy Niggles and Sheree Commerford in the mix.

Other names included Vogue’s Edwina McCann, Harper’s Kellie Hush, Nick Smith, Delicious guru Kerrie McCallum and InStyle’s Emily Taylor.

Take a look at for all the details . . . oh, and and to potentially sort out a trip to Hammo Island.

E.P & L.P - The LA Hotspot - Takeover The Dolphin

To celebrate the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend LA hotspot E.P & L.P hosted an epic party at The Dolphin Hotel which saw a host of Sydney party goers dance the night away.

With a complete venue takeover, Grant Smillie, Aussie Co-Owner of E.P & L.P and better known as one half of Aussie DJ group TV Rock made the trip over from LA to join the likes of Actor Alex Dimitriades, Leah Simmons and Rachel May on the decks.

Also in town was E.P & L.P’s Head Chef Louis Tikaram who joined the team at The Dolphin, cooking up a bespoke menu of E.P & L.P’s famous Southeast Asian inspired dishes.

With two custom menus for the occasion,  dishes consisted of Blue swimmer crab congee, Wagyu crackers, Hollywood Abalone and Kakoda Fijian style ceviche.

E.P. & L.P. opened in 2015 and has dominated the L.A. bar and restaurant scene ever since, hosting the likes of Justin Bieber, Usher, Harry Styles and Taylor Swift.

This weekend saw the guys from E.P & L.P bringing those LA vibes to Sydney’s VIPs, joining The Dolphin’s Executive Chef Monty Koludrovic and Restauranteur Maurice, celebrating the long weekend in style.

Source: The Dolphin Hotel