The inaugural MAAS Centre for Fashion Ball

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) has launched the inaugural MAAS Centre for Fashion Ball.

The event was a celebration of the Australian fashion industry presented in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, co-hosted by MAAS Director and CEO Dolla Merrillees, together with Edwina McCann and Kellie Hush, Co-Chairs of the Australian Fashion Chamber. Olie Arnold, MR PORTER Style Director attended the event on behalf of presenting partners MR PORTER and NET-A-PORTER.

The MAAS Ball fundraised for the Australian Fashion Fund, a Centre for Fashion initiative that secures acquisitions of Australian fashion to strengthen the Museum’s collection for future generations.

Master of Ceremonies for the night included presenter Sylvia Jeffreys along with Jordan and Zac Stenmark.

A menu of sophisticated canapes, Salade Nicoise and a total of 264 perfectly cooked grilled Cape Grim sirloin steaks was created by Merivale chef John Wilson in collaboration with Fred’s head chef Danielle Alvarez, and expertly paired with Bird in Hand wines.

Throughout the evening, the drinks kept flowing from Moët & Chandon, with Grey Goose vodka providing an array of cocktails.

Speeches on the night were presented by Dolla Merrillees, Olie Arnold, The Hon Julie Bishop, Minister Harwin, Edwina McCann and Kellie Hush, all introduced by MCs Sylvia Jeffreys and Jordan and Zac Stenmark.

Entertainment was provided by The Presets along with DJs Alice Q and Barney Hodgeson.

International stars Cat McNeil, Catherine Baba and Leonie Hanne of Ohh Couture flew into town especially for the event, courtesy of partner Etihad. Guests walked the 12 metre black carpet flanked by a Bentley.


AGNSW honours Packer family support for the arts

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has honoured three generations of Packer family support by naming its major temporary exhibition gallery, currently displaying Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, the Packer Family Gallery.

Jan Davidsz de Heem – ‘Still life with flowers in a glass vase’ 1650 (detail)

The Packer family has supported the Gallery since at least 1953, when the family loaned works to exhibitions organised by the Art Gallery of NSW. Mrs Frank Packer loaned her Dobell portrait of Australian journalist and novelist Brian Penton to the coronation exhibition in London in 1953, which the Gallery helped organise.

Art Gallery of NSW director Dr Michael Brand said the philanthropy of the Packer family and the dedication to the Gallery by individual family members has assisted the art museum to pursue excellence and inspire and broaden audiences.

“The Gallery has enjoyed the Packer family’s very generous support for decades. The highly significant contribution of individual members of the family has and will continue to contribute to curatorial research, art acquisitions and the development of exhibitions and our public and education programs.

“The Packer Family Foundation and the Crown Resorts Foundations’ support of the Gallery importantly assists us to deliver inspiring education and outreach programs such as our Art Pathways initiative, across Western Sydney and regional NSW,” Dr Brand said.

“We are delighted to be paying tribute to the Packer family by naming our temporary exhibition gallery in their honour,” Dr Brand added.

Thanking the Art Gallery of New South Wales for its formal recognition of the Packer family’s support Ms Gretel Packer said the naming of the temporary exhibition gallery as the Packer Family Gallery was a very significant occasion for her family.


Camilla Franks and Fiancé JP welcome baby Luna to the world

Camilla Franks, iconic Australian fashion designer, has welcomed her first child and baby girl, Luna Gypsy Jones into the world with fiancé, Welsh artist and musician JP Jones.

“With our hearts full of the deepest love, we welcome our little moon goddess Luna into the universe. The love and happiness we feel is hard to describe”, says Franks.

“For JP and I, the moon has long been a connection point for lovers on opposite sides of the world to one another, so we feel an infinite amount of serendipitous love with Luna timing her arrival under a magnificently luminous moon”

Camilla and JP met as young travellers in London and after 18 years, reunited in 2015. As true children of the world, the pair will spend their time between Sydney and their hometown of Cowbridge in Wales where Luna will meet her brother Jackson Blue and Welsh family later this year.

“The next few months for our family are about creating memories as a little tribe, in our home surrounded by all the love in the world. Disconnecting from all of life’s noises and seeing our baby girl grow and shine bright in Sydney’s seaside energy”, said Camilla.


Australians Margot Robbie, Bruna Papandrea, and Heath Ledger honored at G’Day La

G’Day USA Hosts Rachel Griffiths and Jonathan LaPaglia honored prominent Australians Margot Robbie, Bruna Papandrea, Heath Ledger and John Farrar for their individual contributions to the US-Australia relationship at the 2018 G’Day USA Los Angeles Gala, at the Wilshire Grand Ballroom at the Intercontinental Hotel Downtown.

Other presenters, performers and celebrities in attendance included Colin Farrell, Isla Fisher, Amy Adams, Chef Curtis Stone, Rebel Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ruby Rose, Emilie de Ravin, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Jacki Weaver, Luke Hemsworth, Buzz Aldrin, Daniel MacPherson, Phillip Noyce, Paul Hogan, Hugh Sheridan, Kym Johnson, and many more.

Some highlights from the evening:

  • Olivia Newton John singing with Delta Goodrem and Human Nature for a tribute to the 40th anniversary of Grease.
  • Isla Fisher honoring Bruna Papandrea, joking that nobody knew who Bruna was because Reese and Nicole never share the microphone…and, begging to be cast in Big Little Lies 2.
  • Margot Robbie on being a proud Aussie, and how audacity and good luck have helped her achieve her dreams.
  • Rebel Wilson rapping with Hugh Sheridan.
  • Curtis Stone joking about how the only time he’s seen his wife Lindsay Price today, was on the red carpet, because he’s been in the kitchen cooking since the wee hours of the morning.
  • Colin Farrell joking about how Australia as a continent knows how to celebrate much better than Ireland does as an island.

G’Day USA is Australia’s premier public and economic diplomacy program in the United States.  Produced by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Austrade, Tourism Australia and Qantas Airways, G’Day USA was first launched in 2004 and has since grown to be one of the largest public diplomacy programs run by any country in the United States. The G’Day USA LA Black Tie Gala is the most anticipated annual Australian event in the United States.  Past honorees include Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Simon Baker, Olivia Newton-John, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Kylie Minogue, Mel Gibson, Abbie Cornish, Eric Bana, Paul Hogan, Rose Byrne, John Travolta, Toni Collette, Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Steve Irwin, Anthony LaPaglia, Philip Noyce, INXS, Barry Gibb, Keith Urban, Air Supply, Greg Norman, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Dr. George Miller, Joel Edgerton, Luc Longley, Catherine Martin, David Hill and Ben Mendelsohn. www.gdayusa.org.

Melissa was a guest of qantas for the GDay LA event.


G'Day USA Black Tie Gala guests and presenters confirmed

For fourteen years, the highly-anticipated G’Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala has honored prominent Australians from film, television, music, sports and culture for their individual contribution to the US-Australia relationship. This year’s landmark 15th anniversary Gala takes place on Saturday, January 27 at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Oscar-winning actor, Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight) will be honored posthumously with a G’Day USA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his impressive body of work and for having become a significant presence in Hollywood. Colin Farrell will present the honor.

Actress and producer, Margot Robbie (I,Tonya, The Wolf of Wall Street) will receive an Excellence in Film Award in recognition of her outstanding performances, her rapid rise to become one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses, and her recent inclusion in Time Magazine’s list of 2017’s most influential people. Amy Adams will present the award.

Emmy Award winning producer Bruna Papandrea (TV’s “Big Little Lies,” Gone Girl), will be honored with an Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television Award in recognition of her success as a highly acclaimed industry leader. Isla Fisher will present the award.

Red carpet arrivals and cocktail reception will be followed by the awards show and dinner, featuring premium Australian food and wine curated by Australian chef, Curtis Stone. Headline entertainment for the evening includes Natalie Conway, Delta Goodrem, Human Nature, Isaiah Firebrace, Jessica Mauboy, Hugh Sheridan and Rebel Wilson.  Also, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the release of Grease, there will be a live musical medley and tribute to music producer and songwriter John Farrar who will be honored for his Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.

G’Day USA Champion, actress and director Rachel Griffiths, will partner with actor and Australian Survivor host Jonathan LaPaglia, to co-host the awards show and dinner, with Australian television personality Richard Wilkins as MC.

A partial list of additional event attendees features past G’Day USA Award recipients and celebrities including: Rose Byrne (Peter Rabbit), Gia Carides (Big Little Lies), Patrick Brammall (No Activity); Victoria Hill (Macbeth), Ashleigh Brewer (The Bold & the Beautiful); Emilie de Ravin (Once Upon a Time); Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee); Danielle MacDonald (Patti Cake$); Olivia Newton-John (Despicable Me 3); Phillip Noyce (director, The Giver); John Travolta (American Crime Story), Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Luke Hemsworth (Westworld), Sam Humphrey (Greatest Showman), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Brendan Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean), Callan McAuliffe (The Walking Dead), Lucy Fry (Bright), Daniel MacPherson (Strike Back), Bojana Novakovik (I, Tonya), Alin Sumarwata (Strike Back), and more.

WHEN:  Saturday, January 27, 20174:30 PM Media check-in6:00-7:00 PM Red Carpet Arrivals7:00-11:00 PM Dinner / Entertainment / Award Presentations
WHERE: Wilshire Grand Ballroom at the Intercontinental Hotel Downtown900 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor, Los Angeles 90017

Source: GDAY USA