Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast opens in Grand Style

Pacific Fair, Queensland’s newest and largest fashion destination, celebrated its official launch as over 600 media, celebrities and VIPs filled the centre to mark the completion of the $670 million redevelopment.

A stunning performance by Queensland National Ballet students, choreographed by internationally acclaimed choreographer Michael Boyd, kicked off official speeches by AMP Capital CEO Adam Tindall and City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, and the ribbon cutting by AMP CEO Craig Meller and Mayor Tom Tate.

Media guests, retailers, industry representatives and celebrities were treated to gourmet food stations and a spectacular fireworks display that lit up the centres super-roof, topped off by the release of glitter cannons into the centre.

AMP Capital Shopping Centres Managing Director, Bryan Hynes, said, “Pacific Fair is now the largest shopping centre in Queensland with an unparalleled mix of iconic global luxury brands, international high-street stores, Australian designers and leading leisure and lifestyle retailers.

“Pacific Fair truly does have something for everyone – for those in the market for a touch of luxury there is Bally, CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty, Christian Louboutin, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Tiffany & Co., alongside a strong stable of Australian designers including Alice McCall, AJE, CAMILLA, Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Ginger & Smart, Manning Cartell, sass & bide, Scanlan Theodore and Zimmermann.

Australian Fashion Chamber General Manager, Courtney Miller, said, “Pacific Fair has transformed the Gold Coast into a genuine destination for fashion, with some of the best brands from around the world and an outstanding collection of local Australian designers.”

Celebrities including fashion designer Alice McCall, Alison Veness, Buro 24/7 Editor Bec Caratti, Scanlan Theodore designer Garry Scanlan, Harper’s Bazaar Editor Kellie Hush,

Kerrie Hess, GQ publisher Nick Smith, Sally Pearson, The Voice’s Tash Lockhart, and Vogue Australia Editor, Edwina McCann were spotted in the crowd, sipping champagne and taking in the surroundings. The event was hosted by television presenter and Gold Coast resident Natalie Gruzlewski.

Pacific Fair is set to boast over 400 stores, including the highest concentration of luxury and global mega brands in Australia, and a vast collection of first-to-Queensland brands such as Harrolds, SNEAKERBOY and SEPHORA, to name just a few.


Moulin Rouge! The Musical - Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film in development for the stage

Carmen Pavlovic, CEO of Global Creatures, has announced that Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film Moulin Rouge! will come to the theatrical stage as a new musical with a book by John Logan, directed by Alex Timbers.

Developmental work on the show is underway, and a production time-line and opening venue will be announced at a later date.

Released by Twentieth Century Fox, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and has earned over $179 million worldwide.  At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.

On the announcement that John Logan and Alex Timbers had signed on to create the new musical, Moulin Rouge!, Baz Luhrmann, the film’s director, producer and co-writer, said,  “I first encountered Alex Timbers through the remarkable and inventive production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the brilliance of Here Lies Love.  I immediately recognized the young director’s creative spirit and felt we shared similar sensibilities and instincts. So I’m tremendously happy to celebrate that Moulin Rouge! will be under his direction and that the book will be the creation of the gifted Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan whose writing I also admire deeply.  It’s immensely gratifying to know that a new wave of artists will be leading Moulin Rouge! into its rightful theatrical realm.” 

Carmen Pavlovic said, “Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin are so special to Global Creatures and I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to partner with them once again to bring their ground-breaking work to the stage. Moulin Rouge! is a film begging to be theatricalized. I can think of no better creative collaborators than Alex Timbers and John Logan to realise this new musical.”

“We are also delighted to be partnering with Twentieth Century Fox and Moulin Rouge in this hugely exciting venture.”

Moulin Rouge! tells the story of a young poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine using the musical setting of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France.  


Sydneysiders dig deep to raise over $150,000 at 9th annual World's Best BYO

Sydneysiders have raised their very best glass of wine and reached for their wallets to support vital cancer research and the brilliant early-career researchers who are leading the charge to help cure cancer.

Now in its ninth year, the Fink Group and Cure Cancer Australia welcomed 180 guests to OTTO Ristorante on Woolloomooloo’s Finger Wharf for the annual Cure Cancer Australia’s World’s Best BYO, hosted by much-loved media personalities, husband and wife team Chris Bath and Jim Wilson, who have both been personally touched by cancer.

180 guests from the media, fashion, food and business worlds had the rare opportunity to bring their most prized vintages of wine and champagne to match an extraordinary Italian menu prepared by Executive Chef Richard Ptacnik and at the same time, helped to raise funds to support cancer research through Cure Cancer Australia.

Commenting on the evening, Mrs Floyd Larsen – Chief Executive Officer of Cure Cancer Australia said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported Cure Cancer Australia’s World Best BYO this year. Currently, one Australian dies every 12 minutes from cancer*. This is a shocking statistic. By continuing to invest in cancer research and funding early-career researchers, we hope to change this and find a cure for every cancer, for every Australian.”

Dr Alexander Sobinoff addressed guests on the night about the importance of supporting Australia’s early-career cancer researchers. “I am grateful to Cure Cancer Australia for providing essential grants to early-career researchers like myself. Currently only 20% of worthy research projects receive funding from the government. This means an enormous amount of valuable research remains unfunded. Without vital seed funding from Cure Cancer Australia, myself and other young researchers may not have had the chance to work on cancer research projects with real potential. The more dollars invested into research, the greater the chance of success.”

Cure Cancer Australia says the money raised will help fund at least one brilliant early-career researcher with vital seed funding.


Jaybird Blurs Lines Between Sport and Fashion with Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds

Jaybird, the pioneer and leader in premium sport wireless headphones, has officially launched in the Australian market after being acquired by Logitech in 2016. The Freedom Wireless Bluetooth® Buds combine sophisticated style, incredible sound and increased comfort into the smallest, most advanced wireless earbuds ever designed, the buds are both functional and refined, packing premium features into a bite-sized package.

Jaybird’s passion for great product doesn’t stop at great buds. Through the MySound app, you can customise and save your own personal sound to Freedom from your favourite music service or the Bluetooth-enabled music device you use.

“This latest generation of Freedom liberates our lives like never before,” said Judd Armstrong, founder of Jaybird.

“These micro-sized tapered buds deliver our best-ever sound while featuring a reduced size that fits all ears, all in a low-profile fit that resonates with everyone. The over-ear fit and elegant metal accents of Freedom bring a fashionable element while also being more rugged than ever, offering the freedom to bring your music anywhere, from mountain to motorcycle, thanks to the buds’ helmet friendly breakthrough form.”

With Jaybird Freedom, you get micro-sized sand blasted metal accented housing in a fashionable, small package. Traditionally, in-ear Bluetooth buds use plastic materials to assist with signal performance, but Jaybird has overcome these challenges by moving all electronics to its miniaturised three button controller while still delivering an incredible eight hours of play time (four hours play time with an additional four hours through the listen-while-you-charge charging clip). If you need a battery boost, clip the lightweight charger on while driving to the gym or during your workout and get an extra hour of playtime in just 20 minutes.

Jaybird Freedom is now available exclusively from JB Hi-Fi and Apple store for $249.95. The buds come in four fresh colours: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, visit JaybirdSport.com


Asher Keddie and film leaders talk gender matters and work/life balance at Race Week

WHEN four of Australia’s most successful women in the film and TV industry got together to talk about gender issues in film and television it got very personal.

“I really just don’t think the ‘balance’ is achievable,” said Offspring actor, mother and Gold Logie winnner Asher Keddie. “You just have to take it day by day.”

“I often have 15 to 16 hour days and I have two young children, both with different needs at seven years and 16 months. And as well, a husband who is working incredibly hard and prolifically. (Asher’s husband is the renowned artist, Vincent Fantauzzo.)

“I just think the balance is quite impossible but if you have support within your workplace that certainly makes a difference.

“But it is obviously very different in other industries, We are able to achieve what we need to if the support is there. We have a producer who is incredibly supportive and ‘wants’ us to have babies, if that is our choice, so that is all due to our show’s producer, Imogen Banks.

“I don’t really feel like I have lot of challenges as a female actor in that kind of way,” Keddie said.

Keddie is matter-of-fact about the the issue of gender imbalance in the film and entertainment world.

“There is an individual comittmeent we need to make to keep the conversation going and it has certainly began and the disparity is being addressed,” she said.

“It will be just great when we don’t have to focus on it so much on and we can just get on with creating great work and not keep going on with the conversation … without anything happening.”

The panel discussion was part of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

The panel featured award winning Keddie, along with her Offspring producer Imogen Banks. actor Sarah Snook, known for her standout roles in The Dressmaker and The Beautiful Lie and LA-based producer, Bruna Papandrea, celebrated for producing Hollywood blockbusters Gone Girl and Wild, alongside business partner Reese Witherspoon.

“If you start your career at the age of 20, whether you are male or female, as a woman you are inherently and implicitly thinking ‘if I want to have kids I probably want to have a baby between 30 and 40,” said The Dressmaker actor Sarah Snook.

‘So, in order to do that, women think ‘I need to create a career that is sustainable for at least 10 years, say, from 20 to 30’.

“I think women put more pressure on ourselves, in the short-term, so you kind of feel like you are out walking uphill all of the time.

“As opposed to the longer chance for male counterparts, who may be thinking, hey, ‘I’ve got some time to learn and work as there isn’t a biological thing going on.”

International film producer, Bruna Papandrea — who bought the universally successful film starring Reese Witherspoon, Wild, to the screen — thinks the biggest challenge women have within the film and TV industry is convincing people that women can actually be the centre of a movie plot.

“That really has been the biggest challenge — that kind of convincing — but when you think about it is an actual good financial bent when you look at the strength of the female population,” says Ms Papendrea.

“Confidence plays a huge part in the way women sell themselves and as someone who started their career in Australia, I always felt enabled and supported here, but when I went to Hollywood, yes it is quite different and still quite a boys club.”

Within the clubhouse at the Hamilton Island Golf Club, guests joined the panel discussion over lunch that also saw actor Simon Baker and his wife Rebecca Rigg in the audience.

“Confidence seems to be the thing that really jumps out and I don’t think that is gender specific because I struggle with confidence,” added audience member Simon Baker.

“I have sometimes seen in the business, some men having an absolute fear of women,” said Baker.

“It’s a very competitive business and they want to hold on to their ‘stake’. If someone comes along they feel threatened. And if a woman comes along they probably feel even more threatened because some may see it as an ‘attack’ on their masculinity.”

As for whether female thespians prefer to be called ‘actresses’ or ‘actors’ those on the panel were nonplussed: “Either way, it doesn’t worry me,” smiled Keddie.

Meanwhile, leading producer Imogen Banks says it is always very hard to value your own worth, no matter what field are you are in.

“You have to treat it as a numbers game and if the recent Screen Australia ‘Gender Matters’ initiative — with a target to have 50 per cent female oriented ‘good’ projects made up of women by 2018 happens — that is terrific.

“But we can’t be making crap: it has to be good.”

According to the measured Keddie the conversation about all of this has well and truly begun, but it is much more than that.

“The conversation is happening, yes, but it can’t just be a ‘fashionable’ conversation. Stuff just has to happen.”

According to Screen Australia boss Graham Mason, also in the discussion audience, it is daft to be ignoring 51 per cent (females) of the Australian population.

“There is a commercial end to it — to be ignoring 51 per cent of the population creatively, culturally and commercially is daft,” said Morris.

“You look at both The Dressmaker and Mad Max and both had females as the main roles and look at their success.”

Now in its 33rd year, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is full of sailing types, social names and style peeps all on the isle for an annual ode to all things nautical.

The sailing celebration — offshore and onshore — has kicked off as one of the country’s best orchestrated and most stylish week-long events with Matt Moran hosting a dinner along with his mates Richard Roxburgh and Vincent Fantauzzo.

The week is open to anyone who wants to attend — race week isn’t just for a privileged few but for anyone who is interested in sailing, a holiday on Hamilton Island, a buzzy night life and good food.

In the past 11 years, the week has included more pop culture and lifestyle events, very much thanks to Nicky Tindall, the innovative granddaughter of the late Bob Oatley.

This year the week has been the biggest in the event’s history with the island buzzing with professional and amateur sailors, families, food lovers, wine connoisseurs, celebrities and style leaders with the likes of Paspaley Pearls and Guillaume Brahimi taking roles by hosting glam dinners and beachside events.

And the big buzz around? Perhaps Chris Hemsworth (an ambassador for the German car brand) may fly over to the island on Wednesday night — even though he is in the middle of shooting Thor on the Gold Coast.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au