Chanel designs custom rugby balls – could they get any more chic?

To celebrate the Rugby World Cup, CHANEL has designed four leather rugby balls featuring the iconic quilting of the House.

Gabrielle Chanel, a keen sportswoman herself often referred to menswear in her designs. Today Karl Lagerfeld throws her the ball by creating a sporting accessory that is both collector and perfectly in tune with the zeitgeist. Exceptional quality, attention paid to every detail and artisanal savoir-faire, the CHANEL rugby ball comes in four colourways: white, burgundy, navy blue and black.

The CHANEL rugby ball is available on special order.


L'Oréal heralds our leading women in science over dinner at est in Sydney

The 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science winners were announced at a ceremony being held at EST. restaurant in Sydney.

Presenting the $25,000 Fellowships to the three Australian and one New Zealand fellows were Rodrigo Pizarro, Managing Director, L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand along with honourable guest the Hon. Karen Andrews, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry for Science and Industry.

The 9th Annual L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Australian Fellowships, and the inaugural New Zealand Fellowship, recognised four remarkable early-career female scientists, each at the cutting edge of research.

The four 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science winners are;

  • Dr Jodie Rummer – marine biologist , James Cook University, Townsville
  • Dr Muireann Irish – cognitive neuroscientist, Neuroscience Research Australia/UNSW, Sydney
  • Dr Shari Breen – astronomer, CSIRO Sydney
  • Dr Christina Riesselman – geologist, University of Otago, Dunedin

For 17 years, the global L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program has strived to support and recognise accomplished women researchers and to assist young female scientists to progress their careers. Over 2250 female scientists have been recognised globally in over 110 countries for their excellence in science.

The program aims to shine a light on the gender equity gap that exists in science and to proactively help address the issue. In 2014 women accounted for only 30% of the world’s researchers and of the 864 Nobel Laureates only 46 are women. And in Australia the figures tell a similar story and highlight the decline in the number of women staying in science through the post doctorate years. Women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers, but just 17% of senior academics in Australian universities and research institutes. 

“We are delighted that the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognises and rewards early-career female scientists for their outstanding work and contribution to society,” says Rodrigo Pizarro, Managing Director, L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand. “Research and innovation is at the heart of our business, so we are immensely proud that we can provide support for these women at a critical time in their career and help them to tackle some of the most pressing problems our society faces”.


Dr Chris Brown & budding photographer becomes ambassador for Canon

Dr Chris Brown kicks off his Ambassadorship as the judge for the Canon Light Awards this month, calling for responses to his brief ‘Pet Personalities’

“This is ‘Stubby’, a pet piglet from country Queensland. He was born with only one trotter and three deformed legs, but as you can see, he has an irresistible spark. I love his story and this photo because it shows not his deformity, but how curious and full of life he is.”

Sydney, Australia, 6 September 2015 – Joining the ranks of Australian personalities Steve Waugh, Lisa Wilkinson, and Guy Sebastian, Canon is thrilled to announce the appointment of beloved veterinarian, television personality and author, Dr Chris Brown, as an official brand ambassador. Sharing his love for animals with a passion that lies behind the lens, Dr Chris Brown will inspire and engage Australians with his journey in photography.

“Besides being an esteemed veterinarian and highly-regarded TV personality, Chris is great with a camera and has an incredible dedication to capturing moments in new and creative ways,” says Jason McLean, Director – Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia. “No one sees it like Chris does; we’re thrilled to have him on board as a Canon Ambassador, where he can share this perspectives and skills.”

Kicking off his ambassador role from 1 September 2015, Dr Chris Brown features as a judge for the Canon Light Awards – a monthly competition by photographers, for photographers – setting September’s brief as Pet Personalities. In line with his love for all creatures big and small, Dr Chris Brown invites participants to submit entries that capture their pets’ personalities in a way that almost shows what they are thinking, and brings to life their most special characteristics.

“I’m lucky that I get to travel for work, so I do come across a lot of animals and try to photograph as many as possible,” says Dr Chris Brown. “Photography is my secret pleasure no one really knows about. Most people are used to seeing me in front of the lens but actually I’ve been behind the lens using Canon cameras since I was a kid. I use them every single day to document both animals and landscapes, so to be a Canon Ambassador is really exciting. I’m especially keen to see all the fantastic submissions for the Canon Light Awards this month, and invite everyone to take up the challenge to capture their pets’ personality and condense it into a frame!”

For more details on the Canon Light Awards and Dr Chris Brown’s brief on Pet Personalities, please view his video, tips and current entries here.

See more of Dr Chris Brown’s photography here.


HOYTS launches Recliner Seating at no extra cost!

HOYTS is currently undergoing full refurbishments at six cinema locations, and in the process upgrading every seat in every auditorium to powered HOYTS Recliners! Cinema goers will be treated to an all new reclining movie experience, boasting extra room and extra comfort – at no extra cost*.

As part of a five year plan led by Damian Keogh, CEO of HOYTS Group, the HOYTS Recliners are a huge leap forward in cinema seating. Created for ultimate comfort, each Recliner features extra leg room, wider seating and a side-table with a large cup holder. It is about reinventing the cinema experience, giving customers greater comfort and quality all without charging them more than the normal movie ticket price.

“It’s a concept we know our guests will love. We believe customers should Experience More every time they go to the movies,” said HOYTS Group CEO, Damian Keogh. “We are putting our customers at the heart of our business and improving our offer to enhance the movie-going experience. This is extra comfort and extra room for every customer at these cinemas at no extra cost.”

“Being the first to market with this offer, we know that when you’re laying back in total comfort with your feet up – that’s when you’re really experiencing the real thrill of the movies. That’s when you Experience More.”

The HOYTS Recliners are also being installed into two Xtremescreen auditoriums (which boast the biggest screens and sound in the complex) at each of the six refurbishment locations.

“Customers absolutely love the Xtremescreen experience. And now that we’re adding the HOYTS Recliners into Xtremescreen, we believe we’ll be offering the best Big Screen cinematic experience,” said Damian Keogh.

The six locations currently undergoing refurbishments are HOYTS Eastland and Frankston in Victoria, HOYTS Eastgardens in NSW, HOYTS Sunnybank in QLD, and HOYTS Belconnen and Woden in ACT.

The refurbishments will be 100% completed in time for superstar Daniel Craig’s return to the big screen as James Bond in SPECTRE, releasing November 12 and the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens on December 17 – both expected to be the highest grossing films in 2015. However, as individual auditoriums are completed and fit with recliners, they will be open to the public. HOYTS Frankston currently has two recliner auditoriums open for business.

“This is part of us reinventing the cinema experience,” said Keogh. “We’re paving the way now, but there’s so much more to come.”

*Additional costs may apply on discount offers.