Ian Thorpe: talks celebrity, life after swimming, health & his biggest race regret

CAN you believe he is nearly 35?

It seems just a few years ago Ian Thorpe was fist-punching the air and taking home gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and then again in Athens in 2004.

But what is everyday life like for Australia’s greatest ever Olympian?

After winning five Olympic swimming medals when he was just 17 years old, now he can only swim one lap after struggling with injury and infection in his shoulder. But he admits he is in the happiest, most optimistic and most confident space of his life.

There has been much water under the Thorpie bridge since gaining his fair share of gold as well as one thing that “kills” him when he thinks back to it.

WHAT IS A NORMAL DAY?
When I have a proper routine, I get up at 7am. And I’ve worked really hard at getting up then as it used to be 4.17am every morning for a very long time. I get out of bed I get going. I think if you snooze you’re kind of wasting some of your day. And then you snooze through the day. Set your alarm and get up as late as you can possibly get up and get up then.
I have a trainer and the reason I have a trainer is that I need to feel I am letting someone else down if I don’t turn up!

YOU’RE A BIT OF A COOK? WHAT’S YOUR FAVE?
I organise with how I eat at home and I set ideas during the week. I prep on a Sunday and I cook meals ahead of time for the rest of the week. If I go out to a restaurant I’ll eat what I want but I don’t eat large portions and if I have a glass of wine with a meal, I’ll have to skip dessert.

My favourite food to cook is Indian because when you are dry roasting spices the smell around the kitchen is something else. If I’m out, I will either eat something quite decadent or very clean.

DO YOU MISS SWIMMING?
I have had two shoulder reconstructions in a very short space of time and then I got one of those hideous infections in hospital before I could have a shoulder replacement. I am working with a trainer so I can do a lap, and that’s just before I kind of feel this crunch.

WHERE WOULD YOU STILL LIKE TO TRAVEL?
I’ve worked in India and I would like to find a period to go and really discover India and the same can be said for Easter Island and the Galápagos Islands. They are bucket list destinations, and I’ll get there eventually.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO COLLABORATE WITH?
This one that I am doing (for Specsavers) it a campaign that is designed for people who are around 35 and that is the age when you first need to get your eyes tested. We under appreciate our eyes until we start having issues.
Of all the things I have done in the past, and everything I want to do in the future, it has made me realise what a big part good eyesight plays. I’ve used my eyes throughout my career — I actually couldn’t have done it without them.

PAPARAZZI: HOW DO YOU REACT TO THEM?
It is neither good or bad, it’s kind of something in between. Most people are pretty good to be honest. There is the intrusive part that you feel like you don’t have the privacy you want. But I kind of accept it and realise that OK, it’s not the end of the world. And if it gets dangerous on the street and someone starts stalking you, that’s another thing.

YOU HAVE A NEW PROJECT IN PIPELINE. WHAT IS THAT ABOUT?
It is a performance mentoring group. It is how to find a way to get back to that state when you were at your very best. When you had a performance that was just kind of effortless. I had those kinds of moments when I was swimming and I know what it is. You can actually train yourself with a little bit of work to be able to ‘queue’ yourself back into that mental state. But you have to practice.

IS FASHION STILL SOMETHING YOU STILL REALLY LOVE?
I have to wear clothes and I don’t have as good a body as when I was swimming (laughs) so I have to wear more clothes. I think (Australian) men and women have really lifted their fashion game.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF BEING IAN THORPE?
We all get to choose how you feel about most things. You can deal with it on the spot and choose to move on or you can worry about it until you can’t worry about it anymore. And I’ve chosen the former.

I have been so fortunate to meet people just because of something I have achieved. I am lucky to have conversations and friendships with some incredibly interesting people.

I don’t know what I ‘hate’ the most: you know what? I’ll get back to you on that as I don’t like ‘hate.’

Source: news.com.au

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Hennessy Collaborates With Marc Newson

THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED DESIGNER PROJECTS HENNESSY X.O TO A NEW FRONTIER WITH THE 2017 LIMITED EDITION DECANTER.

Hennessy is proud to reveal Hennessy X.O 2017 limited edition by Marc Newson.

In the hands of the world-renowned designer, a dynamic, streamlined variation on the decanter’s iconic shape breaks with conventions and propels Hennessy X.O toward exciting new horizons.

Starting in July and through September 2017, Hennessy will present Marc Newson’s bold reinterpretation of the Hennessy X.O decanter in markets worldwide.

As distinctive as a work of modern architecture, the design amplifies the blend inside –unchanged since 1870 – while placing Hennessy X.O on a modern aesthetic frontier.

Says Marc Newson, “It’s both an honor and a little daunting to approach an icon like Hennessy X.O. Clearly, this blend has transcended time and continues to exist in a very contemporary way.

As a designer it’s important to me to create things that will likewise stand the test of time. The Hennessy X.O decanter has a wonderful fundamental shape.

What I wanted to do was use design to magnify the blend – its color and sensorial qualities – as much as possible.”

Marc Newson’s limited edition design gives the signature Hennessy X.O decanter a wholly unexpected twist. Once he had pared the bottle’s shape to its purest form, the designer chose to reprise its traditional decorative motifs – grapes and leaves – in a corrugated relief.

These striations are perhaps the most daring design elements ever incorporated on the iconic Hennessy X.O decanter.

“Straight lines seemed to me a more modern interpretation of what already existed,” explains Marc Newson. “To me, the stripes really emphasize the strength of the decanter’s shape.

When they catch the light, they highlight both the bottle and the contents, making the whole feel warmer and more tactile. Taken together, all of these design elements are meant to convey the unique, immersive experience of X.O.”

A universally admired talent, Marc Newson joins an elite stable of visionaries, among them Arik Levy, Tom Dixon and Nicolas Winding Refn, who have each brought a unique perspective to Hennessy X.O.

AN INNOVATIVE PRESENTATION

To reinforce the modern spirit of the new Hennessy X.O decanter, Marc Newson and Hennessy reached beyond the usual confines of spirit bottle design to create a modern gift box presentation.

To dramatize the fusion between the blend and the glass, Marc Newson designed a clear transparent gift box in injected plastic, requiring cutting edge manufacturing.

The outer packaging’s design perfectly conveys Hennessy X.O’s forward-looking spirit, yet its apparent simplicity belies the technical challenge it presented.

Its clear, ergonomic shape is molded in a complex plastic more typically used for perfume bottles.

The Hennessy X.O 2017 limited edition marks the first time this kind of plastic has been scaled up and transposed to the world of spirits.

It will be available in select retail and travel retail locations worldwide as of July 2017.

Source: Hennessy


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


Thomas Sabo Unveils latest jewellery collection at The Langham

Global jewellery and watches brand, THOMAS SABO, hosted a gathering of key Sydney fashion media and selected celebrities and influencers to The Langham to celebrate the launch of the brand new THOMAS SABO AW2017 collections!

Host Carissa Walford was joined by the Head of Sales Asia/Pacific THOMAS SABO, Lars Schmidt, to present the dazzling jewellery and watch trends for the coming season as worn by three glamorous models. Mr Schmidt, who flew in from Hong Kong to meet the media, talked through the new design inspirations and shared an engaging insight into the latest developments and what it’s like to work for the man behind the brand – Mr Thomas Sabo.

The THOMAS SABO AW2017 collections celebrate the diverse nature of the iconic brand: A seductive ornamentation of modernity – a varied collection that connects two central themes of contemporary lifestyle – yearning for the faraway and love of the familiar.

A delightful Wedgewood High Tea style breakfast was also displayed and included Yoghurt and Granola Shots, Sweet Corn Mini Pikelets, Mini BLT Roll, Signature Scones, Rhubarb and White Chocolate Truffle, Rosewater Lamingtons and Honeydew Melon Mint juices.

The opulence of The Langham provided the perfect setting for the presentation of the new THOMAS SABO AW2017 Collections, which will be available online and instore 17th July 2017.

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Culture Club Announce Return With Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey

International superstars Culture Club have announced they will be touring Australia later this year. Culture Club are led by front man, Boy George, currently endearing himself to new Australian audiences as their favourite coach on TV’s top rated show The Voice. Thus, this tour is bound to take Culture Club to a large legion of new fans.

In 2016, their triumphant return sold out some of the world’s most iconic venues including the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (two nights) and London’s famous Wembley Arena. Culture Club proceeded to sell out shows across the rest of the world including the UK, Europe and USA, making their resurgence one of the most noteworthy success stories of today.

Special guests will be Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, who will play hits live for the first time in 27 years. For nearly three decades, fans of the Thompson Twins have been waiting for more live performances from one of the biggest bands of the 80’s. Thompson Twins had huge hits – songs such as ‘Hold Me Now’, ‘Doctor Doctor’, ‘You Take Me Up’ and ‘Love On Your Side’ provided the soundtrack for so many people’s lives worldwide in the mid-eighties. It’s been 31 years since Thompson Twins have been to Australia and no doubt fans will welcome Tom Bailey back with open arms.

Perth also experiences The Human League as special surprise guests for West Australian audiences. The Human League have sold millions of records, inspired two generations of artists, written some of the all-time great classic pop songs, had No. 1’s across the world and yet still remain fiercely independent. Watch this space for more Human League shows to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets on sale at ticketek.com.au

Source: Culture Club