So, New Year’s Eve... What Are You Wearing?

Parlour X has cemented itself as the leading designer label destination in Australia.
With a knack of effortlessly putting the best looks together, owner and style guru Eva Galambos has it all sorted. Take a look at the New Year’s edit and interview from burgeoning fashion name Beth Levis.

Beth Levis is the kind of woman who looks to be the perfect fashion plate; a photogenic front row regular with great personal style, and part of the most respected families in the Australian fashion industry (she’s married to Justin Levis, Cue’s executive director and son of founder Rod Levis). But look closer and you’ll find a 34 year old mum-of-four who is juggling her new-found Instagram fame – and with it a new business – with a busy personal life and glamorous social calendar.

Given the Levis’ nous for putting together an elegant after-dark ensemble, we invited the chic Sydney-sider to model Parlour X’s party-appropriate new season arrivals. Given her down-to-earth nature and impeccable style, we think you’ll be seeing a lot more of this fashionable face in 2018…

Who is Beth Levis, in 5 words or less?

Mother, Professional Chocolate Consumer (can that please be a thing?), Fashion Lover.

Feminism is an important cause for you. How can we all be better feminists?

By standing up to violence against women. Firstly by speaking out against it, but above all by supporting those who have experienced, or are currently experiencing, violence.

Who are your go-to designers?

For special occasions, Saint Laurent and Tom Ford. For weekend wear, Cecilie Copenhagen. For shoes I love Adidas, Gucci and Valentino and for jewellery I adore Alinka and Sarah and Sebastian.

You’re a mum of four (impressive!). How has your style changed – if at all – after having kids?

My style is constantly evolving but the noticeable change after kids is the move to clothes that can be worn day-to-night (time is of the essence now) and looks that involve flats. I personally don’t feel comfortable wearing heels when I’m with the children, so instead I opt for a flat or a sneaker with a designer outfit.

You’re relatively new to Instagram. Tell us about how and why you started your account:

The fashion industry is ever evolving, and what we are witnessing now is the age of the digital influencer and their power over the industry. I created my account to keep up with this trend initially, but secretly it’s an avenue to utilise my creative side, my love for fashion and for breaking the rules. I love the challenge of taking on a new hobby, especially the need to update my digital and photography skills.

What’s the latest addition to your wardrobe?

A nude Dior clutch, which is perfect for any of my lighter-toned outfits for summer.

What item are you currently wearing on high rotation?

Most definitely my Saint Laurent jeans. Although, I recently pulled an ’80s brown silk suit out of the Cue archives and I have quite a few visions of wearing this on high repeat once the weather cools down! It’s so crazy, I love it!

What was your favourite item from your PX shoot?

EVERYTHING! My shopping list is too long at Parlour X! If I had to pick a few it would be the Saint Laurent velvet dress, Saint Laurent Freja shoes and Fendi everything (jumperskirtsunglassesshoesbags!).

What is the one item that everyone woman should invest in this season?

A fun pair of sunglasses – the crazier the better! Summer is all about breaking the rules and having some fun!

What’s your most-used emoji?

The love heart. I tend to use emoji’s on my private Instagram account, which is essentially just photos of my kids.

What’s your secret to keeping your aesthetic pared-back but not basic?

I am a huge fan of tone-on-tone dressing. It’s a look that is so simple, but has maximum impact. Recently I did tone-on-tone for both Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day. Everything from the hat to the sunglasses to the shoes and accessories were red. The look received Top Dressed on both Vogue and Elle online.

Source: Parlour X


Herald Diamond Couture has been unveiled

Alice Herald fell in love with art from an early age. Forever the creative, her energies have since flowed through to jewellery – where she has an unending desire to seek out the untold story.

Alice’s time spent studying sculpture and jewellery in Mexico cemented her passion for design, and echoes of this trip are reflected in her work today. Alice gained a BA Hons in Jewellery Design at London’s renowned Central Saint Martin’s – and subsequently showcased her jewellery around the United Kingdom and London Fashion week. She has also been featured in both Australian and Russian Vogue.

Alice’s latest collection “Night Flight” is playful and bold, the pieces are fine jewels with attitude. Earrings can be worn asymmetrically, matching pairs or dismantled to be a stud, drop and / or pendant.

For those who desire an heirloom piece, Diamond Couture provides the opportunity to own an exclusive work-of-art that can be worn now and for generations to come. Diamond Couture by Herald is an uninhibited showcase of creativity and imagination. From the bold and fantastical to the delicate and refined, Couture is an area where Alice takes flight, continually evolving, transcending design – a jubilant celebration of rare gemstones.

Source: Alice Herald


CHANEL Métiers d’art Paris-Hamburg 2017/18 collection

Karl Lagerfeld chose Hamburg and the Elbphilharmonie to present the new CHANEL Métiers d’art collection. An extraordinary building conceived by the architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, this concert hall sits majestically by the river like a futuristic liaison with the city’s industrial port.

Past, present and future. The three units of time that inspired Karl Lagerfeld for the Paris-Hamburg collection. Around these three axes, the designer infused images of the Hamburg port, with gliding silhouettes of the merchant navy crew that he disrupted with the modernism of CHANEL.

He revisited their wardrobe, re-appropriating their pea coats, their drop-front trousers, striped tops and immutable caps. While the spirit of Gabrielle Chanel – she who stole the striped sailor top and pea coat from men – is never far away, Karl Lagerfeld has enlarged this vocabulary of masculine/feminine by multiplying the details and reinventing the codes of the House to create a unique, daring, confident and ultra-feminine attitude.

 

It is a pure and graceful line, a look punctuated with sailor collars, jackets that are more or less fitted, long redingotes, mini-skirts and extra-wide trousers designed to feminise this 76-strong crew of “sailors who haven’t taken to the water”, tells Karl Lagerfeld.

 

Tweed is accompanied by broadcloth, cashmere and flannel; silk crêpe alternates with chiffon and a discreetly scintillating jersey. Woven patterns draw inspiration from the bricks of buildings that surround the docks in the port and the stacks of multicoloured containers that arrive by cargo ship while buttons take the shape of precious anchor bolts and braided woollen threads evolve into downy cordage.

With a flared cut, the CHANEL jacket becomes a pea coat. Another one, longer with a high collar, is high-waisted for a broader drop. The drop-front trousers are widened and come in both short and long versions, braided down the seam with a tuxedo four-coloured grosgrain ribbon. In contrast, the straight skirt becomes “a sailor skirt”, as Karl Lagerfeld calls it, with a waist marked by a double-button drop-front.

 

Shaking up the codes, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the casual striped sailor top so dear to Gabrielle Chanel into a mini strapless dress embroidered entirely with painted feathers, collar and cuffs in sequins and precious stones, or lengthened with a satin skirt hemmed with feathers. Conversely a long dress in black crêpe with a slit back and ruffles was jauntily accessorised with a cap.

 

In terms of accessories, the fetish sailor’s bag is secured firmly on the shoulder, ready for a long voyage at sea, the minaudières take form as containers, anchor bolts and life buoys. Karl Lagerfeld dressed CHANEL’s GABRIELLE bag with an elegant checked tweed in colours typical of the city of Hamburg’s brickwork. Marine anchors appeared on earrings and brooches while their chains became sautoirs and bracelets improvised themselves as cordage.

With this collection, Karl Lagerfeld speaks about a look and an attitude. The CHANEL woman is unique and inevitably stands out: “dress a woman in black and white at a party and you’ll see only her,” affirmed Gabrielle Chanel. In Hamburg, Karl Lagerfeld added mystery and depth. With the utmost elegance.

Celebrities including Ambassadors Kristen Stewart (Face of the fragrance GABRIELLE CHANEL), Lily-Rose Depp (Face of the fragrance N°5 l’Eau), Tilda Swinton, Rinko Kikuchi, Marine Vacth (Face of the Cruise 2017/18 collection) and Anna Mouglalis, English actress Kaya Scodelario and Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin, German Top Model Tatjana Patitz, German actresses Marie Baümer, Hannah Herzsprung, Johanna Wokalek and Sandra Hüller, German actor Lars Eidinger and director Tom Tykwer attended the presentation of the CHANEL Métiers d’art 2017/18 Paris-Hamburg collection.

On stage, the London-based cellist, composer and producer Oliver Coates played, with the ensemble Resonanz, an original music specially created for the show.

Source: Chanel


Take a peek inside Sydney's biggest parties this week

Mara and Mine launch
It was like the good days of fast and packed launches as the first Mara and Mine store opened in Paddington.

Guests spilled out to the street, from the exquisite William Street Paddington – very much like the days when retail shop openings were exciting, fun and seriously happy events.

 

The shoe label, Mara and Mine, created by Tamara Ingham and Jasmine Yarbrough, has become a cult luxury shoe brand (based out of LA) with designs recalling the elegant, minimalistic tones of European sophistication. Each collection is timeless in style and discreet in its approach.

 

Handmade, utilising luxe leathers sourced from Italy and Spain the loyal list of wearers includes Cara Delevingne, Chanel Iman, Kendall Jenner, Margot Robbie, Phoebe Tonkin and Jessica Alba. Existing stockists include Maxfields, Just One Eye, Curve and Ron Herman.

Guests at the Paddington store opening included actress Jessica McNamee, Phoebe Burgess, Sylvia Jeffreys and Peter Stefanovic, as well as Richard and Christian Wilkins and Robby and Sarah Ingham, who were treated to cheese platters and cocktails by Pelicano and a private viewing of the current Mara & Mine collection.

Guests were able to purchase the shoes as a Tom Petty-esque guitarist provided music for the night. Cool night all round.

Ralph Lauren Polo Red launch
Hollywood star, Luke Bracey returned home for the first time since being announced as the face of Ralph Lauren’s leading fragrance franchise, Polo Red.

The native Sydneysider who now resides in LA, appeared at the incredibly buzzy Polo Red Extreme product launch at Stanton & Co Sydney.

“I am thrilled to join Ralph Lauren Fragrances as the face of Polo Red, an exciting fragrance that embodies the endurance and adrenaline of the activities I love,” Luke told Vogue. “Ralph Lauren is an iconic brand that I’ve admired for many years, and it is an honour to represent the brand in this way.”

Bracey is best known for his leading role as Johnny Utah in Point Break. Most recently, he starred in Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge alongside Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Teresa Palmer.

Bracey fronted the all new Polo Red campaign alongside which can be seen across print, online and television advertisements with the campaign also including a heart racing short-film.

“We are thrilled to have Luke on board as the face of an extreme new scent and the Polo Red portfolio. He is down to earth, rugged and perfectly embodies the Polo Red Extreme ethos”, L’Oréal Communications Director, Christine Burke said.

A very cool looking crowd, most dressed with a dash of ‘red’ were treated with a Bracey sighting and DJ set by SET MO.

VAMFF and AMP Retail unveils the Melbourne Fashion Festival Ideas Program
The Sydney fashion industry congregated on the rooftop of the AMP Capital Building to celebrate another prosperous year and to launch the guest speakers of the Ideas Program for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in March of 2018.

 

Graeme Lewsey, CEO of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, presented a line up of speakers descending on Melbourne in March 2018.

Included in the programme is Big Little Lies author, Liane Moriarty and When Zhou, the CEO and Co-founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Joining the festivities was special guest, Joanna Gunn, Chief Brand Officer of Lane Crawford who spoke at the 2017 Festival as well as the fashion design team from Ginger & Smart and a swag of Aussie fashion gurus.

The Ideas Program in 2018 will include a series of Fashion Talks, the inaugural ‘International Women’s Day Forum’;  the usual VAMFF Business Seminar and a slew of open-to-the-public fashion shows and events.

And there’s more…
Michael Hill Jewellers – Sir Michael Hill in fact – hosted a drinks during the week to open a flagship, bespoke store on George Street in the the CBD. Meanwhile, the Spanish-created chic ‘bag’ name, Lautem, were also in launch mode. The label – which designs some beautifully structured boxy bags, hosted a party at Beta Barad Gallery to showcase what fans can find in its online world.


Sally Fitzgibbons Unveils Her Latest For Global Beauty Brand, Burt's Bees

Australia’s golden girl and surfing heavyweight, Sally Fitzgibbons has today unveiled her first, much anticipated ‘Be a True Force of Nature’ campaign for iconic beauty brand Burt’s Bees, with a national roll out across digital now live. The leading natural skincare brand and the champion of surf and natural living, represent the perfect unison of two true forces of nature.

Directed by Mike Calvino, the ad was shot over 2 days in Sally’s home town on the South Coast of Gerroa. In heading back to the place where her surfing journey began and where she chooses to spend most of her downtime, the setting reflects Sally’s personality as well as her love for the ocean; a true natural beauty which is the heart of Burt’s Bees.

The cinematography captures Sally during first and last light over the water, showcasing rich natural colours. The beautifully shot content gives an insight into Sally’s inspirational lifestyle and portrays the iconic Australian outdoor lifestyle.

Sally, who has always been drawn to the power of the ocean and was chasing the World Championship title in Hawaii, is the epitome of women’s health and her new role truly reflects this.

“Immersed in nature with no distractions is such a pure experience. I love the simplicity of nature, just like I love Burt’s Bees. It’s all natural, and it keeps my lips protected in all conditions. Being surrounded by water is when I feel like a true force of nature,” said Sally.

Burt’s Bees Marketing Director, Joy Delis said Sally is a leading icon for women and healthy, natural living. “Sally’s drive, courage and connection to nature make her perfect to tell the Burt’s Bees ‘Be a True Force of Nature’ story,” Delis said.

One of Sally’s favourite products in the range is the new Burt’s Bees All-Weather SPF15 Lip Balm, which she showcases in the campaign. “Whether I’m surfing, jogging or doing yoga on the beach, lip sunscreen is vital.” said Sally.

The Burt’s Bees All-Weather SPF 15 Lip Balm is formulated with Zinc Oxide which is a physical, mineral-based sunscreen that reflects UV rays naturally. The balm’s formula moisturises lips with nourishing ingredients Beeswax, Meadowfoam Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter and Olive Fruit Oil.

Unlike some natural SPF formulas that can produce an uncomfortable white cast on the lips, Burt’s Bees All-Weather SPF 15 Lip Balm is formulated to provide 100% natural protection without an unsightly tradeoff. The result is all-weather protection and, superior moisturisation that your lips will love.

 

Burt’s Bees products are available in David Jones, Myer, Big W, Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, selected pharmacies and online at www.burtsbees.com.au. Burt’s Bees All-Weather SPF15 Lip Balm RRP $7.95

Source: Burts Bees