The H&M taste of things to come

H & M’s Studio AW/15 Collection launches globally on September 10.

This year the collection, shown on the runway at Paris Fashion Week, features themes of sporty energy, utilitarian futurism and starburst shine. 

Fab food and a Ferrari

DELICIOUS magazine scored quite the culinary coup as a gang of canaped crusaders gathered to hear who took home their annual Produce Awards.

Also celebrating their 10th anniversary, the VIP foodie event in the new Bennelong restaurant at the Sydney Opera House drew a huge gang of producers and food fans from around the country.

Some of Australia’s most renowned chefs and industry leaders joined the Deliciouscrew at the annual ceremony, the awards designed to celebrate the country’s most outstanding produce and producers, farmers’ markets, innovators, emerging chefs and food regions.

“After 10 years, the Delicious Produce Awards are undoubtedly the most credible and exciting food awards in Australia. We’re proud to support Australia’s incredible stable of producers, bringing them to the attention of industry heavyweights and the Australian public,” said Delicious editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum.

The Delicious awards continue to champion the best Australian produce and the people behind it, thanks to readers who nominate their local ‘produce’ heroes. The insight of a national judging panel (pictured below and including Matt Moran, Valli Little, Christine Manfield, Alla Wolf-Tasker, Maggie Beer and Shannon Bennett) make up the judging mix.

“Every year I am blown away by the produce presented for judging. I love the constant surprises you get. The Delicious Produce Awards do so much for the Australian food scene, it’s so exciting.” said produce awards patron, Maggie Beer.

This year’s winners are innovating in the area of everyday products — chicken, cheddar and milk — bringing an entirely new dimension to Australian food staples.

Guests were treated to a menu created by chef Peter Gilmore and his new Bennelong team, inspired by produce from this year’s winners and finalists. Yup, it was a foodie paradise.

By the way, the complete story and full list of winners and medallists will appear in the August issue of Delicious.

I’ve got a fast car …

Woo-hoo. I got lucky last weekend and got to drive a very, very, very fast car.

The incredibly trustworthy folk from Ferrari invited me to test run their California T and while I am no bona fide car critic (Jeremy Clarkson, you are safe) man, she is a beautiful beast.

The only sting? You put your foot down and you’re up around 100ks in a matter of seconds and in the stop-start of city streets, soooo frustrating.

That small pace perfection aside, the stares, the glances, the looks you get when you drive a serious show-off car gave me a ridiculously good ego boost. Driving to the Blue Mountains from Sydney made that en-route pit-stop into McDonalds taste that bit nicer.

Meanwhile, the newest in a conga line of very speedy vehicles was unleashed with an A-team event at the Inglis Stables in Sydney, hosted by Ferrari. The new Ferrari 488GTB is a mechanical monster — in the nicest sense of the word.

Fans and followers were treated to a mega soiree to herald the arrival of the latest to Aussie roads. Unfortunately it doesn’t hit our shores until 2017, so save your half a million for now. Or go buy a very small house instead.

And the show goes on at the Helpmann awards

Todd McKenney did a brilliant bob hosting the annual Helpmann Awards — the Aussie ‘Oscars’ of the entertainment, theatre and musical biz.

McKenney, who is also a star of musical theatre and Dancing With the Stars, hosted the awards at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre which drew the cream of the country’s performing arts industry.

Presenters included Cate Blanchett, Danielle Cormack and Marta Dusseldorp — could Cate look any more chic in her Carl Kapp dress? As for Danielle in a killer tux? Total class.

You can read all the Helpmann winners here.

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You'll never guess which Aussie state wear the highest heels

Australians wear above global average heel height.

Globally, the average heel height is 7cm, but Australian shoe lovers wear, on average, an 8.3cm heel.

West Australian women wear the highest heels on average of all the states.
South Australians and Canberrans wear the lowest heels.

Queenslanders are most likely to choose flats

Women from New South Wales like their heels high.

They are the most likely to choose mid-height heels (7cm) and second most likely to choose high heels (10cm). They are least likely to choose flats and kitten heels (5.5cm).


Victorians are the most likely to choose high heels (10cm)

South Australians are most likely to choose kitten heels (5.5cms)

South Australians are most likely to choose kitten heels (5.5cms)

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Jodie Fox, co-founder of Shoes of Prey, said that as customisation in fashion has become mainstream in the past few years, new trends are becoming evident in the data Shoes of Prey has collected. 

“It’s interesting that despite a relatively homogenous fashion offering around Australia in high street stores, there are clear distinctions in preferences for different heel heights and shoes between the Australian states. Each state definitely has its own shoe identity. 

“The average preferred heel height is declining around the world – down to 8.1cm from 8.9cm in the last two years.

“The global decline in average heel height can, in part, be attributed to the fact women can now choose a heel height that suits them. 

“It’s not a one-size fits all industry — the styles available in store can be too high, too low or simply just not right for that person’s needs. With the rise of customisation in fashion, we are seeing women choose shoes and heel sizes that suit their needs without compromising on their preferred design.

“The resurgence of fashionable brogues, which we’ve seen all over the runways and on fashion bloggers the past few years, are also a key driver in the decline. Oxfords are certainly one of our most popular shoes.

“Heels will always be in fashion though, and this spring I expect to see the trend of dainty stiletto sandals with ankle straps dominating the turf at Spring Racing Carnival. 

“But certainly a much wider range of heel heights are now considered just as fashionable — shoe-lovers who still want high-end fashion, with a few customised tweaks to a traditional high heel, can get the perfect solution,” she said.


How does it feel to be Topshop’s campaign girl?

It’s 100% cool. I just love anything Topshop. I’m the biggest fan because it never feel forced or posed – which I think is very much my style too. 

How would you describe your style?

I like to say casual chic because I have to be comfortable, but also like to stay on trend. My Met Ball after party look was a Versace mini dress with adidas trainers – I like mixing glam and casual.

How was it shooting Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ video?

Absolutely epic. I’ve never been on a production that huge. What people don’t understand about how massive it was is that none of those were green screens they’re all real sets – so the effort that Taylor and Joseph put in to make it seem like a real badass secret agent training camp is real. It was like the supermodel Hunger Games. 

You’re also part of the Instagram generation – what do you and your friends love so much about it?

It’s about being able to look inside worlds that you wouldn’t normally experience. I like following graffiti artists and musicians because it gives me a new insight. It’s not even about celebrity versus no celebrity – one of my best friends sisters is travelling the world saving whales and she’s posting underwater pictures everyday – and she’s not a celebrity, but it’s completely cool. It’s cool to work in a generation where we have that tool. 

What’s do you think it’s like being a model in 2015, compared to say the ‘90s supermodels?

I’ve heard from a lot of people in the industry that the supermodel is coming back, which is really exciting for me. For a long time you would see a girl for one season and then you’d never really hear about her again. Now models are getting to create a fanbase that keeps them around.

Any other secret talents?

I’m a real geek about criminal psychology. I have no idea where that came from – my mom used to catch me sitting home at 9 years old watching Forensic Files instead of the Disney channel. And she was like – my daughter’s either brilliant or really weird!