The allure of the Tiffany & Co blue box . . .

There is something about a little blue box Tiffany box that gives most people who have ever received one a kind of warm and fizzy feeling .

So it is with much excitement for the style pack that Tiffany & Co. is opening its latest store at Bondi Junction, the second store location in Sydney. And it opens just in time for Christmas.

 

Yep, next Monday, Christmas Eve, the approximately 230-square-metre store, which is perched in Westfield Bondi Junction will open for festive business. Can you imagine the rush?

“We look forward to welcoming our many customers to our new store in this exciting shopping centre,” said Glen Schlehuber, managing director of Tiffany & Co.Australia. “Our prime location within the centre is the perfect home for our renowned jewellery collections and conveniently located to service our loyal clientele”

Tiffany architects and interior designers have utilized time honoured and archival motifs to create an elegant store atmosphere.

The calming colour, Tiffany Blue™, has been incorporated in the façade, along with the wheat leaf pattern that frames the entrance of the Fifth Avenue flagship store.

In addition, the stainless steel showcases are trimmed with the Art Deco-inspired fluting detail that embellishes the entrance of the New York store.

To mark the occasion, Tiffany & Co. have collaborated with local Sydney artist, Dr Lisa Cooper, to design and create sculptural objects that pay homage to Tiffany's relationship with nature and true love. The sculptures will be displayed in the store windows from 7th January through to 15th February 2013.

The new store is Tiffany’s sixth location in Australia.

 

 

 

 


Robby Ingham expands fashion empire acquiring online destination, My Catwalk. Plus, there' a mega SALE.

The Robby Ingham Group headed by fashion icon Robby Ingham has announced the purchase of MyCatwalk.com, the designer fashion website which stocks an array of designer labels including Sass & Bide, Camilla & Marc, Elizabeth James, AG Jeans and many more.

The Robby Ingham Group currently owns two fashion stores in Sydney, located at Double Bay and Paddington and the purchase of MyCatwalk.com will now expand their offering to the online markets.

“The former owners recently decided to strategically exit the business and we are pleased to take over ownership and revamp the website, in order to enhance the online shopping experience to the thousands of loyal customers of MyCatwalk.com,” explained Robby.

THE ONLINE WORLD

Robby Ingham is excited to be taking on a new venture and will launch a new MyCatwalk.com website, with new labels, a new look and international designers in mid-December.

“With our experience in running the two shopfront stores in Sydney, we will certainly be bringing an array of new ideas, labels and styles to the MyCatwalk.com brand,” continued Robby.

“Initially however, we will be marking the new ownership with a massive warehouse sale commencing this Thursday at Alexandria.

With stock starting from $19, the warehouse sale will be huge with bags, belts, shoes and designer clothes all marked down to extremely low prices,” added Robby.

MEGA WAREHOUSE SALE FROM THURSDAY

The MyCatwalk.com Warehouse Sale will commence Thursday 15 November until Sunday 18 November from 9am and will only be available at the MyCatwalk warehouse at O’Riodran Street, Alexandria.

When: Thursday 15 November to Sunday 18 November
Times: Thurs & Friday – 9am to 8pm
Sat & Sun - 9am to 6pm
Where: Level 2, 65 - 67 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria NSW
(Cnr of Doody St & above Audio Products Group)

 


Prince Charles & his wool moment with leading Australian fashion designers . . .

 

 

 

 

At an exclusive event held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) warmly welcomed the patron of the global Campaign for Wool, HRH Prince of Wales.

HRH Prince of Wales, wearing a double breasted Australian Merino suit by UK tailors Anderson & Sheppard, greeted the public on the forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art before being introduced to AWI Chairman, Wal Merriman and CEO, Stuart McCullough who escorted him to the 6th floor of the Museum where over one hundred of the wool industry and fashion industry mingled awaiting his arrival.

Included in the line up were some of Australia’s most prominent designers, all supporters of the Campaign for Wool, Camilla and Marc, Akira Isogawa, Dion Lee, Josh Goot and Kym Ellery who showcased their designs to HRH The Prince of Wales. Special guests also included three North Ashrose Merino sheep and a bottle-fed lamb from South Australia who grazed on the balcony overlooking Sydney’s famous harbour.

Now in its 3rd year, The Campaign for Wool, of which les is a patron, is being celebrated on an unprecedented global scale with more countries than ever before creating their own program of activity to celebrate ‘Wool Week’. With the next phase of the Campaign for Wool focussed on education, year 10 student and winner of the Wool4skool design competition, Brooke Pearce showcased her wool outfit and briefly met with HRH The Prince of Wales.

 

Peter Ackroyd, Executive of The Campaign for Wool who was in attendance commented, “Since its inception The Campaign for Wool has captured the imagination of both the fashion and design industries, and the public. With the support of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, it has been instrumental in driving a new demand for wool, the world’s favoured renewable and versatile fibre, and I’m delighted to see its continued growth in 2012 and beyond.”

“We are very pleased to be given this opportunity to meet with HRH Prince of Wales and present some of our important Campaign for Wool partners,” explained Stuart McCullough, AWI CEO. “With the support and endorsement of it patron, the global Campaign for Wool continues to connect to consumers around the world highlighting the benefits of wool in apparel and interiors.”

About Campaign for Wool

The Campaign for Wool was launched in 2010 to educate consumers about the benefits of wool and promote wool-predominant products to an international audience to help support and grow the wool industry. Run by a coalition of industry groups convened by HRH The Prince of Wales, the campaign works to engage consumers through exciting fashion, interiors, artisan and design lead activities centring around Wool Week each year.

Visit www.campaignforwool.com.aufor more information and check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2rr7SRlQK0

 


Stylish success for Sydney's 'Le Diner en Blanc': video & pics . . .

From all accounts, a huge crowd turned out in Sydney on Saturday night,  dressed in white, for the first Le Dîner en Blanc in Australia.

More than 1500 Sydneysiders, converged on the forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art for Sydney’s inaugural Dîner en Blanc, a mysterious, impromptu and quite spectacular evening picnic.

 

From 6pm on Saturday evening, Australia’s global city put on fine weather, great tunes, delicious food, wines, plenty of white and some festive dancing in the shadows of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. And as soon as it started, it seemed it had gone – with the whole affair packed up and moved on before midnight.

Take a look at this snappy video wrap of the night:  http://bit.ly/S5WBtm

Dîner en Blanc was launched by a group of friends more than 20 years ago in Paris (one of the events in Paris pictured above, outside Notre Dame) and now brings together more than 15,000 people each year, to some of the world’s biggest cities such as New York, Vancouver, Barcelona, Mexico City, Singapore and many more.


The event was supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW and Santa Vittoria and swas part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. Other partners included Pol Roger champagne, Terre a Terre and Spinifex wines.

 

 


Back-end stares and whispers? Didn't give a stuff when given the chance to test drive an Audi R8.

I have never, ever been in a car that has garnered as many stares and whispers as this one. And to be honest, it's not a bad feeling to have a heap of admirers -- mainly men, skater teens and small boys -- staring at your back-end with smiles on their collective faces. Obviously, it's the R8's exposed (rear) engine that gets them in. As well as its smooth noise. And clean lines. And sleekness. and damn sexiness. Need I go on?

This mighty fine specimen of A-list, hand-crafted aluminium was 'loaned' to me for a weekend, fulfilling one of my son Connor's (oh, and my) dreams. And sorry, son, we cannot afford one. The kid knew more about our R8 and was more protective of it than he would have been a pet python. That drew me to the conclusion that everyone should, at least once, drive – or even test drive -- a damn sexy sportscar. Which, in turn, led me to the next conclusion that my next car is going to be some/any kind of sportscar. Which in turn led me to the final conclusion that I need to get rich. Quick.

The precisely put-together R8 is nowhere near as ubiquitous as my trusty ole VW Golf -- there are just a double digit amount of R8's in Australia. But after our acceleR8-ing experience (the son made that little term up) I have now been officially spoilt. It will be hard to go back now.

The Audi R8 was designed as the German car company's city-drivable answer to a Porsche. And when it was unveiled in 2008 it had an engine based on the one in the Lamborghini Gallardo which -- like torque, downforce, kilowatts and ABS -- doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. All I know is that this car definitely has fire in its belly. It wants to go faaaast. And I could, quite possibly, have found a hot-wheeling husband with a passion for fast cars, IF I had continued driving it for the rest of my life.

Audi says its R8 can go from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in around 3.9 seconds and 97 to 200 km/h in 8.1 seconds. Shame the zillion school zones and residential zones we found over the weekend didn't let any of us fulfil the latter potential. But a drive from Sydney up along the northern beaches gave me all the ammo I needed to know this vehicle was the crème de la crème of cars.

There are all-LED headlights; a killer Bang & Olufsen 465 watt sound system and a body that oozes as much sex as a Victoria's secret fashion show. Or Mila Kunis. Simply, the R8 is an incredibly sexy car. Even sliding into it (and you verge on performing a limbo manoeuvre getting into the cabin) makes you feel like you have hurled yourself onto your wedding night hotel bed. If you get my drift.

The V10 engine would probably chew through the fuel but hey, who’s worried about the price of petrol when you've forked out enough bucks on a car to buy an inner city bedsit?

To be honest, the R8 is not an everyday car. You want to go full throttle but those pesky (ok, ok, much needed) 60km/h zones thwart that full teleporting acceleration experience. The B&O sound system is quite extraordinary. I felt like I was at a live gig each time my tunes were switched on. The transmission is S-tronic, which is chic Audi-speak for automated-manual, with the engine changing gears when it should. There are a number of ways you can ‘drive' the R8 but I opted keeping it in 'A' and it did all the gear-changing for me.

Look, I could have put more effort into actually driving this magnificent specimen of car-hood, and experimenting with the auto gear change system. But I was much too busy enjoying having my rear end (with the magnificent engine exposed under a veil of glass) checked out -- and waving to appreciative car fans with that "this is my car" confidence that only comes with driving a pricey but shockingly chic set of wheels. Simply, I loved it.

Footnote: a new Audi R8 will set you back well into the, gulp, $300k mark ... so get saving. Or find someone rich who'll buy it for you. As a gift. Let's wish.

(This piece first appeared in a similar form on www.carsguide.com.au)