Blanchett, Mirren, Imbruglia and Spencer: refreshing to see some real faces on the Cannes carpet

Cate Blanchett in an Alexander McQueen gown from his final collection

Helen Mirren: a perennial class act
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Australian Fashion week: observing the frock week that was

pic courtesy of ghd for Dion Lee: the dress & model, Samantha Harris, defined Fashion Week

This piece isn’t about the frocks and the trends that came out of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW).

There are hundreds of keen bloggers and a slew of fash-eds who’ll be delivering their varying critiques over the next few days.

Refreshing not be constrained by the strain of newspaper deadlines (after 15 years of doing exactly since RAFW started) there’s often too much navel-gazing when it comes to the frock industry. We sometimes forget how to observe fashion from a more realistic, if not, lighter perspective.

Minus the bells and whistles of which it had become renowned – ludicrous PR stunts used to fill the final 30 seconds of each nights evening news at fashion week time – this year’s RAFW showed a maturity.
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Australia's Hamilton Island & Audi Race Week amp up lodging factor

If you’re thinking of an autumn/winter break, the latest Hamilton Island villas could be a thought, so says their media release.

“From May 10, 2010, a collection of luxury Yacht Club Villas will provide a new accommodation option on Hamilton Island. The villas are expected to be popular for those travelling in a family, a group, or for those who prefer the independence of a self-contained stay.

Ideal for groups of up to eight people, the four-bedroomed, four-bathroomed villas look out over Dent Passage, Hamilton Island Marina and the surrounding Whitsunday Islands. All are individually designed by renowned architect, Walter Barda and are set amongst tranquil landscaping, crafted by celebrity green thumb, Jamie Durie.
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Well removed from fashion week, Thredbo gears up for an onslaught of the Clicquot champagne set

As Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in Sydney soldiers on and on and on, here’s one mega-sounding event that some social circuiteers will be marking in their diaries...

When the below media release came through, it just sounded like a complete and pure escape. So, here you go:

“Veuve Clicquot hits Thredbo this season with the arrival of Clicquot in the Snow 2010, a celebration of two of life’s great pleasures, Veuve Clicquot and après ski.

The inaugural Clicquot in the Snow will be held in Thredbo on Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 July, with champagne flowing at a series of unique Veuve Clicquot experiences. The village will turn “Clicquot yellow” with events including après ski parties, exclusive dinners, tastings, even gorgeous picnics in the snow.
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As the Aussie summer sun starts to fade, Phuket sounds nice

A while ago I was invited by the owners of Sri Panwa to test out their resort on the island of Phuket over a long weekend. And there was nothing not to love...

‘Perched high on the tip of the exquisitely picturesque Cape Panwa on the delicious Thai Island of Phuket, there is nothing not to adore about this place. And let’s face it, there is hardly ever a dull-weather day.

Comprised of a series of totally private, infinity pool villas that are wrapped around glass-encased bedrooms (the best I’ve ever seen) it’s already being touted as one of the top resorts in Thailand. And so it should. It is simply jaw-droppingly beautiful with sea views stretching out from my pool and everything you need for a full on resort holiday firmly in place.
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