The Manicure That Doesn't Wreck Your Nails

Shellac had become my beauty crack. And the worse my nails underneath were for it.

For those not fluent in manicure speak, Shellac revolutionised painting your nails as only after a few minutes they were completely dry and then the colour lasted a couple of weeks. Brilliant! What a time saver.

But there was a serious downside.

Having your hands sit under a UV light isn’t the best thing for them at the best of times and when you do go to remove it from your nails, your natural nails are absolutely wafer-thin, crappy and in serious splitsville.

Anyway, for 40 bucks I spent at my local mani/pedi USA Nails salon, I decided to give SNS (Signature Nail Systems) a whirl.

SNS is a nail dipping system that uses a brush-on gel base on the nail, which is then dipped in a powder. The powder comes in a whole lot of colours – from natural to a french manicure look to lots of colours including my favourite – a very, very deep burgundy, nearing on black.

The powder actually strengthens the nails and is made up of organically-processed chemicals Benzoyl Peroxide, Titatum Dioxide and Acrylic Ester Polymer.

After my nails were brushed with the gel they were individually dipped into the coloured powder – two times – and they then dried incredibly quickly.

The result is very natural looking, not heavy and they feel very strong too.

The nail technician told me it should last longer than Shellac . . . so I’ll be interested to see how long and when it comes to removal, how my nails will be underneath.

So far, so good!

Ellery Paddington Flagship Boutique Launch

ELLERY unveiled its new Sydney flagship boutique in Five Ways, Paddington with an official store opening party.

Amongst attendees were Eva Galambos, Camilla Freeman-Topper, Yan Yan Chan, Carmen Hamilton, Romy Frydman and Jess Blanch, who enjoyed a live performance by French musician Maxime Sokolinski and artist Holly Fewson.

Fewson became a live tableau as she painted the boutique windows with womanly figures disguised as modernist ceramic ware and guests crowed around to observe her practice.

The ELLERY flagship boutique is a modern and luxury space housed within a traditional Victorian Terrace.

Envisioned by Kym Ellery and the ELLERY team in collaboration with architects Herbert & Mason, the boutique features a series of sensorial contrasts; polished concrete surfaces, whitewashed woods, camel leathers and tubular brass racking in intergalactic gold.

Highlights of rose-tinted glass guide the eye through the space whilst luxurious carpeted fitting rooms are concealed within a brass feature wall.

Handmade ceramic tiles by artist Debra Ellery are placed as a feature on the shoe wall.

Each tile took hours to create and embrace the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of wabi sabi, which prizes perverse beauty in deliberate imperfection.

The centrepiece however – the affectionately nicknamed ‘Chewbacca’ chair, a furry object of desire sourced from London and designed by Robin Day in 1952.

The journey through the lightly futuristic space finishes at the Moroccan-style cactus garden, a sunny space perfect for a moment of repose and reflection.

The flagship boutique promises to hold a curated and expansive selection of ELLERY womenswear and accompany it with excellent service from the specialist team.

Take a journey to Elleryland and enjoy our little piece of Paddington.

Source: ELLERY

Great Collaboration With the Woolmark Company: Ten Pieces Collection at Icebergs

Maurice Terzini and Lucy Hinckfuss have revealed TEN PIECES 17:18 VERTICAL STRIPES 41-50, their third show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia held at the iconic Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

Releasing their fifth offer of wardrobe essentials, in collaboration with The Woolmark Company, TEN PIECES Resort 17:18 is a ten-piece Merino Wool jersey collection and knitted Cashwool® collection.

Merino and silk Merino jerseys in soft earthy colours have been introduced to offset the black and white staples and reinterpret signature silhouettes.

Modern day monochrome twin sets have been designed to offer the wearer a simple yet elegant choice in casual dressing and the addition of knitwear signals a new and evolved TEN PIECES.

Vertical print stamps influenced by industrial architecture and landscapes, the sporty punk muse has a more refined overall look suggested through detailed finishes.

References to Sharpies – suburban youth gangs in Australia in the ‘60s and ‘70s – see the collection styled with a raw and quintessentially Australian edge.

TEN PIECES Resort Runway collection will feature accessories by Berlin-based designer Brohn Smith of Breath & Stone, a collaboration between two like-minded designers focused on forging their own identities.

At TEN PIECES there are no seasons or reasons only TEN options that are interchangeable.

Collection in stores and online in September.

Source: Ten Pieces

Ellery and Etihad Airways Celebrated 10 Year Milestones at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

A ground breaking decade of fashion and luxury travel was celebrated at an exclusive Australian Fashion Week VIP Event in Sydney overnight.

Distinguished Australian designer, Ellery, last night co-hosted an exclusive event – ELLERY X ETIHAD AIRWAYS – together with the Abu Dhabi-based airline at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

The event celebrated ELLERY’s 10th year since showing for the first time at Australian Fashion Week with a retrospective of iconic looks from the ELLERY archive.

Etihad Airways celebrated its 10 years of service to Australia and global commitment to fashion with the Australian launch of its Runway To Runway program.

Adding further excitement to the occasion, Etihad Airways also unveiled a new fashion initiative – Model Diaries– an original content series featuring IMG Model Georgia Fowler in the inaugural episode.

Produced in partnership with Etihad Airways and IMG, the series will follow notable models from take-off to touchdown as they travel to fashion events around the world.

Upcoming destinations include Mumbai, London, Abu Dhabi and beyond.

Etihad Airways’ ‘Runway to Runway’ initiative is a unique loyalty and rewards program specifically designed to support the fashion industry’s international travel requirements.

Runway to Runway members are eligible to receive special airfares, airport lounge access, complimentary upgrades, priority boarding and check-in, additional checked baggage allowances, as well as preferred cargo and group travel rates when travelling for photo shoots, showing collections overseas, or conducting business in overseas markets.

Source: Etihad and Ellery

Brilliant Reaction to Designer Thomas Puttick Using 60-year-olds in Fashion Week Show

IN ONE of the most refreshing displays of fashion and runway diversity, a young Australian designer has gone where not many have gone before.

Thomas Puttick has actually used ‘older’ models in his eponymous designer label show, on the first official full day of Australian Fashion Week.

Just before the show started at Carriageworks in Sydney’s Redfern, the voice of designer Puttick explained why his choice of ‘diverse’ women. Or the models he called his ‘muses’.

“The new series is a way for us to present empowered women who have a strong message, and who carry themselves,” he said.

There were tall women, former models, shorter women and even women who weren’t the traditional ‘rake-thin’. Some of the names included Yvonne Tozzi, Nadine Bush, Dina Broadhurst, Nima Davif and Aminata Conteh-Biger.

Puttick’s fashion pedigree is sound, having worked with the like of Alexander McQueen, Christopher Esber, Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang and his collection featured ethically sourced fabrics in soft and flowing pieces that really could be worn by many ages, shapes and sizes.

Slip dresses, flowing coats, simple oversized black pants, white shirts and tube skirts gave the whole collection a relatable and wearable edge.

Also showing today was Alice McCall, who kicked off an early Monday morning with a rock- chick kind of show featuring combinations that could be put together if we’d all raided grandma’s wardrobes and funked her pieces up with the addition of cool-school granny pants.

As well, Bianca Spender delivered an extraordinarily streamlined show in loose and layered pastel hued pieces — she really has inherited the understated and all-class gene from her fashion designer mum, Carla Zampatti.

Bianca accessorised her pieces with some killer Dinosaur Designs jewellery and buckles.

The incredibly cool new label from Mikey Nolan, Double Rainbouu and Karla Spetic will show today while Aussie model, 20-year-old Byron Bay-born Jordan Barrett is, allegedly, being paid $100,000 to ‘walk’ in a show from designer Justin Cassin today.

Red carpet favourite Steven Khalil is scheduled to show his exquisitely made extravaganzas on Monday afternoon while Zhivago and Sass & Bide will also wrap up day one of the annual fashion fiesta which runs until Thursday night, when Romance was Born wraps up the fashion week that was.

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