‘Euphoria' by Karen Walker Eyewear Launches

Hedonism and piety have always consumed Karen Walker in equal measure. Her collections reverberate with complex duality, the nature of good and evil. The bad apple hidden in the barrel. The preacher girl turned wild. The blessed and the damned. In Euphoria, the clash has never been clearer. These eight new frames embrace both the apple-cheeked optimist and the snake-eyed ne’er do well alike.

“Our focus was that sweet epiphany moment,” Karen says. “It’s about that urge to play with colour and shape and view the world in a way that can be transformative.” Sometimes, as in the case of the new sport-sleek Hallelujah frames, the drama of transformation is electric, almost futuristic. The mono-flatline of the low brow, and the shaped-to-the-face lean proportions in shiny black and smoke or Crazy Tort acetate teamed with violet, sets the new skinny in its own virtual reality. Paradise Lost also narrows the vision and comes across as a wilful, powerful reclamation of the wraparound shape that had previously fallen prey to the villainy of boganism.

Into this same realm comes Bad Apple, a pointed, wicked and Wiccan update on the cat-eye; Superhero, a masked avenger ready to battle the world, and Blessed, whose solidly, square-edged and masculine proportions could easily mark it out as the good guy in black, Crazy Tort or silver Galaxy Glitter acetate. Moving from narrow interpretations to the wide-eyed vision of true believers there are three key styles in the collection that embrace the outsized.

Nirvana is a large-format lens in soft, neutral shades – tan or sage – bordered with a negative-space metal frame in warm shades of brown gold and bright gold. Eden pushes a harder line with an outlandish new splayed Cubism in fresh combinations of shiny black acetate with mustard tint lenses, blue mono teamed back against Crazy Tort and a copper Supernova Glitter with a gradated lens in cool brown.

The last of the new euphorics is Wisdom; an easy-on-the-eye expanding-edge quadrilateral, with sheer tint lenses and metal rims. In shiny brown gold on sage tint lenses, black shiny rims with dark smoke, and shiny bright gold worked back against violet tinted lenses, perfect for a sunny day in the garden of good and evil.

The Karen Walker Euphoria collection is available at select boutiques, department stores, eyewear specialists and all Karen Walker stores.

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Sophie Turner & Justin Theroux in the New Tambour Horizon Louis Vuitton Campaign

Louis Vuitton has unveiled its new advertising campaign to promote the new Tambour Horizon connected watch. Featuring four talents from different universes – Sophie Turner, Justin Theroux, Urassaya Sperbund and Liu Haoran – the short film gives the sense of a journey connected both to the outer world and to one’s inner self.

Dreams of far horizons and fearless journeys – a life lived to the fullest, every moment savoured. Encounters with others, along with self-discovery. Louis Vuitton draws the landscapes of time and fashions them into a round shape. An omnipresent circle, as ubiquitous in nature as it is in architecture, evokes the hours flying past and the design of a watch – thereby symbolising the connection all beings have with their own universe.

Snapshots of life, capturing looks and gestures; refined images that conjure up dreams while at the same time expressing the values of Louis Vuitton and the spirit of the Tambour Horizon connected watch. More than just images dedicated to watchmaking, the short film showcases a few of the House’s friends – Sophie Turner, Justin Theroux, Urassaya Sperbund, and Liu Haoran – chosen for their unique achievements.

British actor Sophie Turner is best known for her role as Sansa Stark in the hugely successful Golden Globe, SAG and EMMY award winning series Game of Thrones the eighth and final season of which will air this Spring. Sophie has gone on to star in a number of films including X-Men Apocalypse for which she will this year reprise her role as Jean Grey in X-Men : Dark Phoenix.

Justin Theroux is an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer whose career spans across television, theatre and film. He first came to prominence for his role in David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive. He most recently starred in HBO’s critically acclaimed series, The Leftovers for three seasons. Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, the show received a Peabody Award in 2016. Other film credits include Spy Who Dumped Me, Maniac, On The Basis of Sex, Mute, Charlie’s Angels, Girl on the Train, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. As a writer, he wrote Iron Man 2 and co-wrote Zoolander 1 & 2, and Tropic Thunder.

Born to a Norwegian father and a Thai mother, Urassaya Sperbund – nicknamed Yaya – became a model while still studying at International High School. Her first new face model fashion show led her to an acting career, and she went on to land the lead role in several famous TV series in Thailand.

Actor Liu Haoran made his screen debut at the age of 17. Today with several Chinese film industry awards under his belt and increasingly active in philanthropy activities, he has become a role model for the young Chinese generation. Another famous face to appear in the film is Liya Kebede. After achieving worldwide fame with her modelling career, Ethiopia-born Kebede has also become an actress and advocates for humanitarian causes, particularly within the World Health Organisation.

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P!NK accepts Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Grammy-winning singer P!nk wore jewelry by Kimberly McDonald and Sydney Evan while being honored with a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California.

P!nk wore the One of a Kind Double Dark Geode Cufflinks with Black Diamonds set in 18K White Gold with a Black Rhodium finish and the One of a Kind Pave Diamond Ring with Geode set in 18K White Gold both by Kimberly McDonald.

She also wore the Diamond Wire Ring in Yellow Gold, the Paisley Petal Stud in Yellow Gold, and the Pearl and Pave Bar Ear Jacket in Yellow Gold by Sydney Evan.


David Jones unveils ‘The Art Of Fashion’ at Tasmania’s MONA for AW19 Season launch

David Jones has hosted over 80 media and guests at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania for The Art of Fashion; the evening experience of the two-day immersive season launch in Tasmania. 

The Art of Fashion featured over 110 exits, 24 models and an all-star Australian line up including David Jones Ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Victoria Lee. Joining the ambassadors this season were Perth-born international supermodel Gemma Ward, and actor and MTV presenter, Cameron Robbie. 

“‘The Art of Fashion autumn winter season at David Jones is about expressing yourself,” says David Jones General Manager of Womenswear and Accessories, Bridget Veals. “A strong injection of colour and prints features heavily on the runway which in turn translate beautifully across all categories. We’re really excited to be seeing striking shades such as rich burgundies, muted blues, and warm neutrals; it’s a welcome departure from the darker palette we traditionally see on the runway at this time of year.”

Held in ‘The Void’ at MONA marking an exciting new direction for the department store, the AW19 show featured the best of the season from David Jones’ stable of exclusive designers across fashion, beauty and accessories including Balenciaga, Bianca Spender, Kenzo, Kate Sylvester.

Opening the show was women’s brand and international sensation RIXO London, set to Blackwater by Octave One. An ensemble of 22 operatic vocalists round out the sound track featuring a dynamic mix of artists.

The Designers:

Featuring over 110 exits and 50 brands, David Jones showcased exclusive women’s and men’s Australian and International designers including new designers making their Collections Launch debut; RIXO London, KENZO, Good American, Neous and All Saints.

Opening and Closing Designers:

New and exclusive international designer RIXO London opened the show and closed with Australian designers Carla Zampatti, Aje, Rachel Gilbert.

The Guest List:

A star-studded line up attended the anticipated bi-annual event including: David Jones Ambassador Adam Goodes, Marta Dusseldorp, Mavournee Hazel, Teresa Palmer, Madeleine Madden, Charlotte Best, Nadia Fairfax, Yan Yan Chan, Alice Quiddington, Ksenjia Lukich and Kate Waterhouse.

A number of David Jones’ leading portfolio of designers also fronted the red carpet including: Adrian Norris and Edwina Robinson from Aje, Mary Lou Ryan and Deborah Sams of Bassike, Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston of Bec & Bridge, Bianca Spender, Johnny Schembri of By Johnny, Carla Zampatti, Alexandra and Genevieve Smart of Ginger and Smart, Kit Willow from KitX and Rebecca Vallance.

Menu & Beverage:

The Void (on arrival)  – Ring finger – Tuna cubes, gold leaf, flavors of Thailand, Thai basil, violets, Compressed cucumber, gin, fermented seaweed, silver leaf, petite flowers with Forty Spotted Rare Gin Gimlet

Nolan Gallery (post Show) – Hand bagging (a term used when one eats from one’s hand bag) -Sashimi, sushi, rice, pickles, seaweed, wasabi, ponzu with Whey Down Low Collins (Hartshorn Sheep Whey Vodka, Maidenii Dry Vermouth, Grapefruit and ginger sherbet, Lemon, Soda ) Matcha tea infused tonic.

A touch of elegance – Nitro Reggiano parmigiano spheres, truffle center, soft white pillows, Autumn garden domes, dehydrated vegetable flowers, flower petals, citrus powder, candy pumpkin & orange. Passard’s eggs – a classic from French chef Alain Passard. Salmon & caviar tartare Margarita sorbet, cucumber jelly, wasabi flowers – steel sphere. Southern crayfish, tomato & vodka ice, pickled daikon, tomato jellies, flying fish roe, silver, white flowers – glass sphere. Wagyu beef, pickled mushrooms, ferments, black garlic, dashi sesame, seeds, flax seed crackers with Moorilla Wines, Moo Brew Beers and Cape Grim Sparkling & Still Water.

Styling:

This season’s key trends came to life at the hands of long time David Jones show stylist Kimberly Gardner.  For the first time, the runway show was styled by trend, offering inspiration and ease to customers.

Womenswear Trends:

Neutral Statement – Beige is set to become 2019’s power colour of choice. Make a natural statement with head-to-toe honey hues or pair with deeper tones such as olive or black.

Animal Instinct – A staple in every stylish woman’s wardrobe, animal print never goes out of fashion. Whether it’s a statement leopard print coat or a tiger print dress reinvented in an unexpected hue – whatever your preference, go wild.

Contemporary Clash – Mix, match, layer and clash – bold colours, eclectic prints, chunky trainers and rowdy logos. Clashing has never been cooler.

Sculptural Suiting – Go heritage with tweed, explore exaggerated proportions or dress down with trainers – fine tailoring is the easiest way to smarten up this season.

Menswear Trends:

CREATIVE MANIFESTO – This trend focuses on bold and youthful dressing that is directional driven by self-expression and the urge to make an impact. Think slogan T-shirts and logos, bright colours including yellow, orange, red and cobalt, and simple sporty silhouettes.

EASY STREET – An eclectic mix of sportswear and relaxed tailoring to make a bold and confident look. These comfortable and relaxed silhouettes are enhanced by opulent textures and fabrics. This look combines great tailoring and athleisure wear.

COMMON GROUND – This is a more romantic way of dressing, which sees timeless items improved with an element of artistic expression. There is a component of mid-century themes, which could also be described as ‘familiar Americana’. This trend involves turtle neck jumpers, knitted polo shirts, quilted vests and jackets, along with plaid collared shorts.

THE NEW FORMAL – Destinations between casual and formalwear, The New Formal combines traditional tailoring and street style. This deconstructed suiting involves mixing blazers or unstructured jackets with t-shirts, hoodies and more casual printed business shirts. The traditional suit can now worn three way, pairing casual pants back with investment blazers and mixing up textures, resulting in the ‘casualisation’ of men’s weekday wardrobes.

Makeup:

This season sees a departure from the expected with the look designed by internationally celebrated make-up artist, Victoria Baron. Victoria Baron, David Jones AW19 Make Up Director said: “This seasons runway look has been inspired by the relationship between light, sculpture and texture” David Jones AW19 Runway Makeup Director, Victoria Baron said, “Combining glass-like digital skin with flecks of metallic paints, pastel shadow, organic brows, and ink black lashes.It was important that The Art of Living runway look was editorial, imaginative and inspiring with its essence able to be interpreted into an achievable look.”

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Melissa was a guest of David Jones in Hobart


David Jones celebrates The Art of Entertaining in first of two day series of events at MONA Tasmania

David Jones has hosted 65 media and guests at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania for The Art of Entertaining; the first in a two day series of immersive experiences celebrating their AW19 season, The Art of Living.

Showcasing David Jones’ autumn winter collections across fashion, beauty, food and home, the launch of The Art of Living is a departure from the department store’s traditional new season presentation, delivering a concept designed to inspire customers to take a curated approach to living.

The lunch, hosted by David Jones General Manager of Home Yvonne Stinson and Managing Director of David Jones Food Pieter de Wet at MONA’s famed restaurant ‘The Source’, The Art of Entertaining focused on the retailer’s AW19 food and home offering and provided an intimate setting to highlight Tasmanian providores, local winemakers and artisan distillers.

Guests dined on handcrafted David Jones dinnerware, crockery and glassware, designed in collaboration with Robert Gordon Pottery on a dynamic menu designed by MONA Chef Vince Trim and his team, showcasing David Jones’ premium Tasmanian suppliers.

“The Art of Entertaining is a spectacular opportunity for us to shine a light on the exceptional standard of produce, food and drink coming out of Tasmania,” said David Jones Managing Director of Food, Pieter de Wet. “We are incredibly fortunate to have access to such superb suppliers throughout Australia and beyond and the AW19 season is no exception as we sample Tasmanian produce, seafood, wine, cheese and whiskey from within our food offering.”

The Art of Entertaining also featured new season arrivals from Dinosaur Designs, Georg Jensen, Bang & Olufsen and David Jones.

Yvonne Stinson, David Jones General Manager of Home said, “The David Jones AW19 campaign captures the essence of artful living and has provided us with a platform to celebrate some of the remarkable product coming out of Australia. We’re delighted to welcome iconic Australian brand Dinosaur Designs to our evolving stable of Home and Lifestyle brands. From surround sound to ceramics, we will continue to develop an innovative selection of brands that caters to our customer’s sense of style beyond their wardrobe.”

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Melissa was a guest of David Jones in Hobart