Steph Claire Smith: Face of ‘real bodies’ Bras N Things 2019 campaign with Robyn Lawley

Every body deserves to sparkle this festive season. That’s the message from Aussie women Robyn Lawleyand Steph Claire Smith who star in Bras N Things’ new Gifts that Sparkle campaign.

“I couldn’t be happier that one of my favourite Aussie clients, Bras N Things, asked me to be in their Christmas campaign. I love being back in Australia at this time of year, the weather is warming up and everyone is ready to spend time with friends and family,” Robyn said.

“Bras N Things has always done an amazing job of celebrating women and embracing women and I am proud to be part of that.Great lingerie can change how you feel, whether you want to be sexy, have a fun night out with friends or just feel good as you head off to work. There is something special about putting on the right set of lingerie that fits perfectly, there’s an empowering confidence that comes with it.”

For Steph Claire Smith, co-owner of fitness and wellness movement Keep It Cleaner, there’s no better time to embrace what makes you feel great.

“One of the reasons I love working with Bras N Things is I know this is a brand that truly celebrates women. Bras N Things always have gorgeous pieces that suit all body types and I love that you can walk into any store and find a friendly team who are trained to help you find a bra that is not only comfortable but fits your body perfectly.”

With over 30 years’ experience designing bras in Australia and training team members to be experts in fit, whether you are an A cup or an H cup, Bras N Things have the perfect bra for every customer at every stage of life.

Bras N Things’ National Marketing Manger, Natalie Chalmers, said: “This campaign is designed to not only showcase our gorgeous products but also celebrate every one who wears them. Our customers don’t need to aspire to a ‘fantasty’, they want to be inspired by confident women who are unapologetic about who they are and embrace how they look. Our loyal customers keep coming back to Bras N Things because we offer them great choices with the perfect fit so they can be who they truly are and we celebrate that.

“People from all walks of life come into our stores for a variety of reasons, but every single one of our customers is guaranteed to receive excellent service from our trained fit experts to find lingerie that fits their body perfectly, is comfortable and looks stunning.”

Bras N Things’ CEO, George Wahby, said:“Others may claim to be fit experts, but at Bras N Things we have over 30 years’ experience designing bras in Australia for all body shapes and training our team to measure, fit and offer expert, personalised advice to our customers. Anyone who comes into a Bras N Things store has experienced our team’s commitment to empower women to feel beautiful from the inside out and ensure no one ever has to endure wearing an uncomfortable bra.

“We listen to what our customers have told us they want and need. Our size range has evolved over the years to reflect the true shape and size of our customers. We have an extensive range from an A through to H cup and up to a size 22. Bras N Things’ fit experts are trained to help anyone that comes into our stores – from your first bra through to maternity, medical or cosmetic post-surgery fittings, gender diverse or people with medical conditions. Our team help every one of our customers find the right bra to feel confident and comfortable.”

This Christmas campaign marks the end of a huge and successful 12 months of Bras N Things’ campaigns. From the Body Bliss Luxe launch to the partnership with women’s charity Support The Girls, Bras N Things’ campaigns celebrate women, diversity and fashion without compromising on comfort.

Key pieces of the Gifts that Sparkle collection:

 Viper Curvey Set – available only in size 14 – 18

Sparkle with rose gold foiled lace and star shaped trinket, while embracing your edgy side in this stunning set. Designed for curves, the bra features over bust strapping detail for a customised fit and special side support in the cups. The gorgeous lace feature, make the matching briefs a must have.

Shimmer

Let your inner shimmer shine through with this gorgeous three piece set. Shimmer lace with soft satin binding and bow trimmings make this set extra special and perfect for the holiday season. The push up bra gives an instant lift and plunging neckline or choose the full cup option for a beautiful balconette neckline. Pair with a Brazilian or Mini-V and matching suspender to complete the look. Available in red or black.

Rosette

Featuring a decadent red and black rose embroidered pattern and soft satin bind details, the Rosette is dramatic and glamourous. Available from a size 8 to 16, and a full cup option up to a G cup, this is a set that every woman will love. Pair with a Brazilian or V-String and suspenders to complete the set.

Rose Glitz

Shine like an angel with soft white lace featuring a luxurious rose gold Lurex pattern, framed with satin bind details. The longline design of the bra makes for a beautiful statement piece, showcasing the lace against skin. Complete the look with the matching Brazilian with the same satin design details as the bra.

Highness

Dare to be bold in red with intricate strapping deatil, crystal droplets, dimantes and deliacate eyelash lace. The longline, push up bra has mutiple stap options – cross over or even strapless – and the full cup option is available up to a G cup. Pair with a matching Brazilian or V-String and suspender for an eyecatching set.

Aura

Luxurious gold hardware paired with shimmer mesh and eyelash lace make this set one in a million. Studded strap details, soft satin finishes are a gorgeous addition to this striking set. Complete the look with a Brazilian or V-String and suspender.

Vamp Galaxy

Take your sparkle to a new leverl with the Vamp Galaxy set, with shimmer lace and elastic over a crisp white backing. The straps on the bra can be crossed or interwoven to create mutiple styles. Pair with a matching Brazilian or skirted V-String with caging features and removable suspender detail.

Sleepwear

Sleep tight this Christmas with the Ruby sleep sets – avaiable in red, black or pink. Perfect to give as a gift, or treat yourself, choose from a shorts and cami PJ set or slip, and finish the look with a gorgeous wrap which features a beautiful lace insert at the back.

Source: Bras N Things 


CAMILLA AND MARC Flagship Opening

Just in time for the holiday season, Australian luxury brand CAMILLA AND MARC will open its new Flagship boutique at Westfield Bondi Junction on Thursday 5th December.

In honour of the opening, and CAMILLA AND MARC’s dedication to empowering women through design, the brand has launched an exclusive collaboration with artist George Raftopoulos, “Be a Goddess. Be You.” The message first appeared on billboards around Sydney in the lead up to the opening, and will also appear on limited edition t-shirts, sold exclusively at the Bondi Junction boutique.

Each T-shirt is signed by the artist and has its own unique “Be a Goddess. Be You” artwork created using a combination of spray paint and pen artistry. George’s art will also adorn the windows of the boutique throughout the opening week.

Custom green Marmorino render is used through the store, amplifying the modern, yet classic creative direction of the CAMILLA AND MARC brand. Black steel fixtures with new Italian Nubuck leather shelving serve as hanging and display use. Fitting rooms are fitted with luxurious Maharam’s velvet curtains and Nicos Zographos leather lounge chairs & bench seats used to create a residential tone.

All design elements speak to the principles of the CAMILLA AND MARC brand, upholding qualities of timeless style, design innovation and impeccability across every detail. Once again working with acclaimed designer, Kelvin Ho from Akin Atelier, the store continues to be an extension of both founders, Camilla and Marc’s, innate love of architecture and design.

The project’s realisation is personal for both Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman, having both grown up in the locality, they have desired to open a store in precinct for some time. The opportunity to open at Westfield Bondi junction was poignant and timely, completing the brand’s 15th anniversary year.

Of the design, Creative Director Camilla Freeman-Topper says, “for all our boutiques, we place great importance on the idea of a sophisticated, modern, yet welcoming home. Each design detail, including the accents of the marble and the soft, curved finishes in the space are all very considered and true to our brand narrative.”

Co-founder, Marc Freeman added, “Westfield Bondi Junction offers a truly immersive luxury experience, espoused by the local and international high-end retailers throughout the centre. It is exciting to see this Boutique come to life.”

CAMILLA AND MARC Bondi at Westfield Bondi Junction marks the brands eleventh boutique in Australia, and third boutique opening for the brand in 2018. The boutique will showcase the complete ready-to-wear and C&M collections, featuring their coveted eyewear, accessories and kidswear range.

Westfield Bondi Junction Centre Manager, Justine Saunders commented, “we are very excited to introduce CAMILLA AND MARC to Westfield Bondi Junction. CAMILLA AND MARC is a directional Australian designer brand which embodies the confident modern woman. It is aligned to the discerning Westfield Bondi Junction customer and we are thrilled to be able to bring the brand to our customers in time for Christmas. The store design is absolutely beautiful and we cannot wait to throw open the doors. CAMILLA AND MARC is going to be a destination within the centre and will really compliment the strong fashion offering at WBJ.”

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Art Series Hotels announces The Fantauzzo on Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane

Art Series Hotels has officially announced its eighth property at Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane will be named after acclaimed Australian painterVincent Fantauzzo. The first new Art Series property under the AccorHotels banner, The Fantauzzois scheduled to open in March 2019 with bookings now available.

Born in Birmingham in 1977, Fantauzzo moved from England to Australia as a child. A graduate of RMIT University, he has exhibited worldwide with shows in India, Vietnam, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Australia.

Drawing on techniques from other mediums such as photography and film to create a narrative, Fantauzzo uses contrasting elements of light and dark, shadows and colours to create depth and heighten the realism and theatrical effect.

Renowned for his portraits of notable people including Heath Ledger, Matt Moran, Brandon Walters and Julia Gillard, he has won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Archibald Packing Room Prize, and the Archibald People’s Choice Award four times, including in 2012 for his portrait of now-wife, actress Asher Keddie.

Carved into the cliff under Story Bridge, the $100million luxury hotel will feature 166 guest rooms, with custom contemporary furnishings, featuring both original artworks and up to 500 reproductions of Fantauzzo’s most recognised works. A seamless combination of art, design and functionality, the hotel will be a powerful representation of contemporary creativity, with connected and inspiring spaces for guests to discover.

“To have an Art Series hotel dedicated to showcasing my work is truly an honour and I cannot wait for the doors to open in March,” Fantauzzo said. “I’m strongly passionate about accessibility to the arts, and what excites me most about the collaboration is that this hotel will give all guests the opportunity to connect with art, and immerse themselves in a really creative experience.”

Fantauzzo’s take on photorealism inspired architects SJB to create a counterpoint, a contrasting backdrop to his work through dark tones and glossy finishes that challenge the traditional ‘white gallery’ space. The scheme utilises polished concrete and contrasting tones against a highly reflective black glass.

Natural rock and timber take cues from the cliff face and external facade, acting as an earthy installation. The angular forms found on both the facade of the building and interior elements, provide further clarity and distinction between Fantauzzo’s artworks and the hotel’s design.

AccorHotels Chief Operating Officer Pacific, Simon McGrath, said: “Vincent is a charismatic artist with so much raw talent he was a natural fit to be the namesake artist of the first Art Series hotel under our management. His mission is to make art accessible so he is a perfect match for the brand and The Fantauzzo’s design will clearly reflect his individual sense of style and sophistication.”

The six-storey hotel will also offer four distinct food and beverage outlets as well as an impressive rooftop pool boasting spectacular views of the Brisbane River and CBD, bar, gym and three conference rooms, fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology.

Arts Series Hotels transformed the Australian market when it launched in 2009. Signature art experiences at The Fantauzzo will include the infamous art tours, in-room art channels and art libraries. Branded Smart Cars and Lekker bicycles will be available to explore all that Brisbane has to offer and further afield.

The Fantauzzo is scheduled to open in March 2019 with Art Series now taking bookings online at https://www.artserieshotels.com.au/fantauzzo/. Room rates start from $309 per room per night.

Source: Art Series Hotels


The Athlete's Foot Back-to-School Breakfast with Sally Obermeder

Celebrities such as Candice Warner, Kyly Clarke, Kara Ryan, Jo Casamento, Matty Samaei and Nicole O’Neil joined super-mum and lady-boss Sally Obermeder for breakfast at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant in Sydney as she chatted about life and clever back-to-school hacks in partnership with The Athlete’s Foot. Sally’s sister Maha Koraiem MC’d the event and the two delighted guests with their sisterly banter.

The event was the official launch of The Athlete’s Foot’s collaboration on back-to-school hacks with Sally Obermeder (some of Sally’s great tips below) and The Athlete’s Foot School Rewards Program which donates $5 from every pair purchased until 10thFebruary 2019 to your school.

Some of Sally’s handy back-to-school hacks:
BATHROOM CHECKLIST
List things like “Brush teeth”, “Sunscreen” and “Hair up” on the bathroom mirror in whiteboard marker. There can be no excuses for the kids not to be clean and prepped when the checklist is literally in front of their face!

TURN BACK TIME
Start practicing getting up early for school in early or mid January so it’s not such a shock to the system when school goes back. Gradually bring forward bed and wake times through the month. A gorgeous, fun alarm clock is a great Christmas gift to get kids on board with this.

 TACKLE BOX TRICK
Keep hair-ties, bobby pins, hair-clips and ribbons in a tackle box. It sounds strange but tackle boxes have the most convenient, easily visible, small compartments. This prevents the hair stuff winding up all over the house and makes it really easy for you or the kids to find what they need in the morning.

HOOKS & BASKETS
Set up a bag hook and basket station for each child near the front door. This needn’t be expensive. Places like K-Mart and Ikea have some great-looking cheap options. Have the kids place their bag on the hook and their school shoes, hat and any other paraphernalia in the basket when they get home from school. That way you know where to find things like lunch boxes and school notes each evening and no-one is desperately running around the house trying to find shoes and bags in the morning.


Party time from Moss & Spy

The vibrant colours and textures of summer have arrived at Moss and Spy’s Queen St Woollahra boutique as its latest collection sets new standards for fashions over the party and Christmas season.

“I wanted the Summer 2018/19 collection to offer a fresh take on summer colours with beaded embellishments to make the dresses stand out not just for their complementary shapes, but for the unique designs of the work” said designer Lia Tsimos.

“Women wearing Moss and Spy this party season will stand out from the crowd in some of our most luxurious sheer fabrics with billowing sleeves and voluminous hemlines. Beautifully embellished detailing inspired by the colour and texture of nature at this time of the year,”

“We’ve designed an exclusive collection which brings a contemporary approach to traditional florals, such as one of my favourites – the Luella dress which comes with a sleeve or thin straps and features exotic Ikat embroidery on black tulle.”

“As an Australian made label, we strive for excellence in design and quality so that each of our unique collections offer women a distinctive style that will truly set them apart at any event this summer.” Lia Tsimos said.

Source: Moss & Spy