David Jones unveils spring/summer fashion collections - The Runway

Drawing from the campaign ‘House of Spring’, the highly anticipated David Jones Spring Summer collection took place at Sydney’s Fox Studios where 350 guests enjoyed the new collections presentation, and a sumptuous springtime supper. The space transformed into a flourishing greenhouse, capturing the essence of a new season awakened as the first hint of spring rejuvenates its surroundings, bringing the runway to life with the world’s best brands, ready for the season ahead.

The David Jones SS18 Collections Launch was Victoria Lee’s second show as Ambassador for the brand and her first show wearing swimwear since the statuesque 27-year-old walked in the coveted Victoria’s Secret show in November 2017.

Karolina Kurkova, a former Victoria’s Secret Angel and mother of two, has appeared on more than 25 Vogue covers internationally. A shining moment in her career was when she featured in the 2006 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, showcasing the $6.5 million “Hearts on Fire” Fantasy Bra decked with almost 2,000 diamonds weighing 800 Carats with a centrepiece diamond brooch weighing 10 carats.

In his Australian debut, Anwar Hadid joined David Jones Ambassadors Victoria and Jessica alongside international supermodel Karolina Kurkova. No stranger to the catwalk, the 19 year-old brother of Gigi and Bella Hadid, is forging his own path in the modelling world, having now worked for international brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, HUGO by Hugo Boss and Fenty Puma.

Having previously walked David Jones’ runway earlier in her career, Adut Akech rose to fame upon exclusively walking for Saint Laurent at Fashion Week 2017, and was most recently personally selected by Karl Lagerfeld to close Chanel Haute Couture 2018 as the famed Chanel bride, cementing her place as one of Australia’s biggest modelling exports.

The fashion featured on the runway this season showcased the growing range of exclusive Australian and International designers and SS18 trends. Kicking off the show in the height of summer, Swimwear opened and brands including Jets, Zimmermann and Bec & Bridge Swim  shone to sounds of ‘Summer 3’ by Max Richter and ‘Sunrise (Always Comes Around)’ by Unkle.

The finale featured designers including Bianca Spender, Rachel Gilbert, Manning Cartell, Carla Zampatti and Ginger and Smart with headwear by new designer Nerida Winter, closing the show with a kaleidoscope of colour.

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David Jones unveils spring/summer fashion collections - Backstage

David Jones has celebrated the launch of their Spring Summer 2018 (SS18) season showcasing the very best of Australian designers and leading international brands.

A cast of over 45 renowned runway models was led by an all-star line-up including David Jones Ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Victoria Lee, and international supermodel Karolina Kurkova,international model and celebrity offspring, Anwar Hadid, and Sudanese-born Australian model, Adut Akech.

This season the runway looks were created by celebrated make-up artist, Victoria Baron, SS18 Makeup Director. Victoria has created a unique make-up look for the David Jones runway that reflects the seasonal palette using a range of some of the leading cosmetic brands available at David Jones.

“The beauty look for the SS18 David Jones Collection is inspired by the clashing colours and textures of spring time and the celebration of diversity in beauty’, says Victoria Baron, SS18 Makeup Director.

“Spring is a time of growth and renewal. There’s a huge focus on skin health and preparation for a fresh, hydrated and youthfully luminous complexion. Natural flushes of earthy bronze tones on the cheeks and eyes, brows are free and organically brushed, lashes are defined and lifted.

Partnering again with Aveda for the SS18 show, Creative Director Terri Robertson-Kirkwood will lead the Aveda National Style Team to create the hair looks.

Aveda’s National Style Team led by Creative Director Terri Robertson-Kirkwood created the hair look for the David Jones SS18 Collections Launch. This rejuvenated beauty look takes influence from the first hint of spring, bringing fresh energy, inspiration and the promise of possibility. While simplistic the look has a strong innovative elegance that compliments the vibrant SS18 collections.

“This hair look is all about deep conditioned, beautiful, healthy hair and this is reflected through the lustre and shine that has been created, which is also a current demand we are seeing from consumers”, says Aveda’s Creative Director for David Jones, Terri Robertson-Kirkwood. “We are seeing a trend for hair that is simplistic, as well as a desire for visually healthy and shiny hair. The Aveda styling products used help sustain this health and shine on the runway, regardless of hair type or texture.”

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New Zealand’s first ‘smart’ hotel opens in Queenstown

New Zealand’s first fully ‘smart’ hotel has opened its doors in the heart of Queenstown. While I didn’t have the time to take a look when I was in Queenstown over the weekend for a friends wedding (we all stayed at the Sherwood (and I’ll put up a post about that soon) – this new one I will be keen to look at next time. Take a read. . .

Rooms featuring the very latest technology managed by digital concierge ‘mia’ are a haven of warmth and comfort at mi-pad Queenstown

MIPAD Holdings Ltd has opened mi-pad Queenstown, a next generation, energy-conscious hotel experience for the smart traveller and the ultimate marriage of technology, sustainability, comfort and convenience.

The six-storey hotel features 57 stylish and well-appointed rooms with the latest in-room tech, multiple ‘social spaces’ and an impressive rooftop terrace.

And the key to mi-pad Queenstown is that there is no key.

Guests booking their stay download the hotel’s personal app ‘mia’ and their smartphone becomes a room key, meaning physical check-ins (or check outs) are a thing of the past.

A floor to ceiling ‘social wall’ is a highlight of the lobby at the new mi-pad Queenstown

Mia also has a range of other tricks up her sleeve, with the app enabling guests to set temperatures and mood lighting in their room (even remotely), request room service or alert hotel staff that they don’t want to be disturbed.

Access to the hotel is available 24/7 thanks to the technology. Once guests are settled in, mia transforms into a personal digital concierge, delivering the latest information on events, activities or offers and encouraging them to experience the best of this stunning destination.

The $15m John Blair-designed hotel is in the heart of Queenstown, less than a two-minute walk from the vibrant centre with its hundreds of bars, restaurants and activity operators set on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu.

The mi-pad hotel concept is the brainchild of Queenstown property developer Lewis Gdanitz and is the fruition of three years of hard work.

“mi-pad is the result of 15 years of research, travelling the world and finding the places that did accommodation really well,” he says.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to deliver a property that’s unlike anything else on offer in New Zealand, operating on a premise of affordable luxury delivered using the latest technology.

“I’m also very proud of the eco-conscious initiatives we have in place for every aspect of the operation.”

mia is the key to unlocking everything on offer at mi-pad Queenstown

MIPAD Holdings Ltd is a joint venture between Lewis and experienced hotel investment and development company TJK NZ Ltd, owner of luxury boutique hotels The George in Christchurch and Regent of Rotorua.

TJK NZ CEO Stephen Borcoskie said the company had a proud pedigree of leadership in, and commitment to, the New Zealand hotel industry.

“Our goal is to always exceed customer expectations by excelling in service delivery, and we’re thrilled to be entering the Queenstown market which consistently leads the way in delivering world-class experiences and lifelong memories to visitors from around the globe.

“It makes perfect sense to open a unique property like this in Queenstown.”

Hotel manager Kylie Hogan has 20 years’ experience in international resort management.

“We’re offering an innovative, connected hotel experience for smart travellers who’d prefer to spend their hard-earned dollars on experiences rather than pay over the odds for accommodation,” she says.

“We appreciate that they want to keep in touch with family, friends, or colleagues whether they’re here to ski their hearts out, check out bike trails, enjoy some world-class golf or award-winning wines.

“mia’s the key to all of that, the complete package for guests who want to have fun like a local.”

The hotel hasn’t forgotten the basics of ensuring guests get a great night’s sleep, with Queen beds, clever storage options, smart TV’s and bathrooms featuring organic products and top-of-the-line hair styling tools.

Guests can have as much or as little interaction with mi-pad staff and other guests as they like, including the option to share experiences, photos or messages through mia’s private chat group.

A floor-to-ceiling ‘social wall’ in the hotel’s entrance lobby also features mia’s latest updates and guests shared experiences.

mi-pad Queenstown’s wraparound rooftop deck with open fireplace boasts the best views in town

Although there are snacks and breakfast options available within the hotel, mi-pad’s owners made a conscious decision to keep F&B services to a minimum to encourage guests to savour the town’s renowned eateries.

But if they prefer to order-in or BYO, the hotel’s best kept secret is its huge rooftop terrace with an outdoor fireplace, plentiful seating and wraparound 270-degree views of Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains.

The terrace is exclusively available to guests and is the perfect spot to enjoy an outdoor dining experience or luscious wine with some of the best views in town.

To unlock the key to the full mi-pad experience, book online at www.mipadhotels.com

David Lawrence 40th Anniversary

Renowned for accompanying the Australian woman in her day-to-day life with tailored classics, David Lawrence this year celebrates their 40thanniversary. A significant milestone for an Australian brand, the momentous occasion will be celebrated with the launch of their Tailored for Ambition campaign.

Launched in 1978, David Lawrence filled a gap in the market at a time when women’s lives and place in the world were rapidly transforming. Producing curated corporate essentials, David Lawrence became every ambitious woman’s must-have wardrobe staple.

From humble beginnings on Level Three of Howey House, David Lawrence began as a design studio where designs and patterns were produced and manufactured on site. Located next door to 240 Collins Street, David Lawrence’s first store location, the design studio gave customers access that could not be obtained from competitor brands. If a customer couldn’t purchase their size in store, they could have their desired piece custom-made and tailored for a unique fit, in the design studio and available for purchase by the next day.

Fast forward to 2018, Tailored for Ambition is a celebration of achievement in all its forms. It recognises the goals and success of women, whether it be in the workplace, in their household or just within themselves. David Lawrence has taken its place alongside these women, offering them style appropriate for every occasion. Model Emily Baker stars in the campaign shot by Nicole Bentley at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, giving a sense of modernity and seasonality to the collection.

Nicole Bentley was hand-selected by the brand for her mastery of light and photography, a true female leader in her profession. Tailored for Ambition sees the brand release their first Occasion-wear collection as well as a limited edition capsule collection with illustrator Victoria Garcia.

General Manager of David Lawrence, Tina van Zyl said, “We are thrilled to be celebrating 40 incredible years with the David Lawrence woman – motivated, independent, determined and always dressed for success. Over the past four decades, David Lawrence has evolved reflecting the ever-changing lives of Australian women and has become a brand synonymous with luxurious, investment pieces tailored to the occasion. We look forward to continuing to offer our customers timeless and wearable collections that represent their multi-faceted lifestyles.”

Coming a long way from its conception at the Collins Street store, today David Lawrence is available at concessions nationally across Myer stores and David Jones, in addition to their online store davidlawrence.com.au

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Fashion focussed swimwear label for women with curves launched

After struggling to find a swimwear label that was fashionable, made of quality material and looked good in all the right places, Sophie Henderson-Smart decided to launch her own swimwear label, Saint Somebody.

Saint Somebody celebrates bodies that have curves and the beautiful diversity of womankind, giving everyone the chance to wear a swimsuit that makes them feel good.

Created on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 2017, Saint Somebody was founded by Henderson-Smart, a mum of two and lifelong Sydneysider. On a pre-European beach getaway, Henderson-Smart couldn’t find anything that catered to the curvier woman that wasn’t loud and garish, unflattering or made from cheap and flimsy material. After realising that there was a huge gap in the market, Sophie decided to create the product she had been searching for.

Founder Sophie Henderson-Smart has commented, “I love the water and I was unable to find a pair of swimmers that made me feel like I could comfortably and happily take on the beach or pool in style.”

“I wanted a product that ticked a basic list of needs that didn’t currently exist and knowing what was available in the mainstream market and online, I used my business and marketing experience to create the product I had been searching for.”

Consequently, a product was created that makes its wearer feel good. Saint Somebody is a brand that includes premium quality pieces that are flatteringly structured with seamless technology, clean lines and cool tones, allowing a diverse range of women to wear the collection with confidence.

Created by women, for women, Saint Somebody is grounded on celebrating diversity and enforcing inclusivity in fashion, creating genuinely amazing pieces with on-trend details for women size 14 to 20.

Designed in Australia, and ethically made in Bali, Saint Somebody is environmentally conscious in both production and distribution. Giving back to the planet is incredibly important to the brand and they have partnered with BIG1, a charity that uses the proceeds from each and every sale to assist an amazing array of global causes.

Saint Somebody are a meaningful and positive force in the world, wanting to spread good vibes to ladies everywhere, both in their hearts, and as soft seamless spandex on their beautiful bodies.
At Saint Somebody, they want you to dive into the world feeling fantastic and above all, yourself. Because you are not just a body, you are somebody.

– Prices range from $100 for bottoms, $100 for tops, $180 for singlet tops and $220-$240 for a full piece
– Size range is 14-20
– Colours available include; black, olive and smoke grey
– Available online only at www.saintsomebody.com.au from September

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