Specsavers Spring / Summer '19 Collections Launch in Sydney

The Spring/Summer ‘19 Specsavers collection has been unveiled by Stig Engelbreth Hansen, the Global Head of Product Design for Specsavers.

He explained “Over the past few years, we’ve seen sunglasses get a complete makeover and this season they’re going from a supporting to a starring role. We are seeing customers moving away from more functional styles to more statement-making pieces that express individualism.”

With over 100 sunglasses launching throughout the season, key trends include XL oversized square frames, cat-eye sunglasses with sharp angles and acetate colours in shades of pink and rich and earthy browns.

“Vintage inspired, the return of oversized square frames is both glamourous and statement-making. Practical and trendy, these frames are ideal for the summer months, offering protection from the sun’s rays. The classic cat-eye is also getting a funkier look this season. A fashionable favourite for decades they aren’t going out of style any time soon. A cat-eye pair of sunglasses will always have you looking stylish by the pool or on the beach,” commented Stig.

The Spring/Summer ‘19 sunglasses collection is filled with designer collaborations and Specsavers’ own ranges. Highlights include a feminine take on the XL oversized square trend from Australian designer Carla Zampatti.

Sunglasses ranges from Australian designers Kym Ellery, Alex Perry and Collette Dinnigan showcase the best of the summer trends. While pop princess and Specsavers designer, Kylie Minogue, will also be launching a new range which features a pair of retro cat-eye shaped sunglasses in black with glitter cut-out detail.

Joining the Specsavers designer portfolio are Dutch duo Viktor&Rolf who will launch three sunglasses styles as part of their new exclusive collection, coming soon to Specsavers. Expect a collection that is a manifestation of Viktor&Rolf’s design aesthetics and brand values; unexpected elegance, conceptual glamour and provocative couture.

“When it comes to choosing sunglasses, my tip is to find the right ones for you and your wardrobe and then make them work with your individual style. Sunglasses might be a small accessory, but they can have a large impact on your look.While fashionable they are also practical and offer great UV protection. Lastly go for polarised lenses, it’s an option you’ll want: Polarising cuts the glare and is a must for the Australian summer,” said Stig.

Priced from $199 for two styles, ranges will launch throughout the Spring/Summer ‘19 season and will be available online and across Specsavers stores nationwide.

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The House of Givenchy has revealed its new face – a strong, independent woman of refreshing character and style: the multi-talented Ariana Grande.

“I am so proud to be the new face of Givenchy. It is a House I have forever admired and to now be part of that family is such an honor.” – Ariana Grande

As seen on the runway, this season’s ‘GV Midnight’ women’s style is an of-the-moment take on the mask frame, crafted in lightweight metal with a single lens bridging the nose and featuring a constellation of Swarovski crystals over the brow.

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Wedgwood Afternoon Tea in the Botanic Gardens

Wedgwood has celebrated the coming arrival of spring, and 260 phenomenal years with an unforgettable afternoon tea.

Wedgwood’s Wild Strawberry Gold, Vera Wang Jardin, White Folia and Globe stemware and flatware collections were stars of the spectacular table setting, as Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden’s heritage Palm House was transformed, inviting everyone into a wonderful world of Wedgwood.

Guests, including Sydney socialite Tash Sefton sipped on Mumm champagne, downed beautifully garnished Hendrick’s gin and Fever-Tree tonic cocktails and dined on Sydney’s most delicious afternoon tea menu, provided by the Langham’s brand new Kitchen on Kent restaurant.

The baby’s breath floral cloud installation by Bloomy’s was one never to be forgotten, and the carpets by Cadry’s completely elevated the Palm House’s interior.

Guests all went home with a fabulous gift bag, filled with Wedgwood fine china and tea, as well as Sisley’s limited edition spring packaging Ecological Compound.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane wrapped

The 13th Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane at new hotspot Howard Smith Wharves was a runaway success, showcasing the very best in Queensland and Australian fashion design. Howard Smith Wharves was arguably our most glamourous and iconic venue to date, with its stunning river city location highlighting the best of Brisbane.

This year’s Fashion Festival – held from Sunday, August 25 to Thursday, August 29 – also unveiled unprecedented diversity, inclusion and accessibility.  A prime example of this was our The Fantauzzo Next Gen Group Show which showcased 28 local emerging designers and four fashion colleges.

Opening Queensland designer at this show, MeQ Designs by Carol Taylor, is the world’s first quadriplegic artist/designing accessible clothing for people with disabilities.

Meanwhile, The Next Gen Group Show closing fashion label, Kimbralou – a local champion of diversity and sustainability – rocked the runway with her larger-than-life, transformative, gender-neutral designs.

This year, every event of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane was a sell-out success, proving that the public’s enthusiasm for Queensland fashion is as strong as ever.  More than 3,000 fashion fans turned out for our runway shows and events across the five days of the Fashion Festival, including the new Lunch with the Girls event at Brisbane City Hall, featuring TV icon, Kerri-Anne Kennerley.

The closing show, the Mercedes-Benz Group Show 2, featuring luxe Brisbane fashion labels Sacha Drake, URBBANA, BlackNBling, Ella Moda, Bora, Kortni Portia, Naudic and Boom Shankar – along with national fashion designer, Aqua Blu Australia – was another absolute triumph of style and fashion.

A total of 42 Queensland fashion designers and 25 national fashion designers were showcased throughout the festival. Festival Director Lindsay Bennett said he was heartened by the public’s strong show of support. “This year, the Festival has been an outstanding celebration of the best of Spring/Summer 19 local and national fashion.”

“As always, our focus was dedicated to driving fashion retail for Queensland, by encouraging audiences to connect with local and Australian designers and – See it. Love it. Own it. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane was a fantastic event for all involved and we are thrilled and grateful for the public’s support and that of all our sponsors, including the incomparable Howard Smith Wharves.”

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The Myer Spring Fashion Edit was an intimate event for 50 guests at the iconic Myer Mural Hall.

Key guests included; Myer Ambassadors; Elyse Knowles, Kris Smith and Rachael Finch; along with newly appointed Style Ambassador, Asher Keddie and Youth Ambassador, Sarsha Chisholm.

Myer executives; Chief Executive Officer John King, Chief Customer Officer Geoff Ikin and Chief Merchandise Officer, Allan Winstanley.

Noteworthy guests; Jesinta Franklin, Darren Palmer, Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Nicky Briger, Instyle Editor-in-Chief Alex Noonan, and identities such as Bruce & Chyka Keebaugh, Elliot Garnaut, Tim Robards and Vincent Fantauzzo.

There was custom-built Spring garden experience that lead into the iconic Mural Hall. Within the space a Vanity Fair inspired set adorned with fresh flowers and vines was installed for guests to have custom portraits by photographer Emily Ebay.

Guests were then welcomed into the main space where they dined on a single long table, after a short welcome by Rachael Finch, John King and Allan Winstanley.

There was an acoustic Jazz performance and a fashion moment that showcased 20 key looks for the Spring season, open and closed by Sarsha Chisholm.

Womenswear brands showcased included; DVF, Rotate, Anna Quan, Paper London, Rodebjer, Ba&sh, Elliatt, Piper, Husk, Alice + Olivia, Oasis, Warehouse, Mossman, Pfeiffer, Veronica Beard and Nicola Finetti. Menswear brands showcased included; Blaq, Industrie, Jack London, Selected Homme and MJ Bale.

Guests were served Laurent Perrier champagne Le Grand Cros ‘L Esprit de Provence’ Rose.
The Big Group designed a bespoke menu inspired by the colours and vibrancy of Spring and the collections showcased in Myer 2019 Spring Fashion Edit.

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