Giorgio Armani designs custom wedding looks for Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt

Giorgio Armani was the designer of choice to create wedding attire for the nuptials that united author Katherine Schwarzenegger to actor Chris Pratt on the evening of Saturday, June 8th, at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California.

“Katherine and Chris are truly the ultimate beautiful bride and handsome groom. I am proud to have played a role in this couple’s wedding. For them and for the bridal party, I designed elegant and sophisticated outfits, that would highlight their radiant personalities,” said Giorgio Armani.

Noted Katherine: “I am so grateful to Mr. Armani, who created a once in a lifetime dress for me to wear, and for Chris, the perfect suit.”

Noted Chris: “I’m grateful to Mr. Armani, who created a once in a lifetime dress for Katherine to wear, and for me, the perfect suit. We feel nothing but blessed.”

For the intimate ceremony, Katherine wore a custom Armani Privé white crinoline lace bustier column gown elevated by a full skirt that extends into a lace train. She also selected a custom created lace embroidered short veil, paired with the tulle veil once worn by the Mother of the Bride, Maria Shriver, on her wedding day. Katherine completed her look with her grandmother’s earrings and Armani Privé white satin heels.

For the reception following the ceremony and for the wedding dinner, Katherine appeared in a custom Armani Privé ivory silk satin gown with delicately draped sleeves and covered-button detailing along the back of the plunging back gown. The dress was complemented by Armani Privé ivory satin heels.

The Maid of Honor, who is the bride’s sister Christina Schwarzenegger, wore a custom Armani Privé empire dress with a draped skirt in pale pink silk tulle and chiffon, with a draped bodice emphasized by delicate embroidery of tone-on-tone crystals and pearls. The gown featured soft sleeves veiling the shoulders and a thin two-layer crystal belt at the waist. The look was paired with patent nude Giorgio Armani ballet flats.

The six bridesmaids donned custom Giorgio Armani tea-rose silk chiffon dresses veiled with layers of delicate tulle and featuring deep V-necklines. The flower girl chose to wear a custom Emporio Armani white taffeta balloon dress with a full skirt, delicate striped pattern and a bow detail at the waist. Emporio Armani white ballet flats completed the look.

Chris Pratt wore a Giorgio Armani Made to Measure midnight blue two-button peak lapel tropical weight wool suit with a matching vest. He accessorized his attire with a white shirt, a silver neck tie and matching pochette, and Giorgio Armani cufflinks.

The groom’s son, Jack Pratt, walked down the aisle wearing an Armani Junior midnight blue two-button notch lapel wool suit with a classic white shirt. His look was completed with a silver neck tie and pochette, to match his father’s ensemble.

The nine groomsmen appeared in Giorgio Armani classic midnight blue two-button notch lapel wool suits, with classic white shirts and navy blue neck ties.

Source: Giorgio Armani

Fashion Sale: Sydney dates for mega pop-up announced

The Big Fashion Sale is back with the return of an annual pop up! Sont miss this chance to shop over 50 brands at up to 80% off on Thu 20- Sun 30 June 2019, at 17 Oxford st, Paddington NSW.

Wed 19th June – Preview Night Invite only
Fri 21st June – 9am – 6pm
Sat 22nd June – 9am – 6pm
Sun 23rd June – 10am – 5pm
Mon 24th June – 10am – 6pm
Tues 25th June – 10am – 6pm
Wed 26th June – 10am – 6pm
Thu 27th June – 10am – 7pm
Fri 28th June – 10am – 6pm
Sat 29th June – 10am – 5pm
Sun 30th June – 10am – 5pm

The Big Fashion Sale Pop Up is on Oxford st, Paddington in the heart of the Eastern Suburbs shopping precinct. Only 10 minutes from the Sydney CBD and 15 minutes from the airport. The venue is easily accessible by car and public transport.

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Australian designer Steven Khalil to show during Paris haute couture week

Renowned Australian designer and bridal couturier Steven Khalil will showcase his new Couture Collection during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week 30 June-4 July this year. 

Steven will debut the new collection entitled “Dame en Fleurs” along with new pieces from the Steven Khalil Jewellery Collection to selected media, buyers and stylists during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in the European fashion capital on July 1. 

The collection takes notes from Art Deco and Oriental flower elements and combines exquisitely detailed floral and 3D beadwork with textured fabrics and layering. The brands signature dramatic, feminine and expertly tailored pieces will also be highlighted. Featuring colourways of dove and pale pink, cornflower blues to deep jades and dramatic blacks rounding out the palette.

This story explores the anatomy and fragility of flowers- their natural peculiarity and softness, while meshing and emboldening these notions with a juxtaposition of strength and romanticism so often seen in his works.

Steven has envisioned a collection rich with surface detailing and using exclusive embroidery techniques leading to the creation of the final pieces. Each interpretation is unique in its construction while still flowing and exuding the same sentiment.

Steven is excited about this new venture for the brand: “It has been a life-long dream of mine to present a collection in Paris- the city, the culture and its rich history mean so much to me and I cannot wait to share this exciting new chapter”

As his first foray into Europe draws near Steven has enlisted the support of event management and public relations company Mephistopheles Productions- an experienced and well connected production house and press office with years of success throughout Europe.

Steven has also aligned with previous MBFWA partner Billini Shoes to complete each individual look.

The showing will take place at the incredibly historic and ornate Salon France-Ameriques in Paris. A sumptuous group of heritage rooms that will compliment and propel this beautiful new collection to grow and blossom on the international stage.

With international expansion and fans like Kylie Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Jennifer Lopez, Taraji P.Henson, Bella Thorne, Dannii Minogue, Guiliana Rancic, HRH Princess Olympia of Greece, Paula Abdul and Kelly Rowland lining up for his couture creations- 2019 is looking to be his busiest year yet.

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The chic Thinking Traveller Lunch

To celebrate the start of European Summer, The Thinking Traveller, voted Best Villa Rental Company three times in the UK Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards, co-hosted an intimate tastemakers lunch with Marie-Claude Mallat at her beautiful MCMPR headquarters in Darlington.

Guests, who included Simone Zimmermann, Heidi Middleton, Romy Frydman, Marnie Skillings, Paula Joye, Dee Bates, Cindy Saigon and Maree Andrews, sipped Grey Goose cocktails on arrival and enjoyed a Mediterranean-inspired lunch of king prawns with parsley, lemon, garlic,
zucchini and shaved radish, salad of burrata, persimmon and tomatoes with fennel pollen and enjoyed with Sicilian wines by Planeta.

Dessert was a rhubarb and blood orange torta with vanilla mascarpone.

Guest were overheard discussing how to get their hands on the ceramic plates made in Puglia by Alex and Trahanas and hot new destinations to holiday with the Thinking Traveller including the Ionian Islands and Corsica.

All the details: Gold Dinner digs deep to raise over $3million

Over 500 of the country’s leading philanthropists and captains of industry have gathered at Fox Studios for the annual Gold Dinner, the most exclusive charity gala for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, which is now in its 22nd year.

With a vision to transform health outcomes for children now and for future generations, the Gold Dinner, Australia’s signature charity event, has raised close to $30 million since inception. And in an immersive gold (themed and styled) experience, guests generously pledged their support for this year’s beneficiary – Critical Care across The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, in the aid of the state’s most critically ill and injured children. Together the evening raised a staggering $3,000,000 and counting.

Speaking about Critical Care and why it is such an important area, Nicola Stokes, CEO of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation said: “When a child is seriously ill or injured in our State, there is a network of critical care which wraps around them to give them their best chance at survival and recovery – from specialised transport to emergency and from intensive care to sophisticated training and education. Through the funds raised at Gold Dinner 2019, we will ensure the expert critical care teams from Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network will be there for every child, every step of the way.”

Notable guests for this year’s fundraiser, included: Simon Baker, Hon Julie Bishop MP, Tim Minchin, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Steven Lowy, Skye Leckie, Channel 9’s Deborah Knight and Peter Overton, Karl and Jasmin Stefanovic, John and Amber Symond and Marc Freeman.

Helping to raise these crucial funds, guests were invited to bid at auction for special prizes, including:

Confessions of a Former Foreign Minister – an intimate lunch by Guillaume Brahimi hosted by The Hon Julie Bishop MP, which due to popular demand sold twice at a total of $77,000

Paspaley Pearl Safari Experience which sold for $15,000

A private cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard the luxury Ghost II which sold for $34,000

Throughout the evening, guests dined on a feast of the senses. A special custom menu collaboration was curated between celebrity chefs, Guillaume Brahimi and Nobu Matsuhisa, which included hiramasa yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and braised wagyu short rib served on Paris mash – served alongside Bollinger Champagne and stunning wines. Any left over food from the evening was donated to OzHarvest trucks waiting outside the event and shared with people in need.

A special extra touch – surprise guest performer, Amy Shark, set the tone for the evening with an acoustic rendition set for guests before revealing a secret space, which transformed into a dance floor that continued into the night.

Long-time donor to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, philanthropist and businesswoman Monica Saunders-Weinberg led the 2019 Gold Committee as Chair, pledging that ‘it’s a great honour to be able to contribute to the future of children’s health’.

The vision and efforts for this event would not have been possible without the committee, which comprises of longstanding members Alina Barlow, Roslyn Hakim, Emma van Haandel, Eva Galambos and Wallis Graham and this year welcomed Hon Julie Bishop MP, Richard A Weinberg, Mikey Filler, Kathryn Carter, Karl Stefanovic, Emma Cooper, Guillaume Brahimi and Phil Schofield.

Source: Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation