Mara and Mine launch
It was like the good days of fast and packed launches as the first Mara and Mine store opened in Paddington.

Guests spilled out to the street, from the exquisite William Street Paddington – very much like the days when retail shop openings were exciting, fun and seriously happy events.


The shoe label, Mara and Mine, created by Tamara Ingham and Jasmine Yarbrough, has become a cult luxury shoe brand (based out of LA) with designs recalling the elegant, minimalistic tones of European sophistication. Each collection is timeless in style and discreet in its approach.


Handmade, utilising luxe leathers sourced from Italy and Spain the loyal list of wearers includes Cara Delevingne, Chanel Iman, Kendall Jenner, Margot Robbie, Phoebe Tonkin and Jessica Alba. Existing stockists include Maxfields, Just One Eye, Curve and Ron Herman.

Guests at the Paddington store opening included actress Jessica McNamee, Phoebe Burgess, Sylvia Jeffreys and Peter Stefanovic, as well as Richard and Christian Wilkins and Robby and Sarah Ingham, who were treated to cheese platters and cocktails by Pelicano and a private viewing of the current Mara & Mine collection.

Guests were able to purchase the shoes as a Tom Petty-esque guitarist provided music for the night. Cool night all round.

Ralph Lauren Polo Red launch
Hollywood star, Luke Bracey returned home for the first time since being announced as the face of Ralph Lauren’s leading fragrance franchise, Polo Red.

The native Sydneysider who now resides in LA, appeared at the incredibly buzzy Polo Red Extreme product launch at Stanton & Co Sydney.

“I am thrilled to join Ralph Lauren Fragrances as the face of Polo Red, an exciting fragrance that embodies the endurance and adrenaline of the activities I love,” Luke told Vogue. “Ralph Lauren is an iconic brand that I’ve admired for many years, and it is an honour to represent the brand in this way.”

Bracey is best known for his leading role as Johnny Utah in Point Break. Most recently, he starred in Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge alongside Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Teresa Palmer.

Bracey fronted the all new Polo Red campaign alongside which can be seen across print, online and television advertisements with the campaign also including a heart racing short-film.

“We are thrilled to have Luke on board as the face of an extreme new scent and the Polo Red portfolio. He is down to earth, rugged and perfectly embodies the Polo Red Extreme ethos”, L’Oréal Communications Director, Christine Burke said.

A very cool looking crowd, most dressed with a dash of ‘red’ were treated with a Bracey sighting and DJ set by SET MO.

VAMFF and AMP Retail unveils the Melbourne Fashion Festival Ideas Program
The Sydney fashion industry congregated on the rooftop of the AMP Capital Building to celebrate another prosperous year and to launch the guest speakers of the Ideas Program for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in March of 2018.


Graeme Lewsey, CEO of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, presented a line up of speakers descending on Melbourne in March 2018.

Included in the programme is Big Little Lies author, Liane Moriarty and When Zhou, the CEO and Co-founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Joining the festivities was special guest, Joanna Gunn, Chief Brand Officer of Lane Crawford who spoke at the 2017 Festival as well as the fashion design team from Ginger & Smart and a swag of Aussie fashion gurus.

The Ideas Program in 2018 will include a series of Fashion Talks, the inaugural ‘International Women’s Day Forum’;  the usual VAMFF Business Seminar and a slew of open-to-the-public fashion shows and events.

And there’s more…
Michael Hill Jewellers – Sir Michael Hill in fact – hosted a drinks during the week to open a flagship, bespoke store on George Street in the the CBD. Meanwhile, the Spanish-created chic ‘bag’ name, Lautem, were also in launch mode. The label – which designs some beautifully structured boxy bags, hosted a party at Beta Barad Gallery to showcase what fans can find in its online world.