LOUIS VUITTON: Cruise 2021 Pop-up at Chatswood Chase, Sydney

Louis Vuitton has opened an exclusive Pop-Up dedicated to the Women’s Cruise 2021 collection, ‘Game On’ at Chatswood Chase, Sydney.

The one of a kind Pop-Up features a selection of Women’s ready to wear, leather goods and accessories from the Cruise 2021 collection by Artistic Director of Women’s Collections, Nicolas Ghesquiere. Nicolas asserts that fashion is a game, so Game On, as the iconic Louis Vuitton Monogram canvas plays with the suits in a deck of cards

The symbolism of the card deck, the traveller’s loyal companion, evokes the power of the game to cultivate togetherness.  In the collection the Monogram flowers mingle with the four suits in a fantasy of hearts, spades, diamonds or clubs. These decorative details can be found on iconic bags such as the Twist and Speedy, accessories and ready to wear.

In keeping with the ‘Game On’ theme, oversized playing cards exploding of colour form a major part of the Pop-Up design; clubs bloom, spades pierce, diamonds sparkle, and the almighty heart reigns.

Address: 345 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067

Store opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm Thursday 9:30 – 9:00pm Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Source: Louis Vuitton

FunlabVirtual hoping to ease the COVID Christmas party blues

Over 40% of Australians have revealed that COVID could cancel their Christmas party this year according to a new independent survey carried out on behalf of Funlabvirtual.com.  

The new survey found that half of Australians (50%) have already had to cancel a Christmas get together this year because of COVID and now the pandemic might be jeopardising their work Christmas party, with 40.63% of respondents unsure on whether their end year celebration with colleagues will go ahead because of COVID.

Funlab Virtual is keeping the festive vibe alive by launching three new hosted virtual games especially for Christmas, so that businesses can still have fun-fuelled end-of-year celebrations with staff regardless of any pandemic restrictions.

“The survey revealed that 74.51% of Australians are still working from home full time or part of the time, so getting everyone together physically in one room is going to more difficult than ever,” explains Funlab Virtual CEO Michael Schreiber.

“As the operators of 45 entertainment venues, we understand the challenges that large businesses are facing trying to organise COVID safe Christmas parties,” says Schreiber. “Although strict lockdowns have ended, restrictions on social gatherings across the nation remain in place to stop the spread of COVID, making virtual parties immensely appealing”

“A virtual game is a pandemic proof solution to end of year celebrations. It’s also an effective team building activity that can help boost morale and bring together 5 to 5000 colleagues from all over the country for some hard-earned end of year fun – something that’s just not possible in hospitality venues at the moment,” says Schreiber.

“Our three new hosted games immerse guests into unprecedented virtual worlds such as your very own desert island. ‘Choose Your Adventure’ is inspired by the hugely popular survival shows, ‘Quiz Race’ is a fun quick-fire round of the best trivia, and ‘The Game Show’ is a nostalgic fusion of some of Australia’s most iconic game shows.”

 Funlab Virtual is brought to you by the masterminds behind Strike bowling, Holey Moley Golf Club, Sky Zone, B. Lucky & Sons, Juke’s Karaoke and Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq. Funlab Virtual delivers fully hosted remote events that bring the laughs and guarantee ultimate engagement for groups of all sizes. The current games include Virtual Team Building, Virtual Trivia, Virtual Escape Rooms, Choose Your Adventure, Quiz Race and The Game Show.

PUMA signs global popstar Dua Lipa

Global pop superstar Dua Lipa has joined the PUMA family and will be the newest face of the company’s women’s business. Dua will collaborate with the global sports brand to help inspire women around the world, not just by being featured in global campaigns, but through important inclusive initiatives close to her heart.

“I am so excited to announce my partnership with PUMA,” said Dua Lipa. “From performance rehearsals to hiking in the hills, it’s important to feel comfortable & look good. I’ve got so many ideas for the projects and campaigns I’ll be taking part in and look forward to bringing them all to life with my PUMA family.”

Dua Lipa and PUMA share the same values of being determined, confident, joyful, and brave. Dua is not only a powerful influence for millions of young women, but she has also been an advocate to raise awareness around women’s issues and gender equality. This is why in 2021 she will be the headliner of PUMA’s “She Moves Us” campaign, focusing on inspiring women who move together to achieve and connect through sport and culture.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dua to our family”, said Adam Petrick, PUMA’s Global Director of Brand and Marketing. “We were drawn towards her creativity, passion, drive, and the way in which she resonates with the young female consumer. But most importantly, we were moved by her authentic passion to close the gender gap and look forward to supporting her through several brand initiatives we have planned together. We think she embodies what today’s consumer is looking for in a role model.”

 Dua Lipa has been built an extraordinary career in a very short time. She released Future Nostalgia, her #1 UK sophomore album, this year to worldwide acclaim. Upon release, Future Nostalgia was the most streamed album in a day by a British female artist globally in Spotify history and has over 4.5 billion streams to date. Dua is the biggest female artist in the world on Spotify and is currently the third biggest artist overall with nearly 60 million monthly listeners.
The album’s certified platinum lead single “Don’t Start Now” is a worldwide hit with one billion streams on Spotify, and a #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, a career high for the pop star. Dua followed the success of “Don’t Start Now” by releasing smash UK single “Physical,” and her US Top 40 #1 “Break My Heart.” Future Nostalgia is the follow up to Dua’s eponymous 2017 debut, which is certified platinum and spawned 6 platinum tracks. She made BRIT Award history in 2018 by becoming the first female artist to pick up five nominations, with two wins for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist and received two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording in early 2019.

PUMA kicks off their multi-year partnership with Dua Lipa as presenting sponsors of her fun-filled “Studio 2054” virtual performance where both she and her dancers will wear PUMA. As a surprise to her fans, PUMA is offering a limited batch of discounted tickets for the performance. To access these tickets, click here.

Source: PUMA

T Australia: New magazine launching in 2021 - The New York Times Style Magazine

In a coup for Australia’s media landscape, a new magazine T Australia: The New York Times Style Magazine will launch in early 2021.

Based on the highly influential flagship edition of T: The New York Times Style Magazine,
T Australia: The New York Times Style Magazine will be a sophisticated quarterly print magazine supported by a dynamic online publication. T Magazine is published by The New York Times Company 11 times a year and is dedicated to the coverage of fashion, culture, beauty, design and travel; it also has licensed editions in China, Japan, Singapore and Qatar.

Through a licensing agreement with The New York Times Licensing Group (NYTLicensing),
T Australia will feature exclusive content, video and the very latest news in creative culture and style. Published and edited by celebrated Australian journalist Katarina Kroslakova, an authority on curating luxury experiences, T Australia will be a welcome offering in Australian magazines.

T Australia will showcase culture, fashion, food, wine, architecture, interiors, travel, craftsmanship and society within each issue, capturing the definitive collections and trends that respond to today’s global narrative, from emerging artists to iconic creators. The magazine will explore how Australians are feeling now, what they are wearing, where they would like to travel to next, what they like to eat and drink, and which live performances they plan to see next. It will put a unique lens on Australian life and, of course, our inimitable Australian style.

T Australia will combine original regional content with coverage, photographs and commentary from the flagship edition of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. As the former Editor of the Australian Financial Review’s Life & Leisure and Luxury magazines, now Managing Director of content creation agency KK Ink Pty Ltd and custom publishing house KK Press Pty Ltd, Editor of Maserati’s Il Tridente magazine and former Harper’s Bazaar columnist, Katarina lives and breathes magazines and knows exactly what is missing in the market for readers of style magazines in Australia.

“The New York Times has a significant digital readership in Australia, so it makes sense to serve this influential audience content that’s even more relevant to them – with local authority and global context. This year has been extraordinarily challenging for the media landscape in Australia, and for magazines in particular. Like many, I miss the magazines that have gone. The impacts of COVID-19 have made us love magazines even more, with subscription rates going through the roof. People want their favourite magazines – and some new ones,” said Katarina.

“With the current gap in the market, I feel the time is right to introduce a new magazine to Australia – and I can’t think of a more prestigious brand than The New York Times. I am so thrilled to be collaborating with them. I came to Australia from Czechoslovakia when I was eight years old and I didn’t speak a word of English. Now I have the honour of publishing a magazine for this global icon; it’s something that I couldn’t have ever imagined,” she added.

Michael Greenspon, Global Head of NYTLicensing and Print Innovation for The New York Times, said: “T Magazine is an essential cornerstone of the global coverage of The New York Times – one of the world’s most impactful media organisations. T Magazine’s distinctive and diverse coverage celebrates the people who challenge us to see, read, listen, wear and live differently, allowing us to connect with a highly sophisticated and influential audience here in the United States. We are excited to work with Katarina and the KK Press team on T Australia, relying on their editorial and creative strengths to deliver T’s exclusive stories and unique perspective to the Australian audience.”

Advertising for T Australia: The New York Times Style Magazine will be sold through Publisher’s Internationale. The on-sale price will be AU$14.95 with extensive retail distribution and subscriptions also available.

Source: T Australia

Qantas: Sydney puts on a show for Aussie airline’s Centenary

Sydney has commemorated Qantas Airways’ 100-year anniversary by lighting up its iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge as a larger-than-life birthday cake complete with illuminated candles that were blown out by a Qantas 787 as it did a low level overfly at 1,500 feet.

More than 1,300 LED tubes, 126 LED fixtures and 38 searchlights lit up the full expanse of the world’s most famous bridge in the ultimate tribute from Sydney, the city which has been home to Qantas for more than eight decades. The projection of 60 historic images and two, 65-metre-high birthday candles onto the southern and northern pylons completed the transformation, creating a birthday moment like no other.

NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres described the bridge tribute lighting extravaganza show culminating in the flyover as fitting recognition for one of the world’s longest continuously operating airlines.

“Sydney has benefited immensely from 100 successful years of business for Qantas – from bringing visitors to the state and boosting our visitor economy to providing local jobs,” Minister Ayres said.

“What better way to mark such an important milestone for Qantas than with a celebration in the city it has chosen as its headquarters for the last 82 years involving another much-loved Sydney icon, the Harbour Bridge.”

Almost 200 passengers, including 100 Qantas staff, were on board the 100-minute flight which was a special Centenary Scenic Flight to mark the airline’s 100th year. The spectacular candle-blowing lights off moment was a surprise for not just those on the ground, but also those on board the flight which also took in showcased Sydney Harbour, HARS Aviation Museum in Shellharbour and Rose Bay – where Qantas Flying Boats were used in the 1930s and ‘40s.

Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce said Qantas was honoured to receive such a special and spectacular Centenary birthday show from Sydney”.

“Qantas aircraft have been flying over Sydney Harbour Bridge for decades, so this was a spectacular way to mark our anniversary. It’s been a tough year for tourism but as more domestic borders open up, we’re ready to put more aircraft back in the air and bring people to see all that New South Wales has to offer,” he said.

The activation, executed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, complements a new campaign of activity designed to support the recovery of Sydney hospitality and tourism businesses.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Steve Cox said the Qantas Centenary provided an opportunity to send out a message of hope, both to Sydney businesses and to residents of Sydney and New South Wales.

“Sydney continues to shine as brightly as ever, with tourism businesses steadily reopening and operating in a COVID-safe environment, putting the wellbeing of visitors first. This stunt was just the beginning of what will be a truly amazing line-up of events coming up across the city, and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from across Australia to Sydney this summer,” said Mr Cox.

Source: Qantas