Thursday, November 29, 2012

New pool bar cost serious BACCHAS

When the entrance to an event is flanked by a Lamborghini, a soaring travertine marble stair case (complete with glowing lanterns) and a human chandelier pouring Moët for your arrival, you know you’re in for quite the gig.

Hundreds of Brisbane’s pretty people flocked to last Friday night’s launch of the highly anticipated bar, restaurant and what the PR folk like to call ‘pool concept,’ BACCHUS at South bank, which without doubt gets the gong for most extravagant party of 2012.

Hosted by Masterchef’s Matt Preston (and I’m guessing sponsored by Moët & Chandon, GQ, Lamborghini Brisbane and Canturi) the night attracted an A-list crowd including; Kate Miller-Heidke, John Kilroy and fiancé Elena Yusim, Jamie Charman, Coffee King John Lazarou, Margaux and Corey Parker, Designer George Wu, hairdresser to the fabulous Carole Haddad and AFI nominated Alex Dimitriades.

There was a never-ending but impressive food and drinks cavalry elegantly accompanied by champagne parlour acrobats, fire performers and bubble babes in the pool with a five-minute fireworks display officially marking the launch of the new venue.

The food’s amaze, the cocktails are extraordinary and the setting is incredible.  Yes. I gush and I apologise. I usual only do so over a new pair of Louboutins but this place is the shiz.



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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Real Housewife's serious 90210 walk-in

Apologies to those who aren't fans, but the RHW tragics (um, me) are delighted The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills hit US and Oz screens this week. 

OTT RHWBH reality star Lisa Vanderpump likes it all big. Big house, big hair, big personality but most of all she loves an even bigger walk-in.

Her new 90210 home debuted on Tuesday night's season premier and her massive department store-like wardrobe is gargantuan. 

Vanderpump's master suite is ultra-feminine and includes a huge bedroom, vanity area and swish bathroom (where there's a flat-screen TV that turns into a mirror) in addition to his and hers robes.

In the first episode Lisa claims they have 'downsized' but there is no shortage of fabulousness in her new Beverly Hills home.

'I got a chance to start from scratch, so I created something that I would be happy to live in,' she said told E Online. 'So, I created a little girl's dream.'

For more picture's of Lisa and Ken's new house go to Bravo TV.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

What's next for Tamara Mellon?

When Tamara Mellon strutted from Jimmy Choo in November last year, pocketing a widely reported payout of approximately $135 million, she did so without too much fuss. In lieu of an official statement she Tweeted her 12,000 plus followers, thanking them for their support and signing off with, 'I will keep you posted.'

Despite no further official or unofficial statements Mellon hasn't exactly become a wallflower. Last month she attended the gala openings of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet, lunch at the Four Seasons for Barbra Streisand, a screening at the Museum of Modern Art of a documentary about the legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland and the NY Fashion Week show of Kimberly Ovitz (the daughter of her boyfriend, Michael Ovitz).

This marathon schedule includes speaking engagements and her love life all being chronicled by several publications and bloggers and is probably a reflection of her full-time move from London to New York about a year ago.

'There is so much going on here, it's exhausting,' Mellon told The New York Times recently over lunch at Fred's (the ninth-floor dining room at Barneys New York). 'When you first move it's slightly overwhelming. You get so many invitations that you have four different things to go to in a night. That's a big difference from London, where you might have one good thing every couple of weeks.'

Mellon finally seems eager to talk about her life post Choo. She is writing a book described by her as a nonfiction 'entrepreneur story,' to be published by Penguin Press next year and there's also talk of her testing other aspects of the fashion business and perhaps building a lifestyle brand.

No matter what's next on her agenda there is no doubt it will be well narrated.

Want more?  Follow her on Twitter or read the full New York Times article here.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Michael Clarke's trunk to be auctioned for charity

Michael Clarke unveiled a special order Louis Vuitton cricket trunk at LV's Sydney flaship boutique yesterday.

In the spirit of philanthropy and the long time support of the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation and Louis Vuitton, The Cricket Trunk will be auctioned by Christie's to benefit the Art's Program at The Sydney's Children’s Hospital.

'I have been working with Louis Vuitton for some time and had the opportunity to personalise it as much as possible. There's an iPod dock and speaker. I feel very honoured to design this unique piece, being able to create something that embodies my love and respect for cricket and also knowing that all proceeds of the sale will go to a wonderful cause like the Sydney Children's Hospital,' Clarke said yesterday at The Cricket Trunk's debut.

'Kyly (Clarke's wife) and I travelled to Paris to see the Louis Vuitton factory, which was a great experience, to see first-hand the artisans at work. One artisan worked across the whole project from start to finish,' he said.

As well as being decked out with an iPod dock, The Cricket Trunk (which has a reserve price of $170,000) contains valuable memorabilia, including four signed cricket bats and a helmet worn by the captain himself.

No room for heels in this one though gals, guess we'll have to get to it and design our own.

The Cricket Trunk will be displayed at the Louis Vuitton George Street Maison in Sydney from October 2nd.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

These shoes aren't made for walking

There's no question about it, these shoe aren't made for walking.

A South African artist has created these odd looking sky-high heels designed with the heel in front of the shoe.

The wearer fits her foot into the ballerina-like insole and must lean forward and balance her shins against the front of the shoe or 'heel' to remain upright.

While this is merely an artistic reinterpreration of the high heel it's certainly not one I can see taking off  for anyone who isn't Lady Gaga, especially given the bird-like stance they give the wearer.

Conceptualized by artist Leanie van der Vyver and made by shoe designer René van den Berg, they’ve been dubbed Scary Beautiful.  Her goal was to 'challenge our current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard.'

Van der Vyver’s design was nominated for a design prize at her university, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

The design jury applauded the artist’s attempts to 'force the wearer to develop a new way of walking, leaning forward while refinding a painfully fragile balance.'

Think I'll stick with the more traditional scary beautiful 15cm heels.

(Image Credit: Lyall Coburn/via Vimeo)

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Monday, October 08, 2012

Celebrating 50 years with sassy new havaianas

I don’t know why it happens but it so often does... One week at the beach house with two brand new pairs of Havaianas procured (after much deliberation on design of choice I might add) and this media release hits my inbox the first day I step off the sand and back behind my desk.

Sassy designers Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke have partnered with Havaianas Australia to introduce a limited edition sass & bide x Havaianas style, “Brazil Brazil” available from this month (October 2012).

As much as I adore my new Swarovski Crystal Havaianas, I absolutely would have bought these (although it's likely it would have meant I had three new pairs instead of two).

The design duo has transformed the much loved summer footwear favourite with their eclectic use of combining print and embellishment to create a unique take on the Aussie summer staple. The slim style, “Brazil Brazil” features a monochromatic cheetah print, adorned with the iconic sass & bide gold star charm; a symbol of Sarah-Jane and Heidi’s enduring friendship and love.

Sarah-Jane Clarke commented on the collaboration saying; “Brazilians and Australians share a love of all things summer, that’s why we felt the partnership was a beautiful match. We’re excited to start the summer with Havaianas.”

The release of the limited edition footwear coincides with Havaianas global 50th anniversary in 2012.

Sass & bide x Havaianas“Brazil Brazil” RRP $49.95 are available from Havaianas online, all sass & bide boutiques nationally and the sass & bide online store.

Sold.  Looks like I'm racking up three in a week. Love!

Watch the short film celebrating the partnership:

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Going Gaga over new fragrance


There have been many moments we've collectively shaken our heads at Lady Gaga's fashion tragedies but I've got to admit, this moment was pure genius.

Gaga stepped out in Paris on the weekend wearing a pair of her trademark super-high black pumps, with a twist. The heels are modeled like the bottle of her new fragrance aptly named Fame.

The pumps feature the same four claws that appear on the lid of the fragrance which is the first ever black coloured fragrance, apparently becoming colourless once airborne.

While some celebs might don a T-Shirt to launch their fragrance it seems fitting (with a dash of PR brilliance)that Lady Gaga would wear shoes that represent her new perfume bottle.

Add a black turtleneck and some white feathers and she's in business. At the time of publishing this piece there is no word on who designed these stilts but I've no doubt we'll find out in the coming weeks.


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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Tara Moss talks shoes & Assassin, her sixth & final Mak installment

The author of 8 bestselling novels, including the Mak Vanderwall crime series and Pandora English paranormal series. She is published in 18 countries, in 12 languages. She is a journalist, blogger, TV presenter, UNICEF Ambassador, wife and mother.

With the release of her final Mak installment, Assassin, (the sixth in the series) we celebrate this Siren’s fondness for stilettos.

What makes you a dedicated Shoe Addict?

In researching my first novel Fetish, about a killer with a penchant for stilettos, I think I inadvertently gave myself a shoe fetish. I own perhaps fifty pairs of shoes.

Your favourite pair and why?

It is impossible to choose, but my fifteen year old black satin YSL evening shoes & my red Manolo Blahniks have to be up there.

Your shoe philosophy?

The higher the heels, the closer to God.

And Assassin?

Former model turned forensic psychologist and PI Mak Vanderwall is missing, presumed dead in Paris. By hiring a hit man to kill her, the powerful and corrupt Cavanagh family aimed to silence her for good. But after narrowly escaping death, Mak has taken over her would-be killer′s world.

She is very much alive.

And transformed …

Back in Sydney Mak′s former flame, criminal profiler Andy Flynn is on the trail of a vicious rapist and murderer with possible ties to the infamous ′Stiletto Killer′. He may have struck before and will certainly do so again. And while Andy struggles to cope in a world without Mak, little does he realise she is on her way back. And this time she′s ready to make her own justice.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shoe TV - Nine West launches Channel 9

There isn't a chick-flick on our screens that isn't product placement Heaven for anything remotely of interest to its audience.

Brands spend a lot of coin to get their products in movies, TV series and reality television but yesterday American shoe chain Nine West launched Channel 9 and effectively cut out the middleman.

Channel 9 will featuring segments covering all manner of topics relating to footwear from walking in stilettos, shoe repair tips and insider stories on some serious shoe walk-ins.

Nine West launched the channel as the centerpiece of a new multimedia campaign which incorporates significant print advertising, as well as the digital platform, to reinvigorate its reputation for stylish and affordable shoes.

Not that sales figures would suggest the need for any kind of reinvention, according to the New York Times last year Nine West had global sales of just under $1 billion.

Channel 9 will introduce 10 hours of programming over the next few months. Check it our for yourself here.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Shoe drops on 20,000 Louboutin fakes

If someone offers you a genuine pair of Christian Louboutin heels at a Tupperware party style gig for a price that sounds too good to be true, chances are it is.

I would think the first tip off should be the red-soled stilts being sole party-plan style but hey, that's just me.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection confiscated 20,457 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes at the Los Angeles / Long Beach seaport this week with an estimated street value of $18 million.

"They label the shipments as generic shoes when, in fact, they’re bringing over contraband," Jaime Ruiz, a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told ABC News.

According to Customs and Border Protection, the knock-off Louboutins were transported in five different shipments on a cargo ship in large boxes from China and had a domestic value of more than $57,000 (meaning it cost just less than $3 per pair to make them).

Officials took pictures of the shoes and consulted with the trademark holder to authenticate the shoe. Once they learned they were counterfeit, the hot commodities were taken off the black market and placed into the border patrol's possession.

Apparently some of the slick red soles were different shades of red which, pardon the pun, red flagged the haul. What do you expect at 3 bucks a pop I suppose.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gucci’s smoked glass and mirrored doors swing open in Brisbane

It does seem a little humorous to me that Gucci would swing open its smoked glass and mirrored doors in the CBD during the week Brisbane celebrates ‘City meets Country’ with the RNA’s Ekka.

Recently working in Melbourne and having the usual small country town jibes flung at me on more than one occasion, I simply adore the irony of one of the world's leading luxury fashion brands taking up residence in Brisbane during the week of our Royal National Show.

Gucci however is not alone; it is merely the latest high-end retailer to set up shop in what is being dubbed the ‘Paris end of town.’ With esteemed designer neighbours Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, Mont Blanc, Tiffany & Co., Coach and Ralph Lauren, the question of whether Brisbane is ready for these luxury labels is immaterial – they’re here and loads of shoppers are frequenting them.

Fashionistas from the Gold to the Sunshine Coast sipped French champagne and nibbled on delicate canapés at Gucci’s new boutique on Edward Street last night to celebrate. The store spans more than 300 square meters and boasts a design concept by Gucci’s Creative Director Frida Giannini.

“I wanted to amplify the luxuriousness of the Gucci store environment and to create an aesthetic, which is complementary to the vision of the House today,” explains Giannini. “This design concept is a modern architectural statement that references iconic Gucci materials and elements of stores from the past. Everything was carefully chosen to make the design stand out while highlighting the collections in the strongest possible way.”

The store is spectacular, the use of rosewood and marble are enhanced with the introduction of new elements like warm polished gold, smoked mirrors and smoked bronze glass, recalling the elegance and richness of the Art Deco era. Aside from the much talked about overwhelming sense of space, its warm luxurious materials pave the way for a very 21st century contemporary look for the fashion house.

There is a wide selection of temptations including men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, luggage, handbags, small leather goods, shoes, silks, timepieces, jewelry, fragrances, the children’s collection and did I mention the shoes? There are oodles of them.

Echoing the House’s riding heritage, the signature Gucci stirrup is everywhere. Pants tuck into boots, golden studs decorate sandals, and tassels characterize high-heel moccasins. Love!

Another fabulous notch in Brisbane’s belt is that this Gucci boutique will be the first in Australia to offer the made to order handbag. While these bags start from $2,800 they are made specifically to your requirements.

I’m sorry what was that my Southern sisters? Sure, come on up to our little country town and get yourself some made to order Gucci. I can hear the stampede already.

Want more on Gucci’s made to order handbags, click here.

Fashionista Faces:

Lindsay Bennett with John & Deborah Quinn

Troy Cassar-Daley &
Laurel Edwards

Arthur & Katina

Mary Dickinson

Georgina Lewis &
Amanda McLeay

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A picture speaks a thousand words

I apologize, I’ve been otherwise engaged… Shoe Addict’s not following my daily shoe loves on the Facebook page have probably been left wondering what the heck happened this last two weeks.

I’ve been a bit busy. We’ve had to do a quick refresh on the beach house before Spring hits and we have our customary never-ending parade of guests, I’ve been in Melbourne for work and we are finally decluttering post moving house and are getting things in order.

Here are the last two weeks in pictures.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Saucy fashionista Friday

A long lunch by one of the Sunshine Coast's best beaches, delectable food, some bubbles and a dash of flirty fashion - what's not to love?

Welcome to Fashionista Friday.

Profile Magazine and My Weekly Preview are bringing fashion back with a series of glamorous lunches on the Sunshine Coast.

Celebrating fashion and the return of the loooong lunch, Chic fashion and shoe lovers enjoyed the beach side glam collection of the very talented Sally Cook of Saucy Rose - coupled with a sumptuous three course meal designed by the very same Sally Cook at her restaurant; Saltwater @ Kings (told you she was talented) last Friday.

Firstly, let me have a little gush about this restaurant. Not only is the food absolutely stunning, the team of owners; Sally, Brad and Skye is Über hospitable, it's in a truly superb and unique position right on the beach at Caloundra's Kings Beach. It is one of our faves and being a very short stroll from our beach house doesn't hurt it's popularity.

Now, if you've not yet heard of Saucy Rose don't despair this gal has big plans for her little label. Having shown her debut collection at last year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane she has set her sights very high in expanding her intensely feminine swim and resort wear.

While the beautiful fabrics are handpicked and sourced from New York, the stunning garments are made locally on the Sunshine coast.

"Saucy Rose is all about having fun, being a woman and riding that fine female line between saucy and sweet. The collection offers flattering pieces designed and made for real women who want to feel and look ultra feminine," says Sally.

Yep. Hard to argue with that.

There was no shortage of shoe addicts in attendance to 'oooh and ahhhh' at the fine stilts appearing in the show and on the super stylish guests.


Want more? Go to the Fashionista Friday Facebook page.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The good, the bad & the ugly on the pink carpet

The Teen Choice Awards pink carpet always flirts with fashion danger and Sunday nights collective of celebrities was no different.

Here are my picks for the good, the bad and the ugly:

Vanessa Marano wore Q by Pasquale shoes (a label I usually adore) that were my pick for the evening's 'ugly.'

Despite her snagging a Teen Choice Award, I wasn't a massive fan of Candice Accola's Phillip Lim shoes. Sorry Candince but they're in my 'bad' box.

Nina Dobrev's choice off Jimmy Choo platform sandals was hard to go past for the best in show. Downright winner for my faves of the night - my vote for the 'good.'

That is all.

From top: Vanessa Marano's shoes, Canice Accola's shoes and bottom Nina Dobrev's Jimmy Choos.

(Image Credit: Getty)

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