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KAMALAYA – Koh Samui is Awarded Destination Spa of the Year

March 6th, 2014

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Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa has won for the second time, the award for Destination Spa of the Year: Asia & Australasia at the World Spa awards in London recently. The World Spa & Wellness Awards were hosted at the Guildhall, located in the heart of London and acknowledged the global excellence of care, service and standards within the industry. Launched in 2012, the awards recognise the work that spas do around the globe, honouring hotels and destination spas in Western Europe & Scandinavia, Middle East & North Africa, North & South America and Asia & Australasia.

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Kamalaya was shortlisted alongside three top finalists from Indonesia, Thailand and Australia for the Destination Spa of the Year and John Stewart, Kamalaya Chairman and Co-founder was in London saying “It was heart-warming to collect this award on behalf of our unbelievably dedicated Kamalaya team. It is a great honour to win this accolade again and witness first-hand how the industry is evolving to improve wellness services worldwide. Our Kamalaya vision to inspire people to live with greater health and harmony remains the same – we constantly seek to enhance our wellness offering and take care to listen to our loyal guests and their valuable feedback.”

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Kamalaya is located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. The resort integrates healing practices and treatments from East and West, a beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy cuisine, customised programs and wellness retreats to offer a unique concept in personal wellbeing and holistic lifestyle possibilities. Kamalaya has won over 25 prestigious awards.

Who knows, Adrian Can’t Cook is off on an adventure to learn clean healthy cooking abroad this year, could Kamalaya be on the list? :)

www.kamalaya.com

 

London Fashion Week – “THE FORBIDDEN LIAISONS” Corrie Nielsen RTW SS 2014

September 18th, 2013

Showing at London Fashion Week 2013, Corrie Nielsen enlivens her collection this season with the powerful mix of emotions blazing within the Chinese films ‘Hero’, ‘House of Flying Daggers’ (Zhang Yimou), ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ (Ang Lee), ‘The Joy Luck Club’ (Wayne Wang) and ‘In the Mood for Love’ (Kar Wai Wong) – 1950′s China ensnared women and shrouded them away from pursuing love, yet this strengthened their passion, leading to instances of ardent seduction.

Whether out of sheer love, lust or to better their life, women at the time used their grace and charisma to entice powerful men. Yet the balance always shifts, and when they least expect it, true feelings begin to emerge.

Corrie wanted to create something new for S/S 2014, something of her own. She looked to Chinese cinema and Traditional dress, keeping the traditional mandarin collar and clean lines of the tailored traditional Chinese dress and brought it to life with 3D elements by using cotton, wax cotton, fine merino wool, knitted wool and silk chiffon.

Colours are in whites, off whites, taupe, lime green, sea foam green, black and champagne silk with some embellishment of silk organdie, lace and intricate bead work.

www.corrienielsen.com

Pictures Credit : Timo Kerber

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NaraCamicie Flagship Store Opens In Paddington – Meet The Owners

December 5th, 2012

It’s finally here in Australia – and here to stay and spoil us rotten with quality, Italian style and design.

Naturally I’m talking about NaraCamicie, the Italian label which has taken most countries of the world by storm!

Right here in Paddington, Sydney, store owners Angela and Alex opened Australia’s flagship store. It’s an edgy and funky store with everything so easily to see and feel – it’s quite a sensory experience.

I caught up with Alex and Angela at the store to talk all things NaraCamicie and fashion.

How NaraCamicie start and why did you decide to launch the brand in Australia?

We came across the brand while honeymooning in Italy and specifically Venice in 2006. We were instantly captivated by the quality, styles and price range. We ended up purchasing many shirts and after arriving back to Australia we were continuously receiving positive feedback every time we wore a Nara shirt. It was obvious to us that there was a gap in the Australian market for European style shirts. After many visits to Italy we decided that it was time to take the big step to launch the brand to the Australian market in 2012. We carefully studied what other brands were offering and again it was very clear that Australians were in need of something different. This was what prompted us to launch.

 Where is NaraCamicie stocked overseas?

There are over 600 stores worldwide. All over Europe, Asia, North and South America as well as Africa. There are more stores opening monthly in every major city around the world.

Do you think it will have the same success here in Australia?

Our sydney flagship store has been open for 2.5 months now and the response has been fantastic. NaraCamicie has been a success all around the world and we truly believe Australia will be as well. Many Australians that have travelled abroad have come in the store or contacted us via email and phone, expressing their excitement that finally their favourite shirt brand has reached the Australian shores. It is only a matter of time that NaraCamicie becomes the authoritarian in the shirt industry in Australia.

There has been a positive reaction to the brand with stylists and celebrities visiting the store. Why do you think the brand is attracting these influential people? What is the ultimate goal for the brand?

They are attracted because simply Naracamicie offers something unique and the styles and cuts are very European. There are over 200 styles of shirts offered per season from casual, business, evening and formal. Nara has been for many years present in all major publications around the world, numerous fashion shows and has been established in the fashion world for 28 years.

Are you planning on opening more stores in Australia? When and where could we expect to see them?

We are planning on opening in every major city in Australia in the next 5 years. New Zealand is also of interest.

How do you think the fashion industry differs to that of Europe?

Australian fashions tends to be more conservative and simple. There is however a desire for different styles that are more colourful and edgy. Nara offers exactly that.

The store fit-out in Paddington is very modern and edgy. Do you find that this is reminiscent of the exceptional European style and design?

The Nara store concept is the forefront of designer shop fitting. Designed by a leading Italian architect, it is simple and elegant, modern and edgy and gives emphasis to the beautiful shirts displayed. The comments we have received from customers and other retailers is that they have never seen anything like it!

Reasonably priced fashion, excellent quality and Italian made – do you think these are the three things that shoppers in Sydney look for? What else do Sydney shoppers look for do you think?

We believe that Sydney shoppers are continuously searching for something that is priced correctly, is of outstanding proven quality and at the same time unique. We have had customers come back to tell us that the feedback they received when wearing one of our shirts was amazing. Whoever wears a Nara shirt is noticed simply because the patterns and fabrics of a Nara shirt is fresh to the Australian market.

What styles and colours will we expect to see in the new season?

Our current spring/summer collection focuses on bright colors and flora prints without stemming away from the traditional whites.

For our upcoming autumn/winter collection darker hues and simple black and whites are back in. Grandpa collars for men and satin prints and frill shirts for women will be evident.

Over 150 styles for both women and men will be available.

What is your personal style, when you are socialising or at events and not in the store?

Smart casual, chic and edgy. We do not only sell Nara shirts, we also love wearing them!

What is a MUST HAVE item for guys and girls this season from NaraCamicie?

Guys: definitely short sleeve grandpa collar shirt

Girls: 3/4 floral print shirt

For more information or to buy online, visit www.naracamicie.com.au

Store address: Shop 1, 412 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW.

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