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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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A Celebration Of Wool In The 21st Century – ON NOW IN SYDNEY!

April 24th, 2012

The story of wool continues to be told right across the world, this time with key players of Australia meeting in March to launch the Campaign for Wool for 2012.

The Australian launch provided a melting pot of the wool industry, with woolgrowers, fashion designers and retailers gathering to offer ideas about the further promotion of the fibre.

The Australian leg of Wool Modern’s global schedule – held at Sydney’s historic Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay – includes pieces from international designers Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith and local designers including Collette DinniganWillowRomance Was BornJosh GootELLERYJenny Kee and Akira. I was there for it’s launch night and I was so impressed. What a gorgeous location, set up and exhibition it was. I urge you to get down there and check out the amazing garments on display… They really are so incredible and really do show you the versatility of wool. You can see just one of the gorgeous displayed here. Here I am with Peter Everett.

Three of Australia’s most talked about interior designers Sarah KingEmma Elizabeth and Henry Wilson have also joined the exhibition’s credits.

Other retailers providing extensive support to the Campaign for Wool include SportscraftKookaiCountry Road,GormanEMU AustraliaMJ Bale and Decjuba.

Wool Modern celebrates the aesthetic, environmental and technical benefits of wool with stunning fashion pieces nested alongside wool-focused installations. There is an exclusive look at the wool archives from fashion designers including Theirry Mugler and Sonia Rykiel, with innovative new pieces from renowned designers and brands including Giles Deacon, Mark Fast, Erdem, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and David Koma among others.

The Campaign for Wool was globally launched in 2010 and is spearheaded by HRH the Prince of Wales. Australia’s key event for 2012 will be the Wool Modern exhibition in Sydney from April 24 to May 1, which also coincides with Wool Week running from April 23-29.

The Wool Modern exhibition will continue its world tour by travelling to Shanghai in October with special Chinese commissions.

For more information on Australian Wool Week events click here.

CARTOON WIZARDING HOTTIE – Daniel Radcliffe/Harry Potter

November 8th, 2010

CARTOON WIZARDING HOTTIE

Everyone’s favourite Wizard schoolboy Seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch team and star of the incredibly popular Best Selling series of seven fantasy novels by British author JK Rowling, magical movie franchise phenomenon and a Muggle merchandising dream, played by actor DANIEL RADCLIFFE… HARRY POTTER!

FUN FACTS: Shot to instant stardom starring as Harry Potter, in 2007 Radcliffe and fellow Harry Potter cast members Rupert Grint and Emma Watson left imprints of their hands, feet and wands in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

www.BrettWillisCartoons.com

Spice Temple Fills A Modern Chinese Void

April 14th, 2010

Tucked around the corner, under Rockpool Bar + Grill is a door. A door that is a giant LCD which you push open. This is the entrance to Spice Temple – setting the benchmark of what’s to follow.

Myself and friend Damien walked in, entering at the top of a large spiral staircase, with long sculptures hanging from the roof down the void to the lower level, where the restaurant and bar is located. We approached the front desk and were politely asked to take a seat while our table was being set. Our very sweet and bubbly bar girl brought us the cocktail and wine lists (100 wines to match with each dish!), which were quite extensive. After a good ten or so minutes of general chit chat and looking over the menu you, we ordered our drinks and at that same time our table was ready, so we were escorted to it.

The restaurant is like an industrial basement. A stylish polished concrete foyer and bar, turns into a modern Chinese décor, featuring typical Chinese restaurant red carpet, dark floor and dark roof, and fantastic detail to mood lighting makes the experience quite intimate, even if you are sitting right next to another table.

We ordered the cocktails, which were highly recommended. I got the “Aries”, lime, ginger, gin and lychee. Boy did it have a zing to it! Damien got the “Rat”, lavender tea soda with mint and sugar cane spirit. Light and sweet. Both drinks had a good punch to them. They were presented nicely and served in Riedel glasses.

Now the hard task was to choose what to eat from the detailed modernised Chinese menu with head chef Neil Perry overseeing.

The meals are designed to share, so we decided we would get a few.

We started with the Lamb and Cumin pancakes. The simple presentation hid a remarkable taste. Easy to eat, almost like having a Turkish gozlem – thin and crispy, there’s salt flakes on the top of the sandwiched cumin and lamb pancake. Cut up in wedges like a pizza, they were great to chew on while gas-bagging and preparing for the next few dishes.

The Hot and Numbing Wagyu Beef followed the pancakes. This was by far the best beef I have ever had. It is crispy on the outside and so tender on the inside. It’s broken down into pieces and strands of meat. The flavours were deep and rich. I enjoyed this down to the very last piece, and even then I was lifting garnish looking for more. All the Wagyu that Spice Temple serve is from David Blackmore with a +9 score. Blackmore Wagyu are the only producers marketing only 100% Fullblood Japanese Wagyu beef in Australia – so you know you are eating great meat!

Next dish was the Braised duck, tofu, dried chestnut and baby leeks, served over rice. Not being the biggest fan of duck, I still throughly enjoyed the meal, appreciating the flavours and textures. For people who love duck, this is definately something for you to choose. It all comes in a light broth, which was nice, especially to moisten the rice and fuse the dish together with the rice.

So what was for dessert? Peanut butter parfait. A crispy meringue-like base, the parfait in the middle, and a uniquely flavour caramel top which was somewhat salty, but worked well with the sweetness of the peanut butter. A drop of chocolate sauce and some delicious sugar and sesame seed peanuts over the top. So good!

Our waiter for the evening was pleasant, knowledgable and gave us assistance with the menu with ease. It didn’t seem as if we were troubling him in any way. The staff all looked like they wanted to be there – which is important when dining at a restaurant that you’re paying good money for.

Pros: The style, comfort and design is great. Lighting is great. A mixture of customers from all over. Great food.

Cons: I didn’t really find anything negative to say about the venue, service or food. Everything was exceptional.

Pricing: Entrées from $10 to $29, Mains from $19 to $45, Desserts from $16. Cocktails are all around $17. White wines from $14 to $19 a glass, Red’s from $12 to $17 a glass and Champagne $17 to $27 a glass.

Final Say: Chic, fun, clever, kind, generous, delicious. A great night out. Great place for a catch-up with friends, or a family dinner. Overall I was extremely pleased. If you’re not a huge fan of spicy food, don’t stress, this food is great for you too! Neil Perry does it perfectly once again.

Spice Temple – 10 Bligh Street, Sydney – (02) 8078 1888

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