It’s the colour that’s got me here… It’s my favourite shade of blue.
Oh… and it’s the fact it’s Bassike. Simple, clean, edgy and current.
This is their 2013 pre-collection glimpse, check out their website for more: www.bassike.com
It’s the colour that’s got me here… It’s my favourite shade of blue.
Oh… and it’s the fact it’s Bassike. Simple, clean, edgy and current.
This is their 2013 pre-collection glimpse, check out their website for more: www.bassike.com
Here’s a great gift idea, and perfect for the summer holidays – a luxurious designer beach towel from Seneca Textiles.
Beautifully designed in Portugal, these towels come in a range of incredible designs, reminiscent of European and Australian lifestyle. I’ve purchased the black and white one – my favourite!
For more information, please contact Seneca Textiles – www.SenecaTextiles.com.au
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.
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.
For media inquiries, please contact Pink Pony PR - www.pinkponypr.com.au
One of the best, if not the best websites I’ve ever seen is a popular fashion hub which I’ve recently come across, www.Avenue24.com.au.
This website was launched in 2011 and is a shopping platform which is interactive and cleverly animated, containing all of the fabulous elements of a boutique shopping experience in some of Sydney’s very best locations.
You can browse and purchase quality and luxury items from these boutiques, which make you feel like you are virtually there.
It needs to be seen and experienced to be believed. It really has so much attention to detail, plus awesome products and specials that everyone can be a part of.
Be sure to see for yourself – www.Avenue24.com.au
What do you think of this wallpaper?
I absolutely love it!
As I’m doing the interior of my parents new home, I found this – and loved it! The dogs are felt feeling too, so you can look and pat!
What room would you put it in?
One of the most glorious movies I’ve seen in quite a while. Yves Saint Laurent: Pierre Bergé, L’Amour Fou. A beautiful film about the lives of these two men who spent a lifetime working, living and loving together.
I watched it in a private screening last week at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington as part of the French Film Festival in Sydney, but it is traveling around the country until the 10th of April, last day in Sydney is Sunday the 27th of March.
Anyway, back to the movie. It’s absolutely beautiful. I felt quite emotional throughout much of the film. It really was an emotional rollercoaster for me – some points I was happy, then I’d be sad, then happy, then really sad, a little sad, then happy.
What got me was the raw and honest love between Yves and Pierre, that two people could love eachother so much through the life they both led, and stuck it out through thick and thin, all the way to Yves death on the 1st of June 2008.
The documentary takes you on a journey through the highs and lows (but mainly highs) of the fashion empire which Yves created with Pierre, showcasing some of the most fabulous designs, not to mention the homes, artworks and sculptures the couple bought throughout their successful careers – all the way back to when Yves was Christian Dior’s assistant.
It’s the instrumental that begins the film, and sets the mood. This carries on throughout the film, adding to the desperation behind the kind, yet shy eyes of YSL. In interviews throughout the film, you see he finds it hard to make eye contact with people, and with the camera. He is almost permanently nervous.
It begins at the funeral of YSL in June 2008, and ends with the Christie’s auction which saw most of the couples art, furniture and sculptures sold for ten of millions of dollars each, including works from Mondrian, Matisse and Picasso. It was the most valuable private collection in history, raising $477 million dollars which partially went to the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, which provides scientific research in fighting AIDS.
This is a MUST SEE film for any fashion lover, which is told from the heart and through the mouth of Pierre Bergé himself. A true French film, with passion and raw emotion which is captured in a way, that only French films can.
I left that cinema thinking about the film. That night I thought about it. The next day, thinking about it… and the day after that.
Last week was one of the coldest weeks we had in Sydney this winter. For me, I don’t need an excuse to spend money on buying something nice to keep warm and also stay in fashion… So I bought this amazing silk lace scarf from ASSIN.
This amazingly luxurious brown scarf looks so masculinely elegant and graceful. It sounds feminine, but it’s definately a needed addition to my robe.
Although it’s not exactly the warmest scarf, and let’s be honest, I didn’t really buy it to stay warm. But it is so beautiful and I have had so many comments on it. I love wearing it.
Check it out instore at ASSIN, Paddington. Available to purchase instore or online for $355.
With the FIFA World Cup in South Africa dominating pretty much everything at the moment globally, I thought I would display a piece that to me has a little bit of a tribal African twist.
The beautiful Lyon necklace is by Fiona Paxton which is metallic and has a range of metal beads, coral beads, curb chains, rhinestones and draped 18k gold plated chains all on a leather bib. It’s an attractive eye-catching piece which will always get complete attention.
This stunning limited edition piece is available for $429 at Trilby Phoenix – Shop 2, 168-174 Oxford Street, Paddington – (02) 9356 3030
We all want nice things. When designing, furnishing and decorating a home, one of the last things you think of incorporating into the plan is a telephone. A phone is just a phone you may say. But boy is that untrue.
Think of a beautiful telephone as a brand new LCD tv or a dishwasher. You want the best and best looking one.
Bang & Olufsen have just released their new range of phones called BeoCom 5. Once again, they have created a piece of technological art which could adapt quite easily into almost any décor, or room of the house. For many many years, B&O have been creating iconic phones, this one being the newest addition.
After a personalised viewing, I got to use the phone. Now apart from it’s looks and styling, the thing you will notice most is the sound and the clarity. UNBELIEVABLE! Like nothing I’ve heard before, especially for a cordless phone with a speakerphone.
It’s a nifty unit, storage for up to 400 contacts, the flexibility of customising the display, layout and colours. It has two phone lines built into it – one for work and one for home?
Available in aluminium or black, either will always find a place in the home.
The price you ask? Well there are 3 packages to choose from:
Basic Set-up - 1 x handset, 1 x speaker phone, 1 x base station = $1,265
The “Family of Phones” - 3 x handsets, 2 x chargers, 1 x speaker phone, 1 x base station = $2,715
The “Grand Family of Phones” - 8 x handsets, 6 x chargers, 2 x speaker phones, 1 x base station = $6,535
Have a look at them and have a play, and fall in love. You’ll want to use the house phone alot more, while also creating a talking point with an iconic feature. It’s like nothing else on the market.
3/188 Oxford Street, Paddington – (02) 9356 8111
CC Skye’s gold feather cuff is a girly and attractive accessory which is perfect for anything from afternoon drinks at Woolloomooloo in a Camilla kaftan to dressing it up with a sexy black Michael Lo Sordo dress and high heels for dinner and drinks at Aria.
The cuff is 18k gold plated and available at Trilby Phoenix in Paddington. Worn by a range of fabulous celebrities like Kim Kardashian (who was seen at the store yesterday!), Lauren Conrad, Rihanna, Hilary Duff, Mary-Kate Olsen, Fergie, the list goes on…
Take this home for $230!
Shop 2, 168-174 Oxford Street, Paddington – (02) 9356 3030
I love love love these Dior Homme High Tops in black leather. They look so good, especially with a tight pair of charcoal jeans and a few layers in white and black for the torso, loose material and that’s it… Simple and chic.
They are available at ASSIN in Paddington for $1370. Make sure you check them out.
As I stepped over vomit on the colourful Oxford Street, I wondered where the hell my friend Eve was taking me to dinner.
Walking up the street towards Paddington, I notice a shop front with dark bronze curtains in the window and deep lighting through them… That is where we are going – Rambutan.
We cross the road and walk into the dark and arcane looking restaurant you are immediately greeted by a sweet maître d’, who asked what name our reservation was under. “Your table will be ready shortly, please take a seat downstairs in the Tiki Lounge and we will come and get you once your table is ready”. We accept and happily move downstairs into the stunningly appointed Tiki Lounge. Quite often when you are asked to wait at a restaurant, you get a bit impatient, you might Visit FoxyBingo or get out a book to read. In this case because the maître d was so charming and the atmosphere was so welcoming we didn’t think twice about waiting. Passing the kitchen, you smell fresh ingredients. A Rambutan & sorbet bellini and a coconut & kaffir lime daiquiri carnavale coming up! Amazing cocktails by some of the best bar tenders I’ve seen work their magic behind the bar.
After a quick catch up with Eve over cocktails, we are called to our table. A cosy little table in the front window.
The venue is packed, but it’s not feeling like it’s over-crowded. It’s noisy, but it’s not unbearable. It’s the perfect environment for the moods we were both in.
So what kind of food do the attractive owners Joe and Milena serve at Rambutan? It’s Southern Thai food. The décor really throws you off as it actually looks nice (where most Sydney Thai restaurants look pretty cheap).
Looking over the menu, I read each item and take notice of the interesting ingredients. The meals are designed to share, so Eve and I pick a couple of entrées and a couple of mains.
Entrée -Betel leaves (Miang) with smoked trout & grilled chilli eggplant relish and steamed dumplings with chicken, prawn, sweet corn and plum sauce.
Main - Wok fried King prawns with pong gari coconut cream, baby corn and curry leaf and Braised wagyu beef, flat noodles, Vietnamese mint and black vinegar sauce.
The Betel leaves were carefully constructed, and superbly presented. Spicy, yet manageable. The relish works perfectly with the spice and the trout – it was so easy to eat, and so flavoursome. Not a huge portion, but very huge in taste. The steamed dumplings are so delicious too. As it is, I love chicken, prawns and sweet corn, so mixing them altogether and adding a sweet plum sauce with it, was just heaven for me. I would have been happy having this as my main, just alot more of them!
The pong gari coconut cream has an intricate flavour. Pong gari has something like 6 or 7 spices in it, so mixed with the coconut cream, they complemented eachother well, giving a wholesome texture for the king prawns, which for me take alot to fill me up! For something different, we got the Wagyu beef. The amazingly marbled meat was tender, with the taste of mint, but there was a spice in there that I just couldn’t guess. Whatever it was, completed the dish. It tied the sauce, the beef and the noodles together.
Of all the dishes, I most enjoyed the dumplings. I could have had them as a main and the king prawns as an entrée and feel perfectly filled.
Leaving space for dessert, I had a look at the menu again. Only three desserts to choose from? That suprised me a little, considering some of the restaurants I’ve been to lately have a huge range of desserts. I ordered the young coconut jelly with vanilla bean and passionfruit. It was then I realised it’s about quality – not quantity. This dessert was just incredible. The thing I loved most was the way they worked with the texture to get the most out of the presentation and the teaming of ingredients. In my mouth, its felt as good as it tasted.
Will I go back? Yes I would. It’s great for after work drinks and dinner, watching people rushing around after work down below and relaxing with friends in a contemporary venue.
Pros: Communal and tight layout makes you feel cosy, design and décor, service and bar tenders.
Cons: Such a great restaurant in such a dodgy part of town – but maybe that’s what adds to the charm of it? Sort of like the best house in the worst street. Expensive for Thai food, but it’s justified once presented and tasted.
Pricing: Entrées from $4 to $25, Mains from $8.50 to $34 (then there’s the market price whole fish), Desserts from $9 to $12. Cocktails are all around $16, with some exceptions, Sangria – $36. White wines from $36 to $64 a bottle, Red’s from $48 to $64 and Champagne $108 to $340 a bottle (or $18 for a glass of Mumm Cordon Rouge NV).
Final Say: Cool, calm, communal and collective. Unique and enjoyable food. Catch up with friends sort of place. Maybe not a quite date, but definately a second or third date restaurant.
Rambutan – 96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst – (02) 9360 7772
When I walked through the foyer and waited for the lift to take me 20-something levels into the sky over Kings Cross, I began to get a little nervous. Nervous about the fact I was about to enter the home of inspirational Couture Bridal Designer, Henry Roth.
I arrived at his door, and was welcomed in with a glass of wine and an introduction to his two wonderful close friends. A beautiful redcurrant scented Vovito candle fills the air and Alicia Keys‘ acapella of ”New York” playing in the background. All my nerves dissolved and I instantly became a welcomed into the party of three, now four. Henry was hospitable and kind, and he set up a quiet area on his balcony overlooking Botany Bay, for us to have a conversation so I could get to know him.
After only a few minutes of talking to Henry, I instantly felt comforted, clear and inspired. Henry is a pure and humble person, who speaks what he thinks and feels. You will understand why Henry has grown up this way and become the success that he is, as you read this conversation I had with him below.
I hope you will take something away from this as much as I have…
What projects are going on in the wonderful world of Henry Roth?
I have just launched the affordable Couture Bridal Collection, which is basically launching wedding dresses from the price of $800 to the maximum price of $2000, it’s all about fashion forward gowns, without compromising quality and are extremely well priced. I continue to run my two fashions businesses in both New York and Sydney, traveling back and forward. I’m also starting to do alot of free to air work for Channel 9, it’s fashion commentary and I was the official fashion anchor for the Oscars, which was fantastic!
I’m also creating the the next collection for August, and I’ve just got back from Hong Kong from visiting my design workshop, then back to New York at the end of March till the end of May where I will do the launch for full couture in New York and doing designer days. There’s just so much going on!
What do you do to keep your mind busy and energised, away from designing and and your hectic career?
I do love writing poetry, I write alot of Hip Hop poetry in New York, where I do readings and write – have a look at Nuyorican, I’m a member of this group.
Who influences you in fashion?
With regards to my wedding dresses, what influences me is definately the brides. Brides today have taken us down the aisle, in so many different ways, so we design a very different way. Normally designers will create a very signature look, but that holds you to not being as diverse, so I design for garden weddings, beach wedding all the way to ballroom weddings. This makes it very diverse. So it’s the brides, weddings, red carpets and people on a day to day business. My sister Michelle who I work with is also my biggest influence, she is based in New York.
What is your favourite accessory?
My glasses – without a doubt! I have many pairs, I am a fashion ambassador for Specsavers which is actually very cool because you can indulge in your personalities when you go there. I can’t live without them!
What foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?
I’d have to say Indian. I love Indian. I also love traditional Israli food, as I am Jewish I love that. I’m not a huge drinker, but I do love to wake up to fresh juices in the morning, like apple, spinach, parsley, ginger, mint and lime juice.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Scented candles. I think it’s my real extravagance, I really do. They are very expensive, but my favourite at the moment is Vovito in redcurrant, it is my New York candle, it reminds me of New York. Also buying Canali suits at Bloomingdales in New York!
Greatest lesson learnt?
Don’t presuppose what somebody is thinking, and don’t jump too quickly to conclusions. Have the confidence to just let a situation lay for a little bit and you will find that instead of guessing why a person has been, maybe not in touch as much as normal, or maybe seems a little bit off, that will unfold. The minute you impose your fears onto a situation, then you can ruin a fantastic thing. That being a friendship, a business relationship, a fantastic thing moving forward and I’ve really learnt to just bite my tongue and let it pass. The biggest lesson for me by far.
What advice can you give fashion designers here in Australia?
The best advice I can give any designer is know what your niche is, know what you’re designing for, know who you’re designing for. My only minor criticism is sometimes young up and coming designers in Australia just need to think and be really clear in what they want to specialise in and then make sure what you are creating and designing are at the right price point, for the right market, for the right niche of who you’re designing for. There’s no point designing a gown or a garment or a piece of clothing that’s mis-targeted and mis-priced.
I’ve met your adorable parents Aneta and Joseph, they are absolute amazing and gracious people. What is one thing that they always told you?
My father always told me, respect and love people equally. Especially that they are survivors of the Holocaust, it doesn’t matter about the colour of your skin, your sexuality, your religion, everyone beats with the same heart. Respect people equally and expect the same respect.
My mother has always told me to keep my feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars. No one is better, and no one is worse then you. No one is.
If you were the Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, what would you inject money into fixing?
That is such an easy answer, and I’ve thought about it so much! The city of Sydney is dying. The soul, the passion and the meaning of our city is dying because George Street has basically become a two lane highway. It’s crap! I would immediately close down George Street, and I would immediately put tonnes of money into creating a tunnel underneath the city to get the traffic off the streets and turn it into a giant plaza.
I’m very worried about Westfields encapsulating the bubble of Wesfieldness, the city, and all the other shops around it, almost not competing, which is what happened on Oxford Street in Paddington and the death of Double Bay. It would be the closure of Town Hall, to Bridge Street. All the way down.
What are your thoughts in regards to fur and cruelty to animals for fashion, and the environment in general?
I don’t think I would ever use it in fashion, but I do think fur within reason is important, water conservation is essential, free range is important, organic is important, and I think caring about our planet. I do believe we are going through a crisis about our planet. But I think Australia is so ahead of the game, and I think it’s a shame the politics have got in the way of Australian really being the first to embrace carbon reduction.
I’m not political at all, but I want this to go on record – I think Rudd is a big talker, he has great ideas, he’s a great talker, but has done very little. Building broadband is ridiculous. The schools are a mess, the ideas were good, but the implementation is shocking. But his carbon reducing program reminds me, as a kid when they brought in Medicare. Imagine if we didn’t bring Medicare into this country in 1972. We would be going through the struggles that Americans are going through now.
What are your three pet hates?
Where do you prefer to live and work – Sydney or New York?
Alot of people ask me this question and I did live in New York eleven years full time from 1997 to 2008, and in that period of time I only came back to Sydney three times, for periods of only four or five days. Very short visits because my parents always came to visit me. I’ll answer it this way. I think the world has gone flat, it’s not round anymore, and you know it’s all the same goal posts. All influences are the same, the websites, internet, blogs, Blackberry, iPods, whatever it is. I’m amazed at how much Sydney has grown up, I think the Olympics actually globalised us, and also got rid of the inferiority complex which was very evident before I left.
I love both cities evenly. I really do. The thing I love most about Sydney and about Australia generally, is our humanity. We treat eachother with respect, we treat eachother with human dignity and the day that changes we will become un-Australian.
Favourite place to go for coffee, dessert, food, whatever!?
Favourite places for coffee, Cafe Le Monde, which is downstairs from where I work on Foveaux Street, and also Dolchetta. Angela there on Victoria Street, Potts Point is a doll, she is amazing and she makes her cappuccinos with love.
Best juices is definately at “Juice Me” in Kingsgate. They make awesome juices and they are super fresh!
I would go to Hugos for a cocktail, I like to be close and in my zone. I feel like I’m in New York being close to everything.
I really hope you can appreciate this conversation I had with Henry Roth. After walking out of his home, many hours of talking about our lives, dreams and aspirations, I have built enormous respect for this atistic, creative, kind and generous man.
Kate Sylvester is one of the newer additions to Paddington, displaying her men’s and women’s fashion in one of, if not the best looking store on oxford street!
You will notice it because of the huge curved glass wall out the front. When you walk in, it’s the brawn stone flooring and light timbers which lead you through to the back of the heavily sunlit store. At the back are the changerooms with an architecturally designed display cabinet with little nik naks to look at. The carpet is long and plush. It’s a very beautiful store, designed by her architect husband.
But more important, it’s the fashion! There is a small meswear rack at the front of the store, but there are some great natural toned garments to choose from. Two of my favourites are the Livingstone cardigan and David Vest pictured above. I also love the Bobby singlet and Stanley t-shirt pictured below.
Kate Sylvester is a well known New Zealander, who predominately makes womens clothes, but has ventured into the mens domain. She captures something very natural and comforting, but also cutting edge in stylish street wear.
Together Kate and her husband create a wonderful flagship store here in Sydney.
168 Oxford Street, Paddington – www.katesylvester.com
When I walked into the stunning store on Oxford Street in Paddington, I was drawn to the walls, where many of the world’s most famous artists, actors, models and socialites pose with their Trilby Phoenix creations. I love it immediately.
There are two things that stand out most to me. The weapon of a ring called ‘Noir’ (below) and the ‘CC Skye’ necklace (above), which both are worn by Rihanna. Rihanna is a huge fan of her ‘CC Skye’ necklace, wearing it often in paparazzi shots.
Owner/founder of Trilby Phoenix, Holly Baxter has some big names wearing the brands the store stocks. The endless list of celebrities includes Lindsay Lohan, Victoria Beckham, Alicia Keys, The Olsen twins, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry, Kim Kardashian, Lily Allen, Lady GaGa… the list goes on and on and on…
Holly says “Like many women, I love following celebrity and international accessory trends. My dream was to bring the most unique celebrity must-haves and cult new designers from around the world exclusively to Australia in a retail environment that would fill the gap between mass-produced chain stores and household designer names.”
Make sure you check out the store or website immediately. Quickly! Immediately! Hurry!
Trilby Phoenix – Shop 2, 168-174 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021 – Phone: (02) 9356 3030