Gucci launches its jewellery advertising campaign starring Florence Welch

The new advertising campaign for Gucci’s distinctive jewellery collections channels the spirit of freewheeling, carefree travel and possesses a playful, bohemian period mood that perfectly showcases the aesthetic of the designs.

Featuring long-standing friend of the House musician, singer, songwriter and producer Florence Welch, who is Gucci’s jewellery ambassador, the setting is a retro style wooden wagon, overflowing with colourful furnishings and trinkets. Welch reclines on beds of cushions and decorative fabrics within, or sits outside dreamily peering out at the viewer, adorned in Gucci’s highly stylised rings, bracelets and necklaces.

Set-off beautifully by the colourful and evocative images, the pieces are principally from the Le Marché des Merveilles, Gucci Ouroboros, Gucci Flora and Dionysus fine jewellery collections and the House’s silver jewellery collection.

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Homelessness rates rising, so WILL2LIVE takes to the streets and proves not all heroes wear capes

There are over 115,000 homeless people in Australia. With the rising cost of living and level wages, the rate of homelessness rose in NSW by one-third between 2011 and 2016. WILL2LIVE is a grassroots charity operating on the streets of Sydney, hoping to make an impact on rising homelessness in the city. Charity founder and namesake Will Hawes says homelessness is a problem that is only getting worse.

Firing up the barbecue every weeknight on the corner of Pitt Street and Eddy Avenue from 6:45pm, WILL2LIVE helps those in need by distributing basic necessities including food, water, clothes and toiletries; they also offer bedding assistance, a listening ear and an open heart.

“We don’t discriminate. We’re friendly, welcoming and non-denominational,” says Will. “These people need a bit of help. It’s not much, but it makes a world of difference to them.”

Established in 2012, Will initially worked out of his mother’s garage, taking home-made sandwiches to homeless people around the city and funding the venture himself out of his Centrelink payments. Now WILL2LIVE has grown to serve up to 700 meals per week, over 200,000 meals in the last seven years.

“I suffered from substance abuse previously and without the support from my family I’d be homeless”, says Will. “The logical step was to help people who may not be as fortunate to have a support network to rely on.

Will sees a growing demand for WILL2LIVE’s services and has noticed an increase in families out on the streets. “Our nightly feeds are getting busier each week. There is also a huge misconception in society that homelessness is linked to drug abuse or mental health. This is simply not the case – homelessness can affect anyone and with a couple of bad choices, it’s quite easy to end up homeless.”

WILL2LIVE partners with corporate organisations and local businesses who help the charity make ends meet. Coca-Cola provides drinks for events, OzHarvest donates food daily, and Bakers Delight contributes 20 loaves of fresh bread each week for the nightly barbeques. WILL2LIVE encourages corporates, businesses and teams to get involved and help their local community.

“We’d like to invite people to donate their time or contribute financially. Even just $15 a month goes a long way to helping our cause: feeding 36 people, buying 48 bottles of water, or providing 9 pairs of clean socks. We have a great volunteer community and can always use an extra pair of hands,” says Will. $15 is the equivalent of only four cups of coffee a month and all donations are tax deductable.

A big part of WILL2LIVE is establishing good relationships and rapport with the homeless, driven by Will’s personal commitment, honesty and reliability. “We aim to give these people the respect and dignity everyone deserves regardless of social status. If it’s pouring rain I’ll be here. They know that,” he says.

“The most important thing I’ve learnt in the last seven years is that we are all equal. Seeing their gratitude and the level of respect they have for both myself and the volunteers is incredibly rewarding. At the end of the day, we just want to make sure that everybody on the street has access to a variety of healthy food on a daily basis.”

WILL2LIVE’s three-year vision is to expand its reach across Sydney and establish in regional areas of NSW. Its five-year plan is to operate across Australia.

Source: WILL2LIVE


VEJA x Lemaire sneakers - love them!

Sitting next to each other at a Greenpeace dinner, Sebastian Kopp of Veja and Christophe Lemaire formed the idea of a sneaker – uniting the cool of Veja and exclusivity of Lemaire.

Dropping in two different styles – a 3D-knitted recycled plastic aqua shoe and an Italian army inspired vintage model.

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Longines Golden Slipper ambassadors, Sam Margin & Rosie Tupper

Swiss watchmaker Longines has welcomed Longines Golden Slipper ambassadors, The Rubens frontman, Sam Margin and his international model wife, Rosie Tupper.

The couple will attend Sydney’s pinnacle racing event, Longines Golden Slipper Day on Saturday 23 March at Rosehill Gardens, where the finest two-year-old thoroughbreds will vie for the coveted title. The Swiss watch brand is proud to mark its six years as the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival.

Godolphin filly, Tenley, is the favourite to win the coveted Group 1 accolade and the 2018 Longines World’s Best Racehorse, Winx, is expected to take centre stage in the Group 1 The Agency George Ryder Stakes. Off the track, Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will headline a live concert after the last race.

“We are delighted to have celebrities like Rosie Tupper and Sam Margin embodying Longines’ long-standing motto “Elegance is an attitude”, as we will celebrate later this year the 20-year milestone of the brand campaign,” said Mr. Walter von Känel, Longines President.

The pair will lead the style stakes by judging the Longines Prize for Elegance, where they will select the most elegant female racegoers of the day, with the winner announced at a special presentation on course. The lucky lady will be awarded a timepiece from the Longines DolceVita Collection. Since its inception, this line has illustrated contemporary elegance of the Longines brand worldwide and is inspired by the “Dolce Vita,” paying homage to the sweetness of life.

“Working in the modelling and fashion industry, I’ve always had a keen eye for style and elegance. I’m looking forward to seeing the ladies expressing themselves in bright colours, whilst also bringing the glamour that Longines Golden Slipper is famous for,” said Longines Golden Slipper Ambassador, Rosie Tupper.

“When Rosie and I started dating, I bought her a vintage Longines watch as a gift – we both have a special connection to Longines,” said Longines Golden Slipper Ambassador and The Rubens lead singer, Sam Margin.

Longines supports horse racing globally and has been associated with equestrian events for a century and a half. These partnerships reflect Longines’ intrinsic values of Tradition, Elegance and Performance.

Source: Longines


Sherman Centre for Culture Fashion Hub 5-14 April 2019 - Countdown & Programme Highlights

Founder, Executive and Artistic Director for Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), Dr Gene Sherman AM will present the SCCI Fashion Hub for 2019, following a sell out debut in 2018. The success of the first year for SCCI marked a significant milestone in the growing influence of the not-for-profit Foundation that aims to educate and inspire through thought provoking Fashion and Architecture events.

The SCCI Fashion Hub 2019 programme includes over 40 stimulating seminars, workshops, symposia, films and teen’s events featuring a beautifully curated line up of local and international guests over 10 days at SCCI, Museum of Sydney, Sydney Living Museums, UTS, AFTRS and the Sydney Jewish Museum.

“SCCI Fashion Hub 2019 aims to deepen and expand upon the previously explored fashion thématique, as well as introducing new fields of inquiry. In the 2019 iteration, additional historical periods will be explored. Geographical spread will be amplified,” Dr Gene Sherman says.

Five headlining international speakers will investigate the transformation of contemporary fashion across geographic and ideological borders. Spanning four continents the keynotes for SCCI Fashion Hub 2019 are established fashion stalwarts.

The opening launch event on Friday 5 April will feature a keynote address by Angelica Cheung, Editor-In-Chief, Vogue China.

From global leaders to Australian household names SCCI explores both the positive and negative views shaping fashion in its evolving complexity.

Fashion Words gathers the brightest minds in fashion media with Edwina McCann Vogue Australia, Angelica Cheung Vogue China, Glynis Traill-Nash The Australian and Sammy Preston Urban List, together with Sydney’s most insightful literary and fashion critics covering topics including Fashioning Protest with Ollie Henderson (House of Riot). Saturday 6 April.

Jewish Fashion Stories travels from Vienna to Sydney, Weimar to Hobart, to explore the impact of Jewish émigrés in developing Australia’s fashion credentials with author Tim Bonyhady, Dr Peter McNeil and Jonathan C.Kaplan. Sunday 7 April.

Art and Fashion gathers leading Australian contemporary artists, sculptors, photographers, writers and jewelry designers including Alex Seton, Gerwyn Davies, Benja Harney with Alison Kubler (VAULT), Michael Zavros (Bulgari Award-winning Artist) and creative couple in conversation Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy (Dinosaur Designs) to explore how artists have enlivened history of fashion and continue to shape its future. Tuesday 9 April.

Two teen workshops titled Fashion-Forward Teens with fashion illustrator Leo Greenfield and Make Up Artist Emma-Lee Court invites tomorrow’s fashionistas to explore the creativity, fun and techniques of fashion illustration and stage makeup. Sunday 14 April.

2019 Fashion Hub is presented in collaboration with four venues: Sydney Living Museums, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the Sydney Jewish Museum. Explore the full programme at http://www.scci.org.au

Source: SCCI