Jimmy Choo x Kate Moss Launch at Fashion Eyewear

As part of Jimmy Choo editorial content series, IN MY CHOOS, Kate Moss stars in a series of striking images entitled ‘Bohemian Glamour’ featuring the Pre-Fall 2020 collection.

Spotted at the tender age of 14, the iconic supermodel’s career is the stuff of legend, spanning more than three decades at the top of the game. Now as a businesswoman with her own talent agency, a British Vogue Contributing Editor and still one of the world’s most in-demand models, she continues to inspire legions with her signature nonchalant style.

Here the queen of effortless bohemian glamour discusses the women who inspire her, her proudest achievements and the most daring moment in her life to date, offering a true insight into one of British fashion’s national treasures.

What’s the best career advice you’ve had? The best career advice I’ve been given is, well it is more like it’s something that I learn along the way, is to collaborate with the team.

What defines a modern woman in 2020 to you? I think the modern woman in 2020 is confident within herself.

What sets someone apart from the crowd? Originality. Someone who is original is somebody that stands out for me.

What’s your golden rule for dressing up? I don’t have any rules for dressing up, but I definitely think about where I am going and about the kind of character that would be going to that place and what they would wear.

How do you think the fashion industry has changed since you broke on to the scene? I think the fashion industry has changed completely. I think social media has changed everything about the industry.

Who inspires you and who are your icons? I’ve got a lot of icons, but Anita Pallenberg and Susie Cave are the most glamourous women that I know.

What’s your proudest moment to date? My proudest moment is when I see Lila growing up into a lovely young woman.

How do you overcome doubt? I think gut instinct is the only way to know it for sure. Trust your instinct.

What has been your most daring achievement? Opening KMA Agency was my most daring moment.

What is glamour in 2020? I think in 2020 glamour is about being open-minded and confident.

Who’s shoes would you like to step in to for a day? I’d like to step into Ginger Rogers shoes for the day, cause I’d love to be able to dance like that.

What advice do you give the talent on books? Best advice I can give my models is to be professional and work hard and remember you can say no if you don’t want to do something.

How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as eclectic.

What is your ‘go to’ shoe? Oh my goodness. I do like a strappy high sandal, it’s my dream shoe, if I could wear them every day I would.

What 3 words would you use to sum up Jimmy Choo? Jimmy Choo is modern, sexy and stylish.

Source: Jimmy Choo

GUCCI Sydney Flagship Store Re-Opens

Gucci has announced the reopening of its flagship store in Sydney’s Westfield. Following an extensive renovation, the store now boasts an increased retail footprint spanning over 11,702 square feet across two floors and houses a wide selection of men’s and women’s ready-to- wear, handbags, shoes, accessories, watches, jewellery, eyewear, beauty and fragrances.

The boutique is also home to a joyful city exclusive, the Sydney tote. This woven bag is available in a limited run of twenty numbered pieces, personalised by a signature leather patch that represents the city in embossed metallic gold lettering. Designed to reflect famous Bondi sunsets, the tote comes in vibrant and pastel pink colours, its shape finished with double top handles and an optional shoulder strap detail.

“Australia has always been a strategic market for Gucci. The country offers our brand a very exciting proposition supported by its melting pot of cultures. We are also very proud to be collaborating with local Australian creatives to showcase their art – inspired by Gucci codes – in our newly renovated Sydney Flagship,” said Emmanuel Delrieu (Gucci, Regional President, South Asia Pacific)

With a look that invites customers to feel welcome and relaxed, the interior design is discreet. Soft elements like velvet armchairs and vintage dark wood display furniture offset harder surfaces and industrial elements, such as rivets. Contemporary luxury is suggested not only by the employment of beautiful and idiosyncratic materials, but also through a determinedly spare use of space. In keeping with the elegant and contemporary eclecticism that characterises Gucci’s collections, the store sees the combination of traditional and modern, industrial and romantic.

Contrasting merchandising elements represent different design codes, and these combine to create curiosity, inviting customers to feel like they are constantly discovering new aspects of the store. Each Gucci boutique is therefore a “cabinet of curiosities”, created to delight and inspire.

The mood within the store is one of discretion, where understated drama is created by the surprising and unexpected combination of materials. The hand-painted parquet brings decorative effects on the floors, while being harmoniously integrated with the herringbone wood flooring all around. The store also features a bespoke client space for an exclusive shopping experience, accessible by a private entrance. Designed to create a relaxing and intimate atmosphere where clients can discover new collections and enjoy a dedicated moment within the store, this room is characterized by mauve velvet upholstered walls and artisanal hand-painted herringbone wooden floor.

Juxtaposition of this sort, where opposites forge a new connection, is repeated throughout: technical, display units contrast with the softness of the rich fabrics that adorn the rooms; round tables offset rectangular ones; dark wood finishes sit next to sage green or dark grey matelassé velvets, used for upholstery and fitting rooms. Throughout the store one finds sumptuous velvet chairs, while vintage oriental rugs are layered over each other for a textured effect. The result is a space that entices, surprises and feels personal to Gucci.

To celebrate the opening, Gucci partnered with creative collective O.Z.O to promote and support the local art scene, inviting curator and artist Edward Woodley to create and present in store a sculptural work (Edward Woodley for Gucci) which combines his signature style of contrasting underlays and collages with elements borrowed from the world of the House and the codes of its Epilogue collection – including Ken Scott’s archival prints Istric and Lulude. The artist’s approach and his practice is furtherly investigated in the video installation O.Z.O featuring Edward Woodley & Max Berry for Gucci, screened in the store’s parlour.

Showcasing the symmetry between the explorative artistic process and that of fashion, the video offers a glimpse behind the scenes on the artists’ quest to express feelings and meanings through blending, mixing and drawing in an inner landscape of shapes and patterns. To discover more on the works of Sydney artist Edward Woodley and his dialogue with Gucci, a limited-edition Zine and special numbered prints will be available in store.
Source: Gucci

$1.4m worth of jewellery to be auctioned

When Perth jewellery store, Charles Edward Jools, closed its doors last year there were questions raised as to where the stock would go.

Under instruction from liquidator Cor Cordis, its stock is being auctioned off in an effort to repay the store’s debts.

Over 300 pieces of jewellery is being auctioned by Pickles, Australia’s No. 1 auction and valuation specialist, via three separate online auctions in consecutive weeks, starting Wednesday, October 28.

Pickles’ Finance and Advisory Executive, Ray Webb, says the jewellery has been independently valued by Haddys Gemmological Services, a family run business with over 45 years’ experience in servicing, valuing, and selling jewellery.

“We estimate the auction items have a total RRP value of $1.4m.  There are pieces to suit all tastes – from the gregarious to the subtle – in the form of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more,” says Mr. Webb.

Pickles predicts these two pieces in particular will be in hot demand:

Tanzanite and Diamond Earrings, RRP: $52,800 – Tanzanite is a rare blue gem that is commercially mined at only one location in Tanzania.  These earrings feature two Tanzanite gems (15.42ctw) and 16 Diamonds (8 x 0.385ctw and 8 x 2.145ctw).

Pearl Necklace, RPP: $32,670 – This multistrand pearl necklace features a clasp made from 139 Diamonds (1.7ctw).

Source: Pickles

Rebel rcx Parramatta - it’s a sports store on steroids!

Rebel, Australia’s leading retailer of sporting equipment, clothing, and footwear, is bucking the current national trend of retail closures by investing heavily in the growth of its physical stores, with the launch of its first Sydney rebel Customer Experience (rcx) concept store at Westfield Parramatta

Rebel rcx Parramatta is the second Australian concept store for the retail chain, which unveiled the Doncaster (VIC) rcx store in March 2020, and which will be rolled out nationally.

The Parramatta rcx store, much like its Melbourne counterpart, paves the way for an unmatched Australian customer experience and sporting retail journey.

Following a major expansion and rebrand the newly launched rebel rcx Parramatta store showcases an elevated in-store experience to inspire customers, offering the latest in global sporting looks and state-of-the-art technology, as well as incorporating interactive zones with integrated virtual gaming.

The store has “the Home of Basketball” where customers can shoot hoops against the backdrop of street art murals painted by Western Sydney artist, Shannon Boyd. There is also “the Home of Football” where shoppers can get the latest boots, balls and equipment, and soccer fans can hang out and play rebel football smash game.

There is also a focus on ‘her’ with women’s apparel taking centre stage at the store, which include ranges from smaller Australian brands such as P.E. Nation and Jaggad alongside global favourites, and ongoing collaborations with Australian influencers such as Steph Claire Smith. Even the changing rooms are designed with women in mind, with interchangeable light settings to enable customers to choose from dim to natural outdoor lighting.

Inclusive of all sporting activities, abilities, and ages rebel rcx Parramatta carries at-home gym equipment, tech, clothing and footwear for running, fitness and training, football, basketball and children’s sports, as well as cricket, tennis, netball, swimming and yoga.
rebel rcx Parramatta focuses on digital innovation for a premium shopping experience, inspiring customers at every available touch point throughout the store.

The new layout is easy to navigate, with well thought-out sporting zones and clever placement of animated screens, captivating visuals and dynamic displays which compliment and showcase the in-store brands and products and bring the shopping experience to life.

The dedicated front of house team at rebel rcx Parramatta is made up of passionate experts from across a spectrum of sports, including training, running, football and basketball. The team also includes a new position, a dedicated rebel Performance Stylist who will create a personalised look for customers based on their performance needs and personal style.

Rcx team members are armed with insider knowledge and expertise to advise customers on brands, as well product performance, style and fit, and provide exceptional service to help all customers achieve their fitness dreams – be they amateur or athlete.

Throughout rebel’s almost 160 retail stores across Australia, customers are offered an incomparable range of major sporting and lifestyle brands, including Nike, adidas, ASICS, Under Armour and more. The new rcx concept stores focuses on localised and global brand partnerships to showcase the latest products, including exclusive athleisure and performance clothing and equipment that isn’t available elsewhere in the rebel store network such as Nike Air Max 270 and Nike Zoom Vaporfly Next % footwear, LURV and Nimble women’s wear, and Lebron Xvii Low and Lebron Xviii basketball footwear.

Rebel rcx Parramatta also features a unique ‘Innovation Room’ reserved for showcasing game- changing products from global sporting and tech brands. For the launch there will be a focus on Lebron products, with anyone purchasing select items such as Lebron 18 basketball shoes able to customise their own blank tee in-store.

Gary Williams, rebel Managing Director, is thrilled to bring this new concept store to Sydney. He said “It is our vision to inspire all Australians to chase their sporting dreams and passion, and the rebel Parramatta store is a testament to that vision. rebel rcx Parramatta is the second rebel concept store of its kind. It is designed to inspire customers through a purpose-built sports store environment, including sporting experiences, exclusive products and rebel experts to help every step of the way.”

Rebel rcx Parramatta opened its doors to the public on Thursday 22 October with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion, Parramatta Eels players in attendance, and Matt De Groot MCing the event. rcx Parramatta focuses on the sporting spirit of Australia, encompassing an entirely new retail experience driven by inclusivity and innovation.

Source: Rebel

Australian Hair Fashion Awards Celebrate 28th Year

The Australian Hair Fashion Awards (AHFA), presented by Dyson will be creating a striking night to remember on Sunday, November 8th in Sydney. The event, is celebrating its 28th year as Australia’s largest and most successful independent hairdressing awards program.

The prestigious event will be held at the The Big Top at Luna Park, boasting the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as a spectacular backdrop. The first ever hybrid event for the industry, the sold-out AHFA will have up to 200 VIP and industry guests walking the BlackCarpet, hosted by the cheeky and hilarious SketchShe Girls, before heading into the glamourous Grand Ballroom to enjoy an indulgent three course dinner which will be hosted by well-known media personality Carissa Walford.

Guests will also be treated to a theatrical performance by rising star and America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Sheldon Riley – who will be debuting his highly anticipated new single More Than I and wearing a custom designed mask by Jay Briggs which has been featured on a recent cover of Vogue and the runway of Paris Fashion Week – as well as another performance by the highly talented Alfie Acurie. DJ Rowntree will be playing throughout the evening which will be live streamed to a national and global audience of industry members as well as the public. The live stream will commence at 6:30pm AEDT on the Sunday and will be accessible via YouTube.

In celebration of their company being born in the 90’s, Dyson beauty technologies will be used to showcase creative hair artistry by its key styling ambassadors as part of a multi-media runway with a 90’s direction across music, video and lighting. The entire evening will be a striking affair, set amongst pops of deep purples alongside bright copper and against dramatic black. It will be a unique and powerful visual vibrancy, enhanced by hues of the same colour palettes via lighting effects to reflect the Dyson Corrale straightener in a modern and minimalist form.

The Australian Hair Fashion Awards is owned by M Division with David and Jamil Mannah at the helm – both pioneers of innovation for the industry and who focus on the high level of creative skill within the industry. The AHFA has been growing steadily each year and now attracts hundreds of entries from salons and individuals across Australia. Entries are judged by a panel of international industry professionals, each of whom brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the judging process.

“We are thrilled to be going ahead with the Australian Hair Fashion Awards in 2020.The pivoting of the event in challenging times has brought about a hybrid version of the Australian Hair Fashion Awards, presented by Dyson this year. This will see the event reach an even greater and wider audience that will be able to participate in the night – a first for this type of industry event!” – David Mannah

As a global leader, AHFA is the only hair fashion awards program that has the fortitude and commitment to stage a live onsite event that will instil the confidence in the industry to celebrate its creative skills in the midst of challenging times. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, AHFA, Dyson and the venue will ensure a strong and effective implementation of Australian and NSW government rules and guidelines around social distancing and safety procedures to protect all staff and guests.

Source: Australian Hair Fashion Awards