The Ferrari and Tod’s host a VIP night at Westfield Sydney

On Monday 23 March 2015, ytd, on behalf of Tod’s and Ferrari Maserati Sydney, hosted The Ferrari California T and Tod’s for Ferrari Showcase Aperitivo at the Level 3 Atrium in Westfield Sydney.

Tod’s and Ferrari, two of the world’s most prestigious and iconic brands, are both symbols of Made in Italy and known and loved all over the world. The exclusive partnership brought yet another sophisticated collection that is deeply rooted in the most authentic Italian tradition of craftmanship. An exclusive line defined by traits borrowed from the racing circuit, further refined by that unmistakable shade of red and Tod’s traditional precision in the production of exquisite leather goods.

Following the Aperitivo guests were invited to a VIP Shopping Night at the Tod’s Boutique to launch the new SS15 Tod’s for Ferrari Collection for men and inaugural women’s collection.

The partnership between Tod’s and Ferrari continues into the new SS15 Collection, a partnership that beautifully combines two luxury brands that are both symbols of Made in Italy and known and loved all over the world.

The Ferrari California T and Tod’s for Ferrari Showcase was present for two days Monday, March 23rdTuesday, March, 24th 2015 at the Level 3 Atrium in Westfield Sydney.

The Tod’s Ferrari Gommino is sold for $645 at:

Tod’s Westfield Sydney,

Level 3, Shop 3035,

188 Pitt Street,

Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 02 8203 0901

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Wintergarden opens in the CBD with the best food vendors in town

On 20 March 2015, a group of food bloggers and media were treated to a degustation lunch at Wintergarden – a food-court and retail haven in Sydney’s CBD.  This upmarket food court not only offers the city’s tastiest treats, but services and retailers to save you rushing around during your work day. The Wintergarden is open now so get down and explore this glasshouse of food and greenery as Sydney begins to cool down.

The Wintergarden houses nine food tenants, serving everything from sushi to slow-cooked lamb, as well a few other residents designed to make your life easier. There’s a dry cleaner, and shoe repairer, a newsagent and naturally – a barber.

Chur Express, one of Wintergarden’s most popular food vendor, makes burgers that are consistently voted one of Sydney’s best. Chur Express sold over a massive 350 burgers on their first day of trading! Try a laksa from CBD Noodles – its co-proprietor Seong was the first man to bring this town’s favourite soup to Sydney over 30 years ago! Japanese food vendor Sushi Hub bring you the freshest in traditional sashimi and salads, bento boxes, maki rolls, Nigiri and soup.

A wintergarden wouldn’t be complete without fresh fruit and vegetables. And that’s exactly what Top Juice provide; made-to-order green drinks, nutritional juices, smoothies and protein shakes. Indulgent yoghurt and chocolate dipped strawberries are also available for the almost-guilt-free treat!

For a taste of Central America, Los Vida offers the best of fresh and authentic Mexican food. For a caffeine hit Crema at the Garden coffees will awaken the senses. They also have sweet and savoury treats to tantalise your taste buds. Named after the oldest thoroughfare on Manhattan Island that connected the farmlands to the heart of the city, Bowery Lane offers homely, seasonal food amidst a New York style cocktail bar and diner.

Artisan bread-makers Sonoma supply Soul Origin with their scrumptious baguettes. Buy one of their fresh salads for a healthy lunch. The Wintergarden Deli also sells wild salads and rustic frittatas. Not to mention their famous Nutella frappe (pictured).

Explore the Wintergarden now at 1 O’Connell Street Sydney and take a journey into a new CBD experience. Relax and enjoy the best of Sydney’s freshest food vendors within this beautiful atrium.

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The Gantry Restaurant & Bar launches with a VIP event

The revamped Gantry Restaurant & Bar, located at Pier One on the water’s edge, launched with a VIP party on Tuesday 17 March 2015.

The building was built in 1912 and is steeped in maritime history. Leading architectural firm Bates Smart was engaged to transform the building into a sophisticated space that was respectful of the building’s past. Rich, dark, club styled furniture, brass furnishings and weathered timber flooring compliment the reinstated beautiful original features including exposed pillars and steel framing.

Executive Chef, Chris Irving (who has a wealth of accolades including four years with the Gordon Ramsay Group) and Bar Manager, Ben Taouss ensured that guests had an unforgettable experience. An impressive seafood display showcased the daily offerings of the restaurant including freshly shucked oysters, Balmain bugs and Hervey Bay scallops.

Standout dishes served during the night included Venison Tartar, Spanner Crab with bergamot and green apple, and grilled Cone Bay Barramundi.  Moet was flowing all night  and the cocktail menu had been crafted with an emphasis on native and botanical ingredients to create deep and surprising flavours.

Celebrities included: actor Rachel Griffith, Sydney socialite Sally Singleton, E! Australia host Ksenija Lukich, Channel Ten Hollywood reporter Richard Reid, model and journalist from Sporteluxe Bianca Cheah, host of television music program The Loop Scott Tweedie, host of Ready Steady Cook Peter Everett, and celebrity veterinarian from Harry’s Practice Katrina Warren.

For more information about the Gantry Restaurant & Bar, go to http://www.thegantry.com.au

Half the photos are courtesy of The Mint Partners.

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Fashion Palette showcases the latest fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2015/2016

Fashion Palette showcased the Spring/Summer 2015/2016 collections of thirteen Australian designers at the Art Gallery of NSW on Tuesday,10 March 2015. Over 600 plus industry guests, fashion identities and consumers were seated by the runway as the designers showed the coming trends for Australian fashion.

Guests included Kate Waterhouse, MTV’s Imogen Anthony, The Bachelor’s Sam Frost, designer Nicola Finetti, designer Arthur Galan, Sydney Fashion Blogger, Antoinette Marie, They All Hate Us Elle and Tash and Sarah Ellen.

The looks were sophisticated and sharp, marrying fun, bold prints with neutrals. Nicola Finetti, the king of chic opened the show with tailored pieces showcasing bold pops of colour in a mostly cool colour palette.

Milliner, Viktoria Novak unveiled her new collection, which saw her experimenting with a range of metals and intricate beading. Aqua Blu and Wild Pony presented their fun, bold and bright swimwear ranges. Wild Pony designs had a native influence with designs brazen with skulls, fringing and embellishments whilst Aqua Blu was heavily inspired with the bright lights of Rio.

Never ones to disappoint, Arthur Galan AG and Leona Edminsten led the way with what’s trending for SS15/16 with Arthur presenting classic structured designs layered over flowing flirty pieces giving us the more is more approach to dressing. The spotlight was on primary colours in an array of luxurious fabrics, tailoring never looked so good.  Leona gave us bold playful prints that could take you to work to cocktail hour seamlessly.

Thomas Lazar and Melbourne’s very own Alin Le’ Kal proved they were the ones to watch with Thomas’s outlandish, intricate one of a kind pieces dominating the runway. Alin Le’ Kal closed the show with his highly anticipated collection featuring a palette of neutrals, metallic and hand beaded pieces including cut out evening dresses that left little to the imagination.

The next wave of talented emerging designers did not disappoint with eveningwear designers Roxcii and Elle Zeitoune showcasing beautiful pieces with a high focus on pastels and bold prints. LAB HOMME presented smart, tailored pieces with elements of street wear, taking men’s fashion to new heights. Antonella Ianni played with androgyny with her tailored ready to wear collection in a classic colour palette of black and white whilst contemporary label Nadz and Sabs showcased exquisite beading on raw silk and excellent craftsmanship.

The Art of Fashion theme ran strong throughout the runway show and cocktail function with the models looking like live works of art with face paint, paint brushes and palettes in tow. The model sparaded 182 looks, styled by teams from Sachajuan and Bodyography with nails by Essie and lashes by Ardell. Contemporary footwear label Billini showed off their must-have heels on the runway.

Pre-show drinks by Moët & Chandon, Calabria Family Wines, Red Bull, Rekorderlig, Nakd Water and Sofi Spritz were enjoyed by guests with delicious canapés served by MORSUL at The Art Gallery of NSW with the menu designed by the one and only Matt Moran. The menu featured beetroot macaroons with horseradish crème fraiche, seared kingfish and smoked duck breast with rhubard en croute. Guests gathered around the entrance surrounded by the live models and music by harp player Karen Hickcock. After the runway guests were seen looking through their gift bags full of products from Fashion Palette’s fabulous sponsors including: Modern Wedding Magazine, T2, Alpha Skincare, Dove, Chapstick, Frank, Naked Harry, Pukka, Ardell Lashes, Racinne Skincare, Slim Secrets, Bodyography, Sachajuan, Real Techniques, Summer Salt Body, Essie, Absolute Organic, QT Sydney, Billini Shoes, Ghooomo and Raw C.