Private Sydney: Fevola hits the tables
The demons are out this week with debate raging about the figures of Jennifer Hawkins and Jessica Gomes while former AFL player Brendan Fevola, gets snapped leaving a casino in Vanuatu.PT1M38S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2rn2u 620 349 August 9, 2013
Former AFL star Brendan Fevola has been soaking up the tropical delights of Vanuatu this week with his reunited wife Alex and their three children, from nights-in eating pizza in their luxury villa to cruising around the islands on a mate's superyacht.
But as these photos show, even in paradise some of Fevola's demons refuse to quit.
The self-confessed gambling addict, who just two years ago asked management of Melbourne's Crown Casino to ban him from entering the gambling palace and pleaded with bookmakers to not give him credit, paid several lonely visits to the gaming tables of Vanuatu's Grand Casino, right next door to the villa in which his family was staying.
Myer Spring Summer Parade
Myer fashion: Toni Maticevski designs at the Myer Spring Summer Fashion Parade at Fox Studios. Photo: Sahlan Hayes
Fevola and his family were staying in a villa owned by Alan Tripp, an SP bookmaker from the old days and once a business partner of former prime minister Bob Hawke.
Tripp operates the Number One Betting Shop in Vanuatu; his son is Matt Tripp, who pioneered the Sportsbet.com.au business in Australia, a major sponsor of the Yarrawonga Australian rules team Fevola has been playing with. The Tripps, who also own the superyacht Majestic II from which the Fevolas were busy tweeting holiday snaps, were instrumental in signing Fevola to the club.
Though only 32, Fevola has had more than his fair share of off-field dramas, from posting the naked Lara Bingle photos on social media to that infamous Brownlow performance, which resulted in a stint in rehab where he was treated for depression, alcohol abuse and a gambling addiction.
Putting noses out of join: James Packer. Photo: Jason South
It almost cost him his marriage; Alex reconciling only after he sought help for his highly publicised problems.
Recently it appeared Fevola had overcome his problems, having become a regular on the speaking circuit and hiring a personal trainer to regain his fitness.
While Fevola's manager Marty Pask did not return PS' call, friends hope this latest episode was but a momentary relapse for the once great footballer.
Strutting her stuff: Jennifer Hawkins on the catwalk. Photo: Getty Images
Rain's a pain so the maingame moves to Spain
The English polo set has got its chukkas in a twist over billionaire James Packer.
Having invested tens of millions of pounds in building a controversial polo base in Old Blighty, the casino tsar has all but snubbed the present English polo season, preferring to take his Ellerston team to Spain.
Jessica Gomes: she was accused of being overweight. Photo: Wolter Peeters
"It was very disappointing," the chief executive of the Hurlingham Polo Association, the sport's governing body in Britain, David Woodd, recently lamented to The Financial Times. ''I think the weather got him down."
The English polo set has been left to wonder why Packer, 45, bothered investing so much time, money and effort building his polo complex in a former dairy at Selham, West Sussex, which was leased from the Cowdray estate.
The 49-hectare property has 72 stables, along with offices, grooms' lodgings and storage sheds.
Long way: Designer Jenny Kee (insert) and dining at Macquarie Centre Ice Rink.
According to the FT, ponies can be seen grazing by the modest entrance but behind there is a 17th-century farmhouse, ancient oak trees, paddocks leading towards the River Rother and stone stabling that once housed polo ponies belonging to Evelyn de Rothschild.
This week Packer's Ellerston team made its Spanish debut at Sotogrande, competing with its billionaire patron in the 42nd Torneo Internacional Land Rover de Polo. Ellerston defeated Dos Lunas-Hola by 16 goals to 14 in what observers described as a ''very tough match''.
Too fat, too skinny … just not right? Celebrity fashion models Jennifer Hawkins and Jessica Gomes have become the Goldilocks of the runway.
Hawkins' appearance at the Myer spring/summer fashion launch on Thursday night has ignited a fresh debate about the recently married model's weight.
As she walked down the runway wearing one of her own bikini designs, murmurs began in the bleachers. ''She looks very thin'', ''a bit ribby'' and ''she must have starved herself'' went the mutterings as the leggy blonde, a size eight, pouted for the cameras.
''I actually thought she looked stunning. She still has a booty and from my perspective I thought her figure was spanking,'' Harper's Bazaar editor Kellie Hush told PS.
But on social media it was another matter, with Twitter conversations ranging from ''Jen should eat something'' to ''she's waaaaay too skinny''.
The former beauty pageant queen was never a traditional size zero, but a celebrity the department store hired to appeal to the masses.
Rival David Jones adopted a similar strategy when it took on the latest of its ambassadors, Jessica Gomes, a size eight who follows Miranda Kerr (size six) and Megan Gale (size eight).
And yet it was reported last week that when Gomes emerged on the David Jones catwalk, she attracted criticism for being ''fat''.
According to the Murdoch press, the same company that launched the Get Real campaign aimed at banishing thin models from the runway: ''Some guests were overheard making jibes about, of all things, her weight. 'You'd think she would have gone to the gym before the show,' said one male attendee.' ''
In fact, it was because of her famous curves that Gomes landed the cover of the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, the same vehicle that launched Elle Macpherson's stellar career.
DINNER ON ICE
Admittedly, Jenny Kee had travelled down from the Blue Mountains, but PS was intrigued to note that many of the 100 fashionistas who made it to North Ryde for dinner in the centre of the Macquarie Centre Ice Rink on Wednesday had probably not ventured west of Hyde Park for quite some time.
Romance Was Born co-designer Luke Sales was there, as was magazine maven Alison Veness McGourty along with designer siblings Camilla and Marc Freeman, who were all seated at the 50-metre-long dining table as a squadron of champion figure skaters leapt and twirled all around us. As dessert was served, Icehouse frontman Iva Daviestook to the stage to belt out his classics Great Southern Land and Electric Blue.
The dinner, prepared by Maurizio Terzini's team from Bondi's Icebergs, was to unveil plans for a $450 million makeover of the already huge North Ryde shopping centre, which aims to become Sydney's ''fashion hub'' when complete, eclipsing in scale Westfield Bondi Junction, with a new David Jones store and international fashion chains Zara, TopShop, H&M and Uniqlo all set to open their doors there in just over a year's time.
PS is pleased to report the ice rink will be retained, to be joined by a new aquarium and Legoland as the centre's management team embraces ''retail theatre'' to bring in shoppers and thwart online retailers.
Gough Whitlam's ''godson'', Andrew Baci Esteban Romero-Whitlam is expected to render a plea when he fronts the Downing Centre next month to face cocaine dealing charges.
His matter appeared in the court list on Tuesday and was adjourned to September 3.
He remains on bail, reporting to Redfern police station three times a week.
He was arrested at his family's Argentinian tapas restaurant in Rushcutters Bay, Resto Bar, in February after a police operation and was held in custody until his friend Mitchel Martin-Weber put up $25,000 cash to secure his bail.
Facing five counts of supplying cocaine to an undercover police officer in deals worth $12,500 and seven counts of possessing the drug, this latest chapter is a far cry from the days when Whitlam was a fixture on the Sydney social circuit during the 1980s and 1990s.
He once owned a popular boutique favoured by Sydney's well-to-do-ladies in Double Bay. He changed his name when he was aged 21 as a tribute to Whitlam and his late wife Margaret, who sponsored his family's immigration to Australia back in the late 1970s.
Lots of chatter around the waterside mansions of Point Piper this week following news that Gordon Fell had become the first Allco Finance Group director to be sued by Allco's receivers, Ferrier Hodgson, who are claiming Fell hid information from shareholders of Allco when they agreed to buy the Rubicon funds business in a related party transaction worth $276 million in December 2007.
Soon after that deal, Fell and his wife Pip set a property record when they bought Routala in Wunulla Road for $28.7 million.
The deep harbour-front Routala features a rooftop entertainment deck, pool, garage for seven cars, and rainforest courtyard.
It has five bedrooms, two home offices and self-contained staff quarters in a guest wing, including a master suite with a north-east facing terrace, ensuite and walk-in wardrobes.
The property also has a temperature-controlled wine cellar that can store 5000 bottles and an internal lift.
Chatter among real estate agents suggest it is quietly back on the market, though Fell has denied the rumours.
Gia Carides was struck down with a mystery illness on Monday, forcing the cancellation of her latest show Beached at the Griffin Theatre in Kings Cross. Early in the day Carides had been spotted filming a scene opposite Jessica Tovey in Maroubra for the new Channel Ten drama Wonderland. Sources informed PS she had to leave the set early due to her deteriorating condition and was unable to go on stage that night.