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The Goss: Jodhi Meares opens up about the men in her life

Jodhi Meares is used to people talking about the men in her life.

Now the first Mrs James Packer and activewear dynamo is ready to dress them too as she prepares to launch her first official menswear range – The Upside Man.

Tank tops, drop crotch shorts and slogan T-shirts for men have always been a part of her plan since launching The Upside in 2014, so she spent years watching "the mafia" Nike and Adidas, trying to understand how to please picky guys.

"Men are fussier than women. I've never designed for men before and I've just realised how fussy they are. It can be a millimetre too short in the arm or the pocket's not correct and that makes all the difference," she told The Sun-Herald.

Enter former O'Neill senior menswear designer Matty Bouris, nephew of The Apprentice host Mark, who has been recently appointed to head up the menswear side of the burgeoning lifestyle brand that has a cult following of customers and buyers from Sydney, the US and Europe.

Meares is the avocado farmer of activewear.


After selling off her Tigerlily swimwear range to Billabong in 2007 (for an undisclosed sum thought to be between $3 million and $5 million) she embarked on designing fashionable kit she could wear to yoga and beyond.

The Upside hit stands just as sportswear became the new black and as Selfridges decided to dedicate an entire shop floor to health and wellness. Now women all over the world, no doubt the same women who are shelling out $7 for an avocado, are snapping up her leggings for $139 a pop.

While good timing and taste count for a lot in the fashion game, not "doing enough listening" was her downfall. She has since cultivated an impressive group of mentors to use as sounding boards including former director of David Jones womenswear David Bush and the man who aided with the sale of Tigerlily, business adviser Mark Calvetti.

Packer, with whom she remains close friends despite their three-year marriage ending in 2002 with a rumoured $10 million divorce settlement, is also on speed dial.

"My first husband, James Packer, is the smartest person I know. So I often talk to him about all sorts of things, including business. Without question, he is always the smartest person in the room. So it's amazing to be able to have him and there's nothing that he doesn't understand, there's nowhere where he can't go," she said.

For now Meares will continue to be "head down, tail up" with The Upside and "expand quickly" but is keen to develop her portfolio in the not too distant future by following in Packer's footsteps into the hospitality arena.

"I love to build things. After this I don't know whether I'll go back into the rag trade. I'd love to build a hotel, you have got to think big. I'm looking forward to trying other things."

David Jones lures out Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes will make his social scene debut for David Jones this week.

The newest ambassador for the retailer will attend the first major social event of the year alongside Asher Keddie, new star of the latest Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Natasha Liu Bordizzo and home-grown model turned international superstar Catherine McNeil.

Star of last year's spring-summer showcase Jesinta Campbell will once again grace the catwalk. However, her impressive abs will be covered in creations by former Myer labels Aurelio Costarella and TOME as well as international high-end looks by Alexander Wang and See by Chloe.

After recruiting former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns for a live performance during the spring-summer launch, the department store's love of music will continue next season. Guests have been promised an opening "moment" by designer Christopher Esber accompanied by dancers from the Sydney Dance Company.

Shannon Noll denied a comeback by Groovin The Moo

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and Shannon Noll being blasted from a boom box at a party in rural Australia.

Which is why fans of the first Australian Idol runner-up banded together to get their underutilised hero a new gig.

A Change.org petition was this month launched calling on organisers of regional music festival Groovin The Moo to add Nollsy to the line-up for 2016.

"We all know that Australian Idol 2003 was a total rip-off. Mr Noll should have won, and it's a national tragedy that he didn't ... It's time for his comeback," fan Ethan Adams-Norris wrote.

More than 6000 people signed up to support the singer of hits including Drive and Lift.

Noll himself got proactive and approached Groovin The Moo to see if there was a place on the bill.

"I'm doing my best mate, we've been in touch with the organisers and told them I'm available. Fingers crossed!" Noll replied to fans on Facebook.

However, when the official line-up was released last week, Hottest 100 winners The Rubens and US rapper Danny Brown all got a guernsey but no mention of Noll.

Fans are still reeling and calls to Groovin The Moo representatives by The Sun Herald for an explanation went unanswered last week.

All in a name for Sydney's new bag queens

Former lawyer Alyce Tran was buying $14,000 worth of monogrammed leather goods at Louis Vuitton when her true calling dawned on her in 2014.

Now, together with her business partner Tania Liu, she is becoming the go-to girl for Sydney's accessories lovers who suffer from a touch of narcissism thanks to her label The Daily Edited, or tde.

Tran and Liu's soft-leather monogrammed goods are an Instagram hit and a retail dream.

"I shopped a lot when I was a lawyer. Standing in Louis Vuitton paying for all these things with my initials on, I thought, 'You can achieve this same look for a cheaper price point'," Tran said.

There is now a wait list for some of tde.'s personalised monogrammed wares, including card holders and clutches that retail for no more than $119.

Lara Worthington is a one of the brand's biggest fans, evening lending her eye to the cause by curating a capsule collection.

"Lara was great, she now wants us to make baby bags and will help us out with that soon."

For now, tde. is focusing on servicing local customers by launching a permanent pop-up space with an on-site monogrammer inside David Jones' Elizabeth Street store.

Darren Palmer is responsible for the chic aesthetic of the brand's first bricks and mortar store, after Tran and Liu – both tragic fans of The Block – approached the designer to custom-make their shop space.

"It's been an amazing journey so far to work on a retail concept with a great, emerging Sydney brand," Palmer said of his first retail design project.

Hangover cure: Sydney's best Christmas present

The Hangover Clinic was Sydney's hottest venue during party season.

"We had some of the cast from I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in quite a lot, some recording artists and a bunch of soapie stars," co-founder Max Petro said.

No, it's a not an ironically named bar, people are heading to the new Surry Hills clinic to have the effects of the night before remedied via intravenous drips and cocktail of vitamins.

"During the first 10 days of business we had 100 people through the doors and it hasn't slowed down since."

Petro said the "Resurrection" package was the most popular over the silly season. For $200 over one hour patients are administered with two litres of a special hydrating solution bursting with vitamins B and C created by a registered doctor and hooked up to oxygen.

Soon The Hangover Clinic's in-home service will commence where patients can be treated from the comfort of their own bed, still eating their kebab if they wish.

Party of the week: Blackmores Wellness Oasis at the Australian Open #iwillbe

Vitamin company de jour, Blackmores marked its sponsorship of the Australian Open (a rumoured multimillion-dollar deal over four years) with a haven of health inside Melbourne Park. Sydney's glossy posse including the original The Bachelor couple Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich, Sporteluxe founder Bianca Cheah and everyone's favourite yogi, Kate Kendall, migrated south to bask in Serena Williams' glory while snacking from the superfoods bar and kicking back with massages.