Party people: April 18
Erin Shaw and Eleanor Pendleton, Macleans HD White Launch. Photo: PJ Studio
White Style event for the White Shirt Campaign 2014, Quay restaurant, Overseas Passenger Terminal
The White Shirt Campaign, an annual initiative from Witchery in support of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, donates 100 per cent of national sales of the specially-created Witchery White Shirt collection to the foundation to fund vital research into discovering an early detection test for ovarian cancer. The launch of this year's campaign attracted 160 supporters from the fashion world, all strictly adhering to the "white shirt with style" dress code. MC Catriona Rowntree joked: "Normally when everyone's wearing the same, we'd think: 'bitch stole my look!' But tonight it's a wonderful message." With delicious canapes from Quay chef Peter Gilmore and plenty of genuine compassion in the room, this was a strong start to the 2014 campaign, which aims to beat last year's fund-raising total of $1.15 million.
EMU Australia Little Creatures footwear launch, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Darling Harbour
Parents at this child-focused event welcomed the school holiday entertainment provided by EMU Australia as they launched their local range of animal-inspired boots in the cafe space atop Sydney's Darling Harbour wildlife zoo. Favoured by celeb kids including Suri Cruise, Gwen Stefani's Zuma and Heidi Klum's Lou, the cute boots with animal faces were showcased to a lively crew of Sydney's celeb offspring. The junior fashionistas also enjoyed face painting, a barbecue, koala encounters and the run of WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo while their parents seized the chance to relax with wine.
Giuliana Rancic cocktail party, Level Six, Westfield Bondi Junction
Westfield has appointed E! News and Fashion Police presenter Giuliana Rancic as its Autumn-Winter Style Ambassador, and the petite US star flew in for a two-day Australian visit to attend this party in her honour. Clad in flowing Gucci, Rancic chatted on stage to model/presenter Laura Dundovic about fashion and praised "fearless" Australian style, naming Cate Blanchett and the late Heath Ledger as sartorial standouts. Unlike many visiting US personalities, Rancic worked hard for her pay cheque, mingling and chatting at length to guests. She was delighted to meet fellow breast cancer survivor Sally Obermeder and chatted about parenting with new mum Terry Biviano, as a clothes-obsessed crowd sipped champagne and paraded their finest threads.
Curash Mum's Playground Launch, Centennial Parklands Dining
To celebrate the launch of Mum's Playground, a new mobile app by Curash to help parents locate find baby-friendly places, mums and kids gathered over an indulgent high tea. While mums were pampered with hand massages, their offspring decorated cupcakes, had their faces painted and their photos taken in a portable photo booth. Youngest guest was two-and-a-half-week-old baby James, son of Marie Claire beauty director Alex Noonan, enjoying his first social event. Everyone tucked into finger sandwiches, lemon meringue tarts and mini frittatas and received "the mother of all goodie bags", filled with treats for mums and kids.
Chrissy Amphlett I Touch Myself exhibition opening, Blender Gallery, Paddington
This exhibition of unpublished images of Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett is more than just a tribute. A year ago on April 21, Amphlett, 53, lost her life to breast cancer. She was passionate about spreading awareness about early detection and envisioned her famous song I Touch Myself becoming an anthem for frequent breast checking. Amphlett's husband Charley Drayton, her friends and Cancer Council NSW followed her wishes and created the I Touch Myself Project awareness campaign. It includes a cover of the song by 10 renowned Australian female singers, an accompanying music video and this exhibition at Blender Gallery featuring works from legendary rock'n'roll photographers including Ian Greene, Tony Mott, Sandrine Lee and Tony Notarberardino. A percentage of the sales goes to Cancer Council NSW. At this emotional launch, Drayton was joined by I Touch Myself Project ambassadors and top music talent including Sarah McLeod, Suze DeMarchi and Little Pattie – who star in the music video – and Rick Grossman from the Divinyls and Hoodoo Gurus.
Macleans High Definition White launch, Luxe Studios, East Sydney
Winners were grinners at this interactive toothpaste event as guests were tutored in the art of smiling and being photographed flashing their pearly whites. Model Cheyenne Tozzi, photographer Jez Smith and agency boss Jonathan Pease split the crowd into three groups with various themes for a photo shoot and "mentored" them as they smiled for cameras, aided by the newly released tooth-whitening product.
New Hampton venue launch, New Hampton, Kings Cross
In a cheering indication that Kings Cross still has a central place in Sydney's after-dark landscape, this swanky new venue on Bayswater Road made its entrance with a big fanfare. Formerly a 1970s haunt of AC/DC, the New Hampton now has a fine dining restaurant, two bars, acclaimed chef Ben Palmer and a rustic "bringing The Rocks to The Cross" vibe. A flock of eager revellers filled the 450-person space and sampled Palmer's produce-driven fare with well-crafted cocktails and fine wines.
UNIQLO store launch, Emporium Melbourne
It's UNIQLO now but in the '80s it was just one unisex casual wear store with a somewhat less inspired name – Unique Clothing Warehouse. At the feted and long-awaited launch of the Japanese retailer's first Australian store, at Emporium Melbourne on Tuesday night, we wanted to know, what is unique about you?
"I can make lion noises; I used to pretend I was a lion," Sophie Lowe said. "On Once Upon a Time in Wonderland [a fantasy drama series airing in the US in which Lowe stars] there were these animals, and when I was doing voice for the show they were like, 'We heard you do this lion noise, can you do it for us?' So the lion noise that these animals make is actually me!"
Street artist Rone was no animal, but he could have been an engineer: "I trained to do engineering, I never actually intended to be an artist at all. I was certain there was no way I could make a living out of being an artist; I was convinced it's impossible, but it happened. It's kind of strange, at one point it was like, 'Yeah I'll probably work for an aluminum smelter or something like that for the rest of my life', that could have been one of my options."
Superdry store launch, Emporium Melbourne
It was Wednesday evening and Emporium Melbourne was super busy, everyone was super excited and Superdry was launching its flagship store. North Melbourne's Majak Daw and Eric Wallace were there, so too MKR's Helena and Vikki Moursellas and Josh Geard and Danielle Najda, Australia's Next Top Model winner Melissa Juratowitch and Neighbours' Ariel Kaplan, and we wanted to know, what you are super interested in right now. "Music, I've just bought a new speaker and I'm just blaring it out at the moment, The 1975," Juratowitch said. "And Coachella, I wish I was there, I'm obsessed with stalking all of the Coachella pictures."
Giuliana Rancic at Westfield Doncaster, Styling Suite
Giuliana Rancic, E! News anchor, Fashion Police co-host, and a feature on every red carpet that matters, knows that some people are a drag to interview, nothing but graft, while others make those minutes a joy. Rancic herself, a special guest of Westfield Doncaster on Monday, falls firmly into the second category.
What makes a good red carpet interview? "Be open and candid," she said. "Here's the thing, it's Hollywood, and sometimes these actors take themselves too seriously. Have fun, tell people something new about yourself; sometimes they forget that the people at home have real problems. Try to bring some joy, some laughter ... You know who I love? Hugh Jackman. He is a perfect example of someone who knows, have fun; he'll sing with you, he'll dance with you."