Poppy Delevingne in the latest Thomas Sabo campaign.
High kicks, high drama and high fashion
The NIDA Foundation Trust Gala is shaping up to be one of the most stylish soirées of the season as Net-A-Porter are now on board as an official sponsor. For the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s annual black tie fundraiser on July 20, the luxury e-retailer will be powering a special digital auction and are the official digital sponsor for the fancy pants event. Word is also that Global Sales & Marketing Director Lisa Bridgett, will be in town for the event to host a special VIP table.
Bubbles, balloons and Koons
Trends may come and go but expensive (and real!) Champagne is always in fashion. For the release of the 2003 Rose Vintage, pop artist Jeff Koons and Dom Pérignon have collaborated to create a limited edition replica of his famous The Balloon Venus sculpture. The fuchsia, polyurethane resin Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon will house a bottle of the 2003 bubbles and will retail for anywhere upwards of $20,000.
Oscar Wylee: more giving than grouch
Oscar Wylee is one fashion label the late, great Fred Hollows would be proud of. The eyewear brand created in 2012 by friends Michael Lim and John Teoh has a charitable twist thanks to its “One for One” initiative. As well as donating a pair of thick-rimmed specs to someone in need for every pair sold at home, Oscar Wylee is now going international. Michael recently travelled to Cambodia where he launched the project, which aims to perform cataract surgery and carry out eye tests on the 145,000 locals who suffer from vision impairment.
SABA is writing a new Manuscript for the blokes
In a departure from the usual “ladies first” mentality when it comes to glossy advertising, SABA have teamed up with menswear journal Manuscript and it’s online arm Manuscript Daily to promote and highlight the importance of Australian menswear. The romantic yet masculine campaign – shot by the amazing Liz Ham and starring Chris Rutt – is the brainchild of general manager Michelle Pacey and menswear designer Matthew Wood and aims to encourage men to view fashion in a more contemporary way this winter.
SHOP is going bi… weekly
Bauer Media announced this week that its highest-selling shopping bible SHOP Til You Drop will be published fortnightly instead of monthly. It’s the second big change to occur inside the SHOP stable since the announcement earlier this year that sitting editor Justine Cullen was high tailing it to launch high-fashion masthead Elle Australia. Ex-Grazia-ite Alexandra Carlton was instated as the new leader in June. The new look SHOP will begin dropping bi-weekly from October 24 with a cover price of $5.95.
Kmart: still cheap but now with a safety checklist
Kmart Australia said it only started conducting safety building checks of its factories in Bangladesh after the tragic building collapse which killed more than 1,000 garment workers. While Kmart stock didn’t come from the stricken factory, management decided to speak out about the origin of the budget retailer’s wares. Managing director Guy Russo told the ABC this week that Kmart will continue to source stock from Bangladesh but has pledged a zero tolerance policy for unsafe work practices and slave labour.
Meanwhile, yet another Aussie label collapses
Australian designer Kirrily Johnston has handed her business over to administrators. The 12-year fashion retail veteran is the second Australian designer to crumble due to a sluggish local market in less than a month.
Louis’s slap on the wrist
France’s financial watch dog has fined LVMH more than $13 million for failing to inform markets and shareholders it was raising its stake in Hermès. LVMH plans to appeal the decision and fine. The two companies have been locked in a nasty bitch fight since LVMH – owners of Louis Vuitton, Kenzo and Givenchy plus more, revealed in 2010 it had secretly built up a 17 per cent stake in the family-run Hermès business.
Everything’s coming up Poppy
Poppy Delevingne doesn’t flash her jewellery for just anyone. She’s the gal who received a bespoke Anya Hindmarch ring box as a proposal gift but didn’t pimp out a pic of the ring, which is why Thomas Sabo must have made her a pretty sweet deal. The Chanel brand ambassador is now also the face of the German jewellery brand. She will front the new Glam Soul A/W 2013 collection, which will launch in Australia in August. The upcoming range boasts knotted necklaces, watches and pendants in rose gold, rose quartz and yellow gold. A Cara-esque ear cuff also makes an appearance.
This article originally appeared on The Vine.