Archive | December, 2012

All that glitters… is Tarvydas!

19 Dec

Ruth Tarvydas is hot on the lips of the fashion world right now!

Opening her new store in Times Square, Claremont last night, Tarvydas told her fashion loving guests to 'Come'… And they did!

Guests included Yasmin Kassim (Host of Fashion TV), Natasha Leigh (actor), Renae Wauhop & Mark Nickoski as well as one devoted Tarvydas fan and birthday girl, Bree Maddox.
In fact, the new Tarvydas store was wall to wall of special guests who were there to show their support for Tarvydas in this exciting time. Glamorous Tarvydas gowns paraded through the room as both models and guests took the opportunity to put on something with 'wow factor!'

Sipping on Vinaceous champagne and indulging in Koko Black chocolates, the launch party was definitely a lot of fun and a terrific celebration of things to come for the well known designer!

Being the flagship store, Tarvydas in Claremont will be used as a template for their global expansion franchise plan! Already stocked in Harrods, Europe and the Middle East, the fashion world are already in love with Tarvydas and many celebrities have chosen a Tarvydas gown to make their 'Red-Carpet' statement!

The latest collection by Tarvydas exudes charm with embellishment and detail in an array of vibrant colour. I was taken by the garments hanging on the racks, and just fell in love with these pieces that would turn any outfit into something truly stunning!

Many lovely Miss Universe ladies rocked Tarvydas gowns at the launch and it is easy to see why they choose the label for some of their contests and events. These dresses get noticed!!

You need not be a Miss Universe Contestant nor an event on the Red Carpet to visit Claremont and try on one of these hot numbers, but be warned – you will fall in love with yourself in a Tarvydas gown and you WILL want to own one of your own!

It was not only refreshing to see a brand new Tarvydas store in Claremont but it was also lovely to see the complete fit for Times Square – Tarvydas belongs among neighbouring stores of such high calibre!

Avion Way, Claremont is WA fashion at it's finest!! x



The World of Fashion and Luxury set to meet at Summit in Sydney 2013!

16 Dec

May 16th is the date, The Sydney Opera House is the venue and the list of speakers from the world of luxury and style are yet to be divulged!

Presented by The Australian Financial Review Magazine and curated by renowned fashion editor Marion Hume, this luxury business and fashion summit will draw much international attention to Australia's finest exports.

The Summit will provide a platform for luxury businesses and fashion designers from our region and it is expected that thousands from within the industry will head to the harbour-side city come May 16.

The Australian Financial Review Magazine produces two fashion issues a year and it is very fitting that they host the Summit.

Editor of The Australian Financial Review Magazine, Jeni Porter has provided STYLEWA with some insight into the upcoming event;

STYLEWA – The first of it's kind in the Asia-Pacific region, this luxury business and fashion summit is set to be held at the Sydney Opera House on May 16, 2013. How did the summit come about and how was it decided that the Sydney Opera house play host to the event?

Jeni Porter – The Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive buildings on the planet and has seen countless great collaborations in its history – making it a natural fit for the summit and the focus around creative collaboration.

STYLEWA- It seems fitting for The Australian Financial Review Magazine to be presenting this event as style and luxury are displayed from cover to cover! What can people expect from this Summit and why is it important for those involved with the world of fashion and luxury to attend?

Jeni Porter – The event is the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, with an unprecedented line up of global speakers who span the luxury business and fashion world.

Attendees can expect discussion, debate and to gain insight into the speakers and their incredible knowledge.

The Australian Financial Review Magazine produces two fashion issues per year, so we really see this as creating an interactive platform to connect industry, readers, consumers, retailers and beyond.

STYLEWA- Can you tell us a few of the luxury brands and speakers that are set to speak at the Summit?

Jeni Porter – We will make an announcement early in 2013 about speakers.

STYLEWA- How has the market for 'high-end' products and fashion in Australia changed over the last ten years?

Jeni Porter – The appetite for luxury and growth of the industry in Australia over the last number of years has been quite incredible.

In general retail has been quite challenged, but this is not the case at the top end of the market.

There have been brands extending their offering into Australia and opening stand-alone stores, new brands entering the market and expansion across the board, which is showing no signs of slowing down.

In the last year a number of watch brands have opened stand-alone stores, Dior is set to open its first store in the coming months, Louis Vuitton Maison opened in Sydney (one of only 13 worldwide) and openings have been steady in both Brisbane and Perth.

The luxury market as a whole is showing no signs of slowing down.

STYLEWA- With many Australian capital cities now playing host to local and international luxury businesses, it is without a doubt that fashion and luxury is in demand within our region. With big brands, comes big dollars and world-wide attention so it is fantastic that we can expect to hear speakers covering issues and trends in the market – what regions can we expect to hear from?

Jeni Porter – Speakers will be from various parts of the world, with content to be focused around creative collaboration in all its forms.

The brilliance of having a range of speakers is that approach and content will be entirely different – covering trends and issues, whilst also focusing on their impact in the Asia-Pacific region.

STYLEWA- When can delegates expect to register for tickets and how many tickets are on offer?

Jeni Porter – A site is available now to register for updates on the event, ticket sale information will be released early in 2013.

For all things in the world of luxury and fashion, mark May 16, 2013 in your calendar and keep updated with the Australian Financial Review Magazine and STYLEWA.

Paspaley Polo in Perth City – Perfection!

9 Dec

The Sun Herald has marked Paspaley Polo in the City as the “Official kick-off to the summer party season”.…… and that it is!

This event moves between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and delivers an afternoon of sophisticated summer style!

Here in Perth, the event has been blessed with gorgeous blue skies for the last few years running, providing the most stunning backdrop against a marquee lined Langley Park.

With sponsors such as Paspaley, Coopers, Land Rover, Veuve Clicquot and Guinot guests were treated to an afternoon of fine wines, food, entertainment and other goodies depending on which marquee they were in.

With something for everyone, hospitality comes in the way of Private Corporate marquees, picnic marquees, The Paspaley marquee (by invitation) as well as individual entry to The Coopers bar. Guests are offered entertainment, the chance to meet the players, pamper sessions and the chance to go in the draw to win some fabulous prizes…. including a stunning Paspaley necklace.

The event seemingly runs without fault and the atmosphere is chilled thanks to a relatively small maximum number.

The rules of the game are easy to follow which makes it exciting for new-comers. Basically there are four players to a side and the aim of the game is to score the most goals within the period of play. The game lasts for a duration of 6 chukka's, each lasting 7 minutes – so the game is fast paced and very skillful!

The thing I love the most about The Polo in the City is that it has a huge eliment of fun!

At half time spectators are invited to 'stomp the divots' which involves the crowd coming onto the field to tread in the tufts of grass that have been kicked up by the horses during the game. If you've ever seen the movie Pretty Woman you may recall the iconic scene where Julia Roberts participated in 'stomping in the divots' … The scene came into my head instantly as the Roy Orbison classic song 'Pretty Woman' played on the giant speakers at Langley Park.

Spectators are also invited to participate in a dash across the field to win a prize which is always a fun sight to see! Although participation in the dash accross the field can be outfit dependant!

This event always seems to draw a super stylish crowd where both men and women go to effort to put together some impressive polo-going outfits. This year, I was particularly loving men's detail in terms of hats, cuffed pants, and cuff-links. Women looked stunning with delicate fabrics in ivories, flowing summer dresses in bold print and many traded the traditional hat for a parasol.

Fashions on the field saw one lucky man and woman walk away with some fantastic prizes and it was outfits of colour that seemed to work for the judges in 2012.

Fashions on the field judging
Trackside fashion

Presentations followed the match and a magnum of Veuve Clicquot marked celebrations for the winning team.

Post match pics

What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon in the Perth sunshine!

Keep up to date with all the Polo in the City news on Facebook or find out more about hospitality packages and dates for the 2013 Paspaley Polo in the City at;

Harry & Gretel @ STM Bistro Felix

7 Dec

STM Front Row @ Bistro Felix is an ongoing collaboration between STM, Bistro Felix Wine Bar and WA’s finest retail outlets. Held on the first Thursday of every month, each edition provides fashion loving friends to get their taste of the hottest looks.

Thursday just gone, I was excited to be heading to Bistro Felix in Subiaco for a night of fashions from local retailer (and a favourite of mine), Harry & Gretel.

With consideration of the 6.30pm start time together with knowledge that the Subi Street Festival was also planned for the area, I left early to ensure I didn't miss a minute of the evening.

Surprisingly, we cruised across the city and won a car bay, not far from the action on Rokeby Road.

After taking in some of the sights and sounds of the Subi Sreet Festival, we headed to Bistro Felix where we were greeted with a glass of Veuve Clicquot and shown to our table. It felt like Christmas with gifts at each place setting – a beautiful Ecoya candle courtesy of Harry & Gretel!

As the parade kicked off, we enjoyed our entree of vegetable terrine and made a note of garments to add to “wish lists” ahead of Christmas.

Chadwick models looked angelic with butterflies in their hair as they strutted gorgeous garments past each table. Labels such as Alice McAll, Poppy Lissiman, Wildfox, House of Harlow and Shakuhachi were on display which I'm sure made guests scramble to find a pen to add items to their list.

The atmosphere within Bistro Felix seemed as if the party from the street had flowed through the doors and resonated among the guests. Tables full of friends and acquaintances celebrated the festivities and enjoyed their mains whilst taking in the second half of the parade.

Slightly edgier, this next parade showed off a fun collection of summer dresses and party attire. As usual, I loved many of the outfits put together and it was interesting to hear Heidi from Harry & Gretel who spoke about her passion for creating an entire look for customer and also the journey that the store has taken since opening.

Heidi told the story of how the store (now Harry & Gretel) once sold only kitchen wares. With a change of hands, Harry & Gretel then incorporated homewares and a small rack of garments which proved a hit with customers. Heidi and Wendy then saw the need to stock a larger range of garments to meet demand as well as accessories and giftware. This is where the Harry & Gretel, as we know it today began and people now head to Leederville certain that they will find something they love at this gorgeous shop.

With succession, Harry & Gretel opened 'Harry Next Door' which stocks homewares and gift lines.

So with the story being told, I was now anticipating a future visit to the store even more to check out all the latest for Summer. But the evening wasn't over- the second half of the parade was as divine as the dessert that we were served. A cute lemon tart with vanilla cream, berry coulis and a touch of gold paint made this sweet dish a winner.

Alexa Coetsee from STM did a beautiful job at hosting the event and she informed us that the next edition of STM Front Row at Bistro Felix is set for February! Don't miss that one as it is definitely a fun filled night of fashion…. and a great excuse to grab your friends for a dinner date!

Keep your eyes on STM Facebook page for upcoming events such as this or head to for reservations.