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Martinis & an education in Vodka at Ketel One House

I wandered on down to Ketel One House on Friday evening to check out the pop-up bar above Guildford Lane Gallery during its final weekend (before it popped-down again). Ketel One’s Nolet family are purists. Theirs is a family company that has existed for hundreds of years (since 1691)  in

Melbourne Spaces: Fleur

Described  as a “beautiful woman who can create beautiful things with flowers” Fleur (a fateful moniker?) McHarg has set up shop on Rose Street in Armadale. This is not your typical flower store crammed with pre-boxed bouquets, bunches of helium balloons and teddy bears. Instead white walls act as a

Melbourne Spaces: Il Fornaio

The word that comes immediately to mind when entering Il Fornaio is “bountiful”. Nothing provides more simple pleasure than being surrounded by piles of fresh produce – quinces, artichokes, chestnuts – and a seemingly never-ending font of Moscato. This is before even getting to the new reason to visit the bakery; recently instated chef

A taste of Eat Street 2010

I was lucky to be invited to take a stroll along Eat Street last night. The epic charity event is a fusion of fashion and food hosted in the Grand Ballroom of the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Think the most glamourous hawker’s market ever combined with an unleashed visit to

Hot Spots Winter 2010

The Hot Spots guide to Melbourne for Winter 2010 has just launched! Pick up the free guide for a multitude of things to do, see, taste and hear during the season when we Melburnians have “our earmuffs on and our socks pulled up”. My love affair with this city continues…

Introducing my new assistant editor…

StyleMelbourne has been a little quiet of late and it’s not due to lack of lovely local fashion news and events (I have a backlog of posts and articles waiting a ‘to do’ list as tall as Samantha Harris!) to share. Basically I have been on fur-ternity leave as I

Melbourne’s Tweethearts…

Recently visited Fairfax’s offices to have a chat with the Melbourne City Weekly magazine (and a mini-photoshoot) about Twitter (seemingly the hot button topic of the moment) and being a Melburnite using the medium to communicate. The overwhelming majority of people I follow are from Melbourne and usually at least

RAFW 2010 Wrap

Some observations from the fashion week that was… Going strong: The colour lilac, cat’s eye sunglasses, specialist digital prints, all manner of transparency and sheerness, daytime leather, unstructured drape (and the lovely sunshine harbour-side). Going, going, gone: Harem pants and playsuits, especially drop-crotched varieties. Thank the fashion gods. Best gift:

Roopa Pemmaraju resort wear at RAFW

Roopa Pemmaraju presents her latest resort wear and swim wear collection titled “Beach Goddesses” at RAFW 2010. The Indian-born, currently Melbourne-based designer has built her label upon floaty kaftans, bright colours (this collection features sunny yellow, a splash of red and sky blue predominantly) and the creation of uniquely mesmerising prints.

Dhini ‘Mughal Empress’ SS10/11 at RAFW

Dhini re-visits the 1500’s Indian Mughal Empire for her upcoming Spring Summer 2010/11 collection yet somehow translates this into an ultra-modern look. Having created an intricate digital print inspired by the distinctive architecture of the time (think Taj Mahal), Dhini then applied pleating and draping techniques to luxurious silk georgette