POWER BRUNCH

BAZAAR fetes itswoman of theyear edi­tion.

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The new Dis­trict Brasserie, sit­ting in the grand foyer of Chi­fley, one of Sydney’s slick­est build­ings, was re­cently the set­ting for the launch of Harper’s BAZAAR’S De­cem­ber 2017 is­sue, our an­nual Woman of the Year edi­tion. The New York-style bistro, with its club­like at­mos­phere, beau­ti­ful brass fit­tings and gor­geous tan leather chairs, was a great venue at which to cel­e­brate this year’s list of amaz­ing Aus­tralian women. Ta­bles over­flowed with in­cred­i­ble flo­rals by Ge­orge Low of Seed Flora, a reg­u­lar BAZAAR con­trib­u­tor, but the fo­cus was the su­per-sized (and sold-out) De­cem­ber-is­sue cover star­ring Ju­lia Roberts.

Dis­trict co–owner John­vis­sari­tis ex­plained that the con­cept be­hind the venue in­te­ri­ors was in­spired by the pres­tige of the site:“we wanted to re­flect the im­age and the aura of Chi­fley — a lit­tle bit of glam and some old-school fin­ish­ings to make the space time­less. It’s all about the clas­sics.” Hence the Parisian bistro-style menu.“we added a be­spoke char­coal oven to the kitchen, ”vis­sari­tis notes.an­other es­sen­tial part of the set-up is the full in-house bak­ery, from which de­lec­ta­ble con­fec­tions march out daily.

The an­nual BAZAAR brunch is a fash­ion in­dus­try get-to­gether hosted by ed­i­tor-in-chief Kel­lie Hush to re­cap the year and cel­e­brate one of the most fun is­sues we put to­gether.the Woman of theyear portfolio this year in­cluded a stel­lar line-up of Aus­tralian stand­outs, in­clud­ing TV favourite Sam Army­tage, New York-based pub­lisher Kather­ine Keat­ing, ac­claimed artist Del Kathryn Bar­ton, de­signer Ebony Ea­gles, South Su­danese-aus­tralian mod­els Duckie Thot and Adut Akech, car­dio­tho­racic sur­geon Dr Nikki Stamp, beauty moguls Jess Hatzis and Bree John­son, and mar­riage-equal­ity cam­paign direc­tor Sally Rugg. The lat­ter’s in­clu­sion was timely, as our brunch was held just 24 hours be­fore the an­nounce­ment of the ‘yes’ ver­dict from the same-sex mar­riage sur­vey.

Each year, we rel­ish the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with the fash­ion in­dus­try con­trib­u­tors who are part of the BAZAAR story, from Ge­orges An­toni, who shot our fab­u­lous fea­ture on de­signer Sarah-jane Clarke, to Di­nosaur De­signs artist Stephen Or­mandy, to all the writ­ers, agents, pho­tog­ra­phers, artists and as­sorted crew who help cre­ate our pages. It’s also an op­por­tu­nity to bring to­gether some of the de­sign­ers who gen­er­ously sup­port BAZAAR in Bloom, our fash­ion gala to raise funds for The Royal Hos­pi­tal for Women Foun­da­tion. Sup­port­ers Genevieve and Alexan­dra Smart of Gin­ger & Smart,the mac­graw sis­ters, Man­ning Cartell, Camilla and Marc and Carla Zam­patti all con­nected over cold glasses of Pom­mery and a pas­try or two. – El­iza O’hare

Dis­trict Brasserie was fes­tooned with flow­ers by Seed Flora. Coty’s Anita Kau­ri­novic, sur­geon Dr Nikki Stamp and BAZAAR’S Eu­ge­nie Kelly. Di­nosaur De­signs’ Stephen Or­mandy and BAZAAR fash­ion direc­tor Naomi Smith.

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