BAZAAR fetes itswoman of theyear edition.
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.