CHIC AND CHEERFUL
Over the last month or so the whirlwind line-up of international fashion weeks have been leading to the big one: Paris. The epicentre of the style world, when Paris Fashion Week kicks off on Tuesday, trends will be spawned and careers made. And while most of us won’t be fortunate enough to get a front-row seat, or be able to stump up a few thousand dollars for a frock, thanks to a walletfriendly collaboration between Jean Paul Gaultier and French luggage brand Lipault, a bit of couture (albeit watered-down) is within grasp for all.
The new “Ampli” travel capsule collection includes a backpack, weekend bag and suitcase, each featuring powder-pink lining that nods to the renowned French fashion designer’s signature pink corsets.
Available next month, prices start at $89. Cheap and chic in one. LIPAULT.COM.AU
A DOG’S LIFE
It’s not only humans getting in on the style spirit during Fashion Week. At La Reserve Hotel – the 40-room
HOT ON THE HEELS
former home of Pierre Cardin – fourlegged friends are getting pampered and preened too. Guests with dog in tow can pamper their pooch with specially supplied Evian-filled water bowls and plush pillows, while a butler is on hand to deliver a range of gourmet, handmade canine menu options. And when it comes to the agonising over what to wear, designer pet outfitter Mungo &Maud is on hand for the latest in canine couture. LARESERVE.COM
ACROSS THE DITCH STYLE
Closer to home our Kiwi cousins are gearing up for the single largest theatrical production in the country – the annual World of Wearable Art (or WOW). Dubbed “mardi gras meets haute couture”, this internationally renowned event pits designers from more than 40 countries against one another in a competition of wearable works of art that are brought to life on stage in Wellington – think Project Runway with one hell of a twist.
More than 60,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s shows, held from September 27 onwards. WORLDOFWEARABLEART.COM
BRING ON THE BUBBLY
Synonymous with A-listers and models, Fashion Week wouldn’t be the same without champagne. Handily, soon after Paris wraps, World Champagne Day arrives. Celebrated on October 19 the event gives champagne guzzlers an excuse to imbibe – not that Aussies (now ranked sixth highest in the world among bubbly consumers) need it.
This year the ultimate place to toast the iconic French drink is Sofitel Darling Harbour’s Champagne Bar. The only hotel champagne bar in Sydney, the venue is marking the day with a specially created degustation dinner paired with champagne (natch). The hotel also celebrates its first birthday next month. SOFITELSYDNEYDARLINGHARBOUR.COM.AU