Julie steals the night

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

Putting the tu­mul­tuous po­lit­i­cal events of re­cent days firmly be­hind her, For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop was happy to let her hair down at the 2018 Sil­ver Party on Fri­day night. Dressed in a stun­ning sil­ver se­quined en­sem­ble, and with her hand­some boyfriend David Pan­ton on her arm, Bishop made sure she didn’t go un­no­ticed at the lav­ish soiree, an an­nual event at which a who’s who of Syd­ney so­ci­ety raises funds for the Syd­ney Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, Rand­wick.

Many guests were ea­ger to talk to Ms Bishop — at one point she was spot­ted tucked in a cor­ner deep in con­ver­sa­tion with Sky News per­son­al­ity and for­mer La­bor se­na­tor Gra­ham Richardson.

Al­most $1 mil­lion was raised by the 400 guests at the glit­ter­ing soiree, which fea­tured a Beauty or Beast theme and a mas­quer­ade black-tie dress code.

The event was held at Boomerang in El­iz­a­beth Bay, the week­end home of bil­lion­aire truck­ing mag­nate Lind­say Fox and his wife Paula. The Span­ish mis­sion­style har­bourfront man­sion, which is home to Fox’s daugh­ter Ka­t­rina, has been ranked as one of the most ex­pen­sive houses in Syd­ney af­ter be­ing qui­etly shopped around in 2016 with a $60 mil­lion ask­ing price.

The hosts did not par­take of the fan­fare out­side and in­stead re­treated in­side the pala­tial res­i­dence. They were later spot­ted en­joy­ing a quiet mo­ment to­gether as guests departed at about 11.30pm.

The Daily Edited’s Alyce Tran snapped up one of the cov­eted auc­tion items, two busi­ness class flights, a stay at the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel and a shoot with ac­claimed fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Ben Watts, atts, brother of actor Naomi Watts, for a cool $27,000. Tran also pledged $20,000, while John Sy­mond pledged $40,000 af­ter fly­ing into Syd­ney from Lon­don to sup­port the event with wife Am­ber.

Guests in­cluded Sa­man­tha Army­tage, Sylvia Jef­freys, Peter Ste­fanovic, Peter Over­ton, Deb­o­rah Knight, Re­becca Vallance, Ni­cole cole O’Neil, Skye Leckie, Terry Bi­viano, iano, An­thony Minichiello, Ksenija Lu­kich, Pip Edwards and Phoebe Burgess.

Julie Bishop glit­tered in sil­ver se­quins on the arm of David Pan­ton. Sil­ver Party guests also in­cluded Peter Ste­fanovic and Sylvia Jef­freys, John and Am­ber Sy­mond, and Terry Bi­viano and An­thony Minichiello.

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