Julie steals the night
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.