For the sporty set, Hamilton Island Race Week isi all about yacht racing, but for the social set it’s about one of the most coveted invitations of the year: the annual Paspaley White Lunch at Qualia resort. And this year was no exception, with the picturesque island providing the backdrop to a celebration of family, society and, of course, a stunning new collection of Paspaley pearls.
The connection between the Paspaleys, based near Broome, and the Oatleys, who own Hamilton Island, goes back many years and the two families share a strong bond centred around a love of the ocean. During the event, Paspaley pearl diver Brett Smith discussed wild pearl harvesting, and Christine Salter, the creative director of the brand, presented Paspaley’s new Monsoon collection, inspired by the monsoon season in tropical northern Australia.
On Pebble Beach, guests adhering to the pearl-white dress code, gathered for the lunch, hosted by Vogue’s Edwina McCann. Joining the Oatleys – Nicky, Sandy and Carol – and the Paspaleys – including general manager Richard Broug and Chris Paspaley – were Collette Dinnigan and Bradley Cocks, Nadia Fairfax, Deborah Symond O’Neil and her husband Ned O’Neil, Terry Biviano and Anthony Minichiello, and clients of the brand.