by Lauren

another chance to meet anna wintour

April 30, 2010 in fashion, news by Lauren

Did you miss yesterday’s post about how to become Anna Wintour’s assistant? Perhaps you just weren’t the lucky bidder who won the experience (for the very reasonable final price of $42,500).

If you’re still keen to meet the devil who wears Prada, Ms Wintour is already back on the charity auction circuit with charitybuzz – this time she’s raising funds for The Art of Elysium, a non-profit organisation that encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions.

The Vogue NYC Package includes a meet and greet with Anna Wintour, tickets to a fashion show during New York Fashion Week, an Alexander Wang Leather Duffle Bag, a Proenza Schouler Large Suede Tobacco PS1 Bag, and a Christian Louboutin nationwide Gift Certificate for $1,000. The package also includes a one-night stay at the Bowery Hotel and a $150 gift certificate to New York’s hottest new restaurant, Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria.

Bidding currently stands at US$5,000 and closes 2am on Friday 14 May.

by Lauren

lusting for: mod.cons

April 30, 2010 in fashion by Lauren

I’m a sucker for cool homewares, original gifts and quirky cards so it’s no surprise I love Mod.Cons. (Yes, I’m having a “mod” week.) Located on the corner of Ann and Warner Streets in the Valley (that’s Fortitude Valley in Brisbane for out-of-towners), Mod.Cons stocks items ranging from the kitsch to the classy, including an extensive selection of Dinosaur Designs jewelry (which can be either kitsch or classy dependent on your personal style).

You can also find a great range of items in their online store including pre-doodled notebooks, cognac glasses, French toast makers and Wallpaper City Guides.

Find the store online at

by Lauren

want to be anna wintour’s assistant?

April 29, 2010 in fashion, news by Lauren

If you think you can handle the heat better than Andrea in the Devil Wears Prada could, you have until 2.29am AEST to claim your position as assistant to Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of US Vogue. If the novel is to be believed, you might head home in tears at the end of each (very) long day and you won’t even be paid for the week-long internship – in fact, you will have to pay for the privilege yourself.

The internship is being auctioned off to raise funds for the RFK Centre for Justice and Human Rights and the week at Vogue will be tailored to the individual interests and skill set of the auction winner. The package also includes two tickets to New York Fashion Week, The September Issue DVD and assorted Vogue books.

Bidding currently stands at US$23,000 – if you’re still keen, you can bid online at CharityBuzz. Best of luck, my aspiring Voguettes!

by Lauren

in the news: armani opens first hotel

April 29, 2010 in news, travel by Lauren

Giorgio Armani has this week launched his first hotel, which occupies eight floors of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The 160-room hotel features eight restaurants, a spa and three retail outlets.

The designer personally oversaw every detail of the hotel, from the bed linen to the furniture to the Armani Privé toiletries in the bathroom. In fact, Armani has dedicated several hours a week for the last five years to the hotel project.


Armani said his biggest design inspiration was the iconic building itself. “What was very interesting and inspiring to me was the form of the building, which is inspired by the shape of the desert rose.”

He followed the curves of the building’s existing architectural shell in the rooms’ interior design. There are no straight walls in the outer suites. The result, he said, is a hotel that instead of having any one big open space, is full of small intimate ones. “This is a place where you have to find your way. It’s an adventure,” he said.

Armani said the hotel is the realization of a dream to open his entire lifestyle philosophy for the world to experience. Even the hotel’s service is based on Italian-style hospitality. There is no traditional reception area. Each guest is assigned a lifestyle manager who serves as a host from the moment they make a reservation to the time they check out, sometimes even personally meeting guests at the airport. The lifestyle manager is there to understand their interests and desires and customize the stay to the guests’ needs.

This is the first in a planned collection of hotels, resorts and residences to be unveiled in key cities around the world by the Giorgio Armani SpA – Emaar Properties partnership. Armani’s hotel in Milan is due to open early next year, followed by the first Armani Resort in Marrakech and the first Armani Residences Villas in Marassi, Egypt. Further Armani hotels, resorts and residences will open in key markets such as New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and London.

by Lauren

drink up: the laneway

April 28, 2010 in bars by Lauren

After my trip to Melbourne, I’m loving the laneway vibe. It seems Brisbane City Council is sharing my thoughts, with the Vibrant Laneways and Small Spaces project now well and truly underway. Come June 2010, Burnett Lane (that alley between Queen and Adelaide Streets that runs from George Street to Albert Street) will be converted to a hip and happening site for boutique bars. That’s all very well but where can I go right now?

The answer is the The Laneway. Sounds obvious, right? The Laneway at Urbane has the honour of being Brisbane’s first laneway bar and since opening in November has gathered a small but loyal following. It’s small, as a laneway bar should be, and even the call liquor is quality. Some say the venue is pretentious but I doubt they’ve given it a chance – the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and I’ve happily tucked myself away in the corner after a long day at work with a cocktail and order of tapas. Give it a go for a post-work tipple.

Where to find it: Spencer Lane (off Margaret St between Edward and Felix Sts)
Open: until midnight (except Sunday)

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