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Never a dull moment, lazy day or meandering month in Melbourne. Every bar, nightclub, runway, event and person we see is so busy and Covet is drinking up this divine inspiration, snapping and chatting to those out there doing what they love.. and they are doing it well. Each issue we are featuring faces that you might see on the runway today and in your supermarket aisle tomorrow. They are locals that love Melbourne and fly our flag loudly by being brilliant and beautiful. Covet shows you the third dimension to the people you might only see in magazines, on television, behind the kitchen pass or being snapped at events. They are familiar faces yet many wouldn’t know how they started out, what makes them tick and what’s on the horizon. Covet aims to shine a little more of a subtle light on these public figures and remind you they are just like YOU. It’s not about luck. They are doing what they are passionate about and reminding you that your satisfaction and happiness is out there waiting for you too. So grab it, mould it and make it your own because we truly are living in the world’s best city with beauty, talent, fashion and fun all around us. Be grateful for the gifts you are surrounded in and show you don’t take any of it for granted by being the best version of YOU possible. Featuring in this issue and keeping in the philosophy above we have Roxy Jacenko representing the world of PR, Silvana Lovin living it up in Los Angeles, local label Kahlo and Dannika Zen, NYC fashion from XXBC, stunners Sophie and Rhys and introducing our Fashion Editor, Ella Damiani.

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CONTRIBUTORS Editor-In-Chief JC, jc@covetmagazine.com.au

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Anthony Licuria, anthony@covetmagazine.com.au

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Karli Smith, Nina Hill, Mt Sagaria, Snjezana Bobic, Ella Damiani, Shiva Singan, Rebecca Petrusic, Melinda Payne

Hair and Make-up Edwin Garcia, Laura Gilham

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Lana Wilkinson www.lanawilkinsonstylist.tumblr.com, Erica Hussainy

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XXBC

They are creative types from the city that never sleeps; pushing the boundaries of vintage inspired street wear that is influenced by different chapters in history, art, culture and of course a unique print on print aesthetic. Meet entrepreneurs William Thompson and Alex Lee, the unique design duo behind the brand XXBC (or Twenty B.C). “The name itself is a date which has several connections to who we are as a brand. Vintage garments and the styles of the past are so central to our goals of making history in the future,” said Thompson.

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The witty personalities of Thompson and Lee shine through to their street wear, menswear and sportswear clothing brand that is built upon the foundations of creativity and originality. These two New York City locals are on a journey to create a sense of exclusivity for their brand by crafting one-off pieces that will never be recreated. They liken this idea to the individual uniqueness that one would find hanging on the gallery and exhibition walls throughout Europe. “We want to create timeless pieces that will last generations while remaining cool, comfortable and original,” Lee said. After more than two years since its inception, the boys of XXBC continue to gain inspiration from the mean streets of New York City. Elegance, grit and sartorial street style combine to make a city that is represented by the cultural and artistic nature of its people.

sense that there is so much going on here – things to see, interesting people to meet. There is such an entrepreneurial make-it-on-your-own attitude in the city that I’m not sure exists anywhere else,” Lee said. Both Thompson and Lee saw a gap in the market and went with it. Their gripe with the fashion industry was a joint opinion that designers and brands were paying less attention to detail and innovation, things that were much more apparent 20 to 30 years ago. “Nowadays there seems to be less focus on quality and more concern for profitability,” Lee explained. “It’s that cool downtown kid, the menswear guy who is always being shot by Tommy Ton, the dude that makes sandwiches at the deli, your mom, our moms… We think our product can appeal to anyone,” said Thompson when asked what type of person would wear the somewhat outthere vintage apparel. The next few years will be the make or break for XXBC. They hope to make a buzz both in New York and overseas, as well as get their brand into stockists worldwide. “We’re working on our second collection which will be our first legitimate collection. We plan on shooting a look book or a look book video and we hope to have an official XXBC launch party/presentation when it’s all ready,” said Thompson.

The XXBC boys credit the honest New York attitude for inspiring them to follow their dreams. They believe the city of New York congratulates people on pushing the boundaries and doing something different. “Living in New York has an impact on the label in the

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Matthew Butcher

“I think my time with Gordon Ramsay was instrumental in making me realise how much this industry relies on PASSION. Cooking is a lifestyle not an occupation, and I was so impressed how Ramsay lives, breathes and thinks food�. We eat their food, and admire their tenacious creativity. In a city which expounds the glory of cuisine, we are blessed by the existence of a myriad great chefs. Each brings their own uniqueness, and their art on a plate, displays virtuosity akin to the great artists of yore. Matthew Butcher: chef, artist and innovator is one such individual, whose extraordinary talents are manifested in the amazing culinary delights he serves up to his ever growing band of enthusiastic fans at Morris Jones Bar and Restaurant.

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Butcher grew up in Echuca, in North- Western Victoria and to earn extra pocket money, Butcher took on a job at a local eatery, where despite of his youth, he was given control of the kitchen. The seeds for a lifelong passion and love for food was formatively honed here. At age 18, lured by the fast paced life of living in a big city, Butcher moved to Melbourne. At a career cross-path, he decided to enrol in a business course at Swinburne. On a chance outing for dinner at iconic restaurant, Vue De Monde, the epiphany struck and young Butcher decided there and then that he wanted to become a great chef. Butcher moved back to Echuca where he started his apprenticeship at a local gastro-pub where he quickly learnt the fundamentals of cooking. Still inspired by chef, Shannon Bennett of Vue De Monde, Butcher wrote him a letter, simply stating his ambitions and passion for becoming a chef. Another dinner at this institution brought about an unexpected outcome.

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Bennett, having read this honest letter, came over to the table where young Butcher was dining with his mother, and a long chat ensued. A week later, Butcher was having his trials at Vue de Monde. A friendship and mentorship formed between Butcher, Shannon Bennett and renowned chef Ryan Clift. Clift had collaborated with internationally famous chef and personality, Gordon Ramsay. Via an introduction from Clift, Butcher found himself working at Ramsay’s noted New York restaurant, At the London. A collaboration that would see him work more with Ramsay in the future. Later in the same year, Clift once again called on Butcher to help set up his new venture. This time the port of call, fast paced Singapore, where Clift was setting up the Tippling Club. Working with friend and mentor Clift, the two set about to bring a culinary ‘coup d’état to an unsuspecting Singapore. Their unique brand of contemporary, molecular cuisine featuring texture, unusual flavour combinations and cooking methods was challenging yet sensational. Tippling Club went on to be named one of Singapore’s and indeed Asia’s best restaurants.

Patrons at Morris Jones may be greeted by Butcher’s ‘Black and Blue Tuna’, puffed quinoa, soy and yuzu. A glass cloche when lifted off this dish, envelops the recipient with the delicious aroma of the smoke, from apple wood chips, that is held within. Sea scallops are served with three texture cauliflower and a rich, unctuous oxtail sauce. A ducal cut of ‘Otway Crispy Pig’, comes served with unexpected prawn popcorn. A collision of favours unleashed, when the waiter dramatically decants the accompanying Dashi broth. ‘Passion and Fruit’ an explosion of intense fruit flavours is further enhanced by the surprise eruptive tingle of pop rocks, designed clearly to bring out the inner child within us. Butcher’s cuisine is definitely fun for grown ups and Melbourne has fallen in love. For the first time, Morris Jones has been listed in the upcoming 2013/2014 edition of the ‘Age Good Food Guide’. Success of this collaboration, between owners and chef/artisan it seems; is inevitable. Morris Jones Bar and Restaurant is located at 163 Chapel Street, Windsor. For more information visit www.morrisjones.com.au

Early in 2009, a combination of missing family and friends, coupled with an invitation from Gordon Ramsay to collaborate on his new venture, saw Butcher home in Melbourne to launch Maze at Crown Metropol, Melbourne. Unforeseen circumstance would see Maze shut operations, and Butcher again on the invitation of Gordon Ramsay, hurtled back to Los Angeles. Here Butcher was engaged as ‘chef consultant’ for Ramsay’s popular show, Kitchen Nightmares and he was instrumental in developing menus and concepts for the show.

In late 2012 , Butcher’s father became ill, which meant a long overdue trip home was scheduled. It was on this trip that Butcher decided that it was time to plant roots. A chance encounter with Paul Kasteel, one of the owners of Morris Jones Bar and Restaurant, led to a visit to the restaurant. Kasteel and business partner and co-owner, Hayden Burbank were looking to revitalise the food at their popular venue and Butcher seemed the obvious choice. An instantaneous decision was made and Butcher accepted the position of Head Chef at Morris Jones. Drawing on all his experiences, food philosophies and inspirations, Butcher’s menu encapsulates all of his personality. His food is clever, quirky, challenging, theatrical but most of all delicious.

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This particular stint in America, also saw Butcher achieve a career milestone as ‘Sous Chef’ at another of Ramsay’s worldwide franchise, GR Steak, in Vegas. Butcher had finally ‘arrived’. His passion and persistence had paid off, and he was now a Chef of international standing.

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She is stunning, stylish and simmers in everything she wears.Everything. Scroll through her blog and you will see her selections and how they effortlessly envelope her slight frame and promote her fabulous figure and taste in fashion.

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When and why did you start blogging? WeWoreWhat started as a street style blog when I transferred to FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology) 3 years ago. I wanted to provide girls with a daily source of outfit inspiration, because what should be the easiest part of our day (getting dressed in the morning) is sometimes the most difficult. After fashion week I noticed my personal style really resonated with my readers and that’s when WeWoreWhat became a personal style blog.

What do you do to relax? I like to shop as I can genuinely call it work. I go to the beach, enjoy wine and time with friends, like most women do I suppose!

Blogging has become so big in the last 5-10 years or so... how and why do you think it has become so important to the fashion industry today? Bloggers create a source of inspiration. They are influencers, story-tellers, and advice-givers all in one. We represent real people, which is why I think young girls gravitate much more towards bloggers rather than celebrities these days.

What is next on the to-do list for Danielle Bernstein? I am leaning towards video, TV hosting and seeking more fun collaborations. Life is exhilarating and exciting for me at the moment and I am open to opportunities.

How would you describe your personal style? New York City and Stockholm Sweden. I have decided to describe via location from now on to describe the perfect mix of my favourite places. Who are you inspired by, and why? The everyday people of New York City and the likes of the Olsen Twins, Taylor Tomassi Hill, Erin Wasson and a range of other bloggers and fashion editors.

How have your roots inspired your style and your career ambitions? My style and career ambitions have all been self developed. I’m the first of my kind (in my family at least).

What are your career highlights thus far? Definitely getting flown to Stockholm in Sweden for their outstanding Fashion Week. I loved being featured for the cover of Covet and an awesome design collaboration I’m currently working on.. more details to come. What would be your dream job? And why? I am living the dream, I love what I do and I am so grateful for my everyday. The only thing that could enhance how I feel about my job now would be hosting my own fashion series.

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What does the daily life of Danielle Bernstein involve? Editing photos, coffee shop breaks, taking pictures, meetings with showrooms and brands, sometimes shopping, more editing and taking more pictures..

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She was born in Romania but now resides in Melbourne, Australia. She is a model and an aspiring actress. She is the quintessential natural bronzed beauty. She is Silvana Lovin.

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Words. Karli Smith Photography. Anthony licuria @aplphotography Model. Silvana Lovin @wilhelimina Stylist. Erica Hussainy Hair & make up. Edwin Garcia

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Tell us about your childhood and how you developed a love for modelling? I was born in a small town called Braila in Romania and moved to Australia with my family at the age of three. I was quite the tomboy child. Spent most of my time outdoors playing all types of games, scraping my knees climbing fences and trees and getting up to mischief. I had a simple childhood-everything was about family and to this day consider my youngest brother my best friend. I remember designing and sewing up clothes for my Barbie dolls using scrap materials I’d find lying around the house. This little hobby later turned into my passion and sparked my curiosity for the fashion world. I later studied Bachelor of Fashion Design at RMIT and started modeling part-time after mum entered me into “The Face of Melbourne Fashion Festival” competition and won! This was the beginning of a wonderful journey for me… You’ve done a lot of travel throughout your career, so where is your favourite place and why? I’ve travelled to so many beautiful countries. New Zealand, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, England, France, Panama and am now living in California with my fiance. My favorite place would have to be my hometown of Melbourne. Nothing beats Australia. I love everything about it! The people, the architecture & we have some of the most beautiful beaches… Of course, my family live there too;) How does the Australian fashion industry compare to the international fashion scene? The Australian Fashion Industry is increasingly taking the fashion world by storm and so are it’s models. I think it’s one of the strongest in the world & competes with any market thanks to such events as Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

which have put us on the map. Many international models choose to come work in our market due to the vast amount of work there is here now thanks to the growth and popularity of Australian Labels overseas. Who are you inspired by at the moment? And why? My family inspires me. They give me the constant drive I need to do what I do everyday and encourage me to always strive for me best. They’ve always been a great support for me through- out my career as well as in my personal life. They are my life. Can you tell us some of your favourite Australian fashion designers? I have been fortunate enough to work with some of Australia’s most renowned designers…some of my favorites would have to include: J’Aton Couture for their out of this world creations, Scanlan & Theodore for their classic chic style and the Iconic Sportsgirl. I also love Elwood for their everyday pieces…banana blue for their AMAZING lines…this list could go on… What do you do to stay fit and healthy? First thing I do when I get up in the morning is take my dog Myka for a walk along the beach and take a moment to be thankful for everything I have In my life. I love to run and try to do this on a daily basis. I also do a combination of floor exercises to strengthen my core and try to eat as healthy as possible-meaning a balanced diet of protein, greens, fresh fruit, nuts and plenty of water to flush out those nasty toxins. I always start the day off with a BIG breakfast and try to have dinner before 6:30pm as I don’t sleep well on a full stomach. When did acting become a priority for you? I’ve always been quite creative and have always had a fascination with acting. I started studying the craft in between full time modeling commitments over the past few years and have only recently decided to pursue it a little more seriously and see what could come of it.

Lastly, what’s next for Silvana Lovin? I’ve recently picked up painting again which is a passion I’ve had since childhood and am pleased to say that I’m working towards an art exhibition which I’m super excited about! It’s my number one priority at the moment and you can view some of my work at: www.lovinart.net

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What are your top career highlights thus far? Some of my career highlights thus far would have to include being the face of iSelect fashion Aid last year, face of L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival , Face of West End at Crown and Elwood Clothing, being a finalist in Series 1 of Network 10’s Search For A supermodel Competition, working for Louis Vuitton, Armani, D&G, Chanel, Gucci, Versace…shooting the Oscar De La Renta Campaign and recently getting a featured role in the new “The Muppets…Again” movie.

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Covet came across the talents of Ella Damiani through a casual introduction and within minutes it was obvious that she would become an integral part of our crew. She glows with her own glamour, shows a sense of self that fashion writers must possess to pick trends and has the drive of someone who is going to do something extraordinary with their life. A self-confessed addict of runways, writing and travel she is a personality of her own with pen skills and poise and we just love having her on board. In a world where Gen Y are so often deemed to be misdirected or delusional, Ella holds a focus that will no doubt find her success in her desired industries. Covet asked her some questions to find out more about this spunk of the Melbourne scene and you can check out some of her pieces inside this edition of Covet What you are studying? I am currently studying a Bachelor of Journalism (minoring in Public Relations) at Monash University. I got into journalism for three reasons; I love writing, fashion and knowing what’s going on in the world. What you are working on? I’m working on a really intriguing piece of journalism at the moment for my ‘Investigative Journalism’ unit that explores the nature of drug tourism in Peru and the dangers of Australian tourists partaking in these practices. As a final-year journalism student I am here there any everywhere at the moment, trying to get as much experience as I can before I enter the big bad world of media (scared face). While I’ve still got a semester of uni to go, I have tried to embed myself in Covet Magazine as much as I can. I love getting the opportunity to write about things I love like fashion, lifestyle and celebrities. Who wouldn’t love that? I am also doing some work with my local paper, have up-and-coming work experience at Shop Til You Drop Magazine in Sydney and I’m forever doing bits and pieces on my blog, Snob Fashion Source.

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Who inspires you? I am inspired by so many and so much. I look up to women who have interesting and fruitful careers like Miroslava Duma and Christine Centenera, Your can’t live without item? Concealer

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The best lesson you’ve learnt? My mum and dad have always encouraged me to follow my dreams and do whatever it is I’m passionate about. And that’s what I’m doing. Who has captured your attention? The people who call talkback radio stations to argue things that they know nothing about always catch me off guard. I laugh out loud in my car. What’s next on your agenda? I recently got home from a little stint in Europe over my semester break, so I am looking forward to just getting back into my last semester of uni and eventually trying to find my dream job. In two years time I want to? I would love to be working in fashion, writing a lot and planning my next big overseas trip. Maybe Africa or NYC again.

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Kahlo Words. Rebecca Petrusic

If you’re not a pattern lover and your wardrobe is 90% leather then you are going to fawn over Australian fashion label KAHLO. Founded by close friends Rachelle Sinclair and Fay Ogunbadejo in early 2011, the brand is a combination of their common interests along with inspirations drawn from art and travel. The pair uses particular artists as a muse to create their sleek and structured pieces, artists such as Francesca Woodman, Man Ray and Patti Smith. Each season is based around an artist that has inspired them. “It’s a juxtaposition between light and dark, tough and soft as represented in artists Francesca Woodman’s photographs,” said the designers. KAHLO’s fashion philosophy is that clothing should feel effortless and wearable. Their items are sporty and feminine; there is no need for heavy embellishments or loud prints that make you cross-eyed. It is alluring enough on its own. “The KAHLO customer follows international trends but has genuine and original style and dresses for herself. She is strong, independent and comfortable with the awkward,” the designers told Covet Magazine. The upcoming designers found themselves unintentionally thrust into the world of fashion. Rachael grew up in Brisbane and studied a bachelor of communications whilst working as a flight attendance. She then moved to Sydney and worked as a freelance

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KAHLO’s androgynous and edgy pieces will make you look forward to dressing in the morning. Their clean-cut wardrobe staples will work in every part of your life and have the ability to toughen up dainty lace or dress down glitzy embellishments.

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publicist and stylist. Fay grew up in the UK and studied nursing. Fay also moved to Sydney to continue her nursing work but felt the pull of the Australian fashion industry and worked for several Australian fashion labels before creating KAHLO. Well, we thank the heavens that this dynamic duo decided to follow in the footsteps of other fashionable elite and creative genius’. Fay and Rachael describe their own style as simplistic, minimal with no fuss. “We love beautifully constructed garments with no bells and whistles. You will never see us in a loud print!” KAHLO was recently nominated for the Australian Woolmark Prize and is focusing on designing a small collection consisting of Merino Wool.

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Dannika Zen Contrasting hard with soft and the perfect balance of edgy and effortless, upcoming Aussie label Dannika Zen is taking the market by storm. Dannika Zen is into their fifth season and has freshly opened a pop-up boutique in Oxford Street, Sydney.

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The collection embraces origami folds with asymmetric hemlines, subtle hardware and punches up monochrome with animal print detail. “We think about beauty, practicality and versatility in all of our pieces. Sometimes we’re inspired by a particular shape in an industrial or architectural piece or even a certain mood from a film that we’d like to translate into a form of garment,” Dannika Zen told Covet Magazine. The designer herself knew she was going to create these sleek and modern masterpieces for as long and she can remember. Dannika Zen drenches her life in no-nonsense black and describes her style as classic with a boyish twist. This season is about looking polished and practical. Dannika Zen’s so-now leather pieces have the power to make the slouchiest knits and tees look sleek and chic. “It’s about freedom and formality. Powerful heavy man-style jackets or bold prints juxtaposed against delicate knits hidden underneath. It’s a study of power versus the fragile told in stories of shapes, textures and silhouettes encompassing beauty and function.” If you like your bombers, quilted camo vests, sport-luxe shirts and tees, and leather…well, anything, Dannika Zen is a name to watch. If you’re already having heart palpitations, then wait until you hear what this new designer is planning. “We’re really excited to be working on a new style of shoe with new textures and interesting ways to use leather to construct patterns and shapes.” Dannika Zen is excited about their future experimentations in textures and drape and they have their fingers crossed that more pop-up shops will be opened around the country. Watch this space.


Artemis Lane, QV Precinct. Melbourne CBD P. 1300 650 344 www.flowertemple.com.au


A Day at Domaine Covet took some time to visit this iconic institution and reports back on the best way to see this spectacular scenery and of course what to sip on..

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Whilst exploring the beautiful winery grounds you will notice the rose bushes planted in front of the vines indicate the grape variety White roses = Chardonnay, red roses = Pinot Noir, pink roses = Pinot Meunier. How will you know this? Because you can justify your drinking and balance it with a tour that will leave you informed about the very bubbles you are infusing yourself with. Daily tours running at 11am, 1pm and 3pm will teach you how sparkling and still wines are made from the vine to the bottle.

Domaine Chandon offers one of the most outstanding wine tourism experiences in the world. Located in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, the winery offers a combination of unique activities, experiential tours, spectacular views, relaxed dining and most importantly, premium wine.

Guests can see the winery in action from the viewing deck and walk through the spectacular Riddling Hall which houses 72,000 bottles of aging sparkling wine. Sample splash tastings of still and sparkling wine at the Tasting Bar, order a range tasting to learn more about a particular wine style or relax with your favourite glass over a decadent lunch at the outstanding Greenpoint Brasserie. The Brasserie takes inspiration from the French heritage with a contemporary, provincial dĂŠcor, making it the perfect setting to relax and share a meal with friends. The menu focuses on fresh, seasonal produce and is divided into sections to suit all tastes and appetites. If guests are looking to visit on a Sunday, Chandon offers a two-hour Sunday School (again, justified!) wine discovery class designed to give both beginners and wine enthusiasts the chance to experience the wine behind the wines.

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Finally, the view! Domaine Chanodn is fortunate to be located in one of the most picturesque spots in the Yarra Valley. Sit outside, overlook the Greenpoint Vineyard with the Yarra Valley Ranges in the distance and enjoy a flute of Chandon sparkling wine - many people say they can spend an afternoon lost in this very view. Gather up your friends and invest in A Day at Domaine and know a little or a lot more about the beverages that are such a part of our lives.

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Sunday School is held at the Historic Homestead with a maximum of 12 ‘students’ in each class, offering an intimate opportunity to celebrate premium wines. Guests learn how to taste wine, develop their palate and explore different wine varieties. The experience also takes guests on a behind-the-scenes tour including the opportunity to taste wines in progress.

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Meddlers is a Melbourne institution. It is a hair salon in South Yarra. On Toorak Road to be exact. And it has been serving the Melbourne inner-city folk for the past 28 years. Trends have come and gone, and in this time Meddlers has succeeded in catering to the men and women of Melbourne. We took five minutes to talk to Meddlers main man, Chris Dunkley, about what’s hot and what’s not this season in hair. What are the hottest hair trends for this coming summer season? The major trend at the moment is the blunt cut with heavy perimeters. Therefore it is easy to say that mid length hair steals the limelight, especially in the wake of the chop from Beyonce. We have been pushing our female clientele to sharpen up there cut and try losing some length in aid of gaining thicker and more healthy hair.

How does operating in Melbourne influence your style and practice? Melbourne is such a diverse city and a day in our salon will show you that. We don’t churn out the same style hour after hour. We do young and fresh looks as well as the more mature styles.

We are pushing females away from the balayage look as we see way to many colours on the street that look like they have dipped their ends in a bucket of bleach… NOT on trend. For the guys we are loving manicured hair with a contemporary edge. Think Johnny Depp in Public Enemies mixed with a little Leonardo Dicaprio in The Great Gatsby.

Melbourne ensures this will always be a day in the life of Meddlers.

We love the hipster revolution but we love the classics as well.

What distinguishes Meddlers from other Melbourne salons? Meddlers is a home. We provide an ambient environment that suits a very comfortable and regal space and that hosts contemporary finishes for both men and women.

What advice can you give Covet readers for keeping their hair healthy and fruitful? Would you sun bake for a full summer without sunscreen or moisturizer? It is the same for your hair. Invest in shampoo and a good treatment. Use products that you would want on your skin. Kevin murphy, Eleven and Davines is what Meddlers trust for this. Short bob or long locks? It depends on your stature, size and facial build. Bobs are definitely hot at the moment. What do clients want when they come to your salon? Meddlers feels that clients want impressive results, consistent service and reliable advice.

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Sunset Mansion

Imagine sitting poolside on a summer’s day. The azure blue of the clear sky, mirrored by the water, as you sip on endless delicious cocktails. From inside the heady aromas of herbs and spices, waft deliciously through the Zephyr. A clap of your hands and a pristinely clad houseboy, comes speeding over with further libations and delicious morsels. Your neighbours, the LA jet set, visit and a very upbeat party ensues well into the night. Well this dream may all come to fruition, as the owners of the dream house (pictured below) in the Hollywood Hills, offer this amazing property for rent. The house purportedly valued at $4.9 million can be all yours, dream and all, on a long or short term basis.


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Model. Sophie Van Den Akker from Chadwick Models Photography. Anthony licuria @aplphotography Hair and make up. Laura Gilham Stylist. Lana Wilkinson

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Great Gatsby Premiere

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Baz Luhrmann and the cast of The Great Gatsby (minus Leonardo DiCaprio)walked the red carpet in Sydney tonight, coming back to where it all began nearly two years ago. Sydney, which hosted the backdrop to the Roaring Twenties inspired flick, rained on the Gatsby parade as a sea of umbrellas and damp dapper suits made it down the carpet to Fox Studios.

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World War z Premiere

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It was Brad Pitt’s first visit to our shores and Sydney fans welcomed him with great gusto. Pitt had come to attend the Australian premiere of his latest cinematographic offering ‘World War Z’. An action-apocalyptic horror film, directed by Marc Forster based on the novel by Max Brooks of the same name.

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Man of steel Premiere

It’s a celebrated day when a ‘superhero’ comes to town. Tonight, an excited Sydney regaled as English born Henry Cavill, walked the ‘Black Carpet’ at the premier of the much anticipated movie, Man of Steel. Photography. Anthony licuria @aplphotography

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Roxy Jacenko

Love her or hate her, there’s no denying she’s successful in the business world. Queen Betty is who many Gen-Y modern-day feminist types would look to as their poster girl for success – if all glossy magazine spreads are anything to go by. Her triumphs are paraded one by one through social media, in what can only be described as an art form, sure its narcissistic, but it has me and I’m sure many others following her every move.

select the outfit. Sounds crazy but when there is so much to do and so little time, messing around changing what you want to wear numerous time isn’t workable! Hair and make up – amazing what a fab spray tan does!

If perception is everything, then by today’s standard this Josh Goot-loving power woman seems to have it all.

Australians don’t like tall poppies, and have a reputation for turning their backs on celebrities when they reach a point of exposure, or overexposure – are you worried that this might happen to you, or do you put the public’s opinion out of your mind? Tall poppy syndrome in Australia is saddening, it’s crazy to me that people don’t applaud each other for their successes, and instead bask in their faults – it’s certainly not the way I like to operate. In the beginning as the business grew rapidly I used to get a little upset by negative feedback about how I had achieved what I had in a short time and the vicious rumours that circled then I realised – WHO CARES – those that are successful and strive to be successful appreciate hard working gogetters, and those that done – don’t sweat it. That’s their problem.

You have built yourself an image of being one of the industry’s trendiest PRs. If you had to recount three, what would be your fashion careers highlights so far? I don’t know about trendiest, but that’s very kind! Highlights – every day is! To watch the business evolve to what it is today is incredible. Signing our first client which was what set us up! At the time, 9 years ago it was, Von Dutch, Kenzo, Rock and Republic, Diane von Furstenberg, Lacroix and Dolce & Gabanna Swim! Seeing my first novel, Strictly Confidential hit shelves, and watching my one time intern, Maz progress through her career and evolve into the wonderful General Manager of the business that she is today Has it been a positive or a negative to be more known than some of the clients you are representing?

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I am certainly not more known than any of our clients, I suppose Celebrity Apprentice threw me into the limelight for a moment but my focus is the PR and branding of our clients. If that means I need to put myself out there to help them – so be it. I’ll do whatever it takes for the clients to be ecstatic. What’s the best thing about owning your own business? Watching it grow and seeing team members come in and grow not just personally but professionally – it’s very rewarding. Which brings us to, what is the worst? Is there ever a time where you would just like someone else to have to do all the hard work, and you could be ‘off’ for a night? I love my job, I don’t think of it as hard work, I see it as learning and opportunity – so I don’t mind being on 24/7 – that’s the way I am ‘built’ I suppose! You seem to start your day really early and finish quite late. How do you find the time to coordinate your outfits and look as if you’ve spent the morning in hair and make-up? The obsessive compulsive in me means I have it already pre-organised – daily – in work wear and then events through to weekend wear, I keep a folder in my cupboard which has looks mapped out right through to shoes and accessories, so I flip through the book in the morning and

Your gorgeous daughter Pixie, has her own instagram and blog, which is a great way to keep up-to-date with an up and coming fashionista – but has there been a backlash about her being exposed to that world at such a young age? Everyone has a right to an opinion and that’s fine, like it or not, it’s really not of my concern, as long as my daughter is given all the love, care and opportunity she deserves, then I have done my job as a good parent. I doubt trivial things like a tongue in cheek blog or an instagram account are going to harm her in any way – as long as she is happy and having fun, that’s all I can hope for. You have said before “I don’t cry” “I’m tough” “head down, power through it” – are these the mottos that you live by in business and life, and what you instill into your bettys? Yes! And I stand by it. Crying doesn’t solve anything. Not everyone is the same, but that’s what works for me and have seen me succeed thus far – every week I would love to stop and cry when it gets too hard, but why give in, why not plough through and take on everything for what it is, a challenge and an opportunity and work through it. There isn’t time to breakdown – that’s time you could use to be workshopping a better way to solve a problem.

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You are an impeccably dressed business woman, full-time mum and wife - honestly, how do you manage to do it all? Do you sleep? Thank you! That’s very kind. I don’t sleep much and I run on adrenaline – I guess it’s lucky – if I needed sleep I think we would be in all sorts of bother trying to fit everything in. You have built an empire based on your hard work, and new-age PR skills – when was it that you realised this was what you wanted, or has this been your dream since you were a little sweaty betty? Quite the opposite! I always wanted to be a Police Woman.

You have mentioned a few times that your methods of PR and Marketing aren’t the norm and that’s what makes you different, and obviously successful. What was your thought process behind creating that new method – did you see a gap in the market? I guess I came in to PR at 24 with no formal training just a huge desire to be different – if you aren’t different and your methods don’t have an edge - What sets you apart? What makes customers want to jump on board. If the market has the offering how will you succeed if your offering is the same as everyone else’s? Finally, what are you coveting right now? A summer break in the South of France with my husband Oli and daughter Pixie… bring on August! X

I’m sure you have been asked this question a lot after you and Stephanie Rice clashed on Celebrity Apprentice - do you often clash with other powerful women? No. Stephanie Rice holds that record.

A lot of people who have been on reality TV say that they eventually forget that the cameras are rolling and the real person comes out – much to the delight of viewers but not so flattering to the person sometimes - Did we get to see the real Roxy, or did you have your own agenda? Yes I was myself – hard working and determined – but let’s not forget its TV – its edited to make it interesting viewing!!

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A phrase that has fallen from the mouth of many women is also the comment that can unite a room. When a man walks into the joint, dressed in a tailored suit showing him at his best it can be a show stopper. You wonder what he does, where he is going and who is he meeting.. A seamless suit can make any woman think the man is their own version of Mr Big. It’s not just women that will ogle at a well turned out man, other men do too and it doesn’t matter what team they are on. Suits give the wearer confidence and although they can be subtle they can also speak volumes about who is wearing it and their place in society. Suits is a legal drama from USA Network starring Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht that reinforces all these statements. Suits follows the college drop-out Mike Ross, who accidentally lands a job with one of New York’s best legal closers, Harvey Specter. It doesn’t take Mike too long to work out he is in the right game of money, power, women and… suits.

The title says it all. The wardrobe, aptly loaded with suits; sings as loud as the script and what kind of legal power tripping corporate would you be without a killer two piece and tie. Tune in and you will see why the show is being recognised as a great watch but also hands out a lesson or two in how to dapper-up. Managing partners, senior partners, asssociates and secretaries, the scene is set however the tailoring is so sleek it is almost distracting. You can opt for your PJs on the couch when viewing.

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“We all… love a man in suit”

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