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contents 48 Walk this way


Models strut their stuff at the prestigious David Jones Model Casting in Melbourne.

52 Avicii Stays True Swedish superstar Avicci has Australia raving about his amazing DJ shows.

58 Reyne Man

Singer, songwriter, DJ, model and artitst, JR Reyne is a man of many talents.

72 Bondi Beach Boys Sydney’s hottest boys don the budgie smugglers for an appreciative crowd at Sydney’s water polo event.

80 Model Citizen

Alice Springs model Grace Holt has worked all over the world but has another passion that will warm your heart.

90 Seiko Serves Up An Ace Seiko recruits a world-class ambassador for it’s groundbreaking GPS Solar watch.


92 Labyrinth Of Beauty

David Jones launches it’s 2014 Autumn/Winter collection with a stunning, star-studded runway show in Sydney.

104 Like a Virgin

Competition was hot at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival model casting.

108 Cocktails on the Boulevard Los Angeles’ Bevery Wilshire Hotel shares some of it’s finest cocktail recipes.

112 Giving Thanks To The Rain Gods Fashion helps raise some muchneeded funds to help keep the Royal Botanic Gardens watered. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM


\ 120 Powering On

One of the most revered automotive brands, Shelby American, is in good shape following the passing of it’s legendary founder, Carroll Shelby, in 2012.


134 Glam It Up

The L’Oreal Paris Melbourne headquarters was the venue for the upcoming Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival make up trials.



4 What’s Goin’ On 20 Going Postal 22 What’s hot ROAD TESTS 38 Bandelettes 40 Colour Theory lip stick 41 Orly nail polish 42 Nivea Men skin care


44 Mercedes-Benz S500 L 70 Levantine Hill Syrah 2012 COLUMNS 46 Food Couture 102 Reality Bites 130 London Calling


n o ’ n i o g ’s t a h w ACCORDING TO SCREEN Australia, Local and international audiences were responding positively to strong, distinctive Australian content across both film and television, and that 2014 is set to be a great year for Australian stories. “Ninety-four of the 100 most watched programs on television in 2013 were Australian, which demonstrates the strong resonance of local content with audiences”, said Screen Australia’s chief executive, Graeme Mason. “Our film and television has reached a level of maturity where there is now a range of projects in terms of scale and content, reflecting our diversity as a nation. The talent, creativity and skills of our actors, filmmakers and crew are world-class. “Original and high-quality Australian television drama and documentary not only rates highly with local audiences, it’s also strongly resonating with international audiences, as demonstrated by numerous accolades and format sales in 2013. Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake (pictured) picked up a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy, along with several nominations, and SBS’s documentary series from Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder, Go Back to Where You Came From, won an International Emmy. “Format sales for television dramas included the ABC’s Rake, A Moody Christmas and The Strange Calls, Network Ten’s Secrets & Lies and Foxtel’s Wentworth. Australian children’s drama Mako Mermaids also secured a landmark deal through US-based internet TV network Netflix, premiering in 120 countries in line with the Australian WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

premiere on Network Ten. “Our industry is in good shape, with our latest annual Drama Report showing us that expenditure on drama production in Australia has increased by nine per cent in the 2012/13 financial year, to the highest levels on record. The figures are boosted in particular by Australian television drama, with expenditure up 27 per cent on last year. This may be a high watermark for the industry though, and we should not take such success for granted. The challenges of screen economics continue to put pressure on Australian content for our screens.” Last year featured a diverse range of local cinema releases. Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby was the highest grossing Australian film at the local box office in 2013, taking more than $27 million locally and more than $347 million internationally. Among the top five Australian films at the local box office were the UK co-production

The Railway Man, taking over $2 million in its first week, the comedydrama Goddess, which took over $1.6 million, and the adaptation of Tim Winton’s The Turning and the family film Return to Nim’s Island, which both earned over $1.2 million. “Australian creatives are engaging more than ever in the global marketplace for both film and television, achieving international commercial success and critical acclaim as well as establishing successful collaborative partnerships,” said Graeme. “While we primarily set out to serve Australian audiences, we need to embrace the global nature of the screen industry and the projects are doing this. Screen Australia is committed to supporting, promoting and growing quality Australian storytelling for audiences, across all platforms. Of course, this can’t happen without a strong, diverse and skilled screen production industry.”

UNIVERSAL PICTURES WILL launch the highly-anticipated film adaption of the bestselling book, Fifty Shades Of Grey in Australian cinemas next year on February 12. Based on the #1 bestselling book Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James, Fifty Shades of Grey follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Fifty Shades of Grey has become a global phenomenon. The subsequent novels in the series are Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. The trilogy has been

translated in 52 languages worldwide since its release. Jamie Dornan stars in the iconic role of Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Joining them in the cast are Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Rita Ora as Christian’s adopted younger sister, Mia; Luke Grimes as Christian’s brother, Elliot; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia’s close friend, José; Jennifer Ehle as Anastasia’s mother, Carla; and Max Martini as Christian Grey’s bodyguard and head of his security team, Jason Taylor. The film is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dakota Johnson Dana Brunetti rights to the three books in the alongside E Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in L James, the March 2012. Focus Features will author of the market and distribute the first film #1 bestselling in partnership with Universal. book on which the film is based. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel. To date, the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever. Universal and Focus acquired the Jamie Dornan stars as Christian Grey WWW.PRODIJEE.COM


LUXURY WATCH BRAND Rolex has re-signed as the Title Sponsor of the 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, March 13-16. A helicopter flight over the Albert Park Lake involving a Red Bull Racing car dramatically suspended from its undercarriage celebrated the exciting extension of Rolex’s global partnership with Formula 1 and world motorsport’s imminent arrival in Melbourne. Premier of Victoria, Denis Napthine, was also in attendance, he said the global exposure generated through Formula One was unrivalled by any other annual sporting event staged in this city. “Melbourne and Victoria are known the world over as the home of major events and the Australian Grand Prix plays a key role in ensuring our sporting lineup remains first-class in a global sense,” Dr Napthine said. A number of other key announcements were made at the media launch – Melbourne model Georgia Geminder (above) was unveiled as the Official Ambassador of the 2014 event and Australian motorsport champion Craig Lowndes was WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

named V8 Ambassador. Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman, Ronald Walker, said the 2014 event would once again be shown around the world on free-to-air television, which will ensure millions across the globe watch the broadcast. “The 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix will be seen by those in Europe at breakfast and the Asian market during lunch. Images of our city skyline and Albert Park will be beamed around the world into 185 territories*, reinforcing the importance of this event in promoting Melbourne to the world,” Ronald said. Rolex SA director of communications and image, Arnaud Boetsch, also expressed his excitement. “We are delighted to be the Title Sponsor of the 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix which marks the start of 2014 season and further demonstrates Rolex’s commitment to Formula One and the best of global motorsport. Last year was a great way to start our Global Partnership with Formula One and we are looking forward to some exciting racing in Australia,” said Arnaud.

The German powerhouse Sebastian Vettel is still the man to beat in 2014 with the four-time World Champion racing his way to 13 victories last season with Red Bull Racing, nine of which were consecutive. While the eyes of the world may be on Vettel, focus here in Australia will be on his teammate Daniel Ricciardo as he kicks off his first season as driver for Infiniti Red Bull Racing. Ricciardo hails from Western Australia; he graduated from Toro Rosso to top team Red Bull following the retirement of fellow Australian Mark Webber. Melbourne traditionally hosts the season opener with the race bringing plenty of action when the teams line up against each other for the first time in the New Year. Sunday General Admission tickets purchased before 1 March, 2014 are available at the special early bird price of just $79. For more information and to purchase tickets visit:

IN FEBRUARY 2013, the inaugural MEDIA AMBITION TOKYO (MAT) was launched on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills. The four-day event had more than 14,000 attendees, and this year’s MAT will be even bigger. The event will occupy the entire observation deck of the Roppongi Hills to exhibit

18 works by 16 artists that will offer never-before-seen technological artworks and installations designed to play-off both the incredible view from the deck and the passage of time. At night, the venue will be taken over by innovators in the creative fields with live performances involving technological art, video,

music, and more. By bringing together creators, members of the creative press, and gallery owners who have had very little interaction with technological culture in the past, MAT hopes to create a wholly original social networking event that will transmit Japan’s unique technological culture from Tokyo to the rest of the world. Technological art where cutting-edge art, video, music, and performances will gather, collide, and explode before spreading to the rest of the world. INTERSECT BY LEXUS is hosting installations created by two artists. In February it will host the latest work by Kosei Komatsu, who produces poetic spaces through technology that controls natural phenomena, while March audiences can witness a light installation created by leading light artists Hiroyuki Moriwaki. Both artists will be offering talks while their installations are on display.

MULTI-PLATINUM GROUP, Neon Trees, will release its new album Pop Psychology on April 22 through Island Records. Pop Psychology was recorded throughout 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles and Provo and was produced and mixed by Tim Pagnotta, who also produced the band’s hits Animal and Everybody

Talks. The new album continues Neon Trees’ exploration of new wave, smart pop, and dance music, resulting in their most refined album to date. Pop Psychology boasts infectious alternative synth pop ready for the radio, shower, car and dance floor. Tyler Glenn (lead vocals, keys) said of Pop Psychology, “The album is so special to me personally because it basically started from a place where I was broken and uninterested in anything to do with music. I had reached a breaking point. For me this record is a celebration, a cry for help, an admission of self-doubt, and a revelation of self-acceptance.

At the very least, it’s a pop record, and to me the purest example of the sound of Neon Trees.” Neon Trees kicked off 2014 with several television appearances, including a return to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, TODAY and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This Spring the band will hit the road for a massive headlining North American tour, with dates to be announced shortly. Pop Psychologyis the follow up to band’s 2012 release Picture Show which debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and featured the RIAA double platinum single Everybody Talks, which cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Neon Trees’ debut album, Habits, was released in 2010 and featured the double platinum smash single Animal. Neon Trees have previously toured with Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, The Killers, Duran Duran, Flaming Lips and My Chemical Romance. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

JAGUAR DESIGN DIRECTOR, Ian Callum, has this week been named ‘Industry Innovator of the Year’ at the 2014 Motorcity Automotive Industry Night (MAIN) Event Awards. Jaguar was recognised by the MAIN Event executive committee as the ultimate

definition of automotive luxury and praised for its distinct design language, use of advanced technology and outstanding vehicle dynamics. The ceremony took place at Orchestra Hall, Detroit, in front of an audience of over 700 automotive executives, designers and international media. Presenting the trophy to Ian, Keith Nagara, executive committee chairman said: “Jaguars are beautiful vehicles that all generations aspire to own. They epitomise the ultimate in

automotive luxury, desirability and craftsmanship. Ian Callum has led the design revolution at Jaguar that has helped transform the brand, most recently demonstrated by the launch of the stunning F-TYPE Coupé. This is a brand that is going from strength to strength.” Ian Callum said: “It is an honour to receive this award. It is with the benefit of having such a great team around me that we have been able to deliver the cars and designs that define Jaguar today.” Ian has been at the forefront of the transformation of Jaguar’s design aesthetic since joining the brand in 1999. Born in Dumfries, Scotland, he studied Industrial Design at the Glasgow School of Art. Callum is responsible for Jaguar design language created over the past decade, which includes the current Jaguar XK, XF, XJ and the recently launched F-TYPE sports car.

HOT OFF THE national Laneway Festival tour, Cloud Control will play 35-plus shows taking in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. All shows will be acoustic with free entry at Corona’s favourite bars across the country. Kicking off in WA on March 20, the tour will wind up on The Gold Coast on April 20. Cloud Control burst onto the music landscape in Australia and abroad in

2010 with their debut album Bliss Release, winning them an avalanche of praise, leagues of fans, ARIA Award nominations and the 2011 Australian Music Prize. After the huge success of that first album, Cloud Control moved to the UK, took stock, set up in a cave in the Kentish countryside and started to work on their new album with Barny Barnicott (The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Spiritualized). Released last year, Dream Cave is filled with classic songwriting and melody, and sees the band cut loose from their roots and embrace a spirit of experimentation. Praise for this exploration has been rolling in, with

Dream Cave recently winning the FBi Radio SMAC Award for Record Of The Year and being shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize. To accompany all this news and the acoustic tour announcement, Cloud Control is releasing Dream Cave Unplugged (available via iTunes here) a gorgeous acoustic recording of the band’s second album. Dream Cave Unplugged breathes new life into the original release, stripping it back and emphasizing the band’s truest strengths; their outstanding songwriting and superb harmonies. Having played a big national tour for Dream Cave last year, Cloud Control is consistently on the bill for tastemaker festivals at home and abroad, playing Laneway, Splendour In The Grass, Field Day (UK) and a sold out show at Vivid Festival.


DAVID BECKHAM IS starring in a new campaign to launch the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M. Shot by director Nicolas Winding Refn, known for his movies Drive and Only God Forgives, the campaign debuted during the US Super Bowl earlier this month. In the action-packed plot, David is locked out of a photo shoot on a rooftop in just his underwear, with no way down. He has to go to any length to get to safety, performing all his own stunts in the process. David has filmed two alternative versions, which will be put to a vote on to find the people’s favourite. “It was so exciting to work with

one of my favourite directors, Nicolas Winding Refn, on my new campaign for H&M. Nicolas pushed me hard to create an action-packed film, which shows off this season’s new heritage-inspired bodywear at its best,” said David. “I loved working with David for his new campaign. He is a natural in front of the camera, and was fearless when performing his own stunts. The campaign is funny, smart and spectacular, and shows the many different sides of David’s personality,” said Nicolas Winding Refn. The campaign features pieces from the Spring David Beckham Bodywear collection, which sees a fresh take on heritage. Stripes of varying width are introduced on long-sleeve Henleys, vests and trunks, as well as varsity style lettering on the back of long-sleeve raglan tops. Also debuting will be David Beckham Bodywear pieces for kids. A mini-me collection for

boys with Henley’s, vests, trunks, long johns and pyjama shorts. The collections are available in selected H&M stores and online now. These new pieces join the core David Beckham Bodywear collection, which has already become a staple in the wardrobes of men worldwide since its launch in February 2012.


LA FERRARI FOR SYDNEY La Ferrari will make its Australian debut at Ferrari Racing Days Sydney this April. FRD ticket holders who have a Ferrari Paddock Pass will be amongst the first in the Southern Hemisphere to view La Ferrari in the flesh. Tickets for the event are available through Ticketek. http://premier. aspx?sh=FERRARI14 VANCE JOY’S NEW SHOWS Vance Joy will play a series of shows during April and May in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne in between his Groovin The Moo performances. Joining Vance will be Gossling and Teeth & Tongue. Tickets for the Vance Joy’s Australian tour are on-sale Friday February 14. A pre-sale for subscribers will take place on Thursday February 13. SEC GETS NEW NAME The Sydney Entertainment Centre, which has hosted worldclass events in the Harbour City for more than 30 years has been renamed the Qantas Credit Union Arena. The naming rights partnership comes as AEG Ogden, the leading venue management company in the Asia Pacific region assumed responsibility to operate the arena until the end of 2015. TEST DRIVE YOUR FAV Motoring in Motion which will take place for the first time at Top Gear Festival Sydney in March 2014 and will offer manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their brands and products in a dynamic fashion. Visitors will get the chance to test drive the latest vehicles and participate in exciting activations across the Festival site. PRODIJEE.COM WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

A FESTIVAL CALLED PANAMA is a new boutique music and arts event taking place in a secluded Valley in Tasmania’s North-East on March 8/9. With Just 1000 tickets available, organisers say the festival “gives punters the chance to avoid the queues, bogans, brands and crowds in exchange for something new”. Set on a small batch cider mill, PANAMA promises some of the best bands in the world as well as pop up cabarets, storytelling, late night vinyl soul clubs and tiny candlelit bars serving Tasmanian beers on tap, local wines and fresh cocktails. With tickets reasonably priced and including two days of camping surrounded by the festivals namesake (The PANAMA Forrest) PANAMA is set to take its place as part of a new wave of arts events taking place across the country. To accompany performances by Charles Bradley, Husky, The Frowning Clouds, Saskwatch, Super Wild Horses, The Babe Rainbow, Holy Holy, Mckisco and Tiger Choir, PANAMA Festival has announced the final line up: It’s been a big year for duo Big Scary (above) since the release of their sophomore album Not Art in June 2013. Not Art reflects the band’s development and maturity as it expands musical spheres with an authentic blend of gentle piano, trembling guitar and vocal, mixed with hip-hop production. Cheeky, charming, and touchingly direct, Melbourne foursome, Twerps, are international lo-fi pop

champions. Working on their follow up to self-titled debut album from 2011, Twerps received high praise for the release, including premiere’s of singles Dreamin’ and This Guy on Pitchfork, Triple J high rotation Using her voice as a sword, melodist Ainslie Wills cuts through musical terrain with an emotionallycharged kind of brutality that is devastatingly honest. She is vulnerable, yet powerful. Delivering his songs with utter conviction, Karl S. Williams is an eclectic mix of gospel, folk, and blues. Weaving beautiful ballads with stomping delta hollers, soulful rhythm and knee slapping blues, Karl S. Williams will be playing songs from his debut album Heartwood. Spender’s career reads like a Hunter S Thompson novel, but with music replacing all the drugs. As Hunter S Thompson once said “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” Brisbane’s Tom Cooney has played and recorded all over the world since making an EP many years ago. The introspective and intimate songs of Tom Cooney have been described as Ryan Adams with fewer country roots or Fionn Regan with a smidgen more rock atmospherics. Timothy & Wilderness is Tim Brown. Living and playing in Hobart, Timothy & Wilderness is a beguiling blend of skittish instrumentation and mournful M. Ward emotion, leaving you with a distinct feeling of comfort, nostalgia, and dream-like calm.


VIRGIN GALACTIC THE world’s first commercial spaceline, has successfully completed the third rocket-powered supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). In command on the flight deck of SS2 for the first time under rocket power was Virgin Galactic’s chief pilot, Dave Mackay. Mackay, along with Scaled Composites’ (Scaled) test pilot Mark Stucky, tested the spaceship’s Reaction Control System (RCS) and the newly installed thermal protection coating on the vehicle’s tail booms. The test flight departed Mojave Air and Space Port with the first stage consisting of the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft lifting SS2 to an altitude around 46,000 ft. At the controls of WK2 were Virgin Galactic pilot Mike Masucci and scaled test Pilot Mike Alsbury. On release, SS2’s rocket motor was ignited, powering the spaceship to a planned altitude of 71,000 ft. – SS2’s highest altitude to date – and a maximum speed of Mach 1.4. SS2’s unique feather reentry system was also tested during today’s flight. Two important SS2 systems, the RCS and thermal protection coating, were tested in preparation

for upcoming full space flights. The spaceship’s RCS will allow its pilots to manoeuver the vehicle in space, permitting an optimal viewing experience for those on board and aiding the positioning process for spacecraft re-entry. The new reflective protection coating on SS2’s inner tail boom surfaces is being evaluated to help maintain vehicle skin temperatures while the rocket motor is firing. SS2’s propulsion system has been developed by Sierra Nevada Corp and is the world’s largest operational hybrid rocket motor. Although the flight saw it burn for a planned 20 seconds, the system has been successfully tested in ground firings to demonstrate performance characteristics and burn time sufficient to take the spaceship and its private astronauts to space. Commenting on the successful test flight, Virgin Galactic’s Sir Richard Branson said: “I couldn’t be happier to start the New Year with all the pieces visibly in place for the start of full space flights. 2014 will be the year when we will finally put our beautiful spaceship in her natural environment of space. We had our own chief pilot flying another flawless

supersonic flight and proving the various systems required to take us safely to space, as well as providing the very best experience while we’re up there.” “This flight was the third opportunity to see a supersonic, rocket-powered test of the Virgin Galactic system after dozens of successful subsonic test flights. “Today’s flight was another resounding success,” said Virgin Galactic CEO, George Whitesides. “We focused on gathering more transonic and supersonic data, and our chief pilot, Dave, handled the vehicle beautifully. With each flight test, we are progressively closer to our target of starting commercial service in 2014.” For Mackay, the flight was a “dream come true.” “I have watched SS2 evolve over the years into an incredible vehicle that is going to open up space to more people than ever before,” he said. “To be behind the controls and fly it as the rocket ignited is something I will never forget. She flew brilliantly. All the tests went really well and generated vital data that will be used to further fine-tune our operations.” WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

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TWO-TIME ARIA winner, Megan Washington, is the latest driver to be confirmed in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge at the 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. Megan joins a host of other big name personalities already announced for the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge, including UK travel writer and adventurer Charley Boorman,

Australia’s first ever Olympic snowboarding gold medallist, Torah Bright, as well as popular TV presenter and Celebrity Challenge alumna Lauren Phillips. The talented songstress was announced at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation’s official launch event held at Albert Park, where Megan was also revealed as a

POWER, PASSION, GLAMOUR. Motor racing has it all. And for over 50 years, the photographer Rainer Schlegelmilch has captured the drama at race tracks around the world. Presented with a unique ‘Bernie Pass’ by F1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, Schlegelmilch’s work takes us into the pits eavesdropping on owners and drivers, amongst the mechanics in the garages and then trackside for all the action. Rainer’s incredible photography reflects both the evolution of motor racing and advances in camera technology as he constantly pushes himself to find new and exciting ways of portraying the sport. This exhibition includes work from his very first race in 1962 to his stunning contemporary abstracts. Louise Garczewska, Director of

Getty Images Gallery, said, “In the run up to the 2014 F1 season, we are delighted to represent this iconic collection and bring it to a

performer on the all Aussie line-up at Sounds on the Circuit on Saturday 15 January at the Grand Prix. With her first single in two years due for release next month, and a new album not far away, Megan is thrilled to be featuring so prominently at the Grand Prix. “It has been a while since I’ve had the chance to play in Melbourne, so to perform at the Australian Grand Prix is an exciting opportunity for me!” said Megan. The show will be a breeze compared to the Celebrity Challenge! I can’t actually believe I’ll be racing around the Formula 1 circuit - has anyone seen me drive?” The Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge will feature 20 vehicles and will bring together celebrities from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines to compete at Melbourne’s spectacular Albert Park street circuit during the 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

wider audience through this latest touring exhibition.” The exhibition runs until March 1, 2014 and admission is free. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

MAJOR LEAGUES ARE set to celebrate the release of their debut EP Weird Season with their first-ever Australian headline tour throughout February, supported by Wagga Wagga-via-Fitzroy outfit, The Ocean Party. The band has also added WA dates, which will be ably supported by Gunns. Not content with adding the extra dates, the band has also

announced local supports for all shows. Major Leagues’ three singles from their debut Weird Season – Teen Mums, Endless Drain and Silver Tides (with a newly released film clip) – have catapulted the four-piece band into the global blog sphere in 2013, drawing praise from tastemakers in the USA, Canada, South America,

Asia, Europe, South Africa, and the UK where they have just picked up airplay on leading digital radio station Amazing Radio. At home in Australia, Endless Drain received nearly six-months’ of continuous rotation airplay from national broadcaster, triple j. Australian community radio stations have already provided unwavering support for Weird Season, with all three singles from the record receiving airplay support from the likes of FBi, Radio Adelaide, 4ZZZ, RTR, RRR, SYN FM and 2SER. The band has spent a majority of their time in 2013 on the road, performing alongside Captured Tracks signings Beach Fossils (USA) and Wild Nothing (USA), as well as The Preatures, Violent Soho, Ball Park Music, and Jeremy Neale.

CHUCK RAGAN IS known across the world as the front man for Gainsville, Florida’s legendary Hot Water Music, curator of the Revival Tour (which has seen every corner of the world since its inception in 2008) and successful solo artist with three full-length studio albums already under this belt; Feast or Famine (2007), Gold Country (2009) and Covering Ground (2011). Chuck’s bracing new record Till Midnight, due for release on Ten To Two Records, once again confirms what the singersongwriter’s fans have known

all along: that he’s a deeply compelling songwriter and an effortlessly charismatic performer, as well as a true believer in music’s ability to illuminate and inspire. Till Midnight’s ten typically impassioned new Ragan compositions embody the artist’s trademark mix of eloquent lyrical insight and catchy, forceful songcraft. The album’s formidable blend of head and heart is reflected on such new tunes as Something May Catch Fire, Vagabond, Non Typical, Bedroll Lullaby and Wake With

You, on which Ragan applies his distinctively raspy voice and sharp melodic sensibility to vividly expressive tunes that reflect both his early grounding in traditional American music and his deep affinity for rock n’ roll. “There’s a lot of love songs on this one,” said Chuck, whose work has always shown a knack for addressing individual concerns as well as societal ones. “I love to write love songs because it’s the most powerful emotion. It’s what grounds us to this Earth and makes us want to fight to make the world a better place.


IN 2014 MTNS are heading out on their first national headline tour after racking up 179,000-plus Soundcloud plays on their debut EP, Salvage. The EP premiering on US tastemaker blog Earmilk was just a cap on a very eventful 2013, which also included the band getting the attention of ears at home and abroad, with Indie Shuffle

championing both singles, and triple j adding “Lost Track Of Time” to rotation. MTNS also managed to strike out from their hometown, with support slots with Kite String Tangle, Wolf And Cub, Tigertown, Andy Bull, and Pigeon as well as winning the triple j Unearthed BIGSOUND competition. Releasing their first track Lost

Track Of Time in July 2013, the band quickly garnered attention with 40,000 Soundcloud plays in the first week, and held reign of the #1 spot on Indie Shuffle’s Most Popular list, as well as #3 most popular post on Earmilk. Following the unexpected international success of the single, Australian radio followed suit. Having only played a handful of live concerts, MTNS again surprised audiences with their unique, captivating live performance, showcasing their ability to create an expansive hybrid of tones, beats, lyrics and textures. With a newly announced Perth date to kick off the tour, MTNS look forward to playing shows and blowing minds this February.

“I always just try to write from the heart and make the music as genuine as I possibly can,” he continues. “By doing that, I’m usually writing about whatever’s going on in my life. And when you’re living your life by wearing your heart on your sleeve, there’s not a lot to hide behind.” Till Midnight is available to preorder exclusively through iTunes now, with the first single Non Typical as an instant grat gift for fans. The album will be released in Australia & New Zealand on March 28. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

FUTURE MUSIC AND Frontier Touring have announced that one of the most influential and groundbreaking artists in modern music, Pharrell Williams, will tour Australia in March as a headlining addition to 2014’s Future Music Festival in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. “Australia is such a fun place for music – I’ve always had amazing experiences there. Looking forward to seeing all the fans come out for Future Music Festival – can’t wait to perform and show them my gratitude,” said Pharrell. As Pharrell will be attending the Oscars, Brisbane and Perth fans will be treated to two special sideshows. Future Music Festival ticket holders in these markets will be offered an exclusive discount to the sideshows via an emailed pre-sale offer. Singer, rapper, producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur, the 40-yearold Pharrell was behind the two biggest tracks of 2013: Robin Thicke’s gigantic Blurred Lines and Daft Punk’s mammoth Get Lucky. With millions of copies sold, Williams holds the honour of being only the twelfth artist in US Billboard chart history to simultaneously hold both the number one and two positions. In November 2013 he rewrote the rules yet again, delivering another charttopper in solo single Happy. In another world first, Williams also unveiled a stunning 24-hour video clip to Happy, starring Magic Johnson, Steve Carrell, Jamie Foxx

and Jimmy Kimmel. To date, in Australia Happy has gone platinum and spent two weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart, while it’s also reached number one in the UK, USA, and countries such as Belgium, New Zealand, Ireland and France. Pharrell is currently working on his second solo album, due out via Columbia/Sony Music Australia. Williams is also slated to do production work on brand new cuts by Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Major Lazer, T.I., Pusha T, and Busta Rhymes. Come April 2014, he’ll headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. From Mystikal’s Shake Ya Ass to Snoop’s Drop It Like It’s Hot, Williams has stamped his imprint on an amazing number of hits. Together with Chad Hugo, he makes up one half of production duo The Neptunes – the Grammy-winning pair enlisted by a virtual who’s-who of music’s biggest names: Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Usher, Britney Spears, No Doubt, Madonna and many more. Williams’ creative aesthetic doesn’t stop at music. He’s designed jewellery for Louis Vuitton; collaborated on furniture with Domeau & Peres and Emmanuel Perrotin Galerie and created bicycles. In 2013 Williams celebrated the tenth anniversary of his Billionaire Boys Club/Icecream clothing brand. He has also launched his creative collective, i am OTHER, which includes a YouTube channel.

ANIKIKO’S NEW TUNES AniKiko’s new, independent album - Particles of Goodness - which mixes soft melodies and beats to deliver a selection of songs that touch your heart, filled with soul, funk and fun – is now available to download and buy at Due to on-going negotiations the album is not yet available on iTunes. Recently launched and extremely well received at Candy’s Apartment, Kings Cross, Sydney Australia, the album also features Tony Smith, Jolyon Petch, The Owl (John Devecchis), Tom Tighe, Jotheo, Sicrea, Mosh Cohen, Dave Greene and Ilan Kidron (Potbelleez). WEP SUPPORTS NAMED Supports have now been announced for the World’s End Press’ upcoming shows. On February 13 at the Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney, Retiree and Alex Cameron will join the bill while Young Franco and Palindromes will be supporting at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on February 14. A free Newcastle show has been added to the run for February 12 at The Small Ballroom, with support from Goldsmith and Huskarl. HISTORY LESSON Pianist and composer Will Pickvance is coming to Australia from February 12-23. Playing the piano and exaggerating the truth, Pickvance takes his pupils on a historical anatomy lesson in Anatomy of the Piano, a lab of sorts whereby he dissects the physical, emotional and spiritual anatomy of the instrument, and explores the relationship between piano and pianist: both equally temperamental, both largely redundant without the other. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

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Happy new year to you all at prodijee. I just wanted to thankyou for the heads up on Jasmine Rae from one of your very early issues. I have never been a huge fan of country music but my partner loves it. I was forced to go to a country music show late last year and was told that I had to choose which act we would go and see. On your recommendation I chose Jasmine Rae and I can’t thankyou enough. I think I am now a converted rock chick to country music lover! Ray-Leigh Ryan Bathurst, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

Ed. Happy new year to you too RayLeigh. Glad to be of service, and glad that you loved the show. I have been told that a lot of people who aren’t full on Country music lovers change their mind after seeing one of Jasmine’s shows.


I didn’t know it was available until I saw it in prodijee, but as soon as I saw the Nivea Raspberry Lip Butter was available, I rushed out and got

it! It is beautiful. Cheyenne Jasper Cottesloe, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA.

Ed: I can’t say that I have tried this product myself Cheyenne, but our Beauty Editor and the other girls in the office are huge fans of the Nivea products too.


Love the review on the Caroline’s cream, I laughed so hard about Carol asking people to feel her elbows. I laughed because I have felt like that myself after using the Caroline’s cream. I have been using it for a long time now and my skin has never felt so good. Jemma Walton Melton, Victoria, AUSTRALIA.

Ed: Yes, I must say Carol was quite excited that her skin felt good – I was one of the many she asked to feel her elbows! I never thought that would be part of the job description!


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InDaHouse festival that caters for Muslim women. We all deserve to be catered for. Jemimme Loren London, UNITED KINGDOM

Ed: Thankyou Jemimme. Jakarta did a wonderful job of their Fashion Festival.


Those chicks from VAMP are really hot and not just what they look like, the music they play, their singing and their sexy moves are all HOT. Brad Hashin Maribyrnong, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

Ed. I agree with you 100 per cent on that Brad!


Thanks to Sarah French for her fantastic idea of the ‘giant freckle’. I admit I opted to use a small plastic plate instead of the large one, but what a fantastic idea to keep the kids happy and quiet (though on a sugar rush!) Lucy Beaumont Richmond, Virginia, USA

Ed: I am a fan of freckles myself, but I think I would have been stumped with the giant one.


In Australia, we always seem to be the last to get sporting events, food, fashion and everything else. The rest of the world always seems to be well ahead of us, so it was with real surprise that I read about Leo Hindery and the Grand Prix of America. It has never crossed my mind, but I honestly thought there would naturally be a street race in the New York area; they always have things before us. I am so happy to live in Melbourne where I can go to our Grand Prix. I am on the countdown to the 2014 one. Jeffrey Anderson Essendon, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

Ed: I can’t wait either, BRING IT ON! GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? Send prodijee an email at

Lose the ‘tude, dude IN A TELEVISION interview about the INXS mini-series, veteran performer Richard Clapton recalled a time when, long before the band was famous, they played at a pub but no one turned up to see them. While that is not unusual for a young band, what Clapton found remarkable was that INXS played the empty room with just as much enthusiasm as if the venue had been packed with diehard fans. People have tried to analyse the reasons behind the success the band later achieved. Brilliantly-crafted songs and Michael Hutchence’s extraordinary charisma had much to do with it, but Clapton’s perspective proved it wasn’t those two elements alone. Attitude is just as important as talent and charisma. More often than not, attitude is what separates success from failure, yet it’s surprising how often people who bang on endlessly about how they’d do anything for success, but neglect the very thing they need to do to succeed - turn up. Photographers have countless stories of aspiring models and make-up artists who cancel shoots at the last minute, or worse, simply fail to turn up. Not surprisingly, a big night out or a clashing hair appointment doesn’t prompt much sympathy from photographers. Modelling and music agencies no doubt have similar tales to tell. Of course photographers aren’t perfect, either - many models are left waiting for prints that never turn up, leaving them with nothing to show for their valuable time except some useless 30kb files. Many people expect others to fall in line with them but they should always remember - there are far more people wanting to be actors, singers, make-up artists, photographers and models than there are jobs available. Be too difficult to work with and the people with power will simply yell “Next!” DARREN HOUSE WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

what’s hot THIS MONTH OPI celebrates Brazilian style with a vibrant collection of 12 new bright, sassy, sexy and stylish lacquers, inspired by the country that will be hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, Brazil by OPI. The palette feature bright hues of red, pink, coral, orange, lavender and yellow, contrasted by earthy tones of taupe, mocha, jungle green and sienna tones to add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral-

toned wardrobe. In addition there will be four limited edition ‘Beach Sandies’ Liquid Sand neon lacquers in a bold purple, pink, turquoise and yellow; offering an unforgettable glittery textured matte finish. Brazil by OPI will be available at selected salons and David Jones in early February and in Myer stores later in the season, $19.95 RRP incl. GST. For your nearest OPI stockist, call 1800 358 999 or visit

DITA VON TEESE Lingerie is releasing new seductive styles in the lead up to the most romantic time of year, with beautiful red and black vintage-inspired lingerie available exclusively at Myer - in stores now. For the full range visit – WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

NOTHING SETS THE mood for love better on Valentine’s Day than feeling confident and naturally, beautifully, alluringly radiant. Shining eyes, glowing skin and full and kissable lips all come with the territory of falling hopelessly head over heels. Luckily, this oh so appealing look of love can also be recreated with just a little know how and some inspiration from Natio’s best duos. It’s easy - simply take your beauty cues from some of beauty’s most compatible couples.


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AUDACIOUS CRIMSON AND cherry lip colour and nail colour have been inspired by Tom Ford’s private blend fragrance, Jasmin Rouge. The Color Collection evokes the scent’s decadent spiced floral notes and iconic red bottle while capturing its mood of hedonistic glamour. The Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge Color Collection will be available exclusively for a limited time at David Jones Elizabeth St, Sydney and Bourke St, Melbourne stores. JASMIN ROUGE COLOR COLLECTION Jasmin Rouge – RRP $290.00 Lip Color in Rouge Fatal – RRP $65.00 Lip Color in Vampire Kiss – RRP $65.00 Nail Lacquer in Shameless – RRP $45.00 Nail Lacquer in Trophy Wife – RRP $45.00


Arrive Fashionably Safe Driver Dynamics is Australia’s #1 Advanced Driving and Defensive Driver Training organisation, with courses to suit all levels of experience from just $149. So whether you are heading to the catwalk, the red carpet or just across town, staying safe on the roads is something that never goes out of style. 1300 652 693

ONE OF THE best ways to care for your skin is with natural products and the people at Burt’s Bees are always on top of helping us do this with their trusted and reliable products. Lip care – Inspired by Burt’s passion for nature and an old beekeeper’s almanac, this time-tested beeswax formula is loaded with coconut and sunflower oils, rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids to nourish, condition and soften lips. A tube is sold every 2 seconds around the globe. Cuticle Care - The oil pressed from the peel of sunny lemons is believed to add shine to hair and nails, balance oil in the skin and uplift the senses- it’s the star of the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream Foot Care - This sweetly scented, super moisturising coconut oil serves as a protective layer on the skin and helps retain moisture without feeling greasy. Put it to work on the driest, most callous skin. Beeswax Lip Balm Tube RRP $6.95 Beeswax Lip Balm Tin RRP $7.95 Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream RRP $14.95 Coconut Foot Cream RRP $24.95 Burt’s Bees products are available in David Jones, Myer, Priceline, selected pharmacies, Target and online at

TO CELEBRATE THE ten year collaboration between Tom Pecheux and Derek Lam, Estée Lauder introduces an exclusive

Estée Lauder Derek Lam Collection. The chic navy satin hardcase clutch with Derek Lam’s signature clasp encases five perfectly packaged makeup essentials for the season creating a look that is modern, fresh and straight from the runway. “I designed the clutch to be a chic yet very adaptable accessory in a woman’s wardrobe,” commented Derek. The interior of the clutch features five products perfectly

secured in a satin pocket, a credit card holder and space for a few additional evening essentials and is a perfect way to finish an ensemble. Estée Lauder Derek Lam Collection - priced at $130.00 consists of: • The Derek Lam Clutch • The Kajal Crayon in Near Night • The Mascara in Black Black • The EyeShadow in Smoked Gold • The LipColor in Smoked Blush • The Gloss in Barely Gold The Estée Lauder Derek Lam collection is available exclusively at for a limited time. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

TWO NEW OUD fragrances join the best-selling fragrance, Private Blend Oud Wood and also offer three bath and body products - Oud Wood Body Moisturizer, Oud Wood Shower Gel and Oud Wood Bath Soap which are perfumed with the original Oud Wood fragrance. “I have wanted to revisit oud for years; it is one of the most endlessly fascinating ingredients in a perfumer’s palette. For this collection, I explored how oud could intertwine with other precious ingredients from the rich and storied culture and artisanal traditions of the Middle East,” said Tom. Private Blend Oud Collection is available exclusively at David Jones City stores now.

BMW AUSTRALIA HAS announced details of its newest performance two-door model, the BMW 2 Series Coupé, which it says is set to raise the bar in the premium compact segment in terms of dynamic ability, aesthetic appeal and emotional allure. The successor to the extremely popular 1 Series Coupé improves in all facets by delivering an even higher level of thrilling dynamics, improved occupant comfort coupled with the latest in innovative technology. According to Phil Horton, Managing Director for BMW Group Australia, the new 2 Series Coupé is sure to get your heart racing. “The 2 Series Coupé blends stunning good looks with the kind of incredible dynamic talent that can only be delivered by a rear wheel drive car,” he said. “Add to this the generous specification loaded with the latest in innovative technology, and we are very confident that we have another winner!” said Mr Horton. At launch there will be three model variants that make up the BMW 2 Series Coupé range, all equipped with the latest BMW TwinPower turbo engines boasting exhilarating power and torque figures, yet still returning impressive fuel economy.


Priced from $50,500 the entry point BMW 220i Coupé develops 135 kW of power and 270 Nm of peak torque which is delivered as early as 1,250 rpm. This is enough to propel the BMW 220i Coupé from 0-100 km/h in 7.0 seconds whilst consuming a mere 6.0 l/100 km’s on the combined cycle. The BMW 220d Coupé likewise produces 135 kW from its four-cylinder TwinPower turbo diesel engine boasting a substantial 380 Nm of torque. And whilst it consumes just 4.4 l/100 km’s the BMW 220d Coupé sprints from standstill to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds. The entry diesel variant is available from $52,500. $79,900 will get you into BMWs newest and most powerful petrol powered M Performance Automobile, the BMW M235i Coupé. Claiming an extra 5 kW of power over the BMW M135i it develops 240 kW and 450 Nm of torque enabling a 4.8 seconds sprint to 100 km/h. All models come standard with the eight-speed sports automatic transmission which includes gear shift paddles and launch control function, and will be available in Australian showrooms from March. Full specification will be available closer to launch. BMW 2 Series Coupé Australian Pricing:

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IT’S HOT OUTSIDE, the sun is high and bearing down, we decide to cool down by: 1. Jumping in the pool 2. Running down to the shoreline towards the cool water 3. Lie flat out on the couch with the air conditioner running full blast 4. Grab a cold drink or icy pole 5. Sit in an outdoor café with a cool drink and water misting over us. What about our canine friends? They are quite often just stuck in the back yard trying to find a bit of shade under a tree. As a treat that will delight dogs and help to keep them cool, RUFFS by Purina has launched Ice Bones – all-natural treats. As the name suggests, Ice Bones are shaped like a bone and, unlike our human ice treats, have a delicious beef flavour that’s sure to get tails wagging in the heat. These ready-to-freeze treats are the perfect way to help cool your dog down on a hot Summer’s day. “I’m thrilled that Purina have developed a treat that refreshes them quickly, and also helps them cool down in the hot weather. I know my dogs, Nelson and Lucas, will love this new RUFFS treat, and I will certainly enjoy sharing this with them straight from the freezer when I get in from a long day at work,” said Purina Ambassador and star of Channel Ten’s Bondi Vet, Dr Lisa Chimes. The all natural, 99 per cent fat free Ice Bones mean that Australian dog owners can be confident that they’re giving their dog a treat that will keep them healthy and happy as well as cool this summer. Featuring natural beef flavour, these Australian-manufactured treats are made with water, sugar, natural flavour, sodium bisulphate, preservatives and salt. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

DIRECTIONS Step 1 – place in freezer Step 2 – freeze for four hours Step 3 – allow to thaw for 1 minute then serve cold on a hot day.

FEEDING GUIDE (MAXIMUM PER WEEK) Small breeds (3-10 kg) 1-2 pieces Medium breeds (11-25 kg) 2-4 pieces Large Breeds (26 kg+) 4-6 pieces

Available in packs of 6 or 10 from the pet aisle in supermarkets throughout Australia.

PREPARING YOUR PETS for summer is something that is always a hot topic with dog owners, especially with the Australian climate reaching temperatures exceeding 30 (C) degrees. Keeping your pets cool in summer certainly isn’t easy. Here’s some tips for keeping your four-legged pals cool this summer from Purina Ambassador and (Channel Ten) Bondi Vet, Dr Lisa Chimes. 1. KEEP YOUR DOG HYDRATED: Make sure your dog always has access to fresh and cool water. If their drinking bowl is outside, make sure it’s kept in a shady area. Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. Keep in mind that darker coats absorb more heat than lighter coats. Overweight dogs are also at higher risk of dehydration. 2 COOL FROM BOTTOM UP: If it’s a particularly warm day and you’re spraying your dog with water, make sure you spray the paws and stomach. A wet towel is more effective when placed on the stomach of your pooch than when it’s laid on its coat. 3. NO PARKING, PLEASE: Never leave your pet in a parked car. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting milk or just picking up something up. As with babies, leaving an animal in the car is extremely dangerous and can have fatal consequences. 4. GET A TRIM: A good fur cut can definitely help keep your dog cooler. Make sure not to trim all the way down to his skin, as this will leave your pet without protection from the sun. 5. TAKE A DIP: No air conditioning? No problem! Find a spot in the shade and set up a kiddie pool. Or, check your local area for dog-friendly beaches and take your pooch for a swim. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM



ching and sore feet, are not only painful and uncomfortable, they cause us to be very grumpy, and when we put too much stress on our feet we can cause problems such as plantar fasciitis. Our feet provide the support we need for our body. Poor posture, standing all day, and constantly wearing closed in shoes can all contribute to altering the supportive structures that make up the arches of our feet. Therefore, knowing how to care for your feet is essential, but it’s not all just about feeling comfortable. You can cause chronic problems with your feet that you may not notice now, but could give you lots of trouble a few years down the track. Simple stretches and exercises can


keep your feet in top form, but also selecting comfortable, supportive shoes each and every time. Don’t keep your feet locked up in closed foot shoes all the time, your feet need to feel freedom and be able to stretch and flex normally. Sometimes your feet will feel cold, this maybe symptom of restricted blood flow rather than thermal temperatures. Restricted blood flow can be caused by some medical conditions, but also from simply wearing shoes, stockings, socks that are too tight. Smoking can reduce circulation to all parts of your body, as does drinking too much coffee or caffeinated products and stress can cause your small blood vessels to restrict thus affecting their ability to

carry blood. With the festive period now over, many women who have partaken lots of events will know exactly what I am talking about. Standing for hours on end in our magnificent high heeled stilettos, we look glam, but oooohhhhh the pain. Why do we do this to ourselves? It would be much more sensible to wear something flat, maybe something with a thick rubberised sole and of course, lots of support all around our feet. Why indeed! Of course, it’s all about the fashion (well, mostly). So, as we sooth our tired and aching tootsies, and hope that we haven’t done any serious damage that we will notice in a few years’ time, we should take note of the information the

Australian Podiatry Association New South Wales & ACT and Dr Michael Kinchington (PhD) –– podiatrist to AFL Grand Final champions, the Sydney Swans - have to tell us. HIGH HEELS AND HOW TO WEAR THEM If you must wear high heels to every party, here are some tips to avoid foot and back problems, a key risk when wearing high heels: • Feet swell throughout the day, especially in the warmer festive months. Buying shoes later in the day or early evening will help you have a better fitting shoe and less foot pain. • If feet get sore when wearing party shoes, there are a range of streamlined supports for the arches in your feet. Some insoles support the front of the foot; good for when literally standing on tip toes for long hours. Others support the arch of the foot; an area when supported helps overall postural comfort. These products are available from a podiatrist and paying them a visit with your favourite party shoes is good preparation for the party season. • Remember good posture is the key to wearing high heels well. Keep both feet firmly on the ground when you’re standing. Try to avoid leaning on one foot, so your shoes take your weight equally. Keep your tummy taut so your muscles keep your back supported and stand tall. • High heels can be difficult to wear resulting in embarrassing outcomes. Therefore, when wearing heels do not rush to the bar, you are not competing in the 100m dash... slow the walk down; do not stomp but step lightly onto the ball (front) of your feet. This will not only ensure you look like you know how to wear heels, but will also keep your back


and legs straight... best chance of not falling over, even at 2am! • When the opportunity presents, sit down and give your feet a break. • For the walk home take a pair of ballet flats or comfy runners. • For the novice, practice wearing high heels at home before wearing them out. This will help you get use to the style of shoe, extra height and shifted balance. • If you’re in pain, take your shoes off! QUICK FIXES FOR TIRED PARTY FEET If you’re still in the swing of the party and want to carry on, here are some things you can quickly do for relief: • First thing – find a seat and sit down. • Handbag essentials: - Have some gel forefoot shoe pads in your handbag, to put into shoes when feet sore. - Using a peppermint foot gel or cooling foot spray –products to always keep in your handbag – doing this will give tired feet new life! These pads are commonly available through a podiatrist or pharmacy. • If you’re in a place where sitting down is possible take your shoes off and give your feet a massage – but in the middle of a cocktail party on the couch is not a good look! • All in all taking the weight off and cooling feet will reduce foot pain and tiredness. BLISTERS AND CORNS Young or old, we are all at risk of getting these. But they can be WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

avoided. Here’s how: • Blisters can be avoided by wearing shoes that fit well, high heeled or not and wearing protective padding, particularly when shoes are new. Corns are similar to blisters but are associated with long term skin irritation caused by tight or ill-fitting shoes. • Keep your feet healthy by buying shoes that fit. • If you ignore corns and calluses, they’ll get worse and can become infected. Don’t even think about removing them yourself! Rubbing away with a pumice, or pedi-paddle, may only make the problem worse. Leave this to a podiatrist who can also give you strategies to prevent them from recurring. • All in all having a daily routine of moisturising the feet, will help keep them soft, healthy and staying young looking. HIGH HEELS AND BUNIONS Bunions are protrusions of bone at the big toe joint. They can start in your early 20s and gradually progress over the years. By the time women with bunions are in their 40s, the big-toe joint looks larger and has deviated away from the second toe. Even the most glamorous of

women get bunions, you only have to Google to find out who has the worst feet. Bunions can be serious and can lead to surgery if not contained. They can be avoided but wearing high heels constantly won’t help. Here’s how they can be caused: 1. When too much pressure over a period of time is put on the big toe joint causing it to tilt and displace, create an abnormality in the joint. 2. Wearing shoes that squeeze the toes together (eg stiletto winklepickers) is the most common cause. 3. Feet which are flat and broad or having loose ligaments in the foot will all contribute to bunion joint formation. Being kind to your feet and giving them a rest is the key. Wearing a glamorous high heel is okay, however a fashion shoe is designed to look glamorous, not to walk for miles. Beware of ill-fitting shoes and make sure you have a few different styles to wear; do not rely on one shoe, have variety.

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR PARTY FEET DELIVER PAIN, FOOT AND BACK PROBLEMS. Foot pain can lead to back pain so if your feet have been partying hard all the weekend and you’re still in pain by Tuesday something is wrong. Here’s what to do: • If foot or back pain persists see a podiatrist and get a professional opinion about your feet and shoes. • It’s worth noting that back pain is often related to foot problems. A podiatrist will identify your foot posture and offer footwear advice and provide a remedy to foot related back pain. • You don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a podiatrist, although your doctor may know one in your area. • You can find out who your local podiatrist is through the Australian Podiatry Associations in each state. We take our feet for granted and we shouldn’t so the message here is: Love your feet! WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

ONE LUCKY MODEL WILL WIN THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME WHEN SHE IS CROWNED THE FRESH FACE OF OLAY IN AN EXCITING EIGHT-WEEK FOX8 SERIES SET TO BEGIN IN MARCH. aomi Campbell (far left), Cheyenne Tozzi (right) and Nicole Trunfio (left) will each mentor a team of four girls who will compete to land the covetable ambassadorship – ‘The Face of Fresh Effects by Olay’. Fresh Effects by Olay has been designed to help younger women uncover the beautiful potential of their skin through delicious formulas powered up with natural ingredients leaving skin feeling fresh. The collection consists of six lightweight, oil-free products with citrus extracts that instantly awaken and refresh tired skin, and flower essences that hydrate and nourish skin throughout the day, to keep skin looking beautifully fresh and vibrant all day long. The unique formulas provide lightweight 24 hour hydration and cleansing that removes two times more dirt, oil and make up. “Fresh Effects by Olay has been created for the younger girls who are developing their skin care regime,” said Lauren Young, brand manager for Olay ANZ. “Fresh Effects is a simple yet effective collection designed for different skin types, but all with a fun and fresh attitude. With Fresh Effects, fresh skin has never felt – or looked – so good!” Tune in on Fox8 from March 2014 to see who will become the face of Fresh Effects by Olay.





GONE ARE THE days when wearing a gorgeous skirt or a summer dress seemed impossible. As women, many of us have to deal with painful chafing and irritation of the skin on the inner thighs due to frequent rubbing. Bandelettes are designed to address this common problem that many women encounter on a day-to-day basis. The 15cm (6in) elastic lace anti-chafing bands, with non-slip silicone, get rid of the chub rub and have already restored the hope of many women who thought they’d never be able to have smooth, beautiful thighs with no chafe. Chub rub can happen to almost every woman at some point. It causes a real dilemma because before Bandelettes arrived, there was no accessory effective in preventing rubbing thigh skin. It’s no secret that gels, creams and powders just don’t work either. The result is rashes, which often end up turning to scars because thighs are often not given a chance to heal before they are subjected to the same irritation time and time again. We decided to put these little beauties to the test on one of Melbourne’s hottest days so far this Summer. KIA – This product is very functional I wore them to work on a very hot day and they were a blessing - no fuss no chafing - they worked very well. They also look WWW.PRODIJEE.COM



pretty, which is a plus.

down. A bit of fun for a night out.

HOLLY – These lace bands sit on my upper thigh and have a silicone band that really does stop them from falling down. I found that they may sit a little lower than could initially feel comfortable because of the back of your legs but once they feel like they are in the right spot they do not move. They look very pretty under a shorter dress and adds a little protection when you sit

LEAH - At first I thought, ‘what on earth are these things?’, and what’s the point of having kneehigh stockings without the actual stocking. Then ding! Light bulb popped up. These bad boys combat the issue of chub rub, not with creams/lotions, that in all honesty leave your thighs greasy and doesn’t feel all that sexy. And bike shorts, shape wear or leggings have the

- looks a lot better then bike shorts under skirts/dresses CONS - mine rolled slightly at the back, wasn’t a real issued but thought I should mention it. - good size at the top but were a little loose at the bottom - lace might show up through the fabric if you wear a super tight skirt.

“I see beige lace undergarments and think granny pants but I gave Bandelettes a go. I walked out into the garage and found my fiancé with a cheeky look on his face checking out my derrière. And with that, my view of beige underwear being only for the elderly changed and was now sexy! I’m in love, these are fantastic. I’m completely sold” issue of showing under skirts or dresses that make you feel super paranoid that everyone can see them, with every step you take. Bandelette has solved this issue with garter-like bands of long lace that are lined with silicon grippers. Put them on, adjust to the biggest part of your thigh, throw on that cute dress and away you go. Now I’m not a huge fun of beige lace or undergarments, to me I see them and just think granny pants and have a vision of huge underwear swaying in the breeze like a sail on the line but I had the beige Bandelettes and thought I would give them a go. I put them on under some shorts, did some work around the house, these didn’t even budge with the sweat and moving around I did. I’m in love, these are fantastic, I’m completely sold. I walked out into the garage and found my fiancé

with a cheeky look on his face checking out my derrière. ‘What’s the special occasion, I thought you were just going to do some stuff around the house?’ And with that, my view of beige underwear being only for the elderly changed and was now sexy! Hmm I should keep him with that illusion and not let him know why I’m actually wearing them.

With five colours – Caramel/ Black/Beige/Red/White. Bandelettes are available in six sizes to fit most women – all you need to do is to take your thigh measurement and refer to the size chart on the website to purchase your perfect size. Price is $14.99 with international flat shipping rate - $2.99 and shipping time frame - 2-3 weeks to Australia or Europe.

Email with the word ‘bandelettes’ in the subject line – and if you are one of the lucky few you will be receiving a pair in the mail soon!

PROS - you’re aware of having them on but not at all uncomfortable - stays in place and doesn’t slide, although mine did roll slightly at the back but wasn’t really an issue. - fold up into almost nothing which is great if you need to chuck them into a handbag - super sexy while actually having a functional purpose - soft and comfortable - affordable WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

roadtest COLOUR THEORY HAS made it easy for you to impress your Valentine with the most kissable lips. Their new Cream Lipsticks are pure glamour with just the right amount of colour and moisture in a creamy formula leaving lips pout-ready. Available in 13 shades this lipstick adds a shade of colour that softly moisturises with just enough drama to keep the look flirty, and a beautiful creamy texture that keeps lips feeling soft and supple. The moisturising formula glides on easily, hydrating the lips and leaving them feeling silky soft throughout its wear. Perfect for day or evening when an impressive splash of colour is required. Far too gorgeous to only be used for Valentine’s Day! We put these luscious little beauties to the test, here is what the prodijee girls had to say. KIA – Colour Theory glides on beautifully, is very easy to apply and it keeps your lips moisturised unlike


“This lip stick is so smooth and creamy, and very opaque in just one swipe. The price is also crazy good for something of such full colour. It even stains the lips, leaving colour behind, which minimises the need for touch ups” a lot of other lipstick products. It’s also a steal for $6.00. I could not fault this product - it’s a beauty! LEAH –You do get what you pay for but for the price this superaffordable lipstick hits it for six. It’s your basic lipstick that glides on easily, leaves lips feeling creamy and soft with a hint of shine basically - everything you want in a lipstick. The downside? It doesn’t last long. But hey, if it makes my parched lips look this smooth without being sticky, greasy or extrabalmy, I won’t mind the constant need for touch-ups. Overall, I really like this lipstick. It’s youthful

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with without being too Nicki Minaj, looks great and is a fantastic price. HOLLY - This lip stick is so smooth and creamy, and very opaque in just one swipe. It has a moisturising effect that can almost feel like it would run in the lips, but paired with a lip liner, it won’t go anywhere. The price is also crazy good for something of such full colour. Once faded, it even stains the lips, leaving colour behind, which minimises the need for touch ups. Colour Theory Lipsticks are $6 and available from most Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian Pharmacies across Australia.

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TRANSITION FROM BALMY summer months to cosy autumn days with a collection of polishes that embrace delicate, honest and natural beauty. Reflecting the tones of flushed cheeks and nude glossy lips, ORLY introduces its latest limited edition collection, Blush. A stunning palette of six delicate, dreamy polishes, ORLY’s Blush collection is inspired by natural, feminine beauty. ORLY Australia Ambassador and celebrity manicurist, Fiona Hay says “Blush has a shade to suit every girl. It’s perfect for any occasion and can be paired with soft florals for summer or a neutral woven ensemble for autumn. These muted feminine pink, nude and beige tones are a modest way to add a touch of glamour to bolder outfits or to warm up more monotone looks.” As you all know, I have been a very strong advocate of the ORLY polishes for a long time now. I decided to share the product with the prodijee girls and see if they love them just as much as I do. LEAH – A fantastic formula that is beautiful to apply and glides on

“This product is a must have. I use a lot of nail polish and this one by far is one of the best I have used. I have had mine on for about a week and still no chips. It’s a beautiful product that I highly recommend” smooth. It’s on the thicker side, kind of like butter for your nails, but in a good way, which overall I prefer - you can always thin a thick polish but it’s a lot harder to fix a thin streaky one. One coat is great, two coats for those perfectionists (yeah, that’s me). It lasts for several days without chipping which is fantastic, it is always a bonus when a polish stays put, considering I didn’t use a base or top coat, and it dries quickly. The finish is very glossy and shiny with the colour being true to the bottle, which in my book, is a big plus. Orly has become my favourite brand of nail polish. HOLLY – This nail polish is a salon quality brand at an affordable price. Depending on the shade the colour goes on quite opaque (darker more so than lighter) and lasts a

great amount of time. Some lighter shades can be slightly streaky but with 2-3 coats that can be fixed. Even the bottle sizes are really good and generous giving a great amount of product for the price. KIA – This product is a must have. I use a lot of nail polish and this one by far is one of the best I have used. The brush is functional and you can get to the sides of your nail with ease. All you need is a topcoat and you are set for a week. I have had mine on for about a week and still no chips. It’s a beautiful product I highly recommend. On shelf now - RRP $18.95 per bottle/18ml $7.95 each / 5.4 ml $23.95 Mini Kit WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

MEN understands that men’s faces go through a lot daily. The NIVEA MEN range –face care, deodorant and shower products – unlocks men’s full potential to start every day looking and feeling good.

WORDS: CAROL SHERIDAN AS A WOMAN who loves men, I always think a well groomed man is handsome, but at the same time, a rugged and outdoorsy looking guy is also handsome. Is it possible to combine rugged, outdoorsy, well groomed and handsome? Yes it is! I love a blokey bloke, but I also love a guy who looks after himself a little bit but – I do not want him to take over the bathroom! In a survey commissioned by NIVEA MEN and conducted by Galaxy Research, 30 per cent of men are using moisturiser daily and 83 per cent have made an effort to improve their appearance. Gen Y are the most willing to up their grooming to increase their sex appeal, but even 61 per cent of Baby Boomer men are prepared to put in the extra effort. Even though men’s grooming is on the rise, it’s still seen as taboo for men to talk about it, let alone start sharing the details of their grooming routine with their mates. According to the NIVEA MEN Grooming Report, most men have some type of daily grooming routine, which generally includes brushing teeth (97 per cent) and using deodorant (89 per cent). Although some Aussie guys take it to the next level with having a spray tan (63 per cent) or getting their eyebrows waxed (61 per cent) topping the list of do-but-don’ttell grooming habits – perhaps not surprisingly. Grooming is clearly becoming important to Aussie guys – but grooming isn’t the same as beauty.


PRODUCT REVIEW – I love it! It smells great, it’s not feminine, but my blokey bloke has soft skin, it’s nice to know that he is taking care of himself a bit and… I still have most of the bathroom space. With a world full of female terms, men need their own language to differentiate between a grooming routine from a beauty routine. That’s why NIVEA MEN has created the Face-care Grooming Code: a no-nonsense guide to man-maintenance so men can feel more comfortable talking about grooming with their mates. Under the new NIVEA MEN Face-care Grooming Code: • It’s not ‘cleansing’ it’s ‘surface prepping’ • It’s not ‘moisturising’ it’s ‘weather proofing’ • It’s not ‘exfoliating’ it’s ‘skin blasting’ • It’s not ‘applying shaving balm’ it’s ‘rash bashing’ • It’s not ‘applying eye cream’ it’s fine tuning’

As the number one men’s skin care brand worldwide*, NIVEA

PRODUCT REVIEW BY HIM – Interestingly I don’t like to ‘moisturise’ or ‘exfoliate’ or any of those other chick like things, but with the new terminology, I am a lot happier to give it a try. So, (with only a small bit of resistance) I did a bit of surface prepping, weatherproofing, skin blasting, rash bashing and fine tuning and I must admit it has made some difference. The rash bashing certainly made shaving a lot easier and with the help of a bit of surface prep and weather proofing, my skin feels quite soft (in a blokey way!) The fine tuning was noticeable and commented on by others, who noticed the improvement and the smell of the whole lot is pretty damned good too – it’s a definite guy smell, not at all feminine. Overall, I am happy to look after my skin with these products just as long as nobody talks to me about moisturising and exfoliating and stuff like that and I like that I can hide it all way in its blue bag in the cupboard – the woman in my life is welcome to her bathroom space!

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She’s been your elusive obsession for as long as you can remember - a stunning, classic beauty that stole your heart and never let go. And now you can be together.

Our classic machines are sourced from the dry USA states of Arizona, Nevada and (Southern) California. And if you’ve found your own classic beauty online (or motorcycle, boat, jet ski or any large object), we can also ship your purchase from just about anywhere in the USA and on to Melbourne, Australia. All Classic Imports also stocks a range of new and used parts, including panels and exterior trim pieces, interior and electrical

items, as well as modern fuel injected engine upgrades.



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GIVEN THE NATURE and cost of the S Class, Mercedes-Benz believes many owners will entrust the steering duties to chauffered, so it was fitting that we chauffeured to drive program location. Seated behind ‘Driver’, the feeling in the machine M-B claims to be the best in the world is more akin to a royal drawing room than a car, the long wheelbase model providing generous legroom, even for those measuring in excess of six feet tall. There is a choice of five different rear seat variants, and a massage function with 14 separately actuated air cushions in the front and rear seat backrests, as well as an integrated warming function. There is a choice of six massage programmes, two of them using a warming function. The individual rear seats also incorporate a business centre console, WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

featuring a telephone handset, additional stowage compartments and folding table, along with seat heating/ ventilation and a fridge. To turn the car into a luxurious home cinema, simply order the optional individual rear entertainment screens, together with a 24-speaker Burmester High-End 3D-Surround Sound system. Up front, the infotainment software is accessed via a massive 31.2cm TFT screen in the dash, next to another screen that houses the instrumentation display. The interior uses generous amounts of wood trim, particularly in the dashboard and centre console. Metallised switch surfaces, with pearl-effect paint finishes in three colour shades to suit the interior colour. S Class is the world’s first car to dispense entirely with light bulbs in

favour of LEDs. Almost 500 LEDs illuminate the road, the vehicle, the interior and the boot. Depending on equipment levels, these include headlamps (each with up to 56 LEDs) and up to 35 LEDs making up the taillights, plus 4 for the rear fog lamp. The Interior, including ambient lighting, boasts round 300 LEDs, which provide lighting in seven colours. Out on the road, Mercedes has developed what it describes as the world’s first suspension with ‘eyes’. Predictive rather than reactive, the Road Surface Scan detects road unevenness by means of the stereo camera, prompting Magic Body Control to instantaneously set up the suspension to deal with the changing conditions. The air-suspension in Comfort mode provides an impressive blend of ride and handling. However, it’s in Sport


mode that I found most entertaining. In this setting, you simply can’t help but be amazed at the performance capabilities of a 2-tonne luxo-barge on tight country rounds. With 700Nm on tap, it’s superfluous to say the S 500 has prodigious power - let’s just say this is more than adequate and perfectly matched the suspension and brakes. As part of the car’s extensive safety programme, the S Class has 360-degree all-round ‘vision’, allowing some systems to take corrective action in an emergency, such as autonomous application of the brakes to prevent an accident or lessen its severity. If the lane markings are broken lines, Active Lane Keeping Assist can detect when the adjacent lane is occupied and reduce the risk of the vehicle leaving its lane unintentionally by applying the brakes on one side. All in all, it’s hard to argue with M-B’s claim that this is the world’s best car.

MERCEDES BENZ S 500 L Engine: 4.6-LITRE V8 bi-turbo Petrol Power: 335kW. Torque: 700Nm. Transmission: 7 Speed Automatic. Fuel use: 9.2L/100km. Body: Four-door sedan. Suspension: Four-link front with air springs. Multi-link independent rear suspension with air springs. Weight: 2015kg. Price: $310,000. Website:


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know this month I promised to delve further into the freedoms and benefits of a sugar-free life but I just had to share the experience that is happening right now - this is one I couldn’t keep to myself for another second. For the last month I have been exploring the magical Greek island of Mykonos and have been so inspired by the abundance of local seafood and freshly grown produce that is readily available and in use here. The importance of eating locally-grown and seasonal produce has never been more obvious to me than right here and right now. The quality of the produce and the intensity of flavour profiles are astounding to say the least. In the magnificent place called Mykonos the humble Greek salad is a taste sensation in every mouthful, like nothing I have ever experienced before. Cucumbers are bursting with flavour and are as juicy as a crisp, granny smith apple. Tomatoes have gone from being bland and hard to little mouthfuls of sun-kissed heaven that ever so systematically ooze delicious juice everywhere but in your mouth. Then there is the outstanding extra virgin olive oil that marries these ingredients together in perfect harmony. If it were any fresher I would think someone had squeezed the oil from the fruit personally with their bare hands. Fresh seafood markets are an absolute dream come true and a personal favourite. Everything that is caught on the day is sold on the day. From ocean to plate in under 24 hours. Only certain varieties are available at any one time so it is obvious that everything is caught


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in the wild. There are no fish or shell fish farms here; which is not only great for the environment but you really can taste the difference in the produce and the final dish created. Having the privilege of dealing directly with the fisherman makes a big difference and guarantees you are getting the best and most fresh catch of the day. Eating to season and eating

local guarantees that you are not only getting the best and the freshest produce but you will also feel the difference in your pocket. When produce is sold in season the abundance of the harvest affects the sale price and ultimately costs you less; also costing the environment less whilst creating a more sustainable way of eating, farming and living. Next time you are shopping or creating a menu for family and friends, remember to plan for what’s in season and what’s available locally. Get interested in how your food is grown and where it comes from. Not only will you notice the difference in quality and taste but your health and vitality

“When produce is sold in season the abundance of the harvest affects the sale price and ultimately costs you less, whilst creating a more sustainable way of eating, farming and living”

will be increased significantly. The most significant difference in Mykonos is that there are no large supermarkets and almost all of the food is purchased directly from the independent growers and fishermen. Everyone in Mykonos is relaxed, happy and healthy and I can only put it down to this way of eating, cooking and living. Take the time to find your local growers and research what produce is in season and available at the time. Enjoy this new found way with food and until next time eat fresh, laugh often and stay fabulous!


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stuffed peppers and tomatoes Ingredients

6 tomatoes 6 peppers 1 cup olive oil 2 chopped onions 2 bunches parsley 1 bunch dill 1 tbsp chopped mint 2 cups tomato puree and water 2 cups of rice salt and pepper


Sarah French is a Sydney-based International chef.

1- Wash the tomatoes and peppers. 2 - Cut a thin round slice off the top of the tomatoes with a sharp knife and set them aside. Scoop out the pulp and cut finely. 3 - Cut the tops off the peppers in the same way. Remove the pulp from the inside and discard.

Stuffing 4 - Heat the oil and sautĂŠ onions until golden brown. Add the herbs and lightly sautĂŠ for around 5 minutes 5 - Add the tomato puree, the parsley, salt, pepper, the mint and some water and let them simmer for approximately one hour. 6 - Wash and strain the rice. 7 - Add the rice to the pan and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. 8 - Fill the tomatoes and peppers with the stuffing mix and set into a deep baking dish Replace the previously saved tops of the tomatoes and peppers. 9 - Finish by pouring some more tomato juice into the pan. 10 - Bake in a medium oven for 40-45 minutes Note - do not over fill the tomatoes and peppers - only fill 1/3 - 1/2 of the way. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM


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ore than 100 of the hottest Australian and international models from Australia’s leading agencies attended the David Jones Autumn Winter 2014 Season Launch Model Casting on January 13 at The Grand Room, Comme, in Melbourne. Models walked for Kelvin Harries, David Jones stylist (far left), and Cheyenne Tozzi, international model (below right), as they competed for the opportunity to appear on the David Jones runway alongside Cheyenne and David Jones Fashion Ambassador, Jessica Gomes, Menswear Ambassador, Jason Dundas and David Jones Youth Ambassador, Montana Cox. Both Cheyenne and Kelvin were looking for that

PHOTOS: DARREN HOUSE something special. “I think it’s that thing you call the ‘X’ factor that’s always very immediately noticeable in casting. Some girls just stand out from the crowd and I think that’s the reason why, they tick all the boxes of your criteria”, commented Kelvin. “Rather than looking for a specific type, or stereo type of what people think a model is, I am looking more for individuality. What sets them apart from everyone else, the reason why I notice them. Within that comes their charisma, their own sense of style, their deportment, their graciousness and their ability to walk really well and engage with the audience that is very important.” Cheyenne was looking for individuals who were



strong, beautiful and healthy. “Confidence, how they walk, how they carry themselves, that all round appeal and the ability to speak and carry the clothes well and to be a good spokesperson for the brand. David Jones wants healthy, beautiful woman who can embody the company,” she told prodijee. Competing for one of these coveted positions is always hard on the nerves, but being first to walk is even more difficult. Shanna Jackway, first to walk for the day said the experience was “Very nerve-wracking, I am still shaking. It’s good once it’s over, you just forget about it, so here’s hoping.”



Avicii Stays True



words Alex CYBULSKA

iding the wave of unprecedented success in 2013, Avicii broke away from his Levels pigeonhole, and produced a risky folk electro album, True, which meshed country with pop and electro, and kept him pegged as the third best DJ in 2013. Not that he hasn’t been busy, between Levels and True, Avicii released a string of hits including Silhouettes, and I Could Be The One with Nicky Romero, lamenting him as Sweden’s EDM prince, and showing the rest of the world the kid has longevity. And from his albums success spawned the True Tour, the 24-year-old’s first tour to Australia as a solo act. After Joel Fletcher, New World Sound and Throttle warmed up the audience, a glorious Melbourne sunset



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provided the perfect backdrop to Avicii’s 2-hour set. The expectation was massive screens, lasers, and smoke machines, and we were not disappointed. Avicii opened 10 minutes early with Hey Brother and kept the crowd pumping to his bangers, plus remixes of Swedish House Mafia and Hardwell amongst others. When the sun was truly under the horizon, he remixed Rihanna’s Diamonds to some serious dubstep, then reigned it back in to climax for his finale. Avicii’s chosen encore was Wake Me Up, which was accompanied by shooting confetti raining from the clear sky, and concluded with an amazing 10-minute firework display. The show was definitely one for the senses, and every detail worked to heighten the experience of dancing to


“During the two hours, Avicci unraveled his genius onto the crowd, and it descended on us like a mist, forcing our hands up and moving our bodies to the beat�


an Avicii track. The man himself wore his trademark backward cap, and if you were too far to see him, the stage was flanked by two video projections of his face on either side. During the two hours, he unraveled his genius onto the crowd, and it descended on us like a mist, forcing our hands up and moving our bodies to the beat. Even with small imperfections, like when his track wasn’t synced correctly, it was a near perfect gig. I say ‘near-perfect’ because his personal interaction with the crowd was at a minimum, and this was truly disappointing. The LED screen behind him flashed a message to the Aussies acknowledging Australia Day, and he thanked Melbourne – but then that was it. All of the elements were present to have the crowd fall head over heels for him, and yet when we reached out to him in the midst of the trance he put us in, his lack of personality on stage ended the journey abruptly. Never the less, Avicii has managed to successfully tour an unusual hybrid of music to an EDM community who never thought they’d be raving to country. He has not only cemented his place in the dance world as a producer with long lasting talent, but also one who will continually evolve to introduce us to new ways of appreciating music.



YOU’RE A MAN OF MANY TALENTS - SINGER-SONGWRITER, ACTOR, MODEL, ARTIST AND DJ. I think in this day and age you have to. I feel like it’s gone back to the ‘40s, and even before, when most of the entertainers were singers, dancers and actors - you had to be a bit of everything and you had to be proficient in those things to have a career and survive. It is quite hard to make a living just doing one thing. HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO PURSUE ALL OF THESE PASSIONS PROFESSIONALLY? When I was acting full time I didn’t have the time to focus on my music and when my old band, (Rushcutter), took off I didn’t have time to focus on my acting. (But) I’ve gotten to a stage where I am able to manage everything, and I enjoy doing everything. I used to have a chip on my shoulder where I felt (that) if I am playing music I can’t be acting as well, I used to think that kind of watered-down something else. I was insecure WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

about doing that, but now I honestly don’t give a shit, I do what I want to do as long as I am having fun. DOES YOUR MULTI-FACETED CAREER PROMPT PEOPLE TO DOUBT YOUR SERIOUSNESS? I think people definitely go, “oh, he’s doing this and he’s doing that, what is he and who is he” but I

have all these passions and I just think why let one of those suffer? It all works together, more than ever now. There was definitely a time where, if you were in a band and you sold your song to a company (for a TVC), you were completely dismissed and ridiculed and shat upon. Now, it’s almost a badge of honour if your song gets used in a


think that would be a bit lonely.

mainstream commercial. I just think the whole format of entertainment and media has changed and if you don’t adapt to it and don’t embrace it you are going to be left behind. HAVE YOU ALWAYS HELD THAT VIEW ON INDUSTRY EVOLUTION? I was very late to get onto social media, you wouldn’t believe it now because I am so bloody active on Instagram, Facebook and my website, but I refused to go on Myspace when it first came out. I thought ‘I am just going to keep selling CDs through record WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

stores and at my live shows’ and then I realised, ‘hey this is a good thing’ and the same thing with Facebook. I just woke up one day and said to myself, ‘I have to embrace the positive aspects of all of these things’. You can always sit back and point your finger at progress or technology and say ‘oh it’s not like it was back in the day’ but I don’t think that is a good way to survive and get your music or whatever you are trying to create out there, and that’s what people want to do. You don’t want to keep it in your bedroom. I

TALENT SHOWS ARE ANOTHER WAY TO SHOWCASE, BUT MANY ‘SERIOUS’ MUSICIANS FROWN UPON SUCH FORMATS. There’s a million ways to do what you want to do and I certainly don’t ridicule people who use TV shows as a format, but I think it is one of those quick fix things. I started playing music because I had fun playing with my friends in garages and started playing at friend’s house parties. When I started playing guitar it wasn’t because I thought I was going to make lots of money, it was just a natural progression. You listen to bands like Nirvana and you go ‘shit, I want to do that’. The problem with that now is that people go ‘oh, ok, I’ll go on this show and become instantly successful and famous and then I’ll be set’; it never works like that. I think 0.5 per cent of the people who go on those shows actually sustain a career. It’s quite sad because quite a lot of them just get left behind because they are not doing it for the right reasons. Whether I make money from it or not, I will always make music in one shape or form, because I have to. OF ALL THE CREATIVE ENDEAVOURS YOU PURSUE, IS MUSIC YOUR FAVOURITE? First and foremost music is my number one passion and always has been, but I have been acting since


touring and doing other jobs to be able to make records. Ninety per cent of my friends are in the music industry and doing the same thing, whether they are selling songs to other artists or touring, that’s how they make their money, not from record sales. You have to be multitalented in this climate to survive. Earlier in my career I turned down a lot of things that came my way because I thought ‘maybe it’s not a good thing for my career’ or ‘maybe it is going to distract me’ but I realise now, I am best when I am busy and I like juggling as many things as possible. AS AN ENTERTAINER, ESPECIALLY IN AUSTRALIA, YOU MIGHT BE OUT OF WORK FOR EXTENDED PERIODS. That’s exactly right. I have been fortunate for a long time, never to have to go and get a regular job to sustain my creative output; but definitely making the move to America a year or so ago has helped. My friends in America are not necessarily succeeding, but they are living and sustaining life and not having to move back (home), that’s because they are diversifying, doing voice-over work or doing the odd modelling job, because that is what you have to do until you crack that massive thing – in this day and age you really have to have your finger in a few different pies. SO THAT’S WHAT YOU DO IN THE STATES AS WELL? I’m in the States on a song-writing deal and as a performer, so I am

“When I moved to the US I was at a good age, I was still young but I was a little jaded. It is a tough joint - if you are not strong willed, you can definitely get chewed up and spat out” I was a kid, I have been painting since I was a kid and I started DJing when I was 15 in nightclubs. I think if you are creative you don’t necessarily have just one outlet. When I put my first record out, the money that I made wasn’t from touring, it was from record sales. Now it’s different, I am constantly WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

playing my solo shows, I’ve got a great little band over there, I’ve got DJ residencies and I have done a few campaigns for a bunch of different brands such as ‘Moose Knuckles’ but it’s one of those things where, when things come my way, I evaluate them and ask ‘is this something that can be done?’. I


used to say no to a lot of shit. I was on Neighbours 10 years ago; I had my indie band and I put out an indie record and I thought, ‘this isn’t a good look being on Neighbours’. Quite a few bands around town used to give me a bit of shit for being on the show. Now indie bands go on Neighbours to gain exposure, it’s changed so much in the last ten years. About four or five years ago I said, ‘you know what, I am going to start saying yes to more things than no’ and it has only been positive because through that I met other creative people and other opportunities have come from it. Of course I wouldn’t say yes to a porno or something like that but I used to look for all the negatives in an opportunity and now I look for all the positives. Sure sometimes I say yes to something and the finished product is crap and I go, ‘Oh, I probably shouldn’t have done that’ but it’s never that bad and as the old saying goes, it’s better to regret doing something than to regret doing nothing; usually good stuff comes out of it. WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO MOVE TO THE USA? When I first went over there I had a band called Rushcutter. That was around five years ago. We were signed to Mercury Records here and were sent over to LA on a developmental trip. I was 23. All my favourite music is American - pop music, rock music, blues - so I got over there and just fell in love. We got amazing response from all of the record labels that we showcased for, but I was the only one in the band who wanted to move. That pretty much pre-empted the demise of Rushcutter and me going, ‘OK, how am I going to feasibly move here?’ I would go over on holidays and whenever I had time off tours, I would go over and hang out and then I got my O-1 (Artist) Visa early last year. That was like boom, now I can do it. I just love it over there. It’s crazy, but you can do Summer there and Summer here, it’s perfect. WHAT’S CRAZY ABOUT IT? Los Angeles is so crazy it’s normal, if WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

that makes sense. I find Melbourne is so perfect, the streets are clean and it’s very organised. The US has around 314 million people, and I think the population of Australia is only a few million more than greater Los Angeles, and so it is a lot more colourful. I mean, in LA you can’t really go a week without someone you have never met before yelling at you - sometimes it’s a nice thing, sometimes it’s derogatory. The energy there is heightened,

everyone who goes to LA, is trying to better their life, whether it’s through entertainment or whatever, it’s just a crazy place, man amazing, but a bit nuts. And I live right off the Venice boardwalk so pretty much when I do my morning walks I’m walking through that I’m in the crazy part of a crazy city. Awesome, but crazy. IT’S A GREAT SPOT FOR CREATIVE MINDS, THOUGH.


It’s great. It really is a creative hub. It’s like an adult’s playground. It’s like when you are in high school imagining what being an adult would be like, (Venice) is actually like that. But at the same time I wouldn’t have wanted to move to LA when I was in my late teens or early 20s. I think when I finally did make the move, as a 27-year-old, I was at a good age, I was still young but I was a little jaded. It is a tough joint - if you are not strong willed, you can definitely get chewed up and spat out. THERE IS A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY BUT ALSO A LOT OF COMPETITION. HOW DO YOU GET THE BREAK? I used to have plans for what I wanted, you know, in a year I wanted this and in five years I wanted that, I’ve thrown all that away and I now just exist, living to create. I am independent now so I put music out whenever I want and I don’t put any pressure on myself. Without sounding too spiritual or anything like that, I know what I can do, I know what I can offer and I am comfortable with that. I know a lot of people, especially actors, who put so much pressure on themselves and they get an audition and they are like ‘I’ve got to get this, I’ve got to be the one’. I think having that approach is not a healthy way to live. For me, I just roll with the punches and, touch wood, it seems to be working out pretty good. If I woke up one day and I thought ‘this isn’t the place for me’ I’d have no qualms moving out of there and opening a milk bar. At the end of the day, it’s not life and death. DO YOU THINK THAT HAS HELPED YOUR CAREER OR JUST YOUR MINDSET? I think both. Whatever your state of mind is, it is going to project onto every situation in your life. It’s like in high school, kids who are doing their VCE (HSC) and are told, ‘If you don’t do well your life is going to be fucked’. It’s not true, but these poor kids don’t sleep, they get sick, they put so much pressure on themselves to get a great score and then a couple of years pass and they work WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

out, ‘Oh, I can just re-enter and do any course I want’. I used to think the same thing with records coming out. I would think ‘shit, if we don’t get this in the charts, or we don’t get this tour’, I don’t think about that any more. If a record does well, great. If it doesn’t, and I am happy with it, it’s fine. I think the only adage one can live by is to just be happy with your own output. If you are happy with what you are creating then that’s all that matters. If people like it, great, if they don’t, fuck ‘em, who cares? I reckon I am safe in saying I will always be able to put food on the

table and I will always have friends. If you have got that, what else matters? THE BEAUTY OF THE NEW ERA IS THAT YOU CAN DO INDEPENDENT RELEASES. Yeah, you can. You don’t have to wait around. I have put out a single; I recorded that pretty much at my home studio in LA. It is pretty much a compressor, some outboard gear and Pro Tools. I produced it myself, mixed it myself, got it mastered by someone who knows what they are doing and I love that you can do that. You don’t have to have (record) labels, you don’t have to

pay shitloads of money for studio time or for a producer and a studio engineer, you can just do it yourself. That was another thing I was late to do because I was caught in the crossover. When my first record came out the dream was still to get signed to a major, that’s no longer the case. Most people don’t want to be signed to a major anymore, so for me that was hard and when it all fell apart - or got better, depending on your point of view - I had to readjust to that. A lot of people who I played with in bands got to a stage when a record didn’t do as well as they thought it would, would say, ‘I can’t deal with this; I need to get a normal job. But I love that lifestyle; I love not knowing what tomorrow will bring. I don’t think I could live any other way, I’d be bored shitless. And it is not always good - there are moments when you are like ‘Fuckin’ Hell, shit, what am I going to do?’ but it usually works out. DO YOU FIND THE CLUB SCENE DIFFERENT TO AUSTRALIA? In LA I find the club scene isn’t ideal anymore, to be honest. It’s kinda sad because there were some great places - and don’t get me wrong there still are - but a lot got bought out or changed hands, etc. I wouldn’t say there isn’t a scene WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

but I think LA is where you go when you have made it in music. Once you are up and running you can say ‘OK, cool, let’s move to sunny LA’, whereas New York is more the place if you are starting out. You can put a band together literally by running into a few players at a pub. There are bars everywhere within walking distance with free entry; it is more of a night time place. In LA people tend to hang out at home more and have house parties, its not as conducive to a live scene but the talent in LA is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. All of the best musicians and producers are in Los Angeles but they are already established. If you want to start a new band from scratch its maybe not the best place to do it. I have been spending a lot of time in Austin (Texas), an insanely amazing music town and I would say the same for New York. One thing I’ve realised is that Melbourne’s live music scene is


extraordinary. Coming back here after experiencing what it’s like in America, we have got some of the best live venues, we’ve got some of the best music - most of the new music that I am getting into is from Melbourne or Sydney, or Australia in general. ANYONE IN PARICULAR YOU FIND APPEALING? I really love Kirin J Callinan (a Sydney guy), I’ve known his stuff since he was in a band called Mercy Arms. He also played guitar in Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders, pretty much anything he is involved with is awesome. I think he is my age and he has just put out a solo record, which is pretty arty-farty but he just does it really well. And for a country that is so little, the output is just insane. The dance label, Future Classic, is putting out the best dance music in the world; they have got people like Flume. We are a small country and the fact that our musical output is so varied and crazy is good. Rarely do I go to a pub in Australia to see a band that I’ve never heard of and think they are shit - that happens a bit in America to be honest. Like I’ll go see someone and think, ‘What the fuck is this?’ because, especially in LA, you go to the Viper room or somewhere like that and they are playing to be big, they are playing to get signed, so they all have perfect hair, whereas here, the majority of bands are playing because they fuckin’ love playing music. YOU’VE ALSO BEEN PRETTY BUSY RECORDING MUSIC. I am doing an EP and hopefully putting it out this month. I am definitely going to be putting the album out later this year - it was going to come out last year and then I rolled out singles instead. The new single, Casino, is out now; you can buy it online, on iTunes or directly from the website. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

the wine trail THE WWW (Who, Where & Wine) LEVANTINE HILL IN THE YARRA VALLEY VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA LEVANTINE HILL ESTATE, a magnificent vineyard and truffiére in the Yarra Valley east of Melbourne, takes its name from the Levant, the blessed, ancient biblical lands known as ‘the lands in the east where the sun rises’. Levantine Hill Estate is the combination of two vineyards located in the heart of the Yarra Valley, one that has produced outstanding grapes since the 1990s, the other with lovingly planted family blocks created alongside a Truffiére. Together, this winery is a testament to what the combination of passion, the work of dedicated human hands and the kindness of nature can produce.


own backyard. I chose the Syrah (better known in the modern term of Shiraz) as I had a plan – New Years Eve! The plan was not so much of a dining experience, but more of a wine appreciation. The dinner was great – Chinese at an old faithful venue called the Turtle Den, well hidden away in an outer Eastern suburb of Ringwood East. Lots of friends, plenty of good food and cool beverages matched the fare. We had all had our fill by 10.00pm, so it

“The colour was rich, but not as dark as I would have expected, yet the nose contradicted my eyes with a full bodied aroma boasting currants and cedar. The flavours swirled around my mouth and left my taste buds in ecstasy as this was very smooth, yet extremely complex. Even the aftertaste was mild with just a hint of pepper. LEVANTINE HILL SYRAH 2012 Levantine Hill wines have been way overdue in my tastings to do list. Being virtually on my doorstep, it is one of those cases of searching where the grass (or grapes) look greener, rather than having a closer inspection of my WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

was off to the next (and final for me!) stage of the night, to a good friend’s house. This is where I had planned the unveiling of the Syrah. As usual, I underestimated the enthusiasm of my friends for red wine and the bottle was carefully parceled out

Paul Bridgeman, Winemaker.

into six glasses. I chose to enjoy this Syrah without food as I was expecting those complex notes of all good Shiraz. The colour was rich, but not as dark as I would have expected, yet the nose contradicted my eyes with a full bodied aroma boasting currants and cedar. The flavours swirled around my mouth and left my taste buds in ecstasy as this was very smooth, yet extremely complex. Even the aftertaste was mild with just a hint of pepper. Was I the only one who enjoyed it? No! The other five red quaffers all groaned that there was no more and that I should have been more considerate on such an occasion. You just can’t win sometimes. Whilst I chose to enjoy this Shiraz on its own, I made a mental note to buy another to enjoy with beef, or if the opportunity arose, roasted game. Then again, there are quite a few more varieties to enjoy from this great vineyard www.levantinehill. and the Samantha’s Paddock 2012 reads very well (another mental note: keep this one to myself! Ha!).


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BONDI BEACH, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA riginally developed in the mid-nineteenth century in Great Britain, the game of water polo was played in rivers and lakes where players displayed their brute strength in wrestling and holding opposing players underwater so that they could recover the ball. The goalie would stand outside the playing area and defend the goal by jumping in on top of any opponent who was trying to score a goal. Although very rough in the early days, the game now emphasizes ball skills and swimming ability with top performers often covering up to 3km in the pool during the game. On January 3 we celebrated the third annual Water



Polo by the Sea to a sellout crowd in one of the most iconic ocean pools in the world – Bondi Icebergs. Event creator, Thomas Whalan, who was captain of the Olympic team until retiring after the London Games, has brought water polo to the greater Australian sporting conscious. While water polo is a massive sport overseas, it’s not really on most people’s radars here in Australia, but with sellout crowds for the third year running, the sport is certainly gaining in popularity on our shores. “We’re passionate about this game,” Thomas said of those involved, “and this is a great way to demonstrate that passion and hopefully instill some of it into an audience that may not otherwise be


Rhys Howden, Richie Campbell, Billie Miller.

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Friendly staff helped keep patrons happy.

exposed to the game.” With the Aussie Sharks yet again winning out over their international rivals, Thomas said “We’ve got a great record for beating the internationals now too, so we’re hoping to keep that going at the 2014 match.” After the match, VIPs partied on in the Teeink Virgin Islands themed marquee, sipping on Belvedere/ Nexba cocktails, Chandon and Peroni. Post event, the celebrations continued at the official after party, across the road at Ravesi’s. Guests included Elka Whalan, Edwina Bartholomew, Zoe Bingley, Guy Turland, James Chapman, Felipe Perrone and Rhys Howden.

Sara Bray, Shannan Quinn, Airlie Walsh, Sylvia Jeffreys, Josh White.








t’s fashion season again (when is it not?), but the hype is on again. Parades, hair, makeup, clothing, designers, lights, dinners, cocktail parties, launches, functions… It is often easy to forget that everyone involved in these events is an individual, particularly when a cavalcade of models arrives for a runway or event casting and they have to ‘look the right way, walk the right way, have the right air of haughtiness’ as they parade in front of quite often nameless faces who are


judging them, it is reminiscent of bidding on the right animal at a cattle auction. Unfortunately, the whole process is a necessary evil, but more often than not, the real person is not seen; the model will be a commodity, one that will wear magnificent designs, with glamorous hair and makeup on a runway. Such is the life of a model, but models are not just someone who has been born with the required genes, nor are they just a coat hanger, they are people with


feelings, dreams and desires, most suffer with incredible nervousness when they attend one of these castings with the hope that they will be the next face or name to be discovered. I was recently at one of these model castings and decided to talk to one of the girls who had just walked for the judges. She had been singled out to go to the next stage – go over to the photographer, have your photo taken, fill in your details, then go home and wait… wait… wait… To me, this girl was stunning, she WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

caught my eye right from the word go, she was beautiful, healthy and happy looking – she stood out from the crowd. I wondered what was going through her mind before and after she walked for the judges, was she really going to go home and just wait until she heard if she was one of the lucky few who made it to the runway? Not a chance! This girl – Grace Yeshe Holt – has a whole world of dreams and ambitions, walking the runway is just one of them. Grace is half way through her Cert IV in Doula Support Services. I must admit,

I wasn’t really sure what Doula was, so, doing my research, I discovered a doula is someone who is a trained birth support person. “I am very interested in midwifery and very inspired by Ina May Gaskin. Studies have shown how women who have continuous care through their labour have a more positive birth experience. Having a

doula may decrease - epidural by 60 per cent - caesarean by 50 per cent - pitocin use by 40 per cent narcotics use by 30 per cent and length of labour by 25 per cent. “It’s such an incredible method of teaching, classes are really intimate and the personal development aspects weaved into lessons are really special. I am very excited to work with my future clients to help them have the birth experience they want,” said Grace. Born in Alice Springs - in a bathtub no less - Grace often went to work with her mother who was a teacher at an indigenous school and was introduced to Buddhism, by her dad, at a young age. When asked about Buddhism, Grace answered “It’s such a huge part of my everyday life, living by simple principles- kindness and compassion. I have a mantra my dad used to sing to me tattooed on my ribs. It’s Green Tara mantra. “There are 21 Taras- originally I was going to have a portrait of white Tara done on my back. I went on a Buddhist retreat in Perth with my dad when I was 15 and met a man there who had a traditional Japanese body suit (neck to knees) of Buddhist iconography done by Trevor McStay at Dynamic Tattoo. It was the most incredible thing I’d ever seen and with my dad’s permission I emailed Trevor and asked to book an appointment a few years in advance. Due to modelling, I opted for something a little more subtle first. I feel so privileged that Trev agreed to do it


“I would love to become a foster parent. There are babies who are taken away from their mothers at birth and need care for up to three months while their adoption is organized. I have a lot of love to give and I know how important it is for babies to feel loved at this early stage in their life�



for me. This guy is one of the best artists in the world and can really pick and choose the work he does. “In Barcelona last year, a tattoo artist asked me if it was real as he’d never seen ink that black before. When I told him who did it, he just stared at me for a while before he asked, “How on earth did you get that appointment?” (It had a lot to do with his very loyal client I’d met 5 years beforehand who came with me!) “It’s impossible to literally translate but Tara protects us from the eight great fears: 1. elephants = ignorance 2. lions = pride 3. fire = anger 4. poisonous snakes = jealousy 5. thieves = erroneous philosophies, wrong view 6. imprisonment = greed 7. water = desire and attachment 8. demons = doubts “In short, Tara was born from a tear of compassion. And that’s what she representslove, kindness and compassion.” Now, a model signed with Chadwick, Grace always knew she would end up doing some kind of modelling. It was her aunt who suggested it to her when she was 14 and it was soon after, at age 15, that she was signed. “I participated in my first fashion week (L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival) in March 2011 and was shocked when I was to open two main shows. The same year I was also a part of two Chanel shows, a Philip Treacy show and various others. One of Australia’s best stylists, Virginia Dowzer, found me at fashion week a few years ago and we’ve done some great


projects together since then. She’s fantastic.” Modelling has taken Grace overseas. “Dubai was a very funny experience. It sounded so glamorous but wasn’t the smoothest trip. I think I ended up wearing Top Shop. It was completely wild. Ten girls from Chadwick were flown to Dubai for 48 hours and were joined by 100 other models from around the world. Instead of what we were told was going to be a Guinness World Record attempt of “the highest runway in the world” on top of the Burj Kalifa, it turned out to be the “longest runway” in front of the incredible building. The runway wasn’t built up (it was just carpet on the ground) so people were just running across it. It was great to see how different the industry is in other parts of the world.” Once in the modelling industry, Grace decided that she wanted to keep her feet firmly planted on the ground and not get carried away with all the glamour – she worked on a dairy farm at age 17 and had work experience in a morgue (I am not sure I could think of much else to keep you as grounded and separated from glamour!) How did Grace feel walking for the judges for the VAMFF and what would it mean to be selected? “It’s always a little

intimidating when there are so many people there to cast and a whole panel of judges! And I am a nervous person - I always get nervous before a show. I make sure I eat and drink a lot the whole day so I don’t feel faint! I hope I’ll be on the runway this year, It means great exposure. It’s great for connecting you with people in the industry.” Having travelled to Dubai, Alberta Canada, France, England, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain and Egypt, Grace’s travelling ambition now is to hike Machu Picchu and would love to do it for her twenty-first birthday in May. But on her return to Melbourne, her ambition is to get into the lingerie side of modelling, or to host a compassionate travel show with a focus on volunteering and giving back to each community and sustainable travelling. But also, she would love to become a foster parent. “There are babies who are taken away from their mothers at birth and need care for up to three months while their adoption is organized. I have a lot of love to give and I know how important it is for babies to feel loved at this early stage in their life. What an incredible thing to do.”


n 1968, Shinji Hattori was a finalist in the Japanese National Tennis Championship in the doubles for the under 15s. Today Shinji is the president of the Seiko Watch Corporation. When Kintaro Hattori founded the company in 1881, he was determined that Seiko should be ‘always one step ahead of the rest’. “When he founded it, he had the ambition that Seiko would be a leader, and we live today by this creed”, said Shinji. A company, handed down through the family generations, Seiko has constantly kept its name in the international spotlight with the invention of the quartz watch, the kinetic watch and now the Astron GPS Solar watch that connects to the GPS network. When looking for the perfect person to be a partner to Seiko, it was only natural they would look for someone who is also determined to be ‘one step ahead of the rest’. On the eve of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Seiko launched its new partnership with Novak Djokovic. Novak is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 2 and was formerly ranked World No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. In his role as President of the Seiko Watch Corporation, Shinji Hattori announced the agreement and presented Novak a Seiko Astron GPS Solar watch as a symbol of the global three year partnership. In his speech, Shinji Hattori said, “In Novak, we see someone who shares our desire to be the best and who is determined to maintain his status as a leader. Like Seiko, Novak is dedicated to perfection. And like Novak, Seiko is determined to be one step ahead of the rest. “We have created a series of watches that Novak will be wearing in 2014, each selected to suit the different aspects of Novak’s life. When



he is training, Novak will wear a watch he has selected from our Sportura chronograph collection. When he is at an evening function, Novak will wear a Premier Kinetic Perpetual watch. When he is away from the tennis world and enjoying his passion for adventure sports, it will be a Seiko Divers watch that accompanies him. Lastly, and most importantly for us and for Novak, whose global schedule is so hectic, when he is travelling, Novak will wear the Astron GPS Solar watch that uses the GPS network and the power of light to adjust to each and every time zone on earth.” On receiving his Seiko Astron watch, Novak said, “It is an extreme honour and pleasure to officially become a part of the Seiko family. Seiko is a company that has been owned by family for over 130 years and even though I am part of individual sport I know what family support means. Family is the base of everybody’s life. I am glad to be partnering with a company that nurtures such important life values. I sincerely hope that this partnership can last for many years.”



David Jones Autumn Winter 2014 Collections WORDS: CAROL SHERIDAN ore than 50 Camellia Sasanqua trees, ivy and twisted winter branches that crept through speckled autumn leaves and deep cobalt blue hydrangea stems transformed the On Seven Space into a magical labyrinth for the launch of the David Jones Autumn Winter 2014 collections. Opening the show was Fashion Ambassador Jessica Gomes who was joined by a collection of Australia’s most celebrated faces including fellow ambassadors Montana Cox and Jason Dundas


as well as Cheyenne Tozzi, Samantha Harris and internationally renowned faces Gemma Baines and Ruby Jean Wilson. David Jones has a strong heritage of discovering new talent and this shines true this season with the runway filled with the rising new stars and most up and coming faces including Queensland’s Talisa Quirk, Madison Stubbington, Eliza Baker, Nikita Steinohort and Charlee Fraser. This season’s launch shone with 35 capsule collections from Australia’s leading designers,


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oward the end of 2013, in the annual rush of nostalgia that the holiday season inspires – a season that starts earlier and earlier with each consumer-oriented year – I bought maple sugar candy. I bit into the diabetic-coma-inducing sugar hoping to recapture a taste from my childhood when we would visit my grandparents in Vermont, where my mother – who ran straight to New York City immediately upon high school graduation – grew up. I have memories of visiting my grandparents in those snowy environs and indulging in various forms of the yummy maple syrup, one of the US state’s iconic products. The candy just didn’t taste the same. Who says history repeats itself? Shortly thereafter, while shopping for gifts to put under the tree, I was at our church’s thrift shop. I purchased a glass jar, which I immediately recognized as a cigarette holder. I recognized its function from my childhood – my father used a similar one to hold his cigarettes… except his was boxier and made of red glass, unlike the one pictured here. Yet, the cigarette holder felt the same and although my father died of a smoking related cancer, my eyes watered as I clutched the item, which I impulsively bought. I overpaid for the impractical object d’art – but hey, at least the money goes to charity, (okay, I need to justify myself to myself – a lot). History does indeed repeat itself, but it’s via the distorted lens of memory that is further obfuscated by inescapable marketing campaigns. I continued through my yearend holiday whirlwind trying to make the winter solstice merry and bright so that my children’s memories will be happy ones. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM


I tried to buy meaningful items rather than those commercials swore my children had to have. However, as I look at the credit card bills and pages-long ‘To Do’ list I neglected during the social, ceremonial and consumerist frenzy, I am struck by how little control I will have over how my children will remember their holidays – or

anything in their childhoods, for that matter – despite my considerable efforts. Will my children remember how all of us laughed when I showed them the Christmas ‘cookies’ I bought for our beloved mutt? Or, when they recall the event through their adult eyes will they think that I was daft for spending US$6.50 on a

“Will my children remember how all of us laughed when I showed them the Christmas ‘cookies’ I bought for our beloved mutt? Or, when they recall the event through their adult eyes will they think that I was daft for spending US$6.50 on a dozen dog treats?”

dozen dog treats? Does it matter? Is it just important that they remember the feeling of our shared warmth regardless of what their adult brains replay for them as ‘fact’? Albert Einstein wisely noted that, “Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.” It’s true. As I look at my January credit card bills those expensive dog treats don’t look as funny and charming as they did in the store or when I shared the purchase with my kids. But will the memories they helped me create be worth it in the currency of ‘happy childhood moments’ for which I purchased them in the first place? Is it enough that our dog wags his tail every time he sees his cookie box? Should I give up the ghost and accept that they’ll be in therapy because they’re my kids in the first place? Should I investigate elementary level boarding schools? Can deep breathing cause one to hyperventilate? Darned it, is it cocktail hour anywhere in the world yet? [See last column.] My husband and I love our children. We take them on ski vacations and other adventures, which we hope they remember

fondly – and during which they are not injured. After unpacking and returning to our routine, my husband and I then cross our fingers, debate the merits of the vacation, drink (You did look at the last column, right?) and pray that our progeny will remember the childhood we’ve worked so hard to make positive with more joy than pain. Kids, we hope you’ll be brave and foolish enough to have children of your own so that you will understand our intentions were really good – and so we can say, ‘we told you so’. Like all of God’s creatures, I am imperfect, but please also remember that I try to do my best by

you – even if dog gifts and all of the other things that were under the tree and on our itinerary were maybe, well, a bit wacky after all. May 2014 bring you and yours all that you wish for yourselves and maybe even more.

Amy Sommer is a Los Angeles-based writer. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE FASHION FESTIVAL MODEL CASTING WORDS: CAROL SHERIDAN PHOTOS: DARREN HOUSE sense of cool, calm and well-covered nervousness filled the foyer of Malvern Town Hall on January 21 as 150 of Melbourne’s top models and fresh faces waited for their chance to walk on the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s runway this coming March. Some of Australia’s most celebrated models, including, Montana Cox, Alice Burdeu and Nicole Trunfio have been lucky enough to have Melbourne’s Fashion Festival launch their careers, and these waiting models were hoping to be the next discovery. The judging panel were looking for strong runway talent, fresh faces and unique looks to showcase the upcoming season’s fashion and beauty trends. Graeme Lewsey, CEO of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival told prodijee exactly what the panel were



looking for and more about the upcoming festival. “We are looking for gorgeous models to help showcase our Australian designers, great confident models that are very healthy looking and quite diverse. The festival has taken a real stance on making sure our models portray a really great gorgeous healthy image. We open the doors to the public, so we really want our models to be appealing and it’s all about celebrating Australian fashion in the best possible way we can, so we are looking for the most beautiful men and women to do that for us. “We have a new naming rights partner, some new family members so to speak in terms of businesses that are aligning themselves with the festival, but ultimately consumers can expect a bigger schedule, probably the biggest schedule the festival has ever had in its 18 year history. We have a couple of new events that continue



to inspire and nurture the next generation of designers. “We have Future Runway which will finish the festival which is a phenomenal debut of bringing together high school students from around country Victoria; we are really excited about that. “And, true to form, it’s accessible and giving students the confidence to continue in what can often be a pretty challenging industry. “Virgin Australia has come on board because of the festival’s historic reputation. They are supporting us and supporting our industry. They will continue to leverage the festival through their international and national contacts with an aim to drive more tourism. It’s a national event, it’s not a Melbourne event and I think, with Virgin Australia’s help, we will be bringing in even more visitors to Melbourne during the festival.” The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival will take place during March. The Festival’s curated program of runways, activations, workshops and business events will run from 17-23 March 2014, a diverse Cultural Program of free and ticketed activities will also run throughout March.

The full program and designer listing is available online at www. – tickets are available now through Ticketek or through the VAMFF website.


WORDS: CAROL SHERIDAN hatever the season, celebration or event, there is no better place to celebrate than at THE Blvd bar and restaurant, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, sitting at the restaurant’s stunning bar or on the outdoor patio overlooking Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. There doesn’t even have to be an event. It is my ‘must visit’ place when I am in LA. I stay at the Beverly Wilshire when I can, but if time only permits a brief ‘stop over’, then I make a point



of visiting THE Blvd while I am waiting to head to the airport (or longer if I can swing it). Sip on tasty cocktails made with the freshest ingredients, mixed by highly talented and very friendly bar staff, or choose from their extensive wine list. Right now, enjoy the Winter Olympics watching the games in style with Olympic inspired cocktails.

SOCHI SMASH Beluga Noble Russian Vodka, Blueberry, Lemon THE GOLD MEDAL Moet Ice Imperial, Chambord, Raspberry. If you are more inclined to celebrate the Beverly Hills centennial, give this a try: THE 1914 Tanqueray Gin, Grand Marnier,

Orange, Lemon, Mint, Honey, Egg White If you are still in Awards Season mode, then try – MOET GOLDEN NIGHT Cardamom Syrup, Pear Brandy and Moet Brut THE RED CARPET Chambord, Moet Ice Imperial, Fresh Raspberries THE AFTERPARTY Hennessy VSOP, Maraschino, Triple Sec, Lemon, Bitters But even if there is no special event happening in your life, you still can’t beat the traditional cocktails and martinis served at THE Blvd. MANHATTAN (BARREL AGED) Makers Mark Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters NEGRONI (BARREL AGED) Beefeater Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth EL PRESIDENTE (BARREL AGED) Bacardi 8 Rum, Dry Vermouth, Orange Curacao PRETTY WOMAN Absolut Vodka, St. Germain, Lime Juice, Cranberry Juice

TEXAS MOJITO Jalapeno infused Absolut Vodka, Strawberries, Cilantro, Pineapple Juice GRAPE GATSBY Hennessy VSOP, Grapes, Apricot, Lychee, Lemon Juice, Orange Juice, Prosecco

20TH CENTURY FOX Beefeater Gin, Lemon, Simple, Rose Champagne

If you are inspired by old Hollywood in the era of prohibition. THE Blvd Bar has put a modern twist on some of the most popular classic cocktails

DUPLICITY Double Cross Vodka, Grapefruit Juice, Elderflower, Hibiscus

THE 1928 Tanqueray Gin, Grand Marnier, Orange, Lemon, Mint, Honey, Egg White

CHANEL NO. 6 Absolut Vodka, Chambord, Pineapple, Champagne

THE CAPONE Jameson Irish Whiskey, Luxardo Amaretto, Pineapple Juice, Agave


Celebrating a beautiful u awareness and philanth unforgettable summer e


union of fashion, flora, design, environmental hropy, the Royal Botanic Runway was a truly experience.


WORDS: CAROL SHERIDAN PHOTOS: DARREN HOUSE elbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens were adorned with colour and style like never before on January 30 for the inaugural Royal Botanic Runway, which featured more than 60 local and international models. Those who know Melbourne will understand what an amazing feat it is to plan an outdoor function with our ‘on again, off again’ weather, but the Sun shone on this event for all the right reasons. World-renowned Australian designers, Akira Isogawa, Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan and Martin Grant, each produced stunning pieces that were worn on the runway. Celebrating a beautiful union of fashion, flora,



design, environmental awareness and philanthropy, the Royal Botanic Runway transformed the majestic gardens into an international runway event and a truly unforgettable summer experience. Created to raise funds for the final stage of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Water Strategy Project, the magical landscape of Guilfoyle’s Volcano became a spectacular open air runway. The volcano represents the vision of the exceptional designer, William Guilfoyle, whose 1876 concept was reworked and brought to life in 2010. Topped by a storage reservoir, it forms part of the innovative Working Wetlands project that already has capacity to provide up to 40 million litres per



annum of RBG Gardens’ irrigation needs. Support generated by the Royal Botanic Runway will contribute towards the final stage of the Water Strategy Project to fully droughtproof the Gardens. The Royal Botanic Gardens’ 3 Stage Water Strategy Project was implemented in 2006 with the objective of drought-proofing the Gardens, and creating a sustainable water supply, independent of Melbourne mains water. This unique event provided an opportunity to experience global fashion upclose whilst ensuring the continued conservation of Melbourne’s muchloved gardens.

Celebrity gardener Jamie Durie was MC.

Designers Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan and Akira Isogawa. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM




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Despite the death of it’s legendary founder in 2012, iconic muscle car brand Shelby American has a very bright future.


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HOW WILL CARROLL’S PASSING IMPACT THE BRAND? The good news is the company is structured in a way that things won’t change. Carroll always had an ironclad succession plan associated with him going to that big racetrack in the sky. Carroll’s impact on performance is much like Enzo Ferrari’s, and when Enzo died, Ferrari didn’t go away. It’s our job to make sure of that (with Shelby). In the last two years we’ve unveiled some significant cars in the market but (Carroll) wasn’t there for any of them. He said, “John, I’m getting older and there’ll be a day when I won’t be here so it needs to be less about me and more about the cars”.

That was in preparation for the day, and he was right. HOW INVOLVED WAS CARROLL IN THE BUSINESS TOWARD THE END? He was a little less involved. He had not felt well (but) Carroll was always 80 going on 50. I remember he was doing 150mph around Las Vegas Motor Speedway testing the Shelby 1000. He was 88! When Carroll was 80 he was in the car park riding a turbo-charged motorcycle! He was always actively involved. The Shelby 1000 was a classic example. It was his dream to develop a car with 1000hp. Out of all the cars we have developed over the last 10 to 15 years, Carroll has been

more involved in that one – from design to development to even naming - than any other. Carroll hated to sit in a meeting for more than 15 minutes but he sat through hours of meetings discussing names and the reasons behind them, which was painful for him but he did because he so loved that car and was so involved. But he began moving slower. He was in the hospital for three or four months and got pneumonia. At 89 he began feeling 89 and then once he got out of hospital he had to have therapy to get his muscles back working again, so he had become less involved (in the business). I can tell you that over the last 12 years, it was hard for me to keep up with him and he was in his 80s. You could barely stay one step behind him – you could never get one step in front of him, so I can’t imagine what he was like in his 50s. He just never let up. IN THE 1960s MUSCLE CARS RULED BUT NOW MERCEDES HAS AMG, BMW HAS M-POWER ETC. HOW DOES THAT IMPACT SHELBY? If you think about, Shelby is to Ford what AMG is to Mercedes. I always kid to the engineers at Ford that we are kind of their Skunkworks. Ford engineers come up to us at events when we unveil and they say,



“We love what you are doing with our cars”, because in the global picture, they could never do that. You’ve got to hand it to Ford, as the GT 500 Shelby being produced by them under license makes 650hp from the factory. It is amazing. In the horsepower wars, Ford is clearly a step ahead. YOUNGER BUYERS ARE EMBRACING JAPANESE CARS AND DRIFTING, RATHER THAN RACING. HOW DO YOU TURN THEM ONTO SHELBY? That would be the reason why we would aggressively develop on the Focus or Fusion platform. You’ve got to give them something that’s cool. You’ve got to keep the price point low and give them great styling cues. And you can’t fall into a rut (of being ‘your grandfather’s car’). The last thing kids want to be in is something that’s not cool and Mustang has always bridged that gap. Ford has done a great job of keeping Mustang fresh and kind of ‘wow and now’. So riding on that wave, you’ve got the Focus, which is clearly for a younger generation, and you add some styling cues and stay current with the trends that reach WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

“Carrol would not launch that car until we had a performance option. He said Shelby is performance. We are not a brand that just puts scoops and stripes a car and call it a Shelby” down to that young generation buyer. Ford does a great job of keeping their fingers on the pulse (and) we are only as good as Ford’s work. Our Super Snake and GT350 are great vehicles because we start with great vehicles. It’s only been in the last 10 years that we’ve become more relevant to kids. It was by design that Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, and video games, have become our top licenses. When that kid is playing Need For Speed and the next car that he gets to drive is a Shelby, that’s a brand impression. And you don’t get to drive a Shelby until you successfully drive other cars, so you know your driving skills are getting better when you drive a Shelby. That’s where you develop that brand affinity. When I was president of licensing I said we should do Shelby branded skateboards and bikes with our cool logos (Cobra etc).

HOW HAS THE US ECONOMY AFFECTED SHELBY, GIVEN THAT A SHELBY IS THE CAR YOU WANT, RATHER THAN THE CAR YOU NEED? Respectfully, there are probably not too many soccer mums or guys working in manufacturing, driving a Shelby. It’s clearly not a ‘need-tohave’; it’s a ‘want-to-have’ car. The beauty of it is, that in 2012, we are celebrating 50 years of Shelby so we have 50 years of brand equity. But then on top of that we’ve established, through auctions and collector car (auctions) like Barrett

Jackson, that there are always three, four or even five Shelbys in the top 10 vehicles. That’s a testament to the brand strength and the collectability, so with customers today we make sure we produce product that has appeal. We now have a basic three-car line-up that (considers) not only the type of driver, but also economics. The GT 500 Super Snake is the highest priced, highest performing vehicle in our line-up, other than our Shelby 1000. Then we have the GT350, which is less money than a Super Snake and then you go to the Shelby GTS, which is, for lack of a better marketing term, kind of your first Shelby. The 350 and the Super Snake are very content rich and as a result, higher priced. (But with the GTS), we maintained the quality of a Shelby vehicle as it relates to performance attributes and styling but we minimised the content so the price point is lower. You can buy the base car and do the Shelby (GTS) conversion for under US$35,000. We did this because we had to broaden our offer so we could reach more people but you have to be careful not to break (the brand). If we slapped (Shelby) with something too cheap, it would hurt the brand, so it’s about how far you can stretch it without breaking it, and that gets back into branding. GTS IS AIMED AT A YOUNGER BUYER? GTS was about having a lower price point so we could drive a younger buyer because we were seeing the

average age of a Shelby buyer was in the late 40s to early 50s, but the first delivery of a GTS was to a woman who was about 56 years old, and she drives it to work every day. The second went to a guy who was 35 years old. Then fast forward the tape on GTS deliveries; a couple – he was 68 and she was in her early 60s – had a Shelby on their bucket list. He said, “I want to thank you guys for building the GTS because owning a Shelby was on the list of things we wanted to do before we died, and until the GTS came along we were

never going to be able to afford that”. And they got in that car and drove home to Oklahoma City from Las Vegas (1111 miles/1810km). What we found was that it didn’t just shorten the buyers age by 10 years – it became everybody’s first Shelby. YOU ALSO CREATE DESIRE BY LIMITING PRODUCTION. With the Shelby GT350, we only build 350 a year so as a buyer, you know there are only going to be 350 built this year, which keeps that collectability and value up. People always ask if, like the old Shelbys, is the price going to go up 20 years from now. None of us have a crystal ball, however if history repeats itself, then chances are WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

you’re going to enjoy an investment value. People have bought a GT350, which has an average build cost of $85,000, and have sold it for $125,000 to people who don’t want to wait. We have a 90 to 120-day build time and sometimes it takes Ford eight to 10 weeks to build the base car, so it could take five or six months to receive the finished car. WHAT OTHER CHANGES DID YOU MAKE TO WEATHER THE STORM? Thirdly, we right-sized the business. Business is always about how you drive revenue and control costs. We had done production runs in the past with Ford – we built 7000 Shelby GTs that went to Ford dealers, we built 1700 Shelby GT 500KRs – but those days are long gone. The problem with those large production runs is it’s like peak and valleys – you build 1700 cars but then there is the backside of that peak and now you have a valley until you do the next big production run. It was like riding a rollercoaster. So now we’ve cut our overhead to match a steady 500 to 600 cars-per-year production run. We have a nice little flow – the staffing is consistent, our overhead is consistent and all of that is matched to what our 500-600 annual production run will be. IS IT A DILEMMA WHEN PEOPLE WANT TO WRITE YOU A CHEQUE FOR A CAR AND YOU CAN’T SUPPLY? One thing I always heard Carroll say was, if there were 500 people that wanted to buy this car, we only build 400, as you’ve always got to leave some people with a thirst. We could get greedy and build another 150 but against the long term investment in reputation, it’s not worth it for the


short-term gain. We build around 75 to 100 Cobras each year and we started planning for the 50th anniversary of Shelby and the Shelby Cobra in 2012. We said let’s do a simple little anniversary Cobra. We announced it in 2011, saying we were only going to build 50 of them, because that will give us 12-18 months to sell, and when last one is sold mid-year in 2012, we can say, “Shelby American announces the last of the anniversary cars has sold”. We unveiled it and we sold all 50 in 48 hours. It was like, “Oh great, now what do we do? People said to me why don’t you just build another 50 but I said no because you can’t go back on your promise in business – it’s the death of the company. Secondly, the amount of press we got for selling that number in 48 hours was unbelievable. And if you factor in that the margins aren’t that great – it’s really a legacy car – the amount of profit we would have made from building another 50 more would never have equalled the amount of press we got on selling them out in 48hours, so it wasn’t worth it. WOULD YOU LOOK AT A VEHICLE LIKE THE PORSCHE CAYENNE TO BROADEN YOUR OFFERING? I’ve learned to never say never. I’ve owned a Porsche ever since I was in college. When Porsche put out their Cayenne I thought, ‘How did they do that? How do you take (Porsche DNA) and put it into an SUV?’. Being a 911 purist, I struggled with that but the fact is the Cayenne is a nice SUV. It’s not the SUV you’re going to haul sand and bricks in but it’s the kind that you buy when you need something bigger than the small back seat in a 911 and you are brand loyal, which Porsche owners are. Rather than drive them to go buy some other SUV, you make one available. So with that, I got over it with Porsche. We prototyped a (Ford) Expedition for SEMA one year, but it’s all about timing. If you look at it right now, SUVs aren’t that popular due to the price of fuel and things like that. WHAT ELSE ARE YOU LOOKING AT? Ford is winding up as lifelong partner WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

– we will always develop on a Ford platform, other than our vintage Cobras. Carroll was interviewed eight or nine years ago, and he said the future of automotive was big power, small footprint. He said the Germans have been making big power with four and six cylinders (engines) for years and now we are going to see the American automakers doing that. The big V8s were what they loved and knew but for the first time in Ford’s history, the new EcoBoost outsold the V8 in pickups for the first time, so that tells you clearly that’s the trend. Ford is even (fitting) the EcoBoost in Mustang. If Ford came to us and said, “Hey guys, can we collaborate on a Shelby Escape”, (I’d say) let’s collaborate, let’s see where it goes. You just learn to never say never in this world but you know where your limits are. I don’t think the Shelby brand will stretch all the way down to an entrylevel car because you don’t want to hurt the brand but when you’ve got a car like that new Focus ST from Europe, it is a goer so you just say absolutely. It’s got performance, style and handling. When we look at a car for development, it’s got to appeal to the senses. (For example) it’s got to sound like a Shelby – we spend a lot of time on exhaust (development). It’s got to handle like a Shelby, and it has to look like a Shelby. Shelby has certain key design characteristics that you have to have on the car. And so you ask, can the core design cues – the Le Mans stripes, functional


scoops – fit on the product. The GTS is a good example (of that). We had the GTS developed a year before we bought it out, so I showed Carroll that it was ready to go. He asked what’s the performance upgrade and I said we had handling, new suspension and big brakes, and he said, “No, what’s under the hood?”. I said just the V6, there’s nothing developed for it. He said we will not launch this car until there is

some performance option available for under the hood. There wasn’t one developed, so we had to get with a supercharger company and engage them to develop a supercharger for the V6 before we could launch it. As Carroll said, Shelby is performance. We are not a brand that just puts scoops and stripes on a car and call it a Shelby. IT SEEMS YOU’RE CONSIDERED THE DEVIL IF YOU BUY A V8 BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE. HOW WILL THAT IMPACT SHELBY IN THE FUTURE? Shelby isn’t your typical daily driver. If you look at the buyer of the Super Snake, I’d say eight out of 10 buyers in 10 years would never put more than 5000 miles on their car. They pull it out on Sunday, polish it and take it to the coffee shop before driving it home and putting it away. So in spite of the trends in fuel consumption and everything else, this won’t affect them. And the cars we build in the USA, you have to build according to EPA and CARB (California Air Resource Board). CARB is stricter than any

state requirements and even the national requirements and our cars all comply with EPA and CARB. We build vehicles that are 50-state emission legal. DO YOU CONSIDER THAT ONE DAY YOU MAY HAVE TO BUILD AN ELECTRIC SHELBY? We already did. We worked with one of our partners and developed an electric Cobra. I loved it… what torque… Oh my God! In fact a couple of years ago right here in the parking lot out front of this building Carroll drove it and stood on the throttle holding the brake… and the torque in the electric motors to the rear tyres… Driving it like that, the battery life would be about 20 minutes. With the way people drive Shelbys, battery technology has to really develop. When you drive a Shelby you can’t help yourself, so what are the chances of getting 15 minutes out of a battery? DOES THE COMPANY WELCOME NEW TECHNOLOGY? I would love to have some hybrid R&D cars to work on. It’s always about the resources you have. We, as a company, budget for so many R&D dollars to bring product to market, and maybe when the economy gets back on its feet and we are feeling a little healthier, maybe we can commit dollars to really play around with that. But in the short-term, it probably wouldn’t fit our product development line. We have (developed) a hydrogen

Cobra, working with one of the universities. It went to Bonneville Salt Flats and set a record on it first run for the fastest hydrogen car. But when it went to make its documented run it broke down, so it didn’t go down in the history books. So we’ve always reached out to new technologies. WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT RUNNING SHELBY? The enthusiasts who gather at the events we do. Any and every time we announce an event they gather. Every morning at 10:30am we have a tour of the Shelby American Museum and the production floor, and there are anywhere from 50 to 300 people a day go on this tour, and they talk with such passion. I’ve had the luxury of working for some pretty big brands, but I had no idea this brand was as strong as it is, and people as passionate as they are. Everywhere I go people come up to me and introduce their kids or themselves as

Shelby, named because their dad’s favourite car was a GT350 or their grandfather owned a Shelby. That was something I’d never seen. I don’t know, did anybody name their kid Ferrari? Not many, I can’t imagine. I even remember there was an empty Coke can on Carroll’s desk and someone asked if they could have it – I’d never seen the passion like that. The most fulfilling part of it is to hear of the couple who save their entire lives to buy one of our cars because it’s such an aspiration to own a Shelby. I’d be lying if I told you we made enough money that we could retire tomorrow. It’s really about the passion. In the Shelby world, every day we are on the ground we are part of history, because they will write about these days. What we do influences history, so it’s exciting to know that the people working right beside you are just as passionate about affecting history. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

london calling


ir travel is constantly changing and improving and it seems that the UK’s most iconic airline companies are on the front line when it comes to keeping flying new and exciting! From Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, British Airways’ Dreamliner, Zero-G experiences and New York to London in less than an hour; it seems that the sky will be quickly filling up with things that are more reminiscent of an episode of Star Trek. Most recently, British Airways (BA) added to its already expansive fleet with several Dreamliner’s where air travel is becoming a true pleasure. It has a digital entertainment library (opposite, bottom left), that would rival that of Netflix and the aircraft itself is quieter, with larger windows, lower pressurization, higher humidity and is also lighter -making it more fuel efficient. BA has 42 more Dreamliners on order so more customers will get to experience this ‘dream’ flight experience. A truly fun flight to take would be one involving the increasingly popular Zero-G experience (right). Available across Europe and in other parts of the world, for around £1500 you can experience weightless, zero gravity travel and feel like a space man -if only for 15 minutes. Coming in 2015 is the world’s first flying car (opposite, top right) that will be available to the public, based out of the US (a little off topic I know, but this little beauty has to be mentioned). With only 20 hours flying experience required you could enjoy the two seats, four wheels and two wings that fold down on the flying car! It will only set you back



$279,000, but at least you have a year to start saving. The proposed Super Jet (opposite, bottom right) could get you from London to Tokyo in two hours and London to New York in an hour! Currently being developed by Lockheed Martin, this hypersonic

super jet truly is a thing of our future. However, Richard Branson’s Galactic (opposite, middle right) is not. Branson (opposite, top left), has been at the forefront of commercial space travel for years and it seems that Virgin Galactic endeavour is a prime example of his constant push

“Propelled at 3000 miles per hour, you jet off vertically in to space for what I am sure is an unbelievable experience, where you are lifted out your seat from zero gravity”


in the limits of travel! Propelled at 3000 miles per hour, you jet off vertically in to space for what I am sure is an unbelievable experience, where you are lifted out your seat from zero gravity and the view out of your window is that of your little home AKA Earth. For only two hundred and fifty thousand dollars you can go to space. A little price prohibitive at the moment, but it will only be a matter of time until we are all up with the stars, and it’s clear that in our not too distant future we’ll be needing that space suit next time we board our plane. Here come The Jetsons!

Rik Barnett is a UK & US-based English actor and writer.

Rik Barnett is a UK & US-based English actor and writer.


VIRGIN AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE FASHION FESTIVAL MAKE UP TRIALS LEADING BEAUTY PROFESSIONALS FROM L’ORÉAL PARIS AND L’OREAL PROFESSIONAL FLEW INTO THE L’OREAL HEAD OFFICE IN THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY TO REVEAL THE HAIR AND MAKE-UP LOOKS SET TO APPEAR ON THE VIRGIN AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE FASHION FESTIVAL RUNWAY THIS COMING MARCH. WORDS: CAROL SHERIDAN PHOTOS: DARREN HOUSE resh from the runways of Paris and Milan, Elsa Morgan, L’Oréal Paris Make-Up Director (below right) and Caterina Di Biase of L’Oreal Professional (below left), who head the official beauty team of the festival spoke to prodijee about the looks we can expect to see on the runway of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival this year. Having worked with the likes of Pat McGrath, Charlotte Tilbury and Karim Rahman, Elsa Morgan is excited to be creating beautiful looks for the Australian



runways with L’Oréal Paris products. “We have been having so much fun during the past few days having a play with a lot of textures and colours. There are a lot of awesome products coming out that I am really excited about that are so on trend. There are a couple of eye looks and lip looks that are really strong. We are using black liners that have a little bit of a nod to the ‘60s but they’re not vintage looks, they are very much a modern take on a liquid line and quite graphic and bold. The shape is quite winged


out, but it’s edgy and definitely a strong, cool girl look while keeping everything else quite clean on the face. “We have a look that has a feel of cinematic Hollywood, but again, it’s quite clean, it has a beautiful lip with a beautiful wine colour and then a beautiful gold wash shimmer on the eyes and we have just given that bit of extra crunch for the runway by adding a bit of gold gilt to the eyelid. “Then we have a beautiful rust coloured, lightly smoky eye that’s not heavy. It’s like a wash of colour and has a bit of a halo of a shade. Nothing too structured, quite soft and beautiful and a little bit romantic. It has a little bit of an element of that beautiful colour you love to see in winter, that candlelit burgundy kind of colour on the eye, which I love. Again, it’s balanced with a nude lip, so it’s always just one feature that is being really beautifully played up. “All the looks have beautiful brows. Whether it’s a slightly more architectural brow with a very structured red lip or just a really beautiful brushed up brow with a glowing skin and contoured eye that is overall quite natural. There is something for everyone, but it is very modern, fresh and forward looking.” Three-time winner of the Australian hairdresser of the year and L’Oréal ambassador for over five years, Caterina DiBiase, is excited about the hair styles we will see on the runways this year. “We always try to have each runway different. It is really important to have it all individual. but it’s challenging, because as a hairdresser, you are trying to fight for the more creative look but sometimes you have to be careful and pull back, it’s not a hair show, it’s a fashion show and that’s what you have to work with. It is not about ‘me’, we all have to work together and give and take a little bit to make it work. It is all about collaboration and we do have to compromise but, at the same time, WWW.PRODIJEE.COM

it can’t be boring. The makeup has to be fantastic and moving forward, and the hair has to be the same because otherwise they don’t do justice to the clothes. “It is all about beautiful, healthy hair. There are some pony tails and some nice sculpture going to be in there, as well as a little bit of texture a bit of braiding and some wet and dry textures.” As the date for the VAMFF draws closer, these creative leaders are excited about working backstage at the runways. “It’s hectic, it’s chaos, it’s pressure, it’s hot, it’s all adrenaline, it’s just fantastic. You get the look, you see it finished, you see everyone come, there is nothing better and I love it. I tell people, it’s like a Saturday before Christmas and you

are running half an hour late. It is totally exhausting, but gorgeous and we have fun. “My golden speech for the day is – if all you do for the day is pass up pins to somebody, when you watch the show, remember that you did that, you were part of that. It takes all of us to do it; it’s a huge team effort.” said Caterina Elsa, being a very calm person is looking forward to working in the ‘trenches’. “I am so passionate about makeup itself, I love applying it, I love the process of building up on a look and I am very hands on. There is obviously time to let go and trust in the artists that you have surrounded yourself with. I am confident with my team who are all top calibre artists and the creatives

that are around us, it’s really a fun process. I don’t find it at all stressful. There is always a little bit of a panic with time, but that has to be expected. There can be things that can go wrong, but that’s to be expected as well, but in the end, because everyone is so professional, it all just comes together really well. “I am also very trusting in the products we use, as makeup professionals, we are only as good as the products we are working with and we have a lot of faith with the L’Oréal Paris product range.”

The full program and designer listing is available online at Tickets are available through Ticketek or at the festival website. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM THE NEXT BIG THING IS HERE...

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