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Love for France, food and fashion at L’heure du Thé fundraiser event

Online magazine, Le Style connects with readers and Francophiles in its first annual luxury charity event at Sofitel SO Singapore


On Saturday, November 15, Le Style magazine, Melbourne-based online publication on French luxury and photography, led by Sha Anderson hosted its first annual high tea fundraiser event, L’heure du Thé at Xperience restaurant of Sofitel SO Singapore to create awareness for the Breast Cancer Foundation of Singapore while sharing the love for France, food and fashion. The Parisian chic-themed event brought together supporters, clients and readers for a modern French afternoon which included an entertainment program, best-dressed, lucky prize giveaways and donations.

L’heure du Thé (translating tea time in French) event was a luxury high tea styled in a Karl Lagerfeld designed interior of Sofitel SO Singapore presented with an exclusive menu by Executive Chef Anne-Cécile Degenne served with luxury tea company, TWG Tea who hosted a hot tea buffet for guests. Renown fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess who has illustrated for various recognized international names such as Ladurée and Chanel, was the special guest with an autograph special on complimentary L’heure du Thé illustration posters as part of the gift bags given out on the day.

Guests attended in a Parisian chic dresscode from a good mix of Asian fashion professionals, international expats and foodies with a common interest on France and luxury. The best-dressed and lucky prizes was a bouquet of flowers donated by Blissfulthots. A breast cancer foundation merchandise and donation booth was set up at the event for donations and information.

Executive Director of Alliance Francaise Singapore, Claire-Lise Dautry made a speech on French language in today’s modern society, a ballet performance was performed by graduates of School of Performing Arts, La Salle SIA and renown beauty company, Luxola offered guests a complimentary beauty advice at a pop-up salon at L’heure du Thé event.

Karri Nicholas, a model and presenter emceed the entertainment program. Also in attendance were Mr Vincent Lelay, Cluster General Manager of the Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa and Sofitel SO Singapore, Mr David Perlon, Area Manager of TWG Tea and Ms Jacinta Rowe, Marketing and Communications Director at Fragrance Du Bois.

“We are truly blessed. The generosity of our guests is absolutely amazing. The support of all of our sponsors and the dedication of our volunteers is what makes this event such a success,” said Sha Anderson. “We feel fortunate to be able to make this contribution to the Breast Cancer Foundation of Singapore.” 

L’heure du Thé Singapore was made possible by principal sponsor, Sofitel SO Singapore and the following partners: Laduree Singapore, TWG Tea, Sonata Dancewear, Survival Chic, Alliance Francaise de Singapour, Honeycombers, Le Petit Journal de Singapour, Zurina Bryant Photography, Skipping Stones Media, Le Petit Depot, Luxola Singapore, KOSE, Blissfulthots, Fragrance du Bois and Uber SIngapore.

Le Style promotes inspirations to travel to France and French luxury through photography and L’heure du Thé events. Based in Melbourne Australia, the online magazine and events started in 2011 and have been raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation ever since. Le Style will bring L’heure du Thé events to its international audience from the end of 2014 to raise funds and awareness for the local Breast Cancer Organizations and connects with French and Francophile community. To learn more, visit www.lestyle.org or call (61) 0450 545 564.





16 OCTOBER 2014:

Ground-breaking French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier’s superbly crafted haute couture, ready-to-wear and red carpet fashion will be on show in the Asia-Pacific exclusive exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the National Gallery of Victoria from 17 October 2014 to 8 February 2015.

The exhibition will feature more than 140 intricate and highly-detailed garments spanning his creative output, from the first dress created in 1971 and the launch of his prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 to his most recent haute couture collections. The highly contemporary exhibition, featuring 32 custom ‘talking’ mannequins, is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot and organised by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris.

This spectacular overview of Gaultier’s extensive oeuvre will include exclusive material not exhibited in previous venues of the tour, such as pieces from his recent haute couture, ready-to-wear collections and pieces created for Australian muses such as Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Andreja Pejić and Gemma Ward. More than a million visitors have already flocked to see the exhibition on its worldwide tour that includes Montreal, New York and London.

Gaultier’s rich collaborations with renowned contemporary artists and photographers such as Andy Warhol, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Avedon, David LaChapelle, Pierre et Gilles, Herb Ritts, Cindy Sherman, Stéphane Sednaoui and Mario Testino among others, are also explored throughout the exhibtiion.

Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria MP said, ‘The National Gallery of Victoria is the only Australian venue and, indeed, the only venue in the region, to stage this extraordinary exhibition celebrating the creative talent of one of the world’s most influential fashion designers. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier promises to be show-stopping and I look forward to welcoming it to Melbourne.’

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘Jean Paul Gaultier’s radical designs break down stereotypes and clichés, questioning preconceived standards of beauty and challenging societal, gender and aesthetic ‘norms’. The results are exquisite works of art; exuberant, witty, surprising and dramatic. This is a

unique chance for our visitors to experience the world of Jean Paul Gaultier; a world that extends beyond the catwalk into the realms of art, music and film.’

Initiated, developed, produced and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) under the direction of Nathalie Bondil, the MMFA’s Director and Chief Curator, the exhibition is organised around seven themes tracing the influences, passions and obsessions of Jean Paul Gaultier; from the streets of Paris and London to his impact on world cinema. A major feature of the exhibition is the 32 custom mannequins utilising high-definition audio-visual projections. A dozen celebrities lent their faces and voices to realise this project, among them Gaultier himself but also muses Ève Salvail and Smashing Pumpkins/Hole bass player Melissa Auf der Maur. Many of the mannequins wear remarkable wigs and headdresses created by renowned hairstylist Odile Gilbert and her Atelier 68 team.

The production and staging of this dynamic audio-visual element is the work of Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin of UBU/Compagnie de création of Montreal.

Jolicoeur International, one of Canada’s leading designers and manufacturers of display mannequins for retail chains, created all the mannequins in the exhibition. They are presented in innovative poses and in skin tones that reflect the various ethnicities of Gaultier’s runway models. Accessories, sketches, stage costumes and excerpts and footage from films, runway shows, concerts and dance performances will help illustrate the intriguing story of this unrivalled fashion designer.

The exhibition is accompanied by the first major monograph on the French designer, The Fashion World
of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Catwalk to the Sidewalk, as well as a special publication The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Catwalk to Australia highlighting Gaultier’s work with his many Australian muses.

A special program of events have been created including a series of Opening Weekend Talks, the return of the popular Friday Nights series with a huge line-up of fourteen acts including JD Samson, Cibo Matto and the Bombay Royale and a lecture series, A Colourful History of the Stripe, which will detail the historical and societal significance

of one of Gaultier’s signature design elements. Later in the season visitors can enjoy Drop-by Drawing: Fashion, Dressed by Jean Paul Gaultier: Movie Marathon and a ten day NGV Children’s Festival which will give kids and families the opportunity to immerse themselves in the exhibition and children’s commission Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria from 17 October 2014 until 8 February 2015. Admission fees apply. 






New York - October 13th 

On Monday, October 13th 2014 CHANEL hosted a dinner to celebrate the debut screening of N°5 The Film entitled “The One That I Want,” written & directed by Baz Luhrmann starring Gisele Bündchen in New York. Gisele Bündchen, Baz Luhrmann & Catherine Martin, Karl Lagerfeld and guests enjoyed caviar, lamb and petit fours while viewing The Film followed by a performance from Lo Fang, which included his cover “You’re the One that I Want” from The Film.

The Film is produced, conceived, and directed by auteur filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby), with production design by Oscar-winner Catherine Martin, and features Supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Like the N°5 women who have gone before her — Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet and Nicole Kidman — Bündchen is emblematic of her time. Ten years ago, N°5 was the fragrance of a woman who decided to break free from it all and then return to reality, renouncing her desire. Today, through Luhrmann’s eyes, we see the N°5 woman deciding to listen to her heart. She is a modern woman who knows exactly who she is and is free to make her own choices. The Film tells the story of a woman who struggles to find space for everything — herself, family, career, and love.

Luhrmann’s strong connection to the world of music, so evident in his feature films, is reflected in his choice of Lo-Fang’s cover of “You’re the One That I Want.” With no words or dialogue in The Film, the music is not an accompaniment; it is its backbone.

CHANEL N ̊5, the world’s most famous fragrance, was created in 1921 when Coco Chanel asked the great perfumer, Ernest Beaux, to create a fragrance that reflected her vision of modern femininity. N ̊5 was her lucky number and it was the fifth submission presented to Mademoiselle Chanel, thus a legend was born with the name CHANEL N ̊5. 

Image credits: Karl Lagerfeld, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Baz Luhrmann and Gisele Bundchen, Sigrid Agren, Caroline de Maigret, Poppy Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Pauline Hoarau and Ji Hye Park.


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