Pure Yoga Opening in Pacific Place this August

Attesting to Hong Kong’s growing investment in health, Pure Yoga secures a prime location in the city’s premium retail destination

Pure Group announces today the opening of their latest Pure Yoga location in Pacific Place, targeted for August 2017. Taking prime space in the heart of Hong Kong’s premium lifestyle and shopping destination, Pure Yoga Pacific Place is testament to the increased significance of health and wellness in the city.

Overlooking Queensway in the heart of Pacific Place, Pure Yoga Pacific Place will bring holistic wellness through a balanced 360˚ lifestyle offering of specialised classes, performance activewear from Pure Apparel, a dine-in nood food café and quick service counter for nutritious food-on-the-go.

Noting the needs of deskbound executives in the surrounding commercial community, Pure Yoga Pacific Place brings busy Hong Kongers a haven of calm and restoration. An extensive schedule with classes for all levels of experience, including 30-minute meditation sessions, will help stressed minds find stillness and clarity.

Launching exclusively at this location is a new ‘Yoga for Office Workers’ class, created to ease daily strain and stiffness from hours spent sitting in front of a computer. The healing practice comprises movements that stretch and strengthen the muscles to help balance the body and achieve good posture, as well as exercises that can be done at work.

Featuring sleek interiors that embody modern, minimalist luxury with Zen aesthetics, subtle lighting and warm timber panelling, Pure Yoga Pacific Place will provide a tranquil escape from the daily grind, where Hong Kongers can find ‘me-time’ to decompress and rejuvenate.

 

To celebrate the exciting new addition, Pure Group will engage the community with various activities outside the new studio location on Level 1 of Pacific Place leading up to the big reveal:

 

 

  • Six local emerging artists will be taking centre stage in a ‘Live Art’ project to create yoga-inspired murals that will rotate on the expansive hoarding. ‘Live Art’ kicks off today with hand lettering artist Jeremy Tow’s (@jeremytow_lcsc) artistic rendition of the phrase ‘Don’t Forget to Breathe’
  • Complimentary and open to the public, yoga classes taught by Pure teachers will be popping up from mid-April. There will also be a ‘Yoga for Office Workers’ demo area equipped with exercise stations and instructions for relieving deskbound-induced strain and improving posture
  • From mid-May, a nood food pop-up will serve freshly-made health foods and cold-pressed juices to mall-goers
  • Also from mid-May, a Pure Yoga booth will be established on Level 2 of Pacific Place offering limited-time exclusive pre-opening rates

 

For more information, visit the Pure Yoga website pure-yoga.com or contact us at info@pure-international.com.

CHRISTIAN DIOR &GRANVILLE

“THE SOURCE OF THE LEGEND”

THE MUSÉE CHRISTIAN DIOR, SITUATED IN NORMANDY IN THE COUTURIER’S CHILDHOOD HOME, MARKS ITS TWENTIETH YEAR OF EXISTENCE THIS YEAR AND CELEBRATES THE COUTURE HOUSE’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY WITH CHRISTIAN DIOR AND GRANVILLE: THE SOURCE OF THE LEGEND, RUNNING FROM 8 APRIL TO 24 SEPTEMBER 2017. FOCUSING ON THE COUTURIER’S CHILDHOOD, THE EXHIBITION PAYS TRIBUTE TO A PERIOD IN HIS LIFE THAT WOULD PROFOUNDLY INFORM HIS FUTURE WORK, AND INFLUENCE THE CREATIONS OF HIS SUCCESSORS.

IT WAS AT GRANVILLE, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 20TH CENTURY, THAT CHRISTIAN DIOR SPENT THE FIRST YEARS OF HIS LIFE, IN THE TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY SETTING OF THE VILLA NAMED LES RHUMBS. OF THE BUILDING WITH ITS SOFT PINK AND GRAY STONE ROUGHCAST FACADE, PERCHED ON A CLIFF TOP AND SURROUNDED BY AN ENGLISH GARDEN, HE KEPT “THE SWEETEST AND MOST WONDERFUL MEMORIES”, HE WROTE IN HIS MEMOIRS, BEFORE EXCLAIMING: “WHAT CAN I SAY? MY LIFE, MY STYLE OWE ALMOST EVERYTHING TO ITS LOCATION AND ITS ARCHITECTURE.”

CURATED BY THE FASHION HISTORIAN FLORENCE MÜLLER, THE EXHIBITION CHRISTIAN DIOR AND GRANVILLE: THE SOURCE OF THE LEGEND OPENS AS A DIALOGUE BETWEEN CHRISTIAN DIOR’S CHILDHOOD HOME AND THE DESIGNS PRODUCED IN HIS COUTURE HOUSE, OVER THE COURSE OF AN ITINERARY EQUAL PARTS HISTORICAL AND STYLISTIC. SPREAD ACROSS THREE LEVELS, THE EXHIBITION CONJURES UP THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE ERA DURING WHICH CHRISTIAN DIOR WAS LIVING AT GRANVILLE, SUPPORTED BY THE USE OF ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTS. ON THE GROUND FLOOR, THE VARIOUS ROOMS EACH SIGNIFY SPECIFIC ASPECTS THAT DECISIVELY SHAPED HIS PERSONALITY. HIS ARTISTIC FLAIR WAS FIRED BY THE JAPANESE EXOTICISM OF THE ENTRANCE HALL AND THE ROCOCO DECORATION OF THE GRAND DRAWING ROOM, WHILE THE DINING ROOM EXPRESSES HIS NORMANDY APPETITE, AS MUCH GOURMAND AS GOURMET. HIS ENTREPRENEURIAL SIDE COMES THROUGH IN HIS FATHER’S STUDY, WHILE THE MIXTURE OF SCENTS AND COLORS IN THE GARDEN BROUGHT OUT THE DREAMER IN HIM. THE FIRST FLOOR IS OCCUPIED BY THE BEDROOMS, EACH EVOKING A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY IN DISPLAYS THAT JUXTAPOSE PHOTOGRAPHS, PORTRAITS AND OTHER PERSONAL OBJECTS WITH HAUTE COUTURE DRESSES. CHRISTIAN DIOR’S CREATIONS FIND AN ECHO IN THE OBJECTS THAT INFLUENCED THEM, SUCH AS THE ELEGANT OUTFITS WORN BY HIS MOTHER, MADELEINE, OR CARNIVAL COSTUMES. THE TOP FLOOR FINISHES TELLING THE STORY OF THE ORIGINS OF THE DIOR LEGEND, SHOWING HOW THE COUTURIER’S EXTRAORDINARILY IMAGINATIVE OUTPUT, REVISITED BY HIS SUCCESSORS, REMAINS AN INDELIBLE REFERENCE TODAY…

CHRISTIAN DIOR MUSEUM AND GARDEN

VILLA LES RHUMBS
1 RUE D’ESTOUTEVILLE
50400 GRANVILLE
PHONE NUMBER: +332 33 61 48 21 – MUSEE@MUSEECHRISTIANDIOR.FR WWW.MUSEE-DIOR-GRANVILLE.COM
OPENING HOURS: FROM 10AM TO 6:30PM

Little Tai Hang Opens: Design Centric Boutique Hotel and Serviced Apartments with Neighbourhood Charm

Design centric boutique hotel and serviced apartments, Little Tai Hang in the quaint neighbourhood of Tai Hang provides a truly unique hospitality experience with real personality and extraordinary charm. Officially welcoming guests from 27 March, the residence offers a neighbourhood lifestyle choice complete with local cuisine, living and design brands under one roof – a truly modern Hong Kong cultural experience. Bookings can now be made via the website.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of Little Tai Hang, and to offer guests genuine experiences in the real Hong Kong. As a Hong Konger myself, I am excited about what the city has to offer, and so we designed Little Tai Hang to bring Hong Kong’s unique modern culture into the living space while providing an upscale experience for business and leisure travellers alike. Sophisticated yet down to earth, quiet yet in the heart of the city. These contrasts bring an edge to the property that we hope appeals to those looking for something off the beaten track yet totally accessible,” said Tommy Watari Pao, the founder and creative mind behind Little Tai Hang.

Located just footsteps from Causeway Bay, tucked away in the quaint streets of Tai Hang and the green landscape of Victoria Park, Little Tai Hang is a neighbourhood destination which celebrates the character and charm of Hong Kong with bespoke artisanal touches. As an area that is also full of history, culture, and great local eats, it has recently become a melting pot for savvy locals and curious international travellers alike.

Design-orientated with creativity and quirkiness seen throughout the space, Little Tai Hang is purpose-built to provide quality hospitality with real personality, a concept developed by Tommy Pao, founder, architect and cultural advocate of the project. The interiors are full of bespoke and characterful touches, and the layouts were lovingly designed to complement and frame one of the most defining characteristics of the building: 82 of the 91 rooms in the first phase will have stunning views that sweep across Victoria Park and Hong Kong Harbor, with the rest overlooking the Lin Fa Kung Temple and lush green mountains to the south. In one of the most densely populated cities in the world today, views like this are incredibly few and far between, and serve as the finishing touch to a warm and welcoming stay.

Convenience and accessibility is also another key benefit. Located within close walking distance to the MTR, Victoria Park and Causeway Bay, Little Tai Hang is easily accessible to Central and Hong Kong East, making it a convenient, hidden-yet-handy gem. Surrounding the property will be six upcoming or recently released luxury residential projects including Pavilia Hill, Warrenwoods, The Warren, Park Haven, Yoo Residence and Jones Hive, representing strong residential demand and bringing a new, young and invigorating demographic into the neighborhood.

Guests and future residents of the property will be pampered with top-of-the-line personal services and facilities, including the fitness room, lounge, laundry room and function room, and daily concierge services will help with guidance and recommendation on how to make the most of your stay.

As a destination, Little Tai Hang has attracted two exciting F&B concepts. Second Draft, a convivial neighbourhood gastropub, offers a comprehensive beverage menu including fresh & locally brewed beers by the Young Master Brewery along with creative dishes by the award-wining Chef May Chow. Restaurant BOND by the Three Monkeys serves comfort fare designed to share in a casual, welcoming hang-out for family and friends to gather and, as the name suggests, bond.

Little Tai Hang is the place for everyone – for in-the-know travellers to immerse themselves into authentic Hong Kong culture, for inquisitive city walkers to experience the hidden stories in the neighbourhood and for trendsetters to catch the latest art fashion and culinary scene in the city.

98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Hong Kong

Website – www.littletaihang.com

Facebook – facebook.com/LittleTaiHang

Instagram – instagram.com/LittleTaiHang

 

ELEVEN MADISON PARK CLAIMS NO.1 SPOT AT THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS AWARDS

Eleven Madison Park in New York has secured the No.1 spot in the 2017 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. This year’s winners were revealed at an awards ceremony at the historic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

  •   Eleven Madison Park is named The World’s Best Restaurant for the first time
  •   The 2017 list features nine new restaurants: six making their debut and three returning to the list

    as re-entries

  •   Gaggan, Bangkok, and Restaurant André, Singapore, climb 16 and 18 places respectively
  •   Gaggan is named The Best Restaurant in Asia

    Now in its 15th year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants welcomes six brand new entries and three re-entries to the 2017 ranking. Showcasing a broad cross-section of cultures and cuisines, it includes restaurants from 22 countries across five continents. France, Spain and the USA each count six restaurants on the list.

    In claiming the No.1 position on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Eleven Madison Park earns the dual titles of The World’s Best Restaurant and The Best Restaurant in North America. After debuting on the list at No.50 in 2010, Eleven Madison Park has hovered within the top 10 since 2012, rising to No.3 last year. The restaurant’s co-owners, Will Guidara and Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, enhance the fine-dining experience with a sense of fun, blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room. Housed in an art deco building overlooking New York’s Madison Park, the restaurant’s multi-course seasonal tasting menu celebrates the city’s rich history and culinary traditions.

    Seven restaurants in Asia are included on the 2017 list,

    Asia is also represented by Tokyo’s Narisawa (No.18), Hong Kong’s Amber (No.24), Bangkok’s Nahm (No.28) and Shanghai’s Ultraviolet by

    Paul Pairet (No.41).

    Last year’s No.1, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, claims the No.2 position to retain its title as The Best Restaurant in Europe. Italy is also represented by familiar favourites Piazza Duomo (No.15) and Le Calandre (No.29) as well as first-time entry Reale, in Castel Di Sangro, debuting on the list at No. 43.

After claiming the No.1 position for a third consecutive year at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in February, Gaggan in Bangkok rises 16 places to No.7 to claim The Best Restaurant in Asia title. Elsewhere, Singapore’s Restaurant André climbs an impressive 18 places to secure the No.14 spot while Den in Tokyo, the

with Japan and Thailand each counting two entries.

2016 recipient of the Miele One To Watch Award, arrives on the list at No.45.

France has doubled its number of restaurants on the list. Among France’s six entries, three rank in the top 20. Mirazur leads at No.4, followed by Arpège (No.12) while Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée makes a dramatic re- entry on the list to land at No.13. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, the restaurant headed by Yannick Alléno,

debuts at No.31,

earning the coveted Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles

. Other Paris-

based restaurants Septime (No.35) and L’Astrance (No.46) also move up the ranking, rising 15 and 11 places

respectively. Aside from celebrating Septime’s climb up the rankings, the restaurant also claims

the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Silestone, and audited by the Sustainable Restaurant

Association.

The Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award in recognition of the restaurant’s warm atmosphere and ever-gracious service. Asador

Etxebarri climbs four places to No.6 while Mugaritz in San Sebastian now sits at No.9.

While one New York restaurant takes the No.1 spot, another debuts on the list: Enrique Olvera’s Cosme is a first-time entry at No.40 while his other restaurant, Pujol in Mexico City, rises five places to No.20. Meanwhile, Dan Barber’s progressive restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, rises 37 places to No.11 to earn the Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Lavazza.

New York-based pastry entrepreneur Dominique Ansel is also honoured this year, claiming the 2017 title of The World’s Best Pastry Chef. Since opening his eponymous SoHo bakery in 2011 and launching the Cronut, his signature croissant-doughnut hybrid, French-born Ansel has extended his global influence to London and Tokyo. This award recognises his relentless creativity, innovation and ability to span the retail and restaurant sectors.

Host country Australia is represented by two restaurants, including one newcomer. Attica in Melbourne (No.32) rises one place to retain its title as The Best Restaurant in Australasia, while Brae in regional Victoria enters the ranking for the first time at No.44.

recipient of the peer-voted Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm.

The city of Copenhagen also fares well, with two of the Danish capital’s restaurants recognised. Geranium rises nine places to claim the No.19 position while Relae, the two-time winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award, climbs one place to No.39.

Spain retains its strong presence on the list with three of its six restaurants landing in the top 10. Former No.1

El Celler de Can Roca leads the contingent at No.3 and is also the 2017 recipient of the

South America boasts five restaurants from across the continent on the list, including the debut of Tegui in Buenos Aires at No.49. Maido in Lima, last year’s winner of the Highest Climber Award, continues its upward trajectory, rising five places to No.8. Chef Virgilio Martínez steals the limelight with two award wins. His restaurant, Central (No.5), in Peru, is named The Best Restaurant in South America, while he is this year’s

Respected chef Heston Blumenthal has double reason to celebrate. As well as being the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award, his London restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, rises nine places to sit at No.36. The winners’ circle also includes Ana Roš of Hiša Franko, Slovenia, who is named The World’s Best Female Chef 2017.

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is proud to bring together the leaders in global gastronomy for this annual celebration. All 50 restaurants represent the very best culinary experiences and talent. We congratulate each one, as well as all the individual award winners, on their remarkable achievements, innovation and creative passion.”

WWW.THEWORLDS50BEST.COM

Hop Over to Seafood Room for Easter Specials

Seafood Room is offering guests a range of festive specials this Easter making it a destination for friends and family. Whether it be the Easter Brunch, specially concocted cocktails or Easter dinner, Seafood Room has an added spring in its step this month.

Ease into the festivities with a Wild Rabbit (HKD148), made with new grove spiced rum, pimento dram, port wine, red Sichuan syrup, 70% chocolate mousse garnished with chocolate dirt, flower and egg, available from 10 April to 20 April.

For some Festive Specials, guests may join Easter dinner from 10 April to 20 April,

for a festive menu boasting soft boiled eggs with shaved black truffle and rosemary crispy Parmigiano (HKD128) or Bruschetta with rabbit, Parma ham, quail eggs, cream cheese sauce (HKD178). Hop into the option of mouth-watering mains such as Homemade Tonarelli with rabbit ragù, pancetta, and parmesan cheese (HKD238) or the Roasted Rack of Lamb with new potatoes, baby carrots and herbs (HKD328) and tuck into some Easter inspired dessert with a Traditional Italian Easter Cake “Colomba”, semifreddo vanilla ice-cream and chocolate sauce (HKD118).

 

Specials also available at the Easter Brunch (HKD598 per person), roasted rack of lamb HKD88 extra per person, served from 14 April to 16 April between12pm and 3.30pm. To compliment brunch, any bookings made for 14 April, will receive complimentary free-flow Proseccoworth HKD100.

 

To book your Easter experience at Seafood Room, call +852 3708 9668 or email reservation@seafoodroom.hk.

 

Sydney Harbour Marriott’s Transformation Set to Revitalise the Quay

Marriott Hotels, Marriott international’s flagship brand celebrates the AUD $15-million-dollar re-launch of Sydney Harbour Marriott. The exciting re-launch includes three new drinking and dining destinations and a thoughtfully designed lobby and reception area that let’s guests Travel Brilliantly.

Sydney Harbour Marriott delivers premium lifestyle experiences to a prime area undergoing continual revitalisation. The hotel is poised to breathe life into Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay, situated along the harbour between the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, within steps from tourist attractions, shopping and in close proximity to the business district.

Dynamic dining venues opening their doors will be Silvester’s, a restaurant that features locally-sourced produce-driven cuisine; Three Bottle Man, an inventive café-by-day and cocktail bar-by-night meeting place and a newly expanded Sydney favourite, Customs House Bar.

“Located in a space so quintessentially Australian, the three venues’ identities are reminiscent of the heritage of the site on which they are built, yet present exciting, contemporary concepts for the modern Sydney-sider. Attention to detail will be considered in every aspect of the transformation,” said Jennifer Brown, Hotel General Manager.

Reimagining traditional hotel restaurants and bars, Sydney Harbour Marriott will surpass all expectations in delivering inventive experiences from start to finish. The three venues will present diverse offerings, yet complement each other in their appeal to a wide range of Sydney-siders and international travellers alike.

“Opened in 1989, Sydney Harbour Marriott has been a long-standing Sydney institution for 28 years. Drawing on both local and international expertise, this transformation will position the hotel as a serious contender in Sydney’s food and drink scene,” says Jennifer Brown.

TOSCA PRESENTS TEA MENU INSPIRED BY DAMIANI’S MIMOSA COLLECTION

The renowned Italian jeweler, Damiani, has teamed up with Tosca of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong to present an afternoon tea menu created by Michelin-starred Chef Pino Lavarra, taking inspiration from Damiani’s Mimosa collection.The classic compositions of the Mimosa collection have a unique, airy look as light and elegant as its namesake spring flower, and Chef Pino’s modern high tea menu echoes the elegance of Damiani’s creations while paying homage to the brand’s distinguished heritage.

The diamonds and gemstones of the Mimosa collection are artistically arranged to suggest delicate blossoms. Precious stones are set almost casually, in what Giorgio Damiani himself defines as “a chaos of diamonds,” resembling the natural sway of a flower.

Those taking tea will have the opportunity to sample the mastery of the Mimosa collection, which will be on show in a private dining room during the tea-serving period. A Damiani representative will be on hand to present the collection, which exudes exclusivity and features some of the most extraordinary craftsmanship and skills seen today, thanks to Damiani’s stable of master jewelers and goldsmiths.

The high tea will be available every Saturday from April 1 to May 13, 2017 at Tosca at The Ritz- Carlton, Hong Kong. Drawing inspiration from the Mimosa Arlecchino collection, Fegato Grasso is an edible ruby ring made with foie gras terrine glazed in cherry syrup. A tribute to the Mimosa jewels, sweets in the Damiani afternoon tea are thoughtfully embellished with irregular rough surfaces. Coated with grated tonka beans and cocoa crumbles, the Alba Chocolate Truffle features the rich and dense flavor of 64% dark chocolate, which blends perfectly with the equally bold characters of black truffle paste filling. Apple Glass, Piedmontese Hazelnut and Spice Bread gracefully bring together apple jelly, caramelized apple cubes, hazelnut cream made with muscovado sugar hazelnut paste from Piedmont, and spiced bread in layers. Caprese Cake with Tea Cremeux is a traditional soft and moist Italian cake enhanced with tannic earl grey chocolate cream. Tomato Amaretti is filled with tomato orange oregano cream where tangy tomato confit is embedded in the center. Sun-dried tomato powder is infused in the cookie shell to give it anattractive bright color and tone down the overall sweetness. Sitting on a piece of crispy chocolate sable, the Tortino de Gianduja consists of a crunchy Gianduja crocant enclosed by soft Gianduja hazelnut chocolate cream. For the full menu, please refer to the appendix.

An exclusive collection of plates, leather jewelry trays and boxes is especially designed to serve the tea set, providing a setting and atmosphere to match the elegance and creativity both of Chef Pino’s menu and Damiani’s artistic designs.

Damiani Afternoon Tea

Venue: Time: Date: Price:

Tosca, Level 102, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
3:30pm to 5:30pm
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6 & 13, 2017 (Saturday Only) HK$428 per person

All prices are subject to 10% service charge. For reservations, please contact Restaurant Reservations at (852) 2263 2270 or via email restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com.

PLAY Celebrates It’s 8th Anniversary In Grand Style!

PLAY, Lan Kwai Fong’s lavish nightclub celebrates its 8th anniversary and 1st year since its luxury renovation and includes a star-studded guest list. The evenings entertainment will be provided by International star Charli XCX.

PLAY, in the beating heart of Central, will host the exclusive event from 10 pm till late, accommodating its VIP guests with speciality champagnes and an intimate DJ set with live performances from pop singer Charli XCX.

The club’s high society community and extensive network which began 8 years ago helped it to gain international acclaim and grow into a must-go luxury space for the visiting and local elite. Since its complete renovation one year ago, PLAY has further grown its reputation as a Hong Kong hot-spot led by its founder Xuan Mu who also runs Maximal Concepts.

“Since its inception, I have seen PLAY grow from strength to strength. Our latest and most beautiful renovation has updated the venue’s image in-line with our good friends and clientele, representing Hong Kong’s chic and diverse social scene.

We have been lucky enough to be able to host some of the biggest stars and look to continue and grow our reputation for fine drinks with a strong focus on bringing great music and artists to Hong Kong. We recently won the people’s vote for “Best Club in Hong Kong” by HK Clubbing and this is something that we as a team are very proud of, we will keep pushing to elevate what we have been doing so well up to now in our latest iteration. I hope to continue this trend for our regular and visiting guests ” – Xuan Mu

Along with an esteemed guest-list, the event will be supported by Dom Pérignon Rosé and their line of vintage champagnes Dom Pérignon P2 & P3 that are exclusively available at the venue.

YOOX Loves the Reef A charity project for the safeguard the Great Barrier Reef

On Earth Day, YOOX, the world’s leading online lifestyle store for fashion, design and art, joins forces with We Are Handsome and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to present YOOX Loves the Reef, an exciting charity project aimed at supporting the preservation and restoration of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders. The project comes to life on YOOXYGEN, YOOX’s socially and environmentally responsible destination, on the same day as the launch of YOOX’s partnership with The New School’s Parsons School of Design – a partnership that will promote sustainable fashion practices through education and collaborations.

To celebrate Earth Day 2017, YOOX has invited Australian label, We Are Handsome, to create a swimwear capsule collection, which will be available exclusively on YOOXYGEN. Selected for their distinct Australian aesthetic and vibrant approach to swim and activewear, the label’s design duo, Jeremy and Katinka Somers, drew inspiration from the Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystem. The six-piece capsule collection features two one-piece styles, two bikinis, leggings and a tee in an exclusive print that celebrates the natural beauty of the Reef.

“Working with YOOX on this campaign has been a fantastic experience for us to contribute to a cause that is so close to our hearts. Having explored the Great Barrier Reef several times, we know its value, significance and beauty – inside and out. We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with YOOX and their efforts to bring awareness to the dangers that face the Reef,” said Jeremy Somers, We Are Handsome’s Founder & Creative Director.

Proceeds from the sale of the collection will benefit the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the lead charity for the Great Barrier Reef, funding solutions through science, technology, engineering and on-ground action to ensure its long-term conservation. In particular, proceeds raised through the partnership will be directed towards responding to bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.

“The Great Barrier Reef is beautiful, diverse and under threat. Now, more than ever, we all have a responsibility to protect and preserve it. The funds raised through this partnership will do exactly that. They will be directed towards projects with large-scale impact, developing solutions to the threats facing one of the world’s seven natural wonders,” comments Anna Mardsen, Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Managing Director. “Through this partnership, YOOX is providing the opportunity to help secure a future for the Great Barrier Reef.”

New Australian Art unveiled at Sydney’s premier cultural institutions

New Australian Art was today unveiled at three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions, representing the first exhibition in a six-year partnership between the Art Gallery of New Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) that will continue biennially until 2021, presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art. Connecting three of Sydney’s key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay, The National: New Australian Art is the only large-scale, multi-venue exhibition in the country focused solely on contemporary Australian art.

Presented concurrently at the three institutions, The National 2017 features work by emerging, mid-career and established Australian artists, showcasing new and commissioned work and encompassing a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance. The exhibition offers a holistic view of Australian art at a point in time, and fosters dialogue between generations of artists. The work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists features prominently across all exhibition venues, including those practising on country and those based in urban areas.

The National 2017 is curated by Anneke Jaspers and Wayne Tunnicliffe (AGNSW); Lisa Havilah and Nina Miall (Carriageworks); and Blair French (MCA). While curators focused on the delivery of the exhibition within their institutions, they worked together developing ideas and research, producing a single exhibition that unfolds across the three sites with key points of connection and dialogue.

At the Art Gallery of NSW, exhibiting artists explore the forces of social change. Their works open up new conversations with history and politics, looking at feminism, colonialism and our relations with the natural environment. From the vivid feminist intervention of Emily Floyd’s large scale sculpture, to the scarred beauty of the landscape in Taloi Havini’s mesmerising video and Helen Johnson’s paintings that unsettle Australia’s colonial history, the works gathered at AGNSW for The National 2017 look to our past in an endeavour to make sense of the present.

At Carriageworks, artists explore the hybrid Australian identity offering different perspectives on how identification is shaped by questions of experience, knowledge, history and power. Works present a strong performative element, including senior Kimberley regions lawman Alan Griffiths’ performance of the Bali Bali Balga with 15 indigenous dancers; an ambitious new commission by Justene Williams featuring a sculptural installation and live performance synthesising dance, costume, live music, electronic sound and vocals; and a major site-specific sculptural installation by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran.

At the MCA, artists are drawn from every Australian state and territory, with their works considering recurrent subject matters, materials or the processes of art making. Encounter Khadim Ali’s 15-metre mural evoking migrant experiences of exclusion, isolation and waiting; the beautiful repetition of materials and forms in Rose Nolan’s monumental banner; and 32 metal-cast objects accompanied with a homemade furnace by Matthew Bradley. There is no one connecting theme at the MCA, although common elements – art that considers the actions of power, conflict that shapes the present, and an individual’s relationship to society – connect the works on display.

During the opening week of The National 2017, be captivated by a three-day program of talks, performances and events across all three venues. Take an in-depth look at contemporary Australian art: meet and hear from the exhibition’s artists and curators; encounter live performances, electronic sound and vocals at Carriageworks; enter Jess Johnson and Simon Ward’s homage to post-apocalyptic films and DIY culture at MCA’s ARTBAR, and enjoy a special presentation by Yolngu artists Gunybi Ganambarr and Yinimala Gumana at AGNSW. The National 2017 public programs continue throughout the coming months with artist talks, performances and workshops on offer alongside family and children’s activities and a wide variety of access programs.

The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication, edited by the curators with Genevieve O’Callaghan. It features curatorial overviews; commissioned essays by Sunil Badami, Daniel Browning and Helen Hughes; and extended entries for each of the 48 artists included in the 2017 exhibition. The publication is available for purchase at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for RRP $34.95. It is also available online at the AGNSW and MCA websites.

The National 2017 is supported by a dedicated website (www.the-national.com.au) offering a significant resource for users around the world on contemporary Australian art. It represents a comprehensive record of the artist participation in the inaugural exhibition, including artist biographies and portraits, curatorial and essays about artists’ work, and photographic documentation of artist works. From late April the website will provide curator commentary on every exhibiting artists’ work via both audio file and Auslan video. The website will also house short documentary films on 13 artists and their projects including: Khadim Ali (MCA); Zanny Begg (MCA); Emily Floyd (AGNSW); Alex Gawronski (all venues); Alan Griffiths (Carriageworks); Dale Harding (AGNSW); Archie Moore (Carriageworks); Nell (MCA); Claudia Nicholson (Carriageworks); Tom Nicholson (AGNSW); Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (Carriageworks); Rose Nolan (MCA); and Justene Williams (Carriageworks).

ARTISTS

Art Gallery of NSW

Gordon Bennett
Megan Cope
Keg de Souza
Emily Floyd
Gunybi Ganambarr
Alex Gawronski
Agatha Gothe-Snape
Dale Harding
Taloi Havini
Helen Johnson
Nicholas Mangan
Alex Martinis Roe
Tom Nicholson
Raquel Ormella
Khaled Sabsabi
Yhonnie Scarce
Tiger Yaltangki

Carriageworks

Richard Bell
Chris Bond & Wes Thorne
Karla Dickens
Atlanta Eke & Ghenoa Gela
Heath Franco
Agatha Gothe-Snape
Alex Gawronski
Alan Griffiths
Jess Johnson & Simon Ward
Richard Lewer
Archie Moore
Claudia Nicholson
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran
Justene Williams
Jemima Wyman

MCA Australia

Khadim Ali
Zanny Begg
Matthew Bradley
Gary Carsley
Erin Coates
Marco Fusinato
Alex Gawronski
Agatha Gothe-Snape
Julie Gough
Gordon Hookey
Peter Maloney
Karen Mills
Rose Nolan
Stieg Persson
Elizabeth Pulie
Ronnie van Hout
Nell

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain
artgallery.nsw.gov.au
30 March – 16 July 2017
10am–5pm daily
10am–10pm Wednesday

Carriageworks
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
carriageworks.com.au
30 March – 25 June 2017
10am–6pm daily

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George Street, The Rocks
mca.com.au
30 March – 18 June 2017
10am–5pm daily
10am–9pm Wednesday