Baz Luhrmann Emporium extravaganza

If you’re going to hold a fashion extravaganza filled with fashion, theatre and extravagance then Baz Luhrmann is your man.

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Luckily for Melbourne Emporium, Luhrmann, whose movie credits include Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet, took on the job of creating the vision for its grand gala launch event on August 20.

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The space has been dramatically transformed since it first opened its doors as the Myer Emporium in 1911. Since April, many prestigious stores including Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Dion Lee, Victoria’s Secret, Coach, Furla and Topshop have opened within, and more are to come.


At the opening cabaret dancers, and models dressed in high fashion treading grapes with their bare feet were part of the entertainment and ambience.

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Two hundred lucky customers got the opportunity to walk the red carpet.

Okewa meets the rain in style

Okewa isn’t a household name yet but we predict it soon will be if the prototypes of its stylish range of rainwear are anything to go by.

Okewa’s Wellington-based founders Nick and Nevada Leckie believe they’ve designed “a decent raincoat suited for the urban lifestyle” and we agree.

The couple say the outdoors adventure market is well-supported by highly functional rainwear but many of the options just don’t fit the city, particularly in Wellington where they live without a car.

They have developed a premium range of men’s and women’s raincoats that are lined, completely waterproof (fully seam-sealed), hooded and cut from hi-tech two-layer waterproof fabrics woven in the best fabric mills in Japan and Korea.

The pair have launched a crowd funding campaign on to help with initial funding, which runs until August 23. If you like what you see here, check it out.