All posts by Lola Perrin, Features Editor (UK & Europe)

Rafa Nadal finally ties the knot – you won’t believe where!

Internationally acclaimed bridalwear designer ROSA CLARÁ was entrusted with designing the wedding dress Mery Perelló wore to say “I will” to Rafa Nadal.

Mery Perelló was not alone in trusting Rosa Clará for such a special occasion. Ana María Parera (Rafa Nadal’s mother), María Pascual (Mery Perelló’s mother) and Maribel Nadal (the groom’s sister), all wore stand-out designs from the Rosa Clará Cocktail Collection.


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Cognac restores 100 year old movie


As a tribute to its unique relationship with time and dedication to preserving `craftsmanship, LOUIS XIII Cognac has partnered with The Film Foundation to restore THE BROKEN BUTTERFLY: a rare film from 1919 to be rediscovered 100 years later. At LOUIS XIII, we think a century ahead. Each decanter is the life achievement of our cellar masters.

1 (2).jpeg“Thanks to The Film Foundation and Martin Scorsese, THE BROKEN BUTTERFLY can be experienced once again one century later. Restoring this piece of memory is for us, at LOUIS XIII, a real pleasure and honor. Time is our raw material,” said Ludovic du Plessis (pictured with Halston Sage above), LOUIS XIII Global Executive Director.

Only 20% of American films produced in the 1910s and 1920s survive in complete form, so the opportunity to see any fully restored silent film is special indeed. And when that film is a rarely seen gem from an esteemed cinematic artist, it’s truly an extraordinary event. 1 (1).jpeg

Founded in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation has helped restore over 850 films which are screened at festivals, museums, theaters, and educational institutions all over the world.  When it comes to THE BROKEN BUTTERFLY, an extensive digital 4K restoration, that took over 6 months, was required before being shared with audiences.

Worlds Collide: The fashion and technology of Virgin Galactic’s commercial flight spacesuit

Fashion and Technology merge with the New York showing of Virgin Galactic’s spacesuits that commercial passengers like you and I will have to wear when the flights launch and take off next year!   In possibly a runway first, the spacewear system was unveiled in a zero gravity, vertical catwalk led by Sir Richard Branson himself.

“Spacesuits are a part of the iconography of the first space age; our visual impressions of human spaceflight and what astronauts wear are inextricably linked.   Requirements for astronaut spacewear as we enter the second space age are evolving, but the design challenge has not diminished. We were delighted when Kevin and Under Armour stepped up to this task and they have surpassed our expectations.   I love the way the spacewear looks and I love the way it feels. I also love the fact that the next time I put it on, I will be on my way to space.” Richard Branson said,

From the initial brief through to final fabrication, the suit design concepts were defined through inputs from a wide variety of experts, including doctors, astronaut trainers, pilots, apparel and footwear designers, engineers and Future Astronaut customers, to fully understand and address all requirements.   

The liner of the spacesuit incorporates other new fabrics, like Tencel Luxe, SpinIt and Nomex, used for temperature control and moisture management, as Future Astronauts may experience a spectrum of temperatures throughout their journey.   Under Armour (UA) integrated all of the brand’s performance fabrics – cooling, smooth, fast-drying, moisture-managing, comfortable and safe – to ensure the Future Astronaut has the most comfortable experience possible.   An important part of the suit construction included functional features such as multiple pockets for necessary and personal items including an integrated solution for communications, with a push-to-talk button. Each spacesuit iteration underwent rigorous testing with key stakeholders in the VG team including pilots, spaceship engineers, medical officers, astronaut instructors and the customer experience team to ensure it would outperform in-flight expectations.

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The music of Hamilton

It’s one of the most creative pieces in the world of musical theatre.   Hamilton won’t be coming to Australian stages until 2021, six years after its original Broadway debut.   It’s truly a groundbreaking piece of theatre that removes itself from the sometimes homogenous scene of predictable casting and crowd pleasing ticket sellers that are all too often imported from Broadway and the West End.

If there’s anything missing from the Australian theatre scene this could be the production that unlocks and changes the rationale behind casting, original works and musical theatre as a whole, if executed with the cultural precision it needs.

The uniqueness of this production tells the story of American founding father, Alexander Hamilton set to a score of rap and hip hop derived from a historical biography.

Celebrating the independent music of ListenUp Songwriter’s Festival (Sydney Round): Songs that heal

We don’t see the recent Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth semi finals in the 4th annual Songwriter’s Festivals showcases as competition.  Technically yes, winners must be crowned from each state to proceed to the Grand Final, but the real winners were the artists and music lovers who were able to collectively create moments of healing which is what this year’s theme is and as Founder, Ali Taylor put it, “bare their souls on stage’ it was more a collective assembly of ideas that directed positivity and awareness to subject matter often stigmatised.


For those not familiar with the Songwriter’s Festival, it’s founded by Taylor, who took a personal tragedy of loss and brought together independent musicians in a festival of original written works that hope to prevent the same experience happening to others in the community.

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“Songs that heal” is the 2019 theme and much adversity, challenge and heart ache brought to the stage in an intimate audience of fans and peers at Camperdown’s, The Newsagency.

Genuine musicality and authenticity oozed off the stage as real connection between performer and audience were made, one of the greater strengths in our opinion, when it comes to local and independent music.

Stories of love, personal insecurity, illness, suicide, self doubt, self discovery and hope filled the lyrics of the 12 acts that performed making it so impossible to judge, that an additional finalist to the three grand finalist places was added due to a deadlock.

As we approach the Grand Final, we celebrate the Australian Independent music scene delving into the music of all 48 semi finalists through feature articles, Spotify / Soundcloud playlist, and video clips.



Star Wars’ life size X-Wing made out of Lego

“Do or do not – there is no try” says Jedi Master YodaTM to Luke Skywalker in “Star WarsTM: The Empire Strikes Back”.   Then, using the Force, he lifts an X- WingTM out of the swamp – thus making what was impossible for Luke possible. LEGO® GmbH took this scene to heart and now presents, on the occasion of “The Force Friday”.

With the landing of the LEGO® Star WarsTM X-WingTM on the longest glacier of the SwissAlps, LEGO® GmbH also celebrates a very special partnership: The license agreement signed over 20 years ago between the LEGO® Group and Lucasfilm started an intergalactic success story which has connected people across generations and countries ever since.

The LEGO® Star WarsTM X-WingTM built entirely from 2.5 million LEGO® pieces by LEGO® Certified Professional Georg Schmitt, along with a 10-person team, spans an impressive 10 x 10 metres. The building of the LEGO® Star WarsTM X-WingTM took over 1,500 hours of work.

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Behind the Scenes: 1917 – a race against time, crossing enemy territory!

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission.    

In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. 

George MacKay
Dean-Charles Chapman
Mark Strong
Andrew Scott
Richard Madden
Claire Duburcq
Colin Firth
Benedict Cumberbatch

Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917 opting for a one-shot approach adding intensity and realism to the gripping story.   Mendes wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). 



Produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures.