You’d be forgiven for mistaking the opening of Napoleon Perdis’ new boutique for a rave when walking past it on Crown Street, Surry Hills, at 10am on Wednesday.
Despite two floors, the four walls could barely contain dancing guests – including The Real Housewives of Sydney’s Nicole O’Neil and Krissy Marsh, LGBTIQ advocate the Honourable Michael Kirby, and a number of drag queens – who ended up spilling onto the street.
Forget coffee or even mimosas at that time of day, Perdis served champagne to wash down porridge as he celebrated 25 years in the makeup industry and the opening of his 86th store, alongside his bedazzled and bejeweled family, including wife Soula-Marie, daughter and the new face of the business Lianna, 17, and triplets Angelene, Athina, and Alexia, 15.
The family, who live between Athens and Double Bay, had all flown in for the event before jetting back to Europe that evening to get ready for the start of high school after the northern summer break.
Lianna told Fairfax Media that she also used the trip Down Under to partake in a number of photo shoots – the first as a model in her own right outside of the family’s makeup business.
Across town Stylerunner CEO, Julie Stevanja, launched her new range of on-trend activewear New Guard on a rooftop basketball court in Ultimo.
There were no drag queens in sight as guests sipped on flat whites and dined on Mary’s while the retail queen of ‘s activewear scene presented her chic 17-piece collection accompanied by hip-hop dancers.
The range will be sold on the e-commerce site that focuses on fashion-forward sportswear, alongside the 70 other brands Stevanja stocks.
The self-made millionaire, whose business is estimated to be worth $50 million, described the morning as “epic” and thanked “the weather god” for the glorious winter sunshine.
On Tuesday, Firedoor restaurant in Surry Hills was transformed into a cosy English setting, smelling of Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest in Nottingham, for the launch of Jo Malone London’s the English Oak Collection.
Its lifestyle director Debbie Wild introduced guests, including Kate Waterhouse and Liberty Watson of Sydney-based label Watson X Watson, to two new fragrances that can be worn alone or mixed together.
All that was missing from the “quintessentially British” afternoon were the Merry Men.
Following its successful run at the Sydney Opera House, Julie Andrew’s production of My Fair Lady has returned to Sydney, this time at the Capitol Theatre.
Amid a rainstorm on Sunday evening, former MP Bronwyn Bishop walked the opening night’s red carpet, along with Nine’s Sylvia Jeffreys, who took her father as her date, and Seven’s Kylie Gillies, who brought her mother.
Downton Abbey star Charles Edwards plays Professor Higgins and the Helpmann Award-winning Anna O’Byrne stars as Eliza Doolittle.