Another week, another no expenses spared, uber-glamorous affair featuring the creme de la creme of the Sydney social scene.
This time the likes of Dannii Minogue, Offspring’s Asher Keddie and her husband, Archibald-winning artist, Vincent Fantauzzo, donned their best black tie ensembles to let their hair down alongside 200 guests for the biennial Prix de Marie Claire Awards.
The carpet might have been beige, but it was certainly not reflective of the gala dinner, set under 20 chandeliers on a 65-metre-long mirrored dining table at Stage 7, Fox Studios.
Fresh off the David Jones Spring Summer runway was Jesinta Franklin (nee Campbell) in a black, one-shouldered Dion Lee gown. Leaving husband Sydney Swans star Lance “Buddy” Franklin at home, she instead took her mother, Valerie, who was in town from the Gold Coast for her daughter’s 26th birthday last Saturday.
Franklin was seated next to Sydney-born, Dubai-based, human rights lawyer, model and presenter, Jessica Kahawaty. Both are on the exclusive books of famed Sydney talent manager, Annie Kelly.
In a monochrome, ruffled dress by Aje, actor Pia Miller played up her “difficult” moniker once more when she refused to be drawn on her Home And Away role, amid rumours her character has been killed off in a car crash.
While her departure has yet to be confirmed, it might not come as such a shock after Woman’s Day reported last year that Miller is not popular among her Summer Bay castmates.
Kate Waterhouse, daughter of racing royalty Gai, and Jackie Frank, general manager of the publication, laughed off their fashion faux pas when they rocked up to the soiree in matching green Alex Perry gowns.
“Snap! It’s my party and I’ll wear what I want,” Frank alongside a picture of the pair posing together by the media wall.
As guests dined on baked blue eyed cod followed by a dark chocolate mousse in a white chocolate hemisphere, all washed down with Taittinger Rose, 25 fashion and beauty products and brands received honours at the gala.
Among the winners were Romance Was Born as the Best Australian Designer, Camilla and Marc as the Best Australian Fashion Brand, Mecca Cosmetica as the Best Australian Beauty Brand and Napoleon Perdis’ daughter, Lianna, 17, who took home the award for Best Makeup for her Total Bae Own It! Mascara after less than a year on the market.
“I’m very proud of her,” Napoleon said of his eldest girl.
Meanwhile, across town more than 500 guests helped celebrate UberEats’ first anniversary at The Grounds of Alexandria.
Describing herself as their “No.1 customer”, Sweaty Betty boss Roxy Jacenko rocked up to the event with an $80,000 crocodile skin Hermes Birkin bag and a $2000 Fendi fur stole.
Other notable faces were former AFL star-turned-model Tom Derickx and Big Brother 2013 winner Tim Dormer.
Like something out of Willy Wonka’s factory, the media wall was made up of edible Krispy Kreme and Dr Dough iced and glazed doughnuts.
So hungry were some overzealous guests, they couldn’t help but take a bite in between posing for the flashbulbs, despite two burly security men standing each side.
As seen on Sundays in The Sun-Herald’s S liftout.
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