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14/09/2016

Creative Couple: Ali and Jake Smyth

It’s 11am on a sunny spring morning, but it’s never too early for Mimosas in the Smyth household. Jake has created a new pink fizz, The Blind Unicorn, for his venues The Unicorn in Paddington and Mary’s in Newtown, and he’s keen to show it off at the kitchen table surrounded by the couple’s two dogs, rabbit, cat and turtle in a tank by the adjacent sunny terrarium. The cork pops and the bubbles and the conversation flow as the unfiltered and uplifting couple talk sex, booze and dreaming big.

“The Blind Unicorn is from West Australia, made by a wine maker there called Ben Gould,” says Jake. “It’s a chenin blanc unfiltered sparkling wine with no preservatives, so it’s better for you; you don’t have a hangover because there’s no shit in it.”

The logo on the bottle was created by Lauren Winzer, a tattoo-artist friend who has inked Miley Cyrus and is a regular at Mary’s and The Unicorn. Jake is covered in tattoos. Ali is wearing yoga pants and a T-shirt after dropping Luna Wolf off to her nanny before starting her working day as founder of the Electric Collective, a PR agency representing clients such as fashion designer Alice McCall; jewellery designer Melissa Harris; and Mary’s and The Unicorn.

“Mary’s was obviously a big part of my life and I wanted to have more of a part in it rather than just drinking there,” says Ali. “But I didn’t get the business just because I was Jake’s wife. I put together a full-on pitch document and had it bound and printed and presented it to all the business owners. I was more scared than I’d ever been.”

Says Jake: “They would have judged you so much harder because they knew that you are my wife and I would not let you get that job unless you deserved it. We’ve got no time for nepotism in our businesses.”

What Jake and Ali do have time for is living life to the fullest. They welcomed Luna Wolf into the world on April 6, 2013, the same day Jake opened Mary’s.

“Well that was a shit fight,” Jake says, laughing. “Everyone was joking, ‘The baby’s going to come on the day you open’ but then she actually did.”

“Not that I was there [at the opening], obviously,” says Ali “but it was actually really cool because we were doing a soft opening with all our family and friends, so suddenly they were all willing us on and there were shots behind the bar and a whole lot of celebrating. It was a beautiful moment in time.”

Although they both juggle demanding jobs with raising Luna Wolf, a scroll throughAli’s Instagram feed reveals trips to San Sebastian and Paris, partying at music festivals, dining at Sydney’s top restaurants and bars and magical twilight shots of the trio at Uluru.

The moment when Ali and Jake first met was almost over before it started; Jake gave her the eye on the tube in London, and Ali replied by turning her back to him. “He was so not what my style was back then: he was wearing a rabbit-fur jacket held together by safety pins and he had so many earrings and two cigarettes behind both ears,” she says. “He gave me his number so I sent him a text message saying, ‘Stop stalking me you freak’ but I thought he was kind of cute.”

The pair went on their first date a week later in London, then became engaged just two months after that. “We fell in love so deeply and so quickly,” says Ali. “We got infinity tattoos instead of engagement rings because that’s all we could afford.”

They returned to Australia in 2007, then married the following year with a big, boozy bash for 100 friends at Jake’s parents’ house at Huskisson, Jervis Bay. “We got too pissed to have sex but everybody else did it for us,” says Jake. “There were eight couples who hooked up on the night. It was a total love in.”

When Luna Wolf came along three years later, Ali’s work took a back seat as she juggled motherhood with supporting Jake’s endeavours to establish Mary’s as the go-to for burgers, beer and bourbon. “Ali is the one who held it all together for the family,” says Jake. “I would come home physically shattered after working seven nights a week and in the beginning we had no money and the stress levels were out of control: my brother had to pay for the parking to get us out of the hospital because we were broke. People ask me why Mary’s is a success and I say it’s because there was no other option.”

These days it’s Jake’s turn to support Ali as she works to build her business. “I’m now trying to juggle my professional life to repay the sacrifice that Ali made for me,” says Jake. “Ali allowed me to follow my dreams without any rules, she just blindly said ‘yes’ to whatever I needed.”

Despite their considerable respective career successes, the achievement the couple is proudest of is Luna Wolf. “She is such a legend,” says Ali. “She lives freely, she laughs openly and she loves animals.”Read more at:celebrity dresses | cheap formal dresses

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08/09/2016

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FREELANCE-WRITER FASHION WEEK

Pushing the boundaries of the very idea of what fashion can be, the first featured look of the week isn’t so much an “outfit” as it is a pair of jeans with a hole in the crotch paired with a weirdly short bathrobe. This avant-garde ensemble moves beyond now-familiar athleisure trends (recall last season’s emphasis on exercise attire that you don’t plan to exercise in, worn so that you can buy a gross sandwich at the deli across the street without feeling like the meat guy is judging your life) to pioneer a new, leisure-leisure genre. This look powerfully evokes the experience of checking your e-mail when you’re half dressed, accidentally letting, like, two hours go by, and then quickly tossing on a bathrobe because someone buzzed your apartment, but it was just the U.P.S. guy trying to get in to deliver a package to your neighbor. Expect to see more pilly terrycloth accents and racy cutouts throughout the week!

On the second day of F.W.F.W., we saw a more direct approach, with a look that expands past hobo-chic stylings to scream outright, “I am a hobo!” A pair of Hanes sweatpants (sized for a husky ten-year-old boy), with one leg bunched up from a fitful night of sleep, plays with high-low aesthetics, while a sweater from the needs-to-be-dry-cleaned pile provides a subtly sensual silhouette of linty lumps.

Our third highlighted outfit pivots from previous themes of cozy destitution to introduce a pair of bafflingly large basketball shorts, which left celebs in the front row pondering: Where did these shorts come from? Surely no one would buy them. Did someone leave them in your college dorm during a party? If so, why have you kept them? This mesmerizing mystery garment is then shockingly topped with a crisp, tailored blazer (a cheeky reference to the fact that there are some people who get dressed like human beings every day and go to work instead of sitting at home looking like Adam Sandler after a pickup game).

The runway on day four played host to a display that at once called to mind glam Porky Pig and to a grown woman wearing a silk blouse and no pants. This foray into dry-clean-only attire, fresh from the plastic garment bag—and with the model sporting a static updo to prove it—seems to be the designer’s way of communicating “I had a breakfast meeting at nine-thirty this morning, so I’m not doing shit for the rest of the day.” The blouse creates an illusion of having put in a full day’s worth of effort, even though that meeting was just “a general” and won’t lead to anything. In all, this is a truly moving demonstration of the mix of high art and artifice that is haute couture. Because that’s what fashion is all about: creating the illusion that you are not as garbage as you actually are.Read more at:evening dresses | formal dresses

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06/09/2016

'People are surprised by my laidback look'

Jared Leto gets more comments about his appearance when he goes for a "normal" look.

The American star has transformed himself for countless film roles, from bleached blonde locks and eyebrows in Fight Club to a face full of make-up and bright green hair as The Joker in Suicide Squad.

But away from the camera Jared doesn’t feel the need to go all out with his looks - which surprisingly gets him the most attention.

“The funny thing is that I get the most comments when I look like what people would describe as ‘normal,’” he told Vogue.com, using air quotes for the last word. “They’re like, ‘Woah! So normal!’ But I don’t put that much thought into my appearance, to tell you the truth. It’s usually the result of a film or a rash decision, like - I shave my head.”

Jared’s latest role isn’t on the silver screen though; fans can see him smouldering topless in a bathtub with model Julia Hafstrom in a new campaign for Gucci Guilty. His appointment follows on from fellow Hollywood star Chris Evans fronting the fragrance alongside actress Evan Rachel Wood.

Jared, 44, has spoken at length about his bond with the brand’s creative director Alessandro Michele and continued to praise the designer during his chat with Vogue.

“What Alessandro is doing is the most exciting thing I can think of in fashion right now,” he gushed. “I’m really proud to be part of a step in a new direction and happy they (Gucci) thought of me as someone who was unconventional enough to represent new choices for them.”

The ads, also starring fashionista Vera Van Erp, are set in Venice, where the crew spent a week last December (15). Jared loved every minute of being in the city and says he felt “transported to another time” with its architecture and atmosphere.Read more at:formal dresses perth | formal dresses canberra

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