What makes a truly great summer hat?
I think my Sirocco fedora fits the bill for a number of reasons and here they are:-
With a smile,
So this last weekend, I had the good fortune to visit the new 5-star Primus Hotel at 339 Pitt Street, Sydney City. Located close to Chinatown, the Primus building used to house the government offices of the Sydney Water Board, and the imposing facade remains much as it was. You can't tell too much from street side.
But step inside and she has transformed.
Retaining a glorious scale throughout the hotel foyer, the high ceilings and pared-back interiors let the Art Deco lines, architecture and materials shine through. What a beauty. Red and pink-mushroom velvet upholstery compliments the imposing columns of red marble. They are enormous and I don't know whether it would actually be possible to still source such magnificent marble in the present day.
The open-plan Wilmot restaurant under Executive Chef, Ryan Hong, looked superb but not fussy - who can be bothered with fuss anymore? And the foyer bar was inviting with the elegant but relaxed and personal feel of an old-school gentleman's club. They'll be starting High Tea in April apparently too.
The thing is, there weren't many people there and I don't think Sydney really knows about it...yet. News of the Primus has just hit the pages of the Qantas InFlight Magazine, so maybe that's about to change.
However, in my opinion, the best part about this hotel lies up on the 7th floor. The stunning pool, bar and outdoor lounge have way-usurped the Ivy for poolside glamour in Sydney.
Heaven is on the 7th floor of the Primus. Get there.
It never seems to last long enough but maybe that's part of why it seems so precious.
It's officially autumn and yet, it's still warm and sunny in Sydney.
So as I prepare to welcome autumn, here are five perfect images that sum up the supreme joy of summer to me.
My little photographic homage........ to summer (clink!) ......
With a smile,
It's hard to know how start a blog. It feels a bit momentous and a bit like starting a postcard where you have an awful lot to say, but limited time and space.
So perhaps I should start how I mean to continue - by being myself and starting to talk about one of my primary passions in life - hats.
I have been making hats for many moons now, after starting the learning process at Central Saint Martin's School of Art & Design in London. With heartfelt thanks to Serafina Grafton-Beeves, the short course was intended to produce one hat and I think by the end of the first day, I had blocked up five. It was a relief to find a creative passion where I loved every single component of it. I loved the glossy straws, crackly braids and velvety felts. I loved the quest for perfection in building a sculpture for the face and a life began for me, with endless streams of ideas and designs bubbling up inside my head.
And so for many years, I have considered the hat to be the ultimate fashion accessory. To me, there is no other accessory that transforms the wearer so quickly and effectively.
Sometimes, beautifully decorative, sometimes functional - a hat transforms how others see you and how you feel. A hat encourages and enables you to transform, not just physically, but in how you speak and move and behave.
For me, a great hat gives me confidence and makes me feel fantastic. It encourages my extroverted side and I have made so many friends through the production and wearing of hats, that it has been transformational in that way too!
With thanks and a smile,