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Travels with my hat - Art Deco glories of the new Primus Hotel in Sydney

 

 

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.  

  

 With touches of green foliage, flowing water and those little mosaic tiles in the perfect range of blues, this area is part Palm Beach and part Bali on a perfect day.  

   

The poolside menu, the service and the experience of the whole day were spot on.  The Virgin Mojito was to die for and I've never said that about a virgin before.  And the Club Sandwich with smoky tomato sauce and fries were unbeatable.  

Heaven is on the 7th floor of the Primus.  Get there.  

 

 

The Sumptuous Supporting Cast - behind-the-scenes

For the interiors shots in Monty's Shack at Coaster's Retreat, I was beyond delighted to be able to use a suite of divine products to create that tropicana-luxe feel that makes the perfect lifestyle setting for my summer hats.

With thanks to the beautiful and talented people behind Homeworks Design (for the retro tropical cushions), Goss Lingerie (for the white lace robe), Olsen Design (for the interior screen using "The Great Shalimar" fabric) and Bethany Linz (designer of the Great Shalimar fabric) for their kindness in lending me their beautiful products for my photo shoot.

 

 

 

That's all!  With a smile,

Shooting Summer - behind-the-scenes

Here's my behind-the-scenes pictorial of the photo shoots for the Carolyn Unwin High Summer 2015 collection of summer hats.  

Just to make things far more complex than they probably needed to be, I ended up doing two photo shoots in two of my favourite locations - Cremorne Point, Sydney and Coaster's Retreat off Palm Beach in Sydney.  

The Cremorne Point shoot allowed me to capture all the wonderful angles and reflective surfaces of the new ferry pontoon with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House often popping up in the background.   And as you can tell from the grin on my face, it was fun!

 

Goofing around in the new Diablo Henley.

 

Loving that iconic Harbour Bridge & Diablo Henley.  

 

Now I see what I look like from behind.  With a design that didn't make the final cut.

 

And the Coaster's Retreat shoot, revisited the site of last years shoot, capturing the unique Australian beauty, light and colour of Australia's Pittwater.

Papped.

 

Breather.

 

Going walkabout.

 

Critical infrastructure in the romantic light of sunset.

With thanks to Brittney Bloomer, Simon Kenny, Maurice Parker and Peter Girdis for making it all possible.  

Farewell to Summer

Summer.

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,

 

 

 

Sirocco Hats at Pittwater....

Images of my Sirocco hats in their various guises.....and photos I took at one of my favourite spots in Sydney - up the top.....it can only be beautiful Pittwater.

 With a smile,