Saturday, April 16, 2011

press launch friday.

yesterday i was invited to a press launch.

the invitation came with offers of champagne,...good company and a gorgeous, styled garden in bondi.

so,..of course, i went!

the launch was to celebrate the collaboration between celebrity garden designer, charlie albone, from the lifestyle channels 'selling houses australia' and 'the party garden', and bondi based floral designer dragonfly, which is headed up by lisa mattock.

think handmade, resort style furniture,..mixed with bespoke pieces.   gorgeous plants,..  floral arrangements.  

all available for hire or purchase.


i wore this.


drank lots of this.  (yup, at 10:30)


nibbled on some of these.

and enjoyed this lovely space.












the photographs from my iphone really do not do it justice.

a lovely end to a most interesting week.
jane xx

21 comments:

Anna White said...

WOW...just stunning outdoor decor..what a lovely event to be a part of...good skills lovely x

Anonymous said...

well .. its all very lovely .. but where is the originality? or sustainability? or social conscience? There are much greater opportunities to be truly "creative" than simply regurgitating efficacious, banal solutions to feed the aviricious consumer machine.

plain jane styling said...

Hi Anonymous,.. thanks for your comment. I agree absolutely,.. but not everyone can set the world on fire. there is a market for products like these,...and I dare say, this venture will do very well. They have put a lot of thought into their marketing, and have targeted their chosen market well. Not everything needs to be done with 'social conscience' in mind. some things can simply be 'lovely'. I dare say there is some element of sustainability through the use of succulents, natural fibres and materials and clever irrigation systems. We'll leave the 'creative opportunities' to those that do it well, eh?

Anonymous said...

" and enjoyed this lovely space .."

"but not everyone can set the world on fire ."

one of these things does not belong?

plain jane styling said...

both of those statements can be congruous. things do not have to be 'creative' and original to be enjoyable.

Foxyloxy said...

As someone who has hollowed plain Jane for quite some time I have to say it is a relief to see some sustainable and gorgeously sustainable ideas. @anonymous perhaps you need to know more about a person before you are so needlessly unkind, hiding behind an anonymous post on the net. You don't actually know what you are talking about. If you knew more about Plain Jane then you would not make these comments. If this blog doesn't interest you then simply move on and try to be kind.

Anonymous said...

That is true .. Particularly in a stylists world. Fortunately, most designers weave integrity into the cloth of their workmanship. Having done so we generally do not appreciate having our creations bastardised.

plain jane styling said...

surely the viewer is the judge here? show us the colour of your money, Mr Designer

Penny said...

What an interesting discussion. As a lowly consumer, one of my pre-requisites for purchasing any sort of design - clothes, decor, cosmetics etc - is the integrity with which the 'designer' carries themselves. Most of the time designers want to plaster their names across anything and everything, regardless of whether they have 'designed' it or not - sunglasses, perfumes, hair conditioner....an interesting oxymoron in that this particular designer hides behind internet anonymity.

Irena said...

I'm compelled to admit my response. I support Janes' aesthetic and her work, but likewise I like annonymous' first post which was full of interesting points, just a shame she/he could not own their comments. Should be more of this out there in the design world and blogland. Jane, if you dare to post about what you love, you will invite support as well as opposition - that's the scarriest thing about arriving in the world publically. All opposition is a refelction of our own crap anyway. This is not a troll at all...this is another person with a point of view, just like you.

Anonymous said...

.. consumer .. integrity .. yes indeed, that is an interesting oxymoron

oscar and ruby said...

Anonymous, are you a stylist/designer? I'd be interested to see some of your work. You make some valid points.
I also agree with Jane, there is a market for this style of decor, and surely the fact that items are for hire promotes sustainability & less consumer waste?
--Jess.

plain jane styling said...

Oh, Come on! Everyone is a consumer at some level. Why question people's integrity? How do you exist in this world without being a consumer?

Afterall, what is a designer without a consumer? apart from hungry.

Anonymous said...

As someone that has close contact with a designer (i.e. partner), and is also close friends with other people in the same profession, I find it interesting that everything that is posted online, by 'designers' has to be 'verified' therefore 'made real' by people who don't have the first clue about designing. I don't profess to know the first thing about designing, but by the same token my partner and colleagues do not feel the need to tell us they know better and are also better than us!!

Aunt Annie said...

Hey, Anonymous? There are much greater opportunities to be 'truly creative' than picking holes in someone else's blog. She who can, does; she who can't becomes a critic. Probably anonymously.

Go write your own ethically sound style blog and provide us with a link, and then we might take you seriously (particularly when you make vague accusations about having original ideas bastardised?!).

And hey, if you can't reconcile enjoying a lovely space and not feeling the need to set the world on fire every living moment, my sympathy. You must lead a very painful and restless life.

As for reconciling being a consumer and having integrity- you obviously haven't taken the time to look deeply at the use of found and recycled items within this blog, or you wouldn't be sounding off so inappropriately. And we're all consumers, therefore in your books nobody has integrity. Get real!

I would consider myself about as ethical as someone can get on many fronts, yet even I enjoy looking at the pretty things PJ shows us- and if I disagree now and then, which I do, I don't feel a need to be offensive about it. You, on the other hand...

...chill pill recommended. You're sounding toxic.

Delon said...

Interesting how some people have the delusion that they are not consumers, and use this as a derogatory term directed at others. If you live in the city, own or rent a home with phone, internet, gas, electricity + water, use appliances, drive a car or use public transport, buy your clothes + food from a store, than you are a part of the 'consumer machine' ... like it or not. We all have choices in what we consume, however, in both quantity and quality. Even though they are not all to my taste, I would rather see people buying products like these (made primarily from natural materials and designed for urban dwellings without expansive lawns and water intensive gardens) than the thousands of other 'lifestyle' products which use polyurethane coatings, toxic paints, glues and energy intensive manufacturing processes.

One small suggestion though for Anonymous ... if you are going to be so inflammatory on a design blog, at least have the chops to back it up with some design based critique (cynical backhanders and sarcasm don't count) ... or at the very least give us an example of something that you do consider to be 'truly creative'.

Anonymous said...

Chill pill duly taken. However is not this a place to have a say? Everybody is entitled to their thoughts and opinions. Love what is shown on the blog, however, once again originality and creativeness will always rear its head! Part of the game!!

Anonymous said...

What a cockhead...

Anonymous said...

Who .. Plain Jane?? My how the tone of this thread has deteriorated .....

Aunt Annie said...

(I think someone is sounding a little as though they've had too much to drink, actually, and it's not PJ. There's nothing creative or original about abusive language, nor about replying to one's own posts in a desperate attempt to create drama.)

naughtyshorts! said...

FAR OUT Brussell sprout!! Hi miss Jane - don't worry about narky people on their high horse - you are fantastic!! And where would designers be without stylists?? MWAH!