Tia Maria Moonlight Cinema Espresso Bar launch
Tia Maria’s summer pop-up bar at the Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park opened on a chilly Wednesday night. The bar will be serving up Australia’s unofficial signature cocktail, the espresso martini, as well as the Tia and tonic and the ultimate movie drink, the Tia iced popcorn frappe. Celebrity guests were treated to a VIP area in ‘Gold Grass’ with bean beds and cosy blankets for a sold-out screening of Christmas favourite Love Actually.
Among the celebrity guests were former X Factor singers Jess & Matt, who have just released their new single Know About You, loved up couple Tim Dormer and Ash Toweel, reality TV stars Lisa Clark, Brittany Hockley and Sogand Mohtat. Recently married Renae Ayris was also there gushing about her stunning Hunter Valley wedding to celebrity personal trainer Andrew Pap.
A highlight ahead of the film screening was overhearing former Big Brother winner Dormer mention the last time he had watched the popular Christmas flick was when “he was still straight”.
Christmas celebrations, Cosette style
On Thursday evening, luxury retailer Cosette celebrated the festive season at its Sydney flagship store in The Rocks. Guests invited to celebrate Christmas Cosette style included fashion influencer Nadia Fairfax, Harper’s BAZAAR fashion editor Caroline Tran, designer Emm Gurr, and actress Tiarnie Coupland.
A bold floral installation by Hermetica made for an exquisite photo backdrop, while French DJ Jeremy Kay provided the evening’s entertainment. The dance floor got wild thanks to Caspar Thomas and The Disco Junkies.
The lavish soiree spared no expense treating guests to Laurent-Perrier champagne, a selection of Petaluma wines, quintessentially French canapés with caviar blinis and crostinis circulating the room and a charming macaron cart.
Cosette toasted being one of only four stores in Sydney outside of the airport to hold a sought-after duty-free licence, stocking top European brands Balenciaga, Burberry, Celine, Fendi, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, and guests were happy to be gifted a special discount on the night. The Christmas spirit was high as Social Scene spied further alcohol runs being made during the event.
IN: Venroy beach club bucket hats.
OUT: Millennial Pink. It had its run and we’ve moved on.
Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.