It was hump day for everyone else, but for a select few who were willing to pay $300, Wednesday night was all about champagne and burlesque with special guest, Dita Von Teese.
There were some sideward glances from passersbys as perfectly preened guests dressed in feathers, latex, lace and little else spilled their way down the stairs of Tatler in Darlinghurst.
Unmissable: Dita Von Teese and her crew at Tatler in Sydney on Wednesday.
Two hours after Von Teese and her crew of 22 landed in Sydney from Adelaide, where they performed their sold-out Art of the Teese tour, they headed straight for the bar where Laurent Perrier bubbles and cocktails were in free flow.
All eyes were on the pint-sized Queen of Burlesque, dressed in a ruffled lilac gown with sheer panelling and not a hair out of place in her jet-black pin curls.
“Can you believe she is 45?” was the most over-asked question of the night.
Von Teese happily mingled with guests and posed for picture after picture, later helping auction off a 24-karat Lelo vibrator valued at $15,000 with the help of the emcee of her show and comedian Jonny McGovern.
The proceeds from the intimate invitation-only event, in association with Porte-à-Vie, will go towards a program at The Indigo Project that will help educate up to 600 women on issues surrounding sensuality, desire and self-love.
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“It’s not about seducing men, it’s about embracing womanhood,” Von Teese says.
Missable: Kate Hudson at the Business Chicks lunch on Tuesday at the International Convention Centre Sydney.
Meanwhile, it was a completely different affair over at the Business Chicks event with Kate Hudson on Tuesday afternoon, where 1600 women (and some men) were crammed into a room at the International Conference Centre to hear from the Hollywood A-lister.
Whereas Von Teese was open and inviting, Hudson would permit no media questions, no photographers but that of the organisation and had to approve all images before they were distributed.
Social Seen: Dita Von Teese mingles with guests, Kate Hudson keeps to herself
Some guests couldn’t even see Hudson from their seats – but still had to fork out $269 ($239 for members) for the pleasure – and instead had to settle with watching her on one of the two screens either side of the stage.
Following a small, two-course lunch, Hudson showed up for a In Conversation with Business Chicks CEO Emma Issacs, who heaped praise on the daughter of Goldie Hawn, often stopping to ask the audience to applaud her.
Model and actor Nyibol Kuek at the Maui Moisture haircare breakfast in Tamarama.
Do you want Social Seen’s advice? Save your pennies and don’t listen to a Hollywood star with parents in the industry boast about their wealth and success, and instead spend it on a night of cocktails with a burlesque icon.
Another day, another Instagramable breakfast for Sydney’s best-known influencers, with Maui Moisture hosting the honours last Friday.
To celebrate their launch into Woolworths, the Hawaiian-inspired haircare brand hosted a slap-up meal at a private residence (previously owned by chef and restauranteur Bill Granger) overlooking Mackenzies Bay in Tamarama.
The likes of former Big Brother star Lisa Clark and former The Bachelor star Lana Jeavons Fellows enjoyed a breakfast created by Food Channel and Bondi Harvest chef Guy Turland.
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