18 of the best new yachts from Cannes

We rounded up the Cannes Yachting Festival debuts to put at the top of your shopping list.

By Geri Ward, Danielle Cutler 19/09/2018

Cannes is best known for its May film festival, but the Yachting Festival de Cannes (September 11-16) marked the official start of the boat-show season in Europe. Fifteen years ago, Cannes was just a regional event, but it has since become the must-attend for every major yacht builder in the world.

The largest yacht at Cannes, the 157-foot Baglietto 48m T-Line, seems small compared to the largest yachts at the Monaco Yacht Show (September 26 to 29). But the Cannes show’s 120 world premieres dwarves every other boat show on the globe.

This year’s event had nearly 600 boats in the water and on the docks at the Vieux Port and Port Canto (where brokerage yachts are displayed), along with water-toy and tender sections.

One of the primary attractions of the show is its location on the French Riviera. The beautiful, blue Mediterranean makes an exceptional backdrop (and a great place to sea-trial the yachts), while the French cafés, chic shops, and seafood restaurants are just steps from the show.

Here are some of the hottest new debuts this year.

#1 Princess Yachts R35

A collaboration between Ben Ainslie Racing Technologies and Pininfarina gave birth to the UK-based Princess Yachts R35 sport yacht, debuting in Cannes this year. America’s Cup technology channeled into the Princess Active Foil System means less drag for the R35, providing stellar stability, comfort, and manoeuvrability in all sea conditions. Italian car-design firm Pininfarina — known for its work on such marques as Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa Romeo — designed the lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque hull. Side air blades maximise engine airflow and mange stern turbulence, improving comfort all the while. Two aluminium V8 engines give the boat a 50-knot top-end speed — the fastest Princess ever. Posh interiors by Princess remind us that it’s a yacht.

#2 Cantieri Estensi 380 America

The 38-foot 380 America from Italian yard Cantieri Estensi is the first of the new line of America yachts — and it comes in several fun colours and multiple options. With design and engineering by Zuccheri Yacht Design, this timeless-looking, lobster-style, centre-console yacht has the option of two cabins down below, or just one large open-plan space. Plus, choose from a cockpit kitchen or a below-decks one. And then pick which engine: two 280hp or a pair 370hp Volvo Pentas. You can also decide to use it as a weekend cruiser, or pair it up with your superyacht to be used as a tender. So many decisions.

#3 Bladerunner 45 GT

Combining a performance hull with a luxury topside can be tricky, since most yacht builders can either do one or the other, but rarely both. Bladerunner’s new 45 GT, premiering at Cannes from Ice Marine in the UK, accomplishes both missions. The 45-footer reaches a top end of 50 knots, thanks to its stepped hull, designed to funnel air so it lifts the boat higher over the water, and triple 370hp D6 Volvo Penta engines. The GT designation, standing for Grand Tourer, kicks in above the waterline, with a big sunbed on the open stern, enclosed social area in the cockpit and a very generous cabin below. The Bladerunner has GT-like features rarely seen on any yacht, including electric side windows, suspension seats for rough-water running and a superyacht’s electronics package. Belowdecks, plenty of natural light fills the contemporary cabin, thanks to overhead glass panels and side windows. If 50 knots is just not enough, Ice Marine can up the speed to 70 knots (128 km/h) for “specialist” applications.

#4 Mazu 52

Known for quirky, unconventional but well-built day boats from 38 to 82 feet, Mazu’s new 52-footer will raise the bar in the luxury weekender category. Launched at Cannes, the 52 shares the high bow and protected cockpit of its siblings, along with big sunbeds, tables and lounges in the cockpit and an open transom. But the two-cabin interior is a departure for Mazu. The new design offers not only superior protection in big seas (thanks to the closed-in bow), but also a much more comfortable overnight experience. Mazu dressed the interior in soft Foglizzo leathers, with classy Bianca marble veneers laid over a lightweight aluminium substrate. The hull layup includes a high percentage of carbon-fibre in the sandwich construction, with a full carbon-hard hardtop. Mazu is more conscious than most builders in keeping its boats as light as possible, without compromising strength. The 52 will be powered by twin Volvo IPS 800 engines that deliver a top speed of 36 knots, with a cruise of 32 knots.

#5 Bluegame 62

Just the name Bluegame sums up the fun mission of this new launch. The much larger sibling of the Bluegame 42 has a walk-around design that squeezes every centimetre of usable space out of the topsides. That includes that sun cushion on the hardtop, an area that is never used for people. The designers included plenty of other room to roam around the cockpit, including a large sunbed on the foredeck and an even larger sunbed in the center cockpit, with yet more sunbeds and lounges facing the stern of the yacht. The wide-open transom puts you about 30 centimetres above open water. The aft platform of the stern is designed for carrying a tender and lowers into the water for easy launch and retrieval. Though this 62 screams day-boat, the interior includes a full-beam master suite, forward cabin, and saloon with a large couch that seats eight, opposite the galley. One of the more exciting categories as this year’s Cannes show will be luxury day-boats, and while this yacht suits that category, anyone interested in this handsome boat will soon find out that they won’t be shortchanged belowdecks, either.

#6 Ferretti Yachts 670

The Ferretti Yachts 670 flybridge yacht sports exterior design by Filippo Salvetti — his first for the brand — and the Ferretti Group, and an interior also designed by the Ferretti Group. The 67-foot yacht sports a 25-square-metre flybridge with loungers, bar, dining table and settee, and a foredeck fitted with lounging space. An open-plan main deck provides a spacious feel, as do the numerous windows. Belowdecks guests will find an amidships full-beam master suite, a full-beam VIP stateroom forward, and a twin cabin. An optional version comes with a single captain’s cabin. Ferretti offers two engine choices: either a pair of 1,000hp or 1,200hp MAN diesel engines, which propel the 670 to either 28 or 32 knots. The yacht’s cruise speed is 25.

#7 Sunseeker Sport Yacht 74

The new 74 Sport Yacht from British boatbuilder Sunseeker has its world premiere in Cannes. Borrowing design and performance features from the Sunseeker Predator 74, the 74 Sport Yacht offers up a huge flybridge, with helm station, seating, dining and sunbathing spaces. A bimini shade and wet bar are optional. A large sun pad and U-shaped dining area forward of the helm on the foredeck provide an excellent location for a sunset cocktail or a meal with an amazing view.

The 74 Sport Yacht transforms into an open yacht when the weather is nice or a closed yacht when it’s not, thanks to a cockpit door that lowers itself into the sole of the yacht — kind-of like a convertible.

Oversized windows and a helm sunroof provide the main-deck areas with all kinds of natural light. Seating and dining areas have unobstructed 360-degree views. A galley and three en-suite cabins are belowdecks: The master stateroom sits aft, a VIP stateroom is forward, and a twin cabin is starboard. A crew cabin is situated next to the garage.

This 74-foot yacht sports a 38-knot max speed, a cruising speed of 28, and a range of 330 nautical miles. The tender garage stows an optional Williams 395 SportJet.

#8 CCN Freedom

CCN’s Freedom, owned by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, makes its world premiere in Cannes. The fully custom 88-foot yacht, which is part of CCN’s Fuoriserie line, was designed by Cavalli along with his friend and designer Tommaso Spadolini. The yacht’s strong exterior lines and bold interior reflect Cavalli’s personality. He aimed for maximum privacy while still allowing for close proximity to the water. This can be seen in several locations. Situated aft of the helm station, Cavalli’s master suite takes over the whole main deck, while a skylight bathes the space in natural light. In addition, the aft cockpit sports privacy curtains so he can relax on deck without being seen. Up top on the flydeck is another private area with a helm station. Two guest staterooms and crew quarters are housed down below. A tender is stored on the foredeck. With both an aluminium hull and superstructure, as well as three waterjet engines, Freedom boasts a top speed of 40 knots.

#9 Numarine 26XP

Making its global debut at Cannes, Numarine’s 26XP represents the new breed of mini-expedition yachts. Along with its sister the 32XP (making its European debut at Cannes), the 85-foot 26XP has a highly efficient hull, high freeboard and intrepid profile, and a special flybridge that covers about two-thirds of the hull’s length. The bridge has 100 square metres of usable deck space, allowing owners and guests to find their own private areas with space left over on the aft deck for a tender.

The yacht has a generous, full-beam saloon on the main deck, with full-height windows, a dining area, and settees for congregating. Designer Cal Yalman also left abundant space belowdecks for the four staterooms, including the full-beam master suite amidships, where the yacht is widest. A VIP and two twins comprise the other three. Numarine worked with Silent Line to make the yacht as noise- and vibration-free as possible, using techniques that are more often applied to superyachts. The yacht comes in a displacement-hull version, which has a maximum speed of 13.5 knots. At eight knots, its range is 3000 nautical miles. The semiplaning version has larger engines and pushes the 85-footer to an impressive 28 knots.

#10 Dominator Ilumen Cadet V

Austrian-owned, Italy-based shipyard Dominator presents its fifth Ilumen 28m superyacht, the series that made news last year with its first hull, Kalliente. The 92-foot semi-custom Cadet V sports an efficient semi-displacement hull and a shaft propulsion system, with further technological and interior tweaks taken from suggestions by those familiar with the first few hulls. Yacht designer Alberto Mancini created the exterior, and Dominator chief designer Luca Catino crafted the interior. Cadet V’s owner is a fan of artist Stefano Curto, whose work incorporates thousands of colourful Swarovski crystals. Several of his pieces are featured on the yacht.

Floor-to-ceiling windows on the main deck are great for the mesmerizing Curto work hanging in the main saloon — and not bad for views and natural light either. The yacht sleeps eight guests in four staterooms, including an owner’s suite that this owner extended for space. In addition to the owner’s suite, Cadet V offers up three staterooms — a full-beam master and two VIPs — on the lower deck. Crew quarters accommodate three crew members.

The yacht carries a Williams Jet Tenders SportJet 395 and a Radinn Wakejet, plus toys, in its tender garage, and its beach club provides easy access to the water. Cadet V boasts a maximum speed of 21 knots and a cruise speed of 14.

#11 Benetti Delfino 95

Benetti has been building boats since 1873, but there is nothing traditional about the new Delfino 95, named Christella III. The superstructure, all curves and wave patterns, is arguably the most contemporary semicustom design the Italian builder has launched for many years. But the yacht’s function extends far beyond its form. Benetti has turned the traditional foredeck into an outdoor sun platform, with a large sunbed forward and a set of lounges on the next level up. The section is actually on the same level as the rear flybridge deck, so owners and guests can simply walk around the sides, instead of going through the interior and climbing stairs to reach the different areas. The 95 also has a private nook above the hardtop, where the captain can drive or guests can huddle in a small group for the best view on the water. The interior design by Achille Salvagni, the Rome architect who made his name in contemporary homes, is curved, fluid and as unorthodox (but beautiful) as the exterior. A forward, full-beam master suite on the main deck provides plenty of space for Christella III’s owners, while the dining area and saloon in the rear are comfortable but elegant gathering areas. On the deck below are four staterooms for eight guests. The Delfino 95 can also accommodate five crew in three cabins. This newest Benetti is a nice departure for the storied brand: not too far out there, but wild enough to set it apart from the rest of the 100-foot pack.

#12 Azimut Grande 32 Metri

The Azimut Grande 32 Metri, which premiered at Cannes, has a muscular-looking exterior from Stefano Righini, but the Achille Salvagni interior is all curves and light. Salvagni, known for whimsical but elegant rooms, designed the 105-foot Azimut yacht with custom table lamps and overhead fixtures as well as bespoke furniture. The master suite has full-height windows that bathe the sleeping area in natural light. Righini designed excellent usable space across the exterior, with a large beach club at the stern and a flybridge divided into a dining area, central social area, and relaxation area in the bow (with a mini-Jacuzzi). Twin 2200hp MTU engines give the boat a top speed of 26.5 knots.

#13 Arcadia 105

From its start in 2005, Arcadia set out to be a different kind of yacht builder. Some of its defining characteristics: eco-conscious without compromising comfort and luxury, large interiors with lots of thermally insulated glass, hybrid propulsion, convertible exterior spaces and solar panels integrated into the hull. The Italian builder was so far ahead of its time that it now has many imitators.

Its new 105, which will make its world debut at Cannes, ticks all the builder’s boxes in a supersized way. Its upper deck has a skylounge that opens into the aft sun lounge, creating 56 square metres of relaxation area. A dining table seats up to 10 on the rear of this deck, but seating space can double by using the forward area. The owner of the first 105, his third Arcadia in seven years, also mandated custom features like a master suite with its own set of stairs for privacy, a winter garden at the front of the boat that doubles as a children’s play area, and three other staterooms that include two VIPs and a double. The builder offers 50 choices of interior layout, so the new eco-superyacht can be configured to just about any taste.

#14 Conrad C133

Arguably the hottest studio in superyacht design, UK-based Reymond Langton was behind the contemporary but elegant look of the new Viatoris, the 133-footer from Conrad shipyard. The designers did away with the usual stacked wedding-cake look, and instead introduced curves to the rear of the upper decks that lend an air of individuality to its blue-and-white profile, while also providing an exceptional view for the owners and guests. Besides the unusually ornate interior, the 133 differs from other yachts in its class with the four balconies that open outward on the main deck (two on in the master suite and two in the aft saloon) that give an open-air feel to these areas. The owner uses Viatoris as a home on the water, rather than a weekend retreat, which explains the full-beam master suite, generous social spaces on the bridge and sundecks, and custom interior.

#15 Chaser 500R

Nobody can beat the Italians at fast, luxury rigid-hulled inflatables, except maybe a Dutch company called Chaser Yachts. Powered by triple 400hp Mercury outboards, its new 500R promises to be a very fast boat, with a top speed that passes 55 knots. Chaser designed the 50-footer as a tender for a superyacht, but it would make an outstanding weekend boat with its two cabins, protected cockpit, and open transom. Yacht designer Guido de Groot did a masterful job with the exterior design, making it look sleek and safe, while the aluminium construction of the hull and rubber inflatable tubes promises seaworthiness and longevity. The 500R at Cannes will be hull number one, but Chaser says it can customise any part of the boat for each owner’s tastes.

#16 Sanlorenzo SL102

Italian builder Sanlorenzo has made its name with clever designs on stylish-looking yachts. The new SL102 launched in Cannes does not disappoint: instead of having two decks that run on both sides of the interior, the designers decided to use only the starboard deck, which freed up about 10.2 square metres for the interior. That makes a noticeable difference in the yacht’s livability, especially since it made the yacht wider rather than longer. The saloon, which seems more like a waterside villa, also has a fold-down balcony that makes the interior area feel even larger. The SL102 is built on a planing hull, so it’s much faster than the majority of displacement 100-footers on the water. With its twin 2216hp MTU diesels, it reaches a top end of 28 knots.

#17 Cantiere delle Marche Nauta Air 110.19

Known for its strong, but lightweight hulls, the 110-foot Nauta Air 110.19 from Cantiere delle Marche was among the line-up in Cannes. Featuring naval and interior architecture by CdM and Nauta Design, the Nauta Air line of yachts is designed to keep an equilibrium between indoor and outdoor spaces, accomplished in part by large windows. The 110.19 houses 12 guests in five staterooms — with the help of two pullman beds — as well as seven crewmembers in four cabins. The yacht’s two Caterpillar C18 engines propel the Nauta Air to a maximum speed of 13 knots with a range of 5000 nm if cruising at 10. Zero Speed stabilizers keep the ride a smooth one.

#18 Custom Line 120

Making its world debut at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival, the Custom Line 120 takes aspects of automotive, aeronautical, and residential design, as well as that of racing power yachts, to create a sporty planing superyacht, the first penned by Francesco Paszkowski Design.

A highlight of the Custom Line 120 is the glass door between the aft cockpit and the main saloon. It rests at a 45-degree angle and, to open, it tilts up into the ceiling, as well as opening horizontally. This makes for a true indoor/outdoor living space. Francesco Paszkowski and the Ferretti Group designers created the interior decor. Besides the main-deck master suite, four en-suite staterooms reside belowdecks: two VIPs and two singles. Crew quarters are forward and include four cabins.

The flybridge offers up a hot tub and lounging space as well as stairs that lead to the forepeak dining and lounging area. Two garages are located at water level — one at the stern and one forward. All told, the 120 can carry two tenders and a three-person jet ski.

The new hull design reduces resistance and, with its pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines, hits a top speed of 25 knots. Its cruise speed is 21, but in the 120’s “economical cruising speed” of 11 knots, the yacht has a range up to 1100 nm.

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Everybody Loves Naomi 

Fashion fans adore her. And so do we. Lucky, then, that a new exhibition is paying homage to four decades of snake-hipped catwalking.

By Joseph Tenni 22/06/2024

Naomi Campbell contains multitudes. Since emerging on the scene in 1986, modelling for British designer Jasper Conran, the statuesque stunner has used the runway for takeoff. She has ventured into all aspects of the culture, from Vogue to Playboy and reality TV. In the business arena, she has dabbled in publishing and the two F&Bs (fragrance and beauty, and food and beverage). Her philanthropic efforts are legion.

Naomi is better known than any of her peers and, aged 54, remains more relevant than ever. As a testament to her pervading influence, a new exhibition, Naomi: In Fashion, is opening at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Celebrating her 40 years in the spotlight, the show includes clothes from the model’s closet and some of the designer fashion she has helped to immortalise.

We all know her snake-hipped walk, her glowing skin, her famous paramours, and—yes—her many tantrums and tiaras. But how much do we love her exactly? Let’s count some of the ways. 

1. She Was Born to Be Famous

Many people know Naomi for her appearances in music videos for Michael Jackson’s In the Closet and George Michael’s Freedom! ’90—the latter also featuring fellow supermodels Linda, Cindy and Christy. But Naomi has been in front of the camera since she was a child, and her prolific music-video career predates her modelling. At 8, she appeared in the official video for Bob Marley’s 1978 hit Is This Love. At 13, Culture Club cast her as a tap-dancing teen in I’ll Tumble 4 Ya. It would be another two years before she was discovered by model scout Beth Boldt, while shopping in London’s Covent Garden.

Courtesy Off-White. Photo Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

2. She Hits All the Right Notes

As anyone who has ever seen Unzipped, the 1995 cult fashion documentary by Douglas Keeve, Naomi always has a song in her heart. She put her mouth where her money was in 1994 and recorded an album, Babywoman. The cover art featured Naomi, photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth, shaving her legs while sitting on the toilet. Fittingly, the album was canned—despite assistance from contributors like Donna Summer and PM Dawn. 

3. She’s Always Ready for Her Close-Up
Hollywood’s history is full of models who went on to become successful actors. Naomi is not one of them. But not for want of trying. Her turn as a nightclub singer in Vanilla Ice’s 1991 movie Cool as Ice flies under the radar but doesn’t deserve to. Nor does her scene-stealing cameo as a French cheese shopper in The Night We Never Met, alongside Matthew Broderick and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Or her playing a sexy telephone operator in Spike Lee’s Girl 6. Who else has that kind of range? 

4. She Tells It Like It Is

We’d be remiss not to mention her 1994 novel Swan. A roman a clef about a young girl breaking into the modelling industry, flanked by her four besties who are also divas in training heels, it certainly played with genres. A murder-mystery-cum-sexy-romance-cum-vocational-advice page-turner, or something like that, this guilty pleasure was cruelly overlooked and relegated to the annals of bargain bins everywhere. 

5. She’s Got a Mind for Business

Naomi has been vocal over the years about making less money than her white peers and was not going to wait for the industry to catch up. Instead, she has ventured into businesses ranging from her former stake in the Fashion Cafe in New York to her signature fragrances, first released in 1999. What does Naomi smell like? Subtle yet complicated, consisting of top notes of peach, coconut and bergamot with a deep, woody base of cedar and sandalwood—apparently.

6. She Gives Until It Hurts

For a so-called narcissist, Naomi has often put her fame to philanthropic use. She has galvanised black models in fashion with the Black Girls Coalition and has raised money for Africa, Haiti and disaster relief worldwide, including after the Mumbai terrorist attacks. When she was dating the Russian billionaire and Aman Resorts owner Vladislav Doronin, she became committed to saving the tiger. Is there anything this overachiever can’t do?

7. She Can Make Hay From Anything

When she was sentenced to community service following allegations by a former employer that Naomi had attacked her with a mobile phone, the model emerged from her punishment dressed in couture and trailed by a photo crew who were shooting a fashion layout of her for W magazine. And when she was summoned in 2010 to appear in a war crimes trial against former Liberian president Charles Taylor—in relation to an uncut blood diamond he’d allegedly given her—our girl showed up in an Azzedine Alaïa twin-set and wearing a silver “evil eye” necklace, turning the courtroom into a photo opportunity.

8. She’ll Be on Your Side for Evermore
The fashion industry is hardly known for its loyalty or congeniality, but Naomi has maintained decades-long friendships with not only her supermodel sisters like Christy Turlington but also some of the most powerful and difficult players, including John Galliano and Marc Jacobs. That she has remained tight with so many of her friends is not lost on her adoring public. She must be a loyal person and in return, fans everywhere remain loyal to her.

Naomi: In Fashion runs from June 22, 2024, until April 16, 2025, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; vam.ac.uk

Courtesy Vivienne Westwood. Photo Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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The Sapphire Dinner 2024 Raises Support for Ocean Conservation

This year’s boldfaced bash raised funds for our critically under-supported national treasures. 

By Horacio Silva 22/06/2024

The big fish of Sydney society came out Thursday night for the third annual Sapphire Dinner to raise much-needed money for ocean conservation. Held in conjunction with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the boldfaced bash was the first sit-down dinner held at the Tank, a repurposed World War II fuel container that sits beneath the Art Gallery’s new wing. 

Set against a backdrop of immersive ocean-inspired video projections by South Korean digital creators d’strict, and with a dress code that inspired guests to recycle their most fabulous fashions, the zero-waste dinner supports The Sapphire Project’s mission to galvanise the community to take action to protect our oceans and the Great Barrier Reef.

Deep-pocketed VIPs who walked the evening’s blue carpet included  Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull, real estate maven Monika Tu, Penelope Seidler, Anna Marsden (Managing Director of Great Barrier Reef Foundation), Michael and Tina Brand, Andrew Cameron, MCA Chair Lorraine Tarabay, Myer boss Olivia Wirth, benefactors Paris Neilsen and Beau Neilson, and Paul Howes and Olivia Wirth, the power couple known as ‘Paulivia’. 

Retired swimmer Giaan Rooney MC’d the event, hosted by Sapphire Committee co-chairs Hayley Baillie and Ryan Gollan and committee members Ian Thorpe AM, Luke Hepworth, Clare Herschell, Susan Wynne, Brioney Prier, Bianca Rinehart, Doris Ma, Kate Champion, Ellie Aitken, and Chong Chua. 

A troupe of former Australian Ballet dancers and a musical performance by the Fijian-Australian singer and actress Paulini entertained the revellers.   

Among the auctioned items was an original work by Del Kathryn Barton, which raised more than $200,000 in a high-spirited bidding war led by Four Pillars Gin founder Stu Gregor, whose expletive-laden entreaties were suitably salty. 

Nobody minded, given that more than a million dollars were raised to support the criminally underfunded ocean conservation (it’s estimated that only about 2 percent of philanthropy in Australia goes towards the preservation of our precious national treasures), with funds going to support important initiatives such as The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the University of Sydney’s One Tree Island Research Station, the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station, the Australian Sea Lion Recovery Foundation and Biopixel Oceans Foundation’s Project Hammerhead

The Sapphire Project Dinner 2024
Clare Herschell, Kate Champion, Bianca Rinehart & Hayley Baillie
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Ian Thorpe
Adrian and Beck Buchan
Monika Tu
The Sapphire Project Dinnner 2024
Lucy & Malcolm Turnbull
Sapphire Committee co-chairs Hayley Baillie & Ryan Gollan

For further information, visit SapphireProject.com.au

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The 10 Best Omakase in Sydney

Sydney’s best Japanese chef’s-table dining experiences.

By Belinda Aucott-christie 06/06/2024

In Japan, where food is a cultural art form, omakase stands for traditional Japanese foods made with seasonal ingredients. A good omakase meal, prepared with purity and mindfulness, can make an unforgettable imprint on the culinary memory. Yet in a land defined by seasonal traditions, omakase is a relatively new concept.

Omakase originated in Japan in the 1970s as affluent Japanese began to dine more regularly at first-rate sushi counters. Bowing to the expertise of the sushi master, omakase loosely translates to “I’ll leave it to you.” In a setting where money is no object, letting the chef decide was designed as a chic way to take the awkwardness out of ordering.

In Australia where there’s an abundance of fresh seafood, omakase menus have experienced a recent rise in popularity. Today omakase is any series of small dishes served directly by the chef to the diner. Each part of the meal is presented on beautiful ceramics and lacquer wear, with a great —and somewhat— intimidating reverence for elegant details. It’s a chance to see a chef’s knife skills up close and get a feel for their cooking style.

Omakase menus are based on whatever is freshest at the market and can be influenced by the chef’s mood, expertise, and response to the guest. They can be slowly paced like a ceremony—hushed and reverential—but they can also be rowdy, humorous, and personal.
Here we give you 10 of the best to try in Sydney.

Yoshi’s Omakase at Nobu Crown Sydney

Crown Sydney, Level 2/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo. Open: 12–3 pm, 5:30–9:30 pm Phone: 02 8871 7188 Reservations: F&B-SYD-Nobu@crownresorts.com.au; $380 per head (including matched wine and sake). Crownsydney.com.au

Sushi Oe

16/450 Miller St, Cammeray; Tue – Sat. SMS only 0451 9709 84 E: jizakana16@gmail.com Phone: 0426 233 984 $230 per head. jizakana.com.au

Kisuke with Yusuke Morita

50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point; Tuesday – Saturday: 17:30 – 10.45 (closed Sunday/ Monday) $185-200 per head Kisukepottspoint.com

Haco 

102/21 Alberta St, Sydney. Lunch, Friday to Saturday 12 -2:00 pm Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday 5:45 pm – 8:1 5pm (closed Sunday & Mondays) P: 0408 866 285                                     E: haco@hacosydney.com.au; $150 – $210 Hacosydney.com.au

Kuon

Shop 04 2/58 Little Hay St, Sydney, Lunch: Fri-Sun 12:30 pm. Dinner  Tue-Sun 5:15 pm or 7:45 pm sittings.  Reservation via SMS at 0488 688 252; $220 per head @kuon.omakase

Sokyo 

The Darling, Level G, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont. Open dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:45 pm P: 1800 700 700 $300 per head Sokyo.com.au

Kuro

368 Kent St, Sydney; Open Tue – Wed – Thur: 6 pm Fri & Sat: 5:30 pm P: 02 9262 1580, reservations@kurosydney.com $220 per head. Kurosydney.com;

Choji Omakase

Level 2, 228 Victoria Ave, Chatswood —upstairs from Choji Yakiniku. Every Monday to Wednesday at 6.30 pm. One seating per day only. $295 per head. Chojiomakase.com.au

Gold Class Daruma

The Grace Hotel, Level 1/77 York St, Sydney; 12–2:30 pm, 5:30–9.00 pm Phone: (02) 9262 1190 M: 0424 553 611 booking@goldclassdaruma.com.au·$120 – $150 per head Goldclassdaruma.com.au

Besuto

Besuto Omakase, Sydney Place precinct, 3 Underwood Street, Circular Quay. Omakase is available to book for dinner – Tuesday to Saturday. 5:30 pm & 8pm sittings. From $250. Besuto.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is no soy and wasabi offered during my omakase meal?
Even though sushi and sashimi are being served, the chef is serving each piece of sushi so quickly and directly that the chef is applying the wasabi and soy to the sushi themselves. Watch as they brush the top of the fish with soy and dab a tiny amount of wasabi on the rice, under the fish. You should not need to add extra, and in fact, it can be insulting to the chef to add more. Bathing the bottom of the rice of your sushi in soy sauce is considered bad manners, as it is seen as detracting from the flavour of the fish.

Nobu, Sydney

Can an omakase experience accommodate my dietary needs?
Although there is often little variation once the chef has set the daily menu, some customisation is possible. Advise the restaurant when you book and remind them of allergies or aversions again as you sit down. They will let you know when you book if your allergy is possible for the chef. Japanese menus feature a lot of seafood and dashi so accommodating a no seafood request can be genuinely tricky.

What are the golden rules for chopstick etiquette?
Use your chopstick holder in between eating, rather than putting chopsticks on your plate. Don’t use your chopsticks to gesticulate or point; if offering food to someone to try, never pass food directly from your chopsticks to theirs. Rather place the food onto a small plate and let them pick it up.
Never touch communal or shared food with your chopsticks. The longer, slightly larger chopsticks are like sharing cutlery, never put these in your mouth.

Without a menu, how can I know what I am eating during omakase?
Omakase is often a no-menu situation, and you are expected to try new things. Attending an omakase experience with an open, trusting mind yields the best results.
There are Wagyu and tempura omakase that reflect the chef’s personal predilections and training, but in a standard luxury omakase, the format will include a lot of freshly caught seafood and will usually kick off with a delicate appetiser. This will be followed by a sashimi and sushi course, a savoury egg custard (chawanmushi) with meat and seafood, a cooked or blow-torched market fish, a soup course, and dessert.

Can I talk to the chef during omakase? What is the protocol?
Guests at an omakase experience are welcome to ask questions of the chef; in fact, interacting with the chef is part of the experience. It is considered polite to ask questions or inquire about the food so they can explain.

What is best to pair with omakase  in terms of drinks?
In general, wine and sake are a perfect match for omakase. Aged fish and vinegar have strong umami flavours so depending on which course you enjoy, different wine and sake will pair well. Dry chilled sake is a great choice. Amazing sakes are imported into Australia, so trust the restaurant to advise you and take you on a sake journey at the same time.  If you don’t like sake, drinking chardonnay, a crisp young riesling, or even a dry complex Riesling is also totally acceptable. All three styles help bring out the flavour of the fish. Champagne can also be good. Try a blanc de blancs— 100% chardonnay —for a great way to start the meal. As you progress, remember that sake is good for dishes with a strong taste, such as uni and eel.

Nobu, Sydney

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The Tod’s SS25 Men’s Collection in Milan Was a Showcase of “Artisanal Intelligence”

It was also the debut men’s collection by creative director Matteo Tamburini.

By Josh Bozin 20/06/2024

Earlier this week, Tod’s presented its SS25 men’s collection at the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) for Milan Fashion Week, where all eyes were fixed on Matteo Tamburini and his debut menswear collection as Tod’s newest creative director.

Striking “a balance between tradition and modernity”, was the former Bottega Veneta designer’s intention, and indeed his showcase offerered a spotlight on the quality, materials, and detailing that are central to the Tod’s wardrobe.

“The collection is more about subtraction rather than addition, highlighting the very elevated, timeless and relaxed materials,” says Tamburini via a statement.

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In line with Tod’s restrained design codes, the garments presented were characterised by timelessness, unmistakable Italian flair, yet a casualness appropriate for everyday wear. Only the best leathers were used in the collection—thanks to the Pashmy project, which Tod’s unveiled in January to champion high-end Italian materials—used in creating garments like the Tod’s Bomber, the Gio Jacket, the Shirt Jacket, the Di Bag sack, as well as footwear staples, like the Tod’s T-Riviera.

Of course, the iconic Gommino driving shoe wasn’t without an update, too: you’ll find a new sabot interpretation, as well as the Bubble Gommino introduced in a new boat model with the T-bar accessory.

“Craftsmanship” was at the forefront of messaging, with chairman and chief executive officer of the Tod’s Group, Diego Della Valle, reiterating the message of honouring artisanal arts in an increasingly digital-first world.”[It’s] important to uphold artisanal intelligence, keeping under control artificial intelligence as it is now developing rapidly and powerfully,” he said via a statement.

“Individuals and artisanal intelligence at the centre, with its traditions and values, will contribute to keep artificial intelligence in check. Our Italian craftsmanship and supply chain can be an example of the combination of tradition and the new speed of artificial intelligence.”

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Pitti Uomo’s Best-Dressed Men Cut Through the Noise With Personal Style

From vintage gems to tasteful tailoring, attendees of Florence’s biannual tradeshow brought their best sartorial selves.

By Naomi Rougeau, Lorenzo Sodi 20/06/2024

Whether or not you’re well versed in the ins and outs of Pitti Uomo, the biannual menswear tradeshow in Florence that brings together buyers, press—and, naturally, a vast ostentation of peacocks—the chances are that photos from the gathering are still making their way into your newsfeed. You might even smirk at the mention of it. To be sure, you’ll encounter plenty of “overdressing” strolling through the main venues but by and large, great personal style manages to cut through the noise.

Part of what makes the Pitti scene so exciting is that menswear moves relatively slowly. It’s less about seeing something earth shatteringly new but rather gradual shifts and discovering fresh ways to put things together. Menswear regulars such as Alessandro Squarzi, owner of a considerable vintage archive that influences his Milanese boutique Fortela, can be relied upon to provide inspiration on how to make tried and true staples and silhouettes feel modern.

Speaking of new old things, vintage fashions made their way into the chat in a big way this June, whether in terms of rare finds or sustainable efforts via upcycling, fabric development and natural dyes (Paris-based De Bonne Facture achieved an ideal medium brown using coffee, for instance). At the heart of the conversation was another bona fide vintage guru Maurizio Donadi who made a case for the timelessness and democratic nature of indigo with his centuries-spanning exhibit of antique garments from around the globe.

Below you’ll find a dozen of our favorite looks from Pitti Uomo 106, lensed by our eagle-eyed street-style photographer Lorenzo Sodi. We hope they inspire.

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A lesson in simplicity and the power of a classic palette—good quality vintage accents such as a turquoise embellished belt buckle add interest to timeless workwear. Ray-Ban’s universally-flattering Wayfarer sunglasses are the perfect finishing touch.

Lorenzo Sodi

Sans suit and shirt, the neckerchief (of which there were many at Pitti), adds a welcome dose of colour to a white tee and relaxed jacket and proves that sometimes one choice detail is all it takes. A well-loved, slightly-too-long belt and canvas Vans contribute to the casual harmony.

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Whatever the weather, you’ll find Douglas Cordeaux, from Fox Brothers, looking immaculate in shirt and tie… and a suit made of one of Fox’s many fabrics. British elegance, embodied.

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Relaxed elegance is the foundation of the Brunello Cuccinelli brand. Here, the maestro himself shows us how it’s done in a double-breasted linen ensemble featuring a few personal flourishes.

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Designer Alessandro Pirounis of Pirounis offers a masterclass on the rule of three with a contemporary twist, subbing the usual jacket with an overshirt of his own design.

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A renaissance man takes Florence. True to his roots, US Marine veteran, Savile Row-trained tailor and photographer Robert Spangle blazes a sartorial trail that’s all his own.

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Cream trousers are an essential element of elegant Italian summer style. Designer Nicola Radano of Spacca Neapolis channels one of the greats (Marcello Mastroianni) in a dark polo of his own design, collar spread wide across his jacket’s lapel for a welcome retro lean.

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Proof of the power of tonal dressing, that can create an impactful outfit just by sticking to the same colour family. A chic ensemble and in some ways an elevated version of the double-denim look, every element is working hard in service to the whole.

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UK-based stylist Tom Stubbs has long been a proponent of blousy pleats, lengthy db jackets, and statement-making neck scarves and here, in vintage Armani, he embodies the louche, oversize look that many designers are just now catching up on.

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A tailor splitting his time between Berlin and Cologne, Maximilian Mogg is known for his strong-shouldered, architectural suiting. Yet in Mogg’s hands, particularly with this non-traditional colour scheme, the effect is always modern and youthful.

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If Max Poglia’s relaxed Hawaiian shirt and suit combo is any indication, summer has truly arrived. But it’s an excellent example of how to wearing tailoring in more casual fashion. This cream db would look perfect with shirt and tie at a wedding in August and just as chic here with slippers and a laid-back shirt.

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Another example of how tailoring can be laid-back and breezy for summer, from a dude who looks no stranger to enjoying the best of the warmer months. Jaunty pocket square, sandals, untucked linen shirt…go forth and emulate.

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