Solomon Lew and his wife Rosie in Melbourne in 2010. She is said to keeping a ‘dignified’ silence on their split. Photo: Getty
There was no sign of acclaimed artist Tim Storrier at Moss Vale Local Court on Wednesday where his wife, Janet Storrier, appeared before the local magistrate.
The court was told further police investigations were continuing regarding an alleged incident inside the Storrier’s southern highlands mansion, Hopewood Gardens, a fortnight ago and asked that an interim apprehended violence order to keep Storrier away from her estranged sister, Sandra Marshall, be extended to August 20.
Magistrate Mary Ryan adjourned the matter and Storrier soon left the court house, remaining silent as PS waited outside, her only acknowledgement to take a photo on her iPhone as Sandra emerged from the court house and showed PS the wounds she says she sustained after a champagne glass smashed into her head following a row with her sister, resulting in five stitches to her left eye and a bloody trip to the local Emergency Room after she says she was "evicted" from her sister’s home.
Sandra Marshall outside Moss vale court house today after issuing an AVO against her sister Janet Storrier wife of artist Tim Storrier. Photo: Brendan Esposito
Last week PS revealed that on the same day Tim Storrier received news his portrait of Sir Les Patterson had won the 2014 Archibald Packing Room prize, the seemingly idyllic life the artist and his wife have created in the bucolic Bowral setting took a dramatic turn for the worse.
In another room a fight had broken out between the sisters. Marshall, who lives in Bondi, had been visiting her elderly mother who was living with the Storriers. Since the row, their mother has been relocated to a care facility in Goulburn.
Hopewood Gardens is home to the Storriers along with their blended family of five offspring and a menagerie including a flock of peacocks. It is also a popular wedding venue, its manicured gardens one of Janet Storrier’s proudest achievements.
Janet Storrier wife of artist Tim Storrier outside Moss vale court. Photo: Brendan Esposito
PS understands the argument was over their mother’s will, which had recently been revised to include the Storriers’ extended brood as beneficiaries as well as the two sisters. The exchange became so heated that Marshall ended up with a champagne glass smashed into the side of her head, which is now the subject of a police investigation, that the court was told on Wednesday could result in charges being laid.
Sandra Marshall told PS she was deeply upset by the incident but her main concern was for her mother’s "well being". For more information, visit Snappy Apps iPhone App Developers Brisbane – www.snappy-apps.com.au
Best foot forward as DJs turns on glitz and glamour
Playwright David Williamson’s musical Rupert opens in Sydney in November. Photo: Jason South
Next Wednesday night David Jones will turn on the razzle dazzle for its spring summer fashion collections launch, an event which has become a fixture on the Sydney social calendar.
But for how much longer?
On August 1 David Jones officially comes under the ownership of South African retailer Woolworths, a monumental shift in the grand dame of retailing’s history and one which could have major implications for the store and the wider city.
Paul Zahra and Jessica Gomes celebrate David Jones 175th birthday gala event. Photo: Belinda Rolland
The South Africans have already been talking up their mission to increase the number of private label items on their racks, which would not bode well for a fashion show which is all about highlighting the creme de la creme of Australian fashion design which DJs has spent millions of dollars marketing over many years.
The change has already been reflected in the guest list, with the usual line-up of investors and finance journalists who managed an invitation suddenly dropping off the list. With David Jones no longer a publicly listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange, the concept of investor relations is somewhat redundant.
It is also unclear which of the existing board of directors of David Jones intend to front. Traditionally several directors would attend but given the board will be redundant 24 hours after the show, it will be interesting to see who turns up for what will be their last hurrah.
Chief executive officer Paul Zahra has made his commitment – for the time being at least – to remain at the helm. However in the weeks and months to come PS understands some of the retailer’s most senior executives will be weighing up their options as they see what new ownership brings.
Playwright waits for wolf of Wall Street Journal
He was invited to the opening night in Washington DC but was a no show.
And if he slipped into to see the show during its Melbourne run, well, no one noticed him, which for someone as famous and easily recognisable as Rupert Murdoch would be miraculous.
So sadly, hopes are not high that Murdoch will finally see David Williamson’s stage production based around the 83-year-old media mogul and multi-billionaire’s extraordinary life when it opens in Sydney in November.
Some branches of the Murdoch clan have been to see the show, including Murdoch’s sister Janet Calvert-Jones.
No doubt such keen supporters of the arts in Sydney, Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch, will be itching to see the production, which also features several other characters the family – and the rest of the world – are only all too familiar with, including Murdoch’s ex-wife no.3 Wendi Deng.
In an interview with the Herald’s arts writer Andrew Taylor this week, Williamson said Murdoch’s extended family were invited to view the show in Melbourne where Williamson told about 30 of them there were aspects of the play they would not like.
“The only solace is that the depiction of the Packers is worse and that at least raised a laugh,” he said.
PS understands WIlliamson is yet to hear directly from Murdoch himself on his thoughts of the play though producers hope he will one day go along and see it.
Casting of the titular role in Rupert is not finalised. With two actors playing out his life, it is unclear if hunky Guy Edmonds will again reprise the role of young Rupert (as seen through the eyes of Rupert himself) or whether Bell Shakespeare actor Sean O’Shea will lend his gravitas to the older Rupert, as he did in Melbourne.
“I tried as much as I can to tell the story through his own voice, his own ideology, his own triumphalism, so it’s Rupert’s cabaret,” Williamson said this week.
“He’s telling the audience what a fantastic legacy he has left the world and he truly believes it.”
In Lew of marriage, Rosie may get $300 million
Last week she was known to PS only as billionaire Solomon Lew’s Greek goddess.
But today PS can reveal the pretty blonde a few decades younger than Lew who has been by his side since he ended his 45-year-marriage is Melbourne single mother of two, 40-something, sometime socialite Rosa Prappas.
In February Lew, 69, and his wife Rosie separated. Friends of the couple say she is keeping a "dignified" silence on the matter, though privately she is said to be "extremely bitter" about the end of the marriage.
Rumours have been rife that Rosie Lew will walk away from the marriage with a settlement worth about $300 million.
Prappas is the woman who has been living in Lew’s multi-million dollar penthouse apartment in downtown Melbourne. She will be joining the retailing mogul in the first week of August as they join 80 other guests heading off to Mykonos for the combined birthday celebrations of Lew’s right hand man Mark McInnes and his partner Lisa Kelly.
Several guests are also tipping McInnes and Kelly, who have two children together and have remained solid since McInnes’ resignation from his post as David Jones chief executive office amid sexual harassment claims four years ago, will finally get married during the holiday,
With several parties being planned over three days, Lew and Prappas will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate with their pals and will be hosting one soiree on board his superyacht Maridome, the dress code of which simply reads "shimmer".
The couple have been relishing in the good life, Prappas accompanying Lew to Mexico in May for the Financial Times Luxury Business Summit, where PS understands they spent several days discussing all things luxurious.
GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES
The sound of 20 or so Maseratis roaring their way in unison around Woolloomooloo on Tuesday was enough to keep the locals entertained. The Italian maker of seriously sexy wheels hosted a celebration lunch at Otto to mark the brand’s centenary, and showcase the new Ghibli model, which priced at about $140,000 is practically a bargain compared to Maserati’s more expensive models, which can set you back around twice that. The Ghibli is intended to open up Maserati’s market to a younger crowd – but that didn’t stop Woolloomooloo’s granddaddy of flash wheels John Laws making a slightly shaky beeline for the display models parked outside Otto.
A RETURN TO WORK
Indeed, it was quite a blast from the past at Otto, especially at a nearby table which featured former high-flying property developer Gary Baker, husband of Hermes Australia boss Karin Upton Baker. He appeared in high spirits as he caught up with such entrepreneurial types as Joe Coffey, Deke Miskin and Paul Attard. When PS asked Baker if he was ”back in business” following his well documented bankruptcy, when he declared he was homeless and that his only possessions were a $300 Seiko watch and a couple of trailers, Baker confidently indicated such plans were well afoot, though he declined to provide details as he swept past PS.
GREAT DAME, POWERFUL WOMEN
Dame Quentin Bryce will make what could rank as her first major public speech since leaving the governor-general’s chair in Sydney in a few weeks. PS can reveal she has been enlisted by Australian Women’s Weekly editrix Helen McCabe to speak at the Young Women of the Year scholarship presentation and the launch of the magazine’s first ever power list of Australian women.