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Wednesday night on Oxford Street in Paddington saw a powerhouse group of women gather for the latest outing in the Sparke Helmore “Sparkes’ Soiree” series.

Organised by Sparke Helmore Corporate & Commercial National Practice Group Leader Shannon Platt, the soiree series celebrates the valuable contribution made by women to corporate and business life. This latest soiree, however, was particularly special.

Held at Harlom on Oxford Street, the event was hosted by co-owner and designer Gill Harrison, who has a long and illustrious career in fashion, including working with labels such as Wheels and DollBaby and Minty Meets Munt—she’s also a friend of Shannon’s for more than 20 years. 

The label is proudly Australian with a hallmark of using luxe and sustainable fabrics. Its unique signature style harmoniously combines boho chic and structure, representing the co-designers’ individual aesthetics in every collection (of which there have been 30, so far). For exclusivity, Harlom creates just 25 pieces of each garment per collection and each collection is thoughtfully designed to complement previous ones.

The evening epitomised luxury. Guests tried and styled the latest collection, with Aperol spritz and prosecco on service and beautiful organic winter canapés from Oxford Street neighbours, Love Supreme. The divinely evocative vocals of MissGray created the perfect ambience.

The series came to life on International Women’s Day 2019, with a dinner at Bowery Lane and a commitment to get together every month for 12 months, closing the series with a celebration on International Women’s Day 2020. This latest event was the fourth, with guests enjoying previous soirees at John Azzi Hairdressing and Dior.

About Sparke Helmore

We’ve come a long way since our doors first opened in the Hunter in 1882. We’ve had an office in Sydney since the ‘60s and we recently opened our ninth office in Darwin.

We cover five key areas of law – Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, Statutory Lines of Insurance and Workplace – with more than 30 specialised areas of expertise. We’re a truly national, full service and proudly Australian firm that delivers results through deep collaboration with our clients. Wherever our clients need us, that’s where we’ll be.

Covering a big country needs a big team—we’re more than 900 people now and still growing. And in true Australian spirit, we’re friendly, approachable and easy to work with. And when you work with one of us, you get the expertise of all of us.

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