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26 February 2018 1757 Views


To celebrate the launch of their autumn/winter collection,
style gurus and the brains behind label Ginger & Smart,
Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, took their favourite creatives to
Sydney restaurant Nour for a new-season Middle Eastern feast.


When the stylish siblings behind fashion label Ginger & Smart, Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, first set eyes on Nour Restaurant in Sydney,
they couldn’t believe its resemblance to their own boutiques.

“We came here for lunch one day and the design similarities with our business were really striking,” says Alexandra of the Surry Hills eatery,
which opened in late 2016. “Between the rose gold, terrazzo and marble, and the influence of nature, it’s all very us,” adds Genevieve.
Then they sampled the adventurous Middle Eastern menu and were hooked.

So it was fitting that the Smart sisters, who recently celebrated a decade in the industry, would host a lunch at Nour to toast their latest collection.
Gathered around the table were actress Danielle Cormack, photographer Ian Butterworth, artist Rachel Castle, interior designer Shannon Fricke,
publicist Adam Worling, choreographer and artistic director Rafael Bonachela, gallery director Ali Yeldham, restaurateur and artist Daimon Downey,
and Krinklewood wines brand manager Danika Windrim. “It’s a wonderful mix of friends and people we admire,” says Genevieve, surveying the scene.

As the sisters spoke, guests toasted with glasses of Krinklewood’s Francesca rosé. Nour chef Roy Ner designed a luscious and transporting menu
for the occasion. Starters included scallops with a creamy broad bean ful, and lamb sambousek, a heavily spiced pastry. Roasted spatchcock then
took centre stage, drizzled in a vibrant red harissa oil, while silky confit ocean trout was sweetened with bright persimmon.

Sommelier Patrick Agostinelli chose delicate white wines, including a local sauvignon blanc and a Greek assyrtiko.

In a synchronous twist, the vivid dishes, the contemporary setting and Nour’s abundant greenery all evoked the themes of Ginger & Smart’s
autumn/winter collection. Key prints include graphic-overlayed florals in colour combinations such as marigold and aqua.
“It’s all about fusing nature and emerging technology,” says Alexandra, raising a glass.