Last night, LITMAS returned for a second year to raise funds for the victims of the NSW bushfires. Under a canopy of stars, editors, artists, entrepreneur and creatives alike descended upon the Oatley family residence in Mosman to dine, dance and donate without abandon to a crisis so close to our hearts. Originally staged to raise funds for Drought Angels, the charity organisation dedicated to those families and individuals hit by the raging bushfires across NSW, donations from LITMAS go to those who have lost their homes and their livelihoods this holiday season. The event also supported Waves of Wellness (WOW), an organisation taking their signature mental health programs to the fire-affected regions.
A modern adaption of William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, A Mad Summer Night’s Dream saw a lush dinner unfold against the viridescent milieu. There was no Puck, Titania or Oberon, however, rather a star-studded guest list who came together for a good cause. The creative vision of Bobby Oatley, Xanthe Wetzler, Jack Bedwani and Rae Temily, Nadia Fairfax, Tim Holmes a Court and Daimon Downey, the invitation-only event sold out in three days, with guests including models Georgia Fowler and Montana Cox, designers Patch and Tamsin Johnson, Tamie Ingham, Montarna Pitt, Deborah Symond O’Neil, stylist Elliott Garnaut, Jeremy and Olivia Bond, Young Rich Lister Grant Schaffer and Christina Sachs Phillips of the Goldman Sachs family.
The Sardinian-inspired home and gardens played host to the mad, modern interpretation of the famed play, with its brilliant botanical backdrop of lush foliage, trailing vines and twinkling fairy lights making for a superb setting for the night’s dress code: ‘Sartorial brilliance’. And brilliant it was. There were plucked plumes, impossible gowns and floral whimsy, fantastical fashion at its finest.
Chef Peter Streckfuss created a special sit-down dinner of family-style feasting, light and summery for a warm December night. Guests enjoyed Club 55-style crudité to start, fresh bowls of seafood and feather-light gnocchi and melt-in-the-mouth mini cannolis from Barbetta. Refreshing Belvedere cocktails flowed on arrival and Robert Oatley wines were the bottles of choice, naturally. Music came courtesy of DJ Sloane Angell, the man behind the decks at Soho House Malibu – with everyone dancing on the tables by the end of the night.
The popular LITMAS auction saw an array of amazing experiences up for bids. These included private dining with Merivale’s head chef Jordan Toft, a golf day or dinner with Wallaby Kurtley Beale, VIP tickets and insider experience with the Australian Ballet, a 3-night stay at Qualia and sailing on the Wild Oats yacht, along with generous prizes from Raes on Wategos, Icebergs, Olivia Bond Diamonds, Mode Sportif, The Daily Edited, BVLGARI, Realisation Par, and many more.