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Julie Bishop is the epitome of elegance at the cocktail party at Nobu Sydney

Her flair for the red carpet has earned her the nickname “Minister of Fashion”.

And Julie Bishop exuded glamor and sophistication as she attended a cocktail party at Nobu restaurant at Crown Sydney in Barangaroo on Friday.

The exclusive soirée was hosted by award-winning Japanese chef and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa, who was visiting his Sydney venue for the first time, which opened in 2020 at level two of the Crown.

Ms Bishop, who served as Australia’s Foreign Secretary from 2013 to 2018, was the epitome of elegance in a knee-length black dress that accentuated her slim figure.

She wore sparkling heels, statement earrings and a pearl belt by Chanel, and completed her look with a dazzling clutch and watch.

The retired politician was flanked at the party by Sydney’s social elite as well as Mr Matsuhisa himself, known for his on-trend fusion cuisine that blends traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients.

Notable for his absence was Mrs Bishop’s ex-lover David Panton, who used to be her ‘handbag’ at every celebrity party or red carpet event she attended.

The couple were together from 2014 until July this year when Panton, a property developer, abruptly broke up with Ms Bishop over dinner at a restaurant in Circular Quay.

The jet set couple had attended a private engagement to Prince Charles, now King Charles III, in London just a week earlier.

The former Liberal Party deputy leader was reportedly caught off guard by the split, and Mr Panton was later romantically linked to a woman from the Northern Beaches.

Panton was sometimes described as Bishop’s “handbag” during their eight years together was regularly photographed smiling by her side at scintillating social gatherings while barely saying a word in public.

He was largely unknown when he first appeared with Bishop at the 2014 Melbourne Cup, a year after Prime Minister Tony Abbott appointed her Foreign Secretary.

They had been introduced by Bishop’s close friend and retired Liberal politician Bruce Baird and shared an interest in fitness and health.

What followed was a seemingly endless round of glamorous outings – including repeated invitations to marquees at Flemington Racecourse, opening nights and fashion shows.

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