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

The best revenge is looking good! Julie Bishop is the epitome of elegance in a classy black dress at Nobu Sydney… after being dumped by ex-lover David Panton over dinner

Her flair for red-carpet style has earned her the nickname ‘The Minister of Fashion’.

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

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

Julie Bishop (centre) oozed glamour and sophistication on Friday as she attended a cocktail party at Nobu restaurant at Crown Sydney in Barangaroo

Julie Bishop (centre) oozed glamour and sophistication on Friday as she attended a cocktail party at Nobu restaurant at Crown Sydney in Barangaroo

Ms Bishop, who served as Australia’s foreign minister from 2013 to 2018, was the epitome of elegance in a knee-length black dress that highlighted her slender figure.

She accessorised with sparkly heels, statement earrings and a pearl belt by Chanel, and completed her look with a bedazzled clutch and wristwatch.

The retired politician was flanked by Sydney’s social elite at the party, as well as Mr Matsuhisa himself, who is known for his trendy fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients.

The exclusive soirée was hosted by the award-winning Japanese chef and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa (centre right), who was visiting his Sydney venue, which opened its doors on level two of Crown in 2020, for the first time

The exclusive soirée was hosted by the award-winning Japanese chef and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa (centre right), who was visiting his Sydney venue, which opened its doors on level two of Crown in 2020, for the first time

The retired politician was flanked by Sydney's social elite at the party

The retired politician was flanked by Sydney’s social elite at the party

Conspicuous by his absence was Ms Bishop’s ex-lover David Panton, who used to be her ‘handbag’ at every celebrity party or red carpet event she would attend.

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

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

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

Mr Matsuhisa (pictured with former Miss Universe Australia Francesca Hung) is known for his trendy fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients

Mr Matsuhisa (pictured with former Miss Universe Australia Francesca Hung) is known for his trendy fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients

Ms Bishop, who served as Australia's foreign minister from 2013 to 2018, was the epitome of elegance in a knee-length black dress that highlighted her slender figure

Ms Bishop, who served as Australia’s foreign minister from 2013 to 2018, was the epitome of elegance in a knee-length black dress that highlighted her slender figure

She accessorised with statement earrings and a pearl belt by Chanel

She accessorised with statement earrings and a pearl belt by Chanel

Mr Panton was sometimes described as Ms Bishop’s ‘handbag’ during their eight years together as he was regularly photographed smiling by her side at sparkling social gatherings, while barely saying a word in public. 

He was largely unknown when he first appeared with Ms Bishop at the 2014 Melbourne Cup, a year after the prime minister Tony Abbott appointed her minister for foreign affairs. 

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

A seemingly never-ending round of glamorous outings followed – including repeated invitations to marquees at Flemington Racecourse, opening nights, film premieres and fashion shows. 

Conspicuous by his absence was Ms Bishop's ex-lover David Panton, who used to be her 'handbag' at every celebrity party or red carpet event she would attend. The pair (pictured with James Packer in December 2015) dated from 2014 until July this year

Conspicuous by his absence was Ms Bishop’s ex-lover David Panton, who used to be her ‘handbag’ at every celebrity party or red carpet event she would attend. The pair (pictured with James Packer in December 2015) dated from 2014 until July this year

Mr Panton, a property developer, abruptly broke up with Ms Bishop over dinner at a restaurant in Circular Quay. The jet-setting couple had attended a private engagement with Prince Charles (left), now King Charles III, in London just a week earlier

Mr Panton, a property developer, abruptly broke up with Ms Bishop over dinner at a restaurant in Circular Quay. The jet-setting couple had attended a private engagement with Prince Charles (left), now King Charles III, in London just a week earlier

INSIDE JULIE BISHOP AND DAVID PANTON’S RELATIONSHIP  

November, 2014: Julie Bishop and David Panton are pictured publicly for the first time at the 2014 Melbourne Cup

December, 2018: The pair attend Karl Stefanovic’s wedding to Jasmine Yarbrough in Mexico

November, 2019: Ms Bishop gives a rare insight into her relationship and why she fell for the property developer

‘He’s a very independent-minded and successful businessman, and he has a delightful sense of humour. He makes me laugh,’ she told the Sydney Morning Herald

September 2020: Ms Bishop talks of the struggles of their long distance relationship during Covid, with her living in Perth and Mr Panton in Sydney

The pair was separated for seven months

‘The first place I will go is to Sydney to see David,’ Ms Bishop told The Daily Telegraph about borders reopening.

‘We FaceTime. It isn’t great but it is all you can do because he can’t get in here (WA) and I can’t go there without having to get an exemption. It is very difficult but I know a lot of families have been separated in this way, it is challenging.’

July 2022: Pair attend St James’s Palace in London last week for an event honouring Prince Charles’ charity

The news breaks six days later she and Mr Panton have split 

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