LARA CELEBRATES HER 26TH BIRTHDAY

It was always going to be hard to eclipse her splashy made-for-TV 25th birthday party, but Lara Bingle gave it a serious shake as she turned 26 on Saturday.

Bingle turned on what looked to observers to be a bondage-themed bash at an eastern suburbs restaurant.

Leather-clad guests descended on Potts Point hot spot Fratelli Paradiso for what looked like a promised night of debauchery.

The usual suspects including Max May, Pip Edwards, new galpal Vicki Lee and one half of Romance Was Born duet, Luke Sales, were among 20 guests celebrating with the former reality TV starlet.

Two notable absences were Bingle's on-again off-again bestie Hermoine Underwood and her boyfriend, New York-based DJ, Nick Cohen.

Bingle's pals spent the night uploading saucy images on their social media sites, some of which included the model getting up close and personal - having "naughty birthday kisses" - with her new BFF Lee.

A Fratelli Paradiso source said despite their less-than-subdued attire, Bingle and her posse were on their best behaviour.

"It was a fantastic night," he said. "Everyone was very well behaved."

It was a far cry from the lavish dinner-party thrown at Carriageworks, Eveleigh last year, arranged by girlfriend Cara Landsman, and reportedly partly paid for by the TEN Network.

It was there that Bingle introduced her then new-love designer Gareth Moody, to her mother Sharon. That romance ended in January.

Bingle then kicked on at Barrio Chino, in Potts Point, where swimmer Stephanie Rice celebrated her 25th birthday.

Source: The Daily Telegraph
Published Date: 24th June 2013