Wednesday, September 23, 2009

We love Girl with a Satchel!

Weren't we absolutely thrilled when we clicked onto one of our favourite blog, The Girl with a Satchel, to see a lovely FJ review!!

Thank you Erica for your kind words!

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Sydney label Strummer are on fj's must watch list this summer, with a collection of gorgeous pieces in lace, cotton and leather.

Ruffle Jacket, Dark Blue w/ Light Check: $358.00
Curtain Top, Lace: $250.00
Mini Suit Shorts, Brown Check: $159.00
Basket Weave Booties, Tan: $213.00

One Teaspoon Summer!

We here at fj are loving the latest range from Aussie icon One Teaspoon!

With designer Jamie Blakey's unashamed use of leopard print, including the fabulous Rock n Roller jean, the brand oozes funky London cool with that aussie twist.

Were loving the Vintage beaded bodice, the Glastonbury pant, Edinborough vest and the Vintage Dinky dress..

Fashion Journal Website

Finally, FJ is available online.

Go to and you can read the two most recent issues in full.

Check it out if you haven't already!


Work is well and truly underway for Issue 93 of Fashion Journal (out 4th September).

Great news - Rhys Ripper of Academy for Men will be guest editor of our men's section again. If you haven't yet seen his section in FJ 92 check it out at (pp. 50-55). It is amazing!

View the winter issue of Academy for Men at

Monday, July 20, 2009

MSFW The Naked Truth

OOOH Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is just around the corner and my oh my, w are getting excited! The events, the parties and the city celebrating all things fashion!
To kick start the week The Naked Truth is hosting an event to showcase what really goes on behind the scenes of a fashion shoot. expect an intimate backstage visual spectacle combining fashion, art and entertainment whilst promoting a new generation of talented Melbourne designers, models, photographers and stylists.
the designer lineup is as follows:
Dress for the red carpet and help a good cause.
Enjoy a delicious Chambord cocktail and scrumptious canap├ęs on arrival and the first 200 guests will receive luxury VIP goodie bags valued at over $200.
THE NAKED TRUTH door prize will attract everyone’s gaze, the SLK-Roadster
direct from the Mercedes-Benz Dream Factory for a weekend and a first gear
track day for young licensed drivers.

Entry is $15 and going to a good cause of course - AIDS Trust of Australia

Eco-Friendly is the New Black

This winter the world’s most definitive denim brand Levi’s is going eco-friendly with their new footwear collection, Levi’s Red Tab Shoes. The range offers females fresh designs to cover all bases from sequined flats to leather ankle boots. While the Levi man can choose from dapper dress shoes and sneakers. Levi’s is embracing sustainable fashion and releasing re-used jeans shoes in high and low top designs. To create these exceptional shoes two pairs of pre-loved authentic Levi jeans are re-worked encompassing the original features of the jeans down to the belt loops, watch-pocket and buttons. The re-used jeans shoes are a unique, genuine cult fashion item and no two pairs are the same. The footwear range is available through Myer and other leading stockists.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fashion Journal #92 OUT NOW!

Check our the latest spring trends
Discover some of Melbourne best kept secrets
Save money with our recession dressing tips
All the best beauty looks for spring

Grab a copy in store now!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Volunteer for fashion week!

Ever wanted to see what goes on behind the scenes at fashion week? Well Melbourne Spring Fashion week wants you to be a part of the action.

Volunteers are wanted to help out with all the different facets of the festival: be an usher at Melbourne Town Hall, help the models get dressed backstage, or be the one who packs the amazing gift bags.

Energy and enthusiasm is essentail and the festival runs from the 1st until the 6th of September.
For more info and to register your interest go to

Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cloud 19

Australia is home to some of the most exciting and original designers in the world at the moment and the upcoming Victorian State Design Festival will give you a chance to discover our stars of tomorrow.

As part of the State Design Festival, 1000 £ BEND (361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne) will hold the Cloud 19 exhibition from Saturday the 18th of July until the 25th of July. This exciting exhibition will showcase design creations from over 40 upcoming and established designers from Melbourne and Sydney.

"Cloud 19 represents ‘Not One Style Religion’ but a futuristic landscape of 15 design disciplines fused with electronic music." (

Opening night will be held on Saturday 18th of July and doors will be open from 6pm to 9pm and entry is FREE (though donations are welcome)

So make sure you pop down and support our local talent!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Peter Morrissey Designs for Big W

Big W is the latest department store to jump on the designer bandwagon with the announcement of a range by internationally recognised Australian designer Peter Morrissey. Aiming to bring affordable designer wear to the masses Morrissey, along with design partner Bruno Schiavi, will produce a range attuned to today’s economic climate without compromising on style. Morrissey, who is best known for dressing the likes of Helena Christensen and Nicole Kidman, teamed up with Schiavi after selling off his stake in his brand in February 2009 to pursue new interests. Schiavi himself is responsible for the lingerie worn by Delta Goodrem and will be releasing underwear ranges for Brett Lee and Janet Jackson in late 2009. Both designers hope to refashion not only people’s wardrobes but also their lives through a range that is accessible to all.

Only in Japan

What purpose do these shoes serve exactly? We all prance around in unnatural footwear - shoes that make walking more uncomfortable and a slower task than it should. But where on gods green earth is there a need for horse shoes on the soles of womens stiletto boots...?
Not quite human, not quite horse the Stallion-etto is a take on Vivienne Westwood's signature Rocking Horseshoe (the ones which were responsible for Naomi Campbell falling flat on her face when she tried to her way down the catwalk in 1993) and are bought to you by the quirky Japanese bunch.

Artist of the Week: Andrew Babarczy

Andrew’s initial passion for photography was ignited when photographing what he calls ‘urban decay’. With a keen sense of design and colour Andrew’s early photographic images were of derelict
buildings in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, and abandoned cars in wrecking yards.

Following the completion of his studies, Andrew’s photographic focus
shifted towards the images captured whilst travelling abroad.
His exploration of street/travel photography during this time
illustrated the beginning of a desire to photograph people.

As the passion for a career in photography grew, Andrew assisted many
of Melbourne’s leading commercial photographers over a 3-year period.
During this time the desire to explore and push his creativity led
Andrew to fashion and portraiture.

The past year has seen Andrew focusing his energies on creating images
for his expanding list of editorial and advertising clients, whilst
continuing to explore his personal work.

Below are a sample of some of his most recent works. Stunning.

Whats on in Melbourne in the School Holidays.

Its day 3 of winter school holidays.
Its cold.
The shopping centres are full with emo kids and angry mums.
There's nothing to do. WRONG!

Unless you have a partner to curl up on the couch with and watch the same season of Scrubs for the 64th time, this time of year can be pretty bloody boring! So we've come up with a little list of things to do over the next few weeks to keep you stimulated.

Forever Barbie
This year is Barbie's 50th birthday and the world (lead by Mattel) has gone nuts about it! Shangai helped celebrate by building the first Mattel Barbie flagship store. $60 million later, this bright pink six storey building is critically acclaimed as sheer architectural brilliance. It offers shoppers a unique kind of retail experience of all things Barbie. If you haven't seen footage have a gawk at this

Melbourne comes to the party by showcasing a forever Barbie exhibition at Federation square. The exhibition takes visitors through every aspect of Barbie's life over the past 50 years through the fashions, dream houses, cars, pets and her men. Here you will also be able to view over 300 Barbie dolls - the largest collection ever assembled in the Southern Hemisphere

Our favourite part of the exhibition though... your get to make your own Barbie! Robert Best, Barbies personal stylist, is there running a series of workshops taking you through the full design process in the 'Style-me Suite'.

Tickets are cheapies- only $15, for an afternoon which will take you right back to when you were a little girl and remind you why you spent years playing with Barbies. Get down to Federation Square between 10am and 6pm daily until the 12th July

Gertrude st Projection Festival
This is the second year of this festival in Fitzroy running from July 3rd until the 10th. Last year the entire of Gertrude st in Fitzroy was transformed into an outdoor gallery. You can walk, ride or drive through the st at night and view more than 20 sites of moving, still and installation works. This years theme is dream and it runs all week from 6pm - midnight.

Melbourne Magic Festival
Umm... How cool is this? 2 weeks. 70 performers. 20 shows for kids, families and adults only. Plus the Australian Junior Magic Championships! You can also make use of the magic classes and workshop.

Persuasion: Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen

This exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria is beautiful! It features 29th century fashion in throughout the lifetime of Jane Austen, with pieces dating back to the 1820's! This is highly recommended, it'll make you want to wear bustiers, full skirts and sip on English breakfast tea all day.

Melbourne Scarf Festival 2009

Ok, I don't really know about this one but it'd be a laugh.. if someone treks to Geelong to go to this festival at the National Wool museum pretty please leave a comment here and tell us about it!
The festival's theme this year is 'Transformations'. This is from the website:
This year's theme is 'transformations', which embodies the notion that all materials (plant, animal or synthetic), raw and/or existing, can be changed in form, appearance, nature or character to produce a new object - in this instance, a scarf.

Festival runs until 19th of July

Or perhaps you can see a stage show? There are plenty of blockbusters on at the moment ie Chicago, Avenue Q, Jersey Boys and Wicked.

If you have any more suggestions or have been to any of the above, tell us what you thought x