Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.archdaily.com/21065/barbie-shanghai-store-slade-architecture/
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
Sunday, June 28, 2009
These are the key trends bought to you by Brunswick:
- hats are worn by everyone
- ruby red lips are a daytime essential
- layer everything. Leotards + singlets + cami's + cardigans + gloves + scarves + coats = warmth
- kitsch is way cool
- furs are embraced (despite the emphasis on vegetarian lifestyles)
- skinny jeans and leather dress shoes, ie: oxfords, for the men
- bright coloured and patterned tights with over-sized tops and singlets
- people dare to wear colours (hallelujah!) but of course you'll find plenty of black and grey marle
top Hudsons on Carlisle st, shorts: Kate Hurst, carigan TV, necklace Karen Walker
Dress Scanlan and Theodore, fur This Law on Sydney rd, hat and crochet Savers and boots from ebay
Jacket and shoes Savers , Cheap Monday jeans, shirt and bag by bric a Brac
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
A little media release came to our offices today that we thought we'd share with the talented designers of Melbourne.
It looks as if Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2009 will be celebrating emerging talent through the classic black dress. As part of the official program this competition calls for new fashion and textile designers to submit their take on the contemporary black dress to be judged by a panel of industry experts. The panel will be choosing the ten best garments which will be professionally photographed and displayed in Georges on Collins for the duration of the festival!
For all the details head to http://thespiritoftheblackdress.com.au/
The unkempt rockstar look is by no means new and emerging in 2009. For a while now the guys have been embracing the snug fit of denim on their legs, and so the skinny jean is #1 choice for the uber trendy man.
We haven’t seen animal prints since Scary Spice rocked out in 1996. 13 years on we see this look modernized in a not so scary way, expressing the trend in scarves, tights and cardigans.
There are no two ways about it - this denim trend is sexy. There is certain sex appeal of someone’s naked skin piercing through their favourite pair of denim jeans. What’s even better is that this trend can follow through the seasons, worn in winter with a pair of patterns stockings underneath to keep warm, or as a light pants option in spring/summer when the weather warms up.
They were all over fashion weeks in Europe in 2008, and they have finally found their way off the catwalks, on to a plane and on the bottoms of fashionable (yet comfort conscious) Australians.
From the ‘Alpine Drifter’ family, comes the poncho trend for winter. The heavy knit of a poncho is the perfect means to warming up this winter. In keeping with the popularity of androgynous dressing this season, the poncho can be worn on the backs or both males and females. But this trend is probably better suited to the men this year, worn with a pair of skinny blue jeans and leather Oxford’s for an effortlessly charming look.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Check out the final images when Fashion Journal #92 is released on July 10
Monday, June 15, 2009
1. Most stuff was dirt-cheap!
2. It was over 2 days with different stallholders on each day, so Sunday didn’t just have all the leftovers
3. It began at 1pm, which meant we could sleep in rather than charge through markets at 7am to uncover the gems!
4. The bar was open (which may have accounted for some of the stuff that made it home), they provided a BBQ and DJ’s all day
Here are some photos from the last one:
The next market is on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th June.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
1. Heavy wool coats in creams, dark shades of grey, purple or red, and check prints.
2. Dainty dresses recycled from summer, warmed up with opaque black stockings.
3. Scarves (the perfect winter accessory for adding colour to an otherwise black
outfit). Heavy cable knits, cream angora and furs the most popular choices.
4. Suede ankle boots, again in black and grey.
5. Glamorous head gear, beanies, berets and headbands making a comeback
Skirt and accessories: Alannah Hill
Coat: Zara, shoes: Sandbag, beanie and gloves from various markets.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The daughter of artists, creativity flows through her veins; self-taught at the age of thirteen, she wanted to capture all that was beautiful in the world. “So many things in life inspire me. Life is so beautiful, we're just all so accustomed to it that we no longer notice,” says Hakanson. Her photos mainly featuring ethereal looking young girls, mesh vibrant colours with soft, dream-like lighting; a look that this Townsville native hopes will take people back to their childhood. “I just want to show them the world and life how I see it. I hope they find it as beautiful as I do. As long as I invoke some sort of emotion, whether good or bad, I'm happy.” So keep an eye out for this name in the future pages of Vogue, this girl has aspirations that soar higher than the clouds.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Ever wanted to take someone's pants right off them? Well Levi's is giving you the chance with their latest venture iSpyLevi's. Hundreds of pairs have been released onto the streets of Sydney (Melbourne and Wellington soon to follow), worn by Tweeting LEVI'S peeps...think you see someone in them? Just ask 'Are they LEVI’S®?’ and if you get the right person, they'll drop their pants and give them to you on the spot.
Follow them on twitter, with clues of their whereabouts released regularly and try to hunt them down for a free pair of 501s. Look out for high profile fashionistas and media types dropping their pants in the near future.
If there's no one in the f.j office in the coming weeks you'll know where we'll be!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Rhys Ripper of Academy for Men (and guest men’s editor for Issue 92 – out July 10) shot a guy’s feature shoot for the upcoming issue. Here’s a sneak peek of the behind the scenes action. To see the final result (which might I say is amazing – a great combination of top notch photography and awesome post production techniques) you will have to wait until July 10. The shoot was shot by Matt Caplin, styling by Julian Sapinski, make-up by Jess Crema and hair by Daniel Jenkins. Models are Academy Men's new guys Jordy Catalano and Danny Nuttall.
On Friday afternoon we travelled to Federation Square for fashion inspiration in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. The weather was quite lovely (an unusual occurrence in Melbourne’s winter) - chilly with the sun shining through.
We started with the goal of finding the fashion, but most of our time was consumed with filtering through the masses adorned in black apparel to uncover the real trends.
What we found was
- A palate of black, navy, browns in every hue and olive greens.
- Oversized blazers replacing leather bomber jackets.
- Animal prints and furs everywhere. Some only adding touches to their outfits with scarves, and others daring to make a bolder statement in animal print pants and cardigans.
- Many picking up the gothic romance feeling in velvets and laces.
- And in light of our economic recession vintage everything!
Below are some trendy Melbourne folk sporting said trends…
Top: Alice and the Eve, pants: Self Titled, scarf: The Reject Shop, cardigan: Privilege, shoes: Fat
Skirt: Retro Star, top: Bardot, gloves: Lincraft, fur: Queen Victoria Market
Left to right
Blazer: Jupiter, Jeans: Elwood, Scarf: Aussie bandana at the Chinese Souvenir shop, Belt and sunnies: from Korea, Shirt: vintage
Blazer: borrowed from older brother, Jeans: Elwood, Jumper: Ararat F.C. uniform. Shoes: Dunlop Volleys
Jeans: Elwood, Shoes: Doc Martens, Tee: Vanishing Elephant, Specs: Hosiris
Thursday, June 4, 2009