ISSUE 127 - JUNE 2013
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CONTENTS This month
25 Elle Graham Interview
Places We visit Adelaide
C O N T E N T S
38 Saturday Weekend wear
Black & Blue Editorial by Michelle Tran
6 THE SCOOP
16 SPOTLIGHT/IN STORE
30 ON THE PULSE
36 SCREEN SHOPPING
50 HAIR & BEAUTY
52 LOOK & LISTEN
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THE SCOOP Bread Clothing An online-only menswear label, BREAD sells premium wardrobe staples at affordable prices. Without branding, graphics or loud detailing the label offers free shipping and 100 day free returns. With new styles every month in limited numbers you can buy a pack of three tees for $55 and a pack of three chinos for $160. Now we think that’s a pretty sweet deal. breadclothing.com
New Balance Walk Your Own Path Following six female creatives in Australia, the Walk Your Own Path campaign by New Balance investigates the inspiration behind each creative and follows their personal journey. A series of video interviews reveals each artist’s personal vision and recognises them as a powerful creative in their own right. New Balance ambassadors include Fashion Journal contributors, photographer Michelle Tran and stylist Jade Leung. Their video will be released on June 10 and we can’t wait. The first video in the series features Melbourne-based singer and songwriter Chela showcasing her artistic influences and background. Her blend of indie/pop/electronica sets her apart and reflects her enigmatic style. www.newbalance.com
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Stylish and sophisticated jewellery pieces are sometimes hard to come by but Nicole Fendel’s latest collection proves jewellery can still be fun and elegantly feminine. Full of Fendel’s signature cutout drop earrings, colourful cocktail rings and chucky detailed cuffs, the collection features this season’s vibrant colour scheme with turquoise and emerald making pieces pop. www.nicolefendel.com.au
Looking dapper and defiant Jack London’s signature look, fusing rock and roll attitude with classic tailoring, is revived in the AW13 collection. Inspired by classic modernist themes and tartan prints this season Jack London goes back to basics, mixing traditional British style with 1960s references. With clothing inspired by the British and European Mod Rocker scene you can expect slim cut suit jackets and trousers, short collared shirts and the odd mustard coloured nubuck, suede bike jacket.
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Storm Evoking the looks off effortlessly chic, off-duty models and high fashion, street style Storm’s AW13 collection echoes the trends and attitudes from the world’s fashion capitals. Take it to the streets with high-octane glamour and rock out in an eclectic mix of metallics, leather, knitwear and waxed denim – a moody fusion of opulence and street-luxe style. Look out for the new Melbourne store opening in August.
The brainchild of two young entrepreneurial minds, Grift Store was conceived as an online clothing boutique catering to a new generation of fashion forward individuals. Based in Melbourne, Australia Grift Store strives to supply high quality clothing, footwear and accessories from some of the best designers both locally and worldwide. www.griftstore.com
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Et Al Following on from the success of their women’s range, designers Anthony Capon and Christine Doughty of Melbourne label Et Al have launched their first menswear collection. Building on Et Al’s signature aesthetic of relaxed tailoring, minimalist silhouettes, directional lines and refined workmanship, Capon and Doughty have tailored a collection that speaks directly to their male clientele. Quality craftsmanship and extremely wearable pieces in dark shades and quality fabrics make up the collection, meeting our high expectations. www.etal-melbourne.com
Sue Sensi The signature Sue Sensi piece is one of faith, love, history and protection, beautifully presented in a range of sterling silver symbolism. Her latest collection, Ancient Gods, pays homage to the cultural value of Greek mythology, giving the wearer guidance and positive energy through pieces adorned with ancient motifs. suesensi.com
Illuminati Jewellery Something wicked this way comes… Sydney stylist and blogger Romi Nam’s new label Illuminati Jewellery celebrates the wicked alongside the cute. Handmade from glossy acrylic with white gold plated chains and sterling silver components the enlightened collection walks on the darker side of sweetness. Inspired by Tokyo, the NY underground and emerging fashion subcultures blue and pink dominate the collection. FJ loves the Kitty Knows All pendant; a wickedly cute kitty indeed… www.illuminatijewellery.com
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Clemente Talarico A fixture on the Australian fashion landscape since 2006, Clememte Talarico abides by a cool and effortlessly casual approach to men’s dressing. The Autumn/ Winter collection takes cues from the leading men of Hollywood’s golden age of style - think the quintessentially cool looks of 1950s style icons such as Newman, Brando and Jimmy Dean This season our picks are their mens jackets and outerwear. Detailing is key in the collection with design features such as contrasting cuffs, quilting, leather trims, utility pockets and sheep fur lining adding touches of luxury to the modern and on-trend collection. 174 Chapel St, South Yarra, Victoria 22 Russell Pl Melbourne, Victoria www.clementetalarico.com
Therapy Home-grown footwear label Therapy has welcomed their new winter 2013 stock to Australian and New Zealand stores, just in time for the chilly weather. Coming to the aid of the fashion savvy, their range of chic ankle boots will update a tired and wornto-death winter look with ease. At refreshingly affordable prices, without compromising on quality, Therapy shoes have definitely impressed with their winter collection. www.therapyshoes.com.au
The Horse Redefining the boot making business, husband and wife team behind label The Horse, are sure there’s no business like shoe business. On a journey to create the perfect shoe in tribute to their long-lost cobbler relatives, the couple produces lovely leathers that show true craftsmanship. And if that isn’t enough, they even name each shoe after their own ancestors, bringing a hint of nostalgia to the collection. The Horse are offering customers 40 - 80% off their Autumn/Winter collection online so head to www.thehorse.com.au and start shopping. www.thehorse.com.au
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Tightology Taking inspiration from the tasty Big Apple, Australia’s premium legwear brand Tightology’s latest collection explores the textures and diversity of fashion’s capital, New York. The collection is a collaborative mix of urban street-wear and polished prints with classic styles such as houndstooth, checks and stripes given a modern twist for today’s modern lady. A collection paying homage to sophistication and the interpretation of Art Nouveau, Tightology balances geometric prints, bold colours and serious statement pieces. And it’s eco-friendly – Fashion with a conscience! tightology.portableshops.com
Stance The coolest socks going ‘round. Stance began their sock rebellion in 2010 by creating socks that were unique, daring and creatively bold. With a commitment to style and design innovation Stance offers sophisticated socks that feature combed cotton, mesh venting and seamless construction. Designed in California, worn everywhere.
City Riots A drunk Kirsten Dunst, Robert Smith in their dressing room, Billy Corgan’s moodswings and meeting bad boy Ryan from the OC all became the norm on tour for Adelaide boys City Riots. Having just finished their Catch the Sun Tour and receiving rave reviews for their album Sea of Bright Lights the boys are looking forward to doing some more writing before potentially heading back to the US later this year. It must be a relief to be home after sleeping in cars and on floors but touring is an opportunity so few get that the boys are enjoying every second of it.
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M.VE Boutique Unique but with a keen eye for trend-based fashion, M.VE Boutique is a Melbourne fashion institution. Sales staff have a fresh approach to customer service, with a fab in-store styling service and weekly photoshoots to provide shoppers with plenty of fashion inspiration. M.VE stocks Shakuhachi, Bec and Bridge, Jeffrey Campbell, Maurie and Eve, Cameo, Senso Shoes as well as exclusive pieces you’ll only find at M.VE. With two stores in Victoria (South Melbourne and Heidelberg), as well as an online store FJ readers Australia-wide can take advantage of M.VE’s extensive range and product offerings. For 15% off in the month just mention Fashion Journal in-store. 151 Burgundy Street Heidelburg VIC
208 Clarendon Street South Melbourne VIC
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Bailey Nelson Sydney-based optical label Bailey Nelson is causing quite the disruption to Australia’s optical market. Their unique approach to eyewear offers fashion-forward style, handcrafted quality, and value - $95 (including the prescription lenses). With boutiques in both Sydney and Melbourne, they have gradually created a cult-like following over the past few months. For spec-lovers accustomed to paying hundreds of dollars for a pair of brand name spectacles, Bailey Nelson’s dedication to quality is a breath of fresh air. Sourcing the finest materials across the globe, all frames are handcrafted and made from Italian acetates in colours ranging from classic to eclectic. By using the multicoated anti-glare, anti-scratch lenses, Bailey Nelson offers just about the perfect pair of spectacles for $95. Bailey Nelson acknowledges quality, but also quantity. One of the brand’s founders, Scott Triana, explains their vision for spectacles as an accessory - not a long term commitment. “We offer timeless styles that are office-ready and appropriate for every occasion, but why not have a little fun with your spectacles? That’s what the Art of Spectology is all about.”
Sydney Boutique - Monday to Saturday 57 William Street, Paddington NSW 2021 Phone: 02 8011 3827
Prahran Boutique - Monday to Saturday Shop 3, 161-165 Greville Street Prahran VIC 3181 Phone: 03 9044 2838
For those that have been wearing the same spectacles for more than 12 months, Scott recommends brightening up your day, outfit, or mood with a little colour - perhaps tangerine, champagne, rosé, or even green tortoiseshell. Bailey Nelson’s first boutique has brought a second wind to Paddington’s once exclusive William Street. The constant flow of customers on weekends is evidence that word has spread across Sydney about the stylish spectacles. This has sparked the decision for a second Sydney-based boutique, which will open in late June near the intersection of Oxford and Glenmore streets. The brand also has a strong Melbourne presence, with a boutique on Prahran’s Greville Street, and a Pop Up Shop in Melbourne Central. Spec lovers from other states or rural areas can still get in on the Bailey Nelson action by shopping online. At $95 for a set of spectacles with prescription lenses or polarised sunnies, you can look awesome for every occasion.
Melbourne Central Pop Up Shop - Daily Level 1, 211 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Coming Soon - Oxford Street Boutique Shop 2, 168 Oxford Street Paddington, NSW 2021
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Brixton Pound have remained on their game for three years at their Williamstown location. These guys have established themselves as specialist retailers in men’s apparel, footwear and interest products, with a tightly curated collection that includes Fred Perry, Lyle & Scott, Mr Simple, Weathered, Grand Scheme, Herschel, Uppercut Deluxe, Tailfeather and Clae. A notable eye for detail is apparent with clever buying and a spirited approach. This boutique is well worth revisiting again and again.
Spares is a men’s retail store and gallery space located on the ever-transforming Smith Street in Collingwood. Supporting independent brands, designers and artists from around the globe, Spares Store’s retail offering caters to the urban lifestyle. Stocking denim, hoodies, beanies, tees and tactical jackets to zines, headphones, umbrellas, hair products and even rugs, this really is a one-stop-shop for the modern urban gentleman. Labels include Rockwell, For the Homies, Mr Simple, Passport, and Odd Future. This store is awesome- check it out.
63 Ferguson Street, Williamstown, Victoria
368 smith street, Collingwood, Melbourne
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The Happy Cabin
The Happy Cabin stocks apparel and accessories for both sexes at their store in Brisbane’s trendy West End. Stocking Flux and Suave for the boys plus a plethora of other cool niche labels, The Happy Cabin excels at great gift ideas including Happy Socks, animal mask cards and wooden animal hangers These might be gifts we never get around to giving because we’ve kept them for ourselves. The Happy Cabin’s online store is now up and running for those who don’t live in Brisbane.
There are plenty of stores and brands offering their take on the current wave of rugged, outdoor Americana, but few offer the fanaticism and freshness of Up There, a modest store on McKillop Street in Melbourne’s CBD, and more recently, Clarendon Street in South Melbourne. Both stores stock upper echelon men’s labels including Yuketen, Norse Projects, Bleu de Paname, Tantum and aztec-style Chup. The South Melbourne store’s current window display has been created for Japanese footwear label Losers’ global new season launch which will take place on the 14th June. Head down, join the guys for a drink or two and check out the new store and Losers range. Melbourne City - Lv 1/15 McKillop Street Melbourne Ph- 03 9670 6225
58 Vulture Street, West End, Brisbane. w thehappycabin.com
South Melbourne - 224 Clarendon Street South Melbourne Ph- 03 9690 5226
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with Nadia Draga
The dream of a vast piece of Aussie soil to call one’s own is really just that – a dream – thanks to the crazy housing prices (Gen Y-ers know what I’m talking about). With no big backyard on the horizon what do you do when you want some green in your small, urban dwelling? The answer is macramé plant hangers! And considering you can make your own for less than $10 – why wouldn’t you deck out your pad with hanging succulents or herbs? Here’s what you’ll need: - Utility cord (15m x 3mm thick) - A pack of split key rings (30mm) - A good pair of scissors - Matches - Potted plant - Matches - Potted plant 1. Start by cutting eight strips of cord 1.8m in length and an additional two strips 30cm long.
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2. Thread the eight strips through the key ring positioning them halfway down the length – you’ve now doubled your cords to 16. 3 Use one of the 30cm cords to secure everything in place with a wrap knot (head to fashionjournal.com.au if you’re unsure how to do this). Trim and singe the excess cord once the knot is secured. 4. Separate the cords into four groups of four and tie a knot in each bunch about 25cm down. 5. Group two cords from each bunch and tie another knot about 10cm down. 6. Secure the macramé with a final wrap knot using the remaining 30cm cord another 12cm down. Trim and singe the excess to avoid any fraying. 7. Trim the dangling cords so they are all uniform. 8. Pop in your potted plant and you’re good to go!
These are not only great to hang out around your own place, but these simple macramé hanging pots make great gifts too. Try one out this weekend.
Head to fashionjournal.com.au for a detailed step-by-step or for more DIY projects head to Nadia’s blog – thedustyfoxx.tumblr.com. Potted plants supplied by www.glasshaus.com.au
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PEOPLE “ Sportswear is my staple, as a trainer and instructor. How do I make it more glam for coffee dates?”
- Cat, Melbourne
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Ask Lauren Lauren Brain is a fashion blogger, Nova newsreader, journalist, 2011 LMFF Ambassador and all round fashion lover.
Dang girl! You’re a personal trainer? What I’m hearing is: you’re a hottie with a killer bod, and the permanent rosy glow of someone who pours endorphins into their system daily, while the rest of us over-air conditioned, dehydrated fools schlep around with a handbag full of bronzers and cheek stain (more on this little wonder product later), trying to achieve the same look. And you get paid for it? Good start. Get this girl a cocktail. Seriously though, I do understand the transition from cardio to coffee can be difficult, especially in terms of fashion. Luckily for you, we’re smack bang in the midst of a sports luxe renaissance, where lycra is king, and running shorts (for running errands, running to the shops or running late in – anything BUT running) have never been so omnipotent. Bomber jackets, neoprene, varsity tees – these are all huge in fashion right now – and they’re all inspired by the athletic styles and shapes of traditional exercise gear. One of the top fashion-meets-activewear brands – Lululemon – is a great place to start. Their clothes are almost too nice to wear to the gym! Then there’s Stella McCartney. What this British designer has done for a gal’s workout wardrobe…it’s revolutionary! If you want to step it up in the gymwear stakes, try adding a piece from her range for Adidas: a sporty shell jacket, or printed tee or hoodie. FJ: How long have you been drawing for? I have been drawing as far back as I can remember! As a child, my sister Olivia and I used to sticky tape A4 sheets of paper together and draw massive elaborate houses – each sheet was a room. At the age of 16 I was selling large canvas paintings in my Auntie’s gift shop. It was an organic progression from there ...
Colour and Skulls: An interview with illustrator Morgan Connoley
s prolific social media stalkers, we first discovered Morgan Connoley’s work via instagram. Better know as Colour and Skulls, Morgan describes her work as a ‘whimsy mix of inky, beautiful and macabre - a world where femininity and animal are united’. We caught up with Megan to chat about her inspiration and her future aspirations.
FJ: How would you describe your creative process? My first step is always a rough sketch. This sketch then develops into a finer drawing. I use Prismacolour watercolour pencils so once the drawing is complete I then watercolour in the detail (if applicable). Finally I scan or photograph my work and prepare it for print. Some pieces are manipulated digitally in Photoshop, some are left as is. I have never sold an original piece. Fact! FJ: What has been the highlight of your career to date? I have had a couple of highlights which I am a bit chuffed about. I recently collaborated with Westfield to produce a series of work for fashion week (last September), I then got back on board to produce another body of work for their Christmas campaign. I was their first ‘in-house’ artist. I was also very excited to illustrate a portrait of Owl Eyes for Fashion Journal earlier this year.
American Apparel’s marle singlets, tees and long-sleeves are also perfect for on-trend gym layering, and Bonds has done some amazing activewear this season. Get a rotation of skinny-legged, cuffed, pocketed and printed trackies happening, and if you’re up for a shoe change – add a wedge sneaker to complete the polished look you’re after. Neon is having a moment right now, and nowhere does it fit more than at the gym. Look in any mag and you’ll see celebs on their ‘casual days’ wearing neon trainers from the likes of Nike or New Balance. These bad boys will take you from workout to that coffee date in no time. But the real key to nailing this transformation lies with your beauty arsenal. It’s no good getting the outfit right, if your hair is a hot, tangled mess. So, after your towel and water bottle, the most important item in your gym bag should be a can of dry shampoo. After that, throw in some good face wipes and a tinted moisturizer. If you need it (remember that rosy glow you’re entitled to as a perk of the job?), try the lip and cheek stain I mentioned. Benefit does an easy-to-use product called Benetint, that won’t make you look like you’ve stepped out of the gym with a face full of makeup. Overall – this look to me is about layering, comfort, and confidence. Now go and enjoy that coffee, I’m sure you deserve it! - Lauren Brain Head to Lauren’s blog – thecutandpaste.com – for more fashion posts and don’t forget to send in your own fashion dilemmas to email@example.com.
FJ: Where did the name Colour and Skulls originate from? I have always had a fascination with skulls, intrigued by Mexican culture and their Day of the Dead Celebrations. This has provided a huge amount of inspiration for my work - hence the name. FJ: What’s in store for you next? Any exciting upcoming projects? I am a founding member of the Geelong Illustrators Collective. Geelong Illustrators is a small collective of young artists from Geelong and surrounds, designed to be a platform for illustrative artists to collaborate and inspire through group exhibitions, meets, mutual support and crafternoons. We aim to inspire each other to high standards of creativity with zero pretentiousness. Our debut exhibition opened May 31 and will run for 3 weeks at Meraki Gallery, Courthouse ARTS Geelong. Morgan has given us a limited edition Skulls & Pineapple print to giveaway to one lucky reader. To enter simply email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know where you’d hang this gem and remember to like Morgan’s facebook page. www.facebook.com/morganconnoleyillustrator
Adelaide, South Australia Relax in Vintage Part vintage clothing, part laid back coffee lounge, Relax In Vintage is not your typical retail environment. Carrying a unique selection of vintage clothing and accessories sourced from the US and serving delicious organic coffee and home made goodies - Relax in Vintage caters for both the sweet tooth and the fashion addict. From the bright classic 50s kitchen and a beautiful La Marzocco pumping out organic coffee and tea, to the soft lighting and comfy Danish leather sofas, Relax in Vintage offers a unique touch of home comfort while providing the opportunity to discover some of the finest reasonably priced treasures in Adelaide. www.facebook.com/RelaxinVintage
Adelaide Zoo Adelaide may be small but their zoo has pandas. Beat that. Wang Wang and Funi are reason enough to check out Adelaide Zoo but not to be outdone the zoo’s other residents are pretty impressive. Lions, tigers, sea lions, hippos, orangutans and penguins are all here and have regular feeding times as well as keeper presentations. Open everyday of the year there’s really no excuse not to visit Wang Wang and Funi, we just like saying their names. zoossa.com.au/adelaide-zoo
Loca Bella Boutique When in Adelaide, this charming Dulwich boutique really is well worth a visit. The store is renown for opulent styling and beautiful clothes highlighted as soon as you enter by a roaring fireplace, stunning chandeliers, a team of helpful stylists, a huge selection of labels and, of course, Smoochie and Leo (the resident pooch and cat who are always keen for a pat). Stocking some of the most sought after Australian, US and European labels including Camilla, Lisa Brown, Isabelle De Pedro, Mezi Jewellery, Johnny Was plus many, many more. Can’t get in store? No worries – most of the garments are also sold online too. www.locabella.com.au
Gilles Street Market Winter is coming… Still that’s no excuse not to rug up on the third Sunday of every month and head down to the Gilles Street Market. Who knows, you might even find yourself some tasty knitwear from one of the emerging designers showcasing their wares. With over 90 stalls of apparel and accessories plus plenty of winter warming food stalls and DJs spinning all day it’s worth braving the elements for. gillesstreetmarket.com.au/
Miss Gladys Sym Choon
Queen Street Precinct
A trip to Adelaide wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Miss Gladys Sym Choon Boutique. Established in the 1920s by a teenage Gladys, the boutique is responsible for launching many of SA’s top designers and has remained a destination for Adelaide’s sartorially savvy. Now owned by Razak and Joff Chappell, Sym Choon remains a fashion shrine to Gladys and stocks Razak’s own evening wear designs as well as an eclectic mix of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Find this iconic Adelaide destination at 235A Rundle Street, Adelaide open 7 days. www.missgladyssymchoon.com.au
One Small Room, Industrial Revolution, Hype & Seek, Azalia Boutique, Curious Orange, Queen Street Café, The Grocer, Queen Street Pilates, The Deli and Red Door Bakery. Phew! Who needs the global village when you’ve got the Queen Street precinct? If you live in Adelaide and haven’t been there’s something wrong with you. Just kidding! But seriously, check out this retail and culinary destination, and make sure you have a sausage roll from Red Door Bakery, like… seriously.
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Elle Graham “Paradise”
Elle Graham has achieved a lot for someone her age. Celebrating her 21st birthday last month with a party in a five-metre teepee in her backyard where guests were required to dress as characters from Game of Thrones, the singer, songwriter and model is intriguingly humble.
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t can be a hard world to navigate; a passionate musician dabbling in modeling risks not being treated seriously as a musician. Equally so, a model dabbling in music invites the same scorn. This is what is different about Elle Graham; the Townsville-born beauty rejected the allure of modeling to remain staidly focused on her education and her music. Graham intends to finish her studies before giving modeling her proper attention, but remains realistic: “Singing I can do when I’m grey,” she laughs. “Modeling has a definite use by date.” Graham’s music rides the current wave of sparse, melodic folk music led by a whispering yet distinct female vocal. Think CocoRosie, Regina Spektor or Imogen Heap of whom Graham is a massive fan. Her sparely produced videos are enchanting to watch; Graham’s flowing locks framing her soft face (refreshingly absent of sharp angles as is currently in vogue) as she sits primly behind the keyboard. Graham’s eyes flutter over to her fellow musicians as she sings, but it is when she locks eyes with the camera and flashes that naïve, almost childish smile that your heart skips a beat. At 16 the flaxen-haired beauty living in Townsville was scouted for Australia’s Next Top Model where she made it into the top 13 (for those not familiar the top 13 are the ones who make it into the model house). Instead of proceeding with the program, Graham decided to withdraw to focus on finishing her schooling, a decision showing wisdom beyond her years. Then, at
seventeen Graham was scouted again, this time by a modeling agency on the Gold Coast for international work and again turned it down to focus on her now budding music career. Now based in Melbourne Graham says she has found a home with Chadwick Models and the agency is extremely supportive and flexible around both her music and university study. The move to Melbourne came one year ago after Graham was in
“Modelling has such a short llifespan” town recording her first EP. “I was blown away by the city and the culture,” she says. When asked if she misses Townsville the answer is a resounding yes; “Paradise,” Graham calls it. There’s a small group of dedicated people in the fashion scene up there apparently but most of it is unpaid, Graham muses. She stills goes up there to play at friend’s parties and weddings though. We switch topics: if Graham had to choose between modeling and singing which would she choose? “There’s a nice crossover. It helps to have the look when you’re a musician, but music can take me through to old age,” she laughs.
the self-production of Heap that she especially admires though, something Graham hopes to do in her own musical career. Graham was also recently one of only eight musicians selected to participate in a songwriting master class with Chet Faker as part of Melbourne Music Week. “He’s awesome,” Graham beams. “I’d listened to a few of his tracks before I went but then I heard his guest vocals on Flume’s album and it was incredible.” That same week Graham also recorded vocals for the new Cat Empire album, filmed a video for Kimbra and saw Radiohead in concert. “I was just like, I love Melbourne!” she gushes. So what’s next in the pipeline for this 21-year-old beauty with the world at her feet? It’s quite a list: “I’m hoping to work on some more produced music videos with Andy Hatton. The new tracks I’m working on are going to have some cello and a choir element which I’m excited about,” she says. “Earlier this year I recorded some guest vocals for Luke Thomas and that will be out soon. I’ll also be promoting my EP and I’m working on a dance project that we’ll be submitting for Triple J’s Unearthed competition. I’ve got one year left at uni though and then I’m going to focus 100 percent on modeling because even though I’m only 21 modeling has such a short lifespan,” Graham laughs. Facebook.com/ellegrahammusic
So which musicians does Graham look up to in their old age (everyone looks old when you’re 21)? “James Blake, Little Dragon, Imogen Heap,” she answers. It is
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With family ties in both the fashion and optometry industries – it seemed written in the stars that Asha Zomer would grow up to design eyewear. Her label, (h)AZE, is Australian designed, handmade in France, and made from Italian materials. There’s a mixture of classic vintage styles with a modern twist, taking inspiration from the shapes and styles of the 1950s, through to today. The latest collection features 7cm thick acetate, cat-eye shapes, keyhole bridges, frosted and polished finishes blended with accents of turquoise, orange, pearl purple and clear crystal pink, as well as edgier metal frames with mirrored gold and silver lenses. (h)AZE eyewear is also 100% scriptable. Four-eyes nationwide rejoice – now there’s no need to choose between fashion and functionality.
Melbourne label Foxton Lane reinterprets traditional, timeless and classic European designs with a modern twist. Specialising in women’s tops, bags and skirts, the products are all made on a limited run basis using material off-cuts, reducing the label’s carbon footprint; another fitting way to revert back to the (less polluted) practices of yesteryear. This emerging Melbourne label was created by Cassie Brain – lawyer turned fashion designer pursing her lifelong creative dreams. Versatile and stylish, the range caters for women who want classic fashion both for and outside the office.
My Global Hunter
My Global Hunter was born out of a love for fashion and handcrafted pieces. Working with artisans from around the world the label creates statement jewellry using semi-precious stones including onyx, quartz and topaz. These stones are teamed with sterling silver, 24-carat gold and hammered brass to create unique, weathered designs. The rings, earrings and necklaces can be mixed and matched to take from casual daywear into evening with ease. Starting at less than $80 this exotic handcrafted jewellery won’t blow the budget. At FJ, we love the Beehave necklace, hot at only $65.
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Sydney-based sisters Riina and Maali are the creative force behind AIJA (pronounced ai-ya). Their philosophy is simple - to create a range of timeless, high-quality, wearable bags made from the softest of leather. From envelope style fringed clutches to backpacks and weekender bags, AIJA has something for all tastes and personalities. Paying homage to their family heritage, each bag features hand-loomed cotton lining imported from Estonia. www.aijabrand.com.au
Melbourne based label L’Haute Vie has been catching the attention of those on the fashion scene with their statement making jewellery and unique design. Each precious piece is handmade in Melbourne, using natural crystals, semi-precious stones and quality leathers. Made in a limited amount, usually five pieces or less, L’Haute Vie ensures individuality and a unique beauty. Whether you’re looking for go-to accessories for your daytime ensemble, or want to add a touch of distinctive glamour to your eveningwear, L’Haute Vie seems to have it covered.
My Boyfriends Back
Designed and made in New Zealand, My Boyfriends Back summer 2014 collection, The Lust & Found, offers an effortless and fresh range, which was showcased at Wellington Fashion Week. Clashing, monochromatic prints are juxtaposed with bold hues, evoking the summer spirit and a sense of playful recklessness. Delicate knits are fused with box-shaped, raw-cut mesh panelling, while muted tones contrast against vibrant, floral suiting and printed, playful dresses. With a throwback to the 30s and 60s, The Lust & Found silhouettes are loose and slender with a feminine flair. Keeping with the label’s signature style, My Boyfriends Back balances contemporary style with classic designs, allowing wearers to take pieces from day to play, simply by swapping Cons for heels. The collection will soon be available from Sydney’s Kansai Karnival. It’s also stocked in boutiques nationwide in New Zealand and available online. www.myboyfriendsback.co.nz
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The Gorjess Closet
Take a peak inside The Gorjess Closet and you’ll find an eye-pleasing array of trends, crazes and instant classics. Created by Australian designer Jessica Awad, The Gorjess Closet stems from a knowledge of fabrics, design and manufacturing that Jess acquired by working with Myer, The Just Group and The Webster group. The label offers affordable, fabulous styles made to create and update your own closet with Peter Pan collars, preppy blazers and pretty laces dresses aplenty.
One White Sunday
Based in the picturesque Yarra Valley in Victoria, One White Sunday produces unique and high quality handmade jewellery that is refreshingly youthful and endearingly playful. Using the finest quality of natural materials, One White Sunday offers a range of accessories in a variety of candy floss shades, using distinctive shapes and novel design. Perfect for adding a pop of colour to an otherwise dull ensemble, or an adorable gift idea for any age. www.facebook.com/onewhitesunday
Eager & Vane
Inspired by the idea of art as fashion, Eager & Vane’s gorgeous and inspired silk scarves go beyond your simple accessory. Think Lady of the Manor at a rave and you’re nearly there. Established visual artists draw diverse inspiration from Jean Miro to 14th century Japanese woodblock prints to create truly timeless and enchanting catwalk-ready pieces. The three sisters behind the label share an enthusiasm and adoration of visual art, channeling their passion into the Eager & Vane product. A perfect gift for the truest of friends, or a well deserved treat that will complement every wardrobe. www.eagerandvane.com.
Launched in 2010 Stephanie Vandoros Collections swims strongly against the current tide of fast fashion. Based in Sydney all of SVC’s garments are limited edition and made in Australia. Favoring classic cuts over seasonal trends the latest collection teams vibrant prints with classic silhouettes resulting in a playful sophistication. Drawing inspiration from unique textiles SVC creates feminine flattering styles perfect for on-the-go daywear or special occasions. Showcasing the collection at artisan markets around Sydney, designer Stephanie also invites customers to her Sydney studio. www.stephanievandoros.com.au
A fresh-faced fashion label is upon us with self-taught designers Hannah and Dylan, creating clothing label Twiceshy. Formed in August 2012, the young New Zealand lovers have since grown and gathered a modest yet loyal following, using their big dreams to fuel their creativity. A soon to be summer favourite, Twiceshy specialise in muscle tanks and cropped singlets perfect for those hot sunny days we’re daydreaming about this gloomy winter. With signature tank, Chase the Sun, available in four neutral shades, the couple behind Twiceshy know how to make a soft singlet simplistic with an element of edge. With a collection of new tank tops and shorts in the works, Twiceshy is a label to look twice for this season.
Philippa Galasso’s eponymous label features strikingly cut lines contrasted with sheer, delicate fabrics that make her designs look so distinctly European, it’s hard to believe they hail from Sydney. Lovingly hand crafted from the highest quality silk and lace from Italy and France, her range of moody black frocks are perfectly executed to levels of red-carpet sophistication while remaining deeply feminine at heart. Philippa designs according to traditional couture techniques before reworking the method to deliver an evening wear range with a modern edge. www.philippagalasso.com
When long-time friends Jessica Kee and Phoebe Mok chat about their up and coming handbag label Made Beautiful, their passion for their work is palpable. ‘We’re really excited with our range. Our bags are used by all types of girls,’ says Lee. ‘The themes are always the most fun to do,’ Mok chimes in. The designer label’s printed canvas and genuine leather handbags are already piquing a lot of interest from suppliers and customers internationally, with their ‘cute but not too cute’ aesthetic and practicality. www.madebeautiful.com.au
Jewels by Jacqueline
Born by the seaside at the local Byron Bay markets, Jewels by Jacqueline is an electric mix of industry meets coast. Oxidized silver and striking angles juxtaposed with delicate chains and intricate detail make up the design aesthetic, with each piece crafted to complement the wearer. Since starting out in 2009, Jacqueline’s collection of unique jewels has acquired a cult following among locals, and the word is spreading fast. Stepping away from status symbols or flashy accessories, Jewels by Jacqueline is about embracing true quality, inspiring a younger generation in search of a look to call their own. www.jewelsbyjacqueline.com.au
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British illustrator and artist Erin Petson, known for her nuanced and original artworks, has headed south from her London home to launch a highly collectable limited edition series of art prints. Petson is well established in the industry, having worked with fashion powerhouses such as Dior, Vogue, Victoria Beckham, Diane Von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney, The New York Times, The Guardian, Elle Magazine, WWD, Harvey Nicholas and, most recently a collaboration with London label Biondi Couture. Erin Petson’s designs are one of a kind and her work combines highend fashion with an inspired artistic touch.
Australian made? Check. Organic cotton? Check. Super cute? Definitely check. Chubby Turtle is the pet project of artist Lydia Beamish who wanted to combine her love of illustration and fashion into one unique brand. Taking inspiration from everything from manga, to junk food, to sad-looking robots, Chubby Turtle’s original designs are hand screen printed onto Australian made organic cotton tees and hoodies. FJ loves the grey and burgundy baseball jersey. Fair trade and sweatshop free, Chubby Turtle has also been featured at the Louis Joel Gallery’s ‘It’s Art: Wear It’ exhibition for 2011 and 2012. www.chubbyturtle.com.au
The concept behind Mariam Seddiq’s namesake label is simple - to create contemporary clothing with cultural roots. Heritage is an important part of Mariam’s work and as a young Afghan designer based in Sydney and trained in Italy, she has a lot to offer as far as worldly designs go. Mariam’s designs see monochromatic minimalism as well as bright pops of colour, beaded embellishments and electric tribal neckpieces reign supreme. Her passion for creation is set to extend beyond the realm of evening wear as she prepares to launch a bridal collection featuring more than your standard selection of strapless whites, you can expect non-traditional but nonetheless chic and timeless pieces.
We can’t resist a gorgeous, vintage inspired frock and we get the feeling that our amazing readers can’t either. So you can imagine our excitement upon discovering the stunning selection of flattering vintage inspired pieces at Elise Designs. Think perfect summer dresses, go-to totes and statement cocktail rings to jazz up your ensemble. The Elise Design team are constantly adding new items to their collections, so visit their online store and sign up to their newsletter to keep upto-date on latest stock and sales.
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MIIOMAI Actually, it’s pronounced me-o-my, similar to the feeling you get when you try on an outfit for the first time and it’s perfect and you think to yourself, ‘me oh my!’ I look damn diggin’ fantastic! That’s where Miiomai comes in, an Australian online fashion boutique celebrating individuality, chic style and great value. The store offers everyday women’s fashion, stylish accessories, kid’s stuff and homewares.
With a passion for good design and innovation, Auckland-based Paco Design sources unique products from South America. We particularly love the CARGA collection, a range of bags batch-produced in a family-run workshop in Buenos Aires. While eco-design bags from South America are their speciality, you can also shop the Cyclus collection, urban styled bags and wallets made from recycled truck tyres. Cyclus is designed and manufactured in Bogota, Colombia. Take advantage of free delivery Australia-wide.
PURE MODA The newly launched Pure Moda features on-trend, quality fashion pieces from an array of local and international designers. Pick from the 20 boutique labels on offer for a wide variety of dresses, tops, bottoms as well as beachwear, shoes and accessories. And if things get tricky in your sartorial quest, enlist the help of Pure Moda’s very own qualified personal stylist to offer up some inspiration and advice. Delivery is free Australia-wide.
Who Exclusive offer affordable trend-based pieces including dresses, leggings, pants and blouses – every fashionista’s favourite fashion fare. What sets the label apart is each shopping experience is tailored exclusively to you. Just send off a full-length picture of yourself, sizing details and a small description of your style and the team at Who Exclusive will have your next event sorted. What’s more, Who Exclusive offer clients an opportunity to vote for clothes they would like to see on the site, take part in competitions and model for the label!
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Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Penguin UK / RRP $35.00
Scott Schuman (founder of thesartorialist.com) is back with a second installment of street fashion inspiration. Like his uber-famous blog and previous venture in publishing, this book is filled with beautifully fashionable men and women who work the streets like a runway. This edition moves past his previous focus on the New York sartorial scene as Schuman captures images of human style from as far afield as Seoul, London, Rio de Janeiro and Paris, creating a greater understanding of global style. Like his blog, this book is set to become a hugely respected and influential resource in the fashion industry and – of course – for the fashionistas on the streets.
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Compressing this album into 90 words is quite the task. The French duo have been producing surprising albums since 1997 – Homework was playful, Discovery was landmark, Human After All – well, every career has low points. RAM, their fourth proper studio release, is a great surprise, it’s Daft Punk ditching their progressive signature sound for the glam styles and production techniques of the 70/80’s. The result - complete high fidelity, the more you listen the more you’re enveloped. Do not miss this record.
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Trouble Will Find Me
Thames & Hudson / RRP $59.95
This band goes from stride to stride – every new release sees a more mature, ambitious and accomplished sound. Matt Berninger’s vocals are rich and melancholic, they really make this music hit hard at home for any form of existential mishap happening in the world around us. Trouble Will Find Me does play to intellectualism in music, it’s not the type of record you play on a road trip, but one that requires your attention – intellectual without being pretentious. Humiliation and Graceless are the standouts.
A good book on vintage menswear is as rare as a 1940s flying jacket, a polar exploration suit or vintage French denim (all of which you’ll find featured in this little gem). This vast collection of rare 20th-century pieces were curated by the Vintage Showroom – considered connoisseurs of vintage clothing and whose collection is usually limited only to stylists and fashion designers. The book is divided into three sections (sportswear, militaria and workwear) and is spread over 300 beautifully illustrated pages of vintage tailoring and game-changing designs. A truly beautiful hardback necessary for menswear enthusiast and fashion lovers alike.
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Light Up Gold
Random House Australia / RRP $39.95
Banksy is perhaps the most notorious street artist who has ever lived and has decorated walls, bridges and even zoos throughout the world with his stencils – now his artistic genius can decorate your coffee table too. Wall and Piece is a collection of his best work in a fully illustrated colour volume. The book outlines his witty, subversive stencil art and while many of the pieces have appeared in other texts on the artist, the images featured here are of an exceptionally high standard and in a large format so Banksy fans will definitely find it a worthwhile purchase.
What happens when Texans pick up shop, move to Brooklyn and start jamming everyday? A special kind of I don’t give a shit indie/cowboy Americana happens – and it’s awesome. Parquet Courts debut is lyrically quite disheartening, making a pretty contentious statement that the state of the world is fucked, its themes blend well with the tension that’s oozing musically from the record. For an album from a bunch of stoners, we recommend it highly.
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Hundreds of Sydney’s most influential and fashionable peeps descended upon the Global Gallery in Paddington to celebrate 140 years of the iconic Levi’s 501 in early May. Guests included Timomatic, NRL stars George & Tom Burgess, Celebrity Apprentice Contestant John Steffensen, actors, models and fashion bloggers who were treated to the indie-electro beats of Flight Facilities and DJ’s SoftWar. The event showcased the timelessness of the 501 with the ‘Installation of Innovation’ – a timeline tracing the history and evolution of the 501.
Cascade First Harvest Ale Launch Hobba Eatery & Bar in Prahran hosted a VIP cocktail event on Wednesday 22 May to celebrate the launch of the highly regarded 2013 Cascade First Harvest Ale, a limited edition handcrafted beer (only 5000 cases have been released). 2012 MasterChef contestant Ben Milbourne created a bespoke menu on the night to complement the beer, using artisan Tasmanian produce and ingredients.
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