ISSUE 175 / DECEMBER 2017
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From the Team Here we are again at the end of another year. It’s been a busy one and we’ve got 11 issues and a brand new website to show for it. While there are still a few days left ’til Christmas, we’re already well and truly stuck into the festivities. You know Christmas is imminent when your local supermarket shelves are inundated with fruit mince pies, so we decided to give you a leg up and sort the naughty from the nice. Flip to page 18 where we break down which are worthy of Chrissy lunch. We know gift-giving can be a chore when you’re short of inspiration, so to help you on your
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way, we’ve rounded up over 16 pages of present suggestions. There’s something for your mum, second cousin and even your work KK that you’re not super keen on. Also inside this issue, we chat to Basenji about his latest single release with Tkay Maidza (page 15), tell you which 2017 trends we’ll be glad to see the back of (page 16) and list labels to watch in 2018 (page 17). Thanks for hanging out with us, we'll see you in the new year.
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Ellesse Ellesse’s revival has continued, with the launch of its new campaign. Shot by football photography publication Local FC, the images showcase a talented group of upand-comers in the brand’s summer offering. You’ll spot musician Ric Rufio, hip hop selector NES, semi-pro footballer Glazer and model of the moment Roberta Pecoraro. This season, design inspiration has been taken from the brand’s rich sportswear heritage and the release includes branded tees, sweatpants, jackets and shorts. GLUESTORE.COM.AU
CA Jewellery CA Jewellery’s name may sound unfamiliar, but its designs won’t be. The label's been around since 2015, but has recently rebranded from Jewellery by Others. The move further aligns with founder Camille Alvarez, while continuing a commitment to individuality through delicate designs. You’ll already find two new collections produced under the CA name, each drawing on Camille’s extensive experience in jewellery design and inspired by architecture. CAJEWELLERY.COM.AU
Puma Puma’s at it again with the latest instalment of its DO YOU series. The concept behind the campaign rests on the premise that every woman should be their own muse and feel the freedom to be fiercer than ever. The Muse Echo (pictured) will be available to purchase online and in Puma flagship stores. AU.PUMA.COM
Hot or Not WITH BIANCA O’NEILL ILLUSTRATION BY TWYLAMAE
Swimwear worn how it’s meant to be worn As summer approaches I’d like to introduce a new idea: not shoving your swimmers up your butt in some weird Instagram-wedgie situation. If you want to show off your butt, just buy a G, you guys. HOT
General Pants Co. General Pants Co. is helping add a few names to the nice list this year, with the launch of its Just Be Nice Christmas campaign. Over the course of December, the retailer is asking customers to help spread the festive spirit by donating $1 to The Lighthouse Foundation alongside each purchase. The initiative is running both in-store and online, and for every $1 donated, General Pants Co. will pledge an additional $2. The Lighthouse Foundation is committed to providing homes and therapeutic care for homeless young people from backgrounds of long-term neglect and abuse. GENERALPANTS.COM.AU
Ol’ Megs is like the relatable version of Kate, who always seemed a little stuffy to me. “He proposed over a roast chicken,” has become laid back #relationshipgoals for all the right reasons. HOT
Kylie Jenner’s bebe So… is she pregs or not? I don’t even care anymore. MEH
Kowtow x Gidon Bing Upon laying eyes on Kowtow’s collaboration with Gidon Bing, we just about melted. Branching out from clothing, Kowtow’s partnership with the New Zealandbased ceramics studio focuses on understated craftsmanship and minimalist design. The release features four essential objects in pastel pink, bone crackle white and navy. Starting at just $40, it’s safe to say we’ll be adding the whole range to our collection before Christmas. AU.KOWTOWCLOTHING.COM
Bloggers who post too much Instagram spon If every second post is paid for, why are we even following you? If I wanted that kind of saturation of paid-for posts, I’d spend more time on Facebook. Scratchies? Health insurance? Ugh. NOT
Christmas carols Making your anxiety-filled present-shopping excursion even worse, since forever. NOT
Infamous Gentleman An exceptionally manicured beard takes dedication and commitment, so it pays to have a little help when it comes to maintenance. Infamous Gentleman shares this attitude, making its bespoke collection of grooming products the perfect Christmas gift for the modern man. The brand’s signature beard balm and premium beard oil are created by hand in far north Queensland using a blend of argan, jojoba, wheat germ, coconut and avocado oils. Mixed with fruit and plant extracts for a masculine scent, they’re designed to keep hair in check and smelling fresh. INFAMOUSGENTLEMAN.COM.AU
Status Anxiety You can never have too many good quality leather accessories in your life. And come Christmas, a new bag or wallet is always a welcome gift under the tree. Just in time for Saint Nick, our pals at Status Anxiety have opened up shop at 94A Oxford Street, Paddington NSW. Inside the store’s lush greenery-filled interior, customers can finally get their hands on the label’s full offering all in the one place. STATUSANXIETY.COM.AU
An Organised Life An Organised Life and Karen Walker are back for round two, dropping another collection of fancy notebooks. The new release comes as a set of three and features gold-foil detailing and unique floral covers inspired by Walker’s past and present collections. Arriving in black, pink and cream, each book features 24 acid-free ivory paper pages and is finished with saddle-stitched staple binding and rounded corners. ANORGANISEDLIFE.COM
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Piece of Cake The countdown to December 25 is on and with that comes the inevitable rush to get your gifting in order. This year we’ve simplified the process with a selection of sweet stocking fillers that are sure to have you winning Christmas.
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Naughty or Nice It’s easy to fall back on socks and jocks when gifting for the males in your life. But we think you can do a little better than that. To help get you thinking outside the square, we’ve gathered some expert inspiration. PHOTOGRAPHER - HOLLY ENGELHARDT STYLIST - JAM BAYLON
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If you’re yet to hear Basenji’s track ‘Mistakes’ featuring Tkay Maidza, we suggest dropping everything and jumping on it stat. Following the release of ‘Don’t Let Go’ earlier this year, the Sydney-based producer has continued a trend of punchy melodies and absorbing beats. Here’s what he had to say about it. Tell us about the making of ‘Mistakes’. The song for me was always about creating something a little anthemic and uplifting to put in my sets. Tkay decided on the lyrical direction and concept, and it just fitted so perfectly! I wanted the song to be euphoric but also undercut the opulent, loud brass and drums with gentle sounds and pleasant instrumentation. Everything clicked together neatly and Tkay’s powerful vocals really carry the whole track. Why did you two decide to work together? I asked my label to reach out to Tkay because for a long time, I’ve considered her one of the most exciting artists in Australia. I was really happy
when she agreed to work on the track and even more excited by how quickly and naturally it all came together. What’s the reaction been like? I’ve been truly overwhelmed by the response to the song. The industry, my friends and family have all said very kind things, and the global reaction online has been so exciting. Who would you like to collaborate with next? I’m interested in collaborations with so many people. Right now some of my dream artists to work with are Mozart’s Sister, Seiho, Zora Jones, Kelela, Nadus and Quay Dash. Just to name a few.
What are you currently working on? I’m working on new music, art direction, merchandise, my live show and I’m always thinking about touring and exciting new locations I can bring my music to. What’s in store for 2018? I want to release more music and tour it globally – stay tuned for details, I’m so excited! Catch Basenji alongside Haiku Hands, Mallrat and Genesis Owusu for Red Bull Sound Select in Sydney on December 15. Entry is $3 with RSVP or $10 on the door. REDBULLSOUNDSELECT.COM
So Long, Farewell 2017 trends that need to die already.
WORDS BY BIANCA O’NEILL ILLUSTRATION BY TWYLAMAE
It's been a confusing year for fashion. We had a $2000 Ikea bag. We had a denim thong walk down the runway, and a Balenciaga/Crocs collab. Hell, we even had a scandal or two in the form of fake designer goods… But there are seven trends that offended me this year even more than Gorpcore, and I can’t wait for them to die a quick death in the glowing embers of the NYE fireworks. FISHNETS
Probably the year’s most controversial trend, fishnets were seen everywhere. From bloggers’ feeds to street style galleries. The twist? They were layered under ripped jeans, pulled Urkelstyle high over waistbands, and peeked out underneath pants. It was all terrible, and everyone who posted it will regret the pictures imminently. GUCCI
If there was one designer brand that ruled the ’gram this year, it was Gucci. The double Gs were plastered all over T-shirts, bags, belts and shoes, from go to woah. I blame last year’s fur slides for the rise in fame, but I blame basic bishes for the proliferation of logo-mania. Doesn’t anyone remember the old adage ‘the bigger the branding, the tackier the wearer’? It’s time to find a new obsession. LOGO TEES
Onto the second cousin of the double Gs: the logo tee. This one started with a $600 Gucci tee early on in 2017, and continued with a subtle take from Saint Laurent, as well as a not-so-subtle take from Givenchy. Please place your logo tees in the bin before advancing to 2018, along with those hideous YSL-logo-heel pumps. OFF-THE-SHOULDER
2017 was the year of the off-the-shoulder top. And if you really wanted to turn up the micro-trend meter, you also added a ruffle and a flared sleeve. Ugh. I blame this trend on the endless radio airplay of ‘Despacito’. UGLY SNEAKERS
Balenciaga has a lot to answer for this year. From the aforementioned Ikea bag and Crocs collab, to the Bern-lenciaga politico logos, and finally, to the Seinfeld sneaker. They weren’t even the first ones
to bring it back. Raf Simons had the jump on the trend, showing it back in 2015 for adidas. It was ugly in the ’90s, it was ugly when Raf did it, and it’s still ugly now that Balenciaga has shoved a $1000 price tag on it. Everyone just stop, pls.
Kim K had us frothing over chokers this year. Even I succumbed to this ’90s remix. It died as quickly as it took over our lives for a hot second, and I’d like to put it in the ‘no go zone’ for 2018, please. I’ve sobered up and I regret it immensely.
The last few years have seen feeds filled with black and white boringness, but it’s time for a return to real life (and colour). Put down the Snapseed desaturation tool, and embrace the natural environment. Trees aren’t meant to be grey, you guys. This also goes for boring style ‘inspo’ in the form of black skinny jeans and a white tee on a size 6 model. THIS IS NOT STYLE. IT IS ALSO NOT INSPO.
This was already over in 2016. Can we pump the breaks on mermaid hair, pink hair, unicorn hair et al? Not only is it totally overplayed, and no longer hair inspo in any form, it’s also just really bad for your locks. I’m calling for a return to au naturale next year. It’ll save me time, money and a whole lot of colour anxiety.
On the Rise It’s been a big year for Australian fashion. We’ve seen the arrival of some exciting new talent and with it, a fresh and innovative approach to design. Here’s who caught our attention this year. Our expectations are high for the next. WORDS BY GIULIA BRUGLIERA
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The brainchild of emerging designer Elizabeth Hutchinson, Mundame launched last year with a debut collection that had the Fashion Journal team sit up and take note. The label’s second drop features clean designs with a clear direction – think architectural lines, clever lengths and exaggerated collars. Bonus points go to Mundame for garments that are made to order in Melbourne, lessening the label’s (and our own) environmental impact.
First, it was her eponymous line, then it was her work with high street label Seduce. But it’s Magdalena Velevska’s 2017 debut that has our expectations sky high. Alys has already won the affection of many Australian influencers, with a selection of wrap styles tagged across Instagram. More recently, the brand has just launched its website, with a few select pieces available to shop on The Iconic. And if this preview is anything to go by, we’re about to become very familiar with Alys.
When a label launches straight into Melbourne’s iconic retailer Le Louvre, you know to expect big things. E Nolan offers a welcome reprieve from the minimalist styles we continue to receive, instead playing heavily with texture, volume, print and embellishments. Still, it’s far from over the top. The debut range is currently available only at Le Louvre, with a website not yet live. It means the rest of the country will have to wait to get their hands on a piece. Good things come to those who wait, right?
Coreprêt For those who can’t bear the thought of a pencil skirt, meet Coreprêt. The brand’s focus is on conservative design that’s certainly office appropriate, but cool enough to wear beyond a fluorescent-lit room. The label is a collaboration between RMIT graduates Gabrielle Leavesley and Nessie Croft, who are also champions of ethical fashion practice. All garments are therefore designed for longevity and produced using sustainable methods and materials. Coreprêt is only just budding at the moment, but we’re excited to see what’s next.
Queen of Pentacles Queen of Pentacles first dropped onto our radar earlier this year, with a line of zodiac jewellery inspired by bad horoscopes. The project of local creative Tabatha Turner, QoP offers a line of 12 minimal necklaces, each spelling out a different star sign and plated in 18k gold. We’ve since seen the label drop a line of zodiac ‘merch’ with the hint of more to come. Watch this space. QUEEN-OF-PENTACLES.COM
The Fold Despite a saturation of minimal swimwear in the market, newcomer The Fold found a way to break through. The Australian label launched in October this year, offering swimwear exclusively for cup sizes D and above. It’s a genius concept. Styles don’t compromise on design either, with cuts serving to flatter large busts while offering enough support. The debut offering is minimal but strong, just like The Fold’s designs. THEFOLDSWIM.COM
Sweet as Pie WORDS BY JAMES DI FABRIZIO ILLUSTRATION BY TWYLAMAE
Forget about plum pudding. Step aside, panettone. There’s no sweet more quintessentially Christmas and universally loved than the humble mince pie. A great pie will reignite your holiday spirit like nothing else, while a terrible one will leave you feeling like you’ve swallowed fruit-flavoured cardboard. But how do you sort the naughty from the nice? We’ve done the hard yards and sampled a full Christmas stocking’s worth of pies so you don’t have to.
Coles Traditional Fruit Mince Pies Let’s be frank. Coles isn’t going to win any awards for its mince pies. This is the everyman’s mince pie. The tried and tested classic that’s readily available to call upon for any Christmas occasion. Save the boutique mince pies for Christmas day and bust these out for the yearly catch-up with that friend you won’t see again until this time next December. Bonus points: generous filling that’s bursting with sultanas (Coles know a thing or two about value). Points deducted: a disheartening absence of icing sugar. RATING 3.5 UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS OUT OF 5
Woolworths Fruit Mince Pies Woolworths, you’ve done it again. A no-fuss mince tart that’ll appease the masses and bring your family together through one crowdpleasing pie. If that’s not what Christmas is all about, then I don’t know what is. The pastry is firm, and not too crumbly. In fact, it almost tastes a bit like a cross between gingerbread and apple pie. The pie's top is adorned with a nice criss-cross pattern that's festive, but
not too fancy. The filling is generous, sweet, and keeps experimentation to a minimum. After all, some things are best kept simple. RATING 4 LONG-WINDED CHATS WITH YOUR COUSIN WHO JUST BOUGHT A TIMESHARE ON THE GOLD COAST OUT OF 5
Grandma Wild’s Luxury Mince Pies Anything made by a grandma is bound to be good, right? Wrong. Grandma Wild’s mince pies are dry as bones. The pastry turns to a Clag-like texture in your mouth. All of the sultanas and dates have been squished into some sort of nondescript, amorphous fruit paste. Serve these up to ruin Christmas, or to your younger cousins who don’t know any better. RATING 1.5 RE-RUNS OF 'LOVE ACTUALLY' OUT OF 5
Puddings on the Ritz’s Classic Mince Tarts “For connoisseurs of fine food,” reads the label on these high-end bad boys. A bold statement indeed.
There’s a general rule of thumb when shopping for mince pies: the fewer that are sold in a packet, the fancier the pie is bound to be. Case in point, there’s only two in this box. The shortcrust pastry crumbles apart when trying to pry it out of the foil. It’s a rough start. But the flavour? Bellissimo. I can hear baby angels cry with joy. An elf just fell off his chair. Someone get Saint Nick on the phone because he needs to try this. RATING 4.5 CHRISTMAS HAMS OUT OF 5
Phillippa’s Mince Pies All hail Phillippa, queen of the mince pie. The shortbread is light, sweet and crispy; the filling tangy and aromatic. There’s a lot more going on in this pie than first meets the eye – but it’s subtle, and not overbearing (read: you can smash a few without feeling sick). Hints of orange rind and a heady mix of spices make this a certified Christmas winner. Capping it off, the handmade stars that adorn the top of the tart are bloody cute. All hail Phillippa. Long may she reign. RATING 4.5 AWKWARD FAMILY LUNCH CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUR CASUALLY RACIST AUNT OUT OF 5
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Last issue we introduced you to online marketplace Aliceisback. The e-commerce site has just launched, and its goal is to connect independent labels with a global customer base. This month, Aliceisback has teamed up with musician Maya Hirasedo and photographer Jeremy Blincoe to showcase new arrivals just in time for the festive season. Jump online to read our interview with Maya and Jeremy. ALL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES AVAILABLE FROM ALICEISBACK W
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Brooke Da Cruz
One quick look at Brooke Da Cruz’s designs will have you ready to spend your life savings. The Perth-based designer creates visually striking garments which are easy to wear and feel luxurious. Ethical and sustainable values are central to Brooke’s process, with materials consciously selected to minimise harm to the environment. Her debut collection, Untouched One, draws inspiration from people, places, cultures and experiences in her life. It combines organic cotton, ethically-sourced silk and Tencel and has been wear-tested to ensure its aesthetic doesn’t compromise comfort. Preorder the release online now.
THE M|N|ML began as a local alternative to mass-produced clothing. Two sisters launched the label in 2015, after a search for well-made sustainable basics proved fruitless. Since then, the brand has established a range of luxe yet affordable basics, with the majority of pieces created locally. Everything the label makes is made in ethically-certified factories from materials like organic cotton and lyocell. Better yet, five per cent of each sale is donated to community organisations working to provide basic human rights to those less fortunate. And if that hasn’t got you convinced, all styles are currently available for under $100.
The Rushing Hour It’s become easier than ever to fill our wardrobes with slow fashion pieces. The Rushing Hour is another label we’ve added to our collection, thanks to its commitment to innovation and humanity. The label believes in making quality garments that last, with a sustainable and transparent process. Its eclectic collection is elevated with the use of bold silhouettes and contemporary finishes and you can expect laser-cut detailing, leather look materials and French linen throughout. The Rushing Hour also supports the One Girl charity, and for every item sold, it funds one month of education for a girl in Uganda or Sierra Leone. THERUSHINGHOUR.COM
Sahana Byron Bay
With over 20 years’ of combined experience at Stella McCartney Lingerie, Elle Macpherson Intimates and Pleasure State, it’s safe to say Sophie Hardy and Deborah Morrison know what makes good lingerie. Their label Liar Liar is made for clever women, with the intimates toeing the line between girlishness and sophistication. The brand has made a point to focus on petite frames with its initial collection, designing for smaller girls who struggle to find underwear that fits well. The offering spans sizes 6 to 14, with plans to expand to larger sizes in the near future.
There’s something special about wearing locally handmade clothing. Sahana Bryon Bay understands this sentiment, with all its designs ethically handcrafted in the Byron hinterland. The label takes its inspiration from the natural landscape, encapsulating the relaxed coastal energy of the region. Think clean, minimal designs, coupled with high-quality natural fibres like pure linen. With a focus on slow fashion and timeless silhouettes, designs are both easy-to-wear and sophisticated. The range includes maxi pinafores, oversized kaftan dresses, skirts and more. You can catch Sahana at the Habitat Woman Byron Bay pop-up store or online.
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All I Want For Christmas We don’t mean to alarm you, but Christmas is almost upon us. The tree’s up, lights are strung and we’ve already blasted Mariah Carey’s Christmas album a few too many times. The only thing left to do now, is get a start on that never-ending gift list.
Pant Active is the culmination of two passions: fitness and art. Founded by a Melbourne-based brother and sister duo, the label collaborates with artists to produce prints to splash across Australian-made leggings. Think the kind of art you’d see in the streets and laneways of Melbourne. Each design is commissioned for a very limited run and once sold out, it isn’t used again. The brand’s ethos is to make customers feel like they’re wearing something unique and to respect the integrity of each artist’s work. All pieces are constructed to endure high-intensity exercise, but also suitable for everyday wear.
Inspired by modern architecture and sports luxe design, Creux Automatiq creates a range of luxury timepieces for men. Each Swiss-made watch boasts a sleek aesthetic with an intricate skeletal mechanism. These best-selling designs are also water-resistant and feature 33 jewel self-winding technology. Following the success of its 2016 Ghost release, Creux has launched three new models as part of the series. The Ghost Shadow, Ghost Explorer and Ghost Gen II all have different modifications and are available to pre-order now, just in time for Christmas.
Golden Palm Design
A gift without a card is like a Christmas tree without a star – incomplete. This year, finish your gift-giving with a bang by visiting Golden Palm. The online design studio stocks a range of cards, postcards and art prints, all based on hand-drawn illustrations. Themes include flora, fauna and signs of the zodiac, with a focus on retro prints and pops of colour. Each product is designed to be a keepsake you can proudly display on the mantelpiece. While the studio only launched earlier this year, its product line is expanding for 2018. Watch this space.
Our favourite type of Christmas gifts are ones we can put to use all year ’round. You may be unfamiliar with Betty Basics, but we’re guessing you know its sister labels Sass and Fate+Becker. The standalone label is committed to making wardrobe staples, which are easy to wear and comfortable for all sizes. It produces six limited-edition collections each year – spanning denim, sneakers, puffers and more – alongside a key essentials line of over 25 styles which are available to shop at all times. You can find Betty Basics online, and in over 650 boutiques across Australia and New Zealand.
Palmaira Sandals Australia
Inky Editions produces artwork with a personal touch. It specialises in contemporary map prints, ranging from capital cities to marathon routes and custom locations. Customers can print maps from anywhere in the world, gifting a loved one with a place that hits close to home. There’s even the option to select the map’s colour palette, print size and frame, so every step of the way is personalised. Each design is also printed on 100 per cent cotton rag paper, free of acid, chlorine and brightener, to ensure it hangs on the wall for years to come.
Palmaira Sandals Australia puts a spin on the traditional Avarca, a sandal design which originates from the Spanish Island of Menorca. The label’s shoes are handmade from genuine leather, with the added option of glitter or cowhide on the upper. You can also choose from zebra, leopard and snakeskin prints on a range of espadrilles and sandals, all designed in Australia by founders Jenn and Gem. Authenticity is guaranteed, with each pair certified by the Menorcan government. There’s a range for kids too, so consider your Christmas gifting sorted.
Kumo is a Melbourne-made women’s clothing label, inspired by modern Japanese aesthetics. It brings together the best of Australian and Japanese design, creating pieces locally with fabrics sourced from Japan. You can expect pops of colour, like polka dot prints, pastel clouds and waves, splashed across flattering dresses, knee-length skirts and tees. High-quality natural fibres are also a hallmark of Kumo’s collections. It’s all available to shop online, or you can check it out in person at Northcote Town Hall’s Kris Kringle Night Market, December 14 and 21.
Our skin is the largest organ in the human body, but often we don’t give it the attention it deserves. Thankfully, Micellar Water has become our skin’s saving grace, and Miss Maya is allowing us to support an Australian business on our quest to a perfect complexion. The brand’s hyaluronic acid cleansing water eliminates the need for a long list of skincare products, acting as a makeup remover, cleanser, exfoliator, toner and moisturiser all in one. It’s suitable for all skin types, containing Pentavitin, cucumber extract and citric acid to remove the day’s make-up while also firming your skin.
The holidays are upon us and that only means one thing: it’s time to pack up your bags and escape the daily grind. But you won’t find us throwing our clothes into any old suitcase. Local leather label Von-Röutte makes practical pieces for both weekend adventures and everyday use. Drawing on Scandinavian design principals, founders Gus and Marina are committed to making accessories which are simple, functional and beautiful. Jump online to find a selection of modern wallets, backpacks, totes and weekenders – all ready to join you on your next trip. For 20% off, use the code FASHION.JOURNAL
If you’re buying for a mother or mother-to-be this Christmas, consider gifting something practical. For mums, a bag that’s functional yet good looking is a rarity. Sage&Luna’s solution is a line of baby bags which are convertible and fashion-focused. You can select from handbags, large bucket bags and backpacks crafted from natural grain leather, with plenty of space in each. All styles come with a wipeable nylon interior, waterproof changing mat and straps large enough to hang on a pram. Plus, for every item sold, Sage&Luna will donate a birthing kit to a woman in a developing country.
Lilly & Lime For women with bigger busts, shopping for swimwear often gets put in the too hard basket. Lilly & Lime is out to challenge that notion, with an offering specially made for those with D+ cup sizes. Aiming to make women feel more confident in a swimsuit, the label makes a supportive range spanning size 28D to 40HH in tops and 8 to 22 in bottoms. Free shipping and vouchers make gifting easier and to take the worry out of shopping online, there’s free exchange and a size check to ensure the perfect fit. LILLYANDLIME.COM
Seven Islands Skincare
Anne Marshall doesn’t believe in just taking a break come December 25. Her philosophy is that our skin deserves a permanent escape from parabens, chemicals, pollution and stress. Marshall has been a beauty therapist for 20 years and began Seven Islands as an alternative to unnatural and unethical skincare. The Seven Islands range spans face and body care products made with the highest-quality ingredients from natural sources. Gift it to someone you love, or treat your skin to that fresh holiday feeling all year long.
When the festive season is over, you’re going to need some extra motivation to sweat out all those Christmas kilos. And new activewear may be just the thing. Cleo Harper is a luxe activewear label for women, focusing on premium fabrication and feminine cuts. The label has just released its latest collection, Haze, full of mix-and-match items like bralets, leggings and tanks. Each piece is formed from moisturewicking fabrics, which are also breathable and antibacterial. You can shop the 12-piece collection as separates, or buy the whole collection in bulk at a discounted price.
Ziani Beauty is the home of natural health goodies, housing an exclusive collection of organic beauty products. Its focus is on providing a range free from toxins, with each item selected for its beneficial ingredients. The offering spans skincare, haircare, cosmetics and more, all chosen by a dietician and a naturopath, so you know you’re in good hands. Think brands along the lines of Eco Tan, Salus, Living Sea Therapy, Keeko Oil and more. The online store also offers fast next-day dispatch, making it the perfect place to start (or finish) your Christmas shopping.
United Bracelets stocks a curated range of sterling silver jewellery and handmade bracelets. The affordable accessories label offers options in silver, gold and rose gold colourways, across varying styles of rings, earrings and necklaces. For its range of handcrafted bracelets, super fine thread from South America is woven and paired with a mini charm of your choice. The brand also donates 10 per cent of its profits to local charities, so you can tick off your Christmas list and do the world a favour at the same time. UNITEDBRACELETS.COM.AU
A long-held dream to create beautiful and functional pieces for every day led to the beginning of IKO Apparel. Founded and made in Melbourne, an all-female team produces wardrobe staples that can be worn throughout the seasons. Small scale production is at the heart of IKO, with every piece crafted in small runs from high-quality natural fibres. The first collection, which was released late last month, includes linen pinafores, silk and cotton shirts, tee dresses and culotte-style pants, perfect for the warm weather. Buy now for pre-Christmas delivery.
Men’s accessories are often limited to the extremely practical. Melbourne-based KAVALRI however, is setting about to change this perception with its range of fashion accessories that merge function and form. The brand’s current collection includes made-to-order wedding rings in tungsten (a hardy grey steel), titanium, black zirconium and gold, as well men’s bracelets, cufflinks and necklaces. Whether you’re looking for something casual, smart or formal, KAVALRI has options for every man in your life. You can shop KAVALRI’s extensive range of gift ideas online or via a growing list of stockists.
Sarah Jean Applying false lashes has never been an easy feat and that’s what led Sarah Jean Baker to create a lash glue that’s a little different from the rest. Designed as a hassle-free solution, Sarah Jean’s glue swaps the usual fine tip for a mascara wand. Simply brush the latexfree adhesive onto your real lashes and then apply your fake ones on top using her handy applicator tool. The vegan formula is also water soluble, ensuring easy removal that doesn’t do any damage. Making this stocking filler better yet, score 15% off using FJ15 at the checkout. SARAHJEAN.COM.AU
There’s a simple sentiment behind The Raconteur: what you choose to purchase says a lot about you. The bespoke fragrance brand is inspired by unique Australian botanicals and their native locations. It began with an offering of soy wax candles, with scents drawing on flora in Bondi and Melbourne. Expanding its gift-ready range, the brand recently unveiled its first unisex fragrance, Raconteur X. An ideal gift, its aroma pays homage to summer love in Sydney. Expect lush green and citrus notes of fig leaf, galbanum and Australian lemon, with spicy undertones of Tasmanian blackcurrant bud. Only 100 bottles have been produced, each date-marked and hand-numbered.
Everyone knows there’s no better place to nap than on the beach. Molli Voyage is a lifestyle brand merging travel cases with convertible pillows. Genius, we know. Appealing to those who like to get their shut eye anytime, anywhere, the brand’s handheld attaché features two zip pockets and a side strap. When sleep comes your way, just flip your Molli to the flat side and enjoy the Zs. A perfect gift for the friend who enjoys both travel and napping, Molli comes delivered in a premium matte black gift box, so there’s no need to get out the Christmas wrap. MOLLIVOYAGE.COM
Afternoon Pick Me Up
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one this Christmas, Alannah Hill has made the process a whole lot easier. The label has put together its own curated gift guide, featuring stocking-worthy pieces ranging from under $50 to $250. Online, you’ll find delicate lace dresses, sequinned shoes, accessories and more, conveniently grouped by price range. There’s even a dedicated Kris Kringle section for those in need of extra inspiration. Shop the edit for your holiday outfit, or increase your reputation exponentially by spoiling someone else.
There’s no better feeling than gifting someone a really thoughtful present. Afternoon Pick Me Up is helping people everywhere win Christmas, with its offering of lovingly put-together gift boxes. With a focus on health, wellness and design, each box is filled with products from like-minded Australian-made brands. This season, Afternoon Pick Me Up has four specialty Christmas boxes on offer. Featuring goodies like Four Pillars Gin, Posh Plonk Wine, cookies, soap, ornaments and raw chocolate, it’s the perfect way to treat your nearest and dearest. If you’re lucky, they may even share some choccy with you.
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EARTH GREETINGS 2018 ARTIST CALENDAR $29.95 EARTHGREETINGS.COM.AU
AVERY VERSE THE JOURNO SHOULDER BAG $299.99 AVERYVERSE.COM
GEMMA VENDETTA THE VENDETTA VEGAN MINERAL LIPSTICK $37.95 GEMMAVENDETTA.COM.AU
ECLECTIC LADYLAND SRETSIS MITRA HEART EARRINGS $310 ECLECTICLADYLAND.NET.AU
MAGNUM + QUEENS WINE THE QUEENS CHRISTMAS GIFT PACK $85 MAGNUMANDQUEENSWINE.COM
STACEY INQ KODO RING $120 STACEYINQ.COM
JOAB HANDMADE LEATHER ESPADRILLES IN BAY BLUE $195 WITHJOAB.COM
HARLEQUIN BELLE THE ECLIPSE WALLET $199 HARLEQUINBELLE.COM
JAGGAD GOLD CLASSIC 7/8 LEGGINGS $119.95 JAGGAD.COM
ELIISE MAAR PEARL SLEEPER EARRINGS $250 ELIISEMAAR.COM
JONNY+JUNE ORIGINAL SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER $29.95 EACH JONNYJUNEHAIR.COM
MELISSA BEACH SLIDE RAINBOW $95 MDREAMSSHOES.COM
MINI MELISSA KIDS ULTRAGIRL UNICORN $79.95 MDREAMSSHOES.COM
THRILLS HIGHWAY DESTROY WANDERER JACKET $139.99 THRILLS.CO
ZIANI BEAUTY LIVING SEA THERAPY BODY POLISH $48 ZIANIBEAUTY.COM.AU
SARAH JEAN EASY LASH APPLICATION 3 PIECE LASH KIT $55 SARAHJEAN.COM.AU
THREE65 SUBSCRIPTION UNDERWEAR, INCLUDES FREE SOCKS AND DELIVERY $26.95 / 3 MONTHS THREE65.COM.AU
ETTITUDE ORGANIC BAMBOO LYOCELL PYJAMAS STARTING FROM $35 ETTITUDE.COM.AU
MELBOURNE MARTINI ORIGINAL ESPRESSO MARTINI $9.99 EACH OR $38.99 FOUR PACK MELBOURNEMARTINI.COM.AU DANMURPHYS.COM.AU
UNCLE MAY SAME SHIRT DIFFERENT DAY EMBROIDERED TEE $59.95 UNCLEMAY.COM
KITTE CRAZY LOVE EARRINGSÂ $129 KITTE.COM.AU
ZURII LONDON WEEKENDER $1,079.95 ZURII.COM.AU
CIEL LIMITED EDITION GILDED COLLECTION FLORENCE ORGANIC HANDWASH 500ML $28 CIELMAISON.COM.AU
AIMEE-CHERIE INTIMATES FRANKIE ROMPER IN BLUSH $169 AIMEECHERIEINTIMATES.COM
BINDLE AUSTRALIAN MADE GIFT PACKAGES PRICES VARY BINDLE.COM.AU
BYHÉLO INTERCHANGE EARRINGS STUDS $150, HOOPS $90, STUDS AND HOOPS SET $210 BYHELO.COM.AU
THE DAILY EDITED TOME X TDE BLACK MARTHA CLUTCH $129.95 THEDAILYEDITED.COM
SACREFLUX JEWELLERY ANGEL EARRINGS $120 SACREFLUX.COM
BAMBI AND SAMMI NO.1 VEGAN HAIR MASQUE 250ML $39.95 BAMBIANDSAMMI.COM
CADEAU + BLISS ORGANIC GIN + TONIC BLISS $180 CADEAUANDBLISS.COM.AU
ZURII THE MANHATTAN (AVAILABLE IN FOUR COLOURS) $399.95 ZURII.COM.AU
WOLF AND MISHKA FOREST FAMILY DIGITALLY PRINTED SILK/VISCOSE TOP $179
THE LITTLE GIFTER CO. THE ETHEREAL EMPRESS BODY OIL $39.99 THELITTLEGIFTER.COM.AU
BELMORE MEN’S HARTLEY ROO $299.00 BELMOREAUSTRALIA.COM.AU
BEE TWOMEY BEE ABBOTT DROPS $55 BEETWOMEY.COM
THINGS TERRIFIC MILLY CLUTCH WALLET $79 THINGSTERRIFIC.COM.AU
PLATYPUS SHOES SLYDES WOMENS CALI SLIDES $29.95 PLATYPUSSHOES.COM.AU
LOOM TOWELS BERRY STRIPE BATH MAT $85 LOOMTOWELS.COM
OLENKA PIPER BIKINI IN TAMARILLO $165 OLENKA-OLENKA.COM
REVELRY DIVINE TWO TONE LEATHER HANDBAG IN DUSTY BLUES $490 REVELRY-RVLY.COM
THE FABRIC SOCIAL VIOLA ROMPER $129 THEFABRICSOCIAL.COM
BUSY HEAD POTHOS HANGING BASKET EARRINGS $38 BUSYHEAD.COM.AU
MENâ€™S BOTANICS ENERGISING FACE SCRUB $42.85 MENSBOTANICS.COM.AU
SCRATCH AND JOTTER APPOINTED YEARLY TASK PLANNER 2018 $52 SCRATCHANDJOTTER.COM.AU
TACTICA GEAR POCKET MULTITOOL 18+ TOOLS $39.95 USD TACTICAGEAR.COM
PLATYPUS SHOES DR. MARTENS 1460Z DMC 8-EYE BOOT $249 PLATYPUSSHOES.COM.AU
THE SLEEPLESS CREATIVE TRIBAL TASSEL EARRING IN ROSE $50 ETSY.COM/AU/SHOP/THESLEEPLESSCREATIVE
PLATYPUS SHOES CONVERSE ALL STAR PLATFORM HI $120 PLATYPUSSHOES.COM.AU
THE RACONTEUR BONDI 1 PORT JACKSON FIG CANDLE $69 THE-RACONTEUR.COM
MAYA BLACK HANDMADE ORGANIC LIPBALM $17 EACH MAYAORGANICS.ONLINE
SHAZOEY RAINBOW MOONSTONE NECKLACE $82 SHAZOEY.COM
BELLROY FOLIO WALLET IN NAVY $189.95 BELLROY.COM
CA JEWELLERY ALIGN EARRINGS $130 CAJEWELLERY.COM.AU
BELLE COULEUR CASEY HIDE BAG $95 BELLECOULEUR.COM.AU
SCRATCH AND JOTTER KARTOTEK COPENHAGEN WEEKLY PLANNER 65 PP NOTEPAD $32 SCRATCHANDJOTTER.COM.AU
LITTLE BIT TEE SHIRT $49.95 LITTLEBIT.COM
ELLIS CLARE RESIN EARRINGS $50 ELLISRESIN.COM.AU
AMANDA LEVEE CITRINE MARIE RING IN 9CT YELLOW GOLD $550 AMANDALEVEE.COM
COLETTE BY COLETTE HAYMAN BRIDGET POM-POM BACKPACK $64.99 COLETTEHAYMAN.COM.AU
RAW COMPLEXIONS SKINTOX BEAUTY FOOD $34.95 RAW-COMPLEXIONS.COM.AU
COLETTE BY COLETTE HAYMAN BEADED TASSEL NECKLACE $19.99 COLETTEHAYMAN.COM.AU
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LOVE LUDIE CUCUMBER + ROCKMELON CANDLE $34.95 LOVELUDIE.COM
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POLAROID REFURBISHED POLAROID 80S STYLE CAMERA $249.95 POLAROID.COM.AU/VINTAGE-CAMERAS
CHRISTIAN PAUL BONDI ROSE GOLD 43 CHRISTMAS GIFT PACK $178 CHRISTIANPAUL.COM.AUÂ
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STATUS ANXIETY JONAH WALLET $69.96 EACH STATUSANXIETY.COM.AU
LIBBY WATKINS LIMITED EDITION SUPER POCKET CLUTCH $59.95 LIBBYWATKINS.COM
PLATYPUS SHOES VANS OLD SKOOL $129.95 PLATYPUSSHOES.COM.AU
LILLY & LIME SORBET PALM BALCONETTE ONE PIECE $150 LILLYANDLIME.COM
MOLLI VOYAGE NAVY MOLLI $149 MOLLIVOYAGE.COM
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PLATYPUS SHOES VANS LEATHER OLD SKOOL $139.95 PLATYPUSSHOES.COM.AU
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Gone But Not Forgotten
While Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey are always on high-rotation come December, there are a plethora of A-listers whose festive albums never made it past a season. Let us jog your memory. Snoop Dogg - Christmas in tha Dogg House A full album of original Snoop bangerz, which is equal parts funky, festive, terrible and weirdly enjoyable.
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Jessica Simpson - ReJoyce: The Christmas Album Turns out, it was with good reason that nobody speaks of this record. Painful is the only way to describe it.
RuPaul - Ho Ho Ho Festive, fabulous and fierce. And just what you’d expect from a RuPaul album.
Taylor Swift - Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection Swifty’s reputation only gets stronger when you remember she once penned a series of original Christmas tunes.
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COLETTE BY COLETTE HAYMAN LISA SADDLE BAG $44.99 COLETTEHAYMAN.COM.AU
David Hasselhoff - The Night Before Christmas Come for an animated six-minute retelling of The Night Before Christmas, stay for the jazzy rendition of ‘Feliz Navidad’.
Christina Aguilera - My Kind of Christmas It’s bad [insert meme of Pink watching Xtina’s performance at the 2017 AMAs here].
Hilary Duff - Santa Claus Lane Take the songs from Metamorphosis, swap out the lyrics with festive lines like “elves were standing in the street,” and you get the idea.
HAIR & BEAUTY
Best of Beauty It’s been a busy year in beauty, with an endless stream of new skincare, makeup and haircare releases. But there were a few products that really stood out from the rest. Here are our favourites. NARS Liquid Blush FROM MECCA.COM.AU PRICE $44
2017 was a big year for NARS, but our favourite release from the brand was the addition of a liquid blush to its cult Orgasm range. Pair it with a powder blush to amp up its pigment, or wear alone for a sheer, dewy flush.
Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint FROM CHARLOTTETILBURY.COM/AU PRICE $50
This product grabbed our attention with its claim to be unisex, but stayed in our lives for its ability to deliver the ultimate summer glow.
ELEVEN Australia Dry Powder Volume Paste FROM ELEVENAUSTRALIA.COM PRICE $24.95
Miss Frankie 5 Free Nail Polish FROM MISSFRANKIE.COM.AU PRICE $22
Miss Frankie’s ridiculously lovely packaging caught our attention, but that was just the start. The Australian-made polish boats a formula free of common toxic ingredients often found in other varnishes. When put to the test, Miss Frankie’s pastel shades were quick-drying and leave a super smooth finish.
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Mecca Max Press Refresh Blotting Paper FROM MECCA.COM.AU PRICE $10
Hands down, the most useful product we’ve ever had on our person. Not only do the little pink sheets soak up any extra facial oil, they do so without displacing foundation and other makeup products. It’s also just extremely satisfying to hold up to the light and check out each sheet’s effectiveness.
Eleven Australia’s Dry Powder Volume Paste entered our rotation of hair products that we use on the regular. The paste works to lift roots and give your hair that grit and texture that seems to only come the second day after washing.
Stila One Step Prime FROM MECCA.COM.AU PRICE $52
The perfect no-fuss priming product, this goodie joined the ranks of Stila’s cult One Step series earlier in the year. Points scored for a hydrating formula that creates a smooth base, sans oily residue.
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HAIR & BEAUTY
Bali Body Bali Body has expanded its offering, with the introduction of its very own Shimmer Oil. Designed to create an instant and natural-looking sheen, the lightweight formula features hints of bronze and gold. Made with coconut, jojoba and grape seed, it promises hydration and a fast-drying finish ideal for a last minute glow-up. Like all Bali Body’s products, this one’s also Australian-made and cruelty-free. AU.BALIBODYCO.COM
JONNY+JUNE Our hair is one of the many things we take for granted. It’s constantly bleached, sizzled and dried, which is why you need superior haircare to look after it. Sydney hair salon JONNY+JUNE recently unveiled its own line of vegan shampoo and conditioner, to keep your hair in the best possible condition. It’s paraben-free, using Australian certified organic extracts to maintain your locks. Expect ingredients like aloe vera, macadamia nuts and argan oil to extend the life of coloured hair, as well as increasing hydration and shine. Plus, there’s the added bonus of its citrus scent, coupled with a hint of rose and patchouli. Shop the duo online for $29.95 each, or at JONNY+JUNE’s new salon at 104 Glenmore Road, Paddington NSW.
Hop & Cotton isn’t your ordinary skincare company. Before launching the brand, founder Ee Ting searched endlessly for products that would not irritate and inflame her sensitive skin. As a cosmetic chemist and molecular biologist, Ting finally decided to take matters into her own hands, and Hop & Cotton was born. Each formulation is made to order, with Hop & Cotton taking time to understand each customer’s needs and personally manufacturing all products. HOPANDCOTTON.COM
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Look & Listen WITH VERONICA STANFORD AND BIANCA O'NEILL
The Kinfolk Entrepreneur
Upon reading the blurb for this book, I was immediately intrigued. Written by a former Google data scientist, it promises to unveil humanity’s deepest secrets. Stephens-Davidowitz has spent his career analysing the internet’s data, particularly Google searches, to see what can be revealed about ourselves. While the results themselves are fascinating, the book can be a little dry at times, with sections dedicated to an explanation of ‘big data’ and its value. Even so, the release uncovers some important (and some terrifying) truths about ourselves and the world we live in, exposing humankind’s lies around sex, racism and behaviour.
Pidapipó: Gelato Eight Days a Week LISA VALMORBIDA
Kinfolk’s newest release is everything a good coffee table book should be. The hardback explores the stories of more than 40 creative entrepreneurs from around the world, providing insight into how they got their businesses off the ground. Covering the worlds of publishing, architecture, fashion, design and more, it’s broken into chapters covering solo business people, partnerships and creating communities. There’s also a handy section on tips for your own endeavours, covering everything from how to hire properly to managing mistakes. It’s an important inclusion, seeing as this book will have you ready to quit your day job and become a selfmade success story.
Finally It’s Christmas
Everyday is Christmas
The last gelato recipe book I bought was Gelato Messina’s The Recipes. Two year’s later, I’m yet to attempt any of its creations. On first inspection, Pidapipó’s recipes seem a little more achievable. A flick through this thoughtfully put-together books seems promising (so long as you own a gelato maker). First introducing you to the story of Pidapipó, it then moves through the seasons, with recipes that go beyond just gelato. You’ll be able to try your hand at chocolate fondant cake, raspberry Bombe Alaska and panettone bread and butter pudding. And, if all else fails, at least you’ve got nice images to look at.
You Make It Feel Like Christmas GWEN STEFANI
Combining four new Christmas tracks with a bunch of favourites like ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’, Hanson delivers a follow up to its 1997 festive release, Snowed In. Overall, the album’s got a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll edge to it, which kind of surprised me – I was expecting pop harmonies and a solid Top 40 vibe. Even Mariah Carey’s classic hit gets a rework with rollicking drums and jaunty piano. Overall, it’ll keep everyone happy. The expected favourites are there with a slick new revamp, and a few newbies keep it fresh. And, of course, all are accompanied by those classic Hanson harmonies.
Delivering 10 brand new and original Christmas songs, Sia’s version of the festive season is about as upbeat as it gets. Taking her successful formula for hit pop music, she applies charm and fun to her Chrissy music that never seems to cross over into cheesy territory. Well, as much as you can when you’re talking about a jolly red man and mistletoe. ‘Candy Cane Lane’ is a classic in the making, while ‘Puppies Are Forever’ delivers an important message in a cute way. If you’ve heard your mum’s Bublé album one too many times at the yearly function, consider this a family-friendly alternative to those tired carols.
Even on her Christmas album, we unfortunately still have to be subjected to the Gwen Stefani/ Blake Shelton relationship sideshow. Wasn’t it enough that he was erroneously named People’s Man of the Year? The original duet, ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’, is a cheesy country Christmas track that kind of ruins the album for me. The rest of which is about as straight up Gwen-singingChristmas-tracks as it gets. She does it well – especially ‘Santa Baby’ – but gains no points for putting an original spin on the classics. Personally, I’d put my money elsewhere this festive season.
Out & About Whitehouse Institute of Design 2017 Graduate Exhibition and Runway For Whitehouse students, the first week of December brings with it one of the most important nights on the calendar: the Graduate Exhibition and Runway. A celebration of creative thinking, design and innovation, this year’s event showcased the work of students across Creative Direction and Styling, Fashion Design and Interior Design disciplines. Once again, the class of 2017 gave guests a good look at the auspicious future of Australian design. WHITEHOUSE-DESIGN.EDU.AU
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Published on Dec 12, 2017