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From the Team Hey friends, Did you miss us? We’ve spent our summer eating, drinking and being merry, and have arrived back at the office feeling revived and ready to tackle the year ahead. If like us, you’re feeling bummed about the end of summer, you might take solace in the fact that March brings with it the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Alongside some of our favourite local designers, the event will offer a look at the
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nation’s top student designers as part of the National Graduate Showcase presented by Target. Once again, we’re the supporting partner of the event, and to celebrate, we’ve filled this issue with a sneak peek at what’s to hit the runway on March 9 at the Royal Exhibition Building. Inside, we also play with new season sneakers (page 20), chat to BØRNS (page 26) and shine a light on brands helping us live a more sustainable lifestyle (page 46). Enjoy.
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LIFEwithBIRD LIFEwithBIRD’s AW18 collection, Shelter, is everything we’ve come to expect from the label. Continuing to take cues from architecture, designers Nicholas and Bridget have looked to modernism for inspiration, balancing line, colour and proportion across feminine silhouettes. This season, they’ve played with a monochromatic colour palette with pops of metallic purple, burgundy and fuchsia, as well as an array of textures to keep things interesting. Think silk crepe, Japanese georgette, Australian Merino wool, cashmere and leather. LIFEWITHBIRD.COM
Tommy Hilfiger The new Tommy Jeans campaign has arrived and once again it’s fronted by a collection of millennial influencers, chosen for their bold approach to self-expression. Set against a sunny Californian backdrop, it gives us a look at some of the line's newest releases. With a nod to Formula One pit crews and heritage workwear, the release features oversized silhouettes, baggy outerwear and a strong focus on denim details. You can shop the Spring 18 release now at The Iconic and Universal Store. TOMMY.COM
Song for the Mute Song for the Mute’s AW18 instalment PLANT signals a fresh approach for the label, with cleaner shapes, slimmer silhouettes and a lighter colour palette. Inspired by the colours of the ocean, the release explores the relationship between man and nature. Padded oversized coach jackets in denim, reflective material, corduroy and salt shrunk fabrics all feature heavily in the textural collection. SONGFORTHEMUTE.COM
From St Xavier x Museum of Contemporary Art From St Xavier has teamed up with the Museum of Contemporary Art for a limited-edition release. The partnership pays homage to the museum’s core collection, with From St Xavier reimagining two works from Sydney artist Nell into clutches. Crafted from hundreds of luminous beads, the bags are an interpretation of Nell’s ‘Unlimited Radiance’ and ‘Sunset’ artworks. Each piece was produced by artisans using traditional Indian techniques, meaning that no two are the same. The collaboration is available now at the MCA store and online for a limited time only. MCA.COM.AU
G-Star G-Star is changing the way we use denim. The brand recently unveiled its “most sustainable jean ever” developed using the cleanest indigo dye in the world. Every part of the production process has been considered to make it as sustainable as possible, including the fabric used, dye process, washing method and trims. The innovative indigo dye uses 70 per cent fewer chemicals, and produces no salt byproduct during the process. By employing sustainable technologies, G-Star has also ensured that no water will be wasted or discharged into the environment. The G-Star Elwood RFTPi jean is available now. G-STAR.COM
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Wide leg jeans Yep, your skinnies are officially over. With mom jeans still kicking and wide leg jeans officially picking up steam, it’s time to give those uncomfortable spray-ons a rest. HOT
Kim K klones Yeezy S6 kicks off via a guerrilla social campaign featuring the likes of Paris Hilton and more as Kim clones that are breaking the internet... again. Turns out Yeezy understands us way too well. HOT
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Nique Melbourne favourite Nique has recently transformed its St Kilda store into an outlet. If you’re in the market for elevated basics or quality wardrobe essentials, we recommend dropping by. With fresh discounted stock dropping weekly, we’re anticipating heading down on the regular for top-ups. The store is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday at 181 Acland Street, St Kilda VIC.
From the all-black Globes to the white rose Grammys, it all feels pretty empty when a bunch of people standing for something important don’t actually mention it once in their speeches or interviews. MEH
Wool4School If you’re a secondary student from years 7 to 12, and want to show your flair for fashion design, the annual Wool4School competition could be your big break. Wool4School has teamed up with Whitehouse Institute of Design to grant a scholarship to one lucky student. Presented by The Woolmark Company, this year the competition asks students to design a multifunctional outfit using Australian Merino wool. Visit the Wool4School website for details on how to enter. WOOL4SCHOOL.COM
It tastes worse than normal wine. It’s generally more expensive than normal wine. I don’t get it... *sips rosé with side eye*. NOT
Vinyl resurgence Can we just agree that shiny leather substitutes do not equal chic? Like... ever? NOT
Dad sneakers There is a reason Jerry Seinfeld wasn’t known as a style icon... and paired with dresses as an alternative to last year’s white sneaker? No soup for you. NOT
autumn / winter eighteen
Five rules to build a sustainable wardrobe. WORDS BY HANNAH COLE ILLUSTRATION BY TWYLAMAE
Sustainability is a big word; with so many individual interpretations, it can be hard to grasp fully. It’s easy to get lost in the semantics, but we can break it down. Here are five simple considerations to take in order to build a more sustainable wardrobe. WASH BETTER
Most denim wearers know to avoid washing jeans for the first six months, and for good reason. One of the key contributors to fashion’s detrimental environmental impact is consumer care. First step: only wash what’s actually dirty – live by the quick-sniff test. Only whatever fails to meet the standard should be cleaned in cold water (get familiar with your machine’s manual) and hung to air-dry. Ditch the dryer for a happier wallet and healthier planet. Microfibres are another major washing consideration. These little terrors leach out of synthetic clothing while washing, wreaking havoc on the ocean. Consider the Guppy Friend, a wash bag designed to catch them before they leave the machine. Synthetic clothing is placed in the bag for washing, and the captured microfibres can be disposed of later. BUY LESS, BUY BETTER
I’m not going to tell you to ‘build your capsule wardrobe’ because, honestly, the phrase induces an incidental eye-roll. But, the converted do have a point. Buying fewer pieces of higher quality is worth it. From an environmental perspective, waste is reduced (fewer garments tossed out due to their
shitty make) and, ideally, more eco-friendly pieces are purchased. Practically speaking, your earlymorning, sleepy-eyed outfit choices are made more straightforward. Build a wardrobe based on high-quality basics that will outlast trends and multiple washes. Your definition of basic might be jeans in various shades or a vibrant shirt. You do you, but make it planet-friendly. SEARCH FOR SUSTAINABLE FIBRES
The development of synthetic fibres is the antithesis to sustainable fashion. Thankfully, we now have an array of more eco-friendly options to choose from. Stella McCartney is at the forefront of the sustainable fibre movement, uncompromising on using materials that are both luxurious and considerate. The label opts to use a variety of natural fibres including organic cotton, wool and silk, complemented by a mix of recycled synthetics. Hunt for natural fibres, ideally organicallyproduced without insecticides. Cotton, linen and even hemp or bamboo are a great place to start in building the base of your sustainable wardrobe. LOOK PAST THE ‘MADE IN …’ LABEL
The Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 made us think about where our clothing is made. As a result, many people boycotted brands manufacturing in Bangladesh, China and the like, turning to locally-produced goods instead. We put our trust in Western production and labour laws. Unfortunately, the ‘Made in Melbourne’ or ‘Made in LA’ label may not live up to the standards we are led to expect.
Reports of LA-based manufacturers have been depressing. Workers are frequently paid below the minimum wage, averaging $USD7 an hour, with immensely long days. They’re commonly undocumented immigrants with no legal leg to stand on regarding rights. And it’s not much different here. Look past the “Made in…” label and do some investigating of your own. “Made in China” doesn’t equate to sweatshops, just as “Made in Australia” doesn’t guarantee ethical practices. Organisations like Ethical Clothing Australia are making this easier, accrediting brands who comply with strict guidelines. MAKE FRIENDS WITH A TAILOR
Your local tailor should become your new best friend in the name of sustainability. In today’s world of mass production and one-size-fits-all, garments inevitably fit incorrectly. Sleeves dangle dangerously long, jeans drag along the ground and boobs just never fit quite right. Solution? The tailor. Not only will a tailor help create more flattering, well-fitted pieces, but their practice also positively impacts the planet. Instead of throwing out pants that no longer sit at the right length or a slightly outdated formal dress, visit your local. Broken zippers, lost buttons and frayed hems are breezy jobs. Cultivate better pieces through the right fit and they will last forever: the final key to a more sustainable wardrobe.
Wool’s Cool Each year, Wool4School teams up with Whitehouse Institute of Design to give away a scholarship to one lucky student. Last year, the annual design competition, hosted by The Woolmark Company, asked Australian students to design an onstage outfit for their favourite musician, using Australian Merino wool (naturally). The 2017 year 12 winner, Chanelle Davenport, took out the top spot for her designs created for Kylie Minogue. We sat down with Chanelle to talk through her designs, as well as Leanne Whitehouse of Whitehouse Institute of Design to explain what a scholarship really means for the winner. CHANELLE DAVENPORT, YEAR 12 WINNER OF WOOL4SCHOOL
Hi Chanelle, why did you decide to enter Wool4School? I first entered Wool4School because I thought it would be an interesting project for me as I’ve always loved drawing. I really enjoyed it the first time, so I continued to enter each year. What made you choose Kylie Minogue? I thought that most entrants would design outfits for more current musicians, and I wanted to do someone a little different. I thought that Kylie was perfect because she is an Australian icon who has produced amazing hits and also has a very simple, feminine style. What was the process behind designing your pieces? I started drawing basic sketches of garments that I could imagine Kylie wearing. I then began to research her style and gather images of patterns, colours and clothing items and arranged them into a mood board. From the mood board, I drew up more garments that reflected her style better. I then chose one outfit that I felt suited best and began to play with different textures and elements of design until I was happy with how it would perform onstage and the overall look. Can you tell us about each piece you designed? My garment is made up of three pieces. The first piece is a red crop top constructed out of single jersey felted wool. This material is made up of 90 per cent Merino wool and 10 per cent nylon. It's very soft against the skin and has a slight stretch for ease of movement. I used the Cool Wool innovation for the bodice because of its beneficial properties, such
as breathability, odour resistance, temperature regulation and elasticity. The sleeves on the crop top are made of circular knit jersey that is constructed out of 100 per cent Merino wool. This lightweight material has an elegant drape that contrasts with the structured look of the bodice. The second item I designed was a red skirt which is created using the same innovation and material as the bodice. However, I had to use a red satin lining on the inside, so I could achieve a neat, elegant finish to the top of the skirt. The boots are the last piece that make up the outfit. These are constructed out of laminated fabric with a 100 per cent Merino wool back and a 100 per cent cotton front. This material is very structured and soft against the skin making it perfect for a pair of boots. I chose to use wool in this way because of the suitability of the fibre’s unique moisture management properties. This ensures that moisture is absorbed by the material and dries quickly to avoid discomfort. LEANNE WHITEHOUSE, FOUNDER OF WHITEHOUSE INSTITUTE OF DESIGN
Hi Leanne, what did you like most about Chanelle’s designs? I could instantly tell that Chanelle had innovation in her design thinking. At Whitehouse, we want students to be explorative and conceptual in their design thinking, I could see that Chanelle was already doing this. We are looking forward to developing that further with Chanelle.
Can you tell us about the scholarship to Whitehouse? And what does the Bachelor of Design involve? The winner of the competition receives a scholarship into the Bachelor of Design at Whitehouse, where the student can choose to specialise in Fashion Design, Interior Design or Creative Direction and Styling. The Bachelor of Design is designed to provide students with outlook and ambition that extend beyond their studies, cultivating a collaborative and global vision of design. Leading designers employing Whitehouse graduates include Givenchy, Aēsop, Kenzo, Céline, Zimmermann, Prada, adidas and Louis Vuitton. What qualities do you look for in a student designer? Commitment to the industry. We want students who are hungry to learn, to design and to develop their thinking. What’s the secret to a great portfolio? Play, exploration and innovation. We want to see new, young designers showing that they can think differently, and that they can use this to create something new and exciting. Any advice for young designers starting out? Be brave, bonkers and brilliant. For info on how to enter this year’s Wool4School competition and be in the running to win a scholarship to Whitehouse Institute of Design visit WOOL4SCHOOL.COM
Women of Power Women’s suiting has never been on the same page as men’s. But a sister duo is setting out to change things.
What role does your grandma play in the brand now? She makes all our samples. She made all the prototypes and then we sent them off overseas. She’s been with us the whole way. It’s a full-on family business then? Yeah, our grandma’s so creative. We’ve got that flair from her side of the family (which is my dad’s side). He makes jewellery and is really creative with his hands. Your tagline is ‘For Women of Power’, what does that mean to you? For us, it’s about being yourself, not being afraid to take risks and encouraging one another. It’s about being fearless. Everything that power represents to us is our grandma, because she has always been fearless and has gone through a lot in her life, yet she manages to be positive and keeps doing what she loves, sewing. Can you describe your label’s style? We are the divide between masculine and feminine. Every product we design has masculine details with a feminine silhouette. Whether it’s an internal jacket pocket, or a men’s zip-up fly, we have dedicated the brand to proving that women can also wear high-level suiting and not just men. What other pieces can we expect? We added a small active capsule – a hoodie, a trackpant and some leggings – they’re a ’90s-inspired streetwear vibe. You’re going to see a lot of ’90s-inspired suiting and luxe streetwear. When’s the first collection drop? The Power collection is landing in late February and will be available online.
Growing up, dresses were never an option for identical twins Evie and Anna Kasimatis. The pair often asked their grandma to sew them suits instead, wearing them to weddings and any other time they could. They never grew out of the habit, and in 2018 we’re about to see why. Evie and Anna is the eponymous label launched by the duo, who grew tired of the lack of women’s options available in the suiting industry. After years of working for various men’s brands, Evie and Anna decided to launch their own. We sat down with co-founders Evie and Anna to discuss building a women’s suiting brand in 2018.
Can you tell us how Evie and Anna came about? The inspiration for the brand and first collection has been from our grandma. When we were really young she used to sew all our clothes. We never wore dresses and constantly dressed like boys. We always loved suits. We’d get [Grandma] to make up suits and go to weddings with them, Mum would be so embarrassed. Why women’s suiting? All the brands we worked for didn’t offer women’s styles… We found a bit of a gap and thought ‘let’s make these garments really high end but sell them at an average street price’.
What else is happening in 2018? We’re just going to test the waters and see what happens. I think mostly, it’ll continue as a suiting brand. We’ve discussed that we’d like to be the one-stop shop for chic suiting. If a woman needs a suit, she’ll think ‘great, I’ll get it from Evie and Anna.’ You can shop Evie and Anna’s first collection in late February. EVIEANDANNA.COM
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Kollab is out to prove that everyday essentials don’t have to be basic. Staying true to its namesake, Kollab continually works alongside local creatives, showcasing the works of designers and like-minded brands throughout its collections. Online you’ll find an offering of lunch boxes, cooler bags, drink flasks, storage bags and more. Each style is available in a range of vibrant colours and patterns, and designed to have more than one function. The perfect solution for penniless uni students, Kollab’s range is price-friendly and will have you actually wanting to bring your lunch to school.
Status Anxiety has a well-earned reputation for creating luxe yet affordable everyday leather basics. The brand’s AW18 collection, Placebo, has just landed in-stores and online. It features a series of new silhouettes, leather colours and hardware, bringing a fresh dose of simplicity and originality to the existing lineup of accessories. You can check out what all the fuss is about at Status Anxiety’s newly-opened flagship store in Paddington NSW. Inside the lush, greenery-filled interior, you’ll be able to get your hands on the whole range in one place.
The Daily Edited We don’t need to introduce you to The Daily Edited. Since launching in 2014, the brand has become a mainstay on the accessories scene, known for its unique take on personalisation. Not only can each item be monogrammed with initials, names and messages, TDE also offers a line of fully customisable bags – with the leather colour, hardware and structural details available to update. Alongside its collection of bags and backpacks, uni goers will find a wide array of desk goodies, from tech accessories to notepads, diaries and more. If you ask us, it’s excellent motivation. THEDAILYEDITED.COM
Class Above Whether you’re heading back to school or getting stuck into the daily grind at work, it’s about now when the post-holiday blues begin to kick in. Our recommended cure? A healthy dose of new season accessories and tech. PHOTOGRAPHER - HOLLY ENGELHARDT STYLIST - JADE LEUNG
Clockwise from top left AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-M40X HEADPHONE $169, SKWOSH PENCIL CASE $29.95 ADIDAS TREFOIL CAP $25 FROM GENERAL PANTS CO., NIXON PORTER LEATHER WATCH $229.99 FROM GENERAL PANTS CO. PARED EYEWEAR KOHL & KAFTANS SUNNIES $270, KEEP IT PERSONAL LEATHER LETTER CHARM $29.95 BEAR PROTECT VITAMIN A + ECHINACEA FOR IMMUNITY $90, THE DAILY EDITED IPHONE CASE $49.95, THE DAILY EDITED A5 NOTEBOOK $39.95
Make Me Blush We don’t mean to state the obvious, but blush-coloured kicks are not going anywhere. In honour of everyone’s favourite colour right now, we’ve gathered together some of our favourite pink releases. If you prefer your sneakers a little more subdued, you’ll still find plenty of clean white styles on offer.
Clockwise from left LACOSTE WOMENS CARNABY EVO $179.95 FROM PLATYPUS SHOES, ROLLIE DERBY SPORT SNOW PINK $189.95 NIKE WOMENS BLAZER LOW $120 FROM PLATYPUS SHOES, CONVERSE THREE STRAP SNEAKERS $100 VANS OLD SKOOL EMBOSSED SIDEWALL $149.95, BARED FOOTWEAR SANDPIPER WHITE MARBLED LEATHER $229 PHOTOGRAPHER - HOLLY ENGELHARDT STYLIST - JADE LEUNG
MADE FOR WALKING
Festivities are in order. Jo Mercer is celebrating 20 years of quality footwear. The much-loved Aussie brand has released its Autumn Winter campaign, showcasing a polished edge to designs inspired by the 21st-century woman and marking its coming of age. This season, we’re presented with patent black leather, highlights of metal hardware, lace-up flats and the re-boot of the over-knee boot. Quality leather and craftsmanship are the cornerstones of the designs as always, and you can shop the new collection in-store and online now.
There’s nothing quite like a comfy pair of quality socks. Bamboozld specialises in socks that keep your feet in check, as well as the environment. Each pair is made from a sustainable bamboo/cotton blend, used for its natural antibacterial properties, durability and luxuriously soft feel. Plus, every pair of Bamboozld socks arrives in recycled packaging. The designs are quirky and innovative, ranging from toucans, moustaches, bananas and more in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizing. Shop the latest collection online and receive 20% off when you use FASHIONJOURNAL at the checkout. Valid until March 16, 2018.
Wanted Wanted brings all your favourite footwear brands together under one roof. Australian owned and operated, the retailer curates a selection of high quality, on-trend styles from Alias Mae, Sol Sana, Mollini, Tony Bianco and more. Offering heels, boots and everything in between, you’ll be spoilt for choice. In-store and online, you’ll also find Wanted’s in-house label, which offers both core styles and limited-edition releases. For 20% off full-priced shoes, use the code FASHIONJOURNAL at the checkout. Valid online only until April 30, 2018. Terms and conditions apply. WANTEDSHOES.COM.AU
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Salt Water Sandals While many associate sandals with summer, you’ll find us wearing Salt Water Sandals all year ’round. Since hitting the market 70 years ago, the shoe has earned itself a cult reputation, coming in a whole range of styles, colours and sizes. Each pair is crafted from durable leather, designed to mould to the shape of your foot with ongoing wear. This process is sped up even more when wet, so we encourage beach-goers to make a good splash. For the colder months, pair them with socks and you’re good to go. SALTWATERSANDALS.COM.AU
You’ll probably know Melissa as the label behind the original jelly shoe. But since launching 35 years ago in Brazil, the brand is as popular as ever. Today, Melissa shoes are made from a 100 per cent recyclable, non-toxic PVC called Melflex and infused with a sweet bubblegum scent. Moving beyond the jelly sandal, Melissa offers a completely transeasonal range spanning boots, slides, sneakers and more. Alongside its core styles for adults and children (under the Mini Melissa brand), Melissa regularly collaborates with the industry’s heavyweights, teaming up with the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu and Karl Lagerfeld.
Plae has a simple mission: to make premium products that can handle all that kids get up to on a daily basis. Having designed shoes for Puma, Diesel and UGG, founder Ryan Ringholz turned his attention to kid’s shoes after entering fatherhood. Not only are Plae shoes eco-friendly, these little kicks are engineered to be durable, flexible and machine washable. There's also multiple colour options, customisable tabs and contoured in-soles allowing for the natural development of children’s feet. With new styles just added, finding the perfect fit for your little one is easy peasy. PLAE.COM.AU
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Bared Footwear Bared Footwear believes that your shoes should support and complement your lifestyle, and it sets out to make footwear that does just that. Known for its modern, podiatrist-designed shoes, the Melbourne brand offers a contemporary range of styles. Expect to find an offering of sneakers, heels, sandals and boots for women, alongside loafers, boat and dress shoes for men – all coming in a variety of on-trend colours and patterns. Defined by its unique aesthetic and customisable fit, Bared’s team of trained professionals guarantee incredible customer service and a perfect fit. BARED.COM.AU
Rollie Finding a shoe that looks great, while also being light and comfortable is a thought that’s crossed every traveller’s mind. After being inspired by his flight attendant wife, Kat, designer Vince Lebon was determined to create the perfect footwear line for her to jet around in. The result was Rollie, a shoe crafted with EVA soles, memory foam socks and premium leathers. And these are just a few reasons why you’ll fall in love. The brand’s newest edition, the Derby Sport (pictured), combines sneaker-like comfort and durability for the perfect everyday shoe. With five different colours and prints available, you’ve just found your new sole mate. ROLLIENATION.COM
New Wave WORDS BY NIKKI ESCALANTE
Following his rise to fame in 2015, Garrett Borns’ accolades now span a Coachella appearance, Lana Del Rey collaboration and praise from the late Prince himself.
Under the moniker BØRNS, Garrett’s love for art spills into his adventurous sense of style, which is as dynamic as his indie-pop vocals. He’s already caught the attention of the fashion industry through an archive of daring and androgynous looks. Last month saw the release of his sophomore album Blue Madonna, almost three years after LP Dopamine debuted with critical acclaim. We caught up with the talent ahead of his Australian tour, to chat songwriting, touring and the frenzy of New York Fashion Week. Congratulations on Blue Madonna. With three years between releases, what’s the reception been like? Thank you. It’s been good, it’s kind of an experiment getting into playing new music for theatre [settings], especially because me and my band pretty much hit the road right after it came out. You just never really know how people are going to react, but it’s been nice and exciting. What was the journey of making Blue Madonna like, compared to when you were first writing Dopamine? Blue Madonna is very different to Dopamine. I wanted to make songs that were a little more intricate and more involved to play live. Everyone in the band plays some pretty crazy things, so we were all on this roller-coaster together. [Dopamine] was really fun to perform, but I wanted to make something that reminds me of my favourite Beach Boys songs and Elton John. Were there any particular moments from the past three years that majorly influenced the record? I think just the experience, playing so many shows. I really learnt how to sing differently and just have more stamina. The muscle of performing and singing, and trying to be engaging, was definitely a challenge at times but I think it just made me a stronger performer. I kind of took that to the studio and the songs came off a little bit differently.
It’s funny, your mind can play tricks and tell you that you can only go so far, you only have enough battery power to make so much. On the road, you don’t really have a choice. You’re like, “alright, I have to perform tonight, no matter if I didn’t sleep last night.” I like those challenges because you really can break through into a different headspace like, “oh I actually can do this.” Did you ever get writer’s block throughout the process? I try to keep a constant flow of ideas, so when I do have an opportunity to get to the studio, I have concepts to go off. Writer’s block is kind of funny because most of the time, it’s like fitting something round into a square hole. Sometimes your ego is telling you “this is how it’s supposed to sound,” but your mind’s saying “you don’t know what you’re talking about.” Sometimes you just have to let the song write itself, which is easier said than done. Tell us about the title single ‘Blue Madonna’? What was it like working with Lana Del Rey? Lana’s incredible, she’s one of a kind. Her voice is so nostalgic and beautiful and sensual. It was really cool hearing her voice going through a microphone at the studio and onto one of my songs. We’d been talking for a while, and been wanting to do something. When I wrote that song, I kind of pictured her singing. I’ve always been a fan of her music, writing style and imagination. What was the experience like playing huge shows for festivals like Coachella and Falls? I have such amazing memories from playing all those festivals. Everything was so new when I was going from tour to tour. The shows kept getting bigger, the festivals were getting wilder. Falls Festival was so fun. I’m really excited to get back to Australia.
You’ve got an incredible sense of style. Is fashion something you’ve always loved? Thank you (laughs). I love what clothes do to you, they make you stand differently, walk differently or become a different character. Since I was really young, I always wanted to be characters in different scenarios. Of course, that definitely goes with performing and being on tour. I love experimenting with fashion, but I’m still getting to know the whole fashion world. When I was writing the record, I was really inspired by Frankie Valli and the ’80s era of David Bowie, where he was wearing this double-breasted baggy suit, so I kind of wanted to perform in that realm. What was it like being an ambassador for New York Fashion Week in 2017? It’s a crazy thing, Fashion Week. It’s very inspiring. I got to meet some of the designers from the shows I went to. It’s always interesting to see the man or woman behind the curtain and get their input because, most of the time, they’re very mellow and very softly spoken people. But a runway show can be so powerful, and such a spectacle. Would you ever branch out from music and pursue anything else? Yeah, music is just one element of my passion for art. I’m very involved in all the videos I do, like writing and directing. Film is a really important medium to me. I think music is just kind of an excuse to dive into all these other things – fashion, film and photography.
Blue Madonna is out now via Interscope Records.
Catch BÃ˜RNS in Melbourne and Sydney on his headline tour in March. Tickets are on sale at SECRETSOUNDS.COM
Jasmine Alexa If you’re one of those people who likes to wear activewear to brunch, we may have found your perfect everyday label. Jasmine Alexa blurs the line between sportswear and daywear, with a strong emphasis on fit and fabric. Functionality and comfort are the key to each design, allowing you to go from the gym to your day-to-day with ease. Expect pleated mini skirts inspired by ’70s tennis outfits, crossover crop tops, and relaxed tanks with a sporty edge. You can catch Jasmine Alexa in person at the Melbourne Retail Festival from March 28. JASMINEALEXA.COM
Mooki Creative Jewellery doesn’t have to be just gold or silver, and Mooki Creative is making a point of it. The Melbourne-based brand handcrafts its pieces from natural materials and semi-precious stones, which are all individually hand cut and placed. Expect rings set in marble resin and topped with Australian goldstone, mookaite and anthracite (a rock formed from coal). The use of these varying materials means that no two pieces are alike, giving you a one-of-a-kind design every time. This ethos is considered down to the very last detail, with each piece arriving in a custom-designed box or pouch. MOOKICREATIVE.COM.AU
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Few things excite us more than emerging talent. Each year, we’re lucky enough to witness some of the nation’s top student designers as part of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s National Graduate Showcase. Presented by Target and supported by Fashion Journal, the NGS celebrates the next generation of Australian fashion designers. Here are the finalists for 2018. Take note of these names, you’re about to see them everywhere. The National Graduate Showcase will be held Friday March 9 at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building. VAMFF.COM.AU
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RACHEL LOUEY, RMIT
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A.BCH is here to clear your fashion conscience. With sustainability and complete transparency at its core, this designer basics label works solely with Certified Organic, biodegradable or recyclable fabrics. But its approach goes further than that. With a focus on the smaller finishes, you can expect non-plastic buttons, organic cotton thread and compostable elastics throughout the range. In addition to keeping us well-styled, A.BCH is a regular host of repair workshops and educational talks on sustainability. Carbon-neutral shipping is available worldwide and you can shop the versatile range online.
There’s many things to love about Mijatu. The Sydney label not only offers a unique line of ethically-sourced, handcrafted jewellery, but it’s also a one-woman show. Whether it’s the design, creation, photography or packaging, Michaela Drewe runs it all. Everything is inspired by the Australian landscape – from mountain peak rings to vine necklaces and petal studs. Being a true romantic, Michaela’s designs blend femininity and grace, pairing sustainably-mined diamonds with Australian gold and sterling silver. Brides-to-be can also shop the dedicated line of wedding headpieces, all constructed with golden brass.
Modibodi There’s nothing better than a revolutionary Australian start-up, especially one that supports women’s health issues. Using Certified Organic bamboo, sustainable fibres and its exclusive Modifier Technology, Modibodi protects against period flow, discharge and incontinence – while staying kind to the environment. Modibodi caters to females everywhere, from pre-teen, pre and post pregnancy, menopause, light and heavy absorbencies, and everything in between. Its ‘Give A Pair’ initiative allows customers to give back, raising funds and providing underwear for women in need. MODIBODI.COM
Alas the Label
When it comes to sustainable PJs, you can’t go past Alas the Label. Every item is made from Global Organic Textile Standard certified cotton, printed using non-toxic dyes. The entire range is also produced in India under Fair Trade standards, from seed to cloth. Alas’ latest mini-collection Aquarius features both sleepwear and casual daywear, inspired by water and the way it catches the light. Think jumpsuits and nighties with reflective water prints and striped tees and pants in a marine colour palette. The result is a calming collection that seamlessly goes from day to night.
It’s easy to see how Ovna Ovich has won the hearts of many. Since its 2012 launch, the brand has committed itself to being environmentally and socially conscious. Through each Ovna Ovich piece, designer Marina Davis tells a story. Her material lineup spans plant-based fibres, leftover fabrics and ethically-sourced denim. With oversized collars, voluminous hems and multi-tiered pieces, Marina brings to light the creativity that can stem from low-impact production. Of course, the production process is right in line with the brand’s slow fashion philosophy. Every piece is designed and hand-sewn in New Zealand.
Most people wear the same watch for years on end, so when investing in a new one, it needs to be for good reason. And we think we’ve found one. WeWood fashioned its first timepiece from recycled timber back in 2010. Today, the brand offers an expansive range made from 100 per cent recycled and reclaimed timber. Hypo-allergenic and free of toxic chemicals, each purchase is made better by WeWood’s commitment to planting a tree for every sale. New to the collection is the Albacore watch (pictured), a minimalist style timepiece with vintage-inspired dome glass, an adjustable flex-wood bracelet and titanium case.
The Road is setting out to prove that ethical fashion doesn’t have to be a luxury. The label makes basics from sustainably-sourced cotton, while still paying its workers in India a living wage. Every step of The Road’s process is ethically sound, from the Fair Trade farms it works with, to the dyes used in its mills. You’ll find an offering of basics online, including tees, tanks and underwear available in men’s and women’s styles. While many sustainable labels come at a price, The Road keeps its range affordable, proving just how accessible ethical clothing can be.
Limb The Label
Running a sustainable label means creating pieces people can wear year ’round and in Melbourne, that’s no easy task. Limb The Label is committed to easy-wearing clothing that transcends seasons, reducing waste and producing staples that last for years to come. All items are made locally, with its flagship store in Fitzroy complete with a studio in the back. Expect to find natural fibres like linen and textured cotton across relaxed jumpsuits, maxi dresses and pinafores. For clothing that’s as good for the environment as it is for you, it's a simple choice.
Sometimes in life, you need to give up the rat race and do what you love. After years of working in a field that didn’t allow for creativity, Reanna Pelling did just that. Immersing herself in jewellery and design studies, Reanna launched Ciao, RiRi. The label’s debut collection pairs both minimal and statement pieces, so there’s something for every taste or occasion. All designs are crafted in Adelaide using sustainably and ethically-sourced gold and recycled sterling silver 925. Ciao, RiRi is opposed to the use of animal byproducts in the manufacturing of designs and packaging, and is proudly 100 per cent cruelty-free.
Lavender and Rose
Prebared’s ethical production allows everyone to slip into something comfortable totally guilt-free. The label’s range of organic undergarments boasts superior quality and lifetime longevity. Created by a team of wonder women in Melbourne, the entire collection is custom knitted and only uses undyed cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. Soft Japanese elastic is also used in every piece, so each wear feels like a warm hug. Check out Prebared’s entire lineup online. Shop bras and underwear in hipster, brief, thong and high-cuts.
Lavender and Rose is a luxury candle brand using 100 per cent soy wax and natural ingredients. Each is blended with quality fragrance oils, resulting in a powerful clean scent to fill your home. The brand avoids the use of paraffin, a wax substitute that damages the environment. It offers a wide selection of fragrances, including earl grey tea and rose, pomegranate champagne, and lavender and gardenia. Once you’re finished with your candle, Lavender and Rose encourages you to re-use the glass container as a decorative piece, ensuring nothing is left behind.
In Your Arms
Growing up on a family saw mill, it was only natural for Brooks Dame and his brothers to explore the potential of timber. In 2010 they launched Proof – an eyewear label with a few key differences. The brand offers sunglasses and prescription frames made from FSC-Certified wood, cotton-based acetate and repurposed skateboard decks. Not only focused on pioneering sustainable specs, Proof is behind the Do Good Program, an initiative which gives back on a project-by-project basis. With $10 from every purchase supporting the program and new styles added regularly, investing in new sunnies is a no-brainer.
Lifestyle label In Your Arms takes pride in its conscious fashion values. Its collection of tops, bottoms and swimwear are perfect for the nature, art and travel-inspired gal. The In Your Arms ethos is lovely and simple – to create timeless, high-quality staples that are made slowly and sustainably. The brand’s signature Swim Knit is a new texture that’s unique to the range, showcasing a lightweight knit fabric and fastdrying technology. Anyone who’s received an In Your Arms parcel would’ve fallen in love with its biodegradable calico packaging. The recycled paper swing tags also make for an adorable finishing touch.
Jagger Sleepwear If you’re in the market for luxury, organic PJs, Jagger Sleepwear can point you in the right direction. With so many sleepwear brands on the market, creating unique, accessible and high quality pieces can be tough to perfect. Jagger Sleepwear has done just that – without compromising on comfort or ethical values. Featuring breathable fabrics in bamboo and cotton blends, the label’s signature collection is made for the bedroom as well as weekend lounging. Each piece is designed in Adelaide, woven in Melbourne and made in Sydney using only fabrics that are sustainable. And you can sleep easy knowing that all garments are Ethical Clothing Australia-approved. JAGGERSLEEPWEAR.COM.AU
The first collection from Melbourne-based TALOMA is here, and it’s delivering a modern and environmentally-friendly take on wardrobe essentials. The label is inspired by everyday comfort and a need for quality pieces that offer style without the fuss. All fabrics are made using 100 per cent GOTS Certified Organic cotton, and designs are handcrafted in Melbourne. TALOMA’s commitment to quality and longevity is clear, with its luxe fabrics engineered for durability, and pre-shrunk to eliminate natural shrinkage that occurs on the first wash. Proof that effortless style, comfort and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.
Having been in the business for over 40 years, Graine knows a thing or two about leather accessories. All designs are handcrafted in a Brunswick East factory, using locally-sourced premium leather. The tannery Graine sources from has a Gold rating from the Leather Working Group, a body that monitors sustainability and environmental business practices. To use as much of the hide as possible and avoid wastage, the brand creates logo-embossed swing tags and bag tabs from offcuts. Shop the full collection of totes, overnight bags, clutches, tech accessories, cosmetic cases and wallets online.
ettitude ettitude’s no stranger to our bedrooms. Known for its innovative bamboo lyocell fabrics, this brand’s been giving us sweet dreams for a while. Now, ettitude is getting in between the sheets, having recently expanded its sleepwear offering. Available for men and women, ettitude’s pyjamas boast the same breathable, antibacterial and moisturewicking properties as its bedding. Silky soft, thermoregulating and great for skin and hair, the lineup of sleep shirts, shorts and pants promise your comfiest sleep yet. If you’ve got any more doubts, bamboo lyocell (known as vegan silk) is one of the most sustainable textiles available, using only a tenth of the water required to grow cotton. ETTITUDE.COM.AU
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HAIR & BEAUTY
Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask
What better way to welcome the new year than by washing away all of 2017’s impurities. We road tested five face masks promising to do just that.
FROM SANDANDSKY.COM PRICE $69.90 TYPE CLAY
I’m calling it. This is the best face mask on the market right now. The formula visibly brightened my complexion and gave my skin a healthy glow for several days after use. My acne was also positively impacted, with a slight reduction in size and redness of blemishes (no easy feat). Bonus points awarded for the accompanying application brush. RATING 5/5
Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Clay Masque FROM SUKINORGANICS.COM.AU PRICE $16.95 TYPE CLAY
For $17, I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by Sukin’s mask. And, while my skin did feel fresher and slightly softer after use, it’s no game changer. Sure, it glides on easily and doesn’t feel too drying once on, but in the end it gets a solid ‘OK’ from me. RATING 3/5
Blaq Mask Tube Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask FROM SISLEY-PARIS.COM PRICE $180 TYPE CREAM
If I’m paying $180 for a 60ml face mask, I expect the ingredients to come from the Fountain of Youth. And with Sisley, I’m pleasantly surprised. Unlike many other face masks on the market, this product doesn’t leave heaps of residue on your face. Instead, the creamy texture melts into your skin, leaving your complexion soft, plump and rose-scented. RATING 5/5
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Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque FROM KIEHLS.COM.AU PRICE $35 TYPE CLAY
This mask is super thick and feels like you’re smearing pure clay on your face, in the best possible way. The white clay works to remove impurities and dirt (working super well for blackheads) and leaves your skin feeling cleansed and refreshed. It also contains oatmeal for antiirritation, which gets a big tick from me.
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I’ve always wanted to try a charcoal peel face mask, and this was a great place to start. The formula is extremely thick and dries completely within 10 minutes. I’ll be honest – peeling it off kind of hurts, but the payoff is worth it. The mask comes off in one piece, so you’re not left with charcoal all over your face, removing impurities with ease. If you’re looking for a quick-fix blackhead remover, we’ve found it. RATING 3/5
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HAIR & BEAUTY
Diptyque Paris Throw out your Little Trees. After making headlines last year, Diptyque’s first car diffuser has landed Down Under. Dubbed Un Air de Diptyque, it comes available in three scents which are released through an innovative cold diffusion system. Simply attach to your car's air vent, adjust the fragrance intensity and voilà, you’ve just increased the luxury-level of your ride tenfold. MECCA.COM.AU
Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton has welcomed 2018 with the launch of another perfume, joining the ranks of seven notable scents. Le Jour Se Lève is composed of mandarin, jasmine, incense and musk, and is subtly coloured orange to evoke its core scent. The fragrance arrives packaged up in the same iconic bottle as its predecessors, designed to be a keepsake or refilled at any Louis Vuitton store. Translating to ‘the day begins’ in French, Le Jour Se Lève is available in-store and online. AU.LOUISVUITTON.COM
Winky Lux Perfecting the ‘no-makeup makeup’ look is no easy feat, and we’re all for products which aim to make the process all the more achievable. The latest release from Winky Lux is a kit dedicated to doing exactly that. The No-Makeup Makeup set is a nifty little pack containing three of the brand’s natural-look products. You’ll find the best-selling Uni-Brow eyebrow pencil, Radiant Pink highlighting balm and signature Flower Balm lip stain, all wrapped up in a pocket-sized carry case.
When Charlotte Tilbury talks, we listen. Set to appease her cult following yet again, the makeup artist has released Hollywood Flawless Filter – a hybrid product to increase density, illuminate and create a soft focus on the skin. According to Tilbury, the skin tint contains a top-secret elixir that’s been the secret to the flawless skin you see on Hollywood A-listers. Inspired by the photo-filter technology in your phone, it promises to blur and lift the appearance of skin. Safe to say we’re ready to surrender our funds.
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Look & Listen WITH LEAH WHITE AND BIANCA O'NEILL
A World Without “Whom”
Street Food Asia
Sundays* in Paris
*and any other day of the week
The essential guide to language in the BuzzFeed age
EMMY J. FAVILLA
Like it or not, the internet has changed the way we write. A World Without “Whom” is penned by Emmy J. Favilla, the copy editor who was tasked with creating a style guide for BuzzFeed back in 2012. Yes, BuzzFeed has a style guide. And yes, it’s very comprehensive. A World Without “Whom” is a thought-provoking read for those working in the communications, journalism or editing fields. Or really anyone who writes (so basically all of you). While of course there are some grammar rules which shouldn’t be broken, A World Without “Whom” is an irreverent book that makes a case for throwing out the stuffy ones and writing how readers use language IRL. Favilla argues that language is alive and evolving, and there’s no such thing as correct ‘style’. She believes that if your writing is making the reader feel something, then you’re doing it right. We couldn’t agree more.
Historically, much of Paris has always been shut on Sundays. While times have somewhat changed, travellers can still be confronted with closed shopfronts and cafes come the weekend. Sundays* in Paris is a guide to the bustling pockets of activity, so you need never go without your next pastry or hunk of delicious Parisian cheese – even on the quietest of Sundays. The introductory chapter succinctly outlines the highlights and key sights in each of the city’s 20 arrondissements. It’s then broken into chapters including Coffee, Brunch, Dinner + Drinks, Cultural Attractions, Gardens + Outdoor Spots, Markets, Foodie Stops and Shopping. As a Melburnian who’s struggled to find a decent cup of coffee in Paris, the chapter on the city’s coffee culture was a welcome sight. It seems quality caffeine options are plentiful, if you know where to look.
Nation of Two
It may seem like a while between drinks, but this former Hottest 100 winner and eight-time platinum songwriter says he wasn’t keen to rush the all-important second album. Although Joy’s music isn’t my personal cup of tea, Nation of Two delivers a rock solid set of indie-pop classics. ‘Lay It On Me’ rolls along, draws you in and delivers an uplifting anthemic chorus you can practically hear in the stadium show setlist already. It doesn’t let up; ‘We’re Going Home’ and ‘Saturday Sun’ are quintessential road trip tracks, while ‘Crashing Into You’ takes Joy’s patented lush layering and rolls it into a sweet love song. A strong sophomore.
One of Australia’s best-loved chefs, Luke Nguyen, has teamed up with acclaimed photographer Alan Benson to compile this compendium of street food. The duo travelled Asia together, venturing out at dawn and late into the night, to meet stallholders and capture the captivating energy of the region’s main streets and alleyways. Split into four sections – Saigon, Bangkok, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur – each provides an overview of the city’s specialities and Luke’s favourite street vendors. In terms of the recipes, they’re easy to follow (I successfully tried my hand at a couple), with ingredients that are readily accessible at your local supermarket or Asian grocer. Part recipe book, part travel guide, Street Food Asia is a welcome addition to any cook or traveller’s collection.
If you were worried all the recent success for DZ has made them soft, the high-pitched scream opening ‘Shred For Summer’ proves they most certainly haven’t. Although they admit they went into this to write festival bangers. Thankfully the DZ swagger is still alive and well. ‘Total Meltdown’ is nostalgic in the best ways, harking back to the golden days when punk-tinged rock ’n’ roll was king. ‘High’ gives me all the heavy grunge feels. It’s another top-shelf delivery from one of our best, yet again. Come for the ‘Bad Influence’, stay for the ‘Witchcraft’.
Another band returning for their second stab at an album is Melbourne’s Lowtide, with the lush and magical Southern Mind. Although it’s only February, it’s hard not to think this album would have been better suited to a November release. Its dreamy layering would have been the perfect summer album but alas, summer is almost over. No matter, tracks like the Beach House-y ‘Alibi’ and the bright and airy ‘Window’ would do well to uplift us as we approach the long year ahead. As is the case with almost all shoegaze albums, the relentless dreaminess can become monotonous but, as a backing soundtrack to your busy life, I can’t imagine anything better.
Out & About David Jones AW18 Collections Launch The impending arrival of autumn can only mean one thing, David Jones’ AW18 Collections Launch. For 2018, DJs tapped Jessica Gomes, Victoria Lee and Jordan Barrett to front its model lineup, previewing new season designs from some of Australia’s leading labels. Over 300 guests were treated to a 360-degree runway, a candlelit dinner served by Neil Perry and an exclusive performance by George Maple. Come March, we know where we’ll be shopping. DAVIDJONES.COM.AU
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Published on Feb 15, 2018