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AUTUMN 2010

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Oh autumn, you wonderful season you! Your cool days and rainy afternoons are perfect for sporting gumboots and umbrellas, patterned stockings and scarves, leaving the cut-off denim shorts and sun-screen stained tops that have plagued Perth in the last few months, to rot at the bottom of wardrobes – hoorah! Though the sun is still beating down on Perth, and UV levels show no sign of dropping, the warmer weather has to come to an end soon, and when it does, we’re in for a sartorial feast sure to whet every fashion lover’s appetite. This very edition of the X-Press Fashion Magazine is a celebration of all things autumn, and it’s bigger than ever before – with more fashion and features that you can poke an umbrella (or stick) at. Kicking off this edition is Altitude, a womenswear shoot showcasing garments from Perth boutiques, and stunning aircraft from the Aviation Heritage Museum in Bull Creek. Staffed by veterans from the RAAF, and kind-hearted/time-rich volunteers, the Museum is home to an incredible array of aircraft and memorabilia, providing the perfect backdrop for a shoot inspired by aviatrixes such as Nancy Bird-Walton and Amelia Earhart. Flick past Altitude and you’ll discover a comprehensive trend report to guide your shopping adventures, plus stories on travel, tness and health, beauty, local designers and technology; plus a dedicated menswear shoot, Prepped To Perfection, for lads who aren’t afraid to be stylish. Big thanks must go to John Park and the team at the Aviation Heritage Museum for letting the X-Press Fashion team utilise their fantastic facilities, and for all the historical insights into the planes the volunteers provided us with. We strongly recommend paying John and the volunteers a visit at 2 Bull Creek Drive in Bull Creek. With no further ado, we suggest you crank the air con (to disguise summer’s lingering warmth), put your feet up and enjoy the biggest edition of X-Press Fashion yet! EMMA BERGMEIER X- PRESS FASHION

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On the cover Jessi wears Red Point one piece from Daneechi $190, 27 Names vest from Billie & Rose, Otto Mode pants from Shop 28 $80, Generics belt from Merge $55, Helena Bogucki brooch from She Seldom Blushes $130, Diamante Bow brooch from Broken Doll $25 On this page Gemma wears Miss Brown dress from She Seldom Blushes $95, Generics belt from Merge $55, Vintage coat from Broken Doll $225, Barrel pumps from Betts $79.99

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PHOTOGRAPHY by Otilee STYLIST: Emma Bergmeier ASSITANT STYLIST: Hannah McGrath MAKE UP ARTIST: Sam Enticknap HAIR; Head Studio MODELS: Jessi M and Gemma B from Scene LOCATION: Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek Gemma (left) wears 27 Names shirt from Billie & Rose $270, Saint Augustine bow tie from Billie & Rose $50, Edit blazer from Billie & Rose $150, Shona Joy pants from Zara Bryson $235, Bow brooch from Broken Doll $15, Barrel pumps from Betts $79.99. Jessi (right) wears J4 shirt from Realm $160, Plaid tie from Pigeonhole $45, Natasha pants from Shop 28 $279, Desire heels from Betts $109.99. Wigs by Wasp.

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Jessi wears red gown from Broken Doll $95, CC Skye cuff from designerbydesign.com. au $399. Gemma wears cream dress from She Seldom Blushes $75, CC Skye necklace from designerbydesign.com.au $249, Rose ring from Pigeonhole $35.

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Jessi wears Forever New trenchcoat from Harbourtown $199, Cat dress from Pigeonhole $120, Flower brooch from Broken Doll $25, Hatrick heels from Betts $89.99, Generics bag from Merge $90, Scarf from Pigeonhole. Gemma wears Mimosa trenchcoat from Shop 28 $240, Stolen Girlfriend’s Club dress from Merge $242, CC Skye ring from designerbydesign.com.au $239, Venture heels from Betts $129.99.

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Gemma wears Karen Walker t-shirt from Zara Bryson $100, Vintage skirt from Broken Doll $28, Generics belt from Merge $65, Barrel pumps from Betts $79.99, Generics bag from Merge $90. Jessi wears Frill top from Pigeonhole $90, Spotty skirt from She Seldom Blushes $45, Scarf from Pigeonhole, Desire heels from Betts $109.99, Tube bag from Pigeonhole $99.

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Gemma wears Miss Erika playsuit from FashionWA.com $180, Stolen Girlfriend’s Club blazer from Merge $465, CC Skye necklace from designerbydesign.com.au $288, CC Skye bracelet from designerbydesign.com.au $169, Fonda heels from Betts $109.99. Jessi wears Moontide one piece from Daneechi $139, Alice McCall shorts from Billie & Rose $430, 27 Names blazer from Billie & Rose $370, Mesh bow necklace Pigeonhole $39, Barrel pumps from Betts $79.99. Wigs by Wasp.

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Jessi wears Forever New dress from Harbour Town $129, Fur stoll from Broken Doll available for hire, Orange bangle from designerbydesign.com.au $299, cluster necklace from Pigeonhole $75, Fonda heels from Betts $109.99. Gemma wears Mink Pink velvet revolver dress from Cite $69.95, Pearl necklaces from Forever New at Harbour Town $24.99 each, CC Skye cuff from designerbydesign.com.au $264, Jacket from Broken Doll available for hire, Barrel pumps from Betts $79.99. Wigs by Wasp.

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AS THE LONG, LAZY SUMMER DAYS SLIP AWAY, SCORCHING HEAT GETS REPLACED BY CRISP MORNINGS AND THE WEATHER BECOMES WINDY AND UNPREDICTABLE, IT’S EASY TO FIND YOURSELF IN A PICKLE OVER WHAT TO WEAR. AUTUMN TENDS TO BE ONE OF THOSE DRASTICALLY VARYING SEASONS THAT GIVE US BAKING SUNSHINE, RAIN AND SOMETIMES EVEN A HOWLING GALE ALL IN THE SPACE OF ONE DAY, SO IT CAN BE ALL TOO EASY TO GET CONFUSED. LUCKILY, THIS NEW DECADE HAS USHERED IN A DIVERSE AND REFRESHING ARRAY OF FASHIONS THAT PERFECTLY MATCH THE ERRATIC AUTUMNAL CLIME. FROM THE ABUNDANCE OF BEAUTIFULLY CLASHING PRINTS SEEN AT THE LIKES OF DRIES VAN NOTEN AND MARNI TO THE PERFECT JUXTAPOSITION OF PRETTY AND TOUGH ILLUSTRATED BY PREEN AND ANT!PODIUM, TO THE SUBTLY-TAILORED-YET-FEMININE OFFERINGS FROM RAG AND BONE AND EMERGING PERTH DESIGNER ANDREA WOLF, THIS SEASON IT’S ALL ABOUT EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT INDIVIDUALITY. our rst sartorial mission, should you choose to accept it, is to nd yourself an extraordinary blazer. The issue that lies herein is that everywhere you turn in the coming weeks you’ll be seeing them – an invitingly peaked shoulder here, a sharp lapel there... but they’re not all created equal. To stay ahead of the blazer-clad pack, (and to avoid looking like you just stepped out of a business meeting) nd one that is slim-tting, has interesting features such as an unusual cut or awesome shoulder-detail, or go for an unexpected fabric choice or colour. Choosing to stick with black is okay (and I suppose, sensible, if you want to go there), but key colours cream, camel, grey or even acid yellow are more exciting, and a textured or patterned blazer is pure brilliance. When the temperature nally drops a little, it’s the perfect time to start playing with seemingly contradictory styles. There’s no shortage of pretty dresses around (although you might want to hunt down a 1930s or ‘‘40s inspired number; look for just-above-elbow length sleeves with strong shoulders, cinched waists and ippy skirts), team with your aforementioned blazer, textured tights (don’t be afraid to clash!) and nish with some black lace-up ankle boots. Voila, perfect pretty/tough! One of the most purse-friendly trends to be seen in a long time is the instantly outt-updating addition of socks and hosiery. This time around it’s all about soft, thick stockings (dispose of your uoro footless tights immediately. And while you’re at it, please burn your jeans-leggings, oh my goodness) and socks with, well, everything! That includes with highwaisted paper bag shorts and some tough boots, poking out at your ankle with jeans or cigarette-style pants, even with a good pair of brogues and an artfully draped dress. Don’t be shy, wear your socks boldly and make the most of the pretty, affordable hosiery making its way into chain stores like Forever New and American Apparel by treating yourself to a variety of colours and textures. This autumn is also the time get your creativity on, if you haven’t already. What with the talk of greenhouse emissions and environmental awareness, coupled with the worldwide tightening of purse strings, it’s never been more appropriate to recycle. Luckily for you, it’s also the very best way to hone your own sense of individuality at the same time as (well, sort of) saving the world! A great place to start is with op-shopped or vintage clothing, which can be great as-is or made a little more wearable by doing some little alterations of your own. If you can’t sew, now is a great time to enrol in a short course at TAFE, in fact Broken Doll Vintage in Fremantle run small sewing classes. Conveniently, if you’re currently too short on time for all of that cutting and stitching, She Seldom Blushes have done the hard work for you with an amazing range of slightly reworked, beautiful vintage dresses by label Miss Brown. Other on-trend pieces to hunt for in op shops are bowties, military and medallion-like brooches and belts with interesting buckles and embellishments. These are guaranteed to add an eye-catching level of interest to any ensemble, even if it is just your otherwise quite conservative work wardrobe. Recycling and DIY really is the nicest way to avoid nasties like mass production, sweatshops and also to donate to whichever charity your op shop of choice is supporting. Draping is another design technique you’re sure to see popping up on your fashion radar in a big way pretty soon. Something that a lot

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of designers spend their formative years perfecting, the elegant art of draping is now being interpreted as one of the most attering and sophisticated trends that looks amazing on pretty much anybody. Be sure to look for high quality fabrics like silks and ne-knit jersey to ensure that you look avantgarde rather than droopy, and contrast the softness with a structured jacket and weighty accessories. Perth label, One Fell Swoop, have a brilliant range of dresses that will t the bill perfectly, and other labels to look out for include the tailored drapery of Edit and easy basics from Staple. In terms of footwear, this season brings with it the most delightful array of brogues, penny loafers, and most importantly, lace-up boots. You’ll be wearing pretty much nothing but these on your feet for the next six months actually, so it’s probably best in to invest in a few pairs in a few different colours. Obviously, black is staple, but a nice chocolate brown, tan, charcoal or camel will never go astray. They’re toasty warm, very comfortable, and instantly make an outt look pulled together and current. Plus, they’re all just screaming out to be worn with all your lovely new socks and stockings! You can nd all of these shoes at any price level, try Betts or Rubi for a quick, fashionable x, or if you’re more in the market for amazing quality leather, Zomp is a great place to try. And fear not, as the heatwave eventually subsides, men’s fashion begins to get far more exciting! Finally, you guys can pack away your worn-out singlets and embrace a neater, more style-conscious look that’s surprisingly easy to wear. The blazer is, again, a must, but there are certainly a few rules of thumb to keep you looking stylish rather than uncomfortably corporate. A slim t is paramount, make sure it ts close to your arms and keep your eyes peeled for one with a slightly longer, thinner lapel which will give you a lean and contemporary silhouette. If you’re feeling fun, nd a blazer in an unexpected fabric, Limedrop do an awesome jersey version that’s just the right level of preppy and relaxed and there are even some great nautical-inspired versions with contrasting lapel piping cropping up that are more interesting than your run-of-the-mill black. Your new blazer will work exceedingly well with the current cut of jeans, which is nally moving away from the spray-on skinny look that’s been around for so long. Indeed, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief and pull on a pair of carrottops. This cut is more relaxed at the top with a lower crotch, and then tapers to be quite close tting at the bottom. No, don’t think jodphurs (argh!), the tapering is much more subtle and basically they’re just a pair of skinny or slim tting jeans that have been given a bit more room to move up top. Extinct have been advocates of this style for a little while now, and Cheap Monday are pretty fail-safe. Team with a pair of penny loafers or brogues (Ginger’s is a good place to begin) and you’ll be well on your way to shaking off the summer schlumpiness. As well as preppy, there’s also the continuation of the grunge trend, which this autumn means extremely worn-in leather jackets, soft-cotton tees, and an excuse to buy yourself a pair of substantial boots. They should lace up, but wear them casually undone to ankle with the tongue sticking out. They’ll start to look their best once they’re scuffed up a little. Easy! PENKOV

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After conducting a highly accurate and well-researched study (read: I emailed my friends to see what they do to stay t), I got the impression that there are lots of people who are in the same boat. So, to help you on your way to slimmer thighs and reduced cholesterol, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite fun things to do to get t. Now trust me when I say you’ll get t if you take up swing dancing. Not only that - you’ll meet new people and improve your musicality. In Perth we’ve got our pick of two great schools - Swing Zing and Swing It. Both offer short courses in Lindy Hop and other swing styles like Balboa and the Collegiate Shag. Check them out at swingzing.com and swingit.com.au. Oh and you don’t need a partner so don’t let that be an excuse. Next on my list is the dance style made popular by Dita Von Teese. Having always wanted to, but never quite gotten up the courage before, I booked myself in to do a class, all in the name of research. Situated in Northbridge, The Burlesque Lounge’s Bump and Grind class is lots of fun although I’m not sure I would pick this to burn calories - it’s more about exploring and encouraging your sexuality. The best thing is that there’s no need to be intimidated, as there’s a range of ages and skill levels in the class so anyone can join in. The Burlesque Lounge also offers other styles such as The Charleston (which I also decided to try since there was a class straight after my B&G lesson and boy was I puffed at the end of it). To learn it, you’ve got to commit to a sixweek course – but it’s worth it. You’ll lose a few kilos by the end and have a great time - can’t ask for more than that! Head to theburlesquelounge.com for more information. Cycling can also be fun. Yes fun, you heard me. Of course I’m not talking about a spin class. I hate those classes, particularly the ones where the manic instructors (usually clad in tiny pink bike shorts) run around screaming at you and adjusting your resistance so it’s akin to, say, competing in a king of the mountain race. No, no I’m talking about actually going for a ride outside. These days people are starting to exercise outdoors again not least of all because of the beautiful weather that we enjoy in WA. You can also buy awesome vintage and designer bikes, which are not only better for the environment, but also your thighs. Chanel and Gucci even do bikes now. In Perth, you can’t go past Cycles Bespoke (www.cyclesbespoke.com) if you’re in the market for a bicycle. The reason being is that Cycles Bespoke sell cool, fashionable bicycles and if I’m gonna ride I want to look cool and fashionable whilst I’m doing it (not sweaty and uncoordinated). If you’re lacking motivation, try joining a cycle club or getting involved with charity events like Ride for Youth. You can even take up bike polo on the weekends with Perth’s Cycle Polo group (http://perthcyclepolo.blogspot.com/). Told you it was fun. Another much loved exercise pastime of mine is pole dancing. While your classmates can sometimes be a little questionable (some are actually training to be strippers), it’s a lot of fun and denitely hard work! She Moves Dance Fitness Studios are located in Perth, Joondalup and Darwin and have a range of classes to try. Head to shemoves.com.au to enrol. My only advice? Invest in Sally Hansen’s AirBrush Legs before taking a pole class – you’ll need it to cover the bruises afterwards. Right, I’m off to a tap dancing class - I hear it’s good for the calves. Maybe I’ll see you there?

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I REALLY STRUGGLE WITH EXERCISING. I ALSO LIKE TO EAT A LOT AND YOU REALLY CAN’T DO ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER. I’LL FIND ANY EXCUSE NOT TO EXERCISE – IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE, I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME, I’VE JUST EATEN, I’M HUNGRY, TOO TIRED, TOO HOT, TOO COLD – YOU GET THE IDEA. THE ONLY THING THAT PULLS ME THROUGH IS IF I CONSTANTLY MIX IT UP. OVER THE YEARS I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FROM AERIAL TISSUE TO SWING DANCING, POLE DANCING TO LIFTING WEIGHTS.

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Tom Bull wears Poltix lamb skin ‘Wild’ leather jacket $499, Caellum jeans Turkish denim $199, Soft Christ t-shirt $89 Courtney Rogers wears jewelry from Bluespirit

Photographer: David Deas. Make-up: Penny Antuar. Stylist: Hannah McGrath. Stylist Assistant: May Cheah & Jason Kumar. Models: Tom Bull and Courtney Rogers @ Scene Models.


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Ryan wears Insight Bomber from Cite $199.95, Shirt from Politix $199, Tie from Pigeonhole $45, Paul Smith jeans from Realm $560, Alister Yiap necklace from FashionWA.com $110.


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Ryan wears Henley’s shirt from Cite $99.95, Blazer from Politix $699, Extinct jeans from Pigeonhole $198, Alister Yiap scarf from FashionWA.com $120, Golf shoes from Betts $79.99.


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MENTION YOU’RE HEADED TO BALI, AND CHANCES ARE YOU’LL BE CAUTIONED WITH “DID YOU KNOW IT’S CONSIDERED TO BE UNDER HIGH THREAT OF TERRORISM?”, “DON’T DRINK THE WATER” AND “KEEP AWAY FROM STRAY DOGS OR YOU’LL GET RABIES” AMONGST OTHER THINGS. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS WE’VE BECOME A MINDFUL BUNCH, BUT IT CERTAINLY HASN’T STOPPED US FROM MAKING THE VENTURE. THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT BALI THAT HAS AUSTRALIANS - PARTICULARLY THE WESTERN LOT- ON A BOOMERANG CIRCUIT YEAR AFTER YEAR.

The proximity, size and price denitely factor into the appeal. Flying from Perth can take as little as three and a half hours, and costs are comparable to, if not less than, ights over east (we recommend contacting STA Travel for a great deal). The place is one of our closest international neighbours, and sits in the same time zone as WA - eliminating any icky jet lag possibilities, or mental math needed to factor when to call home (if you’re so inclined). It’s so small that it can take you a day to drive around the entire island, but is culture thrifty enough to keep you absorbed for weeks. There are attractions, stores and restaurants/bars to satisfy a range of tastes. The streets of Kuta are lined with stalls catering for all of your beachwear, dodgy CD/DVD, imitation eyewear and crude bumper sticker needs. This area throngs with hawkers abiding by friendly yet persistent ’til the end credos. It’s a fair place to have customised clothing and jewellery made, and induce belly laughs as shopkeepers try to spark conversation with nasal-ish Australian “G’Day Mates”, and compare your likeness to celebrities - I still don’t get the Lady Gaga tag. Kuta is undoubtedly an old favourite with Australiansnightspots like Alleycat, Joe’s, Bounty and the refurbished Paddy’s still pull crowds and are a stroll away from each other if you’re sizing up for a big night. Places like Alleycat buzz with holiday makers revelling in decently priced drinks. If you’re after a novelty try the Bounty club (not to be confused with the hotel) for a foam partybut make sure you’re decked in swimwear. Tapering from North Kuta is the trendy locale of Seminyak. As a haven for exquisite food and fashion, the area trumps as the style Mecca of Bali. The notorious Eat Street thrives

with a healthy fusion of European and Asian inuences that will have you salivating over their delicious offerings. Heeding a friend’s advice, we slipped into Ultimo’s, a modish Italian restaurant which, as its name would suggest, provided the ultimate dining experience (ultimate, if, like me, you’re unaccustomed to a genuine opera singer performing before you, or having someone pass you hand towels in the bathroom). Midway through our sumptuous meals, the roof retracted soundlessly, and there we were, eating by candles, under stars. Anywhere in Europe this would attract a swanky price - but here a divine plate of pasta will set you back a whole $6. Most areas in Bali will offer some seriously good eating, without attracting a serious whole-in-your-pocket sum. Local warungs (cafes) are often even cheaper and provide yummy Indonesian meals and fresh fruit juices. To get a taste of culture - food aside - make time for a day trip. With 70-90 per cent humidity during the wet season (DecemberMarch) ventures mixing sights and water activities win over dripping sweat in a pub ’til you graft to the bar stool. Settle a fare with your driver and make for Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. Situated NorthEast of Kuta, it boasts luscious green scenery, rice patties, temples, and remnants of volcanic rock strewn through elds that border the winding roads. The hot springs are a must to chill out overlooking hazy mountains. If the mountain thing isn’t you - head to the east coast for diving and snorkelling hot spots. At the risk of sounding trite, there’s something to please the crème of fusspots - Bali’s still got it. BY EMMA D’ORAZIO

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PINCHANDSPOON Specialising in one-off pieces that are whimsical and eclectic, the pinchandspoon label celebrates the fashions of yesteryear, combining vintage lace with pearls and silk to create stunning neck adornments. Created by Isobel Macaulay, pinchandspoon designs are hand crafted with love, ensuring that no two pieces are ever the same – which is quite a rare trait in today’s market of mass production. Though pinchandspoon designs are crafted with vintage fabrics, many of the pieces have a distinctly modern style, due to Macaulay’s deliberate use of imperfection as a design feature. Instead of over-working her fabric, Macaulay prefers her designs to have a shabby-chic, almost unnished look, which designers of old would never have done. For women who want to add an exciting edge to corporate outts or simple dresses, pinchandspoon designs act as a perfect adornment – adding interest and intrigue to any outt.

GENERICS When it comes to handbags and accessories, there’s no going past Generics, WA’s most comprehensive accessories label. Created in 2007 by Lisa Chau, Generics focuses on producing on-trend accessories, providing the hottest styles without a ridiculous price tag. What started off as a ve piece collection has now grown beyond Chau’s wildest expectations, with Generics now offering hundreds of different styles of belts, handbags and jewellery. Unlike many other accessories labels, Generics offers designs for men and women, providing a fashionable alternative to daggy back-packs for the men of Australia.

TÚ For women who want to channel the elegance of Grecian goddesses, Tú is a dream come true – serving up delightfully draped dresses that epitomize the very essence of femininity. Created by Curtin graduate Ann Nie Chong, the Tú label takes its name from Mandarin, translating to illustration/art form; which is indicative of Chong’s love of visual art, demonstrated in the patterns she chooses to adorn her works. Tú’s latest collection is full of elegant dresses that seem perfect for black-tie functions and cocktail parties, with designs exible enough to be worn from day through to night.

PETALS IN DISARRAY Fashion trends don’t stick for long. The minute one style is deemed ‘in’, another is ‘out’ and a further is in the works. For fashion designers, staying in style is considered important, so trends are something they usually keep their eyes rmly focused on. Although for Perth label Petals In Disarray, collections have nothing to do with trends because instead of subscribing to styles created by others, designers Megan Parker and Terri-Anne Heighway prefer to tread their own path. Petals In Disarray’s collections don’t channel any popular trends, rather, they focus on clever design, functionality and originality. Featuring hybrid designs that transform from one garment to another, their collections are courageous and quirky - offering up many designs that are guaranteed conversation starters.

STORY BY TANG Established back in 2001, Story By Tang is the brainchild of Christine Tang, a Perth lass with a passion for contemporary fashion. Tang’s latest collection Nights Wonderland features youthful silhouettes that are playful and chic, embellished with patterns and draped fabric. Inspired from a recent stint in New York and L.A., Nights Wonderland is the epitome of party girl style, with the designs at home on the danceoor or at an A-list function. One of the collection’s biggest inspirations seems to be New York architecture – with many designs featuring art deco-esque features, borrowing from the New York MISS ERIKA Launched back in 2008, the Miss skyline. Erika label is fun, feminine and irty, offering ladies cute cocktail dresses and playsuits with a twist. Established by Erika Wahdan, the Miss Erika style is bold and bright – perfect for women who want all eyes on them when they enter a room. Traversing the line between casual and formal, Miss Erika’s creations feature striking patterned fabrics sourced from exotic Egyptian fabric markets. Originally from Egypt herself, Wahdan’s cultural background has a strong inuence on her designs, with silhouettes suited to hot days and balmy nights – which just happen to be perfect for Perth.

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ELEMENTREE Run by Perth lads Kel Corbett, Matt Beaton and Josh Gilmour, Elementree is a relatively new label, which offers up sumptuously soft tees embellished with awesome prints. The trio is extremely honest about who they design for, stating that “if a design doesn’t appeal to all three of us, then it never sees the light of day.” The lads’ love of street art, photography and music act as sources of inspiration for their label; with their tees often sporting prints of records, musicians, DJ decks and sneakers. Elementree has recently expanded their range to include hoodies and headware, to ensure that Perth’s inhabitants are covered when the colder weather arrives. Targeted at lads and ladies between the ages of 18 and 35, the designs Elementree produce are original and eye-catching, and best of all, Elementree customers know that they’re not buying garments from some old dude who knows squat about youth culture; they’re buying straight from the source.

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ON TOUR For decades there’s been talk about ‘something in the water’ here in Perth due to the abundance of musicians and creative types who call this sunny state of ours home. With that in mind, it seems there’s no better place to launch a label called On Tour, than right here in Perth. Established in 2009 by Alicia Sorgiovanni, the collections On Tour offers are comprised of edgy statement pieces that look great up close and from afar, rendering them ideal designs for musicians to wear on stage. Though On Tour is only in its infancy, there’s no doubting that this label will be offering stylish designs to musicians and fashion lovers alike for years to come.

MALACHI ALISTER YIAP Without a doubt, Alister Yiap is one of WA’s foremost jewellery designers. A graduate of Curtin’s Bachelor of Arts, majoring in jewellery design, Yiap has continued to challenge the boundaries of traditional jewellery, opting for unconventional shapes and styles that are sure to enhance any outt. Launched in 2006, the Alister Yiap label encompasses three arms, including Malachi Alister Yiap – a collection of unisex jewellery; Alister Yiap Fine Jewellery – a range of contemporary and innovative designs; and a selection of Runway Couture pieces that are theatrical and dramatic. Yiap describes his aesthetic as “black and white, mysterious, sleek and sharp”, which explains why his creations appeal to men and women alike. His classic colour palette and use of high quality materials ensure that all Yiap creations are made to last the tests of time, and fashion.

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Tell me about your relationship with Boom! Bap! Pow!, how did you come to be in the band? Well... it all started out one summer’s eve whilst chatting with Clint (Bracknell: double bass/vocals). We got to talking about what we were up to and he asked if I would be interested in doing some stuff with him and his new band. Before I knew it, I was standing on stage with four very adorable boys singing my lungs out! You all wear black and white when performing, how did this monotone uniform come about? It was just what the boys were wearing when I joined the band, therefore I politely obliged and that is that! The boys looked like a bunch of Mormons so I thought I best throw in some black and white girly frocks. The black and white works well in that you never have to think too hard about what you’ll wear for each gig. Having a uniform is so much easier! What are some of your favourite outts to wear while on stage? I try to keep it varied and fun - I like a nice little vintage black and white frock or a playful onesey. Sometimes I even dress a little like the boys - a shirt, bow tie and vest. Get my power suit on!

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Where do you like to head for a spot of shopping? Winifred and Bance, Billie & Rose, Yo Yo Buffalo, Wheels and Dollbaby. I’m also a fan of perusing suburban streets/shopping malls to nd the little hidden gems in various ‘no name’ boutiques. The occasional treasure hunt through Vinnies or Good Sammy’s never goes astray either. To nd out when you can next catch Boom! Bap! Pow! performing, head to myspace.com/boombappow PHOTOGRAPH BY LISA BUSINOVSKI HAIR & MAKEUP BY MARIE PRINCI

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PERTH STREET ARTIST CREEPY HAS HAD HIS DISTINCTIVE WORKS, POPULATED BY HIS CHARACTERISTICALLY EERIE, SPINDLY CHARACTERS, FEATURED IN SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS AROUND AUSTRALIA AND IN BROOKLYN AND PARIS. HIS ART ADORNS STREETSCAPES IN NEW YORK, LONDON, BARCELONA, BERLIN, SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE, AND HIS MURALS HAVE BECOME PART OF THE ARCHITECTURE IN PERTH, FEATURING ON WALLS IN WOLF LANE, BAR 399, THE WESTERN POWER BUILDING IN NORTHBRIDGE, AND THE NORFOLK BASEMENT, AMONG OTHERS. HE HAS ATTRACTED INTEREST FROM PUBLICATIONS INCLUDING FRANKIE, THE AGE AND ACCLAIM. BUT DESPITE THE IMPRESSIVE CV, HE’S NOWHERE NEAR TAKING HIMSELF TOO SERIOUSLY, CLAIMING THAT SEEING HIS WORK AROUND THE CITY MAKES HIM FEEL ‘ITCHY’. HE TELLS X-PRESS ABOUT HIS ART, INSPIRATION AND LIVING IN PERTH. AS TOLD TO GEMMA NISBET

“I was always drawing growing up. My older brother used to make comics and I guess it seemed normal to draw a lot. I was sort of stuck in my own little world, I guess, and liked making pictures far more than listening in class. This was good for art but bad for future science skills – which I use all the time, by the way. My brother-in-law came over to my house years ago and saw this terrible painting I had made and said, ‘Creepy’. The name seemed to fit. Originally, the development of my style was all organic, and I guess in the last two years it has definitely become more conscious with a lot more planning and considered detail, but the actual style has just formed over time. I never sat down and thought, ‘this is what my style will be’. I just liked drawing a lot and it developed. I’m inspired by story telling, good vs. evil, people vs. people, handmade worlds. Death. The environment. Folklore. I get a lot done in Perth. It’s a great place for me to focus and concentrate. That said, I have to travel at least once a year for a month or so otherwise I would burst into flames. It’s not that big a deal to jump on a plane for projects in other cities. I don’t feel that living here restricts opportunities in other places; it’s just where I live. I have lived elsewhere and I don’t know if I’ll be here forever, but right now it’s a great base. I am surrounded by a good mix of inspiring people. There are a lot of amazing artists who have burst onto the national and international art scene that grew up in Perth – Kid Zoom, Yok, Charlie Isoe, Sean Morris, Daek. There’s a well of talent right under our noses but only a handful of people realise this. For example, I was painting a mural with Kid Zoom recently and this older lady stopped and said, ‘Oh, it’s good to see you kids are having fun’. Kid Zoom had just returned from exhibiting with Banksy, Ron English and Obey in NYC. I like that most people are unaware of the talent here. It’s funny.

I split my time between working at Last Chance Studios in Northbridge and my personal studio. I’m at Last Chance for larger projects – installations and large walls – and it’s inspiring working with all the artists there, but when I’m painting for shows, I work from my personal studio. I can focus more that way. I wouldn’t say that my street art and gallery work differs except in how people interact with the work. In the gallery people view the work as very precious and they whisper heaps. In the street you find out pretty instantly if someone likes it or hates it. I was painting a giant loaf of bread a few weeks ago and this little kid of about four walked past with his mum and he yelled, ‘Toast!’ He was pretty excited about toast. That doesn’t happen so much in the gallery. So far the reaction overseas has been pretty positive, which is nice. It has lead to commission works and some of the street work has ended up in a few random books which is fun. It’s definitely the next step for me getting involved in more international shows and street work. This year I have a skateboard coming out with some of the Last Chance guys through Folklore, a few projects and group shows over east, and a solo in August here in Perth. Also hopefully a trip to Japan at the end of the year.” FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CREEPY, VISIT CREEPY.HEADTANK.COM.

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DON’T SETTLE ON STYLE BEFORE THE CLEAN LINES OF THE DIGITAL AGE, APPLIANCES LIKE RADIOS AND TELEVISIONS WERE LARGE AND COMMANDING DEVICES, DESIGNED TO BLEND IN WITH THE FURNITURE OF THE HOME AND WERE EVEN MADE BY CABINET MAKERS. AS WE STARTED MASTERING PLASTICS AND TRANSISTORS, GADGETS HAD A CHANCE TO BREAK AWAY FROM THE LIVING ROOM AND STEP INTO UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY - YOUR HAND. BY TOM VARIAN

Today design alone can make or break a buyer’s decision, as consumers are faced with a market full of personal electronics that largely carry the same feature sets. Nowhere is this more evident than in USB ash drives. You can get just about anything with digital storage crammed inside; from a mechanical randy dog to the Dalai Lama. Cheap Asian knock-off electronics even carry the stylish genes of their brand name cousins. Style don’t come cheap, but it is getting cheaper. 1

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Available in all the classic Lego colours (even clear!) and in sizes ranging from 2GB ($45) up to 16GB ($110), these bad boys are 100 per cent compatible with the real Lego bricks - letting you get creative with storing them. Due to legal issues these get shut down by Lego a fair bit, but are available right now at zipzip.net.au.

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Cassette Tapes may be a format put out to pasture, but their soul lives on in the Cassette MP3 player. You can click in some headphones for solo tunes, or pop it in the cassette deck of your ‘86 Corolla to impress your best girl. With a standard SD card slot for storage, the limit is what you stick in it - but you might not want to skip through 8gigs of songs to nd what you want on this display-less player. Can be found on various websites, including shopmania.com for around $50. These retro looking digital cameras cost a pretty penny, but god damn do you get a pretty camera. Keeping the same basic aesthetics since the introduction of the M3 in the ’50s, camera buffs will argue it’s not worth its high price tag, and they are right; you are not getting a full-scale sensor and you can get a lot of DSLR for one M8 these days. But they take beautiful, soft photos and have a timeless design sure to last another 60 years. Cheapest you’ll nd is over the net, but prices range from $5,000 up to $10,000. Yep.

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CUT ABOVE REBECCA PATTISON TAKES A LOOK INSIDE PERTH’S BEST SALONS

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ELEMENT AVEDA CONCEPT HEAD STUDIO: 64 King St, Perth (08) 9481 6464; Shop 20A, Gateway Shopping Centre, 816 Beeliar Drive, Success (08) 9498 7577; Shop 4/7 Railway Terrace, Rockingham Beach (08) 9527 1697. GUYS GROOMING Shop G5, 811 Hay St, Perth (08) 9226 3022. SKATT: 52E Old Theatre Lane, Bayview Terrace, Claremont (08) 9385 3123; 38 Roe Street, Northbridge (08) 9227 1334; 165 Scarborough Beach Road, Mt Hawthorn (08) 9443 6500. ELEMENT AVEDA CONCEPT: 17 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco (08) 9382 3004.

To say that the Cain name has become synonymous with great hair in this city would be a vast understatement. Twenty years experience, a National L’Oreal Colour Trophy Award and a Perth Fashion Festival later, we have only scratched the surface with what’s on display in this salon’s pool room. Head Studio lead the way with the latest innovations in styling and colouring over three stores in WA. Services here are hair specic and include a broad spectrum from a quick trim to a completely new look. The King Street store is a beautifully designed space lled with both modern and antique pieces. Nothing has been spared here with separate styling and colour rooms and an uber-cool consultation lounge and coffee bar. A separate men’s area offers an escape from the regular banter of hair stylist/client chinwagging. Let’s get this clear; the word ‘metrosexual’ is so ve years ago. The art of male grooming, however, is denitely not. Guys Grooming is a one-of-a-kind Perth based operation that offers everything from the elusive back, sack and crack wax to the crème de la crème by way of traditional face shaves. Stocking the nest products from the Dermalogica Shave range, Guys Grooming will kit you out with all your manscaping needs. Hair styling, hair colouring, facials, and massage are all in a days work here and at any given time you may be seated next to one of the State’s nest football players or politicians. Catering for men of all ages and industries, let the labourer lay next to the lawyer in this one stop condence shop. Recognising the important parallels between hair and fashion, Skatt salons are equipped with full size catwalks that cater for their regular involvement in fashion shows such as WA’s largest hair and fashion runway event - Skattwalk. The unique layout continues with the ingenious placement of a theatre room, giving clients the opportunity to watch TV shows while their hair colour processes. The team here are extremely passionate about leading the way with the latest techniques and trends and ensure they are always educated to give only the best in all hair, beauty and tanning services. The hot tip from those in the know this season; don’t over style! It is all about natural texture and movement and Sebastian Professionals’ Potion 9 is the perfect product to repair hair after a hot summer and prepare it for a natural style. The Element Aveda Concept store in Subiaco allows clients to go back to basics whilst surrounded in luxury. Aveda products are all 99 per cent plant derived leaving hair damage free after the usual colouring and treating processes. The smell of fresh plant essences in store is pleasantly consuming, as are Aveda’s tempting hair treatments which cover remedies such as Glossing, Damage Remedy, Moisture and Vitality, and Strengthen Up. The Aveda product range is as expansive as it is necessary and covers everything from cosmetics to skin care to aroma candles and oils (all deliciously eco-friendly of course)!


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