The Young Ones are at The Front

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Last night was the opening of The Young Ones, an exhibition brought to us by the wonderful guys at Us Folk magazine as part of National Youth Week 2013. Featuring work from young Canberra artists, the exhibition, being held at The Front Gallery and Cafe, is designed to showcase emerging talent from the nations capital.

The exhibition features some seriously impressive new talent, including digital printers, photographers, and old school coloured pencil artists, as well as paper cutter extraordinaire, Alex Lundy, who I saw doing her unique snap-shot stories at Art, Not Apart.

Running until Sunday, 14 April, you best get in and check it out now (more details at the bottom of this post). Here are some snapshots of the event, kindly provided by Lily Kane.

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Hashtag MBFWA

With Sydney in a fashion frenzy thanks to MBFWA, my Instagram has exploded with pics of some truly impressive Australian talent. The belle of the ball by far, however, is Romance Was Born.

The label was officially launched by designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales in 2005, who have a reputation for transforming “fashion into a glimmering chimerical paradise full of wonderment.”

Their spring/summer 2013 collection, “Mushroom Magic”, lived up to the hype, taking a trip (double entendre intended) down the rabbit hole with an Alice In Wonderland meets Yellow Submarine meets Marvin the Martian inspired show, including an amazing fantasy land set by artist Pip and Pop.

“The clothes – which inspired awe and joy – are a wholly unique expression of two artists unbound by the kind of rules designated by sales managers and trend forecasters. This is freedom in fashion; fearless and fucking fantastic,” said Pedestrian TV (see more incredible images of the collection here). I could not agree more.

For more Insta-coverage of #mbfwa, follow these grammers –

@theiconicau @pedestriantv @vickiexoxo @piperlane @greenwithenvyboutique @christinaroys @fashiongrill @isolatedheroes @_emmamoy_ @fashionfondue @thetrendspotter @caitlinlomax @gigglegiggle @mllenadine

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Best Dressed @ The Logies

The news told me that Asher Keddie won the Gold (that’s cool, I enjoy Offspring), but I’m only here for the outfits. Here are a few of the best –

Debra Mailman (image)

Kat Stewart (image)

Jessica McNamee (image)

Rebecca Judd (image)

Kate Richie (image)

Michelle Bridges (image)

Jennifer Hawkins (image)

Rebecca Gibney (image)

Samara Weaving (image)

Brooke Satchwell (image)

Kassandra Clementi (image)

Natalie Barr (image)

Saskia Hampele (image)

Kris Smith (image)

Hamish Blake & Andy Lee (image)

Firass Dirani (image)

Michael Caton (image)

The Great & Powerful Gatsby


In an explosion of pop-cultural awesomeness, the new trailer for the hotly anticipated film The Great Gatsby is here, and it features music from none other than Beyoncé x André 3000, Lana Del Ray and Florence and The Machine. And  this is after I found out that Jay-Z, and ‘our Baz’, have teamed up to produce the soundtrack.

Apparently the two were introduced by Leo DiCaprio, who’s playing the great Gatsby, and who also starred in Baz’s 1996 masterpiece, Romeo + Juliet. It looks as if the same traditional-meets-contemporary spin will be used on the Gatsby soundtrack, with Baz saying “Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories – not just as decoration, but to actively tell story using the immediacy of pop culture. He coined the phrase ‘the Jazz Age,'”

All I can imagine right now is Jay, Leo and Baz hanging out talking about making sweet music. “As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project…It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.” Hot.

Blogs To Become Obsessed With

Deciding to start blogging seemed like a natural step after becoming obsessed with a number of exceptional, entertaining and inspiring blogs, while I trawled the internet not trying very hard to find a job after my move back from London.

Today, I will share with you the blogs I check everyday. Notice a heavy focus on DIY but don’t judge me for it, it’s beautiful.

A Beautiful Mess

Elsie and Emma are sisters and co-authors of A Beautiful Mess, a blog focused on creating a beautiful life.

They share daily wisdom on making life a little prettier, with crafts, fashion, decor, and recipes.

In particular, their ‘5 Tips…’ feature is fantastic and covers everything from 5 Tips For Keeping Red Hair Bright, to 5 Tips For Small Business Owners. This is the blog that inspired me to try my hand at a little DIY action, which resulted in this (probably should have read their 5 Tips For Great Indoor Photos first) –

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I Spy DIY

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I Spy DIY is a blog created by Jenni Radosevich. Working at a fashion magazine in Manhattan, she wanted to show that luxury looks could be affordable and provide inspiration for using DIY to add a personal touch to your style.

Her photo tutorials are amazing and super simple, check out how to add a neon strap to your ballet flats for an easy alternative to the ankle cuff trend. Or try these super cool colour wrap bracelets (that remind me a little bit of 90’s hair wraps but look way trendier on your wrist).

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Manhattan Nest
Before you read on, I must warn you that reading this blog by Daniel Kanter will leave you feeling like the biggest dag/dork (depending on where you’re reading), because he is the coolest man on earth and I even felt lame writing that.

His blog, Manhattan Nest, is all about thrifty DIY, focused on making his apartment in Brooklyn a nice little home.

The best bit about Kanter’s blog is that he is hilarious. Read his post about restoring his dresser, which is long (like the rest of his blog), but so worth it. Also if you follow him on Instagram (which I do, @danielkanter) he takes a lot of cute photos of his dogs.

If you know of any other blogs you think I would enjoy, please let me know!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Beginning on Monday, Australia’s leading fashion designers will be showcasing their new spring/summer collections at the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Being held at Sydney’s Carriageworks a month earlier than usual to accommodate for the global buying schedule, it will see a host of designers, press, retailers, and bloggerati converge on the city to celebrate the countries talent.

Here are the designers to look out for:

We Are Handsome
“Established In 2009, We Are Handsome are renowned for pioneering, digital print swimwear.

Each bold print is treated as individual works of art, inspired by co-founders Jeremy Somers and Indhra Chagoury’s memories and experiences of life in Australia.

Established in 2009 as a collaborative creative project, the brand unexpectedly took off globally with an impressive accolade of high calibre celebrities and international stockists. We Are Handsome is available in more than 26 cities and 18 countries.

2013 marks the labels second time showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

Blesse’d Are The Meek
“Designer Maria Maung has propelled the Bless’ed are the Meek label onto the world stage. Despite her young age, Maria’s skill, signature design style and innate knowledge of the Bless’ed customer has seen the brand increase its international distribution by over 50% in the past 12 months.

With consistent positive reactions from both buyers and media, each season sees Bless’ed are the Meek continue to grow and develop both their covetable design aesthetic and global audience.”

Vanishing Elephant
“Celebrating 5 years of the label, 2013 will be the first year Vanishing Elephant showcases at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and marks the release of their third womenswear collection.

The brand offers a classic aesthetic that aims not to reinvent but highlight the great subtleties of clothing with a modern take. Large range with plenty of unique textiles.

Vanishing Elephant is a Sydney based clothing brand established in 2008 by Arran Russell, Felix Chan and Huw Bennett.

After first arriving in store in 2009 the brand is now available throughout North America, The United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and our home country Australia.