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The Young Ones are at The Front

Elanna Woods (23)

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.

Tessa Mues (20) TYO3
Wen Huang (Spae) (25)TYO4
Wen Huang (Spae) (25)TYO5
Konrad Horbacki (19)TYO6
Larissa Cook (23)
Becky Worth (Henderson) (22)TYO8
Becky Worth (Henderson) (22)
Jake Silvestro (22)TYO10
Alex Lundy (20)TYO13
Jarrah Domaschenz (19)TYO15



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


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.

H&M is coming…

If ya’ll haven’t heard yet, H&M is (finally) coming to Australia. The Swedish high-street giant will be launching a number of new stores around the globe, with an Australian flagship planned for 2014. Melbourne looks like the likely destination, but they haven’t ruled out Sydney yet.

The company has been reporting some serious growth, with over 300 new store openings in the last year, and Chile, Serbia, China, Estonia, the U.S. and Indonesia all set for H&M flagships in 2013.

Considering they are known for collaborating with some serious designers, think Gucci, Comme des Garçons, Stella McCartney, Maison Martin Margiela and Marni, it’s no surprise that the face of their 2013 Summer campaign will be none other than Beyoncé. Mrs. Knowles-Carter (as she’s now officially known) said she’s “always liked H&M’s focus on fun and affordable fashion,” while H&M Creative Director Donald Schneider, commented that “it was amazing to watch her on the shoot make it all look effortless – a quality that makes her such an icon for women around the world.”