Tag Archives: Australia

The Death Of The Seasons: Is Australian Fashion Still Hostage To The Seasons of the Southern Hemisphere?

4 Jun

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A summer ago, a good friend of mine who works for a well known fashion label in Europe came back to Australia for Christmas. Over beers and burgers he lamented the challenges facing the Australian fashion industry. The song he sung was familiar: Australian fashion, while innovative and risk taking, suffers from the tyranny of distance (i.e. our position in the Southern hemisphere). Fashion retailers buy according to seasons and this means the delivery of clothes from designer labels based in the northern hemisphere, notably the US and Europe, are often delayed in Australian stores by up to six months. This means that, in fashion terms, Australia is perpetually a season behind. However, a recent article in Inside Retail challenges this assumption:

According to the fashion boss of one of Australia’s largest retailers, entrenched notions of fashion collections are changing as women become more flippant with their wardrobes. Nicole Naccarella, GM of womenswear at Myer, says the department store is now stocking both winter and summer seasons at the same time as shoppers change their habits.

International online shopping sites, such as Net-A-Porter and Asos, are making it easier for Australians to buy trends now rather than wait for delayed bricks and mortar collections. Online media and the expansion of international fast fashion labels has also made Australian consumers more aware of what’s trending on the other side of the world.

This trend has been percolating for a while, thanks not only to online retailers, but also fashion and street style blogs that expose global audiences to trends in real time. As a result, global retail fashion is just-in-time and trans-seasonal. Australian fashion has been moving toward carousel seasons for a while now. What’s different is that Australian retailers have noticed and are beginning to stock clothing in line with customer demand. And, that’s not a bad thing!

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Movement – “Feel Real”

4 Jun

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Sydney three-piece Movement are the newest act on Modular. Smooth and sexy noir&B with a splash of steel drums.

SAFIA – “Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues”

23 May

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Electronic indie three piece, SAFIA, have gone from strength to strength. Since forming in mid 2012, the Canberra trio have supported The Presets, The Aston Shuffle and Peking Duk – to name but a few. Blending cosmic synths, samples and charismatic vocals, their lush production and solid live performances are earning them all the right buzz. This is their latest track, “Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues”. You can call it electro soul, you can call it chill glitch – I just call it awesome.

Bonnie McArthur

20 Apr

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Bonnie McArthur is an Australian artist based in Canberra. Her work is multidisciplinary and covers both painting, drawing and sculpture. Her portraits capture the beauty of imperfection through a brutal adherence to realism. Keep your eye on this girl – you can scope her website or keep up to date via her official Facebook page.

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Eugene Mulipola

13 Feb

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When he’s not playing rugby, hitting the gym or talking hip hop, Canberra-based artist Eugene Mulipola is perfecting his craft. Give the guy a canvas or a blank sheet of paper and magic happens. His work uses a mix of media, from small scale pencil illustration to mural size acrylic paintings. Mulipola’s work combines street credibility with fashion sensibility; he manages to strike a balance between the soft elegance of fashion illustration and the gritty flavour of hip hop culture. His female figures (reminiscent of the equally amazing Kelly Smith) belong in Frankie or Yen – hell – if those publications play their cards right, you may see them sooner than you think. You can scope more of Mulipola’s work on Instagram.

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M4SONIC – Virus

6 Dec

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M4SONIC – pronounced M. Four. Sonic. – a 20 year-old EDM producer from Australia has dropped a new video: a live original using two Novation Launchpads in User 1 mode. The two MIDI controllers are playing original samples in a sequence to create the sound. The right hand controls most of the tuneful sounds whilst the left hand is responsible for keeping in time, playing a custom drum kit and various FX and vocal loops. What you witness is a guy performing live what takes weeks to do in studios with the type of precision required of a pianist, but on 128 keys instead of 88. Shit. Just. Got. Real. Watch M4SONIC’s ‘Virus’ video below:

I, Flaneur

2 Dec

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Canberra feels like it’s on a creative cusp at the moment. There is a sense that the city’s street credentials are tilting toward blowing up in a truly massive way and that it is finally ready to step out from the twin shadows of Sydney and Melbourne. Canberra has the three C’s covered: coffee, clothes and creative. I like to think of the three C’s as the triumvirate of indicators that provide a superficial- yet valuable – insight to a city’s buzz. Actually, there’s a good book on the correlation between coffee houses and the level of creativity in a culture. But, I digress. One of the creatives helping to re-energise the Canberra scene is Jessica Cochrane. You may have seen some of her work here. Well, girlfriend has a Tumblr now which chronicles the fashion flavour on Canberra streets, as well as showcasing some of her other side projects. Think of Jessica’s Tumblr as a van with candy…go on. You know you want to see what’s inside.

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