Thursday, 4 December 2008

Little Hero goes a little bit silly

Little Hero PR Silly Season Sale

Up to 80% off!

Antipodium : Cheap Monday : Chip Chop! : Earnest Sewn : Friedrich Gray : Gideon Shoes : Marsu Homme : Therese Rawsthorne : William Llewellyn Griffiths

Men's and Women's designer collections, Jewellery, Shoes and Accessories
End of Season Spring Summer Samples, Seconds and Old Stock priced from 20 bucks!

Thursday 4th December - 5pm-8pm
Friday 5th December - 10am-8pm
Saturday 6th December - 10am-7pm

Level 2, Suite 2, 46-58 Holt Street, Surry Hills, 02 9698 9907

Cash Only!

Girls Against Boys

The Yen Young Women of the Year Awards were created to acknowledge and support the achievements of women 35 years and under who are doing amazing things across various fields – including business, fashion, sport, music and the community, among others.

The gracious Anna Plunkett from Romance Was Born accepted the award in the fashion category. All incredible in their own right, Therese Rawsthorne and Tina Kalivas were the other nominees.

Over the road on the same night was the GQ Men of the Year awards of which Ben Pollitt of Friedrich Gray was nominated for the breakthrough artist category.

It was suggested by a particularly clever friend of Romance Was Born that the women and men of the awards meet at the end of the night and then it would be just like a prom. We made it happen and were particularly impressed with the staff at the Ivy who let us take over a substantial area of their cloakroom to attend the most surreal (pool) party since 'The Party.'

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Cham Cham a go go

A stellar line up at the Chambord Shine Awards was on display on Wednesday the 19th November with 10 designers selected by French liqueur Chambord to create one of pieces for auction with all proceeds going to the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer charity.

Antipodium, Friedrich Gray and Romance Was Born were in the mix alongside designers including Jessie Hill and winner Carl Kapp.

Chambord spared no expense with Cham Cham martinis and champagne cocktails as well as the most delicious cheesecake we've ever tasted! Fun and charitable we enjoyed the community spirit amongst the 10 designers who all put their own signature spin on the Chambord brief to create their one off dress.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Geoffrey J. Finch wins SOYA Award

Geoffrey J. Finch of Antipodium was named the fashion winner of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards.

The SOYA Awards honour young talent under 30 in the areas of music, photography, film, industrial design and visual arts along with fashion and aim to provide mentors who are leaders in the field. Nominees for fashion this year also included Dion Lee and Reiss Radvanyi.

The very modest Finch was presented with a mentorship from Peter Morrissey, $5000 as well as $5000 worth of travel with Qantas. The voucher would have come in handy as Finch jetted to London the next day to start work on the spring summer collection to be shown at next years Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

This is a double whammy for Little Hero as last year's winner was Ben Pollitt of Friedrich Gray (pictured above with Geoffrey J. Finch).

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

ARIA Apocalypso

A big congratulations to The Presets who've just finished ruling this years ARIAs.
Wearing pieces from their 'Namaste' collection as well as customised pieces, Romance Was Born helped the mighty duo clean up the award ceremony.

Complete with their totally beyond costumes by Romance Was Born, The Presets capped off an already mammoth year scooping up Album of The Year, Best Dance Album, and Group of The Year. To add to the gong, they already have one for Best Producer, Best Cover Art and Best Video.

For those of us who missed it on TV, check out their performance of My People below, complete with Romance Was Born costumes and completely nuts choreography!

Monday, 13 October 2008

Romance On The Corner...

Romance Was Born launched their Spring Summer 2008/09 collection 'Namaste' at The Corner Shop in The Strand on September 25, 2008.

Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales installed their collection which overtook the store for a 10 day residency including 'museum' one off pieces, tribal head pieces and their first season drop now available to buy in store.

The Corner Shop
Level 1, The Strand Arcade 
414 George Street, Sydney

Elbows Out

The Yen Young Woman of the Year awards are now open for voting and the fashion section is sure to be tightly contested.

There are a total of 10 categories for uber-women under 35, covering areas including business, film, music, sport and community vision. The designer finalists include our favourites Therese Rawsthorne and Anna Plunkett of Romance Was Born. 

Winners of each category are then back in the pool to be dubbed overall Woman of the Year.

Vote now!

Linda Revisited

Therese Rawsthorne's summer collection is the first to use a print from the Linda Jackson archives. The Waratah print from 1985 features on tulip skirts, zip-front biker jackets and veiled under sheer cotton on drop-waist dresses. 
"I've loved Linda's work for ages", Rawsthorne said. "I think a lot of people in my age group aren't really familiar with Linda's work. It's good to get those people a bit more in the know". 

While all the initial talks and organisation took place by email and phone, Rawsthorne admits that coming face-to-face with Jackson was a tiny bit daunting. "I didn't meet her until I picked her up from the airport the night before my Fashion Week show. I was quite nervous because she hadn't seen the finished pieces. She was really lovely and seemed very supportive".
Other highlights of Rawsthorne's collection include a hot-pink washed silk gape-fronted dress and laser-cut tiered-sleeve blouses.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Metalicus Stretches Out

Sydney and Melbourne style icons rejoice - Metalicus has just unveiled new stores near you!
Thursday September 18 saw the opening of the latest store to hit Melbourne, Metalicus GPO, and Sydney was in for a treat with the doors swinging open to their new store in Sydney Central Plaza on September 24.

With the warm Spring days now upon us, guests snapped up this season's latest collection.

For supreme comfort and style, head on down to the new Metalicus stores...

Sydney - Shop 19G, Westfield Sydney Central Plaza 450 George St, Sydney

Melbourne - GPO
Mezzanine GPO building, Shop M03 350 Bourke St, Melbourne

Doncaster - Shop 1059 Westfield SC, 619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Perth - Shop T8 Wesley Quarter 1002 Hay Street, Perth - opens November

Hollywood Gang Wars

The Hollywood Hotel was turned upside down recently as Sydney's roughest rockers and finest rappers battled it out at Rae Begley's Rock vs Rap birthday party.
Guests spat rhymes, jammed air guitars, crumped and rocked out in a vicious attempt to show up the opposition.

The night included special appearances by MC Hammer, Lady Sovereign, Snoop Dogg, a few David Bowie's, a trio of rockabillies, and Baz Luhrmann...naturally.

All in all the night was a huge success with the rappin' crew taking home the crowning glory!

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

We Love...Sydney Theatre Company!

Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton have been having a bit of a Spring clean lately at Sydney Theatre Company. They've rearranged the cupboards, thrown stuff out and put some new labels on the jars. They've blown the dust get the picture.
There will be some new things, some reworked things with new names and a clearer purpose.

It looks like a truly exciting season ahead for the crew at Sydney Theatre Company with an awesome line up of plays like Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (with Cate Blanchett and Joel Edgerton), Tom Stoppard's hit 'Travesties', Steven Soderbergh's 'An Untitled Project', and a new program that gives emerging artists, smaller companies and experimental work a platform.

Pictured above, Cate Blanchett wears Romance Was Born in the Sydney Theatre Company program released yesterday.

Spring Sprouts New Talent For Little Hero

While some of us have been busily cleaning out wardrobes to make way for new season threads, the team at Little Hero were busy worker bees adding new designers to their stellar cast...
It's official: the innovative creations of Therese Rawsthorne, Marsu Homme and Chip Chop! are starting a fresh new life in our lively lead-lit church showroom in Surry Hills.

With stints both at Issey Miyake and Oswald Boateng in London, Therese Rawsthorne is dedicated to providing an alternative view point to the prevalent mode for trend-based and retro-centric fashion. With a focus on crafting modern classics that will remain stylish impervious to trends, the classic archetypes of clothing are looked to for inspiration. Known for her edgy and unique street-chic aesthetic, Therese Rawsthorne's latest collection 'Undone' exhibits her signature contemporary designs finished with a natural rawness, originating from washed silks and cottons with unfinished hems and detailing, as well as our pick - Linda Jackson's iconic 'Waratah' print (as pictured).

Chip Chop! is the brainchild of Melbourne-based designer Hannah Chipkin and reflects her colourful, left field perspective on all things big and small. Chip Chop! creates its signature style totes and tees through a balanced mix of thoughtful design, bold prints, clever word play and typography. Latest collections 'Isn't It Iconic?' and capsule collection 'I Heart Art" for Sportsgirl are effortless, fun and stylish essentials this Summer.

With over 10 years experience in hand making shoes, designer Chrissy Hammond has honed her skills working for prestigious designers including Comme des Garcon. The result is Marsu Homme; a collection of footwear for the stylish, well-travelled man (soon to be available for women this Winter) with an appreciation for exceptional quality and design. Marsu Homme's forms are hand-shaped and sculpted to marry comfort and style using the highest quality leathers and an uncompromising approach to production.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Bring earnest back...

As American as apple pie, and as iconic as, well, blue jeans, New York label Earnest Sewn is the premium denim saviour bringing  earnest, uncompromising integrity back and reviving the fading mystique of the craft of jeans-making.

At the forefront of it all is jeans-purist, designer Scott Morrison, whose unprecedented dedication to quality, authenticity and workmanship results in a denim line that's fit and finished to perfection, with a vintage, lived in look and a bespoke, second skin feel.

A traditionalist that opts for classics over trends, Morrison reveals the latest collection of Earnest Sewn jeans due to hit our shores and stores shortly. True believers will be inspired by the women's Decca style, a slim fitting, rockstar denim idol jean.  And for the boys, Fulton - a classic men's bootcut in XX wash is denim that proves to be laidback and cool. The latest range have a clean, rustic simplicity, and an uber-flattering fit, preserving and reinvigorating the all-American staple.

Gone is the assembly-line manufacturing process, only three people handle each pair of jeans during production.  Each pair, slowly and meticulously crafted from a selection of limited edition specialty denim, with hand-finished detail is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. The finished product is then stamped and signed by three craftspeople, along with Morrison himself, as a mark of commitment to the quality of the product. This is the real deal in eco style - denim crafted to stand the test of time.

An A-list cast of celebrity followers attest their devotion to the label including Scarlett Johannsen, Kirsten Dunst, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen and Jake Gyllenhaal all religiously sporting Earnest Sewn jeans.

The Spring Summer range of jeans is available in store from September 2008 from That Store (Paddington (NSW) and Prahran (VIC)) or for additional stockists contact 02 9698 9907.

Max wears Fulton, Madeline wears Decca

Romantic Parlour X

Hoot Hoot! 

Romance Was Born designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett have created a visual installation for Eva Galambos' Parlour X boutique in Paddington that's stopping foot traffic.

Romance Was Born made exclusive Owl bags (that are flying out the door) for the boutique which feature in the window alongside a hand crafted giant patchwork snake (we've got our eye on this one for the showroom; first dibs!).

The commission marks the arrival of new collections into store from labels including Comme Des Garcon, Isabel Marant and Hussein Chalayan.

Head down and see for yourself why these are our national treasures...

Parlour X, 213 Glenmore Road, Paddington NSW 02 9331 0999

Thursday, 26 June 2008

$$$ SALE Time

Little Hero PR and friends present...

The Big x$x$x$x$ Sale

50-90% off retail! Prices start from 20 bucks.

Antipodium, TV, Friedrich Gray, Romance Was Born, Cheap Monday, Earnest Sewn, Metalicus, Splendid, James Cameron, Kate Hurst, Elke jewellery, Gail Sorronda, Mine, Asuza plus extra special surprise designers.

Pleasurable prices on Men's and Women's Winter Samples, Seconds, Old Stock and End of Season pieces from the cream of the crop of new designers.

Level 2, Suite 2
46-58 Holt Street
Surry Hills
02 9698 9907

3 days only
Thursday 3rd July - 4pm-7pm
Friday 4th July - 10am-7pm
Saturday 5th July - 10am-7pm

Come on down and pick yourself up a bargain!

Cash Only!

Tuesday, 27 May 2008


SPOD presents to you, AMINALS! So very good.

What better way to herald the return from a retrospective retirement than with the delivery of 3 sweet tunes unrelated to anything but the relentless & unquestioning platonic love between man and beast.

The product of the desire to release some songs whilst finishing the new album to say hello to friends new and old, without having to worry about what said songs are saying, what they are, where they came from, where SPOD has been and where he’s going.

It exists only to deliver 3 songs on a limited edition vinyl release, being CATS! Which is the celebration of felines via a Moog & Super Nintendo boogie jam, Ladybug which was written & recorded on the fly by SPODs co-founder Peejay straight to 4 track at the inception of the band about the dichotomy of a man ladybug (before a Bugs Life stole that shit) and a cover of the first naughty song SPOD ever heard in the back of a School bus, 2 Live Crews ‘We Want Some Pussy’.

So buy it! And with every 7” you get a docket to download an mp3 or Apple Lossless verision of Aminals! Or if you don’t have a record player, buy one anyway and stop doing it wrong.

Stay tuned for tours as this SPOD is even better live.

Cuprocking Exhibition with Andy Uprock

Wednesday 28th May 2008, 6.30pm
Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne

Andy Uprock hails from Sydney and he's devised a new form of limitlessly creative art called cuprocking. Essentially, this involves sticking thousands of plastic cups in ordinary wire fences to create huge, floating, temporary works of art. He's been doing his thing around Sydney for a while now and has even learnt how to do it in braille, essentially making him the first person to ever do graffiti for the blind. Andy is packing his bags to take on fences all over the world in June. Keep your eyes peeled for this talented and enlightened artist's work...

The Getaway with James Cameron

Friday 2nd May 2008, 9am

Cargo Theatre

It's not that you work for the weeekend it's just that this one is special. It's the getaway you've been waiting for. the letting go of the things that keep you in town.

Built on the idea of escape and the disintegration of formality "The Getaway" is the Spring Summer 08/09 collection from James Cameron. The suits are clean and crisp, as are the club collared shirts but as the time passes the pieces become more and more artisanal. The collar of one shirt has a hand painted trim, shorts are un-hemmed trousers, t shirts are soft, it's time to relax.

James Cameron collections are effortless, natural and understated.

View the show online at:

Antipodium makes Friends in Low Places

Thursday 1st May 2008, 9pm
Cargo Theatre

For ANT!PODiUM's Holiday 08/09 collection RAFW debut, Friends in Low Places, Creative Director Geoffrey J. Finch is cleverly accenting his cult East London aesthetic with references to his rural Queensland roots.

Think London 'It' girls at a B&S ball: a champagne-soaked wonderland where bright young things kick up their heels, losing their inhibitions and probably their shoes. Translated into a witty and eclectic selection of versatile yet distinctive party frocks and chic separates, Friends In Low Places will take the ANT!PODiUM woman from polite 5pm cocktail-sipping through to 5am power ballad dance-offs, and everything in between.

ANT!PODiUM's trademark monochrome palette is punctuated by patchwork, romantic florals and warm, earth tones including blush, cream, Tia Maria, Baileys and a soft pink (titled playfully as 'nipple'). Pearl buttons, industrial nickel zips and a smattering of fringeing accent the collection with aplomb.

Finch and partners Fenella and Ashe Peacock have focussed on texture, playing on ANT!PODiUM's unique cultural duplicity (East London meets rural Australiana) by contrasting luxe fabrics with traditional workwear materials, including a super-soft washed chambray with organza, moleskin with taffeta, luxurious silk with mop cotton knitwear and crisp shirting with a molten jersey.

Confident silhouettes are an ANT!PODiUM signature and for Friends in Low Places they have been created by manipulating menswear, subverting classic party shapes and playfully fusing tailoring with drapery.

View show online at:

Instant Karma for TV

Thursday 1st May 2008, 4pm


TV debuted at RAFW with their Spring Summer 2008-09 collection 'Instant Karma.'

Inspired by the dark and poetic mystery of the Australian landscape, 'Instant Karma' combines elements and ideas that are abstract, complex and refreshingly simple. Exploring the diversity, displacement and the struggle to find equilibrium within the environment. The collection attempts to address the complex relationship between the figure and the landscape.

Produced are pieces that mimic the natural lines and movement of the body while referring to the shapes and textures of the landscape around it. This landscape with its dynamics of line, surface and scale gradually integrate with the garments as the collection unfolds. Combinations of different techniques and fabric textures are used, often in unison to create the terrain set upon a canvas of classic archetypal clothing while 19th century Australian colonial dress inspires the detailing.

TV worked with Melbourne artist Maria Gloria to encorporate hand made 'dream catchers' throughout the collection, also seen back in earrings and neck pieces.

View show online at: