Friday, 17 April 2009

Cheap Monday Customised Tour Rolls into town

Fresh off the back of an international tour which saw Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, London and New York, Cheap Monday's Customised Denim Tour landed in Sydney this week offering scores of Swedes, outsider swamp rock tunes from The Nevada Strange, an installation of 50 numbered and customised pairs of jeans and Cheap Monday fashion, and more than a few rounds of complimentary drinks from Absolut, Lovells Lager and Santa Vittoria.

Still favouring a hand-crafted touch, the customised jeans, individually numbered 301-350 are regulation Cheap Mondays that have been patched, punctured, washed and sewn by hand to within an inch of recognition by the Cheap Monday designers in Sweden.

The label now synonymous with offbeat Swedish style, skin-tight denim, and an audacious approach to price, Cheap Monday has forged a legacy of accessible, on-trend, off-kilter designs that are super cheap.

In keeping with this trend, the Australian release of the 50 pairs of jeans are marked to sell for $90 - the same price as their less-distressed counterparts, and will be available to buy from That Store in Paddington and Chapel St. from Saturday April 18.

That Store Paddington: 128 Oxford St, Paddington NSW, 02 9331 7209
That Store Chapel St: 328 Chapel St, Prahran VIC, 03 9510 3633

Friday, 10 April 2009

Romance Win Over Woolmark

Gleeful smiles were on the faces of the eagerly awaiting audience as the winner 'Romance Was Born' was announced at the prestigious Designer Award 2009 presented by Woolmark and supported by Vogue at the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival on March 17.

Designers Anna Plunkett and Lukes Sales of Romance Was Born were selected from a stellar line up of finalists which included Therese Rawsthorne and Antipodium from the Little Hero stable and also the talented Konstantina Mittas, Ellery and Gary Bigeni. Designers showed collections with a wool slant to demonstrate their innovative use of the fibre and proved that there is some exciting new talent on Australian shores paving the way for our future.

Romance Was Born received a standing ovation for their Autumn Winter 'Yeti Magic' collection from industry members, designers including Akira Isogawa and one very proud mother of designer Luke Sales. Their collection showed their bold craftmanship that is truly innovative and was a definite stand out of the show.

Anna Plunkett says, "We're really excited that our work translates - we are bold and innovative in the way we design so it's good to know people can appreciate it." Luke Sales comments on the timeliness of their win, "The award couldn't have come at a better time for us. We love wool and have always used it since graduating but now is our time to fully explore it. We're really excited."

Last year's winner Ben Pollitt of Friedrich Gray was one of the judges for the award this year and was at the show offering support for his peers; he pointed out the outstanding calibre of the finalists, 'It's so great to see so much new talent, it was really difficult to make our selection on the winner, Romance Was Born's collection was incredibly strong and bold - they can stand up on an international stage, their show would have been equally impressive in New York, Paris or Milan.'

The Designer Award is the 'jewel of the crown' at LMFF according to Festival Director, Karen Webster which she says is a stand out event followed closely by the Government House Opening Party where both Friedrich Gray and Romance Was Born were presented as 'The Future' alongside Dion Lee in a presentation covering a century of international fashion. 'The future' of Australian fashion is bright indeed, so while some may fade away there is a new breed of talent bursting through to shine, from the buzz of online blogging to prestigious awards like the Woolmark Designer Award it's becoming clearer that consumers and industry are ready for change with designers who make strong statements. As the motto of LMFF stated 'Ban the bland.' Bring it on we say!

View the Designer Award show online at -

Du Levande (You, the Living)

It's full tilt lock down preparation time for fashion week at Little Hero but it's also an inspired time of the year seeing collections and concepts come together.

I tend to watch a lot of films when I've got a lot of work on to relieve the mind from purely fashion related thoughts.

This week I watched Roy Andersson's film Du Levande (You, the Living); a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved.

Every frame is incredible.