M S F W # 2

Renowned for their spot-on spring racing style, David Jones ambassador Emma Freedman and Caulfield Social Ambassador Scherri-Lee Biggs, led a showcase of this season’s biggest trackside trends at the David Jones Spring Racing Runway at the MSFW: Hub.

Striking pinks, whimsical purples and chic black and white proved to be key trends for the coming season. Boys shone in tartan and varying shades of black, blue and navy.

Hair up styles from Love Kevin Murphy complimented feature fascinators and fresh make-up with feature lips from Mecca Maxima completed the look.

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Photos: Lucas Dawson Photography 2014

M S F W # 1

On Friday night the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week launched the extraordinary 2014 program with the MSFW: Opening Night Shop-Hop. This one-night-only shopping event invited Melburnians to embrace the thriving retail stores that make our city Australia’s fashion capital.

Little Bourke was transformed in to an urban runway, exciting events and live entertainment was enjoyed across the city and shoppers made the most of the exclusive offers as MSFW: Opening Night Shop-Hop, while major partner and newly launched Emporium Melbourne came alive.

 

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Photos: Kristian Dowling 2014

 

C L U E – T O – K A L O


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Melbourne-based musician, Clue to Kalo has released his first track, Burning Arrow from his upcoming album, The Motives Records. We’re thrilled to be able to support independent artists like Clue to Kalo by featuring his debut single, Burning Arrow.

 


The upcoming album The Motives Records, will be released digitally towards the end of this month, on September 23. Burning Arrow gives listeners a taste of what’s to come from the album. The track is nothing short of catchy beats, mellow synths and smooth lyrics.

 

Prior to Burning Arrow, Clue to Kalo has been signed with LA’s Mush Records in 2003 as well as in Australia and internationally with The Leaf Label, & Records, Popfrenzy and Spunk. Clue to Kale has also had the privilege of touring the US, Canada and Japan, playing shows with Four Tet, Caribou, and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. With a world of experience already under his belt there is no doubt that, The Motives Records will be another sell-out for Clue to Kalo, as he embarks into his career as a newly independent artist.

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S A L T

“You shouldn’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat”

This is the SALT attitude, and for a beach bum like me, I think it’s a pretty spot on way of thinking.

SALT  believes in loving and nourishing your skin and body. Their products feed your skin with vitamins and minerals straight from Mother Earth, so you know you’re doing yourself a favour.

Here is a list of the nasty ingredients you will NOT see in any SALT products:

Fragrances
this is a broad term to cover hundreds of synthetic compounds and chemicals used to enhance or mask the smell of a beauty product. Many of these have been found to be Neurotoxins. Phthalates are one of the types chemicals used, this has been connected with hormone and fertility issues. Many people are allergic to fragrances causing allergies, skin irritation and immune system damage.

Mineral Oils
Mineral oils are derived from petroleum, this is fossilised fuel used to also make crude oil for petrol, plastics and other synthetic products. It is often used in skincare products as a preservative due to its affordability. Mineral oils can block the pores in the skin, this inhibits the skin to ‘breathe’, interfering with the ability to eliminate toxins and blocking sweat and oil glands. Due to this it is a major contributor to acne and uneven skin tone.

Alcohol
Ethanol can strip the skin of natural oils, this drys the skin out leaving the dermal barrier susceptible to absorb other chemicals from the environment such as pollution. By drying out the skin this also contributes to premature ageing.

Parabens
Avoid any ingredient with this word eg. methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben. Research as shown it is associated with Oestrogen imbalances and other hormonal issues such as skin problems, it also is now shown to be linked with cancers.

Artificial Colours
Are toxic to the skin and can cause allergic reactions and rashes. Your skin will absorb these chemicals, which can then make their way into the blood stream and may cause hormonal disruption and other health issues.

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P I N K – L O U L O U

With only two days into Spring, would it be wrong for us to start thinking about Summer already? The Pink LouLou collection rightfully titled Australian Summer, will be releasing in October and has us already excited for the hot summer months.

Designer, Skye Campbell, draws inspiration from the thoughts, moments and feelings of a wonderfully long Australian summer. Imagine tropical fruits, sea shells, and the emotions evoked from sand sinking in between your toes on a hot summers day (yes please!). Pink LouLou is a brand celebrating memorable keepsakes, with a little bit of Australiana to suit everyone.
Love where you are from and where you have been. – Designer, Skye Campbell.
Check out some of the gorgeous pieces from the Australian Summer collection and be transported to a summers day filled with coconut scents and salty seas.

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Photographer: Pierre Toussaint
Model: Stephanie Cherry
Stylist: Nadene Duncan

S M I R N O F F – S N O W – D O M E @ T H R E D B O

With the 2014 winter snow season well and truly underway in Thredbo, the Smirnoff Snow Dome is about to turn up the volume with three epic FREE parties hosted across August and September. Bringing the hottest tunes and artists to Australia’s very own winter wonderland, the Snow Dome will serve up Smirnoff’s best cocktails as it hosts three parties of the year on the slopes of Thredbo.

Throughout the remainder of the 2014 snow season, party-goers will be treated to free performances by some of Australia’s most successful music talent including Touch Sensitive, Sosueme DJs, Yacht Club DJs, Yahtzel, Alison Wonderland and Danny Clayton. Each act brings a unique, sound leaving party-goers dancing up a storm.

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WHAT: Free party feat. Touch Sensitive and Sosueme DJs featuring Danny Clayton

WHEN: Saturday 9th August, 5pm till late

WHO: Touch Sensitive and Sosueme DJ’s featuring Danny Clayton

WHERE: Smirnoff Snow Dome @ Thredbo (Thredbo Tennis Courts, next to Valley Terminal)

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WHAT: Free party feat. Yacht Club DJs and Yahtzel

WHEN: Saturday 23rd August, 5pm till late

WHO: Yacht Club DJs and Yahtzel

WHERE: Smirnoff Snow Dome @ Thredbo (Thredbo Tennis Courts, next to Valley Terminal)

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WHAT: Free party feat Alison Wonderland and Young Franco

WHEN: Saturday 13th September, 5pm till late

WHO: Alison Wonderland and Young Franco

WHERE: Smirnoff Snow Dome @ Thredbo (Thredbo Tennis Courts, next to Valley Terminal)

 

Thredbo’s biggest party nights will be presented in a giant snow dome structure and each event will transport partygoers to a fantastical world, complete with astonishing audio visual production to create an epic party environment! Simply add some best mates, a few days on the slopes of Thredbo and some killer dance moves for the perfect winter escape.

K A Y L E N E – M I L N E R – T H E – C A R M E N

 Kaylene Milner has collaborated with Carmen Hamilton from The Chronicles of Her to launch a made-to-order cable knit dress aptly named “The Carmen”.

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Originally a one-off, Kaylene decided to invest in her own knitting machine to satisfy the demand from Carmen’s blog post which first featured the dress in orange. The overwhelming response of the collaboration has Kaylene placing her sights on knitwear, steering her eponymous label into an ethical made-to-order knitwear direction. All I’ve Heard had a chat with Kaylene Milner, about the change in direction for her label.

1. The Carmen is no doubt a work of knitted art, where did you draw influence for this beautiful garment?

The original garment was part of my graduation range, which was inspired overgrown textures in nature. I wanted the cables to be part traditional cabling/part wild vines mapping the contours of the body.
2. Originally a one-off piece, what made you decide to invest your knitting talents and your label into an ethical made-to-order direction?
After Carmen from Chronicles of Her posted photos of herself wearing the dress, I was flooded with emails from people asking how they could buy the dress. I set to work trying to find a knitwear manufacturer who could replicate the dress, however I was unable to find one who could faithfully replicate the dress without compromising design details. So rather than admitting defeat, I purchased a domestic knitting machine, and taught myself how to operate the intimidating piece of machinery. Originally I had not foreseen it would result in such an ethical way of producing. The fact that there is no wastage sits well with me, and I only make as many dresses as I have orders.
3. Has knitwear always been a key trend throughout the labels existence? 
I have included knitwear in each collection I have produced so far. I still have so much to learn, which I intend to explore through each subsequent collection.
4. Through the introduction of this slow-fashion line what do you hope to create for your customers?
I hope to create a “slow fashion” garment that my customers can cherish for a long time. I also really enjoy engaging directly with customers, and hearing which aspects of the garment they would like altered to suit their needs. It’s not something that customers can generally experience in this age of fast fashion.
5. With this change of direction to the label, do you think you will be able gain a wider clientele?
I’m not sure if it will be a wider clientele, or a more focused clientele, who appreciate the time and effort which goes into each piece. I guess only time will tell.
6. Your garments are made to be cherished and worn year after year; do you think for that matter they will be more appealing to your buyers as one-off pieces? 
The customers who engage with me are aware that this is a dress that I make myself, and that they will have to wait a few weeks before receiving it (unlike instant gratification purchases from Zara etc). It’s proving to be quite a timeless design though, so I think it’s worth the wait.
7. You are currently taking orders for made-to-order pieces, how has the demand been so far?
Let’s just say I’ve been able to keep up with the demand so far, but only just!
The made-to-order piece can now be purchased exclusively online at: www.kaylenemilner.com