It’s one thing being fit and training regularly, it’s another thing looking great whilst doing it. Below are my favourite sportswear labels, which not only look great, but are comfortable enough to work out in.
L’urv is a boutique women’s sportswear label that caters for the unique and active individual. Function and fashion co-exist creating a performance label that is like no other. Their collections are inspired by nature and colour.
L’urv is for vitality, creativity and positive living. With limited addition designs and contemporary colours, L’urv’s womens sportswear will ensure you standout in the gym and on the street. Both stylish and comfortable, L’urv’s sportswear extends beyond dance, yoga and fitness to your everyday wardrobe. With directional silhouettes, unique detailing and modern styling, L’urv’s sportswear allows you to workout without losing your cool.
The Upside create yoga and active wear that reflects the changing values and needs of modern day society. Their functional collection looks great both in and out of the studio.
The Upside design clothes that empower the individual to move freely throughout the lives they create. The Upside is an approach to dressing that includes contemporary eco-friendly styles with a strong emphasis on health and spiritual pursuit.
Introducing Tincture. The hottest thing to come out of Brisbane, since international supermodel Catherine McNeil, this 23 year-old musician and producer who’s real name is Luke Dalton, has mastered the craft of electronic production. His forthcoming EP Tryst combines lush synths and sharp percussion’s. Making use of his electronic craft, Tincture creates a series of smooth-garage inflected remixes and bootlegs which have quickly garnered positive responses from both local and international critics.
In particular this forthcoming EP Tryst, focuses on the addition of live vocals and wider instrumentation pushing Tincture‘s sound in a refreshing new direction.
“A compilation of noisy synths and skittering percussion complement breathy, reverb laden vocals hooks; a knowing nod in the direction of both nineties era dream-pop and the new wave of genre-blurring bedroom producers emerging from around the globe.” Triple J Unearthed.
The product of two Sydney sisters, Serpent & the Swan is a label inspired by a shared childhood love of the animal kingdom and a dark and morbid fascination with the anatomy of creatures and their mystical incarnations. The label has just launched their custimisable basics range, Sculpt It. The collection pays special attention to cuts lines and shapes, making it subtle yet visually striking.
The Sculpt It collection is a unisex basics range made with premium fabrics to compliment each garment. The collection focouses on giving consumers the ability to create a unique garment with the Serpent & the Swan’s hallmark trimmings. Their organic bamboo jersey t-shirts, washed linen shirts and 100% wool knitted sweaters cardigans and scarves are customisable with unique buttons, toggles, leather pockets and trimmings, horses, wolves skulls, bones, chains and zips. This hallmark of the Serpent & the Swan collection adds to the unique aesthetic of each garment.
Step 1: Select from Serpent & the Swan’s range of high-quality unisex basics.
Step 2: Select from a variety of handmade trimmings to adorn the garment with.
Step 3: One the creation has been purchased, Serpent & the Swan will sculpt the order to your specifications and mail it out.
Sculpt It is available online now at www.serpentandtheswan.com
All Messed Up is the most recent track from electro-disco-pop duo Tales in Space. The Sydney pair were also behind the 2013 award-winning high Shades. Their hallmark sound of montage samples and loops coupled with traditional drums and guitars, is once again prominent throughout their recent creation.
The electro pop single is catchy and fresh, making use of the duo’s talent in power ballads anthems. The melody in All Messed Up is an upbeat interpretation of modern day electro-pop-rock, and is what we’ve come to expect of Tales in Space.
To celebrate the release of All Messed Up, the Sydney boys will hit the road for a national tour in March, including shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and regional areas.
TALES IN SPACE TOUR DATES
FRI 7 MAR | Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane QLD
SAT 8 MAR | Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast QLD
SUN 9 MAR | The Brewery, Byron Bay NSW
FRI 14 MAR | Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne VIC
SAT 15 MAR | Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC
THU 27 MAR | Brass Monkey, Cronulla VIC
SAT 29 MAR | Beresford, Sydney NSW
SUN 30 MAR | Small Ballroom, Newcastle VIC
The latest AW 2014 collection by Bless’ed Are The Meek is a collaboration of all things divine by Sophie “Hirschy” Hirschfelder. See the collection for yourself and read my interview below!
1. What are three elements prominent throughout this AW2014 collection?
BUTTER SOFT LEATHER / MONOTONE PALETTE / TEXTURED KNITWEAR
2. What sets this collection apart from your other AW campaigns?
THE GRAPHIC MINIMAL DESIGN LINES
3. What do you think will be a stand out trend this winter?
CHUNKY KNITWEAR & BORROWED FROM THE BOYS TAILORING
4. What did Sophie “Hirschy” Hirschfelder bring to this collection?
AN INTERNATIONAL ANDROGYNOUS EDGE
5. What are some garments that are purely influenced by her?
THE BLACK AND WHITE MOTO INSPIRED LEATHERS
6. As a brand how do you stay definitive and individual throughout each of your collections?
WE START WITH A THEME OR CONCEPT OFTEN INSPIRED BY ART OR NATURE AND WORK THAT THROUGH EACH COLLECTION
7. When creating a new collection to you tend to push boundaries and a take a chance with your styles?
IT’S A CONSTANT BATTLE! WE ARE ALWAYS PUSHING FOR NEW AND GETTING IN TROUBLE WHEN STYLES DON’T SELL…….ITS A MATTER OF GETTING THE BALANCE BETWEEN EDGINESS AND COMMERCIALITY
8. What is the most exciting thing about releasing a new collection to the public?
ITS EXCITING SEEING THE MEDIA RESPOND IN A POSITIVE WAY AND BLOGGERS COMING ON BOARD TO USE THE GARMENTS IN THEIR POSTS AND OF COURSE SEEING PEOPLE OUT WEARING BLESSED IS ALWAYS A GREAT FEELING
9. Do you think this AW2014 collection is similar to other Blesse’d Are The Meek collections?
THERE IS AWLAYS A BLESSED HANDWRITING RUNNING THROUGH EACH COLLECTION, GRAPHIC ELEMENTS, PLAYS ON TEXTURE AND INTRICATE STATEMENT PIECES
10. Who would you love to have wearing this collection?
New Zealand trio Yumi Zouma are the newcomers conjuring up cool, dream-pop landscapes of their own. They seamlessly blend dream-pop and electronic flourish. Their self titled four song EP is reminiscent of long summer months and endless coastline drives. Each track on this EP is beautifully mastered, with soft disco layering’s upon mellow lyrics and sweet synths. Below is a track by track explanation by the trio themselves, courtesy of The Line of Best Fit.
“A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers”
CHARLIE: This was the first song that we ever wrote together. It was a pleasure to create, but we never thought we would do anything with it. We finished it at about 1am in New Zealand, and after Kim had fallen asleep, I stayed up and sent a copy of it to Jeff at Cascine. Josh didn’t know that I would show the track to anyone else, so it was a bit of a surprise for him the next day when I told him that one of our most-loved labels were interested in working with us.
KIM: Charlie took a risk and sent this song through to a few people at his favourite music labels and blogs, and it happened to pay off. So to me this song might be about giving things a shot regardless of how impossible they seem, whether in music, love or life…
JOSH: This was the first thing I wrote in a room I had in this huge old factory in Greenpoint. It was the middle of winter and quite lonely as the main occupants were artists and graphic designers who left by 7pm. It all sort of fell into place. The diminished chord in the post chorus was due to my chubby fingers and a few too many glasses of sav. I sent the session to Charlie and woke up to it finished. I remember sort of laughing at how insane the hooks were. I also thought it was Charlie singing pitch shifted at first!
“Sålka Gets Her Hopes Up”
CHARLIE: This track started off with the refrain – “I’ll always give it to you honest, i’ll always try to solve your every problem”.
JOSH: I started this in a far different manner to how it ended up. I was more chill and kind of boring. Charlie and Kim made it way more sassy. I melted when I heard the line “I’ll always give it to you honest, i’ll always try to solve your every problem”. I love the sentiment of having someone who is honest in that raw way that comes from a place of true love for someone.
KIM: As the name suggests, this song is about a young Danish girl crushing on a boy.
CHARLIE: The Brae is where the place where we spent most of our time together before moving to separate parts of the world. It’s my street, where I grew up. The street and most of the surrounding area was destroyed in the earthquake of February 2011.
KIM: For me this song is about no matter what life throws at you, your attitude and response can influence your own destiny… this is reflected in the line: “Go read it in tea leaves, lady splattered on a pressed shirt….”. If a cup of tea is poured all over you, you can complain about it ruining your shirt or lick it off.
JOSH: The Brae was really a base for us all. It was an amazing house which I miss dearly. The song was started in not such a nice setting, in a big old loft in Bushwick. I wrote some of the lyrics which I was kind of channeling the desire to get out of my own head and check myself.
CHARLIE: Riquelme started off as a stripped back piano track with Kim’s vocals recorded on top from a phone voice recording. The rest of the track came together piece by piece as we sent ideas back and forth over email.
KIM: Riquelme is a song that, I think, illustrates the complexities and fluidity of human relationships – just because they evolve doesn’t mean we have to fear the changes. I like to think the song challenges social definitions surrounding relationships.
JOSH: This is a Charlie monster! I love the side chaining and how it all melts together.
And one extra for luck…How do you know when you’ve finished a song?
CHARLIE: Usually when Josh isn’t angry about it anymore…
KIM: The best thing about emailing files back and forward is that we all take turns at hearing the track from a fresh perspective. We are really good at critiquing each others work, (and we are all slowly getting better at taking them!) when we are all happy it usually means the song is close to being finished. Then we send it to our friends at Cascine. Some songs don’t make it past these preliminary stages.
Bells, Bells, Bells
Hear the bells at St Michael’s Uniting Church, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Federation Bells chime in unison to signal the start and finale of White Night. Make a visit to the NGV International where you can see the Melbourne Now exhibition, listen to the music outdoors, or get the kids busy with some family-friendly activities. On your way out, don’t miss the Tattooed City projections on the walls of the NGV. Alternatively, if you want to start big, head straight to Client Liaison at the Northern Lights Music Stage and boogie to some synth-pop-meets-swing.
The skies will be starting to darken enough for the Wonderland precinct to start lighting up properly. See as your usual commute route and its office buildings are transformed into a moving mass of light and colour by The Electric Canvas. Head towards RMIT to check out Purple Rain and be absorbed in the amazing visual and sound installation.
Molecular Kaleidoscope – Virus One Billion Times
Biomedical animator Drew Berry has blown up images of human virus cells a billion times and animated the cells into a giant 360-degree projection that will be projected on to the State Library’s dome. Herpes, HIV, papilloma, polio, small pox and the flu are never nice things to think about, but you’ll be amazed at how fascinating and even beautiful these nasty diseases can be when shifted from a medical narrative to an artistic one. If all that microbiology makes you hungry, Taco Truck, Beatbox Kitchen and more food trucks will be waiting in the Wonderland precinct.
Get Creeped out at the Cabinet of Curiosities
Among the spectacles in this over-18s-only venue at the Forum Theatre will be Lisa Roat’s Monkey Heart featuring footage from her own heart surgery and gnarly videos of artist Stelarc’s body suspension acts and videos of surgeries he’s done to his own body.
City of Lights
Check out the Crepuscular Beam by Paul Collison and Russell Goldsmith. Not unlike Hobart’s tower of light by Ryoji Ikeda switched on as part of Dark MoFo last year, visitors will be able to walk through the lights at Alexandra Gardens and the light will be visible for miles out of the CBD. Also check out The Vortex – a portal of light on the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge guiding your way to south of the river.
Boogie down at I Could Have Danced All Night
Featuring 12 different styles of dance from Bollywood to West African, midnight is all about go-go as dancers from Anna’s Go-Go Academy bust a move on stage and take you through each shimmy and groove.
After that you surely will have worked up an appetite for a midnight snack. There are plenty of eateries that will be staying open (subject to demand on the night), including Chin Chin, Nieuw Amsterdam, Shebeen, The Toff, Supper Inn and plenty more; along with scattered mobile food vendors like White Guy Cooks Thai, Smoking Barry BBQ, Hoy Pinoy and Yogurddiction.
Jazz sounds best after midnight. Boasting some of the best jazz musicians in the country (Eugene Ball, for starters), The Hoodangers bring a bit of everything from turn-of-the-century New Orleans jazz to pop, but always with a vibrant energy. They’ll be taking the J + R&B Music Stage at Bourke Street Mall from 1am.
Spend a good hour or two at ACMI. Entry is free to the ongoing exhibitions as well as the ones held for White Night. Get euphoric at the Vladmaster Viewmaster Experience. Everyone in the audience will be handed a ViewMaster viewer and a set of disks. Participants will then be guided through the simultaneous experience with narration, sound effects and cues to change images. After that, sidle over to Title: Sequence, a compiled program of some of the most epic and inventive opening title sequences in film ever produced.
Wander around the bucolic surrounds of the Queen Victoria Gardens and discover Arcadian Reverie, a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring works from a mix of local and international artists inspired by the pleasure gardens of the 18th century. Take your time with it – there are hidden artworks between flowerbeds and behind trees to find.
Next, check out the FashGif projections nearby at Rainbow Alley where Greta Larkins’ runway gifs will be taken off Tumblr and onto to the streets. Then make your way down to Young Prayer, an installation that will involve an electric guitar repeatedly lifted and dropped in a bizarre representation of punk and rock’n’roll culture at St Michael’s Uniting Church. We suspect there won’t be much left of the guitar by 4am, but it’ll still be worth seeing.
See authors at work as they reach the last few chapters of The Book Of The Night. Writers will have their progress projected on a screen as they write. At 5am, it will be blogger and online editor of Writers Bloc, Sam van Zweden’s turn.
Fraser A Gorman & Big Harvest is the last act on the bill at the Northern Lights Music Stage, so you know there’s going to be big energy. Walk back along towards the Yarra as the sun rises at about 6.30am, or head towards the Princes Bridge where the illuminated White Night letters will have transformed from monochrome to a full burst of colour.
You made it. As the bells chime for the last time you’re probably feeling a satisfying sense of camaraderie with the sleepy-looking people standing around you. Time to head back and get some sleep (and tell all your friends who stayed home what they missed).
(These words are courtesy of Broadsheet Melbourne and I do not claim them in anyway)
The latest collection from Cameo the Label speaks for itself. Combining feminine florals and cool mints, the range is nothing short of what we’ve come accustomed to expect from the Australian designers.
Combining real instruments with computerized technology, Oliver Tank is a curator of heartfelt, vivid soundscapes that are delicate and have a way of melting into your soul. Only just yesterday, Tank played to a devoted crowd at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel. Supported by the likes of Oscar Key Sung and Bree Tranter, the night was filled with electronica infused sounds and edgy peaks and troughs.
Tank’s crisp vocal musings are enthralling. His minimal take on dreamscapes is beautifully defined by his latest Slow Motion Music EP. Different Speed is the collaboration of both Oliver Tank and Ta-Ku, and is one of the more popular tracks of the Slow Motion EP. This track is currently running loops on my playlist, as I cannot get enough of it. It’s simple and eerie yet the lyrics are ever so inviting and beautiful. Have a listen for yourself and tell me that those heartfelt beats don’t keep you hooked.
Here’s a little number to get you all warm and fuzzy inside for Valentines Day. An oldie but a goodies, this track by Sampha and Jessie Ware will surely set your heart strings a flutter. Whether you share it with a special someone or on your own, Happy Valentines Day lovelies!!