FORTUNES RELEASE UNDRESS EP

The Melbourne-based, NZ-born R&B duo Fortunes. today release their Undress EP. Released via Future Classic, the EP is “characterised by their ability to integrate warmth and intimacy into electronic music as well as spark and vivacity to hip hop” and includes previously shared singles ‘501’s’ and ‘Focus’, along with two new tracks, ‘Linen’ and ‘Hero Man’. Conor McCabe and Barnaby Matthew of Fortunes. say, “We started out in a cold warehouse with a hat rack for a mic stand. Along the way we’ve learned a lot and since purchased a mic stand”. Start listening below before you buy/stream it here:

Along with the release of the EP tracks came accompanying remixes for ‘501’s’ from Salute and Dai Burgerand a tongue-in-cheek video, produced and directed by Nima Nabili Rad. Watch it here.

This is the third EP from the pair who first met at High School in New Zealand and reconnected at a Melbourne house party. After independently releasing their 2015 Hoodie EP and early 2016’s Jacket EP, Fortunes. went on to sign to Future Classic, embark on their debut headline Australian tour, support the likes of Alunageorge, Shlohmo and Lapsley and play at festivals such as Laneway Festival, Splendour In the Grass, BigSound, Paradise Music Festival and more.

Fans of Fortunes. can catch them live across their Undress Tour this May. The tour begins in New Zealand before hitting Sydney, Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast, Perth and Adelaide. See the dates and details below.

The Undress EP will be available on a limited edition 12″ vinyl, with the Undress EP on the A side and the duos much loved 2016 Jacket EP (never before pressed on vinyl) on the B side. Buy it here.

UNDRESS TOUR

4 May – Mono, Christchurch NZ
5 May – Caroline, Wellington NZ
6 May – REC, Auckland NZ
19 May – Banquet @ World Bar, Sydney NSW
20 May – The Gasometer – Melbourne VIC
27 May – Big Pineapple Music Festival  Sunshine Coast QLD
2 June – Jack Rabbit Slims – Perth  WA
3 June – Rocket Bar  Adelaide SA

M S F W # 5

From playful pastel crop tops to abstract floral and pop prints; to cut-out detailing and sculptural pieces made with textured fabrics – perforated neoprene, woven leather and cork – Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Runway Two showcased the latest contemporary spring and summer looks from Australian designers.

Carly Hunter, YB J’AIME, Alice McCall, LIFEwithBIRD, Neo Dia, Kahlo, Manning Cartell, LUI HON and Willow took to the runway, while poet (and one half of the talent behind Flume) Jezzabell Doran recited her beautiful spring-inspired words between shows.

The Love Kevin Murphy team created an incredible underwater look and Mecca Cosmetica complimented with a radiating sheen while making impact with dark lips and bold brows.

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Photos: Lucas Dawson Photography 2014

M S F W # 3

Drama, striking detail and contrasting moods were the essential elements across the  MSFW: Runway One at the Melbourne Town Hall. Romantive collections from Anaessia, AURELIO COSTARELLA, Carla Zampatti, DOM BAGNATO, Gwendolynne, JASONGRECH, Michael Lo Sordo and nicolangela graced the runway as a live orchestra enveloped the space in sonic splendour.

The Love Kevin Murphy team excelled with elegant French fish-tail braid and Mecca Cosmetica showcased a perfectly paired back look in the makeup department, with clean, powerful structure, shimmering touches and some dark liquid lines around the eyes.

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Photos: Lucas Dawson Photography

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

 

S A B A – S S 1 4 / 1 5

SABA has released their new season Spring Summer 14/15 Campaign, which was shot by acclaimed UK photographer Roger Deckker. The campaign was shot on location for the first time. Roger captures the beautiful composition between the harsh industrial backdrop, and sophisticated collection perfectly.

Roger Deckker has also worked closely with an impressive profile of personalities and brands including, Anna Wintour, Oasis, Karen O, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana and British Vogue. It is  an incredible experience for SABA to work with such an internationally respected photographer, and the end result is a stunning and very engaging campaign.

Careful composition of the collection creates a powerful tension between the harsh environment and the natural fibres and clean lines of the garments. Capturing the essence of the new collection’s elongated proportions and amplified volumes, the spring summer campaign sees the label introduce a broader, more directional aesthetic that remains true to the modern simplicity and high quality design of the Saba signature.

Effortless dressing encompasses precise tailoring and luxe athleticism crafted though superior construction using lavish fabrications. Premium textiles and superior fit remain hallmarks of the brand. Timeless lines are augmented with statement colour, textural fringing and metallics, plus innovative construction like rubberised glue seams and laser printed detail.

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B . C . B Y – B L E S S ‘ E D – A R E – T H E – M E E K

This August, Australian label Bless’ed Are The Meek is launching its first basics collection, B.C. by Bless’ed Are The Meek. In stark contrast to the Bless’ed Are The Meek main line, B.C. (an acronym for Basic Collection), embraces the clean lines and minimalist aesthetic that is prevalent in Scandinavian design.

Using the highest quality fabrications – high twist crepe, 80’s count cotton poplin, superfine voile, modal jersey, double faced sateen and the softest lambskin – B.C is about providing wearers with staple pieces that can be mixed seamlessly into their existing wardrobe or simply worn with ease on their own.

Seasonal colour accents anchor each range, with key shapes such as boxy shifts and midi dresses, tailored cropped tops and slouchy shirts evolving with every collection. The designer Tarek Kourhani says, “The concept is not about creating another basics range, but to provide a base collection that can be easily integrated with the Bless’ed Are The Meek main line. There are no jeans or denim jackets, just modern, polished, on-trend shapes that work for everybody, everyday”.

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C A B I N & C O V E

Cabin & Cove are the destination for home and wardrobe staples. Run by partners Daniel and Kristen, the couple are driven by their vision to fuse coastal cool with leather and suede essentials resulting in easy and relaxed pieces.

Affordable luxury and timeless-yet-on-trend clothing and accessories is not a common union, yet Cabin & Cove delivers exactly this. They retail a base range of leather goods with regular fresh injections of new clothing and accessories. Featuring mainly on subtle lamb leather or grainy cow-hide leather, the Cabin & Cove stores offers a selection of skirts, shorts, sandals and clutches to delicate lace bras with every piece signed with a touch of Cabin and Cove cool. Kristen’s penchant for leopard lives through Cabin & Cove, aside from leather staples, the online store offers a selection of key leopard print pieces for a dash of panache.

Available from Cabin & Cove also is an endearing range of shoes and separates for kids, the ever growing ‘Mini’ range features leopard print lace ups and metallic booties. Also catering to the house proud, Cabin & Cove also have a selection of contemporary flourishes for the home, their ‘Home’ range unearths a selection of concrete plant pots and handmade macramé hangers to bring the outside in.

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