Canberra’s FASHFEST 2013

So Canberra has a fashion festival. I have to admit I never thought I’d see the day, but now that it’s arrived, you’ve got to admit it’s a great step forward for the country’s capital, which pretty much has nothing but the consulates of the world and markets it alone as an attraction. Well, that and […]

MBFWA Jamie Ashkar

A background in interior design would by anyone’s standards be enough to throw an interesting and geometrically different slant on a change of career into fashion. For Jamie Ashkar, it did. Influenced by his interior design experience, his gravitational pull toward unconventional construction, fluid lines, clean geometry and prints and textures make for a design […]

Quirkiness in fashion

By Camille Gower. On any given day in Melbourne, amid an urban landscape swarming with conservative sartorial ventures, there darts the occasional splash of eccentric flair which catches the casual observer’s eye. A metallic Baroque-era cape; a top hat; a Devo-esque cone-bra – a Derelicte ensemble that would put Will Ferrell’s Mugatu to shame – […]

Matcho Suba takes us to Chernobyl

In 1986, Eastern Europe and the world stopped. Not for a global economic meltdown, nor for a war necessarily, but for a disaster which immediately claimed the lives of thirty, and continued to claim as many as 9,000 as the years went on. The disaster was that of the explosion of Chernobyl, a nuclear power station […]

How to recycle, upcycle and design your way to $500

Recently I launched a small competition to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a $500 Elwood Jeans voucher to use at their whim at any Elwood store. Yay! I received a batch of emails from some of you mighty fine men and women with what you’ve managed to make your own by way […]

Budding designer: The end result

I visited Melbourne Central today and nearly fainted. Not because I’m a waif and by sticking to my new ‘no food’ diet I am significantly weakened, no, I saw that placed strategically with prime position in Melbourne Central’s newest shopping precinct dubbed The Corner stood on a mannequin, my redesigned, customised, Upcycled Elwood Jeans anorak […]

Budding designer: The Elwood Anorak

I love Elwood. I love it because – for those of you who know me and know how much I love this city – it was founded in Melbourne, is run out of Melbourne and has wicked success in Melbourne. The brand also adds another notch on the Australian fashion scene’s belt of urban music […]

I know nothing of good virtue. The Madam, however…

On one Friday afternoon (24 February 2012), for no particular reason other than the call of haute couture in sweet old Melbourne town, Meagan Harding from Style Farm and I paid a visit to our virtuous Madam in the city. No, she does not divvy out services to the highest-paying gentleman; she is not actually […]