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Ho hum. While there were rumours of some sort of shopping frenzy yesterday (I politely abstained), it can be tricky to work up enthusiasm about fashion during this mid-season slump. My solution is to seek out a palate cleanser of new design by emerging designers. Below is a round-up of budding local

Witchery & Madison collaboration

Sports luxe inspired scuba dress.

Extending past their OCRF White Shirt Campaign partnership, fashion label Witchery and Madison magazine are collaborating once again; this time on a capsule collection. The magazine’s editorial team designed the seven piece collection right alongside the high street label’s designers. The collection is cleverly focused on trends, a mix and match ethos

Metal Couture opens

Self professed ‘manipulator of precious metals’ William Llewellyn Griffiths has opened an intimate boutique within the Royal Arcade. This regal link suits the jeweller’s style which leans towards drawing inspiration from seafarer’s tattoos, the baroque era and the gothic. I particularly adore Metal Couture’s cocktail rings sculpted into bejewelled cathedrals to palatially adorn

Fashion Illustrator Kerrie Hess for Myer

The resumé of Melbourne-born, Parisian-based fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess boasts a dream client list including Kate Spade, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Net-A-Porter and Vogue magazine. Kerrie’s latest project is closer to home as she has drawn designs for a trio of tote bags for department store Myer. The bags will raise funds

Tonic House Rooftop opens

Primarily a rooftop private event and pop-up space, Tonic House launched with the carnivalesque atmosphere so suited to its events-making caretakers The Greatest Show on Earth. The building itself used to be a Victorian-era wine store named A.B Tonic thus the new name. Usually my favourite caterers/party-throwers Bright Young Things will

House of Baulch x Gorman

Following on from Lisa Gorman’s recent collaboration with artist Rhy Lee, comes a new collaboration with Melbourne jewellery label House of Baulch. You may have already spied some of the pieces adorning models’ outfits on the runway during Gorman’s recent showcase at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week? I think House of Baulch

Vince Camuto opens in Australia

New York shoe label Vince Camuto unveiled their first Australian store last night. For those unfamiliar, the store’s namesake founded Nine West back in the 70’s (Vince obviously knows shoes are the way to beautiful a woman’s heart; he’s married to a former Miss Sweden). This new glossy white space

Designer Call-out: Spirit of the Black Dress 2013

As part of L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2013, the red carpet gala, runway show, fashion film screening and public photographic exhibition that is The Spirit of the Black Dress returns. They are now on the hunt for just ten designers or labels to be selected for the sophisticated showcase and

I’m a cinemagraph

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making a cinemagraph. It’s a fancy word for a more-artful-than-usual moving .gif image popularised in recent times by artist Kevin Burg and photographer Jamie Beck out of New York Fashion Week. I never thought I’d be in one first! Courtesy my recent

Gorman x Rhys Lee

Ahead of Gorman‘s appearance on the MSFW catwalk this evening I made  flying visit to the launch of the label’s collaboration with sculptor and painter Rhys Lee. Designer Lisa Gorman said that she and the artist had discussed working together for many years (having been good friends for “over a