Remember that quasi-rock/electronica hit, “We Don’t Play Guitars”? It was the ‘hit single’ as music pundits say, from Chicks On Speed’s 99 Cents album. That song was the band’s foray into the public’s greater music/fashion/art consciousness because Chicks On Speed are something more than just a band. They’re a link between music, fashion and contemporary art. Their punk-inspired momentum has coerced the founding members, Melissa Logan and Alex Murray-Leslie, into some sort of multi-disciplinary, jack-of-all-creative-trades, experimental ‘being’. Don’t Art, Fashion Music is the band’s latest crossover project, a result of anarchic experimentation between artists, scientists and designers. Scenes taken from the project’s performance, on display earlier this year at the Dundee Contemporary Arts festival, have transpired to the pages of this book where the focus is on DIY “objekt instruments”, like the shoe guitar that simultaneously acts as instrument and fashion. Especially in the hands of a well-known Lady. Whatever art is supposed to be, Chicks On Speed like to challenge.
I have a confession to make, and it's one that will perhaps force a collective gasp from our female readers: I don't own a handbag. In fact, I don't even carry a wallet. I simply put things in my pockets. Keys, phone, cards. Done. I don't understand how women can fawn over an"it" bag, or status bag, or whatever must-have bag fashion has dictated for the season. Flashy hardware and ostentatious logo branding doesn't really suit my style. And what of this nonsense, "what a bag says about you"? I don't want to be psycho-analysed by leather. I'm not out to bag a handbag (pardon the pun), or the luxury goods market for that matter, but a bag it isn't something I feel the need to lust after. Is it?
Posted in Design by Catherine McPhee
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Not long after we put a post online for Coco Pit's debut series of digital print silk scarves, local and luxury savvy retailer Jean Brown picked up the bulk of the range, the first boutique in Australia to do so. This was quickly followed by a collaboration with mass online retailer ASOS as part of the designer HUB series, as well as a pretty impressive list of international stockists. The fashion world cottoned on quite quickly to her work and thankfully a new collection is on its way.
This post turned out to be something entirely different than what I had originally planned. It was my intention to present something new from a young Australian jewellery designer when this fashion/design collaboration was presented to me instead. Serendipity, I think they call it.
Speaking of stories, London label Draw In Light have a background that reads like a fiction novel. Two girls, a 25 year friendship that began literally at birth, and a shared love of fashion. Together they've tread the familiar path faced by emerging designers, like lack of money and lack of space, before being snapped up by some of London's best fashion stores. In less than a year Harry and Polly, best friends and co-conspirators of said label, have gone from graduates to a boutique brand. We had a quick tête-à-tête with the girls.
Beci Orpin, kooky creator of Princess Tina and Tiny Mammoth, brings her folk narratives and nostalgia to another solo exhibition. The Infinite Shape of Rainbows, on show at Lamington Drive, will feature new prints, collages, and painted wooden dolls in that kind of whimsy and dreamscape style we’ve come to expect from a Beci Orpin idea.
Coco Pit put us onto the La Graphic girls, a Danish design studio based in inner city Copenhagen. In a short space of time they have built strong relationships with a number of local high-end brands; there’s not a lot in the Copenhagen art and fashion scene they haven’t touched. Art direction for fashion mags, interior design for boutique furniture and design stores, identity and branding for textile designers. As some might so eloquently put it, they’re a ‘jack of all trades’.
Posted in Design by Canvas Magazine
Thursday, February 4th, 2010
I'll blame it on the fact that I've been gallivanting across New Zealand's countryside for forgetting that Christmas is almost upon us. It's easy to forget to be naughty or nice when you're surrounded by breathtaking scenery (and no department stores). However, upon our return to Brisbane I received the most wonderful gift in the mail.
Posted in Design by Canvas Magazine
Friday, December 11th, 2009