Inner Garden Exhibition opens

Inner Garden is now open at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) Visitor Centre Gallery until March 25th, 2012, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, Canberra,  ACT.  Opening times are 9:30 to 4:30 daily.

Thanks to the wonder of the internet, we are attempting to bring the exhibition to you, via sound, images and catalogue.  If you have any questions or comments, please leave a message below, we’d love to hear from you. Continue reading Inner Garden Exhibition opens


Sign a petition to support gay marriage

The Labor Party’s National Conference is under a month away and now is the opportunity to support same-sex marriage by signing an online petition to the Prime Minister.  Please click here to open a new window to the GetUp Action for Australia site to learn more and let your voice be heard.

Inspirational Books

Eco Fashion

Eco Fashion looks at different approaches to ethical and ecologically friendly fashion through individual designer labels.  From partnering with indigenous communities, using sustainable or recycled materials, slow fashion to waste-free construction and pattern-making methods, this interesting book describes each designer’s practice accompanied with lots of beautiful photographs.  The book is written by Sass Brown, a full time professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Rei Kawakubo: Refusing Fashion
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Art of Fashion Spring 2012 Lookbook

This third and last lookbook for Spring fashion week focuses on Paris, including the latest looks from art/design icons Vivienne  Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons.  Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga presents a new look in pieced fabric designs, and Dries Van Noten shows clever collaged prints.  Interesting silhouettes are featured at Gareth Pugh and Rick Owens; beautiful colour combinations at Haider Ackermann and Issey Miyake; fresh looks at Kenzo, (Hussein) Chalyan and Vionnet; and softly hued organic designs from (Gabrielle) Greiss.

Viktor & Rolf show a stunning collection of vividly coloured oversized applique, lace and hand stitching.  Missed from the last two Lookbooks, from London, Christopher De Vos and Peter Pilotto of  Peter Pilotto present an outstanding collection of tropical prints and clever designs; and Donna Karan from New York shows prints inspired by the work of the Haitian artist Philippe Dodard.

Art of Fashion Spring 2012 Lookbook

Indie Lookbook Spring 2012 Fashion Week

This is the 2nd in a series of three Lookbooks I’ve put together from Spring Fashion Week 2012, thanks to  Inspired by Peppermint and Frankie magazines, this Lookbook includes new and established designers that are quirky and sometimes eco minded and includes recycled, upcyled and limited edition collections.

Indie Lookbook includes: Chicago based label Creatures of the Wind by Shane Gabier and Chris Peters; Nigerian-born, London-based designer Daro Olowu; Tara Subkoff, an American actress and designer who shows upcycled vintage for Imitation of Christ; Parisian based, American designers Ally Hilfiger and Nary Manivong from NAHM; Brazillian designer Pedro Lourenço; and New York designer Gary Graham.

Although more major label than Indie, Milan label Marni shows bold wallpaper style prints.

Christopher Raeburn’s collection is a surprising combination of street wear, hiking/adventure wear and high fashion.  He upcycles and uses recycled fabrics and combines technology with fashion.  His multimedia presentation at the Museum of London is described here with a view of the installation.

Indie Lookbook Spring 2012 Fashion Week