'We close out the year turning from simulations. We run towards what is real; run towards that which we find in solitude' by Mariela Summerhays and Claire Hart.
We crave for the satisfaction of hand moving yarn across, in and around itself; before we wish for elbow driving forward circular saw and the confirmation of progress by sawdust in the air. Driven by this dormant urge, there are those like furniture designer Livio Tobler and Ted O'Donnell, garment designer Xizhu Wu, Nathaniel Youkhana, and Daisy Barrow Piper, who are reclaiming the old way of craftsmanship, and finding pleasure in the act of slow and meditative methods of creating art.
To wear something new and style it to your personality is one thing - to wear something with a personality and reclaim it as your own is a trend to endure for the ages. Bianca Farmakis considers the role of a rapidly expanding secondhand market in the creation of personal style.
Sophie Donaldson goes behind the scenes with the creative team of the new Australian musical comedy, Seriously Red.
Despite its landmark status once being described as ‘tired, tatty and erratic façades', Phillip Keir, a former theatre director and erstwhile publisher of Rolling Stone in Australia, beautifully reclaimed a section of the Sydney Building, now known as Verity Lane Market.
“Perhaps it’s the joy of knowing you may be the only one on this planet with such a piece. The intrigue of knowing it has had many lives before you, seen moments of history, overheard world-changing conversations; met so, so many people.” Jess Ruby James shoots model Gigi Midgley in Paris, the spiritual home of vintage clothing.
Women know that the night is the stage for our most brilliant transformations. Inspired by the magnetism of the same moon at which a dog barks, comes the CHANEL Holiday 2022 Collection. The French house compels us to paint lips luminous shades of amber, red and gold; to embrace pearlescent skin and celestial shimmer. Jamie Heath captures New Zealand born Bernadette Anker in 'Take Back The Night' with beauty direction by Victoria Baron.
Isaac Brown breaks the fourth wall to understand the shoot behind the shoot, the look behind the look and the meaning behind the ideas that form from our own perspectives.
A lot has been said about the underground scene – the aesthetics that it bore over decades, the moments that scandalised society, the ways it has moulded to fit a new realm of ravers. Bianca Farmakis explores the challenges of community, creativity and culture of a time wedged between between lockouts and lockdowns.
The idea of freedom can evoke its own sense of fear, a sub conscious hesitance that overwhelms the mind when you imagine what it would be like to be bound by nothing. To actor Mia Healey, it’s a liberation from control, reclaiming one’s identity through the love for one’s self and an embrace of potential failure in the pursuit of success.
The role the body plays in fashion in recent years has witnessed a myriad of combative shifts. Publicly, a movement has rippled across the industry, calling for greater representation of marginalised groups. The campaigns and clothes within the fashion world began to acknowledge the folly of the beauty standard that dictated it for decades. Amelia Dowd captures Australian model Mia Dennis, whose rising status is carving out space for curve and queer models alike.
Bianca Spender’s meticulously crafted collections have always proved testament to her industry pedigree and well practiced expertise. Her uniqueness lies in her ability to imbue each collection with meaning - her garments, in all their wonderfully draped and tailored lyricism, do so much more than clothe the body. Spender’s AAFW show earlier this year was no different. With a mission to celebrate the courageousness of women, her spring summer collection has a lot to say. To mark its official launch, SIDE-NOTE sat down with Spender to reflect on what it meant to present the opening show and the figurative space she’s claimed for her eponymous fashion label.
From the birth of the bikini, to the advent of the hot girl summer, the formula for the perfect summer has always centred around the pursuit of effortless joy, a motivation captured in photographer Daphne Nguyen’s portraits.
Inspired by women who embody a femininity and attitude that exists outside the bounds of earth, Photographer, Mia Rankin and Stylist, Freddie Fredericks capture the otherworldliness of futurism and mythology championed by female icons of popular culture.
When Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan co-founded Bassike in 2006 their intention was pure and without precedent - high-quality basics, honestly made. The brand name’s creative play on ‘basic’ would set the tone for the product; an offering that added interest, and integrity, to everyday essentials.