'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.
The Australian-born, Los Angeles-based actress who fronts Jan Logan’s new campaign speaks to Isabelle Truman about keeping off TikTok, charting her own path to success, and how she keeps her head clear during the chaos.
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.
Whilst Dolly and Kenny mightn’t have been actual an item, this fictional relationship between two tribute acts in the new classical, Seriously Red, is an original take on the dynamic between love interests. Far from the typical romantic tropes we see on screen, it’s a relationship dependant on each individual masquerading as somebody else. Krew Boylan, who wrote the screenplay, stars as the titular Red, a property valuer turned Dolly Parton impersonator who becomes entangled with Kenny, a tribute performer deeply embedded in his own on-stage persona, played by Daniel Webber.
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.
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.
In the nineties, Australian drama Heartbreak High enthralled a generation of teenagers who saw their own lives played out on the small screen. Sure, those fictional teens may have been a little bit edgier, their clothes a touch cooler and their sex lives a lot more active, but there was an authenticity and grit to the characters that struck a chord. While not all the storylines from the Hartley High of the nineties remain relevant, first love and heartache are the touchstones of teenage experience making it ripe material to rework for a Gen Z audience via a Netflix reboot.
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.
Darren McDonald captures internationally renowned chef and Hublot 'friend of the house', Clare Smyth, in the kitchen of her first restaurant outside of the UK.
Daniel Goode takes us inside the eccentric and chaotically beautiful paper shop run by Augustine Muela Peres’ in Newtown, Sydney. Bianca Farmakis unpacks some of his ideas for 2022 and beyond.
Inspired by the notion that the best creative pursuits are born from the melding of creative forces, nuanced with sentiments of opulence and eccentricity, Aje partners with SIDE-NOTE to honour 'Provenance' and the ritual of the dining table, a centrepiece for the meeting of minds. To mark the launch of the Colombe d’Or inspired, Provenance collection, Karla Clarke catches up with co founders Adrian Norris and Edwina Forest.
With a feature film and hit TV series already under her belt, and several more projects in the pipeline, Melbourne based Jillian Nguyen is a powerhouse performer. Ted Min captures Nguyen on the streets of her hometown for SIDE-NOTE’s PEOPLE OF NOTE series.
Emerging from her self-imposed hiatus with one buried album, one new album, and a fresh sense of direction, Mac finally feels back in control. SIDE-NOTE caught up with Meg Mac as she prepared for her Sydney Opera House performance, the final of her sold out national tour.
“Throughout history, certain women have captivated society, influencing artists, designers, musicians and the masses long before Instagram created an economy out of it. But defining exactly what it' is about these It Girls is no easy feat”, writes Isabelle Truman. Daphne Nguyen shoots New Zealand born Ch’lita in “IT” for Edition N°15, IDEATE.
Off the back of the 2021 Foxtel series, Love Me, SIDE-NOTE chats to rising talent, Mitzi Rhurlmann on landing her career-shifting role. Lensed by Michael Brunt and written by Bianca Farmakis.
Commercial surfing has long been epitomised by a masculine bravado and an air of nonchalance. Theatre veteran Catherine Văn-Davies, and newcomer Megan MacKenzie inject new life to the story of 70s Australian surf culture in ABC’s Barons. Lensed by Julian Schulz, interview by Annabel Newland.
While the process may be analogue and near extinct, the development of stills in a dark room offers photographer Luke Schuetrumpf a world of creativity to develop not only his images but his conceptual process. Matilda Dods writes of Schuetrumpf's recent pursuit and the importance of the dark room as a catalyst in pushing creative boundaries.
Exploring 1970s Australia, a time categorised by fluidity, free-love and rebellion, Barons is a television series that charts the tension between two friends on the precipice of billion-dollar success, and the idea of a chosen family. SIDE-NOTE sits down with Lincoln Younes, Ben O’Toole, Alexander England and Kick Gurry - friends, former house mates and co-stars.
There is something energising about discovery, the sheer thrill of the new that breaks from the norm and ushers ideas out of thin air. Nicole Bentley captures fresh faces Evie Ashby and Eva Hardwick and talks to Tatiana Farley on the genesis of her process.
An idea can deliver clarity where once the world, or instance, felt overwhelmingly opaque. To possess an idea is to possess a torch, deliverance from mundanity, inequity, apathy or looming deadline. Australian photographer Michael Comninus considers the role of light in the evolution of his aesthetic with Egyptian model Leila Greiss.
"Charley's fiercely unwavering passion for her refined, commanding pop project is the breath of fresh air that the Australian music industry needs in 2022”, says fellow musician, Gretta Ray. Julian Schulz captures up and coming pop singer Charley, for our latest PEOPLE OF NOTE profile.