Stephanie has just sent through these beautiful photos of her collection we have just received:
Photography Saskia Wilson
Model Jessica Vanek
Styling Stephanie Downey
I have to sincerely apologize for the typos in my last letter.
This lead to a great deal of confusion with my blog link.
Here goes again -
My London based girlfriend Lyndell Mansfield called me from Sydney just over a
week ago and says "I'm here with Beth (Ditto), do you want to come down
for a party?!"
That is so typicall Lyndell.
Spontaneous and crazy and fun!
I packed a bag but pulled out at the last minute as we were just too busy
for me to get away :(
So maybe next time!
Beth and her band Gossip were in Sydney and Melbourne for a quick press
meet and greet.
They all picked up some Karen Walker sunglasses while they were here
and here is Beth back in Paris already sporting hers along with her new
orange tone locks, courtesy of Lyndell!
Please excuse these vague references to celebrity dressing.
I generally don't encourage it.
Beth Ditto in her new Super Duper Karen Walker frames
We currently have the Black version in stock $295
I have lost my voice this week which may have something to do with last week.
Thursday night we saw The Buzzcocks at The Zoo.
It was roasting hot but fantastic fun and Steve Diggle even wore a polka dot shirt.
Then last weekend we bid our farewell to Ric's Bar as we know it.
We had found out rather suddenly that Ric's and Fatboys has been sold
to RG's - the monstrosity beer garden/pokies/sports screens pub that has
tainted our Valley Mall.
Unfortunately, most of the staff have been retrenched but some have already
found a home like Nick (Norto) Naughton will be DJing at The Troubadour
from December the 4th.
Ric's has been there for the last 15 years or so, one of those places that you could always rely on to meet up
with friends, any old night of the week.
Remember all of the young bands that they have booked and incubated over
the years? (Custard, The Melniks, The Zebras, Six Ft. Hick,
C.O.W., Minimum Chips, Del Toro, No Anchor, Gentle Ben, The Mint Chicks, Sekiden,
Cunningham, Yves Klein Blue, I Heart Hiroshima, Cunnningham... and legends like,
Grant McLennan, Spencer P Jones and so many more.)
Also remember all of those nights upstairs on the squishy dance floor where even
Matt (Old Lady) used to DJ? (Johnny G, Seany B, Katch, Alex G, Heinz, Love&Roxy,
Teenage Kicks, Black Fag, BRMC, Nick Zinner YYY's ...)
And always free entry!
So, on Saturday night we partied until 4:30 in the morning just as the sun
was coming up, for old times sake.
We remembered a happy time before the hen's nights and the mainstream
element moved in and vowed that we won't roll over and give up our
At least we still have places like The Zoo, The Troubadour , The Bowery,
X&Y which are still independently owned small business venues with their
hearts in the right places.
This Friday night (if I'm better) we're going to see Songs play at The Club House
which is the old corner bar at The Empire.
Tex Perkins has extended his Johnny Cash show at the Twelfth Night Theatre
until December the 13th -
Marianne Faithful has just announced a show at The Tivoli for the 30th of January.
I recently joined the World Cinema Club and last night, thanks to them,
I went to a free preview of the new Jane Campion film Bright Star.
It is a devastatingly romantic tale of the love affair between
the poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne.
The film is beautiful and so precious.
The acting is wonderful starring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw (Perfume)
as John Keats.
Here's the latest new arrivals!
Bryan Boy wearing his Make Believe pendant with Messrs Dolce and Gabbana in Milan this year
We have a new delivery of Make Believe pendants in the fabulous Blue
(as worn by Peaches) and also a beautiful new Pale Pink.
The pendants are available in the original large Petal to the Metal size
as well as the new miniature size - just like Bryan Boy's.
Make Believe available exclusively in Queensland at Blonde Venus!
Dion Lee, Sydney
Shirtdress with Blazer Harness in White $590
Silk Sheer Pant in Flesh $690
Silk Double Neck Dress in Flesh $440
Twist Sculptural Dress in Black $1550
Twist Shoulder Shift Dress in Black $790
Open Back Double Zip Biker Dress in Blue $790
Silk T-shirt with Sheer Back in Blue $340
Also available in Flesh
Twist Sleeve Silk Blazer in Blue $890
Also available in Flesh
Structured Shoulder Jacket available in Black $1500
Dress Up, Melbourne
Near Dark SS09/10
Draping Hook Dress $396
Hook Camisole available in Ivory and also Black silk $165
Draping L/S Blouse $297
Summer Waisted Shorts available in Black and also Beige $190
Knife Dress $330
Linen Blazer $378
Stephanie Downey is another young Australian designer that
keeps going from strength to strength.
Her Dress Up collection was recently picked up by Liberty
in London (they will carrying this collection if you are reading
this in London) and only last month, Australian Vogue
dedicated a story to her.
Such wonderful endorsements and these pieces show you why.
Dress Up is available exclusively in Queensland at Blonde Venus!
What's New at The Outpost?!
The Outpost calico shopper
Only $3 or free with purchases of $100 or more!
Ice Wash, all sizes, 25-36.
We will have Very Tight Black in on Monday and still only $90.
Pass Port, Brisbane
Don't forget to tell Mum about this one as you can finally say,
yes, I do want socks for Christmas!
Only $15 for a set of 4!
We have also just received three great new T-shirt designs from Trent, including this Hammer & Rose
Arthur Street Market
Open for business!
If you missed out on our killer 4 day sale, I have some exciting news for you.
The space that we used was still vacant, so we have joined forces with Ann Street
boutiques Ultra Suite and Nelson Molloy to give you Arthur Street Market.
The pop-up store features archival fashion pieces, workroom samples, one-off pieces
as well as some current season pieces at market prices.
We will all be restocking randomly and weekly so you will have to keep checking
back for those surprise bargains.
We have a mix of Karen Walker, Lover, Antipodium, Arnsdorf, Carl Kapp, Dhini,
Carly Hunter, Richard Nicoll, Ann-Sofie Back, Jens Laugesen and more
at crazy prices including 18th Amendment Jeans at only $50 a pair!
Arthur Street Market is open:
Tuesday to Friday 10-6
for a limited time only...
The countdown to Christmas is on!!!
See you soon,