Hot off the success of their London Fashion Week presentation,
Antipodium's Geoffrey J Finch was in town yesterday for us to
preview his new Hothouse collection.
We caught up again last night for more fashion gossip and
a bite to eat at popular Brisbane eatery, The Cross Town
The London Observer picked the Antipodium collection as one of their
Top 10 Fashion Week Moments along with Richard Nicoll.
I loved the colour palette and the prints created by ex Brisbane,
now New York based illustrator/animator Craig Redman of Rinzen
Craig is more recently known for the creation of his adorable Darcel Disappoints character,
with a blog that follows Darcel's funny world and hs unique way of looking at life.
He has done recent exhibitions in London and Paris' Collette where
Karl Lagerfeld came along to fall in love with Darcel!
Karl Lagerfeld at the Darcel Disappoints exhibition, at Colette earlier this year
Take a look at Craig/Darcel's blog where he has been currently
doing the fashion week circuit, going to shows and parties
and generally looking adorable.
Alors Craig, nous vous aimons!
You may have heard a bit about the BARI Festival?
BARI is the Brisbane Artist Run Initiatives Festival.
Originally formed by the team at Jugglers Art Space in
Fortitude Valley, with the idea of encouraging and
celebrating Brisbane's independent arts and creatives,
in all it's forms.
The festival runs all through October and there is an extensive
calender of happenings that you can follow through their blog -
Last Sunday night, I made an early visit to the Troubadour to see
a performance by amazing singer and song writer McKisko.
McKisko is Helen Franzmann and in 2009 she received the
Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship for songwriting.
Her voice and songs are so beautiful and if you haven't had
the chance to see McKisko live, she is doing a residency
through the month of October at The Powerhouse.
These residencies are a great way to start your weekend, after
work on Friday nights.
They start at 6pm and are free!
Here's the latest new arrivals...
Mary Katranzou, London
northern hemisphere AW 10/11
on the runway...
in the store...
Snuffstrip Dress $1260
Napoleon Dress $1344
Mantel Rose Dress $1344
Robodam Dress $1260
If you have never seen Mary Katrantzou's pieces in real life, I have to
make it clear now that these are all digitally printed silks.
You may see swathes of silk, layered textures, popping jewels and draping
Yes, they appear three dimensional because Mary is a master at imagery
and creates the silhouette through her print design.
These Rococo delights were inspired by portraits of Madame de Pompadour
and paintings by Fragonard and Nattier.
Mary just previewed her very latest collection at London Fashion Week on
the 19th of September to rave reviews.
It seems she has a lot of fans.
See the style.com review by Tim Blanks here -
Also see the fab LFW wrap up in Grazia this week.
It's great to see the shots in prints so quickly!
Mary Katrantzou is available exclusively in Queensland at Blonde Venus!
Karen Walker Eyewear
The very latest addition to Karen's eye wear collection are these
frameless beauties called Apollo!
We also have them available in Black with a dark smoke lens and they
What's new at The Outpost?!
For more Outpost updates, please visit Matt's blog -
Karen Walker Jewellery
Cat and Dog Pendants in Sterling Silver $87
Rabbit and Bear Pendants in Sterling Silver $87
Some new additions to Karen's Superfine Critters collection.
We also have these little cute little fellas in Rings and Ear Studs.
These styles in-store now at The Outpost!
Iggy and Loulou, Melbourne
Scalloped Edge Porcelain Pendants on Sterling Silver Chain $70
Disc Porcelain Pendants on Sterling Silver Chain $90
Limited Edition Porcelain King and Queen Figurines $190 each
Limited Edition Porcelain Swan Queen Figurine $290
Our long love affair with Irene Grishin Selzer's distinctive
porcelain pieces continues.
We have received more of your favourite little Woodland animal
pendants as well as these new pendant styles AND more of
her limited edition collectables.
Iggy and Loulou available exclusively in Brisbane at The Outpost!
Back in stock!
A follow up to the original Disposable: A History of Skateboard Art,
Sean Cliver has put together this beautiful hardcover book with
368 full colour pages in a comprehensive visual overview of
skateboards in print.
A great gift idea! $99
Featuring Mark "the Gonz" Gonzales on the cover and still only $9-95.
If you in The Valley, drop in to Nine Lives Gallery and see their
latest show which opened last night by Gold Coast artist Sam Smith.
Tonight, Melbourne band Barishnykov are playing at Burst City
with locals Turnpike, Sweet Dreams and Pastel Blaze.
They are doing another show tomorrow night at the Step Inn,
with some of my favourites, Feathers, The Keep on Dancin's and
Also Saturday night Brisbane band Velociraptor are playing
at Woodland with guest DJ's James Krizler and Cameron Hawes
from Slug Guts.
Naturally if you're in Sydney you would be going to the RIP Industries
Success Summit at The Annandale with Royal Headache headlining!
See you soon,
New from London! Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll, Atelier Swarovski, Arnsdorf, The Quiet Life & More! 24th September 2010
Last night we went to a fun house show which combined
creative forces DIY style for a launch for So Far Zine, an art exhibition
including work from Georg, Andy Hardwood, Shida and Charlie Hillhouse
and live music from Per Purpose and Stag.
I love the enthusiasm.
The Valentino exhibition has been drawing lots of visitors, but also definitely
worth taking in, is the incredible photo exhibition by American Douglas Kirkland
who actually started his career in the 1950's working under the fashion
photographer Irving Penn.
Kirkland has photographed many of my Hollywood favourites including
the original Blonde Venus, Marlene Dietrich and of course
You will be astounded at how many of the photos you will recognize which
is a real compliment to his work.
This exhibition runs until October 24.
I have also desperately trying to keep up with all of the Northern Hemisphere
Spring/Summer 11 runway shows and making life easier has been the
live streamings, show highlights and daily roundups that have been
conveniently created by the people at London Fashion Week and also
by Topshop in their role as sponsors.
Yes, Topshop may churn out volumes of high street "stuff" but they do
put the love back in by sponsoring some of London's most creative designers
including BV favourites Richard Nicoll, Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou.
Watch the show replays and Topshop daily roundups here -
Naturally, London Fashion Week have brilliant video and photo
highlights from the shows, which you can see from here -
Wish I could have been at LFW for Antipodium who showed
their latest collection called Hothouse in an intimate presentation
Boys, you will be excited to see that they have re-introduced Menswear to their
collection and how cool does this line up look?!
Alexa Chung and Geoffrey J Finch
photo courtesy of style.com
Long time Antipodium fan and supporter Alexa Chung was there to see the
collection and she was also out and about at a Browns Focus in-store rocking
her Hail Mary dress!
Here's the latest new arrivals and they're spectacular...
Peter Pilotto, London
Northern Hemisphere, AW10
Peter Pilotto on the runway...
Cascade Digiital Print Silk Top in Paisley Mauve $1259
Cascade Disgital Print Silk Dress in Paisley Mauve $1598
The C-Dress Digital Print on Silk Jersey in Paisley Mauve $1498
The Cascade Digital Print Silk Top in Mercury $1259
Cascade Digital Print Silk Dress in Mercury $1598
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos show the reason why their label has
risen so quickly, with such esteem, with these amazing soft sculptured
The print work alone is incredible but they don't just rely on that.
Their shapes are works of art but flattering and wearable and that
is difficult to achieve.
Peter PIlotto is available exclusively in Queensland at Blonde Venus!
Richard Nicoll, London
Northern Hemisphere AW10
Grey Wool Maxi Skirt $775
Silk T-Shirt with LInder Sterling Big Mouth Print available in Short Sleeve $545
Drape Front Wool Jacket available in Grey with Contrast Checked Sleeves $1148
Long Sleeve Silk Linder Sterling Big Mouth Print Dress $672
Long Sheer Tulle Maxi Skirt, available in Grey (pictured) and also Blue $551
Long Sleeve Sheer Tulle Maxi Dress with Short Slip, available in Blue (sweater not included) $879
Strapless Dress with Satin Bustier and Tulle Skirt (triangle bra not included) $1190
also available in Pale Grey with complete Tulle Overlay $1190
Richard Nicoll for Erickson Beamon
Swarovski Dog Clip Brooch
Who could forget this fabulous collection - my favourite from the London Fashion Week
A really cool, modern interpretation of 90's influences.
I call it grunge glamour ;)
Richard Nicoll is available exclusively in Queensland at Blonde Venus!
Holly Fulton London
for Atelier Swarovski
Holly Fulton on the Runway...
Circle Chain Necklace available in Crystal and also Jet Swarovski $385
Square Link Necklace available in Jet and also Crystal Swarovski $446
Bracelets available in Jet and Crystal Swarovski $385
Ring available in both Jet and Crystal Swarovski $159
Each season, Swarovski invite progressive designers to design
limited edition accessory pieces using Swarovski, to compliment
their own RTW collections.
Holly Fulton is from Edinburgh and studied at the
Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of
With only a few commercial collections under her belt
Holly has already gained success with her distinctive
aesthetic combining prints and accessories in a fun
yet sophisticated way.
This collection was inspired by "Nicholas Krushenick,
Memphis Design and Joan Collins on a cruise circa 1967"!
Marios Schwab London
for Atelier Swarovski
Marios Schwab on the Runway...
Twist Earrings available in Black, White and also Bordeaux Swarovski Pearls $169
I'm already a big Marios Schwab fan (Blonde Venus has previously
stocked his RTW collection) so it wasn't a difficult decision to order
these fantastic pearl shapes which make a real statement.
We have also received the Floating Pearl Rings in Black, White and Bordeaux $98
These collections are available exclusively in Queensland at Blonde Venus.
Opticks SS 10/11
Jersey Strap Skirt in Nude $240
Jersey Strap Skirt in Olive $240
Jade's popular style has returned again this season in two brand
new colours, which work perfectly with everything that's around at the moment.
They are photographed here with an Ann-Sofie Back for Cheap Monday
jersey tee in Plum Chocolate.
Arnsdorf in-store now at Blonde Venus!
What's New at The Outpost?
The Quite Life, USA
Printed T-Shirts $65 ("shoot me" comes in white also)
Long Sleeve Button Through Shirts $126
The latest Quiet Life delivery is here!
Their print style sure is distinctive and this long sleeve
gingham shirt is a nice light weight cotton - all perfect
for our long summer ahead.
The collection is being modelled by Ethan Widin
and it's his birthday today!
The Quiet LIfe is available exclusively in Brisbane at The Outpost!
Cheap Monday, Sweden
Back in stock!
More of your favourite Black, Blue and Grey back on the shelf and
still only $90.
Mountain Fold Music Journal
The latest issue of Mountain Fold Music Journal has
just arrived and features Lucas Abela, Peter Brotzmann,
Holy Balm, Liquid Liquid, Mental Powers and My Disco.
These are so collectable it's ridiculous!
Join us tonight at The Outpost for another special musical
in-store performance by Brisbane band Kitchen's Floor
for the official launch of their vinyl release of their
debut album, Loneliness Is A Dirty Mattress.
This casual gathering will run from 6:30 to around 9:30
and will also feature an opening performance by Scraps.
On Saturday night, I'll be heading over to the Queensland
Centre for Photography for an exhibition of the latest works by
Then, I believe it will be another fun night at Woodland!
Charlie Hillhouse and Patrick Byron will be playing music followed by the debut
performance from Brisbane band Dirty Mattress.
Killer dance floor tracks will then continue until the early hours brought to
you by the Woodland resident DJ's Polar Bear and Harvey Satan.
My legs are tired just thinking about it!
Fashion week has already moved to Milan - can you keep up?
C'mon, it is fun!
I am actually still dissecting the complexity of the London collections but
I'm looking forward to seeing Prada, Louis Vuitton and Celine.
Have a great weekend and see you soon.
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