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Wednesday 23 March 2011
Art Arts Fashion Featured

The Curve of Forgotten Things

Rebecca Howden
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Fashion films are the new lookbook- and this one for Rodarte is particularly lovely. The Curve of Forgotten Things is a dreamy introduction to design duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s spring collection, capturing a nostalgic and somewhat eerie atmosphere that may just make you want to grow your hair long and skip through dusty oilfields….
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Wednesday 16 March 2011
Arts Featured Music

live music review: belle and sebastian, the forum, march 12

Rebecca Howden
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I’ve always kind of had this idea in my head that going to a Belle and Sebastian show would be a bit like stepping through the looking glass. A special, dream-like world where lonely souls come together in their best vintage dresses and kooky hats, embracing strangers like long lost twins, singing along and dancing…
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Wednesday 9 March 2011
Culture Featured Opinion

Hey Brian, that’s called date rape

Rebecca Howden
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I guess he just wanted some bad-boy cred, or maybe he is just kind of stupid. Either way, the lyrics of Brian McFadden’s new song “Just the Way You Are (Drunk at the Bar)” have gotten people’s attention, and not for their artistic genius: “I like you just the way you are, drunk as shit…
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Wednesday 9 March 2011
Art Arts Culture Fashion Featured

Frocks, feathers and fashionistas

Rebecca Howden
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If you’re fond of elegant, quirky fashion drawings, you’ll love Charlotte Brunskill. Her stylised images of stretched out, leggy girls, all draped in luxurious frocks and creative haute couture, are both effortlessly chic and unapologetically fun, showing a joyful appreciation for the play and imagination of fashion. Charlotte’s experience as a makeup artist puts her…
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Wednesday 23 February 2011
Art Arts Featured Opinion

Women and cake: A love-hate story

Rebecca Howden
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You know you shouldn’t. You really shouldn’t. You’ll spend the whole time loudly berating yourself for being such a pig, or adding a defense about how you haven’t eaten all day, or how you never do this. You’ll hate yourself afterwards, feel guilty for being weak. You’ve broken a promise with yourself to be good….
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Wednesday 23 February 2011
Art Arts Culture Featured Opinion

What Does a Feminist Look Like?

Rebecca Howden
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The brand of feminism has suffered considerably over the years. I’m not sure when exactly it happened, but somewhere along the line, being a feminist became a really ugly label, one that apparently means you’re an angry, humourless, hairy-legged man-hater. No one wants to be associated with that image. Girls and women are always careful…
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Wednesday 23 February 2011
Arts Music

album review: genevieve chadwick, riding the wind forgetting time

Rebecca Howden
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Listening to Genevieve Chadwick’s husky, passionate vocals, I can’t help but suspect that in a few years time she’ll have truly carved out her own little nook in Australian blues, roots and rock and roll. With her rich melodies, gravelly voice and poignant songs of love, loss and freedom, this talented singer and guitarist from…
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Wednesday 16 February 2011
Art Arts Culture Featured

The quiet loveliness of Li Hui

Rebecca Howden
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Soft, still and silent… these photographs are so pretty they almost break my heart. That happens to me sometimes- I’ll see or read or hear something that’s just so divine and delightful and surprisingly… perfect that I just don’t know what to do with myself. Li Hui’s enchanting, evocative images stir up just that feeling…
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Wednesday 9 February 2011
Culture Featured Opinion

Getting women to the top

Rebecca Howden
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In a lot of ways, we’re incredibly lucky. We’ve grown up in a time when it feels perfectly reasonable to believe, as young women, that the world is our oyster. We don’t have the same restrictions as previous generations of women did. We can have all the same high-powered jobs as men can; we know…
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Tuesday 4 January 2011
Culture Featured Opinion

the happiness project

Rebecca Howden
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Every year, starting from around November, I always become obsessed with the idea of a fresh start. That mythical new leaf that January 1st promises to turn for me, the idea that a new life and a new me is about to begin. A better me, and a better year. I feel this every year,…
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Monday 3 January 2011
Culture Featured

UN Women: A step forward for gender equality worldwide

Rebecca Howden
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A new UN agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women became operational on January 1st, 2011. This is a historical step forward that will consolidate and escalate UN efforts to achieve gender equality and promote women’s rights worldwide, guiding Member States towards an agreement on international standards for gender equality, and helping…
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Wednesday 29 December 2010
Art Arts Culture

art beneath the city

Rebecca Howden
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Somewhere beneath the streets of New York City, 100 artists, including 8 Australians, are working on something secret. The Underbelly Project is a gallery that exists outside of the art world, far beneath the world of critics, dealers and even the general public. It is a trove of urban art on an enormous scale, entombed…
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Wednesday 29 December 2010
Culture Featured Opinion

’tis the season for domestic violence

Rebecca Howden
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Australia might officially say ‘no’ to violence against women, but we still have some pretty alarming rates- and it gets worse over the Christmas to New Years period. In an average year, nearly half a million Australian women will experience physical or sexual violence, with rates spiking quite significantly over the holiday week. Last year,…
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Wednesday 22 December 2010
Art Arts Culture Featured

The Art of Being Smart: The Free Condom Project

Rebecca Howden
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If there’s a way to make safe sex seem more appealing, this might be it. The Art of Being Smart: The Free Condom Project is an initiative by Third Drawer Down, one of Fitzroy’s quietly cool treasure troves for art, oddities and ephemera, in association with the Victorian AIDS Council and Family Planning Victoria, with…
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