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Wednesday 26 June 2013
Fashion Film

I don’t have to dress for anyone: why the Dirty Girls were right about fashion

Isabelle Hellyer
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‘I don’t have to look nice for anyone’ explains a messy haired girl of 13, seated in a high school auditorium. Her name is Harper Willat and, along with her sister Amber, she was the subject of ‘Dirty Girls‘, a documentary filmed in 1996 that has been gaining a lot of attention over the past…
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Wednesday 26 June 2013
Fashion Opinion

girl versus wardrobe

Emma Jones
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I have this picture on my wall of fashion designer Katharine Hamnett meeting Margaret Thatcher in 1984. Hamnett, who had just been named designer of the year, was invited to Downing Street and, seizing the opportunity to make a statement, took off her coat to reveal the anti-missile message on her t-shirt. It’s often recognised…
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Friday 31 May 2013
Arts Fashion

threads: alexi freeman

Isabelle Hellyer
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Crisp, sculptural and electric, Alexi Freeman’s collections blur the line between clothing and art.   Growing up in Hobart in the ’80s and early ’90s, Melbourne Designer Alexi Freeman did not embark on a conventional journey into Fashion Design. His childhood was ‘as far away from fashion as you could possibly get’ and ‘the closest…
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Tuesday 23 April 2013
Culture Fashion Opinion

the snake skin trade & the ever-growing conscience of fashion

Niqui Stubbs
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Oscar Wilde once wrote that ‘fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months;’ a sad but very true point. We buy clothes that are fashionable at that moment and then throw them out before the next season. Some items, however, never go out of fashion; a…
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Friday 15 March 2013
Fashion Opinion

selection criteria: pencil skirts and heels

lip magazine
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This summer, I was lucky enough to spend two months clerking full-time at a law firm in my city, and apart from the excellent training and support my colleagues provided me, it was the sartorial side of the office that provided me with most food for thought. For me, corporate wear is the most chic…
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Tuesday 5 March 2013
Art Culture Fashion

career girl: chatting with ruby barnett, owner of frith st

Zoya Patel
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A little while ago, I wrote about my secret ambition to one day own and run a small business. Although for me that’s still a pipedream, I’m lucky to know an inspiring young woman who has realised that ambition for herself. Ruby Barnett is now the proud owner/manager of a boutique vintage store, Frith St,…
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Thursday 7 February 2013
Culture Fashion

couture: patron or profiteer?

Isabelle Hellyer
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The Haute Couture presentations for Spring/Summer 2013 came to a close in Paris recently, as 33 design houses continued the tradition of lavish and exclusive showings of unthinkably expensive garments. Strictly regulated by the Parisian Chamber of Commerce, the title of Haute Couture is awarded only to designers who show collections of more than 35…
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Tuesday 22 January 2013
Arts Fashion Featured

Threads: Zoe Brown

Isabelle Hellyer
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Threads is a new series profiling emerging designers in Australia. Whether your work is classic, avant-garde or just plain cool, we want to hear about it. Get yourself out there! Send an e-mail to fashion@lipmag.com. We’d love to get to know you and your work. First in the Threads series is Zoe Brown, a young designer who’s…
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Monday 14 January 2013
Arts Culture Fashion

the style evolution of santa: from saintly to sexy

Isabelle Hellyer
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With the holiday season only just behind us, the image of Santa Claus is likely still fresh in our memories. That’s right, the portly old man who saunters around in a red suit perfect for those artic temperatures. Santa and his iconic garb are now ingrained into our popular consciousness, seen in countless films, advertisements…
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Sunday 6 January 2013
Arts Fashion

men in skirts: can you dig it?

Dunja Cvjeticanin
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Since the end of the Victorian era, men’s fashion has been pretty darn boring.  The 20th century saw men coupling their upper-body wear with almost exclusively pants, shorts or other bifurcated items of lower-body wear, and that’s been it.  Not a skirt in sight unless we count Scottish kilts, which, outside of Scotland, feature only…
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Saturday 22 December 2012
Arts Fashion Featured Opinion

We need more sparkles: Kids on clothes & being yourself

Isabelle Hellyer
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 As we draw closer and closer to Christmas, I admire my younger sibling’s excitement about the holiday and the jolly old man who makes it all possible. They approach Christmas with wonder whilst I simply view it as a great excuse to eat enormous amounts of food. Their endearing ability to find magic in the…
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Thursday 13 December 2012
Fashion Opinion

thoughts on fatshion blogging

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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A friend of mine recently wrote a post over on XOJane entitled ‘When Activism Gives Way to Advertising: How Fatshion Blogging Ate Itself’ (she didn’t pick the title, but the pun makes me lol childishly). In it, she describes feeling alienated from the fatshion blogging world and how it has also been saturated by the…
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Monday 3 December 2012
Fashion

a plus size wardrobe

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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It’s no secret I indulge and sometimes (OK, mostly) enjoy conspicuous consumption. I think fat women in particular have been denied the right to enjoy fashion and consume it the way that straight sized women have been able to (or, I suppose, the way that well-off women, who would likely to be able to afford…
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Friday 30 November 2012
Culture Fashion Featured

grandma knows best: what does fashion mean today?

Isabelle Hellyer
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On a recent rainy afternoon, well-supplied with biscuits and cups of tea, my Grandmother and I were joined by her globe-trotting Italian friend Yvette as we sat down to explore the changing role of fashion in young women’s lives, and as it turns out, Grandmother really does know best. Armed with examples of current fashion…
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