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Fresh Cut – The Barber Shop at QT keeping me tidy this Beard Season

Looking particularly scruffy before heading into The Barber Shop – untidy, untrimmed and unkempt all spring to mind.

 

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to attend a men’s grooming and whiskey event at QT Canberra with the fantastically beard-y Jimmy Niggles, founder of Beard Season.

This was actually my second time meeting with Niggles, as I previously met him at QT in 2016. At the time I promised that in the spirit of beard season I would make an appointment to get a full skin cancer check. Well, 12 months and several sun-exposure incidents later, and I was faced with the embarrassing task of explain to Jimmy that I had not actually kept the promise I made him. It is strange to have to admit something like that to a near stranger, but in part that is the brilliance of Beard Season – I was embarrassed at having not got my skin cancer check, and so I resolved to get one.

In fact, I promised not only to go and get the check, but to also take part in Beard Season 2017 by attempting to grow my own beard. (more…)

Mikael Maüs – Artists I love

Examples of the beautiful pen and line artworks that Mikael Maüs shares across his Instagram feeds, with a common thread of masculinity, physicality and golden accents.

In case it is not already obvious, I have something of an Instagram obsession. I was originally opposed to Instagram as a platform because I thought that it was blogging for idiots – a platform where you could post with immense ease but little actual content.

Now that I have been using Instagram for a while and discovering amazing bloggers and content creators out there who both inspire and challenge me on a daily basis, it is very easily that I admit I was completely wrong about the medium.

The thing is, for every amazing artist or content creator that I discover through their immense followings or notoriety outside of Instagram, there are scores out there who are still fighting to share their gifts with the world. It is a paradox of social media, the ability to be connected to billions of users through a hashtag and still struggling to get your work noticed.

This idea has inspired me to try something a little out of the ordinary in the digital age, which is to tell people about the people I discover online that are important to me. When I find someone whose work speaks to me, or that gets me laughing along with their post or responding to a call for action – I tell my friends.

In turn, this has inspired me to start a new series here on the blog called ‘Artists I love’.

The whole point of this series will be to showcase the talent of artists and creators that I have discovered through Instagram, as a way to share the work of those artists I love with my readers.

First up is my divine friend Josh Munoz and his amazing drawings under the pseudonym of Mikael Maüs. (more…)

Viktor & Rolf – An uncomfortable morning with Fashion Artists

Viktor & Rolf jute and lace dress from the Russian Doll collection - Melbourne, Australia

 

Viktor & Rolf, the Dutch design duo behind some of the most elaborate and awe-inspiring couture pieces of our time, currently have a retrospective of their 25-year collaboration hosted at the National Gallery of Victoria. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? I mean, by now every Australian fashion blogger and their dog have commented or reported on the exhibition. Most of my go-to fashionistas had already been, seen and posted about the exhibition before I got the chance to go this weekend past, and so I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for.

What I didn’t anticipate, however, was just how much I wouldn’t enjoy the exhibition.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is no debating that the creations are breathtaking in their vision and construction. The genius of the design duo cannot be understated, and the way in which the garments are pieced together shows a real mastery of craftsmanship. I cracked a huge smile seeing the red carpet gown in person (a beautifully sculptural piece crafted from actual carpet), and I was honestly moved seeing pieces in person that I had viewed in magazines and being able to dissect them with my own eyes rather than through someone else’s lens.

However, as someone now in his thirty-first year on this planet, and as someone who is (reluctantly) being drawn into the minimalism movement, I had to stop and ask myself what the cost of these garments (and more over the cost of couture generally) actually is. (more…)

Nomi Kids – A heart warming surprise close to Fashfest 2016

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Nomi Kids stole the evening and the hearts of the audience with a surprise showing of their debut collection on closing night of Fashfest 2016. Photo Credit – wearefoundau

 

Nomi Kids (pronounced know-me) was a surprise to round-out to the final show of Fashfest 2016. It was not billed in any of the Fashfest media, it was completely unannounced, and the first audiences at the National Convention Centre knew of the collection was a cryptic note in the programme announcing that the final designer would be replaced with a heart warming surprise.

And heart warming it was.

I mean, how could your heart not melt at the sight of first-time models being escorted down the runway by Fashfest models to Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk? The kids walked in a collection of incredibly modern pieces in a very unexpected colour palette of grey, beige, black and white. There were asymmetrical cuts, perfectly matched accessories and a distinct lack of cutesy characters or messaging. All in all, this was a collection that I would happily peruse for my own wardrobe, just much, much smaller. (more…)

A close shave – trying the Mr Bond treatment at QT Canberra

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Yours truly in the chair at the QT Barber Shop for the new Mr Bond treatment

 

When it comes to grooming and taking care of my hair/nails/skin, I am woefully inept for a man of 30-years. I shave with a disposable razor I change maybe once a month, and I treat shaving my face with the same contempt that I do voting or paying rates. These are painful, unenjoyable but ultimately necessary evils that I try to throw myself through as quickly as humanly possible.

Thankfully the team at QT Canberra have got me (and anyone else in the same boat) covered with their fantastic QT Barber Shop. I was recently invited to experience the launch of their premium cut-throat shave offering Mr Bond – just in time for Fashfest 2016. The new treatment coincided with the arrival in Canberra of QT’s Head Barber, Kristian Jones, and so I was able to meet the man running the show as well. (more…)

fashionXhyatt – A truly personal afternoon of luxury at the Hyatt Canberra

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I was excited to be able to attend one of the Hyatt Canberra’s famous afternoon teas this Saturday past, for the launch of a very special event hosted by the Hyatt; fashionXhyatt

As someone who has lived in Canberra for over a decade now, I have heard of and attended afternoon teas at the Hyatt multiple times. It is the benchmark, or the golden standard if you will, for what an afternoon tea should be. Held in the impeccably styled Tea Lounge, afternoon teas are a decadent affair with sweet and savoury options beyond your wildest dreams, and of course a glass of bubbly here and there.

So, being invited to attend an afternoon tea that would also feature fashions from the latest collections of Fashfest allumni designers Zilpah Tart, Sovata, Karen Lee and Braddon Tailors; I was very quick to jump at the opportunity.

Fashion and food – does it get any better?

In fact, it does. (more…)

Fashfest 2016 Designer Review – Braddon Tailors

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A show that I have looked forward to every year that I have attended Fashfest is Braddon Tailors. Theirs was one of my favourite collections from Fashfest 2015, and knowing how strong a focus designer and CEO Pip Morgan places on the little details such as the selection of fabrics and the emphasis on perfect tailoring I was eager to see what the 2016 show would have for us.

This year Braddon Tailors showed looks in a wash of black and blue. Honestly, for someone who tries to wear 90% blue at any given moment it was sartorial heaven, and very difficult to pick which shade or pattern of blue that I liked best.

Hint: It was all of them. (more…)