Call to Designers: The Garb Wire Spring Racing Story

FeaturedCall to Designers: The Garb Wire Spring Racing Story

The Garb Wire seeks your stand out Spring Racing fashion product for inclusion in a forthcoming feature.


The brief: Romantic Drama

We’re looking for clean product images of fashion pieces plus hats, sunglasses, fascinators, lapel pins, socks, bow ties, man brooches + whatever else you deem trackside chic. Very loosely, this brief is based on Richard Linklater’s romantic drama trilogy;

1. Before Sunrise

2. Before Sunset

3. Before Midnight.  

The Garb Wire is an independent style website. Use the above titles as a guide – blur the lines, use your imagination and sense of humour. Please, no floral headbands or nude pumps.

Can you imagine what Spring Racing before midnight looks like?

Please send your submissions to thegarbwire[at]

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Pictured at top: A selection of old buttons and oddments from my Nanna’s sewing kit.

The Walls Come Down: Enter Kings of Leon

FeaturedThe Walls Come Down: Enter Kings of Leon

KINGS OF LEON, once alternative music’s golden gods who went on to become a very different sounding multi-platinum selling rock band. Three years after their Grammy nominated ‘Mechanical Bull’ LP, the band has cranked the campaign for ‘Walls’, their 7th album, due out on 14 October.

2004’s Aha Shake Heartbreak remains my favourite Kings of Leon album, and hearing it instantly teleports me that to that time in life. Young. Single. Loved to mingle. It was groundbreaking at the time, with the exciting tempi darting through the record (across my heart), with its darkly humoured and sultry lyrics. Then, it got all consciously anthemic and they sold over 18 million albums and over 24 million singles worldwide (I think you can guess the singles – they’re not on Aha Shake).

Mercifully, for the new album the Grammy Award winning group have returned to their recording roots in Los Angeles, working on Wall with producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine).

I’ve always been very Kings of Leon-aware, in praise and/or other, and with the arrival of their 7th studio album, I feel we have a chance to perhaps rekindle our friendship. Caleb, come back to me. Check out the saucy album trailer below.


Colour & Coconuts brings The Wellness Festival to Brisbane & Sydney

FeaturedColour & Coconuts brings The Wellness Festival to Brisbane & Sydney

Following the success of a massive sold-out Melbourne debut in April, Colour & Coconuts will take The Wellness Festival on tour for the first time to Brisbane and Sydney, with a jam-packed program of inspiration for the body and mind, hosted by Australian model and presenter Laura Dundovic.


The event, dubbed ‘the Coachella of the health world’ by Sporteluxe, is the first of its kind to combine health, business and an overwhelming sense of fun. Laura Dundovic is an accomplished ambassador for all things health, fitness and well-being, making her a natural choice for the tour.

The dynamic one-day event is set to the sounds of a live DJ, while guests sip on fresh, complimentary coconut drinks while attending motivational talks from world-class experts.  Festival goers will be able to learn about health, business and relationships, fit in a lunchtime workout and wander around the Wellness Market, where top health brands and services will be on offer, as well as an array of healthy treats– what could be a more exciting way to balance, nourish and excite both body and mind?

Program Highlights include:

  • Meditate and Master: Melissa Ambrosini will teach you how to master your inner “Mean Girl” so you can become wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love. She will give you powerful tools to take out into your life to spark inspiration and belief that you can live the life of your dreams.
  • Who run the world? Stylerunner founder Julie Stevanja will share her journey on how she came to start Stylerunner and build it into the huge brand it is today. Julie will share her top tips on what it takes to build your own dream business, with a focus on balancing work, life, health and wellbeing and creating healthy workplace culture.
  • How Stress could be making your Sick: Brown Paper Bag Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill – With her wealth of experience and insights into the effects of stress on gut health, Jacq will help you bulletproof your immune system and take care of your belly with practical advice on keeping balance – inside and out!
  • Daring & Disruptive: Entrepreneur, publisher and author Lisa Messenger is passionate about helping people change the way they think to truly succeed and realise her mantra – “Anything is possible!”. Lisa will be giving insights into how to shake your comfort zone, enjoy breaking the rules and live life to the full.
  • Making it Happen – Matcha Maiden founder Sarah Holloway shares her journey from corporate lawyer to funtrepreneur after the hobby-turned-health-food business she founded with her partner Nic just over a year ago launched into a global brand with 1000+ stockists worldwide, two warehouses and a growing list of powerful partnerships.
  • Sweat Session with the Base Body Babes – Powerhouse duo, Diana and Felicia will be hosting a lunchtime sweat session showcasing their signature BBB style.
  • Stretch Session with Elle Fit and Active with D – This Brisbane duo will get hearts racing with a combo of HIIT training and Elle’s signature stretches.

All guests receive a jam-packed goodie bag on arrival (with fresh coconut, naturally), as well as the chance to win 1000 Qantas Frequent Flyer Points (conditions apply).

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    • The first 100 tickets holders receive a custom monogrammed gift from The Daily Edited.

Need to know:

  • The Wellness Festival Brisbane
    • Date: Saturday 3 September, 2016
    • Venue: Lightspace, 30 Light Street, Fortitude Valley
  • The Wellness Festival Sydney
    • Date: Saturday, 15th October, 2016
    • Venue: Commune, 901 Bourke St, Waterloo NSW 2017


Must Read: THE FASHION SET The Art of the Fashion Show

FeaturedMust Read: THE FASHION SET The Art of the Fashion Show

THE FASHION SET brings focus to the all important creative process behind the modern runway show. For a single event, teams of specialist producers, set designers and craftspeople can spend up to six months crafting a mise en scène for a display that disappears forever after only twelve astonishing minutes.

Fashion shows were once viewed only as a selling mechanism, with basic ‘trade show’ visual design principles, but over time they became as much a part of the spectacle and branding as the clothes themselves. Seasonal runway shows are widely known to be a lavish and privileged expense for design houses. For each collection, they are engineered (and expected) to lure audiences to the place where the designer found inspiration – whether it be a time in history, a place, a dream (or nightmare). THE FASHION SET author Federico Poletti explains in the book that each show is like a miniature world, creating for the audience an alchemy or emotional attachment ‘that makes us dream about dressing ourselves in those clothes.’ Each show is designed to captivate the audience with wonderment, inspiration and creativity.

Henril Vibskov, AW 2015, Ready-to-wear, Copenhagen. Credit - Alastair Philip Wiper.
Henrik Vibskov, ‘The Messy Massage Class’ AW 2015, Ready-to-Wear, Copenhagen (Credit: Alastair Philip Wiper)
In the Foreword, acclaimed fashion commentator and contributor Colin McDowell names Paris as the place where some of his favourite runway moments have happened, when clothes and surroundings worked together so closely that it felt like he was watching a film or opera. He wrote,

‘I am pleased that we have this book as a reference and record of an element of fashion that it would seem will be very limited in the future, as costs escalate and profits drop.’


Diane Pernet also recounts some of her most memorable experiences, including the Dries Van Noten 50th runway show celebration, where over 500 guests were transported to a foggy location outside of Paris and ushered through an industrial airline hanger into a space where an extraordinarily long table was set for every guest, each with a dedicated waiter, all serving simultaneously. After dinner, the table itself became the runway.

Prada SS 2012, Menswear, Milan. Credit - Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA
Prada, S/S 2012, Menswear, Milan (Credit: Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA)

When he set about curating the book, author Federico Poletti wanted to shine a light on some of the unseen people who make runway shows actualise. The fashion show producers and set designers share the responsibility of making sure that a creative director’s vision comes across clearly.

‘The best shows are a highly concentrated collision of theatre, emotion, explosiveness and, often, good old-fashioned spectacle.’

– Federico Poletti


Featured thoughout THE FASHION SET are extravagant set designs from Chanel, Dior, Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Anya Hindmarch and many others, mainly from the past decade. If you have the creative eye, it’s fascinating to study each of the sets and contemplate the sheer effort that goes in to each one. There’s a great mix of mens and womenswear sets from future minimalist with silver, white and mirrored surfaces (Mary Katrantzou, Louis Vuitton), to ornate glitz (think Proenza Schouler), fresh flowers and foliage (ala Raf Simons at Dior), classic architecture, old worlde and industrial (but of course, Alexander McQueen).

Schiaparelli SS 2015, Couture, Paris.  Credit - Schiaparelli
Schiaparelli, S/S 2015, Couture, Paris (Credit: Schiaparelli)
DSqaured2 SS 2014, Menswear, Milan. Credit - DSquared2
DSquared2, S/S 2014, Menswear, Milan (Credit: DSqaured2)
FENDI, SS 2008, Ready-to-wear, Juyongguan. Credit - Vincent Lappartient
FENDI, S/S 2008, Ready-to-Wear, Juyongguan (Credit: Vincent Lappartient)

‘In essence, a fashion show is not so different from a theatrical performance, the only difference being that a fashion show does not usually last more than twelve minutes.’

– Federico Poletti
Celine, AW 2008, Ready-to-Wear, Paris. Credit - Vincent Lappartient
Céline, A/W 2008, Ready-to-Wear, Paris (Credit: Vincent Lappartient)

The Garb Wire favourites included in the book are: CHANEL SS2016 CoutureDior 2016 CruiseMIU MIU AW2013 Ready to Wear and Viktor & Rolf AW2015 Couture.

THE FASHION SET THE ART OF THE RUNWAY SHOW is available now. See below for links.


The Fashion Set cover

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mise en scène

ˌmiːz ɒ̃ ˈsɛn,French miz ɑ̃ sɛn/ 
French, literally ‘putting on stage’.
  1. the arrangement of scenery and stage properties in a play.
    • the setting or surroundings of an event.

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Colour & Coconuts brings The Wellness Festival to Brisbane & Sydney

Following the success of a massive sold-out Melbourne debut in April, Colour & Coconuts will take The Wellness Festival on tour for the first time to Brisbane and Sydney, with a jam-packed prog…

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Get What You Want: Music Cinema Launches at QAGOMA with a Madonna double

Get What You Want: Music Cinema Launches at QAGOMA with a Madonna double

Get What You Want: Music Cinema launches Friday 2 September at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art. It all starts with an epic Madonna double bill.

STRIKE A POSE (2016) – AGES 15+ 6.00PM FRI 2 SEP 2016 (83 MINS)
25 years after Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour and In Bed with Madonna — the behind the scenes documentary — seven male back-up dancers have come together to speak about their flirt with the high-life and their lives after the inevitable descent from centre stage.


IN BED WITH MADONNA (1991) M 8.00PM FRI 2 SEP 2016 (2HRS)  
Every die-hard Madonna fan’s favourite film, and a pop culture milestone in its own right, In Bed with Madonna is a candid behind-the-scenes view of the 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour with its many misfortunes and outrageous triumphs.

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Production still from In Bed With Madonna 1991 / Director: Alek Keshishian / Image courtesy: Park Circus


For tickets and more information visit the QAGOMA website.

Shake Your Jewellery Maker: Upcoming courses & workshops at Northcity4

Shake Your Jewellery Maker: Upcoming courses & workshops at Northcity4

Are you…gem curious? If you’ve ever wanted to explore the craft of jewellery making, Brunswick studio Northcity4 gathers together some of Melbourne’s best makers and offers short courses and workshops throughout the year.

Take a five week course, or enrol in one day workshops for special skills like advanced stone setting to working with bone & horn. You can even learn how to master your creative social media strategy.

Beginners Jewellery (5 weeks)

  • Wed 28 Sept, 2pm – 5pm, class teacher Claire McArdle
  • Tues 8 Nov, 10am – 1pm, class teacher Liz Kennedy
  • Wed 9 Nov, 2pm – 5pm, class teacher Rhys Turner
  • Sat 12 Nov, 2pm – 5pm, class teacher Kathryn Wardill

A basic introduction to jewellery making, this course will teach the essentials for any beginner. Learn how to solder; to saw pierce, drill, file, texture and form sheet metal. Refine your skill of working with wire to make neat jewellery findings.  At the end of the course you will be able to take home a beautiful hand-made piece of jewellery.

Jewellery Casting (5 weeks)

  • Thur 29 Sept, 10am – 1pm; Liz Kennedy
  • Sat 1 Oct, 10am – 1pm; Kathryn Wardill
  • Thurs 10 Nov, 2pm – 5pm; Katherine Bowman

Learn the basics of the lost wax casting process. Students will be introduced to a range of wax working techniques, basic mould making, and simple metal finishing processes in order to be able to create their own jewellery.  This course also features cuttlefish casting, a technique students can take away with them for use in their home studio.




BYPRODUCT, working with bone and horn with Olivia Boyle

Sunday 2 Oct, 10am – 4pm

Learn how to work with bone and horn and how to ethically source these materials. Choose from three simple designs and hand carve a pendant from ethically sourced Australian cattle bone or horn, finished with sterling silver and coloured cord.  This workshop will cover basic carving techniques as well as simple jewellery construction.

Olivia Boyle is a New Zealand jeweller currently living in Melbourne and undertaking a mentorship with Susan Cohn in Workshop 3000. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) at The University of Auckland in 2005 followed by an Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery) at NMIT, Melbourne, 2013.
Social Media for Creatives with Sas Ericson

Thursday 3 Nov, 10am – 4pm

This workshop is essential for any artist who wishes to sell their products and create a thriving community around their practice.

Saskia Ericson is a graphic designer and illustrator who has run award-winning design studio Hatch Creative since 2001.  Saskia is especially interested in the early growth period and challenges faced by small businesses.  She is a lecturer in Social Media and PR for Small Business at Holmesglen Institute. Saskia also maintains a food blog and associated Facebook page, One Equals Two and shares creative and inspirational content to her 26,000+ followers on Pinterest.


Jewellery Findings with Kathryn Wardill

Sunday 6 Nov, 10am – 4pm

Enhance your jewellery making skills by perfecting the foundation art of creating jewellery findings. Learn to create earring hooks and hoops, a range of jump rings, clasps and toggles and stud posts.

This workshop will involve extensive wirework; shaping and manipulating wire with a range of tools including pliers and hammers.

Quality jewellery design and manufacture relies heavily on a jewellers’ ability to successfully make secure, strong, well-crafted findings. With professional guidance, detailed demonstrations and time to experiment you will leave this workshop with a broad range of design options for findings and confidence that your jewellery will be professional and everlasting.

Advanced Stone Setting with Kathryn Wardill

Sunday 13 & 20 Nov, 10am – 4pm

Learn how to create pieces of jewellery incorporating a simple bezel and a simple claw set to hold a cabochon cut gemstone or found object. You can choose to make a ring, pendant or earrings.  This course will assist those students who wish to build on their jewellery making techniques.

Kathryn Wardill is a Melbourne based contemporary jeweller who received her Master of Arts, Fine Art by research from RMIT University in 1998. As a jeweller and glass artist she has actively participated in group and solo exhibitions internationally for the last 21 years. Wardill’s dedication to researching jewellery objects which combine metal and glass has resulted in a solo exhibition in the USA as a part of an artist in residency in 2010 and work presented at Studio Ingot and e.g.etal. Wardill recently developed a new body of work which was presented at the ISGB conference in New Orleans USA in July 2016 and Flame on Glass exhibition at Kirra Gallery Federation Square Melbourne in September 2016.
Jewellery from Sublimation printed metal with Anna Davern

Sunday 27 Nov, 10am – 4pm

Sublimation printing is a very exciting and simple technique of transferring images onto metal and plastic using heat.

In this class, electronic files of images and photos will be printed and then transferred to a variety of plastic coated sheets of metal. This class is suitable for experienced makers as well as non-makers and a variety of techniques will be taught to then create items of jewellery from the printed material focusing on cold joining techniques. No jewellery experience required.

Need to know:

  • All short courses and workshops are held at Northcity4 Studio, 61 Weston St Brunswick.

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ZHU: Palm of My Hand

ZHU: Palm of My Hand

Check out the latest monochromatic animation visual from ZHU.  His album Generationwhy is out now.

Tune. New Sounds for the Week: 26 Aug

Tune. New Sounds for the Week: 26 Aug

In her new song, Charlotte OC sings over and over… ‘Let the love begin’. I say, let the weekend begin, let the Spring begin, let the sleep-ins begin. Let the….ugh, you get it.


Charlotte OC: Black Out

U.K. artist Charlotte OC has just released Blackout – it’s a stunningly wistful track that is available to buy/stream now. The young singer and Blackburn native has been busy in the studio writing and recording the follow up to her 2015 breakout EP COLOUR MY HEART.

DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels: Nobody Speak

Legendary producer DJ Shadow has released the politically daring video for ‘Nobody Speak’ featuring Run The Jewels. It depicts a meeting of leaders that quickly descends into chaos, a scene not unlike what is really happening in the world.  It also features cameos by DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels. DJ Shadow said that they wanted to make a positive, life affirming video that captures politicians at their election-year best, but instead, what you see, is what they got. The video was directed by Sam Pilling and produced by Pulse Films, stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey, and was shot in NYC, London and Ukraine.

Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze Radio Edit)

So obsessed am I with this song and new video, that I emailed it directly to the music director at JOY 94.9 FM, an iconic queer radio station in Melbourne. It deserves its place as an anthem of 2016, and even without my help has become a word-of-mouth phenomenon, lighting up dance floors around the world. The video is full of trannies and disco music. Take me there. Leave me there.

Vancouver Sleep Clinic: Lung

Lung is the first track from Australian artist Vancouver Sleep Clinic‘s forthcoming debut album. The track is accompanied by an animation created for the song by artists Pandagunda and Pilar Zeta.

Tim Bettinson, the creative force behind Vancouver Sleep Clinic, is a singer, songwriter and producer from Brisbane whose latest work, including Lung was written while on a break from touring in Cambodia and the Philippines, a life changing adventure that managed to absorb itself on to the album.

EZTV: Reason to Run

Reason To Run comes from EZTV’s upcoming release, High In Place out Friday 30 September. Happy indie weekender to you. This could not be easier to listen to.

Dorsal Fins: Sedated

Sedated is lifted from the forthcoming album Digital Zodiac which comes out Friday 28 October 2016. Dorsal Fins’ Jarrad Brown, the man behind the lyrics to Sedated had this to say about it:

“When the sun slinks way too low, and the stars forget to shine, and you need a cryogenic sleep chamber to knock you out and wake up somewhere a 1000 years in the future… you write a song like Sedated.. and then you feel better.”

Beach Slang: Punks In A Disco Bar

Beach Slang‘s very quick follow up to 2015’s phenomenal debut album The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us will be released on 23 September. It’s called A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings. You can read more about it here. Punks In A Disco Bar is shaping up to be one of my favourite songs of the year, and the video is excellent.

Miike Snow: My Trigger

I have been utterly obsessed with everything this band has done all year. <end of transmission>


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