The Freeman Journal launches fashion capsule for citizens of the world

The Freeman Journal launches fashion capsule for citizens of the world

The Freeman Journal prides itself as a high-fashion online presence that celebrates ultimate travel destinations, luxury lifestyle and fine art from around the world. It’s everywhere we’d rather be.

Founder Jack Freeman has just launched his own capsule collection aptly named, “FREE_MAN”. Referencing the rebellion of youth and fashion – the capsule collection highlights the rise of street culture and new trendsetters expressing their unique style and image.

Freeman says that “as we reflect and become inspired by current world happenings, it’s impossible not to use bold text and symbolism to convey messages surrounding fashion and the rebellion of youth.”

“I think it’s an exciting time, you know these days the discreet nature of high society is so completely different to how it once existed. These days you will often rub shoulders with some of the world’s [successful movers & shakers] at 3am in a night-club in St Tropez, adorned in a simple designer sweatshirt and sneakers”.

This new pared-down trend is what inspired Freeman to develop the new collection, with its limited edition pieces in all-black with bold white text and imagery.

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Pre-order for Liam Gallagher’s debut solo album has launched with a new single called ‘Wall of Glass’.

Liam Gallagher embarks on a new chapter with the announcement of his forthcoming album As You Were. Wall of Glass is available to pre-order now.

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Tune. New Sounds for the Week: 26 May

Tune. New Sounds for the Week: 26 May

There are so many great tracks coming through at the moment. Give these a go to make your Friday run faster. As usual it’s a masterfully put together blend of big name pop and indie brilliance, also available as a Spotify playlist. See below.

Dan Auerbach: King of a One Horse Town

Nine-time GRAMMY Award winner and one half of legendary band The Black Keys,  Dan Auerbach has some new music on the horizon. I for one am obsessed with his new sound, which my husband dismissed as a little too country for him (not that I asked). I welcome the difference. It’s like taking a little holiday, really.  King Of A One Horse Town is taken from Auerbach’s second solo album Waiting On A Song, which is out 2 June 2 (available to pre-order now). The long player features some Nashvilles’s most respected players including John PrineDuane EddyPat McLaughlin and Bobby Wood & Gene Chrisman of the Memphis Boys.

Kasabian: Are You Looking for Action?

Watch Kasasbian‘s incredible music video for the album track Are You Looking For Action? It’s like weekend viagra. It comes on with such force you can’t help but sit up and take notice. The band’s sixth studio album For Crying Out Loud comes out later this year. It’s got me wondering, for the Australian release, will it be renamed For Fuck’s Sake?

Bleachers: Don’t Take The Money

The video from Bleachers for Don’t Take The Money was directed by Jack’s girlfriend & Girls star/creator Lena Dunham. It’s top shelf indie.

Dustin Tebbutt x Lisa Mitchell: Innerbloom

Two weeks out from the ‘DISTANT CALL’ Collaboration tour Dustin Tebbutt + Lisa Mitchell have shared their stunning cover of RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s Innerbloom.


with special guest Alex The Astronaut


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Benjamin Booker: Believe

Benjamin Booker‘s new track Believe will be the soaring centrepiece on his upcoming album Witness, which is out Friday 2 June. Don’t be fooled by the soul sound heard in this track. Booker rocks hard (the riffs of Right On You can be heard here). On Witness Booker blends garage punk with eccentric soul, and rhythm and blues. He is one to watch, and certainly listen to. LOUD.

The Drums: Heart Basel

This song is summertime-primed, pop perfection. The Drums’ forthcoming album Abysmal Thoughts is already being lauded as a return to form, and Heart Basel is quintessential The Drums. It’s the second single off of the band’s fourth full-length, and though it sounds sunny, the intent behind the song is slight heartbreak. Frontman Jonny Pierce went through the most significant breakup of his life during the making of Abysmal Thoughts and he’s turned it in to a work of art.

Dua Lipa: Lost In Your Light

The official audio video for Dua Lipa‘s new single Lost In Your Light (feat. Miguel) is an extended version of the Joe Webb art teaser that has previewed previously. His artwork is seen at top.

Dua Lipa’s debut self-titled album is out 2 June and is available to pre-order now.

MØ: Nights With You

 wrote Nights With You in L.A., with Benny BlancoRyan TedderCashmere Cat and SOPHIE. The track is about her best friend who she has known since kindergarten, and is another cut from her upcoming sophomore album. The lush video was shot in Bulgaria.

Pixx: Waterslides

Waterslides is the new song from Pixx – the alter ego of Hannah Rodgers – it’s lifted from the forthcoming debut LP, The Age Of Anxiety out Friday 2 June (like most tunes in this post. Pre order here).

The accompanying video fuses a lo-fi aesthetic with the ultra-modern; the synthetic and the natural. Filmed in the futuristic cityscape of Bilbao, directors Alice Clingan and Louis Milner explained that the premise behind the visual was inspired by a dream Hannah had of a waterpark in the middle of an ocean surrounded by emotionless, suited figures.

Little Dragon: Celebrate

Grammy-nominated, Gothenburg-based outfit Little Dragon‘s fifth studio album Season High is available now. Celebrate carries on the Swedish quartet’s tradition of marrying smouldering electronics and laid-back R&B melodies.

Slow Dancer: It Goes On

Melbourne’s Slow Dancer writes warm, near-whispered indie-rock love letters to the 60s and 70s rhythm and blues records his parents would play on family car rides down Australia’s winding west coast. They are heavy on nostalgia and even heavier on imagination. His new album In A Mood comes out on 9 June. 

Slow Dancer explains the subtle yet striking music video for ‘It Goes On’, “I wrote the treatment for the ‘It Goes On video’ with my ex lover of 14 years. We wanted to explore what the things we choose say say about us. I have a theory about writing love songs; they are a curse; they inadvertently herald the end of the very relationship they here intended to praise. In this instance, I was painfully correct.”

‘In A Mood’ Australian Tour 

  • July 6 – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne
  • July 7 – The Milk Factory, Brisbane
  • July 14 – Oxford Arts Gallery Bar, Sydney

‘In A Mood’ US Tour 

  • June 6 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn NY
  • June 7 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
  • June 8 – The Lizard Lounge, Cambridge MA
  • June 10 – Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa ON
  • June 12 – The Drake, Toronto ON
  • June 15 – Hideout, Chicago IL
  • June 16 – Space, Chicago IL
  • June 17 – Icehouse, Minneapolis MN
  • June 20 – Barboza, Seattle WA
  • June 21 – Doug Fir (Patio), Portland OR
  • June 23 – Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, CA
  • June 24 – Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, CA
  • June 27 – Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles CA
  • June 28 – Resident, Los Angeles, CA

This Wild Life: Heart Shaped Box

Long Beach, California indie alt duo This Wild Life have covered  Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box and we love it. On deciding to re-record the classic, singer / guitarist Kevin Jordan said, “Growing up in the 90’s I think every kid loved Nirvana, but as I grew older I started to appreciate the songwriting and artistry more. While digging back into these old records this song really jumped out at me due to the beautiful but simultaneously haunting melody in the verses. I thought it would be a fun and challenging project to approach this song 24 years later with a dark and cathartic arrangement without the huge drums and guitars. Anthony (del Grosso) and I produced the track ourselves after our last US Tour and we hope it comes across as an ode to a songwriter who left this place far too soon.”

In Loving Memory

This is for Jim, a darling man who lost his life last week. Thank you for being so kind to me. Thank you for being one of the funniest souls I’d ever met. Here is Dan Black‘s scandalous cover of Notorious B.I.G.‘s Hypnotize posted in your honour. Go forth with love, our dear friend.

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V&A | Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

V&A | Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

This week V&A opens the first ever UK exhibition to explore the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his continuing influence on modern fashion.

Opening on 27 May 2017, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will be the first of its kind to look at Balenciaga’s unique approach to making. On show will be 100 garments and 20 hats, accompanied by archive sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage revealing Balenciaga’s uncompromising creativity, as well as pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working with the same innovative style today.

Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper's Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967
Hiro (b. 1930) Alberta Tiburzi in ‘envelope’ dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper’s Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967

The Shaping Fashion exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of the opening of his famous fashion house in Paris.

Iconic pieces from V&A’s Balenciaga collections will trace the courturier’s influence on modern fashion design, from Molly Goddard to Simone Rochca, J.W. Anderson and Demna Gvasalia, among others.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion focuses on the latter part of Balenciaga’s long career. It was during the 1950s and 1960s that the designer hit his creative peak. During this period he not only dressed some of the most renowned women of the time, but also introduced revolutionary shapes including the tunic, the sack, ‘baby doll’ and shift dress – style staples which remain.

Highlights will include ensembles made by Balenciaga for Hollywood actress Ava Gardner, dresses and hats belonging to socialite and 1960s fashion icon Gloria Guinness, and pieces worn by one of the world’s wealthiest women, Mona von Bismarck, who commissioned everything from ball-gowns to gardening shorts from the couturier.

Haute Couture is like an orchestra whose conductor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives.’  – Christian Dior

For the first time the V&A has used x-ray technology to take a forensic look at the hidden details inside Cristóbal Balenciaga’s garments. Our story coming soon.
X-ray photograph of evening dress, silk taffeta, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1954. X-ray by Nick Veasey, 2016 © Nick Veasey

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion runs from 27 May 2017 – 18 February 2018 at the V&A and is sponsored by American Express. 

Seen at top: Richard Avedon (1923 – 2004) Dovima with Sacha, cloche and suit by Balenciaga, Café des Deux Magots, Paris, 1955 © The Richard Avedon Foundation

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Internationally renowned light artist James Turrell is set to transform Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art with a major architectural light installation to mark GOMA’s 10th anniversary year.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines says the special commission is set to be permanent, illuminating GOMA’s facade at night from early December 2017.  Ambitious and dramatic, it will transform the way the Gallery of Modern Art building is seen and experienced by local and international audiences.

Says Saines, ‘In 2002, after Architectus + Davenport Campbell won the international competition to design the Gallery of Modern Art, lead architects Kerry Clare, Lindsay Clare and James Jones envisaged an artist-illuminated ‘white box’ on the building’s main pedestrian approaches.’

Turrell’s installation will activate the potential of GOMA’s white box facade and realise one of the architects’ original design intentions with the building.

Its eastern and southern facades will be illuminated from within from dusk, with an evolving pattern of light developed by the artist for the location.  Visible from around the Cultural Precinct and across the river, it will add a substantial presence to the already iconic building, giving Brisbane’s cityscape new life after dark.

For more than half a century, Arizona-based Turrell has worked with light and space to create immersive and moving artworks that play with viewers’ perceptions. His large-scale luminous installations – located in or on buildings, or within landscapes – attract visitors from around the world.  He has created more than 80 ‘Skyspaces’, chambers with an aperture in the ceiling open to the sky, including Within without (2010) at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and Amarna (2015), at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart.

Since 1974, he has been working on a monumental project at Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in northern Arizona, while continuing to create works for public and private institutions in over 24 countries.

Seen at top: James Turrell at GOMA (artist impression).

The Electric Lady movement rushes Sydney & Melbourne

The Electric Lady movement rushes Sydney & Melbourne
Electric Lady is an all-female music movement featuring Australian artists Ali BarterAlex LaheyJack RiverGretta RayBec SandridgeRackett and Bodytype. The movement make its live debut in Sydney at the Metro Theatre on Friday 30 June and in Melbourne at The Corner Hotel on Saturday 1 July.

In the lead-up to these momentous shows, Electric Lady will release a series of “Live Sessions” featuring select artists on the lineup, covering each others songs.

Gretta Ray‘s cover of Jack River’s ‘Talk Like That’ is the first in this series.

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Coinciding with the live music component, Electric Lady will feature interviews with inspiring women working in diverse fields, amplifying the strength of women in music, politics, science, sport and beyond. Stephanie Gilmore (Surfer), Isabel Lucas (Activist/Actress), Tyler Wright (Surfer), Katie Mack (Astrophysicist), Belinda Pavlovic (Aeronautical Engineer, DASA) and Molly Taylor (Rally Racing Champion) will feature.

Buy tickets to Electric Lady here.

Seen at top: Photo by Ash Schumann

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 17: Backstage at macgraw

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 17: Backstage at macgraw

I have to credit Australian singer Montaigne for my first introduction to macgraw. She described their aesthetic as “a blend between Amish chic and stately caszj.” They were responsible for Montaigne’s “dracula pirate” look at Splendour In The Grass last year. Since the label has been on my radar, it’s exploded, macgraw won the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize Australia & New Zealand for womenswear, and they continue to dominate Australia’s fashion landscape with a clever balance of strong romance and practical street dressing with a flourish of ruffles. Please, tie us in ribbons or lose us forever, but please don’t ever lose the fervour.

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Here are our favourite looks from macgraw’s runway show on Tuesday;