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FYI by Broadsheet Podcast: How To Spot a Fake in the High-End Sneaker World

In May, one of the most influential sneaker resellers in the world opened an authentication centre in Australia. When Broadsheet’s social media editor – and resident fashion writer – Steph Vigilante heard about it, she became curious. She started looking into the sneaker economy and discovered the second-hand trade is absolutely booming. And so is theContinue reading “FYI by Broadsheet Podcast: How To Spot a Fake in the High-End Sneaker World”

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Blues, Browns and Finally About Town: The Highlights – and Must-Have Pieces – From the 2022 Gala Runway Presented by David Jones

It was golden hour, and the city was a balmy 29 degrees as Melbourne amassed at the Queen Victoria Market for 2022 PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Gala Runway presented by David Jones. With CBD skyscrapers the backdrop, industry people and fashion lovers alike gathered at the E Shed for a night of colour, creativity andContinue reading “Blues, Browns and Finally About Town: The Highlights – and Must-Have Pieces – From the 2022 Gala Runway Presented by David Jones”

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The First Nations Runway Brings Local Talent to the World Stage

Melbourne city is abuzz on Friday night. After-work suits take to the pub, visitors are exploring the CBD laneways on foot and scooter, and a cascade of Fashion Festival revellers flood into ACMI at Federation Square. Outside, a Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung smoking ceremony meets the crowds. Inside, there’s a hum of excitement. The First NationsContinue reading “The First Nations Runway Brings Local Talent to the World Stage”

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Dopamine Dressing, Statement Gloves, Loungy Silk Sets: Autumn Trends According to Melbourne Fashion Festival

It had been 24 months since Melbourne Fashion Festival was cut short mid-program thanks to the rising Covid numbers on our shores. Two years since the last time local fashion heavyweights gathered together – sans masks – to witness the new collections from treasured local designers. And despite 2021’s sometimes-online, sometimes-IRL program, this year felt like aContinue reading “Dopamine Dressing, Statement Gloves, Loungy Silk Sets: Autumn Trends According to Melbourne Fashion Festival”

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First Look: Inside the NGV’s Spectacular Gabrielle Chanel – Fashion Manifesto, a Retrospective of the Work and Legacy of the Visionary French Designer

Illuminated light frames lead guests down a long, runway-like corridor into the NGV’s monumental Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto exhibition. Panels are marked with significant dates from the couturière’s life – 1909, when Chanel first opened a milliner’s shop; 1921, when perfume Chanel N°5 was created; 1955, when she made a quilted lamb’s leather handbag and named itContinue reading “First Look: Inside the NGV’s Spectacular Gabrielle Chanel – Fashion Manifesto, a Retrospective of the Work and Legacy of the Visionary French Designer”

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Studio Visit: Colourful African Wax Fabric Designs With Melbourne Label Ulo

Up the rickety stairs of the Sacred Heart building on the sprawling grounds of Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, you’ll find a tiny studio and retail showroom brimming with colour. “It hits you like a tonne of bricks,” says Ulo founder and designer Dinzi Amobi-Sanderson. “What I’ve tried to do with the showroom is build a spaceContinue reading “Studio Visit: Colourful African Wax Fabric Designs With Melbourne Label Ulo”

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In a Room Full of Ostentatious Furniture, Melbourne Icon Franco Cozzo Still Looms Largest

“Megalo, megalo, megalo!” It’s the slogan Italian-Australian Franco Cozzo used to spruik his Baroque-style furniture in low-budget ’80s TV ads. But “megalo”, meaning “large” in Greek, is just as true of the 85-year-old’s charismatic personality. The furniture mogul, who came from Sicily to “Foot-is-cray” in 1956, commands the (show)room with his tongue-in-cheek humour, unmistakable thick accent andContinue reading “In a Room Full of Ostentatious Furniture, Melbourne Icon Franco Cozzo Still Looms Largest”

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Studio Visit: Actually Existing

Anna and Olivia Nicholas’s Melbourne studio is quiet and minimal, but its surfaces are abundantly covered with crates of leather scraps and stacks of recycled fabrics. “In our eyes it’s got a lot of order, but to others it looks like total mayhem,” says Olivia. When Broadsheet visits the studio, inside a former hosiery factory in aContinue reading “Studio Visit: Actually Existing”

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I Had to Sign a Waiver to Do a Bootcamp-Style Workout in the Barry’s “Red Room” – And Now I Know Why

I’ve been inside a gym once in my life – on a family trip to Mexico where making use of the hotel amenities seemed like a good way to pass time between Mojitos. My gym aversion comes from a place of intimidation. I’d rather pound the pavement than stand awkwardly, idly trying to work outContinue reading “I Had to Sign a Waiver to Do a Bootcamp-Style Workout in the Barry’s “Red Room” – And Now I Know Why”

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Show-Stopping: Has the Pandemic Changed the Australian Fashion Industry Forever?

Written for Broadsheet In the past decade, many aspects of the fashion industry have gone digital, including retail and publishing. But one thing that has endured IRL – and has remained crucial to how business is done – is the fashion week, which occurs in multiple cities around the world biannually. Labels have relied onContinue reading “Show-Stopping: Has the Pandemic Changed the Australian Fashion Industry Forever?”

Bassike: Creating Quality, Authentic Collections, Honestly Made

Ahead of the Australian Made Runway, Stephanie Vigilante sat down with bassike’s Co-Founders, Deborah Sams, Co-Founder & Creative Director, and Mary Lou Ryan, Co-founder & Director of Sustainability and Supply Chain, to discuss the brands’ evolution over the years, and how bassike are creating high quality, timeless collections that are authentically Australian Made. You’re basedContinue reading “Bassike: Creating Quality, Authentic Collections, Honestly Made”

“My Heart Skipped a Beat”: Alemais Wins the National Designer Award at Melbourne Fashion Festival

When Sydney-based fashion designer Lesleigh Jermanus launched her ethereal, feminine brand Alemais in 2020, it was a big risk. The country was managing the early days of the pandemic and Jermanus was trusting her gut that the lockdown trend for loungewear would eventually pass and the embroidered dresses, linen print shirts and fanciful playsuits in her debutContinue reading ““My Heart Skipped a Beat”: Alemais Wins the National Designer Award at Melbourne Fashion Festival”

Alemais Is a New Ethereal, Feminine Label Reminding Us Why Fashion Is Still Important During a Pandemic

“No one told me it was a good idea,” says designer Lesleigh Jermanus of launching a fashion label during a pandemic. “In fact, most people told me I was crazy. “I was made redundant; my friends were made redundant. Everyone went back to that primal state of, ‘What do we need? We need food andContinue reading “Alemais Is a New Ethereal, Feminine Label Reminding Us Why Fashion Is Still Important During a Pandemic”

A Melbourne-Based Made-To-Order Label Has Just Six Garments – Designed To Work Seamlessly With Your Existing Wardrobe

When Covid sent traditional retail into freefall and our need for extensive wardrobe options withered, something was ignited in Courtney McGregor, founder of made-to-order label Shé. “I realised that clothing had become overly complicated,” McGregor says, its breakneck turnover times “driving a constant need for validation”. Many of us relished the idea of wearing theContinue reading “A Melbourne-Based Made-To-Order Label Has Just Six Garments – Designed To Work Seamlessly With Your Existing Wardrobe”