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The Sweet, Sweet Sounds of FashFest

by The Editor

FashFest LogoThose who attended the inaugural year would have been amazed by the quality of the music from day one. We remember being particularly impressed by a lovely bunch of lads who took control of Night Two of Fashfest 2013, who are now very well-known across Australia: SAFIA.

This year will be no different. After two years in the very capable hands of Michael Liu, the Gentleman DJ himself, Ashley Feraude is stepping in as Musical Director, and is very excited about how the programme is shaping up for this year’s event. Naturally, we wondered what was in store…

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Has the Time Come for Double Denim?

by The Editor

Braddon-Tailors-0Shock. Horror.

Even the most devoted denim fans gasped when Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears appeared before the paparazzi in double, trouble, stone-washed outfits. Whatever were they thinking? Ok, ok, perhaps a few fans thought ‘wow factor’ but our bet is most wanted to fade away.

So what’s the real scoop on matching denim outfits? Do you dare wear?

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Peaking on Adventure Gear

by The Editor

Mont-1-BWMont. ‘Mountain’ in French. Correct?

Not necessarily so.

In our darling capital it’s short for Andrew ‘Monty’ Montgomery, who started an adventure gear label 33 years ago that remains fiercely independent in a world where bigger operations gobble up smaller ones, and that’s just for entree.

Mont Adventure Equipment is homegrown. Yes homegrown. Today it runs a national operation and has international fans too.

This year, for the second time, Mont will be on the catwalk at Fashfest. You’ve got to be kidding? What does adventure gear have to do with fashion? And a red-carpet fashion event at that?

Keep reading.

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Fashion for Men—From One Spectrum to Another

by The Editor

FashFest F

You couldn’t get more extreme if you tried. Seriously. You couldn’t.

We’re talking about the lineup of designers of men’s clothing who will showcase new collections at this year’s FASHFEST, no doubt the biggest fashion event on this year’s social calendar in our darling capital.

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Dining at 10 Yards Pop-up Restaurant

by The Editor

10 Yards Logo

A. Baker. It’s described by the good folk from Two Before Ten as an artisan bakery, eatery and basement speakeasy bar. However, in preparation for a new space at New Acton, the kids have got together and debuted the A. Baker concept across a couple of pop-up, temporary ventures.

One of those outlets is 10 Yards.

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10 Yards Dinner at Two Before Ten Cafe

by The Editor



Are you one of those Canberran’s who’s kitchen hasn’t been dirteid in years?  Do you spend most evenings eating out – or on the run – now bemoaning the lack of a new opportunity for a refreshing serve of culinary surprise?  If so, there’s a little treat in tore for you overin canberra’s legal district….

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The Thursday Tipple – 2010 Mount Majura Shiraz

by C.A. Bonham

Seeing as the highest temperature in our Nation’s Capital this week has been 13 degrees, we’re still in red country. Don’t worry, we also love the whites of the Canberra region – we’ll have some coming up over the next few Tipples.

But for now, let us say “We love you… Shiraz.”

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Arts Circle: Monstrosity at CCAS Manuka

by The Editor

Why not get out and support some local visual artists?

Monstrousity is disgusting, fascinating, terrifying, and yet somehow comforting. An exhibition which brings together three Canberra artists, Michelle Day, Julie Monro-Alison and Bev Bruen, to explore themes of the monstrosity of the natural and unnatural world. In their work they highlight the fleshy, inconsistent, and sometimes conflicting ideas of fetishisation, organic growth, and their connection with disgust and desire, fear and comfort. The works will include objects, installation and painting, all combining to show the many aspects of these themes, and to create an overall view from the three artists, who through their contradictions and agreements, bring us face to face with our relationship to our organic and non-organic world.
artists’ statement.

Check it out from Thursday night at CCAS Manuka (19 Furneaux St Forrest)


(via Canberra Contemporary Art Space)