Curated Melbourne – FASHION

Juliet Sulejmani | March 07, 2017

Last night I was at the launch of CTF Curated which is a fantastic and much needed initiative started by the Council of Textile & Fashion. I say much needed because I’ve realised recently, especially last night, that here in Australia we don’t really give our local businesses the love and support that we should. I know that is a big statement, but out of the 18 brands that were at CTF Curated, I was only familiar with two of them, and I know from all the circles I run in, that we mostly aspire to the large international brands out there and overlook the fantastic design and creativity that we have here in our country.

The CTF is a non for profit industry body for the textile and fashion industries nationally across Australia. Their main goal is to connect with our local new and emerging designers and help them grow their companies which will in turn help the industry grow.

They are about design and they believe it is design that will help drive growth in our manufacturing industry.

As mentioned they are working with 18 designers at this stage, and they are offering support and help through mentorship, workshops and pop ups like the one I attended which is open from Thursday 9th March – Sunday 12th March.

CTF Curated Open

I do encourage you visit Curated Melbourne and discover the great designers that are a part of this initiative. You also have the opportunity to purchase any items that you may happen to fall in love with.


CTF Curated space

The layout and design of the space is very well thought out as it allows you to flow through the space at L1 Studios and get to know the designers and see their creations. The curation of the brands in the pop up is also worth mentioning, as it allows each brand to shine without being perhaps over-shined by others.

The CTF emphasised that this will be an ongoing project, that they hope to grow the brands that they have on board, and that they plan to run 4 of these pop ups this year, with the hope to expand to other parts of Australia.

Here are the list of new and emerging designers that you can look forward to seeing at Curated Melbourne:

  • HEW – making menswear less boring via collaboration
  • A.BCH – a Melbourne based designer basics label
  • POST SOLE STUDIO – a Melbourne based footwear factory
  • SIYONA   – a Melbourne based couture label
  • REMUSE – a Melbourne based clothing label
  • CITIZEN WOLF – a Sydney based label offering tailored tees
  • MNDATORY – a Melbourne based menswear label
  • HARLOW – Designed and made in Melbourne, women’s clothing for sizes 12-26
  • MR WILLO  – Handmade in Melbourne, children’s unisex label
  • LOIS HAZEL – a womenswear label focussing on sustainable and ethical practices
  • ERIK YVON – Melbourne based specialising in men’s and women’s wear
  • SCOTT BENEDICTINE – Melbourne based with high focus on craftsmanship
  • LOTT STUDIO – made in Melbourne jewellery
  • NICO – based in Brisbane, creating underwear, basics and swimwear
  • VINCENT LI – Melbourne based menswear label
  • EVIE AND LEO –  a Melbourne based womenswear label
  • MAUDE STUDIO – Melbourne based label producing ostentatious accessories
  • COLLECTIVE CLOSETS – Melbourne based womenswear label, sourcing fabrics from Africa

CTF Curated nico

 At the launch of Curated, one of their key supporters, Brauz, a retail tech start up company, announced the launch of their app which aims to connect physical retail experience and online experience for consumers.

I haven’t had the chance to check it out but as soon as I do I will enlighten you with my thoughts. The Brauz team has been working on this project for the last four years and explained it as the first blended shopping experience.



Image credits: Illustration by me Juliet Sulejmani, Photographs via @ctf_curated


David Hockney NGV – ART

Juliet Sulejmani | March 07, 2017

David Hockney : Current
11 NOV 16-13 MAR 16

As I walked into and through the David Hockney: Current exhibition on White Night, a recurring thought that I’ve been having, was ever so pleasantly answered.

david hockney_exhibition

It is more of a question that I’ve been thinking about ever since deciding to pursue an illustration/art career. And that is, if the greats, like say, Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh… were alive today, how would they embrace modern technology? Would they use illustrator, photoshop? Would they use their iPad or iPhone apps to create their art? Would they have used Social Media, and if so, how?

david hockney_ipod installation

So you can’t even begin to imagine how delighted I was to see, upon first stepping into the NGV David Hockney exhibition, on the wall in front of me, rows of iPods transitioning through numerous paintings Hockney has created using either his iPhone, or iPad. Hundreds, upon hundreds of paintings, it was just incredible. And I said to myself, this is it, this is what they would do. Create, create, create. Hockney himself has said “…Picasso would have gone mad on this, doesn’t know an artist who wouldn’t”. Something that amuses Hockney is the fact that, drawing was going out of style and the iPhone is responsible for bringing drawing back. Which is 100% true.

The story goes that Hockney’s older sister Margaret Hockney was the first person to encourage him to use the computer after she retired and bought herself one. He first started to use his iPhone to draw in 2009, and then in 2010 started using an iPad. Hockney has a large pocket inside every suit he owns in which he would keep his sketchbook, however now it has been replaced with his iPad. He loves that with the iPhone and iPad it’s like having an endless sheet of paper. He can document his observations of the mundane things in his life using his iPad and it’s easy, fast, there is no drying time and no cost in doing so.

Walking through the exhibition is like what it would be like to go through someones journal. You get this fantastic insight into his world, his curious  nature, and it is very obvious that he loves what he does.

david hockney_82 portraits one still life

My favourite part of the exhibition is the series titled ’82 portraits and 1 still life’. You may be wondering why it’s not 83 portraits, or why 1 still life. The friend he had coming in that day for her portrait couldn’t make it, so he painted some fruit and vegetables instead. The portraits were all done in his LA Studio using acrylic paint, they were all painted on the same size canvas and he spent three days painting each one. None of the portraits were commissioned, instead he invited his family, friends and acquaintances into his studio so he could paint their portraits, but he didn’t tell them what to wear or how to pose. He respects the individuality of each person and wanted that to show that in the series.

david hockney_studio

I loved seeing the diversity in Hockney’s work and skill. The exhibition features a wide range of work Hockney has completed in the last ten years including, paintings, his digital drawings, photographs and video works. I also loved the vibrancy of the colours in his work, it makes you feel happy and joyous while you’re there and even thinking about the exhibition makes me smile.

David Hockney:Current is on at the NGV daily until the 13th of March, so if you still haven’t seen it or like me want to see it again you have six left to go and see it!

And to celebrate the closing of this incredible exhibition, the NGV are holding a special event on Saturday Night. There will be an exhibition talk and a live performance by musical-comedy legends Tripod. Links below for more info or tickets.

NGV – David Hockney – Saturday Night
NGV – David Hockney – Current
David Hockney Website


Image Credits:
Illustration by me Juliet Sulejmani
1, 2 and 3: Installation view of David Hockney: Current at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
© David Hockney Inc.
4 and 5: David Hockney in his studio in Los Angeles, April 2016 Photo: Shaughn and John


Edwina McCann joins Instagram – FASHION

Juliet Sulejmani | March 06, 2017

Vogue’s Editor in Chief Edwina McCann Joins Instagram

It was a joyous moment when I discovered via @vogueaustralia’s instagram stories that the Edwina McCann is now on Instagram. Of course I instantly followed her, and am intrigued by the approach she is taking. McCann’s instagram bio reads:

“Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia curating life and fashion through the imagery of Vogue.
Follow Stories for my world in fashion on the run.”

I bet you’re wondering what her first instagram post was…


@edwinamccann has now made it’s way to my top list of Fashion Instagram Accounts to follow. The stories that she has posted so far have been super insightful and are exactly the things that I want to see and know about. I must also say, the kind of documentation of her days at Paris Fashion Week, has been exactly what I would imagine from an Editor-in-Chief at Vogue. Chic, aspirational, informative, exciting, genuine, and just enough to let you keep dreaming about what her life would be like
Here are some examples of the Insta Stories she shares:

  • They’re aspirational: We’ve seen videos from the Front Row of Paris Fashion Week Shows like, YSL and those sparkly boots everyone can’t get enough of, Dior’s Navy show, Balenciaga, there is an air of luxury and glamour, there is no over-sharing, just little bites that leave you wanting more
  • Behind the scenes: You see Christine Centenera being swarmed by street style photographers, a video of Alek Wek and what she thought of her exit in the Balenciaga show, Backstage with Demna after his stand out Balenciaga Show
  • Interesting info: A quote from the Dior show “Among all the colours, navy blue is the only one which can ever compete with black, it has all the same qualities” – Christian Dior, Song playing at Dior: Blue Moon, The tiny Balenciaga invite plus spoon, Celebrating @mrstreetpeeper’s birthday with a shot of the man himself, Phil Oh and Christine Centenera, @catmcneil’s new haircut
  • The Life Of Edwina: Deciding on whether to wear High or low boots, Having shoe envy after seeing Centenera’s “higher, red fabulous new Balenciaga shoes”, Going for a run in Paris before the shows, Having lunch at Chez Julien Est.1738.

…and more.

I’m currently in the middle of reading Alexandra Shulman’s book Inside Vogue, which is a diary of her 100th year at British Vogue, and I feel like what I’m seeing in Edwina McCann’s posts is just like what I’m learning about Alexandra Shulman from her book. And it’s fantastic. As a fashion lover, and Vogue lover, this is the kind of fashion insight we have always dreamed of having. So I recommend you totally check out @edwinamccann.

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Vogue Australia March 2017 Issue

Here’s a bit of info on McCann and aside from her obvious magazine duties, here are some of the things she has been involved with in her career at Vogue so far.

Edwina McCann took over as Editor in Chief in 2012, after holding the same role at Harpers Bazaar for a number of years.

In 2016 McCann launched Vogue Codes, and hosted a seminar and a column including regular articles focussing on helping to empower women through technology.

In 2015 McCann was awarded the top spot on the ranking of ‘Australia’s 30 most powerful women in media.

In 2014 McCann was responsible for launching The Australian Fashion Chamber and holds the position of Chair. The Australian Fashion Chamber, similar to the British Fashion Council and Council of the Fashion Designers of America, is aimed at supporting and nurturing our local designers and helping them achieve access both locally and internationally.

Here are some links for you to check out:

Edwina McCann Instagram
Vogue Australia Instagram
Vogue Australia on Youtube
Vogue Australia Website

Destination Simple – BOOK

Juliet Sulejmani | March 02, 2017


One of my guilty pleasures is buying those books that are placed around the counters of bookstores. They are these little handy pockets full of warm and fuzzies, sometimes they have cute illustrations, great quotes or  valuable life tips, they are basically something you can get some quick enjoyment from.

That’s where I saw this one, on the counter of two bookstores and when I saw it the third time I just had to buy it. I was drawn to this one because it spoke to me. My days lately (usually always) are quite full on with work, personal projects, drawing, always thinking and a lot of time wasting. I’ve been wanting to begin following a routine to make sure I get all the important things done in my days. And the tea cup on the front cover pulled on my desire to have more time to relax. So, come to think of it, my expectations for this book were super high.

It was a quick read, and I’d say only took me about 2-3 hours to read (taking notes and coffee breaks included).

There are basically 7 simple steps, in which some of the steps can be combined to create less steps. These steps include certain tasks and exercises involving things like:

– eliminating multi-tasking and being present in the one thing you do
– unplugging from the digital/technological world for part of the day
– a task similar to free writing or journaling
– simplifying your to-do lists
– including gratitude in your day
– creating a morning routine and
– creating an evening routine.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve read a lot of self-help/personal growth books, and I know about all of these things, and I know about them in even greater depth than what they were discussed in the book. And this is because I have read many, many books focussing solely on each of the individual steps/tasks.

The way that this differs from what I’ve read and what I know, is that Brooke McAlary, gives you real life examples. These examples prompt you into thinking about your habits, areas where you multi-task where you should probably not multi-task, about how to break down and plan your mornings and evenings, so that you can be more efficient and make sure you’re not stressed and worrying about things all the time.

So even though I really wanted to do what the author was telling me to do, I still haven’t done it, and this is why I’m still busy and running out of time to do things, and have no time really for relaxing. However, I think, all that info that I read in the book is swimming around somewhere there in my subconscious, and since reading the book I have been more productive. I don’t really think that the book really does what it says it will do, which is to give you tips to live a slower life. I think what it does is, it gives you steps you can follow to live a more organised, mindful and purposeful life. If you’ve read the book I’d love to know your thoughts.

The book also has a few great quotes like the one I’ve handwritten below.dale-carnegie-quoteI did some googling and discovered Brooke McAlary’s website Slow Your Home and also her podcast The Slow Home Podcast (which I’ve just subscribed to) which looks great. I’ll check back in about it once I’ve had a chance to have a good listen.

Christopher Kane x Crocs – FASHION

Juliet Sulejmani | March 01, 2017

“There’s no such thing as good or bad taste, it’s just different.”

This is something Christopher Kane was told in his Central Saint Martins days by Louise Wilson, Christopher Kane’s professor and also one of his biggest influences both in his life and his career.


If you have been following Christopher Kane’s designs over the last decade, you will see many examples of his provocative and often unexpected combinations. One such example is his current collaboration with Crocs, which we have now seen in three collections, Spring Summer 2017, Pre-fall 2017 and now Autumn Winter 2017.

And I can confirm, this is definitely the first time that Crocs have appeared on a designer runway, and, I’m sure you don’t need any help in imagining the outrage that ensued amongst the fashion crowd. How could it be, that such an ugly, clunky, shoe which might I add, are very popular amongst chefs and children, thanks to their comfort and durability, is being worn, by a model, on a runway, during LONDON FASHION WEEK. Well…


The thing I have noticed with fashion is that, almost everything that shocks you and is ugly at first, goes through something called the ‘fashion phases’. The more you see them, the many phases it goes through, the more you get used to them and then you start to like them and maybe even love them. At the end of the cycle,  you can’t remember ever not liking them. You know, just like the mighty Birkenstocks. The Birkenstocks were not a fashion item until in 2012, Phoebe Philo put them in the Celine, Spring 2013, Paris runway. The fashion crowd had the same reaction to the Birkenstock that they are having to the Crocs, and I bet you anything, there is not a fashion person alive today that doesn’t own (or doesn’t want to own) at least one pair of Birkenstocks today. So, let’s check in again in five years and see if the Croc successfully passed through the fashion phase and right onto our finally happy feet.


In Christopher Kane’s Spring Summer 2017 Collection 26 out of 38 looks were styled with Crocs. Said Crocs appear in 6 colour ways, 4 having a marble effect and all bedazzled (embellished) with coloured stone jibbitz, all in earthy tones. The stones have been designed specifically for the collaboration, and the button on the heel strap is printed with ‘Christopher Kane’, instead of the Croc crocodile logo. The Crocs are for sale on the brands website for $560 AUD, versus the original un-bedazzled Crocs which are on sale for $49.99 AUD.

The recent Pre-fall 2017 Collection shown during London Fashion Week, features a new version of the Croc collaboration. This time in two colour ways, in the classic clog design and also what looks like the bistro clog and all versions are lined in mink.

Personally I have never owned or even tried Crocs on in my life. They’ve never had the appeal, plus they remind me of the shoes my aunt in Macedonia would wear to go and milk her cows. However, after all the time I’ve spent thinking about them, and looking at pictures of them online, I don’t really find them as offensive as I used to.

On their website, about less than a week ago Christopher Kane uploaded these three videos to his YouTube account. I think they clearly show, Christopher Kane’s playfulness and at the same time, the durability of the Croc.

Christopher Kane Crocs VS Hydraulic Press

“they are made out of really stretchy material.”

Christopher Kane Crocs Dissected

Christopher Kane Crocs VS Road Roller

Fashion doesn’t always have to be uncomfortable but it can and will surprise you.

Buy/Look at the Christopher Kane x Crocs HERE.

Image Credits: Illustration by me Juliet Sulejmani, Photographs via Christopher Kane and Vogue Runway.

Announcement: NGV Triennial opening December 2017 – ART

Juliet Sulejmani | February 28, 2017

Opening 15 December 2017
Free Entry

Yesterday Tony Elwood, the Director of the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) unveiled the “NGV Triennial”, an ambitious new initiative which will be the first recurring contemporary art event for Melbourne. As the names suggests, the exhibition will be held every three years, and thanks to the many partners, who have made significant contributions to support the NGV, the Triennial will be a free exhibition for all to experience.

The inaugural exhibition will open on December 15, 2017 and we will be treated to works by 60 artists, hailing from 30 different countries. The exhibition has been curated around the themes of: body, change, movement, time and the virtual and will explore the social, cultural, scientific and physiological terrains of our contemporary world.

Up to 20 new major artworks have been commissioned for this exhibition and they cross many disciplines including, architecture, design, sculpture, installation, moving image and interactive works.

Alexandra Kehayoglou. No Longer Creek 2015 Courtesy Alexandra Kehayoglou. Photo: Francisco Nocit

At the media launch, Argentine artist and designer Alexandra Kehayoglou was present as was her incredible, giant 8 meter, hand-tufted rug. Kehayoglou uses her family’s traditional carpet-making techniques to draw attention to the effects of globalization and the impact of our demands for energy. The NGV has commissioned the artist to create a monumental 100m2 carpet landscape titled Santa Cruz River.

Yayoi Kusama. Copyright of Yayoi Kusama and Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/ Singapore.

Another exciting commission will be by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who was been described by Time Magazine  “one of the most influential people in the world.” Kusama has been commissioned to create a new immersive work, where, over the exhibitions four month period, each visitor will place a flower anywhere across the surface of a plain interior in an aim to obliterate it.

Guo Pei. Rose Studio. Haute Couture. Courtesy Guo Pei, Rose Studio, Beijing.

 Shown in Paris this year, Guo Pei’s Spring 17 Haute Couture Collection on display at this elaborate exhibition held by the NGV. Guo Pei, a Chinese fashion designer, who is most famously known for creating Rihanna’s canary yellow fur-trimmed gown, which she rocked at the 2015 Met Costume Institute gala. Guo Pei is also the first ever, Chinese fashion designer to be invited to show at Paris Haute Couture Week.

This is only a very small sample of all the incredible work that will be shown during the exhibition. The exhibition itself, will be spread out across all four levels of NGV International. I can’t wait!

Click HERE for the full list of artists and to learn a bit about them.