The biggest and bestest of design, Melbourne hosted the Big Design Market and boy, was it heaven.
Appropriately housed in Melbourne’s Exhibition Building, the event was completely free for patrons and ran for a mere three days – not enough I say.
Splendid showbags, ingenious installations and stunning stalls donned the massive showcase where local artists, sculptures, designers and craftsmen were honoured by my wallet.
The Design Files – Australia’s favourite blog for all things design related held its annual Open House, the third the blog has thrown showcasing the very best in local artwork and design.
The ultimate Australian home, everything displayed was completely for sale from homewares to outdoor settings, it was a design feast for the eyes.
Design greats such as Beci Orpin’s prints Kirra Jamison donned the brightly hued walls and jewellery extraordinaires, Emily Green and the girls behind Dinosaur Designs had bits and bobs hidden in rooms to purchase.
What caught my eye (and heart) were the textiles. From cushion covers to throws, the patterns and textures were enough for me to exceed my credit card limit. And the freshly picked peonies!
But it was the little things that made the Open House so delightful. The stacked books on the coffee tables, the way fruit bowls were placed on the kitchen counter and the scattering of cushions made for the simple, perfect setting for those needing to stay in an always creative space.
Melbourne Now is a cultural celebration exploring the complex landscape of what makes Melbourne unique and exceptionally diverse in the way of art, design and architecture.
A collaborative, cross-disciplinary project based at NGV: International and The Ian Potter Centre, the exhibition presents the best of Melbourne’s visual artists and creative practitioners. And with more than 175 presentations and installations, and over 300 artists the space offers contemporary art, installations, sculptures to jewellery design workshops and guided studio tours.
Personal favourites were Jenny deVille’s Degustation - a space decorated with sequin-cladded taxidermied animals and the contemporary, colourful art level full of neon, colour clusters and multi-media projects.
Melbourne Now is running from 22 November 2013 – 23 March 2014.
We Are Handsome // Franks // Seafolly //madeinlove // limedrop // Feathers // Charlie Brown // Wayne Cooper
Gorman // Honor Among Thieves // Limedrop // Kuwaii // Kings of Carnaby // Carly Hunter // búl // Alpha 60 // above // Jolet
Akira // Arthur Galan AG // Yeojin Bae // Megan Park // Calibre // Alexi Freeman // nevenka // Thurley // Christine Accessories
Manning Cartell // Livia Arena // LIFEwithBIRD // tettmann.doust // Alice McCall // Neo Dia // YB J’Aime // Christina Exie
Some choice photographs from yesterday’s Elwood show at MSFW’s Hub.
Hair @ KEVIN.MURPHY
Makeup @ MECCA MAXIMA
The name synonymous with hair and style in Australia, KEVIN.MURPHY is a fixture at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, making the models locks luscious year after year.
This year, MSFW checked in with one of KEVIN.MURPHY’s chief stylists, James Nicholson, to get tips on achieving some of the hot looks for the season.
MSFW blogger Eryn Crowl surrendered her crown to James’ magical touch and came out with two unique looks to try at home; a grunge-girl wave and a chic 60s up-do.
“Much of the work we’re doing this year is ‘90s influenced – going for a more couture punk look,” James explains.
“The first look today is the ‘urban grunge girl’.”
Using a round barrel brush and hair dryer, James separates and waves sections using a downward action.
“It’s about creating movement that doesn’t look too contrived,” James says.
“The trick is not to do sections that are too small.”
He forms a wave around Eryn’s temples, to accentuate her cheekbones, and forms another wave further down, below her shoulders, to break up her long hair.
James works rubbery KEVIN.MURPHY SUPER.GOO through the lengths of Eryn’s hair, giving it a textured, messy finish. The latex-based formula stops the hair from drying stiff, meaning it can be re-tousled or scrunched to keep the locks looking freshly-styled.
“It takes away that frizzy fuzziness,” James says, “It gives it a slight lankness, for a more grungey look.”
Next, James whips out his trusty KEVIN MURPHY needle and thread. He lifts sections of Eryn’s hair from the back of the scalp, holding it together with a single hand on her crown, and tweaking sections until he has a loose, beehive shape.
He weaves the stylist-specific thread in and out, under the created beehive, securing it deftly underneath. The finished look is polished ‘60s mod, with a slight rocker accent.
Words and Photos by the lovely Camille @ camilleleon.blogspot.com.au