Wednesday, March 5, 2008

We are Back!

All of you loyal followers may have noticed that we have not published anything in a while. Well the rats running this e-zine do need some time out of their cage, and since we are at the end of our summer down in the southern hemisphere, we thought we should take advantage of some sunlight. But we are back to say that we are back. No, we have not stopped production. Please dont go. We love you. Expect to find all of the editions, as per usual, running each fortnight as of next week, as well as a special Melbourne Fashion Week edition of stylesome-thingstreet (which basically means why try and chase after the models/socialites coming out of the parades). So stay tuned!! Read more on this article...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Style Some-thingstreet: Bourke St Mall (Pt. 2)



There were so many well dressed individuals, we had to split the pics into two posts! Enjoy.























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Friday, February 1, 2008

Issue #3. Do some-thing: Hey! Listen to this..it's Cornelius!


Our first music review folks! We wanted to publish some-thing that was unconventionally swinging. So we thought what could be better than the experimental vibes which have been described as: 'shibuya kei', 'indietronica' and 'art rock'?



His name is Keigo Oyamada and his band is Cornelius. Born in Tokyo, Japan this 38 year old producer, musician and vocalist is a one man act (simply because he can do it all himself.) Keigo has been making music since 1993, after dropping out of a band called Flipper's Guitar to go solo. Since then he has released ten albums, two of which are remix albums by Cornelius and two are made by other artists remixing his tracks.

His musical style is not one you can put your finger on, but his compositions will remind you of artists such as: Beck, The Beatles, The Jesus and The Mary Chain and even The Beach Boys. All of which Keigo describes are just a few of the influences for his music. As broad as that mixture may sound, Keigo manages to extract a layer from each artist and mix it together into his own unique tunes. Add in some random pops, drops and smooth harmonious vocals and you have Cornelius.

Try out the film clip to our favorite single 'Drop':



Sit in awe over the graphics in 'Fit Song':



Or checkout the discography on his website
http://cornelius-sound.com/

And if you didn't already catch on, Cornelius is named after a character from The Planet of The Apes. Think that is wierd? Keigo named his son Milo after the chimpanzee scientist, Dr. Milo from the movie too. Read more on this article...

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Issue #3. See some-thing: Union Lane. (Vol. 1)



We have lived in this city all our lives yet it has taken a good 21 years to discover what free galleries Melbourne’s laneways are hiding. This is part 1 of our art expedition. Welcome to Union Lane.





Nestled in between David Jones and Just Jeans, connecting Bourke St Mall to Little Collins, is a little laneway called Union Lane. The towering buildings that have created this pathway block much of the light that can shine in and highlight its walls. Most of the time this lane is in perpetual shadow, so it is easy to overlook the entrance or find it uninviting.

We chose to run through one day to escape the madness of the city shoppers. About halfway in we realised what was surrounding us. Bright, colorful, crazy patterns of graffiti and street artwork sprayed over every spare inch of the brick walls that face each other. It doesn't contain much of your usual ghetto style, tag-team, hip hop typography-but a kaleidescope of cartoons, stencils, characters and creatures. We managed to snap just a few of our favorite parts so you can get an idea of what's on the walls.











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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Issue #3. Learn some-thing: You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks.



You might be too old to do it professionally, but it is a hell of a lot of fun acting like you do. The Centre for Adult Education (CAE) is possibly the only place that treats your desires seriously without forgetting the fun. And most courses are accredited too!



Everyone has a secret, alter ego that wishes to be satisfied. It can be anything from wanting to take the stage as a rock star or professional dancer, to posing as a bohemian painter or writer. For the most part, we are too old to start or feel we lack the talent (besides having a full time career) to even consider entertaining such pipe dreams. We here at some-thing else are proof that you can still get up and grab that special hobby by the horns and give it all you've got.

We recently dipped our toes in a profession that we knew we had no chance of ever realistically fulfilling. The pun was intended, because we pranced our way into a course for ballet through the CAE. There is a massive, massive shortage of adult classes (ballet in particular) available at a total beginners level. We searched, and phoned almost all dance studios, teachers and schools and were all told that, 'you must of had some previous experience in ballet in order to take the beginners class'. It felt like a club that we could never ever have any dream of getting into (pun also intended). As we were about to lose hope and spirit that our dancing dream would be just that, a pamphlet from the CAE arrived in our letterbox and we found that it held classes for total beginners in ballet.

Naturally we are too old to do ballet, but we all assumed we would be too young for the classes. We had envisaged the CAE classes to be filled with 40 some-thing mums, or 60 some-things bored with their free time and pension. Most of all we thought that the classes weren't going to be taken seriously. When we arrived, we were all surprised as to how mixed the students were, of all ages and backgrounds. The teachers are welcoming and strike the perfect balance between approaching you in a professional manner, whilst keeping the ambiance casual and chatty. You can go to a class and act like you are a prima ballerina for one hour and you wouldn't be seen as an idiot.

This is just the perfect example of how any class operates at the CAE. So if dancing is not your cup-o-tea, you have your pick of over a 100 different courses in almost any discipline to tap into. And if you aren't willing to commit yourself to a full term of classes, there are one-off day tours and classes which run over only a few weeks. All courses commence after work hours so you have pretty much little to no excuse not to try one out.

Order a catalogue to be sent out or check it online:
CAE Course Guide

Don't forget to send us your class reviews

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Issue #3. Stylesome-thing: In, Out or Bi? ...Season we mean.



With Autumn hot on our heels and the days getting shorter (we have noticed) it is time to take a look at what will be coming in, going out and hanging around next season.



The overseas designers have already exposed their Spring/Summer 08 collections, and are preparing for the upcoming Fall/Winter 09 shows, so to predict what is going to come into our Autumn/Winter may seem a little old for you fashion fanatics. We will still however, take a peek at what is going to be hot overseas while we are rugging up for Winter, and how it will affect our fashion next season.

COMING IN:

-High waisted A-line/circle skirts. For the life of us we still cannot find this item! It has sprinkled into some rare boutiques but we expect it to take the stage come Autumn. It is already out overseas and we think would become a major trend amongst Melbournian's.
-Sheer. This was one of the key trends for Spring 08 (which hasn't fully hit stores overseas yet) and we can expect to see this trend working into our Autumn/Winter trends too despite the seasonal difference. It will also work its way into our next spring, as the fashion season dictates. You would think that since the overseas fashion shows come out just in time for our season, that we would be in time with the overseas fashion clock. But no, we have to wait for our next season and feel some what out of the loop.
-Body Hugging Dresses. The fashion behavior instinctively has turned to a tighter body image, as a natural response against those loose and baggy smock style dresses that have infested the last two seasons. Expect to see your waists, hips and butts, and those body stocking undergarments fly off the shelf.
-Fringing. This is going to be a main event for overseas Autumn/Winter 09. Yet, it is already making its way down into our trend, with leather fringing on shoes and off jackets. We don't really dig it, and we don't think many Melbournian's will embrace, but nevertheless it is a key style that makes up the next incoming season.
-Frills and Flutes. We think this is the better choice of 'trims'. Frills will be seen on floaty feminine blouses and as an accent on dresses.
-Hippie. We saw Sportsgirl revive the 70's this season, now it is turning back the clock a few years back to the late 60's psycadelica. Not to be mistaken for the early 60's mod trends that brought in the shift dress. This is floaty, frilly and funky.
-The other side of hippie is indie-rock. But not the Pete Doherty rough rocker kind. Think tailored indie with a classy french touch. It is more understated and chic.
-Sheer black stockings or grey opaque tights.
-Cool Emerald Green and a deep purple/blue will be the main colors that break up the dark Winter palette.

GOING OUT:

-Vests and Waistcoats. We are over them, and Melbournian's sure did exhaust their 'Kate Moss cool' factor this season.
- Babydoll, Trapeze, Shift, Smock dresses. You name it. If it is loose and hangs, it is out. way out.
- Boho.
-High waisted jeans.
-black opaque tights.
-metallic leggings and metallic sparkley fabrics. thank god.

HANGING AROUND:

-High waisted Shorts. Some may still come into Autumn and Winter except in tweed or silk, and in a dressier style than the casual denim shorts seen around Summer. This trend has influenced the high waisted A-line skirts that will come in next season.
-Leather Jackets. I would like to disagree and say they are on their way out...but during the current Fall season overseas the leather bomber/jacket was worn by everyone. And it was predicted as a key trend. Which means that for us it already has been allocated a spot in your local department store.
-Shirts/Masculine. The masculine look plays a bigger role in winter as the kind of clothing that depicts a masculine edge is better exemplified through the cooler season. We saw the oversized dress shirt in Summer (which worked well) but this look will evolved into a more tailored masculine trend for next season.
-Retro feel. We were waiting for it to be over, but Sportsgirl somehow always decides to bring it back- this time with more patterned prints. You might also expect to see the opposite of the masculine shirt in this category, with a more feminine blouse that is looser, lighter, has retro prints and patterns and flows freely.
-Grey. It always will come back for winter.

However, if the economy decides to shit itself (as it has been showing signs as of late) we might find our fashion trends slip into the cheaper category. And what is cheaper to buy? Hippie, indie-rock, retro clothing. Sheer and leather would fall out as would most expensive fabrics. Shirts could also become a staple for their cheap, durable and fashionable wear.

Another thing to keep in mind is that what we are predicting is the street trends that might influence Melbourne fashion. This does not necessarily mean that it is what you would find in our designer Winter collections, as most of us cant afford such items. The main trends that come about are the ones that are versatile, moderately priced (or can be knocked off) and are also influenced by social/cultural/economical factors. These factors often create trends that are in no way influenced or seen on the catwalks, and are born out of necessity, climate, etc, with the above mentioned. That is what makes street fashion so unique, and individual to each city.

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