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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Friday, January 18, 2008

Issue #2. Do some-thing: Buy a Bunny!



Not just any kind of rabbit, a wireless electronic hare that lights up and connects to the internet. And you don't have to feed it or clean up after its mess.



It is called Nabaztag (Armenian for rabbit) and is a new concept by Voilet which follows the common principle of 'letting you do less'. This bunny is just as much a novelty as it is practical. It lights up, dances with its ears and can be transported anywhere where there is a wi-fi hot spot. So what are the kinds of things it can do? Here are just a few features:

-Read emails, podcasts, websites, news headlines, stock market
-Notify you of the weather and RSS updates and important emails
-Play the radio for you
(now here's the novelty side of the gadget)
-Practises 'tai chi' everyday (with his movable ears)
-Perform a light and dance display to songs
-Allows other owners of a bunny to communicate through yours, via sms or sending songs (which the bunny can 'perform' for you)
-Apparently it has a personality.

So its a 50/50 situation on whether it will be more of a novelty than a useful piece of innovative technology in your home. Our verdict? We think after you exhaust the bunny from its list of features, you will quickly realise that it provides more of an entertainment value rather than a practical one. But if you are already impressed by its charm, Nabaztag's can only be purchased via online stores such as Macway and Dynamism. For how much? $425 carrots.
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Issue #2. See some-thing: Warhola


Ok so this isn't really one for Melbourne, but for you lucky bastards up in QLD. The Andy Warhol exhibition is on at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

It might even be worth buying a ticket up to the sunshine state just to witness the few 300 works of art on exhibition. Andy Warhol dipped his hand in various mediums, producing a range of artworks in: painting, sculpture, photography, film, drawing and screenprinting. If you have the spare time and change to head up and view this exhibition, take along this tip: make special note of the films on display. Andy Warhol was also a great underground film maker, hosting screenings in his infamous silver factory which included the 1965 'It' girl and Warhol 'superstar' Edie Sedgwick. By now most of you probably have seen, or heard of Edie from the movie Factory Girl.

Don't let the tragic film making, acting and production of Factory Girl put you off from discovering the real Edie. She can be found performing in Andy's films; Beauty No #2, Poor Little Rich Girl, Kitchen, Vinyl and Factory Diaries, to name a few. Pointless to some, but these films are a great documentation of how freaked out and drugged up the movers and shakers in the sixties were.

And of course, the exhibition will include Andy's most iconic works of art, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O and his Campbell Soup can collection of screen prints.

For more info visit:
The Andy Warhol Exhibition
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Issue #2. Learn some-thing: Pick up yo sticks! yo!



Your grandma isn't daggy alroite? Steal her buns of wool and knitting needles because you will need them for this issue of learn some-thing!


So it's summer and you are on holidays. You cant be bothered getting up and doing anything on those lazy scorching hot days when the heat overpowers you. All you are prepared to move is your hands. Great. Because that is all you need to entertain yourself with this craft that will pay in fuzzy warmth come winter. It is probably wise that we start this exercise now, as it might take some of you until autumn to master the art of knitting.

We hate not being able to find the perfect scarf. We at some-thingelse took up the exercise of knitting because we wanted to create scarfs that were the perfect length, color, texture and width. It didnt take us that long. Although some of our creations had a few snags and dropped holes here and there (we will explain the lingo later) for the most part our bundles of yarn became a prized accessory in our wardrobes which many did in fact comment on. A scarf can jazz up your outfit, or unify it. Don't think that what you have to come up with should be as bland as ganny's baked treats. So start easy, sketch a scarf and select your shade of wool. You will never feel prouder of anything else you wear.

THE BASICS: CASTING ON.

Alot of people when they first begin to knit forget that casting on isn't exactly the first step. You need to first learn how to make a slip knot before you begin to cast on.


Step 1: Create a loop with your yarn, making sure that the tail of the yarn is hanging behind your loop.





Step 2: Put the needle through the loop, moving under the tail and back out the loop.





Step 3: Grab tail and pull to create the slip knot on needle.





Now that we have accomplished this we can cast on:

The best resource we have found for casting on is through here. The diagrams are simple, easy to follow and show you how to do a simple cast on (not anything fancy). It continues on from when you make a slip knot so you can understand what to do next.

After casting on, it is a matter of personal choice and preference as to what kind of stitch you would like to make. There are two main kinds of knitting: knit stitch and purl stitch. Certain combinations of the two produce a variety of different patterns to your final product. Here are just a few:

Standard knit stitch:









Purl stitch:












Rib knit: (1st knit stitch, 2nd knit purl)










Moss knit: (row 1: knit 1 purl 1, row 2: purl 1 knit 1)









So after all these pretty images of the different kinds of knits you can produce, we bet you are just itching to find out how to start your scarf. Here is a great guide on how to cast the basic purl and knit stitches, which are the foundations to creating alot of the other more advanced knitting patterns.
Instructional Guide to Basic Knits

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Issue #2. Style some-thing: Plain White T's



A band have named themselves after it, Kate Moss swears by it, Nicole Richie lives in it (pre-baby bump) so why have Melbournian’s overlooked it? Dig up your old white t-shirt and read on to find out why this piece of clothing is the most overworked and underestimated.



Men have discovered the value of owning and wearing a white t-shirt long before it became a fashion staple. Perhaps this is because men instinctively always opt for the fuss-free, simple and practical alternative. Your brother was wearing one long before you saw Mischa Barton team it with a scarf and skinny jeans on LA Boulevard. The mantra most women adopt, ‘dress to impress’ is responsible for overshadowing the subtle power of the white t-shirt, as for some reason we don’t feel comfortable walking out onto the street unless we are draped in layers of fabric, colour and accessories.

What’s so glorious about it? Think of your white t-shirt as the cream of your wardrobe. It can go with anything. Make sure it is crisp and clean, otherwise you will cross the line from fresh into frump. Wear it with your favorite pair of jeans by day and shift into the night by tucking it into an a-line circle skirt (very now) or a pair of dark denim high waisted shorts. But please, please promise us that you will not design, draw or destroy your t-shirt. Keep it clean and clear. That is the point.

To make it all the more easier for you to get into the perfect t, we at some-thingelse have spent the last week trying on all shapes, cuts, sizes and styles and have come up with a comprehensive list of the best plain white t’s:

BEST FITTED T: Platinum Body cap sleeve t

BEST CROPPED T: It is an absolute struggle to find a decent cropped t shirt. This is the perfect style for this seasons high waistlines and looks effortlessly trendy. Mother Maria Triangle Club Tee is the only relaxed fit, cropped scoop neck t we can find.

BEST BOYFRIEND T: Bonds men’s white t (sizes 12+)

BEST GUYS T: Calvin Klein

BEST FABRIC T: Country Road. Silky smooth cotton. Mmmm.

BEST CUT T: Witchery. Almost all of the t shirts at this store fit beautifully and are flattering for the figure.

BEST DAY TO NIGHT T: American Apparel Deep V neck t

BEST VALUE T: Target

OVERALL BEST WHITE T: Sheer Jersey Loose Crew Summer T-Shirt. This t shirt has a relaxed fit, loose neckline, soft fabric and looks stylish on either guys and girls. At $29 bucks you can afford to grab a few for your friends so they don’t end up stealing yours. But you know sharing is caring.


As long as you are armed with a good bleach and clean shoes your plain white t will never turn against you.
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Saturday, January 5, 2008

 
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