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HOT: Valentino: The Last Emperor, Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melb

HOT: Valentino: The Last Emperor, Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melb

In Valentino: The Last Emperor, legendary Italian haute couture fashion designer Valentino pronounces that he knows what women want – women want to be beautiful. After watching a documentary filled with Valentino’s jaw-droppingly glamourous dresses, I confess I think this short perma-tanned gay man might just be right. Stuff paid maternity leave and workplace equality […]

HOT: Spirit of the Black Dress, Georges, 195 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

You think Melbourne fashion, you think black. So it’s only natural that the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week program includes the inaugural exhibition The Spirit of the Black Dress, a collection of ten interpretations of the wardrobe essential from various up-and-coming Australian designers. The final ten dresses, selected by designer Joe Saba, trend forecaster and creative […]

HOT Alert: Week of 7 September 2009

Over the years I’ve had numerous comments that there aren’t enough NOTs in the blog. My response always is that I choose where I go (unfortunately, I don’t get paid to write), so I’m naturally not going to choose to do something that I suspect will be dodgy.  I liked Andre’s response; ‘well, that means […]

HOT: Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

HOT: Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

For a thrilling moment I thought that the door prize for the screening of Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton was a Marc Jacobs handbag. That would have been a great way to dive into Melbourne Spring Fashion Week! The movie is part of a season of films curated by ACMI called Marc Jacobs on Film, […]

HOT ALERT: Week of 31 August 2009

Another week, another festival. This time it’s Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (1 – 6 September) and despite the fact that it’ll be my first week in my new job, my diary is packed with events: Fashion at Altitude S/S 09/10 runway parade at Melbourne’s GPO on Wednesday 2 September; returning to Melbourne’s GPO on the […]

HOT: Liquid Desire Salvador Dali, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

Saturday morning: NGV Members viewing of Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire at NGV International. Otherwise known as the Dali moshpit. As I was brought to a halt by the conveyor belt of people, I quickly decided that I would have to come again another time. So I spent only about 30 minutes in the extensive exhibition, […]

NOT: Craft Hatch@MWF, Federation Square, Melbourne

You’ve probably gathered by now that I love craft and I love markets. So I would equally love to give Craft Hatch@MWF a HOT. But Craft Victoria‘s market for student and emerging craftspeople, which is being held this month in conjunction with the Melbourne Writers Festival, left me disappointed. None of the literary-inspired craft particularly […]

HOT ALERT: Week of 24 August 2009

Get ready readers! This week’s the beginning of the Melbourne Writers Festival and I will be attending three sold out events: live broadcast of ABC1′s Q&A on 27 August; filming of the ABC’s popular First Tuesdays Book Club on 28 August; and Chris Tsiolkas, author of The Slap in conversation on 30 August. What else […]

HOT: Thread Den, Level 1 16 Errol St, North Melbourne

Thread Den: Part 2 After my success at Thread Den’s Sewing Basics Module 1, I was all enthused about Sewing Basics Module 2, where I’d be learning about zips, buttons, elastic and casings. I don’t know whether it was the lunch of sausage rolls and cupcakes that I had, but I found it very hard […]

HOT: Steel Works, Guildford Lane Gallery, 20-24 Guildford Ln, Melbourne

My second time to the Guildford Lane Gallery as an accidental visit after an abortive attempt to find a Laneway Commission in Guildford Lane. This time, the gallery was showing disparate works from a couple of different artists, with the ground floor occupied by Steel Works by Mark Cowie and Greg Cassidy. As I’ve previously […]

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