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Zilpah tart goes Corporate

She’s known for her bright, colourful prints created digitally from photos she takes in Canberra and surrounds. So what’s the deal behind the corporate range in solid blacks, navy blues and royal blues just launched by local fashion designer Yumi Morrissey?

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Zilpah tart’s new corporate line in black, navy, and royal blue.

“A friend asked me to make her favourite Zilpah tart print dress in plain navy for work,” says Yumi. “She loves the style, shape and ease-of-wear of the Balloons dress she bought from me but works in a conservative office and thought a solid colour would be more appropriate. She discussed it with other female friends who agreed so I seized the opportunity to design a new corporate range for professional women.” And the range began attracting attention the moment it popped up on Zilpah tart’s website and social media platforms.

Yumi is staying true to her aesthetic—dresses that look fabulous; are flattering to the female silhouette and are comfortable. She’s also using the quality polyester jersey fabric so popular in her other collections because it doesn’t crease or crinkle or need ironing. It washes easily, dries quickly and is fabulous for those who travel.

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Heidi in royal blue

This isn’t the first time Yumi has made the smart move of responding direct to customer suggestions. She took a limited number of orders for the black diamond dress she made to wear to FASHFEST 2017, when launching her spring/summer Garden Paradise collection on the catwalk. When she ran out of that fabric, she sourced a sparkly forest green fabric in Sydney. “The runs were limited but customers thought they were perfect for Christmas and the party season,” says Yumi.

The initial line-up of Zilpah tart’s new corporate range features four styles, each named after one of the women who encouraged Yumi to ‘go for it’—Ash, Heidi, Penne and Sarah. “They also modelled the dresses for me in the photo shoot, which was really fun,” says Yumi. “I chose the four styles because they’re best sellers for Zilpah tart, and all four are made specifically for work, but they can easily take you to after-work drinks or events or special occasions.”

Each style is available in black, navy and royal blue. Yumi has designed two V-neck lines, shapes she knows her customers like, and has included two variations for the bottom of the dresses; a full skirt and a more A-line shape.

She plans to monitor sales of the new corporate range and add additional styles over time. She’ll also change the colours to reflect the change of seasons.

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Yumi in Zilpah tart black diamond dress at Fashfest 2017. Photo by Doug Hall Studio Vitae

The corporate range is sold through the Gungahlin Collective and Zilpah tart’s website. Yumi is also hoping to also sell it out of the Design A Space, Manchester Lane, Melbourne, where she already stocks many of her colourful prints. “Let’s face it, Melbourne loves a bit of black,” she says, “and with my colourful patterns, I’ll be looking to sell in Sydney and Queensland starting this year.”

While sales of the corporate range continue, Yumi has been busy. She’s just come back from a fabric buying trip and is now busy designing her autumn/winter 2018 collection, which will feature coats made from black wool (with her bright prints as lining for added interest), dresses out of wool jersey and skirts out of a cotton satin.

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V-neck styles in navy blue

The new corporate range starts at $160, with four part-payments available through Afterpay on www.zilpahtart.com.au

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Lighten up your Life!—Enlighten Festival 2018

Canberra’s 16 night spectacular, Enlighten Festival, is now in its seventh year and the 2018 upcoming event will be bigger and better than ever!

Presented by Singapore Airlines, Enlighten 2018 kicks off on Friday 2 March at the National Library of Australia with a Switch On by one very lucky member of the public chosen through an ActewAGL competition. Switch On will be the first chance to see the capital’s major and iconic architectural attractions, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Australian Democracy, Questacon, and Australian Parliament House, transformed into a myriad of colour, shapes and images projected onto the buildings.

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Enlighten Parliament House

This is the second year ActewAGL has partnered with Enlighten, and the first year the event has spread out from the parliamentary triangle to include events at the Australian National University (ANU) and Braddon. ANU events will include food, drink, entertainment, and spectacular light displays where you can fly through projections of the solar system, and join a walking trail passing all the main displays.

The bustling Braddon Noodle Markets offer an EPICurean journey through Asia with dumplings, Pad Thai, sambals, and noodles, plus gourmet desserts. This is a delight on the senses with free entry, and dog-friendly cafés.

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Asian delight at the Noodle Markets

But wait … there’s more! Enlighten 2018 also includes music with Symphony in the Park on 11 March, where you can kick back in Commonwealth Park and watch the sun go down to music from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and Killer Queen—get ready to rock Stage 88 with We are the Champions!

Canberra Day on 12 March will offer live bands and heaps of fun for the kids throughout the day, or you can float across the lake with the Canberra Balloon Spectacular when more than 30 hot air balloons will take to the skies between 10 – 18 March, and Enlighten Festival will close on 17 March with the iconic SKYFIRE lighting up the shores of Lake Burley Griffin with fireworks and fun at 8.30pm.

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Balloon Spectacular

The official Enlighten Festival Switch On takes place at 8pm on 2 March on the steps of the National Library, but you can shake your tail feather to Sounds of the Sixties with some 60s music, plus a kids’ disco, and art and crafts from 6.30pm.

Steamed Dumplings at the Noodle Market

Canberra Enlighten Festival will run from 2 – 18 March through the parliamentary triangle, city centre, and ANU. For more information visit www.enlightencanberra.com

Baked on Mort!

I brunched on a bragel the other day. ‘Bragel?’ you ask. ‘Whatever is a bragel?’ Well a bragel is an invention of a new French patisserie in Braddon called Baked.  It’s a cross between a bagel and a brioche.

Chef Clement Chauvin, who owns Baked (and Les Bistronomes) with partner Abel Bariller, was determined to create something less dense that a bagel … something with just a wee bit more butter (OK, perhaps a fair bit more). Something that’s full of flavour and fun. He succeeded with Baked’s very own bragel. Better still, Clement has done what many a baker hasn’t managed to do and that’s master a gluten free version with a texture to dream of—soft and chewy.

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Baked hasn’t been open long but has already attracted a bevy of fans. It took over the space where the paleo café Tallow and Thyme lived for a while. Now, against the raw brick walls inside, are mega murals by local Canberra artist Christopher Toth and a very French bakery feel. It’s warm and inviting.

Baked opens at 7am for those who are up and at ‘em early with all-day breakfast on the menu. French crepes anyone? Choose from a range, including crepes with house made jam, Nutella or lemon curd and raspberry.

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But back to them bragels. Clement poured his heart and soul into creating what he says is ‘the best bun ever’. It took a lot of time, experimenting, failed attempts, but then, voila, the bragel hit the market. He and Abel are so confident in the product they’ve trademarked it. You can have your Bragel Eggs Benny with ham, mushroom, spinach or salmon. The egg and bacon bragel is true comfort food, but Baked doesn’t stop there. Flavours and ingredients change with the season, based on what quality produce is available.

These days you can enjoy a charcoal bragel, which Clement says are hugely popular, with house cured salmon gravlax and dill sour cream, or go for the Hell’s Kitchen, which is enough to really fire you up with its sriracha chili sauce. Or the more relaxed Waldorf (vegetarian) with its winning combo of ingredients—witlof, pear, blue cheese and honey dressing.

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Lunch starts early at 11am and what’s on the menu can easily be converted to vegetarian and gluten free options. If you want something heartier, dig into the Black Angus beef patty bragel, or a version with quality ingredients Italians would love—salami, cheese, tomato and fresh basil. A Thai version is also available and the Braddon Bragel, made with buttermilk chicken, coleslaw and mayo, sounds delish.

If you don’t think bragels are your thing, order a fresh salad, a house made sandwich or slice of quality quiche. And what would a bakery called Baked be without sweet treats? Just in time for Christmas, Baked is offering treats that will make sugar plum fairies dance in your head, including holiday red and green bragels.

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The display cabinet is lined with other treats, as good looking as they are tasty. Rich and sweet Viennoiserie, croissants, tarts and loaves are all up for grabs, as are a colourful selection of melt-in-the-mouth macaroons. The raspberry millefeuille is utterly amazing and a slice of the pecan, choc and banana loaf is perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.

Abel says heaps of other interesting offerings are on the horizon at Baked, including a liquor licence and some fun happenings with beers. Stay tuned.

Baked is open 7 days (except public holidays) from 7am to 3pm. 44/38 Mort Street, Braddon.

All images courtesy Baked.

Riley Tanton—Watch this Space!

Riley Tanton has just graduated from Canberra Grammar, but he has no time to hang out this summer. The 18-year-old is far too busy running his own business and has just launched a new line of affordable, luxury watches named after Aussie islands.

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Riley Tanton – photo by Hollwill Photography

We ran a story on Riley about a year ago, inspired by how this young entrepreneur was so focused, talented and determined, even while busy studying his brains out in high school. Having graduated, Riley has had early acceptance into University of Canberra and a Master of Business Administration is on the horizon. In the meantime, he’s spending every spare second as the Managing Founder of Millennial Watches.

Riley’s new Haven Collection adds four styles to his Original Collection of timeless pieces. The new designs stay true to the company’s ethos of offering unique, quality, unisex watches that look a million bucks but don’t break the bank. And, the new designs are slimmer, sleeker and a luxury level up. They display beauty in all areas of design.

“They’re sophisticated looking despite their price tag of $86.40,” says Riley. “The Flinders really stands out with its polished rose gold case, polished rose gold hands, black face and genuine tan leather strap. The Whitehaven also has polished gold elements, but with a white face and tan leather strap. The black and gold Fraser is bold, and the Ashmore is super classy with black case, grey hands, black face and a black leather strap.”

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Millennial Watches Island Collection

Riley opened Millennial Watches just over a year ago. Never keen to sit on his laurels, he’s also just custom designed a watch for Canberra Grammar, with a production run of 300. He’s also worked on a small range of watches for Nomiko Kids, the new kid’s fashion label that appeared on young models’ at Fashfest. “I’m keen to partner with other organisations who want custom designs”, says Riley.

While also entering the retail world, online sales remain strong, especially in ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria, with Riley setting a personal best by selling 180 watches in one week.

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Millennial Watches – His …

The Japanese movement used by Millennial Watches is long lasting. Batteries run strong for around three years, and each watch comes boxed and wrapped around a pillow square to protect them.

Riley is no stranger to business. He became an entrepreneur in Grade 6, selling drinks out of his locker at school. Even though you’d think a young entrepreneur would be keen on pocketing every bit of timely profit, Riley donates $3.50 from every watch bought online to the Garvan Institute for Medical Research.

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Millennial Watches come with a one-year warranty. Free shipping when you order online: http://www.millennialwatches.com.au/

Fascinating Rhythm at Melba Fete!

Spent a great day yesterday with some muso friends who were performing at a local fete. Rhythm Syndicate is an auditioned Canberra based vocal group who sing four part harmony, with accompaniment by Canberra composer, songwriter and pianist Mike Dooley, and harmonicist and flautist, Paul Herbert.

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Rhythm Syndicate with conductor and musical director, Camilo Gonzalez

Revitalising their jazz roots, the program included many toe-tapping jazz standards such as Miss New Orleans, Java Jive, Fascinating Rhythm, and other classics from Cole Porter, and Gershwin – a great afternoon of cool musical entertainment.

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Composer, songwriter, and pianist Mike Dooley

If you’re a jazz lover don’t miss their upcoming performances over the next couple of months.

5 December: Griffith Baptist Care Concert 11am

9 December: Queanbeyan Carols in the Park (55 Collett St) 7pm

10 December: Canberra High Court 1.30pm

10 December: National Portrait Gallery 3.30pm

17 December: Lerida Winery 12.30pm

 

 

 

You can also catch awesome pianist Mike Dooley, with singer Rachel Thorne, performing as In 2 Deep at Jazz in the House, University House, ANU on Friday 27 October at 8pm. Bookings essential through Uni House at events.unihouse@anu.edu.au or call them on 6125 5270.

Mike Dooley (keyboard) and singer Rachel Thorne – In 2 Deep

Kids’ First at FASHFEST!

For the first time kids featured in two shows at FASHFEST this year, and boy did they enjoy themselves! Both Tip You’re It! and NOMIKO made first appearances at FASHFEST, and considering the kids walked the full length of the runway to huge audiences, they exuded the style and confidence that any model would.

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Tip You’re It! Photo by LFW

First up was Tip You’re It! a fashion store with a difference. Opening in 2015 Tip You’re It! sells a huge range of gorgeous kids’ fashion brands, gifts and accessories, furniture and décor—you can find everything you need from cool casual to party style, for babies and up to 6 years. Tip You’re It! is located at 5/18 Lonsdale Street, Braddon—open 7 days a week—or check out their website or Facebook page.

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NOMIKO – photo courtesy FASHFEST

NOMIKO is the brainchild of Andrea and Clint Hutchinson, founders of FASHFEST, and was established, together with co-founder and partner Sophia Petersen, after the birth of Andrea and Clint’s two gorgeous children. NOMIKO is quality and fun fashion for kids from 4 to 10 years and includes boys, girls, and unisex designs. Running around, playing in the dirt, getting messy—that’s what kids are meant to do, and NOMIKO’s comfy leggings, hoodies, dresses, pants, and tops allows them to just get on with being kids. In fact, the clothing is so fabulous you will wish it came in your size! All garments are designed and made in Canberra. NOMIKO is available by order, and you can find them on Facebook.

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NOMIKO – photo courtesy FASHFEST

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Tip You’re It! Photo by LFW

FASHFEST 2017 in Review

There’s been a lot of ‘firsts’ this year for FASHFEST, but from all the stunning gowns, gorgeous bridal wear, and everything in between we’ve chosen to review those that are a little bit different. The standard of wearable items this year was amazing, but we eventually went with labels we could, and would, wear ourselves, and perhaps more importantly, those with a community background to their fashion. By the LFW team.

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Tiwi dress by Magpie Goose – photo by LFW

Our chosen designers include one label working with remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, another that brings a range of artists from across Australia to work together in a visually exciting collection, and the third showcasing what you can do with someone else’s unloved clothing.

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Magpie Goose Collection – photo by LFW

Magpie Goose is a new label founded in 2016 by Maggie McGowan and Laura Egan and named after a bird native to the Northern Territory. Based in Katherine, Magpie Goose works with four Aboriginal communities across the Top End including Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation in Wadeye; Tiwi Design in Wurrumiyanga, Bathurst Island; Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya; and Bábbarra Women’s Centre, Maningrida. Through its clothing, the label aims to tell the story of people, place, and culture through fashion.. Magpie Goose is incubated by Enterprise Learning Projects, an organisation dedicated to fostering and supporting grassroots business development in partnership with remote Aboriginal communities. This was Magpie Goose’s first time at FASHFEST.

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RAW Australia – photo by LFW

RAW Australia is part of an international community that brings together a range of artists including photographers, designers, visual and performing artists and musicians, film makers, and much more. For FASHFEST, RAW Australia brought together four fashion designers to show an exciting range of clothing including exotics from Bird Skin in Melbourne, gorgeous gowns from Bianca Pavlic The Label from Canberra, couture garments and jewellery from Ellavanna in Perth, and Adelaide’s Kiira showcasing a bohemian twist to their fashions. This was RAW Australia first showing at FASHFEST.

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RAW Australia – image by LFW

SALVOS Stores. It’s fashion reinvention and serious eco chic. That’s what this unique FASHFEST 2017 show, presented by Salvos Stores, is all about. Salvaged is sustainable style at its best and this collection illustrates how fashionable high-end discarded and donated clothing can be. Curated by Salvos Stores stylist Fay De Lanty, this ingenious upcycling, dare we say even couture, transforms your perception of second-hand. It’s op-shop—but not as you know it! This is Salvos Stores first appearance at FASHFEST.

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Upcycled fashion by Salvos Stores – photo courtesy Fashfest 2017

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Salvos Stores Salvage Collection – photo courtesy Fashfest 2017