May 31, 2012

50 PORTRAITS

Photographer Hugh Stewart is one of the best in the business, and that he is based predominantly in Australia is something for the country to be very proud of. His intimate portraits unveil a side of celebrities often hidden; there's a rawness, not so much in style, but in the truth that Mr Stewart's lens captures. Such a talent has served the photographer well - he's photographed everyone from Michael Caine and Clint Eastwood to Nicole Kidman and (above) Leonardo DiCaprio, for magazines as broad as Australian, French and American Vogue through to Vanity. "The confidence to take the picture and all of those assured technical elements are second nature to me by now," explained Mr Stewart of his process. "The visual result should be an authentic instinctive reaction, but it has taken 20 years of shooting to reach this point." That experience will be on show next week when the photographer unveils 50 Portraits, an aptly titled exhibition, at Sun Studios in Sydney's Alexandria, with each signed print, limited in edition to one, available for purchase with proceeds donated to The Newborn Care Centre at Royal Women's Hospital. The exhibition opens on Tuesday 5 June at 6.30pm.


MEN AT WORK


Artists Techa Noble and Emma Price of all-female art collective The Kingpins spoke at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney last night as part of Vivid Live's ideas and discussions component. We thought it timely to share one of our favourite archive portraits, Ms Noble and Ms Price pictured here with collaborators Angelica Mesiti and Katie Price for our special masculinity issue, autumn 2012, in which they spoke with the MCA's Elizabeth Ann Macgregor about nightclub beginnings, changing mediums and staying together longer than The Beatles. 

May 30, 2012

INTRODUCING: SVBSCRIPTION

Svbscription is a high-end product subscription service that accomodates to your personal taste and lifestyle. New York artist Sam Wheeler and Portable.tv founder Andrew Apostola make up the creative duo behind Svbscription, a service that delivers unique parcels of products to members all over the world. Each parcel contains the best of design, culture, technology, apparel and entertainment with products that are carefully curated by tastemakers and produced in collaboration with celebrated brands and designers. The service is designed for men who appreciate the finer details of lifestyle and culture but are short on time. With each parcel curated around a theme and delivered directly to members' homes or office, Svbscription makes it easier for men to own rare and exclusive products and experiences while managing to keep up with the trends. Manuscript spoke with Mr Wheeler and Mr Apostola about their service and what it involves. 

Why did you set up Svbscription?
Fun is probably the best way to explain it.

Things like Mr Porter make it obvious that men are spending on luxury. But why Svbscription when you can go out and buy what you want directly? Is it about the element of surprise?
Yes, I think there is that element of surprise, but also the other element that’s important is the way that we work with brands to help produce the products. The first theme is curated around travel, and we’re working directly with a couple of manufacturers to do the product development of the pieces available in the parcel. Of course you can buy products online now and it’s become a world where everything is accessible, but this is luxury around scarcity of great objects. A lot of the time you don’t want to walk into an apartment and see the same things over and over again. This idea is based on having exclusive products that can be customised to suit our aesthetic. 

How do you sum Svbscription up – a gift to oneself?
We've been likening it to a 'book of the month club', where you receive an object every quarter, a beautifully curated selection of products, but also an experience. 

It’s quite decadent in that sense.
It is. It’s quite decadent gifting yourself regularly. We talk about it in the same way a gym membership works – you sign up, you attend, and you physically improve over time so you don’t mind the fee. With Svbscription you don't just acquire great things, but expand your taste as well. It enriches peoples lives to have something they can hold on to. 

How did you get brands involved? Who are some of them?
We've started the conversation about doing something bespoke and exclusive. This is our first foray into it so we’re trying to shape it as we go. The people that have influenced and informed us the most are the brands that are involved. Through working in the city [New York] we've learnt about a certain taste level, and have been introduced to some amazing products. 

What can one expect in the box?
There is an apparel element to it, and we have a concierge service that engages with our members for the product run regarding sizing. Each parcel contains apparel, beauty and technology. It depends on how many products are in each box – there’s six pieces in the first run. It all depends. If we find one exceptional piece we’ll do that with a smaller selection of complimentary pieces. The first package has a couple more impressive pieces and we also cover the necessities of travel.

Are the boxes tailored to each member?
Everyone gets the same, with the only difference being sizing.

How do you approve a member?
There’s only 100 memberships available at the moment with first in, first served. We’re opening in different sequences through different channels. We have our own network of people to take care of first and there’s a waiting list that expands each time. And because we’re just starting, 100 members is something we’re comfortable with as we don’t want to sacrifice quality. This also keeps it fairly exclusive in the beginning and allows us to control our market. We hope if we set it up right it will take off and expand on its own.

And shipping?
We are catering to different continents and it’s available to everyone everywhere. Of course there are limits on availabilities with shipping, with free shipping in the US and shipping costs to elsewhere.

What does a member pay?
$300 per quarter to $100 per month. People can buy a yearly supply for $1100. We’ve put it at an affordable price point for the pieces we put together.

MOVING INTO MENSWEAR

Traditional women's labels are flooding into the men's market in recent times. Perhaps it's the economic climate - men do, after all, shop in a more consistent way - or maybe it's just the growing market of men interested in investing in stylish goods. Whatever the case, options have never been so aplenty. Melbourne-based accessories label Elk has released its autumn/winter collection of document wallets, satchels, tote bags and tie cases, the second men's range following its launch last summer. The Mr Elk range, Elk's founders Marnie and Adam explain, has been "an exciting addition" to the label. The collection in stores now, 'Second Nature' is inspired by the Victorian bushland and its regeneration following the devastating bush fires. That reference isn't instantly recognisable - and perhaps it's merely a starting point for the designers - but the result is of thick, raw leather pieces. 

May 29, 2012

THE ESBER EFFECT

During Australian Fashion Week we introduced the debut menswear collection of womenswear designer Christopher Esber, which was, to say the least, a highlight of the week. To celebrate the capsule, we exclusively photographed our favourite men's looks. 


The designer made his name with a conceptual approach to ready-to-wear clothing, and where in other cases such a description conjures a comic or unwearable aesthetic, Mr Esber’s is quite the opposite. A fusion of textures, often employing leather, mesh and silk, Mr Esber’s work is razor-sharp in its clean cuts: pencil skirts, crisp, collared shirting, knife-pleated blazers. And while the masculinity inherent in such garments may appear an easy transition into menswear, many underestimate the challenges inherent in men’s tailoring: they’re not only technical, but there are far greater boundaries and established rules than in womenswear.

Yet despite his background, his offering was a seamless extension of the women’s looks he presented: both components felt accomplished in their own right, but there was a coherency between the two that many designers fail to achieve, particularly when shown alongside one another. Mr Esber sought to experiment with sportswear shapes in his shirt-making, cutting garments from crisp cotton in t-shirt-like patterns. “I want to get shirting down pat before I really explore blazers and suiting,” he explains of the pieces, which are created in Australia from cotton, leather and linen.


All clothing by Christopher Esber; Prada shoes & socks;

May 28, 2012

THE BRAND WITH THE BAND

The new print edition of Manuscript, in stores now, features an in-depth story about Burberry Acoustic, the music platform set up by the British super brand's chief creative officer Christopher Bailey as a way to support and nurture fledgling local musicians. "Music is something very close to my heart... something that I have always loved and is connected to everything we do," explained Mr Bailey in Taipei last month, where the brand unveiled its new 3D concept in celebration of the Taipei 101 Mall store, its largest in the Asia Pacific region, for which singer-songwriter Tom Odell performed. That level of support - the recording and promotion of new music, the touring of musicians to cities, as Burberry did with Life In Film when they performed at a Burberry event in Sydney last month, and brand ambassadorship - continues with today's release of the brand's autumn/winter Mario Testino-lensed campaign. Alongside British actress Gabriella Wilde is musician Roo Panes, both existing parts of the extended Burberry family. Mr Panes wrote and recorded a track, Indigo Home, exclusively for the release of the campaign, which is available global on iTunes from the first of next month. In the meantime, view Mr Panes' first Burberry Acoustic track, I'll Move Mountains, here. 

Image: Copyright Burberry/Testino

INTRODUCING: MALCOLM CARFRAE


“I have learned a lot at Calvin Klein,” says its Vice President of Global Communications Malcolm Carfrae, “and the foundation is my way of giving back to an industry that has been good to me.” Mr Carfrae is, of course, referring to the Australians in New York Fashion Foundation [AINYFF], an organization he set up with a band of fellow sartorially-inclined expats, specifically film producer and previous executive editor of V magazine Julie Anne Quay, in 2009 as a way to promote Australian talent and lend a helping hand to a new generation of creatives trying to get their foot in the door that is the Big Apple. 

“The priority is to provide first-hand international experience to the winners and runners up through contacts, internships and industry membership.” And given Mr Carfrae and Ms Quay’s enviable blackbook, in addition to the help of fellow board members Doll Wright of Ford Models and Harper’s Bazaar’s Brana Wolf and Laura Brown, it’s little winner that previous winners have found themselves at such design powerhouses as Calvin Klein (inaugural winner Georgia Lazzaro) and Proenza Schouler (second-year winner Laura Wade), and as assistant to the inimitable photographer Craig McDean (inaugural runner-up Simone Eeles). Industry placement is supplemented by a cash sponsorship of US$25,000. “The hope,” adds Mr Carfrae, “is that these young Australians will return [home] to enrich the fashion industry.”

The foundation’s youth is such that this vision is yet to take effect, but the mere running of AINYFF has a ripple effect throughout the industry, at once inspiring graduates to strive for success on an international level, but also helping to promote Australian creativity abroad. And it’s something that Mr Carfrae and his Australian cohorts are keen to build upon, earlier this year working with Woolmark, a division of Australian Wool Growers, to present ‘The Australian Five’ – a showcase of the collections of Kym Ellery, Christopher Esber, Fernando Frisoni, Michael Lo Sordo and Magdalena Velevska – at New York’s Crosby Street Hotel. 

Entries for the 2013 AINYFF scholarship open in August. Visit ainyff.org for details.

May 27, 2012

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

It's on for young and old with the launch today of Converse's Let's Take This Outside campaign in Australia. Celebrating the release of the 2012 Chuck Taylor 'All Star' boots collection, Converse has rolled out a guerilla-style initiative whereby the public can uncover free pairs of boots placed into special In Case of Emergency boxes in outdoor locations across the country. Visual clues detailing locations can be found on the Australian Converse Facebook page (here) and runs for two weeks from today, with the boots available in stores from July. 

INTRODUCING: FERGUS LINEHAN



In a very short time, Vivid Live has become an important event on Sydney’s annual event calendar as a result of its unique nature. Unlike the majority of international music festivals, Vivid operates more as a creative platform than it does a round-up of musicians promoting new material. This, the event’s fourth year, continues to follow and evolve this formula, but its taken a step forward in appointing a festival director, replacing its rotating roster of guest curators and placing the Sydney Opera House’s head of contemporary music, Fergus Linehan, at the helm. Not that there was any issues taken with previous directors’ programming – including Brian Eno and Modular’s Stephen Pavlovic – but, as a whole, it lacked a sense of continuity from year to year, as curators weren’t able to forward-plan acts for years to come, effectively limiting the event from reaching its full potential. 

Mr Linehan, needless to say, is thrilled to be overseeing the event, which incorporates music, light and, rather interestingly, ideas. “It’s a really interesting platform for the house,” he says, “because through the course of the year we rarely get acts on consecutive dates, so with [Vivid] we have a platform to do things that are different to what people are used to.” Mr Linehan notes that the strength of numbers that a festival provides, the sense of community created, creates an environment where the public is more open to new experiences.” When else, he asks, would you find people out enjoying light projections on the Opera House sails on a Tuesday night? 

Mr Linehan points to the demise of record sales as one reason for the growing popularity of live performance, and he’s keen to capitalise on this through collaboration, the ‘ideas’ component of the festival. He’s commissioned Niche and Modular to guest curate evenings in a way “that’s meaningful to them”, brought together Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens to perform together in a rare series of concerts, and has secured the world premiere of Efterklang’s new album, which they’ll perform with the Sydney Symphony. 

“In this way,” says Mr Linehan, “we are directly engaged with the way people make music.”  A few years ago, one couldn’t have imagined the scope of such acts – Karen O, Florence & The Machine, The Temper Trap and Imogen Heap – performing at what was a classically-focused venue. “The House simply couldn’t have programmed these kinds of acts then, and Vivid helps strengthen relationships for year-round programming. As a result, the venue’s audience has been enormously broadened, with half of Vivid’s audience never having been in the Opera House before. “If you’re one of the country’s most important arts centres and there’s a huge wave of audience you’re not reaching then you’ve got a problem.” 

But the broadening is more than just attracting a younger audience, with online accessibility refining and broadening the public’s musical palette. “Interests are shifting, and it’s amazing to look around at an event and see everyone from 20 to 70 years old up out of their seats engaging in the same music. The public are pushing for expansion and diversity, and it’s a really exciting place to be in.” 

The director brings with him an impressive background. He’s most recognised in Australia for helming Sydney Festival from 2006 to 2009, as part of its three-year directorship, but his reach extends internationally. Spending half his year in London where, since 2010, he has helped strengthen the Sydney Opera House’s international relationships, he is also an Artistic Associate at the Edinburgh International Festival and prior to Sydney Festival, was Artistic Director of Dublin Theatre Festival. They’re broad, challenging roles, but Mr Linehan’s affable nature and encycleopeadic knowledge of the arts has seen him bring to Australia such acts as Brian Wilson, Bjork, Grace Jones and Elvis Costello.

His artistic direction of Vivid then is really an extension of his work with the house but in a more focused manner. Indeed, what defines the event is its location. Few other music festivals can lay claim to a venue as historically-steeped, impressive and musically-hallowed as the Sydney Opera House. It’s a challenge in itself – “We’re never going to be able to squeeze 50,000 people in or around the House,” says Mr Linehan – but one that, in its own right, plays an important role in the event. “I’d like it to have a big international reputation, that people get on planes and trains and make the pilgrimage for because it’s a hub of incredibly interesting events.” Mr Linehan’s aim, essentially, is for musicians from around the world to identify Vivid as a platform upon which to present a special project, which goes some way into explaining the small presence of local acts in comparison to international. “Every act is meant to be really, really special, and so if a band is playing at The Metro in the same week as their performance at Vivid, it loses that buzz,” he says. 


Vivid Lives runs at Sydney Opera House until July 03. Click here for more details.

THE YOUNG ONES: VIVIEN SHEN

In a market flooded with aspiring womenswear designers, five fashion design students presented graduate menswear collections that far exceeded the work of many working professionally. Hailing from around the country – including one designer from Perth – these designers harvest great ambition but, with thanks to their rigorous training, are taking considered steps towards reaching their goals. In issue 03 of Manuscript we present an extensive portfolio of these creatives’ work, and each week we'll introduce one designer here on manuscriptdaily.com


VIVIEN SHEN, 25, UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SYDNEY
“My collection is inspired by the Matadors and, in particular, their attitude. The persona of the collection is a masculine male who is torn between the image of invincibility he should portray and the reality of fear he feels when standing in front of a bull. I’m asking if being masculine is about portraying a fa├žade or showing your fears with the ability to overcome them? This dichotomy of masculinity was what I tried to reference throughout the collection: the strong silhouettes contrasted by the soft tailoring; the monochromatic colour palette and pared back fabrication against the detailed and intricate textile embellishments.”



May 24, 2012

COSMOPOLIS COSTUMING

Fashion plays a big part in the media frenzy that is Cannes Film Festival. This week has brought countless red carpet image galleries and the brilliant Roman Polanski-directed short film A Therapy by Prada (starring the inimitable Ben Kingsley as a fur coat-attacted therapist). But in a few hours, David Cronenberg will present his new contemporary thriller Cosmopolis, in which its star, actor Robert Pattinson, is outfitted exclusively by Gucci. The Italian luxury house collaborated with costume designer Denise Cronenberg to create a black two-button, notch-lapel suit in Gucci's signature slim silhouette. Gucci's creative director Frida Giannini says "we are so pleased to work with Robert on Cosmopolis and to create an effortless and classic style for his character." In the film, Mr Pattinson plays a young billionaire asset manager on a twenty-four hour odyssey across Manhattan. The majority of the film is set within the limousine of Mr Pattinson's character, Eric Packer, where visitors of a pleasure and business nature intermittently drop in as Mr Packer cynically gables with the fortunes of his and his clients' fortunes. Mr Cronenberg knew right away that the script required a decadent suit for the lead character. "It would require an elegant, expensive suit, white shirt and slim tie. Rob wore the collection head to toe [and] I could not have accomplished this look without the help of Gucci."


CUT & COLOUR

It seems just about every suiting label has introduced some form of custom or made-to-measure service in the past few years, which makes sense, given the global trend towards one-of-a-kind pieces in every industry from homewares to automotive. Australian suiting outfitter Herringbone has always offered such a service, but with the company's purchase by German shirtmaker Van Laack, it's in a particularly strong position to offer a vast selection of fabrics, finishes and details that many others can't. The service includes made-to-measure shirting and suiting, with a variety of options including mother-of-pearl buttons, contrast cross-stitching and a choice of over 150 of the fine fabrics: wool, cashmere, cotton and linen. Collars, cuffs and personalised embroidery further complement the offering. After an initial fitting with Herringbone's trained tailors, completion of a garment takes approximately four weeks, with future shirts completed within two weeks as fitting details are kept on file. What's more is that despite the personalised process, made-to-measure shirts begin at $179 and suits at $1395, making it equivalent to (or more affordable than) many other off-the-rack options in the market.

May 23, 2012

HATS OFF

Uncle and nephew duo Robert and Richard Carroll, otherwise known as The Strand Hatters Boys will launch their men's hat and accessories label R&RC this April, with their first collection for AW12 to be stocked exclusively in the iconic Strand Arcade store. The Carroll boys have called on the finest manufacturers in Australia, including Akubra Hats and Ensign Ties, to assist in the creation of this collection that focuses on traditional manufacturing techniques including hand-blocked felts, hand woven panama straws and vintage club-silks. Impressive styles including a handsome pork-pie style Panama playfully named the "Hipshot" after Robert's father, an Australian bush poet, and a more traditional fur-felt fedora (the 'Speakeasy') as well as a collection of vintage club silk neckties and handkerchiefs will make up R&RC's first range. The boys grew up in a small country town in Central Western NSW which is reflected in their designs (the R&RC logo a hand-drawn cockatoo), but have combined this traditionally Australian sensibility with an understanding of the current movement of men's fashion towards the yester-years and a sound knowledge of technique with Robert Carroll having studied millinery in both Sydney and London. Manuscript sat down with Robert to talk about the launch of the R&RC label.

STORY KATE VENMAN | PHOTOGRAPHY GUY COOMBES

Why did you decide to create R&RC?
We worked together in the shop for a couple of years and thought we both had so much in common with our love of mens fashion that a collaboration was a must.
Are you seeing more people coming into the store looking for classic pieces?
Yes, with the growing interest in shows like Madmen and Boardwalk Empire accessories like hats, pocket squares, and even ties and braces have become huge.
What's it like working with a relative?
It's great, Richard and I have always been very close and have similar taste in most things.
Is there a favourite piece from the range?
Our favorite piece is the Akubra speakeasy. To have such an iconic Australian brand make us an exclusive piece really is an honour. We are all about classic menswear, and we have seen such a positive response when it comes to timeless pieces.




R&RC will be stocked exclusively at The Strand Hatters, Shop 8, Strand Arcade, Sydney 2000 with the first drop of R&RC in store now.

May 22, 2012

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

Melbourne-based menswear label From Britten, along with a selection of others, showcased its wares as part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia’s group men’s show. While it probably wasn’t the right forum for From Britten, given they’ve already showed twice at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and certainly sit at a higher standard than some of the other labels, it nonetheless marked their debut showing in Sydney. We spoke with the designers, brothers Alex and Tim, about the range. 


What's the idea behind this collection? 
‘Correction’ was first and foremost inspired by the ironic youth subculture ‘Lads’, born in the 1990s as a response to the humourless masculine concept of the New Man. Our fascination with function and design, which is evident in our earlier collections, consistently refers to the history and development of design and style: back to basics transformed into modern fashion through witty twists.
How is that communicated through the clothing? 
We incorporated elements of aerodynamics with characteristics of the ‘Lad Look’: caps, dad-shirts and coats, running shorts and socks, and reinterpreted jacket-tees manifest for an unpredictable metamorphosis. Inevitably, sportswear references make an appearance through unusual fabric selections and minimalist design detailing: shirts and blazers streamlined, collars are missing, pockets are flush and buttons and zippers are invisible.
How would you sum up the From Britten concept? 
We marry an idea from the past with a new concept to create a new perspective.
What can we expect next? 
This going to be exciting. We feel we’ve got a really good handle on our manufacturing processes and are confident that we can produce really interesting product that’s beautifully made and designed. In terms of the next collection, we’re currently researching architecture by Oscar Niemeyer and sculptural monuments. We will also be opening our studio/store in Flinders Lane where we will be retailing from and offering our made to measure service to a wider audience. For those who can’t make it to Melbourne our online store will be up and running very soon, which will have its own exclusive product line.



All clothing by From Britten; Emporio Armani hat; Prada socks, shoes and flower pen.

May 21, 2012

THE BEST BRIT

Following its recent denim project, Topman is set to launch a capsule collection of t-shirts that celebrate and support British talent, with pieces by the brand's NewGen Men alumni James Long, Katie Eary, Lou Dalton, Sibling and Christopher Shannon. It makes sense that Topman should go all patriotic this season, what with Queen's Jubilee and the forthcoming London Olympics, and the campaign, shot in and around London landmarks, takes it a step further. But for the Anglophiles down under, the shirts will be available from Topman's Melbourne store in early June, as well as online, and the store is hosting its first 'Fashion Friday' event in Australia this week. With an in-store DJ, complimentary mojitos and pretzels as well as vouchers and prizes to be won, it's a nice stop-off on the way home from work.




A LADY'S MAN

Originally inspired by the 1966 film Alfie, in which Michael Caine plays the charming lothario in swinging sixties London, Alfie's Store, situated in Balmain in Sydney's inner west, encapsulates the spirit of its namesake. Characterised by traditional menswear with a mix of time-honoured and contemporary classics, Alfie's Store stocks a unique mix of emerging and independent designers with quality at their core. Menswear retail has lagged behind its female counterpart in Australia for decades, and stores that create an environment that appeals to men, rather than frightens them, have risen to the top. With industrial fittings and vintage furniture, Alfie's Store mirrors the designers it stocks, including Paul Smith, Whyred, Three Over One and Jac + Jack. What really defines the store, however, is the vast offering beyond apparel. Alfie's Store has gained a reputation for its broad selection of sneakers, from New Balance to Nike, as well as skincare label Aesop, and it's all about to go digital with the launch of its website

May 20, 2012

SIZE IT UP

As the fashion system continues to speed up with advent of technology, its always refreshing to see a designer paying heed to history, as is the case with Roger Shamoun (above). Establishing Zimma Tailors, a custom and ready-to-wear suiting outfitter, at the end of 2011 in The Ivy retail precinct, Mr Shamoun is one of few tailors high-end in Sydney’s CBD. “The facility allows us to adjust sizes and fabrics according to the client,” explains Mr Shamoun of the outfitting process, with made-to-measure suits beginning at $1500 and taking up to six weeks. The tailor is adept at creating fully bespoke suits – whereby the pattern is cut by hand and fitted exactly to the client’s specifications – but the time and cost associated with it see more men opt for made-to-measure. Zimma Tailors’ suits feature hand-finished buttonholes, horn or mother-of-pearl buttons, and natural lining, ensuring the jackets don’t retain too much heat. “The modifications are not just aesthetic but also functional. The foundation must be strong for it to look great.” 





PHOTOGRAPHY GUY COOMBES | STORY MITCHELL OAKLEY SMITH

May 17, 2012

MEMBERS ONLY

Online fashion retailer ASOS has collaborated with emerging British designer Samuel Membery on a 12-piece capsule collection. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, the collection is demonstrates ASOS continued commitment to new talent, following two collections by London College of Fashion graduate Domingo Rodriguez. Mr Membery, a consultant to menswear label Neil Barrett, presents a sports-inspired range in a muted colour palette of grey, black and olive green, a dip-dyed black denim jacket a highlight.
 

May 16, 2012

ISSUE 03

Welcome to the new issue of Manuscript, our third since launching in November last year. Before I introduce the winter edition - a bumper one - I must begin by thanking Stephen Pavlovic, who allowed us free reign over his face and hands for our cover. Photographer Jordan Graham and text artist Marty Routledge have together created a brilliant visual CV of the acts that Mr Pavlovic, in his two-decade career as a music producer and promoter, has worked with. Mr Pavlovic's industry set the tone for the issue, in which we also profile Fergus Linehan, the newly installed artistic director of Vivid Live, which begins in a few weeks, and take an in-depth look at Burberry Acoustic, the music platform set up by the brand's chief creative officer Christopher Bailey. Of course, like any issue of Manuscript, this one is filled with plenty of other content, from an intimate portrait and profile of Brisbane-based photorealist painter Michael Zavros, the recent winner of the inaugural Bulgari Art Award, to an exclusive showcase of Ksubi's summer collection. And funnily, despite the international nature of everyone we've spoken with, and everything we've photographed, there's a distinct Australian connection to and take on all of it, which is just what we set out to do. 

-Mitchell Oakley Smith
Editor & Publisher

May 15, 2012

A LOVE SONG

The Song for the Mute collection, shown last week at Australian Fashion Week, was standout by any measure. The intention may have been utility but the result was by no means bland, such is the cleverness of designers Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty. Manuscript photographs the top looks of the spring/summer collection with a focus on the designers' innovative fabrications. 



All clothing by Song for the Mute.