June 26, 2012


As has been well publicised in recent weeks, Brisbane-based photorealist painter Michael Zavros was named the recipient of the inaugural Bulgari Art Award. The award, in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, comprises a $50,000 acquisition of a new artwork for the gallery's permanent Australian art collection and a $30,000 residency in Italy. "For me this happened many years ago," explained Mr Zavros of his long-held dream of having work collected by the gallery in his acceptance speech at a black tie dinner in Sydney. "I can't explain how thrilled I am to be making this work for the gallery's collection. To have a major work of mind selected for acquisition is such a wonderful professional endorsement." 

It may so, but it's certainly a deserving one, for Mr Zavros is undoubtedly one of the country's - if not the world's - greatest mid-career painters, and one of unparalleled technical proficiency. "I often feel like I'm working against the grain of contemporary practice," explained the artist. Amidst a landscape of mixed media work, Mr Zavros spends his days in a studio with charcoal, pencil and paint on canvas. "But," he says, "I really love it. It's something I've loved since I was a little kid. I love getting lost in drawing and painting, and also getting it right, getting it perfect." In a way, working with traditional media is in itself a statement today. "You don't expect to see charcoal drawings or a bronze sculpture in a contemporary gallery, and I like that. I've embraced traditional media and it has become an important part of my practice." 

Following his 2011 residency in Barcelona, funded through the Australian Council of the Arts, Mr Zavros will this week unveil a new solo show ahead of the presentation of the commissioned work for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The solo show, The Glass, opens at Tweed River Art Gallery Friday 29 June, running until 12 August, 2012. The 6-week show also includes a live conversation with the artist and a still-life drawing session. For details, visit Tweed River Art Gallery



Australian label Jac+Jack - known predominantly for its luxurious basics - has upped its creative output for spring/summer 2012 by employing renowned fashion photographer David Armstrong to lens its seasonal campaign. Models Julia Nobis and Lowell Tautchin star in the campaign which comprises a series of intimate moments illuminated by Mr Armstrong's signature use of natural light. Herewith, an exclusive preview of the gelato-toned collection. 

June 25, 2012


THE DETAILS 11am, 23 June, Via Savona, 56, Milan
THE BRAND Ermenegildo Zegna is a fabled Italian menswear house known for its  suiting. 
THE COLOURS Navy, wine, cream, olive. 
THE STYLES Suiting with slim cuts, high waists and lightness in construction. 


THE DETAILS 12.30pm, 24 June
THE BRAND Salvatore Ferragamo is predominantly known for its leathergoods 
THE MATERIALS Lightweight cotton, leather. 
THE COLOURS Light blue, green, red, yellow, white and pearl. 
THE STYLES The Ferragamo show was inspired by flashes of colour in a white art gallery, employing David Hockney-esque colours to pepper the white palette. The clothes were lightweight with a sportswear edge. 

June 24, 2012


THE SHOW Calvin Klein Collection
THE DETAILS 2pm, 24 June, Viale Umbria, 37, Milan
THE DESIGNER Italo Zucchelli
THE BRAND Calvin Klein is a leader in American fashion, hailed for its clean line, sportswear aesthetic. Mr Zucchelli oversees the men's division of Calvin Klein Collection. 
THE MATERIALS Stonewashed denim, nylon, ozone bonded wool, ozone cotton, rubberised calf.
THE COLOURS Navy, white, black, cream. 
THE STYLES The designer described the new collection as "all-American sportswear". Volume and scale were elements Mr Zucchelli played with. 


THE DETAILS 9.30am, 24 June, Via Privata Ercole Marelli, 6, Milan
THE BRAND Bottega Veneta has been since 1966 one of Italy's finest leather houses, with its creative strands now incorporating ready-to-wear, jewellery and furniture. Mr Maier has been with the company since 2001. 
THE MATERIAL Silk chiffon, organza, silk poplin, crepe de chine, cotton. 
THE COLOURS Brown, grey, olive, cream, blue. 
THE STYLES "The collection," explained creative director Tomas Maier, "is inspired by this very simple shape, a top that you pull over your head." From there, the designer presented various incarnations of the pullover with styles that referenced its ease and informality. 


THE SHOW Burberry Prorsum
THE DETAILS 4.30pm, 23 June, Corse Venezia, 16, Milan
THE DESIGNER Christopher Bailey
THE BRAND Founded in 1856 and headquartered in London, Burberry is a global fashion and accessories brand known for its classic trench coats. It consists of several lines, Prorsum being the upper-tier, fashion-forward offering. 
THE MATERIALS Metallic silk, short mohair, waterproof nylon, cotton canvas, metallic leather. 
THE COLOURS Grey, black, navy, bottle green, and metallic blue, purple, pink, yellow, orange. 
THE STYLES Trench coats, tailored suits, bomber jackets, five-pocket jeans and parkas. 

June 23, 2012


June 21, 2012


Fashion has become such an integral and influential part of traditional fine art museums in recent years, further blurring the already confused line of whether fashion does, indeed, constitute art. Bally has its hand in the contemporary arts world via its annual Bally Love project, in which it commissions a Swiss-born artist to create a capsule collection in collaboration with its creative directors, which is presented at Art Basel, the fellow Swiss organisation sponsored by the house. Yet this week, Bally took a step further in entering the art world by mounting an exhibition of its most iconic products - the Scribe shoe and Trainspotting red-and-white stripe included - at Pitti Immagine Uomo. "It's these from these sources that we are what we are today," explained creative directors Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz. "Bally has a very rich heritage which gives the brand its distinctive traits." Bally will next week presents its spring/summer 2013 men's collection in Milan and it will be curious to see what icons are added to this canon. 


Ahead of the Z Zegna show in Milan on Monday - most anticipated, given it marks the second collection for the Italian house's new creative director of the line, Paul Surridge, following the departure of Alessandro Sartori - Manuscript can exclusively reveal two looks provided directly from Mr Surridge's sketch book. The mood seems lighter, with a colonial twist, differing greatly from the slick production the designer offered during his fall debut. 

June 20, 2012


Hats off to Australian suiting outfitter M.J. Bale and production company Whybin Sydney for this week's win of five awards - including two golds, twi silvers and a bronze, at the 59th Cannes Lions, the international advertising industry's equivalent of the Academy Awards. M.J. Bale's web-based campaign tracks the growth of merino wool for the outfitting of the Australian cricket team, for whom the house is the official tailor. M.J. Bale's founder and designer Matt Jensen said that "not only is this idea recreating the way in which we develop our products, but the fact that we've been recognised on an international level gives us even more enthusiasm to push on to create garments of provenance and character." Indeed, it's such accolades that help, ultimately, to put Australian fashion on a global platform. For that, we congratulate the team behind the short film. Bravo. 

June 19, 2012


Sculptural shapes and a bit of sparkle - this season's a dazzler, as Sam Way showcases.

Above: Mr Way wears Z Zegna shirt & suit, Mugler jumpsuit. Top: Z Zegna shirt. 

Mugler jumpsuit. 

Kenzo shirt. 

Dior Homme shirt, Mugler jumpsuit, Kenzo suit. 

Kris Van Assche shirt & vest. 

Burberry vest, Mugler jumpsuit.

Mugler jumpsuit, Angelo Van Mol coat. 

Dior Homme shirt, Calvin Klein briefs. 

Kenzo shirt & pants. 

Calvin Klein shirt & tie, Dior Homme coat, trousers & shoes. 

With thanks to ProVision Studios and Pro Lighting London