Inspired by: Japan In Bloom

Sakura in Japan

Every year, as Japan wakes from its winter slumber, Mother Nature puts on the kind of display that leaves no observer in any doubt: spring has arrived. The ‘sakura’ or ‘ume’ tree is the catalyst for an impressive floral show. Known to the English-speaking world as the cherry blossom, the trees begin to flower in January in the southern prefecture of Okinawa, moving northwards as the warm ‘cherry blossom front’ envelops the country in a shower of pink petals, passing through the capital Tokyo in late March and reaching the northernmost island of Hokkaido a few weeks later. Take the opportunity for ‘hanami’, picnicking beneath the colourful, cloud-like canopy and imbibing.

Culturally, symbolically and spiritually, the cherry blossom is so significant to the country that there is even a national Cherry Blossom Association whose job is to ensure every prefecture has at least one grove of sakura under which people can gather, celebrate and witness the extraordinary beauty unfolding above.

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Our signature print for the season is inspired by the Japanese Cherry Blossom’s featuring deep purples and reds in an abstract floral formation. Shop the trend>>

 

 

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SS14: ON THE MOVE

It’s unconventional, to say the least: a set that moves. In fact, it’s anathema to the ordinary process of shooting a new campaign, where every element is meticulously planned for predictable outcomes and creative assurance. Not so this time.

On this crisp June morning, a clear winter sky and a working industrial estate provide the backdrop. In a studio the scene is static but out here in Sydney’s inner west, cranes continually lift and move bright containers, an ever-changing setting creating a play of light and shadows, colour and tone.

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Renowned British fashion photographer Roger Deckker, the man behind the lens, took it all in his stride. But then, he’s shot Anna Wintour, so it’s entirely possible this wasn’t the most unpredictable set he’d worked on.

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Of course, the urban landscape has long been the natural home of the Saba wardrobe—the metropolis as muse, as it were. But this season, an altogether harsher side of the city is drawn upon as a contrast to the sleek sophistication and underlying sportiness of the collection. A contrast reflected in the play of high and low, matt and sheen, flat and textural.

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Ironically, the movement in the final images comes from models Alex, Charlie and Claudia, showcasing the elongated proportions and amplified volumes of the women’s collection next to the athletic men’s tailoring worn by Louis and Jacob. It’s an extension of the Saba signature, modern simplicity given a kick along with fresh textures and shapes.

Like the set itself, the Saba aesthetic is on the move… a studious evolution. The fleeting scene, ever changing, is no more, a mere moment in time—but its hard, temporary beauty is now immortalised forever. Predictability be damned.

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Saba Peer: CJ Hendry

Creating drawings that could be mistaken for photographs is no easy feat, especially when all Brisbane artist CJ Hendry uses is pen and paper. 


If patience is a virtue, then CJ Hendry is a saint. How else do you describe someone who can sit for up to 200 hours, recreating large-scale photographs with only a fineliner? Her drawings — a series of blown-up luxury items that look unnervingly like photographs — are intricate and incredibly precise, a result of what the Brisbane artist says is a combination of a personal perusal of perfection and a love of high end fashion.

“There are two reasons I adore luxury,” she says. “Without a doubt, I am intrigued at the way in which it is made — not a stitch out of place, it is mind-blowing.”

“If I can get to the level of intricacy that the ateliers employ to create these bespoke pieces, then I will be satisfied.” 

A testament of unwavering mental endurance, Hendry works only with paper and pen, rendering small centimetres of light and shade at a time. Her competitive nature and desire to grow, develop and push herself to perform is attributable to the perfection and detail present in all her pieces. The epitome of polished precision, hers is a craft like no other.

And while creativity is a given for any artist, Hendry is almost methodical; more exacting than fleeting, the level of precision in her work is practical, not abstract. “I believe my style is leaning more toward mathematical draftsmanship rather than whimsical creativity,” she says. 

“There is a small element of creativity in the initial stages of deciding on the object and placement, however the drawing part is extremely methodical.” 

The detail present in her subjects — be it a silk scarf, Gucci loafers, a skull or a saddle — is often much more striking on paper than in person. For all the complicated detailing and hours of tedious work, there is a refined simplicity that, Hendry says, makes the process more of a meditation than a struggle. 

“Before taking on drawing as a full time pursuit, I was a very aggressive and unsettled individual,” she says. “It was probably due to the fact that I was attempting to pursue something that was totally against my wavelength.”

CJ Hendry wears: Tia Cotton V Tee in white/Mid Rise Ankle Grazer in white

“The past year has been more fulfilling that I ever thought possible and I believe it is down to the relaxation I find from doing what I’m meant to be doing.”

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Bookmark: Sound Transit

We’re inundated with images of cities around the world every day. Thanks to Google Image Search, photos of food, sights, fashion, people from Hong Kong, London, Tokyo and almost anywhere else you could imagine are instantly accessible. But none of them truly capture the real sense of being there, which is something that immerses all of our senses, not just one of them.

Sound Transit is a project collaborative online community project that seeks to change that for at least one of the senses. It captures thousands of recordings from hundreds of field recording artists around the world, each of which transport you to a different place and moment. You can visit Porta Capuana Mercato in Naples, the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall in London, or Nakano Station in Tokyo.

Surprisingly, the absence of visual accompaniment makes these recordings in more evocative and transportive, creating a sensation of sitting in a place with your eyes closed, absorbing the movement and hum that it uniquely creates.

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Bookmark: Brisbane Open House

Brisbane City
October 11th / 12th 2014

What better way to get to know a city than through the architecture, engineering and history of its buildings? In conjunction with World Architecture Day, Brisbane Open House is a free event, providing rare access to explore, review and engage with the city of Brisbane’s built environment. In this annual celebration, a selection of significant public and privately owned buildings are opened, giving people the opportunity to experience them via guided or independent tours.

Last year, a diverse and beautiful range of living spaces, creative workplaces, state-of-the-art research facilities and heritage jewels were among the buildings on offer, and the program for 2014 is sure to be just as spectacular.

 

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Refresh: The Franklin Hotel, Adelaide

92 Franklin St
Adelaide

Located in Adelaide’s CBD, The Franklin’s seven rooms have been carefully, lovingly restored by the hotel owners themselves in recent years. The result? A boutique hotel experience that’s oozing with charm. The rooms feature wood panelling details, stripped-back brickwork, intriguing pieces of local art, salvaged interior details and stained glass windows guaranteed to sooth your soul. The menu at the hotel’s pub is simple but on point, not to mention the Sunday farmers’ market and city’s central food market are just a short, leafy stroll away. 

As an added bonus, this city darling won’t break the bank, with rooms starting at around $150 a night.

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