Style Icons – The Leather Jacket

Every era’s got one. Meet the icons who’ve injected rebellion, caused a scene and made the leather jacket the enduring wardrobe staple we know it today.
The perennial uniform of the renegade, one of fashion’s most everlasting pieces is reborn time and time again on the backs of pop culture’s most trailblazing characters.

Here are our  heroes who champion the leather jacket.

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MARLOW BRANDO

Enter the original outlaw. The image of Marlon Brando in a classic bomber leading the leather-clad bike gang in The Wild One, not only cemented the jacket as devil-may-care in style, but elevated it to the sartorial statement of cool.
Schools in America subsequently banned their students from wearing the jacket, which became the symbol of the rough and rebellious.

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The rise of punk culture produced an unlikely fashion hero in Lou Reed. The Velvet Underground frontman not only pioneered guy-liner, but customised the leather jacket to the iconic rock-rebel status it holds today. The 1975 album cover of Lou Reed Live captured Reed in two of his signature items, not a far cry from modern day street-style; oversized aviators and a leather jacket with star-studded punk rock lapels.

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ANDY WARHOL

Despite his fascination with fame, the prince of Pop Art, Andy Warhol became a celebrity himself as the who’s who of 1960s cool. Dictating the uniform of downtown New York, Warhol cut an enigmatic figure in Ray Bans and his signature leather jacket. A symbol of the new, Warhol inhabited The Factory and Studio 54 where the rich and famous commissioned him to paint their portraits.

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BOB DYLAN
The master of mystery. The night Bob Dylan debuted is now infamous leather jacket was simultaneous with going electric for the first time. Plugging in his guitar heralded the high voltage change in style for Dylan. The leather jacket at the time was associated with James Dean and rock and roll, but for Dylan it was a symbol his resistance to society’s expectations.

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Psychedelic, glittering and androgynous; for a long time East London’s David Bowie could hardly be synonymous with pared back.  But his most controversial move was doing exactly that. Going edgy monochrome, Bowie was pictured in the iconic black and white cover of Heroes, simply wearing a leather jacket and oozing all new kinds of nonchalance.

TheJULIAN CASABLANCAS

The archetypal grunge rock star takes an indie form in Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. His influence on fashion culture in the early 2000s was unparalleled; skinny jeans became the denim fit of choice and you didn’t have to ride a motor bike to wear a leather jacket. With style and stage presence in abundance, grunge rock made a return to fashion. Casablancas was rarely seen without his leather jacket, skinny jeans and leather boots combo with its enduring relevance on and off the stage.

Make your own mark in The Leather Jacket.

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Your Guide to the Long Weekend

From culinary delights to crowd pleasers, here are some of the best cultural experiences Australia has to offer over the Easter Long Weekend.

New South Wales

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World class opera, fine dining and Sydney’s signature harbour sunset. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is the ideal way to celebrate the long weekend; headlining Sydney’s cultural calendar, the spectacular comes complete with idyllic backdrop of Sydney’s most famous monuments.
Showing on Easter Saturday and Sunday, experience the breathtaking display executed with a team of more than 700 people involved in the production of Aida. A three-course dinner at The Platinum Club and a well-timed spot of fireworks makes for the ultimate night out.

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It’s always a good idea to visit NSW’s Hunter Valley region, but the extended break of the long weekend will allow you to fit in all the cellar doors you’ve got on your list. Top picks include Tyrrells Winery with its iconic Vat 1 Semillon as well as one of the most picturesque cellar doors at Audrey Wilkinson. From the legendary Mount Pleasant Winery with it’s Mount Henry Shiraz, Leontine Chardonnay and Maurice O’Shea Shiraz to the the Scarborough Wine Co overlooking the Valley featuring it’s stellar pinot noir rosé, there’s a drop (or two) for everybody.
Make a meal of it at The Vintage Golf Club who are holding a Good Friday Seafood Feast featuring the very best local produce; Holberts Nelson Bay oysters, chilled king prawns, blue swimmer crabs and smoked mussels.

Queensland

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Ben Harper, Hozier, Angus and Julia Stone, Xavier Rudd and The Counting Crows are just the beginning of the stellar line-up of local and international acts to take the stage over the Easter long weekend at Byron Bay’s 2015 Bluesfest. Touted as “the best, best festival in Australia”, it’s a number’s game at Australia’s premier blues and roots festival which spans five days, over 200 performances, 52 market stalls and 50 international food stalls.
Don’t miss out – tickets are selling fast.

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Further north in Brisbane sees the ‘David Lynch – Between Two Worlds’ exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). The Mulholland Drive director and visual artist of 50 years has produced an extensive body of paintings, photography and works on paper. The display is a rare opportunity to consider Lynch’s entire creative vision and the relationships between his practice as an artist, filmmaker and musician. Witness more than 200 works and is organised around three ideas – ‘Man and machine’, ‘The extra-ordinary’, and ‘Psychic Aches’.

Western Australia

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Now in its 11th year, taste the newest and best of Perth’s evolving culinary culture this long weekend at Eat Drink Perth, the month long food and beverage festival. From fine dining to food trucks, Perth’s burgeoning restaurant, bar and café scene sees a focus on quality product and service cementing their status as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Experience the sustainable produce market Perth Home Grown and regular Twilight Hawkers Market as well as the special (and sweet) additions including a Dessert Garden, Easter treats and celebrity chef appearances as part of a jam-packed schedule of events.

Victoria

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Referred to as the greatest road trip in Australia, take a tour of the country’s best views along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. From Torquay to Port Fairy, experience the epic coastal drive, and see the 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks and waterfalls. Jump on the Otway Harvest Trail and experience the most exceptional foods and flavours from the region.

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For some quintessential rooftop action in Melbourne, head to the unrivalled Emerson hotel with its full length indoor and outdoor rooftop. With stunning views from South Yarra to the CBD, the space boasts world class bars, a sundrenched deck, day beds and relaxed tunes to take you well into the evening.

South Australia

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Make the most of the long weekend and enjoy an Easter escape to South Australia’s beautiful wine regions; some of the best in Australia. The Adelaide Hills wine region, 15 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD, is South Australia’s oldest wine region and includes cellar doors such as the award-winning Shaw & Smith, Nepenthe and Bird in Hand all provide excellent tasting options in The Hills. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek wine regions provide great boutique accommodation options. Hop over to the Clare Valley for the Clare Easter Races where you can book your own private marquee or pack a picnic and enjoy a day on the green.

Tasmania

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If you truly want to take yourself off the grid this long weekend, experience one of Australia’s most remote and southerly islands, Tasmania’s Bruny Island. Best explored by car, the two parts of the island are linked by an isthmus known as The Neck. Boutique accommodation, picturesque beaches, and the many walking tracks of South Bruny National Park make for an autumn escape like no other. Put the Bruny Island Cheese Company on your list and you’ve got the perfect long weekend.

The Northern Territory

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Litchfield National Park in the Territory is among one of the best places to visit renowned for its bush walks, camping and swimming. The 1500-sq-km national park encloses much of the spectacular Tabletop Range, and the waterfalls that pour off the edge of this plateau into crystal clear (croc-free) plunge pools are a highlight. Take a tour at nearby Batchelor Butterfly Farm and Tropical Retreat where you can wine and dine at the restaurant or pick up a picnic hamper.

Canberra

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Perhaps this is the weekend to make the pilgrimage to the nation’s capital? The city boasts fine art galleries and spectacular museums including the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Film & Sound Archive and National Museum of Australia. Easily accessible and featuring some of Australia’s best artefacts and artworks.
Relax and enjoy folk life with the multifaceted National Folk Festival which offers high-end entertainment to grassroots and participatory events with over 200 acts. 

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Valentines Day Guide

Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple. Valentine’s Day needs to be nothing more than a booking for two in an intimate corner of a beautiful restaurant, a good bottle of wine, a dessert to linger over. Here are some worthy options.

Sydney: Cho Cho San

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Recently named by Time magazine as one of the best new restaurants in the world, Cho Cho San happily lives up to the hype. With its pared back interior designed by architect George Livissianis and inventively modern Japanese cuisine, it’s the perfect spot for a date that skips the soppy clichés. Settle into one of the private corners away from the communal table and order some sake from the extensive list. Don’t miss the fresh Sydney rock oysters in dashi, and for dessert, the green tea soft serve combines the light, not-too-sweet taste of matcha with the nostalgia of a traditional waffle cone. A delight.

Melbourne: Supernormal

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Supernormal’s lobster rolls have achieved cult status amongst Melbourne foodies – the soft brioche rolls filled with Kewpie mayo, fresh lobster and watercress strikes a delicate balance between the sweetness of the warm bun and the piquant lobster. The Pan-Asian favourite doesn’t take bookings for groups less than six, so plan to arrive early and perhaps treat your date to some champagne at the bar while you wait.

Brisbane: E’cco Bistro

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A fixture of the Brisbane contemporary dining scene, E’cco Bistro remains one of the city’s most exciting establishments thanks to owner and chef Philip Johnson’s focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. This year, E’cco Bistro is raising the bar with a special Valentine’s Day lunch menu – which happily includes Johnson’s signature mushrooms on toast as one of its entrée options. A thoughtfully curated wine list and consistently excellent service will ensure your date will go off without a hitch.

Adelaide: 2KW

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Make sure you’re dressed the part when you ascend the elevator to this refined establishment – the doorman is known to turn people away if they don’t live up to 2KW’s high standards. Once you’ve passed muster however, you’re guaranteed a memorable night: from the spectacular panorama view from the rooftop bar that spans the lush gardens of Government House and beyond, to the fresh, seasonal menu offered at the restaurant.

Canberra: Monster

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Located in the Nishi building, Monster offers a menu designed to share – perfect for an intimate date for two. Take your time to graze through the meandering menu, which traverses everything from the simple (perfect Clair de Lune oysters) to the thoroughly inventive (twice cooked Western Australian octopus with chorizo, smoked potato and nettle). As it’s part of Hotel Hotel, Monster keeps long hours – feel free to linger over the extensive wine list until the small hours of the morning.

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Making style effortless – SABA AW15

Welcome to the AW15 SABA shoot.

For autumn/winter 2015, we embrace the principles of understatement and considered ease, marrying comfort with luxury, fine fabrications with innovative techniques, and a carefully curated, quality-over-quantity approach.

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We are inspired by the power of simplicity: the clean lines of a shift dress. The endless possibilities of a white t-shirt. The confidence that comes from a finely tailored suit.

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For women, the collection foregrounds refreshing simplicity – the kind of garments that will slot effortlessly into your wardrobe. Elevated essentials bring a touch of luxury to the everyday, while tailoring takes on a softer, deconstructed mood. As the temperature drops, you can look forwards to wrapping up in cocoon-like coats and premium knitwear crafted from the finest cashmere and merino wool.

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For men, the season hinges on perfectly tailored wardrobe staples: superbly cut trousers, immaculate shirts and tailored jackets, interpreted through a modern, sportswear lens. The difference is in the details: classic tailoring is refreshed with seasonal pattern and colour, while more casual pieces are elevated through luxury fabrications and sophisticated finishes.

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Across the range, the focus is creating a wardrobe that is both simple and versatile, and designed to complement your lifestyle. Discover SABA AW15 collection here.

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A CURATED GUIDE TO THE LONG WEEKEND

Good food, good company and beautiful surroundings – here are some ideas for spending the long weekend in style.

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Catch the last of the Sydney Festival – there are still plenty of events to enjoy before it wraps up for another year. Head to the Domain on Saturday for a night of opera under the stars, head to Carriageworks on Sunday to see Zhang Huan’s spectacular installation, Sydney Buddha, and find a spot on the harbour on Australia Day to watch the iconic ferry race from Circular Quay to Shark Island before finishing at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
For more information, click here.

Crush Festival

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Spend the long weekend sampling the best of Adelaide’s wine regions with the 2015 Crush Festival. Over three days and nights, 35 wineries put on 26 eclectic cellar door events to please any palate. Our picks include a day on the lawn at Bird in Hand’s summer picnic, the Asian-influenced Gruner Veltliner Degustation Lunch at Mount Lofty House and the Parisian Picnic at Verdun House Wines.
For more information, click here.

James Turrell

CANBERRA
Immerse yourself in vibrant colour and light at James Turrell: A Retrospective, showing at The National Gallery of Australia. The beautiful and sometimes overwhelmingly sensory installations that make up this ground-breaking exhibition are best appreciated over time – so plan to spend a good few hours taking in the show.
For more information, click here.

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BRISBANE
Take advantage of the balmy weather and head to the roof – specifically, to Elixir Rooftop Bar in Fortitude Valley. Enjoy the long weekend atmosphere amongst leafy greenery dotted with fairy lights, a particularly enchanting view as the sun goes down.
For more information, click here.

Royal Croquet Club

MELBOURNE
Head to the Royal Croquet Club at Birrarung Marr for a spectacular garden party and food truck festival – and yes, there really is croquet. The banks of the Yarra River below Federation Square have been transformed into a vibrant festival atmosphere featuring a giant croquet lawn, live music, entertainment, a bar and all of the city’s cult restaurants and eateries popping up. The line-up includes Mr Claws, Misschu, Gelato Messina, Meatmother and D.O.C, as well as the Truck-A-Palooza food trucks like Hammer & Tong, Beatbox Kitchen, RTW Bagels and more. The Royal Croquet Club is open all long weekend – so you can even plan a repeat visit.
For more information, click here.

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WIN A $1,000 SABA WARDROBE

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We believe that dressing well is one of life’s pleasures. That attention to detail matters. That a well-considered wardrobe is something worth investing in.

So to make 2015 your most stylish year yet, we’re giving you the opportunity to win a $1,000 wardrobe refresh.

Simply follow the steps below to enter:

  1. Follow SABA on Facebook
  2. Select your favourite new arrival item from the gallery
  3. Tell us via a Facebook comment why you’d love to win the new arrival item

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Entries close January 15, 2015.

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