Marie Claire Up Late

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To the people who say “the magazine industry is dying,” please step aside, because Marie Claire just hosted Brisbane’s trendiest night of the year.

The wonderful team behind the fashion magazine ventured up to the sunshine state for an evening of exclusive discounts, must-have giveaways and, above all, the celebration of fashion. Elite shopping district James St transformed into an open runway as everyone dressed in their trendiest get-up… however, nobody’s outfit was complete without a Marie Claire gift bag slung over their arm. The first freebie of the night, the goodie bags contained chocolate bars, fortune cookies, discount codes and best of all, their 2018 April issue featuring Reese Witherspoon.

The second freebie was not so much a giveaway as open platters of bites to eat. I’m sure these snaps can speak for me when I say the platters were hella decadent.

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These tiny cakes weren’t the only gorgeous miniatures up for grabs, as The Daily Edited held their own pop-up stall, handing out red and pink heart tags to be personally monogrammed on the spot. (In case you’re wondering, I chose red!) As some women joined the line for TDE winding around the room, others visited MAC cosmetics for glowing makeovers, or asked for skincare advice from the experts at Endota Spa.

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It wasn’t only girls enjoying the festivities, however, as Zak stayed glued by my side as I trekked up and down James St. Boyfriend of the year? 100%. Not only did he hold my sparkling water as I perused racks of designer clothes, he also looked extra stylish himself in a vintage Nike polo and RM boots. He was rewarded for his boyfriend dedication with some sugary fairy floss from Camilla’s hippie tent, where you could stick a bindi on your forehead or have your hands tattooed with henna.

As if the night couldn’t get any better, we stumbled across a runway show happening right in the middle of Calexico Boutique, showcasing playful and colourful pieces from their latest collection.

 

After all of this magic and fun, the highlight for me was meeting the lovely Nicky Briger, Marie Claireeditor. Surrounded by beautiful clothes, we chatted about the digital media landscape and our mutual love of fashion journalism, which ultimately led to her hinting at the chance of an internship in their Sydney office. I was one very ecstatic journalism student… fingers crossed!

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Lucy Durack on the Yellow Brick Road

Throw on your ruby slippers and click your heels three times, because the premier of The Wizard of Oz is arriving in Brisbane this November.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production has pulled together Australia’s most beloved musical theatre stars to bring life to this magical classic. Anthony Warlow appears as The Wizard and Professor Marvel, with Jemma Rix and Lucy Durack reuniting after their 2011 national tour of Wicked. 

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Sunsoaked Rules the Runway

Sunsoaked swimwear is set to take out Brisbane Fashion Month’s resort runway with their Spring/Summer ‘La Dolce Vita’ collection. The luxury label is the brainchild of designer Kate Davis Steer, who had a vision to create a clothing line that focuses on sun protection without compromising chic style.

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This is Brisbane Fashion Month

With the arrival of Spring to the Sunshine state comes the first long-anticipated event of Brisbane Fashion Month. National and international designers old and new will showcase their pride and joy (i.e. their clothing lines) to stylish audiences flocking the streets of Brisbane city this October.
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Interview: LANKS

If you ever feel like listening to a refreshing blend of organic and electronic sound attached to a compelling narrative sung in delicate falsetto, then LANKS is the musician for you.

 And who exactly is LANKS? The answer: multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer Will Cuming, hailing from Melbourne. His textured EPs and singles layer elements of indie pop with electronic percussion and crisp vocals, each new release promising a quick escape to paradise.

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Take Flight with Mozart Airborne

Six dancers intertwine their limbs in a pulsing clump of bodies. A mesmerised audience watches with breathless fascination, attempting to dissect the contemporary movement and throw their own interpretations of the piece into the mix.

As the dancers thrust their weight onto their shoulders and extend flexed feet, it becomes apparent they might reflect plants swaying in the breeze, or roots twisting beneath soil. This is one moment in Mozart Airborne.

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Interview: Paulini on ‘The Bodyguard’

At some stage in their lives, everyone has belted along with at least one of Whitney Houston’s timeless hits, whether it’s I Will Always Love You or I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Prolonging the Houston legacy, ‘The Bodyguard’ the musical is about to hit Brisbane, starring Australia’s own pop sensation, Paulini Curuenavuli.

From gracing our TV screens in Australian Idol to being one of only ten Australian female solo artists to top the ARIA Charts, Paulini is now making her theatrical debut. The musical follows the same plot as the cherished 1992 film of the same name; When bodyguard Frank Farmer, played by Kip Gamblin, is hired to protect superstar singer Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker, neither expect to fall in love.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Paulini about the upcoming show.

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Interview: The Jungle Giants

If you haven’t listened to The Jungle Giant’s latest album – Quiet Ferocity – stop what you’re doing right now and hit it up for a dose of infectious tunes bound to get your feet tapping wherever you are.

2017 has been a huge year for the risk-taking band, after they played to lively crowds at the Groovin the Moo festival and are now touring Australia and New Zealand with their new album. Read on for a chat with leading vocalist Sam Hales about Quiet Ferocity. Continue reading “Interview: The Jungle Giants”

Interview: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

If you thought Emma Watson was a strong advocate for feminism, you haven’t seen Milly Pontipee flip a table while screaming in the faces of seven rowdy boys. Produced by the Griffith Conservatorium of Musical Theatre, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ premiered on May 5th, the second-year students dazzling a sold-out opening audience.

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