Beyond the runway: unveiling the multicultural mosaic of Australia’s fashion frontier

Australia is home to a rich, beautiful tapestry of different cultures, walks of life and experiences. Despite the country’s rich cultural diversity, Australia’s fashion and fashion journalism do not yet fully and adequately represent this fabric.

Creatives, including freelance photographer Ishani Buff and Mastani CEO Kudrat Makkar, are advocates for change who weave cultural expressions into their practice and take people on a storytelling journey.

Cultural diversity in Australia's fashion industry: a call for true representation

In today’s world, the fashion industry is a powerful reflection of a society’s cultural diversity. For a multicultural nation like Australia, the question of whether its fashion industry and fashion journalism adequately represent this rich tapestry of cultures is of paramount importance.

I recently completed my Bachelor of Media and Communications degree by writing an exegesis and feature article on representing cultural diversity in Australia’s fashion and fashion journalism that aims to crea

Event review: ganbu marra runway, THE LUME

This year’s showcase of emerging First Nations fashion talent, the ganbu marra runway, as part of Melbourne Fashion Week (23-29 October), surpassed all expectations, catapulting the celebration to unprecedented heights. THE LUME Melbourne transformed into a mesmerising canvas where hypnotic projections illuminated the space. These projections were no ordinary display; they were the revered works that were part of THE LUME’s Connection exhibition, encapsulating the essence of the oldest living cu

Our Guide to Mastering the Butterfly Cut, Perfectly – Shop Monde

It’s not just a haircut; it’s a work of art that frames your face and adds a touch of softness to your look. Picture V-shaped layers cascading down the back, resembling the delicate wings of a butterfly, while the front sections gracefully frame your features.

Creating the perfect butterfly cut isn’t just about the haircut—it’s in the styling game, too. When it comes to styling, hair mousse is your secret weapon. This airy, lightweight foam isn’t just for volume; it’s a game-changer for accentu

Stylish Men's Gifts Under $100 That Hit the Mark! – Shop Monde

Looking for the ultimate wingman for your dude? Enter the wallet! Beyond being a sleek accessory, it’s a practical treasure trove for their essentials that can elevate their style game while being super practical. A wallet’s more than just a gift—it’s a daily reminder of your thoughtfulness.

One standout choice is the Tommy Hilfiger premium leather bifold wallet in sleek classic black, boasting a gold-tone logo, multiple card slots, and a signature stripe print lining and it’s perfect for stori

Cherry Cola Lips: A Tasty Trend to Try –

Prepare to jazz up those lips and unleash the ultimate cherry cola pout! For step one, grab that trusty brown and burgundy lip liner, your secret weapon for lip magic.

Begin by tracing the outline carefully, making sure to shade in those corners for a fuller, juicier pout. It’s all about creating the illusion of luscious, irresistible lips, and the key is to use a liner that’s deeper than your natural lip tone.

Now, let’s talk lip liner favourites! My go-to is the Morphe liner in “Bite Me.” It

Sprinkle Some Colourful Joy: Hommey's Kitchen is here! –

Sprinkle Some Colourful Joy: Hommey’s Kitchen is here!

Established in 2020, Hommey emerged from South Yarra, Melbourne’s vibrant, design-centric landscape. Hommey is synonymous with comfort, style, and a playful aesthetic for the home. In homewares, Hommey has built a reputation for redefining the essence of home from an apartment startup. And in 2023, founder Justin Kestelman established the first brick-and-mortar store in South Yarra.

Hommey is a brand that aims to combine comfort and design

Carhartt: Crafting Tough Style for the Everyday Adventurer –

Carhartt has held its rightful place for over a century as a beloved icon in men’s fashion and is known for exceptional quality and unwavering durability.

Carhartt was founded in 1889 by Hamilton Carhartt with the humble dream of making durable workwear that could withstand the harsh conditions of the railway industry. Since then, Carhartt has expanded to offer a wide range of garments, including coveralls, beanies, jackets, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, and outerwear, all featuring the class

Revamp Your Style with 5 Hot Denim Trends – Shop Monde

Denim flares were all the rage on the 2023 fall/winter runways, and their influence is being felt all over the fashion world. Everyone knows that flare jeans are a timeless classic that effortlessly blend the retro charm of the ’70s with a modern touch. Plus, they’re super flattering and create the illusion of longer legs (go figure!).

Pair them with a cute blouse and heels for the office, a flowy top for a fun weekend fit, or a cute tank top and sneakers for an off-duty look. Incorporating fla

Your Ultimate Guide to Mastering the Everything Shower – Shop Monde

Step one to the Everything shower is to start your pre-shower ritual with dry brushing and using essential oils to rehydrate your skin after exfoliating it.

Dry brushing helps with creating radiant skin and removes dead skin for a nice glow. You’ll want to find a body brush with firm natural bristles like the Salt By Hendrix Dry Body Brush.

Gently massage your body in upward, circular motions in a soft way to allow for a relaxing exfoliation experience ( and make sure your body is 100% dry for

Turn Heads with the Trending Tomato Chic Look – Shop Monde

It’s all about the flushed, flirty red or terracotta cheeks in this look.

It’s best to use a red-toned blush to achieve this cute look (this is universally flattering), warm the blush on your hand, and apply it gently with a light tap to your cheeks, nose bridge, and forehead (highlight areas where the sun would hit you) and use either a beauty blender or blush brush to blend the blush into your skin to create a pretty flush.

A cream blush, such as the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch blush, is perfect

Believe in Style: Justin Bieber's Fashion Evolution –

During his Purpose era, a peroxide blonde Bieber rocked edgy, fun vibes, and his days as a cutesy pop idol were over.

In this era, streetwear was integral to his style. Frequently wearing oversized hoodies, distressed denim, and bomber jackets, Bieber created a laid-back and effortless vibe. This look resonated with a younger, urban audience. His tattoos added a rebellious edge to his clean-cut appearance, symbolising his journey from teenage heartthrob to a more authentic and self-expressive a

Turning the Page on New Year's Resolutions: Have you Read More? –

I love this cute little book and read it every night before I go to sleep as a reflection on the day.

Ikigai by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles explores the Japanese concept of Ikigai (the reason you get out of bed in the morning and the key to a long life) and how to find your purpose passions and nurture your relationship with yourself and others.

If you like this book, you’ll like Héctor García’s other bestseller ‘A Geek in Japan’ and Francesc Miralles’ novels, Wabi Sabi and Love in Sma

Luxe to Less: Perfecting Your Makeup Brush Game –

Are you looking to unlock your inner makeup pro? If you invest in luxury makeup brushes, you’ll treat your face to a VIP experience for every application.

You’re not just buying a brush when you choose luxury brushes; you’re investing in your long-term beauty regimen with fine materials and boujie designs.

Every makeup kit needs love and luxury. If you want to invest in your makeup kit, the Hourglass Vegan Brush Travel Set is the ultimate investment kit with all the essentials for your upgrade

Berry Glam: Get the Strawberry Makeup look! –

The strawberry makeup look is perfect for enthusiasts who want fresh, flirty makeup that can be worn all year and looks natural enough to pass for no makeup. To get started, think skincare first.

It is essential to prep your skin thoroughly for makeup application using skincare products and primer to have a perfect canvas for your makeup and to leave you with a lit-from-within glowy look. Hailey Bieber uses Rhode Beauty Glazing Milk and Peptide Glazing Fluid to create a glowing base for her str

Copenhagen Couture: 5 Must-See Scandinavian Brands –

Discover the carefree spirit of Scandinavian dressing with Danish label, Ganni. Gallerist Frans Truelsen established Ganni in 2000 by specialising in cashmere sweaters. By 2009, Nicolaj Reffstrup and his wife Ditte took the company over and transformed it into the ready-to-wear brand we know and love today.

The brand’s colourful, fun and effortlessly cool pieces are well-loved by many of the world’s most popular style IT girls, including Kylie Jenner, Bella Hadid, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Emili

Men's Linen Staples for a Euro Summer Vibe – Shop Monde

Let’s start with the original and most iconic way to style a linen look: rocking a button-up, short-sleeved tee.

Rock the traditional long-sleeved linen t-shirt for a day-to-night look that captures the fun essence of a European summer, seamlessly blending style, comfort and adaptability. For instance, the Eddie Grandad collar linen shirt is crafted from a lightweight, upcycled fabric that captures the spirit of warm Mediterranean days and breezy evenings.

A relaxed, tailored fit can be worn o

Brand Spotlight: Carla Zampatti –

The name Carla Zampatti evokes elegance, style, and timeless fashion. For over five decades, the brand has become a beloved fashion icon among fashion enthusiasts worldwide, frequently worn by celebrities and trendsetters.

If you’re looking for an elegant evening gown or eye-catching accessories, Carla Zampatti offers a wide selection.

Founded in 1965 by visionary designer Carla Zampatti, the brand reflects women’s empowerment. During the Opera House construction, Carla Zampatti unveiled her

Must-have Makeup Essentials for your Glowiest European Summer Yet –

Packing your skincare routine into a small carry-on bag can be challenging, so we’ve broken down the basics you’ll need to enjoy jet setting; these include a hydrating cleanser, antioxidant serum, face masks, eye masks, a mist and of, course, a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin.

Want gorgeous skin when you’ve landed at your dream destination? With Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, you can say goodbye to stressed, tired, thirsty skin. Your skin will look radiant and luminous with its antioxidan

Luxury to Thrifty: Elevate your Winter Style with Puffer Jackets –

There are plenty of puffer jackets, especially on the luxury market. Look for innovative, simple designs that last a lifetime and elevate your look.

With high-end materials, impeccable craftsmanship, and cutting-edge designs, luxurious jackets combine classic puffer practicality with style. Investing in a luxury puffer jacket is a brilliant idea and we’ve rounded up some of the best options available.

There is no better puffer jacket than the Celine Homme Jacket for adding vibrancy and style t

Barbiecore Bonanza: Embrace the Iconic Barbie Vibe –

Monde's guide to embracing that Barbie core look of your dreams and once and for all deciding if life in plastic, really is fantastic?

The 2023 Barbie film from Greta Gerwig is finally here! The internet is buzzing with variations of the IT girl Barbiecore trend, and has been sweeping the fashion world off its feet.

Originally the movement was just about gorgeous pink-on-pink looks from the Valentino Pink PP collection. The 2023 Barbie core movement is about boldness, and brightness, embracing

3 Brands For the Chicest European Summer Vacation – Shop Monde

Experience the essence of the European beach ambiance with the delightful resort wear label, Cala De la Cruz. ‘Cala’ symbolizes a serene and curved bay where the sea gently embraces the shore, evoking a sense of celebration and happiness. Hailing from Cali, Colombia, this brand draws inspiration from the enchanting summers spent on the French Riviera and Spanish isles.

Brimming with vivid colors and impeccable style, Cala De la Cruz showcases a captivating array of playful graphics and prints a
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