People can fall into our lives at just the right time, and it can feel like some type of divine magic is at work. Happenstance or synchronicity: it’s these connections that enrich our lives and foster our creativity.
FME Apparel's AW19 collection, Serendipity, is a meditation on these moments, and this Queen’s Birthday weekend we say 'No, thanks!’ to the monarchy and ‘Yes, please!' to the sisterhood of women who provide us with direction and inspiration.
There’s Manisha Anjalia writer, performer and dream archivist. Musician, DJ and producer at Next Wave and Melbourne Fringe, Kalyani Mumtaz. Awhina Anima, a human geography student and self-proclaimed bedroom dancer. Italian ex-pat Sara Stavrideswho manages Mark Douglass Design, and finally, body worker and artist, Brooke Yallop.
Together, they remind us of the power of women and the beauty of connectivity.
These are our muses.
These are the Queens that we choose to celebrate.
Kalyani Mumtaz @kalyanimumtaz .
Kalyani Mumtaz is a Trawlwoolway artist, curator, and community arts worker, living in so-called Melbourne on Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Lands. Mumtaz is a Producer at @next_wave and @melbfringe and is a core member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts collective, @this_mob. Kalyani currently performs music as a solo artist, and recently released an EP ‘a leaf a flower’, with her project @kalyani.and.isha. Kalyani’s work as an artist and curator centres truth and responsibility.
"I create because my mother taught me that to create is to heal yourself. I create because it makes me feel better and gives me a reason to keep going. I create to imagine my self into existence. I create because I am a conduit of my Ancestors. I create because there is so much work to be done."
Manisha Anjali @manishaanjali .
Manisha is a writer, performer and dream archivist. She is the author of Sugar Kane Woman (Witchcraft Press, 2016). Manisha is the creator of Neptune, an audio project documenting dreams, hallucinations and visions of artists and writers. She is the Poetry Editor at The Lifted Brow and is currently working LIZARD, a collection of poems set in the animal realm of the afterlife.
“I create because I want to have intimacy with the whole world. I want to communicate in the language of dreams. I work with illusions, delusions, mirrors and shadows. I want to break through the fabric of reality and re-order time. Dreaming is a form of storytelling and travel. Everything I do in writing and performance is expression of my spirit. This is the poet’s inner world. It is made of fire, water, flowers and reptiles.” .
Brooke Yallop @easy_over_
Brooke is an artist and Body worker specialising in Pilates and Barre. She believes movement is the most inherent form of communication and a means of heightening body awareness and connection.
“I create because it is the way in which I acknowledge every part of my being. It is the way I relate to the world, channel energy and process emotion. My personal practice is my purest form of self expression and honours my physical, emotional and spiritual self in their entirety.”
The full shoot is viewable over at Ladies of Leisure. Special thanks to all the creatives involved.
Muses: Awhina Anima, Brooke Yallop, Kalyani Mumtaz,
Manisha Anjali, Sara Stavrides
Photography: Maddy Maeve
Art Direction: Laura Albee Barton
Words: Cait Emma Burke
Assistant: Rebecca Ashby
This season, a duet of happenstance and abstract musings find form in timeless pieces designed to elevate and inspire the everyday. Featuring an autumnal palette of pumpkin, ruby, forest green and biscuit, merged with the conscious detailing of seashell buttons, gathered sleeves and drawstring finishings.
A rich tapestry of velvets, wool gauze, houndstooth and classic linens, combine to embed Serendipity with graceful tactility; memories for the skin and the eye.
Jean Hyland is Sydney based jeweller and designer combining her background in design, fashion and traditional jewellery manufacturing to create sculptural pieces that are beautiful, wearable and timeless.
Limited runs, her designs are freeform using local and sustainably sourced materials wherever possible. Jean’s intention is to create pieces that will last, be loved and enjoyed for days to come.
Jeans label: Jean Yoshiko is available at FME online and in-store.
Piper Packshaw is a front woman. Music is the vehicle of her performance. Residing somewhere between Byron, Melbourne and an LA fantasy, she sings at a crossroads.
What do you collect?
I think the thing in my life I most collect would be my thoughts. I write a lot ( A LOT) of lists, poems, lyrics, stories, stream of consciousness, reflections and ‘notes to self’.
My handwriting is so incredibly terrible that I spend just as much time trying to decipher my 3am scrawls.
Apparently I also collect dog hair because I can’t put an item of clothing on without feeling like I’m wearing my dog!
What does the concept of ‘home’ look like to you?
This is something that has been at the forefront of my mind and heart recently.
I’m currently living a transient life; moving away from my life in Melbourne and toward the insanity of LA life, but treading water (no beach pun intended) in Byron Bay for the time being. This uproot of home and belonging has made me redefine what it means to me. ‘Home’ is held in a moment of complete comfortability - on any given day this could mean something different. At this point in my life, where stability is sparse, it’s comforting to know that ‘home’ is actually a place within me…
Do you have a daily ritual (big or small)? If so, talk us through it.
Honestly, just breakfast. It’s my favourite meal of the day and I never go without!
Who would you most want to collaborate with creatively and why?
To say exactly who I would most want to collaborate with is a hard stretch. I’ve spent so many years being incredibly precious about my work; holding it tightly to my chest and not letting anyone see/hear it until it was perfect. I use collaboration as a tool to relinquish some control and allow my ideas to breathe and develop. My ideal people to collaborate with are those who hold space and approach a project or idea with no ego or judgement.
If your life story was translated to film, What would the title be ?
This question has me stumped.
These are the first ones that come to mind;
“Friendly, Not Flirty” (story of my fucking life)
“Big Hair and a lot of Bullshit”
“Get Back Up”
Any final thoughts or feelings?
I feel honoured to be included and associated with FME Apparel. A brand that understands the importance of community and creativity, two things I hold very close to my heart. Also I feel like a complete badass when I wear my Judo Playsuit.
Photography: Maddy Maeve
Words and Styling: Laura Albee
Special thanks to George (the dog)
We would like to share with you "Tatebana, Standing Flowers'. Shot for our recent summer campaign - this super cute clip was inspired by the magic of flora and the art of Ikebana. Massive thanks to all the lovely ladies who have supported us this season and who have made 2017 a very special a and FUN year. All the love! FME Xx
PHOTOGRAPHER: MADDY MAEVE @MADDYMAEVE
PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANT: IZZIE AUSTIN
MODEL: ZEINA @ZYUMAYA @FOLK_CO GRETA
@PEOPLE.AGENCY ALEX @ALEXCGRIFFITHS
HMUA: KATE MCWILLIAM
STYLIST/ART DIRECTION: LAURA ALBEE @ALBEEZ
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: HETTY RODA
ACCESSORIES: @POST_SOLE_STUDIO @STVDIOBROOKLYN @AL_MA_JEWELLERY_
'La belleza del Habana'
Is our second journal entry from our recent travels abroad. We spent the day with local artist Karina Valero Tieles in a neighbourhood just outside Havana. Karina’s mother came along and we were lucky enough to sneak some snaps of the two together, mujeres bonitas! There’s a few sneaky shots of our new ‘apron playsuit’ for you to swoon over to. Hope you enjoy! Love FME Xx
Good Morning Williamsburg is our first journal entry from our recent travels abroad. We got the chance to hang out with one of the most lovely creatures around... Expat Aussie gal Olivia was kind enough to spare a morning to show us what life is like waking up in Williamsburg. Living the dream, Olivia is on exchange studying fashion in NYC and working on her own jewellery line. Ghaaa overachievers ;-) She's one to watch @livlaa Xx
Ensemble AW15 / Launch party shot by Heather Lighton
Thank you to everyone who made this such a special and memorable night! Xx