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CARTOON ENTERTAINMENT ICON – Kylie Minogue

January 30th, 2012

POPULAR touring performer and the biggest selling solo artist in Australian chart history, singer, recording artist, songwriter and actress who shot to fame portraying tomboy mechanic “Charlene” on popular TV soap Neighbours winning her multiple Logie Awards, her first single LOCO-MOTION spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian charts and was the highest selling single of the 1980′s, spectacularly performed at the closing ceremony of 2000 Sydney Olympics, sensationally headlined the 1994 Sydney gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, is a celebrated breast cancer survivor, winner of multiple ARIA & Brit Awards, winner of the 2004 Best Dance Recording Grammy Award for COME INTO MY WORLD, received an OBE at Buckingham Palace in 2008 and in 2011 was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard… KYLIE MINOGUE!

FUN FACTS: Kylie is regarded as a gay icon, which she encourages with comments such as “I am not a traditional gay icon. There’s been no tragedy in my life, only tragic outfits…”

KYLIE MINOGUE Limited Edition Print available at TOONARAMA – The Exhibition @ ArtBoy Gallery January 12 – 29

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The Goddess Of Beauty, Fertility & Sexual Love. Kylie Minogue.

July 26th, 2010

Aphrodite; The Goddess of beauty, fertility & sexual love. Now could that dictionary meaning describe Kylie Minogue any better? I think not.

Aphrodite is the newest musical compilation of festivity and an injection of the Kylie Minogue we all know and love.

Now picture this. European Summer 2010. Mykonos. Beach parties. White flowing linen outfits. Your best friends. Mojitos. White walls and floors. Blue doors and windows. Cushioned day beds with white flowing silk in the sea breeze. Euro trunks. Tanned skin. Early afternoon, leading into the night where the party will begin. Mediterranean sexuality. This is Kylie’s perfect setting for Aphrodite.

When I hear the sounds of this UK-crap-pop X Euro-trashy-pop, I’m instantly taken back to the fruitiest times of my life in a small island called Mykonos. I don’t know if it’s the album cover, the name of the album, or the way the music makes me feel, but I sure as hell like the feeling.

I’ve never really been a fan of Kylie Minogue, but I have now found a new appreciation for the ‘Princess of Pop”. Yes I will admit, I have most of her albums from the past 10-12 years and have loved them, till it gets to about 2 months of listening to them, then I can never hear it again. They almost make me cringe.

At this stage, I’ve owned the album now for nearly 2 weeks and I still really like it. It hasn’t driven me mad yet. I enjoy each and every song as I go to work, for a run, driving in the car or just chilling at home as it has the ability to transform me to a place I once enjoyed in the peak of Summer – Mykonos. It also makes me forget the depression that comes along with a Sydney Winter.

Energetic songs, fun and boppy lyrics and tunes that you remember long after you’ve turned it off. But it is missing something. It is missing the cutting edge style and catchiness of everything that was on her 2001 multi-award winning album Fever. Aphrodite is seriously lacking individuality. To be honest, it’s like listening to the SugaBabes, but mixing it with a little electronica and then throwing in a few Anthemnic (yes that’s my new word) choruses to get the crowds pumping in dingy discotheques.

The first track released from the album is “All The Lovers”. A song that suprisingly brings out memories of past love and emotions once buried. The words and the video are a statement of global acceptance on a number of topics including sexuality. But this could also be for the sake of lifting her profile in the gay audience. Kylie’s fans are predominately gay, so the film clip really shows another side of life through music and profile.

The next track due for release is “Can’t Beat That Feeling”. A little bit of fun, again with a catchy tune which I guarantee you will sing in your head once it’s over. But it’s just so old Kylie. Nothing ground-breaking and unique.

If there is one song that is freaky in a good way, it is the Goddess-esque, Tina Cousins style “Closer”. Probably the standout track on the album for me, it’s got a little bit of sexuality and individuality to it which makes you want to dance inappropriately.

“Too Much”, one of the gayest songs on the album (could be a toss-up with “Cupid Boy”?) has an airy and bouncy feeling to it. It’s a fun song, but again I’m not sure if it will stand the test of time and trends. It will be here and gone very quickly.

One of the songs, and I have to admit it could be my favourite, “Cupid Boy”. It is bringing forward a little bit of Lady Gaga‘s track “Monster” with the electronic/robotic voice “he ate my heart, he a-a-ate my heart”. The most ‘underground’ sounding song on the album, with heavy instrumental and many variations in vocal capabilities really show many of Kylie’s abilities.

There is one song that I can’t stand, “Better Than Today”, it’s a little bit childish and immature. Almost a silly addition. I am hoping it will never be released.

Ok, so after reading this, you have got the impression that I don’t like the album… with a few contradictions thrown in there. But believe it or not, I REALLY like this album. She looks absolutely stunning, her elegance, class and charisma is still as wonderful as ever.

I would totally give it 7 our of 10. Go on an buy it… You can’t go wrong, but you’ll know what I mean when you hear it for yourself.

Faye De Lanty And Her Love Chile

April 6th, 2010

As a youngster, I grew up watching a few different shows like Heartbreak High, Hey Dad! and Home and Away. I also watched a show called Totally Wild, which started off the successful career of the very talented Faye De Lanty.

The gorgeous TV presenter and fashion designer with her own fashion label, Love Chile has captured the hearts of many Australians over the years, including mine. A kind, honest and spiritual person, her warmth pours out of her.

When I met with Faye to interview her, I was welcomed into her home, greeted at the door by her cute beagle, Soho. A glass of Puglia red, vegetables and lamb roasting in the oven, Faye and I relaxed on her exquisite Louis XV lounges and talked about everything that makes Faye, Faye…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I have my own clothing label called Love Chile (pronounced ‘Chyle’). I have been working on my 2nd collection. It’s inspired by Hindu Goddesses and it’s a range of accessories for clothes – detachable shoulder pads, double brooch chains, pieces for the hands and feet, as well as some gorgeous customised vintage pieces. Before I could finish the collection the first few pieces got snapped up for a show at the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. I also just supplied all the accessories for the White Party parade at Sydney Super Club ‘Ivy’. It’s an Amazonian theme so I had a ball creating crazy feathered/chain pieces. I will be finishing the collection and taking part in an event during Sydney Fashion Week called the Fashion Forward Festival. I am also a freelance TV Presenter/Producer so I have lots of on camera/voice over work that always pops up. Plus I teach TV Presenting for NIDA and AFTRS.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

Fashion wise I LOVE the 70’s rock aesthetic… Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin had killer style back then, so did Mick Jagger. I also love the American Indian culture so my two favourite jewellery pieces are hand crafted silver/turquoise pieces from NYC. Designers that really resonate with me are people like Karl Lagerfeld, D Squared, Anna Sui, Zuhair Murard – these guys are storytellers – they are always pushing the envelope and doing something unique, always with exquisite attention to detail.

In my home I love quite a few styles so I like to mix them… my home has a real eclectic feel. I have a baroque vintage couch teamed with a glass top table from the 60’s. There are feathers everywhere (I am obsessed with feathers) I love colours. A white room with splashes of green or a bright yellow lacquered chair taking centre stage. Personality, warmth and richness.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Accessory wise I think it would be a tie between my turquoise cuff I mentioned before and my caramel leather embossed handbag/satchel – it’s an original piece from 1973, long plaited leather strap – worn in leather and carvings of flowers and birds. I found it in an antique store in Brisbane for $30 about 10 years ago!

Clothing – I think it would have to be my black silk Butterfly tuxedo jacket. It was my Dad’s in the 70’s – it’s an original from the coolest store back then called ‘Granny Takes a Trip’ (there is now a remake of the store in Surry Hills). The jacket has coloured butterflies all over it. There were only two made – Keith Richards from the Stones has the other one!

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

Oh so many things I love in my home… I have the most divine tree outside my balcony window – I have filled it with fairy lights – it looks beautiful at night, makes me feel like I am a fantasy forest somewhere. Nature aside – I have a beautiful pearl/oyster like vase from BIBA – the most unbelievable style destination in 60’s/70’s London. My Mumma was a BIBA girl and my Dad bought the vase for her – it takes pride of place on my mantelpiece in the lounge room – it’s filled with giant feathers.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I love lobster, goat’s cheese, beautifully cooked fish or lamb and I am a sucker for anything with caramel or white chocolate. Drinks – French Champagne for sure – Moët and Dom Pérignon would be my pick. Apparently when Benedictine Dom Pérignon discovered he could make champagne he called to the other monks “Come quick, it’s as if I’m drinking stars!!!” I also love a good vodka on the rocks with fresh lime… If I’m feeling extra fancy I’ll add a dash of soda water and chopped up fresh chillies from my little garden.

What is your greatest extravagance?

French Champagne, going out for a beautiful meal and I love to buy flowers and candles for myself.

Greatest lesson learnt?

You have to love and honour yourself before anyone else can!

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

If it’s what truly makes your heart sing – go for it! Life is too short not to do what you love. Immerse yourself completely in it, become a sponge, learn and do all you can. Become a ‘junkie’ for your craft! Work hard, believe in yourself and know that you can do it. Then stop talking about it and go get your dream!

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

Transcendental Meditation. It saved my life! I was such a stress head, always thinking/worrying I didn’t have an ‘Off switch’! It came to me just at the right time and has opened up my world – I have more energy, clarity and an unlimited supply of creative thoughts and ideas for my label. It’s taught me to honour and love myself, be kind to myself but has also instilled an overwhelming need to give love and help people in my life or those I come into contact with. Check it out www.timbrownmeditation.com.au

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Definitely Robert Plant from Led Zep, Mick and Keith from the Stones. The Girls – Mary Kate Olsen and Rachel Zoe.

How did you get into doing what you do?

TV – I started when I was 15 on a show called ‘Totally Wild’. I actually jumped out of a plane for a story while I was on work experience – the GM of the station at the time said to me “Your that crazy b*tch that jumped out of the plane, I said if she’s that F’ing crazy, give her a F’ing job!” True story. Fashion I have wanted to start my own label for as long as I could remember, so 3 years ago I decided to do it.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Always fresh flowers in the lounge room and the bathroom, turn as many lights off at night as possible and use candles to illuminate your home and always do the washing up before you go to bed!

My Mother/Father always told me…

To be cool! (don’t ever get too big for your boots!)

Is there a cause that is close to you and if so, why?

The Butterfly Foundation www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

My label is aligned with The Butterfly Foundation – a charity dedicated to supporting people suffering with eating disorders and negative self-image. I have been through low self-esteem and an eating disorder myself… my life journey was a big reason to create Love Chile. Love Chile is all about inspiring women through style to love and believe in themselves. We did a big fashion fundraiser together last year called the ‘Night of the Butterfly’. We plan to do lots more together this year too.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

My house or Camp Cove at Watson’s Bay.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I probably eat out casually once a week. A really special dinner once or twice a month.

Signature dish?

I’m just getting into cooking so right now I’m keeping things pretty basic – I ‘m loving my oven baked lamb cutlets, sweet potato and pumpkin dusted with fresh herbs, cracked pepper and seasoning.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Look I think we have some fantastic labels – I’m a big fan of Sass & Bide, Toni Matichevski & Antipodium. But I feel like we could take more risks and tell more of a story… I love to see a show that is dripping with personality and detail or where the models actually look like they are happy and enjoying themselves like in a Sonya Rykiel show! She even got them to speak in her last one! Fashion can tend to take itself a little too seriously sometimes. I feel like International designers push it a little further.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My lipgloss, eyedrops and a happy heart.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

That it’s not New York!

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

Dogs allowed in all restaurants – that request comes from my Beagle! From me – the roads… there are holes and bumps everywhere.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Camp Cove at Watson’s Bay – this place is heaven. No matter how crappy a day you may be having – go there and everything is washed away – it’s magical.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Robert Plant or maybe Lady Gaga to see what she wears to bed!

Three pet hates?

1. Smoking

2. Nastiness/negativity

3. People who drive up my street the wrong way.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

Fashion – a great tuxedo jacket, a cool rock tee, sexy jeans and a killer pair of heels.

Home – fresh flowers, candles and a clean space. Your home is your haven – it should be well looked after and reflect your style and personality throughout.

What is your one diva demand?

A special meditation room with Indian paintings, lotus flowers, Buddhist or Indian goddess statues, a small potted palm tree and incense, a soft pillow or designer blanket for my dog and vanilla scented candles everywhere! (Man I could definitely handle that!)