From cats in your coffee to the colour of models on your catwalk, we’re closing the week with issues of whimsy and weight. In between those two polar opposites is your chance to see the not-so-1920s fashion of Prada’s work for The Great Gatsby along with scientific proof that I am now more masculine.

Read on for a fashionisers’ guide to the weekend ahead.

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Need to know.

Too much on your plate?

Have you ever lamented what goes on your dinner plate? Well it’s time to see how the other half lives in a photo-gallery round up of what the world eats – a week’s worth of groceries. Hint: Britain and the US eat a lot of processed crap and the Australian photo is staged to play down just how much Vegemite the country consumes.

Put down the razor, gents.

I recently opted to forgo shaving and grow a beard. Extra points for me with scientific proof that I am now more masculine. According to a recent study, women prefer men with a 10-day beard over a clean-shaven face. The study … found that both men and women rated men with beards as more attractive and as people with high parenting ability. Sorry Warren Buffet, your investment in Gillette isn’t looking so great right now.

Hipster Shakespeare & Marie Antoinette’s breast implants.

We owe much to them. Some have bestowed upon us the societies we live in. Others have bestowed on us our cultural sensibilities. So what would historical figures wear were they of our time? Marie Antoinette would have breast implants, apparently, and William Shakespeare would be sporting some of that hipster, inner-city cool.



Is anyone genuinely excited about the impending release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, or are many people merely convinced that they have to be? The length of the queue for the tie-in exhibition of the film’s clothes ought to tell you much. The costumes designed by Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin for the film will do a tour of New York, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Curated under the banner of Catherine Martin and Miuccia Prada Dress Gatsby, the exhibition can be seen at the Prada New York Epicenter until 12 May, whereafter it’ll head to the Prada Tokyo Epicenter between 14 and 30 June. Shanghai, you’ll have to wait till July to see Daisy Buchanan’s intimates.

I’ll have my coffee very black with a cat on top.

My face lights up should my barista adorn the top of my coffee with so much as a swirl. I’d probably smile like a Cheshire Cat were I to receive a cup of Joe featuring what is appropriately described as Japanese Latte Art. “I’ll have an Americano with a dash if Munch’s Scream please.” Try that next time you’re ordering a double shot at the green mermaid. It. Will. Not. Happen. Book a return ticket to Japan instead, and bask in the glory of drinkable art.

St. Kilda Film Festival turns 30.

Fun fact: Australia’s St. Kilda derives its name courtesy of a relative of mine. Funner fact: the St. Kilda Film Festival turns 30 this year and the program, along with news of an SXSW tie-in, is now out. The festival starts 23 May.


The cult of J.Crew.

J.Crew has become a cult brand and I missed the memo. Sure, I like J.Crew and walk through their doors every time I visit the United States, but as the retailer doesn’t sell its wares on these shores, I’d missed the fact that it was being branded as having such a devoted following. Get yourself up to speed on J.Crew and the woman getting the credit and find out how Jenna Lyons transformed J.Crew.

Will you pay extra for ‘ethical’ clothing?

300 people died making cheap clothes after their multi-storey factory collapsed in Bangladesh. It’s not balanced to point the finger at fast fashion, but it can be argued that it doesn’t help the situation. Are consumers of fast fashion (all of us?) in any way responsible? Would you be willing to pay more for ethical clothes? It wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Why are catwalks so white?

The fact that the majority of catwalk models have an ethnically white background ruffles more than a few feathers. And while there’s no shortage of Eastern European beauties waiting to walk the catwalks of Milan and Paris, serious people want more diversity in fashion. So why isn’t it there already? Five casting directors share their thoughts on the matter from Tom Ford’s casting director James Scully sharing his disappointment, to Gucci’s casting director Barbara Nicoli stating that diversity isn’t about skin colour but “the body, the face, and the attitude.”

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