frankie Magazine November - December 2019

frankie Magazine is an Australian bi-monthly with a difference. A niche-style title with mainstream appeal – filled with fashion, art, craft, music, cuteness and real-life inspiration – frankie is dedicated to uncovering the newest trends, celebrating the latest creative talents and delivering sharp, honest, laugh-out-loud stories their readers can relate to.

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in this issue

2 min
a sense of purpose comes in many different packages.

Maybe it’s to bring joy to the world with happy-making paintings, or to have a bunch of babies and shower them with love. Perhaps it’s as simple as being a good friend or focusing on keeping yourself healthy and happy. Or, then again, it could be something a little more specific. Flip to the very last page of this issue and you’ll discover some folks whose raison d’être involved breaking world records, from the longest string of bunting to the fastest dash in high heels. We thought we’d share a few more curious triumphs from around the globe, because anyone who puts that much effort into achieving their goal deserves a little recognition. (And who knows – maybe they’ll help you find your own sense of purpose.) In 2014, one Allan Ganz…

3 min
dear frankie

Dear frankie, I’ve been feeling like a complete ball of stress lately. I’m studying and working full-time. I’m always on the run; I feel like I barely have time to breathe. What’s more, I’m addicted to my phone. I flick through my feeds and check my emails obsessively, and I never truly disconnect. Frankie is the one thing that makes me stop for a minute, sit down in the sun, and take a breath. Thank you, Genevieve Dearest frankie, I could not agree more with James Colley’s write-up about Coco Pops in the road test in issue 91. My family has a rule that Coco Pops must not be indulged in unless we’re on holidays or camping. This simple rule has left a real impact – not only on me, but…

19 min
frank bits

matter matters One thing summer demands – aside from an endless supply of cold lemonade and the occasional sausage sizzle – is a dress or skirt you can throw on when you can’t be arsed thinking of what to wear, but want to look awesome nonetheless. If you’re in the market for such a frock, Hong Kong label Matter Matters might be able to help you out. Their flowy duds are inspired by art movements like Modernism, Art Deco and Bauhaus, and seem rather comfy and easy to wear. Have a look at matterreallymatters.com if you’d like to see more. status anxiety gi›eaway High fives, frankie people. We have two of Status Anxiety’s new Last Mountains handbags (rrp $299.95 each) to give away, in all their forest green, buttery leather glory. Pop over…

3 min
the new cute

Having a shit one? Why not let Japanese band CHAI shout you towards better self-esteem? “You are so cute! / Nice face! / C’mon, yeah!” they screech on the rousing two-and-a-half-minute track “N.E.O.”. Continuing in their native Japanese, they howl lines like, “Small eyes, flat nose, thick legs – all right!” over a rumbling bass and chaotic guitars. The aim is to spread their message of ‘neo-kawaii’. It’s CHAI’s all-inclusive definition of ‘cute’ – one that celebrates imperfections and pushes against a narrow Japanese beauty standard that prizes big eyes, a thin figure and pale skin. “From birth, I’ve always felt bound by Japan’s definition of kawaii,” explains Kana, the band’s guitarist. “I think it’s something all Japanese women can attest to. It can determine your social status.” CHAI’s bassist Yuuki…

3 min
i’d like to thank the academy

When I was in year 5, Michelle Cheng had a Miss Universe-themed birthday party. There were the traditional layers of competition (though the adults wisely spared us from attempting the swimsuit round). Being a 4-foot-5 nine-year-old with the showbiz energy of Rhonda Burchmore, naturally, I won. But at some point during the crowning ceremony, a jealous competitor came up behind me and pulled on my silky red maxi-skirt, interrupting the acceptance speech of a lifetime with a dacking that still scars me to this day. Ever since that tragic moment, I’ve been imagining the monologue that could have been; standing in front of mirrors rehearsing hypothetical Academy Award acceptance speeches, Grammy acceptance soliloquies, Best New Talent ARIA thank yous. Working at a corporate training centre a few years back, a colleague asked…

11 min
into the deep

Peter drew artist What amazes you about the world? The fact it doesn’t fall apart. Take one glance at your newsfeed and you’ll find a million reasons to be worried: climate change, nuclear weapons, inequality and injustice. It sometimes feels hopeless, but that’s only because the true beauty of the world doesn’t translate to social media. The world is held together by everyday acts of kindness. What’s the meaning of life? To explore, seek out and invent our own meaning. If life’s meaning were the same for all of us, what would be the point of having an imagination? Is there life after death? Only through the ideas we pass on and the art we create. Our life pours out of us from moment to moment and the art we make captures…