frankie Magazine November - December 2020

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

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let your passion keep up with your dynamic lifestyle.

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it’s said you should never meet your heroes.

That coming face to face with someone you’ve long admired from afar will shatter your illusions – or worse, you’ll get so flustered and overwhelmed by their sheer awesomeness that you wind up squealing “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH WE SHOULD BE FRIENDS” in their face. Thankfully, such calamities were avoided when I sat down for a chat with Alanis-bloody-Morissette for this here issue. Despite decades as a musical icon – an ineffable font of cool and attitude, with glorious locks, to boot – she managed to woo me with her wisdom and unabashed playfulness. (Her favourite way to deal with anxiety? Backflips into a pool, of course.) I didn’t even babble about listening to Jagged Little Pill as I rollerbladed around as a kid, Walkman clutched tightly in my prepubescent hand,…

3 min
dear frankie

Dear frankie, I, too, have struggled for years with the ‘awkward address’, as Emily Naismith put it in issue 97 – but now the stress and confusion of walking past a stranger has been further clouded with face masks. My go-to, the smile, has been taken from me. I’ve trialled the eyebrow raise, but fear it conveys a warning that there’s someone lurking behind them. For now, I’ll wink at passersby and let you know how it goes. Jill xo Dear frankie, Caro Cooper’s article “So Trashy, So Good” had me wanting to give her a high five. I’m a long way off being a psychologist, but when I reflect on society and mental illness, all I see is too many motivational speakers, advisers and plain old know-it-alls. Caro illustrates this…

20 min
frank bits

kuwaii ss20 collection The folks behind Melbourne label Kuwaii want you to know that fashion doesn’t have to be trend-driven to be fun. It can also involve updates to designs you already know and love – timeless pieces that are built to last. That’s why this year’s spring/summer collection, Chronicle, is based entirely on silhouettes from the Kuwaii archive (albeit with a fresh floral pattern from local artist Charlotte Alldis). If button-up jumpsuits, cinched-in dresses and painterly prints float your boat, pop on over to kuwaii.com.au, quick smart. charlie crane rocks OK, sure – at around $470, this Charlie Crane baby rocker is a significant investment. But if you happen to have some spare clams floating around (or some very generous folks in your life), it’s a pretty swish way to bounce your…

7 min
you live, learn

(SOMETIMES) LADIES MAKE BANK It’s a totally different world for female musicians today. When we were releasing “You Oughta Know” in 1995, we sent it to radio stations and the initial response from all the program directors was, “Oh, we’re already playing Sinéad O’Connor, so we’re good on women,” or, “We’ve hit our quota – we already play Tori Amos.” Literally one female artist was allocated to every radio station. I thought there’d be more of a sisterhood in the fame – that Sharon Stone would be patting my head by the campfire singing “Kumbaya” – but that wound up not being the case. Thankfully, things changed pretty quickly after that, because those suit peeps are very interested in the bottom line, and all of a sudden a woman became…

3 min
where the wild things are

There are pets in my house whose names I forget. Ingrid lives in the kitchen, Marquez in the bathroom – but is the guy in my bedroom Wallace or Willis? And is he actually male? It’s hard to keep track, but we have fun, me and my pets. There’s nothing in this world like the love of a critter. I never thought I’d be in the position to adopt a pet of my own – that is, until I found some already squatting in and around my house. The birds that visit my yard; the spiders in my curtains; the moths headbutting the lights; and, hopefully one day, the mice to vacuum up my fallen crumbs. A lot of these creatures get a bad rap: spiders are scary; moths eat clothes; pigeons…