frankie Magazine November-December 2016

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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something exciting happened while we were putting together this issue.

As the days drew to a close and we toddled off home for another night of binging obscure British reality TV shows, we came to a realisation: we were no longer shivering. Come to think of it, we could see pretty well, too. And what was that curious sensation, like someone gently puffing on our faces while simultaneously bundling us up in a warm, cosy hug? By Jove – it was spring. There’s something rather magical about a change of seasons. The days getting longer; the nights more fleeting. It fills us with a sense of hope; of infinite possibility for the sunshine-y months ahead. Not to mention, mountains of back-patting, slow-clapping appreciation for this lovely, mucky, complex, mind-boggling world we live in. That rosy spring glow must have subconsciously seeped into…

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dear frankie

LETTERS@FRANKIE.COM.AU Dear frankie, I could really relate to Mia Timpano’s article “Boy Smells”. When my boyfriend leaves my house at midnight to go back to his, the trade-off is the shirt on his back. He reluctantly hands it over and drives home naked from the waist up. I sleep blissfully with his shirt draped over my pillow, close to my nostrils. If I won’t see him for a week or he’s off on a work trip, I take an item of clothing he’s worn for at least 10 hours. Once his scent disappears, I go searching for another. Mia, you’re not alone. Amanda xo Bonny wee frankie, After being across the ocean for almost eight months, you have no idea how exciting it was to flip through issue 73 and see my…

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frank bits

PEACHY KEEN Oh, hi there. Fancy sporting some dainty, retro-inspired duds come summertime? This lovely frock comes straight from Harley Viera-Newton’s HVN collection, and would make perfect attire for nibbling fries and sundaes at the drive-in. Featuring loose pleats and an optional belt – all carefully crafted from printed silk – it’s a peachy keen homage to times long past. In a word: neato. hvnlabel.com DOOPS DESIGNS Cuteness and comfiness are high on our list of cushion necessities, and this little doozy from Byron Bay lady Jane Newham’s label, Doops Designs, comes up trumps in both. Printed with eco-friendly inks onto 100 per cent natural linen, the Hills & Burrows cushion cover will set you back $60. Then again, we have three to give away – head to frankie.com. au/win if you’re feeling…

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lesbian locks

In the years before I came out as a ‘legit and real’ lesbian, people would occasionally yell the word “DYKE” as they drove past me in cars. I pretended to find it offensive, but secretly I liked it. I didn’t quite know whether or not I was gay, but I enjoyed the feeling of being recognisably queer. For reasons I don’t understand, I haven’t been called a dyke since the day I came out. Maybe it’s a sign that Australia is slightly less bigoted, but I have this sneaking suspicion that, actually, it’s me. In a classic lesbian relationship, featuring a cat and multiple copies of The Second Sex, I’ve dropped my guard and let go of all the raging indicators that told people I was gay. I know that it’s…

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merch party

It’s practically impossible to live on Planet Earth without accumulating some spectacularly trashy merchandise: think gaudy fluorescent stubby holders, tacky keyrings emblazoned with even tackier slogans, and – for those of us who survived the ’90s, at least – a heap of chunky mouse pads bearing some second-rate business’s pixellated logo. Yep, it’s fair to say that merch hasn’t exactly excelled on the style front in the past, which is why Melbourne lasses Kate Scott, Hannah Chipkin and Pippa Joseph launched Merchgirls – a creative collaboration making promotional products you’ll actually want to keep. “You buy merchandise to try and keep a memory or touch on something you really enjoyed doing,” Pippa says. “Why not make that cool; something you want to wear the minute you buy it?” The trio has actually…

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the scene between

The first time Atong Atem picked up a camera to take anything other than slightly shitty holiday snaps, she managed to emulate vintage African studio photography so perfectly that galleries in New York and Amsterdam were soon lining up exhibitions. “I borrowed a camera from uni and messaged my friends, asking them to come the next day, take some photos, eat some KFC and have a nice time,” Atong says. “It took me a good 10 to 15 minutes to work out how to even turn the camera on. Then I was like, ‘It’s still not working, I’ve broken it already’, because there’s this thing called the lens cap that you have to take off. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.” Her technical skills might have been less…