The Queens We Celebrate
People can fall into our lives at just the right time, and it can feel like some type of divine magic is at work. Happenstance or synchronicity: it’s these connections that enrich our lives and foster our creativity.
FME Apparel's AW19 collection, Serendipity, is a meditation on these moments, and this Queen’s Birthday weekend we say 'No, thanks!’ to the monarchy and ‘Yes, please!' to the sisterhood of women who provide us with direction and inspiration.
There’s Manisha Anjalia writer, performer and dream archivist. Musician, DJ and producer at Next Wave and Melbourne Fringe, Kalyani Mumtaz. Awhina Anima, a human geography student and self-proclaimed bedroom dancer. Italian ex-pat Sara Stavrideswho manages Mark Douglass Design, and finally, body worker and artist, Brooke Yallop.
Together, they remind us of the power of women and the beauty of connectivity.
These are our muses.
These are the Queens that we choose to celebrate.
Manisha Anjali @manishaanjali .
Manisha is a writer, performer and dream archivist. She is the author of Sugar Kane Woman (Witchcraft Press, 2016). Manisha is the creator of Neptune, an audio project documenting dreams, hallucinations and visions of artists and writers. She is the Poetry Editor at The Lifted Brow and is currently working LIZARD, a collection of poems set in the animal realm of the afterlife.
“I create because I want to have intimacy with the whole world. I want to communicate in the language of dreams. I work with illusions, delusions, mirrors and shadows. I want to break through the fabric of reality and re-order time. Dreaming is a form of storytelling and travel. Everything I do in writing and performance is expression of my spirit. This is the poet’s inner world. It is made of fire, water, flowers and reptiles.” .
The full shoot is viewable over at Ladies of Leisure. Special thanks to all the creatives involved.
Muses: Awhina Anima, Brooke Yallop, Kalyani Mumtaz,
Manisha Anjali, Sara Stavrides
Photography: Maddy Maeve
Art Direction: Laura Albee Barton
Words: Cait Emma Burke
Assistant: Rebecca Ashby
Introducing our A/W19 collection, Serendipity.
This season, a duet of happenstance and abstract musings find form in timeless pieces designed to elevate and inspire the everyday. Featuring an autumnal palette of pumpkin, ruby, forest green and biscuit, merged with the conscious detailing of seashell buttons, gathered sleeves and drawstring finishings.
A rich tapestry of velvets, wool gauze, houndstooth and classic linens, combine to embed Serendipity with graceful tactility; memories for the skin and the eye.