How to do that

How does one become a world renowned fashion designer, everyone knows by name?

Jean Paul Gaultier shows us “Aow Tou Dou Zat!”


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Recently having exhibited at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria.  Jean Paul Gaultier brought us “From the sidewalk to the catwalk.”  Filled with fashion, photography, film and art, quotes from Madonna to Andy Warhol, and talking mannequins, it was a theatrical event indeed.  Even JPG’s teddy bear from his childhood made the long trip over from Paris.

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Another childhood inspiration was his grandmother that would tell him inspiring tales to which he said, “That was all food for my imagination.”

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A young boy with such an imagination could be thought of as somewhat girly.  A life changing moment occurred when one day at school, he drew a topless showgirl from a program he’d watched on a Folies Bergere Revue.  He had gotten in trouble from his teacher by doing so, but it was a blessing in disguise. “I was no longer the sissy who didn’t play soccer.”


Jean Paul Gaultier brought us sailor stripes, corset style dresses and the cone bra, pushing boundaries in fashion when it came to traditional roles of men and women, using model of all shapes & sizes, tattooed and pierced, men’s skirts and bondage inspired fashion.  We look forward to seeing what this unconventional designer brings us next!


“I think the way people dress today is a form of artistic expression…….Art lies in the way the whole outfit is put together.  Take Jean Paul Gaultier.  What he does is really art.” – Andy Warhol, 1984



Merci beacoup Monsieur Gaultier for bringing your world to ours, we bid you Bon-Voyage for now and wish you Bonne Chance with the rest of your tour.


Photo’s: Diane Kitanoski for www.thisisroshambo
Title: “How to do that” – Jean Paul Gaultier
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at The National Gallery of Victoria  – 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne (exhibition now closed)
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Song to the Sirèn

She’s blonde, sensual, passionate, French/Belgian background, (born and bred in Melbourne) and she’s a beer!

Is this not your perfect girl?


Just like the enchanting mermaid La Sirèné, this beer will seduce you. Like the colour of her flowing hair, this bottle is filled with liquid gold, beautiful, smooth and she will keep you wanting more. Do your taste buds hear her seducing call, Sailor?


You too will fall under the La Sirèné spell.

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Last week, I was one of the lucky few to dine at the private dining room of St Crispin for the La Sirèné showcase over a 5 course Beer Degustation. The intimate event was hosted by the head brewer and owner, Costa Nikias, who guided us through a delectable dinner with matching beers from the local artisanal brewery.





We were presented with a menu especially designed for for this one off event. Delicious food, fabulous friends and fantastic beer! A wonderful night had by all. Definitely worth having a few beers on a Monday, even though it was a school night.  As my date put it, “fancy food and beer…this couldn’t be more you!”


If you are hearing the siren call of La Sirèné it is to remind you to “buy beer!”

Photo’s: Diane Kitanoski for
Guest of Honor: La Sirèné – 2 Wingrove St, Alphington, Vic 3078 –
Venue: St Crispin – 300 Smith St, Collingwood, Vic 3066
Title: ‘ Song to the Siren” – Tim Buckley
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Let me be your ruler

Girls are often getting their hair and nails “did”, but what about the fellas?  Where do they go when they need a spit and polish? 

Hand the man a scotch.


I’ll tell you where…..

photo by Diane Kitanoski of patrons in barber shop

A classic establishment in Thornbury where you’ll find the coolest “Cat” who runs Lord’s of the North, one of the best Barber Shop’s in town.

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Not just you average “short, back and sides.”



Dudes can kick back with a beer whilst they wait for their turn for a choice beard trim, rockin haircut and/or switchblade shave (with hot towel of course).





With cool tunes in the background, there has never been a more enjoyable full barber service for the boys. 




And ladies, I guarantee this is the only time you wish you were a bloke and you didn’t think shaving was a hassle. Feel my grooming envy by dropping in to see these guys.


 Just head North!


Photo: Diane Kitanoski for
Title: “Royals” – Lorde 
Model: from @ModelCitizens
Location: Lord’s of the North Barber Shop, 895 High St, Thornbury, 3071.  
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You don’t have to put on the red light

Photo of alley in Melbourne City

Those days are over


You don’t have to sell your body to the night


Roxanne, you don’t have to wear that dress tonight



Walk the streets for money


carYou don’t care if it’s wrong or if it’s right



Photography: Diane Kitanoski for
Words: The Police – “Roxanne”
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Dream Brother

Many of us lose loved one’s and we also lose people we never personally knew yet, loved from afar.  One of these people, for me, was the great, Jeff Buckley.  I was fortunate enough to photograph him back in 1996 when he played at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne.  After the show I shook his hand and told him what a moving performance he gave.  Wanting a memento from the concert, I asked him for his shirt to which he said with a laugh, “Hell no.”


A year later, during a spontaneous evening swim, singing Led Zeppelins “Whole lotta love,” a fully clothed Jeff was caught in the wake of a passing tugboat.  His death was reported as an accidental drowning.  One of the many, talented and loved, people who’s life here on earth was cut short and is now in heaven.

“Dream brother” if you “meet the one I love” please tell her I miss her.


Photo: Diane Kitanoski
Title: “Dream Brother” – Jeff Buckley
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