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Mel Campbell — Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell

Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell is a Melbourne-based journalist and critic.


Obama in the uncanny valley: the perils of presidential sculpture

July 28, 2009 3 Comments

Mel Campbell takes a terrifying tour through the world of Obama-themed mannequins and robots.

Will we really love Coles? Thoughts on a female-friendly publicity stunt

July 21, 2009 11 Comments

Is there much beyond Coles' special no-tax tampon offer than clever marketing? Mel Campbell suspects not.

Political Fashion Semiotics 101: the implications of politicians’ clothes

July 9, 2009 1 Comment

This week, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev thrilled and horrified the blogosphere by wearing jeans and a designer blazer to a dinner with Barack Obama. Mel Campbell does some further political fashion analysis.

Skinny Blonde’s Nork-a-Rama: offensive advertising or manufactured outrage?

July 8, 2009 2 Comments

For a supposedly controversial campaign, Skinny Blonde's topless label is really lame: a half-hearted mash-up of 1940s-era pinup iconography and nork-obsessed ocker glee.

Fashions on the Hill: politics gets gussied up

June 18, 2009 4 Comments

The Midwinter Press Gallery Ball is Canberra’s night of nights. And as with all red-carpet events worth their salt, it’s now time for us to brutally judge the attendees on their fashion sense.

JD Salinger speaks!

June 18, 2009

People say JD Salinger is some kind of recluse, but I don’t know what they’re on about, writes Mel Campbell.

Fashion turns derelicte: brown bags are the new black

June 10, 2009

Like aristocrats in the French Revolution, the fashion industry knew it would be first against the wall in the global economic downturn. Mel Campbell looks at dressing for recession.

Gillette’s close shave with the back, crack ‘n sac

June 1, 2009 2 Comments

BBDO New York’s current online campaign for Gillette Fusion Power razors encourages men to “Go further with body shaving”, writes Mel Campbell.