Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bush Baby

Wearing: Romance Was Born shirt dress and eucalyptus dress and Asos shoes.

It's been years since I've left the country- compared to some of my peers or the average twenty-something year-old I haven't traveled a heck of a lot. I would love to be able to expand my horizons this year, but I take comfort in the fact that the natural beauty of this country has inspired some excellent clothing, case in point these two dresses. Both 
feature the iconic leaves of the eucalyptus tree in exquisite detail whilst also showcasing the delicate nature of the Australian wilderness and were designed by Romance Was Born. The long sleeve dress was made in collaboration with May Gibbs, a story teller in every sense of the word. She wrote stories on little sprite-like creatures which lived in among the gum nuts and in perfect harmony with nature. Although this outfit has some serious naturalist vibes, the vivid colours and silk print from afar are somewhat reminiscent of the bold colours of the 1980s. Maybe not quite the 80s, but certainly a more modern take on whimsical patterns and vivid shades of red and green.

Yeezy Season 5

Kanye's most recent offering at New York Fashion Week has drawn its fair share of criticism, with the artist's bad behavior being called out by the event's organizers. While some have pointed out this is nothing new, and that Marc Jacobs, like Yeezy has also delayed their show by an hour, Marc Jacobs shows are something people actually look forward to. While the inclusion of hijab-wearing model Halima Aden was very much welcome and incredible in terms of exemplifying what diversity looks like, the fur coat she was in was not.

Images via Yeezy

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Big Pineapple

I'm over summer but not summer dressing- which must sound so irksome to those of you who are coddled in parka jackets half the time or swaddled in bed because it's so cold outside. If Friday can be a state of mind, then why can't summer also provide the same levels of joy and energy? Take cues from the fun and flirty shoe designer Sophia Webster (who will be presenting at the upcoming and hotly anticipated London Fashion Week), Gucci, Natasha Zinko or Dolce & Gabbana with their fun and fruity accessories. Or, if you're like me and happen to live in Queensland, why not visit The Big Pineapple? My love for giant fiberglass monuments knows no bounds. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tata Naka Pre-Fall 2017

Featurin flared skirts, asymmetrical designs and balloon sleeves Tata Naka's Pre-Fall 2017 makes a bold statement whilst also breathing new life into 1980s fashion tropes. This season the designersGeorgian-born identical twins, Tamara and Natasha Surguladze have moved away from the painterly prints which have dominated previous seasons, opting for more muted tones and subtle polka dots. While I love print, polka dots have never been my thing- but this collection is forcing me to reassess my standpoint. The whimsical prints, as well as oversized sequins adorning grandma slippers seem somewhat clownish but I myself am more likely to wear pieces which are lighthearted and full of spirit. At times they show restraint, using flared skirts and the occasional ruffle be the talking point for the collection. Getting back to sequins though, if Christopher Kane's latest offering is anything to go by, the upcoming season will see many more big oversized sequins, and I for one couldn't be happier.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Palentine's Day

Wearing: Miss Shop top, Meadham Kirchhoff X Topshop skirt and Sophia Webster glitter boots.

Today is the world's most infamous Hallmark holiday, Valentine's Day. If you're spending it with someone special, good for you! If however your not romantically involved with anyone and broaching the subject, seems tireless, repetitive and makes you nauseous fear not. Palentine's Day, or Galentine's Day can be a wondrous occasion where you order pizza, watch trashy movies and collectively cringe at the current dating scene. Me personally? I'll be having a glass of wine (or three) by myself, on the phone to my boyfriend whilst also subtly wearing pink a la this amazing skirt and shoe combination. Sophia Webster and the tragically defunct Meadham Kirchhoff are the real heroes for this Valentine's Day. Although I have to admit, Harry was particularly amazing (and also sneaky) giving me the chance to buy my own gift, something no one has ever done for me before. I chose some kitten heels with Ashley Williams but he also has another gift in store for me.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hannah Haluminous

As of late my inbox has been inundated with reminders to purchase tickets for the annual Melbourne Fashion Festival. Although I love the peace and quiet of the country, my job and heading out to visit my boyfriend on his property, at times I can’t help but feel I am missing out on opportunities in the city. Imagine the excitement of watching a graduate runway show, and seeing something as imaginative and creative as Hannah Haluminous’ graduate collection. The capsule serves as a constant reminder of the tried and true idiom: ‘less is less and more is more’. Her highly embellished garments in muted tones are three-dimensional miniature pieces of art, decadent but incredibly thematic in their own abstract way. I can’t wait to see what models will wear walking down the runway this season, but pillaging a rich archive of graduate collections and discovering emerging designers will satiate this blogger’s sudden hunger for new ideas and innovation.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Barking Mad

No kitsch collectable has been more prevalent on the runway than the Victorian Staffordshire Dog. One of the many colourful characters to appear in the Gucci Resort 2017 collection, the move was dubbed by Vogue 'a decision grannies, pet lovers, watchers of Antiques Roadshow, and serious antique collectors could get behind.' The quaint figurines had previously been seen on the runway at Libertine (which later meant a public blasting by them of Gucci on their Instagram account). 

It seems silly to think one fashion house has exclusives rights over the use of Victorian knick knacks and more and more independent designers are finding ways of producing their own ode to Staffordshire dog. Buried Diamond, the shop run by Brooklyn Etsy seller Martha Porter has just launched her own Staffordshire dog patches (which I am super keen to get my hands on). If you love dogs but have allergies, can't keep up with their exercise routine or hate barking, this might be the alternative for you.