Monday, July 21, 2014

fluorescent adolescent

Well hey there, I took a long an unexpected hiatus after exams and an avalanche of assignments because of a three week geology mapping unit run over the semester break. So when I would normally take time to recharge my batteries by composing outfits, spend evening crafting and making collages I was camping in the middle of the desert with some of my good friends from uni. Fortunately it also means I am doing three units this semester rather than four and I will hopefully have more time to dedicate towards my etsy store, making lots of cute beaded necklaces and of course blog. There's lots of catching up to do though, starting with transferring lots of the sketches and doodles I did into my proper art journal and composing new outfits. I am trying to sort out my bedroom and decorate it in that mythical dreamy teenage girl aesthetic. I will hopefully show you photos when that is done but for now all I can offer is this bratty teen girl inspired moodboard complete with piggy tails and stickers. 

1- Hometown Heroes by Rookie Mag. 2a, b & c. 3 & 8- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 - 2003). 4- Creature Fear by Rookie Mag. 5a, b- unknown. 5c & 7a- Meadham Kirchhoff by Style Bubble. 6. 7b- Ghost World (2001), c- Kathleen Hanna. 9a- Björk by Kevin Cummins, b- Collage by Minna for Rookie Mag, c- self-constructed freak. 10 & 11c- Olivia Bee for Rookie Mag. 11a- Björk by unknown, b- unknown. 12- unknown. 13a, b- Grease (1978). 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Cara the Biography

The lovely people at John Blake Publishing Ltd. were kind enough to send me a copy of 'Cara Delevingne: The Most Beautiful Girl in the World', last month after seeing this blog post, but amongst all the madness of uni assignments and exams I didn't have time to blog about it.

The book is a biography about the modelling powerhouse, her personal style, interviews and beginnings in the fashion industry. It's beautifully written and describes at depth some of her more memorable shoots as well handling herself in the public eye and they're offering a copy to one lucky reader!

To enter, you must be following this blog. Simply comment below, and describe in 25 words or less your favourite Cara moment from the red carpet or runway, photo shoots or magazine covers.

The most creative funniest response will be deemed the winner.

Giveaway ends August 1st (Australian Eastern Daylight Time), 2014 and is open internationally. The winner will be contacted via. If winner doesn't reply to email within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Monday, June 30, 2014

This is so bad it's almost good

I watched 'But I'm a Cheerleader' about a month ago now and I am still kind of mad at the world for not being this perfect collection of coordinated pastel tones and aesthetically pleasing scenery. I know it's a contrived, fantasy-like representation of America and it is not meant to emulate "the real world", but knowing the levels of organisation that our bodies have from cells all the way up to the order of the ecological niche, I don't see why it's too much to ask. That is the bitter argument raging on in my brain between the idealistic teenager and the restrained, logical scientist. And while I hate to say, but the scientist in me is winning too. Only because I have been conditioned over a number of years to think this way and ignore things like aesthetic beauty and particularly as the semester drags on, my own outfits. 
 Anyway, this didn't make much sense, but I hope these thoughts go well with the aesthetic of this these journal entries.

Also I have an announcement to make. I know I only finished exams and assignments like a week ago now, but I am taking a planned hiatus for the next three weeks while I map rocks in regional New South Wales. That means that the etsy store will also be closed for the next three weeks, but I have a bunch of new vintage stuff to list. We won't have Internet access and limited phone reception so I will basically be doing lots of drawing for my journal and do some reading. You can follow me on instragram if you haven't already and I will be back blogging regularly in a few weeks. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Delpozo Fall 2014

I normally don't like to cut down on runway shows, but only a handful of pieces really felt relevant to me and reminded me of gorgeous Comme des Garçons cocoon coats. I've been obsessed with that Japanese designers clothes ever since I finished my exams and have been drawing comparisons for the last couple of days. Although Delpozo is the brainchild of Spanish designer Jesús del Pozo there is still the echo of shapeless, blanket coats and matching plaid pant suits I drool over when thinking of Rei Kawakubo's collections. Hard lines are etched in the soft woolen materials around the collar and sleeves, while dyed bright fanciful colours. Lately, the weather has been absolutely dreadful and I've felt largely uninspired to dress up and take photos outside but this reminds me of the idealized notion of Autumn that I would so love to connect with. If I had gorgeous coats and the wind wasn't strong enough to fell trees, I'd be outside in a heartbeat.    

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cool Cat

Wearing: J.W. Anderson X Topshop sweater, Dangerfield dress, Tsumori Chisato sunglasses from Pet Shop Girls, thrifted pearls and Doraemon backpack, Rubi shoes platforms.

When I bought this Doraemon backpack from a charity store I had every intention of putting it in my etsy store but I feel like it's too cute to sell. I had to fix the strap after I bought it and there's stuffing missing from his left foot, but knowing that this was special to someone before I got it is what makes thrifting worthwhile. I find that it's also a good excuse to spend pocket change, help charity and search for treasure from a bygone era. Continuing on the cat theme are these amazing Tsumori Chisato sunglasses I bought on sale; I was originally going to get them in black but the sales assistants talked me into getting white. I feel like a sexy masked superhero when I wear them and they also cover up the hideous bags under my eyes.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Barbra Kolasinski Fall 2014

A graduate of the London College of Fashion, Barbra Kolasinski has delved deep into her Scottish ancestry and combined this with a delightful palette of pastels, faux fur and ruffles to deliver a Comme-esque collection that is thoughtful as it is sickly girly sweet. I draw the comparison because of the shapeless, bold silhouettes of the trousers and skirts, as well as the vague shapeless form of the model's  messy hair.
Did anyone else notice the similarity between the model and Suzy Bishop from Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom or am I just delirious from too much study and exam stress? At first I noticed the blue eyeshadow and then the features of the face became more and more like everyone's favourite troubled teenage hero. In any case I think that comparison works well, strengthening the ties to traditional Scottish clans and warring tribes on cold moors. But this has a distinctively modern flavour, lost in a sea of frou frou cuteness.

Fur was the other dominant feature of this collection delivered in a variety of styles from pure fluffy pink capes and clutches, to marabou puff boudoir slippers and even gorgeous dip-dyed dresses. Everything was exquisite but all managed to stem from a very traditional origin which made it seem all the more amazing to me. Time and time again we hear things like "everything has already been done" but now I'm beginning to believe that all that is a myth and if I look hard enough, if I have renovated eyes I too can breathe new life into my drawings or my outfits and discover new ways of representing things. And that is something worth fighting for.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

She can beat me, but she cannot beat my outfit

Wearing: Romance was Born dress, thrifted Doraemon backpack, Zana Bayne PVC harness, American Apparel socks and Vivienne Westwood X Melissa shoes.

I didn't do a superficial CFDA red carpet review at the time but I felt that I should acknowledge Rihanna's dress in what was perhaps the most memorable moment in fashion for 2014. This is kind of my homage to all things sparkly but without my nipples being visible. The bustier of the dress is still kind or ornate with its pseudo-art deco beads so it is tangentially related. I bought this dress and a beaded vest thing at the Alice Euphemia Garage Sale and they later posted my bathroom selfie on instagram which made me feel ridiculously happy and like an accomplished fashion blogger. The tiles in the bathroom just so happened to match the denim of the dress and while I am normally not one for posting selfies using a mirror but it just felt necessary, ya know?
This outfit feels extra special to me- it's possibly my favourite for the year and whenever I wear something special I feel really empowered by it but the idea or concern that girls should be competing with each other is generally yucky and should be abolished. So in summary Swarovski crystal dresses with visible nipples is good, girl hate is bad.

*Also, in related news American Apparel Board have kicked out the founder and CEO Dov Charney
!? Please let this be real, he is a gross slime ball and I want to wear my cute frilly ankle socks without feeling slightly gross knowing there is a stigma attached behind this brand.