Monday, May 23, 2016

Prom?




It's a 1980s romcom cliche which continues to resonate with teenagers today, and that's the fear of turning up to the biggest party of the year or senior prom wearing the same dress as someone else. Sensing this, Toronto-based designer Hayley Elsaesser announced an open casting call via Instagram sourcing locals to star in a prom-themed photo shoot. The results are just as spectacular as any still taken from a popular film, featuring iconography from the recent Spring 2016 collection, aptly titled Carnival of Curiosity.

Photos 1 & 4- Hayley Elsaesser, 2- Carrie (1976), 3 & 5- The Virgin Suicides (1999).

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tuxedo














Wearing: Motel large sequin dress, Asos collar, Uniqlo long sleeve and Dr Martens boots.

Today's look was brought to you by the strong desire to embody the colour and glow of the milky way galaxy and detachable tuxedo bibs, which are severely underrated. I've been on the hunt for detachable collars for years, ever since Susie Bubble of Style Bubble posted a series of looks way back in 2010. It seems slightly ridiculous that they're only commercially available and readily accessible now, in 2016 but it was worth the wait. I finally have the power to transform even the dullest of t-shirts and make them utterly charming and chic. Speaking of things charming and chic, this look was also brought to you by ChloĆ« Sevigny and the letter C, one incredible lady who maintains levels of cool unattainable by mere mortals such as myself. It goes without saying that the letter C is also very, very important.





I don't know how to blow a bubblegum bubble, but if I did I'd look like a badass.  

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Somewhere Nowhere Spring 2015




Somewhere Nowhere continue to carve their own path through the fashion industry, beautifully combine the best of streetwear with just a hint of magic. Established by Rex Lo and Elly Cheng, and now based in Hong Kong the brand synthesizes the aesthetic of anime superheroes and underground rave culture with oversized mesh pieces adorned by loose nylon buckle strap. Perfectly simple and employing only three colours the collection is for lovers of marshmallow and buckets of
Neapolitan ice cream who love nothing more than practical and wearable, well ventilated clothing. Geometric purses trimmed with marabou feather and glittery pastel eyebrows added frivolous but hey-why-not chic and glamour. 





The stripes and mesh didn't end there, with the greatest non-boring trench coat I've ever laid eyes on confusingly named the Honeycomb coat. A hodgepodge of pastel squares and rectangles allow the eyes to travel up and down the piece, appraising the many details, buckles and pockets. The aforementioned pastel crop tops have been picked up by cool girls on the Internet including green-haired beauty and adorable brace face Zazi White. While I can only dream of being one one-hundredth as cute, since the collection is still available and on sale through the Somewhere Nowhere website I still have a slim chance. When in doubt, apply heart stickers around the eyes and face in generous amounts and if necessary, frolic with imaginary flowers drawn in Microsoft Paint.







Monday, May 16, 2016

Hello next project





Last week I received a gorgeous Rushmore scarf knitting kit from Wool and the Gang, which I won in a competition on Instagram from Social Print Studio. I've tried to knit in the past, through a magazine subscription and always held onto the dream that my boyfriend's mum would one day teach me. Now that I've moved across the country, the latter seems highly unlikely and it's up to me now to turn these two balls of wool into a spectacular scarf. I'm already in love with the colour and I can't wait to transform these raw materials into something wearable which I'll treasure for years to come!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

About the other night





Wearing: Asos blouse, thrifted trousers, Dr Martens boots, earrings and ring by Marina Fini

I had the chance to wear this outfit the other night but needed to document it here on this blog. It's very seldom that I get the chance to dress up and go out in this small town so special evenings become something magical. These trousers were the last things I bought before moving from Melbourne to Winton, from a small charity store in Elsternwick. I originally had my heart set on a green cotton shift dress, but it looked like a great shapeless blob on me and while I could have justified the purchase at the time, investing in some gorgeous pants seemed like a much wiser decision. I recently splashed out on some jewellery from the very talented California-based artist Marina Fini, including the stunning flower power ring (so amazing) and the butterfly earrings I've had my heart set on for months now.  

Thursday, May 12, 2016

She wore blue velvet


Sophia Webster High Summer 2016 lookbook taking inspiration from David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986), sans severed ear in a field. I'll always be attracted to the charm and creepiness of suburbia, rose bushes behind picket fences and all.

1- via Sophia Webster.com and 2- Blue Velvet (1986).

Monday, May 9, 2016

Ryan Lo Spring 2016


It's impossible to describe Ryan Lo's eponymous label without mentioning in the same breath femininity, as the clothes are often bathed in pastel tones. Unlike the kinderwhore aesthetic pioneered by Hole singer Courtney Love, Ryan Lo does not subvert frills, bows or the colour pink but artfully separates traditionally feminine motifs from notions of frailty. For anyone who has studied literature and in particular the Gothic romantic poems of Wordsworth and John Keates, separating the two can prove quite difficult but as I am often quick to point out it's 2016. If we can't reconcile the idea that a woman can dress in pink frilly outfits festooned with pleats and be a total badass simultaneous to that, then what are we doing? The same should be said for men who also wear chandelier earrings, pink bow choker necklaces and pink socks with silver high heels. As some of you might already be aware, Ryan Lo champions the aesthetic from his womenswear collections in his everyday life. While this holistic approach might be overwhelming for some, it gives Lo another level of insight into the ease with which his designs can be worn.  






Regrettably, I've been experiencing writer's block as of late when it comes to critical analysis of runway collections simply due to a lack of energy at the end of the day. One attractive solution would be to sacrifice sleep, but, given that I drive to work on a daily basis this too seems fraught with danger. Hypotheticals aside, the ease with which I am able to recognise parallels between fashion collections and works of fiction, particularly films remains is as sharp as ever. Interspersed between photographs taken during the Spring 2016 presentation are various photographs taken for Rookie Mag, as well as stills from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and Pretty in Pink. Occasionally, amid the jacquard coats and ruffles were pops of colours and bright town houses, within the same universe as the work of Disney animator and artist Mary Blair. Try as I may, dreamy romanticism and the illustrations didn't quite fit together but the beauty of each and harmony between them within this collection is worth mentioning. Each season I continue to be impressed at the ease with which Lo is able to articulate himself and the many brilliant ideas he uses to blow us away.







Photos 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12, 15, 16: via Vogue.com courtesy of Ryan Lo.
4- Tavi Gevinson and Petra Collins. 5, 13, 14- Marie Antoinette (2005). 8- Rookie Mag event. 10- Pretty in Pink (1986). 11, 17- Hometown Heroes shot by Petra Collins for Rookie Mag.