Monday, October 20, 2014

to be one with nature

It's becoming increasingly difficult for me to live cohesively. I can't obsess and love an aesthetic wholeheartedly and let it be an all consuming obsession anymore. So although I want to blog and create moodboards it's easier for me to think in terms of a colour palette and then move on. Lately my thoughts have revolved around spring and the colours green, red and orange. It's kind of tacky but also reminiscent of the past and generally nostalgic. Nature has been on my mind a lot lately, my friends want to go camping after exams finish and I can't wait for that.
In a few weeks university will be over and life can begin again.

1- Chloe Nørgaard, 2- Nicoletta Branco, 3- Kristen Owen by Mario Sorrenti for W, 4- Ghost World (2001), 5 & 6. 7- Miu Miu S/S 14. 8- sudipto das in panskura. 9- rajesh kumar singh in lucknow and jammu.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Don't Say a Thing

I've had a busy semester- and hopefully it'll be my last provided I pass everything and my exams all go OK. There hasn't been much time for blogging but when I can, or when I just can't force myself to work any more I like to compose pictures. The really intense collages were made shortly after I went to the Melbourne Art Fair and it had a big influence on me. I kind of want more experiences like that, feeling tired but happy at the same. Lately it's just been exhausting and draining. Less like living and more like surviving from day to day but soon it'll all be over. I don't know what I'm going to be doing over Summer, probably volunteering, crafting things and trying to make a little more money from my etsy shop. I had an interview for a summer job but I don't think I'll get it. Maybe I'm too old. It kind of sucks because I like being kept busy but maybe I'll do some embroidery or sewing over the break. Who knows.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Prom Queen

Even though it is totally the wrong time of year for prom, and I never experienced it for myself, lately with so many assignments due I keep daydreaming about movies and magical pop culture moments like Pretty in Pink. So when I really should be studying or catching up on homework, I made this moodboard instead as an ode to all things pink, glittery and nostalgic. I think what's so appealing about this notion or representation of prom is that secretly we all like having the chance to dress up.

To become something else and transform in front of our friends and peers while looking our best, even if it's just for one special night. Or like Tina from Bob's Burgers we want a DJ, smoke machine and to have that magic moment where we see 'the one' from across the dance floor. And have the perfect kiss underneath the disco ball.
Prom also acts to removes the pretense and stigma of "I woke up like dis"- we can look good but acknowledge that we got our hair and make up done all day but proudly talk about it? I dunno I just think it's really great on a whole bunch of levels because we can show of our personal style as an extension of our tastes and aesthetic.

If you're having trouble finding the perfect dress, or simply a company that stocks a wide variety of dresses in a variety of colours, styles and sizes Avida Dress make gorgeous formal dresses, prom and bridesmaid dresses to suit all occasions. And when I say they stock all sizes, I mean they stock all sizes including plus size as well and they look AMAZING so now all babes of different body shapes and sizes can look as cute as Disney princesses ♡ ♡ ♡ They also offer custom tailoring which I think is simply incredible service for an online store. It's this inclusion of women with all types of body sizes is what makes me the most excited about this announcement- and the prices are pretty affordable too.

Even if you don't have prom coming up/ have now left school they do gorgeous cocktail dresses and some of them have immaculate sequin details on the bust. Or if you want to channel your inner mermaid they have long dresses with trails and ruffles too. There is literally something to suit everybody there and if you haven't yet you should definitely check it out. I've included some of my favourite pink dresses below in keeping with the prom-themed moodboard and inspired by characters such as Andy Walsh and Tina Belcher but don't feel like you have to aspire towards something pink and puffy like a marshmallow.

1a, c- True Stories (1986). 2- The Virgin Suicides via Style Rookie. 3- Salvation Mountain. 4a, b- Twin Peaks (1990), c- Pageant Girls by Petra Collins for Rookie Mag.6. 7a, b & c- unknowns. 10a- Courtney Love, b- Tavi 's birthday party, c. 11- Style Rookie. 15a, c. 1b & 12- The Pulp Zine interview with Cherry Glazer. 13, 14 & 15b- The Loved One Prom series by Marina Fini (makeup and hair by Veronica Chanel and wardrobe from The Loved One). 5 & 9- Courtney Love's diary. 8 & 16- The Virgin Suicides (1999).

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Boss Lady

Wearing: SASS Sequin blazer, Thrifted blouse, thrifted trousers, Dr Martens boots and Zana Bayne harness. 

I've had some really stressful days lately in the aftermath of my twenty-first, as well as playing catch up with school work. Most of the time I am too exhausted to work on my art journal or create a moodboard, but obviously I still get dressed in the mornings so that's been my creative outlet. I can't believe I haven't worn this gorgeous sequin blazer my mom got me for Christmas yet, but it seemed appropriate to wear it while channeling mad boss lady vibes. A boss lady is someone who gets things done. She multitasks and is not afraid to be opinionated and ambitious. For this very reason, men and unfortunately women alike are intimidated and feel threatened by her. Often she gets called a bitch, simply because she works hard towards her goals. Over the next couple of weeks I will be channeling my inner boss lady until I finish my exams, after which point I hope to be back in a normal blogging regime.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Reject Everything

Wearing: Meadham Kirchhoff X Topshop dress, thrifted crochet jacket, vintage petticoat, Lipstik jelly sandals, purple beaded choker and pinback from LovelyGirlHearts (etsy).

This outfit was inspired by Meadham Kirchhoff's S/S 2015 collection in which London's dynamic duo rebelled against all things gross such as misogyny, homophobia and Terry Richardson.
If you haven't checked it out I highly recommend it. The dresses were largely inspired by the Riot Grrl movement and the spiky hairstyle of Bikini Kill's lead singer Kathleen Hannah. My hair is a little too long to pull off some spunky pig tails but I realised the streaks through it kind of echo the rainbow dyed tresses from Meadham Kirchhoff SS11- which was a happy accident. What I would like to say is that I put heaps and heaps of thought into this outfit and wanted to emulate the newest collection as much as possible, but really it's just an excuse to wear all my favourite things at once on a day when I needed cheering up.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Meadham Kirchhoff Spring 2015

Meadham Kirchhoff titillated audiences at London Fashion Week by delivering a tantalizing alternative to the mainstream fashion industry. We were left with some hints as to their intentions when they advertised an open casting call for their show a few weeks before the big event, but I don't think anyone could have imagined anything this big. As always Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff have delivered a stunning setting, moving away from the decadent French palaces of Marie Antoinette nestled in Versailles and instead the imagined ruins of a dilapidated teenage bedroom. These include haphazardly painted wooden picture frames in red and blue to match the clothes. At the very back of the backdrop you can see a blue-haired woman, artist and photographer Arvida Byström for Polyester Zine (if you haven't checked out either and feel inspired by this collection I highly recommend that you do!). 

The open casting call I mentioned before came to fruition in the form of a diversity of different body types, races, as well as both men and women melting together to create an androgynous identity for the collection. This only underlined Meadham Kirchhoff's mantra for their Spring collection which was "Reject Everything (that mainstream fashion represents)", a statement aptly finished by London style blogger Susie Bubble during her review of the collection. It's been hailed as the salvation of, and the most highly overrated event from London Fashion Week (although I have yet to see the clothes made by those critics and highly doubt they are capable of originality beyond malice and name-calling). I think in terms of the models they employed it was not nearly as diverse as I had hoped, and honestly felt disappointed when met with white wash which served as a constant reminder that a pale complexion is still disproportionally represented in all forms of media. Meadham Kirchhoff was progressive and made a statement at fashion week, but we must continue to strive towards change if we are to truly reject everything. 

The inspiration of for the show stemmed from a love for what was termed 'The Riot Grrl movement' clumping together punk rock bands such as Bikini Kill and Bratmobile in the third-wave of feminism which worked towards being queer inclusive. Although the movement was largely imagined within the minds of the tabloids who found it easier to picture that Kathleen Hannah and Courtney Love were having sleepovers, painting each other's nails and filling in their journals together it inspired a whole subculture. You can see that this aesthetic was highly influential on Meadham Kirchhoff, who borrowed from elements of the DIY ethic and zines made by lonely teenagers from their bedrooms and commercialized them. The wild hairstyles featuring spunky ponytails, baby braids as well as plastic hair barrettes featuring things like "I HEART JESUS" may also be attributed to this movement, lending an entire look to an army of teenage girls and young women like myself who can't afford to buy the clothes themselves, but who may be inspired by them- something which is a far more powerful tool in today's economy.

Knee high socks accompanied by bright leather strappy shoes created outfits caught somewhere in between superhero and roller derby queen. Of course it's hard not to be reminded of shoes from Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov but I still loved seeing all the weird and wacky colour combinations walk down the runway some tall some short, and some looking like sad banana peels. Sad banana peels or pointy elf shoes hiding in some Scandinavian village complete with patchy tights speckled with what looks like tinsel. Or some aspects borrowed from the amazing sheer ruffled dresses. They make an appearance every year but with so much sass and attitude delivered as part of this year's new mission: to change the face of the fashion industry it's hard not to fall in love with the Meadham Kirchhoff staple piece all over again. This year they were also decorated in long tassels in bright pastel colours, with garters, and with large blazers and over sized jackets.   

In a world where feminism and the fashion industry do not commonly coexist, and some poor misguided fools think models need to be "saved" from an oppressive regime driven by seemingly unobtainable standards, designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff have discarded their previous endeavors from the last few seasons. And they have returned to the kind of deconstructed baby doll dresses in sheer perhaps more suitable for a baptism were they not so torn and disheveled. What's more after exploring the notion of menswear they have included men in their runway show in order to represent the LBGT community and rebel against homophobia. Freedom is a corrupt notion and part of our everyday culture that we all sort of believe in, but we have been urged to see that this is not true. Whether you believe this or not is entirely up to you, it is not up to me to give you permission to seek the answers to these ideas and questions. But inspire you to understand that you can give yourself that permission. 

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