Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gooey












Wearing: Verner sweater, thrifted dress, Eat Me Do necklace and Dr Martens boots.

While it may not be obvious, I am someone who is willing to hunt down a special piece of clothing, even if it takes me several years. This jumper is one of those special pieces, made by Melbourne boutique label Verner. The marble on silk reminds me of the photographs and video stills shot by artist Maisie Cousins. It was another artist based in Melbourne that sold me this jumper (
shout out to Minna Gilligan for selling me this amazing Verner silk sweater). The necklace was also made in Melbourne, and something I've been fawning over for ages but with a strict budget to follow I wasn't able to justify its purchase. Last month I won a prize pack from Eat Me Do and I Scream Nails including this necklace, as well as some other jewellery, novelty socks and of course nail polish!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Barry Levinson's Toys vs Kylie Jenner for Paper


 
If I had the technical know how, I could have framed this comparison as a 'who wore it better' poll. However I those to be largely reductive and counter productive in terms of third wave feminism. What's more interesting is that plastic wigs enjoyed their moment in the sun but were then largely ignored for more than two decades.
 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Medea Maris Fall 2016





I'm completely exhausted and emotionally drained after a big day at work, where we were understaffed and under pressure. But all of that seems but a distant memory, I'm far too intrigued by Medea Maris, an enigmatic and emerging fashion designer based in Moscow. Featured on Russian Vogue, her clothes are an homage to celestial bodies with a little bit of Stepford Wives thrown in for good measure. Although I'm not immediately familiar with Russian designers, one thing becomes self-evident. An attraction to strong silhouettes and structured dresses, so unlike the vintage inspired shift dresses found throughout my own wardrobe. Instead there's a myriad of full flared skirts with pockets paired with patent red leather heels lend this collection to a space which seems to magically exist between the 1950s and early 2000s. It also makes me feel less resistant to the slightly tacky and dilapidated houses found throughout my neighborhood, perhaps they too could be the backdrop to dreamy capsule collections undermined by the eerie stillness of suburbia.
 




Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Shake Your Pom Pom











Wearing: Asos pom pom jacket, thrifted blouse, Cotton On shorts, Dr Martens boots and Marina FINI earrings.

In the words of the Mighty Boosh, it's physically impossible to feel sad wearing a poncho or in my case, the fluffy pom pom jacket of my dreams. I've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear it and even though it's been freezing lately I couldn't resist dressing up in something wonderfully absurd and in many ways fantastic. I'm still getting a lot of wear out of my amazing plexiglass earrings made by the talented Marina Fini, they remind me of the opening and closing credits to everyone's favourite proto-feminist animated series The Power Puff Girls.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Lady Petrova Bridal






Entitled 'As you Wish', Lady Petrova's first bridal collection is the manifestation of 'happily ever after' and takes inspiration from The Princess Bride (1987) and to a lesser extent, Beauty and the Beast, as well as traditional Victorian designs and classic fairy tales. Although active since 2008, it is only now in 2016 that Petrova Hammond, creative director behind the boutique Lady Petrova has turned her hand to creating some of the most sentimental clothes and arguably, most important dresses in a woman's life: her wedding dress. Although Lady Petrova has always aimed to create romantic and whimsical dresses, its her bridal collection that really sees her fancy take flight by way of ombre dyed tulle, hand beaded bodices and antique lace. Each dress tells a unique story and was inspired by a different historical or fictional femme fatale, ranging from the mythical legend of the singing siren Lorelei to dancer Isadora Duncan. There is an intimate and unique understanding of the female figure, as well as the importance of movement and accentuating such motions, rather than acting to hinder or restrict them. All dresses are handmade in Melbourne and will be available in all sizes.












Friday, July 15, 2016

Such great heights














These diary entries were written a year ago, and so much has changed in that time. It feels good to reflect but somewhat sad knowing I'm not the same person as I once was. The red that once coloured my hair has long since faded, and late last night I discovered I have new grey hairs. What makes me most sad is the sense of loss of old friendships with the march of time pressing on and giving me little choice but to watch them fade into distant memories. However, the new relationships of the last few months make me feel optimistic for the future. The existential crisis of this year has slowly dissipated, and I feel much more certain in my plans for the future.