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.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

It's not hippie witch, it's Twin Peaks, and it's very in

Wearing: Top and skirt from a garage sale, American Apparel socks and Vivienne Westwood X Melissa wedges.

This outfit is very blah and boring and I also have chronic tiredface, but the whole point of archiving my outfits online is to not only include the good bits and the bad bits but also the boring bits. Otherwise when I look back on my blog I'll feel entirely satisfied with it in an unnatural way and be deprived of *cringing* at the sight of my previous outfits, generally missing out on the experience of change. But my main motivation for this outfit was to show off my cute shoe and sock combination and wear a neutral look made from really cheap clothes strung together. It's kind of more earthy and natural than what I would usually wear with a little bit of a witchy vibe, hence the Twin Peaks reference. Studying for exams is going well, but obviously I'm feeling pretty worn out and a lot of my spare time has been spent obsessing over my etsy. I can't wait until they are over and I can relax, watch some necessary pop culture movies and go back to a routine of making collages. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Emma Mulholland SS14

I've been waiting for the release of an official photo shoot of Emma Mulholland's Spring 2014 collection since Sydney Fashion Week to discuss just how awesome it is. My prayers were answered by one of my favourite fashion photographers, Byron Spencer bringing the clothes to life by adding even more energy to the collection via splashes of matching pink and a series of colourful cropped wigs. I first caught wind of the collection after reading Sussie Lau's blog Style Bubble where she described the widespread 1980s and 90s references and evolution of the brand from a parody of a stereotypical Australian surf culture style. Inspiration and a general sense of nostalgia was drawn from Working Girl, Pretty in Pink and Saved by the Bell just to name a few.
The unconventional use of office supplies, in particular the chunky bulldog clips (an obvious reinvention of Working Girl) has reinvented punk chic removing the confrontation and retaining a sassy edginess suitable.

Choosing just one piece to buy from such a strong collection is never an easy decision, but I think the piece that I love the most for its artistry and technique is the sheer wave dress worn over the top in this photograph.That strange contrast between light, delicate material and the sum total weight of each sequin adds such gravitas to the item itself, making it special and important in the mind of the wearer. Not enough stores sell really heavily sequined clothes these days- you wouldn't find anything like this in K-Mart or Target, even in the larger department stores with their multitude of stocked brands can't compete with such unique designs and quality pieces. That makes me feel a little sad, but whenever I do find something special and so far detached from the main stream fashion industry I feel really excited by the prospect of integrating it with my own personal style.

What has me really excited is Emma Mulholland's first collaboration into eyewear with none other than Pared Eyewear! Previously Mulholland has previously created baseball caps, bags and fanny packs to match the main motif from each season but the Australian designer has really proved just how comprehensive they are when creating each collection. Pared Eyewear first came to my attention when Tavi Gevinson shared a picture of their fab sunglasses right about the time when she was visiting and giving talks in Australia. Since then they collaborated with Melbourne based jewellery brand POMS in December, needless to say the results were fantastic but I feel that the collaboration with a fashion designer has really introduced a new energy to the whole dynamic. That, and the pairing (excuse the pun) of retro nostalgia and modern acetate sunglasses just seems so natural.

While Emma Mulholland dazzled their audiences with ornate, office-inspired jewellery and sequins I think it's important to note that another Australian brand, Di$count Universe had the real strangle hold on bejeweled garments at Sydney Fashion Week. I'll probably be writing about them sometime soon but I thought I would mention for all y'all sequin lovers out there who just can't get enough. I know I'm going through a big phase with texture right now, as well as shiny stuff so everything I bought last week at the Alice Euphemia sample sale was heavy and beaded (I'll put an outfit post of my haul together soon). I kind of prefer the muted tones and pastels when wearing sequins, whereas pieces from the Di$count Universe are more suited to the night club/ party atmosphere and are (sadly) expensive. I am not a party person and kind of despite the whole pubs and clubs scene, save for rare instances when I have a group of friends to rally behind.

It took me a long time to realise this cool trippy pattern was actually an image of paper clips. But that was after staring at it and the old school suggestion of a brief case worming its way into my brain. It kind of makes me sad that no one uses brief cases anymore and they have been replaced with horrible canvas man bags but I suppose if you sewed enough cool patches and swatches any bag can be elevated to a status of cool. That along with good posture and a fierce hairdo.
Also, just in case anyone missed the memo and all the fabulous collaborations of sportswear brands with celebrities/ designers (eg. Solange for Puma, Raf Simmons for Adidas and Ashish X Topshop's Buffalo platform sneakers featuring LED lights), there has never been a better time to throw off the oppressive shackles of stiletto heels and wear comfortable shoes. Bonus points for wearing them with cute/ girly socks but I think these socks decked out in shimmering sequins worn here with New Balance trainers are the epitome of coordinated footwear goodness.

The collection becomes available in August and sunglasses are available for pre-order from the Pared Eyewear website
*All images taken by Byron Spencer via