Saturday, February 27, 2016

Off the beaten track

I wanted to share a few photos I snapped using my phone from a recent visit to the Grampians National Park. Apparently, camping without a sleeping bag even during Summer may result in you freezing to death. Aside from nearly being transformed into a human popsicle I had a great time! It was well worth the drive from Melbourne, we listened to the radio for hours on end and I watched the landscape gradually give way to open paddocks and fields as we drove to the west. What I enjoyed most was drinking beer and eatting cheese after swimming at the bottom of a waterfall in the glow of the warm afternoon sun. The following day we woke early, dismantled our campsite and walked along a track culminating in spectacular clifftop views. Before leaving we bought ice cream from a local store, and it's possibly the best ice cream I've had all year.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mary Benson Fall 2016

London Fashion Week is by far my favorite occurrence on the fashion month calendar. Why? Artists have given themselves permission to unabashedly be themselves and create collections which give shape to their own unique visions of a perfect universe. For Mary Benson this came in the form of a gig complete with merch desk manned by colourful cast members sporting green and blue hair, respectively. How did Benson find these enchanting creatures? Through the Internet of course, in an open casting call held in January. Not everyone is capable of finding models through open casting, only those with a strong sense of self and the right audience i.e. those who believe in their vision can come together and work collaboratively. Indeed, that's just what Mary Benson has done and in spectacular fashion with her models creating music and adding to the soundtrack of this punky awkward collection. It makes my heart ache for when I was still sixteen and hating high school, going to under 18's shows with my friends and desperately trying to find 'my people'. 

The collection is a hodge podge of references to late 90s and early noughties, bound by tulle, endowed in Swarovski crystals and worn with low cut Converse sneakers. In addition to heat pressed vinyl, which Benson frequents to create eerie abstract faces on many of her dresses the designer also dabbled in screen printing and embroidery to create DIY inspired slogan t-shirts. For those pop culture nerds the styling may remind you of such figures including (but not limited to) Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avril Lavigne during her Sk8er Boi phase, Greenday, Blink 182 and trashy pop punk. It's everything I never knew I wanted in a fashion collection and more. The first teaser leaked via Mary Benson's Instagram was a shot of the most perfect customised guitar picks which is when I knew it was going to be good. From there I watched the collection unfold from my feed, yearning to watch model's play covers of Blink 182 and listen to Sum 41 at the 100 club in London. Post LFW madness I still have the privilege to see more and more of the collection as new photos are posted but left wondering what will happen at the next show in six months time.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Galentine's Day

Wearing: Thrifted blazer, Asos blouse, trousers from Target and Sophia Webster Delilah desert boots.

I feel like Leslie Knope would really like my outfit- which is just about the only seal of approval any girl needs, am I right? I wore this to the Andy Warhol x Ai Weiwei exhibition which is still at the NGV which was AMAZING! I didn't really like the two previous exhibitions as they lacked personal information about what the artists were doing at the time they produced a certain work but there was a well of information to drink from. I haven't trained in art and don't pretend to, so I always find seeing an exhibition an invaluable experience. As much as I would have liked to wear my Sophia Webster boots to the exhibition, I chickened out and wore my beaten up Dr Martens instead. They're just too special to wear out and about in somewhere as busy as Melbourne shedding glitter everywhere. I was also wary of people stepping on my shoes if I decided to wear them, and of course that didn't happen and is the product of my own anxiety but I will just have to wear them some other day.

The specimen above is a piece of scoria from Mt Anakie in Victoria, which one of my friends slipped into my bag as we were having lunch. I'm glad he did though since I don't have many igenous rocks within my collection. As you can see there are a number of tiny holes on the outer surface, referred to as vesicles. These vesicles form as dissolving gas escapes from rising magma which eventually erupts at the surface. This type of rock may form in a number of ways, such as part of a lava flow, or as fragmental ejecta during a volcanic eruption. Scoria is typically dark in color (generally dark brown, black or purplish red), and mafic in composition.

Monday, February 22, 2016

My whole life is a dark room

While putting this moodboard together I listened to Hari Nef in conversation with Jay Buim for the Man Repeller podcast which was mentally draining- not because the topics themselves were difficult (although they are outside my personal experiences) but imbued in emotion. And those emotions were largely feelings of longing and exhaustion. Both interviewer and interviewee admitted they were happiest when they were starting on a project, and as a consequence of finishing a project, something akin to postpartum depression. Which is where I am right now. I was so happy and in my element studying that for that to be taken away from me is earth-shattering but I have also had to become numb in order to survive. A job seeker's website doled out the advice: "try not to care as much!~ it's not that important! :)" which made me feel worse than I have in the last four years. Caring about what I do and why I do it is a strength that I should not let some anonymous grey voice attempt to take away from me. But yeah, the podcast cemented the idea that although someone may have a really cool title on their CV like actor, or film maker, the work does stop. And it does suck. But that's the reality. The podcasts ends with Hari saying she's learning to enjoy the quiet moments as much as the busy ones which is the lesson I must learn in order to preserve my sanity for the next decade. 

1 & 4- Michael Ochs archives, 1974. 2, 15, 17 & 22- beauty spread “GLITTER GOTH” of @nylonmag in the February issue. 3- december 2015, Karolina Koryl. 5- Elsa Sylvan for Lanvin, Pre-Fall 2009. 6- Erdem spring 2016. 7- classical idk idc, September 2015, Karolina Koryl. 8- Freja Beha Erichsen by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel FW 2011. 9- Grimes for Les Inrocks photo by Benni Valsson. 10- Grimes. 11- art by Grimes. 12- Guinevere Van Seenus Dazed & Confused (October 2009) photo Daniel Jackson. 13- Harpers Bazaar Espana Oct 2011 - Aymeline Valade in Gucci by Txema Yeste. 14- Joan Jett at SIR Studios in Hollywood, 1977. 16- Karolina Koryl. 17- Magali N'Daye by Thomas von Aagh for Schön! Magazine. 18- Magali N'Daye by Thomas von Aagh for Schön! Magazine. 19- Photo by Nan Goldin. 20- sarah abney pat mcgrath guido olivier rizzo steven meisel vogue Italia January 2016. 21- unknown. 23 & 24- Internet K-hole.  

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Rodarte Spring 2016

This blog post was originally going to outline the similarities between Rodarte's Spring 2016 collection and aspects of 1970s fashion but it sounded stupid, mainly because I don't understand garment construction as someone who is unable to sew clothes so I deleted it. While this feels more honest, it does not solve my problem on what witty comments I have to offer. When I first viewed this collection and saw the finale, I felt mad about the dressesFor one reason or another it felt as if they had heavily borrowed elements from Japanese design, but that was more of a feeling, rather than something I could identify which was based in evidence. I now come to view the collection as a neat tidy package, tied with a bow in the form of sequins and embellishment weighing down chiffon. Scrolling through these images makes me feel like I'm bearing witness to a Disney Princess winter themed costume party, or at the very least a Blair Witch Project The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe crossover. Minus white people wearing dreads because that is just terrible.

Something that I've always liked the idea of as a concept, like space travel is the jumpsuit. I remember one of the girls in my friendship group from high school wore won to our high school formal and she did, look totally amazing but I myself felt intimated by her strength and willingness to become the other. Most jumpsuits show skin at the back though, and since I have some serious bacne issues (attributed to years and years of having mermaid length hair) they're something I've always wanted to try but never committed to. This is because I don't have enough disposable income to spend on clothes which I may not actually find comfortable to wear and an unwillingness to live outside of my comfort zone. If I could expand on this further, I probably never found a cut and print that I liked either! Shirley Kurata's styling makes anything seem possible though, so you never know, you might see me wearing a jumpsuit soon (hopefully with fluffy coat).

If I may step outside the world of high fashion and $$$$ price tags, one thing I've started to notice a lot lately is printed tights appearing on the runway despite less variety to choose from on sites such as Asos. And I can't ever really remember this disparity between what's carried on the high street vs. high fashion. It's much more common to see clothes not mass produced, purely because it's not economical or the rip-off fairies as I like to think of them, can't figure out how to replicate the looks because of technical know-how. I prefer the latter explanation, because groups of people who sit down and make a living out of stealing other people's intellectual property are scum. ANYWAY I feel like cool patterned tights are where it's at, because they can visually lift any dress and are good to wear if you like staying warm. Plus wearing at least once piece of itchy, slightly off jewelry or in this case clothing is like being constantly hugged and reminded that being out of your comfort zone, by nature is uncomfortable. But that is a good thing. 

Rodarte have long been creating amazing ballgowns, but this time under the guise of 1970s fashion. Of all the designers under the control of trend forecasters, this is possibly my favorite incarnation, simply because of the overabundance of sequins and incredible platform shoes. I think if you measured the number of details per garment in a Rodarte show, they might actually qualify for Couture, were the criteria not "over one hundred hours per dress by hand" or something ridiculous like that. And yeah, obviously I'm taking about shows as fabulous and amazing as this one and not the sports jerseys they did years ago now or the Radarte line of sweatshirts, as cute and clever as they were. The shoes are also amazing this year, and just be looking at them through the power of the Internet I feel taller and like a thousand times more powerful. Such is the potency of something as unique and special as a Rodarte show.

These last two images are from Zimmermann, and the above is an outfit close up from Hollie's archive Ditzy and Whimzy. It felt like the fit into a very vague winter wonderland storyboard.