Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Virgin Suicides




Marisa Jiwi Seok's recent collaboration with photographer and Gucci muse Petra Collins has created a collection of photographs seamlessly inserted into the aesthetic of The Virgin Suicides. Seok is the brains behind Jiwinaia, one of my favourite cult jewellery labels produced in Milan, after she graduated from Central Saint Martins. It seems only fitting that her muse be a teenager on the cusp of womanhood, since her debut collection, 'Get Rich or Eat Peanuts' was a tribute to the spirit of the eternal teenager. 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Aquazzura x Farfetch: The Perfect Heels


Most women agree, a beautifully crafted (and wherever possible), comfortable pair of heels is critical when it comes to a great outfit. This is particularly true for four women: CEO of Browns Fashion Holli Rogers, Princess Deena Al-Juhani Abdulaziz; the editor-in-chief of Vogue Arabia, Fivestory’s Claire Distenfeld, and Pascaline Smets of SMETS. Despite their differences, these four incredibly inspiring women love Aquazzura heels and were recently given the opportunity to work with Edgardo Osorio and create heels that reflect their own unique style. 

The self-confessed shoe obsessives have created a unique capsule, including gold platforms, fringed suede booties and leopard print to lace-up stilettos. In a short one minute film directed by Columbine Goldsmith, Holli, Claire, Deena and Pascaline describe the relationships with their shoes as complex and intimate as any we could hope to forge with a significant other.  
 
I’ve fallen head over heels for Claire Distenfeld’s towering Studio 54-centric platforms, described by her namesake as ‘a sexy sole with just the right amount of pizzazz’, the shoe reflects Distenfeld’s love of New York's and world of luxury. 

Clockwise from left: Gucci star studded sunglasses, Gucci sweater (similar here), J.W.Anderson logo plaque crossbody bag, Salvatore Ferragamo fur pom-pom keyring, Alinka 'Stasia' diamond triple star ear cuff, Delfina Delettrez 'Lips piercing' earringGucci 'Gucci Ghost' logo print skirt, Alinka 'Stasia' diamond double star ring and Aquazzura X Farfetch Very Claire sandals.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Layers

Last week a few friends and I went to collected petrified wood on the property my boyfriend grew up on and I found this strange rock. It's not a fossil, but ironstone a very common type of rock in the area which can sometimes form funny patterns. The lines reminded me of logo from Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. Coincidentally, I am also really desperate to have my hair cut in layers when I go back home to Melbourne this week. Expect to see a lot of photos from my trip back home on my instagram account and blog.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Surviving the Holidays

Perfume is one of the most popular gifts to give (and receive) during the holiday season but with a standard sized 100ml bottle of eau de parfum costing over $100, it can be expensive. Apparel Candy have the best wholesale fragrances inspired by designer labels for a fraction of the cost. One of my personal favourites is Flower Buds inspired by Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. With notes of sambac jasmine, orange tree, catleya orchid, freesia and rose the fragrance is an explosive bouquet of fresh and sweet notes. 

If you’re after something a little more subtle and sophisticated, I suggest trying Botanic Blush, a floral fragrance similar to Flora by Gucci with notes of sandalwood, pink pepper, rose, peony and citrus accord. Utterly feminine and deeply sensual, a myriad of floral notes come together to create a scent full of life that smells light, clean and fresh. 

Inspired by an imaginary flower resembling candy or a bouquet of flowers somewhere in Italy, Sweet Secrets was inspired by the popular Prada Candy Florale by Prada. It’s an exciting floral fragrance full of life and sensuality with peony heart notes and delicious base notes of musk. It’s the perfect scent if you love peony, citrus summer perfumes, or are looking for something to wear on those hot summer nights or sunny, dewy mornings. 

I always end buying some gifts for myself when doing my Christmas shopping, and lately I’ve been obsessed with clothes for summer. I am in desperate need of skirts and cannot resist a good dress. For the best wholesale clothing, visit Apparel Candy for more diverse, stylish and high-quality pieces!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Rose-tinted Sunglasses






Wearing: Vintage blouse and crochet top, thrifted jeans, Asos shoes, Poppy Lissiman bag and sunglasses.

Christmas has come early this year, with a package from Australian designer Poppy Lissiman arriving in the mail last week! The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales were impossible to resist, so I bought the floral flap bag which I've had my eye on for ages as well as the Dakota sunglasses in strawberry. I had second thoughts about posting these photos, even though I love the close up photos since my hair looks super gross because of the humidity and I am in desperate need of a haircut. Hopefully I can visit a real hairdresser's and sort my shit out when I'm back in Melbourne before coming back to Winton. As much as I would love to colour my hair, I have a feeling that with the hot weather the colour will fade and stain my clothes really easily. Not a good look for work, and definitely not good for the clothes in my wardrobe either.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lineisy Montero






Born in the Dominican Republic and scouted while at an amusement park, Lineisy Montero has, through her image, changed beauty standards since her runway debut and spread black girl magic to the world. Initially a muse for the Italian grande dame Miuccia Prada, she’s since walked for Versace, J.W. Anderson, Fendi, Dior, Chanel and Givenchy (just to name a few) and appeared on the cover of i-D, Teen Vogue and Dazed. With beauty described by the Telegraph’s Emily Cronin as “straight out of a Modigliani painting” it’s the 20-year-old’s ability to take on different personas which has seen her become one of the most sought-after models in the industry. Her natural hair caused waves when she first entered the fashion world, an afro in a sea of slicked-back ponytails. As much as I love fashion, it’s an industry which historically has lacked ethnic diversity and promoted western beauty standards to the detriment of feminism and the mental health of women everywhere. In fact, between 1993 and 2008, there was not a single black model on the Prada runway and prior to Malaika Firth becoming the face of the Prada 2013 campaign, Naomi Campbwell was the last black woman to hold the same achievement in 1994. But things are changing, albeit very slowly. While this shouldn’t be newsworthy, the ruckus over her natural hair seemed to surprise Montero.
 



"I didn't expect this impact, I am just Lineisy Montero, a young girl from Santo Domingo. My hair has never been a question, it's always been natural. I didn't do anything special except walking in the shows. I see now that is a big thing for the fashion industry so I am of proud of it. If it changes the mentality in the business for models like me I would be very happy."






The Models.com analytics on Montero’s runway appearances are insane. Between June 2015 and May 2016 she walked in 151 runway shows, opening six and closing one and for autumn/winter 2016 she clocked up 61 shows. Her spring/summer campaign has already started, starring in over 30 catwalk shows prior to Paris Fashion Week. While one could hardly call her a veteran within the space of four seasons, she’s a model in high demand and everyone wants to book Lineisy Montero. It’s her incredible work ethic, along with versatility and evident gratitude towards her clients that sees her get rebooked again and again, says Amanda Bretherton, president of Next London. That very same versatility is what’s tipped to ensure her longevity within this industry, however, she’s not prepared to be part of tokenism within fashion. "I will just continue to be myself. I want to exist and be recognised for my work and who I am, not only because of my hair or my skin colour."







Long criticized for promoting a very narrow ideal of beauty, casting director Brokaw and Miuccia Prada have made a step in the right direction, and it makes a very important transition. Finally, a black woman with an afro has become one of the most beautiful faces on the planet, and muse to some of the fashion industry’s greatest geniuses. Elle UK fashion features director Kenya Hunt goes as far as to say the move signaled to other brands they could give themselves permission to embrace black beauty in all its wonderful variations. “I’ve noticed a little positive change,’ Montero says. ‘Before, in fashion shows, all the models were blonde with straight hair, but now there are always two or three morenas [women with dark complexions] with natural hair. But there’s still a little way to go.” With her demeanor, enviable figure and mesmerizing dark eyes, Lineisy Montero has proven she has everything it takes to walk the runway for the biggest names in ready-to-wear and couture fashion. Put simply, she represents a new generation of models, embodying the multi-faceted woman, atypical and diverse. 









Monday, December 12, 2016

It's the most wonderful time, of the year









The countdown is on before Christmas and for the first time in a long time I feel like I'm missing out on the festivities. Living in a share house, we don't have a Christmas tree and when trying to search for kistchy Christmas themed photos on Tumblr and Google, I was crushed by a wave of mundane photos. This is not the Internet I remember! Where are the vintage throwback photos from the 60s, 70s and 80s? For the first time, it would actually be easier to purchase my own vintage Christmas tree decorations, however costly, and try to create my own magic at home. Of course, I'm not going to do that, because unfortunately my house is infested with ants and the humidity is making me feel less than merry. This year I'm going back home for Christmas, I will try to soak up the spirit of the holiday walking down the busy streets of Melbourne. But most importantly, enjoying the company of my family since we have lost so much time this year.

*Anyone with sources for these images, I would be really grateful to credit the artists