Thursday, August 31, 2017
Wearing: POMS earrings, Miss Shop dress and Asos flats.
Sometimes, the best things in life are cheap. Not always, but the earrings and dress I'm wearing were secondhand and bought for a song. I probably paid about twenty dollars for each, and the shoes (although bought new) weren't that expensive either. Combining everything together I still feel like a million bucks, although I was probably busy having a bit too much fun as my camera fell flat on the cement outside our house and the lens is currently in the ER. That is just one of a few silly things I've done within the last week or so, including purchasing a bra in the wrong size! I'm far from perfect, but I'm definitely learning over time to just be gentle with myself and a little more forgiving these days.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Every once and a while a designer or collection comes along which challenges the social norm through which we perceive fashion. Roberta Einer is one of those rare gems who creates three-dimensional pieces of art which put the flat and lifeless t-shirts observed in every mall and seen on every conformist to shame. Why should fashion remain so flat and lifeless? More importantly, why do we continue to obsess over minimalism and how are some people bestowed with the ability to discern between one white t-shirt and another? Criticisms aside, I am in awe of Einer. This emerging designer has created clothing with a real raw energy about it. Ask me time and time again, which collections have the greatest impact on me and I am guaranteed to reply a graduate collection. There's a true sense that the designer, no matter what their circumstances has nothing to lose in terms of reputation and credibility within the industry. While this is not a graduate collection, it is experimental and free-flowing. As a result, there's this brilliant sense of liberation in Roberta Einer's work, and her Sping 2016 collection is as good as it gets.
For Spring 2016 Roberta Einer turned the American trope of a cheerleader and turned it on its head. Not in a creepy Twin Peaks way, but with more intense colour and bomber jackets made of tweed and decorated with hand-stitched silk patches. Again, if ever there were a collection to turn me off nasty, cheap mass-produced clothing, this would be it. There's an incredible amount of detail and the moodboards and imagery which inspired Spring 2016 are simply breath-taking. There's every chance I swooned over the closeups of the swatches and having a glimpse into the techniques incorporated in the creation of those spectacular bomber jackets. While they were somewhat masculine, the slip dress is undoubtedly one of the other important components of this collection. With hindsight we know one of Einer's strengths is a sensationally over the top slip dress, but it's always interesting to observe how certain pieces evolve over time with a designer.
It's always difficult to choose what piece I would love to own from such a strong collection. Although I don't really love wearing off the shoulder tops, there's an amazing piece out of Spring 2016 featuring stitched circles and the word 'Lucky' in hot pink and diamantes. To most, that would seem childish and downright weird to wear but as a general rule of thumb I try and buy pieces that I can't get anywhere else. It's unlikely there'll be another piece quite like it and I haven't stumbled across it on eBay yet (not for lack of trying, I can tell you). I also happen to have a soft spot for statement jackets, with a few silk bombers already gracing my closet. Don't get me wrong, I love that they're lightweight and easy to wear, but I also yearn for the weight and feel of a solid jacket on my shoulders. There's some sense of security wearing a piece which is both beautifully made, but also a protective barrier from the drudgery of the outside world.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Wearing: Thrifted red velvet dress, POMS fluffy earrings and Dr Martens boots.
Today kicks off National Op Shop Week for 2017! What's an op shop I hear you say? If you're reading from perhaps the States, Great Britain or anywhere else outside of Australia it's an abbreviation for an 'opportunity shop'. A charity shop or thrift store if you like, run by the likes of the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul's or other great organisations, run by volunteers who generously donate their time to pick through donations and run the shop, raising money for their cause. Like me, more Australians are choosing to buy ethically and recycling through getting quality secondhand clothing at charity stores. But they need good quality donations to keep going! If you have a bag of clothes you've been meaning to donate, please do it this week! The aim of National Op Shop Week is to boost the amount of donations, running from 27th August and ending on the 2md of September.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Had David Bowie continued his exploration of all things glamorous and made of lurex, I’d like to think he might have worn something by Sadie Williams. I know, fate had other plans for the music legend but there are few fashion designers who can balance the glamorous with clean design. As always, primary colours were a big hit this season. However, there are other themes at play here, including the nautical world of sailing, with many of the visual elements for the Spring 2017 collection derived from maritime alphabet flags and other nautical codes. Presented at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in The Mall, there’s a strong sense that Sadie Williams has every woman in mind when she dreams up a collection. For spring, there’s a strong emphasis on the tomboy at heart, countered with a feminine sensibility. Take for example the fishnet stockings worn with sensible sneakers, further embellished with tiny torn ribbons. Or a khaki skirt, paired with a black hooded jacket. Think a tough seafarer who also enjoys drinking pina coladas on the beach.
In truth, there’s always been a cool, sporty side to everything Williams does, as always envisioned in primary colours but everything is kept in balance with slightly girly silhouettes. “I think it’s quite reflective of my style,” says Williams. She’s also recently been named as an addition to the Swarovski Collective. Through that sponsorship is the opportunity to evolve: “…through the Swarovski sponsorship this season, it’s gotten a bit elevated so I’ve got a more grown up character to it as well.” Rather than sticking to a statement necklace or bracelet, Williams opted for adding sparkle to her pieces whether it be an embellished bralette, basic white tee featuring knotted detailing or a bold graphics outlining a sailor collar. The earrings and necklace are there though, despite the cheery colour scheme smokey eye shadow makes the women who wear them seem all the more complex and fascinating.