Monday, May 22, 2017

Bring back the 00s

You've never seen me wear flares on this blog- but I must admit these flares by House of Holland have been on my radar for a while now. Worn by pop goddess Charli XCX, who Perez Hilton described as a 'vision in pink' some were evidently not ready for this jelly, with the outfit landing XCX on the worst dressed list. I'll take pink paillettes sprinkled over statement flares over a safe and boring sequined gown (and equally plain shoes) any day of the week. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pink and Red

Wearing: Asos fringe jacket, dress and Dr Martens boots.

They say pink and red should never go together. Rihanna, and to a lesser extent Bec Judd are exceptions to the rule but I digress. Today. I'm more frustrated someone hadn't warned me about the dangers of taking photos on an extremely windy day. Strands of loose hair were just about strangling my face in every single photo, and although I had bothered to do my makeup and liberally apply a bright red lipstick in the end it seemed much smarter to crop these photos. I promise, my head will appear in future outfit photos (and it may or may not be wearing lipstick, I haven't decided yet).

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Bird in a Gilded Cage

As luxurious as the earrings Dolce & Gabbana have been peddling for the last few seasons, these dainty earrings by Of Rare Origin, unfortunately carry the same lofty price tag. However, if you're not capable of carrying a small paperweight by your earlobe (like me) but love colour, and intend to wear more gold they're a brilliant alternative. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ruffle some feathers

Wearing: Vintage blouse, thrifted skirt, Dr Martens boots and thrifted earrings.

One of the most difficult things to digest about me, other than ambitions of being palaeontologist and researcher is probably the weird, and at times confronting things which inhabit my wardrobe. For whatever reason find the loudest most colourful (or in this case, textured) garment on the rail and instantly fall in love. That was certainly the case for this skirt, with it's many pleats and polka dots bought at Lifeline (or was it Endeavour?) in Townsville for $10. It was actually part of the costumes section for the second hand shop, but a quick glance at the label suggested otherwise. The print and frills reminds me a lot of Romance Was Born, but also Tata Naka who specialise in at times extreme clothes stitched together for the sole purpose of excitement and fun. That's exactly how I felt when I put this skirt on this morning (and although the soon wore off after about three hours of sitting down at my desk), as well as the earrings. What kind of girl wears something so crazy? Is she an off-duty flamenco dancer? Or perhaps an over the top and enthusiastic dance instructor. Who knows, but one things for certain, she certainly knows how to have a good time.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Love is a terrible thing to hate

I got a total surprise when I looked through my newsfeed a few weeks ago now and first laid eyes on this beautiful campaign from Marie Claire Australia. It features clothes from Romance Was Born, with actress Asher Keddie in Whispering Angel and the inimitable Gemma Ward wearing archive from Mushroom Magic. This shoot rallies behind marriage equality in Australia, something I felt totally unexpected from a mainstream publication. Despite overwhelming support for marriage equality, legally marriage can only be between a man and a woman (for now). It's been a long time since I've read something like Marie Claire but the campaign came as a breath of fresh air.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons, the old proverb goes you make lemonade. But when life gives you cold weather, and you don't have a fur hat, why not use a clutch purse instead? I tried it out myself and, although a flower doesn't work quite as well as a rainbow it could have been worse. As long as you don't expect your head to stay warm during the process, at the very least it will bring a smile to someone's face!

Wearing: Shrimps clutch and Asos blouse.

Please note that the following is intended as a loving tribute, rather than a dig at the hard-working stylists of
L'Officiel Manila! 

If you're wondering what this Shrimps clutch looks like when used as a purse, it's not as fun as a hat but still my flavour. It would be nice if there was more room to fit more than a wallet and phone though. Also, fun fact: Alexa Chung has also been spotted with the same flower clutch.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Marco de Vincenzo Resort 2017

A certain proclivity for geometry, anything under the Marco de Vincenzo umbrella is by definition unconventional (the larger than life fur coats, the shoes and claw handbags) and yet the composition is somewhat restrained. It all seems very reminiscent of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, whose work exists in perfect symmetry while revealing so much about the violence and horror of the human psyche. Now those are unrelated to Marco de Vincenzo, the first thing that came to mind when clicking through the Resort collection for 2017 was The Shining. The pale complexion, dark and limply hanging curls and shades of palest red. The clothes a character wears tells us something about their class, what they think of themselves and indicates how they might interact with other people. It makes sense, therefore, that Wendy Torrance is not dripping in fabulous Italian clothes, high heeled shoes obscured by velvet braids, marabou feathers or delicate threads. What I’m suggesting is the mere fantasy of boots clicking down hallways, heavily sequinned slip dresses worn by heroines wielding baseball bats and the swish of ruffled hemlines during heart-racing pursuits. 

The brunette who started this descent into apparition-seeking craziness is none other than a model de Vincenzo scouted himself, fittingly while both parties were strolling through an art gallery. Held in a secluded courtyard in a Milanese palazzo, she is of course Italian (and the artist showing at said exhibition was Sol LeWitt). Slightly offbeat, she is as much a part of the Marco de Vincenzo universe as a rich variety of fabrics and textures. Among them are traditional cottons, poplins and chiffons– but then there’s the more experimental materials, i.e. the jacquard, Japanese chintz and transparent velvet voiles. While some artists, for example Kawakubo redefine the shape and silhouette of clothes, de Vincenzo adds volume through folding, fringing, asymmetrical layering and pleating. Visually, it’s like a game of hide and seek trying to find where one piece ends and another begins, creating an overall very light-hearted and playful movement able to capture whatever light fills the room. It’s for that reason I’m slowly becoming consumed with the Marco de Vincenzo archive (and yes, stalking where to buy pieces from season’s past online, and preferably on sale).

In truth, a recent obsession with ghosts (blame Melissa McCarthy and my housemate Grace) has given me a new, and at times unwanted, way of viewing the world. The white-washed hallways, occasional painting and speckled floor, although complementing the clothes, are somewhat spooky and eerie. They do however, make the fringed mules even more obvious they’re bright electric blue threads are like small bolts of lightning, frozen in time. The textured platform boots are another show-stopper, emulating the woven technique Loewe has become famous for (second to their range of elephant purses and the increasingly popular puzzle bags) and pushing the limits of modern footwear. While heel concept has been a hot topic, I think it’s much more exciting to reimagine what a shoe looks like overall, rather than focus on specific aspect, or in some cases, lack thereof. Crazy shoes were kept in check and paired with rather constrained outfits, which, with a snip here and cut were given depth and a life of there own. Remarkably, these pieces also look very cosy, whilst also being suitable Resort wear. It seems like such an abstract concept these days, with many designers, Marco de Vincenzo included, reinterpreting Resort and imagining it under the guise of their own label. In this case, statement coats and dazzling red carpet worthy footwear remain the centre of attention. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Look Good, Feel Good

Wearing: Thrifted coat, patch by Ashley Ronning, vintage blouse, thrifted scarf, earrings from etsy, jeans were a gift and Sophia Webster boots.

The very wise Australian beauty editor Zoe Foster-Blacke once said 'spend five more minutes in the mirror', when pressed on her secret to looking good and feeling better. But it was her relationship with clothing that really stuck with me, in particular her love for bright pink lipstick or a pink jumper when feeling in a rut. So in a bid to channel my inner Zoe Foster-Blake (because there's no way I'd ever be a beauty editor!) I gathered all the pink things in my wardrobe, and threw it together. I'm actually a bit chuffed about the results, although the ill-fitting and at times very wrinkly skinny jeans leave a lot to be desired. I am also no closer to covering this woolen coat with patches bought online but it's versatility actually came in handy today. The question still remains, will the coat be a fixture in my wardrobe once it is fully transformed? There's only one way to find out.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Wearing: Thrifted scarves, vintage coat, vintage blouse, jeans were a gift.

So the old saying goes, 'you are what you eat' but in my case it's 'you are what you wear'. I've always wanted one of those scarves from Loopy Mango since Susie Bubble was spotted (and subsequently snapped) with one during the New York Fashion Week in 2015. Two years later in 2017 I'm still unable to afford Loopy Mango, but I did stumble across two chunky scarves at Lifeline in Townsville, stitched the two together and voila! Vicariously fashion forward statement knitwear.

Thought my face might fall off in the cold so I went into a random shop in Soho to buy a scarf as a preventative measure.” – Wearing Mother of Pearl coat and dress, Etre Cecile red puffer jacket and Loopy Mango scarf