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a bit of black and white

August 30, 2011

So I’m trying to reformat my blog and therefore will be on a temporary hiatus from blogging (in addition to the hiatus I’ve already been on haha) – but I won’t let this become an orphan blog!
For now here are some inspirational vids to get you all philosophical -

Iron by Woodkid* is now part of my favourite EPs! The boyfriend showed me a pre-rendered game trailer for Assassin’s Creed Revelations and this was the (very appropriate) song playing in the background. How much does it make you think of an epic battle? Therefore I deem it similar to the stuff of Fleet Foxes and The XX – I was looking up video clips for them the other day and I could barely find any! Which now I think is very fitting – their music doesn’t particularly need a video clip anyway, it’s evocative enough as is. Anyway, check it -

In contrast**, fashion films are incessantly vague and superficial! I’ve yet to see one that really evoked an emotional response from me. You know how some films have a done-before storyline but you’re compelled to keep watching because of how attractive the actors are? Or how the film setting itself (i.e. Avatar) makes you wish you didn’t live in boring ol’ suburbia? Well fashion films lack any meaningful plot or done-before storyline! They’re purely aesthetic. A prime example is Karl Lagerfeld’s Tale of a Fairy film for Chanel Cruise 2012 -

Admittedly the fashion and the setting is fantastic, but I had no clue what was going on by the end of the film! I hope that was purposeful. I still love you Karl Lagerfeld.

*Also, I’ve linked to Vimeo (even though the vids are from Youtube cos Vimeo doesn’t embed well for me) because I’m ashamed by the now constant advertising on Youtube!
** Yeah I’ve been writing too many essays and segues are taking over my life!

Christopher Kane brilliance

July 5, 2011

AARrrghh I’m such a colour addict! I think that’s a more healthy addiction than most though. How much does Christopher Kane’s Resort 2012 collection (below) look like the rainbow gradient from powerpoint?

Metallic pleats and contrasting colours? My fav! Even his Resort 2011 Collection was so damn fine.
It makes me want to go into space (not that I didn’t want to already!) and watch the pretty stars as they do their thing. Maybe one day.

the sun won’t shine if you’re not looking

June 16, 2011

How cute is Kimbra? In the past month or so she’s been working up quite a reputation in the pop scene – Triple J has the Kiwi-bred Melbourne-based newcomer’s second single Cameo Lover  song playing on high rotation.I fell in love with this song from the first time  I heard it!

I’ve never seen such a bright video in my life! And the cute little pastel girl’s outfits!
Watch this space. If this is the future of Melbourne’s pop music scene, I can’t wait!

Giovanna Battaglia

June 3, 2011

Without a doubt Giovanna Battaglia is the most beautiful and stylish woman in the world. She’s so fit! If I was forced to swap bodies with someone for a day, I’d choose her. She indisputably tops Anna Dello Russo, Eva Fontanelli, Garance Doré, Alexa Chung, and Cory Kennedy as my #1 style icon.

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to do a post on her! I first fell in love with her 2 years ago when The Sartorialist took these pictures (below) of her, inspiring me to undergo a phase of cinched high waist skirts and dresses that’s remained to this day.

I love the slightly loose 1/2 sleeve tops she’s always wearing, and the oversized sunglasses in summer. She holds herself so gracefully too and is the favourite of numerous street/fashion bloggers – predominantly The Sartorialist, Easy Fashion in Paris and Hanneli.

Not to mention she’s only something like 30 years old, and dating Carine Roitfeld’s (past Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue) son Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld. Oh to be Gio! What I wouldn’t do! The two are probably one of the most powerful couples in the Fashion world.

Gio herself is the Fashion Editor of L’Uomo Vogue (Italian Men’s Vogue) and modelled for Dolce & Gabbana, as well as some other freelance styling work. The above right is a scan from Vogue Brasil, doesn’t she just look like some Italian Goddess? Those perfectly proportioned features!

There’s her as the face of Eddie Borgo SS 11 (above right), and a spectacular capture by Fred from Easy Fashion in Paris for Fashion Week. Below, second from the left, is her at the amfAR Gala in Cannes. The dress is apparently a 1992 Sprouse from Rare Vintage. It’s incredibly revealing (it looks like it’s composed mostly of stick on bits) but Gio correctly describes it as a work of art.

Anyway, I could go on and on and on about how amazing Gio is, but I already sound like the BIGGEST stalker. I’ll end this post with some pretty pictures that demonstrate just how effortlessly chic this woman is.

lift me off the ground and take me to the garden of paradise

June 1, 2011

I’m ashamed to say I’ve only recently discovered the magic of Crystal Fighters. Aren’t they just the most hipster people you’ve seen? Love! In other news, I’m really craving a balmy summer night.

American Sports Apparel Melbourne

May 30, 2011

Mon frère is running a stall at the Camberwell Markets selling American Sports Apparel on the 3rd of July. Chickity-check it out -

Milin

May 27, 2011

Bangkok-based designer Milin Yuvacharuskul, Puchong Nilratana and Guarboon Chuanboon gave birth to this dainty, exquisite SS 11 line aptly named Under Sense and Sensibility.

It’s all pastel colours, soft pleats, chiffon and summery graphic lines. And her shortened name is Mimi! Instant love! She also scored a prominent internship with Jill Stuart, whose Spring collection I was exploring before being side-tracked by the amazing designs of Milin.
 Thailand seems to be producing amazing designers at every turn! Sretsis (as I mentioned in a previous post) and now Milin! Not to mention the food! I love me some Thai Curry! So I’m very seriously considering visiting Bangkok, flights from Australia aren’t too expensive either. Milin is still very low-key at present – their only stockists are in Asia: Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

But ever since the release of her new SS 11 line, Milin has been on the radar of numerous fashion blogs. Susie of Style Bubble even did a piece on her (it’s thanks to her for some of the nice up-close pictures above) where she visited the Blueprint store in Singapore. I’m really hoping this means the brand will grow exponentially, though I’d imagine it would take many more years for it to arrive in Australia.

Above is a spread from Elle Thailand and Wallpaper magazine featuring Under Sense and Sensibility the collection with a mod 60′s twist. Defined waists are my favourite, and Milin does them oh-so classily! On the darker side, there’s this cut-out black playsuit from SS 11 (below) and some fantastic gold-fringed heels from the AW 10 Cat Fight for Spotlight collection.

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