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Friday, 31 July 2009

I love a man in a good hat. Especially a feathered hat.
Or a cowboy hat.

Or even a flower hat.

I wish more men would wear hats these days.

In a strange turn of events I am currently craving pastel pink. Perhaps these peeps have something to do with it....

For a very long time I have rejected the colour pink. I think I feared that because I am so 'young and girly' looking already (petite, pale, blonde, blue eyes) that it would just make me look even more like an infant. In a bad way, not in an adorable 'I'm so innocent and feminine and charming' way. So, while I still look much younger than I am (last week someone asked me if I was 15...I just turned 22....hmmmm...I'm sure I'll appreciate this one day) I think my prejudice against pink is fading. Especially when styled as above. That tutu is also quite amazing and I love that while her outfit combination is so unexpected, she makes it look so right. Everything just fits perfectly. The same for the man above who has completely revolutionised the connotations of male + pink in my mind. I will no longer think of the "aussie bogan male wearing a pink polo shirt to show he is so hip and metro" but will now remember this beautiful image. The only thing missing is a hat.

All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain

Friday, 24 July 2009

(BLESS headphones via Stand Up Comedy store)

(via tinakalivas.com)

Issey Miyake in collaboration with artist Yasumasa Morimura

The Transformation

Kafka covers by the amazing Gary Card.
Check out more of this work on his blog

Also, Chunky Move's breathtaking Mortal Engine.
They make me proud to be Australian.

Has a woman who knew she was well-dressed ever caught a cold?

Monday, 20 July 2009

(via the collection archives at www.nomd.co.nz)

What I wish I was wearing this Winter

All times can be inhabited, all places be visited

Clippings from my wall, poorly self-photographed outfit pics, streetstyle inspiration

I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word

Stills from the film Klimt (2006) starring John Malkovich

I want to stand in a room filled with floating gold leaf

Project for a Memorial

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

This is a glimpse of an amazing work titled Project for a Memorial by artist Oscar Muñoz.

The work features a series of video projections showing the artist painting simple portraits onto concrete using water. The videos capture the images slowly evaporating and are timed so that the viewer is surrounded by portraits at different stages - some are being created while others have been reduced to just a few drops of water. I managed to catch this work at the NGV International in Melbourne last year and was blown away by the simple and highly evocative exploration of identity. While this work is very powerful in terms of the specific underlying political context, it also works on a universal level and beautifully highlights the fragility and transience of human existence.

Read more here


Friday, 10 July 2009

"Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational,
the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance,
upon a plane which apparently does not suit them" - Max Ernst

These are some collages I made as a design experiment back in 2005.

I have always loved collage as a way of gathering ideas and inspiration in an attempt to create a cohesive final image. Even today, almost a century after the technique was first used by Mr. Picasso, there is something powerful about the process of selecting and arranging fragments of ready-made images.

I also find it fascinating when clothing is constructed in a collage-like way, appearing as a series of fragmented items brought together to create something new.

L-R: Materialbyproduct SS07, Materialbyproduct SS08, Rodarte FW09

(via materialbyproduct.com and style.com)

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon

Comme des Garcons Fall 2005

(via style.com)

In The Flesh

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Amazing short film by Swedish fashion label Nakkna featuring their SS09 collection.

Find out more at www.nakkna.com

Nothing that disappears ceases to exist

Bernhard Willhelm Dress

LD Tuttle Heels

Daniel Palillo Top

Acne Dress

We are all so complicated, and then we die.

Christian Boltanski

"I am interested in what I call 'little memory', an emotional memory, an everyday knowledge, the contrary of Memory with a capital M that is preserved in history books. This little memory, which for me is what makes us unique, is extremely fragile, and it disappears with death. This loss of identity, this equalization in forgetting, is very difficult to accept."

Les Ombres (The Shadows), 1986

Monument, 1986
(via google)

Late last year I was lucky enough to visit Stockholm and while there got to see an exhibition by one of my favourite artists, Christian Boltanski.

Shown at Magasin 3, a gallery housed in the shipping docks on the outskirts of the city, the exhibition, titled Les Archives, was a brilliant and extensive series of installation works.

Boltanski's trademarks were all there; the dark rooms, the use of small individual lighting to mimic candles, the eery use of photography to remind the viewer of their own fragility and mortality. The experience was disorientating; walking through an almost pitch black room into a corridor with a projected, morphing image of the artist himself that you had to cross through to get to the rest of the exhibition. The use of sound was also beautifully poetic and disturbing at the same time. Foreign words echoed around the room, seemingly spoken by the strange wooden structures that filled the final and largest of the rooms, their presence haunting and dominating at the same time.
Besides the installation works, Boltanski asked visitors to contribute to an archive of heart beats that will eventually be housed on the uninhabited island of Ejima in Japan.

(via www.magasin3.com)

The process of recording each heart beat was handled in a very scientific manner, and you could even purchase a recording of your own heart beat with a stamped, numbered certificate.

(via www.magasin3.com)

In my opinion, one of the greatest artists of our time.

ebay loves lost.....

ahhh if only I had more money, or in some cases remembered to actually bid........

why ebay why?!?! why must you tempt me with such gems?

We're all mad here

Recent acquisition: Carin Wester - Jeanine Landscape jumper

I have been stalking this jumper for a few weeks now, waiting for it to go on sale.
Tonight was my lucky night with 50% off everything.
Check it out for lots of great Swedish designers.

Lately I have been cleaning out my closet and replacing quantity with quality. The immense amount of crap I found in my wardrobe was overwhelming, I'm talking multiple garbage bags full of clothes. I have no idea how it all fit in there as while I continue to cull, my closet still appears full. I have a feeling my wardrobe is magical and defies the laws of physics. But regardless of its ability to store an endless quantity of garments I am determined to reduce and edit my clothing collection. Something along the lines of the '5 piece French wardrobe', but less overly strict.

So far so good, I've sold lots of things at the market (Camberwell market, for those in Melbourne) and the infamous eBay. In fact I'm heading off to the market again this weekend to sell my old and unworn wares. It's not even that these discarded clothes are 'bad', but I'm finally realising the difference between what I like (on other people or hanging on a rack) and what I like to wear.
Yep, I realise this post is quite contradictory, beginning with a purchase and then a rant about my wardrobe cleansing attempt. But I haven't placed myself on a shopping ban - my situation is not that dire. Most of my wardrobe is made up of secondhand clothing from op shops, markets or eBay. I am just now more conscious of what I buy, more considerate and thoughtful (regardless of the price) before handing over the dosh.

I'm tired of dispensable fashion bought lustfully on impulse. I want to invest in clothing that I can wear and love for years, that speaks to me, that evokes an emotion within me or reminds me of a film, song, environment, moment in time....

Speaking of love and Carin Wester, I adore her SS09 collection and am considering also buying this wonderful concoction...

via www.carinwester.com

While I am usually found in many layers of clothing (perhaps something to do with being a Melbourne lass?) the beauty of this dress is that while the silhouette is extravagent, the fabric and colour are simple. To me this dress looks like something a modern day Alice would wear and that is never a bad thing in my book.

This is no dream! This is really happening!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Mia Farrow in Roman Polanski's 1968 film Rosemary's Baby.

Beautifully disturbing film that will blow your mind and make you rethink giving birth anytime soon. Worth watching for the costumes alone.

Image source: Google


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