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goodbye sunshine

Sunday, 26 September 2010

The weather has shifted, there is a distinct chill in the air and the gorgeous sunny days seem a distant memory. Of course now the fun of layering and boot-wearing begins, but as this is my second winter this year and my 'home' hemisphere is just entering summer I still feel a tinge of nostalgia for endless days of warm weather. Days when all you need are a hat and some fabric draped across you, shoes optional.

tools for procrastination

Friday, 24 September 2010

Four sites that have provided me with endless procrastination opportunities in recent times
(because obviously the million blogs I have listed in the toolbar are not enough).

 La Collectionneuse

I won't lie, a small part of me didn't want to share this, and kept telling me to keep it to myself as a secret source of awesome finds. But as I a) don't have enough money to buy anything anymore and b) a lot of the items listed are not even my size, I decided to share the love. La Collectionneuse is a wonderous tumblr dedicated to amazing finds from all over the internet - mostly from ebay, superfuture and yahoo japan auctions, but occassionally also showcasing items from internet stores like Ooga Booga. From what I have gathered the project was started by the creator of another great Tumblr - Cotonblanc, and has various contributors who post daily. The aesthetic of the site is very focused (and I mean this in the best way), with Demeulemeester, Margiela, Undercover, Dries Van Noten, Bernhard Willhelm, vintage Helmut Lang etc. all popping up regularly.

Does my love for this blog even need an explanation? 
Just check it out if you haven't already and laugh and nod and laugh some more.

Russh have launched a shiny new website which is a blessing for me since having moved I've missed my bi-monthly Russh fix. While obviously it is still not the same as holding the mag in your hands, the new site features more of the elements that make Russh so fantastic, with Style Icon and Beauty collages, Arts and Music sections, and coverage of many past editorials. They have even enlisted super contributors like Maya from Turned Out, making the site a worthwhile visit for even those who are lucky enough to have access to the magazine.

So this is not some obscure site I've dug up from the depths of the internet (nor are any of these sites really, and maybe I'm just the last one to jump on the bandwagon) but the OC blog has been super duper lately. In particular, the What Susie Bubble packs for NY Fashion Week  feature was a lovely peek into Miss Bubble's suitcase and particularly interesting for someone like me who finds packing just for a weekend down the beach a daunting task.

Any new sites that have taken your fancy (and that you are willing to share!) ?

lost in love

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

So I haven't been following this season's collections at all, but happened to stumble upon the Meadham Kirchhoff S/S 11 images tonight on Dazed Digital. Based on my 10 second review of the collection (seen in full at Elle.com) I still think I prefer A/W 10-11, but aside from comparisons this is a joyful visual feast for the eyes, with perfect hair and make-up to highlight the vibrant textures and playful, yet slightly off-kilter, spirit that MK has come to represent.

Tonight I had my second 'History of Fashion' class for semester, and I cannot express how happy it makes me to be able to discuss designers and fabrics and silhouettes and blogs and everything else in the 'fashion' world alongside sociology, politics and history. I've never studied fashion theory properly at university, with only a few mentions here and there in my art theory classes. While I knew I would love it, I didn't realise how much. As a result I fear I've become that way too enthusiastic person in class, but hopefully I'm not too annoying because I really can't help it. This obsession of mine further reinforces a thought that has been lingering in the back of my mind for...well...maybe 10 years now...which is of course to direct my future towards some kind of career related to fashion. Alas I still don't know what career that would be and so I just continue to float, with graduation and 'real life' only a few short months away. Much like the Meadham Kirchoff woman, I feel swept up in a dizzy dream, totally and utterly wrapped up in the present, but at the same time part of me worries about what comes once I wake up.

Anyone else here lost when it comes to career choices, or life in general?
Or for those with a firm sense of direction, when and how did you realise you wanted to do what you do?

preparing for hibernation

Friday, 17 September 2010

Recent purchases, clockwise from top left: 
Comme des Garcons tricot bag from Ebay, Carin Wester sweater from Carin Wester archive webshop, Wool coat from Ebay, Backpack from Urban Outfitters, Russell & Bromley leather boots from Ebay, Comme des Garcons burgundy wool pants from Ebay, Scorett boots on order from Filippa, Miu Miu body from Ebay (see a pattern here?). 

I've said many times that the colder months are my favourite, especially because I love boots, wooly sweaters and coats much too much, but this also means I buy more during winter. I've tried to be very considered about what I buy this season, especially as funds and space are limited. Ebay has come to the rescue, and I've picked up some hits that I'm sure will see me through the long, cold, dark winter ahead. 

Having just moved, and leaving behind so many beloved pairs of shoes, means I am now more than ever looking for sturdy, comfortable boots that will withstand the pounding of Parisian pavements and be kind on the purse. The two pairs above haven't actually arrived at my door yet so hopefully they are as great as I imagine. Still dreaming about a pair of Bless Eram knit boots though...even more so after spotting a girl at uni today wearing a grey pair.

I just don't know what I'm supposed to be

Monday, 13 September 2010

I can't believe it took me this long to finally watch Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation.
Wow. Just wow. I think I might watch it again tonight.

Sneaking around

Sunday, 12 September 2010

From top: Streetpeeper x2, Past season Margiela sneakers, Stevie from Discotheque Confusion , Streetpeeper, Osklen sneakers.

I've been looking for an interesting, fun and affordable pair of sneakers for a very long time, in fact for about a year. I pretty much gave up and forgot, but over the last few weeks the urge is returning after seeing Stevie from Discotheque Confusion in her simple and very cool Reeboks. While I would love a pair of Margiela, Bernhard Willhelm or Mcqueen for Puma sneakers, they are all more than I can afford or impossible to find in stock (or both!). Luckily Reebok and New Balance provide realistic alternatives, I especially love the colour co-ordination in the first outfit of the New Balance logo and the scarf (actually a sweater worn as a scarf - genius!). The hunt continues...

MMM 20

Saturday, 11 September 2010

I took a little trip to London a fortnight ago with my main goal being to see the Maison Martin Margiela '20' Exhibition at Somerset House (and also to buy oats for porridge, which I can't seem to find here in Paris, I know I should be lapping up the croissants and I am, but I still love my oats). Photographs were strictly forbidden, however I did some googling and came up with these images to give a sneak peek at the show.

Coming from Australia, where I rarely see Margiela anything in person, it was so exciting just getting to see all the Margiela icons in the flesh - the tabi shoes, the trompe l'oeil, the reconstructed trenches, the jackets made from leather sandals.....etc. etc. etc.

The exhibition also covered the architecture and interior designs of the MMM stores all over the world, past show invitations and a screening room where you could sit in darkness, surrounded archive footage and white confetti. It really made me feel like I was gaining a glimpse into the Margiela world, from the process to product to presentation.

Another exciting thing about this show (because it wasn't already exciting enough!) was the way Margiela's work was presented. There was a strong emphasis on time, both in the layout of the exhibition seperated into chronological themes but also the experience of the viewer. At one point you are faced with a reflective black wall hiding various displays of MMM Haute Couture, with the lighting timed to reveal two garments at a time. I enjoyed being forced to remain at the display in order to see all the garments and that while inspecting one garment the lighting would shut off and draw my attention elsewhere. Each display was given quite a lot of time so it really did force you to concentrate on the details, to engage with the craft and reflect on the number of hours invested in each piece. The archive screening room echoed this technique, with multiple screens fighting for the viewer's attention.

Back in Paris, it seemed like a nice epilogue to the exhibition when the following day I saw a woman strutting down Rue de Rivoli wearing the classic black Tabi boots, my first sighting of these boots worn in real life, and wow did she wear them well. 

Thanks MMM

Avoiding black...

Thursday, 9 September 2010

...with the help of Stine Goya, Rachel Comey, Hope and Anntian, via Creatures of Comfort.


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