Wednesday, April 16, 2014

lean closer

"I offended a perfumer in Paris by describing Coco Mademoiselle. What I said was that Chanel had clearly decided to create a perfume that American teenage girls would immediately want. His eyebrows arched; "Well, it's a bit more than that," he said. Yes, I agree. It was an entirely forehand compliment: As with Ralph by Ralph Lauren, which was obviously created for the same purpose, Coco Mademoiselle is both an entry level Chanel fragrance and a very smart marketing decision, and there's nothing wrong with either, at all. God knows Nos 19 and 22 can be tough to appreciate immediately. If you like nice scents, you like this perfume, instantly. Period, end of discussion. It is lovely, flowery, a fresh-faced seventeen-year-old in a summer dress, of excellent quality so the fragrance lasts, and, behind the seeming sweet simplicity, something much more compelling than might at first appear. That something is simply that when you come across someone wearing it, you want to lean closer to them."

Chandler Burr, 'Bold Type Essay'

Lara Stone in T Magazine

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

essentials

tommy ton for style.com

The only shoes a gal needs. Sneaks, some nice ballet flats, and the funkiest sandals ever.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

the week that was

Rachel Kara - Christopher Esber

I like working in a team with Rachel. She said it right - life colleague. She makes my work better simply because of her presence: it's calming, reassuring and wholly supportive. Last week was no different. Somehow we managed to wade our way through whatever fashion week really is, working really hard, to create something we are really proud of over on Broadsheet. It wasn't easy, but if it was meant to be easy would it be called work? The best thing about last week was having someone to laugh with when it all got too much and the deliriousness kicked in. Someone who oohed and aahhed with me at all the same moments: the sexy, leggy strut at Alex Perry, the morning light simply pouring in at Haryono Setiadi, the ice cream-smeared smiles at We Are Handsome, the Miley Cyrus soundtracks at everything, the glittery gorgeousness at Karla Spetic, the sudden, rogueish appearance of Gerard Butler at Ellery... What are these moments for if not to be shared? Here's another one then, one of our favourites. Georgia - the girl with the longest legs and the best hair - in the kind of dress only Christopher Esber can not only make work, but make look as if it already belongs in your wardrobe. 

If you want to read our coverage, here are some links to Broadsheet:


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Congratulations!


One of my favourite moments of fashion week at Alice McCall... I just love a good falling particle! This moment was extra sweet because I had worked on the show as well, and seeing everything come together was absolutely magical. Lol confetti. And speaking of magical, here are the winners of the Maloles giveaway! Congratulations to Charlotte, Raquel, Cara and K. Thank you everyone who entered, I am so touched that you all love the shoes as much as I do. (even now, still pinching myself).

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

paris, always


Can't stop thinking about Paris. I know what I need to do: stop thinking and start doing. But doing is scary, and I am scared. But I just can't stop thinking. I read another interview on Freunde von Freunden about an Australian stylist living in Paris, and the thinking started up again. 'I loved the language and always dreamed of returning and establishing myself here.' Sound familiar?

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Friday, April 11, 2014

that 70s show

Susan Ford washes her car, 1975

Strangely feeling a 70s vibe at the moment. It's just a jeans and tee shirt kind of thang.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

writing


I did an interview a little while back with Felwa, and it has gone live, and re-reading it now has made me think about a few things. I've been working pretty hard for the past month, a proper, real job, with not much time to spend here, or really anywhere, to clear my head. I'm about to emerge on the other side and I'm not quite sure how I'm going to feel. Will I miss the structure of my days, the lunches I packed, the hours spent at the desk? Maybe. There's one thing I do know, though. I missed this. I missed writing, and I missed it a lot. I wish I had more of a plan, less nonsense, but I just don't at the moment. I just know that the thing that makes me sane, not even to start on happiness, is writing. I need to do more of it, and not be so scared, and not be so lazy. And follow some of my own advice.

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Maloles Giveaway



I've been having a lot of fun with giveaways recently, haven't I! Well, here's another one. The lovely people at Maloles have offered me 2 pairs of Zoe Ballet flats and 2 pairs of Brigitte Sandals to give away to readers. Again, this competition is open internationally, to anyone who would like to own a pair of my shoes (pinch me still!). All you have to do is comment below with your choice of shoe and your email address so I can contact you. It's that simple! Entries close Sunday, April 13th at 5PM AEST. I can't wait to send my shoes out into the world to some of my readers. I hope that the winners will send me some images of them wearing them, that would be the ultimate thrill. As you can tell, this is still quite a novel thing for me... (pinch me, pinch me, pinch me!)

CLOSED! WINNER DRAWN SHORTLY. GOOD LUCK ALL!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

#FASHIONWEEK


Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah. It's that time of year again. It always seems to come around way too fast, and suddenly we're caught up in a whirlwind week of glitz, glamour and glittering parties... Wait. Who am I kidding? Fashion week has never been about that for me. When I was in Perth I found a copy of Hadley Freeman's The Meaning of Sunglasses in a second hand bookstore and spent most of the red-eye back home reading it. I've loved Hadley's writing for a long time and couldn't believe I had somehow missed out on the fact that she had written such an acerbic, cheeky book. There is a chapter in it called 'Fashion Shows aka Darwin in Motion' that seems particularly apt to reference now. Hadley says that there's nothing like a fashion show to put you in your place. It's very true. The whole set up of fashion week - the application for accreditation, the wheedling, needling to get an invitation, your seat assignation, the procession inside, past photographers who could not give less of a shit who you are, the rush backstage of the chosen few, the awkward dichotomy between those clutching goodie bags and those not... - is designed to remind you acutely of your position in the industry. As Hadley says, if the point of fashion week was to see the clothes they would upload images straight to the internet and be done with it. Most of the time you feel like JLaw's best friend at the oscars, except you have to do it 5 TIMES A DAY for a WHOLE WEEK. What's my solution? Simple. Arm yourself with your partner in crime (we're gonna miss you T), slip into your most comfortable, least fashionable footwear, and plan plenty of stops at Bread and Circus in between. We had a pretty good time last year, laughing over ice cream and not sweating the small stuff. More of that this week, please.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Penny Sage


I've always been a fan of Penny Sage and designer Kate's easy, simple, everyday clothes, ever since Natalie introduced them to me. It's funny, and I only started thinking about this after my recent trip to New Zealand, but there's something about those kiwis that puts me at ease. I have so many friends from New Zealand, my favourite brands are all from New Zealand, some of my best memories of travel, of food, of happiness (really!) seem to have been in New Zealand. My opinions might be skewed by how much fun I had on the trip, but, certainly at the moment, I can't get enough of the land of the long white cloud. I'm plotting and scheming to get back there this year, watch this space. Anyway, I jumped at the chance to do a short interview with Penny Sage's lovely designer Kate, about her newest collection 'To The Wonder', its lovely, sun-dappled, sun-stained colourst, its hemlines designed for getting shit done and not worrying about your skirt flying up, its cosy knitwear - Kiwis do knitwear so well! - made for those winter mornings spent all by yourself. Winter is my season, and, at the moment, New Zealand my place. 

one. What was the inspiration for the collection? One day I passed through New Zealand's Desert Road and the sky was a beautiful mix of grays and faint lilac. I was taken by the textures of the snow falling and the tussock, pumice, rock and sand. After this trip I started to notice my everyday surroundings a lot more and how they echoed the colours and textures; an old nearby community hall painted entirely in gray hues; a succulent plant on my studio desk; and the way the light played against my living room wall as the sun set.  

two. What are your favourite pieces in the collection? I am pretty excited about wearing the Ravel jumper and cardigan which are due to arrive in the next couple of weeks. It's hard not to favour the knitwear; it's always really special to me because it's made from scratch and always so fun to work on. For the Ravel jumper and cardigan I wanted to create something that resembled the beautiful textures and colours on the Desert road. Different coloured yarns, some in slightly heavier weights were twisted together then knitted into beautiful fully fashioned pieces by the clever knitters I work with. 

three. Describe your perfect Auckland day. I love taking a drive away from the central area that I live and work in and going for a walk. There are so many beautiful spots in and around Auckland. I didn't grow up here so I'm still very slowly discovering the outskirts myself. One area I particularly love going to is the Waitakere ranges, there are heaps of great little walking tracks through beautiful native New Zealand bush- Fairy Falls is a favourite. I like stopping off at one of the weekend markets on the way to pick up something delicious like a salty Hungarian bread puff and some fresh fruit. 

four. What is one thing you can do in Auckland that you can't do anywhere else? You can travel a very short distance in almost any direction and be at a beautiful beach, reserve, or even an island and it feels like the city is far away.

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