Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sew Tribal

Well after viewing all the tribal, tropical and geometric prints of NY and London Fashion Week, I felt compelled to dig out some of my own cool, similarly-patterned fabric and try and turn it into something:

Note that this isn't actually part of my Brixton collection of fabric that I keep going on about, as I was too scared to cut into my precious African fabric until I know exactly what I want to do with it. Rather, this is an old vintage jersey fabric that I've had stashed in my fabric hoard for years. 

What do you think of the print design?

Stay tuned for the outcome!

Fashion Week Faves

This is of course that time of the year: Fashion Week Spring/Summer ‘12 season. The big buyers, editors, celebrities and general fashion jet-set and hangers-on are currently finishing up at Milan Fashion Week, following London earlier this week and New York the week before.

Next stop is Paris but below I’ve listed some of my fave pieces from the catwalks so far.

One of my favourite kooky British designers is Ashish who continues his theme of hyper-embellished psychedelic-patterned sequinning. This season’s collection seems to be particularly inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

Source: The Daily Mail, Fashion 156

Note: These faves of mine are in no particular order…I’ll leave it to the Fashion Editors to analyze trends more thoroughly but there are a few little notes I made for trends that I couldn’t help but notice. Eg. note the return of colour-blocking for next summer and a mixture of bold  floral and geometric prints that clash loudly together.

Van Gogh was also prevalent in the prints of Rodarte:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Out and About at Art and About

Ventured into Martin Place last night to attend the free Friday Night Live launch night that was part of the city of Sydney’s Art and About festival with my friends Craig and Hyojin. The festival runs for a month and includes all kind of cool free exhibitions, installations and events around the city so if you’re in town – I’d encourage you to attend!

We were mainly in it for the free music but also got to rub shoulders with the Lord Mayor and drink overpriced beer from the outdoor bar! Anyhoo, here’s what I wore (they’re all silly pics this time – I didn’t feel like being serious!):

- 80s Leopard Print Batwing Top (with shoulder pads removed) from Newtown Vinnies. Worn over:
- Black Silk Bias-Cut Kitty Slip by Nicki McClintock
- Random Black Leggings
- Black Perspex Necklace from H&M in London
- Black and Gold Zanita Clogs from Funkis 

At the festival:

Awesome friends Craig and Hyojin

 Paul Mac DJing

Mucking around with Hyojin

Friday, September 23, 2011

Reason I wished I lived in NYC #42: Daphne Guinness Exhibit at FIT

Last week, to coincide with New York Fashion week, saw the launch of the Daphne Guinness retrospective exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

The rail-thin and barking-mad heiress and style icon has loaned a chunk of her couture collection to FIT for an exhibition that pays homage to her unique and ludicrously expensive wardrobe. The launch party was of course studded with many doyennes of the fashion world and the exhibition features designs that she has collaborated on with designers such as Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Givenchy, Dior, Rick Owens and Lacroix.  Highlights include her many gravity-defying shoes and the mannequin’s hairdos styled to match Guinness’s own black streaked Cruella-inspired Coiffure.

The exhibition was created by Guinness herself and Valerie Steele, who was quoted as saying that the exhibition was extremely easy to curate as Ms Guinness had all of her clothing recorded and stored on a computer database. Hmm…reminds me a bit too much of Clueless.

Uber-petite Daphne was also quoted by the New Yorker magazine as saying she will “eat when I’m dead” which, oxymoronically will happen soon enough with that attitude! 

Anyway, as mad as she may be her style and creativity is irrefutable. If I had pots of money I’d like to think I would also permanently be attired as outlandishly as possible in underwear woven from the rhino tears and hats knitted from diamonds by Albanian Satanic Monks. As I can’t though, I will just look to Daphne’s exhibition for inspiration.  

Wish I was there! Fingers crossed it'll go on tour and we'll be lucky enough to get it in Sydney (probably in about two years time)! 

Daphne Guinness at Alexander McQueen’s funeral last year

Modeling for a Haiti fundraising Charity event at NY Fashion Week 2010
At the launch of her own exhibition last week wearing a gown by Hogan McLoughlin
And Below: Some of the awesomely uncomfortable shoes featured in the exhibition

Photo Source: New York Times

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Op-Shop Time!

Just a quick post to say I went op-shopping with my gay husband Dean today to try and find him a silly costume for the summer festivals (starting with Parklife the weekend after next-can't believe it's festival season already!). One always needs a good costume for festival season!

Anyway, we didn't have much luck finding him a costume but look at this cute turban-style hat I scored at Vinnies! Also found Dean Supercute spaceman helmet in the costume aisle of Spotlight but I couldn't convince him to buy it!...shame

Monday, September 19, 2011

Garden Party aka Drinky-poos in the Sun!

Given the beautiful weather in Sydney over the weekend, combined with our lack of funds for going out, my friend Alex and I opted to spend the afternoon drinking wine in my backyard.

Hence, Alex v kindly took these pics (though he refused to appear in any!) and you’ll have to please excuse the wine bottles and glasses in the background!

I’m wearing:
-          Dress from ASOS summer sale (£13 = awesome bargain)
-          Worn over black t-shirt and legging that I’ve had forever
-          Hat and sunglasses from Sportsgirl
-          Sandals from Payless shoes. Total knock-off of the Acne style from a couple summer's ago except that these ones fit me...and are affordable! Purchased with discount courtesy of a voucher from the gift-bags at Gisela Ramirez’s Runway show

Note that Gisela Ramirez has 50% off all spring-stock at her site for just three more days if you use the code SPRING2011 at checkout.

I really wish I’d snagged one of her cage Bondage skirts a bit earlier:

They’ve all sold out now! Damn. Given such a generous discount, I think I have to take advantage of this to purchase a pair of the superhero blue spandex leggings that I’ve had my eye on though. Eg. As seen on Frances Lockie of Corpulent  blog at Gisela’s runway launch.

Hurry! This deal expires 22/9/2011!

All photos of moi by Alex Bellemore of Some New Place.

Because We Love Beth

A bit of inspiration - just because, we all love Beth!

Miss Ditto in Christopher Kane from the Rainbow Resort 2012 collection at MAC Cosmetics Fashion's Night Out celebration in New York last week as part of Fashion Week: