Saturday, August 30, 2014

DI$COUNT UNIVER$E MBFWA 2014




I don't know what I've been doing for the last couple of months because I somehow managed to forget to blog about the Di$count Universe collection? Which is ridiculous because they were by far the highlight of the whole event and noted by various media outlets. Of course there are some who probably weren't impressed by the sparkling array of sequined dresses but as an artistic expression I think we can all admire designers Nadia and Cami's vision for the brand and their continuing evolution. They've introduced more texture by balancing heavy sequins with lycra to create some skin-coloured leggings embellished in handmade tatoo designs as well as skin-tight crop tops and long draping dresses. Colourful fur stoles were also introduced to add depth and volume to the runway look but it's the full-length that really showcase the workmanship of these pieces.

This was by far the biggest, most bombastic collection yet undoubtedly helped by international recognition and publicity from the likes of Miley Cyrus wearing a Di$count t-shirt spotted a few months ago.
One can only hope that they go on to bigger and better things for their next collection and they continue to experiment and breath new life into what can be a monotonous Australian fashion industry.
*Photos by Matt Jelonek for Di$count Univer$e

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Give me a head with hair

I'm not sure if I mentioned it before but I'm getting a bit of a haircut this week so I made a little moodboard. I'm equally excited and terrified because changing my hair colour is the quickest and easiest way to drastically alter my appearance. And if I don't love it I'll be reminded of it every time I look in the mirror. Don't worry though I'm not going to chop my long locks off as short as the models in this photographs. Instead I will slowly kill my hair with many different dyes and only cut what needs to be cut. I've needed a good cut for a month or two now but these things are always something I manage to put off. If you could send some good vibes my way this Thursday it would be much appreciated, the last time I dyed my hair was when I was sixteen and it turned out awful.

1- MARC JACOBS FW 2014. 2- Maisie Cousins. 3a- Johnny Depp testing out his”new” hands, b. 4a- Chloe Sevigny on Buffalo Zine, b- Pulp Fiction (1994), c- Mikael Jansson, Karen Elson, Arena, J/Feb 2000. 5- Polyesterzine. 6- Fei Fei Sun in Americana Manhasset Campaign FW 13/14. 7a- American Vogue December 1997, photograph by Clifford Norton, b & c.  8- Kelly Macdonald in Trainspotting (1996). 9- Claire Danes via. 10a- Fallen Angels (1995) - Behind the scenes, b- ヘルタースケルター (Helter Skelter, 2012), c- Twin Peaks (1990). 11- The Coalition Mag #2. 12- OOB Magazine.

Monday, August 25, 2014

post tropical





Wearing: Romance was Born dress, Cue skirt, American Apparel socks and Rubi shoes platforms.

Lately I've been thinking about the changing aesthetic of my Tumblr dashboard, art journals and paintings in general. Now I do not do painting and I stopped doing art in my senior years of high school in the pursuit of science and until recently I had not regretted it. I always thought to myself  "Oh if I really did want to do that so badly I would have enrolled in a class for it on like a weekend or something". And of course I never have and I continue to exist in my own little weird world quite happy most of the time but often when I admire the craftsmanship on a piece of clothing, or the intensity of a colour well I get all depressed about it. I don't have the skill set or technique to be able to articulate my own interpretation of that item or lighting or object and it honestly makes me a little sad that I don't have enough time to hone a craft and become really good at something. This outfit was kind of fueled by this certain kind of frustration.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Melbourne Art Fair 2014

















Wearing: Dangerfield soupy dress and socks, American Apparel shirt, thrifted crochet jacket, POMS earrings and necklace, dog brooch from ginettepomette (etsy), buttons from Melbourne Art Fair and Harrison T-bars. Today's post is a little bit different. On Sunday I went to the Melbourne Art Fair at the Royal Exhibition Building and saw some art so I thought I would post the photos I took there. Initially I just wanted to go because Melbourne-based artist and regular Rookie contributor Minna Gilligan was running the 'creative space'. That's the activity room for kids complete with National Geographics, vintage books, pencils and textas to make your very own Minna-inspired collage. I gave it a go but I was more interested in the works of others, as well as the eight new works Minna  created in honour of the event. We chatted briefly but at the same time her family had arrived so we didn't get to talk much. Even though it was the last day of the event and there were only two designs left, I got the 'Go with your Heart' button from her though and I really love the design on this. It's a nice mantra to keep in mind when making art.

One of the attendants chatted with me afterwards about making collages and how it takes a whole day to make one really good collage and I agree! I thought maybe there was something wrong with me or I was just being lazy but it's nice to have someone else speak their mind on the creative process. I'm very interested in making my own collages and stuff, but I've noticed that everything is very linear and process-oriented so I was hoping to get some inspiration for future works. I was looking at exhibits picking up business cards,
brochures, buttons and just about anything I could get my hands on for almost five hours- and I picked up a lot of material to use for my art journal. These are the rest of the photos I took albeit a little but jumbled.















Tuesday, August 19, 2014

it's hip to be square

During semester break I would normally take the time to tidy my room and decorate it but since I went on camp, in a way, I lost that time. It's only now that I am swooning over pastel houses or obsessing over creepy suburban girl's bedrooms and watching certain sequences from Edward Scissorhands. I've been thinking a lot about my experiences from high school, the good and the bad and sometimes imagining what it could have been like. It makes me feel kind of sad that when I reflect on that period of my life I have so few actual memories and a lot of it feels like time wasted but it's nice to cheer myself up about these things by making moodboards. I wanted to combine those pastel colours with the blocky architecture of buildings inspired by designs from the 1960s and 1970s to make the ~ultimate~ inspiration post. But the truth is I don't think it's possible to include every photograph that inspired by this. It's better left unfinished so I can come back to this.

1- Beach Houses from Teenage Stories by Julia Fullerton-Batten 2005. 2a- DEVO at Knebworth Rock Festival, Feeling Magazine in 1978 & c- The Simpsons. 4a- Style Rookie, b- Hotel by Callum Morton. 5. 6a- unknown. 7a- John Divola, b- Akris Fall 2011. 8- all unknown. 9- screencaps from Grease (1978). 10- Madge in Desperately Seeking Susan, the video for Lust for Life by Girls, unknown, and Brenda Walsh. 11a- Rookie Mag, b- "Underwear" by Julia Fullerton-Batten - 2005, c- unknown. 12a- Style Rookie, b- Ghost World by Daniel Clowes, c- unknown 1950s pink bedroom design. 13- screencaps from Pretty in Pink (1986). 2b, 3a & b, 6b- Balenciaga Fall 2010 details.