Monday, August 21, 2017

Lara Stone

The legendary Lara Stone embodies the central idea which underpins modelling as an industry, which is to act as a vehicle for designers, creative directors and editors and become the ultimate blank canvas, insubordinate to the clothes. However, by virtue of her body shape it would be difficult to argue Stone doesn’t influence the creative vision of those she works with. Whenever I recall high school, and the Sunday afternoons spent with a cup of tea flicking through glossy magazines, inevitably there are a few Vogue Australia campaigns in which Stone features. Those images are often raw, powerful and vivacious. While it doesn’t seem like a far cry to cast a busty, tall, blond white woman in campaigns, when she first exploded onto the modelling scene I can remember a distinct shift in the conversation on what a top model looks like. She’s featured on countless covers, walked for the crème de la crème of fashion houses and featured alongside the likes of Kate Moss.

What’s most intriguing about Stone, is her versatility. She beautifully portrays the shape and form of a strong and powerful woman, and at times bearing all, but with careful application of the right beauty products she seems otherworldly and somewhat celestial. From her modelling debut for the couture shows of Givenchy in January 2006, handpicked by Riccardo Tisci. As they say, the rest is history and although she hasn’t been quite as active since 2015, a cameo appearance as herself in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) cements Stone as a formidable figure within the realm of pop culture. A legacy of stunning photo shoots, candid photographs backstage, and to top it all off a calendar month in the 2011 Pirelli Calendar (photographed by Karl Lagerfeld) and ranking No. 7 on Forbes' World's Top-Earning Models list. Although I’ve revisited the careers of several top models within recent weeks, there are very few that hold a candle to Lara Stone. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Ever wanted champagne on a lemonade budget? Metaphorically speaking. If you answered yes you probably want to get your hands on some Gucci but your broke ass can't afford it. Don't worry, I find myself in the same boat, but also Missguided got your back. You too can rock embroidered snake loafers when lounging at home, or a pair of wicked heels if you love to bring runway fashion to the club.

Beach Wedding Inspiration

Undoubtedly, picking the perfect wedding dress is the most important part of planning your wedding, with more and more brides choosing gowns which fit their personality as well as complementing their natural beauty. If your planning the perfect beach wedding you can't go past a spaghetti strap dress with a figure-hugging bust followed by a long flowing chiffon skirt. Intricate lacework or embellishment can easily transform a very simple dress to something truly breath-taking, which emphasises the beauty of a woman’s neck and shoulders.

For brides seeking to make a statement, choose a stunning long sleeved dress with bare back and carefully placed appliques. The beauty and drama of those dresses is really brought to life when in a more natural setting, whether it be a beautiful garden or on the beach at sunset. The detail along the sleeves and backs of the dresses, whether they be lace or buttons can be just as beautiful as the detail on the skirt or bodice. For a sensual range of beach wedding dresses, check out Alessmode for a great range of delicate and stunning wedding dresses.

Something else to consider is what your bridesmaids will wear- your bridesmaids are either close friends who have seen you through some of your toughest challenges, or sisters with whom you share a close and intimate bond. While everyone tends to focus on what the bride wore, the bridesmaid dresses are also important, and need to fit in with the chosen aesthetic of your wedding. A two-piece is a cute alternative to the traditional bridesmaid dress, with a neutral colour palette a sure-fire way to match any wedding and earthy tones perfectly complementing a beach wedding. For more incredible bridesmaid dresses germany in a range of shapes, sizes and colours check out the bridesmaid dress online shop.

Fairy Floss

At what point should we stop playing dress ups? After kindergarten, or perhaps when we enter high school? I started to explore personal style during my teens and am proud to say I've never really stopped, although work uniforms have hampered my best efforts. If only it was practical to wear embellished high neck dresses or ruffled dresses made from lace!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Orange is the New Black

Wearing: Thrifted dress, Shrimps clutch and Asos flats.

Whenever I'm shopping online, which is pretty much whenever I've got my phone I am constantly searching for the thing that no other girl has, preferably a one-off piece elevated through social media. However there's something about the colour orange that designers either find so unappealing or are simply oblivious to. It's so difficult to find either a really beautifully made leather purse or knock-out dress in the colour orange and it's not just designers, it's the high street too. When searching on eBay I am continually disappointed by the range of cool orange clothes, with many dull shades or red or musky pinks worming their way into my search results. So if anyone is selling a Shrimps orange coat, from their first collection and worn by my personal style hero Susie Bubble, hit me up. Until such time I do secure some orange pieces within my wardrobe, consider this my ode to the colour.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hari Nef

An actress, a model, writer and activist. Unlike many of her modelling contemporaries Hari Nef embraces her differences, but doesn’t define herself on modelling alone. Through listening to her interview with Jay Buim for Oh Boy, a podcast presented by Man Repeller, I realised having so many different and varied roles isn’t as glamorous as it might seem. What did become apparent was a strong work ethic, speaking passionately about her appearance on the second season of Transparent, an original TV series by Amazon Prime, which hit screens in 2015. Before that Hari Nef made her runway debut walking at New York Fashion Week cast by Hood By Air and Eckhaus Latta for their Spring 2015 collections. She’s since graced the catwalk for Gucci, and more recently appeared alongside photographer Petra Collins and actress Dakota Johnson for Alessandro Michele’s first Gucci fragrance, Bloom. Her written work has been featured by publications like Dazed, Vice, Blackbook and Original Plumbing. Despite what is by all means an impressive CV, there is a certain pressure when you don’t know when you’ll next get work (something which I strongly relate to, and circumstances which can affect any of us). She’s a determined, and incredibly intelligent woman who is sure to go on to do great things.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


As much as I love fashion which is strongly informed by anthropology, patterns and geometry there simply isn't enough love for the natural world. In particular, the humble hydrangea, a plant which can change the colour of its petals, depending on the soil pH from which it grows.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rare Bird

Wearing: Romance Was Born dress, Shrimps coat, Anna Davern earrings and Dr Martens boots.

It's the equivalent to my Sunday best- donning a slinky silk dress and a fur coat and some rather over the top, but still quite festive earrings. Like anyone in their Sunday best, comfortable shoes are a must and when all else fails I know I'll still feel like myself in a pair of Dr Martens. At times it feels like a cop out (surely there must be a more fabulous pair of shoes hiding somewhere in my closet!) and at other times it comes as a massive relief to instinctively reach for a pair of those leather boots, slip them on, and head out the door. The dichotomy between something a rich old lady would wear and shoes more typically associated with poor uni students is something I love to play with. I can see why Christopher Kane included the world's ugliest shoe as part of a runway presentation, to break rules and liberate others.