'i just crave something warm, masculine that would give me a strong modern silhouette. i love how Clémence Poésy wears her clothes, always wrapped in a big scarf with a perfectly soft t-shirt. she embodies ease in dressing for me, simple pieces made interesting by perfect proportions and attention to detail. this is something i strive for in my dressing. i have this problem every year, i just find summer dressing too difficult, i have never been a summer dresser, i tend to find the fashions that are on offer too simple for my taste.'
- Everything and Nothingness blog
'particularly witty was a sporty collection from Kye which, playing on proportion, drew on a body-building aesthetic that transpired through the garment's details - so pockets became pecs and what would otherwise be cutesy jumpers depicted the wearer's insides. and we particularly liked Levi Palmer's cool and calm take on the cowboy with a Western-inspired collection of menswear in a pastel palette.'
- Vogue UK re Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Fashion show 2009
Norman McLaren's 'Pas de Deux' (1968):
- GIFT IDEAS: a tree (any kind, but must be ones that you can have at your house) / stationery (eg. personalised) / a pack of Chanel eye masks / black Wolford 'Velvet De Luxe' tights / sterling silver Parker pen / wine or champagne glasses / jewellery / DIY jam or chutney / ask friends to guess their favourite song – made a compilation CD / personal soaps / (flavoured) tea / roses (varieties)
- source seasalt hair spray (DIY?)
- styleportfolio.com / juanvidal.net / artdesignfashion.com/portfolio + artdesignfashion.com/textile / twitter(?)
- youtube Sunn 0))) – belulrol pusztit part ½ + blog images
- find a signature fragrance
- General Pants 'Bubble' site
- 4th dimension
(i) improvised work uniform - its hard to cater for scorching outside temperatures + icycle-inducing interior ones (Wrap me in Vintage pullover, Portmans skirt) / (ii) play uniform for some post office + home cleaning duties - i can't wait to wear this dress to the beach, its a little difficult to balance the silhouette out with anything on the bottom half, but it is way too inappropriately short at the back to wear in public (Therese Rawsthorne dress, Forever 21 pants)
(iii) same old - for a groceries trip (Karen Walker button-up, shorts from Garnsis boutique)
'Olivia listened to every word a person said, valuding each statement equally. for me, this was disconcerting, as most things i said were not worth thinking about at all, just filling in the air around our heads. but Olivia listened to conversation the way some people read the Bible, attributing to each separate trivial word a sacred importance.'
– p5, Ursula Dubosarsky – Black Sails White Sails
'i don’t know whether this film is simply a reflection of poor editing and/or creative direction, but i found this to be a very self-indulgent piece on behalf of Cathy Horan. if one puts forth the the question, what is the role of a journalist? then ultimately, at its most basic crux, it is to ask and inquire and present the facts. instead of an inspiring 5 minute film on Sarah and McQueen, it was a part homage to Cathy’s current view of fashion. this wasn’t a critical opinion piece so therefore the point of view of the journalist becomes much less important. it’s not their voice we want to hear, it’s the subject’s. and in this case Sarah’s perspective on her own work certainly got lost in part of a little bit of preaching.'
- re: What Would McQueen Do? @ BOF
my kind of jewellery (Delfina Delettrez via her website, Yoox, Opening Ceremony):
The Essentials according to Tom Ford:
1. the perfect pair of dark denim jeans 2. a sense of humour
3. a daily read of an intelligent online newspaper 4. good manners
5. Aanail clipper
7. magnifying mirror
8. a beautiful toothbrush
9. a bottle of mouthwash
10. a good cologne that becomes a signature
11. a well-cut dark suit 12. a pair of classic black lace-up shoes
13. black loafers 14. a blazer 15. lots of crisp white cotton shirts
16. always new socks and underwear - throw the old ones away every six months
17. a classic tuxedo 18. a beautiful day watch with a metal band
19. a beautiful evening watch with a leather strap
20. the perfect sunglasses
21. a good bed, crisp sheets, down pillows, and a down duvet
22. perfect teeth - if you don’t have them, save up and have them fixed
- all the quotes preteen girls write on Facebook about 'being a woman':
'girls are like cell phones, they like to be held and talked to, but press the wrong button and you're disconnected. guys are like buses, if you miss that one, another will be along soon.'
shit like that
= girls are like cell phones, they have a 2 year contract and by the end you wondered why you ever wanted that phone in the first place
= -cough- pay-as-you-go -cough-
- 'love is like a butterfly. let it go, and if it comes back to you, then it was meant to be.'
= butterfly wings added to inventory
- 'laugh as much as you breathe'
= although you might end up with ripped abs, you would also suffer insomnia, be disregarded as a nutcase, and ultimately become terribly depressed, which would comopletely go against the 'meaning' of the quote. this shit is just poorly thought out.
serendipity in my frontyard:
end-of-year dancing concert finale costume:
student festival of fashion:
what is colour?
'an intensity, a temperature, a clash, a harmony' and how do you use it?
'when it asks' what is black?
'an absence, a presence, a mood, a mantle' what is red?
'a blush, a flush, a fever, a command' what is skin?
'a protection' what is fabric?
'a medium' what is texture?
'a result of time'
Thiepval Memorial grounds, France:
sitting on the side of a stage watching a friend perform:
a friend's surprise birthday at the harbour:
a friend's zoo-themed birthday:
my street during the annual cyclone season:
during A Day to Remember:
what is construction?
'a means to an end' what is function?
'a reply to a need' what is art?
'a need to reply' what is craftsmanship?
'a fruit of time' what is clothing?
'the final layer' what is fashion?
'a series of propositions' what is recycling?
'another chance' how does recycling fit into your work?
'by nature' how does a concept develop at Maison Martin Margiela?
'time, a question, a reply' how does a concept develop at Hermes?
'time, another question, another reply' what would you like to develop? besides clothing?
'an understanding' what words do you live by?
- Maison Martin Margiela for View on Colour, 04/02/1998
Polari is a form of slang used in Britain by actors, circus and fairground showmen, criminals, prostitutes, and by the gay subculture. there is some debate about its origins, but it can be traced back to at least the 19th century, and possibly the 16th century.
ajax - nearby (from adjacent?) / barney - a fight / bijou - small/little (French word for "jewell") / bona nochy — goodnight (from Italian "buona notte") / buvare - a drink (from Italian "bere" or old-fashioned Italian "bevere") / cats - trousers / cove - friend / dally - kind / meese - ugly (from Yiddish "meeiskeit") / meshigener - crazy / naff - awful / vogue - cigarette / zhoosh - style hair
Leonardo da Vinci's to-do list:
- **the measurement of Milan & suburbs*
- a book that treats of Milan & its churches, which is to be had at the stationer's on the way to Cordusio
- the measurement of the Corte Vecchio (the courtyard in the Duke's palace)
+ the measurement of the Castello (the Duke's palace itself)
- *get Messea Fazio (a professor of medicine & law in Pavia) to show you about proportion
- *get the Brera Friar (at the Benedictine Monastery in Milan) to show you De Ponderibus (a Medieval text on mechanics)
- Giannino, the Bombardier, re. the means by which the Tower of Ferrara is walled without loopholes (!?!)
- ask Benedetto Portinari (a Florentine merchant) by what means they go on ice in Flanders??*
- *draw Milan*
- *ask Maestro Antonio how mortars are positioned on bastions by day or night
- the crossbow of Maestro Gianetto
- *find a master of hydraulics and get him to tell you how to repair a lock, canal and mill in the Lombard Mannersun
- the measurement of the sun, promised me by Maestro Giovanni Francese
- *try to get Vitolone (the Medieval author of a text on optics) which is in the library at Pavia, which deals with the mathematic
i've always wanted a peg leg. it's a boyhood thing i never grew out of. no, i'm not being flippant. i mean, i've given this a lot of thought. if you have a peg leg or hooks for hands, you know, maybe it's enough to simply carry on living, you know, bravely facing life with your disability; it's heroic just to survive. but without these things, you're actually expected to make something of your life, achieve something, earn a raise, wear a necktie. so if anything, i'm actually the antithesis of Ahab because if i did have a peg leg i'd quite possibly be more happy, more content and not feel the need to chase after these creatures of the unknown.
- X-Files 'Quagmire' S03E22
'..for the marjority of people, marriage-ending conversations happen only once, if at all. if you choose to conduct yours on a mobile phone, in a Leeds car park, then you cannot really claim that it is unrepresentative, in the same way that Lee Harvey Oswald couldn't really claim that shooting presidents wasn't like him at all. sometimes we have to be judged by our one-offs.'
''why don't you play Cluedo with us, Mummy?'
and i do, until tea time. and after tea, we play Junior Scrabble. we are the ideal nuclear family. we eat together, we play improving board games instead of watching television, we smile a lot. i fear at any moment i may kill somebody.'
- p64, How to be Good - Nick Hornby
'when i look back, i think that being a little naive was actually a positive thing, because i had no fear. sometimes, when you know too much, you can overdo it.'
- p32, Phillip Lim some people caution against going out on your own too early, but you had a big job at a young age. do you think, under certain circumstances, it's okay to skip a long apprenticeship? and how do you compensate for it?
'yes. look at Proenza Schouler. those guys totally have a grasp of their craft, but they're still learning, and you can see it in the way they push themselves every season. Zac Posen is the same way. there's nothing wrong with being young and successful, and young people sometimes have a better way of looking at the world.'
- p39, Patrick Robinson: Gap's Head Designer, The Teen Vogue Handbook
2 neon and tie-dyed oversized tops that i found at an op shop today, to help battle this crazy summer heat
'when you're growing up in a small town, you don't know that the rest of the world isn't like that. i had no reason to leave Yorkshire; i wasn't trying to get away - i just knew i wanted to see more of life.
i'd never felt particularly British. but the funny thing about spending a long time abroad is that it makes you feel more British.
overseas, people know the English accent if you sound like David Niven, but if you don't sound like that, as far as they're concerned, you coud be Australian. so you spend a lot of time talking about where you come from. you're almost giving yourself a crash course in who you are. you get more of a sense of yourself, somehow, than you had when you were back home, surrounded by people who are similar to you.'
- p39, Harland Miller: Artist and Author
'my father often used to talk about that old proverb, 'even a stopped clock is right twice a day'. in other words, everybody you meet has something to teach you - if you take the trouble to find it. the most unlikely person can enlighten your life. that's tremendously important for the self-worth of the people you meet, as well as your own.
there are all sorts of ways in which we're not equal, but we are all equal in what we can strive for. when i interviewed Senator Robert Kennedy back in 1968 - the last interview he gave before his assassination - i asked him how he would like to be remembered. he replied, 'well, there is a line of Albert Camus that says, 'this is a world in which children suffer.' i'd like to have made a contribution to lessening that suffering.' Kennedy spoke a lot about making a contribution. he used to say, 'for if we do not do this, then who will do this?' it's so simple: if you have a talent, you have a duty to use it to the full.
making a contribution and making a difference - they should be linked - is not only something that famous people can do, or that dead politicians can be quoted on. it is something that everyone can do in their own lives..'
- p41, Sir David Frost: Broadcaster and Producer
things to hate - CUM-an iritating form of speech:
a moratorium must be imposed on the artist-cum-musican. the hotel-cum-gallery, and the pub-cum-restaurant. simply, on CUM. this three-letter preposition-cum-conjunction has stolen the limelight from the once omnipotent slash (eg. model/actor). linguistically, CUM is the latin word for 'with', as in 'magna cum laude'. in colloquial English, it has taken the form of either preposition of conjunction. the conjunction form suffers the most abuse. recent outings include: bass-cum-keystar, boxer-cum-carpet cleaner, and cum-technology-cum-ecology - as found in The Guardian, of all places. by retiring CUM and saying what one actually means, sentences will find themselves inherently more handsome.
how would you describe society in New York?
'there's something about the density of it. the fact that its density produces a kind of care and concern and emotional investment in every aspect of the urban fabric in a way that doesn't happen in any other American city. it's still a city that's remarkably easy to get around in. you're pushed together with so many different kinds of people. there's the immense diversity, and at the same time the ability to run into people you know throughout the course of your day in different parts of town. no matter how much New York changes, it feels somehow aunthentic to itself.'
- p217, Peter Eleey, Fantastic Man magazine SS11
5 year old Sportsgirl singlet, Forever 21 pants / Wayne Cooper dress, Forever New belt, Dotti sunglasses
my summer diy inspiration boards:
images courtesy of: Sass & Bide SS12 / Jil Sander Fall 2000 campaign / A Pair & a Spare blog / Dries Van Noten 'Not in our Name' in SOUL i-D Edition 1 / Elizabeth & James 'Pop Artist' shirt / Louis Vuitton FW09 / We Killed Couture blog / J Crew / unknown / Tory Burch
Miansai menswear / A Pair & a Spare blog / Aldo 'Killion' shoe in Style Scrapbook blog / Honestly WTF blog / A Pair & a Spare blog / This is my Wonderland blog / unknown / Adam Resort 2012 / Teen Vogue June/July 2011 / Style.com / Tom Binns / Acne SS12 / Russh Magazine / The Sartorialist blog
The Sartorialist blog / unknown / unknown / unknown / unknown / unknown / unknown / Christopher Kane SS12 / Gail Sorronda 'Clinic' dress in 'Stem the Flow' SS12 / Karla Spetic SS12
The Chic Muse blog / Michael Ragen on Lookbook.nu / Biz C on Lookbook.nu / Sara Phillips SS12 / The Sartorialist blog / J Crew / ASOS / My Daily Glamour blog / Stella McCartney / Dries Van Noten SS11 / Tom Scott SS11 / The Sartorialist blog
i have finally gotten around to cleaning out some of my more unworn items and uploaded to eBay.
i have included a selection below - includes Gail Sorronda, Deadly Ponies, some books and many other well known Australian brands.
some of the pieces i really treasure, but would prefer them to go to homes that will show them more appreciation. + i don't think i'll have the capacity to work next yera due to studio contact hours for uni, so i need to work up some $ while i can.
fortunately, i had my second last exam yesterday and decided on complete comfort while getting dressed.
unfortunately, the Chanel opening was the same day and as i resembled a boy / my outfit pretty rural-looking, i didn't allow myself to go near.
i have finally gotten around to signing up for Bloglovin - you can follow me here
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'so often it’s the case that when two people get together to create, if they're on a similar wavelength, the results are much greater than they would have been otherwise. in essence, a great conversation is an example of collaboration, so is parenting..car-pooling even. collaboration is a word which is bandied around a lot, but if you have a look at your own life, i’m sure you’ll see loads of examples of where it makes all the difference'
- Dumbo Feather Magazine
a weekly trip to the markets held in my street / a night spent at a Blues Festival with some friends:
'i wanted to write modern love songs, sing all kinds of love – old love, young love, complicated love, happy love, sad love, carnal love, yearning love, hanging-on love, hanging-in love, out-of-control love, love gone wrong, love pretty right, love between friends, love among families, love of hime, love of the unknown, love of clan, love of enemies, love of drinking, love of oblivion, love of pain.
it seemed to me that any love story between a man and a women (or boy and girl) always had more than two people involved. in real life there were exes, rivals, children, stepchildren, sibligns parents, in-laws, friends. my songs began to get crowded.'
'Other Reasons to Live (Besides the Ones You Love):
Act Three of Der Rosenkavalier / Bondi Beach / Cezanne’s watercolours / Elvis, twenty years old, singing ‘Blue Moon’ / kicking the football in dying autumn light / 'Ode to Nightingale’ / rain on the roof / roast lamb with rosemary and garlic / the first beer after hard work'
'Nonna gave me a great piece of advice. she told me to breathe in and out slowly and deeply if i was nervous before going onstage. i use this all of the time. so far my voice was held up well, though i still have a ways to go yet. Nonna was knocking ‘em dead in the nursing home with ‘Ave Maria’ in her nineties. she was practically running the place by then. i suppose one shouldn’t say ‘knocking ‘em dead in the nursing home’. but that just about sums it up.
strange to say, over the years i’ve become a bit of a crooner.'
– p253, Paul Kelly - How to Make Gravy
however, in saying all of that, the following article made me giggle and nod my head in agreement.
someone had to say it:
'Sex and the City 2 takes everything that i hold dear as a woman and as a human — working hard, contributing to society, not being an entitled c*** like it’s my job — and rapes it to death with a stiletto that costs more than my car. it is 146 minutes long, which means that i entered the theater in the bloom of youth and emerged with a family of field mice living in my long, white mustache.
let us start with the 'plot.'
Carrie Bradshaw: at the end of the first SATC movie (2008) — after eleventy decades of chasing his emotionally abusive jowls through the streets of Manhattan — Carrie finally marries Mr. Big, the man of her shallow, self-obsessed dreams. it has now been two years since their nuptials. Carrie already hates it. she hates that he sits on the couch. she hates that he eats noodles out of a take-out box. she hates that he wants to spend quality time with her in their incredibly expensive and gaudy apartment. she hates that he bought her an enormous television. when Big suggests that they spend a couple of days a week in separate apartments (they own TWO apartments, because life is hard!), Carrie screeches, 'is this because i’m a bitch wife who nags you?' congratulations. you have answered your own question.
Miranda Redhairlawyerface: Miranda is a lawyer who has red hair. she also has a child. as a working woman, Miranda is forced to miss every single one of her child’s incessant science fairs (as though children know anything of science!). also, her lawyer boss is a cartoon dick. Miranda quits her job, and everyone is much happier. this is because women should not work. It is terrible for the children.
Charlotte Goldsteinjewyjewsomethingsomethingblatt: life for Charlotte is unbelievably difficult. as a wealthy stay-at-home mom with two children and a live-in, full-time nanny, she sometimes has to bake cupcakes! also, one time her little child got finger paint on a piece of vintage cloth. therefore, Charlotte cannot stop crying. 'how do the women without help do it?' Charlotte (crying) asks Miranda. 'i have no fucking idea,' Miranda replies. then they toast their disgusting glasses of pink syrup. to 'them.' to the 'women without help.'
Samantha Jones: we are never to speak of this.
in order to escape their various imaginary problems, our intrepid foursome traipses off to dark, exotic Abu Dhabi ('i’ve always been fascinated by the Middle East — desert moons, Scheherazade, magic carpets!'). when they arrive, Carrie, because she is a professional writer, announces, 'oh, Toto - i don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore!' each woman is immediately assigned an extra from Disney’s Aladdin to spoon-feed her warm cinnamon milk in their $22,000-per-night hotel suite. things seem to be going great. but very quickly, the SATC brain trust notices that it’s not all swarthy man-slaves and flying carpets in Abu Dhabi! in fact, Abu Dhabi is crawling with Muslim women—and not one of them is dressed like a super-liberated diamond-encrusted fucking clown!!! oppression! OPPRESSION!!!
this will not stand. Samantha, being the prostitute sexual revolutionary that she is, rages against the machine by publicly grabbing the engorged penis of a man she dubs 'Lawrence of My-Labia.' when the locals complain (having repeatedly asked Samantha to cover her nipples and mons pubis in the way of local custom), Samantha removes most of her clothes in the middle of the spice bazaar, throws condoms in the faces of the angry and bewildered crowd, and screams, 'I AM A WOMAN! I HAVE SEX!' thus, traditional Middle Eastern sexual mores are upended and sexism is stoned to death in the town square.
at sexism’s funeral (which takes place in a mysterious, incense-shrouded chamber of international sisterhood), the women of Abu Dhabi remove their black robes and veils to reveal — this is not a joke — the same hideous, disposable, criminally expensive shreds of cloth and feathers that hang from Carrie et al.’s emaciated goblin shoulders. Muslim women: under those craaaaaaay-zy robes, they’re just as vapid and obsessed with physical beauty and meaningless material concerns as us! feminism! f*** yeah!
if this is what modern womanhood means, then just veil me and sew up all my holes.'
i am probably the last Brisbane blogger to finally purchase a Joshua Hall 'helix' cuff, though i'm super glad that i did. it seems to balance out super-feminine looks so that they are slightly more digestible.
though i fear i have some sort of ear deformity as i find it quite uncomfortable..does anyone else find this?
'if you were stranded, or homeless, or if the house burnt down, what’s the one thing you’d keep? it’s a great question. it’s a question that leads to so much whittling down of things. once you whittle down, where do you stop? artist Susan Mullaly posed the question to a bunch of people in Waco Texas and photographed the results. many are homeless or disenfranchised, for various reasons.
Fred Albreight is a homeless carpenter: 'i pick up stuffed animals all the time, i got a truck in here too. i found him, this little dog in a dumpster down in the projects in the South Side while i was pickin’ up cans. the reason i picked it up is because whenever i see a little child i give it to him. that’s why i collect them.'