Thursday, December 25, 2014

I have a Cleopatra Complex

Earrings: Aldo; Arm Cuff: Free People; Ring: Oak & Fort
Bracelet: Anne-Marie Chagnon; Ring: Oak & Fort; Necklace: Expressions
Ring: Banana Republic; Necklace: Vintage & BCBG; Earrings: Forever 21
Pear Choker: Vintage; Chain Necklace: Expressions; Layered Necklace: Free People; Amethyst: Kenneth Cole
Earrings: Aldo; Necklace: H&M; Cuff: Oak & Fort

I have a well-documented Cleopatra Complex. 

I like to be dripping with bling at all times. 

It is very empowering to purchase yourself jewelry. 

I recommend it to everyone.

Even the boys.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Race Day Fashion: Melbourne Cup 2014 & George Main Stakes Day

Melbourne Cup 2014

Nadia Bartel & Rebecca Judd
Ellie Lemons in Anthony Capon
Gigi Hadid in Alex Perry
Montanna Cox
Rachael Finch in Yeojin Bae 
Vydia Rishie

George Main Stakes Day - Randwick Horse Races


Ally Wallace Me, Christy Johns
Fascinators are Fun!
Dress by Willow; Shoes by Nine West


Can you believe how massive our fascinators are? They're the most ridiculous hats on earth!!

I have been in Australia for about 8 months now and shamefully have not been sharing the amazing Aussie fashion I have got to witness and experience here. The horse races are fashion prime time. It is the equivalent to going to the ballet in New York. Everyone puts on their best and has a fabulous time. Of course this is Australia so most people are trashed by the end of the day and so are their clothing. Aussies like to get their booze on! Don't we all?

My dress above I got from Australian label Willow. It has been my favorite label here so far. The tailoring and fabrics are wonderful, and as you know from my obsession with the Olsen Twins, those are my two top priorities when shopping. My other priority is of course to have heaps of fun! Aussie fashion is all about fun: bold colours, peek-a-book skin, sky high heels, over the top bling! It is uber feminine and very sexy. In fact, some of the clothing pieces I've bought here, I will be shy to wear back home! There is definitely a different standard for flashing flesh over here.

Posted above are my favorite looks from the big annual horse racing event The Melbourne Cup, along with some photos of my Aussie girlfriends and myself at a different horse racing event held in Randwick, Sydney.


Photo Credit: Vogue Australia

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Visual Artist's Dream: Diner en Blanc Sydney 2014


Michael Leon & Myself

Date: 29 November 2014
Secret Location: Centennial Parklands

Mon coeur!! I am so blessed to have managed to attend this amazing event in two different countries now (Canada & Australia). If you are unfamiliar with the annual uber picnic party "Diner en Blanc," which takes in the most epic scenic spaces in cities around the world, then you wouldn't be alone! 

Diner en Blanc is largely an invite only event. Only a small portion of tickets are released to the public, who must register to be notified of their online sale date. This year that online sale was over in 7 minutes as over 800 registered guests vied for 300 tickets. I was one of the several hundred who did not successfully attain one, but where there is a will there is a way! I managed to snag one 24 hours before the event through Gumtree. For most events this would not be a problem, but Diner en Blanc is both a logistical and aesthetic challenge, not for the weak at heart! Not only must you wear a palette of all white you must bring a white table, chairs, centrepiece, napkins (to wave), table cloth, etc... 

Assembling all these items on top of cooking or purchasing a fabulous feast is no easy feat! Luckily my date was a prop stylist and we were able to speed through the aisles of many stores purchasing all our items as only stylists do!

This event literally melts my heart. I wish that all of life could be this magical. Diner en Blanc is a Midsummer Night's Dream. It is poetry in motion and with the most elegant and friendly guests as well. Everything from the scenic spaces to the art installations to the classical music filling the air, creates a beautiful sensory overload. 

Posted above are some of the photographs I took of the evening before getting down to business er...dinner! As you can see this is an incredibly stylish event that brought out an impressive amount of creativity from Sydney locals.

You can read a fantastic review of the evening on Nigella's Blog



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear New York Fashion Week Trend Review

New York Fashion Week isn't over yet, but I don't care. I'm reviewing it now as it's fresh in my mind. Day 5 and Day 6 can deal with it.

I've just looked at about 20 shows and that's more than enough to decipher main trends, find a couple favourite designers for the season, and be disappointed by your previous favourites, because no designer is consistently and constantly amazing every season. I recently watched a TED Talk where Elizabeth Gilbert, Author of Eat, Pray, Love, talked about this issue that plagues the psyche of every creative person. Sometimes you write a brilliant book that Oprah pimps and it gets turned into a blockbuster hit starring Julia Roberts. And sometimes you write a book no one cares about. I would like to say this sort of thing is out of an artist's control, but I've been told that's the outlook of a depressed person. Instead I will say: Alexander Wang and my dearest Olsen Twins, you will always be my shining stars, despite your underwhelming Spring/Summer 2015 shows. And in light of L'Wren Scott's passing away earlier this year, please book a vacation at least once a year.

Moving on...

Introducing: The Showered & Employable Hippie


Karen Walker S/S15
Diane Von Furstenberg S/S15
Coach S/S15
Tomas Maier S/S15
Ulla Johnson S/S15
Rodebjer S/S15






Remember back in 2004 when Alfie came out and everyone went nuts over Sienna Miller and her lazy bohemian look? No, honestly it was really lazy. She never brushed her hair and she usually looked like she just woke up from a 3 day drug bender and grabbed what clothing was on the floor and left the apartment to walk her dog. That's mainly what she was photographed doing, anyways. 

Sienna Miller in Alfie
Kate Moss too was starting to get a huge amount of candid press and she also looked unkempt and generally drugged up with her unkempt, drugged-up boyfriend Pete Doherty. Go figure.

Kate Moss and Pete Doherty at Glastonbury
For some reason, these two sloppy Brits managed to give birth to over 5 years of non-stop bohemian obsession that dominated the runways and retail stores thereafter. I enjoyed it for about five seconds, and then I realized I like structure in my clothing and life, which is a bit anal retentive for a then 16 year old, but believe it or not I used to have goals and priorities. Fast forward to now, it looks as though designers are looking to have a bit of a hippie revival, but *not* a dirty hippie revival. In fact, you could probably wear some of the above looks to a job interview. Fascinating stuff.


Introducing: Shirt Dresses for Everyone! Yay!

Rodebjer S/S15
Nanette Lepore S/S15
Karen Walker S/S15
Zimmerman S/S15
Donna Karen S/S15
Altuzarra S/S15

While I am most excited about channelling my inner Farrah Fawcett, this trend was much more prominent and developed on the runways. Shirt dresses for one and all! No matter how juvenile, prude, sexual, or over-the-top glamorous you are, there is a shirt dress for you this season. I know it's not the most exciting wardrobe piece, but it's easy and typically machine washable so find solace in that. Other noteworthy runway trends this season so far: weird hats (I blame Pharrell), pointy flats, scarves, belts, draping/flowing/wrapping tops, and stripes. 

(Photo credit: www.style.com)

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Top Three Qualities of a Successful Fashion Intern

As part of the interview process I am currently completing for FLARE Magazine, I must complete a brief written assignment with a variety of questions. One of them being, "Explain three qualities a fashion intern must possess in order to be successful." Based on the shared experiences of others, what I learned during my interview with FLARE, and various online research I arrived at the below answers. I thought perhaps others might benefit from my sharing. I'll let you know how it goes *crosses fingers*

1.    Initiative


Anticipating needs and delivering results before they are requested is the single most important thing an intern can do for their supervisor. Interns are hired to make life easier for those they are assisting rather than being another drain on their time, which is why initiative is so important. Initiative means figuring out a way to add value from the start by filling a missing need, or coming up with a solution to a specific problem, or simply spotting small manageable tasks that can be quickly taken care of. When I left my previous position my boss told me that she was really going to miss having me around to anticipate her needs and warn her of upcoming tasks that required her attention. I was happy to know that I had served her well.


2.    Determination

Fashion is a demanding industry and in order to gain the most out of an internship, a fashion intern must give 110% effort in everything that they do knowing that not everything will always go smoothly. Not succeeding in getting everything right on the first try or as planned should not be an impediment for interns. Being able to persevere and get the job done while being receptive to constructive criticism is important. I hate to insert a cheesy cliché here, but where there is a will, there is a way!


3.    Professionalism

Interns need to be able to communicate effectively with others to execute their tasks and facilitate teamwork. Being able to ask questions and let someone know when they’ve run into a problem allows work to be accomplished more quickly and with less frustration. Communicating with tact is also very important. Fashion interns must often work in a fast-paced environment where good manners and considerate behavior can go a long way towards a pleasant and friendly work environment. This professionalism is also required when representing the organization to the public at large. Interns should leave others with the sense that they are dealing with a respectful organization that they can trust and regard highly.