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 like to be dripping with bling at all times. 

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. 

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Why Both Lady Gaga and I Need Fashion

FASHION Magazine February, 2014
I am in the midst of assembling an application package to FASHION Magazine for one of their summer internships and as part of the application I must critique their latest issue (February, 2014).

This I can do no problem. Just like most of the fashionably-inclined, criticizing has become second-nature for me. In fact, the moment I picked up this month's issue I thought to myself that it was a contender for the most understated magazine cover ever published of Gaga (albeit the prettiest and most relatable). I was also surprised a shot of her in one of her innovative eyewear pieces made the cover. Surely even those were too radical for the contrastingly demure FASHION Magazine brand. Well, it turns out they were. Bernadette Morra discloses in her Editor's Letter that she reluctantly let Gaga hand-pick the shot with "wacky glasses" after foreseeing an uphill battle with the pop singer (fun fact: most artists are insufferably dedicated to maintaining the integrity of their visions, myself included).

Now, as much as I like to pat myself on the back for having these sorts of hunches, I recognize that it comes with a price. The more trained the eye becomes to a particular pattern of execution, the less accepting and open-minded it remains to anything that deviates. In other words, I can't tolerate let alone appreciate most civilian fashion. Do you see what I did there? I just shunned almost everything the general public wears. And this is the curse of loving fashion: it's an industry seemingly built on elitism and no one escapes life completely unscathed by its unapologetic standards.

FASHION Magazine August, 2011: Lady Gaga's last cover with the magazine
And just as I begin lamenting about the impossibility of it all, I read Gaga's interview and am reminded of why I love fashion to begin with. "It was always the thing that made me feel like I could be anything, no matter what anyone said about gave me a sense of who I am." says Gaga in response to an inquiry on her draw to fashion.

I too have embraced the self-fulling prophecies of my own dress. I grew up painfully shy and insecure, but I learned to dress with confidence and then eventually it came. For most of my life my clothing has been my armour. It has allowed me to project the woman I wanted to become when I could not project it myself, just like Gaga, which is exactly why she fought for those crazy weird glasses on the cover. They're not just for the world to see; she needs to see them too.

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