Jul 28, 2011


It's those three words every kid dreads. Back to school. It's the worst. Code for summer holidays are soon over and your first day back is closing in. Stationery ads on the telly only made it worse, like we needed reminding. You could say I had a love hate relationship with Office Works--their back to school countdowns were not so subtle.

I went to an all girls school and we had a uniform which we tried in every way to abuse. Gluing our socks up, scuffing our shoes and shortening our tartan sport skirts. We also cuffed our shirts and sometimes neglected to tie our laces, wear our badges or straw-like school hats in public. Messy hair was key. Worn-in hats a must. No nail polish, no make-up, no jewellery was the rule. We painted our nails in white out because white out isn't nail polish. It's white out. And paper clips aren't jewellery, they're stationery supplies (so Hairy Bird a must watch film for teenage girls). Though we tidied up alright we always tried to inch our way into looking more and more undone. We understood looking effortless took effort and were willing to do the work. As far as our limited navy, brown and white's would allow us anyway. If I could fit into my tartan skirt, I'd probably still wear it.

Oh and how 'bout those patent leather heels on Ruby Aldridge? The white socks set it off nicely.

Photographed by Terry Tsiolis and Make-up by Rudi Lewis and Yadim Carranza. Stylist Tony Irvine selected pieces by Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, CĂ©line, Miu Miu, Mulberry, Y-3, Moschino and Burberry Prorsum. Images from Fashion Gone Rouge.


Jul 25, 2011


Look what came in the post today. They were packed up so beautifully by Erin Skipter and Anna Sergiou at The New Guard, bows and all. And now these velvet-suede booties and I will only part for rain or snow.


Jul 24, 2011

CELINE cool enough

She's done it again. It's safe to say Phoebe Philo's Celine is cool enough. There's no doubt that this French fashion house has hit it's stride under the British designer's reign though I'm not sure it's seen it's high as yet. I like Phoebe. I like her a lot. It is a rare designer who shuns the media and speaks her mind with such honesty. She hates being interviewed, doesn't buy into what's expected or need her name in lights. And nor does she like to use words like 'staples'. The brand aesthetic reflects her no frills, 'no frivolous bits and bobs' attitude towards fashion. Photographed by Juergen Teller his unfinished technique's lay strong reference to the 90's, the era Philo most identifies with.

"I guess that period informs me because of my age," Philo says. "I don't see how one can get away from that. When I was growing up, that was what magazines and books were all about. That was how people on the street were dressing. When I go through old i-Ds or other magazines, they bring back that time when I was 20 and I remember that image or soundtrack or holiday. It brings back a nice familiar feeling."

On her media unfriendliness;
 Philo doesn't tweet blog or communicate via Facebook. When she shows her collections, her backstage area isn't open to the media. "Once the show has happened there's no need to control any image," she says, "but I don't like the idea of people sending out images before we've even done it. We don't allow anyone to do that. I don't like all that 'model backstage standing around having her picture taken in a stupid pose'"

...I think that the clothes say it all much better than I can. I always find it strange after a show when everybody comes backstage and says: ''What was it all about'? It's like: 'You've just seen it. What do you mean?' My instinct is to say: 'What did you think? What did you get from it?'
To me, the show is quite a complete story. There's nothing more for me to say and, anyway, it doesn't matter what it was meant to say. It's out there. It can be whatever anyone watching it thought it was, surely."

"I absolutely love fashion. I love doing new things and finding ways to swerve in a different direction. But one of the reasons why I try to use fabrics and cuts that don't go out of fashion is because I like the idea of women buying the clothes and then...I don't know what the word is...cherish sounds over-emotional for a relationship with a piece of clothing...but for a woman to feel proud, satisfied, comfortable and powerful in them, to wear them and get on with their lives."

Cherish is a word I think a lot of women would use when describing the contents of their wardrobe's and even more so if it contained a piece of Celine. Ms. Philo you're far too modest.
Exerts taken from this article written by Susannah Frankel. For a review on the collection by Nicole Phelps visit Style.com.


Jul 22, 2011


This is way ahead of schedule as it's still warm enough outside for short shorts. But fashion being the pushy big sister she is, wants us to look ahead. Now that's not to say we have to listen though in this case I did. There's a visual thread that runs through this editorial that would only look right in it's entirety. The styling is somewhere between Annie Hall and 70's psychedelic in a mix of Gucci, Prada and Givenchy.

Alana Zimmer by Ben Toms for Vogue Russia's August issue styled by Katie Shillingford. 

Jul 21, 2011


Samantha Gradoville for Exit S/S11 by Benny Horne. I love Benny Horne. Home grown Australian talent.

Benny Horne Photography