Oct 29, 2011

BLANK



A blank page has always been the most promising of things. A fresh start to make a new mark. A chance to unleash you're creativity. It's also one of the most daunting of things. It's bareness so full of endless choices.

When I catch a glance of my sketch book lying around it stares back with judgement. It sits and waits impatiently. The pages so loud in their nothingness they ring through the black casing and spiral binding that keep them together. A pressure surfaces through the white noise. It urges me to make something good. Something worthy of a wall. But unable to shake it off I keep coming up blank. It felt like something drastic needed doing.

Then I remembered an article I read in Russh Issue 35 entitled The Artist's Way--A practical guide to making your mark in The Art Issue. I've read it through so many times. Danielle Top talks about her encounter with a self-help manual by Julia Cameron. But before you stop reading know that The Artist's Way is not famed as your average self-help book, though it may technically belong in the aile. It originally started as a course in New York during the 80's to help people at odds with their creativity and has since become a portable manual to 'focus on channelling one's creative potential.'

So apparently this predicament I'm in is referred to by Cameron as 'caught between the dream of action and the fear of failure.' What a ground breaker. According to Top, the book takes you through a program which helps to broaden and balance your experiences along with the perception of your artistic limitations.

Some of the course's key tools include making a list of things you'd try if you weren't afraid of being bad at them and a thing called Morning Pages. These pages are written daily from your stream of consciousness, three of them in total and first thing in the morning. Completely uncensored. Cameron believes that 'all that whiny petty stuff you write down in the morning stands between you and your creativity.' She might just be right. But to find out I'll have to order the book first.





Oct 27, 2011

ALL RAG & BONE







Rag & Bone's latest is brought to you by their ingenious DIY project. Meaning no stylist, no hair and make-up and no lighting. Just the girls, their jeans and a camera. As far as advertising goes it's as raw as it gets.




OUT 'n' ABOUT


I like girls with a certain rat-bag quality. The kind of intangible quality that allows you to skip the make-up and still look good eating a burger on the run. To buy clothes from thrift stores, to cut your own fringe in or to manage your schedule from a cafĂ©, all the while looking better for it. She's lovely, she's charming and she's known for being the sweet yet slightly glamorous rat-bag she is. Hitting this balance is not easy but the ones who do don't have to try.

It's obvious that Jeanne is one of my favourite modern day muses and of course Jane Birkin's qualities transcend time. But did you know that all three of our names come from the feminine form of Jean? And did you know that in French my name is pronounced the way Jeanne is spelt? It's nice to think you have something in common with people you admire even if it is just the name.


The Sartorialist
Vanessa Jackman




Oct 23, 2011

STRONG POUT

 

Yes but does she have a strong pout? I like Tom Ford's version of the most dramatic accessory for the focus of the face. Lipstick. It's such a powerful tool. Whether it be Nude Vanille or Spanish Pink to enhance your natural shape and luminosity, or my pick of True Coral and Cherry Lush for that buttery pop of colour. Lipstick is there to be enjoyed so let's use it to our best advantage.




Oct 17, 2011

STEVIE'S OYSTER


When I saw this editorial for Oyster Magazine issue #95 I thought how it looked quite Stevie Dance. You know what I mean... In Stevie's last address to Russh readers as Editor she said she had a need 'to go to Morocco to burn incense and taste fragrant oils in Italy and sail ships in my mind.'

I'm sure I wasn't the only one who felt that after six years her leaving Russh meant a personal, public and painful break up that hopefully would not be permanent. Though it's a relief to know she's out there taking that road trip from Nashville to Memphis with Will Davidson and Lindsey Wixson for company. Not a bad result either.




Oct 16, 2011

LONDON & MILAN

Paul Smith wore Patti's pants




Acne Marrakech 


Dolce & Gabbana Italian roots 


Missoni Dancing in Sardinia


Versace Donatella's moment


Blumarine outrageous indulgence


 Jil Sander visions of an icon


 
Prada all sweetness




Marni paradoxial precision


And now to London and Milan. A little delayed yes, though it's taken some time to process the thrill of the onslaught and that's not even accounting for how long it took to edit down this lovely bunch above.

Generally and in brief London wore the pants with a slightly more subdued tone than usual while it was no secret that Milan was out to enjoy the finer things in life with bold couture-minded collections. There was also an overall lean towards retro shapes and prints. And that meant flower power for all.


Style.com




Oct 11, 2011

GEARING UP



Autumn is well and truly here. This week I put on my Filippa K jacket for the first time since last winter. Suddenly ten degrees and below is freezing. In December my Swede and I are Australia bound so although the threat of winter is imminent so is the real possibility of sunshine and balmy nights.


Fashion Gone Rouge
Turned Out
Lula Magazine