Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Abercrombie's a Bitch

Abercrombie & Fitch, fitch please, bitch, hates fat women, Mike Jeffries, fitchthehomeless


Abercrombie's CEO Mike Jeffries recently stated that he wants to 'market to cool, good-looking' people adopting an 'exclusionary' policy to fulfill that ridiculous wish. They have decided to cut all XL and XXL sizes with the largest women's pant size being a 10. Reason: Mike doesn't want so called fat women from wearing his brand because Abercrombie should only target the 'cool kids'. This is what he says,

'We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don't belong, and they can't belong.' 

This is no playground 'you're too ugly to hang out with us' antic. I understand that there are differing opinions about body size and appearance which affects your day to day personal life. However this is imposed by a highly influential and global company, elevating it to another scale of wrong. 

For years, the fashion industry has been receiving backlash for over emphasizing that being skinny and Caucasian equates beauty. More recently, focus has been shifted to feature a wider cross-section of body types and skin types in order to reflect 'real women'. Initiatives such as the Vogue Italia Plus Size editorial spread and the rise of ethnic models (Jessica Gomes, Liu Wen, Chanel Iman) has helped to push a new perception.
However, the above is only portrayal but this issue goes deeper ... this is about policy. You can place a magazine in front of someone's face. They have a CHOICE whether to pay it any attention. But when you put up constraints and rules ... that choice is gone. It's bad enough that Abercrombie only 'hires good looking people' but now Mr Jeffries is taking the option away from people larger than size 10 to shop there. Isn't exclusion what society is trying to deviate from? Racial exclusion ... sexual exclusion ... body image & appearance exclusion. With this controversy, it seems like we progress one step forward only to be pushed 3 strides back.

What makes it worse is this regulation comes from a male. You see it would be easier in calling him a misogynist. We can dismiss all his claims because he's just a frustrated hater. Simple. But he doesn't hate women, in fact he likes them, but only of the skinny and 'beautiful' types. This is a prime example of shaping society on the views of influential men. Men who voice their ridiculous and outdated views (in this case, to exclude those not considered 'cool') and actually getting their wish.

The good thing is, we all have a choice. Many have made the point to ignore, humiliate or criticise. Mine is to laugh at Abercrombie. Because Abercrombie is that bitch in high school with her exclusive 'pretty' club who ends up falling from her high horse and smashing her head along the way. As their deteriorating sales stats show, that's exactly whats happening.

End rant

Friday, 24 May 2013

OUTFIT POST: Wallflowers

casperandpearl, missunkon, casper&pearl, P&P Crowns, Snupped, DIY floral crown, floral garland, street style, personal style, TeenVogue
casperandpearl, missunkon, casper&pearl, P&P Crowns, Snupped, DIY floral crown, floral garland, street style, personal style, TeenVogue
casperandpearl, missunkon, casper&pearl, P&P Crowns, Snupped, DIY floral crown, floral garland, street style, personal style, TeenVogue
casperandpearl, missunkon, casper&pearl, P&P Crowns, Snupped, DIY floral crown, floral garland, street style, personal style, TeenVogue

casperandpearl, missunkon, casper&pearl, P&P Crowns, Snupped, DIY floral crown, floral garland, street style, personal style, TeenVogue
casperandpearl, missunkon, casper&pearl, P&P Crowns, Snupped, DIY floral crown, floral garland, street style, personal style, TeenVogue


Knit: Miss Unkon ... Dress: c/o casper&pearl ... Crown: P&P Crowns (shop HERE
Shoes: Orbit ... iPad Case: c/o Snupped (shop HERE

Recently turning 17, I'm having this massive penchant of wearing innocent clothing as a means of clinging onto my last moments of youth. Not a groundbreaking age crisis and I see you rolling your eyes at my over dramatisation but keep reading, I'll get to the point.

After meeting Stacy Hendrickson from casper&pearl, I was gifted this whimsical white smock-dress bringing me to first world problem no1: Beautiful ... absolutely! Weather appropriate ... I think not. Seemingly sunny, Sydney is starting to cool down which now begs the topic of this entire post:

Summer styling into autumn styling. 

There is no written rule whatsoever that says one can't recycle-wear their summer wardrobe to make it fitting for winter. Experimental outfit after another, I came to the conclusion that white looked awesome against a palette of rich burgundy hues.
Tip: One can always layer a knit under a floaty smock (proof in pictures above).

Time to tackle first world problem no2: I was on a hunt for an iPad case that could double up as a small bag/clutch. This is where SNUPPED comes in. They design custom made tablet or laptop cases so if you're narcissistic, you can always get your face printed.
I chose not to self promote my floral crowns and instead opted for this expressive piece of work by Korean artist Minjae-Lee. Collaborations are aplenty at Snupped which means you can have an artwork printed onto your case (I recommend this!)

Wow, long post today. I congratulate you for sticking to the end :)

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Monday, 20 May 2013

casper&pearl @ SFW

Casper & Pearl, Sydney Fashion Weekend, Australian label, Adelaide

Casper & Pearl, Sydney Fashion Weekend, Australian label, Adelaide

Casper & Pearl, Sydney Fashion Weekend, Australian label, Adelaide
Casper & Pearl, Sydney Fashion Weekend, Australian label, Adelaide

Casper & Pearl, Sydney Fashion Weekend, Australian label, Adelaide

Casper & Pearl, Sydney Fashion Weekend, Australian label, Adelaide
From left to right: Mali Koopman & Stacy Hendrickson


Among the claustrophobic hysteria at Sydney Fashion Weekend, situated in D30 was a certain tranquility. Muted pastel tones, an abundance of flowers ... it was like stepping into a childhood daydream where we feed unicorns not horses.

The brains behind casper&pearl, Stacey Hendrickson fully embodies the essence of C&P. Gorgeous and softly spoken, she was a delight to meet. If you feel like this is deja vu, I have posted about this brand before HERE. Also, check out their BLOG to keep up with their lovely adventures.

Stacey kindly talks to us about her label:

1. How did your label begin?
I began casper&pearl about two years ago when I was eighteen years old, fresh out of high school. I had no idea what I was doing and had no idea it would turn out as big as what it is!  

2.  Describe your design aesthetic. 
I adore creating innocent and girly pieces. Anything 90’s inspired wins my vote, and I’m a sucker for bright colours. I’m designing outfits for that indie girl who steals clothes out of grandma’s wardrobe, and mixes it with the pieces she used to wear in 1996.

3. What are your inspirations? 
When designing a collection, I get an idea of a girl or a character in my mind. I imagine where she is, what she’s doing and what she’s wearing. I scribble in notebooks and turn them into tangible form. Our team member Mali Koopman inspires me a great deal as she just radiates innocence and culture. I also love reading blogs and flicking through old story books.

4. casper&pearl has really exploded! What would be one advice you would give to any young designer trying to break into the industry? 
Being important is nice, but being nice is more important. I’m good friends with most of my models and customers and I love to hand write notes to include in orders. I think that’s what girls are really responding to.

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Melissa CINE Launch

Melissa Shoes, AW CINE collection, launch party, Sydney Australia

Melissa Shoes, AW CINE collection, launch party, Sydney Australia

Melissa Shoes, AW CINE collection, launch party, Sydney AustraliaMelissa Shoes, AW CINE collection, launch party, Sydney Australia

Melissa Shoes, AW CINE collection, launch party, Sydney Australia
Melissa Shoes, AW CINE collection, launch party, Sydney Australia

Melissa Shoes, AW CINE collection, launch party, Sydney AustraliaMelissa Shoes, AW CINE collection, launch party, Sydney Australia

When I think of plastic shoes, my mind immediately drifts towards the iconic Melissa. Known for their comfort, innovation and of course, their many collaborations with top designers ... see Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gareth Pugh. Not to mention, they're eco friendly too as each shoe is created with a 'zero waste ethos' meaning 99.9% of factory water and waste are recycled.

Naturally, it was a no brainer for me to attend their new collection launch when I received an invite. This AW 2013 CINE collection is inspired by the 'art of motion picture'. It focuses on each golden age of cinema allowing the wearers to experience a particular mood from a different film period. Indeed a Melissa collection is not complete without a collab. This time, they invited Robert McGinnis, an American artist who designed some of the most well known posters of film history including Breakfast at Tiffany's and James Bond to create three signature images (see picture 1).

The 'Melissa Spikes', with its stick thin neon heel and spikes was definitely the night's stand out. What caught my eyes however were those glitter winged pumps projecting an innocent but daring vibe.

Just a shoutout to all the amazing staff in making the night a success and thank you for the invite.

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GYPSEA GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Thank you everyone who entered and thank you Gypsea for providing the swimwear.

Congratulations Amelia CT!!
Your entry (no. 13) on 17th May has been chosen randomly. 

You will be contacted through email in regards to shipping. Giveaway now closed. 

Just a reminder of what you'll be receiving: 


Thursday, 9 May 2013

Topshop at Met?

2013 Met Gala, Topshop, Jaime King, Ashley Madekwe, Nicole Richie, Julianne Hough, Amongst all the Valentino, Rodarte and Gucci, there was an unexpected brand of choice.

Dressed in Topshop (couture nonetheless) were Julianne Hough, Jaime King, Jourdan Dunn, Ashley Madekwe and Nicole Richie. I would be over the moon if one of my designs was worn to the Met Gala (in a parallel universe where I design Haute Couture) but to have showcased five ensembles ... Topshop CEO, Philip Green must be pretty happy with himself.

Of course, these decisions aren't made without commercialism in mind. Topshop is planning to sell those exact gowns in NY, LA, London and online in the beginning of September. Formal season is already upon us ... is it too risky to wait until September and pick one up for $630 - $1050? (Roll in the pre-orders!)

The theme was 'punk' in celebration of the museum's exhibit 'Punk: From Chaos to Couture' and indeed interpreted in many different ways. From baroque to lace, cascades of feathers to layers of tulle, here are some of my best picks from the 2013 Met Gala.

2013 Met Gala, Anja Rubik, Blake Lively, Valentino, Cara Delevinge, Burberry
2013 Met Gala, Anne Hathaway, Valentino, Rooney Mara, Givenchy

2013 Met Gala, Sarah Jessica Parker, Phillip Treacy, Alexa Chung, Erdem, Beyonce, Givenchy

Anja Rubik in Anthony Vaccarello ... Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere ... Cara Delevinge in Burberry 
Anne Hathaway in Valentino ... Rooney Mara in Givenchy 
SJP in Phillip Treacy headpiece ... Alexa Chung in Erdem ... Beyonce in Givenchy 


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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Don't Stress ... Bench Press

Nasty Gal, sports luxe, sporty, sport trend, sweatshirt, boyfriend jeans, wedge sneakers
Nasty Gal, sports luxe, sporty, sport trend, sweatshirt, bomber jacket, boyfriend jeans, wedge sneakers

Nasty Gal, sports luxe, sporty, sport trend, sweatshirt, boyfriend jeans, wedge sneakers

Nasty Gal, sports luxe, sporty, sport trend, sweatshirt, boyfriend jeans, wedge sneakersNasty Gal, sports luxe, sporty, sport trend, sweatshirt, boyfriend jeans, wedge sneakers, neonNasty Gal, sports luxe, sporty, sport trend, sweatshirt, boyfriend jeans, wedge sneakers, jerseyNasty Gal, sports luxe, sporty, sport trend, sweatshirt, boyfriend jeans, wedge sneakers
Nasty Gal, sports luxe, sporty, sport trend, sweatshirt, boyfriend jeans, wedge sneakers, neon















Picture Source: http://www.nastygal.com/

April Nasty Gal lookbook is the epitome of 'sports luxe'. With mesh tops, wedge sneakers and lycra bodysuits, this is perfect for high energy summer styling. Add in some crazy strappy sandals combined with perspex and you've nailed the 'luxe' aspect.
However if you are down south like me (and entering a bitter phase of blankets and beanies), these neutral separates are so easily paired with oversized outerwear. Cue the comeback of boyfriend jeans and bomber jackets.

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Saturday, 4 May 2013

OUTFIT POST (MBFWA): Perspex Mint

MBFWA Street style, personal style, Miss Unkon, Jeffrey Campbell, Fashion Week, Bardot, holographic

MBFWA Street style, personal style, Miss Unkon, Jeffrey Campbell, Fashion Week, Bardot, holographic

MBFWA Street style, personal style, Miss Unkon, Jeffrey Campbell, Fashion Week, Bardot, holographic

MBFWA Street style, personal style, Miss Unkon, Jeffrey Campbell, Fashion Week, Bardot, holographic

MBFWA Street style, personal style, Miss Unkon, Jeffrey Campbell, Fashion Week, Bardot, holographic

MBFWA Street style, personal style, Miss Unkon, Jeffrey Campbell, Fashion Week, Bardot, holographic





Photos by: Derek Cheung (https://www.facebook.com/drkimaging/) 

Top: c/o Oasap ... Skirt: Miss Unkon ... Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell 
Clutch: Bardot ... Watch: Swatch & Citizen 

It is now one month after the hustle and bustle that was Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. It was a week filled with the clip-clopping of heels, incessant fashion chatter and whole hordes of people more stylish than you.

Overwhelmed on the first day like a little year 7, I was desperately scanning all the cliques (buyers from The Iconic, Harper's Bazaar team, the renowned bloggers) for anyone I knew. Naturally, I knew no one. However as the week went on, numerous introductions were made, business cards exchanged and faces placed to a URL. It hit me that although I was an 'independent fashion blogger', in this industry it's quite impossible to be alone. 

Fashion week is a bit like high school. Except instead of teachers telling you what to do, it's the photographers telling you how to pose. Roll call is in the form of an industry registration desk complete with a pass to hook around your neck (and ruin the whole cohesion of your carefully planned outfit). Likewise you are assigned a name, a grouping and consequently defined by a bar code.

What surprised me was the energy! This exhilarating, intimidating, claustrophobic (and all the synonyms in between) vibe which everybody fed off, was definitely something I have never experienced before. Not even those crammed peak hour trains or the adrenaline rush from any aerial camp activity could have prepared me for this. Everyone was so alive and even if you were living off 4 hours sleep and 45 espresso shots, you sure didn't let anyone see that. 

Such is the irony because here lies my real 'job'. To sit at 9pm at night in my pj's and type. It's time to take off those deadly heels and attend to my blisters ... 

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

(MBFWA) Street Style

MBFWA, Fashion Week Australia, street style, S/S 2013/14, Carriageworks, Ginger & Smart

MBFWA, Fashion Week Australia, street style, S/S 2013/14, Carriageworks

MBFWA, Fashion Week Australia, street style, S/S 2013/14, Carriageworks, DRK Imaging

MBFWA, Fashion Week Australia, street style, S/S 2013/14, Carriageworks, DRK Imaging

MBFWA, Fashion Week Australia, street style, S/S 2013/14, Carriageworks, DRK Imaging
MBFWA, Fashion Week Australia, street style, S/S 2013/14, Carriageworks, DRK Imaging

MBFWA, Fashion Week Australia, street style, S/S 2013/14, Carriageworks, DRK Imaging

MBFWA, Fashion Week Australia, street style, S/S 2013/14, Carriageworks, DRK Imaging





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The runways are always half the fun at fashion week! Here are some of the weird and wacky to insanely stylish ensembles seen on the grounds of Carriageworks at this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

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