Monday, 24 February 2014

NYFW Street Style

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,
NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,
NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,
NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,

NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,
NYFW F/W 2014/15, Street Style, Jeremy Scott, Prada,
Picture Source: http://www.vogue.com/

Winter dressing became a whole lot of fun at Fashion Week FW 2014/15. Seen on the concrete sidewalks were unexpected layerings of printed scarfs with blockcolour coats to quirky accessories in the form of knee-high socks and a fluro worker vest. Finally street style gold could not have been achieved without the reappearance of ski goggles circa FW 2013/14.
These pictures above are all evidence of how the fashion elite braved the cold - some with grace and others with pure light-heartedness. We can definitely take some style cues from these ladies in New York.

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

OUTFIT POST: The Red Centre

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil


Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Uluru, Kata-tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia, travel, vintage dress, outfit post, ootd, fashion blogger, red centre, red rock, red soil

Dress: Vintage 

I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land upon which these photos were taken, that of the Anangu people. I would also like to pay my respects to those past and present. 

I'm halfway through Kirstie Clements' autobiography The Vogue Factor which documents her time working 'from front desk to editor' at the Australian fashion bible, Vogue. One particular section caught my attention.
'No, this is really serious. We don't have the right shoe.' - Clements' discovered early on that 'if the shoe isn't right, then nothing is right.' So according to Vogue logic, this above shoot is a complete fail and against the rules of fashion. Not because I didn't have the right shoe, rather, I'm not wearing any at all.

But this is my justification: when shooting in a naturally blessed location, the simpler the styling so not to distract the surreal beauty of the place.
Uluru, although extrinsically stunning with its sunburnt body and acres of surrounding red sand plains, has an unparalleled cultural and spiritual significance. The monolith is considered sacred to Indigenous Australians as a place containing stories of creation and its associated knowledge of daily rituals, relationships, plants and animals.
This is something that I, an outsider, can only learn and appreciate, not truly understand like the Aboriginals. However, its spiritual power seemed to bounce off its walls - an energy that was both majestic and overwhelming. This was the vibe I wanted to capture in the fluidity of these pictures. A feeling of being grounded and so in harmony with the earth you can sense its communication.

So, that's my rebuttal. Bare feet and messy hair - achieved with no styling or products at all, just don't brush your hair when you take it out of a 6 hour bun. On top of that, I ditched a heap of man made accessories, replacing it with some sticks I found on the red soil.

Note: The above photos were not taken on prohibited land, in fact, they were shot on the side of the road. Therefore no flora or fauna were harmed or disturbed. The above photos are NOT for commercial use (that's right, I read up on the photography laws).

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Uluru & Kata Tjuta Photo Diary

Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre of Australia, red sand, Northern Territory, Ayers Rock



Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre of Australia, red sand, Northern Territory, Ayers Rock

Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre of Australia, red sand, Northern Territory, Ayers Rock

Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre of Australia, red sand, Northern Territory, Ayers Rock

Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre of Australia, red sand, Northern Territory, Ayers Rock

Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre of Australia, red sand, Northern Territory, Ayers Rock

Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre of Australia, red sand, Northern Territory, Ayers Rock

Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre of Australia, red sand, Northern Territory, Ayers Rock

Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre of Australia, red sand, Northern Territory, Ayers Rock

Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre of Australia, red sand, Northern Territory, Ayers Rock

I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land upon which these photos were taken, that of the Anangu people. I would also like to pay my respects to those past and present. 

The 'Red Centre' of Australia is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated places in this country. People frequently hop on planes to Cairns, Melbourne or Perth but rarely do I see Australians travelling to Uluru. Maybe it's because I hang around hardcore city dwellers.

Uluru (or Ayers Rock) is situated in the Northern Territory away from the chaotic screams of the major cities. I previously never got the hype of the big red rock until I laid my own eyes on it - indeed it was awe-inspiring ... majestic. Probably the least commercial place I have ever been to, everything there oozes a quiet spirituality. At home, I would have never hesitated to suffocate the nearest creepy crawly with my deodorant. But here, I do not dare to kill a fly (although they are a pain in the backside when they swarm around your eyeballs).
On top of that, the stars seemed to have aligned on this trip - Valentines Day, Chinese Valentines day, full moon on the lunar calendar and sensational weather. Coincidence or fate? Either way, we were very blessed.

The Indigenous Australians believe in sustainable living, in other words, surviving off the land for food, water and shelter. According to their traditional stories (the Mala story in particular), every crevice, cave and waterhole which make up Uluru was created for a reason. Every game they kill, plant they pick and seeds they sow serve a particular purpose. Because of this cultural relevance, my fellow travelers and I had to be extra careful about where we tread, what we collect and even the whereabouts to take our shameless selfies.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Alice + Olivia F/W 2014/15

Alice + Olivia, F/W 2014/15, collection, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, baroque, gothic

Alice + Olivia, F/W 2014/15, collection, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, baroque, gothic

Alice + Olivia, F/W 2014/15, collection, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, baroque, gothic

Alice + Olivia, F/W 2014/15, collection, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, baroque, gothic

Alice + Olivia, F/W 2014/15, collection, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, baroque, gothic

Alice + Olivia, F/W 2014/15, collection, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, baroque, gothic

Alice + Olivia, F/W 2014/15, collection, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, baroque, gothic

Alice + Olivia, F/W 2014/15, collection, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, baroque, gothic

Alice + Olivia, F/W 2014/15, collection, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, baroque, gothic
Picture Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk/

Despite the lack of a mile long runway, Alice + Olivia's collections always seem to leave a lasting impression. To me, their preppy wearability, unexpected layering and supple fabrics trigger this question.

'How would I wear those clothes?'

The emphasis, on the 'I' - because that is the point of fashion week for us mortals. How to translate catwalk to sidewalk, so that we can actually wear the clothes! Looking at the F/W 2013/14 ensembles, a gothic baroque vibe heavily influenced the collection. Designer Stacey Bendet's motto 'we never use the same fabric twice' was upheld to perfection as seen in the concoction of moody metallic florals and rich textures of wool, leather and feathers. The colour palette - jewel tones, gunmetal, blood red - seemed to fit the misty forest set up where the collection was more of a story than a flat fashion show.

Personally, Alice + Olivia is a pick and choose label. I don't mean it is either a hit or miss but rather every single separate can be effortlessly paired with your existing wardrobe. Dripping with unique details, Bendet's garments are both easy and interesting to style resulting in a personalised outfit. As for the gowns, well then, you'll just be the belle of the ball.

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