Saturday, July 30, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
The various blingalings pictured are antique Georgian collet necklaces (i.e. not for the likes of us plebs). Nerida Aylott over at Art For Interiors seems to be doing a roaring trade in replicas:
But there's something about the quality of the stones, the intense shine perhaps, that misses the mark a little.
I've had a little look on Etsy with some success:
But it's just not the same, really.
Edit: Here's a genuine one being sold at Lang Antiques, and let me be the first to say, Holy Fuckballs
Yes, it is $7,950.00
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Ok, why not.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The idea works best in the images above, with the pieces heavily layered. When styled more sparingly, however, the jewelery does not recognisably connect with the mutilation concept:
Personally I think she should have stuck with shades of dark red, as the pinks and oranges look a little fruity.
Arulpragasam is not the first designer to inject a little gore into her wares - check out Elsa Schiaparelli's 1938 Tears Dress:
The print was designed by Salvador Dali. Yum.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Do companies ever do reissues of specific styles? Here is Nine West's Tenant bootie:
I bought a pair of these babies about three years ago, and I've pretty much loved them to death. They're among the most comfortable and well-proportioned heels I've ever owned, and if I could go back in time I would have bought three pairs. Woe is me.
Anyway, how about dem designers?
The first challenge involved each contestant being allocated a different coloured fabric with which to work. I like the conceit but some designers lucked out so badly it seemed silly. I mean, there are at least twelve nice colours in the world, right?
It seemed for a while as if Timothy 'I haven't sewn in 25 years' Godbold was going to be the guy to beat, but his dress turned out... kinda tacky?
Why is there a bow on her butthole?
And while I can see why Johnny won with his heliotrope creation, the dress did bring to mind the deliciously awful phrase popularised by Nina Garcia (of US Project Runway), 'questionable taste levels'.
I felt that an uncharacteristically not-annoying Alex Perry was right in suggesting that Johnny hold back on the arm detail, though it seems the young designer chose to ignore this sage advice.
My favourite design came from the rather unassuming Anna.
It is very reminiscent of two dresses by Abigail Lorick (Eleanor Waldorf's ghost designer) worn in the first season of Gossip Girl:
And while the tailoring of Lorrick's creations is very appealing, I like that Anna's belt is wider and attached to the garment itself. Further, while partially-concealed belts have been doing the rounds for a while now, I don't recall having seen one placed on the back before. Very chic.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
In February of 2010 I came across this photo in the State Library of Victoria picture archives:
Little information was supplied save for the subject's name and occupation - she is Charlotte Blau, an Australian fashion designer. There was much about the image I found interesting (not least the gown Blau is shown working on) and my inability to find further information on Blau was a puzzling disappointment.
Imagine my delight then, when yesterday I received an email from Blau's grandson, who has been kind enough to share some additional information about his grandmother.
Before World War Two Blau studied architecture at the famed Bauhaus school in Germany. From the 1950s to the end of the 60s Blau created garments for her label, Charlotte Fifth Avenue Gowns. Apparently she was the first Australian designer to display in all windows at Saks in New York (neat!). Winning the Wool industry gown of the year award five times, Blau's work was photographed by Helmut Newton, Athol Smith, Bruno Bernini.
Blau's life seems so fascinating, I can't wait to learn more!
edit: It seems like some of the photos in the Powerhouse Museum collection might feature Blau's work, but I'll be darned if I can figure out their captioning system:
Friday, July 1, 2011
I have had no great love for the work Moss has produced during her stints as a designer, but I must admit she remains one of the most brilliantly intuitive dressers around. I'd love to know the make of the boots - the flat bow first made me think Louis Vuitton, but since having a second look at Stella McCartney's (splendid) Resort 2012, I wonder if they are her creations:
In a strong Resort season, McCartney's collection was one of the best and the squat, lucite-heeled shoes are out of this world. Let's go mid-heels, it's time for a come back.
Horrible confession: I watch Mel Gibson's Apocalypto at least twice a year . Strangest guilty pleasure ever. I know it's an abominably silly movie, but there's something about the faces that I find very appealing. The urban Mayan civilisation scenes also include some crazy good colours and costumes: