the dreamy life and style of brie welch.

I have found, yet another, creative / talented girl to be crushing on and admiring. Is there a diagnosis for someone such as me?

Over the last year or so I’ve heard Brie Welch’s voice many a time via one of my favourite podcasts, Garance Dore’s Pardon My French, but somehow failed to put two and two together for so long. The voice and the face behind that light-filled tone were separate beings. It wasn’t until my most recent street style stalking from the New York Fall 2017 shows that I made my discovery and reversed the error of my ways.

As Garance’s main girl ( my definition ) and Fashion Director at the studio, she’s grasped a role virtually any fashion-dreaming, career-seeking soul hopes to pursue. Brie has essentially crafted her own role, mixing editorial and styling work with an array of meetings, market work and casting. The role required for one with an active mind and insatiable desire to do just about everything ( i.e. me ). Pair that with her impeccable style, brilliant vintage-shopping skills and revered fashion opinion, and you have one Brie Welch. Someone who seems just as down to earth as the typical Californian, yet copiously successful. The owner of the most perfect vintage night-shirts and shorts, sitting just as pretty next to a collection of designer boots and heels ( all we dream of – Celine, Prada, Maryam Nassir Zadeh ).

Yep, I really like this cool chick and her tomboy meets vintage aficionado style. “I’ve always been told that I’ve never worn the same outfit twice,” she’s admitted, “but I don’t do that on purpose.” Girl after my own heart, I tell you. Even more options for real-life appropriation. The challenge awaits.

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fashion ( and the world ) through the eyes of a child.

On the day I wore ( read: attempted to wear ) my Camille Charriere copycat number, I noticed a little girl on the train unashamedly staring, as inquisitive small people are often known to do. I watched her out my side-eye, wondering, “What do you actually think of this?” Is it too boring and adult? Too much grey? Too much white?

If we saw everything through a child’s eyes imagine how different the world might be. It would be a whole lot more colourful ( disapproving of 90% of my outfit choices ). We would hear much more laughter echoing through the streets. Dreams would be followed because that’s what they’re there for.  Bold questions would be asked; no more cowering behind our unsure minds.

Kids have the great ability to be brutally honest, which we lose track of somewhere in our years of high school. It’s cooler to keep quiet, keep your thoughts to yourself, don’t ask, don’t look like you aren’t sure. At times that honesty is way too brutal ( stories of friends’ children landing them in awkward, unsavable moments ), but at least they say what they think. If I said what I thought all the time or followed every thought I had, who knows where I would be. I would stick up for myself, my ideas, my beliefs. It would make me a whole lot braver in all aspects of life and more confident in the abilities I so often doubt. I could be a high-flying power-lady for all we know. Adulthood let me down.

One day soon maybe I will pop on the craziest, most bright clothing I own ( there has to be something at the bottom of the drawer… ), reflecting my crazy mind, not caring about the strange looks from others. Relish in this child-like mindset of just wearing what you want, whether it’s a princess outfit with angel wings and stomping boots or the most unique combination of patterns. Heck, why not wear all your jewellery at once? So, children brimming with honesty, what do you think of these outfit concoctions? Gigantic sequins, embroidery meets sheer fabrics meets a mess of colour and pattern, a giant display of gold ( valuable both inside and out ), or earrings big enough to knock your friend out.
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rosie is back for more :: tea party time.

I KNOW that I can’t seem to shut up about Rosie Assoulin and Rachel Comey, but I promise it is all for good reason. Initially, this post was going to be dedicated to Coach 1941’s Fall show, but it will have to wait because Rosie has dropped my jaw to the floor once again and surpassed any prairie dreams ( actually a literal dream I had last night ).

The most encouraging and insightful thing about all of Rosie Assoulin’s collections is the deep knowledge and assurance she must have of herself. This is a woman who knows what she likes, understands what she’s best at, and riffs on similar concepts over and over while adding a new touch here and there to recapture our inquisitive and constantly more-seeking souls. Along with knowing herself, she’s clearly got a firm grasp on women in general too; looking for pieces that are easy to wear yet add a touch of glamour and sophistication where needed to pep up the day ( including our favourite – ruffles! ). A lady of leisure or a fast-paced woman on the go, each look equally satisfies both of the dream personas.

Rarely do I take notice of footwear at shows; if they’re crazy and out there I may scan my eyes across them, but other than that, it’s a background complimenting the pieces. Thankfully I read ahead about Rosie’s new shoe collection. I knew to watch out. Adding to the homely, wearable vibe are these ornamental pieces of foot-fun, with heels mimicking the legs of chairs and tables. Those curved wooden silhouettes ( another appreciation of the female form? ). They must be comfortable too, basically sitting down while standing – #perfection.

And of course the earrings too. Little replicas of beautiful pottery dangling from the model’s ears, bringing a little of the bazaar into everyday life. Don a Persian rug as a wrap-around and you are set. A walking, talking, easy-going, movable home.

The number one thing to take away, though – Rosie, please invite me to your next tea party. I want to feast my eyes on those stunning creations ( IRL – required tactile satisfaction ) and my stomach on those homemade Syrian cookies. Such a power woman – baking, designing, transforming, inspiring.

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fashion week dramas :: more ruffles.

Fashion week(s) rolls around and brings with it another thousand articles, images, reviews to get lost in online. But seriously, I haven’t even caught up on the Spring session yet ( which raises another, much debated, question – has fashion gone crazy? Too obsessed with the constant delivery? Is it all our fault as a consumeristic society? ) I pay the price. Sore eyes from screens and forgetting to look out the window every once in a while, head hitting poles etc. etc.

Before we get too lost in all those new looks teasing us for a very dark-shaded winter ahead ( a la Alexander Wang ), let’s stay in the warmer times a little longer, and uncover a little more inspiration for the coming months. Avoid pulling up the jeans and layering on the coats. Humour me.

One look I hope ( and also somewhat know ) won’t disappear on us anytime soon is that of the ruffle, particularly when it fits into the EXTREME category. There are average, oh-so-pretty ruffles, but then there are the next level, how-do-you-even-wear-that variety. Case in point: Pandora Sykes’ recent confession of having to remove said ruffled sleeves ( care of Monographie Paris ) prior to lunching, because sleeves like that were not made for feasting, leaning and banqueting in.

The two labels that particularly caught my eye in the Spring 2017 circuit were Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Rachel Comey ( you thought I’d get through without a mention of her? ). Philosophy delivered on the soft, pirate-esque shirts, flowing around the wrists, draping around the bodice. The whole collection a bit Princess Bride, Romantic-era / every historical romance movie I ever loved as a teen, meets a sparkly, risque 80’s maven – ready to party and show off those accentuated frills. Rachel Comey delivers on another perspective. The classic New-Yorker / high-flying working lady. She’s got shit to do and she will do it in style. Sneaky ruffles escaping on one leg of the pant ( my favourite, unique incarnation ) to delicate glimpses of frills lining bodices and necks.

If both these collections prove anything, it’s that anyone can integrate a ruffle effect into their wardrobe, in some way. No one is too ‘alternative’, too ‘tomboy’, too ‘professional’. You can make it a romantic twirl and old-fashioned exploration, or you can re-invent it for the now, for yourself. Maybe there comes a day where every girl just needs a ruffle, like she needs a cuddle, to remind her of her greatness ( so essentially, I need ruffles at my leisure now, to deter those negative inner voices ).

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(Collection images from Vogue Runway)

tactile retail therapy.

A quick note for you before the weekend begins.

HAVE YOU SEEN GORMAN’S LATEST COLLABORATION? Sorry for yelling but Liz Payne and Lisa Gorman have smashed this one.

What are two of my favourite things? Gorman, and embroidery. It is a multi-coloured dream come true.

While Gorman is famed for vibrant prints and patterns ( and basically defining Melbourne streets ), the delicate embroidery addition transforms the pieces and takes them to a whole new realm of intrigue and desire. A 3D ( 4D? ) world. These are the dresses you want to walk right up to and stroke, uncontrollably, to get a feel for the whole thing. Please avoid this behaviour with strangers though. It is tempting, but let’s avoid the emergency calls and evil side-eyes.

My heart has fallen for the “I’m not afraid” dress with its 360 degree, knee-length tactile appeal. It won’t rest until that beauty is strikingly sitting in my wardrobe, automatically turning my bland, monochrome rack into one of dreams and colourful adventures. A dress for making things in. I’ll bet it unleashes the mind as soon as it is slipped on the wearer, casting some magic to make time run a little more slowly, emails to stop channelling through, and every creative pursuit you had ever considered a reality. Which is exactly what the doctor has ordered. It’s basically medicine then, right? The truest form of retail therapy.
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(Images from here)

a love letter to african fashion.

My post on African fashion has been sitting patiently, just waiting for a new burst of inspiration, ever since I arrived home from Tanzania. It seems so long ago now ( isn’t it depressing when such a perfect time of life all of a sudden blurs? ). Amongst many other things over there, the people and the fashion did really stand out to me.

The most significant fashion lessons being:

#1 – They have the most realistic, body-positive hangers I have ever seen. Coat-hangers that are literally shaped like a woman’s body, with accentuated hip and boob areas, giving the most real image of the item you could imagine before it even slips onto your body. You know how that dress will fit instantly ( and I felt very at home with some booty appreciation ).

#2 – They are a whole lot smarter in their dress choices than most Westerners. While we gleefully walk about in denim shorts and un-sleeved tops, just asking for the spread of melanomas, they are covered ( and I should also point, they aren’t even the ones who NEED to wear sunscreen ). Jumpers and beanies even, while we sweat it out. But as I discovered on safari, sometimes a bit of a sleeve does help, at least in the mind, to keep you a tad cooler, and anything counts when it’s sweltering.

#3 – They love COLOUR and PATTERN. While I am on a journey of discovering just how monochrome my everyday wardrobe is ( depressingly so ), I reflect back on the most vibrant, patterned pairings. All along the streets of Tanzania were signs of life in all colours of the rainbow. Does this have something to do with how happy they are? A constant giggle and dance in their step, all because they embrace the lively side of life?

Which brings me on to Yevu, a fashionable social enterprise forging a relationship between Australia and Ghana, where prints are as wild and beautiful as their natural landscape. A hot pink background dotted with prawns is my personal favourite, spotted on every item you could ever want, from mini skirts to boxy shirts. The name of the game is supporting the textile industry in Ghana and creating steady, fair employment. Talented seamstresses and tailors work on the collections, crafting a practical and comfortable assortment of clothes.

Last Thursday I ventured to the pop-shop in Paddington, already expecting to love everything, as I tend to do. Often I arrive, though, and am sorely disappointed with a lack of sizing, the harsh reality of cost or how it actually looks on in real life. Two words, no disappointment. Only a wish that I could have bought one of everything. Mixing and matching those prints and styles is a dream come true, but I left with a perfectly adaptable mini skirt. Tragically I somehow ended up with the most monochromatic print of them all – at least I know it will be worn for years to come.

Let’s hope we see more partnerships like this sprouting in Australia, tying across the world, over the coming years. We need their talent and their individual design ( as we are all so stuck in that ‘basic’ way of dressing ). We need more burgeoning labels fighting for worker’s rights, empowering women and providing employment where it is most needed. And I need some more constant reminders of Africa, and it’s peoples’ infectious joy,  in my life.

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interchangeable fashion.

It’s easy to become so distracted in your own world, that you forget other worlds exist out there. My world is not your world, which truly is no one else’s world either, is it? I mean, who even knows if we are seeing the same colour when we claim something is of an ‘apricot’ or ‘crimson’ hue. Which, all in all, is probably one of the major issues affecting the world right now. We too often forget about others, that they are human too. We are not all the same. So I’m trying. Trying to escape this little bubble, expand my mind, think about people before speaking or reacting ( and part of this also involves a level of self-care, developing an understanding of one’s self and taking that time out – then we won’t snap or explode ).

Which is a roundabout way of saying, I forget about men’s fashion a lot of the time. In my head, I’ve marked it as a bit too average and non-new. While stalking the latest shows on Vogue Runway I’ll quickly scroll past the Menswear, onto the Resort and Pre-Fall, because that’s more M E. But as Ben Cobb ( editor-in-chief of Another Man ) has said, “Now it’s (menswear) its own universe; it’s as visionary and creative as womenswear, often more so.” I can learn just as much about how to dress or what to wear from the men as the women, particularly as androgynous and gender-neutral styles continue to evolve and take us on an endless adventure.

This is what I’ve gleaned from the latest street style in the men’s world, which I will now aim to appropriate into my own:

– Layering is essential, as is mixing up the patterns and embracing some classy headwear.

Totes are always a good thing. If you can get your hands on an embroidered denim bomber it’s even better ( seriously, hit me up if you are trying to get rid of one ).

– Ben Cobb is the perfect mix of 70’s porn-star, creepy uncle, and babe. I am not sure how he does it, but we can definitely all learn a thing or two from him – even if it is just how to take immaculate care of our hair.

– Matching always wins.
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(Images from here)