- Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons in Conversation – I actually read this article online, and then gave in to the magwhore sitting on my shoulder and purchased the full magazine ( WORTH IT ). So I am currently in the process of re-reading this. I appreciated it that much. The Post-It notes have even been brought out for the occasion. These two industry stalwarts share an intimate conversation, an eye-opener on some of their authentic thoughts and beliefs. Get excited for the future of fashion because with both of them still in power great things will happen.
- The Surprising History of Spoons – A bit out of the ordinary, yes. Not what I would typically click on to read. But I learnt something, more than just one thing. Who knew that spoons could have been such social currency and signs of utter wealth in the past.
- How to Small Talk if You Hate Small Talk – This is the advice I needed weeks ago, but I have now bookmarked this link and tried to commit it’s contents to memory. No one likes being the lonely guy at the party, so get involved.
- A Reader Asks: How do I Get Into the Sustainable Fashion Industry? – Similarly bookmarked, because this was what I was looking for. I ask myself that same question all the time, and I have no answers. So the advice from one of the US’ prominent sustainable fashion bloggers is well received. Basically, be a sustainability nerd and read everything, network network network ( especially when in Australia the industry is still so teensy ) and choose your specific area. That topic is a beast and cannot be tackled by one person alone.
- Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech – How could I not end on this one? It’s everywhere, but for good reason. Meryl Streep = goddess. But the aftermath is ( sadly ) even more compelling, the PRESIDENT-ELECT ( wtf? ) responding to this? Any expletive that comes to mind is required to describe the reaction. Shameful outbursts are more akin to a tantrum-throwing toddler or a high school girl caught in the middle of a bitchy catfight with no reason, than a powerful country’s representative and supposed leader. What has actually come of this world.
( This is as far as my shocking poetry skills go – you will hear no more after this, promise ).
I wish I could make up my mind. I wish I could do everything.
I wish I could be busy. I wish I could be peaceful.
I wish I could move away from the city. I wish I could keep my family and friends next door.
I wish I could stay young forever. I wish I could just grow up.
You know how sometimes life just makes you wonder? I pledged to myself I would have a less “woe is me” attitude on the blog in 2017, adjusting to the upbeat, inspirational voice I dream of and that sits way back in my head somewhere. So hopefully this is the last of that. Hopefully it’s all out of my system now. Because what is life when you are constantly questioning and wishing, but a distraction from the present, a blinder to the surrounding inspiration and beauty, a deterrent from just going out and doing SOMETHING. Anything is better than nothing. The current sunshine is better than tomorrow’s uncertainty. So, a message to myself, just stop it. Get over it. Get out there. Stop doubting. Do it.
And yes, things have changed around here. Welcome to 2017.
(Images from here)
While the rest of the world has been lamenting the year that was 2016, I have been quietly sitting back. The kid in the corner. Yes, the earth is falling apart – real shit has happened this year – but can we actually expect it to be better in the next?
I’m not promoting a sad-fest or a constant state of pessimism; instead, I feel it’s important to reflect on the freaking amazing things that have happened. #1 – we are still alive, we’ve made it to see a new year once again. I am sure that the vast majority of us, while noticing many, countless awful things, have also experienced some really special moments in 2016.
To be honest, and the reason why I had hid in my corner, I think 2016 has personally been my best yet. The most unpredictable, crazy, life-changing year of them all. And I don’t believe it’s just because I’ve reached a quarter of a century. This list is not a brag. It’s an encouragement to create your own, reflect back on all the big or little moments of the year that have made an impact. There has to be at least one hidden there among the cobwebs of memory.
– Starting the study life again. Finally getting back to the roots of what I have always wanted to do. Listening to my heart ( lame, but also true ) more than my brain.
– Quitting my job. Scary. Crazy. Stupid? Who knows. But it’s plunged me into a myriad of other opportunities and allowed me the time to consider life, what I’m looking for, and maybe make a plan.
– Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. The most insane part of my year, and also the most life-changing and perspective-adjusting. My only recommendation: DO IT.
– Gaining a spot on the VAMFF Fashion Writing Mentorship program. Which still blows my mind.
– Getting engaged. Up the life stage.
They are the big things, but life is full of the smaller too. Moments that deserve reflection and gratitude. And then get creative like the talented Jordan Andrew Carter.
So here we go – I’m calling it. Auguste the Label could just be Australia’s closest answer to The Reformation ( and we really do need our own answer – the honest voice in my head always reminds how bad our constant online shopping and worldwide shipping probably truly is ). They’ve got big, whopping big, shoes to fill and one helluva status to live up to, but from what I’ve seen so far, it’s positive.
It’s a bit more boho, a lot more Byron Bay ( minus the dreadlocks and tie-dye ), but the general simple, yet beautiful, aesthetic is spot on. The philosophy is on par too – a belief I also strongly hold, and benefit from myself. The aim to create pieces that can be passed down through the generations, from mother to daughter, because of this inherent quality and timeless / trend-shunning design. Not to say the pieces themselves aren’t “trendy”, but we can always make big sleeves a thing, florals will exist forever in some form, and everything goes round again. Rarely is the wheel re-invented.
And if you’ve got the time, take a brief look through their detailed ethics. We know who made our clothes, we know where they live, we know where our money goes. That is the key – TRANSPARENCY. I have my heart eyes set on the bell-sleeve shirt and the beach house frill dress ( which is exactly what I’ve been looking for this season ) so I can pretend I live in California everyday and just float through summer with a canvas tote, bejewelled sandals and free flowing hair to match the sunshine vibe.
(Images from here)