It’s getting brighter and warmer in Melbourne, and there have several days out where I reprimanded myself for not pulling my sunglasses out – but after so many months of gloom it’s always a struggle to get back into the habit.
The Pretavoir team recently got in touch with me about their new collection and offered to send me a pair to try. I really won’t accept any item from a company unless I’d have bought it with my own money. On top of this; most standard frames are comically large on my small face. These issues are usually enough to stop negotiations with a brand but Pretavoir were keen to work with me to find frames that suited me. I was really impressed when they went to the effort of sourcing these round metal all-black Ray Bans especially for me because apparently the style is no longer being produced. They actually listened when I explained my style and concern over frame and lens size and came to the party in a huge way.
Edit Evening thinks the round shape is a great new look for me (as I typically gravitate towards cats-eye frames) and said they’re his favourite of all my sunglasses.
I’m inclined to agree.
The moment I saw images from this presentation my jaw dropped and my chest felt like it would burst a thousand peonies.
Taking inspiration from nature’s own bondage – the vine – Zana’s SS14 leather collection is set behind the most cunningly clever backdrop – an entire salon full of gorgeously blossoms and greenery. I’m so excited to see Zana has really pushed her work to the next level beyond harnesses and belts; fleshing her work out to form intricately constructed halter tops, corsets and cage skirts.
Although I’ve never met Zana, through our dark style blogging network I can’t help but feel insanely proud of a woman who seized her passion for a product and ran with it – all the way to paris – and turned it into an enormously successful collection of highly conceptual wearables. I hope to be able to eventually do the same.
It’s been months since I’ve bought any fashion for myself. Very little appeals to me at present, but I’m also putting almost every last dollar towards producing my little jewellery collection – launching in five weeks time. Over the last year my work has developed at a rate of knots. I’m extremely excited about the future of my label and although it means I’ve had to sacrifice my love for fashion in order to have undertaken my qualification, it is without a doubt the best decision I ever made for myself. I can’t wait to reveal the new works; it’s just a small debut range to start with but will be added to with regularity.
Tonight while letting myself indulge in some browser window shopping I came across these luxurious lace-up creepers. I’m only recently warming up to derbies and lace-ups; they’ve always felt too much like school shoes to me, but the platform seems to elevate them (!) from that association. I can see these working effortlessly in my wardrobe, perfectly matched back with my blister leather jacket and patina leather leggings, of course.
We’re having our first brush with spring in Melbourne this weekend (and rightly so since it’s September 1st), so I felt that an all-white ensemble might be a lovely way to celebrate the less gloomy weather.
All white everything clinical minimalism is having a moment thanks to dedicated bloggers like Ivania of Love Aesthetics, but the simplified (and often almost boxy) structures of garments popularised in this genre don’t seem to quite suit my style. Instead I’ve made sure to keep my interpretation as deconstructed as possible via my beloved complexgeometries tunic.
Serendipitously, as I was writing up this post I jumped over to another (usually all-black everything like myself) of my favourite blogs – The Divinitus – to discover she too was championing an all-white deconstructed ensemble of her own in her latest post.
My Tabi boots don’t ever seem to stay done up. I have the version with the traditional Japanese tab closure (not a zipper) and the clips just slip out of the elastics within minutes. If my ankle were wider the girth might put more pressure on the tabs to help keep them closed but nothing else I try seems to work. The supple leather moulds to my feet with ease so I don’t feel that there’s any threat to them slipping off as I walk. The more I wear them, the more nonchalant I am about this fact; and as time goes on I actually find myself enjoying this strange side effect of the way the boots close.
Does anybody have any advice on how to position my camera on it’s tripod to keep my background straight? No matter how I position the camera it seems to warp behind me.