Saturday, June 23, 2012

Valentino Resort '13 or 'The Wedding Dress Game: REDUX'

Long-time readers will know that I used to play a game (with myself, in my head... like you didn't too) called the Wedding Dress Game. I would look at a spread of various runway looks in fash mags and say to myself "if I had to choose my wedding dress from this page, which dress would I choose?" Skeptics would do well to note that the central aspect of this game was the dress, not the wedding. I mean, this is the day to really go all out, don't you think? And you have a captive audience who are practically obliged to look admiringly at the dress, so you might as well make the most of it (what, that's not the point of a wedding? Come on, it totally is.) Besides, it was fun pretending for a millisecond that that Rochas/ Oscar de la Renta/ ChloĆ© loveliness would one day envelop me. 
And then I saw the Valentino Resort '13 collection and the game was harder than ever, ever before. I mean, how could you choose between them?

Do you want to be multicolour bride in an old wooden church with morning light steaming through the high windows?

 Chic registry bride getting married in front of a stern judge in a Parisian mairie?

 Inner-city bride with a bouquet of jonquils and a groom with sleeves and suspenders?

 I mean seriously! 
It's impossible to choose.

 I'm in PAIN.


All images from

Friday, June 22, 2012

Saul Leiter.

I recently learned of an artist called Saul Leiter. He lives and works in New York, documenting the same area of Manhattan with his camera. His photographs are extraordinary - cinematic, beautifully framed and lush with texture, movement. They're tender and brief and, needless to say, I'm quite taken with them.
A documentary filmmaker, Tomas Leach, has made a film about him in which he interviews Leiter and showcases his work and various philosophies on art, work and life. Check out the trailer here (it looks like a fascinating film! Fingers crossed it gets distribution in Australia...)

What was clear to me, even just from the trailer and the piece on it on It's Nice That was Leiter's attitude to his work: he just does it, and for love of the thing itself. He goes out and waits to see what is happening on the street and photographs that. He's not self-promoting, he's not networking- he's just making his art and seems to allow it to speak for itself. I was reminded in this of another humble man with a clear individual perspective: Bill Cunningham. Theirs is a refreshing counterpoint to contemporary discourses on success in which being known (usually through committed self-promotion) and looking the part seem to be integral. There's an elegance and a humility in devoting oneself to making work and getting on with living and not being precious or smug about it. And don't you think it makes for a much more interesting person? Then again, I guess the adverse is someone like Andy Warhol, so maybe my last point about being interesting is null- what do you think?

But back to Leiter. Even though he's not ostensibly out to photograph people's attire, the incidental details of his images intrigued me. The very rim of a crisp white cuff emerging from a snuff coloured suit. The tapered toe of a child's lace-up shoe resting on a train seat. The polish and stride of a woman in hat and cat's-eye sunglasses walking, reflected in a window. There's a timeless elegance in the everyday of the past that Leiter captures so beautifully, and seemingly unintentionally.

All images by Saul Leiter

Monday, June 11, 2012

a song for a rainy night.

Mazzy Star- Fade Into You


This. Ugh. Exactly how I want to wear right now. The black, the white, the 90sness of it, even the trainers. Sporty by way of fashion, which is my favourite iteration of sporty. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Guest Post: 'What Not To Wear: Academic Edition', Thesis Whisperer

Jil Sander

In between trips to b store and Liberty of London, I recently wrote a guest post for the fantastic Thesis Whisperer blog. The Thesis Whisperer offers insight and commentary on the academic life for both career academics and proto-academics such as you and I (should we ever finish our PhDs, hey, hey?) What I brought to the table is a part two to Dr. Inger Mewburn's part one on dressing as an academic (also known as 'what not to wear: academic edition). Feel free to contribute to the discussion in the comments section!

As for the picture... my black and white Nineties obsession continues, and right now, if I could dress as and/or in Jil Sander for the rest of my life, I would consider it a job well done.  

NB: For everyone who has curiously clicked over as a result of reading the post, welcome! I hope you don't mind ramblings about cake and spatterings of obnoxious internet slang with your side of fashion chat.