MBFWA 2014 / DAY 3

mbfwa street style

Wearing: silk top by Staple the Label, linen blazer by Claude Maus (similar here), pants by Scanlan Theodore (similar here), The Mode Collective leather Lunchy clutch (similar here), Alexander Wang shoes, vintage gaucho hat (similar here). 

Alexander Wang shoes have a reputation for being maddeningly uncomfortable, and yet for some reason, I find these to be the most comfortable heels I own. So much so, that I wore them twice during fashion week (I needed a break after wearing my beautiful, but very painful Saint Laurent Paris Thorn pumps).

This photo was featured in Refinery 29′s feature on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, in good company alongside Nicole from Confident Liar, Margaret from Shine By Three, Nicole from Gary Pepper and more. They captioned my photo with “Black on black on black on black.” Accurate.

Thanks to the lovely Xiaohan for shooting me!

poem: october

sylvia plath colossus

Something a little different to what I normally blog about (and somehow, it feels rather more confronting that publishing photos of what I wear): I recently had one of my poems featured on Cordite Poetry Review.

My poem is being featured as the poem of the month for April, with a thoughtful and very kind introduction by Judith Beveridge. You can read the introduction and the poem here. I’ll also publish the poem, without introduction, below.


A harlot moon: the fires
burning in the west turn the light
bloody before night takes its lease
of the sky. A red moon, shrugged
from the shoulder of Orion, rises
to the seashell resonance of the city and
the night is thick with dust and sweet-mouthed
promises, baby, it will be over soon.
A long yowl cuts the heat, incoherent or
spoken in tongues – a cat, fighting
for its piece of the world, dull scream
swaying like a thurible. Miles to go
and no rapture in sight, just the slow
ash clouds occulting the moon.


A few notes: the phrase off the shoulder of Orion is lifted from the speech Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) makes in Blade Runner, and, as Judith rightly points out, miles to go with no rapture in sight is a variation on a phrase from Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Thanks for reading.

MBFWA 2014 / DAY 2

nadia bailey mbfwa 2014 street style

Wearing: Trenery silk blouse, Veronika Maine circle skirt (similar here), Saint Laurent Paris Thorn Pumps (available here or in patent here), vintage gaucho hat (similar here), Celine Trio bag.

This particular length, this tea-length, this length that ballet dancers call romantic, was everywhere at fashion week. I was seduced too – that elegant drop, that flash of ankle, it’s got a hint of Dior’s New Look and should be worn, if at all possible, with a pair of so-sharp-it-hurts heels.

This photo was taken after the We Are Handsome show, where there was a real live yellow python called Candy on the runway and someone took a hilarious photo of Xiaohan and I.

Thanks to Emma for the photo.

MBFWA 2014 / DAY 1


Wearing: bias-cut silk dress by Zimmermann (similar here), linen blazer by Claude Maus (similar here), skinny leather belt by Zambesi, peeptoe boots by Alexander Wang and vintage gaucho hat (similar here). 

Photographed at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia by Giuseppe Santamaria. The best part is that I look like I have a beard.

mystery, alaska

nadia bailey russh magazine

R.M Williams Yearling Boots (available here); Obesity & Speed Loners Shirt (available here); Leather Leggings (try these); Maison Michel Fedora (available here or cheaper option here); Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Vanille EDP (available here – seriously, buy it); Black Cat Bone by John Burnside.

nadia bailey russh magazine

Maison Balzac Le Silence Candle (available here); I Love Mr Mittens Jumper (available here); Lover Camisole (available here); NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella (available here); The Rings of Saturn by W.G Sebald; good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar; Aesop Cleanser (available here).

To coincide with their Escape Issue, my friends at RUSSH Magazine asked me to share my dream destination and what I’d pack in my bags. I am unmoved by island holidays or the promise of warm weather – what I want is somewhere cold and crisp and remote.

To the wilder shores of Alaska, off to chase the Northern Lights.

In my suitcase? A pair of leather leggings worn with a lace camisole hiding under the boxiest jumper I can find. A jacket that spells out exactly how I feel. Some books of poetry (John Burnside forever) and a candle that smells faintly of honey. Boots made for walking and red lipstick, always. Tom Ford perfume and a witch-worthy hat.

See the feature at RUSSH Magazine here.