Now that my Masters is over for the semester, I’ve been enjoying doing things with my hands. It’s a nice balance from all the cerebral stuff. Today’s project – an ivy wreath, which I hung above my hanging vase DIY from a while back. It was very simple to make – just take some florist wire and make it in a circle, then bend some strands of ivy to match the form, and secure with more florist wire. Easy.
On a whim, I added some black feathers to the wreath, and then filled the vases with feathers too. Originally, I’d bought the feathers to change my Ann Demeulemeester feather necklace from grey to black, but since I only needed one for the necklace, I ended up with a bunch left over. Ergo: DIY project.
Ivy and black feathers – the combination has a nice sense of magic to it.
One of the nicest parts about my new job is getting to go along to all sorts of launches and events and immersing myself in what’s going on in the Australian fashion industry. This morning I was invited to Josh Goot’s studio for the launch of his latest collaboration with Taubmans – a limited edition t-shirt inspired by the palette of some of Taubmans’ signature paints.
The shirt features a manipulated orchid, rendered in brilliant colour on a slim-fitting 100% Italian cotton t-shirt. While it’s a much brighter print than I would normally wear, I look forwards to pairing it with some black denim and a leather jacket to dress it down a little.
Feeling a little bit bohemian – a little bit like Catherine Baba – in my Front Row Society scarf tied up like a turban and this decadently oversized ManiaMania necklace. For me, I need to counterbalance such pieces with a clean, understated outfit – a boxy linen top with semi-sheer sleeves and a favourite pair of black jeans (by Nobody, of course).
This top is a delight to wear – almost weightless, like wearing a finely spun black cloud.
This top is genius: it’s constructed a little like a Möbius strip. With a seam on one side only, the other side folds in on itself and loops back, making a crossover. And then there’s the curious construction quirk that means one hipbone is displayed, a flash of skin between two silk garments, unexpected and unexpectedly lovely.
Thanks again to Liuk for allowing me the chance to style up some products.
Wearing: bomber jacket by L’Agence (available here), leather dress by Morrison (similar here), vintage plaid shirt, monogrammed leather Lunchy bag c/o Mode Collective (available here), Alexander Wang Josephine boots (available here).
Not grunge. Not really. A plaid shirt tied around the waist may be shorthand for the movement, but this is the fashion version. What Marc Jacobs did in 1993 and what Hedi Slimane did like two minutes ago injects fashion’s fantasy into a look that was born of poverty and necessity. But I suppose that could be said of a great many trends that come up from the street.
Not grunge then. The Morrison leather dress is from a few seasons ago, but the simple shift shape means that it won’t date and I hope to wear it for years. The L’Agence bomber is much more trend-specific, arising from the sports-luxe trend that’s been going on for a while now. The shirt is actually vintage, a brand – perhaps appropriately – called Faded Glory. Anyway, it’s a look that’s completely impractical, what with the heels and all, and grunge, if nothing else, was about practicality.
I read something about Marc Jacobs’ 1993 collection for Perry Ellis that stuck with me. It may have been critically acclaimed (by some, at least – Suzy Menkes was so unimpressed that she handed out badges in Milan that said grunge is ghastly), but the conservative board at Perry Ellis were less than enthused. It cost Jacobs’ his job as creative director, and the collection never went into production. Jacobs sent the samples to Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love as a tribute (since they were at the epicentre of the movement) and do you know what they did?
They burned it.
Now that’s grunge.