design

Go, Go, Go!

"I knew that I needed a bit of a change, but change takes time and effort - when you volunteer at a youth organisation (and kind of love your job), your effort doesn’t exactly go towards what you wear in the morning"

Talking about the craziness that has come and for some reason stayed.

(Quote from my guest post on the Colosoul Blog)

IMG_1811 copyWith so much constantly happening, you never know where you stand, not really. As 2016 has now hit spring for us Australians, the season where everything starts to become humid and birds attempt to attack you, I’ve quickly realised how fast this year has gone. It’s not like I haven’t done anything, I’ve done far more than I thought I would do in this time, but it’s not as though I had time to document it or to relive the moment in my head, it’s just been; go go go, Pokemon go (is that game over now? What happened?) Either way, I’ve been moving from one place to the other, going through tonnes of photographs, and setting up for the next, in this whirlwind that occurs every day. 

IMG_1723 copyWhen I was on the plane back from Melbourne, I realised that I barely even spent time creating new photographs there in the brief 4 days that I spent in a different state, rather I was working on things that were occurring back home. I feel as though I didn’t even go. I feel as though I’m in this weird time warp where time isn’t moving and things keep happening, and I just don’t remember what day it is. That sounds a little crazy, right?

As my head decides to do a crazy ass backflip for no apparent reason, leaving me feeling like everything has been turned upside down, I’ve started to realise I few things about myself.

I think that my trip to Melbourne also aided in this, at least the plane rides there and back, considering that my whole stay there was just this weird space in time. Plane time, is kind of like me time, in a weird way. Sure I’m squished next to someone else with bad food and not enough space but there’s not access to the internet, notifications or communication with the outside world. So I kind of get to put down everything for a few hours, watch Rupaul’s Drag Race and just think a little - and not in the kind of overthinking that happens in the shower or before bed where everything looks like it’s coming to an end, while your brain just has a meltdown. I've noticed that;

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1) For a short while there, my whole personal style had just evaporated.

2) I had forgotten what it was like to actually take care of myself

3) I’m starting to lose track of everything, leading to me handing in one of my assignments late.

4) I need to reevaluate my priorities

5) Relationships apparently don’t exist in this weird twilight zone

6) When did denim on denim become a thing again?

I even did a guest post on Colosoul’s blog on ‘Style Philosophy’ due to how personal style is actually kind of important, and I’m kind of missing that at the moment. It’s crazy, because that first point, somehow affected everything else. When you can’t even dress to please yourself then you end up becoming a sheep and pleasing society. It’s quite superficial, I get it, and there are more important things in life than making yourself look like ‘art’ or whatever every day, but hey, when you look good you feel good, that’s just how I feel. Either way, as things get crazier, we all have to find our centre, so why not go back to where some of this began, wearing almost the exact same outfit I wore when I came in for my interview for the job that I’ve put all of my time and effort into. How insane.

Well, here’s to spring and the crazy happenings.

OUTFIT: Leather Jacket by Zara, Top by In Good Company, Jeans by H&M, Watch by Komono, Boots by ZOMP, Sunglasses by Chanel, Necklace by Tiffany & Co, Ribbon Chocker by Marc Jacobs

Location: Como the Treasury 

Photography by Neil Tiongson

Fashion, Film & IT

Une Femme Est Une Femme

Léon: The Professional

Heathers

What do all these films have in common? They all have characters with inspiring fashion that proves that film & fashion come hand in hand.

Also, all these films are mentioned in Alexa Chung's book 'IT'. 

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_MG_7572yasWe all know that my exterior is usually of a fashion explorer who gains inspiration from various subjects in order to create ‘art’ in a wearable form, but we all also know that fashion isn’t usually looked at as art, at all. Sure when you look down a runway there are sometimes extravagant pieces that obviously scream art, but with the hard work that goes into this trillion dollar industry, it’s crazy not to think about how these pieces came to be.

There is so much talk about The Devil Wears Prada, recently as new information has apparently come to light, especially about Meryl Streep’s poignant monologue about her job in the fashion industry. Again, it’s a trillion dollar industry, we do need to talk about it more. Even the title ‘fashion blogger’ has evolved as ‘fashion bloggers’ take on more skills, from photographer to writing, to the actual curation of editorials or their own design pieces, everything has become and art form, as everyone searches for something that represents them self.

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_MG_7573yasI’ve always felt that I would only ever be able to represent one part of myself at a time and that it would be difficult to express my inner geek while gliding around in designer, but inspirations such as Alexa Chung, and Lily-Rose Depp, have proved the opposite. Alexa Chung’s cult book ‘IT’ read by probably millions of fashion enthusiasts, (I probably being the last), depicts her inspirations from film. Films such as Leon: The Professional and Une Femme Est Une Femme, were mentioned within her story as she drew inspiration from particular characters. After reading about her own discoveries into personal style, and looking at how others such as Lily-Rose Depp who cultivates American and Parisian fashion into one persona, showed me that fashion is art, it's there to break boundaries, so who cares.

As I stalk the city in an oversized thrifted denim jacket, a Zadig & Voltaire ‘band’ inspired shirt, Guess denim jeans, and Chanel sunglasses, I realised that my personal style has been shifting, I know that grunge is coming back in some form or another, so perhaps that has had an influence as well. But as I allowed my inner film geek to take over a bit more, considering I felt the need to be an adult that was taking back their childhood (rather than when I was a child, that was basically like an adult), I remembered that fashion is fun, it’s an expression and that it actually doesn’t matter what other people think. I mean, isn’t that why Parisian style is actual so popular? It’s not like the women of Paris dress too differently from everyone else, and it doesn’t matter if you try to copy the looks designer by designer, it’s more about the fact that they actually don’t give a sh*t, and neither should you. Inspire yourself, find your inner child and just roll with it.

How inspirationally strange of me.

Photos taken by Neil Tiongson

Outfit: Thrifted Denim Jacket, Zadig & Voltaire shirt, Guess Jeans, Marc Jacobs Ribbon, Chanel Sunglasses, Tiffany & Co Necklace