What better way to celebrate the release of our favourite luxury designers’ Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wearcollections than with a few fashion illustrations?
From Chanel’s breath-taking set design (with Karl Lagerfield transforming the Grand Palais into a living, breathing forest) to Alessandro Michele’s surreal, clinical vision for Gucci’s runway as an eerie laboratory, our imaginations were constantly challenged.
If converting a fashion runway into an intricate story complete with immersive sets and spectral invitations (I’m looking at Michele’s ticking bomb) is the magic of now, then surely it’s the duty of attendees and the media to respond with equally creative measures, if only to prolong those last few sparks of excitement.
I’ve rounded up a handful of personal highlights from the Autumn collections and given them a splash of watercolour. First up, my all-time favourite maison de mode: Christian Dior.
Maria Grazia Chiuri focused her 2018 fall ready-to-wear collection on the theme of student protest, drawing inspiration from ’60s, the same year Dior released its first ready-to-wear line. The set this year was covered in reproduced magazine covers and protest art of the 1960s, relevance lying in the current student protests against American politicians in the wake of several school shootings. According to Nicole Phelps at Vogue Runway, “Chiuri took up the clothes of the late ’60s—the crochets, the embroideries, the patchworks—and filtered them through Dior’s luxury lens.”
It didn’t take long to find joy in the city of flowers.
My first impression was through my hostel’s window, as the sun set over the city’s rooftops like butter melting across the sky. That’s how each hour felt in the Italian town, as though a radiant warmth was seeping further through my body with every passing moment. Every place you visit leaves you with something, whether it’s a cuisine you’ve never tasted or a simple life lesson, but Florence was different… Florence introduced me to a new emotion.
Every second spent in your city was la vie en rose. The world around me was presented through rose-coloured glasses, every passing moment tinged with a little bit of magic. Continue reading “A Letter to Paris”→
(Much love to this Italian chef who posed for my photograph while baking a pizza base!)
‘Wheennn the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!’ This song played in the back of my mind for the duration of our stay in Rome, the Eternal City. The city earned it’s nickname from the ancient Romans, who believed that no matter what happened in the world, no matter how many empires came and collapsed, Rome would stand the length of time. To this day, the ancient Roman belief has not withered, as the capital of Italy remains a city of both warmth and energy. There were so many things to do, monuments to see, food to devour and experiences to live that we were constantly on-the-go.
Read on for my ten favourite experiences in the Eternal City.
Every two months, all the musical theatre lovers of Brisbane jump in their cars and make their way to the New Globe Theatre (blasting overrated show tunes the entire drive, of course.) In this underground bar, said musical theatre lovers spend the night chatting, networking, singing, laughing, listening to live music, and laughing some more.
Underground Broadway’s completely sold out Autumn show certainly didn’t fail to deliver.
Brisbane struck lucky this weekend when the Finders Keepers markets overtook Bowen Hill’s old museum in a blur of flowers, handmade jewelry, prints and home-ware. The Australian Design and Art markets are ultimately a gathering of good food, good music, and good people, surrounded by unsurpassable stalls boasting unique treasures. From amethysts growing plants to wooden clouds providing frames for colourful prints, everywhere you looked there was bound to be something to catch your eye. I captured my favourite portions of Finders Keepers on camera, but to really grasp an understanding of the relaxed, sunny atmosphere, keep up to date on when these stellar markets are next hitting up Brisbane and follow the Finders Keepers Instagram: @finders_keepers.
Featuring: terrariums by bella // the grassy bowl // hello miss may // dear mabel // bespoke letterpress // ace of swords // core // erin lightfoot // alice nightingale
A series from my art journal. Turkey: Continuously under fire // France: The statue where a shrine was left for Paris & Nice victims // Syria: A UNESCO world heritage site destroyed by ISIS // Belgium: The building where a shrine was left for Brussels victims.
Modern history was my favourite subject in high school, because every class my teacher read us a chapter from a book about a certain time period, and as the term progressed so did the story. Week by week I learnt more about the oppressive dictatorship of Josef Stalin, American interventions (god damn, they interfered more times than Simon abrasively cuts off an X-Factor hopeful), and suffragette activism (and no, it was not all a singing fiesta like Mary Poppins suggests).
Enthralled in learning about the past lead me to wondering… What will people of the future learn about the people of now? What story will be spun about our lives? I can see the title for the textbook in my mind, and it’s not a particularly pretty one: An Era of Terrorism.
When I realised that my first semester break from university would be two months long (yes, you read correctly: two MONTHS), I couldn’t imagine what I would do with all of that free time. Turns out, I spent most of those long weeks watching movies on my laptop, sleeping, spending money on food, catching up with friends and working double-shifts in order to save up for… well, food.
One thing I did do every day was practice gratitude. When I was 12, my uncle gave me a book about the law of attraction which taught me the importance of being appreciative. Since then, nearly every day I catch myself reeling off a list of 5 things I’m thankful about. It’s a sweet little habit that really helps to put all the not-so-pleasant things into perspective.
As today was my first day back at university and getting into the groove of things, I decided to share my ‘attitude of gratitude’ and put into writing the top 10 small things/events that made my autumn-winter break pretty wonderful. Continue reading “Attitude of Gratitude”→
Even if you aren’t a big fan of musical theatre (what are you doing with your life, I ask?), it would be hard to resist feeling incredibly spellbound and touched by the speeches given at the 70th Tony Awards. The well-deserved winners used their allotted time slot to give their thanks, to spark a light of hope in young dreamers and to speak out against the Orlando shooting episode that occurred the same day. Continue reading “Rise Up for the Tony Awards”→