Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Gratuitous Burger Post
Gratuitous Burger Post
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
OMG, shoes.
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Imelda and some phone shews.

 

Right. It's officially time for those of you who are still flogging the dead horse obsession that is those Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony buckle boots to let them go. They were undoubtedly fabulous, yes yes, but now they - and their offspring, some better looking than others - are as overwrought as an e-shopper on the OutNet with a slow connection during $1 sale day. In any case, here are six pairs of shoes I'd love to own right now:

 

Finsk's geometric wedge platform bootie - in any of the colourways. Questions have been raised before about the actual wearability of this design, and whether they are in fact, more of a 'show' piece rather than a 'wear' piece. For those of you that have the cash and the restraint to purchase shoes as one would invest in art and never wear them, I can personally testify that these are very wearable and very comfortable. Here's one of their newest; though the original black pony hair version will always hold a special place in my dream shoe closet.

 

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Finsk

 

These awesome Burberry Prorsum cut out platform sandals are kind of Spice Girl, kind of high heeled Doc Marten, kind of anime school girl on steroids and with some grey marle socks pulled up or slouching down your calves, utterly, effortlessly cool. I bet I could easily run away from any mischief I'd leave behind in these babies, with their triple stacked platform and sturdy stacked heels.

 

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Burberry Prorsum

LD Tuttle has been on the rise and rise in the last year or so, becoming a favourite amongst many of the fashwan bloggerati. It took me a little while to acquire the taste for this label, finding them too ungainly at first; but then kept being drawn back to their unusually organic feel and almost clunky styling. LD Tuttle engineer the perfect awkward shoes. These Moon Open Toe booties would be my non-black go-to choice to put on with all black outfits.

 

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LD Tuttle

 

United Nude have fascinated me for many years, since their Mobius came out. This season they out do themselves with this their super-future lightweight carbon fiber heels. United Nude shoes are seamlessly architectural feats; tricky to the eye and challenge you to take a closer look at their construction, just like the original Mobius strip.

 

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United Nude

 

Now we come to one of the most coveted shoes of the season, Alexander Wang's peep toe Alla leopard print wedges. I can imagine the claws that have come out in the scuffle for the acquisition of these. To me, their appeal lies in the subtlety of the print: not an overtly obvious leopard, but perhaps more of a chic, stylised one, and the way the three different segments so wittily play against each other. Good luck getting your hands on a pair.

 

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Alexander Wang

 

 

 

I adore how graphic Pierre Hardy is. So, just for fun, these rather charmingly blocky sandals from the forth coming FW 2010//11 collection, with their delicious colour combinations and over sized buckles are a delightful statement to stomp around in that I do actually find have a rather warmly feminine element.

 

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Pierre Hardy

 

Anything by Camilla Skovgaard and Acne (as usual) wouldn't go astray either...And a bonus 7th pair for all you sneaker freaks, here are some wicked sneaks that Jean Charles de Castelbajac did in collaboration with Gola (which aren't available until September though I'm afraid). Too cool.

 

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Jean Charles de Castelbajac and Gola

 

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