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.
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.
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?
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 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.
We first introduced you to the unquestionable mad skillz of Gabriella Marina Gonzalez and her graduate collection mid last year, whilst she was working on some bags for Charlie Le Mindu and Danny Sangra name dropped a collaboration with her too. These images got buried under the ice berg of shit that's on my desk top, but they've come to light finally! This collection, entitled 'Victorian Sci-Fi Surgery' was actually presented at Machine-A (the boutique formerly known as Digitaria) during the LFW just gone, along with designers Asger Juel Larsen and Gemma Slack. Check the awesome look book images, as captured by Sarah Piantadosi:
Fully articulated finger leather gloves. A little woodlandy with just a touch of S&M, innit?
An evolution of the insane shoe Gaby created in her debut collection:
If there ever was an awesome accessory dog, it's this one next to the look below:
Everytime I see something new from Charlie Le Mindu, I can't help but say 'this is his best work yet' or something to that effect. For the last three seasons of his participation in London Fashion Week, he's blown us all away with the artistry and plain ridonkulousness of his creations.
This season though, Charlie has shown something more mature; more sophisticated, and in his own words, more French (or, a little English guard-esque as it were below - but of a much more sexy and fashionable variety, of course). Blonds, brunettes and even redheads were out this season, instead Charlie made his girls out in silky, inky black locks.
The lovely Grace Joel was in attendance for me and this is what she had to say:
East London’s club kids were up early, as London Fashion Week kicked off with Charlie Le Mindu’s extravaganza. With the energetic and amazingly dressed audience - their own hair coloured, sprayed and shaved to perfection - watched Charlie’s ever more impressive hair cascading from wigs, hair pieces and capes showed his unique skill and creativity. Shiny black manes covered crucifixes, fabergé eggs and black lacquered roses, all having been given Charlie’s magic touch. It was thrilling and filled the void that Gareth Pugh left when he packed up for Paris. It was an upbeat, optimistic start to the week, with the youth, creativity and optimism that London Fashion Week is all about!
*LAAARGGH* amazing. Below is the Fabergé egg all tricked out in Swarovski crystals (who get heavily involved with many designers' work), and hair so black and straight, all y'all light haired girls who be permed and waved out will kill yourselves for these locks that are dead straight and shiny-as-the-damn-crystals.
In a development on the rat-pelt 'hijab' Charlie did in his first season, this time round he's gone from ratty to foxy, YES YES that be bonafide fox ladies and gents, blinged up with blue Swarovski crystals in their eyes.
Luxurious, excessive and utterly fabulous (don't you die for the bag too? By Charlotte Hardwick).
Here check it, On | Off's video of the show, and a gallery of all the amazing looks below that - sick soundtrack by Kap Bambino of course:
Friday // February 19, 2010 at 20:59 // filed under Fashion
Neon is always a fun party favourite. This was a very flashy collection which made plenty of noise with it's loud prints, bright colours and flamboyantly literal interpretation of animals in some of the pieces in the collection.
The Neon models are always instructed to strut it out nice and strong which is always fun to watch. As usual I liked the simplicity of the hair and make-up as well as the super playful accessories including some excellent headwear on show - though I didn't dig the fishy shoes. The Neon woman needs to have a personality as bold as the clothing, otherwise you could be in danger of the clothes wearing you instead of the other way round...
Beautiful rich colours in lush combinations as usual, one area in which Neon never disappoints - working looks that will brighten anyone's day from grey London to sunny Sydney.
Gorgeous detail in their prints using a riot of strong colours
Break down the styling and you'll find in fact that you have excellent seperates that are very easily wearable.
An entertaining collection that, as usual underneath the showiness, delivered exactly what Neon does best, capable clothes that are simply fun to werk.
Thursday // February 18, 2010 at 15:15 // filed under Fashion
Forum Tufi Duek
Forum Tufi Duek's collection in varying shades of black that was easily made fluid and light with a great mix of textures and subtle lowlight colours with a range of super on point silhouettes and shapes.
Lara Stone was imported to walk the runway, and appeared in two pretty much identical looks, except for the colours. Whilst not being a ground breaking collection by any means, it was certainly bang on trend, and I really liked the clean and unfussy styling and the equally unfussy but strong shoes.
Love the platform and banana heel ankle boots.
Rather simple and safe lines but most definitely a no-brainer when it comes to ease of wear and given some interest with the juxtaposition of textures in the top and skirt.
A great wedge platform coupled with these ace black trousers (if you can't tell, I really did love the shoes in this show, they're totally great solid, staple kinda footwear).
And for a more femme black number is this sweet little dress.
An easily consumable - without being junkfood - collection, all in all.
Thursday // February 11, 2010 at 11:35 // filed under Fashion
I found Maria Bonita's latest collection appealing very much to my own wardrobe (well, except for maybe those shoes. I don't wear no granny shoes, no matter how youthful their colour be - but in this case, these shoes still can't be saved by being brightly coloured). 'Square' is given a desirable twist by Bonita, with squares being lazercut into trousers, coats and dresses, collars in salor-esque squares, even lot of the same coloured squares - or perhaps they were rectangles - pieced together to make a witty and effortlessly casual dress and blazer combo; yet all still without being too literal.
Cool and breezy; this collection is almost even a little smug in it's well executed and coherent articulation...Maria Bonita made it hip to be square.
Perhaps a little breezy in the winter, but that's what layers are for!
Backstage action. I have to say, those shoes are particularly ugly in red. Sorray.
Interesting hood/collar combo
Very cute and light sweater dress. Don't sweat the square stuff. No chance of that wearing this number in winter.
Wednesday // February 10, 2010 at 23:07 // filed under Fashion
You, faithful readers, will know Danny Sangra now, we introduced you to him earlier this week with the amazing background he has done for us this month. We mentioned that we'd be posting about his new label, AMS, and now, it's our pleasure to present A
Minute Silence's debut capsule knitwear collection for AW 2010, a unisex collection of knitted
cardigans, jumpers, blankets and socks!
Being launched during London
Fashion Week, entitled The Gun and The Girl, AMS is a result of the powers combined between Danny and designer Lynn
Cockburn aka Lynnda Needles. The two of them they have worked with, amongst others,
Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Wintle and Carolyn Massey.
AMS holds onto the classic silhouette of cardis and jumpers but uses an irresistible and undeniably cool clash of colour and pattern that can hardly be called traditional; yet it's produced
by the same British heritage knitwear company that knits for Her Maj the
Queen, so you know it's pretty bloody posh. And being called 'investment pieces' on the release also means it's most likely pretty bloody expensive, but you'll be wearing a piece of knitted art, after all.
You need never wear a horribly printed cardigan in irony or even post-irony ever again.
OH HIYA JESSY (of FAJ fame)
Super cool lookbook shots as treated by AMS themselves, innit.
Not only can Fanny and Jessy design clothes but they can WERK 'em too.
Wednesday // February 10, 2010 at 13:01 // filed under Fashion
Osklen is a very long and well established Brasilian label (and one of the few that is sold and has stores outside of Brasil) by sport medicine specialist turned designer Oskar Metsavaht.
This latest collection was an interesting one; the garments giving the models an opportunity to take the phrase 'looks good in a cardboard box' to another level - in a good way. Some pieces also reminded me of the tumbling mats when I used to do gymnastics; with their paradoxically foamy soft / robo-armor aesthetic. This collection could be for the would be eco-warrior of the fashion forward kind.
Architectural shoulders, making your head look like it's peeping over a wall.
A softer look; a maxi dress with a touch of toucan
Yay or nay to the peep toe man boot?
I enjoyed the seemingly random, casual and chunky crumples and folds in the
short sleeved jacket; whilst it still retained a light feel, nicely contrasted by the silky sheer texture of the bottom layers.
Thursday // January 28, 2010 at 17:17 // filed under Fashion
Sheer, sheer goodness - as I love me anything black and sheer. And the latest R. Groove collection delivers all that and more. Designer Rique Gonçalvesburst onto the Brazilian fashion scene in 2007, and has since been a rising star. Producing one of the most interesting collections in the Fashion Rio season, he's been collecting numerous awards for his work since he debuted, including what's considered the Oscars of fashion awards in Brazil: being named Breakthrough Fashion Designer (alongside Alexandre Herchcovitch who received Best Menswear Designer that year) in 2008.
This collection includes a number of elements that I have particular soft spots for: black sheer fabrics, boiler suits, and (more recent fave), wetsuits for land-lubbing...AND some Na'vi-esque coiffure action!
Knit shorts and a lightly quilted, zippered water bottle shaped cape. Odd at first glance, but actually clever when thinking of the Brazilian climate.
Love a good boiler suit...
And for all you fashion forward Aqua Men out there - the half wetsuit topped with a sheer hoodie.