Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Summer has ended and the air is crisp

I have a number of posts lined up, but as a uni essay calls, let the photos speak for themselves. These were 10 of my favourite photos from the summer that has passed. A long summer free of schoolwork, and instead filled with sand, the smell of salt, a moonlight festival and a scrumptious Christmas lunch.  

SB - Bethany's Photography

SB - Bethany's Photography

SB - Bethany's Photography

Most of these photos were taken by myself, but special thanks to the Bethany for the inspiring photography from SB :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Are festival fashions going too far?

I'm back. Yes, I know I have been a major slacker in terms of this blogging business, but uni has become crazier than expected. 

Let's just say the workload (including chasing randoms, proclaiming that I am a "freelance journalist"... don't you just wish you could say that?!) compensates for the lack of hours I have face-to-face at uni.

So amidst my 2 uni blogs, an essay on witches, pestering the council for information for an article all of us first year kids know will most likely be slaughtered, and a fair chunk of reading, I am sitting down to write something; the latest post in nearly two weeks (see my sad looking archives down the bottom of the page).

I've also been putting it off because it feels wrong posting something so trivial in comparison to the aftermath that the earthquake and subsequent tsunami have left in Japan. I think the whole thing reminds us that whilst our lives may seem important and problems may seem big, it is likely to be very small in comparison to the suffering of others, particularly in Japan, Christchurch and Queensland at the moment.

With that in mind, I am going to post a mere observation of mine that I noticed in relation to the Future Music Festival the other day to keep my three friends who "religiously" check this page, happy. Thanks guys :)

Without ostracising myself indefinitely as a seriously uncool person, I am fascinated by the fashion that festival-goers have evolved into wearing.

Lindsay Lohan @ Coachella Music Festival, California 2010

I understand that jumping up and down in a large pack undoubtedly makes you very hot and sweaty, thus you need to dress accordingly. But does that mean that you need to wear a pair of cut-off denims that don't even cover your bottom, and a singlet cut-away so much that you have some obvious side-boob action going on? True story but I'm sure that wouldn't surprise you.

I don't want to sound like an old-fashioned prude, but I personally think there should be a line where you know you should stop. It's becoming almost like a cult where you know if you didn't dress in this way (though not necessarily to this extent), you would feel quite the odd one out.

As they say, if you've got the legs, flaunt them. Just not to the extent where your shorts are so short that you defeat the purpose of wearing them.

Ciao until next time (which could possibly be a while...).

P.S. I'm putting a poll at the bottom of this page regarding this post. Interested to hear what you think!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A minor rant - why won't you smile?!

Models. Now before you all groan and say you've heard it all before, just hang in there. 

It's not about their weight, although whilst I still accept that there are naturally skinny people out there, I do think there should be a wider representation of all shapes and sizes. After all, it is real people who will be buying the garments (though it is debatable as to whether people who shop at Chanel in the way we shop at Sportsgirl are actually considered real...).

Anyhow, the thing that I really don't understand about runway models is why they don't smile. I just don't get it.

So much excitement for parading for Chanel... not!
Though I don't entertain the idea of buying bejewelled lingerie with complementary angel wings, I really admire how the Victoria's Secret models showcase their pearly whites with every show.

I can't be sure it's genuine - it's probably more "I earn the big bucks and have a body you can only dream of... jealous much?". But what I do know is that it makes women (not just men!) a whole lot more interested in what they are promoting.

It's not the models faults, I know. But seriously, will it take a fall to convince them to just have a giggle. So seemed to be the case for Agyness Deyn in February last year (those shoes are getting ridiculously high - ouch!).

Perhaps this no smiles business is an attempt by the fashion industry to present themselves in a more serious light; to ensure that everyone knows they don't take fashion lightly.

However, as the editor in a recent issue of SMH's Essential Style magazine said, clothing should not wear the person. It should be the person wearing the clothing.

This seems a simple enough concept to understand, but many in the fashion industry insist that the model should be a blank canvas on which apparel is showcased.

To them, I say in the nicest way possible, please just get over it. Fashion shows should be fun - give the models something to truly smile about already!

On a bit of a side note, big news has emerged in the past week regarding John Galliano's sacking from Dior, just a week from Paris Fashion Week. I have mentioned in previous posts how I am in awe of Galliano's designs - they truly are incredible, and Dior would have to be my all time favourite label. I always knew Galliano was a bit odd, but his racist, anti-semitic comments have taken it too far. 

The latest print campaign with Natalie Portman
The new face of Dior's signature scent Miss Dior Cherie, Natalie Portman, is calling it quits, telling the New York Times that "In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr Galliano in any way." For the SMH's full article, see

P.S. I'm putting a poll at the bottom of the page as I'm interested to hear what you all think - do you think runway models should smile or is it a matter of professionalism to keep a straight face?