30.7.10

TODAY

Today was a bit of an unexpected surprise. I woke to find my face plastered across the front page of our main local newspaper, The Advertiser! I was expecting this to be featured on page 26 or something, not the cover on a friday... Fashion and art trumped sport, yay! Anyway, it was there because The Advertiser's Samela Harris came into Tafe earlier in the week to do a story on the Footwear Department's exhibition in the Barlow Shoes shopfront on Rundle Mall as a part of the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) week. 
Please go in to Barlow's after Aug 5th to check out the exhibition and vote for my shoes! The winning voter will get a $150 voucher to spend in the store, so there's something in it for you too! :)


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On a darker note, I saw this vehicle on my way home today. Sal and I encountered a hearse earlier today too so this was a bit of a hearsy day. Quite fittingly embellished I think... I like the creeping fingers effect in the first pic.

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 - Matea

29.7.10

LACED UP

Tafe has started again, holidays are done, and it's back to the shoemaking.
This week I managed to finish a white pair of oxfords, and here they are. The tie-up concept turned out better than I expected, so I'm happy! :) The idea is that anything can replace the laces, clear elastic, bright laces, leather strapping, chains...


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 - Matea

26.7.10

Jil Sander S/S 1996

Came across this campaign recently...even though I was six when it came out. Love Jil Sander, Guinevere van Seenus, and Craig McDean. WINNER.






- Sally



25.7.10

DOE, A DEER.

Soooooooo the other night I went to a friends 21st, and to my delight it was a dress-up party. AN ANIMAL THEMED DRESS-UP PARTY. Cue me trawling through Style.com to look for Viktor & Rolf's Fall 2004 RTW show, one of the first shows I ever paid attention to when I was 14 and new to the whole fashion thing.
It obviously left a lasting impression.







I am wearing cream and black dresses by ACNE, mesh dress by AA, necklace from Oxfam and armour ring by Vivienne Westwood.
Photos by Ryan Polei.

- Sally




23.7.10

RECENT ACQUISITIONS

Some of my recent acquisitions...


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Sunglasses from Forever 21 : Ring from markets at Womad : Earrings from Kuma on Rundle Street : Knockoff Miu Miu Heels from iOffer : Peach Lawn Tee from American Apparel

The interesting thing with the Miu Miu shoes is that I found them absolutely abhorrent when I first saw them. After seeing them around, combined with different outfits on the net I came round and kinda sorta fell in love with them. That said, I don't have $600 or so US dollars to go throwing around at nice sparkly things so I opted for the knock off version. I guess this kind of works in with the fact that my relationship of like-age with them is quite temperamental. I have to say though, they are probably the comfortable heels I own. The earrings are part of my "rave" obsession.


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Lilac Sunglasses from Topshop Unique : 2 Live Crew tshirt from ebay  

Love this in-your-face tshirt, it's oversized and outrageous. Sunglasses are again a bit in the "rave" realm, but go quite well with my hair.


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Tribal Earrings from asos : Vintage Leather Tribal Bangle

These earrings were a bargain at $10 from an asos sale, and the bangle was given to me by Ryder's grandmother, Yvonne Harris. She bought it at one of the first exhibitions of Tribal Artwork and Jewellery at London's Liberty, amazing.


 - Matea

21.7.10

COSTUME DEPARTMENT #3

So I finally got around to watching Run, Lola, Run after several months of pestering by my bf. It is a VERY 90s (1998 to be exact) German film directed by Tom Tykwer. Aside from the copious amounts of running, as you'd expect from a film with "run" in it's title twice, it was really good and I would recommend watching it.
Now, onto the style related!


1. First up, I LOVED Lola's (played by Franka Potente) ridiculously home-y/90s/euro outfit. She remains in the same outfit throughout. It consists of a diy cut off singlet crop top in a teal-ish blue colour, checked green wide fit pants, white bra, Dr Marten shoes and a loose belt with attached coin pouch. Oh and her fantastic bright orange hair, although I'd have preferred it if it wasn't verging on dreads.

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(she has a pet turtle!!)


2. Her grungy jewellery. This diy looking necklace, and her random assortment of rings; a big silver bauble, what looks like Bruce Lee wearing a tiara, and a colourful gemlike one.
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3. Also of note, her bf Manni's arm tattoo. I have no idea what it is of, but it really caught my eye. Lola also has tattoos but they can't really be seen clearly in any scene.
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The costume designer on this film was Monika Jacobs who interestingly enough was the costume designer on one of my favourite films, Wings of Desire. Christa Krista was the hair designer, one of the makeup artists was Babette Broseke who also did makeup for the TV series Lexx and the other makeup artist was Margit Neufink.

I was quite suprised to find that Franka Potente who plays Lola, has also had acting roles in The Bourne Supremacy, Romulus My Father, Blow and TV show House M. D.


- Matea

19.7.10

READS #2

A little while ago I bought Jonathan Zawada's Spring/Summer 2010 FASHEMATICAL zine, you can still buy it here. Zawada has done many other amazing things; Petit Mal, Trust Fun, designing the print for Tina Kalivas' Totem collection, sunglasses colab with Colab and The Presets and much more, check out his work at www.zawada.com.au.

So just a heads up, be sure to check Zawada's site because a new FASHEMATICAL zine will be available in a few weeks, and Issue 3 of Petit Mal will be available in late September!


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 - Matea

18.7.10

COSTUME DEPARTMENT #2

Sal and I went to see Predators today and I would say it was an alright movie. Many, many, MANY questions were left unanswered, but I guess not answering questions is what you've gotta do if you want to have material for a sequel. I won't go into all the film details, because, well, this isn't a movie review blog, now is it?

Predators has made it into the "Costume Department" category for one reason; Alice Braga who plays Isabelle wears an Alexander Wang Bianca Vest Bag throughout the film. I mean, the union makes sense, Isabelle is all out military and no doubt we've all been touting the military aspects of Alexander Wang's designs for a while now. The person who I assume made this happen is Predators' costume designer Nina Proctor. She was also the costume designer on Sin City where she modified kimonos for Devon Aoki, as well as Planet Terror and Death Proof.


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 - Matea

17.7.10

COSTUME DEPARTMENT #1

I thought I may share with you, notable outfits and costume design from the films I have recently seen.
First up is Last Year at Marienbad, a French film directed by Alain Resnais in 1961. It's a very mysterious and repetitive movie that explores memories, dejavu and the possibility of a relationship between the two main characters. An accurate way to explain the film would be to say that it was painstaking to watch but very satisfying to have watched it.
Delphine Seyrig who plays the main brunette (there are no names given to characters) wears only a few different outfits throughout the film. Two of those particularly took my fancy.


1. This light coloured floaty dress, with a pleated knee length skirt and tight bustier, and my favourite aspect of it; the mesh/chiffon covering her shoulders and arms.

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2. I think this black dress is the same or quite similar to the lighter one above, but this time, topped off with an awesome tribal looking necklace.

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The costume designer was Bernard Evein, who was also costume designer on Lola, Bay of Angels and A Taste For Women. The key makeup artist was Alexandre Marcus who was also makeup artist on many other films in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

 - Matea

10.7.10

TWO THINGS

1. Mark Fast for Topshop is now available online!


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2. Monki has confirmed that they are opening their online store in September!


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ONLINE PURCHASES AHOY!!


 - Matea

5.7.10

DRIES VAN NOTEN MENSWEAR SPRING/SUMMER 2011

I've been thinking about this all day. Dries is the king of prints and this method of bleaching denim to create a paint-splatter effect is sure to be the next big thing. Its like. A 90's surfer dude thats grown up and out of tie-dye and moved inland a little. NEXT LEVEL SHIT.








- Sally

BODICE #1

Last week I finally got around to making  the Barbarella inspired bodice. It's made of a thick clear PVC and it's riveted together, not sewn. I didn't follow any pattern to make it, I just put the PVC against myself, and with the help of my very helpful boyfriend, I marked on where I thought the darts and cuts should go. Voila!


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Hand-made bodice worn with Maison Martin Margiela Bodysuit


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Barabarella and her fantastic costume; inspiration for the bodice. Image: julaberry




 - Matea

2.7.10

WAR D' ROBE SALE - NOW UP!

I'm clearing out my wardrobe in preparation for winter and warm, bulky purchases. At the moment I've just put up two pairs of shoes, the Alexander Wang Abbey High Heel Sandal and the Ashish for Topshop Pony Hair wedges. Check them out in the WAR D' ROBE SALE link on the left hand side, or alternatively just click this. 
Enjoy!

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 - Matea