Did my sister's makeup as a take on Pierrot the Clown for a dressup party the other night. Was really fun to have free reign and do something a little less wearable.
Speaking of dressups, can't wait for Halloween at our friend's home/church tomorrow night... Matea and I are working on our costumes as I type...doing some pretty cool makeups on Sunday that I'll blog too.




Dries has done it again.


Photos from Jak & Jil


These costume department posts are always on the verge of becoming incomprehensibly long winded, due to the number of people involved in any particular film and their other work.

So. Prepare yourself.

Recently I met up with Michael Clements, a local photographer, and he suggested I watch There's Only One Sun directed by Wong Kar Wai. I's so glad he did as it's a gorgeous short film with beautiful costumes and cinematography. It features Amelie Daure as Agent 006, the main character.

Unfortunately I can't find any reference to who the costume designer might be. Regardless, here are some stills of the costumes, with the tulle/organza coats making the most frequent appearances.

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Wong Kar Wai's other films include; 2046Chungking Express and In the Mood For Love.

There are many individuals that have roles in film production that often do not get credited due to their comparatively smaller roles. One of these is Stephan Pilon Lectez, who was in charge of the car sequences, cave interior, final colour grading and beauty work on There's Only One Sun. His other work includes visual effects on Beyonce's Sweet Dreams video, Jean Paul Gaultiers J.P.G : 45 video and many more.

Beyonce wears a black outfit by Roberto Cavalli, gold robot suit by Thierry Mugler and jewellery by Bijules designer Jules Kim.

- Matea



I'm not sure who this is by, but holy fuck.
Found on Rackk and Ruin.



Steph said to me,  "I've always dreamed of having a clear love heart bag...!"
I said, "Really? I'll make you one."

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- Matea



Just last week we got a sneak peek of some of the TAFE SA fashion design students' work. I for one was very interested to see what they came up with, as I often pass many of them in the hallways at TAFE and wonder what they are working on. Some very interesting things it appears!

I've handpicked my favourites here; they feature one garment from the six that they have made for their graduating collections.

If you like what you're seeing, you can see more at the Adelaide Fashion Festival (5th - 13th November).
The 2010 TAFE SA Graduate Parade will be held at Prince Alfred College on the 6th of November, if you want to attend, head to the Adelaide Fashion Festival website.

We will definitely be there, busting to see the rest of these collections...

The festival also has many other great shows and events on offer; a Fashion and Beauty Workshop, Chambord SA Designers Fashion Showcase, Parades on Unley and more. You can check out the program here.

Anyway, here are the pics!

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Photography: Phebe Rendulic /  Model: Jane from Finesse

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Photography: Benjamin McLaren / Model: Paige from Finesse

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Photography: Briana Orr / Model: Annabel from Finesse

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Photography: Benjamin McLaren / Model: Lucy Harrison from Finesse

All hair and makeup is by TAFE SA Hair and Beauty students and all photography is by TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts students.

- Matea



Though the weather is heading in an entirely different direction, my mind is heaving to the dark and heavy.

Here's an awesome tune I discovered this morning to accompany the tribal nature of this post:
Emmanuel Jal - Kuar (Olof Dreijer Remix)

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Costume Department Jedi Blazer : Maurie & Eve Black Dress : Sportsgirl Combat Boots : Vintage Rune Necklace : Vintage Animal Horn Necklace : My own holsters

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I bought this necklace at the Gilles Street Market a while ago for just a few dollars. It looks like a vial of blood, and it very well could be, but it just as well may be food colouring. This is most definitely one of my favourite pieces of jewellery.

- Matea



Former Adelaide local Alex Dubois (now Melbourne based) has just launched the first issue (00 : THE BARE ISSUE) of his most recent venture, FAINT Magazine. He was kind enough to feature me as a designer in the first issue, which can be viewed here.

Now, I didn't know Alex very well before being in contact with him for this issue, and as such didn't really know what to expect. I can honestly tell you though, I was left thoroughly impressed.

The issue features such a diverse selection of editorials and designer profiles that I really had a hard time picking a shot to present you with for this post.

Really, all I can say is: go and browse the 00 : THE BARE ISSUE now, and click to view in fullscreen mode. Clocking in at a whopping 182 pages there is DEFINITELY a lot to browse, especially since there is no advertising.

It is also worth mentioning that FAINT Magazine is currently accepting submissions for the second issue; AS ABOVE,SO BELOW. So check out the site for submission guidelines and deadlines.

1. A laboriously selected preview of the mag.

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A FAINT VISION photographed by Sara Lofwander

2. A preview of their feature on myself.

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Thank you to Tully Walter who wrote the article, it is definitely the most flattering review of my work to date :)

- Matea



Our first trip to the beach this summer; today.

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- Matea



I went searching for jewels and found a bunch, so here I'm gonna share :)



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No.4 looks exactly like the one Sally posted on her tumblr a few days ago, and I should mention TinEye was very useful in pinning down this particular ring.

All images are from their associated linked sites.

- Matea



These three candles have been on steady rotation for the past few weeks.
From left to right: Diptyque's Figuier, Comme des Garcons' 2 and Malin & Goetz's Cannabis candle.

- Sal



A few days ago I was getting myself all in a flurry not being able to decide what to wear, and settled on this shirt I brought from Workshop. It looked a bit "meh" just with the leggings so I explored it's possibilities...and ended up with a dress. Note: I have a sewing machine, but can't ever really be bothered setting it up, so you'll find that if you can be bothered, you can replace the safety pins with thread.

Oh, the leggings are these; the wet look pantyhose from Black Milk. I've always wanted shiny tights that don't finish at the ankle and aren't latex or hugely expensive. Love them.

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Here's a quick run-through, of how to DO IT YOURSELF!

First you're gonna need a massive shirt, and for the purposes of this DIY, one with buttoned cuffs. This one was marked a size 18. The massiver the better. And, one metre of clear 5mm wide elastic (clear is better as it tacks to itself and will not likely undo even from a single knot, and isn't visually invasive), and two safety pins.
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Then get the left arm's sleeve and thread the end of the elastic into the button hole and knot.

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At some point (illustrated below) near the side seam of the right hand side, pin two safety pins, just for reference later.

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Then you put the shirt on backwards, putting your left arm into a sleeve, folding the collar under, wrapping the remaining arm (with elastic attached) under your right armpit and around your waist. Pull the elastic further around your waist until it meets at the front again at it's starting point, and wrap around the button on the cuff to secure in place.

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Now you'll find that the back butt area is a bit ridiculous so just pull any fabric from behind you to your left hip, where you should find the safety pins we placed earlier. Use these to connect the front and back. If there is bunching of fabric in the small of your back, just tuck it under the sleeve-waistbelt

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DONE! ...and look at that, you even have a back shoulder pocket if you're lucky ;)

- Matea