Sunday, February 28, 2010

monday links (early!)

- A fantastic article on the history of technology and its social effects, here.

- Who ever thought you'd be able to deconstruct a toaster? Wow.

- Fashion Notebook; a set of beautiful scrapbook pages on Flickr using pages torn out of fashion magazines. Some of these pages have such amazing colour schemes. Things like this make me wish I had more time for my scrapbook Moleskine.

- Gender bending some of the great thinkers, artists and leaders here. Why not?

- Beautiful iPhone and iPod cases here.

- And what I think is the most important link, Collective Shout. Everyone should take a good look at this site, I think it's a really great initiative battling a increasing problem facing all females. If you're in Australia, you may have already heard about it (Melinda Tankard Reist has been doing a lot of press lately), and I recommend signing up to the site for access to a selection of blogs, videos and outside links on all kinds of relevant material. Also check out Melinda's website here, and another of my favourite female activists/writers, Virginia Haussegger's blog here.

[image from Bjork's Hyperballad videoclip]

Saturday, February 27, 2010

i go through all this

Drowning in fifty kinds of stress at the moment.
Fashion week posts coming super soon!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

stuff &things

The amazing Zanita has tagged me with this little quiz. Seriously, check out her blog if you haven't already.

What is the most worn item of clothing in your wardrobe?
Probably my American Apparel tri-blend slouchy jumpers or deep V t-shirts. I wear them to bed, to class, to the shops ... anywhere and everywhere.

It’s Oscar night and you can be dressed by any designer, who would you choose?

What trend are you tired of?
Obnoxious gladiator sandals (or worse - those slip on shoes with fabric covering only your heel and ankle. Please explain?), and maxi dresses (mainly the ugly ones, that's not really a trend though is it .. oh well).

If you could give any celebrity a makeover, who would it be?
Rihanna, hands down. And less of a makeover, more of a makeunder so she would stop looking like such a try-hard the whole time. I like her but for god's sake! You can make a statement without looking like an idiot.

Who is your celebrity style icon and why?
I don't really have an icon per se, but I love all kinds of celebrity style - fashion forward like GaGa, simple like Kirsten Dunst, ever-changing like Chloe Sevigny etc etc.

I tag Softest Grey and Velveteen.

Anyhow. I'm heading to Sydney this morning for a long weekend of shopping, Soundwave-ing, and who knows what else. There is a pair of Burberry gumboots in the city David Jones with my name on it (Tacky? Probably. Necessary? You know it.), and hopefully Newtown op-shops will be overflowing with great things for me to buy too.

Monday, February 15, 2010

what my winter is going to look like

All of these are from the Viktor&Rolf pre-fall collection.
New York Fashion Week is on at the moment and I'm trying to find coherent and non-boring collections to post about. It's proving to be difficult so stay tuned, if only to see the really horrible/funny looks I intend on posting.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

monday links (on a tuesday night)

- One of the funniest sites in the vein of FMyLife, Sorry I Missed Your Party etc, Unhappy Hipsters.

- A look at what Monopoly is doing for its 75th birthday, here.

- The Print Society, a place to find a great range of artists' work on display (and for sale too!). Plus the layout is killer.

- A very interesting (though not exactly recent) interview with photographer Juergen Teller on his craft, and the philosophy he holds, here.

- E-waste, a photographic series showing a side of technology that I've frankly never thought about. This series is appealing both intellectually and visually.

[image of Lady GaGa's performance at the Grammy's]

Saturday, February 6, 2010

dare to be one of us girl

Let me start by saying that I hold only glimmers of patriotism for Australian culture (a Hungarian mother and years of French education will do that to you; it's all about Europe for me). However Australian magazines have been putting up a good fight lately - Russh and Vogue in particular. Covers are getting stronger, the editorials are getting more widespread attention, Australian models are getting bigger and bigger (Abbey Lee in particular is huge at the moment, other mentions go to Samantha Harris and Rachel Rutt), and thinking about it all recently gave me a tingle of pride in having such great work come out of this country. I hope to be a part of it one day soon.

On a side note - the brights trend is everywhere at the moment, and the way it's being presented in these magazines is turning even my head. Despite being in 'hurry up winter!' mode, I find myself being attracted by this aesthetic. Bold, bright, sports/swimwear ... all of it is coherent and appealing in a visual way that I don't completely understand.

I've also become fascinated (read: jealous of) by visual thinkers lately, and I've been doing a lot of reading on design and related theory. Unfortunately I'm unable to take a class in that area this coming semester, but I do have a class that is going to touch on sub-editing and design at some point so I'm really looking forward to it.

Happy weekend! I'm going to make vegetable soup tonight, lounge around in extra cosy pyjamas after this incredibly long week, hopefully finish a couple of books, and see Precious at the movies tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

i heart stationery

Nothing like brand new stationery to boost your mood, drain your bank account and prepare for the semester ahead, all in one sweeping spree. I'm loving Kikki K and Typo in the Canberra Centre at the moment. It's fantastic to see places like these build a solid reputation with their own merchandise and then add more and more far-reaching (yet relevant and coherent) products to their stores; ie: Moleskines and helpbooks at Kikki K, quirky homewares at Typo. They're both great examples of lifestyle brands with very considered aesthetics, something I think we need more of in Canberra. If only I didn't want to re-do my office, bedroom, kitchen (and pencilcase!) every time I go into one of these stores ...