Thursday, October 23, 2014


To mark the launch of the first phase of newly re-mastered versions of Led Zeppelin's nine studio albums, the band have collaborated with Paul Smith to produce a series of exceptional limited edition scarves to be sold exclusively in-store and online. The design of the artwork for the first three releases – "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" – has been reinterpreted on three different scarves each measuring 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres. Images from the soon to be released "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses of the Holy" have been jacquardwoven onto two further scarves and a brand new spectacular design has been created for the sixth scarf. No expense has been spared in the methods used and the fabrics employed to produce these extraordinary items, each of which will be available in a limited edition of 50. 

The scarves will be available to purchase exclusively from and from Paul Smith Albemarle Street London from today.  


Last Saturday I decided to meet up with a friend of mine, Jasmine; for brunch and a trip to the National Gallery of Victoria for The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier, which recently opened. The NGV is located on St. Kilda Road, quite close to the city so there we a multitude of brunch options for us to choose from. It ended up being a toss up between The Kettle Black in South Melbourne and Jardin Tan, which is located at the entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens. As neither of us had been to Jardin Tan before, we decided to check it out. 

Getting off the '1' tram from Albert Park, it hadn’t occurred to me that the walk from the NGV to Jardin Tan was a little longer than I initially thought, so when I arrived I immediately grabbed a fresh homemade strawberry sparkling water. Jas arrived a few minutes later and after what seemed like an hour of chatting between us and three attempts by the waiter to take our order, we finally decided on some share dishes from the main menu as breakfast had finished at 11.30. Yes Melbourne you read that correct, Jardin Tan finishes breakfast at 11.30. I personally don’t know anywhere that finishes breakfast before 2pm in this city so whoever made that decision needs a good speaking to.

The cafe itself is large and quite open, so I opted for a table in the courtyard out back. It was a beautiful day, if not a tad overcast – but beautiful nonetheless. We started off with some coffees, which came out exactly how we wanted them; mine was nice and hot just how I like it. We ordered the Chả cá chiên giòn, which is prawn & sweet potato fritters, finished with a green chili pickle on the side. Next we ordered the Bánh xèo, which is a Pork, shrimp and bean sprout mix encased in a crispy pancake. The dish came with large iceberg lettuce leaves and coriander and I enjoyed breaking bits of the pancake off and wrapping it all up with some spicy sauce. Delicious. Along with a Vietnamese slaw, our last dish was the Gà chiên. Fried pieces of chicken, accompanied with Jardin Tan's firecracker sauce. These were scrumptious, more-ish and were given a real hot kick when dipped in the firecracker sauce.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk features more than 140 ensembles with accessories, both from the designer’s couture collections and his retail offerings. Created between 1970 and 2014, these pieces, as well as many other objects included in the display, have for the most part never been exhibited before. 

The exhibition celebrates the designer’s daring inventiveness and cutting-edge style through seven themes tracing influences on his creative development, from the streets of Paris to the world of science fiction. Fashion photography is also a major focus of attention, thanks to loans from contemporary photographers and renowned artists of both the artist and his work. 

The exhibit is broken into seven distinct sections entitled Odyssey, The Boudoir, Punk Cancan, Skin Deep, Metropolis, Urban Jungle and Muses. Each section was housed in its own separate room and each was designed with the Gaultier aesthetic in mind. Odyssey was all about Gaultiers childhood influences. The Boudoir was influenced by his time spent around strong women and these pieces are heavily influenced by the art of corsetry. Punk Cancan was all about the influences of inner city Paris and London in the seventies. The raw side of punk, with its Mohawk haircuts, almost tribal makeup, allusions to sex, torn fishnet stockings, black, kilts, bondage straps, mixing of genders and materials spoke to Gaultier more than the strict conventions of couture in Paris.

Skin Deep focuses on his work from the early 1980s, where he began introducing a diversity of genres, 
a wide range of looks that encompassed even the hypersexualised and the transgendered. As a child who had suffered from his 'different' sexual identity, he offered one and all the freedom to choose their own identity. 

My excellent iPhone died just after we moved onto Metropolis, which is a shame as the entire exhibit is one giant camera friendly experience. Metropolis was all about the late 1970s and how Gaultier borrowed from the realms of science fiction and the emerging sounds of new wave and house music. He stayed ahead of the fashion pack by introducing high-tech materials such as vinyl, lycra and neoprene to his ready to wear collections.

Urban Jungle was probably the section that really got people in and around the clothes. It was a larger space and was all about the multiculturalism that Gaultier wanted to inject into the world of fashion. It lead onto what was probably my favourite section of the exhibit, Muses; which showcased some of his best red carport designs. Worn by the likes of Cate Blanchet and Nicole Kidman, it was a stunning way to end what was a spectacular exhibit.

National Gallery Of Victoria
180 St. Kilda Road,
VIC 3000 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


This month see's Blake Lively take prime position on the cover of Vogue Australia's November issue. Utilizing the Mario Testino shoot that was used in the August issue of the US edition, Lively discusses everything from her marriage to Ryan Reynolds, her love of Martha Stewart, to her recently launched eCommerce & content driven website, Perserve. Its a fantastic issue and once I have been devouring over the last week.

Friday, October 3, 2014


So I've been keeping this one a big secret for a few weeks now but I am so glad to be able to share with you that my pal and the sensational Fashion Illustrator and Author Megan Hess has been working with one of my favourite actors and bloggers, Gwyneth Paltrow on a new range of illustrations for Paltrow's partnership with Blo Blow Dry Bars in the US. 

The image was used to launch a partnership between Blo Blow Dry Bar, celebrity hairstylist David Babaii and Paltrow, to communicate Blo’s ‘new vision'. The popular chain of blowout bars, of which there are over 45 in the U.S., Canada and the Philippines, announced its partnership with Paltrow and Babaii, who are close friends, back in May. 

I recently popped this image on the Wintour&Guinness Instagram page and I've had tonnes of people come up to me over the last few days commenting about how amazing the piece is. This is one collaboration I am looking forward to seeing more of in the near future. 

For more information on Blo Blow Dry Bars make sure to click through here to the companies website. 


Truth be told, I have given Marie Claire Australia a rather tough time over the last few years and with good reason. The magazine has really been a poor cousin to the American and British editions and for me the Aussie edition is filled far too much with beauty editorial that is obviously included to keep advertisers happy. Flicking through three years worth of issues last weekend, there really wasn't that much that blew me away, which was surprising considering its popularity in Australia. It doesn't excite me the way, lets say Harper's BAZAAR or Vogue Australia do each month and I rarely if ever get excited by their covers. That was until I received this months issue and was blown away by how amazing Robyn Lawley looked. One of the things that I want from an Australian magazine each month is editorial and a cover that screams Australia to me. I don't want to keep seeing American actresses on the cover when its an Australian magazine and this month, what with the summer months approaching; Lawley perfectly exemplifies what I think about when I think about the summer months spent down under. Make sure to grab a copy this month to check out the wonderful photo shoot which accompanies an interview between Lawley and Marie Claire editor Jackie Frank.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


One of the greatest pleasures in life is when friends and family make the long (very long) journey down south to Australia to visit. It’s been a great year so far for visitors, what with my parent’s trip in July and just recently my good friend Kaley May took a trip down under in August. 

Kaley had lived in Melbourne for a year back in 2012, so knew her way around the city and had a list of places and people she wanted to see making the planning for me very easy. We did all the usual touristy things that people do, dumplings at Miss Chu, gelato at Gelato Messina and a trip to the recently opening Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford for a few drinks with friends.

With her flight home scheduled for midnight on the Saturday, we had a whole day together before she left and having ticked off everything on her list, we were left with an opportunity to visit somewhere completely new. With several visitors over the last three years, it’s a hard task to find somewhere completely new for me, but we found somewhere, just outside Melbourne that all of us hadn't visited; Werribee Park. 
Werribee Park is an estate located just outside of Melbourne which includes the historical building, Werribee Park Mansion, the Victoria State Rose Garden, formal gardens, the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, the Werribee Open Range Zoo, a contemporary sculpture walk and there is also the Mansion Hotel and Conference Centre. The Park was purchased by the Victoria State Government in 1973 and was opened as a tourist attraction in 1977. 

After a brief walk around of the mansions exterior, we made our way through the gardens, taking a brief hiatus at the greenhouses before moving to the rose garden. The Werribee rose garden is separated from the mansion's formal gardens by a Heritage Border featuring unusual and historic roses from around the world. In bloom from October to May, the roses are at their most magnificent from November to April.

It was a beautiful way to end her trip and a real eye opener for me. If ever there was a place more perfect for an afternoon picnic in the sun with friends, its this place. The place was buzzing with crowds of people, kites flying around the sky and the sun shining. It couldn't have been a better way to end such a fantastic two weeks with such as great friend. 

For more information on any of the above make sure to check out the Parks Victoria website here

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Although I've only got to see a copy of the above today for the first time, I have a good feeling about the latest issue of Harper's BAZAAR. Model Alessandra Ambrosio covers the October issue and if there was anyone that deserved the coveted position of cover star of The Body Issue, Alessandra Ambrosio definitely does in my opinion. Alessandra has been a firm fixture on the Australian fashion scene over the years having walked for Alex Perry's MBFWA 2014 show earlier in the year and this cover, with Ambrosio wearing Prada is going to make Australia fall in love with her even more. The October issue is sale now. 


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