Monday, May 28, 2012

It's a Gif Party

You wouldn't blame Ana Ljubinkovic for exploitng the GIF frenzy that has taken the internet into the palm of its hand and captivated it - one tiny jerky frame change at a time. And exploit it she does - the fun little motions perfectly complement the fun designs. And holy crap at that pearl strawberry motif running throughout - AND THE FREAKIN' REINDEER SHOES. Are you serious? I'm confused as to why I even bother with shoes when REINDEER SHOES WITH FLOWERS EXIST. This is quirky done right - from the voluminous shoulders right down to the scalloped hems. Somehow Ana has taken architectural and structure and forced it into a winning relationship with grandma-florals and a cloud-like fluidity.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ghetto Fabulous

I know I'm a little late on the fashion week posts but there are things in my life that need to be done outside blogging. Those things, in a list form, is something like this (in priority order):
  • Diablo 3 (this is the only game I play. My dad and I used to play Diablo 1 and 2 together when I was very young. It is a demon/horror type game, so yes, I shat my pants everytime I played it at age 10 and it could probably explain away a lot of things wrong with me now. Let's not get into it and just focus on how fricken' awesome #3 is.)
  • Skipping class to go to shoe warehouse sales. Unfortunately, this is not the first or last time it's happened/going to happen. Take a look at this picture...can you blame me?
  • Eating whole cans of Pringles. 
  • Having dreams of being a chef for dogs.
  • University assignments (it's exam/final essay season and my procrastination is kicking my butt.)

I was sitting in a food court during my lunch break today, eating an on-special ($5, WHAT UP) plastic container of stale rice and sub-par teriyaki fish. They were playing The Prince of Bel-Air on the television screens and as I raised the plastic spoonful of terrible food-court grade Japanese into my mouth, Will Smith came on rocking a backwards cap and a gold jacket. I made sad puppy-dog eyes at the televison screen, teriyaki sauce breath coming out in small clouds as I muttered to myself. Me in this jacket, and Will Smith? Two peas in a pod. I forgot the point of that story - but how awesome is this Pennyworth jacket? (you should check out their other stuff, there is a super cool couple behind it all who have rad taste) It was actually incredibly light and the oversized boxy shape was perfect to layer with.

I'm not even going to talk about my fur shoes/fur vest combo - the looks I attracted at uni said it all.

Gold bomber jacket: Pennyworth Vintage
White tee: Off my bedroom floor
Necklace: Modcloth
Fur vest: Wish Clothing
Floral pants: Thrifted
Shoes: Senso

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Leather Blazing

Outfit photos by Amie, a reader.

Leather jacket - Viparo
Blouse - Thrifted
Necklace - Dallas & Carlos
Faux leather pants - Zara

Leather jackets inject that little bit of insouciance into any outfit - they bring a bit of bite, a bit of effortless edge. They're a bit of a sartorial knife sharpener. Although I do immediately have gut instincts to buy a Harley Davidson, tattoo every second part of my body and speak only in swear words when I reach for a leather jacket, the good people at Viparo have buttery-soft pieces beyond your tough moto jacket.

They do a mean cropped biker, but also have shorts and skater skirts in the richest deep purple and muted mustard shades. I picked out their collarless leather blazer - I've been looking for a decent black basic blazer but everything I find just seems way too vanilla, nothing quite remarkable that sets it apart as a basic (I know basics are meant to be just that - basic, but my need for the outrageous and the blingtastic overrides all). This is the perfect alternative - a classic shape but in a soft-as-a-baby's-inner-elbow leather. They'll be stationed at 100 Squared at the basement level of Pitt St Westfield. If you can't drag your ass out of bed in this freezing weather (I don't blame you. I change clothes in bed. I eat in bed. I do homework in bed.), you can shop their online store and get 10% off with this code: JESSLOVESFRED10

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Canine Chic

Probably my favourite photo, ever. He looks like he's telling me a joke!

The wonderful team at Trade Secret had me on board a few weeks back to play dress-ups with and generally run amuck in a picteresque, nearby park. Notable highlights of the day included befriending a gorgeous dog that looked a bit similar to the faux fur vest I chose. His name escapes me, but he was a bonafide model - sitting still and licking my face at all the right moments. Look out for him on the next editorial spread in Vogue - "Canine Chic". He'll be the one in the beret. You can't miss him.

I know this blog should be renamed to "99 problems and being a broke student is all of them", but it's handy in some regards. Trade Secret is good for that - all their stock is current season stock you could easily find in department stores, but you know...60% off. And that definitely doesn't hurt.

What I'm wearing (whole outfit under $100, all available from Trade Secret):
Shirred vest - $24.95
Faux Fur vest - $39.95
Felt hat - $16.95
Messenger bag - $10
Shoes and sunnies - My own

Filming by James Chappell / Music Make You Move by Small Talk

I'm not quite sure why I look like a turd in the video (seriously, agh!) but I thought I'd share it anyway cause it's super cute.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Disco Disco

My two favourite looks from the Met Gala 2012. Carey Mulligan in Prada and Bianca Brandolini D'Adda in Dolce & Gabbana. Look at that second picture. Carey's dress is REFLECTING ON HER FACE. It almost looks like the beginnings of a fire is eating away at her chin - complete perfection. There is nothing better than dressing like a disco ball on the red carpet. I imagine you'd have someone follow you with an old school boom-box on their shoulder and whenever you moved, people would dance. They wouldn't be able to help it - their limbs just start spasmodically jerking and before you know it you have an impromptu disco. That's what I call red-carpet dressing for social good.

And just quickly: the winners from last night's giveaway: EVERYONE! Everyone's getting a pass. Check your inboxes. x

Monday, May 7, 2012

Up close and personal (Part 1)

Some street-style deets - kicking it off with what looks like pants that a fish would wear to a disco.

An alternative studded take on the British flag and some sequin-happy bokeh.

Jysla's Miss Unkon knit and YSL clutch. I couldn't stop petting her - she was like a big, shaggy, cuddly rug.

ASOS collar tips.

Jane Barnes' crazy headgear. Pop art meets motorcycle safety.

Thanks to Fashion Gallery at eBay (who have partnered with the imitable Candice Lake), I've got five double passes to give away for Fashion Weekend (worth $40 a pop) this weekend from Friday the 11th to Sunday the 13th. There'll be a catwalk show with looks from the likes of Bec & Bridge, Maurie & Eve and Miss Unkon and it's pretty much a four day excuse to go a bit crazy on the spending. Come join me - you won't have an excuse considering I'm giving away these passes for FREE (free is a student's favourite word). You can only enter until tomorrow night at 9PM so leave a comment with your e-mail and I'll be choosing the winners randomly tomorrow night.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ash To Gold

Ash To Gold was the stand-out at the New Generation 2 show, for me. Wonderful fluidity in the white, gauze-like basics anchored by dashes of neon and that incredible punchy print - like looking through the film of water at a cracked ocean bed. And don't get me started on those accessories - I am a nutjob when it comes to things to weigh down my neck, arms and hands with - and these prism bags and cuffs are scratching me in all the right ways. Someone needs to take that traingular prism cuff and marry it with the a laser function and I will happily don it and destroy all evil things. You can call me Triangle Girl. I will wear a Pyramid. There will be upside down triangular prisms strapped to my feet. "That will make it difficult to walk!" you say. But, consider this - who needs to walk... when you can fly. Because those upside-down triangular prism-shoes will actually be mini jet packs.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Breakfast Juice

Cropped orange top: Vintage deadstock via Etsy / Flared skirt: ASOS / Kimono: Thrifted / Wedges: Senso sample sale / Belt: Thrifted

Being at both university and fashion week, alternating between getting my fur shoes stared at with the concentrated confusion and apprehension of a million university students in tracksuit pants...and then having the same shoes praised and admired at fashion week. Fashion week is like an alternative universe that exists for one week a year and is inhabited by leggy, impossibly well-dressed creatures walking back and forth across the road in step with the shutter sound of a million street-style photographers. It was my first year, so I was kind of overwhelmed by the amount of style that surrounded me. A tiny sliver of a photo diary:

The rad wooden sunglasses of the Pedestrian.TV street style photographer who snapped me. Wood and natural timber textures seem to be popping up on accessories everywhere lately. I love it - some of my favies: WeWOOD watches, Karvt iPhone skins and J.C. Wooden heels.

Breakfast with Audrey x The Iconic blogger breakfast at Guylian cafe. Can I get a hell yeah for death by chocolate.

Marcus from MARTANMain's rad Dion Lee.

Axel the dog - he was about the same size as me if I got on all fours.

Yasmin Sewell style-stalking. I'm all for bringing Hawaiian shirts into trend - maybe put a few cocktail umbrellas into your topknot and you're all set. Tourist chic (being Asian and holding around a big camera means I'm tourist chic 24/7)

Connie from K is for Kani and I being filmed by Mister Newton!

Ending the post with bag-porn.