February, 2011

transkei

mike tymbios is a talented photographer and in his own words a real film dork. these are his shots from a recent trip to the transkei. i’ve always wanted to go there & am ashamed of myself that i’ve never been – that feeling multiplied in quick succession with every photograph i saw on mike’s blog. an excellent reminder that our country is ridiculously rad.

also check out his flickr

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period dramas vs street style

hila of le projet d’amour asked me to put together a period drama / street style colour comparison series. my favourite thing! part one of a two part series is here.

 

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Olnick Spanu House

my love for modernist houses is never ending – a trait i share with my brother the architect,  whose knowledge of architecture and rad homes eclipses any one i know. he also has an impressive encyclopedic reference for hilarious simpsons quotes, but that’s a story for another time.

this house is the kind of place i could happily spend some alone time in.

The place is of profound tranquility where after a day of rain and fog an intense light reflects in the stilled mirror of the majestic Hudson River’s deep waters. A place where twilights are a thousand colors as the water breaks into a thousand reflections. A place where the air is clean and calm, and mild. One could say a place that is very close to heaven. In this impressive place, we establish a plane, a platform that underlines the landscape before us, seeking to enhance it.

whoa, pretty much the most poetic architects ever.

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this vibe

i know that a lot of the fashion i post is very bright and quite LOUD on the print scale, but mostly i tend to go for far more neutral colours in real life. black is a favourite… and jeans of course. prints wise mostly things that are pretty chilled. i also love just plain white, grey, navy, light denim blue, dark greens & browney / mustardey colours. i wish i could be more adventurous sometimes. i once stood in an h&m for literally 10 minutes hovering over an electric blue oversized sheer blouse. walked out of there empty handed, and regret it to this day. you idiot! why didn’t you buy that electric blue blouse? and so it went for the next 24 hours on the plane ride home.

blouse / sunglasses / shoes / striped top / watch / ring / bag / boots / earrings / jacket / shirtdress

streetstyle aesthetic / the locals / the streethearts

 

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two years!

tomorrow will mark the blog’s two year birthday.

i’m amazed by how it has grown and incredibly grateful for the wonderful readership it has picked up along the way. i never thought it would become as popular as it has – it was certainly not something i set out to do in the first place. thanks for stopping by, leaving comments, spreading the love, sending kind emails and just generally being nice people.

of course the blog wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for all the talented artists / designers / photographers / vintage lovers and everyone in between whose work and collections i so happily discover and love to share. here’s to you!

have a nice weekend everybody. photo courtesy of superbomba.

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Fumio Watanabe

you know, i swear a LOT in real life. i first spotted Fumio Watanabe‘s work on Kistina’s tumblr, and when i clicked through to his portfolio i actually said, out loud, “fucking hell.” i try to keep things clean on the blog because i know a lot of people don’t appreciate swearing (apologies for all the trash talk) – but i have to be honest with you, his work is so fucking mind blowing i consequently swore more than usual. but in a good way… a great way!

and it’s not digital guys – these are painted! either acrylic or gouache, i’m not sure (lots of japanese to google translate)

 

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mary katrantzou a/w 2011

you might be familiar with the amazing print work of designer mary katrantzou. well, her a/w 2011 collection recently unveiled at london fashion week is no different or any less spectacular. i’m sure you know what i did next…

pairing some of her pieces with decorative oriental prints & ceramics from various auctions at bukowskis

go here to see katrantzou’s non-cropped collection

all runway images courtesy of vogue.co.uk

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family archive

these are the most remarkable vintage photos i have seen in a while. they are from dasha’s flickr, showing her family in the seventies. the colours!

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