Sunday, October 30, 2011

some things



Some things at the moment. New projects for TAFE using lots of watercolour, Vanessa Jackman's photos backstage at the Margaret Howell show, Magdalena Frackowiak ready for fall in Paris Vogue, our new bedroom (finally!) and the top of one of Rohan's little houses.

1. Chanel timeline by me, 2-5. Margaret Howell photographs from Vanessa Jackman, 6. Photo of our bedroom, 7. Some cover concepts for a booklet, 8-9. Paris Vogue via The Fashion Spot, 10. Rohan's little wooden house photographed by him.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

take me there

"There's something cinematic about traveling, a sense of old-world nostalgia that still exists alongside the arrival of modern transportation. Flying into a city at sunset for example or stepping off a jet onto the tarmac, wind in hair. We never fail to find ourselves breathless overseas whether from the thin air atop a mountain or simply from seeing the city's lights by night."

Words that make me wish I was elsewhere, from the Incu mini-mag issue 2. 

Image from the Benah blog. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

cinema scope

Mid-way through spring is always my favourite time to go through my closet, sort out my new season wardrobe and look to some of my favourite style icons for inspiration. 
For me, there is nothing better than watching a good film and discovering a new character with the closet of your dreams. Recently it was Keira Knightley in Last Night who had all the classic pieces I'm looking for. Think a great trench, simple sweaters and the perfect black dress.
There are far too many others to mention but I have included some of my favourites which I always find myself revisiting. On my shopping list for Paris are classic A.P.C button down shirts, a tan trench and a black coat, simple tees and sweaters in various colours, Araks lingerie, COS basics and a Celine bi-colour pochette!
Pictured are a few of my summer staples; buttoned up shirts and Phillip Lim drawstring waist shorts. What are yours?

Watercolours and handwriting by me, photo of my favourite shirts (Acne denim, Therese Rawsthorne nude cotton, Topshop white silk and Acne navy silk), photo of my favourite shorts (all 3.1 Phillip Lim), all other images are from my inspiration folder - sources unknown. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

winner takes all

Congratulations to the winner of our Frankie competition, learoxyoursox! 

You will be receiving your Frankie goodies and a little card I painted for you in the mail soon.

Thankyou to everyone who entered!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

what do you see out the window?

"People disappear every day."
The Passenger 

Watching Antonioni's The Passenger and getting excited for the few days we will be spending in Barcelona come February. I love the Gaudi architecture and the rich history, also I am yet to try my first Paella. There is a great recipe in the Monocle newspaper but I think I can hold out for a few more months! 

1-3. Screen caps from The Passenger (1975), 4. Photo by Rohan

Friday, October 21, 2011

midnight in paris

Woody Allen's film Midnight in Paris. Rohan and I saw it last night and it's now on my favourites list next to Manhattan and Annie Hall. 

French actresses Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux were perfectly cast and equally as beautiful. I wish I could speak French... 

Images from midnight in paris.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

future time

i'd like to do these as huge paintings on wood. for now they're just in illustrator. how good are rocks? big granite rocks sticking out of the ground. love 'em.

Friday, October 14, 2011

she's got it

Stevie Dance follows the lovely Lindsey Wixson on a road trip from Nashville to Memphis with photographer Will Davidson. Looks like I'm buying Oyster Magazine now...

Photos from Oyster # 95

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


black pencil trees from today

dress up

This the is first piece I ever bought from Melbourne-based label, Dress Up. I fell for the soft drape and sheerness of the silk, the shoulder cut-outs and the cropped length. This was the first time I was introduced to Stephanie Downey's label and I remember coming across this interview. Not only was the rest of the collection just as lovely but the inspiration was Italian director Dario Argento's 70s and 80s horror films. Suspiria definitely makes it onto my list of cult movie favourites! 
Not getting the vermillion (inspired by fake blood) colourway of my blouse and the matching pants is one of my biggest regrets, I would still love to wear them now. 

Fast-forward two years and Stephanie's new collection Grandiflorum has me swooning all over again. The latest post on her new blog looks at the botanical books which were the inspiration behind the collection. I have always had an interest in botanical illustration myself, the bright, saturated colours and the incredible detail that goes into pencil sketches. 
I have been drawing more flowers and shapes again, for another new project. Having fresh flowers in the house to draw off is always a treat, at the moment is lilies and orchids. Pure bliss.

1, 3 & 9. Dress up SS09/10 lookbook, 2. Lilies in my bedroom, 4 & 7. Screen caps from Argento's film Suspiria, 5. Botanical books from the Dress Up blog, 6. My Dress Up blouse, 8. Illustrations on my study wall. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

i'm not there

Can you tell me a bit more about the starting point and inspiration for your new collection?

I had the idea of a Paris of the late '40s, when the city has to rebuild itself. So, I had in mind a woman, kind of strong, infused with this fresh feeling. It's just about the feeling, because freshness is not an age, it's a mentality. She would travel paris from La Sorbonne to Notre Dame, with books. I had in mind a cool, clever, elegant woman, who wouldn't spend like four hours in the bathroom to prepare herself. She would just take a fur coat with brogue shoes.

Guillaume Henry of Carven interviewed by Lula F/W 11.12
Scans by me.