Monday, August 31, 2015

it

Bella Hadid /// Wonderland

It's not easy being it. But the sisters Hadid make it look so damn good. I'm a late converter to the cause, but I can't get enough of nice-girl Gigi and her tawny, golden hair and bad-gal Bella, the one who brings the party. People have loved the zeitgeist always, and there'll always be a new crop of champagne-bubble girls about town flitting their way from party to party, magazine cover to magazine cover. But I think there's some staying power here - this horse has got legs - and these Hadids have what it takes to go from now to always. Who cares, right? There's more important things going on in the world. But the point about it is that it's a nice break, a pause, from all that. And that's why we love it.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

day of rest



Sundays are for sleeping off the weekend. You've got shit to do? Well, forget about it. The world has shit to do. But today is the day of rest. Stop feeling bad and revel in it just a little bit. Feeling sorry for yourself is one of life's most underrated guilty pleasures.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

cinematic style: Keira Knightley in Atonement


When I was 14 I read a book that I instantly fell in love with. I think you can guess where this is going. The book was Atonement. The writer, Ian McEwan. I didn't pick it up at random. Back then I already had an obsession with the 30s and 40s, with World War II, with England and yes, with large country homes and the drama that seems to inevitably go with them in the canon of their national literature. This was, really, the first modern 'grown up' book I read. Jane Austen doesn't count. There are things in it - words in particular - that were pretty exciting for a 14 year old, even though now they seem much, much less shocking. You know what I'm talking about. What was it about 14? I think I also saw Closer that year as well, dragged my mother to the cinema to take me because it was 15+, and bombarded her with questions afterwards. So it was all very thrilling, and then the movie came out. I remember so clearly - I was 16, going on 17 - and I wanted to know everything about it, I watched the trailer over and over again, I tried to find a pirated copy of the script, I forced my whole family to see it with me on my birthday, I cried, I fell in love all over again, I took the book with me when we went to New York and talked about it endlessly with my new friends there, who loved the same things that I did, were kindred spirits of the like I had never met before. They say you never love things again quite like you love them when you're a teenager. It's just all so important: it's a matter of life and death, it's a question of stamping your mark on something, it's a question of claiming it. I wanted to claim Atonement, I wanted to make it mine. 

The point is: I love this movie. I had a version of Cecilia's first outfit that I wore pretty much non stop throughout 2008. It was a checked midi skirt, with a little slit - sadly, since lost, because I'd quite like to resurrect this skirt if I could - a sheer floral shirt with a silk slip underneath, tan sandals, self-cut (very, very poorly) bobbed hair. Flowers optional. I thought that first outfit was perfect. And, to a teenager who loved England and the 30s and Brideshead Revisited and flowers can you imagine how powerful those lush, watercolour-hazy Joe Wright production values are? Cecilia in her bedroom, painting her nails, ash trays simply everywhere and half drunk glasses of ice tea littering every surface... That to adolescent, dreamer me, were some serious life goals. Still are, really. Okay, the green dress was pretty special. And later on, the great coats and sensible sweaters and a-line skirts of the 'Keep Calm And Carry On' era were just lovely. But it was that first outfit that made the biggest impression on me.

Looking back now, it's a silhouette that I haven't strayed from in, oh, seven or so years. That look: the midi skirt, with something light and silky and semi-sheer on top, is probably my favourite thing to wear. In summer with sandals, in winter with a huge, oversized cardigan. It's evolved as I've grown up: the tops are ELLERY now, the feel is more relaxed than tucked in, turned out. Strangely, it's more Cecilia Tallis - Keira Knightley, luminously beautiful, aristocratically bored - than it was in the first place, now that's it's all a bit more unconcerned, degage. You find something you love, you stick with it.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

grown up woman

Backstage at Dior couture by Virginie Khateeb

Still crushing hard - like a blushing schoolgirl, like a tween 1D fan - on Raf Simons at Dior. I mean, seriously, in the immortal words that paragon of musical virtue (ABBA, who else?): A grown up woman should never fall so easily. I can't remember the last time I obsessed like this over a designer... It must be Phoebe Philo at Celine - the first collection - and before that, when I was a teenager, Marc Jacobs everything (Oh, how I loved MBMJ). There's something about Dior now that is so right for now, it's the way young women really want to dress, and - much like Philo before him - Simons is reinvigorating and rejuvenating a dusty old house beset by the ghost of creative directors past. There's something light and fresh, a sleight of hand, a femininity that is very, very cool. And it's so marketable. I was just in Hong Kong and the Dior stores there are on another level, space age and futuristic, all chrome fittings and marble: the way you think a space ship would look like if it was designed by a fashionista. I mean, this is couture! But it's so wearable! It's couture that would not look out of place at the brunch table, at the club, at the - yes, I'm being sincere here - at the supermarket. That is an achievement. In a week where the outlandish and the outrageous are par for the course, and the gowns that we see on the runway rarely make it past the red carpets, this is refreshing. Alright, okay, I admit it. I can't wait to see J.Law in that little cut-out midi. Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 premiere, anyone? Go out with a bang.

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that 70s show

 Glamour US

It's a mood: flowy and flirty, with lace up things, and flared things, and big bell sleeve things, and tight little knit things, and delicate little gold things, and things that make you feel good. Sure, it helps to be long and lean when you're wearing this kind of stuff, but hey, I don't abide by rules like that. I do what I want.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

goals

Elle UK

File this under hair, outfit, jewellery, beauty, everything goals. Growing my hair long - but not too long - keeping it choppy and messy, looking for something kinda Keira-y to go with unfussy clothes and a little bit of bling.

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just a girl


  Elle UK

Planning a weekend lounging around on sofas and beds and plenty of soft furnishings in various states of undress, hair all piled up, knee high cashmere socks and all. After all, this is what a winter weekend is for, isn't it? I've always loved this spread, always, and the news that Kristen will be on another ELLE UK cover next month got me all excited to revisit it. More Kristen, says I. She's ballsy and bold and uncompromising and I like it.

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cool change

Sandy Liang FW15 // Vogue US July 2015 // Wall Street Journal // Alasdair Mclellan //

There's something in the air. A crispness; survival instincts kicking in, shrug on an extra-large cardigan, get yourself a fuzzy scarf, have eggs and soldiers in bed. Things are getting cold here in sydney, and it's finally time to slip into something a little bit more comfortable. You know when you open your wardrobe and you hate everything in it? Well, that's kind of how it is for me at the moment. I'm wearing the same ribbed skirt and loose silk tee over and over again, the same comfy midi dress. I got a few ideas of what I would like to wear over it - a fuzzy, astrahkan jacket, a snuggly shearling vest, a tasseled, fringed shawl, a downy, streaky soft fur coat. There's something about winter that demands that you feel it.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

me, me, me



Happiness is a new pair of shoes, a book you read in one sitting, central heating. The title says it all, really.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

girl of the moment


Instyle UK June 2015

A few months ago I found myself chatting on the phone to Joanna Vanderham, this bright young thing, while she sat in the park opposite her new flat, and I sat in the meeting room at work with my feet curled up underneath me getting comfortable. We had trouble getting a good connection, you see, and what had been promised as a 15 minute call had ballooned into a 45 minute one. But she kept chatting happily and I kept listening intently and I learned something: the best starlets are the ones who aren't yet spoiled by fame, even when they teeter right on the precipice of it, like this one does. Anyway, you can read the full interview here

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