Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Filles A Papa Fall 2017

At times, my personal style can sometimes feel predictable. That feeling manifests most strongly when a friend complements me, saying they were reminded of my style when they were out shopping, and saw a particular item and thought of me. It’s nice to know that the people around us are thinking about us. It’s also good to break the rules, every now and again. Filles A Papa is among the biggest rule breaker, and probably not a brand you’d expect me to comment on, let alone like. I haven’t gone as far as having something by them, hanging in my wardrobe but I’d like to think it’ll happen one day. What drew me in? A hot pink pant suit was dangled in my face via Instagram, and like a fish I was caught hook-line and sinker. It struck me as something very raw and powerful, particular in this post-election world and firing of FBI directors. 

The pant suit was bright, well-tailored and Filles a Papa are also known for their wild embellishment- think flames on a flannel shirt, immortalised in sequins. And yes, that is every bit as glorious as it sounds. If you love Discount Universe, than the chances are that you’ll pick out at least one or two pieces from Filles A Papa’s Fall 2016 collection. There are strong parallels between the embellished suits from each brand. A neutral colour palette, well-tailored only to be corrupted by some kind of explicit or lewd drawing. It’s that dichotomy between classy and classless that keeps me coming back for me. The same can be said about the embellished tracksuit pants: an item which (whether we want to admit it or not, we all own). But very few people would go out in good conscious and grab a coffee in one. The slogans and iconography elevate it from trashy to ironic, while still remaining super comfy. It's a style ethos I can easily get behind. 

There’s the comfy pieces, like those track pants and then there’s the extravagant. Something you wouldn’t contemplate doing yoga in, let alone an early morning jog. I’m talking about that sequinned two-piece, and I’m sure Missguided or Boohoo, maybe River Island will stock in some shape or form a sequin two set but the combination of turtleneck top and flared trousers are simply irresistible. Dressing in autumn and winter to me means I can finally indulge in a more is more approach so swathes of fabric are what I crave. I am also constantly looking for pieces which for lack of a better term, have that wow factor and can transform any outfit from passe to street style worthy. Again, coming back to this idea of the unexpected (or at least fashion which lies outside my own wardrobe) some of the denim pieces from this collection are simply sensational. 

What I love most about designer pieces is that you can’t get them anywhere else. While that statement does not hold true for the fashion houses, sucked dry by cheap knock-offs, the same cannot be said about the fur-lined denim jacket and skinny jeans in the perfect shade of purple. Maybe in your wildest dreams you’d pick something similar up at a flea market but it’s really just out of this world. It looks just as magnificent as a pair of old Ksubi jeans once made me feel (until I came to terms with the troubling fact they were simply too small for me). For those who aren’t afraid to draw a crowd, or perhaps inspired by Ru Paul’s Drag Race then you must check out the skin coloured top featuring ruffles drenched in hot pink sequins draped from one shoulder to the opposite arm. It’s like something we dreamed our Barbie dolls of wearing, only this time it’s life size and perfect for festivals (without causing offence to minorities, as festival wear so often does). 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bring back the 00s

You've never seen me wear flares on this blog- but I must admit these flares by House of Holland have been on my radar for a while now. Worn by pop goddess Charli XCX, who Perez Hilton described as a 'vision in pink' some were evidently not ready for this jelly, with the outfit landing XCX on the worst dressed list. I'll take pink paillettes sprinkled over statement flares over a safe and boring sequined gown (and equally plain shoes) any day of the week. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pink and Red

Wearing: Asos fringe jacket, dress and Dr Martens boots.

They say pink and red should never go together. Rihanna, and to a lesser extent Bec Judd are exceptions to the rule but I digress. Today. I'm more frustrated someone hadn't warned me about the dangers of taking photos on an extremely windy day. Strands of loose hair were just about strangling my face in every single photo, and although I had bothered to do my makeup and liberally apply a bright red lipstick in the end it seemed much smarter to crop these photos. I promise, my head will appear in future outfit photos (and it may or may not be wearing lipstick, I haven't decided yet).

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Bird in a Gilded Cage

As luxurious as the earrings Dolce & Gabbana have been peddling for the last few seasons, these dainty earrings by Of Rare Origin, unfortunately carry the same lofty price tag. However, if you're not capable of carrying a small paperweight by your earlobe (like me) but love colour, and intend to wear more gold they're a brilliant alternative. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ruffle some feathers

Wearing: Vintage blouse, thrifted skirt, Dr Martens boots and thrifted earrings.

One of the most difficult things to digest about me, other than ambitions of being palaeontologist and researcher is probably the weird, and at times confronting things which inhabit my wardrobe. For whatever reason find the loudest most colourful (or in this case, textured) garment on the rail and instantly fall in love. That was certainly the case for this skirt, with it's many pleats and polka dots bought at Lifeline (or was it Endeavour?) in Townsville for $10. It was actually part of the costumes section for the second hand shop, but a quick glance at the label suggested otherwise. The print and frills reminds me a lot of Romance Was Born, but also Tata Naka who specialise in at times extreme clothes stitched together for the sole purpose of excitement and fun. That's exactly how I felt when I put this skirt on this morning (and although the soon wore off after about three hours of sitting down at my desk), as well as the earrings. What kind of girl wears something so crazy? Is she an off-duty flamenco dancer? Or perhaps an over the top and enthusiastic dance instructor. Who knows, but one things for certain, she certainly knows how to have a good time.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Love is a terrible thing to hate

I got a total surprise when I looked through my newsfeed a few weeks ago now and first laid eyes on this beautiful campaign from Marie Claire Australia. It features clothes from Romance Was Born, with actress Asher Keddie in Whispering Angel and the inimitable Gemma Ward wearing archive from Mushroom Magic. This shoot rallies behind marriage equality in Australia, something I felt totally unexpected from a mainstream publication. Despite overwhelming support for marriage equality, legally marriage can only be between a man and a woman (for now). It's been a long time since I've read something like Marie Claire but the campaign came as a breath of fresh air.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons, the old proverb goes you make lemonade. But when life gives you cold weather, and you don't have a fur hat, why not use a clutch purse instead? I tried it out myself and, although a flower doesn't work quite as well as a rainbow it could have been worse. As long as you don't expect your head to stay warm during the process, at the very least it will bring a smile to someone's face!

Wearing: Shrimps clutch and Asos blouse.

Please note that the following is intended as a loving tribute, rather than a dig at the hard-working stylists of
L'Officiel Manila! 

If you're wondering what this Shrimps clutch looks like when used as a purse, it's not as fun as a hat but still my flavour. It would be nice if there was more room to fit more than a wallet and phone though. Also, fun fact: Alexa Chung has also been spotted with the same flower clutch.