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The Neo-Expressionist

It is a rarity for a boy at age 11, to be fluent in French, Spanish and English. It is no wonder then that this same boy would go on to become one of the coolest and most recognised artists of the 20th Century.
Jean-Michel Basquiat started his career as a graffiti artist in New York city in the late 70′s, using images and words to ‘illustrate’ through his art, the social conversation of racism, class struggles, politics and power. Often, it was centered around one single figure, with the focus on the head- a contemporary synergy of poetry, drawing and painting in various mediums. It was often quite scribbled, doodled on and collaged. He dabbled in television and music before 1980, when Basquiat met Andy Warhol. The two eventually collaborated, and Warhol became his mentor. He died in 1988 of a drug overdose, but Basquiat’s art lives on, and is referenced in film’s, literature and music (Jay-Z is a fan!)

Below are some images of Basquiat’s work:

Source and images: Wikipedia and fuckyeahbasquiat.tumblr.com

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Le Monde D’Hermès

Below are some beautiful new images from Hermè’s Autumn-Winter 2012 catalogue ‘Le Monde D’Hermès’  photographed by Julia Hetta.

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Bulgari x Isabella Rossellini

Two of fashion’s most iconic people, Isabella Rossellini and Annie Leibovitz, have collaborated on some beautiful portraits to form the campaign for the new bag collection from Bvlgari. Depth, mystery and charm is what comes from the images.
I will never tire of Bulgari’s amazing bags and jewels, as each collection possesses all the things that I love. Texture, understated glamour, and beautiful materials in vintage palettes. Always elegant and with a touch of whimsy. Below, is the world of Bulgari, including images of the sophisticated mechanics of their watch movements.

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More than just a black jacket…

So it seems Sydney’s hottest invite was for the Chanel Little Black Jacket exhibition and party. Champagne flowed, canapés were offered faster than you’d finished your last, and no expense was spared. Elle Fanning, covergirl for the book, may have been a no-show, but it didn’t matter. Every inch of  Sydney’s Pier 2 and 3 was filled with portraits of Carine Roitfeld’s amazing styling. Who would have thought there would be so many ways to change the personality of a black bouclé jacket. Over 100 ways in fact.

A feast for the eyes. The ceiling was bursting with Chanel balloons and camelias.

It’s this one same jacket that’s been hand-crafted by artisans in French ateliers since the 1950′s, and one that comes from none other than the house of Chanel.
These atelier’s have been honing their skill’s for more than 150 years. So it’s pretty darn special.

some images from the exhibition

We’ve been hearing about Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited’ for months, but last night was Sydney’s turn to launch the exhibition of Chanel’s iconic LBJ. More than 100 powerful images of the fashion and media worlds’ darling’s wearing some permutation of the black jacket will be on display until November 11th 2012. Kicking off tomorrow.

The images are available to buy as a 5kg coffee table book, co-authored and styled by Carine and photographed by the silver-haired, perpetually sun-glassed Lagerfeld.

Portrait wall-hangings were gifted on the night.
(L-R) Astrid Berges-Frisby, Theophilus London, Anna Mouglalis, and Elle Fanning.

 WATCH:   The Making of the Little Black Jacket

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket exhibition is at Pier 2/3, 13 Hickson Road Walsh Bay 2300

http://thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com/

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Marthe Wiggers/ IMG models

Back on the 1st September, I had the pleasure of working with amazing new model Marthe Wiggers (IMG Models) for an upcoming story in Poster magazine called “Before the Dawn” (I will post those pics soon!).  Her doll-like face, and wide eyes make her a unique beauty. Still unaffected by the fashion world, and yet so professional beyond her years, Marthe’s rising star is already shining brightly for a long career. Moda Maison chatted exclusively to the modelling world’s hottest new face.  Marthe chats to us about her love for Taylor Swift, and hopefully one day appearing in Vogue.

MM: Tell us about how you got into modeling…
MW: I was scouted in a restaurant by Jeni Rose and David Cunningham from IMG in 2011. I was out with my family for dinner and coincidentally, the venue for fashion week was right next door.

 MM: What was your first ever job?
MW: The cover of Spur magazine in Japan was my first job. I was crazy nervous!

MM: What’s your heritage/background?
MW: I am originally from Holland, but due to my dad’s work we’ve moved around quite a bit. I’m so fortunate to have seen quite a bit of the world!

 MM: Considering you have already worked overseas, what do you hope for your future career as a model?
MW:
One day I would love to be in Vogue, it is a dream of mine that I’m hoping will come true!

 MM: What’s your most prized fashion moment thus far?
MW: My most prized fashion moment so far would have to be shooting for Elle, as it was a magazine I knew well. To be honest though, this entire modeling experience has been amazing from the beginning until now, and I prize each moment of it.
 MM: You have worked quite a bit in Japan…What’s the one thing you miss from home when you’re working overseas?
MW: Because I live in Australia, I mainly miss the weather when I’m gone. I miss going to the beach and waking up to super blue skies and sunny days.

 MM: What do you always carry to jobs in your tote bag?
MW: I always carry around a bottle of water with me. Getting thirsty is really NOT fun when you are in front of a camera for a long time. Recently I have also been taking my script from drama class with me as I have been rehearsing for an upcoming performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

 MM: What’s the best perk in being a model?
MW: The best part of being a model is all the people you get to meet and the gorgeous clothes you get to wear. Everyone is always so lovely and it’s interesting to meet new people and hear their stories.

 MM: Who are your favourite designers?
MW: It’s difficult to choose because I have worn a lot of beautiful things recently. If I had to name one, I absolutely loved the clothes I wore at a shoot for Manning Cartell.

About Marthe:

MM: What’s the last song you danced to?
MW: The last song I danced to was” I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift. Last year, I was lucky enough to be right at the front of the mosh pit at her concert. Of  course the first thing I did was tell her how much I loved her!

 MM: What are your favourite subjects at school?
MW: History, Commerce and Drama are definitely my most favorite subjects!

 MM: If you could invite any 4 people over to dinner, who would they be?
MW: Being the crazy groupie I am, I would have to invite Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift! I would also invite one of my best friends, Emily who has recently moved to Scotland. Lastly I would invite Gemma Ward- There is something so interesting about her and I look up to her so much! Apart from being a super successful model, she also became an actress which is definitely something I would like to try out in the future.


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What’s new with Choo?

Today Jimmy Choo held their Cruise ’13  collection showings at Sydney’s Shangri-La hotel, and each style spares no inch of glamour. Bold silhouettes have been inspired by 60′s designers such as Paco Rabanne and André Courréges, and the mod styling follows through to some ‘Barbarella’-style stand outs, combining sex and sport with ease.

Colours feel fresh and modern in bold pops of Citrine, Jade, Tourquoise and Tangerine. A mix of high shine silver, gold textured finishes, and some glossy patents emboldens the signature Jimmy Choo girl.

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Doctor Paper

Benja Harney is literally  a paper genius.  A self-taught ‘Paper Engineer’ acutally!

I’ve been a fan of his work since I first saw it in a Sportsgirl catalogue, years ago. He had created some eye-catching paper backdrops for the fashion shoot. I can’t recall the trends Sportsgirl was pushing in that particular season- but I certainly remember Benja’s oversize paper gemstone jewellery, and his backdrops of giant paper butterflies.
When he’s not  flying to Paris to work alongside Hermés- crafting a collection of paper wings to adorn their store windows, creating pop up books for Kylie Minogue, erecting gigantic foliage installations for Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building, or dressing sets for Romance Was Born’s opening of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, then he’s working on a ton of  side collaborations. Each one of those projects is the work of a genius.

How to make 100 coloured prisms stand scaled in size, appearing in regimented position, like little soldiers? Benja’s done it.
A paper sculpture of a mini Napoleon? He’s done that too.

One of the most recent projects was the ‘Second Skin’ mask contest launched by Arjowiggins Creative Papers. Benja’s mask below, was one of 8 invited submissions from paper artist’s worldwide.

Follow the blog below to find out more about Benja’s work. A feast for the eyes.
Source and image:   http://paperform.wordpress.com/

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Oh Aline!

23  year old model Aline Weber (Next NY) is a true chameleon. The Brazillian beauty, from Santa Catarina, made her debut in Spring 2006 and has been  clambering her way up the proverbial ‘modelling ladder’, over the years walking for Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, Chloe, Isabel Marant, and just about every big name brand that means something. Which brings me to my next point- her editorial achievements thus far:

Appearing in many editorials for Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and i-D, Numero (most of my fave pics of Aline are from here), as well as the cover of L’Officiel, Dazed and Confused,  and more recently the cover of edgy Hungarian title ‘The Room’. She has also appeared in advertising campaigns for D&G and Moschino Cheap and Chic, as well as an acting role in Tom Ford’s famous directorial debut, a film called ‘A single Man’, playing the role of a student named Lois.

Her most recent show season was particularly successful, walking for Stella McCartney, Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, Fendi,  Rodarte, Zac Posen, Prabal Garung, Helmut Lang. She has just featured in the Saint Laurent pre-collection 2013 campaign, photographed by fashions wonderboy Hedi Slimane.

Aline is repped locally by Chic Management. Below are some beauties from her folio. I couldn’t be a bigger fan.

Sources: models.com, wikipedia,
Images by Camilla Akrans, Giampaulo Sgura, Liz Collins, Patrick Demarchelier, Marton Perlaki,

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Some honourable mentions- Spring Summer 13 show round-up

Some honourable mentions  from the recent Spring Summer 13 show season, from some of my favourite designer’s.
The season’s power-piece? Boxy cut or oversize tops. They were everywhere.

BALMAIN-
27 year old Olivier Rousteing was undoubtedly all about the 80′s power-suits when he was sketching this collection. References to the kind of garb you’d see on supermodels of that era. He showed deeply cut lapels,  sexy midriffs, wide shoulders and high-waisted trousers. Some double-breasted  jackets had a bit of a ring-master feel.  Soft Latino references  with diamond checkered Harlequin prints on jackets and pants, and lots of bold stripes. Palette of black, white and ‘flattened’ yellow, with flashes of indigo denim for added cool.

ALEXANDER WANG–
If there was one award for the most creative designer to rework a monochromatic palette, season after season, Wang would win. His signature traditional All-American sportswear was a lot more tailored than usual this season. More clinical, even. The ‘Splicing’ of everything symetrically was present throughout the collection, as Wang cut-out sections through shoes, and the hemlines of jackets and skirts,  as though the boxy shapes  made from leathers and cottons were just floating away from the body. Genius! Not sure I’d be getting into those spliced boots though- they look like they add more girth than I’d care to wear on my calves!

 

PROENZA SCHOULER-
Jack McCulloch and Lazaro Hernandez, the sexiest boys in fashion, have just this season opened their first ever store on Madison Ave.  For Spring 13, they revisted the signature fashion-forward oversized silhouette we love them for, and showed more boxy torso’s and cool a-line skirts. Just general wearable goodness typical of the Proenza boys.  And loads of exotic skins like python and leather. Their collections are repeatedly dripping with so much freaking enviable downtown cool, I can’t bare to write any more on this subject. And it’s for this reason that I chose to include more pictures. And one of the boys – just because!

BALENCIAGA-
Fleshy as ever, Nicholas Ghesquiére’s collection for Spring posessed 3 s’- Sexiness, Sensualness , and Structure. With references to Cristobal’s  historical designs from the 50′s and 60′s, Ghesquiére was again technically brilliant in his modern fabrications; he had dipped t-shirts in glue to thicken them,  and managed to work in voluminous flamenco-style structured ruffles that sat miles away from the body, with some of those pieces so brief, they required undergarments.

 

GIVENCHY-
Ricardo Tisci went back to his roots for Spring Summer 13 at Givenchy, exploring his Catholic Italian heritage again, as he did in his first seasons, but in a more sugar-coated way. Tisci’s  style is often typically Gothic. Whilst he still referenced the Church by way of priest’s collars, bishop’s sleeves,  and ruffled necklines sitting atop shoulders so covered they were like clergy cloaks, this time it was a softer approach. Super-controlled organza ruffles and a palette that included baby blue!  Not nearly the erotic collection he is known for, but still edgy.
And aarrgh -beauty-wise- I will never tire of the effective simplicity of a bum-part on the catwalk!all photos style.com

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Ellie Ross by Matthew Webb

Below is a story I worked on with photographer Matthew Webb, and Aussie model Ellie Ross, who shot  with us only a mere couple of days after flying back in to Oz.

We’ve titled it “Smoke the night away…”

All images by Matthew Webb

Chanel dress, Wolford tights, Marni heels

Sass and Bide bra, Nancy Ganz briefs

The Cassette Society bra, Asos.com leather pants

Marni coat, The Cassette Society leather skirt, Gucci gloves

Calvin Klein shirt, Zambesi camisole

 

Alexander McQueen dress from Myer, Salvatore Ferragamo blouse, Chanel boots

 

 

 

 

 

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