Print & Pattern report

Print: (v.) To mark (a surface, typically a fabric or garment) with a coloured design or pattern
Pattern: (n.)  a repeated decorative design

Gosh I love Spring Summer. It’s the time when fashion awakes from its Wintery black hole of repetitive dark tweeds and leathers, and returns to life!

My favourite trend to come out of the 2013 shows was Print and Pattern. An array of digital mirrored prints, geometrics, florals, gutsy figurative prints like Sicilian puppets at Dolce & Gabbana,  optical prints at Balmain and Marni, and bold colour at Proenza Schouler.

The hype continues with Resort collections for 2013 exploding with prints from Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane and more.
As someone who rarely wears print or colour for that matter, even I’ll be getting into some of these this coming Spring.

Source: Style.com for Mary Katrantzou, Altuzarra, Fendi, Preen,  Dries Van Noten, Proenza Schouler, Peter Pilotto, Marni

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Lara + Laeticia by Daniele and Iango

Some beautiful new images of curve-queens Laetitia Casta and Lara Stone for the new Wise-Up issue of i-D.
One of my favourite stylists, Charlotte Stockdale (uber-talented and ridiculously creative, beyond most stylists’ abilitie’s) does it French with a touch of fetish. 

Source: Models.com

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Tim Walker’s wonderland

A giant doll. A supernatural swan boat. A life-sized spitfire.
These are the things that make up Tim Walker’s magical layered world of fantasy and romance. In a recent display at London’s Somerset house, and supported by Mulberry, Walker promoted his latest exhibition of fairytale-like photographs called ‘Story Teller’, coinciding with a book of the same name published by Thames & Hudson. Apart from the obvious child-like connotations of a fairytale, Walker manages to evoke a modern sexuality to his images. These are picture’s that have you wanting to know what happens next.

Stills and motion photographer Tim Walker assisted Richard Avedon full-time in New York before returning to his home town of London. He shot his first editorial for Vogue at just 25 years old which gave him the golden ticket to more than a decade of accolades.

He has carved a ‘photographic niche’ for himself in his extravagant sets and eccentric characters, portrayed even in portraits of normally fairly ordinary people. For this reason, Walker’s pictures are unmistakably recognisable. A standard shoot for British, American, French or Italian Vogue resembles something of a  film set: trailers of hair and make-up artists,  stylists and additional costume fitters, model makers and prop suppliers, builders, producers and painters, all whilst a cast of models (clad in couture) play out fictional characters. Tim’s beautiful images below:

All images © Tim Walker
Source: Vogue.co.uk, Timwalker.com,

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Disney finds love at Barney’s New York

Minnie may have seemed to shed quite a few pounds, and has been stretched to every centimeter of a standard 5’11 supermodel, but hey, she’s wearing a couture frock animated by Lanvin.
Barney’s New York and Disney’s new collaboration has come under fire in the past couple of months, when the first images were released of Minnie’s new slender physique for an animated film to promote the Christmas season at the department store. A Disney cartoon morphed in to a fashion film is yet another way to satisfy the insatiable fashion world, (now that the allure of Anna Dello Russo’s hilarious filmclip for H&M has worn off. See that below).

The ‘Electric Holiday’ campaign has just been unveiled at Barney’s New York, complete with gorgeous decorated windows. And despite the controversy over Minnie’s size, the launch party went off  without a hitch on Wednesday night. Sarah Jessica Parker, never missing a fashion/ PR opportunity, was clad in Maison Michel-esque Minnie ear’s for the launch on Wednesday with Barney’s CEO Mark Lee and Disney CEO Bob Iger.

In the film, Minnie emerges from her castle and daydreams about getting street-papped along the way to Paris fashion week (as you do), before meeting her very exclusive fashion friends as she goes. Have a look at the link below:

http://youtu.be/jU01jBw9HB4

Image source: WWD.com

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Daphne Groeneveld

What is it about the Dutch that’s so captivating? It seems there’s something in the water in the Netherlands. Full-lipped, buxom Dutch favourites are Doutzen Kroes, Lara Stone, and Rianne Ten Haken. My latest favourite model is 17 year old Daphne Groeneveld, born on Christmas Eve in Leiderdrop.

Groeneveld had her first runway season in Fall 2010, around the same time she nabbed her first Paris Vogue cover alongside Tom Ford, snapped by Mert & Marcus. Following was a string of covers and campaigns for Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, and the face of Dior Addict Parfum (see link below), styled in reference to a flirty Brigitte Bardot. She even received dancing lessons from Madonna for a Miu Miu campaign video. In the two short years that she shot to fame, she has acquired a string of influential editorials in the mags that matter, and shot by famed photographers around the world like Kadel, Demarchelier, and Meisel.

Daphne is currently ranked 9th in models.com’s Top 50 Models.

Images by Richard Bush, Greg Kadel, Mariano Vivanco, Mert & Marcus

WATCH DAPHNE’s DIOR ADDICT VIDEO BELOW:

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Maison Francis Kurkdijan: elegance reinvented for $11,000.

Using the purest and rarest essential oils, fragrances from Maison Francis Kurkdjian are sophisticated to say the least. At first whiff, it’ll be something completely unfamiliar. The packaging is understated. With no flashy design or garish colours. Just simple, undeniable quality in a bottle. Perfume is not just perfume for Francis Kurkdjian. It is invisible art.

Kurkdjian first made a name for himself working as a perfumer to some of fashion’s biggest houses like Dior, Gaultier, and Kenzo. If you’ve ever spent time sampling fragrances in a department store, then it’s likely you’ve smelt something he created. Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Le Male’ is his. So is Acqua di Parma’s ‘Iris Nobile’. As is the famous musky Narciso Rodriguez For Her. It’s no wonder then that he won the Oscar of the perfume world the ‘Prix Francois Coty’ in 2001 or that he went on to launch his own perfume maison in 2009.

OUD is one of his recent fragrances that got my attention for it’s olfactory rarity.  Combining saffron, Oud from Laos, Elemi gum, cedar wood, and Indonesian patchouli, it’s not something I’d typically like. It’s description, according to MFK website is ‘pure mystery, bewitching, narcotic, magnificent’. Perhaps it’s the fact that Francis Kurkdjian studied ballet and played piano, or that he was an artist before he was a perfumer is what makes him so clever at telling stories through scents. At more than $300 per bottle, it’s luxurious and it ain’t cheap, but gosh it’s good.

The French-Armenian has just created a fragrance to celebrate the 10 year Anniversary since opening his workshop for custom fragrances. The Saint-Louis crystal bottles are exclusive with only 20 bottles made, and available to reserve for around $11,000!!! The liquid gold is a bouquet of Egyptian jasmine, Damascus Rose, South African marigold, Yemeni frankincense and Malaysian gurjun balsam (an essential oil taken from the Gurjun tree).
Selected Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances are available locally at meccacosmetica.com

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Mason Mulholland- the trilogy

Mason Mulholland is one of Sydney’s most in-demand models. He is also an artist, using a trilogy of painting, photography and mixed media to transform images, mainly via collage (my favourite technique). His amazing canvases are so ‘statement’. Oh how I would love to wallpaper a room with his work.

Mason is fascinated with ‘motion’ and uses inspiration from modelling as inspiration for his art, combined with the luxury of travel that his job has afforded him, allowing him to explore texture, techniques, colours and new styles from the world over. Back in 2010 he completed his debut exhibition at 72 Erskine Street in Sydney called ‘Moves’.  According to the man himself  “The Moves exhibition showcased subjects who have pioneered movements in art, film, music and history, including the likes of Francis Bacon, Jimmy Hendrix and James Dean. These movers have shaken us in various ways.  We seem to need that now and then!”

More recently, he has collaborated with fashion photographer Georges Antoni and other creative types in the WABI SABI exhibition currently showing at Sun Studios. I was blown away by some of Mason’s work on show there.

Source: priscillasmodels.wordpress.com, masonmulholland.tumblr.com and modelsandco.net

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The Bulgari Hotel experience

A quiet oasis in the middle of pulsing Milano. A breezy sea-side sanctuary in the heat of Uluwatu, Bali. A luxurious space overlooking Hyde Park in flashy Knightsbridge, London.

With Shanghai to open in 2015, the Bulgari Hotels folio is growing at a rapid speed.  Hotels are a relatively new offshoot to the Italian jewellery house, with the first one opening in 2004. I made it a priority to visit the beautiful Bulgari Bali (the #2 place to stay in the whole of Asia according to Smart Travel Asia magazine) when I was there last year.

Luxury Group, the luxury division of the Marriott hotel chain, operates the Bulgari hotels and resorts (along with the Ritz-Carlton ones) and its no surprise then, that everything about this hotel stands up to what you’d expect from the name. The infinity pool dropping off to a vast ocean and poolside decking space surrounded by tropical plants make it a real sanctuary.

Below are some images of the beautiful Bulgari Milano and Bali hotels:



Sources: Kiwicollection.com, Hotelchatter.com, dailymail.co.uk

 

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Margiela loves H&M

What do you get when you combine one of the world’s most successful chain stores with one of the fashion’s world’s edgiest design houses? A really unexpected fuse of high arty street-style fashion. No one does a designer collaboration quite like H&M, and this time it’s with one of my favourite labels Maison Martin Margiela, known for their play on proportions and deconstruction.

Margiela followers recently gathered with H&M fans at New York’s 5 Beekman Street for a preview at the new collaboration, together with some signature theatrical Margiela installations. The success of the MMM brand comes with the knowledge that they have developed a following based on only the quality and design of their pieces, and perhaps with an avid curiosity from followers, but sans expensive advertising and celebrity endorsements.
At a typical Margiela show, models are sent down their runway each season with their faces masked or covered in some way, ensuring that the viewer’s focus is on the garments, and not the star quality of the model opening and closing the show, for example. They also don’t promote their name on the swing tags of garments or the labels of fragrance, instead preferring to give each product category a consistent number somewhere between 0 and 23. We have rarely seen the super-discreet Martin Margiela in person, as he doesn’t do the end-of-show-wave typical of most ‘it’ brands. In late 2009 there was news that Margiela may have exited the brand as Creative Director, so it’s perhaps the design team that has produced this current H&M collaboration.

Considering Maison Martin Margiela normally fetches around $1400 AUD for any seasonal piece, this collaboration with H&M will give avid followers the opportunity to get a piece of the action.

Source: models.com

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Kendra Spears by Lachlan Bailey

A bit of a ‘Timepiece’ editorial for advertising support, obviously… but done in a creative way for Paris Vogue, nonetheless. Loving the way she looks impeccably groomed but still super-cool. And the voluminous hair is the best I’ve seen, coming out of season’s of tiring wet, slicked-back locks. Kendra Spears is blown away!

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