April 02, 2015

The location we shot at was by at Manly Dam. I'm obsessed with urban infrastructure and vectors, so when I found this dam, I freaked out. To add to this creative commotion, it was also the photographer's hour...

I'm intrigued by a conglomeration of the alternative, urban streetwear and the twisting of everyday trends into I don't know if it's because my short attention span or interest a multitude of things, but to fit one specific genre of style is an concept that I a lot of times find not very interesting. It goes with my mantra of maintaining a soulfulness you have yet to give - in the way you carry yourself and especially the way you dress. To me, fashion is not just clothes. It is perpetually intertwined with music, pop culture, and art history. 

The plaid shirt around the waist has been a trend in urban streetwear for the past couple of years (very Yeezy), and I like the concept with the added element of ombre plaid. I love the idea of all black everybody has been doing recently (things that Raf Simmons and Alexander Wang have been ushering for years), but what creates a talking point of the difference you can create with this - leather pants, diamond textured sweater and rough flannel around the waist (see close up 3 photos down). 

The Alexander Wang sandals and Reebok socks give the entire a relaxed feel with a blend of the high fashion. It's also that one weird point in the outfit - something I always like having. It's a talking point, it's polarising, it's ugly, it's beautiful. 

Remember, it's not about conventional for others, or weird for the sake of standing out. Style is such a visceral sense. It is literally what you choose that makes you feel like the clothes you don are right for the person you are. 

Full outfit details below: 
What I'm wearing:
Diamond textured Sweater (Topman)
Gold Diamond Shaped Necklace (ASOS)
Plaid Waist Shirt (Urban Outfitters)
Golden Digital Watch (Timex)
Sandals (Alexander Wang x HM)
Black Classic Snapback (Nike)

Griffith Observatory 2 | Los Angeles Hills

March 22, 2015

My best friend and I drove through the richest suburbs in California's north, to the iconic Griffith Observatory. Situated upon hilltops, the iconic site overlooks Los Angeles' vast cityscape. We were lucky enough to be there on an evening when the sunset made the sky look like a blend of velvet-y lavender and cotton candy.

We went our separate ways for most of the adventure at Griffith. It was a particular pensive time for me. I had traveled to LA to meet, but things ended otherwise to how I would have imagined. Still, the trip was the greatest time of my life. It was the first time I had traveled somewhere without my family. It was the furthest I'd ever been from home. It was the most independently time of my life.

The drone of thousands of  Californian trucks and cars, and just the hustle and bustle of everyday life, means the outlook is never silent. You feel as if some kind of deity looking down at human life. The same feeling you get by the windows of an airborne plane. Toward the left side of the lookout, there is a clear view of the high rise building of downtown LA. Unlike Sydney, the suburban sprawl is neatly laid on in a grid system, and at sundown, highways and streets are looking like rivers of flowing gold light - great for long exposure photos.

If you look up, there is a natural lightshow of its own. The stars and the moon somehow shine brighter when you are away from the lights of the city. There are telescopes on the premises. For those that don't know, Griffith was originally constructed as a sight for astrological research and observation. We enjoyed the view so much, we stayed until it was completely dark sans the artifical lighting. When I'm back to LA, I know I will be coming back.

Enjoy the photos below:


March 17, 2015

Inspiration comes to me in the most unexpected of ways. There I was, watching the 2014 VSFS, and the gypsy segment got me thinking of kimonos and silk throws. I began reflecting on this, but I personally did not want to wear anything like that. They were simply too flowy for me and I am not really personally into traditional oriental wear (not that there would be a problem if I was). Further down the track, this trail of thought evolved as I started listening to Washed Out's new LP, Paracosm. I started envisioning rich fern-like foliage and technicolour coats in the vein of Joseph of Egypt. 

Result: A blend of silk, an eclectic palette shot in the bush land of Sydney.

Again, I am following my mantra of utilising neutrality and minimalism to direct focus to the salient element of an outfit. I found this pure silk and rainbow shirt on an online op-shop and immediately fell in love with its rustic print. It also has the flow of a kimono but essentially maintains the structure of a more masculine shirt. I put it together with an All Saints bronson fedora I snagged on Soho, New York. Hope you like it! Full Outfit details below. 

What I'm Wearing:
Bronson Fedora (All Saints)
Black Tee (Topman)
Black Suede Boots (Windsor Smith)
Pure Silk Gypsy Shirt (TBC)
Black Waxy Chinos (Industrie)

Learning to Talk

February 22, 2015

I've wanted to share things about myself for a while, but I must first let you know it won't be dramatic or exciting, it might even be quite boring to you. It doesn't involve love, violence or poverty - only a poverty of the mind and a poverty of the connections around me. 

For the longest time I was excited to journey along unknown roads in new cities, meeting new people, building new relationships and being completely free to be myself. But for the longest time, I felt exactly like the picture above, nor did I have anyone to go with or the courage to go.

I did not know many other kids in elementary school, I somehow, preferred to spend time at home with my mother and my twin brother. I remember reciting Shakespearean poetry to myself and singing to myself to pass the time at recess and lunch. This was completely fine with me. The best days were spent in the densely bushed backyard and hidden forests that surrounded my house in imaginary leafy kingdoms fighting shadowy antagonists.

In high school, other kids had their own little cliques, and their best friends and I really did want to be part of it. But the opposite started to happen for me. I remember I clung to one of my first friends I made during recess and lunch because I was so happy I had made a friends but other people commented that I followed him around "like a dog" so our friendship ended. Worse things happened throughout the years that had me upset in private and public - I had one or two good friends but it was always a struggle.

In retrospect, what this did to me was that I felt like couldn't always do the things I wanted because I thought other people were better than me. That for some reason, my opinion was invalid, that I didn't have the intellect or EQ to even contribute to an everyday conversation. I never spoke unless spoken to. School speeches and presentations had me in visceral fear weeks before. I liked things that people thought were weird. I was into video games, underground Japanese anime, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and avidly following Fashion Weeks.

Somehow, it took making my first real long lasting friend at university to begin feeling I could contribute to anything. I began surrounding myself with encouraging people, not necessarily those who were the most popular or successful - there was only one characteristic that stood out to me - genuinely nice. 

They told me that I should embrace all the weird things about myself because one day it would be all the things I love about myself.

And another quote:

We don't have any money. We're not famous. There's no paparazzi chasing us, but when we walk down the street, people wonder who we are. That's that inner fame. That's that swagger. It is that inner sense of passion for your art, your style and your knowledge about what you do that is infectious. Nobody knows who you are, but everybody wants to. Until the lie becomes the truth.

Going nice goes a long way and the people around me started to change my life. Now, a few years later, I can see how my life took a complete. I'm still heading toward that 180, but the greatest feeling is knowing my trajectory.

Yeezy Season 1 | Overview

February 18, 2015

I want people to feel like it’s OK to create 
And follow what their dreams are and not feel boxed in. 
I want people to feel like awesome is possible.

Kanye has clearly brooded over his Yeezy x Adidas collection for quite some time, speaking about it with the same oeuvre of confidence and artistic benevolence he so well known for. Although the collection which hit NYFW and the internet last week has been vexed by fashionphiles and online critics, I think there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the collection.

Yes, it does have extremely similar elements to high end brands Kanye is often caught in. There are obvious inspirations, or  homages, to Helmut Lang to Rick Owens, but the motivation behind Kanye's line is that he is bringing the style, fit, and atmosphere of unaffordable brands to the everyday shopper.

It's minimalist, its heavy streetwear - all the things I love, but most of all, you can see that Kanye was truly the creative mind behind a fashion world that is so obsessed with using the guise of celebrity to create publicity. Expect a lot of neutral colours in combination with oversized and layered outerwear, along with military-esque prints and vibes mixed with an element of an imagination about the future.

For Sydney goers, expect to see some of the collection hitting our shores on February 28, 2015, in some boutique stores in the CBD area. Maybe I'll see you there.

Below are a few of my favourite pieces.


February 17, 2015

Summer is closing...

And what a summer it's been. I finished my 4th year of university. I partied too hard and spent way too much time at the beach. I finished my work with Australia's biggest online retailer (ASOS) and I started two new internships with Topman and Microsoft. I quit my job selling suits and Myer and spent many days with new friends in undiscovered places in Sydney. 

One of these spots was the gorgeous La Perouse in the south of Sydney City. If you've followed my fashion, you know I've got quite the obsession with heavy urban streetwear. I don't know if I'm getting bored with it, or if I'm changing but I've been interested in trying looks that stray away from this niche. 

And, it is probably the latter. One of the greatest things I learned over this summer is the efficiency of inefficiency. I worked 3 jobs at a time, with full time university, and all my spare time went into guitar, blogging and gym. I would come home with the feeling of bricks tied to my head, and as a result I did not enjoy or even want to do the things I had enjoyed so me. 

So this look encapsulates one feeling. Relaxation. 

Full outfit details below.

What I'm wearing
Straw Hat (H&M)
Linen Shirt (Zara)
Linen Pants (Zara)
Brown Roman Sandals (Witchery Men)
Blueface Silver Watch (Fossil)

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