Aether Way

May 25, 2015

I feel like, I'm finally growing up...

TBC

What I'm wearing:
Latex Black Raincoat (Rains)
Striped Tee (Topman)
Waxy Black Chinos (Industrie)
B/W Free Runners (Nike)
Cocaine & Caviar Snapback (Crooks & Castles)
Iridescent Green Shades (ZeroUV)
Graphite Watch (Burberry)


Nautical

April 25, 2015

Topman wanted me to stray away from my normal streetwear and try a semi-formal look appropriate for the Australian Summer. I am honestly, at this point, still learning so much about different facets of fashion. When you think you've understood something like urban, hip-hop inspired streetwear, there's always sartorial, fashion, semi-formal, sport-luxe, full-formal and an infinite amount of fashion sub-genres to explore. I'm hoping you bare with me and I brave out on new fronts and enter territory that I can honestly admit to say, I am not 100% confident in. 
If you are unfamiliar with something, always use the knowledge you have in the field to best suit the ask. There are always constants in general fashion, and your own style that you can apply to all different contexts. 

For this look, I relied heavily on:
  • A reliable colour scheme - navy and beige. Tried and trusted, this is a classic combination that I go for and know will work in a lot of situations. 
  • The idea of salience - never overload an outfit with too many points of interest. Coco Chanel put it metaphorically as "always remove one accessory before you leave the house" - pretty much meaning that simplicity and focus on a key element is desirable. 
  • Focusing on basics - constants like ensuring that something fits perfectly, is suitable for your body shape etc.
  • Sticking to classics - you can't go wrong in a suit...
Full outfit details below 6 photos down.
What I'm wearing:
Beige Suit/Pants (Topman)
Striped Tee (Topman)
Straw Boat Shoes (Topman)
Sunglasses (Rayban)


Photocreds: Tafa Rock

SupaFREAK

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 something...simply...me. 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:

Paracosm

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)



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