One of my absolute favourite sites is Gifenchy, created by Sydney designer Brendan Ginnane. Go on, ‘ava squiz…
It’s no secret that I’m a die-hard Lanvin fan. In fact it’s one of the most important reasons that I cannot get a credit card. If I owned a house to mortgage, I would be indulging in the labels every collection. And who can blame a girl when artistic director Alber Elbaz and his team of magical fairies give us treasures beyond our most lavish imaginations, season after season.
One of my absolute favourite items from the Spring/ Summer 2013 showings is the Lanvin ‘ARPEGE’ evening bag; a hand-polished black enamel case, trimmed with gold clasp and gold snake handle. The bag is a tribute to the 85 years of Arpège fragrance, resembling the black ball bottle designed by Armand Albert Rateau in 1927.
Did I mention it’s available this month? Sigh…
Media via www.louisvuittonkusama.com
I first discovered the work of acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama in 2009 at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The retrospective, Mirrored Years, blew me away, or rather transported me into the dotty, wavy, divine madness that is her world. Unsurprisingly, Kusama takes no inspiration from our world; instead her work comes from deep inside the mind of a complex, self-admitted resident of a mental health facility in Japan, where she has lived since the 1970s.
The 83 year old’s work is no stranger to international praise, however it was her signature dot motif which earned her a place at Louis Vuitton. The powerhouse brand recently collaborated with Kusama to form a collection of luxury goods. Glasses, bags, shoes, trench coats, pijamas – leave it to Marc Jacobs to see an offbeat opportunity for creating beautiful things.
Appreciate Yayoi Kusama through the eyes of Jacobs here.
This week I was able to attend the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition, held at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Bendigo, about a 2 hour drive from Melbourne (also a wonderful destination for antiques shopping). As the title would suggest, the exhibition housed a collection of over 100 pieces of Grace Kelly’s clothing and accessories, giving viewers a chronological perspective on how her style developed with her European destiny, and in many ways, stayed true to her American roots. The exhibition included gowns from her time as Hollywood’s most adored actress, through to the Chanel suits she wore to walk her royal kidlets to school in Monaco.
I was interested to see her wedding dress, which in fact was a replica. The original is largely made of vintage lace and thus too fragile to move. That, and I’m guessing the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who now own the dress, wouldn’t give it up easily (not to mention pricey curation and insurance). Anyway, I was satisfied with the replica. Also special for me was her Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian print dress, inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian. This iconic collection represented the rising hemlines and bold prints to come of the 1960′s.
However, most importantly was her brown leather Hermès ‘Kelly’ bag, famously named after her. It was actually one of the only pieces to show signs of a past life. Its worn exterior only made it more desirable to my eye. I would gladly have taken it home… or moved to Bendigo to be with it.
Grace Kelly was a significant influence on 20th Century fashion, inspiring women and designers alike. Some of the 1950′s pieces were understandably dated, and it was difficult to appreciate their beauty in context. However, every image of her accompanying the garments just served to highlight her beauty. Her exquisite face is no revelation, but it was interesting to see that no matter what the outfit, you always saw her first. I think that is about more than just her beauty, but her ability to hold herself in a certain way; she was truly a graceful woman.
I usually see little purpose in re-posting what has already been published (or intimate family photos for that matter). However, I am a big Chili Peppers fan and I just love these images of Anthony Kiedis and his son, Everly Bear, taken by family friend Amanda Merten and published on her blog Manda Knows Best.
There is really nothing as cute as a father and his long-haired son frolicking shirtless in a garden; particularly when that father is a god…
This weekend is The National Gallery of Victoria’s 150th birthday and they’re celebrating with a huge weekend of art and entertainment; so get involved! For those NGV virgins and interstaters, 180 St Kilda Road is where the arty-party at.