An actress, a model, writer and activist. Unlike many of her modelling contemporaries Hari Nef embraces her differences, but doesn’t define herself on modelling alone. Through listening to her interview with Jay Buim for Oh Boy, a podcast presented by Man Repeller, I realised having so many different and varied roles isn’t as glamorous as it might seem. What did become apparent was a strong work ethic, speaking passionately about her appearance on the second season of Transparent, an original TV series by Amazon Prime, which hit screens in 2015. Before that Hari Nef made her runway debut walking at New York Fashion Week cast by Hood By Air and Eckhaus Latta for their Spring 2015 collections. She’s since graced the catwalk for Gucci, and more recently appeared alongside photographer Petra Collins and actress Dakota Johnson for Alessandro Michele’s first Gucci fragrance, Bloom. Her written work has been featured by publications like Dazed, Vice, Blackbook and Original Plumbing. Despite what is by all means an impressive CV, there is a certain pressure when you don’t know when you’ll next get work (something which I strongly relate to, and circumstances which can affect any of us). She’s a determined, and incredibly intelligent woman who is sure to go on to do great things.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
As much as I love fashion which is strongly informed by anthropology, patterns and geometry there simply isn't enough love for the natural world. In particular, the humble hydrangea, a plant which can change the colour of its petals, depending on the soil pH from which it grows.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Wearing: Romance Was Born dress, Shrimps coat, Anna Davern earrings and Dr Martens boots.
It's the equivalent to my Sunday best- donning a slinky silk dress and a fur coat and some rather over the top, but still quite festive earrings. Like anyone in their Sunday best, comfortable shoes are a must and when all else fails I know I'll still feel like myself in a pair of Dr Martens. At times it feels like a cop out (surely there must be a more fabulous pair of shoes hiding somewhere in my closet!) and at other times it comes as a massive relief to instinctively reach for a pair of those leather boots, slip them on, and head out the door. The dichotomy between something a rich old lady would wear and shoes more typically associated with poor uni students is something I love to play with. I can see why Christopher Kane included the world's ugliest shoe as part of a runway presentation, to break rules and liberate others.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
She’s become an international supermodel and one of the most hotly anticipated models photographed during fashion week, not for her presence on the runway but for her street style. Fei Fei Sun started modelling in 2008, representing China in the Elite Model Look modelling competition and debuted for Christopher Kane at London Fashion Week in 2010. Whether she looks polished, ultra-glamorous of down-right eccentric she brings a certain type of energy to every feature length editorial, campaign and runway presentation. Fei Fei Sun has also changed the face of European Vogue, featuring in the Vogue Italia editorial The Power of Glamour, in January 2011 shot by Steven Meisel. Her success didn’t stop there, she then became the first woman of East Asian descent to feature on her own on the cover of Vogue Italia. While it makes me blood boil to a simmer knowing we have so far to go in terms of achieving equality, I’m comforted by the fact there will be many more models like Fei Fei Sun in the coming years. Will they have the same poise and grace? Possibly not, but only time will tell just how much the fashion industry can open up.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Wearing: Poppy Lissiman sunglasses, Romance Was Born top, vintage leather shorts and Asos buckle flats.
I have no idea what kind of person I'll be in five years time, so it's pretty much pointless to rule out what my personal style will become in the future. However, it is very rare that you see me showing a lot of skin- although I will say there are a lot of great swimsuits and bikinis I would love to own, but could only justify purchases if I frequently holidayed. There comes a time when we as young girls begin to emulate and copy women aged in their twenties and thirties, and along with that comes a change in personal style. For some it's almost a right of passage, but I never experienced that kind of internal revolution although I will admit there were times I tried to push the envelope. But like most girls at age twelve, I would go shopping with my mother who I was financially dependent on and often she would have the final say in what clothes were bought. I'm beginning to wonder had I been able to take myself to thrift stores if things would have been different.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
It’s become the cultural looking glass for the fashion industry- I speak of none other than Gucci under the direction of Alessandro Michele. Despite a seeming lack of interest on this blog, make no mistake I am absolutely obsessed with what a pair of rhinestone embezzled sunglasses can do to a look and how to best channel that energy within the scope of my own wardrobe. Make no mistake, accessories weren’t used as a cheap gimmick, but rather one of many layers, becoming an integral element of this maximalist collection. Whether it be a pink bow across the forehead, or a leather harness sporting studded shoulder pads, the accessories undoubtedly brought out the best in the outfits they were paired with.
Combined with miles of carpet, pink velvet, mirrors and a fine white smoke, imitating that from a cigarette there was a strange sense of history embedded in the collection. The taffeta cocktail dresses, with their ruching and florals harkened back to the 80’s, more precisely archival pieces from Ungaro. They were unexpectedly re-energized with a new wave energy, but there was also reference to the Renaissance. Before the show, Michele picked out one example of a glorious 5-inch wedge, made from black patent leather and sporting a black velvet upper, embroidered with a gold snake. He noted, “Prostitutes in Venice used to wear these”.
Love and lust was certainly a driving theme behind the collection, with Alessandro Michele’s personal devotion and adoration of Elton John driving the opening look for Spring 2017 featuring a tweed jacket, flares and extra-big 70’s sunglasses. Tavi Gevinson, who I still ardently admire has spoken openly about being a fangirl, including a talk given at the Melbourne Writers Festival and it almost becoming a religion. Although it does seem somewhat odd to refer to Michele as a fangirl, we can certainly draw parallels in the case of this collection.
Where there is love though, often there is heartbreak that follows. In a backstage preview, minutes before the show Alessandro said, “You know, when you are in love, in a nightclub, but you are not in the right place, the person is not there?”. Heartbroken, but all dressed up our Gucci girls and boys find themselves in a high-class pick-up joint, some over-dressed and others hooded figures, wearing rather Monk-like attire in the traditional Gucci colors. Fantasy and fashion all at once, Michele reminds us all why we love fashion and seek it out in its many shapes and forms in our day to day lives. It is the armor with which we protect ourselves with, but also the stuff of whim and fancy.