marni by day

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My friends are the best. The best. They love me, and they support me, and laugh with me, they cry with me, they celebrate with me. And I love them for all of that. The other thing that they occasionally do, is buy clothes in the wrong size then leave it too long to return, and give me them. My best friend Maggie bought this Marni dress. It didn’t sit right on her, but she forgot to return it. And now it is mine. Thank you beautiful angel, it’s so wonderful.

This dress is an all rounder: sack-like midi-dress with boxy shoulders, during the day with flats it looks relaxed as hell, and at night with heels it looks dressy and on point. The pins at the waist keep a little bit of shape, but it essentially fits straight with tapering around the calves.

I’ve decided to blog this dress twice; at day and at night. My day look pairs it with Windsor Smith black leather slides, an oversize Sportsgirl tote, and layered necklaces. Simple as it comes, and it feels beautiful on. Relaxi-dress.

Keep watch, I will post the night look of this dress very soon! Which will be my last outfit post from Adelaide; I’m going to start working on some outfit posts from my new hometown, Sydney.

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STYLING NOTES

Dress: Marni
Shoes: Windsor Smith
Bag: Sportsgirl
Wallet: Comme des Garçons
Necklace (shortest): Nanna’s pendant, vintage
Necklace (middle): rose quartz pendant, vintage
Necklace (longest): Alexander McQueen

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CARA DELEVINGNE FOR GIVENCHY

OKAY. We all need to talk about Cara for Givenchy.

I know a lot of people in the fashion industry dislike her, for, y’know, having a personality beyond a brick wall, but fuck them all, I love her. She have given me so much inspiration by being a personable, energetic model, that likes to have a laugh. She also has my exact measurements, where I’ve struggled to meet “agency requirements” over the years. Models like Cara give me an really loving hope for the modern fashion industry.

Cara bleached her eyebrows for Givenchy SS15. I mean, almost every model did. But Cara’s ‘thing’ is her eyebrows. They are huge, they are rebellious, they do what they want – just like her. And in that show, they are non-existent. And she looks fucking amazong. She looks high fashion, she looks edgy as fuck, she looks incredible. Appreciate.

A woman’s known feature does not make the woman; she is so much more. In the words of Kenneth Parcell, “this mess is gonna get raw like sushi, so haters to the left.”

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balenciaga virgin

Balenciaga was one of the first labels I ever truly loved. I got a ‘chucked in the deep end’ kind of education to high end fashion labels when I started modelling at the age of sixteen, and Balenciaga was one of the first labels I looked at and went ‘oh yeah, I get it.’ (I remember the first collection I ever loved, it was Ghesquière’s spring RTW 2007, with those jewelled science lab goggle sunglasses.)

It’s taken me seven whole years since then to get a piece of my own from the label. I knew I wanted my first piece to be something quintessentially Balenciaga, that I’d be able to wear all the time. So I decided on the Arena Wrap Bracelet. Those riveted Balenciaga studs; you can spot them a mile away. I’m a happy gal.

 

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pedestrian blogster awards

Sick news! I’ve been nominated for a Blogster of the Year Award by Pedestrian.tv. I am very very humbled to even be nominated, so thanks to everyone who’s helped me in any way with this site, and that includes my readers! \(*^▽^*)/ To vote for me, click on the banner above, then click on the little ‘Like’ button on the right hand side of the site. Thanks again you legends \(^▽^@)ノ

seven seconds

You know those enigmatic people you meet, and you’re like ‘shit, I’m so glad I got to meet you/work with you now, because you’re destined to be huge’? You just have that feeling about them. That person for me is Christopher Arblaster. At the beginning of 2014, I decided to style a shoot featuring Arblaster’s clothing, his debut collection after graduating from fashion design at TAFE SA. His vision and talent is something that I adored from the moment I laid eyes on his designs.

Chris agreed to lend me the collection to shoot however I wanted, and I was stoked because that level of trust is rare. The editorial was shot by the talented Haley Renee, with hair and makeup by Ali Ancell. I styled and modelled the shoot, with styling assistance from the wonderful Ellycia Kruger. We spent a cruisy Sunday in a studio in Adelaide creating these images, and I love them.

The editorial was recently posted by Spook Magazine, who featured me as a stylist and asked me some questions about myself, my work, and this shoot. You can read the full interview here.

How did this shoot happen?

I went to a runway show and saw some fashion design graduates’ debut collections – one of them was Christopher Arblaster’s, and I fell in love with his designs. I got love hear eyes over every single piece. I had wanted to work with Haley for ages; both her and Ali are stupidly talented and have such an amazing editorial eye. And I had a rad styling assistant, Elly, who was my organised saviour when I got frazzled doing two jobs at once, or when I had to wash my hair in a sink. I looked around for models, but couldn’t find anyone that was reckless enough to pull off Chris’ clothing, so I decided to just do it myself. I’m glad I did, I couldn’t find anyone else willing to get their tits out and drag on ciggies.

What’s the location?

A studio in Adelaide’s CBD.

Where are the clothes from?

All of the clothing is Chris Arblaster’s debut AW14 collection. His completely black and white debut collection shows inspiration from Rick Owens, Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe, and some pretty bang-on early 70s punk themes. It photographs just so well. It’s so strange that a collection so anarchistic can translate through to a really beautiful femininity. All the jewellery is thrifted.

 

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SHOOT CREDITS

Photography: Haley Renee
Makeup/Hair: Ali Ancell
Styling Assistant: Ellycia Kruger
Stylist & Model: Chloe Sargeant

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deathless goddess

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STYLING NOTES

Jumper: Topshop
Skirt: Temt
Shoes: Nike Flyknit Free Run
Bag: Sportsgirl
Snood: K-Mart
photos by Daniel Freer


Its been bloody freezing this past winter. Spring is technically here, so that means finally being able to bare a little bit of leg, fucking finally. This draped skirt is a good little cheap number from Temt – if I could afford a Rick Owens version I would, but unfortunately here we are in 2014, still not rich, still buying Rothmans instead of Marlboros, and still Rick Owens-less.

Mumma Sarge bought me this jumper from Topshop in the UK. It’s quite amazing that even in a fast fashion chain store, the outerwear purchasable from the UK is ten times warmer than that in Australia. I love it because it’s natural unbleached wool. Every now and then people will comment on it being stained, and I could retort with some very snooty comment about how ‘actually, no, that’s just the natural fibres, they’re not heavily bleached so there will be blemishes in the wool’, or at least I would if I was a worse person.

Finally, my favourite sneakers I ever did purchase: black Nike Flyknit Free Runs. How I loved them, such incredible beauties! Unfortunately I purchased them a size too small, so they are no longer in my possession. I’d kill to get another pair. They were not meant for this life with little old me. RIP.


“O powerful Nike, by men desired, with adverse breasts to dreadful fury fired, thee I invoke, whose might alone can quell contending rage and molestation fell. ‘Tis thine in battle to confer the crown, the victor’s prize, the mark of sweet renown; for thou rulest all things, Nike divine! And glorious strife, and joyful shouts are thine. Come, mighty Goddess, and thy suppliant bless, with sparkling eyes, elated with success; may deeds illustrious thy protection claim, and find, led on by thee, immortal fame.”


 

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haley renee workshop

I’ve had the opportunity to work with talented Adelaide photographer Haley Renee recently, on a few different projects. And to my delight, she also asked me to be a part of one of her workshops, for photographers wanting to learn more about photography and what a fashion photoshoot is all about. So, I got to be a part of this huge workshop as the stylist, work with some talented people, teach budding photographers about a stylist’s role, and put beautiful clothes on beautiful models – dream day!

While I was running around styling the two lovely models, Carolyn and Emilia, I decided to get out my own (comparatively tiny) camera and take some shots of the girls myself, so I could show you guys, and document my work. I was surprised at my own ability with the camera – I’m no pro, but I think my shots turned out pretty good! (Must’ve been paying attention to Haley’s wonderful teaching?!) Then again, it was nearly impossible to take a bad photo of the lovely Carolyn Uphill and Emilia Zygocki. I took way too many photos throughout the day, but these were my favourites.  I wanted to play with different editing techniques with each image, to see what I could do with them, and I’m reasonably happy with my efforts.

Big styling thank you to Australian Fashion Labels, Jaimie Sortino, Cristina Tridente, Julie White, and Miss Rose Sister Violet.

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Styling Credits

Look 1 + 2
Top & Necklace – stylist’s own; Skirt – Keepsake the Label

Look 3 + 4
Top – Keepsake the Label; Skirt – couture + love + madness

Look 5
Dress – couture + love + madness

Look 6
Dress – Keepsake the Label

Look 7
Dress – Jaimie Sortino

Look 8
Dress – Jaimie Sortino

Look 9
Dress (right) – Jaimie Sortino; Dress (left) – couture + love + madness

All headpieces supplied by Miss Rose Sister Violet

See SWTC on Facebook for behind the scenes, and more images of the day!

For any styling enquiries, please contact me on swimwiththecurrent@hotmail.com.

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