It's fun, fierce and focuses on the base rather than the layers. Glossier is the go-to for skin essentials, and focuses on the ability to look good with little rather than a lot. Face moisturisers, skin salves and tints are in perfect pink wrapping, and come packaged with fabulous stickers that demand to be stuck on every surface. They don't ship to Australia so I have to live vicariously through ~insta snaps~ which is the ~worst~, but the photos are fabulous so they're definitely worth a repost here. Hurry up and get here Glossier, I need you in my life gurl.
New year, new films. Sizzling and sleek, The Duke of Burgundy is one to look forward to.
With the start of another year, it's time to get excited about new films. The Duke of Burgundy, with it's regal title and sleek exposition, is definitely near the top of my list.
Described by one critic as, "Visually ravishing...Kinky as a coiled rope", the film seems to personify warm, tense and electric sensuality.
With only a trailer and a tantalising 2-minute clip released so far, it's hard to say what the film will be like. But with a soundtrack by Cat's Eyes, vivid colour and director Peter Strickland's allusion to the world of 1970s softcore films, it can only be good.
It's a world of women and power. Shades of love, lust, jealousy and psychological thrills seem to weave amongst scenes of satin and lace that wash over the viewer. Textures glow and run through your fingers. Eras of time that have inspired the picture seem to morph together, almost making it timeless. This is a film to be excited for.
A visual achievement, bettered by an all-female cast make this film one of the best to look forward to. It premiered overseas today, so lets hope for a Sydney season soon.
Spot a group of models wearing political slogans across their chests last fashion week? We chat to creator of House of Riot, model Ollie Henderson.
By Sophie Gallagher
While walking through Eveleigh during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week last year, a statuesque off-duty model strode past. It was her T-shirt that stood out first. The statement, “Reject Racism”, blared from the front of it in black, hand-painted letters. As the day wore on there were more. The slogans “Abort Abbott”, “Welfare over Wealth”, and “Keep Tassie’s Bush, I Keep Mine” sashayed around the complex and through the streets, impossible to miss.
It was intriguing, and Sydney rippled with discussion and opinion. Feeling helpless in the face of Australia’s political climate at the time, the Start The Riot T-shirt collection was the work of Ollie Henderson; model and activist. Since that first run of 100 shirts was made for her friends and colleagues, she’s been making more and more.
“The aim was to encourage young people to become politically aware and involved. Obviously it’s sharing the message that’s on the shirt, but it was more about encouraging other people to do these kinds of things – wearing a T-shirt that says a message you care about,” says Henderson. “You may not be the one to change the world, but someone might see that T-shirt and feel inspired.”
Standing in her Chippendale studio, with American hip-hop duo Run the Jewels’ record 2 contributing to the scene, Henderson shows us her new collection: Freedom. It’s a mixture of denim, leather and safety pins that screams punk and rebellion. Jackets, shorts and more are a change from her original T-shirt range, but the idea of clothing delivering a message is still clear.
“In this collection we wanted to talk about ideas of imprisonment beyond incarceration, like economic imprisonment, and we’re using the apparel to express our ideas through fashion,” she says.
Fashion’s role in the history of protest – such as women wearing trousers before it was socially acceptable to do so – is well documented. They are moments that have shocked others into action. This has been Henderson’s aim; giving those who wouldn’t normally follow traditional activist routes access to an easier, but still blaring, form of protest and expression.
“We want to give this group of people the opportunity to express themselves, because for some, protests are really unappealing,” she says.
It’s in this vein that Henderson has extended beyond political fashion and is combining art, design and music to spread a message. House of Riot, the broad moniker for Henderson’s movement, is currently building a music and arts festival in collaboration with Oxfam. It’s scheduled to hit Sydney at the end of the year. The festival will address eight issues – from sexism and refugees, to the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef – in atypical ways. House of Riot wants to engage the youth through what interests them most: art, music and festival culture.
“The idea for the festival is to build this space that is really exciting and engaging for young people, but also allows them to discover more about issues in their community and globally,” says Henderson.
From protest-based performance art this April for the Save the Reef cause, to helping to curate readings of The Hunger Games in public spaces, the House of Riot is bringing progressive and imaginative protest to Sydney.
At the heart of Henderson’s work, however, is a punk ethos. “The thing I really love about the punk movement is that it involves anyone and everyone; it’s not exclusive. You could be some kid on the street and still have your voice and shout it,” says Henderson. It is clear that for her, this is only the start of the riot.
Two backers of independent publishing will join forces for a weekend residency, showcasing an unprecedented range of books from across the world.
By Sophie Gallagher
The independent publishing scene will be booming in Sydney this weekend when renowned Melbourne publisher and distributor, Perimeter Books, moves into Chippendale’s new kid on the block, PRESS, for a weekend residency.
The event allows punters exclusive access to some of the world’s stand-out art-and-design publishers by curating an unprecedented range of books from across the world.
Dan Rule, director of Perimeter Books, says the residency will provide a window into the global zeitgeist of independent publishing, showcasing the rare and leading titles of the moment.
“We’re trying to create a real snapshot of what’s happening in Europe, what’s happening in the US, and I guess fragments of what is happening here, but condensing it into a nice little survey that Sydney wouldn’t really get to see in one place otherwise.”
The weekend residency will include publications from a range of leading publishers such as the eccentric Spector Books in Leipzig, signed and rare-find editions from MACK Books in London and the experimental and lo-fi works of Kodoji Press from Baden and Nieves Books in Zurich.
The publishers on sale blur the lines between art and traditional books. Authors and artists are now showcasing their bodies of work in their publications, rather than simply creating books about art. This renaissance and new era of the art book has developed over the past few years and has democratised collectible work.
Perimeter Books represents 40 global distributors and from its inception has aimed to build a communal, accessible space for independent publishing. For Rule, working with a like-minded group such as PRESS – which offers Sydney access to publishers they may not usually encounter or otherwise have – is perfect. “To work with these guys, who have the perfect attitude and this fantastic enthusiasm for it is really exciting,” Rule says.
With a free barbeque and drinks from lunchtime to celebrate on Saturday, combined with an unparalleled range of titles, this hub of independent books, zines and art out of PRESS’ niche gallery garage is a must see.
PRESS x Perimeter Books will run from Saturday December 6 until Sunday December 7 from 10.30am until 6pm.
Fashion straight off the runway will be hitting a Sydney department store early next year.
By Sophie Gallagher
The Harrolds luxury department store has always been the place for men to find their favourite designers. But from February 2015, women will also be able to access the world’s most in-demand designers, when Harrolds opens its first store for women.
Set to revolutionise luxury retail in Australia, Sydney’s new purveyors of womenswear will stock the minimalist chic of Saint Laurent Paris, esteemed racks of Balenciaga and Balmain, looks from the eccentrically stunning Alexander McQueen and the always on-point Acne Studios, Lanvin, Kenzo, J.W. Anderson and Thom Browne.
Following in the footsteps of its menswear counterpart, it will also be the only Australian retailer to exclusively stock Tom Ford, due to the store’s special relationship with the internationally renowned brand.
The family-owned business is currently positioned as one of the top 30 innovative menswear retailers in the world and is catering to the demand for luxury fashion and classic craftwork for Australian women.
With the decor of the men’s boutique resembling a French apartment, with dark and brooding timber, Harrolds women’s department store will surely impress when built nearby in Sydney CBD’s Westfield shopping centre. Start saving now; you’ll need it come February.
Harrolds’ women’s departments store will open at Westfield Sydney, on Pitt Street, in February, 2015.
Don't we all wish we could be Gisele wandering down the Parisian streets, past the Seine and glowing bistros, wearing nothing but Yves Saint Laurent? There's something magical about Paris at night, the street lights reflecting off the cobble stones, and the history breathing through ancient cracks in the walls. Gisele Bündchen in the Yves Saint Laurent F/W 2007 campaign by Inez and Vinoodh, with its vintage sheen and subtle radiance, encapsulates everything that's beautiful about Paris. The travel bug has been piqued - take me back to Europe!
"I'm already predicting my future shame of thinking that I had anything to offer you., but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not an expert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the front lines of that struggle." If you want a book about the journey to success and having it all, as well as all the missteps, mistakes and tribulations that face that path, have a read of Lena Dunham's new book. It's an interesting perspective and experience about a life that's certainly been lived.