Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Club: with Dan Ahwa

The first Book Club post featured Rachel and Anjali the designers behind Twenty-Seven Names and their obsession with the whole Harry Potter spectrum. Next up is Dan Ahwa - fashion editor at Canvas, freelance stylist and one of my favourite people (also the owner of an impeccable jacket and sandal collection, and one of the best senses of humour in the local fashion industry). Dan has just returned from Europe where he was privilaged enough to interview Carine Roitfeld about her new makeup range with MAC Cosmetics and her recently released timely new publication, the CR Fashion Book (not to mention she sings the praises of rising local model Anmari Botha).

Dan's book choices are an intriguing edit of iconic, formative novels and have clearly had an important influence on his taste, style and work.

What was the last book you read? 
On The Road by Jack Kerouac.
What are your favorite books? 
Books that tend to be about a protagonist/antihero going through some sort of development as a person, whether it's for the best or whether it's a downward spiral.
Do you have a preferred genre? 
I prefer first person stories, anything autobiographical, historical both fiction and non-fiction.
Sartorially speaking, do you have a favorite book or character? 
I really liked the way casual, working class American style is described in The Outsiders by S.E Hinton. Baseball tees, denim, grey marle and leather jackets are wardrobe staples that are both timeless and universal. Patrick Bateman in American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis I found interesting. As a character he's a real asshole with an terrible state of mind, but his style is precise and an interesting documentation of how preppy codes of dress had become almost like caricature during the excess of the 80s. I'm also a fan of the way Agatha Christie dressed Hercule Poirot in her Poirot series. His strict style was a way of adding a sense of trust to an otherwise oddball character.

Are there any books that have informed your personal style? 
Every Summer I often end up looking like a backpacker on their O.E, like Richard in The Beach by Alex Garland, compete with Birkenstock sandals and holiday t-shirts. This is not intentional.
Likewise with your work? 
Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye by J. D Salinger and his red hunting hat went against the norm and was personal, so whenever I'm styling I like to make it look like the clothes belong to the models by adding something personal. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates is always a good source of inspiration, and like most books, the characters way of life and simple way of dress come across are a lot more developed than the film adaptation.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

US Vogue February 1987 "Answers"

Women on the go from a 1987 issue of American Vogue. Ignoring a couple of elements like footwear and shoulder pad size, I think I kind of love these?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pink Plastic

I'm clearly a bit enamoured with that particular shade of pink right now, because when I went to get my nails done with Leah Light today I ended up walking out with nails the perfect colour of Barbie plastic. If you're going to do pink you might as well really commit to it. Western consumerism and shallow female vacuity all in one shade of polish. And I love it.

Image from Leah Light

Monday, October 22, 2012

UK Vogue September 1994 "Neon Brights"

Platinum blonde bombshells never really date do they - especially not when swathed in bright pink. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

This is happening tomorrow! And is the reason why the blog has been so quiet.

Tomorrow myself and the rest of the Arrange Collective present our inaugural runway presentation at Flagship Studio. Stay tuned.

Clockwise from top left: Georgia Pratt, Emma Gleason, Glen Prentice, Thistle Brown and Jack Roy.

Danika and Cedric from N Model Management shot by Oliver Rose at Flagship Studio.
Hair by Matt Benns for Stephen Marr and makeup by Sarika Patel for MAC Cosmetics.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

UK Vogue July 1995

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one that's still not over this stateside nostalgia. I dug up this old British Vogue editorial a few weeks ago that is a homage to that iconic Ralph Lauren girl in her patriotic sweatshirts and classic converse.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

So much to do, so little blogging. I know.

I've been pretty absent from blogging the past few weeks, and what I have managed to do has been image heavy and text anaemic. Many apologies guys! Blog-guilt is a very real thing, trust me. Oliver and I have been crazy busy working with Britomart the past few weeks (he got super low on our shoot today, as seen below) and I have a show coming up on the 19th and a collection to finish (more on that soon - stay tuned!)

I feel life, for me anyway, comes in droughts and floods. It's either everything all at once, or it's listless ennui and killing time. And this spans both work life and my social spectrum. But sometimes nearly-too-much is the most satisfying and rewarding thing ever.

So rest assured, after the 19th of October we will be back to regular programming. Tell me what you want to see on the blog for spring and summer!

And if you want to see Olivia Lefebre and Esther Cronin behind the scenes at yesterday's shoot wearing Karen Walker, Juliette Hogan and Zambesi - click through!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

UK Vogue December 1993 "Anglo-Saxon Attitude"

Sometimes Brits just do it better. Cooler and way less polished. Like this awesome editorial featuring the likes of Stella Tennant and Plum Sykes is from a 1993 issue of British Vogue. Still timelessly cool and effortless in that gloomy English way - not to mention I can't even get over the fact that was nearly twenty years ago.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Celine Spring 13 at PFW

So good. A languidly elegant incarnation of Phoebe Philo's poised, inimitable Celine woman. Loose, slouchy silhouettes in molten silk satins. Oh and those shoes. Solid, mink lined sandals like the most high end Birkenstocks imaginable.

Things have been a bit slow on the blog front lately, sorry guys. So many projects on - but stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Vogue China January 2008 "Memories of Tartan"

Because I'm still transfixed by tartan and checks in all their incarnations. There's something so traditional yet a little mad about it. And this editorial has a fantastic touch of humor.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Haider Ackermann Spring 13 at PFW

So good. So so good. Elegant, sensual and tailored - and with such a nice use of prints. I become more and more obsessed with Ackermann's work every season.