I was first introduced to Ellen’s work in the 90’s, as a fashion-loving teen who also had a penchant for music videos and women looking and acting like badasses (how things never change!). She photographed a lot of the women that I thought were hot shit, and her bold style caught my eye. Her photos were high-flash, high-contrast and highly coloured. Her female models were sexy but girly at the same time, and it looked like they were having a lot of fun.
This week while I was in Pinterest-land, I came across this image which lit a fire in my imagination…
SLAM! is a comic series about roller derby, which packs a punch with its use of bright colours and slapstick comedy. Cos if we know anything about roller derby, it’s that you will inevitably fall down, especially if you’re a newbie (aka ‘fresh meat’ in derby-land). A contact sport on wheels doesn’t give you much of a chance.
Last week I feasted my eyes on pieces of Dior, up-close and personal in Melbourne, and boy was it worth the trip! From the effortless lines and impeccable tailoring of Christian Dior’s own work, to the lavish and exuberant works by John Galliano, to the sweet and sophisticated pieces by Raf Simons, to some of the most recent pieces, full of bohemian charm, by the first female designer in Dior’s history, Maria Grazia Chiuri. We were spoilt for choice, eyes trying to drink it all in and memorise all the little delicious details.
In less than a week I’ll be in Melbourne ogling dresses by the formidable Christian Dior, and I can’t freakin’ wait! Yes, I am one of those fashion-lovers who felt it completely rational to fly to Melbourne to look at dresses. Not buy them, just look at them. I even considered traveling all the way to Paris for the exhibition there, but thought better of traveling to Paris without the husband, after we had a such a great time there together last time. Cos it’s PARRRISSSSS….. *swoon*
Reduce – Reuse – Recycle has been a sustainability mantra that us kids from the 80’s and 90’s have grown up with here in NZ. It got us thinking about how much waste we produce in our daily lives and how we can minimise the amount of it being sent to the landfill, through methods like composting food and recycling plastics. Since those days the food industry had made leaps in the type of packaging it uses, with compostable boxes and plastics in the mix now. Advances in technology are allowing us to make ‘greener’, more sustainable choices about the products we allow in our lives, and the fashion industry is right there in the middle of that experiment and development too.