Anti-Lush

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Test shoot from a few months back! Super rough but just trying to build a styling/editorial portfolio right now..

Model: Anette Moidl

Everything else by me.

x Syd

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Instant Language → MFW Highlights

Being the elitist asshole that I am, I’ve generally had a tendency to disregard all of the international fashion weeks as secondary to Paris Fashion Week. It’s pretty evident that the commercially overrun NYFW and neophytic (but still super interesting and innovative – not an insult) LFW don’t really stand a chance against the home of the classic couturier, but I never really had a characteristic to attach to Milan…

Shockingly, although it may solely be due to my lack of exposure/interest in past seasons, almost all of my favourite collections came from designers who showed at MFW.

Jil Sander

Such a stunning, wearable collection. The use of colour and beautifully conceptualized patterns definitely evoke a sense of ~fashion as art~, but the characteristically minimal silhouettes and insanely clean construction keep the looks incredibly refined. If I ever get commissioned to solve an art theft or jewel heist, this is the go-to look. My only criticism is that some of the looks show little innovation, but they’re still in such incredible taste, I can easily look past that.

Missoni

Maybe a surprising pick, but I had to give a lil shoutout to Missoni for their solid combination of innovation and quintessence. I’ve given Missoni soooo much grief over the years for leaning on that goddamn chevron print, and while I still feel that a lot of this collection was in bad taste, a few of the looks really blew me away. The unique and experimental colour and pattern combinations still heavily reference the classic Missoni aesthetic, but in a way that doesn’t read too literal. The cuts still read a bit geriatric, but you can’t win em all…

Prada

The one, the only… Aesthetically, everything about this collection took my breath away. From the immense set designed by legendary architecture and design firm OMA, to the range of sunglasses, gloves, brooches, and bags included with each look, no detail was overlooked. Once again, the combination of colour is something I personally find super inspiring, and the circular, geometric print repeated on coats, skirts, and bags is so perfectly juxtaposed with the vintage silhouettes. Other than the beautiful coats and accessories, this isn’t a collection I’d really wear, but definitely epitomizes my idea of ~fashion as art~, and I’d love to have one of the bejewelled neoprene dresses framed and hung on my wall.

What a bittersweet end to fashion month! This is essentially the first time I’ve made the attempt to keep up to date on shows, and while it’s essentially been a hobby in itself, I’ll definitely miss not having a crazy-stocked instagram feed.

Enjoy

x Syd

Venus in Furs

By some act of God, my “Spring Break” happened to coincide with New York Fashion Week, and by some larger act of God, I was given the opportunity to attend a couple of shows. I had my lil MBFW experiences with Vivienne Tam and Zang Toi at the Lincoln Centre tents, and while it was definitely cool to see how everything went down, they were obsolete in comparison to my third show: the one & only, Calvin Klein.

My wonderful father connected me with CFDA instagrammer of the year, A Guy Named Patrick, and although he had no incentive to do so, Patrick was incredible enough to sneak me into the show as his assistant.

Although I was only in the space for about an hour, it was easily the most emotional and exciting thing I’ve ever experienced. Grace Coddington waltzed in amongst the early crowd and I swear to god I’ve never felt my knees feel so weak.

The collection was absolutely stunning, but perhaps even more exciting was the fact that I was in the presence of so many of my fashion idols, experiencing the same event as them (albeit a few rows back…). In addition to the Cods, I saw Anna Wintour, Bill Cunningham, Caroline de Maigret, Leandra Medine, Harley V Newton, Giovanna Battaglia, Hanneli Mustaparta, and of course, my all-time favourite couple, Veronika Heilbrunner & Justin O’Shea. Unfortunately, I was too breathless to mingle (or say anything to anyone, really…), but I did manage to get out an embarassing “I love your book!” to Mme de Maigret. She was completely lovely, of course.

My fourth-row spot, in conjunction with the shitty zoom on my last-generation iPhone, yielded only mediocre photos, but you can check out the collection here. I’ve also been scouring instagram to see if I snuck into anyone’s pics, and I did find myself in one of Justin O’Shea’s! Check out the blonde in the clear glasses and grey coat to the right of the model 😉 heh.

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Enjoy!

x Syd

I’m Attracted to Things I Can’t Define

I hated Dior. After spending time in Hong Kong, I associated the brand with tacky printed denim, tres-riche Asian madames and new money. Of course, I appreciated the immense craftsmanship of the full-skirt and the fact that it was so wholly associated with Dior couture (gotta love a signature…), but the designs seemed frou-frou, unwilling to take risks, and extremely unapproachable.

Fast forward to the Raf Simons era. Although the Jennifer Lawrence association is still super questionable, the Belgian demi-god has revived the fashion house in such an incredible and necessary way. The days of luxurious princesses lounging in gardens of folly are dead and gone, made way for powerful femininity, tasteful avant-garde, and a highly-considered, ‘experimental’ colour palette.

Although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed most every collection since his creative takeover in the Spring of 2012, the recently shown Spring/Summer 2015 Couture collection shown last week during Paris Fashion Week was undoubtedly my favourite. The juxtaposition of the ultra-classic hoop skirted silhouette and the rainbow of latex boots was completely breathtaking, and the range of mini-shift dresses had me dying for warm weather so I too could be a total mod babe.

Going to have dreams about those blue, thigh-high latex boots tonight… Also that pink carpet is literally unmatched. Definitely check out the full video if you get a chance – it does a great job at showcasing the incredible set design (mostly unseen in the collection photographs).

Enjoy –

x Syd

Mad Vibes

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a huge ‘accessorizer’ per se, but I do have a pretty solid infatuation with the idea of daily, sentimental jewellery. A delicate chain, some semi-precious studs and a collection of rings are generally the most I can handle, and I never really switch up the pieces that I reach for: my nameplate necklace, Cartier ring, a couple of delicate heirloom diamonds and I’m usually good to go. At least, until, I came across Danish jewellery designer Vibe Harsløf – now I’m dying for more.

All of her designs are simple enough to complement any pre-existing ‘daily’ pieces, yet original enough to add interest and design value. In essence, it’s a wonderfully and characteristically Scandinavian brand, at a price point that allows both quality and experimentation.

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I’m a June baby, so obviously I stuck to my birthstone and started out my collection with a pearl. I’m completely head-over-heels in love with this ring and haven’t stopped wearing it since I received it as a Christmas gift. Its simultaneous uniqueness and simplicity is so incredibly rare, and I’m still constantly struck by its pure beauty.

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Next up – sneaker jewellery?? I’ve been on a pretty solid ‘sneakerhead’ trajectory (baby just got her first pair of Stan Smiths!!), so I definitely think this is something I could get down with. It’s an idea I’ve never seen done before, but judging from pics I’ve come across on the internet and the Vibe Harsløf instagram, it lends itself to an incredibly cool look. Perfect way to hit that sweet spot of masculine femininity.

Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a process to find retailers that stock a wide selection of Vibe Harsløf designs, but definitely check out Anthem Wares, Valley Demure, Far Fetch, Voo, or Nordkraft if you’re interested in picking up a piece.

!~BONUS~!

She apparently likes my nail polish heh

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Enjoy,

x Syd

Love Like Denim

I recently caved and bought the January 2015 Vogue almost exclusively to see Kendall Jenner’s solo editorial. The spread left me super impressed at how eloquent of a model Kendall is becoming, but even more impressive were a pair of two toned, patchwork jeans featured ♥ . Ever since, my fascination with blue jeans has been completelyyy renewed, making my usual black, Topshop skinnies feel obsolete by comparison.

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Even more excitingly, I feel like this current influx of denim is part of a greater 70s revival trend. Valentino’s definitely been playing with the look for a couple seasons now (check some Pre-Fall 15 pics below…), the Alexa Chung x AG collaboration plays in perfectly, and of course, Gucci’s SS15 bled a more bohemian, 70s cool.

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While I can appreciate a great collection or editorial with the best of them, my style is still pretty comfort-centric, so my focus has really been on finding pieces that combine quality and fit with more unique cuts, then playing with different tones of blue in my outfits.

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Just wanna give a quick shoutout to my local Holt Renfrew for the triple markdowns – I managed to snag some $700+ Stella McCartney jeans for $140, and a Rag & Bone vest for around $50. Still don’t think I’m prepared to wear them together, but the jeans look so sick with a pale denim shirt and delicate jewellery, and the vest adds just the right amount of trucker-chic over a sweatshirt (it’s cooler than it sounds, I promise…).

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Dressing like a dude is super fun… 10/10

Enjoy!

x Syd

Bright Eyes, Blue Denim

Just a quick post to shoutout this amaaaazing promo for Alexa Chung x AG Jeans!!! Directed by Gia Coppola so no wonder it’s got such adorable L.A. vibes. Add that to music by Dev Hynes and this is a superstar collaboration.

Even more exciting than the promo video, however, is the collection itself!! So far the only piece I’ve seen is the denim mini dress Alexa has on in the video, but if that’s any indication of the overall mood, I’m totally bought in – I’m a sucker for a casual 60s look. Fingers crossed for a button front denim mini skirt, then I’ll just need a Bella Freud sweater and I’ll be well on my way to becoming the manic pixie mod princess I’ve always dreamt of becoming. lol.

Enjoy~

x Syd