Wednesday, January 13, 2010

FRIENDSWITHYOU - magical worlds to visit

I'm dashing off to sydney this morning - I've never been before so I'm rather excited! On Friday I'm going to partake in a shoot for Romance Was Born and Harpers Bizaar. 101 people will be dressing up and attending - all in Dalmatian-inspired garb. Should be interesting! I've tried to create the most interesting and yet travel efficient outfit I could. More on that later.

Thinking about magical places, these images came to mind:

They are from FRIENDSWITHYOU's Pictopia Fun House Exhibition @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt Museum in Berlin! So sweet!
I wish someone would commission FWY to place these friendly blocks around Melbourne. One can dream.
xox LL

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Adu Jahmal

Enjoying these hand-painted garments by Adu Jahmal, another artist I discovered on Etsy.

Alice Cooper:

And my personal fav, Bowie:

These over-sized leather macs are the perfect canvas for Adu's slick graphic portraiture. The mind boggles at the possiblities for using this kind of work in editorials.

It's a torturous 41° at the moment but I'm still determined to have my afternoon cup of tea. I keep putting Bear by the air-conditioner but he continually escapes to sit with me in the study. It is boiling in here so we must both be mad. He is obsessed with rolling over my illustrations. I think we both share a secret desire to deface my work!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mushroom Dress

I can never sing the praises of Etsy enough. It's a great resource when researching period clothing and rare, vintage designers - I especially love sellers who post detailed images of a garment's construction. The Etsy community also seem to be such a friendly bunch - handwritten letters and decorated parcels are sure to induce warm, fuzzy feelings. But my favourite aspect of the site is the way it exposes emerging designers who may not have a fashion background.
Such is the case with Rachel Wright, an artist from South Alabama who creates garments from recycled materials. I was especially wowed by her 'mushroom dress' - an ethereal, dreamlike wonder:


The garment was inspired by the illustrations of 19th century naturalist Ernst Haeckel. Rachel's aim was to make 'an organic form out of inorganic materials, while still maintaining eco-friendly practices'. The cage-skirt was created using half-inch polyethylene foam and the jacket with ultra-thin packing foam. A 1930’s satin nightgown was used as an undergarment.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

First outfit post - Ridicnic.

It's been a long time between posts, but I am relying a little on other people's cameras/scanners/etc while I save up for my own. Quite frustrating but I'll get there. In the meantime, a quick outfit post. These pictures are from a picnic we had in the Fitzroy gardens.

Unfortunately I don't have any detailed shots of this dress, but I like the horizontal dart over the bust-line. It actually alters the hem of the dress by lifting the material slightly at the front. The effect is kind of ethereal. This garment reminds me of my favorite nightie I had as a kid.

Dress from Cose Ipanema, Yohji Yamamoto Platforms, Hat from Mimco (the only hat I could actually find to fit over my head/hair...cursed!), white tights from nowhere especially interesting.
Last four images by
Sean T Barnes, Polaroid by Caitlin Molloy.