Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Amsterdam – exploring sex, legal highs and food

You’ve booked a city break to Amsterdam for the weekend, so grab a bicycle, head to a coffee shop for a lounge and a space cake, then end the night sauntering down the infamous Red-light district for fun frolics. Amsterdam is a city with much more depth, with obvious contrasts and within an abundance of charm. 

The city is full to the brim with wide, paved streets set next to glimmering canals and houseboats. The tall buildings stand to a halt, yet look ever-so-slightly tilted towards the cobbled streets. The benevolent atmosphere transcends the fresh Amsterdam air, with the locals traditionally greeting with three kisses, and ultimately creating a magical city, patiently waiting to be explored.
Being immersed fully into the relaxed culture is absolutely infectious and a must when visiting. The calm way of living is prolific and truly denotes Amsterdam’s positive vibes. A lack of traffic around the city could be a main factor into its relaxed atmosphere; with the most favourable way of transport for many Amsterdammers being bicycles. This is not surprising, considering it’s one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, with most streets possessing dedicated cycle lanes. Pedestrians, make sure to listen out for the gentle sound of bicycle bells when stepping out onto a road.
A picturesque view. Amsterdam has over 165 canals and over 1,200 bridges. Not a surprise then, that the most photographed spots for curious tourists are along the peaceful canals next to the a row of adorable bicycles. Venturing around the canals truly does feel like a scintillating maze and exploring through them becomes a fun pastime. The waterways are certainly emblematic to the city.
When in Amsterdam, the first food thought should be ‘kroket’. This is a deep fried roll with meat ragout or potato inside, covered in delicious breadcrumbs – an Amsterdam necessity when it comes to snacking and can be found in almost every food outlet. Consider grabbing one whilst strolling around the cobbled streets of the Red-light district – truly scrumptious even on the go.
The Red-light district is inexplicably one of the Amsterdam’s biggest hot-spots for both tourists and locals. An area famous for its very legal sexual-activities and adventures. Just make sure not to take pictures of the women behind the windows, they are certainly not afraid of dishing out verbally abuse for it. Many people are unaware of the difference in colours of the lights behind the windows where the girls provocatively stand. If it is blue, she was not born a woman, a handy tip for tourists.
Visitors can easily venture into one of the many sex shops for a browse or simply watch a ‘peep show’ for just a Euro; standing in a little booth whilst the half naked woman rolls around a bed for her viewers is certainly a memorable experience for everyone, before heading for a night of fun with friends.
A budding gay scene is also present within the city, with large sets of cutting-edge gay bars located in the city centre. The main street, Reguliersdwarsstraat, is home to popular bars including Taboo and Club Nyx – where there is sure to be a sing-along to a RuPaul classic with a dashing bartender. For those visiting in August, enjoy the Gay Pride that is famous around the world, with one of the most picturesque parades that happens along the beautiful canals.
A visit to a coffee shop in Amsterdam to try a space cake should be a fundamental activity for visitors to truly experience the carefree, Dutch culture. These feature rooms as dark as nightclubs, all filled with the comfiest of sofas, spread around the chilled room. After relaxing in a chosen spot, a menu by a friendly Amsterdammer, provides a choice of scrumptious flavoured cakes; with the added high of marijuana.
Another legal high available in the city are magic truffles. Exploring any street in the city to find many neon-lit shops, excessively filled with quirky accessories and sickly-sweet chewing gums and every flavoured Fanta, these will stock the legal drug. Magic truffles range in strength and provide psychedelic experiences that include vivid, visual effects and colours and also create philosophical ways of thinking; and also infectious giggles.
A city with so much promise and tranquillity, where sex and certain highs are completely legal, Amsterdam is certainly a city everyone should visit. Entre nous, Amsterdam is certainly my favourite European hot-spot this summer.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Another One Bites the Dust: Lindsey Wixson Retires

Fashions favourite gap-toothed model; with her signature bubble lips, has enthralled the fashion elite for many years due to her flawless walk and impeccable ability to capture a beautiful moment on camera. A moment that demarcated her apart from all the other budding models; this moment is something that has made her an icon in the industry. However sadly she's waving au revoir to the catwalk.

Lindsey Wixson has become a sine qua non for fashion weeks, being adored by top fashion designers. Her Quintessential American Charm and conspicuous beauty has propelled her into fashion heights only one could blissfully dream of. 

Discovered at 15-years-old, Lindsey was hand-selected by the legendary photographer, Steven Meisel, for an editorial in Vogue Italia. Her unique look was then quickly noticed by Miuccia Prada, whom used Lindsey as an exclusive for both Prada and Miu Miu for many seasons. 

The American beauty served up a euphonic buffet of major campaigns throughout her career including: Dior, Chanel, Miu Miu and Versace. Lindsey has also booked covers for titles including Purple, I-D and CR fashion book; her fashion resume looks extremely impressive. But after reaching catastrophic heights in the fashion industry at only 23-years-old, she has recently revealed via Instagram that she will be sadly retiring from the business, due to a painful foot injury, therefore focusing on the Pottery and Interior industry.
"To all my fashion fans, I am sad to inform you that my injury has put me in a position to retire from this high heel business," Wixson stated. 
So as another fashion favourite hangs up her towering heels and leaves the cut-throat and glamorous industry, take a look back at the other iconic supermodels that indefinitely left their mark in fashion and retired. 
Gemma Ward
When you think of 00s models, Gemma Ward quickly springs to mind. A face that transports you to another realm, Gemma could be seen as a fashion enigma. The Australian model knew how to capture a beautiful image, whether that was for shooting campaigns for Galliano, or being the youngest model on the cover of American Vogue at the age of 16.
Her stare transfixed you, with ambiguity behind her intense, juvenile stare. The leader of the baby-doll faced era; think Heather Marks, Vlada Roslyakova and Lily Cole. 
Gemma's agent officially announced her retiring from the industry after her notable absence in 2009. The Australian beauty chose to focus on her acting career, staring in roles including The Black Balloon and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
With a brief return in 2014; walking exclusively for Prada and shooting their campaign, the model failed to reach the fashion heights she once had. 
Agyness Deyn 
Quirky, cool and effortlessly cool. Androgynous beauty, Agyness Deyn, made an entire career from her sexual ambiguity and her edgy, peroxide pixie-cut. The British model was featured on Vogue covers around the world, and was a favourite for British fashion label, Burberry.
However after all her success, Agyness revealed in 2012 that she had retired from modelling in an interview with The Independent. 
"I suppose I have stopped modelling officially. I've not done any for a good long while now. I think it was about four years ago when my feelings were changing towards the industry. I didn't hate it, but I was yearning to do something different. I was on a gradient. It was a gradual thing."
Since retiring, she has dabbled in music, starred in Clash of the Titans, appeared in the West End and most recently been filming, 'Hard Sun', a pre-apocalyptic crime drama for the BBC. 
Julia Nobis
In the seven years that Julia made her fashion debut on the runway for an exclusive for Calvin Klein, she's quickly grew as one of fashions favourites runway girls and became instantly emblematic of the era, due to her beguiling look and fierce walk.
Her fashion tenure has been extremely impressive, after being fully embraced by fashion bigwigs like Raf Simons, Karl Lagerfeld and Phoebe Philo, she went onto walk for every major fashion house and landed prestigious campaigns including Celine, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Prada. 
Australian native Julia has impressively juggled her fashion career whilst studying for a degree in medicine, with dreams of becoming an ER doctor.
The fashion industry was never at the forefront of Julia's mind, previously stating, "Modelling was never my end goal."
In 2017 it was reported that Julia had decided to end her successful career in fashion and focus on her career as an ER doctor.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

What Would the Sex & the City Girls Be Wearing in 2017?

It is hard to believe, isn't it? Nearly two decades ago, a New York based TV show, with relatively known characters was introduced, which was to take the world by a catastrophic storm. The birth of Sex and the City revolutionised the concept of the 'modern woman' and showed us that there is a lot more to womanhood than meets the eye.

The series rose to prominence in the late 90s due to the elusive idea that you were a "fly-on-the-wall" to these four savvy, women's conversations of the New York dating scene. These conversations were something so many viewers could easily relate to, and this was a big part in the shows success. The show immersed you into the troubling and entertaining dating world of the 20th century. You felt ever so intrusive in a sense, to be sitting at the dinner table with them, whilst the sexually adventurous Samantha shockingly reveals, "I'm dating a guy with the funkiest tasting spunk!" Or the ever so prudish Charlotte proclaims a guy she has been dating, "fell asleep whilst making love to her." They epitomised the young woman of that era. The show however also tackled serious issues like: infidelity, safe sex, sexuality, promiscuity whilst always keeping the epicentre of it comedic at heart.

Sex and the city is a series that transcended the boundaries of style, class and culture, with the piecing together of tremendous fashion and humorous dating troubles. The combination ultimately created a chic and classic series that was made so compelling to watch and was also perpetuated throughout the two movie sequels. Their style of dressing was uncomplicated, yet well planned and trendsetting due to the magic of Patricia Field. But after seventeen years of changing fashion trends, what would the four characters actually be wearing in 2017? As Yves Saint Laurent once said, "Fashion fades, style is eternal", and honey, this show has immense style.

Carrie Bradshaw

As the main protagonist of the show, all fashion eyes were on her. Her style was cool, comfortable yet kitsch. She was not afraid to make a statement; if you think back to her Dior newspaper dress that ironically told a thousand words. When it came to footwear Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo are never far from her closet, as the fashionista once said, "I like my money where I can see it... Hanging in my closet."

What would she be wearing now? Peter Pilotto SS17 

Samantha Jones

Legs or cleavage? It was never a style choice for the fourty-something glamour puss. The feisty cougar of the foursome, yet that never showed with her style choices. She was always ahead of the fashion pack, whether that was attaining the rarity of a Birkin bag or finding that perfect dress that would just make a guy cum in his pants as soon as he saw her. Vivid colours and darish accessories were just something she would be widely remembered for. Samantha's wardrobe would be adorned with embellished Balmain and the most colourful Christian Louboutin's.

What would she be wearing? Balmain SS17

Charlotte York Goldenblatt

Charlotte loved a feminine, floral print. Her style was ladylike yet simple and coy. The most feminine of the group, she was known for a simple blouse and a ever-so-charming pastel prom skirt, she was never far from a pearl. She loved to finish her look off with a slick ponytail and a pretty Lady Dior handbag.

What would she be wearing? Victoria Beckham SS17

Miranda Hobbes

Easily mistaken for the tomboy, Miranda's style was trendsetting yet understated. As the Lawyer and Mummy of the group, she would never be far from a trouser suit or a crisp white shirt. Brands like Theory and Helmut Lang were worn by the redhead. Her style was ever-changing, from button-up shirts to breezy dresses, she could always pull it off.

What would she be wearing? Hermes SS17

Oh please return to our screens girls...

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Gucci Spring/Summer 2017 Womenswear | Milan Fashion Week

A collection of gender fluidity pieces mixed with pop culture and Renaissance. Gucci's perpetual essence is captured within their latest collection in Milan. The brand presented elevated day-and-evening wear yesterday which really enthralled fashions elite.

Only the delicately piercing sound of a cricket could be heard at the Gucci Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show, before a hauntingly beautiful violin filled the pitched-black room with conspicuous sounds. Sounds that made the littlest of hairs on the back of your neck stand to a strong halt in tension. Those sounds started and completed the show...

The scene was set for a spine-chilling thriller movie, the ones you watched when you were a kid, and would ultimately end up sleeping in your parents bedroom due to harrowing nightmares. Fashion bigwigs filled the front row as the room, filled with 250,000 mirrored sequins, dramatically flashed lights for a matter of seconds, before transforming the room into a deep, plush-pink space. Which resulted in a beautiful fashion masterpiece for Gucci's SS17 - a step further from his all green men's catwalk show.

The models walked ghostly down the Gucci striped catwalk, slowly; as if like zombies, in their towering Gucci styled wedges. Juxtapose this against the fast-paced, theatrical Florence & The Machine music, this created a chilling vibe for the show.

Alessandro Michele, Gucci's creative director, keen to once again deliver another iconic moment for Gucci, designed a masterpiece, with a theatrical delight that could win an Oscar. His trendsetting and luxuriously-unique looks have gone from strength-to-strength each season, with his latest offering possibly being the designers culmination of his career so far.

The collection was overloaded with references to the Renaissance, with  evening dresses with a giant embroidered heart, pierced with a sword and the numerals "XXV" inside it. As well as a radical and witty black, silk satin, floor length evening gown, with gold sequinned, pineapple shaped sleeves. The dress, which caught the attention of many, had two symmetrical sequinned parrots embroiled into the dress with feathers adding to the beauty. The animal theme was very prominent within the show. A citrus orange coat with two symmetrical zebras also made a bold and modern statement.

As well as these references, Alessandro's vision to intertwine both men's and female fashion was clearly seen within this collection. The designer has been praised for his gender fluidity garments in his previous collections and he's certainly carrying on this tradition. Women in trouser suits and a waist coat, as well as dresses, paired bravely with trousers. Then the men walked alongside the women in a pale, macaroon-pink trench coat with soft-yellow flowers embossed on it. As well as Alessandro's signature gold ribbon, made famous from his previous women's collection, placed firmly on a hot pink male jumper.

Each look was meticulously styled, with even the last minuscule sequin being delicately placed to create a scintillating showpiece. Serpents, statement-making coats, western ruffles and that pineapple sleeved evening dress were snapped instantly on smartphones by the fashions front row, ready for an Instagram upload to impress.

The deepest shades of red, purple and gold were seen heavily within the collection. Many of the outfits each had a shiny red ribbon wrapped carefully, to top the look - you could say the cherry on top of the deliciously scrumptious cake.

The bigger the better when it came to accessories for the dramatic show. Models were adorned by exquisitely oversized accessories. Oversized sunglasses, oversized hats, oversized earrings, and a oversized binocular necklace. But the oversized accessories didn't do anything but add to the beauty of each look.

Gucci has certainly cemented its luxurious crown firmly back on top of its head, as the hottest show in Milan fashion week since Alessandro's revival of the iconic Italian brand. The latest collection did not disappoint, and with the theatricality even Galliano would envy, the designer is certainly taking Gucci to a whole new fashion level.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Prada Fall/Winter 2015 Womenswear Review | Milan Fashion Week

Elegant sixties inspired tailoring with a futuristic twist made everyone swoon at the Prada AW15 RTW Womenswear collection. Miuiccia Prada, the fashion brand’s designer, helped bring a whole new meaning to dressing up in your mother's expensive designer frocks.

Only the delicate tip-tap of a model walking out of the metallic box, with a futuristic Ping-Pong styled tune playing peacefully in the background was to be heard. Looking youthful and innocently girlish, all dressed in wonderfully pastel coloured baby doll prom dresses and vintage tweed trouser suits, whilst having very cute and ever so charming high ponytails; adorned by a rhinestone flower clip.

An impactful colour pallet. Soft shades of peach, green, periwinkle blue and bubble-gum pink were dominant in the dynamic collection. Almost like looking ever-so-carefully inside a box of deliciously tasteful macaroons, which inevitably gave off a very innocent and childlike feel. This was also shown with the models make-up, very minimal yet meticulously precise in detail. A hint of a blush, a nude lip and just a smudge of a peach coloured eye-shadow to define the eye, embeds the youthful and playful theme.

Accessories played a large part in Prada’s collection, adding a subtle and polished sophistication to the garments. Oversized embellished crystal broaches in the shape of cute flower stems, playful hair clips carefully holding the model's high-raised ponytails, elongated pastel coloured evening gloves, and shoulder-bows, added a sense of wearing your mother's rather large and vintage embellishments with your school dress. They helped bring Miuccia’s powerful creations to life, adding a timeless opulence and very modern twist to a vintage-feel collection.

The bold use of ethnic diversity was also apparent in the show. Miuccia has been criticised strongly for her previous shows due to casting all-white models to wear her collections. However casting newcomers Lineisy Montero and Aya Jones (above), which were the clear standouts at the show, alongside Mica Arganaraz was a perfect move.

Ms Prada got this collection flawlessly right, taking the fashion brand to a whole new, bittersweet level. A cleverly played juxtaposition compared to the brands last highly praised collection, which was romantically dark and mysterious, a world away from the sickly sweet princess themed pieces. The final impression was of timeless elegance and was a clear standout of Milan Fashion week. How darling!



Friday, 27 February 2015

Moschino Fall/Winter 2015 Menswear Review | London Fashion Week

A mystical winter wonderland was certainly embedded within Moschino's recent AW15 Menswear collection. A snow-filled backdrop, faux snow descending beautifully onto the runway, and models being adorned by primitive and exotic furs. All these components were added to create a beautifully-chilly mise-en-scene.

Moschino’s creative director, Jeremy Scott, certainly had no qualms regarding the casting for his show. Perfectly sculptured physics were a must for the models, with a multitude of muscled males marching down the runway with their buff, bare chests and strong, muscled legs confidently on display, whilst being draped in exotic furs and untamed fur snow boots.

Jeremy always brings intensity and exuberance to his runways, and the energy for this show was apparent, with cleverly-witty anecdote jumpers and t-shirts stating, “I had nothing to wear so I put on this Moschino T-shirt.” Scott took contrasting to extreme, dressing fashion darling, Jourdan Dunn, in a Moschino labelled bikini, snow boots and a golden fur-lined hooded jacket. The collections use of fur, zebra, and leopard pieces matched with intense coloured patchwork cardigans, which were paired with a beige undertone, all added to this feel. He certainly brought the sun to the strong winter vibes.

The collection was scintillatingly magical and fastidiously detailed, showing Jeremy’s meticulous eye and his strong ascendance in the fashion industry. The only thing that was evidently missing from the show was Santa Clause himself.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

the 'it' girls of 2014

If you’ve watched the comedy-drama film, ‘Devil Wears Prada’ adapted from the popular book of the same name by Lauren Weisberger, you might think you withhold great prescience when it comes to the future of the ever-exciting fashion world. A film which vividly showcases the drastic and competitive industry in around 90 minutes. The fashion world guarantees very few long-jeopardy careers, models are just as disposable as last nights leftover dinner, with girls being replaced each season as the new 'It' girl. However this year, five women cemented their careers within modelling, stamping their very expensive, designer heels and bellowing "I am here to stay!" (Not literally but you catch my drift!) Here are the five women that gallivanted from one fashion show to the next and became the envy of every rising model by landing the crème de la crème of campaigns last year.

5. Sasha Luss
With hair as white as snow and a jawline even Sasha Pivovarova would be envious of, Sasha Luss has truly captivated the modelling world this year. Although the Russian beauty has been modelling since 2007, this year was definitely the year that cemented Sasha's status in fashion. Sasha impressed designer Raf Simmons and became the face of Dior, as well as bagging campaigns for Versace, Lanvin and Chanel. She was also handpicked by Steven Miesel for the 2015 Pirelli calendar. She will soon be held in the same ranks as fellow Russian supermodels: Natasha Poly, Sasha Pivovarova and Natalia Vodianova!




4. Saskia De Brauw
Androgynous beauty, Saskia De Brauw, has made an entire career from her sexual ambiguity and her edgy, high fashion look. Proving fashion has no expiry date, the 33 year old had a very impressive year, gracing five top covers as well as accumulating five campaigns, including Louis Vuitton and Moschino; where she modelled alongside icons: Linda Evangelista, Karen Elson and Carolyn Murphy. Quintessentially Danish charm and a short and perfectly-styled pixie cut has kept top designers rebooking Saskia each year.

3. Anna Ewers
Anna's burgeoning career went from strength-to-strength this year. A model famed for evoking the stunning 70s model, Brigitt Bardott, famous pin-up look. Anna has impressed the elite of the fashion industry. Steven Miesel, Mert& Marcus and Alexander Wang have been some of the big names that have celebrated working with the German model, which inevitably helped her land eight major campaigns, including the prestigious Prada campaign. Baby Bardott was also one of the favourites of SS15, walking in 42 shows last season, including Marc Jacobs, Chanel and Valentino. The Bardott reign is certainly not holding up!

2. Amanda Murphy
Chicago born Amanda has become a major player within the modelling world, a girl who was fully embraced by iconic photographer, Steven Miesel, shooting two back-to-back Italian Vogue covers. She has become a force to be reckoned with due to her strong, classical symmetry features and unique look, which inexplicably transfix both designers and fashion followers. Amanda landed six major campaigns including: Prada, Celine, Bottega Veneta and Hugo Boss. She also smashed SS15 Paris fashion week, walking 12 prime shows including: Chanel, Celine, Stella McCartney and Dior.


1. Julia Nobis
This year was a remarkable one for Sydney-born fashion model, Julia Nobis. The nympth beauty served up a euphonic buffet of major campaigns this year including: Dior, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Givenchy, as well as gracing two Italian Vogue covers! The rising star may have only been discovered in 2009 but is well on her way to becoming one of Australia’s supers, due to her soaring popularity with the industry's elite. Julia has become a sine-qua-non for previous fashion weeks, being highly in-demand for top designers; she walked an impressive 34 shows last season, as well as closing seven!