SOURCE: Chloe Chill – Read entire story here.
Dress Like You're Already Famous
After a busy day of meetings yesterday, JD and I got dressed in record time and headed back into the City for Vogue Fashion Night Out. Last night I learned two things 1) not to wear silk in the car for too long, because, man that fabric can crease b) a portable steamer would be a very, very amazing invention.
This year was the busiest I have ever seen VFNO. There were so many fun activations on Pitt St, George St and Martin Place in Sydney; from beauty bars to complimentary blow-dries, flowing champagne to Sunglass Hut street dancers. It was such an electric atmosphere and it was amazing to see the whole city come alive in the name of fashion.
I spent the first half of our evening with Sunglass Hut on George St. First up, I got my hair braided. I don’t think I ever had braids as a child. I had unruly curls, so I think my Mum put braids in the “too hard” basket. That, and I cut all my hair off with crayola scissors at the age of three, so length was probably not in my favour. In the hope of preserving my hairdo overnight, I slept so, so still. For once I didn’t wake up with a dislodged duvet or JD complaining I had stolen all “his” covers.
I had my eye on so many glasses last night – particularly the Dior’s and Chanel’s in the below photos. A cute touch last night, was everyone would purchased sunglasses received a personalised sunglass case. I don’t know about you guys, but I am so obsessed with putting my initials on all my things.
I hope you enjoy my little photo diary of the night!
Acler, Tony Bianco & Dylan Kain
Shot in collaboration with Sunglass Hut
SOURCE: Substance By Ally May Hayward | Style Tips, Beauty & Lifestyle – Read entire story here.
Shocker of the day: after three and a half years as Creative Director, Raf Simons is leaving Christian Dior. Now everyone in the industry, myself included, is left pondering the WWW. Why is he leaving? Where will he go? Who will replace him?
SOURCE: Snob Essentials – Read entire story here.
#1: Miu Miu’s First Fragrance: It’s been over 18 months since Miu Miu first announced they’d be releasing a scent… and finally we have a peek at the campaign for Miu Miu Eau de Parfum, starring actress Stacy Martin (above) and shot by Steven Meisel. My guess is the scent will be fresh, sweet and altogether youthful. You’ll have to wait a while longer to get your hands on the actual bottle which is set to hit stores from September.
#3: InStyle Inspiration! Yes, it is my job to be there; but every year I leave InStyle Australia’s Women of Style Awards feeling completely inspired and proud to work for a title that celebrates female achievement across different professions and industries. Somehow I managed to look somewhat pulled together in this Nicholas dress and Dries Van Noten heels as I danced (read: worked) the night away.
#4: Karen Walker X Liberty. Does a week go by without me mentioning/wearing Karen Walker? I didn’t think so… Well last month it was all about her fragrance, this month I’m on to obsessing over her latest collab with Liberty London. The three pairs of exclusive floral sunnies are all at the top of my wish list, obviously. Shop them now:
SOURCE: By Chill - Read entire story here.
Consensus around the office is that the five Dior pink nail polishes pictured above are as about as close to perfect as we’ve seen. So when they made their way to our desks last week, the question became: Which to wear first? In order to assuage any decision fatigue, it’s recommended you wear all five at once, in ascending color saturation. Call it a “tonal manicure.” For best results, swipe on a healthy top coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat and get a week’s wear out of a spur of the moment mani.
SOURCE: Into The Gloss – Read entire story here.
Most of my conversations over the past half-week have held the same sentiment: when you’re excited to be getting on a flight for the sole reason that you won’t have to look at your inbox for at least thirteen hours, you know you’re on the brink of burning out.
Indeed, it has been quite the year.
Now don’t get me wrong – I adore Sydney. There are few things that beat the hot saltiness of our Summers, well garnished with coconut body butter and that hazy aroma that linens accumulate after a few hours baking in the sun. I have always liked the idea of that Tim Winton Cloudstreet,early 90s suburban Australia of simmering corrugated roofs, still air, cicadas, bare feet on bitumen, chewed up tennis balls and the Border Collie next door.
The only thing missing from what would have been a perfectly balanced equation is a relaxed disposition and not a bloody care in the world (and perhaps a Border Collie, though Alex‘s Labradoodles would surely have risen to the occasion). At this point in the year, when everybody is trying to fit in as much as possible before the planet breaks to overeat and get their sparkle on, I’m too highly strung to jump straight in the deep end of a lazy, indulgent Summer. I need to get some working energy out of my system before I can really let off steam, overeat and get my festive sparkle on.
So after all that, here’s one corner of the explosive mess I made while packing a few hours before my flight (the rest is too embarrassingly haphazard to document). I’ve just landed in LA for work for the next couple of days before Alex and I head to NY for a little more work, followed by ice cold down time until 2015 rolls around.
Finally. (Though not without my addictive new gadget…)
Top left to bottom right: Aesop Body Scrub and Face Masque, Go-to Skincare Face Cream, YSL Lipstick, Chloé Eau de Toilette, NZURI Face Cream and Body Butter, Karen Walker Bracelet, Love Lace Bralet, Dannijo Necklace, Larsson & Jennings Watch, Lanolips Golden Ointment, Aesop Hair Brille, The Lust List Cards, SALAR Black Clutch, Dior Brushes, Ykone Kone Mittens, Glassworks Scarf, Canon T60, Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Passport Holder, Dannijo Choker, HUAWEI P7 Ascend, Camilla and Marc Loafers
SOURCE: Shine By Three – Read entire story here.
And just like that, exams are done and dusted. My uncomfortable web silence is no longer. Brace yourselves. It has taken me all of 24 hours to happily block out the mental trauma of the past two weeks, and although my body and digestive system have another two weeks to go (it’s amazing how much you shut down after sitting still at a desk for extended periods of time), you have a greater proportion of my attention until next Semester rolls around.
In my mad scramble back into civilisation, there are few things more satisfying than what can only be described as the swoosh of emails flying out of your Outbox, and gleefully crossing out scrap paper to-dos with the largest black marker in sight. Painting over this story I shot almost a month ago has been sitting at the top of my list for just as long – and to date, it is likely the editorial that has ended up closest to what I had envisaged prior to shooting.
I know far more about skincare and fragrance-fiending than I do about painting my face – I will admit that I can barely get my winged eyeliner equal on both sides (indeed, I spent most of my intensive ballet years disguising the fact with Ariana Grande eyelashes). Perhaps, that is the basis for my fascination with artistic make-up, in the same way that my appreciation for everyday styling finds a distant relative in couture and costume design. On a more conceptual editorial front, I want to explore the transformative quality of beauty as mastered by the likes of Pat McGrath, and if he doesn’t mind me saying so, Chris King. And, on the first of several projects she and I have since worked on together, Nicola Johnson.
This woman knows a thing or two about working at a step above mere enhancement of existing facial features. I wasn’t prepared with any real reference images – just grand sweeping hand gestures around about my head, and laughable buzzwords like wet look and subtle drama. And she got it. Even where what what have been a moodboard for this editorial stemmed from the same vein as my layered art studio paint mess with Amy Finlayson, the outcome here turned on a less documentary note, without losing too much of Dior’s fantastical couture roots in its realism.
Not unlike my sentiments over Amy’s story, it’s times like this where I preach to less is more. We rolled these looks out over a half day, just the two of us and my trusty self-timer in the back-half of a beautifully bare bones studio while producers pressed fashion bloggers for the juicier details of life but ten metres away.
Indeed, they were likely more confused at my pitter-patter dashing back and forth between the tripod, the reflector, the window, and Nicola’s expert webbing of my hair about my face – as are most people when they happen upon me self-shooting dangerously close to their driveway. But hopefully, the finished results are well worth asking that I crash around more quietly.
As I’m no make-up expert by any means, here are Nicola’s best tips for the above looks she put together:
Look 1 – SKIN: Diorskin Glow Maximiser, Star Foundation, Star Concealer, Skin flash radiance booster pen. CONTOUR: Diorskin Nude Tan Matte. EYES: Diorshow Fusion Mono Longwear Eyeshadow 661 Meteore. LIPS: Rouge Dior 169 Grege Lipstick.
Look 2 – GRAPHIC EYELINER: DIOR Waterproof Eyeliner 094 Noir with Trinidad and Diormono Eyeshadow IT-Black 087 pressed over the top with an angled brush.
Look 3 – CONTOUR: Diorskin Nude Shimmer 002. HIGHLIGHT: Diorific Golden Shock 001. GRAPHIC BROW: DiorShow Waterproof Liner Mint 468.
Look 4 – LIPS: DIOR Lipliner Pencil Thrilling Plum 943, Rouge Dior Mauve Mystere 786.
Available at DIOR Perfume & Beauty Boutique at Westfield Bondi Junction (02) 9387 8866
Wearing DIOR Double-Breasted Sleeveless Wool Jacket, Cashmere Coat, Silk Dress and Embroidered Wool Quilted Crepe Dress throughout. Available at DIOR Boutique at 65 Castlereagh Street, Sydney (02) 9229 4600
SOURCE: Shine By Three – Read entire story here.