Jean Paul Gaultier Works

Having thoroughly enjoyed the NGV’s exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier last year (I saw it twice…and even then that wasn’t enough) I returned to ACMI again this past week to view Loïc Prigent’s documentary Jean Paul Gaultier at work.

As a part of the curated culture program for MSFW, the hour long documentary is a retrospective of sorts as Gaultier revisits and recreates twelve of his most iconic works including his infamous cone bras and embellished denim. I never tire of listening to Mr Gaultier as he passionately speaks about his art and how he is constantly inspired and I must say that Prigent presents a lovely and relaxed behind the scenes take on this very prolific artist who is a champion of repurposing garments to only breathe new life into them in his own unique manner.

An added bonus to the screening was also Alison Chernick’s short focusing on the very camera-shy Belgian designer Martin Margiela titled The Artist is Absent (2014). A nice touch combining the two together as Margiela began as a protégé of Jean Paul Gaultier’s and like Gaultier, Margiela is a deconstructionist by nature.

The short highlights how this shy talent has become one of the most admired and successful deconstructionists in contemporary fashion with commentary about him provided by the likes of fashion historian Olivier Saillard, International Vogue editor Suzy Menkes and Christian Dior’s creative director Raf Simons. Praise from the likes of these fashion luminaries is no mean feat. And although I didn’t know that much about Margiela until seeing this, I do appreciate the insight into his talent … a most enjoyable way to spend an hour of my time without doubt.


The creative collective at Thousand Pound Bend

Wandering about town, I poppimageed into Thousand Pound Bend for a coffee this morning only to be greeted by some home-grown design. Gracing the gallery space of the venue for the duration of MSFW is a showcase of about twenty-three independent designers including the likes of Limedrop, Habbot, Pageant … all displaying their unique blend of creations. An interesting mix of media to say the least it was an unexpected but delightful distraction while I waited for my coffee. Here are a few snaps of the installations in the meantime …





Orry Kelly – Dressing Hollywood

imageSpring fashion week has arrived in Melbourne and although the weather hasn’t been behaving as it should, it nevertheless has not deterred this avid fashion admirer from getting out and about and enjoying the events the festival has to offer. So to begin my adventure I decided to start with a visit to ACMI to take in a little bit of old Hollywood glamour.

ACMI’s latest offering, coinciding with the release of Gillian Armstrong’s documentary Women I’ve Undressed, is a wonderful nod to Hollywood’s unsung Australian hero, Orry Kelly. The exhibition showcases the style master’s prolific creative designs that spanned over thirty years, graced 285 films, and garnered him three Oscars for An American In Paris (1951), Les Girls (1957) and Some Like it Hot (1959).

Growing up on a healthy diet of old Hollywood films, this exhibition was never going to disappoint me. It justimage couldn’t. The long list of films associated with Kelly, which are present on a running reel, are among my favourites and I would have to say that the reason for this was because of the costumes … so, so glamorous. I knew I would love it, and I did.

Dressing Hollywood beauties such as Ingrid Bergman, Natalie Wood, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Shirley MacLaine as well as his most famous muse the amazing Bette Davis, the exhibition celebrates his beautiful creations in their cinematic glory and laments his stature as one of the best costume designers the cinema has seen.

So for those who have a love and appreciation for vintage Hollywood this small but cleverly curated exhibition is a visual treat that will speak to you through its mix of sparkly costumes, movie clips, Oscars, sketches, fabric samples, paintings and more. And as you wander through the open space of the exhibit and take in this amazing talent it will give you a better appreciation of the man who came from Kiama, New South Wales who had aspirations to be an actor and dancer but turned his talent of fine arts and tailoring into a career that would elevate him to become one of the most unfamous Australians to conquer Hollywood in an era that truly was golden.











Fashion on film …

Mademoiselle Agnès in action …

Adding another dimension to the MSFW line up I popped into ACMI this afternoon to preview the documentary Dressed Up for Winter 2015 (Habillé(e)s pour l’hiver 2014-2015). Although its theme focus’ on the current Paris winter runway shows and we, here in the Southern Hemisphere, are in the midst of the Spring Fashion festival, the documentary was a treat nevertheless … the perfect prelude to highlight what trends I can expect to see next autumn-winter.

From the very unique and often hilarious perspective of fashion maven Mademoiselle Agnès, the documentary highlights all the latest news and trends from the front line of fashion. Stand outs for me would have to be the premiere of Nicholas Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton which was a lovely nod to sixties silhouettes, and Lagerfeld’s theatrical shopping experience at the Chanel supermarket … this documentary is a lighthearted marvel to watch as the drama of the runway shows unfold.

One designer that stood out purely from a performance art perspective was Iris Van Herpen. Models were suspended mid-air  and cryovaced, serving as a living centre piece, whilst the remaining models took to the runway around them. It was certainly unusual to say the least and would have really been something to see in the flesh.  In addition, a bonus to this presentation included Loïc Prigent’s short documentary Fendi: Inside the Mothership. With celebrities and fashion alum peppered throughout the short it was an enlightening behind the scenes glimpse into the Italian powerhouse’s Spring 2014 shows. Highly entertaining all round.

Right on Target at the MSFW Hub

Spring has certainly sprung here in sunny Melbourne town, and with the sun shining I decided to head out to the MSFW Hub to catch the midday runway show which happened to feature Target.

It has definitely been a long while since I had stepped into, let alone purchased anything from Target, and if what I saw today is just a hint of what to expect in store then I for one will be making a beeline to my nearest Target to make some purchases. With soft flowy georgette dresses, crisp clean white cottons, boho florals, lace, tailored looks for everyday … there was a little something for everyone whatever your taste.

Here’s an edit of looks that appealed to me and bear in mind it is only a sliver of what was presented. And the bonus is that all of these pieces are highly affordable and with the right styling can make you look like a million dollars.










Welcome to the MSFW Hub …

Welcome to the MSFW Hub ...
Welcome to the MSFW Hub …

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week MSFW is in full swing here in Melbourne and I for one am quite delighted. Yesterday I had the chance to visit the Hub which is a hive of activity and on this particular day it hosted the emerging designer market.

Racks and stands full of inspiring and unique pieces from up and coming local talents ranging from jewellery to clothing were on offer ; my favourite being the lovely leather clutches from Mikat Accessories. Owner and designer Katrina Wright’s simple lines coupled with the luxe texture of the leather really spoke to me and the St George fuchsia clutch is definitely on my wish list for Spring purchases.

St George fuchsia clutch - image courtesy of Mikat Accessories
St George fuchsia clutch – image courtesy of Mikat Accessories
Getting my "makeup" done at the Mecca stand ...
Getting my “makeup” done at the Mecca stand …
Mecca goodies from the Hub …
Kevin Murphy samples to test …

A staple feature of the Hub that is always welcomed is the Mecca Maxima and Kevin Murphy stands. I had a very enjoyable hair consultation from the lovely Madeline from Biba hairdressing and she was kind enough to provide me with an array of Kevin Murphy hair product samples I can’t wait to test. And as for Mecca Maxima, well the lovely ladies offered me a goodie bag with some sample products that I look forward to using too … especially the Bare Minerals primer.

Next I’ll be looking forward to the daily runway shows that the Hub will be hosting during the course of the week … and I can’t think of a better way to spend my lunch hour. The perfect way to break up the working day that’s for sure!

The count down begins


In the midst of this chilly Melbourne winter my thoughts have been turning to the notion of Spring of late. One aspect that is helping this thought gain traction is the forthcoming Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival … and what a treat it’s shaping up to be.

The festival promises to be quite the spectacle whether it involves the runway shows, beauty workshops, cultural exhibitions, or shopping events … there seems to be a little something for just about everyone. And with so much on offer, I am hoping  it will be a good source of inspiration as I embark on my hunt for some new and well deserved goodies to help refresh my wardrobe as we head into the new season.

So with only eleven sleeps to go, this event certainly couldn’t come any sooner for this very keen Spring shopper! More to come soon …