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Dior and I, and Advanced Style giveaway

Have you seen the new documentary about the House of Dior yet? It’s obligatory viewing of lovers of haute couture, as it gives a view into the makings of a new collection and launching it. It focuses on Raf Simons’ first collection in 2012 and is wonderful for an examination of how the historical legacy influences his designs, which he combines with his modern aesthetic. What really impressed me was the skill and dedication of the team behind him – the women and men who have been with the House of Dior for a long time and developed an impressive…

[Talk] Fashion, Memory and Culture

Hi all, For the past few months I’ve been collaborating with Lorelei Vashti, the super talented author of “Dress, Memory” on an event for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program and at last I can tell you all about it. What: In Conversation: Fashion, Culture and Memory – Lorelei Vashti and Nicole Jenkins When: 2pm Saturday 7 March 2015 Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne Cost: $20 incl booking fee and GST Tickets available from Circa Vintage. Here’s our blurb: Join Lorelei Vashti (author of Dress, Memory) and Nicole Jenkins (author of Style is Eternal)…

[Exhibition] Stone’s style: Jessica Simon, a life in fashion

There’s a charming exhibition of a local style icon and fashion designer, currently on display in Ballarat. Here are some details from the website: Fashion director, clothing designer, retailer, philanthropist, world traveller and local style icon, Jessica Simon was a key figure in Ballarat’s fashion history. She played a managerial role in her family’s business, Stone’s Drapery Store (in operation 1860-1965), which was widely considered the place in Ballarat for fashion purchases, in particular wedding gowns. She hosted a fashion program on local television station BTV6, and designed many of the garments for sale in the store. Jessica was also…

The Bold and the Beautiful

Here in Melbourne we’ve just had the biggest fancy dress party of the year – if you guessed the Melbourne Cup, well done! Well I was younger I used to be dismayed at the wild and wacky costumes of racegoers but now that I’m older I understand that Derby Day is for classic racewear and the first Tuesday in November is when we can all cut loose and make a statement with bold colours, out there accessories and wave the flag for fantastic! I look forward to seeing people of all ages express themselves creatively with fashion and get their…

[Film] Advanced Style – and a contest

The other night we were treated to the new documentary “Advanced Style” based on the New York blog. From the official site: Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth. It’s an engaging and life affirming film about some very interesting women and how…

Travel in Style

Over the last decade I’ve noticed a worrying trend – dressing down to travel. Now, I don’t know about you but I don’t get to travel enough and it’s always a treat. Whether it’s for work or pleasure, the way you dress affects how you feel and how you’re treated. I get that you’d like to feel comfortable, but there’s no reason why casual clothes have to be as ugly and unflattering as tracksuits or pyjamas, items which are best kept for private spaces, not public ones. An article in Slate by J. Bryan Lowder called “Take a One-Way Trip…

The Dakota and Bacall

In my ideal world, I would live at the Dakota. Archival image from Wikipedia, circa 1890. Built in 1884, the seven story Victorian European style building graces New York’s upper West Side with bohemian glamour. Originally there were 65 spacious apartments over seven floors, featuring between 4 and 20 rooms each. Above, under the rooftops were smaller rooms for servants. On the ground floor there was a large dining room where residents could either eat, or have meals sent up to their rooms via dumb waiters. Next door was a large stables (later garage) for the families who called it…

Audrey and Givenchy

Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy – one of the greatest collaborations in the history of fashion. I’ve been treating myself to some Audrey films lately: first Sabrina, and then Charade. She’s wonderful! I was travelling on the Metro in Paris, when I noticed the headlines: “Audrey Hepburn est morte”, so for me Audrey and Paris will always go together: I’m sure she would approve. She loved Paris, and Paris loved her – both Sabrina and Charade feature scenes in Paris and it was here that she met the young Givenchy at his first, informal fashion show. Audrey was sixteen…

[Exhibition] Designing 007

Recently I watched a James Bond marathon with back to back movies, starting with the first one “Dr No” and it revealed a lot about the appeal of the British secret agent. Unfortunately I gave up once we got to the ’80s films but I’d already decided that they worked best as futuristic style porn – a fantasy world of riches and talent. I particularly enjoyed the architecture, interiors and of course – the wonderful costumes. James Bond parties are not unheard of, and if you’re going to one I recommend for the ladies to go for a sexy but…

Vale Paris Kyne

As you know, I’m looking forward to this Sunday’s Vintage Fashion Day at Labassa for the National Trust. I’ll be joining Lady Divine Hats for what will no doubt be a great day. Lady Divine have kindly stepped in to replace the hat display that Paris Kyne was going to host, after Paris suffered a heart attack and suddenly passed away. A great shock as this talented and creative man was full of life and enthusiasm, health and energy. I saw Paris twice in his last days and still find it hard to believe that he is no longer with…