Daria Werbowy might have ‘quit’ modelling two years ago due to the pressures and what if’s of an industry that gives…and takes so much…but aren’t we glad she’s back! Raw, sexy, feminine…she might have quit drinking and become a yogi, moved to Ireland and fallen in love with a tradie but I guess that’s what makes her even more appealing!
This time last year I was in New York. Beautiful Manhattan skylines inspiring all sorts of daydreams in my mind of living in a city like that. Grand and fast, Art Deco architecture and so many beautiful public spaces. A 10 year old in tow showing me that swinging from street posts and counting squirrels is just as magical as seeing a Frida Kahlo in a gallery. This last weekend we spent a sunny time in Sydney. Another beautiful city and more of the same thoughts…living elsewhere. There’s no particular reason for the longing. Perhaps it’s just the gypsy heart in me. For now I am stuck in bed with the flu and far away places are just what I want to be reminded off.
A little thing I’m calling The Edit. Just some cool things on my mind this month!I can hardly contain my enthusiasm for the new Wes Anderson film – The Grand Budapest Hotel. You only need to reel off the names in the cast and I’m in running for the ticket box! Featuring Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Léa Seydoux, Jason Schwarzman, Tilda Swinton (aha) and many more! I adore Wes Anderson’s films (you can take them or leave them) but for me it’s the visual treat of the sets and costumes that leaves me in awe. Today I watched this new video which reveals one of the key ingredients of his visual palette: centering. Amazing! However, if you only watch one short video from these links today, do yourself a favour and watch the featurette on the making of the hotel in The Grand Budapest Hotel here.
So there’s music too! I keep scanning tickets for Devendra Banhart’s Australian tour…there really isn’t a reason not to go especially as my local barista told me that I wouldn’t be disappointed having been to Banharts’s last tour down under. Last year I spent the Summer doing Yoga and riding around on my bike listening to his music feeling all zen and invincible. Devendra Banhart is all dreamy and broody and he has the sweetest lyrics to boot. Hippy folks giving him an Indian name just makes him even more intriguing! I’ve harped on about his lyrics on here before but swoooonnnn…..
Shabop Shalom :
Just between halfway tree and spanish town
Where a young boy
Not yet the cock o’ the walk that he would soon become,
Was lying on the grass and takin’ in the sweet and sensuous scent of hibiscus
That languidly lilted along the summer breeze
Now that I’ve got my culture on…film, music (yes there’s room for more and I could go on about the Art Deco fashion exhibition I recently saw but I’ll save you…) I love when my two passions collide. Fashion and interiors. Add to that contributing editor at US Vogue and the co-founder of online fashion retailer Moda Operandi and you’ve got Lauren Santo Domingo. LSD, an inspiring business woman with impeccable style – this image gets me every time. Amaze. Adore her fashion sense and getting a glimpse into her home was so exciting. Check out a fun feature of LSD on The Coveteur here. Pink sofa – why wouldn’t you have one? Fashion week street style. Need I say more – it’s my addiction!Stella McCartney – Fashion Week 2014 – I’d have blush everything, yes! Plus she gets to hang out with all the cool kids…is she still friends with Gwyn? Interior spaces with unexpected twists.I’ve been to weddings and celebrations of late and seeing this lovely Elie Saab dress made me wish I had something so pretty in my wardrobe!Last but not least- Elle Australia. For as long as I can remember I have loved nothing more than buying the latest edition of my favourite magazines hot off the press. I was a goner in my teen years when my mum brought home my very first magazine. Fascination, intrigue, inspiration. Scanning glossy pages with what seemed like the impossible attainment. Dreaming up outfits and longing for adulthood and my own right to fashion. Then something happening. I started being less inspired and feeling somewhat deflated as I turned the last page shut. All of a sudden I could see it all online. The net was so fast and just as inspiring that a monthly publication was just so old! Don’t get me started on the ads. Grrr argh! Then came the street style blogs, Scott Schuman, Tommy Ton, Garance..on and on, blogs upon blogs of real women in their clothes. I was in love. Then just like many things in life, we come full circle and return to the good old days. A real fashion magazine! I opened Elle magazine last month and stood and smiled…and flicked…and stopped and READ it. A layout that reminded me of the cool Japanese magazines in Tokyo, beautiful clothes and a truly great layout. I’ll be bolting out to the newsagency next month and hoping that for that same rush!