Friday, June 4, 2010


I take my hat off to all who wear hats for no other reason but fashion. A hat can completely change the personality of the wearer, make them stand differently and walk differently. A hat can make that person feel interesting. People think sometimes that people who wear hats want to show off. But human beings, since the beginning of time, have always wanted to embellish themselves. It’s a human thing to want to dress every part.

When I think of a wonderful wearer of hats, I think of no other than the late Isabella Blow. She was the fashion's nutty Aunty, adored by those who adore the world's more eccentric side, always dressed perfectly in an outrageous hat, couture clothing, the highest of stiletto heels; her lips were always fuchsia, scarlet or aubergine.

Isabella served as muse to and champion of some of the greatest talents: the late Alexander McQueen drew inspiration from Blow's extravagant, jolie laide persona, and Philip Treacy, London's top milliner, long designed with Blow in mind. Her personal life was famously rocky: She was painfully disinherited from her father's estate and was open about the difficulties she and her similarly stylish husband, Detmar, faced when trying to conceive. But, above all else, she loved fashion. She'll always be missed for that, for her flair, her wit, her generosity of spirit, her style.

Philip Treacy

Isabella Blow had been Philip Treacy’s friend and inspiration. Many of Treacy’s most surreal and sculptural hats have been made especially for Blow.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

How well do you know where you live?

It is easy for one to think that you know the city you live in like the back of your hand. But do you really? Every single suburb?

A lady who has lived in Sydney for over 30 years, but felt she had never really set foot in most of its 600 plus suburbs found she had an intense curiosity. This lead her to explore a suburb a week and document her finds by way of photography and blogging. Visiting one suburb a week for a whole year, she found the best way to discover suburban secrets was to just wonder around. Walking at a slow pace rather than just driving through, means you see it with new eyes.

Having lived in Sydney myself for many, many years I found Louise's blog a truly fascinating read and visual delight. The way she marries two photographs together creates a story. Take a moment to relish in her finds.

Once I have gained permission from Louise, I will post a couple of her photographs here to show an example of her great photography.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Erik Mongrain performing some of his amazing guitar tapping

Belleville Rendez-Vous

Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws

John Butler Trio - Daniella

Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats - Live in Sydney


Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2010

Collette Dinnigan
Collette Dinnigan is back with a vengeance against all that is frumpy, and ugly in women’s wear. She has created an intriguing collection of feminine silhouettes that are championed by laces, draping, crystal, embroideries and perkiness.

Away from the excitement of the crystal and sexiness, Dinnigan adds much more subtle pieces into the collection with gowns which are long, pinched here and there to recreate shape, draping and open backs. The most compelling look of the collection is perhaps her long black skirt with subtle vertical stripes, worn with a button-down, sleeveless top in lace.