Monday, March 28, 2011


Seasonal. Taking cues from Stefanie Skinner. And Romy.
Photos: Patrick Mcgreal for
Hair: Sophie Roberts
Makeup: Tony Baumann for Mecca Cosmetica.





Back in 2009, when one Sloppy Joe who will remain (semi) nameless bailed up one part MoHo against a glass window while his wife to be was asleep in their bed, a slight little love of a real Joe was born. And Jaime Hince was voted Top 5. Same year Alison Mosshart made our Top 5 list of ladies du jour for her rock star antics and choice of male band-a-parts.

Years on The Kills still set a heart alight and the track leaks from their new album Blood Pressures (due for release April 5) are beyond excitement. All fuzzy and roughed up "Pots And Pans is The Kills at their slowest and lushable best.

The Kills - Pots and Pans (SXSW)

See it Twice

Combine fresh wheat blonde, Yoko glasses and a jade fur amongst some twin dressing at the Metropolitan Opera House and it's rated hit.


Today I woke up to a white wind blowing a breeze across my face in the quiet and clean serenity of the morning.
Today I remembered a night that changed my life forever.
Today I laughed out loud at an inappropriate comment that was only too appropriate at the time.
Today I was given advice that was heart wrenching and only the wise can provide.
Today I hoped for a moment that never arrived but didn't regret the moments that did.
Today I went around the world in 5 minutes and 2000 photos.

Folded. 1000 Cranes for Hope.

Wrapped up in the things that we try to get through day to day, it's so easy to be blinded by the importance of giving back. Whether it be time, money, energy, it's important to remember that beyond your sphere there is a whole eternity that is breathing the same air and living the same day and sometimes, just sometimes its needs are greater than your own.

Nothing shocked me more than the tragedy in Japan. Maybe its the innocence of so many people watching their world crumble around them, the closeness to home, the beauty of a country wiped out in an instance. Maybe - on a more selfish note - it's the strive for simplicity and watching the chance of it slipping beyond the grasp of a whole continent of people. Whichever the case, it's put a little hole in my heart that I'm not sure will be repaired and maybe for the better because it's made me want something more than for myself. I wish for luck for Japan and it seems I'm not alone in the small way that I'm spreading that around me.

Legend has it that if a person makes 1000 paper cranes, all joined together on a single piece of thread, they will be granted a life long wish. Via a global initiative from BBDO, people around the world can donate, download, print and fold a paper-crane for Japan. Currently at 572, we're over half way there to bring this country the wish of survival.

Donate now. 1000 Cranes for Japan.

Helmut my Helmut

There are staples. Staples that keep you on the straight path and narrow. Things that you rely on to give yourself a degree of sense and reality. The things that you go back too, time and time and time again.

Designer purchase numero uno was a pair of Helmut Lang jeans. It was 2000, when everyone was wearing denim blue Lee bootleg but mine where midnight blue, trimmed in along the legs (making them as cigarette as possible) rendered eternally relevant and destroyed with love.

Lang holds a place in my heart and the Spring Summer 11 collection reminds me again why that is the case. Classic minimalism, mostly mono with focus on cut and quality, it doesn't get much better than Lang.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I'll admit it. I've been slack. Beavering away in an online hell hole leaving me cross-eyed and not bushy tailed. But somewhere in the mix I managed to celebrate a birthday in the best way possible. This year I was given the best gift ever. Insight. Insight into what makes being me awesome. It involved real friends, great food, laughter. It involved hugs, and real wishes said with sincerity. It involved self awakening that time has flown and I've grown with it. Here are some of the things that made my day/week/month a highlight and a pleasure and I send a million thanks to the universe for smiling down and blessing me a million times over.

Ksubi ++ Incontemp Slip Dress

Jay-Z "Decoded"

One Teaspoon "Fallen Angle" Bra

Fine friends and family (the Longy and me)

Expresso Martinis made with Patrón... and Patrón X.O. Cafe @ the Hunky Dory Social Club (Oxford St, Sydney)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lets hear it for the boys

Apparently the eyes have it. Apparently they tell your whole story in a single gaze. I don't know about that, but I know that if you look at someone long enough you might just realise there is more to them than you figured before. Deep behind the persona, revealed through the layers, peeled away one by one, there may just be someone you've been looking for your whole life.

If you got to see the Martin Schoeller "Close Up" exhibition, lucky you duck. Framed to exclude context, the New York based photographer captures extreme close ups of some of the worlds most famous faces and then captures extreme close ups of some not so well known subjects, rendering each one no less important than the face before. Previously an assistant to Annie Leibovitz, Schollers uninflicted, documentary style photographs celebrate reality by undermining celebrity.


The smallest detail says a million things more than the most outspoken statement. The subtly writes your moment, your future, with the smallest of gestures. No bravado just the sense of you. Take a look around next time and notice.

Bespoken is an authentic British men's collection, offering a modern interpretation of traditional tailoring.

he, les gars!

Slowly. One. Two. No, it's not right. Shut. Breath. Slowly. One. Two. Shut. Open. Breath. And then it hits you and sucks you back, whipping past hour and hour, suddenly slowing near the start. Shut. Unfolding back through the night, this time walking past the memories. The events that made it what it was. Knowing that something changed. Maybe for the best. Maybe it was so surreal that you had no control and you had to throw yourself into it and you got caught up in it all and you wanted to be there and do that, but maybe you weren't ready. But knowing that unless you let it all happen, you will never run and take the leap. And no words can explain how it felt or what it meant to those that were not there. Try as you might, it's a bubble, a memory that only those that saw it, both through their own eyes but also through the eyes of someone looking down and watching from the sidelines, will remember.

Just like that the season's changed.

Sixpack spent their teenage youth living in the moment. Some say they wasted their lives, they say they made themselves. Finding a common culture, Sixpack made collaborations happen. Now a brand, that is constantly moving forward, or right, or left, transmitting through their own means and methods and in their own language. Making art reachable. As they say - "Every step is the first: we'll sleep when we are dead." Sixpack France.

Brume Jacket Blue 110,00 €
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Vercors Cardigan Black 105,00 €
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Red pants 100% cotton Stone washed

Thursday, March 3, 2011

me aussie su aussie

Two little Aussies, sitting in a.... Vogue?! While we're all familiar with the stunningness that is Jess Hart, I mentioned Andrej Pejic to some fashion forward friends the other night who were all a bit like "waaaaht?".

Check these two beauties together, shot by Max Doyle for Vogue AU in an androgynous shoot that truely a Tommy would love. And to complete the look, pump this through your mind. I know I do when I'm dressing in my monotone awesome. Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl -

Fighting Fit

Keen to get back on top of the weather, I'm dining on water, yogurt and clear soup. Once I'm there, I can't wait to tuck into Gordon Ramsey's version of an Arnold Bennett Omelette. His recipe is below. Delish!

Arnold Bennett Omelette*
1 tsp plain flour
15g butter, at room temperature, plus extra for frying
200ml milk
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp black peppercorns
1 slice of onion
200g smoked, trout fillet
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp single cream
30g mature cheddar, finely grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Oil, for greasing
4 eggs
Chervil or parsley sprigs, to garnish

Blend the flour and butter together to make a paste, then chill until firm. Pour the milk into a small pan and add the bay leaf, peppercorns and onion. Heat the milk gently over a low heat to just below boiling point. Lower in the trout skin-side down.

Cover the trout with a dampened piece of greaseproof paper and poach gently for about 4 minutes, until the fish is just beginning to show signs of flaking when pressed. Remove the fish from the milk with a slotted spoon and, when it is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and any bones and flake into small pieces.

Strain the milk into a bowl and discard the aromatics. Pour 100ml of the infused milk into a clean small pan and return to the heat. Gradually whisk in the butter paste, adding small pieces at a time, and bring to the boil. Cook for 1-2 minutes, whisking constantly until you have a smooth sauce.

Put the yolks in a bowl and beat lightly with the cream. Gradually whisk in the sauce, then fold in the trout and half of the cheese. Check for seasoning. Preheat the grill to a medium setting.

Lightly oil an 18-20cm omelette pan and place over a medium to high heat. Break the eggs into a bowl, season and beat with a fork. Add a knob of butter to the pan and swirl it about to coat. When the butter starts to foam, pour in the eggs. Stir them continually, tilting the pan from side to side, until the eggs set on the bottom and the top is soft and creamy.

Remove the pan from the heat, then pour the trout mixture on top of the omelette. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese and grill for a few minutes until golden brown. Garnish with sprigs of chervil or parsley and serve immediately.

* The secret to any good omelette is to use a lightly oiled, heavy-based pan. Add a knob of butter and only once it starts to foam do you add the eggs. Then you stir the eggs constantly to beat in some air, and tilt the pan from side to side to make any uncooked egg run to the sides.


Feeling under the weather and not in the mood for much other than the odd snooze and picture flick help me stumble on old favourite Venice Jewellery. Ethnically inspired pieces that are rare and handmade and similar to nothing else that you'll find around. Buy online (via The Grand Social) or from the Venice Boutique (57 Williams St, Paddington, Sydney Australia)

Voila Mariposa! hand-cut out 22kt gold, set with precious red coral and turquoise stones - $525 AUD

La Fenix Gold. hand carved 22kt Gold phoenix on sterling silver band - $445 AUD


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