London is just emerging from a protracted and bitterly cold winter. While the branches are naked, there are hopeful burst of colour here and there in its always inviting and immense parks: lawns of yellow daffodils, bunches of white blossoms. Something about its austerity, episodically interrupted by a bloom or an hour of heroic sunshine, makes me feel like dressing simply and warmly in all white. The English high street boats plenty of Scandinavian simplicity (and who does it better than the Scandis?): Monki, Cos, and welcome newcomer & Other Stories. None of them are available in Australia, so I stocked up on a few choice samples while in town. A soft raw leather vest, a white t-shirt maxi, and a truly excellent transparent gradient tote bag. All winter white, with a single burst of optimistic colour.
Leather singlet, dress: Monki
Senso boots, tee and leather backpack: all ASOS
Neoprene pyramid stud ipad cover: Typo
Sunnies: the legendary Super Lucia in crystal
1. Milkmaid braids. There is a fine line between "free spirit" and "cult member who can't cut their hair for religious reasons", and I think I just crossed it. Milkmaid braids are easy, cute and the go-to for when your lengthy hairs are just too...lengthy. Ahem.
2. Home. "Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on earth where a man (sic) can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of rules and set tasks." - G. K. Chesterton
3. Hellos, and goodbyes. That diem isn't going to carpe itself, but it's the compromise of a life full-lived to let things go, even as you open your arms to welcome something else.
There is something satisfyingly snug when you fasten the braces on your overalls. An official addition to the possibly subjective category of "clothes that feel like they're giving you a hug", I feel happy as a bean in mine. In fact, much like ponchos, I think it's impossible to be unhappy while wearing them. Nostalgic, cute, they are the secret way for girlie girls to wear "trousers". Mine are from ASOS.
I'm not used to being on the other side of the interview equation. But my excellent friend Nadia interviewed me, and the baben' Nicole took a photo of me, and before I knew it I was profiled in Attitude magazine. Fun was had all round. And yes, my face *is* actually a camera.
At the risk of becoming a walking Tumblr of New Wave movie stills and inspirational quotes, I would like to state the following:
b) I still stand by my intense dislike of musicals; which makes no sense because I love both movies and music.
c) If you are a fan of movies, and in particular New Wave movies, and happen to be in Sydney, I recommend a visit to Kinema. I recently spent a humid Sydney night watching Breathless FOR THE FIRST TIME ON A BIG(GISH) SCREEN here and it was spectacs. I mean: this line.
I’m sitting in Sydney Airport International Terminal right now with five hours to wait for my flight to London – hey at least there’s free wifi – with the growing buzz of crowds, the smell of franchise coffee and waft of transient conversation around me. A girl just passed me with an “I Heart Australia” tote bag.
I have no desire to SHOP DUTY FREE FAMOUS BRANDS though that orange sign is rather insistent, and I’ve spouted too much crap already on my Twitter feed, so thought I’d drop on by and check out the tumbleweeds on Friggen Awesome and share a bit of the old watercooler.
Gossip, you say? Yeah you may’ve heard already but LANSY GOT A REAL JOB. Yes. My days as a free-range freelancer at large, undeniably fun as they’ve been, are coming to a close. This trip, which I’m about to take, officially kicks off my new role as Editor for ASOS Australia.
The universe has its ways and means, and it’s been an interesting path to get where I am right now – well, not literally. It was a fairly prosaic flight from Adelaide – and I’d love to tell you about it sometime. Preferably over coffee. For now, it’s enough to say that I’ve learnt a ridic amount over the last year – and in it all, certain values have become important to me: balance, boldness, adventure, optimism, connection, creativity, independence, vision, genuineness, enthusiasm. So I couldn’t be happier to give up the freelance life and “settle down” for a while with a company that embodies all of these things and more.
So Sydney: hello. I’m Friggen Awesome. Nice to meet you.
Oh, lord. Forgive me for the pun sin I have committed, it’s been a long punning week and I can’t help but think of puns CONSTANTLY. Curse of the fashion writer. Again, I apologise.
Meanwhile, in Camp Lover…can you actually imagine if there *was* a Camp Lover? Like, an actual camp? Where you did cool stuff like listen to Patti Smith albums and wear lace dresses, hang out with babes and and stare off wistfully into the distance, and occasionally disappear mysteriously into nature. I WOULD PAY AT LEAST $100 FOR THAT EXPERIENCE, LOVER. AND I’M A BROKE FREELANCER, SO THAT RELATES TO, LIKE, $10,000 ACTUAL HUMAN DOLLARS.
Anyway, let’s take a trip from digression central in the world of ACTUALLY HAVING A POINT, and look at these almost disgustingly pretty things from Lover’s capsule collection, ‘White Magic’. Re-interpreting classic designs from the 10-year Lover archive, all of the dresses have been recreated in white/ ivory lace. Wedding dress-y? Yeah sure but if you don’t have any proposals up your proverbial sleeve you’re still allowed to get one. Friggen Awesome grants you permission.
Images courtesy of Lover www.loverthelabel.com
J'adore. I have this thing for video storytelling done *right* online - it can be remarkably evocative when you encompass all the good things about film: narrative, atmosphere, character. These are a few examples that I really love - the first is a co-production between the Selby and Zara - it's a beautiful, slow, light piece that captures both the subject and Todd Selby's eye for spaces and people. The second is quite different, very still, a little ambiguous, but beautifully shot and inspiring - everything fashion films should be. It's from Etsy.
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