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Electric Word Life It Means 4 Ever & That's A Mighty Long Time
2007-08-10 13:29:00
This what I be feelin' for my homegirls:And if I were a homme:
More About: Life , Fashion , Time , Word , Street
Tarantino at the Tiki
2007-06-04 10:21:00
There was a Quentin Tara ntino party in Perth last night. The 5678's were hit on by a couple of Crazy 88's. Pai Mei, Oren Ishii, and Gogo Yubari got a little drunk. Elle Driver served drinks and swore at the ATM machine. A post-overdose Mia Wallace ended up on The Bride's couch. Tarantino himself was seen begging for drugs at a nearby gay bar. (Apparently. I wasn't actually there, but my overbearing friend forced me through threats and blackmail to blog this non-event. Ezekiel 25:17)
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Fast Forward Through Fashion
2007-06-02 09:40:00
Despite my snails-pace broadband connection, a recent favourite pastime of mine after a wearying days work and one-hour train ride, is trawling through the wonder that is YouTube. My god! I really can't express my gratitude toward the genius of Chad Hurley and Steve Chen enough for creating a platform for so much time-wasting bullshit. Night after night I can stay up past my bed time cringing at the ostentatious scene-stealing antics of Prince beside fellow coloured-musical-prodigy contemporaries Michael Jackson and James Brown, while "ROFLMFAO" at Mr T's 80's-era fashion tips over a booming synth-hip hop soundtrack. The nature of this site, in its allowal of personal expressive freedom (to a certain extent. I'd actually like to see more obscenity. You know, more tits, some hardcore cursing, a bit of anal sex.), permits a touchingly strong human element, whereby a particularly eloquent woman offers an informed opinion in her Fat Rant, or quality glimpses of the formerly esoteric...
More About: Video , History , Fashion , Film , Fast
Some Ice Cubes Would Be Ideal
2007-05-16 12:06:00
In an attempt to glorify an Australian winter through comparison, I was dredging up the memory of the oppressive humidity which nearly pinned me down and choked me beyond consciousness in an aisle of the Glebe Markets last month. I am of the opinion that while fashion is heavily influenced by politics and the prevailing cultural zeitgeist, the wearing of said fashions is moreso directly controlled by Nature and her seemingly endless mood swings. It is extremely difficult to flip through flimsy racks of stained 90's cycling pants and loud, padded swimwear in search of a glorious piece which is inevitably marked 600% above the price it was procured for in either stifling heat or an avalanche of rain - which were the environments under which I experienced the Glebe Markets on both occasions I've been there. It is equally unheard of to wear a miniskirt and Repettos during a 4-hour Western equivalent of a Monsoon, or high-waist jeans with piles of necklaces in an outdoor sauna - unless...
More About: Fashion , Street , Cube , Would , Ideal
Effectively Returned, Albeit Somewhat Displaced.
2007-05-16 11:57:00
Freshly adorned with several inches of extra hair and a full cup size larger in the chest (the former belonging to an anonymous donor and fixed to my crown by a muscular transvestite, the latter quite unexpected and entirely authentic, just to reassure you), I return from my month-long vacation to The Land Of Smiles And Inexpensive Contraband Accessories, Thailand. I return, ofcourse, to a sparse guest room next to my mother's kitchen (to quote The Simpson's Principal Skinner, "My mother lives with me."), in a city cold and unforgivably alienating, of which I've often previously visited but have only inhabited for a mere two months before toting an empty suitcase to the smoggy climate and grimy streets of South-East Asia. I return, now, with enviable memories and inexpressibly broadened vision. But like an unmedicated bipolar patient, with my felicity and excess comes, lurking in the juices of insufficiently heated aeroplane food, gloom, disenchantment and a dazzlingly vacant ban...
More About: Travel , Return , Place , Effective , Lace
Fowl Play Friday
2007-03-17 12:21:00
Fowl Play Frida y at the YU, Potts Point. Pretentious deejays, a revolting fashion show, and swarms of street fashion photographers documenting sleazy Sydney nightlife. I was unlucky enough to recieve a quantity of alcoholic beverages free of charge, and was consequently far too inebriated to take many photographs. But please, take a closer look at the wallpaper:
A Smattering Of Applause For Some Notable New Yorkers
2007-02-17 15:09:00
Yigal AzrouelLoose,visceral, and languidly arty in my boyfriend's clothes.Toni Maticevski Ah, the polarising effect of someone diverting from their previous formulae by accosting the audience with choreographed jutting elbows and duvet-esque gowns. It's so attractive!StaerkMoody, suicidal rockstar perusing the contents of a black-walled sex shop. Richard ChaiCircular seams, muted colours, equestrian boots and jodpurs, silky parachute material = strangely sporty.BruceSophisticated, wearable, unique pieces, combined to create a subtle and elegant look. I'm so tired at this point that I'm really just talking shit.
More About: New York , York , Ring , Matter , Tabl
New York: VPL
2007-02-17 14:58:00
VPL's attention to utilitarian detail and sombre practicality appealed to my rigid, rational nature. I somehow related to the girl with gigantic pockets instead of boobs, and wearing a tie tucked into a skin-tight, slogan jumpsuit. I connected deeply with the geometric shapes like windows on a woollen parka, and its contrastingly gentle draw-string collar. And everybody knows how I feel about berets.
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New York: Karen Walker
2007-02-17 14:42:00
Oh, every single look was simply marvellous, Karen , my Kiwi genius! Even though there were so many different moods and images communicated throughout the strongly masculine collection, Karen Walk er still retained cohesion and quite an artful amount of elegance coated in whimsy. My favourite.
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New York: Jeremy Laing
2007-02-17 14:25:00
Among the din of monstrous platformed clogs and rasping bubble dresses, Jeremy Laing emerged, bathed in a deep kaleidoscopic glow and surrounded by a thousand fluttering origami swans. Architectural, boxy seperates in dark foresty hues, with dazzling necklines and seams that referenced the Japanese art of paper-folding, as well as abstract, two-dimentional diamonds.
More About: New York , York , Remy , New-York
New York: Derek Lam
2007-02-17 14:10:00
Although the inspiration and allusions were apparently "derivative", I found Derek Lam 's collection to be fun, interesting and wearable. The fabrics were thick and felty, there was an emphasis on strong, angular shoulders, and a concern with assymetry. Klaus Nomi gets a sex change and developes multiple personalities.
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New York: Chris Benz
2007-02-17 13:51:00
Apparently his debut show, Chris Benz offered a freshness to the week with his hopeful promise and quirky designs. Brown tights were accented with silver flat lace-ups, fisherman's pants became both feminine in a drop-waist 20's style, and masculine when made out of starchy, architectural material, and clear plastic spectacles resembling streamlined ski goggles were coupled with oversiezed exotic corsages, while candy-coloured mohair jackets were quadriple-breasted. Wealthy bookish nerds with kinky lesbian tendencies.
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New "Yawn" Fashion Week, Autumn/Winter 07/08
2007-02-17 13:01:00
This year's round of winter fashions in New York left me cold, in more than one meaning of the word. I was initially nearly shivering at the thought of wearing most of the garments on display, which didn't appear to be made for any kind of weather even remotely resembling Autumn or Winter . My reaction was then steely cold when faced with the complete lack of originality, repetitive, inane themes, the blur of various sophomoric interpretations of past seasons' design features, and the glorification of classic grey, transformed into a transient seasonal cliche and leading to an unimaginative lack of colour. I was unimpressed, Jack and Lazaro!The following images I have selected to illustrate some pieces which I deemed reasonable. I will then post further on collections that didn't produce a Valium effect.If you're a real nosy perve, then click on the images, from Australian Vogue, to enlarge them.Lacoste: Preppy utilitarian safari meets depressed, pre-pubescent girl.Bill Blass: ...
More About: Fashion , Inter , Week , Fashion Week
Rock Out With Your Cock Out
2007-01-05 08:46:00
More pornographic advertising! Recently a lucky Runway Reporter was accosted with 15 large-scale dickheads wearing flashy 70's and 80's inspired sunnies at the launch of Ksubi's new Eyewear range. To quote the spluttering sheila unsure of where to look:"Ksubi's latest fashion show pushes the boundaries as they take their sunglasseswhere the sun don't shine."Said shades were displayed proudly upon flaccid penises, whose pubic hairs were styled to resemble infamous 'dos of the famous and fabulous, and testicles were charmingly given faux mouths to add homosapien character. The image above refers directly to David Hasslehoff, and was taken from Gool, who is apparently in possession of a calendar featuring these shots, and will scan each month's photograph for your viewing pleasure.
More About: Rock , With , Your , Cock , With You
RIP SpeedTouch Modem I
2007-01-05 08:11:00
The wind was ruthless, the trees quivered violently, wooden talons scratching at the bruised sky. A flash of murderous blue light washed over every shadow and shape for a brief moment, then the angry rumble of a thousand gods roared through suburbia's rows of echoing boxes, alighting atoms, molecules and volts to vibrant electric heights. I lay asleep, unaware of the violence around me, the wet earth clinging to helpless roots, my idling modem weeping silently with fear and despondence. I awoke to a small box, breathless, cold, feeble red light blinking lifelessly, and I realise I had lost a dear friend. I never acknowleged him, I used him mercilessly and left him to fight the wrath of nature, electricity and physics alone, unarmed. It is easier to say he died of natural causes, my Speed Touch Modem I, rather than blame Mother Nature, that squat, feisty bitch, or even to consider that it may have been suicide - one can never be sure of such things. But the following days passed as a...
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Blogging Hubris
2006-12-18 23:42:00
Your Blog ging Type is Confident and InsightfulYou've got a ton of brain power, and you leverage it into brilliant blog.Both creative and logical, you come up with amazing ideas and insights.A total perfectionist, you find yourself revising and rewriting posts a lot of the time.You blog for yourself - and you don't care how popular (or unpopular) your blog is!Did you hear that? I have a "ton of brain power".What's your blogging personality?
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Muse: Audrey Horne
2006-12-18 09:14:00
You may not recognise this Monday's Muse unless you were of Mentally Independent Age during the early 90's, or a hard-core David Lynch groupie. Twin Peaks was a deliciously odd, surreal television series aired during my MTV-and-Disney-cartoons phase, directed by the genius David Lynch, which I've only recently discovered with much relish and enthusiasm. It followed the story of the eccentric Agent Cooper investigating the murder of high-school darling with a dark side, Laura Palmer. This basic plotline is only a platform for convoluted, nightmarish visions from Lynch's amazing imagination, and one cannot help but become attached to the seemingly normal, but often disconcertingly twisted characters, alongside the unforgettable images of the Red Room, with its backwards-talking dwarf, the tortured one-armed man, the 8-foot-tall tuxedoed giant, Laura's violently hysterical father, the insane forest woman and her all-seeing log, and the frightening, blood-smeared Bob.Our concern he...
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Aussie Access
2006-12-16 03:50:00
Perhaps it is because I happen to live here and share the tastes and sensibilities of my nation, but I sincerely believe Australia has some of the best fashion in the world. Granted most of it is not exactly sartorial excellence or as forward-thinking in the way of Balenciaga or Hussein Chalayan as I would like, but it has the perfect amount of whimsy and kitsch, coupled with street-credible individuality to make some items particularly covetable. Australian fashion has a long way to go yet, what with the country being so young the paint has barely dried on the walls, but what I've seen so far of Aussie talent is doubtlessly impressive.So imagine my delight when I stumbled across an online shop stocked exclusively with Australian catwalk designers. Ozdesigner.com has in its possession a collection of Zimmerman, Shakuhachi, Karen Walker, Camilla and Marc, and Alice McCall threads, among others, professionally photographed, packed, priced and ready to ship to your chosen internationa...
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Surrey Hills Markets, Ksubi (with a K) Modular
2006-12-15 09:59:00
Well, my 2Threads newsletters are starting to impress me. Not only is the fashion becoming more interesting, but for two weeks in a row now, I have found photographs of people I know through acquaintances. It's all very exciting for this hermetic girl! So here is some Aussie street fashion for you fuckers. I hope 2Threads doesn't sue me for these posts - what are the laws regarding such things?Surrey Hill s Market s 1st and 2nd pictures are Russell and Mariam, respectively.Ksubi Modular Xmas Bash PartyAnd that's Ksubi with a K. My friend Stephanie has been eagerly informing everyone we encounter that Tsubi emerged out of a court case against some Tsubo wankers with a name change, and so any of ye olde "Tsubi with a T" threads will be worth alot in future - hooray for modern collector's items!
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The Kubrick Look
2006-12-14 16:14:00
That heavy-browed glare of insanity.Alex from A Clockwork Orange, Jack Torrence from The Shining, Private Pyle from Full Metal Jacket,and Stanley Kubrick himself. (Way to scare to shit out of me, Stanley)
More About: Rick , Brick , Look
Soirée fétichiste à la Loco à Paris
2006-12-14 15:22:00
Do you believe this? There recently was a fetish party in Paris , where ladies wore leather underwear, dwarves got their hair pulled by dominatrix sluts, half-naked submissives had a good old chat in their cages, and a hot bitch in vinyl platforms sipped her cocktail while a writhing, nipple-clamped man lay under her feet.This kind of event is really beyond my wildest dreams. Who on earth wants to attend countless boring backyard barbeques, beer in hand and gesticulating, cheaply-clothed mall rat in another, when there are sado-masochist orgies to feast your eyes with? In all seriousness, I'm not really an S&M kind of girl, but if anybody happens to hold an Eyes Wide Shut-esque party in the near future, and are in need of a skinny blonde Asian chick to decorate their guest list, then give me a call. Fo shiz.
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Chic Geek
2006-12-14 10:37:00
Trendy lady and her footwear photographed by Yvan Socks with sandals are cool now, you know.Don't tell me you don't like it.
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Azminag Dsocivrey
2006-12-12 05:11:00
It's remarkable what MySpace chain mail bulletins can uncover:I Cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! The last point made by the author regarding the importance of spelling made me slightly annoyed. It seems their remark was made to be kind and excuse those who are atrocious spellers or unable to read, but for some odd reason seemed incorrect and awkward. So I considered it, and realised that the human mind always skips over details in all things, such as those optic illusory illustrations that pr...
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Eidecan & Heineken
2006-12-10 13:59:00
Regular readers and social acquaintances will be aware of my recent awakening from a dull and mould-scented hibernation. It comes as no surprise then, that an otherwise contrived gathering of adolescent metal/punk bands competing for two-or-three highschool groupies infront of a sweaty, rigid audience proved wonderful entertainment for my usually lacklustre Saturdays. Ofcourse there was a little assistance (okay, alot) from numerous varieties of beverages and chemicals consumed from 11am until 4am the next morning, but despite only managing to witness two of the ten-and-some-fucking-number of bands, I had a rollicking good time and extended my inebriated self to capture some photographic evidence of my townfolk's trashy behaviour for your amusement. Behold, the Toowoomba Eidecan Youth Festival!Le BandsTwist Oliver, Twist! , fronted by my fashionable friend Dave, the musical genius pictured blurrily above. I hate to get all salivating-fan on you, but they are going places and worth ...
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Exhibitionist Consumerism
2006-12-07 12:31:00
Porno Marketing - it's worth it!I have yet to conclude whether this is legitimate, but there is apparently a business pushing the idea of product placement in pornographic photographs to sell brands.The low-down is that certain businesses hoping to induce in customers "emotions such as desire, excitement and arousal" for their brand can contact this website, where amateur exhibitionists submit sexy pictures of themselves, with the said product involved or placed somewhere within the frame.I suppose it makes sense. Lesbian chicks encouring teenage boys to brush their braces with Colgate. If you drink Dasani, your girlfriend will get a brazilian. True story. Pizza Hut won't make you fat - it'll give you a cute white-woman's booty, I tell you. iPods double as sex toys. Also, chicks dig guys in bands, so it only makes sense to bring your iPod to bed, resulting in her believing that "music is your life, man". Everyone already knew cigarettes were sexy. But here a horny single mother ...
More About: Consumer , Exhibition , Consumerism , Cons , Exhibit
I'd Rather ...
2006-12-07 06:00:00
"... have a bottle infront of me than a frontal lobotomy."Tom Waits"... be a lightning bolt than a seismograph."Ken Kesey"... vote for something I want and not get it, than vote for something I don't want and get it."Eugene V Debs"... stay here with all the madmen, than perish with the sadmen roaming free."David Bowie"... be black than gay because when you're black you don't have to tell your mother."Charles Pierce"... eat glass."Bijou Phillips
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Gallery Of The Absurd
2006-12-06 12:41:00
I stumbled upon this initially unassuming site, at the bidding of my fabulous pal Joel, called Atelier V. It lists a series of 30 sets of photographs, with accompanying descriptions, that appear to detail cheap, DIY inventions for the creative mind immune to snide titters and bemused stares from strangers and peers alike. It has obviously been made into a book, although any details I could gather were hopelessly unavialable to me as I fail to speak fluent German. However, the intention seems to hover betwix the charming oddity of lazy, starving artist inventiveness, and the reinterpretation of familiar objects through imagination and inspired use. But trust the Germans to publish such ideas as tennis balls ... ... turned into ear muffs.Or even the remarkable concept of transforming clothes pegs ...... into functioning dining aids for the chopsticks-impaired?I love the surprised amusement one may inspire if a paint brush ...... were to be bent and used as a door stopper.And my person...
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Frighteningly Valuable
2006-12-05 11:44:00
According to a recent article in The Telegraph (brought to my attention by the inimitable Bag Snob), the oddest items in your jumbled mosh pit of a wardrobe could infact become lucrative money-makers in the future.Vintage clothing is highly sought after now, if only for their ironic, cheap chic style kudos. However there is a market created by museums and (I imagine rather eccentric) collectors for clothing of bygone eras, which happen to rack up impressive sums. Apparently, if one were to invest in fashion heirlooms for future loaded couture freaks, then ..."Tame and tasteful never make big returns" says [Anne Hamlyn]. "Go for major statement pieces: big names, preferably couture, and mad.""And prints: there's something quintessentially 'of its time' about print. These are highly collectable and will be worth alot of money."She also recommends holding on to 1980's fashion. "It was such an extreme period, but the museums want those designers now: Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaulti...
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Muse: Eva Green In 'The Dreamers'
2006-12-04 12:02:00
The Dream ers, starring Michael Pitt (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Leonardo Di Caprio) as American student Matthew, Louis Garrel as brooding Parisian intellectual Theo, and Eva Green as Isabelle, Theo's sultry and sexually mysterious sister. An erotic escape into adolescent discovery, sexuality and decadence. This film personifies "Bizarre Love Triangle", and Eva Green is a fox. Which is why she is this week's muse. Images and screenshots from The Dream ers and Hotflick.
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Rural Australian Night Life
2006-12-04 10:38:00
Saturday night I went out for no particular reason. (Kindly remind me never to do this again.) I didn't get inebriated enough to enjoy it, although I did manage to stay up until dawn, and take some photographs of the various personalities for your enjoyment.Welcome to Toowoomba, via 'The Tatts' and 'Rumours'.The night began with boredom and the taking of one's picture with others ... (I realise I look terrible, you moron)... however, some appeared to be enjoying themselves ... ... a smoking break unearthed some bewildered strangers ... ... and a strange older man who kept appearing in all the photographs ... ... until the end of the night, at which a poor drunk was slumped over a table and self-procliamed Bat Man II introduced himself and warned me off drugs ... Le Fin.
More About: Life , Australia , Night , Night Life , Australian
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