It’s official. Sequins are back. Back in a big way.
The Yousef Akbar woman takes reference from the hedonistic Studio 54, 70s glitter punk and 80s prom queens.
There were moments of brilliance. A skin tight pair of dusty pink sequinned pants, a matching turtleneck layered with an emerald green slip. An all in one khaki look including face covering (very Grace Jones) with Ostrich tufts was a pleasant avant-garde interlude. A studded biker jacket with a back slit and gold riveting is a phenomenal buyer piece – it’ll fly off the shelves.
The use of small wooden planks to hold dress slits together and as shoulder detailing was phenomenal. It added the perfect craftsman touch to the outfits, a bit of roman centurion, which is always great.
Not every look hit the mark for me personally, but overall the show was a success.
Photos provided by Getty Images exclusively for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
The Met Gala is something that i look forward to each year. It’s a place where creativity and high fashion can be showcased on the highest people in the fashion, music and celebrity industries.
In case you’re brand new, each year the Met Gala runs to a particular theme, corresponding to the fashion exhibition that the Met has on. This year it celebrates legendary Comme Des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo.
Kawakubo is renowned for her sculptural avant-garde designs, a theme that (one would think) would be a relatively popular one to replicate. But alas not, apparently it proved intimidating to most, who ended up arriving in basic ass gowns. The very few who attempted (and largely succeeded) to stick to the theme were then lambasted by peasant outlets such as The Daily Mail. Long story short, people who don’t know fashion shouldn’t attempt to decipher it.
But that’s not what this post is about. This is about fashion bravery. Fashion is there to push boundaries and for you to take risks. Granted, I myself do not push the boundary in the biggest way possible, but I do so in a way that both suits my style, and the environment I’m in. Not to mention my budget! Fashion is about utilising trends and iconographic pieces in clever ways. Sure it may be great that your outfit is featuring every current trend, but why not take that Gucci shirt and fishnet tights and use it with other pieces to reference an iconic era or person. That’s truly fashion for me.
Take risks, push your own personal style to a new level, and ffs don’t wear a basic gown to an avant-garde event.
A new coat length has been in the works for a while now. The longline duster coat hit womenswear a season ago and it’s crossed over to menswear (finally). Harking back to 60s country trips, replete with leather driving gloves, a picnic basket and the Beatles on lock, the duster coat was ubiquitous. The must have accessory for protecting your no doubt delicate clothes from the vile road dust. Nowadays the duster coat is a slouchy and insouciant mix of Carven cocoon coat comfort and the classic Burberry trench coat style. Once again, it’s the perfect accessory.
To the untrained observer it may look like the perfect flasher coat, but the duster is so much more than that. It’s the ideal light layering piece for trans-seasonal dressing. Oh so on trend and bound to be for the next few seasons. I also appreciate how relevant it is for the Australian climate, there’ll be no hot flushes in this lightweight masterpiece. Plus it can be dressed up or down depending on your look. I know I’m raving, but I’m deliriously tired and in love with my new coat.
I’ve also well and truly jumped on the distressed denim bandwagon with this Topman beauty. It came with knee rips and I’ve gone ahead and enlarged them a tad, to really make them extra af. I’m loving the cropped length of them, and a little bit of hem distressing never hurt. Paired with back with a simple white v neck (tucked in ofc!) and navy brogues and I’m ready for the day!
I am unashamedly a child of cold weather. I would like nothing more than for Brisbane to be swept up in an ice storm and to layer up the coats. But we all have hopes and dreams, and most of the time they won’t happen.
That being said, it’s hard to maintain some level of class and sophistication in the most humid of weathers. Nothing is more troubling than keeping fabric away from sweat-filled armpits whilst your contour is currently making friends with your collar. But don’t fret, there are still a few ways to remain your usual dapper self without looking like you’ve taken a dip in the blow up pool.
Firstly, invest in a nice pair of dress shorts. I’ve gone for a bright statement pair because you know I’m all bout that life. The benefit of these is that you’ll still look dressy enough for the occasion, without having to sacrifice your comfort. Makes perfect sense for a tropical climate.
Go for a loose-fitting button up to match. Whilst a black won’t show up sweat marks as easily, you really still can’t beat a classic white. Stay away from anything bias cut or slim fit. It will hug your skin and cause you to heat up faster.
But then again, if you’re one of those people who just don’t sweat… screw you.
I was on a boat off the coast of Vietnam when the feeling hit me. A gigantic gut bubble that built in my stomach and expanded until I was drunk with queasiness. Stuff the buffet that was being laid out on the upper deck. Screw the stunning views and humid sunshine. I had issues. A short, calorie expelling journey later, and I was feeling better. The eye in the storm some might say. Day tripping has never been more awful. Needless to say, ever since then, boats have been my nemesis. I have never gone on a cruise, floating pontoons are evil and even a trip on the CityCat renders me apprehensive.
That being said, naval-inspired fashion is an area that I do enjoy. Blues and whites, crisply starched shirts and brocade. It’s great. Navy and blue serve as a great way to break up the ubiquitous black, yet still staying within the cool-toned, darker colour palette.
I’ve taken those marine inspirations on board in this post. Mixing a navy coloured tie-dye shirt with white jeans and navy brogues allows that perfect blend of classic insouciance that is my forte.
So whilst I can’t go anywhere on a boat, at least I can feel like I am in my wardrobe!
First of all. Yes I’m slack. Second of all, happy New Year! Believe it or not this March will mark my second year of existence as Infirm of Purpose. Yeah, you’ve been listening to my crap for that long. It seems weird that exactly a year ago I was in India. It’s that time of year where every blogger is clamouring about “new year, new me, new plans” and all that crap. Well I’m here to tell you that I’ll be the same cynical wanker as I was last year. Just with hopefully more content. I am aiming to change that and consistently upload.
Let’s see if I stick to that.
To stick with the theme of revolution that seems to permeate every change of year, I’ve decided to put together a little revolution-esque outfit. Complete with layered gloves, because duh. So dystopian. The concept of gloves and gauntlets is something that has always appealed to me. They can toughen up an outfit, make it stand out, make you sweat profusely and enable you to be ready for everything. Heading into the hunger games? Pop on some gloves you be good to go.
On a more down to earth level, I actually layered these gloves together as part of my Halloween outfit (Dracula ftw) and thought it looked cool. The concept of pushing the bangle up high to add an extra dimension is something that also really appeals to me, and I think it’s an idea you’ll be seeing a lot more of over the next few months. #spoilers.
Finally, before I go. What sort of content do YOU want to see? Let me know in the comments below!
Spring has most definitely sprung, and that can only mean two things: Jacaranda’s are out in bloom all over the place, and it’s races season.
Whilst I’m admittedly not a races fanatic, the opportunity to get all dressed up for public admiration is something that I’m never going to shy away from. Fashion is a major part of the races culture, and whether you’re Jean Shrimpton in a white shift, or Samara Nilsson struggling with a playsuit, you’re going to be the centre of attention. So you may as well wear something striking to give the people something to talk about.
For me, the classic combo of navy, camel and red is one that you just can’t go by. Whilst a traditional summery suit might be the quintessential races outfit, wearing separates is also totally acceptable – and something a little bit different.
I’ve teamed this textured navy blazer with camel chinos, boots, a red pocket square, a white v neck (swap to a button up if you want to be dressier), stacks of rings and a houndstooth black and white scarf. It may sound like a lot, but all together it works.
There’s many things that you have to take into consideration when compiling an outfit. Colour, length, cut, fit and occasion. But one item that has escaped the majority of us is texture. Certainly it may not be the most important item to consider, but including a textural element in your look definitely helps to take your outfit out of the basic category.
When adding a texture to your outfit, think of something that’s going to complement the look and not detract from it. A chunky knit, suede, velvet, neoprene or faux fur can all add that special something to your style. Here I’ve layered a knit cardigan over a faux suede shirt and ripped denim, building up those texturally appealing layers. Textures can go out of style pretty rapidly however, so make sure that you know something’s going to work before trying it – the fate of corduroy for example…
I am unashamedly a wrist-jewellery man. I love all forms of watches, bracelets, bangles, rings etc. Neck jewellery however I generally gave up once I grew out of that early teen phase where beaded necklaces were all the rage. Nowadays, minus the odd choker, my neck is bare.
That was until Vanacci came along and turned the pendant game around. Not only is this pendant stylish af, but it’s actually made of a special material that can hold scent. What this means is that you can spray a few squirts of your signature scent (holla Viktor and Rolf Spicebomb) and the smell will stay trapped in the pendant for up to a week, keeping you fresh.
If that’s not the coolest thing since double-coat tim tams then I don’t know what is.
This look was shot by Phil Basil-Jones, make sure you go check him out on Instagram @phillbj.
I’m just going to come right out and say it. I hate this in-between season period. I am definitely one of those people who just likes to plan out what they’re wearing for the day. I don’t want to have to worry about if it’s going to get cold or hot later. I want to whack on my clothes and go.
Unfortunately we aren’t in a luxury world where it is winter 24/7, and that’s where this little thing called layering comes into practice. Being able to peel off or add on layers to your outfit makes a world of difference in general life comfort.
By subscribing to a similar colour palette you can achieve a complete look. Adding in a bit of a pattern in the middle layer – as I have here, adds an element of contrast and interest.
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