>> Keeping it short again as I'm currently in Heathrow, ready for a near-24-hour journey to Sydney. Apologies if it feels post-lite today. Effectively I won't get to Sydney until Saturday midday (UK time…). You can read about my packing woes on The Vine here but I must say, after spotting these Carin Wester A/W 10-11 shoes at the Urban Outfitters press day that sort of 'scrunch' together in the middle, I think packing these into a tight corner of a case would be a lot more fun than my bulky bits of apparel. I loved the Man Ray-inspired printed wedges but these croc-effect collapsible beats would also do quite nicely in the spirit of all shoes chunky for next season…
>> Short shifty posts for the next day or so I'm afraid as I'll be on the move in my looooong flight to Sydney. I didn't realise how long until I properly looked at my itinerary. Apparently I'm supposed to pretend that I'm in Australia as soon as I step on that plane. Hah! Melatonin, you will be my best friend…
After some weighty discussions with Business of Fashion and Jefferson Hack, insider info from Industrie, I thought I'd throw the balance back into the way of something more random… like this jacket and dress adorned with toadstools. I snapped this ensemble by TBA (To Be Adored) at the Urban Outfitters press day and couldn't resist posting pronto. You get the sweet sweet picture when you click onto TBA's website; Francophilic, girly and oh-so-whimsical. I'd personally need some de-saccharisation to tackle the S/S 10 collection but this toadstool print does it for me completely. If you can take cats, naked ladies and daisies, why not toadstools?
Especially when it reminds me of one of my favourite portions of the Nutcracker Suite in Fantasia. Oh, and click through to You Tube and ye shall read some hilariously extreme comments about the potential 'racist' element of this toadstool dance. Pah! If you incidentally do feel this way, I'm not sure you're err…reading the right blog!
Shroooooooming away soon… see you in melatonin land!
>> It feels slightly weird staring at an illustration of your ex-boss. Feels a little wrong in fact. But then again, this is an extenuating circumstance where the ex-boss in question is Jefferson Hack. I never really delved into what it was like working for him and if I was one of those hacks after a sensationalist book deal, I'd probably write an annonymous blog entitled "Secret Confessions of a Dazed & Confused Worker". Except I'm not and frankly, Jefferson's achievements (the founding of Dazed & Confused, AnOther and all the webby-ness attached to that… DazedDigital and now AnotherMag.com) all speak for themselves.
So I'm going to be popping along to the interview between Jefferson and Imran Ahmed of Business of Fashion tonight at the Sanderson Hotel which will be live streamed in the box above because I know both will have a lot to say and I know Imran will bring up the appropriately pertinent and interesting issues. Say hello if you're going too. I'd love to hear some live commenting on the stream too so feel free to watch in one tab and comment in another (to avoid interrupting the stream…).
BOF are also inviting to send questions for Jefferson Hack to their Twitter account @_BoF_ using the hashtag #pioneers during the stream so you can also botch some questions over to him. I may ask one too if it gets through!
The livestream begins at 11am Los Angeles | 2pm New York | 7pm London | 8pm Paris and Berlin
>> Alright, I can’t say I’m loving these images, styling or mannequin wise. I say this only because I don’t feel like they’re doing Michaela Buerger‘s new A/W 10-11 collection the right amount of justice. A hardcore knitwear designer who hails from Vienna and has worked for Veronique Leroy, she set up her own label in 2009 and has since embarked on collaborations with French glove company Maison Fabre as well as creating ballet costumes. Her A/W 10-11 collection is I guess exploiting an amalgamation of all those things that have surfaced over the past two years or so; spikes, webby knits, cages and texture but with the application of her own techniques and choice of yarns, the effect is still not something you would pass up and be blase about. That said, I still need to see these in their natural state or placed in a different context as these knitted creations need serious amplification…