Plastic Candy

Plastic Candy

It’s pretty blatant that I procure pieces of clothing in patterns and phases.  There’s the dishevelled kimonos and dragons phase.  There’s the Africana-esque patterns phase.  There’s the anything-in-clear-PVC phase.  There’s the baroque swirls ‘n’ curls vintage Versace phase.  Without consciously thinkinga bout it, at any given point in time, my mind will naturally gravitate towards certain traits.  For the past few weeks, whilst travelling around, I’ve been on a plastic candy wave.  It’s basically pastels coated in a glycerine-sticky shiny sheen.  It’s a result of consuming too many unnatural food dyes in Japanese candy and American cereal.  It’s observing the fairy-kei/lolita and pastel-goth tribes emerge from their sub-culture beginnings in Japan to infiltrate the world of WeHeartIt and Tumblr.  It’s Anna Lomax’s set design.  It’s elements of the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu world as art directed by Steve Nakamura.  It’s looking longingly at the psychedelic work of Antipodean artists like Kate Shaw and Pip and Pop.  It’s my fervent homewares obsession at the moment through the likes of Ferm Living and being surrounded by an insane pastel bar chart wallpaper by Kirath Ghundoo in my bedroom.  It’s all of that plus my own innate predilection for pastels.  I just happen to like them to look like they’ve been dipped in plastic.  It’s not exactly like the sugar high that I was gorging on a few seasons ago.  This time round, there’s something acerbically artificial about these pastel shades and textures.

I’ve had some help along the way.  Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin from Tome somehow read my plastic candy one-track-mind and sent me a stand out lilac plastic-coated trench from their S/S 14 collection whilst I was in New York.  I managed to catch the tail end of Suno’s sample sale where I bagsied a pair of trousers and matching skirt in laser cut iridescent organza and a coated floral splattered rain jacket.  In Tokyo, Bubbles (how can I NOT visit a namesake shop?) in Harajuku continues to conjure up random pieces like a marabou-edged marble tee – an easy enough DIY if Tokyo is out of reach.  Hilary Tsui’s own fresh’n’cute in-house line Oh My God just keeps on delivering and I picked up some coated nylon pleated pastel bits when I went to visit Liger in Hong Kong.  And I’m still getting a lot of wear out of pieces from Romance was Born’s Mushroom Magic collection, the direct sartorial descendent of Pip and Pop’s sugar-coated creations.

Coining Plastic Candy Kei right now.






0E5A6954Tome trenchcoat, Romance was Born dress, Suno trousers, Sophia Webster shoes

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Kate Shaw Magic Hour

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'we miss you magic land!'Pip & PopInstallation processPip and Pop






0E5A6997Emma Mulholland Bored t-shirt, Emma Mulholland x Pared sunglasses, Toga skirt, Bubbles Tokyo iridescent jacket around waist, Emma Mulholland sequin socks, Mother of Pearl slip-ons



anna_lomaxBODYBUILDAnna Lomax


di_wendy_rgbRaw Color for Dutch Invertuals

Wonmin-9Wonmin Park


r5Roos Gomperts






0E5A7079Sacai satin waistcoat and fringed under layer, Ryan Lo shirt, Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop PVC skirt, Tabitha Simmons shoes

candyflossFrom Flickr


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Todd-Robinson-He-knows-at-any-moment-it-may-be-lost-in-a-vertical-field-4-6-9-2012-painted-plaster-plastic-SLS-print-courtesy-the-art-med-res-4Todd Robinson




0E5A7096Rochas satin coat, Suno rain jacket, Back by Ann Sofie Back shorts, Dries van Noten shoes

nailsmarbleFashion is Mine marble nails


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0E5A7163Oh My God jacket, Fendi leather shirt, Oh My God pleated culottes, Roger Vivier purse, Kenzo handbag, Ayame socks, Calla cap, Stella McCartney shoes




Patternity_PastelMelt_PradaFrom Patternity

SteveNakamura-LaforetGrandBazar-720wSteve Nakamura for La Foret






0E5A7232Bubbles Tokyo marabou trimmed t-shirt, Romance was Born halterneck, Christopher Kane belt, Roksanda Ilincic clutch, Topshop felted skirt, Tomorrowland socks, P.A.M. glitter boots, Craig & Karl x Le Specs sunglasses


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  1. DinoB

    2014-05-11 at 8:59 PM

    Thanks Susie, now I’ve got a sudden urge for both shopping and raspberry & vanilla ice-cream that’s in my freezer. #dammit

    Nonetheless, you’re looking your best in these textured & colourful bits! xxx Dino

  2. Vivian

    2014-05-11 at 9:39 PM

    Always delightful, love the candy theme~



  3. Elle @ (Eat.Style.Play)

    2014-05-12 at 12:50 AM

    Wow, all of these are good enough to be in an editorial. I love love love the 3rd photo!

  4. Candy

    2014-05-12 at 3:12 AM

    you have such a fun, colorful and sweet style reminiscent of k-pop fashion. You give off such a young vibrant feel to your clothes and you pull it off beautifully. i hope you can take the time to check out our online store which carries leading Australian Clothing brands and find something that you can see yourself in. thanks for your wonderful posts and I can’t wait to see you strut more of your stuff online! cheers! 🙂

  5. Marta

    2014-05-12 at 3:33 AM

    Trench coat and prints to die for …

  6. Lauren Farnoosh

    2014-05-12 at 4:36 AM

    Wow, I love your outfits. You are so creative and I admire how original and fun each look is. I can’t wait to see more from you.

    Please check out my blog Styled By Noosh

  7. Denisa

    2014-05-12 at 8:02 AM

    Very nice inspiration, so creative and beautiful colors.

  8. Sophia

    2014-05-12 at 8:32 AM

    The BACK skirt, those Sophia Webster shoes and the P.A.M glitter booties are all amazing…and I don’t even normally go for candy coloured stuff! Great pics.

  9. Alice

    2014-05-12 at 9:36 AM

    All your looks are amazing!

  10. Chelsea

    2014-05-12 at 11:39 AM

    Even though nothing in my closet even comes close, my eyes (and Tumblr feed) can’t get enough of pastels, bubbles and shiny things!

  11. GapToothedGirl

    2014-05-12 at 12:46 PM

    Supe-iper-fanta shoes!!! All them!!!
    Love, Gap.

  12. yp

    2014-05-12 at 2:26 PM

    I love the textures and photo heavy post, all the outfits are too cute

  13. sasa

    2014-05-12 at 3:20 PM

    Love the pastel colors! Very pretty!

    I was reading Girl Boss and the book mentioned a little bit about you. So awesome. I could totally see you write up different things. I really love your writing and your blog:) XO

  14. Laura

    2014-05-12 at 7:23 PM

    You really make me want to wear more colour!

    A Forte For Fashion


  15. Anastasia

    2014-05-13 at 2:20 AM

    Wow, that is not just a post, it’s very artistic itself! Keep up amazing work Susie!




    2014-05-13 at 8:05 AM

    Amazing photos. 🙂
    You look great.

    Greetings from Poland

  17. Mr.Kobe

    2014-05-13 at 1:28 PM

    Not a fan of these candy colours, but you convince me to think differently 🙂 I especially love Roksanda Ilincic clutch.

  18. Jason

    2014-05-13 at 10:57 PM

    Those colour are amazing omg, I want them all!

  19. Sinead

    2014-05-14 at 11:44 AM

    Love Love Love this article

  20. Jackie

    2014-05-17 at 4:02 PM

    Oh beyond fringe and simple embellishment. Happy color fun. I’ve reverted to a 4-year old’s glee!

  21. Prince Sam

    2014-05-20 at 5:37 PM

    All the outfits are just perfeeeect my god !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Prince Sam

    fashion teenboy blogger

  22. CelineBuyjp

    2014-06-24 at 7:21 AM

    Fantastic stuff! Love it!

  23. safraonfashion

    2014-06-24 at 8:03 AM

    Oh, the Pastels!! LOVE it! :)))

  24. Alexandra

    2014-07-02 at 8:30 PM

    Some very creative looks in there – And they all look “delicious”! 🙂

  25. Marta Pozzan

    2014-07-22 at 3:07 AM

    OMG everything is so divine and the MIU MIU!!!!!!!

  26. Sophie

    2014-08-25 at 9:07 AM

    Everything looks divine. as from a different planet.

    Huge admiration for the sense of style, you look amazeballs!

  27. Abigail

    2014-08-26 at 5:18 PM

    Those candy colors are some of my favorite colors and I actually love both of the bags that you wear! Always interesting and eye catching art on here that I always love to view, thanks again for another great piece!

    Purse Castle

  28. moda

    2014-09-19 at 1:40 PM

    colors are so cute… style, ok… but i dont like synthetic looks..

  29. Voi Polos

    2014-09-26 at 2:55 PM

    So colorful so chic!
    Love every bit of it.

  30. Molly

    2014-09-29 at 9:07 PM
  31. MB

    2014-10-05 at 8:40 AM

    Love looking through these. Dreamy colours and fun texture throughout. I will be dreaming i pastels!


  32. michelle

    2014-11-11 at 1:44 PM

    Love everything about this/you!! Your style is feel good art & makes me smile!!

  33. Sarah

    2017-02-17 at 7:55 AM

    Fantastic looks. 🙂
    Love them all.


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