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"There is no place like it, no place with an atom of its glory, pride, and exultancy. It lays its hand upon a man’s bowels; he grows drunk with ecstasy; he grows young and full of glory, he feels that he can never die."

- Walt Whitman, on New York 

Jan 27

I had the chance to catch Spike Jonze’s latest flick, Her, a few nights ago, and while the idea of being in love with an operating system comes across as, quite frankly, sad to most (who falls in love with an OS?), the film does more than just divulge a few truths. 

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Theodore Twombley (Joaquin Phoenix) is at a saddled place: a divorce he can’t seem to finalise, being sexually dissatisfied and working at a letter-writing company when ironically, he struggles to fully convey his own emotions in life. 

His OS Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), becomes an omnipresent best friend. She basically organises his entire life, and in turn, he takes her out to enjoy commonplace human experiences: the beach, the shops, a double date with a colleague. 

Phoenix wouldn’t be your first pick to star in such a mournful role. Yet Theodore’s yearning is captured so tenderly and naturally, that a single glance is all it takes for us to feel his emotional anguish. And with ScarJo’s throaty, lively voice, it’s no wonder Samantha holds so much allure. 

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Film still, Her

Is it a comment on technology’s increasing hold over our lives, and the accompanying need to just put that iPhone down? Definitely. Modernity, melancholy and that never-ending search for something better? You could look at it that way. Aren’t these all clichéd messages we’ve heard time and time again? Yes. 

But beyond the sentimentality and moralist messages, it’s an original piece of work, a love story of the now that Jonze has subtly and tastefully crafted. There’s a piece of it for everyone: those letters we wish we could write ourselves, our inability to accept human flaws and differences, the harsh reality that sometimes, we just need to grow up and face the music. 

And as the empathetic, self-doubting friend and neighbour, Amy Adams had some wise words to live by:  ”We’re only here briefly. And while we’re here, I want to allow myself — joy.”

Jan 27
Why I love Her
Noah Mills & Chiharu Okunugi for the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, by global fashion director Carine Roitfeld.
One of my favourite shoots. Ever. 
See the entire shoot here, and while you’re at it, a behind-the-scenes video, too. It’s amazing, I promise. 

 
Oct 22

Noah Mills & Chiharu Okunugi for the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, by global fashion director Carine Roitfeld.

One of my favourite shoots. Ever

See the entire shoot here, and while you’re at it, a behind-the-scenes video, too. It’s amazing, I promise. 

 

Pining to go back. 
Aug 13

Pining to go back. 

(Source: plagved)

"The way we tell stories and the way that we interview has to be more timeless in print — looking more for the definitive story. So if you’re breaking a new band, it has to be the definitive interview of that band; if it’s a fashion story, it has to be something that you would find in a book, not a magazine. So it’s trying to elevate, it’s trying to make everything the least disposable as possible. So with the print, you have the reference — you have the authentic art of that. That doesn’t mean it’s more of an object, that means the content has to be really, really strong."

- Jefferson Hack, founder of Dazed and Confused

Jun 25

'By the time I arrived at his house, I had done everything possible to make myself beautiful, to feel beautiful. And he was a worthy audience, appreciating every detail. All I had to do was breathe.'

Confession: I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic.

I’m the one in the group who’s always willing to hold out hope for that bit of a fairy-tale, movie-worthy romance. Yes, I’m a massive sucker for those things. And yes, I’ve been told (countless times) of how unrealistic my expectations are. 

So you can imagine how much I cherish reading stories like this one by Leslie Lehr in the New York Times. Insightful, well-written and moving- the kind that makes you think that maybe, just maybe, your expectations aren’t that unrealistic after all. 

Jun 23
On hope (and a little four letter word called love)
Jun 16

Resort whites from Alexander Wang 

… you get pure magic.

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Shoes: Aquazzura

I present to you another one of Carine Roitfeld’s genius works, as seen on the CR fashion book website.

The editorial features Ramses Barden from the New York Giants and New York City Ballet’s Faye Arthurs, shot with a range of custom made designer shoes especially for the fashion book.

Be inspired.  

PS: Don’t athletes lend themselves SO well to fashion shoots? Am I the only one who thought he was a dancer/model? 

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Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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Shoes: Brian Atwood

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Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

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Shoes: Sergio Rossi 

All images via CR Fashion Book

Feb 27
When dance and fashion collide…
Feb 13

Monochrome bliss: Some favourite picks from the Fall RTW collections just shown at NYFW. 

Top (L-R): Victoria: Victoria Beckham, Helmut Lang, Vera Wang

Bottom (L-R): Theyskens’ Theory, Alexander Wang, Rag and Bone

Pictures from Style.com

Fan of the ballet? Check out my post at vogue.com.au on the Paris Opera Ballet’s exclusive season in Sydney.
Jan 29

Fan of the ballet? Check out my post at vogue.com.au on the Paris Opera Ballet’s exclusive season in Sydney.