When it comes to films, for me, the costume and cinematography is just as important as the story. Give me escapism and aesthetics any day. I can’t resist the over the top glitz and glamour of a Baz Luhrmann musical or the beauty of a Joe Wright-directed period piece (seriously sometimes I watch Atonement or 2005’s Pride & Prejudice for the aesthetics alone). One period film that’s been on my mind lately is The Edge of Love. While the film itself is, in my opinion, forgettable, the costuming is pretty great. Perfectly coiffed curls and fitted vintage dresses feature prominently but my favourite outfits would be the more relaxed seaside fare – floral tea dresses and chunky knits topped off with wire-rimmed sunglasses, fedoras, and gumboots. Even though the film is set in the early forties, these outfits could easily be mistaken for nineties grunge or even noughties grunge revival. Either way, I’m really feeling these kinds of layered looks for the sunny winter days we’ve been experiencing here in Brisbane.
[Screen grabs from The Edge of Love (2008) by me]
Winter seems like it has finally arrived here in Australia and as a result I’ve been looking to bulk up my wardrobe with more knitwear. While perusing various sites, I’ve noticed a trend towards tied knitwear. Now, I’m not sure of the practicality of such matters (surely the ties would stretch or cause the body of the sweater to lose shape?) but when done right it can add some much needed detail to an otherwise basic wardrobe staple. From figure accentuating waist ties to dainty built-in neck scarves, these are some tied knits I’ve come across lately.
1. Side Tie Knit by Lover (also available here)
2. Front Tie Knit by Whistles
3. Neck Tie Knit by Country Road
4. Plaited Knit by Mesop
5. Waist Tie Knit by Viktoria & Woods
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) is done and dusted but I’m still catching up on what exactly went down. I’ve been slowly making my way through the MBFWA coverage and one collection that really stood out for me was Albus Lumen. Even the name Albus Lumen – Latin for white light – conjures up images of clean and crisp designs. However, there’s a warmth to the collection in the form of textured suede, rich hues, and laced detailing. While the looks are minimalist in nature, it’s a minimalism that isn’t rooted in black and white basics. Instead, it’s a refreshing and sophisticated take on relaxed style.
There’s no denying that the bucket bag is having a moment right now, largely thanks to the rise of the covetable Mansur Gavriel version. The silhouette is the height of casual style and the typically roomy design of these bags makes them ideal for stashing your everyday essentials in. While not all of us have the budget or patience to obtain the OG Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, there are plenty of other options out there. These are some equally stylish takes on the casually cool bucket bag.
1. Paper Moon Bucket Bag in Snow by Molten Store
2. Caramel Drawstring Purse by BAGGU
3. ‘Jules’ Vegan Leather Bucket Bag in Wine by Angela Â· Roi
4. ‘Abake’ Leather Bucket Bag in Bellini by Elk
5. Navy Leather Bucket Bag by Umbrella Collective
6. Drawstring Bucket Bag by Herschel Supply Co
7. ‘Amberline’ Bucket Bag in Chambray by Skagen