Koi fish vying for food in Kyoto by Content Catnip

Four weird unexpected things to love about Japan

Last week I came back from a three week holiday in Japan. And so here are four weird and off-the-wall unexpected surprises about Japan that you most likely don't know about yet. 1. Requiem for a washlet Washlets are one of the unexpected delights of going to Japan. The Japanese washlet is a technological marvel…

Vintage textile: A treasure trove of fashion

Vintage textile: A treasure trove of online fashion from days of yore

Are you a fan of period clothing of the like seen on Downton Abbey, Poldark, Harlots and so on? I am and I'm not ashamed to admit that. Although the sublime beauty of these forms of clothing hides the fact of how uncomfortable women were, in their corsets and itchy lace and canvas constructions. Still…

Welcome to Biba: A Legendary Department Store in London's Swinging 60's

Welcome to Big Biba: A Legendary Department Store in London’s Swinging 60’s

Big Biba was an outrageous cornucopia of weird fashion on the London high street in the 60's. Before H&M, Topshop or Harvey Nichols there was Biba. Invented by IT girl of the time, Polish-born Barbara Hulanicki, Biba started out as a mail order store that sold one dress available in one size. Very rapidly it…

My Favourite Fashionista Lee Lin Chin

Badass Bitch and Fashionista Lee Lin Chin

Recently Lee Lin Chin bowed out as SBS World News' most loved news anchor for the past 30 years. She is well-known in Australia for her graceful presence, avante-garde fashion sense, acid tongue and a strangely monotone way of delivering the news. Her twitter account is totally outrageous and she has won a cult following…

Style inspiration: 90's era Lisa Bonet

Style inspiration: 90’s era Denise Huxtable

Lisa Bonet aka Denise Huxtable from the Cosby Show was a 80's and 90's style maven who had a timeless way of pulling together an outfit and then carrying it off with poise and grace. Her funky and unusual fashion choices left a mark on many young women of that era (including me). Her hair…

Knitting with Dog’s Wool (1966)

Instead of allowing your pesky pooch to malt all over your sofa, put your pet to work in a novel way. The most luxuriant of dog breeds can be put to practical use as producers of dog wool for your next knitting expedition. Some of the best breeds for yarn include the Collie, Old English…

Supermodels from the 90's: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2...

Who makes the perfect body?

34x25x36 is an off-beat film that looks at who creates the ideal body as a commodity. Norman Glaser of the Patina-V Mannequin Factory in California, has created the perfect woman: she’s tall, slender, and made of plastic. Glaser has the vaguely creepy job of being a mannequin maker, here he candidly talks about manufacturing what he calls…

Tilda Swinton is an iconoclast, rebel and an alien of the best kind

Tilda Swinton is an iconoclast, rebel and an alien of the best kind

In 2014, actress actress Tilda Swinton was awarded with the Rothko Chapel Visionary Award at the The Rothko Chapel, which is home to fourteen of Mark Rothko’s paintings. This luminous chapel is a spiritual and human rights center whose mission is “to inspire people to action through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations…

Grotesque and Fascinating Body Art by Lucy McRae

The Grotesque Body Archetype: Art by Lucy McRae

Make your Maker is a nightmarish, macabre lab setting where experiments drip and flow with gellatinous human body shapes in turquoise and lurid green colours. These body parts are harvested, sliced and then consumed greedily. Artist Lucy McRae's work has been featured in Dazed and Confused, Wallpaper and for advertising with skincare brand Aesop. She…

Phoenix Rising: How Clothes Transform Women Inside

As the world of fast fashion attests - fashion is important. However cost and consumerism are besides the point. Although the dominant narrative suggests that we women should buy more, consume more in order to be fashionable - it's rather a state of being and artful expression. Clothes can make the woman and have a transformative…

Cats These Days With Their Trendy Hair...What Can You Do?

Cats These Days With Their Trendy Hair…What Can You Do?

The mysterious green cat of Varna Bulgaria has baffled people all over the interwebs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHXM8DqqSgs Many have asked, is green cat real or was he simply shaded that way in photoshop? It seems that he is indeed real and scientists have been unraveling the mystery of this pea coloured puss ever since. In truth he…

Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

In Part 1, we discussed the exceptional documentary about the fashion industry The True Cost, and also the catastrophe at Rana Plaza which killed 1,100 workers in a sweat shop in Bangladesh. In this part, we will analyse the report which exposes brands for their ethical or unethical practices. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdLf4fihP78 I will most definitely be…

Ethical Fashion Part 1: The Definitive 2015 Report

Ethical Fashion Part 1: The Definitive 2015 Report

What is the true cost of the clothes we wear? This is a question posed in the much-needed expose documentary about fashion and textile production in the Third World - True Cost, watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaGp5_Sfbss Watching this documentary about fast fashion, it got me thinking about where I source my clothing from. I…

Supermodels from the 90's: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2...

Supermodels from the 90’s: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2…

1995 to 2015: Fashion Goes Full Circle When I was a teen in the 90's, the hair was fluorescent, the patterns were dark plaid and the lipstick was dark purple. Large, overexaggerated sunflower prints on shift dresses were in - a nod towards the 60s. All of these trends have reached their zenith yet again…

Babelicious Fashion Trends From the Summer of '69

Babelicious Fashion Trends From The Summer of ’69

These images remind me of my mother and her wild friends, they wore these bohemian outfits when they were teens. The swinging 60's looks like such a playful time for fashion. Here are some images of teens doing what they do best - leading fashion trends for all of the oldies to follow.   I…

Samantha Harris: Fashionista and Soulful Sister

Samantha Harris: Fashionista and Soulful Sister

Samantha Harris was discovered as a finalist in a Girlfriend magazine modelling competition at age 13. Her Aboriginal, German, Dutch and Australian mixed ancestry has given her a dramatic and unique kind of beauty. Golden brown skin and perfect bone structure along with huge brown eyes, an impossibly cute nose and lush full lips. Samantha…