Thursday, December 5, 2013
So according to Australia Traveller's Magazine Melbourne got voted best city today. No surprise there i'm so proud of my city and all of rich culture we have which sets us apart from other states. And of course fashion is one of the many things that sets us Melbourniuns stand out. Meet Fame Agenda. I love their bright colours and bold prints they use in their pieces. They have some pretty unique pieces which i have being adding to my Christmas wish list. Fame Agenda will be apart of Mapping Melbourne, A four day program of independent contemporary Asian art events. The pieces in the show will be a collaboration with one of Asia Pacific's most prolific street artist Darbotz. Models will strut down the steps of the State Library wearing the prints developed from photo images Darbotz left on Melbourne's walls during his last trip here in April. I'm a huge fan of Melbourne graffiti and have done sso many shoots with it on the blog so I can't wait to see what these two talents have come up with tomorrow. Keep an eye out for the giant pink box at the steps at the State Library. I was also lucky enough to get an Interview with Fame Agenda's Monica Lim to get a glimpse of the brand and how the event all came together.
Who is Fame Agenda? Tell us a little about the brand and what made you start it?I wanted to create a label that wasn't afraid to be a little bit different and challenging, without the hefty price tag that usually comes along with it. Even in Australia, where there is so much design talent, I found that there was big hole in the market for clothes that pushed "commercial" design boundaries but yet wasn't going to break the bank.Where can we buy Fame Agenda ?You can visit our Melbourne store at Shop 4, 237 Flinders Lane (Scott Alley). Our design studio is just below the shop, in the basement, bursting with samples and odd lots of fabric. Or, we also have an online store at www.fameagenda.comTell us how you came up with designs & how this collaboration with Graffiti Artist Darbotz came about?I met Darbotz in March this year when he came to Melbourne for his solo exhibition at MiFA Gallery. The gallery owner, Bryan Collie, introduced us. I loved Darbotz's signature aesthetic immediately. Having always lived in the city, I totally understood this love yet angst for the city, the city as a creature. Although Darbotz is very well-known in Indonesia, he also flies a little under the radar, being an underground street artist. I really like that guerrilla sort of approach. It's also something that Jill Morgan, CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria, appreciated as she is passionate about showing the dynamism of contemporary culture. Multicultural Arts Victoria provided us the platform for the collaboration.Darbotz is a really quiet person, I suppose a lot of artists are like that, especially from Indonesia. They like to contemplate. All the expression comes out through their work rather than their mouths. I believe it's Darbotz's first collaboration with a fashion label. It's certainly our first collaboration with an independent artist. For us both it's another way to explore our different mediums. A bit like cooking, combining different ingredients and seeing what flavours are created.What influences your designs/style?Fame Agenda's signature is in its quirky prints. I'm not interested in creating something that is just pretty and floral. For us our prints are where we start our collection. There's always a story behind each print, whether it be a personal experience, or a tribute to something that we love or a work that we admire. While not everyone who buys our clothes are aware of the story, nevertheless I hope that it brings a sense of something personal and artisanal into our designs. Fame Agenda is not trend-based, in the sense that we don't follow trend reports. However, working in this field naturally we absorb the spirit of what everyone else is doing and so in that way we are influenced in ways that we are not even aware of.Describe your personal style?Personally, I tend to dress very casually and simply at work. I am always running around so flat shoes are essential. I also work with so much visual stimulation that I am usually in a plain white tee.However when I'm going out that's a different story! I'm quite adventurous. My husband often tells me to dress my age, I tell him I want to be one of those crazy grandmas when I get older. Crazy but elegant.What does fashion mean to you?It's a way for me to signify who I am to other people and how I'm feelingthat day. But sometimes fashion can change how I'm feeling too, rather
than just being a signifier. That's the power of fashion.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
It was amazing going back to Niagara Falls again. I remember going there when i was 11 thinking i could just stare at the beautiful scenery all day all. Nothings changed 13 years later, the view is still breathtaking. I decided to quickly do a little touristy shoot. Nothing like my usual shoots. I had no make up, no fancy get up. Just me, the fam and that amazing view. This shoot also is my first collab outfit shoot. There was a seagull that wouldn't leave me alone the whole time we were taking photos. I wasn't going to upload these photos but i thought it added to the whole experience and adds a little flavour to the shoot. The way im laughing, staring and running away from the bird cracks me up. Enjoy
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Hot off her Diamonds World Tour Rihanna stopped by Drake's "Would You Like A Tour" concert in LA. She took photos with Snoop and Nicki Minaj backstage and also partied at the after Party. Nothing better than seeing one of your favourite artists wearing one of Australia's unique and fashion forward brands. I recently just did a post about my favourite pieces from Dion Lee's AW 14 collection and then see this fashion killer wearing one of the pieces i posted about. Always killing the style game.
Meet Sza. She is currently one of my favourite new artists at the moment. Signed onto the same label as Kendrick Lamar. The first lady of TDE has shown us not only she have an amazing unique voice (which she recently got to vocalise to the world at the American Music Awards) but her Style is also always on point. She recently did a shoot with Ssense where she is spotted wearing up and coming designers. I knew soon as i saw her wearing Aussie label Dion Lee i had to do a post on this shoot ASAP. Love all the choices for the shoot. Very much my style and if you haven't heard of Sza yet, keep your eye out. We know every time i've done a post like this on up and coming artists they usually blow up. And with a voice like hers i see nothing but success.