The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | August 24, 2016

 

Outfit Inspiration: Winter Brunch vibes, with spring in the air.

 

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Base Range / cropped jumpsuite – camel
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Jonathan Saunders / Lee Sunglasses – Tortoise
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Ralph Lauren / Bedelia Loafer – Black
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Acne Studios / Canada Scarf – Black

 

Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani

Tyler, the Creator’s Golf Wang Fashion Show

Juliet Sulejmani | June 21, 2016

Last week, Tyler the Creator, who is well known as a rapper, songwriter and producer amongst an array of other things, presented his first ever fashion show for his brand ‘GOLF’. At the show, he also announced his new footwear line called ‘Golf Lefleur’, meaning Flower Boy.

This is the second show of it’s kind, the first being Kanye West’s presentation of his last Yeezy Season Collection, where the designer not only presents their collection, but also performs for their guests.

For both shows, I was sitting front row, watching from my iMac monitor.

Guys, girls, some models and some not and a couple of younger kids, all of various backgrounds, body shapes and sizes were used to walk, ride or skate down the runway, which was designed as a skate park. Tyler explains that he is not following any rules, hasn’t ever attended a fashion show, but just loves creating and making clothes, and after collaborating with other brands, such as Vans, etc., he decided that it was time for him start his own brand.

The show was fun, happy and colourful. The collection is inspired by flowers, sportswear, and by LA which is where he lives, which you can tell from the vibrancy and summer feel of his clothing.

Tyler announced that his shoe line is still in sample stages however everyone who had purchased a ticket to his show would receive a free pair of shoes by the end of the year. Tyler also released his new song titled ‘Ego’ which sounded to me quite similar to Kanye West’s song New Slaves, which obviously was on purpose and quite fitting. Kanye was there to support his friend, along with many other celebrities and musicians.

I think Tyler’s show and Kanye West’s show, are very important markers in fashion history, because what they are doing is very different to what already exists in the industry. At a typical fashion show the designer merely peeps out right at the end, and quickly disappears back behind the curtain, whereas in this case, the designers (Kanye and Tyler) are used to being on stage. They are performers and great entertainers, and naturally they are comfortable with being front and centre, so this adds something extra to the overall experience. These designers also have quite a lot of creative control and freedom over the entire show, and they use this power to bring the audience even deeper into their story.

It is also important to take note that the designers have had to push through many boundaries, be it their success in other areas which binds them to only that arena, or their race, which if you notice, their aren’t many African American designers in the fashion industry. Even the type of clothing they’re creating is different from how people expect rappers to dress.

Another difference with Tyler’s fashion collection is that unlike other shows, where you have to wait pretty much a whole year for it to be released, Tyler’s is already available for pre-order on his website www.golfwang.com.

I like that the overall theme within Tyler’s collection portrays inclusivity and the everyday person, there is no discrimination just a celebration of life and the things you love. I am excited to see how these new designers will help to shape the industry in the near future.

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Dark Wonderland – Toni Maticevski

Juliet Sulejmani | May 6, 2016

If you thought the exhibitions at Bendigo Art Gallery couldn’t get any better, well, here’s news for you.

Bendigo Art Gallery has just announced Dark Wonderland, which will be Toni Maticevski‘s first ever exhibition. With work spanning over Toni Maticevski’s 20 year career, including objects from his early practice to his most recent work, the Monaco Gown worn by Princess Mary to the King’s 80th birthday, and the commissioned gold lame gown worn by Jessica Mauboy for Eurovision 2014.

Maticevski is one of Australia’s most talented fashion designers, who is also recognised internationally for his designs, and has created a body of work that is diverse and focused on ideas and creative challenges.

Karen Quinlan (Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery), commenting on the exhibition, said: “Toni Maticevski has managed to morph, adapt and defy the boundaries of fashion, crossing the line that divides fashion design with fine art. For anyone who has ever dreamed of wearing a masterpiece, this is a must-see exhibition,”

The exhibition opens 13 August  – 20 November 2016. Bendigo Art Gallery

 

200 Years of Australian Fashion

Juliet Sulejmani | April 26, 2016

NGV Australia
Ground Level, Temporary Exhibitions
5 March 2016 – 31 July 2016
Open 10am-5pm daily

I attended a seminar at the NGV last week titled Fashion is Art and heard from a lot of interesting people, who had a lot of interesting stories to share. I think it would be a shame to keep all that information to myself, so this is the first of a few posts that I will write on the seminar. I hope that you enjoy.

The first speaker was Paolo Di Trocchio who is the Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the NGV. Paola introduced the topic ‘Fashion is Art’ and explained the details behind the exhibition ‘200 years of Australian Fashion’ that she curated.

Paola explained that she was extremely excited to be able to have the opportunity to curate an exhibition that would encompass ‘200 years of the remarkable, growth, design and innovation in this country.’

The exhibition starts with the earliest known surviving dress from 1805, which is made out of Indian muslin and ends with a special commission by Dion Lee which was created only two months ago specifically for the exhibition.

It took just over two months for the exhibition to be curated and because this is the first major survey of Australian Fashion, they also needed to create an image that would represent the 200 years.

The NGV worked with Virgina Dowzer and Bronwyn Kidd to create the image, which has been illustrated by me at the top of this post. The image is set at the beach, Wilson’s Prom, because they saw ‘the beach as representative of the optimism of Australia, the freedom, the light, and colour, themes and ideas that are referred to in relation to Australian fashion.’

One piece was chosen from the various themes of the exhibition to represent the 200 years. The beach, the garments and models were photographed separately and then photoshopped together to create the image.

The Themes that you will see in the exhibition are:

1805: the earliest known dress and the beginning of a network of international trade
The Department Store: the shopping platform at the time, including Bright and Hitchcocks/Geelong, Farmer and Co, La Petite, Robertson and Moffat
Dressmakers and Tailors: the first makers, Miss Scott (Brisbane), Doak and Beatty (Sydney)
The Salon, from 1930s to the 1950s.: a more intimate shopping environment, represented by Lillian Wightman who opened Le Louvre and moved her boutique to the top end of Collins street, which is still referred to as The Paris End of Collins street
1960s: this part celebrates the mini dress through facets of 1960s, futuristic space age hippy movement, flower power and sports.
Flamingo park: 1973, Jenny Kee, opens her frock salon in the strand arcade
Art clothes: exhibition in 1980 in NSW, that places contemporary Australian fashion, previous to that it was large international fashion or historical fashion that was celebrated in the art gallery.
Fashion Design Council: which was an organisation founded in 1983 in order to nurture and support young talent and talent, e.g. Martin Grant, Christopher Graf, Jenny Banister.
Fashion Weeks: presents Australian fashion on the international stage, firstly with Colette Dinnigan who presents in paris, in 1995, then with the development like Australian fashion week in 1996 and the Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Contemporary Fashion: strong individuals and examples of Australian fashion, and purposely  isolated on individual platforms so as to celebrate the unique signatures of our incredibly strong and incredibly talented contemporary Australian Designers.

Jx

 

Why Fashion Matters

Juliet Sulejmani | April 14, 2016

Why Fashion Matters by Frances Corner
144 PAGES
First Published 2014
Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion, Author

 

I was perusing the bookshelves at the Ian Potter Gallery Book Store and the quirky look of this book and title caught my eye.

The book is basically made up of 101 thoughts or mini essays on why fashion matters. Looking at fashion from a super wide lens (which is fantastic), and including, not just how wearing clothes makes us feel, but also the changes taking place in the industry, manufacturing and sustainability to just name a few things.

As someone who recently studied fashion design, worked in the industry and reads almost everything that is published relating to fashion, I didn’t really gain any extra insight, unfortunately.

However, Why Fashion Matters would be a great book for someone with limited fashion industry knowledge, or for someone who was thinking about studying or getting a job in the industry.

One thing I will be using the book for though is the part at the back of the book, and I’m just having a giggle to myself because I just realised the part I love is called ‘Further Reading and Selected Sources’.

Anyone who has studied a course will recognise this title, it is usually at the back of all the course unit outlines, and absolutely no except for the curious and smart ones student ever bothers to do any further reading. And I’m giggling because it is so typical for a teacher, in this case, Frances Corner who is the Head of London College of Fashion, to include such a section at the back of her book, and I love her for it.

Jx

Book 17 for 2016

Notes and Quotes

  • “The prehistoric caveman with the latest beads, the post-war woman in Dior’s New Look, the latest fashion blog recording street style as it happens – they are all tied to our very human need to express individuality.” Page 7
  • Read Marcel Proust, Doris Lessing, Jean Rhys, Virgina Woolfs’ Orlando.
  • “According to a Cotton Inc. survey, the average American woman owns 8.3pairs (jeans).” Page 25
  • Who is Jane Sheperdson? Page 57
  • “The words we never use might be like the clothes we can never wear.”  – Adam Philips Page 109
  • “Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee?” – Albert Camus Page 110

The Juliet Report Wardrobe

by Juliet Sulejmani | March, 16 2016

Let me take you back to a few months ago, on a night when I felt like treating myself to something fancy.

I went straight to NET-A-PORTER, the ultimate online shopping destination for any fashion loving human on planet Earth. I started by looking through my favourite brands, looking to see what was on offer. And to my dismay, there was not  a single item that I could purchase with my ‘something fancy for me’ budget.

I then, went to that side bar, and chose the option ‘Price low to high’ by the way if you try that right now, you’ll actually get quite a nice range, must have been the end of the season when I was looking, there were a bunch of beauty products and underwear that I could buy, but that wasn’t what I was really looking for. And this is when I started thinking…

What if an online Fashion Store existed, one where you could go and actually buy these magical pieces as a treat for yourself, or for someone nice and not spend all the money that you have in your bank account. Wouldn’t that just be the best thing in the world? Well of course it would.

So my friends, I’d like to welcome you all to The Juliet Report Wardrobe. The Juliet Report Wardrobe is a print store where you will be able to buy prints of coveted fashion items, and in the future also other items such as furniture, books, etc.

The first item in stock in  The Juliet Report Wardrobe are these gorgeous NO.21 Satin Mules in Emerald. Shop them HERE, or click on the SHOP link at the top of the page.

I have put my pair in a frame right beside my computer on my desk and they really brighten up the space.

Jx

 

Chanel Pre-Fall 2016

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Juliet Sulejmani | December, 04 2015

 

 

Chanel has always been my favourite fashion house, and I have always been a fan of Karl Lagerfeld’s. I like the idea’s the brand was founded on, and I loved that Coco Chanel was such a pioneer with such an amazing style.

Chanel along with Dior are the richest fashion houses, so their shows are always the most exciting to watch , because they can basically make anything they want to. They pretty much have no budget, or should I say an unlimited budget.

My dream is to actually watch one of their shows live. Anyone who has seen luxury clothing in real life, knows that photographs, or even a moving image can never do the clothes justice.

My girl, I think I’m calling her (my alter ego) ‘Girl’ for now. So, Girl, is wearing my favourite piece from the Chanel Pre-Fall 2016 Collection, which was shown in Rome a couple of days ago. I’ve also attached a couple of my other favourite looks from the collection.

Jx

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[Credits: Illustration and words by me, Photographs via WGSN]

Alter Ego

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Juliet Sulejmani | December, 01 2015

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What is an alter ego?

An alter ego is a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person’s normal or original personality. A person who has an alter ego is said to lead a double life. (Thanks Wikipedia)

I have always wanted to create an alter ego just because I think it would be so much fun.

I haven’t really thought about who exactly this alter ego is, but for now it’s a she and she will be wearing outfits that I don’t think I would ever wear.

Or in the case of this first drawing, she is a Victoria’s Secret Super Model, which is something I will never be.

I don’t know what I’d like to call her yet.

Jx

[Credits: Words and Illustration by me, Image via WGSN)

 

Vogue Cover

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Juliet Sulejmani | November, 26 2015

 

This has got to be one of my favourite illustrations that I have done.

Cate Blanchett is a total babe.

Jx

 

[Credits: Words and Illustration by me.]

Confessions of a Fashion Student

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Rachelle Dobson | November, 17 2015

I confess that we stress, and not just a little bit… A LOT-

It’s what we do and it’s completely unavoidable, any fashion student who claims they did their entire degree stress free is lying… simple! While I appear calm and collected outside Uni, in my mind is a frantic scene of post it notes, to do lists and a clock that is ticking down the days until my impending doom (the end of semester hand ins). The stress never really lets up, even after that last day of being fed to the lions den to have your every mistake critiqued and analysed by professionals, there is no relief.

I confess that into every collection goes blood, sweat and tears… literally-

The final product does not even begin to communicate just how much we’ve slaved over it. Believe me, ‘a day before’ film of a fashion student’s collection would not be nearly as glamorous or exciting, in fact it would be something that can never be unseen. It would show said student at 3am crying as we sew on the last bead with blistered fingers, while listening to Adele and wondering how we will find the will to go on. If you look closely enough somewhere in that collection there will be a blood stain, because lets face it, when pulling all nighters and operating heavy machinery, injuries are bound to happen. It’s not a question of if I hurt myself, it’s a question of how badly!

I confess that my lounge room turns into a sweatshop at the end of every semester-

There’s no other way to describe it, there’s fabric and threads thrown everywhere, cords running in every direction and machines that sound like old school torture devices roaring to life at all hours of the day and night. There is zero consideration of OH&S and work-safe would surely deem it a fire hazard. Employees work long hours without breaks and wait for it…..they are unpaid! The only employee: Me! Sometimes with the caring supervision of my dog who lays calmly on a pile of fabric praying he doesn’t step on a pin and watches the panic unfold.

I confess that when we refer to something as a design feature, it’s a fancy way of saying, that was a mistake-

It’s a perfect cover up that if done correctly never fails. Its important to own it and make the most of it, confidence is key. So what if you were up all night sewing that jacket only to realise that the sleeve is sewn in backwards? Its innovative and I think it’s the way of the future and I planned it all along, whose going to argue with that…. Right? My point exactly. It’s a design feature!

I confess chocolate is my saviour-

Every fashion student has something they turn to in times of stress, for some its green smoothies, kale and oats but for me its chocolate or ice cream or even better…ice-cream covered in chocolate. As far as I’m concerned the further the semester progresses, the more acceptable it becomes to devour a magnum at 10am. Its not too early if you never slept. Those who develop a healthy addiction don’t understand how fortunate they are, for me it means a few late night trips to the gym to try and avoid gaining 20 kilos every semester. Luckily though, I’m not the only one to who is a slave to my cravings for chocolate and together we provide support for one another (in chocolate form of course!).  It is because of this bond we share that no one bats an eye when we find a chocolate stain on a cashmere jacket that was set to show in MSFW…. Instead with a certain confidence, we’d comfort her in unison “it’s a design feature!”

[ Credits: Words by Rachelle Dobson, Illustration by me. ]