Friday, March 13, 2009

Jay Harrison in person

Yesterday I had the great pleasure to meet KAREN photographer Jay Harrison in person. 
And what a lovely bloke he is! 
I often work remotely with our contributors as they dash about the planet. Email, Skype, SMS, Facebook and Twitter are all part of the daily touching base with our large band of creatives. 
So to meet up in person after over a year of electronic conversation is quite a buzz - never mind I was baking and the house was occupied with small people, he was just charming. 

- In the usual zero degrees of separation that happens now, Jay's nephew had been at the same kindergarden as my son and we are friends with his sister and live on the same island of 8K residents :-o 
How small is this world?

Jay shot the stunning closing fashion spread "Malibu" in the new KAREN issue as pictured above, starring Viviens beauty Shanay Hall, styled by Edwina Robinson, MU by Katrina Raftery, Hair by Barney Martin. 

falling to earth

I love shoes as much as most women and maybe more. I even have astrological aspects to back this up (mercury in Pisces) translating very loosely to thinks from feet- also in images. 

In saying this you would not guess it - I am really rather sensible compared to my flock and to my peers. I just have feet that need well designed and study footwear. And any shoes that make my legs look incredible are only worn in my bedroom - with soft carpet. 
(Girls gotta have a few props.) 

Come fashion weeks when I am the only one in the front row in flats (beside my fashion week boyfriends) I do feel like I am in a different club at times - and then I realise I am smiling so much more than most others! 
Yes I am very grumpy in 3 hours of wearing those beautiful toe torture chambers. SO it is now that I have finally figured out why so many magazine girls are snooty - they are all in agony - showing off a years salary in designer footwear for the week.

When I say wow those shoes are so high they are always chirpy saying oh they are so comfortable - rubbish!! -  they make her look thin tall and feel powerful. And they ache like hell and are giving her the ugliest bunions as we chat. Not to mention one stumble and her ankle could snap at any moment.

When seeing the fashion pack recently picking their way through lawn and dealing with sand at Swim Fashion Week in their gorgeous silly heels I noticed that the senior or top people were all wearing flats. So the girls climbing the career ladder are doing so in 6 - 12 inches, and the editors and publishers are quite comfortable thank you. Interesting. 

This all brings me to what is happening on the runways for the last 5 seasons at least.
What the heck is happening ?

First we get the two years of hell in baby doll dresses that make you look like an infant or pregnant, together with platform shoes - so a pregnant, clumpy child - mmmm not how I had envisioned looking in my late 30's. 
Then we got the same deal though the shoes got much higher well with their own little step and the skirts got shorter - great now they want me to look more like a child prostitute.
( and do you think any mainstream made variations ??? nope - child hookers the lot of you) 

So as hemlines became more like big belts and shoes something that needed scaffolding I did not hear too many cries from women thinking feminism has just been trampled on .....
I just wondered around in shock muttering to myself. compromised  does this all make you feel ?

And do I need to mention how many tumbles we have seen on the runways of late ?
makes great sensationalised fodder - but if you cannot have a model under a certain age - can you also have a shoe designed for walking in please. 

Not feeling the empowerment of the elegant woman I had pencilled for myself, when as a teenager I looked at women in their 30's and 40's looking so stunning classically beautiful and well it was the 80's - powerful!

Now this new European season the hemlines are lowering, volume is being revisited and now to cope with the longer skirts those masters of the cloth have now put everything with the equivalent of something you would wear if there was open sewers in the streets, high heels with their own high shoes underneath. 

Call me crazy but I do not feel empowered by any of this - if it were just theatre I love it. Translating to the main street - disaster. 

When am I going to feel embraced as a woman by fashion rather than feeling like I should be binding my feet and kowtowing.
 Is this progress ?

Monday, March 9, 2009


Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins our Editors at Large here at KAREN are putting on a very special show in melbourne this week. 

Famed for their high art nudes, Lyn and Tony are on the eve of another exciting exhibit. Their partnership has a unique strength in this arena, with hundred of nudes captured together. 
The high contrast tones that transmute the incredible illuminated creamy skin and unexpected beauty in the voyeuristic intimacy with the body forming a sculptural masterpiece. With their incredible love for the Australian vivid Blue skies and raw landscapes contrasting the fragility of skin.  

The Exhibition is part of the L'OrĂ©al Melbourne Fashion Festival combining work by fashion designer Konstantina Mittas. 

STRANGENESS by Lyn and Tony 
opens March 12th till March 28th at the Helen Gory Galerie 
25 St Edmonds rd, Prahran VIC 

If you like us you will like them x they are amazing.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

a sneak peek at the new issue of KAREN

 couture couture by GL WOOD 

Tin City By Sonny

Spell Bound By Michele Aboud

Raven By Richard Freeman

                                                Animalia by Sarra Fluer Abou-el-haj

The New issue is now out in NZ and sailing around the globe to reach you in the next couple of weeks. Here is a little teaser if you have yet to pick one up. We love it. 
Nothing fainthearted in this "you are beautiful" Issue. 
I hope you enjoy a little peak and you enjoy the whole magazine when it gets to you. 

We are planning the next one already with an amazing swim story shot at Swim Fashion Week already. 
love to hear your thoughts 
xxx marian 

Friday, March 6, 2009

Imelda touches down in sanctuary cove

Imelda the shoe blogger AKA Matt Jordan our footwear queen would be delighted to see that he has far reaching influence even in the Sanctuary of the Cove. 
Taking a little post breakfast stroll before the fashionable time to rise I was delighted to see our queen was present in spirit. - And her representative was so gracious about allowing media coverage. 
Imelda would be proud. The place was spotless.

wood work squeaks

......... and out come the fashion freaks 
my very faves as listed on the right hand side of the page have been at it again. 

                                   pic courtesy of Imelda and Bryan Boy

Next month will mark our collective anniversary, in the meantime the three must get beers are amusing themselves in live Gareth Pugh show coverage no end and inviting you along. 
go to ( from left) Imelda, Frockwriter, Bryan Boy all will be revealed .
bahhh ha ha ha haaaaaaa how funny is the pic already?!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Anna and Boy - Swim fashion Week

Anna and Boy in their third fashion week showed a gorgeous collection.  Heart felt being the unofficial theme of the week was well and truly embraced by Anna and Lill the designers. 
Starting with the cat walk with pink hearts running down the centre, a giant read heart on one ear of each girl, and adorable 80's top knot headbands with pink and red sprayed pump wedges. 
The swimwear predominantly in prints was sugar and spice nice, with a gorgeous pink red and blue plaid you can see on Jessica Gomes (pictured bottom) , the IMG special guest model and opening face (and body) for the parade. Jessica I will write more about shortly, walked for A&B in their first parade three years back in Sydney Opera House so it was wonderful to see them sharing the limelight in their success. 
And judging by the smiles backstage it all went very right their end. 

Their menswear was a hit with Damien Woolnough from and Adam Worling parading their fashion forward board shorts for Front row Swim fashion week chic.