It’s a laid-back Tuesday

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I don’t often get the chance to go and casually hang out at cafes but when I do, it’s at Giraffe Cafe. Hidden in the narrowness of Little Lonsdale (and next to an ugly, noisy construction site) Giraffe Cafe was the perfect place to stop by and catch up with a friend who I haven’t seen in a very long time. I love the place! It’s cosy and cute, very cute! Walls embellished with polaroids, antiques and photo frames and rooms filled with random bits and pieces here and there that make you wonder why they’re there. Yeah, it’s all lovely. One of the reasons, no wait, the only reason why I make occasional trips back to this cafe is because of their simple yet delicious menu with mouthwatering desserts, vegetarian friendly dishes and best of all, their chai latte. THEIR CHAI LATTE. A glass full of goodness that’s perfect for this 3 degree weather…it’s the best. I can’t resist.

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Can’t believe it’s already June

Damn time flies. Today was folio submission day meaning it’s the last day of semester 1 meaning it’s the start of holidays yay! It means no more waking up at 6am in those frosty mornings and no more worrying about uni work (for now). I finally have more time to do the things I want to do – catch up on my social life and of course create more art. However I do have to take my worries elsewhere, there’s still plenty of work to get done during the one month break. But for now it’s time to settle down for a bit phew.

It feels weird not handing in chunky black folders anymore, I remember the last two folio submission days I almost took up two train seats only because I was carrying several A4, A3 and A2 folios with me. What a joy that was. That’s another reason why I like the idea of PDF folios because it’s sooooo compact. Anyway here are some extra photos I’d like to share. I hope to blog more frequently these hols, I should be able to…hopefully. There shall be more goodies to share with you all soon.

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The Art of the Trench

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It’s nearly winter but Melbourne’s constantly hitting an overnight low of 10 degrees so I guess winter’s already here. I like winter and I like winter fashion because it gives me the excuse to wear a trench coat (my most favorable piece of item in my closet). I like the shapes, the little things like epaulettes, cuffs, flaps that make up the clean and distinctive appearance of a trench. The 21st century has really embraced the trench coat as a classic and fashionable garment. Traditional beige trench coats are typically warm, highly durable, light and flexible in comparison to other bulky coats and jackets. So what’s not to love about them? I find it to be extremely versatile and fitting, although the intent is to wear them during the winter season, there are always new designs flooding in specifically made for all sorts of weather conditions.

One of my favorite fashion designers, Christopher Bailey, is responsible for the birth of trenches in the modern era. Bailey’s edgy style has kept up with contemporary fashion trends yet still maintains a sense of sophistication with every design he produces. Not only is the iconic trench sold exclusively in Burberry stores, it has rapidly expanded to many fashion outlets. Prominent designers such as Miuccia Prada and Issey Miyake are amongst the many who’ve adopted the garment and developed their own range of stylistic coats. Trench coats appear in all sorts of designs…now with more color, less materials, more materials etc.

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Biker, scrunchy dress and studded sleeve trench

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Designs with patterns and varying use of materials (top right looks like silicon sleeves and flaps with thick gold-trimmed pockets)

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Transparent coats. Last one is a crazy design by artist Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton

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Bailey’s metallic and glossy designs

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Short, sleeveless and cape designs

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How whacky is this! One of Gary Harvey’s interestingly creative designs for an eco-friendly couture fashion show called The Green Shows. Consisting of 18 trench coats (now that’s heavy) you might want read more about it here.

 

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