A date with Viktor & Rolf

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The National Gallery of Victoria have housed some big artists and designers with the likes of Warhol, Degas, Hockney, Gaultier and Monet. They continue to do so as next year’s event calendar looks promising. When I got an email from the NGV team telling their subscribers that they’re bringing The House of Dior  in 2017, I was over the moon. I’m THAT excited I could book tickets right now!

After visiting the Ai Wei Wei and Andy Warhol exhibition  this year I immediately heard talks of a Viktor and Rolf exhibition coming into town. I revived my subscription to NGV newsletters so that I was completely up to date with all of this. If you’ve seen their creations on TV, you’ll know how mesmerising they are.

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The tour guide explained how experts today didn’t know how  those holes were cut so perfectly on that red dress. Up close it looked like a million stitches done to each layer of chiffon. I stared at this for a long time and nearly accidentally touched it.

This is literally wearable art. While they do have ready-to-wear collections, Viktor and Rolf’s speciality lies in haute couture. The dutch duo continually re-invent the wheel, using fashion as a core tool for artistic expression. The saying “Fashion is Art, Art is Fashion” is evident in their body of work and remains at the forefront for the trends we’ve seen the last decade. The Viktor and Rolf: Fashion Art exhibition is held at the NGV until early next year. I highly recommend sparing a few hours for your entertainment – they even have a kids hub much where you can take photos with different backdrops that turn into animations!
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December update

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Happy December people. Here’s a Soju (Korean beer) Christmas tree to kick off this festive month. Actually, I saw this the beginning of November so my festivities had already started. We all can’t believe it’s already December, everyone around me including myself can’t stop saying “S*** it’s December already?!” Guys, stop it, you’re making me panic for no reason! I swear the busier things get the faster time goes. If I could slow down time, I really would. It’s one way to define my brief hiatus from blogging in November and overall, a mere absence this second half of 2016. Without getting too detailed, here are a few photos and words that almost concisely captures my life these past few months. Not all that entertaining but read on if you insist.

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1. I mentioned my work with Malala Coffee and it is currently supporting the Coffee Exchange regime. While this is all in the pursuit of social change, it’s leaning more towards the business aspect of coffee. Coffee Exchange is an online market place  directly connecting farmers to cafes, restaurants and other companies in hospitality.

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2. I’ve finally got my hands on these Pantone swatches. This thing saves your life when it comes to printing on all sorts of materials. I’ve managed to survive without one all these freelancing years but it wasn’t until I was at Jin & Co. when this grabbed my attention on a branding project. Of course, I was introduced to it at uni but we had the handy Adobe Illustrator digital  colorbook  swatch to rely on – not always great given that colors on screen are never accurate. My main purpose for making a move on this is not for freelancing, but for fashion.

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3. I’ve been featured in my 3rd publication for the year, STELL magazine. You’ll find my interview and alongside a portrait of G-Dragon staring into your soul in the Dusk & Dawn  Issue VII.

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4.  Around September this year I was introduced to the idea of an upcoming bite-sized game. Scheduled for release early next year we hope it’ll be as much fun to play as it was building this along the way.

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5.  One of my highlights this year was working closely with the state and federal governments. I was then connected to these awesome bunch of people from the City of Melbourne as my clients for freelancing. Campaign work is all about hustle – I’ve never met a group of people who I had conversations with at 2am on a weekend to ensure the production of work is perfect. Even staying up all night laughing non-stop was part of the unforgettable memory. True story, I only ever share those moments with my boyfriend but it looks like my relationships with clients are just as romantic.Big shoutout to the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Cr Kevin Louey, Cr Tessa Sullivan,  Craig Bosworth, Da, Cherry and Patricia for being patient and bringing out the best in me under pressure. I’m no stranger to late night design work – I once got home at 4am from work and went back at 9am the same day. Luckily that was still when I was living in the city!

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6.  This morning I played badminton. Revisiting tennis and badminton this year is only a sign that I need to work on my fitness. One thing  I love to do is to keep a healthy body and maintain healthy habits. That said, I’m definitely not your gym buddy but I can definitely commit to being your tennis, ping pong or badminton buddy. I play the NBA on the Playstation so I can be your buddy for that too.

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Malls in Asia vs Chadstone

photo-13-10-16-5-43-02-pm2 years – that’s how long one of my local shopping malls took to renovate a new block within the complex. Now that the 1st phase is completed I’m already starting to hear these common remarks: “Chadstone  competes with the shopping malls in Asia”, “it’s better”,”it’s bigger”. Why Asia?  Shanghai, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, and Saigon— are crazy about developing and expanding new urban landscapes influenced by the malls in America. They serve as the global hub for multiple mega complexes.

Asia’s economy in this 21st century thrives on the  ability to consume at levels at or near those of the US or Europe. Shopping is like a sporting culture to them, the influence of Sex and the City and the New York fifth avenue shopping fantasies  appeal to them on many levels. Their malls  are  meeting spaces, glossy, air-conditioned indoor parks – a place to ignore the air pollution, poverty, and heat of the real world. So yes, for you folks travelling to South East and East Asia for the first time, now you know.

photo-14-10-16-1-11-34-amSo how does Chaddy compare? In terms of variety and being able to cater to everyone, yes Chaddy is a massive win. From the top of my head here’s what Chadstone has to offer that the malls in Asia don’t have all under the one roof:

Kmart, Target, The Reject Shop and Daiso – perfect for anyone who wants to shop for everyday items. Art Riot, Stuff n Nonsense (costume shop), Kikki.K, Muji, Typo, and Lincraft shops – for the creatives. Bath and Body Works, Crabtree & Evelyn, The Body Shop, Kiehl’s and Aesop – for skincare and body products. Two leading Australian department stores  Myer and David Jones situated next to the luxury district, and of course the luxury district itself:  Fendi, Prada, Gucci, Valentino, Givenchy etc. A section of the lower level for kids; Armani Junior, Pumpkin Patch, Build a Bear, Bardot Junior, Toys R Us and a Legoland to be opened next year.

photo-13-10-16-2-18-43-pmColes, Aldi and Woolworths, seafood shops, premium butchers, an Asian grocer, a market for fresh food – all conveniently located near each other  for those who do grocery shopping (I’ve never seen more than one supermarket in a mall overseas!). Two major food courts as well as  private  eateries and cafes  scattered throughout the building – the favorites being  Ladurée (Parisian cafe), Royal Stacks (burgers), Fonda (Mexican restaurant),  Marae Izakaya (Sushi Train), Nene Chicken, Yokozuna (Ramen restaurant with green tea sweets) and of course, Hungry Jacks burgers (yum).

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Apple, Samsung and JB Hifi are there to accomodate the tech department and Nike, Adidas, Under Armor, Converse and Rebel Sport accomodate your sporting needs. A random Tesla showroom. Hoyts cinema complex. Watch repair, shoe polishing and key fitting services. A mini playground for kids. Sneakerboy, Platypus, Hype, Footlocker and Adidas Originals for you sneaker heads. And finally: Sephora, Uniqlo, H&M, Mecca Maxima, and Zara.

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It is the Fashion Capital, but it’s more like the Variety Capital!

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, Jakarta’s Plaza Indonesia, Philippine’s Mall of Asia, Macau’s Venetian hotel and mall, Chengdu’s New Century Global Center: every one of them has their own target market, with each shopping experience differing to one another including Chadstone. In the Philippines you have an indoor  ice skating rink and a theme park next door, Chengdu has an artificial indoor beach, Singapore and Jakarta houses more luxury brands and the Venetian in Macau has a huge mix of branded fashion and a casino/hotel complex. So in a way, you can’t compare any of them with Chadstone.

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I think Chaddy  is still a win. Yes the size draws similarities  with the mega malls in Asia but it depends on experiences shoppers want  that define the word “better”. Perhaps shopping with family is ideal for you and you’ll probably find Chengdu or Philippines the better spot. Or if you solely want to shop for everything luxury in one spot then Singapore and Macau is your pick (they have Vertu phones, Richard Mille watches and Hermes bags – the most expensive brands in their specialty).

Chaddy just caters to everyone’s shopping needs – and even eating needs!

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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