Monday, September 22, 2014

Daring with Keith Haring

It's hard to believe that Keith Haring came out to Australia in 1984 at the height of his fame, on a three week visit to undertake a series of public art projects including this now iconic mural in Collingwood, at what was then the Collingwood Technical College. Added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2004 and restored in 2013 after deteriorating due to weather exposure it's now more vibrant than I can ever remember seeing. You can see just how faded the mural was over at Art's Victoria. I'm the same age as this mural, I've walked or been driven past (I still don't drive) many times over the years, and it's always amazed me how it's survived all these years without someone tagging over it. It's only one of 31 known surviving murals by Keith Haring in the world today. That being said, Keith Haring actually signed the mural over the small door that you can see in the bottom right of the photo, but that disappeared from the wall shortly after with no trace for many years. As The Age reported that was until Art's Victoria project officer Jessica Hochberg noticed something on instagram which led her to finding the building's old caretaker who had heard something about the door at a party many years before. Somehow the signed door ended up being anonymously handed in thanks to her detective work, just in time for the restoration project. However as you can see in my photo above the signed door is not there, and the last information I can find is that it was placed back during the restoration process in 2013 according this ABC news article. Hopefully it hasn't gone missing again!

This raincoat is everything to me, I'm so glad I decided to buy it on my last day in Tokyo earlier this year. I had been umming and ahhing over it for the whole trip but finally caved on the last day. So happy I did as I've been wearing it so much since it got a bit warmer as it's the perfect lightweight raincoat for those warmer wet days that we get in spring. Plus it's so cute! I get so many compliments on it when out.

Oufit details
Dress Obus
Raincoat Tsumori Chisato
Pink sunglasses Craig & Karl for Le Specs
Faux fur bag See By Chloe (?)
Black Pom Pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Necklace Min Pin
Pink bangle Keep Resin
Pink tights Obus
Flatforms Melissa Style in black gloss 

I finally got this Obus dress last week after wanting it for over a month. I instagram'd me trying it on in the changeroom and couldn't get it out of my head this whole time. Unfortunately I was having a bit of a lean cash flow month so had to wait. Luckily I didn't wait too long though as it's now sold out, but some pieces in the print are still available. The print reminds me of Memphis Group Design with it's bold squares and dots in and use of bright colours. According to Dezeen Memphis design is currently making a comeback, albeit a more subtle paired back version - which you can definitely see elements of around Melbourne - from Sportsgirls Bourke Street window earlier this year, to the fit out and even donut decoration over at All Day Donuts, and even local jewellery designer Emily Green has created a Memphis inspired collection. You heard it here first #Memphis is totally trending right now!

Dress Obus

Even these sunglasses are a bit Memphis-y. These are another piece I've wanted for a long time, over a year in fact. No idea why I waited so long as I bloody love them. The eye print necklace I picked up at the recent Finders Keepers design market in Melbourne, it's smaller than most of the necklaces I wear which makes a nice change.

Pink sunglasses Craig & Karl for Le Specs
Black Pom Pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Necklace Min Pin

I bought this ridiculous faux fur bag on a recent trip to Camberwell market. I only paid $5 for it and didn't really notice the 'See by Chloe' label until I got home, I just loved it's awesome faux fur crazyness. I'm 99% sure it is fake as I only paid $5 for it but for me it wasn't the label I bought it for, it was the crazyness of the bag. I have to be careful when walking down the street with it though as some dogs go crazy thinking it's another dog, twice it's been kinda attacked by dogs, they just lunge for it and bark like crazy #funtimes.

Faux fur bag See By Chloe (?)

Ok even my bangle has Memphis design elements to it. Interesting...

Pink bangle Keep Resin
Rings from left to right | Red acrylic ring MOMA NYC | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza | Pink resin crown ring Keep Resin

These pink tights were a gift with purchase from Obus when I bought my dress at their recent VIP night. They just so happened to be the perfect peach shade of pink to go with my dress, a happy accident of the random goody bag. I was pleasantly surprised that they fit me perfectly too making me even happier. Thanks Obus!

Pink tights Obus
Flatforms Melissa Style in black gloss 

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  1. Incroyable! Les tenues sont si belles, coloré. Ce style vous convient très bien, tu es si mignon !!! J'adore cette robe, très mignon !!!

  2. I think when other graffiti taggers see a good piece of work or something they respect they can stand back and not vandalize it. I've always wondered how the graffiti microcosm organized itself but these things just work out.
    love your handbag and the sunnies in this outfit and omg that story with the dogs is hilarious (but I hope it stops happening to you!!)

  3. I NEED this dress. You are rocking it! Do you know anywhere to buy it since its no longer on their web site?


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