Monday, November 10, 2014

Future Beauty Party People

Brisbane sure put on a show for the opening night of Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at #QAGOMA. The super kawaii Harajuku style girls were back looking as cute as they did during the morning media preview getting swamped for instagram selfies by attendees.

DJ Alex Murray-Leslie from Chicks on Speed played the best most perfect tunes for the night.

Attendees dressed the part, wearing as many avant-garde as possible.

 I loved this ladies Soot bag. Soot is a local Brisbane label by Edwina Sinclair, a recent fashion graduate from QUT who was selected to showcase her graduate collection at #VAMFF's Graduate Showcase, which is where I first saw her work. Her pieces are stocked at Monk House Design in Melbourne as well as in the #QAGOMA store itself in Brissy. Definitely a designer to watch and I was lucky enough to visit her design studio while in town, more about that in my next blog post!

Oh my! AWalter Van Beirendonck necklace!

This dapper chap was wearing head to toe Comme des Garçons!

Leigh Buchanan from Project Runway Australia season one!

Fabulous fashion!

Soot designer Edwina Sinclair looking amazing in a red polkadot Comme des Garçons dress with her mum in matching spots wearing a dress by Melbourne label Alpha60.

I was maybe a little drunk by this stage but if I remember correctly this lovely lady told me she had made her dress at the very last minute. One of the best dressed of the night for sure!

It was great to see Melbourne pals Frances and Paul at the opening. They're long time supporters of my blog, even bringing me back presents from their travels to Tokyo. They're both wearing awesome Comme des Garçons pieces and looking fabulous.

Thea Basiliou owner of uber cool Brisbane boutique Blonde Venus playing it up with DJ Alex Murray-Leslie from Chicks on Speed. Both look incredible.

This fabulous dress was a DIY creation.

This is what I wore to the opening night celebrations. Like I said in my previous post I was really struggling with finding the perfect outfit for the opening. From the moment I got the invitation I started searching for something avant-garde enough to really stand out come opening night. Ideally I wanted to wear a Japanese designer but finding something both Japanese and in my size was proving difficult. That's why when Sam from Symantha Rose jewellery offered to lend me a piece from her own wardrobe by Japanese designer Balmung I jumped at the chance, especially as the Hachi the designer for the brand is an old friend of mine from my Tokyo days. Sam had no idea that I was friends with the designer so it was all just so perfect and meant to be. The oversized metallic Balmung top reminds me of the 'flatness' section of the exhibition and continues on from that particularly Japanese concept of deconstructed shapes that conceal rather than flatter the body that were initially explored by Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto in the 1980's that also feature heavily throughout the exhibition. Wearing something by one of the new generation of designers who are expanding upon those original ideas and who happens to be a friend of yours to an opening of an exhibition celebrating the history of Japanese fashion felt very surreal that's for sure.

Outfit details
Metallic gold top Balmung
Black vinyl skirt ASOS
Silver bag Decjuba
Siler tabi socks Avantgarde Harajuku
Black geta flatforms Melissa 'Style'
Black pom pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Black 3D printed bangle Studio Batch
Gold bangle Estelle Dévé
Black lipstick Lime Crime Black Velvet Velvetine

Metallics on metallics was my theme for this look.

Silver bag Decjuba
Black 3D printed bangle Studio Batch
Gold bangle Estelle Dévé
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

The ultimate Japanese combination of a modern take on traditional tabi socks in metallic silver by hip Harajuku sock and tights boutique Avantgarde and Melissa's contemporary take on the traditional geta shoe.

Siler tabi socks Avantgarde Harajuku
Black geta flatforms Melissa 'Style'

1 comment:

  1. Hayley you look absolutely smashing! The whole event looks fantastic, I'm so envious <3


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