Since I was very young, I have always been absolutely enthralled and mesmerised by trends, fashion evolution, jewellery, shoes, and have been inspired by numerous fashion icons.
Around the ages of 6-10, I fell completely in love with Lindsay Lohan’s cheeky personality, and her awesome style in my all-time favourite childhood film The Parent Trap. I was equally intrigued by both twins in the film – Annie’s corporate, posh-girl attire that consisted of checked suits and slick headbands, and Hallie’s casual double-denim numbers. I was so obsessed with this movie, that I learnt the handshake Annie and Martin do, and in the fourth grade I cut my own side-fringe – resulting in a trip to the hairdresser to fix the disgraceful job I’d done. Along with this killer movie, I loved Freaky Friday, and Lindsay Lohan’s rebellious, punk-rock style – with her leather jackets and heavy eyeliner propelling my entrance into a severe gothic phase- I wanted every item I owned to be black, studded and intimidating.
Another major fashion inspiration was the one and only, Hilary Duff – whose bright crop tops, ripped jeans, flower chokers and crazy clips and hairstyles, seen on the set of Lizzie McGuire, left me utterly gobsmacked. I thought she was incredible.
I then became infatuated with Amanda Bynes in the film What A Girl Wants… She was so naturally beautiful with her straightened brown locks, singlet tops and bootleg flared jeans, orange sarongs, silver bangles, and the way in which she re-crafted a seemingly hideous dress, to reveal a pale blue silk gown in the end scene of the film. This also provoked me to consider the notion that, essentially, it does not matter where a particular item of clothing comes from – it’s all about how you style it, wear it, and stride about in it with confidence and fearlessness of what others think.
Since these early days, I now have developed my own unique, ‘out there’ fashion style, which consists of bright oranges, yellows, Dr Martins, chunky heels, metallic bodysuits, hippy dresses, denim overalls, and transparent materials. I know what I love and I never hesitate to buy it. I love my oversized baggy t-shirts, high-waisted Levi jeans, and have an increasing obsession with cat-eye sunglasses, shoes, and belts. I’m often found rummaging through the second-hand yet wonderful treasures at the Salvos or Vinnies, and every outfit I wear contains at least one item from Glebe Markets – the best markets to grace the city of Sydney, and cheap as chips!
I am an extravagant jewellery enthusiast – wearing a ring on every finger, and owning an abundance of necklaces – including my Turkish Eye necklace, beaded choker and many more. At 18 years of age, today I can happily say my major fashion influences have been Julia Roberts in her many films, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn with her 60s fashion, Rachel Green from the television series Friends and the one and only…. DAVID BOWIE! My single favourite human being to have ever existed.
What I want in the future is purely to listen to his music, along with my favourite band The Beatles, travel extensively all around the world and meet diverse people with accents and different cultures, and to write and write and write. I live for art- I want to step foot in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, The Gugenheim Museum, I want to revisit the Musee’ D’Orsay and The Luvre in Paris. I want to buy antiques from the Florence and Notting Hill markets, and lay on beaches in Spain and Greece. I believe music has the ability to unite individuals regardless of status, age, gender or ethnicity, and like art, it can powerfully manipulate our emotions. I frequently attend concerts, and am a MASSIVE David Bowie fan – I find his music completely liberating, and his lyrics “We Can Be Heroes” actually became a major influencing stimulus for my art major work. In addition to The Beatles and Bowie, The Bee Gees, Coldplay, Police, and any music of the 80s/90s is wonderful – my favourite song in the entire world is ‘Come on Eileen’.
The two simple things that make me so happy: The Tv Show Friends, and the movie Love Actually. I can’t explain my inexplicable connection I have to this show and film. I constantly feel like I should’ve lived in the 80s or 60s, as I love everything vintage, retro, all the music of the past, the fashion of the past, and ultimately I feel like connections with people and relationships would’ve been more genuine and real back then – without the overpowering reign of internet which enforces artificiality in the way we communicate online. I love painting. And I love the artists Salvador Dali and his surrealistic brilliance. I love Van Gogh and Monet and the work of the Pointillists. I also appreciate so much the work of the Old Masters, and the contribution they made to humanity today, with their anatomically correct depictions of the human form and ideals of beauty shaping the endless boundaries of art today. I have always been captivated, enthralled and completely moved by art – it testifies the extent and wondrous capabilities of the individual’s imagination, talent and creativity.
My bountiful appreciation and love of art, fashion, music and travel has led me to express my thoughts through my blog, and serves as an outlet for my fertile mind.
Hope you enjoy,