Monday, February 21, 2011

Same   Same   but   Different

These girls continue to drive me crazy -they are just too cute! This pic. below looks like it was taken straight from a movie, but in fact it is of the RIO girls at the Berlin Fashion Week opening party.  I just absolutely love to see people who create their own reality and fashion themselves accordingly; which of course takes a lot of courage as they would have to be able to dismiss judgements from the people who are narrow-minded and snarl at things that are different.

Berlin Fashion Week OPENING PARTY @ HBC  pic by Katja Hentschel

The girls song Neonlights is also now available for only $1.69 -I had to purchase it yesterday, firstly because I definitely adore it and secondly, to make sure that these girls go somewhere more than just Germany! They are a cute-side, 80s re-fresh, that proves that you should never listen to anyone else's judgements when it  comes to fashioning yourself and doing something you enjoy! Go RIO girls!♡♡♡

Saturday, February 12, 2011

There Needs to be a Higher Demand for Feminine Curves in the Fashion Industry.

Getting to a casting right on time and finding out that you have been sent to the head office and not the actual place where the stylist/client is, is really frustrating. Walking outside and finding another model with a car willing to squeeze a few of us in there too and take us along to the right address is just wonderful! Really thank goodness for those girls!

In a ride like one of those, which I experienced just the other day, you usually get to find out fun stories.  The story for that day (which is probably old news to a lot of you) is that Tahnee Atkinson whom I've seen a few times here and there at castings and in our agency -Priscillas, and have thought to be astoundingly beautiful and feminine, was the winner of Australia's Next Top Model two years ago. Not ever keeping up to date with what's going on with ANTM ever since I left my dad's place, who was the great supplier of foxtel channels!

The point is that this girl is a size 10 model and just divine, to know that Australia has paved some room for  a touch more curvier girls is just GREAT, really great, it's about time there is a higher demand for girls with some decent curves. 

Here are some of my favourite photos from her portfolio -taken from Priscillas website.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I'm loving this slightly more feminine, androgynous style! It's so refreshing!
International model turned photographer, good friend, and RIO girls member, Bonnie Strange
International model and good friend, Lou Hellberg                                                                                         

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


S u s t a i n a b i l i t y

The problem is that consumers, and often designers, too, are bewildered by what really constitutes a sustainable product. You can't judge it by looking [at it]; you have to know the object's past and future – whether it's made of renewable or recyclable materials, how much energy went into its production, how it's going to be disposed of. It's not objects that are unsustainable, it's the systems that produce them. And designers have to steer their clients towards sustainable systems – that is, if they have the luxury of a client who isn't just after the cheapest, fastest solution. (McGuirk 2011, Sustainable design is wearing thin, para.7) -Let's hope to all acquire these values and be able to dismiss the easiest and cheapest option which are non-sustainable and non-ethical products.

The closest we have come to a sustainability orthodoxy is the "cradle to cradle" solution pioneered by Michael Braungart and William McDonough. According to their mantra, products need to be made fully recyclable so that, once they are discarded, each part can be turned back into itself again. The problem with that logic is that it promises infinite consumption with impunity. Businesses must love it. The drawback of putting so much emphasis on recycling, however, is that it makes us feel virtuous about throwing things away. Disposability – along with its henchman, planned obsolescence – is the real enemy (McGuirk 2011, Sustainable design is wearing thin, para.9)

The answer, it seems to me, is to buy fewer things that we value more: to design products that endure and that we can repair more cheaply than replace. (McGuirk 2011, Sustainable design is wearing thin, para.10)

These extracts in three paragraphs of Justin McGuirk's article Sustainable design is wearing thin that I found on the Guardian's website seems to sum up the concept of sustainability and how people should treat this idea -exactly by consuming less! Buy better quality and less of it. That could definitely even branch over to the notion of organic food and what we physically consume!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

80s Nostalgia Forcing a Come Back
Thanks to The RIO Girls from Germany, with their full version of Neonlights -out now! 

These girls are sweet, sassy and extremely sexy. They are not just bringing back the 80s style glam and general fun; but with their high-waisted attire, they are calling on for women's curves to be flaunted!! Love their style and their music -just makes me wanna dance!
Finally -the girls' full version of Neonlights! (Their song will be available to purchase from sites such as itunes and amazon from the 18th February -their official release date)



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