Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fat Pig At On Broadway

From left: Lee-Anne Summers, Clayton Boyd, Chanelle De Jager & Colin Moss

I've mostly been posting fashion stuff on here of late & but I'm actually itching to broaden my horizons in terms of content. Last week I went to go check out Fat Pig at On Broadway in Long Street (thanks Tam!). Feeling summery despite the less than balmy evening, here's what I wore.

These high-waist shorts are my latest 'baby' (from Skint in Long Street).

Written by Neil LaBute, this modern play is a witty and astute look at society's repulsion with fat and the struggle of one couple to overcome it. The local adaptation was directed by veteran actress & director, Tamryn Spiers. Colin Moss played Tom, a thirty-something business man who's cruising through a mundane life until he meets a vivacious and funny librarian named Helen (played by Chanelle De Jager). Faced with ridicule from his shallow co-workers, Tom discovers that in spite of his new-found happiness he really does care what others think of him and struggles to overcome this. Helen senses his resevations and as a result, is in a constant state of subdued anxiety about their relationship. I'd never seen Colin Moss on stage before, only in his presenter capacity and I was pleasantly surprised by his performance. He captured the vulnerability of Tom as well as his quirkiness, and his performance and manner resembled a South African Hugh Grant (if you know me, you'll know that that's a beeeg compliment, hehe!) I also warmed to Chanelle De Jager as the female lead as the play progressed. She captured the confidence and unselfconscious charm of Helen as well as the underlying insecurities of being overweight that the character tried to hide. The two had a wonderful chemistry on stage and really convinced as a couple. Clayton Boyd was suitably obnoxious as Tom's douchebag colleague and friend, Carter. His character brought most of the laughs and acted as a personification for society's penchant for ridiculing fat people. Lee-Anne Summers produced the play and also played Jeannie, Tom's co-worker and ex-girlfriend. I thought that the few South African references that no doubt replaced American ones were cleverly done, I think it's important to try and give a bit of local flavour when a play is going to be done in the South African accent.

As well as providing lots of laughs the play was also heart-breakingly honest, an unedited commentary on a world that now places an unprecedented importance of looks, especially when it comes to women. I couldn't help drawing parallels with one of my favourite reality shows, Ruby (on DSTV's Style Network), she too struggled through a tumultuous relationship with a 'normal-sized' man and Carter's manipulative little speech to Tom about sticking with your own kind stuck in my head.

As much as I empathized with Tom & Helen and as much as they play really struck an emotional chord with me I left with the uncomfortable question lingering in my mind; 'Could I ever date a fat man?'

Sunday, September 25, 2011

All About Dree

I kicked off my little In The Genes series a few weeks ago with Georgia May. For my 2nd featured model I've chosen someone who spends a little more time in front of the fashion photographer's lens than under the glare of the paparazzi flashbulbs. Introducing the lovely Dree Hemingway.


 His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred.
~ Ernest Hemingway 

Full Name: Dree Louise Hemingway Crisman (she now goes exclusively by her mother's last name)
DOB: 04/12/87 (Age 23 & Sagittarius)
Famous Ties: Dree is the great grand-daughter of iconic American writer Ernest Hemingway. Her mother is an actress.
Known For: Her unique look: although Dree hails from Idaho, USA, her Scandinavian features & porcelain skin set her apart from the rest of the blonde haired, blue-eyed American princesses. In the pages of the glossies she's great at pulling off both ethereal, classical looks and striking harder punk-inspired images.
Career Highlights: Dree has appeared in numerous editorials for Harper's Bazaar, i-D, Numero, W and a variety of international Vogue issues. She's walked for Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Pringle, Chanel and Matthew Williamson, to name just a few and shot campaigns for Gucci, Valentino, H&M, JP Gaultier, Chanel and, erm, Justin Bieber's fragrance...When she's not striding down a runway or pouting for a camera, Dree's working on her budding acting career.
Scandal:Nothing I could dig up on le google. Either she's squeaky clean, or really great at keeping her bizniz away from the press.
Epic Tweets: "En route to the bingo hall to play with the grannies of the valley!" Sounds interesting. You can follow her @dreelovechild
Why she's fabulous: Already a darling of the fashion world, her acting star is on the up & up too. Predicting big things to come!
Vogue Japan
Harper's Bazaar
Numero

Twin Magazine
Vogue China- love the shoes!

American Vogue

Zoo Magazine. I reeaally want a skirt like this, already have my white t-shirt on standby!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fashion Fail: Emmys Edition

Damn all the lovely ladies at the Emmys for making this task so hard. I was really looking forward to a rare opportunity to get my claws out, but sadly for me, there were no outright catastrophes on the red carpet. Is it bad that I miss the 'good old days' before the rise and rise of the superstylist, before all the celebrity gossip blogs that can rack up 100's of comments on a celebrity's dress before she even steps into the auditorium, before anyone could 'trend' on Twitter and before Joan Rivers' Fashion Police? I miss Bjork and her swan dress, Lara Flynn Boyle in a tutu, Rose McGowan in beaded strings & a thong, Imogen Heap with a garden in her hair...I console myself with the fact that we still have Helena Bonham Carter. But amidst all the gorgeous gowns on Sunday eve, there were definitely a few 'eh?' moments. In no particular order...

Jane Krakowski: Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's spray tan. Kudos to her for pulling off satin post-pregnancy without a bulge in sight, but there's something a little too bridal about this white-silver gown with corsage-type thing on the hip. Would've worked much better in black.The cut doesn't flatter her figure either, she looks top-heavy. Plus, those chunky highlights are sooo 2002!

Amy Poehler: What a female WWE wrestler might wear to a red carpet event. And look how tight those sleeves are on her arms! She must've been sweating buckets in that thing.

Kerry Washington: I have no problem with the actual design of this dress; sequins, train, see-through bottom, it's just the fact that it's all these things as well as being bright red. There is definitely such a thing as too much drama & it feels a little costumey. I'd actually love to see this dress in navy blue. On the bright side, Kerry wins Best Dressed Zombie. Eat, girl, eat!

Congratulations to Olivia Munn for transforming her parachute in an awards show dress. Proof that vertical lines are not always flattering. Repeat after me; 'the fit is everything, the fit is everything'

It physically hurts me to do this, but I'm only doing it because I care...The usually flawless Dianna Agron showed up swathed in reams of cobalt satin. I feel that if you're going to go shiny, you have got to minimize fabric, otherwise it can get overwhelming.

Taraji P. Henson: I have no idea who this woman is, just that her dress is beyond unflattering. And a straight neckline with spaghetti straps? Talk about blast from the past, and not in a good way!

Ok that's me done with awards shows. Business as usual from tomorrow.

Monday, September 19, 2011

2011 Emmy Awards: Fashion Highlights

So the Oscars, Globes & SAGs are usually the fashion highlights of the year when it comes to award shows. Which is why I was so surprised to see sooo many gorgeous dresses floating down the red carpet at last night's "TV Oscars". It was really really hard to pick my favourites , but here they are. Will cover 'worst dressed' later on...

Cobie Smulders in flowing turquoise Alberta Ferretti. It's an unusual colour choice for this kind of dress, which is maybe why I like it so much. Don't look so glum Julia Stiles, your Georges Hobeika dress is beautiful!

Love Evan Rachel Wood's twinkling black Elie Saab, but her hairdo looks a little sad, her signature structured waves would've been a better choice. Modern Family's Julie Bowen wears an elegant sequined Oscar De La Renta, but can someone please feed the poor girl a boerie roll? With extra fried onions...


My 2nd favourite TV ginger (after Christina Hendricks), Jayma Mays, brought the romance in a beaded, tiered Zuhair Murad dress. Heather Morris' Masai Payan gown brought the drama, slight case of 'the dress wearing the girl' though...


There were many stars who turned up in this shade of bright red, but Nina Dobrev was the best of the best in Donna Karan perfection. Sofia Vergara in coral Vera Wang. It is for people like Sofia that the phrase 'bow chica wow wow' was coined...


Glad to see my favourite supermodel slash business mogul Heidi Klum supporting Project Runway talent in a pouffy Christian Siriano creation. The Season 3 winner also dressed Modern Family's Sarah Hyland last night. Ryan Seacrest's beard girlfriend Julianne Hough turned up in a striking Carolina Herrera number. A plain black clutch was the perfect accessory, but the poor girl forgot to powder her face!


Minka Kelly's navy and black tiered Dior with lace sleeves may just have been my favourite dress of the night! Gwyneth Paltrow also looked amazing in a two-piece Emilio Pucci.

Pics from Popsugar.com

Saturday, September 17, 2011

NYFW Rodarte

I'd give my left ear to have a Rodarte dress...
Designers always draw on some kind of inspiration for their collections, often, the inspiration is obscure and the public is left to speculate on it. Me, I like it when it's a little more literal, when you can see an interpretation of a theme, concept, culture, painting or song work itself into the clothes. The Mulleavy sisters let the shapes and swirls and colours of some of Van Gogh's most famous paintings create their strikingly beautiful spring/summer collection. The blues, greens, golds, yellows and purples were complemented by dramatic dark eyes and shining satiny hair.


Clockwise: Starry Night, Sunflowers and Starry Night Over The Rhone

Army of dolls



Thursday, September 15, 2011

NYFW De La Renta

Ok ok I know I'm delayed on this. Story of my life...Anyhoodle, as you may have noticed, I'm not one of those bloggers who post loads of runway pics & analyse them. No offense meant to those who do, it's just not what I'm into. I'll likely browse through all the shows feeling very guilty & also, mildly sacrilegious for thinking things like 'ew', 'that's ugly' and 'who would wear that?' & then share a few of my favourite looks from a few of my favourite shows. I'm not even going to attempt any kind of trend summarising because it boggles my mind that while we're all sitting here in the Tropic of Capricorn thinking about what we'll wear this summer, a whole bunch of insanely attractive, tall & skinny people are walking down the ramps of Gotham City in what we should be wearing next summer. Craziness. And in other news, I was stoked with today's purchase, a long sought-after denim shirt (see 1st sentence). After trawling a variety of stores and dismissing all ten-odd styles of denim shirt Woolworths had optimistically produced, I finally found my perfect match, in Poetry of all places! I wouldn't even have thought twice about looking there had I not spied it in the window!

So, De La Renta...If you've read some of my previous posts you'll know that this collection contained a few of my favourite things; bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Kidding...Black lace, white lace, bold colour, feathers, defined waists! Oh Oscar, you're too kind to me! I wasn't a big fan of the frizzy hair however, unflattering on anyone & a little distracting, but I'll forgive it. A total of 63 outfits made their way down the catwalk. Here are some of my faves.




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Paint The Colours Of The Wind

With well over a hundred fashion editorials going out per month worldwide originality can be about as easy to grasp as the Sword of Excalibur. Which is why when I look for pretty editorial to share on here I tend to gravitate towards those that stand out in an unusual way. It doesn't have to be completely bizarre, sometimes it's something as simple as using colour in an unexpected way and I'm perfectly OK with people using the powers of Photoshop to enhance what is there or create what isn't. And (I'm actually a little horrified to be admitting this), for me it's not about the clothes. My preferred way to look at clothing in magazines or online is on their own (ie not on a model), possibly grouped with similar items, against a white background. For me, editorial is art. I can tell you what my all-time favourite spreads were but I'm unlikely to be able to tell you what the models were actually wearing... Now that I have that confession off my chest, here's the ethereal Elsa Hosk for Flare Magazine (Sept '11). You may recognize the pic of her in the purple bracken from my current twitter background.





Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The One Where Tarryn Goes All Chatty-Chatty

Ello ello! May I first extend my apologies for the fact that I have not posted anything here since Thursday. Shameful really! Back when this blog was still an embryo this fact wouldn't have bothered me, but since the beginning of August I've really been trying to bring y'all something new every 2-3 days at least. Not quite sure where I'm at now regarding the child analogy, possibly the teething stage? Might explain why this laptop keeps acting up so much... If you're someone who looks at this blog for pretty pictures of models & other fashiony stuff, this is not one of those posts, this is a chatty-chatty one & it's ok if you want to scroll right past it, I'll understand. I might, however, give you a picture of a model with an unfortunate haircut and a giant flower at the end of it, but only if you're good.

First of all, I'd like to extend a big thank you to all of you who recently hit on Glitter and Garbage (yes I know that's not the proper verb for the process of getting page hits but it sounds a little rude so I like it) and another merci for your lovely comments. So where have I been? Not watching NYFW. Not watching the Boks less than fabulous opening performance live, but stressing my brains out trying to organize my 1st fashion editorial from scratch in between work & several castings. A little side-note on the castings, people who aren't involved in the whole scene (those very clever, responsible & sensible ones who are actually working jobs that pay salaries or studying useful degrees) tend to get excited about the mention of a casting/audition, but it's really not like that. It's about as exciting as going for a job interview. If those job interviews were generally for about 100+ other people, if you only got about one minute to show your suitability for the position, if the interview was with a camera not the actual person offering the job and if lots of the time the job ended up being given to a model anyway just because she was prettier than you or because the director wanted to bonk her (ok I'm kidding about that last bit, sort of). But season's only just beginning & yours truly is going to try her best to remain positive and motivated, to paraphrase Grey's Anatomy 'bright and shiny rather than dark and twisty'

Ah, so fashion editorial. I've been working for an online magazine (an arts & youth culture mag) to produce the mag's 1st fashion editorial for their upcoming issue. The shoot took place this Sunday at Revolution Records in Obs and I can't wait to show the pictures to you all. Seriously, it went off amazingly, I couldn't have asked for better! I had 3 gorgeous models who were all relatively punctual, very lovely and good at what they did, a makeup artist who came all the way from whatever she was doing in Franschoek to help out, a great photographer (all of these people working for nothing more than the experience & their portfolios) and a collection of awesome clothes from some very kind & trusting people in Long Street (the actual street, not the store with the odd clothes) as well as Michael of Michiko London. Don't want to give any more away til I can show you all the shoot, but for the meantime, here are some things I learnt...
  • It is entirely possible to pull together an editorial all by yourself in one week, provided you have location and models confirmed prior to that.
  • Getting models can be a huge mission if you're picky.
  • Provided you have the patience, you should be picky, the right/wrong model could make or break your shoot.
  • 20 Management model agency was great to work with; helpful & responsive. 
  • The manager on duty at Revolution Records (forgot his name, I'm terrible like that!) is a really wonderful man, so welcoming and helpful and played us awesome music all day.
  • Contrary to rumour, models do eat. Even if you have no budget for your shoot, they'll appreciate something simple you rustled up in your kitchen (and I do love to rustle things up in the kitchen!)
  • I get stress nightmares about everything that could possibly go wrong.
  • It is veeerry tempting to have so many great clothes in your home for a couple of days, I did actually end up buying a few items, but only the cheap ones...
  • Never borrow white canvas shoes for a shoot, only thanks to makeup remover wipes, Sunlight liquid & a scrubbing brush did I escape having to fork out R500 on the sporty cock Le Coq Sportif footwear!
So now that my heart-rate and breathing can return to relatively normal levels & I actually have some time free I'm going to catch up on what's been happening at fashion week, & then share my favourite bits with you. I'm also going to start eating properly again (have been surviving on an odd mixture of caffeine, sugar, fast food, junk food, beef samoosas from the Indian cafe on Long and whatever's quickest to grab out of the fridge), I may even get myself back into the gym!
Til next time.

They say wildflowers grow the tallest...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

VAMPing It Up

Monday night was the launch of clothing label, VAMP's short film at The Waiting Room on Long. Abi starred in the short directed by Jade Mulvaney along with several other gorgeous models. I loved the moody vampire-inspired piece, my favourite part being where the forest turns into a beach, great editing! I'm a little embarassed to admit that I'd never been to The Waiting Room before, but I absolutely loved it, great, cosy venue & the atmosphere was awesome, can't wait to go back! I didn't take very many pics, but below are some 'what we wore' snaps, plus the film via Bitches Must Know.com and some of my favourite accessories from the Shop Vamp website.


High waist tweed pants, black tank with layered chains plus brouges & bright yellow mock-croc clutch bag.


My fashion photographer bro, David, fresh off the plane from Londontown wearing a vintage denim Ralph Lauren shirt and showing off his new hairstyle.

The leading lady in monochrome.

Abi's boyfriend, Jesse.

Abs' friend Sarah seriously styling in a cute vintage blouse and coral wedges.

VAMP creator, Nicci St Bruce. I want to steal her hair!!


VAMP : SHORT FILM from BITCHES MUST KNOW . COM on Vimeo.

^ The main event...

Rings! Deer/stag ring, bird skull and teacup.


Multi-cross necklace, spoon necklace & birds on a branch. I especially love the spoon one because when my brother and I were little my gran kept a collection of kiddie books that she'd read us when she babysat. One of them was about a little kitten who kept losing her spoon. So her big brother took her spoon to the cat jeweler who was rather bemused, but agreed to put the spoon on a chain. At first the little kitten's siblings made fun of her spoon necklace, but they soon realized how awesome it was and begged to have their own. Even the jeweler ended up wearing one! I somehow doubt this random kiddie book was Nicci's inspiration, but I still think it's pretty cool ;)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Trying My Hand At Pattern Clashing

Perfect sunny day today, spent it sourcing clothes in Long Street. Attempted pattern-clashing with stripes & floral. Pattern clashing is essentially when you match 2 or more items that logically shouldn't go together but somehow do (Mundo from the season of Project Runway that's just finished here was the master of this). I dunno, do y'all think this outfit's works or should I leave the clash attempts to the pros?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I Guess I'll Dye Another Day


I have a love-hate relationship with my hair. We have not had the best history together, rather a very complicated one which would take too long to explain. Lately I've been fighting the urge to do something different with these wavy locks which are currently a shade I call 'sensible blonde'. Specifically, I'm craving dying it platinum with some coloured streaks, a look that's been lurking in the corners of the fashion/beauty world for quite sometime. Basically, I would LOVE for my hair to look like this:

Amazeballs!
But I'll just have to settle for looking at other people with this kind of hair because I cannot do this for 2 reasons. No make that 3. 1: My hair is not in tip-top condition; bleaching it would amount to hair-i-cide. 2: It would be impossible to get any acting work; when they send out briefs for castings they usually request blondes/brunettes/redheads, there's never a demand for 'two-tone'! And 3, The Restaurant would kill me as rock chic is very different from French chic. Ah well, a girl can dream!

This particular hairtrend has a bevvy of celeb followers, Katy Perry, Kate Bosworth & Gaga are just a few.

But, like most things in life fashion, models do it best. Here's a few of my favourite pics.

Soft and Pink
Gaga lookalike tries 'Gaga Yellow'
A peachypink-tipped chignon
A flash of turquoise
More pink: boho-style

And the Piece de Resistance, hair -raising colours!'
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