Hairy Shoes

Hairy Stiletto Scultpure Called Babe by Zhu Tian

Yes you did read correctly. Hair sculpture. I love the photos below so I just had to share them with you all. Babe is a set of flesh coloured shoes made out of of silica gel and completely covered in human hair. The hairs have been arranged to appear revolting to the viewer.

Photos care of Zhu Tian.

What do you think of this sculpture? The stilettos appeal to me and remind me of Cindy Sherman work. Comment at the end of the post - I love to hear from you all.

Babe by Zhu Tian

Babe by Zhu Tian

Babe by Zhu Tian

Babe by Zhu Tian

Babe by Zhu Tian

Babe by Zhu Tian

The Artist Zhu Tian and her Scuplture Called Babe

The Artist Zhu Tian and her Scuplture Called Babe

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Instagram Travel Diary - Mumbai, India

As you know I recently went to Mumbai, India. Check out my Instagram diary below.

First stop Sydney Airport of course! I always like to take the latest Australian and International Fashion, Art and Design magazines with me on the plane. I seem to have ideas at the most random times and I always try to soak up as much inspiration from everywhere as you never know where your next story or personal styling client may come from! Thanks also goes out to Burberry for my lovely passport holder and carry on luggage.

After a long flight I always like to take a nap. We arrived at our hotel The Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai late in the evening – so of course we just went straight to bed. On the first full day after a flight I like to have a big healthy breakfast.

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Since I was in Mumbai to work with a personal styling client I needed a local mobile to stay in touch with them. My mobile of choice in Sydney has always been an Iphone. I was given a Nokia to use during my two week long Indian experience. It was interesting as I had to get used to it but it had quite a few cool features like inserting widgets automatically and a longer battery life. I must admit that I miss the fact you didn’t need to charge it much!

This is the view of the pool from our room in the The Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai. Since I needed to work whilst I was away when I wasn’t with my client, I spent most mornings working in my room or by the pool. In the evenings I would go out to dinner or to clubs and see a bit of Mumbai. I find it is good to keep to a schedule to make sure you get work done whilst overseas.

My pool office at the The Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai. My essentials are a laptop, a smart phone, bathers, towel, sunscreen, insect repellant, water, a big hat and some magazines.

My pool office at the The Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai. My essentials are a laptop, a smart phone, bathers, towel, sunscreen, insect repellant, water, a big hat and some magazines.

A bloggers work is never done since there is always something going on around the world. I also covered Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo whilst I was in Mumbai. I wrote quite a few articles and watched shows live from my Mumbai office. I also had street photos and press releases being fed to me by the PR agency I have contact with in Tokyo. The plan was to go this year, however things always seem to come up and unfortunately I couldn't get to Tokyo.

During my stay in Mumbai Diwali was being held. Diwali (pronounced Divali), also known as Deepavali and the “festival of lights“, is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despairThe festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

The locals create Rangoli decorations using coloured powder during Diwali. Rangoli is a folk art from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. The above picture was taken whilst I watched a Rangoli being made. It was interesting to see the process used to create the piece. Sand was dropped using various methods from the hand and the artist also used a sieve.

The architecture around Mumbai was quite amazing. The architecture of Mumbai blends Gothic, Victorian, Art Deco, Indo-Saracenic and contemporary architectural styles. Many buildings, structures and historical monuments remain from the colonial era. Mumbai, after Miami, has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world.

The photo above was taken in the ITC Hotel, Mumbai when we went to dinner at the Peshawri Restaurant there.

I ate some truly amazing things during my stay that I had never seen or heard of before. These are some Indian Sweets from the The Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai.

And of course I went shopping for some jewellery and Kashmir Pashminas too!

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Before leaving for Mumbai I had heard of an Indian designer called Rahul Mishra because he won the Woolmark Prize earlier this year. The above photo was from a press showing in David Jones in Sydney as Mishra released his collection in Sydney. During my Mumbai stay I wrote a blog piece on his amazing designs.

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I was quite amazed by all the beautiful butterflies in Mumbai. I was always trying to get the perfect shot of them but I never could!

On the weekend I transferred over to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in order to be closer to my client and the sightseeing spots.

You have to get a shot of the famous staircase at the Taj Mahal Hotel when you are here right?

Who would have thought I would get to practice my Japanese whilst in India. We went to Wasabi Restaurant in the Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai and I had a lovely conversation with the Sushi chef there. Wasabi is by the Iron Chef Chef Morimoto!

Whilst in Mumbai I also wrote a blog post on the Mumbai based label MIUNIKU by Sisters Nikita and Tina Sutradhar.

After being selected by judges like Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo and Nicolas Ghesquière in May, 2014 as one of the winners of the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize MIUNIKU showed their Spring Summer 2015 Collection called Cool Pool at a presentation in Paris in September, 2014.

The MIUNIKU design studio, Mumbai

The MIUNIKU design studio, Mumbai

The high end boutiques in Mumbai were gorgeous luxury spaces with so many marvellous details. This was a door knob into one near the Taj Mahal Hotel.

Goodbye Mumbai! I truly enjoyed my time in Mumbai however it’s always good to go home. The photo above was taken in the new International Airport. The ceiling was amazing as was most of the things I saw on my trip.

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Ruban Spring Summer 2015

I am in love with the first image below! That is why I just had to share this Ruban Spring Summer 2015 Collection with you all dear readers!

Sisters Alisa & Julia Ruban started the label in 2010 after Alice wore some of her own pieces to Paris Fashion Week. She was captured by a street fashion photographer wearing her signature design leather top. Since then Stella McCartney has referenced their work as inspiration while shooting in her studio for The New York Times Magazine. Former editor in chief of VOGUE France, Carine Roitfeld, wrote about RUBAN for her CR Fashion Book and American Marie Claire listed the Ruban sisters among the top Russian fashion designers.

Their Spring Summer 2015 Collection is inspired by the 19th Century, Catherine de 'Medici, Corsets, laces and waist circumferences of 33 inches. You couldn't breathe in this attire and it was not easy to move around either. However the Ruban collection that you can see in the photos below no longer serves to chain a girl down. The corset laces are light, airy and function as major design features. These laces turn a mini dress into a maxi too! The fabrics are lovely and light - the sisters have used a lot of transparent silk. The colour scheme, with the exception of my favourite red look, is light and lady-like also and the ruffles (see photo 5) create looks that appear to float down the runway. I also really love the makeup and the flower motifs that appear on the model's foreheads as well - they complete the overall runway look.

Which is your favourite look from the show below? Comment at the end of the post - I love to hear from you all!

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

Ruban Spring Summer 2015

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