Blogged & Bound

30 Apr 2012 6.26PMBy bloggedandbound

Fashion is not defined by fabric or thread, but by ideas, life, people and places. It’s the elusive fibre that intertwines mass culture and individuality. Fashion is how the world talks to you, but your interpretation of fashion is how you talk back.

Hair Meet Wardrobe is the TONI&GUY philosophy. It’s the knowledge that fashion is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. This philosophy is what we live and breathe, and we’re not alone.

Blogged & Bound is a dossier of twenty influential bloggers from Australia’s fashion blogosphere, and it’s the Hair Meet Wardrobe philosophy brought to life. Each blogger profiled in Blogged & Bound has a distinctly unique style persona, but whether Casual, Glamour, Classic or Creative, each is undoubtedly a guru of the overall look and an artist of the bigger picture.

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Violet Le Beaux

30 Apr 2012 4.45PMBy bloggedandbound

Violet Le Beaux

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It’s hard to believe she was once a green-haired hard core punk swathed in black.

Violet’s hair is a glorious puff of white blonde and pastel pink, springing from her head like fairy floss. She looks like a doll that’s just been taken out of the box, shiny and magical and smelling of strawberries. She’s the frosting on the cupcake, the sweetest of the sweet; it’s hard to believe she was once a green-haired hardcore punk swathed in black. She laughs as she talks about the phases she’s been through, comfortable she’s reached her destination. Her favourite colour is pink, but she likes blue too… the entire rainbow, actually.

Cupcakes and tea parties aside, Violet is an astute businesswoman who now runs her site ‘Violet LeBeaux – Tales of an Ingénue’ full time, usually while listening to korean pop. She’s famous for her sugary-sweet tutorials which showcase her marvellous ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, served always with a smile. Press play and you’re greeted with a tinkling pink and yellow cartoon intro, and Violet, cute as a button, the happiest teacher.

With a repertoire so vast, it’s hard to choose a favourite hair style. She purses her pink lips before revealing the answer. A one-sided bouffant, with curls coming down. “You know,” she smiles sweetly, “like Marie Antoinette’s”. Oh, of course.

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Watermelon Crush

30 Apr 2012 9.23AMBy bloggedandbound

Watermelon Crush

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Her hair, a delicious honey blonde, is thick and shiny, curving around her delicate features.

Steph is part girly, part grunge. She’s soft pastels teemed with tough leather boots… like when nothing really matches, but then somehow it really does. A lot of people don’t notice the gentle lilt in her voice, all that remains of her Swedish accent. She’s been living in Sydney for 6 years now, but talks fondly of her home in Stockholm and how fashion forward it is. “Not that Australia isn’t!” she says, politely. She smiles a lot and her manners are impeccable, but it’s her eyes that get your attention. They’re the definition of doe eyes, huge and inquisitive, sparkling as she speaks. There’s not a bad bone in her body, but there’s millions of good ones.

Visit her blog and you’ll find the story of the sweetest girl you’ve never met. She’s learning to sew, her boyfriend’s mum is teaching her, and she tells us excitedly how they sat together one night, making curtains for the apartment. Her hair, a delicious honey blonde, is thick and shiny, curving around her delicate features. She dyed it dark for years and years but has finally let it be, brushing it every night to make up for the years of torture. Her job as a graphic designer is an inspiration, fuelling her love for colour, clothes and beautiful things. Current obsessions? South Africa. She holidayed there recently and bought amazing fabrics, she’s going to make pants. Dubstep too; it’s weird but fun. Stop by her blog and you’ll see it all, a life laid out in pictures and prose. “My mum still goes on every single day,” she smiles. “She’s my number one fan”.

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Gary Pepper Vintage

29 Apr 2012 6.53PMBy bloggedandbound

Gary Pepper Vintage

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Nicole’s curls capture her romantic spirit, a cascade of timeless softness.

She’s undoubtedly one of the most beautiful girls you’ve ever seen, with black hair dripping from her shoulders and skin of a luminous gold. Nicole is humble about her success, grateful she’s had the opportunity to make a living doing what she loves. Her online boutique, Gary Pepper Vintage, is fast becoming one of the best known vintage outlets in the world, famous for its rich array of enchanting one off pieces. The girl behind it is playful and sweet, a whimsical dreamer with a penchant for tulle. It was a high school dress up party that saw her stumble through the door of her first op shop, a teenager on a desperate mission for the perfect outfit. She left hours later, dumbstruck, with a bag full of treasures and a head full of dreams.

Nowadays Nicole is still treasure hunting, the thrill of the unexpected a temptation she can’t resist. Her adventures in op shops have given her an appreciation for times gone by and a wardrobe that sings with variety. She raves about the quality of vintage pieces, of the 60 year old jackets in impeccable condition she’s bought for the grand sum of $6.

Nicole’s curls capture her romantic spirit, a cascade of timeless softness. She’s been curling her hair for a while now, a style that plays perfectly to the femininity of a girl who loves to dream. Wistful, she talks about the meadow she visits in her daydreams, she’s been envisioning it since she was a little girl. There’s green grass bursting with flowers and she’ll lie on her back, finding pictures in the clouds.

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Daydream Lily

29 Apr 2012 11.12AMBy bloggedandbound

Daydream Lily

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Her long locks trail behind her at the markets, wrapping through her fingers as she peruses the stalls.

‘Scientist by day and fashion blogger by night’ sounds like the opening line of a modern day fairytale, but it’s all part of a day’s work for eclectic country-girl, Liss. Learning to use a vintage SLR at age 11 was the start of a love affair with photography that eventually led to the creation of ‘Daydream Lily’, part blog, part creative outlet, part imagination.

With her relaxed 70s style and flower-child aura, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Liss was a visitor from another time. A vintage-lover with a passion for craft and a love of all things whimsical, Liss stands out from the crowd, in the most magical kind of way.

Her hair, a long, wavy, balayaged dream, lends itself perfectly to her quintessential boho style. She twirls it lazily around her fingers as she speaks, reminiscing about her childhood in the country and the endless days spent crafting things from ‘baskets of junk’. Winding up in weekend detention for painting her own school shoes never fazed Liss, who simply used the time to daydream.

A lover of length, it’s hard to imagine Liss without her long locks trailing behind her at the vintage markets, wrapping through her fingers as she peruses the stalls, dreaming always. And finally, we ask… who is Lily? Liss smiles with her eyes when she speaks. “Lily is sort of this persona. That creative girl we all have living inside of us. She’s my creative outlet.”

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Oh Jamie

28 Apr 2012 10.55AMBy bloggedandbound

Oh Jamie

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He talks about the styles he’s sported over the years: mohawks, undercuts and quiffs.

Jamie moves like a shadow in black draped leather and beaten silver accessories. The smell of mystery shrouds him, like a cloak with pockets full of secrets. With his dark aesthetic and brooding looks, he’s carved a niche for himself in Melbourne as a photographer with an edge. There’s a shyness that lies beneath, hidden amongst layers of leather and intrigue. He laughs and says he’s not as dark as people think, his smile a brilliant flash of light.

Jamie wears an elaborate leather trench with bottomless pockets, custom-made by a designer friend. He hand picked the skins himself and the two collaborated on the design, resulting in a one-off piece he’s rarely without. On his fingers are an assortment of rings, twisted silver stories. He plays with them as he speaks, reflecting on the origins of the blog he started as a 17-year old kid.

Jamie has recently replaced his trademark topknot for a sleek buzz, a change that took his followers by surprise. Adjusting his beanie, he talks about the styles he’s sported over the years: mohawks, undercuts and quiffs; an aesthetic explorer. Driven by the allure of the unknown, he’s inspired by transformation, revelling in the opportunity to experiment in uncharted territories. His fascination with black-and-white photos emerged during a darker period of his life, a filter of self-expression that’s challenged the way he takes shots ever since. He’s started to add pops of brightness; it satiates his colour-thirsty readers. Ask him why everyone’s poring over his photos and

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The Dot

27 Apr 2012 6.11PMBy bloggedandbound

The Dot

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Charmingly disheveled, her hair sings of Saturday morning sleep-ins and cups of tea in bed.

She’s renowned for repeating her favourite outfit ensembles unashamedly until she tires of them, but Nicole makes no apologies. Wearing only what makes her happy, she’s a fan of floaty pieces and there’s joy in every outfit. Throwing things together is a daily pleasure, each garment a treasured member of her cheerful fabric family. She tucks a piece of hair behind her ear, a cheeky escapee. Charmingly disheveled, it sings of Saturday morning sleep-ins and cups of tea in bed. A playfully tousled ode to the funner things in life. “perfection,” she says, “is boring”.

Nicole dreams of picnicking under the Eiffel Tower as she follows the trail of Coco Chanel. She’s enamoured with the late style icon’s tenacity, inspired by the way she disregarded trends to carve her own path. Her blog, ‘The Dot’, showcases an affinity for the unusual, underpinned by a wealth of fashion knowledge she attributes to her years working as a David Jones buyer. The strong focus on up-and-comers (Designers of Tomorrow) is refreshingly upbeat, much like the girl herself. Bubbly and open, there’s a rawness to her that’s similar to the honesty you find in children. She laughs about her partner’s disinterest in fashion, delighting in her daily opportunity to style him.

Nicole spent the first 6 years of her life living with her grandmother, a woman famous for once out-shopping Nicole. Early memories of frolicking around the kitchen covered in flour are some of the fondest she has, so it’s no surprise she’s a passionate cook. She admits speed is not her forte and smiles, delivering the line her partner has heard on more than one occasion. “My theory,” she says, “Is that masterpieces are always worth waiting for.”

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