Thursday, October 7, 2010

Style Profile - Baba's got it going on...

TGIF....whopppppp! After a hectic week of running around getting various things studded, kicking Yolanda's aka Jack ass in boxing and of stalking various style blogs I have decided to profile one of my favourite stylist and fashion personalities, Catherine Baba, to end the week.

Now she may be exceptionally skinny, have hardly any eyebrows and to the casual observer slightly ugly, but it must be stated that her wickedness is universal. This is a woman who marches to the beat of her own drum, and you should know that her drum will be the most original and stylish drum in town.

Who is Catherine Baba? Well Australians she is one of us, but has been living in Paris for the past 15 years where she works as a freelance fashion stylist. She has worked with designers Jeremy Scott, Emmanual Ungaro, Moschino, Chanel and Givency and for magazines such as Dazed and Confused, Vogue, Gioello, Stiletto, Above, Paper and Vanity Fair.
I love her as she is a living and breathing photo shoot. What I mean by this is she dresses the way she styles with loads of jewels, bigger than her face earrings, turbans, layers and layers of clothing, sky high heels and usually toping it off with some over the top fur. She is like Ana Piaggi on less crack and was doing the Lady Gaga thing long before Gaga was a thing.

She mixes that ambiguous but classic 1920's/1930's look with that OTT 1970's Disco Diva vibe and then some early 90's ghetto influences thrown in there for good measure. You won’t spot her without a ton of bangles and a cigarette holder...does she even smoke? who the eff' knows.

Note to self: must by vintage cigarette holder tomorrow.

How do I say Catherine Baba is the queen of cool, without sounding like a dick? Ok there is no way...

She has been called "the most stylish woman in Paris" by Karl Lagerfield need I say more? YES! This is my favourite thing about her; She rides her bike around the busiest streets of Paris in some of the tallest heels I have ever seen! Like seriously does this woman have a death wish? I even take off my heels when I drive my car, let alone when I jump on a bike and I've been known to do crazy things for fashion! Bab's takes it to another level.

She is an example that someone who is not traditionaly pretty can pull off amazing looks, just add the most important element and that is confidence. Confidence is totes the key.

Just strut. s-t-r-u-t, s-t-r-u-t, s-t-r-u-t...

Light & Shade Photo shoot

Here is the full story of the Photo shoot I styled called 'Light and Shade', which I have entered into the Sportsgirl Super Stylist competition. It was a play on texture, layers and a touch of bling. While sourcing for this shoot I discovered the relatively unknown label Wondercease which do some beautiful work with organza in interesting silhouettes, the organza blazer is a personal fav.
Also make sure to check out the bottom 4 looks which I love but didn't enter into the competition... 
Look 1
Wondercease Body Suit, Evil Twin Striped Maxi Cape, Alistair Trung Black Nomad Mesh Leggings,State of Georgia Grey Suede Boots and Peeptoe Perspex Necklace. 
Look 2
Wondercease Organza Jacket, Levante Body Lace Briefs, Perspex Necklace and Chain and Crystal Chunky Necklace both by Peeptoe shoes. 
Look 3
Staple Black Mesh Tank, State of Georgia Wonderland Shorts, Alistair Trung Stone Kalahari Crepe de Chine Vest, State of Georgia Black Leather Boots, Belle Bijoux Louisa Zebra Print Belt, Coco Liberace Lindsay Cuff and Peeptoe Multi Chain Cuff. 
Look 4
Staple White Cotton Shoestring Singlet, Levante Body Lace Brief, Alistair Trung Black Decoy Ladder Scarf, State of Georgia Black Leather Boot, Peeptoe Chain and Crystal Chunky Necklace, Coco Liberace Silver Paper Link Necklace, Peeptoe Crystal Statement Ring and Mosiac Box Ring which is my own.
Look 5
Wondercease Sheer Organza Tank, Staple Khaki Cropped Jacket, Toi et Moi White Vest and matching Shorts, Coco Liberace Solid Gold Necklace and Escapulario Laila brown rope Necklace.
Look 6
Lorna Jane Black Crop Top, Soil Heretic Metal Knit Tank and Stone Nomad Silk Legging both by Alistair Trung, Pool Side Shorts and Grey Suede Boots both by State of Georgia, Coco Liberace Lindsay Cuff, Peeptoe Crystal Statement Ring and Mosiac Box Ring which is my own.
Look 7
Alistair Trung Captive Calico Net, State of Georgia Black Flower Bra, Wondercease Wrap Around Clip Skirt, Egg Shape Bangle which I bought from topshop and love, love, love!
Look 8
Alistair Trung Black Trojan Linen Knit Coccoon Top and Peeptoe Multi Chain Bronze Necklace.
Look 9
Alistair Trung Soil Reincarnation Metal Knit Tee, State of Georgia Poison Ivy Vest, Coco Liberace Solid Gold Necklace, Black Briefs are the models own.

Model: Kym Glasson @ Chic
Photographer: Nigel Lough
Styling by Monica Morales
Hair by Christopher Hunter @ Valonz
Make-up by Corinna Wilmshurst

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sportsgirl Super Stylist

So here in Australia we don't have a Zara, H & M or Topshop, what we have is Sportsgirl, which for you non Australians out there (or Australians living under a rock) is high street to the max! I think any person with wicked style never goes head to two in anything, they mix and match fast fashion, designers, vintage, random shit all together to produce something organic and completely their own. That's why I think 'high street' or 'fast fashion' is so important, they take catwalk trends which we lust after and give them to us at a achievable price point and what we do from there is completely up to us. This is the POWER-OF-STYLING...
So as I have been a Sportsgirl devotee since the age of 12 I decided to enter the 'Search for a Sportsgirl Stylist' competition, where you had to submit a editorial you have styled with 5 different looks and the winner gets to help style the next Sportsgirl campaign. On a whim I decided to enter and I submitted my story "Light and Shade" which I styled in August and this week they got back to me saying I was a finalist! Yeeeeoooow, I am excited as it would be so much fun and such an honour to style the next Sportsgirl campaign. It’s such an Iconic Australian brand and such a great representation of the young Australian woman.

Please get on the Sportsgirl page check out my looks and vote for me, Monica Morales as it's based on  viewers votes and judges votes.