Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

“We’re bringing up two girls in this world and it’s turned into such a mess that we feel a strong responsibility to show them it must not be like this for them,” said Thea Bregazzi. Blythe and Fauve are 8 and 4 years old, respectively. Their dad, Justin Thornton, seconded that. “We continually want to give our daughters the message that they can have the future they want. . . They can do what they want, wear whatever they want, and nothing can alter the power of who they are.” Even without knowing this, you could detect the potent symbolism from look one: a woman wearing a white bonnet, a swathed white linen shirt over a blouse with 18th-century cuffs, and white pants. On one side of her shirt, a red letter A was embroidered in a lopsided typeface. An obvious nod to Hester Prynne and her letter A in The Scarlet Letter, Thornton and Bregazzi’s looked more like a graffitied anarchy symbol. The stark contrasts between white dresses and red socks which followed were inescapable echoes of The Handmaid’s Tale and the terror of the combined forces of totalitarianism and religion, which are again threatening female freedoms in our time.

There followed a section of skimpier dresses, collaged from silken camisoles, slips, and lace—the underlying sexuality for which women are desired, accused, and abused in every society. Maybe. Or maybe they were just pretty dresses? Thornton and Bregazzi are great at pretty dresses—the fluttery, asymmetrical, ruffled, and printed ones in dusty pastels and flashes of silver beading reiterated that. Were we off the subject of empowerment by now? Not at all, Bregazzi asserted. “I love the idea of a woman being able to stand up and deliver a lecture in front of a room full of men while wearing a beautiful floaty dress if she wants to. Why not?”

Thornton and Bregazzi read. Instead of a routine press release describing their collections or the standard mood boards most designers populate with magazine tear sheets and pictures of art, this couple communicates seasonally by issuing guests with a photograph of a stack of books. Among the recommended texts this time: Anarchism and Other Essays, Growing Strong Daughters, Pink Sari Revolution, Divided by Faith, Girls Think of Everything, The Scarlet Letter (of course), and The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals. Thornton and Bregazzi have an interest in magic—they called up earthy, ancient goddesses and witches in their Spring 2017 collection. In times that seem apocalyptic, people do cling to cults and religions when all else fails. They’ve been looking into that, as well as politics and history, to construct ways to resist the evils of regressive forces that might limit the futures of their children.

“Ultimately, you know, I think it’s about having faith,” said Bregazzi.

Faith that things will improve?

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Being Cheap is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing


Frugal. Prudent. Shrewed. These, among so many other words, are terms people who would ordinarily be referred to as ‘cheap’ use to describe themselves today. And can you really blame them for using these fancy words? There is a sort of negative connotation to the word “cheap”. Actually, some would refer to the word as straight-up offensive.

It is such a dirty, disgusting word because, somehow, being cheap automatically means the person is not very successful or the person is stingy “aka gum” …and if we are being honest, we hate such people in this country.

An undeniable norm in our society, most people can no longer be cheap and have peace. We tend to purchase and consume things for the benefit of our social status. We constantly pretend we have more money than we actually have in the bank just to impress onlookers. And even when we want to accept our fate, humble ourselves and cut our coat according to the material we have earned, the banks tell us it’s okay to buy now and pay later. You disregard the responsible plan you made to save money for the professional courses needed to climb higher on your professional ladder; instead you take a loan to buy a Hyundai and rent an apartment at Chevron.

Even more, you are already in a tight corner trying to pay off the loan, yet you say “yes” to friends when they call and invite you to expensive restaurants or bars. You imagine them shaking their head and laughing at you when you refuse or go out and refuse to eat or drink insist and you cringe. The way you see it, you cannot afford to humble yourself and opt out, even if you wanted to. They wouldn’t get it. They would just assume you are being completely unreasonable … or worse, they label would you cheap and ostracize you. And God forbid you exist in a world without lavish friends.

There is a secret which people who avoid being labeled “cheap” do not know: being cheap is not as bad as it seems. Actually, the ‘cheap” people you know and berate, essentially, have more money than you (that is patching a fake life) do, and they are probably happier as well. Yes. The ones, who only buy items when they are on discount or close to expiry date, wear the same wig for a year and a half, and ‘codedly’ earn 500k a month but still jump bus. Those ones. They are actually living a better and more enjoyable life than you are. Sucks, right?

Believe it or not, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being openly selective about what you spend your money on. If anything, being cheap is amazing! It grants you a lot of freedom. You are free from the exhaustion that comes with living a fake life or having to keep up appearances, and you do not suffer the heartburn that comes from comparing yourself with peers or trying to meet up to standards. You can boldly go to Yaba, bend down, pick clothes and take selfies while you are at it. That way there is no need to claim you bought it from a boutique or look for a lie to tell when it so happens there is a small discolouration on the shoulder. You are not bogged down by the fact that your friends traveled to Dubai just to shop for your own wedding. You can’t be bothered about what they do their money. You quit caring about such things a long time ago. In the end, you are the one getting married and more, you will all look fabulous anyway…cloth is cloth…no headaches allowed.

If you even think about it, being fashionable and following trends is time-consuming, it goes against your mission if you are keen on making the things that you do have last longer. Also you could invest the extra time spent on shopping an all that on other things that really matter like building your career, starting that business e.t.c.

It is no wonder cheap people actually get out the rat race faster than others. Their ‘cheap’ habits allow them to save and start their own business, chase their passions or just change fruitless careers quickly with little consequence. They understand the value of money. They know how to make a budget and stick to it. They always have money left over from earnings for savings, so their financial well-being is usually tight. They are first to know where the good sales are. In fact, they hardly every pay full price for anything because they are good negotiators, and can get fabulous for less.

Cheapskates may seem tacky and possibly even come off as gauche, but at the end of the day, they are the ones who really get the happy ending in life. Being cheap may not be trendy, sexy or even brilliant, but it could be the difference between the life you have now and the life you want. If you can find a way to embrace being cheap, your problems are half solved already.Read more at:http://www.sheindressau.com/strapless-wedding-dresses-au | http://www.sheindressau.com/purple-bridesmaid-dresses



Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani could be gearing up for a televised family wedding – but not their own.

Fans are speculating that Blake and Gwen, who have battled wedding rumors ever since they confirmed they were dating almost two years ago, could be about to give fans a peak at Shelton/Stefani wedding that’s actually between their two dogs.

Rumors are swirling that Shelton’s new music video could possibly feature a doggie wedding between their canines Betty and Ginger after the country star confirmed on social media on August 5 that his new single is titled “I’ll Name the Dogs.”

Betty is Blake’s dog (who he showed off on Twitter on September 5) while Ginger belongs to Gwen.

The Voice coach’s big new single announcement has fans preparing for a wedding after the dogs were allegedly dressed up as a bride and groom during what appeared to be the song’s music video shoot in Los Angeles in August 11.

A number of fans tweeted spoilers from Shelton’s shoot last month, posting photos of Stefani and her sons Kingston and Zuma on the set while Blake’s band members were also spotted looking pretty dressed up.

Gwen’s boys were dressed in tuxedos as they hung around on set with their mom and her boyfriend in photos published online by Mail Online last month.

The kids’ sharp attire suggested Zuma and Kingston were on the set to film and likely be in a possible wedding scene, though Stefani appeared to be a little more dressed down in the on-set images as she paid a visit to her boyfriend.

A fan also recapped the teases last month and confirmed that the California shoot was something Shelton was working on.

“Ok so let’s recap what we know so far: Blake is shooting a music video today, Gwen and kids on set, everyone is dressed up (band & [Kingston] & [Zuma]),” im_ad0rkable wrote on the social media site last month. They then added that there were unconfirmed reports claiming “there might be dogs dressed like a bride and groom,” hinting at a dog wedding.

GAC revealed this week that they would be premiering the music video for the song on September 8, which now has fans putting two and two together.

“This is the LA shoot with the wedding and the dogs and Gwen’s kids kdjfkwmx!!!!!” one excited fan tweetedwhile quoting a message from GAC that claimed the network would be broadcasting the TV premiere later this week.

“Yesssss!!!!! CAN’T WAIT! OMG,” another then tweeted in reply to the possible wedding. “With Gwen and Blake and Kingston and Zuma and Apollo and Betty and Ginger and… a whole fandom crying.”

The “Used To Love You” singer also teased that she may have a little involvement with the song in some capacity on Instagram as she supported her boyfriend of almost two years.

She posted a photo of Blake’s single artwork to the social media site on September 5 and added the caption, “Can’t wait for everyone to hear this!! Sooooooo good!

The couple previously teased that they were making music together earlier this year after Shelton’s name popped up as a songwriter on a track thought to be featured on Stefani’s upcoming Christmas album.

Blake Shelton hasn’t confirmed the rumors about his new music video for “I’ll Name the Dogs,” though fans should get to see what the country star has been working on and whether or not his and Gwen Stefani’s dogs will be getting hitched in a doggie wedding from September 8.Read more at:http://www.sheindressau.com/wedding-dresses-perth | http://www.sheindressau.com/wedding-dresses-adelaide


Melbourne Fashion Week


fashion lovers set to blush during event

Move over "millennial pink" because blush is taking the reins as the flesh-toned colour of summer.

Models wearing the colour du jour will take to the catwalk at twilight on Friday under the stars – and a couple of overpasses – as Little Bourke Street plays host to the Emporium Runway for the launch of Melbourne Fashion Week.

Stylist Emily Ward, who is responsible for the looks in Friday's show, said the colour can intimidate some people but hopefully the looks shown in the parade will prove blush is just a neutral friend consumers haven't met.

"It can look amazing on unexpected combinations, like on a redhead," Ms Ward said.

But not all blushes are created equal. Cooler tones look good on complexions with yellow undertones, while pinky undertones should swing towards warmer hues.

"Punctuate with a burgundy or red lip or black accessories so it doesn't look too ethereal," Ms Ward said.

Ms Ward said the Emporium show is curated differently to the designer runways through next week to be the "key looks for the season".

"There are a lot of personalities to cover off. That's right for fashion at the moment, it's all about democratisation and not having one point of view," she said.

Melbourne Fashion Week kicks off on Friday night with a major shopping festival, which is sponsored by Vogue magazine.

Over the next seven days, the Town Hall precinct and other city venues will play host to parades, talks and live sites aimed at boosting Melbourne's reputation as the fashion capital of Australia.

The event is also trying to earn the title of the most diverse fashion event in the country, with models of different ages, shapes and ethnicities taking to the runway.

The diversity is reflected in the four "faces" of this year's festival, including Ajak Deng and size 12 model Stefania Ferrario​.

While fashion week is a ticketed event, there are plenty of free events including the Creative Collective exhibition at the Town Hall and a free show at Collins Place on Friday evening. Remember, first in best dressed.

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Look What You Made Me Do


A Breakdown of All the Shoes in Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Video

Taylor Swift premiered the video for her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” during the VMAs last night. Swift has made it clear over the last few weeks that she is trying to reinvent her image; after clearing all social media accounts, the pop singer has been posting fragments of her new grunge-inspired aesthetic that will define her upcoming album “Reputation.” The music video also suggests Swift is trying out a new image, but not without an array of notable footwear styles.

The video is an eclectic mix of dark imagery, with “Thriller”-eque zombies, snakes, an army of women in bondage-style outfits and violent robbery scenes among the mayhem.

The narrative starts out with a red-dressed Swift in a throne surrounded by snakes. She wears gold sandal pumps with straps that slither around her feet and end at the ankle.

Then she becomes a cliché star, blinded by fame, holding a Grammy in a crashed car. This Swift dons platform peep-toe sandals with cheetah-print accents that match her fur coat.

Then, an acrobatic Taylor sings around a birdcage, imprisoned by her reputation. She wears a pair of bright orange sneaker boots that run thigh high and feature a peep toe, laces and stilettos.

Next we see a baseball bat-wielding Swift robbing a bank in blood-red thigh-high stiletto boots.

The next Swift revs up a motorcycle in black, studded lace-up combat boots. She has a small following of biker girls in over-the-knee boots.

Leading an army of plastic girls, a new Swift wears two-in-one shoes. Her platform boots are red with a plastic-texture finish and have details of black ankle-strap sandals over the foot.

Then a new Swift leads a choreography scene with dancers who are clearly intimidating. She wears Fendi over-the-knee boots, this pair in a sock-boot style with striped detail accents.

And finally, in floral over-the-knee boots that match a minidress, Swift destroys an airplane with a chainsaw.

It’s unclear as of yet what the “new Taylor” will be like, but this commentary on reputations shows that Swift has killed off all versions of the “old Taylor,” and she did it while wearing stylish heels.

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