Author: Lisa Kladouris

GUCCI OPHIDIA BAG

Janice always marched to beat of her own drum. To describe her style as eclectic was an understatement and to define her look on any given day could be perplexing for those with no imagination. However on a beautiful sunny day as Janice walked home from work there it was in the window at Gucci – the perfect companion for every outfit and one which truly spoke to her go-paint-something-geek-chic self, the Gucci Ophidia bag. Gucci Ophidia bag featuring the double G detail, an archival Gucci code from the 70’s. Visit: gucci.com

SHOPPING CART: GOLDEN LADY

Clockwise from top-right: Gucci Osiride Embellished Leather and Coated-canvas Tote; Valentino Garavani The Rockstud Spike Embossed Mirrored-leather Wallet; Versace Medusa Gold-tone Ring; Cire Trudon Abd El Kader Scented Candle 270g; Chloé Gold-tone Necklace; Sensem Plissé-lamé Wide-leg Trousers; Aquazzura Baba Plateau Metallic Cracked-leather Platform Sandals; Bella Freud 1970 Metallic Knitted Sweater; Chloé Aviator-style Gold-tone Sunglasses; Catbird Tiny Dancer 14-karat Gold Earrings. Visit: net-a-porter.com

OLD CÉLINE

As Juliette walked towards the group of protesters her heart began to race. There they were, in their thousands, her sisters, her kindred spirit fashionistas carrying banners and signs, and crying out for the return of their beloved Phoebe Philo-era CÉLINE. There was Camille in her scarf-print silk shirt from Spring/Summer 2011; Celeste in her plaid laundry bag coat from Autumn/Winter 2013; Lucie in her brush stroke print dress from Spring/Summer 2014; Ines in her glove shoes from Spring Summer 2015; Valentine in her slip dress from Spring/Summer 2016; and Romy with her Trapeze bag in one hand and red posca pen in another, who’d spent the morning roaming the streets defacing posters for the new CELINE campaign. “Bring back Phoebe, long live CÉLINE!”. If you have strong feelings of nostalgia and have trouble relating with the new CELINE you can follow @oldceline on Instgram. Image: Barrettes from CÉLINE Spring 2015.

NANCY

“Do you dream about me?” she asked him. “All the time” he answered. She had been in control of their conversation from the moment they sat down in the emerald leather booth, playing with a silver charm bracelet dangling from her right wrist as she slowly and skilfully coaxed his life story out of him. He liked this and he liked her. Their waitress placed two cups of coffee on the formica table and a slice of apple pie with two forks “for you to share, it’s on the house” she said to them smiling. The forks looked too tiny and fragile to cut through such an enormous slice he thought to himself. Later they shared an umbrella as they walked together in the rain, her moving the umbrella towards him, worried the rain would ruin his leather jacket, him manoeuvring her away from puddles so they wouldn’t spoil her boots. They walked past the restaurant where they first met two weeks ago, her working the bar where he was sitting alone, nursing an Old …

JULIAN OPIE

Looking forward to seeing the works of British Artist Julian Opie at the NGV in Melbourne next month. Julian Opie at NGV International from 9 November 2018 to 17 February 2019. Main Image: ‘Walking in Melbourne 7’ 2018, Julian Opie ‘Walking in Melbourne 1’ 2018, Julian Opie All images via: ngv.vic.gov.au

LOST iN CITY GUIDES

Curated by locals, Lost in City Guides describe themselves as “saving you from tourist traps since 2015”. If you are into cocktails beneath a giant rocket, shopping malls for super geeks, ramen in a donut shop, conceptual art on ancient ruins, mescal behind a laundromat, a disco ball pizza oven or Haitian Voodoo these are the perfect guides for you. Buy them individually as you travel or the complete collection which includes guides from: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Ibiza, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, NYC, Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich. Visit: lostin.com

SOMEBODY

The powder room was empty. She put on her lipstick, her favourite shade “Fire Truck Red”. She saw him in the mirror, standing in the doorway. “You should lock the door” she told him. He did as she said. He walked over and stood behind her. She felt the hairs on her arms stand up on end. He sighed and kissed the side of her neck. He smelled good she thought. “I’ve stared at you across the table all night, who are you?” she asked him. “Somebody” he answered. “Is this OK?” he asked as he slipped his hand down the front of her trousers. “Would you still do it if I said it wasn’t” she replied, answering him with another question. “No” he said, pulling his hand out immediately with no hesitation. She smiled and pushed his hand back in. This had always been her fantasy, a consensual encounter with a stranger or somebody she just met. She never understood the appeal of the fantasies some of her friends had back in college, of …

THE DOG IN PHOTOGRAPHY 1839-TODAY BY TASCHEN

This beautiful book has more than 400 portraits of our favourite four-legged best friends from the 19th century to today, and includes works by Man Ray, Eric Fischl, Wolfgang Tillmans, Donna Ruskin, Fatima NeJame, Vincent Versace, Elliott Erwitt, William Wegman and Slim Aarons. The Dog In Photography 1839-TODAY, Bibliotheca Universalis format by TASCHEN. Image of Joan Collins and pooch by Slim Aarons, c. 1955. Visit: taschen.com