Gypsets' Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp

The concept of Bohemian has been categorised by Laren Stover in Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge (2004). The Bohemian is "not easily classified like species of birds," writes Stover, noting that there are crossovers and hybrids. The five types she derives are:
  • Nouveau: bohemians with money who attempt to join traditional bohemianism with contemporary culture
  • Gypsy: drifters, neo-hippies, and others with nostalgia for previous, romanticized eras
  • Beat: also drifters, but non-materialist and art-focused
  • Zen: "post-beat," focus on spirituality rather than art
  • Dandy: no money, but try to appear as if they have it by buying and displaying expensive or rare items – such as brands of alcohol
I recently stumbled upon the idea of the 'Gypset', perhaps falling in line with Stovers notion of boho nouveau. The term has been coined by journalist Julian Chaplin (New York Times, Vogue, Wallpaper and so on) and refers to the 'jet-setting gypsy' lifestyle. From her website:

"(Gypset) to describe a new type of travel, and cultural foraging at home, that redefines the optimal adventure as something with the global references and chic speed of the jet-set mixed with the alternative, anti-commercialism and nomadic wile of a gypsy." Chaplin defines the Gypset philosophy and traces the movement's history from the British romantic poets, Victorian adventurers, surrealists, beats, hippies, and ravers.

Chaplin's book "Gypset Style" (2009) is about "... people I’ve met–or been inspired by– in my travels who have perfected a high-low approach to life that fuses the freelance and nomadic wile of a gypsy with the sophistication and global references of the jet set. Its an alternative way of traveling and living that’s based more on creativity then money".

Read more about Gypset here
Read more of Julia Chaplins' articles here
Read more about Laren Stovers work here


Winter Stash

I struck it lucky at the op shop today. Soft cords in dusty pink, mustard pants with pretty pleats, a chunky knit, a sheer ikat blouse with a bow and a slouchy knitted grey marl tee. The lovely ladies behind the counter commented on how well I coordinated my choices. I chuckled (somewhere between smug and poliletly pleased) and said that putting clothes together was what I did for a living.

Walking out of the shop, I had an A-Ha moment: I appreciate an outfit that is well composed and my career balances on the notion of me being able to put things together and create pleasing compositions. I have been op shopping for a decade and a half and often when I have bought at op shops, I have purchased complete outfits, or combinations of things that look good together. Colours, textures, patterns. All those trips to the op shops have been exercises in my ability to style something, flexing the muscle that sees the unseen relationship between items, creating whole outfits for under a tenner, putting the clothes into a new context.

So, with that in mind I have decided I need to tell my accountant that op shopping is a work expense, a work related educational activity, an extremely important part of what I do. Better start saving my receipts :)


Twitter - oldmansearch

Ok, last post for today ;)
I couldn't help myself, this was too funny not to share with you.. A son has supposedly been teaching his 81yr old dad how to use the internet & has slightly misinformed him that twitter is how to search things on Google.  The below is the latest tweets/searches, but do check out the actual page as there are soo many more  https://twitter.com/#!/oldmansearch

Fashion Week - Kate Sylvester

So now to talk about the good that came out of Australian Fashion Week.. Kate Sylvester was one of these designers in my eyes.
She may not have been raising the bar in the creative stakes, but I still enjoyed her collection.  It was grungy with a touch of romanticism, I particularly like the vintage dress lengths & the cowboy boot detailing on the sides of the jumpsuits.



Spot the difference

Well, was anybody else slightly disappointed with this years Australian Fashion Week? 
I felt like the designers were too scared to be creative & as a result followed the international designers for inspiration...
Below is just an example of this:

    Rodarte spring/summer 2011                                     Alice McCall spring/summer 2011

Talk about uninspired.


More work updates...

We are a talented bunch here at superhypermost... if we do say so ourselves! Images above are from more recent work. I was involved in the merchandising of the beautiful new Tuchuzy store in Bondi Beach. The space was designed by Akin Creative, the team behind the stores such as Sass and Bide, Ksubi and many other spaces such as restaurant Ms.G's in Potts Point. In the set up, we got to play with the likes of Helmut Lang, Rag and Bone, Jeffery Campbell, Ellery, Nathan Smith, Bassike, Bec and Bridge, Daryl K, Kimbery Ovitz amongst many more amazing labels.
The design of the store seems to follow the Japanese idea of wabi sabi, beauty in imperfection, with  raw textures juxtaposed with shiny and slick surfaces. There are some rad light installations and there is a bright feeling of newness as soon as you step in.
Visit the girls and their new home at Shop 11, The Beach House, 178 Campbell Parade


The younger Knowles...

Together but apart, Superhypermost team members spied this in their respective inboxes yesterday and simultaneously had that fluttery moment of fashion appreciation. Love the belted cardi look, with those fab fab fab mustard shoes. And all the prints. And all the colours. And all of it :)
From whowhatwear.com


Images for a Sunday afternoon

Here's the trouble of being someone who is addicted to collecting visuals: you end up with multiple folders on your desktop full of jpegs and no original source to credit. Ooopps. Blogging faux pas!

Stairs as installation art...

Both soothing and disorienting all at once. Amazing creation byAtmos Studio
Via Design Milk