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Google Glass in Vogue – 2013
November 29, 2016, 12:16 pm
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Photographed by Steven Klein, Vogue, September 2013. In this story: hair, Garren for Garren New York Salon; makeup, Val Garland. Produced by Tracy Whiting for North Six.


Beyond the blue horizon lies a futuristic vision of fashion—a beautiful minimalism tailored for the brave and the bold.


Purified lines and simplified structures are a perfect fashion strategy for taking over the office (or the planet). Right: Gucci purple wool-and-silk deep V-neck coat ($3,200) and leather turtleneck ($2,300); select Gucci boutiques. Lara Bohinc ring. Below: Chanel black-and-white jersey dress; select Chanel boutiques.BEAUTY NOTE – Embrace the future with ultra-glossy hair. The nourishing blend of extracts in Wella Professionals Oil Reflections eliminates frizz, boosts color, and protects against heat


Outfitted in Google Glass, model Raquel Zimmermann embodies a sleek chic stripped of both embellishment and gimmick. Oscar de la Renta teal cashgora coat, $4,490; Oscar de la Renta boutiques. Gucci black leather turtleneck, $2,300; select Gucci boutiques. Michael Kors patent leather gloves and belt.


Built for women who seem to be really, really going places: practical, everyday chic—no fidgety patterns or trims to muck up travel, intergalactic or otherwise. On Raquel: Narciso Rodriguez tangerine shift, $1,895; Céline necklace. Michael Kors heels. On Toni: Balenciaga wool-mohair sweater with plaster effect ($1,545), crepe pants ($1,235), and boots; clothing at Balenciaga, NYC. On Niklas: de Grisogono watch.


Spare planes of fabric are carved into organic shapes—an intersection of hypermodern and earthy, underscored by the setting: an experimental house of 110 tons of rusted steel, built by the late architect Robert Bruno near Lubbock, Texas. Bottega Veneta saffron wool-cashmere coat, $2,750; Bottega Veneta boutiques. Etro belt. On Toni Garrn (above): Dior wool coat; Dior boutiques. On Niklas Garrn (far right): Dior Homme suit throughout.


Cloaked against the autumn chill in monochrome coats or suits, the trio wanders Ransom Canyon like future humans returned to an abandoned Earth. On Raquel: Stella McCartney amethyst felted-bouclé coat, $3,855; Stella McCartney, NYC. Michael Kors leather gloves. On Toni: Calvin Klein Collection white coat, $2,795; Calvin Klein Collection, NYC. Reed Krakoff boots. Google Glass throughout


When colors and cuts pack as much impact as this, the Space Age, it would seem, is not as austere as we may have feared. Tom Ford black and orange jersey dresses with comic-book beaded motifs; Tom Ford, Beverly Hills. Casadei ankle boots. Right: Giuseppe Zanotti Design platinum necklace.




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red castle – castle of dreams

if you look closely in at the window design you can see its the original rooms from the 60s below

Strangely I was thinking about the Red Castle over the weekend given it was Halloween and was wondering if it was still there? –  so I took a spin out to Rivervale to try and find it and oh my god it is still there!! – but now in full abandoned glory. Unbelievable for Perth I know that it has survived even it its abandoned state – it has been due for the bulldozer for ages now.

So with a few snaps of my own I trawled the web to find some others and have collated some of them here to create for you this atmospheric trip down memory lane….

…but wait there is more… the Function Room looks like it could still ‘function’ (check out the shot through the window and the Knight in armour) – so I am making some enquiries… lets get King Arthur’s revolving restaurant revolving again – anyone want to host a party with me? – THE Party!!

Sadly the main hotel complex has a reputation for being very dodgy – some amazingly sleazy interior photos to be found here

UPDATE: After the initial post Rodney one of the head honchos back in the day made contact via Worst of Perth and provided a glimpse into the pure style that was to be found back in the 70s in Rivervale!!!

“There was no Beef Wellington, but we did Steak Dianne at the table, Chateaubriand, whole smoked salmon carved at the table, flambéing crepes suzette, flaming coffees and liqueurs were all the go… especially Irish coffee ..All the waiting staff were in dinner suits and white aprons .. very European and even more so after I employed several New Australians. The restaurant was full every day and night for years… also the Bistro which was the original steak house associated with the original Motel… had great character with wood. With the new accommodation block came the new restaurant. I held court in the cocktail bar most nights… 

Definitely meuniere was on the menu. I used to have a regular Friday am breakfast radio ring in ad, based on the “revolting restaurant”. It was the table cooking that made the place … with a flick of the wrist, may I say.

 Rock bands used to stay there … it was not until years later that I ran into a few of them again and was informed of all the pot smoking, huddled under blankets in the suite”.

UPDATE: After years of neglect and being known as a complete dive the beginning of the end came in 2012 and a fire on the top floor of the main building followed by redevelopment – only the heritage turret remains in the new apartment complex today…


Massive respect for the photos I found that I have included but actually belong to others…

Thanks – The Lazy Aussie – The Red Castle occasionally gets a mention on the Worst of Perth including the wine list from the legendary King Arthur’s Round Table revolving restaurant.

Thanks – Bendog – ‘Photographer to the Stars’ (see Flickr) and a friend of his who actually took photos at a party a few years ago – I wish I had been there!!!

Thanks – Penny Lane for the incredible crumbling castle model shoot featuring Emma Bergmeier-Varian more here

Especially Wymlog for this post and its extensive photo set 

Thanks also Matt Banks and iKacy  and others who took photos you can see on Flickr


Mad Men Theme Day at work?
September 13, 2009, 10:26 am
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Some of the most beautiful and stylish things we ever see can so easily be destroyed. Think of all those beautiful original art deco building demolished, rare huge solid old trees chopped down for a river view, highways, roads and  the new estates of urban sprawl that scar the landscape of  its pastoral beauty – BUT  now there is something much worse …Mad Men Theme Day at work … no … no please God no…

When they start and they will start I hope its before November as things can get pretty hot after that and just a pair of Moscot Lemtosh prescription sunglasses will not be enough. Check out these DIY Mad Men photos starting to appear on Flickr and remember the path from the Height of Inflated Expectations to the Trough of Disillusionment is ever so short….

… and if  you just happen to be going to  New York ….

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