NGV The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

Hi Guys,

Welcome back. So many things happening at the moment. I want to share so badly what I have been working on but trying to keep things quiet for now. Something I can share is Bare Cactus, please check out Bare Cactus on Instagram. Obviously not fully operational yet but there is so much more to come in that space.

Aside from that since I have been back in Melbourne I was lucky enough to get myself the the NGV for the Dior exhibition. I have been waiting for this for months and unfortunately I had left when it stared but I have managed to get to this stunning exhibition! I of course accessorised with a stunning Dior piece which you may hear more about later.

I felt truly overwhelmed by the whole experience and being in the room with couture pieces. I’m just so in awe of Mr. Dior’s work particularly around those tailored pieces. I love the suiting and the “Bar Jacket”. There is something magical about those full skirts with the matching jacket. Also, looking at the transition from one creative director to another such as Galliano > Simons > Chiuri. Its fascinating to see the change in direction.

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Apologies you can see me in the mirror but you can catch a glimpse of my limited edition Lady Dior bag…😉

I think my favourite part was understanding a bit more about the Atelier. I am so fascinated about how these beautiful pieces are hand sewn and the craftsmanship involved. I have watched the Dior doco “Dior and I” and fell in love with their personality and ability to bring the design to life.

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Galliano, oh my!!! Galliano left the House of Dior under controversy but you cannot deny the talent involved for some of his work. It is outrageous in many ways but one has to appreciate the creativity and art involved. I just think of the effort to get a design like that on a runway.

The era of Raf Simons is my favourite personally and thats only because I am fairly minimalist and love tailoring. So to be able to see pieces off the runway of past seasons was just 😱 for me. The red coat below is something I could see in my wardrobe now so thats why I think Simons make clothes for women now and in this time.

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Looking forward I’m in awe of the way in which Maria Grazia Chiuri has made Dior her own. Having a female at the head has encouraged a different perspective on what I see as classic Dior. There are not so many tailored jackets and full skirts but soft pieces with the use of intricate beading. I am in love with the new design of the Lady Dior that I had to get one myself. The use of sheer materials and berets, plus the reinvention of the classic t-shirt has just brought more people to Dior. I didn’t think I would fall hard after Raf left but I have. She will bring a whole new generation to the House of Dior.

Look at this stunning custom Dior wedding dress for Miranda Kerr. The detail up close is unbelievable and a photo doesn’t do it justice.

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Here are some other pics I managed to grab…I was so gobsmacked that some of the photography might be a little dodgy…hahaha!!!

Its been a week since I’ve been and I am still thinking about it. I managed to purchase the coffee table book. It is $59 AUD which is not bad and was able to get a print which I am going to frame for my house. I knew I would be sucked in.

Also, I went to see this alone which was so much easier for me to take everything in at my pace. It is great to have friends/family going with you but I found it to be a nice stroll around the gallery. I didn’t get distracted and I actually spent the time in parts of the exhibition where I wanted to be.

I can’t recommend this exhibition enough so if you can get yourself along to it. It ends early November .

See you next time xoxox

 

 

Places to go…people to meet

Hello,

I am back with a few recommendations for those either travelling to Bali or currently looking for a place to go. This will focus on my local area of Sanur and will definitely not be an exhaustive list of places to go as I am sure there are many fantastic places I have yet to discover.

I have discovered one of the best coffee experiences here and it goes by the name of Reaktiv Coffee. There does not seem to be a website but I have linked their Facebook and their Instagram.  They offer both cold brew coffee as well as nitro cold brew. Cold brew coffee is nothing new and is something that many cafes offer. The coffee has a less bitter taste but still that dose of caffeine that we all want and need sometimes. The amount of coffee given is a lot and they can always top up the milk if you run out. I was fairly impressed and the owner did say he cold brews his coffee for 16 hours.

Now the nitro cold brew is something I haven’t heard of and I did related it to the ice cream craze that is going on but the ice cream uses liquid nitrogen and this coffee uses gas nitrogen. I am yet to try this but from what I am told it comes out from the tap like beer with the head and maybe looks like Guinness. Obviously there is no alcohol in this but the taste is supposed to be worth trying. I will let you know how I go once I taste it.

The other place I would like to recommend is Grocer & Grind which is a cafe/restaurant that has locations outside Sanur as well. I first visited Grocer & Grind in Seminyak last time I came and I must say I loved it and felt it was better than Sisterfields which seems to be dropped into Bali from Melb.

The Sanur one is just as good to me and I particularly enjoy an ice latte with less ice and milk to hit the spot. The ice latte already has the double shot which of course is very important. 😉

I have been a few times now for a light dinner and breakfast and can say that their poached eggs are excellent and would be what you could expect in Melbourne. For me I like my poached eggs to be runny once the knife goes through and can say their eggs benedict do just that. I have also enjoyed their pizzas and some delicious tapas style food from their sharing menu.

A couple of other ones to include:

Soul in a Bowl – I have not tried this but there are many good reviews and it looks delicious from what I can see on FB and Google.

Kokoya Japanese – If you are after good quality Japanese at a good price in Sanur this is well worth a look. We went here and I have to say I enjoyed this meal, the tempura was lovely and the crispy salmon rolls are fantastic and my go to dish from here.

The only other place I would like to mention is Revolver Espresso which is not in Sanur but Seminyak. If you are like me and enjoy coffee I would say this is a must to venture out to. The coffee is the best I have had in Bali and meets that standard for a good latte. I was very happy to find this little gem.

I hope some of these places help on where to go in Sanur especially if you are a caffeine addict. Also, if you have any recommendations for me please comment.

Until next time…

xoxo – the expat