Social media is a wonderful thing isn’t it? If used correctly anyway. It opens infinite doors and gives us glimpses into worlds we would otherwise not be privy to.
I remember buying Vogue every month and salivating over the haute couture dresses. Now there a people wearing them in my Instagram feed on an almost weekly basis.
Last year on Instagram, I stumbled upon a brand that I have been completely infatuated with ever since: Self Portrait. Creative director Han Chong’s designs heavily feature beautiful shades of Guipure lace (laced with dense interwoven patterns connected by plaits or bars rather than net) in unexpected combinations. His designs are feminine, modern, instantly recognisable and never fail to make my fingers itch to start online shopping (and you all know how much I dislike online shopping).
You might recognise his bestselling Azalea Dress. Last Spring/Summer the design was so imitated by chain stores that I started thinking I was experiences multiple moments of déjà vu as I walked past shop windows.
Last year when I was in London, I went to Selfridges to try and seek out what I had only seen online. The clothes were every bit as special as I imagined, but it was the end of the season and they barely had anything left in my size, so I went home empty-handed.
Thank goodness I no longer have to go to London to see Self-Portrait, because Australian department giant Myer is now a stockist.
On my last trip to Sydney I made time to go in to Myer and have a look at the Self Portrait rack. I narrowed it down to about five different dresses, and eventually, this little navy and black confection won out.
If I could wear it to work every day, I would. No really, it’s that comfortable. Unfortunately I think rolling around on a tarkett in this would be frowned upon, but I did wear it to the finals of Australia’s biggest ballet competition at the Sydney Opera House.
I’ve listed a few of my favourite Self Portrait pieces here, here, here, here and here for your perusal. I’m dying to get my hands on this little gem, but until I have something to wear it to, it’s a bit indulgent.
Anyway, until I’m lucky enough to wear another Self Portrait design, social media will provide me with plenty of drool-worthy moments.