For once we Australians are in the lucky position of being able to purchase a designer's chainstore collaboration locally instead of gazing wistfully at US and UK websites! Arnsdorf has collaborated with Sportsgirl to create a number of pieces that echo the understated yet quirky vibe that I love about the label's main collections. The retro pairing of blush and plum and that feeling of bookishly eccentric simplicity makes me think of the Upper West Side in the 1970s. I want to wear the above outfit with the collar upturned, a fabric rose pinned to my blazer lapel, and my hair piled on top of my head, while I pretend to be Meryl Streep or Diane Keaton in a Woody Allen movie! (I just bought the blush shirt so I expect to be living out this fantasy shortly)
Lately I have been thinking back to my travels from about eighteen months ago... I feel so wistful about those two months we spent drifting through art galleries and adjusting our eyes to new sights and long-anticipated experiences... It almost didn't feel real. I'm ready to do it again and this time open my eyes even wider. I want to wander cobblestoned streets, photograph the decaying facades of forgotten buildings, eat ice-cream in the jardins des tuileries and lay out picnics of baguettes, brie and wine on a silk scarf, au bord de la Seine. I want to fill my eyes, my ears, my mind with Paris. Every vista, every nook, every cranny. I will know Paris like the back of my hand. And when I return, I will close my eyes and there she will be, ever-present in my memory.