70’s interiors meets Susperia meets 2016



I’m so in LOVE with what Alessandro Michele has done with Gucci. The S16 range is like all the elements of 70’s interior design (carpets, wallpaper, uphostery, soft furnishings & toilet roll dolly’s – this piece below specifically! that I LOVE and wrapped in a Dario Argento Susperia style Italian aesthetic. The use of the eye and mouth motif especially have drawn me to this darker dot joining conclusion.





Did I mention I’m in LOVE with this range? Every freakin piece. Cannot wait to see what Michele does with winter.

Scene from Dario Argento’s, Susperia. 1977

Rad OTT 70’s interior design <3

More Rad OTT 70’s interiors plus the majestic Gloria Swanson in her natural habitat.

Etc etc… you get my drift.
I may need to bust out and watch some 70’s Italian film today.


Image credits: All Gucci S16 images – Yannis Vlamos @ Vogue.com. Susperia screen shots and 70’s interior images – not credit, google sourced.


Hands up who hearts Travis Burns!


At the beginning of this year I spotted a hottie pop up on Neighbours and knew I had to pitch him in as talent for a campaign, thinking in fact he’d be the perfect casting for Riders by Lee.

Six months later and Travis Burns is the face of the S15 Campaign alongside beauty Bridget Hollitt from Chic Management. It was an epicly fun shoot up on the Goldcoast with a shit hot team of talented creatives, an inflatable flamingo and some random puppies. What more could you ask for.

S15 with Riders by Lee is all about sand in your denim and skateboards on the beach. All your fav beats and tasty summer treats. This season we’re California Dreamin’ and we’re taking you with us!

We’ll be rolling the campaign out in mini stories over the coming months but for now its sun, sand, surf and denim. Oh and Travis gets his top off…





And… just because I can’t help myself, here’s a slow mo vid just because. You’re welcome.



Stay tuned dudes! More to come.

Talent: Travis Burns & Bridget Hollitt, Chic Model Management
Art Direction + video editing: Otilee
Photography: Ben Sullivan
Videography: Mickel Burger, Burger Media
Hair + Makeup: Justin Henry, Vivien’s Creative
Styling: Nicki Colbran, Union Management
Producer: Sun Productions
Marketing management: Nelly Phelan + Jade Leopoldo



Bad for good

Never has a song title been so apt.

I’ve been meaning to start a regular blog entry about ‘So Bad Its Epic’ – 80’s glam album art for ages. Now, the time has come my little friends, to talk of other things. Of shoes and ships and ceiling wax, of cabbages and kings. So yes, I came across this gem and its not even old. It’s new… it’s part of that throng of glam bands that came out of the late noughties revival started by the mainstream popularity of The Darkness (which actually weren’t metal at all) but they did start a zeitgeist for all the washed up big guns to think about re-forming and thus the snowball began rolling. A snow ball I was so freakin excited about. Grunge had to die sometime. It was so exciting to see all my favourites back in their spandex doin it for the kids.

I preface all that is to follow in an on-going series of posts which I’ll title ‘So Bad, So Good’ is done with love. I heart the shit out of glam metal. I love the cheese, I love the sexually confident androgyny, the unapologetic OTT everything and I love the fist pumping music. It embodies everything about the 80’s that I love.

However, design-wise – a lot of the time its a dogs breakfast. A morbidly fascinating train wreck that I enjoy the comedic value so much I want to share all the LOL’s with you.

First cab off the rank is Skull Fist. Oh yeah… the name itself. Ambiguous in the best possible way – are they being overtly sexual suggesting fisting with a skull or just a good old street brawl type of fist to the skull? We shall never know but lets just take a moment to enjoy their logo. There really aren’t any words but it is glorious. Someone’s little brother must have had some wicked fun on their pirated version of photoshop with that one.


What’s awesome about their promotional photos is that they actually do look legit 80’s. The poses, the guitars staked into the sand on a beach like a viking longboat had just come ashore and delivered Dave Mustaine Junior, Blackie Lawless and Bruce Dickenson’s love child, a dude that looks like that hot brunette vampire from the lost boys and a larger gentleman with excellent hair who we can only assume must be the drummer.



And… I”m posting this unrelated purely because that Lost Boys brunette vampire was so so very hot. Death by Stereo!! Going to go watch that now.

Watch Skull Fist’s vid below. The song is sick.

You’re so welcome.




Busted out the brushes and paints this arvo to make this, which literally took me about 5 minutes total. Really just highlighted how tardy I’ve been with producing personal work and massaging content into this blog.

So, I’m just going to leave this here for now.
Perfectly sums up my feels.

Updates with all the cool things very soon.


I wear my sunglasses at night


So myself and Lee Marketing Manager, Sarah had both been vibing with the hillarious Corey Hart song for a bit leading up to producing the Lee Jeans Australia and NZ looks campaign for March (I even busted out singing it in my sleep one night) and so it found its way into inspiring it.

Featuring premium selvedge denim and stripes and shot in my friend Miles Cosmo‘s home studio, you got it made with the guy in shades. Oh no? Oh yes.






Art Director: Otilee
Marketing Management: Sarah Plater & Renako Wyborn
Photographer: Stephanie Bailly
Hair & Makeup: Yumi Conaghty MUA
Stylist: Christine Pegg
Models: Jason Pennings (Vivienne’s) + Georgia Geminder (Chadwicks)


And for shits and giggles here’s the Cory Hart music vid.
Ohh nooo no, you’re welcome!


Hey hey Mambo

Go go go you mixed up Siciliano. All you Calabrese do the mambo like-a crazy with the…


So, yeah. Finally got to check out the Mambo exhibition at NGV.

Verdict? Great curation by Eddie Zammit (of T-world fame). The whole time though I was looking for my favourite piece and didn’t find it which was disappointing. Funnily enough, it doesn’t even come up on any internet searches either but with such a massive output of work, this isn’t really a surprise. It was the t-shirt print that was my introduction to Mambo in the early 90’s. I begged mum to let me get it. As a 13 year old girl it took a lot of convincing because I was a strange child and liked the grotesque and things usually pigeonholed for boys. I did end up winning out and getting it though and wore it to death. I’ve still got it in a box somewhere I’m sure. It was bright orange and had an epic large full colour placement print of a grotesque looking dude holding (and eating) a burger made up of his own body parts in it (eye’s, organs etc) with great gooey / drippy typography ‘Self serving’ at the bottom. It was probably a style amongst a range released just after the brands inclusion in the ‘Surrealism: Revolution by Night’ 1993 exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW (If anyone actually knows please correct me if I’m wrong on this! I’m purely dot connecting here).


1993 poster for the group show at the Art Gallery of NSW

Mambo was probably one of my introductions to surrealist art and went on to inspire in a pretty direct way a piece in a campaign I did for a Perth based accessories label some 16 years later. An image that also ended up being re-licenced as the official campaign creative for the Fremantle Street Art Festival in 2011.


Mambo Self Serving illustration inspired – My Image originally part of a campaign for Miss Jam Jam (accessories label), re-licenced as the official campaign image for the Fremantle Arts Festival.

Creatives generally try and hide their references… I’m happy to own that I pretty much nicked the idea and re-contextualised it for a fashion piece. It looks nothing like the shirt but the essense behind it is the same. Oh tisk, tisk I hear you say? Well I say straight up – nothing is new, the basis of all ideas have been done before in some way or another. It’s how you re-purpose, give new context and join new dots that makes you a good creative (and openly crediting inspiration is something more of us should do… but that’s just my extra two cents).

Speaking of referencing. I came across a piece in the exhibition I can (hand on heart) honestly say I’ve never seen before and independently came up with the same idea a few months ago to pitch in for one of the labels I’m working for. Luckily it didn’t go ahead because it’s pretty much exactly the same as what I had scamped out. Moral of the story… always good to do a quick internerd search of potential ideas before going ahead with commercial work. Cool to think I was in the same headspace as them though.


The near unintentional rip off piece.

Inspiration and unintentional near rip-off’s aside. The rest of the exhibition is great and I recommend anyone living in Melbourne to go and check it out.

Its a curation of Mambo in its heyday. Such a shame it ended up being a stocked in Big W and losing it’s edge. For me that really knocked the brand off my radar. Interestingly enough though, aside from their own online store – they also now stock at Surfstitch, City Beach and Myer. A very strange decision to have such a wide target – can’t imagine what the strategy behind that mix must be. I’m sure is churning over enough of a crumb though, but its definitely now not the brand it used to be. Hopefully this exhibition will inspire renewed interest, even if not in the brand but the legacy of art for art’s sake as t-shirt prints.



‘Redneck’ t-shirt, 1996.






Wayne Golding – Victims of fete, 1996.


Reg Mombassa – Australian Jesus Alter, 1998



Can’t not include the peens and boards, boardshort yardage <3




Really really want pizza now.



King Brown x Black Canyon


Vaguely remembering the launch of King Brown Mag (the first issue) way back when. Vague, not because it was forgettable but because It was while ago and my memory is shite. I was doing a fair bit of working hard / playing hard around that time so details of things are a tad blurry.

It’s really awesome have called Melbourne home for the past 2 and a half years and have seen the slow but consistent exodus of fellow creatives from the most isolated city in the world make their way over here too and doing cool shit. Said cool shit most recently including transforming the Spares store on Smith street into an exhibition space for tonight’s King Brown issue 10 launch and exhibition. Co-curated by fellow P-towner Sean Morris (one half of Black Canyon along with Tom Groves) and featuring artists from around the world, doing what they do best using canvas’ of both brown paper and denim jackets was rad.

Personally, and being in a creative in the rag trade the denim jacket customisation was especially cool to see.


King Brown Mag, Issue 10 Issue 10 with sick embossed cover by Brendan Monroe and extra cool shit including glow in the dark patch by Stevie Gee, neon poster by Malarko and vinyl sticker from Sheryo which is going straight on the fridge.



Free beer by the Feral Brewing Company


Back wall feature mural by Sean Morris.


Funk Cat Gang by Bafcat


She’s got to be loved by Melissa Grisancich


This time last year by Luke Pelletier


Probably my favourite – Body hair, don’t care by Michael C Hsiung


Left to right: Summons by Ryan Boserio, Creamyfrontcreamymoist by Susannah Rose Sykes and Platinum Edition by Tom Groves.


Creamyfrontcreamymoist by Susannah Rose Sykes


Platinum Edition by Tom Groves


Tropical Death by Swerfk

Otilee blog king brown black canyon

Various media on brown paper by the likes of Sean Morris, Mel Stringer (Girly Pains), French, and Yok among others.

And technically not part of the exhibition but I also thought the impromptu ‘street art’ of and old mate I ran into was pretty rad too.
Also for those going to Sugar Mountain tomorrow – Sean is part of artist lineup with a collaboration with Ghostpatrol. Head down in-between bands to check out their stuff.

Devil in the detail


If the devil is in the detail, then praise the dark lord.

So needless to say I’ve been DYING to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at NGV since it was first announced earlier this year and haven’t been able to get to go and see it until this week because – cripple.

City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children, 1995.

My introduction to Gaultier was one that came from an obsession with music video and film in the 90’s before and whilst I was in Film school. I liked Madonna but I was more interested in the stage outfits during her blond ambition tour – similarly, I loved Jean Pierre Jeunet’s City of Lost Children for the production design and colour art direction but the costuming was something that inspired the way I dressed at that time. In the years before internet and style.com / having access to images of international designers work – these pop cultural touch points were the gateway that lead to my love of fashion. And by fashion – I mean style. Art that you wear.

This close link between music, film and costume has always been my primary connection behind my love of fashion. It’s drama, narrative and concept all entwined in something wearable. Needless to say my favourite season I watch like a hawk is always the haute couture collections. There is a big difference though between appreciating silhouette and concept through a bunch of images on a screen and getting your face right up close and personal with the construction of those garments which is something that just cannot be translated through those images. The craftsmanship is incredible and the attention to detail is just inspiring to say the least.

Yes, I’m that really annoying person at an exhibition that is unapologetically standing right in front of the dress examining each sequin and mentally dissecting the garments construction, whilst others try to read the plaque about which celebrity wore it and chat to their mates about how hot Beyonce looked in it. Sorry (not sorry) about that.

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition



It’s a real treat to be able to see so much of body of work up close like that. In fact, I was quite overwhelmed. Gaultier, you’re even more genius than I thought you were. I should also say at this point also that whoever was responsible for the exhibition installation design did a fucking great job, hats off to you dudes.