Monday, August 1, 2011

#1948 The facts of life

Photo: Haw-lin

1. My Top Model debut went well. I wasn't edited to be the fat-hating tyrant my mother worried I would be, and I managed to watch it with a minimum of cringe moments – though "Hi girls!" is pretty much impossible to say like a normal person when the cameras are rolling. However: I did have to strongly disagree with Jacqueline Smith's description of me as "notoriously obtuse" in the New Zealand Herald. Notoriously obtuse? Come on! I would have accepted: notoriously charming, witty, insightful or self-adulatory, but obtuse? Ridiculous. I only hope it was a malapropism, in which case someone should have consulted a dictionary before using a big word.

2. Gentlemen: when in doubt, go back to basics – a white button down shirt, plain colour wool sweater, blue or grey blazer and pants. Solid colours and classic shapes work every single time. Here's a quick colour formula: White goes with everything; so does grey and navy blue; maroon and beige is an amazing combination, as is navy and beige; dark military green is awesome with navy, beige and grey; green and red generally looks like you're trying to pull off Christmas Elf-chic; navy blue is always better than black.

3. Going sockless isn't the picnic everybody makes it out to be. I've managed to dodge blisters just one of the five times I've done it. The secret (for me, at least) seems to be multiple band aids and stuffing make up remover pads in the heels of the shoes – but even that isn't fail safe. Next stop, loafer socks.

4. Don't let the bastards get you down.

5. Philosophical question of the week: how does one live in the present? I'm always so concerned with future plans and the greener grass and the final bite of the chocolate bar that I don't think I appreciate what's happening right now as much as I should. Any advice would be muchly appreciated.

6. As someone who has burnt a lot of bridges in his time (but now is a born again pacifist), I can say from personal experience that unnecessary conflict is not worth the energy. Let it go. There were times when I'd walk into a party and literally be beefing with like 10 people in the room – generally because of something that I'd written. You don't always have to be right. Relationships trump self-righteousness 10 times out of 10.

7. If you don't know Put This On, get in the game. Those guys are brilliant. Their final webisode of the series saw them take on the annual meeting of New York's Corduroy Appreciation Club (hilarity ensues); and interview the writer of my favourite profile of all time, journalist Gay Talese, about his philosophy on style. In his words, "I always dressed up for the story... which is to say I elevated my style to the point where I couldn't dress any better than I did."

8. Is it bad form to eat the leftovers from your roommate's dinner party (that you didn't attend) later that night when said roommate is asleep, and then not mention it the next day? If so, I might be in trouble.

9. You know what's not a good time? Angry drunks. If you have a tendency towards random outbursts of rage when you've been drinking, why don't you do the world a favour and not drink so GD much. Calling your friends and apologising every Sunday morning does not cut it. You know who you are.

10. I am currently trying to decide between heading straight to New York from Paris, or coming home for New Zealand Fashion Week and then going to New York. As far as I can tell going straight to New York will be exponentially better for my career, but if I don't come back for Fashion Week I feel like I'm letting the team down. What to do? What to do?

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24 comments:

Steve said...

1. Dude, f@#f New Zealand fashion week. Get to NY and hit it hard. It's time to take over the world. Enough said.

2. Wear socks less, you'll blister at first. However, the more you wear the Mark McNairy's in, the better it'll be. I go sock-less for 4-5 months of the year. It's a huge saving on nice socks.

3. Planning ahead is fine. Achievement, and progression should always be appreciated once you've reached particular goals. However, if you're naturally ambitious, you'll always be looking to hit 'the next level'. Go for the next level, just appreciate the little things in-between.

isaaclikes said...

 Thank you Steve – best comment I've had in a long time. Kudos for your hardy feet. I'm working on it. And I'm with you on number three. Thanks for the kind words.

zoe said...

3. Totally agree with Steve but I think it is CRUCIAL to always (try to anyway) enjoy the 'now'.  Even if it's just stepping ouside for some fresh air and sun on your face- life is fanfriggintastic so slow down occassionally and soak it all in!

Mikki said...

Great advices for become  a gentlemen! 
I leaned a lot. I didn't know about Put This On! very appreciated :))
Mikki 

Juliana Radich said...

#10 is a no-brainer: come to NY.

JR said...

#10 is a no-brainer, come to NY!

laura said...

with reference to #3, strapping tape is much more effective than band-aids (and much less fiddly to use), after spending half my life shoving my toes into pointe shoes i consider myself something of an expert on blisters :)

freena said...

Bro, gtf to New York.

See #4 for motivation.

Adament said...

Go to New York, NZ fashion week will still be there next year. I believe it is getting more and more about the general public days now. I saw today that you can buy tickets for $250.00 oh please.
 I am a buyer and did not register this year after doing so last year,  it was average to say the least. I am there to buy and I am invited to the shows I want to see.

Molly C said...

# 10 - definitely come to NZ fashion week! Totally jealous of you being in Paris and NY, but if you have the opportunity to do both then definitely make a quick stop back in NZ before heading to New York -  and maybe I'll be lucky enough to get to say hello, as I'm working as a volunteer and you're a total idol of mine, especially since you're a kiwi as well!

Dkjd said...

Why don't you just wear 'sockets'? Problem solved (no blisters and no smelly shoes/feet).

Jimmy said...

2. Gentlemen if you don't have these basics go get them. its should be the very least you have in your closet.

3. some shoes are made to be worn sock less. they're lined with softer leather and have more padding. choose your opponents wisely

4.don't be a bastard people then there will be none to deal with.

5. i like to set my self some small, short term and very reachable goals that way you appreciate the moment. eg tomorrow for lunch i am going to get a pie from the corner dairy. Its no longer just grabbing a pie on my way to work its planned and trust me that pie is going to taste so much better.

6. but we don't want you to be another go happy "yes" blogger either. stay true...

10. go NY. yeah you will be letting some people down but you cant please everyone. [some people just cant be pleased at all]  its not like NZFW will be left unblogged about.

Hannah McArdle said...

#3 Laura is right, tape FTW! extra wide and if your wearing in a
particularly mean shoe (like a new pair of DOCs) roll up some tissue
between the tape and your skin... Looks super buget BUT totally beats
plasters cuz they get gross!

#5 Someone said to me over the weekend "If you have one foot in the past and one in the present your pissing all over today". Ponder that.

#6  "Better to let people think you are a fool than open your mouth and prove them right" and all of that...

#10 Sentimental-I'll-miss-your-handsome-face-comment

Esther said...

what?  obtuse?  Having known you for like, I don't know, 6 years or something, I can absolutely say you are the least obtuse person I have met, possible ever.  You are lots of things Isaac, but obtuse is not one of them.

Genya Polianskaia said...

I would love to attend NYFW... give me your ticket :P

mina said...

'He's a red headed fire crotch!'

lesley said...

don't worry socks are coming back... its going be all about quality too...  

Derek said...

What is up with you geeks who wear shoes without socks? Not only does it fuck your feet, it fucks your shoes and it stinks - for you and everyone else around you!!! Buy some low cut ankle socks you fashion hillbillies.

isaaclikes said...

And the most awesome comment of the day goes to Derek. (Obviously not a fashion hillbilly.)

Tommyboy696 said...

Issac your getting cocky . Chill mate, i would like to continue ready your blog

Jimmy said...

#5 hahaha nice.....

Nikau Hindin said...

No! come home! I miss you! :)

Love from your little cousin.

PS. no# 6 words of wisdom I

Tina said...

Re #5: As someone who teaches yoga, the best way I have found to immediately bring yourself to the present moment is to stop what you're doing and become aware of your breathing. Let that be the only thing you focus on. Feel it, observe it. Lengthen the breath, slow it down. It shuts up the mental chatter and calms your nervous system.

Naomi said...

My tip to enjoy the 'now' would be to explore and road trip and go with your impulses. I don't think you have to be happy with the 'now' in the huge sense (career, general existence, etc) but to be happy with your friends, location, sandwich, etc. Just to throw another cliche your way... Enjoy the small things.