Monday, March 29, 2010

Floating Through Worlds

Heroic Trio

Chinese luxury chain Joyce released a short video by Wing Shya featuring four of Rodarte's one-of-a-kind garments inspired by Maggie Cheung and a few movies she starred in.  Of all the movies (In the Mood for Love, Hero, The Heroic Trio, Clean), I've only watched Hero, which is awesome if you haven't seen it.  I first watched it during my first high school summer class, Chinese 1 (yes, that's the level I reached after almost ten years of Chinese schooling), and I honestly had no idea what was going on but I was so in awe of the visuals.  If you don't know who Maggie Cheung is, she's the one who's always on the cover of Vogue China (no, seriously. I have three issues of Vogue China and she's on the two most recent covers).


ANYWAY, why do I post film stills instead of the actual film when it's available on Youtube?  For every click on the video until March 31, Joyce will donate $1 HK to UNICEF. I know, I know, I just found this video yesterday! SO CLICK CLICK CLICK!


In the Mood for Love

Saturday, March 27, 2010

PFW, IMO: The Road Not Taken Leads To The Future

I looked through a ton of Fall 2010 collections from Paris Fashion Week, so I've honestly been a bit reluctant to write a review teehee. But I'll attempt to skim it all down to what I believe is truly noteworthy.  Paris is like the cool kid of all the Fashion Week locations...designers are always doing their own thing while New York, London, and Milan tend to have something cohesive going on.  Perhaps that's why I've been taking SO LONG to review these collections.  It's hard to take everything in...don't know how fashion people do it.

Recycled chic?  Balenciaga is always moving towards the future so of course you can't really expect anything "classic" from its fall collection.  Lots of innovative construction with all the little pillows of synthetic material weaved with colorful magazine prints.  What really got me confused were those pants with a zipper that pulls down to unfold a top that's actually attached the trousers.  Seems origami-esque to me!  The rest of this collection shows the usual (but still awesome) Balenciaga juxtaposition of rigidity and softness.

For some reason I totally imagined Jimi Hendrix in Freja's outfit.  Weird because his style was more...hippie-ish?  Though some reminders of the '60s were in there with psychedelic brocades printed on blazers and trousers, Christophe Decarnin kept every ensemble looking polished at Balmain.  "Hippie" wasn't even in this collection's vocabulary.  Rock and roll unsurprisingly was.  Christophe Decarnin tends to do the same thing every season (strong shoulders and rock and roll elements) but I love what he did this season.  Overly priced suits also make more sense than overly priced tattered tees and jeans.

Margiela is BACK.  Theoretically?  Although Martin Margiela no longer helms his own label, the fall collection was the best we've seen from the brand lately.  Exaggerated waistlines, super boxy clutches, fur headdress veil thingies, trouser leggings (not shown here), smudged lipstick (also not shown)...hopefully the design team won't revert back to their old messy ways and stick with this cool avant garde aesthetic.

So I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's for the first time today and Holly's red felt coat reminded me of Miu Miu.  I think this collection was one of my favorites from Paris.  The bright, super short dresses had a mid-60s feel and the details like the floral adornments and big scalloped pockets were adorable.  Also, the eye make-up reminds me of how Twiggy and Pattie Boyd did their make-up back in the day.

I've got to say that I don't like the decision at Giles to only cast established models.  Give the newbies a chance!  There wasn't one model who you couldn't name in an instant (I think).  Anyway, this collection was more or less similar to what Giles Deacon has done in the past (layers of scalloped or spiky paper thin fabric) but it's something I've always loved (guilty pleasure?).  Also, it's kind of cute how the floor matches some of the clothes and accessories.

Just a few things I noticed...Balenciaga wasn't the only label to show zippered-down bottoms.  Givenchy featured some opened flies -- no fold-out shirts but these outfits held a Bavarian twist.  A white scalloped number (more scalloped edges!) opened the Valentino show and why yes, it reminded me of a dress from Balenciaga's resort collection.  What's going on?  Continuing with this trend of unusually-cut edges, the edges of that Christian Dior jacket were cut to look something like a doily.  Pretty!

This is where I reveal my unabashed love for The Beatles and my acute eye for Beatles references (even the subtle ones).  I felt that Chloé's fall collection was a bit of a spring 2010 redux, except more covered up.  Anyway, I noticed that utilitarian jacket looked a lot like The Beatles' Shea jackets, modeled after the Bahamian police uniform they saw while filming Help!.  The boys wore these during their historic performance at Shea Stadium (thus the name of the jacket).  Valentino showed a good fall collection but what caught my eye were those rounded glasses!  Very John Lennon-esque and I SWEAR I've seen a photo of him wearing green-tinted glasses before.  I went through all my Beatles photos (yes, ALL OF THEM) and only found a picture of George wearing green-tinted glasses.  Oh well, he deserves some more attention anyway.  P.S. Expect more Beatleness next post.  A lot more.

If Viktor and Rolf decided that fashion design was not their fate, they would've been awesome magicians.  Can someone please explain how THAT ^ ...

...became THAT ^ ?  And is that an arm jutting out next to her head?  Looks like she's stuck.

Ah yes, and about Alexander McQueen's was beyond amazing but I don't feel that his collection would fit within these reviews.  I'm afraid it'll get lost in the really deserves a post of its own.  But at the same time, I don't know if I can even put to words what I feel about the collection.  I think the best thing to do, if you haven't seen his collection, is just to see it.  No review will sum up this collection, or McQueen's legacy, well enough.

Trends Observed: Scalloped edges, rigid silhouettes, opened flies (rest easy now that you know you'll be considered cool if you forget to do something before walking out of the loo)

Images: Coutorture,, Beatley sites and Tumblrs??

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Marquis & Camus Sale

We interrupt these regularly scheduled Fashion Week reviews for a sponsored message...actually, I just really want to blog about Marquis & Camus jewelry.  I've been a fan of the brand's kitschy pieces since its first sale on ideeli.  Because each piece is made with vintage finds mixed with modern materials, Marquis and Camus jewelry is always one-of-a-kind and limited edition.  So unfortunately, the bold pieces I saw way back during the label's first ideeli sale are no longer available and soon, these styles will be swept away, too.

This sale has something to satisfy our inner girly girls, rebels, and everything in between!  Fat chains, skinny chains, rosettes, pearls, pendants, cameos, lace...many of these materials can be found in a SINGLE unique Marquis & Camus piece!  I'm still trying to decide whether I should nab a necklace or save up for the next Puma shoe sale (as I mentioned before, I REALLY NEED NEW SHOES).  But anyway, if you're tired of reading this post and just want some Marquis & Camus NOW, click here to get invited to the ideeli sale!  Prices start at $59!

Image sources: ideeli

Sunday, March 21, 2010

MFW, IMO: Girl Power

Going through the collections that premiered at Milan Fashion Week took me a while to get through.  Designers showcased many of their classics which is always great but not mind-blowing.  The way the designers played around with motifs and trends of the past to create something slightly different from the usual was what set Milan apart from London and New York (haven't seen Paris yet, I know I'm slow!). 

Prada...just one of those collections that were filled with revamped classics.  I can go on about how the clothes accentuated curves and boobs (which would then raise some feminine pride but the enthusiasm would be dampened one of Miuccia's out-of-context quotes) but I think the fashion critics have done enough of that and I'd rather focus on the little things.  AND THAT VENUE!  Check out those pop artsy video displays and the graphic flooring!

Anyway back to fashion...Prada seemed like something taken from the '60s or early '70s, a bit Harold and Maude-ish with the brown colors and double breasted coats.  That patent coat with a knit collar was one of those knockout pieces that combine multiple things I love; in this case...nude colors, shiny material, and cable knits.  Seeing those hairbands really made me wish I knew how to knit some of my own (but no beehive hair for me).  Though the clothes contained some emphasis on womanly curves, the slight looseness of the clothing, sometimes cinched with a tiny bow belt, was a nice turn away from the whole body conscious trend.  I think THE accessory to note in this collection is the two-toned set of spectacles.  Seems like a kind of a trompe l'oeil thing with very defined, very arched "eyebrows".  A clever twist on cat eyeglasses.

Donatella Versace was one designer who shunned the conservative classic/timeless thing that we've been seeing a lot of, but in a way, she showcased some of her own classics -- glamorous and sexy gowns.  She gave these pieces a bit of fashion-forwardness (and added sex appeal) with strategically placed cut-outs and metallic "armor".  Definitely for a confident woman.  Freja kind of looks out of place within those pictures above but I like how that shiny material peeks out out that huge coat.  Slightly modest, slightly showy.

I know crochet at Missoni isn't anything new but THIS is crazy!  And beautiful!

Really interesting construction at Bottega Veneta with those chest plate-like things over flowy material.  Iridescence tends to remind me of insect exoskeleton so it's no surprise to find beetle pendants and metallic plated shoes within the same collection.

I'm actually surprised to see less of a hype over the Etro collection.  Something felt familiar in each ensemble...especially Natasha Poly's lilac dress that sent me back to Chanel's Japan-esque couture gowns.  But Etro's Asian influence was was made obvious by that paisley qipao.  The jackets and suits gave the collection a resemblance to high class Chinese fashion at the turn of the 20th century when it started gaining a Western tinge.

Sporty!  But wearing those pantsless D&G ensembles is definitely not recommended as winter sportswear.  Those knitted patterns looked so cute on chiffon tops, body suits, and pretty much everything except grandma sweaters.  In fact, grandma wouldn't be too happy with all that skin showing...

Pantslessness was also a-plenty in Dolce and Gabbana's luxury line.  Garance Doré captured the scenes backstage at Dolce & Gabbana with her Canon 5D and I had to pause her video when I saw a shot of the design duo's inspiration board.  THAT PICTURE is from the 'Maschile' editorial shot by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Italia, the same editorial that held my background photo!

The image of the "strong" woman really was prevalent in Milan but each designer gave the theme his or her own interpretation.  Masculinity at on one end and high sex appeal at another.

Trends Observed: Even more classics, knitwear, form-fitting suits and blazers

Image sources:, Garance Doré's blog, The Imagist

Friday, March 12, 2010

I'm Still Alive!...And In DESPERATE Need Of Shoes!

HELLO and SORRY for being MIA!  Finals are next week and I've recently been cramming, attending extra classes, asking tons of questions/annoying my teachers, etc.  Reviews of Milan Fashion Week and Paris FW to come very soon but in the meantime, let's talk SHOES!  I've been in desperate need of them probably since last year.  Then again if you consider two pairs of shoes not enough for a fashionable lifestyle, then maybe I've been in desperate need of extra footwear since I was born.  I bought a white pair of Ferragamos on eBay last winter for fancier occasions and just in case I got a job (which eventually happened).  So I receive them in the mail and they look gross...I knew the bow was slightly brown but it appears that the bow was re-glued onto the the brown color of the glue seeped into the material.  Also, the shoes were DIRTY.  The eBay photographs clearly included heavy light sources that washed out all the disgusting little details.  My mom complained that I made a terrible purchase but I shrugged.  At least I got them for cheap.  Last Friday while I was on the job, I wore these shoes out for the first time.  While I was working on a project, I felt something in my shoe...and it was a chunk of...something.  And I realized that the cover of my heel was chipping off!  How a piece got inside my shoe, I have no idea.   Both covers kept chipping as I trekked the streets of San Diego and they were GONE once I got back to my apartment.

But if you want to see the shoes that I REALLY wear out...say hi to my Pumas.

Hi, Pumas!  I wear these sneakers almost everyday for the sake of comfort (see the orthotics inside my Pumas?  My spine's pretty messed up).  Though I guess my shoes are for the most part intact and I only got them a little over couple of years ago, I really need a new pair.  Any footwear suggestions?

Speaking of comfort and broken heels, the Jil Sander shoe above should probably be my worst nightmare.  But no, they're more like a dream!

Image sources: me, The Moment Blog