Tag Archives: Spring Summer 2011

How Individual is your Style? Random Musings

11 Aug

I get bored easily if you ask me, and sometimes my wardrobe is the recipient of a wave of boredom. I just get tired of looking a certain way or dressing a certain way, so i want to change things up. No better panacea for boredom for me, lol.

The wardrobe and fashion choice is definitely a way to find expression, especially now with fashion evolving ever so quickly.

Now, there’s been a buzz about colour clashing in recent times, especially with the colour fest from the Spring/Summer Season. The real question to ask is, how many people can really pull this off and look good doing it? But hey, i digress from my main point.

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We say style is about individuality but who really expresses their individuality through the way they dress? As in reeeally? I was  just saying my wardrobe gets hit when I’m bored but on the daily, I think I sometimes suppress my fashion sense in the name of reason. Sometimes, I feel like getting really editorial, read: picture above, lol, but then I just stop short cos I’m like, people’ll think I’m crazy. But should I really care? Shouldn’t I just look the way I want to look? So long as it’s not wrong? or a clear faux pas? or uncouth? Even though, dare I say the jury is out on what’s a faux pas these days. The rules change every day and what was a faux pas last month is haute couture today.

That’s why individuality has got to be king.

Well then, I really like to look at street style pictures, it can be so much fun. So i took to some of my fav street style sites – Elle, The Sartorialist and Guerreisms.com and came up with some interesting style from across the world and i mean that literally, Tokyo, Paris, Vancouver, New York, LA, Singapore, all represented.

Now, it’s no strange news that people world over are NOT afraid to express themselves through their style. It’s really beautiful, really. The crux is that they carry it so well and end up looking ‘uniquely fashionable’ if you ask me. See if you agree with me.

Don’t forget though, the argument here is for Individuality in your style! Trend slaves are bad, we get to throw rocks at ’em, lol

So, what’s the verdict? You have to admit, they pulled off  their individual style so well. Even when it was quirky or unusual, they had the complementary carriage.

So there, the vote goes to the fearless fashion savvy lady who will not be intimidated by the opinions of humanity.

 

Photo credits: Elle, The Sartorialist, Guerreisms

Paint it Red: Editorial Lurv

30 Mar

Every once in a smoky blue moon, you come across an editorial that stops you in your tracks and has you gaping, totally mesmerized. Sometimes it’s the flawless styling, sometimes it’s the way the beautiful clothes have been interpreted in stunning photography, sometimes it’s just the sheer life, you know, the joie de vivre oozing out of the model, set and pictures.

Well, this is one of those moments, and what has me so wowed this time is the zest, the va va voom and energy of the editorial; plus the focus on vibrant hues of red and pink, major colours for the Spring season.

And of course I spot the resplendent red asymmetrical Lanvin dress, that dress dazzles in every shoot the way it dazzled on the runway. Then the pink fluoro Jil Sander skirt. Too much to love about this editorial.

Don’t be startled by the close up of the model – Carola Remer’s toothy smile, it’s just joy; joy for great fashion, lol.

This splendid work was styled by fashion editor Marie Chaix for the spring summer issue of Self Service.

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Attention Wedge-a-holics: Julian Louie for ALDO

16 Mar

For all wedge lovers, tis the season to be merry. It’s a wedge fest this season, dozens of styles to choose from. We could go bonkers trying to choose. All thanks to the 70s come back, totally loving this Spring.

There’s been a major buzz around the Julian Louie for ALDO collection and it was officially launched yesterday. You bet it’s coming soon to an ALDO near you and online. The collection features tribal inspired wedges in Cotton ikat and Patchwork suede.

Not for the lily livered fashionista tho, these pieces must appeal to the tribal princess in you. Lol

Keep an eye out for when it starts selling on the ALDO site

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Pictures via stylepantry.com

Kurt Geiger Spring 2011 Collection: Delicious foot candy

26 Jan

Kurt Geiger leads the high street shoe retailer pack for some of the prettiest shoe collections packed in one store. It’s an endless sea of stunning shoe art.

For Spring, they’ve had no issues translating the key trends into drool worthy foot wear. Lots of electric colour, 70s style clogs and platforms, some stunning prints, leopard, polka dots.

Kurt Geiger is a MUST visit in the following months.

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Carvela Gallant Leopard £130

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Carvela Girl Orange £110

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Kurt Geiger Garson Turquoise-Gold

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Kurt Geiger Erika Turquoise £160

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Kurt Geiger Hoc Camel-Turquoise £280

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Kurt Geiger Gen Purple £180

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Carvela Annie Rust £140

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Kurt Geiger Galenka Purple-Green £180

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Carvela Abba Brown £95

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Carvela Alan Tan £120

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Kurt Geiger Athens Green

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Carvela Lotus Pink £110

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Carvela Gallant Sandal

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Carvela Krazy Red £75

Pictures via Instyle.co.uk

Louboutin Spring Summer Tour

23 Jan

The fusion between art and fashion is beautiful. It’s like a collision of two creative forces and quite exciting to see. One designer who constantly makes this happen is Christian Louboutin, all you need do is check out his fantasy themed site and you’ll see what I mean.

For the coming season he collaborated with photographer Khuong Nguyen to make a stunning Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook tagged Louboutin Spring Summer Tour. The concept gives life to the shoes and makes them take on a whole new persona, more or less like ‘the Louboutins day out.’

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Pictures via Trendland

The Best of Spring 2011 Bags: My Top 40

14 Oct

The attention grabbing clothes did a good job of trying to outshine the accessories but they were right there, holding their own and spicing things up.

After looking at the gorgeous bags that made the Spring 2011 runways, I chose my top 40 beauties. You’ll probably decipher that I love totes, the bigger the better, structure is right up my alley too. It wasn’t all totes though, there was an abundance of clutch bags a la Burberry, across the body bags and compact structured pieces. The abundantly fringed Roberto Cavalli bags stood out against the pack and appealed to the boho side of me.

For Spring 2011 bag trends, there’s a lot of structured large totes, the bags look large enough to fit all summer essentials and more, beach house perhaps? lol. The bright color trends showed up in bags too, there’s patterns, florals and embellishment, reflecting the key Spring trends.

 

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Versus Bag_Spring 2011

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Bottega Veneta

 

 

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Jil Sander Bag_Spring 2011

Jil Sander

 

 

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Nina Ricci

 

 

Rochas Bag_Spring 2011

Rochas

 

 

Jason Wu Bag_Spring 2011

Jason Wu

 

 

Burberry Bag_Spring 2011

Burberry

 

 

Giorgio Armani Bag_Spring 2011

Giorgio Armani

 

 

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Fendi

 

 

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Oscar de la Renta

 

 

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Loius Vuitton

 

 

Versus Bag_Spring 2011

Versus

 

 

Marc Jacobs Bag_Spring 2011

Marc Jacobs

 

 

Versace Bag_Spring 2011

Versace

 

 

Celine Bag_Spring 2011

Celine

 

 

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Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

Lanvin Bag_Spring 2011

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Christian Dior

 

 

Hermes Bag_Spring 2011

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Jean Paul Gaultier Bag_Spring 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier

 

 

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Fendi

 

 

Chanel Bag_Spring 2011

Chanel

 

 

Loius Vuitton Bag_Spring 2011

Loius Vuitton

 

 

Chloe Bag_Spring 2011

Chloe

 

 

Proenza Schouler Bag_Spring 2011

Proenza Schouler

 

 

Michael Kors Bag_Spring 2011

Michael Kors

 

 

Burberry Bag_Spring 2011

Burberry

 

Coming up next is my ‘Top 40 Spring 2011 shoes!’ Be right back.

Images via Style.com

Style Item: Ruthie Davis ‘Robot’ Sandal

12 Oct

Not only have I got love for the charming designer, but i adore this avant-garde label. Ruthie Davis is the go to label for fierce glam, edgy, sophisticated and subtly futuristic shoes. After turning out those spiked and studded shoes in previous collections, Spring 2011 is minimalist featuring wood, lucite and the signature heels. Gorgeous! I could use a pair of both.

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But as with everything too beautiful to be true, these gorgeous foot delicacies shall retail for $965 at Neiman Marcus

Paris Fashion Week: Elegance connoisseur Elie Saab

7 Oct

Elie Saab is one of my all time best designers. He represents all things feminine, luxe and elegant. I don’t really demand ‘fashion as art’ from Mr Saab, I just love to see him churn out those beautiful, exquisitely crafted dresses. He has an understanding of the female form and he knows how to dress it to sleek perfection, every collection is a celebration of sophistication and class.

For Spring, he touched on all the key trends, 70s inspiration, tailoring, sheers, prints, colour, but it was all very RTW.

As with typical Elie Saab, there were more pieces for evening/red carpet but just enough for work, play, laid back days. Either way, for every scenario the Elie Saab woman is oozing elegance.

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Paris Fashion Week: Exquisite craftsmanship at Alexander McQueen

6 Oct

Sarah Burton had worked with Alexander McQueen – as his assistant – for 15 years before his demise in February this year; and it was only natural that she would take over as creative director of the label. She presented the first catwalk collection without the iconic designer and demonstrated that the long career as his assistant paid off.

The collection was signature McQueen, ornate, intricate detailing, sharp tailoring, structure, lush fabrics and baroque ambiance. But Sarah Burton was right to say she’s not as dark as Lee McQueen. There was a softer, more feminine edge to the designs; it was like McQueen tension free and stripped of his signature dark concepts. It was lovely to see butterflies featuring in the collection, perhaps a reflection of the new designer’s state of mind. The hair was absolutely gorgeous, the earthy, intricate braiding was easily the most creative of fashion month.

All in all, it was a glowing tribute to the late Lee McQueen. The label is definitely carrying on.

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Paris Fashion Week: Gorgeous foot candy at Alexander McQueen

6 Oct

Sarah Burton did put on an amazing shoe at Alexander McQueen. She surely didn’t disappoint everyone waiting to see what the label will produce after the demise of Lee McQueen. The shoes on display deserved a separate post. I especially loved the pairs with butterfly details on the front.

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These butterfly detail pieces were my absolute favourite, especially the gold pair.

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Paris Fashion Week: Ultra feminine allure at Valentino

6 Oct

It’s becoming impossible to have a favourite at Paris Fashion Week! It almost looks like the loveliest were saved for the last few days.

The Valentino collection was everything soft, delicate, pure, whimsical and feminine. Prevalent colours we’ve seen in most Paris collections were present, black, white, nude, blush pink and a touch of brights. But this collection was the ultra feminine take; full of pretty, graceful and very wearable pieces. It had an effortless,understated, almost natural elegance, very Parisian chic. There was a generous helping of frills, slim belts and subtle bows. I especially loved the black lace and chiffon over nude layers of tulle. And of course the long sleeved maxi dress in Valentino’s signature red colour. Gorgeous, gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Every single piece has a wanted sign slapped on.

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Paris Fashion Week: My best of Yves Saint Laurent

5 Oct

Love the sleek chic look of Yves Saint Laurent and of course I was looking out for the shoes. There were lovely wedges and I especially love the ones with the elongated back.

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For shoes, Yves Saint Laurent completely has my heart. Check out these gorgeous pieces

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Paris Fashion Week: Nominee for best dress in PFW by Giambattista Valli

5 Oct

This is a formidable nominee for best dress in Paris fashion week. Gorgeous draping, romantic chiffon, beautiful mustard cum blush cum grey swathes of bliss, cinched waist. Pure Elegance.

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