Category Archives: Fashion

The Fear of the Unexpected

I try to quote my sources under the captions. E.g. From Source: Title. Sometimes I forget my source, so no credits. My bad. I will take the photo down if I may have infringed on any copyrights.

I just tweeted about how I was semi-freaking out from my tutor’s email reply to an email notification that 3 classmates and I were going to miss his class due to volunteering at MFW. I think I freaked out cause I didn’t expect any complications might possible arise and I do not want to come across as a bother to my tutors and fashion head…

But that is the price you have to pay, sacrifices you have to make when you want to grab opportunities for experience and exposure. You will have to somehow impose on others, get out of your comfort zone from what is familiar, comfortable. To meeting problems, trouble-shooting and making right decisions fast.

The briefing for MFW was disorganized. Hopefully the team gets better with each day. Very happy that Bev, Ace and Ser joining me to help out at the event! And Beatrice also helping out as Backstage crew.

Going to pray for a smooth-sailing week.

Xx

Update: Photos, My sister is back & Moms Needs Mars Review!

Nothing much to update except for the news that my sister is back! & for the now pretty regular update of inspirational photos I source from everywhere.

In between Advertising and Marketing classes with Desmond, Bini, Kat & I went for lunch at PS, watched Mars Needs Moms (more on that later) and Watsons shopping. Teehee.

Mars Needs Moms is apparently a Disney movie-flop because they pumped a lot of money in but it is not a hit. Maybe because of the terrorizing idea of aliens stealing a kid’s mum just doesn’t make for a movie hit. Anyways I rate it 3.5/5 and it’s a funny, entertaining show that I think I would have enjoyed more as a kid. 🙂 The ending reminded me of Avatar. Hee.

My sister brought back so many goodies from UK! Chocolates, KRISPY KREMES (3 BOXES), Absolut Vodka, Chocolate crusted pop rice. YUMMMMS~ I shall post pictures of them soon~

Shall go and do some work for Studio and Marketing projects! Ciaos~

Fashion’s IT Bags SS 2011

My Aunt asked me a few days back what the IT bags are nowadays. So I replied her that they are the Celine Luggage bag, Balenciaga Motorcycle bag, Mulberry Alexa Chung bag and for this particular Spring Summer 2011, LV art deco bags and Proenza Schouler bags are all the rage.

So I thought it’ll be cool to collate these bags for this SS 2011 season and maybe update every season. 😉

In no order of merit.

Celine Luggage

Since early 2010, this french designer bag has made its way onto the arms of fashion editors and into the hearts of fashion lovers around the world. However I don’t share the same feelings with those who love this bag. Boxy bags just don’t cut it for me.

Balenciaga Motorcyle Bag

This  bag is distinctive for its distressed leather look and metal “tooth-paste cover barrel” studs. It channels a rebellious and punk attitude for fashionistas who are in the know because it does not carry a brand/logo. This bag is a hit with me. 😉 Balenciaga is a Spanish brand, a fact I had to google for myself as well!

Mulberry Alexa Bag

This bag is name after famous British fashion icon, Alexa Chung. Mulberry is known for being a luxury English brand and this classic looking bag has been all the rage since its introduction last year. Many replicas (some as low as $40) are already on the market. Imitation is after all, the best form of flattery. I really dig the braided design on the handle.

Mulberry Alexa from SS 2010.

I personally like the Alexa bag and have been watching it for a while now. Many new colours and textures are introduced with the new season and I really like the one above in its bright digital leopard print design.

Louis Vuitton Art Deco Bag SS 2011

When I saw this bag, it was an instant hit with me and I was surprised to know it was from LV as it’s so different from all the monogrammed bags they are so famous for. These bags go with the China-targeted collection. I simply love the harmony of the pop of fuchsia, gold and dark maroon coloured bag.

Proenza Schouler Bag

Proenza Schouler Bag for SS2011
The sturdiness, practicality of Proenza Schouler bag really appeals to me. The bright orange bag is really iconic of SS 2011.

Chloe Paraty Bag

It’s unique shape and comfort of use makes this Chloe Paraty bag a popular choice with many fashionistas.

Hermes Birkin – The BAG of all bags.

Although the Birkin bag isn’t an IT bag. I thought I needed to put it in for good measure. Hermes is a very prestigious French house that produces limited bags for very high prices. It’s supposedly THE bag all fashionistas aim for and can die happy when they finally get their hands on one. The waiting list for a bag is supposedly 3 years but hastened if you have connections. When you get to carry one, it either means you’re really famous, rich or both.

Now, that’s a lot of bags! Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it.

xoxo

The Purpose of Fashion

Just the other day I read this column from the Guardian website. Read it for yourself:

Apart from making a few individuals and companies obscenely rich, what purpose does fashion serve? – Pete, by email

Gosh, I don’t know, Pete. Maybe you could tell me what purpose sport serves other than making the very few obscenely rich and the masses fat and lazy from sitting all day watching pointless matches on TV? And I’ve always wondered, what’s the point of the film industry? Or art? Or fancy cars? Or anything, really, that’s not basic, boring and bland?

Obviously there’s no real purpose to fashion in the way there is a purpose to, say, water or the sun. But if one takes for granted that making life that little more enjoyable for those who like it is, in itself, a purpose, then I guess fashion does serve one. More of one for some of us than crummy cricket and flipping football; less of one for others. If you wish to go around town in a burlap sack or a beige boiler suit, by all means, boiler it up to the max. I could launch into some diatribe about fashion being a form of self-expression, art and commerce all combined in one unique form but I see no need for overcompensatory special pleading on fashion’s part. The purpose is the same as the purpose of Premier League football: to make some people very wealthy and to make others forget the pointlessness of existence for at least a few minutes a day. – Hadley Freeman

After reading it, I knew I had to make a stand for myself regarding the purpose of fashion, since I am in this very industry(or studying for it) myself. Yes, ostensibly fashion is very frivolous and seems to serve no real purpose other than the vanity of men and women. However there are many facets to fashion. There may be runway fashion collections that changes every 6 months with each season but there are also certain fashion styles that are classic and never die.

Fashion is a form of individual expression. Singaporeans may not realize this because we are generally a boring lot that grow up within high-rise buildings and grey concrete but the world is our oyster and we can dress to please ourselves, to brighten up our mood as well as others around us.

Fashion conveys attitudes and statuses. You are what you dress. Fashion serves to give you the power to dress to impress, or dress to be inconspicuous. It allows you to stand out from or blend in with the crowd.

Fashion is fantasy, joyful escapism and solid entertainment. The latest trends and vivid colours of fashionable clothes fill the pages of glossy magazines, television and websites. It pleases the eyes of girls who dream of a better life, open minds to different cultures and lifestyles, enriches.

Fashion is not only about enticing the rich to spend their wealth on the lastest “must have/IT” item. It serves the vanity and needs of the rich as well as the poor. Fashion is beauty and so much more. What’s there to not like about Fashion? 🙂

Finance assessment today. Really thankful for my friends Bini and Kat. Revised the Revision paper with them yesterday and Bini called me this morning from my deep slumber or I’d have missed the class assessment altogether! I was pretty nervous about it as it’s the first Finance paper in my life and I only started revision yesterday. 😛 But thank God it went well! I managed to balance the Trial Balance and it was really satisfying.

To remember “Asset + Expenses = Liabilities + Revenue + Capital”
just remember, “After Eating, Let’s Read Comics!” Works like a charm for me. 😀

My tutor encouraged me to sign up for Transmission Lab, an apprenticeship programme that culminates into an exhibition at the end of the year. I considered for a bit and decided to go for it so I took a while to get everything together and emailed them just now! I’m not sure how it’ll work out. I’ll be praying about it. 🙂

My job search has ceased as of the moment. The two job interviews didn’t end with an offer, most likely because I am a full-time student. I need to brainstorm more on what I can possible offer that can give me a satisfactory pay.

xoxo

Life is but a high school drama


Images from The Satoralist, Garance Dore & My Facebook. 😉

I have so many things going on in head right now.

1. A bit of drama going on in my class right now.
2. I enjoy reading 100+ accumulated google reader posts
3. Which leads to my point that my interests are fashion and business – particularly branding.
4. Which leads to another point that high end fashion brands don’t really interest me. It’s the aspirational branding that interests me, the kind of high quality style and lifestyle that the brands inspire that interests me.

Basically I think that some pretty dramatic high school calibre drama is unfolding in my class which previously involved a certain few people who didn’t appear in class and hence didn’t do their work to the woe of their project group partners. I don’t want to name names here and before I go into details about the drama I think it’s important to know that everyone is right in their own eyes and when there is a conflict, usually both parties are at fault and both will have to compromise and change should they want to restore the relationship. It takes two to clap, no matter how much one party hope things to change it won’t if the other party doesn’t tango, so to speak.

So basically there are two close friends in class, I’ll call them A & B. Some drama happened between the two of them, but A didn’t know. A felt something wasn’t right with them when B was treating her coldly. Then A found out B has been bitching about her behind her back she’s hurt and upset and also can’t really be bothered to talk things through especially since A seems to still be avoiding her.

My 2 cents: It is NOT ok to bitch about your close friends to people you are not close to, i.e. regular classmates. It is hurtful and damaging to the relationship and you should totally talk things through with the said close friend and not avoid her.

And of course, I strongly encourage A to talk things through with B and give their friendship another shot… But it’s really all up to A & B.

I want to have a peaceful college life and I don’t want to be involved in any dramas and I personally empathize with A because it really sucks to fall out with close friend in school (from my experience last year) and besides she also have some personal issues to deal with at the same time. But in a way it’s also good because from this drama, she can see (cheesy phrase) the true colour of B and also it will make her stronger for the (what people always say) REAL world out there.

You want to know something?

The REAL world is now. There is no such thing as the REAL world. The REAL world is but a world of high school kids masquerading in suits and dresses. One thing I have learnt is that you can’t expect adults to behave like one just because they look like one. And I digress, I hope I will slowly become a mature and responsible adult. And that is what parents need to teach their kids.. not just with mere words but in action and lifestyle as well.

I digressed. So going back to my other points, I was reading my 100+ google posts and I realize that so far I have been subscribing to a lot of fashion and marketing news and reading these updated information makes me happy.

And as I skim and pause on certain posts, I realize that apart from fashion business news, I linger and read in depth on news that covers on branding. And this is possibly due to my interest in graphic design and how that builds and reinforces identity branding. It is fascinating to me how corporations use symbols/text/graphic to brand their products and organization and how good identity branding translates their values to their users and supporters. Successful branding will even draw crowds to their products because of the additional or elevated prestige and status it conveys. Amazing.

As of the moment, I am not captivated or blown away by top luxury/fashion brands. Neither do I feel a great urge or need to obtain on of those IT bags. I don’t feel I need things to fulfill my life. What I like however and day dream about is a certain type of clothes and lifestyle that some top brands convey. Brands like Ralph Lauren and Burberry for example. That laid-back smart casual attire that channels the sophisticated lifestyle you would expect the intellectual rich to have. So yes, I don’t dream for the next IT bag but I dream for a sophisticate lifestyle.

And I guess that’s what branding is all about, for those who can afford it to buy it, for those who cant, to lust after it until they can. Right now I think that these big brands runway trendy items are but a waste of money and just fancy ways for you to spend precious money on to satisfy needs that marketers have created for their own pockets.

Mariel Clayton – Doll Photographer with a subversive sense of humour

I was looking through my google reader just the other day and I came across an article on Mariel Clayton’s work depicting Barbie as a psycho-killer.

A picture for your reference: Ok warning: image is macabre.

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I actually really appreciate Clayton’s work. Although the works are really sadistic and macabre but for someone who’s seen macabre art (and news for that matter), her works aren’t that horrific. The amount of details in the images are evident of the effort and work Clayton takes to produce each image/scene. The images leave me with sense of admiration for her craft.

I like the idea of subverting Barbie – the perfect doll – to a crazed persona because Barbie is an idealistic, unrealistic fantasy that is marketed to young girls. I think Clayton is saying that the attractive Barbie, perfect girlfriend / mother material can also be a psychopath killer. Why not?

And another:

I thought this was really funny. It says: Barbie – The Final Chapter. After years of bingeing, purging and boob jobs. Ken tells Barbie he’s leaving her for another younger, thinner… man.

Alright, to wash your mind of those scary images above, check out Clayton’s cute albeit lethal Barbie image.

The title says “Happy Chew Ears!” How cute! Ok wait… on closer look is that actually a plate of ears?

If you are keen, you can check out more of Clayton’s work here:

http://www.thephotographymarielclayton.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marielclayton/

You can even purchase her prints here:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/sniperphotog

She covers a range of interesting themes in her websites, do check them out! 🙂

To illustrate the influence/impact of Barbie on the modern world of fashion, I’ll end off the post with a Barbie doll-like image of Alessandra Ambrosio on Love Magazine:

Black is becoming Boring

Hi! I don’t usually post about fashion related topics on my blog, ironically since I am studying fashion. Talking about studying fashion, I find it rather contrived when people use the word “reading” fashion/law/whatever course instead of using “studying”. Just saying. So going back to the point, I was checking the blog contest comments sections to check out the recent posts and I was quite disappointed to see a new post that is vying for the Balenciaga bag. Haha. However I am glad to have read the post on monoxious.com because it’s a fashion-centred blog managed by two pretty girls who have an obsession with black.

Let the pictures do the talking. 😉

Dawn, the younger of the duo. She’s like a pretty Japanese doll!

Arissa. Channels a more edgy vibe.

Dawn in an enviable black dress and obi belt.

Arissa in a stylish ensemble.

Oddly enough it’s the first time I chanced upon them although they’ve been writing since 2009. I think it is probably because they seldom attend local fashion events. Or maybe I am not as up-to-date with the local fashion blogging scene. Maybe both.

I enjoy reading their blog and I like seeing their outfit posts, their choice of clothing, bags, shoes and accessorizes. Even the choice of brands or place of purchase are relatable, like m)phosis, far east plaza, bugis street. They feature Ann Demeulemeester (had to google for the surname) knock-off shoe, mulberry knock-off bag and Alexander McQueen knock-off bag. Maybe knock-off isn’t the right word. Although it’s what they use on their blog, I like to think “inspired” is a better word. I adore the photos they took with lovely graffiti/city skyline/flower fields/forest-y/pyramid/busy street backgrounds. It’s a very cosmopolitan, global village feel.

They even featured quite a fair bit on black edgy fashion items like chain necklace, leather pants and the like which I personally adore and if given the budget, I would probably by now own a rock-star worthy wardrobe. That’s why my bio on twitter reads closet punk rockstar. Hurhur. 😛

But somehow seeing them in my personal fashion style – edgy, rocker/biker chic – I feel a sense of loss. I don’t know how to put it across or explain it. Maybe I am just tired of wearing black all the time. Maybe I have outgrown metal/rocker/biker chic style. Maybe I have a growing fondness for spring colours and motifs. A growing fondness for nude/neutral palette.

So I guess the whole point of today’s post is an increasing realization of how the black rocker chic style cool factor is waning for me. In fact black now channels a pretty everyman worker feel to me. No offense but black is a professional office executive colour.

I only started to be more selective with what I wear when I was 18 going 19. My FM4A classmates actually commented that they notice a rocker-chic girl image from how I dress and I was very surprised and pleased to hear that. Although I really think it’s more like muted/stripped down/simpler rocker chic style. HAHA.

So now I am left wondering and redefining what is my preferred fashion style. As of now I think it’s simple/modern/classic and I have an increasing desire to include more nude, neutral, pastel colours into my wardrobe, one piece at a time.

Ah… the love, the life, the woes of a fashion student.

Sometimes I think being in fashion is a contradiction for a christian. In an industry where looks, appearances are everything and where people are seen as superficial. God tells us beauty is not seen on golden braids but in the heart (my paraphrase, will dig up the verse another time) and that man looks at the appearance but God looks at the heart. Many times I think fashion is a very self-centred concept and an industry that breeds selfishness where people care more for the next fad and the next IT bag. What about God’s love for the poor, the needy, the widowed? They are almost completely over-shadowed, forgotten in this glitzy glamour world of fashion.

But the fact is that I know for sure Fashion is the industry that I want devote myself to work in this world. I love it and I enjoy it. Many times I feel that it is superficial and I am conflicted within. Can any christian tell me how not to be, in face of seeing provocative, sexy, sensual nude images flashing in fashion magazines, in lecture and better yet as a key image for a semester long project? The subject of nude images are mostly female so perhaps the temptation is lesser but nonetheless we/I am going to be increasingly desensitized by sex and whatever it sells. Can that be acceptable? The answer is no. What am I to do about it is the question that follows. One that I am still discovering.

I guess God’s purpose for me in the world of fashion is something I am still discovering and while I unravel the mystery I am continually reminding myself to keep my eyes on the cross. Okay I totally didn’t mean to end this post as a holy-moly one but I did. ^^V

Reebonz Bag; Spring Outfits!

Hi! Reebonz is having a blogging contest and this is my post for the contest. 🙂

Spring is coming and here’s a lovely bag that you’d want to carry for Spring!

Balenciaga Giant Chic Box Bag

Spring is a wonderful time and here are 3 outfit sets I’ve created to go with the bag!

 


Balenciaga Giant Chic Box Bag, Burberry Dress, Alexander McQueen Blazer, Mulberry Boots, Max and Chloe Necklace


Balenciaga Giant Chic Box Bag, Valentino Dress and Brooch, Christian Louboutin Pumps, Tarina Tarantino Headband


Balenciaga Giant Chic Box Bag, Lanvin Gown, Burberry Jacket, Balmain Shoes, Roberto Cavalli Necklace and Bracelet

May you have a wonderful Spring ahead! 🙂