Saturday, 28 May 2011

Sunday Bargains

I've been hearing a lot about these Swedish Hasbeens clogs, H&M's latest collaborator.  So I decided to venture into town to check them out for myself. These days, I rarely have time to pop into town to shop. Online shopping has always been easier and with so many sites offering free returns - it's a no brainer.

Obviously the moment I walked in, I new it would be impossible to come out empty handed. This is why I try not to go into town...it's too dangerous for my purse! I immediately made a beeline for these beauties although clogs aren't naturally what I gravitate to when buying shoes. With enough straps to hold my foot in, I can most certainly run for the bus in these.

Spitalfields Market is a bit of a gem too. Browsing through hundreds of stalls on offer, I found this sweet floral top for the princely sum of £10. Perfect for summer over a loose top or just worn open.

Don't you just love a good bargain?!





Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Pool Disco

I've got a backlog of pictures to post up so I'll try and go through them before it stacks up again. They say when it rains, it pours! That's me at the moment with work and juggling new projects too.

In celebration of the Royal Wedding, Shoreditch House threw a Pool Disco Royale party on their roof terrace. It was a nice break away from the computer and being a work-nerd. So I found myself huddled around a pool with some very funky types, hoping to let my hair down on the dance-floor.

Trying to look lady-like in heels whilst jostling past bodies throwing shapes is a rather tricky thing especially on a very wet floor. I had visions of being elbowed and falling rather ungracefully into the pool with 300 people looking at me. That's happened once before with painful consequences so I'm not looking for round two!



Massimo Dutti leather jacket / Asos Top / Topshop leather trousers / Sergio Rossi Heels


Vintage clutch / Linda Farrow sunnies



Monday, 23 May 2011

Hop to it!

Kaninhop Club in the village of Jena, Germany recently held a rabbit jumping competition. Originally a Scandinavian sport that's err...really 'taken off', each competing rabbit hops over a variety of miniature sized jumps. Not just a fluffy face....



Snoopy, who actually competes in different bunny hop contests across Germany, was the star of the day. Claudia Fehlen, Snoopy's proud owner, says that the talented rabbit can jump around round 60cm high.




Cotton Candy giving it all



James leaping for gold!


Intense concentration

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Bondage anyone?

The Reality Show By Araki
on Nowness.com.



I'm loving this video by the master of erotic art Nobuyoshi Araki. Best known for his provocative photographs of the art of Japanese rope tying (kinbaku). His works are controversial and I guarantee you, will illicit some kind of reaction from the viewer.

Here he is shooting the second issue of limited-edition Tokyo-based style magazine The Reality Show.

My first introduction of his work was at his major exhibition at the Barbican Gallery. I recall my reaction from that day as a mixture of wonder, fascination and curiosity. Araki’s work confronts taboo subjects such as sex, nudity and death head on - no apologies.

Strong stuff!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Monsters

Shoreditch is great for soaking up the arty vibe from time to time. So I was pleased to traipse off east-side to attend Buff Monster’s premier London solo show at StolenSpace.

He is a renowned Californian street artist who lives in Hollywood and cites heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese culture as major influences.

The ‘Buff Monster pink’ is custom-mixed and is used in his signature candy pink bubbles, drips, ice cream sundaes, in a lot of his works.

It’s all very pop-tastic. I wish there was a Pantone colour of that pink (there’s none now) but that would be missing the point?

Exhibition dates: 29.04.11 - 29.05.11


Cape: Vintage



Bag: Anya Hindmarch / Brogues: Russell & Bromley

 
Waistcoat: Malene Birger / Top: H&M


Alexander McQueen Twin Skull bracelet / Whistles gold bangle + Chain bracelet


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Tumblr vs Blogger

Apologies if you've just popped by and notice the influx of postings in the last few days from nowhere!

I've decided to revive my blogger and have been moving a few articles over from Tumblr (my main site) that I've posted in the last month or so for the benefit of people that enjoy using Blogger.

It's still hard to choose one from the other as there are pros and cons which most seasoned bloggers will know. SO...I've decided to use both for now with Tumblr consisting of more random pictures I've pulled from other inspirational sites (handy reblog feature).

Just wondering if any of you are equally torn between these two blogging platforms??

Gently does it

I’m currently loving Fantastic Man’s new sister magazine, The Gentlewoman. Launched last year, the third issue is out with Adele gracing the cover. The magazine claims to be:

"The new biannual style magazine for a new decade. Featuring inspirational, international women, it pairs ambitious journalism with a sartorial and intelligent perspective on fashion that is focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress."

The strikingly simple design is what caught my eye first. Vast white spaces, minimal and good use of typography/layout. It’s reminiscent of an old-fashioned magazine but yet startlingly modern. The spareness is refreshing and it stands apart from a lot of the women’s magazine you see on the newsstand today.






This issue features Adele Adkins, writer Fatima Bhutto, activist Mabel van Oranje, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Frances Prenna Jones, Colette’s creative director Sarah and artist Germaine Kruip to name a few.

Check it out, it’s definitely one for the coffee table…

Cover price from: £6.33
Buy here: www.magazinecafe.co.uk or www.newsstand.co.uk

Huishan Zhang **H.N.D**

                                                   

Each year in June, two world-class fashion colleges in London from the University of the Arts hosts their end-of-year shows. Students all over fervently preparing for their big moment in the limelight with the press and fashion editors piling in to find the ‘next big thing’.

Over many years, the London College of Fashion and Central St Martins have given us talented designers like Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney and John Galliano to name a few.

One such talent that stood out for me is Huishan Zhang, my hot new designer (HND) this week. A graduate from Central St Martins, Huishan Zhang’s elegant lace and organza creations are sumptuous, feminine and contours women’s bodies beautifully. I love the contrast of the black ornate lace layered on the ivory-coloured organza. It’s a striking combination where craft meet luxury.




Central St Martins BA 2010






A/W2011

Coming from the East, I’ve seen numerous times how Chinese inspired fabrics and patterns are used to create new contemporary pieces but always fail miserably in the end. It’s a very fine line and only the skilled will succeed with the right use of fabric, colour and good old-fashion tailoring.


Stockist: Browns for AW11/12

Life’s a beach…

So here we are again but this time I can finally show you a few snippets from my wedding in Langkawi, Malaysia!

We had the most amazing time with perfect weather (although rain was predicted which did make my heart stop for a moment)!

Ruby’s beautiful pictures really captured the mood of the day wonderfully. My dress was from the Vintage Wedding Dress Company and I added some vintage pieces to complete the whole look. The pearls were a gift from a friend Mika, a jewellery designer in Japan - thanks Mika! For the shoulders, I sourced for vintage art deco clips which were sewn on together with the pearls.

Berwick Street Cloth Shop has been a god-send too. Their fabrics are to die for. Just be prepared if you go there because you will want to buy everything! I decided to make my own sash because I wanted something that was a combination of a belt and a train.

The shop assistant was brilliant and spent an hour with me going though all the possibilities. At one point, he looked like he was enjoying the process more than me! We ended up with a few meters of beautiful, soft french chiffon and lace trimming for the waist.

To compliment the 1940s dress and shoulder clips, Glitzy Secrets had these beautiful hair clips that was just perfect. I wanted a little sparkle overall but still maintaining a subtle and classy feeling.

Paul’s Lego table place cards/wedding favours went down a storm. He hand-made them one by one…poor thing! Magnets were glued behind each Lego name so that our guests could take them away and stick them on their fridges back home.

In addition I also commissioned a friend to create another set of wedding favours using feathers, shells and branches to go with the beach theme. They were made into corsages, hair combs and wrist corsages.

A year’s planning, hundreds of emails, phone calls and dealing with the time difference was worth it in the end. That said, I don’t miss organising it at all! I’m glad that part is over and done with.
What I do miss is the day itself, my friends all together in one place and the big party!

xx












Venue: The Andaman, Langkawi
Dress: The Vintage Wedding Dress Company
Earrings & Clips: Passionate about Vintage
Hair Clips: Glitzy Secrets 

Photographer: Ruby Yeo & Christina Lim 
Flowers: Darling Florist

Kiki Kang








Models that have the incredible ability to pull of the most versatile of looks are few and far between. Kiki Kang from China is one such model. I’m loving her ‘looks’ and the art direction from these editorials…

Napoleon



My darling Napoleon giving Tom Ford a run for his money.

….and no, he’s real and not a stuff toy.
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