27 October 2014

The 'N' Letter

Any garment that connects my torso my abdomen is okay in my (look)book. I find myself intrinsically drawn to odd, offbeat one-pieces; be it playsuits, overalls, jumpsuits, apron trousers, dungarees, and even flightsuits, yes flightsuits, and maybe onesies if you're feeling needy and kinky? There must be a psychological reason to being gravitated towards one-pieces, perhaps it eliminates the troubles of having to match a top and bottom, or you're really into workwear as casual-day-wear, or it subconsciously allows you to revert to an infant state-of-mind, but I rarely so 'NO' to jumpsuits. Take for example this white body-con (which in this case stands for body condom not body conscious) one-piece. Mine's from LLUNAA, a Hong Kong based womenswear and knitwear brand that just launched in London last Wednesday exclusively to the local press. So along with blogger buddies Zoe from Fashiononymous and Bryant from Bryantlives, we took to the streets and alleys of Hackney for some impromptu shoots, snacks, and shenanigans. Going minimal here by only throwing on candy necklace jewellery de la Chanel and resting-bitch-face shades. Needless to say, it was way too tempting not to shoot in front of a giant 'N' to reaffirm my name and identity. Now if I can only find the letters 'T' and 'P' candidly squished together, I will just need to caption, "this stands for The Provoker, not toilet paper."
sunglasses CÉLINE
jumpsuit LLUNNA (HERE)
necklace CHANEL
bracelet CHANEL

photography by Bryant Lee

16 October 2014

Being Square

From sweater season, to turtleneck err... teason, it's slowly, but surely getting chilly. Big apologies for being so slow in posting for the past week, all you need to know is that it's my final year in university, and neglecting errands and saying you're busy or held up becomes more of a routine than daily oral hygiene. Speaking of oral hygiene, I've been in immense excruciating pain for the past three days (and counting), as I broke out in stress ulcers on my tongue and inner cheek, rendering me literally speechless (or speaking with a lisp), and taking solid food with any exciting flavors off the menu. *Cue Awwwws* No, no, no, I'm not fishing for mass sympathy, I'm fishing for pain killers, which even upon receiving prescription versions of them have yet to dull the sore pain. But enough about oral inconveniences, and let's get back to talking about the weather and the need for neck covering apparel, which come to think of it only involves turtlenecks and scarves, maybe ascots, but that's pretty much it. At this point of pain, my turtleneck mind as well be a noose. That's what happens when I'm off the grid for a while... either something amazing has happened like industry-gossip filled dinner with the Vogue team, or something terrible like errr, well... this! #CantShhpeakPopperry
top, trousers & loafers CÉLINE

photography BRYANT LEE

07 October 2014

Fraying at the Fringe

In an attempt to keep things relatively consistent both in my life and in my sartorial choices, I decided to set another style rule in stone - choose a common theme/trend and vary it multiple times over your outfit. It may sound odd, or even ridiculous, but allow me to extrapolate. If I wanted to put on a fur stole, I would then pair that with a mohair jumper, fuzzy trousers, velvet brogues, and a hairy clutch; it's very yetti chic. The best part is I'm totally serious when it comes to not taking it serious. Oxymoron statements and ironic mentality plagues this platform, and I'm glad you're sitting in the same boat as I am. Alright, so since I was so adamant about featuring these canvas fringe cork wedges, the only pair of trows I could fathom of that would fall into the same subcategory were these fringe hemmed jeans that I repeat are not DIY patchwork denims. Then along came this hippie out-of-context Aztec woven fringe-for-all scarf that's finally weather appropriate to throw on without pedestrian judgement. I scoured my entire wardrobe for any tops or outerwear that also possess dangly bits and blobs but the ones that existed didn't quite do the trick, I'd even settle for anything with tassels or hair. It's a bit of a cop out but the toggle strings that drop from my parka still relates to fringe, well, maybe more like distant cousins? Meh.

photography by Annissa Mawida

29 September 2014

Featured in MetroPop Magazine

Monday mornings... they can feel like a mild case of depression wash over you as you swipe your phone or in some cases smash them to activate snooze mode; but wait, you can't... It's Monday so you have to get up and get shit done. But at least in my case, I woke up to discover I received a little something in the post - a magazine that made its way half way around the earth, all the way from Hong Kong. No, it's not a subscription, I'm not that dedicated to reading materials ever since the internet existed. Back in July, I spent some time visiting family whilst working on a few projects in Hong Kong, and one of those projects was an interview feature and photo shoot with MetroPop, a weekly magazine that covers anything from art, culture, music, design, beauty, health, and of course fashion. I'm delighted to be part of their 420th issue, and even more delighted to find out I received a three page spread in print #SWOON! I'm still snuggled up in pajamas, with a serious case of bed hair, but I'm already reaching for the camera and putting this featured post up. As much as I'd love to say 'read away!' I think my non-Chinese reading readers might just have some difficulty in deciphering the code. Oh trust me, you're not the only one, I too have difficulty when it comes to reading though speaking wise I'm fine. But don't worry, it's more or less simply me describing what it means to be a 'provoker', blurring gender lines, my undying love for novelty accessories and a styling tip or two. Okay, now back to the real world, with my eyes glued to a monitor and caffeine coursing through my veins. What courses through your veins in the morning? Tell me!
A big provocative thank you to MetroPop for featuring me.

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