16 September 2014

The Provoker X THE OUTNET

Firstly, let me apologize for the slight delay on posts, I've been occupied. I'm aware of the necessity of improving on organization skills, but I can't help but envy anyone who possesses a PA (shout out to all personal assistants in the world!). As I type this, I'm seated on the Eurostar just six rows of seats away from Stanley Tucci (Nigel from The Devil Wears Prada) on 'our' way to Paris. Yes, I'm certain that's him after awkwardly locking eyes twice while we stood in line at Caffe Nero. Can I be Anne Hathaway for just like two minutes? Okay, back to reality, which is a cramped window seat full of my overfilling bags and croissant crumbs all over myself, how chic. Speaking of chic, I do in fact have something prepared for those of you who are more interested in obtaining styling inspiration than my uncomfortable, crumb-infested French journey. Recently, I worked with The OUTNET - the mecca of online shopping - who provided a few pieces to progress with a mini-editorial styling shoot. My penchant for novelty accessories and shooting my looks in front of graffiti murals is perhaps the best way to put a personal spin on these styled looks. A total of four, with graphic backdrops and thrifted neckerchiefs sourced from Brick Lane (aren't they fetching!) as the common thread that metaphorically ties the shoot together. I can't help but be a little bummed I could've spread the shoot into four separate posts; then again, that will be cheating, sort of. Witness as I provoke the industrial rundown regions of London, and my love for disheveled locales meets subversive styling, a true editorial fit for any provoker

Alrighty then, are you ready for a rapid narration of not one, but four looks in thirty seconds or less depending how quick you can read?! Go! Outfit number one's pretty self-explanatory: printed canvas Acne culottes may seem like the focal point, but my gummy bear love clutch would beg to differ. Look two is when you cross a skater boy with a milk maid. Talk about functional fashion, I not only can skate off at any moment, but also milk cows in these Mih jean dungarees; and whilst we're still on the topic of cattle, let's move onto my third farm fresh look aka. The Hackney Hillbilly. Same denim, different shades. If I committed a fashion faux pas of wearing a denim jacket with denim trousers, then that's faux sure the case here (that was not a pun). I love an off-beat ensemble as much as the next weirdo, the disconnect in this look appeals to me since it forever oscillates between an 80s vintage mood but with a modern embroidered book clutch and patent loafer sandals; all hail the clash! And finally the look du jour (since we consider provocativeness as a grading system here on The Provoker). This frilly Chloé pleated organza top once housed a giant cupcake, but now I've taken over. No look is complete without grungy jeans, and Junya Watanabe perfected the DIY-esque fringe hem cause ma' ankles also like to party, party, party! Swoosh! And because pairing the look with burgundy pilgrim chunky heels makes no sense, I went with it, not just cause they're Miu Miu, no... I'd never do that.
photography by Annissa Mawinda and Christine Adelina

LOOK 1
shirt PUSH BUTTON | neckerchief VINTAGE | culottes ACNE STUDIOS (HERE) | sneaker AMERICAN APPAREL | clutch CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA (HERE)
LOOK 2
bandana VINTAGE | sunglasses KAREN WALKER (HERE) | shirt THEORY (HERE) | dungarees MIH JEANS (HERE) | sneakers BALENCIAGA

LOOK 3
jacket THEORY (HERE) | neckerchief VINTAGE | cardigan CHANEL VINTAGE | jeans WRANGLER | loafers 3.1 PHILLIP LIM | clutch OLYMPIA LE-TAN (HERE)

LOOK 4
neckerchief VINTAGE | top CHLOÉ | jeans JUNYA WATANABE | heels MIU MIU


Special thanks to The OUTNET team for this styling collaboration.

08 September 2014

Eye am The Provoker

One of the things on my bucket-list is to fulfill my dream of going through with an American road-trip, driving through all the states and rolling through the deserts like Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner. Unfortunately current commitments would have it that I'm bound to the UK; no complaints, but sometimes this 'Londoner' needs to get out of the city. So my blogger bestie Claire (Chouquette) and I decided to pay her old hometown a visit. We took to the road a bottle of coconut water, the latest Porter Magazine issue, an impromptu outfit, and a DSLR and drove straight to Essex. This particular cornfield (now trimmed) is tinged with nostalgia and bittersweet memories for Claire, so it was fittingly endearing that a shoot commenced right here on this very foundation. As scenic as the setting was, I'd be the first to admit that ninety percent of the activities we did were drenched with clichés, then again, I like cliché. For those of you who've been following my Instagram (@the_provoker), you'd have already seen an instavideo of Claire and I joining arms and spinning in circles like fourteen year old girls at a hippie festival... Yep, the gypsy and the tomboy, the pair of us! #sorry. It's the affordable version of Kate and Naomi, Alexa and Poppy, Bonni and Clyde! What made the meadow field all the more perfect was witnessing the gradual country sunset and watch the sky fade pink. Did I feel like I was in a Mulberry ad? No, no, I felt like it was Chloe. The only downside to this all was trying to hop over a barbed fence in bare legs and dungaree shorts; luckily I've checked, both balls still intact. Note to self: bring jeans. Alright, I think I've provided you all with enough context regarding what happened behind the scenes, so now, the clothes. I've unknowingly channeled Alexa Chung today, breton stripes and dungees, need I say more? It's a good look, now approximate and shop it! Then pop on some glittery sandals and compliment these sparkly shoes with an even more sparkly bag. There's nothing quite like a sequin embroidered evil eye clutch that borders on Illuminati references now is there? My penchant for novelty accessories really comes into play here, I'm thinking you better 'watch out' because #ImWatchingYou... #Illuminati.

cardigan CHANEL (SIMILAR) or (SIMILAR)
necklace KURSHUNI (SIMILAR) or (SIMILAR)
dungarees VINTAGE (SIMILAR) or (SIMILAR)
sandals GIVENCHY (SIMILAR) or (SIMILAR)
clutch SERENA BY SUNITA MUKHI (HERE) or (HERE)

Thank you Sunita for my beautiful eye clutch!

04 September 2014

Giveaway: 3.1 Phillip Lim

It's that time of the month again, my 'honorary' period. Ewwwww... gross... why did I say that?! I honestly don't know, it just came into my head and couldn't be alone with it, grrrrh! #Restart! Okay, I meant, it's time for a giveaway. So unlike my period, let's make this quick, brief, and painless. I've had many wonderfully provoking moments with this bag, that just so happen to be named the 'Abichi Bag' aka. 'a bitchy bag'; but it's time for us to part ways, and let her find a new owner (her name is Deborah), one with just as much passion for subversive layering and sartorial offense as the former one, perhaps also with a penchant for synthetically colored animal skin manifesting itself into the form of a mini-accessory, that also functions as a lunch box for the chicest of kindergarteners. I can totally see Blue Ivy and North West at play groups holding their baby-Birkins or custom mini-satchels proportional to their size like an adult with a classic. Basically, this giveaway is my way of saying thank you to all my amazing followers, readers, and provokees from all over the world who have been supporting me and putting up with my insta-shenanigans. *Cue clichéd acceptance speech*, words cannot describe how much you all mean to me, and here's to many more provocative years ahead. Oh! And just to share a little exciting news, in less than a years time, The Provoker is going to be relaunched and upgraded; think of The Provoker going on digital steroids, whatever that means. That aside, if you're just as into Phillip Lim bags as I am - and lord knows I am - alls you gots to do is follow moi on Bloglovin' and/or Instagram @The_Provoker (icons also in the side bar ->). This giveaway is international, and the winner will be announced on Instagram! May the lucky provoker win.
bag 3.1 PHILLIP LIM


28 August 2014

Corset Complex

Again, I'm manically rifling through my closet - which now pans out into the living room/kitchen territory - looking for something fresh to wear. Of course, my definition of 'fresh' remains cheekily-ambiguous and often equivalates to a new item of clothing. So after scanning my wardrobe from every possible angle, but with futile results, my eyes somehow ended reverting to my breasts, and a most titillating (lol) thought came to mind: perhaps I should wear something that highlights my breasts chest, or at least the lack of it. Oh yes, yes, yes ladies... I've taken one risk-kay step forward in sartorial-offense by provoking my way into corsets. Say whaaaa? No, say corsets! Cross calf-hair whipstitched corsets to be exact, thank you Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos! So much for normcore. Surprisingly, layering this hairy bodice over a buttoned shirt didn't feel as restrictive as one would've guessed, but then again I don't possess D-cup boobs that in this case would compress my lungs rendering me out of breath around Shoreditch. So there are benefits to being flat chested, I mean, I have to see the bra as half full over half empty, just basic optimism. Now with my torso delightfully styled and all my vital organs safely intact, then comes the bottoms. Personally, the only trousers that could seamlessly and unpretentiously compliment such statement upper body attire would be these vintage mom jeans, since boyfriend ones could cheat on you. I refuse to bid this summer farewell just yet, and it's still considered sandal season, so I went out and found Sally, who you know, sells seashells by the seashore. I kidnapped and forced her to sew those bloody seashells on my seashoes. Okay that doesn't make sense, I mean my sandals. So what you're seeing on my feet are the craftsmanship of Sally's slave labor, you like? At this very point, I now find myself so deeply enthralled by any tops that approximate a corset or bustier without the obvious implications of a typical bra. So besides having unresolved inferiority complexes, I've also - through no fault of my own - developed a not-so-classic case of 'corset complex', whatever that may be.
  

shirt PUSH BUTTON
 corset PETER PILOTTO
bracelet DRIES VAN NOTEN
belt ZARA WOMEN
 jeans LEVI'S
 sandals DRIES VAN NOTEN

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