30 March 2012

Moy & Miu

While still getting accustomed to my newly renovated apartment in Hong Kong which I love love love, I often find myself still rummaging through drawers or cabinets just to see where things are kept. And while browsing through the house's awesome new wall embedded shoe closet cleverly hidden behind a giant mirror which can now withhold all of my mom and sister's ocean of footwear, I found these two cute little Miu Miu shoes that my mom bought a while back during her trip to Taiwan but haven't worn in a while as they were apparently causing my mom's feet some discomfort. Still, I thought of snapping these and sharing them with you guys cause even though these shoes don't really represent my mom's sense of style, they would still be really cute to wear to tea or even just run small errands (not referring to me wearing these of course haha). Both these are snake skin patchwork sandals with dark crystal embellishments. Ok, there's not much to go on about today but just me bumming at home still recovering on my third day of unfortunate food poisoning which seems to have happened twice in a row within the first week of returning upon Hong Kong during my bi/tri-annual visits... I really hope this doesn't become a habit...

Photography by Nathan Moy

29 March 2012

Taupe Much to Handle?

There is undeniable magic going on at Céline, and whether or not it's all been one big media marketed hype that started off with the ubiquitous Céline luggage tote manifesting itself upon the arms of every celebrity and major magazine editor, Phoebe Philo's cult following is stronger than ever. Let me be clear, there's totally nothing wrong in going for the "it" bags, but I often find myself purchasing the slightly different or lesser known types of bags of the "it" brands if I had to, meaning I'd rather purchase the other style rather than the most common one that everyone has, but if the most popular style indeed got me hooked, I'd settle for a more subversive/daring color or texture just to shake things up a bit. Come on.. if you're willing to pay 1,200 pounds for a bag, why go for convention when what you're doing is already unconventional so to speak (as in luxury purchases is suppose to be against the norm of social shopping). In all honesty, I don't think that going for the black "it" bag is of any means a "bad" thing or a "fashion no-no", but fashion should involve risk taking, so being overly comfortable in one garment or with one bag for too long probably indicates it's time to venture for newer grounds. But enough of me jabbering on about my views on it-bag purchases, for now I just want to share some pics I took of my new SS12 taupe Céline sunnies that I'm still totes fawning over! To see more pics of me sporting these in a previous post, click here! Oh and not to brag, but I swear I got these before Céline launched their Spring Summer Advertising Campaign shot by Juergen Teller, and apparently... I'm sporting this season's Céline "it" sunglasses....... Oh the sweet sweet irony! Haha.
Céline Spring Summer 2012 Advertising Campaign
don't you just kind of wanna run over and grab a box or two and run? haha


28 March 2012

Put it in Print

At this point, it's pretty impossible to avoid not sporting any of the two biggest hype-trends that's been flooding around: Pastels & Prints. For now I'm a bit over pastels since it's being shoved down my throat every where I go, whereas prints probably has a bit more room for versatility so I'm gonna stick with prints for the mean while (no offense to pastel lovers). Another reason why I'm gearing more towards prints is that there seems to be a whole new challenge to mixing prints compared to the failsafe outcomes of mixing any pastels (it'll always look fine). 

Having one printed item of clothing to work around an outfit is easy, and almost a failsafe theory too because you can always use the colors within the print and have those plain tone garments around it to compliment and emphasize the print, but clashing prints with prints... now that's a skill worth investing in. So in the spirit of trying to better familiarizing myself with how to work "print on print", here are some gorgeous, subliminal and epically inspiring photos shot at Fashion Week that features the true masters of prints! So for right now, I choose PRINT over MINT.

photography by streetfsn

26 March 2012

Spring Into Action

Alright, so it's been roughly a week since I flown in from London back to Hong Kong, and have already accomplished quite a few needed-to-do priorities on my mental list: Extract wisdom teeth, visit showrooms and boutiques, check up on designer stock-lists at Joyce, family and friends, etc... All this running around kind of got me in the sporty mood, especially because the annual Rugby Sevens games are being held not far from where I live here. Yes, it's the time when big burly men come in from all over the world, drink beer, hang with their bros, and scream and shove around the stadium, then heading over to bar hoping activities. I was never into all that, but I guess it inspired a rather Spring outfit in my mind. The day after, I got the luxury of having a relaxing late brunch and stroll around the city with my lovely older sister who was able to pull herself away from her busy finance drenched world to spare some time with her baby bro. Knowing me, I couldn't resist not doing a photo shoot in every different city that I pass by, so I've chosen this resort ensemble to shoot at the great open space of The Crown Plaza's Pavilion Lounge on the 29th floor. Hope you lovelies enjoy it!


 CÉLINE sunglasses; BALENCIAGA top, shorts, belt, bracelet; YVES SAINT LAURENT ring; UNDERGROUND shoes

photography by Rachel Moy

25 March 2012

Post Show Blues

While I'm still on the subject on London fashion and checking up on what I've missed posting, it got me a little nostalgic about LFW's street style. Whether it be New York, Milan or Paris, London has a street style DNA that's very near and dear to me as there's no inhibitions in dressing, it's where people really let loose and let their true personality seep through their style. Isn't that how dressing should be? Personally, my style bounces back between Paris and London and anything in between, but there's something very charismatic about the true diehard fashionistas in London that still gets me all giddy when I pass by one, urging me to shoot them with whatever camera I have on me and interviewing them, seeing just how much their personality and outfit matches symbiotically. Just a bit of street style pics that I felt was worth capturing during London fashion week, and yours truly as well. Here's proof that choosing London to reside and study in was not a wrong choice, it's all about the good ol' folks, and damnnn.... I just love London.
Isaias and I outside BFC blogger lounge
Susie Bubble
Love the nose ring!

24 March 2012

Exhibited

Browsing back at the mountain of photos I snapped back during London Fashion Week, I found out that I have mindlessly forgotten to upload a post featuring London designers exhibited at BFC. London Fashion Week just keeps getting better and better! Even Peter Pilotto mentioned in The Wall Street Journal that LFW is finally getting the recognition it deserves and that "due attention has been given to London".

I recall walking through the east and west wings of the two floors at the BFC exhibitions, lugging my DSLR and sweating bullets as I was in full fashion gear (boot wedges, leather jacket, fur overcoat, gloves, etc.), so it's not exactly easy to browse around looking chic while trying to appreciate the details on the works when you feel like your clothes are sticking to your body. But thank goodness the great workmanship displayed around the rooms were able to distract me just enough that I forget about the heat indoors. Here I've selected my favorite exhibition moments and pieces of artwork that most captured my attention and interests.

Ever since Balenciaga S/S 11 texture collage heels grazed over magazine shoots and fashion sites, I have long awaited someone else to take it further, and then I met Joanne. Joanne Stoker's amazing shoe designs got me all giddy as I was mesmerized by that the exact composition of the shoe. Some had LED lights embedded within them, whilst others were resin or plexiglass. This ex-architect student's strong sense of texture clashing kept me wanting more, I'm sure we'd be seeing a lot more of her designs and unlikely combinations soon, I wonder what she'd be using next.
Yes.. These were the glasses my mates and I wore to the Linda Farrow Party @ Le Baron London
Erikson Beamon..... Gorg!
I can't express how much I want to own these and wear them.... so damn beautiful.........
With all the hype that's going on about the "Daddy Daughter Duo", you must seriously having a Helen Keller situation to not know the works of the Rochas, particularly the rushing rise of Simone Rocha just four seasons after her CSM MA show which feels just like yesterday no? Anyway, I got the chance to meet with Simone Rocha's sales rep at LFW and we bonded over jokes about Simone's quickly "Resin" status in London. In case you didn't get that joke, Simone Rocha (like her father) is widely known for her great works of footwear and shoe engineering which often involves the use of plexiglass or resin either as a heel or a layered piece in between the soles. I'm mentally drooling just thinking about them. Her shoes aside, I'm also infatuated with her re-worked shirts with braid details and plastic-encased lace textures. What's so amazing that sets her aside from her father is that there is an undeniable femininity within her clothing but without it being cutesy where even I can see myself wearing many of the displayed pieces. Obviously I will pull the look together wearing her shoes too... Why would I want to separate them?
Simone Rocha footwear... A must buy investment...
check out the craftsmanship on these James Long pieces
Niels Peeraer's stunning nude leather work
I also got a chance to catch up with Eudon Choi on his latest A/W 2012-3 show which featured a beautiful story that transported everyone onto the adventurous icy journey he wanted to convey. Another notable thing at his show was his girls, the casting process went well in scoring top girls with fierce walks and faces that defines the Eudon girl. His tailoring like always was sharp, and his sense of fabrics and textures really shone in this collection, setting him aside from other designers as one who really knows how to work and mold fabrics to his well. The last time I visited his showroom was back in August and I watched as his orders of gorgeous furs and leathers were neatly moved around in front of his drawings and I could already visualize the tailored coats being constructed and shipped off. There's no doubt that Eudon's fame and talent would keep soaring!
Eudon's great tailoring skills
love how he blocks textures not just colors so well too
Eudon's icy textiles... aren't they captivating?
Malene Oddershede Bach's print designs were always a stand out point at LFW. She often photographs and Photoshops her own prints, and at most cases, they are of "gross" and unlikely objects blown up or seen at a microscopic level. The print below are of sun-dried tomatoes, but another print she shown me was of bacterial mold blown up to have them create a psychedelic effect. All these organic forms are tied closely to concepts and play on nature.
you gotta love Malene's crazy tall shoes too, it sure gives you that extra bump up in the sea of models
Teatum Jones A/W 12-3
Natalia Brilli's infamous leather cast accessories
Jean-Pierre Braganza A/W 12-3
Jordan Askill
Charlie Le Mindu's Hair Hat Pieces for Headonism Exhibition


All Photography by Nathan Moy
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