Monday, 31 October 2011
I have always wondered what Rick Genest actually looks like, even with extensive googling, I couldn't find a picture of him pre-tattooed and well this video has put all my wondering to rest.
Do you think he is as good looking without the tattoos? Or are the tattoos his selling point?
Thierry Mugler fall 2011 campaign
This would be considered quite an old pic in the fashion-blogo-sphere but I just can't seem to make myself change my iphone lock screen (which is this pic). There is something about this picture which draws me in and I can't seem to let it go, especially after the invasion of vampires and such ghouls taking over the entertainment industry. The combination of the intricate details of the tattoos on his face and the sharp simple suit, in the above picture, pushes out all the feelings of fear which I would normally have and replaces it with this desire to know about this character. Luckily for me, someone has managed to grab an interview with him!
What are you going to a party as this year?
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Just before I start, I would like to clarify that I am not endorsed by this company or affiliated with it, I just simply love them. They don't know who I am, I don't know who they are.
Who could forget this collection by Christopher Kane?! This galaxy print took the fashion world by storm and subsequently the high street with Kane offering his tees in Urban Outfitters. Sadly, when they were still on the hangers in the shop, I couldn't afford it :( but many months after the hyped died down, I have managed to find a more affordable version online! I give to you Orange Circe Clothing!
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Not to be tooting my own horn, but all the Oriental Editorials are pretty freaking awesome. The models throw shapes which even I wish I could do, the styling is always the right mixture of cool contemporary chic which always inspires me to do more with my wardrobe. But of course none of this stuff would be seen without the photographer. I guess what I am saying is that we have the best combination of all three hence why the editorials are so WOW. It's very rare that I find an Editorial where I love every single picture and on that very rare occasion, 7 out of 10 times, the editorial is of an Oriental model/models. It's not because I am Oriental myself, on the contrary, before the western culture started to take over our world, the pictures were too "safe" and boring with the same shy girl face with the perfect hair and natural make up sitting with knees together or crossed OR standing in a very composed posture with a very meek smile... don't get me wrong is it pretty, but after WAAAAY TOO MANY DECADES of that, it's time for a change and thank God the western world has had some impact upon the eastern world because now the models as perform to the best fo their abilities and are currently ROCKING THE WORLD. YES!
As for this editorial, red is the traditional colour to wear in China (and all those countries related e.g. Hong Kong) because it's a symbol of good fortune and luck and yeah... Because I am a girl who isn't bound by tradition and is more of a rebel, I spent most of my youth avoiding red. I used to cringe at Chinese girls wearing red. I don't know why... maybe it was the colour which really turned me off, that really bright red, if ever there was to be a fluorescent red, that would be it. It has a slight orange tinge I think... yeah... I HATE THAT RED. But I have developed a fondess for this blood-red over the past couple of years and the lust for that colour is starting to take over my colour palette when I am looking for clothes and let me tell you, my wardrobe is in seriousness need for some colour. Right now it just like looking into a really dark never ending black abyss. Maybe that's why I like THAT SHADE of red, because it's dark? it has a dark story behind it? WHO KNOWS?! All I know is that I like it. BOOM.
Okay back to the editorial. So yeah, this combination of the stylist, the model and the photographer, they have made this traditional red into something entirely new and exciting. Who ever said that the maxi silk dress in a shade of red with floral embroidery was going to be the only dress an Oriental girl could wear should have their lips super glued together because this editorial is telling you to shut up.
(Photos: Fashion Gone Rogue)
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
(Zara denim shirt, Topshop shearling jacket, Zara leggings, Karen Millen boots, Balenciaga bag, Primark ring)
Finally cold enough to wear one of my favourite jackets which had served me well during the bitterly cold months last year. I love the top heavy look, i.e. bulky clothes on top juxtaposed with the skin tight bottoms, such an easy way to slim line yourself with bare minimum effort. I am not particularly fond of Karen Millen, it's kind of like... professional mumsy style, but when I saw the boots, I knew I had to have them. As you can probably tell... I'm not very imaginative when it comes to 'posing', I guess this will have to be my signature look.
Saturday, 22 October 2011
During one of my net-a-porter window shopping sessions, I came across this Marni beaut! The perfect amount of chunky in the heel and platform balanced by the perfect amount of prettyness in the diamanted bows. The bonus with that shoe is the suede, I LOVE SUEDE, it make colours so much more intense. Even black appears to be so much more bolder, you may ask, how is that even possible? I guess its because suede tends to suck in all the light so you don't get any shine or shadows on the material... that's my explanation!
Marni's high street contender?
Kurt Geiger's Isabella shoe, ready to kick ass.
Friday, 21 October 2011
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Talk about a modern take on a vintage vibe! This is going extreme and I reckon the thought of wearing something inspired by a fish may repulse some of you. I admit, it's not something I would choose to wear out on a casual day but for a special event and for the right price, I would get that fish scale on (not so sure about those shoes though...)! The appeal of that dress is that it speaks volumes of quality in the way each of those "scales" fall on top of each other and how the light bounces off each one differently. As for the polka dots... well they're classic, you can't go wrong with them, esp if they are black/white, blue/white, timeless chic. The last maxi dress is definitely going to stand the test of time! Just look how that chiffon flows... *drool*
ADR didn't let us down in fashion week and donned a yellow-orange gradient version!
(Photos: Fashion Gone Rogue, tommy ton, ADR)
Monday, 17 October 2011
Just like any other fashion conscious girl, I LOVE RINGS!
I don't normally wear them out. I just find them an inconvenience sometimes especially those large cocktail rings (like the black gem one above) but they're the ones which have the biggest impact upon ones wardrobe. I used to just buy and collect rings, never to wear them, only to decorate my room. After watching Rachel Zoe sport massive rings in her daily outfits, it made me realise that rings aren't that much of a hassle in terms of practicality, you just have to get used to having a rock on your finger (literally the weight of a small rock(!)).
So above are my lastest finds which I am in love with! I wish I had found the first ring (the one with the blue stone) sooner so I could have worn it with my summer outfits. The second ring is just so pretty, I needed some pretty jewellery for when I decided to... be pretty...! The last one is what I have been looking for for a while, a statement chic piece which can add instant glam to my wardrobe and I think it goes with pretty much everything. The best part about the rings isn't that they are freaking awesome, it's that they were super cheap so even if you lost them, a friend did a long term borrow or heaven forbid someone stole them, you could replace them at an instant!
(1st Primark, 2nd Forever 21, 3rd Primark)
Saturday, 15 October 2011
(Topshop Jacket, Zara blouse and skirt, Sam Edelman boots, Balenciaga Bag)
Yep, wearing the same skirt!
It reminds me of my school skirt... I know that most of you would like to leave that part of your life behind you, (that awkward metamorphosis stage of our lives... ) but there was one great thing about school - Uniforms! I admit, at the time when it was compulsory to wear a uniform, I freaking hated it. Having to conform and all that jazz. Urgh. Then when I hit 6th form we were allowed to wear whatever we wanted. My first thought? 'YAY!' It was awesome for the 1st week, I had so many options and finally a chance to show off my wardrobe :D ! 2nd week... yeah I still have a few more looks I want to pull off :) . 3rd week urgh, I've ran out of clothes, why is my wardrobe so small :| !? Having a uniform solved my early morning dilemmas which took more than 1hr to resolve and usually by the time I get to school I would want to get changed AGAIN. So yeah, this skirt is like my school sports skirt which I wished was my actual school uniform skirt which at the time was an A-line skirt which was meant to be down to the knees, but of course us girlies rolled them up 2-3 times at the waist. It's not that it looks good, thats just a bonus, having a short skirt means that we can move faster! A longer skirt restricts movement and is the reason why I was late for class - thats the story I'm sticking with!
Do you miss your school uniform?
Friday, 14 October 2011
I adore this editorial firstly because she is smiling/laughing/chuckling. It just makes to smile/laugh/chuckle along with her. The styling is right up my street, very classy, very chic and so on trend for this fall. I don't normally look at the jewellery first in an editorial, but the way the picture is slightly distorted and the angle at which the picture was taken, it draws your eyes to the sparkles first and my god, I am in love with every single item of jewellery on show! And the best part is, I WAS THERE. Not when they took the picture but I was in the square where these pictures were taken.
(Photos: Fashion Gone Rogue)
Thursday, 13 October 2011
I am the bearer of bad news (that's if you don't know already), Dolce and Gabbana have decided to close their D&G line to merge with their mainline collection. Many people ask: "Is there even a difference? Isn't D&G just an abbreviation?" Short Answer: "Yes, No."
The main difference between the two is that D&G is a diffusion line created much later on after the Dolce & Gabanna brand gained popularity. D&G's target audience is the younger generation, stereotypically for children, teenagers, "teenage-adults" etc... who have wealthy parents, where as Dolce & Gabanna is catering for the rich AND famous with fan's such as Dita Von Teese, Naiomi Campbell and Eva Herzigova.
It is sad whenever a fashion line ends especially one which is/was so successful, one such example is the legendary Christian Lacroix Couture House which said "Au Revoir" in 2009. Lacroix was dubbed the saviour of couture houses by bringing back demand for couture with his extravagant designs. The reason behind the collapse of Lacroix was not because he was under performing, it was because, and I quote, "a lack of chemistry between the business and creative side of the company".
This sparks a question regarding D&G's closure. If D&G is still profitable, why would they close it down? Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna's advisors say that it's because they wanted to concentrate on the mainline and stop the confusion between the two brands which occurs because of the similar pricing. I say that it is foolish to do so! Both designers have proven that they can work these lines parallel together over the 3-ish decades they have been on the hangers. To abruptly stop such a successful line suggests that designers aren't as confident anymore, they can't be bothered or do they really have something awesome planned for Dolce & Gabbana. Only time will tell.
As exits go, this has got to be one of the best farewell shows I have seen (but none will top the original Alexander McQueen's final show, it was beyond incredible). This gypsy themed show has a vast and vibrant range of colour matched with the most intricate of prints, all of which seem to be unique, just demonstrates how hard designers work on their garments, their hard work has definitely paid off as I can't fault any of the looks on this runway, they are all spectacular. I know this line is geared towards the young but I can imagine a more mature lady wearing the longer dresses. The use of silk is genius as it makes this line wearable. I mean, imagine if this was made of a stiff material like a wool based fabric, it would be too cartoony, over the top, just no. Right?
This collection is FRESH, FUN and FEMINE.
I LOVE IT!
(Sorry, that was kind of a long post! I normally can't find the words to say what I want to say in writing so it's a miracle it's even this long! URGH I LOVE THIS COLLECTION!)
(Sources: Fashion Gone Rogue, NYNewsDaily, style.com)
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
You can't help but notice that they all kind of look the same but different. Critics say that's boring, I'm on the fence about that. Do designers 'duplicate' because they just really like that design and want to showcase all of the different version they created? Or because they have run out of inspiration? I truly hope it's the latter, otherwise I would be put off fashion shows. If I wanted to see duplicates of clothes, I would just go high street shopping, at least I would be able to afford it! This snapshot of McCartney's collection shows many similar looks but you can tell that she has actually thought about every detail of every look in the way the swirls combine with the patterned fabric, where they sit, how it moves. I guess it depends on the designer and well... if they aren't passionate about what they do, it becomes apparent on the catwalk and if you're a stylist it nice to have a range of styles to choose from:
In Rachel Zoe's words "I need options!"
(Source: Fashion Gone Rogue)
Written by Jen Umm at 19:57
Monday, 10 October 2011
Just before I get started, I have changed my domain to: http://styledecorum.com/!
Okay, let's get started!
Each of these have the elements of this falls trends: fur, reptile prints and pearls. Lots of texture.
Initially I wasn't impressed by the Alexander Wang cape shoes because the fur made it too provocative but the editorials had persuaded me otherwise and I am in love with them. The reptile print pair I think are Prada don't quote me on that, I just have a suspicion because of the gold accent on the curve of the heel. They seem to be the ultimate safari themed shoe of the moment. The pearl pair, if I am not mistaken, these are from the brand spanking new label called Dw by Kanye West. Surprisingly, I am not a fan of Kayne's music and his new collection was a bit of hit and miss... however, fashionista Anna Dello Russo thinks otherwise, having worn an entire outfit from this collection:
If I was to judge the look from the photo from the catwalk, I would have just pulled this face " :/ " it's just too revealing and there isn't anything special, on the other hand, Anna Dello Russo paired the dress with the perfect shoe and a pop of red on her nails - it just pulls the outfit together! What do you think?
(Topshop Jacket with DIY fur, Alexander Wang top, Zara Cardigan, skirt and booties, Balenciaga Bag.)
It was one of those days where the sun fools you into thinking that it may be a day where you can wear a skirt with no tights. I later regretted that when it started to pour down with rain, sleet and snow all at the same time just when I finished my lecture... I mean REALLY!?
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Milan Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week
I was highly stumped to see how much monochrome there was at the fashion weeks. There were many colourful outfits but for some reason the monochromatic ones stood out more. I feel that where there are crazy patterns and colours, the clothes tend to lack structure and don't look as flattering, I guess that is why I veer towards the black and white ensembles which highlight women's hourglass figure which I find so sensual. With Black outfits there is emphasis on having the perfect cut, which is quite difficult to find on the high street as most of it is machine cut. I guess one of the many reasons as to why fashion house goods are so freaking expensive, everything is handmade with attention to every detail.