May 6, 2008

feature: the best black bags

this post, i have dedicated to my favorite color of all time, BLACK. while i only possess 2 black bags, (I KNOW! sad...) i htink black is the quintessential color whenever you're in a fix and need to look more put together than you really are.

many people make the common mistake of buying into the misconception that black is boring, or predictable. NOT TRUE! im gonna attempt to shatter that apocryphal belief, since all i;ve seen of late is black acting as the most wonderfully rich palette, a jetblack canvas against which designers can work their midnight magic.

how do they do it? as evidenced here, SHAPE, TEXTURE, CONSTRUCTION, DOUBLE-DUTY. i'll be labelling each bag, and i DEFINITELY have the best examples ever and have been gathering all my visual ammo for quite afew weeks now, so YAY!

PIERRE HARDY leather patchwork tote
looking eerily reminiscent of fendi's crossword bag, pierre hardy's patchwork tote is nonetheless full of visual intrigue, while remaining very very true to the signature pierre hardy architectural aesthetic. the signature tongue flap is there as closure, and the many interlocking layers make this a very handcrafted confection indeed, hence its name! it also looks roomy enough to be easily slung around and slightly abused, just the way i like my bags!

CC SKYE tote
most people arent familiar with this brand but I LOVE CC SKYE!!! my dreams of my boutique definitely include this fashion-forward yet under-the-radar label. and its pretty reasonable too! (relatively speaking... haha). this bag is uber versatile as you can carry it with the lovely LOVELY gold chained chunky straps, or as you can see, remove them using the lobster clasps and carry the centre 'hole' of a handle that's there. so its the PERFECT day-to-night bag, i really really love this. the leather looks like its been AMAZINGLY treated to be supersoft and luxurious, so this is really luxury the way it should be (i.e. NOT monogrammed labels, plsthx.)

LOUBOUTIN tiered leather bag
type: SHAPE
think louboutin's just about shoes? THINK AGAIN. well the moment i laid my eyes on this bag..ok more like FEASTED my eyes, i was sold. i mean, COME ON. it falls beautifully in the centre, the perfect way a hobo should be. yet, this remains more couture with the lapis-like layers which no doubt have been crafted with utmost architectural discretion. simple, stylish, eyecatching. again, no masstige-type selling out here. i love it.

BOTTEGA VENETA pleated goatskin shopper
type: SHAPE
this is just ridiculous, isnt it. think bottega's just about intreccatio? THINK AGAIN. this valentino-esque creation is really lovely with construction details only a true fashion house could think of. the soft and supple leather bottega is known for takes on new heights of fancy with this tessellating design. and the handles make it easy to tote around, perfect to show off, yet taking an appropriate backseat to the even chicer owner. though when i think about the damage to my wallet, i dont mind NOT been an 'even chicer owner'... haha.

FENDI f3 leather bag
fendi this season came up with lots of these studded creations...all with odd-numbers of metal studs- wait for them to hit stores! (im referring to FW08 and not their candycoloured ss creations...i blogged about those months ago HHAH). and this is such a lovely take on an evening bag, instead of those ridiculously embellished clutches (AHEM gucci), which harks back to a very old school NY pillbox type lady-likeness. mrs sarkozy much?? the little handle is absolutely darling, and the gorgeous matte black is a much better way to have the matte gold accents offsetting the black background, rather than screaming patent. very classy.

FENDI patent mini mamma bag
AND another fendi, more classic and recognisable this time:the reinvented shoulder bag! while this is no Baguette, the mini mamma is a lovely shape too, im so glad they re-released this older design! the wider-at-the-bottom trapezoidal shape ensures that you can stuff your fat wallet at the bottom without your bag going out of shape (trust me i have the Magenta one from like 3 seasons ago!) this time, Fendi released it in patent black, keeping it high-gloss but still classic with the F-buckle they have on a majority of their range. the contrscution is detailed too, as you can see from the even stitching and the strap details.
SOMEONE asked me if those lovely links were removeable (i'll keep your anonymity intact here AHEM), but they're really not. and i think the bag looks just fine the way ti is haha.

LANVIN patent leather pise bag
look at that leather!! it just screams to be touched and taken care of haha. the turnlock closure is demure enough to give complete atttention to the rest of the bag. with such textural detail, there's really not much need to embellish, so i;m glad this bag was kept simple, yet nicely constructed with the central perpendicular strip. it looks like a lovely roast that's been wrapped with pancetta in the centre, HAHA. yea, its close to dinnertime here and we're eating western food tonight. -_-

THEORY annika satchel
another less-known brand, theory is nonetheless an insider favorite for its lovely dresses and edgy tops. this symmetrical bag is totally versatile, again, with the shorter shoulder straps and the longer one for when you're looking sportier after a workout.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA shagreen leather Goya bag
shagreen is bacK!! while somtimes seen as a more old-fashioned material, oscar de la renta's Goya bag (erm...i know. i raised my eyebrows at the name too! if it refers to what i think it does. are you thinking what im thinking, b1? i htink i am, b2!) manages to look updated enough for this fashion climate. slightly more austere than the rest, my response to it wasnt that immediate either. but the construction of different panels of leather make it look more streamlined than your standard, and its good someone brought shagreen back. (reference unintended).

another big thing coming up is ROSETTE BAGS, but i'll blog about that closer to the actual season, so that when people go to orchard road you can actually see what im talking about. haha.

i really hope you all like this post!!! i have another collection of BLACK SHOES to match all these lovely bags... but in the meantime, criminal law beckons. and on that topic,
i think the penal code should include bad fashion as a crime. OK the may month of mayhem is coming up...everyone needs to let their hair down (figuratively for me...) and let loose!

May 2, 2008


OMG GUYS YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT THIS SHIZ!!!! will create link on facebook too but OHMYGOSH us siao tsd ppl, with our seniors, the photoshoot that tim directed and i did makeup for... i htink thanks to our proactive-ness OUR BATCH IS HUGELY FEATURD AND ALL THE MEMORIES HAVE COME BACK IN FULL FORCE. i am close to tears. of joy. right now. and omg all the featured models! saiful, kai, mike, tash, glan, junyi, yeek, steph... the list just GOES ON AND ON PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LINK:

you know that GWEN STEFANI song 4 in the morning? WELL good mornin' everybody, while all y'all are sleepin i'mma stuck by my insomnia that's plagued me for as long as ive been an adolescnt. recently, the song stuck in my head is from another blond who's into fitness and married to a relatively quieter husband.
but this blond is none other than MADONNA, whos amazing incarnations never fail to impress.
4 minutes is this year's CRAZYSEXYCOOL amazing as hell song, very danceable and the truth is madonna is just good at marketing herself. and i guess that's what sells: sellability. (no such word)
her entire discography. i htink with madonna she really puts the disco in discography man. very iconic albums a virgin, confessions, the immaculate collection...and the list goes on. recently having hit her record breaking 37th UK top 40 hit (she rules UK but mariah rules the US haha)... madonna decided to....

give a FREE CONCERT. yep. the only catch was having to line up. sadly, the material girl did NOT return the london love, choosing instead to give a banging concert in the iconic NYC. fair enough, since she lives in london already i guess. YES FREE, along with special guest justin timberlake. 2 for the price of one--certainly worth the wait for many lucky concertgoers. all 2000 of them. who had patiently waited in line.

and her may madness...on 3 magazine covers all at once! ive always wondered how these agents get their celeb clients on the magazine covers...the celeb wants publicity at the right time, and magazines also need to make sure they sell as many copies as possible..and the cachet of a magazine and a megawatt star are not alwys congruent! but that's another whole world.

the world of fashion, that is. and while on the topic of being inimitable...
another person i really look up to is NICHOLAS GHESQUIRE. yes, he of crazy florals, ridiculous stiching and meticulous couture. and AHHH how can we forget. all those lovely lovely motorcycle bags. Thank you Mr Ghesquire, for being a genius and for letting balenciaga hire you!
not sure if you know this, but the SPORTILETTO gained alot of publicity when it was featured 2 seasons ago. i personally wasn't a fan, BUT when 2 seasons later, (IE NOW>...) STEVE MADDEN madddeningly (hurhur) released this poor and obvious copy of the shoe, i flipped. this is blatant infringement of copyright! and it doesnt take a law or fashion genius to know. the colors, the material...but really. all that aside,
i still maintain that the balenciaga one (on the left) is OBVIOUSLY superiour in its construction. it is truly a bulkier version yes...but essentailly still retaining the shape of a STILETTO.
madden's version on the other hand, is clumsy and with its round-toe, not very practical at all. the buckle closure is also looking extremely uncomfortable for any wearer...IF there are any.

and well. one last realm of, fashion and ART. yea.
art is something i dont talk about much, mainly because while i can appreciate it, i dont think my comments on great artists is worth very much. however, i have, for more than 4 years now, been a big art fan. i love museums and was VERY LUCKY to have had the privilege of visiting...
yes, the allfamous guggenheim. the men-in-black guggenheim. (its ok, most people didnt know they filmed in the guggenheim) im tired of saying guggenheim. SO. anyways. and other fabled museums which i will not detail here.
Large Interior, Los Angeles
this will be hanging, large and framed and gorgeous, in my room by the end of the month! i remember picking this print out at the metropolitan museum of art with my parents. and that was YEARS AGO. i was barely into my teens, but i was immediately drawn to the vivid strokes and bright colors in the work. also, having an interest in architecture (more light and proportions), the dimensions he created in this work are truly intriguing.
hockney is one of the foremost artists in the POP ART movement. if you are a warhol fan, my heart does slightly weep for you. most warhol fans are "fans" because their only exposure to art or pop art is warhol. but he did much more than that...maybe you should catch sienna miller in FACTORY GIRL if its ever released.
hockney, wesselman and leichtenstein are, to me, the great MAsters of that movement. but of course, like all band frontmen, warhol the wild child was the poster child. talented of course. but too overrated in a way that one of the very founding fathers of pop art would be revolted to see himself being absorbed into the very culture he sought to satirize.

sorry for wordiness! am passionate about certain things.