Mar 31, 2011

so, um....

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basically, a concept i can definitely get behind, in light of the following circumstances:
  1. body clock being ridiculously out of whack-- i woke up at 730pm today...just for dinner.
  2. to-do list being just as mind-bendingly preposterous, in that i need to finish 21000 (YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT) words in the next 2 weeks. well, 15 days. same difference.
  3. my last beer being a san miguel (draught, yay!!!) over tapas... a fortnight ago. TOO LONG.
just know that if the party did happen, you're all invited.
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image credit: theblakewright

Mar 24, 2011

primavera by Margaretha Olschewski

welcome to spring!
Officially, the season began a few days ago, on 21 March.
Margaretha Olschewski shot a colourful floral fashion editorial for COSMOPOLITAN UK, which gets us ready for sunny days. Don't you just FEEL lighter, breezier (I sound like a covergirl ad now...) and sunnier merely talking about spring?

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the sun-drenched images are lush, fresh, green and beautiful--and the scenery a great foil to the explosive pinks, magentas, fuschias and purples of the dresses. soft flowy fabrics and girly accents like bows and frilly layers complete the picture. bit too saccharine for my personal taste, but there are many ways to incorporate floral motifs.

While SS11 has been more about color than anything else, the florals that showed up in some shows then ended up owning the recent FW11 runways. From Versace to Givenchy to the au courant Jil Sander, and even fashion-trend-bellwether Miuccia Prada's Miu Miu, it looks like florals are here to stay.

And if that's not enough to convince you, how about the fact that Mr. Nicholas Ghesquire (YES, MISTER G, because he deserves that much respect) put floral prints back on his creations for Balenciaga for the first time since that iconic Spring 2008 collection?

Blooms are the way to go, kids.
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production details...
Stylist: Sairey Stemp
Hair: John Birchall
Makeup: Robyn Nissen

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Primavera by Botticelli

Also known as Allegory of Spring, this famous Renaissance painting is the subject of much literature and many debates over the true meaning contained in its lush pastoral scenery and elaborate detail of the 8 depicted figures.
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photo credits: GoSee and wikipedia

Mar 21, 2011

Sri Lanka: Colombo, Fort Galle, Unawatuna

i just remembered that i neglected sri lanka in the midst of discussing Other Trips-- india and thailand respectively.

1. COLOMBO.
all noise and smoke and chaos and constantly being stared at; the country's capital is pretty much what i expected. But i had to have my wits about me as I was rushing to get catch Plane Bus Train on my own...
had a bit of a slumdog millionaire moment with at the old-skool train station thou; it reminded me of the movie so much, you know that last bit where she waits for him at the train station then they break out into a ridiculous dance?
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2. UNAWATUNA
Unawatuna is ranked one of the top 10 beaches in the world...sri lanka is an island after all, and the coast is stunning-- just imagine the Indian Ocean at your feet. The tips of your toes, even.
The only downside is that it was an obvious tourist trap-- their familiarity (slight irritability, almost) with foreigners belied their own protectiveness of their own country.
it was a beautiful sunset though...preponderance of lovey couples notwithstanding.
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3. FORT GALLE
a slightly more vacation-y area, the bohemian vibe is indisputable and inescapable as you walk the cobbled uneven streets...full of artsy cafes and hip guesthouses and rooftop seating (my favourite bit) and where "wifi" isn't a foreign word...
the sun beats down on the glistening ocean and to be right there where rock meets cliff meets water meets ocean meets infinity = priceless.
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thank you for coming along for bits of the ride...u know who u are...

4. FINAL THOUGHTS
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there wasn't enough time to enjoy the warmth of the locals, nor the beautiful weather; i see this photo and i think of the many people who came up to chat, to help, to ask for my hand in marriage (i never get the right men...). I remember the many random conversations, the kindness of strangers, the laughs from language barriers, the universality of a smile.
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but i all i see is the train leaving the platform...
so I wish sri lanka all the very best in rebuilding its society in the wake of the cessation of the civil war. The people have so much hope, its the least that they deserve from their own country.
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Deal.

Mar 18, 2011

The 2011 CFDA Award Nominees And Honorees

so random photo: the upper quad at uni... a month away from being done with my degree, absolutely mental development.
warehouse dress/vita bracelet/banana republic earrings/christian louboutin camel heels.

so, its that time of the year again...Presenting the annual CFDA shortlist:


WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Alexander Wang

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler

Marc Jacobs


MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Michael Bastian

Patrik Ervell

Simon Spurr


ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Alexander Wang

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler

Reed Krakoff


SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR

Joseph Altuzarra

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Prabal Gurung


SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR

Alexander Wang

Phillip Lim

Robert Geller


SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORY DESIGN

Alejandro Ingelmo

Eddie Borgo

Jason Wu

Pamela Love


GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Marc Jacobs


INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Phoebe Philo for Celine


MEDIA AWARD

Hilary Alexander of The Telegraph


FOUNDERS AWARD

Hal Rubenstein of InStyle


FASHION ICON AWARD

Lady Gaga


SPECIAL TRIBUTE AWARD

Arthur Elgort


i think at the end, my only question is:

Where's Haider Ackermann?!?!?!?!?

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as a final note, i thought i'd share something eloquently-worded by my dear friend SAL, who writes so expressively that i once googled her words, thinking it was re-posted from somehwere else on the web. (also, i laugh mirthlessly at my poor estimate of her facility with language and repository of emotions.)


"Saint Patrick’s Day this year couldn’t have been further from last year’s – spent some hours in SMU’s library today getting some work done and avoided alcohol and all festivities (though i did wear green). The days of subsequent partying are long gone. Last night at Butter with J and A was good fun with the best of trashy music, though we were all exhausted by the time 2am came. A pulled off her magnificent heels and conceded somewhat ruefully that contrary to the original plan, she would no longer be bringing heels to Europe."*


*Hopefully i find a pair of suitable wedges (none of the ones i have now are ideal...) in time for April..


Mar 7, 2011

Alana Zimmer for Amica: SS11

while it is the FW11 shows that are hogging the fashion headlines, in the Real World it is time instead for SS11 (yes because that was so last season, unrealistic fashion slaves). But this chronological disconnect gives me great pleasure--because i get to revisit the lush vibrance of the SS11 shows, some of which were stunning, and i am sure instantly recognizable.
Enjoy.
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you should be able to recognize the SS11 runway stunners like prada (stripes!), jil sander (all that solid color-blocked volume) and gucci (secondary colored jewel tones). all that luxe, almost purist, saturation of hues is combined with impeccable tailoring for a sleek silhouette; i suppose color-blocking's gonna be around for a while.
so all we need to do to be on-trend this season?
WEAR. SOLID. NON-PRIMARY. COLOURS.
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and as a final note, i might mention that im not quite a fan of ms zimmer's severe hair-as-helmet combover... yes futuristic and "forward", but also entirely Space-Age Weird. like if she went to space summer camp, she wouldnt be one of the cool kids.
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Editorial Details
shot by: Ishi for Amica magazine (Italy)
model: Alana Zimmer
styled by: Paolo Turina/with Ryan Taniguchi (hair) and Lottie (makeup)
photo credit: GoSee
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now for more sartorial inspiration (i know shes sticking to monochromatic classics, but that's just her style). I think alexis bledel (of gilmore girls fame) is one of the most stunning women on the planet who also happens not to be a Young Hollywood trainwreck:

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finally, just because i've been writing much more than usual of late and therefore need a (non-judging) outlet:

Northstar


Time and circumstance: a dastardly pairing,

Scheming, conspiring—I deviate from my bearings;

No emotional True North exists if truth be told

But I forge ahead with teeth grit and mind bold.


aurora borealis:

I navigate this treacherous terrain in search of you,

A phenomenon, collision of charged particles—illuminate.

Unreachable, unfathomable, my frustration accrues,

Still I jostle yet furiously against this doomed estate.


The vast expanse of wasteland stretching impossibly far

Ahead of my eyes—is there an end in sight?

I trundle, you tromp, absent any rhythm between the two,

My hopeful, beating heart faces only winter’s blight.


The compass always points back

To you.