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NYFW has officially started last week and since I’m unfortunately missing out on all the festivities [grumbles], I had to settle on wearing my pre-planned fashion week outfits at work. Anyway, VIP meetings are work events still worth dressing up for, right? Right? [oh for crying out loud please say yes! *sob sob*]
Anyway, enough with the heavy. The past week I think I’ve officially hung my colorful bright, patterned clothes and opted for more somber hues, albeit still exuding a sense of power and confidence. And I ended the week wearing this black & white ensemble, which I absolutely adored!
Post my long day in the office, I popped by Givenchy to check out the latest kilts from the FW collection and OMG [*sighs*] I fell in love! Instant de-stressing!!
Gorgeous isn’t it?!! I instantly felt de-stressed LOL!
And so it officially begins. FW2012 is underway and this is signaled by the onslaught of excited fashion bloggers and heavyweight insiders prepping their looks for the SS13 shows. And as much as I would love to be in New York, Paris, London or Milan for the shows, unfortunately I’ll have to miss out [sob sob]. I’ll have to settle on following the shows via live streaming, photos and reviews of those who are actually gonna be there. In spite of the fact, I’m actually quite excited and looking forward to seeing the fashions that will be featured, especially since I felt dismal after seeing SS13 for the men’s collections.
Well, for now I’ll have to settle then on wearing my pre-planned looks for FW12 here in Singapore [ex the heavy coats of course]. It’s actually an exciting and challenging task if I think about it. It’s a toughie translating FW pieces that are typically heavy on layering and uses warmer fabrics for a country that’s baking under the sun almost 90% of the year! Well, I think it’s still possible and for that I welcome FW this year with a growl ;)
For the maestro’s FW2012 Couture Collection, we saw him bringing back Chanel to its core – tweed interplayed with modernity in a way that is simply exquisite and exemplary. This is how a designer should converge a brand’s roots with today’s aesthetic and I dare say some can learn much from what Lagerfeld has achieved with this collection [ehem ehem Mr. Simons].
Anyway, back to the subject at hand, the pieces you see above are the ones that stood out for me. Loved the strong showing of tweed jackets topped with oversized scarves tied into bows. Apart from that, the play of fabric and patchwork colors was a phenomenal way of bringing classic pieces into the 21st century. Oh! And lest we forget the use of couture wool beanie hats and lurex to add spunk – genius! I think a lot of the pieces from the show can be considered as a.Must Haves - I myself have my beady fasione eyes on those couture beanies. They’re so fashion forward! Lagerfeld certainly has a knack for making such mundane simple everyday things into covetable fashion forward pieces – but then if you think about it, that is the backbone of Chanel. If only cold weather was omnipresent in Singapore, then I think you’d be seeing me in all Chanel towards end of this year ;)
It’s always a lot of fun mixing & matching fashion pieces and there’s nothing more thrilling than to pair accessories – so meet my beloved Hermés, Yves & Coco!
Just love how these articles work together in perfect harmony! From the warm color scheme, to the size & proportion, to the contrast in materials – just perfection.
Last week, I was fortunate enough to be able to grab tickets to the Lady Gaga: The Born This Way Ball here in Singapore. For those who know me, they’d know that I’m not that much of a fan – I like her songs [silly and kiddy as it may sound, I actually love the songs when the Glee kids sing them] but let’s just say we can leave it at that. So watching the show was a chance for me to understand her “artistry”; and that I did.
True to form, the show was cray cray to the nth level! Watching the show helped me prove a point that she pushes boundaries, way beyond their limits more often than not. From the overgrown Mama Monster giving “birth” to her little monsters to the ludicrous set of a dividable castle with crosses and what not arches – oh and lest we forget, the floating “alien” Gaga head – to the over the top haute couture outfits and scantily clad dancers; all in all it was one extreme concert. Nonetheless, there were moments of bliss – moments where you’re allowed to catch a glimpse of the artist and rationale behind all this craziness. And in these instances, you feel her truth as a human being and that she pushes the limits to express her individuality. She champions for each person to reach one’s individuality and celebrate it with everyone else, with people you care about and who cares for you.
Why then is she relevant? In my opinion, it’s not because of the crazy outfits or the lewd behavior or the boundary-less songs; it’s what and who she stands for. Individuality. And from what I saw that night it is when she voices these reasons through her songs when she is at her best. It is this message that makes her relevant.
I must say it was one interesting show – a show that will go down in infamy in my list. But I must say I was glad I went. It gave me good perspective on my own individualism – as a person, as a child, as a friend, as a marketer, as a blogger. As the French say, joie de vivre!
(My Outfit for the Concert: H&M Red Orange Blazer, Versace for H&M Long Sleeved Polo Shirt, Polka Dotted Bow Tie, Fendi Leather Cuff, Chanel Interlaced Bracelet, Karl Cut-Off Gloves, Topman Skinny Jeans, See by Chloe Sneaker Wedge)
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The maestro, czar and chief of all that is fashion forward – Karl Lagerfeld - has outdone himself yet again. With the launch of Chanel’s Cruise 2012/2013 collection, fasione-istas are sure to have something to look forward from the poignant and strikingly elegant haute couture brand.
The collection showcased a vivacious melange of couture, accessories and footwear that seems to be literally have been taken from the past and pushed forward into the present with a futuristic twist. I see a lot of inspiration from petticoats and age-old British fashion served in a modern shell and mix of color, fabrics and overdone [yet oh so right] accessorizing and styling. I just love how Maestro Karl mixed old world clothing with high platform shiny sneakers, as well as the play of floppy sun hats. Just gorgeous! Oh! Lest we forget the showing of men’s fashion? Jadore!!
Check out some of my fave looks from the series:
I just love Spring 2012 the colors and hues are so vibrant they just make me giddy! I was inspired one work day to wear this bright get-up and it definitely brightened up my mood [and hopefully everyone else's] that day!