Monday, September 29, 2014

Project Week Uniform

Turtle neck crop top - ASOS
Leather jacket - Taiwan
Midi skirt - c/o KLARRA
Leather pointed flats - ASOS

Project week – love it or hate it, to me it's just a battle of freedom and responsibilities. I wake up, realise I should have woken up earlier, make myself a coffee, start getting ready for project meetings, wish I could just stay at home...the mental war goes on. Sounds familiar? Okay the ranting stops here. On a positive note, I'm happy to have gotten enough sleep this week, and even managed to shoot this outfit post for you amidst all that to-dos. A shout out to Faith for helping me out with the photos! This is what I wore to school for a project meeting. If you have been noticing from my Instagram, I'm having a serious turtle neck phase at the moment. I wear my turtle necks with everything, and my inner hoarder is urging me to stock up in every colour. Not sure if it's due to my excitement for the launch of the new iPhone (um, in honor of Steve Jobs, ok?) or it's the merciless air conditioner in school. My poor exposed neck feels like it's about to trigger a cough all the time. Then, as part of my 'uniform', the midi skirt and flats come in. Flats because I'm always rushing for time and midi skirts because they're my favourite. I pretty much live in midi skirts, jeans and trousers at school. My latest midi addition is one that's stark and graphical yet surprisingly versatile with my existing wardrobe. The pattern of what looks like brush strokes injects energy, resembling abstract expressionism art from the 60s. Always love an unexpected touch!

Photos by Faith of Missterfaith.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dark Room Blossom

Embellished sequin pullover - c/o Dressabelle
Floral leather midi skirt - c/o Dressabelle
Earrings - H&M
Mary-jane heels - borrowed
Lip colour - Topshop lip cream

I'm taking my cue from Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino for dark floral looks this season. I was first attracted to this unique floral skirt made out of buttery smooth leather, it stood out to me on the rack among Dressabelle's upcoming collection. Its unconventional colour scheme breathes new life into the look of florals – something way too homogeneously overdone imo – a landscape of maple leaves that somewhat resemble negative photography effect. The occasional pops of red adds sweetness, also picking up nicely against my choice of red lip colour. Following closely to D&G's baroque aesthetics, it felt right to work a pair of oversized chandelier earrings. Dainty jewellery is classy, but there's something irreplaceably glamorous about oversized adornments which I easily consider them as display pieces around my bedroom. They have found a permanent place on my ears since the day I got them...

Friday, September 19, 2014

9 - 5 Utilitarian

Trench parka - c/o Dressabelle
Ribbed crop top - ZARA
Maxi skirt - Bangkok
Embellished stilettos - borrowed
Lip colour: Stila liquid lipstick in Patina

Ta-dah! So after several weeks of ultra polished corporate wear absent from colours of the universe, I'm back with an outfit which IMO is more in my element. Pardon me as I go through a phase of blazers, pencil skirts, anything that screams 'I-mean-business' get the drift. But hey, as I witness the happenings from fashion weeks of London, New York (I mean, is it even possible to scroll through your Instagram feed without seeing people on that front row?),  I cannot help noticing the return of military wear. Not talking about camouflage ones, but as in double breasted coats, trench coats, safari bags etc. My heart is soaring, it's about time we leave those florals behind. Uniform is huge this coming season, a style with so much poise and conviction. I cannot wait to update my collection of boots and outerwar, conveniently blaming it on how ridiculously cold it is in school. I'm officially dressing for fall season with my olive green trench/ parka hybrid. In contrast to a typical trench, this one is soft to touch and slouches effortlessly. I kept my colour scheme conservative but amped up my skirt with a knot just so my laid back style is differentiated from shabbiness. Yup, that's a trick I do for any oversized maxi dress or skirt. Try it out! You might love it.

Photos by Rumin.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fair Square Geometry

Textured white vest - c/o KLARRA
Panine dress - c/o KLARRA
Back pack - Charles & Keith
Pointed flats - Charles & Keith
Lipstick - Dior Addict in Paris

Nigel is wearing Drifter Bali shirt, Pull & Bear jeans and Dr. Martens boots.

It's not every day that I will be inclined to pull out a tuxedo vest. Majority of women would avoid a boxy vest for which it does nearly nothing flattering for her body nor how off curves, but at the same time, those women oversee the possibilities of one seemingly masculine garment. As much as possible, I built my outfit on lines and geometric shapes, a steer from feminine silhouettes I normally don. If you're still sitting on the fence, think of it this way – isn't dress all about modification, adornment and manipulating volume? Just because something's hidden doesn't mean it's not there, similarly, an exaggerated boxiness will not suggest a lack of being. With an endless admiration for art in all forms, I love incorporating architectural elements when I feel like it. Sometimes it could be oversized pleats, another time it may be chunky block heels. Continuing with the topic on vests, my textured plunge-neck garment served as a seamless separate on top of my shift dress. And because I never like to leave an ensemble without surprises I left my back zip halfway down for extra leg room. ;-) Despite looking basic on the surface, I felt amazingly inspired in this fuss-free style. It was almost like an #ootd detox from the tremendous amount of prints and patterns we see everyday. 

Photos by Nigel.
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