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.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Blind Spot

A line dress with hidden buttons - c/o Dressabelle
Silver chunky chain necklace - ASOS
Tie up booties - Shanghai
Lipstick - Revlon's Wine Not

There are two things on my mind at this very moment. One, I really need a haircut and two, it's time to revisit dark lipsticks again. Have to admit, maintaining tamed hair ends (not looking like my hair carved from the shape of pillow or sticking out like ducktails) is my biggest challenge for having short hair. As we gradually anticipate fall season, I am definitely looking forward to darker colour palettes and texture play. The hair might go shorter this weekend with season change as a reasonable excuse. ;-) If anything, a dark vampy lip is the ultimate fall look for me. A rich, deep berry colour is not always welcoming but never fails to make me feel extra special. It's only instinctive to wear a dark lip with dark clothes but sometimes it gets too heavy. Well unless I'm going for a Wednesday Addams vibe one day, an all-white look would be my second best alternative. There's something stark and outstanding about dark makeup on a clean white ensemble. I added a necklace for iridescence and combat style block heels that are edgy and practical. Dark on light, tough on polished – just my idea of a pretty awesome casual look.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Peplum romper - c/o Dressabelle
Soft leather boxy backpack - c/o Dressabelle
Choker - c/o Dressabelle
Mars sunglasses - c/o Cheap Monday
20-eyelet boots - c/o Dr. Martens

Researching on trends is just one aspect of my school work. One of the upcoming trends for FW 2015 is 'vintage futurism' which marries graphics and silhouettes of the sixties with futuristic materials. Side tracking a bit; the guys from Cheap Monday were too kind to have sent me this lucite framed, ultra reflective sunglasses named Mars. The accessory is so dope that I felt inspired to style an outfit that is futuristic that is simple yet stands out. I could say that the colours are pretty boring this time, but it's really about the shape and contrast in textures. The metallic choker was a great highlight piece against the black. The key to pulling off over the top boots is making sure the proportions are right. The height of them made up how short the romper was. It was a scorching hot afternoon during shooting but with such an out-of-world setting and clear blue skies, I felt like I was walking on space!

Photos by Corinne.

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