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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Shades Of Cool

^ My favorite nail colour at the moment: Dark Room from 3.1 Phillip Lim X NARS Limited Edition polishes. It's a very dark tinted navy blue, like a really dark washed pair of jeans!

Oversized sleeve blouse - c/o Dressabelle
Satin floral pencil skirt - c/o Dressabelle
Turban - gift from Zheng Ning
Leather oxford boots - Shanghai
Watch - Vintage Cadali Taylor c/o Late Rabbit
Lip colour: Revlon balm stain in Romantic

Blue: the colour that has been repeating a lot in my every day wardrobe choices. Commercially, neutrals are normally defined by white, beige, browns and black but may I suggest blue as an outstanding member of the neutrals club? Well to be specific, navy blue is my nomination of choice for being universally flattering and so easy to find in the market. I'm not naturally drawn to floral prints but when I do, I prefer toned down variations such as floral print in monochromatic order. For instance, the floral pencil skirt I'm wearing today has white flowers that stands out against a navy blue background. The satin material gives it a rich and luxurious impression, reminding me of that Kimono cardigan I wore awhile ago. If I went on analysing this skirt I could even say that it's almost 'cultural' to me, like porcelain vases from ancient China. To keep things less serious, I decided to just wear my trusty leather boots, especially when it has been raining a lot lately and heels would be really impractical. Finally, the turban was just a last minute random addition. It's not everyday that I would pick out head pieces so since I'm working a cool palette why not pull it in? Besides, it was a life saver for a bad hair day. 

Photos by Rumin.
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