Krystof Strozyna Autumn Winter 2011

Krystof Strozyna AW11 simply flaunts off the futuristic chic with a feminine edge.

Centralized with nude and black throughout the collection, the bodycon shapes and graphical prints as well as panelled draping are taking the centre stage again in Strozyna’s 7th collection, since his graduation as a MA from CSM, while being complemented by accent hues such as neon orange, faded mint and aqua turquoise, not forgetting the bolt of liquid silver that elaborates the futuristic element.

Graphicallized floral prints are also seen in the collection, creating a new aesthetics and chiffon is draped and inserted into panels on dresses, blouses and skirts, presenting extremely fitted silhouettes plus a feminine sharpness. The architectural fabric cuffs with bold zips and metallic leg manacles draw the looks in the collection to a fuller picture of fierce Krystof Strozyna woman.

Roll down for the looks in the collection.

P/S: I am waiting for my lucky star to help me to pop my interview questions to Krystof and I shall reveal very soon here. Stay tuned!

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Reality Studio SS11 – Open To The Public

Reality Studio is a German label, founded by Svenja Specht in 2005. The label presented its SS11 collection at Berlin Fashion Week last July. The collection was showcased in a rather unique manner – 8 of the designer’s friends who were also the models for the show, were cycling through the streets of Berlin while wearing the pieces from the collection.

The collection draws inspiration from the music of a Californian performer, Flying Lotus and is deeply influenced by the colours, clothing and cuts of Buddhist monks. The designs found in the collection blends the unique features with good measures of androgyny and sexiness, resulting in the one-of-a-kind signature style of Reality Studio. Unlike other designer label, Reality Studio chose to present the collection to public instead of a group of selected audience, which I must say, I admire this idea and how I wish this could be implemented here, in Malaysia. Furthermore, it is also the designer’s approach of not only expressing the formality but also the true individual spirit of the designer, who I supposed, deeply believes in the value of “Sharing in Caring”.

The collection speaks of extreme simplicity with a twist of cultural beauty. It plays with the technical details of colour dye on the satin fabric, simple drapings, oversized tops and sleek above-the-waist tailored pants, etc. The colours revolves around neutral shades of pale camel, light grey, orangey brown, matching with strong hues like red, black, greyish dark blue suede fabric etc, presenting a refreshing styling inspirations.

Take a look at the collection, some of the pieces are really adorable!


About The Designer

The mastermind of Reality Studio is Svenja Specht. Having studied in fashion and product design, Specht has worked in the fields of fashion, graphic, costume and product design for a couple of years before setting up this label in 2005, in Berlin, a beautiful city in Germany. Thanks to her interests in other cultures and languages, she has lived in Beijing, China for 3 years and 2 years in Paris.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Ivana Pilja The Serbian Rising Star

Ivana Pilja may appear to be quite a stranger name to most of us here in Malaysia, well, that’s most probably because she is the uprising Serbian fashion star who is graduating from Textile School in Belgrade.

Her graduation collection, which is her first collection is inspired by Japanese fashion and origami. With solid form and geometrical shapes, the collection is indeed sporting a range of sculptural masterpieces, and featuring in all dark as she wants to inject the thought of making the collection to be a futuristic form of costume. Strongly inspired by the origami culture, the collection has an autonomy in sculpturing, with the edges and the shapes of creations that are straight, sturdy and simplified geometrical beauties. Ivana has also shared with me that the wigs are a very important part of the collection.

“I’m happy I had the honor to co-operate with Djurdjica Ivanovic-Djuka that turned my idea into a reality. Photo shoot and photo campaign was done by  Nikola Sokolov, who has done a great job. Just a good team leads to success:) Also, this is my first independent collection and fashion clash first give me opportunity to show my own collection on such a wonderful international fashion event.”

Instead of referring to the official website of Fashion Clash, this is what Ivana told me through the email which I think I should share it out with my readers, “Fashion Clash is phenomenal concept that opens doors to all young talented designers, and idea of FASHIONCLASH foundation is to create a ‘clash’ with ‘fashion’ as a starting point, and I really like it. By organizing fashion projects FASHION CLASH aims to create a platform where ‘young’ designers/artists can present their work to a diverse international audience.” Awesome, ain’t it? Actually, if you want to know more about Fashion Clash, simply click on the link and read yourself.

I would have to first congratulate Ivana for presenting her collection on 4th June in conjunction with Fashion Clash which brings me both good news and bad news. Good news: I am happy for Ivana and bad news is I can’t go! 😦

Ivana, all the best for your show and would seriously love to hear more from you and hopefully we will be meeting each other real soon!

This is the graduation collection from Ivana Pilja

Ivana Pilja can be reached at ivanapilja@gmail.com.

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Karla Otto X Gareth Pugh

Hey everybody, how is everyone doing? I apologize for not updating the blog for so long and I miss you guys out there. Please I am begging all of you whoever reads my blog, please send me emails to remind me if I am away for too long from here. Please! You guys have my email, don’t cha? Here they are: edmondwei@yahoo.com / voonedmond@hotmail.com / edmondwei@gmail.com.

I know it is a bit late for me to post this up but I still have to do it and I apologize yeah!

Back to the topic, Karla Otto has announced their international collaboration with Gareth Pugh! Wow, I just could not wait to see the great excitements coming up and you gotta stay tuned for that! I promise, I will get you updated as soon as I have the complete package of information.

Love ya all!

Just A Simple Guy

1 Shirt + 1 Pair of pants + 1 Pair of shoes + 1 Bracelet (OPTIONAL) = Style

Shirt: Denim Snap Shirt from Felix – was $98.00 and now is $69.00

Bird: Have a bleach streak this fall with this light denim shirt from Felix. It’s snap closures and cowboy cut make it an ideal weekend button-up.

Pants: Narrow Fit Corduroy Pants from Nicole Farhi – was $198.00 and now is $99.00

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Bird: Give your tried and true blues a much needed break and try on a pair of cool cords for size. With their subdued grey hue, these narrow pants from Nicole Farhi are both easy to wear and good looking.

Shoes: Leather Academy Sneaker from Generic Man – was $295.00 and now is $149.00

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Bird: This autumn, we’ve fallen for a simple sneaker that’s sophisticated enough to wear with a suit. Rendered in dark caramel leather, this understated seven-eyelet design makes the perfect complement to tried and true denim or this season’s dashing wool trousers.

Accessories: Brass Railroad Spike Bracelet from Giles & Brother $85.00

Bird: For anyone whose ever dismissed the notion of jewellery on men, we’d like you to brace yourself for a total change of heart. Giles & Brother’s railroad spike bracelet pays perfect homage to the locomotive days of yore with its infinitely durable brass composition and hammered initial stamp at the center.

Style Note:

Say hello to my first style formula for men. Well, if you are about to ask me why am I creating style formulas for men, I will here answer your question. After all, I am still a man who like dressing up but have been lazy for most of the time, and I am sure some of you out there might be doubting that, since I am a bloody gay haha!

Anyway, so this style formula is accented with relaxed denim top and classic black narrow pants. I love the entire outfit, seriously! It is too bad that I can dress like this due to my size 😦

Well, to style up this look, you can always role up the pants’ bottom for at least 2 times, that is to show off the shoes. But if you want to keep it simple, you can just let it be like that. So naturally stylish. The bracelet is a totally optional accessories. However, a little advice for you is that if you opt for wearing it, it would be better if you can roll up the sleeves. Well, it isn’t that cool too not roll the sleeves up in such a hot weathered country like Malaysia!

Source: Bird

The Vigorous Charm

Good News! http://www.NET-A-PORTER.com is having their End-of-Season SALE! And this style formula is created using those discounted items. They are a must-buy!

1 Jumpsuit + 1 Jacket (Optional) + 1 Pair of Shoes + 1 Bag + 1 Bracelet (Optional) = Style

One Piece Pants: Strapless Jersey Jumpsuit from Balmain – was £6,754.96 and now is £4,052.97 after 40% discount

Details - Swarovski-studded triangular panel

Details - The exposed silver-tone zip to fasten at back

Details: Black jersey strapless jumpsuit with all-over pleated draping. Balmain jumpsuit has a Swarovski-studded triangular panel at boned bodice, harem-style pants, an exposed silver-tone zip to fasten at back and a slight sheen. 100% viscose. Dry clean.

Jacket: Wool-blend Jacket from Helmut Lang – was £528 and now is £369.60 after 30% discount

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Details: Black wool-blend jacket with padded shoulders. Helmut Lang jacket has no lapels, a single button fastening, two side zip pockets and is fully lined. 73% viscose, 25% virgin wool, 2% Lycra; lining: 94% polyester, 6% polyurethane. Dry clean only.

Shoes: Differa 140 Sandals from Christian Louboutin – was £750.87 and now is £525.61 after 30% discount

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Details: Gold metallic leather platform sandals with a heel that measures approximately 140mm / 5.5 inches and has a 30mm / 1 inch platform. Christian Louboutin sandals have an open toe, adjustable buckle fastening straps across foot, signature red leather sole and simply slip on.

Bag: Perforated Satin Clutch from Stella McCartney – was £425.66 and now is £255.39 after 40% discount

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Details: Emerald satin oversized clutch with perforated detail. Stella McCartney clutch has a zip fastening on three sides with a green and silver-tone designer-stamped disc zip pull, internal pouch and zipped compartments and is lined in gray satin. Designer color: Green.

Bracelet: Marie Disc Bracelet from Monica Vinader – was £220.96 and now is £154.67 after 30% discount

Details - Arabic script disc charm

Details - T-bar clasp for fastening

Mannequin wearing the bracelet

Details: 18-karat gold-plated chain-link bracelet with Arabic script disc charm. Monica Vinader bracelet has a T-bar clasp to fasten.

Style Note:

The word “jumpsuit” appears to be something very strong and tough to me. That’s why I name this style formula “The Vigorous Charm”. This Balmain jumpsuit ain’t any other jumpsuit, it is embellished with Swarovski’s crystals and the fabric, jersey makes it a truly comfortable piece to be only worn on selected bodies, flaunting your highest fashion taste. I then chose a glamorous golden leather sandal heels from Christian Louboutin, I dare no one to be able to question on your fashion status! The emerald satin clutch from Stella McCartney is to ease up the intensity of the jumpsuit with an interesting colour with perforated details. I love this line which the editor of Net-A-Porter.com says “Carry it with a tailored black ensemble to add an explosive accent to your after-dark attire.” And this is exactly what I want to tell you all too! Specially done for this style formula, I have added in two accessories for different occasions. If you were to wear this to work, it would be advisable to wear it with a plainly designed jacket, the Helmut Lang’s strong shouldered black wool-blend jacket is definitely the perfect choice and without that jacket, a sweet bracelet like Monica Vinader’s 18-karat gold plated chain-link bracelet is a great embellishment, indeed.

Source: www.net-a-porter.com

Good Friends

What would you do if you are feeling lonely or to do something alone? Well, you can bring your friends along. But friends are not always available to keep us a company, hence pets are invented! But another problem is not all kind of pets that you can bring along with and some of the places that you are going to do not even welcome pets. Don’t worry, a Taiwanese accessories brand haoshi has the solution for you!

haoshi DESIGN was established in 2009, named by the Chinese pronunciation “Good things.” Their design concept is to add in a kind of purity and peace. By using concrete exquisite technical art to present the abstract life concept, the designers’ life concept can present completely and perfectly through the visual art.

The Animal Series

A series of animals in the city can represent  the emotions of urban people.  Every animal has its habitual behaviours and stories.  It’s interesting that human have complicated thinking and all kinds of living environments.  While we are proud of being the leader of creatures, it is also interesting that many people’s behaviours act like the animals. So, why not choose an animal to represent yourself!  It will be  your best friend, and always stands by you. This series contains rings and necklaces that come in several cute animal shapes. I bet you will definitely love it!

Bucks Ring

Deer Necklace

Duck Necklace

Elephant Necklace

Frog Necklace

Piggy Necklace

Piglet Necklace

Polar Bear Necklace

Rabbit Ring

Rae Ring

Tiger Necklace

Tiger Ring

Wolf Necklace

Wolf Ring

Zebra Necklace

How to wear the ring:

According to haoshi DESIGN, the ring is best worn with the animal’s head facing out. However, when you go shopping or dining alone, it would be better for the head facing you, just like a friend is with you. This is because they think that every animal has its won behaviours and stories, exactly like human beings. When the person who wears the necklace or the ring, they will not only feel and look good, but they are also bringing a friend with them.

Not enough of these cuties? Well, click here and to place an order for the products that you like.

Juliette Hogan Summer 2009

Juliette Hogan is not a stranger in New Zealand’s fashion industry. Being one of the brightest young designers in the country,  her namesake fashion label Juliette Hogan is a foundation label at Showroom 22, the PR agency for the label.

Juliette Hogan’s Summer 2009 Collection features the theme of “Some Other Time…” Continuing to design with her well-mannered muse in mind, she further explores the addition of a tougher edge to her designs playing with a balance of hard and soft. exposed zips on the denim dress and the otherwise coquettish floral printed may dress result in a perfect harmony between sweet and sass.

The now signature ‘Juliette Hogan sunray pleat’ story receives an update in the form of a sheen chiffon in oyster, coral, charcoal & black.  the floor skirt offers a bit of drama against the flirty and fun trapeze dress. A more lively palette than previous seasons with the inclusion of the cherry red check, coral chiffon, and pink and green brights in the busy floral print.  However, we still see the signature muted neutrals in silk habutai, cotton knit & antique lace. Silhouettes are brought together from a variety of eras with vintage detailing on the cute ruffle front pixie frock, the 50s dress is true to it’s name sake, while the mini perfect Skirt is reminiscent of subtle 80’s styling.

A confident and concise collection from juliette hogan as she once again serves up a must have selection of timeless, classic pieces set apart by a je ne sais quoi that makes you want to touch, feel and ultimately wear.

My Favourite

My Favourite

My Favourite

My SUPER Favourite

If you want to personalise this outfit, a slim belt would be perfect!

My Favourite

I love the whole relaxed look with the loose pants and especially the grandma jacket.

The print on the fabric is so girlish with the flower motifs and yet stylish with the unique green colour.

My Favourite

More About Juliette Hogan:

After completing a Bachelor of Design (Textiles) degree in Wellington 2001, Juliette spent time working for Chris and Helen Cherry as their design assistant. She then went on to win the Karen Walker/Steinlager ‘Dare To Be’ scholarship which her prize was to complete a senior year at Parsons School of Design, New School University, New York, arguably one of the world’s top two fashion design schools. While in New York, Juliette completed an internship with Rebecca Tailor’s design team.

In 2004 Juliette established her own label, making waves instantly with her ability to blur the line between classic femininity and contemporary fashion. Her clean minimalist approach to tailoring, along with her careful selection of textiles, textures and colourations make for functional yet beautiful garments. Each piece is modern yet shrouded in a timeless quality, making it able to surpass the seasons.

Above all Juliette’s collections are sensitive to simplicity of form and are infinitely practical. Her dedication to quality, style and femininity and her coolly sophisticated design sense ensure that her collections will continue to be anticipated and celebrated with each new season. Her collection was once described as ‘quietly sophisticated clothes that well mannered girls want to wear’; and that’s Juliette Hogan to a tee.

2007 saw Juliette open her flagship store on Ponsonby road in Auckland.  18 months later the label continues from strength to strength, with Juliette showing for the 3rd consecutive time at air New Zealand fashion week with a show that was dubbed her best yet with rave reviews.

Ed’s Note:

What I like about Juliette Hogan is her styling and the fabric she uses. Her styling is great compared to other designers and a touch of vintage is flowing in her summer 2009 collection. The printed fabric used in the collection is also very unique and I love them! But one thing is that she has that Parson’s design style where the clothings are more commercial with a large portion of minimalist creativity.

So if you happen to drop by Auckland, don’t forget to visit Juliette Hogan’s boutique.

The Christmas Jewel

1 Gown + 1 Pair of Shoes + 1 Necklace + 1 Cuff + 1 Bag = Style

Dress: Tiered Silk-Chiffon Gown from D&G Dolce & Gabbana £901.05

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Details: Black silk-chiffon sleeveless tiered gown with a satin self-tie bow at empire waist. D&G Dolce & Gabbana gown has a V-neck, low scooped back, thin straps, a zip fastening at back and is fully lined. 100% silk. Dry clean.

Shoes: Wagner Patent Peep-Toes from Brian Atwood £358.70

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Details: Red leather patent pumps with a stiletto heel that measures approximately 110mm / 4.5 inches with a 20mm / 1 inch platform. Brian Atwood pumps have a peep-toe and simply slip on. Designer color: Rosso Blason.

Necklace: Carmela Silver Plated Spike Necklace from DANNIJO £633.31

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Details: Silver plated brass necklace with spike pendant. DANNIJO necklace has several thick chains with interwoven smaller chains throughout, Swarovski crystal embellishments, designer-embossed pendant and snap-clasp fastening.

Cuff: Metal Cutout Logo Cuff from Fendi £194.65

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Details: Gold-tone metal cuff with triple interlocking cutout F logo. Fendi cuff has rounded edges, an opening at back and simply slips on.

Bag: Tuxedo Satin Clutch from Christian Louboutin £478.26

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Details: Black satin clutch with pleated fabric embellishment. Christian Louboutin clutch has a fold-over flap with a magnetic fastening, an internal pouch pocket and red twill lining.

Style Note:

This D&G Dolce & Gabbana evening gown is a must-have for this Christmas. The tiered silk-chiffon layers will definitely make you look stunning and elegant. Pair it with Brian Atwood’s red patent leather peep-toe pumps and Christian Louboutin’s black satin clutch, the Christmas dinner has never been this stylish! DANNIJO’s silver plated brass chain-link adds up the intensity of being a Christmas jewel in the ball and the elegance is even enhanced with the simplistically sophisticated Fendi’s luxury gold-tone metal cuff. I guess everybody would have now been stunned when you start walking in!

Source: www.net-a-porter.com

Women In Black

Viktor & Rolf always give us surprises. With that being said, for the Spring Summer 2010 collection, Viktor & Rolf are creating a small capsule collection that encompasses five cocktail dresses, for the very first time. This collection has been given a name of a special label, Viktor & Rolf Black Dress. From this S/S 2010 collection on, every season will launch a new capsule collection comprising five dresses.

The idea behind this capsule is to always reinvent the Little Black Dress offering a point of difference from the rest of the collection. Since these pieces combine classic designs with original chic details, they remain timeless iconic fashion pieces that fit to grace the most enviable wardrobes. For the S/S 2010 capsule collection, Viktor & Rolf propose soft shapes, silhouettes and fabrics, which make the looks very chic, with a relaxed attitude. The feminine references are lingerie, bustiers and soft bows.

In the designers’ own words: “Our inspiration began with the women we imagined would wear them. With sources ranging from a certain technique or silhouette to the memory of a vintage dress, the garments capture our take on the spirit of a woman, that may be serenely fluid, delightfully structured, lavish and decorative or classically alluring”.

Black Beauty

Strapless dress in taffeta with pleats cascading from a large front bow, creating a tromp l’oeil effect.

Black Dahlia

Soft loose summer dress in cupro with a chic seventies feel and flowerbomb strap details at the back.

Black Hole

Dress with integrated bustier in cupro and chiffon embellished with stones appliquéd onto the collar and belt.

Black Dream

Short dress designed to combine three different fabrics – a chiffon décolleté, a silk bodice and a taffeta skirt – finished off with a rich stone and bead appliqué sash at the waist.

Black Rose

Tulle layered dress with hand embroideries on the shoulders and a satin ribbon belt.

They are just simply amazing, aren’t they? Well, I just can’t wait for more capsule collections to come in the future, good job Viktor & Rolf!