Friday, June 18, 2010

A Chanel Odyssey

If you happened to be walking along Queen's Road in Central on Thursday evening at around 6pm and couldn't get past the media carnival camped outside Joyce, then that was because the Chanel spaceship (I say space ship as the collection is truly out of this world!) had landed. Yes, the special and exclusive Chanel boutique in collaboration with Joyce featuring the unique Métiers d'Art Paris- Shanghai collection was unveiled on Thursday night amidst the crowd of local celebrities, socialites and, well, common people like me. 

I was more than happy to receive the invite a few days days ago and immediately made a mental wardrobe dash-through, pairing outfits with accessories in my head. In the end, I settled for a white Calvin Klein shift dress that's been sitting in my wardrobe for a while now. I hardly ever do minimal- always favouring and championing the bedraggled look- so this was a new, yet momentary direction for me. Hey, anything for Madame Chanel.

This is the eight edition of the Métiers d'Art collection with Shanghai being the inspiration. There are references to Manchu, Mongolian imperial and communist China mixed with the Chinese glitz and glamour of the 30's. Uncle Karl kept to a specific palette of red, navy, royal blue, black, and jade green. The museum- worthy pieces are exquisitely crafted and the detailing is just awesome. There are beautifully and delicately embroidered coats with mandarin collars. Fur trimmed jackets with 'terracota warrior' sleeves. Qipao dresses have also been updated and given a Chanel interpretation.

The accessories are as equally as stunning as the clothes. And this is why I love the Métiers d'Art series. The house of Chanel has taken responsibility in helping preserve the dying breed of traditional hand skilled artisans and master craftsmen in Paris.

This collection is far too fierce for words so instead, I will let the images speak for themselves.

The over the knee boots are featured heavily in this collection and they come in felt, leather and embroidered silk.

After all the champagne had been drunk and the last of the canapés eaten, we decided to go for a quick vietnamese fix in Nha Trang on Wellington before going subterranean for the after- party on Wyndham, where we rubbed shoulders with the weird and wonderful. 

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Elizabeth and James Yoshimoto crepe- jersey and leather jacket

Givenchy Sleeveless v-neck beige silk chiffon dress 

Alexander McQueen Lace embroidered satin dress

Vionnet Ivory draped crepe top

Roland Mouret Juno cotton blend trousers

HTC Iconic new slim belt

Alexander Wang Jena laser cut leather clutch

Chanel Lacquered chinese doll clutch

Maison Martin Margiela triple star ring

Dannijo Carmela silver plated spike necklace

Emilio Pucci Mutli-strap suede heels

Christian Louboutin Big lips 120 suede heels

Alexander Wang Dree fringed leather sandals

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

CFDA Tribute To Alexander McQueen

The CFDA Board of Directors paid a special tribute to Lee McQueen at the Lincoln Center in New York last night, June 8th 2010.
The tribute was awarded by Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore a print dress from Lee's pre -fall collection. She said  '[He was] talented well beyond his years. I would have loved to see what he would do next'. 

After her speech, somber looking models paraded Lee's last collection for Fall/Winter 2010. 

RIP Lee Alexander McQueen 

Wang It

9th September 2010

Here's the Alexander Wang F/W 2010 inspiration video shot by Craig McDean, starring Abbey Lee Kershaw and art direction by the legendary Fabien Baron.

It won't be long till an Alexander Wang perfume comes out, he is said to be 'putting ideas together for a signature perfume'. Watch this space.

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This year's CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to my boy, Alexander Wang (who brought his mum along to the event, awwww.....) The Swarovski Award honours and recognises emerging talents so, no surprise here really. Next year I'd like to see him pick up the gong for Womenswear!

Wang reminds me of a certain person who is rocking with monks up in the Himalayas as I type this...
RD- you are truly missed, please come back xxx

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Resort 2011

The Resort Collections for 2011 are out. I have chosen 2 personal favourites from each of the following designers and design houses.
Go on, drool.

 Alexander Wang



Burberry Prorsum


Bottega Veneta


Jason Wu


Helmut Lang

Opening Ceremony

3.1 Philip Lim

Marc Jacobs

Louis Vuitton

Narciso Rodriguez