Watch your back

Take a bicycle, plant a fashionable person on it and you have about 5000 coos from all over the world, simultaneously.

You wanna see everything, the clothes, the accessories, the person, the bike, the gear (basket? SO CUTE!), but Downtown from Behind shoots everyone in landscape and from the back, all around NYC. (Apparently only every street below 14th, but I have no bearings of New
York at all so I can’t say much about that.)

The subject is doesn’t dominate the picture, sized kinda sneakily, shot a tad bit voyeuristic, and you cannot help but feel that little bit more enticed with every scroll and every picture.

Plus, it’s cool that there’s a tiny tidbit of info with every person shot. Cos we all wanna know everything about the next person we don’t know now (they come from alllll walks of life, not just too-hip-it-hurts vintage store owners and the whole shebang), don’t we?

But really, I personally find this whole stylish pedaling thing romantic because… I cannot ride a bike. Boo!

Picture credits to here.

Arms of steel

These beautiful stills are from The New York Times’ article showcasing the new and not-so-gentle giants of sports – towering female tennis players who hit really hard.

Most of them are tall, lanky Eastern European beauties such as Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva, who make for such beautiful lines. And then there is Serena Williams donning her ferosh some where in the slideshow. Thank goodness there’s an atmospheric piano track in the background.

Really, I don’t know much about tennis even though I love Rafael Nadal, have a boyfriend who plays tennis and went to Wimbledon just a few months back in June. I can’t comment much on the article, but these pictures by Dewey Nicks, fashioned with smoke screen, glittered tennis balls and some amazing tennis gear is absolutely breathtaking.

View the slow motion videos of the players here as well.

Picture credits to here.

Young & Restless

Anytime you need to be inspired, you should be visiting Test Shoot Gallery. Headed by creative director and stylist, Ashburn Eng, the man himself is boundless energy. And he channels this energy to good use in his new collaboration with local designer, Max Tan.

Young & Restless, designed by Ashburn for Max Tan’s principle line, is the product of their shared aesthetics. The first collection, Ritual, is conservative Amish-meets-military-meets superwoman. Who would have thought you’d see these words in the same sentence?

The pieces are drenched in shades of deep, almost thought-provoking blue. The maxi skirt-pants are the most genius of all. I’ve just cleared out a spot in my wardrobe between my dresses and dress pants just for this baby.

I think this duo can do no wrong. Ashburn and Max – please stay young and restless.

Visit the maxtan store in Level 2 of Parco in Milennia Walk for Young & Restless.

Picture credits to here.

Paper Doll

Lately, I haven’t been looking for unusual cuts or cool tailoring in my clothes. Instead, I’m all about the fabric, how it feels like between my fingers, against my skin. For one, Uniqlo‘s premium fine cotton jersey has the capacity to make me extraordinarily happy.

Now, I need to feel these unisex paper dresses by Nina Nikicio, from her Nikicio:Project 04. These are photographs by a collection of Singaporean and Indonesian photographers, printed on tear-proof, water/chemical resistant paper.

Not quite sure what to expect. Soft crinkly feel? Crunchy noises as I walk?

Available at the Nikicio webstore for US$43.

Picture credits to here.

Fashion Asia – Featuring Shamaeel

The third of four designers featured in the Fashion Asia show held last week was Shamaeel.

A Corporate Law and Finance degree holder (from the University of California at Berkeley, no less!) She has played both the role of designer and buyer over the span of more than two decades.

My ears perked when I heard about her influence for this collection – Mughul Miniatures


In summary, they are relatively small paintings with pack a punch in terms of the amount of detail, symbolism, storytelling and work that goes into each piece of Mughul Empire history.

Read more about them here.

And the Asian Civilizations Museum has a Mughul Jewellery exhition running till 27 June 2010.


This collection incorporated a lot more embellishments and detailing that kept the show visually appealing.

And I quite admire how refined and polished the pieces felt/made me feel.

The use of a variety of prints was also rather impressive y’knw? A mish-mash of prints could go really bad really fast if not executed well.

But that wasn’t the case for Shamaeel.

More or less, I felt that the pieces were well done. Although how well they integrate with an average-person’s wardrobe, I can’t really say.

Anyway, my favourite series of looks were at the end of her feature, where the fabric incorporated the imagery of (what I presume to be) actual miniature paintings.

I wasn’t able to get a good tight shot. But the incorporation of these painting imagery into the fabric scored plus points with me. (:

All in all, Shamaeel was a very pleasing visual experience. But, as much as I admire the clothes, I doubt they would fit well with my wardrobe. Filtered out into separates, maybe there is still hope. But bold dresses like these… er, I’ll give it a miss.