Armour Amour

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It’s a great fuzzy feeling to feel loved and protected by someone. But where that someone does not exist, one may find refuge in your own shining armour for some bullet-proof (though not insult-proof) protection.

This is Highlights magazine Armour Karma spread in their Issue #32 of Fall 2008.

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Don’t those vests and braces make you wanna clank some metal and expel an expletive? Or maybe a war cry?

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If you’re not for the self-protection schmazz, maybe you can go for some self-assurance in luxurious quilting. But not without a hint of shiny metal to show that you’re not to be trifled with!

Here’s some leather goodness for you to start your own protection scheme if you do not have a reliable insurance agent.

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From Craisford Leather

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Armour Dress by Anna Marshall

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Neck Armour from blackbirdmaille

Photos from foto decadent, amelie boutique and etsy

No more Orang Minyak

Orang Minyak means oily man in Malay. It is an oily ghost who worships the devil and rapes young girls.

Those are what you get in many editorials starring male models.

Too oily, to hairy, too stoic, too scary.

But not these!

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And Men Magazine, Volume 11, 2008

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Many have commented that the contrast is stretched a leeetle too far, but I think that’s what’s partly alluring about these photos.

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The ruffles are defined, the prints are distinct, the textures pop out. Ah.

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And… I’m out!!

Pictures from foto decadent

Glossy Copy

I attended a themed party last evening (:

And had to come dressed like a magazine image!!!

So after some “reseach”..

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and in a crazy combination of mentally going through my wardrobe for similar pieces, finding interesting yet wearable combinations and not wanting to look too normal (or boring)..

I decided on this

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which looked like a very strong contender for my current Print-Per-Outfit Record (see here)!

Not wanting to shirk from the challenge, I chose to push my own boundaries and perceptions of what I think I’d wear.

The end result?

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what do you think??

Panelled Pilgrim Dress: Regifted from boyfriend’s mom

Silver Knit Tank/Vest: Gift from boyfriend’s mom

Lazer Cut belt: Lisa Ho

Long Tunic/Shirt: Baylene

Watch: White Sands stall

Bangles: Green – Thailand, gift from mom. Black – Vietnam, gift from sister

Shoes: Onitsuka Tiger

was it warm? YES! especially since the party venue was outdoors. but tolerable (:

And I am proud that I left the house dressed as such

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granted my nose was stuck in my book for a larger portion of the commute to the party venue, but at least I didn’t pull a Clark Kent and change in the nearest public toilet!

[I got a prize for putting in the most effort!! hahas]

Roald Dahl

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From Matilda

(I’m not sure if it’s the same all over the world, but,) Think Roald Dahl and a string of fantastical tales like Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and Esio Trot will conjure up squiggly images ala Quentin Blake’s illustrations for his children’s books.

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From The BFG

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From George’s Marvellous Medicine

All pictures from Art Of Illustration

Ooooh, memories (runs of to caress stack of Roald Dahl books) 😀
I digress. Anyway.

Then there are his lesser known (at least to my side of the world), darker, short stories, like A Dip In The Poole (no thanks to my first literature lesson in secondary school), Lamb to the Slaughter, The Landlady (my first encounter with taxidermy in my early teens. The horror! :O) and Parson’s Pleasure.

Next you have British Vogue’s fusing both the childish fantasy and rather dark humour plus a tinge of silliness into an awesome editorial – Tales of the Unexpected.

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This rather generous spread of great styling, imaginative props and stellar models keeps making you wanna flip page after page, as names like Tim Burton, Gareth Pugh, Imelda Staunton, Georgia Jagger, Peter Jensen and Alice Gibb lend themselves to the shoot.

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This would be the only time I want gum to be stuck all over the place.

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Baubles as soap suds!

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All scans from foto decadent

I haven’t been reading anything of late, except for my “Management for infor – okay that sounds boring already.

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The Magic of Fashion – Harper’s Bazaar 2008

Emma Watson as Hermione is absolutely anal and annoyingly endearing. Emma Watson as herself, is absolutely amazing and unexpectedly impressive.

I’m undecided as to whether she’s Emma Watson or Hermione here. It’s kinda like a little bit of both, with the backdrop of Hogwarts, and designers that seem to be at her beck and call, if not framed cheekily in frames and mirrors.

Not sure if you should be comparing her to spreads with big models, but I’m so blown away by her! She’s no MKA, or Agyness in terms of style… and I hope she grows up to be like Charlize Theron or something along those lines.

All pictures from gossiprocks.net

A Singapore Special

BAYLENE

If you’re curious as to what our tiny island produces in the field of fashion and design, Baylene would give you a pretty good idea of the burgeoning local scene.

If you’re excited at the idea of having a piece of Singapore in your closet (especially after the world has seen the first night race ever – poor Kimi!), you’d be happy to know that Baylene now has an online store that sells their wares to the world!

(Psst, remember the chameleon-like Kelly? I didn’t know she was called Kelly then.)

It’s a nice simple layout, easy to navigate – makes you want to buy more!

There are individual garment measurements, additional pictures to show more views and other ways in which you can wear the item.

Pictures from Baylene.com

You’ll find that all the pieces encourage lots of layering and experimenting – sheer panels, lack of sleeves, extra buttons, holes or loops, deconstructed shapes, one size fits all kinds designs you can think up.

I don’t know about you, but my closet begs for more Baylene!

For now, they’re having a 50-70% off at the shop in Stamford House #01-04 from today till 2 October. Baylene will also be at Fash Bash!

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SINGAPORE F1 GRAND PRIX

Back to the F1 fever that struck Singapore over the past week – I beamed a bit seeing that our tiny place looked so pretty under the building lights and track lights and ooohhh, just the whole atmosphere.

Pictures from Channelnewsasia.com

I was so impressed with everything! The crowd, the driving, the drama, the circuit. *continues to beams madly*

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KVLT MAGAZINE

Then there’s KVLT magazine‘s second issue – Loveless. Go and immerse yourself in some candid spreads and features on art, music and fashion.

This issue they interview the designers of MadCornerShop and Vice & Vanity!

Like they say – All stories have been told; KVLT just tells it better.

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VICE AND VANITY

Coincidentally, Vice & Vanity is available at Baylene, and also online. When they were still “new” I was kinda skeptical about their presence. Firstly, I don’t buy many accessories – what more acrylic pieces at prices I am not yet willing to pay! Then I realised, everyone isn’t me.

I guess they kinda grew on me. I really like the collars in their most recent collection.

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Was that too much of Singapore in a day?