Filed under: - Sarah, Inspirables, OMGWTFBBQ | Tags: Colours, Ferragamo shoes, Rainbows
made me think about this New York Times article about retailers looking into their archives for inspiration and cashflow.
I wonder, is this rainbow poop wallpaper fo’ real?! Would you have this in your house? hahas
I want these shelves and colour-coded books. Bet Jo would want the pug. (:
And these persian cats are so adorable. Unsettlingly pastel, but adorable!
Filed under: - Sarah, Desirables, Off the Racks | Tags: Butterflies, Colours, H&M, Hong Kong, Matthew Williamson, Peacocks
First, there was the collab with Comme des Garcons,
Now H&M collides with Matthew Williamson to give us slurp-worthy eye candy!
The collection was released yesterday, 23 April 2009. And the blow-by-blow account of sales at the Eaton Centre outlet by thestar.com is hilarious!
“4.30 am: … They are shopping for the daughter, her instructions: “Whatever you can get.”
9.25 am: Stephen Thompson, owner of a construction company, is shopping on his wife’s behalf. No one tells him he is too far back in the line. No one tells him it is hopeless.
10.00 am: People grab merchandise indiscriminately – by the armloads.
10.02 am: Two minutes after opening, the cash registers ring in the first item of the day. Seconds later the racks are bare.
10.03 am: Things get physical. The shouter pulls the pregnant woman’s hair before storming off. Pregnant woman shouts: “Oh no, you did not just pull my hair!” Hair puller responds: “Well, you scratched me first.” I edge toward the security guard.
10.09 am: A group of women are found huddled in the menswear department, bartering their pile of items.
10.30 am: Staff paste a sign on the store’s window announcing part two of the Matthew Williamson collection will hit stores May 14.”
For the full article, click here.
Peacocks and butterflies are the obvious sources of inspiration. The explosion of colour, peacock feather motifs and butterfly prints are obvious hints.
Silk, seems to be a fitting fabric of choice, enhancing the brilliantly psychedelic colour palette chosen by designer, Matthew Williamson.
My personal favs from this exclusive capsule collection include:
Silk Print Dress, HKD $2990. (S$580)
Cropped Sleeve Leather Jacket, HKD $1990. (S$380)
Silk mix electric blue suit. Blazer, HKD $990 (S$190). Pant, HKD $699 (S$135).
Although I am not sure what occasion, I’d wear it to.. I like it a lot!
Sequin Dress, HKD $1490 (S$290). Studded belt, HKD $ 399 (S$80).
I like this dress and belt combo best!! I’d wear it everyday. (or at least till it starts to smell 😀 hehes.)
(All Singapore Dollar conversions from the listed Hong Kong Dollar prices are based on estimates provided by this website.)
Since, I’m not in Hong Kong (or physically near any other H&M outlet) and that the collection is probably also sold out and culminated with the fact that I have a serious wallet deficit after my Aldo splurge, these items all fall very nicely into my imaginary closet.
Paid for with my imaginary money. *sigh*.
Click here to view the full collection.
Filed under: - Jo, Art, Design & Photography, Desirables, Inspirables | Tags: Art, Design & Photography, Christian Lacroix, Colours, Couture, Design, Fashion, First Thai Food, National Musuem of Singapore, Purvis Street
I’m not sure about you, but when my age just tipped two digits (ie, 10), my classmates and I were obsessed with mouthing the word “colourful”, because it looked like you were saying “I love you”, and that was oh-so-taboo.
Over the weekend, colourful and I love you have become essentially one and the same to me. It seemed like colours that day were so tremendously yummy and vivid in what I ate and where I went. It was like the surroundings made up for my lack of colourful clothes, haha.
My boyfriend and I took a break from the usual shopping and eating around the places that we had to run errands at. Instead, we made an effort to trek to places we’ve been wanting to go. We felt so much like tourists 😀
First we went to First Thai Food at 23 Purvis Street. It is run by real Thais, (don’t I make them sound like some rare commodity? Fact is, there are very few native Thais who run Thai restaurants in Singapore) and they make AWESOME and AUTHENTIC Thai food.
We ordered a green chicken curry and seafood tom yam soup. The tom yam soup was certainly altered to suit Singaporeans’ (and the many tourists in the area) tastebuds better. It wasn’t half as spicy as all the ones I tried in Bangkok. But it was good, sour, appetizing, with ultra fresh ingredients. Prawns! I lurve.
It is a shop house at the corner of the block and it is decorated with lots of artificial flowers, paintings and photographs of random people, famous people, Thais and their King. The walls are tiled with pale blue and pink squares. There must be a good hundred eye catching things in the shop, but somehow they didn’t come across as offbeat or anything.
The walls outside are a bright orange and yellow, and I couldn’t resist taking a picture! So here’s what I wore anyway. Stripes |||||||||||||||||||||||||||.
Yeap those neon flowers are part of the decor in the shop as well.
We ventured into Actually… a nice white-washed shop with very exciting wares to liven up its arty pallid interiors. I want a Freitag bag!
Next we went to the National Musuem of Singapore to view Christian Lacroix the Costumier.
Musuems always remind me of art student days. Sarah and I were just plain secondary school students taking art… but I always liked saying art student hahahah.
Looking at all these drawings made me feel like I should not exist, as with many other exhibitions have.
Now for the real thing. Since pictures paint a thousand words, allow me to inject a 6000 word essay about the exhibition.
You have to go for the one of the guided tours with the curator. She speaks beautifully and she gives the costumes life!
All the costumes were made for the stage – operas, plays and all kinds of lavish productions. It is amazing to hear how dedicated and meticulous Lacroix was about these costumes, from fringes to polka dotted lining, how the depth of colour deepens as the story progresses, how he fused modern day influences with that of Baroque…
Long draped dresses that resembled Greek columns splashed with neon paint.
I felt so wholesomely decadent walking around, listening, reading and observing. Ah.
“Couture dresses should be perfect at close range. Ready-to-wear should be concrete and practical. Fashion should be a matter of look, everyday life and current atmosphere.
On stage, there are only symbols, effects and illusions. Costumes must speak outright when actors, dancers or singers enter the stage.” – Christian Lacroix
We went for a neighbouring exhibition, Come-in: Interior Design as a Contemporary Art Medium in Germany. Pretty mind-boggling stuff!
Interior design to me is something that ought to be pretty idosyncratic and individualistic. It should recognize, or at least anticipate the presence of discrete, individual people.
For the interiors and furnishings of homes or maybe offices, there are many elements of discrete items – like chairs (as opposed to benches – collective), cutlery of different shapes, sizes and designs (YOUR favourite cup to drink from, for example), cubicles or rooms (not a vast space – though this can be easily challenged)..
But what happens when you take these seemingly discrete items, then join and disjoin them at the oddest of places? Kinda unwelcoming eh.
But what’s interior design to you?
Anyway. Interesting textures ahead!
We ended the day with home-made dinner! Spaghetti with pesto sauce and a homemade ginger-spring onion with olive oil sauce that is typically eaten with bak zham gai (literally translated as white chopped chicken? Actually, just boiled chicken).
It was t3h sm3x.
Filed under: - Sarah, Desirables, Exhibit WC:, Off the Racks | Tags: Bags, Colours, February, Off the Racks, Palette, Retail Therapy, Roundup, Shoes, Valentine's, Warm
Egads! It is February no more!
And I feel bad for not posting more than I have.
So here is a really rough roundup of the second of many more busy months to come.
I tried to incorporate as many warm colours,
into an outfit, subtly channelling the Valentine colours.
Lips: BodyShop Lip/Cheek Stain
Top: Dorothy Perkins
Vest: This Fashion
Sandals: Random Far East Plaza Shop
[PS: Colour on my lips make me look more awake than I actually am]
On a random day, like any other. I was walking towards the bus interchange. Minding my own business. Thinking about nothing in particular.
Then, it happened.
I looked up. The crowds parted. The stars aligned. Time stood still.
There they were…
Sitting. Beckoning. Calling out my name. *sigh*
I thought nothing of it. Another marketing ploy, to make me part with my money. Another temptation; an itch to add to my existing collection. Surely my shoes could do with another friend… Ahh! The reasoning! The seemingly logical explanation for why I would need yet ANOTHER pair of shoes…
But for the next 2 days, they were never far from thought. How they belonged to me. I was referring to them as my shoes. (oh no… hahas. don’t you sense trouble?) 😀
Then, I got it.
My beloved petal cut-out flats I was wearing that day broke!
And began the slow and painful process of crocodile-ing on me. )):
*A moment’s silence for the loss of my beloved flats*
And from our losses we must learn to move on. So, taking a break from studying for the midterms that week, a friend and I trooped down to the nearest Charles & Keith outlet for a much-needed dose of retail therapy.
Sad to say though, the expectations of the shoes far exceeded the ‘performance’ (my Marketing Professor would be so proud with my application of concept) of the shoes when I put them on. So no Cinderella moment there…
But, there IS a happy ending after all.
Meet my new shoes!
And the dress I wore with it.
Well, whatever it is, the magic spell/potion/formula/voodoo/chant/bewitchment/enchantment/hex that the Charles & Keith’s SS09 collection has, has got me mesmerised.
My shoes, but in a different colour combination
Loving their bags
And MORE bags!!
And cute flats! (The model looks so happy wearing the flats)
May I have this bag PLEASE!!!!!
Then the mid-term break came by…
and I had to attend an etiquette test. Formal attire required. Not always the most comfortable of clothing, I brought along a top from Abyzz by Desmond Yang.
Unconventional yet comfortable, it drapes in such odd and interesting ways.
Paired with my dress pants, folded up, I went for an uber casual & relaxed look.
The piece can also be worn reversed (back-to-front), giving it a completely different look.
And its really fun how the texture of the fabric and the drapes can be subtly molded to create a different effect. Plus the secret pocket is a fun touch!
Yet another day, obsessed with my new C&K shoes, let me introduce my new bag!
It came with a strap (which was a major swing factor in purchasing the bag instead of the C&K one above) but before I could make my way down the stairs, the strap broke!
thank goodness I bargained for a cheaper price, makes me slightly less upset to have to go strapless.
Dress: Salvation Army
Leggings: Gift from Boyfriend. Bought in Bangkok, Thailand
Shoes: Charles & Keith
Bag: Random Store in Far East Plaza
uber long post.
Will do my best to update more frequently. (Hopefully not at the expense of less sleep)
Filed under: - Sarah, Art, Design & Photography, Exhibit WC:, OMGWTFBBQ | Tags: 21st, Colours, Colours-per-Outfit Ratio, food, themed party, Wacky, Weird, Wonderful
For a 21st Birthday Bash attended over the weekend, invited guests had to come dressed in the randomly assigned colours, as stated on the invite.
It was great to see (almost) everyone enthusiastic about the theme. The place was a psychedelic explosion of bright poster colour paints!
Unbeknown to the hosts, their food seem to sublimely follow the theme…
Sliced cucumber and avocado on a lime green plate.
Table candy & snacks
Perhaps the Polaroids can attest to how weird, wacky and wonderful the party was!
And to add to the wackiness, I felt it only fair to do something a bit different…
hahas. the headlessness is completely unintentional
Happy 21st, Hot Babes!! (:
Filed under: - Jo, OMGWTFBBQ | Tags: Colours, Crazy, Fashion, Monotone, Style, Weird
I came across this freaky article from NY Mag.
It’s not five people you meet in heaven or something, it’s five people who wear just ONE colour, and maybe even one particular shade of a colour every single day.
I mean, I had a red phase, then a black phase… now I’m trying to be in a prints phase (lol), but these people must have a friggin medical condition!
The old lady dyes all her stuff in kelly green (read: GRINCH GRINCH GRINCH GRINCH!), the young lady is irked even if the soles of her shoes are not grey, another man will not go for an event simply because it says black tie, and he doesn’t wear black – only brown (ass wipe ass wipe!).
I think if I had any friends like that I would flip. What if at my wedding, black tie is an imperative, and he/she doesn’t usually wear black??
Filed under: - Sarah, Off the Racks | Tags: Colours, experimenting, Fashion, inspiration, Sale, Shoes, Style
Sarah loved the lady with the red bicycle frame and red tights (as in Jo’s bicycle post)
so much that she got
A pair of red flats from Andre Valentino @ the Robinson’s Sale.
Its my first non-neutral coloured pair of shoes and I’m EXCITED!! (even though I’m a bit apprehensive of what to match them with) I can’t wait to experiment!! 😀