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Bat luck
Friday 10 December 2010, 10:07 am
Filed under: - Jo, Desirables, Off the Racks | Tags: , , , , ,

It’s very dangerous to make a bold claim of creating things that “challenge the notion of its usage” and “does not conform to traditional shapes” for all to see. But Hoiming – a design duo from Hong Kong has been pumping this notion into all of their leather bags and accessories since 2006.

While bats have been in the background of Halloween decoration and possibly freaking out the half the kid population of Western families, they are wholeheartedly embraced by the Chinese. Why? Because its pronunciation sounds similar to that of “good fortune”.

They’ve been in paintings because they symbolize blessings, and now in Hoiming’s amazingly shaped, pleated and hand-stitched leather creations. Apart from the slightly creepy necklace and brooch designs, it also comes in what Hoiming does best – bags.

Although small, it still embodies the creased wide-winged shape and made so modern. I love how the shots are upside-down just like how bats hang!

They have also done these raining rose leather corsages which look great as a large, singular entity, unlike a floral bouquet that heaps of other designers are fond of.

And then, there are these cute clutch bags called clouds. Love how the designers translated wispiness into layered, scalloped leather pieces on a dumpling-shaped bag. And while its name brings to mind soft, blue skies and cotton candy, the colours chosen are a stormier dark blue and black. So wickedly cool.

My favourite from their archives is this bag-and-jacket mutation from 2008 – a sleeve to go over the shoulder and pockets to fit your hand with lots of room to spare. It truly epitomizes their brand philosophy of creating bags with reason and surprises. I need me some time-transportation and money-multiplying capabilites. How can I ever ever get my hands on this?!

Multi-label store Front Row celebrated their 5th anniversary last weekend, and Hoiming is part of the slew of new labels from all over the world to hit our sunny shores to mark the occasion. The bat, cloud and rose styles are in store now. Can’t wait for more of Hoiming’s amazing pieces in future!

Picture credits to here and here.

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[Travel] Hong Kong’s Sights, Scenes, Sweets and Savouries by Sarah
Monday 17 May 2010, 1:05 am
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Like the alliteration overload? 😀 Been really backlogged with work and all. Therefore HK photos are only coming up now.

Didn’t really get to go out and explore much since most of our afternoons were dedicated to visiting various Universities in HK. Can’t wait to go back though (:



Sorry for the Lull ya’ll
Sunday 2 May 2010, 4:55 pm
Filed under: - Sarah | Tags: , , , ,

Hi everyone! I know that Audi Fashion Festival has been all the buzz this past week and yet there has been a week-long lull here at Wottoncool.

Perfectly rational explanation: I’ve been in Hong Kong for the past week! (without internet access)

In between the university visits, student union dialogue sharing sessions and hour-long campus tours in 3-inch heels,

I’ve been busying soaking up the neon light pollution and hazy air while shopping and eating my heart out in the Mongkok, Kowloon area of Hong Kong.

But I’m back! with loads to update.

Click your Jimmy Choos together three times then check back! (:



Clothed in shoes

Pedder Red has a a new collaboration with Wyman Wong, a multi-tasking celeb (of sorts?) from Hong Kong.

He created a tantalising five-piece collection inspired by the tailoring and work of fashion designers such as Martin Margiela, Christophe Decarin, and Yves Saint Laurent, and you’ll see why in the pictures.

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Biker chains and mini dress for Christophe (Balmainia, Balmainia, Balmainia), and a poufy sweetheart tiered dress for Oscar.

How adorable, how adorable, HOW ADORABLE ARE THESE?

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No prizes for guessing, this is Yves. The tuxedo at the back actually has two heels so that the trousers work better, and the flappy collar, lapel and bow-tie looks like a pretty bow at the back of the shoe from far.

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Martin – The one with the mannequin on spindly legs is just pure sechzzzzz. So hawt!

My boyfriend was there with me in Pedder Red over the weekend to give his opinion and help me decide – but to no avail. When I saw the pictures, Yves was mine. But when I tried Martin on, I was torn.

Martin or Yves? Tough choice innit? Help me decide!



Tumourous
Tuesday 6 October 2009, 12:38 pm
Filed under: - Jo, DIY, Exhibit WC:, Off the Racks | Tags: , , , , ,

I’m under the impression that large, bulbous things will mask even larger bulbous things (ie me and my newly enlarged self from non-stop gorging. I think I waste a lot of calories on bad food..).

But I think wrong.

Nonetheless, I love this black cardigan I got from H&M with sleeves that look like it’s breeding tumour cells.

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Oops, sorry for the un-rotated pics.

When I got it, I was thinking maybe the volume on the sleeves will give an illusion that the bulk is you know… just the sleeves! Lol.

I’m still not sure about that but I lurve how it feels and how cute it looks. I feel like I can house mini hamsters (yes I know they’re already mini) hording food in their cheeks. Aw cute!

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Black knit cardigan (with details I find difficult to describe), H&M. Long tank, Topshop. Pannelled jersey skinny pants, H&M. Tie-dye canvas bag, H&M. Yellow cutout shoes, Hong Kong Industrial Centre. Felt and metal findings neck piece, Hong Kong Industrial Centre.

Here’s my nyooly dyed hair, courtesy of my boyfriend! He was totally taken by the Kao Liese bubble/foam hair dye, cos dyes usually come in a thick, repulsive creamy consistency, which isn’t half as fun as this bubbly stuff.

I likey how it turned out. Think I’ll try something redder in a few weeks!

Also, look at the knee patch of the pants! I lurve. It’s got this quilting feel going on, even at the waistband, but I pull my top over to conceal my tum tum. Lol.

Do you feel disturbed when I say things like that?

Too bad!



Werq
Monday 5 October 2009, 12:33 am
Filed under: - Jo, Exhibit WC:, Off the Racks, OMGWTFBBQ | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Reading Bryanboy (I’m one of those blog lurkers when I’m not doing the blogging..) introduced me to a plethora of super vivid vocabulary – ones that you have never been taught to spell but so often harbour the truer essence of its meaning.

Example: WERQ!

Lemme tell you, you’re never really working, putting enough effort, until you WERQ, yo!

O btw, that’s so the total opposite of me right now.

On a totally unrelated note (unless.. you wish to find the connection), here’s a picture of me on the light rail in Hong Kong trying to pull off my nyoo Ray Bans and Clarks Wallabees.

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Light pink grosgrain mesh top, H&M. Light grey self-tie long tank, Nicholas. Pannelled jersey skinny pants, H&M. Beige suede low cut Wallabees, Clarks.

The sunnies are shaped like wayfarers, just without the chunky plastic frame, and a bit ring of silver at the temple. I never know that silver thing was that prominent until I saw my pictures.

And next up, my wallabees in beige suede, cut lower than the normal one. I was kinda drawn to it cos it reminded me of my Sperry’s, and it was beige, and it wasn’t cut too high to make my calves look like chunkier lotus roots than they already are..

PLUS PLUS PLUS, the sole is a whole inch and a half thick so it gives me more height, tee hees! :O

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happy surprised excited omgwtfbbq face

O btw my hair is longer now too. It is in the in-between, omg-I-want-to-cut-but-I-must-prevail! length.

okthxbye.



Dry swimmin’
Tuesday 25 August 2009, 3:43 pm
Filed under: - Jo, Desirables, Off the Racks, OMGWTFBBQ | Tags: , , , ,

This reminds me…

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Mahjong, anyone?

I wonder if it’s anymore satisfying playing with a set of tiles from Maison Martin Margiela. Wonder if the monochrome will slow me down too, haha.

Damn, they sure know how to please those Hong Kongers.

via Hypebeast

BTW, I’M GOING TO HK AGAIN! 😀 😀 😀