Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Back to basic

Spring Summer normally is filled with bright colours and crazy patterns. This season however, many designers have decided to use black and white, colours that are normally common in fall winter collections. The result only pleasantly surprised me. Here is my top 3:

1. David Koma

2. Vionnet

3. Chanel 

For more affordable alternatives:

Alistair Trung - Moko Stripe Mini Dress  $135 mycatwalk.com

Sass & Bide - Glory to Love $320 mycatwalk.com

Sass & Bide - Path to Freedom $1090 mycatwalk.com

Monday, November 29, 2010

Wait a minute.... I thought you were wearing....

You really should not fret if you cannot afford high-end designer goods. There are plenty of look-alike in the market that you can buy for a fraction of the price. These goods are not fake, but they are designed in a way so similar to the original ones. Take a look at my previous post about satchel where I placed an Alexa bag from Mulberry side by side to the Saba bag. Unless one spends some time observing, he or she will hardly notice the difference.Here are other examples:

Balenciaga City Regular Hardware and Elise Whipstich Bag from Witchery ($269.95)

Balenciaga Day Bag  and Saba Zeus Hobo Bag ($279.30)

Mulberry Bayswater - Jigsaw Black Satchel ($399) - Mono Studded Tote Bag from Colette.com.au ($69.95)

Sometimes all you need to do is researching. Seek and you shall find!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ikat & batik print

Two years ago when I first sat eyes Dries Van Noten Spring Summer 2010 collection, I immediately fell in love. The styling was effortless. The clothes were so classy. They look comfortable. The models appear to glide on the runway at ease. There is nothing bad I could say about this collection. I think they will look good on all women regardless of shape and size.

Let us not forget Gucci Spring Summer 2010

Actually before Van Noten and Gucci, De La Renta had used ikat in his 2005 collection.

Then he used it again in Spring Summer 2008

I am glad that this season Country Road has made a number of clothes using the same type of material.Thankfully, these clothes are more affordable than those from Gucci or De La Renta or Van Noten's collection.

From left to right: Ikat print dress 229 AUD; Print Pants 129 AUD; Print Pocket Skirt 129 AUD

statement necklaces

You might be busy and do not have enough time to change your day outfit to your night outfit. You might need to go from work immediately to a cocktail party, etc. Putting on one of these statement necklaces will not only save time but also instantly  change your appearance from day to night. Depending on the amount of details the necklace has, you might be okay with just wearing the necklace and no other jewelery. Keep in mind that you should not wear statement necklaces on top of your heavily decorated outfit. You want people to notice it!

Where to get this in Australia:

  • Harlequin Market - 94A Oxford Street Paddington, Sydney

  • Dinosaur Design - 339 Oxford Street Paddington, Sydney

  • Parlour X, 213 Glenmore Road Paddington, Sydney
For more affordable pieces:

  • FCUK stores

  • Shag, 34 Oxford St, Paddington - this one has a piece that looks so much like Christopher Kane X Atelier Swarovski Insect Collection above - worth checking it out. 
  • Lotus Pod - 7/314-322 Darling Street Balmain

Top 9 from international designers:

Topaz Bib Necklace
$70 - freepeople.com
Bib necklaces »

Buenos Aires Necklace
$395 - charmandchain.com
Vintage jewelry »

lorelei necklace
$137 - katespade.com
Statement necklace »

Cale Necklace
$720 - charmandchain.com
Multi colored necklace »

Saturday, November 27, 2010

summer shoes

Dries Van Noten
$798 - gimmeshoes.com
High heeled pumps »

Lanvin Strappy Patent Sandals
255 GBP - brownsfashion.com
Ankle sandals »

work chic: white shirt

As requested by MP,

Just because you are required to dress "conservatively", it does not mean that you should be boring. Here are top 8 non-boring yet still conservative-looking shirts. Enjoy!

Dion Lee shirt - I love the subtle twist on the collar. Because the decoration is so small, the shirt can still be worn to work. net-a-porter.com 289.36 pounds

Donna Karan wrap shirt with back-tie - I love the sliming effect it creates. Will be very flattering on body. net-a-porter.com  434.04 pound

Dsquared - as demonstrated above, the twist does not have to be big to be make an impact. luisaviaroma.com. 370.07 AUD (shipping included)

KarenMillen Military shirt - epaullete details - 99 pounds

For those who love ruffles - Lauren by Ralph Lauren - Jacquetta Silk Ruffled Blouse 139 USD

For those who work in law firms - you can just wear a shirt with a contrast-coloured piping - Paul &Joe 145 euro

For those who can afford to look relax at work - Ralph Lauren- blue label Aviva Lace Trim cotton tunic 398USD

Another ruffle variation - Viktor & Rolf 673 AUD (shipping included) from Luisaviaroma.com