Here goes another "I-wish-I-were-a-Hilton" moment. Givenchy has released its lookbook for accessories and I just can't get my mind off from the liquid gold leather purse, teh soft leather carry-all and the red and black leather wallet. The items are not available until summer next year but if I were a Hilton, I'll find a way to get this babies in my hand and pockets.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Stylists are fashion's subversives. Creators in therir own right, these visionary upstarts control the images we consume daily... - iD Magazine
A stylist in front of the camera? It may have been a decade since and a lot has changed. We are in the age when bloggers become the insiders and fashion insiders become bloggers, photographers as endorsers and celebrities as designers. A fashion editor as a model is no surprise at all. Unlike a decade ago when iD Magazine did an editorial featuring stylists and called them "The Unsung Heroes." The popularity of reality TV on "HOW" fashion is made,made a lot of people take notice of the army behind the scene. Hence, creating a sudden shift of interest. It is, indeed, time to celebrate. These heroes are unsung, no more.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Axl Rose of Guns and Roses.
I'm having an Axl Rose flashback at the moment. I've been watching GNR's Sweet Child O Mine video repeatedly and I just hoped that he took the age stopping serum. He has (once) the most delicate face and the most beautiful long blonde hair of his time. I still think he had the sexiest body and voice beyond compare.
|clips from the vid|
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
BANAL CHIC BIZAARE
Models in helmets was seen at V&R in the past but it was more apt for Banal Chic as it strongly supports aviator-meets-street inspiration. I like how they transformed the red scarf into a shirt complete with it's fringes (Givenchy did the same in the past season but it was just as a print) which made the idea totally fresh. My personal favorite is the Army shirt, which is a hybrid of 3 shirts assembled as one. What should look like an aviator jacket was reworked into a moto-jacket with cargo pockets attached to the sleeves. I also like the fact that instead of using army boots, the models wore a nice colored heeled ankle boots.
"The clothes have a strong urban and American hip-hop influence with a Tokyo street sensibility and a Japanese attitude toward high quality manufacturing. (tokyofashion)"
The collection has a two part story- water and earth. To introduce the aquatic inspiration, models paraded in blue and white palette and sheer tops. Pieces however ranges from biker jackets (in denim and white leather) to suits (with inflatable lapels and pockets), embellished with metal studs. A strong second part of the collection showed more earthy colors and materials. Suits, shorts, biker jackets were made from indigenous fabrics made more special by wooden gromets. The concept was extended to woven bags, bangles, dogtags and rings and was pushed further by the final piece- a woven biker-vest. Although this part was made too literal, it was kept modern in silhouette and in style which, if you ask me, is still wearable to the street.
While this blog is in the subject of Gareth Pugh and halloween, I've unearthed this video of Gareth, himself, in a performance video as he puts on several make-up looks that is both fashionable and halloween friendly. Are you ready for the halloween?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Welcome to the breakwaters of Manila Bay in Roxas Boulevard. Famed for its magnificent sunset, Manila Bay at night continues to be an alternative venue to hang-out. There's really nothing to do there but to just lounge. Some people try to fish but with the murky water, I doubt if you can eat what you caught. There are a few who jog along the boulevard but most people stay idle and chat. Since the local government relocated the bars and kiosks a which made this lane a destination at night a couple of years ago, mobile food carts selling local street foods and what-have-yous took their place. It's not as festive but still, great place to chill. This is a series of photos i took which I hope the local tourism would take notice and help these small entrepreneurs come up with better carts.
|fishball, squidball, kikiam cart|
|kropek (prawn crackers) and balot vendor|
|ready-to-eat green mangos|
|grilled dried squid|
|kropek and balot vendor|
|another sari-sari pedicab|
|more grilled dried squid|
|more balot, penoy and dried squid|
This is a repost. I just realized a very important thing from this collection. With Another retrograde coming up, the importance of being earnest is, well, important. SGC's neutral, comfortable and mix/match friendly collection is something we need in our wardrobe. We probably have something similar from most of their pieces like the tees and the shorts. What's extraordinary about the looks is the inclusion of sheer button downs and shorts which can be paired up with anything. Talk about smart wardrobe investment.
Here are the looks from the clothing brand UNCONDITIONAL which I want to achieve these coming months. After coming into terms that I have enough blacks in my closet, I decided to go full color. But after seeing this gray/black/white collection (don't we have enough) I would make an exemption. I definitely see myself rocking the sleeveless tee (top right), and the color blocked shirt (bottom middle). I am definitely in love with the star studded cardi (bottom right) + bonnet + gloves!
Their spring/summer aren't that bad either. The starry starry tank (yes, even with US flag as shawl) is divine. I remember seeing a hole-y sweater at Mango few seasons back (an Acne knock-off) and I regret not buying it. Unconditional's degrade are a must and so are the vertical striped tee which reminds me of an old Raf Simons.
Every now and then, especially on a stormy weather like tonight, you'll be surprised on what you stumble upon over the web. While rummaging in the deepest archive of google photos about some research project, my search eventually led into something interesting. I found this fictional sexy illustrations of Red Sonja in fiery red hair and what seemed like a chainmail lingerie. The illustrations are awesome and sorta near from what I am researching about. I youtube-d Red Sonja if there were any full-length animation made about her but lo and behold, I found the 1985 movie with Brigitte Nielsen instead. It's a fantasy movie from the '80s and since it's a pre-Peter Jackson fantasy film, my expectations aren't that high.I just wanted to see how they interpreted Red Sonja's costume but unfortunately, it's nothing close compared to the illustrated version. I just wished her hair is more red because she's RED Sonja (duh). All is not gone to waste, however. The opening scene is a visual fashion treat with close references to Givenchy (studs), John Galliano (hair and helmets), and Alexander Mcqueen (Queen Gedren's first outfit). Queen Gedren has the best costume and check out her leggings metal details. If you wanna watch it, the full movie is in youtube. Nevermind the storyline and acting, just focus on the grand production and costume design. I also found out that there's a remake of this film on 2011 with Rose McGowan on the title role.
|Gold Gromet Crown|
|Gromet crown and Chaimail dress|
|More gromet headpieces|
|half hard breast plate/ half- chain mail|
|Queen Gedren and mask/crown|
|intricate bodice detail|
|opulent back detail|
|studded helmet and body armor|
|Arnold's supertight leather leggings|