Alexander Wang x h&m

Nylon, mesh and leather - 3 main ingredients used to put together this collection. It's mostly black, sporty and makes the perfect city street style attire. WANG is everywhere: jumpers, sunglasses, hoodies and, my favourite of all, beanies. 

 

After the 6-month wait (and teasing), it's here. Having felt the pieces in-store, I have to say I was impressed. They look even better in real life than online and the quality of these h&m collaborations are always beyond expectation; always succeed in offering clothing at a price that doesn't break the wallet and, at the same time, retaining the designer's character. The technical outerwear pieces for both sexes included water-repellent, quick-to-dry wind breakers. For women, think black, seamless parks with moulded baseball cap style hoods/ quilted leather puffers/ motorcycle jackets. For men, black hooded scuba motorcycle jackets/ 3D-printed jumpers/ thick coats with interior gilet and baseball cap style hoods. Wang even incorporated athletic performance wear like crop tops, black leather track pants and knitted sports leggings. 

 

If you match with the accessories, you're sorted for sportswear. They're pieces you want to be seen in when going/ leaving the gym (does a black leather backpack sound good to anyone?). It's stylish enough to look like you've put in that extra effort yet practical. And I think that's exactly what Wang's audience desire. People who are fashion forward, over the fact that 'tracksuits are only for home' and don't take in the idea that 'paying 100 bucks for a t-shirt is ridiculous'. My favourite part of the collection are the objects; Wang designed a few unique ones to represent his lifestyle and humour: yoga mats with the AW print, goggles and even boxing gloves. For the objects from his main collection, go on his website!

 

Mark down November 6th on your diaries, people. If queuing up isn't your thing, then I suggest you try your luck online. I know I'll be awake at 9AM that Thursday morning.

 

Appliquéd leather baseball shirt 

I live in gym clothes. When you go out on the street, it’s the uniform now.
— Alexander Wang

Caught selfie-ing (wasn't able to contain my excitement)

Women's collection

Hybrid black scuba sneaker with logo stamped reflective zips

The objects of the collection

Boxing gloves

Leather backpack

I don’t do sports but I wear sportswear
— Alexander Wang

Think I share a similar thought with Mr. Wang but I'd take up boxing just for those gloves. 

 

To be continued…#tbc 

Asylum

asylum

[uh-sahy-luh m] 

noun

1. (especially formerly) an institution for the maintenance and care of the mentally ill, orphans, or other persons requiring specialized assistance.

("asylum", http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/asylum,  16th October)

 

If only I visited an asylum, would I have been able to take better pictures. But even if I have done so, it would only be better by the slightest, tiniest margin. Depicting probably the happiest patient you will ever find in an asylum; only because I am wearing creations by Givenchy and Alexander Wang. Christy and I wanted to do something more adventurous, freakish and futuristic. And since I am attempting to be fashionably up-to-date, I think I can now safely qualify this category since I have received the best birthday present (yet) - a pair of Dior Homme sunglasses from the SS15 show in June. Not only are they the most beautiful (trust me, there really are no other words to describe them) and, the highest quality pair of shades I have ever owned; since they are from the SS15 collection, they won't be released in stores until January 2015. And let me talk you through the pictures. Lip-stretching, face-tearing, back yoga would be a few ways to describe the things that were on my head at that time. Also incorporating a bit of jumping which is most likely to be a result of my fidgeting due to my cowardice of making the pictures look (too) S&M-ish. I don't usually encourage colour but I'm starting to appreciate the trend of mixing different colour palettes. The Maison Martin Margiela x h&m 'mould effect' boots featured here are probably the most versatile item I own this Fall (after my black trousers). Does versatility go hand-in-hand with the number of times you wear an item? Because I've worn these boots so many times that you can consider them as a replacement for my black leather shorts (for now). Hope you love the pictures as much as I do.

 

Thank you HUF Magazine for the feature and, again, a big thank you to the very talented Christy Wong from CHEwwSDAY.

:: Outfit details (Colour)::

Top - Nicky Koo

Trousers - Zara

Shoes- Maison Martin Margiela x h&m (similar here)

Rings - Topman/ Forever 21

 

:: Outfit details (Black)::

Top - Givenchy

Sunglasses - Dior Homme

 

:: Outfit details (White)::

Top - T by Alexander Wang

Trousers - Zara

Shoes - Maison Martin Margiela x h&m

 

:: Outfit details (Leather)::

Top - Zara

 

To be continued…#tbc 

3/ 3rds

I'm not really good at following trendy restaurants; only because the thought of queuing up in long lines is unappetizing enough and I get a natural itch to read the reviews before I believe it's worth a visit without disappointment. Speaking of indie restaurants, 3/ 3rds is not in soho nor was it crowded (we went mid-afternoon and it was ideal to shoot in). I highly recommend this place because of its unique location, atmosphere, friendly staff and fresh food! They change their menus on a weekly basis and I've heard that, if you like the furniture you're sitting on, you can buy everything on display. Since we're a week into October and back to double-digit months, Fall is finally here. Tania (from The Laughing Shooter, check out her post) and I have decided to go for the 'jumper' look since it's chilly pretty much everywhere except Hong Kong. And what's so unique about my piece from Zara? I'm a fan of clothes made out of different materials. This faux leather 'chest and shoulder protector' gives the illusion of widening my shoulders and it's also in the most practical yet comfortable colour too. Think that one of the many perks of fashion is that it can change the way people look and even feel. For those HK readers out there, I can't seem to stop thinking about how 飲食男女 we look?

Big shout-out to Christy from CHEwwSDAY who took all these pictures. Thank you!

:: Outfit details (me)::

Top - Zara

Shorts - HK

Accessories - Topman

 

:: Outfit details (Tania)::

Top - Finders Keepers

Skirt - American Apparel

Shoes- Korea

 

To be continued…#tbc

Benjamin Antz-Recalt Spring Summer 2015 RTW

Five of my favourite looks from Benjamin Antz-Recalt's new collection 'Mademoiselle Ladyboy'. I love the modern detailing in this collection. Benjamin took inspiration from the cabaret acts at The Crazy Horse, emphasizing different textures in modern cuts. Originally from Paris, he has worked for the big houses from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and Franck Sorbier. Every piece from the collection seems very 2050 (or beyond): Short, clean white bobs matched with bodycon neat pieces and metallic clutches; eye-catching two tone monochrome statement heels; a blazer dress which has a sheer see-through fabric that drapes down to the feet.  Definitely reminds me of Amanda Seyfried's character in the film 'In Time'. But here the bob is bleached white and the outfits are much more colorful than those in the film. Benjamin will be releasing his first couture line this coming Janurary and I am definitely looking forward to see more of his designs. See more of his designs on his website and NOTJUSTALABEL which I definitely recommend if you're in search of up & coming designers!