Monday, 30 November 2009
The science behind the 'Hope' light relys on the fact that when light is combined with a series of reflecting and refractive shapes, it becomes amplified and is multiplied in an exponential manner; in a simpler sense, you need less energy to produce more light. So why not be environmently friendly and uber stylish at the same time? The bonus is, as fancy as it looks, it's also extremely practical, it's made from a series of thin, flat plastic Fresnel lenses, created using imprinted microprisms on polycarbonate film to achieve a dioptric effect similar to glass...yeah, that was also jibberish to me, but the point is, it's light in weight and can be easily dismantled to become highly compact in size. Go get it here.
So, winter seems to have left Hong Kong for the time being, which is kind of annoying since I have only recently found out just how gorgeous Sandra Backlund's AW09 collection is (forgive me for being extemely outdated on this). I have always had a soft spot for knitwear, and when it's combined with architectural structure, I can't really ask for anything better, all I can say is, Backlund is super close to replacing Louise Goldin as my favourite knitwear designer. Her 3D knitting skills are just down right amazing, I love the chunkiness of the collection; although chunkiness often results in the lack of shape or form, Backlund has done a great job at keeping a structural silhouette. Backlund describes her approach to fashion 'more as a sculpter than a tailor', and it truely shows here.
I'm so ready to get woolly this winter (that's if it comes back).
Does anyone know who stocks Sandra Backlund in HK?
For some reason, I have been wierdly attracted to stuff that is accident/pain/medical related recently, don't get me wrong, I'm not a sadist, but with people like London College of Fashion's Una Burke around, I'm starting to think that hurting myself might not be such a bad thing...only messing, but seriously, all these medical/trauma inspired fashion/art pieces are just too cool. It's slightly freaky, and kind of reminds me of Mason Verger in Hannibal, but in a nicer way. Una Burke's 'Re.treat' collection was based on the universal subject of human trauma, a number of pieces are reminiscent of medical braces used to heal broken bones and spinal injuries; signifying the potential for healing. There is a feeling of emptiness when the leather structures are removed from the model, almost as if something is missing and they belong on the body. I wouldn't say Burke's collection is practical as fashion really, but they are wonderful art pieces that definately deserve a mentioning, I'm really looking forward to what she'll be up to next!
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
I recently discovered Jimmy Paul on I Don't Like Detours and although I try to refrain myself from obssessing over clothes that I can't wear out, I can't help myself. His 08 lookbook was what first caught my attention, I really like how the clothes are really fun yet the mood of the photos are really dark, it almost reminds me of the movie 'It' (Well, his collection was based on the idea of childhood fears, so it's pretty obvious I guess). Just the thought of that film gives me the shivers! Anyhoo, Jimmy Paul graduated from the Gerit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam in 2008 and I think he's one worth looking out for, his creations are definately editorial material more than your usual ready-to-wear, but who cares, I would be happy to wear his stuff! (For some reason, even though I might not ever get a chance to wear the hat, I really want one!)
His 09 collection 'Mary me' is somewhat more wearable and since I have a weakness for puffiness and all things balloon-like (I don't know, the idea of being to use your clothes as a cushion has always comforted me), I equally love it (forgive me, I'm a bit of a whore when it comes to fashion).
His illustrations for the 09 collection are also pretty awesome, I love how they all look pissed off, the actual outcome and the illustrations have a really different feel to them, the illustrations almost look Japanese-ee.
What do you think?
Monday, 23 November 2009
Pics stolen from Disneyrollergirl
Thursday, 19 November 2009
The collection was basically divided into 2 parts; the first half being youthful and clean cut with simple slihouettes, the trousers were unusually low waisted compared to a lot of the other brands this season, I guess Miuccia isn't one for conforming to the norm then. However, it is the shirts in this collection that I have my eyes on, they would be fantastic layering pieces, I'm not sure if that belt thingy is part of the shirt or separate, but it looks pretty awesome together. I guess the youthfulness comes from the cat, dog, daisy and bird prints, white on navy, you can't really go wrong there can you? White and navy used to be my favourite colours as a child, for some reason, I had some wierd obsession with dressing like a sailor, perhaps I still do.
P.s. The shoes as usual are fantastic, the daisy prints are really Japanesey.
Here's a picture for you guys to drool over.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Toga Archives is looking fantastic again for their SS10 collection 'Trans Romantic', not that I'm surprised, and since I have a slight obsession for this brand, I'm sure it's expected. The silhouettes are pretty similar to the SS09 collection 'Space O'Teddy' and the colours are the typical Toga signature colours: green, blue, nude, black and white, and although Furuta always sticks to the same colours, it never gets boring; this is probably because she has chosen the best tone out of these colours, the green colour shes uses is the most amazing green in the world and in no way do the pictures below justify just what a beautiful green it is, I don't even know if there's a name for that particular green, but it is precisely the green you kind on a peacock's tail (it might be called peacock green, if so, trust me to not know that), it's almost shimmery in a way although not glittery, if you know what I mean. I can't really express how much I adore the sheer stuff she does either, they are the ultimate layering pieces, under or over stuff. You can literally wear a Toga item over any cheap ass thing, and it will instantly make you look a million dollars, the craftmanship is always precise and extremely delicate and the patchworking of different fabrics is always spot on. The more I talk about it, the more I'm in love.
I always start off really excited when looking at each Toga collection, then this excitement gradually wears into depression when I realise I'm not going to be able to afford every single piece. It's a mean mean world. Now just give me a moment to sulk and kick my feet for a bit.
One love. (Sorry, that's really gay isn't it?)