OOTD- #BTW3 DECONSTRUCTED CHECKERED SWEATER

Sorry for being MIA for a while interms of blogging.

Have been super busy juggling with life as a hair stylist , blogger and fashion designer.  Yes I am proud to happily announce that the first collection of my fashion label BTW3 have officially launched.  Its been a very long creative journey and I feel so blessed to have so much support from followers , fellow designers and of course my amazing team who helped me so much along the way.  Which is why I would like to come back to this blog by sharing an OOTD streetsnap post featuring one of my favourite pieces of the collection.

While designing my first collection for BTW3, somehow it felt right to design clothes from my off duty wardrobe- wearable, timeless clothing which can be worn to work or to brunch on weekends.  Diane Von Furstenberg have once said, “Good Clothing should be like friends and throughout the years, your wardrobe will be a collection of “friends” which will come back and make you feel good about yourself whenever you need them”.  I really want BTW3 to be a collection of “Friends for Life” for my customers in the future.

On the other hand every season, it is important for me to produce an item which I can be creative and push myself as a fashion designer.  With Collection 1 my “Deconstructed Checkered Sweater” is the creative piece in the collection.
Playing with the idea of the classic checkered knit sweater, I’ve moved the classic V neck towards one side so it looks like a TICK or asymmetric V  then rotated the checkered print in the opposite direction. The contrasting of the plaid extends to the sleeve so it almost looks like the sleeve is woven into the sweater.  The sweater comes in 2 other colour ways but for my first OOTD post featuring my own design on this blog, I’ve decided to go with the one with HOT PINK- my favourite colour with green.  A white shirt, pink jeans, black Prada shoes and a pair of pink and purple KENAX LEUNG sunnies finish my bold take to a classic menswear look.
Without further Doodahs here are the photos.

OOTD: #BTW3 DECONSTRUCTED CHECKERED SWEATER

SHIRT | RALPH LAUREN
PANTS | JAYS JAYS
SWEATER | BTW3
BOOTS| PRADA
SUNNIES | KENAXLEUNG
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EMMYS 2015 – 15 Looks from the Red Carpet from Best to Worst.

The EMMYs Awards in 2015 just finished last weekend and I have to admit this year the red carpet have been the most interesting once compared to past years.  One of the highlights of this year’s Red Carpet is the fashion risks taken across the board – with just a few actresses wearing sparkly fishtail dresses, naked dresses or big proffy ball gowns which means us fashion obcessed bloggers who only watch Awards Shows for the red carpet fashion have lots to talk about.  Another surprise is the amount of custom made dresses and Haute Couture on the RC- this is rare because often Fashion Design Houses save their Couture pieces for the “Film Awards Red Carpets” such as the Golden Globes or Oscars- I am not saying that Television Actress are not as Famous, worse actresses or less Fashion Icons than Film Actresses on the international stage, but the reality is that American TV series don’t often get shown around the world by the general public compared to film so Fashion Houses often save their best custom Haute Couture pieces for Actresses in Film Awards shows instead of Emmys so it was a Pleasant Surprise to see these custom pieces- the stylists in Hollywood did their Job.

Unlike my previous red carpet posts I’ve decided to change it up and narrow it down to 3 catagories , Best & Worst Dressed and the looks which had protential but killed by bad styling (or vice versa. So without further doodahs, Here is my Red Carpet Review for Emmys Awards 2015.

BEST DRESSED

LADY GAGA lN BRANDON MAXWELL

Best Dressed Lady Gaga Brandon Maxwell Photo: http://www.vogue.com

When I saw this photo, I grasped. Never in my life I would ever have thought that we can see the words “Minimalist” , “Effortlessly Chic” and “Elegant” with Lady Gaga in the same sentence.  I guess with her up coming TV series of American Horror Stories, Mother Monster wanted to be taken series as an actress and she did it brilliantly.  The perfectly tailored one shouldered gown with the slightly floor swepting train is tailored to perfection and super chic. The geometric cut on the hip made the silhouette look interesting without it being a regular LBD. The chin length bob and simple makeup which is minimal for her gave her the most beautiful glow. Definitely the Fashion Shock of the night in the most Fabulous way.  YOU GO MOTHER MONSTER!

 ZOE KAZAN IN MIU MIU

Zoe Kazan in Miu Miu Source: www.vogue.com

Zoe Kazan in Miu Miu
Source: http://www.vogue.com

Red will always be a popular shade on the red carpet but this is the first time we saw a red printed dress in a very long time. Really love the different directions the stripes go around the dress so it almost look like a red and white zebra print.  The halter neckline with the flowy chifton gave it a maxi dress vibe.  Usually I am not a fan of the matchy red clutch + red lip + red belt with a red dress but since its a red and white print, it worked perfectly.  I am not usually a fan of a statement necklace on a halterneck especially with a print because usually it will look too busy but in this case since the print is so simple, it gave the total look abit of glamour. She looks like a young , fresh and stylish fashionista on the red carpet.

ELLIE KEMPER IN NAEEM KHAN

Ellie Kemper in a Naeem Khan dress and Swarovski bag

Ellie Kemper in a Naeem Khan dress and Swarovski bag Source: http://www.vogue.com

I know this probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I love it for the boldness of the print.  Its bold, dynamic and super dramatic because of the print.  Really love the way the lines of the prints flatter her body giving her the illusion of curves. Usually I am never a fan of dresses which are the same colour as her skin but because of the fact that this is a print it worked. The simple hair with the dramatic eyes is perfect for such an edgy dress. Really love the fact that the navy blue clutch brought out the darker lines of the dress. This is one of the biggest fashion statements of the night. Bravo.

KERRY WASHINGTON IN MARC JACOBS

Kerry Washington in a Marc Jacobs dress, Casadei shoes, and Harry Winston jewelry Source: www.vogue.com

Kerry Washington in a Marc Jacobs dress, Casadei shoes, and Harry Winston jewelry
Source: http://www.vogue.com

I had mixed feelings about this look at first because it felt slightly casual and a bit more like an after party dress than a dress which is worn to the awards.  But when i truely throught about it, apart from the Oscars which demands gowns, the definition of a red carpet look for other awards shows have changed.  Silver Sequined dresses can look tacky on the red carpet but this knee length dress is glamourous without looking cheap.  Really love the ombre effect of the skirt.  The sleeves kept it elegant and the slit made it sexy without being vulgar.  The loose finger wave gave the look a nod to the 20s era without being too literal.  The look would’ve been perfect if the shoes was metalic and also the bodysuit underneath is silver so its less exposed. But Kerry is always a risk taker on the red carpet and this is the first time in quite a while which the risk taking worked.

JAIME ALEXANDER IN ARMANI PRIVE

Jamie Alexander in an Armani PrivéDress and Baccarat jewelry

Jamie Alexander in an Armani Privé Dress and Baccarat jewelry

I was slightly upset when I saw Jamie Alexander wore this Armani Prive dress on the red carpet at first because I was hoping to see it on my fashion queen Cate Blanchett but the more I looked at it, Jamie deserved it because she looked super glamorous and elegant. Its very rich and slightly gothic and I loved the fact that she kept the styling simple with just a small amount of black diamonds and sleeked her hair back.  This look is all about the dress and a high neck gown with sleeves and no skin showing can look suffocating on the wrong body, but Jamie pulled it off like a fashion queen.

THE GOOD IDEA BUT BAD EXECUTION

JANUARY JONES IN  ULYANA SERGEENKO

January Jones in Ulyana Sergeenko and Tiffany & Co. jewelry Source: Vogue.com

January Jones in Ulyana Sergeenko and Tiffany & Co. jewelry
Source: Vogue.com

January Jones is usually risk taker on the red carpet so I was not surprised to see her in this Jumpsuit by Ulyana Sergeenko.  I liked the idea of a jumpsuit and the green looks superb on her HOWEVER, the round bust cups does not fit her at all but its not enough to look intentionally exaggerated.  While the brooch is a good idea but I feel like this look needs more statement jewellery either a cuff, a statement ring or earrings and a clutch to make it more oomph.  Also this look needs WAY MORE edgier hair and makeup and in order to work.  She looks like she ran out of time or forgot to hire a hair dresser for the event.

TITANNA MASLANY IN BOUCHRA JARRAR

Tatiana Maslany in Bouchra Jarrar, in Fred Leighton jewelry, and Sophia Webster shoes

Tatiana Maslany in Bouchra Jarrar, in Fred Leighton jewelry, and Sophia Webster shoes

I always love a women in a suit because I find the androgyny super sexy and always appeciate any actress who goes that rout and I really love the idea of making a white suit look feminine and sexy. HOWEVER, the problem with this suit is the terrible fit- shes swimming in the suit which looks like its taped down to minimalise any nip slip. The trousers looks a few inches too big around the hips and that collar is way too big for her small frame.  Also I am so sick of seeing these shoes which is painful just looking at her. Also feel like the look needs a necklace or statement earrings because she looks a bit bare on top.  On the plus side- her hair and makeup looks beautiful and on point so this is a case of Good Idea ruined by bad tailoring.

 EMMA ROBERTS IN JENNY PACKHAM

Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham and Martin Katz jewelry Source: www.vogue.com

Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham and Martin Katz jewelry
Source: http://www.vogue.com

Even though I love the cut and silhouette on this Jenny Peckham dress on her and its styled perfectly, and her hair and makeup looks gorgous; My biggest problem with this look is that the cream coloured dress with her pale complexion and that particular shade of blonde hair completely washed out.  Eventhough I get nude coloured dresses will never go out of style on the red carpet but I will never be a fan of them because she looks naked from far away.  If this dress is in a different colour like an mint green or a baby blue, it would’ve definitely be a contender for best dressed.

TEYONAH PARRIS IN FRANCESCA MIRANDA

Teyonah Parris in Francesca Miranda

Teyonah Parris in Francesca Miranda

Love the dress. Its a new take on the classic ballgown and  it fun, its flirty and the Polka Dotts made it dramatic and bold. Would’ve loved it more if the belt was plain black and I liked the fact that she kept the jewellery simple because the dress didn’t need it HOWEVER…the look is COMPLETELY ruined by the 80s style prom hair style. All she needs is a sash, a tiara with a bouquet of flowers and she is Miss America 1989. Such a big mistep because everything else looked beautiful.  This with something modern like a loose ponytail and she would’ve NAILED it.

KIERNAN SHIPKA IN DIOR HAUTE COUTURE

Kiernan Shipka in Dior Haute Haute Couture

Kiernan Shipka in Dior Haute Haute Couture

This was on a lot of worst dressed lists and it almost made it to mine but I always applaud a young actress trying to take a fashion risk and not go to the pretty princess dress.  The yellow suits her and she looks great in the mini dress (even though I can’t get over the sheer yellow illusion neckline) but although I love Dior and Raf Simons but these cigeratte pants with the black heels look like they belong in a different outfit.  Sadly her face is too sweet to pull off a look which not even the fashion risk takers like Diane Kruger , Lupita N’gongo or Kerry Washington may even attempt.  Bravo for trying but baby steps darling.

WORST DRESSED

HEIDI KLUM IN ALTELIER VERSACE

HEIDI KLUM IN ALTELIER VERSACE

HEIDI KLUM IN ALTELIER VERSACE

While I get brand loyalty but for me, wearing a dress from the same collection at the same awards show- The Creative Arts Emmys Awards within 2 weeks is not the smartest move; especially if the first dress is far more beautiful than the second dress.  From neck up- she looks beautiful as usual.. But eventhough I love Altelier Versace but of all the dresses in the collection, she had to choose the sheer naked one. Really don’t get the frilly Austen Power esque half jacket because it looked like she forgot to put the other half on… for the first time I wish they just left that part on and leaving the naked dress naked.  The matching yellow shoes absolutely killed the look.  She looked like a half peeled banana.

UZO ADUBA IN A JONATHAN COHEN DRESS

Uzo Aduba in a Jonathan Cohen dress and Kwiat jewelry earrings

Uzo Aduba in a Jonathan Cohen Dress and Kwiat jewelry earring

You all know that Fuchsia is my all time favourite colour so really annoyed with the fact this dress ruined it. I don’t mind the neckline but the dress is sooooo stiff it looks like a make a prom dress out of unconventional materials challenge. The violet is not big enough to look intentional so it looks like a painted on mistake.  The hair looks like a bridesmaid.  Such a disappointment coming from a beautiful actress.

CLAIRE DANES IN PRADA

Worsed Dressed -Claire Danes in a Prada dress and Cartier jewelry

Claire Danes in a Prada Dress and Cartier jewelry

I’ve always loved Claire Danes for her unconventional choices on the red carpet but 60% of the time it doesn’t translate on the Red Carpet.  This is yet another example. I love the sequins and the colour but the neckline is just not flattering for her figure and looks like she is wearing a floor length apron from the front. The metal chains and eyelets feel too heavy against the sequins.  The matronly hair absolutely looks totally wrong with this outfit.  If Miley Cyrus wore this to the VMAs I probably would’ve loved it but definite not for Claire Danes for Emmys.

KATHRYN HAAN IN VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

Kathryn Haan in Vivienne Westwood dress, Eva Fehren jewelry, and Rauwolf bag

Kathryn Haan in Vivienne Westwood dress, Eva Fehren jewelry, and Rauwolf bag

Project Runway Challenge: Design a red carpet dress made from fabrics found in a vintage furniture store.  The fit is all you need for any “are you pregnant?” rumors, Really hate the diagonal ruffles across her vagina, the hair and makeup is just wrong for the look.  The only thing which is relatively ok is these amazing shoes but even that doesn’t save such a hideous dress.

JOANNA NEWSOM IN DELPOZO

Joanna Newsom in a Delpozo dress

Joanna Newsom in a Delpozo dress

At first glance, this is a red carpet version of Princess Beetrice’s look at the Royal wedding. She looks like she is wearing the toilet cover on her chest.  Absolutely hate the stiff mullet dress with the chifton skirt underneath.  The grandma bun looks good if you are 80.  Absolute disaster….

Sorry about the LOOOONNNGGGG post.  Red Carpet post is always super long because theres always lots to discuss (bitch about)
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#OOTD : MEN IN KILT

When we were young, we were taught with the perception that pants are for Boys while dresses and skirts are for girls. As we grow older, due to fashion trends, practicality and also the feminist movement, trousers become a wardrobe staple amongst women as well HOWEVER, even in today’s trends driven society with edgy fashion designers such as Rick Owens, Jean Paul Gaultier, JW Anderson, Commes Des Garcon frequently showing numerous versions of skirts and dresses in their collections; skirts and dresses is often not considered a clothing item for men.
It is ironic because looking back at fashion history, Skirts and Dresses is often worn by men in cultures all around the world. Back in Ancient Times, a Shendyt – a skirt similar to a sarong or loin cloth is a wardrobe staple for men. In Japan, the Hakama – a long trapeze skirt is traditionally designed for men to wear during formal occasions such as  tea ceremonies, weddings and funerals.  In China and Hong Kong we have the traditional Chang Shan – a floor length robe which is still popular amongst men of all age to wear during Chinese New Year and who can forget the Scottish Kilt – still a wardrobe staple for men to wear to formal occasions  in European Countries today.  It wasn’t until the 20th Century, in a male dominated society which tailored pants with suits replaced the skirts and defined power and masculine for men.  It is interesting because some how it felt like with the invention of trousers, the “gender” of skirts is passed on to women until the 80s punk culture and the kilt became a fashion item for men again. Which is why with my facination with androgyny, I’ve decided to attempt the skirt as my #ootd for a recent fashion event.
I’ve worn a lot of skirts in the past but usually they are long and also I haven’t had a edgy “punk” ish #ootd for a very long time, so as soon as I saw this red tartan kilt in the recent Versus collection, it became the starting point for this outfit. Unlike the model, I wanted to wear it the traditional way without the matching trousers so I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit relatively simple but edgy with a Black and white shirt, a pair of laced up boots and my Bambi backpack by Givenchy.  A pair of plaid socks gives a nod to the kilt and also kept it masculine.  The result felt surprisingly masculine (for me because you all know I love my prints, hotpinks and plunging V neckline) but the only downfall is I wore this on a windy day so the kept flying up- style sisters: my respect for you increased 200% after that day.
Without further Doodahs, Here are the photos.

OOTD: MEN IN KILT

SHIRT | MCQ
KILT | VERSUS
BELT | IZZUE
SOCKS | HAPPY SOCKS
BOOTS | JUNYA WATANABE X TRICKERS
BAG | GIVENCHY
SUNNIES | DIOR HOMME

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Hope you enjoy this set of photos.

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VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2015 – THE GOOD , THE BAD AND THE #WTF

As young men, I’ve always loved looking at Celebrities on the red carpet at awards shows.  Most of the time I am more interested in watching the red carpet than the actual awards show. Which is why, even though I’ve never watched a full MTV’s Video Music Awards, I’ve spent the yesterday looking at what the celebrities wore on the Red Carpet this year.
Unlike The Film or TV Awards (Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys) Shows which calls for formal and glamour evening wear, Music Awards shows are usually more fun & kirky and its a red carpet which Artists, Musicians and Celebrities can really express their own style and take risks with fashion (both in terms of style or press attention) so sometimes a lot of the looks are either Yay or Nay.
At this year’s VMAs , the fashion choices in general for me is a tad on the disappointing side.  Maybe because with the absence of the Fashion Risk Taking big names like Katy Perry or Lady Gaga and the Glamazons like Beyonce or J.Lo , there seem to be a lack of good fashion wow moments or dramatic fashion risk taking. In general, for me the Red Carpet have only a view best dressed and a lot of either bad or bla looks and a bunch who just dressed to get people talking in the press.
So without further Doodahs, Here is my review of some of the fashion moments at the VMAS this year. (Warning: long post but please read it all to get to the WTFs )

THE GOOD

The Good - Taylor Swift in Ashish

Taylor Swift in Ashish- photo by Getty Image

Even though this was on a lot of worst dressed lists, but I love this look on Taylor because this feel like a departure from her usual long glamorous evening dresses on the red carpet.  This is a personal fashion risk for going sporty glam.  I really love the sequined cropped top pair with sparkly sweat pants.  The shoes are to die for and gives a wink to the outfit without being too matchy.  The effortless pony tail is perfect for the look.  My only complain is that the eye makeup feels too long making her eyes look wider than it is, but overall its an edgy and glamorous surprise coming from her.

FKA TWIGS IN Atelier Versace and Eva Fehren Jewellery. Photo: Getty Images

FKA TWIGS in Atelier Versace and Eva Fehren Jewellery. Photo: Getty Images

Usually I am not a fan of Sheer Evening Dresses but FKA’s Altelier Versace gown is one of the most dramatic and glamorous dresses last night.  Its super sexy without being vulgar.  Really love the softness of the chifton against the hardness of the lines in the corset details. Really happy that she decided to incorporate her sequinned bra and panties as part of the look unlike the “naked trend” we’ve been seeing on the red carpet all year. The big big hair with the glamorous makeup with the pop of red lip.  It is the most refined and effortless look we’ve seen from FKA in a long time.

Vanessa Hudgens in Naeem Khan Photo by Getty Images

Vanessa Hudgens in Naeem Khan
Photo by Getty Images

Soft Bohemian Chic.  Really love what Vaness Hudgen brought to the red carpet last night with this Beautiful evening gown by Naeem Khan.  The floral applicque against the dusty pink made it so romantic and feminine.  The Plunging Neckline gave the dress a bit of sex appeal.  Really love how the braided beach waves, the jewellery and the vintage style clutch gave the look a hippy vibe cause if she had her hair up and wore diamonds , it would just a typical ballgown look.  Against a red carpet of bling, glitz and crazy colors, this stood out on the red carpet ’cause its so different.

Lasichan and Pharell Williams Photo by Getty Images

Lasichan and Pharell Williams
Photo by Getty Images

I wasn’t sure about these looks at first glance because It felt too casual for this event and I am not a fan of denim but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. He looked impeccible and I loved the fact that even though the vibe is casual but he kept everything slick and tailored. Really glad he didn’t go the ripped denim road.  Her denim shirt with denim overalls is the perfect compliment to his look.  The Chanel Clutch gave it a bit of edge.  I only wish her shoe laces matched then it would’ve been perfect.  But even  though the looks seem casual but its done in such a unique and sophisticated way.  Together they looked effortless yet dramatic at the same time.

Cara Delevingne in Saint Laurent and Stuart Weitzman shoes

Cara Delevingne in Saint Laurent and Stuart Weitzman shoes Photo: Getty Images

Really love the star printed fringed Saint Laurent mini dress.  Some may say its not dramatic enough but Cara is a chilled It girl who always wants to look edgy and cool with a hint of darkness so this girl is perfect for her.  The stars and the fringe gave it drama while the super short length gives it sex appeal without being vulgar.  It feels very modern day flapper with an edge.The effortless hair and makeup is beautiful. She knows her style and she is doing her version for the VMAs.

THE BAD

Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa copy Photo: getty

Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa
Photo: getty

I love Marchesa but YAWNNNNNNN…. soooo over the naked dress trend on the red carpet to a point I want to start a #sayyestopanties hashtag on instagram.  Although I don’t mind the detailing on the halter, but when you see side boob from the front, your boobs are too big for the dress.  The hair and make up is lack luster and also please put some panties on.

 Gigi Hadid in Emilia Wickstead Photo: getty

Gigi Hadid in Emilia Wickstead Photo: getty

I love her tan and her makeup looks good but this feel more pool side party than red carpet.  She looks like she thru a jacket over her swimsuit and rushed to the vmas.  Really don’t get the exposed crotch under the slit.  I think this dress would’ve been better if its floor lengh with a side slit.  Not sure this shade of orange goes with her beautiful glow.

The Bad Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne in Alexander Wang photo: getty

In theory, this is a black pinstriped jumpsuit would’ve been quite chic on Kelly. Loved the hair and make up but the fit with the sheer fabric makes it look sloppy and enter pajama territory. This also needs more statement jewellery to amp it up so it matches the amazing hair.  If this is more tailored and had more structure, had a belt and with more dramatic accessory, it would not have been as bad as what everyone made it to be. Have to admit I am disappointed because usually I am a fan of her unique style.

Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels

This probably would’ve been on the best dressed list for VMAs 1995.  The matching bra under the sheer top is sooooooo 90s.  I get she has abs but do you need to show it every time you are on the red carpet?  I don’t mind the bottom half cause the pants are tailored well and the shoes look good but if you are gonna wear so much red, why does your lipstick don’t match the outfit?  It looks like she just drank water and forgot to retouch her lipstick.  I get shes not into fashion but shes rich enough to hire a stylist for the VMAs.

UGLY Jeannie Mai

UGLY Jeannie Mai Photo: getty

I love prints but this is just butt ugly.  This looks like a bottom entry for project runway challeng with the brief : design a red carpet dress out of materials you find from recycled garbage.  Really don’t get the stars with the flowers and the birds with the BIG 25 number.  The gold jewellery just took it to tacky level.  The prissy prom style hair is just wrong with this trashy disaster of an outfit.

THE #WTF

Amber Rose and Blac Chyna

Amber Rose and Blac Chyna

While I respect the concept of bullying on an outfit – VMAs really is the time to do it but this is just attention seeking for me.  The mismatch nude fabric takes it to cartoonville, also why doe it match the colour of Blac’s hair and not her skin?  Also If amber is gonna make this statement then why is she wearing cocktail hour shoes?  They look more like they are making a statement about Kim Kardashian more than about online haters.

Frankie Grande Photo: getty

Frankie Grande
Photo: getty

I love bling and I 100% support men making fashion statement on the red carpet but the flamboyant hair with the sparkly makeup with the glittered chest made this super tacky and cheap.  He looks like a backup dancer at the Mardi Gras parade. I like men who dare to wear suit without shirt but I can never agree to pairing it with your underwear worn as pants.

Miley Cyrus in Atelier Versace photo: getty

Miley Cyrus in Atelier Versace
photo: getty

So over Miley Cyrus and her attention seeking fabrics scarps she wears.  Lady Gaga have done it but at least when she did it, it has concept and drama.  Being barely naked in Couture scraps to make head line is just telling people to look at you.  I get that she is trying to make ppl forget about her Hanna Montana days but doing 180 just makes us remember that she used to star in a Disney movie.  I love Atelier Versace but thanks for ruining one of my favourite boots this season.

Baddie Winkle photo- getty

Baddie Winkle
photo- getty

This would’ve looked perfect on Miley Cyrus with the Versace boots and made her best dressed.  The only excuse an elderly women can walk out in public with this look is if they use this outfit to dress up as Miley Cyrus as a Halloween Costume. Maybe she is knowing Miley is the host.

Z Lala in Merlin Castell photo: getty

Z Lala in Merlin Castell
photo: getty

When this first came out, many people throught it was Dior Haute Couture 2004 by John Galliano but infact it is a rip off.  The designer proudly credited himself on Instagram last night.  Big no in my books no matter how dramatic it is. I don’t mind inspiration but DIRECT COPY is plagiarism and Dior should sue him for copying one of the most iconic looks from one of the most memorable collections ever.  The only thing this look did to me is that it made me know who Z La La is- a new star trying to copy Lady Gaga.

Any sorry about the LOOOONNNGGGG post.  Will keep it shorter next time.
Please let me know how you feel about this year’s VMAs fashion in the comments section.

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Timtim Wong

#OOTD – Oriental Garden

Fashion Labels.
Every fashionista will always have their favourite fashion designers and design labels even though I know there’s always the old saying that style is about what the garment looks like not what is the name on the label tag.
My followers on Instagram and here on my blog will know that I sometimes play favorites with designers both in Hong Kong and Internationally because I find it impossible to just buy 1 item if I love the whole collection, which is why I always get so excited when I discover a new designer who I fell in love with at a fashion show and the excitement increased when it came from a student fashion show.
Those of you who have read my previous post will know that I was extremely impressed with the level of talent of the menswear at Raffles College Fashion Show at Hong Kong Fashion Week. Out of the 4 collection there was 1 collection who I fell in love with from the moment I saw the pieces at the press preview party before the show and truly delivered on the runway.
Ahtram by Martha Sartika is a final year fashion design student who presented her pre-collection at Raffles Fashion Show this year.  You all know that I will always have a true love for prints especially digital print on prints so the looks caught my eye straight away.  Martha’s biggest talent as a designer is the fact that she understands wearability yet brings creativity to the clothes thru her prints and adding her own design details such as pleats and appliques. Which is why I was so honored to wear a few pieces for this photo shoot so soon after the fashion show.
For this outfit, I chose a printed tee in the most gorgeous shades of purple over a black shirt , a pair of pleated denim shorts and a mixed print and denim bomber jacket which felt like a work of art.  A pair of printed shorts, cargo boots and a Liberty weekend bag I got from my recent trip to London Completed the look.  Although this smart casual style is my typical work uniform, but this version of print on print felt abit more masculine than my usual choices.  Also I don’t usually do denim because it is usually too raw and casual for my taste but the details in the shorts made them feel more sophisticated.
Without further Doodahs, here are the photos ^^

 Oriental Garden

Shirt | Topman
Tee | Ahtram
Shorts | Ahtram
Jacket | Ahtram
Socks | Happy Socks
Boots | Trickers
Bag | Liberty

Athram 1

Athram 2

Athram 3

Athram 4

Athram 5

Athram 6

Athram 8

Athram 9

Athram 9

Athram 10

Athram 11

LR athram 13

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Timtim Wong

Raffles 2015 Fashion Show -The Future of Menswear in Asia

When I was young I’ve always wanted to study fashion in university. But with certain circumstances it never happened so every time I am invited to sit front row at a Design College Fashion Show, I’ve always wondered what it would’ve been like if I had the chance to present my first mini collection at my first fashion show in College.

For the second year in a row, Raffles International College presented their Graduation Fashion Show at Hong Kong Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016.  Like the previous year, the designs featuring work by students across Asia was exceptional with Contemporary Womens wear being featured in several of the student’s collections. However, the biggest surprise was the level of creativity and craftsmanship menswear collections since we don’t often see a lot of menswear in a lot of graduation fashion shows and design competitions. Maybe because of the fact that sadly, we live in an industry which traditionally its very womens wear based and in comparison,menswear is often neglected. So I always have a lot of respect for students who attempts menswear.

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

For Raffles Fashion Show 2015 , there was 4 collections which featured menswear with Athram by Martha Sartika presenting a super wearable daywear capsule collection , Rickky Wong presenting a unique avant garde unisex collection and The Winner of the Special Creativity Award Tommy Chong presenting a Japanese inspired contemporary menswear collection.  Last year’s “Collection of the year” winner :8CUFF by Sue Suh returned to the runway with a Korean Inspired Street wear Collection which will definitely win the hearts and the credit card bills of many fashion brothers in the room.

Without further Doodahs, Here is my review of the Menswear at Raffles Fashion Show 2015.

“Overshadow |  Indistinct” by ATHRAM

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Model showcases design Extrication by Tommy Chong during the Visceral Instinct show by Raffles Hong Kong as part of the Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 at the Hong Kong Convenition and Exhibition Centre on 08 July 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Photo by Victor Fraile / illume visuals

For this show, Final year Jakata Student  Martha Sartika  presented a captule collection for her Clothing label Athram inspired by 90s Old school Jungle subculture.
Even though this is a small collection consist of 4 looks but this is one of my favourite collections of the show because it has the perfect balance between creativity and wearability – something which we don’t often see in fashion shows.  I really loved the fact that Martha have used classic wardrobe staples in a men’s wardrobe but gave it her own spin by adding details such as pleating and geometric appliques.  The prints adds a sense of character and boldness into the clothes.  The denim was a highlight because its used and tailored in such a sophisticated way.  The magic about this collection is the fact that it is creative yet not confronting and these are clothes which I can visualize selling in shops right now.  I had the privilege to wear some of these pieces at an event last week so stay tuned for an up coming #ootd blog post.  Congrats to Martha on an amazing pre-collection, can’t wait to see how she develops these pieces into her graduation collection.

“La Soif de L’Amour – L’Éternité” by Rickyy Wong

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Model showcases design Extrication by Tommy Chong during the Visceral Instinct show by Raffles Hong Kong as part of the Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 at the Hong Kong Convenition and Exhibition Centre on 08 July 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Photo by Victor Fraile / illume visuals

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Based in Hong Kong , Graduate Student Rickyy Wong presented a unisex collection inspired by the fourth painting (The Love Letter) in the series of paintings ‘The Progress of Love’, painted in 1770 by Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

What I loved about this collection is the fact that the silhouettes feel very now.  These are androgynous clothes which are being worn by fashionistas who dare to go this direction.  What made it unique and innovative is the juxtaposition of softness- the light pastel colour palette , the sheer light flowy fabrics, the fluffiness of the wool and feather caps mixed against the hard – heavy pleating, the silhouettes of the necklines , the strong design lines , the straight, clean silhouettes to the street fashion inspired styling.  To many designers, androgyny usually mean women in black suits or men in skirts but Rickyy managed to interpret this theme in such an innovative way.  The collection really made us rethink about the definition of androgyny and when it comes from a fresh graduate, that’s what you call true talent.

“Extrication” by Tommy Chong 

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Model showcases design Extrication by Tommy Chong during the Visceral Instinct show by Raffles Hong Kong as part of the Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 at the Hong Kong Convenition and Exhibition Centre on 08 July 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Photo by Victor Fraile / illume visuals

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

The Hong Kong based graduate student Tommy Chong won the Special Creativity Award with this menswear collection inspired by Botticeli’s ‘’Map of Hell’’ and Japanese novel, ‘’Kawaki’’.

The prize was well deserved because there is a clear connection between the inspiration in the designs.  What’s special about this collection is that even though these clothes are editorial however when you look at these pieces individually there are pieces which can be worn with more toned down pieces in a men’s wardrobe. Really love the blazer like bibs which was a clear element in the collection because it feels like a new way to wear blazers in warmer weather.  Tailoring was very strong in this collection as seen in the black and grey blazer which for me is one of my favourite jackets in the entire fashion show. I really love the juxtaposition of the traditional Japanese influence against the classic European tailoring.  Call me biased but I am CRAZY about that creamy pink fabric with art deco print.  It is not easy for menswear designers to design clothes which show skin without looking gay or camp and the looks which show skin actually look masculine by keeping the accessorizing clean.  The looks have a lot of details but still looks polish and sophisticated.  Congrats to Tommy for the Win, can’t wait to see this young talent shine in the industry.

“The Great Kim” by 8:CUFF

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Model showcases design Extrication by Tommy Chong during the Visceral Instinct show by Raffles Hong Kong as part of the Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 at the Hong Kong Convenition and Exhibition Centre on 08 July 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Photo by Victor Fraile / illume visuals

Last year’s “Brand Ready Award’ and the ‘Collection of the Year Award’ winner Sue Suh closed the fashion show with the latest collection for her design label – 8:CUFF. What I loved about this collection is the fact there is a military influence interpreted in the most modern and urban way.  Instead of expected military jackets , Sue interpreted the inspiration into the Brand’s signature aesthetic- thru prints and street wear.  My favourite pieces of the collection is the opening look – a flowy layered yet tailored ensemble in white, the boxy jacket rendered in olive green suede – its very tough looking even though its presented in a very over sized relaxed silhouette , A printed vest rendered in leather was incredibly executed – it was literally a wearable painting .

Even though it was only 8 looks, there was an exceptional range of different pieces from shirts , tees and sweaters , shorts and trousers, jackets, coats and vest.  Almost every piece on each model is different both interms of style and type of clothing yet all the looks feel very cohesive.  Really love the visors on every  model – the modern take of the classic military cap.  It is a collection which many fashion brothers would love to wear and every single piece screams “buy me buy me buy me” ( Which our poor credit cards will feel like giving them the finger from the pants of final look on the runway lol)

Anyway sorry for the incredibly long post.
Congratulations to all the winners and students involved in the amazing fashion show.  So happy to see such large level of talent in Asia especially Hong Kong. Can’t wait to see how the designers blossom in the industry.

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Timtim Wong

#OOTD – Iridescent Minimalism

Fashion for me have always been a form of experimentation. Unlike many fellow bloggers or fashionistas who may have a signature look but for me I like to challenge myself to explore different ways to push my style boundaries to create different reincarnations of my self at events.  As I get older, I’ve learnt to never say never to any item or style of clothing because I always end up wanting to wear something I’ve once said “I WILL NEVER WEAR “…………..”.” so its so important to keep an open mind about things I haven’t had a chance to try yet.

Sometime meeting a garment with a style you’ve never tried before is like meeting a new friend with a personality you’ve never been friends with but happened to click by accident.  The moment came when I was at a designer’s office getting tailored for a printed suit this season.  It was a long purple jacket rendored in this thin, shiny fabric.  Even though Barbie is a fashion icon for me as seen in my previous posts here and here but I’ve never worn Iridescent fabrics and I seldom wear lavender because even though I love androgyny , I’ve always stirred away from it because I worry it may look too camp; but after I stared at the jacket at least 5 times during the 3 minute measuring session, My designer friend made me try it on just to get it over and done with.

It was love at first sight and surprised both me and the designer how much it suited me.  The silhouette and tailoring of the jacket is very masculine without being heavy because of the fabric.  The feminine lavender colour is a feminine touch and made it andrognous. But the biggest surprise was the Iridescent which made it sparkle without any sequin or crystal.  The whole effect felt like Cinderella when her Fairy God Mother turned her rags into a ball gown.

To style this amazing jacket, I gave myself another style challenge : keeping the look clean and minimal because I want a blank canvas for the jacket.  So I decided to go with a simple long tunic by the designer himself, a long white crisp sporty style pair of trousers and a pair of white sandals. Sleeking my hair back with gel was a wink to the Iridescence to finish off the look. Without further doodahs, Here are the photos.

Iridescent Minimalism

TOP | 112 MOUNTAIN YAM
PANTS | CALVIN KLIEN COLLECTION
JACKET | CUSTOM 112 MOUNTAIN YAM
SHOES | CARVEN
CLUTCH | 112 MOUNTAIN YAM
JEWELLERY | EMPHASIS JEWELLERY
Photos by my style sister V-FOR-VISALA

Iridescent MInimalism 1  Iridescent MInimalism 2

Iridescent MInimalism 3

Iridescent MInimalism 4

Iridescent MInimalism 5

Iridescent MInimalism 6

Iridescent MInimalism 8

Iridescent MInimalism 7

Iridescent Minimalism 9

Iridecent Minimalism 9

Iridescent Minimal 10

Hope you enjoy this set of photo.

Thanks so much Visala for capturing a softer side of me.

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Timtim Wong