Sunday, February 14, 2010

Gareth Pugh for Alexander Mcqueen?

Dear Gucci giants,

please please please consider my suggestion. I promise you I would continue my loyalty to the brand( and so will many Mcqueen fans), and buy every piece of the collection (if I have the money/ win the lottery).

seriously, who can pull off future Mcqueen show other than his younger mate from London? Give him the oppourtunity and he'll continue the Mcqueen legacy like no other.

Mcqueen fan

Friday, February 12, 2010

From Mcqueen in an interview:

"People who buy McQueen are going to hand the clothes down to their children and that's very rare today."

From now on I am just going to cling on to the few pieces of his clothes.
Yes I got them in the sample sale, but they are all one-off actual
sample pieces crafted by him in his studio. Looking back, I really
regret not getting that runway leather jacket and the awesome dress in the sale.
No, I regret not getting every piece in the sale.

Yes Mcqueen, I will pass your pieces to my children, and my children
will pass the pieces on to their children. So will their appreciation for your
art and skills, with which your vision will always be shared among my family.

You have my word.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

RIP Mcqueen part ii -- Sarah Jessica Parker

Among all the public figures mourning for Mcqueen, I cannot agree more to what Sarah Jessica Parker says:

The Sex and the City fashionista said she was "shocked and overcome with grief" since hearing about McQueen's death.
"He was talented well beyond his years and the seriousness and unrivaled talent which he applied to his work is in bountiful display year after year and collection after collection," she said. "Every single inspired, original, lofty, whimsical, stunning, brilliant and jaw dropping detail was Alexander McQueen."

and here comes my favourite part:

"What is more devastating is that despite all his success thus far creatively, critically and commercially, his greatest achievements lay ahead of him," Sarah Jessica Parker said in a statement. "The future would be whatever he hoped to make of it."

Wow. This women can really see things.

What really is the greatest pity out of this death is the death of
all future great shows, and deep and complex worlds.

This really gets me thinking about how I myself should make of my future too.

R.I.P My fashion Superhero -- an eulogy

If I was invited to give my eulogy at Mcqueen's funerial, this would be what I would say:

We love you too Mcqueen.

While mourning for Mcqueen ( i.e watching his show again and again, reading all the news articles about him) , I received several calls from my friends telling me that they're sorry for the loss of Mcqueen.

Here is a conversation that lighten up the mood a little bit:

Friend: he is indeed very young... imagine he were alive till 70... 30 more years of style innovation. me: I know! seriously, 30 more years of shoes and shows... and sample sales for me! :(..... friend: his new shoes are wacky!! me: I was so antipacting the May sample sale friend: no more susanna.. no more. it's a sign!!! mcqueen: i die to end your shopaholicism. me: (hate to say this, but this really cracks me up) noooooo Mcqueen don't! Friend: well.. there are still quite a lot left. mission failed. me: oops.

Dear all great designers and artists of the world,
please, please, please don't ever commit suicide.

Think of all the girls and women in the world who admire your designs.
Be it the women who splurge on your newest collection on Net-a-Porter,
or the young girl who can only afford your annual Sample Sale items,
your existence provided them the hopes and dreams of becoming one of the amazing wonderwomen in the wonderland you created.

I was so anticipating the next great Leather Jacket from A/W 2010, having the faint hopes of perhaps getting my hands on one in the May 2011 sample sale.

I was so anticipating the next sale in Harrods for one of your newest clutches.

I was so anticipating to one day finally own one of your amazing leggings,
be it 3 seasons later on

I long for the day that, when I'm in the position to earn enough money,
that I don't need to wait till a few seasons to wear your latest designs.

One day i want to dress like this...

and you just smashed all of our little hopes and dreams...

by ending your life.

Why can't you just wait a little bit, till I get a bit older, richer, bolder (and perhaps slimmer),
to finally get to wear and appreciate your designs.

You are SO mean.

I mourn for you, Lee, and I mourn for my lost hopes and dreams.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Motivational Jacket

Sorry for my belated post -- my absence in the blogworld has been a long one, given my transition from California to London for grad school. ( and for that, I will definitely have a post about the London fashion-o-sphere coming up).

To start off the new year, I decided that I should really have to pick up the things that I've left behind, one thing being this blog.

The best thing about Christmas, apart from Jesus and the holidays, is the sales. I'm talking THE BIGGEST SALE -- markdowns that could last me bragging till next christmas.

so in this sale I managed to pick up 2 Rick Owens LEATHER jackets ( yes it's THE leather jacket) from an online site -- both at 60% off. I would say I did pretty good.

I remembered I tried on a Rick Owens Lilies jacket a while back, and remembered a size 42 to fit me perfectly. ( mind you though, that it is a blanket sort of like style jacket, so it's meant to be bigger) Bingo, the only size I found left on the site is a 42. Though this is not the usual size I wear ( yes I'm a super size in the fashion world), I justify myelf into buying -- not one, but two -- of size 42 rick owen jackets, yet some part in my heart I know that I am risking embarrassments of tight sleeves.

And my intuition not only turns out to be true; it turns out to be worse than true. I can't even freaking zip the thing!

Call it great timing, call it bad timing, this jacket arrives at the time when I started to realize that I am too fat, so fat that the existance of mirrors started to annoy me slightly. Now I've been telling myself to lose weight for a while, ever since 2 summers ago, yet my lazy self, along with the abundance of size 12 clothing in the states, encouraged the delay of this much-needed cause. At some point I couldn't take it, so much to the extreme that I went on to buy my dream Mcqueen jacket 2 sizes smaller ( of course at a bargain price). Yet the bubble tea and other size 12 clothes in my closet made me betray the dreams of one day walking out the house with that jacket on.

Seeing the size 42 Rick Owens jacket in front of me, scenes of my failure with Motivational jacket #1 starts pouring in -- Should I keep the jacket, hang it on my wall, like how I did with the Mcqueen, and tell myself everyday that I have to one day fit into this jacket ( as well as having that perfect life of being able to fit all small size bargain sale finds, like that ridiculously amazing size 40 Givenchy leather jacket on sale at Harrods )? Or should I learn my lesson, and just take in the fate that I won't ever succeed, and do a good deed by passing on this jacket(i.e return/ selling it on ebay) to whoever the next lucky girl out there who will fit this jacket, at the same time save myself the time , money and false hopes each morning?

Does any of you guys experience situations like this? When's the last time you actually bought a clothing to MOTIVATE yourself? Does it ever work?

My decision? HHm.....Let's see if Mr Owens can do the magic.

P.S These are the my motivational Jackets #2 & 3

Motivational Jacket #1: Rick Owens Wrap Jacket

Motivational Jacket #2: Rick Owens Metallic Leather Jacket

Friday, September 4, 2009

Have you ever been called a Blech?

I have.

At first I thought he might mean "bitch", just maybe trying to say it in a different sound.

It wasn't as offensive when I found out what it really means. From Urban Dictionary:

an expression such as disgusting, yucky, horrid, gross...usually in taste.
Melissa "Blech! that shirt with those jeans makes me want to gag!"
Susan "Blech! eww, this pizza tastes rancid!"

As someone who loves fashion, this is pretty much the most offensive thing you could ever hear.

After I found out what that means, I frantically try to recall what I wore on every occasion that this guy could have seen me:

1st occasion : I was wearing a yellow "Free People" drape blouse with a blue skirt.

Not my best clothes, but definitely not my worst. The look is more feminine.

2nd occasion: twenty8twelve zipper tunic with Target tie dye leggings.

I'm going for the Balmain inspired look with an edge. I would say the outfit is more self pleasing than to perform the function of attracting the opposite sex. ( you know, the kind of clothes that girls like, but guys find weird? )

3rd occasion: Wilfred Brown dress with zipper on the back. Draped.

I wouldn't say that's the best outfit out there, but I don't think it deserves a "Blech".

Now let me give you a background of the person who made such a comment. The person is a 24 year old asian male. A software engineer.

A size XL chubby all round nike T-shirt wearing ( who wears Nike nowadays? ) guitar playing ( the pretentious kind that tries too hard to close their eyes while singing) type of guy.

Oh, and did I mention the trying too hard to be popular with certain girls part? ( the certain girls = slim asian girls with thick makeup that wears the best selling items from Forever 21. You know what I mean.)

yes, the whole point of the above analysis is to let you better feel my offense -- You know how much it hurts to hear a Blech call you a Blech?

Sorry Mr, you just offended me in so many ways.

That comes to the point when I'm thinking. " should I start wearing "normal" clothes? No more studded clutches, tie dye leggings? Maybe I should just turn back to sweats and jeans, though no one will really compliment, no one will critize either, and I won't end up being called a Blech."

See, that's the gray area where many girls aren't aware of, but should very much be discussed :

Should we wear clothes to please guys, or ourselves?

and in answering that, just think of the ultimate goal -- why do you want to please guys? To feel loved, to feel wanted. Doesn't it come back to the point of pleasing yourself?

Why don't we all save some efforts and just go directly into pleasing ourselves? Coz ultimately, when you're wearing something you love, you will be confident. And a women is most sexy when she is confident.

So ladies, don't be afraid to wear your leather jackets despite your boy/guy friend's opinion. Your body is an extension of your mind, and don't ever let it be controlled by anything other than yourself. That includes your personal style.

Just like how I wouldn't criticize the guy's personal taste of 1990s basketball t-shirts. And over the knee nylon basketball shorts.

P.S The guy's a christian. WWJD?

That's why i choose to write a blog post and then forget about it.

and that, my friend, serves him right.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Crack #7: New York Shopping

New York is the mecca for fashion shopping. Period.

I remember my good old College days where I live in Rural Virginia, where I rely on online shopping to feed my thirst for fashion items. Trips to NY are like my small salvation, where I let all my deepest desires out as I pour all the small amounts of cash I have in any possible store I can find. During that time my budget only allows me to set foot in H&M and other chain stores, therefore missing out on the bigger designer fashion scene here in NY.

So, after a year of seperation, I will be re-united with NY once again for a week. Being the shopaholic that I am, I will be doing some serious shopping in NY. Yet this time, I told myself to adapt an entirely new shopping pattern in the city -- I will be visiting stores that are unique to NY; the most anticipated stores, and the stores that makes NY special. I will be reviewing them on this site:)

The shortlisted stores are:

1. TopShop

"OMG I heard Kate Moss makes clothes for them!" - yells fashion lover friend #1

Need I say more? The muse for Ms Kate Moss ( and many other misses of Great Britian) is one that must be visited. At least I have to to get those boots for my fashion lover friend, unless I want to die a horrible death.

2. Opening Ceremony

I heard they have nice clothes. Though they expanded a store in LA, the NY one is what makes them famous.

3. What goes around comes around

Vintage clothes. Recommended by Irina and La Lanphear ( Kate Laphear).

4. Barneys NY

The flagship store of the BEST store in the world. This is where all the magic started. Must go!!

5. Comme Des Garcon, Balenciaga

Been to those stores last year, but visiting them again, just to see how they have evolved. Aaah Chelsea, you're just too cool

The list above is only a tentative list, and I am still trying to find new stores to visit and review. Please do give me some suggestions to add on the list!

At the same time, I will be doing some art gallery sighting as well, so if you guys have any suggestions, please do let me know.

Ok, gotta go out and get started, check back later for the TOPSHOP review!