Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My hat is a Featured Design on the Henri Bendel website!

Click to see my hat design on the Henri Bendel website - and if you like it, click the like button. The winner's design will be created and sold by Henri Bendel stores.

Henri Bendel is a women's specialty store based in the Big Apple and established in 1895. They have locations in Miami, Detroit, Dallas, King of Prussia, LA and more other cities throughout the US.  

The retail store's founder, Henri Bendel, was a milliner (hat maker) by trade and the first retailer to bring the designs of Coco Chanel over to the United States from Paris.

That's why I designed a hat for this contest!

Above is just a cropped shot of my design. Click to see the larger sketch online at the Henri Bendel site. And thanks in advance for your vote!

Friday, June 24, 2011

ViVi magazine scans: Japanese fashion editorial heaven

Hectic crazy week! More on that later.....So once again I find myself talmbout Japanese fashion. Spying a copy of ViVi magazine in 7 Eleven, one of many Japanese fashion publications that I peruse, I treated myself to a copy. It is literally one giant editorial slash catalogue from cover to cover. I absolutely adore Japanese style, having documented it before in previous blog posts on street style when I had the pleasure of gracing the sartorial heaven that is this Asian isle. As they are arbiter of all things style-related [evident by being one of the top luxury fashion consumers on the planet] I thought I would scan my favorite pages/looks for ye readers, natch. And so behold a sea of seventies silhouettes, straw boater hats, and cute little details such as the heart-shaped zipper as seen on the dress above.

I want to go back!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Video: How bloggers are changing fashion

A Net-a-Porter TV segment that has interviewed all the top fashion bloggers on the topic of how bloggers are changing fashion. Part of their special blogger's focus, which includes a Blog Power List.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

"Yes, bitch, we did it"

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images, Larry Busacca/Getty Images via

When Lady Gaga won the Fashion Icon Award, she recieved a congratulatory text from 'Anna'. Thinking it was her stylist's assistant, she replied "Yes, bitch, we did it." Vogue Fashion Editor Anna Wintour replied with another text, 'How lovely, and we will all be waiting to see what you will wear.'

See Lady Gaga's full acceptance speech here. It's actually pretty amazing, funny but humble.

Full article and link here:

Chevaux de bois: Sun Tzu, window shopping, boxy purses and other fine musings

If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War
I learnt a new french word today. Chevaux de bois. It means "Wooden Horse" [thank you google translate]. I had no idea how to pronounce it so I made the nice google translate voice read it out loud several times as it sounded so pretty. I thought it would immediately lend a certain chicness to this blog as I once again try to convince my reader[s? ] that I am indeed part of the style cognoscenti. It was the name of a cute little boutique in one of my favorite shopping malls in Hong Kong: Beverly Island, Causeway Bay. Much to my boyfriend's chagrin [and the reason we rarely shop together] I can happily window-shop for hours, not buy a single thing, and feel like I've had a productive few hours. To me, it's akin to browsing an art gallery of sorts.

Don't be fooled, Beverly Island is not a posh resort island somewhere in the Caribbean. Nay, it is a typical Hong Kong style mall full of lots of dainty little boutiques, like a charming box of macaroons just waiting to be explored. J'adore. Situated very close to Sogo. I have to say, the best street style [where people make the most effort] in Hong Kong is definitely around this area. And with clothes like these, it is inevitable.

One of many delectable purses I saw. Love the boxy envelope shape, the Miu Miu inspired [slash blatantly copied] swallow print, the chain. Alas, with The Ibiza Fund pulling in most of my savings [saying it in third person makes it seem a sort of involuntary thing I have no control over, lols] I hesitated to buy it. The reason I included the aforementioned Sun Tzu quote was that often shopping can be a bit of a battle, with willpower being one's army and the sartorial urge to spend being the enemy. I know that once I've broken the 'seal' with my first purchase, I find it a lot easier to buy other things. Queue heavy artillery damage to my wallet. I can often get by just on window shopping though, the methadone to my heroin if you will. Although, it is a VERY slippery slope. Ah, the joys of retail therapy. Although, some may say it is my job to do this! [see below].

Boxy purse numéro deux: Coral orange, white and gold. Awesome color combination. P.s. Once again I've proven myself as an adept photographer. In my defense for using mobile photos, taking pictures is not really allowed so I had to be a bit sneaky [I live life on the edge].
Pink blazer: I'll admit that this shopping trip occurred a few weeks ago, before I managed to finally procure the dusty pink blazer I had so lusted after. Hence, errtime I saw one I took a snapshot. As above. With the suspiciously Gucci-esque logo print on the inside. Hmm I do shop in fine legal establishments, don't I? Continuing the completely narcissistic trend inherent to being a blogger, let me tell you what I else I liked: the purse. The gold framing is almost skeletal in its aesthetic reference. The gold leaf "fringe" is very bohemian meets...Grecian goddess? I doe low. But me likey. I feel now would be a good time to thank all those who say my blog is very well written...! Chortle.
Behold! Boxy purse numéro trois. [Boy does that sound pretty in French when I press the "listen" button on google translate] Very Celine, very Phoebe Philo. One of those almost reverse shoppers remorse. Sob. But honestly, how many of your bags do you use on a daily basis?

Boxy purse numéro à quatre. [Literally the nicest sounding number so far. See for yourself here. ] Again, totally unnecessary but oh so darling. [Darling: wouldn't that be a great name for a shop/ boutique?]

Random mood courtesy of slightly stressful week. Went back to China [most people distinguish between Hong Kong and mainland China thusly] again on Tuesday to sort out recent handbag orders. Rest of week spent dealing with follow up and to do lists such as:

  • Confirm purchase orders and sales confirmations

  • Reconfirm handbag details and list fabric, zippers, accessories, lining with suppliers

  • Make sure chosen fabric is still in supply, that the check doesn't look too much like Burberry

  • Etc

As I'm always on the hunt for the next great product [some may even call me the Indiana Jones of product WASSUP!] I try to justify any shopping trip as mere marketing and thusly as work. It is my duty, nay my obligation, to shop. Some may even call me selfless, yes. Although sometimes it does feel that I get paid to shop, which is, um kinda amazing.

Oh, and we got an email from a supplier called Winnie Pooh today. Chortle. Little things like that just add a twinkle to my day.

And so I conclude this rather boy-friendly shopping blog.
Au revoir

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chevaux de bois: Sun Tzu, window shopping, boxy purses and other fine musings: la deuxième partie

Oh, and allow me to get off my sanctimonious high horse. When I said that I went purely window shopping in my last post, I totes fibbed. I caved when I saw this blue faux snake skin [I heart faux snake skin!] boxy shoulder purse. It was minimalist and twee enough to wear to work. HKD 70. Erm, just part of my job as a 'buyer' innit...



Thursday, June 2, 2011