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Musing: Preen

In Fashion on July 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Preen Silk chiffon aztec print shirt via farfetch.com

This has to be the third post I have done about this line. I can’t help it.

I’m on a serious mission for PREEN. It has its seriously girly moments, but when Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, the duo behind the line get in with their trousers and sheer tops, they give designers like Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang a serious run for their money.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love them all. But Wang and Lang have experienced saturation to the highest effect. And I need a bit of a balance. I mean, I am trying to soften things up a bit, you know what I mean.

I mean, look at this stunning Silk chiffon aztec print. This is the depth of Preen when its not in ‘dress’ mode. There’s something for everyone here, don’t underestimate.

See more of my favourite PREEN pieces on my TUMBLR.

NYFW 2011: Light Taupe

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Trend, Trend Report on February 14, 2011 at 1:33 am


images via Style.com

Style Icon: M.I.A

In Fashion on May 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm

M.I.A’s a revolutionist. And not in the conventional sense. With her infectious tunes (Paper Planes being her most memorable) political innuendos, dashing good looks, and exuberant style sense, she’s been titled the official queen of hipster-dom. But gimmicks aside, she’s added some much-needed colour to music’s current bland (and deteriorating) state.

Not one to shy away from controversy, she recently sparked some online feud with ex-New York Times editor Lynn Hirschberg for she claims to be a fabrication of facts for a recently printed profile. Truth said, I don’t blame M.I.A. It’s not her fault she’s beautiful, and in tune with fashion and art. She uses these tools as vital weapons to get her point across. And even if her songs only graze the surface of the Tamil Tiger feud in Sri Lanka, if it gets people listening, is it really that bad? (As it stands, despite M.I.A infamous Grammy appearance with the fearsome four T.I., Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West, according to M.I.A, nothing changed.)

Since seeking refuge in America (she was put on a black list and not permitted entry by the time Kala was released), she’s adding mother and de facto wife to Benjamin Bronfman to her resume, and is set to release her third studio album Maya.

In the case of M.I.A, it’s more than the visual aesthetic, she’s a true testement of someone walking the walk. She – along with Wyclef Jean – can speak of pain, because they come from it.

 Oh, and by the way, pictured here and looking gorgeous as ever, is M.I.A dawning Alexander Wang for GAP at the 2010 MET Gala. Take That.

Trend Report: Bikers on drugs

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Trend, Trend Report on April 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Pictured here is a look from Acne’s Fall/Winter 2010-11 collection. The whole outfit is s o raw the model could walk right off the runway to the grocery store or where ever her heart desires. That’s what I call immacute styling. But the coat! It’s one of the most daunting outerwear pieces I’ve ever seen. How could one wear such a thing? Well, you’ve got to think recklessly, as though you couldn’t care less about  combing your hair or even brushing your teeth. Better yet – Just throw the soap in the garbage will you!

This type of coat adds much needed glamour to your drab. That and your most viva glam  sunglasses complemented with cowboy boots … or chucks. Actually, leather trimming on the coat adds sexy (as shown) while a cotton cut adds cool.  But a coat like this is hard to come by; this devil-may-care style is best when done by top designers. Below are two versions made by Alexander Wang. If you can find them vintage – best of luck if you do – cherish it. It’s a classic look that’s been recycled throughout the `80s until now.

Get My Look: Rude Girl

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, handbags, Heels, In the Know, Shopping on March 1, 2010 at 4:00 am

Ray-Ban tortoises aviator-style acetate sunglasses, $135 USD. Available at Net-A-Porter.

Barker Black scarf, 275 (Euro). Available at Colette.

Maison Martin Margiela T-Shirt, 155 (Euro). Available at Colette.

Acne skinny denim leggings, $230 (USD). Available at Net-A-Porter.

Isabel Marant fringed canvas boots, $1,160 (USD). Available at Net-A-Porter.

Vionnet brass faceted cuff, $530 (USD). Available at Net-A-Porter.

Alexander Wang Donna leather small hobo, 795 (USD). Available at Net-A-Porter.

Rising Star: Prabal Gurung

In Collection, designer, dress, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, One to Watch, Rising Stars, RTW, style on January 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Nicole Phelps from Style.com said NYC-based fashion designer Prabal Gurung drapes a mean dress. I prefer to think Prabal Gurung’s mean, period. Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang have been the talk of the town, but this mini fashion powerhouse in the making will throw the others in the trash bin – in friendly competition, of course. Thank god for his formal training as Creative Director for Bill Blass (before it tanked). If it wasn’t for that, maybe he wouldn’t have the momentum to go as far back in fashion as he has.

Gurung’s clearly the next Yves Saint Laurent. And he’s brought back the classic Balenciaga —even Valentino— with fierceness. It’s hard not to look at his collection without reminiscing over those big, thick phaidon fashion history books. The days classic designers paraded bows, red carpet ball gowns with intricate knots and bare shoulders. Sure he throws in the occasional cocktail Gossip Girl dress, the modern-day debutantes gotta shop too. But I think calling his collection “Clothes for a thinking-man’s sex symbol” a bit too deep.  How about his confections simply being clothing for a sex-symbol; the glamazons of old Hollywood are rolling in their graves right about now. Even when he does a pantsuit, there’s a nonchalance about his craftsmanship. As though he’s just effortlessly bang on.

Looking at Gurung’s collection makes me feel safe; there is a well of hope amid the chaos.

Trend Reports: Extreme Body Consciousness

In designer, dress, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Trend, Trend Report on December 8, 2009 at 8:53 pm

The Body-con dress is the best thing invented since God invented us – “us” meaning women. I once wrote a personal blog post regarding “skinny bitches in Hervé Léger,” but admittedly, I’m closer to slim than I am to blimp. But my ode to the body-con dress is because of my love for short and skin-tight. I adore having my body being hugged by velvety supple fabric; I want a dress that will literally mould to my shape accentuating my curves, flaunting what I have while I have it. But beware, there’s a thin line between sultry and skank.

Maxmara for Hervé Léger was a genius idea.  In early `08, once Cheryl Cole flaunted a tri-colour haltered Hervé Léger the best way she knew how, the body-con dress became a fashion frenzy, and a train of celebrities followed suit. One-by-one those girls pumped out Hervé in different colours and cuts, but the medal goes to the women with the hour-glass figures. They were the true definition of a Hervé Léger muse, and that’s the way it should be. To our benefit, other designers including Alexander Wang, Preen and Emilio De La Morena all have their own striking interpretations of body-con. I could easily fill a page of the best body-con dresses on the market.

The body-con dress must be tight and short, with holes and slits in all the right places (think shoulders and waistlines). Make sure you carry the dress with a punk mentality. It’s not for the faint-hearted and ultra girly, the body-con dress is for women who like edge. Those who aren’t afraid to command the room they walk into. The body-con dress screams sexy and dangerous, but not loose. To optimize the look, opt for stiletto ankle booties with a vintage leather biker jacket.

In the Know: Versace Pre-Fall 2010, Shoes by John Galliano and More!

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, handbags, In the Know, News, Shoes on November 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm


Versace Pre-Fall 2010

Escada Pre-Fall 2010

Armani Collezioni Pre-Fall 2010

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2009 Handbag

John Galliano 2009 Shoe

Viktor & Rolf 2009 Shoe