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Word repressed

In Fashion on April 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

That’s what I call WordPress. Fuck. People kept telling me they couldn’t link to my blog and when I went myself to check, it like, disappeared!  At that point I was like ‘fuck it’ because it wasn’t like I had time to write anything anyway (which is ironic, ‘cos I write all the time). But  when I kept getting domain renewal notices (basically wanting to me to pay for a blocked blog), I couldn’t help but send the people in WordPress Wonderland  a somewhat annoyed, but short, email. The response: my blog was categorized as ‘spam’. Right. So let me get this straight. I’ve had this blog since `09, never had a problem, and then it just somehow, someway gets flagged and no one behind the pearly gates even bothered to contact me? Lucky for them I have a Tumblr account.

Anyway, I am not a blogger. So I consider blogging a luxury at this point in time. But I’ve been power-tripping a bit lately. I told HSBC they were a bunch of pimps and prostitutes (they closed my bank account ahead of the scheduled closing date). I told the lazy leeches at the Royal Mail  they’re postage scam artists (I was expecting first-class post that came on fourth-class delivery), I told a truly wonderful male friend he had a vagina complex and I’ve spent hours daydreaming about ACNE, Givenchy (of course), Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino (it’s been confirmed that I have an actual ‘type’ – especially if they’re black. Nerdy, brown skinned, thick-rimmed glasses prone, hoody wearing, you’re it!) and a sea of living and breathing Adonises. Yes, statuesque hard-bodies with nice faces. I guess nothing’s really changed, has it. But the former (and quite possibly the latter) can be interpreted in two ways: I’m bitter, or I  need sex. Hopefully neither. I shouldn’t need sex, I am sex.

Musing: Nails down

In Beauty on July 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Right about now, and I don’t know why, but everyone of my finger nails are rimmed with black. This always seems to happen with me in London, and picking at dilemma only seems to make it worse. Solution? Tis the weekend for maintenance.

There was a time when I was high maintenance. (And yes, it was a time, considering I have not invested in my appearance since then.) I loved colourful, elaborate nails. Actually, I just loved getting my nails done. By the obvious look of my fingers, even though I live in a ridiculously expensive city, my appearance means more than even the food I consume – that altogether, is another story.

I am 29. Therefore, the days of elaborate designs are done for. But my wardrobe consists of blacks and other muted hues. This means I should probably aim for nail polish that’ll bring out an ounce of my personality.

That said, I am facing a bit of dilemma. While nail design is out of the question, I am determined to wow my colleagues – and strangers alike – with my impeccable taste in branded nail colours.

I am not into glitter, nor am I into reds, pinks or shimmery palettes. But I am into creamy colours. I’m also into the idea of polish by a fashion designer. Chanel? Too played out. Dior, hmm, might do, but not really. Yves Saint Laurent? I’m noticing that one. I was in awe of a limited-edition rich sunshine yellow at Selfridges. Price? £16.50, but it is a showstopper. I may have to consider.

Then there’s Suede by Opi, a forest green that reminds me of colour I bought from Sephora but never wore. I like however, I find it a bit morbid. Yes, morbid. Because beyond my blacks and greys, I am a quirky, silly girl. The last thing I want to do is give off another f**k you vibe.

But then there’s a lovely deep teal blue called Muse by Illamasqua. Very sexy, indeed. Seems to add the right balance between serious and light hearted. I’m confused!


Until I find this acid-orange shade by Givenchy Vernis. Y’know, I like anything Givenchy: make-up, clothes, models, it doesn’t matter. But I really like this creamy orange against my toffee complexion.
Well, I suppose, it’s been narrowed down to two. Which one will I choose, I suppose the saga continues.

Men in Sequins

In designer, Men on June 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm


Givenchy via Getty

Last year it was men in skirts. Then heels. Lipstick. Now it’s sequins. Hey, that’s not so bad. Quite frankly, the world has seen worse. But Givenchy’s sequins – as seen its Paris Fashion Week round up – is painted in a rich forest green adding a bit of masculinity. I kind of like it. I’m not a green girl. But it’s the colour of nature and fertility. Despite all the heavy florals throughout the collection, there’s no party going on here. There’s strong Amazon references (South American, perhaps?) Exoticism. Eroticism. Natural beauty.

Check out my Tumblr to see more images from the collection.

Some Givenchy Sexy

In culture, designer, style on June 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm


Givenchy Hi Top sneakers via selectism

I’ve got a serious problem. Sneakers. Quite coincidental considering I haven’t worn a single pair since moving back to London. But that’s also because I don’t own a pair of jeans at the moment. Out of all things I’ve got rid of: heels, boots, jackets, sneakers have been the hardest items to part with. Well, these Givenchy kicks don’t help much.


Givenchy Rottweiler shirt via Selectism.

I’ve got another problem. I don’t think I could make my admiration for Givenchy any more clear. Initially, I wasn’t crazy about Tisci’s Fall/Winter 2011 menswear delivery. But when paired with the high tops as seen up top, I’ve had a major change of heart.

I’m at a different stage in my life. I’m not finding my style, I know what I’m about. And my clothing reflects my mood. Superstitious people are afraid of black. Apparently it attracts ‘evil’ spirits and bad luck. I don’t know what to say about that, because it’s a staple. And, I beg to differ with regards to its negative connotations. According to Colour Wheel Pro, black “denotes strength and authority; and gives the feeling of perspective and depth.” I consider it to be the most sophisticated hue of the lot and the perfect contrast to every colour under the sun. Top it with  an angry Rottweiler, one of the most misunderstood pits of hound lot, and you’ve got a pretty fierce combination. In my so called ‘predicament’, being a lover of the unknown, and drawn to things people fear, what’s a girl to do?

Well, in my case, fundraise the money to the coveted pieces. Rock them and wear them as tokens of my strength.

Shout out to Selectism for providing the images. See more of my favourite Givenchy pieces on my TUMBLR.

Wet (fashion) dreams

In Fashion on May 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

My official list of favourite designers. You are given permission to cut off my tongue if I ever say otherwise:

c.neeon
via sleek

Henrik Vibskov
via Henrik Vibskov’s blog

Dries Van Noten
via the fashionalists

Raf Simons
via fashionising

Jil Sander
via Marouge Style

Meadham Kirchoff
via Crystal Migraine

Ann Demeulemeester
via trendland

Christopher Kane
via the must + it

Gareth Pugh
via Newslicious

Rick Owens
via Glamour Goddess

Céline
via Kenya’s Style

Haider Ackermann
via trend forum

Kris Van Assche
via Homme Times

and, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy
via

Fashion Windows

Canadian mentions:

Denis Gagnon

via Magnifique

Greta Constantine

via Auntie Fashion

John Hillifer via Gian Lucianglesi

Musing: Lea T

In culture, Fashion on February 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm


Lea T for Vogue Paris via david icke

My first real foray into cross-dressing came in the form of the colourful RuPaul. His hit “Supermodel (You Better Work)” was an ode to the catwalk queens of the `90s, but not only that, it was a message of empowerment and learning to “love thyself.” I was enamoured. And since then, I’ve always had a soft spot for men who dress and essentially are – women.

In my late teens, my best friend and I (along with her late, fabulous cousin) would partake in the adventures of Fashion Cares: a fashion gala sponsored by M-A-C cosmetics in partnership with AIDS Committee of Toronto. This was all for the cause of research for Aids, and providing resources for gays and lesbians in Toronto. Mind you, I didn’t really care about all that stuff anymore than I did “pretending” to volunteer at the event so I could star gaze, watch the fashion show and see the performances. But that after party, boy oh boy, that was the best part.

Predominantly male, beautiful, gay, and oozing sexuality. The Fashion Cares after-parties were some of the sexiest events I had ever witnessed. I also took interest in the Pride parade, but after a while, admittedly, I lost interest when I realized that the most beautiful men seemed to be attracted to their own. I’m kidding… kind of.


via azeialaia

So I dunno, I’m not that phased by Lea T, because she was already ingrained my culture. Not directly, of course. But her role as a rising supermodel is not something extremely surprised about. She’s the body, the cheekbones, she’s Brazilian. And what, she has a penis? Quite frankly, that’s the the minute aspect of her success – in my eyes, anyway.


via dianepernet

But as I said when talking about Crystal Renn, I understand the media’s need to sensationalize. And I also understand that there’s been a high-rate of suicide among young homosexuals – to the point that it seems as though, even if we live in the future, we’re still a generation of the past.

Let me make this clear: once again. I’m not surprised that Lea T is beautiful. I’m not surprised that Givenchy‘s Riccardo Tisci saw her and decided to make her the brand’s spokesmodel. But what I can’t fathom, is the lack of willingness to understand who someone is. I’ll admit, I have been ignorant. Many-a-times. But I do not think it’s right, or fair, to hold someone’s person on a cross because of what they are and make some kind of mockery of it.

Lea T in Givenchy Couture via Love is the new black

Lea T will be going on Oprah, which is great. But let’s hope that Oprah uses this appearance as a means to spread the word of an important message, not capitalize on a trend.

Musing: Givenchy Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011

In couture, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat on January 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm


Goth was in the air for Givenchy‘s recent haute couture collection. But isn’t it always? The crisp white constructions were embellished with punches of neon: a trend worth noting for the upcoming seasons. Chiffon and feathery fringe abound, the collection was a confection of futurism meets romanticism, with strong angelic references – similar to that of the late Sir McQueen.

I appreciate Mr. Tisci’s strong Catholic routes. For he is, one of the few designers who use his talent to demonstrate this passion. Are the clothes wearable? Well, do they really need to be? It’s the realm of couture, where fashion but a dream. A fantasy come to life.

Even if my wedding only entails, my husband, GOD and the priest, I hope I get married in Givenchy.

Re-Cap: Men’s Fashion Week

In Collection, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Men on January 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

There were too many collections to keep track. And though I loved them all, I had to narrow it down to the ones that stood out to me. And even if they didn’t, there was something strong in their message. Something worth noting.

Versace menswear – Fall/Winter 2011-2012

The new trend: Blue

Blue is back, but with a lot more panache than the denim that inundated fashion last year. Blue – this year – is royal; soothing, much like the exquisite beaches in Aruba. Donatella Versace did a beautiful rendition of blue in swathed sweaters and fine-tailored suits, while Dries Van Noten, though not a standout in the collections, did a beautiful number on those double-breasted wool-blend coats. But Acne was, by far, the best collection in this department. Jonny Johansson, creative director behind the brand, complemented the hue with the minimalism trend giving it a very contemporary appeal.

Paul Smith menswear – Fall/Winter 2011-2012

The new trend: Orange

Last year it was burnt sienna, but this year, it’s a full-out ode to the hue representing enthusiasm and creativity. Ann Demeulemeester, mostly known for her dark design concepts, threw in punches of orange as show here, while Kenzo enriched the colour with a bit of berry. Paul Smith, otherwise known for his whimsy multi-coloured stripes, added a bit of edge to his collection, but threw in orange for good measure. It definitely worked.

Givenchy menswear – Fall/Winter 2011-2012

The new trend: Graphic print

Alright, this is not particularly a new trend. But, it is one that designers want you to understand. Yohji Yamamoto did what appears to be an ode to the late Alexander McQueen, you know, the gorgeous art of the medieval era, Sir McQueen was so good at – but, in true Yamamoto fashion – a bit of whimsical flair lightening things up. It is fashion at its peak, but still wearable for those into making statements through their clothes. I have said, for a long time, that I am in love with Riccardo Tisci. This has not changed, and neither has my love for his design hand at Givenchy. With its incorporation of pitbulls, Jesus and chains, this collection was very west-coast, very “hood,” and an interesting cross-over into more accessible fashion. As for Jean-Paul Gaultier, the man who gets his inspiration from the street, there was nothing new. But that’s okay, Mr. Gaultier played on his strengths: prints, sexuality and fantasy. But his way with prints, in this case, is indisputable.

Burberry Prorsum menswear – Fall/Winter 2011 2012

The new trend: gray, hats, bags

The thing about this, is that there’s too many to just single out one. When I look at the hats – especially in the Dior Homme collection – it’s an easy ode to Indiana Jones. But, when I look at them, I think of the late, absolutely great Michael Jackson. He lives on through fashion. And the way the hats tilt (as seen in Lanvin), concealing the eyes just so, it is an obvious reference. As for gray, the colour representing sorrow, security and maturity, rather than dwell on the bad, let us think of it for its security. It’s dependability. And, better yet, as seen in Burberry Prorsum, its sleekness. “Manbags” – feared by men across the globe at first, are now bigger than ever. To the point of commonality. But unlike the men in skirts trend last year, this one is nothing to be ashamed of. And as the trend develops, it learning to take on a masculinity of its own.

Trend spotting: Printed pants

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping, Trend, Trend Report on December 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm


While Marc Jacobs and Missoni trail blazed African prints for 2010, the harem pant, though a staple for comfort was a death wish to fashion editors everywhere. Put the two together, and well, let’s just say it was not a must-have item if you (supposedly) knew anything about style. But the two trends were, and it was a trend reserved for the über cool niche market.

The printed harem pant hasn’t really had a proper moment, until now. Designers Basso & Brooke highlighted the trend for Spring/Summer 2011, and retails don’t seem to be ready to give up those loose-fitting trousers. And neither are those of us who learned how to play with it’s comfort and flexibility.

Considering my plaid pants of choice are fairly minimal, I would off-set it with a bright top. I fell in love with this Ann Yee blouse, the length and colour draw emphasis to the look.


Ah, here we go. The print trouser. Sass & Bide have a way with print, but if you are to steer in this direction, it`s best to look for a piece that doesn`t have too much going on.


The shoes. Of course, I picked Givenchy because you won`t always find a high-fashion designer for under $500. And here, I actually did, and, of course, suede black booties complete the look.

Coat for him: gift guide for me

In Fashion on December 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm

On to part two of the gift guide saga. Sorry I’m so late on this, but I’m notorious for being a last-minute shopper, anyway. Coats. A good one can literally last a lifetime, while a fad endures for a month – tops. If you’re stylist – and there’s a difference – your closet is more likely than not to filled with classic pieces. But If you’re fashion-conscious, well, you’re on to the next as seasons change. The interesting thing about fashion though, is that if you truly have an eye for it, you can easily spot something timeless, as I hope I’ve done here. While some men will get these pieces, others with tunnel vision won’t.


This Raf Simons bomber jacket reminds me of the good ‘ole days. I was young. Happy. And I wanted a bomber jacket. Badly. The small zipper on the side, the orange lining, it’s completely grunge. Circa `92. With the ripped jeans and flannel shirts to match. If you were hip hop, you wore all black: toque, jeans, tee, kicks and a bomber off the top. It came in olive, or black. But at this stage in life, I think most men may find the darker hue more sleek.


Alright. My obsession with Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy is nothing new. But you have to admit: most things by this man are – tres chic – cliche intended. This trench coat has a strong British aesthetic to it, it’s got that post-punk rebel attitude. And it’s fairly reasonable (in price) for a high-fashion brand (685 Euros). What’s best about this coat though, is that it transcends age, most (mature) younger men can wear it, and it’ll easy work its way into the latter end of the age spectrum.


Let me tell you a little something about Savile Row: it doesn’t get half as much credit in west as it deserves. Did you know the late Alexander McQueen originally trained at the row? For a man to wear an Duffle coat acclaimed brand as this means he’s got taste. Unfortunately, you’ll have to educate a lot of men of a certain generation about it.


Capes are in. But on a guy, they tend to remind me of Batman. But in this case, this cape by Ann Demeulemeester gets a major pass. If your guy falls in love with this coat, consider yourself a champion of style.


This coat is my personal favourite. I had always been in love with Hudson’s Bay point blanket , so to see it be revived and re-modeled over the years brings about a sense of pride. Here’s a point I’ve been arguing for years though: why do designers in warmer climates make such wonderful winter coats? Here, we have a brand, Monitaly, based in California, whip up a Riders white stripe wool coat. And the brand’s designer Yuki Matsuda, has a thing for us Canadians; he’s also designed a collection for our beloved Canada Goose. Now, I should be clear: the Canadian brand does not come cheap (this coat is about 902 USD), but consider it a staple. Like an original Burberry, this is the type of item that gets better with age.