Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
A little annoyed today about the limited range of brands Asians typically know. Plus there is that snobby vibe that usually accompanies Asians that define "big brands = good". Yuck.
Yes, brands give us quality materials and designs most of the time, but sometimes it really depends on the collection itself. And sometimes, the head designer at certain brand names get changed out and quality just isn't the same. I am not against big brands, I love them lots, but I would love to see people look at things that catches their eyes and ignore that name thing a little more.
So here's a brand I've never heard of: Celestina. The cutout filigree patterns on the silver clutch isn't for everyone, and it rather reminds me of filigree fence you would get at European establishments, which makes everything more romantic than it actually is. And because this caught my eye while surfing online at Net-a-porter, I RESEARCHED the brand quickly and found her many other clutches that are quite covetable.
Maker of the Celestina brand: Tina Maristela-Ocampo.
Location based: Manila
Big editor moment: Anna Wintour included them in Vogue's list of 2008's must have accessories.
Now, wasn't that easy??? Google search took only a few minutes at most...And now I know a new name for clutches.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Last week, chibi's new home furniture finally arrived from Taiwan. Solid wood mahogany tables, handsome leather chairs, custom-made entertainment system console, velvet lounge chairs, majestically framed paintings, and a Victorian-looking easel. I LOVE IT! Everything looks beautiful, meticulously crafted, and luxurious. More importantly, the arrival of the furniture coincided with Chinese new year and after we cleaned house, it was suddenly a tidier and more livable space~!
I'm now rather obsessed about how furniture can transform space. And as I've been the spoiled queen holed up in my room lately, chibi has been serving me food and drinks like my poor slave (willingly though, I hope =P). So I really think this tray table ($69, Was $173) would be perfect as a present to him. The removable tray will be important when he has to bring me my food and drinks from the kitchen downstairs. *tongue in cheek* What do you think? Very Victorian-esque, eh? I pronounce this, my lust-of-the-day item!!
I posted about Zac Posen's Target collection (coming out in April) earlier this month, and mentioned that Zac Posen is also coming out with a lower price line collection called Z Spoke. They were very efficient and the collection is already out! Go to Saks Fifth to take a look at the collection, which is priced between $98 and $575.
Here are my favorite pieces as a teaser:
Monday, February 15, 2010
My lust-of-the-day item is this vintage Wayne Clark Goddess Dress ($250 at Shrimpton Couture). For those of you who do not know Wayne Clark, he is Canadian and he shows up as a guest judge on Project Runway Canada.
He apprenticed with Hardy Amies and Ossie Clark in London, England. and is known for his fabric use, cut, draping, and glamorous bias-cut gowns. This goddess dress would be from one of his first collections since he started his label in the late 70's. Having had that much history in fashion, Wayne Clark's work has been put on exhibition in gallery before. Click here to read more about the inner workings of the man.
Ah, the royal blue is so amazing and the dress so easy to love. For those of you who spent money buying flowers that will die in a matter of days for your valentine, well...really...you could have done better.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I've never been a very delicate person and I'm the type of person that would literally destroy my clothes with my rough and clumsy ways (albeit entirely unintentional). Recently, it struck me that LACE is becoming big in fashion. There was Stella McCartney and her lacey creations in the limelight last year. And now, people are layering the delicate fabric on during fashion week (ref: refinery29). And can I say "tres cute"?
So here's a feminine tunic with sheer Chantilly lace (and a low v-back) that you can try out for this new lacey trend. Why? Well, a tunic is very versatile and as a layering item, you don't have to worry about appearing too delicate, or becoming too cold. (Yes, a part of me is convincing myself that I need this discounted lace tunic).
On the other hand, there's also this beautiful Carolina Herrera lace dress on Gilt Groupe today, but it's really a standout piece that you can only wear for formal events. Ah well...none in my size anyway (phew)...
Here's my lust-of-the-day item. As you can tell, I'm very much into the high-fashion spring neutral shades of GRAY right now. Yesterday, my lust manifested in the shape of a silver lizard boxy clutch by Nancy Gonzalez. Today, it is this amazing lamb leather long sleeve jacket by Helmut Lang.
Don't be thrown off by the "quilted" part. It is definitely not grandma's quilts. The quilted details at the sides actually helps draw the eyes to your waist so that you don't look like a sack of potatoes in this generally unstructured jacket. Helmut Lang is known for making clothes in simple geometric shapes that defines cool chic. I have long wanted a Helmut Lang piece and this would be perfect as a easy-to-wear, go-to item to top off all my outfits...At more than 60% off, I'm really wish I have the money to take this deal off the market RIGHT NOW!! A lot of the other Helmut Lang items have sold out on the Gilt Groupe sale.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Nancy Gonzalez painted silver lizard clutch. Crafted in a hard box shape and style. Fully lined with lavender satin. In next-to-new condition.
6" L x 3.5" H x 1.75" W
This is my lust-of-the-day that turned up at Hautelook.com. DecadesTwo is selling this next-to-new silver lizard clutch for 53% off. I really think it should be a little cheaper because it's not completely new. But that said, it sure is lust-worthy. Nancy Gonzalez always makes beautiful exotic bags, though I find them a little old sometimes, which is what happens when you craft crocodile skin into a hobo or tote. So I prefer my exotic skins in small doses and this clutch is the perfect dose. Plus, what a pretty color!! The lizard skin is understated and glamorous at the same time, so you will never feel like you're trying too hard.
Friday, February 05, 2010
photos taken from fashionista
The designer is only 29 years old, which is my age, and had risen to fame very quickly in the past. Now we hear the name "Zac Posen" and we think "beautiful dresses". Zac is also coming out with a lower price line collection called Z Spoke that will hit Saks Fifth Avenue stores on March 1st.
Monday, February 01, 2010
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Despite hearing so much about this sale for years, I've actually never been to one. I'm wondering if this year should be different. But I'm not really feeling like buying anything from Barneys right now. After all, I'm sure all the Alexander Wang stuff would be gone by now.