Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DETOUR 2014 @ PMQ

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend DETOUR 2014's launch at the PMQ, previously Police Married Quarters on Hollywood Road (go check the place out, it has a ton to offer). This concurrent event held by the Business of Design Week is basically a hub for creativity and anything unique in the Arts, giving an opportunity for young, emerging designers across the globe to bring their ideas to Hong Kong. It's inspiring and comforting in a way, to see how the art scene in Hong Kong is growing with the help of great locations like PMQ, for art to reach out to more people. In such a busy place like the city I live in, having a chance to be still and appreciate art can have a distilling effect on our body and mind. And being in my last year of high school, I can say that we definitely need more moments like this. This idea fits perfectly with DETOUR 2014's "co-creation" theme, that aimed to "liberate people from their hectic urban life by offering them a precious pause". A precious pause indeed.

Here were some of the beautiful things I saw and experienced:

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P.S. I'm half embarrassed and ashamed of myself for only getting around to posting this now because the exhibition actually ended two days ago (despite there still being satellite events going on around HK). So if you're interested, definitely put next year's DETOUR exhibition on your 2015 bucket list of things to see and do (if you don't have one, you should make one). Check them out here for all the exciting things they did this year. 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SPORTSWEAR - MORE THAN JUST A TREND



With the launch of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection, a powerful hybrid between sports and high fashion, we are now witnessing the longevity of sportswear in Fashion — once a trend, and now a rising culture. By culture in relation to sportswear, i’m not referring to the obvious culture that is sports, because it is widely accepted that sports can be very much linked to a country or a community’s culture. By sports culture, i’m really talking about a new set of values that are both shaped by and shaping our generation based on the shifts and progressions of our beliefs — this new sports culture, with the help of fashion, is a lot more about health, than competition. I remember in late 2013, when the spring 2014 collections were coming out, the sportswear trend was in full-swing, with luxury brands taking cues from all sorts of athletic wear. The fusion of contrasting elements: luxe materials, like leather, silk, and mesh with the classic structures of sportswear staples, like baseball jackets, trackpants, sweatshirts, kept things fresh on the runway. There are also designers like Wang, who has always been faithful to sportswear in his designs, whether it be for his eponymous label of Alexander Wang, or Balenciaga: “I don’t do any sports! I only wear sports clothing”. Just like how Wang says “there’s a piece for everyone” in his new collection with H&M, sports and health is now more available to every age and gender than it ever was. And I think that’s what i’m trying to get at with this “rising” sports culture that i’m referring to — we’re getting fitter and healthier for the right reasons. 


With the help of fitness bloggers, Instagramers, Youtubers, etc, the mindset of fitness, health and staying active is now largely present in our current, younger generation — teenage girls are now steering more away from the push-up bras, and more to the sports bras. Of course, the desire to stay active is induced by fashion and the ability to not have to compromise style for sports — a definite win-win situation (especially for all the style junkies out there). So start getting active, if you aren’t already. I mean I love my food, but you really have nothing to lose (except for some cellulite) when you’ve got designers like Wang in full support of your fitness journey ;) 

images courtesy of h&m, luckymag, style.com

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P.S. When sneakers replace heels in a Chanel couture show, you know something big is up. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TRENDS TO SPORT THIS FALL/WINTER



Big fuzzy coats and sweater tops are for those days when you don’t want to, or simply don’t have time to, layer meticulously - just throw some fuzz on (yes, i’m making this a thing) for an incredibly stylish look that oozes confidence, while being completely fuss free! 


This is the trend that has made me so excited for this winter season. To me, the look of sharp, minimalistic lines and cutting in an outfit accentuates a woman’s class, charm and confidence - just another reminder that you don’t need form-fitting/body-hugging pieces to highlight femininity and sexiness. Think clean, crisp button-up shirts, cigarette pants, a structured coat, and heels to strut in.


For you girls out there who love the night-life and likes the sound of shimmering sultrily on the dance floor, pick up something in this sparkly, silver material if you have not already (you’ll be able to spot them in all high-street retailers). There is something very glam rock and 80’s about the look, perhaps due to its physical resemblance to a disco ball. I like the sound of that.



All girls want to look active, regardless of whether they do want to do sports, just like how Alexander Wang doesn’t do sports himself but loves designing sport[y] attire. There is something very flirtatious about tailored sports wear that makes it so attractive, especially with the addition of color (look at that bubble gum pink Fendi coat), and matching sets (kudos to Lacoste for making tennis wear look that much more flattering). So why sacrifice style for exercise when you can have both?

Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear Runway images courtesy of Style.com

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

IN A CLOUD

I was trying so hard to not sweat while shooting this and was failing miserably because although its “fall” its still around 30 degrees celsius. After having rumours speculate amongst relatives and family members about how “its going to get cooler next week” for the past few weeks, i’ve given up on the notion entirely and have decided to start my own winter clock — the moment I put this Topshop furry sweater on my body I declared the beginning of winter (yes, i’m optimistic). 

I’m still worried about how this cloud-like sweater will turn out after I put it in the wash (worst case scenario: clumps of fur), which was largely the reason why I decided to shoot this in its most glorious moment as a remembrance if all else fails. But its also pieces like this that make me so excited for this season. For one, this heat trapping top is my toned-down take on the flamboyant classic — the fuzzy fur coat, as its cropped, bulky structure gives a nice contrast to a form fitting bottom, like this wrap skirt I have on. Also, the space this sweater allows for (thanks to its oversized fit) gives room for layering which can instantly sharpen the entire look for versatility. 

News flash: I’m extremely excited to wear subtle, clean and simple shapes this season, and to look “normcore chic” if I do say so myself — winter mantra: blend in to stand out.

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Pearl

Thursday, October 2, 2014

FASHION AND THE BIG "APPLE"

It sounds cheesy but fashion has always been a part of my life, similar to a life companion - some people have pets to vent to, I have my ever-changing style to rely on. For the past few years, I have always come across the question of why fashion matters - this question is sometimes asked by others, and most of the time asked by myself. My response to this in this post won’t be the sentimental kind you’re looking for (sorry), it will be more practical, perhaps one that can show exactly why other industries should/do value fashion and the fashion industry. I know some look down on fashion as something that is superficial and useless, even, but sometimes the best way to prove them wrong is to show’em what we’ve got. 

If you haven’t heard already, the almighty Apple recently recruited talents from the Fashion industry, including Burberry’s former CEO Angela Ahrendts and Saint Laurent’s former CEO Paul Deneve into its circle of executives. No longer just about nerdy gadgets, the tech industry has evolved with the understanding that the qualities and talents of the fashion industry are valuable to the branding of these technical gadgets that can no longer only rely on function and neglect aesthetic. Since fashion is all about the visual effect, it goes hand in hand with wearable technology. 

Wearable tech has been the newest, and most challenging venture of the retail tech industry, especially since it relies so much on the aesthetic, shape, and comfort when worn. As of now, this market still has not reached its potential because of the many factors that need to be taken into account. Designer labels and brands however, are familiar with the concerns and unfamiliarities that tech companies like Apple have. Other tech companies have tried and failed (to some extent), especially with less help from fashion-experts coming from large, leading fashion labels like Burberry and Saint Laurent. Apple, however, recognizes the need for fashion insiders, like Ahrendts and Deneve, to guide the development of their wearable products.





The new Apple Watch announced early this September (released in 2015), with the help of Ahrendts (the new retail chief), was branded and categorized just like how fashion collections would have. The watch was separated into 3 categories - the standard Apple Watch, Sport, and the 18K gold Apple Watch Edition. This arrangement is not something unfamiliar in fashion as the different lines, each with a wide breadth of designs targeted to different demographics and market segments, broadens its audience by making it attractive to all. Also, the watches created by Apple’s predecessors had a bulky shape that looked unattractive and uncomfortable, but this time, Apple pioneered once again with the sleek and thin design of its Apple Watch that also allows for variation.



I could go on for days about the powers and perks of the industry, with the Apple Watch being only one of the examples, but the big picture is - the fashion industry is capable of transforming any ordinary thing into an it product that is branded, marketed to the masses, and wanted. I guess this post is just a text-version of me talking myself out of problems, as I often find myself doing, but I hope it gives a general answer to your question, as it did to mine, if you ever come across it.

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Pearl

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

VALENTINO MEN'S LANDMARK HK RE-OPENING

This weekend I got to attend Valentino's men store re-opening in Landmark with my bestie, and I have so many good things to say. Although getting to the registration booth was terribly difficult due to the swarm of fans crowding around the entrance, we got in with a glow-in-the-dark stamp (very clever as it doesn't stain your arm), and walked in holding our breaths - the space was filled with industry elites and VIPs, and we were the odd ones out. It took a while of catching our breaths and hyperventilating to realise where we were and what we were doing - it sounds embarrassing but oh boy was it intimidating at first. Embarrassment aside, the newly renovated shop space was classy with beautiful and nicely crafted lighting, and lets not even mention how much detail and love was put into the designs of the changing rooms. On top of this, the F/W14 collection for the Valentino man was on point and full of statement pieces, as expected of the brand that propagates trends and pieces with an extreme care and attention towards detail and quality. One of their statement pieces for the season is the horoscope loafer with uniquely stitched designs for each horoscope, with studs embellished at the rim - a continuation of their hallmark.

Check out some of the things I saw (they will be holding another event in November, so stay tuned for more pics then!):

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Despite missing some of the celebrity guests and the beginning of the event (tip: be on time if you want to catch them), the atmosphere was eye-opening, and one that I was so glad I got to experience. I hope you liked this too! 

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Pearl

Monday, September 8, 2014

OUT OF BED FT. ZALORAHK


We all have those days when we have to unwillingly scramble out of bed and pull on something that looks decent and half-put-together, a task that seems impossible - this outfit, however, will work just right (sorry I sound like tele-marketer). This is my take on A Wang's ss14 one-button button-up trend that is easy to pull of and fresh in its silhouette, as well as my farewell to summer and its formidable heat. Although summer ends late september here in HK, it's never too early to start planning for fall outfits, which makes transitional outfits and pieces handy and essential for hong-kong-ers like me, as fall lasts for a maximum of 1 month. The flats i'm wearing are from ZALORA, an HK-based online store that offers a wide range of clothing, accessories, and shoes (flats, wedges, heels, boots, you name it), are appropriate all-year-round, making them my go-to smart-casual footwear. Flats with an edge can opt out heels in some situations and events, which is usually for the better when walking is required. 


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 shirt: Seoul, top: Topshop, skirt:boutique, shoes: ZaloraHK


Check out ZALORAHK's online shop if you're looking for something affordable and chic!


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Pearl