Aussie Party!

29 June 2011

Last Saturday I attended a Summer Soiree held by the amazing people over at Aussie where I found myself in a fantastic venue filled with purple balloons, plenty of hair products and lots of awesome bloggers.
All Hail Emma!
It wasn't long before the hair styling began! Sherin and Hayley got in there super quickly and let the awesome stylists work their magic!
Of course I had mine done too! I always have straight hair so having these loose curls was so much fun. I wish I could do this myself! I always miss bits when I attempt it at home. Big thank you to Amber Rose who always does an amazing job and curled my hair at this Aussie event too!
There was a spot of champagne tasting, lots of candy floss and even a bubble machine. Definitely a girly party.
The very talented Vic from The Scribbler and her candy floss!
There was also a photographer who took some pretty fun shots of all of us! Here are Fashion Daydreams and Amy from Wolf Whistle having the most fun ever! Amy had the most incredible candy floss hair which was very Topshop Unique SS11 (but better!).
Elisabeth from Thrills and Frills became quite attached to this soft toy in the shape of a deer!
Dress (Reko for Topshop) Cardi (River Island) Belt (Vintage) Tights (Primark) Shoes (Topshop)
Photos 2, 10, 13 and 14 by Sam Witney Photography
It was a really fun, girly event where I got to catch up with so many bloggers (too many to name but you know who you all are!) and we all said that it was a shame that the party had to end. Thanks to the team over at 1000 heads (especially Emma and Holly) for putting on a fantastic day!


It's all about the Sunnies...

26 June 2011

I have always loved Rayban Sunnies, particularly the original wayfarers. Yeah, I know that they are particularly popular, 'trendy' and insanely replicated on every street corner but it's a shape that I think suits almost everybody and pretty much timeless too.
Original Raybans.
They have always been a familiar brand as my dad has always owned the Rayban Aviators. Ever since I was young, I thought they looked like the coolest things ever and in the eyes of a child they made him seem even more of a Superdad! Especially after watching things like Top Gun.
Everyone has their own unique style that they go for, check out these lovely ladies in their choice of shades!
Fiona from Save Our Shoes
Kristabel from I Want You To Know
My sis, Hailey (sneak peek from a post coming soon!)
Mine and Hailey's Sunglasses
The wayfarer style is probably the most copied style ever with knock-offs found at every market, no matter where in the world you are. Hailey found a pair in Vietnam which are pretty much identical to the real thing. Speaking of Raybans, at a recent press event, Next were ever so kind to gift me these Clubmaster look-a-like sunglasses and silk scarf. I am totally in love with the floral print and it's retro vibes.
My My mum reckons they look like children's glasses but I guess she hasn't seen me wear the heart shaped ones from H&M recently! Between my sister and I, we own sooo many pairs of sunglasses, are you guys like us and have an ever growing collection?


A Yamamoto Treasure Hunt

21 June 2011

The Yohji Yamamoto exhibition at the V&A was fantastic. Somehow I got the idea that it was a going to be a large exhibition and was a little surprised when I found myself in a large rectangular room, where I could clearly see the exit as soon as I entered. However, I have to say it was a great exhibition and it was quite refreshing to take my little sister along for the ride. While I'm not at all an expert when it comes to fashion, I am at least very aware of it and I suppose, sort of immersed in it everyday when it comes to blogging. So it was interesting to see/hear my little sister's reactions to the designs. I suppose, I can compare it to Art exhibitions. Knowing the history behind something gives it more depth/understanding yes, but sometimes it's nice to forget all the finer details and just concentrate on what is presented physically in front of you.
Yohji Yamamoto exhibition
While photography wasn't allowed in the actual exhibition, there were further exhibits which were scattered around the museum where photography was allowed. So my sister and I took on the challenge of the Yamamoto treasure hunt (the best kind of all!) and as a result we explored many parts of the museum I had never ventured to before which took longer than anticipated! The 'Satellite' exhibits were all specific to the locations in the museum and were placed 'in conversation' to the surroundings.

It seemed fitting that our first find was trio of menswear in his signature shade, black. Of course being Yamamoto, things are never quite as simple as they seem with intricate details including lace, embroidery and quilting.
Quitled details: Yohji 3
Black suit jacket with back made from late. White Shirt and black trousers and a black suit with white embroidery. SS09
Quitled details: Yohji 2
Next, we found ourselves in the Paintings gallery. Usually I avoid these rooms because while I can appreciate them, they're just not my cup of tea. The stunning draping of this dress really caught my eye which not only is a homage to Pina Bausch but also to the feminine form.
Paintings Gallery: Yohji Sleeveless dressLong off-white sleeveless dress
Paintings gallery: Yohji detail
Long off-white sleeveless dress in homage to German choreographer, Pina Bausch. SS92
There is something that I've noticed about galleries that hold particularly old works of art. I noticed it at my universities' art gallery and in the tapestry rooms at the V&A. It's that vague biscuity smell. I conclude it must be something to do with the humidity levels. Anyway I digress, we discovered these coats which like the tapestries surrounding them, looked extremely heavy. Of course, playing with interesting materials has always been what Yamamoto is known for.
Tapestry Gallery: Long red coats
Tapestry gallery: Long coats
Long red coat with netting. Long black gathered dress with front pockets and black mesh top. AW95-96
At the British Gallery landing we found ourselves confronted with the stark black and white palette of Yamamoto, found in these suits, blouses and skirts all of which play with androgyny and gender stereotypes.
White shirts and dark suits: Yohji 2British Gallery Landing: Yohji Installation 2
Selection of black jackets, white shirts, black pleated skirts.
Pleated skirt
The details and sheer amount of pleating were just stunning to see up close. I adore the sculptural quality of the mushroom pleating seen below which features in some of my favourite dresses by Yamamoto.

Speaking of sculptural pieces, the dresses below are created from white felt take on a sculptural form. The felt itself gives a determined shape to the dress but because the material does not cling to the body, it means that the wearer is not 'constricted' by the garment. Here, Yamamoto plays with the idea of the space between the garment and the person wearing it. Definitely really interesting and placed in a stunning location in the museum.
Norfolk Music rooms: White dresses
long white dress detail
Long white dress with open back and black skirt and a white dress with a high collar. AW96-97
In the final gallery, we found a more light hearted approach with prints and words featured in some of the garments, reflecting the humour in his menswear collections. Yamamoto's key ideas behind his designs is for durability over time and naturally he finds inspiration in military, utility wear and strong fabric finishes.
purple screen printed shirt
Purple screen printed shirt and blue denim with white painted stripe. SS02
anime print knitwear
While most fashion exhibitions do invite you to look closely at the intricacies, both the exhibition and satellite displays at the V&A was particularly open with no barriers holding you back. Unfortunately this resulted in my sister itching to touch all the displays but the Art Historian in me held her back! (the very thought makes me squirm). I was allowed to inspect everything up close, noting the way the fabrics have been manipulated. It's probably no surprise that Yamamoto prides himself in the fabric of his garments. In fact, this is one of my favourite quotes by Yamamoto which of course I must share. Hope you guys are as inspired as I am!

"I know. It's just fabric. But it speaks to us like a world. If it were a desert and you are a traveller, you would talk about it's wind, it's stars, it's sun. You probably will"


How much is that teacup in the window?

17 June 2011

I took my youngest sister to London for the day recently. It begin with a stop at the Japan Centre where we devoured our sushi happily. For less than £10 and two free green teas it's not too shabby at all really!
We then went on to the V&A where unfortunately, the fashion exhibition space was closed until 2012. This was a shame as Becky really wanted to check out the historic dresses. However, we checked out the Yohji exhibition (more on this in the next post!) and wandered around the vast museum.
v&a cast works
v&a outfit
Cardi (Oasis) T-shirt (Zara) Skirt (Topshop) Bag and Belt (c/o Next) Shoes (Converse)
At first, I noted this beautiful costume for it's pretty colours but upon reading about the garment, there is definitely more than meets the eye. Lee Chung-hie is a fiber artist who uses an ancient Korean patchworking technique called chogakpo to create complex geometric designs. Here she has applied them to a traditional Korean trouser and jacket garment.
Lee Chung-hie
Traditional Korean trousers and jacket by Lee Chung-hie.
We soon found ourselves on the top floor of the V&A (where I had never ventured before) where we were met with shelves upon shelves of ornaments and ceramics. ceramics
It was a bit scary to be honest, especially given the gaudy collections of ceramics like the ones below. I thought it was funny how it reminded Becky of the Department of Mysteries in the Harry Potter series. It really did!
However the exception was that there are a whole lot of tea cups that I want to call my own.
Speaking of tea, it was inevitable that we eventually we stopped for tea and cake in the beautiful Edwardian tea rooms.
edwardian tea rooms v&a
We also stopped by Topshop where I checked out the secret store while it was there. It was a cute little space but the prices were CRAZY! Some pieces were extremely limited edition which meant that a netty top was priced at £350, so for me, it just felt like a continuation of being at the V&A. Lots of pretty clothes that I can never ever own! Even more so when I spotted some of their nail polishes with a few plastic gems stuck on and were sold for 2x more than their original price. Yup...I'm off to raid my craft box and prettify my nail polishes and save that extra fiver!


ViVi: June 2011

12 June 2011

I always have my latest issue of ViVi lying around my bedroom floor for weeks on end where I randomly flick through them for a bit of inspiration. When I can't get family members to bring over cheaper copies from HK, it turns into an expensive habit but I kind of treat them as Look Books. For this reason, I am always behind with scanning the magazine in because it takes me ages to get through it, despite not being able to read the hiragana/katakana. So finally, here are my picks of my favourite pages from the June issue!
VIVI JUNE 2011-1
VIVI JUNE 2011-6
VIVI JUNE 2011-5
VIVI JUNE 2011-7
VIVI JUNE 2011-9
VIVI JUNE 2011-8
VIVI JUNE 2011-11
See my Flickr for other pages I liked but didn't quite make the cut.

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