February 2012

— February 29, 2012 —

f/w '12 trendspotting: monochrome prints

It's never too early to start predicting trends for the next season and, well, this one's really more of a carry over trend from the Spring to Fall 2012 runways. We saw a lot of monochrome prints for the coming summer, and it seems like this is a trend that's going to carry on through the year. New York Fashion Week turned out a whole army of monochrome printed models. Yes, it's a tricky trend to pull off, but it you get it right you'll look oh-so chic. A definite eye-catcher! Who do we think did it best? Why, Peter Som, of course! We love the unexpectedness of the sleeveless printed shirt with a Mandarin collar. Print perfection!

Source: Fashionista

— February 28, 2012 —

chalayan goes ga ga

Lady Ga Ga is coming to Hong Kong and the streets have been abuzz with anticipation. The pop superstar defied her childhood upbringing where she was bullied as an outcast to become the world's biggest selling musical artist of our generation. Her Born This Way tour has been described not just as a music concert, but as an inspirational theatrical performance, complete with mind-blowing costumes, props and sets. So, naturally, when Ga Ga was putting together a team with which to collaborate on this project, she chose the best in the business. One of those people was Hussein Chalayan. Famous in his own world of design for creating clothes that are, literally, transformative (think skirts that turn into tables, dresses made from light bulbs), Chalayan also designed the "vessel" from which Ga Ga becomes "reborn" in order to perform her hit single, Born This Way. Aside from his namesake main collection where Chalayan has the freedom to explore the very form and function of his clothes, he also produces two much more accessible lines, Chalayan Grey and Chalayan Black, which explore similar themes to his main line, but in a much more wearable way.

— February 27, 2012 —

no. 21: f/w '12

Milan's runways this year have largely been influenced by a certain dark romanticism. The mood and colour palette at No. 21 was no different. Alessandro Dell'Acqua created his signature pieces in moodier fabrics and hues; opting for heavy wools, thick lace, satin and lots of dark embellishment instead of his usual lighter silks and airy lace. Dell'Acqua's signature silhouette, however, remained constant: short hemlines paired with looser bomber jackets, to-die-for knits and perfect pants. The hair wastousledand the make-up bare, as if to suggest that this was your every day girl, doing every day things. These were the kinds of clothes that anyone can pull off and look absolutely stunning in. Alessandro also maintained a sort of "secret" unique quality about the pieces; adding embellishment where you might not normally see it, adding panels on structured dresses to give it a modern lift. We can't wait to wear everything.

No. 21 by Alessandro Dell'Acqua is currently available in Hong Kong at I.T and Harvey Nichols.

— February 23, 2012 —

bonsai it to me!

Takanori Aiba has been has been building bonsai tree houses for years; born in 1953 in Yokohama, Aiba has taken the traditional art of caring for bonsai trees into a whole new artistic medium, designing miniature buildings and structures around his bonsai. His designs are delightfully fantastical, yet remarkably realistic, as Aiba makes every effort to design his structures around the bonsai in a manner which would be akin to the scale of real-life. Aiba is a surrealist. He was trained in traditional Japanese textiles, is experienced in architecture and one of his greatest hobbies is maze illustration; these three elements combined give him a wonderfully wild imagination. His partner, Murakami, is a civil engineer and helps to bring Aiba's dreams to reality; he is a "realist sharing dreams with Aiba." If their bonsai work is anything to go by, then I think they've safely proven that dreams can, indeed, come true.

See more of Aiba's stunning work here.

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