Friday, February 25, 2011

    Sister and Brother websites and other amusing findings

    Hello! Another random post by Delilah before I start noting down my favorites from the current F/W 2011 Fashion Week. I've been online quite frequently these days since there's no school next week (thus, no assignments due and time to slack off...not exactly what I should be doing) and I noticed how quite a few new websites have started up: some are sister or brother sites of its well-known counterparts and others completely started from scratch. Let me take you on a brief guide to the new fashion-related sites out there.

    Type 1: Retail Therapy

    Brother site of Net-a-porter
    Fashion Focus: Designer fashion for men (obviously!)

    Sister site of Anthropologie, thus also a part of the Urban Outfitters Group
    Fashion Focus: Bridal
    Sooo pretty! Very non-traditional, yet remains really graceful.

    Type 2: For the Curious Fashionable Soul

    Seems to me, it's brand new. No affiliations.
    Fashion Focus: Getting the online fashion community to hunt down what you want and where you can get it

    Type 3: Street Fashion with a Brand
    Need I say more? Basically, it's a NewLook/Chicotopia/Weardrobe type of website where people can post up pictures of their outfits, except this time, since the websites are started by various brands (such as Zara and Uniqlo) the people are wearing pieces from the brand. 

    Zara tries to attract fashion lovers by awarding those with selected outfits, after rounds of selection, with a monetary prize. The perks of it are that you must have at least two Zara items in your outfit and I'm not certain if this offer extends outside of Europe.

    Uniqlo basically has a Where to Get It? vibe going on. You get to see people from all over the world show off their outfits and UNIQLOOKS will let you know if that particular piece is available in stores near you.

    Hope you have a great weekend web-surfing :)

    Baby Steps to Becoming a Fashionista

    As random as it is, I'll dedicate this post to my baby cousin, S, who learned how to use her first Gmail account this Monday. She's eight years old and she's tiny! I don't think she's more than130cm tall and she'll be a budding fashionista one day, I'm sure of it. Last summer at the Zara sale, she immediately grabbed a grey silk kiddie romper and said "I WANT THIS!" Haha, that was the moment when I realized "this kid might have potential!" Note: Zara kids is absolutely adorable but a wee-bit pricey. That romper was on sale for 200HKD and that's the equivalent of an item from TRL.

    Anyways, this is to the baby fashionistas out there: YOU'RE SO CUTE!

    Delilah's Baby Cousin, S
    Photo by me :)

    Alexander Wang's Niece
    Cuteness! I wanna hug you so badly!

    Sisters in Marc by Marc Jacobs on the Streets of Paris
    I told my friends that I'd buy these dresses for whichever person that has a baby girl first. I got a list of requests on Facebook the next morning. Haha. Let's they don't remember that.

    Photo Source: Alexander Wang's NieceMarc by Marc Jacobs Sisters on the Streets of Paris

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    descendant of de la Renta

    Hey! Jeisa's back with an incredibly belated post

    I am positively appalled at how long its been since I've last written an entry so I'd definitely like to apologize and thank Delilah at the same time for keeping the fort up.

    Ok. Oscar de la Renta. Everybody should know him, right?

    Well, enter...

    Moises de la Renta.
    I'm pretty sure his last name rings a bell, doesn't it? Yes, he's the son of the legendary Oscar de la Renta. I've always been a huge fan of Oscar de la Renta ever since I can remember. Watching all those celebrities stroll down the red-carpet in his completely stunning designs, I could have fainted. His name is and will always be synonymous with femininity and classic chic.

    Now his son, Moises de la Renta, a budding designer has also begun to leave his mark in the fashion industry. In early 2009, he had announced that he was launching his own fashion line appropriately named MDLR. Last year, he coupled up with Mango to produce MDLR for Mango, where he created a line of limited edition t-shirts exclusively for the Spanish brand.

    Moises de la Renta & models (MDLR for Mango)

    I was lucky enough to snag a MDLR for Mango t-shirt whilst shopping last year (this just shows how belated this post is). I have to say, I absolutely adore it. It's whimsical and romantic without being 'too much'.

    I have to say, I'm incredibly pleased with what he's come up with. Talking about t-shirts alone, I've never actually found a designer t-shirt that I've liked. They've always been too eccentric and too 'out-there' for me. So, needless to say, I can't wait to see what he comes up with.

    MDLR for Mango -- limited edition t-shirts
    The above three are my favourite amongst the entire collection; yes, I like them even better than the one I bought but alas, I didn't see these in stock. Very depressing, I know.

    He recently also dressed Michelle Obama, seen here in this simple red sheath:

    MDLR for Mango has shown me a small peek at what Moises de la Renta is capable of and I have to say, I'm truly excited to see what he will produce for MDLR. It seems that de la Renta's fashion legacy will definitely live on for a long long time.

    Until next time...

    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    Culture Chanel at the Shanghai MoCa

    Before I headed to Shanghai to spend Chinese New Year, I was ecstatic over the Culture Chanel exhibit at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCa). I made my visit on February 7th, after a long visit at the newly-opened Gap on Nanjing Road. The MoCa is one my favorite places in Shanghai. Located smack in the middle of Shanghai's People's Park, I make a visit to the MoCa almost every time I'm in Shanghai. In the past, I've also been to a Salvatore Ferragamo exhibit and various other exhibits held there.

    All pictures taken by me with my handy Canon IXUS 85IS(the guard there said I couldn't take pictures, but I saw someone using her iPhone to take pictures of everything, so I gave myself permission), so the photo quality might not be too good. Remember to give me credit if you decide to borrow them :)

    The moment you're waiting for...Culture Chanel.

    By Day and By Night
    Outside the MoCa (left) and Inside the Park (right)

    The Origin
    Inspiration from Gabrielle Chanel's time in an orphanage in Aubazine and religious dress.
    Sculpture from the 15th/16th Century, Collection Musee Labenche d'art et d'histoire, Brive-la-Gaillarde (France)

    White collared and cuffs on black dresses from Chanel collections of 1965-1980, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel collections of1989, 2005

    Chanel No 5
    Perfume Bottle (left, 1921) and Fine Jewelry (right, worn by Nicole Kidman in the No 5 advertising film directed by Baz Luhrmann in 2004)

    Harper's Bazaar US: Chanel photographed by Francois Kollar for Chanel No 5's advertising campaign for the November 1937 edition of the magazine
    "Madame Gabrielle Chanel is above all an artist in living. Her dresses, her perfumes, and created with a faultless instinct for drama. Her Perfume No. 5 is like the soft music that underlies the playing of a love scene. It kindles the imaginary, indelibly fixes the scene in memories of the players."

    Chanel Essentials
    Ivory Tweed Jackets (left, Gabrielle Chanel 1963 Haute Couture collection and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel collections of 1986, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2009) and Chanel Camellias (right)

    Give Me Liberty
     Coats and Trousers by Gabrielle Chanel 
    (left, from the Haute Couture Collections of 1930s and 1960) and by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel (right, Haute Couture, Ready-to-wear, and Cruise collections of 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1003, 2004, and 2009)

    Long Live the Queen

    Chanel White Collars 
    (first picture below: left to right, Daphne Guinness in Chanel 2009 F/W Ready-to-wear collection for Vogue Italy October 2009, 'Reinas de la France' by Jean Cocteau and Christian Berard, Gabrielle Chanel photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene in 1939, second picture below: Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel F/W 1996 Haute Couture collection)

    Imaginary encounters with Catherine de'Medici 
    (first picture below: Chanel 1971 F/W Haute Couture collection, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Haute Couture collections of 1983, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1996, 1998, and 2009, second picture below: Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel 1990 F/W Haute Couture collection)

    For more information, either grab the February edition of Vogue China's supplement on Culture Chanel or check out the Website. Remember to stop by before March 14, you've still got a month!

    Update: I forgot to add pictures of the spread in the supplement to Vogue China February 2011 dedicated to the Culture Chanel exhibition in Shanghai. Liu Wen in Chanel photographed by Victor Demarchelier for Vogue China February 2011 is absolutely stunning. Source: FashionGoneRogue

    The Origin



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