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Flirt with the modern Talaria

4 Jul

My obsession for shoes with wings does not stop. Ever since my fondness towards Melissa + Vivienne Westwood’s Anglomania collection, I’ve been actively looking for a pair in faux marble rosa or preta (though I was told by leen that it looked a bit ‘la la’ :/) This platform shoe had its debut at Westwood’s Spring 2010 Red Label Collection in London. It’s not a new product so most of the places are out and some online stores offer stock request but only available in August >.<

Rosa

Preta

Dourada

Rosa Pink

Model wearing faux-marble rosa

(L-R) Faux marble preta and white

Hermes/Mercury, god of messenger with his winged sandals

The shoe looks like a funkier version of a Talaria, the winged sandals that was worn by Hermes or Mercury, god of messenger.

Matt Bernson has a Talaria as well and it’s design closely replicates the traditional Talaria.











Matt Bernson gold Talaria

Now, what about a sporty looking Talaria?

Introducing…

ADIDAS ORIGINALS x JEREMY SCOTT LEATHER WINGS 2.0

JS 2.0 collection line (with matching jacket)

Adidas x JS leather wings 2.0

This is from the Fall/Winter 2010 line and will be launched in August (time to save some $$)

Jeremy Scott has a fascination with putting wings in his collection. He did it in Fall/Winter 2009, the difference was that the wings are removable metallic leather flaps.

Some of his past works…

From his 2006 autumn-winter collection

2008 Adidas collaboration

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Flirt with mid-season sale at Gorker Gallery

4 Jul

A Sunday well spent: mid-season sale at Gorker Gallery wtih items from Limedrop, Lenko, Trimapee, Who Am Eye and Thomas Finch. Brands that I won’t be able to afford/not worth buying at a full price 😀

The 3-day bender sale was held at a small space in a quiet alley, just off Smith Street.

I managed to grab some good buys: 1 Limedrop top, 2 Trimapee Leggings, 1 Thomas Finch t-shirt and 1 bag from Limedrop.

My buys from Gorker Gallery

T-shirt by Thomas Finch

Hotel Chelsea... so cheeky

Limedrop foil-ish bag, as sling/backpack

Limedrop open-sides top/dress

side view, open slits

Trimapee black and white leggings

Trimapee white leggings








































Kinda obvious what’s my favourite clothing colour scheme


Flirt with teach yourself Japanese

4 Jul

Cute hiragana chart

Because I’m just so awesome! Here are the links to download the files.

Teach yourself Japanese: pdf and audio included

teach_yourself_japanese pdf

https://download.yousendit.com/YWhPNU1GaTFCSWRFQlE9PQ (audio disc1 – 7 days only)

https://download.yousendit.com/YWhQNnFBUzhJMHV4dnc9PQ (audio disc2 – 7 days only)

Flirt with Slow and Steady Wins the Race

4 Jul

“Why do you need a photo of me? Why can’t you take a photo of the shirt?”SSWTR designer

The designer decided to stay anonymous as she wants the works to be the focal point. But with my Google-Fu skills, I managed to dig up the brilliance behind SSWTR : MARY PING

I came upon this brand a couple years ago because I was looking for a certain pair of shades… I’m still contemplating wether to get it or not, its USD100/pair… I love it, but would it look funny?

SSWTR No.16 Sunglasses Collection (notice that some are foldable, great for us girls with small bags >.<)

The core concept of this brand is an experimental study of fashion basics which look into the depths of everything and spiked them with humour.

The SSWTR installation held at saatchi & saatchi during new york fashion week

Mary Ping is an American designer based in New York with her works featured in films and exhibitions.

I enjoy navigating SSWTR’s website. Kinda reminds me of my mockup for Anrealage. We must be using the same Javascript plugin 😀

My mockup website design for Anrealage

Flirt with the Hipster Fashion Cycle

4 Jul

I think we can all relate to that.

Chart from Flavorwire

Flirt with a Good Cobbler

4 Jul

Finding someone who offers fantastic service is a true blessing from heaven..especially when it involves one of my favourite things.. SHOES!

Not really a big fan of reviews (especially since I’m an SEO myself, I know a thing or two about reviews..heh), but I did checked out Vogue Forum to look at some recommendations on cobblers.

REKARIS SHOES & REPAIRS










I didn’t even know some of the services that they offered actually exist like new heels fashioned, colouring of shoes and handbags for weddings and special occasions.

Embroidered Boots made in Turkey. Got it from Soho, NY

After 2 years, I finally brought my embroidered boots that got stuck at the zipper to get it fixed.

(Left) without the flap, (Right) with the flap

The cobbler told me that the trick was to cut the extra leather flap inside and that’s the common cause for stucked zippers. The flap’s purpose is to act as a wind breaker but I think we can all agree that it’s unlikely to have a profound effect for shoes.

Great service and great people with high spirits. You can see they are enthusiastic about their works.I am so gonna bring all my shoes there to get them fixed and cared.

Oh, did I also mentioned that I got the boot fixed F.O.C :p


Flirt with The Unfortunate Drop of an iPhone

4 Jul

This is what happens when your iPhone went flying out from your pocket while running in between train platforms during a morning rush hour

at least it's still working

Now I really want that iPhone 4!

Flirt with Tim Burton Exhibition

4 Jul

Tim Burton? Who’s that?

Is he a writer?

What’s a Tim Burton Exhibition? Is he gonna give a talk or something?

But when I mentioned the stuff that he did…

Oh I know Edward Scissorhands…or Nightmare before Xmas.. how about Batman?…Sleepy Hollow… emm maybe Mars Attack.. hmm not into old movies? Ok how about Planet of the Apes.. Big Fish..er..Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… like songs? how about Sweeney Todd… or maybe..just maybe even.. ALICE IN THE WONDERLAND?

This is Tim Burton

and this is what happened after years and years of making such awesomely insane works

What makes me love his films even more is that the regular team that he worked with are those that I admired, enjoyed watching and… have the hots for *sigh

Tim Burton with Danny Elfman during their younger days. Elfman is one of my most favourite filmscorer.. (actually stole some of his ideas for my FS project hehe)

Perfect Match. Helena Bonham Carter usually plays interestingly weird characters.

TIm Burton and his MAN, Johnny Depp

On 22 November 2009, MoMA gave Tim Burton a blockbuster retrospective of his 700+ objects and artworks. Ranging from childhood to matured works and those that did not make it to the silver screen, it was an exhibition not only meant for Tim Burton fans but to anyone else who wants to be inspired.

Entrance to Tim Burton's world - Please adjust your eyes before entering

Entrance at MoMA, slightly different with ACMI

Stereotypical 50's suburb

Tim Burton was born in a suburban area, Burbank in California. In his exhibition, it was stated that Edward Scissorhands was a reflection of himself, being slightly out of place at where he was growing up. I love how it portrays society’s ‘disability’ to accept unfamiliarity and stamped out anyone that does not conform to the norm as ‘social rejects.’

Tim Burton's signature drawing style of Edward Scissorhands

The first item shown in the exhibition was Edward Scissorhands very detailed suit. I remember its 3 belts across its body and mis-matched shoes, with one side having a higher length boot.

 

Edward Scissorhands' shears

The many faces of Vincent Price

By looking at his artworks, you can see that Tim Burton was heavily influenced by Dr. Seuss, Japanese cult films, and Vincent Price’s works (the father of horrors who acted as The Inventor in the movie aka Scissorhands’ father).

Vincent Price was also part of Tim Burton’s first stop motion movie, ‘Vincent’. Vincent was produced in 1982, after Tim Burton decided to call it quits at Walt Disney as he got bored of being a conceptual artist and his works not being accepted.

Vincent Malloy is seven years old He’s always polite and does what he’s told For a boy his age, he’s considerate and nice But he wants to be just like Vincent Price

The main character in the 6 minutes movie was a boy called Vincent Malloy who thinks he is Vincent Price. The voice over was done by Vincent Price himself.

The more popular stop motion film that he made was A Nightmare Before Christmas. Great characters and songs, composed and sang by Danny Elfman himself as Jack Skellington. News has it that Tim Burton will make another stop motion film  for Addams Family using the traditional method in A Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride..maybe even black and white (yay!)

Me (Left) and Huinini's (Right) attempt on Jack Skellington. Notice Huinini's Santa Claus and 'red-pepper looking' pumpkin

Our artworks on the wall

Jack Skellington's original faces

Storyboard for Hansel and Gretel

Besides the mainstream stuff, the exhibition showed a lot of ‘never been seen’ films and art works. The one film that caught my attention was Tim Burton’s Hansel and Gretel, particularly because it is one of those stories that intrigued me since childhood. I revisited the Grimm’s Brothers Hansel and Gretel last year, and realized it’s actually very dark for a fairy tale… come to think about it, most fairy tales themes are dark and violent. Tim Burton’s obsession with Japanese culture can be seen from his version of Hansel and Gretel: American speaking Japanese cast, weird lookin’ Japanese toys, similar style and colour schemes with Godzilla.

Tim Burton’s works can also be viewed in his website, using Stainboy as the navigator.

Viewing the public gallery on Timburton.com

Stainboy is a character from The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, an illustrated book of poems. Tim Burton made 6 Stainboy episodes meant for online viewing (how very generous of him)

List of episodes:

  1. The Girl Who Stares”
  2. “The Toxic Boy”
  3. “The Bowling Ball”
  4. “The Robot Boy”
  5. “The Match Girl”
  6. “Stainboy’s Day Off

(L-R) The boy with nails in his eyes, Oysterboy, Voodoo Girl

Inspired by the book, four sets of Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys were produced such as The Boy with Nails in his EyesVoodoo GirlToxic BoyRobot Boy and others.

My favourite poem is “Robot Boy”: Mr. Smith was mad at Mrs Smith as she had gave birth to a robot son because of her sexual relationship with a blender.

“He never forgave her unholy alliance: a sexual encounter with a kitchen appliance.”

Robot Boy at the exhibition

When me and Huinini first saw Robot Boy at the exhibition, its head was closed and we weren’t sure where was he from. After staring at it for a minute, we decided to move on with our viewing. Somehow I caught a glimpse of its head opening slowly and I was too ‘shock’ to speak and kept trying to get Huinini to turn around and see that. Just when she was about to turn, the head SLAM SHUT!! causing Huinini to jump.. hehehe… There were a couple of funny ‘Huinini incidents’. She tried to touch a carousel figurine and was stopped just few millimetres from it (oh so close…), and glow in the dark patches on her face when we entered the UV Light Room (it was from her UV protection sunscreen), and her failed attempt to use her phone snap a picture of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in the Wonderland in the most stealth-like way possible (her flash and the ‘after snapping picture’ tone totally gave it away).

Never shoot a constipated poodle

The number series that didn't get published

Tim Burton's Balloon Boy

The Art of Tim Burton

With fold out pages

Tim Burton's letter to Johnny Depp on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

There is an interactive version of the exhibition on MoMA’s website.

All these weird, horrible images.. I think are crucial to childhood – Tim Burton