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Flirt with Ice Cream Cone Heels

20 Aug

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One of the most anticipated collection from Melissa  x Karl Lagerfeld is now available in stores. I like the concept, combining Melissa’s classic Incense heel with an unexpected glittery cone at the back of the shoe.

If this was me few years ago, I would have been one of the first few to place a pre-order on these beauties but now that I’ve got my own shoe line, hmmm kinda overwhelmed with the amount of shoes I’ve got.

The dominatrix theme campaign for Melissa x Karl

The dominatrix theme campaign for Melissa x Karl

But hey.. Kaiser Karl ain’t the only one who came up with the kitschy ice cream cone heels.

Other designers like Steve Apeah,  made a pair of pumps with real ice cream cones. Synthetic resin was used to stiffened the heels, wonder if its strong enough to uphold the weight. This pair won him the Crazy Shoe Award 2011 in Vienna. Can’t seem to find any other works from him besides this.

Melting ice cream cone (photo from Virtual Shoe Museum)

Cute pumps (photo from Virtual Shoe Museum)

Another designer that had the same concept is Aycin Aydogan of Oyee Design Launched in 2010 and her signature is hand painted designs on leather. This is pretty wearable, I like the colour combination, gives the wonderpop feeling.

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From Irregular Choice. Not surprise that they did a version too, it’s so their style. This pair has a picnic feel to it, they have other versions that are pretty much in your face.  Even their website’s kinda trippy. So far, theirs is the only pair that has the ice cream cone heel in 3d!

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If I’ve to pick, I’ll still go for Karl’s version. I love the glittery part and plus, it’s Melissa – the signature bubblegum scent. My fav pick is the White Lime Gloss pair, I like how the colours are soft and subtle. Just hoping someone out there will get me a pair *dumdeedumdeedum* , not that I need another PAIR of shoes. It would be a nice addition to my shoe rack 🙂

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At the mean time..

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Melbourne Cup Spring Racing #2

10 Oct
Melbourne Cup Spring Racing #2

I, me, my Dress and Bi-Raider Wedge Brown from CHIYO

Power of Balance Bracelet from ELKE KRAMER

Black and Gold Velvette Chain Necklace from YSL

Boston Tote Bag from CELINE

Flirt with eyegasm at the LMFF L’Oreal Fashion Festival 2011

19 Mar

There are many things that I’m passionate about but the one that tops my list will always be

I’ve been to  a couple of fashion shows in Melbourne but this is my first time attending show organized by L’oreal and its absolutely fabulous.

 

As you can see, this year’s look is return to Glamour – back to the 1950s chic look where women have poise and style. Often wears a look that will leave an impression  (the infamous bold and satiny red lips). It was the period where society has evolved, being more liberated and accepting towards females’ capabilities , hence the trend in menswear for females.

Here are some themes from the past years’ shows

I managed to catch  the L’oreal Paris Runway 2 presented by Vogue Australia featuring Arnsdorf, Bassike, Dress up, ELLERY, From Britten, Laurence Pasquier, Lui Hon and Song for the Mute (who received the LMFF Designer Award). I picked this show because of Lui Hon, from Project Runway Australia and him being a Malaysian too makes it a lot more interesting.

My favourites for the night were ELLERY for its simplicity but quirky and Lui Hon for its eccentricity and its play with the fabrics. Dress Up’s fabric colour match was quite interesting too.

ELLERY - one of my fav from the collection

DRESS UP - going for the vintage look

LUI HON

I did smack myself in the head for not bringing my camera and my iPhone is in a rather bad shape seeing that 3/4 of the screen is cracked. Didn’t get to take any good picture during the show and the one below obviously does not do any justice. Also, I’m pretty sure I saw a celebrity as there was this really gorgeous lady sitting right opposite me and Amanda – and we can’t keep our eyes off her. She looks so familiar and I told Amanda later that night that it could be Dannii Minogue. Not sure if she’s from Melbourne but she did mentioned LMFF briefly in one of her tweets.hmmm..

The perks about this event is the Powder Room (psst..I had to steal some pics from this missy). I’ts a lil room set up on the outside where people can have their hair, lips, nails or skin care done for FREE.. and get a snap shot after that.

I always thought short hair don’t really have much choice when it comes to hair styling but what the lady did was she took small chunks of my hair and pin them up.. 20 pins altogether. I might just try doing that myself one day.

Me and Amanda had our hair done just before the fashion show. She had the croissant bun style on her, very chic.

It looks pretty crazy with this angle

looks better from here 🙂

I’m not exactly a makeup person… I love make up but I’m just too lazy to do anything about it, and most of the time, I’m just not sure exactly what I’m suppose to do. Took me years to finally remember the order of application. I have to admit I am a late bloomer on beauty products, I only discover concealer at the age of 18 and didn’t know how to handle a eyelash curler until around 22 (a gay salesguy had to teach me how to use it and recommended Givenchy mascara saying that that’s the only mascara he will every use *blinks his eyes at me*)

When I saw the Marie Claire & Loreal paris Beauty workshop, I thought to myself, maybe I should check this one out , could learn some useful tips. The makeup guru for the workshop was the flamboyant Rae Morris, she is just amazingggggg!

Rae Morris : Makeup Guru

The looks that she has created were gorgeous and the most important bit, simple and easy to follow. She’s a great presenter and highly entertaining too. She is also the make up artist for the runway shows. For the workshop, she had prepared 3 looks and the top hit was the Statement Eyes Look!


Show off your statement eyes

The trick to do the statement eyes is DUCT TAPE and decided to give it a go. Hehe.. kinda works..

 

 

Here are some of Rae’s other works in editorial and advertising.

 

The next fashion event that I went to was the Fashion Industry Forum – E-tail Detail. I was hoping to get some great insights on e-commerce for fashion as I’ll be *crosses fingers* starting my own online boutique soon sometime in April/May if all goes well. The forum was alright, I guess it’ll be useful for those who do not have any advertising or marketing background. It just felt like I was in one of many advertising lectures.. talking about porters 5 forces *rolls eyes* And the girls from Asos weren’t exactly clear about their presentation. Nice presentation slides though.

E-tail at BMW Fed Square


So fashion show is DONE, makeup DONE, business DONE, there is only one thing left to do….

 

SHOPPING!!!

I tired my luck at the Fashion Weekend Designer Sale by Shop Til You Drop… and it just exactly what it says.. I shop till I drop and had to get a cab back coz I looked like a crazy shopaholic with 6 shopping bags. Let me present you my achievements:

My new 5 pairs of Melissa Shoes: Welcome to the family

Melissa Juggler Beige

Melissa Malika Blue

Melissa Liberty Gold

I know buying 5 pairs at a time is.. slightly more than usual BUT it’s dirt cheap. Damage: $340. Seriously, any Melissa Shoes fan should soooo check out this sale but its ending tomorow and you’ll need to get a $10 ticket to get in (it’s worth it). They have more designs, like the VW Wedge, Jean Paul Gaultier Stiletto, Ashanti,  VW Flip Flop, AH Troupe Gloss,  VW Lady Dragon Stamp, which I’m so SOO tempted to buy and it wasn’t really the money issue (since its so darn cheap), was more of the space issue. I’m running out of space trying to fit my 50 pairs of shoes in this tiny apartment.

A useful tip for those who have a pair of Melissa x Viv westwood shoes and has a problem with their studs often popping up when you walk (can be very annoying), you can bring your shoes to the Melissa Australia office and they’ll fix it for you. For those who can’t make it to the Fashion Weekend Sale, Melissa Australia is having their sale online from Monday onwards.

My Melissa Shoes Collection : Now my Lady Dragon is not so lonely anymore

Well of course shoes is just one part of the shopping…say hello to Maurice & Eve and House of Harlow

Maurice and Eve Sweater Dress (looks like a straitjacket :P)

What a steal!

Some House of Harlow treasure which were 50% off!

I go by the theory  “Work Hard Play Hard”..now that I’ve shop hard…

it’s time for me to work hard…….. T_T

My lil home office

 

Flirt with Nintendo Gameboy Nanoloop

27 Jul

12 years since I last touched a gameboy.. nostalgic feeling to the max. My definition of relax during my pre-teen years was listen to my walkman while playing my gameboy and a bottle of coke by my side. Ah what luxury!

My colleague friend, who’s a music synthesis junkie brought this to work to show me how cool a toy this is. Behold! the Nintendo Gameboy Nanoloop!

Nanoloop is a mobile music software that provides all functionality you need to create nice electronic music. With its clear, minimalistic interface it plays almost like a game while still allowing for complex musical structures as well as sheer noise. – Oliver Wittchow

I like one word from that sentence, minimalistic…

4x4 grid sequencer

It’s like the cartridge works as the sound library and the gameboy console is the midi controller. The developer has also created Nanoloop for iPhone. Still thinking if I should pay $2.99 for it…

Here’s some loops I messed around

Now I feel like searching for my old gameboys and have some old skool times…

Flirt with Scott Stephen

11 Jul

Scott Stephen

“I gather materials and push them beyond their conventional characteristics. I’m rarely happy with each component unless I’ve spent hours creating it.” – Scott Stephen

Oh how I love fancy headbands

Gloria Cube Headband by Scott Stephen


My first buy from Scanlan & Theodore and I’m pretty sure I’ll be paying more visits there now :p

Scott Stephen is a Scottish designer and did couture fabric for Gaultier and Dior. He has also collaborated with FrostFrench(fashion label by Sadie Frost, Jude Law’s ex wife), Swarowski and Collette Dinnigan (Australian fashion designer).

The Salesgirl from Scanlan and Theodore did mentioned that Scott Stephen is one of the top milliner/headwear designer in UK and made hats for Princess Diana and Elton John.

Close up of the embellishments -Cubes, Balls and Needles

Look how shimmy it is

What’s the damage?

Hehe.. I’m not that crazy.. lalalalala

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

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 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




Flirt with ghd IV styler and Phytostory

27 Jun

The secret to styling anime hair and keeping them up the whole time….Presenting

AND

Phytostory hair wax series

I’ve been using Phytostory’s Freeze pitch (for spiking hair) for awhile now and liked it better than Muk coz it’s easy to ‘dig out’. Muk is dryer, making it harder to dig it out and apply evenly on the hair

The ghd hot iron coz is actually so friggin’ expensive but I just can’t help it but fall into the temptation of getting hair products everytime I visit the saloon,  especially the ones that the hair stylist used on you and you’ll be like ‘WOW… I think I really need that!’ Plus, it must be good since hairstylist in Malaysia actually asked me about this ghd thing when I told them I’ll be going to Oz.

After looking at ghd’s website, only did I realized that I’ve seen their campaign before during SATC2 and I actually thought it was pretty gay -__-

Choose your destiny

Thought of heading to Latt for Yuko, but apparently she left last year 😦 (that’s one less favourite hairstylist I have now). So went to Sui for Kate instead, which was good coz she always knows what I want and I love her edgy style.

I found my new look from this magazine..

That’s when Kate took out the ghd iron and omg, the iron does make a difference. My hair can now fly up and last the entire day *woots*. So, no regrets in spending $299 for that……. for now.. :p