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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

 

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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 Imogene Barron

23 Jun

I wish I have her job: Imogene Barron. She’s a fashion director for Yen and Dazed&Confused magainzes. Plus stylist for Lee, MTV…fashion director in Fashion Week for Gorman and Jessie Hill.. ahhhhhhh…

Was looking through her portfolio and I end up making a replica of the Lee’s Spring/Summer 2008 Campaign. I’m selling the dress that I’m wearing in my online store. It’s brand new and I’m getting rid of it coz I’ve got a similar one (it was one of those impulsive buys >.<)

Minimalistic and quirky..

For 'Supernova' Yen No. 34 Magazine

'No safety helmut' tribute to Helmut Newton for Oyster Magazine

'Tiah in Adidas' love want #2 (Imogene makes pregnant lady looks hawttt)

Jessie Hill Spring/Summer 09 Lookbook (want that...cape-thingy!)

Flirt with Accessoire de Mode

20 Jun

Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti open toe ankle boots

Sunglasses: Chloe black trim sunglasses

Bracelet: Tom Binns for Disney Couture – Alice themed multi chain bracelet

Ring: Aurelie Bidermann Gold Plated and Patina gold ring

Bag: Villador Large bow shoulder bag

Perfume: Chloe eau de parfum

The illustration is inspired by Freja Beha’s look by Patrick Dermarchelier for ‘Urban Renewal’ in Vogue UK. Love her edgy looks. She’s probably the only runway model out there that’s got 16 tattoos on her body.

For Interview mag 'Tough Ballerina' with photographer Craig McDean. Wearing Alexander Wang, Roberto Cavalli and Ann Demeulemeester.

Flirt with Set the style

17 Jun

I’ve submitted this mix and match for Luisa Via Roma’s set the style. Every week the set with the most votes on most liked win a small gift. So hopefully this is good enough >.<. I love everything that’s on there. Paycheck day is still so far away.. *sigh*

Clockwise L-R

  • Alexander Wang Freja Laced Zip Boots – aud 889
  • Fendi Goldmine and calfskin bracelet – aud 189
  • 3.1 Philip Lim Silk Chiffon Top – aud 514
  • Lanvin Medium Happy Shoulder Bag – aud 1346
  • Givenchy Nappa Leather Open Toe Boots – aud1159
  • Lanvin Charm necklace – aud 1262
  • Lanvin Quilted Metallic Amalia Top Handle – aud 1411
  • John Rocha Panelled Silk Georgette and Wool Top – aud 712

Illustration by: pixiebel

Photo taken from: Somewhere

Flirt with Sex and the City II

14 Jun

Because I couldn’t find a runway picture of the grey and blue lady dragon shoes, I’ve decided to put ME! Glad I picked this colour coz it’s so easy to match, tho I stil have my eyes on the peach and black heart pair >.<.

Jacket: Topshop, Top: Staple, Belt: Kate Sylvester, Skirt: Karen Millen, Shoes: Viv Westwood, Acc: Alannah Hill

These shoes are amazingly soft but its height got me tired around the knees. It’s one of those pairs where I’ll need the full green man when crossing the road.

The difference between a Chinese and  Japanese restaurant is that the Japs do take their holidays seriously. Both of our usual Jap places, Shoya and Kenzan, weren’t open because of the Queen E’s birthday so we decided to settle for an alfresco lunch at Ca De Vin.

Crab cakes with citrus salad and aioli

Salt and pepper calamari

Rainbow Trout with wintered vegies

Vintage lookin' Schweppes Lemonade

After a rather slow and ‘oily’ lunch (everythin’ seems to be soaked with oil), we girls took the scenic route passing by Miu Miu, Chloe, Marc Jacobs.. to catch our prolonged movie date!! SEX AND THE CITY 2.

The highlight of this movie is FASHION and Patricia Field never failed to impress me with her work in SATC. I usually dig Carrie’s style but this time around I’m fascinated with all the character’s styles.

The rather quirky Patricia Field

Thought the dark queen lace headpiece that Carrie wore was kinda random but I LOVE IT…and it can be made to order for $400!! There are also other outfits, not the same but similar ones from the movie, available in the Patricia Field online store. All illustrations are done by Aaron Potts. He creates greeting cards with world of high fashion runways and exclusive design ateliers..very chic!


Worn by Carrie

Worn by Samantha

Worn by Charlotte

Angel dress

Witty and Sassy, here are some of the quotes from the movie

Miranda: “You brought a dog to a wedding?”
Samantha: “Well it’s a gay wedding, what’s one more little b*tch?”

Samantha [on the phone with Smith]: “Honey, I have to go I am pulling up my panties to get to a lunch date”

Charlotte: “So your going to the premiere with Smith as friends?”
Samantha: “Yes, but I may throw him a f*ck if I like the movie.”

Samantha: Lawrence of my Labia”

Carrie: “You have to take the tradition, and decorate it your way”

Opening

Checkin' out the Jewel Suite

This is what you wear to a market

I love Carrie's dress and turban

Enjoyin' champagnes at the desert

Hard-ass Samantha in her younger days

Take a peek into Carrie’s closet

Carrie's closet

Flirt with Vivienne Westwood Grey Lady Dragon Heart Slingback

13 Jun

If someone asked ‘Is brushing your teeth the first thing you do in the morning?’, I would have to shamefully say No. I can’t help it but pressing Command + T (for all you Mac users, you’ll know what I’m talking about) three times is the first thing I do just right after I get my ass outta bed. Facebook, Twitter and Gmail are enough to distract me from the importance of dealing with daily hygiene first and even bladder relieved. Being a sucker for shoes, I’ve decided to splurge my first Aussie paycheck on what else.. SHOES! It was that thought that somehow trigger Facebook into showing me the Christian Louboutin Sales!

Christian Louboutin Satin Anemone

I’m pretty sure they aren’t knockoffs, probably old stock coz I remember seeing the SATIN ANEMONE PUMPS like 2-3 years ago? Would so get that pair if it wasn’t freaking 5 inches! The other pair that I oogle’d over was

Christian Louboutin Leopard Bootie

the Leopard Bootie. I like how it has the fold over cuff with the side way cut and that signature tease of red at the soles. It was selling for $ 985.00 $ 188.90 (81%off) !!! and just the other day I paid $110 for a Nine West! It’s only worth it to buy Nine West in Australia if you’re their staff.. right Eileen? Though its hot and so god damn cheap for a pair of Louboutin, I still have a doubtful feeling. I felt a strong calling from somewhere at the other end of the city.. a pair out there that’s waiting for my feet to fill in.

And there…right at 314 Little Collins St…Royal Arcade…. 2nd Floor…..at a shop called ‘SOMEWHERE‘  (see.. I was right about that calling from ‘somewhere’ :p)   It wasn’t new to my eyes, in fact the first time I laid my eyes on it, I thought it was pretty fugly. The longer I looked at it, I began to fantasize myself wearing it with all the clothes that I could pair with. And that’s when I decided to ask for a size 6…. in grey. Say hello to my Vivienne Westwood Grey Lady Dragon Heart Slingback..oh my love…

Lady Dragon Grey

Lady Dragon heart collection

When I opened the box, it has a familiar smell to it. It reminds me of Barbie, that rubbery plastic-y smell. Thought it’s a lil’ high for me, the material is so soft and comfy. Can’t wait to flaunt it to the girls tomorrow during our Sex and the City 2 session!!