Monday, November 30, 2009
"If someone is going to pay a good 350 British pounds for a pair of Jimmy Choo, that very one would want this brand rare and not available to a vast public." A number of people chorussed this line as they made comments about Jimmy Choo in a forum specifically about Tamara Mellons announcement of the plan to launch more Jimmy Choo boutiques around the world.
We know that the original Jimmy Choo sticks to the idea of creating couture shoes while Tamarra Mellon and Sandra Choi [Jimmy Choo's niece by affinity] prefer more the idea of creating top end ready-to-wear line. Thereby started the clash. For details, read here and here.
I spent around three hours reading and learning more about the story behind the Jimmy Choo; the backgrounds, the well-publicized fairytale weddings and one that eventually ended up to separation, the feuds between Jimmy and the queen of the empire Tamarra, the split of business partners, and so much more. I was left feeling sad for the original shoe craftman Jimmy Choo who seemed to be downplayed. Can you imagine having your very name famous around the globe but not having a claim on it? Must it be because Tamarra has got the power, connection and money? I just wonder, why didn't she build up the line "Tamarra Mellons" instead of taking over the Jimmy Choo? But please, don't get me wrong, was just a thought. I know there are more than just starting from scratch, ouch.
On the other note, I must be one of those who would vote for the availability of more affortable ready-to-wear Jimmy Choo shoes. [You know, i just love shoes more than anything else].
Vote for your side: Should Jimmy Choo be available for the public in more affortable price? Or should Jimmy Choo protect its exclusivity by making it rare to the public?
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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AP PhotoI have been reading a lot of media attention and critiques about Michelle Obama's fashion. So much of opinion were said out there that processing them, as well as following what Michelle wears, made me conclude that she is, indeed, a glamourista. She knows what she likes. She knows how to dress up. She's stylish. She's not scared of experimenting with her outfits. She's tall. She does not care what people think. And the best that I like is that she is practical with her fashion.
I've read that she patronizes products that are less famous and that she wears the clothes of less popular designers such as Jason Wu [being her favorite]. Perhaps, this is to deviate the attention of the world's fashionistas from only the top big designers.
Very recently, Michelle once again stirred the buzz when she wore this very glamorous strapless dress by an Indian-American designer Naeem Khan for a state dinner to welcome Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Mrs. Gursharan Kaur to the White House. She looked very elegant in this dress with a classic floor-length cut in a subdued gold fabric paired with a light shawl.
"The entire ensemble seemed traditionally feminine and sophisticated, reminiscent of the first lady's more conservative predecessors." Jennifer Romolini said in an article for the Shine.
As you can see, there is nothing really new or extraordinary with this dress. Except maybe that the color suited her well blending with her skin color and the way she gave justice to this dress was superb. So what exactly stirred the buzz? Well, it is that obvious shift of her from her usual high-fashion risk taking style that caused all these attention.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Monday, November 23, 2009
I am an avid fan of this Puerto Rican actress/singer/fashion designer named Jennifer Lopez and I always admire her style. However, in this outfit, she seemed to undermine the principle "less is more". That dress is terrific and that would make a statement even without those black boots. Therefore, I do think that the boots aren't necessary. They, matched with the dress, made her look stout and short.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
A stolen shot sometimes is adorable; when a natural, bright smile is captured even for a not perfect smile.
So, should a young woman not wear a dark leopard print dress?
I'd say why not? But it's important to balance the color with either a light shawl/scarf or a cardigan.
Photos by nice A
Clue: Her sweetheart is someone who can't seem to pose without opening his mouth.
Opinion: I think that there are just too much sparkly in this outfit, too much statement, which includes the hair. Does this celebrity really think she's doing an editorial fashion? If I were to wear these on the streets, I'd take the jacket and the socks separately. I would both take the jacket off and replace it with same length black jacket to give emphasis on the socks or I would take off both the shoes and socks and replace them with either black or dark brown knee-high boots to give emphasis on the jacket.
Look: who's wearing these sickness-inducing patterned pants?
Clue: she's a former "Hills" hottie who landed a gig in the fashion industry.
Opinion: I don't have anything against the pants and the shoes, in fact, i love them. But it's that gray sweater that destroyed the outfit. If I were her, I'd replace the top with a long empire cut or body hugging black top just enough to cover the crouch area. A black top would transform this combi into an elegant one.
Friday, November 20, 2009
What exactly were the reasons that pushed Oprah to finalize her decision? And what would be her next move after the show closes at the end of its 25th season? That, hopefully, Oprah would discuss.
I once said in a post that Oprah, through her show, can make or break a career. If we weigh the records however, she had made more careers than she had broke. Unfortunate are those who are dreaming to get a chance to be envited at her show, because if they won't hurry, they might never get a chance.
By the way, do you think the photo above is of real Oprah? Was she, ever, this sexy? Check this site to find out.
Happy weekend girls.
Oprah was close to tears and choked while announcing her decision to end the show. She thanked all her viewers for inviting her into their living room, into their kitchen and into their lives. She said that after careful thoughts and with so much prayers she has made the decision to pick the number 25 as the best number to end her show. She meant 25 years, 25th season, of serving the mankind and leaving a legacy.
She will definitely be missed.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Yawning in front of my laptop too worn out from my day job, my fingers felt lazy, my eyelids heavy. Despite my desire to unravel some thoughts on fashion, crawling on to my bed's so enticing. Saved the last energy, these booties are screaming to be freed from my folder, and get noticed. I'm loving these Fendis. Now I'm becoming a firm believer, that quality and beauty does go with price.
Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.
~ Mikhail Bakunin
Photos from Shopstyle
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
on tragedy ~ Naomi Campbell
That was lucky Naomi. To have your skirt fell down to your ankles without notice is embarrassing; however, having only beautiful tights between you and the world is a lot better than having only underwear, much more nothing. Therefore tights aren't only for fashion, but also for protection.
Did you know that Lillian Russell, a famous American actress and singer from the late 19th and early 20th century, refused to wear tights? During the time, when the garment was gaining popularity, public attention was diverted to Miss Russell because of her aversion towards it. It was assumed that nature did not bless her with a pair of great legs. Supporters of her however claimed that it was modesty and not legs issues that caused her refusal to wear the garment. [source: Ambrose Bierce quotes (American Writer, Journalist and Editor, 1842-1914]
But for my opinion, if Miss Russell just had the chance to see these beautiful printed flowery tights that I found, she would have had changed her mind. They are so inspiring that they make you forget winter and just dream of summer.
Obviously, tights are back and these flowery beauties are a new black.
“I wasn't sure at first-I didn't want to run around in tights, swinging a sword.”
~ Leonardo di Caprio
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
When you go to a party with "polka dots" as theme, would you actually show up in a dress or a top of polka dots design? Just imagine the room with all those big black and white, red and white, violet and white moving polkas? That whichever you turn, all you see are people and friends wearing this strictly announced theme? I bet that would be boring. I was once invited into such a party, I showed up in white teenage shirt, wide pale-brown belt with big holes all around, and a military shorts. When people asked why I wasn't wearing polka, I pointed all the holes around my belt and said, "they're imaginary'.
When I was a senior in the university, we had to complete a year of in and off campus practice teaching. I dreaded the thought of wearing those dull practice teaching uniforms. A brown formal short sleeve suit of second hips length paired with a loose pencil cut knee level made the uniform for TTh while the same style and cut of white suit and pink skirt made for MWF. I was eighteen and I knew that teachers shouldn't be trapped in such boring pair of suits just to appear modest and respectable. Known for my rebellious character, my friends of the same concern turned to me for help. Sitted at the lobby in our department I pulled my sketch pad and designed two pair of suits for our gang. We were so excited when I finished the sketches that we couldn't wait to get it done. Five girls on a mission of changing the image of practice teachers in our school set off to choose better quality cloth but with colors similar to the prescibed practive teaching uniform.
First thing that I changed for the new designs was the length. I made the length of the top suit leveled at the first hip instead of the second hip. I made the sleeves shorter just about four inches down from the shoulder bone and the circumference smaller so that the ends appeared slanting down the underarm when worn. I made the skirts shorter too and more fitting to show good curves. The slit for the brown skirt was short and remained at the back while for the pink skirt I moved to the sides. I also put pink borders [I don't know what they're called but I hope you can imagine] to the edges of the colar and the front [the edge that overlap when you put on the buttons] for both the brown and the white top suit.
Came the time when we had to showcase our new ensembles completed with skin-tone stockings and high heeled black shoes. Not surprising was all the head turns we were getting. How dare these five student teachers be different? All the head teachers in the department were annoyed much more mad. It was important to note that they were the olds if not middle-aged virgins. They interrogated my friends what made them violate the dress code for practice teaching? So scared were they that they all pointed me as the reason. "
"Who gave you the right to change the prescribed dress code?" I was asked with extreme disapproval on their faces. Standing in front and in the middle of those tigers I raised my chin up and in a very confident way answered, "The laboratory high school where all the unexperienced anxious practice teachers are trained before they are sent for off-campus training is known for its fierceness. The school where the spoiled sons and daughters of the great politicians, lawyers, businessmen, and rich people learn has made quite a number of student teachers break down to tears. These students underestimate practice teachers. I would need to be tough and confident to handle them. But how can I be confident if I am not confident even with my uniform?" the room stayed still for a while. That very day marked the liberation of all the next generations of practice teachers in the University.
It was eight years ago. Back then I never imagined how my fashion would evolve into what it is now. But yes, it has evolved so much better that I am loving these unique vintage blouses that I found. They run very small, mostly in a first come first serve basis.
FLORAL BECKET BLOUSE BY GEORGE
I'm not sure if this blouse can actually be called a covert couture, but i'm sure that it is of very good quality. Made in Australia from viscose and silk.
60's style Multi Mod Tunic Blouse
The style is unquestionable. Empire waist with tie sash, high, neckline with buttons up back.
Vintage Water Color Bow-Tie Blouse
This item is still available at the crazyhotclothes but only for 1 quantity. Therefore hurry.
The Holly is a long-sleeved shirt with a trimmer fit and ribbon detail at collar and cuffs. This is one of the signature shirst from the collection of Liz-Logie.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Oh, I do wish that I own diamonds. But I don’t. Unless otherwise the fake diamond looking sequins on the outer sides of my fancy mid-shin black boots count. Thus, I can’t take inspiration from these diamonds whenever I have to work late, otherwise, I would have to put them on top of my working table. But the good thing is, if I do work late, my office room has got two small windows.
And yet, all the work related thoughts flew out my mind when I stumbled upon these gems which I, for most of the time, avoid to lay my eyes with if I walk past them at any shopping malls.
“Diamond is the queen of gems and the gem of fairies.” Alas, this jewel quote might land me in the book of quotes as the anonymous author and as a counterfeit for a well known quote about pearls, but that doesn’t matter really. This gem is a 14k gold. It has 16 rose cut diamonds. A 0.10 amethyst is mounted on an antique styled hand made silver plate that makes the blue looking queen above and in the middle of those diamond fairies. This sparkling beauty weighs 4.3000. It is worth $800.
I never thought that a queen’s chandelier can inspire a jeweler so much to make him come up with this pendant, 14k Gold Fleur de Lis with 6 diamonds. What more can I ask for a jewel? This antique looking beauty is literally shaped in the form of French Fleur de Lis. Six sparkling rose cut diamond engraved into gold frame were added to present a pendant for queens. It weighs 6.5000. It is worth $900.
I do love my honey so much and I do dream to live the rest of my life with him but my love for my current status sometimes forces the thoughts of marriage behind my head. However, seeing this wedding band totally left me in awe. My mind started dreaming imagining him on his knees, reaching for my hand and sliding this beautiful gold on my finger. I hear myself saying “yes". This vintage wedding ring is crafted of 14k gold and decorated with vintage style carving. It weighs 5.1000. It is worth $310.
These gems are amongst the rare that I found at Vintage Jewelry . They are a luxurious jewelry store that features vintage rings, antique jewelry, estate jewelry, antique engagement rings, fine jewels, and so much more.
Don't ever wear artistic jewelry; it wrecks a woman's reputation. ~Colette, Gigi, 1944, translated
I dare to oppose. What if those artistic jewelries happen to be vintage rings and gems that would make a queen? Do check the site and you would know what I’m talking about.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Here are some stolen street fashion shots that Giara took around his hometown. It is interesting to note the contrasting styles of people and even contrasting expressions on their faces.
Special thanks to my honey for the photos ;)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
From the variety of Maison Martin Margiela shoes collection, I found this pair of Leather Cuff Sandals extremely stunning. They are available in various colors such natural, brown and light blue; obviously, i prefer the natural color.
Rachel Bilson was spotted ramping around in these very shoes.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Was £25.00 Now £15.00
One Shoulder Bandeau Dress
Was £65.00 Now £30.00
Geo Print Knot Drape Dress
Was £30.00 Now £15.00
Stripe Cut Pocket T Shirt
Was £30.00 Now £20.00