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Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Summer Lookbook - Etro Paisley and Silk Brocade

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Inspired by Asian silk brocade from India to China in lightweight silk, Etro's Spring 2009 runway show celebrated the shiny silk threads and lame style blazers, blouses, scarves worn as sash belts and dresses. 

This easy-to-wear, smart-casual, comfortable resort style features Etro's signature paisley print designs in a contemporary style on silk, wide-leg pants.


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For that ultimate jet-setter look, try varying shades of burnt orange blazers and long trench-style overcoat jackets with tan swimsuits, cargo skirts and strappy sandals.


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Model Jessica Stam (extreme left) wears a Chinese-knot macramé style button-down silk jacket with a Mandarin collar in tonal champagne, pink and orange. She wears a silk scarf as a high-waisted wide belt to provide shape to her waist.

Style tip: Model Siri Tollerod (extreme right) wears an oversized silk blouse and wide-leg silk pants which are unflattering to any figure. Even a belt would not salvage this disaster.


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A myriad of paisley print outfits in light peach that will enhance the glow of a tan.


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Heavily embellished gemstone T-shirt dress and vest make a good companion to geometric tile-print blazers and maxi dresses.


Style tip: Add a dash of glam with a gold lamé silk blouse to your blazer and trousers ensemble just like Liu Wen (model on the top, centre)


Share a snap of your favourite jet-setting vacation style with us and stand a chance to be featured in our online magazine! Hashtag it with #UnlikelyTravels


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Monday, June 29, 2015

iPhone 6 24K Gold and Diamond Case

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24K Gold or Platinum Mother of Pearl? Pick your favourite and see if we read your personality well enough.
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Gold: Flamboyant, classy, sophisticated and decisive.

Platinum Mother of Pearl: Artistic, unique, very individualistic and takes pride in expressing oneself.

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Each iPhone is encrusted with diamonds on the sides and on the apple logo.


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If you are wondering what our choice is, it would be the black platinum mother of pearl diamond-encrusted iPhone case.

Don't ask, it's complicated.


Image source and luxury iPhone cases available for pre-order via Moda Operandi.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Etro Spring 2016 Menswear Runway Review

The theme for Etro's Spring 2016 menswear runway show was their classic paisley prints in exotic copper and pastel hues with plenty of golden, shimmery and metallic undertones.

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What was unique about the Etro menswear show that differentiated itself from the rest was that each male model was styled to have their own individual personality through different hairdos, colours, shades, textures and length of each piece of clothing.

Dutch supermodel Ton Heukels opened the runway show wearing sandy brown suede slip-ons with a sheer pink pastel V-neck top and Indian kurta inspired long silk coat with matching skinny pants in a sandy desert color. 


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Like a cauldron of Indian spices, colourful and flavourful at the same time, each outfit packed a punch to all six senses.

The male equivalent of a celebrity supermodel (Cara Delevingne) - Lucky Blue Smith, who has cult followings in the Philippines and beyond, demonstrates how men can look smart with a skinny, casual buckle belt.

Our favourite outfit has to be the pink collarless suede overcoat. Pastel pink never looked so good on men in stark contrast to Gucci's disastrous new menswear collection by Alessandro Michele which tries too hard to put men in drag.


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The bohemian and carefree style of Etro can be seen in a knitted sweater with deliberate messy big stitches.


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From ultra smart shiny suits to casual but still sharp blue leather biker jacket and bermuda ensemble, the Etro runway show was an ultimate win. 

Style tip: There's nothing a dressy pair of shoe won't do to spice up an outfit and raise the game.


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Indian spices wallpaper - Modernist Cuisine

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gigi Hadid's Mirrored Sunglasses for A Perfect Summertime Look

It's Summertime and Celebrities are rocking the quintessential reflective, mirrored lens sunglasses which comes in all sorts of retro cool shapes.

We share our favourite style icons, their beloved sunnies and classic styles.

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Cara Delevingne rocks her gold mirrored round sunglasses at a concert with her family.


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Actress Dakota Fanning adds a punch of colour to her red nautical print dress with blue mirrored round frame Raybans.


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Dakota dresses up her plain winter outfit with red mirrored sunglasses with a quirky cat-eye frame.


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Model of the moment Gigi Hadid jetsets in style in skinny jeans, patent leather flat boots, embroidered bomber jacket and reflective mirrored blue Rayban aviators.


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Gigi wears a statement over-sized mirrored aviator sunglasses with classic black reflective lenses.


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Gigi wears the same pair of mirrored aviator sunglasses after hitting the gym. The stunning Sports Illustrated swimsuit model of half Palestinian and half Dutch heritage is accompanied by rumoured boyfriend Joe Jonas and a friend.


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Gigi heads out in ultra casual clothes with Taylor Swift and Victoria's Secret angel Martha Hunt in a retro-inspired, yellow, round mirrored sunglasses.


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Can you see the paparazzi photographer's reflection in Gigi Hadid's round mirrored sunglasses? Mirrored sunglasses not only offer a fashionable touch to any outfit but help cut off the glare from the summertime sun especially if the lenses are polarized.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Gucci Spring Summer Vacation Lookbook

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Whether you are sunbathing in the Capri, Italy or Santorini islands of Greece, Gucci's Spring Summer 2009 runway apparel and accessories make the perfect inspiration for the perfect tropical paradise getaway.

From the tropical palm tree and sunset prints to chunky, peep-toe leather strappy platform sandals, the collection is full of dashing menswear inspired suits in bold and bright blue and red.

Perforated patterned panama straw hats with fine grosgrain ribbons, roomy leather fringed hobo bags, exotic python skin trimmed accessories, short silk dresses, khaki green utility rompers with cargo pockets and seventies style oversized, tinted sunglasses are all the beautiful classics that Frida Giannini had brought back to style on the runway during her time with Gucci.


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Vacation style tip: Keep those hemlines short and pack on the platforms or high heels to elongate legs and elevate the glamour factor.


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Summer beauty tip: Try a lighter shade of turquoise blue eyeshadow and heap on the eyeliner and mascara for that dramatic seaside babe look.


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Perfect vacation accessory: Ever wondered where backpacks fit in in your daily fashion wear? For a jazzed-up luxurious look, pair a python and leather backpack from Gucci with your cotton explorer outfit.


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Style tip: Gold accessories just like the sparkle of warm, bright sunshine are a summer staple to pair with tropical and floral prints - be it bikinis or shirt dresses.


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Style tip: Pair python jackets and bags with chino pants and dresses for that laidback-luxe look. Most importantly, never leave for your holiday without a good sun hat.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

London Menswear Spring Summer 2016 Hairstyles

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Christopher Raeburn's Spring Summer 2016 London menswear collection runway pieces were filled with military camouflage prints, utility jackets, body-warmers and mostly masculine, monochrome pieces. 

In contrast to the manly look, each male model sported either long tousled beachy hairdo of messy salt-sprayed curls in sun bleached tones or straight-cut platinum blond boy-band meets surfer dude style.

Style tip: Men, don't be afraid to try longer hair length. It need not be shoulder length and it could be curly or wavy for that natural, sporty look.


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Katie Eary's London menswear collection for Spring Summer 2016 consisted of lovely retro themed suede and leather bomber jackets in jewel hues of purple and blue as yummy khaki green leather.

The models had a almost retro fifties teddy-boy bad-ass hairstyle with extra long fringes combed back with just one or two sections of hair standing out for that unpolished, cool look.

Style tip: Nothing too neat for the young and restless.


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We dig the manic mix of vibrant colours in rich and cool tones. Kawaii pony prints are for those who  know that you don't need to take things seriously all the time.


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(Pictured right: Brilliant upcoming fashion designer Katier Eary)

London fashion week's best men's hairdo has got to be this one - the perfect balance between long and short hair - a bit David Bowie in the seventies which is Bold and Daring.


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mulberry Profits Plunge, £1.4m Loss

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Throwback to Happier Days for Mulberry when Lindsey Wixon starred in their 2012 campaign themed "Where the Wild Things Are".

At present day, Mulberry seems lost in the woods. Today, the retailer reports that group sales have plunged 9% for the year ended March 2015. The company registered an after-tax loss of £1.4m during that period.

This comes after Georgia May Jagger was recruited as the latest face of the ailing British luxury fashion brand that was once famous for its Bayswater bag.

Although sales have improved slightly than compared to last year, this was largely due to Mulberry lowering the price of their handbags to make it more affordable to the masses.

The brand that is 42% owned by Singaporean fashion billionaire Christina Ong and her business magnate husband Ong Beng Seng has to compete with the likes of contemporary brands Coach, Micheal Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Failure to innovate and adapt to the times are just some of the many reasons why Mulberry is going downhill.

Cheaper prices would mean cutting costs for the raw material, manufacturing process, service and operations. As a result, the quality of Mulberry's leather goods would never be the same as it was again.