Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Luxury for Less: Miu Miu Mac

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It's raining coats this season but which style appeals to you most? Certainly not the Miu Miu raincoat for us.

Unfortunately Miu Miu has made the mac popular again in various materials such as PVC, fur, leather and jacquard.

The Mac-ro disaster took place on Miu Miu's Fall Winter 2014 runway and since then, a few copycats have emerged on the high-street or e-commerce market.

Occasionally, the interpretation from copycat retailers are far better than the original runway versions. However most of the time, we find it somewhat lacking especially in quality.

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Behold the ASOS rain mac with high shine panel detail or basically faux patent leather. This interpretation of the Miu Miu Fall 2014 raincoat is by far better by leaps and bounds not just in the pricing arena but design, colour and texture.

In fact it looks more expensive than the cheap-looking Miu Miu version which we actually had the chance to try in store earlier in the year.

The jacquard mac style Miu Miu trench coat which we tried on was ratty and tattered in the corners such as the sleeves, coat endings and the button fastening area had jacquard threads sticking out of them.

Our verdict: Stick to the ASOS version if you like this sixties style rain mac coat.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fashion Editorial: Snacking Good Paris

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Pastel mint green jumper: Reiss UK

What's Paris without macaroons? These delightful little snacks made of ground coconut or almond pumped with exotic cream centres can be found in almost every corner of the world but Paris is the real deal for designer macaroons.

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Glitter hair accessories: Marks and Spencer

The capital of fashion is perfect for shopping so we paired non-stop shopping with non-stop eating.. as much as we could of course.

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Did you know that Galeries LaFayette, Paris' best un-kept secret holds free weekly fashion shows for visitors? The iconic stained glass,  steel dome reminiscing a cathedral and Art Nouveau staircases were finished in 1912.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicBlack sequin shorts: Forever 21

Who says Graffiti can't be Art? Art is everywhere in Paris if you look aound you.

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Python print calf-hair tall boots: 10 Crosby Derek Lam

Paris has some of the best chocalatiers in the world.

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French fries drizzled with mayo, need we say more?

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Purple merino wool mix leggings: Falke

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Luxury for Less: Dolce and Gabbana Fall Winter 2014 Boots

Dolce & Gabbana's coveted suede and leather studded over-the-knee chain mail inspired knight armour boots as seen on the runway can now be purchased for less if you really want this sort of design and don't want to splurge out on a pair for thousands.

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The gem and stud faceted boots may look nice and bling-ey on the runway but cheap-looking in a close up view.

The quality of Dolce and Gabbana items nowadays are questionable. We had a leopard print calf hair bejewelled chain strap handbag in our possession which has mysteriously shed all its hair as if it had been burnt. When we brought the bag down to the Dolce and Gabbana boutique at ION Orchard in Singapore, the manager was unable to explain anything to us or worse still, do anything about it.

We have since rest our case and decided to recommend our readers to avoid buying leather and calf-hair skin products from Dolce and Gabbana in fear that one may end up with the same defective product and served with the same lacklustre customer service that we experienced.

One very good reason why people generally choose to buy luxury designer goods besides its quality, is the quality after-sales service that usually follows. Sadly, it seems this is not the case for most designer brands nowadays. 

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A similar studded over-the-knee boots by Jeffrey Campbell.

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Which do you prefer? The Dolce and Gabbana version or the Jeffrey Campbell?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hollie-May Saker's Old Modelling Job

British model Hollie-May Saker, 19, who was famed for punching a topless feminist protestor from FEMEN during the Nina Ricci runway show. FEMEN is a Ukrainian feminist movement group. Hollie-May now covers many fashion magazines and is looked up as a model style darling amongst teenagers.

Before gracing the covers of top fashion magazines, Hollie used to model for ASOS like fellow British supermodel Cara Delevingne.

Cara rose to stardom due to her quirky personality - something most top models seem to lack.

Here is our best wardrobe pick from Hollie-May's ASOS modelling period.

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Hollie-May Saker rocking an Eleven Paris coat over shirt layerings, faux leather leggings, oxford shoes and a beanie.

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Grunge-rock cool. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Celeb Style: Fergie's Military Chic Look

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The Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie sure loves her fashion as she saunters out of the airport in something more than a white tee and black pants.

Fergie worked military chic from head to toe with a girly twist - sparkly sweatshirt coupled with ripped and distressed denim cargo shorts with a cool peekaboo sequin layer underneath.

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Military chic style with combat inspired leather boots and an equally sexy, messy, tousled beach bum hairdo; who would have guessed Fergie's a mom?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Twiggy Sixties Round Sunglasses by Miu Miu

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One of our all-time favourite sunglasses from Miu Miu is inspired by none other than the sixties British style icon Twiggy who was famous for her short hair and doe-shaped eyes framed with an excessive amount of mascara on both upper and lower eyelashes.

Twiggy is seen here in a rare unpublished photo by TIME magazine on her first visit to America.

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Close up of the Miu Miu round sunglasses in yellow. We tried the glitter versions and found them much darker in colour than the non-glitter ones so we opted for the tonal yellow tinted sunglasses for that funky retro feel.

Wearing the Miu Miu 60s inspired gradient yellow round sunglasses on a road trip. Look out for the upcoming fashion editorial we worked on during the road trip!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dolce and Gabbana Fall Winter 2014 Crystal Hood

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Dolce and Gabbana's Fall Winter 2014 runway show's stand-out pieces had to be the crystal and metal embellished knight chain mail hood that evoked a tough, medieval feeling yet remaining feminine with swarovski crystal pieces and gunmetal sequins for that hardy steel effect.

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British Liverpool-bred scouser model Hollie May Saker famous for retaliating against FEMEN protestors on the Nina Ricci runway, wears an elaborate gold tapestry chain mail hood studded with colourful crystals.

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Ondria Hardin spots a black beaded chain mail hood with fish-scale like patterns with a rather boring coat.

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A model wears a chunky bejewelled chain mail head piece with lovely calf-hair, studded over the knee boots complete with reinforced knee paddings - a spectacular piece for matching with fall winter coats. The luxurious Italian Renaissance style brocade dress unfortunately cut in a conservative squarish design however, is not so flattering.

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