Thursday, March 26, 2015

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Flap Bag

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We are usually not fans of Chanel. However, the Spring Summer 2015 pre-collection pieces such as the Cigaline coat in multi-color braid, cotton and tweed dress in lovely pastels have won our hearts over. Lindsey Wixon is pictured above in the hand-made hippie ensemble looking effortlessly chic in bright spring colors.

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Our midweek madness handbag obsession has to be this jersey flap bag in the iconic Celine trapeze bag style trio color delight. The quilted hand-stitching appears more prominent due to the bright yellow, green, red colors and faded, rugged material.

We hope Chanel will continue to create more of such youthful and pretty pieces for future collections.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chloe Spring Summer 2015 Runway Mustard Blouse

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In today's edition of Luxury for Less, we bring you Chloe's Spring Summer 2015 runway collection mustard ruffle sleeve blouse with exaggerated gathers around the sleeve and bust-line for that beautifully, romantic bohemian look we absolutely love. The runway styling of this elegant top with a burnt orange high-waist shorts and lace-up, cut-out boots in pink is just absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking.

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The Chloe mustard flounce sleeve blouse retails at Neiman Marcus for USD$1995.

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We spotted this Zara version for less than USD$50. Although it's made of polyester farbric instead of silk and has simple sleeves, we got to love the ample ruffles and gathers and of course not to mention the accessible price.

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Bonus style tip-off: It's available in white too if you would like to take it to work!

Style Buy or Style Steal?

Would you purchase the original Chloe version or settle for a good deal? 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Coachella 2015 Bohemian Inspiration - Lindsey Wixon

The Coachella 2015 music festival is fast approaching. To the lucky folks who are attending the annual celebrity-studded music and art festival starting April 10 for two weekends in a row, the big question is what would you be packing for desert dancing?

Our muse for this year's festival is none other than sultry supermodel Lindsey Wixon as she stars in a campaign for jewelry brand Mania Mania.

Whether you're attending the festival or not, here's how to get in the spirit of things and not waste your summer days away. 

Style tips to get festival ready!

1) Layer on the accessories

Necklaces, head chains, rings, bracelets, double up the volume of crystal accessories in seductive pink and purple quartz, amethyst and amber. Better still, the chunkier the better for crystal accessories for that statement look.

2) Bring out the flower child in you

Floral headbands whether freshly made with simple wire, roses and leaves with stalks intact, or from plastic flowers are perfect to bring out that flower fairy bohemian look you've always wanted.

3) Keep it short and simple

We are referring to you clothes of course. Cropped tops, crochet bralets, embroided kimonos, short kaftans, cute cut-out rompers with bell-sleeves, the array of possibilities for that hippie chic summer festival ready look is endless.

Send us pictures of your favourite festival look this summer because sharing is caring!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Miu Miu Fall Winter 2015 Runway Review

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A squadron of incredibly young faces line up for Miu Miu's Fall Winter 2015 runway show.

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Snake-y business: Miuccia Prada copies Frida Giannini's Gucci Resort 2015 python trench coat as seen on Kate Moss.

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1940s style stiffly feminine matriarch outfits in old tweed, perforated floral sweaters, unflattering frilly square collar dresses that resemble what a modern day house cleaner or maid would be forced to wear. No amount of bubblegum pop colour can save this dated tablecloth collection.

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Miu Miu Tells you It's OK to Dress Like Your Mom or your Grandaunt.

By now, all the impressionable children of the fashion world would be waxing lyrical over the Miu Miu Fall Winter 2015 runway show pieces.

From short-handle handbags to lampshade short coats, the only saving grace from the collection was the use of colour as though Miuccia Prada herself was in a frenatic attempt to be more exciting and hopefully appeal to the young ones.

Miu Miu and fashion's fetish with teenage girls wearing old lady clothings is evident in the runway show where stark contrasts of powerful youth are overshadowed by 1950s Barbie hair toting women with the classic chunky accessories, long skirts and heavy coats.

If the power of imagery is strong enough to sell beauty products, so can it work for fashion. While hordes of undiscerning simple sheeples (sheep-like people who herd together quickly once they see the a group of people doing the same thing) marvel at Miu Miu's Fall Winter collection in awe, we at Unlikely You think otherwise.

Unable to think for their own, these sheeples often fall in the trap of following blindly.

Fashion houses who have ran out of ideas, plain lazy or perhaps simply showing the sign of poor economic times where lesser resources are pumped into investment for brand new ideas collectively exhibit the same symptoms - the inability to think of something fresh and new, simply sticking to the norm, revisiting the overused themes from the yesteryears and past decades of the 50s, 60s, 70s where times were much better than the present.

At Unlikely You, we refuse to give in to the easy, mindless temptation of mass generic brand hysteria - just following suit isn't enough to be truly hailed as one's fashionable self.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Japanese magazine Sweet - Rola Cover (April 2015)

Japanese model Rola covers this month's Sweet magazine (April 2015) in Moschino. For several special fashion editorials, Rola flew to Los Angeles to shoot Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diesel and more.

Rola is seen with this seasons' IT bag - The Moschino biker jacket bag in Barbie pink, all-over logo backpack and sweatshirt dress. Quirky, fun and in sync with popular culture, designer Jeremy Scott's Beary Moschino capsule collection is sure to take over the Spring Summer 2015 fashion trend.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Air France Horrible Customer Service

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Model Bette Franke fronts Air France's new campaign that sends out the wrong messages. One might question what could be worse than such a sexist ad from a regressive airline with terrifying customer service.

What is French, Head-quartered in Paris and Could Possibly Be Worse Than Fashion Week?

Now that Paris fashion week is over, we thought we could move away from one disaster but we bumped into another. Yes, we were wrong.

Our Singapore to Paris customer service experience on Air France was nothing short of terrible.

We have been an Air France customer since 2004, flying to Paris once or twice a year. To date, we had never experienced a flight delay with Air France before until this incident.

The daily Air France flight from Singapore to Paris was due to take-off at 1.05am and was delayed due to the fact that Air France had not got clearance from air traffic control to fly over Afghanistan or Algeria.

Because of that, all passengers who were on board the flight had to wait in their seats at Singapore Changi Airport for over an hour before the plane could take-off.

Our flight AF259 was due to arrive in Paris Charles De Gaulle airport at 8.05am the next day. However, the flight arrived in Paris at 9.30am. As a result of Air France's flight delay and with the luggage only being released at 9.45am, by the time we rushed to the connecting terminal, the plane had already departed.

Because of our previous flight delay by Air France, we had missed not one but two connecting flights for Edinburgh via London at 10.40am.

We had to purchase a new set of tickets immediately in order to reach our destination. 

The Pushing and Shoving Away of Responsibilities

In Singapore, we have a term for this sort of illness and it's called Taichi. Essentially what all Air France staff are practising is the art of tai-chiing away responsibilities from one department to another and from one person to another.

The inability to accept full responsibility and take pride in one's job is evidently spreading like a disease nowadays. How many times can you recall when you most need assistance and people just flash you a friendly fake smile, shrug their shoulders and say they can't do anything about it?

That was how we felt at the Air France customer service counter in Paris when a French staff just handed us a slip of paper with on it with "customer service" printed out in bold.

"Shouldn't Air France just fold their customer service office already?" was what we thought instantly. Why have an office if you can't deal with any service issues?

Upon arriving back in Singapore, we wrote in to the customer service just as we were told at the Air France office in Paris. Two weeks passed without response
from Air France so we called up the customer service hotline. They said they had no answers to our complaint.

Dissatisfied with yesterday's answer, we called them up again and were shocked to be told that no one had been assigned to handle our case ever since we lodged our complaint two weeks ago. After a lengthy call with plenty of questions thrown in to hopefully speed up the case, we were prepared to wait a couple of days or so for the answer.

The next day, Air France e-mailed us and said that they are unable to accept any liability for any loss due to the "unexpected nature" of this incident.

There should be nothing "unexpected" about a daily routine required for a daily flight from Singapore to Paris. This daily routine failed to be carried out due to the simple fact of human negligence.

Air France has one of the shoddiest customer service (The customer service department is only opened weekdays from 9.30am to 11am and 1pm to 2.30pm. They work shorter hours than some embassies.) and prefers to avoid all blame than admit that they made a mistake, fess up and reimburse their clients for any loss incurred due to the irresponsibility of Air France staff and/or management. Sadly, we can conclude from this incident that this airline does not value loyalty or keeping customers.

Therefore, we are unable to fly with such an airline. Neither would Paris be the anchor destination for any of our future vacation/ plans.

The Relationship Break-up

Dear Air France, we bid thee a solemn goodbye after 11 years because we have principles which differ vastly from yours. We believe in loyalty, responsibility, trust and righteousness. You believe in otherwise so we have to part our ways.

Though they may be some inconveniences caused due to a break-up after such a long relationship spanning over a decade, we are confident that we will recover from it in time and hope you will learn from this divorce, otherwise there may be plenty more separations from where your flawed behaviour is coming from.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Paris Fashion Week: Chanel Fall 2015 Runway Review

Chanel's Fall Winter 2015 runway show had model hairstyles inspired by the late Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek.

The skull cap hairdo was perhaps not the most flattering look for runway models already wearing ridiculous floppy black outfits resembling bats or quilted black garbage bags.

Soo Joo Park and Cara Delevingne were just some of the unfortunate supermodels who had to bear with terrible hairstyling, gory grey make-up and dresses and skirts that bulked up their petite frame.
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Part two of the Chanel runway show featured the classic tweed jackets with gorilla-sized hairy arms that looked like they were made from cheap faux fur that resembled badly worn-out mop heads.

Light pink frilly clown collars, more old-smelling wool skirts, jackets, vests that old English retired lecturers might even think twice before donning one on filled the brasserie inspired runway show. Nothing could be more off-putting that a French brasserie filled with old ladies wearing the same outfit. 

Even the men's runway outfit was ruined by a large silk scarf that looked like it belonged to some old granny hence our inspiration for the nursing home backdrop.

After all, why would the Chanel runway outfits matter when most of the sales would be in the classic black quilted handbags, Chanel No.5 perfume and boring old mono-coloured tweed jackets.

Perhaps it's time for Karl Lagerfeld to take a long vacation and retire.