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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Midweek Inspiration: Lindsay Lohan's Pastel Valentino Rockstud Bag

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This week's midweek inspiration is Lindsay Lohan. The broadway star is seen out and about in a pure white ensemble in varying shades. She is wearing reflective aviators, Marc by Marc Jacobs cat face shoes in beige patent leather and Valentino's new season large rockstud bag in pastel.

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The slouchy shoulder bag and tote is covered in minimalistic small silver studs all-over the straps, handles and edges. If you like pretty pastel bags then this rainbow coloured pink, yellow and green combination will surely catch your heart.

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Lindsay is also featured in the April issue of music and fashion glossy - NOTION magazine.

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Here's our favourite picture of here from the magazine. Sexy thigh high platform boots do go well with short-shorts and a simple top, especially on our favourite leggy redhead.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Blake Lively's Valentino Lace Dress

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Blake Lively was spotted outside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York as she makes her way to the Tribeca Film Festival to promote her latest movie - The Age of Adaline.

The timeless beauty was unfortunately wearing a terrible patchwork lace coat and matching high-neckline dress from Valentino's Fall Winter 2015 runway show. The outfit of double clashing prints was a double disaster.

It did not help that Blake looked washed out with her newly dyed ginger eyebrows and hair tied back. With simple lined eyes, she should have gone with a darker shade of lipstick like red instead of sheer bubblegum pink to look more lively.

Readers, what do you think?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Eco Friendly Clothing for Earth Day



Our Earth Day inspiration, Australian beauty and supermodel Gemma Ward who loves nature. Image source: Fashion Copius

How to Save the Earth, One Garment at a Time

America alone discards 10.5million tons of every year. They also buy five times more clothing than they did before in 1980. Source: The Atlantic

Today is Earth Day although every day should be earth day. So how can a fashion-loving person like you contribute to a clean and green world?



Buy vintage

Old and used doesn't mean it should be discarded. Fashion favourite Ashley Olsen has been seen carrying her favourite crocodile print Fendi tote for ages.

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Used items are not necessarily abused, dirty and old-looking. Depending on how the previous owner has treated their handbag or garment, most pre-owned goods look almost as good as new with little or no defects.

After carefully examining a jacket, dress or shirt one can tell if it has been worn more than a couple of times by checking the seams, colour of the item and more.

Besides visiting vintage shops, there are plenty of second-hand online stores such as Gilt that sell lightly-worn pre-owned goods.



If it ain't broke, it ain't broke

Tempted to buy something every time you walk into a store? Stop, ask yourself these questions and think for a good hard moment before you splurge on something you don't really need.
  • Do you have the same outfit in a different colour or an outfit that looks almost the same as the one you want?
  • Do you have plenty of outfits in the same colour already?
  • How many times do you see yourself wearing that outfit or accessory? Would it be staying in the closet with the rest of your stuff?

Buy ECO


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(From left: Patchwork suede mini-skirt from Milk It, Top right: Patchwork long suede vest from Milk It, Bottom right: Bohemian gladiator leather sandals by Free People)

Brands like Milk It from ASOS only use recycled clothing to make new ones. Beautiful pieces of suede leather are fashioned into skirts and vests. Patchwork need not be painful to look at any more.

H and M's Concious collection makes use of sustainable or eco-friendly fabric such as organic cow leather to make cute crop top bralets.

By making a well-informed decision to purchase from eco-friendly and sustainable brands, you can help make make the world a better place to live in, one garment at a time.




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Midweek Inspiration: ASOS Model Stephen James

Want to get a cool and casual menswear style like heavily-tattooed British model Stephen James? With a body of steel and face of an angel, most of us would find it hard to emulate such a feat.

24-year-old Stephen who goes by the nickname of Elijah is signed with Elite Model Spain and Wilhemina Models NY.

Unlike the David Gandy types, Stephen's boyish looks are a perfect contrast to his extremely muscular body. Not only is he a good fit for streets-wear and sports-fashion brands such as Topshop and adidas, we see great potential for him in high-fashion campaigns such as Givenchy or hitting the runway for Versace. Stephen has recently scored an advertising campaign for CK One perfume.

Whatever the case is, he won't be selling stuffy, boring Dunhill or Ermenegildo Zegna suits any time soon.

Here's Stephen modelling for ASOS.

He's in a striped vest with a cute contrasting red fabric pocket.
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Get the look: Our number one style tip here is the contrast of skin colours. If you aren't heavily inked, go for a white tank top if you have darker skin colour and a black top if you have a lighter skin tone.


Behind the scenes, modelling at ASOS Studio. 

The model wears wayfarers with a matching moschino sweater top and joggers clearly inspired by a motorcycle race tracksuit.
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Get the look: The sweatshirt and sweatpants combo never looked so good. The key to balancing multiple prints is the control of colours. In this case, it's all American red white and blue logos on a black based outfit.


A clothing capsule collection by Stephen James for GFN (Good For Nothing) Clothing.

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Stephen's simple but understated stylish collaboration with GFN features a monarch butterfly and botanical prints in rose and tropical hibiscus.

Get the look: Don't be afraid of trying out floral prints for menswear. They look just as great in casual round-neck T-shirts as they do in formal menswear shirts.


Image source: asos.com, @whoiselijah

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Celebrity Coachella 2015 Style Guide

It's Day 3 and Weekend 1 of Coachella and here's a run-down of the best and worst celebrity styles.

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Pretty Duff Boring: Hilary Duff looks boring in a striped white muscle top and blue denim shorts. It must be incredibly hard for her trying to blend in with the white-top wearing, denim toting music and arts festival crowd.


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Bella Thorne wears ankle cowboy boots, aviators and a simple all-white ensemble which was way too boring. Sometimes it makes us think that in most people's minds there comes a time when it's too difficult to decide what to wear, why not just wear the same as everyone else.


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Kate Bosworth looks more formal than festival in a plain white shift dress and elegant white studded clutch. The only saving grace was her bohemian Etro lace and beaded tribal jacket from the Spring Summer 2015 collection.


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Behati Prinsloo wears a strange fish scale design corset over a see-through top. Despite layering, her outfit was bland as she trooped around with her equally boring black and white dressed friends.


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Probably the most exciting thing Behati has done at Coachella is pouring away some Heineken beer. Because beer = calories.


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Kendall Jenner, Fergie and Hailey Baldwin hold hands together at Coachella. Kendall chose the wrong outfit which made her thighs and hips look wider than they really are. Fergie dressed head to toe in black which was boring. Even the Giuseppe Zanotti studded, over-the-knee fringe boots could not save her inappropriate funeral ensemble. Hailey Baldwin chose and unflattering paisley print handkerchief crop top which was boxy and unflattering for her squarish face and squarish, tomboy figure. Wrapping a denim jacket around her waist did not help as it further obscured her waist and curves.


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Rihanna looks likes she works the back streets of Bronx in New York with a cheap-looking faux fur coat spray painted purple and pink rain-boots.


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Gigi Hadid wears a simple blue knitwear crop-top with chunky silver accessories and a cute striped shorts barefoot at the poolside party of H&M Love Coachella event.

This barefoot beauty wins the top spot for best-dressed especially so with her free-spirited look.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Racism in Fashion: Hailey Baldwin for L'Officiel

Hot on the heels of Kylie Jenner's black face photo shoot which drew plenty of controversy for the right reasons, comes Hailey Baldwin's squinty, slitty-eyed oriental girl look. 

Racism knows no boundaries if fashion continues to be dominated by the predominantly old white supremacists of the fashion world in the west. (E.g Such as Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld infamous for putting as few black or coloured models on his runway or commercials.)

The Problem with Kylie Jenner's Black Face Photo Shoot
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Image source: Kylie Jenner's Instagram account

While some may argue that Kylie Jenner's black face is not as bad as Zwarte Piet's as she looks more like a alien or specially edited fashion model, there is no doubt that a person of non-white descent has had their face painted black. All the sparklies on her face, colorful highlights on her hair and artistic angles cannot tear her away from the fact that she is trying to mimic a black person.

One may ask why the photographer and stylist who were part of producing these photos why they did not look for a black or mixed-race model instead.

Hailey Baldwin's Racist Cover for L'Officiel Nederlands April - May 2015 issue
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Image source: http://fashioncopious.typepad.com/

Why did Hailey Baldwin agree to have her eye powdered over white, eye-liner drawn over the top lid only with pink eye-shadow on her eyelids to look like a stereotypical China doll.

Wouldn't famous models like Liu Wen, Sun Fei Fei or Dun Juan do the job just as well without the unnecessary make-up to exaggerate her features to resemble a certain ethnicity?

While some might cast this incident as purely artistic or for fashion, it is a clearly insensitive, racist attempt to degrade Chinese people. 

L'Officiel is an ancient, archaic, backwards French fashion magazine published in Paris since 1921. How fresh would their recommended styles and fashion be if they are still so backwards and entrenched in racism?

We wonder if it still targets upper-income, educated women with such demeaning editorials. Not to mention the coincidence of the Dutch editorial team, Zwart Piet and French people being inherently racist.


As such, we are calling out to all Asian and coloured fashionistas to rise up against the stereotypes, it's time to fight against all this discrimination because it's simply not right.

Either by boycotting brands and magazines that do not feature a balanced ratio of racial types or starting out on your own to create your very own fashion network by sharing all your pictures online.

Send us some of your pictures and when we can feature you in our favourite reader style section.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Fashion Editorial: Winter Vibes in Paris

Throwback to when we were in Paris, bumbling around the streets on an off-day in Winter. When it comes to Paris, who can forget the iconic metro subway system, endless tunnels with talented buskers, centuries-old architecture alongside graffiti and modern-day advertising - paper posters. 

Fashion is about self-expression and capturing those moments in terms of facial expressions stemming from feelings of the environment surrounding the shoot was key to each picture.

Enjoy!

- Jyun

(Note: We do not endorse any of the products or brands below)

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Boots: 10 Crosby Derek Lam


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Men's spotted cap: Acne Studios


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Black long-sleeve T-shirt: JDC Italy


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White rabbit-fur jacket with Navajo beaded detail: Antik Batik


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Sparkly eye make-up: Urban Decay


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Bleached distressed jeans: Bershka

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dries Van Noten Spring Summer 2015 Runway Review

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Dries Van Noten's Spring Summer 2015 runway collection was inspired by a Midsummer's night dream in the form of phantasmagorical bohemian love affair.

Mr Van Noten painted rainbows on silk-mix pants, jacquard jackets, silk chiffon vests and dresses. To match the wild floral, sunshine and sunflower prints, antelope fur was used on all accessories including casual sandals.

Skinny strip bandeaus in silk jacquard prints were worn inside and outside sheer chiffon blouses.

Endless stripes were layered in a smattering of broad and narrow strokes and gradient rainbow colours.

The only pity is that some pants had terribly boxy and unflattering cuts. Some printed blouses were in really dull colours that could only be saved by mixing and matching it with more vibrant pieces.