Thursday, August 30, 2007

Kaleidoscope dance

My favorite new ad of the moment- the Bonds kaleidoscope TV campaign! There's just some appeal to this human kaleidoscopic affair and well, who wouldn't love dancing around in colorful underwear to those funk tunes!

Isn't it seriously rocking?
Cred: youtube

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Chic style

I'm not sure what everyone else thinks of chic-lit, but I personally adore it! I've been re-reading them as an act of procrastination and they are so much fun, there's always a happy ending (well... at least all the ones I can think of) and most of the characters wear fabulous clothes! I do so enjoy the detailed clothing descriptions although the name dropping can get a bit much for some. Plum Sykes (the photo is of her way back in her Vogue days) is a serial offender in my eyes- her books were even called fashion porn by The Independent.

Here are my favorite outfits from the Bergdorf Blondes and
The Debutante Divorcée respectively. Just for fun. Because I can.
Decked out beyond belief at all times in very, very petite skirts, tiny vintage couture coats, and sunglasses like a millenial Twiggy. She must have studied fashion in Paris... (Bergdorf Blondes)

Casually dressed she exuded a natural glamor that was low on bling and high on class. Her daytime uniform consisted of long, skinny pants fom Marni, little lace blouses by YSL, and miniscule, shrunken leather jackets from Rick Owens. (Debutante Divorcée)
Please go along with me here... I've been having a blank at what to blog about for the past few days, and this was the first thing that popped into my head!
Cred: Bergdorf Blondes,
Debutante Divorcée, The Independent, wiki (for the photo)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Something to look forward to -

TV has been quite dull lately... so I've taken to watching it online! It's the fact that Australian shows are terrible (yes! I said it! I have no loyalty to Australian media at all!), the free to air channels don't buy anything interesting or that some of the shows they buy are so old (how is it possible that they are showing ANTM5 at the moment?). I think I know what's going to be added to my growing list of online shows:
Yes: Gossip girl. I happen to love frivolous shows and since this is from the producers of The OC, it should be light and fun, don't you think? Based on the book series of the same name, by Cecily von Ziegesar, it's about the going ons of teenage socialites from NYC's Upper East Side. It's set to air in the US of A on September 19 (aka soon!) right after ANTM9.

If it's up to scratch, I guess I'll look out for torrents of each episode. Hopefully, it will be as good and OC-like as the teaser looks... and that all their wardrobes will be similarly as fabulous!
Cred: youtube, wiki

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Va va voom...

This girl was on stage singing with her band a combination of cool jazz and pop at the Sydney Aroma Festival 2007. Normally I would've just walked by, but her outfit is brilliant!
It's actually quite a simple style, but this is MAJOR (I use major because seriously, who doesn't want to talk like Posh?)! It's either the wind swept blonde hair, the silver aviators or the jacket/short skirt thing going on. I want to pluck her out of the noughties and place her back in the 70s. She's got that glamorous jet-setting/ air-hostess look about her. A 70s martini commercial would kind of work too. Kind of hard to explain... but bottom line is- she looks chic!

And just to clarify... the Aroma Festival is this annual event out at The Rocks with coffee, chocolate and tea stalls, and The Rocks is this place by the Harbor for those who don't know. It has a view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House, along with the Museum of Contemporary Art, hence making it a tourist hot spot. The Spanish scene from Mission Impossible II was actually filmed there!!
Cred: myself (apologies for the LQ!)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

i-D September 2007

I think Gemma Ward is the most amazing Aussie model export since Elle Macpherson (who, I admit, I don't really care about. Let's just say that she was before my time...), so imagine my reaction when I was looking through i-D's myspace and came across the September cover! I almost squealed when I saw it. She means something to mebecause she drew me into the fashion world like a moth to a flame.

My hands are itching to get a copy...

Cred: myspace, TFS

Friday, August 10, 2007

High up

Do we really view extravagant prices as just another fact of life? Are we buying pricey luxury goods to prove to the world that yes, we do have the money (and hence the status and worth) to consume them? According to NYT, then yes! We do- with the increased profits of LVMH, Gucci group and the Prada group as proof. If you ask for my answer, I'll say yes to the first question and uncertain for the second. I'm going to call our immunity to the price tag the department store shopper's habituation syndrome. Happens all the time. You shop at those nice calm beautiful department stores like Barney's for a few hours and come out being able to justify a $200 Tshirt as a bargain. Our motives to buy luxury goods, however, goes a bit deeper than that... because it really depends on how secure we are socially. I mean, I like designers because of the quality (If a high end brand doesn't the quality, I won't buy it!) and (obviously) the design... from the avant-garde and the intricately designed to absolute classics like Chanel and Hermès. Others might want to feel the satisfaction of knowing they 'fit' into a certain 'elite' because of it. Or maybe, it's just expected as part of the job description.

And the dollar plays a part in affecting these imports. I know the Australian dollar is on my side at the moment. The US dollar not so well, I know. It always seems to have this flip side- the two dollars head in opposite directions. Strong USD means a weak AUD and vice versa. The AUD has been doing smashingly well and very very strong.
1 AUD = 0.8582 USD.
Does that mean I should be spending more? (I sure hope so... )
Cred: NYT

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Quote Snap

I have a tendency to stare at those who wear fantastic outfits: Wonderful styling. A pair of patent fire-engine-red pumps. A nicely cut jacket. A stunning scarf. This Quote of The Daily, from NYT photog Bill Cunningham pretty up sums up my habit to a T:
I'm looking at the clothes, not the people... you know me!
Apologies in advance if you feel self conscious under my scrutiny! It's just my way of appreciating fine fashion and good taste!