Prada FW08 | Fallen Shadows

Sunday, September 14, 2008



Saturday, September 13, 2008

At last - Carine Roitfeld in NYC!!!

Carine Roitfeld after Ralph Lauren
by the Sartorialist (credit
At last! After long and eager anticipation, the awaited grande dame and style arbiter of VogueParis has finally arrived at NY fashion week SS 09.

@ Donna Karen

Thakoon by Manolo Blahnik

Thakoon by Manolo Blahnik FW08
The choice of VogueParis after last season's Christopher Kane by Manolo Blahnik. Avaliable at Maria Luisa Paris.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Balenciaga shopper in new seasonal colours

Yet another e-newsletter from [New York Times], and I still think it's worth investing on them. They've got what an iconic bag should have - longevity with timeless style and versatility, when remain at an attractive entry prix point at the House of Balenciaga.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Endless inflation

I received this e-newsletter from Joyce Boutique's marketing dept. Coincidentally, I spoke to someone the other day about how shoes (and everything in the fashion world) are so expensive these seasons. It shows here in HK dollar. Though not a bag lover, but I do measure the fact that bags are more durable and being carried around and not being walked on the road is a huge different. I mean, not every designer/brand is up there and deserves that price, but charging it certainly fool people for a luxe image somehow, and people who are willing to pay that price are dominating the local market, they are Mainland Chinese tourists and tacky tai-tais, excuse my cynicism. It's no longer a supply and demand situation anymore. The market is led by bad taste fugly misleaders actually, who really cares about the fashion lovers anymore?

YSL Manifesto - Hong Kong report

Have you got your copy?
Season three for YSL's Manifesto. After Gisele Bunchen and Kate Moss, they've got Naomi Campbell for FW08. I like Naomi, I like the collection, I like the campaign and of course I like Stefano; the only difference (in Hong Kong) this season is that instead of inserting the Manifesto at a magazine, they distribute on the street this time as it should be. What's more? they bagged the first 5,000 copies in a special cloth bag each city; which certainly would make more noise and stretches the promotional gesture.
The activity is bound to create chaos, four spots were selected in Central and remained confidential to the very last minute 12.00 noon. Around the time, the rain came, all along I was in Central; many assumed one of the spots was the store at Alexandra House and I saw about 20-30 people started to accumulated and queued up at the front door. The minute witnessed the awaiting scene in the rain, I, as a devoted client and loyal fan, instantly lost interest to that bagged version. After lunch and got my magazines, I passed by Alexandra House again, the rain had stopped and the crowd had gone, I went down to the street outside the store and got a copy (sans bag); and then I bumped into Gucci/ YSL's General Merchandising Manager, my former boss in fact. I greeted and we had a chat, in fact I deliberately carried an old YSL canvas bag with the old pink/orange logo was a Micky take to tease the crowd. She then introduced me to YSL's new regional CEO.
Reality check. First, I cannot be one of those awaiting people who are clearly the ones who cannot afford any YSL products, well, maybe a logo tee or two and that's it, they are not potential or ideal customers for YSL. Call me a snob or whatever, but I cannot be one of them. I mean it's okay to widen the entry prix point category but YSL is not a t shirt or handbag brand, and I'm no fashion police, but if ever toying that ideas with the most pretigeous house in France which was built with grace and style is certainly a crime to me. Second, even if I have the bag, I would/could never carry it around, 'cos that screams "I am one of those queue-ups". Third, I started to think the concept behind this bagged version might actually do more harm than good. No doubt, it certainly creates hypes, but I think hype is in fact the very last thing YSL needs. The cloth bag-act creates noise, but doesn't broaden its fan base or clientele, no! It's possible do more damage the brand image than otherwise. To me, YSL should never be a GUCCI or vice versa, they are different. I wish they'd ditch the bag idea next season.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Jet Hong Kong - bloggers' view

As promised, a brief Q&A session with BryanBoy, GaranceDoré, Jamie of justJR and Tommy of Jak&Jil. I asked them the below questions regarding their personal choix on FW08 -
(1) Can you list 3 of your personal favourite woman's prêt-a-porter AH08 collections in order?
(2) Can you list 3 of your personal favourite man's prêt-a-porter AH08 collections in order?
(3) Did you get a fashion moment this season? How and where did it happen?
(4) Who do you consider as a promising upcoming designer?
(5) Can you list 5 items that you want to get this winter? They could be anything, fashion or other things…
See their answers in English -

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Linda Evangelista | Because you're worth it

I adore Linda Evangelista, I mean, I grow up with Linda. I read Vogue because of her. I fell for fashion because of her. Just happy to see her being as celebrated as ever again this season. Not only is she the one and only original supermodel, who at 43, is currently the ultimate spokesperson of L'oreal's, Prada fw08, and also little known her role at Germaine de Capuccini. Unstable economy has given these mega stars in fashion business another chance to shine and to do things in the most professional manner; importantly so, the emerging markets know and recognise their faces; their new fashion citizens have different taste, they want to look 'Super!', literally; they don't want to look dreary like Sasha or Lara et co. Plus, they have a different shopping mood and unaffected by the gloomy economy. Yes, Linda's gained quite a few pounds and admitted the Botox issue, but they still use her for one reason. She sells. Read and find out why she still rules!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ka-pok's mayjah re-opening

Looks like the best-kept secret in town won't be that secretive any longer soon.
Ka-pok, a demure little French-owned selected store in Hong Kong will be back this weekend at their new spot on St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai. I always compare the shop with Surface to Air in Paris, I mean if I have to choose between Surface to Air, Colette and Kitsuné. After a few weeks' summer gap, Ka-pok is coming back with new exclusive arrivals that will be in-lined with the nonchalant shop image and designs that are idea-oriented with thoughtful simplicity. I've had the preview and will keep you posted after a personal detour with shop owner Monsieur Castel soon. Sure a mayjah damage will be made there.

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963)

What a day! it started with model casting (one of them was Holly from 'Make me a Supermodel', yes, she's in town), kicked start that Chloé project with Milk X, loggin' all the celeb email dispatch when followin' up with the primary layout of Razor Red's fw08 menswear supplement which I start contributing this coming issue; plus, line-up for freshmen's editorial shoot with a friend at Jessica, 'n explained to her why I wasn't at Gucci show, and won't be going to JPG, YSL and I.T.'s, I mean, catching up. Followed by mayjah discovery at Nicola Formichetti's blog about [Summer Height's High] before spreading that out to my frenz on FB. I know it was nothing to compare to my former Gucci lifestyle which I miss sometimes, but... sigh! I mean, not complaining, but when do I get time to read books and magazines and study more about other interesting stuffs like illustration and 1980s and stuffs? What about the Tokyo shopping preparation guide? Do they have American Apparel there? Dear, I need to do my homework now! Looking forward to my Japan holiday in October...

Kate Moss on Purple - sensational!

Simply another must buy issue of Purple. Featuring Kate Moss in Balmain by Christophe Decarnin; accessorized with one of her many exs- photographer Mario Sorrenti (whom looks like the infamous Olivier Zahm).
Rock it, Kate!