Hong Kong Fashion Week 2014

Hong Kong Fashion Week 2014 is just round the corner and how excited are we?! I love their creations and visions, totally out of the normal and can be very practical too. Hong Kong Fashion Week 2014 will be taking place on the 7th July till the 10th at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

One designer that has taken my interest is Nina Griffee as it has been reported that she has created a new line featuring Vogmasks. I have never been to China but, I know back at home (Philippines) the country is full of wonders yet the air is thick with pollution. So I can imagine this too in China, meaning that this collection is both practical and very creative.

That’s just one sneaky feature to expect, stay tuned for more!

Xo PH oX

Do You Have A Mary Poppins Beach Bag?!

Mary Poppins Beach Bag

As a little girl I used to be amazed by how much my mom and aunts can stuff into their beach bags. I use to wonder how did it all fit in. Now I’m the one that feels like I have a Mary Poppins bag, my whole life just keeps coming out of that bag and it’s endless. So I wondered, is this naturally programmed into our female minds because the majority of women ive observed and/or know personally have one too. It’s worse than a picnic trip or a day trip to the city!

So what do you have in your beach bag this summer? Just the thought of a beach bag automatically my mind starts doing that infamous to pack list!

Tory Burch

The first item that pops into my mind is my sunglasses! Throughout the whole season of spring and summer, my sunglasses are joint to me like a limb I can’t help it.

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 I will spend probably spend 10 minutes or more on deciding which to bring Police, Gucci or Raybans!

Once the hardest decision has been made the rest will flow, beginning with selecting a cover-up option for the beach that for me would be either a Sarong or a Kaftan. If you didn’t want to pack a cover-up why not bring a scarf and use it as a hair accessory until you need to use it as a Sarong. Next would be the beach towel, I would personally bring one made from Viscose as they dry so quickly and ensure you bring one big enough for two because there is always that one person who forgets theirs.

Katie Eary Beach Towel

Bug spray for me is a must as in the Philippines where my mother is from, it’s the land of mosquito’s. They love foreign blood, so I think anyway because they attack me like there no tomorrow! The SPF tools is a must one being for your body, another for your face and of course lip balm. Another essential would be my kindle and an issue of Vogue to read as I enjoy my serenity, accompanied with my music from either my Samsung S4 or my beloved old IPod.

Havaianas

My most preferred footwear for the beach are Havaianas, they are simple and very comfortable too. I find some flip-flops are too hard, too heavy or rub too much on my foot. So Havaianas has been my brand for flip-flops ever since my first because my feet feel like they are walking on clouds.

Snacks too are a must for me however, ensuring that it’s nuts or dried fruit. As before I tried to bring sweets and let’s just say it was a sticky mess! Lesson learned I believe. Whilst we are on the subject of food, I almost forgot to mention water. Now don’t you just hate it when you bring your H2O and damm it’s hot and taste NASTY! If you are a me then I would rather suffer than get up from my comfy spot that took me 20 minutes to settle into.

Klean Kanteen

This is a heaven sent invention and I tell you that if you should purchase this you will not be disappointed! Insulating hot drinks up to 6 hours or iced drinks up to 24hrs, now that is perfect keeping my water cool whilst we both lay in the sun. Ps you also have a lifetime warranty too upon purchase (what more do you want).

So on a quick list I have packed:

1. Sunglasses

2. Sarong/Kaftan

3. Beach Towel

4. Bug Spray

5. SPF Tool Kit

6. Kindle and Vogue Issue

7. MP3 or my Phone and of course Earphones

8. Flip Flops

9. Snacks

10. Klean Kanteen Bottle

Extras:

Frisbee

Cards

Blow Up Ball

Goggles/Snorkels

Enjoy your summer ladies and email me what you have in your bag!

Xo Ph oX

DKNY SS15 Mens Collection Review

DKNY SS15 Mens Collection still has it’s identity intact being heavily influenced by New York and my gosh do you feel it even so now! The models chosen represent those tough residents from the heart of New York with it’s urban entities intact and personalities coming through even more so with them wearing the new collection.

DKNY SS15 Mens Collection is dramatic in styling and conveys the striving New Yorkers you see in everyday life or television if you’re like me who lives in another country. The pieces are designed with practical shapes making it easy to use in your everyday life and are also great transitional pieces giving you the freedom to wear them in the daylight through to your evening events. The collection consists of oversized jackets, textiles from cotton to nylon, tailored smart trousers styled with baseball tops, metallic designed box shaped jackets, wide legged shorts in black, oversized everyday bags, baseball and New York in the 80′s inspired oversized tops styled with formal suiting. Another interesting comeback I believe is the printed long sleeve paired underneath a white t-shirt!

DKNY SS15 Mens Collection I feel were made for people like us who do not have an everyday luxurious event to go to but, would love those fashion forward pieces without sticking out like a sore thumb. Formal wear with options of dressing up or down sounds like a plan to me.

Christopher Kane SS15 Mens Collection Review

Christopher Kane SS15 Mens Collection is viewed as the masterpiece of all his collections. He took inspiration from his previous collections finding inspiration in methods to improve it and fuse sportswear with the precision of tailoring. Contrasting the natural with artificial and may I say it is absolutely flawless. Jeans have a new matte finish to them, graphics are to perfection without jeopardizing the structure, suiting and outerwear are textured with wool jacquard, summer silk tops, light luxurious cashmere knits, printed sweaters feature metallic detailing, outerwear have a reflective techno to it, leather jackets and bags, printed baseball caps with gold detailing to it, bag have a safety buckle from his first collection, bold outerwear’s with printed linings that match the tops and suiting are at a cropped length.

The collection is creative yet commercial too making it very easy to mix with your everyday wardrobe. A collection that is easy to invest in.

 

Andrea Pompilio SS15 Mens Collection Review

Andrea Pompilio SS15 Mens Collection is full of subtle contrasts in its father and son imagery by the inspiration of the differences in the rebellious rock and roll soul of a bourgeois father and son. Fusing some of the fathers fashion senses with the modern anew fashion available, such an interesting contrast and inspiration to use.

In this collection you will find asymmetrical shirts varying in lengths to give a pleated skirted effect then paired with a linen and cotton blended double-breasted suit jacket with loosely tailored trousers. Further styled with the cool rebellious oversized retro sunglasses and open toe footwear worn with ribbed toe showing socks, that really emphasis Andrea Pompilio’s vision. Various pieces also featured the exaggerated grommet detailed belts worn on jackets, more grommet features on the collars and jumpers, pastel coloured socks worn with ice white boots, short 3/4 length jumpers worn as an over layer, suiting with shorts in earthy colours and quirky finishing styling touches with briefcases and retro bags.

A vision well demonstrated and colour tones that really blend from earthy colour tones to navy, burgundy and indigo. If your daring and have a personality of quirkiness, retro and city smart then this is a must follow and buy brand for you. I also love the models hairstyles being very traditional and contrasted by facial accessories referring to the must die for oversized sunglasses!

Agi&Sam SS15 Mens Collection Review

Agi&Sam SS15 Mens ‘Sticks & Stones’ Collection is fierce and contrasting in its designs with the practical shapes assigned to them. The designers inspiration came from the difficulties faced by teenagers who are excepted to conform and uniform with it’s culture in regards to attire choices. However, the collection represents the teenagers rebelling and breaking free from such an expectation and allowing themselves to be free! The designers also looked at Japanese architectures, space and interiors to step it up that little bit more.

In the Agi&Sam SS15 Mens collection you will notice that they kept the tailored traditional wear structures but gave it that twist with minimal Japanese influenced designs and controlled colour palettes. On the other hand there are traditional Japanese pieces that have been given that modern umph into it for example, the traditional Kimono has been tailored and adapted the boxy silhouette instead. Bomber jackets has had it’s volume maximised, shirts with prints are oversized and boxy, printed jumpsuits, light textures, bold monochromes, colour palettes from navy to camel, 90′s hair styled models, retro circled sunglasses, oversized light weighed coats with a zip detailing on the left chest area, certain pieces have asymmetrical zip detailing as a focus, white-on-white flat pressed styling, open white sandals, pleated wide legged trousers and high socks from white to deep blue.

I can definitely feel the rebellion happening here but, in a relaxed I don’t care way rather then look at me I’m winning type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Nicoll SS15 Mens Collection Review

Richard Nicoll SS15 Mens Collection has the more lived in vibe and some interesting turn your world upside down designs! When describing the collection he said it to be “personalized basics” and “special normal” which I can definitely see as the pieces looks like they have been worn non-stop because the wearer loved it so much however, still with its designer appeal thanks to the luxurious fabrics used. If you were to think of a designer who can project their creativity through fabric but still become a stronger and growing business, Richard Nicoll should pop in your mind and if it doesn’t you just need to see his past work!

This collection’s silhouettes are minimal and modern, that also feature his signature pieces to keep the current clients happy but also introducing the inside out style designed in such a light casual way that it will attract newcomers! There are a few things that stand out in this collection where it will make you look twice to investigate, so let me list them:

1. The inside out look – Richard Nicoll SS15 Mens Collection features beautifully tailored straight-cut pants that seemed to be turned inside out with the brightly coloured patterns are to show instead, you can even see the seams intentionally outlined too.

2. Patchwork Cocktail – You will see on the runway certain outfits styled with clashing and contrasting patchwork in the mix of sometimes two or three and in different colours too but, usually with the logic of there being a bold, neutral and soft separates.

3. Futuristic Blam – I called it the futuristic blam because it strikes me as a futuristic movement that goes smack in your face and your mouth drops in awe. A lightweight fabric turned into garment with futuristic features in silver and foil like designs.

So let’s now discuss the various pieces that are in this amazing collection! You have the silver foil like lightweight bomber jackets styled with the zip starting from the collar to mid-chest then left open for the under-laying garments to show, tailored straight-cut lightweight crumpled trousers in a soft blue or checkered black and white, t-shirts with flat metallic breast pockets and boldly outlined collars (conveying the contrasting fabrics of real and synthetic), beautifully box shaped jackets with pocket flaps and collars in contrasting bright colour tones, printed tailored shorts styled with brighter coloured oversized knits, bold and printed bomber jackets styled with ice white shirts to stand out further, Bermuda shorts in one colour tone or with patchwork detailing, oversized and elongated anorak with metallic detailing, smart suiting with minimal bold colouring or prints and the use of Japanese tie-dye prints throughout the collection. These outfits were styled with Addidas Gazelles footwear and some even featured white bottled caps and safety pins embellished by Judy Blame.

This collection definitely makes me want to trade my gender for the day to just strut the streets with these beautiful pieces. One of my top five collections and a big well done sir!

Richard Nicoll SS15 Mens Collection

Casely-Hayford SS15 Mens Collection Review

Casely-Hayford SS15 Mens Collection is even stronger than usual, with the father and son sharing the same passion and vision how can it go wrong ey? This collection is has definitely stepped up with mixing sportswear with the prominent movement in tailoring of business wear in London and New York city, making this more fashion forward with arts intervention (painterly vs graphics).

Featuring elongated overlays and bomber jackets that are to die for but not stopping there either! The collections inspirations also dive in to Jimmy Nail’s beautiful 6’3 frame, wish I was that tall. Pinstripes are transformed onto oversized jumpers, tailored shorts, oversized coats and box shaped jackets, shirts with asymmetrical zips and baseball caps with leather and gold detailing. Sportswear are made more formal with smart one toned jackets, jumpers with asymmetrical zips, oversized t-shirts with blended graphics and painterly detailing and smart tailored bottoms. Wait there’s more too, oversized smart parkas with uneven tailoring to give that sporty and casual feel to it. Smart cardigans in earthy tones and block detailing, crazy busy printed tailored trousers, casual graphics on very tailored box shaped blazers and oversized bomber jackets and a beautiful jacquard blue suit with red lining and black collaring.

This is definitely a strong collection and in my top ten!

Casely-Hayford SS15 Mens Collection

Burberry Prorsum SS15 Mens Collection Review

Burberry Prorsum SS15 Mens Collection was a hit on the runways from its chosen colours to its presentation of the pieces for the spring and summer. Christopher Bailey is another genius in the making and with his new position as C.E.O he has not let us down either. The first thing I noticed and you may too is the continuous use of the Pharell inspired Buffalo hats designed in typographic prints that truly represent the vision encountered from the designers chosen inspiration. Can you guess? Yes typo-graphics are one of the inspirations but its the original typo-graphics and illustrations from vintage English book covers especially Bruce Chatwin’s. All the artwork were designed and printed in-house before being printed onto those beautiful pieces of cashmere, cotton and leather.

Burberry Prorsum SS15 Mens Collection even has the trench coats in the bright turquoise along with vintage book cover inspired oversized sachets, fun pop coloured trainers, leather bounded notebooks, denim jackets under-laying trench coats, tailored cropped trousers in various pop colours, smart long tailored outerwear, short above the hips cut jackets with that extra volume, plain pointed formal footwear, pop coloured suits, typo-graphic scarves styled with the darker toned outerwear and British influenced printed tee’s. The runway was full of colour and contrasting styles like the denims used as under-laying garments for jackets or outerwear.

I truly love this collection, its magnificent and excited to see what more he has in-store for us. This is definitely a brand to watch from now on and expect great creativity. Another thing I would like to mention is the admiration and awareness of British history he brought to the table through his creative collection and well executed vision. Thank you Mr. Christopher Bailey you certainly won me over!

Burbery Prorsum SS15 Mens Collection

Les Hommes SS15 Mens Collection Review

Les Hommes SS15 Mens Collection is what I like to describe as a spring cocktail featuring romantic influences, futuristic exploration and an urban dark city streak to it’s shapes and designs. What a brilliant combination?! The designers Tom Notte and Bart Vander have really pushed the boat out on the tech taloiring in this collection.

Pieces with metallic strokes, details of geometric shapes on leather t-shirts (luckily UK’s summer is not that hot or you would boil), cotton sweatshirts with silver tones blended, blue laminated shirts, slim-blazers with the romantic touch of brooches and some even feature futuristic leather detailing at the bottom, bomber jackets, loosely fitted oversized parkas, slim-fit shorts styled with chunky black footwear, oversized cocooning shaped coats, strikes of yellow under-layering, oversized weekend bags and document bags in black or white, very slinky ties and retro sunglasses.

With the models hair styled in an old school manner, makes me feel that sweet boy side of the model and really believe this to be a brand with a wearer whom is full of serenity and living in the city. Beautiful bomber jackets in my opinion and makes me wish that I could be a man to just buy that piece, it also looks super comfortable!

Les Hommes SS15 Mens Collection

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