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The Collabs

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From time to time, we see collaborations between companies, artists and designers.

The common ones we know more about, is having a designer signature produced in high street fashion.

The ones that I am going to talk about, it’s the invitation to a designer to design a new range of collection that is outside what they usually produce.

Such collaborations interest me and the designers often share their train of thoughts and the inspiration behind.

Balmain

With Olivier Rousteing as the Creative Director, Balmain has developed very strong characteristic styles without losing her iconic roots. What really made me sit up and paid attention was their F/W 2014 Collection.

Balmain went into a one off collaboration with H&M in 2015 which had his apparel designs made very affordable and at very accessible price point. Most people will look at such collaborations as ‘designer pieces made cheaper to buy’.

What was really exciting and drew my attention was his collaboration with L’oreal Paris this year.

Balmain x L’oreal Paris

Balmain does not have a beauty line and to me, this is a good type of cross over. For a fashion designer to come up with lipstick colours, it will make interested parties wonder and look forward to what comes up.

Twelve exotic shades, the same attitude, the same energy.

Ikea

The popular furniture and home furnishing brand. This is also a place where I draw many home interior inspirations.

Ikea began charging for plastic bags in 2007 and made a very bold move to stop issuing plastic bags altogether in 2013. Bringing our own shopping bags is not embedded in our shopping culture here and to just chop away the plastic bags completely, may bring adverse impact to their sales. But they still went ahead to do what was necessary to save Gaia.

Over time, people got used to bringing their own shopping bags and most would have bought one or two of their iconic blue shopping bags for less than a dollar each. Very durable and easy to bring out.

This year, Ikea and Mette Hay came together to redesign the blue shopping bag. Same thing but now in new cool earth shade.


Do you know, a Spanish fashion house launched a new bag which bears an uncanny resemblance to the Ikea blue shopping bag, at a four-digit price tag which had many people went, ‘Really?’?

I am sure I am going to stick to the trust-worthy durable original Ikea bag.

Cheers,
Shirley

Over The Weekend

This is the first year that I sat down and watch fashion shows on the screen.

In the past, I rely alot on magazines for still photos and by the time the magazines hit the rack, it would have been at least a month after the fashion shows. Even the videos on the internet are snippets.

With the rise of social media, brands are using various social media platforms to reach out to more people almost real time.

It is the season of fashion weeks. It is also the season major international fashion house showcase their Spring Summer 2018 collection.

New York Fashion Week, followed by London Fashion Week and now the happening as we speak Paris Fashion Week.

I followed the New York Fashion Week quite closely and these are my top two favourites.

Versace

Gianni Versace was the founder and the designer of Versace. This year is the 20th anniversary of his death. His sister, Donatella Francesca put together a tribute collection showcasing his iconic designs. You will see many of his glorious designs that are still very sought after twenty years later.

She also invited the models whom her brother engaged frequently for his past shows to make a special appearance.

Watch on for the golden appearance of Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen.

Fendi

The colours are so calm and alluring.

Pay very close attention to the bags the models carried. New bag straps are coming, mini bucket bags are so cute that I can’t help but to keep rewinding the videos.

Peek or cold shoulders is going to stay for the next season. For those who have already acquired peek/cold shoulders pieces from us, you are on point.

Photo Credit to Fendi.com

Some of you may think;

“What’s the point of watching these big brands? I am not going to spend that kind of money.”

or maybe

“I don’t have that kind of money to splurge on clothes and bags.”

If you haven’t notice, the major international fashion brands are the indicators of what’s trending and very soon you will see similar styles springing up in the high street stores that many of you go to. Even the small local fashion online stores will have a fraction of inspired styles that you see on the runway.

So, if you have a particular style that you must stick to no matter what, you might want to start looking around for them and stash them away for the upcoming festive seasons before everything is sold out in your size.

It’s time to start contacting your personal shopper.

Cheers,
Shirley

The Sakura Season

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The beautiful sakura season is here again. Several years ago, by a twist of fate and as a result of subsequent events, we never get to see these beautiful blooms in the country of origin until today. Who knows now, we can also see sakura in real life in Singapore.

We don’t have sakura naturally in Singapore. However, we have very awesome people from Gardens By The Bay, who brought these beauties to our shore. I went last year and I was in awe at the blooms. They have brought it back again this year and I have been seeing posts of these beauties on social media. You should really go and see for yourself if you are here in Singapore.

 

 

Every Spring, major fashion and high street brands will introduce new apparel designs with floral elements. I have also brought in various apparel designs of florals done in several ways. I have shared previously how embroidery is a beautiful expression of floral. Now let’s look at other ways of wearing floral.

It’s always good to start small if you have no idea what your level of acceptance is when it comes to attempting new apparel designs or elements. What you are seeing on Floral and Embellishment Feature Top, is a white cotton tee that is made interesting with a feature sewn on applique, long beadings and sparkle studs. If tee-shirt is your top choice for leisure comfy wear but find it too plain looking to look put together, Floral and Embellishment Feature Top is really made for you. Two basic colours all in; White and Black.

 

 

 

We have also brought in another version of this blouse, with drawstring. Drawstring is such a useful function on apparel. Its purpose is to allow flexibility when it comes to definition. Do you notice how it transforms a straight fit top to a peplum top with a draw of the string?

 

 

 

There are many suggestions and personal views when it comes to wearing a floral dress. Some say it’s meant for tall ladies, some say it’s meant for the petite size and some say it’s a cross out for plus size people.

I don’t agree to any of the above.

All you have to do is to choose a suitable combination of colour and the type of floral print. I would say start with a colour that you are comfortable with and look out for small floral prints.

Mini Floral Dress is a very good floral dress to start with. There are only 3 colours on the fabric and the floral print is done in simple outlines that is easy to look at. If you think soft fabric like this type is shapeless and yet dislike the idea of wearing belt/sash, the drawstring is here to help you. Attention is paid right down to the hardware used on the drawstring tips. Good quality buttons are used even though the buttons are concealed with a button panel. Whether buttons are exposed or concealed, it makes a difference to the apparel design.

 

 

 

If you already ready to embrace floral prints, step up to a basic base colour and I recommend these two below.

 

 

Gathered neckline softens the look and simply gives you a feminine look.

 

 

For ladies who always love a touch of vintage in your outfits, I recommend these two below. Look at the buttons. Don’t they look like tiny flowers to you?

 

 

 

Don’t forget to update your makeup too. If you have been following our IG Stories, you would have caught a glimpse of where I have picked up the latest beauty products. I was so drawn to how the colour looked like on the model’s face in the video.

I have only started to use blusher recently even though I have it in my makeup box all this while. I am a lazy bum when it comes to makeup. I just go for the bare minimum.

One fine day, I decided to just dab a bit of blusher on my cheeks and I saw the difference it makes to my face colour. And I discover one beauty of applying blusher. If you have picked up makeup tips from tutorials, you would have seen the common method of ‘smile and apply blusher on the apple of our cheeks’. Because I put on a smile every time I apply blusher before I go out, I find that I always start my day with a smile. Somehow, it lifts my mood from the hectic schedule.

Tried and tested, the COCO CODE BLUSH HARMONY is really pretty on my face! And this is now my daily go to for blusher.

 

 

 

Enjoy the new apparel designs you have picked up at Queenbels and have fun trying new makeup colours.

Cheers,
Shirley

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