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March 15, 2011

Trickle-down Effect

Trickle-down Effect 

Have you seen these men's socks at H&M? I've been buying them wherever there's an H&M store for weeks now. It's cheaper to buy new socks and underwear than send them to the cleaners. Stripes aside, doesn't the colour scheme remind you of Miuccia Prada's blockbuster spring/summer 2011 collection?

H&M socks

Gotta love fast-fashion.

Person of Colour

Person of Colour

Yesterday was quite fruitful. I went to the chiropractor, got my hair trimmed, went to a couple of meetings, had 'after work' cocktails with the bf before making chicken noodle soup for dinner.

Bryanboy at Zink Stockholm

One of the things I love about dressing up is making your own individual look based on your personality, feelings and emotions. It's also fun and exciting to see how your surroundings react to your look. Instead of letting people be voyuers peeking into your life, you watch them back. Think of it as a social experiment. Some will praise you, some will be horrified, but no matter what people's reactions are, you stand by your look because it's uniquely you.

Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than allowing myself to be influenced by my environment on what or how I should dress. When I decorate my body like a Christmas tree, put things on my body, I put things because I like them. Not because it's 'appropriate', not because 'it looks good' (to who? the wearer or the eye of the beholder?), etc. I like the guilt-free feeling of not caring what others would say. I wish I could say I'm a strong person but I'm not -- 99% of the time I don't care but when that 1% strikes, it's a mindfuck!

For instance, I wore my head-to-toe orange and red look a few days ago and boy, I looked like the sore thumb. On the surface, I liked it, yes. I'm no stranger to looks -- it DOES feel good when people point, gawk and stare at me whenever I'm in, say, New York, Milan or Paris... but in monochromatic Scandinavia? Suddenly, I felt bad.

What happens when you stick someone who likes to stand out and place him or her in a society where people deliberately make the conscious effort to blend in? Standing out and looking different from everybody else suddenly becomes less challenging. It becomes easy. Way too easy.

How do you go from there? What is more challenging to the person who doesn't like to conform? To conform or not to conform?

I ended up wearing different shades of very dark blue.

March 14, 2011

Loewe Amazona Bag

Loewe Amazona Bag

Sundays in Europe are dreadful because most places are closed. What was meant to be a day out to run errands (and get a long-overdue haircut) ended up being a day trip around the city: lunch at a Thai place at T-Centralen, saw the changing of the guards at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, paid homage to H&M, coffee and chocolate croissants at Sodermalm. It's not so bad, no, but I want to be productive...

Bryanboy and Loewe Amazona Bag

Spanish luxury house Loewe recently sent me their classic Amazona bag in black suede. Talk about discreet luxury... the exterior is suede but the lining is made out of buttery-soft, supple leather. The bag, designed since 1975, is super lightweight and can fit a lot of things. It's so chic!

Sunglasses from Prada, bowtie from Lanvin, shirt and jeans from Uniqlo, sweater and jacket from Filippa K, raincoat from Valentino, shoes from Jil Sander, bag courtesy of Loewe.

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March 13, 2011

Changing of the Seasons

Changing of the Seasons

March is a very tricky month, especially if you're in the northern hemisphere. As the bitter days of winter come to an end, dressing up can be challenging... and exciting at the same time. All the stores are carrying the new season's finest livery. The latest and the greatest are up for grabs. But how do you brave the streets in your spring best when the temperatures are slightly above freezing outside? Topping it all off with a strong, bold fur coat seems to be a good idea.

Michael Kors fur coat

Fox fur coat courtesy of Michael Kors, sunglasses from Karen Walker, necklace from Fallon, shirt from Uniqlo, sweater from H&M, necktie from Prada, bag courtesy of Mulberry, jeans from Diesel, shoes from Prada.

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March 11, 2011

All Fashed Out at La Perle Bar Last Night

All Fashed Out at La Perle Last Night

Hello my dearest readers! I'm currently in Prague waiting for my connecting flight to see the boyfriend. A few hours after the Miu Miu show yesterday afternoon, I ended Paris Fashion Week fashion month this season with a drink at the now infamous La Perle bar at the Marais.

Hope things go back to normal. I'm all fashed out!!!

March 10, 2011

Marc Jacobs Backstage at Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2011

Marc Jacobs Backstage at Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2011

I took out my camera while waiting for my turn to greet Marc after the show.

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He seems to be very happy when I saw him. His new collection for Vuitton is very desirable.

Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2011 Finale

Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2011 Finale

Here's the view from my seat at the (Marc Jacobs for) Louis Vuitton fall/winter 2011 fashion show.

March 09, 2011

Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2011 Full Show [Watch Online]

Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2011 Full Show [Watch Online]

How extraordinary was the Louis Vuitton show an hour and a half ago? Here's the full show online.

BRILLIANT!

March 07, 2011

John Galliano Fall Winter 2011 Final Walkthrough

John Galliano Fall Winter 2011 Final Walkthrough

Here's the view from my seat at the 'secret' John Galliano fall/winter 2011 presentation held at Avenue Foch earlier this afternoon.

There were 10 models and about 24 or 25 looks. I don't have the accurate figure right now. I also had chills running down my spine when the track 'Lights Go Down' by Basement Jaxx boomed in the room. Galliano used the same track at the Christian Dior haute couture fall/winter 2008 show.

More to follow.

March 06, 2011

Loewe Fall Winter 2011 Finale

Loewe Fall Winter 2011 Finale

Here's the view from my seat at the Loewe fall/winter 2011 fashion show.

I enjoyed going to Loewe by Stuart Vevers. It's my first time to see their show and I was impressed how luxurious the collection is. His strength lies both in outerwear and accessories. That turquoise crocodile bag? Mind-blowing!

Photos to follow.

March 05, 2011

Maison Martin Margiela Fall Winter 2011 Bags

Maison Martin Margiela Fall Winter 2011 Bags

I'm obsessed with these foldable, oversized clutch bags at Margiela. So chic! They're my must-have bags for fall.

Margiela Fall Winter 2011 Bag

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Maison Martin Margiela Fall Winter 2011 Finale

Maison Martin Margiela Fall Winter 2011 Finale

Lanvin Fall Winter 2011 Finale

Lanvin Fall Winter 2011 Finale

Sincerest apologies for the shaky hands during the beautiful Lanvin fall/winter 2011 fashion show finale.

Pictures to follow. Bravo Alber!

Earth to Bryan

Earth to Bryan

Thought I'd take a break from the full-on fur looks, tone myself down a bit and wear earthy colours at the shows today. My friend Andy from StyleScrapbook took these shots after exiting the Lanvin show.

Bryanboy outside Lanvin Fall Winter 2011

Bryanboy outside Lanvin Fall Winter 2011

Sunglasses from Karen Walker, Coat, shirt, trousers, belt from Kenzo, bag from Mulberry, shoes from Lanvin.

Two Annas at Isabel Marant FW2011

Two Annas at Isabel Marant FW2011

How many Annas do you have in your life? I have two. One of them is my front-row neighbour (as always).

Anna Wintour at Isabel Marant Fall Winter 2011

Anna Dello Russo at Isabel Marant Fall Winter 2011

Vive la différence!

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