May 26, 2011

HINT OF TRIBAL

IN A TRIBAL NECKLACE
Fashion is taking a turn on the global side by embracing tribal inspired pieces this summer. From quirky, ethnic patterns, clashing colors, to statement piece necklaces, designers all over are making it easy to sport this tribal trend by providing minimal tribal looks to full on tribal looks. Dare to go bold by mixing different colored motifs together and piling on accessories, or play it safe and casual by throwing on a tribal inspired necklace to your everyday outfit. Whichever route you take, one thing is for sure. Sporting the tribal trend gives off a fashion-forward appeal while exuding the state of being fun and carefree! Definitely a state of mine we all deserve to be in!
H&M dress & men's fedora, American Apparel loose crop tee, vintage Dooney & Bourke handbag, Sam Edelman clogs, F21 necklace

Tribal Necklaces on the Runway 
Spring 2011 Runway Looks
1. PROENZA SCHOULER, 2. YVES SAINT LAURENT, 3. LANVIN, 4. GUCCI,
Tribal Looks on the Runway
Spring 2011 Runway: 1. MILLY, 2. MISSONI, 3 &  4. VIVIENNE TAM 
Celebrities in tribal-inspired necklaces
1. Solange Knowles, 2. Leighton Meester, 3. Jessica Alba, 4. Rachel Bilson

Also, for those that asked about how I made my fringe skirt in the previous post. I used this method from whowhatwear, but used long strips of fringe instead of feathers. And instead of using glue, I sewed the fringe onto my skirt to give it a more permanent feel. 1 key thing to remember when making this skirt is to go from the bottom up! 1 helpful tip is, mark a straight line around your skirt to help you place the fringe on the skirt evenly.

May 23, 2011

BLACK V 2.0

Photo Diary of Black V: A Dark Fashion Event presented by Astonish Magazine
DIY (do-it-yourself) fringe skirt, Cotton On Blouse, vintage fur shawl and fascinator hat designed by Phuong My.
HOMME by Dahae Kim on the left, KENCHEN on the right
Jay Nicolas Sario on the left, MENK on the right
Necklace made of clothespins by Jay Nicolas Sario
Me with designer Jay Nicolas Sario after our brief interview for Astonish Magazine
Me and Megan of Astonish Magazine with designer Dahae Kim of Homme
Me interviewing jewelry designer, Eugene Huang
Designer, Mansha Khithani of MENK interviewing for Astonish Magazine
Models backstage, before the runway show began 


On Saturday, I had the luxury of attending, helping and interviewing all the designers at the Black V 2.0 Fashion Show event. The event was quite a success! Everything went according to plan and the fashion show was smooth and seamless. It was fun and exciting talking to all the designers, assistants and models and just seeing the process of everything. 
One particular thing I enjoyed about this show was the arrangement of seats. Unconventional to typical runway shows, the seats were set-up with catwalk space in-between each row, allowing front row seating to all guests. Detail to each garment was able to be noticed due to the intimate set-up. 
Interviews with designers can be found here. (Unfortunately some of the video's were unable to be posted due to the level of background noise  & not being able to hear the designers =(

May 14, 2011

GET PINKY

IN PINK SHORT SHORTS
Kate Bosworth for NYLON Magazine - March 2011
An easy way to entice a simple wardrobe is through color. This year, many stores are coming out with colored shorts. Pink shorts in particular have been a styling staple trend in shorts, being seen in Isabel Marant's spring/summer 2011 collection and also on various fashion bloggers. If you're looking for a new alternative to denim shorts, colored shorts is the perfect solution!

F21 pink shorts, leopard belt, white blouse and necklace, satchel from Nordstroms, men's H&M fedora


























































Colored Shorts on the Runway

Spring/Summer 2011 Runway Collection
1. PAUL & JOE, 2. ISABEL MARANT, 3.MAX MARA
Some great places to shop the colored shorts trend: 
3. Urban Outfitters: urban renewal Levi's denim shorts
4. Forever 21: frayed denim shorts and/or color cuff shorts
5. Shopbop: Hudson hampton denim shorts and/or Siwy camillia cut-off shorts

So, I recently got interviewed by Smashion, a social online fashion marketplace website, that connects savvy buyers in an eco-friendly way! Think about, vintage shopping... but online! Anyways, click here to check out my interview!

photo's by mandywong

May 8, 2011

MNG GOES BOLD & STRIPEY

RE-INVENTION OF STRIPES IN FASHION

Eniko Mihalik for MANGO Spring/Summer 2011 look book.
Stripes are one of the few patterns found in every women's closet. The simplicity and boldness of stripes makes it easy to apply this pattern to every fashion style and to anything. While stripes are most often are used nautically in fashion, Mango (MNG) illuminates the power of stripes by exhibiting stripes in a very bold and summery way. Using the color-block trend as a statement, Mango uses bold accessories and vibrant colors to provide a fresh, new and definitely fashion-forward way to wear stripes this coming year. 
photos courtesy of fashionising

May 5, 2011

OFFICIALLY FEELS LIKE SUMMER

BREEZIN IN A SUMMER DRESS
H&M dress/swimwear cover-up piece, mix of bracelets from World Market & F21, Michael Kors watch, F21 heels
Today has by far, been the hottest day of the year so far, and I am loving it! Despite the feeling of feeling sticky from sweat and what not, I thrive in heat and love wearing minimal clothing. (not like that)! Therefore, I took advantage of the hot California weather and took a stroll down Santana Row wearing my very breezy and cool, summer dress/swimwear cover-up piece. (I didn't realize until I looked at the receipt for my dress that it's actually supposed to be a cover-up piece for swimwear,.... which explained why I found the dress next to all the bikinis..... oops?) Anyways, what I look forward to most about summer is being able to walk out the door jacket-less and showing off my legs in shorts and skirts. What are you looking forward to most about summer? 
photo's taken by mandywong

MORE THAN JUST STAIRS

THE POWER OF DESIGN
Longchamp Store in Soho, New York

    Armani Store in 5th Ave,  New York by Architect Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas 
As a designer, I truly believe that the way of living can be vastly improved and given a second look through design. A gift that creative people entail, is the ability to take anything in it's most simplest form, abstract it and re-invent it, while keeping it functional but newly entertaining. The following concepts of stairs above are perfect examples, of the ability to transform something so logical and dull into something interesting and fun. Who said stairs in itself, can't serve as art and a design masterpiece?  
photo's courtesy of home-designing.com, archdaily.com