Completely aware of the lack of blog posts recently but since this term has started, my work load has gotten ridiculous. Whilst I was in London, I went on a shopping spree and I managed to pick up a Cheap Monday cropped sweater for a bargain of £10. Honestly, I used to always think, "Why does everyone travel for hours to go shopping in London? Are they mad?"; clearly I hadn't experienced London at all and their amazing stores. Although this top was a little on the plain side, I decided to give it an extra "edge" by adding safety pins onto the right shoulder. I like how oversized it is and it's definitely comfortable to wear; it's such a simple idea that can make any old/boring top look interesting!
Netted top - H&M, Denim leggings with suede patches - The Scarlet Room, Necklaces - Fashionology.nl
In a weird way, I like blurry images. I like how they add another dimension to the photo itself, zooming out on all the little details so you have to use your imagination to figure out what you're looking at. Anyway, I got bored today and decided to style myself like "Chicmuse" - tight, on top of the head buns, red lipstick and thick, winged eye-liner.
This was the resulting outcome.
Returning home from London is always depressing. Before the past couple of days, I hadn't been to London properly for a long time and I can truly say that I have had an amazing time with my sister.
Thursday evening was spent dining in Soho at El Cantara where I was pulled up for a bit of belly dancing in front of the whole restaurant - fun but definitely embarrassing! After tucking in to some tapas, we headed towards Leicester Square where we explored the streets of London during the night time. I just couldn't get enough of the hustle and bustle of the city and it's a shame that we couldn't have stayed out later into the night. Nonetheless, my mojito back at the hotel bar was pretty damn good!
Friday morning was stressful as we were rushing around the underground in overcrowded tubes to get to London College of Fashion. Our afternoon was then spent in Harrods drooling over the luxury brands and playing with little french bulldogs, shopping at Oxford Circus and then visiting the London Bridge experience. We ended the night back in Soho, where I spotted a Kokon To Zai store and bought myself a wonderful eccentric dress and then had the nicest Thai food ever at @Siam.
People always say how horrible the people are in London, but that stereotype is so wrong (with the exception of some in the tubes). I met soo many nice and friendly people down there and it's just a shame that I couldn't get to know them better. Honestly, I wished I lived in London..
After being sidetracked by playing on the Xbox Kinect, I have finally managed to finish packing for London. The reason why I am going there is because I have another university interview on friday which thankfully, is my last one! To tell you the truth, I am actually quite nervous/scared for this one as I don't feel prepared at all, not to mention the fact that the interview process is ruthless and cruel.
Anyway, wish me luck because i'll need it!
Viewing her collections, there is a clear link that the late Alexander McQueen has influenced Herpen in her cutting edge creations which can be seen throughout her work. Iris van Herpen is about innovation and her latest collection, "Escapism Couture" shows what 'Couture' should really be about: dreams/visions. Not only is this her second three dimensional printed collection after "Crystallization", but her digital fantasies have been made into reality, constantly challenging the boundaries between art and fashion. Iris van Herpen's work mingles nature's beauty of wild bird shapes and clouds alongside ominous, dark, heavy looking armour which surprisingly works well together. The majority of her creations scream spiral formations, interlocking weaves and metallic colours although, Herpen proves that she is still capable of designing more wearable garments for her viewers by sticking to a minimalistic look.
"For me, fashion is an expression of art that is very closely related to me and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, moods and cultural setting.
In all my work I try to make clear that fashion is an artistic expression, showing and wearing art, and not just a functional and devoid of content or commercial tool. With my work I intend to show that fashion can certainly have an added value to the world, that it is timeless and that its consumption can be less important then its beginning. Wearing clothing can create a very exciting and imperative form of self-expression. 'Form follows function' is not a slogan with which I concur. On the contrary, I find that forms complement and change the body and thus the emotion. Movement, so essential to and in the body, is just as important in my work. By bringing form, structure and materials together in a new manner, I try to suggest and realize optimal tension and movement.”
Happy Chinese New Year/Kung Hei Fat Choi!
It's a tradition for my family to have a huge feast on Chinese New Year. We normally celebrate with extravagant food such as lobster and sea bass where on the weekend, we enjoy a hot pot filled with scallops, steak, king prawns.. you name it. This year, I asked my father what our "feast" was going to consist of and he said he was going to spoil us with lobster so when numerous people asked me about my plans for the new year, I repeated the information I had previously heard. Unfortunately, my joker of a father lied and now it's going to be pretty embarrassing to tell people! Nonetheless, I still had a wonderful meal with my family where I had pork/bamboo soup, king prawns, chicken, sea bass and pak choi!
To top it off, I received a couple of "lucky red bags" which I'm extremely pleased about!