Saturday, February 28, 2009

Koi Suwannagate & Phillip Lim - Ring a ring o'roses

Blue roses - 3.1 Phillip Lim & Koi Suwannagate

3.1 Phillip Lim Rosette Tank dress (colour washed out in the sunny trellis photo)
Marni shoes

Taupe roses - 3.1 Phillip Lim & Koi Suwannagate

3.1 Phillip Lim linen strapless rosette dress (love the pockets! 'Pockets full o' posies')
Christian Louboutin Electric Blue Simples 85mm
PS. Whenever I wear this dress, people feel the need to come & 'squoosh' the 3-D flowers!


Black Roses - Koi Suwannagate

Koi Suwannagate black cashmere rosette top (roses are on the back, boatneck in front, worn back to front)
Stella McCartney for H&M silk tulip skirt
Stella McCartney fuschia satin pumps
Beaded cuff (bought it over 10 years ago!)

The sleeves are in fact split, which I'm not a fan of, so I've knotted them up to make my own 'rose & thorns'. I see Natalie wore her sweater back to front too (although they say no two pieces are the same)!

Koi Suwannagate

It’s all in the detail! I liked the old times when things took time to be made. I appreciate the value of vintage clothing and draw much inspiration from antique pieces and organic shapes. I love femininity paired with imperfection."

Born in Bangkok and living in LA, Koi Suwannagate launched her line in 2001. A few years later I discovered her imaginately beautiful hand-sculptured creations, using vintage & organic fabrics, and nature-inspired designs. This black cashmere rosette top was my first Koi Suwannagate piece, and it is a real shame that I couldn't photograph it well (especially seeing it's black), it only made me fall deeper in love with her artistry. A few years later Koi collaborated with Phillip Lim for his Spring/Summer 2007 collection, which was truly a match made in fashion heaven. I fell in love with the 3-D sculptural roses, , and it's my favourite collection by Thailand-born (to Chinese parents) Phillip Lim (whom I've been a fan of since his 'Development' days). In more recent collections Koi has shown that she is not just a 'knit-girl' and has also used beautiful silks & jerseys.

Winter 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Put your freakum dress on...

Dress: Dries Van Noten (details in previous post)
Shoes: Marni 
Japanese Chopstick in hair (15th birthday present from best friend in Brazil)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dries Van Noten dress: beads, coral & sequins...oh my!

Early last week I 'threw my back out', and have been unable to take pictures of the detail of this dress, as requested by some lovely readers. The detailing is incredible! The coral on the neck line, tiny wooden beads on the sleeves, neckline & hem of the dress... In fact, even the sequins are unique (I'm very picky about sequins, as the wrong ones may look tacky, but I especially love the lower sequinned part of the dress).

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Recent Buys: Dries Van Noten, Burberry Prorsum & Stella McCartney

How embarassing, the title looks almost identical to one I posted a few weeks ago, am seeing a trend here...

Dries Van Noten

I fell in love with the simple silhouette of this Dries Van Noten dress, with its boatneck, knotted back, short draped sleeves, and gorgeous wooden beads & coral detail on the neck line. Not game enough to pull-off the runway version above (for some reason it reminds me of a dress Fran Drescher wore on an episode of 'The Nanny' many years ago), I opted for a soft golden-brown version, and a plain fuschia silk version as a versatile-option I hope to reach for several times. I am planning to wear it with electric blue, bright orange (I just purchased an orange silk kimono raincoat), as well as subdued with charcoal in Winter...

Burberry Prorsum


Because you can never have too many coats nor Burberry Prorsum pieces in your wardrobe...

Stella McCartney


Another fuschia purchase! Who would've thought I would be wearing pink?!?

A year or so ago I fell in love with these Stella McCartney pumps, and bought them in black (thinking I wouldn't find them in the other colours), then red, followed by patent grey, and now I finally managed to track down the gorgeous fuschia satin pair to complete the 'family'. Hubby & I don't usually exchange V-day presents, so when I gave him something little, he felt bad for not getting me anything. Feeling guilty for buying these when I said 'no more shopping 'til March', I said these can be his V-day pressie to me, problem 'solvered'.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sun, sand, sea & sipping on wines...

I love this floral white & blue dress, and found it in a cute little town whilst on holidays early last year.  It is my poor-man's version of a Burberry Prorsum dress from Christopher Bailey's Spring 2005 collection I can only dream of owning (although my lucky sister has it! If only we lived in the same country so I could borrow it...)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Listening to Coco Chanel in my silk embroidered opera coat

This weather is crazy! The temperature has halved in a matter of days! One day I'm lounging by the pool, the next I'm reaching for a coat...

So windy!
Close-up of the coat and gorgeous necklace my sister gave to me from Turkey
Dress: Witchery
Coat: Tailor-made Chinese silk embroidered Opera coat (bought this 6-7 years ago)
Shoes: Dries Van Noten
Jewellery: ring from Palermo Viejo in Buenos Aires, bracelet from Bauhaus (from India), miscellaneous Chinese enamel bracelets, necklace from Turkey

I couldn't decide what jewellery to wear, so I tried them all together. I did, however, heed the words of Coco Chanel:
Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewellery.”