Friday, 26 June 2009

chocolat pour coco

"fashion fades, only style remains the same."
- coco chanel

not to be outdone by prada and armani, designer fred de garilhe has come up a mobile telephone vision for chanel.  the chocolate-bar-like device is said to be "extremely slim and compact, with a screen that appears from behind a 16-key grid that utilises optical fibre technology to display an image between two glass parts." it works by "integrating an optical fibre system that displays images between two glass parts." when active, the keys illuminate to display a typical numeric layout, with call and menu buttons aligning themselves with the display.  want one?  don't hold your breath - the dream has yet to be realised.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

reaching new heights

"business overall at the $1.8 billion chain is ok, in the face of the dismal economy.  i'm almost embarrassed to say it's ok.... we can sell two-for-$18 jerseys and a $500 dress within 15 feet of each other.  that's the secret.  we have something for everyone."
- sir phillip green on topshop uk

and, boy, do they have something for me.... who dreamed up these nude patent exposed-platform pumps?  i hope your bonus is performance-based with a sell-thru linked indicator, dear.  such a beautiful, classic (read: season-less) style with the perfect amount of IT treatment.  there's a also good 120 mm there, if not more.  so very chic.  and so very un-topshop!!

come on, vogue

"when i die, i want to go to vogue."
- david bailey

elle beat vogue [gasp] in the first half of this year, having sold a total of 14 more advertising pages in its past six issues according to forbes. what with the the economy flummoxed and all, ad sales for everyone are down but elle is at -22% (970 pages sold) compared with vogue's -32% (956 pages sold). forbes notes that vogue's blake lively and sienna miller covergirl choices have been somewhat "down-market" [GASP] of late and hence possible signs that it is slipping from its revered top spot. too c.o.m.m.e.r.c.i.a.l....? nothing wrong with a little commercial.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

something new

"betrothal 过大礼/纳彩 - up to a month and at least three days before the wedding day, the groom and a friend or a matchmaker will deliver the betrothal gifts on the auspicious date chosen.  chinese wedding cakes.... at least six tins of canned pork legs.... and two pairs of dragon and phoenix candles 龙凤烛 are also included."

- wikipedia

i was doing some surfing today and came across this picture of brooklyn decker on her wedding day to andy roddick.  didn't the 21 year old swimsuit model look gorgeous in her custom vera wang gown?  the rouching on it is so fashion.  although vera's lavender label isn't doing so well (bergdorf  and saks dropped it for spring and neiman marcus for fall) i'm glad to see the top price points pulling thru the global recession.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

something old

"men should be judged not by their tint of skin, the gods they serve, the vintage they drink, nor by the way they fight, or love, or sin, but by the quality of the thought they think."
- adela florence nicolson

alice t was so cute in her vintage feather-print slip dress - perfect for a monday afternoon church wedding.  don't hem it, dear, it is so feminine and elegant at this length!!  her rose gold "B" necklace and mustard banana republic clutch (circa 1998.... nice....) were the cherries on top of the outfit.  for more things antique, visit somethingrenewal.

can i get your number(s)?

"money can't buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy."
- spike milligan

employment in hong kong decreased in the industries of manufacturing (-7.0% or -9,500 persons), import and export trade (-4.7% or -24,300 persons) and wholesale trade (-3.1% or -2,000 persons) compared with a year earlier - hksar census and statistics department, 22 Jun 2009.

department store same-store sales in japan slipped an alarming 12.3% to ¥511.26 billion in may, down for the 15th month in a row, the japan department stores association said.  the sector's clothing sales slumped 15.1% - wgsn, 19 Jun 2009.

the value of retail sales in may fell 1.1% compared with may 2008, and textiles - clothing and footwear - was the worst performing category, down 8.4%, according to the uk's office of national statistics - drapers online, 18 Jun, 2009.

liberty of london is closing its sloan street store as a "european fashion brand" offered a £700,000 cash premium to take over its lease -, 22 Jun 2009.

clothing sales in france fell 12% year-on-year in may, according to a report from the french fashion institute, imf - wgsn, 19 Jun 2009.

prada is said to be in talks with banks to renegotiate its £1.5 billion debt in order to see through "aggressive" store expansion plans - the financial times, 15 June, 2009.

Monday, 22 June 2009

mooooving on up

"a girl told me my lips looked like somebody had pressed strawberry yogurt against my face."
- katherine heigl

frozen yogurt in all of its variations has been around for some time now in america but the craze only recently hit hong kong.  yo mama touched down on the increasingly-popular star street of wanchai amidst the coffee/muffin and wine/cheese options already available.  serving just original or green tea flavours, their specialty is toppings - from fresh strawberries to granola and even gummy bears.  the result is delectable and healthy too at only 0.25% fat!!  easily take-out-able and car-friendly.  you know you want it.
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