"when the itch is inside the boot, scratching outside provides little consolation."
- chinese proverb
topshop continues to out-do itself with its speedy reactions to market trends. this thigh-high britney boot in polyurethane (the nubuck version is much more fashion) comes with a 1.5" platform and a 4.5" heel and "tightly fitting" shaft - perfect for attaching suspenders to. at usd250, that's not too much damage. unfortunately, they only ship to the uk and us. anyone travelling any time soon?
"i often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packed more sex than two naked bodies in bed."
- bette davis
maison martin margiela fw09
zac posen fw09
dolce & gabbana fw09
the shoulder extends even further up and out this fall with christophe decarnin of balmain becoming the world's most copied designer in less than two seasons. whether it be a blouse, dress or jacket, make sure your shoulders have at least 5cm of extra oomph. elle tv has an excellent tutorial on the topic. be a recessionista and get your sewing supplies at sham shui po (mtr station of the same name, nam cheong street exit) and if you are feeling really creative, stud/jewel/feather the pad first and then secure it under a sheer/lace top for maximum impact.
"blue eyes say, love me or i die; black eyes say, love me or i kill thee."
- spanish proverb
marc jacobs fw09
vivienne westwood red label fw09
christian dior fw09
carolina herrera fw09
teal, viridian, sapphire and indigo - fashion has gone royal this fall. wear it head to toe or layered with neutral shades of oyster and stone. chiffons and chunky cashmere for the day; jacquards and devore velvet in the night to display the colours at their most intense. keep accessories to a minimum. all photographs care of style.
31 year old christophe aghirre schwarz, or the artist better knows as zevs, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage before acting principal magistrate bina chainrai in eastern court yesterday. prosecutors told the court that a professional cleaner hired by giorgio armani hong kong to remove the chanel logo and "children's water-based paint" was unable to do so and that the affected sandstone facade would have to be replaced at a cost of hkd6,746,000. zevs called this "surrealistic" and offered to help the store clean the area in question by contacting experts in europe. the two other men who were arrested with him initially have since been released due to insufficient evidence.
a video clip which recorded the crime in action was available on scmp earlier in the week but has since been removed.
"i think it's romantic when someone offers me a seat on the subway."
- carrie bradshaw in sex and the city (the series)
net-a-porter is now available on your iphone via net-app. shop, make a wish list, browse new arrivals and read up on weekly fashion news anywhere, anytime. taking the mtr has never been more productive.
true investment dressing comes into play this season as the brunt of the financial crisis hits us in the second half of this year. make the pillar piece of your wardrobe a classic camel - whether belted, double-breasted or boxy with bunny ears this item is as practical as it is modern whilst being able to stand the test of time. wear it over your 80's-shoulder trophy jacket and grape cigarette pants.
"in the olden days, a glimpse of stocking was looked upon as something shocking but now, god knows, anything goes."
- cole porter
lauren santo domingo
falke tulle suspender belt
closure: double hooks at back
fastening: plastic clasps
gerbe tentation suspender belt
closure: none (tubular)
fastening: metal clasps
kiss me deadly sirena 4-strap suspender belt
fastening: metal clasps
falke pure matt 50d hold-ups
silicone reverse on band
there is no avoiding the over-the-knee boot trend this fall - especially the one sported above by lauren santo domingo in which one attaches suspenders to their footwear!! prada (fisherman waders), alexander mcqueen (pointy platforms) and stella mccartney (stiletto cuissardes) all showed thigh-high styles for fw09/10. wear yours with the new micro mini skirt length and an oversized top (be it a jumbo mohair knit or boxy peacoat shearling) for a fun play on proportion. can't wait for the mercury to drop. all product shots care of my tights.
"the doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live."
- flora whittemore
eva longoria parker in escada
blake lively in celine
shortly after celine's announcement earlier this month of the closure of its only london door, comes the news that escada may soon have to dissolve. the german label has liquidity to last until august but not beyond. although restructuring plans have been presented to creditors, if these are not accepted escada will be forced to halt trading immediately as "98 out of the 99 possible measures" to revive the company have already been taken, said chairman bruno sälzer. the brand was founded in 1978 by margaretha and wolfgang ley.
zevs "liquidating" the chanel logo on chater house's southern facade
central, 03:30 yesterday
the "artwork" has since been covered by hong kong land
liquidated coca-cola logo
liquidated mcdonald's logo
visually attacked ("bombed") models in yves saint laurent ad
zevs has liquidated hong kong!! the anonymous french street artist stuck a chanel logo sticker on the facade of chater house in the early hours of yesterday morning and then proceeded to "liquidate" it in his signature style, the meaning of which is to make powerful economic brands look as if they are melting. though his interventions have been very popular, it has been discussed in france whether it should be considered vandalism or art. there was no such furore in hong kong as zevs was promptly arrested at the scene and taken away by police along with two local residents aged 26 and 27.
"that's the thing. you need to be cool to be queen. anne boleyn thought only with her heart and she got her head chopped off. so her daughter elizabeth made a vow never to marry a man. she married a country. forget boys. keep your eye on the prize, jenny humphrey. you can't make people love you, but you can make them fear you. for what it's worth, you're my queen. i choose you."
- leighton meester as blair waldorf to taylor momsen's jenny humphrey in gossip girl
"i believe laughing is the best calorie burner. i believe in kissing; kissing a lot. i believe in being strong even when everything seems to be going wrong. i believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. i believe that tomorrow is a better day, and i believe in miracles."
- audrey hepburn
audrey hepburn in breakfast at tiffany's epitomised the chanel ideal for wearing little black dresses, accessorised with pearls no less, which was subsequently seen everywhere throughout the 1960's. here, christy wong pairs hers with a studded skinny belt and nude suede tie-up peep-toe shoots for saturday night dinner in zuma's bubble room. 2009 chicness.