Friday, 14 August 2009

bride's cakes

rodarte for tar-jeh

"apparently the rodarte girls watched midnight cowboy this afternoon to calm their nerves...."
- the moment shares how kate and laura mulleavy prepped themselves for the cfda awards, which saw them win womenswear designer of the year 2009

emma watson in rodarte

kate bosworth in rodarte

kiera knightly in rodarte

sisters kate and laura mulleavy are bringing their ethereal sensibility to the shelves of target this fall as part of go international's series of limited collections. the 55 piece rodarte line will go on sale 20 december and be in store for 45 days with price points ranging from usd9.99 for a pair of knee-highs to usd79.99 for a leopard print jacket and will include "a variety of great holiday dresses," said joshua thomas, a target spokesman. "it’s very feminine, yet very modern. the collection incorporates a rich mix of patterns and fabrications and everything from sequins and bows to faux fur. the key with rodarte is layering." images to be released in november. a high street version blessed by the original designer!! we can't wait. all photographs care of instyle.

baby-friendly malls

"getting a burp out of your little thing is probably the greatest satisfaction i've come across. it's truly one of life's most satisfying moments."
- brad pitt

my little niece, lucia, likes to chew on prada handbag tags - my sister is starting her early!! they are coming to hong kong next week and i am struggling to plan an itinerary. aside from ifc, pacific place, ocean terminal and festival walk, does anyone have suggestions for baby-friendly malls? i want to take her to horizon plaza (for cupcakes, of course) but the bathrooms are really, really bad. prince's building has tonnes of baby stuff on 4/f but i don't recall there being a baby changeroom..?

Thursday, 13 August 2009

taken to the cleaners

"the moon's an arrant thief, and her pale fire she snatches from the sun."
- william shakespeare

scotland yard's released cctv images of the two smartly-dressed gunmen entering graff last week

two men took 43 items from the graff store on new bond street in london last week including a yellow oval diamond ring containing 179 diamonds, an oval-shaped white diamond single line necklace encrusted with 78 diamonds and a multi-coloured diamond flower necklace consisting of 272 pink and yellow diamonds. they left with a female hostage although she was released upon their getaway in a blue bmw after firing the first of two warning shots into the air. this car crashed into the back of a black cab on dover street at which point the men fired a second shot, also into the air, and then switched to a silver mercedes. det supt stuart cundy, of scotland yard's flying squad, said that he was keeping an "open mind" about the robbery and had not ruled out that the diamonds were stolen to order for a "mr big" or that the criminals were helped by an insider.

not exactly the look we were going for....

"success is dangerous. one begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. it leads to sterility."
- pablo picasso

alice + olivia shrunken military jacket
usd440 at singer22

alice + olivia beaded collar zebra stripe blazer
usd495 at nordstrom

dear, oh dear....

what a gem

"basically he never went to work and didn't have a job. of course I thought he did. i thought he was on the phone doing business deals instead of borrowing money from people."
- christie brinkley

sony ericsson is issuing a limited edition dolce & gabbana version of their jalou in q4 of this year. designed to look like a cut jewel, the phone will be released in rose, amethyst, aquamarine and onyx with 24 carat gold plated accents and come with satin bags and branded headsets. two particularly fun features are the button which turns the two inch screen into a mirror and the walk mate step counter. the quad-band gsm phone also has support for 3g.

(mc)queen of all clutches

"i kind of like the way it is right now.... i believe in that one-on-one sell. i don't really believe in flooding the market with loads of goods that don't mean much, and (you) lose your identity."
- alexander mcqueen

alexander mcqueen python knuckle-duster clutch
usd1,995 @ bergdorf goodman
expected to ship no later than 22 oct 2009

feast your eyes on the highly covetable python knuckle-duster clutch by alexander mcqueen. made in italy and lined in black kidskin, the 4" x 6"1/2 x 2" tonal hardware frame with push-lock closure won't hold much more than some cards and a gloss but it will have captured your heart forever.

mopiko to the rescue

"for relief of bites by lice, mosquitoes, bees or other poisoning insects. itching ulcers. measles. irritation from shaving. headaches. muscle fatigue due to exercise. burns or abrasion."
- mopiko product description

mopiko ointment
made in japan
hkd22.10 @ wellcome supermarket

went downstairs for coffee this morning - came back with not one but four ginormous mosquito bites. dis-gus-ting. thank goodness for my favourite cure-everything cream, mopiko!! also effective on pimples.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

peaches and denim

writing's on the wall

“she is like an historical figure that walks amongst us. i always explain her this way: you can make a film without steven spielberg’s blessing, you can produce some software without bill gates’ blessing, but you can’t get into fashion without anna wintour’s blessing."
- rj cutler, director of the september issue, on anna wintour

us vogue, september 2009

comparison of us vogue september issues

and finally, the numbers....

project "save the day"

"a fashion picture is a portrait just as a portrait is a fashion picture."
- irving penn, legendary style photographer

kate moss (previously unpublished), 1993
300 prints issued - sold out

kate moss for dutch magazine, 2001
now on sale

corinne day is selling limited edition prints of kate moss photographs from her archives in order to fund a gbp100,000 surgical procedure in an arizona specialist treatment facility. day has been battling a brain tumor for the past 10 years and urgently needs this medical care in order to survive. each 5"x7" picture is going for gbp100. to get your copy, contact

violence is never the answer

"in 1992, the american medical association reported that as many as one in three women will be assaulted by a domestic partner in her lifetime - four million in any given year."
- "when violence hits home," time magazine, 4 july 1994

banana republic's broken window
great marlborough street, london

a man died after being impaled on a shard of glass at london's regent street banana republic in the early hours of yesterday morning. according to witnesses, the 30 year old and his girlfriend were fighting on the pavement outside the store and, after pushing her against the window several times, they both fell through. the woman suffered multiple cuts although she was not seriously injured. banana republic resumed business as usual yesterday but declined to comment.

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You are cordially invited to our

Special Private Sales

Langham Place Hotel Hong Kong

Shanghai Room, Level 8, Langham Place,

555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

11th – 13th August, 2009

12:00pm – 3:00pm, 4:00pm – 9:00pm

14th August, 2009

12:00pm – 3:00pm, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Participating Brands

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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

watching you, watching me

"wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out, and strike it, merely to show that you have one."
- lord chesterfield

christopher ward henley chronograph in gold

chunky, statement jewellery continues to be a strong trend this fall. with all those bangles running up your arms, it's important that your timepiece can hold its own against them. established four years ago, christopher ward is available exclusively online (and ships globally). their pieces are more classic and subtle than the enamel/iced versions which are very popular right now but are offered at the same price point.

Monday, 10 August 2009

vanity fair best-dressed 2008

"everybody in vanity fair must have remarked how well those live who are comfortably and thoroughly in debt; how they deny themselves nothing; how jolly and easy they are in their minds."
- william makepeace thackeray

KATE MIDDLETON Because we're throwing her hats in the ring. Residence: London. Age: 26. Significant other: H.R.H. Prince William. Signature look: Tailored jackets, boots and Philip Treacy hats. Frequented boutiques: Ralph Lauren and Topshop. Sunglasses: Chanel. Notable 2008 ensemble: Black suit and Phillip Treacy hat worn to the Order of the Garter service. From Rex Features.

AGNES GUND, president emerita of MoMA
ALICIA KEYS, singer, songwriter, actress
KELLY RIPA, co-host of Live! with Regis and Kelly
H.H. SHEIKHA MOZAH OF QATAR, wife of H.H. the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, UNESCO special envoy for basic and higher education
LIZZIE TISCH, private banker

TIKI BARBER, NBC correspondent, founder of Tiki Ventures
ARPAD BUSSON, financier
MATTEO MARZOTTO, entrepreneur, chairman to ENIT (the Italian state tourist board)
BARACK OBAMA, president of the United States
OGDEN PHIPPS II, private-equity investor
BRAD PITT, actor
ROO ROGERS, environmental entrepreneur, co-founder of OZOlab
CY TWOMBLY, artist

LILIANE BETTENCOURT, principal shareholder of L’Oréal
CATHERINE DENEUVE, actress and model
LAPO ELKANN, creative entrepreneur; founder and president, Italia Independent and Independent Ideas; founding partner and owner, LA Holding

CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY, singer and First Lady of France
MICHELLE OBAMA, First Lady of the United States

GEORGINA CHAPMAN, co-founder and designer, Marchesa
TORY BURCH, designer
MATHILDE MEYER-AGOSTINELLI, director of communications, Prada France
DAVID LAUREN, senior vice president, advertising, marketing, and communications, Polo Ralph Lauren
CANDY PRATTS PRICE, executive fashion director,
RACHEL ROY, designer
STACEY BENDET, designer and founder, Alice & Olivia
FRANCA SOZZANI, editor in chief, Italian Vogue and L’Uomo Vogue
ALI HEWSON, co-founder, Edun fashion label and Nude skin care

JANE LAUDER, general manager, Origins, and AERIN LAUDER, senior vice president
and creative director, Estée Lauder
STAVROS NIARCHOS and EUGÉNIE NIARCHOS, jewelry designer for Gaia Repossi

PALOMA CUEVAS, jewelry designer for Yanes, and ENRIQUE PONCE, professional bullfighter
DIANA TAYLOR, managing director, Wolfensohn & Co., and MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, mayor of New York City; founder, Bloomberg L.P.
NATALIA VODIANOVA, fashion model, and JUSTIN PORTMAN, artist
SHELLEY WANGER, editor, Knopf and Pantheon, and DAVID MORTIMER,
president, the American Assembly


PETER BEARD, “escapist”
NICKY HASLAM, interior designer
IKÉ UDÉ, artist, founder of Arude magazine
BRUCE WEBER, photographer, artist, filmmaker

all runway photographs care of