Rag And Bone’s Camel Nubuck Wyatt Heels

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Saw it on SSENSE.  Fell in love……..

Vogue x Gibson Girls

The early years of Vogue featured many of their covers using “Gibson girls”, a term coined after Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944) who standardized the American idea of beauty and femininity which was primarily inspired by his wife, Irene Langhorne.  Gibson’s pen and ink style of illustrations often portrayed a beautiful, slender yet well-endowed woman with a prominent hourglass figure gathered by a swan-bill corset and with hair piled soft and high – an epitome of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  Thereafter, many artists and illustrators started to model after this ideal image and many of these Gibson girls drawings have made it on  Vogue covers as a target towards only the high society.


Above: 1910 Drawing by Charles Dana Gibson, “Patience,” Shows a Gibson Girl Alone at Table


Above: image from Why,That’s Delightful  







Designer Profile: ACRONYM® – A stealth operation

ACRONYM® is a German-based label created by Michaela Sachenbacher and Errolson Hugh in 1994 to bring technical apparel into the marketplace.  Designed with the influence of Karate, technology and style, their products have a superiority that speaks for itself.  The women’s line at ACRONYM is impressive – particularly this vest/cape hybrid piece (SS-CP2F) below.  It is perfectly structured with Swiss made schoeller® WB-400™ softshell fabric and a tiered construction – creating a perfect balance of cool feminine/masculine vibe and a futuristic drape that seems to transform you into a stealth ninja, ready to take on the world.





SS-CP2F ~$891.43 @ ACRONYM®

Fast Foward : Swimwear from the 1940s

Swimwear has changed so much since its creation, particularly in terms of coverage.  We can take a look into history and it’s apparent – we now live in a much liberated “string bikinis” society.  However, it’s important to acknowledge that some of the best influences for our current fashion is directly linked to history. So while  paying homage these women of the 1940s, these designers decidedly carved out the sides to create a more updated and modern look.

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Circa 1940: Models playing on a beach wear knitted, one piece, skirted swimsuits and swimcaps. (Chaloner Woods/Getty Images)


RICK OWENS SS14 Vicious Draped Swimsuit



Estuaries SS14 Hudson One Piece Swimsuit


Degrees Adriana (Adriana Degreas) SS14 One Piece Swimsuit 



2014: Luck in the Year of The Horse

Welcome to the Year of the Horse in the Lunar New Year of 2014.   We have a great year ahead – the Year of the Horse is believed by the Chinese to bring fortunate and luck.

For those born in the year of the Horse, your spirit is energetic, cheerful, warm-hearted and intelligent.   Horses loves a great party and having many friends, and they are highly intuitive which helps in making the right decisions in life.  They will tell you what’s on their mind and does not like be bounded by rules.  Years of the Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906.

The beautiful part of astrology is you can implement it in your life and ride with the energy, here are some great pieces to check out:  



Horse Hoof Wrap Ring from Khazimulaj Jewellery



Running Horse Scarf from This Way to Heaven 


One Piece Swimsuit from Wild Fox Swim 

The Art of Memory: An Empty But Impressive USB

Industrial designers Hanhsi Chen & Yookyung Shin of Logical Art Design Ltd are pushing boundaries when it comes your memory.  The smart and sleek structure of these USB sticks are so cool and futuristic, we could string it up and wear it as jewelry.  With that versatility in mind, it’s priced rightfully like a piece of art at $80-100 USD.  How much empty memory do you need?

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Looking Good and Warm: A Guide to Surviving A New York Winter

I’m used to running around in flip flops and shorts all day growing up in Honolulu.  So my first New York winters were as beautiful as it was painful.  With my slightly rebellious streak, it took me 4 unbearably cold years to finally outsmart the harsh winter.  Truth is I hate layering – taking on and off what feels like 10pcs of clothes is no fun and certainly doesn’t look good.

Here are the winter essentials:

Goose Down Jacket.  

Go with a fill of 550 pretty goose feathers and up.  Find ones that are slim quilted or has a belt so you can still look sleek and sexy, albeit oversize.   Throw it over a strappy cocktail dress and you’ll be wrapped in warmth of the goose.  I now own 3 and that’s all I’ll ever wear.

Fleece Leggings.

Why wear 2 or 3 pairs of pants when one pair of warm fuzz fleece leggings will do the trick?  Slip one on and you can so go dancing in a stilettos and a party dress when it’s zero degrees out.

Bunny Gloves.

I’m an animal lover, but I must say yes to rabbits.  They are the best in keeping the warmth in when that razor sharp wind hits.

Knee High Boots.

It shields your leg from the wind and it looks good.  So it’s worth it to spend over 200 on a good (and sleek) real leather pair because it will last you many winters.  Choose ones with 1-2 inches high and a chunkier heel, so you’ll be comfortable walking the city in them.  Besides, knee high boots are super sexy!

Wool Socks.

These will save your life, especially when it’s snowing or all wet and gloomy out.  Wool is the best, or fleece lined ones do the trick too.  Keep your cotton socks for the summer months.

Ear Muffs.

Find warm fuzzy furry ones that are soft against your ears.  Super fun to shop for and super cute to accessorize with.  Your ears will thank you for it.

Basically, when in doubt, choose wool or goose down anything and everything.  Stay warm!  



Designer Profile: La Mer x Dr. Max Huber

If there’s a fountain of youth, La Mer might know the way.  It’s always been a wonder to me what made this cream so special and miraculous.  This is what I found out:

La Mer or Creme de la Mer, translated as “cream of the sea”,  is the creation of Dr. Max Huber, a NASA physicist from San Diego, who burned himself in a chemical explosion in the 1970s.  After 6,000 experiments over a decade’s time, Huber concocted a formula that significantly smoothed and soften his scarred skin.  He had created and trademarked his formula, “Miracle Broth” originally for personal use but soon started selling it in small quantities to others who wanted to use it.  It was proven so effective, it gained global recognition.  However, the formula was lost when Huber died in the 1991 at age 66, as he was the only person who knew the formula.

When Estee Lauder bought the company from Huber’s daughter in 1995, they hired scientist Andy Bevacqua, who set out to re-create the formula.  Bevacqua, now scientist and VP of Research and Development at Estee Lauder’s Hubert Research Labs, was left to analyze and experiment with Huber’s laboratory of unlabelled plastic containers.  They came close a few times, but it was not until after 1.5 years, they discovered the missing piece of the formula.  From a lab note, they found Huber had used sonochemistry in his formula (effect of sonic waves and wave properties).  He would record the sound of fermenting sea kelp batches and then play the sound the to new batches.  When Bevacqua used this method, he discovered the potency of the fermented sea kelp had tripled.  Additionally,  Bevacqua continued Huber’s seeding method of putting the existing batch into successive batches to ensure each pot contained a fraction of the original. Since re-discovering the secret formula, Estee  Lauder re-branded and increased the product range of La Mer to include cremes, serums, spf, mists, etc.

The steep price of La Mer cremes comes from extension and time-consuming efforts:  handfilled jars, extension fermentation process, artisan method of gathering kelp and of course the (re)creating the secret formulation.

Today, La Mer has become quite a trusted religion, sworn to work skin miracles and used by many woman around the world.



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What $8,000 of Miracle Broth looks like

Photographed by Jer Crowle/Courtesy of La Mer






Designer Profile: Missoni x Ottavio Missoni

The Missoni label has created one of the most recognized designs in the world (without any obvious labels screaming at you).  It is as influential as it is beautiful with a design vision that truly filtrates through every aspect of the brand.

The story starts as a lovers fanfare – Ottavio “Tai” Missoni met Rosita Jelmini while he was running for the Italian track team at the London Olympics in 1948.  In London is where the two fell in love – they married and settled in Gallarte, Italy, in 1953.  Tai was naturally passionate about art/design and was already designing and making tracksuits, as influenced by his love of the sport.  Rosita had a family background in the textile business making shawls, so they subsequently opened their first knitwear workshop called “Maglificio Jolly” in Gallarate.

For nearly 10 years, they were only able to knit horizontally or vertically, specializing in vibrant vertical stripped shirtdresses.  Then in 1962, they discovered Raschel machines that could create  zigzag knits and the ability to knit lightweight apparel with clothing fabrics.   It was then  Tai created his first zigzag pattern on graph paper – he was the visionary, the colourist who gave birth to the Missioni signature – a kaleidoscope of bold yet feminine geometric patterns.

I like comparing color to music: only seven notes and yet innumerable melodies have been composed with those seven notes. … How many tones or shades does each color have? An infinite number, just as always endless are the hues and nuances composing a work of art”. 

Besides the mere genius and beautiful pattern work that spoke for itself, the Missoni brand gained international fame with good attention.  First, the collection was embraced by Italian editor Anna Piaggi of Italy’s Arianna Magazine. in 1965.  Then at the Palazzo Pitti fashion show in Florence 1967, a minor incident occurred when Rosita told the models to remove their bras because the lines were showing through their fabrics, which then caused their models’ tops to be exposed under the light on the runway.   That little mishap made headlines and soon led to magazine coverage, and the eventual love of the brilliant Diana Vreeland of Vogue in 1969.  A famous line from Ms. Vreeland when she said the collection in ”Look! Who’s said that only colours exist?  There are also tones.”

Sadly, in 2013 a helicopter tragedy struck the Missoni family.  The Missoni brand, though, is deeply embedded in the history of fashion and the family legacy continues.



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A wardrobe trifecta: leather, pants, boots.

Leather. Leggings. Boots.  Who knew putting this combination together would produce this ultra-refined and sexy piece that’s totally ready to be worn.  I do not often think of  always (and only) wearing the same boots with the same pants, but with this kind of perfect contour and silhouette, there are no other boots I’d rather wear with this pants (apparently vice versa). Tamara Mellon who is currently more famously known as the  former mistress of Jimmy Choo, may be redefining her name.  From the perfect mid-rise waistline to the long, never ending pants drop that flows straight into a perfectly defined toe shape, I’d dare say she did learn a thing or two from Jimmy Choo.


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Tamara Mellon collection sold at Net-A-Porter for $1,995