Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DETOUR 2014 @ PMQ

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend DETOUR 2014's launch at the PMQ, previously Police Married Quarters on Hollywood Road (go check the place out, it has a ton to offer). This concurrent event held by the Business of Design Week is basically a hub for creativity and anything unique in the Arts, giving an opportunity for young, emerging designers across the globe to bring their ideas to Hong Kong. It's inspiring and comforting in a way, to see how the art scene in Hong Kong is growing with the help of great locations like PMQ, for art to reach out to more people. In such a busy place like the city I live in, having a chance to be still and appreciate art can have a distilling effect on our body and mind. And being in my last year of high school, I can say that we definitely need more moments like this. This idea fits perfectly with DETOUR 2014's "co-creation" theme, that aimed to "liberate people from their hectic urban life by offering them a precious pause". A precious pause indeed.

Here were some of the beautiful things I saw and experienced:


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P.S. I'm half embarrassed and ashamed of myself for only getting around to posting this now because the exhibition actually ended two days ago (despite there still being satellite events going on around HK). So if you're interested, definitely put next year's DETOUR exhibition on your 2015 bucket list of things to see and do (if you don't have one, you should make one). Check them out here for all the exciting things they did this year. 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SPORTSWEAR - MORE THAN JUST A TREND



With the launch of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection, a powerful hybrid between sports and high fashion, we are now witnessing the longevity of sportswear in Fashion — once a trend, and now a rising culture. By culture in relation to sportswear, i’m not referring to the obvious culture that is sports, because it is widely accepted that sports can be very much linked to a country or a community’s culture. By sports culture, i’m really talking about a new set of values that are both shaped by and shaping our generation based on the shifts and progressions of our beliefs — this new sports culture, with the help of fashion, is a lot more about health, than competition. I remember in late 2013, when the spring 2014 collections were coming out, the sportswear trend was in full-swing, with luxury brands taking cues from all sorts of athletic wear. The fusion of contrasting elements: luxe materials, like leather, silk, and mesh with the classic structures of sportswear staples, like baseball jackets, trackpants, sweatshirts, kept things fresh on the runway. There are also designers like Wang, who has always been faithful to sportswear in his designs, whether it be for his eponymous label of Alexander Wang, or Balenciaga: “I don’t do any sports! I only wear sports clothing”. Just like how Wang says “there’s a piece for everyone” in his new collection with H&M, sports and health is now more available to every age and gender than it ever was. And I think that’s what i’m trying to get at with this “rising” sports culture that i’m referring to — we’re getting fitter and healthier for the right reasons. 


With the help of fitness bloggers, Instagramers, Youtubers, etc, the mindset of fitness, health and staying active is now largely present in our current, younger generation — teenage girls are now steering more away from the push-up bras, and more to the sports bras. Of course, the desire to stay active is induced by fashion and the ability to not have to compromise style for sports — a definite win-win situation (especially for all the style junkies out there). So start getting active, if you aren’t already. I mean I love my food, but you really have nothing to lose (except for some cellulite) when you’ve got designers like Wang in full support of your fitness journey ;) 

images courtesy of h&m, luckymag, style.com

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P.S. When sneakers replace heels in a Chanel couture show, you know something big is up. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TRENDS TO SPORT THIS FALL/WINTER



Big fuzzy coats and sweater tops are for those days when you don’t want to, or simply don’t have time to, layer meticulously - just throw some fuzz on (yes, i’m making this a thing) for an incredibly stylish look that oozes confidence, while being completely fuss free! 


This is the trend that has made me so excited for this winter season. To me, the look of sharp, minimalistic lines and cutting in an outfit accentuates a woman’s class, charm and confidence - just another reminder that you don’t need form-fitting/body-hugging pieces to highlight femininity and sexiness. Think clean, crisp button-up shirts, cigarette pants, a structured coat, and heels to strut in.


For you girls out there who love the night-life and likes the sound of shimmering sultrily on the dance floor, pick up something in this sparkly, silver material if you have not already (you’ll be able to spot them in all high-street retailers). There is something very glam rock and 80’s about the look, perhaps due to its physical resemblance to a disco ball. I like the sound of that.



All girls want to look active, regardless of whether they do want to do sports, just like how Alexander Wang doesn’t do sports himself but loves designing sport[y] attire. There is something very flirtatious about tailored sports wear that makes it so attractive, especially with the addition of color (look at that bubble gum pink Fendi coat), and matching sets (kudos to Lacoste for making tennis wear look that much more flattering). So why sacrifice style for exercise when you can have both?

Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear Runway images courtesy of Style.com

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