Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fashion: Sche Report's NYC SS 2011 Top 5

I've been so busy that writing a NYC follow-up is literally impossible. Good thing I found The Sche Report, an online trends and style forecast blog. I find my style and the blog's style to match seamlessly and in fact, their NYC coverage has been very beneficial.

Obviously I would still go to or WWD if I want to see pictures from the shows, but Sche Report talks about the interesting things and let me know who to focus on.

Check out their Top 5 NYC Spring/Summer collections, I absolutely agree with each one. My favorite is Ohne Titel! And if I can expand the list I would add Prabal Gurung, Mandy Coon, J Mendel, Complex Geometry, Donna Karen, and Calvin Klein Collection...I'm quite a greedy one! There are also many new designers in NY who's taking risk and not being named, would love to see those as well.

Click here for The Sche Report.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tennis: Wozniacki redeeming herself??

What is a pusher? A pusher can also be called a human backboard, one who doesn't have much power and uses great timing to "stay in the rally" and often only win because the opponent self-destruct. Though it takes great skills and talents in order to become a great "pusher", the fact that their victories depends on other people's "mercy" render little respect for this particular brand of tennis player, and Caroline Wozniacki is...or apparently was such a kind of player.

Wozniacki made headlines at this year's US Open (which is having the women's final today, sans Wozniacki) by beating Maria Sharapova in the fourth round decisively 6-3 6-4. It was a display of power, skills, composure, and tennis wit as she completely outplayed Sharapova from most parts of the court. It was a performance that is worthy of permanently severing any ties she has with the word "pusher".

Most of the tennis world began to jump on the bandwagon soon after and all proclaimed Wozniacki a future champion, the new "it" girl...etc. The best part is, Stella McCartney for Addias, which made my favorite tennis dress this year for Wozniacki at the US Open, is FINALLY getting the attention they deserve by pairing with a player who has the ability to garner that amount of enthusiasm.

Too bad Caroline lost yesterday to Vera Zvonareva in the semi-final. But given her tender age of 20, there are many more years ahead for her to fulfill one of the many accolades bestowed on her this past week.

Fashion: Twitter gone crazy on FNO!

One of the great thing about Twitter is that you can receive instant status updates from around the world straight to your cell phone. It is a feature that I have enjoyed over the past year since I've joined...until tonight.

I've underestimated the amount of excitement generated by Fashion Night Out and that excitement was relayed to me through 58 text messages from twitter, 58 in the span of 4 hours!!

It is one of the most ridiculous twitter experience I've had so far. The only good thing is perhaps all the buzzing of my phone makes it seem like I am super popular, when in fact I was just one of a million who's being sent cyber space junk.

Other thank that, FNO was amazing in New York, as well as LA with events at Beverly Center, Fred Segal, Kill City, Creature of Comfort, Phillip Lim, Rodeo Drive...etc.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fashion: Siriano's dramatic gowns

Two posts in one day (or one night) is rare for me now, not to mention 2 posts about the same designer of the same collection in one night. But this is just too good, haha.

In the same show, Christian Siriano showcased his signature feminine style with drama and color. While the designer is still maintaining much of his signature silhouettes, he is also exploring more wearable options such as button downs, a-line skirts, shorts...etc. But enough about the practical, the designer's first love remains dramatic gowns that are destined to be on a red-carpet soon (I even see a legitimate Oscar or Caines film festival gown!!)

Check out the last 4 numbers he chose to close the show today:

He started the finale lightly, with a relatively easygoing flowy gown, great shape, great color, and love the print, it definitely seems more of a resort gown, but spring...resort....same thing

Then he moved onto his signature silhouette, the one that Rihanna endorsed frequently this past season and I won't be surprised to see her wear this. Either that or some starlet on the red carpet of the Globes..OR...some not so chic Hip Hop singer trying to look glam. Not a big fan of this type of gown, b/c it can easily look like two mushroom clouds on the bottom, one would need really good upper body proportion in order to pull this off.

This one is my absolute favorite out of the whole collection. Simply stunning, pretty, and gorgeous. It's not just princess-y, instead it has intricacy and craftsmanship, and showmanship all together. The only thing is I think Siriano often suffer from taste in fabric choice, this gown would look so much more graceful and ethereal if the material for the bodice is a graceful lace or a chic crepe. It is also going to be a difficult gown to pull off, but I do hope to see it at some major film festival. It'll probably not make it to the Oscars since it's too far away, and that is a indeed a pity.

WOW.... I was going to leave it at WOW, but I really need to point out how beautiful is the color, and if a stylist decides to chop off all the top half of the "red foam/madness/whatever you want to call it", then this would make a stunning red-carpet moment.

Fashion Week: Shoppers Alert! Christian Siriano for Payless debut

Shoppers, or more specifically bargain shoppers with a particular passion for amazing sky-high heels, pay attention.

Remember that guy, Christian Siriano, from Project Runway? The outspoken and uber-talented past winner, who's now a reputable designer himself, has partnered up with Payless to create a ranch of affordable heels that does not lack any of Siriano' The collection finally made it's first stomp today on the designer's new Spring 2011 runway in NYC!

The collection features super high platform heels that are mostly cage or strappy styles in bright colors and prints. In full Siriano fashion, these heels lack neither drama nor flair; and they are absolutely an instant attention grabber. My favorite is the beige pair on the left. It is so interesting and you can take it from day to night effortlessly while not losing any of the fierceness frequently associate with Christian Siriano.

The best part? Given that these shoes will be sold at Payless, they would probably cost less than $50 each! So brace yourselves ladies, the shoes should land in a Payless store near you starting mid October to early November, don't forget to check it out and perhaps get yourself a pair of what I call "DIVA heels"!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fashion: Yet another stunning Chinese inspired gown @ Venice Film Festival

I am once again mesmerized and tremendously inspired by yet another Chinese inspired gown!

This time around it's actress LI Bingbing, who wore a blush pink strapless fitted gown with red Chinese characters as embellishing detail. I love a great blush pink/red gown (when done right), so romantic and glamorous at the same time.

Li Bingbing looked simply stunning, mostly due to her confidence of wearing her culture with a modern flare. The gown is fitted but has a chiffon overlay, which makes it soft and works well when contrasted with the angular Chinese characters in bold red used as embellishments.

The character itself means blessings, and boy does she has a ton of those on her dress, scattered strategically throughout her hemline and the train. Chinese characters has great angular structure and I think it works great as garment embellishments! It adds drama and intensity without being cheesy (again, when it's done right...).

I might have liked this look even more without the giant character on the right side of the bodice. But it doesn't hurt, I just think it will be even more clean. But it's a stunning gown regardless.

Li Bingbing is also well accessorized. She was sporting Chinese vase and flower inspired diamond earrings and cuffs. The earrings are shaped like a traditional Chinese vase and it's simply stunning, elegant, yet interesting. Overall the glam factor is permissible at a glitzy film festival like Venice, otherwise I would've preferred no cuffs.

Here's a picture of Li with her co-star Corina Lau whose wearing a stunning Versace Fall 2010 electric blue gowns with thigh high splits and multiple cut-outs. Corina probably thought she'd get all the attention for her daring gown, but oh well...the both looked beautiful.