Re-radical and unpredictable

Valentino is no stranger to outrageous and unapologetically bold prints. (Which I think is part of their strategy of street-style domination and to minimize/deter counterfeiting.) They teamed up with Memphis Group member, Nathalie du Pasquier, to create the ‘Counting prints‘ for their Fall 2017 collection.

Some background on the Memphis Group can be found from this video below.

This design group that defined the look of the 80s, had some crazy furniture designs and insane pattern-on-pattern-on-pattern creations. Some funky, some timeless and others plain old kooky. With this Valentino collection, the kookiness still remains but uses more sophisticated, tertiary colours – browns, teals, tangerine and bubblegum/flamingo pink.

I’m not crazy about the colour pink. But I think the pink and teal photographs very well together. In any case, while looking up pictures of the Memphis Group. I came across some pictures of their furniture and think it looks so kooky-amazing. And usually I’m not super into homeware and furniture. But since I’m starting the process of doing up my abode at the moment, I’ve been trawling the world wide web (especially Pinterest) for home decor ideas and inspiration. So this topic seems especially relevant now.

The Memphis Group’s furniture reminds me of Vice & Vanity’s work. With the bright colours and intersection of plains, shapes, materials. (On a side note, how is Vice & Vanity???)

Anyway, leap frogging into another art-meets-design homeware piece. My recent internet trawling brought me to this – the ‘Red and Blue Chair’ by Gerrit Rietveld. Can you imagine this chair design is nearly 100 years old (designed in 1918)?! According to Wikipedia (via MoMA) the primary colours were added in 1923. Its described as a “floating chair”, when placed in front of a black wall. Which makes sense. But it just screams Piet Mondrian to me.

 

Credits: Red&Blue chair, Memphis Group furniture, Valentino

Body beautiful

So as part of shaking things up here at Wottoncool. I’d like to dedicate more posts to self-esteem and body positivity. I don’t think I’ll get everything right when talking about our bodies and body positivity. But I’m here to learn and start a conversation. And I think thats part and parcel of how the conversation can change, if more people start talking about it.

First up, Ashley Soto! Came across her video interview on BBC and love how vulnerable she allowed herself to be in the interview, talking candidly about suicide and the journey of learning to accept your body. And then really owning the vitiligo and showing her own spin on it. Check out the video below:

Meet the girl turning her vitiligo into art ✍️(via BBC Radio 1)

Posted by BBC Scotland on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Image credit and video credit

Dusting off

Why hello there… it’s been awhile. 3 years. This blog has been sitting (digitally) on a shelf, gathering dust.

A lot has happened to the blogscape since. Instagram . Snapchat. Filters. The rise of global influencers and the local disdain of influencers. But on a more personal front, I guess in the midst of the digital landscape changing, I felt that Wottoncool served no purpose as a ‘fashion blog’. Thus, the silence. But, here I am, dusting off and re-embarking on an adventure of carving out a space to not take myself too seriously and to journal my thoughts, document life experiences, share interesting nuggets of news – on anything that interests me. Not just fashion.

The plan is to trawl through the Wottoncool archives to share snapshots that may or may not have seen the light of day. And then to slowly update less infrequently. Followed by a fresh look as a digital journal of sorts (i’m not good with labels, but essentially, Wottoncool will transform to cover a wider variety of topics/themes/subject matter that more accurately reflects my interests).

So welcome, to the start of the Wottoncool reboot.

 

Eclectic Character

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Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection has my brow furrowed and left me in a permanent state of ponder-ment. All I can say is creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who’ve been at the helm since 2008, have a very broad idea of who the Valentino woman is. A segment of their collection presents, in sharp contrast with the rest of the collection, a strikingly vibrant and graphic mix of checkerboard, stripes and chevrons.

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While I can’t immediately relate to this woman they are portraying. It does hold a certain amount of intrigue and, dare I say, shock factor as well. My personal colour milestone lies with a tee from hansel’s Tiers of Joy collection, and Valentino’s collection for 2015 is several leagues away. This young grasshopper pays dutiful respect to the master. *bows*

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(By the way, I certainly hope that those fur coats I spy are all faux.)

Perhaps this segment of the collection represents the younger end of the spectrum for the Valentino customer. One that, arguably, may crossover into the sphere of REDvalentino instead.

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In addition to the bold use of colour and print for Spring/Summer 2015, Valentino’s lookbook showcases a dynamic spread of looks and, I feel, characters. Some of whom I relate to much more than others. Clearly these printed glamazons aren’t part of my apparel choice’s fray, neither are the embroidered dresses and skirts with floral motifs, nor the lace maxi dresses (with or without embroidery). The latter conjures imagery of what my grandma may have worn to church as a young lady. Don’t get me wrong, the pieces are undeniably beautiful and striking, but I think the climate, both in terms of weather and trends, may not be most suited for it.

But granted that the key inspiration came from Meixcan artist, Frida Kahlo, its no wonder the collection incorporates vibrant colour, sweet flora and fauna iconography and an infusion of the culture (and religion?)

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I suppose its my penchant for all things structured, clean and simple. The billowy options and short sweet dresses is a spoonful of sugar too much. In any case, here are my favourite looks from the mash-up of characters presented. And I hope LN-CC stocks my favourites for next season. Just so I can cry at the prices on these beauties.

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Image Credit: Valentino

Models Mid Turn

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The house of Maison Martin Margiela has been a cornerstone of avant garde thinking and many OMGWTFBBQ moments in fashion with their dedication to going against the grain and commitment to a white-on-white-on-white-on-white that is very worthy of admiration.

At their recent standalone boutique opening at Marina Bay Sands, the avant garde continued with in-store displays of beaded faces masks from their archives to current-season apparel. Keep your eyes peeled for the champagne bottle sticker long coat, rectangular-front dress (I have no other words to describe it) and a illusionary bare-there leotard top complete with gloved sleeves.

Warning: This is a very photo-heavy post.

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An unexpected element of the evening what a showcase of their Fall/Winter 2014 collection, presented by a slew of leggy beauties and scruffy male models (or least, the scruffy model was the most memorable of the lot).

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Because of the store layout and inherent lighting. When they’d stop in front of me, their posture obstructed half their apparel from being illuminated. The result is a series of awkward legs and ‘caught-you-while-blinking’ moments but illuminated clothing. I thought it was somewhat fitting that this would happen with Maison Martin Margiela. Perhaps as a cruel joke, all in the name of the anti-establishment.

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The clothing was deceptively simple and oozed wearability.

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And I thought the accessories really stole the show that evening. Above is a sort of inverted leather bags, with hardware buckles riveted to the interior of the bag. Below is a mother-of-pearl checkerboard clutch, which I thought was so beautiful. Not sure why I didn’t check the price of it though.

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Another favourite was this funny interpretation of ID bracelets into an oversized hardware detail for their clutch. Brilliant! So goddamn brilliant! I hope The Outnet stocks it in a year (maybe more), because I probably can’t afford it any other way in any case.

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In the meantime, I had a peek at The Outnet just to suss out what sort of discounted prices of Maison Martin Margiela would be. And was surprised by the details on some of their shoes!

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Despite the severe chopped look of these leather mules, £229.60 (Original price £459.21), they look so effortless and neutral, like they’d match just about anything I want to wear. They look comfy too.

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I was scratching my head for awhile, staring at the cutout-heel leather boots, £274.35 (Original price £685.87), I’d buy them just to see the shocked/surprised expressions on people’s faces. Hehs. 

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The most special ones though, are these cutout leather pumps, £186.67 (Original price £499.34), with their reversed semi-d’Orsay detailing. I never would have thought of that. Wow.

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Frozen in Harrods WC

Earlier this year, my younger sister and I had the chance to run around Harrods for about an hour or two. Rather than working our way floor by fabled floor, we instead opted to beeline to the children’s section – because, seriously, if the toys section isn’t any fun, I can’t quite expect the rest of the mall to be either. And Harrods didn’t disappoint! I got a selfie with Anna and had the chance to give a GIANT Olaf a big ol’ bear hug. 

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I remember watching Frozen in the theatre, after hearing my brother and younger sister rave about the movie. If it hadn’t been for them talking about the movie so much, I would have given it a miss (and kicked myself really, really hard after). I also recall mid-way through the movie recognizing Idina Menzel’s voice and getting very excited, because she has such a beautiful, powerful voice and I was happy that Disney had decided to work with her again.

On a sidenote, Disney casted singers for the translated versions of ‘Let It Go’ based on how well the singers matched Idina Menzel’s voice. Loved that!

But the surprise star who kinda stole the show (and audience’s hearts) would have to be Olaf the Snowman. The moose comes in close second (?)

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It’s perhaps on this note, of Olaf’s popularity (because I didn’t see any Elsa or Anna dolls), that Disney is banking on another collaboration this Christmas. Because, as I found out at Harrods, Olaf isn’t cheap.

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Yes, you read that right. Olaf has a whopping £1,000 price tag!

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So it comes as some relief that SK Jewellery’s ©Disney’s Frozen Collection has a relatively friendly price point, starting at S$399 only!

I thought it was extremely clever of the design team to incorporate the diamond placements to mirror Olaf’s “buttons”.

The ©Disney’s Frozen Collection will be available at all SK Jewellery showrooms island-wide from December 2014.

 Image Credits: Disney UK, SK Jewellery, Pinterest