HarDior, not tardier

There’s this laid-back vibe with Dior Homme’s Fall 2017 collection that has a certain appeal. All the models exude this ‘too cool for school’ vibe and the layered looks don’t feel stuffy, but purposeful. To be honest, this model ‘gang’ look like they could throw some serious punches if provoked. hehs.

Jokes aside, the collection looks sharp and relaxed. Think this feeling is amplified by the styling – messy/lightly-styled  hair, sneakers and boots as well these boxy visor-glasses. In terms of my favourite looks, I especially like the stitching detail of the first look (below), and the bright orange lining of the trench in the second.

And can we just ogle at these glasses for a moment please…

All I can say is that these models are really werqing these babies. Because I think I’d be soooo self-conscious if I was waiting at a train station with these on. And how big would the case be?!

Credits: runway images, Dior via Safilo Group

Cake-ception

I’m not one for excessive sweets. In fact, certain types of sweets and flavourings makes my head hurt. Usual suspects are grape, melon, strawberry (sometimes), basically anything too artificial-tasting.

So when Cake Avenue invited me to the tasting session for their new dessert menu inspired by classic American diner foods of the 60s and 70s, I was a little bit scared and skeptical. Would it be too sweet? But if I don’t try, I wouldn’t know yeah??

Alphabet Soup was first item served.

AND I WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY.

Firstly, it really looked like Alphabet soup!! And everyone at my table had already tucked into half their servings when I arrived (slightly late! Oops!) and they were raving about how good it was. This lycee mousse with lycee and raspberry chunks was really delicious and well-balanced. Highly recommend trying this.

The Matcha Unicorn, was a little too sweet for my liking. I think it could be topped with more matcha powder. But very photogenic, obviously. Do check out their other flavours – Blush (Strawberry) and Sunshine (Mango & Vanilla).

Diner Sliders – dark chocolate ice cream ‘burgers’ sandwiched by vanilla butter cake ‘buns’, served with raspberry sauce, masquerading as ketchup, and passionfruit sauce disguised as mustard. I really appreciate the little detail of white sesame in the top ‘bun’. Without thinking too much about it or realising, I finished the entire slider. Yums! The slider is also served with a side of fries (seen in lower picture).

Another one worth trying, and possibly my favourite of the lot, The Great Con-Dog. Made to look like a corndog, this warm dessert filled with sweetcorn custard is crusted in bread crumbs and fried *slurps!* I think I like it most because it is both sweet and savoury. Served with strawberries and vanilla ice cream.

The last item was the Nachos Dulces. Dessert nachos anyone? This was probably the most interesting of the lot. The nachos are actually a crispy flatbread. And the dish is served with chocolate mousse, peach, strawberry compote and pistachio ice cream, playing the roles of ‘beans’, ‘cheese’, ‘salsa’ and ‘guacamole’ respectively.

This menu is available from 1 September 2017 onwards.

Cake Avenue is located at 33 Lorong Kilat #01-01/02, Kilat Centre, Singapore 598132 (nearest MRT: Beauty World)

Follow Cake Avenue on instagram at @cakeavenuesg

Backpacked and ready to go

Do you remember your first encounter with Moleskine? Do you remember your first Moleskine?

Maybe I have a strange love affair with stationary; with paper; with objects. Perhaps this also leads to my slightly unhealthy borderline hoarding status. But I remember exactly where I was the first time I had a true interaction with Moleskin – I was at my (then) workplace, speaking with a customer from Ethiopia (who, at that point was working for HDB, designing flats for ‘the masses’à la Singapore) , and he drew out a map of his country just to give me a better idea of where he came from, and how beautiful his country was.  Writing about this encounter now, it sounds a little bit creepier. Because he did say to contact him if I ever found myself in Ethiopia. But I also remember thinking, I’ll probably never meet anyone else from Ethiopia, how cool is this encounter.

Anyway…

If you haven’t had that first Moleskine encounter yet, all that may change now that Moleskine is rolling out a range of bags.

Starting late August, Moleskine is rolling out a line of slick bags islandwide – backpacks, totes and duffle options are available in colours such as black, steel blue, myrtle green and slate grey.

This bag series draws inspiration from the Moleskine notebooks – minimalistic, rounded corners and deceptively unassuming. There is also, hidden in the interior of each bag, a little label which reads, ” In case of loss, please return to: ___ “, just like their notebooks. Love this detail!!

If you’ve been looking around for a suitable work bag. One that is easy to carry around, looks professional and doesn’t break the bank *too* bad, this range is worth considering. Prices range from $148 to $279.

Personally, the Classic Tote Bag ($178) is something I’d definitely consider getting. It reminds me of my old tote that I used to carry EVERYWHERE. Before I spilled water in it and then it disintegrated ):  But the Classic Backpack ($239) looks sooo good to travel with. I’m contemplating planning a holiday around this bag. lol!

I’ve been using the Classic Backpack (lightly) the past 2-3 days. And I’m surprised by how well the material holds up. It’s soft but stiff/firm. It holds its shape very well even if there’s little inside. It stands on its base, and doesn’t tip over, which really impresses me a lot, honestly. I do notice that the backpack doesn’t quite sit so ergonomically on my shoulders. So I may have to adjust the straps a bit more to find the optimal length to fit more comfortably.

Other than that, I do hope that Moleskine expands the colour range to include colours such as Mushroom and Taupe, still professional, but slightly more adventurous colours.

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.