What happened in Berlin?

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Historically, I don’t think doctors were ever considered a stylish bunch. Perhaps people were more focused on them curing various ailments and diagnosing illnesses. But for whatever reason, I find myself repeatedly drawn to the ‘doctor bag’ shape. That, and backpacks.

Maybe the common thread is an inherent utilitarianism about the design.

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Whatever it is, I’ve been having dreams about the BOSS Womenswear Berlin Bag, despite the fact that one of the dreams had me gunned down by Russian assassins on my wedding day, (READ: Stress much?!) which is in no way, the bag’s fault.

I kid you not when I say that this is the bag of my dreams!

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And for all its architectural precision, sleek framed boxy-but-not-too-boxy-ness, structure and subtle piping/trim details down the sides, all in supple calf-leather goodness, I’m lusting after the largest of the three Berlins (below).


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For practicality reasons, I couldn’t deal with anything smaller. I carry my world with me.

Unless the bag packs like a Mary Poppins’, bigger is better.

From a cursory online search, this largest Berlin is $1,450.00 (and a steal! compared to the Marc Jacobs Incognito (READ: starting from $3,490) and the pre-owned Chanel bag (READ: $2,995), from Reebonz, that I posted on Instagram!)

 

Images from: Hugo Boss and here

Flirting with soft sports

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Mention 3.1 Phillip Lim and boxy variants of the Pashli series of bags or the 31 Hour series comes to mind. However their Holiday 2013 collection intrigues. Had you told me yesterday about a rocking a two piece brilliant English Rose-pink double-breasted jacket and suit pant combination, I would have said you’d be barking mad. Now, I’m not to sure. And that’s a good thing! I believe the styling helps pull the idea together successfully, but I’ll be on the lookout for a luxurious, perfectly cropped just about three-finders above the wrist bone, double-breasted jacket on my subsequent thrift hunts. Or maybe I should just buy this jacket!

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Closer inspection of the collection reveal elements and cuts borrowed from sportswear (my favourite!) Like the peplum top (pictured layered over a striped pullover) with the armholes ever-so-subtly concave inwards to reveal just that sliver more of shoulder.

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And seriously, are these fleece sport jerseys paired with lux-as-hell pea-shoot green acetate-polyesther mix blouses? I’d wear the first option Monday through to Thursday, and save the latter for dress down Fridays!8_Shot_19_0079_Shot_20_062

I’m taking a mental note to experiment with the single-colour looks. Especially in these brighter than the sun options. Black, for obvious reasons, doesn’t count. Which coincidentally reminds me of another post I’ve been wanting to do!

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But by far, I believe my favourite piece is the Swarovski embellished boxy top (below). I’ve been buying a fair share of such boxy tops – loose-fitting, utterly forgiving and skillfully balances being tastefully flirty and a muted masculinity.  24_Shot_08_080

 Shop this look at Club21’s e-store: Embellished Box Top and Embellished Boxing Skirt.

29_Shot_29_170 (1)And styled differently, the overall outcome evokes a completely different character.

Now, isn’t that just beautiful?

 

Whimsy and Chaos Controlled

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Building on Melissa’s Spring Summer 2014 theme, We Are Flowers, they’ve teamed up with the whimsical Brazilian brothers, Fernando and Humberto Campana. The Campana brothers have a penchant for taking unassumingly ordinary materials such as wood, cardboard, rope, hosepipes etc. and giving it a bizarrely complex yet elegantly simplified furniture.

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Photos from here, here, here, here and here

I’d like a roll of Sushi rug (top left corner) please! And I believe Lea Michele may call for her Lady Gaga costume from Glee back. But I think the stuffed animals rock the chair better. (;

If these home wares are a tad too whacky for your everyday. Perhaps you can wear some Campana brilliance in the form of their Melissa Campana Fitas. A beautiful intersection of the Campana brothers’ signature and beautiful showcase of Melissa’s patented MEXFLEX material. Closer inspection reveals rosettes, but from afar I love how the pattern appears somewhat chaotic and random. It’s like wearing your own little secret, no?

Maybe it’s me. But little things like that make me happy!

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Photo from here

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Melissa Campana Fitas will be available in the MDreams Boutique at Wheelock Place #B2-03 from February onwards.

My personal favourite is the Basic Brown (above), but it is also available in Basic Black and Silver or Glitter Gold, Black, Pink and Silver. Each pair retails for $125.00

 

Toga Togs and Clogs

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There are days, I wished the world I live in wasn’t so plugged in 24/7. The constant checking of emails (SMU and work, I blame you!), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, WeChat, KakaoTalk, Weibo and whatnot. But perhaps one of the best boons of constant communication is the new surprises I get in my email inbox – of new brands, designers who’ll be in town (!! more on this soon), new promotions and new collaborations that have just been launched. Japanese label, Toga, by Yasuko Furata, checks the first box, not so much as a new brand, but a newly discovered brand of clean silhouettes meets a mix of textures and easy minimalism.

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Toga, by Japanese designer Yasuko Furata, flies slightly under the radar but is stocked by the likes of Club21 and LN-CC. According to Susie Lau, whose blogged about it herehere and here, ‘Toga sits within a similar generation of a brand like Sacai, which is also getting stronger and stronger and… finally making their mark in Paris.’

I’ve never really been big on stripes but I can imagine this entire collection sitting very comfortably in my wardrobe. Yasuko Furata’s successful play with proportions and balance of basics oozes ease and a simplicity that I’m always on the lookout for. However with prices ranging from £150 to £800, it’ll take me awhile to build a decent collection.

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That being said, topping my Desirables list are a pair, any pair, of Toga shoes. Be it a playful pair of velvet-striped heels or their quirkier options which I can only describe as contemporary cowboy meets tap-dancer – with the mesh and clear fabric, silver hardware and patent piping.

MAD LOVE!

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Swim things: Seea

I’ve been slightly disgruntled about not being able to get a swimsuit from Virgin Daisies, so since then I’ve been on the look out for ones in the same vein.

Oddly enough, the only other brand that I can say is up my alley, is Seea (pronounced see-ah), a California female surfer brand. The idea of surfing is sooooo far from me not just right now, but forever. Still, because Seea’s founder Amanda Chinchelli so expertly melded surfing form, function and fashion, I’ve found myself wanting more than just a piece from the Italian surfer-designer.

For those who are into tiny two-pieces, Seea has more than a few of those. However the ones that I’d like to bring to your attention are the rash guards and skirted bottoms. Sounds potentially grandma (wear your sunblock, protect your skin!) and highly unattractive (think professional surf brands)? Here are some of my picks to prove you wrong:

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If I had it my way, I would pair the Doheny rash guard or Paloma crop top with the Leucadia skirted high waist bottom. Which in my mind works whether you have washboard abs or a tumbly tummy.

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(Psst this might be exactly how I look like at sea, full suit + long sleeves + cap + too much SPF + under an umbrella.)

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The only thing holding me back is the weird stares I might get from wearing not only a sleeved top, but a long sleeved one at that to the pool.

Well you know if you change your mind, these friendly folks will let you in on how to return or exchange them.

Pictures from here.

Prairie for Weekday by Matthew Ames

Some people have a go-to stack of white t-shirts or white mens shirts that they’ll pull out when those “can’t-decide-what-to-wear” days hit you. I have a go-to stack of chambray shirts, short jackets and denim. I’m the serial denim-on-denim wearer. Guilty. This makes me particularly susceptible to Praire for Weekday by Matthew Ames – a lovely little denim based collection that is unlike the skin-tight fit of sister brand Cheap Monday jeans.

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Matthew Ames is an American designer skilled in the aesthetic of the minimalist, post-minimalist to be exact (a movement that I have yet to fully fathom). For Weekday, he created something “quiet, but powerful” and dare I say “affordable” given the usually price tag of his clothing.

My picks from this pared down collection:

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The skirt version of mom jeans – mom skirts. I like the longer length.

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Overalls for adults.

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And a very versatile open jacket from the menswear selection.

Frankly I’m a little late to the game. These have been on the online store since early April, but there are still several sizes available, so go click around right. this. instant.

Pictures from here.