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.
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 (?)
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.
Yes, you read that right. Olaf has a whopping £1,000 price tag!
Although I doubt I’d be donning any of these baby dolls soon, I’m amazed at the artist’s ability to retain much of the scenes/landscapes without messing up the alignment of gridlines and borders.
It’s also interesting to see the evolution of map-mapping or cartographic drawing styles, like above, from maps used to tell stories/narratives about the landscape (on the right) about a particularly epic traverse across oceans fraught with beasts of the sea, to maps more concerned with accurately portraying one’s resources (left) and the desire to conquer more land (cos if you don’t have accurate maps, you can’t definitely say that you are king of the bigger hill.
If someone made map shirts, however, I’d love to add these to my wardrobe. Especially the one on the right with it’s sepia tones and buttons. What a proper looking Oxford shirt andI’d never get lost again!
Mulberry has just released their holiday video entitled ‘Mulberry #WinChristmas’. The narrative tells a tale of the proper Christmas tradition of exchanging gifts, and (in my opinion) laboriously opening each present individually in front of the giver. Personally, after the 1997 financial crisis, my family did away with each person receiving multiple gifts. So one aunt or uncle would be in charge of gifting to their assigned relative’s family and vice versa. But logistics aside, as us kids grew older, the whole act of gifting kind of disappeared altogether, everyone much preferring the company and good food instead (our Christmas dinners are very epic)
The Mulberry family in question, take turns out-gifting one another. First with a hand-painted portrait of the recipient (which is my favourite, really), followed by a puppy that can wave too (gifting animals during Christmas is one of the most cruel things you can do! Most end up being return/abandoned because the new owner isn’t prepared for another living thing to be its responsibility), followed by a unicorn (ok, points there dude. Not sure which section of Harrods you got that from, but I’d like one too!)
The kicker is delivered with a dose of ‘Lie To Me’-worthy micro-expressions – shock, confusion, disbelief and a crazy-mad-happy-‘oh yeah, all you other presents can suck it’ over the moon joy when Grandma’s present is revealed.
Watch the video for yourself.
And if you aren’t able to #WinChristmas this year. Don’t worry, there’s also New Year’s Eve/Day, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries, the Great Singapore Sale or next Christmas for another attempt.
Burberry’s latest video, uploaded last week and with over 3 million views (!), proves the point that tone-on-tone-on-tone is totally on trend right now. Featuring Romeo Beckham and with music by Ed Harcourt, the four-minute long narrative is described as that of a young couple falling in love on the streets of London. But I saw it play out more like Peter Pan playing with his shadow, in the beginning, before exploding into the immaculately choreographed world of Burberry’s London – a “Singin’ in the Rain” moment with slew back up dancers. And made in very Wes Anderson fashion, using a splice of Pantone chart comprising of trench hues of honey, ecru, stone, beige, chocolate and black.
The short film climaxes (at 2:40) with a Cinderella-esque ballroom dance. A swirling succession of honey-toned strapless layered tulle princesses and charming nutcrackers, not a step out of place – moving, dancing, celebrating; the beautiful world of Burberry.
The setting doesn’t look out of place, I imagine, for when the dancers leave and the last laughs of the evening barely linger in the alleyways of these imagined streets, for a little old lady to wander out speaking ‘Tuppence, tuppence a bag’ as the orchestral version of ‘Feed the birds’ plays, and the camera view pans out and fades into darkness.
Or perhaps, Julie Andrew’s voice to sing us out.
Mary Poppins or Burberry, this is ‘From London with Love’.
And if you crave some eye-candy. I’d recommend zipping over to the Art Of The Trench gallery pages for a healthy dose of ‘the latest photos featuring men and women in any colour, any style trench coats shot in all weather’. The only trench I’ve yet to spot is the one most commonly seen in sunny Singapore – the invisible trench.
Last month, my family took a weekend trip up to Malacca to celebrate my mom’s birthday. En route home, we stopped at a craft shop and my three siblings, mother and myself all went a bit bonkers scouring the shop very, very thoroughly. We spent over an hour in this humble looking shop and spent sooo much money, it was a bit ridiculous.
One of the objects I came across were these gaudy, tacky safety buckles that reminded me of Secondary school bags that had buckles with these plastic clips in varying sizes. I vaguely recall shuddering at the sight of these plastic clips in the store. And then, as with almost all the times I’ve chucked something into the ‘Never Again’ category, the fashion gods smirk down at me and throw a spanner into the mix for their amusement.
Christopher Kane’s range of bags features this nostalgic hardware in a very refreshing way. From what I read, this Womenswear Designer of the Year 2013, awarded by the British Fashion Awards, first debut this hardware in his Spring/Summer 2007 collection but only launched a full leather goods collection earlier this year for his Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. And according to WWD, “signature details on the bags include hand-stitched elastics; oversized plastic zips inset into exotic materials; and baseball stitching on shoulder straps. The color palette features black, pink, gray and chocolate brown.“
I feel like the bags exude a refined utilitarianism, which is quite endearing. And I’m looking forward to seeing how the use of these buckles will evolve with each collection.
While Yayoi Kusama’s dots represent life, referred to as living breathing entities and the key to our passage to infinity, according to this Tumblr, Jonathan Horowitz’s 590 Dots project is “a monumentally scaled painting to be realized with the collaboration of 590 individuals over the course of the first month of the show.”
On that same thread, Opening Ceremony has teamed up with Jonathan Horowitz to present a limited edition three-piece collection which features a tote bag, a field jacket, and a five-pocket denim pant.
The full polka-dot look kinda reminded me of Iggy Azalea’s 2013 halloween costume as Disney villain, Cruella de Vil. Extra points to her for completing the look with a Dalmatian in tow too!
Which reminds me, Halloween is next week. Got your costume sorted yet?