Street Style — Hong Kong Fashion Week

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Hong Kong Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 took place from Monday, January 19 through Thursday, January 22 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, this event featured over 1,500 presentations in the categories of ladies’ wear, sportswear, evening wear, lingerie, swimwear, shoes, costume jewellery, handbags, men’s wear, children’s wear, fabrics, buttons, labels, inspection services, and fashion magazines. Of course the runway shows themselves were beautiful, but the guests in attendance were anything but wallflowers. Here are the most inspiring off-runway looks from the event:

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Neighborhood Store — 3.1 Phillip Lim

I have always had a cute, girly sense of style, but now that I am almost done with college I want to look more streamlined and professional. At 3.1 Phillip Lim I don’t have to choose; and on a more casual day, I can even declare my love for the world’s favorite city! 3.1 Phillip Lim is located at 48 Great Jones in Manhattan, two blocks away from my building. The brand’s boutiques can also be found in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Singapore, and new stores are scheduled to open in Macau and Bangkok.

3.1 Phillip Lim Store 3.1 Phillip Lim dress 3.1 Phillip Lim jumpsuit

Patchwork lace dress in navy, $895 ~~~ Tuxedo jumpsuit in powder pink, $895

3.1 Phillip Lim top  3.1 Phillip Lim knitwear  3.1 Phillip Lim Store 2

I Heart NY t-shirt in soft black, $145 ~~~ Long sleeve pullover with mixed yarn in black-white, $650

3.1 Phillip Lim outerwear 3.1 Phillip Lim Store 3 3.1 Phillip Lim skirt

Fur bomber in black-white, $4,500 ~~~ Eyelet A-line skirt in caribbean, $450

3.1 Phillip Lim Store 4 3.1 Phillip Lim pants 3.1 Phillip Lim shoes

Cropped flared pant in black, $495 ~~~ Martini mid heel sandal in raspberry, $450

3.1 Phillip Lim wallet 3.1 Phillip Lim handbag 3.1 Phillip Lim Store 5

Cash wallet in raspberry, $225 ~~~ Pashli satchel in black-cream, $1,050

Standouts from Bridal Fall 2015

Yes I am unmarried, and single at that, but I can still appreciate a beautiful wedding gown! In my opinion, the bridal runway collections and magazines are more fun to look at than their ready-to-wear counterparts. So much of fashion is “effortless” and nonchalant, so it is beautiful to see gowns, veils, jewelry, and accessories used with great effort and care to facilitate such a joyous and life-changing celebration. Yet like any other runway setting, the bridal shows are a place for designers to play with convention. The following short (yes, short) wedding dresses do just that!

Angel Sanchez   Delphine Manivet

Angel Sanchez ~~~ Delphine Manivet

Honor for Stone Fox Bride  Houghton

Honor for Stone Fox Bride~~~ Houghton

Houghton 2  Oleg Cassini 2

Houghton ~~~ Oleg Cassini

Oleg Cassini  Pronovias

Oleg Cassini ~~~ Pronovias

Trend of the Day — Black Puffer Jackets

I was overjoyed to find out that puffer jackets, specifically black ones, are trendy this winter. I have spent the past month in the San Francisco Bay Area with its temperate climate, and predominantly indoors besides. But next week I will be back in Manhattan in all its chilly glory, and I have a feeling that my hip-length bouclé jackets aren’t going to cut it anymore! Whether I am walking to class or taking the subway to a sushi restaurant in the Upper East Side, I usually put on an ankle-length black hooded puffer coat (and whatever I want underneath). Here are some puffer jackets of various lengths to help you get through a cold day!

TBR  T Tahari

1. TBR high-neck puffer jacket, $15

2. T Tahari, $100

 

Phase Eight  French Connection

3. Phase Eight, $150

4. French Connection, $290

 

Burberry 2     

5. Burberry London, $796

6. Red Valentino, $985

 

Donna Karan  Moncler

7. Donna Karan, $1,223

8. Moncler, $2,065

Investment Shoes

As the saying goes, these boots were made for walking. However, in my opinion the best shoes were made primarily to stop people in their tracks. Here are some standout, high-quality investment pairs guaranteed to attract attention:

Tod's  Jimmy Choo 3

Tod’s, $5,610, harrods.com ~~~ Jimmy Choo, $4,225, mytheresa.com

Alexander McQueen (2)

Emilio Pucci, $4,160, luisaviaroma.com ~~~ Alexander McQueen, $3,895, luisaviaroma.com

Dolce & Gabbana 3  Dolce & Gabbana 4

Dolce & Gabbana, $3,995, luisaviaroma.com

Julia Haart  DSquared2

Julia Haart, $3,784, farfetch.com ~~~ DSquared2, $3,640, luisaviaroma.com

Chanel (2)

Givenchy, $3,625, luisaviaroma.com ~~~ Chanel, $3,451, shop-hers.com

A Kiss on the Lips

The lips are one of the most beautiful and expressive parts of the body…so it only makes sense that they would be picked up as a common motif in women’s clothing. Whether you crave the delicacy of a pale pink lipstick, the pop of an Andy Warhol piece, or the edginess of an Ed Hardy tattoo, in today’s trend landscape it is easy to find an item you will want to kiss as soon as you bring it home (just take your own lipstick off first).

Putting on Lipstick   Alice McCall  Liz Blackpurple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick   Romwe  Giles purple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick   Hallhuber  Philipp Plein 2   purple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick   Choies  American Retro (2)purple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  MSGM Yes  MSGM 2purple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  Choies 2  MSGM 3 Yespurple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick     MSGM 4purple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick   Au Jour Le Jour 2    Adriana Degreas   purple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  Mimi Hollidaypurple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick   Mancienne   purple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  Philipp Plein 3purple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  Stephen Webster  Delfina Delettrezpurple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  Solange Azagury-Partridge  Lydia Courteillepurple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  Alison Lou  Overstockpurple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  American Retro 2  Anna Coroneopurple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  Studio DKS by Deborah Shavlik  Diane von Furstenberg 2purple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  Melie Bianco  Sarah's Bagpurple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  Miss Sweety 2  Philipp Plein 4purple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick  M.R.  Manish Arorapurple lipstick

Putting on Lipstick   Unique Vintage 2  Diane von Furstenberg 3purple lipstick

 

1. Alice McCall dress, $440

2. Liz Black dress, $2,480

3. Romwe blouse, $14

4. Giles shirt, $420

5. Hallhuber t-shirt, $14

6. Philipp Plein t-shirt, $545

7. Choies sweatshirt, $27

8. American Retro sweatshirt, $291

9. MSGM jacket, $478

10. MSGM coat, $3,162

11. Choies skirt, $24

12. MSGM skirt, $310

13. Soho Girl jeans, $30

14. MSGM trousers, $192

15. Au Jour Le Jour shorts, $154

16. Adriana Degreas swimsuit, $329

17. New Look thong, $6

18.  Mimi Holliday thong, $61

19. Mancienne sandals, $31

20. Rupert Sanderson sandals, $835

21. QQ Trend flats, $21

22. Philipp Plein sneakers, $814

23. Stephen Webster necklace, $4,100

24. Delfina Delettrez mono earring, $6,311

25. Solange Azagury-Partridge ring, $2,300

26. Lydia Courteille ring, $17,719

27. Alison Lou bracelet, $1,495

28. Overstock sunglasses, $10

29. American Retro scarf, $160

30. Anna Coroneo scarf, $325

31. Studio DKS by Deborah Shavlik carryall, $46

32. Diane von Furstenberg pouch, $158

33. Melie Bianco clutch, $35

34. Sarah’s Bag clutch, $1,645

35. Miss Sweety handbag, $21

36. Philipp Plein handbag, $2,985

37. M.R. backpack, $29

38. Manish Arora backpack, $747

39. Unique Vintage umbrella, $13

40. Diane von Furstenberg iPhone case, $48

 

If I Could Buy the Entire Collection, I Would — Moschino

Moschino Pre-Fall 2015

I will admit, the McDonald’s stuff kind of freaked me out. When I think of McDonald’s, I think of a place where college students go at 4am because there is nowhere else to eat when they are studying, and where homeless people go at 4am because there is nowhere else to sleep. I also don’t think barnyard red and sunshine yellow are a pleasing color pairing, fast food connotations notwithstanding.

But as Katy Perry would say, that was then and this is now (“Part of Me”). For Pre-Fall Jeremy Scott is still basing the collection around one obvious motif, but this time it is much more chic. The pieces below evoke objects found in a clothing atelier, like tape measures, order forms, hangers, and garments still under construction.

Moschino 7 Yes   Moschino 11 Yes  Moschino 3 Yes  Moschino 6 Yes  Moschino 8 Yes  Moschino 5 Yes   Moschino 15   Moschino 12  Moschino 10 Yes   Moschino 1 Yes   Moschino 4 Yes   Moschino 13   Moschino 9 Yes   Moschino 14

Standouts from Pre-Fall 2015

While I understand that the planning and execution of a single seasonal collection involves more time and work than the average end consumer could even imagine, the idea that the fashion world has two seasons per year, while the weather and our lifestyles have four, is still a bit of an odd idea to wrap one’s head around. Even more trippy is the fact that technically, February is the first month of “Spring/Summer” and August is the first month of “Fall/Winter”. It is as if the fashion world is proof that a parallel universe does indeed exist.

Thankfully, Resort and Pre-Fall collections are here to (somewhat) normalize the annual cycle, so that, just as we plan our year around four seasons, we can plan our fashion calendar around four different points of reference. Pre-Fall collections are the epitome of “short and sweet”; they do not involve as many looks as the average Fall collection, yet the looks are more wearable than the theatrical ensembles one might see on a Fall runway. Here are ten such looks that caught my eye:

Theia   Giamba 5

Theia, Don O’Neill ~~~~ Giamba, Giambattista Valli

Rodebjer  Co

Rodebjer, Carin Rodebjer ~~~~ Co, Stephanie Danan and Justin Kerr

Noon by Noor  Mantu

Noon by Noor, Shaikh Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikh Haya Al Khalifa ~~~~ Mantù, Jane Hayward

Public School  Yeohlee

Public School, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne ~~~~ Yeohlee, Yeohlee Teng

ICB   Won Hundred

ICB ~~~~ Won Hundred, Nikolaj Nielsen and Anna Bauer

Trend of the Day — Plaid Cape Coats

I may go to NYU, but I can still appreciate the New England, Ivy League vibe of a plaid cape coat! Here are my current favorites, at every price point.

Girls on Film  Nasty Gal

Girls on Film, $29                              Nasty Gal, $69

 

Runyiyi  Vivienne Westwood

Runyiyi, $118      Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, $290

 

Club Monaco

Ralph Lauren, $510            Club Monaco, $695

 

St. John 2  Libertine

St. John, $1,395                      Libertine, $2,750