Monthly Archives: November 2009

Bull’s Eye!

Amid all the distressed fatigues, heavy denims, and quilted winter coats inside the G-Star Raw shop, this T-shirt by Marc Newson is a welcome sight. It hits the right spot in terms of graphic application, more so if you consider the current surfeit of retro-prints. The simplicity and the bold, concentric circle contrast with the over-detailed tees that are typical of G-Star. Wait for the sale if you’re not willing to part with 4,590 baht.

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Fave Pic | Super Super

How do the first supermodels look a generation after their emergence? I just picked up the latest issue of I-D, and going by the cover, they still belong to the pantheon, and are likely unwilling to “get out of bed for less than $10,000”, a declaration allegedly made by Linda Evangelista in 1990. So, I would add, they look rich too.

I resist calling this a comeback since the girls never really went away. Mario Testino managed to get six of them to pose for Vanity Fair last year: Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington, Linda Evngelista, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, and Naomi Campbell. For the current I-D (the mag is 30 this year),  it’s Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, and Claudia. Just like before, they, as Cindy told VF, “couldn’t be too tall, the hair couldn’t be too big, and the boobs were pushed up and out”. Clearly cover material.

It’s good to have the professionals grace magazine covers once again. Blame Vogue for this hunger to see real models rather than actresses under the masthead. We’ve learnt from The September Issue that movie stars have not got what it takes for cover shoots. As a marketing head I know said, not without disdain, “if Sienna Miller had come to my office for casting the way she appeared at the Vogue office, I’ll ask her to go home!”

This cover brings back memories. I am thinking of Gianni Versace, Peter Lindberg, George Michael’s Freedom music video, Dylan Jones,  Liz Tilberis’s Harper’s Bazaar (September 1992!!!), The Face, the deconstructionists, Nirvana, The Stone Roses, the advent of the mobile phones…

Yes, I miss the Nineties, not, as some of you might suspect, the decade before. Leave the Eighties to Marc Jacobs.

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Leica + Hermes = Old-World Cool

I am not even going to say whether it makes sense to buy a film camera now that we mostly use our computer or iPhone to view pictures. D0 you even remember what a roll of film looks like? But I’d say that if you buy one such as this Leica M7, chances are you won’t want to even take it out of the box. This is Leica’s first collaboration with Hermes. It comes partially dressed in the fashion house’s signature orange calf skin. And it is a “Very Special Limited Edition”, numbering 200 in total for the entire world. Just need to know the price? How’s £8550?

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Concave Vs Convex

L to R: Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen

Even shoes swing from one extreme to another. Balenciaga’s ‘hoof-boots’ from his equestrian-inspired collection of A/W 2006 showed that not only must you torture your heels, you have to contort your foot in order to strut fashionably tall. So extreme were the shapes of the shoes from that season, that they had to be compared to horse’s feet. Not to be out done (and already seen to death), Alexander McQueen showed the until-now unimaginable ‘armadillo-boots’, already worn by Lady Gaga in the (also seen to death) Bad Romance video.

British Vogue staffers, upon receiving Mr McQueen’s boots last month, gave them a try. Not surprisingly, they “miserably failed to make it further than the Vogue fashion cupboard.” I doubt it’s just the shape of the shoe that makes walking difficult. It’s the height too. Twelve-inch tall, they prevented even Lady Gaga from prancing like Salome on speed. She was walking like yeti on Quaalude.

And then there are these: the graduate works of MA students at the Netherlands’ Fashion Institute Arnhem (FIA). Looks like dainty shoes will quickly be a thing of the past.

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Jacket Smart

Is Elly Jackson of La Roux the only jacket-wearing singer around? It appears to be if you consider new fashion-heavy acts such as Lady Gaga. It’s not a fair comparison, really, since Ms Jackson is way too cool, as my niece had pointed out to me.

The Tilda Swinton-looking Brit singer (whose mother is actress Trudie Goodwin) appears on stage and in most of her music videos (check out the well-styled Bulletproof) wearing mostly jackets teamed with T-shirts and skinny pants. Although she looks androgynous, especially with that hair (Mike Score of A Flock of Seagulls?!), she does not wear men’s or ‘boyfriend’ jackets.

There’s a refreshing quirkiness to how she pulls everything together. And she’s not afraid not to think too much about what she has on. Apparently, she signed her record deal with Polydor Records wearing a tee that says ‘cunt’.

Although I am not totally sure I like her sound, I am especially drawn to her latest music video I’m Not Your Toy, which, despite it’s rather large cast, is well styled and compelling to watch. Her black and white jacket (which I am not able to identify) and white pants lend her image a certain suaveness that jars with her synth-pop sound that vaguely recalls early Depeche Mode.

Her look is a huge welcome if only because there’s just too many songstresses maxing out on their sexiness.

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Manga Mad

Japanese art, cartoon, and graphic have impacted fashion in such a big, global way that it would be uncool for brands not to collaborate with some hot-shot artist, cartoonist or graphic designer from Japan. Blame it on Takashi Murakami, whose ultra-cute graphics have transformed Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram canvas into a pop-art usable that’s akin to turning  Champs-Élysées into Harajuku.

Now, the Paris-based fine cashmere knitwear designer Lucien Pellat-Finet has turned to another Japanese for his next mascot (after previously featuring a skull,  a marijuana leaf, and Chaplin’s silhouette). And the person they have chosen is Murakami’s protoge, a Manga master with the incomplete name Mr.

The result is perversely Jap-cute. The characters have huge gleaming eyes  with smiles that are shaped like the Prada logo, and expressions of perpetual delight. I am sure there are many of you who will love these sweaters. I should state that they are not inexpensive. Entry-level 2-ply cashmere sweaters can set you back ₤500! Look before you slip.

Lucien Pellat-Finet

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Block Party

You may have stopped playing with Lego bricks after you left kindergarten, but you never really outgrow them. Not when Lego makes home wares and gadgets targeted at grown-ups with very disposable income.

I spotted these digital toys at the Loft, Siam Discovery, some months back, and then saw them again recently at a couple of  Siam Square shops. The USB drive is nifty to use. I am not sure what the USB hub says about you when they’re spotted on your desk. As for the portable iPod speaker, I think they’re a little too juvenile for Apple’s digital player.

Gadget designers are not the only ones taking the coloured brick road. French fashion designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac, in his recent S/S 09 collection, showed Lego-print outfits as well as accessories such as sunglasses, hats and watches (left). As if that wasn’t enough, Mr Castelbajac went on to produce a video that spoofs catwalk shows. The participants and attendees are Lego people, all the more amusing with the presence of the brick version of Anna Wintour in the front row (dark shades included!). What better material to represent Her Iciness than cold plastic!

JCDC Lego Collection Video

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