Monthly Archives: February 2012

Bank On Her?

When one of your tracks opened the Mugler men’s wear show in January, chances are, Nicola Formichetti will be on to you. And when that happens, Lady Gaga will take notice. When you’re invited to perform at the launch of Karl Lagerfeld’s new line (one more time) Karl, chances are, the folks at V mag will be on to you. And when that happens, you will appear in the pages of the publication. If that’s not enough, how about this: Terry Richardson has shot her for New York Time‘s T mag!

Azealia Banks’s route to fashion stratosphere is via Youtube, a platform so watched that going viral has completely no negative connotation it once had. And if you must know, it’s been viewed more than 4 million times as I write this. Her self-released track Bambi that first soundtracked the Mugler catwalk may evoke Disney cuteness but the lyrics are far from sweet or anything a 20-year-old may wish to sing. Her debut single 212, I have to admit, is an infectious dance number, but every line that she raps and sings is expletive-ridden (from the b-word to the f-word to a lot more others!). I sense anger in her words, but she mouths them as if auditioning for entry into music school. Her performance on video is almost too cute (that smile!), and the cut-off denims and vintage Mickey Mouse pullover she wears are as teeny as the clothes preferred by so many high-school-going girls. And they are disarming. If you’re lyric-deaf, you’ll not catch the gutter mouth.

The music industry took notice of her before the fashion world drop their drafting chalks to listen. BBC nominated her for Sound of 2012 (she came in third), and before that she sat at the apex of NME‘s ‘Cool List’ of last year.

Many people consider her lyrics crass. But so is a lot of fashion out there.

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Pocket Case

Will pockets replace bags? If Burberry Prorsum’s pockets on jackets and skirts from the A/W 2012 collection are any indication, they may! These are not your usual flat, un-gusseted pouches in which you might keep your BTS card or, at most, a lipstick! With such roominess, these are pockets for hand phones and other daily necessities!

Are we heading for a season of the ‘it’ pocket?

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Announce Your Habit

In the wake of Whitney Houston’s death, I wonder if Christian Louboutin will still be releasing this “Pill-Popper” bag. Sure, it’s part of a capsule (!) limited-edition collection of shoes and bags conceived for the 20th anniversary of the brand, but it’s also a question of taste (even when it does not have Xanax emblazoned on it!). Some fashionistas may say that it’s meant to be ironic. I am all for irony, but when pill-popping is a serious problem among pop stars as well as members of the fashion industry, slinging such a bag across the body has as much charm as clutching a purse in the shape of a grenade and walking down Sukhumvit Soi 71 after the Valentine’s Day bombing.

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Prints Charming?

When I first saw this Burberry Prorsum shirt, I immediately thought of Nelson Mandela. Yes, I know prints will be a key trend for the upcoming season, but, to me, if you’re not eighteen and if you do not have a kooky sense of style, tribal patterns may make you look decidedly from another continent, post-apartheid or not! I think it may be more interesting for a Caucasian guy to do ethnic (the English did the look of the Raj better than the Indians, I thought) than a Bangkok urbanite trying to look like he’s attending a wedding in Jo’burg!

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Another Retro-Looking Camera

In the boardroom, Olympus may be dealing with an accounting fraud that has put prim-and-proper corporate Japan to shame, but elsewhere, shutterbugs are buzzing about the company’s new micro-four-thirds. What caught my attention is its name: OM-D. That alone is enticing enough, especially when some of us do have a weakness for the other OMD: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark!

Well, I am not sure how well this camera will manoeuvre in the dark, but for now, the specs are not bad: 16 megapixels; ISO 200 to 25,600; 4 fps or 9 fps; and a tilt-able 3-inch OLED touch-screen display. Oh, the camera looks big here, but that’s because of the optional battery grip.

Sony’s NEX 7 will get to meet a worthy opponent!

Photo: Photo Rumours

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Bowled Over!

Although I saw it as a choppy Youtube video hours after the telecast, I enjoyed it. Madonna may not have danced and pranced like the Material Girl she once was, but she sure did  put up a good Super Bowl half-time show. On stage, she is the seasoned performer we know, and she gave the world such a good dose of fashion so effortlessly that her guest performers looked like they were back-up singers outfitted by a costume designer rather than a fashion designer.

The “Midwesterner girl” wore haute couture, Givenchy Couture no less. I am not sure if anyone has don a couture outfit (Janet’s can’t be that haute since it malfunctioned!) in a Super Bowl performance before, but Madonna did give what must be one of the most conservative American spectator platform fashion cred like no other female performer (not even Whitney in 1991!).

What struck me was the beautiful balance: the right amount of reflective material with no Beyonce-style sequins, the right silhouette that was flattering and allowed her to dance, and the right length of skirt: not distastefully short, not matronly long!

I looked back at Madonna’s old videos such as Lucky Star, and realised that some people can indeed be educated in fashion.

Photo: V Magazine

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The Double U

Uniqlo’s upcoming collaboration with Undercover looks very much a top shot above ground! If the first images are anything to go by, the +J follow-up seems destined to be a family affair. It’s rather unusual, considering Jun Takahashi’s flagship store in Tokyo in the Aoyama district seems more for dads who bike than dads who picnic!

Most of what is circulating on-line now are clothes bordering on the utilitarian, with the women’s wear decidedly outdoors on Sunday! There’s still no confirmation from Uniqlo if this line will be in Bangkok. But we can sure hope. Indeed, hope is still good since we in this city have certainly no chance of grabbing the other much lauded collaboration: Marni with H&M!

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