Monday, October 16, 2017

wanderlust: christian dior: 70 years of haute couture

Just couple of weeks before I left for London (first then a brief trip to Paris), I came across news of Christian Dior exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs; commemorating 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior. I was super excited and could not wait to buy a ticket online (highly recommend to buy ticket online to avoid very, very long queue however the site is in French). 

The exhibition takes you on a magical journey into the world of House of Dior from Christian Dior, himself to his fellow successors; Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. Get a little up close and personal with hundreds of lovely dresses. An exhibition not to be missed!

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Dresses inspired by Sterling - Christian Dior by Raf Simons

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Inspirations taken from around the world 

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Egyptian inspired dress - Christian Dior by John Galliano 

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Inspirations taken from the gardens

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Miss Dior dress 

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The New Look dress 

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Dresses by Yves Saint Laurent

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Dresses by Marc Bohan

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Dresses by Gianfranco Ferré

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Interesting pieces from John Galliano 

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Dresses by Raf Simons

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Dresses by Maria Grazia Chiuri

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Stars in Dior - showcasing Dior dresses worn by celebrities 

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The Dior Ball 

The exhibition is currently running until the 7th January 2018 at the Museum of Decorative Arts, details as follows:

Musée des Arts décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays (Temporary Exhibitions only). Closed on Mondays.

Hope this post has given you a little sneak peek of the Dior exhibition. 

Till my next post, stay chic!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

outfit post: 50s white-yellow day dress

Paris, City of Light, one of the most romantic places in the world; I am pretty sure it is on (almost) every girls' wishlist. To be able to visit Paris, it is indeed a dream comes true. Besides the Lourve, Musee d'Orsay (to name a few a must visit museums); just imagine all the scrumptious pasteries (croissants, macarons and the list goes on...), vintage shopping or strolling in Jardin des Tuileries, Paris has it all.

Tour Eiffel (from Bir-Hakeim)


Pont Alexandre III

The Louvre 

Outfit: vintage 50s day dress and vintage 40s heels 

When taking photos with Paris as your background, you definitely need a special dress. The beautiful dress was purchased from Victory Girl Vintage and it was perfect for the photo shoot. Actually it did not cross my mind when I bought the dress. All I thought was; "This is a lovely dress! And I need to get it...".  As for the vintage 40s heels, I bought them from Roads Less Travelled 2 at a great deal. Currently I am slowly expanding my vintage wardrobe from the 80s to the 40s to 50s and maybe 30s. 

Hope you are enjoying the weekend, till my next post, stay chic!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

wanderlust: vintage adventure in london

Portobello market

Tourists from different parts of the world flock to Portobello Market to discover London's best street market. There are arcades and stalls selling antiques collectibles and bric-a-brac. Whether you are looking for something special to bring home or just browsing, Portobello Market is surely not to be missed. 

The best day to visit the market is Saturday whereby all the street stalls are opened. To get there by tube; alight at either Notting Hill Gate or Ladbroke Grove station. For more details, visit this page. 

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A mixture of vintage dresses and retro clothes

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An array of vintage accessories, so tempted to buy some!

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Racks of vintage dresses

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and vintage accessories - bags, scarves, hats...

After walking around the market and you are still not satisfied, there are few vintage stores within the area that you can check out: 

one of a kind

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One of a kind vintage
259 Portobello Road, Notting Hill
London, W11 1LR
Opening Times: Everyday, 10:00am to 6:30pm

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295 Portobello Road

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282 Portobello Road

emma golden 1a

Emma Goldman Vintage
112 Golborne Road

crazy clothes

The 1920-70's Crazy Clothes Collection
134 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill
Opening times: Fri-Sat: 11.30 am, Mon-Thu, Sun: Closed

Regardless the reason you visit Portobello Market, it is sitll a fun thing to do in London. If you are lucky, you might find your one or two items to bring home. Well, I know I did. 

Hope you find this post useful and you are having a lovely weekend. Stay chic!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

wanderlust: london - balenciaga: shaping fashion @ v&a museum


If you are a fan of Balenciaga, do check out its specially curated fashion exhibition at Victoria and Albert museum from now until the 18th February 2018. One of the most celebrated Spanish designers; Cristóbal Balenciaga founded his fashion house in 1919 in Sab Sebastian, Spain. It is believed that he was a genius who revolutionized the concept of dressing and the female silhouette. In this exhibition, you have the opportunity to see his beautiful work.   

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Playing with volume

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Spanish folk inspired dresses

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Yet another Spanish folk inspired dress

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50s dresses 

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Hand painted silk dress

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Cocktail dresses 

If you wish to fully immerse yourself into the fashion world of Balenciaga, plan a visit to its museum in Getaria, his hometown. It is on my list and hope I will be able to visit someday in the future.

Have a great weekend and stay chic! 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

outfit post: 40s brown dress


In my recent trip to London, I was lucky enough to see Big Ben and hear its bell before it was officially closed for four year due to conservation work. As you can see from the above photo, scaffoldings are being built around the base of the clock tower. London would not be the same without its iconic landmark.


Outfit: 40s vintage dress and 40s vintage heels

This simple yet chic 40s brown dress is one of kinds. It comes with square collar and pockets. And I love dresses that come with pockets - so handy! Furthermore, the design of dress is timeless and if I did not mention it is a 40s dress, it is hard to tell. I bought this beauty from Dethrose Vintage and the shoes from Road Less Travelled Vintage 2. They are indeed a match made in vintage heaven.



The second location is Neal Yard's. I came across this location whilst searching for hidden gems of London. What do you think? Don't you just love the beautiful and vibrant surroundings.

Have a great weekend ahead and stay chic!