Sunday, May 13, 2018

vintage woven shoes

vintage shoes 1

This lovely woven vintage shoes caught my eyes when I first laid my eyes on them. I was hesitated at to check the size and then give them a try. I know once I have tried them on, it would be really difficult for me to leave them in the shop. However, after some serious thoughts, I finally decided to try them on... and the rest is history.

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The label of the shoes is very light and the era of the shoes is unknown - maybe post 1970s? Regardless the era, these are cute pair of shoes; perfect for spring and summer.

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

Sunday, May 6, 2018

wanderlust: when in paris... visit ysl museum

Eiffel tower

Not far from Eiffel Tower, just walk along the Seine River towards the Lourve Museum, do stop by at the YSL museum. The museum was opened in October 2017 and it is located at 5 avenue Marceau. 

ysl museum front

The museum focuses on the couturier's creative genius and the process of designing a haute couture collection. It seeks to address the history of the 20th century and the haute couture traditions that accompanied a way of life tha no longer exists.  

1 ysl museum - the salon
The Haute Couture Salons
After purchasing admission, this is the first stop; sit back, relax and enjoy a short video compilation of Saint Laurent's fashion shows. The salons were where clients were received for fittings following the presentation of each collection. 

2 ysl museum - style

Style (far end, in the photo)
Here showcases Saint Laurent's signature syle which is borrowing menswear and adapting to the female body. 

3 ysl museum - history of a collection 1

3 ysl museum - history of a collection 3

The History of a Collection
An opportunity to look at sketches and ateliers specification sheets which contain all details for creating garment along with fabric swatches. In the same area, some pieces of past collections are displayed.

4 ysl museum - skills

Haute couture houses collaborate with skilled craftspeople such as weavers, dyers, printers, embroiderers, plumassiers, goldsmiths and silversmiths. This collaboration has created exquisite pieces. 

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Pieces that are displayed here showcase inspiration drawn from exotic locations; Morocco, sub-Saharan Africa, Russia, Spain and Asia. 

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Homage to Fashion
Saint Laurent also explored the history of fashion through his designs; incorporating the old with new. 

8 ysl museum - the studio

The Studio
Saint Laurent's studio. 

10 ysl museum - cabinet of curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities 
A wall of lovely accessories such as necklaces, earings, brooches.All these are made from different materials; wood, metal, rhinostones, beads, feathers, ceramics and passementerie. 

11 ysl museum - graphic arts

Graphic Arts
When Saint Laurent was a young boy he liked to illustrate texts that he liked, imagining the characters, their attitude, their clothing and the settings of their adventures. 

13 ysl museum - aesthetic phantoms 2

Aesthetic Phantoms
Saint Laurent sought out his aesthetic phantoms among the writers, composers, painters and dancers he admired and he enjoyed interpreting their art in his designs. 

Museum details
5 avenue Marceau, Paris 16th arr 

Opening times: 
Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
Open Friday until 9 pm
Last entry: 45 minutes before closing time
Closed on Monday and January 1, May 1 and December 25
Early closing at 4.30 pm on December 24 and 31

Full price admission: 10 EURO

Hope you have enjoyed this post and the little tour of the museum. Till my next post, stay chic!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

wanderlust: when in paris... visit a vintage store: mamie blue

It was good to visit Paris again. I guess, I was lucky. During this trip, I planned to visit a vintage store and I picked Mamie Blue, which I did not manage to visit in the past trip. And it did not disappoint. 

I had a quick chat with the owner (I assume) who is a friendly lady who asked how I discovered the shop and where I came from. After replying her questions, she reminded me that there are more items downstairs before she headed down. The shop is well curated with lovely vintage pieces of different eras of accessories and clothes. I felt like a kid in a candy store; so much to see and not sure where to begin...

1 Mamie Blue shop front

2 Mamie shop inside 1

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4 Mamie shop inside 3

5 Mamie shop inside 4

6 Mamie shope inside 5

7 Mamie shop inside 6

8 Mamie shop inside 7

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10 Mamie shop inside 9

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Shop details: 

69 rue de Rochechouart
75009 Paris

Oh how I wish I can find such vintage store in Hong Kong! Did I buy anything from the shop? Hush.... (yes, I did!...)....Going to be secretive for a while. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. Till my next post, stay chic!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

wanderlust: when in bath... visit the fashion museum

One of the highlights of my trip to Bath is the fashion museum. It is said that the Fashion Museum Bath is one of the world's greatest museum collections of historical and contemporary dress. During my visit, currently there are exhibiting two exhibitions; a History of Fashion in 100 Objects (now until 1 January 2019) and Royal Women (now until 28 April 2019). 

The History of Fashion in 100 Objects will take you on a fashion journey through time from the 1600s to the present day, giving you the opportunity to take a closer look at the lovely curated pieces. The Royal Women exhibition looks at dress worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. Each piece tells a story and how these royalities chose to present themselves.  

Fashion musem Bath - assembly room

Fashion museum Bath - windows

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Fashion Museum, Assembly Room
Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QH
Opening times: 
- Jan to Feb: 10.30 am to 4 pm, exit at 5 pm 
- Mar to Oct: 10.30 am to 5 pm, exit 6 pm
- Nov to Dec: 10.30 amm to 4 pm, exit at 5 pm

A visit to this museum is highly recommended to fashion lovers. Believe me, you will go ooh.. and aah.. or even drool at each piece displayed. 

Hope you have enjoyed reading this post and enjoying your weekend so far. Till my next post, stay chic!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

wanderlust: when in bath... check out vintage and charity stores

Bath is well-known for its Roman built-baths and the city was declared as UNESCO world heritage site in 1987. The combination of Roman remains with elegant Georgian architecture makes Bath one of the most histrocially interesting places in the UK. As for me, Roman baths is not really my thing... so as usual I go for vintage hunting and Bath Fashion Museum (tcoming in the next post). There are a number of vintage stores and many charity shops and I selected few to check out in my trip. 

Yellow Shop 1

Yellow Shop 2
Yellow Shop 3
Yellow Shop 4
Yellow Shop 5
The Yellow Shop 
72 Walcot Street 
Opening times: Mon to Sat: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm, Sun: 12 to 4 pm 

Julian House 1
Julian House 2
Julian House 4
Julian House 3
Julian House
86 Walcot Street
Bath BA1 5BD 
Opening times: Mon to Sat: 10 am to 5 pm, Sun: 11 am to 4 pm 

Vintage to Vogue 1

Vintage to Vogue 2
Vintage to Vogue 
28 Milsom Street
Bath,  BA1 1DG 
Opening times: Mon to Sat: 11 am to 5 pm, Sun: 12 pm to 4 pm 

I almost bought a 40s/50s vintage dress in the Yellow Shop but it was small for me. I was unable to zip the dress. No luck...perhaps I have better in my next vintage adventure? Who knows? Will see... 

Have a good weekend everyone, till my next post, stay chic!