Sunday, November 11, 2018

outfit post:1940s dark floral dress

Hi everyone! Sorry for the hiatus; I am back now and hoping to be around (in the blogsphere) for a while.

Whilst I was away from blogging, besides work, I travelled to Europe for a 2-week holiday. It was an amazing trip and wonderful experience. First stop was Vienna, Austria. Vienna is a beatiful city; interesting architures, beautiful parks, good coffee and pastries such as sachertorte to name a few things that I have enjoyed in my trip. 

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Outfit: vintage 1940s dress, leather jacket, vintage heels 
Photos by Virag Horvath found through KaChick 

A little story on the vintage dress; I bought it from Etsy about two years ago and I was sort of waiting for the right moment or ocassion to wear it. I guess whilst 'waiting' I have forgotten about it until I was planning for the trip. I think the dress really stands out in the photos and it is a really pretty dress. 

Hope everyone is have a great weekend. Till my next post, stay chic!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

vintage woven shoes

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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...

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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!