Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Marisa Berenson make-up for Fall

 Marisa Berenson's visual biography A Life in Pictures is one of my favorite fashion books.  As Fall fashion is full of 60s references I am inspired to try (a slightly subdued) version of Marisa's make-up - lots and lots of lashes and pale lips. 

MAC's eyelash primer and Opulash mascara are so fabulous. I have never had lashes this big.

Love the (almost) bare skin and lips, but very dark eyes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Has anyone in Hong Kong been to H&M lately?

A really charming dress out of a fairly rigid sweatshirt-like fabric - lots of volume on the bottom - this  will look like a million bucks with plain pointy Jimmy Choos and a few big modern bracelets.

A sweatshirt with quilted sleeves and checked voile shirt that puts Isabel Marant to shame at around HKD $400.

I went today with a friend who has a 9-month old baby to look for super cute mini outfits. H&M Hong Kong is in Novosibirsk nowadays, well actually it was always there, but you didn't have to go so far because there was also a giant shop on Queen's Road Central. The latter premises have been taken over by Zara, however, and although rumors of imminent stores on Hong Kong island are rampant, the closest shop to the Peak is on Canton Road in Tsim Tsa Tsui (alright so Novosibirsk was a bit of an exaggeration, it's actually in Kowloon, the bit across the harbor that belongs to Hong Kong but which is basically the southern most tip of mainland China).

Finally getting to the point, I would like to say we had a brilliant visit. Everything is dirt cheap as ever (and don't even start about sweat shops - the Swedish are possibly the most moral and honest people on the planet - if there was ever accidentally a sweat shop involved it would have been rectified instantly) and I bought a few things I am absolutely thrilled about. The baby clothes were gorgeous and the new (well at least new to me) work-out wear is pretty and practical, at a fraction of the price of the Lulus and Nikes of the world.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bringing the colors of fall into my summer

Once fall fashions are in store, it's no fun to wear your old beaten up summer stuff. But with a Very Hot Weather Warning in force today, Hong Kong is nowhere near ready for winter. So I've started wearing some darker combinations in lightweight fabrics - making me feel a little bit like fall has arrived.

COS T-shirt
Céline sandals
Étoile Isabel Marant skirt
Prada plastic link necklace
My daughter's plastic pearls

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Project Destroy Vogue

I always buy US Vogue. But I don't always like US Vogue. The September issue is such a bloody pain to read - it's way too heavy to hold and when you get to the middle it becomes hard to open the pages fully. I don't necessarily mind looking at the ads that make up most of September's 856 pages. They can be quite beautiful at times and many of the big design houses use top stylists and photographers. But Vogue could not be as fat as it is without allowing some really bleak ads to disgrace its pages. Former Vogue contributor André Leon Talley used to complain about a famine of beauty in fashion. Well, there is plenty of famine on the pages of Vogue. I am concerned about sullying the pages of my blog with examples but I will, to make the point, reluctantly.

A cheesy show on the telly (Mr Selfridge) and a glass of wine made Project Destroy Vogue a perfectly enjoyable activity. I ripped out all the ads I could without taking out the mastheads, the features, and the editorial pages. I made a pile of ads I didn't care for and a pile of ads I wanted to give a second look.

                                                            Project Destroy Vogue in progress

Lily Allen's dreamy cottage has competition from a  h i d e o u s  Caress ad

a story about scarves is dirtied by this pathetically bad Camel ad - where is Don Draper when you need him

this is what the story would have looked like if it hadn't been broken up to please the advertisers

And what you end up with is lightness - literally, it is no longer heavy, and there is also a lightness on the pages, the stories are easy to read and the pages are bright and inviting. In fact, you suddenly remember why Vogue is still Vogue. I have read this issue from destroyed cover to destroyed cover. I am telling you, join project Destroy Vogue, and you may actually love it again.

Is this the best denim shirt ever?

the super sharp lines of the pockets make the difference

this shirt has so much innate edge, it could turn taylor swift into a badass

it's made by levi's

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vika Gazinskaya proves me wrong

photo by Phil Oh of Vogue

I adore this picture of Russian designer Vika Gazinskaya. I love the hair, the make-up and that infectious smile. I bet you are smiling right now just looking at her. Just the other day when I was wondering about the culottes trend for Fall, I expressed a strong dislike for the combination of long full skirts and pumps. But I happily admit I am wrong in this case. Even though Vika has chosen to wear both volume on top and volume on bottom, she looks perfectly balanced. This outfit reminds me of Italian design in the eighties, which was often quite pared down (with notable exceptions like Versace). Vika is clever and opinionated in a good way - read more about her HERE.

Vika Gazinskaya looking nothing like anyone else

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Beautiful morning in Hong Kong for pretty shoes

Central and Sheung Wan below and the container port across the harbor

Givenchy shoes (find similar HERE)
Isabel Marant blouse
Frame Le skinny de Jeanne jeans
Gryson bag (very old but find Joy Gryson's website HERE)