Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fashion Mistakes

I am curious to know how many of you still make fashion mistakes. Like how many times do you buy something you never end up wearing? The fashion magazines often report that people wear 20 percent of their clothes 80 percent of the time. I am not sure how scientific that is, but it is surely true for me that I wear my favorites over and over again straight out of the wash, while there is a large contingent of my closet that barely sees the light of day. In Hong Kong there is ample opportunity to wear fancy shoes and clothes, so that isn't my problem. I studied Fashion Design at FIT in New York. I have a reasonable budget to make nice fashion choices. Yet still there are mistakes. I've been thinking about this a lot lately because of JDCamicetta. I am basically trying to avoid making dresses that could be future fashion mistakes for my customers. Here are my conclusions:

1) Sales shopping.

I have had a few great bargains that have become greatly loved pieces. With a few I mean 3. Much more often it's the opposite. Somehow I convince myself that the 70 percent reduced vomit-yellow cashmere jumper will look great on my skin if I just change my concealer color. NOT! 
See below a Burberry "bargain" on sale at I imagine the lovely Christopher Bailey thinking about how the contrast of the leather bondage straps could be exciting on the soft silk with green leaves or maybe abstract leopard print. I feel very bad saying this about the lovely Christopher Bailey but I think he's created the perfect fashion mistake. This could be one of those that could hang in your closet forever, just not sure what it wants to be. I wouldn't make this mistake, because at 50 % off it's still over 1,000 Euros.

2) Buying clothes or shoes in the wrong size.

Still closely connected to sales shopping, since that's when I am often tempted to get the wrong size because after all it's a great deal. But just as often I have bought the wrong size because the right one wasn't available anymore. Maybe too big can be fixed by a tailor, but too small is never going to work. I have at times thought those tight jeans will give me an incentive to go on a diet. But the fact is, all it got me was muffin top.

3) Buying things which don't fit your life.

This doesn't happen to me as much since I live in Hong Kong, because you do get loads of opportunity here to wear very high fashion type of clothes. But when in London I did this all the time. I had 2 children under 5 years old, yet I dreamed of drinks at the Georges V in Paris followed by dinner in a restaurant I would imagine to look exactly like the one Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson visit at the end of Something's gotta give. Well, in reality I was at home in the suburbs changing diapers without a baby sitter and did not exactly need the 5-inch Pradas for that purpose. Needless to say, I should have been buying smart but comfy clothes that would be practical around kids, but would not make me feel like a frump. Yet buying for my Parisian fantasy life was much more fun...

These are some of my most recent fashion mistakes. Clockwise from top - Sergio Rossi shoes, never worn yet, even though I breathlessly texted Melbourne Fashion Girl I had found the greatest shoes ever.... When I go out I often want to wear them, but the extremely spindly heel would get stuck so badly in the hilly streets of HK, unless I would go to eat in the IFC mall with its seamless marble floors. Then, a Phillip Lim dress, on sale from, just beautiful when I look at it, but the champagne color washes me out completely, the dress is totally shapeless with a very loose waist and the fluid silk satin is unforgiving to any bumps or curves. This kind of thing looks good on a stick figure model, which I should have known I am not. And finally, a grey COS dress, which has experimental seams to shape it and on the front a double layer of fabric lined beautifully in navy blue, but you can only see that when you hold it up. The experimental shaping has made it rather shapeless, and the dark grey makes me look like I am going to my law firm office job.

Good thing there is JDCamicetta - now I'll always look perfect :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mix and match

Margherita Missoni looks super cute with her mix-and-match stripy boucle jacket and leopard print trousers. And love the chain necklace too!
See more best dressed girls at


Prada did lovely chain necklaces this season - I splurged, knowing I would love it forever. And now I am really pleased to see they are continuing to use these chains even for Resort 2012. It looks great on the bag too. What a gorgous and fresh image this is. Somehow the resort collections have become the most exciting collections to follow lately.

See Prada's entire Resort 2012 collection here:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Louboutin Fall 2011 Lookbook


So often beautiful shoes and clothes are displayed in deliberately constrasting situations - a lone diner in a dusty desert, a dingy street in the depths of gotham, but Louboutin gives his shoes the pedestal they deserve in his lookbook for Fall 2011 inspired by old master paintings.

     Christian Louboutin shoes

Wednesday, July 20, 2011



Inditex from Spain has brought us Zara and Massimo Dutti (among many others) and this time in Europe I was introduced to Uterque, one of their newer ventures.  Love all of it.  Hope it will come to a place near me soon....  Sorry for the horrible picture quality!  I am at my parents' house in Holland using an ancient computer!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

We need this in Hong Kong

Blow Dry Bars are all over LA - quick-no-appointment-necessary blow dries for about $30. This is one of the cuter ones.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Good Taste

In fashion terms, for me LA is about good basics from Gap and JCrew (shorts, T-shirts, belts, men's shirts in pretty patterns, costume jewelry), pretty much just like any shopping opportunity in America. I often get excited about the jeans at Barneys and a few other places, and then there are the new basics at the likes of Phillip Lim and Tory Burch with lovely shops both on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. But high end accessories for example tend to be very safe in America. Whereas in Hong Kong you get the crazy purple and yellow Louboutins, the color palette at Barneys' Wilshire Boulevard's enormous shoe department is pretty much limited to neutrals and black with a few exceptions in navy, or brick red. It's safe and classic and I should probably take a hint there. The bright yellow patent shoes are not going to be forever pieces... but like I have said before, I love a bit of jersey/essex girl bling, and that's what I often miss in most American shopping, there is soooo much sensible good taste - and like Ines de la Fressange says, beware of too much good taste!

I promised fashion you get food

I have been in LA since 19 June - this is the longest time I have spent in this city and I haven't been bored for a minute. I highly recommend it as a vacation spot - but make sure you give yourself enough time to explore and drive or walk around random neighborhoods. There are many many many independent shops and restaurants in this town, it feels to me much more so than in other cities in America. And the food is soooo fresh and delicious - not looking forward to eating the tasteless stuff that Wellcome calls fruit back in Hong Kong....