I love The Strand! If you haven't been you must try it. Gorgeous Beverly did my highlights today in the very beautiful and peaceful hair salon while at the same time I got the best pedicure I have had in years from lovely Katie. The nail polish colors were really fresh and modern too. Now I'll just have to decide what shoes to wear tonight - Elizabeth and James or Balenciaga. Very highly recommended!
The Strand Hair and Beauty Concept Salon, 18 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, telephone 28507686, www.thestrandhk.com
Leave it to Hanneli Mustaparta. She's got the name for it. This is not a very creative post, cos I took Hanneli's photos straight off her blog. But how gorgeous is this unlikely outfit????? White turtleneck, mustard blouse, burgundy pants, round sunglasses - its perfect. Please visit www.hanneli.com for more of her unique style.
I can't think of what to wear to dinner tonight. If only I was near Dover Street Market today (but alas, 9627 kilometres is more like it) I would be able to buy one of the beautiful items made by Acne and artist Daniel Silver. So gorgeous.... Or buy at www.acnestudios.com.
One of the funniest fashion blogs out there is www.manrepeller.com. NY blogger Leandra does lots of outfit pictures with hilarious commentary, and almost always her outfits are total man-repellers, i.e. lots of layers (no cleavage), chunky heeled boots (no strappy sandals), and hats (no bouncy blond locks). Harem pants and shoulder pads??? Overalls??? I'd like to add the 2 pairs of shoes waiting patiently in my www.net-a-porter.com shopping bag... the ultimate man-repellers I fear!
When I was a little girl, my mum loved L'Air du Temps perfume by Nina Ricci. Probably all of our mums did, I think it was the perfume of the decade. Nina Ricci is a magical name to me, one of those mysterious French companies whose clothes you couldn't actually buy in Holland. Now British designer Peter Copping (formerly at Louis Vuitton) is in charge of the brand, and I just adore his pretty romantic clothes. I don't use L'Air du Temps now, instead I love Barneys' house perfume, Route du Thé. But my own little girl loves my Nina Ricci shoes.....
The windows at Bottega Veneta in the Landmark. Close up, the fabrics look like nothing you've ever seen before. The coat below seems like it has orange mold growing on white satin - it's beautiful and new and I would love to have such talent for innovation. From a distance, however, all those beautiful details end up looking like a dowdy version of Grey Gardens - even if I had unlimited cash, I would not buy one thing in this window.
Very early b-day present from my mum at Harvey Nichols Pacific Place. The 3 of us (mum, baby girl and I) snuck out of the house at 5.30 PM on Sunday claiming we needed groceries from Great - but really cos we wanted to see the new Harvey Nicks which has thankfully replaced the dreadful Seibu. It is brilliant!! Spacious and colorful, a really comfortable shoe floor with lots of seating and a plush blue carpet. What an upgrade for Pacific Place. Now I can't wait to see what will replace the Lane Crawford there.
The I LOVE FASHION support team, mum and baby girl
The line to enter Louis Vuitton is only 60 people long, rather than the usual 200. Louis Vuitton in Kowloon 1 hour ago.
Barbie came along on our excursion across the harbor. Christian Louboutin had busloads of customers scrambling to get their hands on his sparkly delights.
Luxury housing advertisement at the Star Ferry docking platform. On the lower level of the ferry no less, the one that costs $2.4 Hong Kong dollars to ride - don't know if these crowds are the target audience, but maybe the developer was allowed to hang it for free.
US Magazine's (www.usmagazine.com) fashion police is gunning for Mary Katrantzou. Despite fashionable stars like Alexa Chung, Leelee Sobieski and Solange Knowles wearing her clothes, the people have spoken: "More is more? These florid fashions should inspire a closet reformation". Keira Knightley is branded a repeat offender, for earlier wearing another floral editor favorite, Erdem.
Dressing for fall or winter in Hong Kong is not easy or fun. You want to join in the fall rush a bit, buy a few darker colors, and look like you're changing seasons. But the constant humidity and lingering heat make it hard - jumpers and coats are out of the question right now. Fall looks are often about layering and I think after 3 years in HK I have figured it out to a certain degree. I am wearing cotton tissue-thin turtlenecks (buy at H&M or Zara) under my favorite Fionas and shirtdresses (I am talking JDCamicetta, of course). No tights yet, but eagerly looking forward to January. And then I have started buying bigger sizes in long sleeve cotton T-shirts so that I can layer them over my Emma tops (JDCamicetta, of course) - rather than wool jumpers, which probably will be too hot in January too.
I must admit I never had any interest in Kurt Geiger at all during the 10 years I lived in London. But maybe I judged them too harshly - the things in the current advertising campaign look quite desirable... although is that because of Anja?? Suddenly it all looks hot, but maybe I need to see it all without the biggest model of the moment. Check it out for yourself at www.kurtgeiger.com.
Nowhere is a super exciting new line of clothes developed by Swedish stylist and magazine editor Elin Kling. Elin is quite the celebrity in her home country where she does regular television appearances as fashion expert and where she runs a magazine called StyleBy. She has even done a super successful design collaboration with H&M (see picture below), which was sold in Sweden only. Now she has her own line with designer Nhu Duong and the clothes look great. The shoes are so beyond gorgeous as well, I want to buy it all really. The collection will be available at www.nelly.com and you will be able to ship your orders to Hong Kong starting from November. I think you can already have it shipped to Europe now. And don't forget to check out Elin's blog www.stylebykling.nowmanifest.com.
Hong Kong on Saturday night - it seems when the pollution is worst, the nighttime sky somehow looks luminous... must be all those particles in the air.
The fragile little old man with his jewelry table on Queen's Road Central (in a prime retail location between Joyce and Diesel) came up to me with angry finger raised - NO PHOTOS! That's probably because he has lots of Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel, Hermes, Philippe Audibert.... well the Chinese kind of course.
Working frantically on JDCamicetta dresses, preparing for an upcoming show. Did some internet shopping during a coffee break and I never get disappointed when I receive anything from Swedish Acne - the shoe boxes in particular are so gorgeous. Now back to JDC - can't wait to show you new dresses soon. Speaking of Swedes - check out www.stylebykling.nowmanifest.com - totally fun blog by young gorgeous stylist who does lots of outfit pics.