What lies beneath the image

Ilook1I do apologise if today’s posting is just all pretty images and no coherent talking (or perhaps you prefer that, in which case, ignore this babble…).  However, today is festivity-heavy as my office romance with the boyf is sadly ending.  No, it‚Äôs not a break-up but a new era, as the boyf moves to new career pastures, a sad office farewell is in order.  My recent overload of work has yielded good things, namely contributing to a Beijing-based magazine called iLook, that I‚Äôve been poring over trying to improve my simplified Chinese character reading (yes, I can only read traditional characters and yes, people will say that is weird…) and also because it is a superbly laid out, rich-in-content, amazingly styled magazine.  The Drama Queen issue here features an editorial with a Shiatzy Chen dress that can only be described as one of the few examples of Dylon Image Maker-esque photo transfer work that I‚Äôm impressed with which means Shiatzy Chen is on my website hit list for further flash imagery dissection…   


A Sign from Above?


Please don’t mistake this as a case of being a wee bit self-obsessed but it is more of a Freaky Friday incident.  Erin Hamilton, an artist from Oakland has surprised me with this wonderful painting of me looking terribly serene with a pretty bird and after my recent investigation as to whether my head can handle some birdies, it is surely a sign that I should go forth to Beddug’s headbands, especially as she didn’t know I had posted about Beddug when she was painting the picture.  I predict and hope for many a pscyhic fashion vibe being sent out over the fashion blogosphere…


Lightening Up


Strawberry Summer fruits are precisely what the name suggests; should really be eaten by seasonality and only in the summer.  However, strawberry ice cream, the expensive or the cheapie variety can be enjoyed all year round and Tsumori Chisato seems to feel the same way.  Where most collections have gone decidedly sophisticated for next winter, Chisato has stuck to what she knows and taken her signature quirkly girliness to a new level.  Whereas prints still feature quite a bit in the collection, it’s the wearable marshmallow pieces that have caught my eye, especially through these images by Sonny Vandevelde.  Quilting, satin, flowers, tiers, ruffles are precisely all a bit too much yet it’s still appreciated by the ‘more is more’ sensibility that I’ve always held.  Especially when the season is looking like I will be drowned in sharp tailoring, deep colours and subtle detailing, all of which are nice things but I’m also partial to these exceptions to the catwalk trend rules. 

Afterall, if I’m eating strawberry ice cream in the summer, doesn’t mean I’m not going to stop eating it in the winter with a nice bit of rhubarb crumble.  Oh god…this euphemism for wearing girly pale ice cream colours in the winter is all getting a bit crap isn’t it…? 
Yadda yadda yadda…bottom line is that I’m definitely making it my mission to trek it back to Hong Kong sometime this year to pay the Tsumori Chisato store a much-needed, heavily-delayed visit.      

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