Trying on For Size

Trying on For Size

After finding out a sad bit of personal news, I’m a bit disjointed today, and have unfortunately lost the will to go on any more thrift hunts.  I won’t elaborate anymore and a self imposed lock in in the Kabuki Hotel has its advantages.  A showroom has been set up by the Arts of Fashion to showcase a mix of young American designers and more established names and possibly expose them to new stockists.  So there is Cathy Pill and Sandrina Fasoli from Belgium and my friends Douglas Reker and Carlos Santiago from New York which are on my ones-to-watch-in-NY list in my growing belief that there’s something latently explosive happening in NYC.  The afternoon was free and in my half-withdrawn, half-sorry state, a bit of random trying on had to be done… in the designer showrooms, I often see buyers having a bit of fun trying things on whilst I look on enviously and just touch things gingerly.  Turns out the try on sesh was a bit of a pick me up. 

I’ll wait for the lookbooks to be done before I post fully but here are a few pieces from Carlos and Douglas’ S/S 09 collection which I botched over what I was wearing.  Notice the Basso & Brooke leggings totally jarring everything… such is the nature of the showroom random try on sesh.  Carlos’ collection is severely pared back compared to the last one and clearly there is a sentiment to sell.  You can’t really go wrong with navy and grey satin and black sheer mesh.  Then there’s this cloudy grey print mesh mixed into it which I absolutely adored and have put in a personal order for one…



Douglas went with his previous picnic basket theme for his S/S 09 collection, turning the colours up to make them more vivid and making the shapes even more exaggerated.  See cheesy beauty pageant pose below with flared out cape and beautifully embroidered floral lining and body… yes… that is about as smiley as it gets…



Yeah, I look a bit dumb with all the outfits going over my existing one but it was the grown up version of a child’s dress-up chest and that is no bad thing.


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  1. the nasty gal

    2008-10-28 at 11:29 PM

    Susie–so sorry to hear about your bad news.
    Have you checked out the Kabuki Springs spa? It’s really incredible, and you can spend the day for a measly $20. So nice.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay!

  2. Chelsea Von Mach

    2008-10-28 at 11:41 PM

    Hey I absolutely love your blog. Your style is so unique and inspirational!

  3. KD

    2008-10-28 at 11:44 PM

    I love the last dress! Feel better and I hope you feel better and everything works out. 🙂

  4. KD

    2008-10-28 at 11:45 PM

    Lovely stuff, especially the navy satin and whit cut-outs. I’m very sorry to hear that there is bad news in your life, feel better and I hope everything works out. 🙂

  5. SOS!

    2008-10-28 at 11:49 PM

    Ms Bubbles, that cape looks absolutely fantastic. x

  6. enc

    2008-10-28 at 11:49 PM

    I really like the shapes, especially the last, white one. And the leggings kind of make sense with those looks!

  7. Laia

    2008-10-29 at 12:03 AM

    hey susie, sorry about the bad news, im sending good vibes your way.
    that white/flower coat/cape is really really amazing.

  8. K-Line

    2008-10-29 at 12:13 AM

    Sorry to hear you’ve had some bad news…

  9. selina

    2008-10-29 at 1:21 AM

    the flares on that cape are amazing! good choice with the dress order, i hope your news doesn’t get you down too much x

  10. Stephanie

    2008-10-29 at 2:37 AM

    Your smile is so adorable/gorgeous! Hope you feel better soon. =]

  11. WendyB

    2008-10-29 at 4:31 AM

    Hope things are ok.

  12. Brigadeiro

    2008-10-29 at 4:54 AM

    Aw, Susie, I am sending big e-hugs to you, hope the cloud lifts soon, so sorry to hear you had some ‘bad news’ 🙁
    Regarding outfits (what is fashion but a bit of escapism?) – love them all! Especially the floral cape! OMGosh! How gorgeous!

  13. jocelyne

    2008-10-29 at 5:10 AM

    I love love love that floral coat, simple amazing. Sorry to hear about the bad news. Stay strong and take care!

  14. Sunset

    2008-10-29 at 5:24 AM

    That cape is about a million kinds of AMAZING. 😀

  15. rosa

    2008-10-29 at 5:31 AM

    oh honey, i know what it means to have bad news when you’re oceans from home, and hope everything turns out okay.
    that cape is stellar. i am so diying it in all the fabrics of the world!

  16. rosa

    2008-10-29 at 5:31 AM

    i obv meant d.i.y.-ing

  17. a dreamer

    2008-10-29 at 6:52 AM

    wow i love the basket weave dress and the capey flappy bit on the print coat. :O
    dress ups is always a pick me up.

  18. kim

    2008-10-29 at 7:00 AM

    Loving the floral cape, and hoping everything is going to be better for you soon! x

  19. La Carmina

    2008-10-29 at 7:01 AM

    Sending you my best wishes. (v__v);
    † LA CARMINA † Gothic Lolita Fashion

  20. tanya

    2008-10-29 at 7:09 AM

    nice to see your lovely smile despite the bad news 🙂
    these are all amazing pieces and you wear them all so well. completely clashtastic!

  21. Annie Spandex

    2008-10-29 at 8:00 AM

    That cape is epic on you!
    Best wishes <3

  22. Saskia

    2008-10-29 at 10:03 AM

    hey, hope you are alright? and yet your smile is so lovely on those pics. tells a lot bout the clothes you tried on. 😉
    love the coat, too.

  23. lady coveted

    2008-10-29 at 10:34 AM

    yes, i like the last one too…. it reminds me of pie.

  24. Helen

    2008-10-29 at 10:37 AM

    The dark blue dress and the white dress are both amazing. sorry to hear about your bad news.

  25. songy

    2008-10-29 at 12:22 PM

    That flower printed cape style coat is quite something. You are not getting that one?

  26. Prêt à Porter P

    2008-10-29 at 1:02 PM

    i hope everything will be okay.
    i like that floral cape the best for you

  27. AngieMontreal

    2008-10-29 at 2:56 PM

    It’s so funny how a little try on sesh with some special new clothes can really make one feel better, if only for awhile. Sending over happy thoughts and more smiles…

  28. Drusilla

    2008-10-29 at 3:02 PM

    I’m really sorry to hear you’ve had bad news, Susie- I only hope it isn’t too bad, and will get better soon :).
    I love how your own clothes pull even the clashiest outfits together in this post (and dressing-up sessions are always good). That striped tee of yours is something I’ve admired for ages, too, along with the leggings.

  29. Giselle

    2008-10-29 at 4:41 PM

    I like that last white dress alot! The sleeves are amazing.

  30. floraposte

    2008-10-29 at 8:10 PM

    Love the coat and flowered cape, and the dress with the latticed sleeves.
    Sending you best wishes to get over your bad news.

  31. Tanya

    2008-10-29 at 8:34 PM

    !! that cape is a work of art! =o i have honestly never seen a cape as beautiful as that one its lovely

  32. Janavi

    2008-10-29 at 10:53 PM

    Sorry about the bad news, but you are looking as adorable as always! The floral cape is wonderful & I love the leggings.

  33. jadore-fashion

    2008-10-30 at 5:12 PM

    lovely cape, love love the leggings too…hope ur ok!!

  34. andrea

    2008-10-31 at 12:03 PM

    I am sending you my best wishes from NYC and hope that everything turns out OK for you. I have been an avid follower of your blog for awhile now (but new email address) and I must say that you really have a gift for writing about fashion (and wearing it too!). Your own clothes under the try ons really look great with them! BTW, what kind of open toe booties are you wearing here? Really love them!

  35. Jael

    2008-10-31 at 4:08 PM

    Need the cape thing. Need!

  36. ambika

    2008-10-31 at 4:23 PM

    That coat is simply insane. Agreed with Jael–need!

  37. geri

    2008-11-05 at 12:32 AM

    that coat/cape is unreal! its like balenciage meets…heaven!

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