>> I've had people tag me on Instagram or Twitter with "Bubble Trouble" as a caption and then immediately apologise for their unoriginality. Bubble Trouble? Of all the possible puns (Bubblelicious, Floating around with Susie Bubble, etc etc…) that my nickname brings up, actually "Bubble Trouble" comes up less than one might think. Perhaps it's because I'm not really "trouble" per se. I'm the girl who freaks out when a warning red bill comes through the post, I apologise A LOT and you really can't count on me to stir things up. Bubble Bore-off might be a more appropriate nick name. Still, I have no problem with people thinking that I might vaguely warrant the rhyming phrase. Jesse and Wannasiri of Bangkok/New York-based accessories label BOYY perhaps got the wrong idea when I partied one night with them at a bar in Bangkok sometime last year where one too many jelly gummy bear shots were passed around. Which is why this metallic blue clutch turned up with "Bubble Trouble" gleaming in de-bossed fridge magnet-esque font. The clutch is a tongue-in-cheek one-off but BOYY also do brisk trade in structured boxy bags in unusual finishes, which have garnered them a fanbase in Bangkok and beyond. The sentiment may not ring entirely true but the clutch itself is too fine a specimen not to use. The ultimate litmus test? Both my laptop and a thick issue of Monocle can be shoved in there. So yes… I'm just going to run with it. Errr… trouble. That's me ALL OVER.
Another little something-something from Asia arrived which would be more appropriately described as "Bubblelicious". Daydream Nation, which has been thriving quite nicely in their native hometown Hong Kong, has broadened out to take on guest designers. That has resulted in the Daydream Nation by Vanessa Tao collection, which is just a smidge girlier and prim than the mainline. Tao's previous experience at Peter Jensen shows as the S/S 13 collection is brimming with pastels, ruffles and bows whilst erring on the preppy side. The dress I'm wearing in particular is a Bubble-friendly shade of dusky pink, with stiffened side ruffles that might befit a frilly-edged cushion or sofa cover. That's probably a turn-off for most people but I'm never one to turn down a ruffle – even if it looks like it it might belong in Argos or Furniture Village circa 1996.