Saturday, 26 March 2011

fully packed

fully packed, not much could be packed into a 20kg suit case.

Off to London, bye bye UK.

I'll keep updating this blog once I've settled and received my iMac through the post, but it might take a while.

Until then,
Bye for now.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Illustration No.7 The Stretch

<The Stretch>
-another entry of my Red&Blue collection

A little overslept,
Lifted straight form the winter to a bold summer.
With the spring missing,
Got just enough time for a stretch.
Are you ready?


睡久了那么一点点,
就从寒冬跳到盛夏。
错过了春天,
刚够伸一个懒腰的时间。
准备好了吗?


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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Illustration No. 6-Lost in the woods, where the trees will guide you home.

lost internet connection for a week, here's what I've been doing, and thinking about.

<Lost in the Woods>

run, 
till the end of the road, 
where there is light, 
and there is hope.



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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Sunday, 6 March 2011

2011 Fall RTW-Vivienne Westwood and the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Remember in Fashion PR class my teacher used to say that, if you spot a neon wire decoration in major store window displays from more than three fashion cities, say, Milan, London, and Tokyo, at the same time, then there might be a trend in neon wire decorations going on for store window display decos.

A minute after I was fascinated by the look of White Sea, I discovered Vivienne Westwood's Fall 2011 RTW collection. If I spot a third scary halloween look make-up then I'd say there might be a trend of horror going on.....


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When I first saw Vivienne's collection for this season, I dropped my cupcake not for the usual unusual cuts and prints, beads and pleats, but for the hair and make-up artists. I know they couldn't be Sweeney Todd, but, Gee, is that a hell of a make-up or what, make-up from hell?

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Don't get me wrong though, I quite like them, and although they're too scary for a pretty everyday look, they'd be quite pretty for a scary halloween look.







Normally when I look at an interesting designing or art work, my mind would automatically switch to a wild brain-storming mode trying to figure out what inspires the designer, who or what are their muses. And I think I've found the answers to the following ones:

Black Swan for this:




And Field Runners for the following:
( I bet Vivienne herself might have been playing Field Runners in between her meetings and designer's blocks :P)






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credit: Runway pictures from the collection: all from Style.com
other pictures from Google

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Hyde Park with Blossoms and a Vintage Shop

We all know that every now and then one can come across some amazing finds in vintage shops. Or as Forest Gump puts it, life is a vintage shop, you never know what you're gonna get. A 30s midi dress, a 20s Singer sewing machine, or even an old pair of stockings used by Marilyn Monroe herself, with pics of her drunk in them as proof of authenticity. (wait, don't stockings look the same though?) Point is, in times like this when wearing last season's dresses is a crime but dresses from two seasons back is a, not even an ok, but a cry out of XXX-is back, or XXX is the new YYY, or a statement of a climate friendly fashion recycle, or a hint of vintage, mix-match, or even creativity, don't we all get a bit bored and tired? When fashion is pursued so literally, what's left for glossy new trends is as sad as those sale tags and piles of less fortunate clothes who didn't make it to someone's wardrobe, in time...

Well didn't meant for this to be so serious and critical, I guess the sudden guest appearance of a dark cloud outside my window is the one to blame.

So, what I wanna talk about, is actually my jolly visit to Hyde Park and the lovely little vintage boutique not far from there.

It's not spring yet, but girls are already having picnics in the park. A cozy knitted blanket and a basket of homemade cupcakes did the trick. I had so much fun taking these pictures, putting myself in the shoes of a paparazzi and lying down as an on-guard leopard. I guess the difference between a pro and a part-time paparazzi is that the former pretends to be shooting at a bush of flowers while actually ambushing a target, while the latter tries to shoot at a bush of flowers while accidentally records a scene.

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Trees, trees, hundreds of them line up a wishful path... Will they green up by the belated soothing spring breeze?

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Now, please allow me to finally talk about the vintage shop....

Haven't vintage shops gone creative these days? While having a massive collection of vintage clothes and costumes, the shop has got a corner for creative vintage clothes, where I found trench coat turned dress, dress turned bag, and rabbit turned hat. Well I confess, the last one I've just made it up. But wouldn't it be adorable if they do? ^^

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Three not-so-good, no-one-will-really-miss shirts surely make a dress as interesting and inspirational as collars and sleeves could ever be. Is is pretty or is it a joke? The answer is indeed the definition of fashion. If you like it you like it, you hate it you hate it, you don't give a **** then you walk away and forget about it. The most important element is not the dress, not even how you look, but how you think and feel. It is you, you as a whole, and you alone.

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I kinda grow to like the pink/ dark grey one, it gives off a sense of being hugged by a caring boyfriend from all the directions... Or we could also interpret the story as a naughty playful girl placing a practical joke on his bf's favorite shirts, making sure he gets the message: "You've got arms to hold me and hold me only. You'd better do so or else I'd be sad and lonely". Or the story could even go as creepy as a girl with a habit of tearing off his bf's shirts after break-ups, and collects them as reminders to herself, how a girl grows with little pieces of her past, or in this case, little pieces of exs' shirts... Haha, I could make a whole list of my wild imaginations provoked by this shirt, but I guess the most likely plain old boring truth might just be some vintage shop keeper having some experimental fun with a ten minute stitch job done. Nah, not so juicy and film-script-writing-worthy all of a sudden... ...


Then of course besides costumes and furnitures, what's a vintage shop without twinkle twinkle little jewelries? I wonder who they've been with, how many mileage they've traveled, what kind of moments they've witnessed, or what unsaid messages the givers tried to tell the receivers... ...
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My favorite in the shop: a pink armless chair looking as delicious as a lovely puffy cupcake, and a "while little tea set" so mini that they could make a good set of eggcups for quails.
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Since this entry has been so girly already, I might as well share some quotes from Marilyn Monroe that I've read about the other day:

"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

Before, I thought she's only talking to girls, but now I've convinced myself that she's also talking about the sleeve-collar shirt :P


"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."

It is yet another statement from Monroe, which I think is true about every girl, or should I say, there's a little piece of her in every one of us? The difference is the percentage. How many percent of Monroe are you made of?


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jacket & skirt: River Island
jumper: Calvin Klein 
heels: Rocket Dog
bag: H&M

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Book-100 Years of Fashion Illustration

Cally Beackman - 100 Years of Fashion Illustration




Having discovered Cally Beackman's "100 Years of Fashion Illustration" is like stumbling up a museum of fashion and art. The title might suggest a in-depth study on fashion illustration, it is indeed a chronicle of fashion, using illustrations as examples of particular styles, designers, times, and trends, . Little is discussed on illustration techniques, nor can you expect to learn the use of wash and tips on rendering. Instead, trends of different times and the stories concealed behind are thoroughly investigated. The figure-concealing tubular dresses of the early 20s, the feminine yet natural (that is, compared to the painful hour-glass silhouettes of earlier times) silhouettes of the 30s... this book not only spots the trends and demonstrates them using fashion illustrations, it goes one step further into investigating the reasons behind every trend. Why is a hemline longer, why is focus being put on the shoulders... And the reasons demonstrated lie somewhere beyond beauty and fashion itself. Be it the war, a shortage of fabric, or other major cultural, economic and technological changes in the society... It makes me rethink fashion as not only about visionary beauty and personal taste, but also a means of recording a bigger picture, the evolution of human society and civilisation. To this extend, fashion illustration itself serves as the pencils and papers of that record, but just like literature, fashion illustration's nature brings with it eternal imagination, romance, exaggeration, and the pursuit of perfection, which are indeed the paramount beauty of this genre of art. Therefore, despite of being a little disappointed not learning anything about fashion illustration, it was indeed a delight to read this book. After all, what is fashion illustration without fashion?

Scanned some of my fav pages from the book, hope this doesn't break any law...

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First Fashion Design/Illustration- Lady Bowie

I've been talking about fashion design for soooooo long, bought the Wacom Intuos 4 tablet for soooo long, and finally, today, got the courage to sit down and do some work. Took me a day to turn a white paper into this little piece. Always had a thing for bows, heart shapes, cupcakes....things that are cute and, well, a bit corny, in a way. But who doesn't?

So, my first design, a gift wrapped with a ribbon. Who'd like to put a ring on it?

:)

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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

The Geeky Photographer Look

Been enjoying photography quite a while, and thought it might be a good idea to do a series of pics where the photographer is being photographed while he/she is focusing on his/her own discoveries.


fyi: those pics that are clearer are shot with a digital camera and those blurry dusty ones are shot with a film camera. Kinda liked the contrast between the two so just left it that way. 




So, here we go:


This is what I shot:

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and this is me shooting it:

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It's really surprising to find a pair of Dr. Martens that looks nothing like Dr, Martens, without the iconic Dr.Martens silhouette. It's like finding a neon-colored Channel T shirt with graffiti prints on , or a plain white shirt on the catwalk of Alexander McQueen. But since I was really looking for a comfy slip-on, this pair is really a star buy.

What I shot:
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me shooting it:

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And to compare the effects of digital camera and film camera:

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I prefer the ones on film, for their softness and the power of folding in a story to the image.















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hat: H&M
t shirt: Marc by Marc Jacobs
jacket: Ebase
trousers: Zara
shoes: Dr. Martens

Monday, 28 February 2011

As Sunny As It Gets In A Pre-Spring Winter Day

Following yesterday's fantastic photo shoots, figured it's about time I had some fun coming from behind the camera to the spotlight in front of it.


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hat: Bailey
t shirt: H&M
beads: Sarr Wannabe
leather shorts: Next
boots: Miss Selfridge




As sunny as it looks, it's still crispy cold and I have to hold a pot of hot tea to keep myself from frozen. Haha, not really. Just like in yesterday's shoot James was holding what looks like a glass of Scotch but really a glass of tea, today I'm holding what looks like a pot of tea but really an empty tea pot. Talk about deceptions huh :P

Yup, talk about deceptions, I accidentally tuned into BBC and watched a brilliant movie about a magician and the fascinating world of magics, tricks and scandals, where tricks were hidden inside of other tricks like a Russian Matryoshka. Half way through I couldn't help but screaming out loud, OMG this has to be directed by Christopher Nolan! And you know what, turned out, it is. Don't wanna reveal too much plot and ruin the thrill in here. For those of you who are fans of Christopher, I highly recommend his film "The Prestige".

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Christopher is probably the first director that I truly loved, and the only one whose head and heart I so desperately want to get into. It is not often in today's world that you can come across someone who can come up with stories that are so logically intelligence yet romantically creative at the same time. And I know this may sound cocky, but deep down I consider myself someone like him... Anyway, thumbs up Christopher, way to go! :)

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Lovely Day for a Photo Shoot-James

The weather has gone wild these days. You wake up with frosty windows, shower with soothing rain drops in the morning, surprised with playful bits of snow at noon and then, in the afternoon, it hits the u-turn: just when you're all tucked up for a lazy nap in a guilty-free rainy day like this, rays of crispy sunshine came out of the blue and make your skin sizzle like bacon. I might have been exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea: typical English weather, with its mind never made up and practical-jokes all prepped up ready to surprise you.

Having moaned about that, it is absolutely blessed that we had a sunny day today, all the way through, which made our second commercial photo shoot went as planned. Well I say it's commercial, but just like the last one at the studio, we were not getting paid, and played the role of "the guys with cameras and free helping hands all over their body". Yup, I guess that's always the case when you're not an established professional photographer and you don't have a website with your name on it and a price list.

On the bright side, I'm still 100% grateful of these opportunities, hoping that one day, not accidentally, but as the result of a painful process named evolution, I could create something outrageously stunning and astonishing as a masterpiece. Plus, if that day will never come, just a couple of friends hanging around taking photos recording songs baking muffins is still not a bad idea for some fun, and what more could you ask? it's all free!

Today's photo shoot is for a friend's boyfriend, and oh man aren't they great~!


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then, two interesting behind-the-scenes shots:


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*Cute lovers*


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*Lenses on me*




And finally, some shots taken using film camera:


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Oops, here's one of me holding the camera:
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