ART14 First Night

 

An invitation to the first night of Art14 was very kindly extended to me (merci beaucoup, Javert) so Diana and I headed down to Olympia Grand for the second edition of this 'refreshingly different' worldwide showcase of modern and contemporary art. Yesterday evening I went to Art14 with the intention of courting as many galleries as possible to find the one that would sponsor my first solo exhibition, but I was warned by my gallery director friend that trying to sell my work to galleries at the every event where they were trying to sell work to others was a surefire way to invite hostility. 

Oh well, so much for that, c'est whatever. 
February 28, 2014

ART14 First Night

  An invitation to the first night of Art14 was very kindly extended to me  (merci beaucoup, Javert)  so Diana and I headed down to Ol...

Apocalypse: Guirado Design AW14 / Pure Evil : The Nightmare Series

Apocalypse...nightmare...how uncanny that I would go to two art shows of a similarly macabre nature  in London within a week of each other, and quite amusing that they should both occur in the very week I stop having nightmares, instead having the soundest sleep I've had in three years. I can't decide if it's because I've been too busy and exhausted to have dreams, or because I've replaced my mattress, but there you go.

Apocalypse: Guirado Design AW14


With Scott Temple, Victoria Cassagnaud, and Dan Alexis at Apocalypse: Guirado Design AW14 Showcase in association with Art & Music: The Saatchi Gallery Magazine at Cock & Bull Gallery, downstairs in Mark Hix's Tramshed.
February 27, 2014

Apocalypse: Guirado Design AW14 / Pure Evil : The Nightmare Series

Apocalypse...nightmare...how uncanny that I would go to two art shows of a similarly macabre nature  in London within a week of each othe...

Turkish Delights: Eloping in Istanbul

Last weekend I dashed off, on the spur of the moment, to Istanbul for my cousin's Turkish elopement.
Even as the dust settled on the last day of London Fashion Week, I got an email from cousin LY asking It's a little short notice, but our registration of marriage is this weekend and do you think you could make it? I blinked once, and then twice, to be sure I wasn't hallucinating, stared at my ever-growing pile of work, assessed my deadlines and thought How often does the one cousin you are close to and practically raised you as a child runs away from Malaysia to Turkey after the romantic, whirlwind courtship of her dreams and gets married in a traditional Turkish ceremony? 


So without further delay I booked the first flight out on Saturday, threw a few things into my le pliage, read up on Turkish etiquette (never point the soles of your feet at anyone) and spirited myself away for possibly the whimsiest (is that a word) weekend I've had this year.
February 26, 2014

Turkish Delights: Eloping in Istanbul

Last weekend I dashed off, on the spur of the moment, to Istanbul for my cousin's Turkish elopement. Even as the dust settled on the...

LONDON FASHION WEEK FALL 2014: DAY 5: THE STREETS ARE PAVED WITH GOLD


Designers have been looking to the street for inspiration especially of late, given the explosion of street style blogs and fashion bloggers-turned-front row regulars. Having lived and worked in Shoreditch for the past 5 years, I've seen homegrown talent and DIY trends (it's incredible what one can do with a handful of studs from eBay and some thrifted leather) slowly trickle their way upwards into the catwalk and then into the mainstream. The club kids, fashion stylists, and young creatives of East London have firmly established their place in high fashion, bringing the electric energy of the streets of Shoreditch to the runways at London Fashion Week.
February 19, 2014

LONDON FASHION WEEK FALL 2014: DAY 5: THE STREETS ARE PAVED WITH GOLD

Designers have been looking to the street for inspiration especially of late, given the explosion of street style blogs and fashion blogg...

London Fashion Week Fall 2014: Kokon to zai After show party


A few things I learnt at the Kokon to Zai after show party yesterday:

London Fashion Week Fall 2014: Kokon to zai After show party

A few things I learnt at the Kokon to Zai after show party yesterday:

LONDON FASHION WEEK FALL 2014: DAY 4: FLORA & FAUNA


From my review of Day 4 of LFW Fall 2013 for Tresor Paris Blog. As you can tell from my colourful description and the way I let my imagination run while, I am rather besotted by Burberry Prorsum and Giles Deacon. 
Every fashion label keen to revisit that classic spring theme of flora and fauna runs the risk of Miranda Priestly-esque ire: "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking" (likewise, so does anybody making a Devil Wears Prada reference in a fashion week review. Meta).  But Burberry Prorsum and Giles Deacon have nothing to fear, for their invigorating use of nature's design this season is every bit as fresh as the living things they are inspired by.
February 18, 2014

LONDON FASHION WEEK FALL 2014: DAY 4: FLORA & FAUNA

From my review of Day 4 of LFW Fall 2013 for Tresor Paris Blog.   As you can tell from my colourful description and the way I let my imag...

URiBE

If one were to look past the posturing, preening, and 'to see and to be seen' element of fashion week parties one would see that at the heart of it it's really about meeting like-minded people and supporting the creative endeavours of acquaintances and friends alike. With that kind of intimacy in mind Diana and I popped into The London Edition yesterday evening to admire and appreciate the efforts of URiBE.


Don't Sion and Tiffany look every inch the Californian power couple? Together they have such a presence, a sense of seamless unity, and the kind of harmony that many people can only dream of having with their partner let alone one they work with. 
"URiBE is a London based fashion jewellery label led by design duo Sion & Tiffany Phillips. 
With a strong foundation in design and fashion, URiBE is defined by their unique backgrounds, heritage, and travel. Tiffany and Sion’s Chilean-American and Welsh roots, respectively, shine through in the inspiration of the line. 
Tiffany has spent the last ten years collaborating in accessories design at Lagerfeld’s Chanel, Maison Michel, Opening Ceremony’s Kenzo, Loewe and Atelier Swarovski, among others, while Sion has worked on branding, design, and advertising concepts for clients such as Stella Artois, Nike, and BMW."

URiBE

If one were to look past the posturing, preening, and 'to see and to be seen' element of fashion week parties one would see that ...

LONDON FASHION WEEK FALL 2014: DAY 3: COMFORTABLE CONTRASTS

An excerpt from my review of London Fashion Week Fall Ready To Wear Day 3 for Tresor Paris: 

The overall impression of the looks sent out on the runway yesterday was one of contrasts. Boxy, structured lines juxtaposed against soft, slouchy, curves, sometimes even within the same look. This mood of contrast was even more apparent at Topshop Unique.

Oversized coats threatened to slip off the models, seemingly held on only by belts. The largeness of it all provided a silhouette of contrasts; while the shoulders, lapels, and sleeves were undeniably chunky, the almost undulating flow of the coats were those of the joys that only those who buy outerwear several sizes larger will know (yours truly included, there is nothing so ridiculously comfortable in winter as size 16 coat on a size 8 frame).
February 17, 2014

LONDON FASHION WEEK FALL 2014: DAY 3: COMFORTABLE CONTRASTS

An excerpt from my review of London Fashion Week Fall Ready To Wear Day 3 for Tresor Paris:  The overall impression of the looks sent ...

London Fashion Week Fall 2014: Day 2: Prints Charming and the Demimonde


The unthinkable has happened---I've been asked to guest blog about London Fashion Week. You can read my full blog post about yesterday, Day 2 of London Fashion Week, on the Tresor Paris blog here. Below, an excerpt from my blog post for Tresor Paris, because a) the decadent spirit of House Of Holland's la demimonde moderne is so terribly me (or at least I hope so), b) I want everything from that collection! and c) I wrote a review of London Fashion Week! That's a first for me. Anyway, here it is. It's my first shot at writing about fashuuuuun so please be nice to me. Now I really must go and shop the House of Holland Fall RTW collection. Credit cards at the ready. x

"Day 2 of London Fashion Week brought us a dose of typical British insouciance and cheek. Along with the high voltage 'Las Vegas' dazzle of Julien Macdonald and the sheer sexiness of J.W Anderson, the unifying theme of the shows du jour seemed to be bold prints and graphics with imagery celebrating the unabashed glamour of the party girl lifestyle. 
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This spirit 'a la demimonde' was especially apparent at House Of Holland. 'HOH harlots' strutted down the catwalk like punk-rock debutantes, opening the show with a T-shirt emblazoned with 'Riche Bish', a nod to the slogan tees that put Henry Holland on the fashion radar years ago.   
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Sequined champagne flutes, bows, lipsticks, and lobsters adorned black velvet. A feminine yet brazen celebration of all things indulgent.  
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Even beneath striking quilted bomber jackets embroidered with giant lipsticks, there was no ignoring the saucy Pre-Raphaealite, Marie Antoinette-esque beauties caught in flagrante, naught bits blacked out, on the tabloid covers.  
Themes of conspicuous consumption, debauched PYTs, and luxe loungewear married with  sumptuous douppioni silk and fur will guarantee House Of Holland's latest collection a spot on the shopping list of every Posh, Broke (ironically, mais bien sur), & Bored heiress apparent, party girl, and rebellious high-society darlings alike."

February 16, 2014

London Fashion Week Fall 2014: Day 2: Prints Charming and the Demimonde

The unthinkable has happened---I've been asked to guest blog about London Fashion Week. You can read my full blog post about yeste...

Stars can't shine without darkness

Let The Hunger Games Begin

I just couldn't pass up the chance for the pun. Yesterday I went a) straight from a 13 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur (where I slept through 3 out of the 5 courses for dinner, so naturally by the end of it I felt like Katniss foraging, in the rain, through the bakery's bins) to b) the launch of Hunger magazine issue 6 at Rankin's studio to c) kick off London Fashion Week, the ultimate Hunger Games (carbs or couture? pick one, not both).



Joshua Kane, Diana Chire, Katrina Darling, and I shot by Rankin.
February 14, 2014

Let The Hunger Games Begin

I just couldn't pass up the chance for the pun. Yesterday I went a) straight from a 13 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur (where I slept th...

Eat. Sleep. Gamble. Karaoke. Repeat.

Such are the lives of the Malaysian Chinese during the fifteen chor (days) of Chinese New Year. 

Any bonafide jossstick-burning, wood-touching, pineapple tart-eating Chinese will tell you that it is in poor form to turn down an invitation to go to a friend's house and give him a chance to win back from you all the money you pao-ed from him at cards the night before. Karaoke in the morning? Mahjong at midday? Whiskey at lunch? Cards at dawn? Tian Di nods approvingly at you from the heavens. 

Chor 10 at Chris's!


I'm with Grumpy, Boozy, Snoozy, and Woozy.

Woozy is Lina. She was pale, dizzy, and nearly fainted from what I call Gongxi-vitis aka excessive partying.


Chilling in the drawing room; the voluntary support team who crowded around a convalescent Lina not just out of concern for her health but also to escape the seriously off-key bleating in the karaoke room.


Cherries and cards in the karaoke room balcony.


Hello Punto you naughty boy! I thought you were overexcited but next to Huge the pug you are practically sedate. 




Jordan: "So...much...FEELS"


Two Koreans in our midst; one real and one fake.


Nobody knows the actual lyrics to Gee but has that ever stopped us? 

All you need to know is "dadada no no no no no" and "nanana na Oh ye, Gee Gee Gee Gee Gee",   flail your arms wildly and justify your non-existent singing prowess by saying you're acting as the girl who gets put at the back of the band because she's not pretty enough. Haha.


Malaysia's Next Dog Model Contender 1: Punto.


See how he works his angles something fierce like the rent was due yesterday. This model is definitely not in the doghouse.


What my Chinese New Year gold nails look like on the tenth day. Can I pass those chipping monstrosities off as 'gold foil' design? No.


Pew pew pew Michiekins is so engrossed with her shooting that she doesn't even notice that the chocolates are being sneakily taken from her (on the right).


Malaysia's Next Dog Model, Contender 2: Peanut. Who is so shy in front of a camera, but is so stunning. She's literally the gorgeous underdog (haha) on Next Top Model, the one who always gets pep talks from Tyra and narrowly avoids being eliminated each episode but then ups her game something fierce as the show progresses.

"When I look at you, I see a beautiful dog. I see a dog who could be an amazing, amazing model."

"That's right." "We all do, honey."

 "The only person in this room who doesn't see it is you. You have so much potential. But until you learn how to use it you'll only be a beautiful dog, and not a top model."

*long dramatic silence*


*Tyra whips out photo with Peanut's face on it*

"Congratulations, Peanut, you're still in the running to be Malaysia's Next Dog Model."

*other dog who gets eliminated weeps silently. The others who already survived the cut sob into each other's shoulders*


Hahahahahahaha *syiok sendiri* *damn loser*


Angpaaaaao! David is going to postpone his and Sheena's wedding so he can collect double angpao from Chris and Jo next year. Hahahahahaha. Can't wait, Chris! May you be blessed with twins! One named Padini, one named Vincci.


Ending this post abruptly with a happy photo of Michiekins and Marcus dancing to 'Sway'.

As long as it's not 'suay (unlucky) with me, suaaaay with me'!


Today's the last day of Chinese New Year. I'll be spending it on a 13 hour flight back to London.

Hopefully someone on the plane will give me an angpao, hehehehehehe. No! I'm just kidding!

x
February 13, 2014

Eat. Sleep. Gamble. Karaoke. Repeat.

Such are the lives of the Malaysian Chinese during the fifteen chor (days) of Chinese New Year.  Any bonafide jossstick-burning, wood...

Beachiekins

Someone give me a award for being the best friend ever! I cut my weekend trip to Singapore short for Michiekins and flew back to Kuala Lumpur just so I could make her beach birthday party. Oh wait, yesterday she followed me to the hospital to get an 'alien emoji' chin implant have a camera stuck up my nose to see just how deviated my septum is (not very)...so I guess we're even! Michiekins, you're the best friend anyone could ever have, you're so kind, thoughtful, and selfless even when you're 'Road Rage Barbie'ing all over Mont Kiara. I love you! Daisuki-hae! O tanjobi haseyong! (Inside joke)  Enjoy your trip to Avillion and don't be good nudge nudge wink wink 


Happy Birthday Beachiekins! I bless you a happy, exciting year ahead full of sun, sea, and sand!  *dramatically lifts up handful of sand and lets it slowly trickle down all over the table* "Esta es mi tierra" <subtitles: This is my land>
February 12, 2014

Beachiekins

Someone give me a award for being the best friend ever! I cut my weekend trip to Singapore short for Michiekins and flew back to Kuala Lu...

24 Hours In Singapore: Mandarin Gallery Eats

When one is as time poor as yours truly---24 hours in Singapore, how is that enough?---something as simple as where to eat has to be planned with military precision. Fortunately staying at Mandarin Orchard meant that all of the work was done for me. The adjoining Mandarin Gallery meant that my gastronomical choices were merely an air-conditioned walk through the hotel lobby away. Sure, Singapore is small enough but even so I'd rather spend my precious time seeing my family and the sights rather than stuck in traffic.

Tonkatsu Ma Maison


Supposedly the best tonkatsu in Singapore.
February 11, 2014

24 Hours In Singapore: Mandarin Gallery Eats

When one is as time poor as yours truly--- 24 hours in Singapore, how is that enough? ---something as simple as where to eat has to be pla...

24 Hours In Singapore: Gardens By The Bay & Pollen

Warning, ocular overload ahead. A hefty sixty nine photos awaits in this blog post, but it is all so full of beauty (in my humble opinion, anyway) that I feel it is not superfluous, rather I'm trying to do justice to all the stunning, breathtaking sights I saw last Friday on my visit to Gardens By The BaySingapore.

Which by the way is the best S$12 anybody could ever spend.

If lush greenery, incredible billion dollar structures, a perfect marriage of nature's splendour and the ingenuity of man, and food porn is not your cup of tea, maybe you'd do best to look away. But if you think you might enjoy that sort of thing (and some serious flower porn), then read on...

February 10, 2014

24 Hours In Singapore: Gardens By The Bay & Pollen

Warning, ocular overload ahead. A hefty sixty nine photos awaits in this blog post, but it is all so full of beauty (in my humble opinion,...

Sky beach

The last time I blogged about the sky beach I felt like the photos didn't really do the place justice (after all it was an exceptionally overcast, gloomy day) so I thought I'd try to make up for it with these new offerings.

February 07, 2014

Sky beach

The last time I blogged about the sky beach I felt like the photos didn't really do the place justice (after all it was an exceptiona...

Vanity is a great motivator.


So...I may have bought a new camera for the sole purpose of taking selfies.
Well not quite, that would be oversimplifying it terribly, not to mention how terribly shallow that makes me sound. 
Of course there are other reasons apart from the articulated screen that swivels forward to face the user which does make self-portraits so much easier to frame and compose. But 'O-m-g now I don't have to blindly shoot 1726534 of the same photo and delete all the derpy ones to get the perfect shot where my face is perfectly tilted downward to make my eyes look bigger and hide my double chin!' is more or less the crux behind my new purchase.
There's the wifi enabled sharing, different lenses available, and the almost-DLSR quality in a compact size aspects of my new camera too...but...I will admit that I bought a new camera to satisfy my vainglory. Maybe I really am Gen-Z.
But you know it's meant to be when you buy a camera you've been wanting for months with your hongbao money and you still have money left to spare...! Serendipity. Now if only I can get the damn picture sharing app on my iPhone to work.
This is merely the prologue. A narcissist's review (and more self-portraits) of the camera to come.
x

February 06, 2014

Vanity is a great motivator.

So...I may have bought a new camera for the sole purpose of taking selfies. Well not quite, that would be oversimplifying it terribl...

Bored in Borneo

Bored in Borneo. This has been my life since Day 1 of Chinese New Year. There are three vertical lines with one horizontal line slashed across them carved in the trunk of the tree that serves as my lookout post, indicating that I have been here for four days. There is next to no broadband here, I've been using an empty coconut shell to try and somehow amplify my iPhone 3G signal. It's not working. It's ironic that I'm staying right next to Signal Hill because there is practically no signal! To the left, the South China Sea. To the right, the rainforests of Borneo. Straight ahead, a sleepy coastal town---city is too generous a word for Kota Kinabalu---where everyone drives at an infuriatingly slow pace. A spider monkey just broke into the kitchen and stole my Tasmanian cherries that I hand carried all the way from Kuala Lumpur. Great.

Quite a few of my London friends are envious that I am in the exotic (relatively, I suppose when your closest encounter with nature was having your country house flooded by rain, spider monkeys and jungles don't look so bad), verdant, lush island of Borneo. But I assure you it's not nearly as glamorous as it seems. I'm only here in Sabah for a few days to visit my maternal grandparents because that is what one does during the first few days of Chinese New Year.

I'm not even sure if Sabah is still technically part of Borneo, but let's just say it is because 'Stranded in Sabah' doesn't quite have the same ring to it as 'Bored in Borneo'. Oh wait, a quick Google search indicates that Sabah is on the island of Borneo. Excellent. 

February 03, 2014

Bored in Borneo

Bored in Borneo. This has been my life since Day 1 of Chinese New Year. There are three vertical lines with one horizontal line slashed ac...