1.31.2012

Silver Lining 은화

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This summer is going to be bright and shiny.... I am so excited to present our lookbook this month and here's the teaser of Paradigm Shift's newest collection! My love for hardware accessories has translated in creating pieces ... why silver? why not.

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This is my first ever blue-colored shoes. It pops against my all black and white clothes. Elongates my stompy manly legs and makes me feel good whenever i touch it. The crazy faux ostrich leather is addicting. Thank God it's 6 inches high. You'll never confirm that it is lightweight and comfortable unless you try it on.

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Desiree wedges from Gold Dot





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1.30.2012

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We've heard of minimalism a lot of times already. I think it's one of the most mentioned word in every fashion magazine, blog, collection description, on style.com, everywhere. It's beginning to be a lot like Adele's Someone like you. A sign that it might work for a longer period. Or is it already becoming the new staple. Austere.. Necessary. Distilled.

Minimalism may be an excuse to limit the creative energy or output involved. It can be an avenue to be as straightforward as possible. Like telling a person how ugly her hair looks without batting an eyelash. No beating around the bush. "Make it boxy and clean. No lining and buttons. Just clean. Calvin Klein clean. No!! ...what about Margiela clean. Is Margiela ever clean?"

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Like the word beautiful, minimalism may connote differently to anyone. It's definitely not about being lazy to dress up and voila, "I imbibe minimalism". For me, it is more of the appreciation of the things that most people wouldn't notice. i consider minimalists to have this higher power in expressing themselves too. It may not necessarily be the luxurious kind that the label Celine emanates. It's about presenting your clothes and most importantly, yourself as well to the world.. After all, we can survive a day with just one bangle in our left arm , right?

1.29.2012

ASOS ... not.


My penchant for anything metal lives on. I am a metal rabbit, i believe so and I somehow rely my indecisive judgment to zodiac and Chinese symbols. That being said I am a fan of metals. I love that it is clinical , neat and industrial all at the same time. I may have failed in getting myself that Acne metal embellished pants back in 2007 because it's immensely hi priced and limited, but I am quite happy that there's been a surge of cool metal accessories sprouting in the local market.

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No this ain't ASOS. I don't have any Paypal account but this cuff is close. Only it is shorter whereas the ubiquitous ASOS cuff is like 5 inch taller. The catch is I got it for a price of less than 7 dollars. It's more fun in the Philippines, haha.

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Yes it's malleable and i think If i do that firm bending for long, I might break it one day.I bought 2. It was so random. I was doing the weekly store visit of Gold Dot at Crossings in Trinoma then in my peripheral vision appeared this neat cuffs inside their jewelry box which , i think , seems to be intimidating for consumers. I was expecting it to be more than 10 dollars. I had to go back the next day because I ran out of cash from buying fabrics at a nearby store.

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There I said it. It's available in Crossings. I was planning to keep it as a secret but who am i kidding? Kids these days are unimaginable. They get stuff from almost everywhere.. Cheers for more cheap but neat accessories!

1.28.2012

Blue me away


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it was a cold morning ... can you see the fog? or was that a smog?



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faux ostrich leather..



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drape coat - Paradigm Shift
drape tee - Paradigm Shift
pants - loveless
Desiree wedges - Gold Dot
chrome cuffs
skull talon ring - rebel gear


I just bought these kickass wedges from Gold Dot. I had a hard time choosing between grey and blue but this year I am inspired by underwater tones, so I picked the blue one. Girls might get scared with the chunkiness of the wedge and the height but it's really comfy and light. The kind of shoes that I can endure for a day without the cursing and regret.

I went to the mall to grab myself 2 slices of Blueberry Cheesecake. If you wanna bribe me or something, that is my kind of weakness. Oh, Isn't it so refreshing to dress up in different hues of blue?

オーウェンズ In Owens, we trust

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oversized jacket - Elements (gift by Mike Magallanes)
skirt - ALfaspin by Hitomi Azuhata
shoes -Asianvogue
belt- NAVA

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Cinching the overwhelming jacket with a chrome belt

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I may have slept at the wrong side of the bed last night for drowning myself with this formless garments. For someone whose growth spurt stopped at the age of 15 , at the height of 5'4", it would be unusual to wear such but you see last night , I jumped from one YouTube video of ze collections of the 3 great Japanese designers of our time: Rei Kawakubo , Junya Watanabe and Yohji Yamamoto . The 3 of them helped me dosed off in dreamland imagining all the beautiful collection . The jacket was perfect. It was a windy and rainy morning.

Meanwhile, these 2 photos below which I only saw last week were from 2 of my favorites in Rick Owens' AW12. At one point, doing the big boxy jacket + long skirt look above feels so right because I felt I was in the right direction.


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1.27.2012

don't try this at home


For OS accessory designers Paul Jatayna and AJ Omandac, this scenario is mundane to them. ..their work room , their daily art ... However, for me who only visits the HQ quite a few times , the studio is a museum.

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Upon entering , the smell of leather and funny-smelling chemicals welcomed me. The raw handmade bones lie on the table , waiting to be assembled in chains and locks . It was a beautiful artsy mess. The kind of mess that would inspire you to a higher level.




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These accessories will be sent to Japan specifically to FakeTokyo. A store which houses the most interesting designer brands and labels like Gareth Pugh , Komakino , KTZ, Balmung , Jeffrey Campbell, Katie Eary, Simone Rocha, Yuima Nakazato and my forever dream - Complex Geometries. Yes it's a hi end store for the hi end japanese consumers that is why I am so so so so so so proud of my two friends who have a great phenomenal vision that appeals both locally and globally. Japanese are crazy buyers. They buy like mad.

It was a lovely morning in their office.

and oh...The sweet OS boys gave this to me... it's quite dangerous and it's worth it.

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Watch out for their Summer collection which will be released soon...