Sunday, 20 December 2015

A lazy girl's guide to being fashionable in 2016

In this day and age where minimalism has taken it's landing foot and decided to take over the fashion scene, life has turned into daily doses of simple basics and monotone colour schemes. Let me cut to the chase: it's become a lot easier to pretend you gave a damn about your outfit today.

Now I am a maximalist at heart (I tried being a minimalist, i'm just not cut out for that crap), I love all things statement, textured and I don't believe in having a "favourite colour". When I did a summer internship for a fashion company, I did not let a night's sleep pass by without assembling tomorrow's work outfit. However when the academic semester approached, I was still the average, lazy university student who occasionally woke up late for class. When you have 30 minutes to prepare on an empty stomach, you do not have time to put together innovative layers of garments worthy of street style photographers. You only have time to grab a pair of fresh jeans and a top to tuck into your jeans both the non-ironed bottom half and your shameless lack of fashion concern. I've done a similar post to this about a year ago, so here is an updated version of that look.

vintage checkered coat, zara pants, steve madden heels, L.Credi bag

1) Have a statement something, anything
It could be a printed coat, a bold accessory, a colourful bag etc. One statement piece incorporated into your basic af outfit is actually all you really need. This is fundamental if you want people to believe you actually have a sense of style. 

casual ootd
2) Make Up can make up your outfit. 
There is a reason why the beauty and cosmetics industry is the rival of the fashion industry and take up 40% of the pages in standard fashion magazines. There is an unspoken positive correlation between make up and clothes. Your outfit can look lazy but if your make up is flawless, it doesn't matter anymore. The right lipstick shade will give you fashion milestones. 
3) Heel it up. 
I've learned the powerful influence a pair of stilettos can have on your outfit. Everything looks on point when you're wearing shoes that are on point. Tracksuits, pyjamas, potato sacks will miraculously work with a pair of black heels and oh, don't forget.....stacks of confidence.

Monday, 7 December 2015

The Vogue Festival 2015 - An Inspiring Environment

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The year 2015 is coming to a close end and on a good note too. What's not to be grateful for? If someone told me 3 years ago that whilst in university I would get the opportunity to be in the same room as John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour and Alexandra Shulman all in the span of 10 months, I'd tell them to get outta town. Yet that's the wondrous thing about the British Fashion Industry, it's really open to creative minds and things are within your grasp if you go looking for it. I've been asked tons of times, questions along the lines of "how do you get to go to these events?" or " blablabla", you guys it's not rocket science. A simple google search, a fashion magazine subscription, frequent visits to the vogue website, save up your money and buy a few tickets. That's it really. I used to think people in fashion were very exclusive but no, they're actually rather......nice. None of that Devil Wears Prada crap seems to exist in British Fashion. 

I digress. Let's talk about how amazing seeing John Galliano in London was, or as I'd like to call him "Lord Couture". Well it was in the midst of a ripe Spring's day, Lord Couture sat on a chair facing Alexandra Shulman upon a stage in a South Kensington lecture theatre. I sat mid-row and behind me sat Susie Lau (I know, I had to stop every muscle in my upper-body from lifting my phone, attempting to sneak a selfie snapchat featuring Susie. I had to keep my cool). Open questions for the talk were regulated and asked to be sent in a week prior to the event. This was not surprising because the fact that Lord Couture even made a public appearance, in British Vogue of all places was already a hella huge revelation itself. So i'm sure Vogue had their conditions to keep and one of them was probably to avoid all attempts at any anti-semitic related questions or confrontations to John. As expected, the talk mainly consisted of his journey into Maison Margiela, he humoured the crowd and at the end of it all, left us inspired and emotional but mostly inspired.

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The whole festival was an eye-opener to how human fashion people actually are even if their entire lives have been built upon fabrication and clothing collections. If you haven't noticed, I've created a "magazine" tab on my categories banner. This is a landing page which I hope to fill up with more fashion articles from an ethical or "human" POV. This will include a range of topics in Fashion Politics, Fashion Psychology, Fashion Marketing, fashion reviews or even random pieces on amateur fashion editorials.........I didn't want my blog to rot away being a "fashion thought catalogue" because I still love taking fun OOTDs with flinging peace signs and cat emojis. I think that giving up that fun side was too drastic of a move so i'll just be re-categorising them. I am also taking in any written donations into my new "magazine" tab, so this is a calling to the public (anyone and everyone), I would really like to read and publish your thoughts or ideas revolving around fashion on this blog. It can be dramatic questioning states of fashion like "Why do we even fashion?!?" to simple fashion reviews of a small songket bridal line from KL fashion week. I'm interested and i'm interested to see if anyone else is interested. 

So if you want to write a post for ninaaneko's "fashion magazine", send it to this email!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

When you put fashion and culture together.

When Vogue revealed the Met Ball's theme this year as "China: Through the Looking Glass", I was skeptical. I imagined the red carpet filled with a westerner's stereotypical features of the cheongsam/qipao present on ballgowns or mandarin collars popping everywhere on tailored suits. It's the same agitating feeling I tried to ignore when I was younger and witnessed girls on the streets of Brunei combining pure kebaya tops with jeans. I guess deep down, I cringe at certain thoughts or ideas of putting together culture and fashion. 

Fashion can go far into the end of a spectrum for abstractness. I've always depicted fashion as a source of escapism and not necessarily from anything bleak, it's just that fashion editorials in magazines and haute couture do have a level of fantasy associated. No matter what fashion aesthetic the designer used to approach, be it an anti-fashion dress made of deconstruction or thought provoking wear that convey literal messages - at the end of the day, it's not a revolution and they didn't cure cancer. It's still a little fantasy turned into tangible fashion. 

On the other hand, the turn out of the Met Ball proved me wrong in different directions. There may have been a vast improvement in representing asian cultural fashion stereotypes but the ball didn't do enough justice in getting Chinese designers more fame time. In fact, in some cases - they were ridiculed and turned into the next biggest internet meme (I guess Rihanna will not be a returning client to Guo Pei any time soon or looking at eggs the same way). However, it is no doubt that certain expressive asian designers look deep into their roots and culture as a source of inspiration and influence. In the case that an asian designer does so is the only time the merge of fashion and culture appeals to me. Nobody does asian fashion better than asians. Okay, I may have enjoyed Chanel's 2016 cruise collection in Seoul but Lagerfeld is a different fangirl story and I just wanted to prove a point.

So yesterday, Singapore turned 50 years old and Harpers Bazaar Singapore celebrated by posting a throwback series on instagram from 2008. This showcased an iconic editorial based on a backdrop of local areas. I really enjoyed it and felt a relatable level with the ideas involved in the editorial. It's an exaggerated view that parallels with Singapore realness and the fashion culture. The lack of symmetry was interesting but thankfully, not too serious. One image displays two girls at Kopitiam drenched in Bottega Veneta and drinking teh peng and ice barley. Another were the girls in Burberry Prorsum casually chilling in an mrt. I like that they kept them layered as if the temperature had immensely dropped in Singapore, so this made it fit my take on the editorial at an obvious level. Have you ever layered yourself with a blazer or jacket just to make a fashion statement despite the hella hot climate in South East Asia? Yeah, well I'm guilty. 

All photos were taken from Harpers Bazaar Singapore.