COLLABORATION, Trend Report

“THE ONE”

April 19, 2017

The one, the only.

It’s supposed to be one of the most cherished sentiments of ancient times, a reflection of true perfection and the product of all the heart’s desires.

It’s also a sentiment that has become lost; lost in the extra culture of social media; lost in the consumerist driven market place; and lost from our hearts.

How often do we hear that someone fell in love at first sight anymore, and that the a significant other (whether a human or a shoe) is ‘the one’? It’s as though the modern world has made us afraid to settle on the one. Overwhelmed by choices and options (however meaningless) every way we turn, we live in fear that there might be something better, newer and shiner waiting to be discovered.

Instead of going in search of ‘the one’, we make do with alternatives, the easily replaceable place-holder, to tide us over, ever waiting for what we perceive to be ‘perfect’ to come along. Impatient for this perfection, we lower our standards further down a notch and satisfy our immediate retail hunger. This is risky business because, like taking the Big Mac in place of the filet mignon, for every place-holder we resort to, the further away we drift from ‘the one’. At what point did we sell our fashion-loving souls?

Case in point. When the Alexander Wang Survival Kit bag was fresh on the Vogue runway photos, I immediately regrammed the snap on Instagram. But it was not until one year later that I had saved the money to buy it. When I look at that bag, I realise how much love and energy I had put towards attaining it, it is not just a piece of leather or piece of utility anymore, it is part of me, my character, my story, my personality and it epitomises my personal style. When the hype had worn off, it was still ‘the one’.

People shop on Farfetch with the same passion for fashion. The whole fashion industry seems to have backflipped since Alessandro Michele took over Gucci four years ago, from minimalism to maxamilism. When everybody was wearing a Gucci loose-fit T-shirt, unflattering  Vetements stiff jeans, extremely tacky and uncool-but-cool Gucci monogram handbags, the industry was thinking “WTF”?  But in a moment, a trend was created, a trend we can’t resist. Michele created the one for so many fashion-loving souls.

Don’t let ‘the one’ pass you by. Take a chance, for he/she/it may very well be the one, the only one.

One of my ‘the one’s’ are these summery palm and floral print iconic Gucci Horsebit loafers are perfect to go with anything when comes to “dressing up”: from editorial wide leg trousers at a photo shoot, or out on the streets with sporty jogger pants to a formal suit at events, these Gucci Printed Horsebit loafer will cover it all. It even (weirdly) goes with fall/winter elements such as turtlenecks, leathers and rich colors like burgundy and dark green. Continue Reading…

SHOPPING GUIDE, Trend Report

GUCCI’S COMING BACK? LUCKY OR WHAT?

April 10, 2017

“Florals for spring? Ground Breaking!” It’s the infamous Devil Wears Prada line which has transcended from season to season and instilled fear in the hearts of fashionistas who dared to don anything that resembled foliage or flora from September to November.

It’s been more than 10 years since Miranda Priestly, who we might add isn’t even a real person but a character, changed spring fashion with a single scold. Since 2006, fashion houses, designers, stylists and those with their finger on the fashion pulse thought twice about florals for spring. As quick and as a dramatically as florals as we knew them shriveled up, they’ve made a bold, contemporary and (what we think) permanent return.

Trend forecasting aside, isn’t it interesting how one character with one line in one movie can make the fashion industry abandon an old faithful, a classic that was so loyal to us for so long. In the legacy of designer Alessandro Michele, we should be avoiding the trend chase, not buying up just because its new and fresh, cherishing the old and decorating a faithful piece to give it new life. Authenticity and freedom are the new rules for fashion designers.

That’s why we love Gucci.

As florals bloom into fashion for another run at the spring title, Runway Magazine’s influence is fading. It is a major shift of power in the fashion and social media world and that is exactly why major fashion brand including Gucci, Balenciaga and Vetements are targeting the younger generation who are, in the majority, spending their time “on the street” (where street style was of course born).

The whole fashion industry seems to have backflipped since Alessandro Michele took over Gucci four years ago, from the popularity of minimalism to maxamilism. When everybody was wearing a Gucci loose-fit T-shirt, unflattering  Vetements stiff jeans, extremely tacky and uncool Gucci monogram handbag, the industry was thinking WTF?  But within a second, a trend is created, a trend we can’t resist. (*quietly sneaks into the Gucci store and buys an overpriced Gucci loose-fit T-shirt).

Not to brag here, but when I saw Alessandro Michele’s second show with Gucci Princetown kangaroo fur slipper plus loafer, I ran to the Melbourne Gucci store and put down a deposit on own pair. Back then, the sales assistant told me, “Oh that is something extremely unwearable for Australian customers, we won’t stock them, unless you want to do a special order with us”. Fortunately luck was on my side as the Gucci buyer happened to be in Paris for the buying season. Gucci Princetown has since become the most selling styling in the world and also became the “Bloggers Shoe”. It’s like a knew.

Not only have Princetown and wearing-slippers-to-work become the new thing in fashion and style, but also the old tacky Gucci monochrome has as well become the “new cool”. I remembered how I was told “only the rich Chinese tourist and rich second-generation-overseas-student” would carry a Gucci or Louis Vuitton monogramed canvas tote or handbag years ago, but as the new creative director Alessandro Michele said, “There are too many rules in fashion in recent years”.

We were forced to keep buying new seasons to let people know we were stylish, we were cool. We forgot the old things, we abandoned the old-good-times, we think the old Gucci logo monochrome is not cool anymore, because it is old, and we are all chasing the minimalism trend. Sometimes more is more, there should be no rules in fashion, if something old is a beauty, it should always be a beauty. We should cherish our favourite pieces and wear them again in different ways or add interesting details to them. That is exactly how Alessandro Michele interprets the making old things new, making the uncool become the new cool. It is the same reason Rihanna is popular, why Vetements is popular. Show your authenticity, have an open mind and break the rules.

GUCCI knitted vest: Mr.Porter
GUCCI loafers : Farfetch
Final Editing: Emma Clarke
Creative Direction & Drafting : Bloggers Boyfriend
Photography: Bloggers Boyfriend Self-Portrait with Nikon D610 + Sigma 18-35mm f1.8
Trousers with front split zippers: custom made by Bloggers Boyfriend
Make-up, Hair & Photo-editing: Bloggers Boyfriend
Location: Gordan Street Garage

 

 

ACCOMMODATION, AIRBNB, BOUTIQUE HOTELS, MELBOURNE TRAVEL, VIC

CHECK IN AT THE WHITE HOUSE DAYLESFORD, VICTORIA

April 6, 2017

I recently experienced the beautiful guesthouse The White House Daylesford in Victoria, owned by Interior Designer Lynda Gardener.

See below what I captured during my stay.

You can also book Lynda’s other properties such as the Estate of Trentham, The Apartment St.Kilda and The White Room Fitzroy with my discount HERE.

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ACCOMMODATION, BOUTIQUE HOTELS, TAS

ISLINGTON HOTEL FREE STAY FOR YOU AND YOUR BEST FRIEND ( A$2500 VALUE )

April 3, 2017

It’s a happy clash between up-market hotel suite and homely B and B bedroom, where contemporary chic meets the Renaissance and the definition of Hobart.

There is something about the Islington Hotel that makes us want to stay in, by the fire, with a tea cup in hand, for the rest of winter. It’s so deliciously homely we’re resisting every temptation to move in permanently. Is it the deep mauve colour palette, the strategically available chess board, the sense of complete privacy, the careful play on light or the relationship between in and out door – we don’t know and it doesn’t really matter because the love affair is already well evolved.

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COLLABORATION, FITNESS, LIFESTYLE

GRANA MOVE

March 27, 2017

It’s true the world can change in the blink of an eye, what we knew and were familiar with can disappear right before us and the new and unknown is ready and waiting to pounce, changing the world around us as we knew it. Sometimes that’s not necessarily a good thing but sometimes it is a change for the better, projecting us into the new and unknown, the shiny and bright, the contemporary and innovative. It’s up to us to embrace that change and make the most of the world’s makeover. There is nothing like change to invigorate the senses.

Take for example fabrics. Micro-fibre, anti-bacterial, stain and splash proof, water proof and quick drying – they are concepts the fashion and textile industry have been bestowed with only relatively recently and fabrics that have transformed the way clothes are made. Take for another example, Grana’s innovative active wear. The forces behind the brand believe quality fabrics are the heart of any garment and they literally travel the world to find it. From Tokyo to Peru and beyond, the fabrics “move” from their country of origin to the warehouse and to your doorstep in one swoop. The result is luxury-quality wardrobe essentials at everyday disruptive prices, and the best-dressed customers in the world.

Bloggers Boyfriend put that theory to test. Here’s our hypothesis.

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2017, COLLABORATION, MELBOURNE, Paul Smith, STREET STYLE

Melbourne Fashion Festival with Paul Smith (2017)

March 24, 2017

As Gucci has its distinctive G’s, Paul Smith has stripes, as Louis Vuitton has its iconic crossed LV, Paul Smith has colour and as Fendi had its two characteristic F’s, Paul Smith has tailoring.

Brands use distinctive visual tactics to tell them apart from their competitors and allies, a symbol or sign to let the industry know who and where they are. Paul Smith is no different, only the label’s iconic representor lies in the clothes themselves – cuts, shapes, colours and designs which set the Paul Smith label distinguishably apart from the rest.

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COLLABORATION, OUTFIT, PRINTS & PATTERNS, RED, TOMMY HILFIGER, WINTER

MIX MASTER WITH TOMMY HILFIGER ‘S FALL / WINTOR COLLECTION FOR MEN 2016

March 23, 2017

Different from Tommy Hilfiger’s past preppy collections, it is more about fine materials and surprising details this winter:  the unexpectedly stern leather used in a field jacket with geometric pockets, the shearling collar and doubled zip on a rather natty navy puffer. A great deal of attention was given to trims, stitch details, and tonal accents—all handled with a light touch, but noticeable enough to make the garments pop.

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OUTFIT

CHECK IN AT VAMFF WITH MARKS & SPENCER AUSTRALIA

March 17, 2017

Marks & Spencer Australia is always the first one comes to my mind when shopping for outfits classic and minimal, such as this vintage-look and slick cut tan biker jacket. I styled it with black rollneck, slim-cut formal trousers and monk-strap boots for an evening event at VAMFF ( Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion festival ), even though my Marks & Spencer order comes all the way from UK, it only took a week to be delivered, which made sure my fashion week schedule comes easy!

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GREY, MINIMAL, OUTFIT

JOGGER AND RIBBED SOCKS

March 15, 2017

When old cool is no longer cool, when the uncool becomes the new cool.

In this post Wearing Celine sunglasses, Paul Smith briefcase, Uniqlo U light weight coat, ribbed socks and GUCCI slippers.

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