29 May 2016

Hannah Kong unveils Collection

On the 24th of May 2016, I witnessed Hannah Kong's debut collection at Aruga by Rockwell.  Her collection features a 15-piece broderie d'art occasion wear, with meticulous stitching and embroidery known as the Lunéville or Tambour technique (a couture embellishment technique).  Hannah studied the techniques of embroidery art at the prestigious Ecole Lesage Paris, which is inextricably linked to the greatest names in fashion such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Louis Vuitton, Valentino Garavani, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel under Karl Lagerfeld.

Hannah created such romantic and timeless pieces for her debut collection and the dresses were aptly named after her teachers, roommate, clients and favorite French names.  "My show is very French, the feel of an afternoon stroll in the gardens of Versailles", she says. "It's an ode to my stay in Paris."


19 May 2016

What makes a classic bag?

Usually, classic and iconic bags have been around for some time already and have been updated a gazillion times in different ways: by using different types of leather, different colors for every season and even different textures.  Collaborations with iconic designers are also evident when it comes to classic bags, which makes them land on the much coveted list of every fashionable woman.  Most importantly, a classic bag can be worn for every kind of outfit, for different occasions and can effortlessly transition from day to night. 

Recently, I have been setting my eyes on Kate Spade's Cedar Street line which I think can be (if not already) a classic.  I already have a Cedar Street Harmony bag which I bought a few years back, I use it on days when I need to carry a lot of important things with me.  But in this ultra fast paced era, we carry less things, usually just the essentials, that can fit in a tiny bag so that we can do a lot of things without having to carry around a heavy bag.  

A current favorite that I have now that fits this criteria is the Cedar Street Mini Nora, it clearly has the features of a new classic bag.  It is a structured bag made of durable saffiano leather and subtly accessorized with gold hardware.  A mini bag that can be worn three ways: as a crossbody bag that falls right at your hip for easy access, as a shoulder bag, or you can take off the straps and it becomes a handbag.  It is a small wonder and it comes in fun colors from bright to muted as well.  For me, I always like a punch of color to brighten an outfit, so I chose pink! 

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