Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Backstage | Anna Sui SS15

One of the highlights of this SS15 New York Fashion Week was being able to attend the runway show of one of my all-time favorite designers, Anna Sui, as well as do coverage backstage before the show, including the rehearsal! I've been lusting over Anna Sui's retro-loving and musically inspired collections since I was around 13. And nearly lost it when I first visited the Anna Sui store in Soho during my first trip to NYC when I was 16. So as you can see, it's been a long-lived love affair for quite awhile. What I love most about Anna is that she always sticks to with her gut. She doesn't change with the trends, keeping true to her own personal style and inspirations that are always ongoing themes each and every season. If Anna dreams about moon boots paired with 90s crochet, then she's going to send that down the runway. She doesn't care with the critics say. Every collection is undeniably Anna with just a glance, and I think that is a rarity with designers nowadays, who come out with collections each season that carry hardly any resonance with the brand it started out as, or even just with themes from the season before. AnnA knows who she is, and isn't scared to share her colorful world with us. 

Backstage was a mad town. Models everywhere, some getting touched up, many getting photographed, a few waiting to put on their outfits. Anna was bustling around with everyone trying to get her attention, but you could see that her mind was totally in the game. She has a show to put on people!! The models had minimal look, with clean skin and just a touch of cyber glitter on their eyes. So David Bowie. Hair was straight and scraggly. So 70s "I'm with the band" vibes. 

Getting to see the clothing hanging on the racks for each model was such a treat. What Anna is mind-blowingly good at is prints and textures. She plays with them all without any constriction! Sheer floral chiffon with metallic threading. Earthy space-dye knits. Sequins with polka dots. Anna Sui inspires the eclectic inside all of us to come out, and to just have pure fun with the clothes we wear. Long live Anna. Enjoy my snaps from backstage :)

And here are some lovely Anna Sui pieces you can shop online!

Monday, September 22, 2014

F21xMe: Midtown Girl


Goldsign jeans
Dolce Vita sandals
ASH bag

I always try to make a huge point out of getting out to new parts of the city that I haven't yet been able to explore yet. Hell's Kitchen, for example. A bustling part of the city west of Times Square that I have only recently gotten to know since my sister just moved to the area. I made a quick pit stop through this part of town a few months ago when my parents were in town and I was furniture hunting for my new apartment. The neighborhood is thriving, full of bars and restaurants (including some really good Thai food) that remind me of St. Marks in East Village or MacDougal Street in Central Village Noho. On top of that, it oozes with the cozy feeling of the West Village thanks to the brownstone buildings and elevated stoops. Everything all together gives Hell's Kitchen both an elegance and an electricity that sometimes can't be found elsewhere. Here's to getting to know new sides of the city and falling more and more in love with it each and every single day. 

Wearing a top by Forever 21. Check out how others are wearing Forever21 by checking the #F21xMe hashtag on Instagram.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Repeating Pattern


Nina Z clogs

What gravitated me towards this dress in the first place was how much it reminded me of one of my vintage Balinese shift dresses that I still claim to be one of my best vintage finds ever. Straight out of a warehouse in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philly. The kaleidoscope print reminds me of everything that I am so fond of in the summertime. Psychedelic rock playing from the radio as I dance to the beat in my clogs. Long bike rides through the park. Wind blowing through the sandy strands of my hair. No matter how much sweat runs down my back, no matter how many mosquito bites I acquire on my legs and no matter how many burns I get on my shoulders, summer is always well worth it all. So happy that I got to spend a little bit of summer in the peaceful town of Stamford, Connecticut. Those weekends really did soothe my summer soul.