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The latest Cruise Collection for Chanel, inspired by the rebellious ruler, Marie Antoinette has arrived Hong Kong last Friday in 1881 Heritage. Despite the less elaborate setting of the original show (the picturesque gardens at the Palace of Versailles), I still like this mash-up of eighteenth century French aristocracy and modern punk style offered by Karl Lagerfeld.

The overall tone of the clothes were lighthearted with an outing of voluminous skirts, modified creepers and cotton-candy colored detailing. For accessories, Lagerfeld showcased fingerless gloves, oversize sun hats and embroidered bags for a royal twist to the youthful ensembles. Even though usually focus just on handbags and leather goods, in this case, the costume jewelry was too beautiful not to include it as well. Pearlescent pastel cuffs accented with gold leaf, delicate necklaces of petite enamel flowers, crystal-encrusted ribbons – when it comes to costume jewelry, it doesn’t get much better.

Add Thom Browne to the growing list of collections for SS13 inspired by the sea. Save for the truly head scratching makeup and presentation style, Browne’s SS13 collection was quite tamed. Whale prints were featured on bottoms and outerwear while a litany of bright madras print was fun and carefree. Tailoring was signature Thom Browne: cropped, tapered and always modern.

Don’t miss their fantastic fashion show here:

“I try to push the silhouette. To change the silhouette is to change the thinking of how we look. What I do is look at ancient African tribes, and the way they dress. The rituals of how they dress… There’s a lot of tribalism in the collections.” — Alexander McQueen

The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute in 2011, celebrate the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010.

McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion.

– The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

 

 

Ever since the Petit h collection on display at the Hermès boutique in Hong Kong last month, I wanted to visit. Finally made it today! The original concept of Petit h from Hermès is to bring together artists, artisans and unused materials in one workshop to foster unrestrained creativity utilizing repurposed elements to create new pieces of inspiration. From crocodile skin to crystal glass, the brainchild of Pascale Mussard has birthed such beauties as the horse-shaped Secretariat made of oakwood structures and a particularly inventive seating installation.