Monday, February 1, 2016

Come sail away with me

One week of holiday is mere days away. I know, I know, I feel like we just got back from our Sri Lankan holiday and here we are facing another week off.  It's a perk, let me tell you.  These holidays are the best part of being a teacher in Hong Kong.

Truth be told, we're actually not heading anywhere. And, these pictures were taken well before our Christmas holiday (since I'm telling the truth). It had gotten a little cool in Hong Kong that week, and I decided it was a good time to revisit the neck scarf.

Trying out my @catoninamsterdam pose.

Remember when I wore it the first time? I was just trying a new trend, but this time it served a practical purpose and actually kept my neck warm.

Good thing, too.  As I recall, I think it was kind of a drizzly day. Not much sunshine to be had, so we had to find locations to shoot that had a bit of protection from the light showers.  

Our Stanley Pier was perfect.

The whole nautical theme (including this post's title) was totally coincidental, I assure you. I'm not so organized to be able to plan all these different parts. I'm not that kind of fashion blogger, though I admire those who do take outfit pictures with the post already thought out. I really just post what comes into my mind at the time. 

Yup -- you guys get the inner ramblings of my brain. Lucky you.

Outfit details: Vintage blazer from Etsy, thrifted midi skirt from Savers, vintage jewellery and scarf from Estate sale, Skyline Handbag from Louella Odie

Thanks again, Ann for these pictures. We're getting good at this!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Eco Chic Design Award: Grand Final wrap up

It's been a week since the Eco Chic Design Award Grand Final. Having attended for the last three years, I have to say I found this year's show perhaps the most inspirational one yet. 

Why you ask? Oh, there's a few reasons I can name. First, this year every designer who sent their collection down the runway was my favorite. Seriously, I watched and thought ooh, this is my overall fave. Until the next collection came out and I thought no wait, this one is my fave.

Next, I was thrilled to see that there were several finalists from Asia - two from China, two from Hong Kong and one from Thailand. Why this is important is because typically we think of Asian countries being places where production is cheap and big clothing companies turn to them to churn out all the clothes - Fast Fashion hubs. I like to think that young people in the industry are becoming more conscious of sustainable fashion practices.

Finally, color! I love color and was thrilled that this year there seemed to be more of it. And pattern. And print. Sigh. Need I say more? The fact that this year's winner, Pat Guzik's colorful collection won is just icing on the cake.

So, congratulations to the winners! Here they are:

1st Prize: The Eco Chic Design Award 2015/16 with Shanghai Tang winner & 
Special Prize: The Eco Chic Design Award 2015/16 with Janet Ma

Yes, that's right. This year's winner, Pat Guzik, took home two prizes: The special prize is designing an outfit for model Janet Ma to wear to a high profile event. The first prize is to design a sustainable collection for Shanghai Tang.

 "Polish designer Patrycja Guzik comes from a rural family in Poland. Listening to the stories and sharing by her grandmother, about how people during the world wars treated and saw clothing has inspired her to walk her path along sustainable fashion. Her winning collection was created using the up-cycling and reconstruction design techniques and she made her fabrics by tufting damaged textiles and unraveled secondhand garments."
2nd Prize: The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 Mentorship with Orsola de Castro

"Cora Maria Bellotto from Spain once worked with divorced women, and had an in-depth conversation about how wedding gowns were usually being worn once in a lifetime. That makes her reflect on the life span of this celebratory garment, which now has been transformed into her winning collection with reconstruction and up-cycling techniques."

I absolutely loved the pops of color and texture on these designs and those skirts? Yes please.

This year's show also introduced the inaugural Eco Chic Design Award Alumni prize. The winner will work to design a collection to be sold in Hong Kong retailer Kapok's stores. You may recall that in the Fall I attended an event introducing the Alumni Network. While I was there, I browsed the collections of some of ECDA's alumni and even met some of the designers. You can read more about it here

The award was given to two alumni this year: Clementine Sandner (whose designs I was quite taken with at the alumni event) and Wan & Wong (alumni Kelvin Wan's designs with partner Joyce Wong).

What a night! What inspiration! I sat in the second row with the rest of the media, my friend Sandra from Style by Asia and my student Tora, who is working on sustainable fashion for her senior project. I was especially excited for her because I know she'll shake up this industry in the future. I'm so glad she was with me.

**Pictures and designer background from Redress HK media kit. Thank you!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Big Chill: Winter wear in Hong Kong

Let me preface this post with a few tidbits of information. First, Hong Kong has humidity like I've never experienced anywhere else. Not even in Malaysia, where I grew up. Second, Hong Kong buildings are made of concrete to withstand said humidity.  In Winter, we have condensation on the inside of the windows because of poor insulation. In Spring, the walls and floors sweat on the outside.

What this all means is when it's cold outside, it's cold inside.  Oh, and did I mention that we don't have central heating?  When I woke up this morning, shivering in my bed, it was a mere two degrees Celsius outside. That's 35 degrees Fahrenheit peeps, and a record cold temperature for Hong Kong. Needless to say, we haven't ventured far today.

Yesterday it was a balmy 8 degrees out, so a couple of girlfriends and I decided to head into the city to check out the Terry Richardson photo exhibition on at Galerie Perrotin.

It seemed like the perfect occasion to take out my vintage fur coat for a legit wear (remember when I first posted about it on here back in August? Boy, we were roasting on that day). I was really glad to have it to keep me toasty warm.  Today, however, this outfit simply wouldn't cut it.  Today is a too-cold-to-look-fashionable kind of day.


Thanks Dress Me Blog Me for the pictures.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hong Kong Fashion Week: Eco Chic Design Award Grand Final

It's that time of year again; it's Hong Kong Fashion Week and time for the Eco Chic Design Award Grand Final. What a wonderful week of inspiration it will be! I can hardly wait to see this year's finalists and their designs created using sustainable design techniques.

This year feels different because I'm mentoring a student at my school whose senior project is about sustainable fashion.  She's attended events with me, and we're going to the Grand Final together.  In fact, she may even have an opportunity to volunteer with Redress and work behind the scenes somewhere.  I'm living vicariously through her. It's so exciting to think about the potential she will have in her future to move the fashion industry forward in this direction.

This year, the show will be live streaming online so people can tune in from around the world.  The link can be found on the Eco Chic Design Award website, so be sure to tune in at around 5pm HKT so that you can enjoy front row seats to the show.

In the meantime, enjoy these behind the scene photos from the photo shoot and the behind the scenes video, too.  I'll be back to share my experiences here next week.

 For more behind the scenes photos, click over to the photo gallery on the Eco Chic Design Award website, here. Thanks Redress for sending these over and for inviting me back to the show again.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dashes of color

I think I've given myself a bit of a complex.

I've always claimed to be a huge lover of color. And patterns. And vintage novelty prints! I remember writing a post about how that sometimes creates a challenge for me when trying to dress casual. Lately, however, I've noticed that my outfits are more neutral and less color and print.  How can this be? What's happening to me?

Having just returned from a lovely two week holiday in Sri Lanka (these pics are pre-holiday and pre-tan), I'm thinking about color again. Sri Lanka is full of vibrant color. And my color, I mean the kind that makes a statement. Not navy, or grey. Those are safe colors, in my book. I mean real color like reds, oranges, greens, purples, turquoises.

Even when I wear neutral colors and my outfits are more in line with the minimalist trend, I try to incorporate a dash of color somewhere.  Here I accessorized this off white dress and black leather combo with a bright floral vintage scarf (a sweet gift from my lovely friend Kenia over at Retro Rhapsody vintage) and my Louella Odie Skyline embroidered tote.

It's a spot of color, but having been immersed in color over the last two weeks in Sri Lanka, I think I can bring in more than this. I'm not sure how I'm doing, though.  In the last three days back at work, I've only succeeded to do this once.  

Oh, I wish I could go back to Sri Lanka...

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Christmas vacation

***I just couldn't get this to publish from my phone until yesterday...sorry for the outdated post. I'll remedy that when I get my head around being back at work.

The blog has been a bit silent since our Christmas holiday started. There was last minute shopping to do, and then of course, there was Christmas. It was a lovely week.

Now we'll be celebrating New Year in Sri Lanka where we've been since Boxing Day. You can follow along on our adventures via Instagram (@imanorbyah). 

Mer Culture Swimwear sent me along with a new bikini to mix and match with the one I already had, I've got my usual beach essentials with me from Louella Odie on a Sri Lankan travel tribe adventure, too. And no travelling nomad can travel without a Baglady Basics dress or two.

I've left my laptop at home, which explains this brief post from my phone. I look forward to sharing all my thoughts and pictures when we return.

Happy New Year everyone!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Links a la Mode, December 10th

Are you looking for Christmas gift ideas? Last week's Links a la Mode round up is a well spring of gift guides.  They range from ideas for the frugal shopper to those who are ethically conscious. There are even some ideas for making your own gifts and of course, plenty of Winter style inspiration.

Go check out some of the other fabulous posts! Thanks Independent Fashion Bloggers for featuring my blog again. Happy Holidays fellow bloggers!

Links à la Mode, December 10
SPONSOR: Shopbop Holiday Gift Guide, MM6, Madewell Dresses, Veronica Beard Jackets, MDS Stripes, SAME SWIM, Emerson Road, Infinity Scarves, Vests, Men's Accessories

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