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FASHION / March 4 2011 1:01 PM

20,000 Screaming Japanese Schoolgirls Coming to a Computer Near You

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Though Paris may be the epitome of high fashion, Tokyo has stuck a chopstick in the realm of fast-fashion with it’s biannual Tokyo Girls Collection. TGC is Fashion Week  meets Comic-Con, with over 20,000 attendees forking over as much as 7500 yen ($91.59 — at least the dollar is worth something somewhere) to be part of the action. As models strut down the runway during the 7-hour event, participants can buy the fashions using their cell phones while enjoying J-pop performances peppered throughout the day. And for the first time in TGC’s six year history, the event will be live-streamed.

20,000 Screaming Japanese Schoolgirls Coming to a Computer Near You

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BACKSTAGE, MEN'S / July 25 2010 1:30 PM

Street Style of the World: Singapore

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First of all, thank you everyone for your generous input on our previous  5 Travel Fashion Essentials post! Some of your comments have inspired me to create a series of Street Style around the World, gleaned from our observation of during visits to cities like Tokyo, Paris, London, Hong Kong, and many more! I find it intriguing how no two cities in the world have similar street styles and fashion. I figured that we should start from where we are from: Singapore. What better way is there to start off the street style series than from the place we spend most of our time in? It will probably be useful to all of you travelling to Singapore or any warmer climates during holidays, as well. Here is my take on the street style of Singapore:

Street Style of the World: Singapore

? It’s hard to summarize something so diverse as street style and fashion, but Singapore is known for its fusion of the east and the west. This applies to our street style too: You can see a distinct separation between Japanese-inspired fashion, and western influnced style. I would say it’s about a 50-50 mix of the both in the streets of Singapore, although sometimes you can see an interesting mix between the two!

? In general, layering of clothing is not a trend in Singapore. This has got to do with our warm and humid climate – it is simply too warm outside to experiment with much layering! (Doesn’t stop us from doing it, but we do have a flagrant disregard for dressing for the weather.) This applies to head wear like hats and berets as well. Without such warm weather, I am sure we can see a wider variety of styles on our streets.

? I would say the fashion, or perhaps culture, is to dress down in Singapore. For some reason (which I do not approve of), people think it’s alright to dress in t-shirts and slippers to shop in town! But let’s put aside my prejudices and focus on the street style: Lots of flats and gladiator sandals, shorts and tank tops. I have seen a rise in the number of girls wearing heels lately, but a large percentage of them still prefer flats to heels and wedges. Any boots that goes higher than ankle boots are rarely seen.

Street Style of the World: Singapore

Tips for dressing for Singapore

I suppose this section would be pretty useful for foreigners travelling to Singapore! I hope this can inspire Singaporeans to dress up more as well, because it is entire possible.

? Like I’ve already mentioned above, Singapore is hot and humid year round, so breathable materials like cotton, jersey and chiffon is always in fashion. On the contrary, do try to avoid fabrics like PVC and leather. It’s too hot for them and you will find yourself sweating up a storm and having heat rashes – Not very attractive and healthy!

  • One additional tip for leather and pleather in Singapore. Heat and humidity encourages the growth of mould and fungus. Organic materials like leather can and will grow mould if you don’t take care of it! I’ve had many boots succumb to irreversible mould infestation. Pleather won’t get mouldy, but it will peel and flake. To prevent this from happening, remember to store your leather and pleather in a dry environment. Dry the items well should they come in contact with water. Investing in a dehumidifier will do you well in the long term!

? Layering is still very much possible despite the heat in Singapore. The key to layering in Singapore is to stick to light, breathable fabrics: Silks, Chiffons and tulle for example. Arissa shows you how it can be done here and here as well! I love how layering different pieces can create a totally different style and look, so do not discount this just because of the weather! Singapore fashion doesn’t have to be boring just because it is hot.

Street Style of the World: Singapore

Street Style of the World: Singapore

This Alexander Wang-inspired top may be made of jersey, but it’s light and breathable. Pieces like this are perfect for layering.

? Weather in Singapore can only be described as being erratic. It can be sunny one moment, and pouring the very next. Hence, it might do you well to carry a light cardigan or blazer around at all times. Furthermore, almost all indoor places in Singapore are air-conditioned. It can actually get pretty chilly inside! I always carry with me a jacket for those times where I have to spend time indoors with air-conditioning at full-blast. Scarves work equally well! It’s not uncommon to see many Singaporean girls wearing light jackets and scarves on the streets.

Street Style of the World: Singapore

It doesn’t have to be a thick jacket. This one made of jersey from Topshop does an adequate job!

? We have an extremely efficient network of roads and public transport system. So it is entirely possible to wear heels without much discomfort! Heels can do wonders to an outfit and I find it a pity that most Singaporean girls have yet to integrate them into their wardrobe. There are only so much flats you can have before they all start to look the same. Kick up your style a notch by wearing heels! Some outfits look so much better with heels than flats anyway, heels does so much more for your look than flats. Wearing a kickass pair of heels on the streets is one sure fire way to stand out in Singapore.

Street Style of the World: Singapore

Street Style of the World: Singapore

Wedges are a comfortable and stylish alternative to flats.

Here’s my take on the Street Style and fashion of Singapore. What do you think about it? Anything else you feel that I should add on?

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BACKSTAGE / July 8 2010 1:03 PM

PARTNER: THIS IS WHY I LOVE ANTHOLOGY SHOES: Wanting more

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PARTNER: THIS IS WHY I LOVE ANTHOLOGY SHOES: Wanting more
PARTNER: THIS IS WHY I LOVE ANTHOLOGY SHOES: Wanting more

ANTHOLOGY SHOES WILL TAKE YOU TO PLACES: Funny how it seems and to take note that most of their pairs are named after a place. With their naming and as I try to put sense or merely play with the idea, I can say that Anthology shoes can take you to far away places comfortably without getting any blisters –your feet for that matter. With Anthology, you need not bring slippers in your bag which you might need after a long walk –know what I'm talking about, yea?   
I already made two or even three posts raving about Anthology shoes that you might just want to check for FYIs since I don’t want to get redundant and go over the FAQs and the like. (K. Might as well supply the link of the most comprehensive one, LOL, as if here)

With that being said, I found new ones I really like which are as follow:

This new baby I should see and try on! They come in gold, silver and black patent (Thank God!).

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 pictures and color choices info from Tricia Gosingtian's post HERE

 Then, upon browsing Anthology's site, I came across this pair of bow and studs!

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 ”TOKYO”

If you opt for printed ones, this is pretty good:

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“NASSAU”

Lastly, leaning on a masculine side or touch, they have brogues now!

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“LONDON”
YOU WANT MORE, BETTER YET: Visit anthologyshoes.com to see more and see the color swatches they have for these and other more. 
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PARTNER: THIS IS WHY I LOVE ANTHOLOGY SHOES: Wanting more

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BACKSTAGE / June 26 2010 7:43 PM

times square opening

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Wearing pretty much Forever 21 everything, D&G wedges

Some shots from the Forever 21 preview party (and one from the next morning) – things started off surreally with a walk by the campaign bus on the way in..there was an editor’s hour previewing new pieces, sipping champagne, and marveling over the cab parked at the bottom level and the 90,000 square feet the store covers…progressed into a packed house and a performance by The Virgins. I had a ton of fun and got to see a lot of my favorite faces..thanks F21 for having us! See more shots on their blog here – I’m at the Salt Lake City airport right now so I only have a few photos that I was able to upload before leaving my house this morning..but there are defintely more to come. Heading to Tokyo for a few photo shoots that I’m super excited about..just gotta get through this interminable layover first..I think my next step is wandering around in hopes of finding a Jamba Juice.

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BACKSTAGE / June 19 2010 10:57 PM

Trending Items: Summer Must-Haves

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If there is one thing you should know about japanese street trends, it’s that when it hits, you wouldn’t be able to miss it unless you are blind. You can walk down a street and literally spot a dozen girls sporting the same trends. I admit that I am smitten by a few of these trends myself, and will be high lighting some of the most prominent trends this spring/summer season!

The little cotton dress: Light-coloured cotton dresses ranging from mid thigh to maxi length. Maxi dresses are especially popular.
Trending Items: Summer Must Haves
Trending Items: Summer Must Haves

As seen on the streets:
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If a singular item can sum up the trend in Japan right now, it would be the straw boater hat.
Trending Items: Summer Must Haves

Seen on the streets:
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Scarves can be worn in a variety of ways – on the neck, tied on the back, or most commonly in the hair!
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Trending Items: Summer Must Haves

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