Just when we have a month odd left to the end of the year, I had a +push pause+ moment in time, what have I done this year? What have I accomplished? What could I have done better? The whirlwind thoughts went on and I decided to open up a trust-worthy spreadsheet and compile a to-do list for 2011. "Be More Creative" was one, and I thought, hey, I had a mini conversation about taking IT classes at HKU with a friend, well, design course beckons as well, maybe I can sign up for a few classes at CSM in London. Oh to follow the foot-steps of Alexander McQueen. Oh great, 2nd down the list, "Save Money", the bank account needs hibernation, guess I'll have to succumb to Hong Kong. Then, as I was typing the search words, Goggle spits out, www.smd.hk
An outlet of Saint Martins in Hong Kong? No way! This is wonderful news, quality international education just around the corner. Oh what a perfect world. I was caught off guard though, the site looks rough around the edges with a particular mainlander flavour but it still has those little *** adorning the logo. Ha, maybe I should browze it through the original site and enroll. And look what I've found? A WARNING - The school is a knock-off! And when you think the Chinese can copy practically anything, they one-up us with this. A knock-off institution!
Hong Kong Saint Martins College of Design
The Council has been made aware of an organisation offering educational services in Hong Kong and other parts of China under the name “Hong Kong Saint Martins College of Design”. It has a website at www.smd.hk.
We have been asked to warn prospective students that, despite its name and the appearance of its website, the “Hong Kong Saint Martins” organisation is entirely unconnected with the well-known British institution Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, which is a constituent College of University of the Arts London and has a presence in both Hong Kong and mainland China.
Those wishing to contact the local representatives of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and University of the Arts London are advised to visit the University’s website.
Off to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, smells like grown-men-acting-like-teen spirit at the F1 races. Expectations runs high as the circuit apparently costs a staggering 800 million pounds to build and all of that world's largest, finest, biggest and bestest things in the brag town of Dubai. This will mark my first experience in Arab excess, I'll be keeping my shoulders covered and my best Arabic attempt of saying Inshallah and Shukurans. Pictures to come!
Interior photographer Todd Selby makes an interesting business decision by putting up his glossy US$35 book - The Selby Is In Your Place online, completely free, till Friday. The book debuted 6 months ago after his successful blog The Selby took the interior-sphere by storm, Todd showed the world a daily dose of creative homes and scribbles, and even secured a deal with Cole Hann, happy snapping for the "Inspired Lives" campaign. Drumming up sales by giving prospective buyers a little now you've seen it, now you don't, now you want to buy it, is actually, pretty genius for its cause. A little internet booster after 6 months of department store book signing and word of mouth marketing. Would you pick a copy after previewing the pages of the book?
I've been tapping my feet, swinging to the beat whenever I hear the remix of Tu Vuo' Fa' L'americano L'Americano, L'Americnao. Doop bee doop-be-doop-be doop, doop be doop be do be dee! Europe's caught the Swing fever for a while now and finally, I've been starting to hear bits and bobs at our local Dragon-i and the likes.
Here's 4 CDs worth of swing just to satisfy your feet tapping needs. Best with this season's full skirts a la Prada and a classic bottle of Coca Cola!
So it's all about reeling down the bait with the oldest trick of the trade, s-s-s-s-suspense! Hush on the venue, the international act and the secret international singer, many of us in Hong Kong are wondering what has DFS up their sleeves for their 50th anniversary party this year.
It's hard to hide a venue that hosts 400 people, as SCMP reporters revealed. So now, we know its in Kai Tak and its in a 45m diameter giant dome! The plot thickens...
According to an average straight male, dressing very well and being straight does not coexist. This is an absolute. Apparently, there is a proven correlation between caring how you look and liking the same sex. So the less you care, the straighter you are, and women will be swept away by your "I die for beer" Tees and other poor choices of clothing item.
So, where is our savior to this unfortunate death of style? The newly opened The Armoury, boasting high quality menswear product all English and Italian throwing in bespoke tailoring from the local cream of the crop W.W.Chan & Sons (see pristine suit below!), hand picked by a team of equally high quality entrepreneurs, this little one-stop-shop should help Hong Kong's fashionably challenged and generally confused male bankers up their game.
Deep pockets and WAGS friendly. Stock up for Christmas!
Fancifully decorated, like a James Bond's walk-in closet
Who says men don't like their shoes?
The Armoury 307 Pedder Building 12 Pedder Street Central +852 2804 6991
When a luxury label goes mass market, female hysteria ensues. It was genuinely difficult to divert my attention elsewhere when I see rants and raves, anticipation and excitement in every possible direction of another H&M collaboration that seems to stir the hearts of female bloggers worldwide. Sneak peek here, leaked shots there, and finally, the LANVIN x H&M collection video is here for us to command and conquer!
One shoulder everything, satin and silk , florals and ruffles, tutus and trenches, ribbon heels, pearly necklaces, clutches, pouches and various Alber Elbaz scribbles will infiltrate the streets. I do not deny, the collection is wonderful, so wonderful that many will buy or die trying.
Just a little reminder of all things wallet friendly, notice the irony of the video, yes, Alber wants to highlight the consequence of reaching-out to the general public. Getting your hands on a piece of this means wearing the same sh*t as everyone else, "Oh, nice dress!".
Will I be buying? Or more importantly, will YOU be buying and risk wardrobe doubles and b*tche stares in the months to come?