Saturday, 27 June 2009

Spring 2010 - My favourites so far

Simplicity was key at C.P. Company. It was only natural that I'd be drawn to the whites, blacks and blues. The suede moccasins are stunning as well.

Dries Van Noten is absolute perfection. The Ikat prints, the pants, the black slip-ons - amazing.

Like a well-executed painting, the colour combos at Marni are stunning. Also, how can you not love those loafers in yellow, camel and navy?

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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Monocle Issue 25 - July/August 2009

50 Things To Improve Your Life

The World's Top 25 Liveable Cities - 2009

Shop Idols

Short Story - Barcelona

Internship at Dean & Trent

Do you want to go behind the scenes in fashion? Want to know how a brand works? Then join the internship program of Dean & Trent, one of Manila's most promising clothing brands. Send in your resumes to

At the same time, visit Timmy's blog to see what goes on in the mind of the man behind the brand.

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Sunday, 21 June 2009

The boys of Kitsuné

You've listened to their music and you've seen their clothes. Here's a closer look at Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaec, the brains behind Kitsuné. Clearly this Paris-based duo are at the forefront of style.

I have to say, denim on denim never looked this good.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Amazing Flash Cards

Do you know your Aalto from your Jacobsen? Or your Panton from your Van Der Rohe? If not, don't fret! Belleslettres from Etsy has come up with these fun flash cards that list some of the well known and well loved mid century modern designers and furniture. Learning about design has never been this fun!

Jesus Luz: The man behind the model

Jesus' current Dolce & Gabbana ad

Male model-of-the-moment, Jesus Luz, has been making waves in the fashion industry lately. I'm not really surprised. Being tall, dark and handsome has definitely gotten him noticed.

Jesus arriving at the Dolce & Gabbana fitting

To learn more about the handsome gent, read his exclusive interview over at Swide. He also answers the Marcel Proust questionnaire here.

Many thanks to Swide for the photos and information.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Alphabeticalife Q + A with Damon Kim / Kim Do-Hoon

I don't know when or how I stumbled upon Damon Kim's Flickr page. But as soon as I did, I was hooked. The beautiful photos he takes evoke nostalgia and at the same time, contain a certain otherworldly quality. Perhaps it's how he composes them? Maybe it's the muted colours? Or maybe it's the occasional use of odd props? I really can't say.

Then there's his wardrobe. It's extremely simple and never really draws attention to itself. But it is this extreme simplicity that drew me in. Just like his photos, his clothing choices are quite commonplace yet he manages to transform them into something all his own. Read on and learn more about this style stalwart from Seoul.

What do you do?
I'm a journalist working for a Korean film magazine, Cine21. I also write columns for various Korean magazines like GQ Korea, W Korea and Harpers Bazaar Korea. I write, write, write for a living.

At the Prada Transformer in Seoul

Describe your personal style.
Simple, minimal and natural. But occasionally daring.

In Tokyo

Eating a toy horse

About to lick a shoe

Who or what inspires your personal style?
Jean Paul Belmondo has always been my style guru after watching A Bout De Souffle when I was 22. And I love everything Tim Hamilton (Not the porn star! The designer!) does.

What is the piece of clothing in your wardrobe that best represents you?
Simple white t-shirts and black cardigans. I have plenty of them in my closet.

Martin Margiela sneakers

If your wardrobe could only have one brand, what would it be?
Definitely Tim Hamilton. But it would cost me hell of a lot of money. In that case, I would say MUJI. They produce really chic items at unbelievably cheap prices.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Two Thom Browne shirts. I really don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a shirt anymore. He really needs to collaborate with Uniqlo. Also, I can't control my wallet in front of beautiful eyeglasses.

What are the five things you don't leave home without?
Mobile phone, eyeglasses, Leica Minilux camera, Eau Thermale Avenue spray and my iPod.

Five daily essentials

Where would you like to live?
London. I lived in the UK six years ago and I loved every second of it. The weather can be bit gloomy sometimes, but you get brilliant (but not so pretentious) music and nightlife over there.

What's the best thing about living in Seoul?
Living in Seoul is like living in a bullet train. You hardly get bored because everything changes and moves so fast. The city is somewhere between Tokyo and Shanghai geographically, also culturally. You always feel like you're 16 when you live in Seoul.

And the worst?
Too fast to chill out. And the weather. Summers are viciously hot and humid while winters are brutally cold and dry. Maybe that's why Korean people are very short tempered.

Braving the cold in style

Braving the cold in style 2

How would you describe the style of your flat?
My flat is just another modern studio in the centre of the city. I've been trying to give it some personality with lots of colours and ornaments. As a result, it became something in between a young Andy Warhol's loft and a cat lady's mansion.

What inspired you to decorate it that way?
I would like to say I was inspired by mid-century modernism.

Damon and his quirky flat

Decor by the window

What are you thankful for at the end of the day?
I managed to finish another eight page article before the deadline and that my cat still loves me.

Han Solo, Damon's loving cat

Thank you, Damon!

You can see more of his beautiful photos here.
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Given Up The Ghost by Russell Maurice

If you're in London between the 11th and the 28th of June, I strongly suggest you head over to the Stolen Space Gallery as British artist Russell Maurice debuts his latest exhibit entitled Given Up The Ghost.

The show is largely made up of new paintings, many of which are painted onto either old silkscreens or new silkscreen mesh. The latter paintings have an almost transparent and ethereal, transient, delicate, ghostly quality relevant to the subject matter. There will be a number of small sculptures and an element of installation.

The works collectively attempt to create a narrative, each is a fragment that forms building blocks for a larger universe, holding theoretical ‘spirits’ which inhabit each work and become a chapter forming its own macro world.

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