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The Adventures of Spunktitud3 in Hong Kong & Taiwan

Coming Soon…the adventures of Spunktitud3 in Hong Kong and Taiwan – look forward to lots of great shopping haunts, yummylicious food and out-of-this-world scenery – all experienced with a dash of spunktitude!

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I had SO much fun and adventures on my trips! The scenery was amazing, food was Michelin star-worthy and shopping was darn good! Looking forward to sharing my adventures with you real soon!

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Look of the Day – Stripey Blue

Stripey Blue - Details

Knit Dress: Sonia Rykiel
Chain-maille Body Harness: Fannie Schiavoni
Bracelets: From Korea
Watch & Espadrille Platforms: Hermes

Stripey Blue Met a friend for brunch over the weekend, and decided on an elegant knitwear dress sporting a translucent lower for that peek-a-boo effect (no not playing seductress here – my friend’s a lady ;D). Threw on my chain-maille body harness for that added punk-chick cool, and piled on lots of bracelets for that extra bling – it’s really nice to get a stack of these bracelets, cos’ they practically go with any outfit!

Hope you like the look!

xoxo,
spunktitud3


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Look of the Day – GOLDilocks

Look of the Day

Ruffle Silk Top: Max Mara
Gold Medusa Belt and Pearl Necklace: Forever 21
Gold Mini Skirt: Online buy
Studded Flats: CL
Green Mock-croc bag: From Taipei
Glasses: Vintage Laura Biagiotti

Pulled out my sparkly gold skirt this morning, and decided to go with a gold theme today. Met up with chum Darren and he took these photos for me which I like very much! He’s an awesome photographer with a great perspective for things. Hmmm…I need to bribe him to take more Look of the Day shots for me… ;-)

Look of the Day - GOLDilocks

I love this photo – the red background looks splendid with the lomo effect!
It all started with the gold sparkly skirt I pulled out of my closet, a really affordable buy.

Look of the Day Close-Up

Look of the Day Close-Up

It’s quite the trend now to wear socks with proper dress shoes and heels. 2 years ago when I wore it this way, all I got were weird stares. They must be wondering if I just came out from some remote village.

Love Chocolate

Spotted some literally LOVEly chocolates on the way…

Licking chocolate

And I got into some mischief heh heh :D


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15 NoveMMMber 2012: I have a date with H&M x Maison Martin Margiela!

Saw the news feed on my Facebook today and let out an elated screech – Swedish budget clothing retailer H&M has just announced that Maison Martin Margiela (MMM) would be designing a capsule collection of men’s and women’s clothes to go on sale online and in its 230 stores around the world this November – WOO HOO!

This follows past insanely popular H&M capsule collections by Versace, Comme des Garcons, Sonia Rykiel, Jimmy Choo and Marni. First reported in WWD, the speculation was quickly picked up a number of other fashion news outlets and only just confirmed by official sources.


Established by publicity-shy Belgian designer Martin Margiela in 1989, the house is famed for its cleft-toe boots, deconstructed tailoring and surrealist approach to classic fashion. The brand has become a staple in every fashionista’s closet just like a Hermes Birkin bag. Famously publicity-shy, Martin Margiela is rarely photographed, his clothes do not sport a proper tag, and MMM shops don’t even have its name on the shopfront. All this mysteriousness adds up to the mythical quality of the MMM brand, and makes it much coveted by many.

MMM Clothes Tag – An abstract matrix of numbers

Martin Margiela HK

MMM Store in Hong Kong. Don’t you just love the juxtaposition of high fashion with the lowly rubbish cart right in front of the store. Margiela would approve.

Which is why industry experts have called this a ‘surprising’ collaboration – an elusive brand with little to no advertising, and a mass-market high street brand whose ads are plastered on billboards all over the world. Perhaps this signifies the change in strategy by Renzo Rosso, the owner of Diesel, whose group acquired control of the Margiela fashion business in 2002. Margiela left his own namesake brand in October 2009 following speculations of creative differences with Rosso. This collaboration with H&M perhaps signifies Rosso’s intentions to increase the public awareness of the brand:

Rosso: ‘He <Martin Margiela> is here but not here.’ ‘We have a new fresh design team on board. We are focusing on young, realistic energy for the future; this is really Margiela for the year 2015.’

Up till now, the king of conceptual fashion has been hard to replace – Raf Simons and Haider Ackermann have both declined the position of creative director. A creative team of 20 something people now design for the brand – so does that mean Margiela’s talents are worth more than 20 creative brains? Hmmm, some food for thought.

MMM Signature Designs

MMM Signature Designs
From left: Cleft-toe tabis, One piece sunglasses, Present ring

I am a huge fan of MMM’s highly experimental and deconstructed designs, even though Darren my chum labels me more of a Christmas tree :p Although MMM is anything but cheap, the pieces are extremely special, well-made and timeless classics that can last through the decade. So when I buy, I go by the very scientific calculation of “Cost Per Wear”. *WINK*

MMM Famous Wig Jacket

Left & Centre: MMM Famous Wig Jacket & Faceless Runway Look
Right: My much-loved MMM Wig clutch, which my chum D took one look and promptly stuffed it into his shirt as chest hair! Wish I had a photo to show – it was SO spontaneous and hilarious. I love his quick wit!

Gaga in Margiela

Who’s a fan of MMM? Surprise surprise – the Queen of Shock Lady Gaga
Source: Gaga Fashionland

Excited as I am, I am definitely planning to buy the whole H&M x Maison Martin Margiela collection – budget permitting! Meanwhile, I have blocked off 15 NoveMMMber 2012 on my agenda – no appointments please. I have a date with H&M x MMM :)

Marni Queue Tag

I was there for Marni x H&M, and I am planning to be there for MMM x H&M!

xoxo,
spunktitud3

Fun Facts about Martin Margiela

FACT 1: Margiela is from Belgium, and considered to be the “seventh” member of the Antwerp Six. The Antwerp Six were six Belgium fashion designers that graduated from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts (a super prestigious fashion design school) in the 80s, and then proceeded to drive to London in a van to show off their wares. The Antwerp Six is Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, and Marina Yee. Thanks to them, and Margiela, the Belgian fashion designers got a reputation for being quite avant-garde, a reputation they still have.

FACT 2: No one sees him. He doesn’t do personal appearances, and he never meets journalists.

FACT 3: He never referred to himself as “I”. It was always “Maison Martin Margiela is doing this…” or “We are doing this…” instead of “I am doing this…”

FACT 4: His clothes don’t have the brand name on the label, and his shops don’t have the name on the outside.

FACT 5: He is known for recycling garments.

FACT 6: He only communicates by fax (huh, what social media??)

FACT 7: His fashion shows involve a running commentary about the clothing, and all of his staff wear white lab coats.

FACT 8: He often costs his garments based on the number of hours spent making them.

Fun Facts Source: Searching for Style


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Look of the Day – Graffi Dotty

Look of the Day - Graffi Dotty

Look of the Day – Decided to go casual cool todayGraffiti paint-inspired top: From Bangkok
Polka Dot Harem Pants: From Hong Kong (I’m a sucker for polka dots – I totally heart them!)
Orange bag: Hermes HerbagLocation: My trusty shopping haven H&M. Am at the kids’ department cos’ the stuff are cuter and cheaper here :D

Necklace

Trinket Necklace: From Taipei’s Wu Fen Pu
Check out the mini hair curler LOL!

Eagle Ring

Eagle Ring: Topshop

Watch

Watch: Hublot – if only I can make my watches multiply physically!

Sneakers

Stripy studded starry sneakers SSSS with leather shoelaces: Converse