Houston Stockholm, we have a problem.
Ever heard of the phrase “Stockholm Syndrome”? Here’s a little fun fact for you — in 1973, several employees of the former Kreditbanken in Norrmalmstorgwere held hostage. During the standoff, the victims became emotionally attached and even defended their captors after they were freed. The ground floor of the same building is now the home of the Acne flagship store in Stockholm. The rest of the building now belongs to Nobis hotel where I stayed at for a week. You could only imagine how often I went downstairs to Acne. Rumi and I must’ve been there at least twice a day. I literally bought something new every day. It was so awkward telling staffers that it was somewhat pointless to wrap my purchases in tissue paper (and huge paperbags) because I’m literally staying a few floors up.
Oh Acne. Acne, Acne, Acne. Why oh why do you make some of the most relevant clothes around? You’re so dangerous to my bank account.
Sunglasses by Saint Laurent, “MAPE” leather biker jacket with shearling collar by ACNE (click HERE), tank top by COS, “Orlando” crushed velvet trousers by ACNE, bag by Salvatore Ferragamo, sandals by Prada
Välkommen till Stockholm! Words cannot express how nice it is to be back in Stockholm aka Stockhome. I used to go to Stockholm at least four times a year MINIMUM but my schedule this year stopped me from coming back sooner. This trip, thanks to Fashion Networks Europe, feels like a homecoming to me, not to mention a celebration of different milestones. Rumi and I first bonded and sealed our friendship in Stockholm (during fashion week) a few years ago so to be back at the same exact place is special. It’s also amazing to see some of my closest and dearest people in my life in the same city. Y’all know who you guys are. Talk about a reunion of all sorts.
Aviator sunglasses by Saint Laurent, top by COS, shorts by Alexander Wang, sandals by Kris van Assche
On our last day in Morocco, Rumi, Queenie and I piled into a chartered van to hit unexplored areas of Rabat. Our first stop was the shopping area at Rue due Consuls where I found an amazing hand-dyed and hand-woven hooded jacket and a messenger bag to match.
In light of our new purchases, Rumi challenged me to work on my rendition of the ‘world traveler’ look. Rumi, as you know, is known for her effortless, luxe/bohemian sensibilities. Unfortunately, I own very few options that would have passed for ‘world traveler’. Rumi vetoed out my new, space-age (as she called it) Ferragamo fall 2013 bag and the white, button-down Giorgio Armani shirt I had on. She insisted in lending me one of her her peasant-inspired blouses to match my embroidered Suno shorts. She finally gave up when I protested by crying ‘I need my fashion credits!’ in the van.
It was golden hour and we asked our diver to pull over at the entrance of a small medina just outside of the city. I hid my white Ferragamo bag inside the ethnic messenger bag and, to Queenie and Rumi’s surprise, took it out after a few shots. They both ganged up on me and laughed at my inability to pass up the opportunity of using a fashion credit.
On me: Hat by Burton, white shirt by Giorgio Armani, shorts by SUNO, jacket and messenger bag from Moroccan shop stall, sandals by COS, bracelets by Hermes and Cartier, watch by Cartier, white bag by Salvatore Ferragamo
SUNO available at Moda Operandi [click here]
I love my labels. I really do. Who doesn’t? Who doesn’t like to wear things that people can easily identify? Fashion, thanks to its multi-billion dollar global advertising budgets, has a way of making identifiable things ultra desirable. The more identifiable an item or a brand is, the higher the value goes.
Anyway, believe it or not, some of my favourite purchases don’t come with a label attached to them. I recently bought this python skin jacket and shorts in Bali for a fraction of what it might retail for elsewhere. The shorts were about US$150, almost the same as a pair of cotton shorts in America! The quality isn’t the same, of course, but it’s not bad either.
Hat: Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown, sunglasses by Karen Walker (click HERE), bracelets by Hermes and Cartier, watch by Cartier, shirt by COS
I thought it would be refreshing to kick off the New Year by doing something I’ve never done before in the city — going on a lunch cruise around with my bf and a good friend. The two and a half hour boat ride aboard Spirit of New York went around parts of lower Manhattan, Liberty Island and Governor’s Island. Contrary to some of the reviews on Yelp, the food wasn’t that bad at all (I actually liked the chicken and the pork). The buffet was small, yes, and they only offered two items for desert, but it’s ok. The staff were ultra friendly and helpful — they even put on a song and dance number for us! There were some cringe-worthy moments, of course, like when people started to do the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ and of course, the choice of cheeky and camp music, but, in the spirit of the festive season, it was all fun and good. I liked the overall experience and I don’t mind doing it again.
Hat by Acne, sunglasses by Celine, fur shawl by Adrienne Landau, shirt by H&M, sweater by Pringle of Scotland, coat by COS, bag by Givenchy, jeans by Sandro, shoes by Church’s (click HERE)
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Sunglasses by Celine, sweater by Paul Smith, trousers by COS, shoes by Balenciaga
Do you ever find yourself going to stores and buying the same exact item you already own but in a different colour? That’s what happened when it came to my favourite garment of the moment. I took this cute, green coat from the COS flagship store in Stockholm because I love everything about it — the fabric, the style, the cut, the way it falls on the body, everything. I already bought the navy version (as seen on previous blog entries) in Paris two weeks ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up buying the black and gray versions as well in the next few months to come but really… I like the idea but it’s kinda wrong, don’t you think?
Sunglasses by Celine, shirt by Prada, waist coat by Dolce & Gabbana, coat and trousers by COS, shoes by Balenciaga
Avenue Montaigne, I love you so much. I could spend the entire afternoon mincing around the area. It’s all about Marni and Montaigne Market, followed by a late lunch at L’Avenue and a quick run-through of all the new things at Celine and finally, go off the beaten path by visiting Balenciaga and Givenchy. Don’t you just wish life was this easy? Oh to dream… I suppose Avenue Montaigne is best at small doses. That’s what luxury is all about. Just a teeny, tiny, scoopful. It loses its value if you serve too much…
Baseball cap by New Era, sunglasses by Celine, coat by COS, zip cardigan by Michael Kors, shorts by Sonia Rykiel, bag by Jason Wu, shoes by Marni
Talk about love at first sight. Fell in love with this light-weight yet surprisingly warm knitted turtleneck sweater with metallic silver thread chain-mail details from the fall/winter 2012 Versace womenswear collection. I like how it looks oh-so-rock-n-roll tough… but it’s probably the most fragile garment I own. I had to be extremely careful not to break any of the chain links. One wrong move is all it takes to ruin this piece.
Turtleneck (gifted) by Versace, trousers by COS, shoes by Balenciaga, sunglasses by Michael Kors