Pencil it down your calendars! Don’t forget to watch today’s livestream of the spring/summer 2015 BOSS Womenswear fashion show by Artistic Director Jason Wu at 4 World Trade Center. The fashion show (featuring an “architecture meets nature” theme) will begin around 2:00-2:30PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 10 so stay tuned.
I had fun attentending last night’s launch of Calvin Klein’s new fragrance “Reveal”. It was held at the 68th floor of the new 4 World Trade Center building just three blocks away from my apartment. Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora performed throughout the night. In attendance: Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Amber Heard, Clark Brockelman, Joe Jonas, Doutzen Kroes and more.
To give a hint on what’s next to come from Jason Wu’s upcoming spring/summer 2015 collection for BOSS, he commissioned Marco Brambilla to direct this video featuring Finnish model Suvi Koponen.
Don’t forget to save the date, September 10, 2014 at 2:30PM Eastern Time.
Hugo Boss will lifestream their Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show at http://fashionshow.hugoboss.com.
See you at the show!
I thought I’d share some of my fave highlights on Day 2 of Electric Zoo 2014 Music Festival. At first I was like, hmm, should I go back for another round? Maybe, maybe not, maybe, maybe not. I ended up going on Day 2 and I have zero regrets because Day 3, like last year, was cancelled PREMATURELY by the authorities because of this so-called “severe weather forecast”, which, btw, didn’t happen. Just a few minutes of drizzle (YAASSSSS!) and pretty much this side of the Atlantic comes to a complete halt. Americans, especially in the East Coast, are particularly paranoid when it comes to weather.
I loved Dyro, Zedd and Armin’s sets. I had so much fun hanging out with the kids. I think I’m gonna maximize this moment before I reach that point of no return. I don’t wanna be one of those 40 year olds who look like 40 year olds but act like a bunch of 16 year olds, ya know? Not a good lewk.
I can’t believe summer is almost over and fashion month (PLEASE DON’T REFER IT AS “FASHION WEEK” BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW IT AIN’T A WEEK) begins, well, on Wednesday. Going all out over the weekend was a good way to remind myself that I’m human, I’m capable of letting my hair down and have lots fun.
I’ve always wanted to go to but I never got around doing it over the past few years because of my travel schedule but I blocked the whole month of August this year as personal “me” time and I finally did it. Yes! I went to the opening yesterday afternoon and I had lots of fun. For those of you who don’t know what Electric Zoo 2014 is (hopefully an annual event moving forward) a three-day EDM festival at Randall’s Island here in New York City.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of EDM. I’ve been listening to it for years, way before it was even called “EDM”. I love the music. I really do, especially progressive/electro house, even cheesy commercial house at times. It’s cheerful and uplifting. I get so much joy and pleasure dancing hard to the beat, it’s indescribable. On a purely selfish note, I personally love dancing like a lunatic because it’s my version of burning calories aka working out.
I love a good outdoor party session versus partying in a nightclub. The older I get, the more I loathe clubs. I guess I started early. The first time I’ve stepped foot in a club was almost 18 years ago — when I was 14! These days there’s too much bullshit involved in clubs. Gathering people, queueing (if necessary), getting in, waiting in line to get a drink if you don’t have a table, paying exorbitant amounts of money to get a fucking table, and then you have shitty music AND shitty people who don’t dance.
When it comes to outdoor parties, once you’re in, you’re in. No nasty, power-tripping bouncers and door bitches to deal with judging your outfit head-to-toe. Everyone’s all happy, giddy (maybe some are on drugs but it’s none of my business) and they’re all united for the love of music. I’m an old soul. I don’t do drugs and all I’m after is a happy place where I can feel young again, throw caution to the wind, get high from the beats and dance like there’s no tomorrow.
I don’t know what it is but it feels liberating. There’s something thrilling dancing, getting all sweaty and wet, having fun, sharing smiles and good vibes with utter strangers whom you’ll never see again for the rest of your life. Oh and sitting on top of the shoulders of very tall men to admire the view of the sea of people and their well-lit phones? It’s a priceless feeling! You cannot put a price tag on sheer happiness.
That’s what I did yesterday and that’s what I’m gonna do again later tonight for Day Two of Electric Zoo!
Three days after my wisdom tooth extraction, I swung by the Louis Vuitton boutique in Soho after being told by a friend that a huge chunk of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s debut collection for the house had arrived. The last time I went to the store was ages ago when I bought luggage. I had a hard time exercising restraint and self-control because every runway piece in the store was desirable. I love the floral trousers. I NEED the turtlenecks in all color ways and the zip-front jackets. And all the belts too! In the end, I walked out of the store with a couple of knits and the new Louis Vuitton Malletage Doc PM bag.
Oh Mr. Ghesquiere… you’re so dangerous to my bank account!
Any of you guys coming to this year’s Electric Zoo 2014 Music Festival next weekend at Randall’s Island? I’m coming! I’ve been looking forward to this for ages.
Click HERE to buy your tickets. See you next week!
I’m thrilled to be working with Carolina Herrera for their latest digital campaign of their new fragrance, 212 VIP Rose. I, along with Natalia Kills, Vincent Gallo, Peter and Harry Brant have a few challenges for you. Are you on the list?
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I had my upper wisdom teeth taken out last week. My dentist bugged me for the past year and a half to get them extracted but it was only until now that I found a chunk of time to get it done. I was petrified in the beginning but all my fears went away as soon as they injected my jaw with anesthesia. My dentist kept asking me if I’m ok every five minutes and I was like “yes, yes, yes, just remove the damn tooth already!”
He had difficulties removing the upper right tooth and he was *this* close to halting the extraction. Boy am I glad he didn’t give up. I must say the most uncomfortable thing I felt during the operation was having my mouth open for a little over an hour. It was the worst lock jaw of my life. Everything went well in the end and I walked out of the clinic with prescriptions. I was a happy camper alright. I became friends with my little orange bottles of Amoxcillin, Ibuprofen and Vicodin.
I’ve never had Vicodin before so the curiosity was there. I grew up in the third world where pain is just part of daily life. When I had another tooth extracted many, many years ago, my dentist gave me a sheet of paracetamol tablets. Yep, paracetamol. They simply do not have this pill-popping culture they have in America where everyone gets pills for everything under the sun.
This is evident when it comes to television commercials. In the Philippines, it’s all about personal hygiene products. In Germany, they have travel-related ads. In America however, you turn the television on and it’s all about pills, pills, pills. And the occasional car insurance.
Everyone in my circle told me I’ll have so much fun on Vicodin but to be honest with you, it wasn’t remarkable in any way. Chipmunk face aside, the first two days after the surgery were obviously very challenging but I wouldn’t say it was unbearable. Scraping my knee on the pavement and waiting for it to heal ranks higher on my pain-o-meter scale. Do they prescribe vicodin for that? No.
Sure, there was this very mild “comforting” and “warm” effect, like all I want to do is to be under my duvet and cuddle with my pillow fortress (I have eight pillows on my bed) but other than that, there weren’t any MAJOR side effects. None of this constipation or narcotic high oho haa. I didn’t abuse my pills. I only took them in the morning when I wake up (that’s when the gaping hole in my mouth really hurts) and right before dinner.
I see how kids in America abuse these painkillers. I’ve read stories online how people crush them and snort them and I’m like no way Jose, no bueno.
Thou shall not forget: your health is your most valuable asset.
Shoe by Giannico Shoes designed by Nicolo Beretta (click HERE) as seen at the Spring/Summer 2015 Altaroma AI Artisanal Intelligence
Many of you who follow me on my other social media outlets are aware that I’m showing concern for the civilians in Gaza. Over the past few weeks, 1,834 Palestinian people have died, hundreds of them are innocent children, from the conflict between Gaza and Israel. The United States State Department issued a statement saying the United States is “appalled by the disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah”. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also issued a statement saying Israel’s attack of civilian shelters and killing of Palestinian civilians as a “gross violation of international humanitarian law”.
This video made me cry.
Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine your home being destroyed. Where would you and your family go? Where? Schools and hospitals, are being bombed left and right. Israel’s justification to bomb these buildings (yes, schools AND hospitals) is that they are being used by Hamas to attack Israel back. As of now, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people are displaced and homeless. Where do they go?
No one can flee Gaza. Absolutely no one. They have absolutely zero access to the outside world. Israel cut them off. They don’t want to let any Palestinian get out of Gaza because they fear they would attack Israel.
According to NBC News, Gaza’s one main power plant, which is the only power plant in Gaza, a city of 1.8 Million people, was destroyed.
What I don’t understand is, why is it so wrong, to the eyes of some, to show concern towards innocent civilians from BOTH sides? Many of my friends don’t even want to discuss this conflict on their social media outlets for fear of being attacked by those with extremely strong Pro-Israel or Pro-Palestine opinions. As an outsider, you can’t even ask questions because people misconstrue questioning as an act of support to either parties!
I chose to speak up about this matter on MY social media because, as a human being, I, truly, genuinely feel sorry for all the innocent victims in this conflict. Every morning when I wake up, I always read the news. I like to be aware of everything. I find it extremely difficult to ignore what is going on in the world and to continue with my day to day life when I see gruesome video and images from the conflict.
I have a number of friends who live in Tel Aviv who I keep in touch with on social media and whenever I read their updates of running to shelters or what have you, I send them messages saying to always be safe, and I care for them.
Regardless of your religious or political beliefs, you cannot ignore the fact that somewhere out there in Gaza, there is a mother or a father crying over the loss of their child. There are children out there whose lives are forever changed from losing their parents. There are families out there who lost their homes, have nowhere to go, have lost their possessions, have nothing to eat.
You don’t have to be Pro-Israel or Pro-Palestine to want peace in the region or to wish for minimum civilian casualties. You don’t have to be pro-whoever to feel sorry for other people. Compassion is a basic human emotion.
I’m glad there’s a cease-fire and I hope it stays that way. The killings and the attacks, on both sides if I may add, have to stop.