Spring 2014 RTW

Back to you
Sexy back for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Alexandre Vauthier

Alexandre Vauthier

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Erdem

Erdem

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Beaded sparkles
Sprinkle on the sparkles. Beaded dresses for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Collette Dinnigan

Collette Dinnigan

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Another bike ride
Ride that motor for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Erdem

Erdem

Pierre Balmain

Pierre Balmain

T by Alexander Wang

T by Alexander Wang

Bloom’s day
Everlasting floral power and color for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

Jen Kao

Jen Kao

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

Erin Fetherston

Erin Fetherston

Pam & Gela

Pam & Gela

Dye Hard
Ombre and Tie-Dyes are never fading for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Raquel Allegra

Raquel Allegra

French Twist
Yes, we love French baguettes? This is for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Joie

Joie

In a box
Cats like to squeeze into boxes and so do we for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Azzaro

Azzaro

Cacharel

Cacharel

Jil Sander

Jil Sander

Joie

Joie

Peter Jensen

Peter Jensen

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Lace and sheer
Ongoing lace and sheer dresses for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Pierre Balmain

Pierre Balmain

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Erdem

Erdem

Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl

Erdem

Erdem

Sahara dreams
African inspired embroidery and silhouettes for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Collette Dinnigan

Collette Dinnigan

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Soft Power
No more tough love. Try on boy friendly shapes for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

Felipe Oliveira Baptista

Felipe Oliveira Baptista

Felipe Oliveira Baptista

Felipe Oliveira Baptista

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Sport play
Grab a hoodie for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

Alexis Mabille

Alexis Mabille

Adidas by Stella McCartney

Adidas by Stella McCartney

Adidas by Stella McCartney

Adidas by Stella McCartney

Turn up the volume
Loving the fullness, loudness, and textures for Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear.

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Erin Fetherston

Erin Fetherston

Felipe Oliveira Baptista

Felipe Oliveira Baptista

J.W. Anderson

J.W. Anderson

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Parsons the New School for Design

Parsons the New School for Design

Photos from style.com

Milk shake & dots

milk shake & dots

What do you do when you have nothing to do? You find a cute cafe and have milk shake and waffle ice cream. Cafe Maji, a small gem nestled inside a Fitness Club. The location is quite obscure and hence a bit different from all the other tea places.

milk shake & dots

I have never encounter such an unique distribution of space. Two-third of the room belongs to a dance studio of some sort and one-third of the room is Cafe Maji. Decorated with small homey touches and wooden chairs, the overall ambiance was supper chill until I came along. My red polka dot dress was loud and even louder when I tried having a photo shoot there. The owner was fine with pictures so I had to be oblivious and get things done.

milk shake & dots

My red polka-dot dress was referencing 1970s. I shortened the dress about 6 inches. I’m not saying skimpy skirts update a garment but in this case, yes it did help. The chalk white buttons grew on me but I’m still not crazy about the polyester fabrication. Overall, it’s a cute shirtdress. Would you dare to be different and wear it?

milk shake & dots

In front of me was actually a room full of people. I think my heart was about to pop taking these pictures. Let’s find a happy home for this lovely dress. Bravo to my daring friend who was eager to help.

milk shake & dots

Dress, Lady Gibson Cameo Collection.
Photographed by L.W.

New Delhi Dress

New Delhi dress
Palm trees and a bottle of Corona sounded just about right in this heat even if it’s almost Fall. Wait… it will be even better if we had some giant elephants roaming about at the beach.

new delhi dress

Seriously, that was the vacation I envisioned when I saw this forgotten embroidered elephant dress at the local flea market. It needed just the right amount of touch-up to be fresh again.

new delhi dress

So I murdered the dress with my seam ripper. The top was dissemble from the the skirt and the center back zipper was remove. The neck was reshape and lower about 3 inches. The skirt was shorten about 5 inches. Instead of a zipper closure, I replaced with elasticated waist with shirring. Lastly, the elephant embroidery was touch-up by my awesome mom fixing all the broken threads.

elephant dress

Project completed with a much younger looking dress ready for a new home. Can you see the difference?

new delhi dress

I see…

new delhi dress

Dress, Vintage.
Photographed by P.L.

Poke me dots

poke me dots

poke me dots

Dress, Forever21. Espadrilles, J.Crew.
Photographed by P.L.

I’m not jumping just yet…not from a girl wearing polka dots and bright neon espadrilles. You would think my happy outfit would shed some light on this overcast weather at Long Beach Pier. I’m just thankful it’s not scorching hot. Did you know this weather is actually perfect for shooting? Heh…not much pictures today because I’m too busy being in the moment.

Isn’t it Lanzy!

Lanz Original

A feeling of nostalgic looking at the Lanz Original dresses hanging above my fireplace. A bit of historical background on the Lanz. They were a company originated from Salzburg, Austria in 1922 supplying traditional folkwear costumes for music festivals. Just think “The Sound of Music” type of clothing back in the days with ladies in dirndl skirts and tight bodices. The company gave their clothing a clever slogan “Isn’t it Lanzy!” to describe their rural clothing with both elegance and comfort.

Lanz Original

During 1940s, the Austrian company established Lanz of California manufacturing Austrian inspired clothing in the United States. The company was then brought and became completely separated from the Lanz in Austria. Lanz of California targeted mainstream fashion but never left the Lanz signature of European folkwear designs. They established many labels including the Lanz Original. Different labels from Lanz dated back to different periods. The printed ditzy floral black dress dated back to the early 1950s with the adorable Lanz heart embroidered label. If you look closely, the “LO” letters inside the castle outline within the heart tell the time period of the garment. The canvas color dress dated back to the late 1950s and early 1960s with the Lanz Original printed copyright signature. The label doesn’t actually mean the garment is copyrighted but the label itself is. This is good to know since I was thinking about making a similar dress inspired from Lanz dresses.

Lanz Original

Let us inspect the canvas dress with a magnifying view… the precious detailing. Just look at those curvature on the sleeves and the godet set-in underarms gives the wearer wider range of motion for arm movements. The spaghetti bows cinched the waist super tight for double support. Clever designs right?

Lanz Original

Not to mention the detailing on the back closure, covered buttons on placket ending with baby snaps. Nowadays, most of us grew accustom to easy accessible zippers. I must say it’s not a dress one can put on and take off easily without some sort of help and I had lots of help!

Lanz Original

Lanz Original

Lanz Original

Turning the dress inside out, wow hello! It’s another dress. haha j/k. I am so amazed that the dress has both facing and lining. Nowadays, garment makers most likely can only opt for either facing or lining to cut down on cost. I’m just glad we still have clean finished clothing. Onwards, the waist and the underarm seams have double support from twill tape. The hem is finished off with bias tape blind stitched to the lining. This is one heavy duty garment. No wonder it can withstand time. That’s 50 years and going on more! Try having anything looking as intact in 50 years, certainly not my face. Well… I won’t want you to see me on Powpow Look by then.

Lanz Original

Hey! Move out of my limelight will you? Errr…

Lanz Original

There.. a shot of the dress on finally. Face still intact.

Lanz Original

Fine! You look way too cute not to get the last photo.