12.30.2010

Finding inspirations for NYE ... Capote, Fitzgerald or Kubrick?

One day left until 2011

Trying to brainstorm an outfit for NYE, as tomorrow we will be hosting a party.
The theme is masquerade.

So all day I have been thinking of masquerades, debauchery, and costume balls, and the parties that i would love to have attended...

Without a doubt, the 20's were my favourite decade of the last century: bright young things, the Jazz Years, the Weimar republic in Germany, the NEP in Russia, the beautiful "Lost Decade". The one writer whose life and work epitomized the 20's is Scott Fitzgerald. The 1920s proved to be the most influential decade of Fitzgerald's development. The Great Gatsby, one of my favourite books and one of his masterpieces, was published in 1925.

In 2005, 80 years later Kate Moss themed her 30th Birthday party , The Beautiful and the Damned, alluding to a Fitzgerald novel that deals with.... surprise, surprise.... love, money, debauchery, decadence and young bright things, who took drinking a little too far. The book is believed to be largely based on Fitzgerald’s relationship and marriage with Zelda Fitzgerald and a movie is coming out next year with Kiera K. playing Zelda.

Of his own time, Fitzgerald said: "There seemed no question about what was going to happen. America was going on the greatest party in its history and there was going to be plenty to tell about. "

Fast forward to the 1966 and we have the Truman Capote "Black and White" Ball. Having been catapulted to stardom with "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Capote shocked society and made himself one of the most talked about writers of his generation by releasing "In Cold Blood". The book was eagerly anticipated and didn't disappoint. Capote decided to celebrate himself and his book, Capote loved the celebrity culture and was a real master of self promotion. And promote he did. There were only 540 people invited to the New York City's Plaza Hotel on November 28, 1966, and the invitations became the most coveted pieces of paper for NYC society with some desperate socialites using bribes and threats to try and ensure that they were on the "list".  The event was "meticulously masterminded" and in 2006 it has even been dedicated it's own book by Deborah Davis appropriately named the Party of the Century. 

Guests included newlyweds Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, the young actress Candice Bergen, literary lions Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley, and various international crowned heads,  the Kennedys, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Whitneys. 

The last party was inspired by one of my favourite directors Stanley Kubrick and is "Eyes Wide Shut". The movie itself allegedly led to Tom Cruise's and Nicole Kidman's divorce, and was based based upon the 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story), which was written by Arthur Schnitzler. Which takes us back to where we started the 1920's.

The most visually arresting scenes in the movie are where Tom Cruise walks into the secret orgy - the capes, the colours and the masks. Of course the fashion world could not forget all the sumptuous reference material, so fast forward 11 years. Vogue Paris 90th anniversary, the party of the decade, the theme "Eyes Wide Shut"

Of course excessive debauchery ultimately bring emptiness and detachment to ones mind, but it also gives us the feeling of immediate liberation and provides us with an escape. Tomorrow is New Years Eve so let us focus on the good side of the coin: a great party, the costumes, the fun and the dancing. We can always come back to the dark side in another post.

Happy new year and I will see you in 2011! x












12.28.2010

I am dreaming of a White Christmas... maybe Not...

As idillic as it sounds -10 degrees + snow and ice + the sunrise at 8:30am somehow make the appeal of Snowy Wintery Europe much less "exciting".

Yet London still remains the design and fashion central.

Multiple art galleries from the Serpentine to the White Cube, endless Art museums, cool restaurants and precious little cafes and bakeries. The quirky shops such as "Lucy in Disguise", St' John Hotel in Soho, Bistroteque, revived Liberty of London (the best place for the most original and pretty gifts), the cosy jazz and blues bars, amazing vintage record shops - they make London a melting pot of ideas and human stories intertwined under one roof.

I Love London for being so eclectic and inspiring but I do not want to live in London. It's too gloomy, dark, overpowering and serious in winter months for it's own good.

I had to overexpose the two shots below to starve off the gloominess :)




Belgium on the other side felt much calmer and serene, more pure and untouched. Although that might have been because we stayed in the countryside and not in the city. 

There is a simplicity and calm about people living outside big cities. They have less frown marks on their  foreheads and they do not wrap themselves into protective cocoons of indifference like the city dwellers. 

I like the colours in Belgium the Flamant (http://www.flamant.com) greys and taupe, the whites, the creams. There is a lack of kitch, lack of bright and screaming colours that you can find in Russia or Germany there is a subdued elegance penetrating the entire fabric of being albeit mainly in the Flemish part of Belgium. 

An ode to the colours of Belgium and the Belgian countryside.... 

Oh and check out the SuperTrash wellies (my new obsession). They are the most flattering rubber boots I have ever seen... YUM!






12.25.2010

Merry Christmas! :)

The last few days have been pleasantly hectic. Me and booboo (code name for my husband) are in Belgium. We deserted Hong Kong for Christmas to be reunited with the family.

To sum up the last few days:

Part 1: London + crazy shopping + loving Liberty of London + discovering my two new favourite brands Sandro (a French brand from the left bank) and Alex Monroe jewellery + food @ Scotts's and La Petite Maison + worries about the snow and the Eurostar + forgetting my Spanish residence + making it through the border + making it onto the Eurostar!!

Part 2: Ahh Belgium + cold + snow + chocolate + more chocolate +  family + walks in the snow + mommy and daddy :) + even more chocolate ... If I eat any more chocolate I will become a truffle

Coming back to fashion!

This is one of my favourite fashion photos of the trip - My friend, elegant and poised.

These colours are absolutely dreamy they remind me of the Tom Ford movie a Single Man and the Revolutionary Road, mixed with little bit of Mad Men. Imagine late 50's early 60's California, the old movie glamour, rich mustard green and yellows, gold sheen, January Jones or Julianne Moore... the vintage colours that look so now.

I'll post the rest of the trip tomorrow

Merry Christmas to you all!

12.22.2010

Detour Detour Detour - first post

Hello, 

So I have been talking and talking and talking about starting a blog for the last year and it is time. Although I am still working on the background of the actual blog, and choosing fonts and playing with the widgets knowing me if I don't start now, before long it will be 2012 and I will still be without an outlet for all the thoughts in my head. 

There is so much I want to write about. Hong Kong is quite a crazy city. It can be both shallow and empty and inspiring and complex. I have a very psychotic relationship with HK as sometime I really love it and other days I feel like a complete alien. But it's my city I live here (1.5 years) and I want to explore every corner of it. 

About me I love sunsets and warm summer evenings, colours, fashion, music, dancing, books, dinners with friends and long lazy brunches, Art, design and really talented crazy people. I love travelling I love Europe,I am intrigued by Asia and Latin America makes me smile (it's the most passionate continent on the planet) and that's about it. 

So my first inspiration for the blog is Detour 2010 the Art exhibition. If you didn't go 2 weeks ago you missed an amazing opportunity to see the old police head quarters and the prison - one of the last preserved colonial pieces of Hong Kong left in central. 

http://www.detour.hk/

I heard they have tried to tear it down a couple of times to build a ... yessss another skyscraper, just because there are not enough skyscrapers in central, but ultimately it was decided that the building will be preserved :) 

So welcome to Detour - the barbed wire, the shabby chic of the police head quarters, the loneliness of the prison cells, the charming courtyards all bang in the middle of central. Like a secret world we pass by everyday on the way to work and fail to even acknowledge.

I loved the experience so much I ended up coming to Detour two weekends in a row. There were so many quirky people walking around, I am sure if I was Garance Dore I would have shot 200 amazing photos but I am just learning. 

Top 3 things I loved about Detour
1. The place 
2. The HK people who came to see the exhibition
3. The arts and crafts fair 

The last one deserves it's own post. *TBP :)*

Below are my favourite photos of the place. I didn't have my camera that day so my trusted hipstamatic app did the job. 

Hope you enjoy the photos. I am off for now as it's 6:30 am I am coming down with a flu and due to all the meds I decided to take I cannot sleep so I have been awake since 3 am. 


x
Barbed wire, the spooky prison cells, old cutlery (loving the vintage coca cola box), and the suspended umbrella