NYFW: Building on the concrete


The latest NYC fashion week has taken all the places of our conversations. Just after the announcement of the schedule change, NYFW has really stood up nicely. With the overwhelming schedule, many fashion critics and trend followers find the shows either too cliché or too weird. It is fair to say that the unceasing demands in the industry is exhausting the inspirational source of many great designers. Many trends survived season after season, which really tells us something is not right (speaking form this girl who read 30 magazines a month)! In that perspective, combining mensware with womensware is really a brilliant idea, especially since the theme of unisex is huge lately (Vetement, Hood by Air, rag & bone, etc.).


However, the NYFW really hit me right on the sweet spot; runway shows really took a much more  diverse focus and street styles became personal again. Exactly like the quote of the innovation designer Alexander Wang, which states that ” This is how I see people dress around me.” The most complimented NYFW shows Always, ALWAYS include aspects from the street. That is exactly what make New York Fashion Week so different and unique. This city is full of diversity and clearly the idea shows through the way people are dressed.  By taking a step forward, the avant-garde designers not only get their audience leaving the room, screaming ” Amazing”; their items get to sell, because there will always be people who feel represented by their designs (and many who just follow “the newest things”).  Shows such as Marc Jacobs,  Hood by AirAlexander Wang and J.W. Anderson gained so much popularity over the medias season after season,  proven our favoring of the New and  the Different.

Although the Gothic vibe at Marc Jacobs really freaked me out at the first sight, I got to give it the credit, for the sake of fashion of course. Hood by Air brought back the sporty trends but made it so different by using reflective materials and oversized baggy shaped designs. Alexander Wang just has this ability to make every thing Wang like, yet, new and fresh each season. In my opinion, his dedication to his own brand was the main cause of his mediocre performance at BalenciagaAfter all, not many people leave a billion dollar job with a huge smile on the face.


Gaga walks for Marc Jacobs


Hood by Air


Alexander Wang‘s stripper sweaters will surely be a hit!


J.W. Anderson

Bring back the beautiful 

Apart from the modern designs, we also observed many classical beauties. Continuing the trends that Valentino and Zuhair Muradstarted in  Haute Couture (link to the show here and here), some designers really seduced buyers with dreamy silhouettes, flowy textures, harmonious colour patterns and sophisticated designs.

The theme of exoticism is clearly the right move that got incorporated in many collections, such as Marchesa and Rodart. People who went to theses shows were absolutely blown away by the incredible details on the dresses; especially at Marchesa. I’m pretty sure that all women who walked out of that room had realized that they’ve lived their lives wanting to own a dress from that show.  The variety of textures, patterns and materials just made the whole collection a huge success. It is so aesthetically pleasing that I can’t even convince myself to close the page on Vogue. Then, Rodarte being another highly rated show this season, clearly combined the aspect of classical beauty with modern design.  Although Gothetic, it is completely different from Marc Jacobs.  The Mulleavy sisters really took  took a specific focus on the romantic feminine aspects of Gothicism.

Others like DelPozo and Proenza Schouler brought some tailoring action back to the game.  DelPozo showed some vivid colors and giant oversize clothing, highlights the design aspect of fashion. Models in this season’s collection became the embellishments of these art pieces. Whereas, Proenza Schouler hit it hard with perfect fits that are meant to embody women’s figures; the waist line, the shoulder length, the off-shoulder sleeves… every inches of the fabrics were dedicated to cover the skin with elegance and délicatesse.








Proenza Schouler





Pragmatism never goes out of style.

Here comes the most popular shows of the entire week: Ralph Laurent, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein; featuring all the clothes that should go into your wardrobe.  Within these shows, we saw a lot of fur coats, neutral colors, trendy trousers, yada yada yada… The idea is to make everything flirty and moves (acording to Michael Kors at least ).  To be honest,I think these ideas are a little too obvious, the same style come back again and again with no surprise, nor disappointment: you get exactly what you expected (ManRepeller). Which, is not a bad thing, the practicality behind these brands is really what makes them the pillars of the American fashion industry. Celebrities and A-list bloggers are frequently seen on the front rows on these shows ( like Blake Lively and Chiara Ferragani). Afterall, which one do you think people will wear on the street? Giant flower dress or baby blue turtle neck swearer?


Michael Kors


Calvin Klein



Ralph Laurent, have to say that I love the liquid gold texture.

In fact, many trends were repetitive on the Runway, such as fur coats, menswear fabrics, sporty trends. But the most precious thing about NYFW is how the diversity was built  in this concrete jungle. People of all groups could find styles that represent their own beliefs identities in the industry. The variety of styles on the Runway draws attention to the concrete idea that fashion is, indeed personal.




All Images via http://vogue.com



Last minute outfit ideas for Valentine’s day

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I have been quite occupied the last two week, The photos were actually taken during the course of last week. Initial I wanted to do a not last minute valentine’s day post, unfortunately, I didn’t really have time to do that. So this post ended up to be very last minute. Anyway, many girls are going for the sassy vibe this special day,  but I decide to go sweet all the way.  After all, I don’t plan to go out this year, it’s -30 degrees, luck for you who live near the tropics! Here’s a few indoor outfit ideas for those of you who aren’e prepared yet. Although many items here are neither not available or out of stock, I figure the texture combination may give you an idea. Everybody has a little black dress and a white sweater. Sometimes it all comes down to the accessories, the combination of textures and colors can take what’s already in your wardrobe to the next level.



Shoes from Aldo. I swear by this color! it is by far the most flattering color on neutral suntan I’ve found!

Blouse from 1861

skirt from Simons

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A lovely little black dress saves you for any special occasions or single parties you’ve planed this valentines’s day. I Jazzed it up with a statement necklace and a bright red belt. Dress from Club Monaco.  Belt from Salvatore Ferragamo, necklace from Forever 21


This combination of simple white sweater and textured faux fur scarf makes your look a little dressier but not trying to hard. Pair it with a simple trousers or jeans, maybe skirt too; Anything really!

Sweater from E-land(was a gift), Scarf from Aritzia, hat from Brandy Melville.


This outfit might not look too appealing on the picture, but when you wear it , it’s just… cute! Stars and bow together, what can be more girly than that?

skirt from 1861 (sold out), cropped sweater from H&M(no longer available), scarf from a flea market.

OOTD: catching the last sun rays.



I was wearing this outfit to IKEA, and when I passed by the mirror, I realized: “Hey, it doesn’t look so bad.” When I got home, it was just at the right time where sun sets; the best portrait timing. So, here we go, a few pictures of what I wore to IKEA. This Larry Levine wool coat is really one of my best purchase, I brought it a year back in New York and have been loving it since, it is just so versatile and beautiful. Maybe not that warm though, but worth the cold. Ripped boyfriend jeans from American Eagle and J.Crew sweater are easy to pull off. The contrast of the Aldo blue bag and the red coat instantly brighten up the dullness of the casual pairing. the fur scarf was from my mom, confession: it is real fur, which I do not encourage in anyway! All my other fur items are fake and no one could tell the difference, so much cheaper for the same amount of chic.



Items: Similar jeans here, Sruart Weitzman flats here, Dior Sunglasses different color here, Larry Levine coat here

Outfit of the day @ Byward Market Ottawa


Taking a break from the long busy week, me and a few friends went all the way to Ottawa for… you won’t believe this. Popeye fried chicken! Well, we just needed some fresh air. Anyway, the outfit was nothing out of the ordinary, casual and affordable involving a few of my most worn items this season. The combination of dark grey turtle neck sweater and faux-leather pants along with the pointy booties made my look a little secret agentish; so I wore the long sloppy Tommy Hifiger cardigan and my grey Zara wool coat to make it more fun. The blue little Aldo bag was very cheap, I got it on sale for 25$ and yet, it has been my most complimented item in the closet. The size and the color were just right. Although I did the most stupid thing that a fashion blogger could EVER do, which is forgetting my camera, the photos turned out okay. With a little help of the trusty Photoshop, hopefully, they won’t hurt your eyes.




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Although most of the items were no longer on the site, I found: Similar wool Coat here, different color cardigan here,  similar sweater here, pants here, shoes here.


“V line botox” the popular idea of microsurgical cosmetic surgery


Image @thinkpanama


The idea of injection wasn’t new, but using botox to slim the jaw line isn’t as popular in North America as it is in Asia. The idea of doing minor changes on the face through injections is very popular in Asia. It is a low risk way to change your appearance; the results are not permanent. I had my first injection a month ago, here is a before and after photo:


To answer all you who may have questions; Yes, botox can be use to minimize the appearance of your face. It is done so by shrinking the size of the masseter (the muscle for chewing foods), thus resulting in a V line shaped face. The material used is the A type botulinum toxin, Botox is only the most popular American brand of botulinum toxin. It is the same type as the Botox that reduces wrinkles. The result isn’t permanent, nor accumulative; however, many say that when you do your second injection 3 months after, it will actually further shrink down the size of the muscle that is already smaller; and after injected 3 to 4 times, your face would be permanently slimmer.


1. The price

Depending on the brand of toxin, the price could vary, but it is measured in Unit. The most popular brands being  Botox and Dysport.It is the same price as the regular Botox. Usually around 10$ -15 $ per Unit. For the size of my muscle, I have injected 60 units to attain the result. It is apparently cheaper in Asia, but I have used the Botox brand and paid for 10 $ a unit (600$ in total.)

2. The pain

For a minor surgery like this, there is no need of anesthesia. My left side of the face was injected 5 times for 25 units, and my right side 7 for 35 units ( cause my right side is bigger than the left). The nurse was well experienced, the whole process took 10 minutes, it was done in a flash. The pain was just like a regular injection, which I would rate for 2- 3 on a scale of 10.

3.The risk

The risk of Botox really depends on who performed the injection. It is important that the needle gets in right on your chewing muscle. MAKE SURE that your surgeon asks you to bite your back teeth together and correctly locate the muscle right before the injection.  When it’s done properly using the right product, the risk is minimal. When injected on to the other places of your face, other muscles may shrink and making your face disproportionate for up to 6 months. The result lasts for up to 6 months, but I have been told to go do my second injection in the 3rd or 4th month to obtain an accumulative result.

4. How to know if you should do it?

The injection will work on anyone who’s chewing muscle is strong and big till a point it increased the appearance of your lower 1/3 part of the face. The only way to see if V-line injection would work for you is to make the action of chewing, and see if your chewing muscle sticks out when you chew, it should feel rock hard when you touch it. The stronger your muscle is, the better result you will obtain.

My thoughts:

From the picture you can see that from the side, my jawline has been significantly smoother.  I could feel my muscle being smaller and when I chew, I can no longer see it sticking out on my cheeks. However, when looking in front, the result isn’t very apparent, especially from far. Some people who do not know that I had the injection, did not remark a significant small face, but some have asked me if I’ve lost weight.


I’ve heard that the first injection has little impact, but the second and third ones will make the face much smaller; because at the time of the second injection(in the third month), the chewing muscle is already smaller to start with, so it will further shrink. So far, I know that my jawline has been slimmer but the size of my face is pretty much the same. I will definitely keep trying, but if after the 3 rd injection, the result remains the same I will stop. I do think it is expensive to keep the result and will probably stop after the 3rd to 4th time even if the result won’t be permanent. I do have a relatively small jaw to start with, but anyone with a different face shape may get a very different result.

Disclaimer: I am not encouraging anyone to do cosmetic surgery, nor was I feeling insecure about myself, I did it because I felt that a smaller face would better suit my feature; it was okay for me to try it and I do have a little extra money to spend on it. By all means, it clearly won’t suit everyone, and please always consult your doctor before doing it.

Take care

XO from Claire

From Runway to Highstreet: trends that you should look forward for spring.

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Although the weather is still cold in most places, the spring 2016 ready to wear already came in style. Right off the runway, here’s a few trends that you should expect to see all around. Get it before all the girls in your neighborhood own it! After all, part of the fashion is about who gets it first.

1. EVERY shades of Green (especially Olive)
The two pastel Colours of the year seem to get very little attention, it’s no surprise that after few years of its peak, people finally understand that although pleasing to the eyes, pastels aren’t easy to pull off. From Military jackets to Elizabeth Taylor’s earrings, green is a much more versatile color. Not only its huge on the Runway, its becoming more and more popular around us.  Well, Parkas are coming back in trend again, olive jackets are seen everywhere. Have an item in mind? Get it in Green! Any shade!


Celine 2016 Spring RTW

2.Ivory and All WHITE

Real excitement for one of my favorite trend to be continuing this year.  Words aren’t enough for classic nude colours that go well with everything. Chic and timeless, definitely something you should try.


Hood by Air 2016 Spring RTW

3. More subtle floral prints

Here it comes the never ending floral trend. But I think it will come in much subtler ways, such as small area prints or seamless embroidery that blend the freshness of spring into the weightless fabrics.


Gucci 2016 Spring RTW


Alexander McQueen 2016 Spring RTW

4. Unisex items

Well, you might say that many designers are bringing sexy back on the runway, but Is sexy ever out on the high street? I’m not talking about boxer jackets and combat boots, but wearing clothes that men would wear, not unisex items from American Apparel but real men’s wear like humongous blazer and navy argyle sweater. The trend was further accentuated in the per-fall adverts.


Vetement 2016 spring RTW

5. Vetement
If you are a regular fashion blogger stalker (I confess), you should probably see the brand somewhere at least. I’m not sure the brand went viral before shown by fashionistas or did they became a hit after everyone started wearing it. It is fair to say that the highly appreciated  brand is bringing the cool back (originally said by Sarah Mower on Vogue.com).


Vetement 2016 Spring RTW

The problem with ready to wear or Pre-Fall is that the designer’s aesthetics may conflict with what might actually sell. It’s great that they always find the perfect combination of both. The show remained us once more, that fabrics can be managed in infinite ways to be sexy, strong, cool… Which gives everyone a fitted position in this awesome, sometimes scary but marvelous world of fashion.

XO from Claire

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retrieved from Vogue.com