May 30, 2010

Cravings...

Just a short entry this wonderful Sunday afternoon. (Tomorrow I'm going back to work, boo hoo hoo)


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I'd love to see a translation of these cute feminine jackets onto menswear. The colours, the pleats. Wonderful! They are from Minimarket, a Swedish label. Check out their SS 2010 show. I'm interested in their "goggly" sunglasses.


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Take a close look at the spray- paint effect on the green knit polo shirt and the Missoni-esque print on this tank top by Agharta (a label from Hong Kong...but I can't seem to find their website online though).

All of the clothings above are available at MUSA. Well, they don't have an e-shop as of yet, but just come to their shop at Avenue K, literally facing the Petronas Twin Towers!

Oh yes, they have also opened the cafe which offers local and international delicacies. I'm going to try the food there when I'm not busy at the hospital...

May 29, 2010

Being outside but homey, with Gaga in hand

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Last Saturday was my first time eating out at this great looking restaurant The Apartment. Nested at the end of Suria KLCC building, this restaurant faces KLCC park which offers a breathtaking view of the Golden Triangle's skyline.

The theme of the food is fusion, I think (okay I'm the worst food critic so spare some credit will ya)
 What I ate (sans fancy name of the dishes, because I simply forgot, bien sur!):
1) pasta with strands of duck meat
2) kerabu-like dish (with again, strands of duck meat)
3) tapas - which comes as a slice of nearly-cooked beef. The funny story is this was the first time I ate tapas (I always imagined they are served with crunchy nachos) . Turns out that 'tapas' is actually a light snack/ an appetizer. D'oh!
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It was so good to see these familiar faces again. We ate and chat all night long! Luckily there was not so much patron that night, even though it was Saturday night, so that we could comfortable talked about personal things and not worry about people eavesdropping or whatnot (paranoid me!)
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I especially like how the decor of The Apartment resembles, well, an apartment. It felt so cosy relaxing on the sofa after our meal.

Before seeing Helmi and Safwan I did a little book shopping. What I had in my mind- no medical books please! So this is what I bought...
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Lady Gaga - Behind The Fame

Now, now, I know she is just a pop idol but the story behind her success is so inspiring! She started small and humble as a burlesque dancer but with a big dream. After years of rejection, she finally had the opportunity to shine with great numbers which obviously dominates the world's dance/pop scene.
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What I wore that night (excuse the grainy photos) - Margiela shirt with ?mohair detail, Topman slacks, vintage Parisian lace-ups and vintage Russian bag/clutch. Yes, handbag for guys please.

Have a great weekend!

And lesson to self, tapas does not equate nachos!

May 12, 2010

Having it all at MUSA

Last month has been an exciting period for an avid shopper like me. I'm still in the phase of  relentlessly updating my wardrobe with a LOT of junks but little amount of wearable/worthy clothes. Being a "nouveau riche" I feel like I could afford anything that I desire (I'm actually being sarcastic here, you don't think my newly-earned income as an intern doctor is THAT lucrative in this side of the world, do you?)

In any case I still think that I must allocate a portion of my hardly-earned salary on 'cool' clothes, or at least find another option rather than returning to the good ol' Topman/ SEED/ department stores/ eBay/ dodgy overpriced 'luxury labels' stores for outfit fix...

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That is when MUSA comes to the rescue. This recently-opened boutique/cafe which is located at Avenue K, is being managed by a very good friend of mine Arman Shahril (being repeatedly harped about he is no stranger to Dunia Fashyon). This project actually has been a brainchild of him and Nazreem Zainul. After repeated chats with both of the guys it was quite clear that their mission was to create an alternative for fashion enthusiasts in Kuala Lumpur or even South East Asia. The shop has been running for only about almost two months; the clothing section is in its full throttle but the dining area is still in progress.

I was taken aback upon entering the premise - a lush synthetic grass carpet welcomed my sight at the patio-like facade. This is where the interesting sliding dining chairs and tables are placed. Uhm..to be exact they have a rocking-chair like mechanism in which the diners could rock their chairs away while enjoying a cup of latte caramel, I imagine.

Flash forward a few weeks later....

MUSA soft launch and a trunk show by Henry Holland. MUSA also showcased some of clothes from labels they have in store. It was hosted by none other than the celebrity blogger Bryanboy.

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Bryanboy 'werking' it...

I love the girl models - they have such fun attitude and they carried the dresses well.

The boys, on the other hand, are kind of burly and stocky for my taste , but I think it was the producers' intention to select these types of bodies to represent their clothes.

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Great knit cardigan and sweater - Look at those Missoni-esque prints!

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My favorite piece from House of Holland Spring Summer 2010

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Paint-splattered effect blazer from RoCoCo, is the chain-as-embellishment fever goin to subside any soon?


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Is this model tacking crack pre-runway? Look at the bloodshot eyes! Great print on the shorts though (Peter Jensen)..will take a good close-up later

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 The most playful outfit so far - give me the sun glasses! Leather panels on denim (Givenchy last season?) - not so original, but looks great though, by Cheap Monday SS 2010

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More denim love, Cheap Monday SS 2010

What I particularly like about this store is the variety of the labels they have. As usual the ladies have all the glory of choices (clothes, shoes and accessories) , but the guys are not spared as well - there is quite an extensive list of new European labels for men comprising of casual wear, shoes and jeweleries. MUSA stocks  some designers that I have heard before and some are excitingly new to me - I'm already familiar, like most of you out here I presume, with names like Peter Jensen, House of Holland and  Kokon To Zai.

However  labels like Rajesh Pratap Singh, RoCoCo and Mini Market are pretty alien to my fashion vocabulary, but promise great design no less. MUSA also caters for the street-wear /denim lovers with Naked and  Famous, Cheap Monday and Sixpack France  on their list. Price-wise (which I could only judge by comparing Cheap Monday here and in Paris) I think there's not so much of a difference, and come sales season I'm sure people will flock to buy these denim labels.

The after party was great! There was great music and Henry Holland was the guest DJ

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Mr Holland's hair is as tall as his height. Check out those sickk studded hi tops! Bulge alert oops!

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Can you believe the difference of our height? I'm a MIDGET!

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Gorgeous people at the party. Holla to Joyce from Kinky Blue Fairy! We chat a little a bit and it was abrupted because I had to go to pee!

More pictures and commentaries to come.
And deets in pics- focus will be more on the pieces that MUSA stock in detail.

May 6, 2010

Graphic readings at Basheer's

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I told you in the previous post that  I had a few activities done, which included going to this  cool bookstore in BB Plaza Kuala Lumpur. It's quite an embarrassing issue considering the fact that I only realise its existence merely just now, and it's literally situated next to Buntil!

I quickly made a conclusion, upon entering the shop, that they mainly focus on design/ architecture / fashion books. My gaze quickly rested on the enormous white Visionaire Box, which contains 3 graphic Lacoste polo T-shirts. The price? Approximately RM 850 post discount.

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I like the one with the purplish leafy print (yes my color vocabulary is so limited I had to use -ish to describe a color). The one with the images of buildings in LAs Vegas is quite interesting as well. And the shirt with the vulgar naked lady? How artfully distasteful...

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I spent almost an hour browsing the amazing collection of international design books (they also stock publications in foreign language e.g in German and Swedish ) . Quite a shame that there was a lack of local publications - is it a coincidence that Basheer concentrates more on global design, or does Malaysia really not have a strong design community? All that I saw was a measly old-school Malay arts and crafts book, and a LECTURE book, mind you, by this renowned local architect Hijjas Kasturi published by the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

It could not be more rewarding than perusing for such a long time, and suddenly stumbling upon The Facehunter book in the fashion section! I really did not think for a second the store carries books this obscure in Malaysia (I even doubt Kinokuniya in KLCC has this, please correct me if I'm wrong).
It's a good thing that after the Sartorialist book craze has subsided, the excitement has been heightened back by this spanking new book...

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It's quite obvious that Facehunter's view on street fashion is a 360 degree turn from Mr Schuman's. The mood from Yvan Rodic's photography and even the layout of the images itself provokes a different feeling,which is not any better or worse than in The Sartorialist book. I remember Mr Rodic says in one interview that his taste is different - he thinks Schuman's images are more business and polished. I especially like how he has a theme for every pair of photo (eg: the hair / the check prints / the dogs). But to compare Schuman and Rodic is like apples and oranges really. Both photographers have their own taste and style, the photos of which I enjoy looking at and celebrate anyway.

And what else do you say? Of course the personal style section!
I wore this flimsy linen blazer (a lady's one of course) with Matinique tee inside - this V-neck I haven't worn for quite some time, when I took it out of the cupboard it was musty and smells like fungus, but I wore it anyway..gross I know.

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Next - accessories my dear - a Forever 21 flower hair clip turned into a brooch. And, last but not least, this siiick high-waisted pants from ZARA (a woman's size XS I'm not kidding you!) I wonder how much weight have I lost since the past six months starting my job as an intern doctor...

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Well, now please excuse me while I have a cup of iced Milo and an hour to browse through Facehunter the book...
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