Thursday, January 25, 2007

about Hedi Slimane

Is Hedi Slimane leaving Dior? This question have been appearing on the internet forum for a long time. Although there is no confirmation that he is leaving but many of his fans wanted him to leave, many wanted him to get out of the profit-prioritized fashion house. But first of all, did he ever said that he has the intention to leave? From what i know, i don't think he did. Rumours have been floating around for a ages but he had yet designed FW07-08, SS07, FW06-07 for Dior ever since the rumours started since SS06. I think maybe he is just tired and he need a break before he make a big comeback. Every designer has a down period in their career and i think Hedi is having his now. I believed the world will know if Hedi is still good at what he is doing from the upcoming FW07-08 collection.

Many has also complained about the crappy quality of Dior Homme since the FW05-06 collection. But has the quality really go downhill? I don't think so because their Suits are still made of top-quality. The only thing i agree is the weak buttons but this may due to the fact that the buttons were all machined-sewn nowadays. Its pretty impossible for Dior to be like the Saville Row tailors to sew the buttons on manually. It will take too much work and i believed the tailors at Dior doesn't just make 1 suit per week.

The funny thing is that these people who complained, doesn't want the jeans to be made in Italy but they still want the shirts and others to be made there. Ok, i do understand that Japan makes better denim but how do you justify it? Does it means that those Italian denim were poorly made? I think the reason why these people have this kind of thinking is because of the awful jeans that Dior had made in Italy for the recent collections. What if the Luster waxed jeans were made in Italy, will they still have this kind of thinking? I don't think so...

Now t-shirts, many do not like it that it is made in Turkey. But why? Is it because of prejudice or the quality is really bad? I think the quality is still the same and Dior won't risk making their tees in a lousy factory. I agree that its undeniable that this change is because of bigger profit. At the end of the day, the final choice of buying it or not is still with you. Its not a factor to me if the item is nice. I buy what i like....

Last but not least, i think Hedi does not really have a say to where the items are to be made. What he does is to design and he should be doing it whole-heartedly, not having to worry about sourcing for manufacturer.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

...I lost control again...

(Item code 165298 TL911 1001)

I just ordered this Balenciaga tee today...(again)...It was on sale so i bought it and it is not expensive. Its not like i splurge again....But anyway, i am going to Hong Kong in 3days time...I think i will lose control again No! I MUST CONTROL MYSELF! hahaha

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Colibri Lighter

This is a beam sensor lighter from Colibri. It is a state-of-the-art lighter. With a pass of the finger through the sensor beam, the lighter will light up automatically. Its amazing isn't it?

I have seen it for sale somewhere but i just can't remember where. I will definitely buy one of these lighters when i see it...

check it out here

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Paris Men's Fashion Week fall/winter 2007

Friday, January, the 26th

0044 1.00 pm Salle Erard - 13 rue du mail - Paris 2e
NUMBER (N)INE 2.00 pm See invitation
RYKIEL HOMME 3.30 pm Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts - Salle Melpomène - 13 quai Malaquais - Paris 6e
YOHJI YAMAMOTO 4.30 pm 155 rue Saint-Martin - Paris 3e
LOUIS VUITTON 6.00 pm See invitation
JOHN GALLIANO 7.30 pm Atelier Lucotte - 26 avenue de la Porte de Sèvres - Paris 15e
VERONIQUE BRANQUINHO 8.30 pm Automobile Club de France - 6 place de la Concorde - Paris 8e

Saturday, January, the 27th

JUNYA WATANABE MAN 10.00 am See invitation
KRIS VAN ASSCHE 3.00 pm Musée de l'Homme - 17 place du Trocadéro - Paris 16e
COMME DES GARCONS HOMME PLUS 4.30 pm See invitation
DRIES VAN NOTEN 7.00 pm Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts - Salle Melpomène - 13 quai Malaquais - Paris 6e
RAF SIMONS 8.30 pm POP Bercy - Salle Marcel Cerdant - Porte 28 - 8 boulevard de Bercy - Paris 12e

Sunday, January, the 28th

LANVIN 11.00 am See invitation
ANN DEMEULEMEESTER 2.00 pm Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts - Chapelle des Petits Augustins - 14 rue Bonaparte - Paris 6e
YVES SAINT LAURENT 4.00 pm Ateliers Berthier - 32 boulevard Berthier - Paris 17e
PAUL SMITH 5.00 pm Musée de l'Homme - 17 place du Trocadéro - Paris 16e
HERMÈS 8.00 pm Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais - Entrée Clemenceau - Place Clemenceau - Paris 8e

Monday, January, the 29th

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER noon 325 rue Saint-Martin - Paris 3e
AGNÈS B. 1.00 pm 17 rue Dieu - Paris 10e
ROGAN 8.30 pm 13 rue Chapon - Paris 3e

Tuesday, January, the 30th

WOODS & WOODS 1.30 pm Musée Galliera - 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie - Paris 16e
MIHARAYASUHIRO 2.30 pm Palais de Tokyo - 13 avenue du Président Wilson - Paris 16e
BERNHARD WILLHELM 3.30 pm Centre Culturel Suisse - 32 rue des Francs Bourgeois - Paris 3e
THIERRY MUGLER HOMME 5.00 pm Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts - Salle Melpomène - 13 quai Malaquais - Paris 6e
DIOR HOMME 6.30 pm See invitation
I want to be there!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Dior Homme coin bag

(BKTC2185 VEA N0)

A simple coin bag from Dior Homme with a key ring. Good for keeping keys and coins. Made of leather. Its not expensive, much cheaper than a LV coin bag. Too bad that they are sold out. I should have bought them...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Cause me Pain Hedi Slimane

The first time i saw someone wearing this was from a photo in I thought it was pretty cool so i looked around for it. Having no clues about it, i gave up.

Some time later, i finally found it. This tee is actually from a shop in London and it is only available in London. If you really like this tee, you can actually order it from, which is the official website. Cheers!

A tribute to Hedi Slimane......

Monday, January 15, 2007

Shopaholic me.... ....

I have been spending too much lately and i must stop!! Enough is enough... I think i will stop buying for a few months after my HK trip. I will do my last shopping in HongKong. Hopefully, i will still have some savings left after this trip.

I have a few things that i wanna get in HongKong:
  1. DH black waxed(if available)
  2. Indu Homme vest(the one that didn't have my size the other time)
  3. DH B01 sneaker(might get a cheaper alternative)
  4. Maybe some a cheap leather jacket, pants, shorts, shirts or polos

after the trip:

  1. a new Diamond ring for my wife
  2. a pair of rings for our first anniversary
  3. maybe a DH bee polo


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Avenue Montaigne, Paris

PARIS -- On a recent evening, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Dior and their neighboring boutiques on Avenue Montaigne opened their doors to 2,000 of their most devoted clients. The block party was a celebration of Avenue Montaigne's rise as one of Europe's top shopping streets.

With its flower beds, wide sidewalks and a renowned hotel, Avenue Montaigne has long held appeal for high-end shoppers. But a wave of hip new tenants, such Jimmy Choo and Chloe, are elevating it into some of the most coveted storefront space for major fashion labels. Among the new arrivals are Bottega Veneta and Giorgio Armani, which expects to open a new store there in January. Italian fashion houses Fendi and Versace are also jockeying for space, which costs about $635,000 a year for about 1,000 square feet. Hopeful tenants also often have to fork over an upfront fee of about $2.5 million.

The same forces that are remaking the world of fashion -- the relentless push by less-expensive brands to offer chic looks at lower prices -- are redrawing the map of luxury shopping, too. In Paris, some upscale names are being driven to Avenue Montaigne because of a creeping infiltration of less-exclusive brands on some traditional high-end shopping streets, such as Rue Royale and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore.

The same thing is happening in top shopping spots from New York to Tokyo, to varying degrees. The arrival of megastores such as Niketown on New York's 57th Street lowered the neighborhood's chic factor. Luxury brands like Hermes and Celine ventured several blocks uptown to Madison Avenue. Designers such as Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen were drawn to Manhattan's Meatpacking District, which speciality retailer Jeffrey had turned into a hub for high-fashion shoppers. In Tokyo's Omotesando district, Dior and Celine share the block with J.Crew. And Milan's famous Via Montenapoleone, home to the world's most exclusive brands, features a stock store selling discount Prada heels and Gucci coats.

The appeal of Avenue Montaigne, fashion executives say, is that it hasn't been adulterated by cheap brands. "It's a very homogenous avenue with only the top brands," says Jean-Claude Cathalan, president of the Comite Montaigne block association. "New store locations are already
reserved before the old brands move out."

A similar shift has occurred in London. Over the past four years, Sloane Street, which has always been a posh address, has raised its profile among luxury-goods brands, thanks to a real-estate development program that converted old mansions into sleek shops. Labels such as Pucci, Marni and Chloe, in addition to jewelers Bulgari and Tiffany, have chosen Sloane Street over Bond Street.

Closer to the center of London, Bond Street used to be the city's prime luxury shopping location, but has lost some of its cachet, partly because it is sandwiched between two more commercial and touristy streets: Piccadilly and Oxford Street.

The long waits and high rents to secure a spot on Avenue Montaigne also highlight the resurgent economic outlook of the luxury-goods industry. Companies such as LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which owns the Louis Vuitton, Celine and Donna Karan brands, and PPR SA's Gucci Group, owner of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga labels, had applied the brakes to retail expansion amid a three-year industry downturn that started with the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks and was exacerbated by the SARS virus and the war in Iraq.

Now, with better economic conditions in the U.S., Europe and Asia, fashion houses are building bigger and more glamorous flagships. Gucci is unveiling its first five-story shop in Japan next month in Tokyo's Ginza district. Hermes International recently doubled the size of one of its Paris boutiques. A year ago, Louis Vuitton opened a new five-story flagship store, complete with museum, on Paris's Champs-Elysees.

Boutique location has always been crucial for luxury-goods companies. Finding the right address is such an important strategic decision for Louis Vuitton, the largest and most profitable fashion brand in the LVMH group, that Chief Executive Bernard Arnault personally oversees major real estate decisions. LVMH opened its headquarters on Avenue Montaigne three years ago and has launched boutiques for a number of its brands there.
With its huge presence on Avenue Montaigne, LVMH has enormous sway in negotiating rents. It recently cut a deal to move rival Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana out of a store attached to its headquarters, according to people familiar with the matter. The company is considering shifting its Fendi label into the space when Dolce & Gabbana moves up the street in December, these people say.

Paying to have all the LVMH brands together "pays off in terms of publicity and image," says Massimo Bonifacio, the managing director for Italian real-estate company Risanamento, which rents an Avenue Montaigne boutique to Valentino.
"The most important way people connect to our brands is in our stores," says Gucci Group Chief Executive Robert Polet, whose Gucci and Bottega Veneta brands both have Avenue Montaigne outposts.

Even on the same street, there are preferable spots. For example, the even-numbered side of Avenue Montaigne, with its Chanel, Dior and Vuitton boutiques, is more coveted than the odd-numbered side, which has a narrower sidewalk and more traffic.

The arrival of the big guns on Avenue Montaigne, experts say, has forced others out. Calvin Klein and Ines de la Fressange recently left Avenue Montaigne.

Not every cool neighborhood makes a good shopping destination. New York's SoHo area has welcomed fashion brands such as Prada, Chanel and Louis Vuitton over the past decade. But shoppers say its hard-to-find stores, many located on side streets, and narrow sidewalks, crowded with tourists, are a turnoff.

In Paris, Vuitton's new store on the Champs-Elysees draws mainly tourists, while locals prefer the Avenue Montaigne shop. Local "Louis Vuitton fans don't really want to face all the traffic of the Champs-Elysees store," says HSBC luxury-goods analyst Antoine Belge.
Avenue Montaigne has a long and fabled history. It used to be the most exclusive street in Paris's heyday as the capital of haute couture in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s, fashionistas would flock to the Plaza Athenee hotel.

But in the 1990s, the balance shifted toward nearby Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Led by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the fashion crowd began to rent rooms at the nearby Ritz Hotel when they descended on Paris for the semiannual fashion shows. Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore also became the home of the trendy, high-end Colette store and swanky Hotel Costes.
Over the past few years, however, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore has lost some of its appeal for the high-end crowd. Exclusive names such as Cartier, Hermes and Valentino still have big stores there, but some lower-end names, such as accessories store La Bagagerie, shoemaker Camper and trendy apparel brand Pinko have also moved in.

More importantly, heightened security measures around the nearby presidential palace means clients can no longer double-park their Ferraris on the street while they shop. Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore's narrow blocks also experience more traffic jams. Among the brands that have jumped ship are Christian Dior and Versace.

Avenue Montaigne, meanwhile, is working to maintain its appeal. The Comite Montaigne has clashed with Paris city authorities over a plan to build a bus lane. Mr. Cathalan says it would be a disaster because parking spaces for Mercedes-Benzes and Rolls-Royces would be cut. Mr. Cathalan also bemoans the block's uneven sidewalks -- a potential hazard for stiletto-clad shoppers.

(Article from the Wall Street Journal)

Oh...Paris Paris Paris

(From the top of the Champs Elysee)

Nope...i haven't been to Paris but i would love to go there one day. The city seems to be so beautiful with all the amazing architectures around. It seems like you can find beautiful artwork everywhere in Paris, lots of inspiration everywhere. The streets look so clean and the layout is just so perfect. Its would be really romantic just to take a stroll along the streets with someone you loved. I hope to go there with my wife soon. See you, Paris!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Finally ordered......

I just ordered these items, some changes from my S/S'07 wishlist. First of all, the Dior Hoome slingbag was sold out so i chose this totebag instead, a little more expensive but i like this more than the slingbag. Hopefully, it comes along with the tassle. The Neil Barrett tie print shirt was also sold out and i didn't order the suspender fake print shirt. Mainly because i like the tie print more than the suspender print. Furthermore, i think the suspender print looks weird and i think i should spend lesser...haha...I hope to see the tie print shirt in Lane Crawford when i'm in HK. I still ordered the KrissVanAssche back print tee but i ordered another one too. Finally, this Dior Homme raw denim...the reason why i bought this was because i sold my old pair away...sounds stupid?? No...because this is made in Japan and the pair i sold was made in Italy...

(clockwise from top left)

  1. Dior Homme leather totebag
  2. KrisVanAssche back print tee
  3. Dior Homme raw denim
  4. KrisVanAssche Love Hurts tee

My Brother's lookalike

This one of the model from Dior Homme Spring/Summer runway. I think he look very much like my brother although my brother is asian. I have asked a few others who have seen my brother before and they agree that they really look alike, especially the eyes and nose. The expressions were the same?!? What do you think?

Hey Aaron! Do you think u look like him too? haha

Anyway, i am missing everyone in my family...hope to see you all soon. Take care!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Dior Homme First Time

Chiffre Rouge A05

Automatic Chronometer Chronograph
COSC Certified
Calibre ETA2894

"Perhaps a more affordable watch than Cartier Santos 100"


iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.

Technical Specifications
Screen size: 3.5 inches
Screen resolution: 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
Input method: Multi-touch
Operating system: OS X
Storage: 4GB or 8GB
GSM: Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
Wireless data:Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
Camera: 2.0 megapixels
Battery: Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing
Up to 16 hours Audio playback
Dimension: 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
Weight: 4.8 ounces / 135 grams
"I think this is a must-have for 2007. The features are superb and the technologies used are out of this world. A 3-in-1 so that you can actually discard your regular mobile phone, iPod and PDA. "

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Dior Homme B01 sneaker

(Item code: SNDC3900 A1N0)

This is the B01 (German trainers) from Spring/Summer 2007. A new and only colourway for this season. This is one of the iconic sneaker from Dior Homme, probably the one of the most recognizable Dior Homme sneaker. This sneaker was first presented at the VoTC collection and it has since created a group of followers, be it Dior Homme fans or not. Although Dior Homme is the first fashion house to release the B01, many others have also release this model, namely Martin Margiela.

I am thinking of getting this but i have tried it before and it looks rather bulky wearing it with skinny jeans. The size i tried the other time wasn't my size, maybe this is the reason why it look so big. Well...maybe i should try it again...

Dior Homme SS'07 Campaign

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Dior Homme Heels

After the wait of 1 whole month, i finally got the Dior Homme Heels that i have ordered in the beginning of december. It is really beautiful although it was an old collection from the Autumn/Winter 05-06. This pair of heels is 5cm which is different from the campaign 6.5cm heels. I think it would be really tiring to wear a 6.5cm heels, therefore i chose a 5cm instead. Its not as flashy as the gold and silver heels with zips although there are gold panels on this pair. Well, i love it!

(Item code: DEFC3824 VEA N0A1)

Friday, January 5, 2007

Designer Chair

The Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The Barcelona Chair is designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This 20th century modernist furniture design has steadily gained in appeal and status since its introduction at the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona. Heavy cowhide straps tautly support the cushions. The chromed steel frame is hand buffed to mirror-like perfection. The chair and stool cushions-welting and buttons included-come from a single Spinneybeck® cowhide. To create the deep, precise tufting, individual panels of leather are cut, hand welted and hand tufted. Frame is made in Italy, cushions are made in U.S.A.
Each piece is stamped with the KnollStudio logo and the designer’s signature. The Barcelona Chair is a registered trademark of Knoll, Inc., manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer.

"I saw this chair and i fell in love with it at first sight...There will probably one in my house in the future"

Monday, January 1, 2007

Dior Homme leather tote bag

I am thinking of getting this leather totebag from Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2007 collection because the other Dior Homme bag that is in my wishlist is not available anymore. Hmm...i'm just afraid that it might make me look gay...but the look of carrying a totebag is much nicer than having a messenger bag sling across the shoulders. Although men using a totebag is greatly common in the western countries, but in might look rather girlish...but do you think i care? or even keep to the slow fashion pace in Asia?


I wish everyone a wonderful New Year!

I had a remarkable experience last night. From the balcony of our unit on the 37th floor, the sky were filling with fireworks when time is approaching 12midnight. By the 1st second of 2007, the whole skyline infront of us were filled with fireworks!! Practically the whole skyline! From the extreme left to the extreme right! Not a single moment, there isn't any fireworks! I have never seen such a scene in my entire life before...i can only say its AWESOME!!

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