Happy September everyone! With fashion week just around the corner, this month is going to be very exciting and chaotic for me.
With the theme of chaos in mind, I wanted to start off my first blog post of this month with a touch of the orients. As much as I love London, there are times when I start to miss the bustling cities in the Far East where personal space is reduced to mere millimetres, neon signs burn off my retina and colour blindness is a forced phenomenon. This must make me sound like a slight masochist, but anyone who has traveled East would know that there is a certain charm amongst the busy and crowded Asian metropolis. My immediate craving starts off with all things Japanese, but this gradually extends to anything oriental, especially Asian food. As a true born and bred Japanese girl, comfort food consists of a carbohydrate binge of rice and noodle. And there is no where else in London with a higher concentration of restaurants which can satisfy this craving than Chinatown.
The moment I step into Gerrard Street, the thick aroma of ginseng, roasting ducks and Chinese tea great my senses. The abundance of red stimulates my eyes and I feel a slight sense of relief for finding some connection with home in London. Although this Chinatown is relatively small compared to most others which are scattered around the world, there is a sense of uniformity and continuity of tradition and culture found in every Chinatown. It’s this sameness that keeps calling me back to all Chinatowns wherever I am.
You must be thinking enough with the anecdote by now. So on to the clothes. Some of you might remember a few posts back when I featured Three Floor’s Neon Nights Dress shot in the Barbican Centre’s botanical garden. The very exciting news is that they have created the dress in a new exclusive colours, red and pink. I think the dress speaks for itself with a beautiful ladylike silhouette and clever use of contrast materials, but the new colours have made this dress even more versatile (and perhaps more accessible). I absolutely loved the dress in green, but the red and pink colour block gives the dress a further edge and wearability for any function. And who can resist a girl in red and pink! As you can tell from the photographs, I couldn’t resist playing around with the chiffon skirt. What a beautiful dress ideal for a playful evening look.
Continuing with the red and pink, I couldn’t resist matching my accessories. The Russel & Bromley Palermo Leather Clutch seemed like the perfect match to the dress. I’ve been running around town with the clutch for a few weeks now and have to say, it is the ideal day to night clutch. I always have issues with clutches and bags that are either too small and dressy for daywear and too big and casual for nighttime. There are times when once we leave the house, there’s no time to go back for an outfit change for an evening engagement so I love clutches which can hold all my daytime essentials (including my makeup kit for midday touch ups). The Palermo clutch is big enough to carry everything I need and small enough to carry to cocktail events and to dance the night away. It’s also adorably cute and very easy to match to any casual or dressy look.
Completing this outfit is the Lolo & Galago Number 8 Bangle. With lots of colours and a bold design to contend with, I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit simple and fuss free. I think the winning formula to dressing up is to find the right balance. When you are wearing a statement dress, the rest of the outfit should be complimentary. Too much loudness can make the outfit look over the top. The unique oval shaped bangle made of yellow gold with cute white gold details makes this jewellery a sophisticated statement piece. I love how chunky it is which gives it presence and is bold without taking away from the rest of my outfit. A true statement arm candy which I’ll be wearing constantly from now on.
Photographed in Chinatown by Form 42.