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Poland Pavilion – Cut It Out

Ancient artisty of paper cutting has inspired the design world for centuries.  It has evolved from paper to fashion to architecture all around the world. 

(Traditional Chinese Paper Cut Peony Flowers)

Poland Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 is one of the many great modern adoption of cut out designs.  The 3,000-square-meter pavilion, mainly made of wood, is patterned like a traditional paper cut-out and illuminated from within.

Here are some other beautiful cut out works:

 3.1 Phillip Lim Lace Shift Dress – $750, Net-a-Porter

Collage Pendant Lamp – $1,312, Hive Modern

Gold Bangle – $40, Shlomit Ofir

Perforated Suede Sandal –  €565, Jimmy Choo

Laser cut rug – $199 – $499,  Brocade Home

Until Dawn Curtain by Tord Boontje – $60, Artecnica

Lace placemat – $10, Urban Barn

The Origami” Residential Tower- Dubai, Kann Finch Group 

Filed under: Architecture, Design, Fashion

UNITED NUDE

Seven generations of shoe-making + a talented Dutch architect = United Nude.  The concept of the company is to meld architectural design, function, and innovation with fashion.  Each single pair of shoes is a reinterpretation of an architectural object or represents an exploration of different materials and colours. 

The first shoe created by United Nude was called “Möbius” and it was inspired by the Barcelona chair.  The uniqueness of this special sandal stood in the fact that it was characterized by a single strip that formed the sole, heel, foot-bed and upper of the shoe.

Ray and Charles Eames’ famous aluminum office chairs inspired the “Eamz” series, featuring pumps and sandals, that integrate the chair foot into the heel of the shoe, a feature that seems to suspend it in mid-air.

Since the inception of the company in 2003, United Nude has established itself as an iconic brand at the intersection between design and fashion.


To Buy: United Nude

Filed under: Design, Fashion

BARBADOS

I had a great time in Barbados.  It is just a beautiful island – crystal blue water, white sand beach, friendly people, and delicious grilled fish.

While I was there, my girlfriends and I went to Prince Harry’s charity polo match – Sentabale Polo Cup raising money for children of Lesotho.  This was my first polo match – it was exciting, as was the people watching.

(Picture – Prince Harry in the lead)

Here are my amateur shots of a few stylish women at the match:

Filed under: Fashion, Lifestyle

DRESS YOUR WAY TO THE TOP

POWER SUIT

Well-tailored suit exudes confidence and authority while still being feminine and sexy.  Pay special attention to fit, fabric, and sleeve-cuff length: when your arm is straight down, the cuff should extend to about the wrist bone.  Make fashion statement with subtle details, color and accessories while maintaining professionalism.  

From Top to Bottom: 1. Dolce & Gabbana Tropical Wool Peak Lapel Jacket; 2. Jil SanderCatharina cotton-poplin shirt; 3. Cartier Large Ballon Bleu Watch; 4. Christian Louboutin Décolleté 100 jazz pumps;  5. Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium satchel; 6. Tiffany Solitaire Diamond Earrings

The key in a suit is tailoring.  It is especially important for women as women have a vast number of variations when it comes to body type.  High end designer suits may have high quality fabrics and craftsmanship, but do not always fit your body shape.  Shop around and look for the right balance between fit, craftsmanship, fabric and price.   Perhaps made-to-measure or bespoke tailoring service is what you need to get that perfect power suit.

Here are some examples of real women looking so confident and chic in well-tailored suits.

(Photo credit: Jack and Jill)

(Photo credit: The Sartorialist )

Filed under: Fashion

LOOKS OF THE WEEK

Style is not about trends or labels.  Mixing color, prints, accessories, texture, and shape to best reflect your lifestyle, body, and attitude.  I love surfing on street style websites and get inspired by real people and their personal style.  Some of my picks from chictopia this week:

Tough chic:

Spring is in the air:

Grey, white & black:

(photo credits: chictopia)

Filed under: Fashion

BLACK & WHITE

Black and white have been design’s most enduring partnership.  Whether in fashion or interior, it is always simple and timeless, yet chic and sophisticated.  Because of the simple palette, shape, pattern, and texture take their true form.

This iconic pair creates any style statement one wishes to make – romantic, edgy, glamour, masculine, minimalism, …. always current.

Alexander Wang 2010Resort      Hervé Léger 2010Resort

Givenchy 2010Spring RTW           Celine 2010Spring RTW

Vera Wang 2010Spring RTW           3.1 Phillip Lim 2010Resort

(photo credit: Style.com)

Florida interior designer Nacho Polo mixed black and white, modern and classic to create a high drama sophisticated space.

Danish architecture firm Norm Architects focuses on form and function and created simply elegant and timeless interiors.

Filed under: Design, Fashion

GLAM

These Elva Fields necklaces are a great way to add a little glamour and spark.   

Unfortunately they are all limited edition, so most are currently sold out.  But I will for sure keep an eye on her site.

Filed under: Fashion

SJP DESIGN FOR HALSTON

New York Label, Halston, was created by Roy Halston Frowick in the 70s.   Halston’s brand of timeless, sensual and effortless elegance became a uniform of the jet set. In 2008, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and Jimmy Choo’s Tamara Mellon relaunched the brand.  According to WWD, Sarah Jessica Parker will be taking on an active design role, possibly even that of creative director, for Halston Heritage, the company’s just-launched secondary collection that features updated archival Halston pieces at contemporary price points.

(Halston Spring 2010RTW – Style.com)

Filed under: Fashion

H&M’s GARDEN PARTY

This spring, H&M is coming out with a new environmental friendly line – The Garden Collection.  Every piece from this collection was designed using organic materials, recycled PET bottles, or textile waste.  Who would have thought discarded waste could be turned into flirty fresh frocks? 

(H&M Garden Collection 2010)

I definitely have my eye on the red organic cotton garden party dress with romantic roses.  It reminds me of the short strapless number in three-dimensional petals from First Lady Obama’s favourite designer, Jason Wu’s Resort 2010 collection.

(Jason Wu Resort 2010)

Filed under: Fashion

STRIPES FOR SLOPE

British fashion designer, Paul Smith, has recently applied his signature multi-color stripe in a collaborative effort with Austrian based ski manufacturer Edelwiser.  These Paul Smith skis will sure garner much attention as you solemn down the slopes.  Each pair is produced on-demand and individualized with the owners name.  $1300  

Lug your skis in style with the Paul Smith ski bag. Covered in canvas with a vintage ski print and accented with leather handles.  $490

Filed under: Fashion, Lifestyle

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