Monday, July 27, 2015

JH Zane's zangels

Instagram is a dangerous (for my wallet) yet wonderful place (for my wardrobe).  Through it I have learned so many things (and not only drool over fashion, food and pretty pictures), and discovered many new labels and designers.  JH.ZANE is one such label, with images of his beautiful 'off-shoulder' frilled top floating around on Instagram, his designs caught my ever-so-curious eye, and I just had to find out more about him.

The creative director and designer behind the label, Juhao Zeng, is originally from Southern China but has been London-based for the last 10 years.  After graduating in 2011 from Winchester School of Art, Zeng (or Zane, as he signs off in his emails) trained professionally in Katie Eary’s and Gareth Pugh’s studios, whilst at the same time establishing himself as a freelance stylist with editorials published in different independent magazines, and is highly involved in the Fashion industry in London.  I recently came across this video featuring Taekwondo Olympic bronze medallist Paige McPherson wearing kicking butt in Zane's off-shoulder bomber jacket (which I absolutely love) and culotte, which was a collaboration between Mercedez Benz and the British Fashion Council.

Androgyny is the key style reflected throughout JH.ZANE’s designs, which as a label aims in getting back to basics, combining subtle details with classic silhouettes, new textures and print.

Quirky. Androgyny. Clean. Sharp. Tailored.
SS'15 collection:

Upcoming AW15 collection 
(some pieces have already been released this month, with more to come soon THIS space):

The grey off-shoulder bomber jacket now reinvented in black faux leather...
 LOVE this blouse, and I saw on Zane's Instagram that there is a matching skirt! Ah, love me a beautiful ensemble...
Pics above provided by designer upon request

Finally got my hands on the top that first drew my attention to the designer, with the gorgeous matching culottes (how brilliant is its silhouette)? Love this ensemble, and both the top and culottes are now on sale (run, don't walk!)

 Black zipped knit by Super Youth, Bag: Celine
Top and culottes: J.H.Zane, Sneakers: Adidas x Topshop, Bag: Balenciaga (available here and here), Cuffs: THPshop

Pics above mine via iPhone/Instagram

Monday, July 6, 2015

My two cents on (portable) scents

So woo hoo, I am back in warmer climates, having escaped Australian Winter (which can be quite cold where I live), for the perennial warm weather in South East Asia.

This month will be a hectic one, travel-wise, and I'm not complaining one bit (I am an eternal wanderluster).  Four countries in four weeks, starting with Malaysia, then on to Thailand, followed by a few days in Singapore before I head home. I will have less than 24 hours at home, as I fly out the next day for New Zealand!

Traveling with two little ones for the South East Asian portion of my trip means I will be packing as light as I can.  The great thing about traveling to warmer climate means lightweight clothes and compact shoes like sandals and thongs, yay! I have also downsized my toiletries, packing my favourite Sunday Riley oil in a sample dropper bottle, and cleansing wipes instead of bringing my cleanser.  Usually I will pick just one perfume (not that I have that many, my two favourites are Prada D'Iris and Serge Lutens's Fleur D'oranger), but this time I have packed some Impulse Fragrances instead.  The great thing about them is that they're so lightweight, and don't require my usual careful wrapping (to protect a glass bottle) then placing them in a ziploc bag (to prevent spillage).  They are also so easy to pop into your handbag for a top-up when out and about for the day (which is much appreciated in hot humid weather!).

I used to associate Impulse with deodorizers, but they are a perfume in a spray (the first of its kind), having received a makeover mid-2014 by one of the top fragrance experts in the world, Anne Gottlieb (who in the last 22 years has crafted some of the world's best loved scents including CK Obsession, Eternity and CK One, Marc Jacobs Daisy, and one of my favourites, Christian Dior J'adore).

My favourite kind of scent is the kind that is discreet, and  makes me smell clean and fresh, like I just came out of the shower (which is why I love my Prada D'Iris), and I have found my match in Impulse's 'Merely Musk', which blends lime and sandalwood to produce a clean and fresh perfume, that is unexpectedly discreet, fresh and floral.
What about you, what kind of scents do you prefer? Fruity? Floral? Oriental?

 Overnight leather bag: Nomadic (weekender available from The Iconic), Handbag: Balenciaga (available at Net-a-Porter), Sandals: Birkenstock all-black leather (available at The Iconic, Nordstrom, The Dreslyn, Need Supply and Barneys), Camera: Instax Mini Neo 90 (available at Selfridges and Urban Outfitters), Watch: Larsson Jennings (available at Matches Fashion, Net-a-Porter and ), Hat: Lack of Color Boater (available at Free People and Need Supply)
Lightweight and inexpensive, you can throw any of these 9 fragrances in your bag and off you go..
 Daily essentials.
Overalls: Zara (sold out online, but similar one here), Tank: Gap, Hat: Lack of Color Boater (wide brim version available at Free People and Need Supply), Bag: Balenciaga (available at Net-a-Porter), Espadrilles: Chanel, Fragrance: Impulse

You can find Impulse fragrance at Priceline. 

And more info on:

Instagram - @ImpulseFragranceAUS
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