Last night at Matches fashion popup event in HK: D&G, Peter Pilotto & more!

IMG_1032The Matches fashion event held at Duddells Hong Kong last night was a fashionista’s dream come true. Plenty of designer niche labels were on display across womenswear, menswear, high end jewellery, handbags and arguably the most important category…shoes.

For those who don’t know about Matches, they are a UK luxury fashion retailer who curate a range of talented designers (famous and emerging) from across the globe. They are truly loved by fashionistas whom appreciate the brand’s ability to spot talented emerging designers, and are incredibly approachable when it comes to talking about fashion (unlike SO many other brands out there!). In other words, they really aren’t up their own a**.

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The other good news is they ship worldwide from their online store, and held their first pop up event in Hong Kong last night! Here are some of Carmen’s top picks from the event:

Talitha floral embroidered kimono: 

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Peter Pilotto dress: We just love the combination of colour blocking, geometric design and prints all in one! IMG_1001 Chrissie Morris shoes: you just KNOW these would be super comfortable! We would team the heels on the right with a simple white pencil skirt. 
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Toga Pulla & Anya Hindmarch:  Toga Pulla was founded by former costume designer and stylist, Yasuko Furuta. IMG_1006

Mansur Gavriel bag: Simplicity in fashion = love. IMG_1007

Gripoix jewellery: The French atelier has been creating luxury costume jewellery since 1868, they are one of (if not THE) oldest in the trade. Stunningly beautiful pieces. IMG_1008

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Rochas gold tassle fringe shoes with pink contrasting trim:IMG_1010

High end jewellery from Monique Pean and Dina Kamal: Carmen really loves the bracelet on the far left below. IMG_1011

Crystal embellished ring by Maison Martin Margiela:IMG_1013

Alison Lou jewellery: Heart rings! 
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THE coolest clutches ever below by Sarah’s bag (back and right with the cars) and Les Petits Joueurs (front and left with the smile and peace sign):IMG_1019Charlotte Olympia “I am a fan!” bag: love the name and love the bagIMG_1021

Dolce & Gabbana shoes: oh gosh where do we start with this? These shoes are art and if we see anyone wearing these we may tackle them for wearing such beauties (but follow that by a hug for their impressive taste in shoes):IMG_1023

Valentino clutch and shoes: we’ve seen these everywhere in Asia but doesn’t mean we are sick of seeing it….IMG_1024

Karl Lagerfield clutch by Yazbukey: IMG_1025

Givenchy high top shoes: O M G Carmen wanted to stop everyone in their tracks to look at these but managed to calm herself down (eventually):IMG_1026Palm tree clutch by Edie Parker: loving the mother of pearl! IMG_1036

Dolce & Gabbana floral skirt: This brand is simply killing it right now (if you love florals!)IMG_1037

Strapless dress by Osman: TRUST US – this dress would look a million bucks when worn.IMG_1040Love the simplicity of this J.W.Anderson white shirt dress below. IMG_1043 One of THE standouts of the night, this skirt by Stella Jean. IMG_1046

THIS swimwear by Paolita: IMG_1048

There you have it! You can shop online at matchesfashion.com. If you saw any pieces above that aren’t on the website, we would recommend emailing the Matches fashion crew – they were super friendly to Carmen last night so fingers crossed they get back to you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Melbourne Cup Day = Fashion, Flemington, Field, Fun

We’re SUPER excited that Melbourne Cup – the race that stops a nation (it literally does, so much so that Aussies get a public holiday out of it) – is just around the corner!! Having lived in Melbourne for over ten years, Natasha is used to all the hype and buzz approaching one of the biggest fashion events in Australia and Carmen and Natasha can’t wait to see the ladies all dressed up and gents looking super suave and dapper :).

Even though it’s called Melbourne Cup Day (which falls on 4th November this year), let’s not forget that the fun actually begins today – which is Darby Day, the day for classic elegance, where everyone wears nothing but black and white (and it’s considered THE must-attend event), followed by Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, then Oaks Day on Thursday or also known as Ladies Day, where ladies get to show off their own style and creativity.

Even though we both have been away from Australia for some time now, we still make a point to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day wherever we are (even though Carmen is originally a Sydney girl, there’s no rivalry between us, because we both agree Melbourne is the fashion capital of Australia, contrary to what people say. Haha!)

So let’s start with a bit of history behind this special day. It all began in 1962 when the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) Fashions on the Field competition was born. The contest was meant to ‘woo more women to the races’ and boy did it woo the women alright! Check out these pictures if you don’t believe us! (pictures taken from the VRC website)

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So you can imagine how thrilled we were when the Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) asked if we wanted to be on the cover of their magazine’s Melbourne Cup Day edition.

We started by getting our hair done at The Big Blow at Cluny court by the lovely and talented Ellie, and then off we went on our mini road trip to the Singapore Turf Club on what felt like a forty-degree sunny day. Sigh, the things we do for fashion!

First the dresses, by the Australian brand Cameo the Label, which were from this gorgeous shop on Amoy Street called Willow and Huxley and the beautiful Singapore made hats by Hats Off. Natasha chose her Valentino Rockstuds in patent red, while Carmen chose the super killer heels by Schutz. If you never had the chance to walk on lush grass in stilettos, let us tell you that it is NOT easy.

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We had such a blast at the photo shoot, despite the heat! After all, what girl doesn’t get excited to wear pretty hats and dresses!

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So there you have it, darling readers! We hope you learned a thing or two about  Melbourne Cup and enjoyed the pics 🙂

xx

Carmen and Natasha

 

 

When in doubt, stick to black and white

Today we hit up Sarnies on Telok Ayer Street for a meeting (and to recover from a fashion tv event last night!), and we’ve gotta say – black and white just seemed to be the theme of today.
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Carmen was having one of those days where everything called for simplicity. So she wore a basic white tee with black trousers from Zara, Kate Spade bag and Jimmy Choo jelly sandals, and added a necklace bought in Bangkok to jazz things up a bit.BeFunky_20140529-150915.jpgNatasha also wore black and white but jazzed it up with a pop of fuchsia! She wore her fun “Ain’t Laurent without Yves” tee paired perfectly with her Saint Laurent bag, Kate Spade houndstooth skirt, Ferragamo ballet flats along with Valentino & Hipanema arm candy!

And here’s a closer look at our outfits! 
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There are so many gorgeous lane ways just off Telok Ayer street – we loved the European lamposts found in this random alley! Simply perfect for those black and white days….
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Valentino in Singapore: red + white

Well it’s all about red and white in Valentino right now. We are loving these stunningly simple window displays below – seen today in ION, Orchard.

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Check out this gorgeous Valentino “day dress” below – what a stunningly vibrant red! Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 5.37.02 PM