Thursday, November 19, 2009

Featuring the Launch of Thursday Evenings' first issue

On the 7th of November, I mentioned about an online magazine called 'Thursday Evenings'. (The official website is http://www.thursdayevenings.com/). Tonight is the official launch.

Thursday Evenings is an online magazine which showcases arts, fashion and literature. It is curated by Sunny Lim and Yun Ting.

More description from their page:

'...It is a product of inspiration by Virginia Woolf, who used to discuss philosophical ideas with her clique of friends every Thursday evenings over a cup of tea. We will like to convey that arts, fashion and literature are actually inter-linked disciplines, hence, guiding our readers through this journey of viewing the arts from various perspectives. A platform for art, fashion and literature to transcend new heights, and extend unrestrictedly.'

Here is a little teaser...





Do you to see more of these pages?

You can view the e-magazine at this link: http://www.thursdayevenings.com/issueone/ebook.html

Also watch out for the final pictures from photo shoot I mentioned before I came to London.

Note: It might take a while for the pages to load up. Once it does, it will be worth it!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Feature by Test Shoot Gallery: Made-To-Feet

Here's a quick entry as I have to run some errands for my projects. Remember I did a project called 'Resuscitation' and the photo shoot for an online magazine? Well, it's not entirely related.

Test Shoot Gallery (http://www.testshootgallery.com/) has done great shots incorporating the designer's customised Doc Marten's and the garments. Check it out at this link: http://www.testshootgallery.com/?p=68. Meanwhile, here's a shot of my design.

Also, check out this blog, Thursday Evenings (http://thursdayevenings.tumblr.com/) which will launch an online magazine soon.



Credits (as stated on Test Shoot Gallery):

Test Shoot Gallery
Photography
/ May Lin le Goff
Fashion Direction / Ashburn Eng
Model / Budavári Liza (Ave Management)
Make-up / Dennis Ee
Hair / Chris Ruth
Fashion Co-ordinator / Shanna Matthew

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Grabbing Attention of Colours: DKNY

This advertisement caught my eye as I was flipping through (digitally) US Elle magazine.


Why did this catch my eyes? It's not the fact that you can wear it in different ways (as much as I like that idea...it has been done a lot of times!). It's simple. I love the colours of the cardigan and the way it was arranged...it has sort of enticed me to get a cardigan from DKNY right now! There goes my money... I'm sure it's just a simple cardigan...perhaps I can just use my existing black or purple one from my tiny little wardrobe...

Colours, colours, colours...somehow on some grey days, I seem to be attracted to colours...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

You all deserve an update... Shoes!

Wow, it has been more than a month since I last went on this blog. Most of you know that I'm doing a course in footwear design at London College of Fashion (which merged with Cordwainer's). Assignments are coming up in a huge stack but thought of posting some of the places I have visited, items I have collected and prototypes I've made the last few weeks.

Here are some of the exhibits made from the graduates from Royal College of the Arts. These works are still under display at Victoria and Albert Museum under the name of the exhibition, 'Future Fashion Now'. Shoes, garments and sketchbooks...





Before we go further, I'll just mention a little about food...

With another group of people, I went to eat french crepes at a cafe called 'The Kensington Crêperiè' (http://www.kensingtoncreperie.com) located at South Kensington and it was the best I've tasted...no other crepes I've tried...well here anyway compare to this! Of course I had share these crepes with a friend...and I didn't get to try the first crepe on the left. If I had one crepe for myself, I would not be able to try both the savory and sweet crepes! You could smell the crepes from far!


For a few days of last month, there was 'guerrilla' ice cream store constructed at London's Selfridges. Here are the interior... Good ice cream it was..in a decent size...three flavours as pictured...I can't remember the name of the flavours though... However, the store has been pulled down as well, it is 'guerrilla'!


Alright, now to the 'fashion' side of things... This is one side of the pair of boots I obtained while I was at Notting Hill earlier last month. They cost £30. The store owner got these pair of boots from a theatre that was closing down. The pair of boots belonged to 'Rebecca Parker'. She got the shoes repaired, replacing the soles. I admit, it was difficult to walk in these shoes but I guess I need to stretch it a bit. It's the only pair of shoes I have that fit my calves. I'm wondering...should I keep the laces red or change them to purple?


This is one side of mules I constructed (with loads of help from the tutor...in case you are wondering...yes I made a pair!)...when I attended a weekend course at another school called Prescott and Mackay (http://www.prescottandmackay.co.uk/). I thought it was a great weekend course to take if you don't have the time to do a full-time course. Most of the classmates I met had a real high interest in shoe making and the class was fun. I though this class was beneficial for my research. I'm learning a different technique at LCF and it's good to learn different ways. Also, at LCF, I'm learning other aspects of shoe making like pattern cutting which was not covered in the two day course at Prescott and MacKay.


Here is a mini-mock up I did with the tissue-thin paper (the type you use to wrap presents) with my foot last. This is one of the mock-up I'm doing for my current project. I hope it works out. I normally use paper to drape and experiment with designs. I wonder if this sort of effect works with leather? Only one way to find out...experiment!


Just end this entry with this 'street art' I found while walking along Hoxton, spotted by my friend, Grace. This is a piece of work done by 'Johnathan Darby' (I have a feeling I spelt the name wrongly...if it doesn't look right, let me know!). Do you think this is inspiring?



Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Everyone's talking about 'The September Issue'



After watching the movie, 'The September Issue', I realised that I might have a copy of the magazine back in my house in Singapore. The copy of the magazine was printed back in 2007. I remember on my way back to Milan (I was studying there for around a year) from Singapore, I took out the magazine from my backpack while waiting for the plane to take off. While reading, I remember the lady next to me gasping 'Oh my! What a huge magazine! I've never seen anything like that!'. I never thought how much work and how huge that September of Vogue was until I watched the movie.

Part from the movie (from the DVD I bought)

I really liked the movie as it was not overly exaggerated like 'Devil Wears Prada'. Sure, it looks tough but it seems pretty real and made me see another side of Anna Wintour. Grace Coddington who we now can see is one of the great brains behind the whole magazine. I had thought that there would be a huge concentration of bitching in the movie...seeing 'Devil Wears Prada' but in fact, I was glad that I was wrong about this!
The actual September Issue that went to press in 2007 and it was super heavy to carry around!

Watch the movie (I've read from FashionNation that the movie is showing at two cinemas in Singapore) or buy the DVD (I bought mine from HMV in London but all of you can get the DVD from Amazon.com). It's not only for fashionistas, it's for everyone to understand what goes on behind the scene and the human emotions that goes into the magazine.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Mini Update: London's Calling!

Alright, so then, I did not mention this before on this blog but now, I am in London. I will be in London for a while doing a course in footwear. Honestly, it sounds exciting but honestly, I am super nervous to start.
I arrived in London on Friday, after waiting so long at the 'First time students and dependent' queue. The queue was unbelievably jammed packed and some people kept being sent to health control...however, I didn't need to be sent there...as I had my documentations ready but I had to wait at least an hour and a half until it was my turn.

Well then, I'm here, not much has happened apart from seeing a relative and for my parent's excitiement, going to a newer mall (Westfield Mall) to shop. Yup, I had to carry my dad's item which was from Alessi and heavy...and 'broken' according to him...




by Zaha Hahid
...at least I managed to get a pair of shoes I've been wanting to get for months from United Nude! It would have cost me SGD$ 400 but I got it for I think GBP 79! My dad thought I bought some hinge to fix the window.

Finally, I've got a pair of these!

It may seem old to most people but honestly, I like the design and it is one of the most comfortable pair of heels at it supports the foot in the middle rather than on the heel. The last it made of the same kind of metal used on BMW cars. Sturdy!

Later on in the night, at the food court, I had a pie from 'Square Pie' with their monthly special, Beef rendang and yes, it tasted like the Indonesian dish itself though it was weird eating it with mashed peas (on the side).Beef Rendang pie!


Now that I am here, I hope to go and see more exhibitions, markets, shops and other cities and countries for inspiration!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Photo shoot for an upcoming online project...

At the last moment last week, I got to participate in a photo shoot. In the photo shoot, organised by Sunny, Yun Ting, Mae and Brendan (the photographer), I had the chance to get one set of my garment from one of the recent project ('Resuscitation') to be part of the shoot. Here are some 'behind the scenes' pictures and video (I apologise for the quality of the video as it was taken from my phone and my video editing skills is nowhere near beginner's level!). This photo shoot is part of an upcoming project mainly set up by Sunny, Yun Ting and other collaborators involved, as well as to promote the gallery Osage Gallery (at Old School, Singapore). Also in this post are some close up of the Dr. Martens shoes that were customised by us for the last project (which hardly got any publicity (for the shoes).

More about the project in the upcoming months.

video

The video

Designed and customised (the boots) by Lee Yun-Ting

Designed and customised (the boots) by me


Designed and customised (the boots) by Sunny Lim


Designed and customised (the boots) by Mae Pang


Designed by Charlotte Wang (the customised boots were not available for shooting)

...and it was a great photo shoot!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

You can also catch me on...


Believe it or not, after all these while, I've decided to use twitter as well. I'm trying out to see if I like it. I guess it'll help me post updates while I'm on the go but no worries, I'll still update my blog!

Twitter link: http://twitter.com/lisateng (the picture above is my avatar used, a pair of Doc Martens I customised for an exhibition this year)

It's not much but hopefully, the post will grow soon!

Also, I should have added these links months ago but here are the links to my photos from my trip in Europe from April-May 2009, Milan, Turin, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Paris and London (again!). These pictures are from my Facebook account and these photos can be viewed even though one does not have any Facebook account. Those who have added me on Facebook would have seen these pictures already.







Also, check out a newer blog done by my friend, Ella (friend from my college days). The blog would have updates on some of the things she does to a few of her creations she did out of her old t-shirts. Her blog: http://ellaisweird.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The New Portable Stove...


We all have heard of paraffin stoves or other portable stoves we bring for camping. How about something smaller and lighter?

Stuart Breidenstein of 'Go Robot' creates such an item. Also, on another level, it can be worn as a necklace.

This handmade actual working stove necklace made from brass and copper. There is a brass fuel tank and copper burner are connected with copper fuel line. When using the stove, it is enough to warm up a cup of cocoa. The amount of fuel in the necklace lasts three minutes. Also, the fuel is refillable. However, as mentioned on the website, it should NOT be used while wearing the necklace!



Stunning right?

You can get more information and purchase the necklace from Smashing Darling:

http://www.smashingdarling.com/item/stove

Pictures are taken from the website as mentioned above.

Monday, July 27, 2009

I am such a sucker for...

I am such a sucker for pet animals like dogs. I just thought this Moncler ad. campaign for Fall-Winter 2009-2010 (by Bruce Webber) was adorable!


However, I still think garment on a dog is not natural...and a little wrong unless the cold weather is super unbearable! I keep wondering...why do pet owners living in Singapore bother dressing their dog up? Don't they suffer enough from the heat?

Source for picture: http://limitedhype.com/2009/07/moncler-x-dogs-fallwinter-09-campaign/

Monday, July 13, 2009

Spotted!

On Wednesday, the 8th of July, I went to the Woods and Woods fashion show. While waiting 2 1/2 hours for the show to begin (I know, really long especially when there's only one show!), I got spotted by the photographer from the blog 'One Sixty Notepad' (a blog from Singapore that covers details on fashion events around the world)...

Here is one section of the photo of me...try to match it at this link:

http://onesixtynotepad.blogspot.com/2009/07/woods-woods-aw-09-reception.html

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Coco Avant Chanel (Trailer with English Subtitles)

Remember in April, I mentioned that in France, they released a movie about Coco Chanel (click here for entry)?

Here is the trailer with the English subtitles...however, I am not entirely sure if it is translated correctly though I guess international audiences can get the gist about the movie. Enjoy!



P.S. I was told (from a friend living in Paris who has seen the movie) that the only scene memorable from the movie was when she starts constructing her first collection.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fashion Predictions back in the 1930's for the Year 2000


Apparently, in the 1930's this was what people thought we would wear by the year 2000.
Can you spot anything relevant to today's trends? 'Outi' from OutsaPop Trashion spotted it... A little something from Marc Jacobs as stated: http://www.outsapop.com/2009/04/future-fashion-visions.html

So, basically, what goes around comes around...? Source: http://hautemacabre.com/2009/04/in-the-year-2000/

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What are they thinking?: Fashionable Cupcakes...

I wonder, what would it be like if fashion labels translated their style into food...however, I doubt they are on sale...

Chanel


Betsey Johnson


Christian Louboutin


Louis Vuitton

...so, would you rather buy their stuff or just have the cupcakes?

Now I'm craving for cupcakes (no worries, just kidding!)


Photos by 'High Snobiety':
http://www.highsnobiety.com/news/2009/06/04/fashion-cupcakes-louis-vuitton-chanel-more/fashion-cupcakes-front/
Publish Post

Thursday, July 2, 2009

My Current Works from the exhibition, 'Resuscitation'

Here are my works from the exhibition called 'Resuscitation' curated by Johnathan Seow (designer of Woods and Woods). Five other designers also submitted their works for this project. More in the future...

Apparently, for this exhibition, it was decided that elephant heads best represented my works...




More from this link: http://culturepush.com/2009/06/29/resuscitation/