One of the timeless and always seems to be relevant inspirations in fashion and for dressing up is punk. I own quite few pieces of punk-inspired clothing that I’ve forever kept in my closet because I know those punk pieces won’t ever go out of style – I could always recycle and restyle them with different other pieces of new clothing and accessories and I get fresh chic new styles.
I was really excited when I found out about the Met’s spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. I’m not a big fan of ‘DIY’ clothing and accessories which a big part of punk fashion, but I do respect and enjoy the liberty and mischievousness of it. I’ve been wearing my ‘punk’ styles lately. The cool spring weather in New York couldn’t be more perfect for the punk-inspired dressing since it’s all about layering.
I’ll be posting more punk-inspired looks in the next few days. Here’s my first one. it’s a look for going out party, I think this look is a great alternative for the night in the city. It’s fun, different, chic, and still sexy, which is important to me in my dressing
This look consists:
1. Vintage ascot ruffle ‘Victorian’ white lace top
2. Double-belted Dolce & Gabbana hot pink tartan plaid pleated ‘kilt’ skirt
3. Black leather motorcycle jacket
4. Lace-up Christian Louboutin platform heels
5. Kenzo bright floral-printed leather shoulder bag
I was googling around and stumbled upon this stamp that I actually had pinned on to my Pinterest awhile ago when it was just released along with other fashion stamps. Without realizing it, I styled my first punk look with a white lace victorian top with ruffle cuffs just like this on Vivienne Westwood fashion stamp. I guess I did something right! I love that!
Christina Ricci in Vivienne Wetswood at the Met Gala 2013
The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art - PUNK: Chaos to Couture
I just want to make it clear, none of the pieces of this outfit is by Dries Von Noten. I just used his aesthetic for an inspiration. I’m a big fan of his, he uses a lot of ethnic textiles from all over the world, one of the beautiful ones is batik from Indonesia. Well, I was born in Indonesia, but that’s not the only reason why I’m a big fan of Dries, I also love how he’s able to create chic modern styles using the traditional fabrics like batik.
I got my batik skirt in Indonesia when I was on a vacation in Bali, but this batik is actually Javanese batik. I paired it with a white eyelet lace tank top. I created two looks using this skirt and the tank top. For meeting clients earlier that day, I threw on my favorite Radenroro ‘Yudia‘ crop jacket (in caramel) and stepped on my china print silk satin pumps. This is a great look for work, whatever your occupation is, it’s layered without being too hot on skin because the jacket is made of silk and the skirt is made of cotton. I accessorized with layered chunky metal chains and a stack of tortoise bracelets. Later that day, I was meeting a friend for cocktails, I just left my jacket at my office and changed my pumps to my wooden-heeled sandals for a more casual look. I think this two looks are fresh and pleasantly chic.
Dries Von Noten
We all girl love tulle crinoline/tutu skirts but let’s be honest, most of us would feel a bit hesitant to wear these infamously fabulous ‘ballerina’ skirts. Only Carrie Bradshaw could pull it off, right? Well, no, I’ve proven that with the right styling, tulle skirts could be amazingly wearable and we could wear them without looking costume-y.
My inspiration for this look was obviously ballerina. My black tulle long tutu skirt is covered with of metallic aurora borealis teeny tiny speckles, so I basically can just throw on any colors to go with it on top. I opted for a ‘geisha face’ graphic shirt and layered it with my favorite Radenroro ‘Yudia’ jacket in lipstick pink. As for the shoes I chose my corset Loubies as a take on the ballerina lace-up shoes, I think they play out well with the ‘ballerina’ crinoline skirt.
My party was downtown, for a less-downtowny party, I’d just recycle this look and switch the geisha shirt to a black bustier top and the red mesh bag to a clutch. I’d put my hair up on a messy bun and just put on a pair of diamond stud earrings.Voilà!
I wear gold as neutral. I think gold is more exciting and effective as a neutral element of an outfit than the usual neutrals (black, nude, white), it radiates the whole look.
I wanted to create a fun office look using gold, I paired a metallic lamé gold shirt with a muted red silk crinkle tea skirt. Then I belted my waist with a brown leather utilitarian belt. I added tiger print pony shopper tote bag to balance the solid colors and black/gold cork sandals to keep this office look summery fresh.
I got the inspiration of pairing gold and red a little bit from the Chinese culture. These two colors are specially meaningful to the Chinese. In their culture the color of red usually means good luck and the golden color symbolizes wealth and also happiness. The two colors couldn’t be any more appropriate to wear to work, don’t you think? Obviously you don’t want your outfits to look too ethnic-y, you always want the looks to be modern and current. So adding other elements like an animal print bag and a utilitarian belt is the key.
Gold makes an outfit.
I posted this outfit in June, I wore it to a birthday party. I really enjoy mixing textures and prints, creating new silhouettes, and playing with interesting colors. As you can see, for this look I did a texture and a stripe mixings. Stripe is one of my favorite prints – I’m a total stripe junkie! I finished the look with a short and a long chunky bead necklace layers, a pair of mary-jane wedges and a raffia clutch.
Last week I stumbled upon these photos of Olivia Palermo wearing a blue striped shirt and it reminds me of my blue striped ‘varsity’ silk jacket I’m wearing on my pictures.
I would never have thought that the color lime green with the shiny sparkly black could look and feel airy together. I thought those colors together would look ‘heavy’ and cumbersome. But yesterday I was fashionably surprised when I put together a look using a lime green long pleated skirt with a black sequin crop top, it looks and feels so easy breezy light! I also think the style of the shoes I chose were the perfect accents to achieve the light look. The summer heat should never stop you from being adventurous with your outfits! They just have to be light..
Romanian tops are some of those fashion items with amazing style longevity. They never go out of style from decade to decade. I got my top from a lovely family member, I was so happy with the gift! She told me that one of her friends gave it to her in the 60s when she lived in Paris at the time. The top was hand-made AND hand-embroidered in Romania by her friend herself. What a treasure! Lucky me! I styled my Romanian top with my cut-off dark jeans, my gold Alaïa wedges, and a vintage crocheted flower plastic shopper bag. It’s a serious summertime!!
Who What Wear featured Romanian blouses yesterday. Check it out!
How do you rock boots in the summer heat?
We definitely want to avoid wearing dark colored pairs that’s for sure. In fact, we do not want to wear dark colored anything, dark colors absorb heat. How would I rock boots in this heat? As you see on my pictures, I opted for pale muted tones head to toe. As the key on this look is the multi-pastel-colored python boots, I just wanted to keep it in the same theme, so I picked a loose snakeskin print silk shirt in light gray for the top. The light airy material and the looseness of silk shirt kept me cool in this high temperature. For the bottom, well, I’m obsessed with these light-colored stone-washed skinny jeans, they’re refreshingly chic. How do you guys think I rocked the summer boots?
So I posted this outfit on Pose a while ago, on March 27th. I wore it to someone’s lovely birthday dinner at Le Colonial in the city. I love this place, it’s Vietnamese/French, the food and cocktails are amazing and the decor and ambiance are superb! Adorbs! Can’t wait to go back!
Now, let’s talk about this outfit, shall we?
The peplum top is the ‘Arjuna‘ top (in mint/white) by Radenroro (yes, I designed it (; ). I teamed it up with skinny white pants and a pair of mirrored silver leather wedges. I accessorized the outfit with the Radenroro jet black pony patent leather pocketbook as a clutch. Do you like the color combo mint, white, and black?