May 30, 2007

We're Moving!

Talk about publicity. Shortly after our publicity stint in 'URBAN', VF girls got a cease-and-desist letter from the Big Fish, Vogue magazine. Haha, we're just a small fish in the big fashion sea - and, we've to change our names to avoid Vogue chewing us up into bits.

So readers, VF girls are moving and rebranding our fash blog. We'll be back - bigger and flashier! And, we don't need another lawyer's letter. So sorry for the temporary hiatus. We're in the process of moving all our blog posts to the new site and closing this down.

Stay tune.

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May 17, 2007

Cannes Fashion Festival!

I keed, I keed... Cannes Film Festival 2007 (60th anniversary) is finally upon us and the opening movie is My Blueberry Nights starring Jude Law, Norah Jones, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weiz and more. The movie is directed by Wong Kar Wai (his first English debut) and I bring you the highlights of the red carpet and the opening.

What a vision! Kerry Washington, Gong Li and Andie MacDowell all look so lovely. I love Kerry's Jeweled one shoulder strap and Gong Li looks great in that shade of green and Andie is all grace.

Bai Ling - the Asian Paris Hilton? definitely makes a statement in a pink dress. However, the color is rather reminiscent of pepto bismol and does not suit her well. I'd love to see Bai Ling in a graceful dress that is sexy but not too over the top. I mean, I can dream, right?

Elisabeth Hurley is another one who loves to dress really sexy (remember her safety pin held dress by Versace?). But in this red number, on the red carpet, she looks stunning.

Diane Kruger - I'm guessing that she announced the movie as she is seen on stage with a mic here. She looks really demure and lovely in this white lace number with just the right amount of pink.

Juliette Binoche. Maybe it's the angle but the dress makes Juliette look very erm, rectangular? Doesn't show off her curves at all.

Jude Law and Norah Jones look really good together on the carpet. I wonder if that will translate into on screen chemistry. Are the flash bulbs that bright that Jude has to wear sunglasses? Nice classic Ray Bans by the way.

Maggie Cheung - I can't see the whole dress in this picture but the top half does not look good. But so good to see Maggie - she is a great actress.

Minnie Driver - Simple elegance!

Jude Law, Norah Jones, Wong Kar Wai and I'm guessing his wife.

Look how cute this picture is. The director is so happy and although his wife's suit is nothing to scream about, look at how she is looking at him, all full of pride and joy. Altogether now - awwwwwwwww......

May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the fabulous mothers out there. I would like to thank my mom for always being there for me in times of need! To celebrate, Vogue factory brings you some pictures of stylish moms!

Gwen Stefani & son Kingston

Gwyneth and son Moses

Kate Hudson & son Ryder

Angelina Jolie and Children

Madonna & Children

and my fave has got to be Jennifer Garner and Violet. I know Jennifer Garner is not always stylish - she prefers to look casual. But it's just that she and her daughter just always looked so happy to be with each other all the time.

Once again, Happy Mother's Day!! xoxo

May 12, 2007

Fashionista Diaries

When I used to work in Hollywood, It was the beginning of the reality TV show frenzy and my ex-boss used to say that our lives were so crazy (we did entertainment publicity for mostly hip hop artists and urban fashion clients) that we should have our own reality TV show. Her dreams migt not have come true but I think that this new reality TV series Fashionista Diaries will be a pretty good reflection of what went on behind the scenes in our lives back then.
According to TV Week,
"The Fashionista Diaries" will follow six new assistants as they try to put together a fashion show and after-party for New York's Fashion Week. They work for Flirt Cosmetics, Jane magazine and Seventh House PR (two at each) and will try not to get fired as the series goes on.

Fabsugar states that It will chronicle the lives of six fashion assistants given the not-so-glamorous task of putting together the fashion show and after party for Charlotte Ronson during last Fall's New York Fashion Week in September.

Awww, reminds me of the days where I used to have to work crazy hours, parley crazy requests of celebrities to other people, buy sandwiches or sushi as requested while trying to make everything look chic at the fashion shows. lol.

Charlotte Ronson's Spring 2007 collection seems pretty cute though, so I'm sure we will get to see fabulous clothes on the show. Check out her website.

I can't wait to watch this show (it will premiere in the U.S on Soapnet in July) to see how other fashionistas handle this! Fellow fashionistas, I will try to bring you recaps of the show, if I ever get to see it!

Source: Fabsugar, TV Week

Angelina Jolie to appear in more ads for Shiseido

I feel like all I do nowadays is to announce which star is going to be endorsing which clothing line, beauty line, etc. Just goes to show - celebrity endorsement is not going away any time soon. But I am all Team Angelina Jolie, so I am all for her doing more promotional work for Shiseido.

According to this report Angelina will appear in 3 separate beauty campaigns (for powder and eye liner, apparently). The campaigns are said to appear only in Japan, so sorry to you folks who don't live in Japan (moi, included) but I will be sure to bring you more pictures when they are out!

For now, you will have to suffice with a video of Angelina promoting for Shiseido's Integrate line of cosmetics. She looks fab in that lip gloss. Now I want some, haha.

May 11, 2007

Fanny Packs - making a comeback?

Remember when you were growing up in the 80's, the fanny pack was everywhere? People used it as a bag to carry things while working out or just everyday use really and even today, it can still be seen on the hips of Hawkers in Singapore.

An example of a regular Fanny pack.

Even as a child with no fashion sense, I abhorred fanny packs - they were just utilitarian pieces made of nylon and zips, with no nods towards style. So, when I read this article in the New York Times A New Attitude for the Hip I was surprised and somewhat impressed. I did further research and found which states that "the fashion iconoclast" is back".

First, I will show you some pictures that the NYT article showed - Fanny packs made with chic new shapes and some proper styling.

The above fanny pack is called the "Ammo Pack" from the line Number (N)ine by Japanese designer Takahiro Miyashita. I really liked the earth tones of the washed leather and the fact that it looks nothing like a typical fanny pack.

The above neon version is from Kris Van Assche. I think this version is perhaps a brighter nod to the old Fanny Pack and rather spoils the look of the whole suit. Not feeling this one at all.

Philip Lim shines with this belt clutch version of the fanny pack. I can see myself rocking this while out clubbing!

The above oversized coin purse version of a fanny pack is a creation by Alice Roi. NYT reports that the oversize coin purses were inspired by the notion of a chic French thief. I love that!! Alice Roi also stated to NYT that “I never saw the point of carrying around a 500-pound bag,” she said. “Technology has gone hands-free. Why not baggage?” True, true.

And here are some fanny packs from I definitely can see that these bags are a step up - looks well made, chic yet functional! Oh and states that the bags are constructed in strict compliance with fair trade standards for a hands free world that is a little more humanitarian. Indeed.

The Morris Fanny pack.

The Slater Fanny pack.

Twenty8Twelve by s. miller

It's not Kate. It's not Lily. It's Twenty8Twelve by Sienna Miller.

Every celebrity wants a piece of the fashion pie by creating their own line. However, style insiders has it that this collection is worth the wait. Unveiling on Aug 1, Twenty8Twelve is a unique collaboration between Sienna Miller and her designer sister, Savannah who was trained at the prestigious, Central Saint Martins for four years.

Twenty8Twelve (creatively named after Sienna's birthdate), is backed by Carlos Ortega (founder of Pepe Jeans). According to WWD, their debut Autumn/Winter '07 collection, comprises of empire line smock dresses, skinny jeans, silk tops and tailored wool blazers - and will be accompanied by shoes by New York designer Jenne O. The collection is "an eclectic mix between Dickensian London and Sixties musician and muse to Andy Warhol, Patti Smith" as mentioned by Vogue UK.

Beyonce to be the new face of Giorgio Armani's next women's fragrance

Beyonce, seen above in an Armani Prive Gown, is to be the new face of Giorgio Armani's next women's fragrance "Emporio Armani Diamonds" reported Women's Wear Daily. Maybe she will be singing "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" for the ads, due out next fall.

Beyonce has in the past been the face of Tommy Hilfiger's fragrances True Star and True Star Gold in 2004. How long do you think it will be before her fashion line "House of Dereon" comes out with it's own fragrance?

May 10, 2007

Lily Loves Dresses!

One of my favorite items to wear is a dress and I was psyched to hear about Lily Allen coming out with her new line of clothes for British High Street retailer New Look (launched on May 9th, 2007), since Lily always looks so cute in a frock!

Lily Loves collection features 6 colourful summer dresses including her favourite prom dresses as well as cool day dresses. Accessories are the Smile peep toe court shoes, Loz diamond patterned trainers, fun necklaces (my fave is the "wishbone" necklace, right scarves and earrings.

She does not disappoint, my dear and here is a look at some of the clothes she has come out with:

"Gosford Tier" Babydoll Dress.

"Full Dress"
Lily states that she has tried to capture the spirit of summer in her collection and that definitely shows here.

"Gandalf" Shift Dress.
That one has to be my favorite. I mean, how can you not love the funky name and the gold accents all over?

Lily showing off her range.

Check out the website for the whole range and be sure to head on to one of the 312 New Look stores if you are in the UK.

Vogue Factory in 'Urban', 10 May

Hot off the press! Vogue Factory is featured in today's issue of 'Urban', a style guide pull-out in Singapore's The Strait Times. I'm pretty excited for our virgin publicity and to be listed next to five other reputable, chic blogs such as Fashion is Spinach, Pause 4 Thought, The Clothes Project, Fashion Nation and Runway City.

Thanks Brenda for writing about us! *muacks*

The "it" bag: Iconic Chanel 2.55

Latest Hollywood "it" Girls have been seen around town carrying the US $2675 price tagged Chanel 2.55 Handbag. It's a Chanel classic in patent calfskin, available in white, black or ruthenium metal. The iconic bag was first introduced by Coco Chanel in February 1955 (as in, 2.55). For Chanel fans and collectors out there, this is a must! My fave is the white one. Will someone please get me one? Pretty Please?

The Supermodel who liked to sweep floors...

Remember Naomi Campbell had to perform community service recently for hitting an assistant on the head with a phone (I think it was a Blackberry). Of course, being Naomi, she had to dress in high fashion from head to toe every day that she had to perform the community service. Apparently Naomi kept a diary while she was performing community service and now, all the diary entries from that period and pictures have been published in the new issue of W magazine.

Here are some quotes from the magazine:

“I find solace in sweeping. I have no other responsibility. I have no phone. I have the time to think. Just have, you know, peace.”

I feel so sorry for Naomi, maybe her maid should let her sweep floors sometimes. Those maids!

“Two of the people in the room have never been on a plane. They ask me what it’s like, and I’m embarrassed to tell them I was on seven planes the week before alone. It’s so interesting to get to know so many different sorts of people.”

I guess this was taken before or after a day of community service - she looks glam there.

I think this is supposed to be Naomi distraught - Naomi crying(?) in what looks like a trailer. Maybe she was upset she no longer had to sweep.

I'm not so sure why I blogged about this now besides the fact that Naomi Campbell is a model and she is on the cover of one of fashion's great magazines. She still looks pretty great though in my opinion and I hope she has her anger issues under wraps so she can do what she does best, model. And whoever her new assistant, I wish her luck. Oh, the things we do to get a leg in the fashion industry.

Trend Watch: Trouser/ Wide Legged Jeans

Skinny jeans were everywhere since late 2005 and now I think the fashion world is actually coming back to boot cut and trouser wide leg jeans. Wide Leg jeans are comfortable, can carry you from day to night. They look tailored and streamlined and you don't have to really worry about having to be skinny to wear it.The celebs are already switching over from skinny to wide leg check out how great Angie Harmon, Sandra Bullock and Eva Mendes looks on the Red Carpet in Wide Leg Jeans:

My favorite is "Faye" from Citizens of Humanity - I really like the wash on this one.

7 for all Mankind's Dojo in Barcelona:

Rich and Skinny's Lush Wide Leg jeans have a little bit of shine in them:

And Here is Penelope Cruz and Jessica Alba looking casual in wide leg jeans:

To get their look, check out Hudson Jeans Deluxe wide leg look:

I'm ready to go get my wide leg trouser jeans. Where are you getting yours?

May 9, 2007

Hot or Not? Cameron Diaz on TRL

Cameron Diaz was on MTV's TRL yesterday to promote her new film SHREK 3 and she was rocking a halter top Jeans overall skirt(?). Check it out:

At first I was confused by the outfit, and because I have never liked overalls, I thought a big "NO" but it sort of grew on me, y'all. I would never wear it but Cameron pulls it off really well.

Here she is again with Rihanna (who looks hot, so you don't have to vote for her):

But what I want to know is, what do you think? Is this outfit Hot on Cameron or Not?

May 8, 2007

Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Poiret: King of Fashion" Costume Institute Gala 2007

I love Costume galas. A chance to see my favourite leading ladies dress up and put forth their best. Here is a highlight of "best dressed" and the "what were they thinking?" pictures of all the lovely ladies in attendance.

I heart Cameron and she looks really great in that purple/fuschia dress:

Elegant as always, Miss Jennifer Lopez. I was going to post a picture of her posing on the red carpet with Marc Anthony but really, he looked like death warmed over, so I chose not to.

La Lohan:

Representing the Asian Americans - Miss Lucy Liu looking lovely

I do think the dress on Renee Zellwellger is a little bland but her smile makes up for it.

I don't really care for Scarlett's hair to be so bleached but I do like her dress:

This almost went in the "what were they thinking pile" but the more I looked at Kate Bosworth, the more I liked her look.


The legendary Miss Anna Wintour. I dare not critique the queen of Vogue on her style, but I do wonder what she would look like with a different haircut. Imagine the "Rachael" on her. :)

And I pondered a while over Ashley Olsen's look but I think she looks pretty good over all in the Grecian inspired dress. She even walked the red carpet arms in arms with Christian Louboutin, so I am guessing he approved her attire and if Mr. Louboutin himself is ok with this look, I'm ok too.

And here it is: The "what were they thinking" section.

I want to like Mary Kate Olsen's crazy looks, I do, but this furry ensemble?

I'm not sure what to say about Amanda's dress or the suit on the guy standing behind her. Maybe they have the same stylist?

Claire Danes's dress reminds me of Christmas wrapping paper. But I think you have got to give her props for trying though.

I'm a Chloe fan, really and I know that green is supposed to be in this season (as is yellow) but I do not comprehend this dress choice or the hair that is not done.

Winona Ryder. If she had taken off the bow off her shoulder and came in a strapless black gown, it wouldn't have been so bad. But I'm glad to see Winona attending events again.

Usually Kirsten Dunst looks really good at events but the photo below speaks for itself when I say that I gasped when I saw it. (eek!)

The event was to honour and celebrate the works of Paul Poiret, a Visionary Artist-Couturier of Early 20th Century. Here is some information on him.

And here are some pictures of some of his clothes at the Met exhibit:

If you are in NYC from May 9 – August 5, be sure to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to check out the exhibit.