February 27, 2013

Blogger Spotlight : Meera Navlakha

One of my favourite bloggers in the world is Meera Navlakha, founder of Singaporean style blog Moments with Meera. I'm really happy that I got to interview her as the part of the first ever  Blogger Spotlight which would appear monthly from this month onwards on Confessions of a Style Cookie. Meera's blog has been a great source of inspiration for me since I spotted her blog late last year on Seventeen magazine. 
moments with meera | style blog
Ever since I laid my eyes on her compelling posts, I knew that she had an exquisite talent for writing and every one of her posts clearly reflects her passion and her maturity and taste usually seen in people twice her age. I always look forward to the latest post in her blog and she is also the first blogger across the globe whom I corresponded with through email. 
She is a sincerely nice and easygoing person and I'm really thankful to be able to get to know her better through this interview. I hope to meet Meera in person maybe at a fashion event one day but for now, reading her blog would have to do. At just 15, she has been featured on both Elle and Seventeen and many fashion blogs including Zipped , Seven inch stilettos and even on MSN Lifestyle : Audi Fashion Festival Best DressedFor this month's Blogger Spotlight post, Meera gives us a look at her dreams, inspirations and style.
1.Why did you name your blog Moments with Meera? The name came naturally to me, and since I was just in sixth grade I went for the alliteration in the title immediately. However, the thought process behind Moments with Meera is focused on the ever-changing flow and movement of the fashion world. There are hundreds of moments in the industry that come with every season, and my blog serves as a kind of record for all those little moments that are significant throughout the years.
2. Why did you create Moments with Meera? I created my blog because I was looking for a platform to share my love for fashion on. I was always intrigued and inspired by the fashion industry, and writing has been a great part of my life since I was younger. I combined my love for both fashion and writing in Moments with Meera. 
3. What inspired you to become a fashion journalist when you grow up? Journalists like Suzy Menkes and Robin Givhan showed the world that fashion is worth writing about in renowned publications. Reading their incredible work in newspapers and online inspired my interest and goal in becoming a fashion journalist.
4. How would you describe your sense of style? My sense of style is feminine and soft, but with an edge. I like bold colors, like tangerine and emerald, but at the same time, I love a dash of lace, prints, and delicate accessories. 
5. What are you favourite things (labels,brands etc) in fashion? Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenburg, and Alexander McQueen are my favorite designers. I absolutely adore high street stores such as Topshop, H&M, Zara, and Abercrombie and Fitch.  
6. Who inspires you in the fashion industry? Editors like Anna dello Russo, Anna Wintour, and Grace Coddington always inspire me. 
7.What is your biggest achievement in 2012 and your biggest goal for 2013? I think one of my biggest achievements was my feature in Seventeen Singapore, which truly impacted my life in the best of ways. The magazine feature is something I will never forget, and always cherish.
8. What are your hobbies? Besides fashion blogging, I love reading and writing. Running has recently become something I love, too. 
9.What is the craziest thing you have done in the name of fashion? I don't think I have done anything too crazy in particular, but some of my shopping experiences in New York City have gone overboard. Otherwise, I am yet to do something incredibly crazy in the name of fashion!
10. How is NYC like and what are your top 3 favourite fashion/shopping capitals of the world?
New York is, and always will be, my home. It is the most amazing city I have ever been to – it is always alive with activity, beauty, art, and excitement. My other favorite shopping capitals, besides NYC, are London, Paris, and naturally, Singapore. Shopping in Singapore is a different experience altogether, but it is a great place to shop nonetheless.
With her sister and Sir Paul Smith!
11. If you had a chance to collaborate with someone in the fashion industry, who would it be and what would you create?For my dream collaboration, I would combine two of my favorite things: Marc Jacobs accessories, and iPhone cases. Marc Jacobs, as I have mentioned before, is one of my favorite designers. If I could collaborate with anyone, I would work with the designer to create customized iPhone cases. My iPhone is something I never leave the house without, and it is always adorned with a gorgeous case.
12. If you had a fully-paid trip to any fashion week in the world, which one would it be and which show would you attend? I would attend New York Fashion Week for sure, because designers in NYC always deliver beautifully effortless, edgy clothing. Prabal Gurung is one of the designers whose clothes I always covet, and it would be a dream come true to attend his show.
13. What advice do you have for fellow aspiring fashion journalists and style bloggers? Be original in your posts, and produce content that reflects your own personal style. Don't compare yourself too much to other bloggers; make your blog unique!

- C
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February 26, 2013

Milan Fashion Week : Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2013

Milan is a city known for its rich culture and heritage.It is also home to an array of the most accomplished designers of all time: Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, just to name a few, who have a unique design aesthetic of their own, although each of them can be said as distinctly Milanese. When I first laid my eyes on Dolce & Gabbana's Fall/Winter 2013, I gasped. And not in shock nor in disgust, but in AWE. This is officially the most richly decorated and embellished(not to mention unique!) collection I have ever seen in the history of fall/winter collections, ever.Leave it to the duo to add a little bling to Milan Fashion Week.
Models strutted down the runway oozing the glamour of 12th-century Sicilian royalty, adorned with dazzling gold and silver jewels which brought out the blacks, yellows, oranges and cardinal reds of the beautiful frocks. 
Let me pause for a while to rave over how I HEART Karlie and Sui He and Ji Hye.
Back to the collection, these mosaic-embellished frocks were inspired by the golden mosaics of Sicily's Cathedral of Monreale, Santa Maria Nuova. I absolutely love the exquisite Byzantine and Venetian mosaic prints that look like they have been taken from the Italian Basilicas, giving the collection both a traditional and romantic vibe.Interestingly, the jewels on the evening numbers have been painstakingly hand-beaded by artisans.This is definitely the epitome of the Dolce & Gabbana princess : bold, playful and glamorous. I really admire how Domenico (Dolce) and Stefano (Gabbana) combined history and heritage with fashion, with panache for the past five seasons or so and now with the presenting of the Fall/Winter 2013 collection. 
Some of the highlights of the collection were the red lace dresses with wide sleeves which flared from the shoulders, resembling the garments of altar boys , 
....a bustier made entirely out of gold from the altar chalice, here worn by Daria Strokous,
and bejeweled blouses with coupled with tiny bejeweled skirts and shorts.
The accessories gave an air of fantasy and old 12th-century feel to the atmosphere. There were huge golden rosaries as earrings, and playful shoes which had rich shades of red and purple velvet,light golden heels which resembled rectangular cages , entwined with minute pink and red floral buds, giving them an air of femininity.
The show was then closed in a gorgeous fashion with an army of models walking the runway clad in a multitude of deep red dresses embroidered in lace and encrusted in jewels.Fabulous.
Image from The Sartorialist

February 21, 2013

New York Fashion Week's Top Models : Fall 2013

Cara Delevingne (Women)
Cara is practically everywhere now and I totally love her for it, like when she opened the shows for DKNY , Diane von Furstenberg and Jeremy Scott. Since winning the coveted Model of the Year from the British Fashion Awards in 2012, she has nailed many fashion shows and is currently dominating the British and even global modelling scene. Shows she walked for include Anna SuiCarolina HerreraDerek LamJason WuMarc JacobsMarc by Marc JacobsMichael KorsOscar de la RentaRag & BoneRodarteTommy Hilfiger, and Tory Burch. She looked super confident on the DVF runway when she gave her signature pucker-up grin rather than the usual straight-on look. Love her!
Tilda Lindstam (IMG)
Tilda would definitely count NYFW as her best fashion week ever ,walking for a total of 68 shows for Spring 2013 and opening for Victoria Beckam and Suno as well as closing for Philsophy di Alverta Ferretti and Tommy Hilfiger. Other shows that she walked for : 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, BCBG Max Azria, Belstaff, Calvin Klein Collection, Derek Lam, Diesel Black Gold, DKNY, Donna Karan, Edun, J Brand, Jason Wu, Kenneth Cole Collection, Lacoste, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Narciso RodriguezPrabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Reed Krakoff, Rodarte and Tory Burch. She looked amazing in an equally amazing fox fur coat by Marc Jacobs (the show with the giant sun) which featured many different shades of grey and beautiful soft textures.
Esther Heesch (Next)
Since the German 16-year-old made her runway debut at Dior's fall 2012 couture show, she has advanced to book a total of twenty shows at both the Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, which is a mean feat for a model as young as her. As she walked in New York for the first time this season, she has turned up on another twenty runways, opening 3.1 Philip Lim, Diesel Black Gold, Rag & Bone, and closing Reed Krakoff. She also walked for AltuzarraBCBG Max Azria ,BelstaffCalvin Klein Collection, DKNY, Donna Karan, Kenneth Cole Collection, Lacoste, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Tommy HilfigerTory Burch and Vera Wang .

Karlie Kloss (IMG)
This American clotheshorse is the other of my two current obsessions, the other being English glamazon Cara Delevingne. Although for NYFW the number of shows she walked was very little compared to fellow model Tilda Lindstam, she either opened (Carolina Herrera) or closed (Michael KorsOscar de la Renta) and opened and closed for Anna Sui , for four out of the six shows, the other two being Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. She looked absolutely stunning in the deep purple-blue gown by Oscar de la Renta which had silver leaf-like motifs with pictures of forest animals to go with and also looked gorgeous on the Michael Kors runway wearing a diamond-studded dress with a skirt and a black flowing train .

Nastya Kusakina (Women)
The Russian Fanning look-alike is having a solid Spring 2013 season with 37 shows total and in NYFW, she booked a total of 17 shows, including opening at Oscar de la Renta and closing at Tadashi Shoji. Galliano,whom Oscar de la Renta worked with for this collection, probably taught her how to wear that black cloche hat. And maybe how to tie that black pleated belt. Back to the point, those 17 shows are as follows : 3.1 Philip LimBCBG Max Azria ,Helmut Lang, Hervé LégerKenneth Cole CollectionMarc by Marc Jacobs, Philosophy di Alberta FerrettiPrabal Gurung, Ralph Lauren, Suno, Theyskens' Theory, Vera Wang, Y-3, Yigal Azrouël, and Zac Posen.
Photos from nymag.com/thecut/

February 20, 2013

Rihanna for River Island : Spring/Summer 2013-14

Last Saturday, Rihanna joined the throngs of designers showing their collections at London Fashion Week with her first collection for UK high-street label River Island. Models strutted down the runway in ’90s grunge-inspired ankle-length tank frocks with slits thigh high- and higher, crop tops and pencil skirts,figure-hugging maxi skirts and loose jumpsuits. Although most critics have been negative, one cannot blame Rihanna. After all, the collection is for River Island,a high-street retailer popular with modern fashion-forward youths, so the flirty and sassy pieces would appeal to the young and fashionable crowd.
No collection is complete without an ad campaign. And as Rihanna unveiled her first ever clothing campaign, she hired American model Charlotte Free and VS Angel Jourdan Dunn as well as models Tao Okamoto, Ataui Deng and Bambi Northwood Blyth to front the campaign. Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, both the clothes and the set are inspired by the 1900s. Against a backdrop of vibrant purple and blue, models pose on a car clad in an array of pieces from the collection including a striped bra top with high-waisted shorts and a bright yellow figure-hugging dress with a back slit.

Out of the 120 pieces from the collection, here are some of my favourites:
Overall, I think the collection was great as it was a triumph of young, streetwise style and Elle UK  even praised the collection, saying it was "an ode to all things high fashion," and describing it as “Eighties Norma Kamali meets Alexander Wang luxe sportswear.”“Rihanna really does have a great eye for fashion and the attention to details and styling elevated the collection to proper collector’s item status,” concluded the magazine. Fans of River Island can look forward to the upcoming Spring and Summer range from the collection which is slated to arrive in March.
All photos are courtesy of Vogue.com and River Island