Monday, December 28, 2009
These are to be made using Chinese raw materials and artisanal know-how, Hermès said.
The aim of this new brand is to compete with the current luxury brands in China, which, to me, can bring a number of benefits:
1) The main reason Hermes doesn't do AS WELL (in relative term, because growth for Hermes has been reportedly increasing in China over the past few years quite dramatically) in China-land is because of its pricing. Most products from other luxury brands (say LV, Gucci) are generally "cheaper" (again, relatively) than Hermes products - a basic hermes H belt is about 1.5 times more expensive than monogrammed LV or Gucci belt, and given that Gucci belts do go on sale every season, it's much easier and cheaper for Asian consumers to (illusionally) become part of the 'luxury' world through purchasing Gucci stuff. Now with lower pricing, perhaps Hermes would become more "accessible" for the brand conscious consumers?
2) Hermes is no where near an 'instantly recognizable' brand as others. An LV logo can be spotted from metres away, while an hermes "h" logo can only be seen from the front of a belt. Even Chanel stamps their ugly CCs every where on almost everything, and with most consumers' favourite equation being "more money = more logos per square unit", down pricing will make the hermes logo much more "money justifiable".
3) Instead of creating a diffusion line called "H by HERMES", which will surely disturb current Hermes followers due to possible luxury image degrading, this line has a completely different name and has nothing to do with Hermes, which means the luxury image of Hermes remains, and people on the street will still know an Hermes customer pays 1000 bucks for their belt and not mistake it for another brand, which, afterall, is what most Hermes customers want anyway ( who's willing to paying 1000 bucks for something that dont get recognized or get mistaken for something cheaper, RIGHT?).
However, if you think this new idea is a Win-win situation all the way, there are still a number of potential problems that may arise:
1) Even though Hermes has always prided itself on being the 'brand of craftsmanship and quality', it has solely made most of its profits through easily recognizable items ("H" logo belts, clic clac bracelets, birkin and kelly bags, collier de chien bracelets, etc) and created "myths" about some items (ie. the whole '2 year' waiting list non sense about birkin bags - read read 'bringing home the birkins' to get this busted, and videos about the whole 'craftsmen' working diligently and passionately to make that special beautiful bag). This explains much of its pricing. Take the Birkin bag for example: nicely made bag? yes. quality leather? yes. Practicality that justifies 10 000 $? Properly not. I've tried on one myself, and to be honest, if you take away all the stories and nonsense that go behind this bag, it's just a normal tote bag with useless cover flap and straps, not to mention there arent enough compartments inside, which means all ur stuff always gets mixed up and u end up spending minutes to get to your lipstick.
Now while Hermes customers constantly mask themselves as being 'anti brand', we all know most people purchase a Kelly bag or collier de chien belt to show off their status, perhaps not to the average population, but to mix in with the 'high society' crowd. And to be crude, most (and I mean MOST, not ALL) Chinese consumers do not have the sophistication to tell or appreciate quality, so with a completely new brand and perhaps no items that are already famous, how will Hermes make profits in China-land? Have they forgotten that unlike the Japanese, the Chinese arent trending setters, but rather trend followers?
2) Speaking of lack of sophistication in recognizing quality, most Chinese consumers solely judge quality of items based on where they're made, which explains the whole "getting things made in China than having the tags sewn on in Italy" trap most luxury companies have been using to keep their profits up. With (I assume) a new brand being made in China, will your average Chinese customer be willing to pay 500 bucks for a cashmere jumper with a "Made in China" tag? Or perhaps Hermes will have things made in China then send them to France to get the 'Shang Xia' logo stamped and use it to clarify their origin as "Made in France"?
With all that being said, I'm still excited about the introduction of its new brand. I'm sure Hermes with its multi million dollar super smart staff would have thought about all the things mentioned and found a solution :). I've been an Hermes customer over the years and is completely not an 'anti-Hermes', and definitely do not want to offend any Chinese readers. :).
Phew, essay finished, it's time to eat!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
She's destroyed our eyes with her fashion choices (sympathy goes out to Balmain and Gareth Pugh), now she's determined to destroy our sense of smells too ...
image from thefashionspot
Saturday, December 19, 2009
That Poly girl is a machine I'm telling you. Who the hell maintains that body, books every campaign, editorial and walks/opens all the major shows after THAT MANY YEARS in the business?!! I say put Raquel in the ICONS list, and make Miss Poly number 1 on the models list!
Thank you Frida, thank you Natasha, thank you I&V, my tacky eyes had a major visual feast!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Really?! The duo Parsons graduates who are famous for their trend setting, hip cool, innovative designs that make me drool every season came up with something like that?
While I dont have much of a problem with the purse design itself, the "Proenza Schouler" stamp is just plain horrid. And the 'made in Italy' underneath completely ruins it. What type of customers did they have in mind this time? Monogram/brand obsessed customers in Asia and Russia?
To my knowledge, which I now assume is not that correct, a Proenza SChouler woman is someone who's sophisticated, who wants understated, hip and chic fashion. She's someone who can tell whether a dress is well made without looking at the brand. Now has she turned into one of those 'brand victims' that needs to let people know where she purchased her purse, and has to see those misleading 'made in italy' tags because she can't even trust herself when it comes to spotting quality? The "out of stock" sign said it all ...
To complete their 'online shopping experience', Proenza Schouler also offered this:
It is saddening that many designers these days have to turn to innane accessories and fragrance to boost their sales. Now noone needs to save for a beautiful Proenza jacket anymore, they can just go buy Target clothes, then buy a PS key ring, and they too can (illusionally) be a part of the hip, downtown chic 'Proenza' lifestyle.
I wonder what's next? Alexander Wang made in France poker sets, Christopher Kane made in UK usb sticks, or Richard Nicoll made in Australia cosmetic case?
is now MIIIINNNNEE!!
I chose the black/gold version because I have a thing for black & gold :). Now I need an occasion to wear this .... may be on my way to work at the Vogue Paris office? *wishful wishful*
Now if only I had some major legs like Melanie ...
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The video clip is horrible, but I forgive them :).
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
10 Worst Male Fashion Offenses
1) Low V-Neck Shirts
While some men can pull off this American-Apparel look, most agree that it's generally offensive.
2) Popped Collars
Hopefully, men are slowly realizing that this is a fashion don't!
3) White Shoes
White shoes were banned from the Australian nightclub. You all want to ban them too.
4) Baggy Jeans
We don't need to see any boxers or butt cracks.
5) Skinny Jeans
So baggy jeans are out, but so are skinny jeans according to you guys. Sounds like men need to find a nice in between fit.
6) 'Manpris' (Male version of capri pants:-P)
Let's choose either shorts or pants, OK?
7) T-Shirts With Stupid Slogans
8) Ed Hardy
All of you seem to agree that these designs just don't work. But we might be seeing more Ed Hardy – the brand is set to launch a line of baby products.
9) Sideways or Backwards Baseball Hats
It might work with Travis Barker's look, but most of you only want to see a baseball hat worn the correct way.
10) Flip-Flops Worn Anywhere but the Beach
Flip-flops with jeans: not a good look.
We've all done silly things in the past (I once lusted after an Ed Hardy t-shirt, but gladly never got myself to purchase one, phew ...), but if you're still making one of those 10 mistakes again, I pleade you GUILTY!
Click HERE for the original article with illustrations.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Though it's the bags that made me drool ...
Amazing no? Would those be the new paddingtons? Properly not, but then again IT bags are soooo 2006, practicality is the new THANG!
Just to remind you again why Pheobe was, and also will be the queen of minimalism:
Saturday, December 5, 2009
" Dear --------,
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The email actually went straight to my spam folder which I was going to empty. Fortunately I was so bored I actually spent time reading my spam emails muahahahaha!
Thank you Vogue Australia!
I love freebies!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Vogue Italia's twitter themed december cover.
Love it or hate it, you still gotta love Franca Sozzani for being probably the most creative editor alive.
Vogue Italia + Meisel = EPIC!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Is it just me or does anyone else also think the VS show is really starting to lose its lustre now? May be it's becuz Adrianna Lima got knocked up and couldn't walk this year?
I still LOVE!
Special mentions to Anja Rubik and Edita :).
Monday, November 30, 2009
Bravo to Victoria's Secret for their efforts to save a failing show! Totally got the weak hearted like myself hooked!
Watch the rest of the 'show' HERE!
I love how they put some random asian, brunette and african girls in as fillers. PUH-LEASE, we all know may only the blondes with double Ds win!
Cheesy fakeness I LOVE!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Am I the only one the gets the impression that the razor sharp tailoring can totally make shapeless people like me have definitions ? *wishful wishful?* Oh and those dresses with metallic strips are way better than dark chocolate!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
i wanted to cry but oozing out a drop of tear seemed to be the hardest job ...
perhaps i was relieved that those eyes of his that showed no joy or sparks in the last year finally got to rest ...
i suddenly realized HE was my childhood ...
memories of him teaching me how to gamble at the age of 4, or how to fight an enemy by poking him in he eyes with your 2 fingers, fondled back, not with sadness, but rather a soothing drop of melancholy ...
he was always an easy man, never complained or asked for anything ...
everything he had, he gave all away, because he believed you should leave life the same way you came to life, with nothing ...
i still remember his smile whenever i scrubbed his back or brought food to his room, and those stares of lost hopes when i said goodbye, to leave himin that humid lonely room ...
i guess i was rather cruel, afterall i was one of the very few he could remember and identify after all the memory loss ...
sometimes i wish i was religious, then at least i could still believe he was here with me, or up there in heaven watching me ...
mum said he went away in peace, and i'm sure he did ...
in fact he was always at peace, to me he WAS peace ...
the day he passed away ...
was today ...
I love you grandpa ...
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I love you all!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Carine Roitfeld, aged 25 ... I mean ... 55!
FIY, she doesn't get plastic surgeries ... unlike ... ahem .. sharon stone ...
*enviously in love*
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Turned out I was right, the SA told me it WAS a clutch/necklace. The clutch is made out of gold brass with black vetvet lining, and pretty small and compact. I constantly fell in love with the victorian/boho design but did not want to make an impulse purchase so I decided to leave it.
Anyhoo, I just could not resist it anymore having to walk past it every day, I decided what the hell, I'm just gonna get it, so I went in the next and bought the damn thing. Not sure what I'm gonna do with it now though, but definitely not returning it. Practicality maybe not, pure lust? HELL YEAH!
Thank you Brian Atwood.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Even Ms Ferosha Ultimatum (aka Carine Roitfeld), who literally owns the straight hair smokey eye look:
decided to go soft lately:
and I'm loving it! 55 or 35 does she look in that photo?!
Not sure if this will become the trend of 2010, but I'm totally loving it!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Given we're the 2nd fattest (and properly the 2nd worst dressed too) country in the world, about time we put on some ferocious heels and take our bikes out for a ride
At least a Maccas triple cheese burger meal afterwards wouldn't feel guilt-full ...
Someone please start this trend of stylish bike riding. I'm too scared of getting bricks thrown at by the bogans, ick!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
especially after reading her interview on the latest UK VOGUE:
"She's been doing the model rounds for ten years, since she was 15, but says that even back when she was 16 and in Paris, drugs weren't a problem. "I'd already tried everything in Holland. Anyway, I never wanted to be that model on drugs, the sort who gives head for a line of coke."
She does, however, have a weak spot for food.
"If I could have the discipline to be super-skinny, I would be. I think of dieting, then I eat pizza. I'm a woman, and every woman wants to be skinnier — unfortunately."
But she doesn't mind going topless all the time for magazines.
"Everyone's seen them. My girlfriends love them — they play with them!"
She's concerned about her future — she doesn't want to act or design.
"I lie in bed at night and worry about what comes next. I'm not sure I have any other talents."
And thinks she has men trouble.
"Men don't like me. I haven't been on a date for six months. I've just started a club with a girlfriend called the We Hate Men But We Can't Be Gay Club."
But she likes to be mean to men.
"I figure out what they hate most, and then I do lots and lots of that."
If she doesn't wear a designer, it may be because she hates them.
"I shouldn't be wearing these shoes. Because I hate the designer and never wear people I hate."
And don't get in her way at a show — one Belgian model now knows that.
"I kept saying 'Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me,' because I had to get to the catwalk, but she just kept posing. So I pushed her. It was only a few stairs." "
And I'm normally not a fan of girls with big bossoms.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
"Balenciaga to launch new fragrance
Nicolas Ghesquière temporarily turned his nose on high fashion to sniff out the next signature scent for the Balenciaga house. Dubbed Balenciaga Paris, Ghesquière dove straight into his first fragrance project, working closely with esteemed perfumer Olivier Polge (of Viktor & Rolf’s hit Flowerbomb and soon-to-be-released Eau Mega scents) on everything from the fragrant notes right down to the bottle design.
Inspired by the smells of floor wax, petrol and carnations, this is not your everyday floral spritzer, as Ghesquière explains: “It is not a romantic floral,” the designer told WWD.com. “It’s definitely the mix of tradition and something quite contemporary and urban.”
That modern mix holds violet at its heart with redistilled woods cedar and patchouli adding a sophisticated edge.
Expect to see Ghesquière’s muse Charlotte Gainsborough, shot by Stephen Meisel, front the fragrance campaign when it arrives in Australia in mid 2010."
Uhm, I can already imagine something along the 'Narciso Rodriguez for her' or 'Agent provocateur' lines, which I don't mind to be honest.
Maybe now that the motorcycle bags arent that 'IN' anymore, it's time to bring out something new to bring the $$$$ in?
Just a thought ....
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I have to applaud Mr Holland for his every effort to stay in the fashion business. Guess when your main line is S***, novelty t-shirts are so 2006, your muse/the only thing that attracts customers Aggy Deyn told the world she hated fashion and you were advised to quit fashion by style.com last season, what you need to do to keep the $$$ flowing in is to abuse your name and use it to lure in the teeny boppers!
I don't know about you, but I really hope this 'sister line' will never leave the UK and get to our shore. Please, Armani Exchange as a sister line's already bad enough.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Mini skirts and dresses in sheer latex, with embroided studs and over the top prints?! Most people say NAY, I say YAY! I'm glad Donatella's bringing back the old Gianni flavours. In this so called 'hard times' with most stores bringing out boring plain stuff, those dresses will sure bring in loads of $$$.
That saying, my favourite collection from Donatella would still be the uber gorge sex on heels spring summer 2008 show:
I love how all the models look like Donatella clones lol! Skip to 4:41 to watch Natasha Poly do her fierce walk! and that aqua backless dress on Stam at the end of the video is BEYOND!
Gianni Versace may not be replaced, but I say Donatella is still BANANAs!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
The dancing's genius no? I have no idea what she's singing about, but bleh lol!
On the other side, Britney's new video for '3' totally let me down! I was expecting a bit more dancing extravagance, with a massive snake wrapping around her neck ( like those 'slave 4 u' days). Oh well, at least she's looking healthy and hot again so I'm happy for her :).
Love you all!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Now if you think THAT was trashy, watch this!
Oh em gee, that's snake and leopard 'Prinks' outfit is totally me! no?
Ps. Apparently, she got dethrowned for Credit card Fraud! LMAO Now she TOTALLY is ... like ... my idol!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
1. The ultra glam-chic sequin embroided Lanvin jumpsuit, retailed at ~ $ 15K (!!!) which I LOVED instantly when I saw the show (tacky me hoho :D):
2. Rick Owen's beautiful goddess draped dress, although I'm more interested in the gold cuffs, so gothic chic no?
3. Despite the ultra harsh reviews, Lindsay Lohan directed 'high fashion' *coughs* brand Ungaro still managed to produce some wearable pieces with a (comparatively) decent price tags:
Of course there were pieces that made me roll my eyes and scratch my head, like this hooker fabuleux Balmain sequin ripped dress:
The worst has got to be this:
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but did the price tag say AUD 1315 ?!! PUH LEASE, in this recession time who would pay that much a for train wrecky (American Apparel inspired) t shirt? I might as well go down the road, ask some homeless man for his tshirt, put a Balmain tag on it and still look better!
WHAT RECESSION I'M TELLING YOU!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Don't get me wrong I love Ms Poly to death, but for VS, really? Then I saw this photo of LIly Donaldson and I couldn't believe my retarded eyes:
images from victoriassecret.com
Friday, October 16, 2009
Uber GORGE no? The sountrack too is amazing!
Bernard Arnault has got to be the smartest man on earth when it comes to acquiring talents. I can already see that leather shift dress with silk tie collar, the sleeveless trench dress and those sharp skirts and coats flooding $$$ into the LVMH group!
Can't wait for the full show video to come out now!
Welcome back phoebe philo!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Now while I've always loved the whole boho chic themes Frida brought out the past few seasons, My jaw dropped when I saw a lot of Tom Ford in those uber provocative outfits. That saying, the collection is totally Frida Giannini still.
3 points taken from this collection: Bondage is official. Frida Giannini at this moment OWNS Gucci. Oh, and you better add 'sporty bondage' to your trend vocabulary for next season :).
Tackiness I LOVE!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
OH EM GEE, it's (almost) EXACTLY the same as the Lanvin beaded collar shirt I've been dying to own, minus the wrist slitting price (its RRP is 29.99 pounds, which is ~AUD 60!)
WHY DON"T WE HAVE H&M IN AUSTRALIA? :(
Any readers from the States or Europe or ANYWHERE with H&M wanna help me buy this please?! I'll pay you back along with my autograph! lol
Friday, October 9, 2009
Those shoes made me drool! They look so comfortable no? lol!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Would it keep you warm? Can you use it as a scarf? properly not ...
Can it cover your assets? Would you use it as a top? NAH AH!
I still love it nevertheless ...
This obsession has got to stop!