September 29, 2011

I'm Still In Love

Céline Spring 2011

Que The Stills' "Still in Love Song." The Céline SS2011 Foulard Print Blouse is one of those iconic pieces that I regret not being on top of while it was (rarely) in stores. I came close to acquiring a piece of that collection in New York during Bergdorf's annual sale. But there was only a geometric skirt left, and there was no way to adapt it to my wardrobe. I need to have one of the tops! And don't even get me started on the bottoms... The Foulard Blouse in emerald green was just made available on eBay... someone please BUY IT BEFORE I DO.

I mean, there is no other way to say it other than it is a $2,000 blouse. But I need it! This is going to be a stressful bidding period. Or someone please make me a cool alternative! #firstworldproblems

- jerome

Indian Summer

Karen Walker Sunglasses, Hanes Tee, Yves Saint Laurent Pin, Marc Jacobs Swim Trunks, Rainbow Slippers

Have you ever had a perfect day? The sun shone on my face as I willingly awoke from a good night's sleep. I went to the gym and got ready for a day with Jeremy. I sensed that it was the perfect chance to go to the beach. Most people prefer Baker Beach, but I have always loved Ocean Beach for the calm. We walked in the tide and took pictures of the water. Somehow the run-away-from-the-water game never gets old. I haven't felt this way about San Francisco in a very long time.

I love that about San Francisco; one moment I am shopping, and the next I have my feet buried in the sand. After hours of basking in the sun and walking in the waves, we retired to Haight Street for some shopping. FAIL. I don't really shop there anymore so I didn't realize just how dead it is. But that was fine, it was just nice to walk and browse and BE with Jeremy. We ended the day with an amazing dinner at a small Indian Restaurant, followed by a run to Whole Foods and a pint of Ben and Jerry's Red Velvet Cake ice cream.

I will always be a Californian.

- jerome

September 26, 2011

Loden Dager SS2012

Runway detail photos via

Loden Dager presented an awesome collection for Spring. I had quite the adventure trying to find the venue Good Units. It was at the basement of the Hudson Hotel in Manhattan, which I had never been to, so I pretty much just followed all of the fashion looking types to the bottom floor. One thing I learned about fashion week is that everything starts at least 30 minutes least. This show was worth the wait. Loden Dager always incorporates interesting, unexpected details. I desire the prints, covet the zippered backless hoodie, and adore the styling (one sleeve on, one sleeve off of a jumpsuit is the new one strap on, one strap off on overalls).

This was my first menswear show of NYFW, and I saw some major faces that I had only seen in magazines. The current faces of Calvin Klein, GAP, and Balmain strode gracefully before my very eyes. All the shoes were provided by NIKE and complemented the fluorescent palette perfectly. What an awesome show!!

- jerome

September 23, 2011

Walking in Gramercy Park

Linen Motorcycle Kimono Vest by Haider Ackermann, Vintage Cropped Trousers, Boots by COS, Large PS1 in Smoke by Proenza Schouler, Cuff by Hermés

So this is what I wore in New York. I love the summer evenings there, and never worrying about bringing a jacket. I have to invest in a smaller camera because my trusty SLR weighs too much! I am on the corner of 3rd Ave and E19th in Gramercy Park where our apartment was. Apparently the block was famous for shooting Gossip Girl scenes. We did see scenes being filmed on the street and stoop 3 doors down. I tried to hide it, but I couldn't help but be a little excited to see it all. I wonder if I will ever be jaded after I move.

- jerome

September 21, 2011

Sally LaPointe SS2012

I had the pleasure of attending the Sally LaPointe Spring 2012 runway show during New York Fashion Week. What a pleasant treat! My seat didn't allow for the best photos so definitely check out the full collection when you can. I love the balance between structured tailoring and goddess drapery. There is also a smart combination of kimono and cocktail. The collection was backed by a powerful, moving soundtrack. The inspiration was the Renwick Ruins, " abandoned smallpox hospital still standing on Roosevelt Island, NYC...a haunted romanticism..."

This was my first show at NYFW. It was so beautiful! The weather could not have been more perfect. Apparently it had been raining the entire week before Anthony and I arrived. When we landed, the heat and sunshine came for our entire stay. Walking back to the apartment from the show, I knew that I had to move to NYC.

On our way to the airport to go back to San Francisco, it started raining.

- jerome

September 18, 2011

Concrete Jungle

So I am back from New York. Returning to San Francisco is always refreshing no matter where I have traveled to, but I feel that the energy in New York keeps calling me back every time I have to leave. This last trip was quite the experience. New York fashion week is quite the marathon of air kissing and taxi hailing, meal forgetting and picture taking, door girls and all-nighters. My past experiences with Milan fashion week prepared me for almost nothing in NYC, or the people and cities themselves are quite different. I also did not have certain advantages that I did in Milan - Asian American Bloggers with cameras and current season runway pieces are apparently not so special in Manhattan. Soon to follow (once I find time away from work to unpack) will be coverage of the shows that I saw during NYFW. For now, enjoy some pictures of my friends at Le Bain at The Standard Hotel on our first night. It has been a while since I watched the sun come up with my best friends in one place.

Going out to clubs in NYC is a little obnoxious. There is always a line to bypass with the usual methods of name dropping, texting, and rolling with the right people. Personally, if I have to wait for more than 20 minutes to get into a party, it is not worth going to. Wasting my time in a line that seems to grow longer in front of me while knowing at the end there is still a power-drunk door bitch waiting to laugh at my RSVP is not my idea of a good time. Fashion week is packed with these kinds of parties. Did I mention I paid $100 for 6 cocktails? It was a little sad to see Brian Lichtenberg physically pushed back by a security guard as he, and other people invited to events, were denied for no reason. The fangirl in me totally freaked out at the sight of fashion celebs, and of course it is fun to be around them. However, I had the most fun roaming the streets and getting drinks with my friends (and friends of friends) at bars where the door girl is only there to check IDs. My biggest gripe is that people in New York (ESPECIALLY THE QUEENS) do not care about being nice. I am too much of a Filipino/California Girl to give a shit about getting in to be seen anywhere, and I hope I never lose that.

- jerome

September 7, 2011

I'm Off to NYFW!

Britney Spears Femme Fatale Tour Shirt, Club Monaco Trousers, Clark's Desert Boot

I leave for New York Fashion Week tonight. AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO WEAR. As of late, work has been stressful. Planning for this trip has also been all time consuming, hence my lack of posts and lazy attire. But there is nothing quite like a concert tee and a good pair of comfy slacks to help you through it. I am cramming everything I own into my suitcase finishing up packing and headed out to NYC - my future home come March. Wish me luck, and send me invites!!

- jerome