"" wondermomo: October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011


Whether you need to keep the sun out of your eyes or you just want to show off that you recognise something good when you see it, Carhartt’s Limited Edition logo ball caps are great items to finish off your look. Fabricated from robust, rugged fabrics, Carhartt caps are comfy to wear and extremely durable. They are also unisex, with adjustable fits, making them perfect for either gender. And just as the logo on most of the caps imply, the brand has been in existence since 1889. Now wouldn’t you readily trust quality that’s been around for that long a time?
Makes wonderful gift items, too :-)

Founded by Mr. Hamilton Carhartt and still a family-owned business, Michigan-based Carhartt has been known for its exceptional durability, comfort and attention to detail for over 120 years. Originally established to set a standard of excellence in manufacturing functional workwear, Carhartt now produces thoroughly modern casual wear boasting high quality and vintage-inspired detailing.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Hope you have fun out there in your merry stroll of terror.

[Photo: Carrie Ochal]

Saturday, October 29, 2011

THE KOOPLES (Paris) Long Pleated Skirt

With elegant plissé pleats that lend beautiful movement, this chiffon long skirt from hipster Paris label The Kooples will be an instant It-girl favourite. Tuck in a tee and a cropped jacket for a chic downtown look, or contrast with a delicate beaded blouse, layered fine jewellery and high heels for a sensuous evening look.
(RRP £195)
Founded by three brothers named Alexander, Laurent, and Raphael Elicha, Paris-based The Kooples is known for its campaign ads and videos featuring beautiful real couples and their story.

The AW runways have been absolutely inundated with long skirts. What’s equally compelling is that many stylish fashion week attendees also happened to be wearing chic long skirts. The maxi is having such a major fashion moment, legendary New York Times street-style photographer Bill Cunningham even documented these attendees sporting different versions of such skirts. Check out Mr. Cunningham’s comments here.


Definitely not recommended for animal activists, but what a dead-on CG parody of the temperamental director archetype :-)
Happy Saturday!

[Video: Mikros Image for Canal+, the French premium pay TV channel.]

Thursday, October 27, 2011

TORY BURCH Two-Tone Tote

Tory Burch bags always seem to tick all the boxes, and this sleek two-tone design epitomises the collection’s effortless style. Great for use in the city or a weekend getaway, this wonderfully roomy tote fits almost everything you need to survive - including your laptop, a thin sweater, even your redweld files. In delicious two-tone, this carryall will stand out in a sea of black bags.
(RRP US$350)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BROOKS BROTHERS (New York) Heeled Loafer

The old-school loafer gets a fashionable lift and ends up taking centre stage as the must-have footwear item this season.
Birthed from the menswear trend that’s going strong, the timeless staple is elevated as a heel and as a result takes on a still-preppy-yet-feminine-and-polished tone. (Call it librarian chic, if you will.)
A versatile shape, this heeled loafer from Brooks Brothers pairs well with just about outfit -- from pleated skirts to cropped pants, from prim tailored dresses to rolled skinny jeans. And of course, it’s sure to work the hardest for you when added to your office wardrobe.
(RRP US$198)

Heeled loafers stomping down and off the runways.

Founded in New York City in 1818, Brooks Brothers is the oldest surviving menswear mercantile in the United States.
In its long and venerable history, Brooks Brothers has dressed robber barons, students, Madison Avenue Mad Men, royalty (both the Hollywood and European varieties), and presidents, including Mr. Obama.
Although Brooks Brothers has a conservative-prep image, through the years they have been fashion innovators. The company was one of the first sellers of silk neckties in the U.S., and is credited with developing the button-down collar and introducing chinos, Shetland sweaters, argyle socks, madras prints and seersucker suits for North American men. Now nearly 200 years old, Brook Brothers continues to uphold its reputation as the bastion of classic American style and Ivy League casual, branching their skillful craftsmanship into womenswear, children’s line, footwear and accessories.

At his second inauguration, Abraham Lincoln wore a coat specially crafted for him by Brooks Brothers. Hand stitched into the coat's lining was an intricate design featuring an eagle and the inscription, "One Country, One Destiny." Sadly, it was also the coat Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated at Ford's Theater. For that reason, Brooks Brothers did not make black suits for many years.

It was Brooks Brothers who made Theodore Roosevelt’s uniform for the Spanish-American War.

Happy Diwali

Happy Deepavali! May your inner light dispel all darkness.
Enjoy a tune of Diwali riddim!

• Riddim = The Jamaican patois pronunciation of "rhythm".
• Diwali riddim = A syncopated handclapping rhythm based on Indian dance music.

Monday, October 24, 2011

McQ by ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Strapless Tulip Dress

Who doesn’t love Alexander Mcqueen? No one, clearly. But our budget may not always agree. Launched in 2006, McQ by Alexander McQueen puts the late designer’s beloved aesthetic within our reach. Having worked alongside McQueen for more than 14 years, current creative director Sarah Burton has a deep understanding of her mentor’s vision, which allows the label to stay true to its core values.

In true McQueen style, this strapless gem casts a darkly romantic spell. The artful form-fitting bodice opens to an on-trend, figure-friendly tulip skirt, while the architectural elements and inky colour palette add edge to the feminine silhouette.
Fit for the belle of the ball, this dazzling number would look awesome with sky-high black heels or leg-lengthening nude footwear. For cooler nights, simply throw on your favourite cropped boyfriend blazer.
(RRP US$795)
Bloom into style with the tulip/cocoon trend.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

NEW ARRIVALS - 23 October (Sunday)

From a rainy week allow us to pull back the curtain and reintroduce a shaft of light into your retinas.
Our NEW ARRIVALS have arrived for a weekend launch with another hands-down thrilling edition of clothes, shoes and bags.

3.1 Phillip Lim, DVF, Elie Tahari, McQ by Alexander McQueen, Mercibeaucoup Japan, Nanette Lepore (New York), The Kooples (hipster style from Paris), bags from Givenchy, Michael Kors and Rebecca Minkoff, shoes from BCBG, Brooks Brothers New York, Elizabeth and James, Dr. Martens and Tory Burch, sunglasses.

3.1 Phillip Lim, agnès b., AllSaints Spitalfields, Kenzo, Lee, Z Zegna, Givenchy bags, and an exciting collection of shoes worthy of snapping up and bringing home to join the rest of your footwear collection: adidas Y-3, Bally, Bass by G.H. Bass & Co. (traditional New England style since 1876!), Camper, Dr. Martens, and more.


This Italian unisex collection evolved from the concept of applying a strap to an 18th century pocket watch, allowing it to be worn as a wristwatch. Over the past couple of years, the credibility of Gaga Milano watches has been bolstered by their popularity with footballers, including 2011 Asian Cup MVP Keisuke Honda.

All these and more ready to roll out today!

[Photo: Lou Mora, Los Angeles, USA.]

Saturday, October 22, 2011

ROYAL ELASTICS (Australia/USA) Slip-On Laced-Up Dress Shoe

Successfully diversifying beyond the classic elastic sneakers that initially dominated its lineup, Royal Elastics has introduced a positively fashion-forward -- but still of the slip-on design! -- dress shoe in high-grade distressed and antiqued leather or elegant buffed nubuck leather.
Elasticated laces and hidden elastic panels on the canvas inner sock further make for the easy slip-on, slip-off function.
Wear it casual or just a tad dressy, this shoe doesn’t waste time and looks simply amazing!


In 1997, fresh from the success of producing disco parties in Sydney, 20-year-old Tull Price and pal Rodney Adler decided to start their own streetwear shoe line. At the time of its launch, Royal Elastics was characterised by comfortable shoes that could be put on and removed shoes swiftly using elastics. Under the slogan “no time for laces”, Royal Elastics carried out strategies that met with great acceptance from active youth, particularly in the music and art industries. Today Royal Elastics is based in Los Angeles, and Price and Adler, who have gone on to work on their new luxury sneaker line FELT (previously posted here). And despite rocky times plaguing the fashion trade, Royal Elastics has, under its new EVP and chief creative director John Bondoc, victoriously survived several changes and uncertainty, prevailing as one of the most innovative brands around.


Whimsical, peculiar, all around charming. Much like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the moral of the story is that love never dies :-)
Happy Saturday!