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The Amazing Alexander McQueen “Karma Metal” Floral Sculpture Wedge Sandal From Spring Summer 2011 Collection

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Handbags & Accessories with tags , , , on February 10, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I am so in love with this Alexander McQueen shoe! As we all know, house of McQueen just don’t do plain, boring “Subtle” stuff! The intricate “Karma Metal” floral details at the 5.5” wedge heel with thin metallic leather T-Strap, this shoe is like one of those sculptures from the Baroque period that should be set behind a bullet proof glass case in the Louvre museum in Paris!

The Rebirth Of The New Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2011 Collection

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Fashion with tags on October 26, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

All I can say is Bravo, Sarah Burton! After the tragic death of the super talented (and my favorite designer) Alexander McQueen, everyone is wondering what is going to happen to this legendary fashion power house, who shocked and awed us season after season of McQueen’s sometimes dark & gothic glamorous creations. Sarah Burton has worked beside McQueen for over 15 years and in her first major fashion after taken over the house of McQueen, she has successfully pay a homage to the signature McQueen looks & tradition and a sense of herself.

As we all remembered that McQueen is famous for his beautiful sharp, structured cuts in his garments, from shoulders, to the hemlines, it is glamorous with a masculine undertone, but with Sarah Burton’s debut collection, I feel that maybe because of her gender as a woman, it has played a big role on this new collection. Start from the very beginning of the show, you can see the usually sharp and arch upwards shoulder line on the signature McQueen tailored jackets, the shoulder line has been slashed open, so it drapes down a little also the ruffled details on the lapel and hem are cut in raw edges, it totally soften the McQueen signature structured look and adds a bit more femininity touch to it.

Also as most of Alexander McQueen’s inspirations are often dark, almost a little uncomfortable feeling to it, but she adds her own twist, maybe I say a more “positive” energy in her inspiration …. A pagan, earth-mother spirit, flower child feel to this new collection which you can see from various of floral or leaf pattern laser cut out leather pants & dresses, white cotton canvas tailor jackets & pants with raw edges, raffia-trimmed brocade, butterflies motifs, feathers to the basket weaves hair detail….. all gives a feeling a loving mother-earth, rebirth kind of positive feeling to it. I just LOVE this new collection!

 
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Ahoy Fashionistas! Sail Into The Summer With Nautical Chic Looks

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Christian Louboutin, Fashion, Gucci, Handbags & Accessories, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jewelry & Accessories, Manolo Blahnik, Michael Kors, Peter Som with tags , , , , on April 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug
Ahoy mate! I’ve always loved the nautical theme fashion! With spring here and summer is just around the corner, it’s time to break out the nautical theme items! To my opinion, nothing more chic then mixing up the bold color of navy, white & a splash of red mixed in timeless stripes and whimsical gold, silver or clear Lucite jewelries accents ! Here are some looks I think is super chic and a must-have for summer 2010! I’ve picked some styles for our male fashionistas, too! So here we go…
Sonia Rykiel Nautical Sweater Dress
Available @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Peter Som Nautical Bib Necklace
Available @ Henri Bendle
Gucci Henley Dress and Jungle Hobo Bag
Available @ Neiman Marcus
Kenneth Jay Lane Branch Bib Necklace
Available @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Jean Paul Gaultier Sequined Shift Dress
Available @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Prada Saffiano Lux Tote
Available @ Bergdorf Goodman
Call the handbag specialist Jesse Kopischke (212) 872-2519
Chloe Striped Cashmere Cardigan
Available @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Celestina Rainbow Paua Shell Bag
Available @ Net-A-Porter.com
BCBG Maxazria Strapless Draped Silk Dress
Available @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Michele Gramesty Sea Glass Lucite Necklace
Christian Louboutin Chain-Embellished Espadrille
Available @ Neiman Marcus
Vince Striped Flanged Sweater
Available @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Kate Spade Shell Bead Faux Pearl Bib Necklace
Available @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Carmen Marc Valvo Turquoise Beaded Dress
Available @ Bergdorf Goodman
Manolo Blahnik Sneaker Slingback
Available @ Neiman Marcus
Miu Miu Large Deerskin Leather Tote
Available @ Net-A-Porter.com
Sea Charm Necklaces
Alice Olivia Sequin Striped Shirt
Available @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Milly Teardrop Bead Necklace
Available @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Theia Short Mirrored Dress By Donal O’Neill
Available @ Bloomingdales
Giuseppe Zanotti Jeweled Zip-Back Sandal
Available @ Neiman Marcus
Nautical Bandana Available @ Urban Outfitters.com
Alexander McQueen Biker Faithful Satchel
Michael Kors Silver Cutout Sandal
Available @ Neiman Marcus
Ok, girls shouldn’t have all the fun right guys?  here are some of the stuff I think it’s totally rad for our male fashionistas! Don’t be shy to mix up stripes with bold colors and accessorize!
BDG Stripe Cardigan Sweater
Anchor Bracelet – Available @ Urban Outfitters.com
byCORPUS Pieced Crew Neck Tee – Available @ Urban Outfitters.com
I hope this posting inspired you to dig up all the nautical theme outfits & accessories you have in the closet and go out shopping to add a couple more new pieces into your wardrobe for this summer!
Until next time, be well and look fabulous!
XOXO
Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 2010 Final Show Was Beautiful, Solemn, Funereal & a Little Spooky

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Fashion, Haute Couture with tags , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Yesterday at the Paris fall winter 2010 fashion week, our beloved fashion designer Alexander McQueen whom pass away couple weeks ago had an appointment only salon presentation of his last collection that he was working on before his tragic death.

In his latest & last collection, McQueen got back to what he loved the most, the hand craftsmanship of the Haute Couture and the things that are been lost in the making of fashion. He was inspired by the art of the Dark Ages, a sense of poetic, medieval beauty that dealt with religious iconography. In the show, it had a hunting soundtrack of operatic music in the background, the presentation was solemn, funereal and a little spooky.

McQueen’s bi-annual fashion show extravaganza had always been the highlights of the Paris or London fashion week, and a Must-See show for every fashion editors, photographers and fashionistas! Instead of the usual big production show, yesterday’s intimate setting allowed the guests having the opportunity for an up-closed appreciations of the details of his masterpieces, and honored his designs for the very last time.

By mixing the new technology with arts from the past, he had digitally transferred the paintings of high-church angels and Bosch demons into hand-loomed jacquards fabrics to create a caped gowns & dresses. Also there was a golden color feather long jacket that was painstakingly hand covered each feather with 24K gold leaves then sewn on to the jacket one by one to created this angelic look paired with a puffy embroidered tulle long skirt.

There were tears in the eyes of some of the guests as the finale dress walked down the runway. There were some talks about the possible succession designer Gareth Pugh will take over the house of McQueen, but for us, there will only be one Alexander McQueen!

Here is a video done by my one of my favorite online store Net-a-Porter.com to pay tribute to Alexander McQueen

Also click on the video player below to see some of my favorite McQueen fashion shows. To see the whole collection of McQueen’s shows since year 2002, you can click here to visit AlexanderMcQueen.com

Rest in peace Mr. McQueen! You’ll be missed!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Crazy About Designer Men Clutch! Luxe-Gifts.com Men & Women Spring Summer 2010 Clutch & Purse Review

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Handbags & Accessories, Judith Leiber, Michael Kors with tags , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Spring is just around the corner, as I’m start to put away your heavy winter clothes and accessories & I found myself can’t stop checking out those super chic designer cluthes! Some is in hard metal case, some in soft envelope form leather material, pink one, gold one I want them all! Choosing the right clutches to go with your spring summer look is important! even tho is a small accessories but it says a lot about you! And in spring 2010 Men’s fashion show in Milan, Paris & London, a “Men Clutch Bag” is back in fashion in full force!

Some of you might ask: What is a Clutch? A clutch purse is not seen on an everyday basis as often as it used to be, but these little gems are still around in various forms. They are usually small purses designed to be carried or “clutched” in the hand. Some have a detachable chain or leather strap so they can also be worn hanging from the shoulder.

The history of purses in general dates back to the Babylonian era. Purses were generally used in religious ceremonies then, and the modern wit might quip that they still have a holy significance to a woman. People figured out that they were useful for carrying money and valuables and purses became popular, worn on belts by men and women.

In the early 1800s, women began carrying reticules, the forerunner of the modern handbag, looking very much as some styles of the clutch purse look today. A lady of quality carried her handkerchief and smelling salts in her reticule, along with, perhaps, a packet of rice papers to dull a shiny spot on the face. The clutch purse has been popular ever since.

The clutch purse went out of fashion in the early 19th century, but experienced resurgence in popularity during World War II. With rationing, the smaller clutch required less material for manufacture and fit in well with a wartime mindset.


Until recently, most women would only be carrying a lipstick, compact mirror, Mobile phone, and perhaps a single key or, if it was an evening out with girlfriends, some cash. Nowadays, what with cell phones and wallets and other necessities, it’s much more difficult to go out with a tiny bag. For the nights when you don’t need to carry much, you can still get a charming clutch that holds just what you need and sets off your outfit as well

I’ve been carrying around my Balenciaga, Gucci Sigrid & YSL clutch under my arm for a week, and suddenly, life is easier! I grab everything I need, all at once on my way out the door, which is too much to fit into a pocket-sized wallet.

So I’m particularly delighted with the newest unexpected twist menswear runways – the introduction of clutches to men’s wardrobes.

Balenciaga Covered Giant Envelope Clutch
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(Modeling Photo Courtesy by Kevin @ mymanybags)

Gucci Sigrid Patent Leather Clutch
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Yves Saint Laurent Large Leather Clutch
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Here are some pics of “Men Clutch” that’s showing up at many Men’s Fashion shows

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2010

Bottega Veneta Fall Winter 2009


Gucci Fall Winter 2009

If you think about it, it’s really not far-fetched. Men carry briefcases and portfolios, which are just as hard to carry as a clutch. So why not switch out an attaché case for a sleek Gucci envelope? Plus, these days, we’re carrying cell phones, wallets, Blackberries, keys and billions of other things! A giant messenger bag isn’t always a convenient, or appropriate, accessory for a night out. Look at Karl Lagerfeld (Design director of CHANEL) carry his own brand KL clutch out for a casual walk, super stylish & practical accessory for both women & Men!

The 21-year-old Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted walking through busy street in London accessorized his outfit with a man clutch! I think it’s super stylish!

Ok ok, enough about the men! Now let’s look at some of the beautiful clutches for the Ladies!

For a casual look, an oversized clutch that can hold your wallet, sunglasses, lipstick and cell phone will be the perfect choice. Casual clutches are generally made of genuine leather, patent leather, suede or satin in pleasurable colors and designs. For an elegant clutch, a smaller version is preferred, with space for cash, credit cards, ID and a slim cell phone. Clutch bags look best with a pair of high heels. Once you start carrying a clutch bag, you will love its handy character, and will like grab it and go.

If the iconic Union Jack clutch is too patriotic for you, perhaps you’d like to try this Alexander McQueen Patent Leather Knuckle Duster Clutch. We have already seen this type of clutch before, but interesting enough, this new rendition comes in an exciting silhouette.

Alexander McQueen Red Union Jack Skull Clutch
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Instead of coming in the usual square-y box shape of clutch, this clutch is in a rectangular shape, measuring about 9 x 3¼ x 1½ inches. It probably resembles to that of an eye glasses’ box, but of course, in a chicer design. Well actually, this exudes tough-chic appeal, which should not anymore be surprising considering that it has always been a signature for Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen Python Knuckle Dusterl Clutch
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Made from exotic python skin in black, It has black gun metal framing, and the interesting knuckle ring handle also comes in the same tone. This then has an attached jeweled skull and stone knuckle duster, giving this tough-looking clutch a hint of dark goth femme glam! I am already on the waiting list for it.

It is very clear that this Alexander McQueen Faithful Leather Glove Clutch is for the rocker type fashionistas. Well, we can’t deny that most of his creations exude that kind of appeal, but there are some that only shows a hint of such. Seeing this particular clutch obviously shows Alexander McQueen’s main theme and you don’t even have to guess if this is intended to look classic or simply tough.

Mcqueen Faithful Leather Glove Clutch
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This Alexander McQueen clutch measures about 12½ x 6½ x 1½ inches, plus it also has angled zippers on the fold-over flap, and opening the clutch would also show extra zipped pocket. It is made from distressed black leather, which already brings a hint of toughness to it; but what actually makes this even tougher is the snap closure glove design on the flap.I’m not sure if you can slip your hand in it for a unique carrying option, but if it is intended to function as such, then this is without a doubt, exceptionally designed. But if not, this clutch is still fantastic anyway.

No one speaks the “Casual Hamptons Country Chic” better than designer Michael Kors! This clutch is mad with braded rattan with delicious dark chocolate brown leather strap as closure. Measure 4.5” L x 10.5” W x 2.5” D. Perfect size to fit all of our necessities in there and looking so chic without looking like you are trying too hard!

Michael Kors Santorini Rattan Clutch
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When you think of sparkling evening bags who do you think of first? Judith Leiber of course! She is the master of using Swarovski crystals to create unique & elegant patterns on her super exclusive handbag collections! I particularly love this “Marguerite Floral Minaudiere” Clutch, the vibrant floral color just screams spring & summer cheer! It’s measures 3” H x 6.75” W x 2.25” D

Judith Leiber Marguerite Floral Minaudiere Clutch
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How can we mention handbags without showing something from the super luxurious fashion house Louis Vuitton?! I LOVE LOVE this clutch! This slim yet multi compartment clutch & being slightly larger than other clutches, it’s ideal for using day or night!! The picture of elegance in iconic LV monogram canvas. Measure 10.5” L x 6” H x 1.1” D

Louis Vuitton Sofia Coppola Slim Monogram Clutch
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To end this posting, here is Dolce & Gabbana Mens Spring-Summer 2010 fashion show, look at how handsome they look with the “Men’s Clutch bag” Bellisimo !

I hope this posting inspired you to start to think about & preparing your spring & summer wardrobe as I do and go pick up a fabulous clutch to accessorize your look this spring!

Untill next time, be well & look fabulous !

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Chanel, D.L. & Co., Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Gothic Chic & Dark Glamour, Haute Couture, Jean Paul Gaultier, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

As a fashion designer, I’m inspired by many things around me. The imagery of a photo, scenery, sounds & musics, movies… just about everything! In recent conversations with a good friend of mine on facebook about “Goth” and it inspired me to google some imageries and articles about this mysterious & fascinating lifestyle which has inspired many arts & fashions.

So what is “Goth”? in simple definitions: To some, Goth is a style of dressing; to others it’s a lifestyle. Either way, the gothic look involves very black clothing and very white makeup with edgy, tough accessories. Prime example of classic gothic style: Musician – Marilyn Mansion. But as a person with an inquiring mind ( yes I do read the trashy gossip enquirer magazine ok! Haha) I know it has to be deeper than just the black clothing, smoky eye make-ups and of course ever so dreamy vampire Robert Pattinson aka “Edward Cullen” from the hit movie “Twilight”.

So after some googling, according to Goth.net

“Most Goths become Goths because they have been spurned by ‘normal’ society because the way they want to live their lives does not fit in with how most people are told to live theirs. Goths are free thinkers, people who do not accept the moral rules of society because they’re told ‘This is just how it is’ or ‘This is what God says!’. Rather Goths tend to listen to what you have to say, and make up their own mind..”

But of course this is not the case for all Goths. Many Goths today are Goths for a variety of other reasons. They like the music, or the clubs are better, they have Goth friends and joined in with them, or they just like staying up late nights and Goths are the only ones awake to talk to.

To us the fashionistas, the theme “Goth” has inspired many fashion designers over the years and here are some of the collections I think are super fabulous & go with our topic perfectly!

Junya Watanabe

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2005

Rick Owens Fall 2006 Collection

When John Galliano was traveling south to research his couture collection during summer of 2005 he was inspired with the French Revolution stories & history, so in Dior’s Spring 2006 Couture show, blood- and gore-spattered drama was the theme and to me, it’s also very “Goth Glam” ,too!

Christian Dior 2006 Spring Haute Couture

Harper’s Bazaar Magazine October 2009 & Film Maker Tim Burton

As if Tim Burton’s characters all got together and did a fashion photoshoot, this amazing pictorial for the October edition of Harper’s Bazaar features characters from his past movies like The Night Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and more, all look amazing in designer clothing and shoes.

Versace Haute Couture

Comme des Garçons Coat (Left) – Salvatore Ferragamo Jacket (Right)

Dolce & Gabbana

CHANEL

Alexander McQueen

Valentino

Givenchy

And for our male readers, me & mei-mei the pug didn’t forgot about you! Here are some fabulous menswear from Ann Demeulemeester Fall – Winter 2009 Collection for you! I just LOVE that chunky sweater in the middle

Of course how can we end this “Dark Glamorous” posting without mentioning one of my favorite designer Alexander McQueen!

Alexander McQueen 2007 Fall & Winter

In this collection, McQueen had put a heartfelt personal passion into a collection that was based on a startling revelation from his family history. His mother, who traces family trees, discovered that her bloodline leads back to a victim of the Salem witch trials who was hanged in the Puritan hysteria of 1692. The themes of witchcraft, paganism, and religious persecution played on the dark and angry side of McQueen’s creativity.

Here is a video of Alexander McQueen 2007 Fall & Winter totally fabulously spooky fashion show

All of you must be wondering ….how can I achieve that beautiful vampy smoky eye make-up to complete your Gothic Chic outfits & accessories?! So we have found 2 tutorials for our gal & dudes readers! Here is the female smoky eyes tutorials that shows you how to do it!

And here is the “Guyliner” smoky eyes tutorial

Don’t forget to check out our designer candles selections! D.L. & Co. is famous for his “Dark Glamourous” presentaions of his candles & diffusers! Utilizing the rarest of extracts, essences and absolutes, they are able to create fragrances that conjure time and place, transforming enviroments from the mundane to the sublime! it’s a MUST HAVE for all fashionistas! click on the picture below to check out our selections of D.L. & Co’s candles!

We hope this posting totally inspired you to bring out the “Dark” side of your inner Goddess! Until next time, Be well & look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug