Archive for July, 2011

BTBJ: Social media edition

July 21st, 2011
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Nadine Kam photos
At the entrance to the American Heart Association’s 14th annual “Black Tie & Blue Jeans” fundraiser, a group of BFFs was one of many posing for a 7-second video that would be converted into a flip book to have and hold.

I thought I had a 6 a.m. flight home from New York July 16, so rather than risk going to bed and not waking up, I decided to stay up ’til 3 to go to the airport. At just about 3, I double-checked my flight time and found it was actually 7, but that just meant I could watch another movie in the hotel room before leaving at 4. Why oh why did I pick “Beastly?” I had to cut it off in the middle to leave, but no biggie. It’s a throwaway kind of film.

So, after having been awake 26 hours and making the 11-hour journey home (it’s not so painful when you opt for first class, where the seats recline and Delta proffers eye masks, comfy socks and other pleasant amenities), I managed to get back to work the same day, hauling my tired self to The Waikiki EDITION, where the American Heart Association was hosting its 14th annual “Black Tie & Blue Jeans” event. (more…)

Shopping New York

July 21st, 2011
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Nadine Kam photos

All Saints Spitalfields Allegra dress, $650. Too froufrou for my stature, but my b.f. wanted me to try it on. I obliged but it was so heavy I had a hard time taking it off. I wanted to cry.

NEW YORK—After visiting the McQueen show at the Met, I was in the mood for Brit fashion and chanced upon All Saints Spitalfields in SoHo, at 512 Broadway, a new favorite store. What got my attention was the store’s window display, with eye-catching antique sewing machines stacked floor to ceiling for an industrial look, echoed throughout the store.

The London-based company started with menswear and has branched out to womenswear with a Gothic sensibility. There was a lot I liked about the collections which ran the gamut from deconstructed parachute styles to tailored pieces with intricate details and construction. When I later wore a Jezabel skirt out, a person who understands construction had to get her hands on it for a closer look, asking if she could see it because, “It intrigues me.” I’m afraid she would have had to take it home to figure it out, and that wasn’t going to happen.

So much better than Topshop. I also didn’t find anything at Zara and H&M this time around.

In All Saints menswear department, antique sewing machines lined the walls behind a display of belts.
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