Archive for January, 2011
NEW YORK CITY — Because recent fashion runways have been filled with MC Hammer pants, sheik-like turbans, Chewbacca jackets and furry boots, even studded, razor-sharp stilettos — observers ask: Do stylish women dress up for men?
Revolutionary designer Elsa Schiaparelli famously said, “Women dress alike all over the world; they dress to annoy other women.”
Believe me, nothing makes a fashionable woman’s heart go a-flutter as when girlfriends, frenemies or random chicks go up to her and say, “I love your outfit”.
Blogger Leandra Medine, 21, celebrates her passion for the kind of fashion loved by women but hated by a good number of straight men in her blog, “The Man Repeller.”
One fine day, while shopping at Topshop, Medine recalls lamenting the state of her love life when her girlfriend pointed out: “You’re wearing a denim button-up with high-waist denim cut-offs and black suede flat booties.”
photo courtesy of manrepeller.com
That evening, she started her blog.
Manrepeller.com is filled with Leandra’s hysterical take on trends, with entries ranging from her own interpretation of Martin Margiela’s paper dress and boots to reviewing the latest from Paris and New York Fashion Weeks.
She likes to share finds that would undoubtedly wow other women but appall men, thus calling them “man repeller” or MR.
She defines “man repeller” as outfitting one’s self in a sartorially offensive way, resulting in repelling members of the opposite sex.
For more about the Leandra Medine and Man-Repelling, please check out the rest of the article in today’s On The Radar of the Sunday Star.
Incidentally, Leandra’s blog is nominated in the “Most Original” category of the Bloglovin’ awards. Vote for The Man Repeller here!
my friend N was in town from singapore and since we’re old neighbors and lazy, we decided to have dinner within quezon city. ok, take note, i love quezon city. it’s just that there are very few places in my beloved city where i will wear anything more than an old shirt, cutoff denim shorts and flip flops. but for this meal i really just wanted to dress up a little (plus i had a party to go to after. hehehe!)
so i picked the nearest thing to a “fine dining” experience in my neck of the woods, lemuria.
lemuria is this little fine dining/wine cellar located in a cul-de-sac in horseshoe village. the place has a mysterious and secluded air about it and you actually feel like you’re far, far away. like say in tagaytay. but just 10 minutes away from home.
very european with vines and greens and wooden houses. that’s a nice date spot right there.
the menu is french-mediterranean. as you breeze through the menu, they serve a small plate of greens and melon with some sort of mango chutney.
we settled on the following dishes:
Carpaccio, cacao smoked beef with roasted almond flakes, fresh parmesan shavings, fleur del sel and scented with olive oil
Sea Bass, pan seared Chilean sea bass with a mushroom risotto and fresh vierge
Kurobuta Pork Belly, slow braised Japanese pork then lightly browned, served with salaradise potatoes, porcini mushrooms, roasted figs and peaches, and scented with a red wine reduction (i really liked this dish!! loved the figs! and figs remind me of shakespeare. WHUT?)
what i particularly loved is the carabao’s milk cheesecake with dulce de leche.
so creamy and wasn’t too sweet either. it was BEYOND.
lemuria was a great break from the usual. they served good food with an ambiance that was distinct. and a perfect date place without having to pay tolls.
5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village
this is THE fashion movie to end all fashion movies this year. bill cunningham’s new york is a documentary featuring the photographer and his work. as the man behind the new york times’ on the street, he pioneered street style photography even before the sartorialist was even walking! so influential is mr cunningham that anna wintour, yes, the devil herself, feels slighted and insecure when he declines to photograph her. YES.
and in this day and age of instant celebrity, self-importance and vanity, maybe we should take a look at this legend’s own down-to-earth lifestyle and real wisdom. maybe we can learn a thing or two about life.
if you follow me on twitter, you know i was freaking out when i saw this year’s coachella line up. but after much thought and doing actual work work, i realized that i’m happy doing something else in april. firstly, the kings of leon in big fonts = a BIG YUCK. secondly, i love arcade fire, chemical brothers, erykah badu, kanye, PJ harvey and the national but i’m going to see the national in singapore while the other acts? i know i’m going to get my chance some day. i’m hopeful like that.
i know a few people who were underwhelmed with the line up but i guess that’s understandable. this year’s event seemed to have focus on older acts and on hiphop/r&b performers. the latter genre, very few people will admit to liking it. too bad.
but if i did go to this year’s coachella, i would’ve really wanted to see Ms. Lauryn Hill (please don’t forget the Ms).
i was really hoping to see her live one day. i can only dream now. sigh. and to quote ate vi “been there, been that” and as an adult, there is more to life than coachella. (i’m obviously trying to be mature here)
that said, if you guys are planning a trip to coachella this year, i have a few tips.
– buy your tickets now and don’t bother with the VIP tickets
– if you’re not the camping type, PLEASE and believe me, this will be the best tip ever – book a hotel+bus shuttle+ticket package with valley music. here’s the link to the website.
– bring your most comfortable clothes and bring loads of cash. and don’t be a priss.
-if you’re going as a group, stick together or at least have a reliable meeting place. cellphone coverage is virtually useless
my favorite favorite season is fall/winter. i like the palette – in case you didn’t notice, i have a pretty neutral wardrobe. actually, i pretty much wear black+grey+white most of the time which is boring to some but i think it’s just easier to deal with. and everybody looks better in black!
unfortunately, i live in a tropical country where there are only two seasons – hot and hotter. that’s why during my last trip to hong kong and hearing that the highs were in the teens(centigrade, if it were fahrenheit, i would’ve keeled over and died), i immediately planned outfits which involved coats, tights, boots and leather.
BUT, the past few weeks have been pretty amazing. it’s been breezy and there’s a chill in the air. I KNOW.i took the opportunity to wear an early fall outfit today and here’s what i came up with:
long heather grey cardigan – zara
black cowl neck jersey shift dress – jil sander
black patent leather skinny belt – club monaco
grey+white argyle tights – h&m
black patent leather wedges – prada
if this “cold” front continues, you’d expect the boots will be taken out of storage pretty soon. LOL!