Swarovski’s fitting

I was so excited when I was asked to assist the fitting of the Swarovski show for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney. It’s incredible how much work go into a fashion show. It would take months of preparation for a show that would last about 20 mins. It already felt like a mini fashion show today at the Swarovski showroom. Models came in and out, being undressed, dressed and then undressed again. The energy in the room is electrifying that even though I started at 9am and didn’t finish until 8.30pm, I was ready to do more fitting. The clothes and jewelleries  was spectacularly beautiful. One of my jobs today was to photograph the models’ final looks for the show, so let’s have a sneak-peak at some of the looks that will be on the runway next week. More details of some of the jewelleries will be on http://instagram.com/beingkhoi . Enjoy :)

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Look forward!!

I had so much fun at Farage this week. It is always exciting to get the first look at what is coming into stores for the new season especially when you are in charge of deliveries. It feels odd that we are allocating stocks for Fall/Winter when it is still boiling hot outside. Those garments have already been in production for months, right after summer started. You have to admire designers and creative professionals for always thinking ahead to the future.

The last month has been emotionally tough on me in terms of personal life. However,this week presented a new opportunity when I was hired to become a part of the Farage team, officially-all my intern days paid off. When life is not going the way you want, sometimes you have to find the thing that you are passionate about and focus on that. I am so grateful for the new door that has been opened for me and excited (and a bit scared, but in a good way) for the journey ahead.

Let’s have a look what Farage will have in store for you:

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At Last !!!

The most anticipated fashion show of the season has finally come and gone, but its influence would remain to inspire designers, editors and street styles for many seasons to come. Less than 24 hours ago, Nicolas Ghesquière unveiled his first collection for Louis Vuitton. There were the expected and unexpected. The unexpected vibe of the 1960s combined with the expected innovative use of fabrics and sharp tailoring which Ghesquière has always mastered in his designs. There were experimental blends between knit, leather and suede. As his debut collection for an iconic brand, Ghesquière was clever not to overdo the futuristic silhouette which he is famous for, but scaled back to a more classic look. The collection had the underlying theme of the passage between the future and the past.The mix between modern fabric technology and vintage feel signals what could be a effortless transition of Ghesquière into a new era of Louis Vuitton.

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Back to business!

After a month in the States, I was glad to be back home. I am so proud to be living in this beautiful city of energy, diversity and charm. I went to two major cities in America-New York and San Francisco- and Sydney is quite up there compared to them. I spent the most significant time of my life in Sydney. It’s where I have my first love, my first job and it’s where I met the people who mean so much to me. It’s so easy to be lazy and sit on the couch all day, but if you choose to be inspired, the city won’t fail you. All you have to do is take a walk outside. I am looking forward to the rest of this year where I will choose to get off my couch and do something, starting with building this blog.

It’s also going to be an interesting year because I have resigned from The Body Shop. I am so grateful to have been with the company for 3 years. It was so great to be apart of something that makes a difference. I don’t think there are many company who would pay their employee to get out of work and do community project. I didn’t just come to work to sell soap, I was there to support some great campaigns for human rights, animal rights and our environment. I learned so much about what is happening around the world. Most important of all, I got to work with an amazing group of people, many of which I call friends. They are the one who encourage me to pursue my passion for fashion. They gave a confidence to get out of my comfort zone where I could feel complacent sometimes; and get out there and do something I love. So here I am, unemployed but somehow I feel liberating and excited about the possibilities the universe will have for me. So I want to say THANK YOU to everybody that I have worked with from when I started at Paddington as a Christmas Casual to when I became a 2IC at Chatswood. Thank you for all great time filled with joy and laughter. Thank you for believing that I could be something.

Now that I am not working, I thought I could come back to intern at Farage while working on my next job. I was so happy that the team was excited to have me back. So I put on a sharp outfit and got out of my house.Today, I was in charged of sorting out inventory from last seasons to be ready for a clearance sales. So I got to go up to the studios where there are racks of clothes and piles of shoes. Needless to say I felt like a kid in a candy store. I saw these two pairs of shoes that I absolutely love which make me think I better hurry up and get some paid work if I want to maintain my shopping habit.

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Man up!!!

I finally got to the States after more than 22 hours flight. In order to get used to the time zone, I thought I would spend a bit of time during the day continuing the trend report for the Pre-Fall 2014 collections. It looks like you girls can give your feet a break because designers are making comfortable shoes look chic. Think Oxford, Brouge and sneakers paired with skirts or dresses. We can expect the perfect combination of masculinity and femininity next Fall. There are also looks that are entirely borrowed from the boys which only really work if you are tall, skinny and daring. So the next time you see a really well-dressed guy, take a cue and may be ask where he get his blazers or shoes.

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Elizabeth and James (photo credit : style.com)

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Elizabeth and James (photo credit: style.com)

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Emporio Armani (photo credit: style.com)

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Giorgio Armani (photo credit: style.com)

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Giorgio Armani (photo credit: style.com)

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Giorgio Armani (photo credit: style.com)

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Jonathan Saunders (photo credit: style.com)

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Michael Kors (photo credit: style.com)

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Michael Kors (photo credit: style.com)

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Michael Kors (photo credit: style.com)

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Lanvin (photo credit: style.com)

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Lanvin (photo credit: style.com)

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Lanvin (photo credit: style.com)

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M.Patmos (photo credit: style.com)

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M.Patmos (photo credit: style.com)

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M.Patmos (photo credit: style.com)

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Marni (photo credit: style.com)

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Marni (photo credit: style.com)

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Marni (photo credit: style.com)

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No.21 (photo credit: style.com)

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No.21 (photo credit: style.com)

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No.21 (photo credit: style.com)

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No.21 (photo credit: style.com)

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Viktor and Rolf (photo credit: style.com)

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Viktor and Rolf (photo credit: style.com)

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Viktor and Rolf (photo credit: style.com)

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Sport Max (photo credit: style.com)

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Stellar McCartney (photo credit: style.com)

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Stellar McCartney (photo credit: style.com)

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Stellar McCartney (photo credit: style.com)

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Stellar McCartney (photo credit: style.com)

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Valentino (photo credit: style.com)

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Valentino (photo credit: style.com)

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Valentino (photo credit: style.com)

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Alexander Wang (photo credit: style.com)

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Alexander Wang (photo credit: style.com)

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Being Green !!!

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My last post was about the first few collections of the Men’s Fall 2014 season. For the women, designers are still showcasing the Pre-Fall collections. I can’t get enough of how fast and forward thinking the industry are, I’m still in Spring/Summer 2014 mode. When I was working at Farage, they already had samples and designs ready for 2 seasons ahead. That’s what make the fashion world so exciting, there is always the next season to look forward too. The next few posts will be about the trend that this Pre-Fall collections have in common and the stand out ones. Starting with: GREEN !!!

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Giorgio Armani (photo credit: style.com)

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Giorgio Armani (photo credit: style.com)

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Gucci (photo credit: style.com)

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Christopher Kane (photo credit: style.com)

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Missoni (photo credit :style.com)

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Oscar dela Renta (photo credit: style.com)

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Oscar dela Renta (photo credit: style.com)

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Nina Ricci (photo credit: style.com)

It’s the men’s world

The Fall 2014 Menswear shows have just started in London and I cannot wait for winter. Well it won’t be long because I am going to visit my sister in the States next Thursday, but that’s another story. Let’s get back to the Men’s shows, so far there are classic suits, sporty knitwear, joggers, prints, checks, plaid, oversize tailoring, fur, ruffles, tunic, PVC and even heels. Designers are certainly pushing the boundary this season so we should have lots of ideas to play with afterward. My favorite moment so far has to be the Topman Design finale where there were rain coming down from the ceiling as the models walked out. It was a dramatic and appropriate ending to a well executed show. It was also dedicated to Bryan McMahon, a incredibly talented fashion editor in London who passed away at such a young age.Fashion has just lost another bright star :(

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Topman Design (photo credit: style.com)

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Topman Design (photo credit: style.com)

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Topman Design (photo credit: style.com)

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Topman Design (photo credit: style.com)

Let’s also look at some of my personal picks from the other shows:

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Sibling (photo credit: style.com)

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Sibling (photo credit: style.com)

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MAN (photo credit: style.com)

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MAN (photo credit: style.com)

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Lee Roach (photo credit: style.com)

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Lee Roach (photo credit: style.com)

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Richard James (photo credit: style.com)

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Lee Roach (photo credit: style.com)

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Christopher Raeburn (photo credit: style.com)

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Alexander McQueen (photo credit: style.com)

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Alexander McQueen (photo credit: style.com)

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J.W.Anderson (photo credit: style.com)

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J.W.Anderson (photo credit: style.com)

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Christopher Kane (photo credit: style.com)

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Christopher Kane (photo credit: style.com)

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Christopher Kane (photo credit: style.com)

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2014

So much has been going on since my last post (December 19th).Last few weeks of Christmas at The Body Shop was filled with shoppers in panic mode to finish their shopping list. My parents who I haven’t seen for a year just came over for their annual visit. In addition to all that, I had to organized my trip to America to visit my sister which I am so excited about. So I actually wanted a quiet and civilized New Year’s Eve with no crowd, no booze and no drunken antics. I thought it would be nice to wake up in 2014 with a clear head, ready for the year ahead.

Instead of reviewing 2013, I would like to look ahead to 2014 with anticipation. Let me share a few things I look forward to this year:

1. Louis Vuitton collection by Nicolas Ghesquière

This must be one of the most anticipated show this coming season, with his talent for futuristic silhouette and flair for playing with fabric, Nicolas will no doubt bring freshness and exciting ideas to the iconic luxury house. Let’s hope he will be given freedom to express his aesthetic.

2. Game of Thrones season 4

I was very surprised to find myself getting hooked on Game of Thrones since I only like shows that make me laugh. This show displays a range of human characters that is raw and powerful. I also love it for the beautiful costumes and  jewellery.

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3. Getting accepted to UTS Design Faculty

If you have a look at my blog on October 29, ‘Denim Works’, I posted some photograph I submitted as part of my application for the Bachelor Degree in Fashion at UTS. I figured it would be good to actually understand fashion in terms of its history and culture. I am particularly excited about working in a studio with my future classmates. So, let’s hope I will get accepted.

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So bring on 2014 !!! may this year be the best year for you all :)

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I’ll be back…

Yesterday was my last day of interning for Farage for this year. I can’t wait to come back next year. Everybody was already in the holiday mood. Although there wasn’t much to do, my fellow intern Eva and I had fun putting on a mini fashion show with racks and racks of clothes in the warehouse upstairs. We also helped Katy Farage put together Christmas presents for the machinists who are the quiet achievers of the brand. The beautiful designs will not be in store without their incredible craftsmanship. Good machinists and sewers are vital to the success of every fashion brand. We also celebrated the birthday of Kerry, our brand manager. I always admire her energy, multitasking ability and inner strength. It might also be the last time I see Eva, an intern from Germany. She is going back to Germany to study fashion designs. I can’t wait to see her clothe down the runway. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the team at Farage, thank you for the incredible experiences over the last two and a half months. See you guys next year.

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