Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M.

Were you one of those courageous people, who fought their way through the stampede of fashion minions at the Alex Wang x H&M launch last month?

I wasn’t.

However, truth be told – if I had the chance – I would have participated in that state of fashion pandemonium too.

Neither Dublin (Ireland) was spared in the A.W. x H&M hysteria. Key pieces allegedly sold out in less than 30 minutes during the opening day. By fashion miracle, I was able to grab a piece (ONE week post-launching day); A piece that I’d actually been ogling over the internet, a few days before it was made available in stores. I had great fun styling this cropped/scuba diver’s top – reportedly, the last one left on the shelf in Dublin that day!

I’m very impressed with it’s quality too. I like that the fabric is stiff to look at, yet soft to the touch. Hmm I’m beginning to predict that structure, texture, and construction might dominate my next fashion obsession; Ohh…yesss…I can see the future now.

Anyway.

I also think that the ambiguous WANG embossed-print is a great tongue-in-cheek statement and I do love some shameless designer-name-plugging written all over my clothes (if done brilliantly, like this one). This sweatshirt merges well with what’s already in my wardrobe and corresponds beautifully with my personal style.

Instead of doing the urban-casual/sporty look (as the collection is obviously geared for), I experimented a little bit and did my own – warjulian spin to it!

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Style/Fashion Notes: Stetson felt hat, LGR sunnies, Chanel necklace, houndstooth shirt, Alexander Wang x H&M sweatshirt, Bai Peng pants, Marni Shoes. Shot in St. Stephen’s Green Park, Dublin Ireland.

 

x War Julian x

War Julian in Paris!

War Julian in Paris!

Paris. The city that gives you that instant Joie de vivre the moment you arrive. The Eifel tower, the river Seine, gilded angel sculptures; everything seems so beautiful and romantic. Unless you’re not from this universe, you know that Paris is synonymous with fashion. And the art – you don’t even need to go to the Louvre or Musee d’Orsay – the Parisian streets are filled with it. So quite obviously, I’m very at home here.

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I romanticised and idealised Paris so much as a child. I think of it as a world in amorous sepia color; where everybody’s dressed so chicly; colourful macarons and mouth-watering eclairs overflowing; Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose music playing in the background; and the eye-catching Eiffel tower spreading pixie dust, turning  the whole city oh-so glittery and gay!

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My exuberance as I arrive in Paris is pretty much like that of Carrie Bradshaw, in the Sex and the City, Paris episode (if you have no clue what I am talking about – shame on you!):

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But of course, this is my own Parisian rhapsody. In reality, like any other big city, some parts of Paris is dirty, polluted, traffic-jammed, and filled with old building apartments that don’t have lifts!

So, like Carrie – I had miserable moments too:

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Ok, so I’m a little bit obsessed with Carrie Bradshaw but the point is – did I let these unhappy moments ruin my stay in Paris?

Never.

I think the positive and negative aspects of the city make Paris what it is.

For me, Paris will forever be that charming, romantic, sepia-coloured city, with an imposing fairy dust-sprinkling eiffel tower in the middle. Fantasies are way much better than realities.

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Style/Fashion Notes: Floppy hat, Distressed jeans, H&M checkered shirt, Chanel necklace, Marni shoes, Red Wig, matching black and white floral t-shirt and shorts.

x War Julian x

 

Chanel No. 5: The One That I Want

Chanel No. 5: The One That I Want

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I adore the latest Chanel No. 5 ad! The 3-minute clip dazzles with heavenly haute couture fashion, hauntingly beautiful music (Lo-Fang’s smoky rendition of  You’re the One That I Want is on continous loop on my ipod at the moment), emotionally heart-rending storyline, and incredibly beautiful people – #giselebundchen’sASS!

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Not only does Gisele B. flaunts her phenomenally well-maintained, age-defying anatomical proportions here, but the lady can act; quite convincingly too, if I may add. It’s a classic hollywood drama meets parisian couture extravaganza in a short perfume ad!

I think that Karl Lagerfeld and Baz Luhrmann should do a full length film already!

Also watch the behind-the-scenes clips below:

 

What do you think of the new Chanel No. 5 ad.?

 

x War Julian x

Silver and Gold

Silver and Gold.

I’m really savouring the remaining glorious weather of the dry season here in Broome. A few days ago it felt quite hot and humid again. A telltale reminder that the wet season (hot, humid, and stormy period of the year) is now slowly approaching.

However, today the weather was in paradise mode again. I headed to Cable beach and enjoyed the cool breeze matched with the afternoon sun’s temperature-perfect warmth on my skin- you know, the kind of sunshine that doesn’t actually burn your epidermal layers!

Nevertheless, I never get tired of gazing at this sunset view. Nowhere else in the world you could experience the most magnificent golden hour spectacle -than here in Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia.

On a #OOTD or #WIWT (whatever they call it these days) note though; I loved wearing this super comfy T-shirt and silver shorts, all from Americal Apparel. They feel good, they’re soft and airy. They’re like beach pyjamas for me. Plus, I am a big fan of the brand. I can NOT resist admiring their controversial, tongue-in-cheek campaign ads every season. And their products are just off-beat and deliciously weird together with it- which J’aaadoreee!

The big (red) elephant in the room of course is my hair. It’s a beautiful, well-crafted wig from Seoul, Korea. The best of it’s kind. Now I now why most Korean guys (and gals) have cool hairstyles. There are just so many different varieties, textures, and colors! Most of all, they’re really comfortable to wear. After a few minutes on your head, you’ll forget you’re wearing one (Most wigs from S. Korea are of top-notched quality and very reasonably priced. There’s a lot of brands, so make sure you read the reviews first before choosing). I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to dramatically transform their features- fast. Plus wearing it is just fun anyway!

It’s not uncommon in Asia, especially in highly fashionable-conscious  Korea and Japan. I think the rest of the world should ditch the boooringg wagon and catch up! These beautiful men and women wear wigs as naturally as they wear their underwear- everyday.

Fashion/Style Notes: Lanvin Sunnies, American Apparel T-shirt and silver shorts, Serpentine bracelet from 798 Art District China, Necklace from Seoul, Korea.

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Question: Have you done any makeover that really dramatically transformed your look? Or what was your unforgettable style achievement (or failure/shame) story? Finally, what do you think about American Apparel’s campaign ads over the years? Let me know and share them by clicking on comments.

 

x War Julian x

CATS in HATS by Cats Brothers, London

CATS in HATS by Cats Brothers, London.

It is still a rarity, despite today’s massive online fashion commerce, to find a truly special, one-of-a-kind product. I get really frustrated when I type in something like, “unique snapbacks”, or “handmade accessories”, and get some very disappointing search results from google. Most of the time I get hundreds of the same boring, uninspiring designs, mass produced to eternity and beyond!

Enter, CATS in HATS by Cats Brothers, London.

This is a capsule accessory collection designed exclusively for WOWCRACY. Cats Brothers is a very creative brand, made possible by two talented knitwear designers, Lindsay Mckean and Anna Wilkinson. I love the fusion of HipHop, Latino Street culture and colours of this collection. The multicolour pompoms and Mexican Day of the Dead Skull embellishments make a banal snapback or beanie into a refined piece of artwork. The design duo’s technical hand-craft skills and techniques are very much evident in their work. They are highly skilled knitters, crocheters, embroiderers and beaders. They make everything in their studio in Hackney. Almost everything are made intricately by hands. A craft that is dying in today’s fast-paced, machine-driven productions.

I don’t have anything against uniform, mass produced products. I just don’t prefer them. For me, there’s nothing more special than a hand-made, well-designed piece of clothing or accessory to wear. I’ve always been a lover of anything unique, imaginative and fanciful. And YES, even to the point that for some people it looks silly. If silly means very well-crafted, artistically designed creations, then I’d opt for silly than looking pedestrian anytime.

 

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To order CATS in HATS, head to their WOWCRACY page now.

 

Question: What do you think about the CATS in HATS collection by the Cats Brothers? Would you wear them? Click on comments and tell me what you think.

X War Julian X

 

Summer Sun! Cable Beach, Broome, W.A.

Summer Sun! Cable Beach, Broome, W.A.

It’s the height of “Summer” a.k.a. the Dry Season here in Broome, Western Australia. It’s technically Winter in most parts of Australia this time of the year, but in W.A. it feels more like Summer. I know, it’s confusing. Point is: this is the most beautiful time of the year to be out and about.

The town is bustling with activity. Lots of stores and restaurants are open. Tourists from around the country and all over the world converge at our fabulous cable beach, to savour the most amazzzingg summer weather on earth!

Now, I’m not really a sun-basking, beach lounging type of a person. As a matter of fact, I was very sun-phobic. I avoided sunlight very much like I was Nosferatu. I grew up in hot, humid, Philippines, so I’m kinda over with the tropical heat situation. Nevertheless, in this part of Australia, during the Dry season, going out even at midday is ideal: Sunny blue skies, 25-28 C temperature, and very low humidity. The only time of the year that I become such a Sun worshipper. It’s total paradise! From a vampiric character, I turn into a sun-loving Olaf from Frozen singing: “Innn summmerr” everyday. LOL.

I feel so lucky to live here.

#broomelife to be precise!

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Style/Fashion Notes: I thought: Boho chic with this cardigan I got (on sale!) from a market stall in Osaka, Japan; Stone/wood beads, leather and Feather necklace from a mall in  Shibuya, Japan; Kangaroo leather armband with metal detail from Broome Night Market; White-wrap shirt from Korea; Shorts from Beams, Japan; Trusty LGR sunnies; Straw Hat from Muji; Suddenly- I feel sooo un-Green; #carbonfootprintsgallore;

 

Question: What season of the year do you like the most? Do you have a favourite spot where you live that you frequently go to and relax? What’s your take on boho clothing? Let me know on the comments section!

 

x War Julian x

Hong Kong Fashion and Art Scene!

Hong Kong Fashion and Art Scene!

It was so good to be back in Hong Kong. Last time I visited was almost four years ago. It’s one of my top favourite countries to visit: food is amazing (all the best variety of chinese cuisine!), shopping is fantastic (one day is not enough to visit the shops/malls in one area) , and the city itself is just so modern and full of colourful lights and vitality. I could live here and be very happy for the rest of my life.

Speaking of shopping, how about some Lane Crawford flagship in the IFC mall? They have the best and newest merch from every known and new international designers in the fashion world. CAUTION: The stuff that you can buy here are so tempting and so sickeningly expensive- but ooh soo worth it- that you may end up leaving the building with very little funds left (or none) in your bank! I must say; I was very cautious and never went overboard. At least that’s what I led myself to believe at the time.

But the best shopping spot for me are still the ones along Nathan Road. Shopping there is like going for a treasure hunt. Luxury brands, independent brands, counterfeit brands, you name it; they’re all there!

I wish I checked out more of the Art scene though. Nonetheless, with only little time I was able to visit the Hong Kong museum of Art. I really enjoyed the photography and the modern art sections in the gallery- surreal and very thought-provoking. I’d buy them all if I were a rich man.

So after some art and fashion exploration; what better way to end this trip than just soaking the relaxing atmosphere in Hong Kong Victoria harbour. I loved watching the Symphony of Lights: the world’s biggest and permanent light and sound show, for 10 minutes, all for free!

There are so many things more I need to do and explore in Hong Kong next time I come back!

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(Sunglasses from Saint Laurent, CHANEL necklace, OverLong shirt by HARE, Japan, ACNE studio pants, Givenchy shoes)

 

Question: What do you think about Hong Kong? What other fashionable and art-sy cities have you been to? Share your story.

x War Julian x

 

 

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