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I think this is one of my favorite outfits to date. Again, I have my friends Nio and John to thank for making me their guinea pig for their creations and new hauls.
This outfit reminds me of cherries and raspberries. Two fruits I’m not particularly fond of, but whose hues must rank among my favorites. I like how the loud color of the red complemented the small touches of print on the cuffs (checkered), my shades (stripes) and the scarf (polka dots).
Shades from Aldo / Scarf and brooch from N+ Shop
The coat has lovely, frayed hems. Nio tells me that this coat is supposedly for men, but well…maybe Asian men. I’m a small girl and this fits me okay with the sleeves rolled up. I like the checkered pattern for the lining inside, makes for an interesting look.
The maroon pants are unisex. This pair is actually John’s measurements, but I like that it’s not a skinny fit on me. I like it the way it is. The gorgeous coat, we’ll be selling at Bloggers United 4 this weekend.
I’m one of those few people who plan outfits based on shoes I want to wear. I was even worse before, now I’ve mellowed down a bit. In this instance, I wanted to wear my new Parisian heels with a floral print like a kimono’s. It’s quite a recent acquisition, but I’ve had my eye on it for a long time. I remember seeing these for the first time when I was dragging (or I was being dragged) model Jodilly Pendre at the department store, in a rush. She was supposed to open the show for Human in Philippine Fashion Week in about 30 minutes, but we had the same problem: she can’t walk in pumps without straps (narrow heels). She decided it was safer to just buy a new pair of shoes than to risk stuffing the ones provided for the show with tissue. This was the pair that I ended up choosing for her, since she was walking for the theme of Japanese street style and it went with the clothes I also styled for her. (Wasn’t able to take a photo since it was so busy backstage, but I’m sure there are some at Stylebible.ph).
Funny fact: Jodilly is actually the model for the Rajo campaign of Parisian–the geisha x samurai x Yakuza with the tattoo on the back. We were teasing her about it, because that day her hair was in pigtails and she was wearing a denim dress that made her look like she was in high school. So the sales attendants, who heard us joking, stared at her for a long time before recognizing her (since there were a bunch of her posters all around the area).
Jodilly Pendre, Rajo! for Parisian