It's been only a couple of weeks now since Maxime Simoens first started at La Maison Leonard as the house's creative director. I was so thrilled when I first heard the news. Maxime has always been dubbed as the saviour of French fashion. Not that Paris is sinking, but as the fashion music chair keeps playing, there's always another non-French designer took up the mighty position of creative director at Parisian legendary fashion houses.
Now, I know what you guys are thinking. What the heck have HL got to do with all this French pride thingy, he's not even French! Well, I'm totally aware of that but I've always had this curiosity of what it would be like had a French designer headed am old French fashion house because that's hardly happening today. Yes, there are Balenciaga and Balmain but look at the rest. Chanel is headed by a German, Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy are headed by Italians, Dior and Celine and Ungaro etc etc are by British, Paco Rabanne by an Indian, and the list goes on and on. Their points of view can't be the same. They must be in some ways reflect their origins(culture, upbringing and what not), no matter how neutral or international they deem themselves to be. One can always tell how French/Parisian Balenciaga and Balmain are compared to the rest. Well, Chanel perhaps, but Karl is a whole lot of different story. Yes, he's German, but look at the man. He could be French, American, Swedish, or even Chinese if that's what he decides to be. *how awesome, I know!*
That said, I just hope with Maxime at the creative helm of Leonard, we'll get to see a very edgy French-label-by-a-French in the next seasons to come, see if he can bring another dimension to the term French-chic. I still remember watching BBC's British Style Genius where Anna Wintour commented how very significant the presence of young British designers are in the progress of fashion world in the last couple of decades. She was also right about the fact that back in the days when Galliano and McQueen were first appointed to head Dior and Givenchy (respectively), people(mostly of French fashion) were hunting for young British talents in hoping for revitalising the mostly dead Parisian fashion houses. But now I feel like the fashion music chair is (slowly)becoming more of a fair game. Like an Indian(notably Manish Arora) can be just equally hip and edgy as designers from the other side of the world. Good sign of progress. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with today's east-is-where-the-money-is, but if that is what it takes to open people's eyes, then be it.
Speaking of French fashion, congratulations to Guillaume Henry for making Carven so young, hip and cool. And bonne chance to you, Maxime Simoens!
Finally a south-east Asian musical drama tv that really give me chills. We've got quite a few of that thing here on local but tv, but simply tragic. It's sad but true, mostly just scream 'try-hard Asian' to me. I usually am offended by that stereotype, but boy, is it true.
However, I was really in awe, with all the good feelings when first saw The Kitchen Musical(of Singaporean production). I thought it was brilliantly executed. Everything about this musical just seemed so right. The acting was great, the choreography was smart, and the setting was hands down, very very chic. You know how you always get this over-the-top, tacky colourful thingy going on asian tv, be it the wardrobe, the setting or even the characters themselves? Well, I just couldn't seem to sense any of those while watching The Kitchen Musical. Yes, there were the wigs and all, but they seemed to be cleverly put together, not just some random props that came out of nowhere. Thus, I must say that this is one heck of a very classy musical to come out of south-east Asia. I think it's always about the question of taste, and this production simply just hit on all the right notes. So, bravo!
Men who cook dancing to George Michael's Faith, how can one possibly not fall for that? ;p
And Gayle girls, you guys rock!! Gosh, I love their characters. They have this little cheeky bitchy attitude going on, yet doesn't seem to overwhelm at all. And they look like they were born with that character, without any hints of trying too hard, that is. Extra props for team Gayle! :)
Of course, there's always a room for improvements. I really wish for this musical to have more seasons to come, perhaps more youthful ones*yes, this would be my only complaint so far*. And let's hope there will be more classy musicals like this on local tv! :)
Have you guys seen the latest episode of New Girl? Well, I can’t speak for everyone but I personally thought that it was so freaking relatable. I bet everyone has experienced some of the events, or should I say incidents in the house, and perhaps encountered all those characters. At least, I have. It really is what life in shared apartment is like. Especially when you rent with people you don’t click with very much.
What actually amaze me everyday is the fact that one wicked incident keeps happening after the other, yet everyone seems to be very cool about and just get over it. Yeah, until someone decides to get out of the house, that is! ;p
Back to New Girl. They have FEELING STICK! Yes, feeling stick. I want one, like desperately. I think it’s very useful especially for people like me who’s afraid to get vocal about my thoughts when facing big guys. I think I’ve been in Jess’s position quite many times , though I just can’t remember when was the last time I met someone like Schmidt. That guy is insane! He does have a point about the identification thingy though. LOL~ But seriously, do best friends naturally do that? And all the time, really? LMFAO Gotta love Schimdt! ;p
Leave it to the Brits to make a brilliant 200 year old music piece appealing to the young and naive(as in me). A couple of centuries ago, who would have thought Niccolò Paganini's music would be played in clubs? Well, after a long line of reworks of course.
I was first introduced to this master-piece when watching Valentino fall 2011 pret-a-porter runway show, and got instantly hooked. The version played was Paganini Rocks by Tom Hodge.
Then, came this club anthem by Robortom feat. Au Revoir Simone, which made me wanna rock a tutu. :)
Another brilliant music that was played at the Valentino show was Missing by Everything but the Girl.