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Monday, 2 March 2015

Adidas x Pharrell WIlliams Polka Dot Stan Smith Tennis Shoes

Below: Check out these fun Adidas x Pharrell WIlliams Polka Dot Stan Smith Tennis Shoes... the surprise comes in the form of the clever and quirky insoles! Embroidered polka dot pattern on colourful leather is a yes:-)
 Below: Love the foot reflexology chart in pop art style on the insoles... how quirky fun! Love this:)

 Below: Spotted on the streets during New York Fashion Week recently... (Pic from Four Pins by George Elder)

Adidas x Pharrell Williams Polka Dot Stan Smith Tennis Shoes

Last Sunday, I spotted a guy wearing a bright blue pair of polka dot sneakers which was strikingly cute and fun. I had the impulse to confront the guy and ask him where he got his kicks. I can be that relentless when it comes to my fashion radar. Coincidentally, I also posted a pic on my instagram of a guy wearing the exact same pair in black. Having seen the real thing and a streetstyle pic of the shoes, my interest was immediately sparked. I wondered if the shoes were Comme Des Garçons since the brand loves their polka dots. But to my surprise, I found out they were actually Adidas, and from a collaboration with talented musician, Pharrell Williams. Pharrell Williams have long been embraced as a style icon, often seen with his eclectic and unexpected mix of street and luxury pieces. Loud colours and bold graphics have since become his trademark. His love for sneakers is unprecedented, often photographed wearing them.

This is not the first collaboration project by Pharrell Williams, he has done some amazing designs prior to this round. But with this new season, Pharrell Williams infuses even more of his own playful, dynamic energy onto a Adidas Originals classic, the Stan Smith tennis shoe. Originally created in 1973 for tennis star Stan Smith, the adidas Stan Smith shoes have stood the test of time, well loved even to this day. With Pharrell Williams’ update... playing up of polka dots embroidered against boldly coloured red, blue and black full grain leather upper... these classics are now elevated to be even more collectible for sneaker fans.

Below: Love the blue pair... Saw this in person, was a brilliant bright blue and love at first sight:-)

However, what truly sold me on the shoe... beyond the fun pattern, are the very unexpected foot reflexology chart printed on the insoles. Charmingly illustrated in a pop art style, they put a smile as soon as I spotted them. What a brilliant idea especially for a foot massage fan like myself. These little touches goes a long way. Now I need a pair over my feet. Retails for USD150. Get yours today at Adidas.com or endclothing.co.uk

 Below: When you wear these shoes, it feels like you can be happy and jump all day! 

Source: Adidas

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Gucci Flora Knight Mens Bags Collection

Below: Gucci wants us boys to embrace nature and prints this Spring Summer 2015... their Flora Knight collection of mens bags are stunning and sexy, colourful against a black background. Definitely a pattern that guys will not feel shy to carry around. Love!
 Below: Comes in totes, backpacks and clutch bags... as well as a useful travel trolley. Now you can truly travel in style:-)
Gucci Flora Knight Mens Bags Collection

Florals and plants have been a constant source of inspiration for designers when designing for Spring Summer seasons. Botanical prints bring about a flamboyant sense of joy and freedom. Nature have a way to enthralled us with all their colours and beautiful organic forms.

Just as Valentino has gone full on for prints this SS2015, Gucci launches their Flora Knight collection that gets us back in touch with mother nature, albeit in a sexier and luxurious way. Whimsical, colour botanical and floral motifs set against a dark background add a sense of mystery, offsetting the colours to showcase the brilliance of the pattern. Perfect on mens accessories, the collection introduces the prints on coveted mens canvas and leather backpacks (€890), totes (€695), clutch bags (€260) and even travel trolleys (USD2950). Boys will not lose out to the ladies this season especially when it comes to stunning prints.

These patterned bags will make ideal travel companions when you basked under a warm summer sun in Tuscany or lounge beachside in Bali.

I want the backpack!

 Below: The backpack is my favourite!

Source: Gucci

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Zara Spring Summer 2015 Mens Collection: My Picks

Below: Time to update your wardrobe with on trend pieces for Spring Summer 2015... here's some Zara pieces to consider to get your tailored sportwears looks for the new season... I love this pair of joggers and silver metallic boat shoes. Read below to find out why:-)

Below: Skates are easy to wear and so comfy. These are my picks for the season from Zara... from croc embossed textures in navy to...

Below: ... tropical prints canvas versions...
Zara Spring Summer 2015 Mens Collections: My Picks

Mixing high fashion with fast fashion is a great way to update your wardrobe without hurting your wallets. Zara is my go to brand for their good balance of trend and basic pieces. For Spring Summer 2015, tailoring in athletic wear is a key theme that runs across many designers. But investing in a tonne of expensive high fashion pieces from this sports inspired season may not be feasible unless you have a matching gargantuan budget. So Zara’s on-trend options allows you to buy into the looks and still stay off the red on your bank accounts.

Here’s my picks for this new season... I have kept in mind the functionality and sportswear theme, so I don’t get something that will end up being a white elephant.

1) Drawstring Jogging Pants (SGD109): I love this pair of jogging pants. Joggers are featured on many designers’ collection and are a key style for the season. I like this Zara’s version because it mixes tailoring details with sporting aesthetics. So you continue wearing them even when the sports trend is over. The waist and pocket areas are designed very much like your regular tailored trousers but the elastic cuffs at the hems and drawstring waist brings about the sought-after athletic look. I love the slightly elastic jersey material which is very comfortable while the cut being more fitted than regular sweat pants  makes for a sharper silhouette. I  am very happy with my navy one. Comes in grey as well. Love this!

2) Silver Boat Shoes (SGD159): Boat shoes are indispensable when it comes to spring summer wear. They bring a sense of the yachting season where they go most perfect with shorts and ankle length trousers. So this is must-have, especially when updated with a silver metallic finish. Something different than solid colours, slightly glamourous and yet so versatile. I need these.

3) Trendy Slip-ons in Navy Croc Embossed texture (SGD109):
Céline and Kenzo x Vans can be blamed for my renewed interest in these ‘skates’ style footwear. They are so easy to slip on and out, and comfortable to wear all day long. Now with croc and smooth navy texture, they are even a better reason to acquire A touch of formal that you can wear day and night.

4) Printed Slip-ons (SGD79.90): When these skates come in tropical prints... it’s a no brainer. Take them on beach holidays and wear with brightly hued pants and shorts for maximum holiday chic. Because of the canvas construction, they are lighter and easy to pack away in your luggages.

5) Patchwork Jacket (SGD139):
An extra layer is always welcomed should you want some layering or keeping warmth in the evenings. This Zara jacket is sporty and features colour blocking patchwork design which inject colour and pattern for a whole lot of matching possibilities. Being sporty, you can easily replicate some of the season’s hottest runway looks.
Below: Love the interesting colourblock patchwork design on this sports jacket! 
Source: Zara