Monday, February 28, 2011

Hello March !

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Before I knew it had entered a new beginning of the month of March, full of hope and new spirit. This month all Hindus including myself will celebrate the Saka New Year or the so-called Nyepi Day. We are taught to reflect on what contribution we've done for others, the world and to our own environment. Happy March!

Two day yesterday I did not create new posts on this blog. I really miss the past two days did not make it. By the way day last week, I'm with my friends to the Grand Opening Magnum Cafe at Grand Indonesia. Unfortunately so many people who come there, so we did not taste a variety of menus made from Magnum Ice Cream. I really like eating ice cream, especially chocolate. So today I started my first day off (today and tomorrow is my day off) to enjoy delicious ice cream Magnum Chocolate Truffle (my favorite flavor). It feels so good, addictive.

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Crowded in front of the Magnum Cafe

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Scabal Spring/Summer 2011 Trends

Brighter Colors Are Back
“Last summer, the British was back and it looks like they’re here to stay for a while” muses Olivier Vander Slock, Sales & Product Director at Scabal, on the styles we will see in 2011.

“But although the British style is classic, traditional, rather formal, our collections radiate summer colours and freshness.”

The slim look stays with us, with short jackets and unpleated trousers.

“The slim look will be nicely presented again this year by the false three-button jacket,” affirms Olivier.

“The wearer has three buttons but displays only two, thanks to the rolling lapel that covers the top button and gives a firm line down towards the waist—accentuating the slim, elegant look.”

Have a look at more photos here.
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Scabal: Not Just Fine Fabrics

Founded 1938 in Brussels by Otto Hertz, Scabal was originally a cloth merchant and supplier of fabrics. His successor is JP Thissen, Chairman Scabal Group, who is assisted by his son Gregor Thissen (CEO Scabal Group), the third generation.

In 1938, Scabal had just 6 employees; today Scabal employs approximately 600 staff worldwide. Over the years, Scabal has evolved from a simple supplier of fabrics into a supplier of top quality fabrics to the most prestigious tailors and textile businesses around the world.

It has also become a designer and manufacturer of the finest ready-to-wear menswear and personalized made-to-measure clothing, allowing their customers to perfect the art of self-expression through their clothing.

Scabal pioneered the made-to-measure concept some 25 years ago and is still one of the leading companies in personalized made-to-measure garments. It has also remained true to its roots and is one of the most innovative developers of new fabrics, creating new fabric qualities year after year, such as Gold Treasure, Diamond Chip, Temptation, Lapis Lazuli, Summit, Private Line. In this regard, Scabal is constantly engaged in research for ever finer and more luxurious fibers and fabric qualities.

In 1996, Scabal launched an accessory line, an exclusive range of items including shirts, ties, knitwear and belts so that its customers can look a 'Gentleman' from head to toe.

The accessories are made in Italy by the best craftsmen and, like the fabrics, are produced using materials of the finest quality.

Scabal never ceases in its quest to refine its products further and to offer top-level quality and service!

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Orlebar Brown Spring/Summer 2011 Sneak Preview

Orlebar Brown has just released a new video clip, which promotes the spring/summer collection.
The label has also launched a new home pattern called “Geometrics” and coming in is available in Bulldog, the classic beach short in black and white, and Dane, the longer board short in red.

Check out more shorts here.

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Bring on the Noise Spring/Summer 2011

Inheriting the 70`s punk spirit, the Art Punk Movement “No Wave” started in the New York underground scene.

The collection “Bring on the Noise” carries the chaotic scene that No Wave has created.

We would like you check out the design work of the cutting and the pleats, to the waterproof material, transactional geranium, cross-stitched material, all the way to the original material and the Vintage Scurf.


James Chance
One of the greatest punk scene designers from the late 70`s to the 80`s. Sublimating the sound of James Brown, he has influenced the music scene. Truly the legend and the man of the No Wave New York underground scene.

“Libertas” in Latin means freedom and liberty. Just like the name, this design has no rules and no laws. Only freedom for you.

We want the people to say "This is the one!.” Searching around the world for the right material... Collaborating with the old and the new... All handmade. We give you "The One": RT.

See more shots here.

Photos & text spring/summer 2011 collection, Copyright Bring on the Noise.

Grace Park in a Red bikini - Hawaii Five

Korean-American actress Grace Park (born March 14, 1974) candids in Hawaii beach. She seriously learning how to use a surf board. Grace originally gained recognition as Sharon Valerii (and the various other iterations of Number Eight, a humanoid Cylon) on Battlestar Galactica, as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont.

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Danielle Lloyd - Bikini candids poolside in Tenerife

English glamour model Danielle Lloyd (born 16 December 1983) candids in poolside wears a black bandeau bikini in Tenerife. The former Miss England 2004 and Miss Great Britain 2006, she first rose to prominence when she was stripped of her Miss Great Britain 2006.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Straps for Jockeys: Bone Wear Jockstraps

Otherwise known as supporters, athletic supports, jocks, and straps, jockstraps were invented by a Chicago sports company in 1874 for bicycle jockeys who needed such support.

While many athletes choose jockstraps for support and free movement, jockstraps have become increasingly popular as regular underwear.

South African brand Bone Wear, which specializes in gym wear, sleepwear, and swimwear, has just released a long-awaited jockstrap coming in white, black, and bijou black.
See more images here.

Photos Copyright Bonewear.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Rick Owens' Anthem Men’s Collection Spring/Summer 2011

When Rick Owens designed his Anthem Men’s Collction for spring/summer 2011, he was thinking of austerity and severity.

He envisions uniforms and functional work apparel that mix the shapes of a slave’s skirt from an Egyptian tomb, combined with a vionnet draped t-shirt and a leather jacket made from an old eileen grey chair.

Rick Owens suggests a commitment to an idealistic higher purpose with the veils, but he admits that he himself does not believe in one—at least not now.

Now, Rick is attracted to the ceremony, the pageantry, and the sacrifice that spiritual devotion implies.

Born 1962 in California, Rick Owens studied Fashion at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

See the collection here.

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United Nude Launches Men’s Capsule Collection for Spring/Summer 2011

United Nude, a brand co-founded by architect Rem D. Koolhaas and shoemaker Galahad Clark in 2003, has been well known for pushing the boundaries of shoe design for years. The brand began with the launch of the Mobius shoe and has since developed into a well known architectural footwear brand for women sold in over 40 territories and 400 points of sale across the globe.

As United Nude has grown over the past few years in size and notoriety it became evident that the brand had almost as many male admirers as there were female, despite the fact that up until now the brand did not have any products for men. Listening to the flood of requests from our male followers, United Nude presents its first men’s capsule collection consisting of three key styles:

The Hollow, our protagonist concept launching the United Nude’s men’s collection, combines an elegant classical men’s shoe with a hollowed carbon fiber heel and leather molded outside. The shoe’s heel is prominent, but not exaggerated, and is true in its character to the architectural DNA of the United Nude brand.

The Fold is a key style in United Nude’s woman’s collection. For SS11, the Fold features a new Lo heel height for women and introduces a Men’s Fold as well.

The Universal, like the Fold, is a unisex shoe. The Universal is just that, a shoe that can be worn by men with jean’s or with dress pants and can suit nearly every situation.

About United Nude
United Nude is a brand co-founded by architect Rem D Koolhaas and shoemaker Galahad Clark. Located at the intersection of design and fashion, United Nude creates products with new shapes, new constructions and new materials, pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

The motto “exclusive by design, not by price” has allowed United Nude rapid growth becoming an international brand with a very distinctive style. In the last year a new chapter began with the opening of flagship stores in Amsterdam, New York and Shanghai and an upcoming flagship store in London!

Rem D. Koolhaas
Creative Director and Founder, Rem is a Dutch architect trained at the Technical University of Delft in Holland.

Galahad Clark
Founder, Galahad is a seventh generation shoemaker from Somerset, England where he learned the family trade.

Check out the shoes here.

Photos & text Copyright United Nude, Courtesy Surgery PR.

JUMA 2011 Autumn/Winter Unisex Collection: Sneak Preview

Brother and sister duo, Alia and Jamil Juma, have traveled to India, Tibet, Thailand, and Shenzhen (China) where they researched wildlife and local tapestry techniques.

Along with these influences, the designer duo incorporates gradients of color—midnight blue, burnt coral, olive, tangerine, nude, and black—to render the collection darker and moody.

Silhouettes and styling are directional as the video reflects the mood.

Dear Zebra

What is Dear Zebra ?
Dear Zebra is a concept store located in Denpasar, Bali. You could say this is one place that sells goods from a local brand. One of Porcelain MMX products. Shoes made of denim material is very unique, simple shape and looks comfortable when worn.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Theatre de la Mode: Olympian

On the 15th July 2010 Theatre de la Mode will premier a film by Camilla Robinson a vision of Olympian Gods and the capricious behavior of humans. Characters are draped in the Spring/Summer 2011 collection from Theatre de la Mode and as the Gods and Goddesses peer dreamily down upon us, the Olympian collection is brought to life in a visual spectacle.

The premier taking place at 203 Brompton Road, is the creative vision of Christopher Kelly. As Creative Director of Theatre de la Mode Christopher is known for innovative presentations of the Theatre de la Mode collections and S/S 11 is no exception.

The film will be projected onto the ceiling, reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel playing on the theme of Gods and Goddesses. Interrupting the grandeur of the Gods are black and white scenes of human destruction on Earth, images of the wrath of Gods in stormy skies and floods are mixed with archive footage of our own attempts at Olympian athletes, circa 1930’s.

Visions of Gods and humans are cut together in a surging finale.

The Olympian collection is the materialized Vision of Camilla Robinson’s film. Inspired by the Olympian deities, the collection is made using draping, silhouettes and quilted textures. Shapes are taken from the draping of the togas but retain a structured control. Prints are inspired by John Stezaker photography collages combined with Chinese porcelain repeats and colour blocks. Combined, this creates a refined collaboration of colour and shapes.
See the whole collection here.

T d l M :: Spring / Summer 2011 :: Olympian from Theatre de la Mode on Vimeo.

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Snake and Dagger: Experts in Denim

Edgy London-based denim brand Snake and Dagger look to cement their place as innovators in the world of denim.

For autumn/winter 2011 they have pushed the boundaries in applying new wash and finishing techniques to the traditional material of Japanese Selvedge Denim.

One such piece is the beautiful garment dyed grey denim, which has also had the treatment of grey reflective paint which only becomes visible during night time.

The brand maintains it core principals of only selecting Japanese Selvedge Denim from small boutique mills.

With the denim being the start of all the design process and chosen to getter better with wear and age.

Autumn/winter 2011 continues with the theme of mixing the clean with heavily distressed denim. It also heralds the introduction of denim shorts in the Five Pacer fit plus a new fit specifically for Chinos the Fer De Lance.

The three core fits in jeans Rock Viper (Skinny), Five Pacer (Slim straight leg) and Blue Krait (Blue Krait) have been maintained and well received.

Brand History
Snake and Dagger is the brain child of Bayo Lasaki and Roy Westfield. Starting with the core of any contemporary man’s wardrobe, the two embarked on a two year journey of discovery, tracing the route to find the world’s best denim and jeans manufacturers.

Exploring many of the denim-producing countries around the world, the journey led them to Japan. It was here that they were shown the art of denim creation learning and working with masters.

Roy explains, “Spending time at the denim mills and wash houses gave us the ability to appreciate and understand the complexity of denim, you can’t learn that in a classroom”.

Equipped with the knowledge of Japanese denim production, the pair have set about creating a core denim line that represents their influence and style.

The name Snake and Dagger is derived from the historical symbol of a snake coiled around a dagger. An artistic symbol which has managed to transcend throughout time, signifying above all values of strength and honor.

Check out the 2011 autumn/winter collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Snake and Dagger.


Wohooooo finally America's Next Top Model new cycle is premiere last wednesday. It's all about new in this cycle. New faces, new photoshoot, and many more other new things. I like the way Tyra Banks as host, she always gives advice to the contestants without patronizing impressed.

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Whatttt ??? in the 1st episode we can see Erin Wasson as the guest judges :)

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So who'll be the next America's Next Top Model this year ?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Christopher Shannon & Lavenham at London Fashion Week, Fall 2011

To those who were unable to get down to London Fashion Week for the Fall 2011 shows here is a Christopher Shannon preview.

Christopher Shannon's collection is full of sporty influenced garments infused with the Lavenham quilt.

As originators of the quilted jacket, Lavenham show once again that they are as fashion forward as the market they serve!

Check out the entire collection here.

Photos & text Copyright Christopher Shannon, Courtesy Sane Communications.

Cassette Playa & Lavenham at London Fashion Week, Fall 2011

Here is a snapshot of the 2011 autumn/winter collection that Cassette Playa presented at London Fashion Week, Fall 2011.

Designer Carrie Mundane added her signature elements of hand-painted, leather biker jackets, digital print placement shirts, and tracksuits.

Quilted bombers and silk jackets by Lavenham graced the collection.

Carrie Mundane is known for her inspirations from the 90’s, African prints, rave, Japanese anime, and animals.

Photo Copyright Cassette Playa, Courtesy Sane Communications.

Oliver Spencer Autumn/Winter 2011

Oliver Spencer presents his debut runway event.

The London-based designer has created an AW11 collection that cuts straight to the heart of the stylish modern man.

Channeling his personal clothing obsessions, Oliver Spencer mixes beautiful English suiting with iconic American sportswear, filtered through a life-long love of just-so fabrics and practical details.

The catwalk show offers a first view of his new tailored line of English-made suits.

The Oliver Spencer AW11 collection is inspired by late-1970s ska music, the full-on confidence of its adherents, and the unmissable authority of their look.

Highlights include the big, belted Greatcoat; a revisionist take on the bomber jacket; quilts; macs; and elegantly offbeat knitwear. Footwear is powerfully masculine: rough, tough shoes and boots in shades of burgundy and peanut, some with brogue details or involving mixtures of leather and suede.

Colors favor the autumnal -red, orange, khaki and the mischievous use of camouflage. Fabrics lean towards naturals, with tweed, Shearling, herringbone wools, knits and pure cotton shirting.

See more images here.

Photos & text Copyright Oliver Spencer.

Good Night

This evening after my work, I came to the party launching a new retail store in Epicentrum Walk named MANEKINEKO. Wonderful place, full of local brands. I strongly support all local brands, especially now that a lot of local brands that sell items unique and creative. One that I see is Tik Tok brand that sells a variety of forms at the clock and the clock to put on the table as an alarm. There is a digital clock, shaped boxes, and many more unique forms. In addition, many local brands that I already knew before like Damn I Love Indonesia, Satcas, Skelly, Plastic Culture, Tosavica, and so forth. Let's come to Manekineko, one of the promising, not only can shop but also to gather with friends or people you love.

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Hot-Chocolate Pudding

Serves: 4

Total Time: 25 min

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 10 min


Orange Whipped Cream

1/4 cup(s) heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) sugar
1/8 teaspoon(s) grated orange zest

1/2 cup(s) sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
3/4 cup(s) milk
1/2 cup(s) heavy cream
1 pinch(s) salt
9 ounce(s) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract



1.In a small bowl, with a handheld electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream, sugar, and orange zest until soft peaks form. Refrigerate while making pudding.

2.In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; whisk in milk, cream, and salt until blended. Cook over medium heat, whisking gently, just until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Remove pan from heat; stir in chocolate, butter, and vanilla until smooth. With a handheld electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat until light and fluffy. Divide pudding into 4 (6-ounce) ramekins; top each with a dollop of Orange Whipped Cream. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jaeger London Spring/Summer 2011

Jaeger London’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection marries fine tailoring in a modern silhouette with new-season prints and bold shades. Inspirations include early Alain Delon films, Pop Art and Surrealism.

Elegant slim-line tailoring is cut from a new contemporary suit block. Shirts feature graphic patterns with a hint of Roy Lichtenstein.

The collection is infused with an interesting mix of textures and fabrics, from Aertex knits through to paperweight chino-style suiting.

Trompe-l’oeil effects feature throughout and engineered shirting and suiting see historic patterns grading into one another.

Colour Palette
Midnight, Rose, Porcelain, Cornflower, Smoke, Silver, Tan, Sunburst, Jade, Burgundy, Khaki.

See more shots here.

Photos & text Copyright Jaeger London.

Jaeger London Spring/Summer 2011 Accessories

A sharply edited range of pieces designed to complement the modern man’s wardrobe.

Jaeger’s established house-style bags are updated this season in various combinations, such as dark, unwashed denim with glossy leather, or cotton twill in honey with black leather trims and handles.

A new weekend bag shape, a duffle-style and an oversized shopper bag are all introduced to the range for spring. In addition, a new minimalist-look suit carrier comes in navy with zip compartments to house shirt and ties.

This season also sees Jaeger’s debut collection of men’s sunglasses. These are hand-finished and available in a classic gold metal-rimmed frame and a retro-inspired tortoiseshell resin frame.

Drawstring duffle bag in heavy cotton drill and suede with tan leather handles and shoulder strap; available in khaki or midnight blue.

Suit carrier in navy with a leather bottom with zip compartments for shirt and tie.

New sunglasses range featuring two classic frame styles: gold and tortoiseshell. Italian leather belts including bridal leathers, canvas and leather combinations and suede.

Finest leather wallets with coloured leather internals, folio cases and iPad cases.

Grey suede or navy suede belts with white leather trim. Patterned socks in classic dots, vertical stripes and dashes.

Colour Palette
Denim, Honey, Navy, Black, Stone, Khaki, Burgundy, Gold, Papaya.
Have a look here at more photos.
Photos & text Copyright Jaeger London.

SIKI IM Autumn/Winter 2011

Siki Im was born and raised in Cologne, Germany. After completing his Baccalaureate, he was drawn to architecture, and relocated to Great Britain, where he graduated with First Class Honors from the Oxford School of Architecture.

Having worked as an architect in various cities around the world, Siki Im moved to New York City in 2001 where he worked for the progressive architecture firm, Architectonics. Numerous projects later he decided to take a break from architecture, and move onto fashion design.

Siki Im was the Senior Designer for Karl Lagerfeld, and Helmut Lang. After years of designing for fashion houses, he thought that it was a good time to utilize his knowledge, as well as experiences in architecture, furniture, graphics, art, and music, manifesting it all into fabrics and shapes.

Brand Statement
“The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play).” - Michel Foucault

There are certain statements and sentences of poems that we come across during our younger years while studying, that may leave a deep impression on us, and that may influence our actions at a later moment in our lives, be it in a conscious or unconscious manner.

Siki Im feels this way about the meaning of this above cited anthropological statement of Michel Foucault, which he seems to bring to life in his design process:

Exploring the boundaries of institutional and conventional fashion and craftsmanship, he strives to reevaluate the existing landscape of high-end men’s wear. Hand-tailored blazers are at the core of his collection, surrounded by men’s wear pieces across all categories of tops, bottoms and outerwear.

The brand is indeed an exercise of exploration of traditional tailoring techniques and a “mise en oeuvre” of unique shapes, creating ergonomic volumes and unusual proportions within a sculptural approach.

Siki Im also draws his inspiration from artists like Gordon Matta Clark, Tatiana Trouve and Agnes Martin, to name a few. Their conceptual, visual and tactile influence can be felt in those carefully hand-tailored, artisan suits - employing the highest levels of craftsmanship and using the highest quality fabrics that embody the minimalist and refined aesthetic that will be the signature of the brand.

See the look book here.

Photos & text Copyright SIKI IM, Courtesy Nouveau-PR.

Think. Create. Inspire

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Tomorrow after work I will be attending the launch of a new retail store called MANEKINEKO, Epicentrum Walk is located in Kuningan. Incidentally not so far from where I work. There sell various goods from local brands such as Satcas, Retail Therapy, and much more. In addition to shopping you can also hang out with friends while enjoying food or beverages. The place looks comfortable and clean. I can not wait to go there.
Follow on twitter : @manekinekoSPACE
FB : Manekineko

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See you there ...