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4/14/14

PMQ


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PMQ | 35 ABERDEEN ST, CENTRAL, HONG KONG

A wonder of light and metal...is how I would describe the newly refurbished PMQ on Hollywood Road, Hong Kong. As a former Police Married Quarters (hence the name), it was originally built in 1951 as the first dormitory for Chinese police officers and their families. After falling into disuse at the beginning of the millennium, it was recently renovated and revitalized as a center for creative industries in Hong Kong.

Although the renovations have been in accordance to Hong Kong's shiny and minimal aesthetics (think glass and metal everywhere), the history of PMQ has still been preserved. The existing dormitory structures built in the functional, modernist style were retained, albeit with a fresh coat of paint. At the ground level, there is even a glass viewing area where the original foundations of the site can be seen. With the conservation of historical buildings for fresh industry, PMQ is very much a juxtaposition of old and new. The individual dormitories have been leased to up and coming local designers in Hong Kong, from Susanna Soo to Chocolate Rain, as both a workspace and a place to sell their creations. The open air layout and quirky vibe takes the shopping experience to a new hipster level.

With PMQ being so close to where I live, I'm beyond excited to go and gawp at the shops, as well as take outfit shots next to the hyper sleek architecture. Now if that's not killing two birds with one stone, I don't know what it is.

3/16/14

Headcase


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THE KATSUYA KAMO EXHIBITION AT LANE CRAWFORD, TIMES SQUARE

Lately, there's been an unnerving resurgence of hats into the fashion scene. In January, singer Pharrell Williams wore a ten gallon Vivienne Westwood giant to the Grammys, causing a complete meltdown of the Internet and the fashion world. Just this month, designers such as Tibi and Christian Siriano showed extravagant headwear for their Fall/Winter 2014 collections, with respective sharp Amish-like brimmed hats and glamorously oversized designs straight out of a Dior New Look catalogue. In my winter looks, even I haven't been able to resist the pull of cozy beanies. Maybe it's because it's cold and we need cosy contraptions to warm our ears. Maybe it's because adorning our fingers, arms and necks has gotten blasé. Or maybe it's just eccentric and fabulous to spice up our outfits with a little something on the head.

Of course, one can't speak of millinery without mentioning the man whose name is practically synonymous with the craft - Katsuya Kamo. The Japanese milliner and hair designer is responsible for many a great headpiece on runways throughout the years, such as the delicate paper roses in the Chanel Spring 2009 Couture collection, and the dark, drapey and sculptural pieces for Junya Watanabe's Fall 2008 collection. Currently, more that 300 pieces by Kamo are on show at Lane Crawford's Hong Kong stores, including exclusive floral works commissioned by Lane Crawford for their spring 'Botanica' theme. If you're in need of hat inspiration for spring, be sure to check out his work in Lane Crawford stores across Hong Kong.

The Katsuya Kamo exhibition runs until April 14, 2014

xo emmy

2/26/14

Hey Mickey


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LINDA FARROW JEREMY SCOTT MICKEY MOUSE SUNGLASSES | AMERICAN RETRO BLACK COAT WITH FAUX LEATHER SLEEVES | ZARA LACE TOP | TOPSHOP BLACK AND WHITE PRINT TROUSERS | ZARA SUEDE LEATHER HIGH HEEL ANKLE BOOTS

As a child, I was never one to fall head over heels for Disney. We never had their TV channel at home, and Hong Kong (previously) lacked their theme park, thus I always felt a certain indifference towards Hannah Montana, Princess Aurora and what ever Disney shenanigans that my peers were so infatuated with. It's ironic then, that I would take an interest in Mickey Mouse-themed eyewear just as I am transitioning into adulthood.

But contrary to popular belief, I do occasionally inject some fun into my manner of dress. Things have been looking up lately, with the arrival of warm weather (aka. spring) in Hong Kong, and the end to Chinese exams and coursework at school. This calls for lighter dressing in both the literal and metaphorical sense, mixing the coats with camis as well as playing with patterns and accessories. And nothing says fun more than Mickey Mouse sunglasses.

xo emmy

2/23/14

#INSTAJAPAN


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JAPAN | NISEKO | SAPPORO | NARA

Just a quick post in the midst of Chinese exams, internal assessments, and other school stuff that I probably shouldn't bore you with. Hong Kong has been stuck in this weird weather rut in between winter and spring, when it's too cold for shorts yet too hot for turtlenecks. I sort of miss the constant onslaught of snow and chill in Japan, which gave me the excuse to don wool coats and thick jumpers that only see a couple weeks of wear in Hong Kong. This is a compilation of the photos that I took over in Niseko, Sapporo and Nara - evoking nostalgia for Japan's soft-serve ice cream, powdery ski slopes and AMAZING shopping. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably already seen these before. But who can resist the food porn potential of a cup of matcha tea?

xo emmy

2/11/14

Snowkissed


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SOMETHING ELSE BY NATALIE WOOD GREY TURTLENECK SWEATER | H&M WHITE FAUX LEATHER SKIRT | NIKE FREE 5.0+ WOMEN'S RUNNING SHOE | BLACK LEATHER GLOVES | BLACK TIGHTS 

There's something so perfect about a white winter wonderland.

For the past couple of years, it's been a tradition in my side of the family to amass together during the winter months and hole up in Japan for a week or two to consume mass amounts of ramen and sashimi, shop for clothes (me) and antiques (my mom), and most importantly enjoy the phenomenon of snow so unjustly unavailable to us in Hong Kong. Despite that I've visited the ski resort of Niseko six times, the feeling of snowflakes on my fingertips and the view of the town blanketed in white never gets trite. Maybe that's why I always dress in tundra-inappropriate clothing that is way too thin - so I can fully immerse myself in the icy chill of this winter wonderland.

xo emmy

2/7/14

雪国


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NISEKO, JAPAN

Having read the Japanese novel Snow Country as a student, I always pictured the colder regions of Japan as author Yasunari Kawabata depicted them - bleak, melancholy and desolate. In my many subsequent trips to the Japanese ski resort Niseko, I was pleased to have my expectations defied. Despite the occasional snowy day with zero visibility and the trepidation of skiing blind through blizzard-like conditions, there was many a day with azure skies, crystalline snow and visions of the majestic Mount Yotei. Enjoy the view.

PS. The first photo was taken after a long and arduous hike up to the top of the Niseko peak with ski gear in tow. I really do love you all - I did actual EXERCISE for this.

xo emmy

1/31/14

School's Out!


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ASOS FAUX LEATHER JACKET | BOY LONDON SWEATSHIRT | TOPSHOP LEATHER PUMPS | BLACK MINISKIRT | BLACK KNEE HIGH SOCKS | DIY FAUX LEATHER LUNCH BAG

Mock exams are done, classes have stopped for the holidays, and yet I can't seem to let go of my old-school lunchbag. Granted, its brown paper quality has been replaced by pleather, and it no longer sits at the cafeteria table but rather in my hands as I freely roam the streets of HK. Yet paired with knee highs, it has the effect of transforming me into a Japanese schoolgirl - albeit a rocker one.

Appropriately enough, I've just headed off to Japan for the Chinese New Year holidays to hit the Niseko ski slopes, to fly through powdery goodness and hopefully not crash into any trees. As you might imagine, the subzero temperature means replacing skimpy skirts with giant coats, and layers upon layers of thermals that add ten pounds. Prepare yourself - you're about to see some unusually modest outfits on this blog.

xo emmy