Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Did Anyone Say Monogram?

This pair of sneakers aren't exactly my cup of tea. My personal style has always been minimal, plain and somewhat akin to Tom Ford's, who are against any kind of in-you-face monograms (which is an irony for someone who was an eponymous designer for Gucci).

But I made an exception for this pair since it was on sale and quite a bargain. 

I really dislike Gucci for not having specific name to its merchandises (unlike Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent or even Christian Louboutin). Unique names for each item will personalize the said item, don't you think so? Like Hermes 'Birkin' bag, Chanel '2.55' bag, Louis Vuitton 'Acapulco' sneakers (ehem) and Adidas 'JS Wings' sneakers (ehem), to name a few.

Anyway, back to this pair. Although the monogram looks like an overkill, actually they are shown only on the lateral side (I just had to apply that term from my dentistry background, sorry) of the shoe instead of covering its entirety. The trimmings are of dark blue leather and there's a Velcro strap adorned with a 'G'.

My hommie Ayi really loves this one and he has been wearing it around at any chance he got - much to the delight of his YSL and another Gucci sneakers for giving them a much-needed rest. He likes monograms so it suits him better.

This one retails for RM1700 before 30% discount. Purchased in Gucci Suria KLCC.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Melancholia: A Review

I heard lots of rave reviews from film critics and the not-so-nice comments made about the movie despite its lead actress Kirsten Dunst scored Best Actress at 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Even Rosie O'Donnell said something brutal about her experience watching Melancholia ("I'd rather give birth on the floor of an igloo rather than watching it again"). Needless to say, I was intrigued and I watched it. 

Taking from IMDB.com, in a nutshell, the movie is about "two sisters (Dunst & Gainsbourg) find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet (Melancholia) threatens to collide with the Earth."

I know, the movie sounds absurd. You would have expected stuff like this would be made by Steven Spielberg or James Cameron, not Lars von Trier (the director). 

However, after spending a good 2 hours and 5 minutes watching it, I must say Melancholia is a very good film without ridiculous turns or plots. 

The film starts with a slow-mo set of (beautiful, gorgeous) pictures but will keep you asking 'What the hell is this?'. I won't blame anyone for having that thought as you see slow-mo, digitally-altered clips of Kirsten Dunst running in the woods with her legs tied to long tree roots, electric current emancipates from her fingers, bride laying down in river etc. Crazy, I know but as the movie progresses, you will learn that those set of slow-mo clips are basically a complete recap of the movie itself - even before it starts! Surprise!

Lars von Trier explores two main central issues in this picture: vulnerability and dependency. He tries to provoke a new dimension in looking at how we connect to and affect each other. When Melancholia (the new, strange planet) is about to collide with earth, we can see how relationships between characters change, some for the better and others for worse. Family ties are questioned during time in need and emotional support from your loved ones becomes a luxury. 

The film is divided into two parts: the first part is about Kirsten Dunst's character 'Justine' where she can't find happiness even on the day of her wedding. Her mother disowns her marriage and her father is indifferent to her breakdown. The second part is about Justine's sister 'Claire' played by Gainsbourg and this part further probes into the issues of vulnerability, helplessness, vanity, relationship and trust when Claire tried to strengthen her ties with Justine yet, having to face the probability of the world end. 

If you fancy 'heavy' film with lots of issues embedded, then this one's for you. I give it 7.5 out of 10, because it's tad too long (over 2 hours), too slow and sometimes the artful presentation of the film annoyed me although aesthetically-pleasing (akin to Tom Ford's 'The Single Man'). 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Burberry Gladiator Sandals

This would be one of the posts I have been wanting so badly to write.

Alright, so I got myself a hot new pair of gladiator sandals this past weekend - and needless to say, I love every bit of it (as my any other footwear).

However, this one is extra special, considering I have been looking for the perfect gladiator sandals since the last 2-3 years but none caught my eyes. Even if they did, I couldn't find it here in KL or Singapore.

Buying this means I had to abandon my 4-year pledge of not buying Burberry items (since they support illegal fur trade). So you can imagine just how much I really liked this one.

This one is made of pure leather with metal studs here and there. The metal buckles are engraved with the label, same goes with the leather insole and rubber sole. The leather straps are held together by a suede patch at the front side and there is a leather patch for the tying straps.

I took them for a 'test drive' on the very next day and whoa, the response I got was overwhelming. The most rewarding part was when random strangers stopped me and complimented the sandals. It confirmed the obvious - my sandals are fierce! Ha!

Since Burberry Prorsum line is only available in its Pavilion KL boutique, you can go and get it there while it lasts.

It retails for RM2295. There goes my entire month's paycheck.

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