Friday, April 18, 2014

[Travel Chic] Striding Through Museums (Ep. One)

Through this short episodes of posts I will bring you strutting along the fine museums of Singapore. They are having a batik exhibition, Auspicious Design, going on in the Peranakan Museum 11 April 2014 to 28 December 2014. Knowing my love of batik, I knew I HAD to check it out!

Textile art is still connected with the world of fashion, and certainly the newest trends in the business are often taken from past history. As mentioned in my previous post, I frequent the museum because they give me tremendous inspirations!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

[OOTD, Thoughts] Bright Clouds

Dress: mega mendung (cloudy clouds) patterned batik dress - fennywong // 
Outerwear: Cotton batik overgarment - Danar Hadi //  Sandals: nude wedges - Charles and Keith

Do you appreciate the small things around you? 

I have almost forgotten how to find the beauty in minute details until I visit Singapore again these past few days.

As some of you guys may have already known, I spent three years back studying in Singapore. The first time I came to this island, one of my friend was quitting the place. She confessed to me that the place was "too small and too boring" for her. She couldn't take it, and went to another country instead. She said she could do road trips and a bunch of other stuffs there that you couldn't do in Singapore because its limited size.

Well, hearing that, I was feeling kind of down. Will my days become boring too? I went ahead and enjoy the independence and solitude I was blessed with when I was in Singapore. After three years passed I have to say that I disagree with that friend of mine! I love this island so much that it pains me every time I need to fly back home.

The road in front of my old place. Lush with greens!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

[OOTD] Modern Heritage

Dress: custom-made batik - fennywong // Coat: cotton polkadot oversized style - vintage find // 
Sandals: wooden platform sandals - Charles and Keith

For unknown reason I have always loved batik. Around my secondary school years, this fabric was still considered as traditional and old-fashioned. I didn't care what others think, and went ahead to buy some. As a result from my old obsession to batik, now I have an array of batik dresses hanging in my closet. 

They are not in top quality condition, considering I made it before I went to fashion school. Nevertheless it still fits fine, so I wear it out often. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

[Feast in Style] Dutch-Indies Cuisine - Indischetafel

A beautiful vintage centrepiece of the restaurant.

The trend of thematic restaurant has been growing fast in Bandung. This one, Indischetafel, was actually one of the pioneers. It has been around since I was in uniform, probably 5 years ago. I remember I was celebrating my farewell party before I went to college in Singapore here.

The view inside the restaurant main area.

The restaurant has taken the theme of retro Dutch-Indies style. It was really interesting because I'm certain that it's unique, you can't find this on any other parts of the world! Indonesia was occupied by the Dutch colonies for more than three hundred years, and both cultures mixed together and produced a whole new culture. Much like Singapore's Peranakan culture, I guess?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

[OOTD] Denim Day Out

Sunglasses: retro style // Necklace: birthday gift // Denim Overall: a bargain from Hong Kong // Skirt: Forever 21// Arm Candy: a stack of different things // Sandals:  Charles and Keith

Sunday, April 6, 2014

[Thoughts] What Does Fashion Mean to You?

I am constantly thinking about what fashion means to me.

I have a tight-knit circle of friends in my hometown. We have grown together since we were still in secondary school and F4 was still all the rage. Yes, it started way back then. I have loved fashion even since that time. To me, fashion was measuring tape and fabrics, sequins and laces. Fashion was ordering sweet seventeen dresses from the sewing uncle. Fashion was something that I would wear to  a party on a weekend, not on daily basis.

However, as the years passed and I grew older, fashion to me has also evolved. I went into college and met friends who thought that fashion is a lifestyle. Instead of only wearing chiffon dresses to a party on weekends, they dress up every morning thinking that the world is their runway. 

I was taught by lecturers that thought that fashion is an art form. Instead of simply searching for the right fabric and cut it according to trend, they taught me to find the story and meaning behind every piece, to know what we can give to the world through fashion.

Some of my colleagues during the short amount of time I worked thought that fashion is indeed a business. What is the use of making beautiful art forms if you can't sell them? After all our dear YSL has been quoted saying, "Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it."

I always take these thoughts into consideration when I look into fashion, when I feel fashion. Now fashion to me is the combination of all of it: an art form that could be sold as a lifestyle. My feelings for fashion is deep and emotional. When I came back from my journey abroad, I was a different girl altogether. I thought that fashion was the most important thing on earth.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Photoshoot Behind-the-Scene

Photos: Polar Poplar // Model: Valerie Krasna, Hendri Setiawan // Wardrobe: fennywong (aka yours truly) // Make Up & Hair: Zilka Stania // Location: VIB Bandung

Hi all lovelies!

So as I have mentioned in my previous post, I was busy arranging another photoshoot. You have read how to arrange the occasion, so I figured you may be curious about how it goes during the photoshoot itself. Here are some sneak peeks and behind-the-scene shots of the shoot!