Feature: StreetPeek Singapore

Fashion blogs can be undeniably dull on many occasions, it’s been a few years now that fashion blogging and street photography have taken the internet by storm. Due to the sheer amount of all this similar content, it can be easy to lose interest in this type of work.

Street fashion photography highlights the everyday person from around the globe’s influence to trends and what retailers want to sell us. A good photographer can produce fascinating exhibitions of numerous people’s ways of self-expression.

My good friend turned Instagram celebrity John Tan doesn’t have the word mediocre in his vocabulary. He is talented enough to produce instantly iconic photographs of impeccably stylish people he encounters on the streets of Singapore. His work has been featured in various exhibitions and websites including internet giant Buzzfeed.

His blog ‘Streetpeek’ hasn’t been updated in a while partially due to Asian study problems but his Instgram feed is alive and kicking. His work is definitely a cut above the rest and I would really recommend checking it out. While the world may know him as a savvy lens genius, I have a collection of beautiful but perhaps, slightly less glamorous memories with him. *Distressed animal noise*

Photographs not by me, all photographs in this post taken by John Tan 

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WEAR: LN-CC Sale

So I may not be able to afford any of it, yet for the more privileged of you out there. LN-CC have a pretty good sale as far as classy concept stores go. There are a few special pieces online with some decent price slashing. So go support them. After all we do coincidentally have a L, N and – in common. Plus many of the items are from Maison Martin Margiela’s line who are next to collaborate with H and M

All can be found at www.ln-cc.com

(Photos in this post do not belong to me)

WEAR: James Long For Topman

So my favourite designer has decided to tap in properly to the mainstream clothing market. In this collaboration with Topman, he has produced a series of signature knitwear tops all designs sure to turn heads. I like the majority of them and in fact most of them are very wearable.

I think it might be worth it to spend a little more than usual on one of these as they genuinely appear to have been thought out like James Long originals. As opposed to just attaching tags with a name on. I guess topman are trying to mimic H and M’s successful formula of Designer collaborations. They have chosen their weapon well shall we say. Not too sure about the shots which have been released and I don’t particularly think they exhibit the series well yet it gives you a general idea of what the jumpers will be like. See the images below and leave your opinion~

P.s. I think the jumpers have been made out to be a lot more fluffy in the press images a few washes and they’ll look fine!

(All images in this post do not belong to me)

WEAR: Stenmark Twins take on Hercules Magazine

Styled by David Vivirido, Photographed by Nacho Alegre. I really think these images capture the feeling of fall. I like the colour palette and the clothes are plain yet with individual touches making the whole shoot very effective. Again it’s that perfect balance between environment and people which cause these to be such good photographs, something I really need to refine. Looks like the designers Tom Ford, Balmain and Louis Vuitton haven’t disappointed this season.

Fun Fact, did I tell you I walked pass Jordan and Zac on oxford street as they got out of the underground station, they were so tall it was a little overwhelming by the time it took my brain to process who they were they were long gone. Anyway it would be almost impossible to say anything without appearing like a creepy fashion blogger. Which I am not…….

UPDATE: The Stenmark twins retweeted this post on twitter!

I own none of the photographs in this post

Zara September Looks

Zara’s september lookbooks offer something different to those of previous. Their selection of models represents a variety of ages and styles. With particular emphasise on this months coats. I have to say the images appear slick clean and professional keeping in line with the general marketing approach for Zara. Zara online is in fact one of the few online stores I feel confident in using, free returns and an email letting you know when your item will be delivered come in very handy if there’s ever a problem.

The whole range of clothes this season seem to bring back the simplicity and elegance of line. The knitwear is back in full force for winter with a range of cardigans and jumpers keeping you warm no matter the occasion. The series of images doesn’t manage to exhibit shoes very well yet they are clearly displayed with multiple images around the website.

Studs play a reoccurring role within the collection this september. In my opinion studs are often overused however the designers at Zara have used them in a minimalistic style.

Some of the coats such as the one on the bottom right are very eye-catching statement pieces and would probably have to be worn with very plain trousers. Not to say that for some of the clothes we have seen similar things before such as the silver jeans on the right are very reminiscent of some I purchased two years ago from Zara. That being said I think this fall Zara really have some great clothes, affordable? Not as much as in previous years yet I hope to see a good winter sale. All images found on Zara’s website Please leave your thoughts below and enjoy the rest of the images

2013-14 Limassol, Europe’s Trendiest Town

The upcoming and nearly completed projects around my hometown Limassol are really taking shape. I keep seeing all these photographs of how my town has transformed. I must admit not all developments are for the improvement of the city. Two hideous twin towers named the ‘Olympic Residence’ are generically designed with no inspiration taken from the historic architecture of the town. In a couple of years time when this design phase passes they will be nothing more than an eyesore. The development’s I’ve chosen to showcase in this post are the ones which I think will enhance the city. These developments I picked are also the ones very close to completion.

The image above shows the plaza area of the old port renovation. As you can see they have made use of the stone used in traditional village housing as well as combining it with some modern lighting. The wood used as hand rails keeps the colour scheme neutral.

The photos in this post are not mine, mostly found on the forum ‘Skyscraper City’ and the website ‘Lemessos Blog’

The Limassol Marina took some time to get used to. It’s a bold concept, my concerns were it would be separated from the main town, would be very elitist and not accessible to the public. The design was nice yet the houses were a little lacking in creative design. However the idea of a small beach is welcome as there isn’t really a nice small cove to hide from the world in Limassol and as long as it’s not private I will be happy. There will be a small shopping area with a few cafes but frankly I think Limassol has enough Cafe’s so I don’t really see the need. If incorporated with the seaside promenade it will be a nice addition to the town.

A new Limassol Museum? Just what is needed the old one is starting to get a bit too old and in need of renovation. However the plans for the new museum look striking and I think the space would really support any historical artifacts and displays of history.

The development above is named ‘residence 51’ Very modern, yet if you look closer you can see the design has taken inspiration from the old town, the sliding shutters have some resemblance to the shutters in the Venetian style homes in the old town, and they look breathtaking.

Museum of Theater? Not really sure what they will display in it but I love the use of space, stone and concrete, it forms a great exhibition space and I look forward to visiting this summer.

Limassol Molos, probably Limassol’s landmark. I do like the redesign, slightly angry at the fact there will be less of the park and more parking. I am also angry there is another Cafe, I love coffee as much as the next guy but the quality of food and drink coming out of most of the current beach cafes really are not worth replicating.  I was also hoping for a little more glass and statement lighting. Sad again for the deconstruction of one of the fountain squares, I thought it had so much character. I am also angry about the fact they have reduced the number of Palm trees and have not cleaned the trunks yet. I’m sure I’ll get round to liking the redesign eventually it’s just from the plans I think a better job could have been done. I am looking forward to the ‘pond’.

Garillis park I couldn’t get an image for however this is probably my most anticipated development, a canal in the city with a linear park. Will really liven up the neglected neighborhoods.

Doors restaurant and lounge bar, thank you so much for keeping the old architecture and using it as art. Not sure what your food is like but I like the feel of the place.

Repaving of the old town, brilliant could do with a little more greenery but I should probably stop complaining. People can put pots of shrubs out themselves.

The Castle restaurant regeneration is great, the lighting is cool and blends the modern and old brilliantly. After all I think that’s what Limassol is all about.

Rental bikes, great now I can get home faster and avoid the heat. Now all that’s left is to build some shade for the cycle lane so my skin doesn’t burn and crumple into soot.

Concrete blocks over water? Let’s hope it looks better in real life.

Arriving On Time At Terminal 5

Terminal 5 really feels great, like representative of the city it’s in. Walking around you feel like you’re in one of those airport based films when they have the shots of the rolling suitcases and the stylish business man in a suit and tie on the phone with his express coffee to go.

Although the airport is stunning I have to say it does everything to the best standard but doesn’t offer anything that hasn’t been in an airport before. I heard you take a tube style train from the airplane to the baggage collection but not actually having been on a flight I can’t verify that. Was a great mini exhibition about ‘My grandfather’s car’ which held my attention for a rather long period of time, some beautiful photographs accompanied by a short film.

I have come to the conclusion some black frames like the ones on display are needed to exhibit some old family pictures, so I’ll take that on as another challenge.

I still need to write that piece on arrivals and departures with some accompanying photographs, I’m sure I could pick up some really nice stories but it’s about whether I could sum up the guts to ask people when they just want to get home.


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