Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Charcoal


This assignment was to illustrate an important interior space of my proposal showcasing stairs, continuing back to the Architecture Posts linked at the header. My intention is the symmetrical perspective foreplay of exaggerating stairs through perspective points. Using water and charcoal to demonstrate the glass staircase through lighting and textures in the gradient tones of black against the white paper. 

[LB] Back to School

It's been a rather long time since I have posted on Fashitects, 20 days to be exact. I have been busy working on Architecture work, aside acting in film set for a BBC 3 TV programme, Bad Education starring comedian Jack Whitehall. Not much can be revealed at the moment but I can tell you its about School. Who thought my schedule was possible, sleepless days and constantly working in my studio as soon as they call 'It's a wrap!' until the next day... At this rate, social life is not an option but on a plus, here's a quick lookbook on my outfit.


[Double breasted Jacket] Topman [Boots] Hudsons
Photo credits by Corinne
I attempted to add a stylised twist with draping the baggy trousers around my legs into the boots for the illusion of slim fit. High waisted trousers and tucked in tie. Who wears these fat ties nowadays, there is literally enough material for two ties there. Apart from my new double breasted jacket just hanging there on my shoulders, the jacket is very diverse in styles. 
Year 10 at Secondary School, 15 years old? 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wear in the World: Vietnam

Back tracking my previous holiday in Vietnam and winning the Hg2 and style passport for stylish city blogs, it's the perfect timing and I am proud to share my post on Vietnam that interlinks my photos and experience of my holiday. Surprised to even be nominated in the top 20 when I got the email, was all I wanted, but you have given me much more. Many thanks to everyone who voted and especially Dylan Jones, editor and chief of GQ magazine for selecting my blog winner. 


Favourite destination: Having been to several holiday destinations, I am a right explorer when it comes to living the life away from home. I have to say my favourite destination is probably my homeland Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, South of Vietnam. The excitement and adrenaline of when you’re just about to board a 13 hour flight and experience a new life is a memory you will never forget. My previous visit was two months ago, spending time with my family and related loves one, reunited, as a family of 9; words cannot describe. In the time of one month, there were endless things to do, amazing weather, food, entertainment and historical attractions to visit. Best known for the Vietnam War,the city has many things to offer and has become a part of my life, as my dad was in the war. The photos here are just a percentage that describes Vietnam, more is to be seen on the blog soon.


Tradition Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup at Pho 24 Restaurant. £2 for a bowl thats ridiculously cheap!
Best place to eat: It’s a hard choice on selecting the best place to eat when the food is amazing no matter where you eat it. Whether it’s the restaurant, shopping courts or street markets, you are sure to have divine food at ridiculously cheap prices. To be on the traditional side of Vietnamese cuisine, Pho noodle soup would be a good option. There are so many food options to choose, perhaps try something new when it comes to another culture, but it’s guaranteed to be tasteful!

Sky Bar in Saigon Vietnam, breath taking venue and city scenery. Photo from website below
Best place to drink: If were talking about alcoholic beverages, the best place to drink would be Skybar. Located on the top of the tower, the impeccable breath taking view of the city is a view you can’t imagine. It can be considered expensive, but its not just the bar experience your paying for. The venue is something you couldn’t even imagine existing on ground level. Accompanied with music DJ, definitely considered for the high class and money spenders.

Blue Diamond Hotel Reception & 2 Bedroom Ensuite
Best place to sleep: Depending on your location, a quality experience and service is provided at all the hotel’s I have stayed at. The hotel’s I have stayed at are ideal for location right in the centre, easy walking distances or cheap taxi access. When you’re in a city like this, the last thing you want is to sleep, exploring the outdoors and nighttime is where the experience is. Supposing the city never sleeps, but make sure sleep is a must, as the day starts again rather early.

98% of the days I was there for one month was sunny. Sometimes you just need water to cool down the humidity.
Best time of year to visit: There is no excuse of not choosing the time of year to visit, as the food and weather is amazing most of the year. Dry weather from Dec to April, for the beach. In November/December the weather is cool, ideal for going outside refreshed and good for shopping. The new years calendar is a favorite time of the year, the streets are crowed and animated with festive decorations. The hottest and most humid is Feb-July ideal for the seasonal trips to the beaches.

2 Wheel transports are definitely a circus act in this city when it comes to transporting.
Don’t miss: An attempt in walking cross the city roads, walking in between the never-ending flow of impossible traffic. Dodging the hundreds of motorcyclists, cyclists, cabs and cars is a mission you have to take on with safety. When it comes to two wheels, the tip is just walk and they will mind you, just be sure to look each direction check your travelling in as there are vehicles coming from all directions, there is no systematic route in parts of this city.

Don't worry this was a one off occasion with thousands and thousands of people and motorcyclists leaving church
Chu Ben Thanh which means Market. The Famous indoor market in Saigon, stalls, clothes & food.  Just be streetwise.
Things to avoid: Try to avoid being fooled into buying market products at high prices. Trust me they know that you’re a foreigner; by the way you dress and look, so they start the prices at the highest. After all it’s a tourist attractive place, and who said you can’t bargain even if you say 70%. A tip that works is walking away because there is another stall that will sell for cheaper, and then coming back with a lower price, they can’t say no, it works every time. Their produce will always be there the following days and weeks, and your money is all they want. But, when there is a bargain, just try your luck with the discount unless it says fixed prices.

My holiday home in Vietnam, 2 hours from the main city. The luxury in the village.
Off the beaten track finds: I think the real experience is finding out things for yourself and not having things fed to you. Finding the unknown is probably something I call ‘Off the beaten track finds’. Exploring life with no expectancy to what you’re going to experience is something that came about on our tractor ride. Taking a step back in relaxation away from the city and living in the village at my holiday home. The impeccable difference between city lives and life in the village is a place where Iphones or the Internet is unheard of. It comes to show how societies worked without technology influencing and shaping there live, the real back to basics with living.

Capturing the essences of happiness and life that comes with age. The 85 year old brings wisdom shown in his eyes; brings a tear everything. 
Living their traditional lives off farming, growing crops and working for nothing is an ethic you don’t find in the city.  The appreciation of living no matter the money, as families is what brings together their happiness regardless the pay. We managed to come across a small village community that started all from scratch, located a lot further from the main towns. As a less developed country I was able to understand the need for education in this small classroom, supposedly a school of children and the kids faces lit up when they was greeted by visitors like us. I am still yet to discover the undiscoverable; travelling is a definite factor in my life.

Two of my best examples of Street Fashion, Traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai Dress and Saigon City Fashion
Beauty tip: As a man, I would say I don’t have a beauty tip, except drinking a lot of liquid to keep you hydrated and radiant in the sun. Sun lotion is a must, but I still managed to tan like a roasted chicken. When the weather is sunny and humid, makeup is definitely not an accessory during daytime, a hint for the ladies. The last thing you want is to be sweaty with water droplets of foundation running down your face. It’s a different story at nighttime. Being clean and having several showers during the day, you want to be refreshed and cleansed in this weather.

Sneak peak of lookbook posts coming soon! Best yet.
Best outfit or fashion item for destination: For going outside in style, the fashion accessory must have are sunglasses, perfect for the sunny weather. You want to wear light, pastel toned colours in the sun, as they don’t absorb heat. Less material is preferably better as there is no escape from sweating once you exit the hotel. So your outfit would consist of shorts, shirts and good footwear. It’s hard looking stylish in the summer, when all you need is to show skin.

Holiday packing tip: My Holiday packing tip would be to pack less than what you bring before on holiday. For me this was not the case. I ended up bringing more kilograms of clothing for a month than I needed, and you can’t imagine I had to share luggage’s to accompany my new purchases. Pack light and go crazy when it comes to bargains and shopping, just make sure you have luggage space.


What I bought: Where do I begin when it comes to buying on holiday? Being a fashionister and bargain hunter that I am. Buying anything in this country is surely a bargain, but you don’t realize as your paying with the currency known as Dong, starting from 1000Dong equivalent to 3p. I love the market stalls for the craftsmanship, hand made produce, and unique products only sold in Vietnam. Buying clothes at the shopping malls, designer department stores is a must visit.

Capturing the sunset everytime amazes me, no matter where I am in Vietnam. Inside the airport, village or the beach
What I listened to/read/learnt: It’s great coming from an ethnic oriental background; I have grown living in London all my life. It’s a pleasure visiting relative and experiencing another culture every time I visit Vietnam. The country has something to offer every time I visit. With my parent’s guidance I can only speak the language and only respect my life I have now in comparison for less developed countries. I have learnt to respect everything I have, as I can’t imagine what some people go through everyday fighting for their lives. Appreciate the people around you while you can, as you will only realize once they have gone just like the one in a million sunsets.

Monday, April 09, 2012

The Glass Staircase

It's been a long time since I last posted my work on here. Make sure you check out the Architecture tab on the header for more work like this. For this project, the concept was to focus on designing a staircase in context of the proposal design for a lido project. The focal point for my glass stairs is based on the illusion of perspective, that it appears to be wider from human height measuring 5meters and gradually descends towards the top at 3meters. Leading up the stair case you are taken through a journey looking down at the beach as it is based over the thames water. Gradually reaching 19 steps you get the view of the whole landscape of the thames and sky. Here is another model that i can say am proud of, when there is effort and time, am sure to keep it for the record. 
Behind the Scenes Stairs model making


Materials used: MDF, perspects, cocktail sticks

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Behind the Scenes: Natt Weller

The Freemasons is architecturally designed in the interior as seen in the selected sneak peak photographs. Photographic in location with the mosaic flooring, perspective vista hallways, grand renaissance style gates, and stunning decorative ceilings lead to views at all angles. The dark, dramatic and historic building was grand in scale, an ideal discoverable adventure to experience. This location was ideal for the several outfit changes, relative with the whole theme of J Rock meets Harajuku Japan. Reflective in the clothing's chosen, it's not your average high street designer purchases, preferably one of a kind designs, an exclusive preview to the shoot. 
[Bikers Jacket] Breaks-London A/W2012-13, [Studded Leather Skirt] Breaks-London A/W2012-13, [Platform Creepers] Self Designed DIY
[Knitwear] Trind Lindegaard, [Trousers] Dior Homme 2008

[Diverse Zipper Jacket] Breaks-London AW 2011-2012 Collection
Behind the Scenes with Natt Weller & Pantelis Photographer

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Official Fashion Stylist

First post of the month, what a way to start the blog post with an exclusive sneak preview behinds the scenes on Celebrity Natt Weller's photoshoot. My first job entitling fashion styling my friend was an honor, collaborating with a great team consisting of photographer, hair stylist, make up artist, manager, stylist and the Musician, singer, DJ and model Natt Weller 

Who knew that this time last year my blog and my personal intake on men's fashion could lead to a new path. Never thought of becoming this occupational fashion stylist as well as blogging, photography and trends marketer all on top aside an Architecture student. As it all started off with my personal fashion expressed through photographs and inspiration from fashion designers.
Make Up range from Mac, Make up Artist Naveen Mohamed 
Make up by Mac/ London Fashion Week catwalk inspirations/ Accessories/ Collaborative Shoes
The concept for the photoshoot was J rock style meets Harujuku Japan. Collaborative designers with very bold statement designs that are fresh, bold and expressive with dramatic statement clothing was ideal for the photoshoot. This shoot shows a fresh intake on mens fashion with the coordination of styling and inspirational designs.
Behind the Scenes Styling Preparation. I am wearing a leopard print bomber style jacket from B-Side Clothing.
Notice the Toy car innovation glued symmetrically on the white shirt by Trine Lindegaard
When it comes to being very creative and innovative with designer fashion, Trine Lindegaard is the one to watch. The artistic jestures to ordinary clothing is manipulated into something everyones talking about. The clothing is very textile like with the textures excessive jewellery hand made such like this one below. The brand is very bold and significant to their own designs, they surely have their trademark and selling point in fashion statements.
The innovative and creative Knitwear Jewellery Design Trine Lindegaard
My new favourite designers Break London. [Red Bikers Jacket A/W 2012-13]  [Black Diverse Zipper Coat A/W 2011-13]
Who are the designers of these two favourite jackets personal chosen? Officially a new favourite fashion designers brand of mine Breaks-London. From the selected collaboration; they were definitely a must have in the photo shoot. Cutting edge designers, very sleek and fresh interpretations on men's fashion. The designs are very innovative, diverse and definately a professional winning designer brand in my eyes. The website is a must see, check out their current seasonal trends and previous collections such like the A/W 2011-12 diverse zipper coat, very innovative with the approach of two styles in one.
Photoshoot Location: 60 Great Queen Street London. Interior of Freemaisons Hall
The Location was priceless, we had permission to photograph in this grand Freemaisons Hall interior, so I was honored to share these unseen interiors that I never knew existed. On behalf of Natt Weller & his manager it is a privilege to share the exclusive behind the scenes shoot. Stay tuned for the next blog post for the main photos of Natt Weller modelling the styled outfits with photographer Pantelis