Sunday, June 26, 2011

Look Book

Hey everyone!

Kanch has posted a new look on LookBook!
Hype her!

Kanch is wearing...

Dress: H&M
Denim Vest: Kanchan Couture
Broach: Sham Shui Po
Shoes: Pedder Red
Bag: YSL

Love, Petra

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

David LaChapelle: The Raft

I can’t remember when I had first heard of David LaChapelle. I remember still being in High School and browsing through his website and falling in love.

David LaChapelle was born in 1963 and began his career in New York in the 80s-my favourite period by the way. In the 80s in New York the nightlife was booming with trust fund kids famously known as the Club Kids.

It was in New York where his work caught the attention of the notorious Andy Warhol and the editors of Interview Magazine.

LaChapelle is famous for shooting personalities such as Eminem, Tupac, Paris Hilton, Lil’ Kim, Amanda Lepore, Hilary Clinton and Muhammad Ali to name a few.

LaChapelle then moved on to directing music videos (Can’t hold us Down-Christina Aguilera), live theatrical events and documentary films.

I was on Perez Hilton's blog and read an article about David Lachapelle at an event with one of my style icons and heiress Daphne Guinness. I decided to check out his website to check out his new work and came across and event at de Sarthe Fine Art Gallery.

Kanch, Shivani and I decided to check it out, as we were all LaChapelle fans.
Walking into the gallery we saw these white pristine walls and on top of course, was neon coloured extravagant, outrageous pieces spread all over the walls.

His Bruce Lee themed work was a 'chromogenic' print with bright colours and with a lot of what would appear to seem random quirky characters in the background.

His other pieces which were more of a mix media collection featured some paint, cardboard, bubble wrap, and ink to mention a few.
I personally loved his mixed media pieces. They were so intriguing and intimate; you know the kind of art that makes you think-haha.

What do you think of his pieces?

Visit the gallery:
de Sarthe Fine Art 8/F Club Lusitano
16 Ice House Street Central. Hong Kong

LaChapelle’s work will be there till the 2nd of July, worth a look for sure!

Love Petra

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ohh What a Night!

Kanchan Couture has been prepping now for over one month for the ReDress: Forever Better with Miele Fashion Show.

What was it? Well it was a fashion show featuring 15 Hong Kong designers’ reconstructed creations using second-hand clothing sourced from local clothing banks.

We were lucky to be part of this event and create 4 dresses, 2 walked down the runway at Watermark, Upper Deck in Central and 2 will be displayed at Harvey Nichols, Hong Kong next week.

All day we were rushing to get things ready, sewing and putting the finishing touches on our accessories to go with the outfits.
Kanch and Shivani left at about 6pm to prep the dressers while I had to rush to Kwun Tong to pick up some posters and be back at the office before 7 so Annie and I could leave together. It was a race against time, but I made it. All the power walking has lead me to believe I have dropped 10 pounds-ha!

It was 7:15pm and we just made it on time. We got out of the lift and walked towards Watermark, a HUGE; 6 metre mountain of second hand clothes greeted us at the front entrance. When our outfits came down the runway there was a gush of excitement.

Hardly any of the dresses that night looked like they were made of second hand clothes. The construction was impeccable and definitely gave a new meaning to second hand clothes.

We are always interested to participate in events like this because it really works to educate the consumer on how much of a wasteful society we really are. When I talk to Kanch about this she said:

“As a designer I really quite enjoyed the design process of the two deconstructed garments – it seems almost like a game/ puzzle taking of you have and making something new. Taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

On sustainability…I think the world is getting more aware that we really do have a problem and we are an over consuming existence, and it needs to change. A lot of designers are getting more conscientious about how they produce their lines and what kind of carbon footprint they are leaving behind. The eco market has developed substantially at a speedy rate and will continue to do this. It is here to stay.”

Thank you to all the wonderful people that came and made it such a special evening, I only hope the future brings an increased eco friendly existence.

Love Petra,

The team

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Rockin' my world

As of late, the Kanchan Couture crew has been working on developing and creating new jewellery.

We’ve researched, developed and then developed some more and are out with a new jewellery line, including charms, bracelets, necklaces and earrings that were previously launched on Groupon HK. Now moving on the Groupon out!

We’ve also been working on a few external projects besides the KC jewellery line and we’re all starting to become more interested and excited about jewellery. (Designing and buying of course!)

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to the Tom Binns exhibition presented by Joyce & On Pedder, curated by Madhouse Contemporary. His Jewellery was absolutely breathtaking and super colourful and chunky-jewellery on acid if you will. One of my favorite’s was a dark room fill with his florescent pieces.

One of his creations included a large chunky necklace made out of Barbie shoes which Kanch and I adored.

I decided to ask the ladies of KC to pick they’re favourite jewellery at the moment- styles and opinions always change!

Fashion is supposed to be fun not boring! So Enjoy!

Let it rock your world!!

My Pick

Shivani's Pick

Kanch's Pick

Annie's Pick

Love, Petra

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer Ad Campaigns & Editorials

I’ve been doing some research on banners on successful e-commerce sites and fashion editorials for our brand, Kanchan Couture.

Slowly I’ve been assigned to take over most of Kanchan Couture’s web projects from facebook, to helping create our new shopping website. We’ve almost reached the end of this now but there is still a lot to do, tiring, but exciting.

Because summer is approaching and our website goes live at the end of this month, we need a couple of fabulous summery banners. I’ve been looking for ideas while trying to link editorials to e-commerce.

After the shoot with our models last month we had a ton of photos to choose from. Although they were great we have to think about each market and the types of models that appeal to different countries.
Hong Kong is quite the international city and everything works here because Hong Kong is made up of hundreds of nationalities.
As for China, Chinese models and Chinese mix models are really popular. I remember going to Pan Yu with Kanch and Shivani and seeing billboard after billboard of ads featuring mainly Chinese models & few mixes.

I remember when Karl Lagerfeld used Blake Lively for a Chanel Mademoiselle Campaign and there was some controversy about Ms Lively not being the right candidate for the European market.

I adore summer editorials, the vibrant and contrasting colours and glowing dewy skin, it actually brings to mind the Gucci Summer ad campaign.

I had the ladies of Kanchan Couture pick out their favourite pre summer editorials 2011, check them out!

Shivani's pick
Flavia de Oliveira by Marcelo Krasilcic for Elle Italia
My Pick
Isabeli Fontana for Vogue Paris by Mert & Marcus

Annie's pick
Shelia Marquez by David Roemer for Marie Clarie Spain

I asked Kanch which ads she liked or disliked and she mentioned the Esprit sunglasses ads that have taken over ad spaces at Hong Kong bus stops.
Even though i asked for Kanch's opinion we all agreed that it was super boring, yawn, not
surpised that i can't find it online hahah!

Dreaming of summer holidays……

Love, Petra

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