Sleek silhouettes might have reigned the Paris and Milan fashion week catwalks this season but in many of the collections we saw oversized coats, knits and trousers... even belts! More often this trend is neutral in colour if you don't count Issey Miyake and his bright red creation. Perhaps these looks would work better in Europe but if it were cold enough here would you try this trend, or do you prefer a more snug fit for your outerwear?


Okay, so granted we're seeing more body than body wear in this video but you have to give the fans what they want. For his H&M Bodywear collection, I present David Beckham. Available now!


Now this campaign is more like it. With all the F/W stuff coming out in bulk we Saffers are feeling a little overheated. Clean looks, simple styling and gorgeous models. Need I say more? Featuring the impeccable looks of one Miss Lily Donaldson alongside Vladimir Ivanov and Danny Beauchamp. 

sweet & simple

Dress: ASOS (similar here). Jacket: Zara (old). Shoes: Jcrew. Sunglasses: Karen Walker. Pin: Vintage. Purse: Celine. Jewelry: David Yurman, Michael Kors, Coach, Gap, BR, Jcrew.


Eddie Redmayne might be making big waves in the fashion indtstry as a top model but did you know he's mostly an actor? The 29 year old picked up a Tony not too long ago and appeared in 'My week with Marilyn' but still manages to give good face. Here he is not long after those Burberry shots in a Vogue editorial shot in Ibiza with Karlie Kloss. No prizes in guessing Vogue used Mario Testino for these stunning images. 

A Spot of Hawaiian Ink on the New York City Subway

Earlier this week, I posted about my experience on Ink Master, getting a tribal tattoo that was inspired by my upbringing in Hawai'i. Do note that I have not referred to this as a Hawaiian tribal piece, which is a whole different thing altogether.

Just to illustrate, one of my "leftover" posts from 2011 is this tattoo:

This was a real treat for me, spotting an authentic Hawaiian tattoo, in New York City of all places.

Looking back to last June, I had just attended a networking event at Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square and was headed home to Brooklyn. On the 8th Avenue subway platform at 42nd Street, I spotted a bunch of folks with t-shirts bearing Hawaiian names. I got to chatting with them. Turns out they were affiliated with Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, an outrigger canoe club from Wai'anae, Hawai'i, and they were in town to compete in the 2011 Liberty World Outrigger Competition. 

I was shocked. Outrigger canoes in the East River? I've lived in New York for almost 15 years and never knew that this existed in the Big Apple!

There was a whole lot of local folks from Hawai'i on the platform, and when an express and local train pulled in simultaneously, chaos erupted as the visitors scattered into both downtown trains.

I sat down on an "A" train next to a handful of the group and struck up a conversation with a few people. I spoke with one guy, in particular, named Sam "Kamu" Kapoi. Go figure, the talk turned to tattoos and Sam stretched out his left leg to show me his ink.

Sam and I have kept in touch, so I was able to get some additional information on this piece.

Sam is a filmmaker and was accompanying the group as they competed in New York.

The art of Hawaiian tattoo has deep roots in the culture of the islands, and every aspect of a tattoo has personal meaning that is often held very privately by the tattooed individual. You just don't go up to someone with a Hawaiian tattoo and ask, "So what does it mean?" 

Sam said it himself in a message to me, "the tattoo itself ... is my family design, very sacred." He credited his artist as Keone Nunes, who specializes in traditional Hawaiian tattoos and uses the tapping method.

Here's a nice clip on YouTube with Mr. Nunes discussing the art of kakau:

The juxtaposition of this illustration compared to my own experience getting a tribal piece on a tattoo reality show is stark. Whereas I love my new tattoo, I in no way hold it in the same high regard as the traditional art of kakau in Hawai'i. I feel honored to have been lucky to come across an example, by chance, in New York.

A big mahalo nui loa to Sam for sharing his traditional Hawaiian ink with us here on Tattoosday.

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Stripe Dress: Jcrew. Chambray Dress: Jcrew Outlet (similar here). Jacket: GAP (old). Shoes: Converse. Bag: Foley+Corinna (last seen here). Sunglasses: Karen Walker. Jewelry: David Yurman, Jcrew, Pomellato, GAP, BR, Max&Chloe.


It was obvious early on that certain colour trends were emerging this season. Thankfully one of my favorites reigned supreme for fall/winter. Green! Wether it's sea green, olive, emerald or moss it's up to you. The army green, if not militarian trend was strong this year and extended to coats, knits, hats, shoes and scarves. 

Second to green this season you could barely go a show without seeing burgundy or red, specifically the former. Givenchy chose red as a theme alongside stars and stripes but other designers chose it to make more of a statement. Or in the case of Mugler, burgundy made up entire looks in different shades.

Last up is blue. Diesel Black Gold released their look in a powdery tone but the closer we got to Paris the blue became more electric. Again with blue we see this used more as a statement piece so you can take pointers from these looks on how to execute it into your own style.


On the 28th of January the J&B Met will take place and for the first time ever I will be attending. Like, ever-ever. Of course in lieu of fancy masks you can barely see out of I am just going to wear some fancy sunglasses instead. Sunglass Hut is hosting the Inner Circle marquee at the Met, which is precisely where I will be. The theme is 'Made Different' and encourages you to wear something you wouldn't ordinarily wear. Yeh, I'm just going to wear what I want.

Tickets are on sale for R1,500 and include a VIP style party and a R2,000 SGH gift voucher which can be redeemed on the day. Only 200 tickets are available in total so if you want to join me at the races email or call 021 286 6119.

See you there?


Shoes: Loeffler Randall (last seen here). Bag: Celine. Top: Cynthia Vincent c/o. Denim: Cheap Monday. Skirt: Zara. Nails: Butter London 'Teddy Girl'. Necklace: Saks5th (old). Jewelry: Michael Kors, Jcrew, David Yurman, YSL. Sunglasses: Karen Walker.

Tattoosday Goes Tribal on Ink Master

What’s the hardest thing about being an ink-blogger and getting a tattoo on a televised competition show? Keeping my mouth shut for almost six months about the experience.

This is the tattoo that  I received back in August in the course of my stint as a "human canvas" on  the set of Spike TV's Ink Master.

What you didn't see on the show (if you watched last night) was the consulting session in which I sat down with the artist and hashed out the ideas and concepts that I wanted represented in this tribal piece that ultimately ended up on my left thigh.

The two main elements are the honu, or Hawaiian sea turtle, and the hibiscus, which is the state flower of Hawai'i. Having grown up in the Aloha State, I wanted something that represented my childhood home.


The end result far exceeded my expectations. I want to again thank Heather Sinn, my artist, for giving me an exceptional tattoo under less than ideal conditions. 

I also want to share a little bit more about how I lucked into being tattooed by such a wonderfully talented artist.

The episode that aired last night was dubbed “Botched Head Tattoo” by the network. Fortunately, mine was not the botched head tattoo, although I have stayed in touch with the human canvas who chose to have his scalp inked and can say, with 100% confidence, the only thing botched about it was that it wasn’t completed in the five-hour time limit. The artist, Bili Vëgas, ultimately finished the piece at his shop in New York, and Ryan, who shared one of his other tattoos with us here on Tattoosday back in August, is very happy with the end result.

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Back in July, I wrote here about Ink Master’s call for candidates looking for a cover-up. Shortly after posting the piece, I sent in my own idea for a tattoo for the show, thinking it was a long shot.

Within the hour, I got a response asking if I could come in and discuss the idea in person. Fortunately, I was off that day, and I went into Manhattan and met with production staff, discussing what I wanted in terms of a memorial piece for my step-father, who passed away in April 2010. This discussion also included a mention of my almost having been tattooed with a Hawaiian tribal memorial band.

Things moved quickly from there and after a series of phone calls, my original idea was scrapped and I was confirmed to be a human canvas on an episode dedicated to tribal tattoos. I am not generally a fan of tribal ink, but I thought that if I could get something with a Hawaiian influence, I would be cool with that. Having grown up in Honolulu, and with family still in the islands, it made sense to get something along those lines. I was concerned, however, whether whoever was tattooing me would approach the challenge with an understanding and respect for the culture of Hawai’i.

On the designated day, I met at the rendez-vous point with three other human canvases near Times Square to be transported to the set by shuttle. The studio was set up at an old church building in Newark. We were shown to a holding room with five other canvases and, as is typical in television production, we waited.

We didn’t know who the judges were until moments before being led to the set, which was quite impressive, as is evident on the show. I was initially happy to pick the skull with artist Heather Sinn’s name on it and, after our consult, during which I threw idea after idea at her about what would be ideal in the tattoo, I was excited to see what she would come up with overnight.

On the shuttle from Manhattan to the set the next day, we all chatted about our artists and talked about how we thought it would go. Ryan, who was about to have his head inked, was chowing down on a big bowl of red jell-o, a trick some tattoo artists recommend to minimize bleeding (the gelatin aids with blood coagulation). We were also still abuzz about the one canvas who was dismissed because of his psoriasis. The guy had been a veritable comedian in the holding room, and his absence was surprising.

After getting miked up and led to the set, we met with the artists in their work rooms and saw our designs for the first time. I was blown away by what Heather came up with, especially having looked at her online portfolio the night before, and noticed that she wasn’t an artist that did a lot of tribal work.

There was one glaring concern that I did have, however. Heather was not a happy camper. This was episode 2, so they had just started production, and one show was already in the tank. Mind you, they don’t wait a week between episodes, they are often shot in succession, and the hours are long and grueling, even to artists who spend hours on delicately maneuvering a vibrating machine doing meticulous work on a canvas that moves.

Heather did not hide this sentiment from me, the client, and I was concerned, especially since the challenge was rigorously timed, and had dropped from 6 hours to 5 hours after the initial cover-up challenge of episode 1.

She assured me that she was going to do her best under the not-so-ideal circumstances. I would direct readers to this interview that recently ran with Heather in the LA Weekly. She wears her emotions on her sleeve and does not back down from her feelings.

Heather told me she would not be very talkative when she was doing the initial line work as she was not accustomed to this type of tattoo. Fine by me. The cameras were around us constantly and Heather was very concerned that she would not have the time to finish the piece. She also expressed to me that she was not very fond of any of the judges. After seeing the flash challenge that preceded our meeting, I can see why.

When all was said and done, however, she powered through it and knocked it out with time to spare. The result left me with an awesome tattoo, and I have nothing but praise for her craftsmanship.

As for the show itself, so much footage went unused, including scenes in which the human canvases saw their tattoos for the first time in a full-length mirror, met with the judges, and did candid interviews with the producers.

I can say that, despite all the tattoo flaws picked out by the judges in the show, none of the canvases on my episode were disappointed with the final result of their sessions with the Ink Master artists. And, as much as I would like to bemoan the massive amount of "canvas" footage on the cutting room floor, ultimately the artists were being judged on the quality of their work, not on the stories behind their clients' tattoos, or their feelings about the final product.

I think that this is one of the compelling aspects about Ink Master that makes the show so interesting from a technical standpoint. Sure, there's the reality show drama involving the artists' personalities, but the show seems committed, more than most of the other "reality" shows out there, to celebrating the tattoos for art's sake.

I'm not on any more episodes, but I'll keep watching. 

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You know when you watch a movie and it appears somehow in your dreams? Well it was like Thom Browne watched American Horror Story and the Rocky Horror Picture Show and this collection came of it the following day. Each look suggests a simpler look underneath and features staples like great shoes, scarves, knit hats and nautical trousers. Add to that, heavily exaggerated shoulders that ran through the collection, models ready for some warped fashion-cum-football event. I don't know... there are few collections that actually leave me speechless. Oh look an anchor! 


Playing with gender-bending elements, Agnès B for Fall 2012 introduces mens tights, or mights/meggings I imagine someone, somewhere will pen them. But in addition to this, ballet pumps, denim skirts and cropped capes. If androgyny can work on women I don't see why men can't do it too. Also featured were some nicely cut burgundy suits with a double-breasted check, or red if you're up to playing a ring-leader. 


Old Smithy takes us out to see this season, but mostly in the literal translation with jellyfish printed mainline trousers and nautical knits. He tries to simulate the movement of moody water by layering neons under dark knits but takes the accent of neon to the edges of other garments too. We also see the return of old favorites like two-toned trousers, chunky knits and Peter Pan collars. All aboard now.


Featuring a line-up of goth-like looks that suggest a change in colour preference, Ann Demeulemeester's collection offers long tunics, elongated silhouettes and bursts of electric blue and reds to accent the white and black palette. The star of the show was no doubt the gradient suiting with matching zipper boots. Did you enjoy this collection?


Stepping out in their signature high-tops, Lanvin models were decked in a series of masterful jackets and suits.  Noticeably, this included dropped shoulders or ballooned sleeves that were matched with super slim or flared trousers (that I think are fantastic). Their palette was moody but still colourful, playful even with prison stripes in navy and dark camel. Wonderful. I really am... Lanvin this collection. 


Marc Jacobs may be trying to keep the chill out but this collection is a breathe of fresh air. Keeping the vintage inspiration theme going for fashion week this season, Louis Vuitton reached back to the 70s and 80s. We see oversized scarves, parkas in bold prints and two-toned suits (yes- one thousand times yes) and a kimono-suit hybrid seen as is or under traditional pin-stripe suiting. 


Maison Martin Margiela may be trying to tell us that fashion is disposable. At the rate we go through it I wouldn't be surprised. Still, the other themes running through his newest collection are pretty varied from one end to the other. Wether it's fur lined jackets you're after, motocross pants or more refined looks like that of his camel coats and beige suiting, the house of Margiela is catering for it all, no matter how bizarre.


Many of this seasons designers focused on fit, but Kris Van Assche leaned the other way. Plenty of oversized looks here with military and sportswear influences. Suits were the focal point but now they are low slung and relaxed compared to former seasons. What do you think?