Cattle Depot Artist Village

January 2017 was an interesting start of the year for me. I had many new years resolutions that I was able to achieve. I started doing more video editing and networking for GoldfishTV, started trying to get back to shape, took more photos of my girlfriend and other people and most importantly made time to go to more art exhibitions. I really wanted to make sure that I could stay motivated, productive and creative at the same time.

One of the more interesting exhibition I had gone to with Jeul was the Cattle Depot Artist Village.

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It used to be a slaughter house, hence the name.
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It is the only building that was preserved in its time. It’s surrounded by estates and a power plant is right next to it.
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Seeing this style of building with the tall buildings in the horizon is a pretty interesting.

So for those of you who might want to check it out, it’s located on 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, Ma Tau Kok. It’s not hard to miss, given the fact that it’s literally an ancient looking group of small buildings surrounded by estates. But in the situation that you can’t find, it’s the old ass looking building next to the power plant.

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This is the power plant I was talking about. Don’t worry, the smog didn’t make it hard to breathe. Just made the sky pretty gloomy.

Currently, there are about 20 different artist showcasing their work there. Their art style ranges from photography and calligraphy to installations and video. Diversity is definitely a strong point of this art exhibition. More so than that though, the way the artist built structures to support their various artworks was also quite creative.

Another thing to note about the place is how much it juxtaposes the immediate surrounding environment and Hong Kong itself. It is a set of small buildings with outdated style of architecture(did I tell you that it was an active slaughter house from 1908-1999? It’s older than my grandparents.), with open spaces inside. Despite it being dwarfed by the buildings around it, once inside any of the exhibition spaces, you will feel how spacious it is. It pretty poetic how a place that caged animals and killed them is now a place that’s more spacious than the average home and constantly showcasing artwork. It’s a life and death type of comparison. Where the past was about dead animals and the present full of new creative life in a city that many complains lacks creativity.

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I don’t know why, but this is literally the only photo I took inside.

That aside, we had went there to take photos and to finish an essay. It was part of Jeul’s course work. We got all that stuff done in around 30 minutes and spent the rest of our time doing what we usually do: take photos of Jeul and here OOTD.

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Personally, I really liked these cubes. The child inside me was compelled to play with them and relive my most innocent moments. Here’s a picture of Jeul playing with blocks because I didn’t get one of me taken.
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I like Jeul’s beret. I wish I had one too.
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For those of you wondering, the glasses are from Giantvintage.
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Gotta take multiple photos.

 

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I like this photo out of all of them.

Her outfit:

Mustard Bomber Jacket: Trifted

Blue Blouse: Trifted

Beret: Aland

Sunglasses: Giantvintage (got a 50% off discount during new years)

Shoes: Morph8ne

This was one of Jeul’s go to outfits when she’s feeling like she wants a vintage comfy looking outfit. I really feel like the shades and the mustard bomber gives it that distinct personality and I really enjoy styling outfits that has it’s own personality. Especially if it gives a confident and empowering feel for women. That’s something I personally pride myself when it comes to being a stylist and a photographer.

 

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Camp D’aguilar Photo Shoot

Cape D’aguilar is a somewhat popular location for taking pictures and hiking. It’s one bus ride from Chai Wan then a 30 minute walk on the road to get to the actual trail. The place itself though seems like a totally different world from the city of Hong Kong.

I’m not a the hiking type, I stay at home, edit and occasionally work out. The idea of climbing an insect infested hill, with the no wifi and the reward of some view and getting unnecessarily sweaty made no sense to me.

But after watching a YouTuber, Jacob Starr explore the Washington hiking trails, I thought that it’d make a great opportunity to take photos. Who knows? Maybe Hong Kong’s hiking trails won’t be that shit. Now to be honest, I have no actual clue at the beginning what a good hiking trail would be, hell, I can’t say I know for sure even now.

But overall the hike was really fun. Finding rocks and caves and a hidden abandoned house that creeped me out was really fun. It brought a sense of adventure, and it let my imagination run wild. I felt like a kid imagining he was exploring dangerous new lands. I think I fell in love with seeing new sights after my losing my hiking virginity. Though, I feel like this relationship would turn out okay.

Moving the weird analogies out of the way, let’s talk reason why I was there. I was there to take photos of Jeul, not a serious photoshoot or anything. Mostly to scout the area and see if I was good at taking landscape photos. As you can see the lack there of, I am pretty shit at it. Perhaps when I become a seasoned veteran at hiking, I’d pick up better nature/landscape photography skills. We can all dream.

Anyway, here Jeulianne wears an Anti Social Social Club hoodie in the black colour way, perhaps it’s most iconic piece. From what she told me when she first wore it that it was pretty comfortable and it’s simple aesthetic makes for an easy outfit to wear for a climb/hike. I felt like the dark colored hoodie and the white text would stand out easily if we took photos near a forest but turns out, giant boulders work too.

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She didn’t really have that much trouble climbing it despite her cropped pants.
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Showing off the awesome back logo, actually she wasn’t scared of climbing at all. I was lol.

So we found this big ass boulder on the way to Cape D’aguilar. So no this isn’t the place. We just thought we’d go bear grills on it and try to climb to that platform. Turns out we weren’t as unfit as we thought we were. I know it’s just Jeulianne on the rock but trust me I climbed it too.

As we got to the cliff, it was literally breathtaking. Not taking my actual breathing into account. I felt pretty happy taking the 3 hours or so trip it took to get there. Then I did what I was used to doing, taking pictures of Jeul.

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So we wanted to have a slightly distressed outfit. Her top was actually made like that and it was in H&M for quite a while the last winter summer season. The pants with it’s entire left pocket taken out and the right one having the fabric behind the smaller pocket removed was made by Jeul. We did it to put more emphasis in showing some sex appeal with showing skin but not in a conventional way. The fishnets under it makes it look more layered than just being bare under it. Interestingly, it’s one of the ways to dress more but look sexier.

Now presenting, the next look: Steve Jobs Stylo

 

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The artist that escapes to far away places.
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We found an abandoned house near the cliff. Creepy? Yes. Enough to stop taking photos? Nope.
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Okay, just to put it out there: I’m practicing my editing too, so it’s gonna be shit till I get better.

So the next outfit consists of a black beret, a pair of circular glasses, a noir turtleneck and some sweat pants. Steve Jobs memorial 2017. To be honest, we thought of an outfit like this mainly because it’s a long hike and it’s kinda windy so we thought that it could be a good thing to wear. Moreover, the whole look screams artist without feeling too serious. I mean she’s wearing sweatpants, how more relaxed can you get?

Will be writing more blogs soon, about events, parties and styling other people in the future so stay tuned!

Jeulianne’s instagram: Jeulianne

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@Jeulianne rocking Unif

 

December 2016 was an interesting time for me to take photos. I had recently been incredibly busy with work and planning for Jeulianne’s art exhibition but one photoshoot that stood out to me was the time we went to take photos at the Hong Kong/Shenzen border. Jeulianne wore Unif along with the right confident and sexy attitude that the brand is often associated with.

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Feeling herself near a construction site in China. Fishnet leggings, turtle neck, choker and Unif Flex mini are all part of this chic girl with attitude package.

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Out of all the 3 pieces I’d have to say personally that the flex mini dress is the most stylish thing Jeulianne added to her wardrobe from Unif. It has a really unique silhouette which is uncommon in dresses nowadays and more importantly it has some very stretchable fabric. It can be an essential Unif piece that is a must have whether you decide to wear it on its own or choose to use it for layering the same way I styled Jeulianne with a white turtle neck and belt choker.

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Though overdone, the stripped T shirt seem revitalised in Unif’s Lenny Top. It has a much shorter sleeve and length almost like a crop top, as if it’s teasing skin ever so slightly. Who knew a simple stripped half crop shirt could carry confident sex appeal. The blue, red, yellow and green colours embroidered  to spell Unif is a great addition to the classic stripped top and the colours seem to work well with each other. It definitely makes good use of the black and white and turns it into a simple backdrop for the iconic brand name.img_6108img_6094

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Styling the Unif red temp skirt with a custom patched blazer

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So this high-waisted skirt is a great example of how a mini skirt can be long enough and still be incredibly stylish. It’s high-waisted design puts a lot of focus on the waist and hips making the wearer’s curves look much better. It’s perfect to style along side some nice fishnets if you’re feeling adventurous. In Jeulianne’s case, I decided to go for a streetwear look complete with the Sailormoon Graphic Tee (from storedogdog which I will talk about in another time), custom patched blazer and mary janes to complete her look.

Think about it, Unif is not just an empowering, stylish and sexy brand for women but it also sells it’s own personal attitude and confidence. It’s a style that’s versatile and can blend well with other brands while still being noticeable enough. If you’re a girl with a credit card or paypal, I highly suggest you shop at Unif as they always have something new and have plenty of sales. Not to mention, they also have an amazing lookbook with great photographers.

Trip To Seoul 2016

On April 30 2016, my brothers and I went to Korea for the first time. It was on a family trip that we were able to experience the full extent of Seoul’s high-end/streetwear fashion culture.

The biggest thing that stood out to me is the fact that there were much more people wearing shoes like Raf Simmons, Rick Owens and not as many wearing Jordans or other hypebeast type of footwear. There were more Doctor Martens,Maison margielas, Comme Des Garcons shoes everywhere along with the occasional yeezys for people’s choice of shoe. It seemed as if that whenever people wore sneakers it would be either a high end sneaker OR a overhyped comfortable type of shoe, like the Adidas Stan Smiths.

Another thing that interested me is how a lot of the fashion boutiques sold very innovative and currently popular silhouettes  at that time. At the beginning of 2016 marks the rising trend of extended sleeves in streetwear and fashion and Korea was right there selling their own brands that sold this style. A brand for example that sold clothes of this style is Basic Cotton or Mixmix. If you’d like to shop for Korean streetwear fashion clothes and don’t live at a place where they do sell it, I highly recommend the site Oddgallery. It will introduce to many different brands. Click the link below to check it out!

Odd Gallery 

Now moving on to what I personally wore:

 

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So let’s start with hats:

I got the white tri striped Adidas from the trift back in Hong Kong. My favourite thing about this specific curve brim is that the stitching of the 3 stripes from the end of the brim to the body of the hat is something I don’t really see that often. It reminded me of the vertical 3 stripes that are more often seen on Y-3 Addidas clothing.

The Black Soft Curve Brim was made by my younger brother and it says “unloved” in red stitching which I think is really dope in a minimalistic way. There was definitely a need to have simple styled clothing in my wardrobe while I was in Korea.

As for the pastel pink cap, I got it from a street stall in Seoul. I thought that it was pretty cute and had got it for my girlfriend but I ended up liking it’s fit. It was very comfortable and the nature of pastel colors is that even when it stands out, it doesn’t do so strongly so I was able to incorporate it to my fits.

Alright, let’s move on to what I wore on body:

For the most part, I wore two different shirts.

The first one was an over sized camo shirt. It was extended but it was also quite wide at the same time giving a lot of breathing room. Personally, I’ve been liking over sized shirts over extended, U-cut shirts to use for layering at the bottom of my shirt/jackets. As time goes by it’s starting to look very unkempt when excess fabric sticks out from under a jacket. However, when the shirt is oversized, it seems more forgiving as a way of layering. Maybe it’s just me and layering with extended shirts will never die out but all I know is I either love over sized or well fitting clothes right now.

Now let’s talk about the pink long sleeve. I bought it in a small boutique in seoul and it fit pretty well, it was slightly oversized and the sleeves where wider than usual and a little cropped. The fabric was very breathable and comfortable to wear and it’s been one of my all time favourite shirts this last 2016 because of just that.

About the two jackets I wore, it’s pretty simple to explain. This past spring/summer/autumn season I pretty much jumped on the Sakujan Bandwagon and wore my own Souvenir Jacket. Luckily, I didn’t have to pay 300USD for a vintage-esque jacket and instead got an actual vintage sakujan jacket from the trift that my younger brother bought. Needless to say, 2016 was a year of finding fire in the trifts.

As for the other jacket, it’s just a basic Champion track jacket. Though if there is something for me to say about it, it’s the thickness of this track jacket. It can definitely keep you warm but don’t think of it as a layering piece. It’s a jacket and just that.

Now let’s talk legwear.

To make it brief, I wore to pairs of  pants. One was a baggy light denim that I had folded around 3 time to get a cropped look and to give more space for the sneaker (which I will talk about later) and the other is an actual cropped skinny black jeans. More or less your typical jeans for streetwear at the time.

Now for shoes, it was actually a pretty special experience for me. My younger brothers Joshua and Jeremy are streetwear/higher-end brand lovers and they got me a pair of Raf Simons sneakers for my birthday and I wore it around Korea since. It’s a pretty shoe but definitely not something that can be seen as normal as far as sneakers go. I wasn’t sure how to wear it but it came to me that all I needed was that, just wear it. Despite its futuristic and different design, it’s not something I have to base my entire outfit around on. It has a much wider and bulky silhouette than the popular sleek ones. To style it only really needs to give it enough space, hence the cropped pants I wore.

So that’s what I wore when I went to Seoul for the first time. Another thing to note is that Seoul’s streetwear community is very experimental and they love to try their own things so if you are a fashion enthusiast then I highly recommend stepping out of your own comfort zone and you won’t be judged.

 

 

 

 

Basic Cotton beret review

 

Date: 31-7-2016

OOTD: Basic Cotton “CRUSH ON YOU” strap back beret

Custom Patched “PHEONIX” Black Hockey Shirt

So one thing that has been on my thoughts as of late is the increasing innovation of South Korean fashion designers. The beret I’m wearing surprised me when I saw it at the hat section in A-land, a Korean boutique type of place. Never in my dreams did I think that I would wear a beret and call it fashionable even after it’s sudden boom in popularity from late fall 2015 to spring 2016. Though since then, the hype of this head accessory has died down due to the difficult nature of styling it. However it can still prove to be an essential piece for specific outfits for experience/innovative stylist. I found that it’s somewhat girly aesthetic wouldn’t fit today’s multiple layered, solemn and rugged street style, especially the western trends( though I have to admit, that it’s easier for Korea since people experiment a lot more there). A beret is simply too delicate for edgy ripped jeans and over sized OFFWHITE tees.

So why in the world would this Basic Cotton sell these, as a unisex piece and leaving it’s main colours Black and Blood Red? Why would they try to experiment with this head gear that peaked last season as a cute, pastel piece for the girly girls of fashion? Well, from the design, it’s pretty much to make a statement in the streetwear world. Let me show you:

 

The piece has a strap back. As a hat, the traditional cap strap backs were an iconic piece of clothing that first debuted as a type of merchandise for sports teams and moved on to mainstream media over the years from rappers to fashion icons. This style died down in the late 90s to late 2000s when snapbacks came to life and it resurfaced as trucker caps popularised by many different brands most common ones being Nike, as well as fashion enthusiast who trifted and made their own. Now that the strapback has returned, many people have dabbled and experimented with it over the recent years. With text, aesthetically pleasing stitching or design, even screen print or distressing being the most notable ones.

So why is it exactly that they decided to make this piece? The answer is simple, instead of trying to further experimenting on the iconic strapback cap(that’s been beaten to death at this point) they moved to a different style of headwear. Fashion always moves to different trends is something most people know. However, some trends can move into different fabrics and styles as well. And this piece in my opinion embodies that. It gives enough attention to itself while complementing a more rugged and not necessarily delicate style. It stays chic and incorporate the embroidered text trends on most caps and as a beret it creates a unique silhouette for a head piece.

This is definitely one of my favourite hats currently and I am following basic cotton on instagram and have been quite interested in their aesthetics.

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