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May 22, 2009

Stussy Sunnies + Interviewed

Spotted at Greyone Social today, the most perfect Clubmaster-type sunglasses: Stussy Coltranes in milk (white).

I put the white frames on and I turn into an avant-garde architect-in-training from Tokyo in Manila for a site inspection.
While I was searching for photos of the Stussy Coltranes, I stumbled upon these Stussy x Hiroshi Fujiwara sunglasses, which echo the classic wayfarer silhouette, but with a more rounded shape:

First RVCA, now Stussy, these skater/surfer brands are starting to bleep on my radar.  
I got interviewed by the darling Freya of Agent Dreamer a couple of days ago.  Check out the interview here.  She makes me sound so insightful, I love it.
EDIT:  The interview, for your reading enjoyment.

What made you start The Dandy Project?
I had been posting outfits on The Fashion Spot for quite some time then, but I needed a venue to discuss my views on fashion and style at length. I wanted to go deeper into the subject, and I wanted a space to call my own. Also, my friend 
Michelle who started her blog before I did inspired me to start a blog.


What is your favourite? Typical or Atypical?
I’d take atypical any given day, it’s just more fun to be different. I think people should wear whatever makes them happy, even if it isn’t what others believe is beautiful. That’s why I’m so against makeover shows that turn people into the typical mall-styled clones. Oftentimes, the “before” looks have much more character and depth than the made-over looks.

Your favourite quote regarding fashion?
“Win or lose, we go shopping after the election!”—Imelda Marcos

Style icons (online, offline, celebrity, anyone)?
There must be a new one for me every week. It’s mostly stylish people I see on the street, especially when I travel. At the top of my list now are the Londoners and the Japanese. People watching is one of my all-time hobbies.

What is your shopping mantra?
If it feels right, go for it!

You draw inspiration from…?
from the runway, to street style, to films, to magazines, to my friends, to just random thoughts inside my head.

Favourite designers, if any?
I’m currently harboring a liking for Dries Van Noten and Raf Simons. I also have a thing for cool mid-range designers such as APC, Opening Ceremony, and The Kooples, all great designs without the ridiculous prices. Eairth by Melissa Dizon, a Filipino designer, is something worth looking out for. Other designers would be Martin Margiela, Junya Watanabe for CDG, Lucas Ossendrijver for Lanvin, Nicholas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga, Stefano Pilati for YSL, Ann Demeulemeester and Miuccia Prada.


Current songs on your playlist?
I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by The Scissor Sisters, Standing in the Way of Control by The Gossip, the soundtrack to Jersey Boys, Dis-lui Non by Francoise Hardy, and Kanye West.

style="line-height: 21px;">You have been lately posting photos wearing your own designs. What is your advice for people who are trying to find their style?
I’d say experiment, experiment, experiment. It’s the only way you’ll find what you really love, what speaks of who you are. If you come to make some bad decisions along the way, that only means funny pictures to look back at. And take pictures of what you wear, even if just for personal reference. You can track down your progress through the months. You will also see more clearly what works for you and what doesn’t, somehow the camera is much more objective than the mirror.

3 Comments

  • Freya
    May 23rd, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Thank you for mentioning, Izzy!

  • up and down town
    May 23rd, 2009 at 11:48 am

    “I put the white frames on and I turn into an avant-garde architect-in-training from Tokyo in Manila for a site inspection.”
    i love this. i have a friend who creates narratives for herself when she travels to dictate what she packs. i am disappointed that i do not know what i would “write” for my own ideal image.
    funny that you mentioned sales to me, by the way. there are spring/summer sales going on right now, which i was not aware of. i struggled with the price tag of a perfect blazer/jacket at odin and finally resolved to splurge, only to get to the store and learn that the night before it had been marked 30% off. a very very nice surprise and now i am very very happy.
    robert geller is very wonderful. i haven’t been this excited about a designer in a while – in fact dries has been very lonely at the top of my list. now he has company.

  • up and down town
    May 23rd, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    thank you – the glasses are cutler&gross. they're hefty, visually and physically. the effect is…comical. sadly i do not have your knack for narrative. ;)
    yes yes yes yes YES the crazy, the proof that the designer is actually thinking when they design the garment. the evidence of intention! the lapels on my blazer are not well documented in any of the online images – there is a very sharp curve to the bottom point. it's wonderful. the convertible collar is perfect in general, and the besom pockets can be worn with the flap out or in. the button holes on the sleeve cuffs are real (imagine that!), double vents, need i say more.
    odin has the best pictures of the blazer, but there is no way to link you to it. it's the first grey linen blazer in his lineup on their site. the "linen drifter jacket." you have to be sure to look at both of their images – one with it buttoned closed, and one with the collar open. i simultaneously want to frame/preserve the jacket, and wear it into the ground.
    the effect is very much that i am wearing a men's jacket, but it is just slight enough in the cut, and soft enough in the fabric to not look enormous. i belt it over a dress (dries or sofie d’hoore) and truly could not be happier.


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