|February 20, 2014||Posted by The Dilly Chic under Uncategorized|
That moment within a year where you enter a room full of nice looking, finely-dressed people. It really, really is something, ya know!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t there for the opening. I bloody wish I could, but duty comes first. Anyhow, that’s no reason for you not to see Indonesia Fashion Week 2014 up close and personal. Stealing photos from Indonesia Fashion Week’s official Twitter account, here are some of today’s highlights:
Outfits by Ali Charisma
Outfit by Mardiana Ika Butoni
Outfit by Votum by Sebastian Gunawan and Cristina Panarese
Outfits by Deden Siswanto and Sofie
Outfit by Sidji Batik
Images are pretty blurry for sure. Considering I stole them from their Twitter account, they’re most likely taken with a camera phone, and if the venue setting is the same as last year, the room is pretty damn dark. Well at least you’ve got a glimpse of IFW 2014, more to come when the week is over, so it’s going to be legen…WAIT FOR IT…
Just wait for it.
-The Dilly Chic-
|February 15, 2014||Posted by The Dilly Chic under Uncategorized|
You can’t possibly be too proud when your not-the-big-4 country hosts its own fashion week. That’s pretty much why I was thrilled to the bone when I received a notification to register as a blogger for IFW again this year. I love IFW, the atmosphere, the way people dress like they don’t give a damn, and of course, the dresses, the fabrics, and the festivities.
This is the one event I really look forward to this year. I mean, A FASHION WEEK, HELLO! And because I’m Indonesian, I’ll be bloody proud if I get to be IFW blogger again this time!
-The Dilly Chic-
|January 19, 2014||Posted by The Dilly Chic under Tips that Will Help Your Life|
The battle of the leather is one that stretched for centuries, and for more centuries to come, hopefully.
As a child and adolescent, just like every other child and adolescent out there, I was terrified and petrified with leather. It instantly translated as “dead animal skin, dead animal skin, dead animal skin” in my head. So, naturally, I would flinch and frown and threw a look of disgust every time I would come across items made of leather.
That was a proof I was normal (girls under 18 who beg their daddies to buy them Balenciaga are bullshits lemme tell you).
So, just like normal women I, too, managed to conquer my fear of leather and turned it into one of affection. I began obsessively looking into different types of leather, trying to find the difference between one another, which is the best for the price, etc. I was nuts. And I wanted to share with you what I’ve gotten from my days and days of obsessive-compulsive search.
Without further ado, let me tell you about different types of leather and more relevant pieces of information you definitely should know (these info I collect from the internet, the most reliable source of ‘em all)
The Animals They’re Born From
Taken from small cows, you know, calf. That being said, the leather is more sensitive and more supple, yet more elastic.
Solid, good flexibility, tough as f***, most popular (since beef gets eaten a lot, so the leftover skin from the cow is usually used to make leather goods, to make sure every cow’s body parts are mutilated to perfection). But also tends to crack without the right treatment. (So is every other leather actually.)
Also tough as hell. Probably the second most popular after cowhide.
A lot like sheepskin, but considering a lamb is a young sheep, the skin is more delicate and supple but less durable.
Often used for exquisite leather products, and usually fetch higher price due to its crafting intricacy. Snakeskin when finished improperly tends to crack, flake, and becomes brittle, which is utterly disgusting.
The mother of all exquisite animals. The price for alligator stuff stings a lot, though. See example here. To put things to perspective, a Kelly bag usually costs around $5000- $8000 depending on the built, the type of leather, the size,etc. BUT make it alligator and WHOOP! the price goes.
*of course, the choice is a wide array of variety that doesn’t limit to the ones above. I’ve come across a wallet made of stingray leather. Fancy?
Types of Leather
(taken from Saddleback Leather’s official website, thanks Dave!)
Basically, there are 4 types of leather:
Full Grain is the best leather money can buy. It comes from the top layer of the hide which has ALL of the grain, therefore, FULL grain. The natural surface of full grain leather burnishes and beautifies with use.
Top Grain is pretty good since it still has some of the grain ( read explanation of “Grain”) on the top after most of the grain was sanded off to get rid of the blemishes.
Genuine Leather comes from the bottom half of the hide and doesn’t have any grain. Suede is an example of genuine leather
Bonded Leather is the PT Cruiser of the leather world. It’s the dust and shavings of the leather glued and pressed together.
Note from me: a leather good made from full grain leather does NOT guarantee the piece will be of high quality, again, the treatments are also a major deciding factor (how they tan the leather, the solvent and coloring used, the stitching, etc). BUT given the same treatment, a leather good made from full grain leather is CERTAINLY better than that made of bonded leather, let alone polyurethane.
The Best Leatheriers
From all those lone time I spent browsing the internet like some angry leather maniac (a poor, cost efficient leather maniac that is), I found out three companies that stand out for their craftsmanship plus attention to detail (including where the leather is coming from, etc)
Frye (I own a pair of boots and a wallet from Frye, they look ridiculously gooooood)
Saddleback Leather (you should read the backstory of the owner too, it’s fun!)
Lotuff (was thinking of buying the Bi-fold wallet for daddy, daddy politely refused)
IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: I’m a semi vegetarian who can’t stand the smell of sirloin steak, yet I’ve learned to love the feel of a rich leather. Over the years of my lifespan, I’ve realized that you should know when your conscience and principal are being a hindrance and when they are being helpful. By eluding leather altogether, you are making your own life and craftsmaster everywhere miserable. By buying fake handbags and synthetic leather stuff, you’re also supporting companies that exercise child labor and overwork their employees (you do realize those stuff are MADE IN CHINA, right?). It’s a lose-lose situation, really. So stop being self-conscious and treat yourself some leather goodies. Besides, don’t you want your wallet/bag/shoes/whatever to last forever too?
-The Dilly Chic-
|January 13, 2014||Posted by The Dilly Chic under Personal Shares, Style Inspirations|
There’s something about dark and vintage noir that draws a character in. No, I am not at all trying to be exquisite or tasteful all so sudden, but I do realize that lately, my personal taste when it comes to choosing pieces of clothing and such have been affected widely by my visual taste in things remotely relevant to my personal style. And as I mature (ehem, no) I realize that this is happening to everyone as well.
Take, for example, meine Mutter. My mom watches lots of infotainment (like E! News, but in Indonesian and worse if I may say bluntly) to kill time, so her taste of clothing is affected by the celebs she saw. Or take my Korean crazed friend, she is wow, I mean wow does she wear a lot of ribbons and blings (a bad example perhaps, I can assure you not all Korean fans are so).
Photograph by Patrick Demarchelier
And for some reasons I have this theory that the more one person digests the information and imagery of the world around them, the more finely matured their personal style would also be. I have this one friend who catches up on almost every designer info she could get, and she’s one of the best dressed person I’ve ever seen. So the point is this:
One has to be obsessed and one has to properly digest.
Even if you’re obsessed with, say, dracula and vampire stuff and all that comes with it (minus werewolves, they’re bare), you will still sharpen your personal style if you carefully digest what comes with your obsession and implement it to your choice of clothing.
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
A page from “Kate: The Kate Moss Book” in which Mario Testino claimed that Kate was “loose with her body”.
But do be reminded, though, that “individuality does not mean eccentricity“, said Christian Dior in his 1954 book ‘The Little Dictionary of Fashion’. I think he could not have said it better, because nowadays people are trying way too hard to be different, especially the hip kids in the big city (or you maybe), and they fail to realize what works and what doesn’t. It is fine to be yourself in the bluntest of terms, but keep in mind to always digest carefully, and implement selectively.
Those are my inspirations and thoughts. What about your side of the coin?
-The Dilly Chic-
-The Dilly Chic-