Basic Instincts

by cecylia on March 26, 2013

This year, I adopted a more restrained approach to dressing for LMFF. Yearning for more order in my life, I’m particularly drawn to minimalist shapes, bold hues (OK, this is no surprise) and strong lines. Being a last-minute dresser, I’m terribly indecisive. So instead of spending time planning outfits, nowadays I merely rely on gut instinct. Pink has become almost a signature hue, so simply add some flounce, and here you have it: a frilly dress to do housework in, attend a fashion event in. This Karen Millen cocktail number was my date for the Red Carpet Runway.


Karen Millen dress, a random ribbon I found,  Estelle Deve cuff, vintage clutch, Lanvin heels

[Photos by Leeyong]


Have you noticed that I’m experiencing a Blue-and-White obsession? This photo was captured by my dear friend Jess. I wore blue and white ensembles 3 nights in a row at LMFF. See [HERE] and [HERE], people are going to think I’m Greek! It’s probably due to a long-suppressed desire. I rarely wore blue previously, except during high school days, and that was more navy than cobalt, so guess now I’m making up for lost time.

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Vintage everything / [Photos by Sabine Legrand]


[Photos by Sabine Legrand]


[Photos by Chian]

Just as Melbourne designer Jolet whose show at the Frankie runway charmed us with her sophisticated feminine allure, who later revealed to me that ‘Jolet has grown up!”, I think I’ve undergone some metamorphosis myself. More understated than quirky. I’d just attended a Fashion Forum about the Wool Renaissance, and without realising it, both my Roksanda Ilincic dress and this beloved Karen Millen cocoon coat are wool pieces. Here I teamed them with my Tilka necklace, Karla Spetic clutch, Edenborough Evans ring and YSL pumps.  Just as blue and white is such a refreshing combination, who would know  that lime and tangerine could be such a punchy pair!

今年的LMFF,我采取了‘克制’的态度来搭配衣服。我渴望我的生活更有顺序,因此最近我特别喜欢穿简约的造型,大胆的色调 (对这并没有怎么改变)和干净的线条。我经常迟到,是种“最后一分钟”个性的人 。小时候我曾经花时间准备服装节的衣服,但现在我完全依靠直觉。粉红色是我常穿的颜色,添加几块夸张的褶边,就出现了一条能做家务参加时尚活动的礼服。


正如墨尔本设计师Jolet的时装秀露出了她成熟女性的诱惑力,她后来向我透露“Jolet长大了!”,可能我也在经历同样的转变:展出了更低调的优雅式。这条Roksanda Ilincic的连衣裙在我的衣橱里已经待了一年多了,今天终于将它与这个心爱的Karen Millen 羊毛大衣,Tilka项链,Karla Spetic包包,Edenborough Evans戒指和YSL鞋配合一起。正如蓝色和白色是个这么令人耳目一新的组合,谁知绿色和橘子也同样有这么带有活力!

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Mica March 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Love all of your outfits! I really like the pink Karen Millen dress the best – pink is definitely your colour :)

Of course I have a soft spot for the blue outfit too!


Code Overdressed March 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Wow that dress is such a piece of art, pink is definitely a fantastic color on you so obviously it hat to become your signature! The white trousers fit perfectly!

Cee. ♥


cecylia March 26, 2013 at 11:39 pm

thank you lovely!! Yes the pink dress was like wearing a piece of sculpture! Cheers Cee!


Kate March 27, 2013 at 7:14 am
chal March 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

I love that read coat!!

lo and behold


cecylia March 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

me too! Karen Millen makes great winter pieces!


Andrea March 30, 2013 at 6:24 am

I love all the looks, you have so unique style, a bit of fresh air in this “fast fashion world” :)


cecylia March 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

thank you so much Andrea! No one has ever described me like that :D Takes one to know one!


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