There has got to be something off with shooting leather jackets in tropical Singapore at a beach in the late morning, but we found ourselves doing that, so kudos to Thalia for dealing with it (while the rest of us were clad - not any less comfortably though - in shorts and dry fit shirts). Even before prelims ended, we were planning a shoot (what is A levels) and we decided to combine it with an 'enjoyable' day at the beach. The most enjoyable part was actually the 1 hour I napped in the sun before I was rudely awaken to a reminder that we needed to shoot the other two pieces of clothing before the sun sets and we weren't allowed in the water. (Those will be posted in Part 2 :D)
La Vie En Rose
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"You are beautiful, but you are empty," he went on. "One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you--the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or ever sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose."
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Shot this way back at the beginning of June holidays before my second round of common tests - and phew, just finished prelims. Time passes fast.
This was my painstakingly created paper dress - entirely made from paper, from the base to each of the individual roses which were glued on then painted (very very, painful and late night process) - that I created in the 2 or 3 weeks leading up to the show on a whim, for the theme of "painting the white roses red". I've been toying with the idea of a dress littered with flowers since last year, and this was a simpler and easier method I picked to do it. Velcro for the back, a bit of stitching for the body, and a whole lot of glue gunning and finger burning.
Big thanks to all my friends who chipped in little bits like helping me cut roses and petals during class and gluing them together during rehearsals - this wasn't even complete till 2 or 3 days before the show. Absolutely proud of it, and blessed that my good friend and model Thalia could shoot in it for me.
Fun fact: makeup (what makeup?) and red 'eyeliner' is actually part of a Chanel lipstick sample that we got when passing by their publicity booth in Ion HAHA. We had to keep reapplying it because the heat was honestly unbearable and the lighting way too harsh for my liking. (Also, mosquitoes) (Also, two man shoots are extremely tiring)
But yes I will always treasure this dress (even though I can't bring it home because I have no mannequin for it to stand on and no place to store it) even though the bodice has been a bit ripped up from sweat and moisture HAHAHA. It's so artificial, stark and rigid that I think it actually possesses a degree of "artistic fantasy" about it.
Photographer Elizabeth Lim
Model Thalia Lee
Dress Elizabeth Lim
Shoes Charles & Keith
There's always good food around CBD - and there's always one of my favourite locations - the Tokio Marine building (see over 1.5 years ago when I dropped by SPR MKT for breakfast). Coincidentally, I'm not getting any less sporty (although you'd say otherwise when you see me during physical education classes), but I've aged considerably. Passing the threshold of 18 doesn't actually feel much different, but humans will make excuses, and I planned out a whole day of liberal money spending to pamper myself. (think GAEST, Arteastiq, National Day fireworks and overpriced burger sliders)
Photos taken by me, Shauna, Thalia
H&M (Men) top
The Editor's Market skirt
Zara, H&M, Lacquar arm candy
When patriotism coincides with your birthday.
I haven't been active here in almost 3 months - with very good reason? Other than the perennial drowning in perpetual exams and assignments, Runway had me engulfed in work. Passionate and enjoyable work, but not without its own stress and conflicts. Nevertheless, while I work on getting some new photos done (and maybe deciding what to write, because I have spieled at length about my experience on other private journalling platforms), here are some behind the scenes photos I got from the day we went down to Dairy Farm Nature Park to get some photos for our photo book.
I had about 20 mosquito bites to deal with for the next week and a half after.
What a treat, two shoots (can we even count them as proper editorial/photoshoots?) in a row. Not intentional, but Runway had a small performance at Take Five yesterday in Sentosa, and given that some of us made new outfits (See: Thalia's very plain strapless wrap top and light pink double slit skirt; and Sandy's orange dress) and I've been feeling tropical vibes, a few photos.
Not that bad for a 10 minute shoot (with no helping hands again), if I do say so myself.
Hope everyone managed to catch a breather!
Photography & Editing/ Elizabeth
Models/ Thalia, Sandy
Outfits/ Elizabeth, Sandy
Makeup/ Runway members
I can't even remember how we tried conceptualizing this shoot and how we came up with the name, but here it is. I personally prefer the Chrome half of this shoot (not just because it's black) because it seems to have a slightly more dramatic, dare I say film-noir kind of feel. The first and last photo of Chrome are arguably my favorites.
Either way, a good way to spend the last bits of my December holidays catching up with a friend and a valiant attempt to make sure I'm doing something about my interest in fashion. (Since I haven't designed properly in over half a year, whoops.)
Skirt/ Feist Heist
Top & Skirt/ H&M
"Black, black, black, gold, gold, black, black, silver, black, black, white."
My closet is easy to describe.
Finally got myself a pair of Supergas during the last week of 2013 as a Christmas present to myself (paid by my parents) and I've been quite glad with them. Another pair of flat shoes to balance out my growing collection of (underused) heels and to give my Nike Frees a break. Sporty chic, depressed chic, depressed sporty, boring black, whatareyouwearing, monochrome practicality.... call it what you want to call it.
And since I finally managed to convince myself and splurge on all the VSCO Cam filters, here's a post with photos edited by the app. Good way to pass the time while travelling.
Maxing out all the leather wristbands in my collection.
Photos taken by Jazell and Dominic
Edited with VSCO Cam
Zara t-shirt; Editor's slit skirt; Superga shoes; Mango gold studded leather wristband, Zara gold plated leather wristband, Lacquar studded leather wristband and spike bracelet; Zara sling bag
Before the holidays ended (and I mean, they really ended - life is a never ending bundle of stress for me right now, and it's only been a week) I managed to drag myself out of bed for my first photoshoot with Thalia. Can't believe it took us so long, but at least it's not bad (one of my favorites in fact, other than the Kleine Zwarte one I did with Sean last year, but then again I do very few proper shoots)
In between a mass of other design-related work I managed to find myself volunteering for, hopefully I'll be able to edit the official photos and get them done by next week. Willow&Chrome - no proper shoot direction, but I think it turned out decent enough.
We actually wanted to go for colorful looks at first, can you believe it? Shivers.
Photos that never really made the cut.
Styling, Photography, Editing/ Elizabeth