I saw designer HUISHAN ZHANG’S beautiful spring/summer collection a few days after I had been flicking through family photo albums of my parents in Hong Kong in the early 1980s. I was struck by a pretty snap of my mother alongside a Chinese friend both wearing cheongsams and how elegant they looked. Zhang’s signature notes of ‘Chinese Tradition meet Western Modernity’ have been reborn into a new vividness- a new kind of empire that is far from colonial.
I can’t wait to see what he delivers for A/W’13, his plans for 2013? ‘To move forward’ a simple, powerful statement. It is amazing the abrupt ambition Asia breeds- I can’t wait to go back to Hong Kong in March to see my parents and to visit Korea for the first time.
When you’re planning an event and one thing goes wrong you can guarantee its like a raindrop before the storm and pretty soon it is hailing down moments of PR catastrophe and you wonder why you ever decided to have a party in the first place.
So yes, I spent the whole of Monday ( The night of our TOKYO TRIO CASIO X MYFLASHTRASH.COM launch party) glued to my phone and a cup of Starbucks-a moment of relaxation came at Daniel Mikhael’s hair salon although I was so involved with my blackberry I can’t actually physically remember being there, or when the wonderful @lilywade7 did my makeup, but I glanced briefly in the mirror in the loo and was like yeah I look smoking*** and blew a kiss to myself. One minute Sheridan & Co’s sleek space was empty then next it was so packed I felt like a prawn nestled in fashion mayonaise.
But JOY! People had arrived and were having fun and loving the watches! Manga portraits were drawn, Spirited Away was projected onto the wall, papz papped wildly at hot female guests and much flirting was done over at the Itsu sushi conveyor belt bar ( fuelled largely I suspect by the free flowing martini royales) come 10pm and I creeped slightly into ‘relax it’s a party mode’, before going back into boss mode with an investor chat outside.I have a penchant for discussing ROI on new software investments and our COO search then switching quickly back to discussing an un-named hip hop artist’s affair with the glorious singer Yadi and Rosie Fortescue’s new shoes. Of course the initial storm left behind a rainbow of awesome party fun. The watches are now live so why not be the first to own your very own urban cartier- yeah its all about CASIO Check it out! See photos of Syron, Gizzi Erskine, Zoe Hardman, & more friends over at Facebook xx
1) Leather Skirt All Saints £188 2) Rosyn Jumper All Saints £78 3) Acne Donna Shoe Boots £410 4) Native American Skull Ring £50 5) Gold MultiSpike Bracelet £35 FLASHTRASHGIRL 6) London Bracelet FLASHTRASHGIRL £15 7) BARK Silver Diamond Earrings £90
In Other News: Timbaland is baaaaack. Can’t stop listening to Redbone.
Urban Outfitters has always been one of my favourite stores, and increasingly Anthropologie has started to grow on me, so when I was out in California last year and stumbled upon Free People www.freepeople.co.uk (a brand in the UO Family) It was pretty much love at first sight.
1) Free People Embellished Back Pack £128 FreePeople 2) Free People Carpet Bag Circle Skirt £88 Free People 3) Button Down Silk Top £60 Free People 4) Sterling Silver Suitcase Necklace £135 Katie Mullally @MYFLASHTRASH 5) Gold Ship in A Bottle Necklace £135 by BARK Jewellery @MYFLASHTRASH 6) Turquoise Feather Necklace Silver Service Jewellery £125
Bohemian designs made for the city, this laid back label is eccentric with a cool, romantic vibe. Perfect for countryside adventures and music festivals, if you’re a girly girl at heart and rarely brush your hair then you are totally FREE PEOPLE. But these clothes don’t make an outfit until they are layered with whimsical charm necklaces, Wear, relaxxxx, drink some black coffee and listen to Bonobo.