Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fashion (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

As those who know me well know full well, being fashionable just is not my style. (E.g., I still regularly wear an old school scarf that is now decades old and a couple of sweaters that date to my undergraduate days!) Consequently, this week's Photo Hunt theme was one that I found more difficult to come up with photos for than most -- for even while Hong Kong most definitely has its share of fashionable folks (and bona fide fashion victims) as well stores selling high fashion goods, the fact of the matter is that this is one section of the Big Lychee that I am pretty content to not be a part of.

Alternatively, I also think it safe to say that I am one of those people who makes more than her fair share of visits to museums -- and this being fashion-loving Hong Kong, the fashion and museum worlds do meld on occasion. More specifically, the mega show at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2009 was Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation -- an exhibition of selections from the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création collection that included artworks by such as Andreas Gursky, Gilbert and George, Takashi Murakami and Cao Fei -- while in 2010, the Hong Kong Museum of History's The Evergreen Classic special exhibition took a look at the qipao (AKA cheongsam), the Chinese dress that, among other things, is a major visual element in Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love.

Incidentally, the Louis Vuitton flagship store here in Hong Kong has a space for rotating art exhibitions within it. However, I have to admit that I've never been in it -- this not least because whenever I pass that store, I actually see people having to wait in line to enter it!


magiceye said...

hi fashion!

Trekcapri said...

Hi YTSL, cool photos for this week's theme. It's very interesting to learn about the blending of the fashion and museum worlds in Hong Kong.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Carver said...

Great idea for the theme. I didn't even think about the fact that I've taken photos in museums of fashionable clothing although the ones I took were from the 17th and 18th century. This happens to me a lot with photohunters. I'll see what others have done and think, now why didn't I think of that. I hope you have a great weekend.

Liz said...

It's not my style too but I love looking at beautiful clothes and I admire those who carry them well.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Photohunt - Fashion

Gengen said...

nice one i like it. Happy hunting.

julie said...

wow, high fashion = expensive which means I can't afford, LOL

(there are a lot of imitation LV and other high-end fashion products to be had here in Asia but I don't buy these)

Randi said...

I agree - this theme was really a challenge! Your take is great and your shot is so beautiful.
I wish you a happy weekend.

My entry is here

Anonymous said...

Fickle fashion, eh? I love looking at old fashions and seeing how they've been "recycled" over the years.

ipanema said... it!

i miss high-end fashion houses.

Gong Xi Fa Cai! :)

happy weekend! :)

YTSL said...

Hi magiceye --

...and after this entry, bye fashion! :D

Hi Trekcapri --

And to add to my account: yes, those two exhibitions were very well attended indeed -- so it seems like a lot of people approve of such blending/crossovers! :)

Hi Carver --

I'm similar in wondering "why didn't I think of that?" with regards to some takes on Photo Hunt themes. But it's great though how there are such varied ways to approach a single theme, isn't it? :)

Hi Liz --

I know what you mean. Many of the cheongsams on display in that exhibition look great but I can't imagine wearing any of them myself! :b

Hi Gengen --

Thanks and happy Photo Hunting to you too. :)

Hi Julie --

Knock offs can be found in Hong Kong too but there really are plenty of people who will buy and wear the real thing here!

Hi Randi --

Thanks and happy weekend to you too. :)

Hi Azahar --

Well, cheongsams are supposedly evergreen -- so not so fickle in this case! ;D

Hi ipanema --

Kung hei fat choi and happy weekend to you too. :)

healingmagichands said...

and all that high fashion is very expensive, too! I have better things to spend my hard earned wages on. Then there is the whole advertising thing -- the visible label that proclaims whose work you are wearing. They should be paying me for being a sandwich board for them, not soak me for more cash for the privilege of wearing their brand.

Maybe this is not the time or place for a rant. . . ånyway, your picture is wonderful! I love the almost rainbow of dresses.

Marites said...

we're about the same..i just can't keep up with the latest fashion. nevertheless, the photos you took were very nice.

Annie said...

You did well with this difficult theme. I'm not a fashion person either. I do enjoy looking though. Happy weekend.

Gattina said...

I like to be in fashion but not at all price ! Cheap and chic is my devise ! I prefer to travel with that money !

Susan Demeter said...

I like the idea of a fashion museum. Here in Toronto the Bata shoe company has one, and the displays of centuries old footwear is actually quite interesting.

YTSL said...

Hi healingmagichands --

Rant away against high fashion! My two cents: I refuse to pay for brand name goods -- real OR pirated. As you say, why advertise for them for free?!

Hi Marites --

Glad you like the photos. And yeah, well... have to say that this would not have been my choice of Photo Hunt theme -- but, then, it's tnchick who decides rather than moi! ;S

Hi Annie --

Looking can sometimes be okay. Wearing OTOH... like I've said before, I rather go for comfort and practicality over pure aesthetics and fashion!

Hi Gattina --

Yeah, I rather use my money for travel too! And eating well, good books, movie tickets, etc., etc., etc.! :D

Hi Sue --

Re the Bata shoe company: for years, I thought it was a Malaysian company -- so much are Bata shoes a part of Malaysian culture. But after going to Kenya and realizing that Bata's big there too... ;b

Colin Campbell said...

Happy Chinese New Year Season. May your rabbit eat many carrots. I am a real fashion slob too.

Anonymous said...

I went with 'museum' fashion as well this week. If it weren't for that I would have been at a complete losst as I am decidedly UNfashionable. LOL

YTSL said...

Hi Colin --

Thanks -- and ya, a year with plenty of food for people to eat would be a good one given the discussion about food shortage possibilities and problems.

Hi JdeQ --

I wonder if tnchick realised when opting for this week's theme that so many of us are so unfashion conscious! ;b

CherryPie said...

They are all very bright and colourful

YTSL said...

Hi Cherry Pie --

And bright and colorful are good, right? ;b

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

My daughter says I am low maintenance, I don't go to high end fashion shop.

My friend joke,
no money, no shape, the sales assistance don't even look at you.

Happy CNY

eastcoastlife said...

Happy Lunar New Year!

I love shopping in Hong Kong which is popular with many Singaporeans and Chinese nationals for its great fashion and food. :D

YTSL said...

Hi Ann --

I'll take "low maintenance" as a compliment. And re those shops with the snooty assistants: their loss, not yours!

Hi EastCoastLife --

Happy new year of the rabbit to you too! I'd have thought there were enough shops in Singapore for Singaporeans to go shopping in -- but can understand why Singaporeans would come to Hong Kong for food! :b