I’m back…and it’s Chunky Time again…

This has been really bad of me, I have ignored this blog for more than two weeks now. But no, I haven’t closed it, haven’t stopped writing for it, although to be honest I was considering that.

The reason is, there’s no point to keep it going anymore. I started it as a blog dedicated to street fashion and parties in London, and now I’m no longer in London, so what’s the point. But then again, I changed my mind. It could just be an international street style blog now (might be even better than, no?), mostly Vietnam, because that’s where I’m residing, and anywhere else I happen to have a chance to travel to, probably mostly Asia. And I’m trying to get my friend Bee to help me keep the London part going, but I can’t promise anything since she’s a shy (and lazy) girl (no offense Bee, I’m just being honest :P). So yah, probably you won’t see any London street style on this blog in a while, but instead you’ll get a glimpse of the South East Asian style. That could be cool too, I hope.

Anyway, the last few weeks have been pretty crazy for me, spending most of my time packing my London life up to leave, and seeing friends, and celebrating Christmas, and digging in the Boxing day for the first time in my life (ended up buying a bunch of most fabulous underwears, I’m very happy). Was not feeling like going out spotting stylish people at all, so this is all what I got for your viewing pleasure at the moment.

Bee in Bricklane
this look makes me miss my grandmother

My friend Bee and me got sleepless this one night about two weeks ago and we decided to go out shopping really early in the morning and ended up digging in the Topshop sale for hours before any other shop opened. I can’t remember now how I fell out of love with Topshop Topman but, really, I didn’t hope to be able to buy anything at that place anymore. I think Bee agreed with me too. That’s why we were both very surprised when Bee found this chunky knitted jacket on the sale rack for half the price.

What I love the most about it? It looks like it belonged to Bee’s grandmother – the colour, the style, the texture. That’s even more than cool!

i just love this whole outfit, the way things are put together
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Chunky knitted jacket from Topman sale £20

Trousers by Paul & Joe Sister from Bicester Village £78

Boots by Zadig & Voltaire from Bicester Village £70 (originally £256, isn’t that amazing?)

Bag from a random shop in Korea

No doubt the boots are my favourite though.

Right, back to me. I’m in Singapore at the moment, visiting for a few days before going back to Vietnam. And God knows how much I want to do (lots of) street style stuff in Singapore. But seriously, I’ve been out everyday, and I haven’t seen one single person with cool style. To be fair, it’s really hot here so almost everybody goes out in shorts and tees. But really, everybody looks exactly the same. This is really sad. Well, I’ve got two days left, so I’ll try my best, but really, I don’t know. Will get back to you guys later about that.

Now, last but not least, I hope you all have a really cool new year ahead. Rock it baby!

nx,

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Bolongaro Trevor joy…

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When I heard that Bolongaro Trevor was going to open a shop in Carnaby street, I was very happy. After all, their shop on Shoreditch High St is just badly located, surrounded by just bars loaded with drunkens – obviously not the type of people who would appreciate the fantastic designs. At least now they are only steps away from other cool fellow boutiques – Concrete, Hurwundeki, Beyond the Valley, etc.

Finally today I made my way to visit the store, and tbh, I expected the inside to be something more. It is Kait and Stuart’s second child after all (first one was All Saints if you haven’t got to know). But then again I guess they were just in a hurry to open the store before Christmas hence no time for interior decoration. And as long as the clothes are there, then why would I care?

And I completely forgot about the interior the moment I started digging in, and after five minutes, found my new favourite jumper.

Bolongaro Trevor’s Shawl Jumper unwrapped (photo by Hoan Bee)

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jacket by Hamish Morrow

 

love at first sight
love at first sight
jeans by Galliano
jeans by Galliano
strike a pose!
strike a pose!
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look around, everywhere you turn to is heartache, it's everywhere that you go!

Bolongaro Trevor http://www.bolongarotrevor.com

Where: Broadwick St (just off Carnaby St)

Have a nice new week,

nx

P.S: Update on Purple Invasion sale

I decided to keep it going on this whole week , check previous post for details.

the PURPLE INVASION SALE…

After all the sales I’ve been to lately, all of the sudden it occurred  to me that I actually have enough stuff to organize a sale myself. And I’m doing it, right now.

So this is it, the first ever PURPLE INVASION SALE

expect:
– denims from Energy, Lee, Reiss, G-Star and FCUK (size W30-32, L32-34)
– shoes from Fred Perry, Paul Smith, Dsquared, Swear, Adidas, Converse and more (size 6-8 UK)
– various tops: from designers to Topman, some exotic stuff from Korea and Vietnam (all sizes)
– big jackets: jackets that could actually keep you warm and still look nice at the same time
– bags, scarves and belts

Something like this, roughly. Although I don’t have any dress, my wardrobe is pretty much unisex. There are so many more stuff I can’t be bothered to photograph them. This is just to give you an idea.

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Where: 262 Shirland Road, Maida Vale W9 3JQ (nearest tube is Queen’s Park on Bakerloo line)

When: everyday from Saturday 13 Dec to Saturday 20 Dec 2008. Just give me a ring to make an appointment.   

Contact: quocdat1909@hotmail.com/0789 433 7599/0759 559 7983

Please help me to spread the word, bring as many people as you can. It’d be fun! Early birds will get tea and cookies and much love (and of course the nice stuff) 🙂

Can’t wait to see you.

nx,

Jumble fabulously…

Laura, 24. Journalist
Laura, 24. Journalist

This is Laura. She is a journalist – design and interiors editor at BUCK magazine. What she is wearing in the photo is wonderful. And she got it off this fabulous jumble sale I’m telling you today. But first thing first, let’s have a more careful look at Laura.

queen of the jumble
queen of the jumble

Dress and shoes (£2) from Wills-Moody Rock’n’Roll Jumble Sale

Belt from a flea market in NY

Beret from a charity shop in Leeds

Glasses from a charity shop in Stockholm

This is what I love. Fashion that is personal/unique and doesn’t cost a fortune.

Anyway, Wills-Moody Jumble Sale. Everything you need to know about it is here: http://www.willsmoody.com/jumblepagenew

So check it out, and I’ll see you there.

nx,

Can’t get enough of tartan/checked shirt…

Guy Stephens, 29. Photographer
Guy Stephens, 29. Photographer

This shirt is from Cheap Monday, £50. And Guy is a great photographer to work with: http://www.guystephens.com

Nick D., 25. Minger
Nick D., 25. Minger

Shirt belongs to my friend Bee, she got it off a bargain. Scarf from Angels sale.

Nick D., 25. Poser
Nick D., 25. Poser

Shirt: Vintage from East End Thrift Store

Jeans: People’s Market

Long-sleeve tee: American Apparel

Scarf: Charity shop

This shirt is my single favourite piece of clothing I bought this year. Havne’t taken it off since bought last week. Love it.

nx,

My rather heavenly bargain at the Angels sale…

Cheesy I know, using the word heavenly, but it’s been almost two days and I admittedly still feel rather happy about what I came back with from the Angels sale, so yah.

Funny how, like I had mentioned in the previous post, people were literally pushing each other, and during the first half hour that made us very reluctant to dig in to find some stuff to buy, though having bought the bag we kinda felt like we at least should come out with something. But for me, somehow, all the pushing and shoving later on had turned into some kind of motivation, and pushed me harder toward the boxes, and so I digged in. And these are what I digged out of that.

(note: I bought a £20 bag, so I think I was pretty good at packing, really)

the shocking blue granny jumper
the shocking blue granny jumper
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Royal Guard jacket, however looks better on my friend Bee than me 😦
the back details of the Royal Guard jacket
the back details of the Royal Guard jacket
single-buttoned tuxedo with tails, rather fancy, not really my style but you can't really say no to a classic
single-buttoned tuxedo with tails, rather fancy, not really my style but you can't really say no to a classic
a rather cute military jacket from the Uniform room, our favourite room
a rather cute military jacket from the Uniform room, our favourite room
the cute military jacket buttoned and belted up
the cute military jacket buttoned and belted up
dark blue sailor (with a hint of witchy style collar) deep V-neck pullover, kind of cute
dark blue sailor (with a hint of witchy style collar) deep V-neck pullover, kind of cute
this pair of flourescent blue rather ridiculous 80's suburban wedding singer's trousers is surprisingly my favourite item when match with the classic red tartan cardigan
this pair of flourescent blue rather ridiculous 80's suburban wedding singer's trousers is surprisingly my favourite item when match with the classic red tartan cardigan
this is rather a significant example of what called born-for-each-other. love them.
this is rather a significant example of what called born-for-each-other. love them.

What made me really happy about these stuff is that, I don’t need to do any alteration or fixing at all. There were a lot of amazing stuff at the sale but needed something done to make them work, but being a guy I would be too lazy to make the effort. So this bag of bargained-already-made-and-ready-to-wear is just simply perfect.

And even until now I’m still unable to work out how I managed to fit all these stuff (plus half a bag full of scarves) into A bag of £20. My newly found credit crunch nature I guess! 🙂

Hopefully during next week I will have another few shoots of what my friends (whom I totally lost at the sale) got. Some of them are natural vintage queens or clothes hunters so I have high expectation.

That’s all for now. I’m off. Have a lovely new week, nx

Go to hell for Angels sale…

never ending queue...
never ending queue...

So that day finally came, the day what rumoured to be the biggest sale of the decade happened – the Angels sale (http://www.angels.uk.com/sale.html). Me and a few friends of mine were struggling to wake up at 6 on a Saturday morning to travel all the way to North Wembley for it – we of course cannot miss out on such an experience. It was fun to see how all of the sudden the overground train got so busy on a Saturday morning at very early time, almost everybody on the train were heading to the same place. We got there at probably a quarter to eight and people were running from the station to the place to get ahead in the queue. Very funny.

Turned out it was not funny at all. The queue was already massive, and there were stories of people showing up from 3 in the afternoon the day before with sleeping bags and chairs to be the first ones to enter the “sacred house”.

head of the queue - people waiting to enter
head of the queue - people waiting to enter

However, the massive queue outside and the freezing weather was nothing comparing to the scene inside. It was total madness. Think food fight in a Nazi camp and you should get pretty much of the picture. Too bad I couldn’t bring the camera inside but I think you could see some photos on the site above.

There were three rooms: the 60’s-70’s-80’s and theatre costumes, the uniforms and the 20’s-30’s-40’s. The last one is the fanciest, although a lot of the cool stuff are in pretty bad conditions. The uniforms are totally cool with massive army boots and coats. But people were pushing too much and the clothes were absolutely filthy which just made us sneezing all the time so we were so reluctant to dig in, although I can’t deny that I’m happy with what I came out with. Will show them off in a later post.

people needed to sit down for air and a rest after coming out
people needed to sit down for air and a rest after coming out

The sun was lovely and I was hoping to get some cool street style stuff at the place, but people were dressing to fight – they understand what they were getting themselves into, definitely not another fashion show. Although I believe not all of them got it very clear though.

these people came only half an hour after us and they were told they might have to wait another 4 hours until they could get in, madness
these people came only half an hour after us and they were told they might have to wait another 4 hours until they could get in, madness

But they were still pretty close to the head of the queue. There were people queuing miles away and I don’t know if they actually got in before the sale closed.

and by the time they get in, I doubt if there was still any buyable stuff left for them
and by the time they get in, I doubt if there was still any buyable stuff left for them

But like I said, the experience itself was something worth knowing. And for people who came out with enough clothes to fill up two wardrobes – all for the price of a nice coat – it was definitely worthit to go through hell to get to The Clothes Heaven.

Madness.

Enjoy your weekend, nx