Mar 16, 2009

Labels Inc Loots

NB! Post flooded with oversized pics ahead!

Apologies for the lateness but here are the pics of my loots that that I scooped at Labels Inc in Antwerp. It was a really wonderful experience especially for an Antwerp Six VIRGIN like me! Seriously I'm not exaggerating, just standing in the middle of the shop looking at all the pieces made me quiver with excitement and greed, naturally. It was very hard for me not to trip over the rails of clothes that were on display! These are only past season clothes, I can't imagine what I will feel like if I could afford their latest collections (one can only dream HAHA)...

Alas, the feel-good story stops here. Being on a limited stretch of budget I had to follow a strict set of rules that I usually apply for 'costly' investment pieces. In short it's just an excuse for me to get more cost-per-wear out of those pieces :)

1) Neutral colors please!
It's a no-brainer - the colors are easier to match with my current wardrobe, of course. Save those funky and colourful T-shirts later (read: ZARA/ Topman/ thrift store)

2) Simple design, but attention to detail
This probably coincides with rule number one...simpler looks = higher wearability. Moreover these Belgian designers (especially Martin Margiela ) are mostly known for their understated designs but unexpected details. So I guess this is the opportunity for me to have a first-hand experience and evaluate why these designers are so successful as cult labels (OMG I feel like Cathy Horyn already HAHA)

3) Each piece must not be too thick for tropical Malaysian weather
Even though I still have a few months left in cool breezy Russia I had to bear in mind that most of my future purchases are going to be worn in Malaysia. So I had to forego the tempting sweaters and blazers which will be worn for a short period of time, hence they don't meet my initial requirement for 'investment' pieces.

4) More office wear, less casual garments
This one rule I could not abide due to the limited selection/sizes in the menswear section...I could only find a shirt and a pant from the array of pieces. I guess somebody must have snatched the good items first. Now that I mentioned it, I'm beating myself for not checking over the ladies' section.. oh I would be short of cash anyway as I have THREE more cities to go after Antwerp. If money was not an issue the sequined Number (N)ine blazer that Mdm Vivian offered me at a reduced price would definitely meet it's proud owner...

Okay, sorry for unbelievably ranting at this late hour, so here it goes...

Margiela shoes
Don't they remind you of the ubiquitous Crocs? They're soft and comfy too. I'm planning to wear them during those long housemanship hours...

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Ann Demeulemeester hooded tunic
A tad large for me - this type of garment would definitely look good on a model, nevertheless I like the slouchiness and softness of the cotton fabric.

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Ann Demeulemeester waistcoat /vest
Don't be fooled by the simple design, attention for detail : love the asymmetrical galore going on here!
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The tunic and vest combined...
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Dries Van Noten shirt
Very summery, evident by the sheerness of the shirt. The sleeves are too long (or are my arms too short?), so a trip to the tailor is absolutely necessary...
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Margiela long sleeve tee with detail
I'm not sure what's the hairy material used here, but it's beautifully intertwined to create those little diamond shapes..perhaps it's mohair? It's really a blur to me when it comes to fabrics / materials...
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Veronique Branquinho pants
Again a large size for my petit Asian waist, but I'd like to snap something form this designer anyway (yes me = label whore)
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ONE BIG QUESTION : Can you guys out there identify from which season are these pieces are from? Cause I can't, obviously!


adikmu si efa said...

duhh~borong ke ape??
jeles giler...

Ca said...

I have no idea about the seasons... not really following, haha.

Anyway, GREAT FINDS! Lots of classic and easy-to-wear-and-mix pieces.

Frederic Betancourt. said...

I envy U!
love everything!

naboonies said...

@efa: it's such a bargain honey, I could not resist it :)

@Ca: Thanks dearie! It's fine, these items are so basic and not memorable anyway.. yeah I don't follow fashion shows that much too.. I even missed the recent Fashion Week! I just get some updates here and there.

@ frederic: thanks a bunch! No, I envy you MOAR haha!

Azzad said...

Hmmm,... watever

David Casavant said...

I love your clothes- I added your link to my blog

lilienblaueleuchtreklame said...

The Ann Demeulemeester hooded tunic looks sooo good. And the combination with the vest.. :)

Frederic Betancourt. said...

haha thank u SO MUCH!
now U can follow my blog.

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

hrrmm, the margiela shoes, always off, but so cool in the same time

O-man said...

Kasut itu is SUPERB!!!!
tepuk tangan...

naboonies said...

@Azzad: MEaning? HAHA

@David Casavant: Thanks thanks! I linked you to!

@lilien: I know, it's my favourite piece of all! tq!

@Frederic: of course I'm following.

@wecouldgrowuptogether: the unexpectedness right?

@O-man: mekasih!!!

nge said...

bargain la sangat..

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