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Did you see the latest Prada campagin? Shot by Steven Meisel featuring young who’s who models like Arizona Muse, and yes that’s a name.

This collection may have hit all of this season’s trends spot on –

1. bright bold colours, check!

2. hello 70s vibe, check!

3. kookoo shaped/ colour accessories, check!

4. prints on prints, check!

but what was Miuccia Prada thinking? I am sure the rest of Prada clothing fanatics will agree with me when i say that prada has been a perennial cult favourite because it epitomises sleek sophistication, for how the clothes were always subtly opulent. look at the past seasons, spring/summer 2008 etheral qualities


or by far my favourites, spring summer 2010’s lolita meets deconstructed silk shifts and spring summer 2009 with the delish faux fabric snakeprint and leather crumpled ribbons and fabrics.

It is very hard to comprehend how the very same person/brand that gave us clothes and accessories with that carefully careless EN DESHABILLE quality would conceive of the following spring summer 2011 lookbook.

the ad campaign was almost painful to look at. i remember my shock flipping through pages of my glossy vogue and haper’s bazaar to see the ghastly display of colours and furs glaring back at me from the minimalist PRADA in the background. i could cry! How Miuccia Prada could think that plastering all of this season’s trends (loud bright colours, prints on prints, bright bold loud accessories STRIPED FURS) all in one outfit is ‘fashion’ is truly beyond me.

If you break the outfits down, you could actually see some worthy elements could maybe be fashion inspiration. the striped dyed fur stoles for instance, would have looked spectacular against a colour blocked outfit. The checkered chunky heeled shoes would have been ultra chic when worn with a muted coloured shift dress. even the banana print blouses would have rocked with jewelled toned cigarette pants and flats. on some levels, i could identify with her vision when creating this collection, even applaud her many references to fashion inspirations like josephine baker’s 20s 30s follies, but still, the genius of this spring summer prada look was lost on me.

i guess the real reason for my instant rejection of the colours and the flamboyance was deeply rooted in my love of prada. i have loved prada for the delicate balance of decadence and subtle flamboyance. the feeling that in the deceptive simplicity of the clothes and bags was a restrained exhibitionist streak, circa 2009 boxy crumpled blazers and knee length skirt suit paired with lingerie crumpled bra tops.

for the last few collections i had pored over every picture, eyes drinking in the ingenious design and colours, laughing when i realised this or that detail i’d not noticed before. this collection left none of fun for me to discover, it was all there in the magazine pages, glaring in my face. i couldnt wait to turn the page.

give us Prada back. I cant wait for spring summer 2011 to be over.



Prada Spring Summer 2011 collection

Prada Spring 2011 collection

Prada Summer 2011 collection

Prada SS 2011

Prada SS 2011 collection


current fashcrave – lanvin

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Lanvin gold chain link braided heels 
Lanvin skin coloured bag with metal chain links
Lanvin nude drape dress 2010
Lanvin Grosgrain belt Spring 2010
Lanvin embellished long earrings Spring 2010
 Lanvin Pearl cuff
I am lusting after these items from Lanvin 2010 collection. This would make the perfect event-attending outfit. For the longest time now I never agreed with the fash-forwards’ obsession with Lanvin. But comes spring 2010 and Lanvin kept throwing all these delectables under my nose, I couldn’t help but slide over to the dark side. Now on this side, I am simul-writhing in thrall whilst planning head-to-toe Lanvin outfits and calculating what to buy with that next paycheck.
Just the other day I was at OnPedder in Singapore and I picked out a pair of Lanvin braided raffia gold strappy heels. To. Die. For. Only to realise it was sold out in my size!!! Have trawled internet sites looking for those shoes to no avail. If you could remote access my brain would you call up that picture of those shoes and buy them for me!
Heart Lanvin.

latest must have fashion accessories – the bicycle

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May 12, 2010 at 5:58 am

net-a-porter fashion for relief drive

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net-a-porter may just have hit upon the best way to lure us cherry-pickers into the woods of beautiful clothes! They have started a shopping section called fashion for relief, where proceeds actually go to helping the survivors of Haiti. It’s sure nice to spend loads of money in the name of relief and indulge in a little guilt-free shopping!

here are the cherrypicks!

 Fashion for Relief Lanvin shift dress 

Lanvin shift dress

Fashion for Relief Temperley London silk dress 

Temperly London Silk Dress £319

Fashion for Relief Linda Farrow Luxe sunglasses

Linda Farrow Luxe Sunglasses  £146

Fashion for Relief Roger Viver Biriba sandals 

Roger Vivier Biriba Sandals £501

Fashion for Relief Christian Louboutin Lima sandals  

Christian Louboutin Lima sandals £273

Fashion for Relief Preen asymmetric dress 

Preen asymmetric dress £250

Fashion for Relief Viktor & Rolf silk shrug 

Viktor & Rolf silk shrug £137

Most of the items in the 100 pounds range are sold out, so expect to find only expensive items left…a case of fastest fingers win the day(:


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LBDs are always in, but what’s more in than the Little Black Dress? WHITE. yes, i know enough literature has been exposited on how white is the new black, but most times, people who wear white end up looking like one of the following:

– a bride

– a bridesmaid

– tooo washed out

– weird

so i’m gonna show you a few picks on white dresses i love, and what to look out for when you’re buying your new LWD

look for layering. avoid materials that are satin, or sateen, too many bridzillas in those materials, so probably try something else. this dress below is of crinkled chiffon and that texture adds to making the dress less formal.

 Spring/summer 2010 trend report

the MINI WHITE DRESS with sharp tailoring. when you have sharp edges tailored into a mini dress, you call to mind the crisp white shirt. there is no way you can wear a crisp white shirt for your wedding can you?

mix different tones of white. if you’re thinking, how is that possible! white is white…fret not, there’s off-white, no? Pringle of Scotland, Gucci, Fendi, Osman, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent all began their runway shows with all-white ensembles. you can see how the different tones play out against one another here. throw a duller white cardigan against a shiny white dress to avoid blinding everybody’s eyes!
Deconstructed White: Fendi, Gianfranco Ferre, Jil Sander, Meadham Kirchhoff, Balmain, Roberto Cavalli, Yves Saint Laurent, what do they all have in common?
decontructed tops, skirts and dresses. better still, when it’s in white. decontruction dont really show in black fabrics and deconstruction works best when used in solid colours. that being said, what better way to look smart and dishevelled all at once? see below.
so now that you have a few ways you could spruce up that little white dress of yours without looking like you’re getting married that instance, or re-wearing that wedding stuff, arent you inspired to go out right now to get your little white dress fix? i sure am.

when tom binns meets alice in wonderland for disney couture.

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bought tom binns for alice in wonderland over the weekend. mucho loves. will photograph me hauls and how you next post. right now these are cherry picks:

my favourite, and i got this design in gold, bracelet instead of necklace:

my picks so far. why does cherry think it’s money well spent? cause the designs  picked are conversation pieces and that is an indicator of money well-spent (: . they are rather versatile and you could always get away with (more) messy in accessories than clothes. however, do note, there are some hideous and worse still, cheap looking pieces in this collection. avoid buying them…always remember, sometimes in a collection, there are always misses along with the hits.

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March 8, 2010 at 2:56 am

cool finds more brands, it’s not all about the high-end.

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remember when tom binns used to make affordable jewelry? now a media darling, tom binns prices are hardly for the fainthearted.

Designer Bio:

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Tom Binns graduated from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1981 with a BA in jewellery design, obtaining all the necessary skills to make real pieces. With the influence of the Dada movement, Tom went on his own revolutionary way creating his collection of ‘object trouves.’ Tom is the pioneer of design alchemy where anything becomes possible. He can find something and making it an icon. He may treat diamonds with remarkable negligence and then hold a piece of beach glass with great nobility. His poetic sense, combined with his anarchic wit and caustic humor has been the essence of his spirit. ‘You are not dealing with reason, you are dealing with attitude.’ His art is feminine, anti-conformist and elegant. It was his collaboration with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren, starting with The Punk Couture that created the perfect marriage for Tom’s Dada embrace. Tom Binns is in his element as adornment has become the focus of fashion. ‘Jewelry is always a treasure, and though it may not be made of gold and diamonds, it should still have that sentiment.

 CHERRY loves him, but one thing designers always miss, is that jewelry should be affordable too. especially costume!


the necklaces are stunning in that it appeals to the aesthetic. he does lopsided glamour with excellence. you could call this over the top, but there is an increasing trend of wearing the everyday plain, with a stunning piece of jewelry. thus you take evening glamour and work it into everyday cool. alas, prices are really too steep for the average struggling you and me. tom, mr. binns, if you’re out there, hear cherry cry: please design something affordable!


another current love: rings from bauhaus and anneau on Alex and Chloe



the inverted diamond rings by anneau are perfect for stacking! prices are in the SGD600 and above range, and if you want to spree with me, i am more than willing cause it doesnt seem far to pay postage for somethign so small.

REBECCA MINKOFF BAGS, and now accessories too:

this is the morning after mini, the most classic design of morning after in a mini shape. i have a morning after mini myself and am trying to justify having more than one of the same bag, in different colours…but i LOVE them, i dont carry hobos because you never find anything and they have no structure. i dont carry bags without studded feet because i believe what’s loved should be worn. you would never enjoy your bag if you didnt have free rein to use it without stressing over wear and tear. I AM BUYING THIS!

this is rebecca minkoff’s bio off her webpage:

Born in San Diego, California, Rebecca’s first love was the art of design and began sewing at the age of 8. Although Rebecca’s handbags have been a hit among the stars and women all around the world, she began designing clothing at the age of 18. She launched her clothing line in 2001, but it wasn’t until her good friend and actress Jenna Elfman asked her to design a handbag for her next movie that the ‘Morning After’ bag was born.

my obsession doesnt stop with bags, i am also lusting after RM’s accessories, but cherry has her controls and will only go get that bag tonight!



Yet another accessory brand to die for:

CC SKYE, shot to fame with their double wrap leather through chain bracelets. CSL myself is a guilty owner of 2….in different colours okay, so it’s not as bad as having both in the same colour…


1. DECO HINGE                      




 totally wrist-candy and drool worthy and biker rock chic cool. prices are again, steep. but not so steep that it requires more than 1 month’s savings. keep our cherries in our pockets we must! well, celebrity sightings aside, this is one brand you can count on to bring you wearable costume jewelry with good design elements, made properly with quality materials, unlike your wear-a-few-times&discard options which are really proof of you get what you pay.


as much as she looks really frumpy here, i love how she has the bracelet on in a devil-may-care, i-havent-washed-my-hair kind of look…so what if you dont wash your hair? i wash mine only once a day, sometimes once every 2 days too…it really helps keep my tips moisturised so i do feel the unwashed hair look.


these are some names to know that are as much of a brand as LV, or Prada, or Chanel. the difference is you’re not going to be bumping into someone on the streets of singapore carrying that same bag, or wearing that same bangle with the frequency of someone carrying an LV monogram speedy. however, that being said, i love my monograms and that’s the speedy and palermo for me….however, just remember, you could be in the know and spot trends and read all the latest designer updates for ideas. these ideas you need to take them and internalise them, morph them into your look and your style. dont let your accessories and clothes own you. you should OWN them. because really, you do! you paid for them, didnt you.