A&F: I.Kollection at Africa Fashion Week London 2014

22 Oct

The London Africa Fashion Week event ran from August 7th through August 9th.  Among the various designers, I.Kollection caught my eyes because this is the first time I have personally seen models to wear the “liputa” or loincloth tied the ‘African’ way. In the case of her presentation, they were more tied western African style.  In Congo, we tie the ‘liputa’ on the side, but it was refreshing to see.

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Image courtesy of demotix.com

More looks from the AFW London here, and to get more info on I.Kollection, you can check their facebook page as well as their homepage.

Review: Collection Harper Calf Hair

21 Oct

The  flats were on popback last week on my size so decided to jump in and try them on.  Review below:

Sissi’s Weekly Review – 21st October 2014 2014


What: Collection Harper Calf Hair by J.Crew

Season: Fall 2014

Material: 100% dyed calf hair outer, leather lining and sole

Quality: Very Good.  Craftsmanship is very good as expected for the price, however, the black spots are not consistent between pairs.  The left shoe looks different from the right shoe as you can see on the picture below.

Fit: True to size.  I’d advise to go with your regular size unless your feet are wider. I tried the patent Harper in one size up and my feet were floating inside so true to size should be way to go.

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Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…if you can go with the mismatch pattern.

Review: Toggle coat – part 2

20 Oct

Last year, I had purchased the toggle coat in brilliant frame color from the Crew (a review here).  Unfortunately, I had to size up as J.Crew did not offer a tall size.  Well, this year, the toggle coat is back in four colors: navy, henna red, turquoise, navy and olive green. Also, the wool is Melton this time …which appears to be a medium thick wool used for blankets and old military uniforms per this link.

Now, below is a review and if you are interested into purchasing my vibrant flame toggle coat from last fall, email me ;) Tomorrow, I’ll be reviewing the Collection Harper Calf Hair flats by J.Crew. Stay tuned!

Sissi’s Weekly Review – 20th October 2014 2014


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What: Melton Toggle coat by J.Crew

Season: Fall 2014

Material: 95% wool and 5% poly outer, 100% poly lining

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Quality: Very Good.  The wool is warm and high quality, and slighter thicker than last year’s toggle coat version.  The henna color is a deep orange in my opinion, very autumnal.

Fit: True to size.  The tall size is a much better fit for me, went with my regular tall size and the shoulders are well in place and the hood covers my big head.  The sleeve length is ok, I still feel the sleeves could be longer but this version looks more decent on me than last year’s coat.  Zippers and buttons add to the look.

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Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…the promo is good but you may want to hold for sale, if it lasts.

Fashion News: Alexander Wang for H&M

17 Oct

There was a big event in NYC to launch and tease the soon to be released Alexander Wang for H&M Collection.

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image by elle.com

The collection will be available in stores starting November 6th 2014.  It is a little too ‘sporty’ for me (as in too sweatpant like) and very similar to the Clara D for DKNY collection…but I like the leather-like backpack on the male models.

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image courtesy of complex.com

OI: elbow length

16 Oct

Some outfit combinations to inspire you this week. All items are recycled from last year and earlier this year.  Let me know which you like best!

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dress (review)– skirt(review)/top,cardigan and belt(j.Crew,old) — top/boots(review) —-hat(H&M,old)/skirt(review)

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