Emilio Pucci: Kaleidoscope Patterns & 60s Sci-Fi Stewardess Uniforms and Bubble Helmets


In recent pop culture, the tribal-hippie look seems to have been overtaken by boring and limited combinations—common patterns like paisley and damask, pastel colors that make tribal look cute instead of fierce, and the hippie style look bland instead of bizarre. There are so many other patterns that can be played around with and so many color combinations that can be used. Emilio Pucci rises above the norm!


Fashion Design Icons 101: Alexander McQueen


Winner of the British Designer of the Year Awards on four occasions and of the International Designer of the Year Award, Alexander Mcqueen’s style has been at times, controversial and shocking— but always intriguing. Perhaps the most memorable of his work was seen in the 2001 Spring/Summer collection, VOSS (video embedded below with non-sexual nudity of a large-framed woman on a couch towards the end of the show). For a whole hour, the audience sits in front of a glass box that, thanks to careful lighting arrangements, reflects back the faces of the people from the audience. The box at this point looks as though it’s completely made of mirrors. Then the lighting changes and the audience sees that the box contains a model reclining on a chaise longue and wearing only a gas mask surrounded by hundreds of live moths fluttering around her. The glass then falls away, smashing to the floor and releasing the moths.

His key pieces have also caused some raised eyebrows, including his famous ‘bumster’ trousers that sparked the trend for low-rise jeans. A signature feature of McQueen’s is skulls, which appear on many of his designs, from scarves to T-shirts (for example, the skull chiffon or wool scarves or even a skull pashmina). His skull scarves are available in the original black and white but also in multicolors. He has also used houndstooth and tartan fabrics throughout his collections, a nod towards his Scottish heritage.

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He is perhaps best known for his diversity: from tailored tuxedo jackets to fun skull print T-shirts.

His collections have been peppered with macabre or dark images, from use of jewellery to shackle a black model (which drew criticism for its apparent references to slavery and bondage) to pictures of Russian Romanov children, ‘golden rain’ (which he wanted to call ‘golden showers’) and a giant ribcage.

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Yet some of his collections have shown fragility and femininity, reflecting a softer side of McQueen and featuring flowers, tulle and a rainbow feather print that became another of McQueen’s signature designs and featured on several of his dresses.

McQueen died suddenly in 2010, leaving his AW10 collection unfinished. It was completed in his absence and was credited as one of the finest and most beautiful of his collections. Since then, celebrities and even royalty continue to wear McQueen, headed up by Sarah Burton who has kept the theme of nature that has recurred throughout Alexander McQueen’s history and coupled it with her own unique style.

Harrods stock a wide range of Alexander McQueen clothing and accessories for men and women, continuing the link between these prestigious and well-known brands.

Tory Burch’s Reva Clutches


One of the few brands whose logo I think looks nifty cool is Tory Burch. There’s something oriental and ancient about the way their logo looks, so that it not only voices out the brand name but also evokes a certain feeling—whether intentional or not. Tory Burch is certainly not Asian or  has certain Asian roots, nor do I think she has an affinity for Asian culture. Either way, I think Tory Burch’s Reva Clutches look fabulous! They come in silver, black (my favorite), and gold. You can buy genuine Tory Burch clutches on Moda in Pelle’s website who’s  currently taking part in a competition to win a wedding and are donating a pair of designer shoes to the lucky winner!


Sadly, part of what diminishes the aura of a logo is counterfeits. Counterfeits don’t affect the actual value of the brand name, but they leave me having a certain distaste in my mouth at least, like when I see someone carrying a bag plastered with logos of that brand. It’s in fact safer to buy non-high end brands in terms of knowing its authenticity, because non-popular names don’t get counterfeited. Sadly, Tory Burch has gotten big enough to be counterfeited. I don’t ever see Proenza Schouler or Vera Bradley replicas, but I do see Tory Burch’s. Why?


Fall Fashion Giveaway: $100 Shopbop Gift Card (CLOSED)

SHOPBOP has been really generous with their freebies, so here is another $100 to spend on their site just for you! It’s that time of the year again where we all get to wear our favorite sweater dresses, scarves, and boots—so I compiled a few of my fall favorites on Shopbop’s website on the collage above. Also check out their collection of Maison Scotch jackets, No. 21 coats, and Rag and Bone coats.

To reduce the difficulty of winning, I have decided to stop the popularity contest by making this based on random drawing. So in order to do that, I require you to number each entry that you leave as a comment, taking into account the number of the entry left before you. For example, the person before you left two entries. Her first comment is her first entry, and her second comment is her second entry. You will then write your comment as such:

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You must “like” à la Modest on Facebook. Right after you do that, leave a comment on this post answering this question: What kind of stye-related articles do you like the best? These combined will be your first entry to the contest.

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This giveaway is based on random drawing. Remember, the more entries you have, the more chances of winning. Good luck! The giveaway is open to all (US and international) and will end on Saturday, November 10th at 11:59 pm EST.

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Winner: Kristie Dinh @aznlubsyew

2012 Summer Yard Sale II

Second post on the same day… kind of rare for me, huh? I just wanted to let you know that I added more things in my shop! These things in particular are in auctions ending in a little over a day, so make sure you bid before you forget :)


Nautical Flats Size 7: Barely used and in like-new condition. LOVE nautical designs! SOLD!

Christian Dior Parfums Clutch – In great condition, except for staple marks on one side of the bag. It has a nice velvety pearly pink color. EDIT: SOLD!

Simply Vera by Vera Wang band/military design slingback pumps Sz 6 – In very good condition.

J Renee vintage velvet/suede evening bag – Very clean and classy. Has embossed golden accent on the front flap. See page for measurements.

Reem vintage new wave 80s clutch – genuine leather; see page for measurements

A Miss America handbag by Smartaire – see photos for slight discoloration and for measurements