As promised, here’re the videos from “Fashion Goes Web 2.0″ :) Let us know if you want to be invited to one of these events next time – this time the event was completely sold out and some people that came all the way from Fresno had to be turned away.  So get in the line early!

ShoppingNotes.com Intro (by Founder Meng-You Yang) and Demo (by Evangelist Tina Cheng)

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Fashion Show Part I (Joui Turandot’s creations)

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Fashion Show Part II (I. B. Bayo’s creations)

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Tell us who your favorite model is!!!

Fashion Goes Web 2.0!

February 9th, 2009

Last Friday I went to Fashion Goes Web 2.0. This great event was organized by WooMeOver.com‘s Founder Shirley Lin. The three Web 2.0 startups that were invited to speak at the event, including WooMeOver.com, ShoppingNotes.com and Weardrobe.com, all help women with their daily fashion challenges.

Shirley also invited Bay Area Jewelry and Fashion designers there to give a panel discussion on design and creativity. At the end of the event, there was a Fashion Show with models (real life beauties from the Silicon Valley!!! I’ll put the video up tomorrow) wearing the Jewelry and Apparel designed by these designers. Everyone WOWed and WOOed as the models glided down the aisle, I was totally amazed by how professional they looked knowing that they are actually facebook application developers or startup founders.


ShoppingNotes.com Founder Meng-You Yang


Meng gave the audience an overview of ShoppingNotes.com and the benefits of using its price alert service. He started by saying “The first rule of smart shopping is, never buy anything at full price!” During the Q&A session, someone asked, “You talked about how the price alert service will email me when price drops, what if the price goes the other way?” Meng replied, with a smile, “As a courtsey, we’ll still notify you.”

Demo was given by our Evangelist, the very lovely Tina Cheng. She showed everyone how to set a price alert using the ShoppingNotes.com homepage. The item she wanted to keep an eye on was Manolo Blahnik’s Somthing Blue Satin Pump (the shoe from the movie Sex and The City). As an added value, everyone also got a peek at her personal ShoppingNotes :)


WooMeOver Co-Founder Derek Chiang


Derek’s got a great sense of humor. I laughed throughout his presentation. A few funny moments:
As he demo’ed the WooMeOver.com website, he signed in as “Charlene”.
He told the audience that as you discover the jewelry designs on WooMeOver, you can easily contact the designers and ask questions about their design. As an example, he typed in a question – “How big is that thing?”
When he was asked whether there’s an online store at the WooMeOver site, he replied, “when we have enough capital, we’ll buy Ebay, that’ll give us the marketplace we need”.


Weardrobe Founder Suzanne Xie


I’ve never met Suzanne before the night and was surprised to find out that she’s a young girl (before the event I heard she came from the Wall Street, so I kind of imagined her being the mid-age banker type). She said the idea of Weardrobe came to her when she realized how much she loves to organize her closet. The audience dropped their mouths when they saw her entire closet (name and color of each item) listed in alphebetical order. Each and every item has a picture of her wearing it so you can see how she styled it. 


WooMeOver Founder Shirley Lin


I’ve never seen anyone energetic as Shirley. Despite the fact that she only slept 2 hours per day for the past week (as she was busy organizing the event and in the meanwhile trying to make sure her website can launch on the day of the event), somehow she stayed awake until the end of the event :) Everyone who came to the event got a personal hug from her, she also made sure we had enough to eat. She told us the idea of a fashion show only came to her a week ago, and yet she was able to pull this through in a very short amount of time. I was deeply impressed by her event planning talent.


Founder of Emerge Art Center Jordanna Petkun


Jordanna was the moderator for the panel discussion. Later we discovered she’s actually a great dancer. As she showed off one of the jackets designed by I. B. Bayo, she danced like a pro in the narrow isle. For a moment I almost thought I was watching Madonna!


The Designers


From Left to Right:
Rita Chung (some say she looked and sounded like Connie Chung. She works with natural stones and fresh-water pearls to create statement pieces. Her creatives ideas come to her when she’s taking showers :) )

 
I. B. Bayo (Bayo came from Nigeria originally. His designs are the most original I have seen – one of them is called “the jacket with 100 zippers”, you’ll see it in the video tomorrow)

 
Anastasia Azure (she’s fascinated with geometry and the intricate patterns of her creation look like they could come from Da Vinci – if he were still alive)

Joui Turandot (give your grandmother’s old dress to Joui and she’ll make something gorgeous out of it)


Fashion Show Model


This beautiful woman is actually the CFO of The Broth. I heard that she used to be a professional model, Wow!


Fashion Show Model

I didn’t get to catch her name, but she’s so graceful that I can’t stop staring at her!

 

Videos to come, so stay tuned!

I just read an article on Forbes.com, according to the author, ”One-third of U.S. women recently surveyed by America’s Research Group said they plan no clothing purchases–none–in 2009.”  Everytime I see survey results like this, I wonder which part of the America they did the survery at.

Maybe the survey was not done correctly, they should have asked women “do you THINK you’ll buy any clothes in 2009?”  No one really PLANs to buy 3 jackets, 2 dresses and 1 pair of jeans in the next 12 months.  It just happens!!! 

I’m tired of reading all the Gloom and Doom (aren’t you?!).  How about this? All women unite and shop till we drop.  We may be jobless or homeless, but at least we’ll all look fabulous (as long as we get a shower) !

Where to Buy Balenciaga Bags

January 13th, 2009

I’m obsessed with Balenciaga bags lately, just came across this handy guide on The Bag Forum that tells you where to buy Balenciaga all over the world (if you want to purchase from any of these stores, make sure you call Balenciaga first to verify if the store is an authorized seller).

Of course, the easy way is to buy from Balenciaga’s official online store at Balenciaga.com.

They told me the 2009 S/S collections will soon be available online.  For the Giant City Bag that I’m interested in, it’ll come in Praline, Autumn, Framboise, Mandarine, White Pearl and Black, with giant silver or covered hardware to choose from.

What’s Up with Trendora?

December 22nd, 2008

Has anyone purchased from this website?

I first discovered it three years ago (I think), then the website went under construction and that took forever.  Now it’s finally up and running again.

I went in yesterday and did some quick window-shopping.  When I clicked on a Fendi Bag that seemed within my purchase power, it said “currently out of stock”.  So I moved on and checked out a few other items, guess what, they’re also out of stock! 

I couldn’t help wondering if I had such good taste that everything I liked just happened to be a bestseller, so I clicked on random items for a reality check.  And… it came to my gradual realization that nothing is in stock!

What’s the purpose of having a fancy website with nothing in stock? Or is there some secret trading going on that I’m not aware of???

Enter the giveaway here, just key in your email address and birthdate.

You can get more entries by inviting friends or uploading things to your Closet Couture wardrobe.

 

Dress like Sarah Palin?

September 5th, 2008

Here’s another shoe brand to watch: Naughty Monkey.

Sarah Palin, the beautiful Alaskan Governor, was recently photographed wearing a stylish pair of red Naughty Monkey Double Dare Pumps.

I checked out their shoe collection on Amazon’s shoe site endless.com.  Just like the name suggests, Naught Monkey shoes are playful and cute. 

Naughty Monkey is a fresh fun shoe collection that originated in California and has everyone clamoring for the monkey from coast to coast. The naughty monkey, whose identity shall remain nameless, heard constant gripes and complaints about how mundane and boring footwear had become. In his monkey mind came the devastating first designs of a brand that would leave a lasting impression on fashion and how fun it could be. The evolution of naughty monkey to this day continues on the same maddening quest to bring the opposite of boring to fashion and can only be appreciated by those who have a little of the naughty monkey inside of them.

Now we can all dress like Sarah Palin (wondering if she also bought these on endless.com?).  I never know what the Vice President does, but I’m sure a shoegal like her will do good to our economy  :)

Naughty Monkey Women's Lip Service Pump


Naughty Monkey Women’s Lip Service Pump

Naughty Monkey Women's She's Crafty Pump


Naughty Monkey Women’s She’s Crafty Pump

Naughty Monkey Women's Cherry Pop Pump


Naughty Monkey Women’s Cherry Pop Pump

Naughty Monkey Women's Shanghai Express Slingback Pump


Naughty Monkey Women’s Shanghai Express Slingback Pump

Naughty Monkey Women's Colorful Talk Pump


Naughty Monkey Women’s Colorful Talk Pump

 


Shoebuy.com will be holding a “Fashionable Child Contest” starting August 20th.  Anyone who has a child between 1 month – 12 years old can participate.  Just send your child’s picture to their gmail address and you’ll get 10% off your next purchase (for anyone that participates).  There’ll be three winners selected in November, each will win a $500, $300 and $200 gift certificate respectively.

Here’re the official rules for the contest:

The contest starts on August 20th, 2008 and ends November 20th, 2008.

How it works:
Every child from1 month to 12 years old can participate
Step 1:
Choose a picture that shows your child’s unique style
Step 2:
Send it by e-mail to shoebuychildcontest@gmail.com and receive an email offer for 10% off your next purchase at Shoebuy.com 
Step 3:
WIN! The winner will be announced on the Shoebuy.com blog (theshoebuyblog.blogspot.com) on 11/21/2008 and will be alerted via e-mail.

Selection Criteria
Shoebuy.com cares about fashion. And rewards it!! In our “Fashionable Child Contest” every child from 1 month to 12 years old can participate. Shoebuy.com will be selecting a first, second and third place winner in 3 months! The first place winner will get a $500 gift certificate to be spent at Shoebuy.com, the second place $300 and the third place $200. And lastly, for participating in the contest Shoebuy.com will reward you with 10% off your next purchases at Shoebuy.com! 
 

 

The Real Kungfu Soccer

August 21st, 2008

The Real Kungfu Soccer

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“Kungfu Soccer” the movie

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Secrets Behind Big Labels

August 6th, 2008

A book named “Deluxe – How luxury lost its luster” by Newsweek fashion writer Dana Thomas spills some interesting secrets behind Gucci, Prada and Burberry.

Many luxury handbags are mass-produced in Asia. The average markup for a luxury handbag is ten to 12 times production cost, and Louis Vuitton’s markup is up to 13 times production cost.

In 1997, a Louis Vuitton bag takes 23 days from start to finish.  In 2007, it takes only 4 days.

Coach is one of the few companies that honestly labels their products as “made in China” or “made in Korea”.  But there’re plenty of “luxury brands” use tricks to replace these labels with “made in Italy”. 

Asia is currently the largest market for luxury goods.  Forty percent of Japanese own a Vuitton item.  The Japanese luxury market has a powerful influence on these companies’ products, designs and strategy.  The rising economy in China has also brought a lot of needs for luxury goods. (I think part of the reason is that in Asian cultures, luxury is not only associated with one’s wealth, but more importantly, one’s social status.  Plus, when you’re surrounded by people everywhere you turn, peer pressure is not something that can be easily ignored.)

A fascinating book to read before you spend your hard-earned money on these big labels!