March 31, 2012 in Bright and Shiny
It’s time for me to rant a little tribute to Colin, the designer and the man about the label that bears his name.
I met Colin about four years ago at a show. He was selling Unidot sunglasses designed by Eco fashion designer, Cyrus Wong. A carpenter by trade and extensively travelled in Asia, an accident made him realise that the time for sky hopping as a carpenter on building sites would be limited. Colin needed an alternative income.
Four years on, although still on sites, he runs Colin Leslie Eyewear – a very successful company with own brand eyewear and high street stockists in the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland,Vietnam, America and Australia.
With a true passion for his brand, he has created the beginnings of a celebrity following: Olly Murs, Trent Garrett, Ellen Hollman as well as models at LFW 2012 where he participated in the Good Fashion Show.
All Colin Leslie Eyewear has an element of bamboo, which is especially grown on plantations in Asia just for the use of production meaning that no wild bamboo is used, so protecting the environment and reducing the carbon footprint, and his new Eco Unit.T range goes further still. All handmade individually, the range is as close to a 100% Eco that a pair of glasses can get. It features production from recycled acetate frames and eyewear pouches made from recycled drinking bottles, which are soft enough to clean lenses. The sunglasses in the range are UV400 rated with matching gradient lenses to suit frames.
So, I raise my glasses to you, Colin…not bad for four years! WOW…
March 27, 2012 in Gastro
Masterminded by the immensely talented and multifaceted designer, Annie Chajin, press, bloggers and photographers were collected at Las Clementinas Boutique Hotel to witness the unveiling of ‘El Pasaporte’. Holders of which, are entitled to a free drink on the 30th March at any of the 19 participating restaurants between 4 -11pm.
To qualify for this free passport – key to fun and entertainment – you need to have totted up a $50 bill at any one of the 19 establishments in Casco Viejo, Panama that are taking part. With a weekend and a bit in between, it’s gonna be easy peesy!
Passport holders also get free entrance to the Habana Panama after party and anyone who has collected the 19 stamps, enters to win a FABULOSO prize.
Now, checking the media throng gathered for this evening, I’m not even going to get a look see at this surprise PRIZE and I am such a lightweight, but I do have an ace up my sleeve: Mr. P. Now, how to keep him hopping between venues! The dream of a possible Chajin design piece is going to certainly keep me focused!
March 26, 2012 in Bright and Shiny
I have been meaning to check out Studio Moda and Samuel Lewis street (Panama’s mini Bond Street) for an AGE. It only took one cracked rib and a filling to get there! With all those über-fitted dresses that the Latin girls sport, I wandered who the hell stocked Spanx! There are also rows upon rows of designer party dresses in sparkly bright colours with Nanette Lepore and DVB getting loads of rail space. I was surprised to see a good selection of J Brand jeans too. Great changing rooms and charming assistants make a return trip imminent.
Plus a little peak at their outlet store two blocks away makes for a whole day of retail fun!
March 23, 2012 in Bright and Shiny
Her new collection Sweet Fetish is to DIE for! Showing in Paris and Spain, Carmen Gonzales fans stretch from New York to Japan. A fellow world traveller, she tries to spend as much time as she can in her beloved Berlin, so I managed to miss her in Las Palmas last week.
Her pieces have always been packaged in little boxes, which she illustrates herself!
She is painstakingly thorough with excruciatingly pretty detailing – all made by hand. But for me, it’s the knickers. Whether you’re a shorts, thong, bikini, panty or boxer kind of gal – SHE DOES THE BEST! I certainly never ever travel without a pair.
March 20, 2012 in Bright and Shiny
I didn’t realise that Britain was at the forefront of textile design in the 50′s and 60′s. Mary White, Mary Warren, Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag, Marian Mahler and Paule Vezelay enlighten me.
The exhibition, running until mid-June at the Fashion & Textile Museumis tight but bulging with content and visual delight. Swathes of fabric make up most of the space on top of a great film of Lucienne Day’s upholstery textiles. What’s so fascinating is that these post-World War II artists, with their use of saturated bright colour and geometric bold patterns, were revolutionaries in their day, but they feel so NOW.
I guess that’s the test of all things grand!