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Oh My Gold

Posted on August 17, 2013 | 0 comments


Written by CARMEN CHAN

In the glamorous fashion industry, there is a fine line between a true style and a brand-slave-materialism. And sometimes, it does take effort and time to resist the brand pressure and define your own style without following the tide. The other day, I met an old friend and talked about materialism. He complained to me how awful a girl he just met in terms of chasing after branded purses, sports cars, and ultimately the prince charming who has sports cars and buys her branded purses. Is that what fashion is about? If fashion is like a gold mine, does that mean the ones who love fashion are nothing but gold diggers?

"Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live." Gianni Versace once said. It is funny that as a designer, you like to establish your brand name well but at the same time, you feel awful to see people chasing after luxury brand names and trend while losing the whole point of fashion - yourself.

Designers create great artwork and a state of mind. Brands create imaginary and fantasy. But the most important part is behind all the great designs of clothes and shoes, you need to have your own voice – and this is the golden part of fashion. It is your voice, essence, and character that rock all the great designs. You are the gold in this gold mine of fashion.

Many gold items that I like/ create / get inspired:

(from left to right, top to bottom)

  1. Acne Studios, Resort 2014 Collection gold suit
  2. Mischa, Antique Gold Cardholder, HKD 360 here
  3. SKULTUNA 1607, Tudor Rose Cufflinks – White, HKD698 here
  4. Void Watches, V01EL watch in gold, HKD1850 here
  5. Altuzarra, Resort 2014 Collection metallic suit
  6. “Oh my Gold” nail art codesigned with Salon Nova, HKD350 here
  7. Fashionary, Mini Neon Edition sketchbook, HKD101 here
  8. Carmen Chan Jewelry, J’aime.Moi. ring and Live Life ring in 18K Yellow Gold Plated Sterling Silver, HKD1180 here
  9. Melo’s Haus, Over the Rainbow earring, HKD180 here


(from left to right, top to bottom)

  1. Emily Blunt wore embroidered, metallic gold Michael Kors gown and Ferragamo clutch in Golden Globe 2013
  2. Christian Louboutin, Pigalle 120 Pumps Glitter Gold
  3. Kotur, Chrysler Clutch here
  4. Inspiring make-up with gold eye shadow and cherry red lipstick
  5. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a giant mohawk headdress, designed by Philip Treacy, in MET GALA 2013

I post my column here and www.randomartzine.com and www.shopdescreateurs.wordpress.com every Wednesday. If you like what you see, make sure you give a LIKE at my page at www.facebook.com/carmenchanjewelry

Many love - CARMENX

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