#alienadventures: Comme des Garcons: White Drama exhibition, Paris

The reason I love traveling is because of sights like these. I was in Paris recently, and only by chance saw a poster in the metro advertising this exhibition. It was a small fringe exhibition, but the content and concept stayed with me. You’ll see why when you view the slideshow…  

#alienadventures: the biggest fashion trend for 2012…and beyond

Perhaps not what you were expecting but something I’ve been subscribing to for quite some time. Prescriptive fashion trends are so last century. In this day and age, personalisation and individualism rule – not following the herd. So try this as a 2012 mantra: you might be pleasantly surprised with the result.

#alienadventures: you know you’re in Paris when…(observation 4: OTT retail spaces)

With a city as beautiful as Paris, retail spaces need to blend in with the architecture, not try and reinvent them. As a result you come across the most unexpected spaces and shop fronts. Either the facade belies what is behind – like this Apple iStore: … or you get a big surprize when you … Continue reading

#alienadventures: you know you’re in Paris when…(observation 2: fierce shoes)

The women are as fierce as their shoes are. So it’s true. French women don’t eat croissants. It’s how they manage to squeeze into those designer labels. Spotted in department store Bon Marche was this fierce example. Crisp white coat, with heels and leggings to catch the eye – and catch my eye they did. … Continue reading

#alienadventures: you know you’re in Paris when…(observation 1: pampered pooches)

The street beggars have dogs, and the dogs are better groomed than their owners. It’s a known fact that the French love their pets. Anyone who has walked the streets of Paris would have (sooner or later) had to scrape some merde off the soles of their shoes – it’s a rite of passage. You … Continue reading

#alienadventures(china): park life – chillin’ with the elders

One of the most endearing things about Chinese culture is the strong sense of community, and noticeably in old-age, when you need it most. Every morning and every evening, wherever there is a community square, there’ll be dancing. Not a organised, let’s-get-a-party-started, type dancing, but more a daily exercise routine that’s pleasantly social. Once the … Continue reading

#alienadventures(china) – the Asian two-wheel commute: getting there is the fun part [photo essay]

Anyone who has been to Asia will know that two wheeled transport is what really gets the masses moving. Whether it’s an old-school bicycle, a new fangled electric bike, or your ever-present mosquito bike, the ones that drone and spew toxic noise and fumes, the two-wheeled commute is a surprisingly calm and laid back affair. … Continue reading

#alienadventures(China): behold my pale arms

Like many cultures around the world, in ancient China the paler you were, the more beautiful you were seen to be – as well as of a higher social class: it is only blue-collared workers who toil outdoors in the sun.  This belief lives on in the 21st century. In modern China, many women rely … Continue reading

#alienadventures: streetstyle in China

People watching is always pleasant past-time, especially in a developing nation like China where new affluence and conspicuous consumption wrestles with an emerging street savy identity. These pictures were taken on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai last week. The Shanghai girls were the most sophisticated and polished, favouring lots of sheer flowing chiffons. Their … Continue reading

#alien adventures: superella’s super space

The Bamboo Centre in Melville is one of Jozi’s creative hot spots that carries an unassuming air of dignified calm. It houses, amongst others, the ever popular, Service Station (who’s harvest table is always delicious), a retail anchor for Black Coffee, the brilliant design house Entrophy and off-beat jewellery curator, Tinsel. But the centre alone … Continue reading