Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oscar 2013 Most Talked About Red Carpet Looks

The largest fashion catwalk in the world happens once a year in LA on the Oscars red carpet, here is Mr. PandaSundae’s take on the top stories:
Jennifer Aniston Tops Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence in abc’s Best Dressed Poll
Best actress Jennifer Lawrence of Silver Linings Playbook looked stunning in a Christian Dior couture number that had beautiful volume and texture, however, red carpet veteran Jennifer Aniston topped abc’s Best-Dressed Twitter with 35% of votes. She wore a cascading red Valentino gown and later presented the best costume design award alongside Channing Tatum. Cast your best dressed vote at http://oscar.go.com/best-dressed
Anne Hathayway’s Prada Dress Attracted more than 3,600 Twitter #HathawayNipple Followers
The best supporting actress of Les Misérables wore a pale pink Prada column that looked deceptively conservative from the front yet surprised with a low-back construction at the back. It deftly demonstrated how the peekaboo effect can carry more “kick” than the bare-all look. Unfortunately, the dress' cone-shaped bosom constructions inspired a #HathawayNipple Twitter account that has gathered some serious steam.
Kristen Stewart Donned Naeem Khan Dress and Crutches
Photo credit: www.bbc.com
The On the Road actress and Oscar presenter who walked down the red carpet with crutches later hobbled to the Oscar presentation podium without them. She had declined to explain the reason behind her need for crutches to MTV, but according to abc had “stepped on glass”.

Helen Hunt Wears H&M to the Oscars

What does Helen Hunt’s H&M dress remind Mr. PandaSundae of? Sharon Stone’s Gap shirt, which she famously paired with a lilac Vera Wang skirt at the 1998 Oscars. Both ensembles show how a wearer’s confidence and ability to mix-and-match infuses the sense of style to a look.
It's a Tie between the Battle of the Jennifer’s
Photo credit: www.eonline.com
All four Jennifer's: Hudson, Lawrence, Garner and Aniston, looked beautiful in their respective gowns which were a good sampling of colors, fabrications and silhouettes. We were taking notes on how these stars picked their gowns to put their unique body shapes and personalities in the best light.
That's it from us here at PandaSundae, congratulations to all the Oscar winners. Share your thoughts with us at www.facebook.com/pandasundae or ask@pandasundae.com

Friday, July 6, 2012

Start-ups Learn to Fly at Cocoon HK

"This is where all the action is!!" has become a popular reason for why people come to live and work in Hong Kong. Because of its proximity to China which fuels growth in every conceivable sector, affordable talent, low tax rate and accessible capital, Hong Kong has attracted many international companies to setup their Asian headquarters here here. And yet, creative work and entrepreneurship is only in its infancy in Hong Kong where talents are either lured into banking and consulting or trained to become lawyers and doctors. The American Dream is not a popular concept in Hong Kong where Chinese parents prefer their children to make stable incomes in a Fortune 500. However, following the financial crisis in 2002 and later in 2008, the financial industry has started to lose talent to start-ups, which is fueling the entrepreneurial spirit in Hong Kong. Supporting this trend are the founders of Cocoon, an open-architecture working space that strives to link start-ups with investors and mentors. With 14,000 sq ft of eco-friendly space equipped with work desks, meeting rooms and a large break room with a ping-pong and coffee bar. Cocoon is located in North Point, Hong Kong and currently accepting members and allowing them to use the space for free until the end of September. (www.cocoonhk.org)

Friday, May 18, 2012

New Barneys.com Launched May 17 Thursday after Facelift

Barneys.COM recieved a facelift with new social features on Thursday. For a department store that prides itself in being a trendsetter, its e-commerce website is lacking in everything from merchandise assortment to social shopping features. Online shopping is a growing market that is getting more crowded everyday: net-a-porte has over the years been joined by competitors like matches.com, shopbop.com which offer International shipping at competitive rates. Even Saks Fifth Avenue, a New York luxury department store that has a relatively conservative image compared to Barneys, has a more international shopper friendly e-commerce webite. Barneys.com's facelift has been overdue for years...but later is better than never

Extract from "Barneys.com Gets a New Look", www.wwd.com

“It’s a huge emphasis for us as a company,” said Daniella Vitale, chief merchant, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of women’s merchandising and barneys.com. “It represents one of the biggest opportunities in terms of revenue growth and market share. We wanted to create a completely dynamic and very emotional experience, which we couldn’t do with the old site.”

To that end, Barneys worked with digital agency Huge to retool its online presence. In collaboration with Barneys’ in-house team, they developed a cleaner aesthetic that mainly serves to highlight available product. Barneys sought to simplify the navigation process for visitors, and registered users can now shop with as few as two clicks.

Similar to Twitter or Facebook, shoppers can “favorite” items they like, and their selection will then appear on a personal list through a new “Favorites” tool. They can share the list through social-media platforms Facebook, Twitter, The Fancy or Pinterest. Based on their picks, Barneys will also propose items that these customers could like.

“With the list and things that you favor — it could be a designer, it could be a shoe — we will be able to tell your shopping patterns and recommend anything from a shoe size to a brand,” Vitale noted.

Effective Monday, the site will feature special lists by celebrities, fashion personalities and other tastemakers. For the launch, these include favorite lists from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Julianne Moore, stylist Leslie Fremar, Katie Holmes and her co-designer Jeanne Yang, and chefs Melia Marden from The Smile and Michael Chernow from Meatball Shop.

The “Most Loved” feature displays the most trending items of the moment, which are measured against users “favoriting” pieces. “Exclusively Ours” informs visitors of items exclusive to Barneys, while “The Window” adds an editorial context to the site with information about art, lifestyle, culture, fashion and initiatives related to Barneys that can be linked back to the designer merchandise for sale.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Time Out Holding Free “New to Buying Art” Tours at HKArt12 May 18-20

While there is the perception that art collecting is something only the wealthy do, many of us can have the pleasure of owning original art. This interactive tour, hosted by Time Out Hong Kong Magazine, will give you the lowdown on art buying at the Fair, what to look out for, buying etiquette, as well as to view an interesting collection of works for under USD$7,000 from galleries participating in the ART FUTURES and ASIA ONE sections of ART HK 12.

Lasting roughly 45-60 minutes, the tours will include a brief talk on "the essentials of starting a collection", "special viewing", and Q and A session. The small groups will be led by Time Out contributing editors and columnists with a background on art writing, editing and consulting.

Kindly take note that we do not take advance bookings. For individual registration, please sign up at the Hall 3 Info Point on-site at ART HK 12.

Friday 18 May: 16:00 – 17:00

Saturday 19 May: 15:30 – 16:30, 17:30 – 18:30

Sunday 20 May: 15:00 – 16:00

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Rhino "had to go" at ArtHK12

And we found a rhino that "had to go" but couldn't find a toilet (notice pee pile behind his hinde-leg)

And of course a lot of wine was consumed, (highly recommended) which made the event all the more fun.

So go check ArtHK12 out, it has something for everyone even if you don't think you know art...cuz everyone does! Exhibition open till May 20 at HK Convention Center.

Update from ArtHK12 - Deutsche Bank Pavillion

As expected there was an intriguing exhibition on Cai Guo Qiang in the Deutsche Bank Pavilion

Video describing how the work "Vortex, 2006" was produced with gunpowder in Berlin

ARTHK12 showcases 266 galleries from 39 territories

ART HK’s 5th exhibition is organized by a JV between local Asia Art Fair and the organizer of Art Basel (MCH Group).  It’s an amazingly fun event that’s classic Hong Kong – international with a quirky Asian twist. Artists of international fame are showcased alongside rising Asian artists. Though young, this event has gained an incredible amount of attention from important art collectors all over the world. Art follows money, and China has money. Enough said for now, preview starts today (May 16), stay tuned for more pictures and updates tonight!

for more information http://www.hongkongartfair.com/