Sunday, March 15, 2009

This Summer's Shoplist

Apologies for the lack of posts recently.  The combination of a wide-legged forward bend gone wrong resulting in a sprained and bruised inner thigh, and that sulky feeling of depression brought about by watching a marathon of the last three seasons of Skins has triggered a blogging drought in me.

Nonetheless, as a last ditch effort to update this blog before a full week passes, I present to you my summer shoplist.  The weather over here isn't getting any cooler, and most of the time, wearing anything above one layer is unbearably suffocating.  Hence the need for clothing in light, breathable materials punctuated by details or accessories that add the visual interest that might have been lost due to the inability to layer.  These are by no means pieces that will last you a lifetime, or investments that will never go out of style.  But these will be my summer basics: easy, wearable stuff that I can build outfits on.  Nothing too complicated, but detailed enough to be interesting.

The colored shoe.  Sometimes you just want to step out of the house in a crisp white top and the lightest jeans or khaki shorts you have.  Slip on a pair of these brights and you'll have eyes zooming in on your feet.  Chuckles of ridicule or sneers of envy?  Be grateful for the attention!

Acne yellow fringe loafers

Raf Simons X Fred Perry moccasins in red and black

Paul Smith brogues in red-orange distressed suede

The boat shoe.  Extra-hefty soles provide that energizing shock of white that contrasts well with the sizzling gray pavement.



The printed button-down shirt.  Once a cornerstone of my style that I have since forgotten, the print shirt is making a comeback.  The muted colors and the leaves whisper sleepy fifties suburbia, I cannot resist.

Paul Smith printed shirt, photo from

The crochet polo.  What could be airier than a shirt with holes?

Raf Simons for Fred Perry (Can I just say that this snippet of a lookbook is simply genius?)

The summer watch.  When a leather strap is just too sweaty and a metal one is just too heavy, ditch the six-figure (in Philippine peso) timepieces for something that won't leave such a huge void in your humanity if you leave it at the beach.

Nixon watch in bleached wood

The man-bangle.  Minimalist, silvery, oozing with Margielicism. 

Martin Margiela nail bangle

The Linda Farrows.  The entire blogosphere has long been buzzing about the various Linda Farrow collaboration sunglasses so I'll leave it to them.  The latest pair she churned out in collaboration with Damir Doma evokes the same tone of enigma that rings through Doma's clothing line.

Linda Farrow x Damir Doma

Now somebody please mail me a winning lotto ticket.  Any summer items just throbbing at the top of your wishlists now?  Do share!


naboonies said...

For the mo I'm hooked with Madmen...

Nice selection of colourful shoes and tops,I love the yellow Acnes and the Nixon wooden strap watch!

My summer wishlist:
1)Lanvin two-tone cap toe lace ups
2)Any pastel sheer shirt (last season's trend I guess)
3)Round collared shirts
4)Grease-less nose and forehead come summer...

-h said...

My shoe vote is the red suedes. Ugh, red suede is just so...wonderful. But suede shoes may not be the most practical thing depending on your climate. So my second choice is those RF/FP red moccs! What can I say I love a red shoe!

And I like that crochet polo. And I really like the color combinations too.

My wishlist: slim white jeans and a white ceramic watch. I already picked up a pair of white driving moccs.

Noelle Chantal said...

The yellow loafers and red suede shoes are too cool for summer, hehe. I esp like the Nixon wooden watch, very summery! I'm excited to see you wear those pieces with those colorful clothes, Izzy! Oh, how I love summer. :)

Frederic Betancourt. said...

I agree it.
My dream 4 this summer are Gucci mocassins..

oh lady e said...

OMG, please tell me the red suede shoes are available in a men's size 7.

I'm on the lookout for purple suede driving shoes. I think they'd look really cute with just about every kind of denim. And a little bit Elvis.

izzy said...

thank you for the feedback guys!

naboonies: do you plan on undergoing any procedures to eliminate the grease?

h: slim white jeans! another must! you've got the long legs to pull em off.

noelle: you're the queen of summer.

frederic: I would love to see those gucci moccassins!

oh lady e: Yes, they are!
As for the purple driving shoes, I think these are the perfect example (by Car Shoe):


More oxford shirts. I find them to be more comfortable compared to t-shirts. Preferably in white, light blue and grey. And maybe a nice pair of loafers/penny loafers.

naboonies said...

I wish I know there is a procedure eliminating sebaceous glands...Well without them our skin will be dry and flaky. Oh that sounds abnormal isn't it?

J said...

Acne - Pure perfection, it's my favourite brand! Swedish design is the best.

Love that watch, where can I get it?

izzy said...


Oneill said...

I like that and no-doubt the colors also play an important role in making the good look of shoes and I know an other site where you can also find the different brands of shoes in different colors, If you are interested to know more about that than visit the link.

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