The Tiny Asian Reaper…

 

Rick Owens DRKSHDW FW12 Reversible Lamb Fur Hoodie

This jacket makes me feel like an obscure reaper on the streets… It may not look like it in the pictures, but the jacket is HUGE and took me a while to navigate through the multiple possibilities of wearing it. It’s also my most HEAVY piece of clothing, it’s probably somewhere between 15-20 lbs as it weighs similar to my cat lol. It’s definitely super warm, and probably more warm than both my Moncler and Mackage coats combined. You really don’t need to wear anything more than a simple T or light sweater underneath. There have been previous versions of this jacket in black cotton/black fur and olive green cotton/brown fur, but I like this combination the best.

 

Style #1 – Fur side in

 

Style #2 – Fur side out with belt added (this is my preferred way of wearing the jacket to add some definition to my waist, rather than just wearing a bulk of fur)

 

Style #3 – Fur side out, but without belt

 

I Can Wear Rick Owens’ SKIRTS!!!

FW11 Rick Owens Lilies Skirt

 

So I lied… I thought I would never be able to wear RO’s skirts cuz they’re insanely long and I’m vertically challenged at only 5’2. Not to mention that they’re so expensive starting at 600$. However, I was lucky enough to score a skirt at 70% off!!! The model also showed an ingenious way of wearing the skirt as a strapless dress, which I thought may allow me to wear it as well. Sure enough, the skirt fits me like a glove. It’s the perfect length as a dress and is incredibly soft and luxurious! I will definitely be on the lookout for more skirts, but only if they’re deeply discounted!!! lol

 

 

Modeling pictures:

Belt – H&M

 

Rihanna in RO Lilies Skirt:

Rick Owens – The Ultimate Shearling Jacket!

 

Rick Owens FW11 Limo Collection Giacca Montone Shearling With Wings in Black Lambskin Leather

 

 

This jacket is simply F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!! Just take a look at the pix and you will see how amazing it is! From the sleek tailoring, construction, design, lusciousness of the shearling, the softness of the lambskin, the extraordinary and glamorous collar – WOW! The quantities were limited and when I saw the 2nd to last one being sold, that pushed me over the edge to buy the last sale piece. Somehow a chain of events occurred and I pushed a PF friend to get hers too from NAP LOL!

Luisa Via Roma: FW11 Version

Neiman Marcus: FW11 Version

Net-a-Porter: FW10 Gleam Version

 

The story is that I need (or rather want lol) another winter jacket. I was looking at Moncler, Add Down, SAM, Burberry, and finally when I started browsing products from Mackage, I knew something was wrong because I despise Mackage lol. Not to go off tangent, but these days this brand is hyped, worn by too many preppy girls, and the quality is going down hill. Their coats are often not Canadian made anymore and for a 500$+ jacket, I don’t even get real down feathers??!?! This is just Hervé Léger – take 2 for for me. Then as I was browsing for more jackets, I was like, well if none of them are even near satisfactory to me, I might as well go all out and buy another RO jacket which never cease to impress me.

 

 

When the jacket arrived, I was initially… overwhelmed??? It seemed unmanageable due to its sheer size – I’m talking MASSIVE here! lol It was such a huge piece of leather that I didn’t know which side was the top and bottom! After laying it out, it took me a couple of seconds to orient myself. Then there was the issue with the MASSIVE collar and its weird asymmetrical button??? There’s a loop on the left edge of the collar with the button itself mid-lateral toward the right side. I wasn’t sure how to button it up. Was the collar supposed to go over my head, around my neck, or what? To this day, I’m still not certain and I plan on calling RO‘s customer service once the holiday madness is over.

 

 

My friend who thought that she ordered the same jacket as me ended up getting a slightly different jacket instead! So all this time to add to the confusion, we were also trying to figure out why hers looked slightly off with more pleating (see the NAP modeling pix above), but it turns out that hers was actually from the FW10 Gleam collection! I wish mine had pockets like hers, and perhaps buttons in the front too would be good so that my chest is not always exposed to the cold. I am thinking of adding buttons myself… Do I dare??? lol

Composition:

Outer: 90% Lambskin, 10% New Wool
Lining:  50% Rayon, 50% Cotton
Made in Italy

 

 

Deconstruction: 

A look at the jacket “deconstructed” to show how MASSIVE it is, occupying 2/3 of my Queen size bed!!!

Did I mention what a genius RO must be to make a fabulous jacket from the basis of a rectangle??? Who can imagine doing such a thing? I’m still blown away by his creativity. I see all these other designers adding bells and whistles to their clothing with all these elaborate embellishments, and yet the final product isn’t even that flattering when worn on the body. Then you have RO – simple, clean lines, well tailored, fitted to the body, and ingenious designs! Now this is something to be impressed by!

 

 

The inside is all shearling except for the sleeves and waist area.

 

 

Modeling pix:

Outfit 1: RO Style
– Skirt by Three Dots
– Crystal ring by Sorrelli Jewelry

 

 

Outfit 2: More Glam
– Sweater dress by Material Girl
– Wool tights by Hue
– Boots by Christian Louboutin Piros 120

Just so that I could laugh at myself again, I actually fell for the first time while wearing these boots that day! I’ve NEVER fallen before so I was extremely embarrassed. Not only so, I fell in front of some important people and then I was introduced to a physician who saw me fall right in front of him!!! I was like, please don’t introduce me now! They’re not going to remember anything about me other than “the girl who fell in her high heels” lol! At least I saved the handful of gifts which were in my hands! 😀

 

Outfit 3: More Casual Attire
– Tunic shirt by Dex
– Wool tights again by Hue
– Booties by Topshop

 

 

Just to show how huge the collar is if I don’t button it. This is obviously a quick pic when I just got the jacket. Disclaimer: I do not go out with just tights on (remember – Tights are NOT PANTS!!! lol) and I never wear brown with black!!! lol

 

 

Rick Owens’ Mod Squad

Rick Owens FW11 Limo “Giacca Con Le Ali” in Dark Dust Lambskin Leather

 

First off, disclaimer lol – this purchase is probably one of my best sale deals ever, so I don’t regret splurging! When this season first started, my eyes darted straight toward this jacket. It was the only one that I felt like fit my criteria of being non-black and had something extra with the “wings” in the back, because I already have a classic blistered jacket with cords in black and I find the regular high neck biker jackets to be sorta plain… At the time, it was only available on Net-à-Porter and as much as I LUSTED for it, I could not justify spending 2875$US + about 20% duties/taxes/shipping = 3450$US!!!

 

I let the jacket go, convincing myself that it would never happen. I proceeded to search some more, this time through Europe. I thought to myself, if I were to buy something that expensive, I might as well get a shearling jacket which would be significantly cheaper in Europe (starts at 3K retail price or 4K in the States), rather than wasting my money to the government. Rick Owens is so well known for how his clothing hang and drape effortless on one’s body. My only worries then was how the jacket would look with the thicker material. Shearling is bulky and there has not been one single picture online that drapes well with it.

^Picture from Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman

When I received my 20% discount through Luisa Via Roma for its premiere clients the first round of sales (which included RO, Lanvin, and Louboutin – all taken off the site now for the general sale), I hesitated even though it would have been major savings (2400$ with discount). I am so glad that I did, because 2 weeks later, Net-à-Porter had its Secret Sale in collaboration with Facebook! I was lucky enough to have a dear PF member share the news with us. The sale was at an amazing 50% off for select products which included the original jacket that I wanted from the beginning of this season! A couple of us RO fans were able to score the same jacket at this fantastic sale price and I sort of joked about us being the Rick Owens’ Mod Squad lol. I can imagine all of us wearing his jackets strutting behind him! Oh gosh, he would HATE US!!! LOL

^Picture from Genevieve London

Anyhow, enough foolishness lol, let’s get on with the reveal of my new jacket! lol NAP always does a fabulous job with its signature gift packaging. I love the sturdy black box which is great for storing clothes, bedsheets, or whatever you want in your home! My DHL parcel was stated to be 18 lbs! I dunno if this was a typo for 8 lbs but it’s certainly not *that* heavy even with all the extra packaging material.

^This is perfect for me! I was just searching for a garment wrap/protector a couple of days ago 🙂

Ok now get ready for lots of pix… Ta da daaa daaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!! lol

I took these pix after some “treatment” because initially with all the storage and shipping, the jacket had a lot of nasty wrinkles in random places which I’m almost positive are not part of the style. I was almost having second thoughts but I did not give up and took the jacket into the shower with me! You must be shocked but fear not lol, because I wasn’t actually bathing with it! It was just so that the moisture can help with smoothing out the wrinkles. A fantastic trick that I learned from a stylist who did this to all her shirt clothing because she couldn’t bother with ironing them! lol Most of the wrinkles are gone by now, but in some places like right under the breasts, back of the collar, and right in the middle of the “wings,” there are still some deep creases that wouldn’t lay flat. In between the  wings is the worst, cuz it gives the illusion of having an ass-crack as in the first pic below (sorry for the profanity, but it’s true lol).

Modeling Pix:

Outfit 1: Casual Attire #1
Shirt – H&M
Jeans – Rockstar
Shoes – Balenciaga Wrap Deer Booties 

 

Outfit 2: Casual Attire #2
Shirt and faux suede jeggings – both H&M
Shoes: Rick Owens Stivale Low Wedge Boots (middle) and Christian Louboutin Sigourney 100 Booties (far left and right)

 

Outfit 3 – More RO-Glam Style???
Skirt – Aqua
Shoes – Balenciaga again

 

Lastly, I took out my other RO jacket for modeling pix since I didn’t do a great job in the past. I think out of the two, I actually prefer my first black Blistered Biker jacket more. There’s something about the cords in the sleeves that make it so glam-rock! The leather is actually thicker too and hangs better unzipped. This jacket for some reason doesn’t drape so well. I dunno if it still has to do with the darn wrinkles again, or maybe once I break it in, the leather will get softer and hopefully hang better. Thanks for letting me share!

Outfit reference:
Shirt and jeggings – H&M again
Shoes – Charlotte Olympia Black Suede Dolly 150