Welcome to the Jungle - Part II

Welcome to the Jungle - Part II

Kenzo x H&M tops lookbook

Welcome to December, you awesome peeps! ๐ŸŒž

The Kenzo & H&M collection was unfortunately more targeted towards the โ€˜Northern Hemispherersโ€™, which means a lot of the pieces arenโ€™t very summer-friendly. (Like this furry bomber jacket I decided to leave behind. Now Iโ€™m semi-regretting not getting itโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ญ) 

But hey you know what? I donโ€™t give a shit about this season thing. Iโ€™m frantically squeezing as many wears out of these items before the heat really hits us.

Life is good when you have a sister. ๐Ÿ‘ญ Hereโ€™s Part 2 of my Kenzo x H&M lookbook, which I got to wear what I didnโ€™t pay for: ๐Ÿ˜

1. Sweatshirt

If you have read my Welcome to the Jungle Part 1 post, youโ€™d know that Iโ€™m taking this pattern on pattern thing real seriously โ€“ to the point that I found the most colourful backdrop in Auckland and placed myself in front of it. 

Like the bomber jacket I styled in the last post, this sweatshirt is also in the mens collection. I think all the girls out there should go to the menswear section of a shop every now and then. Youโ€™d might find yourself a fashion gem or two. 

The โ€˜boyfriendโ€™ wear has been a massive trend since what, like 2014? Boyfriend shirt, boyfriend jacket, boyfriend jeans, boyfriend this, boyfriend thatโ€ฆ This sweatshirt is right on the โ€˜boyfriendโ€™ money! 

With the signature Kenzo tiger emblem, this oversized sweatshirt looks dope when you pair it up with straight-leg jeans.

Straight-leg jeans are like the skinny jeans of 2016. Theyโ€™re so โ€˜inโ€™ right now. In my opinion they elevate a very โ€˜streetโ€™ item of clothing (the sweatshirt) into quite a luxurious outfit - especially when you throw on some metallic heels! 

Who says you canโ€™t rock up to a Christmas party in a sweatshirt? ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽ„

RE: these AMAZING wooden clog-like heels, Iโ€™ve got another story which has absolutely no relevance to the Kenzo x H&M collection.

Walked past Kathryn Wilson in early October when it was 5:30pm on a Sunday. The shop was closed but I โ€˜browsedโ€™ through the window like a pervert peeping through someoneโ€™s keyhole and spotted these metallic heels. 

I NEED THESE SHOES. 

But Auckland weather was going โ€˜talk to the handโ€™ to my plans of wearing open toe shoes in October. So I talked myself out of buying them.

Then came November and nek minnit. Sold out! 

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When it comes to shopping, Iโ€™m the most relentless and perseverant person. I went on the Kathryn Wilsonโ€™s website everyday after that and my hopes went back up when the website updated with โ€œsecond shipment coming soonโ€ In the speed of Usain Bolt running 100m, I rang them and said PLEASE hold me a pair!

Note to self: If you want something. Go get it. Period. โ€“ The Pursuit of Happyness ๐Ÿ˜‚

Open toe shoes + bare toenails = amateur.

OUTFIT 1 DEETS

Sweatshirt  Kenzo x H&M
Jeans |  ASOS
Shoes | Kathryn Wilson
Sunnies |  Karen Walker

2. Shirt

You can stick a Kenzo Tiger on anything and it looks amazing - even on a jesterโ€™s collar. 

This flowy, 100% silk shirt is an absolute bargain at $79.99. What makes it extraordinary is the detailing in the collar design. Itโ€™s not your usual shirt collar. 

Kenzo managed to combine two things from your Asian aunty - a beaded tiger emblem + a collar that has the resemblance of the doily under your cupcake, into something fashionable.

I styled this shirt with a pair of skinny ripped jeans for a black-on-black look.

To break up the blackness of the outfit, Iโ€™ve stolen mumโ€™s 20-year old belt with this cute chain detailing (I love how fashion makes a comeback!) and grabbed a brown quilted leather clutch to create a slightly vintage look with a fitted silhouette.

Special mention: Anyone here from Southeast Asia? These Jeffrey Campbell platform oxfords reminds me of kuih lapis (a delicious coconut-flavoured rice flour pudding that has 1000 layers). The Kiwi equivalent would be Streets' Vienetta Ice Cream dessert.

Wearing these gave me the much-needed height without having to wear heels. Tucking your shirt in your high-waisted pants also help create an illusion of having longer legs if youโ€™re 5โ€™3โ€ like me ๐Ÿ˜. 

OUTFIT 2 DEETS

Shirt  Kenzo x H&M
Belt |  Mum's closet (similar here)
Clutch |  Massimo Dutti
Jeans |  Topshop
Shoes |  Jeffrey Campbell (similar here)

3. Tee

Iโ€™m wearing this t-shirt to the next Loud Shirt Day in the office!

The potency of the orange colour in this shirt is the equivalent of mixing 100% red with 100% yellow.

The easy way out of styling a t-shirt is always pairing it with denim bottoms. But I didnโ€™t want to do that โ€˜cos I just like fucking with different combinations. So Iโ€™ve styled this loud t-shirt with a pair of shiny boxing shorts. 

This is ALSO an item from the mens collection so it looks quite oversized on me. To get around looking slopping, I tucked it in and pulled the waistline up to my natural waist to trick others into thinking Iโ€™m taller than my actual height. (Ahhh the beauty of a stretchy waistline apart from allowing room for your food baby ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ—)

To complete the look, I chucked on my stilts ๐Ÿ˜‚ - my favourite neoprene platforms and my Deadly Ponies leather backpack.

Now Iโ€™m ready for Loud Shirt Day, or a street protest! (You girlโ€™s gotta look good even when youโ€™re sitting on the street, right? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚)

Looking as if I was attending Occupy Auckland on my own.

OUTFIT 3 DEETS

T-shirt  Kenzo x H&M
Choker |  From Japan (similar here)
Backpack  Deadly Ponies
Shorts |  Sandro
Boots |  Puzzle from i.t.