‘Slumdog Millionaire’ hits my Indian memory

Without surprise, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ swept the Oscars.

It is an extraordinary film. From the opening moment to the final scene, I was fully engaged. I felt I was not too far away from the story. I don’t even think it is just a story…

Back to early 2006, I had a four-week journey to India with my fellow studio friends, to propose a housing design strategy on site for the local slum dwellers. The sights I caught reshaped my outlook on life.

The parallel lives of the modern and the primitive, the rich and the poor, the human beings and the animals… It seems nothing is odd except the presence of us as observers.


This is how Taj Mahal looked from a distance, how we got there, the scenes on the way and at the place. I remember the shoes and the kids tried to guide us. I feel I have seen little Jamal some time ago.

At the time I was compiling these photos, I found that people in the frames were always looking into my lens, with smile. They are happy, not just on the face. If the poverty in India shocked me at the first sight, then the poor resting in it impressed me permanently.

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‘Slumdog Millionaire’ conveyed the Indian philosophy of ‘destiny’ — all the answers are written in your life, which influences I saw with my own eyes.

Bliss or curse?

I wish I had the answer.

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Recent obsessions

Just went through Elle’s S/S 2009 accessories selections and obsessed with some fabulous pieces. 

Several of my favourite brands -MiuMiu, Louboutin and Roger Vivier, happened to coincide in choosing snakeskin for their accessories this season. This scares me a little. 

Miu Miu snakeskin wedges with hessian Christian Louboutin snakeskin open toe sandals with flower corsage Roger Vivier green snakeskin `Kyte` platform sandals

Here we go, simple and chic flats I’m constantly obsessed with. Alexander McQueen, D&G and Chole in the front row, the best of the best!

Alexander McQueen brown and yellow leather flat sandals D&G canvas `Dali` espadrilles Chloe white sandals

Alberta Ferretti flat pink leather sandals Christian Louboutin navy blue snakeskin open toe sandals with buckle detail Diane von Furstenberg flat silver strappy sandals

Pierre Hardy neon pink flat sandals Jimmy Choo tan leather sandals See by Chloe purple jelly sandal

Paul Smith neon green patent sandal Paule Ka flat orange patent slingbacks Ralph Lauren black leather sandal with rope detail

Some very creative heels I would never walk with. The third one is very structural.

acc390 Alexander McQueen black open toe ankle boots with crooked metallic heel Proenza Schouler nude leather slingback shoes with architectural heel

The most eye-catching theme of this season must be YSL’s ‘cage’, though I’m not very much into it.

Yves Saint Laurent silver patent leather cage sandals with metal heel Yves Saint Laurent black patent leather cage boots

Also found some ‘De Stiji’ heels – from Hermes, Reberto Cavalli and Sergio Rossi – rationally and cheerfully beautiful.

Hermes Sunlight sandals in multi-coloured patent leather Roberto Cavalli pink leather platform shoes Sergio Rossi red, purple and blue slingback

Two ‘inside out’ hats by Paule Ka and E. Armani.

Paule Ka straw hat with black ribbon Emporio Armani grey beach hat with silk scarf

Thought using logo as deco is silly, but this one is really innovative and touching.

Chanel leather aqua blue handbag

These bags are ingeniously natural. The last one has a name – Floyd – which really brings out the theme!

Bottega Veneta knot clutch Stella McCartney clutch Antik Batik `Floyd` bag

Let me conclude with this piece from Venessa Bruno. Couldn’t be simpler, but in a profound way.

Vanessa Bruno red leather belt

(above photos and many more are from HERE)