Speaking another language or being bi-lingual is a norm when you’re an Asian. You speak English as a first language and your Mother Tongue, which is your dialect or your race. I happen to speak 4 languages, lucky me! English as a first language, Malay and Bahasa Indonesia, although similar but different and last but not least, French. It’s tough growing up in a school. You had to take a third language to be able to pass the semester as a special academia. Funny thing is I didn’t really learn French when I was in school, I learn it the hard way – Living in Paris, as everyone refuses to speak in English even if they knew. You tend to pick up the language fast. I speak of it less nowadays as most of my French friends have moved to several different cities. I, on occasion however practice it when I visit Alliance Française la bibliotheque or when I dine at Joél Robouchon restaurants. Some of the finest Maître d’ at the Atélier de Joél Robouchon seems to enjoy conversing with me. Maybe they were entertaining me and being polite haha oh how I missed Paris.
Speaking Prada however is a totally different language altogether. Being able to speak in the definition of fashion per se. I met a friend in one of my shopping escapades in Hong Kong and we have not seen each other in 10 years since he moved to Hong Kong to start his journey (being somebody) We were rather more than friends. I decided to meet up with him for brunch. When spent the whole day and evening together. It was wonderful and I’m glad that we did.
“I want a Nero Venite 9, maybe a dressed shirt and a number 48 with satin lapel…perhaps with a Nero saffiano la Cinta”
Throughout the conversations we had in the day was all about fashion and what’s in trend, a bit about our news update and so on. I began saying to him “I want a Nero Venite 9, maybe a dressed shirt and a number 48 with satin lapel, perhaps with a Nero saffiano La Cinta” Ryan, immediately understood what I meant. Translation: “You want a black dressed leather shoe size 9, a pleated dressed shirt and a tuxedo suit with a classic black belt.” We both laughed! The terms used in this conversation described the color, style, materials used and the Italian sizing options in the current Autumn Winter collection like saffiano nero for example which describe an embossed black leather that Prada use on their leather goods. Ryan quickly quoted, “I always loved aesthetics. Not particularly fashion, but an idea of beauty.” – “Can you remember who spoke those immortal words?” Ryan asked me… “MIUCCIA PRADA!!!” I replied with excitement.
Oddly enough, after brunch we find ourselves shopping in Prada, searching and trying that Venite dressed shoe that I desired for a wedding ootd. I bought 2 pairs of shoes that day. At the end of the day, speaking Prada is really the connection, the chemistry and the same frequency that you and your friend have. When you are so closed-knitted you can know what the other is thinking. It’s about friendship. But sadly, Ryan is not into Prada anymore, he has move on up to go with the infamous red bottom soles on his feet.
“I always loved aesthetics. Not particularly fashion, but an idea of beauty.”