Gucci Guilty Stud Limited Edition
Pour Femme & Pour Homme
Gucci’s connection to rock and the music world dates back to the days when the House first started to dress the international jet set, and is based on a shared spirit of glamour, power and style. Today, the relationship continues to flourish with the support of Gucci’s Creative Director, Frida Giannini, a passionate music lover who has a personal collection of some 8,000 vinyl records.
To celebrate the House’s bond with glamorous rock attitude, it has created a limited edition of Gucci Guilty, its iconic fragrance the Stud Limited Edition.
We know Gucci Guilty’s sensual hero and heroine as audacious, rebellious thrill‐seekers – trailblazers who indulge in passion and dangerous seduction. The scents that express their defiant attitude now appear in a new and striking guise, their limited edition flacons adorned with more than 400 studs per bottle (silver for pour Homme, gold for pour Femme); exclusive collectors’ items for iconoclasts everywhere.
Gucci Guilty pour Femme is a warm and striking Oriental floral with hedonism at its heart. Gucci Guilty pour Homme is an aromatic fougère that provokes as it seduces. Both assert their presence with an opening spike of pink pepper, and close with a suggestive pulse of patchouli.
House Creative Director Frida Giannini says: ‘I have always had a love of the rock aesthetic, and it is a constant source of inspiration to me. I like to think of Gucci Guilty Stud as bottled rock attitude."
From the early days to the present, Gucci has dressed rock legends like Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Kings of Leon, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and John Legend. The House enjoys an exclusive ongoing partnership with the GRAMMY Awards®, and supports the preservation of milestone musical recordings. This year, Gucci also sponsored the Victoria and Albert Museum’s globally acclaimed David Bowie exhibition in London.
Evan Rachel Wood, who embodies the Gucci Guilty woman, and her co‐star in the Gucci Guilty campaign, Chris Evans, are both rock fans, and the powerful chemistry between them has the electricity of a rock performance. In director Frank Miller’s films for Gucci Guilty, the plot unfolds to the strains of Depeche Mode’s ‘Strange Love’, given a gutsy rendition by London‐based Mercury Prize nominees Friendly Fires.
THE LINE UP
Gucci Guilty Limited Edition Pour Femme EDT 50ml RM285
Gucci Guilty Limited Edition Pour Homme EDT 90ml RM305
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
|Trail setup. 4mm.|
Fittings minus the insole
The shoe without the insole fits slightly looser on the top of my feet and it takes just another tug at the laces to secure it down. The side stitches as exposed in the photo above does not interfere or should I say I did not feel it against my feet.
|Oh yea! SOckless too! Love the reflective materials. So swanky!|
The cushioning is there and the dual-density material on the sole and mid-sole were felt. Support were good as the only worry I have is the fast turn and changes in direction running in trails may twist your ankle if land wrongly. So, in this instance, I am comparing it against the GBT when it comes to stability in trail. So, lets get going!
Into The Trail
Plan was a quick 1hour (max) run that will cover about 8km in the trail. The idea was to go as fast as I could (due to time) and to run it as normal as I always do (meaning at same pace I would usually run my trails) to check for slipping of grip on multiple different surface, climbing/scrambling ability, technical downhill. This all sounded very complicated - and I am about to make it easy for you in this review.
For this run, i had Charles Frew (Charles) running with me. My time slot fell in nicely with his timing and with great honor, it was good to run with a fast trail blazer.
|"Too slow Stupe", Charles telling it without saying it|
|GRU coming alive in trail|
Running uphill (Carnival and Twin Peak) was good on GRU. The multi-directional lugs provide good grip and power transfer while running up. The thicker sole buffer a lot of sharp edges and roots when I step on them. This translate to lesser "feel" compared to GBT as the GRU just soak up whatever you throw (your feet) onto. Do not be mistaken that this lesser "feel" meant you won't feel anything under you. You will still feel them, just not as obvious and you will be left wondering what you actually stepped on as the shoe bounce you off for the next stride and landing.
|Running up Twin Peak|
One of the key highlight after a 230m elevation climb in Bukit Kiara is the very fast descent via T'n'T. Like it's name sake, it's "the bomb". A short 300m run at minimum of 40% grade, single trail, with at least 3-sudden drop, 1-S corner, 3-switchbacks (of which 2 is with 3-feet drops) adds to the fun. Check the video in my Youtube channel here specific for this run and you will see how technical it can be.
Into The Wet
The trail run I had with Charles then lead us into Sungai trail, which runs/flank the pristine (previously) river. And yes, I took a wrong step and into the water half way. Hated to get the new shoe wet. But I then realised it was a good opportunity to test how the shoe is running wet.
|After the soak...Chasing Charles in front|
|Secure on the logs as well|
1. Responsive shoe that offer great cushioning and yet forgiving on the fast twist and turn typical of a technical trail. Sure grip on the sprint up hill and confidence on the downhill at speed.
|Giving this shoe a proper wash (or rinse)|
|Take note of the middle lug directly under my forefoot (darker shade of white, if there is such thing)|
|Those yellow hue is the insole of the shoe, visible through the outer shell material|
At point of writing, the shoe has seen additional mileage as it is still under active review. Over the past 2 weeks, it has clocked in about 50km and counting. I am starting to appreciate the softer ride during recovery run and tempo runs. This shoe will be used for my Sabah Adventure Challenge in April. No doubt and that is when it will be put to it's full potential going through trails in jungle of Sabah. If it survive the outing, it will potentially survive many other trails in urban setting. I will post more reviews or notes in my Facebook Page and Twitter. So look out for it if you are user of these two social media sites.
For the record, my fellow teammate Deo has used this shoe for his 2XU Singapore 42km run and posted a PB on it. So, that speak for itself that the perceived size of the shoe (to look heavy due to how it looked) were unfounded as this pair is at 220grams (based on my own weighing). It is easily 100grams lighter than the next cushioned trainer.
Note: This pair of Skechers GoRunUltra is sponsored by Skechers Malaysia via collaboration with 2ndSkin Asia Athletes program. Thank you Skechers Malaysia and 2ndSkin! This pair is retails for RM419 (men) and RM399 (women) in Peninsular Malaysia and has been made available in all stores since February 16, 2014. Opinion in this write up is my own and not influenced by Skechers Malaysia or 2ndSkin program.
Monday, March 03, 2014
|Image from SCKLM Facebook Page|
Running Your First 42km or 21km
To help you along, and for those of you that may be running your first 42km, this is my 4-months plan to run a marathon. With almost 8 months from now until race day, you can enjoy the luxury of building your base fitness the first two months and then move along the 4-months plan and stretch it to 6-months.
For those of you attempting the 21km as part of your graduation from the 10km runs, the plan can be applied to you as well, only differences is the level of mileage and intensity. My personal advice is to train as if you are running a marathon, and ace that 21km run easy-peasy.
Head over to the articles below, which I've written over the past year to help you along.
Building your base fitness - including unlearning and relearning how to run, routine and basic fitness parameters
4-Month plan to run your first 42km
I will be running the SCKLM 2014 in the usual 42km segment this time, which is approximately 2-weeks after my Ironman Langkawi (which I hope to finish strong). Don't forget to sign up for SCKLM!