Oct 28, 2014

GIUDI Celebates Opening of First Store in Asia

GIUDI, an Italian leather goods brand, celebrated its official opening of the first GIUDI store in Asia on 16 October at its newly designed space in Mandarin Gallery. Guests were treated to a fashion presentation hosted by MTV VJ Hanli Hoefer along with a spread of delicious canapés and free flow Prosecco.

“I am proud to open the first flagship store in Singapore. We have designs unique to Asia and every piece is handcrafted with love. Our products are made in Italy with only the finest leather,” said the 29-year-old CEO of GIUDI, Mr Eros Pennacchioni, who flew down from Italy to grace the event.

GIUDI aims to be an affordable luxury brand that defines both style and quality of Italian craftsmenship. The brand takes pride in ensuring that all leather used is tanned with natural, eco-friendly essences called Vacchetta, by an Italian Tannery located in Tuscany. All products are certified by the “Vera Pelle Italiana” consortium.

GIUDI - Mandarin Gallery Boutique is now open at 333A Orchard Road #02-21.

Diamonds are Forever at CHATEAUX

Earlier this month, jewelry brand WORLD OF DIAMONDS hosted an invite-only casino themed "Diamonds are Forever" party at boutique nightclub CHÂTEAUX. In true bond style, an Aston Martin was parked at the beginning of the red carpet, models were draped in over 38 million dollars worth of diamond jewelry, and guests were treated to champagne, vintage wines, premium organic caviar, as well as bespoke canapés and the signature cocktail of the night - the “Vesper Martini”.

Karan Tilani, Group Director of the WORLD OF DIAMONDS hosted the spectacular event, which was attended by some of Singapore’s most elite. His Excellency Luis Fernando de Andrade Serra, Ambassador of Brazil, His Excellency Thomas Kupfer, Ambassador of Switzerland, Dan Simion, Deputy High Commissioner of the Embassy of Romania, Dr Gianluca Rubagotti, Deputy High Commissioner of the Embassy of Italy and Commander Sean O’Connor, Attache’ to the Embassy of the United States, were all in attendance.

Sep 30, 2014

Watch the Hermès women's spring/summer 2015 Défilé livestream!

For the best seat in the house, go to hermes.com/defile on Wednesday, 1st October at 11.30pm Singapore time. Don't want to forget?

Log on now to sign up for a reminder 30 minutes before the show starts!

Instagram your photos and tweet all thoughts, feelings and expressions with #hermesfemme. 

Sep 18, 2014

So you Want to be a Gallerina?

Art History majors, graduates and aspiring gallerinas, listen upthis is an opportunity you can't miss!

The National Arts Council is giving Singaporeans the opportunity to be a part of an international contemporary art event at the 2015 Venice Biennale with their "56th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition: Internship Programme (Singapore Pavilion)".

Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the most established international contemporary art event and widely regarded as the most significant.

As part of the internship programme, participants will undertake various duties including providing administrative and technical support at the Singapore Pavilion. They will assist in reception work and the general care and manning of the Singapore Pavilion among other responsibilities.

The internship will last for a period of 6.5 weeks in Venice. Accomodation will be provided for, along with a living stipend from the National Arts Council to subsidize living costs. However, airfare will not be covered as part of the internship.

For more details and to apply, click here.

Aug 14, 2014

Take a Break with Hermès's New Tie Break App

This August, Hermès celebrates Tie Break—a new app to help you take a break from the harsh realities of daily life at the office, airport or public transport. Or even during a dull date.

Expect arcade games transformed Hermès style, instructional videos on how to knot a tie, and best of all—try on ties from Hermès's new collection by just holding up your phone to your shirt. If you like what you see, you can buy it right there through their integrated online store!

Available on Apple or Android. Pull on the tie and let the games begin!

Jul 22, 2014

Ling Wu Fall/Winter 2014

Living in a highly-connected digital world where a million things are grabbing for our attention and engaging our senses at all times, there's something to be said about a pure, minimalist design aesthetic that doesn't have to scream for your attention—but instead quietly insists you do a double take, and draws you in by simply, the quality of its craftsmanship, the attention to its details.

That's exactly how I first came across Singaporean designer Ling Wu's bags at the (now closed) Blackmarket store in Somerset. The luxurious python skins that have now come to be a signature of Ling Wu's products first drew me in with how well-made they looked, then intrigued my tactile sense with how supple and rich to the touch the skins were.

For her Fall/Winter collection, Ling Wu introduces Svelte Python – produced using a rubberizing technique that gives the exotic skins a velvety soft touch.

Unique finishing to the skins is what makes a LING WU bag special. A time-consuming technique is the ‘bottle-rolling’ of the skins, where the skins are literally rolled with glass bottles by hand to produce a soft, shiny surface that still retains the beautifully organic texture of the scales. After the skins have been bottle-rolled a special glaze coating is applied to the surface to seal and protect the skins.

As much as the minimalism that has been popularized for maybe the last few years by Jil Sander, and of course, Celine, may be on its way out of fashion's mainstream consciousness, well-made products and quality craftsmanship will never be out. But instead, elevating your style as the quiet staples in your closet.

Ling Wu's Fall/Winter collection is available from September at Front Row, Isetan Scotts, TANGS Orchard, Robinsons Orchard, Doorstepluxury.com and W.E, or visit Ling Wu's studio and store at the National Design Center on 111 Middle Road from Monday - Friday, 11am-6pm.

Jul 21, 2014

Zalora Celebrates Singapore's National Day

What better way to display your patriotism this National Day than wearing Singapore's coloursred and white?

If you're lacking in inspiration, check out some of my favourite red/white street style looks below!

Style tip: Gold accents work well with red, so pile on the jewelery.

Now that you're feeling inspired, check our Zalora's National Day Deals and sign up for their newsletter to get a SGD $10 Zalora cash voucher!

Photo credits: Style.com, Refinery29.com, Parisx3.blogspot.com

Jul 2, 2014

Writing x Fashion in My Blood

I recently did a photo shoot and video for the Singapore Red Cross as an ambassador for their upcoming blood donation drive.


Join me at SCAPE on the 12th or 13th July and give someone the chance to live their passion by donating your blood! 

Jun 10, 2014

The World's First Cafe-Hopping Festival is Happening in Singapore

Hip cafes with all-day breakfast menus have been popping up all over the island for quite a while now, most notably in Tiong Bahru, which has been largely gentrified.

But now, the hipster-ification of Singapore is complete.

Cafe culture has culminated in Singapore for Cafe Fest, the world's first-ever cafe-hopping event. Come September, 12 homegrown cafes will be serving up coffee and pastries along with live local music performances from bands such as 53A, Marc X Hashy and The Sessionists by the waterfront.

Expect instagram-worthy coffee latte art, pastries and sweet treats from hot spots like Maison Ikkoku, Toby's Estate, I am, Cake Love, OZ Specialty Coffee and more. Friends and family can join in the festival fun and participate in an old-fashioned coffee sack race, among other games and activities.

While admission is free of charge, festival visitors will have to purchase a cafe-hopping pass available now from the website, priced at $20 (early bird) for full access to all of the cafes and activities, or a VIP pass at $30 for priority entry at registration, access to the VIP area, and a welcome drink to start the festivities. (Bonus: both regular and VIP passes get you free Uber rides on both days!)

Slated to cater to over 4,000 cafe-hopping-lovers for an experience by the bay, make sure you get your tickets while its still early!

Mar 21, 2014

Menlook.com Launches in Singapore

The power of the male Asian consumer is on the rise, as pointed out by the ineffable Suzy Menkes during last year's International New York Times Luxury Conference, and undeniably evidentespecially in cosmopolitan Singapore.

France's leading online men's style destination, Menlook, taps into the burgeoning market with their launch of Singapore's site, Menlook.sg, bringing their selection of exclusive European fashion brands to Singaporean men.

Menlook takes an egalitarian approach, carrying over 250 men's fashion brands, from the casual (Converse, Levi's, Dockers), cult (Opening Ceremony, A.P.C.) to luxury (Acne, Jil Sander, Kenzo).

Singaporean men will also be able to shop from exclusive-in-Singapore luxury and designer brands such as Façonnable, Paul & Joe, Melinda Gloss, Bleu de Chauffe, Commune de Paris, Sixpack France and as well as online-exclusive-in-Singapore brands including Armani Collezioni, The Kooples, Eleven Paris and Bally.

With UPS express worldwide shipping on all orders above SGD $350 and 30-day returns, there's no reason why you would ever need to shop from another international site for your favourite European brand again!

Mar 8, 2014

An Introspective: To Be a Fashion Blogger

Fashion blogger. It still feels strange when someone describes me as a fashion blogger, but I guess I am one – my blog is going on three years old – albeit a self-proclaimed amateur one.

The landscape of fashion bloggers in the industry has changed tremendously over the last few years – they have risen in prominence, even making lucrative careers from their blogs into a multi-hyphenate (model/blogger/DJ/author/TV host) one. The biggest bloggers sit front row at shows, get free stuff thrown at them and are loaned beautiful clothes. All in all, it seems like a glamorous life.

That idea may be why today, many aspire to be bloggers for the free gifts and perks, whereas many bloggers who started out in the beginning did so simply for a love for fashion.

I started my blog in 2010 as a personal blog to write about my own thoughts on fashion, writing to what felt like myself most of the time.

My first fashion event was a Halloween Party hosted by Designare Magazine (where I met another aspiring blogger who started his blog around the same time and has since turned it into a popular high fashion/high society blog) and somehow invitations to other events just started to flow in.

Over the last three years as a fashion blogger, I’ve been able to attend some great parties, experience fashion shows, meet and have conversations with amazing and inspiring people, from Yvan Rodic of Facehunter to Patricia Field of Sex and the City.

It has allowed me to have invaluable experiences, grow, and learn skills I probably wouldn’t otherwise have. I was (and still am) as my junior school teachers would tell you, “shy and reserved”, the typical dreamer in his own world with his head in the clouds.

Back then, if you had asked me to approach someone and strike up a conversation, I would be petrified. Now, I may still do so with trepidation (depending on who it is), but it is no longer an impossible task. Being a blogger has allowed me to come out of my shell, develop my sense of self, and have more confidence.

However, I seem to have gone the Tavi Gevinson route – my interests have shifted organically from fashion to culture and society. I still love fashion and always will, but I just don’t check style.com or The Cut as ardently as before.

In part, this is due to realizing my interest in sociocultural and gender issues, but maybe also from having experienced a part of the [fashion] industry and its work, which revealed how insincere and shallow some people in the industry could be. It made me realize, perhaps, I was happier daydreaming about fashion than actually being in it.

Fashion bloggers are a small community in Singapore, so it’s pretty easy to get acquainted with who’s who quickly. I’ve met some genuine people that are now great friends, but at the same time, fashion, film and publishing (and arguably much of the working world) is like high school, with its cliques and social exclusion, which has made it hard to get to know everyone at times.

An interview that Tavi did with Adweek illustrates my thoughts on the industry somewhat where she says,

“I did have an experience at Fashion Week my freshman year of high school where I realized how that world can make you so caught up and anxious about how you come off that you can’t really see outside of yourself, and I was just like, this is bad. I would like to avoid this”.

It probably sounds clichéd because it sounds just like any other story of someone in fashion, but my love for fashion began with reading fashion magazines. I am a dreamer and an idealist through and through. But my life is far from ideal, and magazines were an escape, filled with beautiful things, people, places and parties. They were inspirational, and to a boy who dreamt of much more in life, they were so magical.

In a talk by Tavi (yes, I know I’ve mentioned her probably 10 times now, she is my spirit animal) at the Sydney Opera House where she talks about the value of fangirling, how it’s a reflection of you, how being a fangirl retains our fevour and passion, she puts that sentiment of mine into words, saying,

“I started a fashion blog when I was eleven, and went to fashion week for quite a few seasons, and it turned out that I was just happy looking at style.com in my room. It was so much more magical. Its not that I had bad experiences in fashion, but when I look back on that time in my life, I have so few memories of fashion week, like I really have to dig for them. And the stuff that stands out to me, the things that really shaped me, are like, sitting on my bed and reading magazines and feeling like I was getting a secret message from a different planet.”

Being a fashion blogger hasn’t set the path for my life down one door. Instead, it has made me rethink things and opened my mind to ten new ones, and in the spirit of Sylvia Plath, or for a pop-culture reference, Hannah Horvath’s “feel it all, experience everything” mantra, I don’t regret starting my blog, the boy whose “mom hates fashion”.

This was originally published on Inverted Edge.

Feb 15, 2014

Steve Madden x The Blonde Salad

This Spring, Steve Madden has teamed up with internationally renowned blogger Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad to release a limited edition collection.

The line will feature nine design in various colorways, though only six of the styles will be available in Singapore. The Steve Madden X The Blonde Salad collaboration will only be available in limited quantities at Steve Madden, ION Orchard, #B2-25/26, from next week onwards.

Jan 30, 2014

Atelier Swarovski Launches new Signature Collection for Spring/Summer 2014

Atelier Swarovski has launched their first in-house jewelry collection for Spring/Summer 2014. The new signature house collection will be an ongoing range that embodies the DNA of the Atelier brand, and is launched with this season's collections by Maison Martin Margiela, Juan Carlos Obando and Christopher Kane.

Made up of 19 necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings of interlocking beads set with Swarovski crystals that create a natural fluid movement, the collection will introduce new colours and styles each season.

This season, both Juan Carlos Obando's strong and luxurious chain link accessories collection and Christopher Kane's crystal mesh collection have been reworked in new seasonal colours.

A standout collaboration to look out for this season is with Maison Martin Margiela, a collaboration that has created an avant-garde seasonal collection for Spring/Summer 2014. Inspired by the jewelry pieces from the label's latest haute couture collection, each design incorporates crystals into Margiela's clean and innovative aesthetic.

Jan 25, 2014

Swarovski's AiRx 'Angles of Incidence' Installation

A family of reflective elements, Swarovski's AiRx 'Angles of Incidence' art installation in the Singapore Botanic Gardens definitely seems like a dichotomy between the installation and its environment.

An 'Artist-in-Residence Exchange Programme' featuring Singapore architect Randy Chan and British artist Philippa Lawrence, it explores the universal theme of heritage and memory.

The installation also promotes cross-cultural interaction and understanding between the Singapore and UK communities through the collaboration of the two artists, marking Swarovski's first ever support for an art and architecture project in Singapore.

Using the context of the extensive history of the Botanic Gardens, the installation explores the idea of shelter around the iconic 80-year-old Kapok tree.

"Angles of Incidence are planes of perception", says Chan and Lawrence.

Swarovski crystals are used and intricately set into the structures, which allows visitors to observe a kaleidoscopic effect of light on the structures and experience the surroundings of the Botanic Gardens in a new way.

Angles of Incidence
is on show from now till 23 March 2014, 5am - 12am daily. Admission is free.

Jan 12, 2014

First Look: Warby Parker's Palm Canyon Collection

Ever balked at the astronomical prices when shopping for a new pair of glasses?

Well, here's something you might not know: the reason why glasses go for hundreds of dollars a pop is because the eyewear industry (as with many other industries who artificially control prices), is controlled by a major monopoly. Luxxotica controls 80% of the world's major eyewear brands, making it the world's largest eyewear company. 

Enter: Warby Parker

Founded by four classmates at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania who faced the same frustrations, the four set out to solve that by founding Warby Parker, an online eyewear retailer that cuts out the middlemen, to sell glasses for an affordable $95.

Plus, free shipping, free returns, and a service that lets you test run 5 pairs of glasses for 5 days, for free!

From Alexandra Robbins proclaiming that "The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth" to the increase of young tech entrepreneurs in the mainstream consciousness, it's clear — Geek is chic. 

Warby Parker capitalises on that with vintage-inspired frames that look like they hark from a different era of gentlemen, and with names like Fitz and Wiloughby that conjure up thoughts of a WASP-y Princeton-going young man. Even the name "Warby Parker" comes from characters in Jack Kerouac's writing. Translated to this era, the brand seems to be like Tom Ford for the Milennial hipster.

This month, with the limited edition Palm Canyon Collection, Warby Parker reinvents some of their biggest hits —Winston, Duckworth, Preston, and Wheeler—in a Palm Springs palette of mesquite, acacia, ironwood, and sand.

Each frame features a hand-mixed acetate inset at the end piece, with patterns inspired by Color Field painters and midcentury minimalists.

Each piece is uniquely yours—each pair is distinguished by a unique contrast detail created by melding sheets of woodwork-inspired acetate and tortoise acetate together, and using a technique that took over a year to perfect.

Gain extra karma points too: For every pair bought (with all collections), one will be distributed to a visually-impaired, needy person through one of their non-profit partners.

Palm Canyon Collection frames are available for $145 online at warbyparker.com and at Warby Parker stores and showrooms.

Photo Credits: Siteinspire.com, Warby Parker