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