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Easy-breezy, throw-it-on-and-go dressing, pg 120
ON THE COVER
96 WHO’S THE BOSS? Singapore’s unexpected beauty entrepreneurs, and what makes their self-made brands special.
120 THE LOUNGE UNIFORM Ace off-duty dressing with the pantsuit, boiler suit, and shoe-turned-slide.
108 THE GOODY BLUES This season’s denim pieces are as high on fashion quotient as they are on utility.
130 HAUTE PROPERTY Luxury boutiques for retail therapy – and some serious design inspo.
The clunkier the sandals, the better, pg 42
42 THE HERO PIECE: ANTI-PRETTY SANDALS Clunky to the point of monstrous, they’re an appetiser to Fall’s anti-establishment look. 44 THE NEW CLASSIC: MULBERRY’S CLIFTON The first bag from the brand’s new creative director is both It and seasonless. 46 THE “FINE” JEWELLERY: SWAROVSKI’S GOBSTOPPER RINGS Part whimsical, part heirloom, part Space Age, and simply out of this world.
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48 SUEDE DREAMS The material of the moment ups the plush factor on daywear and accessories. 50 GOLD RUSH Everything from wardrobe staples to furniture are an in-your-face statement, thanks to this shimmery hue. 52 MODERNIST MOVEMENT A curation of this season’s abstract jewellery that look right out of a gallery show.
56 ART HOUSE PROJECT Five reasons why non-art lovers should put Loewe’s cultural institution on their radar. 60 FEEL THE POOL With its first boutique here, Eres redefines swimwear the French chic way. 62 LEISURE CLASS Revive the off-duty chic of Slim Aarons’ jet set with Tommy Hilfiger’s Sportswear collection.
70 Rihanna’s showgirl-worthy tie-up with Manolo Blahnik; Alessandro Michele reinvents Gucci’s monogram; Maison Kitsune co-founder Masaya Kuroki’s creative indulgences; and this season’s edgier alternative to lace.
74 FEMALE & NUYOU SUNTEC CITY FASHION NIGHT OUT A catwalk show, workshops to create your own bath bombs, and more of what went down.
Art or jewellery? See pg 52
When looking shiny is okay, pg 76
88 COLOUR ME IN Lip crayons offer precision without looking too “done”, and are idiot-proof to boot.
76 THE STYLING TRICK: PARTY GLOSS A sexy post-party glow that calls for just a few strategically placed dabs of Vaseline.
78 THE MUST-HAVE: MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD CONCEALER It blurs imperfections, neutralises pigmentation, and softens the look of fine lines.
92 POSTCARDS FROM CANNES Fashion illustrator Konstantin Kakanias lends his fashion cred to Nars’ latest collaboration.
80 THE INDULGENCE: ESTEE LAUDER RE-NUTRIV ULTIMATE DIAMOND REVITALIZING MASK NOIR Truffle, pearl extracts and 24K gold make this the ultimate skincare extravagance.
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89 UNDER THE SUN Wonder sunscreens that double as moisturisers, colour correctors and anti-ageing serums.
86 THE LOOK TO TRY: PINK EYESHADOW Whether light and sweet or metallic and cool, it’s the new shade to perk up your peepers.
90 EYE BAGS These morning-after remedies promise to de-swell and soothe.
94 INTO THE BLUE Beauty’s new super ingredient, blue tansy, is an antibacterial do-it-all – never mind the Avatar-ish tinge.
102 Liquid elixirs that banish dark spots; cleansing balms that nourish while removing impurities; super use-at-home masks for intensive firming; mascaras for every type of lashes; and how to shop for scents for a dude.
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142 THE NEW LOOK... IS FIT We suss out what fashion folks do, and where they go, to get that Gigi Hadid body.
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32 EDITOR’S NOTE 34 COVER LOOK 36 OBSESSIONS 100 POV 101 TEST 154 DIRECTORY 156 F WORD
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I am really going miss the electric rock and roll Hedi Slimane brought to fashion during his time at Saint Laurent. – NL
MPAS Fashion Media of the Year Merit Award 2015
WHAT THE MODEL WORE AND MORE... THE LOOK
Embroidered silk organza jacket with crystals, $69,000, denim skirt, $4,720, and metal and Plexiglas cuffs, $2,460 each, Chanel
1 J12 Pink Light high-tech ceramic and steel watch 2 Boy Chanel mesh and leather shoulder bag, $4,630 3 Metal and Plexiglas cuff, $1,790 4 Metal and resin brooch, $770 5 Lambskin, tweed and resin fingerless gloves 6 Calfskin sandals, $1,100 7 Cotton-blend cap with crystals, $1,040 8 Acetate and metal sunglasses. All Chanel, prices unavailable unless stated
9 Lipstick in Ex-Girlfriend, $33 10 Eyeshadow Palette, $85 11 Blush Palette, $78 12 Brow Box, $48 13 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ex-Girlfriend, $32. All Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Collection
Photography Joel Low, assisted by Alfie Pan Styling Imran Jalal, assisted by Edmund Chang Hair & Makeup Manisa Tan/Palette Inc, using Bed Head by Tigi, La Biosthetique & Urban Decay Model Lera/Ave
WHAT THE FEMALE TEAM IS INTO NOW
1 Liu sha doughnuts, $7 for 3, May May, 65 Tras Street
“I discovered May May on an impromptu ‘salted egg’ cafe-hop with overseas friends recently. The fluffy sugar-crusted doughnuts filled with warm salted egg yolk custard take the cake.” REBECCA CECILIA YIP, designer 2 Maple wood skateboard, $1,230, Saint Laurent
“So what if I can’t skate? Hedi Slimane’s leopard print design looks more at home as an art piece in my apartment than on the halfpipe anyway.” IMRAN JALAL, senior fashion writer
3 Cotton top and nappa leather pants, prices unavailable, Salvatore Ferragamo
“This ruffled blouse paired with baggy high-waisted pants is equal parts girlie and sexy. To complete the look, I’d add a bold red lip and lace-up heels.” ISABEL ONG, fashion & beauty writer
“Floating in mid-air, KoreanAmerican artist Do Ho Suh’s dreamlike fabric sculptures are lifesize replicas of his apartment and workspace. They are on display at this US retrospective till Sept 11, and I love how they create the impression that nothing is ever fixed.” LUCY REES, associate editor
5 GLC 250 4MATIC, $224,888, Mercedes-Benz
“The only thing I know about cars is whether they look good or not, and the German powerhouse’s latest mid-range SUV makes my dream ride by packaging all that heft within such bold yet sophisticated lines.” NOELLE LOH, editor
Do Ho Suh Photo Tony Walsh, courtesy of the Contemporary Arts Center, Ohio
4 Do Ho Suh: Passage, Contemporary Arts Center, Ohio
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THE HERO PIECE: ANTI-PRETTY SANDALS Consider this an appetiser to the anti-establishment look (heralded by the likes of Vetements) that’s going to be big in Fall: clunky, monstrous shoes that up the attitude, no matter what you’re wearing. – NL Photography Vee Chin Styling Imran Jalal Model Nina/Mannequin
Clockwise from left: Patent leather platform sandals, $960, Tod’s. Wool-blend skirt, Marni. Leather platform sandals with metal chain, $1,960, Louis Vuitton. Cotton and silk satin dress, Marni. Burberry Prorsum polyamide-blend and leather sandals with metal studs, $1,250, Burberry. Cotton-blend skirt, CH Carolina Herrera
THE NEW CLASSIC: MULBERRY’S CLIFTON Smooth, clean lines; three handy internal compartments; a discreet logo originally used in the ’70s; oh, and those military-inspired stud buttons that give just the right amount of edge. The first bag from the brand’s new Celine-trained creative director Johnny Coca does everything both fashion fiends and long-time fans expect him to do: create a bag that’s both It and season-less. In grained leather, calf leather or embossed croco, prices unavailable. – NL
THE “FINE” JEWELLERY: SWAROVSKI’S GOBSTOPPER RINGS They’re each size of a cherry tomato, with looks that blend space-age, heirloom and (child-like) whimsical. If that’s not fantastic enough, the stones are either set by hand or feature the brand’s exclusive Crystal Rock cut, making them XL on artisanal craft too. Clockwise from top: Efflorescence, $700, and Enchanted, $760 (both available on demand). Exotic, $400, and Ego, $430. All in crystals and metal. – NL Photography Vee Chin Styling Imran Jalal
Who you calling Pocahontas? The soft, earth-toned fabric is now lightweight and the material of the moment, upping the luxe of sophisticated daywear and accessories. The Street Style take: less Navajo, more urban 5
Dab wet spots with a towel and dry naturally (hairdryers are a no-no) lest the fabric hardens. Brush off once dry to restore the nap. Dust talcum powder on oil stains and leave it overnight, brushing them softly afterwards. Suede erasers can remove ink marks. Always get professional help for major stains. 11 1 Vest, Mango 2 Sandals with metal studs, Lanvin 3 Iris & Ink wrap skirt, ÂŁ265 (S$520), www.theoutnet.com 4 Sleeveless top, Joseph 5 Shift dress, $6,720, Bottega Veneta 6 Peep-toe booties, Jimmy Choo 7 Safari dress, Karen Millen 8 Seau Prismick bucket bag, $5,570, Roger Vivier 9 Pants, $1,630, Maje 10 Clutch, $4,850, Loewe 11 Miniskirt, Scotch & Soda 12 Peep-toe booties, $136, Topshop. Prices unavailable unless stated
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Text & Coordination Imran Jalal Street-style Photo Showbit.com
How To Clean It Dirt or scuff marks can be removed with a suede brush. Place a towel on the underside to control the pressure you apply.
STUART WEITZMAN SPECIAL
A MER IC A N FO OTW EA R GURU STUART WEIT Z MAN’S F ORT E: M A K IN G S H O ES TH AT A R E TRENDY Y ET EF F ORTLESS, SIMPLE Y ET S TATEMEN T-MA K IN G, S EXY YET SOPHISTICATED. HERE’S T HE LOW-D OW N O N S PR ING/SUMMER 2 0 1 6 ’S KEY ST Y LES.
ABANDON For a simple yet luxurious take on classic espadrille wedge sandals: Leather laces are designed to coil around the calves, while a contrasting leather trim adds subtle edge. Throw on an open-back shirt, rawhemmed jeans, and your off-duty wardrobe is sorted.
GRANDIOSE A slick update of mod booties, this comes with a pointed toe, statement-making angular block heel, and a rich and effortlessly chic camel hue – just what you need to anchor a flirty printed mini dress.
STRINGDOWN A hybrid style that’s part mule, part laceup flat, this has wraparound lacing that accentuates the calves, while the buffed wooden soles lend a cool contrast. Pair with a flowy offshoulder top and tailored culottes for a modern take on hippie dressing.
NEARLYNUDE The minimalist sandals that should be part of every modern woman’s wardrobe – now in lush suede with bold, block heels. We love them with a silk crepe de Chine blouse and cropped flares.
ROMANESQUE The designer puts a fun, flirty spin on gladiator sandals with mini tassels and espadrille flatform soles. Crafted from supple suede, it puts resort chic into a camisole-andaccordion-skirt combination.
KENT The summery alternative to creepers: linen oxfords in an unexpected golden hue, elevated with woven flatform soles. Edgy and refined, it goes as well with a cropped suit as it does with a tent dress.
LOWLAND The brand’s iconic over-the-knee Highland boots go flat, only to become cooler without losing its sex appeal or versatility. Try it with printed mini dresses, denim, or a dramatic cape.
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ROMANFLAT What happens when evergreen gladiators meet this season’s on-trend lace-up look? Sexy yet sophisticated sandals made from luxurious suede, and complete with tassels. Wear it Rivierastyle with wide-legged pants and a cropped broderie anglaise top.
The rich shimmery hue reaches Gustav Klimt proportions this season, popping up on wardrobe pieces, cosmetics and furniture for a super luxe, in-your-face statement. 2
The secret behind the modelsâ€™ bold lips at Prada: 24K gold powder
1 Metal minaudiere with glass pearls, crystals and feathers, $2,930, Alexander McQueen 2 18K yellow gold-plated sterling silver ear studs, $259, Thomas Sabo 3 Ralph Lauren Home Carthage nickel-plated brass table lamp, $1,750, Proof Living 4 M.A.C x Charlotte Olympia mirror compact, $24, M.A.C 5 Atelier Swarovski by Jean Paul Gaultier metal ear cuff with crystal, $550, Tangs at Tang Plaza 6 Calfskin hooded gilet, Brunello Cucinelli 7 Jacquard jacket, $5,860, Gucci 8 Leather slides with tulle, $760, Tsumori Chisato 9 Calfskin and metal headphones with crystals, Dolce & Gabbana 10 Nars nail polish in Milos, $30, Level 1 Tangs at Tang Plaza 11 Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil, $160, Level 1 Tangs at Tang Plaza 12 Isabel Marant lambskin pants, US$1,700 (S$2,350), www.net-a-porter.com
Portrait of Adele BlochBauer I (1907) by Gustav Klimt
Text & Coordination Imran Jalal Runway Photos Showbit.com Gustav Klimt Image Corbis
13 Lace shirt, Topshop 14 Ayers snakeskin boots, Miu Miu 15 Amulette de Cartier 18K yellow gold ring with diamonds, Cartier 16 Kartell by Philippe Starck Masters modified polypropylene chair, $810, Space Furniture 17 Polyester-blend tote, $799, Anteprima 18 Burberry Prorsum macrame dress, $7,595, Burberry 19 Brass drop earrings, $4,100, Celine 20 Autoban Flying Spider metal lamp, $1,980, Dream 21 Burberry Limited Edition My Burberry With Love EDP, $215, Sephora 22 Mascara Vinyl Couture No 9 Iâ€™m The Fire, $55, Yves Saint Laurent Beaute 23 Brass sculpture, $148, Bo Concept 24 Clemmie leather clutch, Mulberry 25 Brass and mesh wristlet, Balenciaga 26 Wool-blend cardigan with paillettes, $7,130, Saint Laurent. Prices unavailable unless stated
Modernist Movement The shape of jewellery these days is anything but conventional. With their graphic, abstract forms and deceptively simple yet clever make, the ones by some of fashion and designâ€™s biggest names this season look right out of a contemporary art exhibition. Photography Vee Chin Styling Imran Jalal
From left: Resin cuffs, $290 each, Marni. Metal drop earring, $550, Loewe. Fredrikson Stallard 24K yellow gold-plated cuffs, $1,950 and $1,080, Level 2 Tangs at Tang Plaza. Brass necklace with detachable bracelet, $2,300, Celine
Unless you’re the kind that travels with trunks and entourages, shopping for luggage just tends to call for so much more than when shopping for an everyday bag. You’ve got to factor in the size (how much can I squeeze into this?); the ﬁnish (is it waterproof? How light is it?); the technology (can anyone slash through it?) – as much as aesthetics. So imagine an everyday bag that’s backed by one of the world’s most well-loved luggage makers. Cue Lipault. Opening its ﬁrst store here at Vivocity (#01-91) late last year, it was founded in 2005 by Francois and Karine Lipovetsky – the French couple previously sold leather goods on Paris’ fashionable Rue de Vaugirard on the Left Bank, and designed accessories for Air France. Two years ago (and over 100 global stores later), it was acquired by Samsonite (which means you can also shop for Lipault at the multi-label House of Samsonite boutiques, in addition to the ladies’ handbag department at Level 2 Takashimaya D.S.). While it covers travel styles like cabin-friendly twowheelers, it’s the lifestyle bags that are its mainstay. Designs range from right-on-trend bucket bags and elegant bowling bags perfect for channelling modern vintage cool, to smart, versatile totes and hobos. What distinguishes them: clean, classic lines and unexpected, upbeat hues that epitomise French chic – fun yet effortless. Besides the eight signature shades that include bright orange, chocolate and ruby, there are three additional colours every season. The latest are spot on the runway’s recent obsession with dusky pastels: antique pink, aqua blue and dark lavender. And while the brand reveals little about its technology, it will say that it shares many of Samsonite’s innovations. Every style is made of either vinyl (the sheen lends extra pop) or hardy nylon. Completing their off-duty appeal: the fact that each weighs as light as canvas.
Photography Tan Wei Te Styling Imran Jalal
When a bag brand’s founded by folks who used to design for Air France, is owned by Samsonite, and sticks by its own unique Parisian chic, the result is both form and function.
Clockwise from top left: Small tote, $129, small hobo, $179, medium bowling bag, $199, and medium tote, $149, Lipault
Art House Project You know Loewe the label, but what about the Loewe Foundation, its independent arts institution and champion of old-school cultural forms for the past 28 years? Director Sheila Loewe tells Lucy Rees why it’s more relevant than ever.
The Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition curated by creative director J.W. Anderson features surrealist artist Paul Nash’s photography.
Director Sheila Loewe, fifth generation of the founding family
Abstract jewellery and unconventional materials reveal Anderson’s artistic streak.
Sculptural assemblages by artist Anthea Hamilton at the Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition
IT S UP P O R TS UND ER R ATED A R TS LIK E P O ETRY “My family has always love the arts, starting with my grandfather Enrique Loewe the third. My father Enrique Loewe the fourth was an intellectual, and really pushed for support with the romantic ambition of giving back to society what it had given to the brand. So in 1988, he asked what the most needed and forgotten cultural form in Spain was, and it turned out to be poetry. That’s how the Loewe International Poetry prize, and in turn the Foundation, came about. It’s only a 20,000-euro prize (S$30,680), but the book is published by Visor Libri, Spain’s most celebrated publishing house, and you’ll have your work read in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico – all the Spanish speaking countries. We’ve also had Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz as president of the jury. It’s much more than just the money. I believe poets are heroes – it’s so hard to make a living from it, and it’s a dying art.”
Designed by Javier Carvajal Ferrer in 1959, the flagship Madrid store doubles as the Foundation’s exhibition space. A photograph by Tina Modotti, exhibited during the Foundation’s Photo Espana showcase last year
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I T WAN TS Y O U TO FA LL IN L OVE WI T H D A NC E “We began with supporting the dance season at the Teatro Real (one of Madrid’s biggest opera houses). We now also sponsor Maria Barres, Spain’s most important dancer and choreographer, and are the only sponsor of the Compania Nacional de Danza (or National Dance Company). We also support this crazy project called #aprendanza, which invites school teachers from all disciplines to learn about dance and choreography. The poetry we support is in Spanish and, considering that Loewe is a universal company, we (also wanted to support something more global and) felt that dance was a universal language. You don’t need to translate it; you just have to feel it.”
IT B R ING S P HO TO EX HIB ITI ON S INTO LO EWE S TO R ES “(Getting involved with) photography is very normal for a fashion brand, and was perhaps the most natural thing for us to do. The Foundation has been a part of Photo Espana, Europe’s most important annual photography fair, since 2011. The last exhibition we did was held at Loewe’s ﬂagship store in Madrid, and showcased for the ﬁrst time in Spain the works of Italian photographer/political activist Tina Modotti. In three months, we got 5,000 visitors – more than some museums that specialise in photography. They weren’t buying or interested in Loewe, but it was great to have the store as a cultural space. Last year, we showed (American fashion photographer) Lillian Bassman, and three years ago, we did an exhibition of the Kennedys by Mark Shaw. Some people feel that they can’t enter a luxury store, but this is really an invitation for anyone to come in.”
J.W. A ND ER S O N D IG S WHAT IT D O ES “The Foundation acts completely independently, and has a separate budget from the brand, but we are now more aligned than ever because of (creative director/fashion boy wonder) Jonathan. He cares about our projects. At Art Basel Miami last December, for example, he curated the exhibition Chance Encounters featuring four British artists (ceramicist Lucie Rie, painter/photographer Paul Nash, painter Rose Wylie, and sculptor Anthea Hamilton) at our Miami ﬂagship… It was 100 per cent Jonathan. He chose the artists, the pieces, absolutely everything... (and thanks to it), the Foundation has gained international presence and awareness. It will become an annual event too. ”
The Foundation brings art into Loewe’s boutiques. Below, a selection of ceramics in the Rome flagship.
The brand and Foundation are more aligned than ever, thanks to J.W. Anderson’s involvement and creative vision.
A sculptural brooch by jeweller Ramon Puig – the kind of work the Craft Prize hopes to discover
Works by 20th century ceramicist Lucie Rie, selected by Anderson for Art Basel Miami 2015
Y O U C O ULD B E ITS NEX T D ES IG N D IS C O V ERY “As the brand celebrates its 170th anniversary this year, we are now directing our efforts to a new Craft Prize (launching this month). It’s open to any artist in the world working in the applied arts (from industrial design to fashion design), and we want to give it to someone who excels in craft, but also has artistic ambition. For example, Jonathan introduced us to Spanish jeweller Ramon Puig, whose brooches could just as easily be considered sculptures or paintings – these are the kind of people we’re interested to discover. Ramon and John Allen (the textile weaver Loewe tied up with last year) will select 15 ﬁnalists whose works will be ﬂown to Madrid, and presented to a panel made up of the London Design Museum’s director Deyan Sudjic; Milanese-based Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola; W Magazine editor Stefano Tonchi; Benedetta Tagliabue, judge of the Pritzker Architecture Prize; and Jonathan himself. All ﬁnalists’ works will be showcased in a touring exhibition at Loewe’s global stores, and the winner will receive 50,000 euros (S$76,500).” (Applications will close in November 2016, and the winner will be announced in Spring 2017. For more information, visit www.loewe.com.)
Feel The Pool It’s owned by Chanel, worn by Bond girls, and dubbed “the Rolls-Royce of swimwear”. Marie-Paule Minchelli, studio director of new-to-town label Eres, tells Noelle Loh nine things to know about the brand. Eres studio director Marie Paule-Minchelli
The brand was behind Halle Berry’s bikini in Die Another Day (2002).
The Eres look: clean, sleek lines, punchy colours, and zero padding
2. Leroux was also the ﬁrst to sell the tops and bottoms of her two-piece suits separately, not only giving women the choice to customise their look, but also to cater to more realistic body proportions.
3. The brand’s signature: swimwear with simple, sleek lines in unexpected yet sophisticated prints and colours. The best-selling styles are the plunging V-neck one-piece, the streamlined suit with a back cut-out, the bandeau top, and boy shorts.
4. The label’s other trademark: zero boning or padding. Yep, that means visible nipples, but it also means a more modern look. (Come on, part of French chic is to not care.)
5. Every piece promises to sculpt and ﬂatter the body, thanks to the brand’s exclusive Peau Douce, or soft skin, fabric that’s a mix of polyamide and spandex, and stitched on the bias. What this means: It shapes one’s ﬁgure a la Spanx (but is more tear-resistant).
6. This season, an ultra quick-drying version of the Peau Douce fabric has been introduced – it’s half the density of the original (read: It really feels like second skin).
7. With an in-house R&D team, its construction and technology rival that of high fashion houses. To create this season’s Solar line that features an eyelet in the form of a sun motif, for example, the Peau Douce fabric is ﬁrst laminated to prevent tearing. Then, cylindrical elastic tubes are inserted by hand to create the raised “rays”, while invisible stitching is used to ensure sleek lines.
8. Among swimwear brands, its designs reportedly go through the most trials before hitting the racks, including more than 35 fabric tests (sun resistance, piling, you name it) and being test-driven by its female staff, who come in all shapes and sizes.
9. Expect about 70 styles ($320-$700) and 10 exclusive new shades this season, including sunny apricot yellow and a punchy apple green, at the brand’s ﬁrst boutique here (#01-12 Four Seasons Hotel).
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1. Founded in Paris by Irene Leroux in 1968, it was the ﬁrst company to sell swimwear all year round, instead of simply during summer (the industry standard then) to appeal to the glam jet set.
Leisure Class For his Sportswear collection this season, American designer Tommy Hilfiger pays tribute to a lost era of holiday glamour. Noelle Loh heads to Hong Kong and discovers how he’s reviving its romance for the everyday woman. It’s perhaps no surprise that Tommy Hilﬁger is a fan of the late photographer Slim Aarons. Visit the designer’s ofﬁcial Tumblr account, and the latter’s work periodically pops up. “Why is it that we want to spend a long weekend inside every Slim Aarons photograph,” reads the caption accompanying a 1959 image of American socialite/style icon Babe Paley next to the pool of her Jamaican villa, posted on the site two years ago. Aarons – the Manhattan-born wartime photographer-turned-lensman to the social elite – was famous for his vibrant, effortlessly stylish images that gave an inside peek into the glamorous lives of celebrities and the jet set. Spanning mostly the ’50s through to the ’80s, each one was as much a lesson in off-duty elegance as it was a chronicle of a bygone, truly romantic era of high living. The portrait of Paley, for example, features the then 44-year-old in a simple blush pink shirt, slim coral red pants and white ballet ﬂats. Her only accessories: a matching striped scarf knotted around the neck, coiffed hair, red lips, and a straw hat in hand. When Aarons described his work as “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”, it was pre-Instagram, pre-The Real Housewives and pre-#swag. As encapsulated in his ﬁrst coffee-table book A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life (1974), luxury leisure was a more understated, tasteful affair. Aptly dubbed “The Good Life”, Hilﬁger’s S/S ’16 Sportswear collection draws from the wardrobes of Aaron’s preternaturally chic subjects. While it lacks the star appeal of the designer’s
Slim Aarons’ 1959 photo of American socialite Babe Paley at her villa in Round Hill, Jamaica
Preppy staples come in light chambray and nautical whites for a relaxed vibe.
Babe Paley Photo Slim Aarons/Getty Images
The Joline pants worn with a classic shirt recalls Babe Paley’s resort uniform.
runway line Hilﬁger Collection (it’s where Rihanna got the Rastafarian-hued netted dress she wears in her music video for Work), which is not carried in Singapore, it makes up for it with timeless weekend sophistication. The standout piece is the Joline: navy tailored pants that come either highwaisted and wide-legged, or mid-rise and slightly tapered. Accented by crested metal buttons, they’re an everydayfriendly spin on sailor dressing – nautical without being obvious. Throw on a shirt and it’s smart enough for Fridays; a light crew-neck knit (Hilﬁger’s are made of technical yarn) and it’s Hamptons glam. This season’s retro athletic trend (think The Royal Tenenbaums-style track suits) also gets distilled through Hilﬁger’s winsome Americana eye. Jogger pants lose their ’90s slacker association, and are easier to pull off thanks to a slim cut and the use of crisp cotton; polo shirts come with broderie anglaise-like eyelets – a pretty adaptation that would appeal to girlie girls. That hardcore normcore staple, the windbreaker, is reﬁned: off-white with clean simple lines, and not overly baggy. Designed with the globetrotting modern woman in mind, it’s also lightweight and supposedly easy to pack.
Hilﬁger’s greatest strength lies in his ability to constantly reinvent preppy staples, making them look fresh, youthful yet seasonless. To go with the jet-set theme, suits come in baby blue chambray, the pants complete with a matching waist tie for a look that’s cool and relaxed. For a laid-back alternative to a tweed outer, the Jill jacket is made from a textured fabric and decorated with frayed edges and hand-painted stripes – throw it over a plain white tee, jeans and boots, and you have the Stateside equivalent of French chic. Meanwhile, the classic knee-length shirt dress gets a utilitarian edge in dark tailored denim with contrasting stitching – one could imagine spunky socialites such as Gloria Vanderbilt in it at her seaside holiday home; ditto Paley, just with her signature pearls. The easy grace of these women is an increasing rarity; Aarons’ images of their sunsoaked lives – breezy, blissful, without ever seeming excessive – increasingly nostalgic. That’s probably why many yearn to spend a long weekend inside every one of his photographs. It’s a long shot to say that Hilﬁger’s collection transports us to that era. But it does something better: Inject a bit of it into the everyday.
Vintage images of glamorous beach- and holiday-goers litter this season’s mood board.
Modern sailor chic: light trenchcoats, wide-legged pants and a play on classic blue and white stripes
The collection boasts a mix of bohemian, utilitarian and athletic influences.
Polyester vest, cotton-blend polo shirt, and polyester-blend midi skirt
PHOTOGRAPHY VEE CHIN
Polyester-blend sheath dress, and cotton-blend pullover
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Polyester wrap dress with leather belt, and cotton-blend pullover
Polyester-blend jacket, polyester pussy-bow shirt, and polyester skorts
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When it comes to luxury pens, Montblanc is like the godfather of the industry. To celebrate its 110th anniversary, the German label is bringing back its first fountain pen, the Rouge et Noir, which was inspired by the 19th century novel by French writer Stendhal. The update would appeal as much to vintage fiends as it would Game of Thrones fans: featuring a longer, slimmer shape said to make writing smoother, and an alloy metal clip in the form of a slithering serpent (a motif popular among Art Nouveau artists of the time) with precious stones for eyes.
Maison Kitsune’s Parisien Tour 3 capsule includes tees, caps and bags, sold exclusively here at Manifesto.
Alex Katz’s vibrant, abstract paintings inspire him.
Kuroki (left) with Kitsune co-founder Gildas Loaec
He hearts Tokyo’s young creative class.
Choose from black resin ($970) or coral red resin ($1,165), both with lacquer and a rhodiumplated gold nib
In town recently to debut Maison Kitsune’s Parisien Tour 3 capsule line of tees and bags, the French label’s co-founder and all-round master of cool Masaya Kuroki shares his creative indulgences. Next big music act “(New York folk rock female duo) Beau, whose music has such great flow and creates a lot of emotion. It’s why we signed them on to Maison Kitsune’s record label and launched their first EP last year.” Artist to collect “American painter Alex Katz (known for his brightly coloured, stylised portraits). I can spend hours looking at his works – I think there’s music running through them.” Shopping haunt “Flea markets and vintage stores in general. You can’t remake or reproduce the items you see there; each piece is unique and you can’t copy it. That’s where (the product’s) value lies.” Next creative capital “Tokyo, Japan, where there are lots of young, curious people who are unafraid to experiment and be creative.” Must-visit museum “New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its scale is mind-blowing, and there’s so much history behind it (it was founded in 1870). I also like how it’s located within Central Park.”
Text & Coordination Noelle Loh & Isabel Ong Alex Katz Artwork Christie’s Images/Corbis
The edgier alternative to seethrough lace this season: net-like fabric, be it oversized sports mesh a la Alexander Wang and Marni; leather webbing a la Valentino; or exaggerated knits a la Alexander McQueen.
On The Mark
Dolce & Gabbana
The idea of monograms as status symbols is so two decades ago – unless you’re Gucci creative director/ vintage revival king Alessandro Michele. Putting a fun yet refined spin on classic monogram prints, he’s debossed the brand’s interlocking G motif all over brightly hued calfskin to create a new finish meant for its top range of products. Dubbed Signature Leather, it debuts on totes, shoulder handbags, briefcases and hobos in shades like emerald green and hibiscus red, in addition to shoes, small leather goods and luggage.
Styles include cowboyinspired boots, d’Orsays and sandals.
Hot Line Bling
Celebrity fashion collections ought to come with star appeal (you heard that, Yeezy?). Rihanna’s Manolo Blahnik tie-up doesn’t disappoint. Available at the shoe designer’s London, New York and Hong Kong flagships from May 5, it features six showgirl-worthy styles made from denim and sequins, with embroidery inspired by the tattoos on the singer’s hand. From £542 (S$1,040).
Signature Leather line, $2,900-$4,830
FASHION STEPS OUT
Hands up if you’ve ever thought that the distance between Ion Orchard and The Heeren or Tangs Orchard was too far on a long day (we admit it: We have). Now, footwear label Kurt Geiger, which has a branch at #B2-02 Ion Orchard, makes it easier to score its key pieces with a roving pop-up across all three locations. Tangs’ (Level 2) lasts till April 18; Ion Orchard’s (Level 3) from April 22 to May 8; and Robinsons The Heeren (Level 2) from May 9 to 31. A first of its kind in South-east Asia, each stop carries limited edition shoes, the new Penelope hobo, as well as the Mother’s Day line of pouches and alphabet charms.
From left: Siene d’Orsays, cut to create the illusion of longer legs, and the London Penelope hobo, a pop-up exclusive
KG Kurt Geiger Lover platform plimsolls, from $289
The KG Kurt Geiger Neutron flatforms reflect this season’s athletic influence.
Pretty On The Inside
Mother’s Day offerings include pouches and bag charms.
Part of Miuccia Prada’s magic is her ability to make the classic look new again with the subtlest of changes. In the case of Prada’s Galleria tote, which debuted in 2007, it now has interiors lined with plush suede in a contrasting colour (they used to come in nylon), plus hand-bound buttons on the sides.
JUST PUSH IT
Pop has always been Swatch’s aesthetic. Now, the Swiss watchmaker takes it to the next level with its latest line that’s aptly dubbed so: nine graphic-patterned styles ($114-$$125 each) with dials that can be popped out and transformed into jewellery with matching accessories.
Galleria calfskin tote with suede lining, $3,400
FEMALE & NUYOU SUNTEC CITY FASHION NIGHT OUT
A lesson in preppy dressing: hats, oversized glasses and printed suits
T HE H OT T ES T S / S ’16 FA SHIO N T RE N DS, A S T Y L I N G W O R K S H O P, A N D A H A N D S - O N BEAUTY SESSION. ISABEL ONG SHARES WHAT WENT DOWN. Photography Vee Chin, Cheryl Raharjo, Darren Chang & Angela Guo
You might have spotted models in the spifﬁest clothes posing and preening on an escalator at the open-air Suntec Plaza one balmy evening on Friday, March 18. That was no random occurrence; it was all part of a fashion-forward extravaganza intended to celebrate the season’s biggest sartorial hits. The 32 looks – from stores like contemporary tailor The Bespoke Club, multi-label boutique Mporium, and menswear experts Kent & Curwen – ranged from eclectic to hippie to genteel. The shoes, courtesy of Aldo, were an explosion of colour, eyecatching details and motifs. And the accessories – berets, edgy necklaces and boxy clutches – added punch to every outﬁt. Our 60 guests were plied with drinks and party nibbles from OSG Bar+ throughout, and took home
products and vouchers from brands such as Laneige, Kimage, Lee Hwa Jewellery and Happy Socks worth over $450 in total. But the fun didn’t end that night: Over the weekend, two interactive workshops were held within the mall. The ﬁrst, conducted by local stylist and fashion show producer Jerome Awasthi (also the brains behind the chic looks at the runway show), saw 50 readers picking up tips and tricks on mastering this season’s key trends, and trooping off to the Mporium store for cocktails after. For the second, 50 readers created colourful bath bombs and bubble bars under the guidance of UK beauty brand Lush Cosmetics, and enjoyed a complimentary hand massage. The best part: Everyone at these workshops also brought home a goodie bag worth over $50 each.
OSG Bar+ kept guests happy with free-flow cocktails and tasty snacks.
Bold pink eyeshadow + baby pink lips = sweet meets edgy
The cool-girl crowd: floral hoodies, bold polka dots and graphic prints.
Models getting prepped by Laneige makeup artists
During the styling workshop, fashion stylist Jerome Awasthi showed participants how to create standout looks for day and night.
Eye-catching shoes by Aldo . Kimage hairstylists gave models silky, wavy tresses.
Resort chic wear made an appearance on the runway.
All hands on deck at the Get Fresh With Lush beauty workshop.
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THE STYLING TRICK: PARTY GLOSS Highlighting powders won’t cut it when it comes to achieving this sexy glow. The idea is for your skin to gleam as though you’ve been out slaying the dance floor all night – the way models at a Balmain or Givenchy after-party do (ie H-O-T). All it takes is a few dabs of Vaseline, which renowned makeup artist Francois Nars recommends applying over cheekbones, lids and under eyes. Avoid the forehead so you look made up, not oily. – MSY Photography Vee Chin Styling Imran Jalal Hair & Makeup Adelene Siow/Palette Inc, using Laneige & Bed Head by Tigi Model Nina/Mannequin Top Marni
THE MUST-HAVE: MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD CONCEALER Digital cameras now have four times the resolution they used to – so shouldn’t our makeup be upgraded to match? This superhero concealer blurs imperfections, neutralises pigmentation and has reflecting particles with 3-D polymer gels to soften the look of fine lines. The result: It’s near impossible to tell that you’re wearing makeup. Like. In 10 shades, $50 each. – MSY Photography Jasper Yu Art Direction Kim Wong
THE INDULGENCE: ESTEE LAUDER RE-NUTRIV ULTIMATE DIAMOND REVITALIZING MASK NOIR There are the ingredients that sound right out of a Guy Savoy menu: black diamond truffle, South Sea pearl extracts, 24K gold and more. And there’s the accompanying dry brush, which is used to massage on the rich black cream (you know, just like in a spa) and boost circulation. The ultimate luxury, though, lies in the fact that – unlike most masks that specialise in one thing – this covers every skin need from evening out texture and brightening, to removing impurities, to refreshing, hydrating and softening the look of fine lines. Add that all up and the $620 price tag is relative. – MSY Photography Jasper Yu Art Direction Kim Wong
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Everyone, from Dior Makeup’s creative and image director Peter Philips to home-grown beauty-guru-to-the-stars Clarence Lee, agrees: This statement-making way of perking up one’s peepers is universally flattering – most shades suit multiple skin tones. Which now leaves us with the First World problem of deciding on which to use to best express our personality – go light and sweet a la Dior, metallic and cool a la Lanvin, or neon and bold a la Giambattista Valli? Individuality – isn’t that the best look of all? – MSY
THE LOOK TO TRY: PINK EYESHADOW
Colour Me In Lip crayons are so easy to use, they’re practically idiot-proof, yet still offer precision without looking too “done”. The latest also remind us of Crayola with their array of finishes – from intense and matte to sheer and satiny.
1 Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Thirsty, $30, Sephora 2 Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Hot Berry, $38 3 Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow in Metamorphoses, $35, Escentials 4 Etude House Play 101 Stick in #13, $24 5 Nudestix Lip + Cheek Pencil in Sin, $34, Sephora 6 Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Heftiest Hibiscus, $26 7 Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick in Headliner, $39, Sephora 8 Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita, $37
Text & Coordination Joie Goh Art Direction Rebecca Cecilia Yip
Under The Sun By now, you should know the importance of sunscreen. The ones here don’t just protect skin from harmful UV rays, but also double as moisturisers, colour correctors or anti-ageing serums, making them all the more invaluable. 1 SK-II Cellumination Day Surge UV SPF30/PA+++, $139 This can be used in place of regular moisturiser. It has the brand’s exclusive Aura Bright Cocktail D with Pitera to reduce the appearance of spots and brighten dull skin. 2 Shu Uemura Blanc:chroma Chroma4 UV Protector Water Resistant SPF50/PA++++, $68 This doubles as a colour corrector, and has olive leaf extract to target sallowness, boldo leaf extract to soothe redness, and red seaweed extract to revitalise pale skin and greenish dark circles. Also inside: Vitamin C to lighten pigmentation.
Text & Coordination Moh Shuying
4 Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+/ PA++++, $63 The addition of skin-soothing ingredients means this not only feels good, but is also gentle enough for sensitive skin. It also claims to absorb water and perspiration so that its SPF function increases – not decreases – when wet. 5 La Prairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF50/ PA++++, $300 This not only brightens and calms sensitive skin with edelweiss and liquorice extract, but also supposedly energises skin cells to create a healthier complexion, thanks to an exclusive cellular complex.
3 Dior Prestige White Collection The UV Protector Rosy Glow SPF50+/PA+++, $165 Rose de Granville and white rose extracts brighten skin and lighten dark spots. Even cooler: a first-of-its-kind mineral filter that reportedly protects skin from harmful radiation from the likes of smartphones and TVs.
6 Dr Andrew Weil for Origins MegaDefense SPF45/PA++++ Advanced Daily UV Defender, $70 This anti-pollution sunscreen has a blend of tuberose, jasmine, rose and bitter orange essential oils to target irritation caused by free radicals, as well as cactus extract to strengthen skin’s protective barrier. 7 Chanel UV Essentiel SPF50+/PA+++, $85 This uses tiare flower extract to reportedly boost skin’s elasticity and strength for a plumper, more radiant complexion, as well as stimulate the production of SPRRs, which are naturally occurring proteins that protect skin from external stressors.
8 Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF30, $36 With a water-resistant formula that can also be used on the lips and delicate eye area, this contains grapeseed and avocado oils to soften skin and protect against free radical damage, as well as sugar to help retain skin’s natural moisture.
EYE BAGS Staying up late for that extra glass of wine or episode on Netflix (or both) inevitably shows up in the AM in the form of punishingly puffy under-eye bags. These morning-after remedies promise to de-swell and soothe. 1 Laneige White Plus Renew Eye Cream, $556 The metal applicator not only allows you to gently massage your puffiness away, but also dispenses a brightening formula that supposedly breaks down melanin, while mineral optical powders reduce the appearance of dark shadows. 2 Biotherm Aquasource Total Eye Revitalizer, $69 A balm that turns into a watery gel upon application, it refreshes tired eyes with a blast of icy coolness and immediately shrinks bags, thanks its shot of caffeine. 3 First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream, $62, Sephora The silky gel-cream texture melts into skin with a refreshing, cooling sensation, and delivers a blend of peptides, red algae and plant extracts promising anti-wrinkle and hydrating benefits.
5 Algenist Power Advanced Wrinkle Fighter 360 Eye Serum, $109, Sephora Perfect for mature skin, it combines peptides as well as algae and Persian silk tree extracts to reduce puffiness, while reducing the look of deep wrinkles and lifting drooping lids.
7 Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask For Puffy Eyes, $53 Mushroom, cucumber and yeast extracts work together in this calming, cooling gel to combat swelling and inflammation. Leave on for 10 minutes to deflate bags, before removing with a tissue.
6 This Works Light Time Open Eyes, $52, Sephora An algae-derived extract that’s rich in vitamins C and B12, and gives an instant tightening effect. It also has soothing aloe vera and comfrey root to de-puff sore and swollen eyes.
8 Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye, $60 This lightweight cream has a blend of essential oils and butcher’s broom extract, traditionally used to combat swelling and water retention. Apply before bedtime.
4 REN Keep Young And Beautiful Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift, $69, Escentials A gel serum boasting glycine betaine complex, which reportedly boosts micro-circulation to reduce the look of eye bags and dark circles, as well as reflective pigments to give an immediate well-rested appearance.
Text Joie Goh
Postcards From Cannes For its latest French Riviera-inspired tie-up, Nars turned to one of fashion’s best-loved and individualistic illustrators. Lucy Rees gets the exclusive on his glam appeal.
Palm trees, cobalt blue waters and made-up glamour girls lounging on striped beach towels, all rendered in bold, gouache brushstrokes – a fuse between ’50s postcard imagery and the colourful, fluid style of Matisse. It’s artwork befitting the makeup that sits within the fun, vividly hued packaging of Nars’ limited edition 2016 Colour Collection, out in stores this month. Inspired by an imaginary editorial shoot in the South of France, the line comprises Dual-Intensity eyeshadows in shades like iridescent periwinkle, seashell pink and shimmering green teal; lip glosses in coastal colours such as orangey red and deep crimson; and, to complete the sun-kissed glow, two pink-toned Dual-Intensity Blushes (prices unavailable). Says Konstantin Kakanias, the man behind the illustrations: “We looked at images from the ’20s, ’30s, ’60s and ’70s. I consider (the Nars woman) a very contemporary woman, but one who has an eye for the glamour of Saint-Tropez in the past.” Speaking to Female in an exclusive phone interview, the Greek-born, Los Angeles-based artist is no stranger to the fashion world. Starting out at age 23 as a fashion illustrator in Paris for magazines such as Vogue, he also designed textiles for Christian Lacroix and Yves Saint Laurent. “Working for Saint Laurent was the greatest education for me in terms of colour and composition,” he says. “It was really like boot camp. It was the early ’80s, and there was a certain style; it was liberating, but also strict.” The experience might explain the
54-year-old’s rich repertoire. He moved first to New York in 1988 and, besides collaborations with Tiffany & Co. and Barneys, drew for Vanity Fair and The New York Times. It was with the latter’s T Magazine that he would conceive probably his most famous creation to date in the mid ’90s: Mrs Tependris, a caricature of an art-collecting high society doyenne whom he describes as his alter-ego. His cheeky yet stylish cartoons continue to grace the publication. Also on his resume: a comic book with Diane von Furstenberg (Be The Wonder Woman You Can Be: The Adventures of Diva, Viva and Fifa) in 2008; a fresco in the chapel of Carolina Herrera Jr’s farmhouse in Spain (his wedding gift to her); and tie-ups with swimwear label Orlebar Brown and luxury fabric maker Templeton. In nearly all cases, he exudes a natural affinity for the style set. “I love fashion design as an artistic expression. I love it as a mirror of our times. Art is, of course, a mirror, but fashion is more so,” he says. The glamorous yet youthful illustrations he created for Nars were equally instinctive. “I came up with them completely out of my own imagination, based on this one photograph of the Cannes backdrop, and drew them again and again until I was happy with them,” he says. Adding to their appeal is the fact that everything was done by hand. “(My work is) all handmade and hand-drawn. You The 10-piece line includes lip gloss, can always feel my touch, even eyeshadow and blush. when it’s abstract.”
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Artist Konstantin Kakanias (top right) draws up vignettes of an imaginary fashion shoot for his Nars tie-up.
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Into The Blue Skincare’s current cult obsession is a miracle oil from Morocco – and no, it’s not argan. Joie Goh breaks down the mystique of blue tansy.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, US$105 (S$145.30), www.net-a-porter.com
May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Concentrate, US$186 (S$257.40), www. net-a-porter.com
Kahina Giving Beauty Lip & Face Balm, US$54 (S$74.70), www. net-a-porter.com
It’s the key ingredient in Sunday Riley’s popular Luna Sleeping Night Oil. The Los Angeles-based May Lindstrom uses it in her multi-tasking The Blue Cocoon beauty balm, while the socially conscious Kahina Giving Beauty from New York adds it to its Lip & Face Balm. All three products are part of a growing niche of artisanal beauty offerings that have popped up in recent years, extolling the benefits of blue tansy. All have also received rave industry reviews and a cult following – never mind that the ingredient tends to leave an Avatar -ish tinge on skin (which explains why it’s usually in products meant for night use). Blue tansy – a relative of the common tansy flower – looks set to be the next superfood of the beauty world. But what exactly makes it super? Even though it’s not from the camomile family, the bloom also goes by the name of Moroccan camomile, and has traditionally been steam distilled into an essential oil and used in aromatherapy. With a rich, aromatic and herbaceous scent, it’s known to be antibacterial, an anti-histamine, and a relief for headaches and anxiety. It’s also high in the chemical compound chamazulene, which besides having anti-inﬂ ammatory and anti-acne properties, also gives the oil its intense blue hue. Says Lindstrom: “Blue tansy releases heat, reducing redness and inﬂammation, and targets super hard to treat issues such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea and acne. It’s a total powerhouse.”
By adding the essential oil into her The Blue Cocoon balm, Lindstrom has created a formula that can be used to soothe inﬂamed skin and eczema blisters on the face and body. The pale aqua blue serum, which also contains shea butter, camellia, and rose and marula oils, doubles as a lip and eye treatment too. Meant to be massaged into skin after cleansing, it is said to have a calming effect. Meanwhile, Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil is a blend of blue tansy essential oil and retinoic acid in a base of cold-pressed avocado oil. By tapping on blue tansy’s soothing properties, it encourages skin’s regenerative process, promising smaller pores, less obvious wrinkles and ﬁ rmer skin with nightly use. Despite being an oil, it’s suitable for all skin types and leaves no greasy residue, only a glowing (and non-blue) complexion in the AM. The least blue of the lot is Kahina’s Lip & Face Balm that boasts a neutral colour, and is infused with other super soothers like calendula, beeswax and ultra-nourishing coconut, carrot seed and argan oils. The result: a rich restorative treatment perfect for extremely dry climates. Those interested to use the essential oil neat (beauty website Into The Gloss , for example, recommends mixing some into shampoo to soothe an itchy scalp) should be careful though. Online articles warn of suppliers labelling common tansy oil – which comes from the yellow tansy – as blue tansy. While it’s also known to be anti-inﬂammatory, it’s more popularly used in insecticides and is high in thujones, a neurotoxin found in absinthe. So how to tell the real deal apart from the poison? The blue’s a clue.
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Who’s The Boss? They aren’t doctors, makeup artists or trained beauty experts, but are winning fans over with their self-made skincare brands. Joie Goh meets the latest mavericks on Singapore’s beauty scene and finds out their appeal.
t used to be that to make it in the beauty industry, prior experience within or in a related ﬁeld was practically a given. The biggest success stories say it all. Shu Uemura and Francois Nars both started out as highly successful makeup artists before launching their own eponymous lines. Estee Lauder had her chemist uncle school her in creating beauty creams – her so-called “jars of hope” – that she then marketed at hair salons. Then there are the doctors – namely Drs Perricone, Brandt and Murad – who spent years treating their patients’ skin, before developing their own skincare brands. The rules to making it, of course, have been rewritten. In recent years, game changers have emerged in the form of Michelle Phan, art school student turned Youtube makeup tutor, and now beauty mogul behind the multi-million dollar cosmetic subscription service Ipsy (US$500 million, or S$675 million, to be exact, reported Bloomberg last year).Then there’s Emily Weiss, the former US Vogue styling assistant who started her beauty blog Into the Gloss as a side project. These days, it’s recognised as a beauty authority, with 10 million page views a month. Two years ago, she founded skincare brand Glossier, of which she’s chief executive ofﬁcer. Singapore, too, has its own share of superstar beauty mavericks – and they’re not necessarily products of the social media age. Skin Inc founder Sabrina Tan was originally an IT professional whose desire for a streamlined beauty regime led her to start her business of fuss-free,
customisable serums in 2007. Two years ago, it became the ﬁrst home-grown brand to be sold at Sephora in the United States. And pre-Spa Esprit, Cynthia Chua was straddling work as a marketing executive for a bank, and a property agent. To open her own alternative to a traditional “zen” spa, she literally took things into her own hands and studied massage techniques. Two decades on, it’s an international conglomerate that includes waxing chain Strip, brow-grooming salon Browhaus and a namesake makeup line. Sure, their wild card successes sound right out of a John Lee Hancock movie. For the everyday woman looking for perfect skin, their left ﬁeld stories can also make their brands more relatable. Says Chua: “It doesn’t matter if you’re in the trade or not. In beauty, people come back to a product or service because it works for them. Spa Esprit started because I wanted a home-grown apothecary spa, and realised there was a gap in the market.” Now, add two more names who are bringing new meaning to the term DIY beauty. Personal Interests Socialite Tanny Kea founded her allnatural, no-frills top-to-toe skincare brand Javaglow three years ago, after making a decision to overhaul her lifestyle. “I saw my friends suffering from all sorts of
ailments. Some even lost their lives. I became really interested in healthy living and started by changing my exercise, sleeping and eating habits,” says Kea. “The only thing I couldn’t get was skincare with safe, natural ingredients – so I created my own.” Toned and glowing at age 45, Kea is a walking testament of her lifestyle and products. Armed with an almost militant aversion to chemicals and synthetic ingredients (“the average woman is exposed to 168 types of chemicals every day just by living a normal lifestyle”), she launched her ﬁrst product, Coffee Scrub, with the belief that exfoliation is the “number one key to anti-ageing”. Meant for use on the face, body and scalp, it’s made with antioxidant-packed coffee powder,
Socialite Tanny Kea started the all-natural beauty brand Javaglow as part of her bid to lead a healthy lifestyle. Above, from left: Body Lotion ($62), Coffee Scrub ($79) and Shower Oil ($70) can be used by even eczema sufferers.
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Social media manager turned Allies Of Skin founder Nicolas Travis’ beauty training: his own experience with acne and some business savvy
mineral-rich Himalayan salt, extra virgin coconut oil, and a host of essential oils. “I would ﬁll up empty vitamin bottles with the scrub and hand them out to friends,” she says. “They kept coming back for more, and that’s when I realised that there’s a business to make out of this. I was already 43 years old then, so it was now or never.” Kea has since added to her line a Shower Oil and Body Lotion, which double as facial cleanser and moisturiser respectively. Along the way, she’s built a sizable following here _ she’s stocked exclusively online at www.skin.works – as well as South-east Asian countries like Vietnam and Thailand. Says local spa owner and customer Brenda Goi: “I’ve always struggled with eczema and psoriasis, and I’ve been desperately trying to ﬁnd something to calm my itchy, irritated skin over the years. Javaglow is the only brand I’ve ever tried that’s given instant results. My skin has never felt more amazing, and my eczema has cleared drastically.” Also breaking into the industry is 27-year-old Nicolas Travis, who founded skincare company Allies Of Skin last year. From his baby-smooth skin, it’s hard to tell that he suffered from acne as an adolescent – his main reason for wanting to start his own skincare empire since young. How good one’s skin is, he says, affects one’s self-conﬁdence. He went so far as to study biomedical and pharmaceutical science and – as an International Business Master’s student – wrote a thesis that was essentially a plan to launch a skincare start-up. Then, a job as social media manager at Ogilvy & Mather came calling post-graduation. It would take him eight months to return to his original calling. (Agency life, he says, just wasn’t for him.) His ﬁrst product: 1A All-day Mask ($99 for 50ml), which protects skin with a breathable anti-pollution shield. Created to work under makeup and sunblock without needing to be washed off, it’s also charged with 35 active ingredients said to hydrate and strengthen skin’s delicate barrier, as well as repair stressed skin. Packaged in a sleek, minimalist black tube, it’s become a mini social media hit, with local women, including beauty vlogger/Female Collective member Guan Min, praising its efﬁcacy on Instagram. (Just search for the hashtag #alliesofskin.)
In March, he revealed two other products, both also meant to be fuss-free skincare solutions for busy, modern women. Molecular Saviour Toner Mist ($69 for 50ml) is an antioxidant and probiotic-packed facial mist that hydrates, tones and reﬁnes pores. The 1A Overnight Mask ($109 for 50ml) works like the day mask – just slap it on and leave it – except that it detoxiﬁes and nourishes skin while one sleeps. All are available on the brand’s website www.alliesofskin.com. Completely Legit Kea and Travis might not be traditionally trained beauticians or aestheticians, but they’re no homespun beauty junkies either. Employing the assistance of scientists and doctors, both have undergone extensive research and conducted numerous trials to ensure that their brands are up to commercial standards. Kea spent two years studying and doing her own research, before pairing up with doctors, chemists and naturopaths to develop Javaglow. Dr Caroline Low – a GP with an interest in anti-ageing – is her medical adviser, and all products go through rigorous testing before launch. (Her shower oil and body lotion, for example, were tested on patients with eczema and other skin problems for over a year.) She says: “In fact, I ﬁrst marketed my products through doctors and clinics. After all, doctors are the most difﬁcult to convince.” Meanwhile, it took Travis two years of clinical trials and 10 revisions to arrive at his 1A All-day Mask. The meticulous testing, it turns out, not only helped perfect the formula, but also proved its efﬁcacy: Travis says that after 28 days of use, non-inﬂammatory acne lesions can be reduced by 36 per cent. True to his back-tobasics approach, all products are also said to be allergy- and dermatologist-tested, noncomedogenic and non-acnegenic.
A leave-on mask/ moisturiser hybrid, Allies of Skin’s 1A All-day Mask promises brighter, firmer skin, even after a late night.
The Next Level Adding another layer of checks are the local authorities. Under Singapore’s strict regulations, all products – no matter how storied the brand is – must be submitted to the Health Sciences Authority for approval, before being allowed to hit the retail ﬂoor. Skincare experts like Dr SK Tan – a GP with a focus on aesthetics and his own skincare line at his clinic IDS – points out that this does not so much determine a product’s efﬁcacy, as it does ensure that the ingredients used are permitted and don’t require prescription. “Skincare and beauty products in Singapore are, by and large, self-regulated,” he says. This has only made the likes of Kea and Travis more determined to safeguard their products. Says Travis: “It takes a village to bring a formula to fruition – from packaging suppliers to independent testing laboratories... I’m involved in every step.” The next step? To help transform Singapore into a beauty capital. Says Travis: “South Korea might be leading the industry in terms of innovation... but many companies there are just copying one another. With our small size and sophisticated consumers, we’re in a great place to test drive and create something truly novel.”
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IF YOUR MASCARA LOOKS FLAKY, IT’S PROBABLY TOO DRY AND SHOULD BE TOSSED OUT. If you’re prone to adult acne, consider dropping dairy from your diet as it contains hormones that stimulate oil glands, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Elevate your head with a thicker pillow when sleeping to prevent puffy eyes, which is caused by fluid flowing to the under-eye area when you lie down. Be careful when applying mascara on the lower lashes – this might make eyes look bigger, but can also make them look droopy. The best concealer shade to hide dark circles on Asian skin is peach. Instead of washing off any excess eye cream you might have on your fingers, massage it into your cuticles to hydrate them and strengthen nails.
Bronzers tend to look harsh on fair complexions. For a better alternative to Kardashian-like cheekbones, try a highlighting cream. If you run out of eyeshadow base, a concealer is a good stand-in as it helps even out skin tone and absorbs excess oil, allowing product to stay on longer. A simple rule to differentiate a softener and a toner: The former is better for dry skin; the latter, for oily skin. The best way to get rid of ingrown hairs is to exfoliate, which gets rid of surface dead skin cells that are blocking hair from breaking through the surface.
OUR BEAUTY TEAM REVIEWS THE LATEST BEAUTY AND BODY TREATMENTS
Trilogy System Synchronized Advanced Hair Rebuilder
For: Weak, dry locks Where: Chez Vous, #05-05 Ngee Ann City Podium, tel: 6732-9388 Price: From $155 Duration: 60 minutes How: After a consultation by the salon director, the treatment starts with a wash and blow. A watery hair repair solution – which supposedly helps rebuild the broken protein bonds in strands – is then sprayed on, and my head is placed under a cold steam machine for 10 minutes. A quick rinse follows, after which a lightweight gel-cream (a mixture of amino acids, proteins and ceramides to strengthen, smooth and boost elasticity) is massaged into my hair and left on for 10 minutes. To end, my hair is washed and styled with a leave-in serum. Verdict: My long hair tends to break easily whenever I tie it up. Since the treatment, my strands have become significantly stronger and I’ve experienced much less hair loss. My locks are also smoother and easier to manage, with less frizz and flyaways. – MSY
Glow To Go IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
For: Dull skin and pigmentation Where: Estheclinic, 72 Tras Street, tel: 6221-4797 Price: From $165 Duration: 15-20 minutes How: After cleansing and removing my makeup, the therapist applies a cooling gel all over my face to diffuse heat. She then uses a handheld device that repeatedly emits high intensity pulses of light, to reportedly boost collagen production and smooth skin along my jawline. Next, she moves onto my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, making circular motions with moderate pressure. The cooling gel is then wiped off and a moisturiser is applied. Verdict: Unlike traditional IPL treatments that apply bright, targeted bursts of light, this clinic’s MacPeel No Pain System ups the heat gradually, making the experience more comfortable. Any hot prickly sensation dissipated quickly, and there was no downtime (read: zilch irritation or redness). What I got was smoother skin, a brighter complexion, smaller-looking pores and less obvious freckles. – IO
Neroli & Orchidee Relaxing Massage
For: Tension relief and relaxation Where: Four Seasons Spa & L’Occitane, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, tel: 6734-1110 Price: $245 Duration: 90 minutes How: It starts with a hot foot soak, followed by a 30-minute-long massage with a blend of L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Scrub (containing finely crushed nut shells), Neroli & Orchidee Body Milk, and Aromachologie Neutral Oil to get rid of dead skin cells. After a quick shower, an hour-long full body massage begins. Using a blend of the Body Milk and Neutral Oil, the therapist applies a mix of massage techniques: gliding Swedish strokes to calm, Balinese-style rolling and thumb circling to target deeper layers of muscle tissue, and Chinese acupressure to open up blockages. The treatment finishes with a scalp and face massage. Verdict: A sensorial experience with the essential oils and all-natural ingredients inducing deep relaxation. The scrub left my skin feeling silky smooth and nourished, while the massage was calming and remedial. Bonus: Every treatment comes with access to the hotel club. – LR
HEART A FLUTTER
Your lashes say as much about you as your hair. These mascaras make completing your personal look a whole lot easier.
For lush, curled lashes Sisley’s So Curl Mascara ($77) sets curled lashes in place like hairspray with a sheath-like film of polymers and xanthan gum. To encourage thicker lash growth with regular use, it also contains a folliclestimulating vitamin-rich blend of peptides and ceramides that nourishes each strand.
Brows on fleek: Flawless, wellgroomed arches that look almost airbrushed – not too thin, but not bushy and untamed either. To achieve this, we usually need two makeup products – a shadow or pencil to fill in the holes, and a gel to set and define. Bobbi Brown’s new Long-wear Brow Gel ($46, in eight shades) does both with its pigmented gel-wax. Use the Dual Ended Brow Definer Groomer Brush’s ($51) angled bristles to apply, before blending and softening with the spoolie. The best part: The formula is sweat-, humidity- and water-resistant, and stays put for 24 hours.
Power up your at-home regime with these intensive firming treatments.
Glamglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment, $92, Escentials Formulated with algae extracts, Icelandic kelp, marshmallow leaf and polymers in a base of mineral-rich glacial clay, this instant-tightening mask goes on white, and turns into a bright chrome shade as it dries. Besides the firming, lifting and toning benefits, we dig how peeling it off afterwards sort of makes us feel like a sci-fi superhero. Verso Intense Facial Mask, $135, Escentials A hydrogel sheet mask that delivers anti-ageing and hydrating benefits, thanks to Retinol 8 (the brand’s patented collagenboosting key ingredient), grapefruit extract, ceramides and canola oil. It also promises up to 20 hours of moisturisation.
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For long, lifted lashes Elizabeth Arden’s Grand Entrance Mascara ($41) boasts a triangular curved brush with three rows of alternating wedge-shaped discs and conical bristles. What this elaborate design does is grab each individual lash, separating them from one another, while lengthening and creating volume. At the same time, it deposits a vitamin-fortified conditioning formula for droop-free wear all day.
Welcome To The Spritz
1. The Boy Next Door Issey Miyake’s L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme EDT Fraiche ($92) mixes fresh grapefruit. bergamot, herbal patchouli and rosemary for a fuss-free scent that’s airy, light and fun.
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2. The Gym Rat Kenzo Homme EDP ($109) is a fresh burst of aquatic notes, sparkling peppermint, and woody sage and sandalwood.
3. The Man About Town Masculine and magnetic, the Armani Code Profumo EDP ($119) boasts a warm ambery blend of tonka bean, leather and oriental spices. 4. The New Romantic With the freshness of zesty grapefruit and spiciness of cardamom, Burberry’s Mr. Burberry EDT ($102) is like Tom Hiddleston in a bottle – boyish, charming and oh-so-British. 5. The Modern Gentleman Crabtree & Evelyn’s Leather Musk Cologne ($72) includes potent notes of rich leather, and herbaceous vetiver and patchouli.
Cleansing balms are the most pampering way to purge skin of impurities. Rich and comforting, they melt into a silky oil that smoothly lifts off stubborn makeup and sebum from deep within pores. Contact with water turns their formula into a milky emulsion that rinses off easily, leaving behind supple, soft skin. The best part? They tend to be chock-full of nourishing ingredients. Take the rose-scented RMK Moist Cleansing Balm ($49), which is rich in moisturising sugar cane squalene, oils and plant butters, or Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm ($56), which has soothing and healing extracts of lady’s thistle, algae and lavender to combat the damages of the day.
Combat spots, freckles and dullness with some “liquid light”.
The Body Shop Drops Of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum, $43.90 Just a couple of drops of this fast-absorbing hydrating serum, packed with vitamin C-rich red algae extract, promises not only to reduce sallowness, but also to minimise pores and refine skin.
Lancome Absolue Precious Cells White Aura Brightening Concentrated Lotion, $135 The gel-like texture glides over skin and rapidly melts in, infusing skin cells with brightening and anti-ageing molecules, while white peony extract supposedly regulates melanin formation and firms skin for a flawless glow.
The Face Shop White Seed Pure Vitamin Concentrate, $38.90 White lupine seed and white daisy extracts have purported skin-brightening benefits. Here, they’re blended with highly concentrated pure vitamin C to create an ultrapotent spot-lightening treatment.
Astalift White Perfect UV Clear Solution, $72 This multi-tasking hero doubles as a sebum-absorbing makeup base, while protecting skin throughout the day, thanks to microcapsules that release vitamin C and antioxidants when exposed to UV rays. It also tells you when to reapply – its cap changes colour when exposed to UVA rays.
We expecct three things from our makeup primers: Shrink th S he appearance of pores and wrinkles, keep sshine at baay, and extend the wear of our foundation. Elizabeth A E Arden’s Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primerr ($60) checks all the boxes. Soft focus P pigmen p g nts diffuse light and instantly create a rretoucheed look on bare skin, while a complex of hyaluronicc acid and botanical extracts hydrate skin hy tto reduce the look of lines. Also inside: Silica beads aand a blen nd of emollients that absorb excess sebum, while prom w mising enhanced adherence to skin (read: Your found Y dation won’t slide or flake off through the day). m d y For maximum effect, apply after sunscreen and let it set for 10 seconds.
Stiff & Aching Joints?
The skeleton provides structure and support for the body. Joints are the pivotal areas where bones connect, allowing the skeleton to achieve mobility. But the bones don’t directly connect to each other; the jointed areas are cushioned by cartilage, membranes and ﬂuid. Optimal functioning of the skeletal joints (ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, wrists, elbows, ﬁngers, toes, neck and back) dramatically affects our mobility and dexterity - especially as we age. Many of the things we used to take for granted now can’t be done without a great deal of difﬁculty. Not only is our level of athletic activity limited, but such routine daily functions as walking, climbing stairs, entering and leaving an automobile or even removing a lid from jar can become a real chore.
for greater mobility Glucosamine is a substance found naturally in the joint cartilage which gives joint their strength and resilience. Glucosamine (GS) promotes the synthesis of glycosaminoglycan chondroitin sulphate (CS). Glucosamine is used to slow the progression of osteoarthritis - the deterioration of cartilage between joint bones. They may also reduce associated pain. CS helps promote ﬂuid retention and elasticity in cartilage and inhibit enzymes that break down cartilage. MSM is a source of organic sulphur whilst it support many functions, is well known for maintaining connective tissue health. Krill contains highly bioavailable Omega-3 fatty acids-phospholipid complex and antioxidants, that helps reduction in inﬂammation and arthritic symptoms such as stiffness and pain.
Get It Moving Again! Only the finest ingredients and processes, produce the above range. All ingredients are carefully selected and specially controlled environment and gentle processes for production are used. We make no compromises, neither should you. Distributed by: Wil Harrisons Healthcare Pte Ltd Available from Guardian Pharmacy, Unity Healthcare, Watson’s Personal Care stores, and selected pharmacy & healthfood stores.
t a time when we’re encouraged to be careful about spending, what do we spend on for a better life? At Female, our maxim has always been to value-add – we, too, like getting the most out of whatever we put our time and money into – and it’s with that in mind that we’ve curated this entire section. With boutiques looking more like designer homes or stylish galleries, why not visit for decor inspiration as well as retail therapy? The lifestyle shoe of the season? Backless loafers – looking smart 24/7 just got a whole lot easier (especially when you pair them with Spring’s modern pantsuits). The benefits of being fit are undeniable; the look, never this “in” since the ’80s. We worked out (literally) the fitness habits and haunts of the fashion set. And if this season’s denim options are any thing to go by, utility doesn’t have to compromise design. Take the jeans by local label Faculty opposite. Each pair – available at www.faculty.com.sg – is made of heavy weight selvedge produced in Japan’s historic Kuroki textile mill, complete with an “F” motif scratched below the front left pocket. Craft + creativity + a personal mark of distinction – not always something that money can buy. – LR
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blues People call denim the workwear fabric for its toughness and versatilit y. This s e as o nâ€™s rendition is ex tra strong on the fashion quotient without losing its utilit y, from patchwork capes to bias-cut midi dresses to the ultimate mum jeans.
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Denim top and matching midi skirt, Chanel. Leather peep-toe boots, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Amulette de Cartier 18K pink and yellow gold rings with malachite, mother-of-pearl and diamonds, Cartier
Cotton shirt, Carven. Junya Watanabe denim midi skirt, Club 21
Denim vest and matching overalls, Saint Laurent
Silk shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Denim jeans, Dries van Noten. Amulette de Cartier 18K pink gold drop earrings with onyx and diamonds, Cartier. Leather sneakers, Saint Laurent
Denim cape, lace slip dress with sequins, Sac de Jour printed leather tote, and rubber wellington boots with crystals, Saint Laurent. Amulette de Cartier 18K pink gold ring with onyx and diamond, Cartier
Denim top and matching jeans, Cos. Denim midi skirt, Paul Smith. Amulette de Cartier 18K pink gold sautoir necklace with malachite, mother-of-pearl and diamonds, Cartier. Suede and jute slippers, H&M
Denim dress, Fendi. Metal necklace with glass pearls (worn as choker), Chanel
Denim bias-cut dress, Cos. Chiffon top, H&M. Amulette de Cartier 18K yellow gold necklace with mother-of-pearl and diamonds, Cartier
Isabel Marant Etoile denim jumpsuit, Club 21b. Amulette de Cartier 18K yellow gold drop earrings with mother-of-pearl and diamonds, Cartier. Jiji calfskin shoulder bag, Lanvin
Embroidered denim coat with sequins and beads, and matching wood clogs, Alexander McQueen. Silk crepe top, Fendi. Denim midi skirt, H&M. Amulette de Cartier 18K pink gold necklace with diamonds, Cartier
Silk-blend cropped jacket with sequins, denim midi skirt, and metal and Plexiglas cuffs, Chanel
T H E L O U N G E U N I F O R M I t â€™s e a s y t o a c e e v e r y da y elan this season with the return of the pantsuit, embrace of the boiler suit, and the introduction of the shoe-turned-slide. PHOTOGR A PHY VEE CHIN ST YLING TOK WEI LUN, ASSISTED BY EDMUND CHANG H A I R & M A K E U P M A N I S A TA N & N G H U I M I N / PA L E T T E I N C , U S I N G L A B I O S T H E T I Q U E & U R B A N D E C AY M O D E L S R E M I / M A N N E Q U I N & A N N A / AV E C H A I R S X T R A
Cotton and polyester-blend coat, and cottonblend pants, Comme des Garcons. Metal and silk drop earrings with crystals, Lanvin. Leather slingback loafers, Louis Vuitton
Embroidered cotton suit, cotton shirt, embroidered silk tie, and leather slides, Gucci. Opposite: Silk-blend camisole and matching pants, Dries van Noten. Metal necklace, Alexander Wang. McQ leather and metal belt, Club21b. Leather slides, Bally 123 F
Left: Wool suit and cotton tank top, Saint Laurent. Metal necklace with glass pearls, Lanvin. Metal brooch with crystals, Balenciaga. Leather slides, Bally. Right: Wool suit, Versace. Metal drop earrings and matching necklace, Lanvin. Leather slides, Bally
Left: Tommy Hilďƒžger tweed-blend suit and matching shorts, www.global.tommy. com. Metal headband, Chanel. Leather slip-on sneakers, Pedder Red. Right: Tweed suit and metal headband, Chanel. McQ leather slingback plimsolls, Club 21b
Cotton-blend trenchcoat and matching jumpsuit, Celine. Metal ear cuff with glass pearls, and matching bracelet, Balenciaga. Metal and crystal necklace, Dries van Noten. Leather slides with metal studs, Alexander Wang
Cotton top and matching pants, DKNY. Yâ€™s cotton and silk skirt, Club 21b. Metal drop earrings with silk and crystals, Lanvin. Metal bracelet and leather slides, Bally
Cotton-blend bustier dress, Alexander Wang. Cotton-blend pants, Comme des Garcons. Metal brooch with crystals, Balenciaga. Conscious Exclusive satin slides, H&M
Silk crepe top, nylon and cotton top (worn underneath), and silk pants, Marni. Metal ear cuff with glass pearls, Balenciaga. Conscious Exclusive satin slides, H&M 129 F
H AU T E P R O P E R T Y
SURE, THE THREE STORES HERE ARE DESTINATIONS FOR SOME LUXURY RETAIL THERAPY. BUT THERE’S ANOTHER REASON WHY THEY SHOULD BE ON YOUR MUST-VISIT LIST: FOR SOME SERIOUS INTERIOR DESIGN INSPIRATION. IMRAN JALAL TAKES NOTE. Photography Zaphs Zhang Art Direction Kim Wong
Walking into the Audemars Piguet flagship at Liat Towers is like being in an uptown loft. 131 F
AUDEMARS PIGUET #01-03 LIAT TOWERS Ten months in the making, the high-end watch brand’s revamped boutique opened in February and is its largest in the world at 2,110 sq ft. The store takes its design cues from the environment around Audemars Piguet’s birthplace: the village of Le Brassus in the Vallee de Joux region, Switzerland. The three-storey bronze facade calls to mind the trees in the region, while the use of materials such as oak and stone abounds throughout the store.
1. Lighting fixtures can double as installation art. The chandelier on the first floor is made up of 2,000 crystal glass pieces, and is inspired by the fog and clouds that often hover over Vallee de Joux. 2. Bring the outdoors into your home with photography. The framed images lining the stairwell are the works of British landscape photographer Dan Holdsworth, and have appeared in the brand’s ad campaigns throughout the years. The striking and dreamy images depict the nature of Vallee de Joux at its calmest.
3. Vertical window blinds provide privacy while bathing the living room with plenty of natural light. This creates a sense of openness and an illusion of more space. As the lounge of the boutique shows, it also gives the illusion of height.
CASA LOEWE #01-11/12 PARAGON Opened in February, this is the ﬁrst ﬂagship in the region – conceptualised by the brand’s creative director/design supremo J.W. Anderson, no less. Spanning the size of about three ﬁve-room HDB ﬂats, it features wide open spaces and clean lines. It also harks back to the grand yet modern Spanish homes of the ’60s, and the works of Spanish architect Javier Carvajal Ferrer, who worked on Loewe’s boutiques through the ’60s.
1. Forget feature walls and think statement ceilings. The dramatic emerald green fixture that hovers above the entrance is a nod to the one Ferrer designed for Loewe’s Madrid flagship in 1959. Crafted from a single slab of agate, the slivers of light that pass through the grains of the stone create a calming welcome, like a reflecting pool suspended in air. 2. Mix two contrasting design aesthetics to create a dynamic space. The store’s architecture may be mid-century Modern, but its furnishings are a lesson in the turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts movement. The latter, characterised by furniture that’s part medieval, part folk and part handcrafted, is seen in the wooden armchairs made by English artist William Morris, and the brass and wicker details on the display tables. 3. Contrast different stone textures for a contemporary look. Black and white Marquina marble columns, silver travertine tiles, stucco walls and Capri limestone flooring do the trick for Loewe.
4. Colour code the contents of your wardrobe a la Loewe’s instore displays. This not only helps with organisation, but creates immediate visual interest too. 3
DIOR #01-22 & #02-12/13 ION ORCHARD Designed by starchitect Peter Marino, the four-month-old duplex is an homage to the brand’s Avenue Montaigne store in Paris and, at over 7,530 sq ft, the largest of Dior’s boutiques here. It combines the classic with modern and eclectic touches. French-style mouldings come on opalescent grey walls, while the 18th century-style Louis XIV chairs come with a mishmash of upholstery.
1. A single statement piece is all that’s needed to liven up a large open area. The boutique boasts at least 10 special commissions peppered throughout its rooms. In the women’s leather goods space, for example, is a bench by Detroit-based designer Christopher Schanck, whose modus operandi includes playing with aluminium foil, scavenged foam, steel and multiple textures. The result: a cross between a metal tree and a round park bench.
Dior Boutique Photos Dior
2. The modern alternative to chandeliers: glass artwork plastered across the ceiling. In the women’s ready-to-wear room, an installation by American contemporary artist Rob Wynne, featuring a smattering of his signature mirrored butterflies. Hit the lights and get an ethereal glow. 3. Put a contemporary spin on French salons with a VIP lounge that’s accessible only via a private staircase or elevator. Here, French brand Pouillon’s white marble fireplace – inspired by the ones from Louis XVI’s palace – becomes a nook for floral arrangements. Instead of antique furnishing? Modern and unpredictable designer pieces like Franck Evennou’s Curved and Twist mirrors, and Rolland Mellan’s Walking Table.
T H E D A I L Y S P E C I A L PHOTOGRAPHY WINSTON CHUANG ST YLING IMR AN JAL AL
Leather florets on shoulder bags, Picasso-influenced prints on top handles, and studs and monograms on bucket bags. B o n i a â€™s c r e a t i v e d i r e c t o r P e p e To r r e s t ur ns e v e r y da y b ag s in t o n o v e l t i e s w i t h hi s ar t i s t i c f lair. Female gets inspired.
Leather shoulder bag Opposite: Leather top-handle bags
Leather bucket bags Opposite: Leather top-handle bags
H A I R & M A K E U P M A N I S A TA N , A S S I S T E D B Y J A N E L A U / P A L E T T E I N C , U S I N G B E D H E A D B Y T I G I , L A B I O S T H E T I Q U E & U R B A N D E C AY M O D E L M A R I I A / M A N N E Q U I N C L O T H E S H & M
the new look is… fit I t ’s ap p ar e n t in e v e r y t hing f r o m t h e I n s t ag r am a c c o un t s o f hip in du s t r y insiders to the return of the athletic model. Looking – and being – healthy is now not just a lifest yle, but a fashionable one. The question is : Is there a fashionable way to get fit? Joie Goh works it out.
PHOTOGRAPHY JOEL LOW ST YLING TOK WEI LUN
once heard a joke about how the fashion set – models, designers, muses – stay slender: with a diet rich in “vitamin C” (coffee, champagne and cigarettes). Going by what’s happening in the scene now though, it’s about time to put that cliche to rest. In the last two years, club selﬁes have given way to gym selﬁes on the social media platforms of designers such as Nicolas Ghesquiere, and Cushnie et Ochs’ Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs. In terms of beauty, heroin chic has been replaced with the post-workout glow, while once lithe, almost delicate bodies are toning up, what with the new wave of models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, revered for their Instagram feeds of #ﬁtspiration as much as their athletic physiques. Local industry insiders seem to have caught on to the ﬁtness trend too. In the past year, I’ve witnessed my editorial brethren succumb to the cult of yoga, pilates and Crossﬁt; these same people used to count walking two streets to lunch as exercise. There are even vocal advocates among the fashion PR crowd. Take Lin Ong, a communications manager at a French luxury house whose commitment to exercise is wellknown among her industry peers, so much so that colleagues have joined in her classes. (Her sport of choice? Circuit training, for offering “maximum output within the shortest time”.) Or Samantha Cheok, a PR executive at another
French label who credits her toned, lean silhouette to ballet and pilates on the reformer (she swears that it’s more targeted than the mat version, and boosts ﬂexibility more effectively). Both talk exercise with the same fervour they have for artisanal ready-to-wear and leather goods. Their enthusiasm is infectious and, coupled with my own goals of looking like Gigi Hadid (okay, ﬁne, Bella), I decide to get in shape with cues gleaned from the fashion-savvy ﬁtness fanatics around me and on the social media sphere. Enter Penny Pun, who by day is an assistant marketing communications manager working alongside Cheok. By night, she teaches pole classes, an activity the dance lover ﬁrst picked up in 2012 as a fun alternative to running. “I was feeling very unﬁt and wanted a workout that I would enjoy to keep me motivated,” she says. A forward-thinking choice, considering how hired pole dancers outshone Lil Wayne as the main highlight at Alexander Wang’s New York Fashion Week after-party last September. Pole, as I learn from a lesson with Pun, has come a long way from the early 2000s, when it was seen as a liberating way to “unleash one’s inner stripper”. Sure, the more seasoned students exchange their executive wear for tiny ruched shorts, strappy cropped tops and
Cotton crochet knit dress, matching bikini set, and leather backless sneakers with crochet strap, Tommy Hilďƒžger
Leather pinafore dress, Hermes. Cotton knit top, Marni. Leather sneakers, Saint Laurent
seven-inch platform heels; Slap – the Telok Ayer studio where Pun teaches at – even stocks sequinned bra tops and booty shorts. But it’s now taken as a serious technical sport that focuses on acrobatic and gymnastic ﬁnesse. My hour-long beginner’s class ﬂies by in a blur of wiggling hips, hair ﬂips and clumsily executed spins to the pulsating beat of Jason Derulo’s Get Ugly. Pun is cheerful, chirpy and encouraging, and my nervousness soon gives way to laughter. I start to see why pole is so hot. Post-lesson, I spy classmates who – like me – came in running gear browsing the selection of shiny clubwear out by the reception. French fashion’s grand dame Carine Roitfeld prefers ballet, revealing in her 2013 documentary Mademoiselle C that intense practice keeps her in shape. If actual ballet is too intimidating though, there’s now barre. Based on the exercises ballerinas do to strengthen their muscles and stamina, it’s said to be suitable for all, and supposedly gives a leaner, more sculpted physique, better posture and a ballerina-esque bod. No wonder it’s a hit among the likes of Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss. Incidentally, Webarre – the ﬁrst dedicated barre studio in Singapore – opened in Tanjong Pagar in January. A single session is merciless. Co-founder Anabel Chew leads the class through what seems like an endless series of planks, raised-heel squats, leg lifts and tricep curls, before launching into the high-intensity interval training (HIIT) segment. For the uninitiated, HIIT traditionally entails a minute of extreme cardio movements, like jump squats and burpees, followed by a minute of rest, then repeat. Barre HIIT is regular HIIT ampliﬁed. No one’s going to stop you from wearing leotards and tutus, but most turn up in yoga or hardcore workout gear sans shoes. “Point your toes as you jump! Lift your arms like a swan! Bring out your inner ballerina,” Chew trills as I ﬂop about. By the end of the hour, I am reduced to quivering jelly, and even the complimentary shot of coconut water that’s offered to students can’t revive me. I’m not surprised when Chew says her evening and weekend classes are always full, with a fortnightlong wait list – I can’t comprehend how anyone can return to the ofﬁce after such exertion. One would think that yoga – what seems to be the most popular sport among my fashion publishing counterparts – would be more forgiving, but at the trendiest studio in town, that’s debatable. Founded by singer-songwriter
Alicia Pan in 2012, Yoga Movement counts local media personalities Liv Lo and Carla Dunareanu as students, and boasts four locations all outﬁtted with the same hipster aesthetic – whitewashed brick walls, polished concrete ﬂoors and exposed ceilings. The one in Orchard even stocks a sizeable range of premium yoga wear from It athletic brands like Bokeh and Lululemon. Most of my fellow yogis for the Yoga Core class come clad in these labels, designer towels in hand, and practise arm stands and advanced poses even before the instructor arrives. Any pressure of competition soon gives way, though, to a strange camaraderie over the challenge of ﬁnding zen in an open-air studio. Yes, the heat can be unbearable, and the routine the hardest I’ve done, but this is the most authentic and therapeutic yoga experience I’ve come across. I’d gladly sign up for more. Which leaves me with the activity said to give my favourite Hadid her bombshell curves. Google “Gigi Hadid’s workout routine” and you’ll get 332,000 results listing boxing, plus snapshots of her sparring in the ring at New York’s Gotham Gym, aka the “boxing gym for supermodels”, including Kendall Jenner and Sara Sampaio. I can’t jet off to the Big Apple, so I settle for the next best thing: a private training lesson at Virgin Active in Rafﬂes Place, possibly one of the most modern-looking gyms here, complete with an in-house cafe that serves free-ﬂow cucumber and lemon water, apples and bananas. My trainer Mus begins by wrapping my hands and wrists with cotton tape, explaining that it stabilises and protects them while maintaining proper alignment to prevent injuries. Then the gloves go on and, with the theme song from Rocky running through my head, I spend the next 45 minutes doing “pad work”, or throwing punches at a pair of cushioned mitts he holds up at shoulder level. It’s initially awkward, but after continuous jabs and ducks, I feel an adrenaline rush; the sound of glove hitting pad profoundly thrilling. The only drawback from playing Million Dollar Baby? Trying to regain feeling in your hands after. The best part of my quest to earn a Hadid physique, though, comes post-class: when I discover shower rooms with amenities that can rival a luxury spa’s. Showers come with toiletries from artisanal label Panpuri. There’s a recovery zone that boasts steam and ice rooms, an area dedicated to foot soaks, a detoxifying Himalayan salt room, and even sleep pods where one can catch a quick snooze – which I promptly did. After all, a ﬁt and healthy lifestyle is about balance.
Mesh T-shirt, Balenciaga. Adidas by Stella McCartney polyester sports bra, Adidas. Leather skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo
T by Alexander Wang cotton knit halter top, Alexander Wang. Wool and cotton skirt, DKNY
Silk top with leather, wool-blend shorts with skirt panel, and metal necklace, Louis Vuitton
Jersey tank dress, Alexander Wang. Burberry Prorsum leather sandals with metal chains, Burberry. Socks, stylistâ€™s own
Opposite: Versus leather dress, Level 2 Takashimaya D.S. Metal necklace, Louis Vuitton
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