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Icons of the art, film and business worlds feature in our regional editions this month







On the cover is Vicha Poolvaraluck, CEO of Major Cineplex Group, Thailand’s largest chain of movie theatres. He talks about looking beyond Thai borders to produce films for the Asian market. The 25th Anniversary Issue also profiles four of the country’s top male visual artists—Jakkai Siributr, Soichiro Shimizu, Prapat Jiwarangsan and Kriangkrai Kongkhanun—and introduces Thailand Tatler Heroes, a fourpart TV series featuring society personalities engaged in helping the less fortunate.


hilippine tatler focuses on beautiful Italy. Heading the list are the Ferragamos, an institution in exquisite luxury accessories, photographed at their Il Borro property. Plus the story of Laudomia Pucci, who transformed her father’s Villa di Granaiolo into a space for learning. Also, Count Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli and photographer Aline Coquelle take us on a fascinating road trip for a different view of la bella Italia in their book The Italian Dream.

Often described as a scholarly businessman, cover star Poh Choon Ann, chairman and CEO of Poh Tiong Choon Logistics, tells how his lifelong passion for the arts has shaped his approach to work and life. Adventure seekers, including Anil Thadani and Krystal Tan, recount their latest travel escapades. This issue also sees the launch of the Industry Insider series, in which key players talk about developments in their respective fields. The first instalment includes ambassador-at-large Chan Heng Chee—who from 1996 to 2012 was East Asia’s first female ambassador to the US— who weighs in on the future of politics in Singapore, and Government Technology Agency CEO Jacqueline Poh, who highlights the importance of the region’s digital economy.


PRINCESS DIARIES Elly Lam, daughter of billionaire businessman Peter Lam, is this month’s cover star. Just back home after studying in London and Los Angeles, the Instagirl of the moment talks fashion, travelling and her plans for the future. The November issue also records a special moment for Sabrina Ho, the oldest daughter of Stanley Ho and Angela Leong, when she stepped out in London in a pristine white gown and dazzling jewels for Queen Charlotte’s Ball.



DYNAMIC DUO Joan Chen graces the cover with her youngest daughter, Audrey. The veteran actress reveals the secrets of her success in film and motherhood. Artists Li Binyuan, Xu Wenkai, You Yang, Zhan Wang, Wang Guangyi and Ju Anqi talk about taking part in Ju’s movie A Missing Policeman.


IN THE NAME OF ART Cover star Charwei Tsai (above), from one of Taiwan’s most respected families, tells how participation in shows at the Pompidou Centre, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art and the Biennale of Sydney transformed her career as an artist. Then get the background on Taipei being named World Design Capital 2016, interviewing architect and academic Shu-chang Kung and Jut Foundation for Arts and Architecture CEO Aaron Lee, among others.

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FEATURES 224 Rise of An Empress Discover the many facets of our first Woman on the Rise award winner


238 Talkin’ Bout My Generation An insight into Malaysia Tatler’s Generation T campaign and party

248 Deck the Ball We explore the various luxuries experienced at the Tatler Ball that have left lingering memories and impressions

254 Cold Hard Truths The planet’s mounting environmental woes are fuelling a new genre of art, a fresh breed of artists and an unlikely art hub

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CONCIERGE 40 Inbox Gallery Weekend KL will showcase the city’s rich art and culture scene

44 Small Talk Danielle Graham now adds author to her growing list of accomplishments, with the release of her cookbook

46 The Social Network This month, we ask if dieting or exercise is the preferred way to stay in shape

48 Hot Ticket Crackhouse Comedy Club offers a weekly dose of laughter to shake off those midweek blues

49 What’s On Works of art, music and film make the month of November a little more exciting

50 Feast A staple Malaysian food gets a trendy upgrade with these Hawaiian- and Japanese-inspired rice bowls


82 FACES 58 Soiree Tunku Dara’s intimate get-together with friends and the launch of BLVD House

73 Leading Men Suave, dashing men show us how it’s done, for glamorous black-tie events

74 Close-Up Hear from Christopher Tan, Datin Shalini Ganendra and Roger Ballen MASTER DESIGNER

82 The Invitation The union of Aziq Arif Ariffin with Farah Liyana Osman

88 It Girl Elizabeth Marini is a fan of dressing well for any occasion

91 Onlooker

The ever stylish Dato’ Bernard Chandran features in Leading Men, alongside two other dapper gentlemen

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STYLE 134 Beauty Beyond Years Lancôme ambassadress Penélope Cruz reveals what beauty means to her

138 Season of Flamboyance Clé de Peau Beauté captures the essence of feminine empowerment with the Les Années Folles Holiday Collection

140 Futurama Blaze through the season with neoteric flair

164 Never Never Land Featuring designs the likes of cacti, robots and unicorns, it seems that the trend for menswear is harking back to adolescence

184 Like a Rolling Stone Have swagger like Mick Jagger, with getups that appeal to your inner rocker

WATCHES & JEWELLERY 196 XS-ive Luxury The Chanel J12 has a new look that can be worn in many ways


Montblanc’s ExoTourbillon Slim for ladies is the epitome of glamour, self-confidence and style

138 200 Bohème Rhapsody Montblanc elevates its ladies watch collection to new territories

204 Timeless Seduction Patek Philippe launches a bold new model while breathing a renewed fascination into its existing collections

210 Play Different Hollywood actor Michael B Jordan constantly ups his game by going above and beyond expectations

212 Kongo Republic Richard Mille created a contemporary masterpiece with renowned graffiti artist Cyril ‘Kongo’ Phan

218 Brave New World Tiffany & Co’s new Masterpieces 2016 collection gives a fresh take on three beloved themes malaysia tatler . november 2016





Be spoilt for choice as the Aston Martin DB11’s shell and trim are fully customisable

278 Boats

288 LIFE 264 Food Sou Omakase takes what we love about Japanese cuisine and serves food with its own twist

268 Wine James Suckling discovers the top 10 Tuscan dry whites in Italy this summer

274 Cars The Aston Martin DB11 is a stunning beginning for the British marque’s second century


Discover how Riva continues to celebrate the romantic wooden rigs of yesteryear

282 Checking In Check out the eight features that make the Parisian Macao an irresistible attraction

286 Great Escape Discover the most presidential of all suites in the land of the Stars and Stripes

DEPARTMENTS Around Asia 12 Editor’s Note 26 Behind the Scenes 28 Contributors 30 34 The Great Debate 36 The Last Word 288

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Managing Director

Florence Fang


General Manager–Sales Advertising Managers Assistant Advertising Manager

Cerina Tan Vincee Tan, Sylvia Lim Janice Tan


Finance Director

Suria Peraba

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Production and Traffic

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Executive Chairman CEO–Hong Kong, Macau & SE Asia CFO, Asia Chief Creative Officer Publisher–Custom Media Managing Director–Edipresse Media Singapore Managing Director–Edipresse Media China Managing Director–Philippines General Manager–Edipresse Media Taiwan Regional Corporate Planning Manager Regional IT Manager

Michel Lamunière Zita Ong Ida Cheung Sean Fitzpatrick Petula Kincaid Corinne Ng April Hsu Irene Martel Francisco Ashley Liang Sandy Tang Mark Tam

International Sales

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Edmond Cheuk

Australia: John Byrne

India: R achna Gulati

Japan: Noriko Takigawa

Spain: Maria Navarro

UK: Ane Elorriaga

France: Marie Armande de Sparre

Indonesia: Matt Leppard

Korea: Joane Lee

Thailand: Nartnittha Jirarayapong

US: Bruce Brandfon

Germany: Knut Geisler

Italy: Giorgia Guardincerri

Middle East: Mia Cachero

Turkey: R eha Bilge

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Managing Editor

Elizabeth Soong


Sub Editor Features Editor Senior Writer Writers Contributors

Editorial Assistant Special Consultant Managing Editor–Regional Content Editor-in-Chief–Hong Kong Tatler & Macau Tatler Bureau Chief–Indonesia Tatler Editor-in-Chief–Philippine Tatler Editorial Director–Shangliu Tatler Editor-in-Chief–Singapore Tatler Vice Chief Editor–Taiwan Tatler Editor-in-Chief–Thailand Tatler

Aaron Pereira Lily Ong Tien Chew Jessica Liew, Petrina Anthony, Sabrina Loh James Suckling, Sean Li, Charlene Co, Anny Shaw, Melissa Lim, Chloe Street, Yanni Tan Urumila Thanalingam Tunku Dara Naquiah Emilie Yabut-R azon Claire Breen Melwani Maria Lukito Anton San Diego Paris Kuo Jane Ngiam Tracy Huang Naphalai Areesorn

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Art Director Senior Designer Designer Photographer Contributing Photographers

Allan Casal M Pramalatha Syahlia Albina Sari, Amiruddin R ashid Shaffiq Farhan Bonnie Yap, Steven Sum


Digital Director Digital Editor Senior Digital Writer Digital Writer Regional Head of Product Development

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EDITOR’S NOTE A brilliant display of fireworks lit up the night sky—symbolic of exciting new things to come

PARTY HEARTY The Generation T party was a success, attended by rising young stars of today’s society, some of whom are pictured here with our very own Michel Lamunière and Florence Fang

Winners in Our Books EDITOR’S PICK

This adorable soleil bag by Saint Laurent ends the dilemma of which bag to bring to the ball. With its starry ends and gold trimmings, it’s the perfect black-tie accessory with a quirky touch



he year-end is fast approaching and what better way to start the festivities than with a fabulous ball where everyone is dressed to the nines and enjoying themselves to the max? As Malaysia Tatler celebrates its 27th year as a leading luxury lifestyle publication, we will also be honouring outstanding individuals who will be receiving prestigious awards in these categories: Couple of the Year, Force for Good, Entrepreneur of the Year, Woman on the Rise and the Diamond Award. Each award recipient is chosen ever so carefully, based on merit, their achievements, track record and their capability as role models and leaders in the field they excel in. So stay tuned for the big reveal on this most anticipated night of the year. But having said that, you might have guessed one of the awardees already, from this month’s front cover. Over the past three issues, we introduced our inaugural Generation T campaign featuring some of the city’s bright young stars who are shaping up to be the leaders of tomorrow. Comprising self-made entrepreneurs, second-generation torchbearers, lifestyle influencers, royals, societal

and fashion trendsetters, our selection is just a fraction of the young power players taking their respective industries by storm. Connect, Create and Empower are the themes we used to anchor our series on, and we believe that these are qualities which drive these individuals to shine at what they’re good at. The youths of today vary from previous generations. Products of the dynamic, digital age they grew up in, they not only challenge conventions and provoke the way their industries are created and perceived, but are doing it with savviness and sheer charisma. This was evident through the vibrant personalities gathered at the Generation T party that we held on August 19 at the St Regis Kuala Lumpur’s rooftop bar, which culminated in a special show of fireworks lighting up the night sky! It’s like a sign or metaphor for something new, fresh and exciting that’s coming up next from this crop of talents. Turn to page 238 for the party’s best moments and get an insight on what makes one a valued member of Generation T. —Elizabeth Soong Managing Editor malaysia tatler . november 2016



Over at the Cartier Pavilion boutique, representatives of Cartier Malaysia, Danielle Chiam and Yuki Tan, were extremely helpful in aiding Zaida to pick out the jewellery that complemented her well in our photo shoot

She’s Got Style Zaida Ibrahim embodied confidence and power in every shot we took for this month’s cover storyy


aida ibrahim arrived early at the JW Marriott Hotel KL, looking like she had rolled out of bed in style. There were two agendas for the day: a video filming in the morning and a photo shoot at noon. Zaida kept her cool throughout, candidly answering interview questions for the video at the Cartier boutique in Pavilion KL. Then after a quick lunch, we drove to our next location, Sekeping Terasek in Bangsar. Zaida posed confidently for every shot we took; she pouted, smouldered and strutted her stuff—a dazzling beauty in Cartier jewellery. Her charisma was captured brilliantly by Allan Casal, who later commented that Zaida looked perfect just as she is, and hardly required touch-ups during post-production. When little Adam Arif joined us after school, we were given a glimpse of her motherly side. During breaks, she patiently helped Adam with homework or cuddled him affectionately. When asked what he thinks about Zaida, Adam gleefully chirped, “Bee-yoo-tee-ful!” Turn to page 224 and see if you agree with the seven-year-old.


MALAYSIA TATLER NOVEMBER 2016 PHOTOGRAPHY allan casal VIDEOGRAPHY skyad productions HAIR albert nico MAKEUP zamri zainol from lancôme JEWELLERY panthère de cartier necklace and ring OUTFIT emporio armani

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ONG CHIN HUAT A writer cum stylist, Ong works with Datuk Kelvin Tan for our stylish Ermenegildo Zegna fashion spread

ALEX SLAVYCZ The Hong Kong-based photographer captures cutting-edge looks for our Futurama fashion shoot What are two items on your bucket list? A full-year round trip through North and South America, and to direct a feature film. What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt? Do it now, no matter how much time it will take. What book have you most recently read? Patti Smith’s Just Kids. I love her frankness. Her simple, poetic way of writing really touched me. Her story reminded me of my life and friends when I first moved to New York from Toronto.



To which period of history would you like to return to and why? The Belle Époque period (1871 to 1914) in Paris because it was the golden age of art, literature, music and theatre. And the parties must have been amazing.

This London-based fashion photographer showcases the latest trends from the men’s A/W runway shows

Where is your happy space? In my head.

What’s your earliest memory? Beach holidays in Devon, rolling down sand dunes and picnicking on the beach.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? The ability to eradicate all human and animal misery and suffering.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? I used to have a recurring dream about a berry that could make me fly—that was always fun.

What’s your worst habit? Sleeping till noon.

ZAMRI ZAINOL Lancome’s national makeup artist puts his artistic touches to our cover beauty in Rise of an Empress Where is your happy space? I enjoy being with nature because it makes me feel more calm and relaxed. What’s your biggest fear? The end of the world. I feel like I haven’t lived long enough.

What’s your greatest achievement? My daughter, Isla.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? A silver brush from Paris as a token for being one of the best makeup artists in the Asian category.

What’s your signature dish? Anything Italian—great ingredients and simplicity.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life? My mum.

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This photographer from DL Studio portrays Datuk Kelvin Tan wearing Ermenegildo Zegna under the right light

The Italian photographer shoots at a French villa for a Mick Jaggerinspired showcase of the hottest men’s fashions

What would your final meal be? It definitely has to be something my mom cooked. What’s your most successful chat-up line? “You look like a model, do I know you?” What’s your happiest memory? When I saw my niece for the first time, after she was born. Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with? Obviously, The Rock. You will surely feel safe when you are trapped in any situation with him.


Which painting would hang in your house? Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso.

ANNY SHAW The London-based journalist investigates how environmental woes are fuelling a new genre of art in A Cold Hard Truth Which period of history would you like to return to and why? Victorian-era London, as it was a period of rapid change.

ALBERT NICO This celebrity stylist who owns the Albert Nico Boutique Salon glams up our gorgeous cover star

What’s your biggest weakness? Complaining about the weather. If you were an animal, what would you be? I guess a black panther— extremely elegant yet dangerous.

What’s your happiest memory? My 50th birthday bash. It truly was a blast.

What’s a perfect day for you? A lie-in followed by a big breakfast followed by a snooze. And then dinner and dancing in the evening.

If you could get away with one crime, what would it be? I would steal something really big, like the time machine.

What one question would you ask a crystal ball? Is there life on Mars?

What super power would you like to have? To be able to fly, like Superman.

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ONLINE FEATURES #MYTatlerBall2016 We couldn’t have celebrated 27 beautiful years of being the leader in luxury lifestyle and high society with a more glamorous bash. Relive the fashion, faces and food of our 27th anniversary ball with our dedicated microsite where photos and videos have immortalised the night.

DINING Leading Ladies in F&B: Nadia Nasimuddin Kuala Lumpur’s thriving F&B industry is the playground for these group of women who are steering the culinary scene to fresh new heights. We hear first from Nadia Nasimuddin of BLVD House, on what it takes to make it.

VIDEOS Woman on the Rise: Zaida Ibrahim All eyes are on Zaida Ibrahim right now. Our beautiful Woman on the Rise award winner is taking on married life, motherhood and spearheading a few businesses, all in her stride. We couldn’t help but ask for her secret to it all—revealed in this exclusive video.

Estée Lauder Special: Shirena Hamzah and the healing power of flowers WHO RUN THE WORLD? A scene from last year’s Tatler Ball; Nadia Nasimuddin; Shirena Hamzah


For Shirena Hamzah, flowers evoke beautiful memories—in this video, Shirena opens up about her love for flora, its healing powers and her experience of using the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Crème that’s infused with two precious flowers. malaysia tatler . november 2016

Our jewellery is inspired by the fascinating inner world of coloured gemstones. Find out more about the Glowing JellyďŹ sh sapphire ring at

A Swiss, family-owned ďŹ rm since 1854 Exclusively at Starhill Gallery UG 31 Adorn Floor


Is it a must to always tell the truth to your best friend? YES




I would not lie to my best friend,

Is withholding the truth the same as

or people in general. I just don’t have the heart to do it—I care for people too much to see them stumble or look silly. This also includes being upfront with them about topics that some may think of as sensitive, like fashion faux pas, rotten boyfriends, dodgy businesses and so on. I attribute this to the German side of me, which tends to evade unnecessary drama and complications. In order for two people to be best friends, there needs to be mutual respect and trust between them. Lies have no place in a genuine friendship and your real friends will appreciate you for being honest with them. However this is not to say that I am blunt or rude with my opinions. I am very diplomatic when I convey my honesty. I definitely would not say: “Darling, you look awful today.” Instead, I would phrase more subtly, saying something like, “That skirt suits you better, you should have worn it today.”

telling an outright lie? I guess it’s definitely up for debate; some may believe this to be a matter of semantics. I would not lie to my best friend, per se, but I sometimes withhold the truth. Telling an outright lie directly to someone else’s face is difficult for me. I think about it for a little longer as it becomes a tug of war on my conscience. My palms get sweaty; I start twitching and the stress shows up on my face. Through my body language, my friends would be able to guess my true feelings about a situation. Lying is a skill and it is something that I have never mastered. So instead of trying to lie, I would not say anything. I use the same principle even for a little white lie, just so I can avoid hurting the feelings of others. I live by the old adage of ‘If you have nothing good to say, then don’t say anything at all.’ If I were placed in a situation where I’m forced to lie to my best friend, I would rather just keep quiet.

A dynamic young woman, Lyn Siew is the brains behind the restaurant Ruyi and Lyn. Lyn is passionate about animal welfare and rescue. In her downtime, she indulges in fine wines and alpine skiing.

Joanna Ling is a landscape architect turned property developer. She is the executive director of PE Land, which owns The Spring Shopping Mall in Kuching and Design Village, Malaysia's latest premium outlet based in Penang.

Would you always tell the truth to your best friend? Sound off at Malaysia Tatler’s Facebook page


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CONCIERGE This month’s must-do list



MAKING HEADLINES British math-rock band Foals is one of the acts that will be taking the stage at the Neon Lights festival in Singapore










Celebrate Malaysia’s contemporary art and culture scene with Gallery Weekend KL

Danielle Graham spills the beans about her new cookbook, On the Table at Home


Get your prescription for the weekly blues at the Crackhouse Comedy Club

The Malaysian staple gets a trendy upgrade with these fusion inspired rice bowls

Is diet or exercise more important on the journey to good health?



WATER DRAGONS Happening from November 11 to 13, the Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta 2016 will paddle off with a bang. Held at Kuching Waterfront, over 500 participants from 14 different countries are expected to compete in this challenging race.

ARTISTIC SPACE Viewing galleries like Rimbun Dahan and HOM Art Trans are some of the highlights at GWKL 2016

ART AT HEART Gallery Weekend KL will showcase the city’s rich art and culture scene through exhibitions, shows and independent projects


allery weekend Kuala Lumpur (GWKL) 2016 is a celebration of contemporary Malaysian art and design. Open to the public at no charge, the inaugural event is a groundbreaking cultural experience that aims to inform all its audiences about the country’s rich heritage. All programs are set to take place on the weekend of November 25 to 27, with itineraries that include gallery tours, talks and even a discovery of some of our gastronomic delights. A main highlight of

GWKL 2016 is the Luminary Pulse Series, a panel discussion featuring artists like Hanif Kara and Christopher Phillips, which is supported by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Datin Shalini Ganendra, who leads the project, shared the twofold benefit of GWKL, saying “All participating galleries, institutions and projects won’t only enhance their capabilities, but will also help create community awareness and appreciation for the country and its art.” Visit or for more info.

DELECTABLE PENANG The second edition of the Food and Hotel Penang exhibition is set to take place from November 15 to 17 at the Straits Quay Convention Centre. With over 250 companies from 30 countries participating, there will be exciting segments such as a wine village, among many others. NON-URBAN EXPRESSION In its third year running, From Alarippu to Moksha 2016 is presented by Sutra and is part of the foundation’s effort to bring art to the nonurban community. The six-day Indian dance showcase is directed by Datuk Ramli Ibrahim and takes place in Kuala Selangor from November 16 to 21.

A TEST OF ENDURANCE CG LIM of Ironman Malaysia is ready to welcome athletes from around the world who are taking part in this most challenging triathlon race The jewel of Kedah is set to host Ironman Malaysia 2016 on November 12. Organised by the World Triathlon Corporation, this long-distance triathlon will push competitors to their limits through an endurance series consisting of a 3.9km swim, a 180km bicycle


ride and a 42km run. According to CG Lim, the general manager and race director of Ironman Malaysia, “Following the success in 2015, we are expecting an increase in the number of participants this year.” Ironman Malaysia attracts professional athletes from all

around the world, and visiting athletes will get the opportunity to experience bits and pieces of Langkawi over the course of the event, as they set out to qualify for the 2017 Ironman world championship in Kona, Hawaii. More details on

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or over a year now, the beloved princess of Selangor, Tengku Zatashah Idris has been dedicating herself to the cause of eradicating hunger by working closely with Kechara Soup Kitchen. A regular volunteer with the organisation, Tengku Zatashah also recently launched her own #zerofoodwastage initiative during Ramadan this year, in an effort to connect hotels in KL with Kechara Soup Kitchen, so excess food from the hotels’ Ramadan buffets can be redistributed to the poor and homeless via the Kechara Soup Kitchen’s food bank programme. Talk about leading by example.

A NEW LEAF With rumours of infidelity in the air, it has always been an open secret in society that a longtime couple were having marital problems. But it is said that the two of them have come to terms with the past and started anew again—to relive their vows to love, cherish and value each other—after the husband had a health scare.

Joie de Vivre

Though she turns another biological year older, the vivacious Datuk Raziah Mahmud-Geneid is undoubtedly young at heart. We at Malaysia Tatler would like to wish this sensational bon vivant and devoted mother of seven, many happy returns for her special day this month.

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT A low-profile young businessman who reportedly had his heart set on a woman already in a relationship, offered a generous ‘settlement’ to his lady love’s estranged boyfriend to ‘claim’ her. This transaction is rumoured to be favourable to both ends, and it will be a matter of time before this couple will be seen out together.

A PUBLIC SPECTACLE The number of likes at print time for a social media post by a famous socialite, which drew the public to her side, as she and her husband are fighting their divorce battles in court. It looks like all the gloves are off when it comes to the game of love then war.

THREE’S A CROWD An entrepreneur was shocked when he realised, after getting together with a dynamic young socialite, that he was expected to also ‘date’ his new girlfriend’s best friend. The latter is reportedly unabashed about tagging along on dates and couple holidays. We’re not sure now who her soulmate is.

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COOKING WITH PASSION With the release of her cookbook, On the Table at Home, Danielle Graham now adds author to her growing list of accomplishments, writes Petrina Anthony


he advantage of having a mixed heritage is that you get the best of both worlds, especially when it comes to food. Danielle Graham therefore got to taste a variety of cuisine, and believes that sharing food with others is one of the best ways to show love—a lesson she learnt from her parents. When she started her own family, cooking for them became a priority, and the idea of On the Table at Home

was realised. The beautifully photographed cookbook offers insights into Danielle’s upbringing in Australia and Asia and features over 70 recipes—including her childhood favourites, tips to prepare simple yet delicious meals, cooking lessons with friends and discoveries during her travels. We find out more about her book and what she brings to her table at home. What inspired you to write a cookbook? It has been my dream to write my own cookbook since I was a teenager. It has been in the making for quite some time now, and is born out of my love for food and passion for cooking— which my Chinese mother and Irish father instilled from a young age.

THE TASTE OF LOVE Danielle hopes her cookbook will inspire readers to nourish those close to their hearts with tasty home cooked food


scratch always gives me so much joy. My son constantly begs for Irish beef stew every week. My friends on the other hand, love my crispy chicken kaarage and prawn laksa. I personally crave a nutritious vegetable soup, which I usually make on ‘meatless Mondays’ after indulging in outside food over the weekends.

What did you learn from the process? Writing this book has brought me closer to my beliefs and inner domestic self. It has evoked my Eurasian heritage and tradition, that reinforces the importance of food for my family. I wanted to share my love of delicious home cooked dishes with everyone, as I believe that it brings people together.

Who are your favourite chefs? My stepfather, Chef Florian who is a pastry chef by trade. My cousin Simon Lawson who runs his own organic food truck called Agape in Sydney. I also admire my friends, chef Nicholas Wong who runs Cho Cho San restaurant in Sydney and Takashi Kimura who is in charge of Cilantro, KL.

So, what are the dishes that you bring to your table at home? It really depends on what I have been eating, if I have a dinner party to cook for or what my family or friends like. Making something from

How can people get their hands on the book? The book can be purchased online from my website or from any good bookstores worldwide.

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In your journey to good health, which comes first in order for you to stay in shape? Would you head to the gym or cut your calorie intake?


“I would prioritise a healthy diet, but with regular exercise.”

“I like to mix things up as it goes.”

Laura Pang

Andrew Chia

A couple of social media postings from our cover star’s wedding




#brokenjuicer #bali #zaidarif

Muna Puteri “The handsome couple”




#karaazlan #safinaazlan #zaidaarif

Brian B Choo C oo

Keith Foo K

“I love food too much, so dieting is hard!”

“Dieting, as I’m picky with food and take supplements daily.” Zaireen Ibrahim “Family love @shazlan”


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A HOUSE FULL OF LAUGHTER Crackhouse Comedy Club delivers a dose of guffaws to fight those midweek blues


t’s raw, fast paced and edgy, not to forget hilarious. The Crackhouse Comedy Club has been featuring acts and establishing the Malaysian comedy scene since 2014. Being the first set-up of its kind, Crackhouse showcases the best of local, regional and international stand-up comedians with four shows happening every week. This includes an open-mic night that happens on Wednesdays, where the audience can come to check out upcoming talents. If you would like to get up on stage yourself, just be there on Wednesday and sign up before the list closes at 8.45pm. Then, there’s even a bahasa open-mic session and more. So if you’re in the need of some comical relief, head over to enjoy honest and uncensored comedy, plus a drink or two and some light bites, at this friendly, funny joint. Doors open at 8pm with a RM15 entrance fee. For more info visit

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A STAND UP GUY Rizal van Geyzel is one of the founders and resident comedians at the Crackhouse Comedy Club

PARTY AT SEA CELESTIAL SOUNDS From November 11 to 12, conductor Constantin Trinks will collaborate with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for an exciting musical feast. Together with pianist David Fray, they will play works by Schumann and Bruckner. Happening at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas at 8.30pm. Tickets are available from


Join Asia’s largest EDM festival at sea in a fourday cruise. Setting sail on November 4 from Singapore to Penang and back, enjoy more than 60 acts from around the world. The party will not stop, especially with David Hasselhoff as captain of the ship. More info at

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Works of art, music and film make the month of November a little more exciting, as we celebrate greats such as Shakespeare and David Bowie


YKLS DOES THE BARD The Young KL Singers deliver their rendition of Shakespeare poetry and prose at Pentas 2, klpac until November 5. Tickets available at


A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME Starhill Gallery will once again host the amazing spectacle of watches and jewellery until November 13.

ROGER BALLEN’S MENAGERIE Influential artist Roger Ballen will exhibit 45 of his iconic photographs at Wei-Ling Contemporary in The Gardens Mall till the end of the year.

LET’S DANCE— PAUL ROBERTS SINGS DAVID BOWIE Former lead singer of The Stranglers, Paul Roberts pays tribute to the legendary David Bowie at a number of venues, including The Gardens Theatre till November 8.

ROCKAWAY THE SAGA CONTINUES Fans of Alleycats and Zainal Abidin rejoice, as they will perform at this rock festival, along with other acts. Catch it live at Extreme Park, Bukit Jalil. rockawayfest


KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES A suburban couple finds it hard to keep up with their new neighbours, especially after discovering that Mr and Mrs Jones are highly trained covert operatives.

26 NEON LIGHTS 2016 Malaysian songbird Yuna, along with indieband Foals and Sigur Ros is set to headline the music and arts festival at Fort Canning Park, Singapore. Happening till November 27.

19 MAHLER’S TITAN Experience the internationally acclaimed baritone, Matthias Goerne, take on songs from Gustav Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Taking place at the Dewan Filharmonik till November 20. Get tickets at





NOVEMBER 3–6 Contemporary Istanbul presents established and emerging artists from the Middle East, Europe and Russia representing the region’s dynamic art scene.

NOVEMBER 11–20 Christian Scott and the Robert Glasper Experiment headline a roster of 2,000 world-class artists and emerging stars at the London Jazz Festival.

NOVEMBER 24 A beloved tradition since 1924, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade rules the streets of the Big Apple with a three-hour procession of floats, mirth and marching bands.

NOVEMBER 27 The Formula One season winds up with a thriller as drivers put their pedals to the composite and scream around the Yas Marina Circuit in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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ALL RICE A staple Malaysian food gets a trendy upgrade with these Hawaiian and Japanese-inspired rice bowls



Build-your-bowl with brown rice, white rice or greens as a base, four veggie options, and various seafood protein, but the draw is premium add-ons like salmon skin and poached egg.


Inspired by the Malaysian nasi campur or economy rice, these poke bowls allow users to DIY their bowl of Japanese short grain rice with 50 toppings, including a choice of vegetarian protein, or salmon, teriyaki chicken and even Gyudon beef! NasiCampurMatSalleh



Among its Japanese-inspired ‘dons,’ the particular crowd-puller is the Barachirashi, (above) a bowl of plump, cubed seafood consisting of salmon, yellow tail, butter fish, maguro and tako—our kind of happy meal.




Balance lies in this bowl of brown rice, cubed salmon sashimi, cucumber salad and crunchy cabbage. facebook. com/rubberduckquackcafe


A bounty of fresh, succulent sashimi seals the deal, with a dollop of creamy guacamole, crab salad and masago tossed in a poke marinade and spicy mayo medley upon steamed rice.


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In Retrospect Solo shows in Europe and the United States celebrate the life’s work of major modern and contemporary artists


Work created by the German artist since the mid’80s, when she moved from East to West Berlin after being banned from exhibiting, is the focus of this show, whose name translates as Blink of an Eye. Her oeuvre spans a large range of media, including poetry and film, but Schleime is best known today for playful large-scale figurative paintings inspired by glossy magazines and personal photos.



Curated by Simone Menegoi, this performative project presents artworks from Italy’s Piedmont region to explore the relationship between the human body, gesture and posture. It is part of the fifth edition of Artissima, Turin’s art fair, which focuses on young and avant-garde artists and promotes artistic and curatorial experimentation.




The first exhibition from the archive of one of the most significant photojournalists in interwar Austria, it celebrates the work from Haas’s early years in Vienna, and from London and New York, where he fled on the eve of World War II.

This show traces transitions in the US artist’s body of work while displaying it as a coherent whole. Paintings, reliefs and sculptures attest to his interest in dynamic compositions that challenge genres.


Alongside its growing list of international galleries, Abu Dhabi Art introduces a series of collaborations with five of today’s foremost curators—Alexandra Munroe, Catherine David, Fabrice Bousteau, Reem Fadda and Tarek Abou El Fetouh. The programme includes site-specific installations, themed exhibitions, performances and panel talks.


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The people, the parties and the events













Elizabeth Marini showcases style with her dress sense

The glitz, glamour and action at fun-filled events around town

Tunku Dara’s private party with friends and the BLVD House launch

Dapper suits aside, minute details do count

We speak to three different personalities about their successes

Sweet serendipity brought Aziq and Farah together

HIGH PERFORMANCE Overlooking the city skyline, Tanzini at G Tower was decked in black and gold for the private launch of the HP Spectre—currently the world’s thinnest laptop

FACES | SOIREE Dato’ Anita Sofi Kamaruddin and Mojgen Nazari

Tunku Dato’ Seri Utama Naquiyuddin

Tunku Puteri Puan Sri Jawahir

Che Puan Sarimah Ibrahim and Tunku Jamie Nadzimuddin

Datuk Shamsul Falak and Dato’ Mohan Karthigasu


Tunku D atu and Tunk k Mudzaffar u Dara N aquiah


Tunku Dara Naquiah organised an intimate get-together for friends and family at Pullman Kuala Lumpur to rejoice over a number of occasions and simply catch up. The event was colour themed orange, which was chosen as Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar, who is president of Malaysia’s Olympic council, also wanted to celebrate the nation’s recent achievements at the Rio Olympics. The memorable night also had Tunku Dara and her brother Tunku Imran serenading the crowd with a number of classic hits. Then cake-cutting sessions took place for the birthdays of her husband, Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar and Dato’ Steve Day, and despite Datin Usha Nair being unable to attend, attendees commemorated Dato’ Mohan Karthigasu’s wedding anniversary too. The party then continued till the wee hours of the morning.

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Tunku Datin Myra Madihah and Tunku Danny Nasaifuddin


Tunku Tan Sri Imran Ja’afar and Dato’ James Jaafar-Greaves Datin Su and Dato’ Steve Day

Tunku Nurul Hayati Tunku Irinah Ja’afar


Toh Puan Zulaikha and Datin Seri Raihan Abdul Rahman

Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar’s sisterin-law, Tunku Irinah made his F1 themed birthday cake

Jeslina Hashim and Tunku Eddy Nasruan Adil

Datin Seri Jeanette and Tunku Dato’ Seri Shahabuddin

60 Datin Catherine Lai

FACES | SOIREE Putri Nadia Izfahani Megat Aziz and Nikola Hassan

Biresh Vrajlal

Johan Najmuddin Koh Li Tim, Chong Yi Von and Len Chia Ron

Shahrin Zahari and Datuk Wira SM Faisal Nasimuddin


Chryseis Tan and SM Faliq Nasimuddin

Ansgar Schlemmer, Monjttra Tang and Raymond Lim

While BLVD House is the brainchild of SM Faliq Nasimuddin, his sister Nadia, who is more experienced in F&B operations, has taken charge to bring the restaurant’s growth to the next level


Marion Caunter and SM Nasarudin Nasimuddin

Dato’ Samson Anand George

As the sun set on Kuala Lumpur, a handful of KL’s most distinguished individuals showed up at Naza Tower to support Nadia Nasimuddin as she and her closeknit siblings celebrated the official launch of its latest premium F&B venture, BLVD House, under the Naza Group. Nadia and her team pulled out all the stops to impress their guests—serving the restaurant’s iconic dishes and mocktails, like its truffle fries and strawberry chamomile drink. For some of the guests, it was the perfect chance to unwind with friends late into the night. Everyone gathered around the array of food to indulge in some selfies and conversation about life and business.

Kristine Goh and Tan Boon Seng

Hamzah A la and Nadia ng Azman Nasimudd in

Angela Karto and Diana Nasimuddin Azlan Iskandar and Ung Yiu Lin

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Follow Suit Nothing is more sexy than a man in dapper formal wear, but these considerably minute touches will make you stand out

Brian Choo


This Bell & Ross gold watch blends well with all shades of colour—adding a touch of class and sophistication to your suit


Dato’ Bernard Chandran

BERNARD CHANDRAN Those with an eye for detail will appreciate these luxurious cufflinks from Salvatore Ferragamo

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Three individuals reflect and pass on personal messages to their next generation to ensure everlasting triumphs

n a collaboration between 5ITIa[QI<I\TMZ Cortina Watch and Patek Philippe, this special feature showcases the loving relationship between parent and child, imparting values from one generation to the next through words of wisdom that are captured through handcrafted letters. These successful personalities o‫ٺ‬er a glimpse of the important principles they hold dear and adhere to, reminding us of the signiÅcance in building a solid foundation for the future, based on heritage.



Labour of Love

As a developer of boutique homes, Raja Fuad Muammar, the director of Presidio Properties, has a strong passion for creating the most beautiful living spaces, and places great importance on design aesthetics, fine workmanship and quality. A father of two, his sons mean the world to him. In his efforts to raise them to become good men, he teaches his boys the important lessons he learnt from his parents and gets pleasantly surprised when his children teach him a thing or two in return.

Raja Fuad Muammar sports a Patek Philippe Ref 5396R-012 Annual Calendar in rose gold with moon phases, 24-hour display and matching fold-over clasp


Forging a Path

With an eye for beautiful aesthetics, Vivienne Cheng, the executive director of Berjaya Corporation Berhad, states that if you pay attention, you can see beauty everywhere, and that one should appreciate things that pleases the senses. And just like the gorgeous timepiece that rests on her wrist, the personal note to her daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which encourages her to pave her own way in the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; celebrates core principles that Patek Philippe attests to: independence, value and heritage.

Vivienne Cheng wears a Patek Philippe Ref 4948G-001 Annual Calendar in white gold with day, date and month apertures with a case set of 347 diamonds


Coming of Age

When it comes to business, Ruben Gnanalingam, CEO of Westports Malaysia, values innovation and quality service as he believes that the only constant in business is change and that customers deserve nothing less than the best. At home, heritage plays a big part because family is all that matters in the end. The father of three sons expects his children to grow up to be fine gentlemen, thus in his message, he reminds them to be mindful of family values and traditions.

Ruben Gnanalingam dons a Patek Philippe Ref 5170R Chronograph in rose gold with central chronograph hand and 30-minute elapsed time counter


Passing the Torch

Philippe Stern and son, Thierry Stern, honorary president and president of Patek Philippe SA; the Patek Philippe boutique at Suria KLCC by Cortina Watch showcases some of the mnest Swiss timepieces in the world

Making watches sans interruption since May 1, 1839, Patek Philippe is the last family owned watch manufacturer in Geneva. Founded by Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe, together the duo set out to establish a company with an enduring philosophy of excellence. Cortina Watch began in Singapore in 1972 and like Patek Philippe, is also family operated, sharing the same values and quest for excellence as the renowned Swiss watchmaker. The decades-old friendship between these two brands echoes the watchmaker’s now famous quote, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation” as a representation of ongoing success, with both family-run brands having since passed on the torch to their respective heirs. Raja Fuad Muammar, Vivienne Cheng and Ruben Gnanalingam all share the same values in both their personal and professional lives. Proud parents, these individuals understand the importance of handing down their wisdom, hope, success and legacy to their children, to empower them to strive further. As Patek Philippe is an icon of beautiful aesthetics, exceptional rarity, deep emotional connections, exciting innovations as well as rich traditions, the watches have become so much more than a method in which to tell time. With respect towards the future, a Patek Philippe timepiece is about endurance, the preservation of principles and continuous accomplishments, a sentiment that Cortina Watch wholeheartedly shares.



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Gearing Ahead Christopher Tan is an affable gent with a deep passion for cars,


ppearing well dressed on a sunny Tuesday afternoon, Christopher Tan walks into the Infiniti showroom in Kuala Lumpur with a smile on his face and extends a friendly handshake when he greets me. Although a busy man, he takes a few hours out of his time to speak to me about his passion for cars and his hands-on leadership approach when it comes to contributing to the family business. Due to his exposure to the automotive industry via the family’s trade, from young, he became increasingly fascinated with the skills it took to drive and operate a car, and thus his love for cars flourished. He joined Tan Chong Motor when he was 21 as its advertising executive and became its sales and marketing director this year. “I love cars! Engine oil runs through my veins,” says Tan jokingly, an apt description for a man that prefers to be behind the steering wheel, to experience and have a better feel of the car. “Every car I get my hands on, I modify. That was how I acquired my automotive engineering knowledge,” he adds. Although Tan has stopped modifying cars, he still counts his limited edition 2002 Nissan Skyline GTR (R34) M-Spec Nur as one of his most prized possessions. As the executive vice president of the automotive arm of the business, he oversees

the Infiniti and Nissan brands under the family business portfolio, with his duties mainly revolving around product planning, sales and marketing, production planning and operations management. Tan believes that in order to steer a ship to success, he and his crew must do so with a knowledgeable and direct approach. “Every member of our company is encouraged to go towards where the action is—to the showrooms, workshops, factories, distribution centres or suppliers—to hear, smell and feel what is happening,” says Tan. This would in turn give his employees a better understanding of their responsibilities as well as the workflow of the business, thus giving them greater appreciation for the roles they play in the grand scheme of things. To maintain a tight ship, Tan notes that the company employs a Plan-Do-Check-Adjust (PDCA) cycle in order to continuously improve every area of the business, an initiative learned from the Japanese. Whenever a new model launches, Tan notes that plans with key performance indexes are made to deliver the goals, followed by ongoing checks to ensure proper implementation of these plans throughout the network. If these objectives are not met, they adjust the plan to adapt to the ever-changing dynamics of business. “Every staff member is regarded as family, because this company is not just owned by the Tan family, but is instead built from the hard work and sacrifice of every single employee,”

“I am proud to say that Tan Chong’s greatest strength and asset lies in its people”


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which helps when you’re working for a local automotive conglomerate, writes Tien Chew


“Every member of our company is encouraged to go towards where the action is”

expresses Tan. Passion and loyalty seem to be the keys to career longevity, as he adds that the company has a great number of staff members who joined the fold as their first job and are still around till today. This goes along with Tan’s belief that building a brand is a long-term relationship that mandates commitment, consistency and sustainability. “To me, the 4Ps as suggested by Philip Kotler (product, place, price, promotion) does play a big role in the marketing and development of brands, but nothing is more important than the fifth P, our People. Hence, I am proud to say that Tan Chong’s greatest strength and asset lies in its people,” he comments with assurance. Under Tan’s leadership, the company is also actively seeking to ensure fewer on-road accidents and greener technologies in their automotive endeavours. For the former, Tan explains that Nissan’s autonomous technology is a revolutionary system to reduce overall motoring accidents as well as to keep driving comfortable, and is already implanted into some of Infiniti’s line-up to ensure a safer and more intelligent drive. On


the green front, Tan says that the company’s Serendah factory, which produces 50,000 Nissan vehicles a year, will soon be installed with solar panels to cover 140,000 square feet. This move is in line with the Electricity Feed-In Tariff, which will provide sustainable, renewable energy that they plan to sell to Tenaga Nasional Berhad at a certain rate. “Our upcoming product line-up will meet and exceed our country’s automotive standards of EEV (Energy Efficient Vehicles), thus allowing our customers to enjoy both an exhilarating driving performance and exceptional fuel economy, while delivering the highest levels of clean emissions,” says Tan in regard to future plans. Two integral qualities that he upholds is humility and passion, where humility allows us to “understand that God gave us talents to be a better person” and passion to “drive us to perform and excel in all that we do.” True to his word, the friendly and cheerful car enthusiast’s passion extends even to his kids, proudly sharing with me that his son can name the model and make of any car he spots on the road. Like father, like son, they say. malaysia tatler . november 2016


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The Art of Activism

Datin Shalini Ganendra brings Jessica Liew up to speed on her


he art scene was once reserved for a private set of audience in Malaysia, when Datin Shalini Ganendra founded the eponymous Shalini Ganendra Fine Art (SGFA) in 1998. At the time, The Private Gallery (as it was known) was developed on the premise of living with art, explains the formidable lawyer-turned-art consultant. Word spread and soon, Datin Shalini’s ‘byappointment’ gallery graduated to a dedicated public space, a purpose-built residence that was also an award-winning ode to green living. Five years onward, the crusading Datin is spearheading the Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur (GWKL), an initiative to bring contemporary Malaysian art and design to local and global audiences, happening from November 25 to 27 this year. Although the current arts industry is still finding its footing, Datin Shalini is positive that Malaysians’ knowledge of it is developing well. Curiosity, she declares, is an important element of art education and appreciation. “We have a variety of guests at SGFA, all united by interest in aesthetics and culture, often from different perspectives,” she says, adding that it’s a real pleasure to respond through information and context. A Sri Lankan native, the now Malaysian Datin Shalini spent several formative years in the United States and the United Kingdom, where she read law at Cambridge and practiced as a corporate finance lawyer in Wall Street, New York. In 1993, she settled in Malaysia with her husband Dato’ Dennis Ganendra, where she became a cultural commentator. In reflection of the ever-changing local creativity, Datin Shalini explains that the gallery evolves every two months. “SGFA hosts about six exhibitions


annually, in addition to special projects. Emphasising the multi-disciplinary is the PavilionNOW series,” she shares, in reference to the outdoor Shadow Garden designed by Eleena Jamil Architect. Artists on exhibit are a mix of local and international, with a focus on emerging regions, but most importantly, mid-career artists. So, how does Datin Shalini describe her art? “My creativity is in bringing art pieces together, and to connect artists. I aspire to develop an appreciative audience who can critique and feel confident to voice opinions and ask questions.” This desire was the tipping point of Datin Shalini’s GWKL endeavour. “GWKL creates a platform to showcase some of the best of Malaysia’s art and design,” she explains, adding that there will be more than 20 participating galleries and public institutions, showcasing creativity through paintings, photography, sculpting and heritage works. GWKL will also host the Luminary Pulse sessions with two international luminaries, Hanif Kara and Christopher Phillips—an opportunity to spark creative dialogue. Among her sentiments which made the deepest impression was her faith in Malaysia

“I aspire to develop an appreciative audience who can critique and feel confident to voice opinions” as a world-class player. “Malaysia has the potential to be a significant voice because there’s so much to say in this transitional period,” says Datin Shalini. We’ve never been more eager to see how our creative scene grows from here. malaysia tatler . november 2016


creative crusade through the inaugural international art marquee, the Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur


A Visual Odyssey Photographer Roger Ballen displays his latest exhibition, Menagerie, in Malaysia and takes time to speak to Tien Chew



hose blessed with a creative mind are able to view life through lenses not usually shared with their less imaginative counterparts. Art mediums the likes of photography understand this sentiment to great effect, manipulating light and the environment to capture all manner of images. Roger Ballen is one of the people that understands this, having over 50 years of experience in photography and leaving his career in geology to pursue his well-known love for the medium. It isn’t difficult to understand why, when Ballen reveals that his mother was one of the pioneers of photographic galleries in the United States. Armed with a solid foundation in the art form, it was only natural that a young Ballen would eventually begin his own journey into the world of photography. “Photography has a few unique characters and it’s the only medium that freezes time. The whole essence of photography circles around this concept, that you’re reproducing a unique moment and leaving behind a statement that could never have been presented in any better way except through photographs,” says Ballen. “About 90 to 95 per cent of the great photographs taken throughout its history, deal with this concept in a very central way, and that’s what separates photography from other art fields,” he adds. Being one who challenges rather than conform to societal norms, you only need to look at some of his celebrated works to see why. Ballen forces the viewer to pause and re-examine the link between the relationships of the objects that have been set up in his artworks. The words ‘dark,’ ‘unsettling,’ ‘ghostly’ or even ‘eerie’ are some of the adjectives that have been used to describe this man’s unique images and narrative.

“Generally speaking, when a person looks at one of my photographs, they have to believe in the authenticity of the moment. If they believe that I created the moment or if it was staged, the picture doesn’t have the impact,” says Ballen. “These aren’t issues that a painter or a sculptor deals with when they display their works.” While his photographic works do indeed challenge the perception of what is often considered the norm, it also addresses an array of issues that he simply describes as visual statements. Since this is the case, Ballen explains that his works cannot be defined in words. “I’ve always said that the best pictures that I’ve taken over the years are the ones that you have no words for,” he opines. When it comes to creating a series, Ballen doesn’t rely on inspiration to get the job done and instead expresses that he works with passion, focus and good old-fashioned discipline. “I always tell students that the best way to learn photography is to take pictures and ponder upon your own work. That’s the best way to improve,” he advises. Although he was born in New York City, he has spent the better part of over 30 years living and working in South Africa. As he ages, he reveals that his works are becoming more and more complex, as his ability to display such complexity through the camera has increased throughout his career. His exhibition titled Menagerie is a multidimensional visual conceptualisation of the meaning of the animal, drawing from the past 20 years of his works, and is targeted to debut at Wei-Ling Contemporary in The Gardens Mall from October 24 and will be on display till the year-end. A number of 45 iconic Roger Ballen works from his past art series, the likes of the Asylum of the Birds, Boarding House, Outland and Shadow Chamber will run alongside his most current body of work entitled The Theatre of Apparitions.

“The best way to learn photography is to take pictures and ponder”

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Fatefully Found, Faithfully Bound What are the odds of your soulmate showing up at your doorstep, and with cake? Yet, that is how Aziq Arif Ariffin chanced upon Farah Liyana Osman which then led to their sweet romance


ziq arif ariffin met Farah Liyana Osman through what would probably be the oddest of ways—an Instagram competition ran by her business, Tigrelily Cakes. When another contestant did not turn up to collect her prize, Liyana made a phone call to Aziq, informing him of the good news that he had been chosen as the next lucky winner. The timing was extremely perfect as Liyana ended up delivering the cake that he won, on his birthday. Coincidentally, Aziq’s father, Tan Sri Mohd Ariffin Yusuf and Liyana’s grandfather happen to be good friends who have known each other for over 30 years, but neither Aziq nor Liyana had met each other until that serendipitous day. Later that night, he found out that Liyana was also once supposed to be introduced to him. After having spent eight months together, and getting to know each other, the couple decided to take the next step in their relationship. Aziq chose to propose to Liyana on her birthday—to return the favour of her making his birthday extra special. Their wedding reception held at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, saw its ballroom decked in a gold, red and cream colour scheme, plus perfumed by the smell of fresh red roses that were placed on the guests’ tables, the entrance as well as the pelamin. Wearing designs by Datuk Radzuan Radziwill, the bride looked stunning in her dress while the groom was dapper in a custom-made songket. Among the esteemed attendees at the reception, were guests of honour HRH of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail and his consort, HRH Tuanku Fauziah Abdul Rashid. The newlyweds were seen beaming with happiness throughout this unforgettable day, surrounded by friends and family.


WEDDING OF AZIQ ARIF ARIFFIN AND FARAH LIYANA OSMAN WHEN August 27, 2016 WHERE Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur DID YOU KNOW Liyana designed and made her own cake for both the akad nikah and reception, with the help of her team from Tigrelily Cakes

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FACES | THE INVITATION Datin Norashikin Mat Jusoh, Puan Sri Abedah, Lily Azumi, Puan Sri Che Puteh Ahmad, Faridah Kasim and Datin Hazlin Hashim

Puan Sri Sharon Chua and Tan Sri Chua Ma Yu


Tan Sri M o and Pua hd Ariffin Yusuf n Sri Abe dah Sem an

Both cakes were five feet tall, with 10 tiers each and featured intricate piping and 100 handmade sugar flowers with Swarovski crystals encrusted all over

Dato’ Sitii Nurhaliza

Dr Poh Keat Seong and Adeline Foong


Dato’ Rosemarie Wee

Alya Osman and Alya Mohamed

Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin

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Datukk Zain Yusuf and HRH Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail

HRH Tuanku Fauziah Abdul Rashid

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Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar and Puan Sri Sharifah Aziah

Azuan Ariffin Datin Sri Pang Ngan Yue and Dato’ Sri Idris Jala


Datin Seri Tan Lee Lee, Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and Dato’ Seri Chen Chaw Min

ICING ON THE CAKE Paying homage to their mixed heritage, their wedding theme drew inspiration from a Hindi movie— Bajirao Mastani, which the couple enjoyed watching. Both bride and groom were initially nervous but calmed down at the sight of their loved ones who showed their support for the lovely pair. Tan Sri Mohd Ariffin Yusuf also shared some fatherly advice for a successful marriage in his heartwarming speech.


Power Dressing Elizabeth Marini is a woman who loves her dresses, and this elegant lady always captivates, whether attending a meeting or having a fun night out



Elizabethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jewellery of choice is usually either diamonds or pearls; she also admits that a current favourite is the gold pearl set from Schoeffel



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ONLOOKER | FACES Dato’ Seri S Tok Pua an Suzanna Abdullah

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Alexan nder Henderson and Dr Jaya Rudralingam


Dato’ Jaime Chan Abdullah and Albert King

Held on the eve of his birthday, this cosy party marks the first round of exciting celebrations with friends and family

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Family Fête BIRTHDAY OF DATO’ TUNKU HARUNNARASHEED PUTRA The newly conferred Dato’ Tunku Harunnarasheed Putra kicked off his birthday celebrations with an intimate gathering organised by his dear mother, Dato’ Seri Tok Puan Suzanna Abdullah. Held at the Lafite restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the family’s nearest and dearest celebrated with a sumptuous European buffet and enjoyed a live music performance, as they chatted late into the night. The evening culminated on a sweet note, with a tuxedothemed birthday cake and song.

Sharada Rudralingam

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Puan Sri Cheah Soon Kok, Dato’ Alice Choon and Dato’ Merina Gan

Che Puan Datin Winnie Low and Puan Sri Dato’ Seri Molly Low

Jessie Kaur and Amrit Kaur


Chriselle Lim and Lauren Fong

Venice Min, Steven Sunny and Ju Wei Teoh

Holistic Beauty

Sophie Yip and Margaret Chin


Chris Tong and Aaron Kee

Korea’s luxury skincare brand Sulwhasoo celebrated the golden jubilee of its ginseng heritage at Pavilion KL. The brand has been cultivating ginseng over the years to deliver precious active ingredients and benefits for customers’ skin through ancient Asian wisdom.

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Songstress Syafinaz Selamat captivated the audience with her melodious voice at the event

Daphne Chua, Lynn Lim and Emily Kong

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FACES | ONLOOKER Billy Ooi paying attention as Mario Felisari gives tips on wearing scarves

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Our discerning guests are meticulous to say the least. They examined every detail of the suits during the styling workshop and paid attention to Mario’s tips


Suit Upgrade

Zhuo Peiyun and Giulia Bedendo

MALAYSIA TATLER AND ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA’S SU MISURA PRIVATE EVENT It was an intimate gathering for a handful of KL’s most stylish men at the Ermenegildo Zegna boutique in Pavilion KL, as the brand and Malaysia Tatler hosted a private do to celebrate the best of Italian made-to-measure excellence. Cocktails and canapés were served as these distinguished men browsed through the selections of the brand’s Su Misura pieces. Then Mario Felisari from Ermenegildo Zegna conducted a workshop on styling a suit and even demonstrated the many ways one can use scarves to add flair to their outfits.


Nasser Latiff of Ermenegildo Zegna making sure the jacket fits Dato’ Simon Foong

Florence Fang

Muhammad Geneid and Farhan Shafee

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Nadia Wong and Amanda Lokman

Glitz and Glamour MODA’S 26TH ANNIVERSARY The night was filled with cheer and laughter during the celebration of yet another year of grand designs and growth by the Malaysian Official Designers Association. A number of designers showcased their creations through a fashion show, parading around with their muses. Guests were wowed by 50 gorgeous looks on exhibition, and cheered for the winner of the Samsung Young Designer’s Award.

Sonny San and Serena Choong


At the event, ppresident of Moda, Gillian Hung, was also officially named the first ppresident of the Council of Asean Fashion Designers

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Dickxon Yew, Samson Wong and Michael Poh

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Chris Seow and Datin Patricia Pee

Weena Marcus and Lisha Ho

Orson Liyu

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Sowing Seeds Maninder Singh Dhillon and Kiran Sidhu


Datuk Uwe Ahrens is the 89th president of the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja

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Helen Gonzalez, Mimi Chong and Andrea Salas


ROTARY CLUB OF KUALA LUMPUR DIRAJA’S ANNUAL GALA BANQUET The Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja celebrated its annual fundraising gala at Shangri-La KL. During the event, Tengku Sulaiman Shah, on behalf of HRH the Sultan of Selangor, launched the MyRtree initiative—a community service project aimed at raising awareness of the environment and enhancing the greenery around Klang Valley. The grand affair also brought other international sister rotary clubs together for a common cause.

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Iwahashi Shigeji and Tabitha Tan

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FACES | ONLOOKER Stefan Wagener and Diana Steinemann

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Winnie Choey and Shawn Mak


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Fil-ing a Void DUBOIS ET FILS DEBUTS IN MALAYSIA DuBois et fils’ limited edition timepieces from Switzerland are now available in Malaysia. Releasing collections that are limited to either 33 or 99 pieces, the independent luxury watchmaker was introduced to our shores by CEO Thomas Steinemann and Jam Ariffin, director of DBF Malaysia, the brand’s sole distributor here. Guests at the launch got to see the timepieces up close, and also learnt that they can purchase shares for DuBois et fils SA through DBF Malaysia.


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Razif Hashim, Kay Ahmad, Jehan Miskin and Sadiq Zulkifli

Mohd Fuad Ahmad and Dato’ Ahmad Zahudi Salleh

DuBois et fils timepieces are produced by the oldest watch factory in Switzerland— operating since 1785

FACES | ONLOOKER Sal Addington and Ying Sill

Fresh Perspectives THE WORLD OF JO MALONE LONDON To coincide with its latest launch of the Basil & Neroli range, Jo Malone London hosted a dinner for the city’s intelligentsia at Nobu KL. Jo Malone London’s lifestyle director Debbie Wild joined Goh Hooi Leng, the brand’s manager in Malaysia, and Margot Dolbeau from Hong Kong for a feast overlooking the city skyline. Guests stayed on till midnight as the wicks of Jo Malone candles burnt through the evening, leaving the air filled with wonderful scents.

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Debbie taught the dinner guests how to pair the scents of the candles with their food to enhance the dining experience

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Nik Tasha Nik Kamaruddin and Datin Wira Jong-Li

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Janie Loy and Fiona Gan Tan Sri Fong Chan Onn Tan Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman


Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit and Datin Ann Sjotveit

The APEA is held across 12 countries annually and is often compared to the Olympics for its stringent entry criteria Danny Teoh and Sally Koay

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ASIA PACIFIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS 2016 A glittering tribute was paid to 42 prominent Malaysian entrepreneurs at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2016. Held at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the regional gala event recognising prestigious business leaders was attended by fellow impresarios and VIPs, including the Minister of International Trade & Industry Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, chairman of Enterprise Asia Tan Sri Fong Chan Onn and foreign dignitaries. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and later on, took part in a luxury auction.

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The limited edition commemorative BR-X1 RS16 collection pieces were the stars of the evening

John Tan and Tay Liam Khoon Eugelina Yap, Phing Quah and Cathrine Koh

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BELL & ROSS AND CORTINA WATCH PARTNER WITH RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE TEAM Bell & Ross and Cortina Watches celebrated the Malaysian Grand Prix with a bang by co-launching a lifestyle pop-up store at Suria KLCC in September. Guests dressed in their most ‘sporty luxe’ getup and got the chance to pore over core collection watches and pieces from Baselworld 2016 while rubbing shoulders with the co-founder of Bell & Ross, Carlos Rosillo.

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Tan Wye Kit, Jing Yi Ong, Ziling Lim and Dr Ong Jin Khang

Roen Cian and Carey Ng

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Frankie Chan, Yap Phei Leen and Stacey Gan

Tung Mei Chin and Hannah Tan

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Carl Graham and Ori Chiew


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Thin is Now In LAUNCH OF THE HP SPECTRE To celebrate the launch of the world’s thinnest notebook, HP Malaysia hosted an exclusive dinner at Tanzini Restaurant, G Tower. Over the course of dinner, guests had the opportunity to be astounded by the Spectre, which comes in a dark grey and copper exterior and embodies the brand’s ‘Keep Reinventing’ ideology— catering to individuals who desire both form and function from their devices.


The 10.4mm thin HP Spectre laptop weighs a mere 1.1kg Manisha Jagan

Imran Fauzi and Anthony Pang

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Perfecting the Pack TUMI’S ASIA GLOBAL CITIZENS CAMPAIGN Held at Pavilion KL, Tumi’s global citizen campaign aims to turn avid travellers’ packing style into an art form. Guests were able to discover their own unique packing personality through a series of flowchart presentations at the event.

Mark Odea, Cecilia Yung and Jeremy Teo

Sharan Va lir and Tan Y am in Yin

Sally Quah and Bryan Loo

Zoe Ho

Lynn Teh

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Building Fun GC TRAILBLAZER GALA 2016 It was a blast from the past at the ninth trailblazer gala dinner and dance hosted by GC Building Technologies. Held at The Eastin Hotel, the event was also a toast to their 21 years of partnership with core brands Dornbracht, Villeroy & Boch and Hoesch.


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Perfect Companions For high-Áying couple Benjamin and Elizabeth Yong, juggling their relationship and work on the go is routine. The pair share how they manage their priorities when connectivity and convenience are just one phone call away

Creature Comforts “While travelling, I value simple comforts like a nod of acknowledgement or a friendly ‘welcome back.’ It’s always good to know you’re being looked after because of your commitment to a preferred brand or service provider,” says Bowerhaus cofounder Elizabeth Lee-Yong, who believes that good products and services inspire loyalty.

TRAVEL PRIVILEGES As part of the exclusive FIRST™ Platinum mobile plan from Celcom, the elite lifestyle of the jet-setting, global citizen is upgraded with comfortable extras like Wonderoam™. For only RM38 per day, you can enjoy Internet anywhere around the world in more than 160 countries.



Go the Distance “When separated by business travels, we WhatsApp and video call a lot. We are always on the go, and travel to seek inspiration and new ideas, which we then talk endlessly about. That’s the relationship we have.”

ROMANTIC APPEAL Travel demands across town or even states need not affect relationships. Distance is irrelevant with unlimited access to selected social apps, allowing FIRST™ Platinum customers to connect freely without the restrictions of space and time. Plus, unlimited calls, SMS and 18GB of Internet give you the freedom to communicate and stay connected with your loved ones anywhere in Malaysia.

Being in a fast-moving F&B business, Benjamin Yong, CEO of BIG Group, values quick, efÀcient service. And being constantly busy, he also welcomes additional privileges like exceptional customer programmes that he can count on.

SPECIAL DEDICATION Every FIRST™ Platinum customer enjoys the privilege of Priority Customer Service, under which they can get in touch with a dedicated team for any assistance, anytime. Whatever your request is, consider it all taken care of with just one phone call.


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Shade, highlight and sculpt your features like a pro with these contour tools

Lancôme ambassadress Penélope Cruz reveals the secret to her ageless appeal

Clé de Peau Beauté presents its Les Années Folles Holiday Collection

Tory Burch provides an easy way to make your outfits fall/ winter appropriate, while also hiding bad hair days


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CHAIN REACTION Sweater, sunglasses and chain strap by Balenciaga. For more from our Futurama shoot, turn to page 140


A Place for Lace Proenza Schouler incorporates the eye-catching lace-up trend in its Fall ’16 collection Lace has always had more of a sexy allure than most other materials, and the lace-up trend is not new by any means—we’ve seen it on a number of creations this spring and summer alone. Not surprisingly, this trend from the ’70s has made a huge comeback and is dominating fall fashion as well. This daring style packs a punch and is adaptable to all types of looks, as it adds interesting detail to the most simple of pieces. Proenza Schouler’s autumn version of this trend, exploring the notion of control and release through lace, is incorporated into gorgeous coats, jackets, intricate tops and sweater dresses. The palette is pale and neutral, punctuated with chrome yellow and cadmium red. LACE ME UP Process and material play key roles in this collection which makes reference to ’60s and ’70s American art

FEDORA ME CRAZY! The easiest way to make any outfit fall/winter appropriate is by capping it off with a cool fedora. It works to hide oily roots and bad hair days plus keeps your head warm, while looking seasonally chic.


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WILD PRINTS Warm up in buttery soft leopard, zebra and cheetah prints

The new Palazzo Empire is one to love. Crafted in the finest calfskin, it can be carried two ways—in the hand or as a cross body with its wide detachable strap. Delicate, through its unstructured form with functional pockets inside, it adds a stylish pop of colour to your getup.


FUR-FECT Fur doesn’t always have to be worn on your body. Take a page out of Joshua Sander’s book and wear it on your feet or head too! Also, it’s never a bad time to look like an adorable little bunny.


Designed for the woman with one foot in the city and the other in the jungle, these looks by Longchamp are the perfect blend of fierce animalistic prints, furry textures and city chic silhouettes. Unleash your inner animal, and look fierce in these creations. malaysia tatler . november 2016

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Mother of three and founder of Dancesteps Studio, Shirena Hamzah likes to keep things simple in life. She prefers focusing her time and energy to achieve quality results—a philosophy she also shares with Estée Lauder Therefore, Shirena believes in choosing only effective and top-of-the-range beauty products for her beauty regime, like Estée Lauder’s latest Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth collection. Two precious and resilient Âowers—the Brazil Everlasting and Himalayan Gentian—are the potent ingredients behind this range consisting of a serum, an eye cream as well as gel and cream moisturisers. These Âowers are imprinted into the brand’s Bio-Active Dew to create the Floralixir Dew, an elixir that lifts, Árms, strengthens and regenerates skin to youthful renewal, exclusive to Estée Lauder. “Its beneÁts and results are clearly visible through my skin, and I love how light and refreshing the products are when I apply them,” says Shirena, who also enjoys the range’s Âoral scent.



Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfection SkinFusion Texture by Guerlain Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion by Dior

Sisleÿa Le Teint by Sisley Paris

Touche Éclat Le Teint by YSL


Get a perfectly luminous glow with our picks of the latest lightweight, long-lasting foundations


Give the gift of crystal clear skin in the form of the iconic SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, swathed in vibrant shades of traditional Japanese marbling called Suminagashi. The signature ingredient of Pitera ensures that the skin is party-perfect to match the festive season too. 124

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The Mane Concern Give your scalp the attention it deserves with the in-salon Kérastase Masquargil mask as an indulgence to your hair ritual


here’s no escaping airborne pollution. We’re exposed to it as soon as we step outside, on our daily commute and when we run errands. Unfortunately, the adverse effects of pollution are physical, and our hair is not spared. Like other parts of our body, the scalp shares a similar skin structure, but due to its extra sweat glands, it is more susceptible to sebum. Environmental pollutants distress the scalp easily, resulting in itchiness, hair fall and sensitivity. The Kérastase three-step, in-salon protocol helps enhance and balance the health of your scalp, starting with the revolutionary anti-pollution Masquargil clay mask. As part of the Kérastase in-salon personalised ritual, the Masquargil mask eliminates impurities and pollutants intensively, unclogging

pores, eliminating oil, sweat and pollutant particles. Composed of 20 per cent Kaolin, the deeply clarifying treatment invigorates with a metabolism balancing and cooling effect. Following that, cleanse with a prescribed Specifique Bain for added efficiency and better results. The second step is a soothing massaging care with the Masque Hydra Apaisant, a gel cream to massage into hair and scalp to moisturise and soothe discomfort. As a result, hair is softer, nourished and supple. The third step imparts intensive cure with the Cures Intensive scalp treatments, enriched with superior Scalpceutical molecules and AOX Complex targeting hair loss, dandruff and discomfort. Restore the health and beauty of your hair from the root to tip. It all begins with the attentive care and protection of the scalp in these three indulgent steps. Q

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TRAVEL COMPANIONS Whether it’s sunny shores or snow-capped slopes that you’re headed to, stay beautiful with compact, travel must-haves Makeup Ready Keep the Bobbi Brown Party Prep Skincare set close for travelfriendly skincare basics that set the foundation for great makeup

CAVIAR FOR SKINCARE As your skin matures, so must the enriching properties of skincare. La Prairie’s newest Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion contains light yet potent exclusive caviar water extracted from steam-distilled caviar beads. It enhances skin tone, instantly hydrates skin and improves elasticity, proving to be a decadent experience for your complexion. Complement it with other skin-loving beautifiers in the Skin Caviar range.


They say that happiness is a box of chocolates, but we say that the new colours of Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge are harder to pass up. Makeup artist Lisa Eldridge has created 50 new shades of pinks and reds, in a choice of sheer, cream or matte finishes.

Multipurpose Maintenance Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Multi Repair Oil hydrates and softens hair, skin and body for 24 hours. Each droplet promotes an overall radiance

FIVE TIMES THE CHARM The new N°5 L’Eau is a modern take of the young Chanel woman—full of surprises, relevance and personality embodied by LilyRose Depp. The N°5 opens with citrus notes, catches on with a floral encounter and rounds off with invigorating vetiver and cedar. A praise of modern simplicity, bottled in the classic, bevelled Chanel glass.

Portable Facial Pack the ultimate travel treat, the Lancôme Ultimate Rose Serum Mask, with regenerative rose extracts to revitalise weary skin


Anya Hindmarch takes us on a throwback to the ’80s with their AW16 Collection


nya Hindmarch celebrates the nostalgia of early digital design and graphics by combining it with impeccable craftsmanship for the brand’s AW16 Collection. The range showcases pixels and classic computer games with offerings in varying shades of primary colours of cobalt blues, burgundy red, yellow, white and orange alongside rich leathers and fur embellishments. New this season, the Vere is a luxurious satchel made from fine silk calf leather, with labelled pockets lining the interior. The straps can be adjusted or detached easily—with other options available. The hand embroidery and crystal embellishment feature familiar computer game symbols such as Space Invaders and of course, the iconic Pac-Man. This season, the top selling Ebury Featherweight embossed with All Over Stickerss comes in red, silver and black. The AW16 Collection even consists of a range outerwear embellished with fur, jewels and leather, to give texture to your attire; plus pixelated diamante stickers to bejewel accessories or gadgets. Other additions include e the Orsett, Riley and Ephson Top Handle. In line with the AW16 Collection, Anya Hindmarch launched the ‘PIX by Anya’ app— available on the App Store and Google Play—

letting you create pixelated artwork using any photo, and share it with the hashtag #PIXbyAnya and tagging @anyahindmarch. This cool and quirky range, reminds us that fashion should always make you smile! Check out the fun collection at the Anya Hindmarch store on level three of Pavilion KL, or call 03-2142 0989 Q

Thanks to Decorté’s Moisture Liposome Pre-Serum Booster and Liposome Treatment Liquid, Sally Quah and Teresa Thian glow with vitality. The deep penetrating moisture and anti-aging properties from its signature Liposome technology guarantees clarity of skin

“It’s my secret indulgence; I put on the preserum booster day and night, then wake up to clear, radiant skin— no mess, no fuss!”


THE ULTIMATE INDULGENCE The idea of having it all in life—be it family, career and an immaculate physical appearance—has become less of a myth and more of a reality for women today. Friends, lady bosses and dedicated mothers, Sally Quah and Teresa Thian are examples of how you can have your cake and eat it too—because, let’s face it, we need an indulgence every now and then. Similarly, our skin needs tender love and care, so pampering yourself with skin savers like Decorté’s Moisture Liposome Pre-Serum Booster and Liposome Treatment Liquid is a way to give your skin the just desserts it deserves. “It’s my secret indulgence; I put on the pre-serum booster day and night, then wake up to clear, radiant skin—no mess, no fuss!” confesses designer and florist Teresa with a smile. On her part, Sally enjoys applying the product, with its smooth and nonsticky texture, as a way to decompress. “Seeing my skin glow afterwards makes putting the products on worth the time,” shares Sally. Beautifully said, by these gorgeous ladies. Pop by Decorté’s counter at Parkson Pavilion for a complimentary trial and personalised skin consultation—call 03-2110 5966 to make your appointment. Sally and Teresa share their secret indulgences and #mydecortemoment at



Bobbi Brown Retouching Face Pencil A pencil to highlight and touch up

NARS Contour Blush There’s nothing slicker than a two-way blush to build dimension while adding a healthy flush

Estée Lauder Eyelighting Crème A touch of highlight to illuminate facial features

Cover FX Contour Kit Glow like a goddess with this simple and easy to use sculpting kit

Shading and strobing made easy and compact with both nibs in two opposite tones


Shade, highlight and sculpt your features like a pro with these contour tools that are all the rage Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour Duo No1 For bronzed dimensions

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette An expert palette for contour queens


1. Identify your face shape Determine if you’re a diamond, heart-shape, oval or round 2. Determine skin tone Accentuate areas of your face with a lighter coloured concealer or highlighter 3. Contour with matte textures Choose a pencil, powder or cream product that is two tones darker than your skin tone, to shape and define your facial structure

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BEAUTY BEYOND YEARS Lancôme ambassadress Penélope Cruz reveals the secret to her ageless appeal, and the lessons in life that enhances her beauty inside and out


eauty takes shape from a tender age, and as a woman advances in years, so does her attitude and confidence towards it. One such woman who embodies a beauty that matures with age is none other than Spanish actress Penélope Cruz. Known for her tumbling, silky brunette locks, large, expressive eyes and sensual smile, which has not faded a day since her screen debut as an adolescent, it’s no wonder that in her 40s, Cruz’s beauty is continually celebrated through her role as a Lancôme ambassadress.


“Growing up in Europe I have a serene relationship with age,” Cruz attributes this attitude with a modest outlook. Awareness of beauty came at an early age for Cruz, starting from the afternoons spent at her parents’ beauty salon in Alcobenas. As she watched women come and go, she realised how important beauty was to them. “They had devoted this time to pampering themselves, becoming more beautiful and feeling better,” she recalls. This shaped her fondness for cosmetics, and a young Cruz grew up experimenting with beauty products—of which mascara was her fascination. From then on, she developed an eye for beauty and malaysia tatler . november 2016

admits to collecting Lancôme images from magazines, notably of campaigns starring Isabella Rossellini. “The message was really liberating and inspiring. There were no words, just an image, and of course, always a beautiful homage to love and the energy of it,” says the actress who would later go on to represent the face of Lancôme one day. Her deep impression of the brand makes her role as ambassadress a natural, genuine one. She starred in the 2015 La Nuit Trésor campaign, a modern update of the iconic Trésor perfume where she relates to many moments and stages of her life. Another Lancôme product she is fond of is the malaysia tatler . november 2016

lipstick, with its subtle rose scent that remains unchanged till today. “L’Absolu Rouge has a great palette going from summery pinks that I wear when it’s sunny, to deep burgundies for the evenings, or a mix of brown and beige for a smooth day look,” recommends the long-time fan. Cruz’s approach towards skincare is unfussy yet preventative. Over time, she’s transitioned to minimal makeup with nourishing creams and cleansers, and only does the full works for evenings out. That’s a sign of being comfortable in her own skin, which she affirms by describing how important a skincare

ELIXIR OF YOUTH Even in her 40s, Penélope Cruz continues to count on Lancôme as part of her beauty ritual, citing the Grandiôse Liner and L’Absolu Rouge Définition as staples

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Both iconic and innovative, these products hold a special place in Cruz’s beauty ritual

the pressure they are putting on you to fit in a box. I’m just grateful for what I have, and I will feel like this when I am 50 and when I am 60!” she resolves. As Cruz progresses through the times, so does her take on beauty. “You learn the importance of looking after yourself,” she discovered. “Once you are healthy, you can deal with everything else, whatever the problem is.” Through motherhood, Cruz also had a life-changing experience. “These are the happiest times of my life. I enjoy everything we do together and I don’t want to miss anything,” she says. It is also through the eyes of her little ones that she finds her youthful self again. Her dedication to being a mum is reflected in her acting career (“the more you resemble what you’ve dreamed of, the more authentic you are”), through her starring roles in All About My Mother and Ma Ma. It touched her maternal side and she learned how to appreciate her family more than ever. It’s plain to see that at the many points of Cruz’s life, her poignant perceptions ring true to the image of Lancôme, a sensitive, romantic and independent woman. Her ageless beauty is reinforced by love—for her life, family, career and herself. Her parting thoughts: “I don’t know if love can solve everything, but it’s one of those things, like children, that can turn your life into a wonderful thing.”

Current obsession: Teint Idole Cushion

Magic wand: Grandiôse mascara

Her life story: La Nuit Trésor perfume


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routine is to her, especially since the skin regenerates itself at night. As an actress, Cruz emphasises the role of the eyes in portraying a character. “An actress’s gaze is what brings life to her character! It’s hard to lie with your eyes, they are the door to your soul, your feelings,” she shares. Mirroring this is her amazement of the Grandiôse volume-enhancing mascara as well as the Grandiôse eye liner, with its rotative head that bends the tip to easily line the inner corners of eyes. It’s a “life-changer” product that she swears by for the red carpet and for an edgier look. Either way, “It’s a timeless look that I have adopted since I was a teenager,” she shares. One thing that remains unchanged throughout her lifelong connection to Lancôme, is her regard for the brand’s homage to feminine beauty. “It’s about conveying a special kind of enchantment, an internal beauty that comes from a connection deep within you,” she describes. The image of Lancôme’s sensitive, romantic and independent woman is the character Cruz builds on to express the different light and shade for each campaign. Cruz has brought to life many a new character by exploring different parts of herself whenever she stars in a new movie. Consequently, she’s sensitive about the portrayal of movie stars in the spotlight especially as they grow older. “You really feel

“You learn the importance of looking after yourself. Once you are healthy, you can deal with everything else, whatever the problem is”

SOFT SPOT Among the many Lancôme favourites of Cruz’s is the Advanced Génifique, which has benefitted her for many years

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Season of Flamboyance


he year-end spirit of merrymaking and holiday cheer greatly influences our mood and the way we carry ourselves. Colours take on a dazzling facet, mirroring the season’s revelry. Makeup follows suit with a decadence established in the Roaring Twenties. And channelling that vibrant and provocative era, Clé de Peau Beauté presents the Les Années Folles Limited Edition Holiday Collection 2016. To create this stunning offering that’s a feast to the eyes as well as on the eyes, Clé de Peau Beauté engaged pop artist Ashley Longshore to bring the art deco era to life through packaging illustrations. The result: dainty, elegant paintings imprinted on lip and


eye palettes, and a makeup brush pouch. It took a year for Longshore—whose muse was the glamorous and daring artist, Tamara de Lempicka—to design the collection. Longshore merged shades of gold and silver, and striking colours for her artwork. “After we got the right inspiration, I sent my paintings to Lucia [Pieroni]. We narrowed down the most suitable paintings which were then translated into beautiful packaging designs to fit the brand,” she shares. “Aside from focusing on the concept of radiance and youth, I implemented a bold, fearless beauty.” While Longshore’s paintings are famously daring and loud, she also has a series of paintings that celebrate women and beauty, as projected in the collection’s eye colour palette. The eye shadows consist of colours that are simultaneously modern and retro. malaysia tatler . november 2016


Clé de Peau Beauté captures the essence of feminine empowerment with the Les Années Folles Holiday Collection

To complete the cosmetic range is a set of colour artisanal makeup brushes with luxuriously soft and supple materials to aid in flawless application. The Les Années Folles woman illustrated on the pouch dons a peacock headdress, a creature of dazzling beauty projecting the season. Five brushes cater to different facial features with its own application specialities, from soft, roundtipped eye shadow brushes for blending and layering, to lipstick brushes that outline lips with precision. Lastly, the iconic la crème rounds up the collection in a limited edition packaging inspired by the era’s glitz and glamour. The jar’s jewellery motifs splay an aurora reflection likened to the era’s poised beauty of “a confident woman who walks into a room knowing exactly who she is,” says Longshore. This season, rejoice and revel in your femininity like the empowering Les Années Folles woman. Reinforce bold beauty with the glitz and glamour of the Holiday Collection by Clé de Peau Beauté.

ELEGANT DECADENCE Pop artist Ashley Longshore married the provocative Roaring Twenties with the elegance of Clé de Peau Beauté through glamorous illustrations

“Aside from focusing on the concept of radiance and youth, I implemented a bold, fearless beauty” Housed in a geometric package are shades like glossy primrose, glittering gold dust, deep sea green and silver mist. “I feel that, with a brand like this, we’re actually doing the same thing in a different form—I’m painting on a canvas and we’re using these amazing products to paint our face,” Longshore opines on the link between her artwork and the product itself. Marking the emboldened era, women accentuated their femininity with vivid, head-turning colours. The lip colour palette, with its rich, silky textures, adds voluptuous seduction to lips. The Putting on the Ritz palette with reds and gold feature a red camellia painting, to signify the cherished season. Gilded Grape, on the other hand, stars strains of purple lipstick and a pearlescent gloss, in a palette featuring a hummingbird—a symbol of magical, priceless moments. Of her favourite colours in the collection, Longshore names the turquoise on gold leaf and soft pink with silver leaf. “I created more subdued colours for a bejewelled effect,” she says, preferring to let the colours within stand out. malaysia tatler . november 2016

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FUTURAMA Shiny leather, neons and metallicsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;blaze through the season with neoteric flair Photography NICK KRASZNAI Creative Direction ALEX SLAVYCZ Styling JUSTINE LEE

FINAL FRONTIER Coat by Versace. Opposite page: Coat and top by Emilio Pucci; trousers by 3.1 Phillip Lim; boots by Carven

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CITY LIGHTS Jacket by Sacai; earrings by Christian Dior


BLADE RUNNER Coat by Versace; sunglasses by Christian Dior. Opposite page: Dress by Alexander McQueen; belt and key ring by Prada; gloves by Max Mara


START ME UP Shirt and vest by Dior Homme; stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own ring and necklaces. Turn to p.184 for our fashion shoot, Like a Rolling Stone


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Spontaneous Elements Calvin Klein adds unexpected accents to captivating creations When it comes to dressing for the cooler months, blacks, whites and neutrals are what we naturally gravitate toward. It looks put-together and it’s easy to match, but some might argue that it’s playing it too safe and isn’t adventurous enough for the fashionforward. So what happens when you add pops of metallic colours to an ensemble like that? It infuses the clothes with an unexpectedly vibrant energy, which is much needed for the sleepy winter season. Which is what Calvin Klein does, as the label adds dimension through the use of lustrous silver, gold and rose gold metal foil on outerwear linings and even standalone pieces, giving an interesting twist to the more traditional outfits.

BOXES ALL CHECKED Products from Dior Homme 2016 Accessories Collection


FLAIR AND SQUARE As fashion is always recycled, we welcome back this early 90s style with joy—not to be worn on just flannel like before, checks look cool on bags, shoes, cardholders and even belts too, and the chequered design will have you looking edgy.

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COLOUR YOUR CITY These limited edition London sneakers by Dolce & Gabbana consist of 10 adorable designs inspired by nine cities around the world, with d exclusively l i l for f online li orders. d Th one made The shoes feature iconic landmarks from each city.


BAROQUE GONE ROGUE The Stark Leather Insignia by MCM is inspired by the baroque era and European antiquity. Crafted from supple lambskin leather, this funky bag is decorated with fox fur patches and a detachable metal chain.


Phillip Lim’s collection of wardrobe essentials such as the moto, denim, and field jacket are modernised and recut in cotton poplin to be worn as ‘shirts’ for a seasonless layering that keeps you warm and cosy. malaysia tatler . november 2016


MILESTONE CREATION The new Volvo XC90 T8 has a strong presence on or off the road

Charged for the Future Volvo Car Malaysia marked its 50th anniversary with the launch of the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine


arlier this year, Volvo Car Malaysia celebrated its golden anniversary with the launch of the XC90 T8 Twin Engine— the first ever plug-in hybrid electricity vehicle assembled in Malaysia and most technologicallyadvanced model developed by the Swedish carmaker thus far. The new XC90 bears the brand’s distinctive Thor’s Hammer headlamp and a modern face that sets the tone for future Volvos. The luxurious interior includes a handmade Orrefors crystal gear lever, diamond-cut controls and ergonomically-designed seats wrapped in Nappa leather that is comfortable and protects the spine. Combining new aesthetics with unrivalled power and fuel efficiency, plus superb safety features, this energy efficient vehicle ticks all the right boxes. Q

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DOWN TO BUSINESS Andre stylishly dons a Lord’s Tailor suit and shirt, Paul Smith pocket square, Montblanc sunnies, Tag Heuer watch and Dolce & Gabbana document holder

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hen andre amir turned 30, the desire to do something new was strong. This led to his wardrobe makeover, and what started as an experiment evolved into a d passion. An avid photographer and Instagram blogger with a massive following, he dedicates his page to his suave style and news on men’s fashion in Malaysia, with quality pictures taken usingg his Sony camera. “Since then, I have evolved in so many ways and I’ve never stopped myself from trying on something new.”” Andre enjoys the more laid-back fashion scene in Malaysia, as well as collecting fun accessories; his head-turning sense of style has also won him accolades such as the Male Style Star of o the Year award by Zalora. “I do love testing trends early so byy the time it sets in, I’m already on the next season’s trend!” Hiss tip is to “Visualise [yourself in the outfit.] If you can’t, try it on. If it doesn’t please you, take it off.” It’s as simple as that.

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Ever the rebel, Andre Amir’s style is boldly refreshing and stylishly fun


3% ' JAS ON W U The New York-based Canadian fashion designer (pictured with Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas), who has created dresses for Michelle Obama and T-shirts for Hillary Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign, describes his daily routines

 ! ) '! My grooming routine is minimal. I usually cut my own hair. I cleanse with Caudalieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Instant Foaming Cleanser and I also steal female friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SK-II Facial Treatment Masks.




 / n% 3%  HQQN %n%n - % 3 n3 I always have the same thing for breakfast: two hard-boiled eggs, orange juice and iced coffee. Lunch is usually a salad or sushi. For dinner, I love cooking at home.


The Caudalie VinothĂŠrapie Spa at The Plaza is my favourite place to unwind. I love the merlot wrapâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect 30-minute rejuvenating interlude in my busy schedule.

Drinking a lot of water is extremely beneficial to your body. I also drink a glass of red wine every night with dinner. Mathilde Thomas taught me that the resveratrol in wine is the best way to nourish your body.

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I always travel with Caudalieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty Elixir, for which I designed the limited edition bottle. Spritzing after a long flight is almost like coffee for my skin. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also great during show prep. The light scent of mint is a perfect refresher and it immediately makes me feel revived.

Snapchat is my guilty pleasure. I think fashion takes itself too seriously sometimes and Snapchat is a fun way to get behind the scenes.







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4. Murdock Beard Conditioner and Shaving Brush Take excellent care of your beard with a moisturiser that protects and softens, and a synthetic brush that gently exfoliates dead skin cells.

5. Bobbi Brown Face Tonic Applied right after cleansing, this conditioning tonic restores and balances the skin, leaving it soft, supple and soothed for the treatments to follow.

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ROLLING AHEAD WITH ZEGNA Making an entrance is what Datuk Kelvin Tan does best, and he does it better when dressed in Ermenegildo Zegna

Photography KIM MUN, DL STUDIO Words and Styling ONG CHIN HUAT Art Direction ALLAN CASAL

FLASH MOB What better way to step onto the red carpet and dazzle the paparazzi than rolling up in a luxury car attired in Ermenegildo Zegna formalwear and bowtie? “You can always rely on Zegna to look classy,” Datuk Kelvin Tan says. With the Su Misura service offered by Zegna, everything is personalised and finished by hand, right down to the label of the customer’s name sewn discreetly on the inside of the jacket. It’s an experience which sets this Italian menswear brand apart, and something which Tan relishes.

HE’S GOT SUAVE “Don’t forget to smile, it’s only business.” When the occasion calls for it, Datuk Kelvin turns on his charm. And with his trimmed down physique and buffed up body, he opts for more form fitting outfits. “The fabric on this suit is incredible and the cut is very comfortable... it feels like my second skin,” Tan remarks about the Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo 600 wool suit, tie and pocket square he has on. “I must have worn a lot of Zegna in my previous life,” he jokes while flashing his mega-watt smile.

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SLAMDUNK Shooting hoops and scoring points doesn’t get more stylish than in ZZegna’s black jeans and leather jacket. While clean eating and keeping fit is part of Tan’s daily routine, he also doesn’t forget to have fun. “It’s important to learn how to be comfortable in your skin. If you don’t, how can you be comfortable around others?” Rhetorical it may be, but Tan’s philosophy holds a grain of truth. “I’m most comfortable in a T-shirt and pair of jeans, and this outfit represents everything I like about Zegna.”

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NEVER NEVER LAND With cacti, robots and unicorns splashed across clothing, menswear is entering a permanent— and socially acceptable—adolescence. Add to that a pervading Bowie influence and we are in for a colourful autumn. Chloe Street sheds light on the menswear trends of the season Photography JASON LLOYD-EVANS




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L I K E A R O L L I N G S T O N E Channel the legendary Mick Jagger with looks that appeal to your inner rocker—ensembles inspired by the band’s escape to the Côte d’Azur in the early ’70s Photography STEFAN GIFTTHALER Styling REBECCA BAGLINI

PAINT IT BLACK Top and trousers by Dolce & Gabbana. Opposite page: Coat by Berluti; sweater by Ralph Lauren; trousers by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

GIMME SHELTER Coat by Dior Homme; sweater by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci; trousers by Berluti; shoes by Ermenegildo Zegna. Opposite page: Trenchcoat by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci; jeans by Dior Homme


SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Sweater by Todâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Opposite page: Coat by Dolce & Gabbana; trousers by Berluti









In salute of marine travel, Bell & Ross looks to the sea for its new limited editions

The Chanel J12 boasts a dainty new look that can be worn in many ways




Patek Philippe induces renewed fascination for its timepieces

A-listers don dazzling jewellery at the 73rd Venice Film Festival

Tiffany & Coâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Masterpieces 2016 in three beloved themes



BOHÈME RHAPSODY The Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery timepiece unites the best of the collection through codes of fine watchmaking

SEA BOUND In a salute to the world of marine travel, Bell & Ross looks to the sea for its new limited edition collection


emporarily switching from the sky to the sea, the latest Bell & Ross Instrument de Marine collection brings three handsome, exclusive limited edition timepieces to its stable. Harking back to the legendary 18th century clock invented by John Harrison, the new watches embrace the original marine chronometer and makes it suitable for wristwear. Exuding

contemporary and retro touches, bronze, rose gold and grade 5 titanium give a playful yet faithful take on this ancient clock in the form of 500 BR 01 Instrument de Marine watches, 99 BR-X1 skeleton chronographs and 20 BR-X1 tourbillon chronographs. The brand’s signature aesthetics flow throughout this series of marine discovery, and give watch aficionados with an affinity for the open water, an excuse to pick up a new watch.

MARINE DISCOVERY The BR 01 Instrument de Marine (left) and BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph (right) harken back to 18thcentury maritime discoveries


Displaying 12 brightly coloured nautical flags on the dial, the Corum Admiral Legend 42 Chronograph with its iconic 12-sided case conceal an automatic movement with hour, minute, small second, chronograph and date displays—all with a power reserve of 42 hours. 194

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Watchmaking master Richard Mille released a luxury pen that shares its roots with the brand’s famous mechanical movements. It is a symbol of the brand’s entire philosophy—taking over four years to research and develop this masterpiece.

SOARING HIGH The F-22 Raptor is one of the most advanced stealth fighters in the world. It is also the inspiration for Luminox’s F-22 Raptor 9240 series, a loving tribute crafted from ultralight titanium with design cues from the jet itself. The shape of the bezel and two of the centre links of the bracelet take direct cues from the angles of the Raptor’s wings, while the shape of the case reflects the body of the jet, and the crown its engines. At night, the watch’s hands and hour indicators feature luminous ‘night vision tubes’ for increased legibility under low light conditions.

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LOVELY ON THE WRIST Titoni unveils the latest model in its Miss Lovely collection, a playful yet refined piece that features a dark purple dial with seven crystals and a bubbly ovalshaped hour hand. The gold and silver steel bezel-rings are enhanced with crystal stones, for added allure.

In Perpetual Motion Swiss watchmaker Edox adds a new timepiece to its Les Belmonts lineup with a perpetual calendar timepiece, a complex complication typically reserved for high-end mechanical timepieces. This classically styled quartz watch also comes in five variants, featuring an easy to read display, a stainless steel casing with pink PVD coating, and is water resistant to 30 metres, making it an easy everyday watch choice.



XS-ive Luxury The Chanel J12 has a new look, one that can be worn in many ways. Lily Ong travelled to Seoul to meet the J12 XS and discovered that good things do come in small sizes after all



he house of Chanel continues to champion the values of its founder, Mademoiselle Coco Chanel. Her work is often focused on the liberalisation and emancipation of women—a message strongly emphasised in 2000, when Chanel introduced its first unisex watch, the J12. Its clean lines and sporty-driven aesthetics generated quite a buzz during that time. The J12 would eventually evolve, and while it retains the use of high-tech, non-scratch ceramic in black and white over the years, the newer models of the J12 would include details and mechanisms such as precision-cut diamonds, a moon phase, a flying tourbillon and a mirror dial, among other impressive features. This year, Chanel has worked its iconic timepiece into a smaller diameter format. Christened as the J12 XS, the name of this latest reincarnation pays tribute to its extra small size. Interestingly, the XS can also refer to ‘excess,’ which hints at the watch’s luxuriousness. The charm and characteristics of the original J12 remain at the heart of this new version, with the only obvious change being

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the timepiece’s resizing to 19mm. The cases for the pieces in this collection still uses white or black high-tech ceramic and steel, with 18k white gold for certain pieces. All models have an inner bezel set with brilliant-cut or baguette-cut diamonds, whereas the dial comes in black or white lacquer, black onyx or white onyx. In addition, the J12 XS has a quartz movement and offers hours and minutes functions, complete with a patent calfskin strap to complete its elegant look. Its smaller size enables the brand to include new possibilities for the J12 XS. You can wear the watch on its own, but for the sake of variety, the timepiece is also incorporated into fashionable one-off piece models that flaunt the maison’s expertise in couture. The watch’s smaller diameter format means that it can always help its wearer to tell time discreetly, while being on-trend and oh-sochic at the same time. Luxe cuffs are among the accessories one can incorporate the J12 XS into. There’s quite a selection to choose from when it comes to the cuffs: black and white, small and large models, either stacked, slim or thick in design, with and without diamonds. The cuffs are made from calfskin, some with a patent finish

GLOVE LOVE From left: If you like it, you have to put a J12 XS ring on it; in a tribute to couture, the timepiece is worked into accessories such as these handmade gloves



CHANEL COUTURE CODES France’s best craftsmen were brought in to infuse the Parisian maison’s luxurious details into the J12 XS; black sequins meet calfskin cuff for a touch of luxury (below)

and the others in matte. The star attraction of these cuff watches is a prestigious calfskin model, that is made available with sequins and spherical glass beads. In a twist of innovation, the J12 XS is also fashioned into a ring. This minute watch is a one-off piece, made from black ceramic and white gold and adorned with baguette-cut diamonds and a round faceted diamond. Last but not least, a personal favourite from the J12 XS collection is the piece that was worked into a pair of gloves—available in supple black lambskin or a special lambskin that is hand-embroidered with black beads. Paying tribute to its couture roots, the making of the J12 XS models involved France’s most brilliant craftsmen: glovemakers from the House of Causse and couture embroiderers from Maison Lesage. To make the new J12 XS line even more desirable, there are also six sequinned styles, which


are hand-embroidered by Maison Lesage to resemble the intriguing patterns that are found on exotic animals like that of a python, alligator and shark. There’s plenty to love about the J12 XS, especially its unexpected juxtaposition of toughness and gentle femininity as well as the contrast between its couture heritage and subtle hints of street-inspired vibes. All of which was seen during the launch of the J12 XS collection in Seoul, South Korea, when the brand invited different ‘it’ girls to exemplify these aforementioned contradicting qualities. Gracing the launch party were women such as beloved K-pop singer and actress Bae Suzy as well as cool chick Korean model, Irene Kim. Both ladies are the ideal concept of femininity that Chanel stands for: successful, emancipated and timelessly beautiful. I personally think that Mademoiselle Chanel herself would have approved. malaysia tatler . november 2016

Interestingly, the XS can also refer to ‘excess’, which hints at the watch’s luxuriousness

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ELEGANCE PERSONIFIED Montblanc’s latest Bohème collection was launched in an arena dedicated to the different pillars of fine watchmaking; (opposite page) Xue Xiaolu, notable Chinese film director gazes at the fascinating Bohème timepieces

Bohème Rhapsody


ontblanc is a brand synonymous with fine writing instruments, leather goods and exceptional timepieces. It is a brand that celebrates the achiever, the successful endeavours of the human spirit when it is tested, and emerges triumphant. The maison’s timepieces also echo this sentiment and as women began to play increasingly important roles in today’s progressive society, so too has the brand’s feminine watch collection evolved


to welcome this positive trend. This year, the Bohème collection enters new playing fields in the world of horology with certain watches adding desirable functionalities, aesthetics and an undeniable femininity. At a grand event in Beijing recently, Montblanc unveiled its latest series for the discerning lady, bringing new additions to an already impressive lineup. The Bohème collection furthers the maison’s focus on fine watchmaking with each timepiece representing an interpretation of the design code characteristics of the collection, all while presenting new innovations. malaysia tatler . november 2016


Purveyor of fine goods, Montblanc elevates its ladies timepiece collection to new territories, writes Tien Chew

“The new Bohème line respects the same watchmaking codes of the collection” For the first time ever, Montblanc introduces its signature patented ExoTourbillon automatic calibre movement in its ladies’ watch collection. Called the ExoTourbillon Slim, the watch takes the mechanical marvels of fine Swiss watchmaking and presents it in an elegant and expressive timepiece. Taking three years of research and development to produce, the one-minute ExoTourbillon was crafted entirely in-house and comes with a stopsecond mechanism—a function that stops the movement in order for time to be synchronised to different time zones with incredible precision. Beyond its beautiful tourbillon, the timepiece features incredible attention to detail. For example, the movement has been decorated according to the high standards of fine watchmaking, sporting Côtes de Genève malaysia tatler . november 2016

decoration on the bridges and micro-rotor, mirror polishing on the tourbillon bridge in the shape of a twirling stick, satin finishing on the main plate and sunray finishing on the plate below the micro-rotor. This finesse and elegance carries over to the watch’s dial as it comes made with mother-of-pearl and an entrancing guilloché pattern, where curvy Arabic numerals surround the dial. The timepiece arrives in a 38mm red gold case with the height of only 9.37mm, a measurement that Montblanc claims to be perfect for feminine wrists. Should bling be your thing, the watch also comes in a jewellery version that adds 144 TopWesselton diamonds surrounding the centre


The ExoTourbillon measures a mere 4.5mm in height, a feat in itself for its calibre of complexity


A FEMININE APPEAL The area that ushered in Montblanc’s new ladies watch collection was a reflection of the elegant and classy codes established by the Bohème collection

of the dial, while both models already have 58 of the same diamonds set into the bezel. The jewellery version will further include an interchangeable strap mechanism and a range of coloured calf straps to swap the vibe and look of the watch to suit different types of moods and occasions, giving the wearer additional freedom to mix and match their attire and timepiece. The next watch in the collection is the ExoTourbillon Slim 110 Years Anniversary, a loving tribute to Montblanc’s first fountain pen series, the Rouge et Noir. The iconic serpent motif of the famous writing instrument gets translated into the world of horology through a gorgeous painted blue lacquered serpent with diamonds for its scales and rubies for its eyes as it coils around the dial and the timepiece’s ExoTourbillon at the six o’clock. The dial itself is a work of

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art featuring a multi-layered approach that comes together beautifully in a rich blue colour scheme. What’s fascinating about this timepiece besides its stunning dial is the patented Montblanc diamond embedded into the crown of the watch. The diamond itself is amazing and is patented because of the unique shape resembling the maison’s widely known white star logo. Another timepiece in the new Bohème lineup is a complete opposite direction to the previously discussed watch, instead having a very clean and subtle look with an elegant flair. Called the Bohème Automatic Date, it is a timepiece that features floral Arabic numerals, red gold-plated dots that surround a guilloche centre with 90 facets and a guilloche border. The watch itself features traditional striking blue hands and indicates the date through an elliptical opening at the six o’clock. The timepiece also sports the interchangeable strap option and comes with 72 set diamonds on the bezel, adding an additional element of sophistication. Suitable for many occasions, the timepiece is appealing to the lady who prefers elegance in a simple yet attractive timepiece. “The new Bohème line respects the same watchmaking codes of the collection. What we’ve done is that we’ve brought new malaysia tatler . november 2016

AT THE PEAK Clockwise from left: Singaporean actress Jeanette Aw; Chinese actress Zhang Zilin; Julien Renard, Montblanc’s Asia Pacific president; the Bohème Automatic Date and ExoTourbillon Slim 110 Years Anniversary

sizes and functionality,” says Julien Renard, president of Montblanc Asia Pacific. He goes on to note that the manufacture has to pay respect to a certain size and thickness when it comes to creating a woman’s watch as their wrists are generally smaller. The watches released in the Bohème collection since its inception in 2014 have been a successful step for Montblanc and this year’s update brings the collection even further through its new timepieces with fresh designs and innovations. “Bohème has a very specific meaning in French that is very hard to translate. It is a beautiful name that represents the lady that is independent, self-confident, very sure about herself and her choices, and elegant,” says Renard. In his experience, when it comes to shopping for a new timepiece, most women look “for a safe choice” but factor in “quality, the brand’s name, style, elegance and at the same time, needing reassurance in the product.” Like men, Renard argues that more ladies look for Montblanc timepieces because it is a symbol of achievement. malaysia tatler . november 2016


WORLD TIME CHRONOGRAPH Combining two complications into a sleek and stylish design is by no means an easy feat, yet Patek Philippe has succeeded in doing so with this watch. At the heart of the Ref 5930 is the CH 28-520 HU movement, encompassing a column-wheel chronograph and a vertical clutch as well as the proven World Time mechanism. Time zone adjustments are just a press away at the 10 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock button, which then advances the city disk and the 24-hour ring in one-hour steps. Indeed, this is a timepiece for the global traveller.


Timeless Seduction

Revered fine watchmaker Patek Philippe launches a bold new model while breathing renewed fascination into its existing collections



hile seduction as an emotion evokes strong feelings of lust, it is the essence of an object—be it from its aesthetics, form or substance—which rightly generates said want in the first place. And Patek Philippe is exceedingly good at creating this quality. After all, emotion is one of 10 fundamental values of the last family-owned independent Genevan watchmaker with over 175 years of innovative haute horlogerie know-how. It is against this value that the watch manufacturer thrusts its creations into Baselworld 2016. An air of excitement and anticipation greeted the company’s unveiling of its time-honoured classics boasting of subtle revisions and reworking, in line with

its ‘seductive continuity’ philosophy. From a new model that pairs two highly popular complications in one watch to a delicately elegant gemstone-infused timepiece for women, Patek Philippe has left no stone unturned in searing into each of its models, the unmistakable stamp of its expertise and craftsmanship. Staying true and embodying values such as innovation, quality and craftsmanship, rarity, value, aesthetics, independence, service, tradition and legacy, has ensured the reach for perfection that continues even today. With that comes what fine watchmaking aficionados have come to expect and embrace of the Patek Philippe name: unrivalled quality and reliable timepieces that boast of a unique appeal and exclusivity which makes its creations all the more irresistible and, dare we say it, seductive.

Staying true and embodying values such as innovation, quality and craftsmanship, rarity, value, aesthetics, independence, service, tradition and legacy, has ensured the reach for perfection that continues even today

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AQUANAUT TRAVEL TIME Can a sports watch come off as being ‘dressy’ looking? g? Inde Ind ed it can, after Patek Philippe’s deft retouch th popular 2011 ch on their Aquanaut Travel Time Ref ef 5164 timepiece. The latest version strikes a nice balance b l of muscular lines and rugged-looking o hin


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CALATRAVA ‘TIMELESS WHITE’ The air of sophisticated elegance this ladies’ wristwatch exudes, owes it all to the gem-setting artistry on display in the form of white flawless diamonds against its bright white dial. A selection of 44 diamonds of different sizes, graded as rare white, splendidly frame a white lacquered and polished dial. Regardless of whether one chooses the all-white 18k white gold or rose gold version, there’s no mistaking the timeless purity and classic beauty of Patek Philippe’s Calatrava ‘Timeless White’ Ref 7122.

ANNUAL CALENDAR This being the Annual Calendarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22nd iteration, the Ref 5396 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the successful Annual Calendar series by sporting subtle and refined changes, such as the in-line double aperture that displays the day of the week on the left and the month on the right, now seen on the upper part of the dial. The complexity and precision of the 324 S QA LU 24H calibre can be visibly appreciated through the sapphire-crystal caseback as it works to accurately display the calendar information for an entire year.


DIAMOND RIBBON JOAILLERIE They say diamonds are a girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend, and with 587 graduated size diamonds amounting to 3.02ct skilfully set in a spiral on the bezel and dial of this showy timepiece, who are we to argue? A further 48 diamonds adorn the lugs while 12 sparkling rubies act as the hour markers. Breaking the glimmering show is a moon phase display at six oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock. Rounding off the piece is a shiny cherry red, hand stitched alligator strap. A dress watch for special occasions, the Ref 4968 is one sparkling masterpiece.

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Play Different


Hollywood actor Michael B Jordan constantly ups his game by going above and beyond expectations, writes Elizabeth Soong


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t was a fine Friday in the Grand Hyatt New York, where I was waiting to interview actor Michael B Jordan. This was the morning after the announcement of Piaget’s latest offering, the Polo S watch, and the introduction of Piaget friends who are deemed worthy of being called game changers, alongside international brand ambassador Ryan Reynolds. Jordan proved to be an affable chap, and there was no sign of the pretentiousness that is typical of most big-shot celebrities. After a round of introductions, we got down to the interview. So how do you feel about being selected by Piaget as a game changer? I ask. “Oh, it’s been amazing,” he enthuses. “Honestly, I’ve been a fan of the brand for a really long time. Piaget has done a really good job reaching out to the generation that’s coming up and bringing them to the forefront and entrusting them. I think they’re a very progressive and diverse bunch, and to be in a group together with Ryan, David and Joel is really special. I’m glad to be a part of it.” The 29-year-old has been riding the waves of success, thanks to his award-winning performance as Adonis Johnson in Creed, carrying his own weight alongside seasoned veteran Sylvester Stallone. You may have also seen him in Friday Night Lights, The Wire, Parenthood, Fantastic Four, and Fruitvale Station, a movie that was based on the events leading to the tragic death of Oscar Grant—a role that he played with such dramatic grit and on-point objectivity. The film received critical acclaim and won several awards including the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. As one of the most promising young actors in Hollywood today, his star power is definitely on the rise. And Piaget, having come up with a watch that would appeal to a savvy new generation, thinks that Jordan embodies the mindset of a game changer—the kind who is confident in the unconventional choices that they’re making, who’s willing to take the harder road on the path to success, and someone who goes against the grain. A person who refuses to conform. As Jordan says, “everything isn’t easy.” But this is how he tries to live his life, for the most part. His concept of a game changer and life

philosophy strongly resonates with Piaget, and it’s a message that the Swiss luxury brand wants to shout out loud and proud. “There’s a lot of articles about game changers and we want to push this idea, as a concept to recruit people from different lines of business or sports. We already have a nice, powerful Hollywood actor, a great Chinese actor... I can imagine, in the future, we are going to have game changers in Singapore, Australia; it’s a philosophy of the brand, going forward,” says Philippe Leopold-Metzger, the insightful and visionary CEO of Piaget. At the moment, Piaget has picked out eight game changers, chosen from around the world, who are noted for their individual exceptional talents. This league of extraordinary gentlemen include British polo legend Malcolm Borwick, Chinese actor Hu Ge, French chef Jean-Francois Piège, Japanese guitarist Miyavi, UAE entrepreneur Mohamed Sultan Al Habtoor, Genevan novelist Joel Dicker, Belgian tennis player David Goffin, and Jordan, of course. Speaking of it, is there a person that Michael B Jordan thinks is a game changer? “Bryan Stevenson,” was his immediate reply. “He’s a defence attorney from Alabama, truly an incredible person. The changes he’s trying to bring to the judicial system… I feel he represents hope, and humanity. I think he’s a game changer and the world would be a better place if there were more people like him,” he adds with conviction. On his part, Jordan is carrying a torch to light more awareness on an autoimmune disease called lupus. For most of his life, he watched his own mother battle this chronic disease which sadly, has no cure yet. Because of this, Jordan says he’s motivated to be part of the solution, through his work, his voice, his presence. He points out that we’re here on this earth for a short amount of time and therefore, he constantly questions, “Why are we here? What’s our purpose in life? What do we want to leave behind?” As a person that strives to do it all, pushing himself to the limits, and does it with humility, he certainly lives up to his middle name Bakari, which means ‘noble promise’ in Swahili. These give him the motivation to get up in the morning and live life to the fullest, and with meaning. A good ethos to live by, Mr Jordan. @

“I think he’s a game changer and the world would be a better place if there were more people like him”

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DIAL IT UP A close-up look of the Piaget Polo S watch that Michael B Jordan wears on his wrist. He says it’s the kind of watch that he “could rock anywhere”

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Kongo Republic Richard Mille created a contemporary masterpiece with renowned graffiti artist Cyril ‘Kongo’ Phan, writes Lily Ong


ichard mille has had a strong track record of collaborating with luminaries from different fields. Plus, the brand has proven that the fundamentals of their partnerships with talented individuals go beyond the usual sponsorship-for-events formula. With its collaboration with graffiti street artist Kongo, Richard Mille takes it to the next level. These two forces have come together to work on a tagged Tourbillon, the RM 68-01. This teamwork has proven to be successful and at the same time one of a kind, as it challenged both parties to push the boundaries of what they know and have mastered in their respective crafts.


MEET THE ARTIST Born in Toulouse to a Vietnamese father and French mother, Cyril Phan is a street artist and autodidact whose diverse cultural influences in his life helped forge the identity and artistic style that he is known for today. His childhood was spent first in Vietnam and then south of France, before he moved with his mother to Brazzaville in the Democratic Republic of Congo—hence his signature name, Kongo. He eventually returned to France to settle in the greater Paris area, despite living and working between Paris, Hong Kong and Guadeloupe. Kongo first attracted attention as a tagger and graffiti artist on the urban scene in Paris, but over the course of 20 years as a practising artist, he has become an internationally recognised figure in the world of graffiti. In interviews, he has expressed that his childhood of being the only Asian in a French community allowed him to find his calling in graffiti art, where he could truly express himself through words and visuals.

Kongo emphasised that his work has always been about celebrating graffiti as an artistic platform, which is precious and rare. He has even come to identify himself as a painter as well, thanks to the increase of studio artworks that he produced during the course of his artistic career. “I wanted to translate what I have learnt over the years on the streets painting graffiti to the canvas,” he says. That being said, Kongo does occasionally return to the streets that have given him the courage and inspiration to become the artist he is today, for graffiti work. Widening his scale of work, Kongo has participated in various luxury brand projects. In terms of process, Richard Mille is his most challenging collaboration to date. But this doesn’t faze him. “As artists, we take action, we crystallise an instant in time. We craft a message that bears witness to what’s going on at that precise moment,” elaborates Kongo on what drew him to the project of working with a watchmaker.

“It took a year for me to be capable of painting on a five-centimetre square watch” SMALL CANVAS, BIG EFFORT The project with Richard Mille was an exciting one for Kongo as it enabled him to achieve his goal of bringing art to a new ‘canvas.’ The goal was to take the energy and spirit of Kongo’s work and showcase it using an existing calibre—in this case, the RM 68-01 tourbillon—without affecting the watch’s functionality. It may sound simple in concept

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COLOUR POP Each of the 30 RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo timepiece is hand-painted by Kongo, giving every individual watch its own personality


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but it is incredibly hard to do without the right execution, as Kongo and the Richard Mille R&D team discovered, while seeing to the technical details of the watch. “First, we selected an asymmetrical case that added extra punch. Then I started experimenting with mediums like stencils and masking. The paints also had to be tested—how well it adhered to the titanium movement, and how much it weighed, so as not to throw the pieces out of balance or impede the tourbillon mechanism,” explains Kongo, listing down the details that required his attention throughout the collaboration. Kongo spent a long time on perfecting the process of this micro-painting project, developing new tools and techniques to work around the curves, bridges and materials of the tourbillon calibre. A special airbrush was developed to allow the artist to spray his colours with the utmost delicacy, one droplet at a time. To avoid jeopardising the calibre’s equilibrium, essential to its functioning, the weight of the paint had to be strictly determined beforehand. He also had to design the necessary protection so that the gears wouldn’t get paint on them, the special tweezers for treating the pieces without touching them and microscopic letter stencils, barely visible to the naked eye, cut from incredibly thin sheets of metal.

“He wasn’t content to simply apply paint here and there. Kongo made it his own”

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“It took a year for me to be capable of painting on a five-centimetre square watch. Certain pieces were barely a few millimetres long, some even smaller, and I had to put the lettering directly on them, enough for visual effect but without using much paint so as to avoid throwing off the balance of the movement,” says Kongo. He thrilled in the excitement of the project, which ties in to his past ‘illicitness’ as a graffiti artist. The result was astounding, once combined with the superb skills that Richard Mille’s R&D team brought to the table. On the back of the RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo watch, the central form of the tourbillon movement’s baseplate radiates outwards like a splash of paint physically thrown against a wall. From the front, the different movement bridges can be seen arcing in different directions like wild brush strokes found in street art murals. Housed within a case comprising an NTPT Carbon case band with black ceramic bezels, the asymmetric case design tapers in two directions, with Kongo’s splash of colours giving the timepiece its unique allure. Handpainted individually by Kongo, the watches are limited to only 30 pieces worldwide. “He has pushed back the furthest boundaries of horological technique. This is exactly what I wanted, to bring Kongo’s skills into a watch. He wasn’t content to simply apply paint here and there. Kongo made it his own, from the movement to the tourbillon, by way of the case and dial,” says Richard Mille, whose words prove that the wonders of art and watchmaking can come together in a seamless manner.

ARTISTIC DETAILS Cyril Phan adopted the name Kongo from the place he spent his teenage years; Kongo at work with his unique paint tools

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Old School Designers are channelling a bold aesthetic and techniques that predate the Roman Empire. Charlene Co discovers lavishly textured pieces that will add character to your collection


pulently textured jewellery crafted in precious metal and echoing the raw yet extravagant aesthetic of the ancient Etruscans is becoming increasingly popular in a sophisticated market that’s clamouring for something different. To meet such demand, today’s jewellers are returning to the old-school crafts of carving, granulation and hammering. Cartier, for example, this year unveiled a playful high jewellery collection inspired by the cactus, giving the prickly plant a gilded edge. The pieces are sculptural and textured, as seen in this pair of 18k yellowgold earrings set with brilliant-cut diamonds. Giampiero Bodino has created a richly textured rose-gold cuff called the Mosaico featuring hand-engraved circular patterns inspired by Italian mosaics.

French designer Aurélie Bidermann’s Athina cuff, which features daisies engraved from 18-karat yellow gold, is both playful and luxurious. London-based designer and jewellery sculptor Sabine Roemer has crafted a stunning Falcon ring in 18-karat pink gold set with hand-carved tourmaline feathers and white diamonds. Hong Kong jeweller Heting, meanwhile, has beautifully enriched its nature-inspired Enchanted Forest collection with pieces that combine supple lines and opulent textures. Heting founder and artistic director Carina Wong drew on her expertise in wood-carving and goldsmithing to create this organicshaped Golden Berry ring from 18-karat rose gold and black rhodium gold, and set it with South Sea keshi pearls, pink sapphires and white diamonds. Piaget has added dimension to its classic Altiplano watch by carving leaves from a sheet of solid pink gold and hand-engraving their tracery of veins before setting them on the mother-of-pearl dial. If you’re looking for a change from the sleek and polished look, these ruggedly handsome pieces are tempting propositions.

GILDED TRINKETS From left: Mosaico cuff by Giampiero Bodino; Cactus de Cartier earrings by Cartier; Altiplano watch from the Sunny Side of Life collection by Piaget; Falcon ring by Sabine Roemer; Athina cuff by Aurélie Bidermann; Golden Berry ring by Heting


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PARISIAN POISE Paris has inspired many a tribute throughout the ages, but none more symbolic than Boucheron’s Quatre collection, which represents Place Vendôme’s first jeweller. To better evoke Boucheron’s codes, Quatre has been reinvented around the Grosgrain and Clou de Paris motifs through simple but distinct, graphic styles that are more stunning when worn together. Clou de Paris alludes to the cobblestone paths spread across the city, while the Grosgrain is a delicate, classic ribbon of gold circling the wrist.

Luck comes in many shapes, and Dior captures them through signet rings in the Lucky Dior collection. Symbols like the bee, lily-of-the-valley, and clover are marked in a kaleidoscope of coloured rings and natural stones, as chic talismans.

GREEN WITH ENVY Gemma Arterton wore a pair of Chopard Green Carpet collection earrings with 20-carat emeralds

GOLDEN HARVEST The new high jewellery collection Les Blés de Chanel celebrates wheat as a symbol of regeneration, abundance, luck, prosperity and endless creativity. The 62 exquisite pieces are celebrated in themed collections like the Moisson d’Or, Fête des Moissons and Champ de Blé of various precious metals, stones and shapes of the harvest. Premiers Brins ring

Fête des Moissons necklace BELLES OF THE BALL Complementing actress Natalie Portman’s red carpet look at the premiere of Jackie, during the 73rd Venice Film Festival was a pair of Bulgari Serpenti earrings in white gold, with four pear-shaped diamonds and pavé diamonds, adding glow to her flawless complexion. English rose Gemma Arterton, too, was picture-perfect with Chopard Green Carpet collection statement earrings that were unveiled for the first time. The 18-carat Fairmined gold set features 20-carat cushion-cut emeralds and an intricate lace of 11.4-carat marquise-cut diamonds.

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Brave New World Channelling the pioneering spirit of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany & Co’s new Masterpieces 2016 collection gives a fresh, new take on three beloved themes, writes Yanni Tan




very spring, fine jewellery connoisseurs look forward to the plethora of bejewelled surprises promised in the annual Tiffany & Co Blue Book collection. Increasingly making its mark on the collective consciousness of the brand’s admirers is the Masterpieces collection. Released every autumn, Masterpieces is the second and only other annual high jewellery collection unveiled by the American house. While the Blue Book collection is an extensive range of various jewellery items boasting one-of-a-kind designs centred on a narrative and theme, Masterpieces is different. It is smaller in scale than the Blue Book, and is made up of a handful of capsule ranges, each boasting a key inspiration that is a nod to the brand’s illustrious heritage. In addition, the creative process of conception and execution of jewels is completely unrestraint malaysia tatler . november 2016

The Masterpieces collection is the result when the house’s designers dream, and dream boldly

by convention. In a nutshell, the Masterpieces collection is the result when the house’s designers dream, and dream boldly. While the three capsule collections within the 2016 edition cannot be more different in style, they are united by Tiffany’s expertise in fine coloured gemstones, superb craftsmanship, and legacy in experimental design.

OF LIGHT AND COLOURS The founders of Tiffany weren’t just jewellery purveyors. Louis Comfort Tiffany, the second-generation heir to the business and its first design director, was trained as a painter in his youth. He eventually became a celebrated master of stained-glass works, winning a Grand Prix award at the

1900 Paris Exposition, and was recognised as the American artist most associated with the art nouveau and aesthetic movements. The Tiffany Prism collection pays tribute to the man by evoking the brilliance and colours of his stained-glass creations. Vivid and blazing by day, and shimmering and opulent by night, the pieces are a showcase for gemstone vibrancy and design proportion. On perfect spheres, you find an intricate arrangement of diamonds and coloured gemstones such as tsavorites, spessartites and sapphires, which are set in gradient patterns to emphasise the circular dimension of each piece. The ombre colour gradation in the rings is designed with hues that are masterfully selected to complement each centre stone.

VIVACIOUS HUES The Tiffany Prism line, part of the Masterpieces collection, is a riot of exuberant colours, deriving its inspiration from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained-glass works of the early 1900s

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ELEGANCE EXEMPLIFIED Inspired by the sheer class of Hollywood’s golden age movie star Audrey Hepburn, the jewels in the Tiffany Ribbons collection are timeless, refined and feminine. Designed to flow like soft silk ribbons and drape the body with an ephemeral grace, the pieces feature brilliant and mixed-cut diamonds, and luminous pearls. A showpiece is the scintillating seven-tier diamond necklace, which is convertible to offer three different lengths and looks. Another lavish creation is one that dramatically interprets the classic pearl

necklace, presenting multiple strands of diamonds and South Sea black pearls hand-selected for their alluring grey to aubergine overtones, all held together in a captivating bib. And there is also a choker-length necklace that is chic and playful at the same time.

LEGACY OF FANTASY One of the things jewellery aficionados always look forward to is the occasional reissuance of the works of the legendary French designer, Jean Schlumberger, who achieved stupendous worldwide success and

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S The Tiffany Ribbons necklaces and bracelet are sophisticated in their demeanour, much like their muse, Audrey Hepburn


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An evocative masterpiece is the Coquillage brooch, an amazing display of Schlumberger’s mastery of stone-setting techniques

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL The American jeweller pays tribute to the genius of Jean Schlumberger with pieces such as this graphic cocktail ring (top) and Coquillage brooch

recognition for his inimitable sea- and floralinspired creations during his three-decade tenure at Tiffany & Co. This time, the iconic designs that are brought back to life include the Morning Glory necklace, originally designed in the 1950s and inspired by Schlumberger’s botanical books, travels and home in Guadeloupe. The necklace is a bejewelled twisting vine that wraps around the neck before spiralling into stunning blooms and swirling buds, featuring more than 90 carats of brilliant diamonds and sapphires. Another evocative masterpiece from the 1950s is the Coquillage brooch, which is an malaysia tatler . november 2016

amazing display of Schlumberger’s mastery of stone-setting techniques, resulting in a creation that boasts the illusion of movement. Only available in New York, this shell brooch is composed of 208 blue sapphires, 228 white diamonds and 38 yellow diamonds. Apart from figurative works, Schlumberger is also renowned for his eye for form and proportion, as seen on his ever-popular enamelled bangles that were ribbed, studded and criss-crossed in gold. This penchant for different shapes is on display again on this simple but striking cocktail ring of 30 baguette diamonds that are artfully set to create contrast between line and shape.




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Cold Hard Truths Our planet’s mounting environmental woes are inspiring a whole new breed of artists and an art hub

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Bright young things Lee Yin Yen and Ju lit up the night in style at our first Generat party. Turn to page 238 to read and experien through pictures, what went down thaat night

SUN, SAND AND SEA Zaida Ibrahim loves the beach; it’s the reason she chose to have her wedding reception in sunny Bali. She is pictured here with Panthère de Cartier sunglasses and Juste un Clou earrings from Cartier. Her Clover Canyon dress is from M Store

“Zaida has gone through difficult times with her startup. But instead of giving up, she managed to pull through the hiccups gracefully, and really, this is why I think she is a great entrepreneur. Whatever comes her way, Zaida always manages to breeze through it” Zaida Ibrahim is definitely a woman to watch. She is strong, independent and goes for what she wants, gracefully rising above any obstacles thrown her way. Discover the many facets of Malaysia Tatler’s Woman on the Rise award winner—fashionista, dynamic entrepreneur and loving family woman.

Photography and Styling Allan Casal

BEAUTIFUL SOUL Our Woman on the Rise awardee is the epitome of a cool girl, decked in stacked Cartier Love and Juste un Clou bracelets. She also wears a Clover Canyon dress and Schultz gladiator sandals, both available at M Store


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DESTINED TO SHINE A bright young thing who was also featured in our Gen-T campaign, Zaida is in a Farah Khan gown. Her brilliance is accentuated through the Maillon Panthère thin necklace, Coup d’Éclat ring and Essential Lines bracelet—all by Cartier

POWER PLAYER Zaida enjoys dressing in pants, and totally rocks this jumpsuit from DKNY. She is also adorned with a Panthère de Cartier necklace, Essential Lines bracelet and a Diane emerald ring, all from Cartier. Right: Zaida is clad in a Fiziwoo dress as well as a Panthère de Cartier necklace, ring and bracelet

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Rise of an Empress by Lily Ong

zaida ibrahim is one of those women who most men would wish they could marry and other women hope they could be. Not only is she an intelligent and accomplished entrepreneur behind three businesses, she is also beautiful, stylish, liked by many and well-mannered. These qualities and more are the reasons why Malaysia Tatler chose her as the winner of its Woman on the Rise award for 2016. As the youngest daughter of Tan Sri Ibrahim Saad and Puan Sri Zainab Abdul Kader, Zaida is the beloved ‘baby’ of her family, out of a close-knit brood of five siblings. But she deviates from the general perception of the youngest being mollycoddled and pampered, as she gets ‘bullied’ a lot. “I am aware that people think the youngest are always the ones who are ‘spoiled’ but that’s not true. I always have to do things for my older siblings and during our days in school, I am always compared to them!” she says. Her fierce independent spirit helped her ride out her university days at the Queen Mary University of London, where she completed her economics, finance and management degree. After her tertiary education, Zaida returned to Malaysia and began working at HSBC, where she would spend five years cultivating her career in global corporate banking. She thrived in the corporate environment and valued the experience, especially for the lessons she learnt along the way. “If you never had people teach you skills you don’t have or if you have never been told off for doing something wrong, how would you grow?” she reckons. That being said, Zaida had always harboured a desire to do something on her own. “I always wanted to start my own business but I didn’t know what field to delve into,” she says. The idea finally came to her as she started adopting a healthier lifestyle. Juicing was something she started doing for herself, to incorporate more vegetables in her diet. Through this interest, she discovered a potential idea to base her future business on. “I never thought I would end up going into F&B. I have no experience in it when I started out and that terrified me. What if I fail? But I decided to just take a chance and do it. I figured I should just launch it and evolve the idea, and do it better over time,” she relates. And that was how her first entrepreneurial venture, Impressed, came to be. The road to setting up Impressed—which derives its name from the line ‘I am pressed’—was a rocky one at first. For a highly ambitious person like Zaida, who operates successfully on meticulously planned out processes and a smooth-running system, these obstacles induced a roller coaster ride of emotions which ranged from exhilaration to exhaustion. It took an entire year for her to get things in motion. “When you are a new and local brand, it can be tough to even convince people to pay attention to what you do. While juicing is now an exploding trend, in the days while I was starting out, those I spoke with didn’t understand or believe in what I was doing with Impressed,” says Zaida, relating how someone had bluntly and callously told her in a meeting, as she was pitching her business, that she will never make it. “You don’t realise how strong you are until someone tells you to your face that you are a failure and you are still composed enough to prove them otherwise,” says Zaida. One of Zaida’s best friends, Puteri Muna, confides to me that she had no doubts that our Woman on the Rise award winner was destined for great things. “Yes, Zaida has gone through a tough time with her start-up. But instead of giving up, she managed to pull through the hiccups gracefully, and really, this is why I think she is a great entrepreneur.

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ONE WOMAN TO RULE THEM ALL Zaida is the picture of power in this Emporio Armani dress. She is also wearing a Panthère de Cartier necklace and ring



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“There’s nothing more I can ask for than the woman I love, bonding with my son. Adam has matured and developed really well, and I have no doubt that a large portion of it is due to Zaida’s influence”

Whatever comes her way, Zaida always manages to breeze through it,” says Muna fondly. As Muna predicted, Zaida’s strength of will and determination carried her through, and in May last year, she launched her first Impressed store in Nu Sentral. Interestingly now, but a frustration to her then, a day before the launch of Impressed, one of Zaida’s juicers broke down. Thankfully she recalled that an acquaintance had a juicer, and she decided to give him a call to borrow it for her launch. This acquaintance was Arif Zikri Azizi, a man she now calls husband as of the end of August 2016. Prior to that point in time, they had only met once, thanks to the effort of their mutual friend and past Tatler cover girl, Izzana Salleh, who was working with Arif at Hong Leong Bank. “My then-boss, who used to be my colleague at HSBC, was raving to me what a wonderful person Zaida is and how she would be a perfect fit for me. So Izzana set up a casual gathering for me to meet Zaida and her friend Muna. By the time we said our goodbyes, I knew I would be keen to see her again,” recalls Arif. According to Zaida, he never did call her, and their next point of contact only occurred after her juicer broke down. Regardless, they developed wonderful chemistry with each other and formed a fast friendship that eventually blossomed into a romantic relationship. Even after Impressed was finally launched, Zaida still struggled with the highs and lows of being self-employed. “One of the best advice given to me was to persevere, as advised by my friend and former colleague, Noor Azlin Ishak, who brought Hamleys into Malaysia. She told me that there will be days when I will feel down and question everything I do. But she also told me to always hold on and keep going. Always have a plan B, C, D and so on and so forth,” she tells about how perseverance became a motto she embraced in her journey. Through Arif, Zaida also learned the meaning of patience. “Arif is such a warm-hearted person, he is always so kind and considerate. He is the type of guy whose happiness is derived from making other people happy. Being with him has taught me how to see things through other people’s point of view and he has made me want to become a better

MAMA AND ME Through the heartwarming portraits with the precocious young Adam Arif, we can see that motherhood comes naturally to her. Zaida’s coat is by Emporio Armani

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REACHING OUT WITH LOVE From the very beginning, Zaida has made it a point to get to know Adam, and they grew closer over time. She dons a Fiziwoo gown, and is decked in a Panthère de Cartier necklace, ring and bracelet

person,” she says. In turn, Arif admires her courage and drive to succeed, and loves that despite her independence, Zaida is very feminine and tender deep inside. Arif, who is father to a young boy named Adam, knew she was the one, the moment he saw how much Zaida loved her family, and children. “I knew then that she would be a great mother—a woman I would be proud to call my wife,” he says, beaming with pride. On the day of the photo shoot, I got to meet Adam Arif for the first time. A bright, energetic boy of seven with a mop of curly hair and expressive eyes, Adam did not hide his obvious adoration for his “Mama.” Wherever she went, he would follow her around, clamouring for her attention. He is always climbing on her lap, asking for hugs and kisses, to which she would comply with equal affection. “Adam is an easy boy to love,” said Zaida after the shoot as we resumed our interview. She shares how she knew she had always wanted to include Adam in her relationship with Arif; a move that proved to be the right thing to do. “Arif has also been supportive, going out of his way to include me in his parenting decisions when we were dating.” “There’s nothing more I could ask for than the woman I love, bonding with my son. From the beginning, Zaida went out of her way to spend time with Adam, making sure he is looked after and loved. The outcome of her efforts has been nothing short of amazing. Adam has matured and developed really well over the past year and a half, and I have no doubt that a large portion of it has been due to Zaida’s influence,” relates Arif. Through her newfound role as wife and mother plus her personal metamorphosis from her entrepreneurial journey, Zaida has blossomed. Now apart from Impressed, she runs two other businesses on the side, a construction and interior design company called Citra Gigih and a yet-to-be-launched beauty brand holding company. One can see that Zaida has grown to embrace her own power, and we can certainly expect great things from her as she continues to soar higher as she pursues her goals.



“Adam is an easy boy to love. Arif has also been supportive, going out of his way to include me in his parenting decisions when we were dating”







ridays are best reserved for great nights out with friends and lively parties. With that in mind, we at Malaysia Tatler decided to hold our introductory Generation T party on the last day of the work week, with everyone gearing up to welcome the start of a great weekend. Gen T, for short, is the result of many months of careful preparation, numerous meetings and photographic adventures to celebrate the current generation of the nation’s most influential youths. For those who have missed our three previous issues—we forgive you, by the way—Gen T is Tatler’s new platform to introduce today’s engaging youths of Malaysia. They come from various colourful backgrounds, each with their own amazing tales, but share one undeniable trait—a drive to succeed. In our August, September and October issues, we celebrated three different groups of the Gen T folk: Connectors, Creators and those who Empower. Three concepts that can be used to define the success and growth of an individual or organisation. Our three-month campaign to introduce the Gen T members to the world culminated in a spectacular evening at The St Regis Kuala Lumpur’s Crystal Bar, a poolside destination that perfectly suited this special gathering of like-minded, savvy young professionals and entrepreneurs at the cusp of transforming the nation’s socioeconomic scene. During this night of sophisticated fun, we witnessed the many highlights of the inauguration party from its crescendoing start to its firework finish. It was an exciting set-up, one that saw our guests begin the evening by taking creative photos at the photo wall with the use of light manipulation before entering the party area to be greeted by champagne flutes, sumptuous canapés, the musical styling of DJ Geri and opportunities to meet fellow dynamic individuals. The opposite ends of the area served as temporary homes to a hair-braiding booth by Shiseido and a Hennessy X.O tasting and chocolate pairing parlour—the cognac surprisingly blended well with the flavours of the intriguing Sichuan and Earl Grey chocolates—as participatory activities coincided with performances that took place throughout the night. Besides a pair of roaming magicians performing among the crowd, the party-goers were also entertained with fashion shows by Club 21, Corum and Damiani, while a live self-body painting performance by artist Philip Wong and a laser dance show captured guests’ attention until the evening ended in a grand display of fireworks over the Kuala Lumpur night sky.


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PARTY Y-G GOERS WERE E EN NTE ERTTAINED WIT TH FA ASH HION N SHO OWS BY Y CLUB 21, COR RUM M AND D DAM MIA ANI, WHILLE A LIVE E SELF-B BOD DY PA AINTTING PER RFO ORMA ANC CE BY Y PHILLIP WO ONG AND A LAS SER R DA ANCE E SHO OW CAPTUR RED D GUE ESTTS’ ATTTEN NTION N Despite me having been with the magazine for well over two and a half years, taking part in the Gen T campaign was a fresh and engaging experience, one that allowed me to connect with promising youths from a variety of fields, doing different things for society. The favourite part of my involvement with the campaign was definitely getting to connect with these Gen T-ers, discussing topics that ranged from personal to professional interests. Over the course of the campaign, distinguished scions from the city’s oldest families would capture my interest with their own take on how they would uphold and contribute to the success of their family legacy by using their own talents. While these gifted youths worked for family businesses, it was interesting to learn that most of them were also blessed with an enterprising nature, and pursued new ventures for themselves— endeavours that spoke true of their passions and interests. It was clear that while these next generation leaders showed respect and gratitude for working in the family business, they possessed a drive to create something for themselves to be proud of. I personally admired their spirit to propel themselves forward and achieve excellence. Those not from already established empires also had their place and were celebrated through our Gen T campaign, because of their spirit to excel and the ongoing effort they put in, having created something that is either achieving success or is bolstering the groundwork of established successes. They too have the tenacity and spunk to disrupt social norms and make their mark through projects that offer alternative options to the services of long established corporations. One Gen T member that I spoke to created a new platform to encourage Malaysians to become healthier through tailored fitness programs, while a few others were creating new exciting avenues for millennials to explore and engage their fashion styling interests. Another aspiring young Gen T-er had even devoted his entire company’s vision towards helping underprivileged individuals that lacked access to basic necessities such as water and electricity, a noble and commendable effort from such a young individual. Speaking to these people of the same generation inspired me, and played a role in aiding me to better define the Generation T campaign.

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THE FAV VOU URITTE PA ARTT OF MY VOLLVE EME ENTT WITH THE E INV CAMP PAIG GN WAS S DEFINITTELLY GETTING G TO CONN NEC CT WITTH TH HE GEN T-E ERS S, DISC CUSS SING G TOP PIC CS THA AT RA ANG GED D FRO OM PE ERS SONA AL TO PR ROFES SSION NALL IN NTE ERE ESTTS While my colleagues and I are aware of what Generation T means to the magazine, it wasn’t until the aftermath of the party that we gained a better understanding of what the campaign truly meant. “Generation T represents the new Tatler crowd. They are the next batch of individuals that have made a name for themselves in their respective field of expertise. We believe that they will be the ones to guide our country to the next level, using the network and connections they have made in society,” said Petrina Anthony, one of our writers. “I think Generation T is akin to an exclusive, by-invitation club. It’s an entity or brand that celebrates a life extraordinary. It is a representation of the past 27 years of Tatler values but packaged in a fresh, young and contemporary message, relatable to the new, young blood of Malaysian society. It operates on the idea of connection, creation and empowerment—three pillars of what defines success regardless of industries,” shared Lily Ong, a statement that strikes home what the Generation T campaign means to us here at the magazine. As is the natural progression of life, there will come a time when one generation has to hand over the keys of the castle to the next wave of successors, with hopes that its new owners will make better decisions than its previous tenants. It is a progressive yet necessary step, one that will give the next generation a chance to impact society with actions and resolutions that will define their era in the annals of time. Generation T provides us with a glimpse of where our nation is heading and after having had the pleasure of speaking, meeting and writing about these promising youths who are chasing their ambitions, it is safe to say that we are in good hands. I for one am proud to belong in such an incredible generation and am sure that I can speak for myself and my colleagues, that we are all excited to see what heights our Generation T members will reach and lead the nation towards. Catch the action and relive the best moments from the #WeAreGenerationT party, caught on video, at


DECK THE BALL As we welcome the 27th Tatler Ball, Jessica Liew explores the various luxuries of this highly anticipated party that have left five regular faces with lingering memories and life-changing impressions Food & Location Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur Floral Arrangements Spring Cottage Dancers Qadira Razman & Qadar Razman, Dancesteps Studio


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s way w i t h m e It’s the moment everyone has been waiting for. The dance floor is where the magic unfolds with great abandon. Before the Ball, the men have patiently practised basic moves, while the ladies have carefully selected a pair of heels, based heavily on their dance-friendly design. The affable Datin Alissa Fitri and her husband Dato’ Sufian Majid are among the couples who look forward to letting their hair down when the dance floor opens. Although Datin Alissa won’t be around to twirl into the night this year, her husband will be there to bust some moves. “He can’t wait to enjoy himself in the company of good friends and thrill everyone on the dance floor,” she tells. malaysia tatler . november 2016


j o u r n e y o f t h e ta s t e b u d s As the saying goes, “nothing brings people together like good food.” After the greetings, mingling, and flashbulbs from the photo wall, guests adjourn into the grand ballroom where a carefully curated fine dining menu is served to satiate the taste buds of our high society guests. “It’s the fun element during and after the dinner, that makes the Ball a ‘must attend’ event each year. Tatler Ball’s reputation in setting the bar never disappoints,” raves Bryan Loo, the young and prominent F&B franchisor. A sensational four-course meal leaves no stone unturned when it comes to stirring even the most discerning palates in the room. Post dancing, there’s even— wait for it—light supper to refuel after all the dance floor action.

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delight to the eye “The classy decoration and floral arrangements are key elements that set the right tone and scene of the Ball,” shares Datin Karen H’ng, who has joined us at the Ball almost every year since 2005. For the Tatler team, we know our tightly guarded ballroom decorations have paid off, upon hearing the chorus of gasps when the meticulous table settings emphasised by intricate and elaborate floral arrangements are revealed. The beautiful flowers are a pleasure to gaze at throughout the night, and thoughtfully presented tableware offers the perfect canvas for the menu.

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hitting top notes Music is a language one need not understand, but rather feel, in order to be appreciated. Setting the tone of the lively grand ballroom are tunes, singers and performers that make up the ‘anthem’ of the night. When asked what she looks forward to the most, Delanie Chan, who counts this year as her seventh Tatler Ball, is rapt about the evening’s entertainment. “We have had great entertainers every year, it would be fun to see who will be gracing the stage this time around!” As Beethoven described, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life”—summing up its indulgent role at the Ball.

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social (high)lights When past Most Gracious Hosts awardee Dato’ Simon Foong confided that his and Datin Mina’s year isn’t complete without attending the Ball, we take it as a sign that all socialising facets of the evening are successfully covered. Besides the dancing, music, dining and decor, we’ve added in the subtle but meaningful element of cigars and cognac for guests to savour as they interact. “A specific moment that stands out is usually before supper, when I have a drink and cigar in hand with the lads,” recalls Dato’ Simon. While ladies convene over intimate conversations, men value these indulgences, and toast to deals sealed that night.

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The planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mounting environmental woes are fuelling a new genre of art, a fresh breed of artists and an unlikely art hub, writes Anny Shaw

POLES APART In an attempt to draw attention to environmental issues, Oslobased photographer Mette Tronvoll created a series of images of scientists, miners and their families living in Svalbard, an archipelago between Norway and the North Pole. Svalbard is positioning itself as a hub for artists with a conscience


alfway between Norway and the North Pole, not far from Father Christmas territory, lies an archipelago of four islands called Svalbard. Home to a vault containing an extensive variety of the world’s seeds, preserving them in the event of natural catastrophe, the remote Arctic setting might seem an unlikely place to grow a contemporary art scene. But the Norwegian ministry of culture is launching an art foundation and artist residency in the capital of Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost town, where the sun permanently sets during winter. Given the dominance of the glacial landscape and the number of scientific research stations in Svalbard, it is perhaps unsurprising that the purpose of the new Art in Svalbard Foundation is to focus on environmental and ecological issues—topics that artists are increasingly grappling with around the world. “The environment can be approached from many different aspects,” says Katya García-Antón, the director of the Office of Contemporary Art Norway, one of the partner organisations of the foundation. “Artists who take part in the residency might want to write a fictional novel or do a performance piece in the landscape, or they might want to think in more ethical, political or legal terms.” Although the residency is still in the planning phase, García-Antón has a wish list of artists she would like to invite to Svalbard. They include the US artist Joan Jonas, a pioneer of video and performance art, whose exhibition about glaciers inaugurated the small Kunsthall Svalbard last year, and the Swiss artist Ursula Biemann, whose 2014

WALK ON WATER Christo’s The Floating Piers—a path across the waters of Italy’s Lake Iseo that existed for 16 days in July—was the realisation of an idea he conceived with his wife in 1970. The 100,000 square metres of fabric and the anchors used in the walkway were recycled once the installation closed

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Forest Law project triggered several landmark lawsuits that treated the Amazon rainforest as a living entity with its own legal rights. The new foundation will not be the first to have brought artists to Svalbard, however. In the 1980s, the Norwegian artist Lillen Dahl Vogt secured a contract to build an artist’s hut in Ny-Ålesund, a former mining village that is today home to experts researching climate change, the aurora borealis and deep sea currents, among other topics. More recently the Oslo-based photographer Mette Tronvoll created a series of images of scientists, miners and their families living in Ny-Ålesund and other locations in Svalbard. Tronvoll says environmentalism is a key part of her work, but that artists cannot affect change in the same way that politicians can. “Artists can create awareness, but it’s still up to each of us to take personal responsibility for the environment,” she says. Multidisciplinary Norwegian artist Elin Már Øyen Vister, who plans to undertake a project in Svalbard next spring involving building compost toilets for its inhabitants, says the new foundation has the potential to raise awareness about climate change if the artists involved “dare to be brave and nonpopulist.” Her 2012 art project, Soundscape Røst, documented the sounds of the Røst archipelago in northern Norway—sounds that are rapidly changing, says Elin, because of the global environmental crisis. With its longstanding coal-mining industry on the way to extinction, Svalbard is now repositioning itself as a destination for ecotourism and the arts. But Vister believes the “increasing and intense tourism” is damaging its fragile landscape. “We should leave Svalbard to scientists and artistic research,” she says. Elsewhere, artists are doing their bit for the planet. During the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris last December, artists including Olafur Eliasson, Shepard Fairey and Tomás Saraceno displayed works

RED ALERT In her mission to address the topics of ecological transition and the global loss of biodiversity, Norwegian artist Elin Már Øyen Vister records the changing sounds of her homeland

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du Panthéon. The 80-tonne work, called Ice Watch, slowly melted. The New York-based environmental artist Christo turned his attention to water in its liquid state this summer. The loating Piers, a project first conceived by him and his late wife Jeanne-Claude in 1970, attracted 1.2 million visitors in the 16 days it was open, or 75,000 people a day—“more than any museum in the world,” as Christo points out. The work, created from 100,000 square metres of shimmering yellow fabric, provided a threekilometre-long walkway across the water of Lake

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throughout the city as part of an initiative calling for a global commitment to climate action. Eliasson, in particular, created an impressive piece that illustrated the effects of global warming. The Danish-Icelandic artist transported a massive block of ice from Greenland to Paris and carved it into pieces, installing them in a circle at Place

ICY STATEMENT During the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris last year, Olafur Eliasson transported a block of ice from Greenland to Paris and carved it into pieces that he installed at Place du Panthéon. The 80-tonne work, Ice Watch, slowly melted

Iseo in northern Italy in June and July. Free of charge, people were invited to walk on water. After the exhibition, all parts of the work were removed and recycled. The yellowdahlia fabric was used to produce new textile products, including carpet underlay. The 200 concrete anchors, weighing 5.5 tonnes each, were painstakingly lifted from the lakebed and milled to be reused industrially. If The Floating Piers has impeccable green credentials, the project was also a massive boost for tourism and the local economy. More than 1,000 people were employed by Christo, who financed the installation to the tune of ¤18 million through the sale of his own drawings and other smaller works. He also had a line of credit from a Swiss bank. After 46 years and twice being denied permission to create the work in Argentina

and later Japan, Christo is not sad to see the end of the installation. “The Floating Piers is one of the most technically complicated projects we ever did,” he says, noting that it only took a year for the Italians to grant him permission. “There are no rules in our projects. With this we just had some enormous, unexpected luck.” While Christo and Jeanne-Claude have been creating striking environmental art since the late 1960s, it is becoming ever more popular—and pressing—for a younger crop of artists to tackle environmental issues. Some are purely interested in the relationship between man and nature, while others aim to stir the conscience or make a difference socially and politically. Katya García-Antón perhaps best sums it up. “Artists often engage with the major concerns facing the contemporary world, so it’s hardly surprising that issues such as migrancy, sustainability and climate change are front of mind,” she says.

SANTIAGO SIERRA’S BLACK FLAG PROJECT The Spanish artist Santiago Sierra planted a black flag at the North Pole on April 13 last year. Eight months later, on December 14—exactly 104 years after the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen arrived—Sierra planted an identical flag at the South Pole. Symbols of the anarchist movement, the monochrome flags were raised in solidarity with indigenous communities who have had their lands and oceans plucked from them in the name of sovereign expansion and annexation. “By placing

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two flags in the ground, one at each pole, I’m covering the whole world,” Sierra says. “All the space comprised between the flags is affected symbolically. So we occupy the world with the anarchist flag.” The flags remain in situ, while the first exhibition documenting the project, including photographs, sound recordings and replicas of the flags, opened at the Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen on August 20 and runs until November 13. There are plans for the show to visit Havana, Liverpool and Svalbard.

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Wine, food, cars, boats and travel









Sou Omakase dishes out familiar Japanese favourites with its own twist

This month we get a dynamic analysis of 10 Tuscan white wines from our expert

The new DB11 makes for a fine marque, in Aston Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich history

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A Tale of Two Courses


espite being situated at a popular shopping centre, Sou Omakase manages to hide itself away from the noisy shopping lanes, thanks to its slightly discreet location. Arriving at the restaurant, the vibe is intimate and inviting, with a warm glow to accompany diners, and accommodating staff. For this review, we were fortunate to sample two prix fixes (termed as courses at this restaurant) offering its own unique take on what this new contender to the dining scene can offer. As such, it would be near impossible to include each and every dish offered from these two courses, and I will instead cherry pick the dishes from both that stood out most for me.

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Both courses, the first called sou dinner course and the other the special abalone course, offer multiple dishes for a complete meal—comprising from an amuse bouche to dessert. Although primarily Japanese centric, the dishes at Sou Omakase meld traditional Japanese cooking techniques with a wider range of ingredients that are not normally used in the cuisine. The first of the courses that I will touch upon is the dinner course, a set menu featuring eight dishes and a selection of what the restaurant had to offer. Of the two appetisers called sakizuke to arrive, the cheese sphere with Japanese eggplant curry sauce with fried onion was the more interesting choice. Like most Japanese curries, its spice level was mild yet pleasant while the eggplant added a slight starchiness malaysia tatler . november 2016


Sou Omakase takes what we love about Japanese cuisine and serves food with its own twist, writes Tien Chew

BOOKMARKING THE MEAL From left: Grilled abalone with cheese sauce; braised beef; sashimi platter; sweet potato with red bean, vanilla ice cream and peach yogurt

and the fried onions a crunchy element, resulting in an appetiser true to its purpose. A thick scallop onion soup topped with comté cheese, grilled scallops, tofu at the bottom and a nice savoury tang is also worth a mention. While the soup itself wasn’t big on onion flavour, it did however offer a broad range of other complementing flavours. The cheese too was an interesting addition to the dish, an uncommon ingredient found in Japanese soups, and provided a slightly sharp taste that blended well with the properly cooked scallops. Fried sole fish with eggplant, miso and fried udon strips was also another highlight of the dinner course. The fish itself was fried to perfection with an almost cod-like texture that gives off a nice, meaty and oily feel from the fish when eaten. Salmon malaysia tatler . november 2016

amazu, a small bowl of raw salmon, mango cubes and a variety of condiments served to us, was another example of the restaurant’s willingness to take risks and deliver a rather different type of Japanese dining experience that feels somehow familiar yet new at the same time. While diners can only choose one dish for the main course, we tried both the beef and fish from both courses, with enjoyable results. The braised beef on a hot stone plate had a very clean and palatable taste with spring onion and shallots to add a nice crunch and additional depth of flavour. The yellow fin tuna collar on the other hand was spectacular, excellently chargrilled with a smoky, flaky and crispy meat to please the palate. The slightly sweet sauce that comes with the dish also made for a delicious combination.

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The restaurant’s willingness to take risks and deliver a rather different type of Japanese dining experience, feels somehow familiar yet new at the same time Moving over to the dishes from the special abalone course is a similar experience to the previous set, except that this has nine courses and like its name signals, includes abalone. Of the few abalone dishes that we tried in the course, the initial appetiser to arrive, sliced abalone with Japanese mushrooms and Raclette cheese, was an obvious standout. The cheese was sharp, tangy and well melted over the juicy abalone and mushrooms, adding an earthy, savoury quality to the dish overall. To counter the oiliness of the dish, Japanese peach and tomato salad came next. Fresh, sweet and tasty, the peach worked surprisingly well with tart and plump slices of tomatoes, creating a delightful


contrast that was light and refreshing. Finely orchestrated, the next dish was interesting too, featuring tataki (a style where the fish is seared lightly) bonito fish with mustard seed, chilli oil and scallion. Oily yet fresh, with a crunch from the mustard seeds and spiciness from the chilli oil, this was a dish that clearly added different flavours for enhancement, with the restaurant’s own take on tataki. It also helped that the fish had good texture and a nice smoky quality. Although both courses had sashimi, I chose to focus on the special abalone course’s sashimi selections because of its better offerings. What caught my attention at this portion of the meal wasn’t only the variety malaysia tatler . november 2016

of fresh fish laid in front of me, but rather an unassuming portion of the dish that most people would rarely pay attention to, the humble shoyu, which comes in two versions— white and mousse. The white shoyu is meant to be taken with white fish while the shoyu mousse was created so that diners can effectively control the amount of soy sauce they would like to apply on their sashimi. For me, I would take a minimal amount, but to each their own. On the nicely decorated platter in front of me was toro (tuna belly), salmon, octopus, snapper and flathead fish. The tuna belly was the clear highlight of the platter with the sesame covered octopus and flathead fish being delicious standouts. The climax of this set course meal was the grilled abalone with cheese sauce and condiments. I personally have never had abalone with a thick gooey cheese sauce before, but it worked together well to create

a savoury, slightly sweet and smoky flavour that went down with ease. The abalone’s stomach, also another uncommon piece, was surprisingly delicious with a taste reminiscent of mussels. It proved to be not too gamey and instead was dominated by a wonderful smokiness, thanks to the manner in which it was cooked. Dessert consisted of azuki bean with sweet potato and peach yogurt, the former being a sweet albeit slightly heavy ending after having eight courses, while the latter proved to hit just the right spot with its bite-size portion. What stood out about the peach yogurt was its presentation—made to look like an egg yolk filled with peach flavoured yogurt. Sou Omakase is an interesting modern Japanese restaurant that doesn’t stray too far from its roots but welcomes the addition of other ingredients to offer diners a new way to enjoy the popular cuisine.

FISHY SHADES Top left: Diners can choose to sit at a table in front of the chef to get a first-hand experience. Above: Sou Omakase’s fish offerings before being whisked away for preparation

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LIFE | WINE MONTEVERRO CHARDONNAY TOSCANA 2013 This is a sexy chardonnay with sliced apple, honey, mineral and stone. Full body, fresh yet round texture and intense. Gorgeous finish. Lasts for minutes. Very pretty. 95 points

TERENZUOLA COLLI DI LUNI FOSSO DI CORSANO 2015 A minerally and spicy white with nutmeg and citrus fruit character. Full and flavourful. Pretty density and texture. Drink now. 93 points

Pearly Whites After decades of disappointment, Tuscan dry whites finally seem to be getting it together. From crisp, lively vermentinos from the coast to structured trebbianos from the heart of Chianti Classico, the whites are finally catching up with the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous reds. James Suckling tasted more than 110 Tuscan whites in Italy this summer. Here are his top 10

PETROLO TOSCANA BOGGINA BIANCO 2014 A new wine from this wonderful winery. Shows dried lemon, melon, pear and hints of cream. Full body yet bright and fresh. Layered and fascinating. Only two barrels made with the small Burgundian producer Lucien Le Moine. A unique wine. 100% trebbiano. Drink now. 95 points


BANFI CHARDONNAY TOSCANA FONTANELLE 2015 An oily chardonnay with lots of density and intensity. Shows focus and beauty. Full and flavourful. Dried lemon and apple character. Full Burgundy treatment here; Tuscan style. Drink now. 93 points

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FOLONARI TOSCANA CABREO LA PIETRA 2014 Rich and intense, with dried apple, toffee, lemon character and a citrus undertone. So much character. Goes on for minutes. One of the greatest dry whites ever made in Tuscany. Excellent value for the great quality. Competes with top white Burgundy and Sonoma chardonnays. 94 points

ORNELLAIA TOSCANA BIANCO 2014 A more vibrant and fresh style of the Ornellaia. Medium to full body, sliced white peach and pineapple. Savoury and minerally, even salty. Complex and vivid. All barrel fermented and aged 12 months but only 25% new. Drink now. 95 points

MARCHESI DE’ FRESCOBALDI COSTA TOSCANA GORGONA 2015 A soulful wine made on a tiny island off the Tuscan coast. I always love to drink this. Dried apple and lemon. Pear undertones. Aromatic nose. The palate is medium to full-bodied. Linear and bright. Fascinating mineral undertone. Drink or hold. 94 points

MONTERAPONI COLLI DELLA TOSCANA CENTRALE TREBBIANO VD 2014 Fascinating white with depth and richness and lots of almond, light cream and honey character. Honeysuckle undertones. Medium to full body, fruity finish. Think Meursault. Drink now. 94 points

MARCHESI DE’ FRESCOBALDI POMINO BIANCO RISERVA 2015 One of the best whites of Tuscany, with layers of ripe apple, mineral, cream and light vanilla. Complex. Full body, flavourful and fresh. Tuscan Burgundy basher. Drink now. 93 points

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BIBI GRAETZ TOSCANA BUGIA 2015 A white from the island of Giglio that shows so much depth and layers that it reminds me of top Burgundy. Full to medium body, polished and very long. Shows a class and uniqueness that only that island can deliver. Drink or hold. 93 points

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Back to the Future The famous Tuscan winery Ornellaia recently released a limited number of back vintages from its cellar on the coast in the Bolgheri region. The bottles bear a special label that declares them “Archivio Storico.” Nine vintages were released. James Suckling tasted them all and lists his top five here

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Fascinating aromas, with spearmint, thyme and rosemary undertones to the currant and tobacco character. Medium body with superb, engaging fruit, soft and silky tannins, and a lovely acidity. Love the finesse. Seamless. Drink now. 96 points

This is just a baby, with so much extract and density yet always polished and beautiful. Full body and velvety tannins with a dusty and gritty texture. Complex flavours of fruit, tar and smoked meat. Solid all round. Powerful still. Drink or hold. 98 points

Wow. The centre palate is superb with excellent fruit and density. Full body and so balanced. Blackcurrant and blackberry. Great length and beauty. Class in the glass. Could it better 1998 in the long term? This was a little overlooked by many. 98 points

A really balanced and beautiful year, with chocolate, currant and walnut character. Medium body, fine and silky tannins. Shows autumnal and light mushroom undertones. Just moving into its maturity. A warm yet fresh vintage. Ready to drink. 96points

This is a sensational Ornellaia, with beautiful blackberry, dark chocolate, light vanilla and walnut character. It’s fullbodied, very refined and silky with a long and caressing finish. Just starting to open now. Very classy. 98 points

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Early Birds


recently organised the first en primeur tasting of Super Tuscans. It wasn’t the first time producers tasted their fledgling wines together, as winemakers exchange barrel samples to compare quality. But the event, held in September, was the first time an outsider like myself organised a tasting of barrel samples in Tuscany—in this case 2015 reds—and just about all the 40 or so producers invited attended with pleasure. I used the French term en primeur for the event because I wanted to emphasise its inspiration, the annual tasting fest in Bordeaux of the new vintage from barrels. Of course, the Bordeaux en primeur has a commercial purpose, as wine producers sell a percentage of their young wines the spring after the harvest based on initial quality assessments by critics and the trade. This year was the excellent 2015 vintage, one I rated extremely high. The Tuscan tasting has no commercial connection yet. It served to enable me to evaluate what is destined to be an outstanding vintage in Italy’s most famous wine region, and for a large group of producers to taste the wines together and discuss the character of the year. The wines included Antinori’s Solaia, Petrolo’s Galatrona, Tua Rita’s Redigaffi, Pupille’s Saffredi and Sette Ponti’s Oreno. The only wines missing were Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Masseto. These producers did not want to send preliminary blends to the event, but I tasted their 2015s in their cellars earlier in the year. Check out the results on The 2015 vintage is an excellent one for Tuscany. The young wines show the richness of fruit and ripe tannins typical of a top vintage. The growing season was hot and dry with little rain. Yet it was cool at night, which maintained

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fresh acidity in the grapes. The tannins are particularly ripe and fine-grained. Some producers make comparisons to the excellent 2008 or 2001, but I think 2007 is a better comparison, as the wines from 2015 are fleshy and fruity with an underlying freshness. I find it surprising that some vintners and critics are against en primeur tastings, saying the wines are not ready to evaluate. Some even say the samples do not reflect the wine that will one day be in the bottle. I think en primeur tasting is an exciting part of annual wine tasting for the trade as well as consumers. It allows everyone to learn about and understand a new vintage and make a mental note to follow the year, regardless of whether it’s in Tuscany, Bordeaux or elsewhere. The 600 people who attended the Bordeaux 2015 en primeur tasting I organised in Hong Kong earlier this year were enthusiastic about the experience and the vintage. I well remember a participant from Shanghai saying, “I can’t believe how attractively the wines show. This is fun.” Granted, tasting and rating raw barrel samples is a tricky business. I’ve been doing it since the 1982 vintage in Bordeaux. Understanding how the constituents of young wine, the alcohol, fruit, tannins and acidity, interplay and develop in the barrel and then the bottle is a complex matter and needs years of experience. But en primeur tasting is fun and exciting—something that everyone interested in wine can appreciate. I hope my Tuscan en primeur tasting becomes an annual event. Maybe one day even in Asia? malaysia tatler . november 2016


Some in the trade are against en primeur tastings. Not James Suckling, who finds them exciting opportunities to learn about fledgling vintages straight from the barrel


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Licensed to Thrill The Aston Martin DB11 is a stunning beginning for the British marque’s second century, writes Sean Li


t more than a century old, Aston Martin is in a very exclusive club. During that long life, it has made 80,000 cars, a figure that may not sound all that exclusive—until you realise it’s the equivalent of Toyota’s output for three days. While 95 per cent of all Aston Martins are still in existence, they’re a rare sight and invariably cause heads to turn. In the highly competitive world of exotic sports cars, however, history and exclusivity don’t count for much against the technological developments and, it has to


be said, marketing that have pushed highperformance cars to unprecedented levels. Speed figures seem almost irrelevant, given how quickly the cars surpass themselves year after year—and in an era that requires vehicles to be ever more environmentally friendly. Aston Martin has managed to carve itself a special niche and brand aura in this demanding field. The association with James Bond has certainly helped, but that only goes so far; the cars still have to deliver on their promise of high-end performance combined with British flair, where poise and decorum accompany stellar engineering. malaysia tatler . november 2016


ASTON MARTIN DB11 Body Two-door coupé Engine 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 Transmission Paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic Maximum power 600bhp Maximum torque 700Nm Acceleration 0-100km/h 3.9 seconds Top speed 322km/h

per cent stake. Under the new regime, Aston Martin says it will introduce a new car every year for the next seven years, including a crossover vehicle to be built in a second factory in Wales starting in 2019. Each model will see much greater differentiation from the rest of the Aston Martin line-up, not only visually, but also dynamically. The DB11 shows this approach clearly, with an aesthetic that differentiates it from its immediate predecessors. While the Aston Martin genes are undeniable, you’re not likely to mistake the DB11 for any car produced in the past decade. The design has been somewhat polarising, particularly the rear, which is radically different. But the design is very functional, for hidden within its lines are the car’s aerodynamic features. Aston Martin, ever focused on elegance, did not want the car to sprout spoilers or other accoutrements for stabilisation at high speed. With the DB11’s “Aeroblade” design, the wind flow is managed from the front, where it exits over the side of the wheel wells, and on the flanks through intakes at

TECH HEAVY The carmaker has personalised the instrument cluster, developed with Daimler, by making it look like an analogue display, while a central LCD panel displays maps and infotainment

In the lead-up to the marque’s centenary, Aston Martin focused for more than a decade on what it called the VH platform, which was shared by virtually all its cars and was highly successful. But to better meet the demands of today’s marketplace for rapid innovation and shorter product lifecycles, Aston Martin laid the foundations for a new platform in what it calls its “second century plan.” The recently launched DB11 is the embodiment of this revolutionary change, the first product of Aston Martin’s new management supported by new investors— among them Daimler, which has taken a 5 malaysia tatler . november 2016


The DB11’s Bridgestone Potenza tyres bear the reference number S007

SLEEK STYLING The interior features luxuriously crafted leather with intricate brogue detailing (above); the car has a striking new grille and clamshell bonnet (top left), and benefits from Aston Martin’s “Aeroblade” design, which harnesses airflow to enhance stability without the use of a rear spoiler

the base of the C-pillars, venting through the boot lid. The only concession is a small rear spoiler that extends at high speed and which bears a minor resemblance to the shield 007 deployed in his DB5. Incidentally, the reference number of the Bridgestone Potenza tyres on the DB11 is S007. Aston Martin is adamant this was unintentional, and the tyres are not exclusive to the marque. Visually, the car’s presence is undeniable. And if you don’t see it, you’ll certainly hear it when the company’s first turbocharged engine, a 5.2-litre V12, roars to life. This is one turbo that doesn’t leave me wanting. Aston Martin is well aware of the importance of engine noise at all speeds, and the DB11 delivers beautifully. But it also has a quiet mode; to start the engine without the typical mechanical flourish, simply keep the start button pressed until it fires up. You’ll still hear it, but at a lower level that will hopefully not wake your entire household. On the dynamic front, Aston Martin is almost apologetic about the engine’s

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statistics: 600bhp, 700Nm of torque, zero to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 322km/h. These figures are more then enough to send you on your daily commute or a road trip at a more than adequate pace, but the motoring world almost yawns these days at sports cars that have “only” 600bhp. With the DB11, however, Aston Martin is not seeking the crown of ultimate performance; that’s the job of one of the other models in development under the second century plan. This car is designed to take you great distances at speed in ultimate comfort and luxury—a grand tourer par excellence. The interior doesn’t disappoint; you’ll find only the finest leathers and detailing. The dashboard and switchgear may look familiar to those who have driven a recent Mercedes-Benz, thanks to Daimler’s involvement—and you’d be hardpressed to blame Aston Martin for making use of some of the best technology available. But the carmaker has personalised the instrument panel by framing it and making it look analogue rather than fully digital. malaysia tatler . november 2016


Keeping to the DB11’s character as a grand tourer rather than a barnstormer, the gearbox is a fully automatic eight-speed with an electronic fly-by-wire control system. It’s one of the best automatics I’ve ever used, with none of the lag you normally associate with them, even when in manual mode. The car has three preset driving modes: GT, Sport, and Sport Plus. Different modes can be assigned separately to the throttle response and the suspension system; you choose the combination you’d like via switches on the steering wheel. I preferred Sport or Sport Plus on the windy Tuscan roads, dialling in GT mode when we hit traffic. Neither sport mode was particularly aggressive or bone jarring. The braking system is equipped with pretty much every electronic marvel you can think of, including active torque vectoring, which Aston Martin is using for the first time. The car comes into its own on the open road, its poise at high speed inspiring

confidence. The engine features automatic cylinder deactivation, where one bank of the V12 is switched off when conditions dictate, such as cruising. The system automatically switches between the two banks to manage wear and temperature, and the car’s response or character is not affected. Aston Martin has struck a very nice balance between performance and usability in a remarkable package with a modern aesthetic. It’s impressive how the functional aspects of the aerodynamics are so cohesively and seamlessly woven into the design. On the inside, the car is spacious and comfortable, and adapts to your driving mood, whether you’re on the daily commute or a road trip across Europe. However, it won’t be your go-to wheels for your next track day. It wasn’t designed for that; you’ll have to wait for the new Vantage. The DB11 shows a renewed energy and direction for Aston Martin, and should go on your shortlist if you’re considering a grand tourer—or simply a beautiful exotic car.

The DB11’s presence is undeniable. And if you don’t see it, you’ll certainly hear it when the company’s first turbocharged engine, a 5.2-litre V12, roars to life

SPOILT FOR CHOICE The Aston Martin DB11’s shell and trim are fully customisable, with shades for the shell including Cinnabar Orange, Arden Green, Ultramarine Black, Mariana Blue and Frosted Glass Blue

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Take me to the Riva At a time when modernity and brawn reign supreme on the high seas, it’s a delight to discover that Riva continues to celebrate the romantic wooden rigs of yesteryear, writes

Melissa Lim


he last words I hear are “Va bene, andiamo!” In two seconds flat I’m being rocketed across mercilessly choppy water and clinging to a leather panel for dear life as a fellow journalist flails about next to me like a fish out of water. The Italian sun beats down searingly on my bare skin as I consider what a foolish idea it was to sport an offthe-shoulder number. I squeeze my eyes shut as my neighbour continues to squeal. After what seems like an eternity but in reality may have been just 10 seconds, we are past the turbulent chop and entering a postcardstandard vista of idyllic, still water backed by breathtaking mountains. I unclench my body, recognising ideal conditions for draping myself languidly across opulently crafted mahogany like a broken-hearted 1950s movie star seeking refuge on a lake. Absurd reveries, fashion faux pas and windswept mane aside, I should mention that we are here in northern Italy to witness the launch of the highly anticipated Rivamare and are in fact on a ‘sea trial’ of the luxurious powerboat. This stylish tender from Riva is touted as a new icon in the making, and we are lucky enough to step aboard in Sarnico, home of the renowned brand’s shipyard and museum on the shores of Lake Iseo, for an outrageously picturesque afternoon. RIDING THE WAVE The new Rivamare features mahogany panelling and a pair of engines that generate 400mhp each and deliver a maximum speed of 40 knots

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PAST AND PRESENT Clockwise from top left: A Riva advertisement from the 1950s; the sleek new 39-foot Rivamare was designed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta; Brigitte Bardot promotes Riva in 1968; the Lake Iseo shipyard in 1950; Riva set records with its racing boats in the 1920s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;30s


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The history and opulent designs of Riva boats, which today range from 27 to 68 feet long, stretch far back. The brand was established in 1842 by Pietro Riva, who repaired and built yachts on Lake Iseo’s shores. The thriving business passed through generations of Riva boys, setting impressive records along the way with its racing craft in the 1920s and ’30s. The helm was taken in the 1950s by Carlo Riva, who since childhood had borne a deep-seated curiosity and passion for the family business. By this time, the name Riva had become synonymous with nautical sophistication and glamour along with unrivalled levels of expertise and workmanship, a mix that attracted a loyal clientele of celebrities, aristocracy and prominent businessmen. Perhaps one of the best known of famous owners is Brigitte Bardot, who adored her 1959 Super Florida. Only materials of the highest quality were deemed acceptable by l’Ingegnere (the Engineer), as Carlo was fondly called. He felt the profound significance of the wooden craft and stood by its unique, undeniably timeless design. His reign saw the release of the Ariston, dubbed his “Lord of the Sea” by Carlo himself, followed by the first twin-engine model, the Tritone. The Sebino was the first boat Carlo designed for mass production, while the Florida was named after its inspiration, the US state most closely linked with the sport of waterskiing at the time. November 1962 saw the birth of an icon for the boating industry and the brand itself, the Aquarama, a successor to the Tritone, upon whose hull it was based. Since its presentation at the third Milan International Boat Show, the Aquarama has become a symbol of the brand’s joie de vivre and passion for the sun and sea. It was most memorable for its open sunbathing area at the back, central non-slip gangway and separate front seats. Its top speed was around the 50-knot mark and, at 26 feet, the Aquarama was comfortable yet compact enough for use as a runabout. A total of 768 Aquaramas were built. Some still crop up on the auction scene, though it is uncertain how many still exist.

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The business finally fell out of Riva hands in 1989 and is today part of the Ferretti Group, which works tirelessly to release bigger, bolder designs on a regular basis. Which brings us back to this magical day on the lake. The new Rivamare is a knockout and a perfect addition to the timeless fleet of Riva boats. The heir of two Riva legends— the Aquarama and the Aquariva Super—it perpetuates the romantic allure of its pedigree. The 39-foot speedboat was designed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, who head Officina Italiana Design and are the sole designers for the entire Riva fleet. The sleek, supple lines make for an eye-catching silhouette. The angles of the keel and bow add to the seductive albeit sporty aesthetics. Mahogany panelling draws the eye to the fighter jet-inspired windscreen framed in stainless steel. At the centre of the deck is the iconic signal horn supported by a casing of chrome-plated aluminium alloy. A pair of D6 400 DPH Volvo Penta diesel engines, each generating 400mhp (marine horsepower) at 3,500rpm, pushes the Rivamare to a cruising speed of 31 knots and a maximum speed of 40 knots. The docking functions make for seamless manoeuvrability in tight spaces, including a sideways-mooring option, and the innovative joystick system that controls the boat is easy to master. The interior features a spacious living area, providing luxurious respite from the sun and spray from wind-whipped waters. You’ll find all the creature comforts of land, including a kitchen, bathroom with separate shower, and a living area at the bow that easily converts into a double bed. Move down to the stern and you will find the “beach area,” a large surface featuring a hatch with mahogany steps opening up to reveal ergonomic sun pads to lounge upon. As I reluctantly disembark, we are told on the sly that there will be an exciting world launch held in Hong Kong early next year, which will no doubt unveil something exceptional. After all, nothing evokes la dolce vita more than a luxury boat, and no one does it better than Riva.



Eight is Enough After four years and US$2.7 billion, the spirit of the City of Light has taken up residence on the Cotai Strip in the form of The Parisian Macao. Emilie Yabut-Razon lists just eight of the features that make the city’s newest resort an irresistible attraction

DING LIGHT The Parisian Macao transports visitors to the iconic ts and squares of the French Capital

HAT AN ENTRANCE through the majestic gilded doors reminiscent of those at Palais Garnier, the ornate original home of the Paris Opera, you’ll gape at the sheer size of the main lobby, the Rotunda, aring space flanked by hallways of French limestone and ble. Think a circular version of the Cathedral of Saint-Louis Invalides with a tromp l’oeil dome at the centre.


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ODE TO THE SEA A key feature of the lobby is a replica of the Fontaine des Mers, the ornate fountain added to Place de la Concorde in Paris in 1840 to commemorate France’s maritime trade and industry. Large figures of sea gods and mermaids made st iron and painted bronze and gold are seated in the prow of a ship, the symbol of Paris, and are surrounded by fish, dolphins and coral.

BOUTIQUE BONANZA The Parisian Macao’s shopping streets offer an array of French labels including brands new to Macau, such as jewellers Isabelle Langlois and and fashion label Sonia Rykiel. Antonia brand Italian luxury fashion house, is d worth a visit. The Milan-based retailer in Asia occupies 33,000 square feet ov storeys with decor that can best be des space-age catwalk. The resort’s shoppi are named after hallowed haunts of ret therapy—Avenue Montaigne, Avenue Champs-Élysées, Place Vendôme and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

ROYAL RECEPTION The reception area, an ambitious recreation of the Apollo Salon at the Palace of Versailles, is a sea of ruby walls and drapery. Parisian art and history are reflected i sumptuous silk, porcelain, cry murals depicting royalty and reproductions of rugs from the 17th and 18th centuries. malaysia tatler . november 2016


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MAKE A SPLASH The resort offers plenty for those craving rest and relaxation. Its expansive pool deck boasts five swimming pools, one of which is heated all year round, and three large Jacuzzis. The area overlooks the Versailles-inspired manicured gardens and a windmill like the one at Montmartre. Part of the deck is a water-play area for children called Aqua World. It features a steampunk-themed Jules Verne airship and Marie Antoinette spiral waterslides. Adults can also unwind with luxury treatments at the 12-room Le SPA’tique.

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7 GALLIC FUSION One of Le Chine’s signature dishes is pineapple tarte Tatin

La Chine, the resort’s signature restaurant, is a chic dining spot set within the Eiffel Tower. The wood interiors, leather chairs, mirrors and glass transport guests back to a cafe of the belle époque. The menu is primarily Chinese with a Gallic twist, and specials include roasted duckling a l’orange and a pineapple tarte Tatin.



Just as one couldn’t visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower, a trip to The Parisian wouldn’t be complete without a tour of its impressive reproduction, which, at half the size of the original, is said to be the tallest replica in the world and the most realistic in terms of construction. It took workers a year and 2,800 tonnes of steel to recreate Gustave Eiffel’s 1899 masterpiece. Observation decks on the 7th and 37th floors offer panoramic views of the Cotai Strip. Some 6,600 LEDs illuminate the landmark at night, and a light and sound show takes place hourly.


Fit for a President To mark the month when the United States elects a new “Leader of the Free World,” Chloe Street rounds up the most presidential of all suites in the land of the Stars and Stripes

THE STAYCATION THE JEFFERSON, WASHINGTON What better place for a president to enjoy a staycation than a hotel that has original Thomas Jefferson-signed documents on display and a library filled with leather-bound volumes on the founding father’s favourite subjects? The balconies of the 2,000-squarefoot Thomas Jefferson Presidential Suite provide views over the Washington Monument and the White House. The suite’s grand salon gives way to a dining room that seats eight. And for visiting dignitaries, there’s a small receiving area connected to a private pantry—perfect for pre-inaugural address gin and tonics. Obama has visited the hotel so many times through the back entrance that they renamed it the Ba-rack entrance.

SOME LIKE IT HOT HOTEL BEL-AIR, LOS ANGELES Long a favourite hideaway of the rich and famous— Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe have all been guests—thanks to its secluded location in the canyons of Los Angeles, the Hotel BelAir, which opened in 1946, was recently refurbished. The new Presidential Bungalow offers 6,775 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, making it the largest suite in Los Angeles. There’s private dining for 10, a professional chef’s kitchen, a study, a wet bar and even a grand piano. Step out into your very own Spanish courtyard to find a private pool, Jacuzzi and outdoor lounge and dining areas. A separate hotel entrance allows for exceptional privacy—you can just picture Marilyn sneaking in to see John F Kennedy.


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THE BIGGEST APPLE IN TRUMPTOWN THE MARK, NEW YORK At US$75,000 a night, The Mark’s magnificent Presidential Suite, which opened in December last year, stands proud as the most expensive suite in the world. At 12,000 square feet, it is also the largest penthouse suite in the US. There’s a 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace with views over the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park, custom-made furniture from legendary designer Jacques Grange, a private conservatory and five bedrooms. The dining room can seat 24, there are two wet bars, and the living room can be transformed into a full-sized grand ballroom. And it is all accessed via a private lift— handy for those celebrity attendees wishing to slip incognito up to your post-election victory bash.

IF ONLY WALLS COULD TALK Many an important moment in US politics has taken place in the seclusion of a hotel KIRKWOOD HOUSE, WASHINGTON DC On April 15, 1865, VicePresident Andrew Johnson took the presidential oath of office in his room at the Kirkwood House Hotel following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. WALDORF ASTORIA, NEW YORK President Franklin D Roosevelt used to arrive via a specially designed, nowdefunct, secret train platform under the hotel at 49th Street. The wheelchair-bound president would then take a hidden lift directly to the Presidential Suite. WASHINGTON HILTON, WASHINGTON DC As President Ronald Reagan was leaving the hotel after delivering a speech in 1981, he was shot by mentally ill would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr but survived. MAYFLOWER HOTEL, WASHINGTON DC The famous photo of President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky embracing at a 1996 campaign event was taken here, and one of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s resignation-inducing hook-ups with prostitutes took place in room 871 in 2008.

UNDER LOCK AND KEY THE LIBERTY HOTEL, BOSTON Fancy restoring some law and order to your presidential campaign? Check in at the Liberty Hotel in downtown Boston—a historic building that was once the Charles Street Jail (18 of the rooms are located in the original jail itself). For those who don’t fancy a night in a cell, the fabulous 2,200-square-foot Ebersol Suite sits atop the 16th floor of the hotel and comprises a master bedroom and two bathrooms, a living room, a dining room with butler pantry,

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a library, and dressing and powder rooms. What really sets this suite apart, however, is the 300-square-foot terrace with panoramic 270-degree views of Boston, from the State House in the east right around to Charlestown in the north. The outdoor space can be used all year round, is wired for sound, and has a dining table and several chaise lounges. As well as the inmates of yesteryear, Bruce Willis, Mick Jagger and Cameron Diaz have all been guests.

RITZ-CARLTON, PENTAGON CITY On January 16, 1998, officers from the FBI questioned Monica Lewinsky in room 1012 about her alleged affair with President Bill Clinton. They pressed her to wear a wire to record conversations with the president, which Lewinsky refused to do.



Nick recommends a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art in Chelsea

Nick’s neighbou rhood in the W mix of 19th-cent est Village is a colourful ury townhouses

New York Style meister Nick Wooster, who has called the Big Apple home on and off for the better part of 32 years, shares a few of his favourite haunts


ure, it’s expensive and the weather sucks, but I’m so grateful to have New York as a home base. No two days in New York are alike, which is why I like my life here. I get up a good three hours before I need to be out the door. I like to smoke, read the paper, watch TV, do email and social media, and take my time before I go out. Getting dressed is the fastest part of my day—30 minutes. Everything happens the minute I walk out the door—I could run into friends, have 10 appointments. By the end of the day, I’m super happy to be home.


New York has changed. It used to be that everybody could live in Manhattan, but in the past 15 or so years it has become that most kids move to Brooklyn. Now Brooklyn is just as expensive as Manhattan, so you sort of have two New Yorks. They’re both fine, but I know Manhattan the best. I live in the West Village. I like eating at the Beatrice Inn (an upscale chophouse) on West 12th Street. For Tuscan fare, I go to Il Cantinori on East 10th Street or I Sodi on Christopher Street. I also like Morandi, a rustic trattoria on Waverly Place that offers al fresco dining. I go to the Equinox gym just down the street from my house, and Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee and Joe Coffee, which are in the area. I get my manicure at Think Pink Nails, and Geno’s Barberia is right behind my apartment. My whole life is right here in the West Village. I’m a terrible packer, which means I always take too much when I travel. I think about where I’m going to be, what the climate is, what the occasions are, if I need to dress up, if I can be casual when I go to work at the factory. Obviously, I don’t need the same clothes that I need during Fashion Week in Paris or Milan. I try to have stacks of white and blue shirts, extra sunglasses and socks. People are always asking me about hotels in New York. It really depends on how much you want to spend. Recently I’ve had friends stay at The Nomad, The Bowery, Crosby Street, The Standard. When it comes to things to see, I always recommend the galleries in West Chelsea. And there’s the new Whitney museum there, too. Grab The New Yorker and see what exhibitions are on. malaysia tatler . november 2016



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