LaPrendo x Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen
Remember The Moments

Monday, February 24, 2014

 Friends, fans, and fellow luxury afficionado gathered at Barnadas Huang Art Gallery for a wonderful evening on Thursday, February 20th 2014. LaPrendo presents the Scandinavian charm of Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen for our fine jewellery edit this Spring 2014. Joined by Mr. Thomas Bek, the International Marketing Director from the brand itself, we unveiled the state-of-the art jewelleries in museum exhibit-esque platforms, where you can find beautiful stories and the painstaking craftsmanship behind each piece. Movies of the craftsmanship and design inspiration was also playing in the background to let guests in to the family's vision of quality and perfection.


The Rose/Coral Colour Universe for S/S 2014
We had the honour to showcase the Rose/ Coral colour universe even before the highly-esteemed Basel Fair 2014 which will be in end of March! We were all in awe with the whispered beauty of Rose Coral, Deep Coral, and Rose quartz placed strategically next to each other - whether on multisized Lotus rings, or the Sweet Drop charms... How amazing is that combination? No wonder this is the best-selling series of the evening.

The Vintage Colour Universe for S/S 2014
The Vintage colour universe featuring the brightest and the boldest combination of Amethyst, Turquoise, and Acquamarine gemstones.

The Golden Colour Universe for S/S 2014
Colour moods and textures are found close to home in the family’s Scandinavian landscape, where silhouettes of tree branches, illuminated landscapes, and the beauty of raw materials are perpetuated. Fine, golden hair-like Fleches d’Amour that were mineralized into Rutilated Quartz millions of years ago finally found a home in these enchanting pieces: Lotus rings, earrings, pendants, dew drops, and sweet drops charm...

The Earth Colour Universe for S/S 2014
The Earth colour universe, featuring luminescent grey and white moonstones, onyx, and london blue topaz. Lustre, sparkle, and illumination – Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen artisans has mastered the craft of capturing maximum light - sealing the fate of their creations as lifetime investment pieces. Each element is refined in the crafts of laborious gold casting; fine hand-etched finish; and convex lapidary techniques that are essentially inimitable... Very rarely you'll find a cabochon stone so large and gleaming to be set into this No.4 Lotus Ring.

The Special Edition Earrings
Especially crafted for this event, the Special Edition Earrings have never been seen outside Copenhagen. They are individually detachable per gemstone and interchangable for complete freedom and versatility for any occassion. How clever, who would've been able to tell just judging from the first look?

The Snakes Series
 Ole Lynggaard is largely inspired by his travels in the 1960s,and this particular Snakes Collection was one of the timeless classics inspired by the Egyptian treasures he had seen in Cairo. A symbol of good and evil, wisdom and blind passion, but most of all, a lingering temptation. Ole created his first serpentine masterpiece in 1969, inspired by the Now it is one of the house’s iconic signature - carved from 18k gold, diamonds, and the occasional topaz and tourmaline drops -slithering around fingers, arms and down from ears and neck in the most sophisticated and sensual way.

The Winter Frost Series
Frozen forest branches glimmering with the first sight of the sun in spring; it is a match made in heaven when Charlotte Lynggaard fused her hometown Scandinavian nature with Japanese minimalism inspired by her own travels. The frost charm’s slender branches weave themselves around the silk bracelet with oriental knots and tassels, generously sprinkled with scintillating white diamonds.
Stories of meticulous craftsmanship and design process accompany each display case.

All invited guests got to see, touch, and wear the exclusive jewellery pieces while indulging on champagne and canapes for a luxurious shopping experience.
When it comes to Ole Lynggaard's leather and silk bracelets, the more the merrier!
Thank you for the constant love and support that has made this event a huge success with massive turn out. We certainly wish you were there with us to adore, try, and even purchase these exclusive collections from Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen (see what you’ve missed!), but fret not as we will host even more exciting events this year. We look forward to see you next time...


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Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen
Fine Jewellery
Objects Of Emotion

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Call me a hopeless romantic, but as a human, most importantly a woman, I am obsessed with the ‘idea of forever’: love, friendship, family, diamonds, and photographs, amongst other things. As worldly goods and visceral beauty might seem transient, I constantly seek for depth and substance that I can invest in, you know, forever. For example, knowledge, culture, emotions, and memories – intangible yes - those are the things that keep my sentimental hopes up.
Beautiful objects that retells my life stories; exactly what I need, and at Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen, they are always intertwined. The beauty of jewellery itself, in its most resplendent form, has to be personal - far from the influence of trends, peer, or social pressure. Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen, too believes that every woman can create her own little perfect world through jewelleries that remind her of the magic moments. With each piece a child was born, two soul mates were reunited, achievements and anniversaries celebrated.

So let’s begin our little love story...
Having spent most of his younger days in his parent’s jewellery shop, it was only natural for Ole Lynggaard to dream of becoming a goldsmith. Upon graduation, he made a life-changing trip: 3 years around the world (Germany, France, US, and Japan) for experience and apprenticeship.
In 1963 he finally established a namesake brand and studio, selling self-crafted jewellery door to door in his bag. Today, that same building is the largest production house in Northern Europe.

It seems jewellery-making runs in the Lynggaard blood. Charlotte, his daughter, is especially multitalented. Even though trained in goldsmithing, she had the experience of being an art director in Paris and fashion designer in New York, until finally she decided to continue her father’s legacy.
All eyes are on Charlotte to inject a new depth and feminine flair to the brand’s DNA to represent her generation. She has proved her worth but still keeping to the traditional inspiration of their hometown environment in Scandinavia.
Perfection and quality are never compromised as the pieces are meant to be passed to the next generation. The craftsmanship technique itself has also been perfected in the family all these years. Ole and Charlotte are still closely involved every design development. 
After an idea is born, they handpick the designated stone and each has to be perfectly hand-cut to catch the light. The body, then, is moulded from scratch, part by part: each clasp, petal, and band respectively. The goldsmith starts by modelling the first prototype in rubber, a new one has to be made every time. They continue by casting it in a wax mould to get the 3D of the design. The wax is then melted and gap is filled with liquid gold, which hardens in water. The rubber cast is then broken and the parts are ready to be sent for assembly. All pieces go through a meticulous finishing process with hand-scratched satinised surface and unique settings before a strict quality control. 

Now you know, apart from telling your life story, owning an Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen jewellery also means to own a precious piece of their family identity.

This Thursday, don’t miss the chance to experience the Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen magic. Join us for a bedazzling evening amongst the classic Lotus, Nature, Dew Drops, and other never-before-seen collection, exclusive for our special event.

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014
3:00 PM -8:00 PM
Barnadas Huang @ 22 Dempsey Road, Singapore

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Trend Report
Fashion's Legomania

Thursday, February 13, 2014

 For some it looks like a mere toy, but for the discerning few it's the fashion element of the moment. 2014 sees the peak of the Lego trend! There's even a Lego movie out in the theaters now.
Wait, but isn't Lego a toy? And aren't toys only for kids? Well, not anymore...

Fashion industry is ruled by the generation that actually grew up playing with this toy, not gadgets, tablets and online game apps like the actual kids these days. Heck, I asked my niece who is in primary school and she doesn't even know what Lego is!
The Lego trend sees a resurgence of the past, that naive nostalgia to build anything you can only dream of. And as we grow up these dreams, too, evolve and the genius few pieced Lego bricks together into - what else - luxury bags. Like a breeze of air in Spring, this unique sense of humour definitely breaks boundaries and the monotonous rut of bag designsWelcome to the fun side of fashion, where the term "playing with accessories" is taken - well, for a lack of a better word - literally.
Anna Dello Russo shows us how to view fashion from the fun side.
Chanel Lego Clutches - S/S 2013 Runway

When Karl Lagerfeld sent the Lego box clutches down on Chanel Spring 2013 runway, the trend took the fashion crowd by storm. These crayon-bright acrylic boxes are the exact direction Kaiser Karl is predicting for the future of fashion. We're talking 'cheeky as the new chic'.
Hermes Lego Birkin

Hmm, one can build anything he/she can only dream of, eh? Tell me which girl hasn't been dreaming of a Birkin - they have also built it! Lego pieces stacked nicely to form the flap, iconic buckle and clasp toggle, sorry kids, us, adults will steal all your plastic fantasies for fashion's sake; as if you need a better proof that Lego is no longer child's play.
The highly-coveted Lego LOVE Bag on Candela Novembre

Ever since this picture of It-Girl Candela Novembre was posted on Instagram, everyone kept wondering about the LOVE bag, where to get it, and who designed it. Fashion editors, bloggers, and fashion afficionados alike - everyone wants a piece of the covetable LOVE Lego bag! It's an instant street style darling. LaPrendo found out and made these tongue-in-cheek designs available in our sunny shores, wow finally! It started from a fellow It-girl, Mariasole Cecchi's hobby to glue Lego pieces onto her old bags. The look and humour caught on and she finally established her own label, Les Petits Joueurs to produce her limited edition designs.

THIS is the accessory du jour - the bag you should be seen carrying for a Tommy Ton-worthy street style cred. Who knows, you might even get approached for a snap of yourself!  
For S/S 2014, we love The Piano clutch most for its balance in fun and day-to-night functionality. Distinguishable just by it's name, it is handmade carefully with lego pieces that forms the ebony and ivory keys. If Mozart was a lady, he would have been smitten with this design!

Now now, you've seen it all. Let's lighten up for Spring.
Wipe out that Fierce face for a Fun smile instead - after all it's in fashion, you know?

Image Credits: www.highsnobette.com,  www.polyvore.com,  www.purseblog.com, lolalifestylemagazine.wordpress.com, www.twoleakingbags.com, www.thesource.com, www.tumblr.com





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AiRx Art Installation & Atelier Swarovski S/S 2014 Preview

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


(Left to right: Tolla Sloane, Curator and Project Manager. Roland Davies, Director of the British Council, Dr Sarah Meisch, Director of Arts, the British Council, Singaporean artist-architect Randy Chan and Jean Tan, Executive Director of the SIF)
Angles of Incidence is the result of the third Singapore International Foundation-British Council Artist-in-Residence Exchange (SIF-BC AiRx) programme featuring Singaporean artist-architect Randy Chan and British artist Philippa Lawrence. Following residencies and interactions with communities in each other’s cities – Singapore and London – Chan and Lawrence have created a site-specific collaborative installation at the Singapore Botanic Gardens from mid January, and London in April.
“Angles of Incidence comprises reflective multi-faceted steel pods placed beneath the canopy of an 80 year-old Kapok tree to create a dynamic relationship between the installation and its environment. Visitors will experience the oscillation between the installation and nature as the reflective installation merges into and emerges from the landscape.” Tolla Sloane, Curator

A kaleidoscopic view through the crystal-studded pyramids.

Being Singapore’s first nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the gardens provides a befitting backdrop for both artists to create a temporary installation in response to the universal themes of Heritage, Memory and Identity.

Sponsored by Swarovski Crystals, the abstract post-apocalyptic metal sculptures incorporated a mirrored effect to reflect and amplify the surrounding sceneries. The installation pieces are interactive,too: a triangular 'portal' leads to an elevated steps where one can view the gardens and overall installation site from a different perspective; steep pyramids are studded with large chunks of crystals where one could view the landscape through them, resulting in a magnificent kaleidoscopic vision.

Opens daily from 6am to midnight, until 23 March 2014. Entrance from Ginger Garden.
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Atelier Swarovski's In-House Designs for S/S 2014

Atelier Swarovski x Christopher Kane S/S 2014 featuring a weaved bolster necklace, matching link pendant, and cocktail ring.

At the same time, LaPrendo was also invited for an exclusive preview of Atelier Swarovski S/S 2014 collection. Christopher Kane's bolster collection is updated with more ultra glamorous styles for daily and evening wear. 
Other exciting collection was of Atelier Swarovski's in-house designers, featuring long necklaces and chain bracelets with futuristic oversized asymmetrical beads and multi-faceted mirrored hardware.

Lastly, fans of all things cool and avant garde, rejoice! After teaming up with over 50 of the world’s leading designers from fashion, jewellery to architecture, Atelier Swarovski has finally decided to collaborate with Maison Martin Margiela for a series of stalactite-shaped haute couture jewellery pieces this season. Pioneering a Crystal Fusion technique, the crystals were bonded to matte white resin before the entire pieces were cut, instead of being fitted together after being cut separately. The result is clean and smooth, yet asymmetrical and raw, like diamonds in the rough.
Atelier Swarovski x Maison Martin Margiela cuff worn as shoe add-ons for their F/W 2013 haute couture runway. 

All collections coming soon to LaPrendo.
Stay tuned!


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