Vera Wang
Designer Focus

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Synonymous with bridal dresses and ethereal wedding gowns, Vera Wang is one who knows how to bring out the feminine allure of a woman. There’s no surprise there. The Vera Wang ready-to-wear line, on the other hand, fuses this sensibility with a very dark aesthetic.

It’s a stark transition and a Vera Wang signature that saw her receive the Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 2005 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and soon after, the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award in 2013.

As former senior fashion editor for Vogue US, you could sense that Wang has seen things, things only a trained eye in the fashion world can imagine.

A little boyish and a little feminine but always enigmatic, the Vera Wang woman lives on a day-to-day basis with a subtle and sophisticated couture-like appeal. The silhouette is always flattering and she favours fluid movements in variegated textiles, which are underscored by a fine attention to detail. “It’s reflective of how I live and dress,” she remarked.

This season, she flaunts a noirish ideal –yet again– laden with charming embellishments and neatly draped details. She toys with this notion in mostly black ensembles –her primary colour of choice– complete with tousled hair and au naturel make-up. The construction was exquisite and so were the fabrics. Leather elements and ribbed knit detailing toughened up the look, juxtaposed with bands of sheer fabric and ladylike details.

The Vera Wang woman certainly has an edge –a dark one at that– and she flaunts it day and night.

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Fastest Fingers First!
Pre-order Mansur Gavriel today!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The one and only bag you've been waiting for! Pre-order your Mansur Gavriel bag today and receive it in November/December – just in time for Christmas!


The Rise of Minimalist Fine Jewellery
A trend to love forever

Monday, July 20, 2015
The rise of minimalist fine jewellery is here and we saw that coming from a long way out now.

At the heart of this movement is Sophie Bille Brahe. Based in Copenhagen, her eponymous fine jewellery brand combines intriguing asymmetric shapes with a poetic story-telling element. Her acute sense of refinement is inspired by the very elements that create her designs. Her creations are graceful and pure, almost like a slender gold birch tree filled with pearls and diamonds. We are in love.

Classic-trendy, we call it. The most distinctive fine jewellery brands are where all jewellery trends start. Wear this minimalist fine jewellery trend now and forever but be sure to get in the know.

Ear crawlers, ear climbers, and ear cuffs, whatever you call them, they are now the it accessories to sport. Slender gold strands and delicate diamonds, like a second skin of shapewear caressing the contours of your skin, so subtle that it becomes one with your body.

One can go minimalist all the way. The easiest way is to spruce up a single ear with a single earring, a look revolutionised by Delfina Delettrez and Asherali Knopfer. It is the epitome of minimalist fine jewellery, which adds instant sophistication to your everyday look. The thrill is in showing off that sleek bar earring on one side while keeping onlookers guessing when you turn the other cheek to expose a touch of bare skin.

Like an indulgence to love forever, a collection –your collection– grows with careful curation, just like how we select only the best pieces from the most defining brands in the market to showcase.

They are the few that we curate into a collection of fine jewellery brands at our fine jewellery boutique. And these are the minimalist brands that you need to know. They are the cream of the crop and we can’t wait for you to see them in person.

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Sonia Rykiel
The New Age of Parisian Chic

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Sonia Rykiel is a Parisian fashion house that opened in 1968 with a vigor matched only by the revolutionary ready-to-wear insurgence in the 1970s. It was during that defining era where Sonia Rykiel rose to international prominence alongside designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, and Hubert de Givenchy, long after Chloe made the first step in the 1950s. The Queen of Knits as she was once dubbed, had a sensibility that challenged the dictation of conventional fashion norms.

An irreverent cool aesthetic was born and a sophisticated bohemian tendency well pronounced. Flamboyant but controlled and unconventional but compelling, a Sonia Rykiel collection always has its trademark, an uncommon aspect that we fully appreciate.

With an experienced background at Prada and Versace as well as at Louis Vuitton where she worked closely with Marc Jacobs as studio director, newly appointed creative director Julie de Libran has sparked a heartening revival of the house, garnering widespread press features in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. Featured on the likes of Charlize Theron, Chloe Sevigny, and French icon Charlotte Gainsbourg, and worn on the streets by Amal Clooney, Sienna Miller, and Sofia Coppola, de Libran and Sonia Rykiel are truly a perfect match.

How equally apt too, that the 1970s craze is all the rage now. De Libran has got the memo and she has the archives of Sonia Rykiel’s heyday to thank for her second showing.

Trademark details of the collection were easily distinguishable like a delightful star print, half-waist drawstring detailing, and wide cuffed trousers. Textures were abundant as usual which were further accentuated by a soft bohemian flow.

The French always does it better. Sonia Rykiel has however taken it one step further, proclaiming themselves as “the most Parisian of all international fashion houses” –right up there with Saint Laurent if you ask us. And we salute fashion houses with a unique language of their own, one that is unabashed to show off a little swagger. In every respect, Sonia Rykiel is poised at the vanguard of Parisian chic. If you like all things French – as we do – then Sonia Rykiel will fit right into your wardrobe.

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Wardrobe Heroes
Shine bright like a diamond

Friday, July 10, 2015
Today, we pay tribute to the heroes of our wardrobes. Strong colours, bold shapes, and sleek refinements collide in statement designs that will make you shine bright like a diamond! So you best perfect your street style strut and take cues from the likes of Saint Laurent, Ryan Storer, Cacharel, Gianvito Rossi, and Mykita + Maison Margiela.

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Pre-Fall 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

For Vionnet Pre-Fall 2015, creative director Goga Ashkenazi took a trip to Iceland to see the northern lights. The lights may suggest otherwise but Ashkenazi had other things on her mind.

Green was a starting point and they were like light in the sea of darks, visible but not blinding. Layering was key too. Fabrics overlapped one another like flutters of light streaming across the sky, intercepting each other as they glide across. Zippers had multi-coloured teeth made to mimic the elusive spectrum of the northern lights. But that wasn’t all.

Ashkenazi’s son who was on the trip had a part to play too. His interpretation of the northern lights in drawing became a print and embroidery in the collection.

On first impression, one might view it as childlike and ask how could a child’s drawing be applied onto a high fashion canvas? Seeing is believing. The result is a masterful piece of fragmented prints that when set in place on a fabric, provided a sparse splatter of faint visuals. They were like impending stars against the colours of the northern lights.

For a storied house like Vionnet, a burst of exuberant colours was far from the cards. Instead, Ashkenazi stood grounded with references to Vionnet’s signature aesthetic.

Drapes as usual were generous. The difference this time was that they seemed to have some sort of a free movement, as they found their way around dresses as if caressing a woman’s curves. Sometimes fabric overlays were tagged at certain points, some hanging by just a few pieces of thread. Restricted as they were like charged particles lodged within the night sky but full of fervour when unleashed.

And we see it all so clearly.

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Modern Made
Fashion-forward styles with a twist

Friday, July 3, 2015
In fashion, one day you're in and the next day you're out. That is why we strive to always be fashion-forward to stay ahead of the curve. With our sale ongoing and weekly new arrival drops, you can too! Check out this week's selection of modern-made designs with a twist –such as cut-out pumps, shimmering fabrics, structured shapes, and draped silhouettes– from the likes of Herve Leger, Thakoon Addition, Issa, Gianvito Rossi, Givenchy, and Benedetta Bruzziches.

Have a look and don't miss out before our sale ends!

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