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Gender Bender: 3 Luxury Women’s Watches

The norm: boys like classics, girls want diamonds. Scratch that. The women’s timepieces we now lust after are neither too complicated nor decorated, but simple, slick and macho enough so the men can wear them too.


Wool jacket and silk dress, Saint Laurent. Leather wallet, Isaac Reina.

Wool jacket and silk dress, Saint Laurent. Leather wallet, Isaac Reina.

It was the year 2000 when Chanel last channelled macho design codes for a timepiece. So when the Boyfriend burst onto the scene at the most recent Baselworld, it made headlines naturally – and for all the right reasons. Described by the Parisian house as having “a masculine allure just for women”, the watch has an elongated, octagonal case, a nod to the eight-sided form of the iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume flacon, the Premiere timepiece and Place Vendôme in Paris. Beige gold with alligator strap.

Tiffany & Co.

Jersey dress, Julien David. Cashmere sweater, Eric Bompard. Corduroy trousers, Bally. Leather notebook, Smythson.

Jersey dress, Julien David. Cashmere sweater, Eric Bompard. Corduroy trousers, Bally. Leather notebook, Smythson.

Inspired by the rectangular lines of a Tiffany & Co. travel clock from the ’40s, the East West mini, first unveiled last April, literally turns time on its side with a dial positioned horizontally. This year’s editions are fitted with a single or a new double-tour bracelet, and come with dials painted in three colours: white, dark blue and, our top pick, the Tiffany Blue which never, ever gets old. Steel with alligator strap.


Someday calfskin satchel, Berluti.

Someday calfskin satchel, Berluti.

When Alberto Santos-Dumont – Brazilian pilot and friend of founder Louis Cartier – found his pocket timepiece cumbersome and impractical to use during his flights, his watchmaker pal invented a flat wristwatch with a distinct square case and rounded corners just for him to tell the time. Aptly named the Santos, the ticker is, today, one of Cartier’s most commercially successful designs and one of the most instantly recognizable in horology. Pink gold with alligator strap.

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Photography Thomas Pico

Styling Roman Vallos

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Le Rouge Collection N°1 Chanel Autumn 2016

It is unsurprising of course that Chanel has incorporated red into its beauty collections for more than a decade; we imagine this is what every brand does, or even starts with! The word Rouge in the title should make things crystal clear, if the picture didn’t give it away. No, we are not covering this just because red is newsworthy. The angle here is Lucia Pica. With its latest autumn 2016 collection called “Le Rouge. Collection N°1”, Chanel collaborates once again with make-up artist Pica for a new range of beauty and nail products.

The brand first started its love affair with the shade associated with passion, and sensuality back in 1994 with its cult nail color “Rouge Noir”. Pica a native of Naples is now reinterpreting the shade to reveal a new facet of the iconic shade. “In [the collection] there are also ideas of subversion and classicism. It is about the power of femininity but also the vulnerability. Red is intense, vulnerable, sexual and eternal,” explains Pica.

Le Vernis Longue Tenue Rouge Puissant

Le Vernis Longue Tenue Rouge Puissant

For the nails, Chanel introduces two new colors. “Le Vernis Gloss Rouge Radical” is a bright red with an orange tint and a gel finish while “Le Vernis Longue Tenue Rouge Puissant” is a deep red; both shades add a touch of sophistication. For the cheeks, the French brand chose a brick-red powder blush called “Joues Contraste Rouge Profond” in a half matte, half-satin finish.

Rouge Allure Rouge Tentation and Rouge Allure Rouge Audace

Rouge Allure Rouge Tentation and Rouge Allure Rouge Audace

For the perfect femme fatale pout, Chanel provides sevan different shades to choose from. “Rouge Allure” lands in two shades for the season, with “Rouge Ingénue,” a pinky beige, and “Rouge Tentation,” an intense red. “Rouge Allure Velvet” comes in four shades, with “Rouge Charnel,” a flamboyantly striking red, “Rouge Feu,” a bright orange shade, “Rouge Vie,” a crimson red, and “Rouge Audace,” a burgundy hue with chocolate brown notes.

Les 4 Ombres "Candeur et Expérience" Eyeshadow Palette

Les 4 Ombres “Candeur et Expérience” Eyeshadow Palette

Not forgetting the eyes, the brand also brings the color of love to the iconic “Les 4 Ombres” eyeshadow palette with the warm brown and intense brick red shades with the “Candeur et Expérience”. Chanel’s “Illusion d’Ombre” and “Illusion d’Ombre Velvet” eyeshadows have also gained new red tones. “Illusion d’Ombre” comes in “Rouge Brûlé,” a coppery orange to brighten eyes, while “Illusion d’Ombre Velvet” cream eye color comes in “Rouge Contraste,” a matte chocolate brown. The two eye colors can be applied individually or together for different effects.To complete the look, Chanel finishes eyes with “Stylo Yeux Waterproof” in “Eros,” a burgundy red, and “Agapé,” a red-tinted warm brown, and with “Dimensions de Chanel” mascara in “Subversif,” an eggplant-black shade.

The Chanel “Le Rouge. Collection N°1” will be available in August.

This story was written in-house, with many online sources, including a story from the AFP.

18 Best Pre-Fall Womenswear Trends 2016

From androgynous dress suits in floral prints to saccharine-sweet pastels and kitsch sensuality, the trends for Pre-Fall 2016 are pretty diverse, so there’s something for everyone. Here, our friends at L’Officiel Singapore have done the research for you to bring you 18 looks you should sport for the transitional season.


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Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci

When it comes to suiting now, bolder is better. Give your classic navy and black suits a rest and look to versions in daring prints and opulent fabrics – think Bottega Veneta’s mismatched tailoring or Givenchy’s flower-embellished stunner punked up with studded boots.


Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Military gets a cool downtown vibe with Alexander Wang’s introduction of grunge elements – beanies, 
chains and opaque tights – and unexpectedly ladylike accents in the form of velvet heels.




A clever take on layering by the design team at Dior, with a gently curved olive coat shrugged over another coat in rich brown fur. A lace-trimmed slip and sparkly flats lends ease and lightness to the look.




Shearling continues to be a giant trend for Pre-Fall, turning up as cool outerwear at brands as diverse as Coach, Paco Rabanne and Stella McCartney. Christopher Bailey showed an oversized one at Burberry, which he paired with sleek flares and a boyish rucksack.




Shearling’s more luxurious cousin is also having its moment in the sun, but these furs are not your grandmother’s dowdy ones. Pre-Fall’s best shaggy pieces come in fabulous hues and patterns like those on Marni’s graphic check fur stole, Valentino’s ombre fur robe and Fendi’s floral explosion.


Michael Kors Collection

Michael Kors Collection

Considering the fact that most Pre-Fall collections hit shop floors at the height of summer, it makes sense to drench them in sweet, uplifting shades. Giorgio Armani showed tiered dresses in washed-out blues, Sportmax proposed pale lemon for our outerwear, while Michael Kors had us thinking pink.




Boy-meets-girl is a trope fashion loves to reinterpret. This season’s offerings include Jason Wu’s jackets that were sculpted for a feminine silhouette, butterfly and lipstick prints on an Alexander McQueen pantsuit, and Prince-of-Wales tailoring at Versace shot through with baby blue and worn with a tiny skirt.


Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Who says that sequins should only come out when the sun goes down? When styled with the right pieces, metallics make a wonderful daytime statement too. Case in point: Phillip Lim’s gold wide pants, worn with a silk shirt, and Emilio Pucci’s sequined shirt, paired with a breezy skirt and a sandal-sock combo.


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The pleated midi skirt is fashion’s favourite skirt shape of the moment and no one does it better than Alessandro Michele. This season he rendered it in high-impact silver worn with an equally shiny pink bomber. Elsewhere, Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani and Max Mara also offered beautiful options of the pleated midi.


Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

The current-season way to pull off ethnic influences can be seen in the collections of Alexander McQueen and Altuzarra. The key is to go for a sharper, more fitted silhouette; the end look needs to come off sleek and polished instead of billowy and bohemian.


Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Where Miuccia Prada goes, others are sure to follow. After last season’s enchanting tulle layers at Miu Miu, the gauzy fabric is shaping up to be a key layering element. Molly Goddard has built a name with her joyful tulle creations, while Stella McCartney presented a womanly version worn over trousers and a bustier.




Designers are reinventing tie-dye with a luxe spin, moving it farther away from hippie-dippy and muddy music-fest connotations. Our favourite version is from Valentino, where the saturation is amped way up and cut into a modern anorak, juxtaposed with a smart shirt and thigh-highs.

SWEET ’60s



The youthful charm of the ’60s look has always endured – who can resist the appeal of a little skirt, a fitted jumper and a flattering peacoat? The best looks aren’t faithful reproductions, though; we love Pablo Coppola’s take at Bally where the coat is cut ultra-sharp in bright red and the skirt comes in glossy leather.

’70s REDUX

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

The ’70s is another decade that fashion keeps returning to, but no one makes a more convincing case than Hedi Slimane. At Saint Laurent, he conjured up the bohemian glamour of Loulou de la Falaise with his swishing culottes and midi skirts, all topped with silken blouses and showstopping cloaks and capes.




Fashion loves a good clash of contrasting ideas and this season, designers are riffing on the themes of naughty and nice. Bally has a sharply tailored trench in glossy, fetishistic patent; Alexander Wang put fishnet tights under prim skirts and Karl Lagerfeld invoked Italian screen sirens wearing leather and lace with tweeds and pearls.


Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne

Athleticism in fashion is here to stay but the most talented, innovative designers are constantly finding new ways to elevate and marry it with high fashion. J.W. Anderson, for example, created bold new things from the idea of nylon and tracksuits, while Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne cleverly mixed zippers and mesh with lush materials for an effortless but luxurious take.


Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

The grandly exaggerated Edwardian shoulder continues to get more play for Pre-Fall. It showed up with retro inflections at Gucci, while at 3.1 Phillip Lim and J.W. Anderson, it was deconstructed and updated for today’s cool girls. But the most interesting mash-up was at Louis Vuitton where Nicolas Ghesquière paired sculpted shoulders with motorcross leggings and edgy, chunky boots.




This wardrobe staple has been given a fancy upgrade for Pre-Fall. At Carven, it was mixed with shearling and shown as a total-look statement. Julie de Libran also showed denim-on-denim at Sonia Rykiel but her looks were embroidered while Massimo Giorgetti’s Pucci pieces were printed with feathers. The most whimsical were Valentino’s versions, which bore elaborate scenes and dreamscapes.



Review: Monsieur de Chanel Timepiece

Some of us have to look up the Internet to check if Chanel makes clothes for men but even those of us who do, need no introduction to the label. It is, without doubt, a fashion behemoth with brand recognition stretching as far across the globe as there are paved roads. When a fashion label with such clout and experience dips its fingers into watchmaking, it brings with it tremendous knowledge and sense about making beautiful things that consumers desire, even if watchmaking is a specialized field not traditionally within its area of expertize. But though relatively late to the party, Chanel is by now no stranger to watchmaking, having demonstrated serious intent from 2000, with the launch of its J12 watch, now an icon in its own right, in a bewildering range of colors, beloved of women, and men.

For 2016, it has created a new timepiece from a clean slate, specifically for men. The Monsieur de Chanel is fitted with Chanel’s first in-house movement, aptly named Calibre 1, designed, developed, tested, and assembled in-house. According to Chanel, Calibre 1 was five years in the making, and it looks a stunner for it. Offering jumping hour, retrograde minutes, and a flying tourbillon visible from the case back, the movement is a handsome play of matte and glossy black from ADLC coating of its circular skeletonized bridges. Two barrels coupled in series supply the manual-winding movement with a healthy three-day power reserve. A lion’s head seal on the movement marks the Calibre 1 as an in-house creation.


On the dial side, the Monsieur de Chanel looks to be yet another icon in the making for Chanel. Time display is neat, ordered, and symmetrical to say the least, and there’s wonderful clarity to the elegance. Five-minute markers in bold allow instant reading of the time, as the gold minute hand sweeps across the 240-degree spread of the retrograde minute scale, while the instant jumping hour resides in an octagonal window meant to evoke the layout of Place Vendome. We like the blocky typography, too. It is not dissonant with the overlapping circles of the time display and case shape, but in its restrained way, brings an element of retro-tech definition and purpose to the aesthetic.

Besides securing patents for the jumping hour and retrograde minutes display, and bi-directional setting for the minutes, Chanel also created a new alloy for the case – beige gold.

The Monsieur de Chanel is produced in a limited run in 2016, of 150 numbered pieces each in beige gold and white gold.


  • Dimensions: 40mm
  • Functions: Jumping hours, retrograde minutes, small seconds
  • Power Reserve: Three days
  • Movement: Manual-winding Calibre 1 with flying tourbillon
    Material: Beige or white gold
  • Water Resistance: 30 meters
    Strap: Black alligator leather with gold folding buckle


This article was originally published in World of Watches Magazine

Chanel Coco Crush New Face Keira Knightley

Longtime friend and face of Chanel, Keira Knightley can now add Coco Crush ad campaign star to her already impressive list of accolades. The 31-year-old actress, in her signature smoky-eyed look and pulled-back hair, looked a vision as she posed with the collection of quilted jewelry.

The campaign for Fall 2016 – shot by the great Mario Testino – comes after a Broadway stint playing Thérèse Raquin. She is slated to star in American drama film Collateral Beauty, alongside other Hollywood superstars such as Will Smith and Kate Winslet.

Check out Chanel’s teaser for the jewelry collection below. Don’t worry if it makes sense, just go with it…

Shop the collection today at the Chanel Fine Jewellery Boutique at Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #01-04.

Prints: Resort 2017 Runway Trend

Monochrome and graphic color blocking are so last season. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the latest resort 2017 collections to have hit the runways. From abstract, animalistic to floral, the trend is certainly going to excite those who have never been drawn to the plain and safe choices of seasons past.

Edun Resort 2017

Edun Resort 2017

Of course, that isn’t to say that all the prints are loud and vibrant to the point of no return. Fashion — as it always has — provides us with a vast range to choose from and this trend has something for everyone. Those who veer towards minimalist fashion should look to Edun. Inspired by the iconic image of Diana Ross in the 1970s as she lounged by a swimming pool in Palm Springs as well as the Gio Tribe of Northeastern Liberia, the brand has brought out a whole host of colors. Producing a stripe pattern, Edun brings ecrus, rose pinks and soft pale blues together with vibrant yellows and reds.

Michael Kors Resort 2017

Michael Kors Resort 2017

Don’t care too much for color? Michael Kors is your man (or designer). With the help of contemporary houndstooth, tinsel-style stripes and polka dots, the designer shows us how prints can be done in style. Alternative aesthetics are available in the form of floral and feminine motifs from the likes of Carven, whose Prairie-style skirts were livened up with colorful embroidery, and Rochas, whose dainty take on the tropical herbarium saw fluid fabrics dappled with printed orchids, hibiscus, jasmine and wild geraniums.

Dior Cruise 2017

Dior Cruise 2017

Continuing the floral theme was Dior with dainty tea dresses showcasing tiny blooms. A surprising move was from Gucci, whose loud Britannia-loving collection that was filled with Union Jacks and tartans also made way for the girlish and flowery maxi skirts. Of course, the bold and the fashionable are also richly rewarded this season thanks to Moschino. Embracing prints of every kind, the brand channelled the 1970s with full-length animal prints. Another who followed the path of the bold prints was Emilio Pucci who brought palm tree prints, while Roberto Cavalli favored a whirlwind of kaleidoscopic patterns and colors. Even the normally restrained Chanel threw caution to the wind at its Cuban resort show, unveiling patchwork printed jumpsuits and glitzy shift dresses on the catwalk.

3 Chanel Fall/Winter Eyewear Styles

Fitting in with their ready-to-wear collection for this season comes the matching Chanel Fall/Winter 2016-2017 eyewear collection. These fancy glasses stretch over a variety of styles, ensuring that whatever tastes you have out there can be covered. Want to look contemporary and cool in the city, or perhaps you’re aiming for a look that feels more cyberpunk than anything else? Don’t worry, there’s just the right kind of frame for you. The whole collection is due in stores from June 2016 (which is now), with faceted glass designs available from September.

Urban Chic

Chanel Eyewear Urban Chic

These bedazzling shades are finished in acetate with scrolls of black ink for that swirling glow, and the lenses themselves have a metallic mirror sheen creating a cool effect. Of course, besides sunglasses, you can also have optical frames instead, and you can even ask for different frame types such as butterfly, square, and panto shapes. The frames come in colors ranging from deep blue and silvery green to amber-yellow, black and brown.


 Chanel Eyewear Vintage

This was spotted and singled out at the catwalk show because of its distinctive lack of a surrounding frame. The lenses take center stage here, of course. The oversized design and hand-polished faceted edges make for an exaggerated effect. Also notable are the softer palette of colors involved, ranging from pale gray to champagne shades. The lenses come in butterfly, octagonal and cat’s eye shapes.



Now this is the futuristic-chic solar mask for you if, by some chance, you’ve always wanted to look like an extra from Blade Runner’s neon-lit streets. It has an ultra-graphic flat aspect and is quilted around the edges with a laser. Yes, that’s right, lasers were involved here. They’ve had it out before, in the summer, but this version has new colors and shapes – with pilot and rectangular masks in silvery gray, orange/red and violet blue.

Chanel Paris to Rome 2015/16 Visits Beijing

Is there nothing the Kaiser can’t do?  For his latest Paris to Rome 2015/16 Métiers d’art show, he brought a little piece of Rome with him to Beijing. This isn’t only the first Chanel show to be held there but is also the first time a fashion house and social platform WeChat have collaborated on a show.

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Amidst a black and white old-school backdrop of Paris, the show saw models walking through and around film set café terraces and fountains. The idyllic Beijing setting was transformed into a black and white movie set where celebrities, guests and models all partied to grooves by supermodel Ming Xi, Chinese actor William Chan and Bai Baihe.

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As always, the Chanel show delivered on star power. Chanel ambassador Kristen Stewart rocked a signature edgy look in a strapless leather dress and kohl-rimmed eyes, while Descendants of the Sun actress Song Hye Kyo channelled gamine chic in a printed blouse and A-line skirt from the label.

Read more about the show and view more pictures at L’Officiel.com.

Chanel Goes Paris in Rome with Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart, the face of Chanel’s Collection Eyes, is back with in two new black-and white videos for the Métiers d’art campaign called Paris in Rome. The videos, shot by Karl Lagerfeld himself, see the actress in a light we have never seen before.

Playing an Italian movie starlet, the traditional tom-boy, Stewart is decked out in the finest Chanel has to offer while lounging in a Parisian apartment. Her smokey eyes, red lips and tousled bob help add to the seductive nature of the campaign. In the trusted hands of Lagerfeld, the campaign is sensual and elegant while showcasing a woman of Chanel before at the start and at the end of her work days.Chanel-Kristen-Stewart-article

From tights in expertly crafted lace to quilted leather skirts and a silk tulle jacket, Stewart embodies the modern woman of the brand. Another feature in the campaign, is the updated 2.55 handbag that is available in ultra-soft calfskin materials. True to the brand’s nature, the minimalistic designs and sophisticated materials make for a truly elegant campaign that marries the Savoir Faire of Métiers d’art with the creativity of Lagerfeld himself. Check out the two campaign videos below.


The Chanel Métiers d’art ‘Paris in Rome’ Collection is now available in stores.

4 Beauty Looks That Ruled Resort 2017

Chanel might have showed a spectacular Havana-inspired collection and Dior channeled the spirit of travel, but nothing got us more excited than the beauty looks. There’s a lot to be hyped up for Resort 2017, and if you’re doubtful you can achieve these looks, think again – they’re surprisingly easy to score. From ephemeral glowing skin at Louis Vuitton to fiercely-defined eye makeup at Dior, here are four of the biggest looks the transitional season has to offer.


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Usually a look only reserved for the beach, Karl Lagerfeld made loose, low-slung ponytails chic again at his Havana-themed show. A dash of apricot-hued blush and hint of dark eyeshadow on dewy, bronzed skin completed the breezy look, and gave off a vacation-vibe that had us wishing the holidays were here sooner.

Louis Vuitton

LV Cruise 2017

The girls at Louis Vuitton went au naturel this season. Strong eyebrows framed the otherwise clean faces, each positively glowing thanks to a dash of shimmer on their faces and lips. Their hair, flowing and loose, were kept untreated for a carefree and insouciant vibe, which helped draw focus to the athletic-inspired apparel.



Gucci continued channeling geek chic with a confidently understated look – think lightly powdered matte skin and pale matte lips. The simple look is complete with curled lashes (without mascara, mind you), to open the peepers for the statement eyewear that accompany the looks.



Things at Dior got fiercely amped up with bold eyes and tightly scraped back hair. The dark exaggerated eyes were juxtaposed by ungroomed, haphazard brows, creating a look that was both empowering and feminine at the same time. The French Maison completed the look with lightly glossed nude lips to prevent the look from becoming too wintery.



Les Eternelles de Chanel Grenat Secret Watch

High jewelry objects take a remarkably long time (and a large number of people) to make. Every single step in the development process is pivotal to the resultant finesse, whether in appearance or performance – and Chanel is well aware of that. In 2012, with an objective to better manage its growth and success in the fine jewelry market, and consolidate – under one roof – all the activities which are involved in the manufacture of its precious accessories, the French house opened a new high jewelry workshop at 18 Place Vendôme in Paris.

Chanel’s high jewellery workshop at 18 Place Vendôme in Paris is responsible for the creation of exceptional sets and special orders.

Chanel’s high jewelry workshop at 18 Place Vendôme in Paris is responsible for the creation of exceptional sets and special orders.

One of the most exceptional collections to have emerged from the doors of this workshop is the Les Eternelles de Chanel high jewelry timepiece range, which was first unveiled at Baselworld last year. The creations, designed after late founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s beloved inspirations such as the camellia, comet and feather, marked the first time Chanel had ever shown extravagant high jewelry watches at the Swiss fair. 

Artisans at Chanel’s high jewellery workshop took five months to embellish the Signature Grenat with gems. The 39.9-carat cushion-cut garnet on the watch’s dial alone took a month and a half to set.

Artisans at Chanel’s high jewelry workshop took five months to embellish the Signature Grenat with gems. The 39.9-carat cushion-cut garnet on the watch’s dial alone took a month and a half to set.

At Baselworld this year, Chanel, again, presented a new crop of high jewelry timepieces as an extension of the Les Eternelles de Chanel line. This time, the brand has reinterpreted its famous quilting technique as diamond-paved squares on four one-of-a kind secret watches, all assembled by hand at Place Vendôme. The stunners are clothed in an array of exquisite metals and feminine-colored gems – these include pink gold, orange sapphires and a 43.6-carat pink morganite.Chanel-Secret-Watch-High-Jewelry-Collection-article-5

The star of the lot is the 18k white-gold Les Eternelles de Chanel Signature Grenat, which is set generously with 91 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires, 79 fancy-cut orange sapphires, 87 brilliant-cut spessartite garnets and a whopping 1,171 brilliant-cut diamonds. Above the quartz watch sits an equally decadent 39.9-carat cushion-cut garnet, which, when activated with two pushers at the side, opens up to reveal the time.

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This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Chanel Dresses Woody Allen Flick Café Society

It is sometimes a pleasure watching a Woody Allen film and Café Society, featuring Chanel muse Kristen Stewart, is said to be quite the treat, if the word from Cannes is to be believed. Known for his throughly eccentric take-it-or-leave-it style and theatrical talkiness, Allen’s craft is perhaps more admired than it is enjoyed. But it is this dedication to craft – the ‘movieness’ of movies if you will, that attracts our attention here. For his latest venture, the director and his designer enlisted the help of Chanel to bring the Café Society to life. Before the movie makes its way to a broader global audience – and to Singapore’s shores – we bring you an exclusive look at the outfits featured in the movie, many of which were recreated from the brand’s archives.

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Insight: Why So Few Female High Fashion Designers

Recent times have moved feminism beyond the bra-burning fringes to a full-on topic of social commentary and activism. Remember Chanel’s Spring 2015 runway show? The big march of thin models in high heels, waving protest signs that said ‘LADIES FIRST’, ‘HISTORY IS HER STORY’ amongst other silly syncopatic phrases, clad in Karl Lagerfeld’s personal take on Coco Chanel’s legacy. That season’s show sent a tremor through the industry: here was Lagerfeld saying ‘let’s get political’ while essentially treating the issue as a fad by sending a meaningless faux protest down the runway of one of the world’s most influential brands, albeit with nice clothing. The facts are plain: in the established gender dichotomy, women have been exploited by men to social, political, and economic ends. In fashion, we can say this with much less pedantry: male designers are telling women what is beautiful and therefore what to wear.

Phoebe Philo’s designs for Céline, Claire Waight Keller’s for Chloé and Julie de Libran’s for Sonia Rykiel have earned consistent praise for their ‘wearability’. That’s not a dirty word suggesting pedestrian clothes – what it means is that their designs are for women who live, work, play, and travel in, using it as the proverbial armour against the world. The shared beauty here is that these creations are pieces of clothing made by women for women, that understand that the expectations and standards of feminine beauty are often unnecessary and restrictive. The ladies thus offer us a liberated beauty.

While men may understand cut and fabric, there is the unavoidable political whisper of the male gaze. Thierry Mugler, Gianni Versace and Hervé Leger’s skin-tight dresses, for example, highlight the powerful feminine sexuality yet can’t be rid of the societal expectations of it to please the masculine. The psychological freedom from clothing designed by women, then, is that its celebrations of femininity and sexuality come from common ground that says ‘we know what we want to wear.’

Luckily, we have stalwarts of women in fashion to look up to. Miuccia Prada has been helming her brand since 1978 and shows no signs of stopping. Consuelo Castiglioni built up Marni to celebrate maximalism and considered excess. Diane von Furstenberg took sexy back and wrapped a dress around women to flatter the body. Rei Kawakubo made Commes des Garçons her cerebral and experimental laboratory where beauty has never had a fixed definition beyond variety.

Gladly, societal attitudes are in motion and change, and women are taking a louder and more visible fight for equality. A slow march, but movement nonetheless. The end goal of fashion remains the same, of course. We want it to make us dream of beauty we never thought possible; to keep looking towards the new, the creative, the exciting. Wouldn’t it just be nicer if more women were telling us how?

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Chanel Unveils New Allure Homme Sport Campaign

Shot by talented young photographer and director Jacob Sutton, the new Chanel Allure Homme Sport campaign highlights the adventurous and sporty side of men.

The new men’s fragrance campaign features three talented young men – Hugo Parisi, Adam Crigler and Luke Grimes – that showcase the spirit of Allure Homme Sport.

Find out more about the new campaign and watch the campaign videos at Men’s Folio Malaysia.

Lily-Rose Depp Fronts Chanel No 5 L’Eau Campaign

Lily-Rose Depp was famous from birth and the adoring public wanted her to be destined for greater things. At the tender age of 16, the teenager has already walked the runway for Karl Lagerfeld, modeled Chanel’s Pearl eyewear and is now the new face of Chanel No 5 L’Eau. Oh, if you don’t know who Depp is, just think hard on her last name…

Her appointment is appropriate seeing as the new fragrance is presented as a youthful makeover to the classic Chanel No 5 scent. Created by Olivier Polge, the campaign for the fragrance will be shot by Swedish director Johan Renck and will released later this year.

The budding actress, who will be appearing in three summer releases this year, joins the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Nicole Kidman and Gisele Bündchen in becoming a Chanel fragrance ambassador. Her long history with the brand can even be traced back to her mother (we hope you have figured this out by now), who has been a Chanel ambassador since the ‘90s. Needless to say, this is one teenager to look out for.

Find out more about the new fragrance at L’Officiel Malaysia.

Paris Luxury Stores to Open Sunday

As a visitor to Paris, Sundays have always been an excellent time to take in the scenery because the stores are closed – well, not anymore because the city’s top luxury stores will be throwing open their doors from this weekend onwards.

Tourists flocking to the French capital will now be able shop at luxury shops that line the Champs Elysees and the Place Vendome on Sundays as a key government reform comes into effect.

An agreement between luxury shops and employee unions on Sunday hours has come into force, said Sylvie Zawadzki, who heads up tax and social issues at the French Fashion Federation.

The deal allows shops to take advantage of a reform pushed through by Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron last year allowing for shops to open on Sundays in newly created international tourist zones in Paris.

Sunday openings for shops in France is severely restricted.

“It is an agreement that provides companies the possibility to open (on Sundays) but it is a decision they take based on their commercial strategy,” said Zawadzki.

The flagship shops of luxury brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton are covered by the deal.

Zawadzki declined to say how many companies are concerned, but according to the business daily Les Echos some 30 brands and nearly 100 shops could now open.

Other international tourist zones cover the central part of Paris, including the area where many of the city’s top department stores are located, including Galeries Lafayette. So far only one, BHV, has reached a deal with its employees.

6 Best Accessories, Cannes Film Fest 2016

A bevy of beauties are getting all the attention in Cannes; we are of course speaking of jewelry, not the the ladies who ruled the red carpet. Proving that the ever-important statement accessory makes an ensemble go from bland to glam, we take a look at a few of the jewellers who helped catapult these looks to become some of the most memorable during the film festival.

Chopard Triple Threat

Left: Adriana Lima, Lottie Moss and Julia Roberts

Left: Adriana Lima, Lottie Moss and Julia Roberts

The longtime official jeweller of the festival had a long list of a-listers who wore some of its finest creations. We start with Pretty Woman herself, Julia Roberts (though she’s moved so far from that role it almost seems wrong to reference it here). The carats on her neck would have made anyone swoon, us included. From the Chopard Red Carpet Collection, the actress wore a necklace with a pear-shaped emerald of 52.76 carats and diamonds that amounted to 43.41 carats. Proving that models were able to shine both on and off the runway was Brazilian Adriana Lima. The highlight of her jewelry ensemble was the pair of earrings in 18K white gold. Complementing her green eyes, the earrings feature emeralds (48.08 carats total) as well as diamonds (13.07 carats). Breaking the emerald reign was Lottie Moss, who went with a white light white heat look. She showed off 82.48 carats of diamonds on a white gold necklace along with a pair of earrings with two princess-cut diamonds (6.04 carats).

Bulgari Double Take

Left: Naomi Watts and Sonam Kapoor

Left: Naomi Watts and Sonam Kapoor

We first saw Naomi Watts with a Bulgari high jewelry creation on the opening night of the festival and we see her once again in another creation by the brand during the premiere of Money Monster. Wearing a pair of exclusive Serpenti earrings from the brand’s Mediterranean Eden high jewelry collection, the design plays on the motifs featured in the Serpenti collection of 2016. The hexagonal designs mimic a serpent’s scales as well as the captivating movement of the creature. The other star who shone in Bulgari was Indian actress and model Sonam Kapoor. Known to be a favorite among designers, she brought a touch of flora to the carpet. She chose a necklace from the brand’s High Jewellery Giardini Italiani collection that added that extra touch of whimsical fun to her outfit. The design also showcased the best of Bulgari’s craftsmanship, with 16 brilliant-cut diamonds in the center of each flower in the necklace. Each petal was also studded with pave diamonds.

Chanel Show-StopperChanel-Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley-Cannes-Accessories

At the premiere of La Fille Inconnue, Rosie Huntington-Whitely stole the show, in a bright red backless dress. With her hair up in a bun, the British model used it as the perfect opportunity to showcase a pair of diamond earrings from Chanel’s Signature Surpiquée Fine Jewelry collection.

Learn more about our Cannes Film Festival coverage from the Accessories Report, The Yellow Trend, The Best Dressed on Opening Night and Our Red Carpet Queens.

Focus: Fred Allard Bridges Fashion, Art

French artist Fred Allard says, “Art is the way I express my feelings.” Allard’s style is creating art pieces surrounding fashion using different textures, colors and pictures that express his artistic voice. As a result, Allard revolutionizes the way we look at the bag as a fun, characterful and quirky object.

His recent project ‘Vide son bag’, features a series of bag designs that combine the ordinary with luxury: Campbell soup cans with Chanel handbags, Coke cans with Louis Vuitton bags, Chup-a-chup lollipops with Cartier paper bags – resulting in a style that is funky, unique and fresh. The bags of ‘Vide son bag’, fall in three different categories: the IT Bag, the Basket Bag and the Shopping Paper Bag. With each of these types of bag, he questions our way of using them – the shopping bag does not contain luxury articles but is amongst the most practical; the basket bag, an epitome of practicality and function; and the IT bag, authentic high fashion bags that he fills with everyday products to show the place of the luxury in our everyday lives.

With a background in fashion, Allard has a keen sense of textiles and colors and how they shape imprints, iconographies and culture. He is deeply inspired by street art, pop art, and music and finds food for thought in magazines and department stores. He finds value from observing the street, mixing the array of colors and materials from everyday life in his pieces and weaving commonplace objects into his works. The Allard style is an enthusiasm for materials, words and colors. He manifests his style onto his bags, which he seems to treat as sculptures of the humanistic desire for material wealth: the bag is a symbol of the lives we carry with us – it is both an intimate and personal object.

Beyond just the commonplace, at the heart of Allard’s works is the desire to portray the zeitgeist of the modern society: how our consumerist attitudes and need for status symbols blinds the simple joy of living in the ordinary. His works capture the “everyday objects, like uniting two opposites, the contradiction and the mix,” says Allard. By aligning Hello Kitty next to Hermes, he highlights the contradiction by “combining high end shopping bags and filling them in with products that can be bought from the supermarket, a perfect combination which perfectly blends together to create a unique object.”

Allard studio mirrors that of his works – spray cans lying around, graffiti all over the walls, machinery to create his sculptures of bags, as well as his artist tools: sand, boards, buckets, masks, clamps, brushes, hammer, screws. His studio has the same wealth of textures as his bags have colours. It is no wonder that his studio in the south of France is the incubator for his expressive thoughts.

“Luxury becomes popular and what’s popular become precious”, says Allard. ‘Vide son bag’ juxtaposes the ordinary with the luxury to bring out the fun contradiction of everyday living.

*For more information, please visit www.galeries-bartoux.com.

This story first appeared in Art Republik.

Chanel Opens Saint-Tropez Summer Store

You know summer is truly here when French fashion icon Chanel takes up its summer residence at the private mansion La Mistralée in beautiful Saint-Tropez. This year, the Kaiser works his magic (together with his very talented team of interior designers) to transform the pop-up store.


The love affair between Chanel and Saint-Tropez began when the Mademoiselle herself used to sojourn there every summer. Karl Lagerfeld then picked the city as the venue for the house’s cruise collection for 2011, and has returned annually ever since.


Inside, the boutique is an exquisite representation of the revered fashion house. Swathed in the Maison’s iconic shades of black, white, beige and gold, the boutique opens to an entrance hall with wooden panels that swivel to reveal bottles of the iconic Chanel No5 perfume. Monochromatic walls are punctuated by splashes of gold. Clothes and handbags are presented on two rails that run across the room, its minimalist charm a juxtaposition to the avant-garde sculptures and vintage chandelier that lights up the orderly space. The troves of display units and alcoves are now home to the new J12 Mirror and the other watch models.


Outside, the La Mistralée pool shimmers with the light, its golden mosaic tiles reflecting the sun with an intensity that highlights the season’s shoes – the highlight of the pool house.

The Chanel Saint-Tropez boutique will open from 23 April – 5 October 2016.

Focus: Chanel Spring/Summer 2016

The Chanel lady has places to go this Spring/Summer ’16, and we’re taking notes: plenty of tweeds and metallics along with a number of playful aviation-themed accessories. We bring you L’Officiel Singapore’s picks from the collection, to help elevate your wardrobe for the season.Chanel-Tweed-Leather-trolley-bag

Chanel’s Tweed and trolley bag.


Tweed and plexiglas Absolute bag


Resin and metal airplanes brooch


Metal hair grip


Metal bracelet


Leather and PVC sandal


Crackled leather sandal

Story Credits

Text by Gordon Ng

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.