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10 Top Trends for Autumn/Winter 2016-17

The end of fashion collection shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, completes the full range of Autumn/Winter 2016-17 trends. With the fashion world still split on whether pieces in collections should go for sale immediately during the season or whether a delay is required to make the best of what they have, it seems that some designers are inspired by this tussle to mix it up a bit. Spring styles seemed to have bled a bit into Winter, among other stylistic ambiguities that made for an interesting series of Fashion Weeks.

Dreams of Spring


Dark and neutral shades such beige, white, brown, black, and blue are the normal palette staples for a wintry and cool hue but this time, spring came through. The cool hues were still dominant but lighter melds and more springlike tones intruded. Liselore Frowijn, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci and Francesco Scognamiglio cheered winter up with pastel explosions, bolder brights, and gay color. New York, though, stood apart from the rest, as, other than a few (notably Michael Kors), that Fashion Week kept to the dark, muted palette.


Blue is the new Black

AW1617-Trends-BlueFrom petrol blue to pastel blue; from midnight and electric blue to navy and lavender – all these served as counterpoints to timeless black. Versace, Diesel Black Gold and Fendi went big on blue while Rahul Mishra, Eudon Choi, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, and Missoni presented looks in the color or used blue in smaller touches. Just see how much blue you can spot in this very story!

Denim, normally a famous blue, was less present than previous seasons but still featured in collections from Chanel, Stella McCartney, Blumarine and Ujoh.


Eye-Catching DetailsAW1617-Trends-Embellishment

Continuing the eccentric vibe of the season are eyecatching embellishments mixed with outstanding patterns sitting alongside and contrasting with minimalist designs. Such occurs normally with the clash of multiple trends but in this case such details featured in almost all labels’ collection to some extent. Dolce & Gabbana flashed it up with diamanté, alongside golden, mirror-effect embellishments and metallic Lurex while Saint Laurent used bold detail in a different way more suited to the collection’s retro stylings.


Flashy FursAW1617-Trends-Fur

Fur in color was another staple among labels, whether finished with multi-colored horizontal stripes or vivid shades verging on the fluroscent, or packed with prints. Fendi set the tone with pieces, detailing and accessories all made from brightly colored fur while Ermanno Scervino brought smaller touches of it to hoods and collars. Ellery finished fur in red, pink and burgundy, while Saint Laurent went for electric shades.


Winter’s OuterwearAW1617-Trends-Outerwear

To combat the cold, coats, jackets, parkas and down jackets are firm fixtures of the season. Going the whole range from classical and functional to extravagant, outerwear this season is sure to fit all kinds of tastes, leaving something for everyone. Zips were a key feature for many, sometimes used as embellishment, but other times allowing big coats transform into lightweight outdoor garments. One key trend — seen in particular at Léa Peckre, Burberry and Narciso Rodriguez — is a masculine coat with a long, wide cut, worn over a lightweight dress, a sure sign of designers thinking beyond traditional seasons. Oversized coats will be big news this winter but down jackets and parkas with touches of fur or color — as spotted at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rag&Bone — will be popular too. Chanel went for a more classic, highly feminine padded jacket.


Gender BendingAW1617-Trends-Unisex

Beyond the seasonal mix-up came unisex silhouettes and garments inspired by menswear. On the whole, though, the trend was still highly feminine looks with a few masculine details. Collections involved in the masculine/feminine trend include Paul Smith, John Galliano, Paul & Joe and Victoria Beckham. Some showed suit jackets with big shoulders and wide-cut trousers. Lots of other labels though — like Gucci, Mugler and Elie Saab — previewed more feminine, sensual collections.


Nightwear for DaytimeAW1617-Trends-Nightwear

Lingerie and sleepwear made their appearance on the runways as outerwear in autumn/winter collections. Lingerie-style dresses worn under thick, heavy coats, like at Sonia Rykiel, as well as dressing gowns and pajama pants were also spotted on the catwalk for a laid-back daytime look. This trend was mostly seen on the Italian catwalk, at Trussardi, Missoni, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli.



Edie Campbell

Other designers rode on a sailor or seafaring theme with sweaters, pants and sailor-style buttoning, all in a palette of navy blue, red and yellow. Cédric Charlier went particularly big on sailor chic in a collection inspired by old photos of retro seamen. Y/Project, Prada and Tommy Hilfiger also showed nautical looks.


Size MattersAW1617-Trends-Oversized

Wide, baggy, and even oversized pants were prominent, although skinny cuts were still present. Chalayan went for wide-cut leather pants, Jacquemus matched them with a huge-shouldered XXL jacket, Giorgio Armani printed them with patterns and Ralph Lauren gave them a high waist. Shiatzy Chen, on the other hand, had loose-cut pants with patterns and transparent effects.


Sleek SportinessAW1617-Trends-Sportswear

Some brought hints of a sporty style to their autumn/winter collections, while others jumped into sportswear head first. Among those adding a few sportswear pieces to feminine, urban collections, or leaving discreet touches of sportiness are Carven, Alexis Mabille, Alexander Wang and, of course, Tommy Hilfiger. There were some interesting collaborations in the sportswear arena too, such as Fenty x Puma by Rihanna.

All images are courtesy of AFP.

BaselWorld 2016 : Preview Day 0

BaselWorld is the most wonderful time of the year, literally. Well it really should be because there is no greater celebration of timekeeping (and jewelry too, which people often forget) in the world (sorry SIHH). So far, there hasn’t been much news but that will change rapidly. Rolex never does any preBasel releases and Patek Philippe has decided against the practice this year. On the jewelry side, the pictures are far more telling than any words and there aren’t any just yet. Here is what we know so far.

The Breguet Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9088 ladies' watch

The Breguet Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9088 ladies’ watch

Geneva-based watchmaker Patek Philippe says that there will not be a new Nautilus at the fair. Yes this is a major anniversary but Patek has other business to settle up first, apparently. Then again, that news is not official, merely industry gossip. Rolex on the other hand is showing a new Cosmograph Daytona with a ceramic bezel and some new dials. That may not sound like much but small changes like this one can cause tidal waves.

Once we see what’s up first hand – we are here as usual, this time with our colleagues from World of Watches, L’Officiel Singapore and Malaysia and Men’s Folio Singapore and Malaysia – you’ll be the first to hear of it. Here, as it happens, is 141,000 sqm of exhibition space, with 1,500 exhibitors from 40 countries showing off their wares from March 17-24.

The J12 Mirror by Chanel

The J12 Mirror by Chanel

For now, we bring you what news we do have, from a few key players that have sought out some pre-BaselWorld love. Hamilton and Chanel are teasing special dials – 3D at Hamilton and mirror at Chanel – while Breguet is offering a ladies model in the Classique range, with a new moonphase indicator. Personally, we are looking forward to seeing what new wonders Breguet and Omega will have lined up for us. These big boys usually play the high tech card and fly the standard of excellence in chronometry high. Ulysse Nardin is another one that always delivers on pushing the boundaries of mechanical timekeeping. Of course, we absolutely must bring you all the news that’s fit to report from Rolex and Patek Philippe…

Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady by Hamilton

Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady by Hamilton

Fashion Week: 9 Models in the Spotlight

We shine the spotlight not on the clothes, beauty or designers; instead we take a look at the models to look out for in the upcoming seasons. Several have already made an impact in the world of fashion as we see their presence at almost every turn. Others are still flying under the radar and we can’t wait to see their talent showcased next season.

Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid

Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid

A favorite of designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Olivier Rousting, Kendall Jenner was a familiar face on the runways of Paris, Milan, London and New York. Other big names that picked the 20-year-old model were Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Chanel and Bottega Veneta. Another member of Taylor Swift’s squad, the other star model of the moment Gigi Hadid walked for fewer designers than Jenner. Selecting her shows carefully, the blue-green eyed blonde model was picked by Chanel, Balmain, and Sonia Rykiel and even closed the Fenty x Puma show.

Edie Campbell

Edie Campbell

Other models that were not far behind Jenner and Hadid in their catwalk appearances were Lexi Boiling and Edie Campbell. The models were seen on the runway, walking for Prada, Marc Jacobs and Fendi amongst others. There is one model who is dubbed to be the most in demand right now and she is none other than Mica Arganaraz. The Argentinian model, with a lean figure, messed-up hair and androgynous looks is another favorite amongst designers such as Hugo Boss, Marc Jacobs, Chanel and Chloé.

Mica Arganaraz

Mica Arganaraz

But the rising star who really got fashion month buzzing was Lineisy Montero. The young Dominican was already tipped as one to watch in 2015 after an exceptional season, and her success looks set to continue into 2016. With around 30 appearances across the four fashion capitals, she’s without a doubt one of the most-booked models of the latest round of autumn/winter collection previews — if not the most-booked model. Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Lacoste, Tory Burch, J.W. Anderson, Topshop Unique, Burberry, Prada, Moschino, Etro, Diesel Black Gold, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni, H&M Studio and Loewe — to name but a few — all picked Lineisy Montero to show off their latest collections.

Lineisy Montero

Lineisy Montero

While notable names get our attention during Fashion Week, it is also a time for spotting new faces and observe the steady rise of up-and-coming models such as Alana Arrington, Ruth Bell and Paulina Frankowska. While not every designer books them, these models have indeed made their presence known. While Arrington opened Altuzarra’s show, Bell’s shaved head and masculine looks starred at Jason Wu, Burberry and Moschino. Polish model Frankowska also attracted attention with appearances at Prada, Mulberry, Deisel Black Gold and Marni.

Paulina Frankowska

Paulina Frankowska

Runway Beauty Trend: Springtime Glow

It is one of the simplest looks to recreate and, accordingly, it gives you an effortless look. Realizing this, beauty brands have focused on the natural no-makeup look for spring. The make-up trend lent a touch of brightness to the spring/summer 2016 runways. The radiant glow that is the highlight of the natural look rises above all other themes to inspire major cosmetics brands for the season. Be it subtle or bold, the season sees key looks that are light, bright, fresh with luminous skin and radiant eyes.

Radiant skin, softly sculpted cheeks

This season sees plenty of brands release skin palettes with formulations and colors to bring a bright, healthy glow to spring skin. Highlighting and illuminating powders are a must-have, with the likes of Dior and Yves Saint Laurent developing complexion-enhancing shade combinations formulated to correct imperfections and enhance natural radiance. Dior’s “Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens” (SGD $94; USD $64) is a highlighting powder with an iridescent finish, whereas Yves Saint Laurent’s “Face Palette Collector Gypsy Opale” (Featured image above) combines several shades to correct imperfections and uneven skin tone (SGD $95; USD $55).

Dior's Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens

Dior’s Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens

The key product in any spring 2016 makeup bag has got to be blusher. For sculpting the face and adding a rosy glow, blusher brings a final flush of healthy color to any fresh-faced look. All the major beauty brands have cheek palettes out for this season. Dr Hauschka, for example, has rebooted its “Rouge Powder Duo” compact, presented in a “Comeback” version with two pink hues that add uplifting color to the face (USD $25). Paul & Joe Beauty has two blush options to add a radiant glow to springtime skin, with “Powder Blush” for sculpting (USD $19) and “Creamy Blush” for a natural glow without highlighting pores (USD $19).

Top: Paul & Joe Beauty "Powder Blush" and "Creamy Blush" Below: Dr Hauschka's "Rouge Powder Duo" compact "Comeback" version

Top: Paul & Joe Beauty “Powder Blush” and “Creamy Blush”
Below: Dr Hauschka’s “Rouge Powder Duo” compact “Comeback” version

Eyes get pretty pastels and subtle shimmer

There are even more options out there for eyes. Brands such as Lancôme and Dior opt for pretty, spring-inspired looks, with selections of soft, subtle shades, whereas Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent go for bolder, vibrant flashes of color.

Lancôme's "Hypnôse Palette"

Lancôme’s “Hypnôse Palette”

The spring 2016 edition of Lancôme’s iconic “Hypnôse Palette” matches four subtle eye shadow shades with one brighter, stronger color (SGD $75; USD $59), whereas Dior gives eyes a bucolic vibe with pretty colors inspired by a garden in bloom. Dior Beauty’s “5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens” eyeshadow palette is available in two versions for spring 2016 – “Rose Garden” and “Blue Garden” – both offering a selection of garden-inspired shades (SGD $104; USD $68 each).

Dior Beauty's "5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens" eyeshadow palette

Dior Beauty’s “5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens” eyeshadow palette

Eyes get a more vibrant flash of color at Chanel with the “Tissé Beverly Hills” edition of the brand’s iconic “Les 4 Ombres” palette (USD $57), sporting shades inspired by the sea, vegetation and California skies.

Chanel's "Tissé Beverly Hills" edition of the "Les 4 Ombres" palette

Chanel’s “Tissé Beverly Hills” edition of the “Les 4 Ombres” palette

The look can be completed with a classic black mascara, like “Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara” from Marc Jacobs Beauty for XXL lashes (SGD $42; USD $31). Or why not add an electrifying pop of color with a brighter shade like Chanel’s “Le Volume de Chanel” mascara in “Ardent Purple” (USD $36) or Yves Saint Laurent’s “Volume Effet Faux Cils” mascara in pink or green (SGD $55; USD$37)?

Left to right: Marc Jacobs Beauty "Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara''; Chanel's "Le Volume de Chanel" mascara in "Ardent Purple" ; Yves Saint Laurent's "Volume Effet Faux Cils" mascara in pink

Left to right: Marc Jacobs Beauty “Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara”; Chanel’s “Le Volume de Chanel” mascara in “Ardent Purple” ; Yves Saint Laurent’s “Volume Effet Faux Cils” mascara in pink

Profile: Elsa Hosk

Packing the vigor of a professionally trained athlete, a killer body, stunning good looks and an infectious character to boot, Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk is the complete model package. Our friends at L’Officiel Singapore brought us the story and this fantastic spread.

With her light blonde locks and crystal blue eyes, Swedish model Elsa Hosk may bear some resemblance to a certain same-name snow queen from Disney’s Frozen, but trust us when we say that this lithe lady is anything but icy. Beaming with warmth and energy, Hosk is sensational when placed in front of cameras and on the runway, going from cheeky to sizzling in seconds. It’s no wonder the good people at Victoria’s Secret crowned her a full-fledged Angel this year, just three years after her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Red wool wrap coat and black wool high-neck sweater by Boss Womenswear

Red wool wrap coat and black wool high-neck sweater by Boss Womenswear

Born and raised in Stockholm, Hosk began her career at 14 after her father submitted photographs to various local agencies. With her big break still out there waiting in the wings, no pun intended, the leggy Scandinavian decided to pursue her budding basketball career with the Swedish women’s basketball league. She played for two years at a national level before taking the plunge and relocating to the Big Apple to focus on modelling.

Olive green wrap coat by Zac Posen; White strapless asymmetrical flare dress Donna Karan; GG Marmont pumps by Gucci; Leather choker by Zana Bayne

Olive green wrap coat by Zac Posen; White strapless asymmetrical flare dress Donna Karan; GG Marmont pumps by Gucci; Leather choker by Zana Bayne

Hosk’s athletic background is visible in her powerful yet slender physique, which is impressive even by Victoria’s Secret’s standards. An inkling of her big break came when she was appointed the face of Victoria’s Secret’s sister line Pink in 2011. Several shows followed – that moment when she nearly hit Ariana Grande with her pink fur-trimmed “wings” in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014 is sure to go down in Angel history – but it wasn’t long before the 27-year-old graduated from Pink to Angel, alongside It models Stella Maxwell, Sara Sampaio and Martha Hunt. The recent extravaganza in New York City is her first since getting her wings. Hosk may have been in the industry for over a decade, but the Angel’s career is still taking flight.

Chevron print silk-wool georgette button down shirt, chevron print silk-wool georgette skirt and aged metal rings with Swarovski crystals by Gucci

Chevron print silk-wool georgette button down shirt, chevron print silk-wool georgette skirt and aged metal rings with Swarovski crystals by Gucci

Bright emerald-princess rose washed cotton linen short kimono and mid heel gladiator boots in platino galassia with bows and pearls by Gucci; Ruthenium chain link bracelet with crystals by Chanel; Latex gloves and stockings, stylist’s own

Bright emerald-princess rose washed cotton linen short kimono and mid heel gladiator boots in platino galassia with bows and pearls by Gucci; Ruthenium chain link bracelet with crystals by Chanel; Latex gloves and stockings, stylist’s own

Story Credits

Photgraphy by Jack Waterlot

Styling by Jumius Wong and Jack Wang

Hair by Fernando Torrent/ L’Atelier NYC

Makeup by Yumi Lee / L’Atelier NYC

Manicure by Yukie Miyakawa/Kate Ryan Inc. using Dior Vernis

Casting Director Neill Seeto

Photography Assistant Herman Van Den Brandt

Styling Assistant Erin McSherry

This article was originally published in the December/January 2015 issue of L’Officiel.

Chanel Brings Quilting to High Jewelry

French fashion house Chanel introduces its 2016 high-jewelry collection “Signature de Chanel”, so-named because it is dedicated to something of a signature craft for the brand, quilting. Split into 11-mini-collections, the pattern loved by Gabrielle Chanel is highlighted with the help of diamonds, mother-of-pearl marquetry, rock crystal and pearls. Quilting was first seen in the maison‘s jewelry line with the “Coco Crush” collection in April 2015, where selected cuffs and rings showcased the pattern.

Originally inspired by the equestrian world, the quilted pattern is an integral part of Chanel’s history that’s often considered a signature of the brand. This now legendary effect was first seen on the “2.55” bag, before soon being brought to more of the brand’s bags and accessories.

"Signature Duo" earrings in 18-karat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds; "Signature Ultimate" ring in 18-karat white gold with cushion-cut diamonds; "Signature Surpiquée" necklace in 18-karat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds

“Signature Duo” earrings in 18-karat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds; “Signature Ultimate” ring in 18-karat white gold with cushion-cut diamonds; “Signature Surpiquée” necklace in 18-karat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds

For 2016, it’s in the hands of Chanel’s jewelry studio — the Studio de Création de Haute Joaillerie — to craft a range based on the famous quilting, with no less than 48 pieces reinterpreting the motif.

With sleek curves and chunky shapes, the pieces sit close to the body and embrace its every movement, channeling the quilted effect in a multitude of combinations.

Chanel has put 18k white gold and diamonds at the heart of this new high jewelry collection. However, 18k yellow gold is used in the “Signature d’Or” mini-collection, with a ring and cuff set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

"Signature de Nacre" cuff and ring in 18-karat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds and carved mother-of-pearl; "Signature Duo" ring in 18-karat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds

“Signature de Nacre” cuff and ring in 18-karat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds and carved mother-of-pearl; “Signature Duo” ring in 18-karat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds

Other mini-collections include “Signature de Saphir,” which sets sapphires among square-cut, brilliant-cut, baguette-cut and triangle-cut diamonds, while “Signature de Perles” sees Japanese cultured pearls alongside emerald-cut, brilliant-cut and cushion-cut diamonds. The “Signature Acidulée” collection includes a ring set with an aquamarine stone.

Haute Couture Week: 6 Quirkiest Accessories

With the all eyes on the Spring 2016 Haute Couture runway shows, designers such as Chanel and Valentino also showcased their talent and attention to detail with a range of accessories. From the whimsical to the zany, the several designers put their best feet forward with Chanel kicking it off with an update to the round-toe pumps (see below). Pearly beads covered the cap while a curved cork wedge heel added some height to the footwear.Paris-Haute-Couture-Accessories-Chanel

Chinese designer Guo Pei continued the elevated trend with mustard yellow sculptural wedges (top) and elaborate ribbons for ankle straps while models for Maison Margiela strutted knee-high boots with multi-colored motifs of various elements (below).Paris-Haute-Couture-Accessories-Maison-Margiela

Elsewhere, headdresses were a big trend. They ranged from Egyptian in style, seen at Jean Paul Gaultier, to Roman, as seen at Valentino (below), although several houses opted for fairytale-like crowns to create a romantic vibe. This was the case at Zuhair Murad, where metallic leaves decorated the models’ hairstyles, as well as at Elie Saab, where floral tiaras contributed to the enchanted feel of the collection.Paris-Haute-Couture-Accessories-Valentino

There were flashes of bling, such as the jewel-encrusted baseball caps seen at Elie Saab (below), and the humungous earrings on show at Guo Pei. There was also a nod to the quirky, with ornamental purses like the vintage cat bag seen at Ulyana Sergeenko stealing the show (scroll to the bottom for this wonder, which really deserves its own story).Paris-Haute-Couture-Accessories-Ellie-Saab


Chanel Rocks Haute Couture, Top Exec Rocks Chanel

In the wake of a highly praised haute couture show January 26, Chanel barely had time pop the champagne for creative director Karl Lagerfeld’s vision before management pulled the plug on the party. The day after the show, news broke that Chanel and its global chief executive officer Maureen Chiquet had broken up, thus upending what should have been a triumphant week for the iconic French luxury. The company released a statement January 27 stating that Chiquet would leave the firm at the end of January because of “difference of opinion” over strategy.

At the time of the announcement, the world was still reacting to Lagerfeld’s “breezy couture” runway show at the Grand Palais. It was like a choreographed play featuring living dolls in dramatic makeup dressed in lean skirts, voluminous capes and fanciful shoes, going about their business in an artificial garden with artificial skies. It even ended with all the models in a sort of life-size doll’s house… it was amazing to behold, even if we only could only do so electronically.


Even as we wondered what to make of the clothes on display, some of which featured wild cotton and wood chips as Lagerfeld swung the pendulum of high fashion firmly towards eco-consciousness, we were blindsided by the Chiquet announcement.

Chanel said in a statement it was “grateful” to Chiquet for what she had done to bring “Chanel into a new era of its development”, adding that she had overseen the “successful international expansion of the House of Chanel, enhanced its luxury positioning and image and grew the business in each of its categories”.

This luxury positioning was perfectly represented by Lagerfeld, whose stylistic excesses are well documented, at the Spring 2016 Haute Couture show. The show began with tweed suits of course but eventually ditched classic silhouettes, with bejeweled dress coats and elaborate 1920s-style beading taking over. There were silk skirts in midnight blue, ruffled organza blouses and split-layer dresses featuring soft chiffon with 1970s-style crocheted Kaftan overlays. Sequinned tops, bell sleeves and tulle skirts gave the collection a dreamy softness as the theme slipped slowly into eveningwear, featuring billowing floral maxi dresses and a black jewel-encrusted number sported by Kendall Jenner.


A series of fine, hazy capes were showcased with silky jumpsuits and sparkly dresses in creamy taupes, while cocktail dresses with fan sleeves contributed to the drama. To finish, there was a bridal-style cocktail dress and bomber jacket ensemble complete with train, offset, of course, by those signature cream pumps.

The dreams on show may prove to be short-lived though. It is unlikely that majority shareholder Alain Wertheimer, who assumes the helm and takes over the operational management of the company, will make any drastic changes pending the appointment of Chiquet’s replacement. That said, these are strange days indeed for the mainstays of couture, with Christian Dior operating without a Creative Director while Chanel soldiers on with interim business leadership.



This story was produced in-house, referencing wire services and external reports, and uses images from the AFP.

6 Up-and-Coming Models to Watch in 2016

We have doled out our fair share of love for Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid last year and both have dominated the fashion industry in 2015. As the AFP notes, the fashion business needs new blood all the time so now that both Jenner and Hadid can add the coveted “super” to their job description, the search is on for the supermodels of 2016. Anna Ewers has strong early lead but here are six new faces primed to challenge for global domination in 2016.

Lily-Rose Depp

The daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis (above) has made waves last year, largely thanks to a great relationship with Karl Lagerfeld, who cast her in both his Autumn/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016 shows for Chanel. The 16-year-old model and actress made a bold campaign debut in July the face of the French fashion house’s new eyewear line, and 2016 will surely see her star status rocket even further.

US model Bella Hadid presents a creation for Balmain during the 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on October 1, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA

Bella Hadid presents a creation for Balmain during the 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris. AFP PHOTO

Bella Hadid

2015 was undoubtedly Gigi Hadid’s year but hot on her heels is little sister Bella. The two appeared in Balmain’s sister-themed Autumn/Winter 2015 campaign back in the summer and the move spring-boarded Bella into the limelight. She has really come into her own of late, making her Chanel debut in December for the label’s Metiers d’Art 2015/16 show.


Ruth and May Bell for Burberry. Ruth sports a buzz-cut for now, courtesy of an Alexander McQueen request. Image courtesy of Burberry

Ruth and May Bell

Identical twins Ruth and May Bell, 19, have been working as models since they were 16, but get ready to see a lot more of them thanks to Burberry, which cast the pair in its Spring/Summer 2016 campaign. The UK fashion label is notorious for its talent at catapulting new talent to stardom.


Moss is in with Calvin Klein Jeans but we’ll be seeing lots of her everywhere. Image courtesy of Calvin Klein Jeans

Lottie Moss

Despite being signed by major modeling agency Storm, Kate Moss’s little sister Lottie has managed to keep a low profile. Until December 2015, that is, when the teenager made her debut in Vogue for a shoot alongside Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner. The magazine revealed that she plans to move to London to model in the near future, meaning her fame factor is surely about to go off the charts.


Kaia Gerber channels her famous mother here for CR Fashion Book. Image from the AFP

Kaia Gerber

She may only be 14, but Kaia Gerber, the daughter of the original supermodel Cindy Crawford, is already causing a stir in fashion land. The genetically blessed model hit the headlines this year when she appeared in Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, and a shoot for the December issue of Teen Vogue has set her on track for a strong 2016.

Prada FW2015 shoes

Oregon Woman Suing for Cost of Designer Clothes

In what might be the first-ever case of its kind, a DUI incident has led the victim to seek compensation for her damaged luxury clothing. A Portland woman struck by a drunk driver at a crosswalk has filed suit seeking US$4,600 for the brand-name clothes and accessories she was wearing at the time; this is on top of $8,100 cost of her medical bills of course.

The Oregonian reported December 22 that Susan Layne sued in Multnomah County Circuit Court earlier this month. She says the crash not only left her with bruises, scratches and pain but destroyed a Chanel handbag, Prada boots and Burberry trench coat. Apart from the above-mentioned costs, Layne is also claiming compensation to the tune of $200,000 for her pain and suffering.

Several Portland attorneys said they have never had a client seek compensation for designer clothes, but it isn’t outside the realm of possibility. They say a crash victim with high-priced clothing would be entitled to payment much like someone whose car or laptop was damaged. Given that there are higher amounts in play for harm-done, not to mention higher moral stakes, most victims avoid claiming damages on clothing and such.

The items pictured here are from the Prada FW 2015 collection and serve only as illustrations; there is no information on what type of bag or shoes are involved in this case.

Stars in Chanel: Cate Blanchett, Kaya Scodelario and Diane Kruger

It comes as no surprise that Chanel is one of the stars’ all-time favorite designers – be it for movie premieres, award shows or press appearances.

In the past few weeks, we had a long list of A-listers jumping on the Chanel Express to impress us and we couldn’t love it more.

To start, we saw Cate Blanchett and Diane Kruger rocking edgy and sexy evening gowns at the MoMa Film Benefit, where Blanchett wore a look from the Haute Couture Fall 2015 collection and Kruger was clad in a Spring 2016 look.

Over in Asia, Daisy Ridley wowed us with a Spring 2016 look along with dazzling Chanel fine jewelry collection at a fan event for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Classic, elegant and fashion forward, Chanel really did it right for us, making the perfect way to end 2015 with aplomb.

Click through the gallery to see the latest Chanel looks on the red carpet:

Rome by Way of Paris: Chanel 2015/16 Métiers d’art

French luxury giant Chanel brought the drama to Rome December 1, with legendary Italian film studio Cinecittà serving as the backdrop for the unveiling of the Paris-Rome 2015/16 “Métiers d’art” pre-fall collection.

It was a star-studded affair all round, with designer Karl Lagerfeld using the opportunity to debut a movie of his own – the short film Once and Forever, starring Kristen Stewart and Geraldine Chaplin (covered previously in L’Officiel Singapore). The runway itself was a movie-theater-worthy black and white cinema reconstruction of the City of Light.

The clothes invoked both the nostalgic Paris of the silver screen and that of the modern-day fashion capital, walking the delicate line between romantic and suggestive.

A model presents a creation during the 12th Chanel Metiers díArt show “Paris-Rome”. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Knitwear was given a dreamy makeover for the collection, with chunky sweaters in pastel hues livened up by intricate detailing that was overtly pretty. Lagerfeld captured the poetic charm of the French capital with whimsical pieces such as a puffball-sleeved cream dress adorned with a pink ribbon belt.

However, there was more than a hint of the vamp in the collection’s glamorous black leather mini dresses and peacoats, while the lace stockings, pencil skirts and cropped tops lent the affair a distinctly racy undertone.


There were plenty of the French house’s classic tweeds on show, with cape silhouettes and trouser suits adding a 1960s vibe that was exacerbated by the model’s coiffed beehives and kholed-out eyes. The signature fabric was used to created bulky overcoats and trenches that were layered over the gossamer-light lingerie-style dresses for a very French insouciance that perfectly encapsulated the Parisian nonchalance when it comes to style.

US actress Kristen Stewart (C), US actress Geraldine Chaplin (3rdL) and Italian director Matteo Garonne attend the 12th Chanel Metiers díArt show "Paris-Rome", an annual event to honor craftsmanship that artisan partners bring to the houseís collections, on December 1, 2015 at the Cinecitta studios in Rome. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
Kristen Stewart (C), Geraldine Chaplin and Italian director Matteo Garonne attend the Chanel show. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Chanel eyewear courts online shoppers

Luxury maison Chanel made its eyewear collection available online in the US from November 4, as the brand continues its push into e-commerce.

The legendary French firm also plans to add accessories into the mix and extend the online shopping option to various countries, Women’s Wear Daily reports.

This is significant because despite selling its beauty and fragrance lines online for years, Chanel has yet to make its fashion collections available to e-shoppers.

According to WWD, putting its eyewear designs online means that clients will have access to the entire collection, which comprises 500 different styles.

To shop the collection, click here.

Chanel No5 travel size

A travel-sized bottle for Chanel’s iconic N°5 fragrance

Chanel No5 travel size

Ahead of the end-of-the-year holidays, French brand Chanel has decided to release its iconic N°5 fragrance in a new takeaway sized flacon.

Smaller, perfectly travel-sized and ideal for occasion’s on-the-go, the new bottle format of the emblematic Chanel fragrance fits easily into any handbag or clutch. Two scents have been chosen for the new 35 ml bottle that is shaped in the original mythical design of Chanel’s N°5 fragrance: the N°5 Eau de Partum and the N°5 Eau Première.

The elixirs themselves remain unchanged. N°5 Eau de Parfum opens on notes of May rose and jasmine, associated with Hesperides accords and notes of vanilla. The N°5 Eau Première combines notes of ylang-ylang from the Comoro Islands with May rose and jasmine, with an added dose of aldehydes, vanilla and musk accords.

The purse-sized fragrance will be available as of October 16 in boutiques and select retailers.

Chanel's Mademoiselle Privé exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London

A peek at Chanel’s ‘Mademoiselle Prive’ exhibition

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London’s Saatchi Gallery is set to launch its three-week “Mademoiselle Privé” exhibition, which will take visitors through the storied history of the French fashion house Chanel, touching on fashion, fragrance, jewelry and the famous couturiers behind it all.

Running October 13 through November 1, “Mademoiselle Privé” will cover Chanel both with Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld at the helm.

It will span the brand’s long and celebrated relationship with couture as well as the story behind its legendary Chanel No. 5 perfume.

Chanel's Mademoiselle Privé exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London

Another focus of the show will be the 1932 haute joaillerie collection, Bijoux de Diamants, which was designed by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and reissued by Karl Lagerfeld for the autumn/winter 2015 couture show in Paris earlier this year. For this section of the show, Karl Lagerfeld has photographed celebrities including Kristen Stewart, Lily-Rose Depp, Vanessa Paradis, Keira Knightley, Stella Tennant and Julianne Moore.

“Audacity, freedom and innovation” are said to be the essential elements of Chanel and will be at the forefront throughout the exhibition.

Chanel's Mademoiselle Privé exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London

The show will be installed on all three floors of the venue.

In addition, daily workshops throughout its duration will reveal more about Chanel craftsmanship, teaching visitors how to embroider and work with feathers, while an olfactive workshop will offer insight into the six key elements of Chanel No. 5.

Chanel's Mademoiselle Privé exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London

Find out more at the dedicated website. A visitor’s app with interactive content can be accessed from the site and is available for iOS & Android.

“Mademoiselle Privé” will run from October 13 – November 1.

Chanel's Mademoiselle Privé exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London

Chanel opens new pop up boutique in Rome

Chanel pop-up Rome

Following the opening of its flagship store in Piazza di Spagna, Chanel has recently opened a new store in Rome, Italy.

Chanel pop-up Rome

The new boutique is located on Via del Babuino and is inspired by a theme special to Gabrielle Chanel: the masculine-feminine.

Chanel pop-up Rome

A Roman courtyard has also been arranged behind the boutique, with walls in shades of orange surrounding a fountain and a hundred-year old wisteria. The pop up store will be open until the end of 2016.

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Boy.Friend watch

Chanel hosts Fashion Week pop-up for Boy.Friend watch

Boy.Friend watch

Chanel will open a pop-up shop in New York’s Meatpacking District to mark the launch of its new Boy.Friend watch collection.

The watch collection inspired Chanel to open an entire pop-up in its honor because brand managers felt it would be best displayed via an interactive environment, president and chief operating officer John Galantic said.

“Located at the crossroads of art, culture and commerce, and in the midst of a special moment in New York, New York Fashion Week, this initiative provides us with the opportunity to expose our clients and fans of the house to the world of Chanel watches in a unique and contemporary way.”

The shop will be open until Sunday September 13 from 11am – 8pm 

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Lily-Rose Depp Is The New Face Of Chanel [VIDEO]

Lily-Rose Depp

Chanel has revealed a new face of the brand: the 16 year-old daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Depp.

From the moment Lily-Rose walked the runway for Chanel at the NYC Fashion Week in April 2015, there were rumors that she would land a major campaign for the brand. Now Chanel has confirmed that Lily-Rose will be the face of its fall 2015 eyewear collection, Pearl.

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Karl Lagerfeld described Lily-Rose as “stunning, she’s a young girl from a new generation with all the qualities of a star,” implying that she may well follow in the footsteps of her mother, who has been an ambassador for Chanel since 1990.

The Pearl advertising campaign featuring Lily-Rose Depp will be launched in September 2015.

Envoutante necklace

Chanel presents its new talismans

Envoutante necklace

In the wake of haute couture fashion week in Paris, the French luxury brand has unveiled its latest collection of haute jewelry.

Chanel is known for creating symbolic pieces, such as lucky charms and talismans, that were dear to Gabrielle Chanel, and this year, magnificent creations inspired by the idea of the mythical and magical protective powers of the talisman have been crafted in the Chanel workshops.

Blinding with the light that emanates from them, almost hypnotic in a way, these “Talismans” are available in several stunning forms.

Attirante brooch

Quatrefoil patterns as a focal point

This new collection of precious stone and diamond encrusted designs, all inspired by a combination of mythical and natural totems and charms that are said to bring good fortune to the possessor, are designed in a distinctive quatrefoil pattern.

The collection calls on the combination of Japanese cultured pearls, sapphires, multi-colored lacquer and enamel and the timeless appeal of diamonds to create an alluring array of distinctive pieces.

“Les Talismans de Chanel” includes necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. Made of 18k yellow gold, the “Magnétique” line brings together oval and brilliant cut diamonds with cabochon cut crystals, while “Envoûtante,” in 18k white gold, mixes briolette, fancy, brilliant and rose cut diamonds.

Hypnotique necklace

Brilliant cut diamonds are also all over the 18k white gold “Secrète” pieces, which are available as a bracelet, a necklace, a ring and two pairs of earrings. The “Attirante” lineup, in 18k yellow and white gold, blends red spinels, orange topazes and yellow sapphires, but also brilliant, pear, square, cushion and baguette cut diamonds.

The “Talismans de Chanel” collection also includes the “Mystérieuse,” “Solaire,” “Fascinante,” “Charismatique,” “Hypnotique,” “Particulière” and “Les Talismans de Mademoiselle”

Inside the Chanel Couture casino


Karl Lagerfeld took a gamble on his  Autumn/Winter 2015 couture collection Thursday in Paris.

The fashion magnate transformed the Grand Palais into an opulent casino for the event, with stars including Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore and G-Dragon crowding around the blackjack tables to check out the show.

And they were treated to quite a spectacle — Lagerfeld dressed his models up as Twenties starlets, with short and severe flapper girl hair and theatrical makeup in the form of bold, straight brows and deep red lips.

Models present creations by German designer Karl Lagerfeld as part of his Haute Couture Fall Winter 2015/2016 fashion show for French fashion house Chanel at the Grand Palais in Paris

The boxy aesthetic also ran through the collection — particularly regarding the indispensable two-piece suits, which featured straight lines and top-heavy forms. Shoulders were emphasized with bulky jackets while collars were kept wide or high and military.

Utilitarianism was also evident in the outsized woollen jackets with deep pockets and large, contrasting lapels, while skirts were generally worn narrow and to the knee in a conservative fashion.

There was of course quilting (or faux quilting), and lots of it, with the French house’s signature look being given a freshening up through the use of iridescent, metallic and semi-transparent mesh fabrics. Leather collars and shiny trims added pizzazz to the classic Chanel statement.

Chanel show, Autumn Winter 2015, Haute Couture

“The idea was to take the most iconic jacket from the 20th century and create a 21st century version, which technically wasn’t even imaginable at the time it came about,” the designer explained.

Empire waistlines, beading and tulle ruffling gave a lightness of touch to the collection’s dresses, although the shapes were definitively structured. Sequins, feathers, pearls and semi-sheer overlays added drama to the look while retaining an understated sophistication.

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The highlight of the show came at the end, when Kendall Jenner stepped out in full “military bride” regalia in the form of a silk cream tailored trouser suit and veil.

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Lagerfeld also used the show to present jackets made entirely from a singular piece of fabric using a new 3D technique called ‘Selective Laser Sintering’ for the aforementioned ‘faux quilting’ effect, proving that though it might have looked like a collection inspired by the glamorous heyday of the bygone times, Chanel’s creative vision is rooted firmly in the future.

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