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Artcurial Auctions Jewelry, Retro Fashion Items

Two collections will go on sale at Paris auction house Artcurial (with its new Hermès Vintage & Fashion Arts department) as a part of its Haute Couture auction on July 4: a collection of haute couture jewelry created for the collections of fashion designers, and items from the catwalk collections of 1980s fashion designer Elisabeth de Senneville. Both collections together provide a good juxtaposition of high elegance and innovative retro fashion.

For those who aren’t exactly sure what the term ‘haute couture jewelry’ means, these were specially crafted jewels made to embellish the collections of the biggest fashion names. The craftsmen worked in close collaboration with fashion houses including Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel and Givenchy to provide small series of jewelry for a handful of wealthy clients. This art form originated in the mid- and late 1930s, before falling out of favor at the end of the 1970s. One hundred such pieces from names such as Roger Jean-Pierre, Maison Gripoix, Roger Scemama and Robert Goossens will appear in the sale.

On the other side, 130 pieces from Elisabeth de Senneville’s archives are set to go under the hammer, with items such as flannelette or brushed cotton garments printed with her “furniture” or “photo story” motifs, as well as sweaters, coats and jackets made from technical fabrics. Her brilliant use of monographing in her pieces is especially notable and even ahead of its time when you consider the proliferation of images resulting from the digital age. The auction celebrates the designer’s avant-garde, artistic and experimental spirit of absolute sincerity.

These two private collections will be accompanied at auction by a selection of Louis Vuitton trunks, Chanel leather goods and haute couture gowns from Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Nina Ricci, Yves Saint Laurent and Paul Poiret. Before the auction itself, the lots will be exhibited July 1-4, 2016, at Artcurial’s Paris showroom, located at 7 rond-point des Champs-Elysées.

You can check out more information over at Artcurial’s website here.

Focus: Signature de Chanel Jewelry

Chanel’s design formula, if there is one, is really straightforward. It is easy to understand, neither too simple nor too complicated, and often inspired by founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s most cherished influences, such as the camellia, lion and star.

Signature Cocoon 18k white gold necklace with a carved rock crystal, 1.5-carat brilliant-cut diamond and 652 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Signature Cocoon 18k white gold necklace with a carved rock crystal, 1.5-carat brilliant-cut diamond and 652 brilliant-cut diamonds.

In February 1955, the late designer unveiled a handbag, the 2.55, which shared the same spirit. Named after the date of its creation, the 2.55 was crafted from supple leather and expertly quilted all over in a geometric pattern similar to those found on the jackets of boys who worked at horse stables. Chanel discovered that, when stitched, the pattern always kept its shape, allowing her to later use other materials like jersey, lambskin and even fabrics as delicate as silk to give body, solidity and volume to the now iconic accessory.

The Signature de Nacre cuff boasts a mother-of-pearl middle that spanned more than four months to carve. Signature de Nacre 18k white gold cuff with 496 brilliant-cut diamonds and mother-of-pearl.

The Signature de Nacre cuff boasts a mother-of-pearl middle that spanned more than four months to carve. Signature de Nacre 18k white gold cuff with 496 brilliant-cut diamonds and mother-of-pearl.

A modern adaptation of that same pattern is now the star of Chanel’s new high jewelry collection, named Signature de Chanel. There are 48 elaborate pieces designed and handcrafted in the Parisian house’s workshop in Place Vendôme; each is composed of gently curved lines to exude an appeal that is less graphic, but more fluid and sensual.

265 sapphires, each requiring more than an hour to cut and finish, are arranged using an invisible setting technique on the Signature Ultime bracelet. Signature Ultime 18k white gold bracelet with a one-carat brilliant-cut diamond, 265 square-cut sapphires and 221 brilliant-cut diamonds.

265 sapphires, each requiring more than an hour to cut and finish, are arranged using an invisible setting technique on the Signature Ultime bracelet. Signature Ultime 18k white gold bracelet with a one-carat brilliant-cut diamond, 265 square-cut sapphires and 221 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Diamonds are not the only precious gemstones used in the collection. Punctuating the range are also the refined accents of azure sapphires and aquamarines, while grey mother-of-pearl, rock crystal and pearls are laboriously cut, sculpted and arranged over months just to recreate the brand’s famed quilting motif.

 

Story Credits

Text by Kenny Loh

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

White-Out: 4 Lightening Cosmetics

It’s that time of the year again, when brands launch their range of whitening products and skincare and we feel that it is only fair that we share our picks for the season. With some help from the team at L’Officiel Singapore, we present you with a few products that you can incorporate into your skincare routine, for that flawless, radiant finish.

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In makeup, loose powder has always been the sidekick to its more technology-driven and ingredients-packed compact or liquid counterparts. But not the Chanel Le Blanc UV Protection Whitening Loose Powder SPF50/PA+++ ($82). If you ask the lab folks who produce makeup, they will have you know that it’s always a tough job combining a high SPF with light textures. This formula has a super-generous SPF but also melts easily into skin, leaving a sheer finish and a velvety feel. It also doesn’t lose out on the ingredients list, with pearl light pigments that make your complexion look luminous, as well as a special pearl extract and a licorice extract to brighten up sallow skin tones.

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Once upon a time, we were happy enough with makeup bases in that one nude or whitish shade. But they have gone all techni-colour now. Cue the Dior Diorsnow Brightening Makeup Base Colour Correction SPF35/PA+++ ($84 each), which come in three hues. Each has a specific purpose: pink for giving dull skin a rosy glow, beige for minimising redness, and blue for perking up a sallow complexion. Of course, the ideal situation would be to own all three shades and use each where it’s needed most.

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If you’re packing for your next vacay and want to travel “light”, just stash the Chanel Le Blanc Light Creator Whitening Concealer SPF40/PA+++ ($54) in your bag. Why? Primarily, it’s a concealer for dark spots and other flaws like acne marks, thanks to its rich, creamy texture and light-reflecting pigments – the latter being what Chanel calls the “pearl light pigments”. These are supposed to give your complexion a translucent smoothness even as they correct skin imperfections. This concealer stick, available in two shades, also works as a form of skincare, as it has ascorbic glucoside and licorice extract to slow down the formation of dark spots. The generous SPF serves as prevention, since we all know that sun damage can cause spots or make them more visible.

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For your makeup to glide on like a dream, you either have the smoothest skin to begin with. Or you fake it. For the latter scenario, there’s the Estée Lauder Crescent White Brightening Makeup Base SPF30/PA+++ ($89). It has lavender pigments to tone down skin dullness, sallowness and dark spots. And since we all know how dry, flaky skin can make even the best foundation streak, this makeup base is also all about keeping up the moisture levels for hours. This same devotion to keeping your skin well-hydrated is present, too, in the brand’s Crescent White Hydra-Bright Essence Makeup SPF30/PA++ (*$86). It plumps up skin, balances oil levels, and blurs the appearance of fine lines, pores, dark spots and uneven tone. Smart makeup? Definitely on our yes list.

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Text by Pearlyn Tham

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

6 Runway Accessory Trends Maximizing Impact

The fashion runways churn out an impressive number of style stories with their trends and designs. Today we take a closer look at the accessories that don’t need to try too hard to catch your attention — simply because you can’t miss them. Bigger is always better it seems with the looks we’ve seen on the catwalk and we can’t wait to share some of our favorites, which are also the favorites of L’Officiel Singapore, who put together this piece.

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Statement necklaces and arm parties have seen their day. With so many designers cutting away garments to reveal necks and shoulders, it only makes sense to draw more attention to these areas via a pair of huge, sweeping shoulder-dusters.Make them the focal accessory by going for interesting details and colour combinations, lots of sparkle, or an arresting sculptural shape.

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Fashion’s fallen head over heels for this punk-tinged hardware, but given it a decidedly feminine touch. Alexander Wang used gold chains to embellish the dainty mesh bags in his romantic all-white Balenciaga collection. Miuccia Prada used them on retro, ladylike pieces in her rich, tactile collection, while Armani and Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen draped them on the body to offset light, delicate clothes.

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Plastic truly is fantastic. Designers as varied as Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and John Galliano at Maison Margiela all offered versions of the transparent stuff plastered on bags, heels, sandals and hats. The most directional pieces, though, came from Jonathan Anderson who used it on garments at his eponymous label and on plastic Puzzle bags, pouches, jewelry and even trousers at Loewe.

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If you’re looking to indulge your inner princess fantasies, now is the time to do it. The girls at No 21 wore bands of sparkling stones atop their dreamy white looks. The Rodarte sisters wove medieval-looking gold leaves into their models’ hair, while Dolce and Gabbana crowned their glamorous Italian girls with fruits, crystals and flowers. Not everything was so princess-like though; both Miuccia Prada and Hedi Slimane showed actual tiaras at Miu Miu and Saint Laurent, respectively, but their girls and the clothes had an alluringly rebellious vibe.

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Sandals are a fail-proof summer staple but they’ve now been given a fun fashion twist via luxe materials, bright punchy prints and, most importantly, an elevated standing thanks to a sturdy flatform or a low chunky block heel. We love Fendi’s graphic leather slides, Ferragamo’s strappy ones with pop-coloured soles and those printed Chanel sandals that light up like an airport runway.

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For Spring/Summer ’16, designers have chosen to make their biggest statements in white. The effect is clean and chic, but far from minimal. At Balenciaga, Alexander Wang sent out rucksacks, totes and clutches in beautifully delicate silk satin, lace and woven leathers. Phoebe Philo’s white Céline bags were graphic with interesting hardware details while her Chelsea boots had a chunky, mannish appeal. Massimo Giorgetti’s sandals at Emilio Pucci on the other hand were romantically dotted with pearls.

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Text by Jeffrey Yan

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore. 

Chanel La Solution 10 for Delicates

There are dangers aplenty outdoors, especially if you have sensitive skin. Firstly, there are environmental factors such as climate change, pollution and even the use of hard water. Secondly, your skin has to defend itself against mechanical factors, which include reactions to non-invasive aesthetics procedures like microdermabrasion.

Both sets of factors can stress skin as well as damage the topmost barrier, which acts as skin’s primary line of defence, and result in the overproduction of something known as nerve growth factors. Also called NGFs, they stimulate the nerve fibers in your skin, causing flare ups in the form of flaking, redness, roughness, a stinging sensation and that too-familiar feeling of tightness.

As most dermatologists would tell you, skincare products for sensitive skin types should be pared down. The fewer the ingredients, the better. This is why, despite studying hundreds of ingredients, Chanel used only 10 of those in La Solution 10, a face cream the brand calls its first comforting moisturizer. In fact, you’ll find the minimalist list of ingredients – ranging from shea butter extract to vegetal squalane – on the chic pump bottle itself.

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The main ingredient in La Solution 10 is silver needle tea extract. From the buds of this precious white tea, the R&D folks at Chanel derive an extract rich in theanine (an amino acid found in some teas) and polyphenols (an antioxidant). Silver needle tea extract is said to soothe sensitivity and block free radicals, thus preventing unnecessary oxidative stress and strengthening the skin barrier.

La Solution 10 can be used in the morning and evening and as a daily moisturiser or as an ad-hoc treatment for when your skin acts up. Personally, I prefer using the cream every night as its consistency is dense – though not in a greasy way. Its thickness makes my tingly skin feel well protected, but it absorbs quickly, leaving a matte finish. The formula is also unscented, going by my own nose test and the list of ingredients on the bottle. And that’s always good news for skin that doesn’t need all that excess.

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Text by Pearlyn Tham

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.

Chanel: Dans la Lumière de l’été Makeup Collection

We know we keep talking about how one season is over and another is on its way. We can’t help it that the seasons change. What we can help is guiding you in the right direction. With summer just around the corner (in the northern hemisphere at least) it is time to set those vibrant hues and heavy foundations aside and embrace the natural skin and sunlight drenched make-up line by Chanel. Of course if you live in the tropics, like we do, then summer is your whole year and you ought to give the heavy stuff a miss altogether.

"Les Beiges, Healthy Glow Multi-Color Power" - Duo N°1 - Chanel "Dans la lumière de l'été" collection. © Chanel

“Les Beiges, Healthy Glow Multi-Color Power” – Duo N°1 – Chanel “Dans la lumière de l’été” collection.
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The Dans la lumière de l’ été make up collection is set to be rolled out next month and will see a more natural look for the skin, eyes and lips. For summer 2016, Chanel brightens skin for a natural, healthy glow with “Les Beiges, Healthy Glow Multi-Color Power” in two color duos. “Duo N°1” features terracotta and golden sand powders to sculpt contours and brighten the face with highlighting touches. “Duo N°2” features a pink shade and a light beige to sculpt and highlight (€55).

Though the collecton takes its inspiration from nature, the eyes get a bit more love with a satin and shimmer finish. Chanel’s Makeup Creation Studio has crafted a new and exclusive limited-edition version of its classic eyeshadow quad, with “Les 4 Ombres Empreinte du Désert.” This has coppery brown, golden beige, brown and khaki green shades, which can be used alone or together for different effects (€51).

"Les 4 Ombres Empreinte du Désert" eye palette, "Lèvres Scintillantes Sahara" lip gloss and "Le Vernis Turban" nail polish from Chanel's "Dans la lumière de l'été" collection. © Chanel

“Les 4 Ombres Empreinte du Désert” eye palette, “Lèvres Scintillantes Sahara” lip gloss and “Le Vernis Turban” nail polish from Chanel’s “Dans la lumière de l’été” collection.
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In captivating shades of emerald and pink coral, are “Stylo Yeux Waterproof” eyeliners for (€25). Chanel also presented a new coppery brown “Mirage” shade of “Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara,” which can be used alone or as a top coat (€32).Using a new formula, the gloss from the iconic “Lèvres Scintillantes” (€28) is more fluid and hydrating. With the brand new applicator, the six summer shades of pink, red, pomegranate, orange, peach and coral provide a more even finish.

“Le Vernis” nail color adds the finishing touch to Chanel’s summer look, with five eye-catching shades including a pinky red, a green, a chocolate brown color, plus orange and beige. The product’s formulation has also been reworked, and now includes bioceramics to help strengthen nails (€25).

9 Beauty Superstars in Focus

From Chanel to Shu Uemura, these are the beauty products to keep you in a maximally tip-top shape for the occasion. Add them to your basket. Now.

 Shiseido

Shiseido Bio-Performance Liftdynamic Serum ($145)

Shiseido labs have discovered that when the structural support system in ageing skin breaks down, sub-derm pockets are left behind beneath the skin’s surface. The result: a loss of firmness, followed by wrinkles and sagging. The Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Serum promises to fill these pockets with the use of rosemary phyto-essence. It also boasts other ingredients like wild thyme, a vitamin E derivative and Super Bio-Hyaluronic Acid N to make skin softer, smoother and more hydrated.

YSL

YSL Beauté Le Cushion Encre De Peau ($88)

We’ve seen our share of cushion foundations in recent years, but this one’s the most gorgeous by far. And the formula of its debut cushion foundation is said to give a matte yet luminous finish and a touch of freshness on skin. Use it sparingly, dabbing the foundation on areas where you need a little more help, like the reddish corners of your nose or on the chin. Then build up the coverage as you go along or whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up throughout the day. Because we too would find every opportunity to take this stunner out for touch-ups.

DIOR

Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D ($53)

An upgrade of its original launched in 2010 and now with the 3D in its moniker, Dior’s lash primer uses an oil-serum with ingredients like fatty acids, vitamin E and a seaweed extract known for its self-repair ability. The formula also has hollow silica beads that don’t weigh your lashes down. Think of it as applying a mask for lashes each time you want to boost their volume – by three times, if you use the Diorshow Maximizer 3D with a Diorshow Designer mascara.

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Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Revitalizing Mask Noir ($620)

Ever been dry-brushed at the spa? Here’s the less rustic version of that therapy… for your face: Estée Lauder’s luxury line Re-Nutriv now has a two-step brush-and-mask routine. Massage the brush – specially crafted with the softest, smoothest fibres – on clean, dry skin to re-energise your complexion. Then, apply the mask, which has bamboo charcoal and concentrated levels of black diamond truffle extract to make your complexion look less tired and more youthful. We’ll be saving this power duo for important evenings.

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Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo ($49)

Even the most savvy and well-informed among us have to confess: every makeup brand now has so many lipstick types in its stable that we just lose track of the one that has the matte yet hydrating texture, the one that’s good for super-glossy brights and the one that leaves indelible lip marks on him. Chanel has made things easier with its Rouge Coco Stylo, a hybrid formula that gives you all you need in a lippie. It’s intense like a lipstick, shiny like a gloss and comforting like a balm. Really, do you need anything else? In eight shades.

NARS

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30/PA+++ ($72)

OK, so there are numerous apps out there with a multitude of skin-perfecting filters. But real life still exists. And for that, you’ll need this all-in-one product. Vitamins C and E in this help to nourish and protect your complexion. Additionally, this oil-free tint is said to create a soft-focus effect by using Transparent Blurring Powders that even out your skin tone and blur out imperfections, while giving a natural finish and a velvety feel. And the last bit is something you’ll never get from an Instagram filter. In nine shades.

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Tom Ford Black Orchid EDT ($100-$210)

About a decade after the launch of the iconic Black Orchid EDP, Tom Ford fans have something else to obsess about now: the equally sophisticated and seductive EDT. Don’t expect a watered-down version – it’s Tom Ford, after all – as this new variant packs in top notes of black truffle, bergamot and blackcurrant, as well as lotus wood, patchouli, incense, vetiver, vanilla and sandalwood. At its heart is the eponymous Black Orchid, the designer’s idea of the ultimate luxurious ingredient made up of florals and rich fruit accords. And forget the ubiquitous transparent glass bottle. This one’s going into its own matte black flacon. Classy.

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Shu Uemura Laque Supreme Shimmer ($42 each)

Laque Supreme is more or less a liquefied lipstick that’s applied like a lipgloss. This year’s Laque Supreme Shimmer is said to use a special shimmer made up of gold and silver powders that are inspired by the making of Japanese lacquerware – it glistens, like a lipgloss, but is more long-lasting and opaque, like a lip stain. The newly designed applicator is a work of art in itself. Slanted at a magic angle, it fits the cupid’s bow and is made of a special material that releases just the right amount of lip product at once. No streaking or clumping here. Brilliant.

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Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème ($875 – $1,200)

In its new research, the luxury brand found that, like the brain, the epidermis can process information and, therefore, restore itself to an optimal state of calm even when it is subject to damage from environmental factors. Based on this finding, the iconic La Crème night cream has now been reformulated to include the ingredient theanine, which is said to encourage skin to “reset” itself when it suffers damage caused by previous stressors. Expect bright, moisturised and translucent skin with less sagging and less noticeable nasolabial lines. Now, that’s something all of us think about having 24/7.

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Art Direction by Stephanie Lim
Digital Imaging by Mossy Chew

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

Hard Lines: 5 Modern Beauty Looks 2016

From an exaggerated graphic eye to an intense, heavy brow, this season’s statement look is geometric, modern and anything but soft.

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Water Supreme Finishing Pact SPF 25 PA++ in No.1 Light Beige, Watery Cushion Concealer in No.1 Splendid Cover, Brush Highlighter in Pink Beam, Gel Liquid Liner in Black, Jet Curling Mascara in Black, Silk Intense Lipstick in Beige Chiffon.

Makeup, Peter Khor

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Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation SPF 25/PA++, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15/PA++, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 88 Noir Intense, Ligne Graphique de Chanel Liquid Eyeliner Intensity Definition in 10 Noir, Inimitable Mascara Volume-Length-Curl-Separation in 10 Noir Black, Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in 402 Adrienne.

Makeup, Peter Khor

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YSL Beauté

Touche Éclat Blur Perfector, Touche Éclat in 1 Luminous Radiance, Le Cushion Encre de Peau, Terre Saharienne Powder in 10 Terre Ambree, Baby Doll Kiss and Blush in 12 Moca Garçonne, Couture Kajal Eye Pencil Om in 1 Noir Ardent, Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Shocking in 1 Deep Black, Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll in Fetish Black.

Makeup, Rick Yang

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Nars

Optimal Brightening Concentrate, Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Contour Blush in Paloma, Brow Perfector in Suriname, Eye Paint in Black Valley, Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, Audacious Mascara.

Makeup, John Lee

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Clé de Peau Beauté

Sheer Fluid Veil SPF24 PA++, Radiant Fluid Foundation, Translucent Loose Powder, Bronzing Powder Duo in No.2, Stylo Eyeliner Pencil in 201 Black, Perfect Lash Mascara in No.1, Extra Rich Lipstick in Velvet 309.

Makeup, Rick Yang

Story Credits
Photography: Alvin Tang
Beauty Direction: Fac3inc
Photography Assistant: Mun Kong
Makeup: Peter Khor, Rick Yang & John Lee/Fac3inc
Hair: Sean Ang/Fac3inc x ARX Salon using Kevin Murphy

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

In Pictures: 9 High Jewelry Pieces to Inspire

Born out of the most imaginative minds, set with spectacular gems mined from the furthest corners of the earth and engineered by the nimblest hands, the high jewelry collections you’re about to see will, quite literally, take your breath away. Our friends at L’Officiel Singapore curated and shot this selection to celebrate their ninth anniversary in 2016.

Tiffany & Co.

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Arrows 18k gold clip with amethysts, diamonds and sapphires.

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Arrows 18k gold clip with amethysts, diamonds and sapphires.

The New York label calls this one of late French jeweller Jean Schlumberger’s most brilliant designs for the house. Handcrafted by artisans, it was, in 2014, made a part of the Blue Book, an annual high jewelry collection celebrating the setting of flawless diamonds and coloured gemstones in Tiffany & Co.’s present-day creations. A large 20.06-carat amethyst sits in the middle of the unique clip, while 18k gold arrows appear to pierce through its fully-pavéd heart.

 

Chanel

From top: Signature Morganite white gold secret watch with diamonds and morganite, and Les Éternelles de Chanel white gold secret watch with diamonds and pink sapphires.

From top: Signature Morganite white gold secret watch with diamonds and morganite, and Les Éternelles de Chanel white gold secret watch with diamonds and pink sapphires.

What appear to be cuff bracelets are in fact secret watches, each designed after things – namely, the camellia, the comet and the feather – that inspired late founder Gabrielle Chanel. This year, the Parisian house adds a fourth piece to its Les Éternelles de Chanel collection, which, through a neat pattern of diamond-set squares, tells the story of the star quilting technique that Chanel has long been known for. At the heart of the ticker sits a 43.66-carat pink morganite pyramid that, when pressed, reveals a small, elegant dial.

 

Bulgari

Giardini Italiani white gold earrings with brilliant-cut diamonds and Colombian emeralds, and Giardini Italiani white gold convertible necklace-brooch with brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies.

Giardini Italiani white gold earrings with brilliant-cut diamonds and Colombian emeralds, and Giardini Italiani white gold convertible necklace-brooch with brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies.

In this staggering collection are 100 beautiful one-of-a-kind interpretations of what you’d find in an Italian Renaissance garden. Aptly named Giardini Italiani or, Italian Gardens, the Roman house’s latest high jewelry collection has reimagined Colombian emeralds, brilliant-cut diamonds, pink spinels and even a 400-carat Sri Lankan sapphire, among other precious stones, as romantic flower beds, geometric hedges and water cascading off decadent fountains.

 

Chopard

High Jewelry Collection white gold and titanium brooch with amethysts, emeralds, Paraiba tourmalines, spinels, tsavorites and rubies.

High Jewelry Collection white gold and titanium brooch with amethysts, emeralds, Paraiba tourmalines, spinels, tsavorites and rubies.

A year after joining the French Couture Federation as jeweller, Chopard has unveiled three unique cuff bracelets handcrafted by artisans in its Geneva Haute Joaillerie ateliers. Our top pick: an ingenious piece that the Swiss maison describesx as “a flight towards spring” – it sports a pair of transformable, iridescent butterflies decked in precious stones. The first has wings that double as earrings while the second detaches to become a brooch.

 

Dior

Clockwise: Granville Tourmaline Verte yellow gold ring with beryls, diamonds, iolites, spessartite garnet, red spinels, rubellite and tourmalines, Granville Peridot yellow gold ring with diamonds, mandarin garnets, peridot, sapphires, and tourmalines, and Granville Tourmaline Verte pink gold ring with aquamarines, chrysoberyls, diamonds, pink spinels, spessartite garnets and tourmalines.

Clockwise: Granville Tourmaline Verte yellow gold ring with beryls, diamonds, iolites, spessartite garnet, red spinels, rubellite and tourmalines, Granville Peridot yellow gold ring with diamonds, mandarin garnets, peridot, sapphires, and tourmalines, and Granville Tourmaline Verte pink gold ring with aquamarines, chrysoberyls, diamonds, pink spinels, spessartite garnets and tourmalines.

Here, Monsieur Dior’s growing up years in Granville on the coast of Normandy were the source of inspiration. Head of fine jewelry Victoire de Castellane captures the playful spirit of childhood games in 12 one-of-a-kind creations. According to the designer, colorful cuts of her favorite stones – aquamarine, beryl, chrysoberyl, rubellite, tanzanite and tourmaline – are arranged with “a sense of equilibrium” in asymmetrical patterns, so no one shade dominates the other.

 

Louis Vuitton

Excelsior white gold ring with diamonds and indigolite tourmalines.

Excelsior white gold ring with diamonds and indigolite tourmalines.

Fluid lines of ’30s Streamline Moderne make a sensual comeback in Acte V/The Escape, Louis Vuitton’s sixth high jewelry collection. Rounded silhouettes borrowed from aeronautics and the hulls of transatlantic steamships are incorporated into the collection, which feature vibrant-color gems (including a 32-carat Paraiba tourmaline and 30-carat Australian Lightning Ridge opal) and a specially-reworked, softer version of the French house’s signature “V” motif.

 

Van Cleef & Arpels

Spanish Ballerina platinum and gold clip with diamonds, emeralds and rubies, and Ballerina platinum brooch with diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

Spanish Ballerina platinum and gold clip with diamonds, emeralds and rubies, and Ballerina platinum brooch with diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

Born out of Louis Arpels’ passion for dance, many of the Parisian jeweler’s creations feature ballerinas as recurring icons. First shown in New York in the ’40s, ballerina clips – adorned in precious headdresses and tutus composed of colored gems – were a hit with collectors, who were besotted with the elegant costumes and graceful poses. A specially curated selection will be displayed at the Art Science Museum from April 23 to August 14 as part of Van Cleef & Arpels’ The Art & Science of Gems exhibition.

 

Boucheron

Hirunda the Swallows white gold earrings with diamonds and black lacquer, and Chinha the Eagle white gold ring with diamonds, sapphires and a cabochon tanzanite.

Hirunda the Swallows white gold earrings with diamonds and black lacquer, and Chinha the Eagle white gold ring with diamonds, sapphires and a cabochon tanzanite.

Rich in virtues – bravery, hope and peace – and lavish in build, with no surface left unset, animal-inspired jewel talismans are touted by Boucheron as both precious and protective companions, and have been a part of its emblematic lines since 1858. This year, the French jeweler’s ever-growing Animaux de Collection (it currently features 20 creatures) welcomes a new member, Chinha the eagle, whose regality is translated as an oversized white gold ring anchored with a large cabochon tanzanite.

 

Chaumet

Lumières d’Eau platinum and white gold necklace with frosted rock crystals and diamonds.

Lumières d’Eau platinum and white gold necklace with frosted rock crystals and diamonds.

Divided into 12 sets, a number recalling the address of Chaumet’s Place Vendôme boutique, the Lumières d’Eau collection exquisitely expresses water in its various states. White Ethiopian opals, pearls, lapis lazuli and emeralds conjure vivid images of gleaming lights on the South Seas, the soft tones of the aurora borealis and crashing waves under an aquamarine sky. A highlight of the high jewelry collection, this piece – featuring blocks of diamond-set and frosted rock crystals on a sleek collar necklace – depicts icicles, and embodies the frozen strength of water.

Story Credits
Text by Kenny Loh
Art Direction by Stephanie Lim
Digital Imaging by c.w.

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

9 Fashion Muse, Designer Pairings 2016

Muses. In Greek mythology, they were believed to be naiads (or water nymphs) and the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Ethereal and enigmatic, these goddesses of inspiration kindled the flames of thought and creativity in the realms of literature, science and the arts, and were invoked at the beginning of lyrical poems so that they might speak through the poet’s words.

Here they are among us, still. Manifested in the form of beguiling celebrities and models, the muses have ruled the cosmos of couture since time immemorial. One only has to mention “Givenchy” to recall one of the most sublime iterations of the designer/muse dyads – that of Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, who were acquainted with each other in 1954 on the set of the Billy Wilder film, Sabrina. A mutual success for both parties, the pairing propelled the brand and actress alike towards powerhouse status, one recognised as the quintessence of feminine and elegant style, the other transformed into an international icon.

That was only the beginning. The alliance between designer and muse has persisted fixedly: Joni Mitchell and Yves Saint Laurent, Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier, and, more recently, Sofia Coppola and Marc Jacobs, Lady Gaga and Donatella Versace. In the following pages, L’Officiel Singapore celebrates its ninth anniversary with nine of the most exciting and current designer/muse pairings.

The muses have arrived.

Saint Laurent

Former creative director Hedi Slimane’s muses are one of a kind. They love music, know a good party and are virtually inseparable (think Julia Cumming, Lida Fox and Grace Hartzel, who have gone from being fresh faces to superstar models). This Spring/Summer ’16, the designer’s cool-girl squad enlists new names Amelia Rose Akerhielm and Staz Lindes, who share their It list exclusively with L’Officiel Singapore.

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Agency

“Next Management.”

Favorite music band

“Animal Collective.”

Your meeting with Hedi Slimane in three words

“‘Word bank insufficient’!”

Your favourite book

“Diary by Chuck Palahniuk, or maybe Brave New World, or The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna. My favourites change every day.”

Your favorite number

“Zero.”

Your favorite artists

“Mark Ryden, Lori Early, Alex Gross and Matt Dangler.”

How did you get discovered?

“I was scouted by Mary and Jeff Clarke of Mother Model Management while photographing matching groups of blonde girls and women in neon pink.”

Was the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer ’16 show your first one? How was it?

“Yes, and it was an amazing experience. Though my flight was delayed and I hadn’t slept for a day, arriving in Paris and being at the Grand Palais seemed like a dream.”

Are there any models in the industry you look up to?

“Dita Von Teese – she’s lovely.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I have many vague plans but nothing definite; the future is blurry but colors leak through. I’d like to further my art career and do more live painting, learn to animate, act, write music, refine my poetry and own a chameleon.”   

Describe your personal style

“Eclectic. I don’t value pieces based on their age or price, but for their history and the feelings they evoke.”

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Agency

“Elite.”

Favorite music band

“Best of Doo-Wop Compilations.”

Your meeting with Hedi Slimane in three words

“‘Surprising’, ‘easy’, ‘100 degrees’.”

Your favorite book

“The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Authorised Biography.”

Your favorite number

“Four.”

Your favorite artist

“David Hockney.”

How did you get discovered?

“My band, The Paranoyds, was playing at the opening of a show for my brother.”

Was the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer ’16 show your first one? How was it?

“Yes. It was very surreal and exciting. I felt so lucky.”

Are there any models in the industry you look up to?

“Lily McMenamy, Lili Sumner and Georgia Pratt – they do their own thing and stay true to who they are.”

What are your plans for the future?

“Having fun, whether with travel or settling down on a big ranch with all the animal friends I could dream of.”

Describe your personal style

“It depends what kind of a day it is, but I’m either very feminine or very boyish. Sometimes mature, but mostly adolescent.”

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Muse: Karen Elson

Alessandro Michele might not have specified his official muse, but if we had to put money on it, we’d say it’s model-musician Karen Elson. One of Michele’s ardent supporters, the 37-year-old has been present at all the creative director’s shows since his Cruise ’16 presentation in New York, and was even the star performer at the after-show party. If that isn’t proof enough that the flame-haired beauty is Gucci’s muse, how about this laudation from Michele himself: “Above and beyond being a model, Karen is a woman with an outstanding character and a strong personality… the personification of what beauty means to me.”

Louis Vuitton


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Muse: Léa Seydoux

Talk about playing with the big boys. The 30-year-old Parisienne, who has been hailed as “Bardot meets Binoche”, has worked alongside Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds), Ridley Scott (Robin Hood), Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris), Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Sam Mendes (Spectre). Why wouldn’t a brand that always aims for the finest quality choose a muse of an equally exquisite calibre? “I feel extremely proud at the thought of representing such a strong symbol of French elegance, an iconic brand whose initials are known the world over,” Seydoux has said. “I deeply admire Nicolas Ghesquière’s work, especially his modernity and his incessant search for novelty.”

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Muse: Kristen Stewart

Call it a stroke of pure serendipity – Kristen first met Karl Lagerfeld in January 2012 during a photo shoot in Paris, during which she was decked out in Chanel Haute Couture. Soon after, in 2013, the star of Panic Room, the Twilight saga, and On The Road became the face of the Métiers d’art Paris-Dallas 2013/14 collection. Last year, the 25-year-old Certain Women actress was part of Chanel’s “3 girls, 3 bags” handbag campaign, shot by Lagerfeld himself. “It always felt like a privilege to wear Chanel and to be around Karl who is an artist that, for me, constantly inspires,” Stewart has said.

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Muse: May & Ruth Bell

Cara Delevingne, James May, Edie Campbell, Tom Odell – just some of the names that have inspired Christopher Bailey. This season, the spotlight falls on twins May and Ruth Bell. “Shooting our first Burberry campaign was surreal – you don’t ever really think that you’re going to do something like that,” they’ve said. “You wish you will one day, because when you think of who has been in Burberry campaigns in the past, they’re just on a different level!”

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Muse: Karlie Kloss

“Karlie was a perfect choice to represent – and celebrate – the multifaceted nature of today’s woman,” says Diane von Furstenberg. “She is a supermodel, she is an entrepreneur, she gives back, she is a student, she is close to her family. She’s passionate, constantly improving herself, fearless. She knows who she is and is never afraid to show it. She is the woman she wants to be. Together, we invite all women to find this spirit and confidence in themselves.”

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Muse: Antonine Peduzzi, Chelsea Tyler, Chloe Norgaard, Cora Corre, Giulia and Camilla Venturini, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Langley Fox Hemingway, Lizzy Jagger, Louisa Gummer, Mae Lapres, Polly Morgan, Quentin Jones, Sonia Sieff, and Tea Falco

When the muses speak, one listens. In the case of Tod’s, the brand has taken heed of 15 of them – all strong personalities from the fields of music, art, film, fashion and photography. Collectively dubbed Tod’s Band, the ensemble includes fashion’s newest darlings, twin sisters and artists Giulia and Camilla Venturini, as well as Chinese-Canadian model Mae Lapres, illustrator Langley Fox Hemingway (great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway), and celebrity offspring Louisa Gummer and Lizzy Jagger (daughters of Meryl Streep and Mick Jagger, respectiviely).

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Muse: Jordan Dunn

Crowned Model of the Year at London’s British Fashion Awards last November, the 25-year-old brunette leads a colorful cast of characters in Kate Spade New York’s Spring 2016 campaign. Says Deborah Lloyd, the brand’s president and Chief Creative Officer, “Similar to our customer, Jourdan is a woman who wears many hats, as a model, mother, philanthropist and chef. She embodies the spirit of the ‘Kate Spade New York girl’ perfectly, and we’re excited to share this spirit through our spring 2016 campaign and collection.”

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Muse: Cate Blanchett

How does one turn a fragrance advertisement into an impassioned short film worthy of an Oscar? Have two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett as a source of inspiration – and the star – of course. Always a vision on the red carpet, the 46-year-old Australian is the face of Si, Giorgio Armani’s eau de toilette fragrance. “Working with Cate Blanchett, on and off the screen, has always been a highlight for me,” Giorgio Armani has said. We couldn’t agree more.

Story Credits

Text by Justin Cheong & Kenny Loh

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.

12 Ways to Get the Fresh Face of Spring

With the season now upon us, we take a look at a few key products to help achieve that soft, youthful look.

Rosy View Ahead

Chanel Perles Et Fantaisies, $100; Nars Impassioned Blush in Pink Orchid, $50; Dior Diorsnow Cherry Bloom Rosy Glow Powder, $82.

Chanel Perles Et Fantaisies, S$100; Nars Impassioned Blush in Pink Orchid, S$50; Dior Diorsnow Cherry Bloom Rosy Glow Powder, S$82.

We’re not looking at cheeks that are flushed this season, but ones that have a barely-there, pretty rosiness instead. Besides getting the look with blushers, highlighting powder compacts are a good alternative if you aren’t a pro with the blending and smudging techniques that blushers require.

The Prettiest Eyes

Cle de Peau Beaute Powder Eye Colour Solo in 202, $60' Cle de Peau Beaute Powder Eye Colour Solo in 204, $60; Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes, $68; Cle de Peau Beaute Cream Eye Colour Solo in 302, $60; Dior 5 Couleurs in 726 Pink Breeze, $102; Chanel Les 4 ombres in Tisse Ombre De Lune, $90; Nars Kari Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Soft Rose Pink, $44.

Cle de Peau Beaute Powder Eye Colour Solo in 202, S$60′ Cle de Peau Beaute Powder Eye Colour Solo in 204, S$60; Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes, S$68; Cle de Peau Beaute Cream Eye Colour Solo in 302, S$60; Dior 5 Couleurs in 726 Pink Breeze, S$102; Chanel Les 4 ombres in Tisse Ombre De Lune, S$90; Nars Kari Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Soft Rose Pink, S$44.

This season, there’s a wide variety of eyeshadow shades spanning the entire spectrum of pinks – from the palest salmon to the cheeriest candy. Be sure to rim your eyes with a grey liner for some contrasting definition, as pink eye-makeup tends to make the eye area look puffy.

A Kiss of Pink-Peach

Nars Vida Loca Lip Gloss in Guava (limited edition), $37; Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Delicate, $49.

Nars Vida Loca Lip Gloss in Guava (limited edition), S$37; Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Delicate, S$49.

Lip shades are getting softer again but don’t go full nude as it can make your complexion look washed out. Instead, try a swipe of pink-peach – so delicate and versatile.

Story Credits

Text by Pearlyn Tham

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.

6 Designer Sunglasses for Spring/Summer 2016

With the summer sun upon us, intense light is a further burden to those of us already braving the heat. Spring/Summer 2016 eyewear collections have elegant and innovative designer shades on offer, allowing one to stay fashionable and comfortable, without having to squint all day long.

Offering up a big dollop of high-glitz glamor, Jimmy Choo’s Vivy shades feature round nude colored or gloss black acetate frames with Swarovski crystals as decoration. As an added plus, the jewels are fully detachable, allowing you to adapt your style for any scenario.

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Vivy by Jimmy Choo

With the geek chic aesthetic brought back into vogue by the likes of brands like Gucci, Tom Ford has decided to tap into that with the Greta model. These shades sport thick geometric frames in retro inspired colors such as ‘transparent pink’ and ‘honey/brown’.

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Tom Ford Greta Sunglasses Pink

Fendi takes a leap into the future with its Eye Shine collection, yet still holding within it a bit of the retro vibe. Ingeniously featuring a ‘frame within a frame’, these round glasses have a 1970s color scheme of golden yellows and turquoise blues, but have a cat’s-eye silhouette.

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Eye Shine collection by Fendi

On the other side of the spectrum, Moncler went all the way back to the 1950s with a stylized range of butterfly shaped lenses in pastel colors like taupes, corals, and mint greens. All perfect for a laid back feminine vibe.

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Moncler Spring/Summer 2016

The ultra-modern Chanel went for style blended with technology by having a flat-mirrored eye-mask/visor like design engraved with laser padding. This Plein Soleil 2016 line uses colors subtly based on acetate to allow for slipping back and forth from black to blue on a solar cat’s eye, or from black to white on an oval optic.

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Chanel Eyewear Spring/Summer 2016

Finally, we take a look at Cartier. Popularly known as aviators, the Panthére de Cartier features the Maison’s emblematic panther making an unexpected appearance in the lens. The three-dimensional jeweled panther is completed in gold or platinum with black lacquer, much like most of the eyewear. Choose between a golden flash or graduated grey lenses with silver toned reflections for a sleek and polished look under the sun.

The Panthére de Cartier

The Panthére de Cartier

Images courtesy of the brands.

In Pictures: Many Facets of Iroshini Chua

Dr Iroshini Chua wears many hats as a mother of two, family physician, travel columnist, high society fixture, party planner, accomplished home chef, charity crusader, style influencer, among others. The multi-hyphenate is also well known for her good taste in accessories and her love of gemstones. She has designed jewelry as a hobby business in the past, and is planning to launch her own brand in the near future. We asked her to share a few secrets on how she balances style and comfort so effortlessly.

Hostess With The Mostest

Special thanks to The St. Regis Singapore for hosting the photo shoot at its lavishly appointed Presidential Suite, which features a master bedroom, living room, dining room, executive office, gym, and terrace. Displayed on the premises are prized artworks by masters including Marc Chagall, Mark Tobey, Le Pho, and Sam Francis. Hand-painted silk panels adorn the walls, while custom-made Czech crystal chandeliers cast a warm glow. Other highlights include a luxurious bedroom and a beautiful master bathroom with its own Jacuzzi and separate jet massage shower with marble steam chamber.

Special thanks to The St. Regis Singapore for hosting the photo shoot at its lavishly appointed Presidential Suite, which features a master bedroom, living room, dining room, executive office, gym, and terrace. Displayed on the premises are prized artworks by masters including Marc Chagall, Mark Tobey, Le Pho, and Sam Francis. Hand-painted silk panels adorn the walls, while custom-made Czech crystal chandeliers cast a warm glow. Other highlights include a luxurious bedroom and a beautiful master bathroom with its own Jacuzzi and separate jet massage shower with marble steam chamber.

Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra one-motif white gold and diamond long necklace, Perlée white gold hoop earrings, Cadenas white gold and diamond watch; Emporio Armani embroidered cotton-mix pleated dress.

Career Woman

Christian Dior La Mini D de Dior 19mm watch, Rose Dior Pré Catalan pink gold and amethyst necklace, earrings, and ring, polyamide-mix pleated dress.

Christian Dior La Mini D de Dior 19mm watch, Rose Dior Pré Catalan pink gold and amethyst necklace, earrings, and ring, polyamide-mix pleated dress.

“I like wearing timeless and feminine clothes and jewelry that can easily take me from the clinic to an evening engagement.”

Mummy Duty

The Presidential Suite is part of The St. Regis Singapore’s Suite Society programme, which also features the Manhattan, Metropolitan, Knickerbocker, Astoria, and King Cole Suites. Guests who book them are offered exclusive access to exceptional dining and lifestyle privileges.

The Presidential Suite is part of The St. Regis Singapore’s Suite Society program, which also features the Manhattan, Metropolitan, Knickerbocker, Astoria, and King Cole Suites. Guests who book them are offered exclusive access to exceptional dining and lifestyle privileges.

Audemars Piguet Ladies Royal Oak Self-winding 37mm diamond watch; Chanel pearl sautoir; Iroshini’s own pearl and diamond ring; Christian Dior printed cotton-knit top and viscose-mix skirt.

Jet-setter

Available across all St. Regis properties around the world, the St. Regis Aficionado programme provides guests with exceptional bespoke experiences, such as private access to the world’s premier lifestyle collections and auctions, tasting rare private vintages, and getting a custom-tailored garment made.

Available across all St. Regis properties around the world, the St. Regis Aficionado programme provides guests with exceptional bespoke experiences, such as private access to the world’s premier lifestyle collections and auctions, tasting rare private vintages, and getting a custom-tailored garment made.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Small Model 33mm watch with diamonds; Iroshini’s own yellow sapphire ring, blue sapphire earrings; Ondademar silk kimono, cotton camisole, woven hat, heels.

“I love to discover new destinations, and I holiday at resorts about eight to 10 times a year. I don’t believe one should eschew style for comfort or vice-versa. This resort outfit is my perfect solution as it is comfortable for lounging by the pool as well as a chic ensemble for the restaurants. Matching it well is this Vacheron Constantin watch, which is so versatile and offers a pop of color.”

Lady Of Leisure

Chopard L’Heure du Diamant collection white gold necklace with 4.85 carats of diamonds, High Jewellery white gold ring with 13.6 carats of yellow diamonds and 1.28 carats of white diamonds, High Jewellery white gold and diamond ear studs; Diane von Furstenberg appliqué cotton-mix dress; Wedgwood Daisy Tea Story teacup and saucer set.

Chopard L’Heure du Diamant collection white gold necklace with 4.85 carats of diamonds, High Jewellery white gold ring with 13.6 carats of yellow diamonds and 1.28 carats of white diamonds, High Jewellery white gold and diamond ear studs; Diane von Furstenberg appliqué cotton-mix dress; Wedgwood Daisy Tea Story teacup and saucer set.

“I believe that diamonds can be beautifully paired with a busy print or loud colors to pull an entire look together without competing with them. This way, each can be admired in its own right.”

Belle Of The Ball

Home to one of the finest private art collections in Southeast Asia, The St. Regis Singapore offers exclusive access to museum-quality art. The collection showcases over 70 original works of art, including sculptures, paintings, and prints by internationally renowned artists. Hotel guests are invited to partake in The Art of Living tour around the hotel, conducted by the hotel butlers at 6pm daily.

Home to one of the finest private art collections in Southeast Asia, The St. Regis Singapore offers exclusive access to museum-quality art. The collection showcases over 70 original works of art, including sculptures, paintings, and prints by internationally renowned artists. Hotel guests are invited to partake in The Art of Living tour around the hotel, conducted by the hotel butlers at 6pm daily.

Piaget Extremely Piaget white gold ear cuff with 3.19 carats of diamonds and 12.76 carats of blue sapphires, Extremely Piaget white gold necklace with diamonds totalling 52.43 carats, a 20.06-carat cushion-cut sapphire, and a 7.35-carat pear-shaped blue sapphire, Limelight white gold secret watch with Polynesian mother-of-pearl and 506 multi-cut diamonds totaling 76.24 carats; Iroshini’s own Tex Saverio silk-mix laser-cut applique tiered gown; Jimmy Choo red suede clutch.

Party Princess

At The St. Regis Singapore, all guests have access to the signature St. Regis Butler Service, which includes food and beverage requests, unpacking and packing of luggage, garment pressing, and the e-butler option for access to the butler service, from within or outside the hotel, at any hour 
via e-mail.

At The St. Regis Singapore, all guests have access to the signature St. Regis Butler Service, which includes food and beverage requests, unpacking and packing of luggage, garment pressing, and the e-butler option for access to the butler service, from within or outside the hotel, at any hour 
via e-mail.

Cartier Panthère Captive de Cartier white gold watch with diamonds, emeralds, and onyx, Panthère de Cartier yellow gold earrings with tsavorites and diamonds, Panthère de Cartier yellow gold bracelets, one with tsavorites and onyx, the other with black lacquer, tsavorites, diamonds, and onyx; Iroshini’s own Tex Saverio polyester-mix laser-cut top; Marciano cotton-mix shorts; Ash gladiator heels

“My wardrobe contains edgy and architectural pieces for night outs. They allow me to have fun with fashion and be experimental. The iconic panther motif on the timepiece and jewels packs a punch and makes the entire look more impactful.”

Story Credits

Text by Yanni tan

Images by Wong Wei Liang

Styling by Vernon Sim

Styling Assistance by Christine Lim

Hair by Eileen Koh

Makeup by Amy Chow, using Chanel colors

Location The Presidential Suite at the St. Regis Singapore

This story first appeared in WOW Jewelry, Singapore.

Boy Chanel Fragrance For All

Gabrielle Chanel was never one to stick to stick with convention. She made her name in an industry dominated by men and challenged the norms set by society. It is only fitting then, that Chanel joins the ranks of Houses challenging gender stereotypes by introducing its latest fragrance, Boy Chanel.

The 17th fragrance for Chanel’s Les Exclusifs line is also the second creation by the Maisons new fragrance creator Olivier Polge, who’s took over his father’s role three years ago. His inspiration for the scent, that infuses feminine elements into a masculine fragrance, is none other than Chanel’s lover and muse Arthur Capel.

The fragrance is said to have a blend of lavender, rose geranium, coumarin, moss, lemon, orange blossom, snadalwood and vanilla. While the fragrance was launched at Paris’s Chanel store in the Marais neighbourhood, 240 of Chanel’s stores will be carrying it by June.

The Boy Chanel fragrance will retail at €175 ($195.39) for 75ml and €200 ($223.30) for 200ml.

 

Cara Delevingne Fronts Chanel’s Eyewear Campaign

Now often seen more on the front row of fashion shows, instead of the runway, model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne makes a triumphant return with her new eyewear campaign for Chanel.

Shot by Karl Lagerfeld himself, Cara proves that she has never left fashion as she flaunts the hottest pieces from Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2016 eyewear collection.

Learn more about this exciting campaign and see the full collection at www.lofficielmalaysia.com.

 

(Source: L’Officiel Malaysia)

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Land-Sailors

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.