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3 Bold Summer 2016 Lip Trends

We can no longer say that summer is just around the corner because, well, look at your calendar. In fact it practically hit us all straight on without hesitation and will leave us before we figure it all out. Embracing the heat certainly doesn’t mean skimping on those eye-catching pouts; instead we bring you three ways to do more than just pay lip service to the season.

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From Rihanna X Puma to Vivienne Westwood and even Dior, the almost black lips were seen all over the runways this fall. Showing that beauty looks on the ramp can be brought to the red carpets, Katy Perry flaunted her Covergirl collaboration at the MET Ball with Perry Panther. Of course, no beauty list these days is complete without new beauty mogul-in-waiting, Kylie Jenner herself. Her brand Kylie cosmetics recently unveiled a black liquid lip color ‘Dead of Knight’. Thankfully, it looks better than it reads. Those feeling less adventurous (or more cerebral) can opt instead for a navy blue hue ‘Freedom’ from the same range.

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While Jenner expands her empire and included three new lip colors including a strawberry matte hue called Kristen, she isn’t the only star getting lippy. Joining her in the league of fruity lip colors is Gwen Stefani who has been known for her bold red lips. Switching up her beauty look, the singer-songwriter has started sporting softer cherry pink hues. One major brand that has walked this route is none other than Dolce & Gabbana with its ‘Summer in Italy’ collection that featured a revamped Classic Cream Lipstick in a deep raspberry hue called Cyclamen.

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Summer may not be the season you would associate lip-gloss with, but the lip trend is currently seeing a major revival. Model Hailey Baldwin showed off this trend with a natural looking shimmery taupe shade while Blake Lively sported pink gloss for some extra sweetness. Major beauty brands such as Chanel showcased fun lilacs, sophisticated nudes (think Botticelli) and preppy pinks with its new ‘Lèvres Scintillantes’ lip-glosses. MAC showcased bold shades in its Good Luck Trolls beauty collection with a range of shiny ‘Lipglasses’, glittery ‘Bubble Butt’ , magenta ‘Twerkquoise’ sky blue as well as ‘Glitter Grunge that featured berry tones. And yes, the reign of the utterly ridiculous names in beauty continues, no matter the season.

6 Brands to Watch: Haute Couture Week 2016

Fashion is always moving three steps ahead of everyone, and while the rest of the world is still reeling from Paris Fashion Week, the fashion industry has moved on. It is goodbye Paris Fashion Week, hello Haute Couture Week.

Chanel

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In the perpetual glamour game that is haute couture, it is easy to lose track of the people behind the scenes that make it possible – and Karl Lagerfeld pays tribute to the Maisons’s employees by inviting them on stage. Crafted by the seamstresses themselves, the looks were defined by a sleek and pure silhouette, where structured beveled and angular-cut shoulders, ¾ length sleeves and wide-cut trousers made a case for subtle androgyny amidst the sensual hourglass figures. In typical Chanel fashion, the devil’s in the details: intricate stitching, braids plaited with tulle and tweed, and a mishmash of embroidered stones, matte sequins, beads and feathers add that touch of polished mystic.

Elie Saab

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It is mommy and me with our favorite Disney-esque designer. True to the Elie Saab aesthetic, gauzy off-shoulder gowns were embroidered with feathers and jewels in an innocent palette of nude and dark midnight blues. Gold accents highlighted the enchantment that underline the looks, while the recurring bird motifs and city skyline embroidery act as a reminder that this is indeed a modern tale the couturier is spinning.

Margiela

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Witching hour has arrived. Congruent to Margiela’s codes of eccentricity, oversized jackets were worn upside down on the torso (who would have thought of that?), Napoleonic hats matched festival-style thigh-length Wellington boots, and metallic silver mini dresses trailed capes behind them. Throw a devil-may-care mix of accesories in the form of delicate chokers and extended woollen mittens to barnacle headdresses and leather clog-style shoes, and we pretty much have a historical characters-meet-future possibilities kind of Margiela story.

Iris van Herpen

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Five words: what a work of art. 3D dresses painted in hues of nudes, blacks and metallics were the order of the day. It is all very surreal; delicate netting spirals out of slip dresses, while gnarly horn-like motifs adorn structured hips. In further reiteration of the collection’s ethereal quality, suspended platform heels made the models appear to be levitating.

Dior

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Monochrome is the catchphrase for Dior. Voluminous but sharp silhouettes took center stage, while puffball sleeves, billowing skirts and frothy trains offered an air of escapism. Juxtaposition is a huge part of the collection, with ruffled ponchos paired with skinny cigarette pants, and structured oversized blazers with sheer tulle skirts. Throw flat lace-up sandals into the formula, and the result is very Dior – feminine, elegant with that classic understated sophistication.

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The model army has invaded, again. Headed by a squad of star models (think Bella Hadid and Jourdan Dunn), the looks were an ode to the army, with crop-legged jumpsuits, mesh dresses, tailored jackets and suited coats in splashes of black, khaki green and white. Belts with eyelets broke the confines of their regular role, and were crafted into dresses and skirts.

9 Outstanding AW’16 Fashion Campaigns

Over the last few weeks, we have been inundated with fashion news, from Paris Fashion Week to autumn/winter ’16 ready-to-wear and accessories campaigns and new store openings. As far as the autumn/winter 2016-2017 campaigns go, the tease is definitely on. We certainly haven’t covered all of it but happily the AFP has compiled a report on nine significant ones, in the eyes of the wire service at least.

Here then is a look at the most striking campaigns in store for the autumn/winter 2016 season.

All the hottest models of the moment have been signed up to front campaigns for big-name fashion brands this season, showcasing ready-to-wear clothing collections or various lines of accessories and footwear for autumn/winter 2016-2017.

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It is no surprise to see the Hadid sisters – currently among of the most in-demand models in the world – take center stage in several campaigns for autumn/winter 2016. Gigi Hadid fronts three major campaigns, for Versace, alongside Karlie Kloss, Stuart Weitzman and Max Mara accessories. Bella Hadid stars in a Givenchy campaign with a whole line-up of top models, including Irina Shayk, Lily Aldridge and Mariacarla Boscono.

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The other star model of the moment – Kendall Jenner – is also among the famous faces signed up for autumn/winter ads. She can be seen as never before, totally transformed in a campaign for Marc Jacobs. The designer has also enlisted Cara Delevingne, Julia Nobis, Susan Sarandon, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson.

Australian model Julia Nobis is the star of the Dior AW16-17 campaign, stepping into the role of a modern and stylish woman on the go, photographed in movement by Steven Meisel.

Other flagship ads see Anna Ewers fronting the Miu Miu campaign and Moschino sign up Anna Cleveland, Stella Tenant, Anja Rubik and Raquel Zimmermann in a campaign from Steven Meisel. Anthony Vaccarello picked the stunning Eva Herzigova as the face of his eponymous label.

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Standout Campaigns

Two campaigns stand out in particular this season, for two very different reasons. First of all, Saint Laurent has unveiled its first campaign under the creative direction of Anthony Vaccarello, giving followers a taste of what’s to come from the French fashion house. With a less rock’n’roll vibe, the black and white shots have a pared down, minimalist feel, and show the new logo against a white background. The campaign is shot by Collier Schorr.

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The second standout is the autumn/winter 2016 campaign from footwear label Jimmy Choo, also celebrating the brand’s 20th anniversary. Jimmy Choo is marking the milestone with Amber Valletta, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Pivovarova, Taylor Hill, Lexi Boling, Jasmine Tookes and Xiao Wen Ju, all starring in individual campaign photos shot by Craig McDean.

Paris Fashion Week: Haute Couture Guests 2016

Fashion Week is almost over but not before Haute Couture has its moment in the spotlight. From July 3 to 7, Paris Fashion Week will showcase a brand new slew of haute couture collections by specially selected design houses, including guest designers.

The unique creations may be something that only a lucky (not to mention daring) few will get to wear — we’re looking at you Lady Gaga. The term haute couture itself is a protected designation that has its own regulatory commission “Chambre syndicale de la haute couture” to decide which houses make it as part of the official line-up. No one cannot simple declare that something is haute couture, and leave it at that. For those who wonder just how strict that rules are, well garments have to be hand made in the studios of the fashion houses.

For those fashion houses invited by the commission this year, this is considered to be one of fashion’s highest honors. Several guest designers, who will be presenting their very first haute couture collections this year, include Yuima Nakazato, J. Mendel and Francesco Scognamiglio. The highlight of the four days, is the eagerly awaited Vetements show. With Demna Gvasalia at the helm, the label is set to present no less than 18 iconic ready-to-wear and accessories brands.

Several brands are being watched carefully for reasons other than the unique designs on the catwalk. One such label is Dior, who will be presenting its haute Couture collection for autumn/winter 2016, is expected to announce the appointment of Maria Grazia Chiuri as its new creative director. It may be old news for many but this will make it official for the brand that has been looking for someone to fill the shoes of Raf Simons since October last year.

18 Best Pre-Fall Womenswear Trends 2016

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

DRESSY SUIT

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Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci

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

STANDARD (RE)ISSUE

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

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

DOUBLE COATED

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Dior

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

SHEAR THING

Burberry

Burberry

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

FUN FURS

Fendi

Fendi

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

CANDY CRUSH

Michael Kors Collection

Michael Kors Collection

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

MASCULINE FEMININE

Versace

Versace

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

SHINE ON

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

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

PRETTY PLEATS

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Gucci

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

MODERN ETHNIC

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

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

POWER TULLE

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

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

TIE DYE TWIST

Valentino

Valentino

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

SWEET ’60s

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Bally

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

’70s REDUX

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Saint Laurent

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

NAUGHTY & NICE

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Chanel

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

SPORTS COUTURE

Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne

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

PUFF PIECE

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

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

DENIM DREAMS

Valentino

Valentino

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

 

 

On The Move: Dior FW16 Campaign

She’s active, progressive and always on the move. The Dior lady this FW16 is one who revels in her charismatic energy, with her charm captured masterfully by photographer Steven Meisel. Incarnated by Julia Nobis, the campaign oozes with athletic dynamism, a reflection of Dior this season.

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Notice the sensual glimpse of leg exposed through the skirt’s slit as she’s caught mid-stride, or the revelation of animal and plant motifs hidden under the coat when it flips up. This season, oversized coats, strappy heels, body-tight silhouettes and vibrant bags reign. It’s all about feminine confidence underlined by an air of casual luxe.

Watch the campaign video below.

Dior Tough Guys Heat Up Paris Fashion Week

Fans of Dior would be aware of the Maison’s sleek, refined style, but this SS17, the storied house shows that it is capable of more, baring a tougher side. It would be erroneous to deem it all punk – this is still Dior we’re talking about – but these boys are no joke. Every trope of the punk wardrobe was present, from string vests to dangling wardrobe braces, as if verbalizing a warning: don’t mess with the Dior boys.

Sure enough, the looks were dark and menacing, with braces-turned-chest-armour-cum-jewelry. More echoes of punk were observed in the check shirts, with evocations of the ghost of Johnny Rotten’s tartan in the contrasting red stitching against the collection’s predominantly black core. Of note are two pieces that ooze sheer punk fantasy: a blouson and a sleeveless jacket and trousers completely covered in boot eyelets, with laces hanging from each one.

Despite the omnipresent bad boy aesthetic, designer Van Assche asserts that the collection is more “New Wave romanticism” and less punk, citing his own “very good memories of New Wave music” from cult goth bands like The Cure as inspiration.

Whether it’s more punk or more New Wave, one thing is certain: the Dior tough guys mean business.

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Dior Names Maria Grazia Chiuri Artistic Director

Anything can happen in the world of fashion and often does. In what seems like a big shake-up in the industry, Dior announces its first ever female artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, who was previously from Valentino.

Chiuri, known for her romantic, intricate designs at Valentino, will leave the Italian House and her longtime creative partner Pierpaolo Picciolo, whom she’s worked with since 2008. She will not only fill the vacancy left by Raf Simons since his departure last October, but will also join an esteemed league of designers the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano, who previously helmed the label.

Meanwhile, Swiss design duo Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, who have been holding the fort, will likely move to Dior’s haute couture department, with their debut couture collection showing in Paris on July 4.

The LVMH-owned couture house has reportedly seen a four percent drop in growth in the last quarter, while its turnover is also down by one percent to (EURO)1.39 billion, and the brand is hopeful Chiuri can improve the situation. To be fair though, the overall macro-economic situation is likely to blame and the ripples from Brexit (still a possibility at the time of this announcement) will certainly not help.

Prints: Resort 2017 Runway Trend

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

Edun Resort 2017

Edun Resort 2017

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

Michael Kors Resort 2017

Michael Kors Resort 2017

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

Dior Cruise 2017

Dior Cruise 2017

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

Insider: 9 Beauty Notes

In a world where the benchmark of beauty glamour are dictated by sirens of the celluloid screen, we bring you 9 insider tips to help you sparkle and shine in your unabashed realness.

On Brigitta: Mesh bodysuit, La Perla. Leather whipstitched booties with tassels, Roger Vivier. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Mesh bodysuit, La Perla. Leather whipstitched booties with tassels, Roger Vivier. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 1:

Opium from Yves Saint Laurent is a behemoth of an oriental spicy scent. The time-tested classic conjures cigarettes left burning and the shadow of a demi-mondaine. M.A.C. Face and Body foundation is fantastic for giving exposed skin coverage and an even finish. To achieve an all-over glow, Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil will leave a decadent cast of gold.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe.

Beauty note 2:

Red is as timeless as it is powerful: a strong lip in the classic M.A.C Rubywoo lipstick is faultless and universally flattering. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne is a vampy alternative. On the eyes, try the Matte Eyeshadow in Persia from NARS for a colour-blocked statement on the lids.

For colour-treated hair, Sachajuan Silver Conditioner deeply moisturises and tones the colour to prevent brassiness and dullness. Hanz de Fuko Claymation gives good lift and structure to hair, allowing you to style it any way. A bit of the timeless L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray will keep things in place, with a subtle flaxen finish.

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Beauty note 3:

The waft of seduction and desire is captured in Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille, a spicy-sweet fragrance that combines the heaviness of a musky wood base and the masculine sweetness of cloves and cacao – the kind of accords that make you stop and take a deep breath.

On Brigitta: Mesh body suit, La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Mesh body suit, La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. Gold brass bracelet, Céline. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 4:

Express your inner lady-in-red with a spritz of Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower, rendering a piercing gauze of animalic camphor married to the feminine wiles of tuberose. Mousse Fort and Volupt Spray from Sebastian Professional build volume and give silken lightness to hair. Define and introduce mystery to the eyes with the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Pasiphae and Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirage.

On Brigitta: Silver loop earrings, Hermès. Tribale earrings, Dior.

On Brigitta: Silver loop earrings, Hermès. Tribale earrings, Dior.

Beauty note 5:

To achieve hyper sculptural facial structure, put a shadow to the cheekbones with Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, using the namesake Shade & Illuminate brush. Head-turning highlights can be achieved using NARS The Multiple in Copacabana, copiously smeared on the high points of the cheekbones, nose bridge and brow bones. Coat the eyelashes in these layers: Tom Ford Extreme Mascara, Chanel Le Volume, finished with M.A.C Opulash to tube and set.

Prep the hair with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volumizing Mousse to give a voluminous start, followed by Sachajuan Styling Cream for a sleek finish. A light spray of OSiS+ Extreme Hold Hairspray will lend a pliable but finished gloss for hair that flies and defies gravity.

On Brigitta: Transparent hoodie, Longchamp. Mirrored earring, Loewe.

On Brigitta: Transparent hoodie, Longchamp. Mirrored earring, Loewe.

Beauty note 6:

A good pucker takes effort – Clé de Peau Lip Treatment is a luxuriously smooth and refined serum that leaves lips soft and plump. Follow that with a swipe of Tom Ford Matte Lip Colour in the delicious shade Black Dahlia to enhance the pout – all the better to kiss with.

On Brigitta: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans. Silver earrings and Kelly bracelet, Hermès. On Fabio and Matthew: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans.

On Brigitta: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans. Silver earrings and Kelly bracelet, Hermès. On Fabio and Matthew: Denim jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans.

Beauty note 7:

Prep the face with a dollop of Illamasqua Radiance Veil for a lit-from-within lustre. The high points of the face can be brought forward and given light using Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. For a golden pout, try NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Gold Digger.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe. Silver Collier de Chien bracelet, Hermès.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe. Silver Collier de Chien bracelet, Hermès.

Beauty note 8:

Pamper the body with a generous layer of Les Exclusif de Chanel Crème Pour Le Corps body cream from Chanel, designed to maximise and increase the longevity of perfume worn after – Coromandel from the Les Exclusifs range is a spicy balsamic inspired by Chinese lacquered screens. Follow with Guerlain Sunless Tinted Self-Tanning Gel for a bronzed finish – vacation in Ibiza not necessary.

On Brigitta: Neoprene bodice; La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

On Brigitta: Neoprene bodice; La Perla. Gold brass necklace, Louis Vuitton. On Fabio and Matthew: Swimming briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear.

Beauty note 9:

Seduction for boys and girls comes in Sege Luten’s Five O’Clock Au Gingembre, combining the unexpected spice of candied ginger and the sweetness of over-ripe fruits. Call it bronze or call it gold — NARS Monoi Body Oil I can be used on for daily for moisture and the subtle glimmer of gold flecks. Chanel Le Vernis in Pirate is a timeless red that, when worn, imbues the hands with a beguiling pop of color.

Story credits:

Photography Chuando & Frey

Styling Joshua Cheung

Hair Marc Teng/ Atelier using Sebastian Professional; Sean Ang FAC3INC using La Biosthetique

Makeup Rick Yang, FAC3INC, assisted by Hong Ling using Make Up For Ever

Model Brigitta Liivak, Fabio Toledo, Matthew Djordjevic, Nicolai Otta

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Dior Unveils Exclusive Creations by Marc Quinn

It’s been a big week for Dior – besides the opening of its biggest store on London’s famous New Bond Street, the French couture house has unveiled a selection of Lady Dior bags and small leather accessories that have undergone one of its most striking reinterpretations ever by Marc Quinn.

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Famous in the realm of contemporary art for his vivid hyper-realistic oil paintings, Quinn applies his fascination for orchids and irises to the iconic carriers. Several models see the same floral print on both sides of the bag but in reversed colours, while ‘In the Night Garden’ features blooming orchids against a dramatic backdrop of snow or volcanic earth. For something a little subtler, Quinn also created the floral-embossed metallic Lady Dior ‘Fossil Record’ bag. The British artist also celebrated individuality with bright blue irises from the series ‘We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars’.

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The new Dior store will not only showcase the French couture house’s full range of ready-to-wear, jewelry, timepieces, children’s collection and Baby Dior, but will also debut Dior HOME, a collection dedicated to homewares and the art of living.

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

In case you’ve missed the memo, Father’s day is only 11 days away. If this is news to you, then don’t panic because you still have time (not much but it will do). For those fretting about what to get dear old Dad, we are here to help. Each year, children around the world spend time, effort and money putting together the perfect gift for the woman who spent long sleepless nights looking after you. We often overlook the man who spent sleepless nights wondering how in the world raising a child costs so much.

It is only fair then, that we put as much thought and effort to coming up with gifts for the man who is your bank, knight in shining armor and partner in crime. The great thing about getting something for Dad is that you can narrow the list down fairly quickly. First up, we have something that we think every father wishes he could have had a glass or two of when paying for your little (it really wasn’t that much!) shopping sprees.

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There is nothing better to complete your day, than a glass of whisky. Our favorite go to whisky of course is none other than the Macallan Edition No. 1. We’ve given you a glimpse into just how good it is, and it is our expert (by that we mean that we drink it often enough to call ourselves experts) opinion that this is the one to truly warm your father’s heart this year. With orange and dried fruit, the Edition No.1 is a special blend that leaves you wanting more. Just don’t drink it all before dad has had a glass, or 10.

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Don’t you just love it when someone smells as good as they look? This year, why not get dad a fragrance that will leave him feeling like a million bucks, with a little help from Burberry. With the brand’s latest fragrance, Mr Burberry, you can gift him a sophisticated scent that mixes classic and unexpected ingredients. The woody fragrance has hints of grapefruit and smokey guaiac wood for a touch of seduction. For father’s day, the brand even brings you a monogramming service for that personalized touch.

Writing Instruments

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Montblanc Heritage Collection Rouge & Noir Writing Instruments

You can never go wrong with a luxury pen and what better than a Montblanc writing instrument. Our pick would be the writing instruments from the brand’s Montblanc Heritage Collection Rouge & Noir, Special Edition that was created to celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary. The pen features a serpent on its cap; an emblem that has been linked to the brand since it first began. The instruments are available in coral and black.

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You could treat dad to a well-tailored suit for Father’s day, especially since it should be a staple in any man’s wardrobe. Head down to Dior Homme at ION Orchard, for an expertly crafted suit, that is sure to please the main man the moment he puts it on. If a suit isn’t something he favors, then you’re in luck. The spanking new store also carries one of Dior’s latest collections for men. This could be just the shopping spree that makes up for you using him as a flesh-and-blood ATM.

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Fresh from the latest Tod’s fall/winter collection, the Envelope bag is our accessory of choice. Sleek and simple, it is perfect for the modern man on the go. While the bag is available in black, we think this shade of brown will lend a youthful touch to an outfit. If you think he will love the bag as much as we do but it could be too bulky for an avid traveler, we have good news for you. The bag also comes in soft suede, so it can be stowed away in a luggage bag during travel with no trouble.

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You may not be able to buy him a car — we have to be realistic and also, watch that carbon footprint people — but you can get him something inspired by automobiles. In walks the Drive de Cartier 1904-PS MC, with its cushion shaped case and exterior that takes its inspiration from cars. We have covered the timepiece in a previous article so we won’t bore you with the details but the guilloche dial and Roman numerals combined with the in-house Cartier movement make this a wonderful gift for a motor head.

4 Beauty Looks That Ruled Resort 2017

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

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

Louis Vuitton

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

Gucci

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

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

 

 

London Love Letter: Dior Cruise 2017

Another major fashion house has showcased its Cruise collection, this time in London. Dior, the Parisian brand that recently announced the opening of its largest London store and new ambassador, is in the news again with its brand new collection. Bringing back a touch of the 1950s, the Maison treated guests to a whirlwind journey from London to Blenheim Palace before the show.

To learn more about the Dior Cruise 2017 collection, click here.

Dior Welcomes Bella Hadid, Opens London Store

Dior is on a roll this week, with two major announcements: ingenue Bella Hadid as makeup ambassador and its newest and largest ever store, in London. First up, we look at model Bella Hadid, whom the French brand sees as quite the pretty picture as its latest makeup ambassador. The American model joins Jennifer Lawrence who is currently the face of Dior Addict.

The advertorial campaign will be her biggest solo venture to date, and is proof of her ability to be more than just a shadow of her famous sibling and friends. For her new role, she will appear in a series of online videos. Due out June 6, the first video will see her discuss her favorite beauty products with Dior’s in-house creative director and image director, Peter Phillips. Apart from being the new ambassador of the brand’s makeup, Hadid will also be seen on the runway as she walks for Dior’s Cruise Collection show in, wait for it, London.Bond-Street-London-Dior-Store-Opening

The second announcement this week by Dior is the opening of its largest store in London. Located at New Bond Street in the city’s Mayfair district, the four-story building will house several elements by the brand under one roof. Apart from the women’s ready-to-wear collections, accessories, jewelry and timepieces, the store will also carry the brand’s Baby Dior and children’s wear sections. The space will also feature a Dior Homme area that will offer a demi-measure service and three private salons for VIP clients who wish to enjoy their shopping experience.

Other highlights of the store opening include the Dior Home collection that will offer crystal glassware collections embellished with gold couture stitching and limited edition collaborative pieces fabricated with artists and designers. To commemorate the occasion, Dior will unveil limited edition Lady Dior bags and small leather accessories. The interior of the store will highlight the blend of British charm with the brand’s French history. The décor will see stone matched with silk carpets and neo-Louis XVI-style furniture.

The House of Dior will open its doors on June 3

Dior, Rihanna Collaborate on Sunglasses

The names Rihanna and Dior might not seem like much of a match but the latest collaboration between the two speaks otherwise. For her second collaborative project with the French House, the Grammy Award-winning singer designed (from scratch, no less) a series of very futuristic looking sunglasses.

Inspired by the visor of Star Trek’s La Forge, the collection sees the frame in six color variations, including silver, pink, blue, green, red and a 24k gold-plated version. This may be the first time Dior has given its ambassador an opportunity to partake in the design process, but Rihanna is more than qualified. She released her Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection at New York Fashion Week in Febuary, and has since worked with Manolo Blahnik on a range of denim-centric footwear.

“We are very pleased to partner for the second time with Rihanna,” said Dior chief executive officer Sidney Toledano. “She is an artist, an entertainer, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a style icon for today’s generation.”

Read more about the collection on L’Officiel.com now.

Ballroom Watch: Dior VIII Grand Bal

The Dior VIII Grand Bal wristwatch evokes the allure of the French house in more ways than one. For starters, the timepiece is named after Monsieur Christian Dior’s favorite number, eight. Then comes the unrivalled attention to artistic detail which the ticker is given (it has been painstakingly decorated in remarkable marquetries of vibrant-coloured feathers, mother-of-pearl and gems, for instance). And, finally, if you still can’t picture it, just know that the Swiss-made watch, like many of Dior’s creations, is one of luxury’s most captivating and memorable.

But the beauty of the Dior VIII Grand Bal is rather unusual. While most automatic watches are equipped with a rotor – a heavy, semi-circular metal disc which swivels freely with movements of the arm to wind the calibre – at the back, Dior has cleverly adapted the moving part as a decorative yet fully-functioning element on the timepiece’s dial. And as the oscillating weight rotates, it recalls the dramatic twirls of an elegant ball gown.

Not just any ball gown, though, but pleated petticoats and a dress from Dior’s Spring/Summer 2015 haute couture collection. The former is exquisitely translated as rotors in lacquered pink or yellow gold with white mother-of-pearl and diamond accents, while the single rotor in the latter, in white gold, is gently applied with soft feathers and finished with tsavorite garnets and sapphires. In a first for Dior, these precious mechanical rotors now come housed in steel models of the Dior VIII Grand Bal which are more accessible than its predecessors in gold, but no less brilliant in appearance.

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Dior Charms with Rose des Vents Jewelry

Despite popular belief, the Dior Rose des Vents jewelry collection is not named after a rose but an old maritime navigational tool. Inspired by bits of Christian Dior’s life: his childhood villa in Granville was named Les Rhumbs, an old maritime word for the points of the compass; his lucky number is eight (reflected in the eight-pronged star), and he saw a lucky star outside the British Embassy before opening his own couture house.

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This season, the Joaillerie collection sees Victoire de Castellane incorporating rose gold, onyx and diamonds to the range of pendants and rings. The refined gold rope that snakes around the finger is a nod to nautical influences, while the stones – turquoise and Lapis Lazuli – reflect the sea both at day and night. In a shape of a medallion, which is a symbol of travel, the pieces are also reversible, a useful feature if you’re looking for extra mileage out of your fine jewelry.

Read more about the collection at L’Officielsingapore.com.

Yellow Fever: Trending Color at Cannes 2016

The Internet is awash in comments and stories about yellow gowns dominating the Cannes Film Festival 2016 but there are really only four examples to speak of. Not since Coldplay and The Simpsons has yellow been so hyped up…

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Girl-next-door Yellow

Kirsten Dunst has jury duty this year and manages to look chic, contemporary and demure as can be in this lemon yellow shirtdress by Dior, seen here at the Festival’s jury photocall. The crisp collar and longer-length sleeves give the piece a “retro Riviera” air, while the golden metal Dior Couture belt keeps things utterly modern. A sleek blowdry and a lick of red lipstick are all that’s needed to polish off the look. Also, it helps to be a star (who also happened to actually rock the red carpet in pink Gucci number).

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Classic Yellow

A natural redhead, Jessica Chastain naturally shines in yellow, as this Armani Privé gown demonstrates. Obviously an ode to old school glamour – think Veronica Lake – the gown has already drawn praise for the myriad ways it plays to Chastain’s strengths, including that uncomfortable looking structured bodice. Where another person might look like a popsicle wrapped in cheap plastic in something like this, she pulls it off.

Anna Kendrick in Stella McCartney at Cannes 2016

Fearless Yellow

Like a tulip, Anna Kendrick stood out on the red carpet in this Stella McCartney number. She also had a nice accessory in the way of Justin Timberlake. Kendrick demonstrates that a bold dress like this one needs to be owned, otherwise, it will own you. If you want to be clever in yellow, don’t forget that.

Amal Clooney in Atelier Versace

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In the best accessories department, Amal Clooney beats them all so drawing attention to that with a Grecian-inspired lemon silk chiffon Atelier Versace gown was a great idea. If you’ve got George on your arm you can go starkers if you please. Nevertheless, the gown offers an object lesson in matching elegance and sexiness, as other observers have also noticed.

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.