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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.

Dior Diorever Bag Collection

A structured tote with two top handles seems typical for Dior but the label’s Diorever bag is anything but. This latest handbag offering keeps to the French house’s aesthetic and rich heritage with its clean lines and classic beauty.

This bag, however, comes crafted with reversible front flaps, a cutting edge feature that gives this bag extra mileage – the flap can be inserted inside the bag, leaving the top open for a more laidback vibe.

To keep the focal point on the flap, Dior keeps the rest of the tote simple with contemporary embellishments such as crest-shaped clasps and a detachable shoulder strap, so the handbag doubles up as a crossbody.

Available in three sizes – mini, medium and large – and in a myriad of colors and leathers, the Diorever looks set to be the house’s next iconic bag; one that will transcend time and trends.

Each bag takes more than a day’s work to complete. Watch Dior’s bag artisans at work here:

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.

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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.

TomFord

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

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.

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

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

Dior Tribale Savoir Faire

The versatile accessory by Dior can either elevate an outfit to suit the occasion or add a touch of elegance. With 13 new designs introduced for the season, the Dior Tribale brings the spotlight back to the piece that is now a Dior classic.

Catch the full video of how the Dior Tribale Savoir Faire is created and learn more about the design on L’Officiel Singapore.

Dior: London Show May Unveil New Creative Director

The fashion world waits for no one. So if you thought you could catch a breather after Fashion Week, we have news for you. Fashion house Dior has already set a date for its next show in London and might have something special in store…

Taking place May 31 at Blenheim Palace, the show is making the news for one reason. Word has it that Dior will use the show to not only unveil its 2017 cruise collection but also the debut of Dior’s new Creative Director. Said to be taking over from Raf Simmons after his departure in October of 2015, is Jonathan Saunders.

Like Bouchra Jarrar in the days leading up to her new role at Lanvin, Saunders has closed his own well-known brand. Having left Pollini in December 2015, many are speculating that the event will be a perfect way to showcase not only Saunders but also his influence on LVMH’s luxury fashion brand. Dior’s show in London will take place two days before rival Gucci’s own display on June 2 at Westminster Abbey.

Interview: Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is quite literally the hit. At 25, the American actress has bagged an Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild for her critically acclaimed performance as a widow battling depression in David O. Russell’s 2012 romcom Silver Linings Playbook (she’s reportedly the second youngest female to ever pick up an Academy Award), she’s the highest-grossing action heroine and singular sensation of the commercially successful Hunger Games film series, and also the face of Dior. The Hollywood favorite is clearly showing no sign of slowing down, not with her latest role as entrepreneur, inventor and single mother of three Joy Mangano in Joy. As the biopic made its premiere in Singapore in January, Lawrence discussed her relationship with the French fashion house and life in front of the camera.

You’ve been the muse of Dior since 2013. What does this mean for you?

It’s an incredible honor to represent Dior. I’ve really enjoyed our collaboration and am obviously a huge fan of the brand.

Tell us about your first contact with the house.

My first experience with Dior was at Raf Simons’ debut haute couture show. It was incredible, magical and I was immediately hooked. Shortly thereafter, I was offered to be a part of the brand’s campaign and said yes right away.Jennifer Lawrence as featured in L'Officiel Singapore for Dior.

Through this collaboration, you often appear at gala events and award ceremonies dressed in Dior. Which dress has meant the most to you?

I love all the dresses I’ve worn, but the one that stood out the most for me was probably the dress I wore for the Oscars in 2013. It was from Dior’s couture show and blew me away when it went down the runway. I knew immediately it would be the perfect dress for such a special occasion.

What is your personal relationship with the house’s creations?

I always am excited to see what the house’s collections look like each season. It’s cool because while there are signature looks that are distinctly Dior, there are always incredible, innovative designs that are surprising. I also love to work with the house on custom pieces for premieres and special occasions. It’s a fun collaboration.Jennifer Lawrence as featured in L'Officiel Singapore for Dior.

You recently posed for Jean-Baptiste Mondino in pieces from Dior’s Cruise ’16 collection. What do you think of the collection, and did the experience pass off as you might have expected?

I love the latest collection. It’s fun, young and accessible. I love that there are unexpected layers and cool, individual pieces. Working with a legend like Jean-Baptise Mondino was exciting. He has a wonderful, calm energy and it was a fun collaboration.

The setting is very sober, and your hair and makeup natural. How did you feel, on your own, before the camera?

I’m pretty comfortable in front of the camera, but with any shoot for Dior, I’m blessed to work with the best team of hair, makeup, stylist and photographers, who help make it easy to feel comfortable.

You are perceived as urban, relaxed and seductive. Do you identify yourself as being like this kind of woman or is it primarily a game that’s fun to play?

Photo shoots are all about the clothes and the connection between you and the photographer. The clothes and environment set up a character in a certain way.Jennifer Lawrence as featured in L'Officiel Singapore for Dior.

Let’s talk about your upcoming film Joy.

It’s the story of a family across four generations centred on a woman who creates a business dynasty and becomes the matriarch of her family. The director David O. Russell drew me to the project. I would do anything with David for a million different reasons, but when he pitched this idea to me, I knew that it was going to be something special. The film is about the journey of a woman over a four decade period and how her ambition and success impacts the relationships around her.

Did you know much about Joy Mangano’s story?
I was familiar with her, but wasn’t familiar with her history. The character is, however, inspired by true stories of many incredible, strong, entrepreneurial women. While it is called Joy, it is about 50 per cent fictional in terms of the character’s story and background. Many different parts of David’s past, even his mother and aunts, and Lilian Vernon, another female entrepreneur, informed this character.
What are some of the messages of the film?

I think one of the messages of the film is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Joy creates what is a very simple invention that could help change the everyday woman’s life, and that is amazing. It’s also about never giving up on your dreams. This is a woman who is the rock of her family, she holds everything together, forfeiting her own dreams to support others. I also think it’s an inspiring story about finding success at any age.

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Photography by Jean-Baptiste Mondino for Dior

Styling by Karla Welch

Hair by Duffy

Manicure by Jenna Hipps

Outfits and Accessories by Dior

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.

Fashion Week: 5 Beauty Trends to Follow

The clothes were not the only things we kept a look out for during Fashion Week. Beauty looks and accessories draw just as much attention, and with good reason. Trends seen on the runway tend to have a major impact for the next season and if the beauty looks we’ve seen at the Fall/Winter 2016 ready-to-wear shows are any indication, drama is key.

We start with the crowning glory: The Hair. We can say goodbye to sleek hair, as designers chose big-attention grabbing hair. While Gucci in Milan featured voluminous hair, models at Rick Owens in Paris donned hair nests that some felt bordered on the conceptual. Other designers who went for the volume with the hair, was Manish Arora as he complemented his designs with crimped, wavy bouffant locks piled high.

Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week

Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week

Volume was not the only hair trend seen on the runways. This fall may see us take a break from the straightening irons with many such as Altazurra in New York and Giorgio Armani in Milan championing the curl. Fendi was another label to favor the look, with tight curls. One designer who put a different spin on the look was Vivienne Westwood where she pinned curls to the models’ heads for a subtle historical spin.

Fendi at Milan Fashion Week

Fendi at Milan Fashion Week

An instantly dramatic trend that some followed is that of the bleached brow. Varying levels of camouflaging and lightening were seen on the runways of Milan, London and Paris. While Armani chose to scuff out the brows of his models, Givenchy chose bleached eyebrows that seemed to appear invisible.

Irina Shayk for Givenchy's Fall/Winter 2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Irina Shayk for Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Fashion Week took a trek back in time to revisit urban grunge with the help from the extreme smokey eye. In Paris, Saint Laurent treated guests to a visually captivating beauty look with models sporting thick-winged eyeliner flicked up to the temple. Others such as Tadashi Shoji and Dries van Noten opted for a softer, smudgier interpretation that was still striking.

Saint Laurent from Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016

Saint Laurent from Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016

The last of the beauty trends was the dark lips. Glam-goth was the name of the game at Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show in New York as models walked down the ramp with black lipstick. Marc Jacobs followed suit though designers chose to lighten it up in London with deep red tones. In Paris however, Dior and Louis Vuitton sealed the deal with the former choosing a lacquered black lip.Fenty-Rihanna-NYFW-2016

 

All images are courtesy of AFP and Saint Laurent.

8 Winning Jewelry Looks at Oscars 2016

Unlike the parade of off-whites and reds, this year’s Academy Awards Red Carpet proved to be a revolving door of varying styles, silhouettes and colors. As with previous years, the outfits were not complete without some of the finest jewelry and the stars did not disappoint. It was truly difficult to select just a few of our favorites but we did it. Luxuo brings you eight of our favorite accessories from the 2016 Oscars Red Carpet.

Saoirse Ronan with ChopardSaoirse-Ronan-Full-Length-Article

Hoping to bring the luck of the Irish with her, the young actress walked the red carpet in a green Calvin Klein gown. It was a case of less is more as she paired her outfit with mismatched earrings by the jeweler Chopard. Taken from the Maison’s High Jewelry Collection, the Best Actress nominee was a hot topic of discussion with her red carpet choice. Her earrings featured pearls, 18.28 carats of emeralds, 5.74 carats of jadeites and 3.25 carats of diamonds in white gold. She also chose an emerald and diamond ring in white gold to complete her look.

Brie Larson with NiwakaBrie-Larson-Oscars-article

The newly minted Oscar winner went with Gucci for her big night. She chose a half-updo that was held in place by a beautiful diamond brooch, worn as a barrette, that lent a fairy-tale like feel to her flowing periwinkle gown. She kept it fairly simple with elegant Niwaka diamond and pearl earrings while a pearl encrusted belt has helped seal her status as the breakout style star this award season, coming close to Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyango.

Charlize Theron with Harry WinstonCharlize-Theron-Article

One of our favorites on the list is Charlize Theron, who starred in Mad Max: Fury Road. While the movie swept up numerous awards that night, Theron stunned on the red-carpet in a red number from Dior. It’s not a color that she has worn on the carpet and it certainly is refreshing. What caught our attention though were her accessories. No better way to complement the deep neckline than with Harry Winston diamonds. Worth nearly $3.7 million, she selected a 48.8 carat Secret Cluster diamond necklace, 15.49-carat Winston Diamond Cluster earrings. She completed it with an 8.78-carat cushion-cut diamond ring with micropave setting and a 7.44 carat Queen diamond ring, all of which were set in platinum.

Jennifer Garner with Neil LaneJennifer-Garner-article

This may just be the new “revenge dress” that was previously made famous by Princess Diana. The black asymmetrical custom-made Atelier Versace number, was the perfect balance of sultry and sweet and made the newly single-star one of the favorites for every best-dressed list. Rather than going with plain diamonds, the actress selected one that featured 10 carats worth of diamonds and a hint of color. Her wrists sparkled with four bracelets weighing in at 150 carats. The diamond and platinum bracelets amount to a whooping $2.5 million dollars. To bring it all together, she also wore an emerald-cut diamond ring worth $250,000.

Naomi Watts with BulgariNaomi-Watts-Oscars-article

Talk about classic Hollywood glamour. The Australian beauty arrived in a custom-made Armani Privé number that left many guessing its exact color. The metallic sequins changed from a deep blue to a bright purple under the spotlight as she made her way down the carpet. There to support her husband Leiv Schriber for his nomination, she selected an elaborate statement necklace from Bulgari to complete her glamorous ensemble.

Cate Blanchett with Tiffany & Co.Cate-Blanchett-Oscars-article

We expected her to show up with something from the Tiffany Blue Book collection and she did. What shocked many however was the dress itself by Armani Privé. On anyone else this pastel blue with feather flowers would have looked all wrong but on the Oscar winner, it looked elegant and appropriate. She paired her gown with platinum drop earrings set with marquise and round cut diamonds. For some arm-candy, she chose a starfish cuff with round diamonds and a ring with a 2.3 carat round diamond and round diamond border, all in platinum.

Tina Fey with BulgariTina-Fey-Oscars-article

Not bad Liz Lemon, not bad at all. Not a shade you see the actress in very often, and also not one that would flatter many. Yet the former Oscar host made a statement in a custom Atelier Versace gown. One critic compared her look for the night to Liz Taylor and we agree. Her strapless silhouette was accompanied by a diamond and sapphire necklace from Bulgari’s High Jewelry collection. It is purely coincidental that Taylor is strongly associated with Bulgari.

Alicia Vikander with Louis VuittonAlicia-Vikander-Oscars-article

The Swedish actress has showcased some interesting looks on the red carpets this season. Many expected her to arrive in a edgy metallic number from Louis Vuitton, like what we saw at the Baftas and Golden Globes. Instead Vikander channelled Belle from Beauty and the Beast — her Prince Charming a.k.a Michael Fassbender was not far on the carpet. She accessorised it with Louis Vuitton chandelier earrings that featured the brand’s floral emblem. A fairy-tale ending for a whirlwind year that has seen the actress go from relative unknown to Oscar winner.

Dior Granville Candy Colored Jewelry

From peridots, green beryls, aquamarines, tanzanites, tourmalines and rubellites come together in this 12-piece collection and draw inspiration from Christian Dior’s childhood home, Granville. Named after the home he spent his time in as a child, which is now a museum, the candy-colored gems that make up the collection are the brainchild of Victoire de Castellane.

The brand’s fine jewelry creative director explained that the pieces were created “as if putting stickers together spontaneously, without any preconceived constraints”. Although inspired by childhood joie de vivre, the pieces have been meticulously crafted with creativity and exceptional skill in Dior’s Parisian high-jewelry workshops.

A pink gold watch in the "D de Dior Granville" collection, with brilliant cut yellow sapphires on the bezel, a diamond studded crown, turquoise dial and pale pink patent leather bracelet.

A pink gold watch in the “D de Dior Granville” collection, with brilliant cut yellow sapphires on the bezel, a diamond studded crown, turquoise dial and pale pink patent leather bracelet.

Christian Dior’s Normandy childhood is channeled in rings, earrings and bracelets that pop with color. The collection is accompanied by a range of nine watches, crafted from white, yellow and rose gold, evoking the festive and colorful ambiance of the Granville carnival.

Flagship pieces in the “D de Dior Granville” collection include a pink gold watch with a bezel set with brilliant-cut yellow sapphires and a diamond-studded crown. This fresh bouquet of springtime color is topped with a turquoise dial and a pale pink patent leather bracelet.

Test: All Porsche Langkawi Driving Dreams

Nothing says style and luxury quite like Porsche in the world of automobiles. As part of its Driving Dreams campaign, I travelled to Langkawi Island to come up-close and personal with Porsche’s latest crop, a stunning range that runs the gamut from the bachelor-approved 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet to the newest incarnation of the ever-popular Cayenne S. The location was the dreamy Four Seasons Resort, just right by the picturesque and seemingly boundless Andaman Sea, the perfect location considering the occasion at hand. After all, it is entirely acceptable, and common, I’d think, for speed enthusiasts to dream about cruising in a Porsche.

To get behind the mechanics of the latest range, one had to get behind the wheel. I was presented with an incredible collection of cars: 911 Turbo, 911 Carrera GTS, 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, 911 Targa 4, Boxster GTS, Cayman GTS, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Cayenne S, Cayenne Diesel, Panamera S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4, Macan Turbo and Macan S. If you’re car-obsessed, seeing these beauties lined up in a row, one after another, is like waking up on Christmas morning. How can a girl choose? When it comes to Porsche, however, beauty isn’t just skin-deep.

The model wears Ruched lambskin leather dress with cutouts from Celine The car featured, is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

The model wears Ruched lambskin leather dress with cutouts from Celine
The car featured, is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

“Intelligent performance has been the driving force for Porsche to develop our cars with focus in addressing mobility and connectivity topics. Evidently, Porsche is working on this with the first battery-powered four seat concept car, the Mission E with over 600 hp, over 500 kilometre driving range and around 15 minutes’ charging time to reach an 80 per cent charge of electrical energy,” explained Martin Limpert, the managing director of Porsche Asia Pacific. “With pioneering technologies that combine performance and efficiency, Porsche continues to build the sportiest cars in the segment and strengthening the position as the world’s most successful manufacturer of exclusive sports cars.”

After taking in the splendour of all 14 of the cars before me, it was time to put them to the test. The order of business was to take them across Langkawi Island, a nearly 200-kilometre journey through the villages and past iconic landmarks, from the lighthouse at Pantai Cenang to the breathtaking Gunung Raya, the island’s tallest mountain.

The model wears a Cotton-poplin shirt, wool-gabardine blazer, wool-twill tuxedo pants, silk bow and wide-brimmed felt hat from Saint Laurent. The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS and Panamera 4 in Carmine Red

The model wears a Cotton-poplin shirt, wool-gabardine blazer, wool-twill tuxedo pants, silk bow and wide-brimmed felt hat from Saint Laurent.
The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS and Panamera 4 in Carmine Red

My first model was the Panamera S E-Hybrid. Aside from clean and ultra sleek leather-covered interiors, which is expected, since this is Porsche we’re talking about, the first thing you’d notice is how audibly absent the engine is. You sort of have to check that it’s on and even then you’re unconvinced. That’s the fossil-free battery talking – or rather, not talking – the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s crowning glory that’s not only remarkably quiet, but also lasts up to about 35 kilometres on the road entirely on its own with a maximum speed of 135km/h, all while emitting just 71 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Needing only 2.3 hours to be fully charged, the beauty of the S E-Hybrid is its ability to draw power from conventional sockets.

It takes a longer time, for sure, but it means you get to power up even when you’re away from your garage. Charging when you’re actually on the road works too, owing to the brake energy recovery system and the combustion engine, which is hardly shabby itself, by the way, enabling a maximum speed of 270km/h. When you combine the two, the Panamera goes from 0 to 100km/h in just a little over 5 seconds. The adaptive air suspension made for a soothing ride too, even when it came to the winding roads near the hillier regions of Langkawi Island. The Panamera S E-Hybrid may be the more practical and spacious one of Porsche’s newest offerings, but it still packs power when the time comes for it.

The test-drive with the Panamera S E-Hybrid came to a halt at the Datai Golf Club, one of tumbling pastures with borrowed drama from the rain that had just passed and the lush forests on its periphery, a very fitting scenario for my next model – the Cayenne S. For someone who grew up in SUVs, this one was right up my alley.

The model wears a nylon jacket and drawstring trousers from Louis Vuitton; Patent platform stilettos from Saint Laurent. The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

The model wears a nylon jacket and drawstring trousers from Louis Vuitton; Patent platform stilettos from Saint Laurent.
The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

The Cayenne has remained one of Porsche’s popular kids since its introduction in 2002, and it’s easy to see why. It’s huge on the inside, even more so than the Panamera, but it still behaves like a Porsche. The refreshed version is much sleeker and stylish too, kudos to Porsche, rendering a certain lightness to the stocky car. Like the Panamera, sans the electric motor, the Cayenne S runs on a V6, accelerates to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds and goes up all the way to 259km/h. For its build, it’s an impressive score. You see, speed really isn’t a problem for Porsche, even for the bigger vehicles. The Cayenne S is one of the lucky ones endowed with a Sport Plus button, a feature to remind you that you’re in a sports car. The engine becomes more responsive, the steering more direct, the damping harder. The effect and thrill are immediate. There’s even a performance display on the dashboard to track lap times. What’s perhaps most satisfying about the Cayenne S, to me at least, was how it handled curves, bends and even hills with swiftness and ease, again, rather unexpected for its size.

Alas, my journey across Langkawi Island came to its inevitable end, though not without a little surprise. I was presented with a quiz that would determine my “dream car” from Porsche. My result? The 911 Turbo in Jet Black Metallic, one sick ride that I think even Bruce Wayne would ditch his Batmobile for on an off day. It’s all beautiful curves with a maximum speed of a whooping 315km/h, the fastest of the lot. This was a surprise, considering my affinity with SUVs. (Okay fine, so I tweaked my responses just a bit so that I’ll get something super sleek. But hey, this is about picking my dream car, isn’t it?)

This story first appeared in the December/January 2015 edition of L’Officiel.

Story credits

Text by Candice Chua

Images by Richard Chen

Styling by Wei Lun Tok

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

Paris Fashion Week Runway Shows to Watch

The first week of March is going to be a busy one for Paris, and not just for fashion week. Following the numerous changes in major fashion houses, those in the know are waiting with bated breath on the announcement of new creative directors and for what newcomers will bring to the global stage.

Of the new designers announced in the line-up, one name that stands out is that of Dutch designer Esther Louise Dorhout Mees. She started her eponymous label Dorhout Mees, barely six years ago and has since caught the attention of the industry through her sophisticated designs and feminine collections. Her designs feature geometric shapes, prints, luxury fabrics such as silk and structural effects created by carefully placed folds and superimposed layers. France’s ready-to-wear ruling body Fédération française du prêt-à-porter, has scheduled this highly anticipated show for March 6 on its provisional schedule.

Though not a newcomer to the Parisian runway, Koché is still considered another relatively new name to the line-up. This second showing after a sensational debut Paris show will feature founder Christelle Kocher’s use of street culture, artisanal skills and techniques. Her keen use of new technologies gives rise to stylishly eclectic and high-quality collections. Paris Fashion Week will see the label present its autumn/winter 2016-2017 collection.

Lanvin, the oldest Parisian fashion house still operating today, saw creative director Alber Elbaz step down in October. In the interim, Chemena Kamali, formerly of Chloé, has been drafted in to oversee the women’s ready-to-wear collection. However, this temporary arrangement can’t last forever (the very definition of temporary) and rumors of a permanent replacement are intensifying. Stefano Pilati, who recently left Ermenegildo Zegna, is one of the designers thought to be in the running to replace Alber Elbaz. This remains unconfirmed by Lanvin but fashion week could be the ideal time to reveal the Israeli-American designer’s successor.

With the autumn/winter 2016-2017 shows just weeks away, the situation is almost identical over at Dior. If no announcement is made in the coming weeks, then fashion week could be a key time for Dior to reveal Raf Simons’ replacement. In the meantime, Dior’s in-house design team has been handed control of the upcoming collection, as was already the case for Dior’s Haute Couture show back in January. Christian Dior’s collection is booked for the Paris catwalk Friday, March 4.

Dressed in Dior: Jennifer Lawrence stuns at Mockingjay: Part 2 premieres

From her big fall at the 2013 Academy Awards to her many ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ red carpet looks, Jennifer Lawrence has never fail to kill it on the red carpet with her legion of Christian Dior gowns.

For the final film of the Hunger Games franchise, the Academy Award-winning actress travelled the world to attend the many premiere nights including Beijing, Los Angeles, London and Berlin.

With her new platinum blonde wavy bob and couture gowns, she has slain every single event she attended for ‘Mockingjay – Part 2’ – just like the champion she is.

Rest assured that even though it’s the final film of the franchise, Jennifer will continue with her path of greatness as an actress. Rumour has it, she is getting her hands into directing. Well, we are sure that the odds are in her favour.

New face of Dior jewelry: Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke is the newest face of Dior, the brand announced November 5, in a move sure to trigger explosive online coverage. British rag The Observer has already pushed out a piece called “Mother of Dragons models Mother-of-pearl for Dior Fine Jewelry”. That story also calls the photo shoot monumental. You can read it here.

Clarke is fronting Dior’s Rose des Vents fine jewelry collection and appears in a new campaign by photographer Patrick Demarchelier. The full uncroped image released by AFP is below.

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This marks the first collaboration with a luxury brand for Clarke, who is best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.

The Rose des Vents line rolled out worldwide in May and June. It features four bracelets, four necklaces and one long necklace, priced from 1,350 euros to 8,000 euros

5 Watches Bringing High Fashion to Your Wrist

Fashion watches bear their houses’ codes to match technical brilliance with sartorial splendor. Our thanks to the team at Men’s Folio Singapore for putting together this spread to inspire us.

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Dior Chiffre Rouge A02 in stainless steel with bracelet; Dior Homme Cotton shirt, wool suit, pressed flower badges, silk bow tie

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Gucci G-Timeless in steel with NATO strap, cotton shirt, wool pants, leather belt, assorted metal rings, wool beret

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Louis Vuitton Escale Time Zone in steel with alligator strap, wool blend print jacket

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Givenchy Seventeen Titanium Automatic Edition in titanium with NATO strap, silk blend print shirt, wool print pants

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Hermès Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar in rose gold with alligator strap, cotton shirt, cotton blend jumpsuit, wool turtleneck jumper

 

Photography by Joel Low; Styling by Tok Wei Lun

Grooming: Benedict Choo using M.A.C cosmetics

Model: Erlend /  Mannequin

 

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Raf Simons quits as Dior creative director

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Raf Simons has quit as creative director at Christian Dior after more than three years, the fashion house said Thursday.

The collection he presented at the Paris fashion shows earlier this month will be his last for the French label.

“It’s after deep reflection that I have decided to quit my post as creative director for Christian Dior’s women’s collection,” the Belgian designer said in a statement.

“It’s a decision founded on one hand by my desire to concentrate on other centres of interest in my life, notably my own label, as well as the passions that motivate me beyond my professional activities,” he said, adding that it had been an “immense privilege” to work for Dior.

The 47-year-old took over in April 2012 after British designer John Galliano was fired following a scandal over anti-Semitic insults he made in a Paris bar that were caught on camera.

Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH which owns the label, and Dior CEO Sidney Toledano released a statement saying they respected Simons’ decision and “warmly thank him for his exceptional creative contribution”.

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Jennifer Lawrence for Be Dior and Diorissimo

Jennifer Lawrence Be Dior Diorissimo

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence continues her collaboration with Dior for an Autumn / Winter 2015-16 accessories campaign.

Fashion photographer David Sims captured the “Hunger Games”  and “Silver Linings Playbook” actress for the French luxury goods label.

Animal-inspired motifs and solid colors are thematic touchstones for the collection, according to Dior.

The Fall / Winter Be Dior and Diorissimo collections favor a range of materials including crocodile, python, alligator and metallic tweed.

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WATCH Johnny Depp’s Short Film for Dior Sauvage

After releasing a teaser clip back in August, the full, director’s cut of Johnny Depp’s Dior Sauvage campaign has finally been released.

The ad, filmed by Jean-Baptiste Mondiano, shows Johnny Depp driving out of Los Angeles in a vintage Dodge Challenger. Depp says into the camera, “I gotta get out of here. Which way? I don’t know… Dior.”

WATCH: LILY-ROSE DEPP IS THE NEW FACE OF CHANEL

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The film also features an original track from slide guitarist Ry Cooder. The scent, due out on September 2, takes off from the original 1966 version but attempts to make it more modern, strong and masculine.

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Dior Homme and Willy Vanderperre Present “Paris XVIE”

 has released a new video as part of its Homme Winter 2015-2016 campaign, filmed by Willy Vanderperre.

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Starring model-turned-actor Boyd Holbrook, the film tells the tale of the day in the life of an American in Paris. Titled “Paris XVIE,” it is set at night and features a dapper-looking Holbrook wandering the French capital’s streets after nightfall. His rakish suit contrasts with the late-night neon signs flashing behind him, perfectly capturing the “subversive elegance” of the collection that Dior hoped to express in the clip.

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Moving from a Haussmaan-style apartment to a café terrace, viewers get a look at Dior Homme’s latest collection — a dinner jacket with tails, a winter coat and a crisp white shirt.

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The Dior Homme winter collection was designed by Kris Van Assche. The movie comes with its own photography campaign, also featuring Holbrook.

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“We started this collaboration with a focus on the film and now the pictures also have that filmic feel,” says Vanderperre.

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“We wanted somebody that we could explore the filmic idea with further, and it was Kris that suggested Boyd.”

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