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Dolce & Gabbana to hold first fashion show in New York

Dolce & Gabbana Goes to New York

The Italian luxury brand, Dolce & Gabbana has selected New York to hold its next fashion show to introduce its two couture lines, Alta Moda womenswear and Alta Sartoria menswear lines. However, the location of the shoot remains undisclosed until further notice.

Browsing through the previous locations of the shoots, the fashion house seems keen on the idea of travelling the world with its couture collections.

Let’s take a walk down the memory lane and recall some of these hype and fashionable moments:

Fashion Show: Dolce & Gabbana Unveils New Venue

Fashion Show: Dolce & Gabbana Unveils New Venue

Fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is preparing to host its first-ever fashion show at Museo Soumaya in Mexico City on April 18. The news has also been confirmed on Twitter by Stefano Gabbana, who linked an article from FashionNetwork.com on the hashtag “#DGLovesMexico.

The luxury fashion label will be bringing its Italian know-how and fashion flair and showcase its latest collections – Alta Moda for women, and Alta Sartoria for men – along with several new watches.

The Italian fashion in house has already caused a stir in the Mexican capital with pop-up stores for womenswear, meanswear and shoes, and it has also opened two stores in the city: one located on the Avenida Presidente Masaryk, and a second in the Santa Fe shopping mall on the Avenida Vasco de Quiroga.

The news has come at time when several fashion houses are announcing destinations for upcoming Cruise shows, a list of spectacular settings:

  • Prada is planning a show in the Big Apple on May 4
  • Gucci has opted for the Alyscamps Roman necropolis in Arles, France for a show to be held on May 30
  • Louis Vuitton will show its collection at the Maeght Foundation near Saint-Paul de Vence, France on May 28

Visit www.dolcegabbana.com for more details on the brand’s latest collection.

(Source: AFP)

Mens Fashion Trends: After hours

The notion of masculinity no longer revolves around the traditional stereotypes — tall, strong and dominant — but a fluid concept. We explore the codes of virility in the innermost setting — the bedroom.

CK Calvin Klein Cotton T-shirt, leather jacket;
Emporio Armani Cotton pants;
Calvin Klein Underwear Cotton trunks

Emporio Armani Satin jacket;
Gucci Leather bag

Dior Homme Cotton shirt, cotton vest, leather boots;
CK Calvin Klein Cotton pants

Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Cotton blazer;
Dolce & Gabbana Cotton pants;
Gucci Sterling silver beaded necklace;
Valentino Wool scarf

CK Calvin Klein Cotton jacket, cotton T-shirt, cotton pants;
Bottega Veneta Silk scarf as belt

Dolce & Gabbana Satin shirt;
Valentino Wool belt;
Diesel Denim jeans


Photography Joel Low | Art Direction Jeremy Ang | Styling Yong Wei Jian & Belda Chung

A Classic Gent’s Key Fashion Takeaways from Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018

Pitti Uomo 2018 image rights: Adam Katz Sinding

Around the office, my sartorial ensemble tends to comprise of a collection of garments, jackets, blazers and suit separates that one can easily spot has English and Milanese sensibilities. That said, it doesn’t mean that a classic gent can’t enjoy a fashion show (or ten). Having digested (almost) the entirety of Milan Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018, I am ready to share my regular round-up classic gent’s key fashion takeaways.

A Classic Gent’s Key Fashion Takeaways from Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018

1. Sartori’s creative leadership of Ermenegildo Zegna introduces Slim Double Breasted Suits to Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018

For Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018 Ermenegildo Zegna creative director Alessandro Sartori took inspiration from Oasi Zegna, the Alpine nature reserve near Zegna’s headquarters. It was delightful colour palette of natural tones and vibrant hues from all manner of life and nature including treescapes from Zegna’s neighbouring alps. While a major highlight of Ermenegildo Zegna Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018 collection were sports coats and top coats in double-faced Oasi cashmere, a new fabric coloured with chemical-free, all natural dyes, the other highlight was the introduction of slim double breasted suits. More importantly, Zegna is definitely the leading men’s haberdasher when it comes to suits of the sporting variety.

2. Dolce & Gabbana defines Flamboyant Evening Wear for Milan FW 2018

If one considers that suiting and tailoring are really the less formal offshoots of heritage military uniforms in the Royal armies, than Dolce & Gabbana’s more than flamboyant take on evening wear is merely respectful homage to the ancestor of the modern gentleman’s classic suit. Gold brocade tailcoats and jacquard tuxedos, and other assorted, embroidered dinner jackets and robes paired with tone (in terms of the casual-formal spectrum) contrasting graphic tees and shearling coats make this one of the more exciting collections for Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018. Not one for the sartorially safe though.

3. Giorgio Armani is proof that classic suiting can be trendy

In tailored suiting, there’s not a lot of wiggle room on Savile Row but Giorgio Armani’s Milan Men’s FW 2018 proves exception to the rule of classic menswear. Blue suits with defined shoulders (not approaching English-silhouettes) were cut slim in eight-button, notch-lapel, double-breasted styles. Even when deconstructed in cashmere, Giorgio Armani pulled off the impossible, elegance rather than merely something fashionable, especially when paired with textured leather or exotic skin holdalls. A line of velvet evening suits in blue, black, and green, nothing approaching Dolce & Gabbana levels of pomp but not less splendorous with satin-fronted notch/shawl hybrid collars doubling as built-in cravats.

4. You can trust Prada with fresh takes on classic hits

Industrial-grade “Pocone” nylon, formerly a material reserved for packaging in the luxury industry but with which Prada turned into an fabric statement is back with a vengeance for Milan Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018. Prada interprets the material in a collection rife with Prada’s classic hits – padded workwear jackets, shirts and shorts and even brand staples crafted from iconic prints and textiles. ID tags featuring Prada logos and Polaroid head shots accessorising the catwalk ensemble telegraphed a statement that Prada has returned en-vogue and en-masse.

5. For Milan Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018, Tod’s proves they know fashion

Andrea Incontri, the men’s Creative Director for Tod’s conceived an elegant yet practical ensemble for Milan Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018. Tod’s made its name with its high-quality leather and for this show, they showed their mettle by innovating a waterproof and printed raw denim version of it while adding two more textiles to the brand’s arsenal – wool and moleskin Suits were presented by Tod’s Milan Men’s FW 2018  was dominated by outerwear.

6. Kris Van Assche takes Christian Dior FW 40s and 50s vision and re-interprets them for Dior Homme

For Milan Men’s FW 2018, channelled teen spirit and 90s clubbing culture of Tees over jumpers, masculine power was projected with the two-piece suit. Streetwear is in a bit of a baggy and loose phase, Van Assche is taking Dior Homme in the other direction: more body conscious. Christian Dior FW 2018 is about the 90s cool kids who are all grown up, wearing suits, carrying the briefcases.

7. Paul Smith brings back high button jackets for Milan Men’s FW 2018

Three jacket shapes were on show for Paul Smith Milan Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018; a high, four-button, double-breasted, and a single- and double-buttoned single-breasted. There was a genuine love for suits on display and desire to wear it in almost every facet of life.

8. Versace vibed the 70s hard (maybe too hard)

We are still not quite sure what to make of it but we loved the bold prints and Versace motifs. That said, it’s not something everyone can pull off. Rock Versace Men’s FW 2018 with caution.

9. If Versace was Eggsy pre-Kingsmen, Dsquared2 is Statesmen on steroids

Dean and Dan Caten was all about the Western for Dsquared2 Milan Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018. buffalo-check Western jackets, rhinestone-set shirting, OTT belt buckles, rodeo gear: silk printed Western shirts, rhinestone jackets, and sequined sleeve inserts – yeeehaw pardner.

10. We learnt Fendi made luggage back in the day

Accompanied by a mix of new Rimowa and vintage Fendi luggage, Milan Men’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018 accessories, and the occasional oversize statement piece, the Fendi show was a collection of logo fur tops, shearlings, and transparent overcoats. Also, it looked like someone lost a baby during the show.

Fendi almost made it work for the ensemble on the right. Almost.

Bonus Classic Gent’s takeaway for Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018: If Fendi can’t make those head umbrellas “work”, nobody can.


Dolce & Gabbana: A Special Collection to usher in the Year of the Dog

As the Lunar New Year is approaching, Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has unveiled a specially-curated collection of themed clothing, dedicated to man’s best friend, to ring in the Year of the Dog. Browse from many of the comfortable items, such as hoodies, jackets, sweatpants, shorts and even a pajama set for men. Pieces from this collection sure raise some eyebrows as who can really resist the appeal of our potentially cute paw pals?

Dolce & Gabbana: A Special Collection to usher in the Year of the Dog

A mini range of themed clothing will be available in dog prints and embellishments, including Dolce & Gabbana’s collection, featuring casual wear pieces for both men and children. Also available: Backpack with wheels for your boy or girl to stride stylishly into school.

If you have a flair for mix and match, try one of these styles…

The kids collection includes t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, jeans and an unbearably adorable onesie for the littlest one. Now daddy and junior can go visiting in style. Specially for Men and Junior, the collection features dog prints and embellishments on just about everything from casual wear, to sleepwear and accessories.

The collection is now available in both Dolce & Gabbana boutiques and the Junior boutique at Marina Bay Sands.

Designer beauty collaborations in Fall 2017 from Bella Hadid to Emilia Clarke 

Heralding someone as the “the number one most powerful person in fashion” is quite a bold statement to make, and even more so when the label is given to a makeup artist. The one in question is Pat McGrath, who also made history last June by becoming the first of her trade to be honoured by the CFDA. When a ceremony that is often called the “Oscars of fashion” makes it a point to recognize a key player of the beauty industry, our attention should inevitably be turned towards it.

If the above is any indication, the beauty industry, which has long been seen as the little sister to its more seasoned fashion counterpart, has officially come into its own. In fact, the beauty industry — all USD 423 billion of it — is doing better than it should in an age when the world is headed towards something of an economic apocalypse. While luxury fashion brands puzzle over strategies to recreate the “miracle work” of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, many are cleverly focusing on their beauty lines as a lifeline.

Reflecting the power shift between the fashion and beauty industries, the rules of the beauty game have been changing too. A major catalyst for this is social media platforms and the ubiquitous Instagram in particular. The photo-sharing app has opened up a whole new world for beauty products to be consumed: one that is easily accessible (the app is available for free across mobile platforms and has a web version), engaging (refer to the “#makeup”, “#mua” and “#onfleek” hashtags) and boundless (as of last April, the app has 700 million monthly active users).

For beauty brands, choosing a new ambassador is a decision that bears as much significance as a fashion house appointing a new creative director. Traditionally, the privilege wasn’t granted to just anybody. Models, for one, would need years of experience and campaigns under their belts. In the case of 90s supermodel Christy Turlington, it took almost a decade after her model debut before she was offered a contract to be the new face of Maybelline in 1992.

Similarly, actresses like Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron had to prove their worth through Oscar wins and critical acclaim before even being considered. When Kidman starred in Chanel’s No. 5 the Film in 2004, the Australian actress had already bagged several Golden Globes awards, a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for Best Actress.

In an age of increasing connectivity, however, beauty brands are now being drawn to a new crop of fresh faces: influencers whose social media reach is much stronger and substantive than their portfolio. Instagram, of course, is increasingly becoming a key part of this equation.

To make their move count, some beauty brands are turning to the number of followers one may boast. Enter Bella Hadid, one of the most sought-after models of the moment. Electing the American model as the face of its Goldea The Roman Night fragrance was a no-brainer for Bulgari, especially with her 14.4 million Instagram followers considered. What really set her apart from other models — say, her sister Gigi Hadid who is the 39th most followed user on Instagram with 35 million followers — was the younger demographic of her followers, which the Italian luxury label hopes to attract. With the younger Hadid sister on board, Bulgari can expect its new fragrance to make 30 million euros in its first year.

For YSL Beauté, naming singer and actor Zoë Kravitz as its global makeup ambassador was a move that highlighted the brand’s understanding of Instagram’s power. The 28-year-old may only have 3 million followers, but her appeal really lies in her engaging content. Capturing everything from high-profile red carpet events to intimate moments with friends and family, Kravtiz’s Instagram account makes her seem more relatable. With her first YSL Beauté campaign, “Tatouage Couture”, set to launch in September, Kravitz will definitely be keeping her fans posted through behind-the-scenes shots and the like, thereby bridging the gap between them and the luxury beauty label.

Like models and influencers, actresses are also being chosen by their popularity. This is the case for Emilia Clarke, who was recently appointed as the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s The One fragrance. The timing is no coincidence: HBO’s wildly popular TV series Game of Thrones is currently airing its 7th season, with Clarke’s character in the centre of it. The star’s campaign for the fragrance will only be unveiled this September, but fans are definitely keeping as close an eye on it as they are on Daenerys Targaryen and her loveable brood of fire-breathing dragons.

From a less commercial angle, some beauty brand ambassadors are chosen based purely on how well they embody the spirit of the brand. Case in point: Victoria Beckham’s new Estée Lauder makeup collection. “Like our founder, Estée, Victoria has a real understanding of what women want and has applied this to beauty in a very passionate and personal way,” says the brand’s Global Brand President, Stephane de La Faverie. Appointing Beckham to both design and be the face of the collaboration makes it a lot more meaningful and appealing to customers.

Another example of this is Kristen Stewart’s appointment as the face of Chanel’s upcoming women’s perfume, Gabrielle Chanel. The actress will star in the film campaign and print ad for fragrance, but it’s hardly her first stint with the French couture house. Stewart was named a Chanel ambassador back in 2013 and was also made the brand’s face of makeup last February. She has since appeared in campaigns for Chanel’s Eyes 2016 and 2017 campaigns, as well as its Fall 2016 Le Rouge Collection Number 1 ad.

A Classic Gent’s Key Fashion Takeaways from Spring Summer 2018 Menswear Brands We Love

As a straitlaced male, I consider my fashion sensibilities a little classic – As in the furthest I might go is abandon my Oxfords for Double Monk Straps but that’s about it. If forced to push myself sartorially, I might get experimental with suit separates and bright colours for either chinos or blazers (but never both at the same time) or loud shoes – But truth is, regardless of how experimental I get, it is unlikely I would go full on Gucci or full on Dolce & Gabbana.

Thus, how would anyone with similar fashion philosophies as myself be interested in men’s style approach something as sartorially divisive as Spring Summer 2018 menswear shows? Well, keeping an open mind and setting aside my own cynicism, I decided to sit down and take a run through the gamut of men’s fashion shows and decide for myself if there were men’s style lessons I could learn from the perspective of brands I already loved.

A Classic Gent’s (not so serious) Key Fashion Takeaways from Spring Summer 2018 Menswear Brands We Love


Great torso. Twig legs. Tragic.

Great torso. Twig legs. Compare and contrast. Tragic.

From left: Dior Homme, Prada and Versace menswear spring summer 2018

From left: Dior Homme, Prada and Versace menswear spring summer 2018

Fashion Takeaway 1: Don’t skip leg day

It’s true. Ask any hot blooded male and there’s definitely consensus on what women (or men for that matter) consider the sexiest part of the male physique – south of the face: the biceps, arms and chest are among the most popular (and most exercised) components of the body. BUT, there’s one other body part which ranked highly in terms of attractiveness – the butt.

“An hour at the gym is worth two at the tailor.” – The Monsieur

So why don’t we work the butt? Well, most of us skip leg day because leg workouts are hard. Squats, deadlifts and other leg exercises are physically demanding, and the soreness afterward can be beyond unpleasant. That said, as shorts come back into vogue according to these Spring Summer 2018 menswear trends, do you really want to look like you have a boy’s legs? No? Don’t skip leg day.

Eggsy takes classic gent style advice from Sir Galahad

Eggsy takes classic gent style advice from Sir Galahad

Fashion Takeaway 2: If you must look “street” like Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (before he became a Kingsman agent), some brands do it better than others

I must confess, I am a closet sneaker head and as much as I love my Supreme, Stussy and  Adidas, there reaches a point in every man’s life where he must look himself in the mirror and ask – Am I past the age where wearing an outfit like this makes me look like a wannabe teenager? My opinion? 25 years old, that’s the age where you start wearing grown-up clothes and stop riding on electric razor scooters. Razor scooters look a smidgen more ridiculous than those old penny-farthing bicycles and that’s saying a lot; heck, even Wall Street Journal admits that one can look a bit like a dork on a razor scooter but I digress.

Every generation has a ridiculous form of personal transport. Ours is the electric razor scooter.

Every generation has a ridiculous form of personal transport. Ours is the electric razor scooter.

Left: Dolce & Gabbana menswear spring summer 2018. Right: Prada menswear Spring Summer 2018

Left: Dolce & Gabbana menswear spring summer 2018. Right: Prada menswear Spring Summer 2018

Ah yes, my key fashion takeaway is this: if you must dress in streetwear, some brands do it better than others. Past a certain age, Stussy makes an adult look like a wannabe who doesn’t know how to dress. Also, at no point does streetwear ever become “classy”- I don’t care how hot Louis Vuitton x Supreme is, it’s cool not classy. That said, you could “class it up” by pairing singular loud garments with a supporting muted ensemble. Gary “Eggsy” Unwin avoids looking like a complete louche because even though he has on one of the loudest windbreakers imaginable, the rest of his outfit, from polo shirt to denims, is fairly sombre. Thus, if you must go loud, pick one garment, the rest of your ensemble should be quiet.

Fashion Takeaway 3: Black will always be in vogue

Well, black will always be an eternally fashionable colour for many reasons. First of all, it’s a slimming colour, and always makes one appear to be thinner because it doesn’t show the shadows made by the lumps and fat that one may have.

From left: Ermenegildo Zegna, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana menswear ss18

From left: Ermenegildo Zegna, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana menswear ss18

Most notable designers from Karl Lagerfeld to Tom Ford choose black because creative individuals prefer to use their creativity on their work rather than their wardrobes. Don’t take it from me, take it from these world renowned designers:

Gianni Versace: “Black is the quintessence of simplicity and elegance.”
Yves Saint Laurent: “Black symbolizes the liaison between art and fashion.”
Karl Lagerfeld: “Black is the colour that suits everybody. With black you are safe.”

“A wise friend once told me, ‘Don’t wear what fashion designers tell you to wear. Wear what they wear.” – Tina Fey

Black is neutral and easier to find other items of clothing to match with. You don’t have to worry about complementary colours and unlike technical colour blocking, all black is probably the only acceptable solid colour outfit – funereal but elegant, its versatility is what makes it the most anointed colour in fashion.

Fashion Takeaway 4: Best to know what sort of headgear is best suited for you

  A man can wear many hats and look really stylish. From baseball cap or a broad-rimmed fedora (Hello Indiana Jones), the hat arguably either makes an unforgettable first impression or a regrettable anecdote for someone’s cocktail conversations. While I do prefer classic styles, a panama hat isn’t in my repertoire because I lack the requisite confidence to wear one and this is key.

From Left: Versace, Ermenegildo Zegna, Dolce & Gabbana

From Left: Versace, Ermenegildo Zegna, Dolce & Gabbana

A hat has to be worn confidently. Anything less and the hat wears you, you end up looking like your choice of headgear has chosen to take a ride on you, so if you must wear a hat, don’t be timid about it, rock it. Things to consider: pick a hat which suits you – rule of thumb, big hats look better on big heads. The reverse is true – small hats, smaller heads. Your hat is meant to frame your face and draw attention to your eyes, if your hat sends attention to your ears instead, might want to re-think it. Also, not all hat styles will be suitable for you. Very few people in the world can rock a crown, if you must, at least marry into royalty first.

Fashion Takeaway 5: Some brands can REALLY do athleisure, case in point Z Zegna

Zegna’s Alessandro Sartori is a godly designer. In 2003, he became Creative Director of the newly created “Z Zegna” at Ermenegildo Zegna. By 2011 he was appointed as artistic director at Berluti where he choreographed not just the style but lifestyle of Berluti by having cocktails in posh urban apartments with a gathering with friends for a bout of midnight shoe-polishing using Dom Pérignon as the shining agent – it got everyone talking about how seriously people were treating Berluti. Then, in early 2016, Sartori resigned and returned to Zegna.

Z Zegna menswear spring summer 2018

Z Zegna menswear spring summer 2018

At Zegna, Sartori oversees all product lines and with that oversight, he has managed to build upon the brand’s heritage and provenance and parlayed it into something undeniably authentic beyond the shallowness of the current “athleisure” trend. This is athleisure for men, no yoga pants or denim joggers can be found here, instead Zegna’s reputation for true Italian tailoring joins the company’s history with supporting reggattas in Portofino for the better part of 40 years. Currently, Z Zegna sponsors the high tech Maserati Multi70 and this capsule collection makes one feel mightily nautical, and most importantly, unabashedly masculine. This is athleisure for classic gents.

Fashion Takeaway 6: (Screw memorial day) Wear white any time you want

A white suit isn’t a business suit but it is dressy. No, you’re not going to channel Colonel Sanders and if you don’t pop your shirt collars out like a man hooked on That 70s Show re-runs, no one is going to mistake you for Mr. Saturday Night Fever either. Dress it down, dress it insouciantly  – that is to say messy and wrinkled; and you’d effortless channel a literary (think Tom Wolfe or Mark Twain), intellectual demeanor. Wear it with a v-neck tee for drinks on the beach or wear the blazer with dark denims for dinner – the white suit is the ultimate informal suit for formal occasions.

From left: Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna

From left: Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna

Bonus Fashion Takeaway: How the heck do I pull off Kenzo Spring Summer 2018 menswear?

When you wear to wear something stronger, be it patterns, textures or colour. The key is understanding “content ratios” – sure, dark chocolate ice-cream topped with dark chocolate flakes and chocolate sprinkles with a chocolate wafer might sound appetising but a few bites and you’d be ready to give up. Some garments look great individually, others look like overkill in tandem. You can add a fashionable edge to your ensemble without going over the edge and committing fashion suicide. I leave two Kenzo Spring Summer 2018 menswear looks here for you side by side to decide which outfit works better.

Kenzo menswear spring summer 2018

Kenzo menswear spring summer 2018


Spring Summer 2018 Menswear: About the featured brands we love

Prada menswear SS18

Comics featured prominently for Prada menswear SS18 thankfully Miuccia Prada didn’t forget to incorporate lots of classic menswear staples – topcoats and trousers in a collection of herringbone, camel and birds’ eye fabrics.

“Everything was a little bit too naive, too simple, so we thought these heavy coats would be the right counterpart. That is just fashion—because we love it.” – Prada to Vogue

Insouciance demonstrated, Prada menswear SS18 was an exhibition of mixed garments topped with cardigan, coats and shirts – layering was a key trend as was popped collars but I think only men named Eric Cantona should be allowed to use that sartorial signature with any regularity.



Dior Homme SS18

Boys reigned at Dior Homme but there was a certain prep appeal in some of the looks. As a journalist, one can appreciate the poetic muse of 70 years of Dior and a youthful collection to head line it. That said, it’s hard to re-invent the black suit with white shirt that Dior championed so early on in menswear. Kris Van Assche re-interpreted ottoman suits with a curved-in body-line while a reinvented tailcoat with panels looked visually arresting. While it remains to be seen how far those short shorts will be adopted, it’s a necessary reminder to all fitness fanatics out there that leg day should never be skipped.


Dolce & Gabbana menswear SS18

Domenico and Stefano cast a crew of second-generation famous, including Dylan Brosnan, Brandon Lee, Tyler Clinton (yes, related to those Clintons), Myles O’Neal, Roberto Rossellini and Tuki Brando (yes, a descendant of Marlon); throw in a couple of Stallones and you got an alchemic concoction of social media winning – Save for scattered crowns, an understandable accessory given the playing card King motif, Dolce & Gabbana menswear is something I rarely find fault with. Slim fits, well-cut tailoring, daring experimentation with double-breasted cropped bomber jackets in black or olive; Dolce & Gabbana menswear is cocktail ready (thanks to judicious use of shawl collars and jacquard textures) – it’s fashion ready for classic gents looking to walk a little on the wild side.


Kenzo menswear SS18

Suit jackets with stacked pockets – a distinctive play on the old school ticket pocket of classic Savile Row suiting and a return to high-waist belted pants which conjure the Mad-Men era of the 70s with 50s baseball uniforms, you get a wide breadth of looks to experiment with without leaving the threshold of classic men’s style you’re utterly familiar with.

Versace menswear SS18

Donatella Versace re-interpreted Gianni’s iconic chalk-stripe suits and short suits without turning Versace menswear spring summer 2018 into a retrospective for the brand.




3 Hottest Prints Trends: Spring/Summer 2017

Prints dominated the Spring/Summer 2017 collections and this trend is set to be big for the upcoming season. Ranging from retro to masculine, pop art and even minimalist chic, we take a look at three of the hottest print trends this season.

Retro ChicRetro prints have a 1970s vibe at Chloé. © BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

From Isabel Marant to Chloé (main picture), Dries Van Noten, Michael Kors and even Prada, the retro vibe was out in in full force. Embracing the 70s effect, designers featured prints in the form of large flowers, big bright blooms as well as diamond and check prints. Shown in head to toe looks, the retro prints are set to make a comeback — talk about a blast from the past.

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Lanvin, Paul Ka, Chanel, Fendi (above) and Nina Ricci are keeping last season’s trend of stripes. Inpinstripes, widebands, horizontal and vertical, the pattern was seen on oversized shorts, dresses, overcoats, pants and coats. Another geometric print seen, was polka dots. In classic shades, the pattern was seen in collections for the likes of Dior. Patchwork also made a comeback on the runways with designers such as Marc Jacobs. Sporting bohemian and romantic discreet form of patchworking along with a 1990s version, the pattern proved to still be a hit after more than one season. Ellie Saab, on the other hand, went big on stars, embroidered or printed all over sumptuous dresses for an out-of-this-world look.

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Printed letters, numbers, logos, large motifs, quotes and slogans land as wearable messages this season as seen on Gucci (above). While Dolce & Gabbana is clearly a master of the genre, it isn’t the only label playing the game. The current craze for streetwear is buoying the trend, with potential buyers passing all kinds of messages from designers to the public at large. It’s a trend that’s fun, practical and light-hearted, and very much in line with the spirit of the season.

Hailey Baldwin: Rising Catwalk Star

With millions of social media followers, you could be forgiven for thinking Hailey Baldwin an established top model but she only really sprang to prominence two years ago. We typically celebrate her work with Elie Saab (above) and Dolce & Gabbana (bottom) but her rise is really down to Guesswork. After signing up the American ‘it girl’ for previous seasons, the Guess label once again selected Hailey Baldwin as the star of its 2016 campaigns, this time for Guess Jeans and Guess Holiday. Here’s a look at the rise to fame of this “celebrity daughter,” who, despite proving popular on social media, still has everything to prove in the world of striking a pose and not smiling for professional reasons.

Hailey Baldwin, who soon celebrates her 20th birthday, has all it takes to become one of the most prominent models in the business over the coming years. Then again, the young woman started her career with something of a head start. As well as having Kennya Baldwin and actor and producer Stephen Baldwin as parents, she also has Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger’s daughter, Ireland Baldwin, as a cousin. In other words, the upcoming star is already familiar with the ins and outs of fame, as well as the world of modeling.

A New Generation Model

Mastering her communication perfectly, Hailey Baldwin is a popular figure on social media, with no less than 887,000 Twitter followers and more than 7.8 million followers on Instagram. She’s also close friends with some of the hottest models of the moment, regularly posting photos of herself showing off her dream figure alongside Joan Smalls, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Jaden Smith.

However, Hailey Baldwin’s modeling career only really began two years ago, notably with a first lookbook for French Connection in August 2014, then a runway appearance for Topshop one month later.

Elie Saab and Dolce & Gabbana

Since then, her career has really taken off. At the last round of fashion weeks, presenting spring/summer 2017 collections, Justin Bieber’s ex-girlfriend starred in catwalk shows for Prabal Gurung, Jeremy Scott, Tory Burch and Julien Macdonald, as well as Dolce & Gabbana and Elie Saab, two fashion houses very much in the spotlight at the last round of shows. It seems that the only way is up for Hailey Baldwin, who’s likely to build on this impressive track record next season.

The young model has starred in her fair share of campaigns too, already catching the eye of a host of brands and designers. Karl Lagerfeld signed her up for the fall/winter 2016 season, for example, as did Tommy Hilfiger for its Hilfiger Denim collection, plus Ugg, Guess and Ralph Lauren for the Denim & Supply range.

The it girl will no doubt continue to build on this success – with two new Guess campaigns (Jeans and Holiday) already in the bag – and confirm her rising star status at the next set of fashion weeks.

Hailey Baldwin: Rising Catwalk Star

Dolce & Gabbana picked Hailey Baldwin (bottom right) to star in its spring/summer 2017 catwalk show. © ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

Patterns Galore SS17: Ready-to-Wear Runway Trends

Patterns Galore SS17: Ready-to-Wear Runway Trends

The Spring/Summer 2017 ready-to-wear shows have finally wrapped up, and it is time to examine the key trends as seen on the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris for the upcoming season. One thing is for certain – when it comes to pattern, it is time to be bold.

There were sequins everywhere across all four cities, as cheerful designers who had obviously all been listening to the same disco studio playlist unveiled their collections. In New York, Marc Jacobs sent models down the runway in glittery mini dresses and sparkly jackets (above) while Ralph Lauren went for a luxe vibe with slinky, clingy evening gowns that caught the light. Versus Versace shimmered through London in metallic skirts and Dolce & Gabbana doused everything, from full-length coats to hot pants, in spangle in Milan. Paris was a veritable hothouse of glitter, with Elie Saab, Nina Ricci and Kenzo just a handful of the labels to indulge their festive sides.

Patterns Galore SS17: Ready-to-Wear Runway Trends

Sequins at Dolce & Gabbana. © ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

The sequin was often – but not always – accompanied by a stripe. The flattering concept appeared at Victoria Beckham and Phillip Lim in New York, where the vibe was sophisticated and laid-back, with Beckham using the technique to add depth and texture to her pieces. Burberry toyed with the idea in London and Gucci, Fendi and Missoni all made lines, whether vertical or horizontal, a priority in Milan. Gallic motifs also featured heavily in Paris, thanks to the classic French houses such as stripes Lanvin, Chloe, Courreges, Sonia Rykiel and John Galliano.

Patterns Galore SS17: Ready-to-Wear Runway Trends

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Unsurprisingly, there were florals blooming all over the spring catwalks, with hordes of designers channelling their optimism into sartorial blossoms. Dolce & Gabbana led the way with loud, colorful prints, followed by the Italian heavy hitters such as Prada, Fendi and Giorgio Armani. Paul Smith’s pretty collection was garden party heaven and Phillip Lim took an elegant, ladylike approach to the look, while Michael Kors’ spin on things was flirty yet demure. Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton’s approach was softer, focusing on a delicate and romantic collection of whimsical dresses inspired by the wilderness.

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Florals at Michael Kors. © Javier Velazquez/ Michael Kors

Etro does stripes - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI

5 Highlights from Milan Fashion Week SS17

Spring/summer 2017 of Milan Fashion Week bridged subtle sentiments and exuberant opulence. Even though eyes will be on Paris now, some offerings were just simply unforgettable. Here, we recap five highlights of the Milan presentations.

Frills for days

Like many labels showing collections in Milan, Diesel Black Gold brought frills to its spring/summer 2017 line. © ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

Just like New York and London, frills were the trend-of-the-moment at Milan Fashion Week. It brings a display of flamboyance with a side of sensuality. Gucci’s interpretation was adorned with golden embellishment, while Blugirl and Diesel Black Gold (above) incorporated frills on their dresses.

Prints plethora

Prints on the Dolce & Gabbana runway - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI

No matter the shape and size, prints and patterns are here for the season. Florals in spring may not be groundbreaking, but it is a perfect match – as demonstrated by Blumarine and Roberto Cavalli. Other designers also played with varieties of stripes (Etro, Cristiano Burani, Fendi), spots (Anteprima), geometrics (Versace, Byblos Milano), ethnic prints, and abstract patterns (Giorgio Armani). Dolce & Gabbana (above) stood out with Italy-inspired prints. 

Diverse array of dresses

A long dress by Blumarine - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Dresses were all the rage at the Milan shows. Some were cut short, like at Francesco Scognamiglio, Fendi, Giorgio Armani and Giamba. Longer iterations carrying a bohemian and romantic vibe were seen at Blumarine (above), Gucci, and Etro. Meanwhile, N°21, Anteprima, and Bottega Veneta opted for calf-length cuts

A sporty finish

A pleated dress by Byblos Milano - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

The trend was spotted at Fendi, Versace, Byblos Milano (above), Philipp Plein and Francesco Scognamiglio. Even though most collections were naturally feminine and elegant, designers added more color with sportswear accents. Specialist materials, zips, hoods, pockets, and sneakers were incorporated to the collections. Athletic-inspired pleated dresses were also spotted.


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The past merged with the present in conversation-worthy attire. Designers paid tribute to the 1970s with tight high-waisted hot pants and sensational prints at Prada (above), as well as Roberto Cavalli’s flared pants. Gucci in particular, fully embodied the retro spirit as it continues its current period.

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5 Fall/Winter 2016 Fashion Trends

The new season will soon be upon us and it is time to start thinking of another wardrobe update. Straight from the runways around the world, we explore the five trends that are set to be big for women’s fashion this fall. For fall/winter, the brands brought out designs such as long-length pieces with various finishes.

Chic Pleats 
Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela

The pleated skirt this summer has paved the way for pleats to be worked into long and short skirts, dresses and tops. From Maison Margiela to Diesel Black Gold, Valentino and Bottega Veneta the trend was used in various forms to highlight a sensual vibe in the designs. Over at Issey Miyake, the brand showcased two new technical procedures that boosted the fluidity of movement, creating an array of optical illusions.

Spotlight on shoulders 
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Christian Dior

The shoulders are the stars of the season, in case the off-shoulder summer trend has not given you a better hint. From asymmetrical tops and dresses to cuts that leave the shoulders entirely bare, fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Elie Saab, Mugler, Anthony Vaccarello, Ermanni Scervino and Alexander McQueen are leading the way. Other designers chose to keep shoulders covered but structured in designs that exaggerated the eighties styles such as Saint Laurent and Jacquemus.

Silky soft fur 
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Moncler Gamme Rouge

Where some brands are steering clear of fur, others chose to showcase the material in various colors this season. From brightly colored, autumnal and sophisticated white, fur was a favorite for several designers. Labels such as Moncler Gamme Rouge featured it on collars, coats, skirts and even hats making it the pride and joy of the collection. At Paul & Joe as well as Valentino, fur was seen in multi-colored pastel shades while Saint Laurent saw the material in bright red. Over at Chloé, fur was featured in electric blue while Fendi simply embraced fur in its designs as always.

Sheer, floaty fabrics
Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

The springtime vibe was seen in dresses that were lighter and floatier, becoming almost transparent. This season’s gowns are a simple veil, with super-fine fabrics, sheers, embroidery and netting hinting at the female form for a sensual rather than sexy effect. This trend was seen at Sonia Rykiel, Giambattista Valli, Valentino, Andrew GN, Chalayan, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander Wang. The season’s hottest look sees a very lightweight dress worn with a long, heavy coat.

Prints go wild
Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

They never really left the building so it is no surprise that prints will be back in a big way this season. They’ll be seen in touches here and there, like Kenzo’s tiger-print collars, as well as in full-on animal-print ensembles. In the fashion jungle, Sonia Rykiel opted for python print, Givenchy mixed python and panther motifs, and Dior went for leopard. Blumarine brought animal-print to accessories, along with Roberto Cavalli.

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Long Coats Fall/Winter 2016: Trending Now

Winter is when you can enjoy the warmth of those coats and jackets that are usually shunned. This year several designers have brought out designs that are longer than last year, now falling around the ankle. Though the trend was not embraced by all, there was a handful who made the term “the longer the better” a new motto for the season. We take a look at those who dared to bring back the style that has been languishing in the back of the wardrobe all these years.

We start with Nina Ricci who brought out coats in various fabrics such as fur and vinyl and an array of colors. In khaki, brown, plum, anthracite and gray, the coats were completed in various patterns. Another designer who chose to feature vinyl coats was Isabel Marant. The long coats were seen in red and black, as well as chunky knits and more classic pieces finished with geometric prints.

Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel

From left: Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel

Where some favored the unexpected and loud, other designers chose to feature the long coats in a more refined and sophisticated style. At Giambattista Valli the style was crafted in a way that blended seamlessly over the dresses they covered, still providing evening wear with the elegance it required. Chanel went with a more refined style, that featured a loose quilted coat, complete with a matching scarf. Over at Dolce & Gabbana, the long coat was seen in flamboyant gold. The brand went on to embrace a more feminine feel by cinching coats of all lengths with belts for a more accentuated waistline. This trend was spotted at Lanvin, with a lamé coat, and with Fendi’s fur coat.

Prada and Céline

From Left: Prada and Céline

For the more masculine designs, some fashion houses chose loose and baggy designs in both heavy and light fabrics. With the help of large shoulders, and oversized necks, the long coats such as those seen at Isabel Marant achieved the desired look. The designer chose to combine both vibes by wearing the masculine coats over feminine ensembles and vice versa. Another brand that favoured a masculine feel, was Céline with long coats that were cut loose and straight and worn with baggy pants. With Prada, the long coats were seen in khaki in a military style.

#DGLOVES Sneakers Inspired By Cities’ Icons

It is another tribute to personalization, this time with Dolce&Gabbana’s #DGLOVES sneakers. Yes, that’s only the latest product to actually feature a hashtag in its name because communication without hashtags is so last century…

Drawing inspiration from nine metropolitan cities, the limited capsule collection will feature designs sporting symbols from each city, along with a dedicated color hashtag. For example, the Hong Kong version boasts the city skyline with its iconic skyscrapers.

If you’d prefer a more generic version, there is also a pair designed specially for the global citizen, which features a globe patch and the hashtag #DGLOVESYOU instead. The sneakers are only available online, and will be launched in two months’ time. We have to wonder though if two months is too much lead time for an exclusively online sale.

Read more about the #DGLOVES sneaker collection on Men’s Folio Singapore.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: #DGLOVES Sneakers Terinspirasi Oleh Kota Ikonik

Dolce & Gabbana: Wild About Fall Beauty

We’re only midway through summer and beauty brands are already gearing up for the season ahead. If the Dolce & Gabbana “Wild About Fall” is any indication, then the new season is going to be filled with shades ranging from browns to berries and paired with hints of gold.

Much like its summer collection, the brand is taking its inspiration from Sicilian weather. The star of the collection is the Eyeshadow Quad in Enchanting Fall that brings the colors of Sicily’s autumn to life. A Brow Liner in Chestnut along with a Secret Eyes Mascara in Coffee that adds to the warmth of the collection. Those brave enough to take a walk on the wild side, there’s also Glam Liner in Wild Green as well as eyeliner called Agave in a deep olive shade.

Catering to those who prefer more sophisticated shades, is the Eyeshadow Quad in Smoky. However, the eyes are not the only features to receive some attention. Dolce & Gabbana also adds a few lip colors in warm brown shades. The Shine Lipstick in Chocolate is one that would suit those who love bold lips while the Classic Cream Lipstick in Honey is the softer nude option. For a little sparkle, the brand introduces two Sheer Shine Glosses in Desert and Shimmer.

To achieve that healthy glow on the cheeks, the collection features a blush in vivid pink called Strawberry. For a manicure worthy of the season, the collection brings out a new Nail lacquer in three shades: Raspberry, Wild Green and Ebano.

Dolce & Gabbana’s “Wild About Fall” beauty collection will launch in September.



3 Milan Runway Menswear Trends SS 17

All is fair in love, war and fashion. Milan was recently in the grip of Fashion Week as designers showcased what men could look forward to for Spring/Summer 2017. We bring you the three trends that dominated the runways of Milan.

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The men really do get it in the style stakes, thanks to Prada’s colorful collection. With the help of neon piping, lightweight parkas and rain pants, sportswear gains traction as an acceptable outfit. Following in his footsteps is Philipp Plein with a collection that took its inspiration from the all-American basketball attire with tailored leather shorts while the sharp blazers add a little formality to an otherwise laid back outfit. Another brand that trekked down the path of athleisure was Moncler. Channelling an outdoorsy theme, the brand showcased a collection that had a boy scout-themed adventurous outwear.

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Versace brought out a collection that featured lightweight materials for long parkas of semi-transparent nylon, silk shirts reimagined as zip-up blousons and silk knitwear that was tied around the waist. In a similar manner, Salvatore Ferragamo chose to explore the spirit and the attitude of a “restless adventurer”. The result was a whimsical and imaginative show case that would have made any dream come true. Dsquared2 showcased their artistic side with an androgynous glam rock collection influenced by the ‘quiet rebel’.

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Of course, Dolce & Gabbana chose to go loud with a festive inspired show complete with leopard print trousers that really was the star of the show. Marni featured prints in their collection as well, with patterned jackets and accessories. Taking a softer approach to the trend, was Missoni with their multicolored patchwork knitwear that was inspired by the country of Guatemala.

Life in Naples: Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2016

From the grit of war to the glitz of fashion, photographer Franco Pagetti has quite an impressive portfolio under his belt in terms of professional experience. It is exactly this experience that Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana intends to tap into for their Fall/Winter 2016 campaign by bringing Pagetti’s eye for detail to the streets of Naples. Staring model Bianca Balti and a host of other elegantly dressed figures, the campaign will see the fashionable set mingle with the town’s residents and other passers-by for a series of fascinating portraits on the bustling life there.


Pagetti has photographed conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other locations. His feeling for the earthiness of life, especially in the face of danger, translates into every shot taken for the campaign. There are shots, for example, that see designer-clad models dancing around busking musicians, joking and having fun along with elderly women at the marketplace, or walking bashfully and interacting with a cheering crowd. Despite this, the glamor of the fashion never takes center stage in the pictures, and instead blends effortlessly in with the city and the crowds going about their everyday life.

A statement from designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana stated: “He’s one of the best in the business thanks to his bravery, his ingenuity and his skill. He is a tough operator. He will find the right shot for sure”. Both designers have always tried to capture their love for the country in their works. The most recent example being when they recruited movie legend Sophia Loren to play the mother of five sons restoring their ancient Sicilian family property in a mini trilogy to launch the fragrance “Dolce Rosa Excelsa”.


With an extraordinary love for Naples combined with the talent of Pagetti, this campaign is a display of the best that fashion has to offer. You can check out more details at the Dolce & Gabbana website.

Summer in Italy with Dolce & Gabbana

The new makeup collection by Dolce and Gabbana is here and it brings with it a slice of Italy. The recurring motif in the brand’s new “Summer In Italy” collection is the concept of ‘carretto siciliano’, an iconic Italian folklore of medieval knights, dames and traditions along with the love of beauty.

None other than the ambience and citrus fruits of the Mediterranean inspire the bright, cheerful and sunny shades. For that sun kissed Mediterranean glow, try the Sicilian bronzer named Sunshine in a compact case with patterns of the colorful Sicilian carretto or The Blush in Orange, a soft powder formula. To highlight the cheekbones and temples is The Shimmer Powder in Star Shine, a compact powder illuminator.

Of course, the tranquil Mediterranean Sea is the source of inspiration for The Perfect Mono Eye shadow in Turquoise while the citrus fruits are behind the cool Lemon shade. The Glam Liner in Cyclamen, a bold floral pink, contrasts vibrantly with both colors. The lips are not forgotten with the Classic Cream Lipstick in shades of Orange and Cylamen, that are also perfumed with the house’s rose petal scent. Nail Lacquers in the complementary shades of Turquoise, Lemon, Orange and Cyclamen complete the youthful and flirtatious collection.

6 Runway Accessory Trends Maximizing Impact

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Story Credits

Text by Jeffrey Yan

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore. 

Interview: Sang Woo Kim

A sense of purpose plays a crucial role in helping an outsider settle into a foreign environment. Think of a youngster, a second generation South Korean living in London, modeling for British luxury house Burberry. It was obviously designed, at least in part, to be scorned by your average fashion devotee. Yves Saint Laurent who once quantified that “a good model can advance fashion by ten years.”  That same sort of dynamic applies in the case of Sang Woo Kim, where fashion works like a frivolous panacea for the well-being of creative types.

The observant are likewise mindful that Diesel’s recent Spring/Summer campaign doesn’t just feature a pursed-lips Joe Jonas and model Trevor Signorino. It also stars the South Korea-born Sang, who has become an unconventional poster boy for forward-thinking labels, thanks to his unique Asian features.


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A better question: why are labels like Kenzo, DKNY, Vivienne Westwood and Dolce & Gabbana giving shine to an outlier like Sang? The hip factor of how progenies of the Asian diaspora have integrated themselves has clearly leveled the playing field.

Growing up in London after his parents emigrated when he was still a toddler, Sang’s career began on the front-lines: he joined Prada as a public relations intern in South Korea. Working in this position quickly dispelled any idealized notion of glitz and glamour.  He realized that to make it in the industry involved lots of hard work, and a commitment to professionalism on a daily basis.


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It also got him noticed. Evidently, the 22-year-old doesn’t look like the typical runway model, even by Asian standards. Yes, he’s tall and lanky. And his lack of muscle definition renders him the perfect muse to self-classified avant garde designers. But his resting expression is that of a perpetual annoyance that looks like the physical manifestation of a fisheye app replete with caricature-like single-eyelids and impossibly defined cheekbones.

Here is a pensive young man with slicked back hair who spends balmy days studying at Central Saint Martins (CSM). He excelled at painting and still considers himself, first and foremost, an artist by refusing to be pigeon-holed as a human mannequin. The Goldsmith Fine Art student channels his inner-being onto canvas using colors, giving expression to his personality. It took a while to rediscover his schoolboy skills but Sang enjoys every moment, taking advantage of his new lifestyle and contacts to showcase his other portfolio. And part of the reason he acts the way he does – the attitude, the nose ring – is to exasperate the haters. If no one is going to give you a hard time, then why bother.


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“Although I’ve always been seen as ‘different’, I never felt different,” he says, gesturing emotively like he usually does, while his words are ironically laced with self-depreciating Brit charm. It is equal parts nature-versus-nurture, and equal parts millennial self-assuredness. Indeed, he has a distinctive face, to say the least, and it was an X Factor that got him one a foot into the door of London’s Select Model Management. “I have to thank my parents for the way I look,” he jokes, mentioning that his father returned to South Korea when Sang was a teenager due to work commitments.

There are some who are unconvinced, and he shrugs off the occasional racism on what is now his home turf of Hampton as something that comes with the territory. And he feels it’s kind of the point. “The best thing about being at university was that students would mingle freely and converse without any preconceived prejudice,” he explains. “We had absolute freedom to express ourselves creatively.”


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When he travels, you can add cross-culture cacophony, considerable jet-lag, and advanced dehydration to the formula. As he moves from one “adventure” (a word that he uses often) to another, he gets caught up in the flow of meeting new people and new experiences.

Evidently, where others would quail with apprehension or throw up their hands in despair when segregated as a minority, Sang sees the challenges as good opportunities to learn and grow, and to emerge a self-actualized individual who isn’t about to be blatantly demographed and rejected as a matter of principle.

What prompted your start in modelling?

I studied at Central Saint Martins (CSM) and many of the fashion students were friends who asked if I could be a model for their projects and assignments. Normally, they’ll buy me coffee or lunch as ‘repayment’, which I gleefully accepted! This became a regular occurrence and a friend of mine, who was a photographer, urged me to walk into a modeling agency. Everything else happened quite naturally right after.


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You have very unique facial features? Do you think they will affect your career in fashion in the long run?

I’ve lived in London since I was six months old when my parents migrated to London from South Korea. Naturally, I was an ethnic minority and looked different to most of my friends and peers, but college was a creative hub where people strived to be different. I do not know what the future holds, but there were never any expectations of what I needed to achieve at such a young age. Hence, my only concern is living in the present. This is the very same mindset when I got my start and it has served me well.

Growing up in London, did it help with being connected to the scene?

Being able to converse and maintain relationships with right people has been important. It wasn’t done intentionally because the individuals that I’ve maintained relationships with are my genuinely friends, regardless of whether they are in the fashion industry or not. The only advice for any aspiring model is just to be true to yourself. Also, treat people with respect and do not take anything for granted. Every opportunity is a blessing in disguise. It’s the experience and journey that matters.

How did your love of painting come about?

To be honest, I’ve loved painting ever since I can remember. It’s always been a part of my life so I cannot imagine living without it. Modeling is hardly my lifelong goal as I’ve always wanted to be an artist who thrives in difference disciplines such as drawing and photography. I’m just luckily that fashion modeling came about without me having to think about it. The fact that it blew up into something bigger than I can ever imagine is a plus. The challenge in the future is to achieve similar success as an artist, which will be challenging and exciting in equal measures.


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Art and fashion seems to influence one another, if you have the option work on a project combining the both, what would it be?

I would love to work and collaborate with my university mates. It is so refreshing and exciting to see them branching into the industry and working in the same field in different capacities. I would love to create an ecosystem for all of us to be able to work and collaborate constantly on different projects.

You are one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion world. Was it hard getting to where you are? Is there pressure to keep evolving?

I like to believe that I don’t view myself as how the ‘fashion world’ sees me. For sure, I am very fortunate and appreciate of the blessings and opportunities that came my way. Have I actually accomplished anything? It’s debatable. There are clearly more important things in life than what I’m doing. It gets difficult when people see you differently. I guess that has always been the struggle because when your physical identity is constantly on display, yet the voyeurs don’t actually know you, there will be preconceptions of what you’re like as a person. I don’t feel any unhappiness as a result of this, simply because they have no right to judge me. I don’t need to conform to what society tells me to do. I’ll be perfectly contented if it all ends tomorrow as I’ll be on the lookout for my next adventure.


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The shelf life for a model is relatively short, have you considered what you want to do after? 

I feel that there will not be an ‘after’. The modeling happened incidentally while I was living life the only way I knew how. As I said, it’s about what happens now and not dwelling on the past or overthinking about the future. The present is literally a gift. It’s the only time when I know that I’m alive in this world, and that’s important to me.

What does your family think of your prissier vocation?

They are happy that I am living the life that I wanted. I don’t really know (or want to know) what they actually think of my job per se. As long as they are happy and they know that I’m happy, that’s all that counts. I would say they are ‘proud’ of the fact that I’m earning my keep in this manner, because I look just like them [laughs].

Story Credits
Text by Jason Kwong
Photography by Nil Hoppenot/Silver Lake Photography
Styling by Steven Doan/Wilhelmina One
Fashion Direction by Titien Wang

This article was originally published in Men’s Folio