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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.

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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

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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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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

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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

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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.

Retro-grade

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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 
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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
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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
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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

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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.

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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”.

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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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Dolce & Gabbana cotton T-shirt, cotton pants, woven belt

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

7 Key Beauty Looks from SS16/17 Runways

With the start of a new fashion season, come new beauty trends. Here, our friends from L’Officiel Singapore help us dissect the predominant styles from the Spring/Summer 2016 runways and incorporate them into our routine.

Blush Up There
Olympia Le Tan

Olympia Le Tan

Blushers are nice when they’re applied on the cheeks, where they belong. But once in a while, it would also be pretty funky to apply it directly under the eyes, like how Olympia Le-Tan did in her Spring/Summer 2016 runway. Geisha feels were in abundance.

Clockwise from left: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Brush in Radiant Magenta; Bobbi Brown Blush in Pastel Pink; NARS The Multiple in Maui Middle: Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop

Clockwise from left: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Brush in Radiant Magenta; Bobbi Brown Blush in Pastel Pink; NARS The Multiple in Maui
Middle: Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop

Dusty Saccharine
Veronique Leroy

Veronique Leroy

Pastels seem to go hand in hand during spring, and it’s no different this time around. Dior stunned with a dreamy interpretation of shades, found in their multi-colored pastel organza dress, and even took the boxy jacket and made it girly with a pastel twist to it. Over to Veronique Leroy, not only did we see pastel hues in their outfits, but also a wash of neutral purple over the eyes.

Clockwise from Left: Shu Umera Drawing Crayon in P Soft Orange and P Purple; Shu Umera Pressed Eye Shadow in Pastel Pink; Butter London Nail Lacquer in Fiver; Moonshot Cream Paint in #202; Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Eye Colour Solo in #303

Clockwise from Left: Shu Umera Drawing Crayon in P Soft Orange and P Purple; Shu Umera Pressed Eye Shadow in Pastel Pink; Butter London Nail Lacquer in Fiver; Moonshot Cream Paint in #202; Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Eye Colour Solo in #303

Electric Brights
Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake

Vivid splashes of color were evident on the Spring/Summer 2016 runways, from the ink splattered side-eye makeup seen on Issey Miyake, to the bold, paint-streaks of eye makeup seen on Vivienne Westwood. Maison Margiela was part of the pack too, showing off bright hues of eye makeup on his runway. Incorporate vivid colours into your makeup, whether it’s on your eyes or lips, or subtly like on your nails.

Clockwise from left: Burberry Nail Polish in Sage Green; Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Pacific Green and Purple Choc; NARS Nail Polish in Night Out; Moonshot Cream paint in #104

Clockwise from left: Burberry Nail Polish in Sage Green; Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Pacific Green and Purple Choc; NARS Nail Polish in Night Out; Moonshot Cream paint in #104

Nothing to Hide
Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

While “barely-there makeup” has always been a hit on the runways, designers are taking it one step further this season by making their models wear zero makeup. All that is needed is a complete skincare regime, and basically, flawless skin. Take a cue from Victoria Beckham and Isabel Marant for that completely barefaced beauty amplified with a good moisturiser.

Clockwise from left: M.A.C Lightful C Marine Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturiser; Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème; Moonshot Mist Essence Moist; Shiseido White Lucent Microtargeting Spot Corrector Middle: Shu Umera Skin Perfector

Clockwise from left: M.A.C Lightful C Marine Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturiser; Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème; Moonshot Mist Essence Moist; Shiseido White Lucent Microtargeting Spot Corrector
Middle: Shu Umera Skin Perfector

Hair Décor
Rodarte

Rodarte

Hair accessorising is an easy, fuss-free way to look polished, not to mention change your style in an instant. Take Diane von Furstenberg, for example – the big, floral hair accessories exuded the bohemian vibe, whilst Lanvin’s simple ribbon fasteners added a touch of elegance to the updos. Rodarte’s steel floral barrettes had a Roman goddess vibe to it, and Saint Laurent absolutely nailed down the rock princess attitude with its tiaras.

Clockwise from left: Chanel headband; Miu Miu headband; Jennifer Behr at Net-a-Porter hair clip; Gucci headband Middle: Dolce & Gabbana headphones

Clockwise from left: Chanel headband; Miu Miu headband; Jennifer Behr at Net-a-Porter hair clip; Gucci headband
Middle: Dolce & Gabbana headphones

Tuck’em In
Dior

Dior

How do you look instantly chic and keep your mane looking good when the wind hits? When you tuck your hair into your chokers. Christopher Kane brought a new kind of cool to your neck pieces with cable ties, while Dior stuck to its romanticism with a mix of floral, mesh and bijoux, and Mary Katrantzou kept it simple with a single black band.

Tightly Braided
Valentino

Valentino

Braids were also seen in quite a few shows, though not in the romantic, girly kind of way you’d imagine. This season’s braids are tight and tough as seen at Céline and Proenza Schouler. However, they’ve also been given a soft twist with the cornrow treatment, like how Valentino did it. Our tip to keep those tight plaits looking sleek? Put on the right hair repair products.

Clockwise from left: Sachajuan Hair Repair; Percy & Reed Wonder Prime Light; Kératase Elixr Ultime; Alterna Caviar Repair Fill & Fix Treatment Masque; Redken Friz Dismiss Rebel Tame Serum

Clockwise from left: Sachajuan Hair Repair; Percy & Reed Wonder Prime Light; Kératase Elixr Ultime; Alterna Caviar Repair Fill & Fix Treatment Masque; Redken Friz Dismiss Rebel Tame Serum

Story Credits

Text by Pohnee Chin

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.

Fashion Week: 9 Models in the Spotlight

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

Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid

Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid

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

Edie Campbell

Edie Campbell

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

Mica Arganaraz

Mica Arganaraz

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

Lineisy Montero

Lineisy Montero

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

Paulina Frankowska

Paulina Frankowska

Milan Fashion Week: 4 Memorable Looks

The curtain came down on Milan Fashion Week earlier this week, giving us no breathing room before the scene shifted to Paris. Nevertheless, we must revisit the runways of Italy and that is exactly what we managed to do, while piecing together our Academy Awards coverage. Here then are four labels who caught everyone’s attention in Milan. They certainly caught our eye here, against the backdrop of the Italian city known for its style.

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All sorts of funky and chic, Karl Lagerfeld injected lots of color into the fur filled collection for Fall/Winter. With Kendall Jenner opening the show for the brand, we were treated to some thigh-high boots not only in numerous shades but also in materials so supple that they looked more like wrinkled woolly tights.

 

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The duo upped the ante and the glitter for the fairy tale themed collection. From the invites to the décor (witness Cinderella’s bed on stage), they would have made any fairy godmother jealous. Closing their princess parade was a shimmering squadron of models who sashayed out in mini-dresses.

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While D&G were all sunshine and roses, Armani went in the opposite direction. Both Emporio and Giorgio Armani collections saw black dominating the show. The suit-based collection saw the Milanese maestro incorporate his favorite material, velvet.

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With news of dwindling fortunes and no revival in sight, the brand needed this collection to be a hit. The show saw models walk down the runway with bundles of over-sized gold keys, intending to signify that these were women with responsibilities.

10 Trends for Spring/Summer 2016

With winter winding down and spring making its way to us, it is time to think about switching out the winter wear for lighter looks. We revisit 10 of the biggest trends from the ready-to-wear collections on the runways to make things a little easier as you do a wardrobe cleanse for the new season. If you are in a more tropical region, Spring/Summer 2016 looks might work the whole year through and you might have already started.

Leather

One material from winter that will live on into spring is leather. From skirts to dresses, jackets and even tops, leather will be cropping up in an array of colors. Brands such as Burberry Prorsum, Each & Other and Vionnet sported biker jackets while Trussardi showcased a yellow leather dress. Keeping up the trend of colorful leather, was Barbara Bui who rocked leather trousers in both black and pink.

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Sheer Sensuality

Subtle sheer fabrics were another major trend to be seen for spring/summer 2016. Soft and sensual fabrics dominated at Givenchy where only certain parts of the body were shown. Similarly, Nina Ricci, Missioni and Akris sent models down the ramp essentially topless save for dark and sheer veils.

Missoni

Missoni

Color Kaleidoscope

There is no single stand-out color trend for this season. Brands brought a wide range of shades to the SS16 catwalks, from vivid hues (candy pink at Emporio Armani and almost fluorescent colors at Polo Ralph Lauren) to pastel shades, which were popular with almost all labels. Autumnal tones were spotted too, with camel and gray at Daks, as well as black and white combos at DKNY, Costume National, Margiela, Carven and Balenciaga. However, one noticeably popular color for the season is silver, with Iceberg, Jeremy Scott, Loewe and Iris Van Herpen showing this metallic shade in matte or iridescent versions.

Loewe

Loewe

Spring Stripes

While some labels rocked sailor chic – an ideal look for spring/summer – most opted for multi-colored stripes in sometimes psychedelic combinations. Whether vertical or horizontal, wide or super-fine, stripes of all kinds were seen on summer dresses, skirts, tops and pants in catwalk collections from the likes of Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dolce & Gabbana. Max Mara splashed stripes in yellow and white, Rochas went for oversized bands and Issey Miyake turned lines into waves.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Pop Prints, Quirky Patterns

Designers brought cartoons, drawings, pop prints and quirky slogans to the most feminine of ensembles this season. Jeremy Scott stamped garments with huge cartoon faces, while Lanvin rocked handbag and stiletto motifs and Giamba (Giambattista Valli) used a cheeky lipstick print. This trend offers a contrasting alternative with the season’s sensual and chic ensembles.

Lanvin

Lanvin

Boho-Chic

Womenswear also gets a stylish yet romantic, carefree and bohemian vibe this season, with jumpsuits, skirts and dresses with long, floaty cuts, in light shades or powdery pastels. This look was seen at Chloé, Paul & Joe and Giambattista Valli but in a fairly minor way. Tommy Hilfiger takes things further, matching boho looks with beanie hats, trainers and sunglasses with colored lenses.

Chloé

Chloé

Festival of Fringing

Last year’s fringing will be back in a big way for spring/summer 2016, with summer festivals offering strong inspiration for clothing and accessories. Key pieces will be finished in leather and, in particular, suede. MSGM, Roberto Cavalli, Carven, Balmain and Barbara Bui all brought fringes to various items in their womenswear collections. Balenciaga stood out from the crowd with fringed handbags.

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Pajama Party

Last season’s pajama trend is even hotter for SS16. Dolce & Gabbana showed off pajama suits with characteristically big flower prints. Blumarine also used flowers as a more discreet addition to its oversized pajamas. Paco Rabanne opted for a lingerie-inspired look, rocking underwear as outerwear with a sportswear feel.

Blumarine

Blumarine

Military Detail

Although less present on the spring/summer runways than for autumn/winter 2015, military detail will continue as a trend for spring. As well as details such as chains and double-breasted cuts, the military look brings khaki shades to this season’s collections, with army greens seen at Rochas, Guy Laroche and Chalayan. Note, however, that camouflage is nowhere to be seen this season.

Chalayan

Chalayan

Short Styles

While skirts keep legs at least partially covered this season, shorts are sure to show them off. Several versions are in line for SS16, with loose-cut shorts and mini shorts at Giorgio Armani or frayed cut-offs at Alexander Wang. Paul & Joe kept things casual with laid-back denim shorts.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Best Dressed at the Golden Globes 2016

Hollywood’s top stars were armored in glamour January 10 as they dazzled the Golden Globes red carpet with lots of attitude. Guess who rocked the necklace shown above? Anyway, we saw plenty to admire in terms of strapless wonders (Emmy Rossum in Armani with a Van Cleef & Arpels necklace, who has already won the Internet), amazing jewelry (Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez and Julianne Moore are in a three-way tie for the win), unbeatable accessories that cannot be bought (mostly abs courtesy of Brie Larson and Kate Hudson, and Moore’s escort, Tom Ford) and properly impressive gowns (Lady Gaga, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rooney Mara).

Here are our selections, with images via the AFP and Chopard (we are still waiting for a suitable image of Rossum), of the best-in-show for 2016. We shall see if any of these looks will make into the “Best-Of” lists for 2016…

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Kate Bosworth shone at this 73rd ceremony in a pink-and-silver sequinned number from Dolce & Gabbana.

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Emilia Clarke – The Game of Thrones actress channeled her fictional alter-ego with this vampy black floor-length gown and sheer-cape combo from Valentino.

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Lady Gaga – The American singer channeled retro chic on the red carpet at this year’s Golden Globes, with a long gown by Atelier Versace falling perfectly across her shoulders.

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Kate Hudson – Here is where a fitness regime really pays off. Hudson showed off her washboard abs in a glitzy nude ensemble by Michael Kors Collection. Aside from her abs, which is really what this look is about, the choker brings the whole thing together and is also from Michael Kors.

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Jennifer Lawrence – The scintillating Chopard necklace amplifies the J-Law’s Joy. At this year’s ceremony, she shone in a magnificent, red Christian Dior Couture gown with perfectly placed cutaways.

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Jennifer Lopez – The diva Latina wowed the red carpet in a flowing canary-yellow gown by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture. Apparently, that lovely necklace is by none other than Harry Winston. Oh yes and we love how the guy in the background seems so concerned about J-Lo’s train…

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Rooney Mara – The American actress took to the red carpet in a beaded, floor-length number from Alexander McQueen, in a nude hue almost matching her skin tone.

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Julianne Moore – With nothing to envy of her up-and-coming counterparts, Moore sparkled on the red carpet in this midnight-blue sequin-covered number by Tom Ford, with jewelry by Chopard. She was also accompanied by Ford himself, which gives her possibly the best arm candy at the show.

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Jada Pinkett Smith – With subtly revealed shoulders and a thigh-high split showing matching heels, Will Smith’s other half looked stunning in an emerald-green number by Atelier Versace.

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Jenna Dewan Tatum – Channing Tatum’s actress wife stunned the crowds at the 73rd Golden Globes in a Zuhair Murad Couture midnight-blue ball gown with delicate silver detail.

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Alicia Vikander – The Swedish actress looked ethereal in this delicate white dress from Louis Vuitton, proving that ruffles can be worn properly after all.

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Kate Winslet – The British actress, winner of “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in Steve Jobs, kept things simple but stylish in a long Ralph Lauren Collection gown with a subtle split.

Dolce & Gabbana Headline Muslim Fashion Makeover

We first noticed this development on our social media feeds and we think it deserves consideration, especially in Asia. Dolce & Gabbana, never a fashion house to shy away from bold statements, claimed the first fashion headline story of the year this week with its launch of a collection of hijabs and abayas. It will surely spark question about inclusiveness in fashion as well as perhaps cultural appropriation.

The ‘Abaya Collection’, aimed at clients in the Middle East, features the Italian house’s signature loud prints, centered around daisies and polka dots that contrast starkly against a black background. Lace-trimmed hemlines, cut-out overlays and a dash of jeweled embellishment ensure that the lightweight pieces radiate glamour while remaining conservative in structure.

Stefano Gabbana unveiled the collection on Instagram, where it can be seen styled with the house’s blinged-up accessories to consolidate its fashion gravitas.

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The news signals a change of direction for Dolce & Gabbana, which is known for its loud, lusty and occasionally exhibitionist approach to fashion but the house is not the only one to have woken up to the needs of the booming Muslim market recently.

In 2014, DKNY unveiled a surprise capsule collection in the Middle East, timed to coincide with the pre-Ramadan spending spree, featuring conservative trousers, separates and dresses. Fellow US label Tommy Hilfiger followed suit in June 2015 with a limited-edition selection of cute party dresses for girls and full-length, long-sleeved dresses and flowing maxi skirts for women in soft shades of white, black and teal. Not to be outdone, luxury site Net-a-Porter.com also got on board with its own ‘Ramadan Edit’ in a direct attempt to target Muslim shoppers.

Dolce & Gabbana’s collection is less cynical in its timing, and the news is being heralded as the label’s smartest business move for some time. As Muslim fashion figures are gaining influence by becoming increasingly integrated into the industry – last July Uniqlo teamed up with teen blogger Hana Tajima on an Islam-appropriate fashion line and in September H&M released its first-ever ad featuring hijab-wearing Muslim model Mariah Idrissi – it is clear that the worlds of Western and Middle Eastern style are beginning to find middle ground. Dolce & Gabbana’s move will surely catalyze the movement. So could 2016 be the year that fashion finally begins to cater for all?

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Sophia Loren stars in Dolce & Gabbana lipstick campaign

Sophia Loren

Beauty icon Sophia Loren has her very own lip color thanks to a recent tribute from  called, Sophia Loren N°1.

The Italian actress stars in the accompanying ad campaign where she poses in a lace dress and Dolce & Gabbana jewelry. The Sophia Loren N°1 is a bright cherry red lipstick which was created with Loren’s help.

The designers paid tribute to their inspiration in a statement, declaring “Sophia Loren N°1 is our way of saying ‘Thank you, Sophia!’. Thank you for her beauty, thank you for being a world favorite, thank you for being an icon of the big screen and of Italian beauty. ‘”

The shade launches today at selected retailers for $37.

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