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Valentine’s day gift ideas: Accessories for him and her from Louis Vuitton, Dunhill and more

Valentine’s Day is one of the many days of the year that draws for jeers and cheers around the world. While there are those who believe that cupid simply aims his arrow to drum up sales of chocolates, flowers, romantic gifts and even luxurious getaways, there are others who embrace it with arms wide open. As hopeless romantics, we believe that the day can help those not used to wearing their heart on their sleeves show their true emotions. We help you pick out Valentine’s Day gifts for that special him or her in your life because, as a wise Ronan Keating once said, sometimes you say it best when you say nothing at all.

For Her

Louis Vuitton Bracelets Idylle Twist

Forget about a bouquet of flowers or even a single rose this Valentine’s. Go with an everlasting floral dedication with the Idylle Twist bracelet from the luxury French brand. Featuring the iconic Louis Vuitton monogrammed flowers in three variations, it now joins our ever-growing wish list of accessories to have. The monogrammed flowers are seen free, enclosed in a circle or diamond and are available in pink, white or yellow gold. What makes it so special is that the Idylle Twist bracelet is highly flexible and is easy to slip on. We suggest wearing more than one of these to combine the varying shades of gold — why stop at one when these serve as a perfect substitute to a dozen roses?

Saint Laurent Opyum Shoes

If she happens to be a lover of fashion and shoes in particular, then this may be the perfect gift to have her head over heels (pun intended). Straight from Saint Laurent’s spring 2017 collection, the Opyum shoes are said to be a signature piece for the brand. Designed by Anthony Vaccarello, the 4.3-inch shoes in black patent leather are sure to make a statement with the YSL Cassandre logo incorporated into the heel.

For Him

Dunhill Sentryman Pen

Writing instruments have long been an accessory reserved for gentlemen and Dunhill has checked all the boxes with the new Sentryman Pen additions. Only 15 of these limited edition creations have been made so it would be wise to get your hands on them while you still can. Numbered and fitted with a London assay mark that can be found engraved at the base of the cap, the pen carries all the hallmarks of Dunhill’s refined style. The Guilloche top adds to the look of the pen along with the Grade 1, 0.06-carat crown cut diamond on the top of the lid. The pens come in Navy Resin and pink gold-plating and well as Barley Navy resin in Ballpoint or Rollerball.

Berluti Nino GM 

Straight from the brand’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, the clutch is just the right accessory for the man who loves the leather creations by Berluti. The perfect balance of style and function, the clutch features Berluti’s Venezia leather with iconic Berluti Scritto design in Tobacco bis. The Nino Gm is available in meteorite and coral.

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Louis Vuitton at Ngee Ann City, Singapore: A new shopping experience awaits at the revamped store on Orchard Road

After 20 years at Ngee Ann City, Louis Vuitton‘s Orchard Road boutique in Singapore gets a stunning makeover to celebrate two decades of residency in the iconic shopping mall – and just in time for the festive season.

Dressed in the Maison’s signature Monogram Flower pattern that has been reinterpreted in shiny copper with a fading effect, the exterior façade features a mixed use of stone, glass and metal – materials that signifies authenticity and tradition.

louis vuitton Ngee Ann City storeInside, the look is subdued yet stately, thanks to luxurious fittings such as cerused oak with gold leaf, natural stone floors, plush furniture by Paul Evans and Helene de Saint Lager, and splendid hand-knotted carpets from Nepal.

The most noticeable feature of the new space is, in our minds, the Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta’s installation. Made of glass, wire, LED and electronics, the art installation is equipped with a motion detector, interacting with visitors when they pass. Original art pieces by Farhad Moshiri, Michael Brunn and Lonneke Gordijn lends a warm, homely touch to the swish space.

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Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta art installation

On the ground floor, you’ll first discover the uptown-chic leather goods, accessories and the new Les Parfums collection of the Louis Vuitton women’s universe, before entering the men’s universe and its collection of swanky travel luggages and accessories. Up the emblematic ribbon staircase – the centrepiece of the store – lie more women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewellery, leather accessories and travel goods.

The renovated store is now open.

Louis Vuitton Ngee Ann City branch, 391 Orchard Rd, #01-20/24 & #02-12H/J/K/L Ngee Ann City, 238872 Singapore

Design Miami Features Major Brand Collaborations

Maison Kitsuné – John Alcorn capsule collection

The only collaboration listed here that’s not being shown as part of the Design Collaborations section of the show, this capsule collection with French fashion brand Maison Kitsuné will be featured in the Market program, which presents design-driven retail. This limited-edition mini capsule collection created in partnership with Design Miami features work by the late 1960s American illustrator John Alcorn, whose illustrations are used as the fair’s identity this year. The collection will also be available at The Webster Miami, online at Maison Kitsuné and in stores in Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo and New York.

Airbnb – ‘Sobremesa’

Emerging Mexico City-based design studio Pedro&Juana is behind this exploration of shared space, whose name refers to a Mexican tradition of lingering around the table in conversation after a meal. Inspired by iconic Mexican courtyard spaces, the installation will change throughout the week to represent how people live and participate in Airbnb homes them over time. The exhibition also features a program of meals, cocktails and music.

Dean & DeLuca – ‘Stage’

The New York gourmet market and fine food retailer has partnered with architect Ole Scheeren to create a prototype of his design for a food retail concept titled Stage. The prototype features a “glowing, pristine object in polished stainless steel with the undulating topography of a bespoke, high tech display system.” Stage will operate during the fair as Design Miami’s food partner.

Dean & DeLuca's "Stage" by Ole Scheeren © Buro-OS Design Miami 2016

Dean & DeLuca’s “Stage” by Ole Scheeren
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Design Miami 2016

Fendi – ‘The Happy Room’

The luxury house is bringing an interpretation of a modular VIP room. With simple volumes and rounded shapes, the room by architect Cristina Celestino makes reference to the arch of Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome and features a contrasting play of different types of marble.

Audi – ‘The extra hour’

Luxury car brand Audi will bring a collaboration with LEGO, which takes its inspiration from the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept. Emphasizing the idea that this technology allows the user to control time, the installations features 13 numerals arranged around the vehicle to form a giant clock, with the number 25 included to symbolize the “extra hour” enabled by the driving technology.

Louis Vuitton – ‘Objets Nomades’

This installation will comprise iconic creations from the Objets Nomades furniture collection, including the
Stool by Atelier Oi, the Cocoon by the Campana Brothers, the Bell Lamp by Barber & Osgerby, the
Swing Chair by Patricia Urquiola and the Lounge Chair by Marcel Wanders. Louis Vuitton will also unveil  the Blossom Stool, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, and the Fur Cocoon by the Campana Brothers.

Design Miami, which runs alongside Art Basel Miami Beach, bills itself as a “global forum for design,” with a focus on collectible design. This year’s fair runs from November 30 through December 4.

Creating Fashion that Sells Isn’t a Sin

What is the point of high fashion these days? Is there a reason that designers still get to sit on their high horses when the most talked about brand these days is Vetements, with all its nonstop talk about “clothing people actually wear”? It’s really an issue of the industry failing to catch up with the times, which is strangely ironic considering that fashion is supposed to represent and extol the times it lives in.

In the aughts of haute couture, and really since before the time of Charles Frederick Worth (considered the progenitor of high fashion) and Marie Antoinette, what fashion represented in the zeitgeist and times was desire. Plain and simple, it was about elevating and making clothing so beautiful, flattering, and jealousy-inducing that it was a means to a social end. Fashion is so strikingly bourgeois and hierarchical today precisely because it has, for so many years, represented a certain degree of sophistication and, indeed, wealth.

Selling isn't a sin: Chanel

Chanel

So what is high fashion for today, if Chanel is no longer haughtily pronouncing items of clothing démodé and instead, planting emojis onto accessories and clothing? If a brand as vaunted and intellectual as Prada is selling bags straight off the runway, can it still maintain a cachet of luxury and intelligence without the stink of shilling products (perhaps by making customers wait for the rest of its seasonal fashion direction)?

Selling isn't a sin: Balenciaga

Balenciaga

I posit that high fashion today is returning to its core, plain and simple, all over again. It is about beautiful clothing, wonderful things people feel an urge to wear, and representing the cultural values of the times. It is why Balenciaga under Demna Gvasalia feels so… right. With its post-modern melding of old-world techniques and new-age street-wise tricks, it has been vaulted right back into the fashion consciousness – and it is worth paying attention to again. With the advertising and PR money of fashion, it sometimes becomes difficult to differentiate what’s worth the time and what’s paid for. The purest reaction, then, is clothing that can convince customers to part with money to put on their back.

Selling isn't a sin: Vetements

Vetements

The ’90s were all at once the best and worst time for intellectual fashion, but that’s gone down the drain now. Conglomeration of brands and companies meant that fashion as an art and a means to an end was becoming monetized. Think of LVMH, Kering and Prada group’s expansions at the time.

Today, LVMH’s brands are represented in a good half of all fashion magazines’ front bumper of ads. Louis Vuitton, Dior, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Fendi – even jewelry and watch brands such as Bulgari, Chaumet, Hublot, TAG Heuer, etc. Kering rounds it up with Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, etc. Where did the mavericks like Helmut Lang and Martin Margiela go?

In an environment where people simply demanded more and more clothing, it became hard for such intellectually-driven and conceptual designers to continue – never mind that the clothes they designed and created were eminently wearable and beautiful. But it was tricky, because the old shows from Prada, for instance, were such subtle exercises in decryption. Meaning was layered and veiled, and it took a trained eye and mind to pick apart what exactly Mrs Prada was saying each season. Today, a collection like its FW16 vagabond girls-on-the-run one is, while beautiful, almost obvious to interpret. In recent seasons too: fast cars and sweaty glamour, stiff Stepford wives’ tailoring, duney desert travellers. They make big political and cultural statements, but they’re plain to see.

Selling isn't a sin: Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Therein lies the problem. When fashion becomes grounds for intellectual concepts, customers get frustrated. It was famously hard for people to grasp Craig Green’s debut SS15 collection with flowing judoka quilts and banners bound to the models. But it struck a chord with the industry collective viewing the show – inspiring some tears, even. Here was a collection set against an Enya soundtrack, resplendent in creative liberty and in the luxury of time it took to craft. It was beautiful and it sold. Next season, he did a similar thing – line and silhouette were only slightly different, but there was a complete reversal in the reaction of the press. Lambasts of similarity and repetition abounded, and it became clear that the industry was on the same page as its readers’ attention spans. Never mind giving designers time to develop an idea and letting it stew, mutate, evolve and be felt out. We wanted more and more of the new.

Selling isn't a sin: Prada

Prada

So where is intellectual fashion’s place in today’s fast-paced commercial churning environment? It is a conundrum that is hard to solve. Perhaps that is why Vetements is so successful – because it makes you feel like you’re thinking and being smart about things while contributing no effort at all. Perhaps it is why Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent was such a runaway commercial success – because you didn’t have to think while wearing his clothes, you just had to partake in his vacuous vein of L.A. grungy cool. Perhaps it is why Phoebe Philo’s Céline is so influential – women don’t have to think about what they’re representing to the world because Philo’s clothing whispers refinement for them. Perhaps it is why Alessandro Michele’s Gucci is so refreshing – they’re simply fun to wear (the same, season after season) and don’t offer much by way of a political or cultural message.

I am not against any of this.

Selling isn't a sin: Jacquemus

Jacquemus

On the contrary, it is the way fashion is today, and to whine about time gone by is to be astoundingly near-sighted – rather, rear-sighted. Karl Lagerfeld has been so good for Chanel exactly because he takes to the times he lives in like a cultural sponge. There’s a respect to the historical foundations of the brand, but even more surely a perspective of today.

Selling isn't a sin: Gucci

Gucci

What I’m saying is that “commercial” isn’t necessarily a bad word. We’ve been wary of the financial beast for long enough; it’s time to be smart about it and synthesize what we know with what we want. There’s a reason designers such as Christian Lacroix went out of business despite his reign in the ’80s and ’90s in Paris: extravagance and bonanza dresses stopped becoming relevant. After sobering financial crashes, actual plane crashes and a global worldview of uncertainty, the dream was over.

Selling isn't a sin: Dries Van Nolen

Dries Van Nolen

Today, the new dream is perhaps clothes that slide right into daily life. A note: I’m not saying poorly designed and poorly made clothes with nary a thought or smarts should get a pass for being easy to buy and wear. I’m talking about fashion that has a contextual place in contemporary culture and represents a designer’s point of view. Ultimately, that’s the place of fashion: on our backs.

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Savoir Flair: 3 Brands Scoring High on Knowhow

The fast-paced world of fashion storms the world with a slew of designs each season, but what’s aesthetic ingenuity if it is not underscored by knowhow? With these words, L’Officiel Singapore won us over and we had to share the story. We are always banging on about craftsmanship and so are luxury brands, big and small, but there is a good reason for this. This article, first published in L’Officiel Singapore, looks at three luxury fashion brands whose accessories are creatively on-point and score high on craftsmanship.

Sole Searching

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The sport-luxe statement boots that stalked Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2016 runways aren’t exactly what come to mind when one mentions handmade shoes, but that’s exactly the level of quality the house devotes to its footwear collection. In Venice, Italy, a town called Fiesso d’Artico is the stomping ground of shoe manufacturing, particularly for women’s shoes. It is no coincidence that in 2009, Louis Vuitton chose to set up its shoe plant in Fiesso d’Artico as a space solely for the development and production of footwear – not just bespoke orders and the classics that form the brand’s permanent collections, but the seasonal runway shoes as well.

Just as every pair of shoes from Fiesso d’Artico requires around 200 separate steps both by hand and machine to create, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s amplified ankle boots with sneaker influences sport a marriage of traditional shoemaking savoir faire and modern technology.

Timeless Treasure

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Every established luxury brand has a signature item with an appeal that withstands the test of time. For Bottega Veneta, it’s safe to say that the Cabat has been one of its most coveted bags since its debut (it was creative director Tomas Maier’s first design in 2001). An understated classic tote, it’s been reincarnated season after season, year after year, for 15 years – in nappa leather in seasonal colors and exotic skins including croco, karung and ostrich. Trendy editions included Memory (English Lamb with aluminum foil), Crystal Cabat made of polyurethane, and the Lana Cabat made of nappa with wool.

As Cabat fans know, the leather is woven such that the bag has no side seams. About 100 double-faced leather strips, each about 1.60m long, are handwoven in the diagonal pattern that made “intrecciato” synonymous with Bottega Veneta. This can only be done standing up as it requires a lot of strength to work those long strips into a perfect weave – one artisan handles the weaving, and another stitches the base and handles. The bag is always left unlined because it’s as beautiful inside as out, since two-sided leather strips are used.

Close-Knit

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Feel the softer side of leather as we know it with Ermengildo Zegna’s Pelle Tessuta, a luxe fabric-like woven nappa featured in the brand’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection of shoes and accessories. Instead of the traditional fabric yarns used in cloth weaving, lamb nappa leather strips are placed in a warp position and woven together to create an incredibly supple and light material that’s handsome too. While Zegna has always been known for its heritage of quality fabrics and weaving technique, the innovative Pelle Tessuta further cements the brand’s standing in leather-making savoir faire. To maintain high craftsmanship standards, quality control is essential in creating the Pelle Tessuta. Before the woven leather can be cut for sewing, an artisan inspects the leather fabric to ensure the strips are perfectly aligned at the right angles, with not a strand out of place.

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

MEN’S FOLIO: Ambitious October Issue

MEN’S FOLIO celebrates its 19th anniversary with its October issue with a theme that centers on ambition. The cover of the latest issue features none other than model and emerging actor, Godfrey Gao.

As the first Asian to front a Louis Vuitton campaign, we can look forward to seeing Godfrey Gao make his mark in Hollywood in the years to come. Donning Zegna Couture for this issue’s cover story, the Taiwanese-born Canadian shares that he can must always ensure that he is never complacent in order to achieve success in his field.

Staying on the chosen theme, the issue also brings us five rising local talents in various fields as well as 19 ambitious and aspirational creations ever made. Curated by the team behind MEN’S FOLIO, the items range from a 2,500-piece limited edition art box to a $100 million superyacht. Capturing the essence of dreams and desires is the Time section in the issue, which features dramatic gold watches.

Along with this feature, MEN’S FOLIO also brings us the hottest accessories of the season. From Paul Smith’s latest writing instruments to the luxurious totes from Dior that you will simply want to get your hands on and the hottest sneakers worn by Elvin Ng, MEN’S FOLIO ensures that readers are kept in the in the loop about the hottest trends.

“New talents are rising in Asia with heightened appeal to the local audience, and the appeal of MEN’S FOLIO has never been so great. MEN’S FOLIO has come a long way since its debut issue in 1997, and it is dedicated to staying true to its original DNA, in continuing to feature Asian men who are an inspiration to many,” says publisher and CEO of Heart Media, Olivier Burlot. He adds that “The magazine continues to thrive forward and its increasingly strong digital presence is a reflection of its strong connection to the fashion savvy male audience in South-East Asia.”

On a final note, the team behind MEN’S FOLIO, is proud to announce that they have received nearly 80 entries for the Men’s Folio Designer of the Year competition. To find out more details about the competition and further details about the contestants, visit MEN’S FOLIO.

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5 Runway Trends: Paris Fashion Week

As far as the news cycle goes, Paris Fashion Week was overshadowed by the robbery involving Kim Kardashian and millions worth of jewelry. But that does not mean that the catwalks in the city delivered anything but the finest designs for the upcoming season. We take a look at five of the best runway trends from Paris Fashion Week.

Glitter Gang

The designers have brought the glitter to the catwalks in numerous ways. From the shiny vinyl fabrics that were used in jackets and skirts to tight 1980s-inspired off shoulder tops, Mugler and Kenzo brought some sparkle to their collections. Like Dior and Lanvin, Nicolas Ghesquiere used gold and silver gleam to provide a little rock-lux to the Louis Vuitton collection.

Under Where?
Lanvin Paris Fashion Week

Lanvin

Transparency is the name of the game for many this season. Most designers included at least one or two see-through dresses or tops in their collections with a majority of the sheer black tops and “Belle de Jour” tulle dresses were worn without bras on the runway. However, Chanel was one brand that used underwear as outerwear through lingerie dresses that were seen through most of the collection. Over at Lanvin and Agnes b, their silky pajama suits proclaimed “It’s summer, why get dressed at all…”

In Bad Taste

Saint Laurent’s Vaccarello went flashy with stilettos that had the letters YSL forming the heels. The designer also went with mono-boob dresses for women who preferred to make an entrance — or maybe Lady Gaga. There was no shame at Dior with the brand showing off the slogan “J’adore Dior” on shoulder straps, straps of its sandals and belts. Chanel embraced some style secrets of rappers by pairing its baseball caps with chunky rapper bling diamond jewelry.

Return Of The Establishments
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While the last few years have seen young rebel labels take over the runways, this fashion week has seen the likes of Dior, Saint Laurent, Lanvin and Leonard climb back to the top of the pile. While neither Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior nor Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent are revolutionaries, there is a edgy energy in their spring-summer collections that promises the old stagers could surprise us yet.

Tickled Pink

From Chanel to Valentino and Nina Ricci, pink hues proved to be another trend on the catwalks. Pale ivory pinks were dominant for lingerie dresses. Two toga dresses from Celine used the soft shade to cut the edgy oversized feel.

Game Changers: 5 Bags For All Seasons

This season’s most memorable bags are all about reform (nothing destructive, though). Whether it is newly introduced styles or impeccable updates of icons, our picks aren’t only attractive, they’ll also shift your perspective.

Holographic City Trunk PM by Louis Vuittonlouis-vuitton

We never thought Nicolas Ghesquière could be so… Zen. This little piece of hardware proves that. Yes, there’s a dent in it, and that’s the beautiful reason why we’re rethinking the entire sphere of Ghesquière’s spirituality. Despite its overtly contemporary form, the City trunk emanates wabi-sabi (the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection), which is enlightening, considering how every other brand strives, instead, for perfection.

Tweed Amazona by Loeweloewe

As far as tweed bags go, most of them have been chichi. Thank god for Jonathan Anderson, the holy mastermind of the Amazona reinvention. Now he’s bringing a chic, fringy update that masks the bag’s actual silhouette. With plenty of texture, it’s the one-of-a-kind bag you’ll sport to death. Every inch of it will end up frayed and we reckon that’s the look Anderson wants you to achieve.

MIUlady by Miu Miumiu-miu

Miuccia Prada knows how to spoil her girls: this is the bag for 2k16 aristocracy. Coming from a designer who consistently plays with ostentation in an ironic fashion, you have the license to have every kind of fun with it. Even if you’re not born a Jenner or a Hadid (who are both atypical of a Miu Miu runway), make sure your purchases convince everyone of your royal lineage.

Runway by Diordior

For Fall/Winter 2016, the Runway proved that studio heads Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux are going strong, even without a creative director. Pictured here is a version embroidered entirely with sequinned flowers and fringes – it’s intense. The bag comes in such delicate versions, you’re likely to be engulfed with the fear of getting tangled in everything – but fret not, the workmanship is fantastic.

La Pionnière by Pradaprada

We understand the thrill and prestige of being the first (hence the name) in any field — who wouldn’t want to be associated with innovators and groundbreakers? In today’s world of chaos, we rely on what’s inventive to move us forward. The hunting-inspired cross-body was the first bag Prada offered at the dawn of the “see now, buy now” game, which begs the question: if our lady Miuccia is doing it, will the rest of the industry follow suit?

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

5 Must-Read Design Books 2016

The London Design Festival is bringing the art of design to the heart of the British capital, from now until September 25. Here is a look at some useful reading material to bring you up to speed with the world of design this fall.

Hadid by Philip Jodido, published by Taschen

After her sudden and unexpected death this year, this book celebrates one of the leading figures of world architecture. Known for her large, bold structures with audacious curves, Zaha Hadid was the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. This Taschen monograph looks back over the renowned architect’s extraordinary career.

Arita / Table of Contents: Studies in Japanese Porcelain by Anniina Koivu, published by Phaidon

The art of Japanese porcelain manufacturing began in Arita, some 400 years ago. This book, published by Phaidon, celebrates traditional Japanese ceramic culture through the ages.

Volez Voguez Voyagez (Louis Vuitton) published by Assouline

Based on the recent Louis Vuitton exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, this book from Assouline is ideal for anyone who couldn’t catch the show. It is also a great way to discover the world of the famous French luggage maker, intent on making traveling effortless and fashionable.

Empire Style: The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris by Jörg Ebeling and Ulrich Leben, published by Flammarion

In 1803, Joséphine Bonaparte – wife of the future Emperor of France – acquired the Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris, which she renovated for her son, Eugène de Beauharnais. Becoming an embassy during the 19th century, the Hôtel is a visible incarnation of Consulate and Empire décor styles. This first monograph dedicated to the building is due for release in November.

Cartier Dazzling: High Jewelry and Precious Objects by François Chaille, published by Flammarion

Although mere mortals can only dream of donning Cartier’s legendary jewelry creations, this book showcases a selection of the luxury label’s dazzling delights. The tome is written by the same French fashion writer behind The Book of Ties.

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Bottled Luxury: Les Parfums Louis Vuitton

You might know Louis Vuitton for its timeless leather accessories and sturdy travel trunks, but now, the French luxury brand is also delving into the world of fragrances. As the first series in almost a century, it’s safe to say that the Maison is going all out in achieving the perfect scents for the collection, entitled Les Parfums Louis Vuitton.

The seven scents – Rose des Vents, Turbulences, Dans la Peau, Apogee, Contre Moi, Matiere Noire and Mille Feux – were exclusively designed by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud using special extraction techniques, so you can expect the purest of floral and leather – no surprises there – accents within.

The fragrances are set to be released in 100- and 200-ml sizes, and cost $240 and $350 respectively.

Find out more about Les Parfums Louis Vuitton at L’Officiel.com now.

Louis Vuitton Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Full Bloom

Louis Vuitton launched its high jewelry collection less than 10 years ago, making it relatively new to the scene but the brand works hard to prove itself in the world of fine jewelry. For 2016, the French fashion house brings us the Louis Vuitton Blossom High Jewelry collection that charts the evolution of the iconic monogram flower. While the brand has included the emblem in previous collections, the flower now has a starring role in its newest high jewelry additions.

Louis Vuitton's Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Bracelet with Opal and Bracelet with Tsavorite and Moonstone

Louis Vuitton’s Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Bracelet with Opal and Bracelet with Tsavorite and Moonstone

First created by Georges Vuitton himself to honor his father, the floral monogram is now a signature of the brand and the designers have found a way to incorporate the iconic flower into 60 new rings, bracelets and earrings. Each design shares another similarity, in the form of gems that are the centerpieces of the designs. From the bright orange of the mandarin garnet, to the black opal paradoxically filled with color thanks to the numerous hues visible in the light and even the luminous green tsavorite, each gem stands out in the design.

Louis Vuitton's Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Earrings with Mandarin Garnet and Earrings with Merelani Tsavorite

Louis Vuitton Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Earrings with Mandarin Garnet and Earrings with Merelani Tsavorite

Accompanying these precious gems are chalcedony, black onyx and diamonds that provide contrast. That one flower is reimagined in numerous forms with the help of deft gem-cutting and Grand Feu enamelling for a trompe l’oeil effect. For those who have a keen eye for subtle details, it will be relatively easy to see Gaston-Louis Vuitton’s signature V in several designs.

Louis Vuitton's Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Necklace with Mandarin Garnet; Necklace with Beryl and Chalcedony

Louis Vuitton Blossom High Jewelry 2016: Necklace with Mandarin Garnet; Necklace with Beryl and Chalcedony

Another highlight of the collection comes not from the designs, but Louis Vuitton’s use of ethically mined gems. Having obtained its certification from the Responsible Jewelry Council in 2012, the 7.13-carat mandarin garnet, 53.01 Australian black opal and 29.75-carat tsavorite and other precious materials are obtained with social, environmental and societal principles in mind. The end result is a captivating high jewelry collection that has already proven to be a hit.

To learn more about the Blossom High Jewelry Collection for 2016, visit Louis Vuitton.

 

Bandouliere Series: Louis Vuitton Shoulder Straps

You don’t always have to shell out a whole lot for a brand new bag – well, sort of, because now that Louis Vuitton has unveiled a new collection of shoulder straps for the Bandouliere collection, we guarantee your trusty old Speedy or City Steamer won’t look the same again.

Available in an array of leathers and colors – think Epi leather in hot pink or exotic python skin in forest green – match the straps according to your personality, mood or even wardrobe. To make things even more personal, Louis Vuitton will also extend its initial-personalization services to the straps, so you know yours is truly one of a kind.

The Bandouliere collection is now available in Singapore at the Louis Vuitton Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands and Ngee Ann City. Prices range from S$680 for a Monogram canvas bandouliere, S$765 for the Epi leather version and S$1,210 for the python leather ones.

View more of the collection and find out more at L’Officiel.com now.

Louis Vuitton Denies Nicolas Ghesquiere Departure

Rumors have been rife that Nicolas Ghesquiere, Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, might be following the lead of his industry peers and leaving the label he is currently helming. Amid the ensuing flurry of confusion and “not-again”s, the French label has finally stepped forward to put an end to all that hearsay. Ghesquiere’s contract with Louis Vuitton will only expire in November 2018. This means we’ll still see him with the Maison for at least a good two years more.

All that gossip was not entirely unfounded, however. In a TV interview dated from June, Ghesquire expressed his desire to start his own label, even going as far as to state that he would soon be in a position to work on that – except no one knew soon translated to 2 years in Ghesquiere’s mind. Adding fuel to the fire, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault himself has even suggested that he’s considering a change of Creative Director at Louis Vuitton, with Jonathan Anderson of Loewe his man of choice. Throw the rampant phenomenon of revolving doors (yet again) plaguing the industry into the formula, and the fashion world is thrown into a state of mild panic. How can we live without Nicolas Ghesquiere at the head of Louis Vuitton?

If recent happenings are any indication, we fashion people will manage, especially since Ghesquiere still has two more years left in his tenure. We’re not going to take our Creative Directors for granted anymore, what with their ephemeral presence.

This article was written with information from Business of Fashion.

Louis Vuitton Packs Up New Rolling Luggage

Looks like Louis Vuitton is set on dominating the realm of luxury travel again – its latest collaboration with Marc Newson, the New Rolling Luggage, is a reinvention of its iconic trunks, only made better with technology.

Crafted from a revolutionary self-reinforced polypropylene composite, Newson translated his expertise in product design to the series to make it lighter, thinner and more shock-absorbent. Other thoughtful features such as an external anodized extendable cane and new transversal side hinge eliminate unnecessary grooves and a 180-degree opening respectively. The TSA-approved luggage also features a revolutionary zip-lock system that’s designed to minimize damage and stress points while reducing weight.

And because this is Louis Vuitton we’re talking about here, expect each luggage to be coated in its signature range of leathers, including the iconic Monogram Damier canvases and brightly-hued Epi leather. Available in two sizes, the collection is available at Marina Bay Sands, Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard Singapore.

Head over to L’Officiel.com to find out more about this collaboration.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Louis Vuitton Hadirkan New Rolling Luggage

Louis Vuitton Introduces Men’s Denim Collection

It is general knowledge that denim never dies, and the fact that Louis Vuitton Men’s has jumped onto the denim boat is testament to that. Inspired by the houses’s archival trunks and the Monogram, the Denim Collection is crafted with the authentic Japanese and European denim savoir faire. It’s casual luxe at its best.

But of course, Louis Vuitton being Louis Vuitton, the French house constantly outdoes itself. Accompanying the regular collection is a five-piece Heritage Denim Capsule collection, where three are limited editions. Featuring silver, gold and opulent crocodile versions, the Heritage Denim Collection will be available in six stores worldwide, and Singapore’s Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands is one of them.

Read more about the collection at Men’s Folio Singapore.

3 Runway Trends Paris Fashion Week

We may be reeling from the Brexit saga, but that doesn’t mean the world stops turning. While the rest of the world is focusing on 10 Downing Street, we take a look at another member of the European Union (Britain will enter into ‘divorce’ proceedings, so they still count), as it hosts some of fashion’s elite at Fashion Week. Here then are three new trends from yet another day at Paris Fashion Week.

African Inspiration

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Minus the political statement a la Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton has taken bold inspiration from Africa for the collection seen on the runway of Paris Fashion Week. Designer Kim Jones brought the wilderness to France with animal prints on sweatshirts and giraffe motifs on monogramed silk shirts. Paired with slim trousers, the designs would not have looked out of place in Cape Town or Nairobi or even a safari. The influence of Africa was even seen in the zebra-striped loafers. On second thought, this too might be political…

Keeping it Light

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Unlike Vuitton, Rick Owens chose to go with more light-weight and breatheable fabrics for the season. While the garments are similar to other designs that he has showcased in previous collections, what caught us by surprise was how normal the runway show was. We did not spot even one model masquerading as a backpack. While we were a tad disappointed by the lack of excitement in the show, it did give us a chance to focus on the clothes themselves. Floaty parachute pants — which we assume are roomy — were teamed with sneakers while longline tunics were used to create abstract forms. The collection saw mustard yellow and burgundies in among the trademark black and then even more black typical of Owens.

Tie-Dye

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Venturing away from the comfortably goth theme at the Owens show, was Issey Miyake. The bright and breezy collection was filled with primary colors and tie-dye-motifs that added some much needed life to a day filled with neutrals and dark shades. Tunic tops were updated by pairing them with white trousers that were cropped close to the ankle while swirly patterned bomber jackets created a fresh approach for Spring 2017.

Interview: Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton

With a love for travel and a mind constantly on the lookout for exotic and interesting designs, Kim Jones of Louis Vuitton makes for an extremely innovative artistic director of menswear. Our friends at Men’s Folio take a look at what goes on in the designer’s mind as he goes through his process of creation as well as his thoughts on the future of the industry.

You can check out the interview over here.

Insider: 9 Beauty Notes

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

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

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

Beauty note 1:

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

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe.

On Nicolai: Acetate sunglasses, Loewe.

Beauty note 2:

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

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

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Beauty note 3:

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

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

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

Beauty note 4:

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

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

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

Beauty note 5:

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

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

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

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

Beauty note 6:

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

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

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

Beauty note 7:

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

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

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

Beauty note 8:

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

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

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

Beauty note 9:

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

Story credits:

Photography Chuando & Frey

Styling Joshua Cheung

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

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

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

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Interview: Johnny Coca of Mulberry

The designer Johnny Coca (Spanish) wears a personal uniform of a kilt (Scottish), hoop earrings (indeterminate provenance, but very endearing), and is now the creative director for Mulberry (English). After a two-year hiatus without direction and much headway, Mulberry has brought on new blood – proof of post-modernity’s disregard for national boundaries – and Coca’s new vision for the English brand is revitalising, energising and exciting to witness as it unfolds. The FW16 season saw Coca present his debut collection on the London Fashion Week catwalk, complete with ready-to-wear, accessories and, of course, the season’s newest bags.johnny_coca-mulberry-featured

How did you get into fashion design?

“I think it all began when I had a job in visual design while I was at the École Boulle art school. I had to sketch bags for the windows and I decided to show my designs to Yves Carcelle at Louis Vuitton. I gradually worked my way up. I love to draw and this led to me getting more and more work. I then started to design for more and more product categories: first at Céline with Michael Kors, then at Bally, and then back at Céline again with Phoebe Philo – and now at Mulberry where I am designing the ready-to-wear as well as accessories, shoes, jewellery and travel items.”

How does your education in architecture and physics inspire your work?

“My education in architecture meant choosing the show venue was a very important part of showcasing the collection. The Guildhall – where we showed – was the perfect venue as it really demonstrated the juxtaposition between the old and contemporary, which is very much what the collection was about – contrast.”tailoring-mulberry-johnny-coca

As the accessories designer behind some of Céline’s greatest hits, what do you think makes for a successful bag?

“Designing a bag is like building a house – it must be modern, practical, functional and accessible.”

What’s the starting point in your design process?

“It all starts with a concept and then everything stems from there. It’s like a tree – lots of branches with lots of different things create the whole picture.”

Speaking of trees, you’ve scrapped Mulberry’s iconic willow for an archival logotype. What was the reason for your looking back instead of creating something new from scratch?

“It’s important as a creative director to know the heritage and history of the brand.  The new logo is an example of this as it’s actually an old Mulberry logo from the 1970s. I found it when I was researching and going through the archives. I felt it could represent the brand in such a modern way while also resurrecting some of Mulberry’s history.”Mulberry-Johnny-Coca

What were your intentions with your debut at Mulberry?

“To create a modern and accessible collection.”

How did you feel after your first show as a creative director?

“I was full of every emotion possible – happiness, relief, fear… The show was a defining moment for Mulberry and for my career too.”

Were you intimidated by the pressure of becoming the creative face of Mulberry?

“I was extremely humbled and proud to be named the creative director of such an iconic British brand which people love so much. Mulberry is so iconic and has such a prestigious heritage and history, so it was an honour for me to join the team. I’m embracing every part of my role and am excited for what’s to come.”Mulberry-Johnny-Coca-2

How do you feel about becoming a ”famous” name now that you are a creative director?

“I am a creative first and foremost, so everything I do, I do for the collections. I want the designs to be able to speak for themselves.”

What are your intentions with Mulberry’s ready-to-wear? Will it, or the bags, drive the brand’s story and identity?

“We’re in the midst of a big modernisation process, which we are very excited about. I’m passionate about design and the whole process that goes with it. It takes so much to go from sketches to catwalk and that’s what excites me. We’re planning to move Mulberry forward by creating more of a lifestyle brand through expanding the product categories into jewellery, sunglasses and shoes, as well as concentrating on the ready-to-wear and, of course, bags. There are lots of things to come. Watch this space!”

Do you think the catwalk presentation format is still relevant for an accessories-driven brand like Mulberry?

“The catwalk shows are extremely important to brands and designers.  The FW16 show was a defining moment for Mulberry. We would not have been able to have the impact we wanted – – and had – without a catwalk show.”

Is Mulberry considering a see-now-buy-now approach?

“Yes, Mulberry embraces the new see-now-buy-now approach. Our Pre-Fall capsule collection was available online and in stores worldwide on 1 April. This included key styles, such as the new Clifton and Chester bags, and the Marylebone press studded boots and Mary Janes.”Mulberry-Johnny-Coca-3

It’s a funny coincidence that Spain and the UK’s biggest bag brands have swapped creative director nationalities: Jonathan Anderson is at Loewe, and you, a Spaniard, are at Mulberry. Do you think creatives’ nationalities still matter?

“As long as you understand the personality and heritage of the brand, it should not matter where you come from. Mulberry is both a British heritage and an international brand and we want our collections to appeal to women and men around the world.”

Last question: Is there a meaning to your uniform of the kilt, hoop earrings, etc?

“That’s just me. I love kilts and tartan, but I keep it simple with a plain shirt or knit jumper – depending on the British weather!