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Tom Ford Private Collection: Les Extraits Verts

Three new fragrances join the Tom Ford private collection, centered on reintroducing lush green scents for today.

Vetiver is the note most immediately thought of when green is mentioned in perfumery. It is, however, nefariously capricious. Depending on where the plant is from and the extraction methods, you can get a spectrum of crispy astringence to earthy woodiness. Tom Ford’s unisex Private Collection Les Extraits Verts ($330 each, for 50ml) is his foray into unearthing – pun unintended – and savouring the varied qualities of these green notes.

Perhaps the most feminine of the collection, Vert Bohème plays up a gorgeously sun-kissed jasmine and magnolia accord, and juxtaposes that warmth and brightness with the moodier sulk of Haitian vetiver. There’s a lilting quality to this scent – at times, sunbursts of honey break through and lift the scent up again, bringing it life through its impressive lasting power. Bohème simultaneously summons the plushness of footstep-muffling carpets with its inviting floral accords and the wet crunch of leaves underfoot from crisp vetiver – a commendable feat of charming perfumery.

The incense quality of Vert d’Encens is created through a smoky accord of oud and ambergris. After the initial explosion of heavy woods and spiced smoke, a striking note of bitter orange comes to the fore, wrapping up the scent with a modulated geniality. There’s also a crunchy effect of starfruit – you can almost feel the stark bite, swirling ever so slightly underneath the namesake haze of incense. Encens isn’t so much an ode to the religious rituality of Japanese or Indian incense sticks, but leans toward a Lutensian treatment of oriental bases with overripe and sweetened plums. While the opening is polarising and vivid, it settles very quickly into a smoky skin scent with a refined side of complimentary greens.

The woody entry in the range, Vert des Bois brings a more masculine smouldering sensuality to the other’s relative femininity. Its opening blast is redolent of sandalwood and spicy pepperwood. It’s a dichotomising entrance that recalls the sour acridity of dried woods: easy to hate, but rewarding when endured. Minutes in, the floral notes of jasmine, olive leaves, and aged plum come to the fore, smoothing the edges of the opening’s brusqueness. This isn’t a fragrance for fans of evanescence dancing atop skin – rather, it sits with legs firmly crossed. This fragrance has a duality that recalls the great Orientals of the ’70s with its unabashed weight and smokiness, along with modern gourmand tastes (jasmine, poplar seeds, and tonka bean).

This story was first published in l’Officiel Singapore.

3 Celebrity Homes: Redefining Luxury Country Living

3 Celebrity Homes: Redefining Luxury Country Living

There’s nothing like living in the middle of nature that inspires a sense of tranquillity and respite away from city life. In the latest issues of Palace magazine, the editors took a look at three celebrity residences that are icons of elegant living.

TOM FORD3 Celebrity Homes: Redefining Luxury Country Living

Possibly one of the most stunning creations from Japanese architect Tadao Ando, designer of the Armani Teatro in Milan and the Ground Zero Project in New York, is the Cerro Pelon Ranch. This 20,662 acre New Mexico property owned by visionary fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford is now on the market for sale with the Kevin Bobolsky Group. Fusing design aesthetics with the spirit and beauty of the Galisteo Basin, this exquisite estate features a striking glass-walled main residence seemingly suspended over a sleek reflecting pool, an adjoining state of the art eight-stall horse barn, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and the Cerro Pelon Mountain, a significant Galisteo Basin landmark located right in the heart of the ranch. Commanding $75 million, Ford’s Sante Fe retreat not only offers an exclusive private airstrip and hangar, but also accommodates the Silverado Movie Town, an Old Western movie set originally constructed for the 1985 film Silverado. The town has since been further developed to include usable building structures, and is regularly leased for television and movie productions, most recently: Cowboys and Aliens, 3:10 to Yuma, and Thor.

Tom Cruise3 Celebrity Homes: Redefining Luxury Country Living

Cloistered amongst the mountains just minutes away from the resort town of Telluride, Colorado, lies a sprawling 298-acre estate graced by an elegant Storybook main residence and guesthouse. Surrounded by wooded grounds affording scenic mountain beauty and serenity, the home boasts a private trail system with views overlooking the region’s 14,000-foot peaks, as well as amenities such as a private helipad, an in-house fitness center, separate staff quarters, and a private elevator. This property is known for having had only two owners in the last century; namely a family of Basque sheep-herders who settled in the area in the 1920s, and Hollywood movie star Tom Cruise. Featuring a massive 10,000 sq. ft. home consisting of four bedrooms and six full bathrooms as well as a 1,600 sq. ft. guesthouse with three bedrooms and three full baths, the Cruise estate is priced at $59 million and available through Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis3 Celebrity Homes: Redefining Luxury Country Living

The former First Lady and international style icon’s childhood Hamptons estate is now on the market for sale with The Corcoran Group. Originally belonging to Onassis’ paternal grandparents, the Bouvier summer home, dubbed Lasata, was purchased by fashion designer Reed Krakoff in 2007 and lovingly restored according to its original Arts and Crafts architectural style. Built in 1917, the estate encompasses a light and airy 10-bedroom main residence, a one-bedroom guesthouse, a two-bedroom pool house, and beautifully landscaped gardens. Classically elegant and uniquely American, this Hamptons-style property is offered for $39 million.

This article was first published in Palace.

Creative Renaissance Expected at Paris Fashion Week

Seasonal changes are transformative but Paris Fashion Week this September is expected to reveal major creative shifts at some of the biggest names in luxury fashion. With so many new creative directors in place at France’s biggest fashion houses, this season’s Paris Fashion Week is supposed to bring a breath of fresh air to the capital.

These changes at the creative helm, collectively, represents a transformative time for labels, and one gets the sense that if revival and renewal don’t make a strong showing in the spring/summer 2017 season, the fashion world will be disappointed. This is likely because many of the wider changes in the fashion business will not be evident in Paris.

Paris Fashion Week is unlikely to see many – if any – of the combined menswear and womenswear collections on the agenda in Milan, New York and London. The same goes for the “see now buy now” concept. While fashion houses such as Burberry, Tom Ford and Michael Kors are bringing their latest collections to stores straight after their runway shows (globally in some cases), French fashion is resisting this revolution. Most French fashion houses will continue to operate on the traditional industry schedule for the upcoming round of shows.

So, the weight of expectations if fully on the creative directorship changeovers at many big houses, putting the French capital firmly in the spotlight. Some of the incoming designers’ first collections for their new employers are eagerly awaited in the fashion world.

Dior, Lanvin, Saint Laurent

The upcoming Dior show will be a particular focus of attention, overseen for the first time by Maria Grazia Chiuri. A former co-creative director of Valentino, the Italian fashion designer is the first woman to take the reins of Dior’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories collections. The new ready-to-wear line is expected to mark a fresh start for the label, with particular emphasis on accessories, a domain in which Maria Grazia Chiuri notably excels.

Since a traumatic parting of ways with its emblematic creative director, Alber Elbaz, almost a year ago, Lanvin is also set to enter a new era in September. The label’s Paris show, scheduled September 28, will allow Bouchra Jarrar, now heading womenswear collections, to showcase the full extent of her talent and to bring a feminine, modern touch to Lanvin’s style.

The fashion world will also have its eyes on Saint Laurent this season, again due to a recent change in creative director. The upcoming show from Anthony Vaccarello, who replaced Hedi Slimane, will be especially eagerly awaited since his predecessor’s style was so intrinsically linked with the spirit of the brand. What’s more, his arrival has brought a few changes to the Paris schedule. Not only has Saint Laurent chosen to move its show to the first day of Paris Fashion Week, September 27, but Anthony Vaccarello also announced that he was putting work for his own label on hold, with no show in store for the Paris event.

Sonia Rykiel in the spotlight

The Sonia Rykiel show is likely to be emotionally charged at this season’s Fashion Week. Scheduled October 3 – barely a month after the death of the brand’s eponymous founding designer – the show could take the form of a final homage, both in terms of its staging and the pieces in the new collection. The show could prove a fitting farewell for this French designer who revolutionized fashion, liberating women from stuffy bourgeois looks and introducing a hint of relaxed chic that characterizes French style today.

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New York Fashion Week 2016: 4 Highlights

New York Fashion Week is winding down and it showcased some high-profile shows that not only surprised but also grabbed headlines for many reasons. To help catch you up on what has been happening in the Big Apple, we rounded a few highlights that made through our news filters.

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Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week in New York, September 9, 2016. © TREVOR COLLENS / AFP

Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week in New York, September 9, 2016. © TREVOR COLLENS / AFP

We start with Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid who have produced a collection that was made available for purchase once it hit the runway. The collaboration was presented over the course of two days with a public fun fair followed by the runway presentation. With a full house and Taylor Swift in attendance, the show certainly was not short on star power. We look forward to learning the results of this experiment, which leads us to the next point…

Real Time RunwayTom Ford New York Fashion Week 2016

We love how technological advancements have brought us numerous opportunities enjoy the collections from across the globe. Tom Ford was one such label that invited the world to watch as it kicked off New York Fashion Week live on websites, well everywhere! Like Hilfiger, the designer made his collection immediately available for purchase. Other brands that are made their shows available for all, include Kanye West and Rebecca Minkoff who relied on Tidal and Ripple respectively for their showcases.

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Over at Lacoste, the designs were slightly more relaxed thanks to softly draped terry dresses in hues that evoked a sense of calm. Embracing the idea of a summer getaway, the brand paired comfy fits with minimalistic lines. Also at New York Fashion Week, was Victoria Beckham (main picture) whose show was held exactly 15 years after the attacks on the World Trade Centre. Before sending models down the runway, the designer observed a two-minute silence to honor the victims of the attacks. Her collection featured unstructured designs, asymmetrically panelled skirts that joined the list of relaxed designs that have now become staples on the runway (most especially at NYFW). Filled with plush colors and contrasting materials, the flirtatious collection was a departure from previous designs that were structured. Beckham also used the runway to showcase her upcoming beauty collection with Estée lauder.

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Another highly anticipated collaboration was from Alexander Wang and Adidas Originals. The collection focused on unisex streetwear basics with an urban and subversive feel. The designer also presented the Spring/Summer 2017 collection from his eponymous label. Bringing a Californian vibe to Manhattan, the designer brought out sexy black leather pieces that featured contrasting retro neon hues. Hood By Air provided this youthful allure just a few notches higher with a conceptual show that featured double-ended boots, transparent ponchos and oversized outerwear. Also, porn logos for some reason…

Tom Ford Livestream From New York

New York Fashion Week kicks off today and with it comes a list of fashion shows that we would simply love to watch from the front row. While that isn’t possible, Tom Ford has kindly invited us to watch its Menswear and Womenswear collections as they walk down the runway in the Big Apple.

To catch the livestream and find out more about the runway show, visit L’Officiel Singapore and Men’s Folio.

4 Luxury Summer Fragrances for Men

Confidence comes from the perfect outfit and the right attitude. At Men’s Folio Singapore, they know that what seals the deal is the right fragrance. We share an office with them and can always smell them before we see them yet they never overpower our senses, which is a compliment, we assure you. The experts at men’s fashion and lifestyle share with us four luxury fragrances for men that will not only add character but also shape your identity.

To read on about the fragrances, visit Men’s Folio Singapore.

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.

9 Beauty Superstars in Focus

From Chanel to Shu Uemura, these are the beauty products to keep you in a maximally tip-top shape for the occasion. Add them to your basket. Now.

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Shiseido Bio-Performance Liftdynamic Serum ($145)

Shiseido labs have discovered that when the structural support system in ageing skin breaks down, sub-derm pockets are left behind beneath the skin’s surface. The result: a loss of firmness, followed by wrinkles and sagging. The Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Serum promises to fill these pockets with the use of rosemary phyto-essence. It also boasts other ingredients like wild thyme, a vitamin E derivative and Super Bio-Hyaluronic Acid N to make skin softer, smoother and more hydrated.

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YSL Beauté Le Cushion Encre De Peau ($88)

We’ve seen our share of cushion foundations in recent years, but this one’s the most gorgeous by far. And the formula of its debut cushion foundation is said to give a matte yet luminous finish and a touch of freshness on skin. Use it sparingly, dabbing the foundation on areas where you need a little more help, like the reddish corners of your nose or on the chin. Then build up the coverage as you go along or whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up throughout the day. Because we too would find every opportunity to take this stunner out for touch-ups.

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Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D ($53)

An upgrade of its original launched in 2010 and now with the 3D in its moniker, Dior’s lash primer uses an oil-serum with ingredients like fatty acids, vitamin E and a seaweed extract known for its self-repair ability. The formula also has hollow silica beads that don’t weigh your lashes down. Think of it as applying a mask for lashes each time you want to boost their volume – by three times, if you use the Diorshow Maximizer 3D with a Diorshow Designer mascara.

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Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Revitalizing Mask Noir ($620)

Ever been dry-brushed at the spa? Here’s the less rustic version of that therapy… for your face: Estée Lauder’s luxury line Re-Nutriv now has a two-step brush-and-mask routine. Massage the brush – specially crafted with the softest, smoothest fibres – on clean, dry skin to re-energise your complexion. Then, apply the mask, which has bamboo charcoal and concentrated levels of black diamond truffle extract to make your complexion look less tired and more youthful. We’ll be saving this power duo for important evenings.

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Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo ($49)

Even the most savvy and well-informed among us have to confess: every makeup brand now has so many lipstick types in its stable that we just lose track of the one that has the matte yet hydrating texture, the one that’s good for super-glossy brights and the one that leaves indelible lip marks on him. Chanel has made things easier with its Rouge Coco Stylo, a hybrid formula that gives you all you need in a lippie. It’s intense like a lipstick, shiny like a gloss and comforting like a balm. Really, do you need anything else? In eight shades.

NARS

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30/PA+++ ($72)

OK, so there are numerous apps out there with a multitude of skin-perfecting filters. But real life still exists. And for that, you’ll need this all-in-one product. Vitamins C and E in this help to nourish and protect your complexion. Additionally, this oil-free tint is said to create a soft-focus effect by using Transparent Blurring Powders that even out your skin tone and blur out imperfections, while giving a natural finish and a velvety feel. And the last bit is something you’ll never get from an Instagram filter. In nine shades.

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Tom Ford Black Orchid EDT ($100-$210)

About a decade after the launch of the iconic Black Orchid EDP, Tom Ford fans have something else to obsess about now: the equally sophisticated and seductive EDT. Don’t expect a watered-down version – it’s Tom Ford, after all – as this new variant packs in top notes of black truffle, bergamot and blackcurrant, as well as lotus wood, patchouli, incense, vetiver, vanilla and sandalwood. At its heart is the eponymous Black Orchid, the designer’s idea of the ultimate luxurious ingredient made up of florals and rich fruit accords. And forget the ubiquitous transparent glass bottle. This one’s going into its own matte black flacon. Classy.

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Shu Uemura Laque Supreme Shimmer ($42 each)

Laque Supreme is more or less a liquefied lipstick that’s applied like a lipgloss. This year’s Laque Supreme Shimmer is said to use a special shimmer made up of gold and silver powders that are inspired by the making of Japanese lacquerware – it glistens, like a lipgloss, but is more long-lasting and opaque, like a lip stain. The newly designed applicator is a work of art in itself. Slanted at a magic angle, it fits the cupid’s bow and is made of a special material that releases just the right amount of lip product at once. No streaking or clumping here. Brilliant.

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Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème ($875 – $1,200)

In its new research, the luxury brand found that, like the brain, the epidermis can process information and, therefore, restore itself to an optimal state of calm even when it is subject to damage from environmental factors. Based on this finding, the iconic La Crème night cream has now been reformulated to include the ingredient theanine, which is said to encourage skin to “reset” itself when it suffers damage caused by previous stressors. Expect bright, moisturised and translucent skin with less sagging and less noticeable nasolabial lines. Now, that’s something all of us think about having 24/7.

Story Credits
Art Direction by Stephanie Lim
Digital Imaging by Mossy Chew

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

Uniform By Design: Tom Ford Made-to-Measure

Making wholesale changes to the way he dressed and carried himself has never been part of Tom Ford’s razor sharp pedigree. A Google Image search will often reveal a pitch-black single-breasted number, coupled with a pristine white shirt made from Egyptian cotton, and an elegant, yet non-descript black tie. The man himself insisted that it’s “a myth that great style requires constant reinvention” and that “personal style, unlike fashion, derives its power from consistency.”

It may be blisteringly hot and humid in Singapore, but enhancing one’s standing in any social situation with Tom Ford’s Made-To-Measure (MTM) that isn’t about flaunting one’s net worth but recognizing that we are often the first impression we make – with shoddiness often associated with ineptitude and sluggishness. Mark Twain once quipped that “naked people have little or no influence on society”. This being a figurative dig that the threadbare often do not have what it takes to preside over commoners.

We do acknowledge that there is no dignity in suffering a heat stroke and looking like the American designer’s doppelganger… We suggest you banish those joggers and espresso-stained tees for an appointment with an MTM whizz who makes the journey from Milan to Singapore twice (or thrice if a dire need arises) to smarten up the act of regional high-flyers. Each private consultation session takes between 60-to-90 minutes and his next trip is (always) just around the corner.

Influenced by Saville Row suiting of the 1950s and 60s, they are nevertheless executed in lighter and more fluid contemporary fabrication. The cut respects the weft and wrap of the fabric by carefully adhering to its weave; while the canvas used for the jacket’s substructure is made from linen, cotton, and hemp. Camel hair is used for the padding where necessary.

It isn’t about flaunting your acquired wealth by reiterating that the cloth of your suit jacket is cut and sewn in the small artisan factories of Biella, Novaram and Padova but that making your corporate stand a tailored and tapered one is self-gratification at its best when breast pockets are hand sewn into place, and details such as lapel buttonholes are double-stitched manually to ensure that they never unravel.

After measurements are done, it takes between six-to-eight weeks for the suit to be made in Italy. It also isn’t beneath the MTM cohort to have a complimentary shirt thrown in with every two suits ordered by the well-heeled. You may also expedite the service at minimal cost. And it’s not only business suits and dinner jackets that can be modified to suit your every whim and fancy. Requests may also be placed on runway offerings and footwear.

Story Credits
Text by Jason Kwong

This article was originally published in Men’s Folio

6 Designer Sunglasses for Spring/Summer 2016

With the summer sun upon us, intense light is a further burden to those of us already braving the heat. Spring/Summer 2016 eyewear collections have elegant and innovative designer shades on offer, allowing one to stay fashionable and comfortable, without having to squint all day long.

Offering up a big dollop of high-glitz glamor, Jimmy Choo’s Vivy shades feature round nude colored or gloss black acetate frames with Swarovski crystals as decoration. As an added plus, the jewels are fully detachable, allowing you to adapt your style for any scenario.

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Vivy by Jimmy Choo

With the geek chic aesthetic brought back into vogue by the likes of brands like Gucci, Tom Ford has decided to tap into that with the Greta model. These shades sport thick geometric frames in retro inspired colors such as ‘transparent pink’ and ‘honey/brown’.

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Tom Ford Greta Sunglasses Pink

Fendi takes a leap into the future with its Eye Shine collection, yet still holding within it a bit of the retro vibe. Ingeniously featuring a ‘frame within a frame’, these round glasses have a 1970s color scheme of golden yellows and turquoise blues, but have a cat’s-eye silhouette.

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Eye Shine collection by Fendi

On the other side of the spectrum, Moncler went all the way back to the 1950s with a stylized range of butterfly shaped lenses in pastel colors like taupes, corals, and mint greens. All perfect for a laid back feminine vibe.

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Moncler Spring/Summer 2016

The ultra-modern Chanel went for style blended with technology by having a flat-mirrored eye-mask/visor like design engraved with laser padding. This Plein Soleil 2016 line uses colors subtly based on acetate to allow for slipping back and forth from black to blue on a solar cat’s eye, or from black to white on an oval optic.

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Chanel Eyewear Spring/Summer 2016

Finally, we take a look at Cartier. Popularly known as aviators, the Panthére de Cartier features the Maison’s emblematic panther making an unexpected appearance in the lens. The three-dimensional jeweled panther is completed in gold or platinum with black lacquer, much like most of the eyewear. Choose between a golden flash or graduated grey lenses with silver toned reflections for a sleek and polished look under the sun.

The Panthére de Cartier

The Panthére de Cartier

Images courtesy of the brands.

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.

Tom Ford Menswear Catwalk show set for London Debut

British fashion gets a boost in January 2016 with the inclusion of the first full Tom Ford catwalk show at London Collections Men.

The designer is one of the many top brands registered to showcase their Autumn/Winter 2016 collections at the prestigious fashion event next year. The event combines designer showrooms by some of the UK capital’s top menswear talent with runway shows, covering both ready-to-wear and accessories.

A provisional schedule released by the British Fashion Council reveals that heavy hitters Alexander McQueen and Burberry will also be hitting the runway. Other highlights will include shows by returning brands Moschino and Pringle of Scotland, while J.W. Anderson and BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund winner E. Tautz will also host catwalk shows.

London Collections Men marks the first time that Ford has put on a show for his menswear collection anywhere in the world, breaking his established pattern of showing new collections via private presentations.

Hardy Amies, Paul Smith and Richard James are among the brands displaying their luxuriously tailored collections via presentations.

London Collections Men will also feature the BFC Newgen Men initiative, which shines the spotlight on the city’s emerging design talents. Agi & Sam, Bobby Abley, Craig Green, Liam Hodges and Nasir Mazhar will host a catwalk show, while Alex Mullins, Cottweiler and Pieter will all hold presentations.

Launched in 2012, London Collections Men is a biannual event focusing solely on British men’s fashion. This season’s show will run from January 8-11, 2016. The final schedule will be announced on December 7.

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Lady Gaga in Tom Ford Spring 2016 Collection Video

Fashion designer turned film director Tom Ford released a runway music video featuring Lady Gaga Friday to showcase his new spring 2016 collection.

Lady Gaga is set to star in Tom Ford’s new Spring / Summer 2016 video.

The pop star will feature in a runway film shot by the acclaimed fashion photographer Nick Knight that shows off the designer’s new collection, WWD reports. The film will be unveiled online later today.

The news follows speculation that Ford would not show the new collection officially, having declined to reserve a runway spot at any of the major Spring / Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion weeks.

“Instead of having a traditional show this season, I decided to try something new,” he told the publication. “I wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online.”

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Tom Ford dressing James Bond in ‘Spectre’

Daniel Craig Spectre

American designer Tom Ford is once again set to suit up Daniel Craig for his role as James Bond in the upcoming film “Spectre.”

The brand announced that Ford worked closely with the film’s costume designer, Jany Temime, to provide eveningwear, suits, shirts, knitwear, ties, accessories and exclusive eyewear for the James Bond character.

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“James Bond epitomizes the Tom Ford man in his elegance, style and love of luxury. It is an honor to move forward with this iconic character,” said Ford.

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Tom Ford to make second movie this year

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Tom Ford has revealed he plans to shoot his second movie later this year, following the critical success of his debut 2009 feature film “A Single Man.”

Ford wowed an A-list crowd in Los Angeles on Friday by taking the unusual step of staging his London Fashion Week fall/winter show in the heart of Hollywood as the movie industry gathers for Sunday’s Oscars.

Tom Ford made a successful foray into film-making five years ago with A Single Man, a drama based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel of the same name, which earned an Oscar nomination for Colin Firth.

Ford told AFP at Friday’s show that he is now planning to go behind the camera once more later this year.

And speaking with WWD, Ford reveals he’s adapting a not very well known book which he “refuses to name,” but that it’s a thriller.

At this point at least, he has little interest in taking on material pre-loaded with audience expectations. He has changed the title and made considerable revisions to the story. As planned, the film is in two parts, the first faithful to the original material, and the second, completely new

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Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015 Ad Campaign

Tom Ford eyewear Spring 2015

 has enlisted fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh to capture their Spring Summer 2015 advertising campaign.

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The face of the new collection, Dutch supermodel Daphne Groeneveld, posed for the two photographers in retro, glam rock-inspired looks.

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Groeneveld’s svelte figure is perfect for showing off the dramatic bell bottoms from the new line, in black or multicolored iridescent shimmer.

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Rebellious rock star hairstyles and dark eye makeup complete the 70s-inspired look. In charge of styling was Carine Roitfeld with hair by Sam McKnight and makeup by Charlotte Tilbury.

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Inez & Vinoodh also shot the latest campaigns for Emilio Pucci, Anthony Vaccarello, Isabel Marant, Chloé and Jason Wu.

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Tom Ford Launches Beauty Line Lips & Boys

Tom Ford Lips and Boys ad campaign

The American designer has unveiled a new line of lipsticks inspired by the different men in his life.

 got inspired by a range of men, from close family and friends to collaborators and men he finds inspiring.

The Lips & Boys collection features 50 different male names including James, Henry, Stavros and Francesco.

“I like the idea of lipsticks named after boys,” explains Ford. “Why commit to one when you can have several?” he also quips.

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Tom Ford Launches The Lips & Boys Collection

n the Lips & Boys lineup, there are 10 shade ranges, encompassing nude browns, violets and plums, metallics, reds and light pinks.

The high-pigment shades are done in a base of soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomile flower oil.

Each lipstick come in a small ‘clutch-size’ lipstick case, with 50 colors going on sale for one day only on November 28 priced at €33.

They will then reappear in Tom Ford stores and stockists on December 26.

Check out the typically sexy teaser film below:

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Cara Delevingne Goes Naked For Tom Ford

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The 22-year-old beauty appears in a new campaign for Tom Ford’s Black Orchid Fragrance, which was released to the world on Wednesday.

Shot by Mario Sorrenti,  appears naked, basking in dark water and surrounded by floating orchids.

Launched in 2006, Black Orchid is available in 50ml and 100ml formats for $112 and $159 respectively.

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Tom Ford reveals Fall 2014 campaign

Tom Ford Fall 2014 campaign

For his Autumn/Winter 2014 ad campaign, Tom Ford has lined up a selection of ‘individual’ bright young things, shot by photographer Johnny Dufort.

“The concept is individual style which was the idea behind my first women’s show in NY. The campaign is focused on the personal, individual style of different types of women,” explained Ford.

The model cast is an interesting mix of young Hollywood-based stars and some more established models. Ford cast Gigi Hadid, Sabrina Ioffreda, Ella Richards, Vanentijn de Hingh, Yaya Decosta, Lida Fox, Ashleigh Good, Natalie Wesling and Ian Mellencamp in the visuals.

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Guess and Sports Illustrated model Hadid and Patrick Schwarzenegger, the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger, appear in a separate eyewear campaign.

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Tom Ford Fall/​Winter 2014 Eyewear Campaign

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‘s brand never lacks flair and it has gathered two new fashion talents for its Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Eyewear campaign.

On one side is Gigi Hadid, 19, the face of the brand’s fragrance, Velvet Orchid, who is making her way into the fashion world as she also appears in Guess ads. On the men’s side is Patrick Schwarzenegger, 20, the son of the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, who has posed for Hudson Jeans.

The brand is putting the emphasis on youthfulness for this fall’s campaign.

Schwarzenegger is wearing a jacket and a charcoal grey turtleneck and is looking quite serious while Hadid embodies the eccentricity of youth, hair blowing in the wind, wearing a printed coat and huge glasses.