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World’s Best Loyalty Reward Programs 2016

Frequent fliers have spoken and voted Marriott, Southwest and Air France/KLM among the best travel brands for their loyalty programs at this year’s edition of the Freddie Awards. On the elite rewards program front, Hyatt dominated, along with American Airlines and El Al.

Winners of the awards were announced out of Las Vegas Thursday and are based on the results of three million ballots that are cast annually.

For the 26th edition, Air France/KLM and Le Club Accorhotels emerged as the big winners, taking home five Freddie Awards each for Europe and Africa.


Awards are divided by regions – Americas; Europe and Africa; and Middle East, Asia and Oceania.

This year, Southwest broke American Airlines’ four-year winning streak, taking the award for Program of the Year for the Americas.

Marriott took the title of loyalty program of the year for the ninth consecutive year.

The awards are named after Sir Freddie Laker, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1978 for his contribution to commercial aviation and the British economy.

Laker’s long list of accomplishments includes the founding of Britain’s first all-jet air carrier Laker Airways Ltd. in 1966, which eventually became the largest individually and privately owned airline in the world.

He is also credited with founding the world’s first no-frills transatlantic service dubbed “Skytrain,” which flew between London and New York in the late 1970s.

Here is the full list of winners:



Program of the Year: Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards

Best Elite Program: American Airlines – AAdvantage

Best Promotion: Avianca – LifeMiles

Best Customer Service: Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards

Best Redemption Ability: Avianca – LifeMiles

210 AWARD: Avianca – LifeMiles


Program of the Year: Marriott Hotels – Marriott Rewards

Best Elite Program: Hyatt – Gold Passport

Best Promotion: MGM – M life

Best Customer Service: Marriott Hotels – Marriott Rewards

Best Redemption Ability: Marriott Hotels – Marriott Rewards

210 AWARD: MGM – M life



Program of the Year: Air France/KLM – Flying Blue

Best Elite Program: Lufthansa – Miles & More

Best Promotion: Air France/KLM – Flying Blue

Best Customer Service: Air France/KLM – Flying Blue

Best Redemption Ability: Air France/KLM – Flying Blue

210 AWARD (which honors an up-and-coming program among smaller operators): Norwegian Air – Norwegian Reward


Program of the Year: Accor Hotels – Le Club Accorhotels

Best Elite Program: Starwood – Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Promotion: Accor Hotels – Le Club Accorhotels

Best Customer Service: Accor Hotels – Le Club Accorhotels

Best Redemption Ability: IHG – IHG Rewards Club

210 AWARD: IHG – IHG Rewards Club



Program of the Year: Virgin Australia – Velocity

Best Elite Program: El Al – Matmid Club

Best Promotion: El Al – Matmid Club

Best Customer Service: Virgin Australia – Velocity

Best Redemption Ability: Virgin Australia – Velocity

210 AWARD: Jet Airways – JetPrivilege


Program of the Year: Accor Hotels – Le Club Accorhotels

Best Elite Program: Hyatt – Gold Passport

Best Promotion: Accor Hotels – Le Club Accorhotels

Best Customer Service: IHG – IHG Rewards Club

Best Redemption Ability: IHG – IHG Rewards Club

210 AWARD: ITC Hotels – Club ITC

Lip Service: 5 Balms for Summer

The sun is out and its time to get proactive in adapting to the climate. As the heat takes over your skin starts to react and the last thing you want is something on your face and lips that is too cakey, or worse, too drying. Lip-balm-2

The weather may not be ideal but you can still enjoy summer with these products. Promising to hydrate and sooth dry lips, is the Intense Therapy Lip Balm by Jack Black. Offering protection from UV rays — your lips need protection too you know— the brand has expanded its range to include lemon and shea butter. Speaking of UV rays, those who can’t bear to bring themselves to go without some color, should try out the Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50. To keep lips smooth and shielded from the sun, simply wear it over lipstick or gloss. The one pick on the list that doesn’t have offer SPF protection, is the Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm by Clinique. Acting as both a beauty treatment and a lip balm, the 2-in-1 pots feature a sugar-smoothing scrub on one side and a sheer, tinted moisturizing balm in summery colors on the other.Lip-Balm-1

While drinking lots of water (make like you’re Marco Rubio) plays a part in keeping the body hydrated, it doesn’t hurt to get some extra help from the likes of Hempz. The brand’s new Yuzu & Starfruit lip balm is packed with hemp seed oil and shea butter and citrus fruit complex. The combination, is sure to keep lips, is pristine condition under the harsh climate. The final piece in the lip-smacking list, is the Island Berry Sunkissed Moisturising Lip Gloss SPF25 by Hawaiian Tropic. Its special formula contains Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter and Vitamins A, C and E as well as a summery berry flavor.

6 Runway Accessory Trends Maximizing Impact

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Story Credits

Text by Jeffrey Yan

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore. 

Richest people in Britain: Sunday Times’ top 1,000 of the wealthiest Britons in the UK

A retail slump, cratering oil prices and a steel industry crisis meant that a dynamic reshuffling of global wealth was inevitable. Commodities such as oil and steel suffered losses well into the billions as low prices ate into personal assets. Amazingly, the overall fortune of Britain’s top 1,000 wealthiest people read higher this year at £576 billion, up from £547 billion in 2015, according to the Sunday Times. Interestingly, the report also claims that there were more sterling billionaires in London (77) than any other city, ahead of New York (61), San Francisco (57) and Hong Kong (49).

Here then are some of Britain’s richest people who topped their respective categories this year.

The summit of 2016’s Rich List sees property investor brothers David and Simon Reuben with a combined fortune of £13.1 billion, climbing up four places from last year’s list.

Industrialist brothers Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja finished a close second – off by a mere £100 mil – to command a combined fortune of £13 billion. They are ahead of last year’s richest man, Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik, with a wealth of £11.6bn, which is down by £1.6 billion from last year.

Steel magnante Lakshmi Mittal, who topped the list in 2008 with a record-breaking £27.7 billion fortune drops to 11th place this year with £7.1 billion after losing £2.1 billion last year.

“The guys at the top who are feeling the pain this year are often hit by a cocktail of plunging stock markets, low oil prices and the crisis in the steel industry — sometimes by all three,” said Robert Watts, the annual list’s new compiler.

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Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated her 90th birthday last Thursday, is the 319th richest in her kingdom, commanding a wealth of £340 million. This doesn’t include the Crown Estate’s £11.5 billion property portfolio, nor the £10 billion Royal Collection of art and jewelry as her personal wealth. Including those measures would of course make her the richest Briton…

The top 50 also includes familiar names such as Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich (13th, £6.4 billion), Easy Jet founder Stelios Haji-loannou (41st, £2.6 billion) and Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone (42nd, £2.5 billion).

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney leads the list of notable musicians popping up on the Rich List. He boasts a joint fortune of £760 million with his wife Nancy Shevell, who brings £150 million to the marriage. Musician composer Andrew Lloyd Webber follows closely behind with £715 million, ahead of Elton John (£280 million) and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (£235 million).

Adele cinches top spot as Britain’s richest-ever female musician with a fortune estimated at £85 million, up £35 million from last year. She’s also the richest musician aged 30 or under, ahead of Ed Sheeran (£45 million and One Direction members (£33 million).

British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, who currently races for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team, is the only sportsman who made the list, barely making the £103 million requirement with a £106 million fortune. English football captain Wayne Rooney heads the sports stars aged 30 and under list with £82 million, ahead of tennis star Andy Murray (£57 million), golfer Rory McIlroy (£56 million) and Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale (£34 million).

44-year-old comedian Sacha Baron Cohen – who recently starred in Grimsby – and his wife Isla Fisher also make the list with £105 million, putting them at 936th in the U.K.


5 Concept Superyachts for the Future

After our picks of 2016, let’s take a look into the future of yacht development with these five interesting superyacht concepts by innovative designers, forging ahead into unexplored territories.

Dragonship 25 - An ethical sailing experience built for exploring Asia

Dragonship 25 – An ethical sailing experience built for exploring Asia


LOA: 25m

Designer: Pi Super Yachts

At the centre of Welsh company Pi Super Yachts is a desire to ensure the only thing their trimarans create are memories. Designed to accommodate 10 guests and four crew, the trimaran Dragonship 25 concept is almost ‘carbon free’, meaning that by combining technology powering electric propulsion and solar PV panels on the roof with the Autosail wingsail technology, there are almost no carbon emissions and the yacht is nearly silent when running on full power. A truly ethical sailing experience.

Wavepiercer - Combining volume and visibility

Wavepiercer – Combining volume and visibility


LOA: 68m

Designer: ThirtyC

Specifically developed for cruising and exploring the Asia Pacific region, this 68m catamaran concept from British design studio ThirtyC combines a great deal of volume with excellent visibility. Designed with a forward touch-and-go helipad and space for a large tender concealed below, this cat will enable her owners to explore closer to shore the unique coves, bays and island anchorages that this region has to offer.

SeaXplorer - Designed by Amels and Damen to reach the most remote places on earth

SeaXplorer – Designed by Amels and Damen to reach the most remote places on earth


LOA: 65m / 90m / 100m

Designer: Azure Yacht Design and Naval Architecture

Builder: Damen

At the Monaco Yacht Show 2015, Amels and Damen revealed plans for the world’s first purpose-built, Polar Code-compliant range of expedition yachts. Available in 65m, 90m or 100m versions, the SeaXplorer is designed to reach the most remote locations on earth. Specialists in planning exclusive trips for high end clients, EYOS Expeditions partnered with the shipyard team to ensure the design is entirely adventure-ready in a way most converted expedition vessels are not.

GDG65 - Created by Guide de Groot Design for an Asian client

GDG65 – Created by Guide de Groot Design for an Asian client


LOA: 65m

Designer: Guido de Groot Design

Guido de Groot has exclusively revealed this first image of a 65m, six-deck motor yacht capable of cruising and operating for long periods in both the tropics and arctic regions. Designed for an Asian client, this yacht has been created for living on board for extended periods and as such features a unique owner’s deck with balconies, private external spaces, a private lounge, informal dining area and a large office.

WD100 - Andrew Winch; inspired by innovation

WD100 – Andrew Winch; inspired by innovation


LOA: 100m

Designer: Winch Designs

Inspired by clients who want to push the boundaries, Winch Design has created a 100m trimaran with a masculine profile that has space on deck to land an Agusta Westland 609, a kind of tiltrotor aircraft with better range, performance, and payload when compared to a helicopter.

Story Credits

Text by Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.


Spring/Summer 2016: 4 Celebrity Collaborations

It’s always fun to learn of celebrity collaborations with notable brands. Here, we take a look at some of the most anticipated lineups for Spring 2016 you’d want to include on your shopping list.

Rihanna for Manolo BlahnikManolo-Blahnik-Rihanna

Rihanna isn’t showing signs of slowing down when it comes to collaborations. This spring, she adds yet another exciting project to her busy fashion plate with famed luxury shoe designer Manolo Blahnik for a capsule footwear collection entitled “Denim Desserts”. The collection includes six models: ankle boots, stilettos and thigh-high boots. The embroidery and beading featured in the designs, are inspired by the award-winning singer’s many tattoos.This very limited-edition collection goes on sale from May 5 in Manolo Blahnik stores in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Sonia Rykiel & Robert ClegerieSonia-Rykiel-Robert-Clergerie

One of Robert Clergerie’s most iconic designs makes a come-back from the 1980s with the help of Sonia Rykiel. The closed-toe wedge sandals with an ankle strap that sealed the brand’s success got a breath of fresh air with bejweled, striped and sequined designs. Fans looking to embrace the iconic style of the ‘80s can do so in June when the updated designs head to both brands’ stores.

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Uniqlo has quietly edged into the top spot for designer collaborations after working with some of the industry’s best – think Pharrell Williams, UNDERCOVER and Jil Sander. This season, in celebration of Liberty London’s 140th anniversary, the Japanese chain brings a selection of charming floral prints by the English label to bloom on 20 Uniqlo designs, including T-shirts, dresses, pants and lightweight down jackets for women, men, children and babies. The range is out now in stores and online.

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner have taken over the world one Instagram post at a time, and now they’re about to take over our wardrobes too. The capsule collection of chic, high-end pieces designed for Neiman Marcus as part of the label’s “#OnlyatNM” program sees moto jackets, shorts and maxi dresses designed by the powerhouse sisters, and is available in the luxury label’s stores or online at neimanmarcus.com.


9 Beauty Superstars in Focus

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


Shiseido Bio-Performance Liftdynamic Serum ($145)

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


YSL 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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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

4 High Rise Condos with Balcony Pools

The idea of swimming hundreds of feet in the air might not appeal to everyone but in recent years and thanks to advances in engineering and increasingly demanding consumers, balcony pools are proliferating in luxury buildings.

In Miami, 116 units at the Porsche Tower will have a private swimming pool, each positioned on the terrace with a panoramic ocean view. In Mumbai, the Bandra Ohm building, designed by Hong Kong-based James Law Cybertecture will include about 100 units with crescent-shaped pools overlooking the ocean. And in the Bahamas, the BIG-designed Honeycomb building will include 34 private pools sunken into terraces.

The blurring of indoor and outdoor living spaces is not new, and many urban condominium projects already feature expansive outdoor terraces and rooftop kitchens, the type of spaces typically found in single-family homes. Private pools appear to be the latest frontier.

Soori High Line is Singapore's SCDA architects' first project in the US. Some units feature heated indoor/outdoor pools and the triplex penthouses have rooftop pools. The concept of balcony pools was previously untried in Manhattan.

Soori High Line is Singapore’s SCDA architects’ first project in the US. Some units feature heated indoor/outdoor pools and the triplex penthouses have rooftop pools. The concept of balcony pools was previously untried in Manhattan.

New international projects have been making headlines for their high-tech balcony pool designs, but developers in Asia have been incorporating pools into condo towers for much of the last decade. In 2005, Bangkok developers Le Raffine completed Sukhumvit 24, a 30-storey tower that has 54 units, many of them duplexes and each with a private plunge pool. The OneKL building in Kuala Lumpur was completed in 2009 and famously boasts “94 Apartments, 95 Swimming Pools”. The 35-storey condominium tower, designed by Singapore’s SCDA architects, set a new benchmark for luxury living in Malaysia when it launched, offering high-tech features such as lifts with fingerprinted access, built-in Miele kitchens and three-bedroom duplexes each with a private swimming pool.

Soo K Chan, founder and lead architect at SCDA has also begun exporting balcony pools outside of the region, as far away as Manhattan, where until recently the concept was untried. Soori High Line is the architect’s first project in the U.S. and is located in West Chelsea overlooking New York’s High Line Park. The building includes 27 units designed with 18-foot ceilings, limestone floors and a palette of woods and luxurious finishes and fixtures from Poliform, Miele and Boffi. On the ground floor, the units back into private courtyards. Further up in the building, some units include heated indoor/outdoor pools. These run from the master suite along the living areas to overlook 29th street and the neighbouring High Line. There will also be triplex penthouses on the uppermost floors, each with a rooftop pool. Three units have been released with prices ranging from $3.7 million to $10.995 millionSoori High Line - EX7_20160625

While some New Yorkers have struggled to understand the concept of a pool in the living room, for Chan, the feature is not a flamboyant building appendage; it is part of how he creates porosity in his designs. Chan is known for displacing apartment units along the building grid creating open spaces and cross-ventilation and turning these voids into sky gardens or lap pools—at the Marq in Singapore, cantilevered 15-meter pools project from the building’s glass façade; at OneKL in Malaysia, large double-volume apartment units feature adjoining terraces and pools and six-meter-high ceilings, which allow maximum natural lighting and cross ventilation.


In Manhattan, the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces are more defined, but with Soori High Line, Chan aimed to change this. “I want to bring to New York the concept of the transitioning of spaces, the space between indoors and outdoors,” he says. New York’s climate is not as balmy as that of Southeast Asia, but the pools are climatically controlled with a central boiler heater and there is a heat exchange, so the water temperature is maintained at 84˚F (29.9˚C).

The Marq in Singapore features cantilevered 15-metre pools from the building's glass facade

The Marq in Singapore features cantilevered 15-metre pools from the building’s glass facade

Mexico-city based architecture firm DCPP Arquitectos, which is designing Sky Condos in Lima, Peru, a project with 10 duplexes and cantilevered pools emphasises the importance of outdoor living spaces for urban dwellers. “We believe that an apartment shouldn’t lack exterior spaces,” the architects say. “This is why our main space in each apartment is the exterior public area which contains the pool and a series of terraces that bring dynamism to the whole tower.”

But the futuristic appearance of balcony pools still puts them in the headlines, particularly the more brazen designs. When James Law of James Law Cybertecture unveiled his plans for the Bandra Ohm in Mumbai, 1.2 million hits on his website crashed its servers. According to Law, the 140-meter ohm-shaped building takes its inspiration from water. “The design concept of the tower is inspired by the ripple effect generated by water droplets, which is also known as the capillary wave,” the architect says. In the building design, this ripple effect is created via a continuous shifting of infinity edged pools of each unit.

BIG-designed Honeycomb building in the Bahamas will include 34 private pools sunken into terraces

BIG-designed Honeycomb building in the Bahamas will include 34 private pools sunken into terraces

Although developers have been emboldened by engineering and design advances such as 3D structural analysis, lightweight materials and waterproofing technology, constructing an elevated pool, especially one over a liveable area, remains a challenge. Water is heavy and the building must be able to support the extra load. A single cubic foot of water contains 28.3 liters and weighs more than 28 kilograms. The water in a standard lap pool—75 feet long, 15 feet wide and four feet deep—weighs nearly 127,000 kilograms, and a building such as OneKL carries approximately 2,500m³ of water across its 95 swimming pools.


Pools must also be designed to evenly transfer the weight of the water to the supporting walls and columns. At Soori High Line in Manhattan, the pools are cast as part of the continuous floor slab. For the Sky Condos in Lima, architects say walls that run parallel to the main structure will balance the weight of the water. Leakage is also a concern. In backyards, pools are often made of concrete, but the material is prone to cracking and not suitable for balconies. To counteract the risks of leakage, some architects use waterproof concrete to ensure tightness, others choose stainless steel pools, as these are lightweight and easy to assemble. Cutting-edge ceramics and carbon-fibre composite technology from the aerospace and motor sports industries are also sneaking into some pool designs.honeycomb-bahamas-renderings

The balconies at Bandra Ohm are enclosed in acrylic, the material used in aquariums. At the Porsche Tower in Miami, Italian company Piscine Castiglione is building prefab pools using Myrtha® technology, a modular system of stainless steel panels laminated with a layer of high strength PVC. The technology has several advantages, including durability and minimal maintenance requirements, but the design flexibility is particularly suited to balconies that cannot accommodate standard pool dimensions.


However, cutting edge pools come at a price. The pools at the Porsche Tower, which include Jacuzzi bubbles and a hydro-massage bench are costing the developer $100,000 each. Plus the extra steel and concrete needed to hold the weight, as well as supply lines that between floors make the pool portion of the Porsche Tower cost about $18 million, says Gil Dezer, the tower’s developer. The residences are on the market for $6.3 million to $32.5 million. The pools are only part of the amenity package at the Porsche Tower. The building also includes glass car elevators that allow residents to remain in their cars on the way up to their apartments.

The pools at the Porsche Tower, which include Jacuzzi bubbles and a hydro-massage bench are costing the developer US$100,000 each

The pools at the Porsche Tower, which include Jacuzzi bubbles and a hydro-massage bench are costing the developer US$100,000 each

The added cost of pools does not appear to be impeding developers or buyers at the top end of the market. Christopher Anand, senior managing director of the Tavistock Group, which is developing Honeycomb, a new project in the Bahamas where each of the 34 units has a 70sf pool says the pools are an attractive amenity “that we have seen as a huge selling point.” Honeycomb’s sales launched in September 2014 and the building is 50 per cent sold.

Honeycomb architect Bjarke Ingels designed the building with a hexagonal-patterned façade that also functionally supports the pools, making them sink into the terrace floor. The thick beams that helped create the exterior motif will support the weight of the water—about five metric tons per pool, Ingels says. The design also maximises privacy for residents while still affording them marina and ocean views. The condominiums at Honeycomb range from 2,500sf to 5,800sf and are priced from $3.5 million to $15 million.piscina-Porsche-Tower-Miami-3

Still not everyone buys the idea of a balcony pool. Some real-estate agents and developers question the idea of absorbing an additional 20 per cent for a high rise where the functionality of pools are limited and meant more for wading. Others remain unconvinced of their safety. For Soo K Chan, who is seasoned at creating luxurious living spaces, private pools are simply another part of today’s luxury residential package. “It functions as an amenity of the higher end market,” he says.

In the building design of Bandra Ohm, ripple effects are created via a continuous shifting of infinity edged pools of each unit.

In the building design of Bandra Ohm, ripple effects are created via a continuous shifting of infinity edged pools of each unit.

On the market

Soori High Line
Design: SCDA Architects
Location: Manhattan, New York, US
Number of units: 27
Number of balcony pools: 16
Pool size: 23 to 26 feet long, 7 to 9 feet wide, 4 feet deep
Average price: $3,047 psf
Completion: 2017

Porsche Design Tower
Location: Miami, Florida, US
Design: Porsche Design Group
Number of units: 132
Number of balcony pools: 116
Pool size: 10 by 15 feet
Price: $6.3 million to $32.5 million
Completion: 2016

Bandra Ohm
Location: Mumbai, India
Design: James Law Cybertecture
Number of units: 100
Number of balcony pools: 100
Pool material: High-strength acrylic

Location: Bahamas, North America
Design: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Number of units: 34
Number of pools: 34
Pool size: 70sf
Price: $3.5 million to $15 million
Completion: 2016

Story Credits
Text by Sophie Kalkreuth

This article was originally published in PALACE Magazine

10 Most Innovative Superyachts

Conforming with the norm — where’s the fun in that? It wouldn’t be a superyacht if it was normal and that is exactly why the following 10 yachts are our picks for this list.

Silver Fast

LOA: 77m
Year: 2015
Builder: Silver Yachts
Exterior Design: Espen Øino
Interior Design: Vain Interiors
Naval Architect: Espen Øino
Yachts like Silver Fast are destined to lure in a new breed of owner. Beyond her sexy Espen Øino profile and cosy but cool interior, she is a fast, functional and mould-breaking superyacht; the largest and fastest aluminium yacht with conventional propulsion, in fact. Sleek and lightweight, she’s economical at high speeds (her maiden voyage from Western Australia to Sri Lanka, some 3,200nm, saw her average 17 knots and just 105 gallons per hour of fuel), she handles challenging conditions with ease and her shallow draft means she can access places that most of her size cannot.

Grand Voyager

LOA: 43.9m
Year: 2016
Builder: Kingship Marine
Exterior Design: Horacio Bozzo
Interior Design: Horacio Bozzo
Naval Architect: Axis Group Yacht Design
Conceived for the kind of owner who is looking for a low-impact yacht to for world cruising, Grand Voyager is the very first yacht under 50m being built to Green Star Plus standards, which means exceeding the minimum levels set by international regulation on environmental protection. Currently in build at Kingship Marine’s shipyard in Southern China, this project is looking for a conscious buyer and will be ready in 12 months.


LOA: 83.5m
Year: 2015
Builder: Feadship
Exterior Design: CG Design / Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
Interior Design: CG Design
Naval Architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects M/Y
Savannah is possibly Feadship’s most innovative yacht ever. This sea-foam green yacht can operate in diesel, electric, or hybrid modes and its entirely unique propulsion system can improve fuel economy by 30 percent when compared to traditional engines. Other innovations include her striking ‘floating’ superstructure and a jaw-dropping underwater lounge inside the hull, which features a thick glass wall allowing guests to watch fish outside the yacht or watch swimmers in the pool.

Dream SymphonyDream-Symphony-Dream-Ship-Victory-YachtStyle

LOA: 141m
Year: 2016
Builder: Dream Ship Victory
Exterior Design: Ken Freivokh Design
Interior Design: Ken Freivokh Design
Naval Architect: Dykstra Naval Architects
Bringing together the same team that designed the iconic S/Y Maltese Falcon, Dream Symphony will be the largest wooden sailing yacht and the second largest sailing yacht in the world, coming second only to Nobiskrug’s 142.8m Sailing Yacht A. Building a 141m yacht out of wood is a daring and sophisticated task, a journey that began in 2010, and has required a dedicated 200m construction shed be built at the Aegean shipyard.


LOA: 55m
Year: 2015
Builder: Heesen Yachts
Exterior Design: Omega Architects
Interior Design: Sinot Design
Naval Architect: Van Oossanen Naval Architects
A real golden girl, M/Y Azamanta broke boundaries when she was launched, becoming the world’s first fast displacement steel-hulled yacht longer than 50m. Pioneered by Van Oosanen Naval Architects, the fast displacement hull form has traditionally used aluminium, but Azamanta’s ice-reinforced steel hull still exceeded the contractual speed by 0.4kts, reaching a top speed of 16.9kts. She is also extremely efficient, ready to take her owners around the world.

Lady Lara

LOA: 91m
Year: 2015
Builder: Lürssen
Exterior Design: Reymond Langton
Interior Design: Reymond Langton
Naval Architect: Lürssen
Formerly known as Project Orchid, M/Y Lady Lara is arguably one of the more elegant superyacht launches of recent times. While at 91m she makes it into the top 100 largest yachts, her sweeping curves and sculpted superstructure ensure she looks far from awkwardly large.


LOA: 88.8m
Year: 2017
Builder: Pride Mega Yachts
Exterior Design: Rainsford Mann Design
Interior Design: Sinot Design Associates
Naval Architect: Azure Naval Architects
Set to be the largest superyacht ever built in China and the only Chinese-built yacht in the top 100, Pride Mega Yachts’ M/Y Illusion will be the first project built solely by the yard and thus the first real showcase of its capabilities. Details are limited, but her powerful profile comes from the drawing board of Rainsford Mann Design and inside, the floor to ceiling windows will flood the spacious, Asian-inspired interior with light.


LOA: 63m
Year: 2015
Builder: Sunrise Yachts
Exterior Design: Espen Øino
Interior Design: Focus Yacht Design
Naval Architect: Unique Yacht Design
At 63m with a gross tonnage of 1,463, Irimari is the largest yacht to come from Sunrise and to be built in Turkey by volume. Designed for transoceanic range and long-distance cruising, she has been created as a veritable haven for her owner. Large entertainment spaces, high-tech gaming and cinema rooms (there is a five-metre video wall and an interactive games room on the top deck), copper tones, complementary woods and bespoke pieces make this a superyacht you would happily never leave. A second 63m based on this platform is due for delivery later this year.

Sailing Yacht A

LOA: 142.81m
Year: 2016
Builder: Nobiskrug
Exterior Design: Philippe Starck
Interior Design: Philippe Starck
Naval Architect: Dykstra Naval Architects
Innovative and challenging, Andrey Melnichenko’s latest superyacht project is already just as renowned and divisive as his M/Y A. Shrouded in secrecy, this leviathan will be the largest sailing yacht in the world, featuring the world’s tallest carbon yacht masts. She has eight decks, free-floating spiral staircase and multiple elevators, a touch-and-go helipad and a underwater viewing pod will be moulded into the keel, offering guests a subaquatic view of the props through 30cm of glass.

Project White Rabbit Golf

LOA: 84m
Year: 2017
Builder: Echo Yachts
Exterior Design: Sorgiovanni Design
Interior Design: Sorgiovanni Designs
Naval Architect: One2three Naval Architects
Mothership to Echo Yachts’ 46m catamaran shadow vessel launching this year, this 84m trimaran is going to be a groundbreaker. When she is delivered in the later part of 2017, she will be the largest aluminium superyacht ever built, the largest superyacht ever built in Australia and the first diesel electric superyacht ever built in Australia.

Story Credits

Text by: Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

5 Innovative Exhibits at Milan Furniture Fair

While the show’s main thrust is featuring the finest in design and interior decoration, the Milan Furniture Fair 2016 also hosts exhibitions or installations aimed beyond these primary objectives. Here is a round-up of the must-sees at the festival, which runs to April 17:

Color and Material Library

Designer Hella Jongerius presents us with a work born from 10 years worth of research into the properties and possibilities of textures for future inspiration. The library comes together as a display of fabrics and colors that visitors can touch and feel.


COS x Sou Fujimoto Forest of Light

COS x Sou Fujimoto

Architect Sou Fujimoto and clothing chain COS blend nature and design with the ‘Forest of Light’ installation. This installation builds around projectors giving off cones of light that react to the movements of visitors, invoking feelings of transience and ephemerality.

Tom Dixon and Caesarstone's Kitchen

Tom Dixon and Caesarstone’s Kitchen

Tom Dixon x Caesarstone

British Designer Tom Dixon and design company Caesarstone have conceived of four kitchen concepts based around the elements (air, earth, water, fire) to be displayed in the historical setting of the Rotonda della Besana. Each kitchen will exhibit special properties related to each element – for example, the Water kitchen reflects jagged frozen ice, while the Fire kitchen mixes blackened beams with gold to reflect ash and flame.

Touch Base

Designer Ilse Crawford and director of the Design Academy Eindhoven Thomas Widdershoven have an installation focused on the idea of human touch and contact, especially relevant in a society so saturated with alienating digital technology. The exhibition will have many features but one of them involves products created from human hair.

The Courtyard Village

Architect Diébédo Francis Kéké will be changing the courtyard of the Palazzo Litta into a “neo-African village”, with pavilions of stone and wood. The open and comfortable atmosphere contrasts with the cramped architectural spaces so common to many modern buildings.

Hard Lines: 5 Modern Beauty Looks 2016

From an exaggerated graphic eye to an intense, heavy brow, this season’s statement look is geometric, modern and anything but soft.



Water Supreme Finishing Pact SPF 25 PA++ in No.1 Light Beige, Watery Cushion Concealer in No.1 Splendid Cover, Brush Highlighter in Pink Beam, Gel Liquid Liner in Black, Jet Curling Mascara in Black, Silk Intense Lipstick in Beige Chiffon.

Makeup, Peter Khor



Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation SPF 25/PA++, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15/PA++, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 88 Noir Intense, Ligne Graphique de Chanel Liquid Eyeliner Intensity Definition in 10 Noir, Inimitable Mascara Volume-Length-Curl-Separation in 10 Noir Black, Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in 402 Adrienne.

Makeup, Peter Khor


YSL Beauté

Touche Éclat Blur Perfector, Touche Éclat in 1 Luminous Radiance, Le Cushion Encre de Peau, Terre Saharienne Powder in 10 Terre Ambree, Baby Doll Kiss and Blush in 12 Moca Garçonne, Couture Kajal Eye Pencil Om in 1 Noir Ardent, Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Shocking in 1 Deep Black, Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll in Fetish Black.

Makeup, Rick Yang



Optimal Brightening Concentrate, Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Contour Blush in Paloma, Brow Perfector in Suriname, Eye Paint in Black Valley, Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, Audacious Mascara.

Makeup, John Lee


Clé de Peau Beauté

Sheer Fluid Veil SPF24 PA++, Radiant Fluid Foundation, Translucent Loose Powder, Bronzing Powder Duo in No.2, Stylo Eyeliner Pencil in 201 Black, Perfect Lash Mascara in No.1, Extra Rich Lipstick in Velvet 309.

Makeup, Rick Yang

Story Credits
Photography: Alvin Tang
Beauty Direction: Fac3inc
Photography Assistant: Mun Kong
Makeup: Peter Khor, Rick Yang & John Lee/Fac3inc
Hair: Sean Ang/Fac3inc x ARX Salon using Kevin Murphy

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

In Pictures: 9 High Jewelry Pieces to Inspire

Born out of the most imaginative minds, set with spectacular gems mined from the furthest corners of the earth and engineered by the nimblest hands, the high jewelry collections you’re about to see will, quite literally, take your breath away. Our friends at L’Officiel Singapore curated and shot this selection to celebrate their ninth anniversary in 2016.

Tiffany & Co.

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Arrows 18k gold clip with amethysts, diamonds and sapphires.

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Arrows 18k gold clip with amethysts, diamonds and sapphires.

The New York label calls this one of late French jeweller Jean Schlumberger’s most brilliant designs for the house. Handcrafted by artisans, it was, in 2014, made a part of the Blue Book, an annual high jewelry collection celebrating the setting of flawless diamonds and coloured gemstones in Tiffany & Co.’s present-day creations. A large 20.06-carat amethyst sits in the middle of the unique clip, while 18k gold arrows appear to pierce through its fully-pavéd heart.



From top: Signature Morganite white gold secret watch with diamonds and morganite, and Les Éternelles de Chanel white gold secret watch with diamonds and pink sapphires.

From top: Signature Morganite white gold secret watch with diamonds and morganite, and Les Éternelles de Chanel white gold secret watch with diamonds and pink sapphires.

What appear to be cuff bracelets are in fact secret watches, each designed after things – namely, the camellia, the comet and the feather – that inspired late founder Gabrielle Chanel. This year, the Parisian house adds a fourth piece to its Les Éternelles de Chanel collection, which, through a neat pattern of diamond-set squares, tells the story of the star quilting technique that Chanel has long been known for. At the heart of the ticker sits a 43.66-carat pink morganite pyramid that, when pressed, reveals a small, elegant dial.



Giardini Italiani white gold earrings with brilliant-cut diamonds and Colombian emeralds, and Giardini Italiani white gold convertible necklace-brooch with brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies.

Giardini Italiani white gold earrings with brilliant-cut diamonds and Colombian emeralds, and Giardini Italiani white gold convertible necklace-brooch with brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies.

In this staggering collection are 100 beautiful one-of-a-kind interpretations of what you’d find in an Italian Renaissance garden. Aptly named Giardini Italiani or, Italian Gardens, the Roman house’s latest high jewelry collection has reimagined Colombian emeralds, brilliant-cut diamonds, pink spinels and even a 400-carat Sri Lankan sapphire, among other precious stones, as romantic flower beds, geometric hedges and water cascading off decadent fountains.



High Jewelry Collection white gold and titanium brooch with amethysts, emeralds, Paraiba tourmalines, spinels, tsavorites and rubies.

High Jewelry Collection white gold and titanium brooch with amethysts, emeralds, Paraiba tourmalines, spinels, tsavorites and rubies.

A year after joining the French Couture Federation as jeweller, Chopard has unveiled three unique cuff bracelets handcrafted by artisans in its Geneva Haute Joaillerie ateliers. Our top pick: an ingenious piece that the Swiss maison describesx as “a flight towards spring” – it sports a pair of transformable, iridescent butterflies decked in precious stones. The first has wings that double as earrings while the second detaches to become a brooch.



Clockwise: Granville Tourmaline Verte yellow gold ring with beryls, diamonds, iolites, spessartite garnet, red spinels, rubellite and tourmalines, Granville Peridot yellow gold ring with diamonds, mandarin garnets, peridot, sapphires, and tourmalines, and Granville Tourmaline Verte pink gold ring with aquamarines, chrysoberyls, diamonds, pink spinels, spessartite garnets and tourmalines.

Clockwise: Granville Tourmaline Verte yellow gold ring with beryls, diamonds, iolites, spessartite garnet, red spinels, rubellite and tourmalines, Granville Peridot yellow gold ring with diamonds, mandarin garnets, peridot, sapphires, and tourmalines, and Granville Tourmaline Verte pink gold ring with aquamarines, chrysoberyls, diamonds, pink spinels, spessartite garnets and tourmalines.

Here, Monsieur Dior’s growing up years in Granville on the coast of Normandy were the source of inspiration. Head of fine jewelry Victoire de Castellane captures the playful spirit of childhood games in 12 one-of-a-kind creations. According to the designer, colorful cuts of her favorite stones – aquamarine, beryl, chrysoberyl, rubellite, tanzanite and tourmaline – are arranged with “a sense of equilibrium” in asymmetrical patterns, so no one shade dominates the other.


Louis Vuitton

Excelsior white gold ring with diamonds and indigolite tourmalines.

Excelsior white gold ring with diamonds and indigolite tourmalines.

Fluid lines of ’30s Streamline Moderne make a sensual comeback in Acte V/The Escape, Louis Vuitton’s sixth high jewelry collection. Rounded silhouettes borrowed from aeronautics and the hulls of transatlantic steamships are incorporated into the collection, which feature vibrant-color gems (including a 32-carat Paraiba tourmaline and 30-carat Australian Lightning Ridge opal) and a specially-reworked, softer version of the French house’s signature “V” motif.


Van Cleef & Arpels

Spanish Ballerina platinum and gold clip with diamonds, emeralds and rubies, and Ballerina platinum brooch with diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

Spanish Ballerina platinum and gold clip with diamonds, emeralds and rubies, and Ballerina platinum brooch with diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

Born out of Louis Arpels’ passion for dance, many of the Parisian jeweler’s creations feature ballerinas as recurring icons. First shown in New York in the ’40s, ballerina clips – adorned in precious headdresses and tutus composed of colored gems – were a hit with collectors, who were besotted with the elegant costumes and graceful poses. A specially curated selection will be displayed at the Art Science Museum from April 23 to August 14 as part of Van Cleef & Arpels’ The Art & Science of Gems exhibition.



Hirunda the Swallows white gold earrings with diamonds and black lacquer, and Chinha the Eagle white gold ring with diamonds, sapphires and a cabochon tanzanite.

Hirunda the Swallows white gold earrings with diamonds and black lacquer, and Chinha the Eagle white gold ring with diamonds, sapphires and a cabochon tanzanite.

Rich in virtues – bravery, hope and peace – and lavish in build, with no surface left unset, animal-inspired jewel talismans are touted by Boucheron as both precious and protective companions, and have been a part of its emblematic lines since 1858. This year, the French jeweler’s ever-growing Animaux de Collection (it currently features 20 creatures) welcomes a new member, Chinha the eagle, whose regality is translated as an oversized white gold ring anchored with a large cabochon tanzanite.



Lumières d’Eau platinum and white gold necklace with frosted rock crystals and diamonds.

Lumières d’Eau platinum and white gold necklace with frosted rock crystals and diamonds.

Divided into 12 sets, a number recalling the address of Chaumet’s Place Vendôme boutique, the Lumières d’Eau collection exquisitely expresses water in its various states. White Ethiopian opals, pearls, lapis lazuli and emeralds conjure vivid images of gleaming lights on the South Seas, the soft tones of the aurora borealis and crashing waves under an aquamarine sky. A highlight of the high jewelry collection, this piece – featuring blocks of diamond-set and frosted rock crystals on a sleek collar necklace – depicts icicles, and embodies the frozen strength of water.

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

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

8 Motorbikes for Cross Country Touring

Spring is in the air, in the northern hemisphere at least, and the open road beckons. Rather than being cooped up in a car, we suggest getting a two-wheeler and making an adventure of the season. Can’t make up your mind on the perfect companion for the motorcycle road trip? Here’s our pick of eight two-wheelers for the little adventure.

Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

We start with the Harley Davidson Low Rider S. The newest addition to the S Series by Harley Davidson is a more subdued mean machine with the bad-boy looks. Fitted with the the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine —the most powerful by Harley Davidson — a two-cylinder V-twin engine, this is a pretty powerful machine. With 159 N.M of torque at 3,500 rpm and a heavy duty clutch, this classy custom cruiser is the way to go.

The Harley-Davidson Low Rider S starts from €19,290 via www.harley-davidson.com


Honda CB500F 2016

Next up, is the Honda CB500F 2016. With an adjustable front fork and brake lever, this motorcycle is suitable for those unfamiliar with bikes. Compliant with Europe’s A2 licensing category, this motorcycle is fitted with a decent sized fuel tank and LED lights as well as a masculine design. The only drawback of the machine, which you can’t tell from this image, is that it won’t be as comfortable to ride with a passenger.

The Honda CB500F comes at €5,599 via http://powersports.honda.com

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT oozes sportiness in its lightweight design fitted with a remarkable 173bhp engine and decent mechanics. Its 23-liter tank proves handy in Sport mode – one of its three ride modes. Along with high-end electronics, the KTM also stands out for an innovative semi-active suspension system. Press reports indicate that the passenger option is comfortable and reasonable, making it a proper touring bike.

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT starts at around €18,200 via www.ktm.com

Aprilia CAPONORD 1200 Rally

Aprilia CAPONORD 1200 Rally

Aprilia’s new Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally marks a more versatile model than any of its predecessors coming from the Italian bike master. Not only does it have a lively engine but that engine’s handling and the bike’s overall comfort has been boosted too. The compact and practical saddlebag cases are supplied as standard, though a rear mudguard and centerstand aren’t included in the standard package.

The Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally comes priced from €16,499 via www.apriliausa.com


BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black

BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black

The famous R1200 GS is back with the BMW R1200 GS Triple Black – a special edition model with a black finish and cross spoke wheels. Being dark, sleek and mean with a four-stroke twin-cylinder engine, makes this an adventure motorcycle with a great handle on all kinds of roads and tracks.

The BMW R1200 GS Triple Black has an asking price of €16,575.

Honda NC750X 2016

Honda NC750X 2016

The Honda NC750X 2016 gets a facelift with a rugged style, making it a great open road model for the wayward adventurer. It also has a refined 750cc twin-cylinder engine, LED lights, an optimized front fork, and optional Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). For the rider it also features a comfortable seat, wide handlebars and plenty of storage space.

The Honda NC750X 2016 places at $8,530 to $9,436 for the DCT model (€7,499 to €8,299) via www.honda.co.uk

Triumph Tiger Explorer Xca

Triumph Tiger Explorer Xca

A Triumph Tiger Explorer Xca is the all-terrain adaptable bike for any distance, with its modern assertive design and high end electronics. Electronic features include semi-active suspension and five different rider modes with different ABS, traction control and throttle maps. With an easy handle and pleasant drive, this is the offroad transcontinental explorer that is perfect spec-wise, while not being particularly overpriced for a bike of this kind.

The Triumph Tiger Explorer Xca goes at €19,700 via www.triumphmotorcycles.com


Ducati Hypermotard 939

Ducati Hypermotard 939

The Ducati Hypermotard 939 2016 is for the power of the ride. With a 937cc twin-cylinder engine with 113hp, the Hypermotard 939 comes with three-level ABS, eight levels of Ducati Traction Control and three rider modes. Although, the SP version has higher-spec features and improved handling for a more comfortable ride – thanks to the effective suspension system.

The Ducati Hypermotard 939 2016 goes at approx. €11,990 for the Standard model (www.ducatiusa.com) or €15,490 for the SP (www.ducatiusa.com).

This story was written in-house, based on a list created by the AFP

Top 10 Superyacht Launches 2016

We have taken a look at the top launches of 2015. Seeing as how the Singapore Yacht show has come to a close, we decided to show you some of the top launches of 2016. Sit back, relax and enjoy Yacht Style‘s picks of 2016.


LOA: 38.6m
Year: 2016
Builder: NCA shipyard
Exterior Design: Dynamiq
Interior Design: Bannenberg & Rowell
Naval Architect: Azure Naval Architects and Van Oossanen
The brainchild of yacht designer and broker Sergei Dobroserdov, Dynamiq came on the scene mid-2015 with the intention of disrupting the entire superyacht buying and building model. The first Dynamiq in build is the D4, scheduled for delivery ahead of Monaco Yacht Show 2016. A smart yacht for smart clients, D4 is the result of a top tier collaboration from across the industry. Combining speed (21kts) with long range efficiency (535 litres of fuel at 19 kts), luxury (designer partner brands such as Trussardi Casa, Technogym, Aqua di Parma) and more space than other yachts of this size, the D4 will show the world how Dynamiq is a welcome disruptor for the industry.

Global 104 Pilothouse

LOA: 31.95m
Year: 2016
Builder: Cheoy Lee Shipyards
Exterior Design: Cheoy Lee Shipyards
Interior Design: Sylvia Bolton
Naval Architect: Jon Overing
Built for a repeat client, this is the first of the Global 104 series that Cheoy Lee has launched and is the Chinese yard’s new flagship. A highly efficient and comfortable tri-deck motor yacht, its interior is extremely voluminous for its size, unusually featuring a full-beam master suite and a country-style kitchen on the main deck as well as spacious walk-around side decks all the way forward.


LOA: 45m
Year: 2016
Builder: Wider Yachts
Exterior Design: Fulvio De Simoni
Interior Design: Fulvio De Simoni
Naval Architect: Wider Yachts
While its technical launch came at the end of last year, Wider’s first superyacht M/Y Genesi is one to look out for in 2016. For a first superyacht, this is a boundary-pusher. Her innovative diesel-electric power system features lithium polymer battery banks that not only supply the entire hotel system but also hold enough power to exclusively battery-run the yacht. Still available for sale, this is a yacht for a conscious client who enjoys the outdoors and is looking for something unique.


LOA: 36.6m
Year: 2016
Builder: Horizon Group
Exterior Design: JC Espinosa
Interior Design: Luca Dini
Naval Architect: Horizon Group
Nicely debuted at this March’s Taiwan International Boat Show, Horizon’s RP120 is a sleek yacht that aims to combine luxury with liveability. Indoor spaces are varied to offer different options of entertaining and Italian designer Luca Dini has ensured an aesthetic that airs towards the easy elegance of a beach house. Outside, guests can take their pick from the sofa on the boat deck, the Jacuzzi or the bow’s dinette.

Project 1016

LOA: 50m
Year: 2016
Builder: McMullen & Wing
Exterior Design: Gregory C. Marshall
Interior Design: Gregory C. Marshall
Naval Architect: Gregory C. Marshall
This blue-hulled beauty with the yellow boot stripe is the largest yacht McMullen & Wing has built and the second from its Diamond series. Like her older sister, the world explorer 45m M/Y Big Fish, this project is destined to take her owners off-the-beaten track and has been designed as such. Project 1016 (her name is still a secret) is a muscular yacht with a range of 6000nm, light interior spaces and expansive outdoor space with protected spots like the lowered aft cockpit for fishing and lounging.


LOA: 70m
Year: 2016
Builder: Perini Navi
Exterior Design: PH Design with owner
Interior Design: PH Design
Naval Architect: Philippe Briand
While Sybaris’ launch date has suffered various delays, it can be promised that when she hits the water later this year, she will be one special yacht. A true passion project in every sense, she has been designed by newcomers to the yachting world PH Design with significant input from her owner. Modern and minimal, art is at the core of Sybaris’ design and she will be a floating gallery for pieces selected by her owner, who is an avid and knowledgable collector. Make no mistake though, with an estimated top speed of 17kts and plans for circumnavigation, this will be a gallery with serious sailing credentials too.


LOA: 34.1m
Year: 2016
Builder: Ocean Alexander
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Gregory C Marshall
Ocean Alexander’s new tri-level OA112 is a rare example of a yacht in this size bracket that offers five staterooms, including a full-beam master on the main deck. The first hull was launched in February in time for Yachts Miami Beach, after construction began in the summer of 2012 following a long period of perfecting.


LOA: 40.4m
Year: 2016
Builder: IAG
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Axis Group Yacht Design
In build for a US client, Serenity is a tri-deck motoryacht from IAG’s Noble Star series and has been optimised with both private and charter use in mind. The Evan Marshall design combines open and enclosed balconies and terraces throughout the yacht, creating a special extension of the interior.

Project CharleyProject-Charley-Echo-Yachts-YachtStyle

LOA: 46.7m
Year: 2016
Builder: Echo Yachts
Exterior Design: LOMOcean
While the explorer yacht concept is an increasingly popular one for many owners, clients who want the full complement of tenders and toys for exploring, but don’t want to compromise on space or luxury, turn to support vessels. Australian shipyard Echo Yachts has one such vessel due for launch this year. Built to support the 84m trimaran mothership (also in build at Echo Yachts for the same experienced owner), Project Charley is a catamaran with an impressive level of composite infused construction R&D behind it, and has been designed to house a fleet of 11 watercraft.

Arcadia 100

LOA: 29.29m
Year: 2016
Builder: Arcadia Yachts
Exterior Design: Francesco Guida
Naval Architect: Francesco Guida
This is the first of two Arcadia 100 hulls due for launch this summer. While many yards claim eco-conscious designs, this Italian shipyard puts its money where its mouth is. The 100’s hull was designed at the National Physical Laboratory to test efficiency while the aesthetically striking floor-to-ceiling windows integrate solar cells, which provide enough power to run refrigerators, water converters, lights, electrical systems and toilets, and also ensure around 18 degrees of thermal cooling from outdoor to indoor temperatures. A smart yacht for a smart owner.

Story Credits

Text by Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Top 10 Superyacht Launches in Asia 2015

With the Singapore Yacht Show well underway, we take a look back at some of the best superyacht launches from last year. With the spending power in the region growing each year, several big names in the yachting industry have strengthened their presence in the East. With Asian shipyards going from strength to strength and Asian clients becoming more knowledgable and more adventurous, YACHT STYLE has put together a unique selection with an eye on the Asian market.

Rather than simply the largest or the newest, we have compiled a list designed to inspire and show the many facets of the yachting world. We present 10 superyachts – vessels generally 24m and above – from 2015 built in Asia, built for Asian clients and those that are deserving this discerning market’s attention. 2015 was a year that saw some extremely innovative projects and 2016 looks like it will be no different, as owners look to challenge the norms of design and efficiency; thus YACHT STYLE highlights 10 of the most boundary-pushing projects. Of course, innovation isn’t possible without imagination and inspiration, so we also look at five unique superyacht concepts from design studios around the world that would hold appeal for the Asian market.

King Baby

LOA: 42.7m
Year: 2015
Builder: IAG Yachts
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Sergio Cutolo
Built for an American client, King Baby (pictured top) is the Zhuhai shipyard’s largest launch to date and the first of its new NobleStar 140 series. A superyacht with a decided rock ’n’ roll edge, she is well suited to entertaining, with adaptable outdoor social spaces. Large windows and high ceilings ensure that the comfortable, contemporary interior is always full of light.

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LOA: 26.5m
Year: 2015
Builder: Ferretti
Debuted and sold at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, the F870 Tai He Ban special edition is Ferretti’s answer to the preferences of the Asian market. The yacht’s interiors have been designed to host business meetings, receptions and informal events, drawing inspiration from Bejing’s famed Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City. The F870 refreshingly abandons traditional layout formulas, replacing a full-beam master stateroom a ‘playroom’ for karaoke, cards and private socialising replacing a full-beam master stateroom.

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LOA: 44.2m
Year: 2015
Builder: Feadship
Exterior Design: De Voogt Design
Interior Design: Bannenberg & Rowell
Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
With tidy design solutions and sophisticated engineering, the beautifully refined Moon Sand is what happens when Feadship combines forces with clients who are as passionate and exacting as it is. A labour of love with experienced Asian clients, this is a yacht that packs in a lot of design innovation for its size. The contraflow swimming pool on the aft deck, for example, is a Feadship first, with the team engineering a system that lowers the deck and fills the pool in 20 minutes. When it came to the interior concept, the clients worked
closely with Bannenberg & Rowell to create elegant spaces suited to socialising and full
of bespoke pieces.

Sea EagleSea-Eagle-Royal-Huisman-YachtStyle

LOA: 43.3m
Year: 2015
Builder: Royal Huisman
Interior Design: Rhoades Young
Naval Architect: Germán Frers
Sea Eagle signals Royal Huisman’s first ever delivery to the Asian market. Designed and engineered for Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist Dr Samuel Yin, this sloop effortlessly balances performance and style. Destined to take her owner around the world, participating in the occasional superyacht regatta along the way, Sea Eagle will be as at home lazily cruising in South East Asian waters as she will be racing head to head against sailing veterans in the Caribbean.

MCY 105

LOA: 32m
Year: 2015
Builder: Monte Carlo Yachts
Exterior Design: Nuvolari & Lenard
Interior Design: Nuvolari & Lenard
Naval Architecture: Monte Carlo Yachts
The cover star of YACHT STYLE Issue 33, MCY 105 is the new flagship for French-Italian shipyard Monte Carlo Yachts. Built for a hands-on Hong Kong owner and revealed at a private event in Venice in July 2015, this chiseled yacht is all the more impressive for her condensed six-month build time. MCY’s advanced construction methods enable it to offer highly customised projects in significantly less time than it would take most yards to deliver a production project of this magnitude. And crucially, this yacht feels anything but rushed: sporty, spacious and stylish, she is a credit to MCY’s fresh approach to yacht building.


LOA: 42.8m
Year: 2015
Builder: Sanlorenzo
Exterior Design: Francesco Paszkowski Design
Purchased at 2015’s Monaco Yacht Show (reportedly by an Asian client), Moka marks a new direction for Sanlorenzo as the first explorer from its 460Exp range. While her lines are that of a classic expedition yacht, Moka still has all the style you would expect from an Italian shipyard. The shallow draft will make sure that few places are off-limits and she will be able to cruise for long periods with low fuel consumption. Inside, contemporary cool style seamlessly blends with comfort, creating welcoming spaces that anyone would happily watch the world go by from.

Sea ‘N Sea

LOA: 30.48m
Year: 2015
Builder: Ocean Alexander
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Ocean Alexander
One of two OA100 models to be delivered in 2015 by Taiwanese builder Ocean Alexander, Sea ’N Sea was sold to her owner at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and is another example of the evolution of the highly customised production yacht. By bringing in designer Evan Marshall, typically known for his larger custom projects, the yard has created a pocket-sized superyacht that takes the yard’s aesthetic to the next level while maintaining the OA ‘look’.

Lagoon 630

LOA: 19.5m
Year: 2015
Builder: Lagoon Motoryachts
Exterior Design: Nauta Design
Interior Design: Nauta Design
Naval Architect: VPLP
With an LOA that is just nipping at superyacht status heels, the Lagoon 630 has been gaining a steady following since its appearance in 2014 and is worthy of a mention. Behind this catamaran is a design and engineering dream team: VPLP, known for developing hyper-fast sailing multihulls like S/Y Comanche, and Nauta Design, the designers of countless sailing and motoryacht projects from 10m to the 180m M/Y Azzam. Offering superyacht style, reliability, stability and low fuel consumption plus real value for money, this is an attractive option for newcomers to the yachting lifestyle who still want something with real pedigree. It is no wonder that brokers have found the Lagoon 630 to be particularly popular with the Asian market in 2015.

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LOA: 26.8m
Year: 2015
Builder: Princess Yachts
Exterior Design: Princess Design Studio
Interior Design: Princess Design Studio
This Princess 88, delivered last year, was produced specifically for the Chinese market. Featuring a chic Hermès interior and stove element adaption for a wok. As a concept, the Princess 88 is the ultimate pint-sized superyacht. High attention to detail, efficient hull, top performance, clever use of space, extremely customisable and good value-for-money: all the boxes ticked.


LOA: 32.2m
Year: 2015
Builder: Sanlorenzo
Exterior Design: Nauta Design
Interior Design: Nauta Design
Naval Architect: VPLP
2015 saw Sanlorenzo energise its efforts in Asia. As well as opening a Shanghai showroom, it debuted the SL106 Special Edition at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, designed and built specifically for the greater Chinese market, with Simpson Marine selling it to an Asian buyer later in the year. This yacht keeps in mind that boats are typically used as much for business as pleasure in this region and that clients here take an unobtrusive approach to ownership. Partitions and multifunctional spaces, a round dining table and auspicious fish tank, separate crew passages and extra privacy – this is a yacht that understands its audience.

Story Credits

Text by Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

9 Fashion Muse, Designer Pairings 2016

Muses. In Greek mythology, they were believed to be naiads (or water nymphs) and the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Ethereal and enigmatic, these goddesses of inspiration kindled the flames of thought and creativity in the realms of literature, science and the arts, and were invoked at the beginning of lyrical poems so that they might speak through the poet’s words.

Here they are among us, still. Manifested in the form of beguiling celebrities and models, the muses have ruled the cosmos of couture since time immemorial. One only has to mention “Givenchy” to recall one of the most sublime iterations of the designer/muse dyads – that of Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, who were acquainted with each other in 1954 on the set of the Billy Wilder film, Sabrina. A mutual success for both parties, the pairing propelled the brand and actress alike towards powerhouse status, one recognised as the quintessence of feminine and elegant style, the other transformed into an international icon.

That was only the beginning. The alliance between designer and muse has persisted fixedly: Joni Mitchell and Yves Saint Laurent, Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier, and, more recently, Sofia Coppola and Marc Jacobs, Lady Gaga and Donatella Versace. In the following pages, L’Officiel Singapore celebrates its ninth anniversary with nine of the most exciting and current designer/muse pairings.

The muses have arrived.

Saint Laurent

Former creative director Hedi Slimane’s muses are one of a kind. They love music, know a good party and are virtually inseparable (think Julia Cumming, Lida Fox and Grace Hartzel, who have gone from being fresh faces to superstar models). This Spring/Summer ’16, the designer’s cool-girl squad enlists new names Amelia Rose Akerhielm and Staz Lindes, who share their It list exclusively with L’Officiel Singapore.

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“Next Management.”

Favorite music band

“Animal Collective.”

Your meeting with Hedi Slimane in three words

“‘Word bank insufficient’!”

Your favourite book

“Diary by Chuck Palahniuk, or maybe Brave New World, or The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna. My favourites change every day.”

Your favorite number


Your favorite artists

“Mark Ryden, Lori Early, Alex Gross and Matt Dangler.”

How did you get discovered?

“I was scouted by Mary and Jeff Clarke of Mother Model Management while photographing matching groups of blonde girls and women in neon pink.”

Was the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer ’16 show your first one? How was it?

“Yes, and it was an amazing experience. Though my flight was delayed and I hadn’t slept for a day, arriving in Paris and being at the Grand Palais seemed like a dream.”

Are there any models in the industry you look up to?

“Dita Von Teese – she’s lovely.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I have many vague plans but nothing definite; the future is blurry but colors leak through. I’d like to further my art career and do more live painting, learn to animate, act, write music, refine my poetry and own a chameleon.”   

Describe your personal style

“Eclectic. I don’t value pieces based on their age or price, but for their history and the feelings they evoke.”

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Favorite music band

“Best of Doo-Wop Compilations.”

Your meeting with Hedi Slimane in three words

“‘Surprising’, ‘easy’, ‘100 degrees’.”

Your favorite book

“The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Authorised Biography.”

Your favorite number


Your favorite artist

“David Hockney.”

How did you get discovered?

“My band, The Paranoyds, was playing at the opening of a show for my brother.”

Was the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer ’16 show your first one? How was it?

“Yes. It was very surreal and exciting. I felt so lucky.”

Are there any models in the industry you look up to?

“Lily McMenamy, Lili Sumner and Georgia Pratt – they do their own thing and stay true to who they are.”

What are your plans for the future?

“Having fun, whether with travel or settling down on a big ranch with all the animal friends I could dream of.”

Describe your personal style

“It depends what kind of a day it is, but I’m either very feminine or very boyish. Sometimes mature, but mostly adolescent.”


Muse: Karen Elson

Alessandro Michele might not have specified his official muse, but if we had to put money on it, we’d say it’s model-musician Karen Elson. One of Michele’s ardent supporters, the 37-year-old has been present at all the creative director’s shows since his Cruise ’16 presentation in New York, and was even the star performer at the after-show party. If that isn’t proof enough that the flame-haired beauty is Gucci’s muse, how about this laudation from Michele himself: “Above and beyond being a model, Karen is a woman with an outstanding character and a strong personality… the personification of what beauty means to me.”

Louis Vuitton

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Muse: Léa Seydoux

Talk about playing with the big boys. The 30-year-old Parisienne, who has been hailed as “Bardot meets Binoche”, has worked alongside Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds), Ridley Scott (Robin Hood), Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris), Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Sam Mendes (Spectre). Why wouldn’t a brand that always aims for the finest quality choose a muse of an equally exquisite calibre? “I feel extremely proud at the thought of representing such a strong symbol of French elegance, an iconic brand whose initials are known the world over,” Seydoux has said. “I deeply admire Nicolas Ghesquière’s work, especially his modernity and his incessant search for novelty.”


Muse: Kristen Stewart

Call it a stroke of pure serendipity – Kristen first met Karl Lagerfeld in January 2012 during a photo shoot in Paris, during which she was decked out in Chanel Haute Couture. Soon after, in 2013, the star of Panic Room, the Twilight saga, and On The Road became the face of the Métiers d’art Paris-Dallas 2013/14 collection. Last year, the 25-year-old Certain Women actress was part of Chanel’s “3 girls, 3 bags” handbag campaign, shot by Lagerfeld himself. “It always felt like a privilege to wear Chanel and to be around Karl who is an artist that, for me, constantly inspires,” Stewart has said.


Muse: May & Ruth Bell

Cara Delevingne, James May, Edie Campbell, Tom Odell – just some of the names that have inspired Christopher Bailey. This season, the spotlight falls on twins May and Ruth Bell. “Shooting our first Burberry campaign was surreal – you don’t ever really think that you’re going to do something like that,” they’ve said. “You wish you will one day, because when you think of who has been in Burberry campaigns in the past, they’re just on a different level!”

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Muse: Karlie Kloss

“Karlie was a perfect choice to represent – and celebrate – the multifaceted nature of today’s woman,” says Diane von Furstenberg. “She is a supermodel, she is an entrepreneur, she gives back, she is a student, she is close to her family. She’s passionate, constantly improving herself, fearless. She knows who she is and is never afraid to show it. She is the woman she wants to be. Together, we invite all women to find this spirit and confidence in themselves.”


Muse: Antonine Peduzzi, Chelsea Tyler, Chloe Norgaard, Cora Corre, Giulia and Camilla Venturini, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Langley Fox Hemingway, Lizzy Jagger, Louisa Gummer, Mae Lapres, Polly Morgan, Quentin Jones, Sonia Sieff, and Tea Falco

When the muses speak, one listens. In the case of Tod’s, the brand has taken heed of 15 of them – all strong personalities from the fields of music, art, film, fashion and photography. Collectively dubbed Tod’s Band, the ensemble includes fashion’s newest darlings, twin sisters and artists Giulia and Camilla Venturini, as well as Chinese-Canadian model Mae Lapres, illustrator Langley Fox Hemingway (great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway), and celebrity offspring Louisa Gummer and Lizzy Jagger (daughters of Meryl Streep and Mick Jagger, respectiviely).

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Muse: Jordan Dunn

Crowned Model of the Year at London’s British Fashion Awards last November, the 25-year-old brunette leads a colorful cast of characters in Kate Spade New York’s Spring 2016 campaign. Says Deborah Lloyd, the brand’s president and Chief Creative Officer, “Similar to our customer, Jourdan is a woman who wears many hats, as a model, mother, philanthropist and chef. She embodies the spirit of the ‘Kate Spade New York girl’ perfectly, and we’re excited to share this spirit through our spring 2016 campaign and collection.”

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Muse: Cate Blanchett

How does one turn a fragrance advertisement into an impassioned short film worthy of an Oscar? Have two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett as a source of inspiration – and the star – of course. Always a vision on the red carpet, the 46-year-old Australian is the face of Si, Giorgio Armani’s eau de toilette fragrance. “Working with Cate Blanchett, on and off the screen, has always been a highlight for me,” Giorgio Armani has said. We couldn’t agree more.

Story Credits

Text by Justin Cheong & Kenny Loh

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.

Hilton and Marriott Top Hotel Rewards Ranking

A new report reveals Hilton and Marriott to be the top hotels in terms of rewarding guests for their loyalty. Looking through the responses of nearly 3,100 consumers in the US, the Hilton HHonors and Marriott Rewards program tied for first with an overall satisfaction score of 741, out of a maximum 1,000. These were improvements to the brands’ score compared to the previous year, and it also marks the second year that Hilton HHonors has taken the top rank in the report from the market research group J.D. Power.

The report measures customer satisfaction based on six factors: account maintenance and management; ease of redeeming points; ease of earning points; variety of benefits; reward program terms; and customer satisfaction. The overall satisfaction with hotel loyalty programs also spiked across the board, improving from 701 in 2015 to 711 this year.

“At Hilton, customer experience is at the heart of everything we do. Our team members around the world are passionate about delivering impeccable, personalized service to our guests and that is why it’s an honor to once again be recognized by J.D. Power,” said Mark Weinstein, senior vice president and global head of Loyalty & Partnerships, Hilton Worldwide, in an article by BusinessWire.

These are the top hotel rewards programs as ranked by J.D. Power:

1. Hilton HHonors
2. Marriott Rewards
3. IHG Rewards
4. La Quinta Returns
5. Best Western Rewards
6. Choice Privileges
7. Omni Hotel Select Guest
8. Club Carlson
9. Hyatt Gold Passport
10. Fairmont President’s Club

Asia’s Top Bar is in Singapore…

There is a new bar capital of Asia and it is Singapore, according to a new ranking of Asia’s top watering holes. The city-state has four entries in the top 10 – the most of any country – and the top spot of course, for 28 Hongkong Street.

In the inaugural edition of Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards– a spinoff of the World’s 50 Best Bars– a panel of 154 judges including “high-level” bartenders, bar consultants, brand ambassadors, journalists and global bar hoppers weighed in to pronounce the best drinking hotspots across Asia.

Taking the top spot is a Singapore bar famous for its discretion. Since opening in 2011, 28 Hongkong Street has built up hype by playing itself down in the manner of a secret, clandestine speakeasy.

Tucked away in a downtown thoroughfare, the bar is non-descript with nothing but the street number to identify itself: There is no awning, no flashing lights, or swanky, velvet-roped entrance.

But once inside the beige doors, the bar’s swish clientele sip on cocktails like the Modest Mule, made with lemongrass-laced vodka, ginger beer, lime and rosemary, and the colorfully named Whore’s Bath, made with manuka honey vodka, umeshu (liqueur made with Japanese apricots) poire liqueur, lemon and Hawaiian lava salt pickled ginger.

“28 Hongkong Street is an emblem of the region,” editors write. “A benchmark of quality across drinks and hospitality.”

Overall, Singapore and Hong Kong tied with nine spots each on the list, followed by Tokyo, which scored eight spots.

But with four of the top 10 spots, including the No. 1 ranking, Singapore is the big winner this year.

The results also surprised editors, who predicted Shanghai to finish fourth after Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo with the number of bars represented.

Instead, Bangkok nabbed the spot with six addresses including Vesper, the city’s top-ranked bar in 17th place.

“Bangkok’s people have a serious case of cocktail fever and, with the number of international ‘tenders setting up in the city and locals opening up their own places, it is only going in one direction from here.”

Here are the top 10 bars in Asia, according to Asia’s 50 Best Bars:

  • 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore
  • Speak Low, Shanghai
  • High Five, Tokyo
  • Lobster Bar & Grill, Hong Kong
  • Manhattan, Singapore
  • Quinary, Hong Kong
  • Operation Dagger, Singapore
  • Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  • Union Trading Company, Shanghai
  • 10. Omakase + Appreciate, Kuala Lumpur

7 Key Beauty Looks from SS16/17 Runways

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

Blush Up There
Olympia Le Tan

Olympia Le Tan

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

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

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

Dusty Saccharine
Veronique Leroy

Veronique Leroy

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

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

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

Electric Brights
Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake

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

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

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

Nothing to Hide
Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

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

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

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

Hair Décor


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

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

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

Tuck’em In


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

Tightly Braided


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

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

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

Story Credits

Text by Pohnee Chin

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore.

10 Top Trends for Autumn/Winter 2016-17

The end of fashion collection shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, completes the full range of Autumn/Winter 2016-17 trends. With the fashion world still split on whether pieces in collections should go for sale immediately during the season or whether a delay is required to make the best of what they have, it seems that some designers are inspired by this tussle to mix it up a bit. Spring styles seemed to have bled a bit into Winter, among other stylistic ambiguities that made for an interesting series of Fashion Weeks.

Dreams of Spring


Dark and neutral shades such beige, white, brown, black, and blue are the normal palette staples for a wintry and cool hue but this time, spring came through. The cool hues were still dominant but lighter melds and more springlike tones intruded. Liselore Frowijn, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci and Francesco Scognamiglio cheered winter up with pastel explosions, bolder brights, and gay color. New York, though, stood apart from the rest, as, other than a few (notably Michael Kors), that Fashion Week kept to the dark, muted palette.


Blue is the new Black

AW1617-Trends-BlueFrom petrol blue to pastel blue; from midnight and electric blue to navy and lavender – all these served as counterpoints to timeless black. Versace, Diesel Black Gold and Fendi went big on blue while Rahul Mishra, Eudon Choi, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, and Missoni presented looks in the color or used blue in smaller touches. Just see how much blue you can spot in this very story!

Denim, normally a famous blue, was less present than previous seasons but still featured in collections from Chanel, Stella McCartney, Blumarine and Ujoh.


Eye-Catching DetailsAW1617-Trends-Embellishment

Continuing the eccentric vibe of the season are eyecatching embellishments mixed with outstanding patterns sitting alongside and contrasting with minimalist designs. Such occurs normally with the clash of multiple trends but in this case such details featured in almost all labels’ collection to some extent. Dolce & Gabbana flashed it up with diamanté, alongside golden, mirror-effect embellishments and metallic Lurex while Saint Laurent used bold detail in a different way more suited to the collection’s retro stylings.


Flashy FursAW1617-Trends-Fur

Fur in color was another staple among labels, whether finished with multi-colored horizontal stripes or vivid shades verging on the fluroscent, or packed with prints. Fendi set the tone with pieces, detailing and accessories all made from brightly colored fur while Ermanno Scervino brought smaller touches of it to hoods and collars. Ellery finished fur in red, pink and burgundy, while Saint Laurent went for electric shades.


Winter’s OuterwearAW1617-Trends-Outerwear

To combat the cold, coats, jackets, parkas and down jackets are firm fixtures of the season. Going the whole range from classical and functional to extravagant, outerwear this season is sure to fit all kinds of tastes, leaving something for everyone. Zips were a key feature for many, sometimes used as embellishment, but other times allowing big coats transform into lightweight outdoor garments. One key trend — seen in particular at Léa Peckre, Burberry and Narciso Rodriguez — is a masculine coat with a long, wide cut, worn over a lightweight dress, a sure sign of designers thinking beyond traditional seasons. Oversized coats will be big news this winter but down jackets and parkas with touches of fur or color — as spotted at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rag&Bone — will be popular too. Chanel went for a more classic, highly feminine padded jacket.


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Beyond the seasonal mix-up came unisex silhouettes and garments inspired by menswear. On the whole, though, the trend was still highly feminine looks with a few masculine details. Collections involved in the masculine/feminine trend include Paul Smith, John Galliano, Paul & Joe and Victoria Beckham. Some showed suit jackets with big shoulders and wide-cut trousers. Lots of other labels though — like Gucci, Mugler and Elie Saab — previewed more feminine, sensual collections.


Nightwear for DaytimeAW1617-Trends-Nightwear

Lingerie and sleepwear made their appearance on the runways as outerwear in autumn/winter collections. Lingerie-style dresses worn under thick, heavy coats, like at Sonia Rykiel, as well as dressing gowns and pajama pants were also spotted on the catwalk for a laid-back daytime look. This trend was mostly seen on the Italian catwalk, at Trussardi, Missoni, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli.



Edie Campbell

Other designers rode on a sailor or seafaring theme with sweaters, pants and sailor-style buttoning, all in a palette of navy blue, red and yellow. Cédric Charlier went particularly big on sailor chic in a collection inspired by old photos of retro seamen. Y/Project, Prada and Tommy Hilfiger also showed nautical looks.


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Wide, baggy, and even oversized pants were prominent, although skinny cuts were still present. Chalayan went for wide-cut leather pants, Jacquemus matched them with a huge-shouldered XXL jacket, Giorgio Armani printed them with patterns and Ralph Lauren gave them a high waist. Shiatzy Chen, on the other hand, had loose-cut pants with patterns and transparent effects.


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Some brought hints of a sporty style to their autumn/winter collections, while others jumped into sportswear head first. Among those adding a few sportswear pieces to feminine, urban collections, or leaving discreet touches of sportiness are Carven, Alexis Mabille, Alexander Wang and, of course, Tommy Hilfiger. There were some interesting collaborations in the sportswear arena too, such as Fenty x Puma by Rihanna.

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