Hermès Presents “The Gift of Time” Exhibition at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Hermès presents “The Gift of Time” exhibition at the now-defunct Tanjong Pagar Railway Station which I had the pleasure of previewing it today at the opening celebration.

Presented in collaboration with American artist Hilton McConnico who is also a scenographer, poet and long-time partner of Hermès, “The Gift of Time” exhibition chronicles the famed beginnings of the Hermès story revolving around Time, Hermès’ theme of 2012. Visitors will walk through a series of non-static installations and shadow boxes, while discovering Time as illustarted by Hermès and Hilton McConnico.

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Hermès time does not try to master time but rather offers us the time to see and understand this ever changing world.” -Hilton McConnico

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Thought-provoking and sensory discoveries await you. Check out sneak peaks of the Hermès “The Gift of Time” exhibition below.

The Hermès “The Gift of Time” Exhibition at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station opens on Wednesday, 1st August through 12th August 2012, from 11am to 9pm daily. Admission is free.

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station


hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

hermes, gift of time, Hilton McConnico, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Kongo Graffiti for Hermès Scotts Square Store

Kongo Graffiti, Hermes Scotts Square

Hermès enlisted the help of renowned French graffiti artist Kongo to create a graffiti artwork on the hoarding of Hermès Scotts Square live last Friday night. Kongo’s work does not stop there. He designed the Hermès store windows and a larger-than-life scarf fashioned into a photo booth called the Graff Hermès. All these will be unveiled proper during the Hermès store opening on Friday, 9th December. Kongo will also be there on site to grace this occasion and create custom graffiti name tags for lucky visitors. Fortunately, the Hermès store opening celebrations at Scotts Square will be open to the public throughout the weekend at the Scotts Square atrium. Excited?

Hermès has previously collaborated with Kongo with Hermès stores in Hong Kong, Berlin and Barcelona and also supports Kosmopolite, the international festival of graffiti co-founded by Kongo. Kongo is also here to showcase his work entitled Graffiti Made by Hand which kicked off the Voilah! French Festival Singapore 2011′s “Off the Wall” Urban Art Festival.

A brilliant mash-up of graffiti art and fashion from France’s best combining beautifully while still maintaining an expensive taste level. What intrigues me is the different ways brands are organising store opening celebrations. They all strive to be different and unique but having a broad appeal. What Hermès and Kongo have done here is fantastic. Be sure to check it out come Friday, 9th December!

Kongo Graffiti, Hermes Scotts Square

Kongo Graffiti, Hermes Scotts Square

Kongo Graffiti, Hermes Scotts Square

Kongo Graffiti, Hermes Scotts Square

Kongo Graffiti, Hermes Scotts Square

Image credits: Hermès

Lara Stone for Vogue US July 2011

With the stunning photo of Emma Watson by Mario Testino on the cover of Vogue US July 2011 on everyone’s lips, I would like to divert your attention to a beautiful and captivating film noir inspired editorial within the pages of that very issue. This editorial features Lara Stone in the leading role and Frida Gustavsson in fall’s latest collections accompanied by actor Alexander Skarsgard. Styled by Grace Coddington, a subtle melodramatic story of a femme fatale entitled Spellbound is told through the lens of Peter Lindbergh with significant usage of low-key lighting. Enjoy!

‘An air of smoky, 1940′s film noir chic permeated the most glamourous fall collections’ -Grace Coddington

Lara wears a lavender Gucci fox jacket and a pin-striped wool skirt from Ralph Lauren Collection.

Lara wears a Marc Jacobs silk-satin dress with a patent waistband. Bag and boots, all from Marc Jacobs. Frida wears a Marc Jacobs tweed jacket with sheepskin collar and skirt. Beret, handbag and boots all from Marc Jacobs. Alexander wears a Tom Ford suit, Prada shirt and Dolce & Gabbana tie.

Lara wears a Proenza Schouler velvet dress with chevron patterns and Tabitha Simmons pumps.

Lara wears a Balenciaga printed silk dress.

Lara wears a Yves Saint Laurent silk blouse, satin trousers and belt. Alexander wears a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit and Hermes tie.

Lara wears a Miu Miu embroidered dress with mink shoulder detailing and Gucci slouch hat.

Lara wears a Rochas silk bustier, wool and silk blend pants and heels.

Frida (dancing) wears a Nina Ricci sky blue radzimir dress with black tulle. Lara wears a Oscar de la Renta velvet dress and earrings.

Laura Love (left -wearing apron), Lisa Love’s daughter, wears a Louis Vuitton silk dress with leather collar and boots. Lara (centre) wears a Louis Vuitton embroidered silk dress, gloves, belts and pumps. Frida (right -pulling up stockings) wears a Louis Vuitton cashmere romper and pumps.

Lara wears a Ralph Lauren Collection leather coat and Louis Vuitton ankle boots.

Spellbound
Models: Lara Stone, Frida Gustavsson and Alexander Skarsgard
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Stylist: Grace Coddington
Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington
Hair: Didier Malige for Frederic Fekkai
Makeup: Stephane Marais

Glad that they included a black and white photo, it wouldn’t be film noir without it. And I think I might just know what I want to do for my next collection for school. Love the calm grandeur and Lara’s alluring gaze. Kudos to the team for going one up; a perfect complement to the cover.

Image credits: fashionising

TOM FORD Spring/Summer 2011

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2011 featured in Vogue US December 2010

Tom Ford. Well, what do you know about him? Is he just a big name in fashion and you swoon ‘oh Tom Ford‘? So what’s so good about him? It’s like you know Chanel and Hermes and someone asks you what you like about them and you give them the blank stare and say ‘ohh it’s…nice, chic, elegant (and what-not)’ So are you just paying for the brand? The status when you parade the interlocking ‘c’s around town or that letter ‘H’ on your bag? Yes you know the workmanship of the bag, it’s good, no it’s excellent. But in spite of all these trademarks that define a brand’s image, what we are looking at is actually the clothes. The clothes are almost always the foundation of the brand. This is what fashion is about. It has always been about the clothes. What did Coco Chanel get noticed for? It’s her willingness to break boundaries and design and wear her own clothes that were supposed to be deemed inappropriate of her time and not her 2.55s (though that came later) A fashion label diversifies in the future to include accessories, beauty products and the whole brand is established right there.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2011 featured in Vogue US December 2010

But what is sad is that people nowadays are more interested in the bags (correct me if i’m wrong). They can spend a couple of thousands on a Balenciaga and there you have it, status on your arm (it’s nice no doubt). Whereas if you were to wear a Jonathan Saunders dress with those snazzy geometric prints, people won’t necessarily notice that you are a woman of status if that is what you are trying to portray. But well, think about it, if you are in your sartorial best, what you are wearing will get noticed by people! It’s sorta like street style blogs, it’s about what you wear that get’s you noticed! What I’m trying to say is that it’s not always about the bags. The bags accompanies, accessorises, jazzes up the outfit. Of course bags are utilised more, they can be carried every day so it makes your money spent worthwhile while dresses, tops and such are only worn maybe once a week? It’s like wallets or shoes too. People talk about these accessories more than the actual clothes. So maybe that’s why fast-fashion/high-street labels are doing so well? It’s cheaper although they are actually knock-offs; based on a design from a designer label. It is like that most of the time. I would go for high-street labels of course; you could make it look expensive. I guess that is how the average consumer thinks nowadays? Yes/no? But nothing beats the original!

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2011 featured in W Magazine January 2011

Moving on to Tom Ford. Who do you know him as? The man credited for the revival of the Gucci brand (and for some part at Yves Saint Laurent as well)? The man behind the modern eyewear and fragrances for his eponymous label? The man who does sleek and clean menswear, worn by Hollywood’s A-list? The man who dressed Daniel Craig’s James Bond for Quantum of Solace? Or the man who is openly gay and has a love for sexuality in his ad campaigns which sometimes borders on the line of pornography? All of the above I would say.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2011 featured in V Magazine #69 featuring Julia Reston Roitfeld. She interviews Tom Ford. Check out the interview here!

For Tom Ford, it was always about the clothes and we like him for that. After a 6 year absence in the womenswear scene, he is back with his debut womenswear line from his eponymous label. It was showed privately to less than 100 people (including models) back in September and true to his word a video of the event has just been released. It features Beyonce, Julianne Moore, Karen Elson, Daria Werbowy, Freja Beha Erichsen, Karlie Kloss, Emmanuelle Seigner, Lou Doillon, Lauren Hutton, Natalia Vodianova, Rinko Kikuchi, Daphne Guinness, Julia Reston Roitfeld, Chanel Iman, Du Juan, Stella Tenant, Amber Valletta among others walking for Tom Ford. Can somebody say ‘WOW’? Only Tom Ford can get these kind of women, all inspirational in their own right to walk for him. It was very nice seeing all of them have fun, including the audience clapping and laughing to every bit of amusement. It was like a celebration of Tom Ford‘s return to womenswear. Makes me smile a lot.

“Richard (Buckley) knows that for years when I was at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, I had a recurrent nightmare and it would last for a week before the show that the clothes would not arrive, that something went wrong, that the atelier burn down and that I had to stand up in front of all of you and talk for 20 minutes. It’s a tough crowd! I am happy to say that tonight I am very proud. We have, I think, wonderful clothes to show you and we also have I think many of the women–the most inspirational women–to model for us. So I’d like to present to you now my Spring 2011 ’Women’ collection,” said Tom before the show started.

Just amazing (yeap cliche line there hah). Beyonce worked a sequined number; there were a lot of silk; silk georgette, silk tulle, silk chiffon, fringe, leopard prints, tuxedos coupled with the fedora, leather jacket and skirt, big hair and even bigger sleeves. It was very film noir and with Karen Elson’s Pretty Babies playing, it really did set the mood. I can see a lot of the clothes being worn by fashion’s various it girls including the icons that walked for him. You have got to really love fashion to work his clothes. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Here is the video. Enjoy!
xx

Image Source: Wmagazine, Vmagazine, FGR

Proenza Schouler PS11

I was just browsing around and I found the Proenza Schouler PS11 leather satchel. Well many of you would have heard of the PS1 but MAYBE not the PS11. The PS11 was unveiled during the Proenza Schouler Fall/Winter 2010/2011 show and wa la the PS1 has a new sister. The PS11 is slightly smaller in size and comes with a removable shoulder strap. The bag can be worked as a satchel, cross-body or clutch. I prefer the cross-body option a la Mary-Kate Olsen. She is one woman who loves her Proenza Schouler bags.

The PS11 in saddle.

The PS1 clutch in croc skin which is a special order if I’m not wrong.

And my personal favourite, the PS1 in jet black python skin!

I like how the chunky shiny buckles stand out. They give the bag an extra ooommph while yet being silently uderstated don’t you think? But if you are going for an even more understated bag then I think the Celine Classic Box Bag or the Hermes Constance Bag is more for you. And hold that thought! Do you think that the classic box bag looks like the SIA girl bag???! We’ve got Pierre Balmain to design the uniform but little did I know that we have got ‘something’ to do with Celine. Does anyone know who designed that iconic (i say iconic ’cause I think it is, in the local context) bag?


Available in one size and in saddle or black and and AND in python skin.

I am totally in love with python skin by the way. The slight roughness and the visual feast of the texture and slightly soft-looking but yet sturdy feel of the leather is just amazing. Saddle and python skin option available at Luisaviaroma while the black option is available at Net-a-Porter.

I say move over Mulberry!
xx

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