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Gypsy Chic Touch of Gold Color of Summer


Oct 19, 2014 /

Top: Mango
Skirt: Forever 21
Wedges: H&M
Earrings (seen in the first photograph): Lovisa

While I brought in my actual birthday in the city of Bombay (which, as many of you know, was my home for the first six months of 2014), I celebrated my 17th with a Saturday brunch in Singapore itself. The four days I spent in Bombay were a heavenly homecoming – it's been hard to be apart from the city I call home and the people I considered family. More on that later, with a post outlining my lovely weekend and all the gorgeous places I went. Singapore, too, is a home for me and it was important to celebrate my 17th here. The brunch took place at the gorgeous House at Dempsey. The restaurant, tucked away in the quaint Dempsey Hill – renowned for its immaculate selection of eating spots – is ideal for brunch, with delightfully quirky decor and a drool-worthy breakfast menu. From truffle fries (a personal favorite) to the fruit-covered waffles to the most fabulous range of smoothies, House has something to offer to everyone. For anyone looking to find a new, and aesthetically-pleasing, dining option, House is elegant and edgy, a perfect combination. Check out more of the food – and photographs of House itself – on their Instagram account here. The afternoon was a great way to celebrate, though two weeks late, my seventeenth birthday.

In terms of the outfit, I opted for one of the many maxi-skirts that I've purchased or been given in the past few months. There's something about the freedom of this skirt, synonymous with the length, along with the air it evokes, that has been so appealing for brands today. Maxi skirts have an undeniable combination of sophistication and sensuality. Forever 21's latest offering achieves this, with a gorgeous Grecian silhouette created through the slit on either side of the skirt. The abstract print, in a paint-splattered style, incorporated a color palette of three equally compelling hues: black, indigo, and white. With the skirt being as vivid and creatively-designed as it is, the black bandeau from Mango retained the skirt's character of being the statement piece. In keeping with the high-street labels I chose to adorn, I opted for a versatile pair of black H&M wedges. With three of the ultimate high-street brands as a part of my ensemble, topped off with hair styled at Jantzen the day before, I was ready to be 17. 

- M

a moment with ethan k.

Sep 28, 2014 / , , , , , , ,

On a rainy Thursday afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Ethan Koh, a now renowned luxury handbag designer. Ethan, a native Singaporean, divides his time between London and Singapore – while also hopping from one fashion capital to the next on the monthly basis. (Think Moscow, New York, and Paris!) In his beautiful family home, Ethan temporarily converted his study to be a makeshift studio of sorts, perfect for displaying the many products his loyal Singaporean customers covet. Ethan grew up in a family where crocodile leather was their trademark passion; their home is just a few minutes away from the tannery. From the minute we shook hands, Ethan was a delight to talk to, sharing his undying love for fabulous craftsmanship and the dying art of luxury. Currently stocked at Harrods and Saks Fifth Avenue, among dozens of other boutiques in Paris and Moscow, Ethan K has made a splash internationally and in his hometown with his candy-colored creations. 
While talking to Ethan about his designs, I had the delight of trying on my favorite bags (see below!) Color plays a key role in defining Ethan's aesthetic, with vivid tones setting his leather bags apart from the rest. Growing up in Singapore, Ethan stated, allowed him to experience the enriching culture that Asia provides. From the dragonfruit magenta hue to the deep colors of the flora Singapore offers – all these factors influenced and fueled his creations. This is evident in each bag he has placed such detail in. Among my favorite designs were the smaller, petite bags, with delicate animal-shaped buttons adorning them. While speaking to, Ethan said, 'Creating a beautiful crocodile skin bag isn't the kind of skill you can learn from a book'. His inherent knowledge of bags and leather was only enhanced through his fashion education in London. The dying art of creating such bags is being brought back to life with Ethan's designs, and his determination to let the sign of luxury and taste live on.  Ethan captures his aim – which he has fulfilled – in an interview with Straits Times. 'Luxury, to me, is truly bespoke.' 

To learn more about Ethan K. and his designs, check out this lovely video by The New York Times, in which Ethan chats with Suzy Menkes. A big thank you to Ethan and his team for the pleasure of seeing his creations in person!


four days of nyfw.

Sep 11, 2014 / , , , , , , , ,

In just the first four days of NYFW, we were given enough collections to keep us coveting designerwear until next year rolls around. Of course, the buzz created by NYFW is not just based on the clothing; it's the endless amount of Instagram posts, the tweets recording each delightful show, and the all-new live snapchat feed that reinforces – constantly – our fear of missing out. If there is any place you'd want to be this time of year, it's New York City. Whether you're looking for the clothes that are synonymous with Gossip Girl-esque dressing or opting for Wang's irresistible take on sportswear, designers presenting throughout the fashion capital provided us with a range of options. From DVF (shown above in a beautiful backstage shot!) to Alexander Wang, the most prestigious names in fashion reinforced their statuses as the leaders of the industry. It was hard for me, while browsing Vogue and, to curate the most desirable of all collections. But here, after much deliberating, are my four favorite collections from the first four days of New York Fashion Week. 
Monique Lhuilier: Drawing inspiration from the sunny shores of the Bahamas, Lhuilier brought waves of sea-toned fabric and glistening adornments to life on cocktail dresses fit for a socialite. Blair Waldorf would easily have donned one of these dresses in another Gossip Girl escapade. Her inspiration was evident in subtle graphic prints and iridescent, tulle-esque fabric. Colors varied from pastel blues to ballerina pinks, with strappy stilettos to top it off. My personal favorite was arguably one of the more flamboyant pieces of the collection – am ombre, sequin-encrusted strapless gown. 

Alexander Wang: Just when you think he can't put another stunning spin on sportswear, Alexander Wang manages to surprise and delight. Using all his quintessential elements, he pulled off the feat of being increasingly original and creating clothes that are even more covetable. Firm, structured silhouettes, seen in the boxy sleeves, collared shirts, and tailored pants, emphasized the vision of the powerful woman Wang designs for. Interestingly, he reported to have been inspired by sneakers – but did not include even one pair in the show. This influence can be seen in fabric choices and color tones fit for Nike, but wonderfully far from it.

Jason Wu: By far, one of my favorite collections so far, Jason Wu's endeavor for Spring kept a balance between his feminine offerings and redefined sportswear. Peacoats, oversized dresses, blazers with stunningly-folded collars, and belts to cinch every piece there was – Wu was at the top of his game. The color scheme was particularly appealing, with dulled navy tones and limestone greens. While offered a piece of advice to Wu, which was to minimize the utterly refined vibe he created, that sophistication was somewhat charming. Summer dresses and subtly-revealing sheer fabrics were dappled in between these other pieces. A fantastic use of leather and flowing fabrics were also presented, and I recommend you see the rest of the collection here, for your full dose of Jason Wu magic. 

Diane von Furstenburg: Midriff was key in this collection, but elegance – the adjective synonymous with Diane's line – did not make a disappearance. Beautifully fitted wrap dresses, in an array of prints, were keeping with DVF's consistent tone. But throw in the dizzying patterns, floral motifs, and fits of fabric, and DVF gives summer a breezy, fun undertone. As aptly put it, the collectionw as 'as lighthearted as a perfect summer beach holiday". Some pieces had a particularly Kate-Middleton look to it, while others – such as the contradicting pieces of crisp pantsuits and dazzling bikini tops – took on another edge. Confidence is key for the DVF woman, and she has provided her loyal customers without enough clothing to attain just that.

Which NYFW show has been your favorite so far?