The Spring collection from Hermes had a refreshing sensuality to it inspired by the growing pleasures of reconnecting with the world. Many of the looks on the runway played on a consciousness of skin and silhouette. The brand’s obsession with craft came through especially well on a series of chainmail dresses. Well, almost chainmail. The latticed effect was actually strips of horn sewn with lambskin dots, embroidered and held firmly together by linen threads normally used in the brand’s impeccable bags. True to form, even the finish of the threads is invisible on both the inside and outside faces. That’s attention to detail.
In 1957, Gabrielle Chanel topped her list of revolutions in women’s fashion by introducing the two-tone shoes – an all-occasion black and beige design that’s proved timeless. The originals were produced by the shoemakers at Massaro, a speciality atelier that was acquired by Chanel in 2002 as part of its Paraffection subsidiary to support and protect the esoteric craftsmanship necessary to haute couture. It was also in 2002 that Karl Lagerfeld began an ongoing collaboration with Massaro, dreaming up versions of the two-tone design in nearly every collection since. For Spring, Chanel has created a dressed-down espadrille interpretation. The beige and black is rendered in denim, and the style has a decidedly more casual look that gives it a new dimension of off-duty chic.
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Life Is Beautiful
Some might say that the spring/summer 2021 collections are a signal of hope and optimism after a year of social distance and isolation. Key to that: the return of the human touch in more ways than one. Here, an edit of some of the season’s best and most creative craftsmanship that represents the ingenuity of the artisanal hand.
The New School
From an altruistic champion of independent photographers to a fine dining restaurant curating art and music like no other, Keng Yang Shuen curates the people and spaces encouraging new ways of thinking and doing in Singapore’s art scene.
Put Your Best Face Forward This Festive Season
Targeting fine lines and sagging skin, Thermage FLX uses radiofrequency to help boost collagen production to lift and tighten.
How Indie Pop Has Changed And How Celine Autumn Intends To Heat It Up
Celine Autumn, the frontwoman of the beloved Singapore indie band Sobs, has a new solo project and – with that – a new stage name, a new sound and a mesmerising Harajuku girl-gone-sci-fi new image. Putting her own cyber-punk spin on the runway’s ladylike pieces, the charismatic 23-year-old tells noelle loh how indie pop has changed and how she intends to heat it up.
The French Floral Artist Aude Giraud Introduces Her Second Act As A Creative
In 2015, the parisian modern-day Bohemian Aude Giraud uprooted to Singapore then launched the flower-focused lifestyle business ask a French, which helped start the trend for bucolic-chic arrangements and has since become an industry favourite. Last month, she introduced her second act as a creative:
Talking On Miami
Held every December, the international design fair design Miami has always been a heady confluence of fashion and art. For the 2020 edition, fendi – which has been taking part in the show for the past 12 years – roped in new york artist sarah coleman to reinterpret not only its boutique in the city, but also a series of its peekaboo totes. Playing with logos and monograms in her work (fendi’s included), coleman recontextualises the visual language of luxury branding – an approach that gets the thumbs up from silvia venturini fendi. The collaboration is an “opportunity to see how such creativity can evolve”, says the brand’s doyenne. Gordon Ng gets an exclusive from both women on how the relationship between their worlds is more exciting – and important – than ever.
Masters Of Flash
Every year since 2016, the house of Dior has invited a coterie of artists to use its lady dior bag as a blank canvas for painting, sculptural assemblage and all-round imaginative freedom. Despite the circumstances of 2020, this distillation of the maison’s haute couture savoir faire did not stop and this year’s dior lady art has in fact yielded some of the most thoughtful (and fun) interpretations of the tote from the initiative. As these limited-edition pieces hit the brand’s ngee ann city boutique this month, gordon ng zeroes in on the brains behind 13 of them.