A GUITAR-STRUMMING, FOLK-INFLUENCED SINGER-SONGWRITER WITH A FULL ALBUM READY FOR RELEASE. NOELLE LOH CATCHES UP WITH GIRAUD – A MEMBER OF THE FEMALE COLLECTIVE – AND DISCOVERS A MUSICIAN AS ROMANTIC AND SERIOUS AS THE FLORAL ARTIST.
It all started at a party Female co-hosted two Septembers ago. With her beguiling, French-accented brand of breeziness, floral artist and lifestyle/travel content creator Aude Giraud – a guest and long-time friend of the magazine – began sharing during a casual conversation about how she had been learning the guitar and was considering recording music. Unlike how most exchanges at parties turn out, Giraud, 36, stuck by her words.
Last month, the French-Indonesian who’s been based in Singapore since 2015 released her first single Oh Boy, a soothing if haunting folk ballad that reveals not just her delicate vocals, but also musical and songwriting prowess under the moniker Flanery. As it turns out, the former broadcast journalist studied at a “very classic music institution” in Paris as a pre-teen where she specialised in the viola for years. (Her mother thought that her first choice for an instrument, the harp, was “too complicated” to have at home while the violin and guitar classes were full, she explains.)
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IMAN FANDI, THE MULTI-HYPHENATE INDUSTRY DARLING WITH BURNING POP STAR AMBITIONS, DROPS HER LONG-ANTICIPATED DEBUT SINGLE IN FEBRUARY. WE CAN’T SHARE ITS NAME JUST YET; DITTO HOW IT SOUNDS, BUT WHAT WE CAN TELL YOU IS THAT – LIKE THE 20-YEAR-OLD STYLE CHAMELEON – IT’S SIZZLING.
THE SOUTH KOREAN SOLO ARTISTE BRINGS A BOLD AND SOPHISTICATED NEW FACE AND SOUND TO THE GENRE THE WORLD KNOWS AS K-POP. NOELLE LOH GETS CHARMED BY HER MAGIC.
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.