Monday, May 30, 2011

Sneak Preview : H&M Fall/Winter 2011

My recent visit to the H&M showroom was such a tease. I wanted everything but can't have any. So I left feeling high and dry, lusting for these fashion looks. Here are my top ten looks from H&M Fall/Winter 2011. I can't wait!

This is the mother of all jumpsuits. Sleek like a Gucci, with slits high up to there. I think this is the most beautiful and glamorous jumpsuit I have ever seen. Red carpet worthy!

This is so Tom Ford. Love the elegant drape of this top.

This dress is so Carven, so Parisian-chic! What you can't see is the sexy low back. The padded skirt will be all the rage this Fall. Mark my words.

Forget harem pants. This is the sleek grown-up version.

The print of the season. Colourful paisley prints inspired by 70s Carnaby Street. Think Biba. Think Liberty. I love the touch of red leather gloves.

The silhouette that we will all be embracing this Fall. Beautiful silk blouse with tailored trousers.

The sleek leather jacket that gives Loewe a run for its money. Love the pairing of deep wine red with ash grey. A good departure from the usual black and grey palette for Fall/Winter.

The perfect shade of red and floral come Fall.

Love this green palette for Fall.

Black will always be in trend. The way to wear black is structured tailoring.

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All pictures courtesy of H&M Singapore

Friday, May 27, 2011

Special Preview: H&M Singapore Showroom

It is no secret that H&M will open in Singapore late this year. As a big fan of H&M, I was excited to be invited as a style blogger to check out its showroom prior to its grand opening in Singapore.

My love for H&M is a well-known fact among my friends and even got reported on CNN Go in November last year. Truly, it will be a bittersweet moment for me when H&M opens in Singapore.

I couldn't resist trying a lovely cropped jacket with embroidery (details not visible here but do check out the next blog entry about my top picks from H&M Fall/Winter collection).

The Fall/Winter 2011 collection is inspired by Carnaby Street in the 70s. Expect Liberty-inspired prints, Halston-style silhouettes, Biba-inspired styling and psychedelic acid hues. If you are wondering what the orange boxes are, they are actually press kits.

The cover of the press booklets are prints taken from fabrics in the collection. Love the attention to details.

Love the floppy felt hat with 70s flower power print skirt, teamed with a leather satchel. Check out the high-waist pants and skinny belt too!

Love the colour palette of moss green, mustard yellow, leather brown and the shades of blues.

Fluorescent hues. Fall/Winter 2011 is looking bright and fun!

Check out the bright flo accessories... and OMG, the disco wedges!

Don't you dare step on my blue suede shoes!

Take a bow and wear a paisley scarf!

Love the tiger pendant and earrings!

Photograpy: Marie Choo, with permission to photograph from H&M Singapore.

Gaga Over Celine's Cabas

When I told a friend over dinner last night that I bought a Celine Cabas bag, her reply to me was, "You said you will not buy another bag this year after buying 3 Chanel bags in Paris 2 months ago". My response and disclaimer were, "I said I would not buy another Chanel bag, but I didn't say I won't buy another bag". Oh well, you can't blame a girl for having roving eyes when it comes to bags and shoes.

My new Celine Bi-Cabas Smooth Lambskin bag in blue and grey

Once in a while, a bag gets immortilised as a signature house style. When I think of Celine, I think of its Cabas. A rather smart design as it is timeless, classic, and comes in a variation of solid colours, colour combos and materials. It is like a Hermes Birkin obsession... once you start, you don't stop at one. Perhaps the only difference is that a Celine Cabas is more affordable compared to a Hermes.

Lots of style to choose from, with different offerings every season.

What I love about the bag is that it's light and packs flat (good for travel). A good size to hold work documents and gym gear.

Some of the other variations that I have set my sights on...

Cabas Croco Black - major lust!

Bi-Cabas Python White&Black - I want this bad!

I am having yellow fever. I want this Yellow Cabas now!

Tres chic with a pop of vibrant yellow.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A New Name To Watch - APERÇU

Through the new shopping web portal -, I got to know the designers behind APERÇU. Founded in 2009 by Koon Lim and Catrine Thé, both graduates of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, this young label is one to watch out for.

I paid a visit to their sleek showroom at Mohamed Sultan Road to meet up with the designers and had a sneak peek of their A/W 2011 collection.

Singaporean Koon focuses on design while Indonesian Catrine specialises in pattern-making and product management. This friendly and uber talented couple is now based in Singapore, where they work on conquering the fashion world.

Ain't this an amazing showroom? The interior design is a good representation of the duo's design philosophy of clean, classic, refined and elusive luxury.

Here are my top picks from APERÇU's Fall/Winter 2011 collection.

APERÇU offers precision tailoring, original prints (yes, they design their own printed fabrics), masterful draping, exacting details and luxurious fabrics. To sum it up, I personally think APERÇU embodies understated luxurious chic.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Loving My Fascinators

My love affair with fascinators started when I was 19 years old. I was living in London soaking up the Brit culture, and their love for hats and fascinators. What's fascinating is that it took the recent royal wedding of Will & Kate to bring the trend of wearing fascinators mainstream. One word of advice if I may, please wear it with Lady Gaga fierceness or Victoria Beckham coolness. It is a great trend but don't wear it unless you have the attitude to carry it off.

Seen here with Daniel Henney at the recent Prada event at Paragon, I'm wearing my black netted fascinator with feathers. I love it that a fancy hair piece can add the va-va-vroom factor to an outfit.

This is Philip Treacy, the God of millinery. His creations are amazingly beautiful and inspiring. I was so in awe of him that I almost switched from studying fashion design to millinery.

All hail Victoria Beckham. To me, she is fashion royalty. She rocked the fascinator trend with her Philip Treacy. Even her gorgeous husband didn't manage to steal the limelight from her.

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson used her Philip Treacy to distract attention away from her crooked nose (from snorting too much cocaine). She was the original IT girl back in the early nougties. I like her style.

Apart from David & Victoria Bekham, the most memorable duo at the royal wedding would have to be Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenia. I love their Lady Gaga style hats by Philip Treacy. That's what I mean by wearing it with attitude. People may not like or get your style, but they sure won't forget you. One must not be mediocre.

Lady Gaga wearing her bejeweled Philip Treacy with a devil-may-care attitude. LOVE Love love!

Check out the new fascinators I bought last week... but I am not telling you here where I bought them. Drop me an email if you would like to know.