John Galliano Pre-Fall 2016 Collection


At the helm of John Galliano since 2011 (when Galliano himself was dismissed both from his eponymous line and Dior for making anti-semitic remarks), Bill Gaytten’s creations have so far contrastingly embodied newness, freshness and a nostalgic melancholy that, along with a more affordable range of price tags, make everything look at least more appealing. For his John Galliano pre-fall 2016 collection Gaytten remained true to the label’s roots (after all, he worked with Galliano for over 23 years), while delivering a more wearable and commercial lineup that is not too exciting, nor too plain and simple.

John Galliano Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Overall the lineup embraces the most naïve side of fashion, loosening the waists and making ample use of trumpet skirts, slouchy lines and oversized pieces. Although the naïve designs inevitably take the lead, the lineup somehow manages to vary in styles, starting off with more sensual looks and ending up delivering solid mannish outfits that radiate some retro roaring Twenties vibes too (which is something we will probably never get tired of). Refined and well-tailored, the lineup navigates French and Great Britain’s territories, both in literature and fashion, not only alternatingmaudit bohemian items with Dickens-approved looks, but also celebrating “The National Dress of Scotland”, namely the kilt.

When it comes to the color palette used, the John Galliano pre-fall 2016 collection solely embraces the dark side of fashion, soaking its items in black, burgundy and dark blue hues. Animal prints and white shirts interrupt the line at times, adding a modern zest that keeps things interesting. Patchwork and denim combine the perfect amount of romanticism the lineup is known for with Gayetten’s remarkable sharp tailoring and architectural background.

Single and double breasted long and short coats, button-up shirts and asymmetrical long dresses surely are the collection’s key pieces that can at least be layered and played with. John Galliano’s renowned bias cut tops and dresses are easily to be found in the collection too, while gauzy fabrics, ankle boots and thin scarves add a modern bit of soigné dazzle.

Given the fact that this is a transitional outwear collection where sheepskin jackets, pea-coats in wool and leather items are indispensible must-haves, Gaytten chose to highlight their importance by adding black vinyl detailing and accessories, succeeding in his goal of creating versatile yet fancy and affordable looks.

Although being not at the center of the collection’s attention, there’s one item in particular that stands out of the crowd: an oversized pair of gingham trousers. Paired with an asymmetrical roomy coat and a plain simple v-neck wool sweater, it perfectly recalls Gaytten’s ideas on fashion, making us wonder what this label will look like in the future.

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Giorgio Armani Spring 2016 “New Normal” Campaign


Giorgio Armani is making us tick again. The brand has launched its new “New Normal” campaign for spring/summer 2016, featuring four legends of the ‘90s supermodel generation, Nadja Auermann, Yasmin Le Bon, Stella Tennant and Eva Herzigova. It’s ‘90s fashion, ‘90s models, and Armani in addition to that, a mixture capable of blowing up your mind! Even if you were born in the 2000s or don’t remember anything from the ‘90s, this campaign will still make you wish you lived those awesome 10 years to the fullest.

Giorgio Armani Spring 2016 “New Normal” Campaign

Let’s start with the basics. The Giorgio Armani spring 2016 campaign is very classic. Just as other brands and designers are putting out the latest trends like the ‘70s vibe, print dresses, and wide-legged pants, Armani’s new video tops it all! There are no trends here, because trends pass over time. We all know the skirt you’ve paid $100 for today might not be wearable next year. What we see in Armani’s campaign is standards of beauty, style, strong femininity, and those almost never pass in a lifetime.

The brand has combined its forces with German photographer Peter Lindbergh to create a very elegant and sophisticated campaign. All in black and white!

Armani is betting on the classic looks that you can wear for “everyday life.” And of course, in Armani’s vocabulary, everyday does not mean baggy sweatpants and a T-Shirt. It means soft and flowy white shirts, blazer jackets, suits, and all made from fabrics that are a pleasure to touch.

As the Giorgio Armani spring 2016 collection is made for comfort (because that’s how we like to take our “everyday”), the styling and poses are also very relaxed. No heavy makeup, in fact, if you look closer you’ll notice the wrinkles on the ‘90s supermodels. The makeup evolution of covering and changing every facial feature is a recent trend, ‘90s were much cleaner.

Hair styling is also very laid-back. Unlike the makeup, we are not sure if hair styling was heavily inspired from the ‘90s. There are hints of the highlighted decade, but the overall execution is very modern. Messy updos and curls are just what you need to look fabulous and start your day easy.

That’s how you feel in Armani. You don’t have to undergo a makeover every single morning to look at your best, it’s enough to just put on Armani, style that hair into a messy bun and you’re ready for a Milan Fashion Week runway.

Revealing more about how the campaign came to life, Armani said, “For this campaign, I wanted four iconic women with strong personalities to show that feminine beauty is ageless. I chose Peter Lindbergh, with whom I have collaborated several times, because his photographs are timeless and are true to real life. I wanted to convey a sense of reality, of clothes that offer natural elegance and the normality of everyday life.”

Well, we can see the timeless appeal the campaign has. It could be equally successful both in the 1990s and in 2090s. A natural,normal, effortless beauty that lies within all of us, let it come out, whether you’re wearing Armani or nothing at all.

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Louis Vuitton


Conquer the streets of Manhattan, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Seoul, and all the other major thriving cities in the world with this ultra chic and trendy drawstring bag from fashion powerhouse Louis Vuitton. Impress the crowd as you walk and strut your fashionable stuff as if you’re one of those glamorous high maintenance models in a star-studded fashion week runway. Be the center of attention with your trendsetting outfit coupled and complemented by this LV drawstring bag. What makes it perfect is the fact that you can use this bag wherever and whenever.

Go to the office with this gem of a bag and they will see you as a cute school girl turned office girl who knows how to be fashionable in the corporate world. Better yet, why not use it as you travel abroad and as you hop in and out of trains? People will definitely love your designer drawstring bag. Wanted to go to the gym but doesn’t have enough time to go home and change? Stop getting stressed for this LV bag can work as your gym bag as well. What more can you ask for?



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Guo Pei Couture Spring/Summer 2016 Collection


Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei is relatively new to the elite fashion industry, with her true breakout moment being a bright yellow regal dress featured on Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala last May, which took Pei two years to construct by hand. This moment brought in a substantial amount of new attention for the designer, and Rihanna’s over-32-million followers on Instagram certainly didn’t hurt. The most notable outcome of overnight attention is an enthralling new slot in Paris Couture Week, where she showed the truly remarkable Guo Pei Couture spring/summer 2016 collection on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Pei’s background as a costume dresser was highlighted with a stunning outcome, so this designer’s fairy tale story of fame is continuing to impress.

Guo Pei Couture Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

The collection was a perfect combination between high society costumery and elegant eveningwear, so there will be a significant probability of seeing these looks on the likes of red carpet celebrities as the year progresses and orders for this couture line are fulfilled and shipped out. There are many looks in this collection that Rihanna could rock, if she wanted to play into Pei’s couture talents once again.

Guo Pei is most well-known around the world for creating high fashion looks for Chinese celebrities, but is now also attracting attention from American celebrities, like actress Uma Thurman, who could be seen watching the show from the front row. So Rihanna wasn’t able to make to the show, but perhaps Thurman might be the one to hit the scene with a Pei couture exclusive in the coming year; it might even beat out the extravagance of Rihanna’s Met look last year.

The Guo Pei Couture spring 2016 collection itself was successful from the ground up, as the conception of the stage really set the tone for the apparel to come. There was a gilded roof on the runway, which was there by the presence of gold-plated trees to maintain the regal image Pei is already known for. This setting honed on the essence of a royal Chinese courtyard, showing that the designer is all about extravagant, regal eveningwear and her Chinese heritage.

Construction is a key element to couture collections, and Pei made sure to maintain structure by adding stiffness to most of the looks. This made some garments appear boxy, but this never went out of control. Every decision seemed so deliberate in each garment, and we already know the extent of care Pei takes with her designs, as with Rihanna’s two-year-long wait time for her dress.

So she paid careful attention to keeping things not too stiff, not regal enough to seem untouchable, not too conservative, and skirted the line in this manner on many other elements as well. The designer knows just when to pull back to keep things pristine. Even her separates and miniskirts begged to be worn for a high society evening event, so in this breakout collection, Pei is showing that she knows how to keep everything ultimately classy with an air of extravagance.

The construction of each garment was in a realm of its own, from the thoughtful embellishments. which stole the show to the overall silhouettes. Those in attendance were constantly pressing forward to get the perfect close-up shot of the small detail work that really sets Pei apart from other designers.

And to finish everything off, the designer presented four jaw-dropping bridal looks. Just like everything else in the collection, the gowns were fit for only the most elegant, daring members of high society. This was only amplified when the final look walked the runway accessorized by a 500-carat necklace from luxury Swiss jewelry label Chopard.

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Chanel Pre-Spring 2016 Iridescent Collection

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You probably know what I’m going to say, that with the Lunar New Year just around the corner, it’s perhaps time to start looking for a new wallet to herald in the new year properly. Ditto for Valentine’s Day, just because, it’s the one day you should reward yourself, or hint heavily to your loved on. So I’ll just cut to the chase and show you Chanel’s newest boutique arrivals from her Pre-Spring 2016 collection, the SLGs that come in the loveliest of iridescent pastel calfskins.

While the Boy Chanel bags from the same seasonal launch come in much bolder pastels, only the SLGs it seems are in these soft, almost pearl-esque patent hues. Comprising flap wallets in different styles and the ever iconic WOC, they come inLight Blue, Light Pink and the lightest of greens that I can only describe as the most unripe of avocado. Yes, not the most sexiest way to describe any colour I’m sure, but this hue is so pretty.

Priced at SGD1310 and SGD1460 respectively for both flap wallets and aroundSGD3000 for the WOC, you should be able to find them all at Chanel boutiques in either Marina Bay Sands or Ngee Ann City.


And since we are still on the topic of getting yourself something new for CNY/Valentine’s, here are the bright pastel Boy Chanel boys I was talking about earlier. In chevron-quilted calfskin with silver-tone hardware, we have the smallerPink on on the left measures 20 cm across and is priced at SGD5710. The bigger Light Pink one on the right? That measures 28 cm across and comes in at SGD6930. Not as bling, but still as pretty, no?


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