H&M + Balmain #BALMAINATION Collection Lookbook: Womens

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Left: Embellished mulberry silk blazer, SGD699, embroidered blouse, SGD159, cable leather belt, SGD199. Right: Sheepskin leather jacket, SGD549, mulberry silk blouse, SGD159, suede calfskin clutch, SGD299. 

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Left: Embroidered cotton dress, SGD399, gold necklace, SGD159, cable leather belt, SGD199, gold bracelets, SGD139 each. Right: Pink embellished dress*, SGD599, high-heeled stilettos, SGD299. 

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Left: Gold embellished dress*, SGD799, earrings, SGD59.90. Right: Green velvet dress, SGD249, mulberry silk blouse, SGD159, faux fur jacket, SGD249, cable leather belt, SGD159, suede calfskin bag, SGD399.

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Left: Faux fur crop jacket, SGD199, embroidered blouse, SGD159, velvet dress, SGD249, flared trousers, SGD199. Right: Blue embroidered blouse, SGD249, red mulberry silk skirt, SGD159. 

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Left: Sequinned dress*, SGD899. Right: Gold sweater, SGD199, pleated mulberry silk pants, SGD159, calf leather belt, SGD99.90, embroidered top, SGD199.

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Left: Double-breasted wool jacket, SGD199, lambskin leather clutch, SGD249, shawl lapel cotton blazer, SGD249. Right: Turtleneck top, SGD99.90, skirt, SGD99.90, double-breasted long wool blazer, SGD249, long-sleeved striped silk shirt, SGD119, striped jeans, SGD159, tube top, SGD59.90.

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Left: Red bodycon dress, SGD119, mulberry silk dress, SGD299. Right: Gold embroidered blouse*, SGD599, flared mulberry silk trousers, SGD199.

After the official ad campaign, and the mens lookbook which you’ve already seen, here’s the third post that many have been waiting for. Yes, here are the official looks from the H&M + Balmain #BALMAINATION just for the ladies and I’ve included their prices in SGD as best I can. And while the mens collection has both statement and everyday pieces, the womens collection is decidedly all statement, and I’ll be honest, I have trouble seeing our local lasses decked out in this collaboration collection and walking down Orchard Road on any given day.

These pieces, will, however come in handy with the slew of year-end parties coming up, also applicable for your company’s D&D or maybe some clubbing night-out with the girls.

Something to note though, some pieces in this collection are more limited than the rest, because of the amount of craftsmanship (beading, embroidery, you name it, they’ve got it) that goes into it. From what I’ve heard, these pieces may be limited to just 1 piece per size in Singapore, and while also more expensive than the norm, they are in a sense true collector’s items as well. For those pieces I’ll include an * after the description, and if I missed out on anything, or if you have any more questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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Tod’s: Cape Attraction By David Bailey

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There are Instagram snaps of bags you see online and there are shots of bags you see in print, and then there are these, which you could say is taking it to the next level. Lensed by respected photographer David Bailey, who has never shot a bag as the lead in his works ever, comes Cape Attraction, a project he describes as a first, wanting to show the unique relationship between a woman and this very special object. ‘It’s an intimate and profound connection, strong and sensual,’ he says, adding that ‘a bag is a woman’s object of desire and her most loyal keeper of treasures and secrets.’

The result? 4 very distinct portraits that you the viewer can interpret any which way you want, from it being artistically-sublime to head-scratching question marks, the whole purpose of this exercise is perhaps just to show you the Italian house’s icon in a different light. In other words, not just a bag that’s big on function but one that can hold her own too with her own leather-crafted curves.

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Pat McGrath Launches Her Own Beauty Product

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Called the most influential makeup artist in the world by Vogue magazine, Pat McGrath knows how to keep her fans in suspense. In fact, if you follow her on Instagram, or took a look at her marvelous work during Prada’s latest show for its spring/summer 2016 collection, you knew something was brewing up. The answer to all those secretive posts on Instagram, which feature golden eye shadows and the hashtag #MakeupByPatMcGrath, came a few days ago, when McGrath officially launched her first makeup product, prophetically called Gold 001.

Pat McGrath Launches Her Own Beauty Product

Pat McGrath’s career started growing exponentially in the early Nineties, in a time where surrealistic creativity and being prone to cross the line were highly encouraged practices in the fashion industry. McGrath’s innovative use of color, which still is one of her most recognizable hallmarks along with working with her fingers rather than brushes, made a huge impact on Edward Enninful, former fashion editor of i-D magazine, and ended up in a collaboration. Her rise to prominence had also something to do with her willingness to experiment with different materials, such as pearls and feathers. From the ‘90s up until today, McGrath has collaborated with artists and fashion houses such as John Galliano, Jill Sander, Dior, Max Factor and Gucci. And, to crown it all, she currently works as the global creative director of Procter & Gamble.

So, what does Pat McGrath’s Gold 001 consist of? It is a sparkling golden paint with flecks of golden glitter (we are talking about a 24-karat pigment), which can be used on the cheeks, eyes and lips. In addition to Prada’s spring 2016 runaway, Gold 001 was officially unveiled at an another event during the Parisian Fashion Week, where models like Bella Hadid, Stella Maxwell and Hailey Baldwin helped Gold 001 shine even more thanks to their bare faces and bright golden lipsticks. McGrath’s big announcement, in association with Vogue, romantically took place at the Jardin Tuileries.

Although no one knows what the packaging will look like (Gold 001 will be available on www.patmcgrath.com later this year), everybody is waiting with bated breath to get hands on the magical Gold 001. In fact, even if it is just a start and we actually do not know if it’s an una tantum makeup product or if McGrath is about to start a new career, the possibility that one of the best makeup artists in the world is actually going to release haute couture makeup products on a yearly basis is indeed exciting.

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Chanel’s Spring 2016 Travel-Friendly Accessories

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Chanel created a spectacle for the woman on the go in order to debut their spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week, as we covered after the show premiered. To continue the “Chanel Airlines” theme, designer Karl Langerfeld created a luggage and accessory collection that also walked the runway, but deserves more singled-out notoriety.

Chanel's Spring 2016 Travel-Friendly Accessories

With these new looks, a real fashionista will be able to travel in style. She can check her chic luggage, before taking her fabulous carry-on bag or backpack through the terminal and onto the plane, and finally to the destination, where she can saunter up to claim her luggage at baggage claim, so everyone waiting can see just who the wealthy owner of the gorgeous bag is.

There’s definitely a Chanel stamp that makes garments and accessories recognizable to the brand alone, and with the French label being world-famous, women travelling anywhere in the world can be sure to stand out in the crowd – more specifically the terminal.

Each bag available within the Chanel spring 2016 accessory collection features the unmistakable Chanel logo, and each carries its own unique charm. The first piece of rolling luggage was presented in classic Chanel, with the quilted black fabric. The owner of such a bag lives in the lap of luxury, or so she wishes to convey, and Karl Langerfeld clearly wished to cater to that woman’s needs.

The circular, convertible over-the-shoulder bag with red, white and blue on black was one of the most interesting Chanel bags for spring 2016, mainly for its subtlety without compromising the elegant flair of the brand.

There was certainly not a want for color in this collection, because Langerfeld chose colors from all areas of the color spectrum, making it hard to choose just one must-have bag from the line. The simple solution would be to buy them all, so you could travel in fashionable comfort for the rest of your life – or until Chanel comes out with a new accessory line! But for the fashion conscious woman with a tighter budget, there’s a tough decision ahead.

Chanel's Spring 2016 Travel-Friendly Accessories

Chanel's Spring 2016 Travel-Friendly Accessories

Chanel's Spring 2016 Travel-Friendly Accessories

These bags are versatile for the fashion and travel worlds, because you don’t need to be all dressed up and ready for the jet-setting lifestyle in order to rock Chanel’s travel bags. The rolling luggage pulled by a jean-clad woman would be striking in any airport terminal, but that’s not to say dressing up would hurt the image.

Clearly any fashionable lady who wishes to portray an elegant persona shouldn’t stop with just the outfit and the bag, but must also display the jewels to polish off her look. So, of course, Chanel offered just that for spring 2016. Models in exquisite chunky jeweled bracelets and necklaces were as striking as models wearing classic Chanel logo bracelets and sunset shaded aviators, showing you don’t have to dress up in ritzy garments in order to rock these fabulous bags when you strut down the airport terminal – but you always have that option!

Chanel's Spring 2016 Travel-Friendly Accessories

Chanel's Spring 2016 Travel-Friendly Accessories

Chanel's Spring 2016 Travel-Friendly Accessories

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Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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For the Paul & Joe spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection, Sophie Albou goes young surfing the USA. Metallic fabrics and tropical prints are key elements this season, and may remind some of you of Paul & Joe’s SS 2016 menswear collection, which took great advantage from this summer-y mood offering palm tree prints and Hawaiian shirts. These connections with her menswear collection do not end here: in fact, as we approach the heart of the line-up, we instantly spot Albou’s desire to give her womenswear line a more boyish attitude, which combines fashion trends from the Nineties with those from the next summer 2016.

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Being the daughter of a clothing-company executive and of a fashion designer, Sophie Albou has always been a fashion enthusiast (a similar destiny she shares with compatriot Vanessa Bruno). Paris-based Albou founded her clothing line Paul & Joe in the mid-90s, which releases a menswear and a womanswear collection each season. She has often worked as a designer for many American fast-fashion companies, like Target, and we may say more in general that she gives her best when designing limited edition lines.

In line with her clothing collections, she has recently started a houseware line that takes inspiration from the motifs and prints used in her ready-to-wear collections. As we are about to see, the French fashion designers loves to mix every single aspect of her working life, menswear and womenswear’s collections included.

Those who instantly loved these fashion weeks’ main trends, like the futuristic trend and the boyish cuts, but are looking for a more ready-to-wear collection, will probably fall in love with Albou’s Paul & Joe spring 2016 collection and with what seems to be her coast to coast trip around the United States of America. The first part of the line-up takes us to the East Cost, Florida, and introduces us to sleek pink fabrics and pink palm tree prints, which adorn mannish suits, swimsuits and oversized shirts.

Sleek short jumpsuits and peg-top pants take us to the next phase, which is probably also the most casual part of the collection. Here we welcome late-Seventies-inspired outfits that include casual digger jeans, printed shirts and even ‘plain’ little back dresses, adorned with lace embroideries and combined with ankle boots. We may say that, from the East Coast, we have jumped to the Midwest.

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

From the Midwest to Las Vegas, the third part of the collection goes metallic and shows even more bare skin, thanks to the oversized shirtdresses, deep V-necklines and skimpy bikinis, covered with metallic-green palm motifs. As a fluid continuum of fashion styles, the metallic palm tree motifs flow into a boyish turnaround bringing sleek light blue suits with printed red shirts. The upcoming looks, instead, like to mix femininity with masculinity, playing with off-the-shoulder dresses, ruffled shirts, and pink dresses, both long and short.

The finale of the Paul & Joe spring 2016 runway show finally takes us to California with its Havana motifs and surfer-approved clothing pieces. Tennis blouses, short Hawaiian shorts and front-split long skirts are just a few examples of this range of looks, which skillfully combines all the other main styles and motifs spotted throughout the line-up.

Last but not least, we should not neglect Albou’s shoe offerings, because it is also thanks to the stylish pointy-toe shoes and metallic sneakers that the Paul & Joe spring/summer 2016 line-up has travelled successfully from Florida to California.

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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Tom Ford, never one to conform to the norm, created a boisterous video to showcase his new garments included in the Tom Ford spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection on a virtual runway. Models sassed and danced their way down a runway paved by dancing onlookers, and to the beat of Lady Gaga’s cover of Nile Rodgers’ “I Want Your Love,” no less. But the fashion-dance party didn’t stop there.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

“It was a great deal of fun to do,” Ford said in an interview with Vogue, “and I think that the video captures the spirit of the collection in a way that a filmed traditional show would not have.” There is no doubt this addition of media to the runway allowed for Tom Ford to play a lot more than he otherwise could have. With the limitations of space and audience avoided, he was able to create a fully sensual experience for the models, the actors, and the audience of the video.

These theatrics didn’t overshadow the clothes the models wore, however. The clothes were as spunky as the models themselves, and there couldn’t have been a better presentation for the line. Tom Ford didn’t just present clothes, but also a distinct attitude and way of life. These are all feats you can only achieve in minimal amounts on the runway.

From sparkly beaded tops to drop-dead gorgeous eveningwear, and down to the sexy stilettos, the Tom Ford spring 2016 collection is not for the faint of heart. It is for the young, the bold, and anyone who isn’t afraid to take risks for the sake of fashion. In his choice of presentation alone, you can see his own love for taking risks, and the woman he designs for has the same tendencies.

Even Lady Gaga herself made an appearance in the video as a spectator, and of course she didn’t forego the opportunity to show off her dancing skills alongside the rest of the actors. It seemed like it was a music video, featuring Tom Ford’s designs.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

The looks themselves match the energy of the video, and really shine as the focal point. The dancing could have easily overshadowed the looks, but the complete opposite happened, as the ruckus in the background created a perfect stage for the garments.

Tom Ford designed a collection for a woman with an all-encompassing life. He showed professional clothes, streetwear, and even clubwear, which was furthered by the music and dancing in the video. If there’s one thing to be said about the Tom Ford girl, however, it’s that her sex appeal is never lost in her clothes. She is able to put on a garment and know that she’s rocking it. She’s able to have fun and not take herself too seriously while knowing when to balance things out with professionalism.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Tom Ford had a groundbreaking display for spring/summer 2016 with his incorporation of technology, proving for yet another season that he is not held down by the laws of fashion gravity. Check out the video below!

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