Eclectic Character

Valentino Spring 2015

Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection has my brow furrowed and left me in a permanent state of ponder-ment. All I can say is creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who’ve been at the helm since 2008, have a very broad idea of who the Valentino woman is. A segment of their collection presents, in sharp contrast with the rest of the collection, a strikingly vibrant and graphic mix of checkerboard, stripes and chevrons.

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While I can’t immediately relate to this woman they are portraying. It does hold a certain amount of intrigue and, dare I say, shock factor as well. My personal colour milestone lies with a tee from hansel’s Tiers of Joy collection, and Valentino’s collection for 2015 is several leagues away. This young grasshopper pays dutiful respect to the master. *bows*

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(By the way, I certainly hope that those fur coats I spy are all faux.)

Perhaps this segment of the collection represents the younger end of the spectrum for the Valentino customer. One that, arguably, may crossover into the sphere of REDvalentino instead.

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In addition to the bold use of colour and print for Spring/Summer 2015, Valentino’s lookbook showcases a dynamic spread of looks and, I feel, characters. Some of whom I relate to much more than others. Clearly these printed glamazons aren’t part of my apparel choice’s fray, neither are the embroidered dresses and skirts with floral motifs, nor the lace maxi dresses (with or without embroidery). The latter conjures imagery of what my grandma may have worn to church as a young lady. Don’t get me wrong, the pieces are undeniably beautiful and striking, but I think the climate, both in terms of weather and trends, may not be most suited for it.

But granted that the key inspiration came from Meixcan artist, Frida Kahlo, its no wonder the collection incorporates vibrant colour, sweet flora and fauna iconography and an infusion of the culture (and religion?)

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I suppose its my penchant for all things structured, clean and simple. The billowy options and short sweet dresses is a spoonful of sugar too much. In any case, here are my favourite looks from the mash-up of characters presented. And I hope LN-CC stocks my favourites for next season. Just so I can cry at the prices on these beauties.

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Image Credit: Valentino

Upon A Dream, In A Futuristic Forest

Ahead of their NYFW Spring/Summer 2015 show, Hugo Boss has released a short fashion film entitled ‘THISISBOSS’.

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The opening scene is a strange, almost intergalactic, tight shot of the starring model, Suvi Koponen, overlaid with pixelated flecks. As the scene transitions into a wider shot, the viewer sees that Suvi is standing in futuristic forest, with the trunks illuminated by white bands of light. The orchestra soundtrack of ‘Once Upon A Dream’, a la Sleeping Beauty, comes on.

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Personally, I wished they had chosen Lana Del Rey’s version instead (from Maleficient), but seeing as this video is a audio and visual expression of Jason Wu’s vision as Artistic Director of BOSS Womenswear for the BOSS woman, I understand the creative choice to keep things clean and streamlined. As Jason Wu describes, “This film expresses a marriage of nature and technology, classical versus hi-tech.”

This Spring/Summer 2015 collection will be the second BOSS Womenswear collection led by Jason Wu.

You can catch the live stream of the BOSS Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 show at New York Fashion Week tomorrow morning, on 11 September 2014 at 2.30am (Singapore time).

I drew a line

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Maybe I can’t stop thinking about that Carven sweater, or there’s something about her smile and gorgeous features. Photographed outside the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 show, 23-year-old China-born model, Meng Huang, almost compels(!) me to chop my hair off a la when we first started blogging… but I have another plan for my hair already (more on this later!)

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For now, I’ll just keep oogling at this Numeró, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire alumni and ponder to myself,

‘Where on earth can I find a lemon yellow sweater too?!’

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Wottoncool x FFN ‘Share & Win’ Giveaway

Future Fashion Now is hosting two rockin’ runway showcases on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway! Simply head over to our Facebook Page, ‘Like’ us if you haven’t done so already and share our post for a chance to win.

The 6pm show will feature:

  • Ong Shunmugam (Singapore)
  • Elohim by Sabrina Goh (Singapore
  • Esther Perbandt (Berlin)
  • Khoon Hooi (Kuala Lumpur)

While the 7.30pm show will feature:

  • Saena (Berlin)
  • Saturday (Singapore)
  • Juma (New York)
  • Jonathan Liang (Paris)

We’ve got one pair of tickets for each show. So hurry on and participate!!

The competition will run from now till Sunday, 13 October 2012 at 11.59pm. Two winners will be announced on Sunday.

Good luck and happy sharing!

Garden Carnival by Stella McCartney

Taking cues from their Resort 2013 Garden Party in New York in June earlier this year, Stella McCartney hosted a carnival for guests complete with a champagne ring toss, foosball table, ‘hook-a-duck’, balloons and bubbles! Guests were treated to fun, games, candy floss, bubbles and champagne throughout the evening as models mingled and looked ravishing in Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall and Fall 2012 garb.

All this occurred in the comforts of The Shopping Gallery at Hilton Singapore, rubbing shoulders with a slew of stores also owned by Club21 and most importantly, on an astro turf lawn that a little bird told me cost an astronomical amount of money! Worlds apart from the East Village’s Marble Cemetery that served as the backdrop for the same party in New York City no?

I would have loved to see more sleeveless pieces but seeing that this is a Pre-Fall and Fall collection, I don’t fault the designer. Short sleeve options are just a personal preference. The floral appliqués with the baroque influence didn’t annoy me as much as I thought it would. Stella’s choice of not using gold (*cough* Anna Dello Russo *cough*) and using contrasting cerulean blue and white was reminiscent of Chinese porcelain.

After a quick check of prices online, it’s safe to say that Stella McCartney is yet another name I can add to my growing list of aspirational brands to own. The Saskia gown (which I Instagrammed) would set me back $5,600, the Berkeley printed silk peplum skirt would do $4,000 worth of damage, while the Diamond intarsia wool turtleneck would set me back a modest $900. Yes, only $900. Ouch!

That being said, I’ll be a happy camper when the day come around where I can part with my hard-earned money and be the proud owner of any one of Stella McCartney’s namesake brand togs. (Thank goodness for her collaboration with Adidas, I do already own several much more affordable pieces, which you’ve seen here, here and here)

Something I’d definitely like to own are these pair of shoes! If you visit the Stella McCartney store and discover slobber all over a pair of these beauties, sorry Club21, that would’ve been me! 😀

Stella McCartney is located at 581 Orchard Road 02-19 Hilton Shopping Gallery, Singapore 238883.

Tropical Asphalt

Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2013 collection brims with hues of scorched browns and gold, yet mixed with delicate traces of pink, lavender, sky blue or deep indigo. For this collection, Marc Jacob pulls inspiration  from Catherine Deneuve in Le Sauvage & Indochine, old films from 1975 and 1992 respectively. “The Vuitton girl is a luxurious and nonchalant woman. She crosses all the meridians of the globe in the style of an urban or exotic traveller.” 

A beautiful way of describing clothing and accessories that will remain purely aspirational, personal favourites were the colour blocked eyelet embroidery cropped sleeve coat (above) and the mix material leather trimmed maxi dress (below). The latter’s combination of toffee, dark chocolate and cerulean isn’t an instinctive palette choice but was styled well. Now I only need to build more toffees and lattes into my wardrobe to experiment too.

Cropped and, ever so slightly, flared pant was another key silhouette for the collection (not pictured). To be honest, it hasn’t quite grown on me yet but they are a great way to show off these beautifully towering platform shoes with chunky heels. Hugging the ankles for extra support, I can only imagine how fun it would be to traverse the universe in a pair. Nothing would faze me, except, perhaps, a cobblestone street!

Given that my current wedges gave out on me recently, my prowl for the next perfect pair commences. Although it’s not a wedge per se but I envision this aubergine pair in the foreground to be really comfortable. Or so my imagination would like me to believe! What’s an adventure without some imagination, right?

And speaking of adventure and imagination, I can only begin to fathom the chocolate box full of endless possibilities that a Louis Vuitton tiara would unlock. Like ‘Mary, Mary, quite contrary’, this tiara has Swarovski crystals has pretty gems all in a row, with gems ranging in colour and size. The overall effect is a modern take on a classic tiara, perfect for a modern-day princess. And although they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, I’d totally take this tiara instead.