Sometimes, a girl just need a fun bag, you know? Like this one above from Mari Hari; I cannot decide if it is granny-chic (with its retro ball clasp) or sci-fi futuristic (in all its shiny silver, studded glory). Channeling the glamourous image of its namesake (a female espionage spy), the brand’s pop-inspired, sexy creations characteristically juxtapose metal hardware with soft leather for a wonderful tactile experience. Other than small clutches and handbags, Mari Hari also produces more practical carriers, such as totes and messengers, for those of us who simply have more baggage.
But personally, I like to travel light and have an extreme soft spot for tiny purses (just enough for the essentials). The Spring/Summer 2012 The Editors Collection is inspired by the fashion editors of the world, who act as style curators for the rest of us. In collaboration with editors from titles including Vogue China, i-D Magazine UK and Rubypaper Magazine Japan, the collection campaign features short quotes from these taste-makers about what they look for in a bag and snap-shots of them with their Mata Hari bag of choice.
To add that proverbial cherry on the cake, these bags are really affordable – they retail from SGD99 to SGD195 at Actually+ (118A Arab St).
It’s National Day tomorrow and a particularly fabulous way to mark our independence day is by getting yourself a Singapore & Co. Carryall Tote Bag. The result of a collaboration between two of the best creative studios that can be found on this little red dot, Fabrix and GOODSTUPH, the tote comes in two variations – Lee & Sons (red) and Marshall & Low (blue). Paying homage to the resilience of Singapore’s founding workers, the tote is crafted from heavyweight raw cotton canvas and weather-resistant Sunbrella technological textiles. Topped by quality veg tan leather handles, it is fully equipped for lugging your life around in.
Individually handcrafted and numbered, only 47 pieces of each design has been produced. Pre-order was released on Monday and since then 40% of all stock has already been bought up. This is obviously not the time for dawdling so head over here right now and click on that ‘Buy It Now’ button.
Purchase the Singapore & Co. Carryall Tote Bag at SGD149 each or buy a set of two at just SGD259.
National Day is three days away and that may mean a long weekend getaway for those of you who had the good sense to apply for leave on Friday. For those of you who didn’t or couldn’t, there is no reason to gripe. After all, it is much more patriotic to spend our country’s birthday on the island instead of at some shopping mall in a foreign city. Besides, you can spend the public holiday wisely by visting these following exhibitions:
Hermès has taken over the historic Tanjong Pagar Railway Station with its The Gift of Time exhibition. The brainchild of American artist Hilton McConnico, scenographer, poet and long-time partner of the French fashion house, the exhibition tells the story of Hermès through a series of poetic displays. From the origin of time to memories and thought, it urges one to contemplate the relentless march of time. For instance, you may find yourself musing about how incredible it is that “there was a time when people say that Singapore won’t make it, but we did”.
The exhibition is opened to the public til 12 August, from 11am to 9pm daily.
I am thrilled to tell you about this collaboration between the designers of Parco next Next fashion incubator project and The Everyday Revolution. Sophia, the founder of TER, is an old friend from school and I am so happy that this non-profit group of hers has grown so quickly over the last few months. Bringing together local designers and local artists, the Nation Pride 2012 – Everyday Belonging exhibition will feature 23 pieces of wearable art that has been inspired by 5 paintings by three autistic artists. These paintings are in turn based upon five Singapore-related themes. This is truly in the spirit of National Day.
I am finally going off on a long overdue weekend getaway tomorrow and while I cannot wait to board the plane, there is still that dreaded packing to be done. Sure, how tough is it to pack for a short three days trip? Well, tough enough if you do not have any decent carry-on luggage on hand. It is about time that I invest in some good-looking and practical carriers, like the Waxed Getaway Duffel (in my favourite navy) from American accessories brand, Draught Dry Goods. Hand-cut and hand-sewn, it features a waxed canvas exterior (with paisley lining) and leather handles that will “age to golden brown with regular use in the first year”. You can even have your initials embossed on the handles at no extra charge.
The Draught Dry Goods Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which includes the Finders, Keepers backpack, is now stocked at Little Man (7C Binjai Park).
Do you remember the mirrored Hawaiian prints from the Stella McCartney Resort 2012 collection that got everyone so obsessed late last year? I do. Previously associated with fashion-forsaken tourists who flocked to the tropics for the sun and sea, it became the print du jour for the first quarter of the year. What came as a greater surprise to me is that I actually like it myself. Try as I may, I cannot quite put a finger on the why but I know that it has a lot to do with the symmetry of it all. Everything looks nicer when they are symmetrical, right? Perhaps, that will also explain my fondness for this very loud bandeau maillot (SGD219) from Seafolly. The latest 2012/2013 swimwear collection features the brand’s signature retro-chic silhouettes that I adore. Trust me when I say that the twisted/ruched front detail is a godsend for the less-than-well-endowed boy-girls (such as moi).
The 2012/2013 swimwear collection will be available in Seafolly stores progressively from July 2012 to January 2013.
A cool project has been a-brewing on the interweb for a while now, but I have kept mum about it to see if the results can live up to the hype. In the case of OUTEREDIT, it certain looks like they did. Taking the concept of creative collaboration to a speedier new level, the global graphic design project is based on a simple idea – to get five geographically and culturally diverse designers to collaborate on multiple pieces simultaneously within a given period of time. An obvious advantage of working in this manner is that the final artworks are more than likely to be unique, exciting and unpredictable.
It gets better. The public gets to vote for their favourite designs and at the end of the challenge, the top-voted designs will be printed onto OUTEREDIT apparel and sold on its online store. The winners of the first ever O/E Collab is out and there are some very sweet t-shirts (SGD49 a pop) up for grabs. I heard that this limited edition collection is going quickly so it will be wise to get them before you miss them. [A new collaboration is underway right now, so you may want to keep your eyes on that. Or maybe even cast a vote or two.]
Kate Spade makes the cutest things. Their tech accessories collection for Fall/Winter 2012 is a case in point. The bright and sweet (always a good look) iPad and laptop sleeves in the brand’s signature polka dots is a particularly fabulous way to tote your gadgets around but what stood out for me is this bold crimson iPhone case that declares your intention to “Paint The Town Red” for all the world to see. It has that tongue-in-cheek, girls-just-wanna-have-fun playfulness – a healthy disregard for seriousness is something I appreciate in an iPhone accessory. I am also very fond of this simple black case that features a stark white exclamation point (possibly my favourite punctuation).
View the rest of the collection, which will be available in-store from July to September 2012, over here.
Personally, I am still a little shocked that the Olympics is almost upon us again (where exactly did those 4 years go?). Nonetheless, I am really looking forward to afternoons spent watching the very best figure-skaters, gymnasts, swimmers, runners and other athletes do their thing. Everyone will be looking to London this summer and in celebration of the host city’s spot in the limelight, Danish jewellery brand Pandora has launched a collection of British themed charms. Comprising of three charms in all, each an ode to Great Britain, my favourite is the adorable London Double Decker bus charm with an enamel Union Jack on its roof.
If you are not going off on yet another glamourous weekend trip (like the globe-trotting Ms Glitzy), you really should pop by the Looftop Sale this Saturday. With fashion apparel, accessories, home ware and curios going at up to a whooping 80% off, it sure sounds like there will be sweet deals galore. As if the heavily discounted cool stuff from local retailers like A Curious Teepee, ActuallyActually and Curated Editions is not enough of a lure for us fashion junkies, the organisors have also thrown in Happy Hour treats – bites from $2 + house pours and Asahi on tap for $5 – to keep us on a nice buzz while we shop. There is even an after-party (from 9 PM til late) if you are so inclined. Remember kids, there is nothing quite as liberating, or fun, as drunk-shopping.
Here is a treat for the bling queens (actually, which girl doesn’t love diamonds?): Montblanc will be hosting the exclusive Montblanc Haute Joaillerie Exhibition Collection at its Mandarin Gallery boutique in celebration of red carpet glamour from 29 June to 20 July. Staying tue to my magpie nature, I am really looking forward to being dazzled by the thousands of carets of fine jewellery that will be showcased. Among the many beautiful pieces that will greet guests at the event, the magnificant necklace (pictured above) from the Riviera Collection stands out for its simple, elegant design and sheer opulence with 293.40 ct of briolette cut diamonds. Inspired by the sophisticated style of the French Riviera, it manages to reflect both the insouciant resort chic and sensual glamour of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
The Riviera Collection also includes a pair of long earrings that features a cascade of briolette diamonds and a stunning statement bracelet with a beautiful front closure. The iconic Montblanc Diamond adorns all three pieces and is the indisputable crowning glory of the collection.
I suggest you head down to Montblanc after a late weekend brunch at Mandarin Gallery and bask in the glorious sparkle of these ravishing beauties. You have to agree that this is a particularly fabulous way to spend an afternoon.