Top 5 Polychromatic Shoes: Chasing Rainbows

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Feeling like things look a little dull now that holiday festivities are on their last leg? There’s nothing like the perky colors of the rainbow to enliven your wardrobe, and there’s nothing like a great new pair of shoes to make you see things from a whole new angle. Lighten up…nix that, brighten up with a pair of multicolored sandals, flats, or knockout heels that show favoring just one hue can be so overrated.

1. Malone Souliers Tammy Suede and Leather Sandals: Retro-vintage or brand-spanking new? Only the rich, saturated shades of this t-strap pump give away the fact that these are nothing but new-season.

2. Sophia Webster Marissa Sandal: Funky, ethnic, and packing a serious sense of fun, these calf hair-accented heels will spice up the drabbest of looks. 

3. Valentino 1973 Rockstud Printed Leather Point-Toe Flats: We’ve recently fallen for chevron, and it’s Valentino’s rainbow rendition that takes the colorfully striped cake, no question. 

4. Pollini Varnished-Effect Sandals: Just because your sandals sport several colors of the rainbow doesn’t mean they can’t look minimalist and modern. Pollini’s sleek pair proves that point. 

5. Charlotte Olympia Mariachi Leather and Suede Pumps: Charlotte has taken the super-casual, classic Mexican sandal and elevated it into highly desirable territory, thanks to a nude stiletto heel and a fierce palette choice.

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Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 Collection: Women in Uniform

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Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 Collection

I knew I was in for a real treat when I walked into the Park Avenue Armory, the long-time site of Marc Jacobs shows, and surveyed the scene: glowing pink gravel, a Pepto-Bismol tornado-dropped pink house inspired by The Wizard of Oz (a film Marc happens to love), shocking pink, pink, pink! On each seat were Beats by Dre headphones, and they struck me as a clever reminder: no one beats Marc Jacobs for showmanship. They weren’t just cool props; audience members wore them to hear a vocal narrative for an all-out immersive experience. Through the headset came a robotic voice: “Girl with long bangs and three bags, turn left. Knock on front.” It was at once bizarre, fascinating, and really, really fun.

Stage antics aside, the clothes are pure unadulterated Marc at his best. The Technicolor set could have fooled you; the looks, in a strict palette of dark blue, military green, muted khaki, and standard-issue olive, are worthy of a high-style army general or drill sergeant. Deglammed, there was not a stitch of makeup to be found on the models’ faces (I hardly recognized any of them!). Surplus chic was definitely the theme of the collection. Silhouettes of the military jackets, skin-cloaking suits, and multi-pocket dresses run the gamut from long and flounced to loose and baggy to short and flared, from squared-off at the shoulder to generously oversized (some suit jackets feature sleeves so purposefully lengthy, they only showed the models’ fingertips). Massive cargo pockets on almost everything send the message: utilitarianism is in for Spring ’15. But just when you’re thinking it comes without a stitch of femininity, Jacobs unleashes plenty of wide, waist-cinching belts (the hourglass shape is still in tact and on display beneath that fabric) and a whole slew of decadent, evening-ready satin looks with the same soldierly theme.

Great details also abound for luxurious militaristic touches, including large buttons and punchy baubles, à la ‘90s Marc Jacobs, plus seams and cutouts that emphasize the extreme precision of the tailoring. Add to the mix Dr. Scholl’s-inspired sandals – it’s all about the chunk! – and a practical range of bags, from some so big you can nap in them to large crocodile totes to tiny crossbodies, as well as a smattering of mod shifts, sheaths, and bubble skirts. Pockets, belts, and boot camp-grade toughness: Here you have it, the uniform of the season, and I mean “uniform” in the most authentic sense of the word.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 Collection

Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 Collection

Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 Collection

Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 Collection

Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 Collection

Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 Collection

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Bad Girls Need Nice Things Too

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Bad Girls Need Nice Things Too

There seems to be a relatively consistent image of what a successful woman should wear, from hair and makeup to clothes and shoes. While fitting this mold isn’t a bad thing, sometimes a girl just wants to branch out, toughen things up a little bit. Remind yourself that even though you’re a nice person and lovely to look at, you can still be tough. Send a few mixed messages with these pieces that are finely made and fine-tuned to add a little visual stimuli to your daily ladylike uniform.

Wendy Brandes Barbed Wire Ring (on Wendy Brandes for $1,800)

Balenciaga Asymmetric Bow Collaricon (at Barneys New York for $585)

Alexander McQueen Military Braceleticon (at Alexander McQueen for $995)

Alexander McQueen Harness Skull Ringicon (at Alexander McQueen for $415)

Dior Joaillerie Victoire de Castellane Kings and Queens Roi de Sugilite Pendant (on 1stdibs for $491,718.69)

Bad Girls Need Nice Things Too

Cartier Juste un Clou Ring (at Cartier for $3,800)

Bad Girls Need Nice Things Too

Heart of Bone Fairy Queen Ring (on Heart of Bone for $600)

Bad Girls Need Nice Things Too

Prada Crocodile Leather Bracelet with Metal Plaque (at Prada for $690)

Bad Girls Need Nice Things Too

Solange W.M.D. a.k.a. Family Jewels Pendant (on Solange)

Bad Girls Need Nice Things Too

Jil Sander Earrings (at Jil Sander for $180, from $300)

Julia Hagen is currently a student at the Gemological Institute of America. Her love for jewelry started with a red bead bracelet she received as a birthday gift from her grandfather around the age of five. Other healthy addictions include shoes, Crossfit, photography and researching jewelry arts.

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Moschino’s New Barbie Doll and Capsule Collection

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Moschino’s creative director Jeremy Scott has been bringing a new level of whimsy to the runway, especially stemming from his 2015 spring/summer collection. He brought Barbie to life on the runway, drawing inspiration from the iconic doll’s past looks, and transforming them into a spectacular catwalk display with models styled to embody her.

Moschino's Barbie Doll

And now, Scott has done just the opposite. The effect is just as fun-spirited and forward-thinking, but is really scaled down. Under his creative expertise, Moschino has teamed up with Mattel, and is creating a capsule collection for Barbie dolls, with life-sized replicas for women as well, that will debut on Nov. 9.

“I wanted to bring all of the Moschino elements to Barbie, as I had done the reverse by bringing all of the Barbie elements to Moschino for the spring 2015 collection,” said Scott, in an interview with WWD. “The thing I love most about Barbie is that she is the ultimate muse, she’s worn every style and design imaginable and at the same time she’s had every possible profession you can dream of.”

This idea is also what makes Barbie so iconic. She was made to encompass a wide variety of professions to reach out to people all around the world, but at the same time is always fashionable and ready to go. This is an idea designers use often on the runway, to show that their woman, or muse, can look fashionable for any event. But Scott took this concept and pushed it farther than anyone else before him. He created Barbie for the large stage, and models for the small.

And so Jeremy Scott ran off to play dress up. He gave Barbie a total wardrobe revamp, with a fun Moschino T-shirt on one and a quilted faux leather bomber jacket and pencil skirt on the other. Both Barbie-models were also adorned with teeny pairs of mesh knitwear to round out their edgy, fresh outfits. But, of course, Scott couldn’t let his mini-muses out of sight without a barrage of cool accessories. And so, he created a wide variety of bags, jewelry, and sunglasses. A motorcycle bag, a backpack, gold chains, earrings, and plenty of faux leather will polish off the looks, adding the finishing touches to exactly what the Moschino woman would want… If she were a foot tall!

In the Moschino Barbie capsule collection, upon its Nov. 9 release, we can expect to see real-life versions of Barbie’s favorite garments (reminiscent of American Girl dolls with matching outfits for girls?), as well as two exclusive Moschino Barbie T-shirts. The T-shirts will run for $225, while a leather bag will go for $1,595. The Barbie doll will be sold for $150, and all of this will be available on Net-A-Porter.com.

Moschino's New Barbie Doll and Capsule Collection

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Prada Unveils Short Film “The Swimmer” Starring Inside Bag

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Directed by James Lima, Prada unveils short films dedicated to the newly launched “Inside Bag” collection – “The Swimmer”.

The new Prada Inside Bag in amazing short films by director James Lima

In these short films the director tells the true essence of the luxury Italian fashion house, Lima adds a series of surreal, dreamlike animated and wonderful underwater concept to the movies entitled “The Swimmer”.

“The Swimmer”, Prada Inside Me, by James Lima

"The Swimmer" Dreamy, surreal animated movies by James Lima for Prada new Inside Bag

The new it bag of the house was launched during the autumn winter 2015 catwalk and officially ready to become the object of desire of fashionistas all over the world. The new Inside Bag is told in these six short films that Prada has released in recent days on their social channels and on its official website

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Céline: Christmas 2015 Gift Guide

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Yes, it’s November, which also means the countdown to 2016 has started, along with everything great that’s associated with the end of the year, including the New Year countdown, huge epicurean feasts and of course, Christmas!

And with Christmas comes the season of gift giving, be it for your loved ones or for yourself. Or both, which is what I do anyway. First get something nice for everyone that matters, then get something even nicer for yourself for even putting that aforementioned list together, shopping for it and then making sure everything is beautifully wrapped before it is given away. No mean feat if you ask me.

With that comes the first of my gift guides, which you’ll be seeing more and more of as the season nears (PR peeps, if you are reading this, please start sending out your seasonal gift guides). First up? Céline, of course, one of the few designer brands that come in white boxes you can’t go wrong with.

Which brings us to the Céline Classic (SGD5000, shown above), one of the first bags released by Creative Director Phoebe Philo when she joined the French luxury house in 2008. Still loved and much sought after till this day, the one that’s now available in Singapore comes in burgundy box calfskin with gold hardware, a sight for sore eyes, guaranteed to drop the receiver’s jaw and of course, great for upcoming festivities.

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For those ranked a tad lower on the gift-giving list but no less important, might I suggest the Céline Trapeze, another stunner of a bag still on many a wish list. Priced at SGD3600, you can pick up this multicolour beauty in Black/Blue/White that’s also part of Céline’s early spring collection.

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Last but not least, SLGs (or small leather goods for those of you not attuned into bagspeak). From top to bottom we’ve got a small zipped wallet (SGD680), the long calf pocket wallet (SGD1050), and my favourite, the drummed calf large flap wallet (SGD950), all useful, all appropriately-hued for the season. And because this is just a tiny bit of what’s available now in Singapore, I would advise to you head down personally to Celine boutiques at Marina Bay Sands or Ngee Ann City to shop to your heart’s content. For your loved ones, of course.

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