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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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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New York Fashion Week Roundup, Part 3: Delpozo, Donna Karan, and Sophie Theallet

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New York Fashion Week Roundup, Part 3

Modern but reminiscent of the past. Prim but not prissy. Crisp and clean but rich and wild. Oh, and brimming with unadulterated beauty. Delpozo is all of these things and more, and their breathtaking Spring ’15 collection brings all their trademarks of visual splendor and expert craftsmanship to new heights. In just a couple short years, designer Joseph Font has thoroughly invigorated the relaunched Spanish label, and this is his best showing yet.

Folds reminiscent of origami, impossibly rich jacquards, intricate tropical patterns, and floral accents more like sculpture than your typical embellishments gave way to bold silhouettes. With exaggerated peplums, avant-garde culotte shorts (that actually look flattering), and hemlines that seem to defy gravity, Delpozo’s magical play on shapes just gets better and better. Everyone is doing crop tops now, but theirs are so covetable they’ll motivate you to do those extra reps of crunches (and bicep curls, for that matter)

When it comes to the evening looks, Delpozo’s fully bloomed folds and heavily detailed explosions of sheer tulle aren’t for the faint of heart but they are for the confident and romantic. This is an ethereal, almost untouchable brand of femininity.

New York Fashion Week Roundup, Part 3

New York Fashion Week Roundup, Part 3

Donna Karan’s show notes gave a simple instruction: “Paint the town with urban chic.” For her Spring ’15 collection, Donna embraced both the abstract art world and the hourglass curves of the female form, sending super-sophisticated gallery girls and cutting-edge city-slickers of the artsy variety down her concrete-paved runway. If there is any mistake about her elevated sense of edginess, just look at those sky-high hats (Pharrell Williams in his Vivienne Westwood topper ring a bell?).

Elements of wild brushstrokes, graffiti, stamps, and collage made their way into the body-hugging pencil skirts, belted cocktail dresses, ruched bustiers, and blousy, cropped pants. These dynamic, layered patterns will instantly transfix; each piece makes for a miniature visual feast that brings to mind Basquiat in the ‘80s, when throwing paint in your loft gave way to high art. Donna balances it all out with plenty of cinched waists and enough pattern-free looks to keep the mood tempered. Rarely does such exuberance come out of a relatively muted color palette. Evidently, Donna’s muse – the very womanly woman – serves her well.

New York Fashion Week Roundup, Part 3

New York Fashion Week Roundup, Part 3

Feeling vacation-ready upon catching many of the Spring ’15 shows? Lighthearted and upbeat, Sophie Theallet is a few steps ahead of you. The designer was inspired by the music and colors of Montego Bay, Jamaica, where Marilyn Monroe was known to vacation and where Sophie traveled with a friend this past year. But she didn’t go your basic, bohemian, beach-babe route. By blending tropical flavor with the inherent chic of her Parisian background, she delivered a relaxed yet elegant collection that oozes joie de vivre. She also shows you don’t have to reveal it all – just a subtle slit here or a flash of clavicle there – to connote warm-weather vibrance.

So what to pack on your next jaunt (or wear when you’re feeling like bringing some pep to your city life)? Multicolored strappy sandals, the result of a collaboration with Jean-Michel Cazabat, and thick leather belts with swirls and swerves of punchy colorblocking. Swingy dresses and mix-and-match separates with punchy, graphic prints. Evening gowns of liquid-like satin and wonderfully ornate prints with deceptively simple knotted necklines. Thin, wear-everywhere cardigans and lightly pleated skirts cut to catch the breeze whether you’re on the pavement or in the sand. Looks like Sophie Theallet just planned your spring wardrobe.

New York Fashion Week Roundup, Part 3

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H&M + Balmain #BALMAINATION Collection Lookbook: Womens

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IMAGE: H&M
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. 

IMAGE: H&M
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. 

IMAGE: H&M
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.

IMAGE: H&M
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. 

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

IMAGE: H&M
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.

IMAGE: H&M
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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