Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Get a fresh look from this season’s PUMA Select collection’s collaborations with notable artists from the fashion capitals of the world such as House of Hackney from London, Sophia Chang from New York, Brooklyn We Go Hard (BWGH) from Paris, Mihara Yasuhiro from Tokyo and McQ by Alexander McQueen. The artists bring authenticity of their respective cities’ culture, art, fashion and the street together with PUMA’s sports heritage for this series of collaborations. Do we love it? Oh yes, we do.

The Puma Select Collection A/W 2014 will be available in stores from August 2014.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014: Sophia Chang

Puma x Sophia Chang (New York): I love this collection especially the white high-top sneakers with Sophia’s rad illustration.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x Mihara Yasuhiro (Tokyo): Mihara Yasuhiro brings the Tokyo street flavor to the house of Puma with his capsule collection.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x Mihara Yasuhiro (Tokyo): Did someone say leopard prints?

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x House of Hackney (London): The British designer brings his signature style to the table and boy, we love it.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x Brooklyn We Go Hard (Paris): Get active with the BWGH sneaker designs because these babies are designed to move.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x McQ by Alexander McQueen: We can’t get enough of sneaker wedges and more from McQ by Alexander McQueen.

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2014 Summer Fashion & Beauty Essentials

Summer is HERE! As the temperature rises, bring out your bikinis, sunblock and sunglasses – because things are beginning to heat up in Singapore. What do you need? We love our sun dresses and bikinis but don’t forget your beauty needs (who wants dark spots and pigmentation problems?!). Here are my 2014 summer fashion and beauty essentials to stay cool and chic:

Agent Provocateur Bikinis

It’s time to bring sexy back with Agent Provocateur bikinis. I instantly fell in love with the Mazzy Bikini & Lexxi Bikini. Can you blame me?

Topshop Summer 2014

Packing for your summer holiday? Don’t forget the Topshop Tropical Print Jumpsuit by Boutique (£120.00) and Topshop Straw Circle Brim Floppy Hat (£28.00). Simply irresistible!

Shiseido UV Protective Foundations

These Shiseido UV Protective Foundations in Liquid, Compact & Stick are water-proof and sweat-proof and promise to last all day! Tried and tested, this is my favourite go-to foundations for this sweltering summer.

2014 Summer Essentials - Sunblock

The key is never leave home without your sunblock – whether it’s summer or not. I’m completely sold with the new Bioderma Photoderm MAX Dry Touch SPF 50+ UVA 36 (S$44.90), Bioderma Photoderm SPOT SPF 50+ UVA 38 (S$44.50) and Lancome UV Expert Ultimate XL UV Protection BB Complete SPF50+++ (S$80).

SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist and Whitening Spots Care and Brighten Day Cream

Before applying your sunblock and makeup, we need to fight our underlying problems – melanin production before our dark spots appear! Add this to your skincare routine: SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist (S$176 – 30ml, S$258 – 50ml, S$339 – 75ml ) and SK-II Whitening Spots Care & Brighten Day Cream (S$167).

H&M Opens New Store at Singapore Sports Hub

Get ready for the biggest shopping wave! H&M Singapore opens an approximately 16,000 square feet store at the new Kallang Wave mall within Singapore Sports Hub. Best of all, this store will offer an expanded H&M Sport collection designed with input from the Swedish Olympic team, including fashion-forward yoga tights in the season’s latest colours, quick-dry pieces for gym bunnies and climate resistant outfits for the outdoors. You can also shop for summer must-haves such as soft tunic tops and printed dresses for ladies and short-sleeved shirts and tailored shorts for men.

An exclusive H&M pouch will be given out while stocks last when customers spend S$70 and above. Amazing deals for selected items include buying a second piece at S$2, S$5 and S$10. The store opens today, so what are you waiting for?

H&M Kallang Wave is located at #01-58, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628. The store will open daily from 10am to 10pm, including public holidays.

H&M Singapore Sports Hub

H&M Singapore Sports Hub

H&M Sport 2014 Collection

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Meet & Greet: Erika Bearman a.k.a. OscarPRGirl

Erika Bearman a.k.a. OscarPRGirl

Erika Bearman, Senior VP of Global Communications a.k.a. @OscarPRGirl

If you’re invited to meet Erika Bearman a.k.a. @OscarPRGirl, you don’t turn it down. I had to meet the girl behind the famous Twitter handle, who gave us a sneak peek into the glamorous atelier of Oscar de la Renta and of course, she is one of social media coolest girls. I arrived on-time at Trinity Gallery, a luxury bridal boutique located at Raffles Hotel Singapore which carries exquisite designer bridal gowns by Oscar de la RentaMarchesa, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra and etc. It was lovely chatting with Dr. Elaine Kim, co-owner of Trinity Gallery while waiting for Team Oscar de la Renta to arrive from their lunch appointment. Erika arrived together with Eliza Bolen (daughter of Oscar de la Renta) and Alex Bolen. You could easily spot her smile from a mile away as she greeted the guests at the casual meet & greet session. I didn’t have a chance to have a proper interview with Erika, but here is a summary of our casual conversation over iced lemongrass drink, bubbly and canapés:

On Marina Bay Sands
“Someone told me it’s uncool to say Marina Bay Sands… it’s MBS!” Hmm, for some reason – I didn’t get the memo!

On Movies Watched on the Plane
watched “Her” on her way to Singapore and she loved it. However, the ending didn’t leave her feeling satisfied.

On Tasting Local Cuisine
She managed to sample local cuisine at The Grand Hyatt’s Straits Kitchen on Saturday night. That’s an efficient way of trying Singaporean hawker delights.

On Her Stay in Asia
Initially, she planned to visit Bali together with her husband but he had to work, plus she had to fly back immediately to shoot their advertising campaign in NYC. Bummer.

On Packing for Asia
She didn’t realised how “tropical” Singapore weather is. Some of her outfits with thicker fabric didn’t work here. However, I think her black tube top and white lace skirt works in our weather!

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AFF 2014: Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014

OOH, what a grand finale to an amazing (tiring!) week of fashion, celebrities, Häagen-Dazs ice-cream (gosh, I love ice-creams!), SK-II ambassadors, Osim uDiva massages,  and Shiraz Mazzeh chicken kebabs (I ate them twice!). Sophia (The Makeup Blogette), Peixian (MsGlitzy) and I were early to catch the backstage action with the NARS team at 5:30pm. But, the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014 rehearsals were still going on – so we went to have dinner instead! I miss having my blogging kakis to attend AFF shows with me since I was flying solo for majority of the shows. After a delicious katsu sandwich, we finally head to the backstage to witness the frantic rush by the NARS makeup team as they only started working their magic at 6:00pm! I had a sneak peek of the runway collection as well as the jewellery (ooh la la!).

Back at the tent, celebrities and distinguished guests are dressed to the nines and posed for hungry photographers at the photo wall. Everyone went ga-ga over Kate Bosworth who appeared at the SK-II booth for media interviews in a shiny, gold number. She is much more petite than I imagined! Beautiful, nonetheless. I believe she bathed in Pitera. The show started promptly at 8:00pm and all eyes were on the beautiful, elegant creations of Oscar de la Renta. I don’t have to described how jaw-dropping gorgeous the collection is. When two little flower girls walked down the runway, everyone just went “Awwwww….” and whipped out their phones to snap those two cuties. Of course, the last look is a dreamy bridal gown. It was a surreal experience to watch an Oscar de la Renta show. Period. I will remember this for a long, long time.

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014 at the Audi Fashion Festival 2014

AFF 2014: Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014

The final makeup look by NARS makeup team.

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AFF 2014: Thomas Tait A/W 2014

The final show of DAY FOUR at the Audi Fashion Festival 2014  was a speedy, smashing hit with the fashionistas. The Canadian-born/British-based designer Thomas Tait took us through a sci-fi-inspired and extremely fast-paced (yes, all within 9 minutes!) Autumn/Winter 2014 collection featuring bold colour-blocking, super-covetable tailored outerwear, interesting yet clean silhouettes. NARS did a fantastic job with the superhero-like bold eye makeup with nude lips for the models (now I wish I hung out backstage!). This has to be my favourite show of the entire AFF 2014, so far. It was visionary, punchy and amazing in so many levels. Keep a close eye on Thomas Tait because this man is meant to create great things.

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AFF 2014: Parco Japan featuring Dresscamp A/W 2014

After a slow start at last night’s Audi Fashion Festival 2014, my fashion hopes were redeemed by the Parco Japan featuring Dresscamp A/W 2014 show. I was having a delicious chicken kebab outside the tent at Shiraz Mazzeh together with my fellow media and blogger friends (I love making fashionistas cringe at the sight of my fat kebab! YUMMY!). We honestly thought we had plenty of time before the show since Roberta Pieri feat. Jonathan Liang show started 1.5 hrs late. Well, we were wrong. We barely made it to the show and sat in whichever available seats just minutes before the show started. Let’s just say it was all worth it. Japanese designer Toshikazu Iwaya showcased both menswear and womenswear looks from his Autumn/Winter 2014 collection on runway in extreme dim lighting – hence, a nightmare for Instagrammers! The female models were dolled up like gothic lolitas or  giant Blythe dolls while the men all sported El Bandito moustaches. Overall, the show was super fun, Japanese quirky, crazy and gosh, such fantastic tailoring. Bravo!

Parco Japan feat. Dresscamp A/W 2014 at Audi Fashion Festival 2014

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AFF 2014: Roberta Pieri featuring Jonathan Liang

For once, I decided to arrive on-time at Tent@Orchard for the Roberta Pieri featuring Jonathan Liang show at Audi Fashion Festival 2014 for two reasons: I want my Haagen-Daz ice-cream and I felt like a massage on the Osim uDiva (can’t a girl be honest for once?). Unfortunately, the previous shows delayed the entire programme to almost two hours (whatttttt…) and we stood outside the tent until 7:00pm. On a positive note, I got my ice-cream and my massage. I hung out with the lovely Katherine from Bubba & Mama, an online magazine for babies and mothers during the pre-show. The show didn’t start until almost 8:00pm. We watched a short film (it felt more like a documentary) about the making of Italian leather bags by Roberta Pieri before the models marched out in a row along the runway to show off the leather goods. Honestly, the entire show left me feeling empty and uninspired. There has to be be a better platform to showcase these two promising brands. Just saying. 

Roberta Pieri feat. Jonathan Liang at Audi Fashion Festival 2014

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AFF 2014: Farah Khan F/W 2014

It’s all about the swinging 60s, flirty, feminine sequinned creations at Farah Khan Fall/Winter 2014 show. It is no wonder why her frocks are such a hit with celebrities on the red carpet. The show started with a group of models marching down the runway in statement sweaters such as “Asia Rocks”, “Save The Future” and “Reach For The Stars”. I normally shy away from sequins but Farah Khan makes sequins so wearable and chic. I love the red-carpet worthy gowns in interesting 60s-inspired, art deco motifs. The show ended with a standing ovation from Farah Khan‘s fans and friends – as you can tell from the video below. A little birdie mentioned that, “Malaysian fashion shows are so much more fun” and I couldn’t agree more.

Farah Khan F/W 2014 at Audi Fashion Festival 2014

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AFF 2014: Ong Shunmugam F/W 2014

I arrived super early at the Ong Shunmugam Fall/Winter 2014 show at Audi Fashion Festival 2014 today. So, I popped over to the Häagen-Dazs Singapore booth at Tent@Orchard to get myself two scoops of yummy ice-cream – ooh, Belgian Chocolate and Macadamia Nut! Today, Sally Hansen set up a speedy manicure booth and I couldn’t resist to get my nails done! What a treat. The Ong Shumugam F/W 2014 show started fashionably late (seems to be consistent with all the other shows) at 7:30pm but it was definitely worth the wait. The show kick started with the signature cheongsams with a twist – cropped tops! LOVE! Ong Shunmugam has refined her designs to embrace more simple, clean lines without losing her signature style. This collection gives a fresh, contemporary colour palette and silhouettes as compared to her previous collections. Ultimately, women will absolutely dig her new collection (because I totally want everything).

Ong Shunmugam F/W 2014 at Audi Fashion Festival 2014.

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AFF 2014: Ashley Isham F/W 2014 featuring SK-II Ambassador Godfrey Gao

Ashley Isham showcased his Fall/Winter 2014 collection at the Audi Fashion Festival 2014It’s always fun to people-watch at Tent@Orchard before Ashley Isham‘s show. You’ll see the celebrities and socialites all dressed to the nines, and sometimes, eavesdrop on their ‘interesting’ conversation. I was anticipating SK-II Men Ambassador Godfrey Gao‘s appearance on the runway – what is he going to wear? Singapore pioneer models Jane Chong and Huda Ali walked the runway like a pro in the gorgeous, luxurious Ashley Isham gowns. Every time a male model appears, my heart skip a beat – is that Godfrey Gao? Sadly, no. However, there is a Godfrey Gao lookalike model who fooled me every time he turns up on the runway. Dammit. So, I continued to wait – they say, “Patience is a virtue”. Then, the lights dim…

Wait a minute, WHERE IN THE WORLD IS GODFREY GAO?! Let’s see, all the models fell flat on the runway (technically, I couldn’t see from where I was seated) and boom! Ashley Isham and Godfrey Gao appeared to skip around the models all the way down the runway. Hmm, I wasn’t expecting that! Godfrey, that’s cheating… you didn’t walk the runway! Anyway, how can I reason with a handsome face like that? I had good fun together with Sophia (The Make-Up Blogette), fan-girling for Godfrey Gao. Good night, world (it’s 1:00am zzz). Till tomorrow.

Ashley Isham F/W 2014 at the Audi Fashion Festival 2014

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AFF 2014: Hansel F/W 2014

HAPPY, WHIMSICAL FUN. That pretty much sums up Singapore womenswear label, Hansel  F/W 2014 show at the Audi Fashion Festival 2014. It is a breath of fresh air to see models skipping down the runway, taking selfies with their Sony Xperia Z2 smartphones. hansel collection, Fairy Lights features the celebratory floral-light arrangement fairy lights in custom embellishments and prints. I instantly fell in love with the elegant yet versatile dresses in classic navy/white/multi-coloured  from the hansel collection. hello hansel interprets this season’s festive lights in String Lights, a playful fabric print in black/cream that features rows of twisting, curling fairy lights. I’m particularly fond of the two-piece set featuring a boxy top tucked into gathered culottes – something new from designer Jo Soh! Finally, hello hansel‘s printed rayon jersey range features Coiled Lights print, coils of multi-coloured fairy lights forming a polka-dot-esque motif on hues of royal blue or charcoal grey.

Hang on, I was eyeing those Rescue Buoy sunglasses that walked down the runway - are they on sale? I wonder.

Hansel Fall/Winter 2014 at the Audi Fashion Festival 2014

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