Friday, June 26, 2009

Fresh Spreads: CATALOG

It is hip, friendly, and filled with creative pages to oogle at. Available online, CATALOG magazine sports and electic mix of high street fashion and luxe, with pages after pages of fashion news, trends and pictures of fashion and beauty products. There are no reports of the latest catwalks, but short and sweet reads of the newest it bags and shoes, wired gizmos and travel hotspots.
The artistic covers:

July 09

May 09

Spot the beauty products in Miss Match!
Catalog's editorial segment marries fun fashion with haute styling.

Pop my Cherry

Maze and Daze

With such creative and colourful spreads, Catalog magazine will be every shopper's new BFF.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Model moment:

Think America's Next Top Model gone local. Self-touted as Asia's most groundbreaking online reality show, showcases a fierce competition between 10 models from across the Asian continent including Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and India to be Asia’s next hottest face on runways and magazines.
The show first aired online last Tuesday and the first 2 episodes have been rather promising. There may not be OTT girl drama or internationally acclaimed judges, yet this reality show brings me closer to home with the little red dot as the catwalk stage and local supermodel Charmaine Harn as host.
Christabel, Singapore
Yuen, Malaysia
Most contestants have modelling experience, and the ones to watch include Malaysian model Yuen, and Miss Singapore Universe runner-up Christabel Campbell, who won the first catwalk challenge on the streets of Orchard Rd.

Catch the exciting episodes every Tues and Thurs on

Monday, June 15, 2009

Spotlight: Tribute to Lacroix

On 7 June I rushed down to the National Museum of Singapore to catch Christian Lacroix the costumier. The exhibition brought in numerous fashion illustrations and costumes from Lacroix's atelier. Through this exhibition, I got to come up close and discover for myself the couturier's ingenuity as a stage costumier.
Firstly, the illustrations of the costumes for various theatre pieces truly reflect the Lacroix aesthetics. Behind each stroke of ink and pencil was spontaneity, vibrancy and humour. His sketches were the first signs of innate creativity as a designer, expressing the silhouettes and dazzling colours on paper.

Lacroix definitely finds theatrical solutions to couture dresses. Each costume was intricately crafted with vibrant textures, such as a corset-like belt embellished with upholstery fringes and heavy layers of taffeta, lace and tulle. The tutu in Les anges ternis were my favourite. Tulle mini skirts in full swing - a depiction of elegance and grace. Lacroix commented on the ballet tutu, "It's a mad invention, both magical and surreal. But tutus are part of tradition. And that's where they take their full measure, their full value."

Les anges ternis (Tarnished angels)


Cendrillon (Cinderella)

Il re pastore
La femme sans ombre
Lacroix's illustrations and embellished costumes paint a picture of spectacular elegance light-hearted fantasy revue. One thing to note even in the face of a shaky future for the couturier's house, Lacroix remains an unforgotten legacy on stage.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Fresh Spreads: Sun dance

Azure sky. White sandy beaches. Foamy waves. An ideal backdrop for summer editorials, ushering in the breezy wind yet casting away the heat spell. July's Numero Tokyo ed titled Solo dance featuring Tanya D captures the light and sheer of summer fashion. Dancing in the sun - be it in a Hermes candy-coloured striped maxi that catches the wind or the commfy tee and shorts is definitely great fun (minus the occasional sunburns). So all hail summer - the sun's up!

Numero Tokyo July/August 2009
Solo dance
Photographer: Hans Feurer
Stylist: Samuel Francois
Model: Tanya D

The last close-up...definitely one of my faves out of the bunch. Observe the matching brighy eye make-up and the rainbow hued dress.

Are sunny seashores too cliche a theme for fashion spreads? Nevertheless, they are wonderful in evoking the summer spirit, even in not-so-sunny countries.

Vogue Paris March 2007
Soleil de minuit
ph: Lamsweerde & Matadin
Model: Natasha Poly