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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Top 5 Monogrammed Moments: This Time It’s Personal

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Top 5 Monogrammed Moments

In the age of mass-produced goods, it takes a bit effort to be unique. Not only is cultivating your own personal style paramount to standing out, the most literal way to do it is one of the best! Monogramming is one of my favorite ways to personalize my things. Be it my bedsheets or bags, large and proud or small and succinct, loudly emblazoned or subtly hidden, few details will make your belongings feel as special as emblazoning them with your own initials.

1. Fendi 2Jours Elite Leather Shopper:icon Fendi’s 2Jours isn’t just still one of the best bags du jour. It has serious staying power, especially once you take your new one to your local Fendi boutique for some personalization. At Nordstrom for $2,350.

2. Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram: Make your classic Louis luggage, tote, or Speedy (among many other bag options) feel doubly bespoke by also selecting racing stripes in the hues and placement of your choice. Prices vary, at Louis Vuitton.

3. Bottega Veneta Initials: When you’ve got a serious case of the monogramming bug (or are in search of the perfect personalized gift), Bottega’s Initials service is a dream. Intrecciato plus your distinct letters adds up to woven perfection. Prices vary, at Bottega Veneta.

4. Goyard Luggage: Go to Goyard’s website for endless customizing possibilities, from color palette to motif to, of course, the wording of your choice. Prices vary, at Goyard.

5. T. Anthony Engraving: T. Anthony provides the complimentary etching of up to three letters on most of their reliable leather goods. In capitalized Helvetica font, you also get to select the size. Prices vary, at T. Anthony.

Top 5 Monogrammed Moments

Top 5 Monogrammed Moments

Top 5 Monogrammed Moments

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Louboutin’s 20th Anniversary Boots: Snake and Heel and Red All Over

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Python with paint splatters: looks like there was an accident when painting the signature soles. These boots invoke Christian’s humorous and fun personality. That’s probably why this pair has already sold out. Everyone wants a piece of shoes history, and what can be a better tribute than a shoe that shows what we love about the man who has catapulted the love of shoes from an obsession to a religion (that us snobs will never fail to worship).

That’s one heck of a heel (6.5 inches) but Loubi wearers have the soul and (the sole!) to work it. Obviously, with a pair this powerful, you should just let ‘em shine and keep everything else to a minimum. (Picture an all black look with these as the star.) Now that’s not to say you shouldn’t have fun, but honestly, with these on, how could you not?!

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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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