The Passage | Saloni Rathor A/W 13
Who has watched The Great Gatsby? Is it too much for me to expect anyone reading this to be raising their hands, right, about, now. Or unless, you’re like me - waited for everyone else to watch it, rate it and then decide whether you’re going to drop money on a movie that’s half as good as the book. Stay calm, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Even if it was highly anticipated, the film fell so short that it was free falling. If not for the elaborate 20s set up, I would have zoned off in a minute and a half. Wouldn’t you?
Speaking of, the 20s was a compelling and transitional period for women. In terms of fashion and style, it was a time of sheer freedom from the clutches of suffocating corsets and thick umbrella gowns. The late 20s especially, celebrated dresses without waists and slinky flapper dresses, which (unfortunately for men) flattened the bust instead of accentuating it.
Saloni envisioned her Autumn Winter 13/14 collection to be reflective of an enigmatic and bold dream, inspired by the roaring twenties and a beautiful, mysterious woman, Mata Hari.
Mata Hari, a dutch dancer was lauded for her sensuality and captivating personality. She was a provocative woman and executed her exotic flair in a free-willed manner whenever she danced. As she weaved stories with her movements, she blazed a passage of sheer chutzpah and charisma. Although the 20s saw the decline of Mata Hari’s popularity as a dancer, her mysterious aura continued to intrigue while suspicions of her being a spy crept up on her.
Taking heed from Mata Hari’s gutsy spirit, Saloni’s collection is a heady mix of exquisite fabrics, including Indian silk, Indonesian lace and Japanese cotton. While the inspiration may have been the yesteryears, the modernistic realisation was impeccably crafted through structured silhouettes and digital prints, mostly in the form of free-spirited butterfly motifs. As with most Fall collections, the use of colours were muted to blacks and greys but contrasted with the occasional infusions of emerald green, orange and purple.
Laden with history’s cryptic stories and complemented with ethereal fabrics, the collection is a proud depiction of Saloni’s strength as a designer. Her competence to seamlessly intertwine history and tradition with today’s sensibilities and design elements is titillating or rather, not for the faint of heart.
Carlo Rino, Refreshed.
No, you’re not turning blind, you don’t have to rub your eyes, keep calm, ‘cause this post is on Carlo Rino. I’ll be honest and mention that I’ve not exactly been a huge fan of Carlo Rino for various reasons. So when I was invited to their showroom, I was a little apprehensive but decided it would be good to reserve my opinions till I’ve seen what they have. Ideally, it’s always better to understand the brand before making pre-conceived judgements and boy am I relieved to say that the PR team has shed some light on me. Hallelujah anyone?
Carlo Rino in Singapore has more often than not been associated with the aunties, maybe it was the assumptions, maybe it was the insinuations I don’t know. For now, I can reassure you that with the direction they’re going at, it isn’t going to only be an auntie’s favourite. If you think about it, perhaps it was the competitive nature of the aunties to move up in life that they clamoured after Carlo Rino. The quality topped off with decent prices was definitely a plus point.
For A/W12, you can expect four new collections ranging from A Tartan Tale, Vintage Fairy Tale, Enigmatic Dainty Ditty and the Midnight Dreamy Links collection. I’m also pretty sure many of you would be lusting after the Fairy Tale collection, the print is gorgeous and carries that whole English school yard vibe with the tan straps.
Oh yes, of course there was the obligatory self-confession/ proclamation that I am and always will be a bagaholic.
Carlo Rino is changing (not completely yet, but baby steps) and for the better so whatever negative perceptions you have about the brand, you might want to reconsider altering them. You, young cosmopolitan ladies should give it a go.
On a side note, did you know that Carlo Rino is a Singaporean brand? I didn’t. So give more love to home grown labels!
Club Monaco Winter 2012 Preview
Club Monaco’s Press Preview was about 2 weeks ago but I got busy with the whole adding and dropping of modules in University as soon as the semester started so posting might be a little slow for now.
Back to the point, the preview for Club Monaco’s Winter collection was a complete visual delight. Keeping a keen eye for detail was clearly the plan for the collection is loaded with intricate embroidery and perfectly placed embellishments. The marriage of hard and soft silhouettes also brings out the subtle sensibilities of Scottish luxury and modernist art - my favourite element throughout the collection!
There is a lot going on for the collars, cuffs and shoulders and I don’t think the attention to detail on those areas of clothing will disappear any time soon. If anything, designers are going to get a whole lot more creative with collars and cuffs. If you’re intrigued by the collection, it will be available in stores in batches from October onwards, so look out for it and feel free to share your thoughts on the collection!
Esprit Fall Holiday Moment: Blazin’ in the Rain
Blazer, Esprit, Top, F21, Pants, Topshop, Shoes, Aldo, Rings, F21 & ASOS
It was raining and I was wearing a blazer, so you get the drift.
Here’s my first look with the blazer I got from the Esprit shopping trip! This look is slightly more casual with a hint of edge on the sides. Perfect, in my terms.
The blazer brings forth a rustic English vibe to it, as though I’m going to be walking the streets of London any time soon. A Fall Holiday Moment in England perhaps?
Remember to use your code for a special Esprit discount!
Images by Liyana
Esprit’s Fall Holiday Moment: Picking the Pieces
I never really thought I would step into Esprit again. The only other time I went in was to get a pair of cargo pants, way back in my teens. This time I went into Esprit with the sole intention of actually shopping (and not just to pass time)!
Esprit very kindly invited some bloggers including myself to understand and experience their recent change in direction. We were also invited to create out own interpretation of the Esprit Fall Holiday Moment with pieces from their Fall Holiday collection.
If you’ve seen their campaign images with Gisele Bundchen, you would realise that the change in their design aesthetic is pretty apparent.
They basically infused a style with more sophisticated and polished silhouettes while still remaining slightly casual, which is ultimately staying true to Esprit.
The collection had an array of warm hues of browns, reds and of course black in a variety of fabrics, from chiffon, knit, suede to leather. The collection was modern, sophisticated and still representative of the Esprit woman - a woman who dresses with ease and feels at ease no matter what the occasion calls for.
Was really excited while making my rounds in the store to see so many wearable and might I dare say, trendy pieces!
This leather jacket would have been perfect in my interpretation of Fall but too bad it’s a little (okay, way too) thick for Singapore’s sweltering heat. And Singapore is not just hot, it’s humid. Nature’s deadliest combination of weather.
Anyway, after scouring the store for quite a while, I picked out a few key items which included cord pants, leather jackets, chiffon tops and a black dress.
Shopping is never complete without having bouts of excitement while experimenting with different looks in the changing room and at the same time forgetting to take pictures while bursting in excitement. Still, I finally decided on the following three items after walking up and down in the store (as though I owned it).
Stay tuned for the next post where I’ll style these three pieces into different looks and hopefully present my interpretation of my Fall Holiday moment. So bookmark this page, follow me on Facebook or Twitter, do all that or risk missing it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Time for a little….
For all FASHSTASH readers - Quote the following, ‘FASHSTASH - I LOVE ESPRIT’ at Esprit stores and receive 10% off your entire purchase (not valid with ECC discount)! Now is that good or what?
The discount is only valid from 14 - 31st October 2011, so….
and share your loot with me!
Lastly, a huge thank you to Esprit Singapore and the PR folks from Vibes Communications for having me!
This is by far the best Fall campaign video in its entire goofy, cheeky and fun sense! Especially liking Alber Elbaz’s cameo towards the end where he rocks some smooth moves to Pitbull’s ‘I know you want me’.
Fashion needs to be fun sometimes!