Hermès Kellydoscope

Singapore, October 2016 – The invitation from Hermès read, “Discover the secrets of the interactive ‘Kellydoscope’ a super-sized fantasy Kelly.” There is always a certain sense of mystery to the maison’s exhibitions and even their invitations that makes one very curious. Upon arrival at the Ngee Ann City Atrium (Takashimaya), I came face to face…

CHANEL Little Black Jacket – Reinterpreted

Singapore, November 2013 – Having missed THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET’s debut in Hong Kong last year, I was excited when the exhibition arrived in Singapore. How many ways can you imagine wearing Chanel’s iconic Little Black Jacket? Well, Carine Roitfeld (former Editor-in-Chief of VOGUE Paris and current Global Fashion Director of Harper’s BAZAAR) styled over…

Legendary Photographer – Bill Cunningham

I am referring to Bill Cunningham, the American Photographer at The New York Times. After watching the documentary Bill Cunningham New York, I was impressed by his vibrant and fulfilling life, which was driven by his passion for fashion (and not by fame or money). Who is Bill? Bill Cunningham was the Fashion Photographer for…

Dawn Ng at Hermès

Singapore, May 2016 – Dawn Ng’s installation, How to Disappear into a Rainbow is the inaugural exhibition sponsored by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès at the recently renovated Hermès flagship at Liat Towers. I was smitten by the artwork – a sea of soothing pastel blue, pink and beige blocks. Immediately, I found myself in an internal…

Ran Hwang’s Button Blossoms

Singapore, May 2016 – The recent re-launching of Hermès flagship at Liat Towers made me recall the last art exhibitions held on the store’s 3rd floor prior to the renovations. Singapore, January 2015 – During the Singapore Art Week, I caught a number of exhibitions, but perhaps this one featuring Korean artist, Ran Hwang’s Becoming…

Metamorphosis of the Hermès Store

Singapore, May 2016 – I was excited to see that after months of renovations, the Hermès flagship in the Lion City has revealed its new face. It is modern, sophisticated and fresh! The flagship at Liat Towers is located on the famous shopping belt, Orchard Road, and is the largest of the four boutiques in…

Rendezvous with petit h

Singapore, August 2013 – The petit h exhibition in Hong Kong last year left me with a lasting impression – the amount of creativity was astounding! Petit h is the laboratory and workshop of re-inventions using various discarded Hermès materials from silk to leather to crystals to porcelain to stirrups and turns them into playful,…

Shang Xia – Chinese Art de Vivre

Paris, October 2014 – After I visited Hermès on Rue de Sèvres, I stopped by Shang Xia (meaning “Up and Down”). Shang Xia is all about art de vivre, creating a lifestyle based on Chinese design and craftsmanship. The Paris shop is Shang Xia’s first boutique outside China. Each boutique is a unique space, with individual…

A Plunge into Hermès

Paris, October 2014 – One of the places to visit on my agenda was Hermès boutique in the Saint-Germain- des-Prés quarter. I usually like to just wander around the Left Bank area, but that morning, I made it my first destination. One of the most intriguing facts is that the shop was constructed inside the famed…

Hermès Leather Forever, Singapore

November 2015 – By now, every handbag collector and enthusiast in Singapore must have visited the Leather Forever Hermès Exhibition at least once. In our modern day and industrial age, one sometimes overlooks the complexity of creating such a basic everyday item, like a handbag. It is time we are reminded of the craftsmanship and…

CHANEL: Fashion passes, Style Remains

If you were to ask a woman what her dream handbag is, majority would say “Chanel”. The success of the iconic brand, as well as every Chanel handbag ever designed, can be traced back to its founder, creator and matron of French style – Coco Chanel. Fashion would have been very different, if it were not…

Bottega Veneta – The Knot Turns 36

December 2014 – In preparation for the holiday season, the search for that perfect clutch is on. Instead of buying something new, I decided to look through my closet first. This brought me to a rediscovery of the Bottega Veneta Knot clutch. When Tomas Maier took the helm of the luxury house in 2001, he…