Hermes Festival Des Metiers in Singapore Paragon

 

 

Hermès Festival of Crafts, the first  travelling Hermès Festival des Métiers made its first stop in Asia at Paragon, Singapore. A vibrant celebration of renowned Hermès craftsmanship in modern setting by internationally acclaimed Milanese designer Paola Navone, Hermès artisans will be demonstrating at their workbenches the skills of leather welding and stitching of leather goods, saddles, silk engraving and painting of scarves, tie sewing, watch making,  jewelry setting and porcelain painting.

Oh how time really flies! Almost a month ago on 1 September, I had the privilege to enjoy the VIP-only launch of Hermes Festival Des Metiers in Singapore Paragon, at the invitation of my friend, Bini. The showcase was open to public from 3rd September onwards.

Bini’s Hermes eye and arm candy of the night:

It was a wonderful experience, to see the craftsmen and women at work and to see how the tradition of Hermes lives on, with the passion of the people that choose to maintain it. It’s a lot of hardwork to continue producing every piece by hand but it is precisely so that Hermes products are what it’s worth. 😉

If you missed the showcase, here’s a few photographs that Bini and I took from the event! 🙂

Starting off with a young french lady who’s demonstrating how prepares the leather for a Hermes pink leather bag (I can’t remember exactly what bag now :/). At this point, she has combined two pieces of leather and she is working the sides by smoothening it. Basically the crafts-people are all french and only speak french, so there are interpreters next to them to interpret what they are saying.

Then an older lady showing how she prepares the leather to create an Hermes wallet.

Another lady was demonstrating how she paints the porcelain bowls.
In this demonstration, a suave french man is showing how he creates a saddle for a horse. Hermes first started with horse-riding accessories and saddles. So although they don’t sell horse saddles in Singapore (which they do abroad), they are demonstrating this as it’s party of their history and heritage!

In this demonstration, a younger and charming man is showing how he ‘plants’ diamonds on the hardware for Hermes jeweled bracelets. As the diamonds are very small, he does it via a microscope and its… no easy feat!
For the last and perhaps one of the most interesting demonstration is how Hermes masters conduct their silk-screen printing on the legendary Hermes scarfs. The master explains how back in France, they would place 150 scarfs in a row and print all at one go. For tedious prints, there can be up to 40 layers and that would mean they would have to go up and down the row of 150 scarfs 40 times! O.O
This showcase has definitely deepened my understanding and appreciation of Hermes heritage and their strive in delivering luxurious products to their clients. Hopefully you have also gained greater insight about Hermes from this post! 🙂

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Robinsons and mio TV presents PRIMETIME FALL FASHION

Hello all readers!

Sorry I’ve not been updating for almost two weeks! Pretty ironic as I had a school break for the whole of last week but I didn’t update because I was sick and still had to prepare for a CCS presentation today! Thankfully I’ve recovered since and the presentation today went well! Hallelujah! 😀

As you can tell, my post today is mainly to inform you, if you don’t already know, that Robinsons is collaborating with mio TV to present PRIMETIME FALL FASHION! You can join in the fun by checking out http://www.nuffnang.com.sg/robinsons/ ! 😉

And since we’re on that topic, I shall show you a few images that I think are the BEST of Fall Winter 2011! Awesome or what? Here we go!

Starting with Givenchy‘s iconic prints on a bright yellow to chase your winter (or rainy for that matter, in Singapore) blues away. I love Givenchy’s entire FW 2011 collection btw. Their prints on scarf are definitely collector’s item and their fierce Rottweilers T-shirt designs have already sold out!

Before Bini and I attended Hermes’ launch party for their showcase at Paragon almost two weeks back, we visited the Givenchy store and the staff expressed their surprise at how hot the Rottweiler top was. They didn’t think it would spark so much interest and be sold out so quickly. Indeed, fashion is a capricious industry, there’s no telling which is the next item and why! Although the reason could very well be associated to the media – publicity made it popular. Although it could also possibly that people just liked the print and how ferocious it looks, a like tattoo design.

Next up, I am loving these summery colours on Fall Winter clothings… You simply can’t take away the summer love in me.

60’s Mod look in Pink and Orange combi from Bottega Veneta.

YSL – can’t really tell if this is a dress or a a coat with a furry or feathery skirt – in bright plume.And of course, we can’t go through Fall Winter without having some of Burberry goodness.

 I simply love the berets and the simplicity in colours, it’s tres parisian. I love how the arms of the red coat poufs up like princess sleeves and the white coat reminds me of a poodle! Both coats are fit for a princess.

Talking about princess, leads me to the last and my favourite collection out of the lot – Jason Wu’s Fall Winter 2011. The collection is simply sublime. He is said to be inspired by Baroque, which he incorporates in his designs through the lace (also a big Fall /Winter trend). I love the simplicity and refinement of his designs which exudes elegance.

In a series of looks, Wu empowers women with very manly forms that resembles the italian mafia, suit-ed up man and dandy man’s wardrobe respectively…

In another selection of designs, Wu create looks for women that are formal and just enough part of lovely with the prints, lace and dotted leggings without being overly saccharine. And more impressively, they still come across cool in every way. (I am certain the sunglasses had a great part to play.)Lastly Wu’s gowns are simply gorgeous. One’s in my favourite pink and black combination and another beautiful long gown with a sexy high-slit cut.

Ending of with an image of the man himself!

If you haven’t, do check out Style.com ‘s succinct and beautiful Fall 2011 Trend Reports here:

Image credits to:
Style.com
HarpersBazaar.com

If you would like to, feel free to check out more Fall / Winter 2011 trends:
Fashionizers.com – Shoe Trends
MillionLooks.com – Colour Trends

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Gifts from Korea & more!

Hello All! I would like to specially say hi to my new subscribers & thank you for subscribing! It’s very encouraging to have new subscribers and I plan to continue to boost the content of my blog as well as the frequency of my posts. Very exciting times ahead indeed.

A quick update, life’s been good, praise God! 🙂

My sister’s been back home from her Korean internship, although for a short 10 days and she’s leaving tomorrow already! Oh how fast time flies!

She bought back a dozens of snacks, drinks and a birthday necklace for me. So here are the pretty pictures! 😀

A pretty Hello Kitty Necklace~ I have not worn it yet. Slightly over-blingz for me, but it’s really cute. ^-^ I really like the packaging, it’s very beautiful and makes the gift feel precious.

Now for korean snack goodness~ Have not actually tried most of them. But they look oh-so-pretty & deliciously packed!

Korean Starbucks rice chips with citron-pear jam!

L-GA Blueberry chocolates, Lotte Ghana chocolate sponge cake with chocolate filling, covered with chocolate, Lotte Margaret soft biscuit. I just realized that the Lotte Ghana is kind of a racist product name… But I tell you, it tastes heavenly! If you are a chocolate and sponge cake lover, you will love this!

Market O Choco cracker. My sister says this is really really good. That the biscuit is slightly fermented and she loves it. Quite excited to try this! ^^,Market O Real Brownies has such a pretty, updated vintage packaging! And the individually wrapped brownies sachets look even lovelier! It’s interesting that they added the ‘real’ in the product name. What does it mean exactly? Could it mean ‘original’ recipe or ‘handmade’? It can be misleading. Do you think it makes a difference to you, as a buyer of the product? 😉

Japanese Green Tea Kit Kat is particularly raved about. My sister likes it and some friends of mine also love it! If Kit Kat has a ‘Singapore’ flavour, what do you think it would be? Durian? 😛

Orion Natural Chicle chewing gum. I didn’t take this cause I’m not a fan of chewing gum (I get easily tired of chewing). But check it out, the packaging is cute with polar bears and it’s bigger than the usual mint box sizes we have in Singapore.Lastly, check out this cute CJ Quail egg packaging! My sister likes this so much, she has two packs and she’s bringing both back to London! I’m not a huge fan of quail’s egg, but if my sister likes it so much, it must be really good! 🙂

 

 

Recently I found out about online store G-market. My best friend and neighbour, Ying Ling once told me about it before but I never did checked it out as it seemed quite complicated and daunted. (New user barriers) However one day I decided to check it out and boy, was I delighted!

The stuff there are really cheap. I found a dress I bought from an online blog sold there but at a lower price! I recently bought 3 dresses, will upload my reviews when they arrive. 🙂

So today I received 2 cute cable wire holders which I bought last week and I would like to share my reviews with you! 😉
I bought for myself a really cute pink girl cable wire holder and I would recommend you buying if you want one as it’s just really cheap at $1.90 (free shipping). You can check out more cable holders and buy them here.

I bought this giraffe cable holder for my sister as a gift. It’s only $1.60. However the first image of the giraffe holder on the site is yellow and I presumed I would get the yellow one. So if you want the yellow one, you have to specify to the seller when buying. You can get it here!

As mentioned, I’m planning for a series of posts coming ahead, so stay tuned! 😉

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