Slimane revolution at Celine as Paris fashion week starts

PARIS: Paris women’s fashion week starts Monday with fashionistas waiting with bated breath to finally see Hedi Slimane’s debut at Celine.

The superstar designer, who pioneered the skinny look at Dior and Saint Laurent, was handed carte blanche in January to make the fabled French house his own.

The results of his nine months of cogitations will be revealed on Friday.

The signs so far are that his approach is likely to be revolutionary.

Slimane has already changed the logo, doing away with the French accent on Celine’s first “e” and mention of Paris on its advertising campaigns — a possible hint that he intends to continue spending time photographing his rock star friends in Los Angeles.

He has also erased all trace on Instagram of his predecessor Phoebe Philo’s hugely influential decade at the label.

The British designer gave Celine a much-copied hip minimalism, with her love of white Adidas Stan Smith tennis trainers helping to popularise the vintage look.

But Paris-born Slimane wants to make a clean break with the past.

Earlier this month the label said that the new upper-case logo was inspired by its 1960s modernist incarnation and that having at first got rid of all mention of the French capital, Paris would be “reinstated” on its clothing labels and on the packaging.

Luxury giant LVMH, which owns Celine, gave Slimane complete control of the brand’s images and creative side in order to sign him up after he walked away from Saint Laurent last year.

They are also letting him create a menswear line. Up to now, Celine has only made clothes for women.

The 50-year-old fell out with Saint Laurent reportedly because of his frustration at not being able to control its perfume and cosmetics arms.

Paris utterly dominant

The LVMH deal has put Slimane alongside Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld as one of the most powerful designers in fashion.

After New York, London and Milan, fashion returns to its undisputed capital on Monday.

The biggest, longest and most important fashion week of all kicks off with Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s spring-summer collection at Dior.

She has quit Dior’s traditional Rodin museum venue for the show, which will take place instead at the legendary Longchamps horse racing track.

With the French capital utterly dominant these days, nearly a dozen new brands — almost all international — will be showing in the official calendar for the first time.

These include the highly-rated young Chinese-Korean designer Ximon Lee who has previously shown in New York and the Ukrainian Anton Belinskiy, as well as the London-based brand A.W.A.K.E. founded by the fashion director at Russian Harper’s Bazaar, Natalia Alaverdian.

Another British-based brand, Marques’Almeida — founded by the Portuguese pairing Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida — has also swapped London for Paris.

Young Berlin-born designer Yolanda Zobel will also make her debut at futuristic French brand Courreges during the nine-day marathon of catwalk shows. — AFP

Play in style

SCANDINAVIAN-esque style runs high in Monki’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection.

At the core of the vibrant collection entitled Press Play, is a flirtatious allure between eloquent street style and Nordic minimalism distilled into unapologetic autumn essentials.

The quirky Swedish label has always fashioned itself as an ode to a specific tribe of fashion lovers who believe in dressing how they want and loving who they want, while empowering each other through fashion as a common visual language.

Monki’s obsession towards expressive designs is apparent as they set out to play with classic elements, without having to repeat them.

It is a collection, in short, that feels like pressing play on a playlist of your favourite songs, remixed, reinvented and elevated with new inspiring beats.

We know floral for spring is a no-brainer, but for autumn?

Questionable. However, when the passing of season left us with longer nights and dropping temperature, Monki is here to romanticise your autumn wardrobe that favours warm shades with autumn’s most romantic trend: florals.

Top-to-toe all over floral dress, blouse, turtleneck, leggings and sneakers are worn all together or separately with a pinstripe and plaid tweed suit.

Elsewhere in the Press Play collection highlights a gold lamé turtleneck, short skirt, corduroy suit in mustard, a classic beret and an outwear that comes not in wool but in a luxe faux shearling, and the perennial burnt orange knit is worn with a burgundy patent leather kick-flares.

All using the energy of unexpected materials, combos, prints, 70s references, sporty details and bold, even loud accessories to inspire. Each design choice elevates the other.

How to look kawaii

JILL STUART Beauty’s whimsical packaging are intricately designed like crowned jewels fit for every princess. While it definitely looks pretty as it sits on the vanity table, it will look even better when applied onto the face.

After seeing an overwhelming success in Thailand and Singapore in the previous years, the Japanese-based beauty line has finally arrived in Malaysia for the first time ever to make itself known.

The beauty brand is the brainchild of the famous American fashion designer Jill Stuart and Japanese beauty conglomerate Kose Corporation.

Jill Stuart Beauty manager Reiko Sekita said: “We hope that Malaysian women will love Jill Stuart Beauty because we believe that Malaysian women are very stylish, busy go-getters and also very feminine in many ways.

“Jill Stuart Beauty shows Jill Stuart’s exquisite taste in fashion. She managed to emphasize the innocence and sexiness that can be found in every girl to create the ultimate ‘kawaiiness’ that attracts the Jill Stuart Beauty fans. They are known as the ‘Jill Girls'” she added.

With the tagline “Innocent Sexy”, the ‘Jill Girls’ embody the multi-nature of women; cute and girlish as well as feminine and sexy, at the same time mysterious yet seductive whose charms ensnare their lovers.

The brand takes pride in the quality of the finest ingredients used in its products, such as rosemary extracts to hydrates the skin, lavender oil for its anti-inflammatory properties, rosehip oil to prevent ageing of the skin and wild rose extract to soothe sunburn and pigmentation.

Besides its signature pink palettes that effuse fruity and floral scents, what makes Jill Stuart Beauty even more unique is the Swarovski crystal embedded on some of the product and its bold letter emblem ‘J’ with detailed carvings that resemble like an accessory that can be carried around easily.

As we celebrate the arrival of Jill Stuart Beauty, here are some of the cult-favourite we are beyond excited to share with you to create the desired kawaii look.

On top of the list is the Mix Blush Compact, colours of blush arranged in nine blocks or four from lightest of hues to the deep and rich, simply mix a variety of different colours to discover different expressions.

Up next is the Jelly Eye Colour (Sparkle) you won’t want to miss. As the name suggests, the single-colour jelly eyeshadows glide and melt seamlessly onto the skin, imparting lids with a high luminosity of dazzling pearl particles that glitters in the sunlight.

Another favourite of many is the Loose Blush is as feminine as it looks, right down to the gesture when applying it. Built with a soft puff stick applicator to creates both a pinkish flush or a delicate shimmer.

Last but not least, the Lip Blossom Velvet available in twelve romantic shades has a lasting semi-matte texture that imbues the lips with brilliant colour as if they’ve been kissed by flower petals. The best part of lipstick is the reveal of a secret mirror upon pressing the four-flower motif on top of the cap.

Jill Stuart Beauty is available exclusively at Sephora Suria KLCC.

Flower power

KLORANE, founded by visionary pharmacist, the late Pierre Fabre over 50 years ago in the Southwest of France with a vision to marry science and plant heritage to create effective and innovative products that respect both nature and the people.

Thanks to a clever alchemy between natural botany and pharmaceutical precision across all its product development, Klorane has become the number one hair care brand in European pharmacies as recorded by the European Label: European Foundation For Quality Management (EFQM).

While the brand continues to explore what mother nature has to offer, we’ve been blessed by the recent launch of Klorane in Malaysia at Glasshouse Seputeh, and learn it’s commitments towards both plant heritage and the environment through Klorane Botanical Foundation as well as its many flagship projects.

Present were KBF director Florence Guillaume, Watsons Malaysia trading director Thoren Tan, Watsons Malaysia managing director Caryn Loh, Alliance Cosmetics Group CEO Ng Chee Eng, Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique ASEAN general manager Cindy Yeh and KLORANE international marketing manager Emmanuelle Ruellan.

Klorane Botanical Foundation believes in protecting plant biodiversity with practical actions worldwide. Its director Florence Guillaume said: “KBF’s primary purpose is to protect endangered plant species and to protect our plants, we must first be familiar with them.

“We believe that knowledge is only of value when it is shared and through this foundation, we develop educational materials and create concrete actions of conservation around the world.”

One of the best-selling range is the Oat Milk Range, introduced in 1980 as a new generation of frequent use shampoo which comes in shampoo, conditioner and dry shampoo changed the daily hair care habits of a multitude of families.

It became all the rage; immediately favourite by many for its plant milk with lactescent emulsion that restores softness and protects the scalp and is ideal for delicate hair.

Besides the Oat Milk range, each product range focuses on one plant providing one solution for every possible type of hair.

Such as Quinine for anti-hair fall, Peony for sensitive scalp, Mango Butter for dry hair, Flax Fibre for fine and limp hair, Pomegranate for colour-treated hair, Citrus Pulp for normal to oily hair, Nettle for oil-control, and Nasturtium for anti-dandruff.

Not forgetting the little ones, in 1966 the brand came out with Klorane Bébé specifically to soothe and protect babies’ delicate skin; such as bathing soap, face and body care, nappy cream and many more using Calendula as the ideal ingredient.

The range soon became iconic, reputed for its toning, calming and purifying properties with inimitable fragrance safe for precious newborns.

Nonetheless, the honest brand with increasingly affirmed social commitments in preserving the environment also ensures all products are made using only the purest plant extracts sustainably grown by Klorane’s own farming partners for 100% traceability.

Staying true to its commitments, the wide range of biodegradable products and eco-designed packaging are created with sustainable process to reduce damage to the environment.

Klorane is much more than a regimen, in fact, it is a holistic hair care ritual for personal well-being and development.
Klorane is exclusively available at all Watsons stores nationwide.

The art of ageing gracefully

IT ALL began 62-years ago in 1956 in Germany with a black rose – the symbol of infinite beauty. Since then, as a pioneer in professional skincare research, BABOR’s beauty products are made from active natural ingredients of the utmost quality and newest technology to deliver maximum effectiveness and skin compatibility. \

Surely, we can rely on the brand’s wealth of experience and their trusted scientists and leading experts.

Today, the brand remains driven by that pioneering spirit for individual beauty and perfection has launched a newly improved SKINOVAGE skincare range, formulated to help users prevent ageing the epigenetic way.

One asked, what is epigenetic? Epigenetic, explained by the general manager of Luxor Beauty World Jeffrey Wong, is a study of biological mechanisms that will switch genes on and off.

“DNA-related researches revealed that our genes do not determine everything. Only about 30% of the ageing process is genetically predetermined,” he said.

“The remaining 70% can be influenced by environmental factors such as diet, stress, sun exposure and of course how the individual care of her skin.”

Babor Skinovage range is renewed with the brand’s highly effective patented formula EpigenTech Power Peptide as the main active ingredients.

It regenerates and keeps the good skin cells’ characteristics activated and strengthened for longer to help the skin remain
youthful, while prevents visible signs of ageing such as hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and dull skin tone.

During the launch, Babor also revealed an experiment which started prior to the event eight weeks ago on two identical twins; one uses Babor’s newly improved Skinovage skincare range and one without.

In just eight weeks, Skinovage proved itself to be as good as it promised, delivering healthier and more youthful complexion.

With different skin conditions call for a different solution, therefore, Babor has formulated five Skinovage range to suit everyone.

Moisturising for dry skin, calming for sensitive skin, balancing for combination skin, purifying for oily and blemished skin, and vitalising for tired skin.
– Jason Lim

1. (From left) President & COO of BABOR Asia Pacific Klaus Redomske and Wong.
2. BABOR’s newly reformulated and improved SKINOVAGE skincare range help users prevent ageing the epigenetic way.

NY’s Met to sublease modern art annex in surprise move

NEW YORK: New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art made a surprise announcement Friday it would reboot stalled renovations of its modern and contemporary wing, and temporarily turn over the building housing the works to the nearby Frick Collection.

In 2014, the Met had announced it would rebuild its southwest wing that runs along Fifth Avenue at an estimated cost of US$600 million, (RM2,480) — but its deteriorating financial situation forced the museum to rein in its plans.

Despite pulling in record crowds, the storied institution — one of the world’s largest art museums with collections spanning the globe from antiquity onward — was forced to cut costs by curbing hiring, announcing voluntary buyouts and postponing the renovation project by several years.

Thomas Campbell, who had led the Met since 2009, then stepped down in 2017, with some accusing him of trying to do too much too soon.

During his tenure, the museum had opened a modern and contemporary art annex, the Met Breuer, in the Madison Avenue building formerly home to the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Critics admonished the move, saying the Met was dividing its resources in an already financially strapped time.

Under the new arrangement, the Met will essentially sublease the building to another mainstay of the Upper East Side, the Frick Collection, as that museum renovates its own building, a Gilded Age mansion.

Letting the Frick finish off the last several years of the building’s eight-year lease would allow the Met to save some US$18 million, according to The New York Times.

A spokeswoman for the Frick told AFP its own construction would take an estimated two years.

The Met’s lease for the Breuer building will expire in 2023. It remains unclear what will happen next to the concrete, inverted pyramid-shaped museum opened in 1966.

A spokesman for the Whitney, which still owns the modernist building designed by Bauhaus-trained architect Marcel Breuer, declined to comment on what might next be in store for the space. — AFP

A new kind of cool

UNIQLO Malaysia recently kicked off a six-day engagement roadshow (Sept 12 to 17) at Centre Court, One Utama Shopping Centre to showcase the epitome of LifeWear range – AIRism.

The public was cordially invited to firsthand experience the cooling comfort of UNIQLO AIRism fibre technology, featuring three experimental booths alongside a special roving machine where different demonstrations were carried out to explain the material’s unique functions and benefits.

After going through a series of engaging activities to verify AIRism’s effectiveness while also learning about its many features, visitors were able to redeem a complimentary AIRism upon completion.

AIRism’s effectiveness was put to test against other materials in terms of smoothness between silk, AIRism and cotton; the ability to self-deodorize between AIRism and cotton and the ability to absorb moisture for maximum breathability between AIRism and polyester.

While its safe to say that the high-performance fabric hits all the right qualities. AIRism is perfect for everyday wear in Malaysia’s hot and humid climate.

Many people choose to avoid wearing heavy clothing or layers to try and keep the body cool. However, wearing a single layer of clothing does not relieve people from the discomfort caused by perspiration and the moisture trapped inside.

By contrast, wearing just AIRism underneath an outerwear will certainly release heat and moisture and quickly wicks away sweat to keep wearers comfortable even on the hottest days.

This single garment is set to change lives of many people around the world, and it is said to also take the edge off the early chills of autumn, delivering ultimate comfort throughout the seasons of a diverse AIRism lineup. Such as T-shirts, hoodies, loungewear, innerwear and many more.

Milan Fashion Week regales in green-tinted luxury

MILAN: Milan Fashion Week kicks off on Wednesday with cutting-edge couturiers taking over the city to present their women’s ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2019 collections, while doffing a collective cap to the environment.

Following on the high heels of New York and London fashion weeks, and ahead of the biggest of them all in Paris, Milan’s catwalk season will see dozens of shows by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Versace, Cavalli, Armani and Fendi.

Notably absent will be Gucci, which this year escapes to Paris so creative director Alessandro Michele can pay homage to the City of Light that inspired his new collection.

Gucci, founded in Florence in 1921, will nevertheless host an exclusive performance by iconoclast Scottish dancer and choreographer Michael Clark at its Milan offices on Wednesday.

Some renowned designers will be absent, such as Emilio Pucci and Trussardi, while others will return, like Philipp Plein and Iceberg, along with some surprises such as 1990s sportswear giant Fila.

Last year’s collaboration with Fendi, which saw the two brands’ logos playfully mingled by artist Hey Reilly, catapulted Fila back into the limelight.

Continuing the trend of mixing street fashion with haute couture, French couturier Louis Vuitton in March appointed Virgil Abloh as director of its menswear collection.

Ghanaian-American Abloh previously created the Off-White brand, coveted by hip-hop artists.

‘Green Fashion’

While fashion houses put on exhibitions on the sidelines of Fashion Week, including by French photographer Sarah Moon at Armani’s museum, the week’s overarching theme is sustainable development or so-called Green Fashion.

The Italian Fashion Chamber of Commerce, which organises most of the week’s events, will hand out the Green Carpet Fashion Awards to the most environmentally friendly fashion houses.

Celebrities and key industry figures will attend the awards ceremony at the world-famous Scala Theatre — dress code green — on Sunday, the climax of the week’s more than 60 catwalk shows and 90 presentations.

While the fashion world is not known for particularly caring about the environment, British luxury fashion group Burberry last week announced that it would stop burning unsold goods — an industry-wide practice.

Burberry and its peers routinely burn tens of millions of dollars worth of products every year to maintain the exclusivity and luxury mystique of their brands.

Environmental concerns notwithstanding, fashion houses will also be battling it out for who can put on the most extravagant, exclusive and, of course, fashionable show.

Emporio Armani is inviting its fans over to Milan-Linate airport to “check in” for its show, telling them to bring their passports, not carry liquids in their hand luggage and arrive early for security checks.

Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi will vaunt his wares surrounded by the leather-clad books of the sumptuous 17th-century Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Europe’s second-oldest public library and also home to artworks by Da Vinci, Caravaggio and Raphael. — AFP