Thursday, 30 July 2015

Party from Sundown to Sunrise at The Roof!

Imbued with work stress and need to chill this week? 

Well, good news for you party-nistas. Kuala Lumpur’s premier party hot spot The Roof is throwing two sizzling events that must not be missed by anyone.

Tonight, put on your sexiest dress and party in style at the Euphoric Champagne Fiesta. Indulge in sips of elixir of luxury — what else? It’s champagne, baby — and groove to the lush rhythms and beats at.

Taking the decks this evening is DJ H3, a well-known DJ in the Malaysians Electro and Dubstep Scene.  H3 has played alongside an array of international DJ acts such as Dillon Francis (Mad Decent/US), Caspa (UK), Angger Dimas (ID), Drop The Lime (T&B/US) and even Dubstep Legends; Skream & Benga (UK). H3 has stamped authority on the Electronic Music Scene in Malaysia with a ‘My way, or the high way’ attitude with his almost schizophrenic DJ style - jumping between 3 to 4 different genres within a single set, giving his audience an experience like never before.

Also in the DJ line-up for the night are DJ Arabyrd, DJ Keith Mitz, DJ Nautal & Isky, DJ Mc Quicload and DJ C Too.  In a way, it is the best Ladies Night in town! And wait … here’s a little heads–up for the ladies: Come in a group of four and receive a complimentary bottle!

On Saturday, 1st of August, international DJ Matt Smallwood from London will take the deck at Stratosphere Sundown Session.

The session, which is part of his Asian tour, starts at 4pm till late and will showcase the DJ’s spinning prowess, ranging from house and chunky tech house to driving techno.

Named Carl Cox’s producer of the year in DJ Mag and recent Beatport number 1 artist, he has also enjoyed big success in the production front with over 40 single releases and 20 remixes on some of the world’s most prestigious labels. 

Also, do not miss the Bucket Promo where for just RM100.00, you can get 5 bottles of Asahi or Corona – a perfect complement to the sundown party.

Thus, come and let your hair down at the Roof tonight and this weekend. And don't forget to hit on the boys with style, gals! 

*Images courtesy of The Roof

The Roof – Sky Level, 1st Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Ralph Lauren Celebrates 10th Anniversary As Outfitters for Wimbledon Championships with Vogue UK

You know it is officially summer in London when the chic fashionistas and the who’s who of the city’s crème de la crème gathered at the Orangery of the Kensington Palace for a summer cocktail party. 

Hosted by Alexandra Shulman of Vogue UK and legendary tennis player Boris Becker, the cocktail was organised by revered American fashion and lifestyle purveyor Ralph Lauren. 

The exclusive event was held to celebrate the 10th year of Ralph Lauren as the official outfitter of the championships, Wimbledon. 

In the lushly manicured garden bathed with the rays of evening sun, guests turned up in their nines while enjoying British-inspired canapés, Pimms and champagne. 

Notable celebrities such as award-winning actress Jessica Chastain, British actor Jeremy Irvine, Spanish actress Astrid Muñoz, renowned shoe and accessories designer Charlotte Dellal, socialites Lady Kitty Spencer and Lily Becker were among the guests who were spotted at the event, all immaculately dressed in Ralph Lauren creations. 

For instance, Jessica Chastain took the breath away with a black silk crepe dress with inverted white pleats from the Ralph Lauren collection while co-host Princess Marie Chantal of Greece wore black silk Dupion dress from Ralph Lauren Black Label, a fuchsia Nappa leather envelope clutch and tan leather Jenica sandals from the Ralph Lauren collection. 

Dashing up-and-coming Jeremy Irvine whose acting portfolio includes horror flick The Woman in Black: Angel of Death was all suited up in grey check double breasted peak lapel suit, white cotton shirt, charcoal printed tie and cotton socks, all from Ralph Lauren Black Label and a pair of charcoal suede leather loafer from Ralph Lauren. 

As for the hosts, the Vogue UK’s Editor-in-Chief appeared in a navy silk Rylie dress and a navy cashmere cardigan from the Ralph Lauren collection while tennis legend Boris Becker looked perfectly dapper in royal blue suit from Ralph Lauren Purple Label. 

Though the evening sun remained up high in the sky, the party went on with live entertainment courtesy of DJ Chelsea Leyland. 

*Photos courtesy of Ralph Lauren 

Ralph Lauren – Lot 3.14, Level 3, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur; Lot G03L-N,G03P-R & G04, Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Paris Through the Eyes of Cartier in Collection Paris Nouvelle Vague

A city’s beauty is best viewed from different perspective. 

Take Paris, for instance. Throughout the centuries, the City of Love and Lights have dazzled, allured and seduced people from all over the world — either for a short or long trip or to call it their new home. 

To the artistes, the city is an art heaven where artistry flourishes without any gag of sorts. And to the fashionistas, it is where fashion reigns supreme with rues after rues of flagship top-notch designer boutiques and quaint shops run by below-the-radar and emerging designers. 

To the history buffs, Paris, on the other hand is like an open air museum. In every nook and cranny of the city, there is something that's waiting to be discovered. 

For example, the century old catacombs that lie underneath the Parisian streets where millions of dead people were buried is enough to push your emotion into intrigue. 

But to Cartier, a name that is synonymous with the city and also, the world-renowned Jeweller to the Kings, Paris is a city where gold is constantly played with, hammered and fashioned into gadroons, openworks, lattice-work or braid.

It is also a city where hard, fine and precious stones are given meticulous treatments in forms of volume, varnish and voluptuousness by the skilled master artisans 

This summer, Cartier celebrates the advent of a new season with a special tribute to the city that is constantly imbued with love and romance.

Known as the Paris Nouvelle Vague collection, the collection is dedicated to discerning women with an insider’s knowledge of the Paris scene; its glamorous nights of unparalleled extravagance and the streaming indulgences that trigger audacious pleasures. 

Divided into three distinctive themes — Exquisite Delights, A Winding City Stroll and Paris at Night — each piece is crafted to embody the spirit of the city with point of references taken from the host of icons that are abundant within the city.

Inspired by the luxurious delights that always tempt the fairer sex whenever they are in the city such as the sweet Chantilly cream, the Exquisite Delights collection offers an array of seductive pieces such as curved rings adorned with chrysoprase, black jade and chalcedony sorbets in a cornet of gadrooned gold. 

Her appetite will bloom with utmost gladness as she sets her sight on the pendants and rings, coated with cabochons of chalcedony, lapis-lazuli, aquamarine, turquoise and moonstone. 

For A Winding City Stroll collection, the classic setting of the city – a humongous garden imbued with historical icons, works of art that have witnessed centuries of civilisation and revolution – provides the crux of the plot.

Padlocks are linked by amethysts, aquamarines, tourmalines and spinels while black lacquer and diamonds purvey absolute modern vibrancy to the bracelets.

Paying homage to the arches and domes, Cartier creates monumental rings and dazzling bracelets featuring structured lattice works with lacquer in the shade of Cartier’s trademarked red to line its interiors.

At night, the glamorous vibe of the city comes alive in the forms of rustling necklaces, rings and earrings, all tied and threaded together with dazzling gold beads and diamonds. 

Furthermore, the yellow and pink sapphires, fiery opals, red spinels, emeralds, tsavorites, diamonds and lapis-lazuli cast sparkles of wit and delightful extravagance to the Paris at Night collection, just like the spotlights that light the Eiffel Tower every night. 

The Paris Nouvelle Vague collection is available now at all Cartier stores worldwide. 

*Photos by Getty Images/Karen Collins; courtesy of Cartier 

Cartier -  Lot C-G05 & 105A, Ground and First Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur. 

The Chapeau of Change ... Halston Heritage Pre-Fall 2015 Collection

Oftentimes, when it comes to working in an established fashion house such as Halston, it is easier for the creative director or the head designer to conceive collections without putting too much effort. 

Reason being there is a thing that we call the archive —a magic wardrobe where ideas and inspiration lives. 

With just a little conjuring, they will hop out of the domain and jump into the designer’s mind and voila, a full collection is ready to cut, sewn and serve on the runway.

Yet, although the Pre-Fall collection retains the essence of Halston design, one can see the difference in this one. The approach is sharper; simple and very much straightforward. In a way, through my personal observation, I could say that Maria Mazelis’ approach is meant for women who are often on the move. 

However, no matter how busy they are in the day, by sundown, they still have adequate time to cut the snaking beeline into the legendary Studio 54 and party till dawn with Roy and his celebrated ilk. 

For the 2015 pre-fall collection, Mazelis uses a pale blue feather “wig hat” that Halston created for New York’s iconic department store Bergdorf Goodman in 1960s. 

For the uninitiated, prior to launching his first ready-to-wear collection that resulted rave reviews by the fashion media and fashion buyers alike, Halston began his career in fashion as a milliner at Bergdorf Goodman. 

If you searched in YouTube for Barbra Streisand’s My Name is Barbra TV special (1965) shot at the department store, you may find his millinery works within the background as the singer sang a medley of songs, strutting in the latest designer offerings of the period.  

Back to the collection review. Using the feather as the main point of reference for the collection, Mazelis re-envisioned the fluffiness of the feathers in silk prints as all-over textures in modern panelled dresses and skirts. The patterns are also blown up to exaggerated proportions as graphic border motifs on delicate scarves.

Doused in luminous palette ranging from softness of the peach to the porcelain-esque Ginger Rose, sage, moss, flint, rich port and icy rain blue, all symbolises beautiful transition of the season from summer to the beginning of fall. Detailing such as rich sequins in subtle bisque hue adds sassiness into the day and evening looks.

Sharp and smart silhouette conquers the day with clean and neat proportions as seen in jackets, high necked dress with front slit, three-quartered sleeved top, leather vests and palazzo pants. The culottes feature angular silhouette with square pleats and front pockets, a classic yet non-seasonal piece that can be worn regardless of seasons. 

Crafted in silk twill and supple suede with occasional tinges of bold prints, the culottes, when paired with slim blouses, body-skimming camisoles and mock neck knits alludes the effortless spirit of 1970s model and silver screen goddess Ali MacGraw.  

However, it is always the dresses and the caftans that draws women to the appeal of Halston. Often regarded by the editors as the ultimate beacon of contemporary style, the fluid chiffon dresses with billowy skirts certainly speak of sensuality and utmost allure. 

This season, look forward to classic Halston silhouettes such as one shoulder dress in seducing rose ginger tinge, crafty printed dress with square panels design, asymmetrical suede dress, printed silk dress with spaghetti straps, printed over-the-knee hemmed dress in chiffon with one-shoulder inner lining and scarf-like rear extension as well as the must have plunging V-necked long dress with ombré hemmed skirt.

To complement your Pre-Fall look, add in some accessories in the form of classic two-toned bucket bag, two-toned oversized shopping bag, long-strapped handbag, top handle handbag in suede with bark effect patent leather detail and silvery galuchat textured box clutch.

Halston Heritage Pre-Fall 2015 collection is available now at all Halston Heritage stores and selected mixed brands retailers worldwide. 

*Photos courtesy of Halston Heritage

Halston Heritage – 3rd Floor, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.