We've all heard about the power of accessorising and how it can elevate a look. But sometimes, it can be a bit overwhelming to layer and match the right bling to an ensemble. The best solution? Go for dainty jewellery. Simple yet chic, minute yet oozing with elegance, just take it from our Clozetters who nailed the less-is-more philosophy when it comes to using jewellery.
Nothing screams “I mean business” quite like a suit. From Christian Dior’s divinely feminine “New Look” in 1947, with its cinched waist and flared skirt to Yves Saint Laurent’s androgynous and sharply tailored “Le Smoking” suit in 1966, the suit has had its fair share of iconic moments. It is widely regarded as a wardrobe staple with good reason: its wearability and versatility are almost unmatched in terms of going from day to night and across several different occasions. While we have seen numerous incarnations of the suit over the years, its present-day version has shifted towards more playful cuts and bolder choices in colour. Here are some ways you can incorporate this updated classic into your style arsenal.
Tibi Double-breasted Satin-faille blazer, SGD487/~USD357 (theoutnet.com); Tibi Satin-twill Tapered Pants, SGD427.45/~USD315 (net-a-porter.com); Adidas Stan Smith leather trainers, SGD140/~USD103.17 (zalora.com)
Unsure of where to begin? Ease your way into the trend by opting for pastels and light colours. A coordinating set would look less severe than its colourful counterpart when rendered in relaxed hues. Keep it casual with a turtleneck and white trainers.
Keep it Short
MAJE Checked Twill Blazer, SGD386.80/~USD285.04 (net-a-porter.com); MAJE Checked Twill Shorts, SGD142.31/~USD104.87 (net-a-porter.com); French Connection Chérie slogan tee, SGD32/~USD23.58 (zalora.com)
Karl Lagerfeld made waves during his tenure in Chanel by shortening the hemlines and baring the midriffs of his tweed Chanel suits. While the thought of revealing that much skin may seem a little risqué, you can opt for leg-lengthening silhouettes by way of shorts and skirts. Style it with a cute graphic or slogan t-shirt.
Feel the Fabric
Haider Ackermann Double-breasted Crepe-satin Blazer, SGD972/~USD712 (theoutnet.com); Rubi Tortoiseshell Resin Hoop Earrings, SGD9.95/~USD7.33 (zalora.com)
Add visual interest to your look by selecting a suit in a fabric different from what is normally used. Fabrics like velvet, silk and jacquard work well in giving a bit more dimension to your look. You can also consider using traditional fabrics to give them a modern update. Pair them with statement jewellery.
Play with Prints
F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers Armonia Printed Silk-satin Twill Wrap Top, SGD628.13/~USD462.88 (net-a-porter.com); F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers Etere Printed Silk-satin Twill Straight Leg Pants, SGD885.78/~USD652.75 (net-a-porter.com)
Inject a little pizzazz into your workwear by incorporating prints. Patterns like checks, plaid or stripes are good starters but you can also up the ante by choosing painterly details, fun prints or even embellishments. Keep accessories neutral so as not to overwhelm.
Max Out the Monochrome
House of Holland Oversized Belted Canvas Blazer, SGD616.58/~USD454.37 (net-a-porter.com); House of Holland Crepe Wide-leg Pants, SGD465.66/~USD343.16 (net-a-porter.com); Gianvito Rossi 105 Suede Pumps, SGD799/~USD588.80 (net-a-porter.com)
Caution: this look is not for the faint of heart. Turn heads by selecting a suit in a bold colour with sky-high heels to match. Make it more wearable by opting for sleek cuts but if you are feeling extra brave, you could also exaggerate the proportions (oversized shoulders anyone?).
(Cover Photos From: Sheiladytiu and The Ambitionista)
Karl Lagerfeld never wanted a public funeral service. In several interviews, he detested the practice and called it "awful." But in the absence of a traditional ceremony to celebrate his life and work, people searched for another way to pay tribute to his memory. His fans, friends and colleagues finally found the perfect avenue to bid him farewell at his last runway show for CHANEL.
At the Grand Palais in Paris, the heritage brand unveiled the late creative director's last designs for the fashion house. It was the conclusion to Lagerfeld's long, legendary career in the industry and marks the end of an era. From start to finish, it was clear that the show was CHANEL's homage to their longstanding creative director. Before Cara Delevigne strut the runway, the show opened with a recording of Lagerfeld talking about accepting his appointment at the fashion house despite the discouraging remarks from his peers.
The event was a bittersweet and emotional ordeal for everyone in attendance. In contrast to the picturesque backdrop that was supposed to evoke a feeling of cosiness and joy, the mood among the guests was melancholic with many — including the models on the runway — tearing up during the final walk. In the likeness of a eulogy, some people who were interviewed by Paris Modes TV shared anecdotes about their encounters with Lagerfeld. Anita Briey, who was the former head of his atelier and worked with him for over 50 years, recalled how wonderful it was to have worked with exceptional talent.
It's no secret that the late designer is a controversial figure. But whether you idolise or despise him as a person, you can't deny that he's a talented visionary and an influential figure. Without his keen eye, CHANEL may have faded into irrelevance. Lagerfeld's designs, which are ever innovative and modern, were one of the biggest factors why the fashion house is still popular with the fashionistas of today. His swan song was no exception.