Pleats make for a crisp and tailored look without looking too strict and structured. It's no wonder this style continuously owns some of the best looks, whether on the runway or in street style. This is why in its greatest manifestation, the pleated skirt, it never ceases to exist in our Clozetters' wardrobes. Just check out these looks for proof!
Sizzling news to end your week with
Hot stuff, coming through! End your Friday with a bang with news about Gentle Monster's new capsule collab with Fendi, the internet's reaction to the new Royal Baby, and more in this week's Insider Roundup.
Gentle Monster x Fendi collaboration
Just in time for all your summer getaways, Fendi and Gentle Monster announce the launch of their stunning one-of-a-kind collaboration, aptly named Gentle Fendi. The capsule collection is designed by the Roman Maison in collaboration with the Korean eyewear brand and stars two unisex styles that balance stellar craftsmanship with a unique and unpredictable aesthetic. You definitely wouldn't want to strut out wearing your summer wear without these sunnies to complete the look.
All the buzz about Meghan and Harry's royal baby
The world will probably never get tired of obsessing over the Royal Family and the arrival of Meghan and Harry's new bundle of joy proved just that. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is the first member of the Royal Family to be half-American and half-British, already changing traditions much like his parents' union. But that's not all. A lot of people also quickly noted the 'unroyalness' of the baby's name.
Of course, the internet made a lot of speculations that Archie was a reference to the Archie Comics Series, with the main character resembling Harry being a ginger. Even Star Wars star Mark Hamill joked about the choice of Harrison (in reference to his co-star Harrison Ford), saying that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could've named their child after his character, Luke, instead. The Royal Family has made no statements over the naming process, but by the looks of the snaps, even the Queen approves so who are we to judge?
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2.0, anyone?
The CT Hot Lips collection was made to bridge beauty and philanthropy. This is by creating lipsticks in collaboration with the industry's biggest names and donating part of the profit to women-support organisations. Three years later, Charlotte Tilbury's going at it again with the arrival of Hot Lips 2.0. What's great about this release is aside from introducing more shade choices for us beauty lovers, the charity pledge also doubled with almost USD1.3 million.
Huawei P30 and P30 Pro gets a new camera feature
Huawei P30 and P30 Pro already earned the favours of many with their stellar DSLR-like camera features. And following the recent introduction of the EMUI 9.1 operating system into the phone's software, we learn that the phone's photography and videography capabilities got another upgrade: the dual-view camera mode.
This latest feature allows users to create split-screen videos by simultaneously using the phone’s primary camera and zoom lens in one go. Yes, no editing involved whatsoever. It also allows zooming in or out of desired objects via the split screen, as well as shooting in panorama and closeup at the same time. If you're still having second thoughts about giving this phone a spin, this might just be the sign you're looking for to finally take that plunge.
L'Occitane introduces SG's first ever beauty market
From 27 June to 9 July 2019, catch Singapore's first ever beauty market courtesy of L'Occitane. Reinvent your beauty shopping experience with their farmer's market setup featuring natural and fresh ingredients that go right into your fave products. Don't forget to take Instagrammable photos when you drop by their pop-up installation right at the heart of ION Orchard B4 Atrium on the dates we mentioned!
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From the conceptualisation to the finishing touches
Sunny, frilly, flirty and dreamy — these are the words to describe Happy Andrada's Spring/Summer 2020 Bridal Dressing Robe Collection. In just a single glance, you can already see the uniqueness of each piece with its intricate embroidery. There were no skimping done while creating these dressing robes. From the luxurious fabric choices to the Swarovski crystal embellishments, anyone will feel like a queen while donning one.
Happy Andrada Spring/Summer 2020 Bridal Dressing Robe Collection
But the best thing about these creations? They're versatile. More than just using them as cover-ups while primping for a big day, they can also serve as your main outfit layered with other striking pieces for an ensemble that's like no other. With a palette selection of ice cream pastels, delicate jewel tones, and classic designs, you can easily stand out from the crowd.
Happy Andrada Spring/Summer 2020 Bridal Dressing Robe Collection
To learn more about the craftsmanship and inspiration behind this stunning collection, we interviewed the woman behind the work. Ahead, Happy Andrada shares her creative process and tips on how to style these pieces.
Why choose dressing robes to focus on in this collection?
"When I got married, it's when I started thinking about dressing robes. I had a hard time choosing which dressing robe to wear. I didn’t want to wear something traditional like the usual satin ones. I wanted it to be something different, something that I would own. So with my current collection and all the dressing robes that I made, it’s all one-of-a-kind, so you don’t have anyone that has the same one. You don’t have anyone dressing up like you. So it’s all for you."
What inspired you to do a Spring/Summer bridal dressing robe collection?
"I wanted Happy Summer, this latest one, to feature pieces made from materials that are perfect for the summer weather and can be used for other occasions. I've had clients who bought a dressing robe from me but they wore it as a gown with lining for evening parties. So in this Spring/Summer collection, all the outfits are versatile, easy to wear, they're soft, they're sheer. And these can also be worn by brides if they opt for a beach wedding or can be styled for various events."
Can you walk us through your work process, how do you conceptualise collections?
"This latest one is inspired by my trips. My husband is from Nice in France and they have very hot weather during the summer. I envisioned a collection of lightweight clothes to wear for the season and the collection came about. When we travel, I get inspiration from the culture, art, food, people and even the environment itself. Inspiration is truly everywhere."
What are your favourite pieces from the collection?
"I really like the super sheer dressing robes and also the bridal dressing gown with the 3D lace appliques, because it’s very detailed. I love the texture; I love detailing."
Happy Andrada Spring/Summer 2020 Bridal Dressing Robe Collection (Images courtesy of Happy Andrada)
Can you give us tips on how to style these pieces?
"Some people, they wear the dressing robes with an inner garment like camisole and trousers. Sometimes, they turn it into like a trench coat-looking outerwear. For the beach, you could also wear it with a lovely swimsuit underneath. Or you can wear it as is but with a long lining and it will look like a sleek gown or a pretty wrap dress."
Happy Andrada Spring/Summer 2020 Bridal Dressing Robe collection is now available at www.happyandrada.fashion and at Fashion Art Boutique located at #24 KD corner K1st Kamuning, Quezon City.
This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.
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