The past few days have been eventful for the fashion and beauty worlds. Some headlines were great news, some not so much. Let’s start with the latter. A factory in Bucine producing Valentino shoes was ravaged by fire, but thankfully no one was hurt. On to lighter updates: UNIQLO is about to launch an Animal Crossing collection and “UNIQLO Island”, CHARLES & KEITH launch their summer collection, Gucci reveals its “hacking” of Balenciaga, and shu uemura opens a flagship store in Tokyo. Read on for the deets and more updates.
UNIQLO’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons collection and island
Take your love for Animal Crossing offline with UNIQLO’s upcoming collection. This collab features Tom Nook and the most adorable villagers in a range of shirts and lifestyle accessories including foldable tote bags and blanket towels. The designs are minimalistic with a touch of quirky, inspired by the “fancy-free, slow life” of island living in the game. Watch out for its release on 24 May in Singapore. But the surprise doesn’t stop there; you can also look forward to “special” in-game content from 29 April onwards with the launch of “UNIQLO Island”, a realistic UNIQLO store where players can interact with outfits in the Custom Designs Portal. So fun!
CHARLES & KEITH embarks on a light-hearted collection this summer
Quirky shaped heels, strappy sandals, 90s-inspired silhouettes and organic colourways, all in a minimalist aesthetic — these are some of the standout trends we spotted at the CHARLES & KEITH Summer 2021 presentation. Inspired by the beauty of nature, iconic summer shoe styles have been reinterpreted into sleek, sophisticated designs — perfect for the urbanites who are looking to gear up from city to laid-back retreat every once in a while. Our picks: the Tie-Around Thong Sandals and Grossgrain Woven Mules.
Under Armour tackles women’s pet peeves for Spring/Summer 2021
What are some of your biggest pet peeves when you work out? From leggings sliding down from your waist to difficulties in getting your super-snug sports bra off after a sweaty session, Under Armour is on a mission to tackle some of the biggest pet peeves of women when they exercise once and for all. Case in point? Their latest UA No-Slip Waistband Leggings and Armour Mid Crossback Bra from their Spring/Summer 2021 Women’s collection.
The leggings boast a no-slip waistband technology that features a double-sided silicone print sandwiched between two layers of fabric to give you friction without abrasion as you move. The updated Crossback Bra has new functions such as thinner straps and a bigger back loophole for ease of movement and when taking on and off, as well as slip-free bra pads that are strategically positioned so it doesn’t move about as you move around.
Recharge your skin and mind at Aramsa Spa in Singapore
Travel may be looking a little bit different for us right now, but who’s to say we can’t travel right at home? In Singapore, there is a piece of paradise on earth nestled in the heart of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park called Aramsa ~ The Garden Spa. Aramsa has been around for more than a decade, but the “out-of-this-country” charms of this award-winning garden spa are still unprecedented. If you’re looking to be transported out of Singapore and into a mind-rejuvenating, skin-caring, nature-filled dreamland, this is the place for you.
So go ahead, recharge yourself and mum (gentle reminder: Mother’s Day is coming!) with a two-hour spa session consisting of the Aramsa Touch, their signature massage that infuses eastern meridian and western classical massage techniques, and the Trilogy Vitamin C Facial, their latest spa facial using products from New Zealand beauty brand Trilogy’s Vitamin C and iconic Rosehip range. The Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment — which contains 100 per cent pure vitamin C powder released into an ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid concentrate enriched with daisy extract, rosehip and mandarin oil — coupled with the facial massage, is an absolute dream.
Enjoy Aramsa’s Mother’s Day weekday promo at SGD198 (U.P. SGD336) from now to June 2021 — also perfect for Father’s Day.
shu uemura opens flagship store in Tokyo
Staying true to their tagline “play, create and master their own beauty”, shu uemura’s newly opened flagship store in Omotesando, Tokyo is designed to resemble a makeup box and features spaces for exploration and expression with cosmetics. As part of the flagship store launch today, shu uemura has also announced a collaboration with MAMI on a special collection that will showcase the artistry of calligraphy.
Gucci’s “hacking” of Balenciaga
Hours after it dropped, the Gucci Aria collection is already christened the “collab of the century". Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele, however, likes to call it “a hacking lab” because it’s a mishmash of different influences; kind of like a fashion Frankenstein. The collection feels like a surreal, inexplicable dream: Gucci’s signature designs are applied on recognisable Balenciaga silhouettes, the Balenciaga logo is printed on an iconic Gucci Jackie bag, the Balenciaga “panta-shoes” is now peppered with Gucci logos and so on.
It’s not every day that two prominent luxury fashion houses come together for a project and we can only hope that it happens more than once because the result is nothing less than remarkable. And who knows, there’s a real possibility that it could happen again this year. After all, this “hack lab” is just one of Gucci’s special launches in celebration of the brand’s 100 years worth of storied history.
Prada extends helping hand to Valentino after factory fire
Speaking of two brands coming together, a touching act of solidarity has captured the hearts of fashion lovers. After a Valentino factory in Bucine was ravaged by fire, Prada extended a helping hand by temporarily lending one of their factories so their friendly rival could continue production. Luckily, no one was hurt but around 38,000 pairs of shoes, including Rockstuds, were destroyed, according to Business of Fashion. In a statement, Valentino Chief Executive Jacopo Venturini expressed thanks “from the bottom of (his) heart” to Patrizio Bertelli, Prada’s CEO, for reaching out and expressing solidarity.
— Words by Therese Lim and Becks Ko
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