Following a successful GREAT campaign in Malaysia last year, more British companies are looking for business opportunities in our dynamic country with a fast-growing economy.
This year, 18 British brands have joined in the trade mission to Kuala Lumpur and are looking to explore business opportunities in Singapore.
Besides retail, food and drink sectors, this year’s GREAT campaign is also looking to focus on the leisure industry such as themed attractions, museums, water parks and zoos.
The GREAT event sees several new British brands that have just set up in the Malaysian market. Brands such as Lola Skye, New Look and River Island have now graced our shores and are exclusively available on ZALORA.com.my, as seen at the fashion show last night.
For shoppers, there’s some great news! There is a GREAT Shopping Contest with a grand prize of a shopping trip to London running from 18th September to 16th November 2014.
Shoppers who spend a minimum of RM250 at the participating stores of British brands will be eligible to join the contest. There are 37 UK retail brands that will be running the contest in over 200 stores across Malaysia.
H&M extends their existing Conscious collection for Spring 2014 – proving to us once more why they are one of the pioneers of eco-friendly fashion.
In a continuous effort of promoting sustainable fashion, Swedish fashion giants reveal their latest Conscious Exclusive and Conscious Spring 2014 collections. Made entirely out of recycled and sustainable resources, both these collections show that you can be as mindful about the environment and those around you, as well as fashionable in the same time.
H&M Conscious Exclusive
Equipped with enough style, glam and charm for you to be the star of any event, H&M’s debut Conscious Exclusive collection confirms that you don’t have to compromise to get beautiful designs that are made responsibly.
Working alongside sustainable fashion and design think tank Ever Manifesto, the H&M Conscious Exclusive is a glamorous line of party and red carpet ready clothing and accessories filled with gorgeous Spanish vibes and bohemian details.
As per the previous Conscious line, pieces are made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled polyamide and Tencel® (a biodegradable fabric derived from wood pulp). New materials such as organic leather and silk have also been added to this collection to give it a more luxe aura.
If you can’t decide on what you want from the collection, might we suggest the drool-worthy shoulder wrap and a lacey number – just like how fashion model Amber Valletta, who is the face of the Conscious Collection, dones it:
The overall colour theme of this collection is one of romantic off-whites, cloudy blues and a mix of metallic and rich prints. With ultra-feminine silhouettes and intricate details, the evening-appropriate collection includes flirty cocktail dresses, dreamy evening gowns with detailed embellishments and even a romantic wedding gown. Yes, wedding gown.
H&M Conscious Spring 2014 Collection
If the eco chick in you prefers a more subtle and casual approach, move along to the Conscious Spring 2014 collection. Headlining the collection are silhouettes of long lengths, wide volumes and draped garments decorated in tassels, beads and metallic features.
As for the colour palette of choice, the Spring 2014 collection is inspired by sunsets in the dessert — burnt brown, saffron, sun yellow and redish pink tones.
Again, each piece of clothing from the Conscious collection is made from sustainable and environmentally friendly materials such as Tencel®, recycled cotton, recycled polyester and organic cotton. The only difference is that male fashion items are not featured in this season’s Conscious Collection.
Both of the collections will be available from April 10, 2014 onwards. The Conscious Collection will be available in H&M Lot 10 and Avenue K, while the Conscious Exclusive will only be available at their flagship store in Lot 10.
This Chinese New Year, it’s all in the details..
It’s tradition to usher in the new year with prosperity and good luck, and for the Year of the Horse – there’s no better brand than Ralph Lauren’s signature icon which effortlessly captures the designer’s equestrian heritage for a dash of class.
The Chinese New Year collection is created in the traditional colour palette with items that represent an array of Ralph Lauren’s most refined collections, including Men’s Purple Label, Women’s Collection, Watches & Fine Jewellery and Accessories – all to be sold for a limited time across global flagship stores from January, 2014.
Men’s Purple Label line features polo shirts, shawl-collar cardigans and iconic menswear all finished with a limited-edition Year of the Horse crest.
The Women’s Collection offerings are timeless and chic as always, with luxurious fabrics and incredible attention to detail given to each piece. The most distinctive item in this collection is the exquisite one-of-a-kind alligator balmacaan coat, signed by Mr. Ralph Lauren. This striking piece is black with gold trim, and lined with an opulent red equestrian-print silk.
The pièce de résistance is definitely the enchanting red crocodile cuff bracelet which captures the charm of Ralph Lauren’s equestrian legacy with the elegant full-pavé horsehead styled in shimmering diamonds
The distinctive hand-painted enamel Ralph Lauren Stirrup watch features a hand-painted polo motif on its face, created from 15 different enamel colors.
Accessories have been crafted from luxurious skins in a palette of red, gold and black and the collection features stunning variations on current products, from Ralph Lauren’s iconic Ricky Bag to an alligator belt with a gold horsehead buckle.
These extraordinary pieces an impeccable finishing touch to any look, and a very special part of this beautiful collection, one that celebrates the Year of the Horse in Ralph Lauren’s singular fashion.
We’re digging these latest Nike Air Max shoes! You?
The popularity of Nike Air Max is undisputed. Legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield got tongues wagging when he first introduced “air” as a cushioning system for the soles. The innovative footwear had the industry talking and fans whooping in delight as the Air Max line rolled out one cool pair of sneakers after another. Not only are the shoes comfortable, they are actually pretty fly too!
Now in celebration of the sneaker revolution, two new versions of the Nike Air Max 90 along with the Flyknit Air Max will be released this Spring 2014.
Air Max Lunar90 (RM499)
This pair combines two of Nike’s most popular cushioning systems, Nike Lunarlon and Max Air. So what you get is ultra lightweight shoes of comfort and responsive energy return.
The upper receives a no-sew treatment to increase both flexibility and breathability while a compression-moulded collar gives you supreme comfort.
Air Max 90 Jacquard (RM529)
This version of the sneakers employs the age-old method of weaving where four coloured yarns are weaved through a black base. The detailed patterns replaced the traditional panels and overlays of the Air Max 90 by a single piece of fabric.
This makes the one-piece upper lighter and more flexible to move with a natural motion outsole.
Flyknit Air Max (RM859)
This is the first time that Nike has paired its innovative Flyknit technology with the iconic Air Max cushioning system.
The running shoe is made to be light yet strong as the upper works to contour to the foot for a comfy, supportive fit. Easily the range that caught our eyes the most!
Revisit Chanel’s classic with Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld in a photographic exhibition
If you’re making a trip to Singapore before the new year, you might want to drop by the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands for the Chanel photographic exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s book ‘The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’.
Starting from November 9, 2013 to January 1, 2014, this free exhibit gives those of us in the region an opportunity to preview the photographs that have travelled the world following major cities like Tokyo, New York, London, Paris, Milan, Beijing and Shanghai.
The public will discover Karl Lagerfeld’s photographs that illustrate the versatility and timelessness of the iconic Chanel jacket, seen modeled on a range of celebrities and friends of the House who have each adapted the garment to reflect their own inimitable style – slipped on by singer and actress Vanessa Paradis, charmingly worn by roller skating Song Hye Kyo, styled angel-like on Keira Knightley, or given that Carrie touch by Sarah Jessica Parker.
Running simultaneously with the exhibitions, window displays in Chanel’s boutiques at Takashimaya Shopping Centre and at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands will present a selection of jackets from the latest collections.
The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld is available in selected bookstores priced at SGD $145 (approx. RM345).
The Little Black Jacket Exhibition
Where: The ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands Singapore
From: November 9th 2013 (Saturday) until January 1st 2014 (Wednesday)
Opening hours: 10:00AM – 07:00PM daily
Please visit the website for more information.
All of us, when we don’t get enough sleep, we tend to be moody the next day. For children, it may have a greater impact.
A few months back, a study found that children with irregular bedtimes are more likely to suffer from learning impairment. Now a latest research found that kids who didn’t go to bed on a regular schedule have more behavioural problems at home and at school.
This data came from an ongoing study involving 10,230 British school children. In the study, the mothers were asked if their child adheres to a regular bedtime during the school week and this information was collected when the kids were ages 3, 5, and 7.
The mothers were also handed out a standardised test on behaviour measures including conduct problems, hyperactivity, emotional symptoms, problems with peers and positive behaviour.
Reportedly, kids who went to bed after 9pm had more behaviour problems both on the home and school front than those who went to bed earlier. But when the problematic children were put to bed at the same time each night, their behaviour seems to improve.
Previously studies showed that lack of sleep can affect a child’s school performance and behaviour, this time around it’s been found that irregular bedtimes can do just as much damage as well.
Teachers also reported that behaviour problems were more prominent in children with irregular bedtimes.
But the good news is that these less-than-stellar behaviour can be improved when children are shifted to a more regular sleeping pattern.
If you’re looking for a practical, lightweight and eye-catching bag where you can securely place all your valuable items in, these Sembonia by Spark totes may potentially spark your interest.
Known for their classic and practical designs, Sembonia has recently given us a pleasant surprise with their new fresh and bold direction. Sharing a common passion of wanting to create something uniquely different, the timeless fashion brand has decided to team up with award-winning architectural design firm, Spark to release a series of exclusive bags that would make most bag lovers nod in approval.
Given the fact that this is the first time Spark has ventured on a fashion collaborative, the creative geniuses behind the architectural team has proven that they’ve got all the right moves.
Aptly named Sembonia by Spark, these limited edition bags are super spacious, practical and trendy. Truth be told, the basis of the collection is actually very simple – a series of large-sized tote bags that are made from lightweight, durable nylon and finished off with sleek top-handle leather straps. With that said, the star quality that makes this collection pop is simply its stunning and one-of-a-kind printed designs.
The collection consists of eight distinctive designs that will be unveiled and sold in stores on a monthly basis.
September 2013 – Romanesco
The Romanesco broccoli inspires the debut bag of this collection. Taking a cue off the vegetable’s spiral head buds, the bag’s design derives of numerous cone-like spirals that arranged in a recursive manner. The solemn colour theme of the design seals the deal for this bag as the final product is simply captivating an intriguing, especially when looked from afar.
October 2013 – Origami
The design depicts a series of cubes that are fitted together to create a distinct mosaic pattern, thus resulting in a folded and crumply 3D effect. This simple yet sophisticated design would make a great addition to your wardrobe as it would easily pair up with most of your outfits.
November 2013 – Sunray
November sees an eye-catching Mediterranean blue bag with the clever use of lithographic prints (a simple chemical processes involving water and grease). Named as Sunray, the detailed impression of the smiling sun emits a carefree aura to this bag; great for a beach holiday escapade!
December 2013 – Impression
Lithography once again comes to play with December’s Impression design. The combination of overlaid strokes creates an abstracted pattern that aims to resemble the ridges on a fingerprint. Nonetheless, we must admit that the main attraction of this bag has got to be how beautifully the colours and print go well together.
January 2014 – Tough Pink
Come the new year, Sembonia X Spark’s Tough Pink tote will make its funky public appearance in hopes of doing tough cookies around town justice. While the usage and artistic arrangement of imageries give this bag an edgy appeal, it is its sweet pink background that gives the Tough Pink design an alluring factor.
February 2014 – Aqua
Donned with a classy monoprint design, Aqua is one bag that would easily please those with a penchant for all things dreamy and romantic. Aesthetically pleasing, the bag’s ethereal effect is created from the spontaneity of the prints and its musing aqua colour hues.
March 2014 – Pop Culture
Our artsy-fartsy side was squealing in delight with this Pop Art meets fashion piece! Taking a cue off Andy Warhol, the Pop Culture tote bag features familiar objects that are appropriately pictured in a colourful and fun manner; making this bag a fashion statement that’s liberatingly fun and eclectic.
April 2014 – Drip
The collection ends with Drip, a minimalistic but artistic design. The dramatic drip of paint spilling from the top zipper of the bag down to its sides reflects a new angle of relaxed casual. Another thing we loved was the perfect contrast between the black paint and light grey canvas.
Priced at RM489 per piece, these artistic and quirky limited edition tote bags are currently available at Sembonia boutiques at Pavilion and MidValley Megamall. There are only 50 bags per design (25 in Pavilion, 25 in MidValley Megamall). With that said, if any of these bags have already caught your eyes, you can proceed to any of the boutiques to make an advanced reservation for them.
Ever had those ‘is it real or is it fake’ moments? And no, we’re not taking about boobs! Rather, we mean the other best friend of us women – luxury items.
Fake goods, counterfeit items, knock-offs, and replica products; be what you name them, it is without any doubt that non-authentic goods are present and in-demand in the fashion market. In fact, did you know that the more common a luxury brand is, the higher the possibility of it having a counterfeit counterpart?
While some people don’t mind having a replica Chanel or two, there are those who have unintentionally fallen prey to a clever counterfeit. To avoid being cheated, be a smart consumer and take note of these methods of differentiating fake fashion:
First thing is first – be wary of how much it costs. Truth is, if the price of a luxury item seems unusually discounted to you, chances are that it is a fake. In simple term – if it’s too good to be true; it probably is.
2. Leather Goods
Premium items would more often than not be made from real and genuine leather. As opposed to the consistent pattern of pores fake leather has, quality leather usually carries an irregular texture and subtle scent.
Another key difference is the scent – real leather has a subtler scent when compared to a fake good’s stronger chemical smell.
One of the first things you can check for is the stitching of the item. If the item you’re getting is a branded pair of jeans, a top or scarf, make sure to check the stitching around the labels, seams and pockets. The overall stitching should be straight, of equal length and contains no signs of unravelling.
Also, authentic premium items would usually contain more stitches per inch, and they’d also have the same number of stitches on opposite ends (for stitched on logos).
Another hint of counterfeit items is lower-quality hardware with a glossy gold finish. The zips of a genuine bag should be able to move smoothly, feel heavy to the touch, are all-around of the same colour and would usually carry an imprinted logo.
5. Workmanship and Details
Cautious workmanship and details are usually put into premium items. Take for example the Burberry buttons above. The ‘U’ and the ‘R’ of the Burberry font are one of its main identifiers. The ‘U’ should always have a thicker left side and the ‘R’ always has a right leg that arc highly to the right (kind of like a fancy curve).
Also, the logo of a genuine good should be perfect. Anything that’s misspelled, not in a straight placement or is slightly ajar should be taken notice of. Another giveaway is the lack of the brand’s name or logo on the buttons.
Details of genuine goods extend till its packaging. Branded dust bags, wrapping paper, boxes and shopping bags are often used of high quality.
On a last note, do understand that these are more of the basic ways of spotting a fake fashion items; there are undeniably more detailed methods. And then, there’s also the revolutionary terahertz time-domain spectroscopy technology that has yet to hit our shores. So fellow shoppers and fashionistas, remember the above tips and tricks and be sure to do a little research about your dream luxury item before purchasing it; because we are partly responsible for the goods we purchase.
Halloween is our favourite time of the year because it’s the perfect excuse to slap on a wacky costume and have some fun – Let’s face it, when else can we play pretend to be the wife of Khal Drogo!
Here’s our list of top 10 pop-culture references for Halloween 2013 if you’re tired of dressing up as a sexy cat or bloodied zombie and want something that will get everyone smiling and laughing (should they get the reference)!
#1 – Miley Cyrus
Probably the biggest news in the music and entertainment industry, Miley’s tongue is a star on its own. To work this costume, make sure to practice swirling your tongue in a circular motion while stroking your invisible long hair while walking.
Opt for a one piece silver swimsuit or nude crop top and bottoms, red lips and Gwen Stefani-esque double mini-raver buns while holding a teddy bear in reference to her VMA performance – or wear a white crop top and underwear ala Wrecking Ball.
Optional: Hammer or Foam Finger
#2 – Robin Thicke
You can’t talk about Miley and not mention Robin Thicke. If you want to go as a couple, this combo would be perfect!
The most obvious would be Robin’s Beetlejuice-inspired black and white striped suit that he wore for the VMA’s.
Optional: #thicke sign, if you’re feeling extra douchey, aviators at night
#3 – Blurred Lines Dancers
When we saw Robin perform in Malaysia, turns out his backup “singers” were really just about as useful as the models in his video.
If you’ve got a bunch of girlfriends who would be game, dress up like the dancers in the censored version of his summer hit Blurred Lines music video by wearing anything short, tight and sexy in a white colour two-piece, paired with white creepers or platform shoes. Use tons of chunky gold jewellery, tie your hair in a high ponytail and braid it, use a see through raincoat or see-through invisble plastic table cover to layer on top of your skirt.
Optional: Live goat
#4 – Minions from Despicable Me 2
In an homage to the Minion craze that struck Malaysia a few months back, dress up as your favourite Minion in a yellow leotard or top, layered with denim overalls on top. For a couple outfit, your partner may go as the Minion-gone-bad all in purple; get a purple wig, back comb it in all directions so you have Einstein-like hair and wear black overalls over purple inner wear. Both should wear black wrist gloves and Minion goggles.
Optional: Handheld louspeaker (don’t forget to say Bee-doo-Bee-doo), a red firealarm Bee-doo hat, a stack of bananas, a fart blaster (which you can get from Toys ‘R Us), wigs, party toots – the options are endless!
#5 – The Fox
There is no doubt this viral hit by Norwegian duo Ylvis would be one of the most popular choices for Halloween this year. Find a fox kigurumi, or a mask, and follow Head to Toe’s fox halloween costume tutorial:
Optional: Get your friends to go as the rest of the animal gang in the video. Not optional: Asking everyone ‘What does the fox say?”
For the next five in our list, read part 2 of our Halloween 2013 Pop Culture Reference List!
Can you be a cool cat under this hot, humid weather? Yes, you can!
Heat is a major issue in this country. Being blessed with sunny weather for most part of the year, we all know how sweaty and stuffy it can get out there beyond our air-conditioned home, car, office, etc. It is no wonder that refreshing drinks, cooling fruits and protective products are popular here.
Now add one more item to the list of heat management – Uniqlo’s AIRism.
The highly functional underwear by the iconic Japanese brand is designed to quickly absorb and release trapped moisture, thus allowing the wearer to stay cool. The fabric is so lightweight that it actually fits like a second skin. So for fashion lovers, playing with layering is relatively easy.
The concept of AIRism revolves around its high performance fabric namely ‘cupro’ – a rare fibre that comes from cotton, also known as the breathable fibre which has excellent moisture absorption properties. In comparison with clothing made from pure cotton, the AIRism offers superior drying action in which clothes will not stay damp even after a rather hot sweaty day.
Recently, VenusBuzz.com had the privilege to test out two inner tops from Uniqlo’s AIRism range for our benefit. Our team was curious as to what the fuss was with this ‘AIRism.’ To be honest, when we first got our hands on the tops, the first thing that crossed our minds was “It’s too sheer!” But to be fair, the garments are indeed meant as an innerwear. So our challenge was to find ways to pair the AIRism – stylishly, of course – with what we would normally wear on a normal day.
Jyy Wei’s style is more on the preppy, quirky side. She favours unique prints, bright colours, trendy footwear as well as cute accessories. Audra is very much influenced by Japanese fashion. Her dressing takes inspiration from the street style of Shibuya and she goes for obscure/original designs.
The former got a white camisole while the latter received a short sleeve tee. Both Jyy Wei and Audra were tasked with picking out two sets of outfits to complement the white inner tops. Check out the lookbook for their AIRism interpretation.
For the first style, Jyy Wei decides to go for an all-blue ensemble with a dash of red. In a job that requires her to commute a lot and yet be presentable, the inner top works to keep her cool as she braces the cold office and sweltering heat outside. She keeps it simple and ups the ante with her trusted creepers.
Meanwhile, Audra brings her A-game and indulges her inner pin-up girl with this look. She pairs the tee with a similarly lightweight cardigan that she absolutely loves. An outerwear is essential with the white top to keep the appearance polished. Pair with printed pants and you can be a bit cheeky with your work wear.
Jyy Wei takes on a slightly more refined style for the second outfit. A date night with the girlfriends or special someone is the dressing goal. A blazer adds a chic touch to the otherwise casual top and shorts combo. Her funky vibe is not lost with the hint of lime green bottom, accessories and floral laced-up.
For Audra, her style here reminisces of a musician in the heart of Tokyo. A linen shirt tucked into a maxi skirt screams Boho chic. She gives her outfit an added charming appeal with chunky necklace and the fedora hat. Her pair of Jeffrey Campbell’s spiky booties completes the edgy look.
The team’s verdict on the AIRism – It is lightweight enough to keep the wearer cool. The above shoot was done in the hot afternoon sun and while both were sweating away, the inner tops did not feel too muggy and dry up in no time. Fashion wise, the top provides an alternative to one’s layering style. However, because of the sheer material, wearers have to be mindful on how to pair the white top modestly. Rather than a big issue, this can be resolved with other tops from this range – perhaps, different colours or prints.
The Uniqlo AIRism innerwear comes in four sizes of S, M, L and XL, each sealed in a package. The Camisole is priced at RM39.90 while the Scoop Neck T-Shirt is RM39.90.