I caught Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou’s performance on the first race day (21 Sep) of the Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix at the Padang open air stage. The reigning king of Asia’s R&B scene was the first Chinese act to perform at this main stage of the night race. Performing to a crowd of 35,000, the hottie crooned 13 songs consisting of a good mix of sentimental ballads and fast tracks. The stage set was true to Jay’s signature show style, complete with futuristic on-screen graphics, showy props/girls and striking pyrotechnics. The crowd obviously loved the cool dude, screaming (even the guys) and dancing like they were caught in a perennial fit throughout the concert (which also explains the slightly shaky photos as I had two ‘vibrators’ standing in front of me). The sound system left much to be desired though as Jay sounded muffled and soft at times. But seriously, I don’t think that bothered most of his fans – having the man on stage was enough, and they were singing along with Jay as he belted out his signature tunes. From the looks of it, it’s no doubt Mr J will enjoy many more good years in the music scene to come.
The Singapore Grand Prix (F1) took place this weekend, and I went to one of the hottest F1 parties in town thrown by Johnnie Walker, partner of the Vodafone Mercedes McLaren F1 team. Their party invites are as hard to come by as an Hermes Birkin, so I was full of anticipation about the event which was held at the Flower Dome @ Gardens by the Bay.
Formerly known as Johnnie Walker Jet Black, the party has transformed into a regional party series called the Johnnie Walker Circuit Lounge, with Singapore being the first city to launch it. The night was filled with fabulous music by acclaimed DJs like DJ Clinton Sparks, DJ Disco Fries, DJ Ray Ray and DJ Dave Does. I was particularly looking forward to the Flavour Lab experimental bar, which made its debut at the Circuit Lounge with a selection of unique and evocative serves concocted by winning bartenders from the acclaimed Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS program.
200 years of wedding fashion from the collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is currently on display for the first time in Asia at the National Museum of Singapore. It showcases more than 80 artifacts comprising wedding dresses, bridegroom attires and accessories dating from the 1800s to the early 2000s. Categorised into eight thematic sections, it depicts how wedding dress traditions have developed over time.
Take inspiration from elaborate wedding gowns designed by Charles Frederick Worth, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood, Christian Lacroix and John Galliano. On display are also wedding gowns worn by celebrities such as Dita von Teese and Gwen Stefanie. Wedding bells ringing, anyone?
The Wedding Dress: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion will be open from 8 August until 31 October 2012, 10:00AM – 6:00PM daily at the National Museum of Singapore. Admission is S$11.
English – Saturdays & Sundays; 11am and 2:30pm
Mandarin – Saturdays & Sundays; 11:30am and 3:30pm
Japanese – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 1pm
Limited to 15 participants per session, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Duration: 60 minutes; Meeting point: Exhibition Gallery 1, Basement
Anna Dello Russo, Editor At Large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan, has designed a 50-piece accessory collection for H&M which launches 4 Oct world-wide. Once described by Helmut Newton as a “fashion maniac”, the Queen of Bling’s collection is mostly gold and chunk that Queen Cleopatra and Donnatella Versace would approve of. Inspiration for the collection came in the form of Anna’s wardrobe (and her 4,000 pairs of shoes – ok, I definitely lose). Her Tiffany blue with gold filigree detail cupboard was the starting inspiration for the 50-piece collection, most obviously influencing the suitcase design. Other items include sunglasses,crocodile and snake-adorned jewelry, clutch bags emblazoned with her dog Cucciolina, thigh-high leather boots as well as a bird fascinator with a netted veil. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Anna has released a pop video to celebrate the release of her accessories range for H&M. Wearing a PVC mini-dress, sheposes on a giant gold shoe as she reveals her collection along with her ‘ten rules of fashion’. It left me a bit dumbfounded, cos’ I don’t really know what to make of it. Have a look and tell me what you think.
Anna’s Ten Rules of Fashion (say it with an Italian accent to get the most oomph)
1. Fashion is a declaration of your own freedom
2. Between style and fashion? Absolutely fashion
3. Fashion is always uncomfortable, if you feel comfortable you never get the look (AGREE)
4. Fabulous at every age
5. Wearing night clothes in the daytime is unexpected
6. Somebody wearing your same outfit? Wonderful, you did the right choice
7. You must wear outfit once (but we don’t have a wardrobe allowance like yours, Miss Russo)
8. Wear coat as a dress
9. It doesn’t matter the size of your body, fashion flatter everyone
10. Fashion jewels personalise your style. Nothing succeeds like excess
Touchingly, Anna remembers to contribute back to society: “Accepting this challenge [to design] has allowed me to give my personal and deeply felt contribution to the rebirth of Japan, a country I am strongly bonded with. Thereafter, part of my fee will be donated to the Japanese branch of the Red Cross International.” Yay, now I don’t feel that bad buying – I am doing my part for Japan too! :p Fingers crossed I can get my hands on some of these gems (crocodile – I have my eyes on you)!
Update: See my stash here!