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Manicurious x Nooka

Manicurious x Nooka

A nail design most apt for the Chinese New Year – no doubt you’ll turn heads with this.
You probably can earn a few ang pows doing a lion finger dance too! LOL

I have heard of and passed by this shop many times while on my way to Raffles Hotel or Chin Chin/Yet Con nearby for my chicken rice/steamboat fix before I finally made time to check the place out. I wasn’t disappointed.

Featuring a nail parlour, retail store and café, the little hideaway is best described as a meticulously curated ladies experience. The quirky store may well have been called “Manly-curious”, as it is actually founded by three men Shawn Tan, Justin Chow and Wong Yijin who met at university. If they can understand women as well as this, I must say their spouses are lucky lasses.

Manicurious x Nooka

Nope, I didn’t go for the festive lion nail art, went for something simpler but just as festive – different shades of red & pink!

Manicurious x Nooka

An enticing storefront sign. They got me at ‘pie’

Manicurious x Nooka

The retail store features New York-based futurist brand Nooka’s first pop up concept store outside of the United States, which is most prominently known for its line of contemporary timepieces.

Manicurious x Nooka

Manicurious the nail parlor welcomed me with its vintage-inspired interior of retro lounge chairs, bronze taps and porcelain basins. I should have put on my rockabilly skirt or a beehive hairdo.

Manicurious x Nooka

I believe in feasting over Chinese New Year and not getting fat
I believe in being a Sleeping Beauty
I believe I help the economy by shopping
I believe in fairy tales and Prince Charming
I believe D will appear now to smack me back to reality. Ouch.

Manicurious x Nooka

I opted for an organic mani and pedi for my poor, battered nails. Am a sucker for organic treats.

Manicurious x Nooka

Giggling through my foot mask…teeheehee

Manicurious x Nooka

Have a cuppa while u do your pedicure.

Manicurious x Nooka

The café experience does not disappoint with its offerings of Windowsill Pies, Papa Palheta’s signature Terra Firma Blend (the coffee every local in the know swears by) and special tea blends. Drinks are affordably priced from S$3 that the boyfriend would approve and happily sip a cuppa while waiting for the missus to finish her manicure.

Manicurious x Nooka

Manicure x Latte = Bliss in the City

Manicurious x Nooka

Glitter in all colours – So Simply Me! Ahhh…life’s good. Oink Oink.

Manicurious x Nooka

Manicurious has one of the most nail art designs I have come across. And what I like is – they are not afraid to experiment. In fact, you can bring your favourite photo, outfit, whatever and ask them to do a matching nail art design, cool huh.

Manicurious x Nooka

Little Twin Stars – me like! Moo…

Manicurious x Nooka

Literally killer nails. Kickass cool.

Manicurious x Nooka

Blue or Purple? Can’t decide, so did both colours. Kinda nice.

Manicurious x Nooka

After treating your hands, feet and stomach, check out the retail space offering quirky finds from indie labels like The Little Dröm Store, By Invite Only, L’ile Aux Ashby, Cookie Cutter and Nooka.

Manicurious x Nooka

Retail space. I dunno where to begin.

Manicurious x Nooka

These stackable colourful silicone diamond rings from Italian brand Duepunti caught my eye. It goes so well with my new nail colour!

Manicurious x Nooka

What a clever and pretty display. Now I know where to hang my many necklaces. My Dad’s bonsai is in trouble *evil smile*

Manicurious x Nooka

Check out these cool shades from Ksubi. I have the orange shades on the left, and am aiming the leopard one.

Manicurious x Nooka

So pretty!

Manicurious x Nooka

Buy Buy Buy!

Manicurious x Nooka

Bunny would approve. And that’s a pair of shades with a real wooden frame above.

Manicurious x Nooka

Cute brooches. The product display is even cuter, so clever.

Manicurious x Nooka

An accessory series inspired by Singapore’s old playgrounds

Manicurious x Nooka

A dress you can wear everyday.

Manicurious x Nooka

Local designer By Invite Only. I recently got a necklace from this brand at MAAD.

Manicurious x Nooka

A watch to match every outfit you have. I would just wear 3 on each hand since I am so colourful.

Manicurious x Nooka

Cheery felt flower broches

Manicurious x Nooka

Oh so futuristic cool

Manicurious x Nooka

Check out the special collaborations between Nooka and local design talents while you are at the store

Manicurious x Nooka

And Spongebob fans out there?

Manicurious x Nooka

Nooka

Manicurious x Nooka

So cute!

Manicurious x Nooka

Garden Nooka

Manicurious x Nooka

Furry Nooka

Manicurious x Nooka

Forest Nooka

Manicurious x Nooka

Rambo Nooka

Manicurious x Nooka

Fiery Nooka

Manicurious x Nooka

Looney Nooka

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Love the figurines the store staff made out of Blu-tak. I’ll be back to see more!

Manicurious
41 Beach Road, Singapore 189 680
Telephone Number: 6333 9096
Website: http://manicurious.sg/
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:00AM – 9:00PM
Nearest Train Station: City Hall
Bus Lines: 7, 32, 51, 56, 61, 63, 80, 145, 175, 197, 980

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4 Oct: Anna Dello Russo For H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Anna Dello Russo

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 Dello Russo for H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M
Photo: H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Bangles and bracelets from S$59.90 to S$99
Photo: H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Bird fascinator S$299
Gold heels S$349
Photo: H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Blue clutch S$99.90
Gold clutches S$159
Vanity case S$199
Suitcase S$299
Photo: H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

I have my eyes on you!
Photo: H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M
Photo: H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Bracelets start from S$59.90 to S$99
Crocodile necklace S$99
Photo: H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M
Photo: H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M
Photo: H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Gold leather heels S$349
Photo: H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Sunglasses S$79.90
Photo: H&M

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

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Anna Dello Russo with “Fashion Shower” director Alex Turvey
Photo: Tom Gildon

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)!

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Anna in a S/S 2013 white cut-out embellished Fausto Puglisi dress wearing accessories from her H&M collection
Photo by Mr Newton via Harpers Bazaar

Update: See my stash here!


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Look of the Day – Infinitely Dots: Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

As I wait with abated breath for the launch of Louis Vuitton’s latest artist collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama “Infinitely Kusama” this week, I got inspired to wear lots of dots, which is the signature motif of the artist.

Look of the Day - Infinitely Dots

Look of the Day – Infinitely Dots
Top: Pleats Please by Issey Miyake
Pants: Marni for H&M
Bag: Balenciaga

Look of the Day - Infinitely Dots

LEFT: Bangles – Hermes, H&M
RIGHT: Purple Necklace: Marc Jacobs; Chain encased in black mesh: The Link boutique

Look of the Day - Infinitely Dots

LEFT: Blue polka dot satin bow: From Tokyo, Japan
RIGHT: Finger rings: From Hong Kong

Fashion x Contemporary Art
The Infinitely Kusama line follows the past highly-success collaborations which Louis Vuitton has done with Stephen Sprouse (graffiti), Takashi Murakami (smiling cherries and sakura blossoms) and Richard Prince (a joke – I’m serious, the LV bags were spray-painted with jokes printed on them). The line also coincides with the artist’s retrospective exhibition, Kusama at the Whitney Museum.

Such cross intersection of art, fashion and even music is getting increasingly common, as associating with art lends credibility and a more high-brow, exclusive image to the brand, as well as allows innovation with a new product line. For the consumer, they are buying accessibility to the art world which is high-end luxury, where a piece of artwork by the artist would normally be out of reach – and understanding – for them. As for the artist, this is seen as a way to reach out to the masses to gain more awareness to their artworks.

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook
Photos: Franck Mura via Women’s Wear Daily

Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama, who celebrated her 83th birthday earlier this year, is a sculptor, painter, writer, installation artist and performance artist. The “High Priestess of Polka Dots” is known as the most expensive living Asian artist, and her diverse art is expressed mainly through the use of mere dots. Why dots? As a child, Kusama coped with the hallucinations she suffered from by painting polka dots. This motif has remained a central feature of her work, and expresses her feeling of revolving ‘in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space,’ and her view of herself as ‘a dot lost among a million other dots.’ She has also lived for forty years in the open ward of a mental hospital with her own art studio down the street.

Yayoi Kusama X Louis Vuitton

“My artwork is an expression of my life, particularly of my mental disease… My art originates from hallucinations only I can see. I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings.” Kusama has also expresses the polka dot as a symbol of love and peace (How about saying “I dot you” to your loved one next time? haha)
Photo: Arrested Motion

Marc Jacobs’ first met Kusama in 2006, and the enchanting encounter set the path to collaborate on the current Louis Vuitton Kusama collaboration.


Infinitely Kusama

The Infinitely Kusama collection will consist of ready-to-wear (trenchcoats, silk payjamas), handbags, shoes and accessories (wristwatch, sunglasses, pendant necklace) adorned with the artist’s famous polka dots fashioned in a tentacle-like “nerves” motif. Think pop art meets luxury. The first wave of pieces (ready-to-wear and small accessories) will debut in stores on July 10 with a major handbag and accessories push coming in October. The collection’s bags are mainly classic Vuitton designs redone in Monogram Vernis leather printed with dots in contrasting colors. The collection is also reported to include wave prints.

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama

LEFT: Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Polka Dot Heels
RIGHT: The embellished Louis Vuitton Ellipse that Kusama is holding is a bag that the artist hand-customized for Vuitton’s creative director Marc Jacobs. Lucky dude. I also want.
Photo: Purse Blog

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Lookbook
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Collection

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection – Accessories
My faves? The metal studded collar (USD1700) and sunglasses sporting a cute flower (USD610)!
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection – Handbags
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection – Scarves
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Collection – Footwear
Photo: Louis Vuitton

Infinitely Pop-up Shops

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama Pop-up Store

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Pop-up Store Concept
Photo: Louis Vuitton

The collection will be available in Vuitton’s 461 stores around the world, including a series of pop-up shops.  The first pop-up shop will debut inside the Louis Vuitton Soho flagship in New York City on 10 July (today!). Other pop-ups inside or adjacent to LV boutiques will also include Ngee Ann City (13 July – yeah!) Singapore, LV Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo, Dover Street Market in Ginza, Pacific Place in Hong Kong, LV Printemps flagship (23 Aug) in Paris and one of the biggest measuring over 1000 square feet in Selfridge’s (24 Aug) in London.

I’ll definitely pop by (pun intended) the Singapore store wearing surprise, surprise….polka dots :)

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama iphone app

Louis Vuitton will also launch an iPhone App that will allow users to take pictures and customize them with Kusama motifs. The app will be available in both English and Japanese.
Images: Louis Vuitton

Brazil first country to get Infinitely Kusama
Brazil is not only the first country to launch the much-hyped collection; its Vogue Brazil is also the first medium to reveal the collection, with a pregnant Gisele Bundchen fronting the cover for its July issue.

Louis Vuitton X Yayoi Kusama - Vogue Brazil

31-year-old supermodel Gisele Bundchen wears a red scarf as a top with a yellow scarf around her waist and polka dot pants from Louis Vuitton’s Infinitely Kusama line.
Photo: Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Brazil

Other interesting Kusama collaborations
Kusama has also previously done some interesting collaboration with other products, and these are two that caught my eye:

iida x Yayoi Kusama

iida X Yayoi Kusama: Based on the idea of a mobile phone as art, KDII brand iida collaborated with Kusama to produce three limited edition mobile phone models called ‘Dots Obsession, Full Happiness with Dots‘, ‘My Doggie Ring-Ring‘ and ‘Hand Bag for Space Travel‘.
Source: Design Boom

Coca Cola x Yayoi Kusama

These Kusama-designed Coca-Cola vending machines were displayed for one month in Daikanyama, Tokyo as part of Coke’s No Reason Art Project conceptualised by Dentsu as a way to better engage its sophisticated young urban target audience. The trademark dots represent the sparkling freshness of the brand.
Photo: Ananas à Miami

10 Things about Yayoi Kusama
1. Yayoi Kusama’s childhood in rural Japan was “like a nightmare”. Born in 1929 to an abusive mother, she experienced continual hallucinations throughout her childhood, and was prone to morbid obsessions. The first subjects to appear in Kusama’s earliest paintings from childhood were her mother, the sun, the moon, and clouds.

2. Kusama left Japan for New York City in 1958 and spent several years entrenched in the art scene; she exhibited with everyone from Donald Judd to Andy Warhol, and was friendly with Georgia O’Keeffe.

3. In the sixties, Kusama opened a boutique where she sold her own mod clothing designs, many of which were made from see-through materials. Nudity was common in much of her work at the time, and the shop included private studios where models would have their bodies painted and photographed.

4. In 1968, Kusama designed a bridal gown for two men to wear at their wedding, which took place at Kusama’s Church of Self-Obliteration and was directed by the artist herself, who had been dubbed the “High Priestess of Polka Dots.” Polka dots—which represent disease for Kusama—started appearing as motifs in her paintings around age 10; they are present in many of her works, including street performances that involved painting polka dots on nude men and women.

5. Kusama calls her work “psychosomatic,” and continually explores the themes of eternity, emptiness, hallucination, obsession, compulsion, accumulation, and repetition, among others. In her thirties, she focused in particular on entropy, sensuality, and femininity through a surrealist lens.

6. In addition to her autobiography, Infinity Net, Kusama has written eight novels and countless poems.

7. Throughout the late 1960s, Kusama staged over 200 “Happenings” in public spaces around New York City and throughout Europe. The performances included body painting festivals, fashion shows, orgies, and anti-war demonstrations. When she moved back to Japan, Kusama began staging performances on temple grounds in Tokyo—for one, she toilet-papered a graveyard.

8. In 1968, the artist launched Kusama Fashion Company Ltd., and sold her avant-garde clothing and accessory line in “Kusama Corner” at Bloomingdale’s in New York. She staged fashion shows in Rome, Paris, Belgium, and Germany.

9. Kusama moved back to Japan in 1973 to focus on her health and to pursue a more peaceful artistic lifestyle than New York City would allow. Since the mid-1970s, she has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric hospital, and continues to create artwork in a studio nearby.

10. In order to create a body of work that she feels will leave an impact on future generations, Kusama would like to live to be at least 200 or 300 years old. As long as she has the energy to continue creating, she will carry on.

Source: Worn Fashion Journal