A Healing Lip Balm
Founded by Genevieve Tan, wife of local photographer Stephan Khoo, homegrown beauty label The Gentle Label zeros in on organic skincare and was accredited by the industry's body, The Soil Association. Use their Organic Healing Balm for chapped lips – it works. Otherwise, apply a thin layer on your cuticles and skin cuts, for its active ingredient Pawpaw & Calendula has healing properties. The balm is made in the UK, and is 100% natural.
– The Gentle Label is available here.
A Piece of Fashion History
The 49-year-old Belgian designer's second round sharing titles with artists – first being his Fall 2014 menswear Raf Simons / Sterling Ruby collection, now a Spring 2017 Raf Simons / Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation collection. In essence, Simons has designed quiet garments to frame the late American photographers' contentious artworks – portraits and still life.
Here, a reproduction of the torn and tattered 'American flag', produced in 1977 on gelatin silver print, measured 36.8cm x 36.8cm. It was reportedly shot on Fire Island, which sits peripheral to New York City and Long Island – a stage where gay lifestyle played out in the 1990s. Mapplethorpe's American flag appears to be a premonition of things to come – five years after this photograph, the momentous 'gay plague' looomed, forcing New York City to confrontation with gay culture and AIDS.
– Raf Simons/ Robert Mapplethorpe is available on ssense.com
A Beautifully Cut Blouse
Olivier Theyskens isn't stocked in Singapore right now, but it's a brand that you should keep an eye on. The fashion industry missed the 40-year-old Belgian designer's pure, romantic, and poetic looks since he shuttered his eponymous label in 2002. When Theyskens announced he was reviving his label last year, the industry roused to attention.
His genius lies in his soft touch – extensive, indulgent, incredibly romantic construction altogether expertly executed. Theyskens' hands lighten the heaviest of fabrics. This debut Spring 2017 white lace blouse calls to some of his signatures – extremely slim-cut two-piece sleeves, and beautiful curvatures – from shoulder to neck, a natural waistline, and rolling hemline. If you could imagine Frank Gehry's harsh play of lines, Theyskens could be the romantic version – his take on the female body, and manipulation of soft lines is almost architectural.
– Olivier Theyskens is available on bergdorfgoodman.com.
A Classic Ring
The signet ring stems from history – literally used as a wax seal for official documents across Western cultures, much like the Chinese emperor's jade seal. Where clans and families used to have a symbolic crest, these rings were passed down generations as heirlooms.
Here, a pared-back contemporary iteration by Norwegian jewellery brand, Tom Wood. Designer Mona Jensen reduced the ring into smaller dimensions, possibly lighter and easier on the eye, appropriate for everyday wear.
– Tom Wood is available on club21global.com.
A Practical Pair of Mules
A signature item from Brazilian-born model-turned-designer Mari Giudicelli's eponymous label, these Lebon mules comes in leather, satin and rattan. According to her website, they are made "in a family-run factory" in Brazil. The wooden block heels measure a comfortable two inches and are hand-carved. We could imagine wearing them with straight leg or wide-cut black trousers. Let the hems pool at your ankle, only have the square toe peeping out.
– Mari Giudicelli is available on totokaelo.com.
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