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T Suggests: A Swanky Sushi Bar, an Investigation on the Colour Pink and a Documentary on American Fashion’s Godfather

By T: The New York Times Style Magazine Singapore

As Koma’s maxim (“the many faces of Japanese cuisine”) suggests, the restaurant-bar lavishly proffers sushi and sashimi, robata, and izakaya-style dining.
 
Koma Singapore
As Koma’s maxim (“the many faces of Japanese cuisine”) suggests, the restaurant-bar lavishly proffers sushi and sashimi, robata, and izakaya-style dining.

The Palatial Sushi Bar of a Mega Nightclub

Entering the 20-metre long passageway — a replica of the red gates of Kyoto’s iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha — leads you to the belly of Koma, one of the three Tao Group establishments that recently opened at The Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands. Earlier in April, Marquee, Tao’s nightclub that took over what used to be a MasterCard musical theatre, flung its doors open to an indoor Ferris wheel and crowd-pulling acts the likes of A$AP Rocky and Tiesto. Koma, situated just next to the glitzy entrance of Marquee, is where partygoers are meant to unfold the start of their revelrous night out. 

Waiting at the end of the corridor is a dim-lit speakeasy. A colossal cathedral-sized bell with the sculpted relief of melded faces is hung high above the half-moon bar. Below, a flank of bottles is readily enshrined. The list of drinks is exhaustive: There are over 20 pages worth of tipples. For the adventurous, its motley of sake — ranging from sparkling and still, to sochu and umechu — is the exquisite maze to delve into.

Behind the bar, the sprawling restaurant greets patrons with a bridge over a pond. Chef Kunihiro Moroi masterminds the restaurant’s salvo of Japanese fare. The Kyoto native, who grew up in his grandfather’s tempura jaunt, has had stints at Tsurukou, a famous two-Michelin starred ryotei in Kanazawa, and live puffer fish restaurant Narishu Company. And at Koma, chef Moroi bares it all. As the bar-restaurant’s maxim (“the many faces of Japanese cuisine”) suggests, his wide-ranging expertise is displayed in sushi and sashimi, robata, and izakaya-style dining.

It’s pompously lavish. Appetisers include liberal slivers of salmon sashimi bedded on puffy pillows of avocado-filled pastry shells, while its highlighted main course is wagyu beef, of which has been aged for 30 days in the snow. Although the food is hardly Koma’s drawing appeal. Rather, it’s the unmistakability of a promise for a grand evening to remember, polished to perfection. — Bianca Husodo

Koma Singapore, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-67.

An Independent Zine Making Sense of the Colour Pink

SindromsIn Pink Sindrom, the complexity of the colour pink is seen through the lens of five topics — youth, naivety, euphoria, intimacy, and artificiality — with carefully curated editorials, thought pieces and visual essays.
In Pink Sindrom, the complexity of the colour pink is seen through the lens of five topics — youth, naivety, euphoria, intimacy, and artificiality — with carefully curated editorials, thought pieces and visual essays.

Print publications, in the form of independent zines and art books, are making a comeback. In an increasingly digital era, the print-supporting community regards them as a palpable medium, of which they can ink in-depth artistic ideas on. Sindroms, a magazine based in Copenhagen, is one of the cohorts of print hopefuls. Centring its publication on the topic of colours, Sindroms acts as a platform that delivers monochromatic states of mind, exploring familiar aspects and notions that people associate with individual colours. 

Ever since launching in 2017, Sindroms have dissected the angry spectrum of red, the optimism of yellow, and the minimalist connotations of white in previous issues. This September, its fourth edition delves into the softer, romantic hues of pink. Titled Pink Sindrom, the complexities of pink are seen through the rose-coloured lens of five topics — youth, naivety, euphoria, intimacy, and artificiality — with carefully curated editorials, thought pieces and visual essays.

Within pink’s delicate layers, the magazine considers questions such as the deterioration of our senses in the midst of superficial connections, the constant need to be chasing thrills, why life seems to be designed for the youth, and the fear of intimacy. These are pondered through conversations with creative practitioners such as the interior designer of The Gallery at Sketch in London, India Mahdavi, as well as experiments with artist-designer Garance Vallée, and works from an array of creatives, from set designers to 3D artists. 

Introducing a zoomed-in perspective into familiar territories, take Sindroms as an invitation to observe the quotidian; a necessary prompting to slow the pace of how we view things. — Chen Yi An

Pink Sindrom will be available at Basheer Graphic Books and Kinokuniya bookstores

A Documentary on the Godfather of American Fashion

Ralph LaurenRalph Lauren, the man behind the eponymous multi-billion-dollar fashion powerhouse, who defined the dress code of American optimism.
Ralph Lauren, the man behind the eponymous multi-billion-dollar fashion powerhouse, who defined the dress code of American optimism.

A detailed glimpse into the life of legendary fashion designer Ralph Lauren is set to air later this year in November. Aptly titled “Very Ralph”, the HBO documentary will cover everything from Lauren’s formative childhood years in Bronx, his half-a-century long marriage with American author, artist and photographer Ricky Anne Loew-Beer and his impressive career arc across the past five decades as he revolutionised American style with his eponymous fashion label.

Lauren, now 79 years old, is revered for his pioneering vision. Since the establishment of his label in 1967, the designer has been a trailblazer. He was the first to establish a lifestyle brand which he later expanded to include home furnishings, and he was amongst the first to advocate for diversity on the runway. 

Directed and produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Lacy, the feature-length film extends beyond intimate interviews with the visionary himself to include family members, colleagues and other voices of authority, such as Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and Martha Stewart. — Sng Ler Jun

“Very Ralph” will premiere on HBO on 12 November.