It was a ‘hidden affair’ for the launch of the D.D x Nicholas Mak collaboration. Why hidden? Well, the event was held at Mr Brooks, the popular speakeasy bar that requires you to first search for a purple car parked in a garage. There, you push the garage door (with the hanging tools) to get in! But because the event was happening that night, it wasn’t exactly hidden with people constantly walk in and out, and the purple car was spruced up with the event logo and three party dummies behind the wheel. Looks like fun already!
The collaboration was a 60’s Palm Springs-inspired line, featuring a 9-piece wardrobe containing looks fit for the dapper gentleman of those golden years. The cut of the collection carries retro silhouettes that accentuates the upper body in a boxy cut, and highlights slimmer fit for the legs; and is put together using a range of fabrics from cotton oxford to lux suiting.
Dude & the Duchess (d.d) has been reigning the local fashion scene with their runway-style pieces since 2008 by creating consistently clean and chic looks that appeal to both men and women. Nicholas Mak, who has been quite the local fashion icon, as well as the founder and CEO of The List Magazine (and my tattoo buddy), has managed to inject his dapper street-style into the collection whilst working closely with d.d Creative Director Jonathan Liang and Designer Debbie Chung.
The DD x NM collaboration showcases classic palettes of black and white, coloured with the Palm Springs palette of navy, bright blues and pastel pink, alongside floral prints- which are mostly used as accents in small areas like the collar, breast pockets and sleeve cuffs. The stand-out piece that has a full-on floral print is the bomber jacket, that could serve a look that was either preppy or street.
The event came into full swing as more and more people made their way in for a chat and beer, with a live band performing in the background. Ever the social butterfly, Nick was seen going around to clink glasses and have a quick chat with everyone in the room. We had just managed a few words and a photo together before he was whisked off again by other enthusiastic guests. From our chat, I learnt that the collection was created based on Nick’s personal daily aesthetics and fusing the clean lines and cuts that d.d creative director Jonathan Liang carries across all the clothing in d.d.’s collection.
Throngs of fashionistas flocked in to congratulate the team and to toast to more future collaborations and successes for both brand and personality. It was very lively, and got really crowded. I had a lot of fun chatting with some of the local designers, like Nelissa Hilman, who dropped by to say a quick hello. She collaborated with d.d previously too, but that was for shoes – which were super gorgeous!
It’s always Christmas all year round in the KinkyBlueFairy HQ! Joyce says so anyway. We have a medley of beauty products that are constantly sent in, so we decided to round up a few of her favourites.
[Joyce: I’m a major fan of skincare products that are organic and environment-friendly, since i started exploring a healthier path in 2013. Currently using Melvita and Algotherm daily!]
Erasing Wrinkles Like It’s Photoshop
You may be able to Photoshop your wrinkles or use Beauty Mode in photos, but there’s nothing you can do about it in real life. Organic brand Melvita has come up with its very own ‘Photoshop in a bottle’ with their Nectar Suprême range. For your face, The Cream blends both Royal Jelly and Kniphofia (a flower that produces revitalising nectar) to give you smoother, brighter and younger-looking skin with daily use.
As wrinkles also plague our eye and lip areas, Melvita created a separate cream that contains the same active ingredients, but is much lighter for these delicate areas. Other than reducing the appearance of wrinkles, it also reduces the puffiness and water retention in your face. Sounds like a winning product doesn’t it?
Both products retails at all Melvita stores nationwide:
RM330 for The Cream; and RM225 for The Eye & Lip Contour Cream.
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The Right SPF Solution That Protects Both You & Mother Nature
I’ve never given much thought to the sunblocks I use, as long as the SPF suits me and doesn’t irritate my skin. However, not many brands have gone down Algotherm’s path of creating a sunblock that not just protects skin, but is kind to the environment too. In this case, the sea. Our regular sunblocks contain harsh chemicals which washes off at the beach and carries on to harm sea creatures – without us even realising it!
AlgoSun contains natural oils and ingredients which have gone through biodegradability tests and even tested against corals, which were finally proven to cause no harm to any of the delicate sea life. Naturally, the product comes in a range of SPF 20, 30 and 50 to give full protection to your face, body and even hair! They also have an aftersun care range that is also free of harmful chemicals to soothe your beautifully tanned skin.
Algotherm’s products are available at selected spa & beauty salons, prices start at RM190.
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Moisturising Power For The Day
Soft and radiant skin is the final result Estelle & Thild promises, with daily usage of their Total Moisture Day Lotion. Hyaluronic Acid – a key ingredient used in almost every product that helps maintain skin’s youthfulness, is the star of the show. Not only will it help your skin absorb the moisturising goodness, it also creates a moisture barrier to lock everything up within your skin’s surface.
The organic side of this product features a blend of Pink Pomelo and Licorice Extract that works to gently brighten and renew skin for a hydrated and refreshed complexion.
Available in selected stores and Sephora outlets, starting from RM130.
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Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette
I believe this is one of the most addictive colour palettes from Urban Decay, and it is not hard to see why. With 20 colours to choose from, each one is bolder and brighter than the last. The Vice 4 surpasses all other Vice palettes simply because it has the best bright hues, the most useful neutrals, super cool smokeys, and a nice combo of shimmery and matte versions. Those, along with a kick-ass front palette design, a matching bag, and double-ended brush.
Every colour is fused with Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™ that gives you colour that stays, and shimmer that won’t fall. (Someone needs to give this a cry test too!) I love it because I can imagine the colours being used for anything and everything! Retails at RM240 in the Urban Decay store in KLCC.
[Joyce: Love love love this palette, i feel the hues CHANGE my entire outfit’s look]
When i saw T. Syahmi at an event last week, we spoke about his latest photoshoot project.
I told him how arresting i thought the pictures were, and how it is hands down my absolute favourite Malaysian photoshoot for 2015.
THE PHOTOS ARE SO GORGEOUS! Every image is perfection and tell a very mystifying story.
To help us better understand the concept, Tengku Syahmi has kindly given us an in-depth explanation behind his latest collection. Tsyahmi’s BETTA 2015 collection was inspired by the elegant motions of a fighting fish.*now we know why it’s named betta* It is built upon the idea of having two strong female personas that look almost similar to each other, but are actually polar opposites.
Styled and art directed by Colin Sim, models Tengku Chanela Jamidah and Lynn L. are portrayed as twins in his bespoke tailored power suits, with male model Kahoe to lend a masculine presence. For the girls, one was in white and the other in black, posing as oriental twins at their sleekest – similar to when two fighting fishes are in a dwell – beautiful and strong! According to Tengku Syahmi, he chose to work with both Tengku Chanela Jamidah and Lynn L. to represent the elegant and strong ‘Tsyahmi women’, as they are both pack leaders in their own respective fields and fits the brand’s image.
I am in awe of this local fashion house, whose pieces are created for powerful women. I thought the message came across very well in the photos.
During the process of creating the collection, who were the type of people you envision wearing these pieces?
Strong and independent women! I also aspire to aid any woman out there to be one, with the help of our BETTA pieces! We celebrate individuality!
Pleats and layers seem to play a big part in this collection. Are these details added based on your observation of current trends?
Yes and no. Most of the details came from the beautiful motions of a fighting fish, so it isn’t really based on any specific trends. In a dwell between two fighting fish, it is a beautiful sight to see how their fins flare out when they get agitated by one another, and it reminded me of pleats! My team and I always share our excitement over detailing, silhouettes, fabrics, design, etc. For me, my process always starts from conversations. At the back of my mind, these conversations with my team suddenly became an informal forecasting of what’s to come, as well as the potential of what the next collection should be.
The team put these pictures on a draft blogpost for me ages ago and i didn’t even have time to blog about it… till now!
At 2am on a Wednesday. Great, Joyce.
These pix i’m posting are all unfinished pix from weeks ago… :p
Above is the kitchen when the bar wasn’t built yet.
The kitchen my favourite room in the whole apartment.
Okay wait i can’t decide, i really love spending time at my dining table and bathroom too. And my bed.
I know what it is, admiration.
I have the most admiration for the kitchen because it makes my heart either squeal gleefully or sigh happily when i walk into it. I get to take in the sight of it in its entirety and the sensation sure makes my heart glad! Danny of Supereka designed it while i chose the appliances, colours, and tiles. There’s a particular ledge jutting out of the L-shaped bar, which i’ve discovered is my favourite spot to sit on and observe the room like a child.
The centre court of KLCC where the event was held, was abuzz with a huge crowd!
As I elbowed my way through the masses, I saw why. NARS had gathered all 20 talented members of the Kuala Lumpur Orchestra & Strings Ensemble to play for us that night. They sound soooo fabulous!
It was crowded even in the sectioned-off area for guests and media, and I saw a lot of familiar faces (and some famous ones too). The models who were onstage were showing off their dark and sleek looks, very much inspired by the celebrated photographer, Steven Klein. Although he wasn’t in our presence that night, his creative spirit surrounded us with blown up images of his Fantascene shots. These images were hand-selected by François Nars, together with Steven, from his archive of works done previously for well-known publications such as W magazine, Vogue and so on.
A few paces from the centre court stood their brand new store. I went to check it out (it was also packed with beauty junkies) and immediately got sidetracked by their gorgeous lip colours. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THEIR DARK LIP COLOURS! The NARS beauty consultant introduced this Audacious lipstick colour in Bette, a dark purple maroon colour, and I was sold! *thank you NARS for the RM150 voucher, hehe* I also spotted the shimmery versions of the Larger Than Life Eyeliner, and immediately took the copper coloured one. Amber Chia was right across me, checking out eye shadow palettes when she saw what I picked out.
Amber: Eh, good choice! Dark colours are very ‘in’ now!
Me: You should get one to match that dark shadow colour.
Amber: Yeah, I should right?
*and she proceeds to get two dark versions of lipstick*