Ushering in Chinese New Year with the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar

* Written by Adrian.C *

Jaeger-LeCoultre hosted a press preview for their latest addition to the brand, the Master Calendar. As Joyce was busy attending a handful of events, Baby and I were the representatives for the #KinkyBlueFairyTeam to attend the posh affair. When we arrived at the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique, we were greeted by three lovely ladies at the reception desk. As we entered the premise, we were enthralled with the setting and mood, everything looked so classy and exclusive! We were being very mindful with our manners and Baby wished she wore a cocktail dress instead  :lol:

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Baby and I representing the KinkyBlueFairy team!

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An array of hors-d’oeuvre, wine, champagne and fruit juices catered by Shook! were proffered when we entered. So yummy!

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This is the halal Char Siew Sou made from chicken marinated in sweet sauce. How could we resist?!

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The Rendez-Vous Moon

While following the aesthetic that is so characteristic of the Rendez-Vous line, the Rendez-Vous Moon watch opens up a new chapter in the catalogue of watch complications for ladies. Equipped with a wide moon phase indication, its great legibility and femininity is expressed by a mother-of-pearl moon display. A mysterious hand in the form of a star subtly indicates the chosen time for your next rendez-vous, perhaps? ;)

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These two timepieces were the stars of the night – the all new Master Calendar.
On the left is from the Pink Gold collection, and the right from the Steel collection.

The new Master Calendar of Jaeger-LeCoultre is distinguished by the virtues and indeed the very face of astronomy. Endowed with all the attributes that have forged the success of this line, it is also imbued with a seductive appeal exercising its own laws of gravity, thanks to the choice of meteorite stone to compose its dial (taken from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter)!

The characteristics of the Master Calendar will blow each and everyone one of you off your seats.

Mechanical automatic winding movement, 43 hours power-reserve, 305 parts, and 32 jewels are encapsulated in a timepiece measuring 26mm in diameter.

The Master Calendar functions by the hour, minute, second, day, date, month and even moon phase. The case of this impressive watch is made of steel or 18-carat pink gold with a diameter of 39mm and 10.6mm thick; with polished finish, cambered with sapphire crystals, and water-resistant at 5 bar making it suitable for everyday use and even swimming. Straps are made out of alligator leather with either steel folding clasp or 18-carat pink gold pin buckle.

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UNIQLO Paris SS15 Press Preview: Interview with Ines de la Fressange & Naoki Takizawa

Inès de la Fressange is a name you must store in the fashion drawer(s) of your head.

A muse to Karl Lagerfeld and other top designers around the world; Inès was the first ever model signed exclusively to Chanel in the 80s and more recently walked for the fashion house again in 2011. She’s also been the ambassador for Roger Vivier, and served as the model of Marianne – the symbol of France. That’s just crazy. Imagine the image of yourself being used to represent your country!

The French model/fashion designer/perfumer was born an aristocrat in 1957 to a French stockbroker and Argentine model. I found her age terribly surprising as her exquisite features belie its figure (as you will see in the pictures below).

Inès has been featured by the likes of VogueNY MagTelegraph, and ELLE. One of her quotes that cracked me up can be found in an article on The Guardian, regarding her essential wardrobe items to being chic.

She declared the navy sweater being a definitive item, ”This is universal – for men, women and children. Every one has a black one and thinks they look like Juliette Gréco but they look like a rat. Navy will always be beautiful – whether you buy it at Uniqlo or Céline.”

I will never be able to look at a person wearing a black sweater without dispelling images of a rat in my head ever again. (I’m glad to say that i DO own a navy sweater, and from Uniqlo too, so yay me!)

Due to Inès’ authority as a fashion legend and being the quintessence of French chic, UNIQLO has collaborated with her for a third collection for Spring Summer 2015.

I had the immense pleasure of being flown to Paris by Uniqlo for their SS15 press preview to speak to Inès, and Naoki Takizawa – UNIQLO Design Director whom Inès worked closely with for the collection.

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The press preview was held at Atelier Richelieu and spanned two floors. A large airy room on the ground floor was decorated specifically to show off the SS15 Inès de la Fressange x UNIQLO collection; complete with plentiful of interior props for a Southern French ambience and style inspirations on the walls.

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New items in this collection include sports jackets and sweat shirts in vintage styles, each added with subtle yet distinctive feminine accents that is emblematic of Inès. Her signature use of indigo is broadened with the inclusion of caramels and delicate grays.

I love how many cotton and linen pieces there are, making me think of how i’m going to be needing them on my holidays in Asia or summer trips in Europe. Also watch out for a concurrent theme of playful and feminine touches as can be seen in neckline openings, fit and slim silhouettes.

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Parts of my Interview with Naoki Takizawa & Ines de la Fressange

Naoki: We’re all naturally inspired by something. By each other.

Inès: Naoki shows me vintage things that he has, I show him vintage things that I found at a flea market. And then we discuss about fabrics. We don’t have the work feeling that much but don’t tell Mr. Yanai. It’s like seeing a friend and showing them what you’ve found at the flea market and saying ‘let’s do a jacket that is similar’. We have great fun. Fashion is done by crazy people who are finally the most reasonable because we are the ones doing the business in the end. But there’s no planning, he’s much more French than I am, I’m the Japanese one, the serious one. That’s how fashion should be done, with desire and happiness and enthusiasm. It’s not something for intellectual people.

Naoki: I think for a brand like Uniqlo, we don’t follow the trends. We try to think about what the customer needs.

Inès: A lot of down-to-earth things. I don’t find a real raincoat that I want. So I say ‘let’s do it’. We don’t even have a list of things to do. Usually when you design a collection you need two shapes of pants, two shapes of shirts, one coat. It’s done like this nowadays in all the studios. But we never thought of those, we had such freedom, I must say.

Naoki: Also the model and how to show the clothes. With high profile designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Jean-Paul Gaultier, we see what are the good clothes for women. This is a good thing for us, we don’t need to talk a lot, I don’t need to explain to her about the fabric – ‘this is wool, this is the front, this is the back.’

Inès: We work a lot like in the 80’s. It was all about ‘let’s do the things we want’. Now in the studios it’s no longer like that. The fact that there are a thousand shops in the world means that (there is) a lot of fabric and we cannot afford to have good quality fabric because of that. I didn’t expect that (for this collection), having such good quality. I noticed that the pieces that we prefer in the first collection (became the greatest hits in the shops) and this gives us a certain power now. We’ve been showing what we like and what we believe in, and it was disappearing very quickly in the shops.

Which are personally your favourite pieces?

Inès: I think the jacket and jeans is perfection because it is well cut. And that first jacket there, it is very light and with no lining. I could fold it quite small and put it in my case. Wrinkle is beautiful and it will fit with the shirt, T-shirts, it would be easy. This has a classic cut, the colour is great the detail is there.

This is a very strong collection. I can imagine the lifestyle for it. 

Naoki: This collection is much bigger than the last collection.

Inès: And it is also exclusive fabric. Design exclusive. Like this print, it is just for us. We had more time to work and I hope they (Uniqlo) will order more clothes in the shops. I have my friends complaining that they can’t find something in their size. Just today I received a text saying ‘I can’t find the pants in my size.’

Better be quicker next time!

Inès: Haha yeah maybe!

Naoki: What is the temperature during winter time in Malaysia?

We don’t have winter, so it’s 30 degrees all year round.

Naoki: Oh, so quite constant?

Yes quite constant tropical weather. 

Inès: Oh that’s good. Because in France when you go outside you can’t go in a swimming suit into the city. But you don’t want to carry something heavy. And these for instance, they are not shirts and jackets but they are light like shirts. When it’s very heavy, humid and warm you have to dress up a little bit but you don’t want anything. I have the same problem, because sometimes during summer in France it is very very warm but I have to dress very chic so I can’t go just in a T-shirt. I would love to but I have to be a bit dressy because some personality or journalist is arriving. Linen is a dream when it’s very warm, even wrinkle is very beautiful. Cotton is perfection too.

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I had such a great chat with the both of them. It was comfortable as they were jesting and laughing, yet would sit upright when excitedly defending a point. What struck me most was their undeniable passion and devotion to fashion and style, yet not losing their zest for happiness and a fulfilling life.

And i think, no, i don’t think, i KNOW why i feel more connected to the brand after that day. I could see and feel so apparently that their core value is happiness, and it’s so strongly my own too, which is why i’ve felt more of an affinity thereafter.

During another part of our conversation, Inès went off into a passionate spiel. Read it, you can just feel her words spilling out of her soul:

“I prefer not to be that selfish and talk about myself, my image. But I really trust that if I sincerely like something, the others are going to like it. I always notice that things left during sales, left in the shops are the less good things. I trust the customer, even more than the professional people.

The customers are the best, they recognise the best immediately. I don’t think I’m such an example but I trust my desires. And if I think I’m gonna wear it, for the others it will be the same.

I do lots of interviews explaining the Parisian style, on how to mix up things. Most of my life I explain what is the Parisian style. But at the end I know that in a shop, it’s not style that you sell, it’s items.

If there’s a really nice white jacket, people are not going to buy the whole collection they are just going to buy a few items. The whole atmosphere has to be in that one item. They have to be happy even buying just one item.

Each of the things in the collection, we like it. If we didn’t like something it’s out of the collection. Everyone has been asking us which one we prefer, but we like everything. There are many people in Malaysia who have bought our clothes who haven’t even heard of me, they’ve never seen a picture of me and sometimes they don’t even understand that the girl in the picture in the shop is the designer. They just think it’s an old mother. And I don’t care about this, I had all the luck in my life, been famous, been modelling, working with all the best photographers. So my ego is fine.

I’m now much happier if people tell me that they bought a jacket that I did than if they told me they saw my picture in a magazine. It’s like when you have children, people tell you ‘Oh they’re so polite they’re so sweet.’ You’re happy from that much more than if people told you ‘Your skin looks great.’

I’m happy with the success whether they do or don’t put my name in it, it’s not important to me. The rest of the collection of Uniqlo are things that could have been done by me, could have been inspired, and I’m quite proud of it. I know some people are going to wear these clothes in a way that I didn’t expect and mix them up with other clothes that I didn’t do and that’s the game of it.

Finally to answer you shortly, I don’t care if there’s some of me in it or not. I just want people to be happy and I want them not to make a mistake. When they buy something it’s something that they will actually wear and be happy that they bought it. I want them think “Uh oh I only took the white one. I should have also taken the navy blue.” It’s possible at Uniqlo to buy two.”

To view the Ines x Uniqlo collection, visit: www.uniqlo.com/my/ines/

Good luck. I already want half the collection after touching and feeling them all in person.

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Loving The Lunch Club Asia!

I’ve had my fair share of The Lunch Club Asia meals in the office and at events, and wanted to share this bit of news with you all cos it’s founded by Rengee and i love her so, teehee, favouritism la. (I think the woman is insane and i have no idea how she runs so many business projects simultaneously…)

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day and the Lunar New Year, desktop gourmet crafters The Lunch Club Asia are gifting busy urbanites with refreshing candle-lit lunches. All subscription sign ups to The Lunch Club Asia in the month of February will receive a complimentary scented candle by Tish worth RM29.90 each.

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“With a special focus on serving time-constrained city dwellers, The Lunch Club Asia is a refreshing alternative to traditionally fat- and preservative-laden fast food meals. Driven by the belief that “good food is only good for you if it tastes amazing and leaves you energized long after your last bite”, each weekly recipe from The Lunch Club Asia is carefully crafted in-house, with attention not only on balanced proportions, but also on delivering exciting medleys of colour, taste and texture.

Serving ONE fresh weekly recipe, subscribers to The Lunch Club Asia are alleviated of the question of “what shall I have for lunch today?” and avoid having to resort to fast food. All meals are conveniently packed for busy people on-the-go and designed to be consumed chilled or at ambient temperature.” – Rengee

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Kiehl’s Asia Symposium @ Seoul

* written by SweetEe *

I was flown to Seoul by Kiehl’s last year as a representative of KinkyBlueFairy for a 2-day symposium in conjunction with Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solution 10th year anniversary celebration.

It was my first time visiting the city, and I was excited for weeks prior to the trip because Seoul is the title holder of World Design Capital in 2010. Along with all the stories I’ve heard from Joyce along with some tour books I got, I couldn’t wait to see what the city had to offer.

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The view from my room overlooking N Seoul tower. We were checked into Hotel Grand Ambassador, which was conveniently located near popular areas such as MyeongDong and HongDae.

Waking up to this view daily brightened up my mood despite the cold weather, which I wasn’t a big fan of.

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I didn’t pack much skin care as winter wear took up most of my luggage space. I figured that since the country is widely famous for its skin care products (and regime: 7-steps, guys!) I could just fulfil all my skin care needs over there.

But surprise, surprise! When I entered my hotel room, I found TWO bags of Kiehl’s travel-sized skin and body care products! I was excited and a little bit relieved because I didn’t need to spend my Korean Won on skin care products anymore!

Let me list down the products that I received:

Basic Skin Care: Ultra Facial Cleanser, Ultra Facial Toner, Ultra Facial Cream (for normal and dry skin) and Ultra Tight Daily UV Defense SPF 50++ UVA.

Serums: Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, Midnight Recovery Concentrate (this is one of their star products),  and Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream.

Hair Care: Amino Acid Shampoo and Amino Acid Conditioner.

Body Care: Bath & Shower Liquid Body Cleanser “Grapefruit”, Vetiver & Black Tea Body Lotion & Body Cleanser.

Extra: Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and Creme de Corps.

See what I mean? ALL of my skin care needs were taken care of! I feel so spoilt. THANKS, KIEHL’S!

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A selfie is mandatory when you’re in a hotel room with great natural morning light. This was after 3 days of using the samples provided by Kiehl’s, the result was far better than what I expected (which explained why I’m such a BIG FAN to the brand now).

I was deeply worried that my dry skin might take a turn for the worse due to the cold and dry weather there, but I was wrong. My skin’s condition actually got so much better and my face felt more moisturised than it was in Malaysia.

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Ten minutes at Tiffany’s

I brought an old necklace into the store today to get it cleaned.

As the store assistant took it in her hand to inspect it, i couldn’t help apologizing, “Sorry, it’s so dirty..!”
She seemed so poised despite its miserable condition, and i couldn’t help blurting out, “i haven’t worn it for years, an ex boyfriend gave it to me and i didn’t want to wear it, but now that i’m over him, i can.” She giggled a bit and i felt a bit better.

As i waited for my receipt to be ready, i took a look around the store for fun. Checked out the typical heart bracelets you see everywhere, some cool wrist cuffs, diamond earrings, and came across… the wedding rings. The moment i saw couple rings, i just swooped over them. Hmm, no. Not gonna need knowing about those anytime soon. Don’t waste time in store, just move on. Saw a series of rings with little diamonds lining the whole band. They were so pretty.

I stopped, and just stared at every single one of them. Noted down the different sizes of diamonds, their accompanying prices, and which one i was most likely to buy myself if i were to buy myself one. I wasn’t actually going or wanting to buy one at that moment. You know that game you play with yourself? When you see an array of things you really like in a store, and play pretend which one you’d get if you could? (Once i walked around an entire department store noting down all the things i wanted for fun and didn’t buy a single thing.)

As i was doing my thing, my thoughts started dancing through my head.

Wait, why would i buy myself a diamond ring?
Those diamonds are so pretty
Diamond ring… me buying myself a diamond ring…
Well, why not?
Yeah, why not.
No one’s gonna buy me a diamond ring any time soon, so i might as well aim to buy myself one!
I might as well just marry myself! Hahaha!

I laughed inwardly at my thoughts, and hurried back to the counter to collect my receipt.

Walking out of the store felt liberating. Who knew a solo trip to Tiffany’s could be such an adventure!

I told KrazyKatKyan how i’d recently dug out all the jewelry past boyfriends gave me, and started wearing all of them. I used to store them in the drawer because i was either too emotionally distraught by it, or other boyfriends didn’t like me wearing it. (Can i just say now to all girls, when you have a boyfriend, there really is no need to tell them where that jewellery before him came from.)

Now i took them all out. I feel emotionally free to wear them now and it feels great.

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Best purple hair makeover evaaa @ Centro W Salon

I recently got my hair did at Centro W Salon @ Gardens.

Knowing i was going to be there for a good half day, i brought my laptop along to work (even tho i would very much rather be watching the personal TV they provide, or catching up with the fash mags). I was provided green tea, orange juice, coffee and plentiful of food. I even had to stop them from feeding me at cos i had enough to eat and felt bad for such luxurious treatment. Maybe i should just get used to it…

Celine Yap is my new Artistic Director and she’s got my hairstyles planned for the next few months…. i’m LOVING what she’s created for me the first time round and can’t wait to see the awesomeness that is to come.

I didn’t even know what colour it was going to be till i looked up from my laptop and saw BRIGHT purple.

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[No photoshop done, except raising contrast slightly. Eyeshadows from Urban Decay Vice palette; and waterproof metallic eyeliner & eyebrow pencil from Shu Uemura. The trick to great eyeshadow application is in the brushes. For me anyway.]

Three varying shades of pink and purple to be precise :D

I lahv it!!!! <3

I am getting closer to achieving my goal in being a my little pony. Forever.

Celine managed to dye it in such a way that i can show more pink or more purple depending on where i part my hair.
Amazing. I’ve never got so many compliments on my hair in a constant stream before. Everyone’s saying how much it suits me and the line i’ve heard the most is: “I love your hair!”
To which i’d respond, “Me too!!”  :lol:

I daresay… this might well be one of the best hair colour works i’ve had done on me, to the point i don’t want to change it anytime soon!

It’s misleading how much time people think i spend on my hair daily – cos i only JUST started owning a comb (since my hair is at its longest in 8 years right now) and i like my hair being low maintenance in the sense that i literally take 5 seconds to run serum through it before i’m out the door. (i still don’t use the comb all the time… only after washing my hair :p)

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This is how my hair looks like in its natural state.
Kinda Twiggy-turns-rockpop.

Centro’s new salon is one that i’ve been itching to try since it reopened in the past year. Every time i describe it to friends, the word “lush” comes out of my mouth. I just can’t help it. That place is just lush to the max.

There’s a huge metal ‘W’ at its entrance so you can’t possibly miss it, and it leads you onto a unique golden carpet into a luxurious corridor filled with glimmering metal partitions and dim lights.

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The first time i walked in there last year, i felt like the only thing missing was a glass of champagne in my hand. It felt like a private lounge i wanted to hang around some more at!

One of my favourite design features at Centro W are the gold metal helium balloon structures above the front desk. I asked Jessica where she got them from, and she said they’re custom-made… Figures. -_-

Judging from how it looks and the service i get there… this may well be the best hair salon in KL right now.

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The salon is spread across a sprawling 2,600 sqf which covers a 14-seater salon with mirrored ceilings, a separate salon for Creative Director Kevin Woo, two VIP rooms, quick cut area, powder room, manicure+pedicure room and cloakroom.

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Above is picture of the dedicated area for customers of Creative Director Kevin Woo. Notice the golden rods suspended from the ceiling, and don’t forget to bask extra in the glow of the Flos floor lamps when you’re there.

I think this must be the idyllic room for hair stylists to achieve calling their own. It’s what happens to you when you’re the winner of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Award (2006) and have other accolades like Best Hair Makeover 2013 (Malaysian Women’s Weekly) and Best Hair Stylist (Judge’s Pick, Harper’s Bazaar Hair Award 2014) under your belt.

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One of the two VIP rooms; with light-infused French door moldings, black tinted mirrors, and Takara Belmont’s signature Yume chair equipped with swivel massages and a full 180 degree recline.

NOW will you say LUSH with me?

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