Name: Liyann


Bio: A Singaporean investor, commercial model, beauty queen and philanthropist. Liyann began her commercial modelling career at 16 and later represented Singapore in international beauty pageants in Asia Pacific and in the United States. She has since won several international beauty pageant titles. Liyann is also responsible for founding the International Children Foundation that advocates equal educational opportunities for underprivileged kids.

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    Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017

    June 5th, 2017

    #throwback – 7 highlights from the Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017

    Fashion has no precepts or rules. Contrary to mathematics or grammar, fashion is a field without conventions. After a decade of the Singapore Tatler Fashion Hall of Fame, the game changes have switched their gears. The brainchilds behind the legendary annual style extravaganza has re-engineered and re-designed Singapore Tatler Fashion Hall of Fame into the inaugural Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards. Covered Asia’s editors highlight the best of Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017.

    #1. Fashion is never just skin deep

    “After all, fashion is never just skin deep – it is a reflection of the choices we’ve made, the experiences that have shaped us, and hard-earned perspectives on how to live your best life.”– Jane Ngiam, Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Tatler.

    #2. The Most Classic Dresser 2017 – Grace Yeh

    Contesting against myths and traditional notions, Grace Yeh floored the audience with her recipient speech while receiving The Most Classic Dresses Fashion Award 2017: “Women are like fine wine, we get better with age.”.

    Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017 – The Most Classic Dresser : Grace Yeh

    Whilst the beauty and fashion industry ride on women’s perpetually notion to aesthetically enhance their appearances, Grace Yeh accurately highlighted that it is more important to be beautiful on the inside. It is not the apparel that makes the man; inner beauty will always reign over outwardly appearances.

    “My parents taught us that it is not what you wear that matters, but how you present yourself to the world. Every woman benefits from beauty and youth, but what’s important is having confidence and pride in yourself, and allowing your inner beauty to be reflected in your appearance. “ – Grace Yeh

    #3. Fashion Disrupter – Margie Van Elten

    Fashion Disrupter, Margie Van Elten, defies all of vogue rules by embracing the process of change and allowing nature to reign. The beauty industry and scientists are ceaselessly cracking the code on ways to reverse the ageing process. Yet, Margie Van Elten ventures against the norm. True beauty and the heart of fashion lies therein understanding that time will change our appearances and it takes a bold spirit to embrace change graciously.

    Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017 – Fashion Disrupter : Margie Van Elten

    “About four years ago, I decided that spending three hours in the salon to get my hair coloured was a big waste of time. So I got a pixie cut to cut all the dye out, and I haven’t looked back since. Going grey has changed my fashion too. I used to dress more conservatively, but when I changed my hair, I realised that conservative plus grey hair equals old. So I started gravitating towards edgier pieces.”

    #4. The Symbol of Power Dressing – Comfort

    “Comfort – if you’re not comfortable and functional, that can take away your confidence. Whether you wear a suit or Speedos, that’s not going to change your intellectual capacity. Look at Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the founders of Instagram and Snapchat, or Alibaba’s Jack Ma. They’re in jeans, hoodies and T-shirts. My family business deals with retail, so corporate attire for us usually means jeans and T-shirt.” – Sanveer Gill  

    Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards – Most Stylish Man 2017 : Sanveer Gill

    Comfort is the new black. The true form of the symbol of power dressing – comfort. Decking up in a tailored haute couture suit does not equate to a man of fine character, high intellectual capacity or  a dapper gentleman with a great sense of style; fashion is more than just the clothes that make the man. It is a hard-earned perspectives on the way we live our lives based on our life experiences and the choices that we make.

    #5. The Set –Fashion Olympics

    Welcome to the arrivals arena, some of Tatler’s guests flex sartorial muscle in a Fashion Olympics, against a backdrop of glitz and glamour.

    Left to right: Nicklaus Klein, Woon Yong Xin, Serene Tan, Liyann Seet, Johannes Christian See, Benjamin Khoh.
    Singapore Tatler Awards 2017 – Most Stylish Woman 2017: Stephanie Lee
    Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards – Fashion Newcomer 2017: Dawn Koh

    #6. Jim Roger turns into a South Korean Rapper 

    Jim Roger decked in South Korean rapper gears

    Decked in a South Korean rapper gears, Jim Roger walked the fashion runway with a glass of whisky, started throwing money on the fashion runway, dipped his gold chain into a glass of whisky, licked it and kissed the hand of the emcee before making a grand exit. #whataballer

    #7. The Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards concluded the night with fashion moguls exploding onto the runway

    (In clockwise direction from the top left) Andre Huber, Bobby Hiranandani, Oscar Mico, Jim Rogers, Billy Lee, Adrian Ng. Eyewear by Safilo.

    Theinaugural Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards concluded the night with fashion moguls exploding onto the runway in Adidas “rapper” gears. Flashed on the theatre screen was a remixed version of the  music video of the “Good Boy” by South Korean artists GD X TAEYANG; the fashion moguls have become the stars of the South Korean music video.


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    The MIKIMOTO Pearl Necklace Book Launch at JW Marriot Hotel, Singapore

    March 28th, 2017

    “The Pearl Necklace” by MIKIMOTO – a tribute to the legend of the Pearl Necklace.

    It is without a doubt that The Pearl Necklace is an emblem of tradition, quintessential heirloom and a symbol of feminine purity. Earlier this March, Mikimoto presented the world’s most authoritative periodical, at the MIKIMOTO Pearl Necklace Book Launch event in Singapore. MIKIMOTO’s “The Pearl Necklace” book is co-authored by jewellery historian, Vivienne Becker and award-winning journalist, Assouline. The book lends insight into the legacy of the MIKIMOTO pearl necklace. This authoritative volume transports readers on a mesmerizing, and insightful journey through the history of the pearl necklace.

    MIKIMOTO Black South Sea Pearl Necklace with Diamonds (SGD $1.3million)

    Adorned by Royalty

    Renaissance Queens, Maharajahs, and Hollywood starlets have infused the pearl necklace into their wardrobes. A rich exploration of the lustrous gem since antiquity, Vivienne writes about the evolution of the pearl to become the object of desire, fascination and fantasy. Encrusted with myth and legend, and radiant with intrigue and romance, the pearl necklace is a universal icon that has threaded its way through the history of jewellery and fashion.

    MIKIMOTO Akoya Pearl Necklace with diamonds

    The Legend of the Cultured Pearl

    MIKIMOTO was founded by Kokichi Mikimoto in 1893; the year he pioneered the technique for pearl cultivation. In today’s prime modern society, the pearls on sale are mainly cultured pearls, with MIKIMOTO remaining the world leader in cultured pearls.

    MIKIMOTO Akoya and South Sea White Pearl Necklace with diamonds (SGD$2.21 million)

    Unveiling “The Pearl Necklace” Book in Singapore

    Earlier this March , MIKIMOTO presented a launch of The Pearl Necklace at the JW Marriot South Beach Hotel in Singapore. On display was the spectacular Marilyn Monroe Pearl Necklace – a classic 16-inch cultured Akoya pearl necklace (Click here for more about the Mikimoto Akoya Pearl) worn by undoubtedly one of the world’s most renown on-and-off-screen icons, Marilyn Monroe herself. The MIKIMOTO Pearl Stream – a glorious body jewellery piece set in 18k white gold, with Akoya pearls and diamonds was also exhibited at the presentation.

    In Pic (centered from left) : Mr. Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Min Lee, Mr. Russel Wong, Tijin Lee and Mr. Tomotsugu Ito

    A Glamourous Gathering

    The event was attended by Mr. Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Director & Senior Vice President of Sales Division & Marketing Group, Mikimoto and Mr. Tomotsugu Ito, Managing Director of MIKIMOTO Singapore.

    In Pic : Kelly Randall Sia
    In Pic (from left) : Dr. Jade Kua, Elyn Wong and Wong Ting Ting
    In Pic (from left) : Michelle, Kelly Keak and Frances Low

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    L’OFFICIEL Singapore 10th Anniversary Celebrations at Zouk

    March 21st, 2017

    About that L’OFFICIEL Singapore Rated-X Party at Zouk last week.

    Constantly on the frontier of fashion and opulence, L’Officiel Singapore’s 10th anniversary party was one of the hottest of the year. From Swarovski crystal-emblazoned black carpet to Lamborghinis and sizzling pole-dancing performances, the ‘Rated-X’ theme definitely punctuated the event, held at Singapore’s new Zouk Club.

    L’OFFICIEL Singapore’s 10th Anniversary

    Swarovski Crystal-Emblazoned Black Carpet

    Red-carpets are way over-rated. Instead, L’Officiel Singapore’s X-Rated party sported a dazzling Swarovski crystal-emblazoned black carpet with a shimmering colossal “X” statue at its arrival grounds. Their anniversary issue this March, also marks the debut of the all new “L’Off Squad” comprising of Sonya Davison, Tabitha Nauser, Tan Min-Li, Calista Cuaca, Natalia Ng, Karisa Sukamto and Rozz Lee.

    The “L’Off Squad” Debutants

    The Lamborghini Bulls Ride In.

    A convoy of Lamborghinis ferried the L’Off Squad to the event and a myriad of stations were lineup for the guests: Alessia Landi’s live illustrations, beauty makeover counter by Clinique, DIY scent bar by Oo La Lab, fresh juices from Joe & The Juice, ice-cold beers from Heineken.

    Lamborghinis ferried the L’Off Squad to the grounds of the  L’Officiel 10th Anniversary celebrations

    Capture Your Scent in a Bottle at the Oo La Lab Counter 

    Appeasing the senses – The Ooh La La fragrance counter was a pleasing hit

    Individualism on a full display. There is nothing more intriguing than crafting your very own personalised scent in a bottle. Breaking beauty rules, Oo La Mixologist worked with guests to design their very own bespoke hand-crafted fragrances. At Oo La Lab in Singapore, you may formulate your personalised glass bottle with your name or customised message printed on the label. Capture your scent in a bottle.

    Plump up for a night of seduction at the beauty makeover counter by Clinique  

    lofficiel-10th-anniversary-2To gear up for a night for ‘X-Rated’ seduction, L’Officiel’s guests were extended invitations to the beauty counter by Clinique to plumper up their luscious lips. Seductive red hot lips spells for a sizzling night ahead.

    Alessia Landi’s Illustrations


    A portrait on paper. One of the best gifts in the world is not in the material object that one can buy, but in the memories that we make with the people with love. The best part is to have memories and expressions captured on paper. Alessia Landi’s live illustrations of the guest captures memories, emotions, details and beauty of the human. L’Officiel‘s guests were treated to Alessia Landi’s live illustrations of themselves with runway looks from Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

    Tabitha Nauser


    Tabitha Nauser slayed the crowd with her live performance of her single ‘Bulletproof’ and Natalia entertained the guests with her songs.

    The Brass Barre


    The Brass Barre displayed a myriad of provocative Rated X moves on the pole; the pole-dancing performance literally blew the crowd away.


    For the full story and more pictures from this epic fashion event of the year, check out

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    Dressing Stars: Our Top 10 Red Carpet Worthy Dresses

    March 15th, 2017

    Our Pick of the Top 10 Red Carpet Worthy Dresses seen at the 2017 Oscars.

    From Valentino crimson gown to Gucci chartreuse gown, Covered Asia presents the best red carpet dresses to hit Hollywood’s most glamorous night – the 89th Academy Award, otherwise known as the Oscars 2017.  The Academy Awards is undoubtedly one of the most illustrious and high-shine elegance events in Hollywood’s history; the industry’s finest congregates at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles to deliver fiery arrivals on the red carpet. Here’s our Top 10 Red Carpet Worthy Dresses as seen on the red carpet of the 89th Academy Awards.

    #1. Emma Stone


    Emma Stone stole the limelight in a chartreuse Givenchy Haute Couture and               Tiffany gown.

    #2. Hailee Steinfeld


    Queen of Pop (Hailee Seinfeld) floored the red carpet with a whimsical gown                   from Ralph & Russo.

    #3. Dakota Johnson


    Fifty Shades of Grey’s lead actress hits Hollywood’s most glamorous night in a Gucci chartreuse gown.

    #4. Jessica Biel


    Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco and Tiffany & Co.

    #5. Ruth Negga


    Ruth Nega delivers a fiery arrival in a Valentino crimson gown.

    #6. Chrissy Teigen


    Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair MuradCouture.

    #7. Taraji P. Henson


    Taraji P. Henson in custom Alberta Ferretti.

    #8. Auli’i Cravalho


    Auli’i Cravalho in Rubin Singer.

    #9. Teresa Palmer


    Teresa Palmer in Prada.

    #10. Karlie Kloss


    Lastly, Karlie Kloss hits the Dolby Theatre’s red carpet in a high-shine elegance          wearing Stella McCartney gown.

    Images: courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Vogue Australia  

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    7 Date Night Ideas this Valentine’s Day

    February 9th, 2017

    Our 7 Date Night Picks this Valentine’s Day.

    We are just 4 sleeps away from February 14th. Choosing that special place to impress can stress even the most street-smart individual, and we know just how important that perfect somewhere needs to be. Just in case you still haven’t yet quite decided where to on that special night, here is our 7 Valentine’s Day date night ideas that might just be the right kind of place you were looking for.

    #1. Soak up the sun and teeter on the edge of the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands

    Enchant the love of your life with the city’s glittering skyline staggering at 57 level; teeter on the edge of the world with your Valentine and swim on the top of the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands.

    Infinity Pool – Marina Bay Sands (Photo credit: Marina Bay Sands)

    Your valentine’s day date will be mesmerised by the beauty of a sunset amidst the cloud; float on top of the world and sip on champagnes together.

    Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool,10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956, ,p.(+65) 6688 8888

    #2. Cruise around the beautiful coastline of Singapore

    Dazzle your valentine’s day date with a boating trip cruising around the beautiful coastline of Singapore. Nothing beats the liberating sensation on the ocean; imagine you and your soulmate surrounded by tranquil waters, summer breeze and red wine.

    Cruise around coastlines (Photo credit: Charterworld)

    Sunbathe on the yacht with your special someone and a favorite book in hand. Bewitching coastlines, horizons, islands and beaches are spectacular when appreciated from a distance out in the ocean.

    Marina at Keppel Bay Yacht Charter, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore 098382, ,p.(+65) 6303 8448

    #3. Enjoy multi-sensory culinary fine dining experience at Equinox Restaurant

    For the couple who adores multi-sensory culinary experience and breathtakingviews, Equinox Restaurant makes a perfect pick for 14 February. Equinox offers a decadent menu highlighting Modern European cuisine.

    Enjoy multi-sensory culinary fine dining experience at Equinox Restaurant (Photo credit:

    A romantic 6-course Valentine’s Day dinner will be available at $236 ++ per person; your gastronomical adventure begins with Yellowtail Sashimi, Grilled Oyster Mushroom, Seared Foie, Spiced Monkfish and Elderflower Jelly. End off the enchanting evening with a Ivory Champagne Mousse served with a glass of Moët&ChandonVintage Rosé 2006 and a box of praline.

    Equinox Restaurant at Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd, Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore 178882,, p. (+65) 6837 3322 

    #4. Book a Staycation at Oasia Downtown Hotel

    Surprise your partner with a staycation at Oasia Downtown Hotel; set against an urban landscape and covered by a lush green facade, the 27-storey iconic hotel commands breathtaking view of Singapore’s waterfront city.

    Cin Cin at Oasia Hotel Downtown (Photo credit:

    Experience an aura of living, lush greenery, infinity pool like no other with your valentine’s date in Oasia Hotel Downtown, your respite in the city.

    Oasia Downtown Hotel,100 Peck Seah Street Singapore 079333, ,p.(+65) 6881 8888

    #5. Hop on a jet plane to your next destination – Sri Panwa Phuket Villas

    Perched on one of the globe’s most beautiful coastlines, Sri Panwa Phuket Villas soar at 40 – 60 meters above the sea and it is at the very tip of the cape. Your valentine’s day date will be swept away by the panoramic ocean views and breathtaking sights overlooking the Andaman Sea.

    Baba Nest at Sri Panwa (Photo credit: Baba Nest)

    Leave the hassle of the city life behind, grab a plane ticket with your love and jetset to Thailand (Phuket). For Valentine’s Day, indulge in an oasis of calm and luxury with panoramic ocean view and uninterrupted 360 degree ocean views. Nestle in the tropical rainforest, Sri Panwa Phuket Villascommands breathtaking views of the surround islands and Andaman Sea.

    Sri Panwa Phuket Villas,88 Sakdidej Rd, Vichit, Muang, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand, p.(+66) 76 371 000

    #6. Hit up the swankiest club in town – Suite 26

    From the creators behind Filter Member’s Club, Mink, Royal Room, Dream, Fenix Room, Bang Bang, head down to Massive Collective’s latest crown jewel: Suite 26. Here, conspicuous consumption is the norm, and this would be perfect for the unconventional couple who would love to have a balling good time, hit up the swankiest club in town. 

    Suite 26 (Photo credit: Suite 26)

    Suite 26,36 Beach Rd, #02-02, South Beach Tower, 189766,, p. (+65) 9829 2026

    #7.  Head for a dose of tropical sunshine away from the city life at The Tanjong Beach Club

    Getaway from the city with your loved one for a day, laze by the infinity pool or indulge in a Tanjong Martini with truffle fries.

    Tanjong Beach Club (Photo source: Tanjong Beach Club)
    Tanjong Beach Club (Photo credit: Tanjong Beach Club)

    Nestled on one of Sentosa’s most exclusive powdery white sand beaches and tranquil waves is Tanjong Beach Club. It is a the perfect venue for a valentine’s day date for the couple who seeks for a dose of tropical sunshine away from the city life.

    Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098942,,p. (+65)  6270 1355

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    7 Gifts Ideas for her this Valentine’s Day

    February 9th, 2017

    Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for her.

    Forego the cliché chocolates and Valentine’s Day gift ideas this year. Covered Asia’s editors have curated an array of Valentine’s Day gifts for the woman of your life. Whether she is an astute businesswoman who spends most her days slaying deals in the office, a sports junkie with an insatiable appetite for a wide range of workouts, or a princess at heart, these choices are certain to satisfy even the most discerning lady.

    #7. Saint Laurent Quilted Leather Card Holder

    Saint Laurent Quilted Leather Card Holder (Source: Net-A-Porter)
    Saint Laurent Quilted Leather Card Holder (Source: Net-A-Porter)

    Saint Laurent’s quilted leather card holder is a perfect gift for the girlfriend working in the corporate world. This sleek black card holder is ideal for keeping credit cards or business cards neatly tucked away. Equipped with card slots and center compartment, the quilted cardholder is crafted in Italy from black textured-leather.

    Saint Laurent Quilted Leather Card Holder – USD$ 250 (Available at )

    #6. Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Creme

    Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Creme (Source: Chanel)

    Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Creme could ideally be your darling’s next best friend. Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Creme is designed to deliver intense moisture to her skin and restore skin’s beauty and natural radiance.

    Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Creme – USD $87 (Available at

    #5. Gucci’s Padlock Bag

    Gucci’s Padlock Bag (Source: Gucci)

    Adorned with faux pearls and studs, the Gucci’s Padlock bag is suspended from a polished gold chain. Enchant your darling with the dazzling label’s interlock and suede-lined interior.

    Gucci’s Padlock Bag is priced at USD $1,850 (Available at

    #4. Kailijumei Lipstick

    Kailijumei Lipstick (Source: Zalora)

    The Kailijumei Lipstick features a flower and gold specks encased within a clear jelly-like bullet. Akin to the enchanted rose from Beauty and the Beast. Your special someone will be captivated by the aesthetically gorgeous lipstick. We note that the colour of the jelly lipstick changes according to your girlfriend’s temperature. Kailijumei Lipstick is currently retailing exclusively at Zalora.

    Kailijumei Lipstick – S$29.90  is available at .

    #3. Ethan K Handbag

    Ethan K Handbag (Source: Ethan K)

    Ethan K handbags are ideal for the girlfriend who feels she has it all. This gift is for the girl who is on the cusp of getting bored with brands and logos. The Ethan K handbag is definitely a unique commodity, as not everyone can get their hands on an Ethan K. Given the rarity of crocodile skins today, there are only a limited number of bags made each year.

    Visit the Ethan K. official website at

    #2. THEIA Active

    EK YAP Creative Director Photographer
    THEIA high performance compression legging (Source: THEIA active)

    For the girlfriend who adores sports, a high performance full-length legging with compression fabric will be the perfect gift for her. THEIA’s signature legging has intersecting mesh lines for strategic ventilation and a streamlined tapering effect. Feminine in appeal, yet a bold, eye-catching statement with high-performance functionality. THEIA’s signature leggings will be an ideal Valentine’s day gift for the active lady at heart.

    THEIA Active – S$42 (Available at )

    #1. Nicole’s Flower

    Nicole’s Flower (Source: Nicole’s Flower)

    Make a statement of love this Valentine’s Day, with these exquisite Valentine’s Day Flower bouquet creations. Charm the love of your life and make her heart melt with a gorgeous looking flower bouquets from Nicole’s Flower.

    Nicole’s Flowers is available at Oxley Bizhub, 61 Ubi Road 1, Block 71 Lobby 4 #08-41.

    For more info, contact Nicole at  (65) 8338 8511.

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    #UNCOVERED – ETHAN K. and his latest KITE Collection in Singapore

    January 25th, 2017

    Ethan K. Opens Up About Crafting Out His Own Artisanal Path in Luxury.

    Meet Ethan Koh. – fashion designer, entrepreneur, and fourth generation member of the family behind one of the world’s leading crocodile tanneries – Heng Long Leather in Singapore. Though the daring entrepreneur hails from a family that specialises in supplying exotic skins to top luxury fashion houses such as Hermès and Louis Vuitton, Ethan Koh chose to stamp his own footprint in the world of luxury handbags and accessories with his own label – ETHAN K.

    Ethan K at the Unveiling of his KITE Collection in Singapore
    Ethan Koh at the Unveiling of his KITE Collection in Singapore

    With his collection available at Malmaison in Singapore, Harrods in London, and SAKS Fifth Avenue in the U.S., ETHAN K. has undoubtedly won the hearts of many with a discerning appreciation for exotic leather skin handbags the world over. In paying tribute to where his journey as a luxury bag designer begun, Ethan was recently back in town to unveil his latest KITE Collection at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.

    #UNCOVERED – ETHAN K. in Singapore

    COVERED : Congrats on the unveiling of your new KITE Collection. The ETHAN K. brand has certainly come a long way since starting out with leathers at your father’s tannery.

    ETHAN K. : Yeah, thank you. It is today a 4-generation business. My father took the business to a different dimension and it’s been a pleasure for me to carry on the family’s line of artisans.

    The KITE Collection by Ethan K unveiled at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore
    The KITE Collection by ETHAN K. unveiled at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore

     On Artisans Born-and-Bred in Singapore

    COVERED :So how does it feel to be a true-blue, born-and-bred Singaporean brand? Being a small and young country, you often hear “whispers on the street” about how local artisans are young, and lack that cultural background and traditions. Rebuking those “whispers”, how does it feel to be flying the Singapore flag high in that sense?

    ETHAN K. : Singapore has definitely come very far too in just the last few decades, from being a fishing village to developing into a regional financial hub, but  As such, I see ETHAN K. as something more than just handbags. We want to share our unique culture and way of life with the world. It is because we are a small country with many different races living together, that we have come to enjoy a unique entrenched culture. This is how I was inspired as a kid. All of the beautiful colours that I have in my designs are inspired by Asian fruits, plants and spices. They are all unique to Singapore. Look closer at my designs and you’ll even see Asian fruits like mangosteen, jackfruit, or durian on the clasp of my bags.

    When I mention the word Singapore to many people, they always mention the chewing gum ban. I instead tell them that we’re not just known for that, nor our efficient business structure nor casinos, and that we do have artisans and many different talents here as well. This is all possible because we are such a unique country. The last 10 years have been about building the nation, and I foresee the next 10 years being about sharing our talents and unique ways of life with the world.

    The KITE Collection by ETHAN K

    On His Inspiration

    COVERED :I see. In terms of design inspiration, is there afamous or iconic designer that you have looked up to over the years?

    ETHAN K. : Well, one of my favourite bags is the Doha bag. I am based in London, so my creations are a mix of the East and West. In Paris, I once met a Qatari Princess and she was wearing a necklace. I saw her necklace and was inspired. A lot of my bags are inspired by my encounters with people. I also think functionality is important. For example, there’s a special long chain on this bag that you can turn, and you can add another chain such that it becomes a cross body bag. This is one of our bags that are selling extremely well. But also as you mention, the family story is extremely important to us. Colonial history and architecture, especially the presence of mosaic tiles have inspired us as well. Take, for instance, another unique clasp that we have invented in the last few months. It is reminiscent of our architecture in herald hill and our old family home.

    Other than that, a lot of my bags are very whimsical. One was inspired by a French bulldog, owned by a customer in Los Angeles who loves to bring her French bulldog everywhere. My whimsical animal collection is inspired by childhood fairytales of Hans Christian Anderson.

    Ethan K. draws inspiration from his surroundings (Photo Source:
    Ethan Koh draws inspiration from his surroundings (Photo Source:

    On That Milestone, Breakthrough Moment

    COVERED : Any significant milestones or hallmarks where say, somebody prominent recognised your talent?

    ETHAN K. : Well, I would say that I have been very fortunate up till today. When I had just graduated in fashion about 4 years ago from Central St Martins, and was on the way to a conference in Marrakesh, I met a lady on the plane. She saw my bag, was very excited and told me to design a bag for her. This lady, unknown to me at the time, turned out to be the Chief Merchant at Harrods. Following our chance meet, I then started drawing out more designs, and she began ordering a few more bags from me. She subsequently became the President of Saks Fifth Avenue in the U.S., where ETHAN K. is also available at today.

    The ETHAN K. Handbag Collection Showcase at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore

    COVERED :Oh wow, that is quite a story.

    ETHAN K. : Yes, I would say my career has been like a kismet. As with every entrepreneur, we all start out with a dream in hope that it becomes a reality, but I think visualisation is very important. Just last month I was having a drink with my friend at 5 Hertford Street in London when someone told me that Elizabeth Hurley needed a new bag. I subsequently went into Gucci, bought a shirt, and went into a club. And, at that club, I bumped into her. Elizabeth Hurley ordered a couple of pieces from me. So I think that if you have the creativity, and you are open to what the world brings to you, things happen.

    The KITE Collection by ETHAN K

    About that Upcoming Men’s Line and Upcoming Events

    COVERED : Amazing how opportunities come to those who are prepared to chase their dreams. So also, I heard a little rumour that you are about to launch a men’s line soon. Could you tell us more about that?

    ETHAN K. : Yup, we plan that this line will be launched in 6 months, and at Harrods. I think that whilst in the past it was largely only women who love bags and colours, in the last few years, men all around the world have started to become increasingly sophisticated. In the last 10 years, luxury was about a status symbol. In the next 10 years though, I think luxury will be about expression beyond just a status symbol. I think the best way for men to express themselves is through beautiful messengers, surpassing just a canvas messenger and the monogram that we have today, to more of a bespoke experience. Because luxury is not just material, it is also an experience.

    ETHAN K. plans to launch an upcoming men’s line

    COVERED : In Singapore, any plans for an upcoming event presentation or even a show?

    ETHAN K. : Absolutely, we have a unique way and theme every year. So, within the next 6 months we will be having a special event with an art gallery, because our customers are also art collectors.

    On What Aspiring Designers Need to Know

    COVERED : One last question – any words of encouragement for aspiring bag designers or designers in Singapore in general?

    ETHAN K. : I think that first of all, it is very important to have a dream. Second of all, you have to be crazy enough to pursue it. Singapore is such a safe country, I mean, it’s so well situated. We have to be thankful for where we are, dare to bring different, and be different from others. We shouldn’t be afraid to express our opinions and work hard for it. There is no shortcut to success and most importantly, you have to value your opinion and know your customer.

    Ethan K
    Ethan Koh  (Photo Source:

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    Party with Marc Jacobs & MTV at Cherry Discotheque

    January 13th, 2017

    Get ready to disco on at the Marc Jacobs & MTV Resort ’17 party at Cherry Discotheque.

    The 80’s was a defining era of non-stop glamour, music, television, and culture. Fast forward to three decades later, Marc Jacobs recently unveiled an 80’s kitsch Marc Jacobs & MTV capsule collection as part of its Resort ’17 offering.

    Marc Jacobs & MTV Resort '17 Colletion
    Marc Jacobs & MTV Resort ’17 Collection

    As we arrive at the second weekend of January ’17, we’re getting our fav pair of party footwear on, as we begin to countdown the hours till the Marc Jacobs & MTV party at Cherry Discotheque, Singapore begins.

    Photo Credit: Cherry Discotheque Singapore
    Photo Credit: Cherry Discotheque Singapore

    The brainchild of Earn Chen and Hasnor Sidik, Cherry Discotheque in Singapore evokes a nostalgic 80’s vibe, with neon signs and a chequered dancefloor adding to its retro architecture. Located at the York Hotel, Cherry Discotheque offers cultural-savvy clubgoers with a top-notch blend of Hip Hop sounds. Not to mention, there are our old-school favourites – Pacman and Street Fighter arcade games to fill in those “time-out’ moments at the disco..

    The Marc Jacobs & MTV Resort ’17 Capsule Collection

    Marc Jacobs & MTV Capsule Collection Resort '17
    Marc Jacobs & MTV Capsule Collection Resort ’17

    Bright “electric” neon accents, animal graphic prints, and military-styled silhouettes are emphasised in the 2017 Resort Collection. Acid-washed denim jackets and leather coats come adorned with embellishments and embroidered patches.

    I Want My MTV

    The collection also features statement tees and sweatshirts with the iconic MTV logo on front and centre.

    Blue Sweatshirt and Pink Midi Skirt by Marc Jacobs
    Blue Sweatshirt and Pink Midi Skirt by Marc Jacobs
    Black Sweater with Black Midi Skirt
    Black Sweater with Black Midi Skirt

    Bags from the Marc Jacobs Resort ’17 Collection

    An ongoing highlight in every Marc Jacobs’ collection, the Resort ’17 collection will also showcase a range of youthful and vibrant range of printed patchwork shoulder bags with metal hardware chains and embellished backpacks.

    Bags from the Marc Jacobs Resort '17 Collection
    Bags from the Marc Jacobs Resort ’17 Collection


    Photo Credits: All photos in this article are provided by Marc Jacobs unless otherwise stated.



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    8 Coveted Haute Couture Heels this New Year

    January 11th, 2017

    Put your Best Heels Forward this New Year with our Cinderella-worthy List of Haute Couture Heels of the moment.

    Cinderella is a fairytale ‘testimony’ that a new pair of heels can transform your life. This season, we want you to live that fairytale. Our crew has put together a 2017 Covered Asia guide to this season’s most coveted haute couture heels of the moment to get you off on the right foot. From Christian LouboutinRalph & Russo, Sophia Webster, Dolce & Gabbana, ValentinoSaint Laurent, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo.

    “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

    #8 Saint Laurent

    YSL Heels
    Monogram Heeled Pumps – USD $950 (Available at:

    #7 Sophia Webster

    Evangeline White & Rose Gold – USD $525 (Available at:

    #6 Christian Louboutin

    Follies Strass Heels
    Follies Strass Heels, USD $1,218 (Available at:

    #5 Ralph & Russo

    Ralph & Russo Eden Pump
    Eden Pump – USD $1,900 (Available at:

    #4 Dolce & Gabbana

    Dolce & Gabbana Heels
    Laminated Mary Janes – USD $1,605 (Available at:

    #3 Manolo Blahnik

    Lurum – USD $1,295 (Available at:

    #2 Valentino

    Rockstud Ankle Strap – USD $1,010 (Available at

    #1 Jimmy Choo

    Jimmy Choo Cinderella Shoes
    Cinderella 100 – USD $4,595 (Available at:

    If you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true. One shoe can change your life.” – Cinderella

    Get it now! See something you like and want it now? Write to us and let us know at We might well be able to get it for you.

    Price Note: Prices listed are correct at time of publishing.

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    YOUSEF AKBAR – The Designer behind that Chrissy Teigen Dress

    December 22nd, 2016

     #UNCOVERED – Turning Heads: In Conversation with Yousef Akbar

    He has dressed celebrities the world over including Kimbra, Jessica Mauboy, Kelly Osbourne, and most recently Chrissy Teigen. A former sportsperson turned fashion designer with a penchant for challenging the convention of fashion design, Yousef Akbar is undoubtedly one of the most promising young designers to watch in 2017.

    Chrissy Teigen wearing YOUSEF AKBAr at the Andy Roddick Foundation Gala (Photo Source:
    Chrissy Teigen wearing YOUSEF AKBAr at the Andy Roddick Foundation Gala (Photo Source:

    Yousef Akbar: The Resort 2017 Collection

    COVERED:  Tell us about your brand, what does it stands for a and what was your inspiration behind your Resort 2017 collection?

    YOUSEF AKBAR: This collection is inspired by the concept of sustainable and socially responsible couture; it supports women in the developing world, such as the Middle East and India. It offers them opportunities to work and support local artisans and dying crafts.

    The Resort 2017 collection celebrates the courage and strength of women through times of adversity. Growing up in the Middle East, I have witnessed women being oppressed in a male dominated society. It has had a huge impact on me.

    The Resort 2017 Collection by Yousef Akbar
    The Resort 2017 Collection by Yousef Akbar (Photo Credits:

    “I dedicate this collection to all women – the widows, the orphans, the teenagers fighting to get an education, the sexually and physically abused, the brave women fighting and standing up for their rights, revolting against their cultures, challenging the norm in their fight for equality and freedom, by shedding a light on their pain, suffering and struggles they face in their lives.” -Yousef Akbar

    YOUSEF AKBAR: I have researched on revolutions, wars and the destructive effect on cities as well as individuals. I came across multiple stories of women fleeing their homes and becoming refugees. Many whom cross miles on foot and facing death in hope of finding a better life.

    Inspired by these brave women, the main focus of this collection is to challenge convention, by taking classic feminine silhouettes, deconstructing and then reinventing them using innovative and unconventional cutting techniques.

    On Pursuing a Career in Fashion

    COVERED: What inspired you to take the leap of faith to pursue a career in fashion? 

    YOUSEF AKBAR: I would not call it a leap of faith. I do not believe that I took any leaps or anything like that. I simply did what was natural to me and what felt right to do. It was all kind of by chance. For as long as I remember, I was always interested in art, painting and sculpting. I always dream of being an artist. I like to dress differently. I just loved clothes. I was always interested in what people were wearing and desired to be “cool” like them. For years, I remembered being so frustrated by not being able to find anything that I really like in the shops.


    Yousef Akbar
    Yousef Akbar

    YOUSEF AKBAR: I would design my own clothes and deal with local tailors. Unfortunately, they hated the extra work involved in my clothes. They wanted to do conventional everyday blazers, shirts, etc. They would either cancel on me half way or refuse my request. I got fed up. During my last semester of my Master’s degree, I decided to search for courses to make clothes so that I can literally learn how to make a jacket for myself.

    Maasai Medici Dress Couture by Yousef Akbar
    Maasai Medici Dress Couture by Yousef Akbar (Photo Credits:

    On Falling in Love with Fashion & Womenswear 

    YOUSEF AKBAR: I was good at drawing and illustration; I put a portfolio together and applied to TAFE Ultimo Fashion Design Studio in New South Wales, Australia. I could not believe that I was accepted into the school. It is funny because I remembered doing the first assignment where we had to design a few women looks. I was forced to do it as I was not interested in women to wear at the start. The teacher told me that menswear was coming down the track. I asked about tailoring and I was heartbroken to find out that it is a second year subject. I could not believe that I had to pass the first year and make it that long doing womenswear assignments.

    Yousef Akbar Spring Summer 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia
    Yousef Akbar Spring Summer 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (Photo Credits:

    YOUSEF AKBAR: Gradually, I was falling in love with the whole process. I started to really get into womenswear. By the end of the first year, I could not imagine myself doing anything else. It was the perfect medium for myself to express myself and share my point of view.  I also enjoyed the technical aspect of it. From draping to experimenting to finding technical solutions to creative challenges.

    On his journey from a National Tenpin Bowler to becoming a Fashion Designer

    COVERED: Would you like to tell us more about yourself and your journey from a national bowler to a fashion designer? Did you feel there were any road blocks that you faced along your journey?

    YOUSEF AKBAR: No road blocks. I believe if you put your mind and heart into something: nothing can stop you. It is all in the frame of mind that you have. In every challenge, there is a new lesson and an unexpected opportunity.

    Of course, there were restraints such as financial restraints, time and manpower to help my vision come to life. Nevertheless, it is nothing out of the ordinary. I still believe with limitations, creativity flourishes, in a very strange way I see having everything at your finger tips can be paralyzing having all the choices and freedom is like having absolutely nothing.

    Yousef Akbar Jumpsuit
    Yousef Akbar Jumpsuit (Photo Credits:

    YOUSEF AKBAR: I still bowl. It is still a very big part of my life and I believe that everyone will see me bowling internationally soon. Bowling and fashion are the two things that truly make me feel so happy; I feel blessed to not have only one thing but two things that I am passionate about.

    On Chrissy Teigen & the American Music Awards

    COVERED: When Chrissy Teigen wore your dress to the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, what was the first thought that came to your mind when you woke up to the news?

    YOUSEF AKBAR: I thought to myself, “I couldn’t believe how unlucky I was for someone to design a near identical dress, and Chrissy Teigen wore it.”

    I could not believe that she wore the dress. However, I recalled that the stylist, Monica Rose, took the dress from my PR showroom in LA, and it all clicked. I was overjoyed.

    Chrissy Teigen at the American Music Awards
    That Yousef Akbar Dress, worn by Chrissy Teigen (Photo Source:

    Chrissy Teigen at the American Music Awards

    COVERED:  This one’s for aspiring designers out there hoping to be discovered – How did Chrissy Teigan ‘talent spot’ your dress?

    YOUSEF AKBAR: I wouldn’t say Chrissy Teigen talent spotted me. Many designers would work with PR companies who specialize in PR, media, etc. Stylist such as Monica Rose, dresses many major celebrities in Hollywood. She was styling Chrissy Teigen for a few events including the American Music Awards. Monica Rose will head to different PR showrooms and check out what is new and exciting, and would pull pieces for their clients. In my case, NIGHTCAP PR who is my PR in LA did such a fantastic job of targeting the right people for my collection. I am grateful to be working with a great team.

    Chrissy Teigen & John Legend at the American Music Awards
    Chrissy Teigen & John Legend at the American Music Awards

    Words of wisdom to aspiring fashion designers

    COVERED:  What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?

    YOUSEF AKBAR: Believe in yourself. Believe that you can do it. There will be many who will try and stop you. Use that to motivate yourself to work harder.  Do it for yourself. Do it because you love it not for any other reason. Be true to yourself. Never try and please anyone. Lastly, be nice to everyone.

    Yousef Akbar Spring Summer 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia
    Yousef Akbar Spring Summer 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia

    The Future 

    COVERED:  Moving forward, where do you envision yourself in 5 years? Will you be planning for a fashion show for your next collection? Which countries are you planning to expand your fashion line into?

    YOUSEF AKBAR: With fashion the way it is now and with the internet, I dont have any specific place I would like to expand in. However, I hope to strengthen my brands position, create a strong identity, and expand in general globally. I hope to make a difference in terms of contributing back to the people locally and in developing communities, who in many cases have great talent and skills, and rare crafts that are rare and dying, that needs to be supported.

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