Bio: "To be or not to be, is not what it should be, but what you think it can be." These are the words that stay firmly rooted in the heart and mind of Nicholas Tan. Better known to the media scene as Nick T., the media veteran has over 15 years of industry experience. Nick T. is the 2017 Executive Director of the Media Publishers' Association of Singapore, the Marketing Director at marketing and events consultancy, COM3, and is the Founder and Managing Director at COVERED Asia.
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Riccardo Tisci bids adieu to Givenchy.
Just into the second month of 2017, a series of top-level moves at internationally renowned houses has surprised the world. Stefan Larsson announced his exit as CEO of Ralph Lauren, Creative Director Clare Waight Keller exited Chloé, Daniella Vitale has become CEO of Barneys New York, and now – this end-week’s headliner – Riccardo Tisci is leaving Givenchy.
Undoubtedly, since assuming the role of Creative Director at Givenchy in 2005, Tisci’s vision has trended the LVMH-owned label to iconic new heights. In recognition of his many iconic creations, here is COVERED’s round-up of a dozen times Tisci impressed us during his time at Givenchy.
#1 The Bags
The Pandora first made its appearance in Givenchy’s FW ’09 collection.
Above: Beyonce’s Pandora Bag from the Givenchy Fall ’15 Pre-Collection (Photo Source: www.purseblog.com/celebrities/the-10-best-celebrity-bag-looks-of-summer-2015, and www.givenchy.com/en/collection-accessories-women-fall-2015/lookbook-accessories-precollection-fall-winter-2015)
The Antigona first appeared in FW ’10 Ready-To-Wear collection.
#2 The Prints
FW ‘11 heard the growl of the first of many Givenchy’s animals- the Rottweiler. In an interview with GQ, Tisci cited the “boy scout look” as inspiration for this revolutionary print.
The release of the iconic Bambi print in Fall ’13 was a softer touch, but in no way less impactful.
#3 Seeing Stars
Prominent across multiple seasons and featured on multiple mediums, the stars have become almost synonymous with Tisci’s work at Givenchy.
These sweet pair of Tysons, as seen on Robert Downey Jr., have got us truly seeing stars (Photo Source: www.upscalehype.com/tag/robert-downey-jr, and www.blankmodeblog.com/2014/12/17/givenchy-tyson-high-top-leather-sneakers)
#4 Face Jewels
Givenchy FW ’15 Face Jewels (Photo Source: www.oystermag.com/runway-report-givenchy-does-epic-face-jewels-for-fw15-pfw)
#5 Planes and Paisley
Just look at the detail on this Pre-Spring ’13 release. The synergy between the curves of the paisley and the formidable silhouette of the fighter planes is simply delectable.
#6 Baby’s Breath
Who would’ve known that an understated flower could inspire such a powerful season? We stand in awe of this intricate, yet unbelievably simple design. Here’s a look at Givenchy Baby’s Breath print from their SS ’15 Collection.
(Photo Credits from left: www.thebestfashionblog.com/womens-fashion/sleek-graphic-looks-in-givenchy-pre-fall-2015-womens-lookbook, www.addictedtodesigners.com/category/bags/givenchy-bags, and www.showstudio.com/collection/givenchy_paris_menswear_s_s_2015/lou_stoppard_reports_on_the_givenchy_show)
#7 Plane Runway
“The catwalk circled a spectacular installation by artist Paul Veroude: a 1967 French aeroplane painted black and dismantled, with each individual part suspended from the ceiling. The effect was that of a plane having exploded a fraction of a second earlier, before being frozen in a state of suspended animation.” – Florence Trott
Watch the Givenchy SS ’15 men’s show here.
Various adaptations of the Virgin Mary emblazoned onto ties, shirts and jackets has also become a notable look engineered by Tisci.
#9 Haute Couture
The Givenchy Haute Couture FW ’10 collection featured incredible embroidery and embellishments on gowns reminiscent of the victorian era.
#10 The Accessories
In Givenchy’s AW ’08, Tisci showcased a collection featuring skin-tight black leathers, heavily accessorised with gold crosses. (Photo Source: www.vogue.co.uk/shows/autumn-winter-2008-ready-to-wear/givenchy/collection
Plaid, done wrong, can look tacky. But not when engineered by Tisci. His love for these red and black checks has given these pieces an extra touch of ingenuity.
Kanye West (left) wears the Givenchy plaid shirt with gold embellishments from the FW ’11 Runway. (Photo Source: www.billyblazin.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/passion-for-fashion-kanye-west-wearing-a-givenchy-plaid-tartan-shirt)
#12 That Dark Ad Campaign Video from FW ’15
(Written by Michelle Julia, Edited by Nick T.)
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A Look Back at that Marc Jacobs & MTV 80’s Party at Cherry.
Barely into 2017, and already Marc Jacobs & MTV held one of the hottest fashion parties of the year. The 80’s-inspired disco party was held in conjunction with MTV at Cherry Discotheque in Singapore, and featured Marc Jacobs Resort ’17 collection.
Here’s a look back at some of the coolest cats who came out to party with us that evening.
Above from Left: Jean Danker, and Dick Lee
Above from Left: Guest, Jade Seah, Guest, Guest, and Tabitha Nauser
Above from Left: Jamie Chua, and Stan Lui
Above from Left: Jamie Smith, Luanne Alphonso, Wilber Go, Guest, Guest, and Angelique Teo
Above from Left: Bibi Chia, Guest, and Evelyn Angelia
Above From Left: Evelyn Angelia, Johannes See, Jamie Chua, Terence Koh
Photo Credits: By COVERED Asia.
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Team behind Diamond Walker Launches Sneaker Customiser with 5 Sextillion Design Combinations.
In 2012, we learned of a passionate pack of gentlemen in Singapore who were on a mission to stretch the imagination of shoe lovers everywhere. Offering an unmatched selection of bespoke shoe options and design possibilities, Diamond Walker set the initial benchmark in bespoke shoemaking. Fast forward to today, the same enthusiastic team now unveils yet another milestone offering; the world’s largest range of fully customisable luxury sneakers online – YSNEAKERS.
#UNCOVERED – Over coffee with Conrad Chua of YSNEAKERS
COVERED: Congrats on your amazing success on Kickstarter. I hear you guys had YSNEAKERS fully funded within 15 hours of going “live”!
So, YSNEAKERS and your obsession for shoes? What has been the inspiration behind custom kicks?
CONRAD: Our obsession for shoes arose from the frustration from years of not finding good-looking quality shoes that fit really well.
As an individual and a shoe-lover, I was frustrated by the lack of range and customisation options offered in the market or being charged a high premium if they do offer them – mostly because of brand heritage or lack of production capability. Because many of the good shoes are from European brands, they tend to cater for Caucasian feet which tend to be narrow and long, and they don’t fit very well on Asian feet which tend to be broader and shorter. They thus may look beautiful but lack comfort and cost a lot. Some popular shoe brands which are made to be very comfortable have designs which are not as aesthetic as I would like them to be, and are usually made of poor quality materials as they were more for mass production.
I felt that there was a gap in the market for handmade shoes that could offer the best of both worlds. So thus Diamond Walker bespoke shoes was born – to bring the best of affordable luxury, full customisation, comfort and a wide range of designs beyond what other bespoke brands offer.
We pride ourselves on being more in tune with today’s fashionable male and their changing tastes than most bespoke shoe brands which have not changed much in their outlook, with hundreds of years of tradition, but ironically tied down by their heritage baggage, restricting them to classic shoe designs and a shoe-making ideology that has not changed for hundreds of years.
YSNEAKERS was created to address a market segment outside of our bespoke services in Singapore, with the made-to-measure aspect replaced by standard shoe sizes but with the exciting full-customisation aspect given to our casual range of footwear – sneakers!
COVERED: So 5 Sextillion designs (that’s a “5” followed by 21 zeroes)? That’s a lot! Personally, which leather skins are your favourite, and how hard are they to procure?
CONRAD: Yeah, we too were so astounded by the sheer number of the combinations offered, that we had to have independent verification by different people good with numbers because there were so many zeroes involved!
My personal favourites are the exotic skins, namely the python (read on to check out Conrad’s favourite pair). These can be harder to procure because you need to find two different snakes with more or less similar scale sizes to match up both sides of the sneakers.
We also have some brilliantly-coloured calfskin that would make some parts of the YSNEAKERS to stand out!
COVERED: So about unveiling of the world’s largest range of fully customisable luxury sneaker online, this is an obvious winner for sneaker-heads everywhere, but will orders placed online be trackable each step of the production and delivery process?
CONRAD: All YSNEAKERS customers will certainly be kept informed of the status of their YSNEAKERS up to delivery!
COVERED: Ok, so which so far has been your favourite pair? Do show us.
COVERED:What makes this one so special?
CONRAD: Nothing says luxe like exotic skins! This pair of python YSNEAKERS is da bomb!
Conrad Chua is the Chief Marketing Officer for DIAMOND WALKER and YSNEAKERS.
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Here’s our recap of 5 Iconic Fashion Moments of 2016.
Take a moment and look back at the year behind us. Yes, there were shockers, and there were many upsets. But as with each passing year, there were many a moment that inspired us to think forward on what new and exciting advancements the coming years would unveil. And so on this day, the first TGIF of 2017, we bring you a recap of 5 iconic fashion moments of 2016:
#5 Vogue Paris: Karl Lagerfeld & Lily Rose Depp Dec/Jan ’17 Cover
VOGUE Paris ends off 2016 with one of its most momentous covers ever, with Lily-Rose Depp & Karl Lagerfeld gracing its front page.
The 17-year old actress, Lily-Rose Depp is the daughter of celebrated actor Johnny Depp, and is also currently the face of Chanel No. 5. She shares this cover with the iconic German fashion designer, artist and photographer, Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld.
Stepping behind the camera to capture the duo is yet another icon. The photographer held responsible for this momentous cover is non other than former Saint Laurent creative director, Hedi Slimane.
#4 The “Big” Unveil – Raf Simons’ Debut Date For Calvin Klein Announced
Since his departure from Christian Dior in October 2015, the fashion industry has been eagerly anticipating the re-emergence of one Raf Simons. Reputed for his magical creative touch in furniture and fashion design, Raf Simons was subsequently announced as the Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein in August last year.
“Not since Mr. Klein himself was at the company has it been led by one creative visionary, and I am confident that this decision will drive the Calvin Klein brand and have a significant impact on its future. Raf’s exceptional contributions have shaped and modernised fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand.” – CEO of Calvin Klein, Steve Shiffman
In November last year, Calvin Klein revealed that Raf Simons’ much anticipated debut collection with Calvin Klein will take place on 10 February 2017 at the New York Fashion Week. His first collection will feature women’s and men’s ready-to-wear. Joining the trends set by the likes of Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Burberry, Calvin Klein plans to switch to a unisex show format from the next season on.
#3 From Fashion Runways to Shoppable Collections – Burberry reinvents retail shopping
In September last year, British luxury fashion house, Burberry, transformed its fashion runway into a shoppable collection at the New York Fashion Week. From catwalks to checkouts, customers had the privilege to purchase the coveted designer pieces straight away as it appeared on the runway, remotely from their own computer or mobile device.
“If you go back 100 years, catwalks used to be small, private events that brand put on to show buyers, and eventually the press and clients, what they were doing. It can be argued that the catwalk has now become a platform to speak to customers, rather than the industry,” – Graeme Moran, head of content at the fashion-retail-industry publication, Drapers
#2 Gigi Hadid wins “International Model of the Year” award at the 2016 British Fashion Awards
Gigi Hadid has had a laudable year in 2016 – from strutting down the Victoria’s Secret runway, hosting the American Music Awards, becoming a “chart topper” with the most gained followers on Instagram, to bagging home the “International Model of the Year” award at the 2016 British Fashion Awards. Presenting this award to one deserving Gigi Hadid on the evening, was fashion icon, Donatella Versace.
According to Vanity Fair, Donatello had commented,
“She’s (Gigi Hadid) fearless. She’s funny. She’s a new icon of the 21st century.”
Gigi afterward, graciously thanked her supporters at the British Fashion Awards 2016 by saying: “To everyone, who has been so genuine, and looked beyond what the rest of the world looked for, that has meant so much to me. You guys know who I am, and that to me means so much, so thank you for inspiring me, and for teaching me to look beyond — and for being the most amazing industry I could ever ask to be a part of; you guys are a dream come true. So thank you so much.”
#1 Yousef Akbar–The Designer behind “that” Chrissy Teigen Dress
Topping our list of 5 Iconic Fashion Moments of 2016, is how the world of fashion learnt of Yousef Akbar’s designs. In December last year, we featured a talented Yousef Akbar who was responsible for Chrissy Teigen’s eye-catching dresses worn at the 2016 American Music Awards. Yousef’s Resort 2017 collection dresses were so eye-catching in fact, that Chrissy found herself making headlines all around the world following a controversial wardrobe malfunction of sorts.
Nevertheless, it was a blessing in disguise for the young Sydney-based fashion designer, Yousef Akbar. Following the “unveiling” of his designs in 2016, Yousef has since received much media exposure for his Resort 2017 collection, which according to Yousef, aims to celebrate the courage and strength of women through times of adversity.
“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
For more about Yousef Akbar and his collections, check out our exclusive interview with him here.
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Tribute to a King – The first of the LOUIS XIII TIME COLLECTION Unveiled.
Step back in history; a hundred and forty-two years ago. A remarkable blend of the finest tipples was crafted for the first time. Yet throughout the course of time and change, the maison responsible for celebrating the lives of the most distinguished, continues to remain true to staunch traditions up-kept by its cellar master, Baptiste Loiseauup to this very day. Today, the maison commemorates the origin of that dream, with the unveiling of the LOUIS XIII TIME COLLECTION : The Origin – 1874 in Singapore.
LOUIS XIII TIME COLLECTION : The Origin – 1874
Within the crystal walls of each decanter, contains a distinctively crafted, delicate blend of up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie; the youngest of which comes in with a maturity of 40 years. The select grapes of choice, are sourced from the coveted Grand Champagne region.
Paying homage to its origins, the decanter used here will feature 13 dentelle spikes on each side, instead of the usual 10 that LOUIS XIII is accustomed to. Also unique to the LOUIS XIII TIME COLLECTION’s : The Origin – 1874, is a unique decanter stopper, shaped like an inverted decanter, with the brand’s iconic fleur-de-lis stamped on its top.
“When it comes to LOUIS XIII, some refer to it as the King of Cognacs. I however, know it as the Cognac of Kings.” – LOUIS XIII Asia Director, Vincent Géré
The Singapore Launch of the The Origin – 1874
The much anticipated LOUIS XIII TIME COLLECTION : The Origin – 1874 was unveiled for the first time in Singapore earlier this month at Goodwood Park Singapore.
Here are some of the esteemed guests in attendance on the evening.
Recommended Sale Price SGD $7,560 at time of publishing
” The Origin – 1874 ”, is the first edition in the LOUIS XIII TIME COLLECTION. For purchase queries, contact the Singapore LOUIS XIII Private Client Director, Chris Kwek at Chris.Kwek@louisxiii-cognac.
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Light-Up the Room this Festive Season with Martell NCF
#NCF – There’s a cool new “hashtag” worthy making taglines around the party scene. A few weeks back, the 300-year old cognac maison, Martell unveiled its new NCF variant in Singapore. Breaking with tradition,this Non-Chill-Filtered cognac version is filtered at room temperatures instead of at sub-zero temperatures. The result? Smooth, refreshing aromas that inspired us to try out with these easy to prep party concoctions.
#5 TOASTED LEMON
Here’s a classic. A simple yet delicious cognac cocktail. Expect toasty, caramel noted from the grilled lemon, over the smoothness of the cognac.
What you’ll need:
#4 The Party Flat
This one is really simple. Easy and quick to put together individually, or for groups. Leave it on the counter-top, and your guests will be floating over to it for seconds and thirds.
What you’ll need
Add ice into the glass. Then with the back of a spoon placed over the soft drink, slowly begin pouring the cognac over the the spoon.
*TIP – Bring out that punch bowl for larger groups, and serve it into individual glasses for guests as they arrive. This is great as the party centerpiece too.
#3 The Perfect Serve
Whilst this number isn’t a drink that requires any bottle-juggling, bar-tendering flare, it does add a nice zesty twist to the body of the cognac.
*TIP – We twisted our orange peel over the cognac, releasing some of that zesty orange oil goodness into the glass.
#2 Plum Spritz
Here’s one from the Martell cocktail guide. Whilst we weren’t quite sure how it would turn out at first, it didn’t take us very long to appreciate this one. Ladies, we asked around, and we think you’ll love this one.
#1 Robust Coffee
Coffee loves can have the best of both worlds. Your after meal drink decisions now couldn’t be easier.
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Kate Hudson’s surprise appearance with Michael Kors in Singapore.
It was a star-studded affair at the Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery grand opening event earlier in the week. Officiating the grand opening was non-other than Michael Kors himself, accompanied by the ever bubbly Kate Hudson.
Whilst it had been long planned for Michael Kors to officiate the grand opening of his newest flagship store, the news of the “surprise” accompaniment with Kate Hudson did not stay a secret for long. By early Tuesday morning, word of the pair attending the opening together had already made its way to several invited guests.
Supporting a Real Cause
Be it being seen together at events or in supporting Michael’s social initiatives, this is not the first time that Kate has been by Michael’s side. In October 2015, Kate had announced that she would be teaming up with Michael in their bid to spread awareness and raise funds to end world hunger. As part of the ongoing campaign titled “Watch Hunger Stop“, Michael had pledged to donate US$25 for every “Watch Hunger Stop” timepiece sold to the United Nation’s World Food Program .
“A Golden Dress for a Golden Girl.” – Michael Kors
In 2013, Kate Hudson was Michael’s Date to the Met Gala. She wore (of course) a sleek golden dress by Michael Kors.
A Second Floor Dedicated to Menswear
On the second floor of the new Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery boutique is a dedicated space just for the men. The refined menswear floor features a designer pool table centrepiece, adding a luxe touch to the space.
Celebrities previously at the Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery Boutique
This is not the first time a celebrity had made an appearance at this boutique. Earlier in the year at the boutique’s pre-launch event in September, Formula 1 Driver, Jenson Button held a meet and greet with fans and media.
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Nocturnal Animals – directed by Tom Ford
Out on cinemas in December ’16 is Tom Ford’s latest silver screen offering, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon – a story about an art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
[ Giveaways ] Contest Details:
Be one of 5 lucky winners to each win a pair of exclusive passes to the preview screening of NOCTURNAL ANIMALS in Singapore.
To win, simply like our Facebook Page, tag a friend, and comment on our Facebook post with one of the following review quotes as see in the trailer.
Date : Tuesday, 22nd November, 2016
Venue : Shaw Theatres, Lido
Time : From 7.00pm onwards (Runtime: 2 hours)
Winners will be announced on our Facebook page on Monday 21st November 2016
Winners can collect their tickets from the United International Pictures (UIP) redemption table located at Shaw Lido (level 5 foyer) from 6pm onwards on the event day.
* Rating & Consumer Advice: M18 – Nudity *
Trailer and Images are courtesy of, and © 2016Universal Studios.
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Cheryl Chou opens up about her inspiration, dreams and pageants.
Poise, confidence, and eloquence were some of the main qualities attributing to the coveted opportunity for Cheryl Chou to represent Singapore at the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant. Come January 30th 2017, the 20 year old will compete alongside 100 other finalists at the Miss Universe grand finals event in Manila, Philippines.
Amidst her Miss Universe preparations and press interviews, Cheryl is also pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts (Fashion Media & Industries) at the LASALLE COLLEGE of the Arts. Despite her hectic schedule, Cheryl still graciously managed to squeeze in a moment to speak with the Covered Asia team on her inspiration, dreams, and future plans.
Congratulations on winning the crown of Miss Singapore Universe 2016. What inspired you to join the pageant?
Thank you very much! I joined Miss Universe Singapore 2016 because I wanted to be more adventurous with my life. One philosophy that I live by is to never sit back and let opportunities pass you by. I believe that if you never do the things that scare you, you will never be able to grow as a person. If I did not break of out my comfort zone, I would not be here holding the title as Miss Universe Singapore 2016.
On The Childhood Dream
Was participating in the Miss Universe pageant always something you wanted to do since young? What was your childhood dream and/or hobby?
I was quite the tomboy growing up, so participating in the Miss Universe pageant was not a childhood dream of mine. In fact, for the longest time, I wanted to be a policewoman, because I wanted to fight crime and help others. Even though I did not end up being one in the end, I believe that being Miss Universe Singapore 2016, I will still be able to make a positive impact.
What is your ambition in life? Would you like to share with us about your future plans after graduating from LASALLE?
My ambition is to work in digital marketing after graduating from LASALLE. I believe that social media is a powerful tool for us to be able to communicate our ideas to the masses. Through that, I wish to be able to curate campaigns that will make an impact – the Miss Universe Singapore title is a great platform and way for me to start curating my own campaign to that end!
On Health & Wellness
Prior to entering the beauty pageant, what was your diet and exercise regime?
I have always lived a very active and healthy lifestyle, so there were not any major changes to my diet and exercise regime after joining the pageant. I love doing HIITs (High Intensity Interval Training) and working out at the gym. With regards to my diet, I am currently transitioning into leading a plant-based lifestyle and I find that it has definitely improved my health since making the change to go meat-free.
For Social Good
Should you win Miss Universe 2016, how would you make a difference using the title? Are there any causes or organization that you are currently advocating for?
One of the main issues that I would like to bring light to is the promotion of body positivity, particularly on social media. Social media is a powerful platform that is very pervasive. Teens and young women are constantly shown photos of airbrushed and perfect women online that then builds the false belief that there is a need to have a perfect body and a perfect face to be popular and accepted. I disagree with this and want to bring across the message that it is okay to be yourself and to build body positivity by eating healthy and normally and being active doing the things you love. We are all different and these differences make us special and unique in our own way – you should never therefore change yourself just to look like someone else.
On Who’s Gown It Will Be At Her Finals
Which fashion designer’s gown will you be wearing for Miss Universe 2016 in the Philippines?
I will be wearing a gown that is designed by Karla Jasmina who is designing and making 2 couture gowns especially for me in collaboration with the Miss Universe Singapore Organisation. She’s a thread and needle genius and I’ve already had the honor to wear one of her designs during my evening gown segment when I won the title in Singapore so I am confident that she knows what gown will suit me best to shine on the international stage. I am so excited to see what she has in store for me, and I am sure it will be beautiful.
On Any Talent Segment Acts We Can Expect
What will you be performing for your talent segment in Miss Universe 2016?
Haha, there is no talent segment in the Miss Universe pageant! I guess only my shower head gets to hear me sing – *winks*!
About Negative Pageant Sentiments in Singapore
How do you feel about the negative stigma regarding beauty pageants in Singapore?
I understand that many people perceive pageants as a distraction from the “real world”. Personally, I think they are judging this on the basis of a stereotypical perception of a beauty queen parading in heels and a swimsuit in a bid to achieve world peace. The reality instead is that pageants are very much like any other competition – you learn how to push yourself to achieve goals, to believe in yourself and in the current world we live in, to manage your own personal online brand and statement as to what you stand for. Being in Miss Universe Singapore made me grow so much as a person, physically and mentally and I learned so much in just a few short months. I’ve also had many fun opportunities to do things I would never dream of (like a bikini photoshoot on a jet ski in Bintan! How exciting is that?) and speaking on live radio and TV. I hope that people would see pageants and their contestants in a different light when they understand the rigours of competing, because it takes a lot of strength and courage, and they do become a better version of themselves in the end.
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Guo Pei will open Singapore Fashion Week ’16 with 2 Show Seatings
Opening Singapore Fashion Week 2016 with 2 show seatings this Wednesday is the much anticipated haute couturer, Guo Pei. Hailed as China’s Queen of Couture, Guo Pei, who has been designing since the early ’90s, is responsible for the head-turning golden dress worn by Rihanna last year at the 2015 Met Gala. According to a report by Fashionista.com, the dress weights in at 55 pounds, and took 20 months to make.
#unCOVERED: A Moment with Guo Pei
COVERED: What inspired you to take your first steps towards studying fashion design?
GUO PEI: I grew up with my grandmother in kindergarten. She was born during the Qing Dynasty, My fondest impression of my grandmother was when she told me that growing up, she always wore “smooth” clothes. As I closed my eyes and listening her story, I pictured in my mind that she was wearing slippery-smooth clothes, embroidered with beautiful flowers. This vision was so vivid in my mind, that it influenced me to want to create the most beautiful clothes. That is why at a very young age, I begin to learn painting. My biggest wish at that time was to enter an academy. During my elementary school, I altered and fixed my own clothes. Up to then, China was never offered a certification in fashion design. It was only in 1982, that China offered its first fashion design certification. Without hesitation, I entered myself for an examination in fashion design.
GUO PEI: 我在上幼儿园之前是跟祖母长大的，她是清朝那时候出生，我印象最深的就是她跟我讲她小时候穿的衣服是滑滑的，我闭着眼睛听着她讲故事，脑海里浮现出她穿着滑滑的衣服绣着漂亮的花朵，都是那么地真实，我就特别想把这种美丽给实现出来。所以我小时候就非常喜欢画画，最大的愿望是考美院。小学五六年级时，我都是自己给自己修改衣服。中国以前是没有服装设计专业的，很幸运的是，1982年中国有了第一个服装设计专业，于是我毫不犹豫的报考了服装设计。
“My fondest impression of my grandmother was when she told me that growing up, she always wore “smooth” clothes.” – Guo Pei on her inspiration to becoming a fashion designer.
COVERED: It has been 19 years since you created your own fashion brand. When would you say was the moment when you felt your creations started getting noticed, and what do you most attribute it to.
GUO PEI: Upon graduating, I served as the chief designer for the clothing brand Pegasus. I feel that it was from that moment on that I felt my work started to gain recognition. In 1997, I was interviewed and my work was reported on “Asahi Shimbun“, and also in an Australian made documentary. In 2006 I showed my first collection titled “Reincarnation”. It was from after that show, that my work started to get recognized not just in China but also at an international level. I felt this was the first big highlight in my career after having done “sur mesure” (bespoke tailoring) at my own company for nearly ten years. This was my first breakthrough, the result of 10 years of learning to truly hone the art of “sur mesure“. Moving forward I then created “大金” or “big gold” which required 50 thousand hours to complete. From then on, I firmly believed that Haute Couture was the only road for me.
GUO PEI 可以说我从校园出来，担任成衣品牌天马首席设计师的时候，我的作品就已经开始受到了关注。1997年的《朝日新闻》和澳洲的一个纪录片都对我进行了采访和报道。但广泛被国际时尚界设计界所关注是在2006年，我的第一场作品发布“轮回”之后。可以说当时在中国国际时装上发布了这个作品系列之后，一时间，引来国际国内众多媒体的强烈反响。那是我做自己的公司，做定制设计近十年后的第一场发布，也是我真正意义上的高定作品发布，是我对设计对高定有了十多年积累之后的第一次爆发。在那场发布会上，我用5万个小时制作了“大金”，也是在做那场发布会之后我更加坚信高定是我唯一的设计道路。
COVERED: This year, we understand that you are now a guest member of the exclusive Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. This is a noteworthy accomplishment. To all aspiring local Singaporean designers out there, what would you say in encouraging them to pursue their dreams as a haute couture fashion designer?
GUO PEI: I believe that to be invited to join the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture
is the dream of every designer, I think I am very fortunate. every step I’ve taken has always seemed to be in the right direction. I feel like haute couture is like a steep peak, one where the road to the top is narrow and rugged. Persevere on. Stay strong. Have faith and belief in yourself, and you will reach the peak.
GUO PEI: 我想能够参加巴黎高级时装周是每个设计师的梦想，我觉得我很幸运，在设计的道路上一直在向着正确的方向前行。我觉的高定就像一座陡峭的高峰，通向山顶的道路狭窄而崎岖。唯有坚持心中的信念，坚韧不拔的一路前行，才能最终达到顶峰。
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