devil’s // in the details

What’s not to love about haute couture collections in Paris?

The details are amazing. No expense is spared. Each garment is a true labour of love, passion and design. And that is what makes haute couture so special. tumblr_n084vnYExU1tplotoo1_500 tumblr_mzs6zqzlHP1r12egho1_500  tumblr_mzwnw24dms1sqnevko1_500 tumblr_mzx1nycUI21sqm5pmo1_500 valentino couture spring 2014tumblr_n07199BTIJ1r09f27o1_500

sneak peek | samantha wills | autumn adventure collar necklace

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Its fair to say that we see a lot of necklaces during our appointments to view and buy collections. But when we spotted the Autumn Adventures Collar Necklace, our hearts skipped a beat (two) and we caught our breath. A collar necklace is one of the most elegant length necklaces one can have. Sitting just around your collarbones, it can highlight your gorgeous slender neck or can make (or break) an outfit.

This collar necklace is set in antiqued gold tones, you can hardly tell it is yellow gold unless you look hard.  Ornately detailed, each link reminds us of autumn leaves with its rich textures and colours.  No detail has been spared in creating this necklace, even the clasp is ornate.

The Autumn Adventure Collar Necklace is due to arrive in February/March 2014 and will retail for $140.

valentino lace | ivory

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Who doesn’t love a bit of gorgeous lace? To beat the monday blues, I had on my favourite Valentino ivory lace blouse, paired with my ever-so-versatile skorts (skirt/shorts) from Zara and cut-out leather wedges from Cynthia Vincent. 

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bec & bridge isoceles collection | delivering january 2014

 

‘Inspired by the mystic and mythic ancient Egyptian culture, Isosceles carries a distinctly timeless quality, full of statuesque silhouettes and linear prints evocative of a truly magical point in time when structure and line was explored and revered. 

 

The graphic prints and angular cuts used throughout the collection pay homage to the idea of geometry as a celebration of the feats of design throughout history. The two equal sides of the Isosceles triangle are drawn here as the two lines of femininity and strength. The angular and asymmetrical details throughout the collection create a negative space, which in turn creates strong, linear shapes on the body.

 

In looking to the ancient Egyptians, we also see an exploration of the elements. The burnt oranges of the desert, and the deep blues of the river are then balanced by geometrical prints that introduce the third element of air, creating a triangular balance of colour, line and space.  Ancient, exotic tropes come into play through python and cheetah prints, and embossed scuba and leather. Serpentine body-con shapes and fluid, longer line pieces also play on the theme of the inherent sensuality of nature.

 

This season’s girl is deeply confident and darkly royal. She embodies a timelessness that echoes the strength and mystery of the ages.

 

war is over! (if you want it) | yoko ono

Famously described by John Lennon as ‘the world’s most famous unknown artist’, Yoko Ono is now recognised in her own right as an innovative artist whose work traverses generations. From the personal to the political, Yoko has embraced themes of loss, conflict, humanity, and the desire for world peace through her art.

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 With a number of participatory art works which involves visitors in a range of hands-on activities – from mending and arranging broken crockery (as you mend the crockery think of mending the world), to stamping world maps with peace stamps (imagine peace in the world), to writing personal messages of love to your mother (see photos below), Yoko’s art is poignant and heartfelt.

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My personal favourite was a line of bottles filled with water and labeled with famous names. Each bottle represents a person, each of us is water, in different containers. So simple and captured the essence of Yoko’s words perfectly.

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My second favourite was the perspex maze with a phone in the centre of the maze. When the phone rings, its Yoko on the line. Alas, Yoko did not call when I was in the maze. I was assured by the staff member looking after the maze that Yoko does call and last called on 28 December.

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The exhibition closes on 23 February 2014.  If you find yourself in Sydney, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the conceptual masterpieces of Yoko Ono.

War is Over! (if you want it) | Yoko Ono is showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Level 3 located at 140 George Street, Sydney Australia.

 

happy new year!

I hope you all had a wonderful christmas and new year celebration. I had a great time over the holiday season. Here are some pictures of my lovely celebration with my family.

 

I took my handsome boy to see the beautiful christmas decorations at Tanglin Mall, Singapore. He just loved the reindeer and Santa’s sleigh and happily posed for the camera. 

 

On Christmas eve, we celebrated Christmas at my beautiful Aunty Linda’s place where we had scrumptious turkey and beautiful desserts until we couldn’t eat anymore!
On New Year’s eve, we celebrated with family and close friends at home. I love spending the night with people that mean the most to me. Here is a picture with my handsome son. 
We had such a wonderful holiday season.
May 2014 be an even better year for all of us!
Happy New Year!
xoxo