So… if you missed out on the first collection we collaborated with Rockstar by Soon Lee (which sold out by the way!), don’t fret! Collection.02 – titled Take Flight – will be released in the coming weeks! Here’s a preview of our favorite pieces. More updates will be posted soon!
Last Thursday was a fairytale, and one that was amazing beyond words. Ally and I had the privilege of attending Chanel’s Cruise 2013/14 show, (thanks to the good folks over at Underscore) held in Asia for the very first time. It was a surprise to many, that Karl Lagerfeld picked Singapore for the show and there were varied comments on how it was a more ‘subdued’ show compared to his previous fashion shows. But for us, it felt like the entire set was perfect.
It was even more magical to us because being based in Singapore, we know that the previous Loewen Cluster on Dempsey Hill was a run-down deserted area. But in just a short couple of months, the villas were given a new paint-job and the entire area re-furbished into a part colonial, part garden party filled with an old-world romantic charm. It can only be Chanel.
I’ve been to many fashion shows when I was studying and working in New York, but nothing came close to this. It’s not only the tropical grandeur of the set that wowed us, but the entire party vibe, beautiful guests and impeccable service.
The collection, of course, was as stunning as always. It felt like Karl Lagerfeld brought Chanel on a tropical vacation, where in the spirit of Cruise, had a holiday groove to each silhouette as the models walked down the runway to a fifties-inspired soundtrack.
I don’t mean to be star-struck but I did love everything presented; from the wide-leg trousers and the luxe fabrication to the chic tweed dresses and mix of pearl accessories with the menswear suiting and tailoring. Black and white was a traditional theme but there was a freshness to it for Cruise 2013/14. I won’t go into too much details since you can read about it here and view the entire show here. Here’s some of our favorite behind-the-scene shots, taken from Chanel.
Karl Lagerfeld shooting the Chanel Cruise 2013/14 Press Kit.
My favorite part of it all was the enormous-scale after-party. It was beautiful and charming, almost like a Chanel wedding (I’m not kidding you!). Champagne and cocktails, foie gras and wagyu beef canapes, a runway of desserts and cheeses and even a sashimi and lobster bisque bar. Seriously? Chanel? You spoil your guests.
The highlight of it all for me, was when I bumped into Dakota Fanning. And if you didn’t know, lemme tell you, she is one of my all-time favorite girl inspiration.
What also made the whole experience surreal were the serenade of a Filipino girl group, with Andrews Sisters-style covers of contemporary pop hits and more importantly, London Djs Horse Meat Disco that got the crowd on their feet. With an ambience like that, we really wished the night didn’t end.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching and we’ve picked out a few gifts for the most special lady in our lives – Mom. So far, we’ve got some easy breezy blouses (shop all AL&ALICIA blouses here), fresh flowers, pretty journals and a lovely card (Rifle Paper Co.) filled with heartfelt mom-love on our shopping list. Have you gotten a treat for your mom yet?
“We may fight sometimes and disagree on a few things growing up, but Mom has always been there for us and she’s definitely the number one AL&ALICIA fan. She picked out her favorite pieces from our SS13 collection and I thought I’d put together an ensemble just for her!” – Alicia Ong
If you don’t know by now, we’re huge fans of anything and everything green tea. Nothing beats a good cuppa matcha latte and we’re not talking about that pre-mixed powdered un-organic thing they serve at Starbucks. We like our matcha full-bodied and served warm with that tinge of bitterness which makes you go oohh-ahhh.
So we’re really happy to find out that one of our new favorite cafes – The Flying Squirrel – does quite a neat cup of matcha latte (and their coffee rocks socks too!), just the way we like it. Plus, they serve up generous servings of fusion bento sets that keeps our tummies satisfied and our wallets happy. This hole-in-the-wall establishment is tucked away in a small alley along Amoy Street which makes it the perfect hideout on a weekend afternoon, away from the bustling tourist clad shopping streets. If you haven’t visited this japanese-inspired cafe yet, you really should.
The lovely Karen Cheng shows us how she wears our latest pieces from Spring 2013 – La La Land. She’s looking absolutely dreamy and summery with perfect pairings from head to toe! Seen featured here are: Lolita Shirt / Tuula Skirt / Claire Dress (coming soon!) / Talulah Dress (also coming soon!).
We’ve also teamed up with Karen to give her readers a special treat to kickstart the first week of May. Hop on over here to find out more! Enjoy!
March and April’s issue of Nylon featured a few key pieces from our Spring 2013 collection in beautiful color stories this season. Summer sheers, cobalt blues and classic nudes and blacks, we love them all!
Ever since our last visit to Will.B, we fell in love with NY’s sister neighborhood filled with indie boutiques and more. And now, we’re ever so proud to introduce our first stockist in Brooklyn – Life:Curated – based in the heart of Will.B.
Known for carrying a smart mix of street wear and classic looks, unsung clothing brands and handpicked home décor, everyone (including die-hard hipsters) will love Life:Curated‘s careful selection of high quality items at accessible price points for both men and women.
Spring’13 has arrived! Our first full page feature of the year has been spotted in Ziggy‘s, “On The Racks” section and we’re beyond thrilled. Thanks to the editors and team over at Ziggy! Check out the first SS13 arrivals here.