Monthly Archives: July 2012

UK ‘it’ designer Sophie Hulme now available at Doorstep Luxury


Sometimes you really want people to know exactly who made your handbag, how much it cost and just what a fashionista you are; sometimes you prefer to be ahead of the masses. This is why you should get your hands on one of Sophie Hulme’s totes right now.

An up-and-coming designer of streamlined, elegant leather bags as well as a ready-to-wear collection, British designer Sophie Hulme is “hot” right now thanks to fans like Peaches Geldof and Alexa Chung.

She’s also a favourite of top UK fashion mags like Elle UK and won one of the British Fashion Council’s four 2011 Talent Launch Pad awards; so you know she’s going to be huge.

Get one of her fabulous bags now while they’re still affordable from Singapore’s top online fashion store, Doorstep Luxury. Check out the gallery below for examples; you’ll also get a cute “trinket” with your purchase, this season it’s a cute pen cap.



Coach’s Legacy collection is simple but good


In 1961, an American designer made history when she introduced industrial hardware like brass toggles and zips onto clothes and bags. She also revolutionised the way women carried their daily necessities around by introducing matching coin purses attached to bags as well as inner zipped compartments.

Her name was Bonnie Cashin, and she was the chief designer of Coach. Her vision was simple – to make fashion practical.

Fast forward 51 years, and her name is still very much part of Coach’s identity, especially with the launch of the Coach Legacy collection for Fall 2012, a collection that re-introduces Coach’s archival pieces but with a modern twist.

A highlight of the Legacy collection is the Duffle (pictured above), first made famous by Bonnie Cashin in 1973, in a practical though dull camel brown shade. The latest version however, is like the original Duffle Sac’s more vivacious sister, boasting a plethora of bright colours like cobalt blue, emerald green, sunflower yellow and carnelian red.

The Legacy range continues to adapt from its archives with the cross-body Saddle Bag, the mini Penny bag, the double-buckled Amanda Flap and the Archive Bucket Bag, all inspired from Coach purses of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

There’s more to fall in love with in this Legacy collection. Each bag is either made from Coach’s heritage glove-tanned leather or a hardy pebbled leather, and accompanied by a tassel – the Legacy’s collection signature.

The Bonnie Cashin influence is woven throughout the Legacy purses, from the use of bold, vivid shades and handy small accessories that matched your bag, right down to the special reissue of Bonnie Cashin designs like the Bucket Bag (pictured below) which she popularised in 1968.

The stars of this season’s collection might be retrospective and simple (no visible Coach logos) but they certainly aren’t in any way old-fashioned, proving that regardless of what people say about cutting-edge design, good old classics still reign supreme.


THEFACESHOP SG crowns Natalie Pua as their first local ambassador


After two months of intense competition, THEFACESHOP Singapore’s Top Girl has been crowned. At the Top Girl Grand Finals held last weekend on June 16, 22-year-old student Natalie Pua emerged victorious, taking the first ever THEFACESHOP Singapore Top Girl title.

“Natalie’s radiant smile and elegance made her a popular choice among both judges and audience alike. She truly captures the essence of our brand with her warm personality and positive attitude to life. We look forward to her rise as a beauty inspiration to others through the brand”, revealed THEFACESHOP Singapore’s CEO Ms. Doreen Kho.

Being a fan of THEFACESHOP products, Natalie took part in the Top Girl search despite her shy nature. “I am a big fan of THEFACESHOP’s masks and my favourite product, the Raspberry Roots Depuffing Eye Gel is an essential”, shares Natalie.

Natalie who is currently pursuing a degree in Accountancy at the Singapore Management University will begin her Top Girl duties next week as she travels to Seoul to meet the eight other Top Girls from Myanmar, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and China.

As part of the Top Girl prize, Natalie will front THEFACESHOP Singapore’s brand campaigns and launches for the next 12 months. She also took home a THEFACESHOP hamper, Toywatch, New Look outfits and $8,000 in cash.

Other Top Girl finalists also walked away with prizes at the grand finals. Shannon Low who was the first runner-up walked off with a THEFACESHOP hamper as well as cash vouchers. Amanda Low was awarded Miss Popularity while Tay Wee Leng was chosen as the New Look Fashionistar.


Chloé re-opens its store in Ngee Ann City


Chic luxury label Chloé has re-opened its Singapore store with a full range of women’s ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, small leather goods, eyewear, jewellery & even fragrance
The sophisticated, yet feminine, fashion label Chloé has finally re-opened its store in Ngee Ann City and is now stocking the full range of its covetable women’s ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, small leather goods, eyewear, jewellery and even fragrance lines.

Featuring a contemporary ambience of three-dimensional wooden panels, crisp white finishes and a glistening white quartz wall, the 120 square metres of French chic is now open for your shopping pleasure.

Founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion, the Chloé label has always had a distinct aesthetic of soft, body-conscious pieces in luxe fabrics. It was, in fact, the very first luxury prêt-a-porter, or ready-to-wear, brand and kicked off the fashion industry that we know today.

After the brand’s resurgence under the helm of Phoebe Philo in 2001 – yes, the same designer behind the growth of Celine – it become one of the “it” brands beloved of stars like Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman and Lou Doillon.

Now designed by Clare Waight Keller who came on-board in 2011, the brand continues to wow fashionistas who have a penchant for feminine, but elegant, looks and its accessories continue to be front row favourites.

Although there is currently only one Chloé boutique in Singapore, the brand says that it plans to open more stores in the region in the near future.