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GOING FOR GOLD

Michael Kors names his new fragrance collection after gold: white gold, 24K gold and rose gold.

The three eau de parfum in The Gold Collection share a fruity-floral theme - White Luminous Gold is fruitier, 24K Brilliant Gold has a woody touch and Rose Radiant Gold has a musky finish. Each costs from $80 for 30ml and are available at Michael Kors boutiques and selected department stores.

In an e-mail interview, the fashion designer shares his thoughts on the collection and the allure of perfumes.

Why did you choose gold as the inspiration for the collection?

I've always loved gold and it has been a part of my designs since forever. To me, there is nothing more opulent.

I am a big believer in everyday glamour and I think with these fragrances, we have made it easer to feel glamorous.

How tricky was it to capture the scent of gold, a metal, in a perfume?

We looked at it like this: each type of gold has a different attitude and you wear them for different occasions. So that was the approach we took for the fragrance.

The White Gold is powerful with hints of pear, jasmine and amber. The Rose Gold is a little more flirty with charming florals and musks. The 24K Gold is over-the-top glamorous with florals and woodiness.

How should a woman wear fragrance?

It's a personal choice. I think she can wear it almost all the time - the fragrance should just change based on where she's going and what her mood is. There's a time and a place for every fragrance.

What are your first memories of perfume?

The scents my mother and grandmother wore when I was a kid. My mom was sporty, so she always wore Aliage by Estee Lauder.

My grandmother was always fabulous and she wore Joy by Jean Patou.

Beyond that, my favourite scent memory is jasmine - it reminds me of that moment when I step off a plane and into a tropical place.

What kind of notes do you love on men and on women?

I'll always love jasmine on women, but lately, I also love the deeper woody, vanilla and amber scents.

On men, you want something that smells masculine, but also crisp and light - notes such as bergamot, sage and patchouli. It should not be overwhelming.



-- PHOTOS: MICHAEL KORS, PUMA

LOCAL PUMAS

Sportswear brand Puma has joined forces with local sneaker boutique Limited EDT to commemorate the Jubilee Year.

It has come up with three designs that pay homage to Singapore. The first one, titled Blaze of Glory SG50 (left), was launched last week and takes inspiration from the Merlion. It incorporates silver grey pony hair on its toecap, reminiscent of the Merlion's mane, 3-D printed fish scales on its body and red-and-white laces.

The second design relates to Singapore's thriving port industry, while the third illustrates how Singapore is a metropolis. They will be released some time in November and January respectively.

Prices range from $240 to $259. Available at Limited EDT stores and online from www.limitededt.com


STREETWEAR MEETS FOOD

Hospitality and entertainment group Potato Head Folk and Japanese streetwear brand Neighbourhood have launched an exclusive clothing line.

The collaboration, which draws inspiration from the tropics, includes T-shirts, shorts, caps, jackets and aprons. Prices start from $78. It is on sale now at a month-long pop-up store at Potato Head Folk's restaurant, Three Buns, in Keong Saik Road.


WORKSHOP ELEMENT STORE

Local multi-brand boutique Workshop Element will open a permanent retail space at Suntec City on Sept 3.

Called W.E.+., it takes up 5,300 sq ft of space and will carry local designer Alfie Leong's revamped label, bysm (previously Mu), bespoke shoemaker Atelier LLYR, Swedish socks brand Happy Socks and womenswear label Revolte. It will also house the W.E. Cafe.

Workshop Element previously opened only pop-up shops.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2015, with the headline 'Style News'. Print Edition | Subscribe