Style News: Celebrating Singapore

Celebrating Singapore


Renowned Swiss fragrance manufacturer Givaudan and the National Heritage Board have collaborated on a scent to mark the republic's jubilee year.

Called City, this unisex scent stands out with its sophisticated blend of clean, floral and green accords. It opens with notes of grapefruit and pepper; goes deeper with ylang ylang, jasmine, magnolia and orchid; and finishes with amber, vetiver and ambrette.

The eau de parfum is concocted by Givaudan perfumer Shyamala Maisondieu, who has created scents for brands such as Tom Ford, Lanvin and Diesel.

City ($80 for 50ml) will be sold later this month at the National Museum of Singapore store for a limited time.


Speciality mechanical watchmaker Arbutus has collaborated with seven artists from 10 Square@Orchard Central, the youth division of non-profit organisation The Little Arts Academy, to create 13 limited-edition timepieces which feature miniature paintings depicting Singapore's heritage and landmarks.

Priced at $1,800 each, sale proceeds of the Arbutus Singapore Jubilee Limited Edition Timepiece will fund the arts education of youth from economically disadvantaged families.

Unsold timepieces from last month's Arbutus Art & the Art of Watchmaking SG50 Watch Artisans Exhibition at VivoCity are on display and available for purchase at Tangs.

Burberry Scarf Bar

Burberry has launched a Scarf Bar service, which allows personalising of its famous checked scarf.

Customers have the option of monogramming up to three initials on a classic or lightweight cashmere scarf ($825 and $1,195 respectively) available in the brand's heritage shades - Camel, Stone, Charcoal, Navy and Parade Red. There are more than 30 thread colour options to choose from.

Monogramming services will take seven working days and cost $120 for adults and $80 for children. Go to to place orders.


New skincare for men

Guys, it is time to add the latest skincare must-have - the lightweight essence lotion - to your grooming routine.

To be used right after cleansing, essence lotions moisturise, soften, and calm raw shaven skin. They also boost the absorption of products applied afterwards.

The new Laneige Homme Oil Control Water Lotion ($45, from Laneige counters) is the latest addition to the range of lotions for men in the market. Made for oily and combination skin types, the lotion contains organic coconut oil as well as marine and pine extracts. This product complements the Oil Control Cleanser ($28) from the same range.

ClarinsMen's Anti-Fatigue Eye Serum ($65, from Clarins counters) and Revitalizing Gel ($80) which are made to perk up tired skin, have been reformulated and is said to be more effective. Both formulas are made with Gymnema herb and organic goji berries and claim to boost cell energy and slow skin ageing.

They are best suited for men who are concerned about the first signs of ageing on the face and eye area, such as wrinkles and sagging. The textures are easily absorbed and non-greasy with a matte finish.

New Uniqlo jeans

Global clothing retailer Uniqlo has launched a new range of jeans for men that claims to be 20 per cent lighter than other Uniqlo jeans.

The Miracle Air Skinny Fit Tapered Jeans are made with the brand's Miracle Air Denim, which is also said to provide more comfort because of its stretchiness.

The brand has also launched Smart Shape Jeans for women. It features ultra-soft and smooth denim, which hugs and defines natural curves, and features a smart shape band inside the front pockets to tuck in the tummy for a slimmer waistline.

The Miracle Air Skinny Fit Tapered Jeans and Smart Shape Jeans are available at Uniqlo stores islandwide for $59.90 each.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - GCNEWS10'. Print Edition | Subscribe