CHRISTIAN DADA OPENS STORE IN ORCHARD ROAD
Christian Dada, a Japanese label founded in 2010 by designer Masanori Morikawa, has opened its first flagship store in Singapore at 268 Orchard Road, a mall that sits between Knightsbridge and Robinsons The Heeren.
The interior of the 1,700 sq ft boutique is designed by Fumiko Takahama Architects and inspired by the Japanese karesansui garden, meaning rock or dry landscape garden. Sheets of black perforated metal are folded, origami-style, to resemble rocks.
The label is known for its deconstructed designs, showing Morikawa's love of non-conformism. His intricately embellished designs employ traditional Japanese silk weaving techniques and the 8th- century yuzen dyeing method, a tedious process commonly done by hand and used for kimonos and coats.
Prices range from $70 for a bandana to $4,620 for a rabbit fur collar jacket.
Christian Dada is located at 268 Orchard Road, 01-02; open daily from 11am to 9pm; tel: 6585-1313
MAKE-UP BRAND KAT VON D TO LAUNCH HERE
Beauty junkies have a reason to celebrate this July as make-up label Kat Von D makes its way into Sephora stores here.
Founded by American tattoo artist and television star Kat Von D, whose real name is Katherine von Drachenberg, the eponymous brand is known for its highly pigmented and long-lasting products that fuse old Hollywood glamour with a gothic vamp edge.
One of the label's star products is the Everlasting Liquid lipstick ($31), whichapplies like a creamy gloss and dries with an intense matte finish. The long- lasting lipstick will be available in 26 shades, including Nosferatu (blood crimson), Echo (satin navy blue) and Lolita (rosy brown).
A full range of products from the brand will be available here, including cult favourites such as the Shade + Light Contour Palette ($73), the Lock-It Foundation ($56) and the Tattoo Liner ($32).
LOEWE LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL CRAFT PRIZE COMPETITION
Spanish luxury fashion brand Loewe has launched an annual international Craft Prize compe- tition, which aims to recognise and award the outstanding achievements of artisans in a range of craft-based professions.
The Loewe Craft Prize is initiated by the brand's creative director, Jonathan Anderson, and will be awarded based on how the craftsman has best reinterpreted traditional craft methods to create a piece that has both function and aesthetics.
A jury comprising individuals from the fields of architecture, design, journalism and museum curatorship will select the winner, who will be announced in April next year. The winner will receive €50,000 (S$77,741) and, along with 14 other finalists, have his or her works displayed in a travelling exhibition starting in Madrid in May next year, followed by cities in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Global submissions are welcome at www.loewecraftprize.com until Nov 7 this year.