Saturday, March 26, 2016

When I saw CH Carolina Herrera Spring Inspiration mailer invitation from Elle Singapore magazine, I was attracted by the photo immediately.  I told myself that this was an event that I wouldn't want to miss.  I fell in love with the two dresses which the female models were wearing in the mailer.  Simply love that romantic yet sexy look that shows off the legs.

Here I was at CH Carolina Herrera Spring Inspiration Event on 24 March 2016.  It was a showcase of its Spring 2016 collection at the flagship store located in Marina Bay Sands Shoppes L1-19, Bay Level.  As I was there early, I got the opportunity to browse through the collection which includes apparels and accessories for women, men and kids(up to 10 years old).  

The boutique manager, Lerine, walked me through the boutique, while going through the concept of the flagship store.  Founder Carolina Herrera wanted a cozy relaxed feel for customers to browse through the items available as if they were in their own apartments.  Hence part of the boutique is designed as a walk-in wardrobe, which is a dream to most ladies.

Mrs Herrera started Carolina Herrera New York in 1981 and in 2001, CH Carolina Herrera was formed as a lifestyle brand offering ready-to-wear and accessories for men, women and kids.

This has gotta be my favourite section of the boutique, showcasing CH's collection of evening wear, a display of brilliant use of colours with lots of volume and structure.

 The section offers a selection of corporate wear which is versatile enough for ladies to wear for an evening night out after work.

The men won't feel left out as well, as CH dedicated a section for men's wear, where the guys can pick from a good selection of polo tees, shirts, casual wear, formal jacket suits, etc.

A good selection of jackets with a range of colours to choose from.

I was surprised that CH also offers accessories for horse riding.  Amazing!

Even though apparels are the main focus for the event, I also checked out their accessories, which includes wallets, cufflinks, luggage tags, bags, shoes and even home accessories like aromatic candles.

I love how the boutique was designed to subtly showcase the brand, be it as part of the table display or on the ceiling.

 I bumped into two friends, Simone and Celestia at the event. Hi gals, good to meet up with you again!

The highlight of that night's event was the mini fashion showcase.  Renowned fashion stylist Furqan Saini was there to go through some pieces of the collection that shows texture, volume, colour and print.

Amazing use of green on this set of apparels which has an off shoulder design to give you a tinge of sexiness.  The two knots impact a feminine appeal to the top and pants.

 Next up is a red dress with zig zag prints and a tie belt, meaning that you can either go for a look with the belt for a more casual style or tie the belt for a more shaped up style.

Farhan showed us how to change the look by throwing on a black casual outer wear for a weekend getaway or catch up with friends over tea.

This look rocked the house!  For ladies who are looking for corporate wear but yet do not want to settle for the usual boring black jacket suits, this style offers something out of the norm yet formal enough for ladies to carry off in the office.

The look when the jacket was hocked up.  Cindy, Country Manager of CH, was discussing with me how this jacket can be used for casual days off when matched with denim jeans.  Cool!

A very classy elegant look greeted the guests when the model came out with a knee length dress and a long jacket.

 A great option for the office and all a lady needs to do is to remove the jacket for an evening night out.  Very versatile indeed!

A very feminine look combined with yellow floral prints set against a contrasting black.  A pair of straight cut 3/4 pants sets a casual feel.

The showstopper for that evening. CH's signature look - long voluminous skirt with a classic white chiffon shirt.  It makes a lady look so effortlessly put together, channeling elegance and charm.

Thanks Carolina Hererra and Elle Singapore for the kind invite to check out CH's Spring 2016 collection!

Elaine Heng
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Guess where I was with my friends on 1 Mar 2016?  The partial image of a car behind probably will give you a clue. ;)

Yes, we were all at the simultaneous launch event of Aston Martin DB11 at the new landmark Aston Martin showroom on Leng Kee Road. DB11 was unveiled to audiences in both Geneva and Singapore at 21.00 SGT, a testament to Aston Martin's enduring global appeal.

  So glad to catch up with all my friends at the Aston Martin launch.  All of us were so excited about DB11.

 The DB11 made its global debut on 1st March 2016 at the 86th International Geneva Motor Show and all the invited guests were so lucky to get a close look at DB11.

 Bobby Tonelli, celebrity DJ and actor, was the emcee for that night.

 One of the only two DB11 at the moment, was covered up in black clothes, keeping us in suspense.

A speech by Mr Pang Cheong Yan, Managing Director, Prestige Division, Wearnes Automotive.

 Mr Patrik Nilsson, Asia Pacific Regional Director for Aston Martin, was also in Singapore to give a speech before unveiling DB11.

The DB11 was unveiled by Mr Patrik Nilsson, Asia Pacific Regional Director for Aston Martin, and Mr Pang Cheong Yan, Managing Director, Prestige Division, Wearnes Automotive, in front of more than 200 illustrious guests and VIPs. The unveiling heralds a new chapter in Aston Martin‟s 103- year history, as DB11 is the first product launched under the company's "Second Century‟ plan. 

The unveiling started at 21.00 SGT sharp.

Oh my goodness... Just look at this magnificent car!

 I couldn't resist taking a photo with DB11.  This DB11 has such an amazing hue of red which is not overpowering and has an intriguing feel to it.

The DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive design language, pioneering aerodynamics and a potent new in-house designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Built upon a new lighter, stronger, and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure, DB11 is the most powerful, most efficient and most dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin‟s history. As such it is the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003.

In Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer's words, he said “We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world. DB11 is the absolute embodiment of what an Aston Martin should be and we have worked tirelessly to ensure that DB11 combines both exceptional design with the latest technology throughout. A brand new bonded aluminium platform, clever aerodynamics, a new characterful twin-turbo V12 and class-leading infotainment systems are just a few aspects which make this the sports car that will proudly spearhead Aston Martin's second century plan.” 

The DB11's heart is a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12. This new engine develops 608 PS1 (600 BHP1) and 700Nm1 of torque, making DB11 the most powerful production DB model ever. Naturally, it is the most dynamic and most accelerative too, with a top speed of 322km/h1 and a 0-100km/h time of just 3.9sec1

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DB11 combines the very latest technology developed in conjunction with technical partner, Daimler, with the finest quality and hand craftsmanship. Using a full-colour 12” TFT LCD display, the all-new instrument cluster presents primary vehicle information with absolute clarity, while a second, centrally-mounted 8” TFT screen is dedicated to infotainment. Controlled via an intuitive rotary control, with an optional touchpad offering character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support, the new satellite navigation and audio system have never been more effective, sounded better or been easier to operate. A newly implemented auto-park assist feature and 360-degree birds-eye view camera, also operated via the car‟s infotainment system, ensures safe maneuvering at slow speeds.

This was one of those times when you didn't want to get out of a car.

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