Friday, 22 August 2014

A Fantastical Dream Realised - Fantasìa by Escribà Premieres in Singapore

Visitors can expect a stunning showcase of larger-than-life confectionery masterpieces, including an attempt at the world’s tallest chocolate fountain record and awe-inspiring theatrical performances

Fantasìa by Escribà is the brainchild of pastry power couple, acclaimed pastry chefs Christian Escribà and Patricia Schmidt, and features dazzling theatrical showcases, towering masterpieces made from confectionery, and an array of delectable sweet and savoury treats.

One of Fantasìa’s most incredible attractions, Callebaut Falls, is on its way to setting a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest Chocolate Fountain. Named after joint-presenting partner, Belgian chocolate purveyor Callebaut and following a collaboration with Chocovic ambassador Christian Escribà, the cascade of luscious liquid dark chocolate is 8.5 metres tall, more than twice the height of a double-decker bus.
Starting with the Magical Entrance - visitors will be taken from the real world to the realm of fantasy, there they will be greeted by an array of characters dressed in colourful costumes.
Emerging into Dreamland, visitors will be greeted by Callebaut Falls, the largest masterpiece of the entire showcase, and one of the 23 masterpieces conceptualised and created by Chefs Christian Escribà, Chocovic ambassador, and Patricia Schmidt. Watching over Callebaut Falls is a blinking moon feasting on pastries fed by one of Fantasìa’s many characters, while another will be catching gigantic cakes from a floating four-poster bed.
Can you see the chocolate sauce?
Fantasia by Escriba
Where: Marina Bay Sands Convention Halls D and E at Basement 2
When: From August 22 to 24, 2014
Prices: From $38 for entry to the Midnight at Fantasia event on August 23 to $388 for a family bundle (which consists of two adult tickets and two child tickets) daily. Masterclasses and other events at Fantasia are ticketed separately; go to 
http://fantasiabyescriba.com/ for more information.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Club Monaco Launches Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

Taking Inspiration From Icons of the 70’s
SINGAPORE – Club Monaco announces the debut of its pre-fall collection inspired by the modernistic elegance and mood of the icons of the 1970. 

“This fall, I was inspired by musicians coming out of Manchester, England in the late 1970’s. We always look to  musicians for style - they are always a constant source of inspiration for me,” noted Aaron Levine, vice president of men’s designs. “Additionally, I looked to music from other eras – the 1980’s and 1990’s. I enjoyed mashing these timeframes together with their different aesthetics to create a unique viewpoint for fall.” The men’s collection explores the idea of modernity and patterns in new updated classics while playing with different fabric textures. The color palette for the season is grey based with red, navy, and tan for July; maroon and purple accents for August; and finally, hints of army green for September. 

Club Monaco announces its Holiday collection inspired by the dark elegance of winter coupled with a modern take on two stand-out eras in fashion. This season Club Monaco takes a journey to Peru, and continues to evolve Holiday gifting for men with options from across the globe.

The men’s and women’s collection complement each other. Deep blues, floral patterns, and chunky textures make a seamless transition to the colder months for both men and women.

“For fall we keep evolving and pushing our brand forward, said Aaron Levine head of men’s designs. “The key factors we considered most were fabric and silhouettes, while continuing to refine the collection as a whole. It’s important to make sure our fits are familiar, yet polished.  We want our guys to be blown away at the continued evolution of our offering.” 

The men’s collection explores the idea of elevated luxury with updated fits and detailing in all categories. The collection takes outwear to an unexpected level this season with updated topcoats, peacots, and blazers for work to weekend wear.  Unexpected editorial additions enhance the collection, including leather sweatpants for men, Zespa sneakers out of France, and the sellout leather bombers are back this season with a new, modern fit.  

Maker & Muse, is a series of collaborative efforts that began with a simple idea – to bring all of our favorite things from around the world into Club Monaco stores. Not to replace the great clothing and accessories we already offered; but to elevate our assortment – to offer our customers a unique shopping experience they couldn’t find anywhere else. Maker & Muse continues this holiday season with collaborations from brands such as Allen Edmonds – a Wisconsin based artisanal shoe-maker, 1990’s vintage Saucony’s hand designed by Aaron Levine, an exclusive tote bags from Lotuff, and much more.  These products align with Club Monaco’s emphasis on quality and craftsmanship.  

“This season, I was inspired by the beauty and strength of female, contemporary artists and their work. Anjelica Huston’s impeccable style, the sophistication of Faye Dunaway, and the boyishness of Vanessa Redgrave,” said Caroline Belhumeur, lead women’s designer for Club Monaco.  “They have a timeless style we wanted to replicate for our customer.” Standout items from Fall 1 include the Caroline Pant, Ruby Coat, and Kelly Boot –all pieces that were Caroline Belhumeur’s favorites. 

For July; Club Monaco utilized classic neutrals with pops of rose, pale pink, and tulip-red, alongside paisley and floral prints. As the summer comes heightens, the colors evolve into richer tones of plum, navy, and tan with a hint of red through the accessories to add an unexpected splash of color.  As fall approached we celebrate with dark florals, peppered with shades of purple and pinks to complement the changing of the season. 

 
“The 70’s are always a source of inspiration,” said Caroline Belhumeur, head designer for womenswear at Club Monaco. “This season, we used fabric, embellishments, and color that has a 70’s meets 90’s feel. It’s not vintage, rather fresh and updated.  The result was a sensual vibe created through the strategic use of leather.  There is also an emphasis on new proportions and shapes, and we see this with sweaters and outerwear which are oversized, yet, maintain an edgy, feminine feeling.”  With a 70’s inspiration Caroline embraced true winter colors: olives alongside different levels of Club Monaco’s heritage colors of black and white. The collection welcomes winter and gives the customer a mix of cozy, fuzzy textures. 

Alongside the oversized sweaters sits the Luxury Weekend Modern Peru capsule collection launching in October. These chunky sweaters, ponchos, and accessories are made from Peruvian alpaca and yarns which is hand knitted with the women’s cooperative, Manos, in Uruguay. This world renowned coop is known for its craftsmanship and their wares perfectly complement the winter pieces from Club Monaco.

As December approaches the collection celebrates fringe, lace, and tassels which are peppered throughout the line. Colors evolve into richer tones of plum, navy, and metallic. Pearl embellishments on jumpsuits, skirts, and dresses add an unexpected twist to traditional holiday dressing. 

                                    
Club Monaco


Takashimaya Shopping Centre 
B1-41/47/48
Tel: 6732 1767





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