With a smear of kiddy pizza across the front of his stand-up collar, white cotton, smart casual shirt, Mr. C may not have looked the part of a fashion maven, but he had just proven his chops as a style guide, and, confidently voguish, he didn’t give a baby’s damn who saw the smear. He was stylin’. And so was I just thinking about the French creations I had seen and tried on at Addiction by Jess on Havelock Road across the river from Publico on Robertson Quay where we had chosen to chill after a day in town.
The eponymous owner of Addiction by Jess, is Jessica Abitbol. Transplanted to Singapore from Paris, Ms. Abitbol noticed a dearth of French design in any, save the highest end, shops and boutiques. From a family of merchants Ms. Abitbol grew up in the fashion milieu of Paris and is no stranger to merchandise and promotion. Sensing a vacant niche in the market, she decided to import designs exclusively from two designers. She explains: “I am totally in love of these 2 brands which have a collection sophisticated unique because they have only few pieces per model and élégant with affordable prices.”
The designs I tried were flowing and cool – perfect for our tropical climate. “Mama,” Mr. C exclaimed as I strutted around Ms. Abitbol’s apartment cum showroom at 62 Havelock Road (by appointment only). I took his exclamations as informed approval. He and I were especially drawn to a floor length blue and white print with a plunging neckline. I liked the way it draped along the floor. I accented it with dark blue beads at my wrist. I left my neck bare to accentuate the neckline and to draw the eye to the lacy woven straps that fell just slightly across the top of my shoulders. The creation was casual enough for an afternoon on the town – think Robertson Quay with my fashion advisor – or a more elegant evening at a Christmas party or a Chinese New Year soirée.
Likewise, Mr. C coo-ed his approval of a mid-thigh length red and white sporty dress with a bright white, lacy V-shaped insert on the bodice. This one positively shouts “HOLIDAY PARTY!” It comes in blue and white, too. Then there was a striking black and white affair in a bold geometric pattern. So many! And all with the boisterously heart-felt approval of my young male confrère eagerly awaiting his chance to smear an afternoon snack all over his bodice.
Speaking of the upcoming festive seasons, Jessica Abitbol says:
I’m waiting for a new small collection of accessories : bags and jewelry made in Paris before Chinese New Year, I ll probably offer some promotions to my customers because these are days very important and women need different clothing for different evening. I will help them to be even more beautiful with my clothing!