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Couture Meets Excellence 时装与卓越相逢

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Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house), Yves Saint Laurent (designer) Climène dress, autumn−winter 1959 haute couture collection Photo © Laziz Hamani
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Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house), Raf Simons (designer) autumn−winter 2012 haute couture collection Photo © Patrick Demarchelier/Licensed by Art+Commerce
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Christian Dior and fashion model Lucky c. 1956 © Christian Dior Photo: Bellini
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Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house), Yves Saint Laurent (designer) Climène dress, autumn−winter 1959 haute couture collection Photo © Laziz Hamani

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the most prestigious couture houses in the world, the National Gallery of Victoria is set to present the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior : Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International from 27 August to 7 November, 2017.

Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior and will feature a sumptuous display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed from 1947 to 2017.

Considered as Dior’s first complete collection to be shown outside of Paris, the exhibition’s highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic Spring 1947 ‘New Look’ collection, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ballgowns and evening dresses, as well as current contemporary designs from the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

配合迪奥之家(House of Dior)70周年纪念,维多利亚国家美术馆(NGV)为这家世界上极负盛名的时装店之一,策划前所未有的展览 “The House of Dior : 70年高级定制时装”,自2017年8月27日至11月7日,在NGV国际馆展出。

而在墨尔本的独家展览会,也是NGV和迪奥之家合作的独特策划案,展出从1947年直至2017年由Christian Dior Couture团队所设计,逾140件的奢华时装服饰。

由于考虑到这是迪奥首个完整系列在巴黎之外的区域展出,展览会将突出 Christian Dior 的标志性春装 – 1947年的 “新面貌” 系列,还有迪奥招牌舞会礼服和晚礼服,并由迪奥之家的首位女性创意总监 Maria Grazia Chiuri 展现当代设计作品。

Haute Couture at its Height 顶级时装的至高点

WMT20068-.jpgIf what drives a product towards extravagance and opulence is pure talent and multitude of hard work, then these two fashion artists seem to have what it takes to do just that. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren recently unveiled the world-premiere exhibition of their latest fashion artwork title Viktor & Rolf : Fashion Artists at NGV International Melbourne.

Driving the haute couture designs from Dutch fashion house, these artists present some of the most flamboyantly sculptured creation inspired by Picasso and cubism. Featuring over 40 intricate and hand-crafted haute couture garments, the premiere will include exhibit from a dress made from a silk bedspread, to gowns made from gold-gilded picture frames.

如果驱使一项产品迈向富丽奢华境地是纯粹的天赋和辛勤工作,那么 Viktor Horsting 和 Rolf Snoeren 这两名时尚设计师似乎就是当仁不让。他们最近也在为主题Viktor & Rolf :时尚艺术家在墨尔本维多利亚国家美术馆国际馆 (NGV International) 的世界首次展览会揭开序幕,展示最新时尚作品。

从驾驭荷兰顶级时装店伊始,他们突现了极富雕塑感的创作灵感皆来自毕加索和立体派。制作超过40件繁复与手工制作的高级定制时装,包括有由丝绸床罩制成,还有使用金镀画框制成的礼服。

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arts012207_rgbViktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists will be on display from Friday 21 October – 26 February at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Tickets are available from NGV’s website NGV. MELBOURNE

Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for Kids will be on display from Friday 21 October – 26 February at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

Viktor & Rolf:“时尚艺术家”将于10月21日至2月26日在墨尔本180号St Kilda路维多利亚国家美术馆国际馆(NGV International)展出,门票资讯请浏览NGV的网站NGV. MELBOURNE。

工作室:Viktor & Rolf(儿童限定)将于10月21日至2月26日在墨尔本180号St Kilda路维多利亚国家美术馆国际馆(NGV International)免费展出。


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ARTS011723_RGB.jpgThe exhibit will highlight intricate floral dresses with skirts spanning nearly two meters inspired by the much admired Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. You will definitely not miss the one of its kind dress fixed with nearly 250 bows Princess Mabel of the Netherland’s royal wedding dress. Focusing the theme on the Old Master paintings, the event will also include masterly designs made from gold-framed of Classic paintings. What may be a quirky idea, instead of real life-sized models, there will also be Dutch porcelain dolls dressed in miniature couture on display.

展览会将突出一件近两米长的复杂花裙子,以近250张蝴蝶结点缀而成的荷兰玛贝尔王妃(Princess Mabel)皇家婚纱礼服之一,受到著名荷兰画家梵高的启发创作。主题焦点集中在经典大师画作上,包括由金框架经典绘画制成的时装设计。无限可能性的古怪想法,除了现实体型的模型,尚有荷兰瓷娃娃穿着微型时装展出。

Effortless Inspired 创想翱翔

Fashion and Lifestyle trends in today’s fast-paced, instant-connected world are in a constant flux. Shifting and simultaneously changing according to season, Schwarzkopf Professional, one of the world’s top hair fashion trendsetters, adapts the ever-changing scene taking inspiration from international fashion runways, social elite and the A-listers appearing on the front row seats at private events and fashion shows. While the Autumn/Winter season of 2016 signifies yet another iconic time in the fashion world, it is a time where personal fashion statement meets exquisite tastes.

“Trends today reflect how our society is evolving and the way we actually live,” said Simon Ellis, International Creative Director of Schwarzkopf Professional.”

Schwarzkopf Professional’s ESSENTIAL LOOKS Flex Collection 02/2016 for this season includes GENDERLESS that pays tribute to the appearance of gender-neutral clothing and hair styling; ATHLEISURE that took inspiration from the urban Sports Luxe trend and lastly, KOOLBLOND’s effortless cool of the Scandic ice-blondes.

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“今日的时尚潮流体现出时下社会的演变过程,以及我们现实生活中的生存之道,”Schwarzkopf Professional国际创意总监Simon Ellis表示。”

Schwarzkopf Professional今季呈献的ESSENTIAL LOOKS Flex系列02/2016,关键设计包括向中性服扮与发型致敬的GENDERLESS;灵感撷自都市奢华运动风的ATHLEISURE,以及北欧冰雪白境的KOOLBLOND。

200 Years Of Australian Fashion 澳大利亚200年时尚巨献

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Federation Square presents 200 Years of Australian Fashion where over 120 works from more than 90 designers showcasing the work of contemporary designs including exquisite historical design.

Claimed to be the first major survey of Australian fashion to be undertaken in this country, a diverse range of programs for this exhibition including opening weekend pop-up design talks and a symposium exploring the question, what is Australian fashion?

Curators, designers, practitioners and academics will actively engage audiences in programs throughout the exhibition period including design talks, curator’s perspectives, designer-led workshops, a discussion series and intimate behind the scenes: Fashion Collection sessions.

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Works of contemporary designers such as Dion Lee, Ellery, Romance Was Born and Toni Maticevski are some of the famous names participating.

The exhibition also includes multimedia footage and interviews, photographs and works on paper. A fully-illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

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THE PORSCHE OF MENSWEAR 保时捷-男性时尚

Porsche Design … for those whose unobtrusive, smart-casual style demonstrates their confidence in all situations.

Impeccably tailored and intuitively finished, the fashion creations of the house of Porsche Design prove that fashion can be serious and visually arresting at the same time.

Porsche Design, which recently unveiled its Fall / Winter 2016 collection at the Berlin Fashion Week, has managed to find the perfect harmony of formal elegance with hip coolness. The result is a sophisticated collection of menswear perfectly styled for the urbane traveller.

The highlight of the collection was the zip-out blazers made from easily removable integrated light down that allows its wearer to adjust the blazer to suit different climates. It is ingenious design functionalities like this and the use of innovative and responsive fabrics that make Porsche Design a leader in the men’s premium fashion segment. Strategically positioned colour and structural elements in its fashion-forward creations reminisce of motor sport and genetically connect Porsche the fashion house to Porsche the automotive behemoth.

保时捷的时尚触感……以低调、智能的休闲风格适应任何情况与场景。

无可挑剔的剪裁和流畅的完成感,保时捷设计师的所传递的概念:时尚可以同时庄重和凝聚目光。

保时捷设计在最近柏林2016年秋冬时装周上,展现了与男性曲线贴合优雅的正式服饰,显得有点复杂又完美的设计,符合城市旅人温文尔雅的风格。

这个系列的亮点功能是可拆卸的拉链综合切换,可以随着不同的气候调整服饰,而这个巧妙的设计功能结合创新面料,让保时捷设计成为男性时尚的领头羊。另外,赛车运动战略的色彩,时尚前卫的创作结构元素和基因也与保时捷车业巨头的形象相呼应。

Porsche Design Show FW 2016 Fashion Presentation

Porsche Design Show FW 2016 Fashion Presentation

Porsche Design Show FW 2016 Fashion Presentation

Porsche Design Show FW 2016 Fashion Presentation

Porsche Design Show FW 2016 Fashion Presentation

Porsche Design Show FW 2016 Fashion Presentation

Porsche Design Show FW 2016 Fashion Presentation

Porsche Design Show FW 2016 Fashion Presentation

Porsche Design Show FW 2016 Fashion Presentation

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Runway Revolution 时尚伸展台大革命

Jakarta Fashion Week is a driving platform for Indonesian fashion industry. As the major fashion week in Indonesia, Jakarta Fashion Week aims to provide direction for Indonesian fashion industry and demonstrate the talents and creativity of the fashion workers in the country. This year fashion designer Rinaldy A.Yanuardi stood out as one of the most creative designers. Invited guests were amazed by the models walking down the runway with Rinaldy’s latest new contemporary collection with a touch of traditional yet dramatic creativity.

雅加达时尚周为印度尼西亚时尚界开启了时尚平台。雅加达时尚周是印度尼西亚的主要时尚活动,因此借这个机会为印度尼西亚时尚界引领进入时尚的新趋向。除此之外,更想让那些本地具有天赋和创意的时尚爱好者有机会在伸展台上发光发热。

本地著名的服装设计师 Rinaldy A. Yanuardi 获得了今年度最创意设计师的荣誉。被邀请的嘉宾们都被他所精心设计的作品感到惊喜。Rinaldy 把现代时尚混合了一些复古的元素,产生了戏剧性的火花。

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Standing the Test of Time

Austen Wong & Kevin Wong

Director & Asst. to Director of Woo Hing Brothers Watch Merchant (PENANG) Sdn. Bhd.

by Jeremy Tan

EVOLVING over the years but staying true to its core expertise, Woo Hing Brothers Penang has forged a truly timeless reputation as a choice purveyor of quality timepieces in the heart of George Town.

First established in 1950 along Campbell Street, one of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city’s oldest commercial precincts, the family business is now in its fourth generation and attracts a loyal yet discerning clientele.

Austen Wong, who now runs the company as director, has been at the helm since 1978. Son Kevin came aboard a year ago, and together, they constantly explore new business avenues and tap into different markets to keep the success going.

According to the elder Wong, the name Woo Hing Brothers has a long heritage in the Malaysian watch-retailing scene. It all started in the early 1920s when his grandfather started a small shop in Johor amidst the booming luxury import industry.

An unfortunate fire accident saw the business relocated to Singapore by the 1930s, which significantly broadened its client base. Two decades later, his father Wong Siong Toon, along with three brothers and a sister, were running the business and capitalised on an expansion opportunity in Penang. The rest was history.

“Our business was primarily wholesale at first, but eventually focused on importing a range of low to high end luxury watches, purpose-built stopwatches and fine writing instruments.”

“We retailed for many Swiss-made watch brands and had the fun experience of selling and tuning imported, ornate grandfather clocks from Germany and Italy.”

“Over the decades there was a gradual transformation of the business and in 2008 were-invented ourselves as a boutique for two of the world’s most coveted luxury watch brands, Rolex and Tudor.”

“This showroom has been our base since day one, even before Malaysia gained her independence. The building, built much earlier, survived the Japanese occupation and has seen at least three renovations. We will continue to build on these foundations well into the future,” Austen says.

When he first took over, Campbell Street was full of family-run retail and wholesale businesses, dealing in medicine, jewellery, textiles, footwear, general merchandise, watches and more. While some of those still remain today, many have since been replaced by cafes and boutique hotels as the lifestyles of Penangites become increasingly sophisticated.

“Concentrating on our primary expertise has been key to our longevity. Diversifying never felt the right tactic. We know what we do best and stick to it”

-Austen Wong

Kevin, who ‘grew up’ surrounded by clocks and their chimes, is delighted to return to his roots and carry on the family legacy. He left for Melbourne, Australia, for studies a decade ago, and subsequently worked in human resources before deciding to take up the mantle here.

“When you’re overseas, you begin to appreciate things you have at home more, and not many have the option of a family business to be involved in. With it being successful for three generations already, you wonder what else you can contribute.

“While I’ve been around clocks and watches all my life, since I entered the business, I’ve developed a deeper passion in their intricacies. Quality timepieces are well crafted works of art that not only help you tell the time, but also reflect your personality.

“Some enjoy the finer things in life and are able to do so, and we take pride in catering to their needs,” notes Kevin, now 28.

“Our lives revolve around meaningful activities – ranging from leisure to family and work. One thing constant across all those is time, and watches remind us of the precious moments we spend on them.”

– Kevin Wong

Though larger watch outlets and chains are prevalent across shopping centres nowadays, he finds the more personalised experience accorded to customers that comes with being a standalone entity, highly rewarding.

“We seek to build long-term relationships with our clientele. We are able to engage with them personally, address their points of view, and help them make the right choices. Most importantly, they walk away happy.

“Even if they do not purchase anything during their visit, we try to ensure they leave getting something, even if it is as simple as a better understanding or appreciation of their favourite timepieces,” Kevin adds.

Woo Hing Brothers Penang’s offerings encompass a vast range of the two brands’ luxury pieces, and cater to various preferences.

Visit their boutique at No. 96 Campbell Street, George Town, 10100 Penang, Malaysia, anytime between 10.30am and 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday (closed on Sundays and Public Holidays). For more information, you may call 04-2615287.