THE CONSCIOUS DRESSER
Gone are the days when wearing something eco-friendly meant looking dowdy.
H&M's latest Conscious Exclusive collection is elegant, luxurious and wallet-friendly.
This season, the brand draws on African and Japanese influences to create embellished and draped pieces for the sustainable line.
A tuxedo jacket in 100 per cent organic mulberry silk has an open seam cut on the inside of each sleeve, resulting in a masculine meets feminine look.
The one-shoulder pleated dress made out of recycled polyester spells drama with each turn and twirl.
Or keep it classy with a voluminous skirt made out of mulberry and organic linen.
Whichever piece you pick, each one under the Conscious line is made of at least 50 per cent sustainable materials, such as organic or recycled fabrics.
Prices range from $24.90 for a 100 per cent organic linen top to $449 for a leather jacket.
MOTHER-DAUGHTER MAKEOVER CONTEST
Make the upcoming Mother's Day that little bit more special.
The shopping mall Jem, in Jurong East, is holding a Mother's Day Makeover contest. Three mother-daughter pairs will be picked for the mall's advertorials that will run in Urban next month.
The five selected mother-daughter teams - three winners and two runner-ups - stand to win $5,500 worth of shopping vouchers. Each team will also be given a makeover.
To enter the contest, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a clear portrait of yourself and your mother, or daughter.
The participants' full names, ages, mobile phone numbers, clothing size (UK or US sizing, top and bottom), as well as shoe size (UK or US sizing), should also be included in the e-mail.
Participants must also be available for a private makeover and photoshoot on April 11, at Jem. The copyright of all images taken for this contest will belong to the organiser; and prizes are not transferable or exchangeable for cash.
The deadline for entries is next Wednesday.
For everyone else, look out for the Mother's Day Makeover Contest voting ads that will run on April 17 and April 24. Voters stand to win $4,500 worth of Jem shopping vouchers.
FREE COURSE ON THE FASHION BUSINESS
Learn what it takes to manage a fashion and luxury company for free.
Online learning platform Coursera (www.coursera.org), which provides free courses across a variety of disciplines, is now offering a luxury management course from Bocconi University.
The Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies course is conducted through a series of videos by professors from the Italian institution for business education. For a fee of US$49 (S$67), you can get a certificate of completion awarded by Bocconi and Coursera.
Bocconi is located in Milan and is included in several international rankings. Last year, the Financial Times ranked Bocconi as 26th in the world for its Global MBA programme.
OBJECT OF DESIRE
Designer swimwear brand Orlebar Brown dived into the print archives of Italian fashion label Pucci to create this vibrant piece.
This pair of men's swim shorts also comes with its own drawstring bag, handy for storing your other beach essentials.
Available for $544 at Level 3, Takashimaya Department Store.
Step into luxury retailer LaPrendo's new outlet to be enthralled by gems.
The multi-label retailer has opened a new 900-sq-ft space at Takashimaya Shopping Centre dedicated to fine jewellery pieces from brands such as Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen, Jochen Pohl, Gebrüder Schaffrath, Choices by DL and Carolina Bucci.
Spring/summer looks have arrived, and at Robinsons The Heeren, that means clothing and accessories that herald this season's themes for the department store - Tropicana, Afternoon Tea, Nautical and Sportswear.
New-to-store brands are adding to the eclectic spring mix, with 18 new brands across multiple categories.
For women's shoes and accessories, new labels include Coccinelle, Jill Sander Navy, Rachel Zoe, SixtySeven and Sonia Rykiel. For womenswear, In-Process, Issa, JucyJudy, Phase Eight, Selected and Tela are refreshing the fashion racks.
And for menswear, Closed, Industrie, Paolo Pecora, Paul & Joe, Saturdays NYC, Tailored & Original and Thorocraft will be added to the line-up.
THE HAMPTONS IN SINGAPORE
Designer Tory Burch will bring a slice of her luxurious home in Southampton, New York, to Singapore.
From next month, a pop-up store, modelled on her pool house, will open and offer an assortment of products from the Tory Burch swim collection, including bikinis, kaftans, tunics, espadrilles, bags and sunglasses.
The Tory Getaway Boutique will be open from May 7 to 24 outside the Tory Burch boutique at Wisma Atria.
GLAM UP IN UGG
Spend a minimum of $600 on the spring/summer 2015 UGG collection and get a Swarovski crystal bracelet worth $120.
This promotion is on from now till May 24 at these two UGG stores: B1-51 Takashimaya Shopping Centre and The Shoe Salon at Level 2 Takashimaya Department Store.
Spanish accessories label Castaner has opened its first boutique at 03-14 Takashimaya Shopping Centre.
The heritage brand has been making espadrilles (shoes with soles made out of jute rope) for the last 88 years, in numerous styles and colours.
Cool and comfortable, espadrilles have a resort vibe about them, but are dressier than flip flops.
Over the years, the brand has also expanded its offerings to include ballet flats and bags.
Prices range from $215 for shoes to $880 for bags.
This article was first published on April 3, 2015.
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