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COS turns 10 with a 10-piece capsule collection that looks to Japanese influences for inspiration. Square-cut men’s tops, kimono-sleeved women’s coat and appliqued kidswear in a pared down sand and white hues are the design team’s answer to the brand’s ethos of efficient use of fabrics and forward-thinking techniques.

Flower Power

Rose-lovers, rejoice! By Terry turns to the restorative powers of roses for the newly minted Baume de Rose collection. Think regenerating rose butter, nourishing rose blossom essential wax, reparative rose hip oil, protective black rose extract and soothing pastel rose extract. With this, there’s no such thing as lackluster skin.

Baby, Baby

Baby-G see four new additions in line with the concept of tough and cool. Engineered for the runners among us, these sparkling newbies come equipped with a digital display that measures the lap time of each run, as well as a split time function that measures the total elapsed time and a stopwatch memory that captures up to 60 runs. Now you’re all set for that sundown marathon.

French Affair

The first-ever beauty pop-up COCO café will throw open its doors in Singapore this April. Get to know the cruise makeup collection at the Visual Arts Centre on Dhoby Ghaut Green over a piping hot cuppa that’ll be exclusively pre-launched at the café. Oh la la!



Are you looking for creative and visually appealing…

Are you looking for creative and visually appealing coffee table reads?
New and inspiring short reads or image-based books of fashion and photography are featured this month.
Check out what is popular in Fashion and Photography with an outsider view into their worlds.

More Than Human ដោយ Tim Flach
He captures stunning images of species in a vivid and captivating book.

The Vocabulary of Style
This elegant book takes you through the history of fashion through Chanel’s eyes with images of clothes and accessories in all genres.

Style is Instinct by Lori Goldstein
Renowned stylist gives you a backstage pass into fashion with her book Style is Instinct. For fashionistas, this is a must-read.

Alexander McQueen: Working Process
by: Nick Waplington
Nick Waplington is a talented photographer who was allowed to follow and document Alexander McQueen during his fall/winter collection, which sadly ended up being his last. This book helps you get a peek of how one of the most beloved fashion designers worked.

Chloé: Attitudes
Feminine fashion at it’s finest with the soft and timeless Chloé and the build of the 60 year history of the chic designs and well appraised fashion label.

The Asylum
by: Simon Doonan
The love/hate relationship with fashion and the crazy world some fit in but also despise at the same time. Step into the madness of his words and maybe you will find some comfort in similarities of thought.

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Lang Shining—The Italian Painter from China

Lang Shining in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)…

Lang Shining in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh—these are names or artists you’re probably well aware of but, do you know anything about Lang Shining? You probably don’t! Chinese Painter, Lang Shining, left such an impact on the painting world that his works are very highly regarded today.

Named as Giuseppe Castiglione at birth, Lang Shining was an Italian artist who served as missionary in China between 1715, and 1766, the year of his death. Born into a wealth family, Lang Shining started learning painting during his formative years. He had a private tutor who taught him how to paint. In 1707, at the age of 19, Shining joined Geno’s Society of Jesus, a religious congregation of the Catholic Church. Lang Shining was a Jesuit, but he never went to become a priest.

Several other Jesuit painters were employed by Kangxi Emperor, the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty during the late 17th century. This was what paved the way for Lang Shining’s journey to China. In the early part of the 18th century, Shining was invited to China for work by the Jesuits based in the country. Shining arrived in China in 1715, and he stayed there till the end of his life.

Lang Shining has a lot to his credit. In addition to producing many painting masterpieces, he designed and decorated many structures including the chapel of St. Francis Borgia and the Old Summer Palace’s Western-style palaces. As far as Shining’s paintings are concerned, they were an amalgamation of European and Chinese cultures, themes and sensibilities. He used Chinese materials for his paintings, but the paintings reflected the Western atmospheric perspective and techniques of shading. Some of the best work of Lang Shining include the One Hundred Horses, Immortal Blossoms of an Eternal Spring, Brocade of Spring, White Falcon and Yellow Panther paintings.

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And He Is Back

Ryan Reynolds returns to Hollywood A-list and it has …

Ryan Reynolds returns to Hollywood A-list and it has nothing to do with Blake Lively

This towering (1.88m) Canadian from the sleepy town of Vancouver is the object of envy by men the world over. Before he became Mr Blake Lively, he was Mr Scarlett Johansson. Some men have all the luck.

Late last year, together with Lively, Reynolds welcomed baby daughter James. The couple says this is just the start of what they hope to be a family of eight eventually.
And Reynolds’ luck hasn’t seemed to have run out just yet. After a series of box office tankers such as the Green Lantern and R.I.P.D, Deadpool, the superhero flick he headlined, sent the sexy actor back into the A-list after opening to USD135 million on opening weekend.

Director Tim Miller says, “I imagine that for Ryan, slipping into Deadpool’s persona is like putting on a favorite shirt that’s been worn so many times it feels like a part of you.” Like the superhero character, the handsome actor is smart in a goofy sort of way.

Despite calling Reynolds a “regular guy”, Miller is clearly a fan. “He treats everyone with a casual respect and friendliness that goes beyond mere professionalism. And he’s so funny that he’s got the crew and me laughing all the time. I ruined a lot of takes because I was back behind the monitors spluttering with laughter.”

And the accolades keep coming. “He’s also incredibly generous when working with the other actors, the crew and myself. Both in advice and also just trying to make the process as smooth and easy as it can be for everyone on the set. And I mean everyone – from the top of the hierarchy to the bottom. The entire crew loved him.”

Following on the movie’s success, a sequel is reportedly in the pipelines and Miller has his sights set on Reynolds. “He’s a brilliant actor and so much more. He’s extremely professional and, for a director, very ‘user friendly.’ He can adapt and adjust effortlessly to changes in tone and notes I throw at him.” We can’t wait.

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