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Explainer | Inside House of Gucci’s iconic Horsebit loafer: from King George VI’s 1920s royal court to the fashion maison’s first Manhattan boutique and Wall Street power banker swagger

Loafers were created for King George VI in the 1920s, Gucci put its own spin on them upon opening its first Manhattan boutique, and now you can spot them in Ridley Scott’s new film …

Loafers were created for King George VI in the 1920s, Gucci put its own spin on them upon opening its first Manhattan boutique, and now you can spot them in Ridley Scott’s new film …

6 Dec 2021 - 8:53AM
LGBT icon Billy Porter on the importance of art during Covid-19: the American Horror Story actor reflects after presenting The Fashion Awards in London – exclusive interview

Multi-talented and always stylish, Porter discusses his personal and family connections to fashion and art, quoting author Toni Morrison on its importance now: ‘that is how civilisations heal’

Multi-talented and always stylish, Porter discusses his personal and family connections to fashion and art, quoting author Toni Morrison on its importance now: ‘that is how civilisations heal’

2 Dec 2021 - 10:16AM
Remembering Virgil Abloh – the genius fashion designer, DJ, Off-White founder, Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director and Kanye West collaborator who died of cancer aged 41

The multi-hyphenate designer, DJ, Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director just died of cancer aged 41

The multi-hyphenate designer, DJ, Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director just died of cancer aged 41

29 Nov 2021 - 5:47PM
Explainer | How do luxury brands get haute couture status? Only 17 fashion maisons – like Dior, Chanel and Armani Privé – are recognised as such for their US$150,000 bespoke gowns

The extravagant cost in time and money makes haute couture – literally ‘high sewing’ – the pinnacle of the fashion industry, so which brands get to wear the exclusive label?

The extravagant cost in time and money makes haute couture – literally ‘high sewing’ – the pinnacle of the fashion industry, so which brands get to wear the exclusive label?

18 Nov 2021 - 1:51PM
6 top womenswear trends for autumn/winter 2021 from Gucci, Dior, Fendi, Chanel and more luxury fashion brands – are the Roaring Twenties back?

A round-up of post-pandemic trends, running from patchwork and metallics to disco bling and ski glam, heralds a renaissance that recalls that of 100 years ago

A round-up of post-pandemic trends, running from patchwork and metallics to disco bling and ski glam, heralds a renaissance that recalls that of 100 years ago

25 Oct 2021 - 2:10PM
Explainer | How Britain’s King Edward VII inspired Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking jacket – Queen Victoria’s son ‘invented’ the tuxedo which the designer turned into high fashion for women

Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking jacket is seen as a touchstone of modern workplace attire for women, but what role did Queen Victoria’s son and his ‘invention’ of the tuxedo play?

Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking jacket is seen as a touchstone of modern workplace attire for women, but what role did Queen Victoria’s son and his ‘invention’ of the tuxedo play?

15 Oct 2021 - 4:00AM
James Bond’s style evolution: No Time to Die’s Daniel Craig wears Tom Ford while Sean Connery opted for classic suits as seen in Goldfinger, and Pierce Brosnan donned Brioni

Craig’s pink tuxedo at the premiere of No Time to Die marked a departure from the usual hyper-masculine Bond style, setting the internet ablaze – so how has the 007 wardrobe changed over the years?

Craig’s pink tuxedo at the premiere of No Time to Die marked a departure from the usual hyper-masculine Bond style, setting the internet ablaze – so how has the 007 wardrobe changed over the years?

8 Oct 2021 - 5:19PM
Are sweater vests sexy? 6 men’s fashion trends for autumn/winter: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Fendi and Hermès mix WFH styles with vintage flair – think 70s velvet and lots of leather

Scene-setting brands from Louis Vuitton to Gucci are offering looser and larger cuts, 70s colours and fabrics like leather and velvet as they signal our ‘new normal’

Scene-setting brands from Louis Vuitton to Gucci are offering looser and larger cuts, 70s colours and fabrics like leather and velvet as they signal our ‘new normal’

5 Sep 2021 - 10:00AM
House of Gucci’s costume drama: Lady Gaga looks chic, but most of the cast gets dressed down in Ridley Scott’s new biopic – according to the Italian fashion dynasty family, anyway

‘Fat, short, really ugly’ is how one relative described Al Pacino’s appearance in the movie – so how much does Ridley Scott’s new true crime biopic match with reality?

‘Fat, short, really ugly’ is how one relative described Al Pacino’s appearance in the movie – so how much does Ridley Scott’s new true crime biopic match with reality?

13 Aug 2021 - 6:00AM
And Just Like That, Sex and the City is back: what will Carrie Bradshaw and the crew be wearing in the HBO Max sequel?

Manolo Blahnik defines Sex and the City as much as its Manhattan setting, thanks to Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe – so what’s the cast wearing in the sequel, and will it have the same lasting impact?

Manolo Blahnik defines Sex and the City as much as its Manhattan setting, thanks to Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe – so what’s the cast wearing in the sequel, and will it have the same lasting impact?

3 Aug 2021 - 6:18PM
From David Bowie to Bruno Mars, old Hong Kong’s tailors made suits for them all – even Giorgio Armani paid a visit to Sam’s Tailor in Tsim Sha Tsui

From David Bowie and Stanley Ho, to US presidents and their servicemen, old Hong Kong’s tailors made clothes for everyone – but are TST’s famous suit makers going out of fashion?

From David Bowie and Stanley Ho, to US presidents and their servicemen, old Hong Kong’s tailors made clothes for everyone – but are TST’s famous suit makers going out of fashion?

16 Jun 2021 - 2:51PM
Emma Stone’s 47 costume changes in Cruella chart fashion history: designer Jenny Beavan checks Dior, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen looks in Disney’s stylish 101 Dalmatians prequel

Anti-fashion designer Jenny Beavan dressed Emma Stone and Emma Thompson in 47 and 33 different looks each, respectively – playfully riffing on fashion history from Dior to Westwood and McQueen

Anti-fashion designer Jenny Beavan dressed Emma Stone and Emma Thompson in 47 and 33 different looks each, respectively – playfully riffing on fashion history from Dior to Westwood and McQueen

11 Jun 2021 - 9:00AM
Prince Philip the style icon: from Saville Row suits to Royal Navy chic, the ever-dapper Duke of Edinburgh always dressed to give Queen Elizabeth centre stage

Dignified in military-inspired dress tailored by London’s finest outfitters, the ever-dapper duke was a loyal foil to Queen Elizabeth II, his wife of 73 years

Dignified in military-inspired dress tailored by London’s finest outfitters, the ever-dapper duke was a loyal foil to Queen Elizabeth II, his wife of 73 years

13 Apr 2021 - 6:00AM
Daft Punk’s fashion legacy: how the duo’s robot helmets used anonymity, style and technology to achieve global stardom on their own terms

Appalled by the Simon Cowell-led pop idol culture of the early 2000s, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo created well-dressed robot alter egos – and made the look entirely their own

Appalled by the Simon Cowell-led pop idol culture of the early 2000s, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo created well-dressed robot alter egos – and made the look entirely their own

9 Mar 2021 - 10:00AM
What is Singapore men’s style? Five Lion City tastemakers on the things that define the city’s identity

Because of Singapore’s year-round summer and high humidity, men used to favour comfort over style. Air conditioning and the internet changed that. The Lion City’s smartest gents tell us about the latest direction of menswear.

Because of Singapore’s year-round summer and high humidity, men used to favour comfort over style. Air conditioning and the internet changed that. The Lion City’s smartest gents tell us about the latest direction of menswear.

21 Aug 2018 - 10:08AM
Hong Kong art dealer and fashion icon Pearl Lam talks style, taste and luxury fashion

As Art Basel Hong Kong approaches, the renowned gallerist and local fashion icon shares her thoughts on the relationship between collecting art and buying expensive clothing

As Art Basel Hong Kong approaches, the renowned gallerist and local fashion icon shares her thoughts on the relationship between collecting art and buying expensive clothing

28 Mar 2018 - 7:19PM
Eight of the best luxury watches on show at SIHH 2018 in Geneva, from Cartier to Piaget

Audemars Piguet’s Ladies’ Royal Oak Concept, IWC’s Tribute to Pallweber pocketwatch, and the indestructible RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough by Richard Mille were among the highlights at leading luxury watch fair

Audemars Piguet’s Ladies’ Royal Oak Concept, IWC’s Tribute to Pallweber pocketwatch, and the indestructible RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough by Richard Mille were among the highlights at leading luxury watch fair

26 Jan 2018 - 6:51PM
Why Singaporean publisher’s luxury magazines put craft over bling, and how he’s switching them to an e-commerce focus

Wei Koh explains the rationale behind his leading international watch magazine, Revolution, and men’s luxury bible, The Rake, with their emphasis on classic style rather than fashions-of-the-moment oneupmanship

Wei Koh explains the rationale behind his leading international watch magazine, Revolution, and men’s luxury bible, The Rake, with their emphasis on classic style rather than fashions-of-the-moment oneupmanship

18 Jan 2018 - 6:28PM
Five men’s fashion tips from Gianni Agnelli – the iconoclast who did things his way

On the eve of a new HBO documentary about the legendary Italian tycoon and playboy of the Dolce Vita era, we take a look at the menswear lessons to be learned from one of the most stylish men of the 20th century

On the eve of a new HBO documentary about the legendary Italian tycoon and playboy of the Dolce Vita era, we take a look at the menswear lessons to be learned from one of the most stylish men of the 20th century

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Why Hong Kong label Magnus & Novus wants spotlight on artisans in China who cut and sew its made-to-measure men’s fashions

You won’t see the founders of Magnus & Novus posing for the cameras – they want the focus to be on the skilled workers in Shenzhen, and their ambition is to create apprenticeships to train next generation of fine craftsmen in China

You won’t see the founders of Magnus & Novus posing for the cameras – they want the focus to be on the skilled workers in Shenzhen, and their ambition is to create apprenticeships to train next generation of fine craftsmen in China

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
‘Modest fashion’ runs the gamut at Singapore Fashion Week, from fully covered to frou-frou gowns

Designers explore glamour, allure and beauty through a mixture of demure and comparatively daring looks for the modern woman of faith – and Asian women who just don’t want to reveal too much

Designers explore glamour, allure and beauty through a mixture of demure and comparatively daring looks for the modern woman of faith – and Asian women who just don’t want to reveal too much

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Macau-born social media influencer-turned-designer Yoyo Cao at Singapore Fashion Week

With almost 300,000 followers on Instagram, Cao has not only built up a strong fan base online but has also won over fans in the fashion world launching her own label Exhibit in 2014

With almost 300,000 followers on Instagram, Cao has not only built up a strong fan base online but has also won over fans in the fashion world launching her own label Exhibit in 2014

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM