SINGAPORE (June 19): ​Keep smiling

Loewe’s latest collaboration with Ibiza boutique Paula will put a smile on your face. The Smiley face icon is found on the capsule collection and it has come at a right time. It is also something the world needs now, the Smiley icon, after all, is an icon of freedom and experimentation. To get you into the spirit, a selection of clothing and accessories are emblazoned with the Smiley motif in bright yellow — definitely something to bring cheer to that special someone.

An elegant accessory

The pared down look along with neutral shades are all part of Brunello Cucinelli’s elegant Women’s fall/winter collection. Handbags take centre stage as it is the key accessory when pulling a look together. Brunello Cucinelli’s bags are timeless especially with the use of natural leathers that feature delicate polished effects with prints and textures. The vintage look runs through the collection with geometric prints and some with destructured shapes. 

Time to shine

Another edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative, a programme aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs and to provide them with the necessary financial, social and human capital support to grow their business and build their leadership skills, is around the corner. In partnership with Insead Business School, applications are open to female run and owned -businesses from any country or sector aiming to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact. A new award has also been created for 2021. The Science & Technology Pioneer award aims to support female entrepreneurs at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation. For more information about the programme, visit www. cartierwomensinitiative.com The call for applications for the 2021 Cartier Women’s Initiative is now open and will close on July 31.

Take your vitamins

The Body Shop has reworked its Vitamin E collection, adding more skin hydrating ingredients such as natural raspberry extract which is known for its antioxidant properties and hyaluronic acid. The new range of products includes the Moisture Cream that leaves skin feeling fresh, a Gel Moisture cream to protect skin and an Intense Moisture Cream to treat very dry skin.

Start running

Running has been a form of solace for the many stuck at home as the Covid-19 pandemic rages. A new global study by sports and lifestyle brand ASICS found that since the start of the lockdowns, 36% of the 14,000 people polled are more active now than before. Meanwhile, 79% of respondents say running is helping them feel saner and more in control while another 65% say its mental benefits outweigh any other form of physical exercise. With these results in mind, ASICS will be hosting virtual races powered by its fitness tracking apps Race Roster and Runkeeper to motivate more runners while encouraging them to compete together safely. To help them stay active and connected, ASICS is also calling on runners of all levels to share their stories of how it has helped them via the hashtag #RunToFeel.

Good to be green

The HydroConquest by Longines gets a new addition — this khaki coloured model features a ceramic bezel insert that matches the colour of the dial. The sporty and modern design comes in either a stainless steel or green rubber strap. The watch also comes in two sizes — 41 or 43 mm in diameter — and runs on the self-winding mechanical movement (L888.3 calibre). The HydroConquest timepieces are made for diving and some of the distinctive characteristics include water-resistance to 300 metres, a unidirectional rotating bezel, a screw-down crown and case back, crown protection and a double security folding clasp with integrated diving extension.

Explore the collection

Retail stores may be shut during this “circuit breaker” period but brand owners are finding other avenues to share their products. Luxury watch and jewellery craftsmen Piaget, for example, is in the midst of launching a virtual boutique. In the meantime, customers can also: • First browse www.piaget.com to explore Piaget’s novelties and collections. • Make enquiries and purchases either by calling (telephone or video calls accepted) +65 9831 3964 or +65 9231 3944, a team of dedicated professionals will be on standby to provide a walkthrough of the Piaget collection, just like in the boutique. • Make use of a new online e-payment system that allows guests to make purchases in real time. • Customers in Singapore can enjoy free shipping and flexible delivery (three to seven working days). Their purchases will be delivered straight to their doorstep. • Complimentary returns can be made directly at Piaget’s boutiques, which will reopen once the circuit breaker is fully lifted.