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Definitely not a wasted trip but I should have checked if the gallery was open on Sundays.

April already

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Back in Paris and trying to get back into the rhythm of things. I miss hawker fare and my mom’s cooking.

Nanyang style and art moderne

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Can’t say I now know Tiong Bahru like the back of my hand but definitely much better than before. Probably best to go on a weekday when it’s calm and quiet sans throngs of camera-toting, café-hopping hipsters.

Long overdue

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It’s funny — maybe not so funny — that I don’t know Joo Chiat as well as I should given that I’ve been an Eastsider all my life. Spent an afternoon with the husband this trip back aimlessly strolling around Joo Chiat, exploring its nooks until we had to hurry home for dinner. Not surprisingly, I’ve since come down with a serious case of conservation shophouse envy.

Bowie Wong show

In the spirit of the Chinese New Year and the ongoing fashion week buzz, here’s something I’d photographed and written some weeks back.

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Veering off the classic silhouettes and palette of his debut show at Paris Haute Couture Week last year, Sydney-based HK-born designer Bowie Wong plays up the theatrics at his couture presentation this week with strong, architectural silhouettes and bolder styling.

Gone are the bells and metallic shimmer of the previous collection but his central theme of harmony and zen continues, this time punctuated with Japanese influences and a fiery shade of red where playful layers of tulle and sequins flirt with golden embroidered peonies.

Between rich textures and athletic neoprene arm sleeves, “Recollection” is a thought-provoking, dream-like collection fraught with delicate balances — stunningly-exquisite pieces contrasted with the rawness of hand-woven Japanese waraji straw sandals and knee-high tabi socks.

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