MOVED TO COUTURETROOPERS.COM

Thank you for your continual support in  Runaway Couture for the past 5 years. Appreciate your utmost readership, as well as involvement in my fashion & blogging adventure!

I’ve moved to www.COUTURETROOPERS.com , and will be spearheading the site as the Editor. Your readership in this new website will be very much appreciated. What are you waiting for?

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We will be marching the streets to deliver nothing but the best to you.

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The first MANGO TOUCH store opening in Singapore

Hailing from the shores of Barcelona, Spain since 1984, high-street fashion brand Mango is broadening it’s horizon by branching into a brand-new premium accessories line, entitled ‘MANGO TOUCH.

This follows a successful, first outing of the accessories line when it first opened in it’s home country, Spain in Rambla de Catalunya, Barcelona in the year 2011, plans to expand this line to the rest of the world’s continents, which includes Europe and Asia were already underway. The line has since opened in more than ten other countries including France, Italy, Russia and not forgetting Bangkok, Thailand in Central Bangna.

This new line differs from it’s sister brand ‘MANGO’ with it’s clear and distinct specialization in accessories alone, which include a wide range of bags, shoes, belt, scarves and jewellery; focusing on classic and contemporary looks that will appeal to modern working women.

The first Mango Touch store in Rambla de Catalunya, Barcelona

Come 10 January 2012, this premium accessories line would finally be coming to the shores of Singapore.

The first ever MANGO TOUCH store in Singapore, which will be situated within the premises of Isetan Orchard, Basement 1, will be housing the Mediterranean-inspired designs in energetic, vibrant hues from the line’s new Spring 2012 collection.

Here are some top picks from the collection:

Come visit the brand new MANGO TOUCH store on 10 January as the beautiful SPRING 2012 collection from the Spanish label unfolds at Isetan Orchard, Wisma Atria (level Basement 1)

Click HERE for directions to the store

SEE YOU THERE!

Visit www.mango.com for more information

Marni x H&M : Behind-the-scenes + trailer

Despite a mere one-and-a-half month since the hype and buzz over the latest smash-hit  collaboration between Italian fashion house Versace & Swedish high-street fashion brand H&M in November 2011, the ever-trendy H&M is already preparing itself for yet another limited edition tie up this Spring 2012 with Consuelo Castiglioni’s founded label Marni (Click for more info on the label)  set to hit the stores on March 8, 2012.

Here are some sneak peeks as we go behind-the-scenes to see how the collection unfolds in a design workroom of a potentially-successful collaboration:

Holding true to the Marni’s style, the primary direction behind the menswear and womenswear line in the collection is freedom and experimentation; through  all-over prints in strong colours all intended to be worn together in layers that both match and clash.

On the collaboration:

“I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements”. - Consuelo Castiglioni, Founder and Creative Director.

For the womenswear section of the collection, colors would be bold and loud with African inspired prints, Marni’s staple silhouettes such as full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped trousers and jacquard knit, and fabrics range from silk to crisp cotton poplin. A range of  jewellery, shoes, bags and scarves would also be available, completing an entire Marni x H&M outfit.

On the other hand, the menswear version of the limited edition collection would feature colours and fabrics which are softer, and in relaxed masculine silhouettes. Staple Marni prints would also be more subtle as compared to their female counterparts.

With such a likable design direction and wearable pieces,  the fashion label’s collaboration with H&M will definitely be well-received, raved and anticipated.

Come March this year, expect the very same vibe that surrounded the Versace x H&M collaboration, as well as H&M’s many successful collaborations with fashion big names such as Karl Lagerfeld and Lanvin, as fashionistas brace themselves for yet another spectacular collaborative collection from the Swedish high-street brand.

Will it supersede the Versace collaboration?

Well well, we say there’s a possibility!

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The Kult from Karl – UNVEILED

HAVE YOU SEEN KARL? was the ingenious tagline that was being used in the promotional campaigns for fashion genius Karl Lagerfeld’s new affordable line.

However that question has been answered when the highly-anticipated line from Karl has been captured.. or rather, unveiled.

Here are the images from the unveiling of the collection:

From the looks of it, the collection is simply a no-nonsense minimalist one with edgy, statement details such as collar chokers, full-length zipper hardware, and leather fingerless gloves.

Simply phenomenal!

JOIN THE HYPE on Net-A-Porter to get the latest updates on the exclusive collection (set to hit the virtual racks of Net-A-Porter on 25 January 2012.

This article is written as a followup to KARL’S KULT collection 2012
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

HAVE A HAPPY & STYLISH HOLIDAYS THIS CHRISTMAS!

Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls for British Vogue by Nick Knight

If leather jackets and nightlight colours rock your boat, you’re bound to fall in love with this latest fashion film by Nick Knight from SHOWstudio, which depicts the on-set mood during the ‘Mean Streets’ editorial shoot for British Vogue.

Donned in edgy, metallic pieces from the likes of Givenchy, Chanel and Miu Miu, Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls set out to conquer and run the world whilst channeling a devil-may-care attitude.

Throw in edgy music, this fashion film certainly elevates the notion of rockability to it’s greatest height. Clearly a genius one from maestro Nick Knight!

HIGH\LIGHT: All I want for Christmas

Amidst the shimmering lights and the ornate glittery affair of Christmas, nothing represents Christmas better than gifts, giving and delightful surprises during this festive season, which is why the stylish peeps from Singapore-based online multi-label retail store UNESTABLISH.COM have showered their fans with A Christmas Wish List Giveaway.

For a store that celebrates the innovative takes in fashion by global labels including Kling (Spain), Pauline Ning (Singapore), Love & Lemons (USA) & We are Tuk Tuk (UK), picking 3 favourite items from the store’s impressive and stylish offering sure is a challenging yet fulfilling task.

But nonetheless, here’s my top 3 picks:

Pick #1: Yahn Adam Wing Skulled Ring

Retailing at  SGD $149 on Unestablish.com

Yahn Adam, a Singapore-based jewellery label who has created and crafted a ‘Glam Rock’ collection through direct inspiration from dark childhood tales, has been newly-added into UNESTABLISHED’s range of innovative labels.

The label adds a fresh vibe to the existing store’s offering with it’s clear injection of edgy motifs, notion of Light vs Darkness and unique cuts & details.

Clearly something to behold!

With the tag line: “Darkness encircled the beautiful soul.” , it’s no wonder why I’ve fallen in love with this innovative ring.

Set with amethyst stone, the famous skull motif, which has been used by many designers in clear-cut manner, has been reinvented here with the inclusion of beautiful detailed wings in a truly innovative manner.

Wear this statement piece with a solid coloured dress or a sparkly black dress in a classic meets edgy manner to celebrate in this joyful season.

Pick #2: Yahn Adam Mona’s Teardrop Earrings

Retailing at SGD 129  on Unestablish.com

A perfect dress or top will never be complete or classy without the perfect earrings; the Mona’s Teardrop Earrings from Yahn Adam.

This singular piece of jewellery channels true classic  Hollywood glamour in a way that will never falter nor lose it’s shine over time. It will take you through season after season, and the glimmer of it’s cubic zirconia oval gem stone will brighten all outfits, even the simplest dress, which is precisely why these creations from Yahn Adam top my Christmas wish list.

Pick #3: Pauline Ning Organza Top

Retailing at SGD $239 on Unestablish.com

 With a distinctive concoction and juxtaposition of leather paired with organza, this top from Pauline Ning plays around the contrast between sheers and solids in a cleverly thought-off silhouette that accentuate one’s edginess and style, especially when paired with slim-fit jeans and high cut boots.

It’s refined tailoring and finishing adds class to entire outfit, making it a delightful addition to one’s festive wardrobe.

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And alas, it’s 9 more days to Christmas.

Have you started on your Christmas Wish List yet?

Visit UNESTABLISH.COM and start shopping for your party outfits now. What’s more, the kind folks at UNESTABLISH.COM are offering a 25% discount + free worldwide shipping + cash rebates on all your purchases. Simply use the code XMAS25 at checkout to enjoy these great privileges.

Happy shopping & we wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!