Friday, April 12, 2013

The Gardens Mall Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Week

Be transported back to a decade of composed style and elegance as The Gardens Mall welcomes this Spring Summer season with a touch of vintage glamour from the 1950s.
Preview of collections from Banana Republic, Dr. Martens, Fleur, and T.M. Lewin

Catch the weekend shows by the mall’s tenants on April 13 and on April 14 from 1pm.
Featured today are collections from Hush Puppies, Springfield, Promod, Robinsons, and Fiorucci. Poney, Bread & Butter, Isetan, and Geox will be showcased tomorrow.
Yours truly attended the invitation-only cocktail night at the mall’s South Atrium, invited guests had a preview of collections from Banana Republic, Dr. Martens, Fleur, and T.M. Lewin. Make up and hair were done by Laura Mercier and Centro Hair Salon respectively.
Some of the guests dressed to the 50s theme. Spotted were celebrities Sarimah Ibrahim, Will Quah, Vanessa and Pamela Chong, Bernie Chan, Dennis Lau, and Red FM deejays Fiqrie and Jeremy among others.
The uniquely-designed circular runway provided guests seat at all corners to have a good view of the collections at the fashion preview.
Spend RM450 (RM400 for HSBC credit cardholders and The Garden Club members) and above in a single receipt at specialty stores and get an exclusively designed beach bag.
Serena C, emcee for the night, was dressed in the latest apparel by Banana Republic.
Mosaic, a six-piece band, set the mood for the night with compositions form the 1950s that includes the likes of Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.
Turn on the heat with Fleur's latest collection
Turn on the heat with Fleur's latest collection
Turn on the heat with Fleur's latest collection
Look sharp and stylish with tailored fits from T.M. Levin
T.M. Levin: Bold men wear pink
(but the pink scarf is a tad too...)
T.M. Levin: Dress in style for work
Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens
Dr. Martens

Banana Republic

Banana Republic

Pavilion Pitstop

In collaboration with MasterCard Worldwide and Valiram Group, Pavilion KL recently presented the Inspire Fashion Gala Night featuring the Spring/Summer collections of fashion labels namely Shanghai Tang, La Martina, Vertu, Variante, Eclipse, Raoul, Karen Millen, and luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu.
Pavilion Pitstop

It was part of the fourth annual instalment of the Pavilion Pitstop, which was themed “Fast Track to Fashion”, in conjunction with the Grand Prix season.

The beautif Deborah Henry (looking gorgeous in this white halter-neck) was the emcee for the night.
Here are the brands:
Shanghai Tang
Shanghai Tang embodies modern Chinese aesthetic in a relevant way for every style. The collection brings a youthful mood with playful prints. Among the designs showcased were ‘Cloud’ print silk blend Qipao dress, ‘Peony’ silk cotton shirt dress and ‘Peony’ silk blend mini Qipao for the ladies and Cashmere cotton knitted vest with ‘Shou’ embroidery from its menswear collection.
Shanghai Tang

La Martina 
Argentine Polo brand La Martina offers a sporty and sophisticated collection. Other than apparels, the brand also offers accessories like caps, bags, and helmets.

La Martina
(She's one of my favourite models at the show as she is smart to notice  photographers at  the sides and would stop to strike a pose instead of whizzing by and just posing at the front)

The Spring 2013 collection presents a clean, contemporary selection of travel, business and day bags for the modern day professional and traveller.
Travel in style with Tumi’s travel and business collections. 
Tumi’s travel and business collections feature scaled down proportions without sacrificing space and function.
 its women’s collections offer a mix of bold prints and colours.

Luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu offers four collections namely Signature, Ascent, Constellation and Ti.

The eclipse collection features a strong palette of black infused with bright neon green, set to capture the mood of renewed sensuality with a less-is-more philosophy.

eclipse pairs neon green and black 
eclipse: Flaunt those sexy pins with a high slit

eclipse: The sheer material makes this look like a backless dress
Karen Miller
This season, Karen Miller offers monochrome coloured patterned pieces to animal prints, biker jackets and key accessories such as sexy heels and streamlined bags.


Variante features hourglass silhouettes, peplum details and designs made from chiffon and beaded fabrics.
A golden choice from Variante

For Spring Summer 2013, Raoul drew inspiration from nature; nature when interrupted by the urban environment. It also drew inspiration from artisanal techniques such as lace-making, table-cloth embroidery, micro-pleating, tucking, beading and embellishment.

Other photos:

Local singer-songwriter Poova performing at the event.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bubbalicious brunch @ Westin Kuala Lumpur

A leisure brunch is a great way to spend Sundays as you indulge in great food while catching up with family or friends.
I recently tried a "Bubbalicious" champagne brunch at Westin Kuala Lumpur’s award-winning Italian restaurant Prego.
Bubble girl

Bubbalicious is a Westin inspired branded brunch concept featured in over 5 different Westins throughout Asia Pacific. At Prego, it was launched on July 15, 2012.

As you reach Westin Kuala Lumpur, you will be welcomed by Bubbalicious’ own signature bubble girls in the lobby. Grab a bubble inspired welcome drink before heading into the world of Bubbalicious in Prego.

Unlike a hurried breakfast or lunch on workdays, diners can indulge in a leisure brunch while chit-chatting.

The Bubbalicious Brunch spread is a culinary adventure waiting to be discovered. Choose from a mix of popular Italian-style breakfast and lunch items and old Prego classics.
To start, take your pick from a myriad of salads, cold cuts, freshly shucked oysters and soups.An array of  culinary delights will be delivered to your table such as freshly made pizzas, pastas and barbecued items.

Take your pick from sausages, Roasted Whole Lamb on the Spit, Flaming Prawns, Charcoal Grilled Lamb Chops, and Grilled Sirloin.

Prego servers go from one table to another to serve hot dishes and pasta.

One of the yummiest mushroom risotto I have ever tasted. No, I'm not exaggerating.

I love the grilled fish. The texture is just right, not too fatty nor flaky; and I love the pine nuts!

Then my favourite part---desserts!
As you know I'm have a sweet tooth and when I saw the array of desserts that spanned two tables (not counting the ice-cream section)
Check out the Dessert Bubble Spoon Wall for yoghurt and raspberry bubbles, crème brulee and cointreau bubbles, jelly bubbles, popping chocolate bubbles and other delightful flavored ‘bubbles’.

Personally, the ice-cream was the highlight of the brunch. They make their own flavoured cones! It comes in chocolate, mango, and strawberry.

The mouth-watering ice-cream selection. I appreciate places where they make their own ice-cream.

Needless to say, I went on a sugar rush. Check out my own creation, I call it Gummy Bears Stuck in Ice-cream (ok, I know it's not a creative name)

The souffle is divine! The combination of rich chocolate and vanilla ice-cream is a match made in heaven. I would have gone for seconds if not for the filing chocolate. (*it's served when most of the crowd are having/ ready for dessert)

Kids are not left out from all the fun.The new Bubbalicious kids’ club area at the lower lobby ensures that the little ones are entertained while mom and dad enjoy a leisurely meal.
Set in a different theme every Sunday and manned by trained nannies, parents can indulge in the brunch with a peaceful mind.
The Kids club area is meant for kids aged 6 and below. Kids who dine with their parents for Bubbalicious has  free access to kids area
A variety of activities have been designed to keep the little ones busy. The kids have a whole world of their own, located at the lower lobby. A buffet selection just for kids will be on offer and there is even a make-your-own-milkshake station where the young ones can have a go at being creative.
(p/s: The mini kitchen counter is so cute!)

Looking at the awards Prego won, you know you came to the right place.

Time: 11.30am to 2.30pm
-Package 1: RM168++ per person (includes free flow of soft drinks, juices, smoothies and water)
-Package 2: RM198++ per person (includes free flow of all beverages from Package 1 plus imported red/white wines and beer).
-Package 3: RM298++ per person (includes free flow of all beverages from Packages 1 & 2 plus and a range of the finest spirits and Champagne).
*Kids till the age of 6 years old eat for free, whilst children from the age of 7 to 12 years old will receive a 50% discount.
**20% discount for Starwood Privilege members

Reservations: Call 03-2773 8338 or email