From glamorous goods to gastronomic experiences, get into the Christmas spirit of giving and receiving at Palais Renaissance —from A to Z.
Headpiece, $500, Jennifer Behr at Belle & Tulle Bridal.
A is for Accoutrements.
Blushing brides have long depended on Belle & Tulle Bridal for wedding ensembles, but you don’t have to be the one walking down the aisle to enjoy its wonderful wares. Palais Renaissance’s resident bridal boutique stocks intricate yet easy-to-wear jewellery and evening bags, perfect for dialling up the glamour of any outfit.
From top: Red and pink sunglasses, Oliver Peoples. Sunglasses, Tom Ford.
B is for Bright Days Ahead.
Before you jet off on your sunny beach vacation, arm yourself with a new pair of sunglasses from EYE WERKS. With frames from the likes of Tom Ford and Oliver Peoples, your new shades will elevate your poolside style and protect your peepers at the same time.
From left: Camisole, $488; robe, $758; slip dress, $488, Visvis at The Lingerie Shop.
C is for Come Hither.
Step up your boudoir game with The Lingerie Shop’s exclusive edit of underwear, swimwear and loungewear, sourced from European labels such as Andres Sarda and Paladini. From frills and scallop trim, to silk and lace numbers, there are more than enough options to satisfy the consummate lingerie lover’s desires.
Dress, $989, Vivienne Westwood at TYAN.
Clutch, $445, Vivienne Westwood at TYAN.
D is for Desirability.
Multi-label boutique TYAN has been delivering eclectic versatility to fashion fans for close to 30 years. From harder-to-find diffusion labels like Sonia by Sonia Rykiel and Vivienne Westwood, to contemporary brands like Philosophy, TYAN’s diverse selection will add a dose of cool to your closet.
Pink spinel and pink sapphire earrings, Mouawad.
E is for Enchantment.
Adored by actresses Zhang Ziyi, Amy Adams and Kate Winslet, Mouawad’s private collection of precious stones, which includes the famed Ahmedabad and Jubilee diamonds, is justifiably legendary. The family-owned jeweller’s $55 million L’Incomparable necklace might be too grand a gift, but a pair of drop earrings is sure to dazzle come Christmas Day.
Modern oriental interiors at Jing Hua Xiao Chi.
Freshly steamed delights.
F is for Flavourful Feasts.
Founded in 1989, Jing Hua Xiao Chi brings its signature home-style flavours to the heart of Singapore’s shopping belt with its delectable xiao long bao and zha jiang noodles. Perfect for family gatherings, feast on the baskets full of plump and piping hot soup dumplings and crispy red bean pancakes.
Dress, $2,115, Maria Grachvogel. Spessartite tennis bracelet, Mouawad.
G is for Garnet.
Indulge in the season’s festive hues. From a spessartite garnetemblazoned bracelet to a figure-flattering draped red dress, a rich, decadent crimson piece is all you need to stand out from the crowd.
From top: Clutch, $48; pouch, $46, Patch Magic. Clutch, $645, Vivienne Westwood at TYAN.
H is for Hand-held.
Besides lots of food, the holiday season brings lots of parties. The ultimate party accessory? A clutch in a bright hue or one that shimmers.
Golden Flakes convertible brooch and bangle; Ring The Bell earrings, DeFRED Jewellers.
I is for Irresistible.
One of Singapore and Hong Kong’s leading specialised jewellers, DeFRED Jewellers has long been the society set’s go-to creator of customised jewellery. Helming both the business and design departments, founder Fred Ho has an astute eye for the extraordinary, creating one-off pieces with stones bold enough to stop traffic.
From left: Jacket, $4,110; dress, $1,940, Maria Grachvogel.
J is for Juxtaposition.
Designer Maria Grachvogel’s cocktail-ready fall/winter 2016 collection is the answer to all your corporate party anxieties. Grachvogel’s slinky jumpsuits and draped dresses ooze sophistication with just the right amount of class: Our favourites are a kimono-style wrap jacket in metallic blue, and the printed dresses to take you from day to night.
Galactic 29, Breitling.
K is for Karat.
If you are looking for something gold to add to your watch collection, Breitling’s Galactic 29 is it. Known for its utilitarian, precision-made timepieces, the Swiss watchmaker surprised purists when it introduced this daintier model, which boasts luxurious touches like mother-ofpearl dials and diamond hour markers, and the prettiest of metals, rose gold. Feminine, but far from fragile, the watch is every bit a high-performer despite its smaller proportions.
L is for Luxe Treats.
Set up by the beauty maestros behind medical aesthetics spa (uk), Renaza Nail Spa is dedicated to revitalising your fingers, toes and soles. From the moment you walk in, the decor and welcoming staff give you an idea of the luxurious experiences ahead: Imagine sinking your feet into a milk bath, before nail therapists work their magic on your nails; scrubbing, massaging and restoring them to a healthy, beautifully polished state.
M is for Makeover.
This Christmas, Prive Aesthetics combines its Zlipo and Zwave treatments into a killer ZCombi that promises to blast fat and tighten skin. Virtually painless and non-invasive, the contouring process will leave you renewed and looking your best for the New Year.
Pink diamond rings set with pink and white diamonds, Yuli Fine Jewellery.
N is for Night-time Glamour.
If you are looking to make a statement with jewellery, less is definitely more. A single bespoke creation by Yuli Fine Jewellery is all you need to add major sparkle to your evening ensembles. For over 20 years, founder Jessie Foo Yuli has designed bijoux that encapsulate the wearer’s spirit—in this case, an ultra-glamorous ring, crowned with a five carat pink diamond on a diamond-encrusted white gold band.
PS.Cafe’s light-filled loft setting.
O is for Order Now.
You can never go wrong with a gettogether at PS.Cafe’s Palais Renaissance branch. Besides its Instagram-worthy interiors, the generous portions of savouries and desserts will leave you spoilt for choice, making it perfect for a spot of indulgence with your nearest and dearest. Can't decide? The crab tart and sticky date pudding are guaranteed to please.
Essex EUP-116E piano, Steinway Gallery.
P is for Playtime.
Like a chandelier, a gleaming piano adds beauty and grandeur to a living space, but definitely provides more fun. Designed by Steinway & Sons in collaboration with renowned furniture designer William Faber, the Essex EUP-116E model from Steinway Gallery shines with pristine white lines and gilded hardware that house a premium level of musical engineering at an affordable price of $11,500. Now, imagine how wonderful it would be to sing along to Christmas carols gathered around the piano with your family?
Q is for Quiet Pleasures.
Give your crowning glory the boost it needs before party season with a rejuvenating treatment at Leonica Trichology. From scalp massages to ultra violet light therapy, trichology pioneer Leonica Kei has helped women and men overcome hair loss and scalp problems— be it due to stress, age or hormonal imbalances—for almost 20 years. Treat yourself to a long overdue pampering experience today, and you'll be saying hello to luscious locks in no time.
R is for Ravishing Cuts.
A fresh new hair style will get you instantly ready for party season. Be it an edgy cut, or treatments to smoothen, curl or colour your locks, pampering is guaranteed at Passion Hair Salon and Casey Inc. Hair & Beauty.
Scarf, $39; sandal, $189, A. Browns & Co. - Made in Italy.
Dress, $159, A. Browns & Co. - Made in Italy.
S is for Sophisticated Cool.
A. Browns & Co. - Made in Italy prides itself on creating high quality pieces for the modern woman. Timeless and precisely tailored, each piece offers great comfort and style, and to make things even easier, dedicated staff in-store will help choose the perfect fit for you.
Clockwise from top: Necklace, $84; obi belt, $98; top, $254, Patch Magic.
T is for Textile Arts.
Trust the Japanese to be way ahead of everyone on the upcycling trend: At Patch Magic, Akiko Silva has been repurposing old kimono fabrics since 1988, in addition to importing traditional Yuzen-dyed goods and Edo Komon (a kimono style first worn by samurais) from workshops in Japan. A virtual shrine to Japanese textile arts, Patch Magic is your destination for soft furnishings and garments crafted in beautiful A fresh new hair style will get you instantly ready for party silks and indigo cottons.
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar.
Unagi and foie gras roll.
U for Utterly Delicious.
Switch things up this Yuletide season with an authentic robatayaki (charcoal-grilled) dinner at Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar. Serving the best and freshest Japanese produce, the izakaya has most of its seasonal seafood menu flown in from Japan at least twice a week. The restaurant has even been decorated to resemble the interior of a traditional fishing cabin, making for a novel spin on a scrumptious holiday feast.
P. Bistro’s High Tea.
V is for Very Comforting.
Looking for a place to recharge amid the last minute shopping rush? Indulge in a brief respite at P. Bistro, a quaint cafe that serves comforting classics with Asian and European flavours. Perfect for a mid-afternoon treat is the rich, tummy-warming lobster bisque, while juicy beef sliders, scones and a plethora of cakes promise to revive spirits for the rest of your shopping journey.
Fan, $46, Patch Magic. Chain headpiece, $400, Jennifer Behr at Belle & Tulle Bridal. Ballerina fl at, $195, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa at TYAN.
Y is for Yellow Gold.
All that glitters is indeed gold when it comes to occasion dressing. Layer on the gilt in elegant fashion by stacking dainty necklaces or keep cool with a hand-painted metallic fan. Then, slip on a pair of shiny pumps to finish the look with finesse.
From left: Night Set in Animalia, $278; Pepper Mill Aubrac Cow Horn, $228, Strange & Deranged.
W is for Whimsical Interiors.
Strange & Deranged is a treasure trove for the eclectic magpie: From mixed media vases, to ornamental bird sculptures, there’s something for every nook and cranny of your dream dwelling. We are particularly smitten with their embellished glassware, ideal for entertaining in your well-curated abode.
X is for X Marks the Spot.
Zoom in on skin concerns and get a flawless complexion in a flash with TOUCHE Elite’s HA+ Multi-Optimizing Skin Treatment. The facial delivers a concentrated amount of hyaluronic acid deep into the skin, boosting hydration levels and collagen synthesis for an instantly tauter mien. One session is all it takes.
From left: Champagne Chartogne-Taillet, Le Rose Brut; Champagne Marie-Courtin, Résonance, Extra Brut; 2014 Sato, Pinot Noir, Artisan Cellars.
Z is for Zesty Flavours.
Tis the season to be jolly, and nothing improves a good meal like fine wine. Boasting an extensive selection of topquality wines from France and New Zealand, Artisan Cellars offers limited-production Burgundies and bubbly that will perfectly complement your holiday feasts.
Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871 (beside Royal Thai Embassy); Tel: 6737 6992.