On Sept 15, 2016, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One driver and IWC Schaffhausen brand ambassador Nico Rosberg delighted over 250 fans and guests when he made a special public appearance at ION Orchard’s atrium
Nico Rosberg greeting fans at the mall.
Chris Chong, Chief Executive of Orchard Turn Developments, with Nico Rosberg at the IWC Schaffhausen store.
On Sept 15, 2016, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One driver and IWC Schaffhausen brand ambassador Nico Rosberg delighted over 250 fans and guests when he made a special public appearance at ION Orchard’s atrium. The event was part of an exclusive Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team garage showcase leading up to the Singapore Grand Prix weekend. Members of the public got to experience the engineering expertise behind the team, and got up close with the Mercedes-AMG GT S, the Official Safety Car of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Top and above: G.E.M. and Daniel Ricciardo giving a rousing drum performance during the concert.
Daniel Ricciardo and G.E.M. showing off their Tag Heuer timepieces.
A GEM OF AN EVENT
Pop sensation and TAG Heuer brand ambassador G.E.M. thrilled audiences when she performed at ION Orchard’s outdoor event space ION² on Sept 14, 2016. It was a treat for the senses as the concert was supercharged with water effects, drums, spectacular lights and pyrotechnics. Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo also made an appearance as part of Swiss watch TAG Heuer’s Formula One Don’t Crack Under Pressure showcase. He even gave a drum performance on stage alongside G.E.M. and local percussion group Urban Drum Crew, much to the delight of 700 excited fans.
Breast Cancer Awareness ambassador Kit Chan (centre) with breast cancer survivors.
The ION Orchard facade all lit up in pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
PRETTY IN PINK
October marks Breast CancerAwareness Month, a global initiative thatenhances awareness, raises funds andinspires meaningful action to fight thedisease. To help champion the cause,ION Orchard and Estee LauderCosmetics came together for a dramaticlight-up ceremony on Sept 30, 2016outside the mall, where the facade wasilluminated by pink LED lights.
Shoppers and Her World readers attend a fashion workshop at Armani Exchange
The Autumn Winter Illuminated installation at ION Sky.
Organised in collaboration with Her World, Escapades saw shoppers being treated to a series of styling workshops and exclusive shopping events at various stores throughout October 2016. A month-long wanderlust-themed fashion installation on the third floor of the mall added to the excitement, with clips of scenic Bhutan showcased alongside travel-friendly looks from various fashion houses, and virtual front-row views of Carven’s and DKNY’s Fall/Winter runway shows. One of the highlights was Autumn Winter Illuminated, an exclusive light show at ION Sky that told the story of the F/W season. And to top it off: the Kenzo x H&M private launch party, held at ION Sky on Oct 31, where fans of the brands could get their hands on the collection before it was launched at the Singapore outlets.
Bhutanese artist Zimbiri with two of her works.
Asha Kama (Kama Wangdi), Bhutanese artist and chairman of the Voluntary Artists’ Studio of Thimphu, at the exhibition.
Druk Asia staff and His Excellency, The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bhutan, Tshewang Chophel Dorji (ﬁfth from left) present lucky winner Yasmin Bte Yusof with her prize of a 4D3N airfare and accommodation package to Bhutan.
THE HAPPIEST KINGDOM COMES TO TOWN
From Oct 18 to 31, 2016, the “Discover Breathtaking Bhutan” fair co-organised by Druk Asia transported shoppers momentarily to The Happiest Kingdom on Earth. Visitors to the fair at the B4 Atrium were encouraged to try Bhutanese national costumes and food, take selfies at the Iron Chain Bridge photowall, snap up unique handicrafts and souvenirs, and watch a royal textile artisan at work. Dance performances and an art exhibit – with Bhutanese artists on hand to walk visitors through their works – completed the cultural experience.
The tree decorated by Tiffany & Co. boasted over 2,000 custom-designed ornaments. Shoppers taking advantage of the brilliant photo opportunities at ION . A harpist serenades shoppers in the mall. Shoppers also got to participate in meet-and-greet sessions with Santa Claus.
’TIS THE SEASON
A “Season of Resplendence” saw ION² transformed into a fantasy land for Christmas, with a 20m-tall outdoor Christmas tree decorated by Tiffany & Co., a glittering labyrinth, as well as larger-thanlife reindeer, toy soldiers and penguins. The dazzling display nabbed the mall the Orchard Road Business Association’s Best Dressed Building – Judges’ Choice Award, beating nine other malls for the honour. Besides the spectacular outdoor display, ION Orchard also heightened the holiday mood with a cappella and live harpist performances, plus a new holiday scent to complement the mall’s signature fragrance.
As in previous years, ION Orchard gave back by supporting Rainbow Centre via a donation drive benefiting the Community Chest. The mall was also a proud supporter of Rainbow Centre’s Rainbow CHAIRity project, where special needs students, together with artists, decorated 55 child-sized Louis chairs to raise funds for the centre’s extension building. Selected pieces were displayed on Level 3 and the ION Art gallery on Level 4
The four Young Talent Programme artists Holeng, Justin Lim, Chong Yan Hong and Yeo Jian Long
A visitor to the exhibition views Yeo Jian Long’s works.
As part of its efforts to support the local arts scene, ION Orchard held two key events last Fall/Winter. From Sept 1 to 20, four artists from the fourth edition of the Young Talent Programme presented their first solo exhibitions. The culmination of nearly a year’s worth of dedication, preparation and hard work, This Too Shall Pass by Chong Yanhong, Old Dutch House by Holeng, Beyond Bittersweet by Justin Lim and A Quiet Beauty by Yeo Jian Long were created in consultation with programme curator Seah Tzi-Yan.
From Oct 6 to 23, art aficionados were also treated to the mall’s signature photography showcase, which focuses on supporting and recognising mid-career and established local photographers’ work. The third instalment of the ION Art Photography Series featured Singapore Streetscapes as its theme, highlighting the richness and diversity of Singapore’s unique subcultures through the lenses of notable Singapore photographers Aik Beng Chia and Mark Teo.
Visitors view works by local photographers Aik Beng Chia and Mark Teo.