This month's chic list.

Portrait of Tammy Strobel

This month's chic list.

The Hermès Endless Road print features on a crew-neck jumper, along with skateboards from other collections.

My Reading Room

From top: A travel goods advertisement from 1926; The Kelly bag reworked into a rocking horse 


“Hermès Heritage” is a series of exhibitions curated to share the rich history of the house from its origins as a harness- maker and saddler to the present day. The third in the series is “In Motion”, which explores the spirit of travel so deeply rooted within the DNA of the brand. Exhibits will include objects from the Émile Hermès collection, the archives, the Hermès Conservatoire of Creations and other contemporary pieces. Look out for the very first Hermès scarf—its design a twirling circle of horse-drawn carriages inspired by the playing board of a game, and The Bolide bag, which was designed originally as a classic sac pour l’auto. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Hermès Singapore boutique at Liat Towers from 11 to 19 May, 10:30am to 8pm daily.

My Reading Room

A garden from the 2018 show 


If you’re in London from 21 to 25 May, don’t miss the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, dubbed the horticultural equivalent to Paris Fashion Week. The world’s most glamorous and quintessentially British flower show attracts more than 150,000 visitors each year, and brings together renowned landscapers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries to show off cutting-edge arrangements, cunningly-designed gardens and inspirational floral exhibits. Don’t miss the “Back to Nature Garden”, co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known as Kate Middleton). Featuring a treehouse, waterfall, campfire and stepping stones, the woodland wilderness aims to encourage people to rediscover nature, and feel all the health benefits it has to offer. Visit to purchase tickets.

My Reading Room

Peter and the Wolf and Shiro Takatani’s ST/LL 


Returning for its 42nd year, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA 2019) will feature a line-up of iconic international artists alongside the very best from Singapore. Expect to see performing arts luminaries, such as Simon McBurney and Tadashi Suzuki, as well as Ryuichi Sakamoto and Bill Frisell who are making their Singaporean debut with renowned choreographer Sasha Waltz. Look out also for four Singaporean artists—Huzir Sulaiman, Claire Wong, Ho Tzu Nyen and Goh Boon Teck. SIFA 2019 goes beyond traditional disciplines by incorporating technology and multidisciplinary works so audiences can explore new experiences that push them out of their comfort zones. From 16 May to 2 June, visit

My Reading Room

Liu Wei’s Entropy 


From 11 May to 24 November, the Venice Biennale or Biennale of Art 2019 will be held in various locations around the Venetian Arsenale. The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled “May You Live in Interesting Times” will be curated by Ralph Rugoff. From the spectacular Central Pavillion (Giardini) to the Arsenale, the exhibition features the works of 79 artists from all over the world and 91 national participants. Since its inception, the event has successfully brought together thousands of art and architecture lovers and enthusiasts from around the globe. Visit 

My Reading Room

Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach is transformed into a cinema 


Gather friends for a great night out at the coolest open-air cinema, Peroni Sunset Cinema, which returns with 14 sessions from 2 to 15 May at Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach. Films this year include Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, director Robert Redford’s latest offering, The Old Man & the Gun and the Steve McQueen thriller, Widows. We suggest arriving at 5pm to watch the sun set with a drink, enjoy a meal from Tanjong Beach Club, and listen to music spun by DJs until screening starts at 7:45pm. Visitors will be provided with wireless headphones for a “silent cinema” experience. Visit 

My Reading Room

From below: The cast of Civilised, the new play by The Necessary Stage. This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls by Pangdemonium promises much food for thought 


3 to 4 May

Taiwan’s renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre celebrates 45 years with a two-night performance at the Esplanade Theatre. After nearly five decades of paving the way for contemporary dance in Asia and making Cloud Gate Dance Theatre one of the world’s finest dance companies, writer-turned-choreographer, Lin Hwai-min, will be stepping down as artistic director at the end of 2019. This anniversary celebration is a retrospective of Lin’s works, featuring excerpts from nine of his most classic pieces. Visit

My Reading Room

The AIA Glow Festival is guaranteed to get the crowds moving.

10 to 26 May

Pangdemonium’s This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls is a provocative, polarising and brutally honest original new work inspired by the #MeToo movement. Written by local playwright and award-winning director Ken Kwek, the play was created from interviews with over a hundred women and men. “This play is partly a journey of my own reckoning with the #MeToo movement. I see this as being as much a men’s issue—if not more so—as it is a women’s issue,” says Kwek. Directed by Tracie Pang, the cast includes Oon Shu An, Pam Oei and Adrian Pang. Visit 

15 to 26 May

In a year filled with commemorative bicentennial events, The Necessary Stage responds with the audacious play, Civilised, written by Haresh Sharma and directed by artistic director Alvin Tan. Examining the complexities of colonialism past, present and future, the play also explores how a nation recovers from the tragedies and disempowerment that colonisation inflicts. Visit

My Reading Room

A scene from one of the classics by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.

25 May

Fitness and music enthusiasts will love the dynamic roster of activities to nourish the mind, body and soul at wellness and music event, AIA Glow Festival. Spanning over 17,000sqm on Sentosa, the day will start with a 5km run around the island. Yoga fans can then proceed to classes led by well-known teachers Marysia Do and Patrick Beach. At the end of the day, keep that heart rate up dancing along to music by international headline acts including Belgian DJ, Lost Frequencies, and chart-topping Brit group, Rudimental. Visit