Those who have read the massively popular Crazy Rich Asians novel by Kevin Kwan would surely be anticipating the Singapore premiere on 22 August. They’d want to see if the film is as good as the book. Those who haven’t would be excited too; it’s a surreal experience to see Singapore landmarks like CHIJMES hogging a Hollywood production for a change!
Whichever camp you belong to, one thing is guaranteed: it’s hard to say no to the prospect of looking like a million bucks — quite literally. The Rediscover team recently challenged ourselves to pull off a million dollar makeover by singling out only one mall to comb, and we eventually decided on the one that best marries luxury and the Singapore heritage: Capitol Piazza.
The next time you’re here, look no further than these five top picks to get your #CRA #OOTD ready for what is arguably one of the greatest contemporary Singaporean satire written yet.
- Truefitt & Hill
Would you associate a man with wealth, prestige and class if he sported unkempt out of bed hair (the actual out of bed look, not the carefully orchestrated kind), wild bush under the chin and ungroomed skin.
Exactly. But thankfully, Truefitt and Hill — dubbed the oldest barbershop in the world — is here to clean you up in style and have you look right on the money. We’d really recommend you give their signature service, The Royal Cut, a shot; otherwise, ask for the Ultimate Shaving Experience to groom your ‘stache into something worthy of the Emerald Carpet.
Truefitt and Hill also stocks grooming products such as aftershaves, moisturisers and colognes. They’re great gifts for a fellow Bro who yearns to be a Colin Khoo to your Nicholas Young.
- CYC Made To Measure
If you’re serious about dressing like a Nicholas Young in your own right, it’s best not to leave things up to chance and grab an off-the-rack suit. Because chances are, it is not going to contour around your unique body shape as well as a tailored suit.
With more than 80 years of experience in suit making, CYC (stands for Chiang Yick Ching, the founder) at Capitol Piazza is a well established, heritage driven family business cutting fabrics to precision and measuring guys up for success. CYC consultants are at hand to kickstart the tailoring process with a private sit-down to understand what exactly it is that you need out of your second skin, before taking your measurements and sending it off to their Bendemeer head office for production.
Outside of their tailoring services, they also have ready to wear options such as these printed short sleeved button-downs (zoom in closer and you’d notice those are HDB flats prints!).
Don’t you know? The really rich people are low profile and neighbourly that way.
- Sabrina Goh
News outlets went crazy over the sartorial splendour of the Crazy Rich Asians cast when they strutted down the Emerald Carpet for the LA premiere of the film. As though coming out of the novel and into real life, they were reportedly dressed in haute couture from glitzy international designers.
But don’t be overlooking our award-winning local designers — after all, the story does take place in Singapore! One such designer is Sabrina Goh, whose fashion-forward men’s and womenswear collections can be found right here at Capitol Piazza. You’d be walking out totally in vogue and in Singaporean pride — just the way it should be as you prepare for a screening with your glam squad.
- Carmina Shoemaker
Want to walk a mile in rich peoples’ shoes? You could start by getting yourself a pair of tailored shoes from Carmina. Walk into the store at Capitol Piazza and it won’t take long to realise that these are not your ordinary Oxfords and loafers.
Originating from Mallorca, the tall, symmetrical rows of artisanal footwear you see in the sleek carpeted interior of Carmina had all gone through an intricate process of sketching on a wooden last, leather stitching and hand assembly. It doesn’t get any more personal than that. They remind us of prized collections you’d only find at invite-only trunk shows, except that you can come down to Capitol Piazza anytime and acquaint your feet with luxury.
We’d be incurring a wrath worse than Auntie Eleanor’s if we didn’t end off with the best kind of pampering! Using formulations steep in traditional Korean herbal medicine (known informally as Ginsenomics™), the Sulwhasoo skincare regime is known to fix skin imbalances so effectively you’d look as if you’ve just burst forth from the purity of a snowy cascade.
The Ginseng treatment can also be found in Sulwhasoo’s exquisite spa offerings, among other rejuvenating facials that you could schedule, you know, right after your film screening.