Aude Giraud (left)
Since setting up her floral business Ask A French Flowers last year, this Parisian transplant has become a sought-after specialist for blooms with that South of France bucolic charm. This month, her agenda is packed with conducting Christmas wreath-making workshops and prepping for holiday bouquet orders. After that: a series of workshops with Kim Anh Doan – founder of Viet food and lifestyle journal T.Pot – planned for the first quarter of 2018 in Singapore, Hanoi and Chiang Mai.
Nadia Rahmat (middle)
She stole the show at the recent Singapore Fashion Week, when she opened for minimalist womenswear label Ginlee Studio with a showstopping voguing repertoire. Off the catwalk, the events manager of nightlife and F&B company Kilo is part of the team that secured one of this year’s biggest indie nightlife gigs, featuring Tunisian EDM DJ Loco Dice in September at Kilo Lounge. Expect more parties there come January, with sets by artistes from the US, Germany and Sweden.
Charlotte Chen (right)
While this Hong Kong-born marketing guru has dabbled in everything from travel, fashion and luxury watches, her upcoming project is something more personal. Called Everyday (launching March 2018), her debut line of “unsung heroes in your bathroom cabinet” features a five-piece personal care range (complete with witty tag lines) researched and made in Australia using non-toxic ingredients. Cue the Green Screen sunscreen made from kale and spinach extract, or the Really Nice Pits deodorant featuring sweet orange oil and lemon myrtle oil. Pre-orders available at www.geteveryday.com from February 2018.
Bella Koh (left)
Better known as @catslavery, the long-time proponent of the “slow living” philosophy has turned her former apartment in Tiong Bahru into the next zen lifestyle spot. Dubbed the Slow House, the French-inspired 1,700 sq ft space will open for business in January as a salon event-slash-workshop studio. It will include cooking demos and workshops (by Koh herself) that focus on healthy, delicious and fuss-free recipes.
Guan Min (middle)
Followers of Guan’s beauty tutorials and review videos on Youtube might have noticed her recent online hiatus. It’s not a social media detox; she’s just been busy running the PR and communications arm, since April, for streetwear boutiques Off-White, Christian Dada and multi-label store Surrender, which hosted a pop-up event with Japanese brand Fragment Design and Louis Vuitton. The real chill-out life begins next April, before her 30th birthday, when she plans to go for a sabbatical in Bali in search of “that hippie life”.
Amanda Keisha Ang (right)
This illustrator/DJ just returned from a nine-city tour of Europe, where she played her heavy blend of jungle, footwork and grime music in cities like Berlin and London. Back home, her local all-female DJ collective Attagirl has grown from a three-piece DJ outfit in 2013 to a seven-member group that now comprises a film director and music producer too. What she’s up to next? Bringing some of the coolest acts from the UK to Singapore throughout 2018 via her events company Baow Baow.
Aarika Lee (left)
She’s best known as the turban-loving managing director of marketing, digital, and branding consultancy Elementary Co., musician, and Insta-cool mum of two toddlers. These days, she’s playing eco-warrior too. Together with good pal Charmaine Seah (pictured above, right), Lee started a monthly green drive called #ThinkOutOfTheBoxSg in August that collects unused boxes or packaging to be repurposed as craft materials for art programmes run by non-profit organisations such as Playeum and children’s art space The Artground.
Marie Soh (middle)
For most makeup brands, a covetable holiday collection is a given. In the case of Inga – Soh’s cosmetics line that debuted last December with a line of 10 matte lipsticks – that outing resulted in a collaboration with home-grown company Nail Deck this month. Soh created three party-ready shades (in brick red, fire engine red, and a burgundy with hints of gold specks) that come with matching nail lacquers, available at www.ingacosmetics.com and the Keepers store at National Design Centre.
Charmaine Seah (right)
This new mum and co-founder of marketing, digital, and branding consultancy Elementary Co. may have just welcomed her second-born (she was a week away from labour at the time of this shoot), but she already ended the work year on a high note: promoting the Singapore International Film Festival (till Dec 3) – the largest and longest-running film event in +65 – and the new forms of filmmaking, as well as spotlighting the emerging voices of South-east Asia cinema.
Photography Zaphs Zhang & Frenchescar Lim Styling Imran Jalal Hair and Makeup Manisa Tan and Jane Lau/Paletteinc, Hongling Lim & Sha Shamsi
This story first appeared in Female’s December 2017 issue.