The Elements of Men’s Style: A Visual Guide to Classic Dressing (Vault Magazine’s special style issue)

I am thrilled to be part of another beautiful issue by Vault Magazine, which this time pays homage to classic style for men. (Why there isn’t a local magazine of this caliber for women, I seriously don’t know.)

Vault Magazine special issue: The Elements of Men's Style (July-August 2012)

The cover features a handsome pair of Carmina brogues (photographed by either Ocs Alvarez, Pat Mateo, or Philip Sison) and was designed by Vault’s young-but-brilliant art director, Karl Castro. In his introduction to this great piece of work, editor-in-chief David Celdran writes:

“… Those looking for the latest trends in menswear fashion won’t find it in this guide. Instead, this special issue of Vault is dedicated to the building blocks of classic style–elements of a man’s wardrobe that are neither dated nor fashion forward. In other words: timeless.”

In working on this issue, I had the privilege of going inside Singapore’s ultra-exclusive shops, Malmaison by The Hour Glass (on Orchard Road, fronting the Paragon) and Uomo Collezioni (in Marina Bay Sands), and learning about such brands as Cire Trudon, Lorenzo Villaresi, Charvet, Rubinacci, Pal Brioni, Zilli, and Stefano Ricci, among others. There I learned what set the truly timeless and classic pieces apart from those that simply come and go with the waves of fashion trends: an unflinching adherence to artisanal traditions and to meticulous craftsmanship. Most, if not all, of the brands mentioned in this issue know the true value of bespoke luxury wear and have helped to define consumers’ definition of “luxury.”

So here, without further ado, are excerpts of my mini-features in this issue.

Malmaison and Uomo Collezioni in Vault Magazine's special Style Issue (July-August 2012)
Malmaison and Uomo Collezioni in Vault Magazine’s special Style Issue (July-August 2012) | Words by Nina Terol-Zialcita, photos by Pat Mateo, layout by Karl Castro


Named after Chateau de Malmaison, the French castle that became home to the Emperor Napoleon and his wife Josephine, Malmaison by The Hourglass pays homage to luxury and elegance through pieces that are timeless, indulgent, and exquisitely crafted by the world’s finest artisans and craftsmen. Owned by the Tay family, long known for their love of exceptional timepieces,  a focal point of the 6,000-square-meter boutique is its collection of the world’s foremost names in watchmaking–including TAG Heuer and Tudor, Panerai and Piaget, Harry Winston and H. Moser & Cie., and, of course, Rolex and Patek Philippe. [excerpt ends here]

Uomo Collezioni

Known in Europe for over 20 years of tastemaking in men’s fashion and luxury items, Uomo Collezioni comes to Southeast Asia through its flagship store at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Whether one is looking for pieces to uphold classic tradition or to make a bold statement, Uomo Collezioni has a wide range of products to meet every discerning gentleman’s wardrobe need. [excerpt ends here]

Villoresi: The world of heightened senses (Vault Magazine, July-August 2012)
Villoresi: The world of heightened senses (Vault Magazine, July-August 2012) | Words by Nina Terol-Zialcita, photo courtesy of Villoresi, layout by Karl Castro

Villoresi: The world of heightened senses

“A perfume should provide a privileged insight into your own personal essence, a clue to your innermost thoughts and journeys of the soul; a door which can either be kept locked or left wide open, leading to opportunities, games and seduction.” — Lorenzo Villoresi

Seduction was indeed a large part of the Lorenzo Villoresi story, as perfume-making was never in the Florentine perfumer’s lineage or intentions. A student of philosophy at the University of Florence, Villoresi was traveling to the Middle East and Africa, researching about the philosophy of religion, when he discovered exotic spices and essences in Morocco, Egypt, Israel, and Sudan. He was captivated by the sensual alchemy of spicy scents and essential oils, and not long after, felt compelled to experiment with his own customized scents.

From philosophy and religion, Villoresi’s attention switched to the creation of powerful sensory experiences that could, in many ways, alter a person’s state of consciousness. His bespoke fragrances soon garnered the attention of society’s crème de la crème, and in 1990, his eponymous perfumery was born. [end of excerpt] 

Scented candles: Cire Trudon (in Vault, July-August 2012 issue)
Scented candles: Cire Trudon (in Vault, July-August 2012 issue) | Words by Nina Terol-Zialcita, photo by Pat Mateo, styling and layout by Karl Castro

Scented candles

The only candlemaker that can claim an illustrious heritage of wax-making through the centuries, Cire Trudon was established in 1643. It has since been the preferred wax-maker of royalty from the likes of Louis XIII and Napoleon. In 1811, on the occasion of his son’s birth, the Emperor Napoleon gave a single gift: a Trudon candle encrusted with three pieces of gold featuring his head. Even when the Napoleonic Empire crumbled, Cire Trudon candles shone on and, in 1889, won for France a prize at the World Exhibition. [end of excerpt]

Perfumes for Men: Villoresi (Vault, July-August 2012)
Perfumes for Men: Villoresi (Vault, July-August 2012) | Words by Nina Terol-Zialcita, photo by Pat Mateo, styling and layout by Karl Castro

Perfumes for Men

In the olfactory world, there are fragrances, and then there are sensory experiences–those that make a dramatic impact on both the wearer and the people around him.

Made with a strict adherence to the traditions of Italian perfume-making, Lorenzo Villoresi perfumes have been dubbed “Haute Couture for the Senses” because of the richness of the ingredients, the exotic blend of scents and spices from East and West, and the intense energy that comes with every scent. [end of excerpt]

This special issue of Vault Magazine features sections on footwear, suits & jackets, formal wear, neckwear, outerwear, shirts, pants, hats, bags & wallets, jewelry & accessories, eyewear, desktop, grooming, and watches. It is available in Powerbooks, Fully Booked, National Bookstore, and Filbar’s outlets.

How a Singapore Girl flies (Vault)

You can’t take the girl out of the world’s most awarded airline. VAULT takes an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of what it takes to be a Singapore Girl

Writer: Niña Terol-Zialcita | Photographer: Pat Mateo

VAULT – How a Singapore Girl flies (June 2012) | Feature by Nina Terol-Zialcita * Photo by Pat Mateo
VAULT – How a Singapore Girl flies (June 2012) | Feature by Nina Terol-Zialcita * Photo by Pat Mateo


Being a Singapore Girl is a dream come true for many women. The name given to the flight attendants of Singapore Airlines was coined by French designer Pierre Balmain in 1972, when he was commissioned to update the airline’s Malay Sarong Kebaya uniform. Since then, the name has come to stand for Asian charm and hospitality and, in 1993, the Singapore Girl became the first “commercial” representation to be unveiled at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London.

The blue uniform is now recognized the world over, and everything about the Singapore Girl–from the way her hair is arranged in a classic French twist to the way her Sarong Kebaya hugs her well-kept figure–evokes sophistication.

Patricia Mah, who has been flying with Singapore Airlines for eight years now, has become a recognizable face in the airline’s ad campaigns. “It’s a glamorous lifestyle,” she admits. “You get to see different countries, experience different cultures, try different kinds of food, do a lot of shopping.”

Now in her early 30s, Mah looks every bit as fresh and as toned as her younger counterparts. She credits her training with Singapore Airlines for helping her acquire the discipline needed to maintain her health and lifestyle. “The training was very challenging–it was a lot more extensive and a lot more detailed than in other airlines,” she recounts. “You have to learn to pace yourself and adapt to all kinds of situations. Each flight will be a different experience.”

VAULT - From Girl-Next-Door to Singapore Girl (June-July 2012) | Photos by Pat Mateo, layout by Karl Castro
VAULT – From Girl-Next-Door to Singapore Girl (June-July 2012) | Photos by Pat Mateo, layout by Karl Castro


This is an excerpt only. The full article is featured in the Travel Issue of Vault Magazine, (June-July 2012). Vault Magazine is available in the Philippines at all Fully Booked, Powerbooks, and National Bookstore branches. For more details, visit Vault‘s Facebook page HERE.