Dad is a dental specialist in oral surgery; Mum is an obstetrician and gynaecologist. With their busy work schedules, how do Ho Kok Sen and his wife Cynthia find the time to bond with their three children, Laetitia, aged 11, Luke, nine, and Leon, six? For this family of five, it’s all about packing their weekends with fun-filled activities; be it tennis, exploring the Marina Bay area on two wheels or hitting The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands for a day-cation.
But first, we’re putting Kok Sen and Cynthia’s shopping skills to the test with a challenge: to find the perfect day-cation outfit for their little fashionistas. Press play on the video to find out who will prevail as the styling expert – Mum or Dad.
For the whole family: CH Carolina Herrera
With collections for women, men and kids, this is a one-stop shop for the whole family. Nobody does effortless glam quite like Carolina herself – likewise, the children’s collection is chock-full of preppy pieces that combine classic silhouettes with bold colours, chic stripes and playful polka dots.
For a dose of Parisian chic: Baby Dior
Dior is synonymous with classic elegance, and your littles ones will look tres chic sporting this season’s collection: think floaty sundresses and embroidered sneakers for the girls and crisp cotton shirts and graphic tees for the boys.
Prepare for a riot of colours and cheeky prints once you step into FENDI Kids. Brimming with Italian charm that will appeal to both the young and young at heart, the store offers stylish threads for newborns up to teenagers. This season, it’s all about sugary pastel hues and candy stripes for the girls, while boys get funky hoodies and high-top sneakers.
For Prince Charming and Cinderella: nicholas & bears
Your kids will be the beau and belle of the ball in outfits from this brand, which offers three-piece suits, preppy sweaters and the prettiest of party dresses. It’s all about luxurious fabrics, fine craftsmanship and dreamy, romantic, opulent designs.
For kids who love toys (ok, all kids!): Hamleys of London
Established in 1760, Hamleys is the oldest toy store in the world. It has everything a child could ever desire, from cuddly stuffed animals to elaborate LEGO kits and larger-than-life figurines. It’s best to head here towards the end of your shopping trip – otherwise you might never be able to tear the kiddies away from the store.
For preppy boys and girls: Ralph Lauren Children
It’s the ultimate in preppy American casual wear, with leather wingtip oxfords, chinos, jodhpurs and cable-knit sweaters. And don’t forget the classic polo shirts! This season, girls are in pastels, navy and oversized florals, while boys have tweed and hints of camo to make things edgy.
For your petite fashionista: Bonpoint
The epitome of Parisian chic, Bonpoint’s Spring/Summer collection sees a pastel palette with pops of rusty red. From simple checked dresses to soft, light denim jeans, your kids will not only look stylish, but feel comfy too.
For your mini-me: IN GOOD COMPANY
For timeless wardrobe essentials with a twist, homegrown label IN GOOD COMPANY is your best bet. Just like the outfits for Mum and Dad, the children’s collection features functional yet stylish pieces to suit the modern-day kid: comfortable cotton dresses, colourblock tops, jersey shorts and unique, handmade accessories.
For a cup of hot chocolate: Angelina
The original branch of Angelina was founded in 1903 and the recipe for its famous hot chocolate has been a closely guarded secret ever since. The signature L’Africain is so rich and thick you need a spoon to drink it. The cafe also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and pastries, including the Mont Blanc, a meringue confection. It’s the perfect spot for a mid-shopping snack.
For your wild child: KENZO KIDS
This season the Japanese/French brand has gone wild for tigers: Stripes and cat faces adorn sweatshirts, skirts and dresses. There are also French twists – Eiffel Tower and croissant prints. The aesthetic carries right through for newborns to 12-year-olds, so the whole family can be dressed the same.
For an afternoon wind-down: Sampan ride
Tired out from all that shopping? What better way to wind down than with a leisurely ride on a wooden boat. Sit back and relax for 10 minutes as you and the whole family are gently guided along The Shoppes’ Canal and around the impressive Rain Oculus as the perfect way to end your day at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
— Brought to you by The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands —