As part of ION Orchard’s 8th anniversary celebrations, a star-studded outdoor fashion concert took centre stage along Orchard Road. Shoppers were treated to an amazing evening of pop songs performed by Korean heart-throb, Yook Sung Jae and local band, 53A. The fashion concert featured 24 models strutting down a unique industrial-style multi-tier runway, decked out in the latest Autumn/Winter collections by well-loved fashion and luxury labels such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Dsquared2, Carven, DKNY, Hardy Hardy and more.
Adding to this year’s highlights, ION Orchard will be unveiling later this year, a new look for its level 56 ION Sky observation deck, which at 218 metres tall, is the highest point on Orchard Road. Apart from offering 360-degree panoramic views of the city, the new ION Sky will offer both tourists and locals a novel way to experience Singapore and Orchard Road’s rich history and heritage through a specially commissioned immersive multimedia feature in collaboration with singer songwriter, Dick Lee.
Mr Chris Chong, Chief Executive of Orchard Turn Developments Pte Ltd said, “In line with Singapore’s direction to enliven Orchard Road as a lifestyle destination and boost its attractiveness, we have been putting together new and refreshing experiences for local and international shoppers and visitors. These range from an outdoor glow garden, a 10-Day Star Wars festival as well as a fashion concert as part of our 8th Anniversary this year. We will soon also be adding a new animation feature at ION Sky, which will complement our retail offering. The new ION Sky will add an interesting dimension to the Orchard Road experience through the integration of heritage and technology to provide our shoppers and visitors with not just entertainment but an opportunity to learn about the history and evolution of Singapore and Orchard Road.”
8th Anniversary Limited Edition Collectibles
As part of the mall’s anniversary celebrations, ION Orchard has collaborated with brands to create exclusive collectibles throughout the year, including co-branded Sephora beauty pouches, and exclusive lip colours by Chanel. Currently available collectibles include a one-of-a-kind Jaeger LeCoulture watch featuring the façade of ION Orchard, personalised Le Pliage bags by Longchamp and exotic-skin Kwanpen Crossbody wallet.
From now till 29 October, shoppers who spend a minimum of $2,000 can redeem ‘Gift with Purchase’ items, that include Happy 8 Tea, an ION Orchard and TWG tea-blend featuring a delightful mix of precious white tea and green tea with a mélange of exotic fruits and flowers, encased in a vermillion red tea tin and gift box; and an In Good Company ION 8th Anniversary notebook, with a unique confetti-inspired design. Each exclusive notebook comes with a $50 In Good Company voucher.
ION Orchard is also offering visitors complimentary lunchtime parking* till 29 October 2017. Shoppers and members will also continue to enjoy the ongoing eight-month-long offer of shopping rewards* and monthly special members’ day* till October 2017.
Star-studded 8th Anniversary Gala Dinner
On 28 September, a star-studded gala dinner was held at ION Sky’s Salt grill in partnership with brands, accompanied by an exclusive Cartier high jewellery show at ION Sky. Invited guests to the event will be treated to exciting performances by Korean celebrities, Yook Sung Jae and Lee Chae-rin, also known as CL.
New Store Openings
This month, fans of cult eyewear label Gentle Monster will finally get to shop the full range of accessories including its collection with British actress Tilda Swinton at the brand’s Southeast Asia first flagship store outside of Korea and China, at ION Orchard. Located at Level 1, the mall has worked closely with Gentle Monster to create a unique in-store experience for shoppers under the brand’s Samsara (which refers to the circle of life in Sanskrit) concept. Other recent / upcoming openings include the first Giuseppe Zanotti and Graff standalone flagship stores in Singapore; the Magnum bar which offers an ice-cream customisation; Nespresso’s flagship which is equipped with coffee specialists to take shopper’s orders through mobile technology without a need to queue at the cashier, as well as other flagship concept stores by Lego, Hardy Hardy, and Steinway.
Art highlights at the ION Art gallery
Art and photography enthusiasts will be treated to an exciting line-up of exhibitions over the next few weeks at ION Art gallery, featuring works from Chinese ink painter, Wang Zi Jiang, as well as timeless photography masterpieces by eight Singapore-based photographers using Leica camera, as part of the third edition of ION Orchard’s signature Photography Series.
Kyoto, presented by White Space Art Asia
Kyoto represents over thirty years of impression and love for Japan and its culture by Chinese ink painter, Wang Zi Jiang. Visit the showcase to enjoy over forty of Wang’s incredibly detailed and atmospheric ink creations. The artist will also demonstrate his work on a two-metre piece long scroll ‘live’ over two days from 29 September to 4 October 2017.
Celebration of Photography
In partnership with ION Art, Leica Celebration of Photography will feature eight unique collections of work by eight illustrious Singapore-based photographers, including KC Eng, Laxmi Kaul, Andrew Lum, Francisco Marin, Justin Ong, Eric Sawitoski, Marc Tan, and Yuey Tan & Claire Jedrek. Through the lens and creative expressions of the photographers’ unique styles and subjects, visitors will be able to explore the world across different continents and cultures. The exhibition runs from 7 to 15 October 2017.
In addition, from now till 15 October, award-winning Spanish artist, Manolo Valdes is presenting his first major exhibition in Asia at ION Orchard, in collaboration with Opera Gallery and with support from the Singapore Tourism Board. The exhibition features eight of Manolo Valdes’s best known Menina sculptures measuring about 1.8 metres in height, which takes pride of space at ION2, the outdoor space at the entrance of ION Orchard.