Tuesday 30 October 2012

What I wore: My 10 Digital Fashion Week outfits

I had so many reasons to be super excited to take part of Digital Fashion Week (DFW). As you know I was hosting the interviews with some great established and emerging Singaporean designers and hanging around backstage among some beautiful clothes and models.

But I won’t lie. Getting dolled up every morning with a team of experts and having 10 outfits to change in three days was probably one of the highlights as well. My co-host (Beam Artiste and tanjongbazaar.com blogger Yvette King) and I took our jobs as promoting Singaporean and Asian designers very seriously and spent many days before the event running around planning our outfits mainly from places like Parco next NEXT and the participating designers.

It was tiring but great fun especially that our choices seemed to grab people’s attention - including super model Andrej Pejic who fell in love with a LION EARL digital print dress that Yvette was wearing which prompted the designer Lionel to give him one! Another item which Andrej managed to keep was my TOTON collar which I wore the last day to interview him. Sophie Sumner also made no secret of her love for local label OwnMuse and wore their clothes more than a couple of times during the week.

So if you’ve missed out (or lost count) of my DFW outfits, here’s the list of what I wore on all 3 days and the press conference! Which LOOK did you like most ;-)?

Big thanks goes to my dear friend Aaron Han who was on hand everyday
to snap most of these photos :-)


1- TOTON Apron dress and sleeveless embroided shirt: I can’t have enough of TOTON and after wearing my first outfit last month it was time to debut the 2nd! Yup I’m still the only one who owns them as well ;-)! these 2 pieces were a match made in heaven, complete with my Zara mustard gladiator heels I think this is one of my best outfit combinations at the moment – and will be for a while!

Raising the flag for amazing Asian fashion, here's my co-host
Yvette rocking this PAULINE.NING dress and moi in TOTON!

Gorgeous embroidery details...


2- Issue printed dress for Thomas Wee backstage and interview: I love this dress which I’d bought a while back from shopthemag.com! The Thai label Issue is one of my favourite Asian labels and this dress has just the right amount of colour to make me stand out but still fit in. Judging by the reaction I got, I can say it was a definite hit, teamed with my bronze Louboutins and Chinese opera rings from Bugis Village!

My precious rings from Bugis Vilage...
Yvette stepped it up as well with a gorgeous KAE HANA top and SALONI
RATHOR pants! Loved her outfit!!!!

3- PAULINE.NING tangerine draped maxi dress: I loved this dress the moment I saw it a while back at the IEX event at the Asian Civilization Museum, and interviewing the designer Pauline Lim was a great opportunity to wear it. The colour and the fit were great, teamed with my hardly-worn killer Brian Atwood heels and Pharaoh cuff which I picked up in Paris a couple of  years ago.

4- FOREWORD body harness teamed with Topshop burgundy jumpsuit: I've been really wanting to wear this statement piece from Parco next NEXT label FOREWORD, and DFW was just the right occasion to do it for interviewing JR Chan of JASON! The trick was to find something to team it with and this plain jumpsuit which I had for ages complemented it just right. Completing the look were my trusty Louboutins and of course no accessories!


5- HASINA  Anya silk printed dress: It was a pleasant surprise to know that Singapore-based designer Hasina had asked to dress me and Yvette for DFW. While Yvette went for the stunning coral print combo of shorts, camisole and jacket, I picked the delicate anya shift dress to interview designer Tze Goh after his show. Complete with my golden Brian Atwoods (they’re too painful to walk in so I wore them as much as I can since I was sitting down ;-)) and a pair of earrings my look was complete!

Sadly the heavy rain meant there were no proper photos of this
outfit but here's a grab from Nowfashion.com who were the official
photographers of DFW!

With hubby who was decked up in -J-A-S-O-N- from head to toe!

Fooling around with the steamer... and you can see our HASINA
outfits in this pic :-)!!! 
(Photo by JPG by Ink & Cheese)

6- Lionel Low’s custom-made dress for moi: That was the dress I was looking forward to the most and of course it didn’t disappoint. My friend and super talented designer (one half of LION EARL) had offered to make me a dress for the occasion and I was more than happy to oblige! At first I thought it was going to be a simple task but was stunned when I saw the amount of work and detail he has done on it especially as it was all hand-stitched lace appliqué! I love love this dress and I cannot thank Lionel enough who may be doing some great ready-to-wear frocks at Parco next NEXT but is also planning on venturing into cocktail and evening wear very soon! Judging by this dress he made me – and I’m sure you’ll agree- I think he has what it takes and more. I’ll definitely treasure this gorgeous dress and wear it again and again! For my interview with Eugene Lin, I teamed it with a slightly edgy Nicholas Kirkwood nude python sandals and pearl earrings and bangles for an elegant look.

Love this photo by the talented photographer Cornelyus Tan!

7- OwnMuse jersey draped dress and necklace: I love OwnMuse versatile pieces and for my interview with the designers behind this label Johanna and Juang, I chose this subtle burgundy and black draped dress which is so comfortable and can be worn back to front as well. The perfect accessory was a gorgeous OwnMuse hand beaded necklace and sky high Louboutin platforms. I got a lot of compliments on this outfit on the day, one of which from OwnMuse fan Sophie Sumner herself!

Another weather issue meant the photos of this outfit were limited!
but will be adding better ones if any! Shame as this outfit looked
really great in person!!!
All in Ownmuse: Me, the designers Johanna and Juang and Yvette
wearing her dress front to back! 
(Photo by JPG by Ink & Cheese)

8- Burgundy olive green toga dress: Shopthemag.com is easily one of my favourite local e-tailers for they stock some great frocks from Asian and Singaporean designers! For my interview with Sophie Sumner, I had to look my most elegant so I picked up this Singaporean label Burgundy gorgeous toga dress in a flattering olive shade and accessorized it with my favourite vintage earrings from Nostalgia Queen Vintage and a pair of Madame Claude D’Orsay Louboutins in a complementing aubergine shade. Love this look from head-to-toe and a lot of people thought it was my best. Do you agree ;-) BTW the dress is still available at shopthemag.com and is on sale!!!!)

Yup it looks glamorous from afar but you can see the tiredness in the eyes...


9- Karen Millen Kimono-inspired top: Ok with Guo Pei showing her amazing Chinese-inspired gowns I had to pick something to go with the theme and luckily I had this top from 5 years ago buried in my closet! I do have a thing for Asian-inspired clothes especially silk prints, mandarin collars and even cheongsams but I picked this as the colour red was predominant in Guo Pei’s wedding dress collection. And guess what, even the designer asked about it and said she liked it (via a translator of course!). The letdown was not having anything to go with this top so I just wore it with my dark blue jeans and heels. Thankfully it was appropriate as there were no interviews that day but just backstage chats.

10- LION EARL dress and TOTON collar: Yup I saved the best for last! What do you expect when I’m interviewing the gorgeous Andrej Pejic? For my last Google+ Hangout with Andrej I wore my beautiful pink soft peplum LION EARL dress complete with my (now Andrej’s) TOTON mandarin collar and my favourite aqua python Louboutins. A winning trio I would say ;-)

My last outfit consisted of 3 of my favourite pieces, LION EARL dress,
TOTON collar and a pair of Louboutins! Thankfully they went well together ;-)


Please make my lips look slightly fuller ;-)

Erm took some time to get the eyeliner right... Not used to working
on bumpy eyes like mine (whatever that means!)

Hair... I took care of it most of the time :-)

But don't mind an expert' input as well!

Et Voila!!!! Peace sign, Asian-style :-)