Friday 8 March 2013

What I’ll be wearing this Spring/Summer from Singapore designers

One of the great things about living in Singapore is being spoilt for choice when it comes to fashion. And I don’t mean by that the availability of big designer and high street brands everywhere you go, but rather the variety of Singaporean designers and labels, who seem to improve each season.

For those who doubt the ability of these talents, this Spring/Summer season will especially prove them wrong. The season has not yet begun but from the collections which have been released so far, a few things have caught my eye already!

From day to occasion dresses, accessories and even swimwear, check out which 5 items from Singaporean designers have hit the spot and made it to my summer list of must-haves. We’re still in March so the list will definitely expand once more collections are unveiled and once I’ve saved enough for the next batch ;-)

This dress from Singapore label Yumumu is firmly on my list this season!

1-Saloni Rathor Rhapsody silk dresses
I’m loving Saloni Rathor’s latest collection which features some beautiful dresses in all colours of the rainbow mashed together within unique prints. This silk Rhapsody number is my favourite and it ticks all my style boxes. Gorgeous material (silk), bold and colourful print and simple shift cut which looks very flattering, flirty yet grown up. I would wear this dress with pride to my next fashion event this season! Watch out for it ;-). (Available at Parco next NEXT for S$249)

2- Hansel day dress
I love how easy and wearable Hansel dresses are, which explains owning a few of them so far. This Sync and Swim collection which is inspired by synchronized swimming is as cute as the previous ones especially the print which goes in line with the whimsical identity that the label is known for. Although I would normally go for the printed jersey numbers, this time I’ll pick this Swimming Girls Fit & Flare knit dress which is so much fun and versatile. I would wear this for my day meetings to feel comfortable yet stylish at the same time. (Available at Hansel, Mandarin Gallery for S$169)

3-Mash Up fun swimsuit
Wearing Mash Up’s fun creations always makes me feel younger! I love their attitude to fashion and the fact they are doing something very unique and true to who they are as designers and individuals. These guys are no strangers to this blog but that doesn’t stop me from admiring their work every season especially that they seem to be on the right track. For Spring/Summer, the designers have finally added some swimwear pieces to their ‘Cyber Ndebele’ collection which is inspired by two very contrasting sources: digital hackers and the Ndebele people from Africa, who write their hidden geometric codes and symbols on murals, houses, beaded jewellery and clothing to express their wishes and dreams. A few months ago I saw this one-piece swimsuit while it was work in progress and fell in love with it! I mean, admittedly I can very rarely pull off the crazy prints and more young pieces which MASH UP makes so this would be a perfect piece to wear in a better-fitted environment like on a beach holiday or just enjoying the pool at my residence. There’s no age-limit for funky swimwear, is there ;-)? (Available at Parco next NEXT and MASH UP online shop for S$99)

4-Yumumu sleek dress
It’s always great to see a local designer’s new collection especially after they have taken some time off to prepare it and establish a direction. Ex-Parco label Yumumu has always stood out for its perfectly tailored and minimal pieces which feature twists in cut, colour and texture. Something which places it a cut above the rest. For this season, the collection was inspired by urban symbols of a big city including traffic lights, and road signs, metro platforms and the general feel of the space. The result is beautiful pieces with geometric patterns but soft-ish feel. My pick is the Double Yellow Lines dress which retains the essence of the label with great silhouette and non-fussy yet creative design. (Available at Antipodean - Holland Village - and Society of Black Sheep - Marina Bay Sands for S$299)

5- Carrie K. 'Mess' rings
Carrie K. designer Caroline never seizes to surprise with her new ideas and approaches to jewellery design every season. After experimenting with laser-cut leather pieces in the last collection, she has stuck to the concept for the Spring/Summer but updated it with a colourful twist taking her inspiration from artist Jackson Pollock’s famous arbitrary paintings which changed the way we view art forever. Carrie is challenging us to do the same when it comes to jewellery and instead of having neat, clean-cut pieces, she has created ‘A Beautiful Mess’ which would add a spark of fun to our outfit. I haven’t seen the whole collection yet as it’s just been revealed at Paris Fashion Week a few days ago but from the photos available, I fell in love with the splat rings resembling paint dripping in different organic shapes and forms. I can’t wait to see the rest! (‘A Beautiful Mess’ collection will be soon available at Carrie K. stockists. Keep checking her facebook page for updates on that.)