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    Singapore Fashion Runway Favourites

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    Nothing quite like a celebration of local talent to make a Saturday night. On a hotel rooftop, no less! The lovely people from the Singapore Fashion Runway invited me down for their SG50 runway show on the 29th of August at klapsons, The Boutique Hotel. It was a memorable evening and I was especially thrilled to see models of diverse backgrounds and age groups walking the runway. This made it extra special as it proved to be an inclusive, community effort, as it was to honour 50 years of fashion in Singapore. It was great to see fashion through the years come to life on the runway, from 60’s fashion all the way to 21st century eveningwear!

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    Among the labels showcased that night, BATUA by Barsha caught my attention. Founded in 2012 in Mumbai, BATUA by Barsha started out specialising in designer bags (‘batua’ being the Hindi translation for ‘small bags’) but had started developing itself to include clothing for women. The collection featured at Singapore Fashion Runway was inspired by Singaporeans’ appreciation for traditional Indian wear as observed by designer Barsha when she shifted here. This triggered the idea of creating fashionable Indo-Fusion looks with easy-to-drape sarees and slip-ons for the modern woman.

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    Barsha believes in a incorporating blend of Indian ethnicity and Western attitudes in her designs. This was evident in an eye-catching saree-inspired gown, one of my favourites of the evening. This piece was designed as a way of converting the traditional saree into a single dress form, allowing it to be more easily donned yet having it maintain the essence of traditional Indian wear. In line with her label’s identity, Barsha incorporated geometric prints and cuts as the design’s Western elements to create the Indo-Fusion look that formed the backbone of the collection. This Indo-Fusion feel made another appearance with a red and white gown, another favourite of the evening. Barsha designed this piece following a special SG50 theme, having it bear the colours of Singapore’s national flag. The white embroidery against the red fabric coupled with the subtle use of pearl created a classy, understated elegance that allowed the gown to make a statement without being too overwhelming (as some evening gowns can be).

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    Yard Yarn was another favourite label of the evening. Naturally, my love for statement jewellery drew me to this collection, which featured a mix of hardware parts and leather textile as inspired by fusions between living organisms and still life. The label was started a year ago by founder Gin Tan, who felt that there was a demand in the local market for affordable designer jewellery (I totally agreed with her on this point). Since then, she’s been pouring her heart and soul into Yard Yarn, a brand designed for the modern hippie crowd who enjoys and celebrates eccentric mix.

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    Besides the boldness and eccentricity of her designs, I also loved how versatile they could be. Each necklace had a pair of lobster clasps where the design and the chain meet. Should someone want to shorten or lengthen her necklace to match her outfit, all she has to do is unsnap these clasps and snap them onto the chain with the desired length. This makes for more customisable layering and flexibility to create the looks that you want. I don’t know about you, but I’m all for added versatility!

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    Special thanks to Singapore Fashion Runway for the great night! It’s always fun discovering new brands and these platforms are so important in helping local independent designers reach out to other like-minded individuals, as well as allow unique international labels make their presence felt in such a saturated market. As Gin from Yard Yarn mentioned to me that evening, it is so important to have creatives in the local industry support one another and I was glad that I was part of this opportunity!

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    Events, Fashion, Outfits, Personal, Style

    New beginnings

    The past week was spent running errands and travelling all over the country settling administrative matters for my upcoming semester. In two days, I fly to the Netherlands to study for half a year under an exchange programme with my university. I am beyond thrilled  – spending 5 months abroad will probably be the biggest adventure for me yet, and as much as I am anxious about the thought of surviving in a foreign environment on my own, I am excited about the experiences that await me across these waters.

    Yesterday was a very happy day for my family as my uncle finally tied the knot with his one true love.  Much of the day was spent dancing, laughing, and running away from all “when is your turn?” questions. The dress code for family members was purple attire (no complaints – it’s my favourite colour!) I chose a white, gold-embroidered abaya over a lilac inner piece. This white abaya is one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. I adore gold embroidered-anything.

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    Events, Outfits, Style

    The Little Black Jacket

    I spent the last Monday of 2013 at the Little Black Jacket exhibition, which ended its run in Singapore a few days back. The exhibition was nothing short of inspiring – Chanel’s little black jacket holds testament to the idea of timelessness (that I adore).

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    A friendship like this is as beautiful and timeless as they come. (Sun Fei Fei joining us in the photo at the back there, ha ha ha)

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    These pants were a steal from the Three Blind Mice flea that took place over the last weekend of 2013. It’s a shame that you can’t really see the plaid-esque print from here. I guess I’ll save that for another time.