Follow:
Browsing Category:

Fashion

    Fashion

    #HMBALMAINATION

    balmain, hm, h&m, hnm, balmaination, #balmaination, fashion, style, gigi hadid, kendall jenner, jourdan dunn, olivier rousteing, fashion blogger, style blogger, personal style blogger, fall winter 2016, fw16, fw2016, inspiration, singapore blogger, balmain x hm, balmain x h&m, balmain for h&m, balmain for hm

    (Image: H&M)

    When I first laid my eyes on the Balmain x H&M ad campaign, I freaked. Embellished dresses and jackets, sequins and glitter, clean, structured silhouettes… what’s there not to love? It was a mix of glamour and urban chic, the result of a wonderful partnership between two brands that created couture which was within reach of the masses. My Twitter timeline was filled with tweets from the #HMBalmaination launch party last week in New York and I welcomed every update! I don’t think I’ve been excited for any other H&M collection before this one (yes, not even the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration).

    Naturally, I was thrilled that there were so many long-sleeved options, the most eye-catching being the beaded dresses. Then I realised, “Oh wait, these are bodycon”. As an advocate for modest fashion, there’s always a balance you choose to meet between a form and loose fit which can be achieved by playing around with multiple layers and silhouettes (e.g. layering a dress with a pair of flared pants). Alternatively, there’s the option of going beltless, which could offset any tightness from the cutting of the dress. I love that a lot of these dresses were styled with pants – a look favoured by many in the modest fashion community.

    balmain, hm, h&m, hnm, balmaination, #balmaination, fashion, style, olivier rousteing, fashion blogger, style blogger, personal style blogger, fall winter 2016, fw16, fw2016, inspiration, singapore blogger, balmain x hm, balmain x h&m, balmain for h&m, balmain for hm

    (Images: Vogue)

    Bodycon issues aside, there are so many wearable options from #HMBalmaination that will make great collection pieces or statement items for special events. I tried my best to pick a personal favourite but there were just too many that I loved! The ones I featured below include a beautiful beaded top, gold embroidered pants and a perfect head-to-toe look on Gigi that I absolutely adore. I’m also in love with the bedazzled clutch from the collection (carried by Gigi in the first photo above) – the beadwork is so lovely and it’s such a great versatile piece to have when you need to pair an outfit for a night out. (Racked has some wonderful close-ups of the details on each piece).

    hmbalmain2balmain, hm, h&m, hnm, balmaination, #balmaination, fashion, style, gigi hadid, kendall jenner, olivier rousteing, fashion blogger, style blogger, personal style blogger, fall winter 2016, fw16, fw2016, inspiration, singapore blogger, balmain x hm, balmain x h&m, balmain for h&m, balmain for hm

    (Images: Vogue)

    Hopeful as I was, glamour and intricate craftsmanship do not come cheap. Most of the pieces from this line fall within a three-digit price mark – way below the usual Balmain prices, of course, but still, not what you’d call affordable by H&M standards. (Full lookbook and Singapore price list here). Nonetheless, I believe that devout Balmain followers and loyal fashion fans will do what it takes to get their hands on a piece of the French couture house when it launches in Singapore on 5 November, queues not excluded. And me? As much as I would like to refrain from such drastic measures… I might make this one an exception.

    Events, Fashion

    Singapore Fashion Runway Favourites

    fashion, blog, fashion blog, fashion blogger, style blogger, singapore blogger, singapore fashion, singapore fashion runway, singapore local designers, hijabi blogger, SG50, klapsons the boutique hotel, klapsons

    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!

    fashion, blog, fashion blog, fashion blogger, style blogger, singapore blogger, singapore fashion, singapore fashion runway, singapore local designers, hijabi blogger, SG50, klapsons the boutique hotel, klapsons

    fashion, blog, fashion blog, fashion blogger, style blogger, singapore blogger, singapore fashion, singapore fashion runway, singapore local designers, hijabi blogger, SG50, klapsons the boutique hotel, klapsons

    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.

    fashion, blog, fashion blog, fashion blogger, style blogger, singapore blogger, singapore fashion, singapore fashion runway, singapore local designers, hijabi blogger, SG50, klapsons the boutique hotel, klapsons, batua by barsha, ethnic wear, indian inspired ethnic wear, saree, sari, evening gown(Photo credit: Singapore Fashion Runway)

    fashion, blog, fashion blog, fashion blogger, style blogger, singapore blogger, singapore fashion, singapore fashion runway, singapore local designers, hijabi blogger, SG50, klapsons the boutique hotel, klapsons, batua by barsha, ethnic wear, indian inspired ethnic wear, saree, sari, evening gown(Photo credit: Singapore Fashion Runway)

    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).

    fashion, blog, fashion blog, fashion blogger, style blogger, singapore blogger, singapore fashion, singapore fashion runway, singapore local designers, hijabi blogger, SG50, yard yarn, accessories, necklaces, singapore accessories

    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.

    fashion, blog, fashion blog, fashion blogger, style blogger, singapore blogger, singapore fashion, singapore fashion runway, singapore local designers, hijabi blogger, SG50, yard yarn, accessories, necklaces, singapore accessories

    fashion, blog, fashion blog, fashion blogger, style blogger, singapore blogger, singapore fashion, singapore fashion runway, singapore local designers, hijabi blogger, SG50, yard yarn, accessories, necklaces, singapore accessories

    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!

    fashion, blog, fashion blog, fashion blogger, style blogger, singapore blogger, singapore fashion, singapore fashion runway, singapore local designers, hijabi blogger, SG50, yard yarn, accessories, necklaces, singapore accessories

    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!

    fashion, blog, fashion blog, fashion blogger, style blogger, singapore blogger, singapore fashion, singapore fashion runway, singapore local designers, hijabi blogger, SG50, hijabi style, hijab fashion(Photo credit: Singapore Fashion Runway)

    Fashion, Outfits, Personal, Style

    Brunch-ready

    fashion, style, fashion blogger, style blogger, personal style blogger, fashion blog, style blog, personal style blog, singapore blogger, blog, blogger, hijabi blogger, hijab, hijab style, summer looks, bag, longchamp, Longchamp Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux Tote Bag, Longchamp Tote Bag Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux, hana tajima, uniqlo, lifewear, hana tajima for uniqlo, ootd, wiwt, style inspiration, fashion inspiration, inspiration fashion, style, fashion blogger, style blogger, personal style blogger, fashion blog, style blog, personal style blog, singapore blogger, blog, blogger, hijabi blogger, hijab, hijab style, summer looks, bag, longchamp, Longchamp Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux Tote Bag, Longchamp Tote Bag Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux, hana tajima, uniqlo, lifewear, hana tajima for uniqlo, ootd, wiwt, style inspiration, fashion inspiration, inspiration fashion, style, fashion blogger, style blogger, personal style blogger, fashion blog, style blog, personal style blog, singapore blogger, blog, blogger, hijabi blogger, hijab, hijab style, summer looks, bag, longchamp, Longchamp Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux Tote Bag, Longchamp Tote Bag Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux, hana tajima, uniqlo, lifewear, hana tajima for uniqlo, ootd, wiwt, style inspiration, fashion inspiration, inspiration fashion, style, fashion blogger, style blogger, personal style blogger, fashion blog, style blog, personal style blog, singapore blogger, blog, blogger, hijabi blogger, hijab, hijab style, summer looks, bag, hana tajima, uniqlo, lifewear, hana tajima for uniqlo, ootd, wiwt, style inspiration, fashion inspiration, inspiration fashion, style, fashion blogger, style blogger, personal style blogger, fashion blog, style blog, personal style blog, singapore blogger, blog, blogger, hijabi blogger, hijab, hijab style, summer looks, bag, longchamp, Longchamp Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux Tote Bag, Longchamp Tote Bag Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux, hana tajima, uniqlo, lifewear, hana tajima for uniqlo, ootd, wiwt, style inspiration, fashion inspiration, inspiration

    Brunch is probably my favourite meal of the day. It works as a good excuse not to rise early on weekends and it cuts into lunch, which means more time to sit around and chat with friends! Here’s an outfit I shot a while back that identifies as my perfect brunch outfit – simple and breezy with the perfect statement bag to pull the whole outfit together.

    My favourite part of this look is definitely this Longchamp Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux Tote Bag. It was a gift from my mom and I have to say that I was having trouble finding ways to pair it with outfits as it’s a lot more… pastel than anything else I own in my collection. As it turned out, it became the perfect go-to bag when I needed a dressy tote to make a statement but not catch too much attention. The denim slacks are a recent addition to my wardrobe, being part of the LifeWear Collection by Hana Tajima in her collaboration with Uniqlo a few months back. They are unbelievably soft and breathable – perfect for the hot and humid climate that we have here in our island home. I completed the outfit with a white button-down and a pair of silver wedges that I picked up when I was travelling around Italy two years back.

    How’s everybody doing these days? I just plunged into my 5th week of school – finally back after a semester and a Summer away! To be honest, I haven’t fully gotten out of the holiday mood… hopefully a jolt in blogging activity will help me shake it off – I’m starting to feel the gears in my head turn a bit more quickly already!