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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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    Brunch-ready

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    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!

    Fashion

    I Standfor

    One thing that I love about blogging is being able to work with amazing people who want to impact change in the world through the shared love for fashion. Recently, I connected with the lovely folks from Standfor, which just launched its first footwear collection earlier this month.

    Originating from Portugal, the brand believes in uniting fashion and meaning and have demonstrated so with their first “Smoke Less” concept for their debut collection. On top of monetary contributions towards organisations, Standfor also takes inspiration from its subject of focus for the basis of each shoe’s design. In this season’s case, Standfor incorporated health issues related to smoking like fertility problems, breathing difficulties and even passive smoking into its Spring/Summer 2015 designs.

    The “Smoke Less” collection comes in 6 different lines – Fertility, Breathe, Passive, Leaf, Out and Literal – with each line representing an aspect of smoking. My personal favourites are those from the Leaf line, where the designers took inspiration from the tobacco leaf and played on its beauty in the most natural form, rather than its more well-known destructive state as cigarettes. I have to say that it is very interesting to see how Standfor’s designers translated particular smoking-related issues into beautifully-designed shoes, for both women and men!

    Here are some of my favourites from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection:

     

    Are you ready to talk your walk? Check out Standfor’s debut collection for SS 2015 here.