Incoming, Upcoming NYFW

Just to think three weeks ago I was in New York City, interning with a designer who’ll be showcasing his Spring/Summer 2013 collection in the famed MILK Studios. Now, sitting in my room typing this post, I feel so far-removed from all that buzz. But thank the wonders of electricity, the internet and awesome video editting skills, we aren’t that far away anymore.

New York Times brings us a beautiful video of designers’ eloquent thought process as the final elements of their vision ties into one cohesive sensory explosion. In reality however, I envisioned a more anxious and panicked state of these designers a la Project Runway.

Listed by Style.com as one of the young designers to watch this season, Jonathan Simkhai (image above), with whom I did an internship with in New York City, will debut his Spring/Summer 2013 collection at MILK Studios on September 8. Having been a part of the process, watching the creative and styling team sketch, edit and fit samples, amongst others, part of me yearns to be back in the Big Apple, to be freaking out as NEW YORK FASHION WEEK descends upon the city.

On a side note, Jonathan was in Singapore earlier this year for Audi Fashion Festival and Blueprint 2012. While he was here, he also collaborated with HP to design this laptop sleeve.

New York Fashion Week starts September 6th, with a bang! And we’ve got Fashion Night Out to thank. And although we’re halfway across the world from the bustle and hustle, in addition to staples Maison Martin Margiella, Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung and The Row …

I’m eager to see what Tanya Taylor, Brood, Timo Weiland, Holmes and Yang, Houghton, Suno and, of course, Jonathan Simkhai have to offer for Spring/Summer 2013.

Sources: Style.com, Elle.com, Vogue.co.uk 

 

Captivated

Don’t you think prints make all the difference in a collection of clothes? It makes a simple shape more than what it is and that you created a print no one else has, is really your own footprint.

We’ve enjoyed Miu Miu’s over exposed dove, pussy and naked ladies print, now Prada with their vintage cars ablaze, Versace with the repeated palms from the H&M collaboration, Givenchy’s decorative and stylized bird of paradise, Stella McCartney’s fruit salad, House of Holland’s unapologetically oversized leopard in the most stomach-churning colours, Christopher Kane’s gorillas then galaxy-scapes, Mary Katrantzou’s digital prints (that toe the line dream and reality with her surreal vector interior-landscapes – I’ll dedicate a whole other post to that)…  There are so many more, but that I rattle them off here and you recognize them, shows how definitive prints are of a collection. Also, floral, liberty, paisley, checks, stripes, polka dots, animal, chevron, colour-blocks, tie-dye, thanks for all your input. You may exit the stage (temporarily).

Sometimes I don’t care much about what the print is used on, I actually wish and will be a happy camper with a yard of that fabric, framed and hung in my imaginary home of my own.

I’m particularly enamoured by photo prints. Seems like the easy way to give your collection an immediate ID, but for all you know photography is inspiring fashion designers the same way they shaped the content and composition of Impressionists and how candid their creations came to be. Prints are so manipulated, so concise and precisely placed to make sure they repeat the same way. Using a photo as-is is so appealing to me.

How the designers came up with the concept, shot the photo, edited or not (I hope they didn’t buy stock photos………) ((another chance for epic collaborationxz)), cropped or open, alongside the other five million decisions they have to make to raise every season, I don’t know, but I hope I’ll get a chance to look into that!

For now, some awesome photo prints for your perusal. Imagine the clothes without print and tell me prints don’t make them so much more desirable.

Carven Spring 2012 – Smoking volcano print. Smokin’:

Dries Van Noten Spring 2012 – looks like a mix of flora and fauna of archival print, plus present-day night lights:

MSGM Fall 2012 Fireworks (or is it sparklers?) – may have been digitally created but damn, looks so fine. Quite like a galaxy/milky way print, but closer to home.

Marios Spring 2012 – Prints of daily life and nowhere in particular. You can view their stunning video here, and they are now available in Singapore thanks to the lovely ladies at nana & bird! Hopefully I can go get myself a piece this weekend:

Sara Phillips – Actual aerial views of Australian terrain by photographer Richard Woldendrop, apparently unedited – WOW. These worn by Jessica of Tuula Vintage:

By the way, this remake of the Stella McCartney summer fruit print is too awesome:

Pictures from here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

 

Unconventionally Beautiful

Self-described as a phase of being unconventionally beautiful, Quainthood is drips with androgyny and a gritty take on a feminine dressing. As one of Parco Next Next’s third batch of designers, I had the opportunity to preview some of their samples up close. And for whatever reason, I’m quite taken by this brand.

I guess its the whole androgyny thing that’s right up my (style) alley. 😀 Plus, I’m also very into layering chunky necklaces under a collared shirt too at the moment.

But especially love their take on the classic shirts and patent oxford shoes. Honestly, dressing like a boy is so much more fun sometimes (especially when people really do confuse you and address you as ‘Ah boy, ah!’. yes, it’s happened before)

 

That being said, I hope they secure better fabrics, found the shirt material (2nd image) to be a bit too thin for my liking.In any case, I’m excited to see what their final collection will be like and more importantly the price range of the pieces. Would love to bring a suitcase stuffed with local designers’ togs to New York and feel pseudo-indie and all while I’m there. hehs!

Check out the video I made from the Parco Next Next preview >>>

Snippets from Parco Next Next’s new 18

agnès b. Spring/Summer 2012 FEMME collection

 When attempting a single-colour look, I always think it’s a good to play with textures and this agnès b. Spring 2012 look is executed very well. Although red isn’t my favorite colour. It definitely makes for a striking photograph. (On a side note, the helmet in the front row is a little distracting.)

The other day I attempted a similar look with a loose ash-grey CK top, Mae Pang side slit skirt, dusty-blue socks and pony hair monkstrap shoes from Dr Martens. Didn’t take a photo, sorry. It was definitely a stretch for me, this new look I was trying. Think my Marni shopping bag didn’t aid the situation much. But I werqed it anyway 😀 Or I tried at least.

And on another side note, I was so intrigued by this photo that I had to share it!

WHERE CAN I FIND A DINOSAUR PUPPET LIKE THAT!? 😀

Clutch and Canoodle

At Tuesday’s Press Presentation, hosted by Club21, clothes and accessories from Mulberry, 3.1 Phillip Lim, DKNY and Paul Smith’s Spring/Summer 2012 collections were on display in the showrooms. And although several outfits did catch my attention (and which I’ll write about separately) the bags, for me, really stole the limelight.

The Mulberry camera bag is like my god-sent solution to a stylish option to lugging around my chunky DSLR. It’s a perfect size to fit a camera yet small enough to be handsfree and to stock my wallet, phone and several name cards. LOVE that it’s got a strap too.

But perhaps my favorite from the Mulberry SS2012 range was this pale green clutch. Maybe because it matched my Diesel jacket, maybe because Wottoncool’s colours are green. hehs (:

More importantly, though, I think its the subtlety of the design. A simple fold-over clutch with one hardware detail in the centre. No need for over-the-top flashy monograms or wild prints. A merry mix of textured fabric and shiny gleam, for a daytime outfit pick-me-up or evening pop of colour. And a size that insists on utmost discipline, to bring only what is absolutely essential and nothing else. Because an overstuffed clutch ain’t comfortable to canoodle. No?

Then again, who am I kidding?

I’m such a weak-disciplined person, especially when it come to bags and it’s contents. ‘You never know, I might just need …’ is my permanent excuse, no, justification for the excessive things I feel compelled to throw into my bag. Thus 3.1 Phillip Lim’s 31 Hour Bag is my end-all, cure-all solution.

Then again, since I’m saving up for New York, I’ll just stick with my Alexander Wang for now 😀

More pictures from the Club21 Press Presentation can be found here *click! click!*

Andrew Gn Spring RTW 2012

Had a quick look through Andrew Gn’s Spring Ready to Wear 2012 collection at Paris Fashion Week before the Style.com review was up. All I can say is Andrew Gn makes a single-colour ensemble look extremely expensive (because it probably is). Never one to shy away from expensive fabrics and manufacturing processes, which is also partly why he has chose to base himself in couture capital – Paris, France.

If I were him, I’d do the practical Singaporean thing and base myself where the money’s at too.

The intricate quilting detail on the dress/coat is gorgeous. I can only imagine what it must look like up close. In actual fact, I’m surprised the details didn’t get washed out in the bright lights and zoom lense on the runway.

Very much in love with this dusty lavender/grey looks. The jeweled cropped jacket, I imagine, would go well with just about anything. Or at least, I can imagine it in my wardrobe and can already picture several ways I’d style it for different events 😀

Another favourite is the origami folds skirt. Although I don’t wear these sorta pencil/tulip skirts much now. It works.

The cocoon-esque, cropped sleeve jacket was my absolute personal favourite. Can you tell I’ve got an extremely soft spot for coats? (: This piece in particular, perhaps extending from Fall/Winter trends of 2011, builds on the notion that more is more. I’m completely enthralled by the way it falls, cocooning the model from the critical stares of everyone in the front row, alluding the camera towards the exact cinch of her waist and the way her hips curve (or does not, in the event she’s a chopstick model) Mystique and intrigue, all rolled into one. <3!

Style.com raved about the “collection that married the opulence of eighteenth-century rococo with the construction of Japanese kimonos“. But honestly, the print triggered flashbacks to The Sound of Music’s curtain-wearing Von Trapp family flouncing about on the fields of Austria. I mean, they’re pretty. But I wouldn’t wear them.

Maybe I’m going through another bout of minimalism. This red contrasted against mushroom (?) dress with some hints of sportswear elements – zip pockets(!!!) really stood out. The dramatic red drop necklace piece (or is it embellishments directly on the dress?) reminds me a little of the paperclip necklace I wore during Audi Fashion Festival. Makes me think I should re-make it (cos I dismantled it when it got tangled)…

Images from Style.com