Wottoncool’s Spring/Summer 2011 RTW Trendings Roundup
Saturday 23 October 2010, 12:04 am
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After looking through the multitude of images from Style.com, I realize there are a lot of conflicting trends… But to avoid too much confusion, keep colours simple, go back to basics and, instead, play it up with fabrics and textures to add some snazz with our SS2011 Trending #5 – Sheer.


Personally, I think I like a bit of peek-a-boo colour popping out from the sheer… Like layering white lace with a black top to see the contrast. But the layering of sheer fabrics creates an interesting effect.


And for next year, prepare to swish, swash and turn heads with the next trend that made it’s presence known in a big way was Trend #6 – Ruffles

John Galliano

I probably won’t take it to these extremes. And personally, I’ve not been big on ruffles to begin with. Then again, it may be the perfect opportunity to give it a shot (:

Alexander McQueen

And to wrap off, I end the post with things that don’t fall into any particular trend but I simply LOVE!




Wottoncool’s Spring/Summer 2011 RTW Trending #3 – The Collar
Monday 11 October 2010, 11:58 pm
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After a short blogging break, we’re back with Trend #3. Next Spring, be sure to hit the books and prep up with The Collar and let designers like Stella McCartney, Chanel, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Fendi and Viktor & Rolf show you how…

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

The casual, collared looks sent down Stella McCartney’s runway were somewhat of a happy surprise. With over-sized sleeves and exaggerated button-down fronts, I kept kicking myself and thinking ‘Why didn’t I think of that?!’ With my multitude of polo tees lying neglected in my closet, perhaps it has some new-found potential next Spring.

3.1 Phillip Lim

This Phillip Lim mini-dress is my favourite collared look of the bunch. There is a simplicity and cleanness of this look that I really adore.  I can’t figure out if it’s one dress or a dress+collar  design but with the two-tone getup, it beckons a DIY. I wonder which of my polo tees will be sacrificed in the name of experimentation. (:


Chanel also sent out a bunch of collared looks which is not much of a surprise for this fashion house.


But I thought this matchy big me, little me duo was so adorable. (:


And pairing with hot shorts was also an unexpected styling choice.


And in sharp contrast to the exposed, the collared cover-up by Fendi is another look to anticipate for Spring/Summer 2011 although I think the length feels neither here nor there.

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf’s SS2011 collection was based on the shirt, with different interpretations of it. From the basic black and white to more colourful options…

Viktor & Rolf

And, most importantly, to the extreme and unexpected, Viktor & Rolf style. Who could expect anything less?

Viktor & Rolf

Wottoncool’s Spring/Summer 2011 RTW Trending #2 – Column
Friday 8 October 2010, 12:06 am
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Part 2 of our SS2011 RTW Trendings report (perhaps) favours the tall and lanky and the wannabes. Yeah, so we ladies gotz ‘em curves, but on I-feel-fat days, “flaunting it” just ain’t a consideration.

Trend #2 – Column


ADAM does a beautiful interpretation of this. Can I just say, I.LOVE.THIS.LOOK. The metallic (somewhat) bloaty sleeveless blouse tucked neatly into wide-leg make-your-legs-look-longer pants <3!


I hope to see more wide-leg pant options on a rack near you (soon)!

A Detacher

Not wanting to be too literal with this trend, I’ve picked out a few belted options that don’t cinch your waist till you find yourself out of breath (on behalf of the model or otherwise!)

A Detacher’s belted loose-fit, long-sleeved jumpsuit oozes effortlessness and maximum comfort paired very nicely with sandals. The rolled up sleeves are simply darling (:! Especially since it’s the only sleeved option I put in this group.


This pleated, pseudo-sheer belted number from Chloe conjures imagery of Grecian goddesses, angels and other symbols of beauty, elegance and grace. The softness of the fabric, the way it falls and (the way I imagine it) wisps as the model walks makes me smile.

AF Vandervorst

AF Vandervorst earns a spot here because of how the sandals and slit leggings+pant=peggings kinda merge into each other, making the wearer (in this case, an already glamazionian-esquely tall model) look longer.

3.1 Phillip Lim

And lastly, 3.1 Phillip Lim. The mash-up of sequins on the tank and shimmery polka-dots for the pant pulls the look together in it’s own quirky way. It’s a different approach to achieve this illusion of length while using vastly different coloured separates and retaining commonalities in the fabrics/prints/patterns.

I would not have thought of that. But I’m glad someone else did.


Wottoncool’s Spring/Summer 2011 RTW Trending #1 – White
Thursday 7 October 2010, 12:02 am
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As Spring/Summer 2011 RTW shows come to a close, we’ve (willingly) ploughed through Style.com to bring to you our ‘Off the Runway’ Trending observations for your viewing pleasure! (:

Trending #1 – White


From Chloe’s clean lines to Andrew Gn’s (Singapore REPRESENT yo!) feminine frills, it seems like designers were all in cahoots to roll out looks of alabaster, ivory, chalk, pearl, snow, milk and the like.

Andrew Gn

For Alexander Wang, it was intentional. In his search for optimism and ‘something pure’, his colour palette steered clear of the dark or dreary. And kept, instead, to fresh and loose looks.

Alexander Wang

Emanuel Ungaro

Stella McCartney, on the other hand, opted for more structure and shape. The suited high-waisted pencil pant look paired with sandals felt very current and comfortable. Albeit, perhaps not that much so in our climate.

Stella McCartney

And a minimalist take on the trend came in the form of Acne – this look, I would TOTALLY wear.


Now, if only I could afford it! Oh well.

Stay tuned! More Trends to come!!!

Colour bars
Friday 23 July 2010, 1:04 pm
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Long-sleeved button-down blouse, US$9.99, from VolenskaVintage/etsy.

When I was young I’m usually up early (even during the school holidays) and wait for the children’s programme to start showing at 9am. But before that, I’d be staring at the television colour bars with the radio broadcast over it, followed by the Majulah Singapura. And that signalled that Sesame Street was gonna be aired in right about………………. now!

High-waist long skirt, US$24, from momodeluxevintage/etsy. Button-back long-sleeved blouse, US$13, from theappleseed/etsy. Wooden platforms with canvas stripe trim, US$42.50, from Spelfenmeisje/etsy. Double-breasted blazer, US$25, from joannaknowsomethin/etsy.

Pretty nostalgic stuff, eh? Maybe that’s why I love these multi-coloured stripes so much. To look at. Not to wear. It’d probably look nicer on you than me.

Best thing? They’re all silk.

Me and my unadventurous self – I’ll be sticking with these: ( Yes! Silk too!)

High-waist bermudas, US$24, from theprivateparty/etsy. Striped belted shirt-dress, US$38, from maxandchichi/etsy.

Picture credits to here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

extor(T)ion by Alexander Wang
Monday 9 March 2009, 11:31 am
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Finally, T by Alxander Wang has started making its rounds around retailers.

But I don’t think I’m coveting these basic babies anymore. Look at the price!


The horror! $75 for barely one metre of “luxurious” 100% rayon. Are there hidden seams? Is it an exquisite cut? (Actually just ginormous holes…)

And WTF the sizes SOLD OUT?!

Please just cut up an old t-shirt. or go nekkid.


Are you cut-out for it?
Sunday 9 November 2008, 1:49 pm
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The first thing that comes to my mind, about the first thing that will come to Sarah’s mind, about anything with cut-outs -



A.F. Vandervorst Spring 2009




Rodarte Spring 2009

“Will you get tan patterns?”

Wouldn’t tan patterns be mildly traumatizing but in some ways… cute? Lol. Very pretty if you get a nice floral pattern in A.F. Vandervorst’s leggings. You’ll be the talk of the town!

You better be slathering sun lotion before donning those fishnets, or ripping everything in sight (jeans, leggings, tops included).

From Style.com
Read more about designers and leggings this spring.

Carrying the Weight of the World
Tuesday 23 September 2008, 11:38 pm
Filed under: - Jo, OMGWTFBBQ, People-watching | Tags: , , , , ,

Are big bags a trend or neccessity nowadays?

I think people have debated this over and over, but it really struck me while reading Stephie of FN’s post on her reallyyy tiny find at a vintage store.

From Fashion Nation

The New York Times ran an article on it 2 years ago called “Ouch! My Bag Is Killing Me“. Backaches and neckaches such as these would only be relevant to the females like the Samsui women of Singapore back in the 1920s-1940s from toting heavy construction materials.

An MSN Shopping column sorted big bags into four categories – Bags you can fit a change of shoes in, fir your laptop and more in, fit your life in (this one takes the gold), and carry onto a plane.

Fit your life in?! We’re not supposed to! It’s so sad. It’s like the Brave New World of bags! I’m guilty of it sometimes too. Then I end up looking retarded carrying a bag on each shoulder.

From The Sartorialist and Face Hunter

Over the years bags have taken on monikers like “Neverfull”, “Carryall”, “Shopper”, “Weekender” and adjectives like “oversized” have almost become like prefixes to bag names.

On auction sites and numerous online shops, the form of measurement is no more in “x inches by x inches by x inches, fits cigars and some bills”, but “XX inches by XX inches by XX inches, fits A4 folders, a stack of magazines and maybe your Macbook Pro”.

What is it that’s in your bag?

If I go to school, it’s a writing pad, my Macbook+charger, wallet, mobile phone, bottle of water, umbrella, and 2 small pouches of stuff like emergency make-up, tissue, medicine etc.

(Ideally, I would have furnished this with a picture of my bag and its contents – but my camera is still hanging on to dear life at the hospital)

Whatever it is, I don’t think it’s good if you feel like you’re lugging a sack of rice, or watermelons, or potatoes? (I cannot find an appropriate western equivalent.. hmm) Of if it leaves red marks on your shoulders!

I’m trying not to do it. I don’t have enough allowance for me to get nice bags and maintain myself using them!

I guess it’s okay if we’re all Mary Poppinses – pulling out pot of plant after lampshade after desk… But we’re not!

I should be studying finance instead. I don’t have a test on the harmful effects of bags next week.

Build your own boot
Sunday 21 September 2008, 12:14 am
Filed under: - Jo, Desirables, DIY, Off the Racks | Tags: , , , , ,

I usually wouldn’t spend more than 5 minutes in Timberland at all because the clothes don’t really suit my lifestyle, and neither does the price.

But while making some unusual rounds about the shopping mall with my boyfriend shopping for him (!), I was hooked onto Timberland’s customized boots service called “Build Your Own”!

There was this entire chest of leather uppers, laces, embriodery samples and even eyelets for you to choose from, and a 2D template for you to fix your picks!

You cannot imagine. I felt like a little kid in Toys’R’Us. BUT, it costs SGD399 and 4 weeks to get it because it is put together in US.

So my fingers brought me to Timberland.com where I tried out “Build Your Own” online, and I have a few simple variations on their classic Waterville.

Yes I like plain and boring colours like that :P

I think it’s a cool alternative to Dr Marten’s and maybe… lighter and more comfortable?

What’s with me and succumbing to comfort shoes, while serious (and rich?) fashionistas at LFW now are roughing it out in what I now deem odd footwear of unthinkable height and walkability.

See Fashion Nation’s post about Something to be Smug About and this hilarious video!

I digress.

The short ones are USD155, while the tall ones are USD180, which is NO WHERE near the SGD399 that people would fork out if they ordered from the stores in Singapore. I’m expecting shipping to be between SGD50-60, and even with that, it is a whole hundred dollars cheaper ordering it from the US site!

I’m <this close> to ordering one. Especially since I tried a regular pair in the store and now know my size.

Now, if only they have kookier prints and colours.

Lindsay’s (lack)Lustre Leggings
Saturday 12 July 2008, 11:44 pm
Filed under: - Jo, OMGWTFBBQ | Tags: , , , , ,

So, Lindsay’s got her show on the road.

If you’re all hoity-toity, brand/label/celebrity conscious, then maybe you’d like Lindsay Lohan’s 6126 line of tights and leggings that start from an exhorbitant USD42 for a pair of scary leopard ankle gloves (-wtf?)

I really don’t see how you have to pay USD99 for a pair of ordinary looking shimmery leggings, made of a lyrca/modal blend and has to be friggin dry-cleaned?!?!

Pictures from shopintuition


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