SFF08 – Blueprint 2008
Monday 7 April 2008, 12:00 am
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Sarah here! 2 April 2008, Jo and I attended Blueprint 2008. Now, you may be wondering What EXACTLY is Blueprint about? Well, fret not. I was asking myself that too.

Blueprint is an experimental project by the DesignSingapore Council. They bring together fashion and product designers to collaborate and produce new designs, of both the fashion and product sorts, and SFF is their platform to showcase their creations. The collaborations are threaded together with its common elements: products and fashion. To make the show more seamless (and, I am assuming, to allow some of the models time to change) there was a video linking the different collaborations. Overall, the video was well executed, although the ending was somewhat disappointing.


This was the runway setting, with Ori.03s by P.C.Ee: Exit (a geometric, side table that doubles as a stool in stainless steel) stacked together in front of the main screens. Along the runway, there were Dunes by OUTOFSTOCK, angled frames with red threads that create different levels of transparency depending on line of sight. The image of the Dunes are not clear in this picture, but in the later photos, it should be somewhat clearer. Another feature was the chandelier at the end of the runway.


Chandelier by Jason Ong of JIENSHU

The chandelier provided an interesting end to the show. But more about that later! The show opened with the ‘Metamorphosis’ collection from Desmond Yang of Abyzz, in collaboration with Brian Law and Tan Sixiu.

Photo from

Photo from <http://www.mica.gov.sg/pressroom/080327%20SFF.pdf&gt;




I found this collection interesting and avant garde. The hoods with collar details were quirky but I thought the multitude of ties drowned some of the pieces. You wouldn’t want these stray ends to be dragging on the floor.

Next up, was the ONLY all-Male collection that made Jo drool (at least a little bit). The collection, Serotine (AW 2008/2009) by Chia Wie Choong of Antebellum (in collaboration with P.C. Ee of Exit) img_4457.jpg


Photo from <http://www.mica.gov.sg/pressroom/080327%20SFF.pdf&gt;

Honestly, menswear is not my forte (yet!) Overall, the clothes moved well. The cutting was rather unorthodox: some of the pants had ‘gladiator sandal’ details at the bottom, which was very unique.

gladiator details

Next up was the collaboration of Nic Wong of Nicholas and Jarrod Lim of Jarrod Lim Design. The central theme revolved around the idea of the classic shirt, with an injection of quiet confidence and subtle detailing that makes ALL the difference.

sheila sim for nicholas

This collection, was probably, my favourite collection from the Blueprint show for its wearability . (And aptly, Nicholas’ collection is titled ‘ My Favourite Shirt’ SS08) The prices for this collection starts at $129, if I am not mistaken. AND if you just so happen to have a hold of the Rapunsale flyer, you enjoy a 10% discount off regular priced items at Nicholas.

Anyway, besides the shirts, the dresses from this collection were well-cut and well-made. The way they moved down the runway… Brilliant!! I especially liked a simple black dress, paired with a thin black patent leather belt, with fabric that billowed from sleeves to bottom hem as the model floated down the runway.

tent dress

(Sorry, this is the ONLY picture I have of the piece)

In contrast with Nicholas’ controlled palette, Space Oddities (SS08) by Jay Quek & Madeleine Wong of POSSE Studios, in collaboration with the group from OUTOFSTOCK, was vibrant and sporty. Their opening piece had a green scarf with pockets. (LOVE IT!!)

green scarf with pockets

Another weakness of mine was their jackets.


This coat, in particular, was sheer black with somewhat of a lace detail and a delicious red lining that showed through. However, they also had cropped jackets in lime green as well. One piece did not seem to gel very well with the rest of the collection.

odd one out

But all in all, the collection was fun and funky. Interesting details such as candy-coloured zip details won me over.


Last but not least was the dynamic collection of Jason Ong of Jienshu and BenWu of BenWu. Spacey, Edgy and Insane! (In an affectionate way, I mean)

The collection had models don edgy hats/helmets.

helmet hat


But did not love the bubble butt as much. :/

bubble butt

This Spring 2009 collection oozed ‘futuristic‘ with unconventional materials and unique cutouts. Some of the shapes were more daring…

Whereas others had an unexpected twist.

Halter vest with train

This halter vest with train was the top portion of the chandelier that was situated above the end of the runway. As the finale, the chandelier was lowered and two helpers assisted the model in putting on the garment. The execution of the finale was as smooth as it could have possibly been, assuming they only practiced once :/

Moreover, I found myself distracted by the model’s hair that was dripping wet. (Water was literally dripping down her back and onto the clothes!) I am guessing that it was a last minute decision, although I can’t understand why. Is the ‘wet’ look IN?

With that, I end my uber-long post. Thank you.


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I love nicholas too! I popped by the boutique today and Hiks (the girl from nicholas) told me that she’ll be displaying the new collection in either on Tuesday or Wednesday. Woot! Let’s go soon! I don’t get the wet look either. It was all over Zambesi’s lookbook as well. Odd. o.0 -jo

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