Wardroblings 2009
Monday 13 July 2009, 11:52 am
Filed under: - Jo, - Sarah, Art, Design & Photography, Off the Runway | Tags: , , ,

Wardrobe is an annual fashion show organized by Zouk featuring new and upcoming talents in the realm of fashion design.

Wardroblings is a sister to big brother event Wardrobe.

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Organized by The Fashion Fraternity, Wardroblings focuses on showcasing the works of oozing-with-potential fresh graduates from the Fashion Design schools in Singapore.

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Models stomped down the runway with oversize animal heads and carrying signs of protest.

It took me awhile to pull my attention away from the props to focus on the clothes.

I have to admit, though, there are definite challenges in attempting to achieve seamless flow and effortless cohesiveness to the collections of seven talented emerging designers with their varying influences and philosophies.


Kite Fight by Indy Mantik

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With a bright palate and playful juxtaposition of the geometric and the fluid, Indy Mantik’s collection sought inspiration from Indian fighting kites – their colour, shapes and movement.

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Stage Beauty by Daisy Fabrina

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Daisy’s romantic interpretation of ‘Swan Lake’ ballet shows clearly in the muted colour palette and soft fabrics (which must have been a pain to sew!!!).

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The details of the pant (see first picture of Daisy) and the sequin top caught my eye.


Natalie Cheah

Bitten by the fashion bug after catching an episode of Project Runway, the lustre of a normal desk job simply lost its appeal to designer, Natalie Cheah.

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I liked how the collection was made up of separates. And some of the shapes, proportions and textural combinations were definitely intriguing. Wasn’t completely won over by the styling or colour palate though.

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Ugly.Beautiful by Foo Jia Wen


Ugly.Beautiful draws inspiration from unconventional forms of beauty, from everyday objects that we often overlook.

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The collection is raw and rugged. The colours, textures and fabric experimentations reflect that.

Images of nomads are conjured in my mind, and I’d become a nomad to wear awesome clothes like these!

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The combination of knits, chained accessories, draping and shredded fabric looked effortlessly cohesive.

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Jia Wen originals will soon be stocked at Black Market (if I’m not mistaken) in limited quantities with prices starting from about $100 for a dress. I can’t wait!

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Can you tell I’m a fan!?!


Turning Point by Elvin Ooi

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Inspired by Santiago Calatrava’s Turning Torso (below),

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The inspiration was most obvious in the single-spiral-seam leggings on the models.

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PVC was also used throughout the collection. And according to the model, the jacket was quite comfortable. (:

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Pushing boundaries with new silhouettes, shapes and unorthodox materials without being over-the-top. I was definitely impressed.

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Especially impressive was the workmanship of the pieces. Anyone who can sew panels like that deserves special mention!

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And if he made a girl version of this jumpsuit, I’d wear it!


Erika Szczepkowski Shralai

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Highly influenced by her Asian background, Erika sought inspiration from her life in Thailand, its culture and religion – Buddhism.

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From the textures and styling, the references are obvious and seemingly too literal. BUT! I love the fact that its a whole bunch of separates layered one on top of another. I think as separates, each piece is a real statement of its own.

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Doubt I could layer and toss this many colours and fabrics together and make it look any cooler or more cohesive.


Jennifer Choi

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Set in Alice in Wonderland’s garden tea party, Jennifer’s collection exudes romanticism and whimsy.

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The tulle was a nice touch.

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Although I can’t quite say I was falling head over heels..


So there you go. The seven rising designers to note in the near future. I’ve got my favourites… do you?

(hope you enjoyed the photo-filled post)



3 Comments so far
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Hi lovely post! 🙂
btw, do you know how to edit the photos to look light-colored like the shots of ugly.beautiful by Foo Jia Wen? :}

Comment by Heidi

great images! would have loved to have been there!

Comment by Sarah

hmmm! i have to say some of the styling choices are questionable especially some of the more cheesy signs, but i have to say i’m quite impressed. the fashion scene in singapore has been looking up the last few years, which is exciting. everytime i go back, there have been more interesting stores, as compared to like 5 or 6 years ago before i left singapore to move to tokyo, when shopping in s’pore bored me.

i stopped shopping in singapore when i was about 16 and shopped on all my trips to japan, but the last time i went back and visited some stores in haji lane etc, i actually was really tempted to buy a lot of things and did spend some money on a few items. i never knew about this fashion event at zouk! hopefully one day i’ll be in s’pore at the time of the event and get my chi-chi friends to get me tickets. haha.

Comment by gilda rêvasseur

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