Trench Lapis

One of my recent fav reads is Net-a-Porter’s iPad magazine app filled with the week’s latest lusts and musts for the upper crusts of society. One feature from several weeks ago illustrated ways to update winter looks to carry you into 2011.

Suggestion #6 was an modern play on layering and contrast, revealing a bit of sleeve while keep the cold at bay. And I sorely wanted to try this rolled up layered sleeve look, especially because Singapore weather does not favor the trench.

Japan, with Mount Fuji in the backdrop for “mood” hahas, presented an opportune time to give this a go. With a cream trench, stripped (a la kueh lapis) knit sweater dress, jeans, polka dot scarf, wool hat and sunglasses, doubt I created sufficient “contrast” but it kept me amply warm. So points there!

Who’s next-next?

Parco’s first installment of next-Next fashion designers have reached their one-year’s lease in the departmental store. Now, a new creative collective joins them for the second year, and leading the pack for 2011 is AKA Wayward by Mun Foong – the 31-year-old designer won the show last Friday at Millenia Walk.

She likes taking things apart, and sheepishly piecing them back together, and that pretty much explains the colour-and-print-blocked suits and shirts she rolled out on the runway.

The rip-and-repair process may sound like a tad bit like looking into the mind of a three-year-old, but the effect, surprisingly, works out swell. But! it sorta reminds me of Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2010 (cats, doves, naked ladies…), albeit with farm feathered friends.

I could see myself wearing these menswear pieces, and mixing the prints up in a single garment makes us feel bolder to do likewise with our other clothes. Sooo, thumbs up on both counts!

Do you feel slightly emboldened too?

You can start shopping for these and other upcoming local fashion designer wares at Level 2 of Parco Marina Bay in Millenia Walk, Singapore.

Picture credits to here.

Watch your back

Take a bicycle, plant a fashionable person on it and you have about 5000 coos from all over the world, simultaneously.

You wanna see everything, the clothes, the accessories, the person, the bike, the gear (basket? SO CUTE!), but Downtown from Behind shoots everyone in landscape and from the back, all around NYC. (Apparently only every street below 14th, but I have no bearings of New
York at all so I can’t say much about that.)

The subject is doesn’t dominate the picture, sized kinda sneakily, shot a tad bit voyeuristic, and you cannot help but feel that little bit more enticed with every scroll and every picture.

Plus, it’s cool that there’s a tiny tidbit of info with every person shot. Cos we all wanna know everything about the next person we don’t know now (they come from alllll walks of life, not just too-hip-it-hurts vintage store owners and the whole shebang), don’t we?

But really, I personally find this whole stylish pedaling thing romantic because… I cannot ride a bike. Boo!

Picture credits to here.

Cottonfields Crush

Random blog surfing is a dangerously addictive thing, especially as project deadlines loom and examinations are a stone’s throw away. But good things are so worth sharing and Daily Dream Daily Doodle has the most beautiful jewelery drawing inspiration from cottonfields.

These earrings are a beautiful juxtaposition of metalware and cottonball-softness. I haven’t quite figured out what material the ‘cotton’ is made from but that’s irrelavant when I think about how beautiful they are.

Just staring at them makes me smile (:

The designer, Derya, has an etsy site which states that she’s currently on an Istanbul hiatus (aka holiday). But I hope she’ll be back soon with more beautiful designs to share.

In the meantime, oogling will have to do.

This season… Purr

Instead of paying attention in class like I should have :D, I was trawling through Bloglovin’ to bring you these very beautiful people snapped from across the blogsphere.

by The Satorialist

Leopard print hasn’t (yet) been a hurdle I’ve been able to embrace into my closet. I always think it requires a minimum level of confidence, style, edge and boldness that I don’t quite possess yet.

by The Vogue Diaries

by Facehunter

by Stockholm Street Style

But it’s beautiful, innit? ❤

Aimee Mullins – You inspire me

My sister shared with me a video link of a VERY INSPIRING WOMAN – Aimee Mullins.

According to wiki, she first made a name for herself as a Paralympian in the 100metre and long-jump events. And after and internship at The Pentagon, went onto motivational speaking (which is how my sister found out about her…)

To challenging conventional notions of paraplegics (further!), modeling for Alexander McQueen in 1999!

After watching the video, it made me want to be like her. And to try and accomplish half the things she has. Her attitude is just so admirable.

So as September comes to a close… I hope that you watch this video and it resonates with you as much as it has with me. In all honesty, September has been such a trying month with the passing of a relative and family friend (albeit distant, but friend nonetheless), my looming graduation and unwanted buzz about career planz-shmanz. As well as some other stuff that ought not to bother me, but does.

Cheers to role models like Aimee Mullins to teach us to be bigger people.

-Sarah

Young & Restless

Anytime you need to be inspired, you should be visiting Test Shoot Gallery. Headed by creative director and stylist, Ashburn Eng, the man himself is boundless energy. And he channels this energy to good use in his new collaboration with local designer, Max Tan.

Young & Restless, designed by Ashburn for Max Tan’s principle line, is the product of their shared aesthetics. The first collection, Ritual, is conservative Amish-meets-military-meets superwoman. Who would have thought you’d see these words in the same sentence?

The pieces are drenched in shades of deep, almost thought-provoking blue. The maxi skirt-pants are the most genius of all. I’ve just cleared out a spot in my wardrobe between my dresses and dress pants just for this baby.

I think this duo can do no wrong. Ashburn and Max – please stay young and restless.

Visit the maxtan store in Level 2 of Parco in Milennia Walk for Young & Restless.

Picture credits to here.

Blistering BTS Barnacles

Braving the blistering heat, torrential rains, dehydration, fatigue, an early start to the day and multiple location changes…

Saturday was spent traversing Singapore from Amk to Jurong to Balestier to East Coast to Balestier to Scotts Road to Orchard back to Balestier to bring you some rather amazing foh-toes (if I might say so myself :D)!

I present,

Behind.The.Scenes (taken with my Blackberry)

Sabina hails from Slovakia and it was quite amazing to watch her move in front of the camera. (:

Clifford, the photographer, asked me to help out with the styling for this shoot. And there was suppose to be another model (who, obviously, was a no-show) but nvm! The show must go on!

I got to sit in Mike’s (Tsang Photography) Land Rover, which was quite fun.

And it was our makeshift make-up station (while driving too yo!)

Points to make-up artist Adeline Chang for her pro skillz.

The photo above was taken by Clifford. Its not very clear but it rained on us midway through the shoot and I was (out of frame) but sheltering Sabina to keep her dry and to get the shot. You can sorta make out the umbrella that I’m holding.

In between, there were a few more looks but I was busy with my reflector girl duties to snap Blackberry BTS photos. hehs (:

This was our last look for the day before wrapping up. And I was ready to concuss but still had to head back to the studio to pick up the remainder of my shoes, clothes, accessories and shiz then drive home to concuss on the couch 😀

(Photos below were taken by Clifford)

Adeline Chang, Sabina and me (:

After a hard day’s work.

And the mandatory goofing off 😀 hahas.

Waiting on Clifford to send me the final photos. Stay tuned!

Dusk to Dust

When my boyfriend showed me these photos he took while walking around Stockholm Central, we (or rather, I) gushed over the cute girl on the right – from her rounded bob, oversized collar, high-waist pants, how she rolled up her cuff and hems, the feather in her hair, her peep-toe slingback sandals that kinda remind me of my childhood pair…

When I was uploading and reviewing our photos, I was thinking.. all she’s wearing is brown! wow. And she doesn’t look like soil. She’s kinda like a vintage pocahontas, if that makes any sense.

Then I was editing the pictures and piecing them together for this post, and it just occurred to me that the lady beside her is drowning in blue. Top-to-toe. Neck-to-shin. Her kid. His stroller. I like her scarf, the length of her sleeves, her blunt bangs and blunt locks, her A-line skirt and her matchy-matchy son.

Isn’t the mark of wearing an all-over single colour well, the fact that people don’t notice it?

Alright you may say, vary tone, vary shade, vary texture, but I feel like I need guidance and tuition to pull off whole non-black looks like those two. I fear looking like a dirty fox beside a pool of muddy water in soil.

Photos by my boyfriend.