Three-in-a-row

Sarah’s holidaying in Tokyo with her family! And here I am stuck in fickle-weathered Singapore. For those of you who miss her already, here’s what she wore to Parco’s next-Next Fashion Show last Friday at Millenia Walk.

First, an A-line white shirt from Zara, ruched leggings ala Sass & Bide from Bysi, and black leather lace-up wedges from Aldo.

While we were walking around, she set her eyes on this black crepe maxi-dress-jumpsuit from Max Tan. It is so cute because it really does look like a maxi dress from afar, but is actually one that is sewn up at the bottom with two tubular openings for the ankles. Got. To. Have. At. Some. Point.

Eventually she brought home a vented leather/wet-look jacket with extra long sleeves by Mae Pang. Sleek and sultry I say. Lots to check out from both the designers and more, so buy smaller presents and splurge on yourself instead. Okay I kid.

Sooo this weekend I’ll be going solo at Topshop Knightbridge’s opening party – their largest store outside of their Oxford Circus store in London!


Hansel’s birthday/opening party at Mandarin Gallery on Friday. Can’t wait to see what the store decor is like.

And lastly, Front Row’s 5th Anniversary Fete on Sunday at White Rabbit. For more informations, go here.

Hope your December is going well so far. This month makes me feel kinda reflective and I’m not quite sure what to make of this year. More happy days ahead!

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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.

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Clarks Wallabees

These are a special pair of shoes, because my dad bought a pair each for my sister and I. When was the last time you said something like that? At five years old maybe? Still I think he wasn’t the one who bought me my shoesies then, haha.

He bought them while we were in Hong Kong two years ago and just wandering around Tsim Sha Tsui.

My sister saw a cognac-coloured pair first and got them, and then I threw a hissy fit and demanded a pair too. No actually I used whatever’s left of my daddy-manipulating skillz to get free shooz 😀

While we were trying them on, I think he was secretly excited, cos he doesn’t like seeing us go around in heels, or slippers (very extreme, I know). He told us about how he used to wear Wallabees when he was younger, how they were actually meant to be comfortable work shoes (not fashionable things), and how the thick rubber soles would bloat when they came into contact wih engine oil at his old work place. Cool. But I haven’t had the chance to see that happen to mine. Heh.

Mine are a very light tan suede (which daddy didn’t approve of, but o well.) And the grundgiest place I’ve taken them to is… Orchard Road. With my Longchamp x Jeremy Scott footprint bag, Topshop silk shirt and Cheap Monday jeans.

They are insanely comfortable, but also terribly unsexy. Kinda like my Sperry Top Siders.

Not quite sure why they are call Wallabees. Does not at all resemble its namesake kangaroo species. Any ideas?

Digression: Did you know there’s such a thing as… Wallaroos?

Swedish and delish #2: Mini For Many

Sofie, Pernilla and Jennifer Elvestedt are the three sisters behind Minimarket. The Swedish label, established in 2006, conjures fierce juxtaposition of colours and styles in their pieces, which reflects their varied style and aesthetics unified. Some of them are on the verge of a cartoonish costume (though not without some serious tailoring that gives them the dramatic shapes and delicate details), but the lanky girls over there can pull off just about anything.

Mini for many is Minimarket for the masses, a god-send, since Spring Summer this year. More affordably priced, but requires the same amount of gut to wear some of its unusual shapes and crazily-coloured dresses.

This is the Autumn-Winter 2010 collection, and no, the sisters won’t take a dark, dreary palette and leave it as it.

I haven’t quite figured out where to get this new drop, but if you’d like to get your hands on the spring-summer pieces (on a 50% discount to boot!), you can click your way to the Outnet, or visit Style Nordic at Ann Siang Hill.

Picture credits to here.

 

 

Lily the Lady

Happy Sunday to you! Hope your weekend has been well so far… anyway,

Have you met Lily? Oh no? Here let me introduce. Apparently she’s always in lace and eye glasses (see that layered lace capelet??), which is cute and alluring. But I’m kinda more interested in the non-lace pieces that she wears.

Like these diagonal-striped cardigans and cardigan-dresses that are actually in a zig-zag print. Looks awesome under some solid khaki.

The lace, eyeglasses and the whole collection will be at hansel’s birthday party at their new home in Mandarin Gallery. You could join us at the party if you join our giveaway, right here!

Cyber Black Friday

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Sunny Singapore, but we sure do give thanks to you guys who do. Awesome Black Friday sales wouldn’t happen if not for you. Thank God for the Internet.

Tobi.com is hosting special sale events over the weekend, including 50% off women’s Nudie Jeans, an up to 80% off select items blow-out sale and the exclusive pre-sale of Fashiontoast x Dannijo jewellry. You can also use the code “thanks30” to take a whooping 30% off all regular-priced items. Like I did for a pair of Naked & Famous Selvedge Jeans that I bought for my boyfriend.

Ssense.com is having a now-or-never sale on its site, with 30% off all across the board till Sunday with brands like Elizabeth and James, Margiela, and Rag & Bone all going at a cut. Simply enter “NOWORNEVER” at check-out.

Starting in-stores on Friday, but online come next Monday, OTTE is offering a 20% off site-wide. That means it is a great time to get these cute felted bowler hats by the Bollman Hat Company, exclusive to OTTE.

From the wonderful people at Refinery29 who pulled these deals for all their readers, valid on Thursday and Friday in the US:

Get 40% off all full-priced merchandise from New York label Geren Ford when you enter “R29” at check-out.

Also, 30% off all current fall merchandise from United Bamboo when you enter the code “R29” at check-out.

Take a quarter off the price tag of all the ready-to-wear items at All Saints as the UK label chips into the American holiday with a 25% discount store-wide.

All these, one-off weekend sales aside, The Outnet is always a place for great deals. Alexander Wang’s all-American sportswear fever spills over from Spring-Summer 2010 onto the sale racks of the Outnet, right here. Plus! Free shipping to anywhere in the world!

At home, Doorstep Luxury slashed prices on some of its super covetable accessories. The sale page boasts a crystal cuff by Vera Wang, ponyskin drawstring bag by Wendy Nichols, and a whole lot more. Free shipping worldwide!

For some true Singaporean-style shop-shuffling, scuttle down to Sitex 2010, happening from today till Sunday at the Singapore Expo. I hate the crowds, but I’m never disappointed with my techie buys.

Does this spell the start of Christmas shopping for you? Or are you already in full swing?

Lots of savings to be had!

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Try your luck

Some worthy draws for your perusal, because I’m feeling quite chuffed and a tad lucky today.

In Puma’s 2010 Holiday Campaign, you get to play predator by navigating with your cursor to one year’s sponsorship of Puma Gear worth $2000 here.

And, this might be the only time you’d ever want to be prey too. Put on some Puma, plant yourself at the following locations, and be spotted by their roving wolf over the next three weekends to get some yummy store discounts.

26 Nov 2010: Vivocity | Clarke Quay | Butter Factory
4 Dec 2010: Far East Plaza | Cineleisure | Scape
10 Dec 2010: Emerald Hill | Zouk

What Mandarin Gallery is giving away for their anniversary draw is Two Good To Be True! but also, very true. Win two suave BMWs or $50,000 cash simply by dropping some moolah at their shops, from now till 26 January 2011. For example, getting these Markus Lupfer sequinned sweaters from Tribeca will give you quite a few chances and put you in good stead of the draw. Details here.

Good luck! And make sure no one’s tapping your shoulder!

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Swedish and delish #1: Triwa

Everyone I know who’s ever been to Sweden, loves Sweden. Who doesn’t love their Ikea, Daim, H&M, dark denim or their handsome, tall and blonde nation? Sadly it took me about two months after my trip to realise that there is more to this section of Scandinavia than just collapsible furniture, toffee chocolate and countless denim die-hards. But! In my defense, I steered away from expensive items and was only there for two days.

So this is the first of a (yet-to-be-determined-number) part series.

Here is Triwa, a three-year-old company that churns out serious time pieces that look more like fun accessories. Their Autumn/Winter 2010 harks Back in the U.S.S.R. (reference to a song by The Beatles about a flight from Miami to the U.S.S.R.) to with chunky but lightweight military-styled watches.

Fortunately we’re all over and done and over with the khaki and and olive hues that has been plastered over all things said to pay tribute to the armed forces. And since the collection sorta has a aviation edge to it, it’s covered in funky cool blue hues that you can’t quite put a name to. Slate blue? Greyish turquoise? Violent (yes violeNt) purple?

Best thing is, they don’t cost a bomb. These new colours just disembarked in Singapore last week and are going for S$230-285 at these local boutiques.

Who is eyeing what? And…. have you got any other secret Swedish favourites? Spill! I’d love to know more.

(But meatballs not counted.)

Picture credits to here.

Unifem Give to Save & Buy to Save 2010

What you don’t wear can help you support UNIFEM Singapore in their efforts to create awareness and help women and children in need!

Rummage through your cupboard to find those designer pieces you thought you’d squeeze into eventually, bought on a whim and never really wore, cos someone else will buy it and love it and the proceeds will all go to charity. Just like this Armani bag donated by Nuyou’s Grace Lee, and Comme des Garcon lace skirt by Female magazine’s Jeannette Eljersen.

Bring your wares to Give-to-Save, happening at #01-06 Forum the Shopping Mall between 10.30am and 7.30pm from 24-28 December for the kind folks of UNIFEM and Club 21 to collect, consolidate, price and ready them for  next week’s Buy-to-Save!

Can’t wait to be rummaging through your closets!

[Giveaway] Hansel is 7!

Hansel is 7 this year! It hardly seems so because every season feels fresh. The store is moving to Mandarin Gallery come December, and that calls for a biggg birthday party!!!!!!

To qualify, you have to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@wearewottoncool).

Write us your wittiest, cleverest, cutest birthday wish for hansel, and one winner (picked by designer Jo Soh) will receive a new limited edition hansel t-shirt to commemorate the occasion, and invitation for two to attend the VIP + Media preview party at hansel’s new shop on Friday, 3rd December.

Enter this into the comments, together with your name, email address, twitter username, and click the “Say It!” button.

Giveaway closes on 2359h, Monday, 30th December 2010. Go!