Leather in small doses

There are leather pants, leather leggings, leather t-shirts, leather dresses – we’ve almost seen all the possible leather clothing derivatives thanks in part to the 80’s, Topshop, and Celine.

However I’m quite convinced that we needn’t be suffocating our pores (especially here in Singapore – do you suffer for fashion?) when we try to work leather into our outfits.

Small leather bits like these look so good, and work so well with just about… everything! Here is a leather and coconut necklace by Norwegian Wood, where you can channel tribal without looking like Pocahontas, and below, sleeker and simpler (also cheaper!) geometric alternatives by Super Duper Things.

Actually, I’ve already snapped these two babies up before you did! They are called Arrows and Rhombus. But if you like you can take this bunting necklace and have a party round your neck.

Just in time for Christmas!

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Hansel’s new home

Walking into hansel’s new home in Mandarin Gallery #02-14 is kinda like walking into a fantasy dollhouse. Incredibly made up with everything hand-drawn, it’s cute and kitschy, but so well executed, grown women who are really adoring fans of the 7-year-old label buy the heartfelt effort hook, line and sinker.

The floor-to-ceiling sharpie on paper drawings and props make you wanna linger, and try just about everything on the sales floor, especially pieces from the current season, which you saw here.

My favourite of all – a long-sleeved laced sweater priced at S$129, also available in a sleeveless top and short-sleeved dress. Love the contrasting black and cream! I’m thinking if it were to be all cream, it might be granny, not girly.

Annddd….. The ballooons!!!!!!!!! They’re stuck to the ceiling!!!!!!! How cute is thatt????????

Sigh. I wanna redecorate my room like that, just that nothing really functions.

Also in store are adorable knick-knacks like eyeglasses cards and yummy accessories set on exquisite hand-drawn paper silverware.

Like Laila of Rock the Trend tweeted, hansel is kinda like Singapore’s Moschino – quirky and girly all at the same time. You can see that in designer, Jo Soh herself, and her fans as well!

From left to right, myself, Qin (Qin at the Disco), X-wen (Fash Eccentric), and Dottie (D for Dot) (who was also guest-tweeting for Mandarin Gallery that night).

Sooo here’s my suggested itinerary for this weekend: First to Mandarin Gallery for Hansel, then to Topshop Knightsbridge just across the road. Yeap that should busy you for most of the afternoon. Don’t bring your boyfriend along, unless he’s very patient and also The One… who pays for your shopping! 😛

Topshop Knightsbridge

Topshop stayed out of the mad Orchard Road frontage race, giving way to names like Forever21 and Zara at 313 Somerset, because nothing harks back to its British roots with an address like Knightsbridge.

Housed in the former Orchard Park Hotel is three storeys, 11,500 square feet of the high-street giant, with a wider variety that we’ve ever seen at ION Orchard or its old Wisma Atria duplex. This is the largest store outside of the UK and US. Plus! We get exclusive Knightsbridge-only pieces to celebrate the occasion, and tide us fashionably through the year-end festivities.

Is anyone in the queue outside Knightsbridge yet? There’s lots to be had! Here are some of the things that caught my eye, but! didn’t make it home with me.

Too bad for you the bartender eye-candy (their cocktails were a killer!) and cupcakes have already been consumed last night. Sorry there weren’t any leftovers!

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!

Picture credits to here, here and here.

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.

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.