Singapore Fashion Week: My thoughts on the Diane von Furstenberg talk

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Fashion goddess. Fashion Icon. Fashion Revolutionary.  These are some of the words used to describe Diane von Furstenberg. Last week I was invited to hear the inspirational story of the woman behind the iconic wrap dress, held at the futuristic glass-walled Lasalle College of the Arts Campus. This series of “fashion talks” marked the kick off to (insert name of non existent car sponsor here…wait what goodbye Audi??!!!) Singapore Fashion Week, and we will give you our thoughts about the shows in another post.

Some facts you may not known about DVF : Diane was born to Jewish parents and was born in Belgium. Her mother survived Auschwitz concentration camp. Later in life, Diane was a real princess when she married into German royalty, although has since lost the “Princess” title after divorcing her husband. Her influence on women’s fashion is so profound that she even has some designs showcased at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Diane shared how in her early 20’s, she landed in the U.S. with a suitcase of five dresses she had made in Italy from Jersey cloth (as she considered this fabric to be most flattering for women but also made you feel a million bucks when wearing it) . DvF managed to secure an appointment with the well known socialite editor of Vogue, Diana Vreeland – an advocate of celebrating uniqueness. Vreeland loved DVF’s simple style and elegance and this set the stage for the remarkable growth and success of DVF. Within six years of entering the fashion world in 1970, Diane had created a fashion frenzy and was selling 25,000 dresses a week. The journey of the dress sees the brand now in over 70 countries and enjoys worldwide recognition.

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Some of the first DvF dresses above.. Did you know it’s the 40th anniversary for the wrap dress?!

Fun fact: Natasha accepted an invitation to visit the flagship boutique in the Meatpacker’s District in Manhattan and is often seen wearing a DVF wrap out and about in Singapore. It’s getting a bit too hot for me to do the same in Hong Kong, but I do love my DvF dresses and think they are perfect when indoors and the air-con has been working in overdrive.

Diane has become quite the philanthropist and takes pride in inspiring young women in the industry to succeed. One of her mantra’s that she mentioned at the talk was “your only regret in life should be not doing the things you want to”. WOW. On a personal level that really spoke to me, as after leaving corporate world to start up my own business “Survive Asia“, I do have days where I wonder whether it would have been easier to stay in my previous line of work with all its security and benefits. But then i hear those words from DvF’s and I realise that i WOULD have regretted not trying, so it made my heart skip a beat. And during the talk I sat next to other inspiring entrepreneurial women in Singapore who have also taken a leap of faith, and we were all moved by this. It was also inspiring to see that via the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Diane and other designers who have “made it” are able to mentor the new generation of designers coming on board – it’s what she now refers to as the “legacy” stage in her career.

Another positive note from the talk: Diane mentioned her latest “muse” is women who are comfortable with themselves in their own skin (now we’re talking, if only all designers in the industry thought like this!).

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After the talk (the lecture hall was packed with not one seat left), there was some classic  “mingling” with fashion folk in the courtyard of La Salle, and I managed to chat to gorgeous Brittany Hampton, the winner of the E! show “House of DVF” and Ambassador for the DVF brand.

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Overall the reception from the DvF talk was very positive – the crowd were pumped after her inspiring talk and it was great to see a positive side of the industry that was supportive, inclusive and celebrating women everywhere  (because let’s face it, the fashion industry can feel anything but the above sometimes!).

Carmen x

 

 

 

 

 

Hong Kong Fashion week: WORLD BOUTIQUE – Carmen’s favourite picks

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World Boutique runs alongside the HK Trade Development Council’s Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter. These two fashion fairs draw HUGE numbers of buyers from all over the world – so Carmen went to check out what all the fuss what about.

Firstly – awesome displays:

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Overall – a great experience for those who love fashion! It was fun to see what some local designers were up to.  The shopping was OK in the end (there was a serious mish mash of “bargain basement” sellers combined with wedding gowns and designer jewellery… and Carmen did leave empty handed…boo!) but we’d recommend visiting next year’s as the displays were worth seeing for themselves!

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Shopping *clearance* event with a good cause in Singapore

A fashion + homewares clearance sale that ALSO supports the Singapore committee for UN Women? Prices starting as low as $5sgd?? Yes please!

The annual “Glamourous Giving” event is back and is considered one of the bestlocal shopping events in Singapore – for those who complain they can’t find any “unique” pieces by local stores or brands, you can’t miss this event with 35 independent local brands attending!

Brands include: Baliza Shop, dragonfly resort wear, From Babou to You, Ginny at Lemonykit, Hola Linda, Inverted Edge, Little Friends by Lamasso, Maissone, Paperbag Princess, Retail Therapy, RIA Menorca, Ribbon and Roses, Shiva Designs Bespoke, Stones that Rock, The Cinnamon Room, The Society of Black Sheep,  Tramma Bags, Triologie, Verandah Living, Veya Designs and White Ginger.

Want to know more about the Singapore Committee for UN Women and all the good work they do? Representatives will be on hand during the event to discuss their work and the benefits of membership.

When: Wednesday 21 January 6-9pm and Thursday 22 January 10am-4pm

Where: Hollandse Club, 22 Campden Park (off Adam Rd), Sg 299814. Plenty of Parking

C&N ♥ The colour RED

Carmen & Natasha are seeing red everywhere… and no, that’s not because people are being exceptionally annoying during *the most frustrating time to shop for anything thanks to the frenetic crowds consumed by retail madness and taking pictures with Santa* period.

It’s just that the colour red really IS everywhere – in store displays, shopping centers, the street, including our respective homes , so we decided that red is our fashion pick of the week. Yay! This is our take on wearing red during the holidays season.

BeFunky_null_1.jpgCarmen’s outfit: Asos top, skirt from Chatuchak market in Bangkok, Isabel Marant shoes, Zara jacket and Chanel handbag. As for accessories, well Carmen painted her nails in a funky Christmas pattern (see picture further drown below).

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Here’s Natasha’s outfit details: Mango brocade top, Zara faux leather black pants (which every girl should have in their closet by the way! It’s surprisingly versatile and add a lot of pizzaz to your outfit), Ferragamo laser-cut ballerina flats, Chanel black clutch, Viktor & Rolf glasses, and Carolina Herrera bracelet.

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The fact that red and black is a winning combo is no surprise. It’s as classic as black and white, only with a bit more oomph and sass put into it. Don’t be scared to mix leather with feminine texture or shape such as the A-line skirt that Carmen wore or the brocade top that Natasha threw on.

There you have it. Happy Christmas shopping, darling readers!

xoxo

Carmen and Natasha

C&N ♥ Hermes Bags

First of all, can we start by drawing your attention to our new blog logo and header? Isn’t it gorgeous? Yay! We’re super happy with it because it really encapsulates us – Carmen and Natasha – and our demographic location! We’ve been meaning to do it for a while, so we’re super happy to have finally done it.

Secondly, we’re starting a new ‘series’ of blog posts called ‘C&N loves’ – which involves our top fashion pick of the week (okay it may not happen every week, lets be realistic!). The whole idea is Carmen wears that particular fashion pick in Hong Kong and Natasha does the same in Singapore. So this blog post is the first of such series!

Our pick for this post is our ever reliable Hermes bag. And no, not the Birkin or the Kelly. There’s time for everything, and it’s certainly not time for us to carry those lust-worthy bags.  Natasha’s go-to bag is her Hermes Evelyn bag in Jaipur and for Carmen, it’s her Hermes Garden Party bag in Etope. This bag goes with a lot of outfits and can fit a lot of things (and trust us when we say we always have heaps of junk that we dump in our handbags!).

So this is how Natasha’s outfit pairing:IMG_4590

Natasha can’t believe her luck when she saw the wedges at Nine West because the color was exactly identical with her bag!!!

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And this is Carmen’s outfit combo:

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Carmen is in love with her awesome Alexander McQueen for Puma pumps! Not only are they comfy, but they’re surprisingly versatile.

BeFunky_IMG_1179.jpgSo there you have it, our darling readers. Stay tuned for the next ‘C&N loves’ post 🙂

xoxo

 

CHIC(K) FESTIVAL FASHION at Clockenflap

It was Carmen’s first time at Clockenflap (THE music festival in Hong Kong) – and what a heady one it was! A myriad of music, art, fashion, food, and did anyone else see the robots that danced to the UK TV theme show The Apprentice? I bet some of those robots are more clever than some of the contestants… but moving on.

The focus of this blog is more tilted towards fashion, so let’s talk about that. The overwhelming theme of festival fashion is flannel shirts and Clockenflap this year did not disappoint… HOWEVER there were some people that really went all out with their fashion, and here are the faves;

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Fashion stalls were also rocking on the day. 

Probably the coolest t-shirt of all time below.

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And then the coolest shoes! These were hand drawn and limited edition of Nike Air’s – Carmen’s absolute favourite fashion pick.
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You could also get fresh flower hairbands at the festival where they mixed real and fake flowers to create creative headpieces! BeFunky_null_94.jpg

An ingenious fashion accessory below – these garters contain sneaky pockets to stash your valuables which are great for those who travel, go clubbing or are festival goers and just wanna dance freely!
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What did Carmen wear? Well she changed THREE TIMES in the morning thanks to the weather being all cray cray (it went from sunny to cloudy to argh nooo it’s not going to rain is it or is it?!)

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Final outfit selected (because it was definitely going to rain): jeans are from C.Wonder, tee from Bangkok and sneaks are McQueen for Puma.

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Last night at Matches fashion popup event in HK: D&G, Peter Pilotto & more!

IMG_1032The Matches fashion event held at Duddells Hong Kong last night was a fashionista’s dream come true. Plenty of designer niche labels were on display across womenswear, menswear, high end jewellery, handbags and arguably the most important category…shoes.

For those who don’t know about Matches, they are a UK luxury fashion retailer who curate a range of talented designers (famous and emerging) from across the globe. They are truly loved by fashionistas whom appreciate the brand’s ability to spot talented emerging designers, and are incredibly approachable when it comes to talking about fashion (unlike SO many other brands out there!). In other words, they really aren’t up their own a**.

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The other good news is they ship worldwide from their online store, and held their first pop up event in Hong Kong last night! Here are some of Carmen’s top picks from the event:

Talitha floral embroidered kimono: 

IMG_0997Malone Souliers shoes – which according to Matches, will be the next Louboutins! They are such works of art! IMG_0998

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Peter Pilotto dress: We just love the combination of colour blocking, geometric design and prints all in one! IMG_1001 Chrissie Morris shoes: you just KNOW these would be super comfortable! We would team the heels on the right with a simple white pencil skirt. 
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Toga Pulla & Anya Hindmarch:  Toga Pulla was founded by former costume designer and stylist, Yasuko Furuta. IMG_1006

Mansur Gavriel bag: Simplicity in fashion = love. IMG_1007

Gripoix jewellery: The French atelier has been creating luxury costume jewellery since 1868, they are one of (if not THE) oldest in the trade. Stunningly beautiful pieces. IMG_1008

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Rochas gold tassle fringe shoes with pink contrasting trim:IMG_1010

High end jewellery from Monique Pean and Dina Kamal: Carmen really loves the bracelet on the far left below. IMG_1011

Crystal embellished ring by Maison Martin Margiela:IMG_1013

Alison Lou jewellery: Heart rings! 
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THE coolest clutches ever below by Sarah’s bag (back and right with the cars) and Les Petits Joueurs (front and left with the smile and peace sign):IMG_1019Charlotte Olympia “I am a fan!” bag: love the name and love the bagIMG_1021

Dolce & Gabbana shoes: oh gosh where do we start with this? These shoes are art and if we see anyone wearing these we may tackle them for wearing such beauties (but follow that by a hug for their impressive taste in shoes):IMG_1023

Valentino clutch and shoes: we’ve seen these everywhere in Asia but doesn’t mean we are sick of seeing it….IMG_1024

Karl Lagerfield clutch by Yazbukey: IMG_1025

Givenchy high top shoes: O M G Carmen wanted to stop everyone in their tracks to look at these but managed to calm herself down (eventually):IMG_1026Palm tree clutch by Edie Parker: loving the mother of pearl! IMG_1036

Dolce & Gabbana floral skirt: This brand is simply killing it right now (if you love florals!)IMG_1037

Strapless dress by Osman: TRUST US – this dress would look a million bucks when worn.IMG_1040Love the simplicity of this J.W.Anderson white shirt dress below. IMG_1043 One of THE standouts of the night, this skirt by Stella Jean. IMG_1046

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There you have it! You can shop online at matchesfashion.com. If you saw any pieces above that aren’t on the website, we would recommend emailing the Matches fashion crew – they were super friendly to Carmen last night so fingers crossed they get back to you!

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage fashion, classic cars and more in Hong Kong!

Carmen recently attended the Hong Kong Classic Car and Vintage festival – and it was amazing!

Hair and makeup were provided free of charge by the Paul Gerrard salon – so here is the modern day beehive that Carmen rocked! (Lots of backcombing required)

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And the top fashion pick on the day? This awesome new brand called DOLL DIZZY that creates corporate friendly dresses and retro skirts that can be worn over the dresses for a fun look from day to night (not to mention the skirts are reversible so you have THREE different looks to play around with!).

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Loved all the below outfits – how very glam! Notice the two flared skirts below are actually wrapped over dresses – so clever! FullSizeRender-1 IMG_0889 Absolutely in love with the dizzy girls – their look is a breath of fresh air!

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And here is Lily the makeup artist from the Paul Gerrard team (we LOVE her look!): IMG_0843And some vintage accessories also spotted on the day:

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Shoes below from Bang Bang! Vintage store in HK. Carmen wished the red shoes below were in her size! IMG_0888

These NORDIC watches below will soon be sold in PMQ – can’t wait to check out their store!IMG_0877

Vintage earrings galore!
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Really wish there was more time allocated to shopping on the day – aren’t these shoes below just so damn fun?!
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Sweet clasp bracelets spotted too – the red rose one was just so elegant -we could imagine rocking it with a cheongsam! IMG_0880Oh yeah…. there were cars too! For those car nuts – here are some of Carmen’s favourites! IMG_0925 IMG_0866 IMG_0856

 

 

There was certainly something for everyone at this event (foodies also had a great time with Butcher’s club and Fatty crab dishing out tasty nosh too!). Already looking forward to next year’s event!

 

 

 

 

 

Hipsters Rejoice! Urban Outfitters is now in Hong Kong

IMG_0512Carmen went to the Urban Outfitters launch party in Hong Kong a few weeks ago (check out DJ Miss Yellow spotted above who spun the MOST WICKED tunes ever and is one of Asia’s most in demand female DJ’s!!). We really love the Urban Outfitter’s brand, as they not only draw inspiration from the 50’s “preppy” style,  60’s hippy era (think loud prints, floaty dresses) and 70’s era (fringes on EVERYTHING which was spotted at London fashion week too) BUT they also include pieces that have such a modern twist on all of the above.

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And in true fashion style, they are known as a brand that creates some serious “WTF” pieces, but we love that they take risks and steer away from the norm.

Carmen decided to wear a MINK PINK dress (one of the labels that is available at Urban Outfitters). The dress is paired with shoes from Kate Spade/ Keds collaboration.

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Tthe fashion bloggers, models and other socialites attending the launch party did NOT disappoint, with some amazingly unique and personalised outfits.

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The clothes

Reasonably priced (most of the price tags seemed to be in the range of $50- 200USD. As mentioned previously you can really see many different styles below so pick whatever you feel comfortable with and roll with it!

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The fun accessories:

Say whaaaat – Alexa Chung’s “it” book! Awesome.
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These hip flasks are super hipster but we are loving them – our favourite is the one in the middle. IMG_0477

Chunky, urban jewellery was available – this necklace below was a fave.
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Great gift guide alert below! For those who love sneaks (Carmen is becoming OBSESSED) this book below is the perfect Christmas gift (hint hint). IMG_0488

Some fun homewares can also be found – fun pillow alert! Around $40usd from memory. IMG_0489

Oh yes more hip flasks – I DON’T GET DRUNK, I GET AWESOME should be printed on everything….IMG_0490

Looking for a gift for a man who has everything? Get him these awesome socks – especially the dollar bill ones!! IMG_0492

For those who would prefer to drink *ahem* non alcoholic beverages such as water (or let’s face it, an awesome cocktail) these drink carriers below are for you!  IMG_0493

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Nail polishes galore can also be found! $80hkd each (around $14sgd each) in some super fab colours. Sick of shiny happy colours? Grab the matte top coat to look uber urban. Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 10.17.31 AMBeige shoes below are an awesome twist on boring pumps and the black bag below is an absolute classic (you simply couldn’t go wrong with anything in the below pic). 
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Urban Outfitters:
93 Queensway Plaza Hong Kong
https://www.facebook.com/UrbanOutfittersHK



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London Fashion Week SS15: Jean-Pierre Braganza show

Carmen recently attended the Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring/Summer 2015 show at London Fashion Week.

Jean-Pierre Braganza famously worked under Roland Mouret before setting up his own label. For those who don’t know who Roland Mouret is, he is famous for his galaxy dress, which became ubiquitous on the red carpet during Spring 2006, and later on in 2008 with the moon dress which was loved by Victoria Beckham amongst others.

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Anyway back to Braganza. Jean-Pierre is known for his grungy, urban goth looks with lots of draping and asymmetry  – the closest high street equivalent would be All Saints (British brand full of amazing leather jackets and black dresses with attitude).

Mouret was known to pin fabric onto the mannequin and THEN make shapes with the garment, and this is certainly the same style adopted by Braganza.

As expected, there was a dark sense to the show. The music felt like it pounded in time to your heartbeat, and it really felt like the world had stopped still whilst the models were walking down the catwalk, situated in Somerset House.

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The new collection focused on bringing the organic and futuristic technology together – and you can certainly see that vision in the pieces shown below, where Braganza combines soft fabrics including mesh (which are SO IN right now)and somehow constructed them to create sharp clean lines – it’s hard not to love this collection!

00050h_592x8882 Fringing at the bottom of skirts and dresses is also in this season, and we have to say we are loving it! What is really interesting to us is that although this is the Spring/ Summer collection, we are really noticing some darker tones this season, and let’s face it – why can’t we wear edgy, darker tones during the summer?! In Singapore & Hong Kong – we say bring back the dark grungy look despite being 30 degrees outside!! Just make sure you wear plenty of mesh/ light fabrics and not drag yourself out in a black winter coat!
00030h_592x8882This coat below was lightweight, and we love how it looks like it has 4 different layers to it! Also note the fringing in the middle of the garment. We are both now on the lookout for garments that combine the three colour tones of black, white and this warm stone colour! As you can tell, this whole outfit has MOVEMENT which is so elegant.

00020h_592x8881And here are some of the print dresses. One colour that we were told to watch out for this season is TERRACOTTA and you can see glimpses of this colour in the designs below. We could easily wear all three of these designs below! Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 5.40.26 PMThis dress below was Carmen’s favourite BY FAR! Jaws were dropping when this model walked down the catwalk – the soft train was uber glam and the sparkles from the embellishment MADE THIS DRESS. LOVE IT. Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 5.53.53 PMIMG_4569

 

And then there are the asymmetrical hemlines and some sweeping to the side slits that you are seeing EVERYWHERE now! Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 10.38.40 AMAlso loving this outfit below – granted the jacket is probably not as applicable for Singapore and Hong Kong in the summer (but you could definitely rock it in the air-conditioned office!) – but we are really loving the little white cutouts at the bottom – a fun yet classy twist. By the way we are NOT recommending you wear this whole outfit to the office (unless you work in the the most awesome/ least corporate office environment ever!). 
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And there you have it – our take on the Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring/Summer 2015 show! Carmen had so much fun at the show and looks forward to attending more in the future!

 

 

 

Carmen’s outfit & STREET STYLE looks at London Fashion Week SS15

eeLondon fashion week is in full swing! Carmen was there to see a show (which we will blog about in a separate post) – but first, here is what she wore:

1Dress by Marimekko, tan ankle boots by Russell & Bromley and clutch from LV. Accessories below from Accessorize!

photoAnd now onto some street style looks that she snapped outside Somerset house before the fashion show began!

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Carmen managed to grab a photo of British model Jourdan Dunn (the first black model to run the Prada catwalk in over a decade!) and is the face of Maybelline. She is wearing a Moschino quilted denim bomber jacket along with the matching skirt. d Here is Jourdan leaving the Toni & Guy blow dry bar at Somerset house! We are loving the hair. i j l 234 432
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Pact @ Orchard Central: We are officially obsessed!

We’ve done it again – found the new kid in town, and now visit there almost 3 times a week… Pact is a concept store that features three parts: an awesome restaurant (Kilo); shop (K.I.N) and get your haircut (+LIM)! How convenient to have all three (and all done to an incredibly high standard) – all in one place! We think this new area rocks, the service is friendly, efficient and well informed; the food (try the bowls during brunch/lunch) is well priced and delicious; the shopping showcases brands and products that are not found anywhere else in Singapore (and includes lightweight bamboo clothing for women and men – perfect for the humidity here).

Here are some photos of the store below…

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And next door was the Code Deco store. We spotted some really sweet Singapore focused products including these brooches below.IMG_3992

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There is also a “hidden” mani/pedi salon next to the Code Deco store -check it out! Note they only do gelish.IMG_7971.JPG

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Address: Pact: #02-16/17/18/19, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road Singapore. Code Deco is just next door.

 

What Women Want really knows what women want

One hot and humid afternoon, Carmen and Natasha decided to cool down in Mandarin Gallery (note: ‘cool down’ is one of many Carmen and Natasha’s excuses to window shop, which often translates into a oh-oops-I-did-it-again-how-did-that-dress-end-up-in-the-paperbag-that-I’m-holding moment). Casually sauntering the corridors of Mandarin Gallery, we stumbled upon a shop, which is aptly called What Women Want. After a quick ‘awww, that’s such a cute name for a shop babe!’ remark, we went in to check it out. And boy, were we shocked by how many cute pieces there are in this gorgeous shop! Special thanks to the shop owner, Anna, a beautiful Brazilian woman (but then again, we haven’t really met a Brazilian woman who is NOT beautiful) and Penny, a lovely Melburnian who was very patient while we were mucking around trying clothes on!

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What Women Want stocks many many many delightful things that we, and most women, want. Think gorgeous statement necklaces, funky looking shoes, amazeballs dresses and clothes in general, cute sunglasses and lots and lots of beautiful jewelry. Pricewise, very affordable! Some pieces are a bit on the steep side, but we reckon they’re totally worth the price because of its unique design and high quality. The shop stocks items from around the world, from Beirut, Australia to Thailand!

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20140707-125736-46656864.jpgNow do you believe us when we say the shop stocks a lot gorgeous jewelry?20140701-191505-69305294.jpgOne of our favorite corners in the shop – the clearance table! 🙂

Unlike some shops, the clearance table in What Women Want actually has many cute things on it. Natasha loves the white chain necklace with lots of zipper charms on it and the necklace made up of matchsticks. And the shoes! THE SHOES! They’re SGD70 and some of them are very Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.

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Natasha’s first outfit pick is a sequined short skirt, which also comes in yellow, with a see-through white sweater which is just to die for, plus a statement necklace that screams rock and roll without being too overpowering.

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Here’s a close-up of the necklace! We LOVE it!

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The shoes were surprisingly comfy, and Natasha managed not to trip over nothing and fall – it has happened several times. In public. In front of many people. *sheepish look*  befunky_artwork.jpg

We spotted this gorgeous little beauty tucked quietly in the corner of one of the shelves and decided that it would complete this look perfectly! What’s not to love about it? Its unusual and pretty at the same time.

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The next outfit selection is Natasha’s favorite! The high waist full skirt is absolutely gorgeous and goes perfectly well with the cropped sequin top. We think a nicely tailored black shirt would go really well for this outfit too!

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The wedges, oh the wedges! They’re super comfy, although we wouldn’t recommend you to run in them to catch a bus, taxi, MRT, or any moving and living object for that matter (that’s right, don’t wear these babies while walking your dog). IMG_3504

How beautiful is the necklace below! Natasha’s not a big fan of yellow gold, but somehow this combo works. And come on, who doesn’t like tassels on a necklace? We sure do!

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This necklace and the dress below goes perfectly together like peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips, salted caramel and popcorn, Carmen and Natasha. Awww… 🙂

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And check out this ring below! How amazeballs is it?! It comes in silver and black as well, but we really dig the rose gold (we have a picture of it somewhere below)IMG_3512

The dress below is 50% off, which brings it down to SGD200. The detailing is exquisite and amazing and it comes in black as well. We’re totally in love with the clutch. Simplicity at its absolute best, we reckon.

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You don’t want to go cray cray with the accessories, for obvious reasons. We think a clutch, a simple ring and a pair of drop down earrings polish off the look really well. IMG_3521Here’s a close-up picture of the ring we previously mentioned – Natasha’s a fan of the drop down earrings!

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Below is a selection of the accessories and clothes Carmen had picked out. How out-of-this-world is her bling bling dress? It has a 1920’s the Great Gatsby feel combined with 80’s glamor – think Studio 54! Check out the stack rings, how awesome does it look? And don’t get us started on the disco ball clutch on the right, with a hint of Alexander McQueen. Love!

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Et voila! Front view of Carmen’s kickass dress and take a closer look at the earrings, they’re by a Beirut-based designer. We love to add an element of surprise to our outfit, which is exactly what Carmen did with the leopard print shoes. Being safe is so passé, so we tend to inject our personality and authenticity into our style.

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How divine is the whole outfit ensemble below? The shoes – very SJP – goes so well with the pretty skirt and we love the studs earrings which are so simple yet versatile. We’re head over heels with the heels. So much so that we’re kinda regretting not buying it (while casually checking our phone agenda to see if we can quickly make a quick detour to the shop tomorrow. Ahem.. )

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We totally love this picture below, although we got a few stares while trying to get the best shot. The dress didn’t really stand out on the rack, but Carmen decided to give it a chance and it looked amazing on! It’s very feminine and princess-like without looking too much like Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

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We chose this necklace to jazz the dress up a little. Carmen loves it because it’s dainty with a bit of edge, the triangle really makes this necklace pop.

20140702-231716-83836011.jpgWe must admit we’re not huge fans of jumpsuits, they can either go wrong or very wrong. The legs are often too long, too short, the torso part is too out of proportion, you get the idea. This one, however, was surprisingly the perfect fit. We like the neon yellow stripes down the legs against the cream base color. And how cute is the huge bow on the collar?! Carmen picked a pair of green Valentino rockstud-like shoes to break the colors up a bit.

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Next time you’re wandering around Mandarin Gallery after a coffee session with your girlfriends or a nice brunch on a weekend, or simply to ‘cool down’ like Carmen and Natasha, be sure to pop by this cute little shop and be prepared to walk out with a little something (or a big something).

#02-22 Mandarin Gallery, 333 Orchard Rd

Inverted Edge/ The Wyld Shop fashion event last weekend

Carmen popped into this event last Saturday – and was pleasantly surprised by how super friendly everyone was!

The event was held at the Song Lin building – walking distance from Arab street. Carmen is such a huge fan of this area!

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Gorgeous clothes and accessories were spotted at this event – check it out below:

Loved this leopard print maxi below – how stunning!! 
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Carmen tried on the pink maxi on the left and it’s an amazing colour – so gorgeous and very light fabric, so great for Singapore!BeFunky_null_665.jpg

 

Carmen loved this black dress below by Hunt No More (an Aussie brand). Available at the Wyld Shop.IMG_3429Le Specs sunglasses were spotted below too – love the leopard print ones at the front! Also available at the Wyld Shop. 
BeFunky_null_223.jpgInverted Edge were also offering jewellery and accessories for sale – they have such unique taste which is great! The belt bottom right was stunning and Carmen is also a big fan of that black wire bracelet on the right – simple but would look jazz up even a simple black or white shift dress. 

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The New Zealand brand Karen Walker was also made available at the event – they were all new pieces (so not part of the sale), but we love the funky prints! We feel that some of her prints are like a younger version of DVF! This brand has been spotted on Scarlett Johansson, and the Fall/Winter 2014 collection was showcased in front of a packed house at New York Fashion Week. Available via Inverted Edge.
BeFunky_IMG_3431.jpgSamantha Wills jewellery (which we LOVE!) was also on sale at 50% off! For those who love bohemian inspired jewellery, you must check out this popular Aussie brand (avail at Inverted Edge). Oh and Carmen purchased the white belt spotted at the top of this pic! Also purchased were two dresses, so we’ll showcase that soon!
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The Inverted Edge guys also arranged a makeup artist and photographer to come in and  were offering complementary makeovers! A nice little touch, and Carmen decided to make the most of it!
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Carmen requested a natural look – here was the final result! The super talented makeup artist was Anggerek Hood.IMG_3453

Overall, a great event held by the Inverted Edge & Wyld Shop guys! You can check out their details below should you wish to visit their showrooms:

Inverted Edge: invertededge.com/

The Wyld Shop: thewyldshop.com/

 

 

 

 

GSS: Jimmy Choo at Paragon

In case you haven’t noticed, Jimmy Choo are participating in the Great Singapore Sale! Carmen visited the Paragon store recently and noticed there were selected shoes up to 30% off! So we’re talking normal prices found in the UK then….

Nonetheless, we have taken some photos of some of their sale items for your benefit…. Note that the most popular sizes obviously sell out quickly…

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Loving the bright summery colours below and the graffiti inspired printed clutch – we’re seeing that trend everywhere at the moment!

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Again, we are loving these nude pumps with black strap below – a fun yet still corporate friendly twist on a classic shoe! All these shoes below also on sale (can you believe it?!). Can you tell that Carmen & Natasha are big Jimmy Choo fans yet?!

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Very “cruise wear” appropriate shoes below – we can see these styles worn at Prive cafe by the Marina! The colour combinations are divine. 20140528-135804-50284596.jpg

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Carmen wishes she bought the yellow wedges below, but unfortunately they didn’t have her size. Natasha can confirm that Jimmy Choo wedges are some of the most comfy wedges on the market…..(ok also some of the most expensive), but comfortable shoes in general that also look amazingly stylish? Well that’s priceless in our minds!20140528-135804-50284467.jpg

 

ALL THESE SHOES BELOW ARE ON SALE!!! Where to start – we’re loving the red and leopard print strappy sandals on top, and also loving the gold glittery flats down below! 20140528-135804-50284835.jpgThe sale continues at the Jimmy Choo stores at Paragon and MBS. Get in quick before they all sell out!

 

 

Spotlight on Alice and Olivia – one of Carmen and Natasha’s favorite New York designers!

Both of us are HUGE fans of Alice and Olivia. Natasha had her first encounter with the brand in its Meatpacking District store in New York City and instantly fell in love with the whimsical yet practical designs, while Carmen’s first Alice and Olivia experience was in Hong Kong’s IFC Mall store.

We were both equally ecstatic when we found out Alice and Olivia opened up a shop in ION Orchard. We decided to get in touch with the brand’s Marketing and Communications team to see if we can take a few pictures of some of our favorite items in the shop and much to our delight, we got a very friendly and quick response! (Thank you Juliana and Elaine!)

Alice and Olivia is a New York contemporary clothing company with the uber talented yummy mummy Stacey Bendet at the helm. Having launched at Barneys in 2002, the brand is now sold in over fifty countries – now including Singapore! Yay!

This is the façade of the Alice and Olivia store on 3rd floor of ION Orchard. The visual is rather Alice in Wonderland, don’t you think? Especially with the gorgeous tall hats on the mannequins.

20140501-230136.jpgHow awesome is this light fixture on the ceiling?! It reminds us of fireworks! it’s such a standout piece in the store that we just had to take a picture of it.

20140518-213853.jpgWe were told that Stacey is very hands on when it comes to the design aspect of her stores worldwide, she personally picks out one piece of furniture to go into her store. For Singapore, she picked out this beautiful wooden, retro looking drawer, an original item from the 60s which has been given a second chance in life. We love how eclectic pieces are scattered around the boutique and they all seem to gel together! Oh and yes, that’s Dylan’s Candy Bar candies you’re seeing – Natasha is a big fan!

20140518-213847.jpgStacey describes her brand as sophisticated with a playful sensibility – which we definitely think sums it up. She’s really into mix and match, which we totally love! We adore her ball gowns and also her office wear. It was really difficult to pick out our favorite pieces because they’re all oh-so-amazing, but after containing our excitement we finally decided on the stuff we want to try on. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. 🙂

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20140518-213916.jpgWe love the way the brand differentiates its collection through clever, quirky and witty labels like the ones below. The ’employed’ label is more for office wear, therefore more conservative and subdued – with a bit of fun infused into it.

20140518-213938.jpgThe ‘air’ label is for the jetsetters in all of us. Yes, we agree comfort is key when you’re dashing from one airport to another, but one need not look so frumpy while doing it! Remember, you NEVER know who you might bump into at the airport or on the plane and a bit of effort goes a loooooong way.

20140518-213947.jpgWe decided to try on a few key pieces from each label – and of course the Spring/Summer collection is so gorgeous. Below is Natasha’s pick:

20140518-213956.jpgNatasha is head over heels over the red lips dress and even dreamt about it several times. To buy or not to buy – that’s always a constant conundrum we both face. Sigh.

There’s a zipper on the back of the dress, another design feature in a lot of Alice and Olivia’s dresses – which is where practicality comes into play. Carmen opted for a tailored fit black pants with some killer heels and this beautiful shirt, perfect for work. The best part about Alice and Olivia is that there’s only a limited amount of pieces in each size, so if you see something you like you better grab it fast!

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20140518-220020.jpgThe ball gowns. Oh the ball gowns. We are in awe of every one of them. The one on the mannequin has got to be our favorite, which is why we decided to leave that one alone just in case we find it difficult to walk away from it.

20140518-214423.jpgCarmen chose this gorgeous lace dress in nude color, perfectly accented with the simple yet glamorous looking necklace. We love the fabric panels on the dress and it’s so demure and sexy at the same time. Natasha chose the ball gown skirt, paired with a cropped white polo shirt for a more preppy look. The skirt is amazing, it’s the perfect length and fit – the kinda skirt you would wear to the theater on a perfect crisp spring evening.

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20140518-214511.jpgThe beaded black and white dress below is very Great Gatsby don’t you think? Natasha is in love… yet again… It’s so classy and chic, and the length makes it a tad flirty without going overboard. Perfect for a cocktail party or even a spring wedding.

20140518-214601.jpgThe Alice and Olivia beaded clutch is the perfect fit! Of course you can go a bit adventurous and pair it with a pop of color – yellow would work well. Or red! Loving the zebra pint carpet, too, by the way.

20140518-214647.jpgSpeaking of yellow, check out the yellow pants worn below by Carmen! Such a cute, yet badass, combo with the black and white cami! And the peeptoe booties? Gorgeous! We have a closer snapshot of it further down in this blog post.

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20140518-215923.jpgNatasha went straight to the beaded jacket when she was picking out her outfits. Not only IS the detailing is amazing, it’s also versatile and can be dressed up and down. Jeans and killer heels is always an option. But shorts will also make an awesome ensemble! Again, yellow is always a great ‘neutral’ color to make your outfit pop. The Alexander McQueen shoes below is perfect for this outfit!

20140518-215931.jpgCarmen totally rocked this ensemble, don’t you think? That bamboo print jacket is so damn nice and the pop of magenta really made the whole outfit much more interesting. And again, those peep toe booties won our vote!

20140518-215943.jpgHow cute are the shoes below? That’s actually Stacey’s profile, with her famous sunnies and red lips embedded into these adorbs flats! 20140518-221015.jpgHow pretty are these lace shoes below? Make it less feminine by teaming it with a pair of leather pants or leather skirt! or keep it elegant and simple with dark denim and this season’s must-have, the crop top.20140518-221024.jpgBelow are the peep toe laser cut booties we mentioned earlier, the one that Carmen wore with the yellow pants. How adorable that they’re all cut out into tiny little hearts!

20140524-135306.jpgCarmen and Natasha totally dig this tote bag. Perfect for work and perfect for everyday use because of its tough leather. We think the color is so gorgeous and unusual.

20140518-221039.jpgRemember what we said earlier about Alice and Olivia’s clothes being practical? Well the photo below captures that aspect perfectly. Many of her skirts and dresses have elastic very subtly incorporated into the design. How genius is that? We’ve all had our ‘I feel fat today’ moments, and this is such a clever way to combat those days. You can still have the nice slim fitting without feeling like you can’t breathe or eat.

20140518-221048.jpgThere you have it! Our review on Alice and Olivia in Singapore. Admittedly, her clothes are a bit on the expensive side compared to the prices in NYC. However, her design is so unique and the fabrics used are all so yummy that we think it’s worth the price you pay for.  We’ll let you be the judge of that, next time you go to ION Orchard, pop by to the Alice and Olivia boutique on level 3!

Best of Blueprint Singapore: Our top picks

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Blueprint is  THE fashion trade fair in Singapore, held at the Suntec convention centre this weekend, and we thought we would share with you our top picks!

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Loved this statement necklace above by NoBeing, a Hong Kong brand. Check out more from these guys at:
https://www.facebook.com/nobeing

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Gorgeous eco friendly jewellery brand also based in Hong Kong, niin sources semi precious stones, precious metals, wood and shell to create jewellery that somehow manages to feel indestructible yet fragile at the same time. IMG_2725 IMG_2726Loved these necklaces above that would look perfect with a simple white tank top and jeans. You can find them here:
http://niinstyle.com/shop/

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http://casojewelry.com

Carmen Chan 

We loved Carmen Chan’s jewellery below, and will feature more of her work in another post soon. Another brand from Hong Kong, her designs are all beautifully hand made.
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These rings above were part of Carmen’s “Universe” collection and sold very well during the trade fair according to the designer Carmen – and we can see why! Created using transparent rock quartz sourced from Brazil, the rocks were especially selected with unique dusty inclusions inside to create a more “romantic” ethereal look – like peering into the galaxy! Comes in both white gold and yellow gold plated sterling silver. IMG_2732These earrings titled “Meteor Shower” above and worn below by the designer Carmen Chan were incredible. Loved these.IMG_2738IMG_2734Her necklaces above were part of the “Messenger” collection and were also very fun – we can imagine layering a couple of these at different lengths!

You can check out more of Carmen Chan’s collection at:
http://carmenchanjewelry.com

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Another favourite at Blueprint, Ade.G. is a Singapore based brand and we are in love! Especially the grey necklace show above and below on Ade herself, who mentioned that she does this as a part time hobby on the side – how incredible is that?!

IMG_2747IMG_2742The bracelets below were also very cool – we’d be happy with one in each colour!
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Ade.G is actually available around Singapore – you can check out their facebook page for info on their stockists at:

https://www.facebook.com/AdeG.Accessories

Laael

Designed in Amsterdam, and handmade in Italy, this was by far our favourite handbags spotted at Blueprint! We just love the combination of the prints and bright colours, and the quality was unbelievably good. 
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http://www.laael.com

Fabitoria

IMG_2756Printed mini skirts with sneakers are SO in fashion right now, so we loved these digitally printed skirts by Taiwanese brand Fabitoria for being bang on trend! We are especially loving the front botanical print!

There are no front or back seams on the skirts, so you can wear them front and back which we think is pretty cool (two skirts for the price of one….right?!). These skirts aren’t cheap, but we’re loving them nonetheless.

https://www.facebook.com/Fabitoria

And there you have it – our top picks from Blueprint!

 

 

 

Asia’s Upcoming Designers Shine at Audi Star Creation 2014

20140512-230338.jpgCarmen and Natasha were lucky enough to be invited to Audi Star Creation showdown, which is part of the Audi Fashion Festival, a much anticipated fashion event of the year in Singapore! This year, Audi Star Creation featured 12 super talented designers from the region who battled it out to take home take home S$10,000 each, a one-year internship with leading fashion retailer F J Benjamin, and the opportunity to launch their maiden capsule collection next year.

Natasha was wearing a white shirt from Brooks Brothers, skirt from ASOS, Jimmy Choo lizard skin peep toes, and a black Chanel boy bag.

20140512-230457.jpgCarmen wore a dress from Her Vintage Finds, suede grey peep toes from Bottega Veneta, and a black Kate Spade bag. It sure was a hot day in Singapore, but we can assure you that luckily it was freezing in the Tent!!

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20140512-230407.jpgOkay, just another quick photo before the show starts! 20140512-230352.jpgWe have so many favorites and we’re very proud of the tremendous talent possessed by Asia’s upcoming designers. This year’s theme is The Asian Perspective and take a look at our favorite looks below:

How striking is this dress below by Vietnamese designer Tu Nguyen Hoang. The flower is actually part of the fabric that makes up the whole dress, it was not sewn on it. Amazing!! It also has a very sexy low backless cut, which is simply breathtaking.

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We love Singapore’s Leong Yawen’s orchid inspired dress below. The silhouette and detail is just amazing, ASC2014Runway-465-Mid  Another one of our favorite designers is Hong Kong’s Rebecca Corinne Lam, whose designs were inspired by paper, which has a lot of usage in the Asian culture (think paper cutting, origami, ink blotting).ASC2014Runway-326-MidASC2014Runway-310-Mid

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There were three South Korean designers this year and our favorite is Hye Jin Kim, whose portfolio is called “Blooming Your Truth”. We love the softness and femininity look and feel that her collection exudes.ASC2014Runway-254-MidWe are liking Singapore’s Keh Min Chloe’s design below. The layers and juxtaposition of the fabric reminds us of Issey Miyake.ASC2014Runway-074-MidSo after an intensive day of judging and an exciting runway showdown, this year’s three winners are Rebecca Corrine Lam (25, Hong Kong); Zhou Jun (24, China); and Newman Han (29, South Korea).

ASC2014WinnersWe can’t wait to see their Capsule Showcase this coming Friday! (look out for our blogpost afterwards!)

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