W Boutique fair: Spotlight on OTKUDA

At the W boutique fair last week, we met the talented Irina McCreadie, self-taught designer of her own brand, Otkuda (which means “from where” in Irina’s native Russian).

Otkuda provides a breath of fresh air in the Singapore fashion scene, her clever use of colour blocking and detailed prints in the current collection are perfect for this tropical climate! All the ready-to-wear clothes are made by hand, by Irina. The material is light and breezy, and she also designs clothes to flatter all body types. Even better, if you want her to customize something just for you, she can do that too!

We present to you… Otkuda!

The incredibly talented Irina McCreadie, in one of her own dresses. Price: SGD169

We love this top below – the lighter pink tones it down a notch. We would definitely wear this with white jeans! All handmade, and priced at a reasonable SGD50.

These tops below are Carmen’s favourite….pair it with some black skinny jeans and away you go! LOVE THIS! Price: SGD50

Close up of the top above.

Looking for a breezy dress to wear for those days when it just feels too hot? The one below gives you plenty of room to breathe and we love the design. Price: SGD169

Check out this gorgeous tank top below – so versatile to dress up or down!

This dress is the final one in Otkuda’s collection, however we had to show it to you – so much hard work has gone into this dress! Price: SGD230

On the topic of stunning, here is another dress that we think deserves to be on the red carpet! As mentioned earlier, Irina also take orders for truly bespoke garments, designed and fitted for the customer.This particular dress below would cost SGD800. That’s really not bad compared to purchasing a ball gown off the rack! The process involves meeting Irina for an initial design meeting followed by at least two fittings.

Another gown designed by Irina! Simple yet elegant.

The details…

Otkuda
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Otkuda.by.Irina
Email: Otkuda.by.Irina@gmail.com

See Otkuda at the “Boutiques at Dempsey House” (new home for Singapore’s best fair Boutiques at Fort Canning). 8D Dempsey Road, Singapore
19 November 2012, 10am-8pm; and
20 November 2012, 10am-6pm.

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W Boutique fair: Spotlight on Peachy!

Peachy is a brand that has travelled the world to source accessory collections from emerging designers in Europe, Scandinavia and Australia and bring them to your doorstep in Singapore!

As soon as we stumbled on their stall at the W boutique fair we knew there was something special about Peachy. Let’s face it, when you see shoes made in Italy, jewellery made in Madrid and bags made in Australia, you can’t help but think “that’s so handy…and how exciting!” All the accessories are hand-crafted using high quality materials, so you know it’s not going to fall apart after one season!

So let’s have a look at our favourite designers stocked by Peachy (if you are interested in any of the below, Peachy’s details are listed at the end of this post!)

Jewellery from Madrid: by Anton Heunis

Who else are fans besides us? Oh just Nicole Ritchie, Natalie Portman and Elizabeth Jagger to name a few!

Ok so we really love the “bling to the max”  necklace on the left. Why? Check out how amazing it looks on the model below! What a statement – usually we are opposed to looking like chandeliers but we really think this works. Prices: Necklace is SGD235, bracelet SGD197 and ring SGD117.

These clip-on earrings below would really pop with a structured black dress and are a perfect way to instantly transform your corporate look into “glam” look. They are a bit on the pricey side, but this is because they are handcrafted in Madrid using grey agate, hand-cut glass and crystal detail. Price: SGD342

This new mosaic bangle by Anton Heunis below is made from brass with crystals and hand cut glass in a mosaic design. Price: SGD200

And check out the cluster ring by Anton Heunis below – with turquoise stones, purple, green and grey crystals. Price: SGD132

Bright eyes owl pendants by Peachy Designs

These are SO CUTE! They are handcrafted in Bali and made out of resin, and if you were crying because the prices of the above jewellery range were way out of your budget, then you will be happy to know these are only SGD31 each! The necklace itself is beaded using semi-precious stones (either genuine turquoise – which FYI is Carmen’s and all other Sagittarians birthstones… or cherry quartz).

cyclical industry rings and bracelets

Who would have ever thought of wearing square and hexagonal rings? We love these and you can easily combine different colours together! We also rate the simplicity of the bracelets made using neon silk thread and are fully adjustable to fit any wrist size! Prices: rings SGD21, bracelets SGD23

Jewellery by Anne Black (Danish designer)

Anne Black is educated as a ceramicist and based in Copenhagen. Her jewellery collection is created just outside of Hanoi, Vietnam. These necklaces below are hand crafted using porcelain and silk thread. Each petal design is different! Price: SGD39

Sandals by Simona (from Sicily, Italy)

Ok so Natasha just came back from a trip to Italy and can’t believe that you can get these so easily in Singapore! Simona and her husband come from a family of shoemakers in Sicily… their family has over 50 years in the shoemaking industry! So it is safe to assume these guys know what they are doing, and it shoes. The sandals are very comfortable, with the most popular colours being silver and gold. The shoes are handmade in Sicily using 100% Italian leather, and both styles shown are priced at SG140. We think this is excellent value for money given the quality of the workmanship and materials used – these are sure to last!

And the most awesome point of all…

if you have a larger shoe size that is unavailable (expat ladies, we know some of you out there struggle with this!)… they will custom make the sandal for you at no extra cost!

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Wallets by status anxiety

Made from soft Italian leather, these wallets would make perfect gifts and are available in Singapore friendly colours! We just love colour on this island!
Price: SGD90

Ever looked for a clever wallet with a detachable zip-up coin purse? So clever – you can pop it into your smaller clutch and away you go! See below – they are created using soft leather and available in red, tan brown and black. Price: SGD115

Envelope clutches by Som & Tooby

Som & Tooby are based in Burleigh Heads, Australia, and the designer behind the brand, Brooke West, creates each bag by hand in their studio! Each bag uses quality local materials and Australian leathers, so you know you are getting what you paid for. Price: Envelope clutch (below) is SGD120

And now for the details…

Peachy

You can either shop online or visit their showroom in Singapore. Should you wish to visit the showroom, please call before you visit (details below!)

Shop online at: www.peachyshop.com
Singapore showroom is located at: 320 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park, Block B #01-36, Singapore 247980. Please call on +65 9850 6780 to make an appointment prior to your visit.

We got to admit, we are now major Peachy fans!

W Boutique Fair: Spotlight on Shiva Designs

We met the gorgeous Rima Srivastava at the W Boutique fair in Singapore. Rima used to own a boutique in Melbourne, Australia and has now set up Shiva Designs in her own home in Singapore!

You can’t help but fall in love with all the pieces Rima has carefully selected, and we have so many beautiful yet eclectic items from her store to show you!

The gorgeous Rima at the W boutique fair
These Pratten wallets are available at Shiva Designs. Celebrities including Jessica Biel and Carrie Anne Moss are fans, and ladies have stated these are the best wallets they have ever bought! 100% Australian designed and uses the finest leathers. Prices: from SGD99 upwards

Handmade necklaces

These gorgeous necklaces are handmade in Tasmania, Australia, by “I wish I had a little shop”.

How cute are these necklaces? As Natasha would say: VERY CUTE. Price: SGD75

They are so amazing that we just have to show you how they look on person! You can see how gorgeous they look on Rima!

And check out this delicate handcrafted porcelain jewellery created by Angus & Celeste (priced at SGD75 each pair)

And for all those people out there obsessed with homewares….
check out these homemade porcelain pieces by Sam Robinson (all available at Shiva Designs)…

The watermelon bowl – genius! We love this and it is Shiva Design’s top seller!
More Sam Robinson porcelain ceramics! So unique and you won’t find this everywhere in Singapore!
Loving these bangles!

All of these amazing products are available from Shiva Designs. Rima runs her store from her home in Robertson Quay, so we recommend calling in advance to make an appointment, or feel free to comment on her facebook page! An online retail store is also in the works, so watch this space!

Shiva Designs

Shop location: 2, Martin Place ,#31-02, Martin Place Residences, Singapore, Singapore 237988
Phone: +65 9184 6049
Facebook page: click here