At Blueprint this year I discovered a powerhouse of local design talent housed all under one roof.
Designers and retailers from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and more were all present to show off their collections. If only this kind of event could happen more often, right?
In addition to the shopping emporium event that was open to the public on the weekend, I was able to get a sneak media preview during the week of the designer’s upcoming collections. In this post, I’ve curated and selected some of my favourite upcoming local collections – just for you. Enjoy!
Having discovered Saloni Rathor’s collections last year, (you can read the post about their background here) I was very happy to see them showcasing their work at Blueprint for the first time!
For S/S’14, the collection will incorporate classic shapes with pastel colours. Prints have taken inspiration from flowers and their intricate make-up, which, on the finished product, make for some pretty beautiful design work. My favourite pieces include the duck-egg blue shift dress with purple flower print and this t-shirt with the stunning mesh design on the back [see below]
Die-hard accessory fans will definitely need to check out homegrown label Foreward’s fierce selection of necklaces, all hand constructed from braided ropes mixed with traditional hardware materials such as hex nuts. Top marks for creativity and effort – one of those harnesses can take up to a week to make! Versatile enough to dress up or down, whatever the outfit or occasion, a statement Foreward Label’s piece will do the talking. 😉
HEADS OF STATE MILLENARY
Heads of State Millinery brings you sustainable statement hats, making use of raw, often overlooked materials. Founder and designer, Chee Sau Fen, not only designs each hat with the lifestyle of the wearer in mind, but also considers how the creative process will benefit the lifestyle of those involved in making the hats.
Seeking methods of ethically responsible development for her products, Sau Fen conducted hat making training for groups of women in the economically disadvantaged Daraghuyan tribal community in Cebu, southern Philippines. The hat production educates, encourages and creates a livelihood for the community all at the same time. She continues to work with partners in the region to revive endangered indigenous weaving traditions.
The hats themselves, crafted in woven abaca, come in a range of shapes and sizes, from the traditional panama shape to wide brimmed hats and baker boy inspired designs. I had lots of fun trying them on on the day!
|Trying on two of my favourite hats!|
|Economical use of cake-boxes for hats!|
A Beautiful Mess – A Celebration of Disorder and Irregularity
Inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock – characterised for its his abstract impressionism – the latest offering from the artisan jeweller Carrie K will make its debut in May/June! With this collection, Carrie K aims to make fashionistas rethink the idea of ‘mess’ and plays with design to make it wearable.
Leather spill bibs give the impression of dripping down the neck – a handy touch to note, these are also reversible with a metallic colour on the underside, so you are able to change up your look in an instant. Colour possibilities include Burnt Orange/Gold, Black/Silver, Plum/Gold and Blue/Gold. All leather pieces are handcrafted in Istanbul.
Also included in the collection are leather cuffs, brooches, and drop earrings and fun splat rings, available in an enamel finish or Silver, 14k Rose Gold or Yellow Gold.
I love the ideas and inspiration behind this collection – a true fusion of humour, fashion, art and great craftsmanship. Most important of all, this collection doesn’t take itself too seriously, but will inject a serious amount of fun into your wardrobe!
SABRINA GOH’S collection for F/W 2013, ‘The Lady of Woods’, is inspired by the pattern on Birch trees. A running theme throughout includes a dark colour palette and attractive prints. A combination of masculine, structured pieces and draped fabrics create interesting and silhouettes.
Its quite rare that I come across a collection where I would literally wear any of the pieces happily, but this one ticks all of my boxes! And you can’t really go wrong with a great digital print. Favourite pieces include the digital print dress, and structured printed jacket [see below].
For more information and to shop online, visit www.sabrinagoh.com