Shop smart: The Wallpaper* Grads Shop

I’ve lost count of the number of online transactions I made this past week.  Christmas shopping has become increasingly demanding because I insist on exclusivity.  Singapore’s fashion scene has expanded over the years and today, most labels are represented with a boutique or distributor here, which explains why my shopping in London did not exceed the weight limit when I returned.

Hence, enters online shopping and more specifically, exclusive items in limited quantities within well-curated websites so that you don’t spend hours browsing through hundreds of websites for a handful of items and paying shipping multiple times.  However, do not expect high street fashion prices.  It is the season of giving after all…

A good source is this year’s Wallpaper* 2011 Graduate Fashion Directory at NOT JUST A LABELWallpaper* issues its annual Graduate Directory which highlights the year’s best graduates from various creative arenas, including fashion, design and architecture.  This year, Wallpaper* partners NOT JUST A LABEL to select and feature promising designers.  They include Hannah Taylor, Saskia Schijen, Victoria Spruce, Myrza de Muynck, Dinu Bodiciu, Daniel Hurlin, Matthias Weber, Niels Peeraer, Julie Eilenberger, Vivienne Appelius, Aus Dem, Brian Suter Maury and Nouio.

The selection began with 50 graduates from 36 schools in 22 countries.  Eventually, 13 were shortlisted.  As a result, NOT JUST A LABEL presents ‘The Wallpaper* Grads Shop’ which is a carefully selected collection of pieces from each designer featured in the Graduate Directory.

Among the list, Dinu Bodiciu stands out with his original and visually impactful head pieces.  Based in London, United Kingdom, Bodiciu studied at London College of Fashion.  A fashion and accessories designer, he was born in Romania and studied his first degree in Graphic Design.  His experience includes collaborations with independent theatre companies on costumes and stage settings.  His work explores and experiments with the human form and its response and relation with garments.  He believes that garments serve as an extension of the body and is thus interested in their ‘organic’ nature.

These head pieces were designed to accessorise the FW 2011 collection by Bodiciu.  Entitled Illusions of Reality / Reality of Illusions, the runway show for the collection was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Worn as masks or hats, they make great collector items and statement pieces for any outfit.

X Sybil

(All images from NOT JUST A LABEL)

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