Dover Street Market and its magic

On this slow and lazy Monday, I’m going through some archives of news clippings I’ve kept for bedtime reading.  Well, better late than never because this piece of news gives me time to plan for my next vacation.  A seven storey Dover Street Market will open in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district in March 2012 and I want to be there!

It’s hard to believe that it was 41 years ago that Rei Kawakubo started Commes des Garçons because the brand is still ahead of many others.  It is forward-looking and remains so in today’s fashion landscape, which proves that Kawakubo’s theory of “creating something that didn’t exist before” hasn’t changed one bit.

One of the highlights of my London trip was my visit to Dover Street Market.  I’m surprised at the number of labels the store carries; from Alexander Wang to Yves Saint Laurent.  The store features both established fashion houses, as well as more experimental and younger labels, bringing true meaning to the term ‘market’.  It’s worth a visit when you are in London.

In Kawakubo’s words, “Fashion is something you attach to yourself, put on, and through that interaction the meaning of it is born. Without the wearing of it, it has no meaning…”  Ahhh, words that carry true meaning for anyone genuinely passionate about fashion.

X Sybil

(Images from Dover Street Market)

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)

My Christmas Wish List…

Nothing’s better than waking up to surrealism objects.  It’s magical and well, surreal! LuxuryCulture came up with a shopping list and what can I say? I fully agree! Christmas is around the corner and if you want to get me a present, my wish list is below.  Thank you so much.

X Sybil

(Images from LuxuryCulture)

Colette: Mildly amusing

Usually when I return from a vacation (especially if it is Japan), I feel inspired and enthused with new ideas for outfits, new acquisitions (of course!) and new perspectives on art and design.  Thus, I expected that much from a trip to London and Paris, especially with renowned museums in London and a fashion capital like Paris but alas!  I did not feel stimulated; rather I was bored and slightly annoyed at the number of H&M stores on one street.

In Paris, I visited Colette, a fairly well-curated retail store that has unfortunately turned into a tourist attraction.  Its directional signage starts at the Metro station.  Its selection of garments feature Valentino, YSL , Lanvin and many more usual suspects.  The only exception is that the collection is primarily black.  However, in my opinion, categorisation by colour does not necessarily form a look book that is coherent in style.  A closer look and one would realise that the minimalist Lanvin coat really does not belong beside the Valentino jacket with lace, silk and chiffon.

Nonetheless, the store impresses with its range of accessories and objects such as CDs, DVDs and books.  Mostly overpriced but such great fun to browse through, the store is worth one visit and repeat visits only if you have too much time in Paris because the online shop is so much more fun to shop at, minus the crowd and the noise.  Who cares if you don’t get to rub shoulders with the chic-looking store assistants, they are not very friendly anyway.  If you pay so much, you should at least enjoy some comfort.

X Sybil

(Images from Colette)

Vintage in London, Vintage in Singapore

For the first time, this year’s London Fashion Weekend features a vintage section!

From 22nd to 25th September, visitors can expect vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery from vintage dealers specially selected by Vintage by Hemingway.  Dealers include BlackDot World Archive, Fraubraun, Victory Vintage and many more, each unique in their speciality and merchandise.  It’s a festival of all things vintage; fashion, music and even hair and make-up!

Fraubraun features an eclectic mix of hand-picked, quality vintage pieces from the 1930s to the modern era, sourced by stylist and curator Stefanie Braun.

Hannah, Tallulah and Dixie, members of The Polka Dot Dolls, the toe-tapping close-part harmony swing group will perform live in the East Wing vintage area on Friday 23rd September.

It’s amazing that vintage has such a strong following in London and many other cities in the world and it’s a real pity that the scene is not as developed in Asia.

Nonetheless, for some harmless fun at a local flea market event here in Singapore, pop by Flea-tique tonight and visit the fashionartisan stall.  We would love to chat with our readers and share fashion tips and secrets.  I will also be selling a few vintage pieces from my wardrobe and some pre-loved Issey, Armani, Kenzo and Etro.  Come visit us and say hello!!!

X Sybil

(Image from London Fashion Weekend)

NOTICE: fashionartisan at Voyage Night Festival 2011

After some damage at the Club 21 Bazaar yesterday, it’s time to reorganise our wardrobes!  Join us at the upcoming Night Festival flea market as we send some of our favourite pieces away for their second glory. 

Happy Birthday Singapore!

It’s Singapore’s 46th birthday and the patriot in me wants to be part of the celebration. In fact, Zouk‘s Flea and Easy is collaborating with Creme Creative Market to come up with an event that includes some of our local fashion designers.

On top of the usual trendy flea market stalls, you can expect pop up stores of Singaporean designers like aMuse, Sifr, Possi-tilly-ty and many others!

The event is held at Zouk & Wine Bar this Sunday, 14th Aug 2011, from 2 to 7pm!  Join in the fun!

X Alex

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