Perfectly Paired: Where I See Fashion

If there is a website that perfectly mirrors our vision and inspiration, it’ll be Where I See Fashion, a tumblr created by Bianca Luini, a 22 year-old fashion design student studying at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Her tumblr, like ours, is about fashion and everything that inspires it, from art, design, nature to photography.

She started matching great works of fashion with images that she feels relate to them, either through form, texture, colour or concept, and she hasn’t stopped since. According to Bianca, “Sometimes a fashion picture reminds me instantly of something and I go look for it, sometimes it’s a random picture that makes me think of an outfit or editorial. Occasionally it happens that by chance I see two pictures near each other on my dashboard or in a random blog that perfectly go together.”

 

Details backstage at Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2012 | Terraced rice fields in Yunnan, China
Match #142<br />
Issey Miyake RTW Spring 2014 | Interior of the Caixa Forum art gallery in Madrid, Spain<br />
More matches here

Issey Miyake RTW Spring 2014 | Interior of the Caixa Forum art gallery in Madrid, Spain
GIF of the month - Match #134<br />
Rami Kadi Haute Couture Spring 2013 | Lava flow in Hawaii photographed by Johan Elzenga <br />
GIFed by What Do I Wear, more matches here

Kadi Haute Couture Spring 2013 | Lava flow in Hawaii photographed by Johan Elzenga
Match #130<br />
Yiqing Yin Haute Couture Fall 2013 | Mountain Lake by Michael Creese, 2014<br />
More matches here

Yiqing Yin Haute Couture Fall 2013 | Mountain Lake by Michael Creese, 2014
Match #139<br />
Yiqing Yin Haute Couture Fall 2012 | The black coast of Vik during heavy rainfall in Iceland by Stefan Forster<br />
More matches here

Yiqing Yin Haute Couture Fall 2012 | The black coast of Vik during heavy rainfall in Iceland by Stefan Forster
The works of fashion alone are beautiful but pairing them with an artwork or an image of a landscape provides an imagery that’s even more striking. It’s almost as if Bianca has discovered the story board behind each piece of design. In a remarkably straight forward manner, she has managed to create a direct dialogue between two works of art. No doubt this will be a website we return to again and again.
x Sybil
(Images from Where I See Fashion)

Making Make: a celebration of artisanal craftsmanship

I’ve been meaning to check out the National Design Centre and I’m glad I finally did! In addition to visiting Kapok (always a pleasure!), I chanced upon an exhibition showcasing the works of students from the NUS Division of Industrial Design. The good news is you can buy the works and support new design ideas! The bad news is the exhibition ends this Sunday.

Making Make is a design platform, led by Hans Tan at the NUS Division of Industrial Design, to explore the artisanal charm of handcrafted products and the beauty of the creation process. Fourteen students were each tasked to create instruments to aid a small batch production of artisanal products; products with qualities otherwise unthinkable with mass production techniques. Some of the works show a sense of maturity that I did not expect to find.

Crinkle by Han Xi

Crumple by Kelly Yap

 

The students will be at the National Design Centre to interact with visitors and explain their design concepts this weekend on 24 and 25 May from 11am to 6pm. Drop by to show your support or you can buy the handcrafted artisan wares from haystakt.

National Design Centre is located at 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969. It is open from 9am to 9pm daily.

 

x Sybil

(Images from Haystakt)

Asia Fashion Summit: The Korean Showcase

Asia Fashion Summit is usually spread across three days with two days of talks and one day of workshop. This year, however, the programme consists of one day of talks and two days of workshops, which is a pity. Sometimes you get the usual sales pitch, i.e. our country is great for producing your designs or our departmental store has everything you need, but you usually find gems within the programme. These are speakers who give real insight to new trends or retailing strategies and there is Colin McDowell, because who doesn’t want to have a chat with him?

The unofficial ‘Korean showcase’ turned out to be the highlight of the Summit. Rick Yoo, Managing Director of Lotte Global Fashion Division and Jay Anne Jin, Executive Director (Business Development) of LF Corp presented the dynamism of the Korean retail industry and building a solid, long-lasting organizational capability respectively. What’s interesting is that they did not focus on their successful business models but instead discussed key issues within the Korean fashion industry and Korean culture. This ability to self-critique and self-reflect is probably why they are so successful. They understood that Korea’s development and growth in the industry has exceeded healthy limits and that traditions and quality are being compromised. Nonetheless, there are lots to learn from the Koreans, especially their sense of patriotism and loyalty to Korean brands; something we can definitely take a cue from. Time to prove yourselves at this weekends’s BLUEPRINT emporium!

 
x Sybil
(Image from Textile & Fashion Federation, Singapore)

Asia Fashion Summit 2014

Hussein Chalayan in conversation with Colin McDowell during last year’s Asia Fashion Summit

 

The Audi Fashion Festival opened last evening with the Prabal Gugung show but there will be no rest this week. We’re starting our day bright and early at the Asia Fashion Summit 2014. It’s the fifth edition and we’re looking forward to some of the big names coming to town for this annual conference. They include Franz Kraatz, Managing Director of Robinsons Singapore, Kelvin Lee, Business Development Director (Southeast Asia) of Taobao International Business, Harry Markl, Regional Managing Director of ZALORA Group, Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer of Council of Fashion Designers of America and especially Thomas Tait’s dialogue session with Colin McDowell.

The theme this year is “Asia’s Business Perspective”, focusing on Asia’s largest online shopping platforms, Zalora and Taobao. However, we cannot avoid the obvious Korean feature with speeches by Rick Yoo, Managing Director of Lotte Global Fashion Division and Jay Anne Jin, Executive Director (Business Development) of LF Corp because let’s face it, no one has been more successful in exporting their culture.

In between breaks, we’ll also try to clone ourselves so that we can check out BLUEPRINT. Join us if you’re in town!

 

x Sybil

Iris Van herpen: Biopiracy

I am a big fan of Iris Van Herpen. I think she is one of the greatest visionaries alive and someone who truly blends art and fashion with ease.

As someone who also asks questions that becomes the spine of the collection, her question for her Biopiracy collection is
” In the recent past, patents on our genes have been purchased. Are we still the sole proprietor of our bodies?”

The collection now mixed with ready to wear and couture pieces is presented with artist Lawrence Malstaf to create a powerful visual that reminded me of Alexander McQueen’s theatrical presentations.

Models suspended in air tight plastics, fed with oxygen through a tube. Surreal and attention grabbing.

The mysterious sci-fi scene might just draw your attention away from the clothes had the clothes not been amazing. But they are just as beautifully crafted as ever.

This time, Van Herpen has included wearable pieces citing her move towards ready to wear. I love that the pieces, though wearable, are not mainstream, with her signature textures and 3D elements.

I think she is genius to start with couture and move to ready to wear without losing the essence of her brand. Looking forward to more.

Meanwhile, you have a great week ahead!

X Alex

(Images from Iris Van Herpen)

Cultures as a source of inspiration: Rachel Entwistle

I have been lusting over Rachel Entwistle’s jewellery for a few weeks now and it’s driving me crazy! Can my accessory drawer really take another ring and bracelet and necklace and maybe two of each!? I give up! I can always wear them to sleep I guess…

Inspired by different cultures and her journeys to Mexico, Guatemala and India, designer Rachel Entwistle translates her travel experiences into intricate and edgy designs. All pieces are handmade in her studio, using metals such as sterling silver, black rhodium and gold.

A look from her Alchemical collection

Looks from the Milagros collection

 

Entwistle graduated from Cultural studies before she went on to Jewellery Design. With her background in Cultural Studies, she immerses herself into the local culture, customs and superstitions during her travels, using these experiences as her source of inspiration. Anthropology, symbolism and mysticism are the main inspirations behind her collections.

A winner of the International Jewellery London Editor’s Choice for Originality and nominee for New Designer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards 2012, Entwistle is also the co-owner of Thor & Wistle-a specialist jewellery boutique in Shoreditch, featuring works by jewellery designers Kamilla Thorsen, Jana Reinhardt, Dominique Lucas and more.

I especially love the Milagros collection. The cross rings are beautiful and would make lovely pinky rings or knuckle rings. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

 

x Sybil

(Images from Rachel Entwistle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philomena Kwok: Milliner of the future

I chanced upon Philomena Kwok‘s work today and was drawn by some of the pieces.

Originally a jewellery designer, Philomena started out designing with metal, wood, resin and semi precious stones but began working on headpieces upon requests from her bespoke clients. What I like most are her collaboration pieces that truly pushes the envelope.

Here are some of the pieces from the collaborations over the years:

Collaboration with Flowers for a Vagabond and Tara Sutton

Looking forward to more collaborations by her.

X Alex

 

(Images from the emerging designer and Philomena Kwok)

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