All about confidence: Panayo

At MAAD last month, I came across Panayo, an independent womenswear label designed and produced in Singapore. The designer YY Liew cites legendary designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Alexander McQueen as her inspiration. What surprised me was the simplicity in her designs and the affordable prices.

Panayo is an ancient Sanskrit word (पनयो) meaning strength or confidence, which reflects the essence and motivation behind the label. If you are looking for something edgy and versatile, you can probably find it here.

Support local!

x Sybil

(Images provided by Panayo)

To shop and to support: BLUEPRINT

There are so many events this week we feel like we have to clone ourselves.  We’re going to miss ART HK and Singapore Arts Festival as we are focusing our energy on Asia Fashion Exchange and the highlight for local shoppers will be the BLUEPRINT.

If you are in the trade or a member of the press, BLUEPRINT is open today, showcasing Pre-Spring 2013 womenswear, menswear and accessories collections of asian and international emerging designers.  If you are not in trade but would like to update your wardrobe or support our local talents, BLUEPRINT is open to the public over the weekend.  Discover sample and sales merchandise and limited editions from 150 emerging designer labels and established and up-and-coming brands from around the world, most never before commercially available in Singapore.  There will be music, style workshops and beauty makeovers, ensuring that you stay occupied and entertained for a long time.

Here are two local labels that we like and support:

Local label poss-tilly-ty will be participating in this year’s BLUEPRINT and they are offering a 20% discount for their SS12 collection, as well as other surprises.

Our good friend, Sunny Lim, will also showcase his newly launched label Mils.  The silhouette is clean, contemporary and fresh and in every sense; deconstructed, reinvented and inspired.  For a very long time, we couldn’t find the middle ground for menswear but Mils has finally provided that for men.

Mils’ Cruise 13 collection explores the juxtaposition of translucent fabrics over paneled structures, the futuristic sensibility with performance fabrics and the identity of the modern man. It is Aldous Huxley‘s acclaimed novel, Brave New World that inspired these elements.

Other local brands who are participating are Carrie K, DEPRESSION, episene, evenodd, Ong Shunmugan and many more!

We will be there. Do drop by and show your support if you’re in Singapore!

x Sybil

(Images from possi-tilly-ty and BLUEPRINT)

Carrie K. Artisanal Jewellery

One thing about me is I am a proud Singaporean.  Yes, you may not know much about Singapore, or think that somehow, Singapore is in China, but no.  Singapore may be a little red dot on the atlas, but we are our own independent country.  I am especially proud when I hear about local designers getting exposure around the globe.  One example is Carrie K.

Although it was only launched in July 2009, Carrie K’s label has reached other parts of the world and is currently also stocked at Carter and Bond in London (men’s cufflinks).  She has 6 collections available – Charmed, Liquid Metal, Mint, Leather, Raw and Odyssey and even does customised jewellery.

Here are some of my personal favourites.

Large Silver Bead love to shop Amethyst bracelet (Charmed Collection).  I like that it looks like a rosary.

Convex Ring (Liquid Metal Collection).  Love the curves.

Medici Heart Ring (Mint Collection).  I like the brilliant colours and how fun it looks!

Purple Mangle (Leather Collection).  For gents who want to add a little pizzazz into their outfits.

Labradorite Pebbles Gold Earrings (Raw Collection).  I love labradorite because of its unique colour, especially how the blues, greens and purples mingle.

Silver Spartan Ring (Odyssey Collection).  Love how this ring kind of looks imperfect, with jagged lines and bumpy finishing.

“I started creating jewellery that showed off imperfections because I like the uniqueness flaws bring. I find that featuring imperfections require even more careful, thoughtful craftsmanship in order to make the imperfection a feature that is appreciated.”

How is it that we sometimes forget that nothing is perfect.  It is finding the beauty in the imperfections that makes life so much more interesting.

Anyway, it is the festive season and these would make perfect gifts. (Gift wrapping available!)

Happy shopping!


X Alex

(All images from Carrie K)

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