Vintage shopping: Nostalgia Queen Vintage

Nostalgia Queen Vintage

I chanced upon Nostalgia Queen Vintage last month on its third day of business and it is a real treat to have a vintage shop near my workplace.  The place is nicely done up with retro fittings and I feel right at home.

Tucked away in a nondescript corner of Sunshine Plaza, it’s the sort of vintage shop worth visiting on a regular basis.  The range is wide, stocks are updated regularly and prices are reasonable. Originally a by-appointment-only showroom at 92 Sophia Rd, Nostalgia Queen Vintage moved to Sunshine Plaza a month ago. Clearly, there is demand for vintage clothing and accessories. My favourite being vintage jewellery (no surprises there), you’ll probably see me there often because they have a wide selection!

Nostalgia Queen Vintage

Nostalgia Queen Vintage

Nostalgia Queen Vintage

Visit Nostalgia Queen Vintage at #01-75 Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen St. It is open 11am to 9pm daily, except Tuesday (closed) and Wednesday (half-day 4pm to 9pm).  Like its Facebook page for regular updates!

x Sybil

(Images provided by Nostalgia Queen Vintage)

BLUEPRINT – See you there this weekend!

BLUEPRINT 2012 Emporium Campaign Image

Keep this weekend free because it’s BLUEPRINT and specifically BLUEPRINT Emporium to the public. BLUEPRINT gathers more than 180 emerging and established fashion labels in one venue for 4 days, out of which 2 days make up Blueprint Emporium where we can shop local and overseas emerging fashion labels, many of which are showing for the first time in Singapore.

Into its fourth edition this year, BLUEPRINT Tradeshow and Emporium will take place from 16 to 19 May at Fashion by the Bay at The Pit Building. Expect womenswear, menswear and accessory brands from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, United States of America, United Kingdom and Vietnam. Singapore is also slated to host this year’s Asia Fashion Federation Conference, and six representing designers who are prominent names in their own countries will present their ready-to-wear collections at BLUEPRINT. The labels are Kaal E. Suktae (Korea), Christian Dada (Japan), Dieu Ahn (Vietnam), ISSUE (Thailand), Zou You (China) and Ong Shunmugam (Singapore).

We can’t wait!  See you there this weekend!

x Sybil

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)

Asia Fashion Summit starts tomorrow!

Over the next three days, Alex and I will be attending the Asia Fashion Summit.  The Asia Fashion Exchange has become a major event on our calendars every year and one of the four pillar events is the Asia Fashion Summit, a premier conference that will provide insights on fashion topics for industry professionals.  The remaining three pillar events are Blueprint, a trade show that connects emerging designers and international buyers; Audi Fashion Festival Singapore, a showcase of collections and dazzling runway shows by international established and emerging labels; and Star Creation, a regional fashion design competition to support budding fashion talents.  The Asia Fashion Exchange is a joint initiative by the Textile and Fashion Federation of Singapore, Mercury Marketing and Communications and government agencies, International Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board and SPRING Singapore.

This year, an exciting line-up of speakers are travelling here to speak on industry trends and best practices at the Asia Fashion Summit.  They include Christopher Burch, entrepreneur and co-founder of American fashion brand Tory Burch and CEO of C.Wonder; Ravi Thakran, Group President of South Asia, South East Asia and West Asia for French luxury giant LVMH; Daniel Saynt, Chief Marketing Consultant, Rebecca Minkoff; Andrea Bonardi, Asia Pacific Managing Director of Italian lingerie brand La Perla; trend analyst Angelia Teo of WGSN; Sarah Curran, CEO of and Nobuyuki-Ota, Executive Managing Director of Japanese department store Matsuya.

In its third year, Asia Fashion Summit will be held at Singapore’s Raffles City Convention Centre from 15 to 17 May 2012.  The event is themed Engaging the Asian Fashion Consumer and will focus on lifestyle retailing, digital media and technology – areas that give the industry a strategic edge in the business.

Say hello if you see us there tomorrow!

X Sybil

(Image from Asia Fashion Summit)

Fashion Events Calendar- Singapore 2012

Just to let our international readers know, this is a Fashion Calendar for Singapore.

I know it’s kind of late since it’s already March, which means almost one-quarter of the year has gone by. But the saying goes, ‘better late than never’. So here goes the events on the fashion calendar in Singapore this year:

16th March – 29th April 2012
Fashion steps out
Orchard Road

12 Mar – 1 Apr 2012
In front of Mandarin Gallery

To get FSO2012 off to a blazing start and bring the buzz out onto the streets, dazzling, larger-than-life 3D fashion and light installations produced by fashion designing students will be exhibited along Orchard Road.

16 Mar 2012
TANGS Orchard

Recapture the charming lifestyle of the 1950s this Spring with a spectacular fashionshowcase featuring CHALK, FRED PERRY, MARTINA PINK, NÖEL CALEB, N TYLER & STUDIOTANGS.

17 Mar 2012
Orchard Road

Opening Night of FSO 2012. The latest Spring / Summer collections from participating brands Vivienne Westwood, Dsquared2, Dip Drops, Rosebullet, iCB, J.Press, Robinsons, Marks & Spencer, Just Cavalli, Paul & Joe and Maria Grachvogel on Orchard road.

This event is open to public viewing. VIP seating area is by invite only.

23rd – 25th March 2012
Fashion Bazaar
Mandarin Gallery

Topshop Print Shop, Ms Selfridge Candy Store, Diva Garden, Laline-to-go Pop-up Store, What Women Want Styling Shop, M.A.D. Chocolates & Jewelry Store and Jones the Grocer Coffee Place.

The Bazaar is open to public at the following opening hours:
23 March – 6pm to 9pm
24 & 25 March – 11am to 9pm

31st March – 22nd April 2012
A Colourful Affair
Orchard Central

‘Expect four vibrant weekends of runway shows at Orchard Central featuring global brands such as Ashley Isham, Desigual and Levi’s®, as well as local designers Blackmarket No. 2, SABRINAGOH, The Reckless Shop, Abyzz by Desmond Yang and many more! 2 shows per weekend at 3pm and 7pm. ‘

18th April – 22nd April 2012
Men’s fashion week
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

22 Mar 2012
VIP Fashion Night #2: Men’s Fashion Week 2012 Preview
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
6pm – 11pm

For one night only, shoppers get to enjoy up to 70% off selected items at participating retailers and 50% off all hair and beauty services at Action Hair Boutique, urbanhair and Salon 360°. Fashions shows a The Shoppes, showcasing the latest collections, free champagne, live jazz band and in-store styling sessions at boutiques such Juicy Couture.

Audi Fashion Festival

17th-18th May 2012
Blueprint Tradeshow

19th-20th May 2012
Blueprint Emporium

15th – 17th May 2012
Raffles City Convention Centre

A premier business conference that creates knowledge, provides insights and shares expert views on fashion topics that are important to fashion industry professionals in Asia. Themed Engaging the Asian Fashion Consumer, the 2012 summit will feature more than 30 speakers and panellists.

14th May 2012
Asia Fashion Exchang’s Tent at Orchard 

An Asia-wide fashion design competition that promotes and develops emerging Asian fashion talents. This year saw a record number of 255 entries from 13 countries.

Last year’s winners capsule collections will also be showcased to international and local buyers at the Asia Fashion Exchange’s tradeshow platform, BLUEPRINT, on May 17 and 18.

That’s all for now.

Will update when there’s more information available!

X Alex

(Images & information from orchard road, senatus, blueprint & asiafashionexchange)

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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