Hair obsession: Sarah Ama Duah

It’s been a while since I wrote but I wanted to share this new discovery.

If you have been following this blog for a while, you may notice a few recurring themes that fascinates me and one of them is my obsession with hair. Not hair styles but the use of hair in innovative ways and it seems Sarah Ama Duah has that same obsession.

A womenswear designer based in Hamburg, she uses artificial hair to create pieces of garments that move and sway just as hair does when you’re walking.
Now, let’s allow the images to do all the talking:

The pieces come in bright vibrant colours too; a plus point considering the impression people usually have of hair.

Will be keeping my eyes on her future pieces!


X Alex

(Images from O-Ama & O-Ama FB)

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)

SchulzWorks: Fun and playful


The name of the Taiwanese fashion label, SchulzWorks, and its characteristic hand gesture are inspired by a German drinking game. Similarly, the brand of SchulzWorks is relaxed, light-hearted and playful. As explained by the designers, “SchulzWorks is for people who don’t take themselves too seriously, who like the easy-going feel, life’s quirks, and a dash of colour.” Founded in 2011, a designer team is under the label and they were named New Designers of the Year 2012 by Elle Magazine, Taiwan.

The label’s trademark is their prints which are hand drawn by their designer before being made into fabric. According to the designers, the quirky drawings and patterns are inspired by the wonderfully weird and silly things that life presents us.




The designers were in town to present their collection at BLUEPRINT last month.


A sneak peek to their SS2014 collection:

2014ss 2014ss

Hope they’ll be stocked in Singapore soon!

x Sybil

(Images provided by SchulzWorks)

J KOO: Take your pick



J KOO, launched in the UK in 2010, is founded by designers Jinwoo Choi and Yeonjoo Koo. According to the designers, the label is “a blend of simplicity with an alternative take on luxury and femininity, which creates an immediate recognizable modern aesthetic”. From my point of view, the look is young, modern and quite international while retaining that uniqlely Korean aesthetics.

Though a young label, the designers have participated in the 2012 F/W Seoul Fashion Week (Generation Next) and 2013 S/S Seoul Fashion Week (Generation Next) and looks set to continue reaching out to the rest of the world. They are already stocked in Korea, Hong Kong and New York.




I was impressed by the range of selection available. There were more than 20 looks from the A/W2013 collection and while varied, the collection proves to be very accessible. I especially like the quirky and loose dresses.

Hope to see them in more parts of Asia soon!

x Sybil

(Images provided by J KOO)

WOLF. by Sofie Claes

Another label I came across in Berlin is WOLF. by Sofie Claes.  Described as “minimalistic, timeless designs and quality craftsmanship”, the intended look exemplifies a strong appearance and down-to-earth style with attention to detailing.  Deconstruction and reconstruction is a consistent thread in Wolf’s pieces.  Made in Belgium, the garments contribute to the sustainability and traditions of Belgian fashion.  Each piece has a hand stamped label with an identification number; hence every piece is a unique work of art.

The designer, Sofie Claes, is based in Antwerp where she runs her own atelier.  She was identified by Antwerp Management School as one of the next generation of Flemish designers to watch out for.  She showed her Autumn/Winter 2011 and Spring/Summer 2012 collections at Paris Fashion Week and was featured in a study of the Belgian fashion industry.

Her Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 collection has just the right number of structured and drape pieces.  The aesthetic is edgy and minimal and there is a no fuss bad ass girl quality to the label.  The collection is inspired by suprematism, an art movement focused on basic geometric forms such as circles, squares, lines, and rectangles, painted in a limited range of colours.  Founded in Russia in 1915, suprematism refers to an art based upon “the supremacy of pure artistic feeling” rather than on visual depiction of objects.

I don’t know if you are inspired but I certainly am.

x Sybil

(Images from WOLF.)

Berlin fashion: BAGAZ

It’s time to introduce Berlin designers.  They’re not easy to find but thanks to concept shops like KONZEPT86, emerging fashion designers have a platform to showcase their collections.

From my recent visit, I discovered several Berlin labels and one of them is BAGAZ.  A young label, BAGAZ is founded by Yuliya Gröling and Veronika Filonova in 2011.  Yuliya studied art history and Veronika studied architecture, giving them a unique perception on fashion.  According to the two designers, BAGAZ is a symbiosis of Grunge and modern architecture, made for women who want to emphasise their individuality.  The intended look is fierce and powerful, in monochrome cotton, silk and woolen fabrics.  Winter is typically dark in Europe and in Berlin, you get a real sense of how the Germans mix layers of different fabrics in various dark hues for that cool winter chic look.

Titled Invention of Grey Reality, below are selected looks from BAGAZ’s Autumn Winter 2012 collection.





It’s no wonder the only way to look good in so many layers is to go with dark colours.  The pieces are simple, minimal and structured, which makes layering for the winter effortless.


x Sybil

(Images from BAGAZ)


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