Bold looks from local designers

UNIQUE: Revasseur, French for "daydreamer", is a home-grown label that offers avant-garde pieces with over-the-top textures and prints. Each piece has a distinctive voice and tells a story, says designer Gilda Su.
Bold looks from local designers

ECLECTIC: Expect to see bold designs like statement collars in Noel Caleb's pieces.
Bold looks from local designers

WHIMSICAL: littleoddforest's clothes and handcrafted goods are inspired by fairy tales.


    Jul 12, 2013

    Bold looks from local designers

    SINGAPOREANS with strong points of view - those are who Fashvacation, a home-grown company that supports fashion entrepreneurs, highlighted at a recent soiree.

    The event, Fashion in a City, saw home-grown and overseas labels showcased at Avalon in Marina Bay Sands.

    My Paper found that the designs from Singapore ranged from the quirky to the structural.

    But all of them were for the woman who wants to show off her personality.

    One local label that impressed was Noel Caleb, which means "Christmas and devotion" in French and Hebrew, respectively.

    Designer Eileen Yap, 38, certainly has an eclectic edge. Her collections have striking themes and colour palettes.

    With pieces in gorgeous hues like cyan and candyfloss-pink, expect to see statement collars, chequered prints and bold designs - all with limited runs.

    On why one should turn to home-grown labels, Ms Yap, who worked in the advertising industry previously, said: "Most would go directly to high-street brands without realising that they're paying prices which are competitive with local designers'."

    She added that buying from more-commercial stores means one would "be buying something which a hundred other girls will eventually own".

    She aims to make women look feminine yet strong, and confident with their apparel.

    Another label of note is Revasseur, which means "daydreamer" in French. Its outfits are whimsical, loud and avant-garde, with fun, over-the-top textures and prints.

    Its founder and designer, Ms Gilda Su, 30, is a fashion graduate student of Parsons New School of Design in New York.

    She said her pieces "have a distinctive voice" and tell a story.

    "If you have personal style, if you like something unique, if you appreciate colours and something quirky, then we have something in our store for you," she said.

    Then, there's Lion Earl, designed by fashion-forward design duo Lionel Low and Hariz Lim, both 25.

    Known for its structured, exaggerated silhouettes, its designs synthesise urban architecture and fashion.

    Mr Low, a La Salle College of the Arts fashion graduate, said the pieces are sharp, strong and defined with sculptural details and sensual, feminine draping.

    "We want women (who wear Lion Earl) to feel feminine with a touch of inner strength, and who are not afraid to experiment with bold colours and cuts," he said.

    If you are a fan of whimsy, then you'll like lifestyle and accessories label littleoddforest.

    Its designer and founder, Ms Lynda Lye, 33, draws inspiration from bizarre fairy tales set in enchanted forests with magical talking creatures.

    The designer loves "oddities, and all things quirky and cute", and her handcrafted bags, clutches and totes have a bold mix of fabrics, colours, prints and motifs.

    She said: "(littleoddforest is) the antithesis of big brands and all things flashy.

    "My wish is to make good-quality and usable goods that are fun, quirky and infused with personality."