From chic clothes to shoes, accessories, and jewellery, behold our definitive round up of the top Singaporean talents in the fashion scene
Contrary to popular belief, shopping in Singapore isn’t just limited to international designer labels and high street brands in upscale malls. For retail therapy with a distinctly local spin, get clued in on these top homegrown fashion designers that are putting our little red dot on the global map.
Those familiar with the name will know that Ong Shunmugam is, hands down, one of the most original homegrown fashion labels around. Best known for creating modern, wearable interpretations of traditional wear – be it the cheongsam, sari or samfu – designer Priscilla Shunmugam is a true talent with a mission to challenge the way we think about Asia’s sartorial history in modern times.
Ong Shunmugam, To view collections or discuss customisation, visit them at 43 Jalan Merah Saga 01-76 Singapore 278115. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm for walk-ins, 3pm-7pm by appointment only, Saturdays: 12pm to 7pm, Sundays by appointment only.
Clean, modern ensembles with a side of attitude? Oh hell yes. Homegrown label Thyine caters to the well-dressed woman, with a taste for minimalist designs. What we love best about the collections is that they effortlessly set you apart from the crowd, with their flawless tailoring and fashion-forward accents. We’re currently fawning over the sophisticated jumpsuits and versatile cowl neck tops (which totally belong in any capsule wardrobe) for simple, yet elegant silhouettes.
Having grown from a small multi-label boutique to full-fledged fashion brand in just five short years, it’s safe to say that exhibit is a runaway success. Helmed by fashion plate and street style star Yoyo Cao, the local label takes minimalist chic to a whole new level with runway-ready pieces that boast clever detailing and classic silhouettes for the modern woman.
exhibit, The showroom address is Jalan Kilang Barat, Central Link Building,#06-02, Singapore 159351, by appointment only.
In Good Company
For once, a label that bucks the trend, instead of setting it. Designers Kane Tan and Sven Tan (of alldressedup fame)’s strategy is a clever one – forgo the typical seasonal dictates of fashion, and focus instead on creating capsule collections of wardrobe essentials that every woman needs. And indeed, judging by In Good Company’s aesthetic of sophisticated and classic silhouettes, which are tailored to Singapore’s weather, no man, woman or child would be able to resist snagging an IGC creation or two for themselves.
In Good Company, ION Orchard,#B1-06, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, p. 6509 4786. Open daily 1030am-930pm.
Time to sweep all your conventional notions of jewellery out the door; they can be fun, tongue-in-cheek, and (dare we say it) rule-breaking – if these baubles in question bear the name Carrie K. The brainchild of local artisan, Carolyn Kan, this handcrafted jewellery brand is strikingly conceptual with an avant-garde take on rings, bib necklaces, cuff bracelets, and earrings that make them perfectly wearable and covetable pieces for years to come.
Carrie K, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road #02-03, Singapore 188969.
Having made its debut last year at Singapore Fashion Week in 2015 to critical acclaim, COLLATE is already proving itself to be a fashion force to be reckoned with. With social media star Velda Tan at its helm, the label brings affordable luxury to today’s savvy and sophisticated set – think elegant and timeless shift dresses and luxe basics in muted hues with impeccable tailoring that won’t break the bank.
Mention the name Ling Wu and the term ‘arm candy’ immediately comes to mind. The label’s collection of luxe handbags and accessories is absolutely to-die-for – we’re talking cool clutches, stunning satchels, and très chic totes in butter-soft leather and exotic skins. Want understated luxury? This is it.
Ling Wu, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #02-78, Singapore 278115. Also available at Robinsons Orchard, and TANGS Plaza.
ELOHIM by Sabrina Goh
Minimal, conceptual, structural: it’s easy to whittle down ELOHIM by Sabrina Goh to just three little words but make no mistake; it is so much more than that. Drawing inspiration from architectural silhouettes, the local label offers strong, sensuous designs that constantly push the envelope – be it structured slip dresses with asymmetrical hems, boxy overcoats with textural details or the perfect vermillion two-piece inspired by ancient rock formations in China. Read our interview with her here.
Sabrina Goh, 13 Stamford Road, #02-14 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178905, p. 6358 2158.
Dzojchen by designer Chelsea Scott-Blackhall is far from your average cookie-cutter fashion label. Forgoing safe, simple designs in favour of the ideals of duality and paradox, the label deftly creates the perfect balance between femininity and masculinity, hard and soft, striking yet subtle with effortlessly contemporary pieces for the thinking man (and woman).
It’s hard not to notice Aijek: refreshingly and unapologetically feminine, this label is a breath of fresh air amongst the plethora of avant-garde labels in Singapore’s fashion scene. Designer Danelle Woo seems to know exactly what women want: easy, effortless, and elegant pieces that translate from work to the weekend. Besides, who wouldn’t be charmed by sartorial stunners like the lace maxi dress, monochromatic bustier top or a two-piece denim suit?
Aijek, available at TANGS Orchard, Soon Lee, Sarah B, Trixilini, and Nana & Bird.
Monochromatic minimalism reigns supreme at MAX.TAN, the avant-garde eponymous label that no edgy fashionista worth her salt would ever be able to resist. Designer Max Tan pays homage to deconstruction and transformation by playing with volume, quirky cuts, and unexpected silhouettes – and the results? Refreshingly studied designs with the slightest hint of androgyny that are serious but never austere, minimal but never simple.
MAX. TAN, available at Threadbare & Squirrel, Eggthree Erskine Road and East Coast, and Isetan Scotts.
There are plenty of menswear stores around shelling out the same, heritage-inspired threads, but Benjamin Barker is a cut above the rest. Founded locally in 2009, the concept store gets our vote for its unpretentious yet dapper collection of dress shirts, bespoke suits, custom-made leather brogues, and handsome accessories that even the ladies might be tempted by.
Benjamin Barker, various locations. Visit site for details.
True to its name, this unisex ready-to-wear label makes no apologies for its moody and often clinical approach to design – think minimalist cuts in stark, monochromatic colours. But there’s nothing sad about Depression; it’s a favourite amongst edgy fashionistas and celebs such as Adam Lambert and The Black Eyed Peas, and is also stocked internationally in Italy, Egypt and the UK.
Depression, Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, #04-14, Singapore 238858.
Stolen’s debut at Singapore Fashion Week (SGFW) last year enthralled us all. Bucking the tradition of a typical runway show, founder Elyn Wong’s showcase was a performance art spectacle, with models switching between standing stock-still, and sprawling on chairs. The enchanting show was equally matched with breathtaking designs of neutrals and soft draping juxtaposed with architectural pleats. While Elyn’s creations have evolved with new collections, they continue to feature Stolen’s signature sensual exposed backs.
Stolen is available online, and stocked at Nana & Bird, Kapok, Soon Lee, Trixllini and What Women Want.
This unisex label is the second venture by veteran designers Nic Wong and Daniel Loh, following the success of their previous collaboration, Nicolas. Saturday’s approach to design is minimal and pragmatic, but definitely by no means boring. Expect clean cuts, and simple silhouettes with quirky and unexpected touches that embody the carefree spirit of everyone’s favourite day of the week.
Saturday, Tangs At Tang Plaza, Level Two, 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864.