Saturday, May 23, 2015

BENJAMIN BARKER FOR SINGAPORE DESIGNER SHOWCASE, PRESENTED BY TAFF at Singapore Fashion Week 2015

Created and designed by Melbourne-based Singaporean, Nelson Yap, the quintessential Benjamin Barker brand marries versatility and style with an emphasis on design, fit, construction and form. This collection presented at Singapore Fashion Week brings together well-crafted and heritage-inspired menswear, which epitomises sartorial elegance with a touch of style and personality. Many well-cut suits were featured along with the clever use of props such as bicycles and umbrellas. The sweet pink blazer featured in this showcase is a good example of how men can carry off sweet pink shades well. By the way, this was the only show featuring only male models at Singapore Fashion Week 2015. The many hot male models strutting down the runway was certainly eye-candy for the ladies in the audience.

With heartfelt thanks to TaF.tc (The Academy of Fashion Professions), I was able to be there in person to witness this awesome live showcase of the stylish menswear collection of the talented Singaporean designer, Nelson Yap, and to share my perspectives with my readers. Thanks Taf.tc for the awesome view from my second row seat which was really great for taking photos!

About TaF.tc:

TaF.tc (The Academy of Fashion Professions) is the training arm of the TaF.f (Textile & Fashion Federation). It’s also the first Continuing Education and Training Centre (CET) for the textile and fashion industry in Singapore, with the vision of becoming the leading capability developer in the global fashion industry. They offer specially designed courses and programmes to prepare fashion students for a creative career in the highly competitive fashion industry, and to help industry professionals develop and specialise. TaF.tc provides intensive training programmes for individuals from various disciplines, preparing them for the following areas of the fashion industry: Merchandising and Marketing, Apparel Design and Product Development, Industrial Engineering, Quality and Production, Footwear Design and Product Development

TaF.tc is located at
Central Plaza #14-06
298 Tiong Bahru Road
Singapore 168730
Tel: (65) 3157 6111
Email: enquiry@taftc.org


Hot model Henrique Fukuoka opened the Benjamin Barker show in an elegant double-breasted blazer

Models strutted down the runway in suits along with their bicycles

Dapper style alongside the bicycle

Like this classy blue suit modelled by Henrique Fukuoka...umbrellas were used as props in this showcase too

Sweet pink blazer nicely paired with beige pants and a hat to reflect the sartorial style

Evidence of how a gentleman can wear blazer with bermudas and yet still look stylish

Final look of Benjamin Barker showcase
   
With the talented designer of Benjamin Barker after his showcase at Singapore Fashion Week

With my leechie idol, Miss Elim Chew, after the Benjamin Barker show

Willy Foo with my leechie idol, Miss Elim Chew

OOTD for Day 4 of Singapore Fashion Week 2015: Carrying Red Valentino leopard prints clutch sling bag and using L'Oreal Professionnel haircare products to maintain my natural curls and Nars foundation for a photo ready look. 

Apologies for looking so tired as I was out the entire day since early morning, busy with Astrology workshops and missed on attending the Harper's Bazaar showcase even though I had tickets to this show.





H&M LOVES SUMMER: THE SINGAPORE FASHION WEEK 2015 OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY FEATURING CELEBRITY DJ GODFREY GAO

Transforming their flagship store at Orchard Building into a fully-fledged tropical paradise, H&M hosted the official Singapore Fashion Week after-party for the very first time. Making his Singapore debut, celebrity DJ "Goddy God" Godfrey Gao appeared on the decks and dished out fresh tracks, at the fashion party of the year.

I only attended 2 shows on this third day of Singapore Fashion Week so that I could be at H&M early to see the one and only Godfrey Gao...but he didn't appear that early...i was happily shopping on the higher floors of the H&M building until some girls were heard screaming at 11+pm...blur me wasn't aware that Godfrey already took the escalators down n i actually missed that...one of the girls was like: "How could you possibly miss someone of 1.93 m tall?" Me being me,"Oh well, I just did" =( So I had to rush down to the first floor of the H&M building where the DJ console was...just as when I reached the first floor, Godfrey Gao had just finished posing by the H&M photowall and was making his way towards the DJ console...n he walked right towards me n obviously I followed him to the DJ console...n tada, I parked myself right in front of him throughout his entire 30 min session...I was standing directly right in front of him at the DJ console...so close that when Godfrey Gao took selfies with the crowd, I was entirely camouflaged by his 1.93 m frame that I was nowhere to be found on his selfies...I had the best spot in the house!!! =D He was only arm's length away from me! I couldn't help but kept looking at him! Honestly, I can't concentrate on anything else when such a good looking man is right in front of me! Pardon my fangirling...well, I don't really do that often...but it's Godfrey Gao...so pls pardon my fangirling...lol...i took more than plenty of candid shots of Godfrey Gao ;p

Thanks H&M for bringing Godfrey Gao in for this fashion party of the year and for the awesome shopping discount! I bought a H&M striped peplum dress in white and navy =)

He was only arm's length away from me! I couldn't help but kept looking at him! Honestly, I can't concentrate on anything else when such a good looking man is right in front of me! Check out Godfrey's bewitching eyes!!

Honestly, I could look into these eyes forever!! He's so good looking that no filter is required for most of these photos!

His so charming smile! <3 p="">

So cute!

 Notice how focused he looked during his DJing?

 So Shuai ;p

Godfrey is good looking from any angle! Took this photo when I happened to be just standing behind him and following him to the DJ console...

Cute candid shot of Godfrey ;p

Me attempting to take selfie with DJ Godfrey

Another selfie attempt...pls pardon my Godfrey-induced messy fringe ;p

Selfie taken by our shuai shuai Godfrey Gao ;p Not only is yours truly vertically-challenged, my arms are too short to reach my silly iphone as well...blur me was trying to help him tap on my iphone but my arms r too short to even reach my iphone...n i didn't realize that there's actually a button on the side of iphone that one could press to take pics...well, cool that I actually picked up this useful tip from our Godfrey Gao! honestly, ever since I set eyes on him backstage at Audi Fashion Festival last year, I've been smitten by him!

Another selfie that Godfrey took =) Godfrey's really made my day and night! I'm sooo starstruck! It's not everyday that I get so up close and personal with such a droolworthy international celebrity! My mum had to spoil my moment by commenting that there are many other people in this photo =.= so i told her to imagine that they r transparent or to mentally photoshop them away =.=




COLLATE THE LABEL PRE-FALL 2015, PRESENTED BY SONY XPERIA at SingaporeFashion Week 2015

This show at Singapore Fashion Week 2015 marked the debut of Singapore’s IT girl, Velda Tan's luxurious yet affordable clothing line, COLLATE THE LABEL. Sony Xperia was the sponsor for this show and the show started off with a Sony Xperia showcase.

Featuring classic female apparel inspired by the latest trends and evergreen silhouettes, COLLATE THE LABEL provides an exceptional fashion edit for today’s savvy and sophisticated set. These modern and classic designs incorporating feminine silhouettes  are presented in classic black and various sweet pastel shades such as soft pink and aquamarine (in some cases together with black). The various feminine looks in this debut collection of Collate The Label include classy work outfits as well as chic party styles. The working executive can take her pick from the various chic looks from this Pre-Fall 2015 collection. Collate The Label is sold online as well as at Tangs. Thanks Tangs for the pair of tickets to this show. Sincere apologies for the relatively blurred images from this show as I was seated in the third row of the section near the area where the models were about to make their turns.

The show started with a Sony Xperia showcase

The model's lanky frame carried off this classy black outfit with the interesting asymmetric neckline really well. Notice the relatively wider legs of the pants?

Love the soft pink shade of this dress


Notice the interesting necklines of many outfits in this collection and this number is no exception. Thought that the sheer layer of this dress adds to the subtle sexiness of this chic black outfit.

A classic black outfit which is great for daily office wear

Like the colour combination of this cropped top

Have always loved the colour combination of black and soft pink! Check out the interesting fold detail on the pretty pink skirt too.

The final look of the debut showcase of Collate The Label

 With Benjamin Kheng of The Sam Willows before Collate The Label show

OOTD for day 3 of Singapore Fashion Week 2015 in a peplum dress that I bought from ASOS, carrying a Red Valentino leopard prints clutch sling bag and wearing Sam Edelman leopard prints heels.

FASHION FUTURES: ONG SHUNMUGAM CRUISE 2016 COLLECTION at Singapore Fashion Week 2015

This show featured the debut of contemporary Singaporean womenswear label Ong Shunmugan's Cruise 2016 collection at Singapore Fashion Week 2015. Designer Priscilla Shunmugam presented her modern rework of familiar influences, traditional textile techniques, colours and silhouettes. This was the first all-Asian show in the history of Singapore Fashion Week. 28 looks were showcased by 17 Asian models recruited from various countries such as China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. The former lawyer's Cruise 2016 collection was inspired by the designer's study of the history of the socio-political evolution during the Japanese Occupation in South-east Asia. There were soooo many gorgeous outfits on showcase!

I have always been intrigued by the designer's clever use of rather contrasting fabrics in a contemporary manner while retaining a certain cultural element to these modern designs. I certainly love the contemporary silhouettes created in various interesting textiles sourced from across South-east Asia and especially those kimono-inspired pieces and obi-belts. Notice how all the models sashayed down the runway in white canvas shoes for this showcase? Ong Shunmugam's designs are so timeless and yet look great with just simple white canvas shoes! And I like the hair done for this show: hair being blown and volumized before being swept to one side. L'Oreal Professionnel is the official sponsor of Singapore Fashion Week 2015. Find the petroleum-green winged-tip Nars eye makeup on the models interesting. Appreciate the relatively relaxed pace of this show which allowed me to capture many photos of the models in their various looks from my second row seat. Thanks Ong Shunmugam for the pair of tickets to this sold-out show. Both my mum and I enjoyed the show very much.

Love the shiny fabric used for this contemporary kimono style dress which gave it a luxe feel

Love the sweet pink top and the interesting mix of colours. Check out the unusual mix of lace details on the skirt!

This sweet pink 2-piece outfit is sweet yet exudes subtle sexiness simultaneously.
  
Interesting folds on the pants coupled with unique prints seen. I'm not a prints person but these prints do appeal to me.

This navy blue number is another one of my favourites from Ong Shunmugam Cruise 2016 Collection: timeless chic. Check out the interesting modern "hyper-extended" collar wrap details and flattering flare sleeves.

Similar design but in a stylish colour contrast.

Like the cute kimono-style outfit on the extreme right, which comes in a blue and white colour combination as well (third from the right).

The final look of Ong Shunmugam Cruse 2016 Collection Showcase at Singapore Fashion Week 2015

L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONNEL HAIR SHOW: LIVE LIKE A STAR at Singapore Fashion Week 2015

Korean Superstar and trend-setter, Yoon Eun Hye, the L’Oreal Professionnel brand spokesperson was here to launch the hottest and most sought-after Vlook of the season. World-class French master, Christophe Gaillet, and Korean media favourite, Cha Hong, also showcased their talents "live" during the show.

I attended all the fashion shows on this second day of Singapore Fashion Week 2015 and I must say that this L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Show was the best show of the day! And this show was also the most well-attended show of the day. There were hardly any empty seats to be seen. Most of the audience were seated eagerly awaiting the start of the show. It started after 11 pm but it was well worth the wait. The show first started with a light display and a musical performance. There was also a song written and performed that played tribute to the hairdressing community that work in the salon, which I thought is really very nice and sincere. Bilingual Pornsak was the host of this hair show and he used both languages effectively in this showcase. Celebrity stylists Miss Cha Hong from Korea and Mr. Christophe Gaillet from France both did live demonstration of their interpretations of the Vlook. The highlight of this hair show was the unveiling of Korean superstar,Yoon Eun Hye's Vlook! This new Vlook gives her a really feminine look, which is really different from her look in "The Coffee Prince". Outfits showcased in this show were from Zenchi Collection. The entire L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Show took about an hour and ended way past midnight but every minute was really enjoyable. Thanks L'Oreal Professionnel for this awesome hair show!

Theme of L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Show at this year's Singapore Fashion Week is: Live Like A Star

L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Show started with a musical perfomance. There was also a song written and performed that was dedicated to the hairdressing community that work in the salon, which I thought is really very nice and sincere.

Love the live hair styling segment of L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Show. Here's Korean Celebrity Stylist, Miss Cha Hong, doing a live demonstration of hair styling on the model. Love the romantic curls and elegant Korean Vlook style that she has created in a relatively short timeframe. 

These are the 2 Vlook created by L'Oreal Professionnel celebrity stylists at the live demonstration. Miss Cha Hong created the Korean Vlook with romantic curls on the left while Mr. Christophe Gaillet from France, created the sleek red-carpet Vlook on the right. Which Vlook do you prefer?
  
At the unveiling of Korean superstar, Yoon Eun Hye's Vlook. She looks so gorgeous in person and this Vlook gives her a really feminine look. From my distance, I could still tell that she was wearing Christian Louboutin heels and this pair of Louboutins heels is really gorgeous!!

At the highly interactive finale of L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Show whereby the audience could go up to each model to have a closer look at the various Vlook created. 

 At the photowall before the L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Show

Enjoying a glass of Belvedere Vodka martini before the start of L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Show. I'm a fan and supporter of L'Oreal Professionnel haircare products and i use these products daily to maintain my natural curls.

DION LEE FALL COLLECTION 2015 at Singapore Fashion Week 2015

Dion Lee is one of the most critically lauded, awarded, and influential fashion innovators to emerge from Australia in recent times. Drawing inspiration from the world of science, nature and the industrial environment, to create concepts that communicate the perspective of a designer responding to his unique surroundings. Dion Lee collection can be found at Inhabit at Mandarin Gallery.

This Dion Lee showcase is one of the shows at the inaugural Singapore Fashion Week that I was able to get many nice photos from my second row seat, thanks to the fantastic lighting and pace of the show. There were 3 main colour themes for this Dion Lee Fall Collection 2015: white. black and emerald green. Honestly, I have never been a fan of white outfits but Dion Lee's classy white designs made me view white in a different light! I usually go for black outfits and his black outfits are gorgeous. My favourite picks from Dion Lee Fall Collection 2015 would be the black pants suit and tube dress. The rich emerald green tones are flattering for the skin. Clever use of slits and fabrics is clearly seen in Dion Lee's Fall Collection 2015. And I love the sleek and elegant hairdos for this showcase. L'Oreal Professionnel is the official hair sponsor for Singapore Fashion Week 2015. Fashion and society darling, Arissa Cheo, is the front row guest of this Dion Lee showcase.


I like how this high-neck long sleeved top is paired with a body-conscious skirt and check out these sexy slits in the white skirt.

 I like the slits in the structured top and interesting intricate details in the skirt.

The sexy slits are found in the pants too.

Rich emerald hues with skin fitting silhouettes seen at Dion Lee Fall collection 2015 showcase

Sexy back details on some of the Dion Lee Fall Collection 2015 showcased

 Love the sexy yet classy black pantsuit seen here

 Another classy Dion Lee number in black

Love this black tube dress with the sexy slit: a chic look exuding subtle sexiness 
  
Final look of the white theme at Dion Lee showcase

Final look of the black theme

Thought the black dress with the thigh-high slit looks great too

Lovely Paige Parker presenting Dion Lee with a bouquet of flowers after his showcase at Singapore Fashion Week 2015

With Paul Foster in the lounge area before the Dion Lee showcase