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Singapore Through the Lens: Haw Par Villa
February 23, 2011, 11:01 AM
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We’ve visited many times before, here it is through the lens

Hilarity, Horror and Haw Par…

Singapore’s Titanic?

 

This has to be the coolest, weirdest sculpture park in the world!

http://www.singaporemirror.com.sg/co_hawparvilla.htm

 



The Gathering of the Tribes…

 While the modern term ‘Neo-Tribalism’ may conjure up anarchist images of Tyler-Durden-style urban communes, to designer Daniela Monasterios Tan the phrase describes a personal design aesthetic which takes inspiration from the street and sub cultural fashion.

“The concept was to create a post-modern urban tribe thus ‘Neo-Tribalism’ came about. The idea of post-modernism helps me to synthesize elements to create this tribe by putting things from disparate time-periods into a melting pot to create things that are beyond what we have already.”

The film Desperately Seeking Susan was a design starting point. “I wanted to re-work known street wear garments; classic 5-pocket jeans, t-shirts which I turned to bodysuits, vests and hoods to create this myth of an urban tribe.”

Tan’s graduate collection, patchworks influences circa 1980’s Downtown New York with Northwest Native American art. Tan chose these sources of reference as they possessed strong visual communicators of identity. “I took a lot of inspiration for embellishments from the urban landscape – similar to how Native Americans based their art and life philosophy on their surroundings.”

Tan says that differing viewpoints inspire her design ethos. “I love learning about different cultures and time periods; how people viewed things and to challenge these views or bring to light the things that are often overshadowed. Another thing that inspires me is clichés; the way things are known and I challenge this status quo with humour.”

While Daniela has no immediate plans to start her own label, she is optimistic about the future. “I would love to have my own label but I am still quite realistic, it’s a very difficult path. For now all I want to do is continue learning, there’s still so much to learn! And work for someone whose work I believe in.”

Re-enforcing my vision of the designer as an autonomous and slightly rebellious Urban Tribal Leader, Tan admits her dislike for authority and convention. “The reason why I design street wear is because I want to see as many people in my designs as possible. I do not like hierarchies very much. I just want people to wear my stuff and feel happy and perhaps let the clothes be an extension of who they are. Although there is a lot of styling with my pieces, I would love to see how they mix and match my clothes with things they already own… that’s what my post-modern tribe is about!”

And we feel premature enlightenment.



Sing Style Snapshots

LaSalle students dazzled us with their Graduation Event last week and SingStyle was there snapping away. A few of the attendees and their unique style were captured… more on them and the event to follow!

Dress by Daniela Monasterios Tan

Designer Daniel Loh

Designer Yun Ting



Elohim by Sabrina Goh

Searching deep within the noise made by international names – between Westwood and Pugh – the Audi (formally known as Singapore) Fashion Festival thankfully showcased some of Singapore’s very own inspirational designers at the Blueprint featuring Blackmarket parade. One of the undisputed headliners of the parade was local girl Sabrina Goh with her self described “androgynous, structural and minimal” label Elohim.

Elohim was born out of Sabrina’s first ready-to-wear women’s collection designed in January of this year. Besides designing, Sabrina’s day can include drafting, sewing, merchandising, marketing or meeting with suppliers which means her busy schedule’s not really over until well into the pm.

Control Freak, the title of Sabrina’s newest collection explores the power shifts felt by a person who attempts to control and dictate their environment. The fabrics in the collection work in opposition, matte against shiny, colour against black. Side buckles are incorporated to transform silhouettes, tighten and release volume, join and separate designs. The designer gets her inspiration from a variety of sources; in particular structural objects, geometric shapes and Lego.

Elohim will face many challenges, but Sabrina believes that passion, ongoing resilience and a bit of luck will help her achieve her goals and maintain her labels success. With dreams to showcase Elohim on international platforms such as New York Fashion Week, Sabrina Goh is one designer to keep an eye on. The LaSalle College of the Arts graduate echoes SingStyle’s mantra proclaiming that “singapore’s creative scene is getting more exciting than ever before!”

Elohim can be found perusing the racks of Blackmarket and Hide & Seek or online at www.sabrinagoh.com



Singapore through the lens: Part I
April 13, 2009, 2:01 PM
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Here are some Sing Style snapshots of Singapore…



Origamic Architecture
April 1, 2009, 10:24 AM
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The Eastern art of cutting and folding paper to produce 3-dimensional pop-up cards is referred to by it’s devotees as Origamic Architecture. The enchantment of paper cut outs is that they bring a two dimensional image to life through the seemingly simple action of opening and closing.

 

 

Singapore’s very own origamic architect Gal in Black finds that Japanese design has a big impact on her own work, and cites the master of Origamic Architecture, Masahiro Chatani as someone she would wish to be for a day, if only to “borrow some of his ideas!” Gal in Black finds inspiration in the everyday – “Every day things and craft books inspire me for my designs. I went to Japan recently and the first place I went was Kinokuniya to buy their craft books!”

 

 

 

 

 

Gal in Black has been creating her custom cut-out cards for more than 10 years but only decided to start a small business out of her papery pastime when she chanced upon an online marketplace that sold all things handmade last year. Gal in Black took the pledge “my cards are 100% handmade” and hasn’t looked back.

 

 

 

Adding to the mystery of her craft, Gal in Black’s cut out concepts are carried to life in the late evenings when “the magic of crafting begins.”

 

You can see more Gal in Black goodness at her online shop  http://galinblack.etsy.com

 

 



Get Rejek’d
March 31, 2009, 3:43 PM
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Haqim
Rez
Amalu

 

Three ingredients combine to produce virtuous indie and self defined powerpop band The Rejeks.

 

 

Individually, the members have been creating music since they were knee-high. The three became The Rejeks about a year ago and have since set about mashing their separate styles to create new soundwaves.

 

Guitarist Haqim says he’s not sure how to categorise The Rejeks music. “We don’t really know what type of music we create because it’s a mix of everything. We create music that makes us and people dance and be happy.” While they’re still trying to define their style, the band declares their fondness for an array of pop culture icons from The Police to The Libertines and everything in between. Haqim finds inspiration in the lyrical genius of John Frusciante (better known as guitarist for RHCP), “he’s my hero. He writes good spiritual lyrics and inspired me to pick up the guitar.”

 

 

The Rejeks have found Singapore’s local music scene challenging to crack, in particular getting support via promotion and marketing. Being thick-skinned is an essential asset in the music industry and The Rejeks have had to face playing in front of a less than 20 crowd and receiving negative comments and criticism. Haqim summarises that “it sucks.”

 

While Singapore’s new breed of energetic wunderkinds contribute to the local music scene’s evolution, The Rejeks believe local music relies on ever increasing support to keep growing.

  

 

 

You can catch an energizing Rejek-set this Sunday the 5th April at FAD Studio (73 Bussorah St, Bugis) from 3pm. Tickets are $6 at the door.

 

Next month 1st May – its Mayday at FAD Studio alongside more great local bands PaddlePop, Melfraps, That Square TV, Lovejets, Cracker Jack, The Fifth, The Punchotes, My Writes & Force Vomit. Rejeks are on at 8pm, tickets are $10 at the door.

 

Or you can hear the rejecks via the miasmatic myspace www.myspace.com/therejeks