AFF 2012: What I Wore to Audi Fashion Festival 2012

I haven’t been blogging about what I wore this Audi Fashion Festival 2012. To be honest, I didn’t wear anything particularly exciting. I was busy running about from day till night – and mostly in flats. I decided to share a couple of photos that was captured by Rei Shito of STYLE FROM TOKYO as well as John Tan from StreetPeek. The awesome hosts of Razor TV‘s Who Wore What, Sara Ann K and Rohai also interviewed me on the last day of AFF 2012 for their “Stars love local designers” episode. Tralalalalala, have fun!

Shot by Rei Shito of STYLE FROM TOKYO. This is the first time I am featured in a street style blog *happy tears* My buddy from a prominent online magazine, Chrystal looked fab in pastel colours.

What I Wore: Turquoise peplum top from ZARA, black organza shorts from H&M, tights from House of Holland, sequin flats from Steve Madden and red envelope clutch from Mimco.

Shot by John Tan for Future Fashion Now. It’s the last day of AFF 2012 and I decided to put in a ‘little effort’ and wore my platforms instead of flats (yes, guilty as charged – running about is impossible in heels!).

What I Wore: 1960s vintage top from Granny’s Day Out, digital print leggings from Esther Perbandt, 2.55 bag from Chanel and limited edition Azalea platform from Jeffrey Campbell (exclusively available from Akira).

The bubbly Sara Ann K of Razor TV and dashing diva Rohai of ST Urban interviewed me (as well as celebrity couple Oli Pettigrew and Linda Black) in Episode 13.4 of Who Wore What at the closing show of Audi Fashion Festival 2012, Roland Mouret F/W 2012.

images: STYLE FROM TOKYO & Future Fashion Now

AFF 2012: Closing Show – Roland Mouret Autumn/Winter 2012

It’s the closing show of the Audi Fashion Festival 2012. Roland Mouret brought sculptural glamour to the runway with his Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. The Tent@Orchard may be a little quiet but the enthusiastic crowd waited patiently for the grand finale of AFF 2012. I felt conflicted by the end of the day. One half of me wanted to crash on the bed badly. Another half of me wished the excitement continues. Roland Mouret’s A/W 2012 collection is inspired by Paris’ “big freeze” of 1947 and pastel hues such as lemon, powder blue, ash green and soft grey. The idea of pastel colours for winter is refreshing. His architectural creations are mind-blowing from all angles. I was genuinely in awed by his elegant, fashion-forward collection with origami folds, defined peplum and feminine draping. Till next year, I will remember this year’s awesome AFF.

Watch Episode 18 of Fash-Eccentric TV: The final walk of Roland Mouret A/W 2012 show at AFF 2012.

Beautiful snow leopard-prints.

Signature Drapes.

Of fur and Origami folds.

Soft grey falls this winter.

Singapore model Sheila Sim walked for the last time for AFF 2012 and of course, Roland Mouret himself.

images: Belvedere Vodka Singapore

AFF 2012: Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2012 & Fall/Winter 2012

It was the show that everyone was ‘waiting’ for on Saturday: Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2012 & Fall/Winter 2012 show at the Audi Fashion Festival 2012. The American designer turned up the drama on the runway as models glided down in immaculately designed mermaid gowns and figure-hugging dresses. A couple of models were struggling to keep their balance on the runway but all eyes are peeled on the beautiful creations. The Princess of Malaysia was spotted in a Zac Posen mermaid gown with a train (apparently, a model stepped on her gown during the show!). She was quickly ushered backstage to meet Zac Posen in person together with her entourage. It is not news that Zac Posen is such a celebrity magnet! Zac Posen is looking to expand his business in Asia – which made me wonder, “Who would wear these gowns in hot, humid Singapore?” I guess there are enough tai-tais and princesses to add to his clientele list.

Watch Episode 17 of Fash-Eccentric TV: Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2012 & Fall/Winter 2012.

Zac Posen‘s celebratory Moët & Chandon champagne after the show.

The bloggers managed to get a photo with Zac Posen backstage. Ahh, what a moment!

So, I’ve been wearing my Montblanc stacked rings as well as my Forever and Carrie K ‘knot’ rings to AFF. LIKE?

images: Chris McGrath/Getty Images AsiaPac & Fash-Eccentric

AFF 2012: alldressedup Autumn/Winter 2012

Saturday was a looonnnnggg day for me. I started off the day by shopping at Blueprint Emporium followed by Parco next NEXT and CLEO Runway Search 2012 shows at Tent@Orchard. Of course, the night doesn’t end there. Singaporean label, alldressedup showcased their Autumn/Winter 2012 collection at the Audi Fashion Festival 2012 with their feminine yet quirky silhouettes and delectable fall colours of black, white, teal, taupe, mustard and grey. alldressedup is famed for its wearable, everyday pieces which is the main reason why the label is so successful. I found myself getting restless in my seat and counting down to the next show. I wished alldressedup pumped in a little excitement into the show rather than doing what they do best.

Super stylist, Karen Ng is back in Singapore! She’s wearing Balmain and Christian Louboutin‘s The Isolde in Black from the 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection. HAWT!

Watch Episode 16 of Fash-Eccentric TV: The final walk of alldressedup A/W 2012 collection.

Outerwear. It’s time to keep warm with slim jackets and peacoats.

Prints. It’s all black and white this season.

White. Keep it light this Autumn/Winter 2012.

Shapeless. Voluminous silhouette rule.

Fall Colours. Taupe, Teal and Mustard.

images: Audi Fashion Festival 2012

AFF 2012: CLEO Runway Search 2012

CLEO is probably the first fashion/lifestyle magazine which got me hooked on fashion, makeup and boys. C’mon, which girl in Singapore doesn’t grow up with CLEO magazine? I was happy to receive an invite from CLEO to attend the CLEO Runway Search 2012 show at the Audi Fashion Festival 2012. In fact, my lovely mum was my date to the show. For the first time, I actually scored front row seats! Yay! It was a refreshing change to see non-models walking down the runway with their family and friends cheering them on. They may not be professional models – yet, but I’ve to say they are definitely on the right path. I gasped a few times as a couple of contestants wobbled in their super-high heels – seriously, I would have fell flat on my face. Of course, we were treated to delightful eye candy as the CLEO eligible bachelors strutted down in Levi’s clothing with the gorgeous Carrie Models including Sheila Sim. Congratulations to Siti Nadiah for winning the CLEO Runway Search 2012!

Watch Episode 15 of Fash-Eccentric TV: CLEO Singapore Editor Cheong Kamei announced the winner of CLEO Runway Search 2012.

It was a FULL HOUSE at Tent@Orchard as friends and families came to show their support.

Strike a pose!  Contestant Siti Nadrizah walked with confidence.

Contestant Dawn Bey (also a blogger!) is one of the hardest competitors to beat.

Ooh la la, CLEO eligible bachelors! You know, I’m getting a little too old for this haha.

Hello Sheila Sim, once again! Probably one of the hardest working models in Singapore.

Thank you CLEO for the wonderful front row seat and goodie bag!

images & video: Fash-Eccentric

AFF 2012: Parco next NEXT

Singapore’s fashion incubator project, Parco next NEXT show at Audi Fashion Festival 2012 featured Pauline Lim of PAULINE.NING, who graduated from the programme in April 2012 as well as 20:TWOTHREE, Episene, evenodd, LION EARL, MASH-UP, MILS and QUAINTHOOD. I’ve to admit that I’m not particularly well-informed about the new crop of homegrown talents. Thus, the Parco next NEXT show at AFF2012 is an excellent opportunity for myself to ‘learn’ a little more about these fresh talents. The new intake of Parco next NEXT designers showcased their Spring/Summer 2012 collections with bags from Veira by Tan Wey Ling. Alumnus PAULINE.NING collaborated with Ideas Empire and the Museum Label earlier this year and her collection walked the runway at AFF2012. You can start shopping these labels at PARCO Marina Bay from April 14th.

20:TWOTHREE Spring/Summer 2012.

Episene Spring/Summer 2012.

evenodd Spring/Summer 2012. Nat Ho in the house, yo!

LION EARL Spring/Summer 2012.

MASH-UP Spring/Summer 2012. Probably the most “fun” bunch in the line-up.

MILS Spring/Summer 2012.

PAULINE.NING Spring/Summer 2012. My favourite collection from the show – hands down!

QUAINTHOOD Spring/Summer 2012.

images: PARCO Singapore

AFF 2012: Singapore Designers Showcase feat. DEPRESSION, a.w.o.l and Saturday

I would be lying if I said I’m not exhausted. The past week has been amazing, frantic and tiring. I didn’t make it to the Audi Star Creation showcase as I checking out the designers at Blueprint trade show on Friday, May 18th. I managed to rush to Tent@Orchard for a quick interview with the guys from DEPRESSION (watch my video below for the interview). The inaugural Singapore Designers Showcase is a last-minute addition to the Audi Fashion Festival 2012 schedule featuring a.w.o.l (all walks of life) by Alfie Leong, DEPRESSION by Kenny Lim and Andrew Loh and SATURDAY by Nic Wong and Daniel Loh. Each homegrown label showcased 15 looks from their Fall/Winter 2012 collection and these collections will be launched in the final quarter of the year.

After four years, AFF has continued to support homegrown labels with amazing platforms at Tent@Orchard and Blueprint trade show, like no other platforms available in Singapore. The Singapore Designers Showcase is a positive step forward to greater international exposure for independent Singapore designers. Kudos to the AFF organizers!

Watch Episode 14 of Fash-Eccentric TV. I interviewed the designers of DEPRESSION before the Singapore Designers Showcase.

SATURDAY F/W 2012 by Nic Wong and Daniel Loh opened the show with casual knits and jersey dresses, leggings and scarves (which you can’t exactly wear it in Singapore!). SATURDAY toned down the colours for the F/W 2012 collection with grey, black, blue and bronze hues that will easily appeal to the all. See the full collection on my Facebook Page.

Moving on, DEPRESSION F/W 2012 by Kenny Lim and Andrew Loh explored the dark side of theme of “plastic surgery” as they always have with all things medical. It was a 180 degrees flip from SATURDAY‘s comfortable, wearable pieces. Let’s be honest, you need attitude to pull off DEPRESSION and this is not a label for the masses. From studs to multiple draping, DEPRESSION definitely made a statement and stayed true to their design philosophy. See the full collection on my Facebook Page.

 a.w.o.l (all walks of life) F/W 2012 collection by Alfie Leong wrapped up the showcase with graphic prints, jackets and striking head pieces. I love the gold collared harness worn by Singapore model, Sheila Sim and other bits and pieces. I’m not a fan of the graphic prints – a little too busy for my liking. See the full collection on my Facebook Page.

I bumped into supermodel, Sheila Sim backstage before the Singapore Designers Showcase.

images: Audi Fashion Festival 2012 ; video: Fash-Eccentric

AFF 2012: Future Fashion Now feat. Jonathan Simkhai, Saena and Juma

After my first Future Fashion Now show feat. Timo Weiland, Yeojin Bae and Esther Perbandt, I was SOLD. This is the future of fashion as we closed the gap between the designers and consumers. For the first time, consumers become as they pre-order online via the Future Fashion Now website via their iPads as the models strutted down the runway. I wish I could do that on the spot but the 3G network and Wifi connectivity was not favourable. I’m pretty sure the entire Tent@Orchard was trying to connect! The second Future Fashion Now showcase on Friday, May 18th featured Jonathan Simkhai (New York), Saena (Berlin) and Juma (Toronto). Check out their collection at the Future Fashion Now website and see below for the photos from the Audi Fashion Festival 2012 show.

Jonathan Simkhai Pre-Spring 2013 is a candy-coloured delight with pastels, stripes and uber-cute collars. The Parson graduate kept his collection relaxed and light for the upcoming Spring season. I can’t wait to get my hands on those adorable, candy striped shorts (picture on the right). See the entire collection and order them here.

Saena Pre-Spring 2013 collection is what women want. Soft, flowy chiffon dresses with undefined silhouettes that can suit all body shapes. I’m particularly in love with Look 20 (picture on the left), a goddess-like dress in fresh cherry red with orange undertones. See the entire collection and order them here.

Juma Pre-Spring 2013 is all about digital prints and rich colours. I was at Blueprint yesterday and their scarves were flying off the shelves. Look 16 (picture on the right) is such a gorgeous tie-dyed printed dress with sexy slits – perfect for attending a beach wedding, don’t you think? See the entire collection and order them here.

images: Audi Fashion Festival 2012

AFX 2012: What To Buy At Blueprint Emporium 2012

I finally had a chance to visit Blueprint trade show today to check out what’s worth buying for this weekend’s Blueprint Emporium. I only had three hours and I’ve to say I haven’t had the chance speak to all the designers and visit all the booths! To sum it all up, you can expect at least 10% discount off retail price as well as first dips on the sample pieces for the labels’ latest collection at the Blueprint Emporium. For example, Singapore label, DEPRESSION will be selling off their samples and old stocks for 50% – 70% off retail price! If you are looking for a real bargain, come back again on Sunday as most labels will be slashing prices by then. I do know for a fact that ‘some people’ have already ‘choped’ or booked what they want – and ready to shop first thing on Saturday. Well, if you are as crazy as me – you will be there by 11:00am. Because the best pieces will be gone first! Doors open to the public at 11:00am. See you at Blueprint Emporium and happy shopping!

Do check out Blueprint exclusive pieces from Veritas by Carrie K.

I love this Thai label, Urface which collaborates with Thai artists and uses recyclable materials.

Japanese designer, Yuki Mitsuyasu has some of the most delicate, interesting jewellery that you will love!

These beautiful lace Aijek dresses will be on sale with discounts tomorrow at Nana & Bird booth.

These Emma Ware Re:Cycle collection accessories are made from recycled bicycle tyres. Also at Nana & Bird.

I’m a fan of HK label, Mischa. I’ve already booked my clutch from their Travel Series.

Everyone is raving about Lalalove London digital print t-shirts. From $30-60, it’s a steal!

Interesting rings from Thai label, Pitch.

I had a great chat with the designer of Kiki Culte – you can buy and stack them up like her! Plus, they are all handmade.

I met the guys from Modeco, a Japanese sustainable fashion label which makes bags from recycled shoe soles and wood! These totes are only USD85!

Edge of Ember is a chic HK label which makes accessories mostly from brass with gold plated. All handcrafted by Asian artisans.

Check out this book clutch by Thai label, Rouge Rouge. It’s a little pricey though, in my opinion at USD300+.

Singapore-based bag designer Desti Saint will be selling some of her Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

images: Fash-Eccentric

AFF 2012: RAOUL Fall/Winter 2012

RAOUL is the first Singaporean brand to show at Audi Fashion Festival 2012 and you bet the entire Singapore turned up! Well, I’m exaggerating but you know what I mean. The coveted seats for RAOUL Fall/Winter 2012 filled up within minutes. The seat numbering confused a few guests as tai-tais and local fashionistas scrambled for their seats. Singapore designer Ashley Isham managed to find his seat just seconds before the lights were dimmed. What beautiful chaos!

RAOUL F/W 2012 collection is inspired by iconic 60s style and women such as Mia Farrow, Catherine Deneuve and many more. According to @RAOULfashion on Twitter, the key inspiration for this collection is “Intersection: when one idea or direction meets with another”. The show started with two ‘almost’ identical models walking down the runway in a black and white Margot Piped Dress, a classic 60s style shift dress. We spotted plenty of colour-print blocking dresses, draped dresses, flare skirts, silk shirts, foil leather jackets and of course, my favourite – the orange and black houndstooth coat. The show ended with an elegant, silk Belle beaded gown in white and an orange/black printed gown with bejeweled neckline. Who’s going to wear these two red-carpet worthy creations? Viola Davis? Jennifer Lawrence? Let’s make a bet. See below for my video of the RAOUL F/W 2012 show at AFF this year and exclusive backstage pictures:

Watch Episode 13 of Fash-Eccentric TV: The final walk of RAOUL F/W 2012 show at Audi Fashion Festival 2012.

It was organised chaos backstage before the RAOUL F/W 2012 show.

Models getting ready to dress up in RAOUL F/W 2012 collection after their hair and makeup. Love the top bun!

Last minute touch up on the smokey eyes and nude lips makeup by M.A.C Cosmetics Singapore.

images: & video: Fash-Eccentric

AFF 2012: Future Fashion Now feat. Timo Weiland, Yeojin Bae and Esther Perbandt Pre-Spring 2013

The first show of Day 2 of Audi Fashion Festival 2012: Future Fashion Now showcase featuring Timo Weiland (New York), Yeojin Bae (Australia) and Esther Perbandt (Berlin). So what’s Future Fashion Now? It’s the world’s first live streaming fashion week that allows YOU to pre-order the collection by the designers in real time. Isn’t that cool? Instead of tweeting, “Oh my gosh, I would totally buy this!”… you can ORDER and BUY the collection from your mobile devices. I bet everyone was trying to log on to the site as the 3G network was down during the show! Of course, the preferred payment is by using MasterCard. It is so refreshing to experience these young, emerging designers’ works as they are all distinctively different. I can’t wait to meet them at Blueprint Emporium this weekend to talk about their work and of course, shop their sample pieces! Do check out Future Fashion Now and pre-order their collection now until 19 June 2012.

Rei Shito from Style from Tokyo was spotted outside Tent@Orchard. I love her kawaii-ness!

Esther Perbandt Pre-Spring 2013 collection is fierce, sexy and confident – just like the designer.

Sheila Sim opened the show with Esther Perbandt Pre-Spring 2013. I would totally order this dress.

This Timo Weiland Pre-Spring 2013 skirt is made of raffia and looks delicately gorgeous.

Timo Weiland Pre-Spring 2013 collection is such a delight and wonderfully made.

I love how feminine and wearable YB J’aime by Yeojin Bae collection is.

This final YB J’aime by Yeojin Bae  look resembles the dress I wore last night to AFF. What fascinates me is that she hand-embroidered this dress and it is soooo beautiful.

Watch Episode 12 of Fash-Eccentric TV: The final walk of YB J’aime by Yeojin Bae Pre-Spring 2013 collection.

Yeojin Bae and Timo Weiland (in polka dots, of course) had a good laugh after the show as their music accidentally got swopped during the show! Of course, I didn’t notice the French music for Timo Weiland was a little ‘odd’. Haha, that’s kinda funny.

images: Fash-Eccentric

AFF 2012: Opening Show – MUGLER A/W 2012 + After-Party with The Misshapes

Audi Fashion Festival 2012 has officially started! What’s a fashion festival without the ‘drama’? I arrived at 7:30pm (well, ‘fashionably late’ is not really my style but I had a good reason why I didn’t turn up on time) to a huge fashion mass standing outside Tent@Orchard because Nicola Formichetti was still ‘filming’. You can only imagine the chaos when the doors are open at 8:00pm. Read my lips, chaos. This year, I was issued a media pass but not a seat (which reminded me of last year’s Opening Show experience). I am just glad to watch the show! Plus, my sixth sense told me to wear flats last night (haha). Guests hardly had time to mingle and enjoy their Magnum ice-cream, Nespresso and San Pellegrino as everyone was quickly ushered to their seats. The good PR folks from ICON International Communications kindly offered me a seat which they didn’t really have to. Thank you, guys!

Like Colin McDowell said, “Nothing beats watching a fashion show in real life”. This is the same reason why I keep coming back to AFF year after year.

It was pretty much a full house. Everyone is here to watch MUGLER A/W 2012 show for the first time in Singapore.

Watch Episode 11 of Fash-Eccentric TV. The final walk for MUGLER A/W 2012 and how Formichetti and Piegne forgot to receive their flowers! LOL.

The MUGLER A/W 2012 started with slow, floating models and ended in a blink of an eye.

After one Instagram update and two lousy photos (haha), the show was over in 7 minutes.

After the show, we popped over the Red Dot Museum for the Belvedere Vodka Official Audi Fashion Festival 2012 After Party with MUGLER featuring The Misshapes and Michaelangelo L’Acqua. Let me tell you, the music was awesome! Apparently, three Korean celebrities (Lee Hye Young, Cha Jeong An and Uhm Jung Hwa) popped by and left in a jiffy.

The Misshapes started spinning around midnight and everyone went bananas over Leigh Lezark. Nicola Formichetti turned up about the same time and partied hard with fellow fashion fans and I love how he happily obliged to take photographs with everyone. Such a rock star!

Put on your Belvedere Vodka goggles! Meet my new friends from Fashion TV.

images: Fash-Eccentric