If you’re not overtly ‘girly’ like I am, but still appreciate a dose of so-called ‘femininity’ in your wardrobe, then I can imagine you’d be a fan of Acne Studio’s collection. Inspired by escaping to the archipelagos, writer August Strindberg’s stormy seascape paintings, folkloric textiles from the National Museum, it’s soft and intricate with apocalyptic accents.
Dries Van Noten
Maybe I’m a pessimist. Maybe I’m just another subject of the industry’s hype cycle. But I never would have thought that my love for Dries Van Noten would last for as long as it has. The Belgian designer always manages to impress season after season, and perhaps that renewed frisson is itself a cause for my adoration, but perhaps it’s also the sheer magnificence of his designs. The edgy extravagance of his Spring/Summer 2020 collection, made together with couture maestro Christian Lacroix, has, to me, a new spirit of rebelliousness, which makes it aspirational as a collection of looks.
Comme des Garçons
On top of the sheer grandeur and impressiveness of the rich, historical brocades and lavish embroideries on this season’s garments, Comme des Garçons is a standout for me for its reference to Virginia Woolf’s Orlando — a literary classic — as part of Rei Kawakubo’s undying effort to transcend the construct of gendered dressing.
It’s always spring and summer in Singapore and even if it does get dreary on certain days, I love this floral suit by N°21 for its effervescent look.
I’m not a parent, nor am I close to being one. But observing the rise and rise of Simon Porte Jacquemus’ and the accompanying feeling of pride and adoration (and let’s be honest, that slight occasional disappointment) is how I imagine a parent must feel in their lifetime. His evolution from La Femme Enfant to Le Coup de Soleil, despite their stark stylistic differences, has always catalysed a sense of wonder and playfulness within me (and many other women, I’m sure). So if a Jacquemus look helps me strut on the street as if I were striding through a lavender field, then yes please.
Last summer, a group of friends attended a birthday party held in a garden at another friend’s family villa in Capalbio, a quaint and quiet town in the idyllic region of Tuscany. It wasn’t easy coming face to face with my FOMO as I lived vicariously through their carousel of Instagram stories, but it wasn’t hard picturing my ideal look for the evening: a white, lace-embroidered dress from Erdem’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Inspired by the multi-episodic life of the photographer and political activist Tina Modotti, Erdem Moralioglu likens each outfit as “a postcard from a part of her life.” A life, for those who are familiar, which was nothing short of romantic and revolutionary.
If, like me, you have the tendency to shop individual pieces that are wildly distinct when put together, then this Ganni look should put that disjunction at ease. Not only am I thankful for Ditte and Nicolaj Reffstrup’s ability to resolve styling a pair of track pants, a cardigan vest and an oversized shirt into a look, they’ve also given me a reason to invest in more of what I love — sans the perplexity.
I’ve never been one to envision a dream wedding or my ideal wedding dress, but MM6 Maison Margiela’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection and its message of friendship, community and togetherness through a string of all-white ensembles has transported my mind to places it’s never been.
Despite working in fashion, my daily routine often involves getting out of bed and getting dressed for the day with as little effort as possible, yet looking smart when I walk out my front door. The Olsen sisters are privy to the insouciant (let’s call it that) customs of people like me, and is precisely my predilection towards anything offered by The Row.
Pockets have got to be the least talked about component of a garment, but fortunately, they’re prized as much as they should be. I’m a fan of anything that keeps my hands free, so naturally, that includes Juun.J’s pocket extravaganza.
It can be difficult to do an all black look without appearing monolithic or one-dimensional. I often turn to Y’s for a silhouette that’s in-between basic and avant-garde, as the line’s adaptations frequently adds dimension through asymmetric constructions and by pairing distinct fabrics.
I’m a creature of habit, so I only ever buy clothing that I’m comfortable with, most of which involves the colour black and an ambiguous silhouette. Naturally, that puts most things by Yohji Yamamoto on my wishlist, like this military-inspired jacket and loose-fitting trousers.
There’s a sense of warmth, comfort and stability — with just the right amount of risk and experimentation — in Lucie and Luke Meier’s garments for Jil Sander to appease my sun in Capricorn and moon in Libra. Achieving stability and adventure can be tricky, but the Meiers do it well. And the fine contrast in shade between the Markel pleated cotton top and its accompanying skirt, the sturdiness of its construction and its criss cross open back are the perfect ingredients to do so.
The danger of being a fangirl is the inability to resist the moment two of your favourites come together in a single space. Jun Takahashi’s collaboration with Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still series. Complements Takahashi’s talent for unearthing the sublime in subject’s that are phantasmal and illusory.
It seems appropriate that sentimentality (particularly towards historical objects and techniques) lies at the heart of Emily Adams Bode’s oeuvre, as my attraction to Bode’s pieces is specifically directed towards its embroidery and the overwhelming beauty of its intricacy. Growing up in a family of devoted craftswomen and craftsmen, I witnessed the painstaking diligence and dedication involved in the process of cross-stitching, embroidery and weaving, and the quiet gratification at the end of it. And as someone who is irrationally fixated over a designer’s ability to construct new silhouettes, I am willing to overlook the basic shapes of the brand’s silhouettes and marvel instead at the little details, like in this pair of trousers pictured above. Contemporary fashion designers who maintain such traditional crafting techniques in their ready-to-wear collections are few and far between (Dries Van Noten being a notable one), so I’m all for Bode’s project to reanimate the craft, once in sunset mode, one stitch at a time.
Yolanda Zobel’s combination of various tones and textures of beige for this Courrèges look speaks to my (irrational) obsession over a monochrome outfit. Not since Sies Marjan have I been this arrested by a runway look.