Introducing Great Barrier Island Bee Co. Island Flowers

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Sweet, vibrant, fun and fresh.

From our best selling Great Barrier Island Bee Co. comes the Island Flowers bath and body range that’s bursting with new floral spring scents.

Harvested from the coastline of the Great Barrier Island in New Zealand, the Island Flowers range features scents of the island’s unique flowers Manuka, Pohutakawa, Kowhai and Hibiscus.

Scent Notes

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Pohutukawa & Paw Paw

An uplifting scent reminiscent of berries inspired by the red Pohutukawa flowers that can be found along New Zealand’s coastline. The Pohutukawa tree is often dubbed New Zealand’s “Christmas tree” as its deep red flowers typically bloom around Christmas.

Hibiscus & Lime

This scent is inspired by, and uses a particular Hibiscus flower that can only be found on Great Barrier Island. The added lime ingredient adds a kick to zest up the combination.

Kowhai & Vanilla

Inspired by the sweet, honeysuckle scent of the hibiscus flower, this scent combination uses the delicate, long, tube-like yellow Kowhai flowers.

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The Great Barrier Island Bee Co. Island Flowers range is available in Hand & Body Lotion, Bath & Shower Gel, Hand & Body Cream at Sephora, Robinsons, John Little, BHG and select Unity stores islandwide.

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WEARTO’s Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sale

WEARTO.COM Black Fri & Cyber Mon 2013

It’s time to get some Christmas goodies for yourself, your family and your friends! As the holiday shopping season kicks off, WEARTO.COM is excited to hold our annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend sales from the 29th November to the 2nd December 2013.

With WEARTO’s best deals of the year, you can find selected styles at discounts of up to 70%.
Local customers continue to enjoy free shipping and international customers will pay a flat shipping fee of S$60.

WEARTO.COM customers can find curated brands such as Irregular Choice and Poetic Licence shoes from UK, 72smalldive bags and accessories, Sunettes sunglasses from Milan, Envoy Summer Men Shoes from Australia, Those Days rain pumps from Japan, Etiquette Clothiers from New York, Les Floralies paraben free bath and body products from New Zealand and SATURDAY apparel from Singapore.

Here’s a sneak peek on some beautiful discounted shoes:

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One time only. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to get more updates of the sale!

 

Invitation: Every Saturday Can Be A Shoe Party!

Invitation to SLS Reopening

 

We love shoes. We love shopping. We love parties. So we’re having one every Saturday !For our WEARTO.COM friends who have been eyeing their favourite Irregular Choice shoes or 72 Smalldive cardholder, drop by the Surrealist Love Scene showroom at Midview City, to get the full experience of trying shoes, strutting in them and having some fun! Complete with some vinyl playing and comfortable sofas, join us this Saturday for a chill afternoon at SLS. We will be giving away something lovely for the first party-goer!

Time: 12-6pm

Venue:
22 Sin Ming Lane, Midview City
Unit 07-85 Singapore 573969

WITH LOVE FROM ZIGGY

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It’s never too late to say thank you to our dear friend, Lydia from Ziggy, for featuring Irregular Choice’s Georga Rose and Sunettes’ Lennon glasses in April’s issue! XOXO to the Ziggy team. You can find Irregular Choice and Sunettes here.

Remember to check out the issue if you haven’t done so yet, it’s the vinyl issue (one of our favourites!)

 

The Underrated Character from The Great Gatsby

Mrytle Wilson:

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The Great Gatsby is undisputedly THE movie of the week. The Great Gatsby follows the story of the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his passion(or perhaps obsession) with Daisy Buchanan and we have to admit that we were so hooked throughout the show!

Nope, we’re not talking about suave appearances of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire nor was it the sappy love story that got to us, but instead, it was the colourful characters of the women who inspired us. With their loud and proud personalities, whether rich, fancy or poor, each made and captured the iconic fashion flavours of the 20s.

According to Catherine Martine, costume director of The Great Gatsby, fashion documented the 20s in perfect tunes with all the jazz and glamour. The Great Gatsby set out to be a reinterpretation of the era in a modern context (fashion telegraph), one in which the producers achieved successfully.

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While the iconic chandelier dress by Prada was the highlight of all fashion enthusiasts, we still have our eyes settled on Mrytle Wilson’s style and personality.

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Catherine Martin has done a great job in injecting the character’s personality into what they are wearing. Notice how the 20s era was all about flapper dresses and dropped waist silhouette? Mrytle Wilson was none of that! Bodycon dresses in a lava red colour scheme was the complementary look to her fiery red hair and personality.

While Daisy, as her name suggests, was wearing all things sweet, beautiful and pretty, Mrytle Wilson marched her own parade with her daring attitude and style without a care for the world. Recalling Mrytle’s tragic life story (and how it ended), we feel the need to give this woman a credit for her ‘against all odds’ flair and style.

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Trend Spotting from WGSN: Spring/Summer 2014 Must-Haves

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SLS at the trend forecast seminar for the 2014 spring/summer trends presented by Lornie Hall from WGSN

When WGSN held a seminar on the next 2014 spring/summer trend forecast, we had to be there to share the word. Known as the worldwide leader in fashion forecasts, WGSN has summoned Lornie Hall to give us the exclusive preview on what will we be expecting to see in our retail stores (or wardrobe!). Spread the word, and start sourcing for these upcoming trends in accessories!

Here we go:

#1: ACID NEON HEELS

 

You’ve seen it from the past season and yes, you got it right! Acid neon in clothes, necklaces, bags and especially shoes will be seen filling up the stores for the next spring summer collection. This time, the play of neon puts more focus on the heels. The more shock you can put on the heels, the better.

#2: TOWERING STRAPPED HEELS

Opt for a towering strapped heel. Alexander Wang has done it and it is bound to be the next big thing you will spot on retail market and street.

#3: ‘SEAWEED’ & ‘MINTY’ GREEN for CLUTCHES & HANDBAGS

This spring summer has its festive eye on greens. As trends evolve, the next spring summer will be presenting a range of blue-green color choices that we happily call, “seaweed green”. With a play of different tones, seaweed green will be an easy choice for the perfect handbag to suit the morning to afternoon agenda.

Talking about handbags, it is also time to drop the sling and clutch them up! You might have seen clutches parading the past seasons’ runways. The next season of spring summer is THE time to have your clutch on. While Celine took a leap forward with an irregular clutch (or Arm bag?)  that might look too avant garde for an everyday look, we suggest a petite luminous pastel handbags for a Parisian chic look, or a document sized clutch to fit all your smart gadgets in.

#4: COMICAL TOUCH

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Don’t forget what F stands for in Fashion: FUN! More and more independent jewelery designers have been receiving media and international attention within the past years. From experimental pieces like Yazbukey’s huge pop art piece of Karl Lagerfeld’s face to Meadham Kirchoff’s floral tiara, nothing makes the perfect fashion statement more than an imaginative play of accessories. (P.S: Even our beloved Lanvin has a good sense of humour through their ‘help’ crystal pendant featured in last season’s collection)

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Once you are on board with these trends, getting a few key pieces will be sufficient for the season! We hope you enjoyed what we share for today. Looking forward to share some more trends!

Love,
SLS

Photo Credits:

1) WGSN.tumblr.com
2) 72 Smalldive Slowboat Gabry: http://www.wearto.com/bags/tote-bags/sb-gabry-gg-forest.html
3) 72 Smalldive Portfolio Case Forest Green: http://www.wearto.com/accessories/technology.html

Favourite Finalists of Audi Star Creations 2013

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Finalists of Audi Star Creations explored new perspectives of Asian fashion scene through their ‘InspirAsian’ themed collections.  

Currently in it’s fourth year running, the Audi Star Creation has been successful in paving ways for budding Asian talents to step on the international platform. This year we were treated to a visual feast once again with the theme of “InspirAsians”.  Aspiring and promising fashion designers from all around Asia took inspiration from their oriental backgrounds to produce fashion collections in creative and intriguing directions. Here is a recap of our favourite finalists.

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Vu Ta Linh –  took his main inspiration by a Vietnamnese heritage icon, the Ruong Bac Thang rice terraces in Sapa. Intrigued by the curves and the simplicity forms of the scenery, his collection was a reflection of subtle elegance and sophistication. Taking a closer look to the inticrate details of quilting, stitching and weaving within his collection, one may find resemblance to picturesque lands and complex agricultural practice.

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Kentaro Fujiki– Growing up in one of the Asian tiger nations has inspired Kentaro to embody energetic and emotionally charged spirits within his menswear collection. His menswear collection, featuring dynamic cuts and bold colors has resulted in a collection infused with Tokyo’s avant garde style. We love the unusual headgear styling that made an appearance during the runway!

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Jean Teoh –  Her love for the art and theatre has pushed this Malaysian designer in approaching the theme of ‘InspirAsian’ rather differently. Taking her inspiration based on sound vibration she encountered in her life, her goal for the collection is to translate both of desirable and undesirable vibration into a visual buffet of fabric manipulation. Pleating, layering, knitting and embroidery technique that were used in the collection have made a significant learning point; the potential beauty of the unseen things.

 We are very  pleased to have seen the winners of 2012 Audi star creation (Roderic Wong(China), Ko Young Ji (South Korea) and Soravit Kaewkamon (Thailand) at the Blueprint Tradeshow event. We are expecting to see more of fresh collections coming from this year’s winner of Audi Star Creation!

AFF: Ong Shunmugam Spring Summer 2013

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By defying the fundamental rule of fashion regarding the changes in trend, Ong Shunmugam’s collection was the brand that stood out for us at the AFF scene. Using the traditional asian heritage as a source of her inspiration, her recent collection showed us how carefully crafted designs can be made beautifully.

For this spring summer, Priscilla Shunmugam, designer of Ong shunmugam  label dedicated her collection to old buildings in Singapore which have survived through the test of time. Celebrating her local heritage, the structured and tailored silhouette in her newest collection titled ‘Whenever I Fall at your Feet’ represents Shunmugam’s signature style of sartorial construction instead of fast fashion; a dedicated craftsmanship to translate Singapore’s architectural heritage as a form of fashion.

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Supported by the National Heritage Board, Shunmugam’s traditional textile choices represent the Asian cultural influence she took as a reference within this collection. The Thai songket brocade, Indonesian batik, and other authentic fabrics that was beautifully crafted with one of the Shumugam’s recurring technique of ‘prints on prints’. This trait proved to become this collection’s game changer in traditional Asian fabric.

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The direction of this season’s design deviates slightly from what Shunmugam’s usually has to offer. Known for her focus on reworking cheongsam and immaculate symmetrical fitted silhouette, this season’s silhouette explored more to asymmetrical cut detailing as well as angular edges that was executed in a refined finish. While this season’s collection might have steered away from the usual rework of cheongsam, it is still an embrace of Asian fashion heritage as a form of new work wears and evening wears in a more modern context.

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Nothing stops Shunmugam’s dedication in celebrating Asian women’s legacy and cultural heritage, even when she has to translate her idea to the runway. Shunmugam is starting an initiative within her new shop to honour Asian women’s fashion. She will be constructing a wall of framed images showing how women from various eras were fast to conquer fashion that was ahead of their time.

Images of any orientation, old condition or vintage color treatment will be accepted. It’s time to dig up some old treasures that you can actually make use for!  info@ongshunmugam.com or post it to 16 Raffles Quay b1-36 Hong Leong Building Singapore 04581 by 30th May 2013.

Ong Shunmugam Autumn-Winter 2013 at Audi Fashion Festival 2013

PHOTOS: WESLEY KOW