There is no shortage of Singapore designers, only talented ones. And I am talking about Gin Lee, a Singapore-born Central Saint Martins and Nafa graduate who is based in Israel. Coming into its 8th year, the company that bears her name is slowly but surely gaining more attention here and around the world.
Her initial collection consisting of a few styles has now grown to embrace 2 capsule collections yearly, of mostly minimalist silk pieces, some knits and a few woven lightweight jackets/coats. The styles are not trend-led but keeping to Gin’s aesthetics of having them more timeless, able to fit into any woman’s wardrobe regardless of her age/size. Her designs tend towards a modern silhouette that is “soft, fluid and relaxed”.
Last night, her showing at the Singapore Fashion Week 2017 demonstrated just how ‘must-haves’ her designs are with most women. Even the most hardened fashion whore will appreciate her floaty black silk and sheer chiffon blouse to wear with their Saint Laurent skinny tailored pants, or the blogshop princess who will appreciate the wrapover foam mint dress with the sheer illusion skirt. Fits well, good workmanship, quality materials and most of all, very affordable!
See Gin Lee finale one here on YouTube
See Gin Lee finale two here on YouTube
And what makes her designs the more exciting is when they are being styled and mixed-and-matched by others. Case in point – at the same SFW show, another Singaporean, bag designer Ling Wu, showed her range of covetable bags in python skins, and used Gin’s clothes to match her designs.
Ling’s aesthetics is more urban and contemporary with a hint of utilitarian flair. But somehow, the blend of soft (Gin’s) and hard (Ling’s) works to perfection. By adding the feminine pieces and re-styling them with layering and adding boots, Ling achieved an edgier look. Likewise with her bags, she gave a breath of newness by combining neon climbing ropes and carabiner clips onto them. And by adding smaller shaped bags with larger utility bags, she added a street-cred to her lady-style bag styles.
See Ling Wu finale one here on YouTube
See Ling Wu finale two here on YouTube
All in all, it was a show worth the 2-hour delay. Well done designers, not so well done SFW…