Cou­ture LOOK­BOOK

Colour, fab­ric and styling trends in 2015.

Singapore Tatler Best of Singapore - - Feature - WORDS STEPHANIE WONG

New York, Paris, Lon­don and Mi­lan – it’s hard to keep up with all those buzz that sur­rounds Fash­ion Week, but you don’t want to be com­mit­ting any fash­ion faux pas when you’re out min­gling with the fash­ion­istas. We’ve sum­marised some of the emerg­ing trends in Spring 2015 to give you a bet­ter idea what’s in vogue next year.

THE COLOUR

Iron­i­cally, the lack of colour seems to be one of the key looks of the sea­son. Headto-toe whites and the clas­sic black and white com­bi­na­tion are both sim­plis­tic yet dy­namic looks, which also lays the per­fect foun­da­tion to play around with tex­tures, pat­terns, and sil­hou­ettes. For a bit more vari­a­tion, sub­sti­tute blacks with blues for another time­less com­bi­na­tion that is not only less stark, but also opens up a broader range of shades to pick from. More­over, look­ing back at the Fash­ion Week run­ways, navy may well be the new black.

Mov­ing along the colour wheel, greens are also gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity with an in­creased in­ter­est in mil­i­tary-inspired pieces and chic sa­fari-inspired looks. Pick out shades like olive, jade and khaki, and com­ple­ment with me­tal­lic but­tons or leafy prints.

THE PAT­TERN

Another clas­sic that is mak­ing a come­back, ging­ham prints has been spot­ted across run­ways in new, mod­ernised in­ter­pre­ta­tions. Slated to be tak­ing over plaids in the spring, ging­hams are ver­sa­tile with a wide range of colours and vary­ing sizes. On its own, the print ex­udes a street­style retro vibe with hints of 1990s grunge. But go small with tiny, rosy-coloured checks for a touch of fem­i­nin­ity, or have it blown up to make bold, con­tem­po­rary pat­terns.

In line with the new­found love of camoin­spired styles, an­i­mal prints are still go­ing strong, since mak­ing it big on the Fall 2014 run­ways. The new sea­son, how­ever, has seen a turn to­wards more ex­otic wildlife. In­stead of the com­mon tiger or ze­bra, think crus­taceans, marine an­i­mals and even creepy crawlers. Also, in­stead of striped pat­terns and leop­ard prints, experiment with more dar­ing de­signs that fea­ture tes­sel­la­tions of the an­i­mal’s face. If you pre­fer flora to fauna, go big on blos­soms for an eye-catch­ing look

THE FAB­RIC

Says Kah Lee Chen, co-de­signer of Heng Nam Nam Bou­tique, “Cou­ture is mov­ing in new di­rec­tions, which are grounded in moder­nity and care­free­ness. You’d see a par­tic­u­lar trend in play­ing with light­ness of fab­rics, specif­i­cally in the in­cor­po­ra­tion of sheer ma­te­ri­als and light­weight leathers.” In­deed, the blend of sexy and coy that de­fines sheers con­tin­ues to be a hot favourite. So it would be wise to stock up on the right un­der­gar­ments to go with these ethe­real dresses, blouses, and skirts.

Although typ­i­cally not a Spring­time sta­ple, suede is def­i­nitely a look that has ex­ploded on the run­ways and is look­ing to stay for the long run. On the look­books, swaths of coloured suede has given the soft­ened leather much more vi­brancy, and also helps to vis­ually cool down the ma­te­rial with the help of pas­tel shades and blue tones. For the trop­i­cal weather in Sin­ga­pore, think smartly in wear­ing suede – look for breezy skirts or com­fort­able dresses with cutouts.

THE STYLE

If the suede craze wasn’t enough of a hint, the style this sea­son is rooted the 1970s. But don’t ex­pect a full-fledged disco-era bell-bot­toms re­nais­sance. In­stead, it’s a sub­tle, ar­guably more re­fined, in­flu­ence. It’s about un­der­stated touches in retro lapel shapes, con­trast­ing colour com­bi­na­tions, denims, and flared pant sil­hou­ettes.

Other styles that have been rep­re­sented on run­ways in­clude sporty themes in the form of preppy polo-style shirts, Asian­in­flu­enced com­fort in the form of slouchy ki­mono-style trench coats, as well as edgy shirt­dresses with drop waists and dou­ble high slits.

THE STYLING

One word: shoul­ders. It has just be­come your sex­i­est and most fash­ion­able as­set. A rein­ven­tion of last year’s off-shoul­der look, one-shoul­der cuts is the new thing. The less-is-more, shoul­der­bar­ing ap­proach is per­fect for date nights, and is –thank­fully – a very easy and com­fort­able style to adopt.

In the ac­ces­sories depart­ment, it’s time to get your­self a medium-sized obi belt. Go­ing in hand with the ki­mono-styled coats, the ver­sa­tile belt of­fers a ca­sual chic that is also a flat­ter­ing, waist-whit­tling ac­com­pa­ni­ment to any out­fit. Com­plete the look with plumes, feather ruffs and dec­o­ra­tive tas­sels, which are also fea­tured on the run­ways.

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