NEW BRIT BRANDS

Bora Aksu opens his first Sin­ga­pore flag­ship, and on­line la­bel Ja­cob Lee is for rock chicks.

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Bora Aksu

Who he is:

The Lon­don­based Turk­ish de­signer has won four con­sec­u­tive New Gen­er­a­tion awards at Lon­don Fashion Week in his 15-year ca­reer. His fans: Rita Ora, El­lie Gould­ing, Elle Fan­ning, Mar­ion Cotil­lard, Keira Knight­ley and Si­enna Miller. Designers Domenico Dolce and Ste­fano Gab­bana even pur­chased pieces from his 2002 Cen­tral Saint Martins MA grad­u­ate show col­lec­tion to use as inspiration. Queen El­iz­a­beth II also in­vited him to Buck­ing­ham Palace in 2010 for his con­tri­bu­tions to the Bri­tish fashion in­dus­try.

What he’s known for: “I like to call my style ‘demi-cou­ture’, be­cause de­spite mak­ing ready-towear, my DNA lies in hand­craft, lay­er­ing and tex­ture con­trast, muted colours and vol­ume forms, all of which are fab­ri­cated with a sim­i­lar level of care and at­ten­tion as cou­ture,” says Aksu. “It’s romantic, but al­ways with a darker twist. My demi­cou­ture pieces are full of el­e­gance, in­trigue and se­duc­tion.” Where: #B2-107 The Shoppes at Ma­rina Bay Sands, which also show­cases the de­signer’s own con­tem­po­rary art to com­ple­ment the clothes. “You will see il­lus­tra­tions I’ve drawn over the years, defin­ing and cre­at­ing the Bora Aksu girl – fem­i­nine, del­i­cate, grace­ful, dreamy, an in­cur­able romantic.” Price range: $1,960$15,160 for the

S/S ’18 col­lec­tion.

Ja­cob Lee Who’s behind the on­line la­bel:

Designers David Rosen­feld and Olga Schunk founded it last year.

Its DNA: “We are mostly in­spired by mu­sic, rock mu­sic, life around us and on the streets, our own world, and old movies,” say Rosen­feld and Schunk. “We want our styles to give power. When you wear Ja­cob Lee, it should be like a sec­ond skin that gives you con­fi­dence and at­ten­tion wher­ever you go.”

What’s in store:

Nou­veau grunge meets Hedi Sli­mane’s SL – leather biker jack­ets, ripped jeans, slip dresses, and graphic tees and sweaters.

From: w w w. ja­coblee.lon­don Price range:

$230-$3,500.

Bora Aksu’s aris­to­crat­icmeets-boho S/S ’18 col­lec­tion is in­spired by Lady Mihri Mus­fik, who was born in 1886 and be­came Turkey’s first con­tem­po­rary fe­male artist.

Ja­cob Lee’s for­mula for the ur­ban woman: Rock on.

Silk dress, $5,660. Sheer or­ganza jacket with zip and ruf­fled hem, $3,460.

Chif­fon tiered dress with ruf­fles, $5,660.

Silk and cot­ton flow­ers­ketch open-shoul­der top, $3,460.

Silk and cot­ton skirt, $4,460.

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