Singapore Fashion Awards 2016

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Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa

It’s time to get excited about one of Singapore’s most anticipated fashion events of the year, Singapore Fashion Awards. Organised by Textile & Fashion Federation (TaFf), Singapore Fashion Awards honours individuals whose contributions have significantly shaped Singapore’s fashion scene.

Presented by department store TANGS,  the awards feature seven categories such as Designer of the Year, Outstanding Achiever of the Year and Top 3 Most Popular Brands of the Year.

The Top 3 Most Popular Brands of the Year is the only category that gives the public an opportunity to vote for their favourite local labels and designers. This prestigious award is given to contemporaries who have exhibited the greatest influence and impact in the market.

The six nominees felt honoured and grateful for the recognition they’ve received. We chat with them to learn more about their brands, latest collections and the muses who inspire them.

Beyond The Vines | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa
Beyond The Vines | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa

BEYOND THE VINES –––

REBECCA TING & DANIEL CHEW
Women’s Fashion
beyondthevines.com

1. What does your latest collection mean to you?
Our latest collection is inspired by the curiosity, simplicity and elegant oddness of Wes Anderson. Featuring playful elements of asymmetrical panels and crisp poplin drapes, our team consistently pushes the simplicity of everyday wear to a contemporary class, while staying grounded in our elementary beliefs.

2. Describe your muse.
Inspiration comes from everywhere – Nature, objects, colours, personalities… you name it. I think there’s always beauty and inspiration even in the littlest of things.

3. What can we look forward to from your brand?
We are very excited that Beyond The Vines will be at TANGS Orchard until the end of November! This latest Shop Installation features our current collection as well as some classics that we brought back specially for our time there.

We also have exciting plans for Christmas at our Shop Installation at Mandarin Gallery Orchard. The BTV Christmas Edit will feature 25 gifts that customers can purchase as gifts.

By Invite Only | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa
By Invite Only | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa

BY INVITE ONLY ––––––

TRIXIE KHONG
Jewellery
byinviteonly.info

1. What does your latest collection mean to you?
I personally love all the stones we’ve selected this quarter. We’ve added new less-common ones like Rhodochrosite and Ruby Zoisite, which has Ruby inclusions in them. We’re also launching more earrings which we haven’t been focusing on in the past year.

2. Describe your muse.
Although I do not usually design my jewellery based on designs that I would personally wear, I think subconsciously, I’ve made myself my muse because I’ve somehow included elements or principles that I personally adhere to.

3. What can we look forward to from your brand?
Better made products, better customer service and better designs.

Collate The Label | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa
Collate The Label | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa

COLLATE THE LABEL ––

Velda Tan | Collate The Label | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa

VELDA TAN
Women’s Fashion
collatethelabel.com

1. What does your latest collection mean to you?
Through COLLATE’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection, we hope to draw focus to the design techniques and fabrications that go into the making of our pieces.

To highlight this point, we released a short clip that documented the design process of one of our key pieces, sketched on an iPad. The idea is to convey the balance of tradition and modernity – having something that is so often crafted on paper to take on a life of its own on the iPad’s screen with fresh malleabilities.

This idea is also predominant in the collection; that is to take a familiar, well-loved design element – pleating – and give it a new spin with unexpected fabrics and placements. The result is one that is both visual and tactile to behold, evoking a fresh, sensorial experience for our audience.

2. Describe your muse.
We are always inspired by women who possess a quiet, unassuming confidence that exudes from within. This usually translates to a bold sense of sophistication, as they feel comfortable being in their own skin, letting their personal style preside their fashion choices, rather than relying on fads and trends.

3. What can we look forward to from your brand?
As we move towards the end of the year, we are working on releasing our Holiday 2016 collection. One can expect a refined, sophisticated mix of palette and striking silhouettes for the new season. We are also working on a couple of projects with great partners.

Eight Slate | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa
Eight Slate | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa

EIGHT SLATE –––––––––

Savina Chai
Women’s Fashion
eightslate.co

1. What does your latest collection mean to you?
Our latest and upcoming collection for F/W 16, October, is quite personal as we have been working on it with the team for the past year. The later half of the year and season’s collections will introduce new cuts, fabrics and colours that we are quite excited to launch.

2. Describe your muse.
Our muse is the modern independent woman of different age groups that look to clothing and fashion to be inspired and empowered.

3. What can we look forward to from your brand?
Eight Slate is more than a brand, we incorporate film, photography and music into our design process and journey to communicate with our customers. We support and collaborate with local photographers, videographers and creatives, all in the name of fashion.

Klarra | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa
Klarra | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa

KLARRA ––––––––––––––

BEATRICE TAN
Women’s Fashion
klarra.com

1. What does your latest collection mean to you?
We hope to showcase an independent individual with a vivid mindset of her own. Unfazed by passing trends and undefined by age, she seeks empowerment within, never compromising on her values. She is a modern woman with style and a quiet confidence, which is a mystery to some and only understood by the discerning.

2. Describe your muse.
Jessica Alba, Blake Lively. Someone who is inspiring, confident, approachable, stylish, and stands by great values – a modern woman who has a good work life balance and plays many roles well.

3. What can we look forward to from your brand?
More modern work wear yet introducing some unique wearable pieces for weekends and occasions.

Love Bonito | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa
Love Bonito | Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 | Travelshopa

LOVE, BONITO ––––––––

VIOLA TAN & RACHEL LIM
Women’s Fashion
lovebonito.com

1. What does your latest collection mean to you?
Love, Bonito aims to take the lead when it comes to designing apparel that empowers women through style. Through our collections, we want to enable our customers to look good and feel good.

2. Describe your muse.
Our designs are inspired by women from all walks of life – women who portray themselves confidently and in elegance.

3. What can we look forward to from your brand?
You can expect upcoming designs for the festive season that blend aesthetics and practicality. We’re also coming up with new designs that feature refreshing cuttings and fits.

The Singapore Fashion Awards will be held at the National Gallery Singapore on 18 November 2016.

To vote for Top 3 Most Popular Brands of the Year simply “like” their photo on Taff’s Facebook page. Voting ends on 11 November 2016 at 11.59pm SGT. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony.

Also check out the exclusive showcase of all finalists at Level 2, TANGS at Tang Plaza from now till 11 November 2016.

LAST UPDATED: November 4, 2016