Kheng Hua says: “I always wear Singapore designers on the red carpet”
“I dress casually in my everyday life but clean up well for formal events. To get ready for these, I take a collaborative approach – I have help from my glam squad, which includes labels like Stolen, accessories from theKANG and hair and makeup from Prep and Aiyi of Makeup Entourage. Even when I dress up, though, comfort is a top priority as these events can go on for a long time!
I always wear Singapore designers on the red carpet and the reactions are always amazing. People always comment on how great the outfit looks; it sparks their curiosity about Singapore brands.
The Singapore high-end design scene is becoming more prolific, fertile and invigorated, thanks to talented fashion designers who are challenging themselves to make clothes that not only make people look good, but are also infused with a Singaporean DNA. I won’t be surprised if more Singapore design stars soon become international fashion names.”
This label is best known for its avant-garde take on traditional Asian garments. For instance, designer Priscilla Ong Shunmugam might bring together batik and lace to create a peplum kebaya. You can also expect cheongsam-inspired crop tops in eye-catching prints.
Inspired by architectural elements, Stolen’s designs blur the lines between art and fashion. The label brings together its design hallmark of an exposed back with a neutral colour palette, creating pieces that epitomise understated elegance. “Stolen is a label I wear often on the red carpet,” says Kheng Hua.
This year marks their 10th in the business – no small feat for any fashion label. Its aesthetic leans towards the androgynous, balancing out voluminous silhouettes with precise tailoring and intriguing details.
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From quirky rings to intricate necklaces, pick up beautiful handmade pieces at this Singapore jewellery brand.
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Singaporean couturier Goh Lai Chan’s eponymous line has one-of-a-kind cheongsams with soft and flattering silhouettes.
The mother-and-daughter team behind YeoMama sources handmade batik from around Indonesia, creating maxi dresses, jumpsuits and cheongsams that have become popular among the younger set.
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