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Season’s Greetings from Test Shoot Gallery

December 22nd, 2010 Comments off

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It might be a year full of dismal news on environmental issues, political unrest and worldwide misfortunes. It is time to finish it off with a well-deserved Christmas break and anticipate only the very best for the coming year. Test Shoot Gallery would like to wish all our readers and supporters a joyous Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

The Team

Photography / Soon Tong
Fashion Direction / Ashburn Eng
Hair & Make-up / Mav Chang
Model / Nastya S (Upfront Models
Text / Luth Seah Zhiqiang
Outfits By / Mae Pang

Perhaps we all knew, maybe we just playing mute.
Don’t look at me awaiting for any ideas on what to do.
My rays of sparkles set to confuse,
To light up with fun so I can share with you.
Because we are letting ourselves go this festive period,
Set free, carefree and nothing to lose.

Interview with Singapore fashion designer Jr Chan (Cloak&Dagger)

December 18th, 2010 Comments off

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A stroll down the streets of Singapore, what change you notice besides the renewing skyline? Evidently obvious is how much more adventurous the fashion enthusiasts are in their style choices. Layering are embraced and silhouettes are experimented. From the sleek to the draped, from the minimalist to the flamboyant, a whole week with these stylish strangers is anything but boring! Label Cloak & Dagger caters to the stylish gentlemen of our city. Read more on how designer JR Chan illustrates her idea of “collapse of stereotypes”, her design aesthetics, and all things you need to know for the debut collection of Cloak & Dagger in our exclusive interview! By Luth Seah Zhiqiang

 
TSG:  Where does the label’s name come from?
 
Cloak&Dagger takes the image off its sister label, Hide&Seek.

  

  

TSG: Cloak&Dagger hints at mystery or espionage, while Hide&Seek suggest good things well-hidden and tucked away in places that are really difficult to find.

A play on the words of the co-relation of the sister labels.

  

  

TSG:  Can you tell us your starting point and inspirations for your debut collection?

My debut collection pays homage to traditional men’s wear. It is a collection that questions fixed notions of masculinity, giving rise to the idea of a “slip” that adds new possibilities to clothing for men, and provides an alternative line for women. I played with silhouettes that can be worn multiple ways, making it more experimental for women as well.
  

  

TSG:  Cloak&Dagger’s unchanging theme is the “collapse of stereotypes.” We want to offer something different, something that incoporates Asian designs. Who are you making fashion for?

 For the cosmopolitan career woman who wears both international and local designers when they travel.

 

  

TSG:  How would you describe your style to someone who doesn’t know your work?

I like structured and smart tailoring embodied with unconventional and unexpected details.
The label is also known for its Asian cut for men.

 

  

TSG:  How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I place priority on the balance of body proportions and the color scheme.. I simplify as much as possible, and explore the different placements of the details. I aim for a playful yet balanced aesthetic.

 

  

TSG:  Let us talk about silhouettes. You work with a lot of non-Western styles, like voluminous silhouette, cowl-neck shirts and harem pants, which are notoriously difficult to get men into. What’s the thinking behind that?

I am inspired by the streets of Daikanyama in Japan where people put in effort in what they wear and are all distinctively different from one another in their dressing style. I also love the way people dress in Berlin! They don’t overdress but manage to look very smart and chic. The collection’s silhouettes is a fusion of the east and the west. I want to take daily items from a men’s wardrobe and break down their traditional look, meanwhile making sure that they can still be put together in a different way. It is about providing an alternative to individual style.

 

TSG: What inspires you and influences your work?

People. Someone once said that “Fashion is all about lifestyle”. I feel that it is true. The weather, technology, lust, moods, the way we spend time and what the world is dressing for.

 

  

TSG:  What do you most like and dislike about the age we live in?

I like the fact that we are more experimental with fashion, but I have issues with global warming since the weather has gone mad.

  

  

TSG: Your designs won you a sort of local celebrity fanbase that includes Andi Chen Bang Jun, Christopher Lee, Dawn Yeoh, Jun, Jeanette Aw, Joi Chua, JJ Lin Jun Jie, Lawrence Wong, and Nat Ho, how do you feel about it?

I am thankful for their support. They are amazingly nice and humble people. It motivates me to work harder when a celebrity choses to wear a local label over  an international label for events.

  

  

TSG: Besides platforms like Singapore Fashion Festival to create awareness,what kind of support do you feel home grown labels need?

Support from a good mentor who is a veteran in this industry. We need to be humble all the time and learn, not only from our seniors but also from our juniors. When we stop listening, we stop growing.

  

  

TSG: What are your coming plans for Cloak&Dagger?

Cloak&Dagger is ready to expand. We intend to bring the label to more conceptual and retail spaces.
I want to establish the business in Singapore in the coming year before moving overseas.

  

  

  

  

Stockist 

 
 
Blackmarket  19 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199084 Tel:  +65 6296 8512
Hide&Seek       176 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068264 Tel: +65 6222 2825

Interview with Singapore accessories designer Aaron Kao & ViVi Lim (Vice & Vanity)

December 2nd, 2010 Comments off

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Debuting in 2006, Singaporean accessories label Vice & Vanity constantly brings you quirky and whimsical pieces using an eclectic mix of textures, materials and colours that have captured the hearts of women. Aaron Kao & Vivi Lim, founders and designers of the label are two of the most recognisable names in local fashion scene. Here at TSG we find out about the self taught and almost accidental design duo behind this ever-growing brand. Over the years, they have collaborated with fashion labels that include Alldressedup, Baylene and Nicholas. Read and enjoy as the Duo share how they discovered their interest in accessories design, and all things that is VV in our exclusive interview! By Luth Seah Zhiqiang

  

TSG: Share with us the chemistry of working as a duo, and what are your roles behind the teamwork?

We have the advantage of excellent chemistry between us and our ideas compliment each other. We don’t appoint fixed roles as we are both very involved every step of the way, and with this synergy we also keep a look out for each other in the work process.

TSG: How did you two met each other, and share with us how was the formation of Vice & Vanity initiated?

We met through a common friend and became a couple before the label was created. We had our day jobs then and were making accessories for creativity expression and friends. Soon a friend who opened a boutique invited us to design a small collection for sale. It did well and it great from there.

TSG: What do you most like about the age we live in?

Technology

TSG: Could you describe how were the accessories made? What is your production process like?

We started with the colours exploration, followed by a period of sketching and prototype making. Currently we are on the most part self sufficient and the designs are hand made with a certain degree of machined assistance. We like to keep it part artisanal and part guerrilla industrialization.

TSG: The materials and form applied to your accessories seems to be unconventional, are there any ideology behind them? How did you source them out?

Frankly I would say we do not possess conventional skills. We do not start with any idealogy. It generally all came together with exploration of designs.

TSG: Aaron- You were from a fine arts background, what made you switch to accessories design, and why?

I have never switched. It is another medium that I found interesting and accessible to connect with a wider audience. Much more than I can with a painting. On the surface it seems like I have abandoned my roots but I disagree. It is still the same creative expression, and of course I would definitely paint again if I had the time and space!

TSG: What made you both decide to get into fashion? Have you always been interested in it?

Like we mentioned it was all by chances.
We have a love-hate relationship with fashion.
We would like to see our work in the broader sense of design eventually, rather than just being a fashion label. Most importantly we want to maintain the fun element while designing.

TSG: Where does the label’s name come from?

It came from a song and was recommanded by a friend. We thought it was appropriate.

TSG: Besides platforms like Singapore Fashion Festival to create awareness, what kind of support do you feel home grown labels need?

Everyone will have differing opinions on what that support should be. We feel it is most important to have a good product. A good product will generate awareness by itself. Home grown labels have to carve out their own groove to be as self sufficient as they can before expecting any support. Or it will be frustrating when that support fails to deliver any result.

TSG: What is your biggest vice?

We all have our dark secrets……don’t we? Sshhhhhh…

Stockists  

Vice & Vanity Studio 4B Smith Street Singapore 059818 (by appointment only)
Inhabit @ Mandarin Gallery, #02-16, 33A ORCHARD ROAD, Singapore 23897
Nicholas @ Marina Square, #02-323, 6 Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Hide & Seek @ 176 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068624

Link 

http://www.vicevanity.com/

Ectoplasm

November 18th, 2010 Comments off

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Your wrath lashes out and belted at me in its flow,
It is all too familiar but you never hold back.
I writhe in your accusations and take in all the pain,
Embracing it all like it has been my fault.
Permitting the batter as it blankets me,
Allowing the torment to seep out like Ectoplasm.

The Team

Photography / Soon Tong
Fashion Direction / Ashburn Eng
Hair & Make-up / Chris Ruth (Muse b’Art)
Model / Marana B & Jana K (Upfront Models
Text / Luth Seah Zhiqiang
Styling Assistance & Outfits By / Shanna Matthew
Location / Courtesy of Singapore Sports Council

We’re featured in Singapore Contemporary Young Artists

October 2nd, 2010 Comments off

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Special thanks to Clifford Loh from SCYA for the lovely mention.
Please click HERE to read the complete article online.

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