2015 marks my return to attending Singapore Fashion Week after a three-year hiatus – as whenever the month of May rolled around in the past few years, you’ll often find me heading back to Melbourne to visit my adopted hometown. This year, despite an inflamed sacroiliac joint that has put me out of commission with yoga and strenuous exercise, I was lured by Ong Shunmugam, Dion Lee, Thakoon and Victoria Beckham to attend SGFW. So out of the five-day event, I made it to three days worth of shows, as well as the parties held by H&M and Calvin Klein.
When it comes to fashion week anywhere in the world, aside from what’s coming down the runway, everyone’s pretty much obsessed with who wore what too. So how do I dress for Fashion Week? While most people and celebrities will show up in clothes of the designer whose show they’re attending, I prefer to give myself a theme/persona to outfit myself accordingly. One day you’ll see me vamping it up and the next be quirky beyond words – I just like to keep people guessing. But at the end of the day, I’m always all about statement accessories, and this year, I wore Lucy Folk, Poppy Lissiman, Kirsty Ward and Undercover to complete my look. I also completely forego heels this season and used my bad back as an excuse to live in sneakers, Dr Marts and flatforms throughout the week.
I think out of my four outfits for SGFW, the most talk-about would be the sheer lace dress I wore to the Calvin Klein opening party. I kinda knew people were gonna talk about it – and after a handful of “should I?” discussions with my friends, I decided to just take the plunge, not give a shit and just went for it. The key to nailing this look? Good underwear! I opted for a simple bustier and the good ol’ bustier, finishing the look with a touch of grunge in high-cut DM boots.
Makeup-wise, I didn’t experiment too much and stuck to my visual black eyeliner and strong brows, choosing to change things up instead with my lipstick colours (matte red, hot pink or gradient lips). This is also because now that I’m rocking a few facial piercings, I didn’t want my facial accessories and makeup to look too overpowering and in-your-face – balance after all is key! I’ve also recently discovered the magic of an awesome hair curler (Babyliss Miracurl), and texture has now become my new hair thing, both when I wear my hair up or down.
So yeah, what’s the moral of the story? Wear what you like, just be yourself! Comfort is always the most important thing, because when you feel comfortable, you’ll exude natural confidence and then, the street style photographers will come calling (or should I say snapping?). Stay tuned for my review on my top three fave shows from SGFW 2015.