Photo: Instagram / Dzojchen
It’s time to get excited about Singapore’s most anticipated fashion event of the year, the Singapore Fashion Awards. Organised by Textile & Fashion Federation (Taff), Singapore Fashion Awards champions and honours individuals whose contributions have significantly made headway for Singapore’s fashion scene. On Friday (October 6), TTaff made the announcement of the finalists for the 11 fashion awards categories on 6 October and will be making announcements for two additional categories at the award ceremony on 24 November including the inaugural Bespoke Awards. Before the ceremony itself kicks off on Nov 24, we delve into the background and achievements of these top 5 nominees to recognise their efforts in spearheading progress for our island’s fashion industry.
In the running for the prestigious Designer of the Year Award (Fashion) is contemporary label Dzojchen (pronounced Doh-Jen) focuses on immaculate tailoring and often plays with a juxtaposition of sartorial concepts. Redefining the term ‘polished streetwear’ is in the brand’s very DNA itself; demonstrating an edgy and coequal mix of femininity and masculinity. The one-woman powerhouse driving the brand is none other than the phenomenal Chelsea Scott-Blackhall, who is befittingly known for her laid-back androgynous aesthetic. Her creative vision on smart-casual dressing translates into her work itself with an air of simplicity and sophistication; just the kind of tools a modern woman would need to look her best in any given setting. What sets the brand apart from other Singaporean labels is its consistency in creating modish pieces without trying too hard to be different. And yet, Dzojchen manages to bring a fresh, never-before-seen medley of chic, unique pieces that stand out in their own right.
Gnome & Bow
As a nominee of the Designer of the Year Award (Accessories), Gnome & Bow is a Singaporean bespoke bag-making brand that’s on its way to becoming a world advocate in literacy and storytelling. Drawing inspiration from classic tales such as Little Red Riding Hood to slightly more mature themes like “The Da Vinci Code”, the brand develop story elements and imbue them seamlessly into all their handmade bags, wallets, and small leather accessories. Designed to be the perfect companion for the discerning man or woman, Gnome & Bow’s products often carry subtle clever details that reveal a story as you discover it further - liken to the experience of reading a book for the first time. Priding itself on the versatility and exquisiteness of its products, the brand carries functional briefcases and backpacks crafted with meticulous attention to detail.
BEYOND THE VINES
Your minimalist dreams are made of this. This new brand (established in 2015), which is up for the Emerging Designers Award (Fashion), is inspired by the Scandinavian movement, "where beautiful and functional everyday objects are not only affordable to the affluent, but also to all". Beyond The Vines devotes itself to create thoughtful, understated and honest designs for the everyday woman. As it pares down its designs to build the bare essential of a chic capsule wardrobe, the label creates an unparalleled visual aesthetic of bold colours, soft hues, and sleek textures. Beyond The Vine’s reinvents understated elegance with clean lines that are easy to mix-and-match and simple everyday dresses that don’t require too much thought. With its promise of fuss-free dressing and affordable price point (prices range from $59 for a top to $89 for a jacket), it’s no wonder why Beyond The Vines is on the fast track to success.
Cementing its status as the cult favourite amongst fashion aficionados in Singapore since its inception in late 2015, State Property specialises in pared-down, sculptural accessories that marry fine jewellery and abstract jewellery. The designs, which are emblazoned by precious metals (such as 18k gold and platinum 950) and elegant gemstones (like the classic white diamond), are crafted by dedicated artisans and the brand also offers bespoke services upon request. Frolicking in their signature organic forms, State Property offers dainty minimalist jewellery with maximum style appeal.