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NewsFASH: What You’ll Be Wearing this Fall – Denise Li

This list is making us want to hit the shops, STAT. By Denise Li

Do Fall collections bring to mind long sleeves, drab colours, and cuts that are just waaaay too warm for Singapore weather? We’re pleased to inform you that it doesn’t have to be so. H&M’s collection runs the gamut: From fun, feminine maxi dresses, to menswear-inspired pieces, and even … a fire-engine red PVC trousers (if that’s your thing). If you like asymmetrical hemlines and unusual silhouettes, you can’t go wrong at Whole9Yards. Don’t want to add to your bulging closet? Update your look with a few statement accessories or shoes from On Pedder. Just because summer’s come and gone doesn’t mean you can’t continue having fun with fashion!

Shift dress, H&M

Shift dress, H&M

The humble shift dress is elevated by some sparkle.

Top, H&M

Top, H&M

With sheer pieces like these, layering doesn’t have to be a warm and uncomfortable affair.

Jumpsuit, H&M

Jumpsuit, H&M

Just in time for the Singapore Grand Prix, perhaps? Pair with fun heels for a playful touch.

Dresses, Whole9Yards

Dresses, Whole9Yards

Safe enough for work, yet the unusual draping and hemlines will make you stand out from the crowd. Whole9Yards is at #01-05 Wisma Atria, #02-06 Orchard Gateway, and Level 3 Robinsons Orchard.

Bag, Coach

Bag, Coach

We don’t know about you, but we think the bucket bag should be one of your “must-have” bags. Slouchy and roomy, it’s perfect for the weekend. For a full listing of Coach outlets in Singapore, click here.

Clutch, REDValentino Disney

Clutch, REDValentino Disney

A snatch-proof clutch: Such a simple, yet ingenious idea. For a full listing of REDValentino outlets, click here.

Heels, Charlotte Olympia (available at On Pedder)

Heels, Charlotte Olympia (available at On Pedder)

Only Charlotte Olympia will think of adding embellised sky-high heels to the humble boat shoe … and somehow make it look amazing. On Pedder is at #02-12P/Q Takashimaya S.C.

Clutch, LINGWU

Clutch, LINGWU

Satchel, LINGWU

Satchel, LINGWU

If there was ever a local talent worthy of our support, it has to be bag designer Lingwu. We’re in love with her luxurious, one-of-a-kind pieces. Her Fall/Winter 2014 collection will be available from September 2014 at Isetan Scotts, TANGS Orchard, and Front Row.

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys training in MMA, and doing conditioning workouts. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets and Instagram @smackeral83.

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The Material World Accessories Edit, May Issue – Denise Li

Bags! Sunnies! Shoes! By the truckful! I wasn’t planning on doing another fashion-related post so soon, but having seen previews of these beautiful pieces in the past few days, I just couldn’t wait to share them with you.

I maintain that accessories are still the best way to (not-so-literally) wear your personality on your sleeve; a bright bag instantly elevates a conservative work wardrobe, while an outrageous pair of sunnies will make passersby do a double take when they walk by you on the street.

These spring/summer, pre-fall pieces all have one thing in common: They are timeless shapes given super modern updates, like Prada’s bejewelled cat-eye sunglasses in colours of the rainbow, and Victoria Beckham’s doctor bag encased in tweed (her collection will be available at On Pedder stores locally, hurrah!).

When it comes to accessories this season, here’s what you need to keep in mind:

1. Small bags are the way to go

Most women already own a large-ish bag that functions as an everyday day they bring to work, but small bags have their advantages as well. If you’re a compulsive hoarder like I am, small bags will get you into the habit of regularly clearing it of receipts and other miscellaneous items that accumulate all too quickly. You’ll also be surprised at how little you need to survive on a day-to-day basis when you’re carrying a small bag. (Note to self: I really don’t need to carry around FOUR pink lipsticks of varying shades with me all the time).

Givenchy Mini Nightingale

Givenchy Mini Nightingale, available at Bag Bistro

Victoria Beckham, available at On Pedder

Victoria Beckham, available at On Pedder

Clutch, Alexander McQueen, available at On Pedder

Clutch, Alexander McQueen, available at On Pedder

2. When it comes to sunglasses, go big or go home.

And I’m not just talking about size here. Sunnies are also a great way of helping you step out of your style comfort zone. If you’re a strictly monochrome girl who wants to start playing around with prints, colours, or embellishments, sunglasses with such designs will ease you into the process. Plus, they make great conversation starters.

Prada, available at Prada boutiques and selected optical stores

Prada, available at Prada boutiques and selected optical stores

Miu Miu, available at Miu Miu boutiques and selected optical stores

Miu Miu, available at Miu Miu boutiques and selected optical stores

Miu Miu, available at Miu Miu boutiques and selected optical stores

Miu Miu, available at Miu Miu boutiques and selected optical stores

3. When it comes to shoes, towering heels aren’t the only chic options. Even for work.

I was a bridesmaid at Deborah’s wedding recently, and for the ceremony, I decided to wear my Melissa + Karl Lagerfeld heels. While it is one of the most comfortable pairs of heels I’ve ever owned (also, gorgeous, if I may say so myself), I really couldn’t foresee myself wearing them for the whole night. Heels really don’t mix well with Jaeger Bombs and rum & cokes. Plus, even the men were making fun of the way I was tottering around in them. Anyway, I changed out into my trusty Adidas high-top sneakers for the rest of the night and it was only the best decision ever. I survived the night of wine, beer, Jaeger bombs, and whisky (relatively) intact.

On the other end of the spectrum are women so committed to wearing heels that they will cross hell and high water in them. I should know. Twice a week, I head to one of Singapore’s largest publishing houses to help out at one of their titles’ beauty desks as one of their writers is away on maternity leave. The office is located on the third storey and … there is no lift, owing to the fact that it’s a really old building. Still, I see many women making the faithful trek up and down three flights of stairs in their stilettoes and I always take the time to admire their dexterity. It sounds like I’m being facetious or satirical here but really, I’m just jealous. Jealous at how they remain so fleet-footed despite their own natural heels being in a permanent state of being lifted three inches off the ground, when I myself have tripped and fallen on those very same stairs WEARING MY SNEAKERS.

I am, however, resigned to the fact that my flat, broad feet are adamant about remaining footloose (haha) and fancy-free so I’ll probably be wearing sneakers till I’m 80.

The point of this overly long-drawn out anecdote is this: Wear heels. Or not. Wear whatever feels good. But I’m of the firm belief that heels aren’t only the chic, office-appropriate options out there, ESPECIALLY if you work in a creative environment. Don’t believe me? Then check out these options from On Pedder:

Charlotte Olympia, available at On Pedder

Charlotte Olympia, available at On Pedder

Sophia Webster, available at On Pedder

Sophia Webster, available at On Pedder

Robert Clergerie, available at On Pedder

Robert Clergerie, available at On Pedder

Nicholas Kirkwood, available at On Pedder

Nicholas Kirkwood, available at On Pedder

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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Fall/Winter Accessories We’re Lusting Over – Denise Li

Fall/Winter is here, and although the clothes take on a more sombre tone, it doesn’t mean that the accessories have to. If the collection at On Pedder is anything to go by, understatement will NOT be the order of the day for the coming months.

Necklace, Venna

Venna Necklace

Venna was launched in 2005 by Hong Kong designer Patrick Wong, but his label shot to fame after one of his pieces was showcased in Psy’s Gangnam Style video. Wong’s amazing creations are made using gold, silver, Swarovski elements, pearls, and more, truly capturing the essence of “nothing clashes, everything goes”. If you’re the girl with a thousand LBDs in her closet, just one of Venna’s creations is all you need to elevate your style to the next level.

Clutch, Charlotte Olympia

OP_Charlotte Olympia - (1A)Honestly? We were not really feeling the whole Perspex thing. But trust Charlotte Olympia to win us over. This chic clutch is great for formal events.

Clutch, Proenza Schouler

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Designers seem to be digging the whole unexpected materials thing this season. This one reminds us of our fave fuzzy towel – not a bad thing in our books. The only problem, of course, is the question of how you keep this looking spotless.

Bag, Alexander McQueen

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It’s black, has gold studs, TWO different straps for convenient carrying around … and it’s McQueen. That’s four good reasons to buy this bag already.

Boots, Sergio Rossi

Perfect if you're going somewhere cold this December. Or if you ride a motorbike. Or simply, if you're a rebel at heart.

Perfect if you’re going somewhere cold this December. Or if you ride a motorbike. Or simply, if you’re a rebel at heart.

On Pedder is at #02-10/13 Scotts Square and #02-12P/Q Takashimaya Shopping Centre.

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. To her, there’s no such thing as too many pairs of boots. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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