The F List: The 37-year-old creative, who’s dabbled in everything from running her own fashion label to making books and conceptualising photography projects, tells us what she’s currently into.
Favourite shopping haunts: “Fleamarkets and thrift stores. Shopping at places like these (makes me) feel as if I am on a treasure hunt. I personally feel that (shopping here) requires a certain knack for curation (almost like art direction), because pieces of clothing are usually in a jumbled mess, and one needs to know what is suitable and what is not. It would be useful to have knowledge about certain fabrics, or a general idea of style and styling. Imagination would help too.”
Latest fashion buy: “These pieces are what I bought at some of the night markets in Bangkok and Chiang Mai on my recent trip there. I like the colour and (wacky) prints on the purple cotton shirt. The grey linen jacket is made in Japan and has very neat workmanship. It also reminds me of a classic jacket from the ’80s, and looks like what a Japanese working woman living in that era would wear. The terracotta-coloured culottes are made of knitted fabric. I like its (clean) silhouette and it feels comfortable. Altogether, this outfit cost me less than S$20.”
A label she’s into: “I like Berlin- and Paris-based lifestyle brand Bless (established in 1995 by Austrians Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss, the collections span clothing to footwear and home accessories). It has a good mix of fashion and art, as well as other projects that deal with graphics and architecture. I have been fond of this label since 2005 when I did an internship with them, and I like the honest and sincere way they approach fashion and design.”
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