Paige Parker’s affable manner and easy elegance have made her a striking presence on the social circuit. But it’s her embrace of the city’s designers that has really got heads turning.
The long-time New Yorker – who moved to Singapore with her husband, the famed investor Jim Rogers, in 2007 – is a confident dresser who zooms in on the look, not the label. This refreshing anti-snob approach, coupled with her savvy personal style, has shone a spotlight on a roster of young local designers in elite, rarefied circles. “I don’t like Singapore labels because they are Singapore labels. I like the ones I buy because they are creating interesting, chic products,” she says.
Here, Parker shares some names and things that have gotten her thumbs up:
Raoul’s easy-chic aesthetic
“It was the first local brand that I bought, because I met its creative director Odile Benjamin and noticed her wearing some great pieces that she had designed for the label. This led me to visit its store, where I found incredibly chic clothes that were well constructed, easy to wear, and at a good price point (from $220). It’s since become a mainstay in my wardrobe when it comes to day dressing.”
77th Street’s in-house label
“Gothic Princess, the company’s house brand, is a favourite of mine (and my daughters) because it carries cute rings and necklaces that are very affordable (from $10). I love to inject a sense of fun into my dressing by mixing high and low fashion, which means I have no qualms about wearing a diamond bracelet alongside a knuckleduster ring that I purchased from the brand. It’s encrusted in rhinestones and emblazoned with the word ‘boss’.”
The vibrant multi-label shop scene
“My number one place to shop for local fashion is (pro-Singapore designers pop-up) Keepers. I love that it has a little bit of everything to fulfil everyone’s needs… It offers an eclectic and interesting mix covering everything from denim to homeware; clothes and accessories for men and women; and even ice cream by home-grown artisanal dessert maker The Ice Cream & Cookie Co. It’s also always fun to pop by boutiques like Superspace, Actually and Sects Shop, which carry a discerning selection of home-grown contemporary brands.”
Brands with quality and individuality
“As a consumer, I’m keen on well-made, beautiful pieces (with a unique aesthetic) and I’ve discovered that there are many local brands that fill this niche. One gem is jeweller Carrie K. Her Beautiful Mess series – inspired by the irregular shapes and colourful paint splatters of Jackson Pollock – is cute yet clever. Elohim by Sabrina Goh is another: Her interesting prints give her designs a bold individuality. And Ong Shunmugam offers a magical mix of East and West that really resonates with me. I love her use of South-east Asian fabrics on a qipao cutting.”
An adapted version first appeared in Female‘s September issue, out on newsstands now.