Tapping on a new side of her personal expression and creativity as well as her community of female creatives, the 28-year-old musician has teamed up with longtime friend Valerie Wang of Singapore womenswear label Unda.
The duo has co-designed a ready-to-wear collection of essentials titled Threads. The four-piece collection offers effortless perennials of a buttoned shirt, maxi dress, cargo pants and Gen Z-approved corset – perfect for anyone with a penchant for Y2K-inflected dressing.”
Taking a year to complete, the project underscores “the experiences that make us human, the experiences that forge connections, and the connections that eventually become collabs.
The power duo behind the fashion collaboration: Valerie Wang (left) and Narelle Kheng.
Kheng has added idiosyncratic touches to the designs too. Look closely between the seams and you’ll notice how threads come in subtle peeks of colours – a nod to the singer’s preoccupation with the symbolism of colours in her musical journey.
Purple, for instance, represents ” destructive feminine power” or an “indulgence into toxic protective behaviour”; while blue is perceived as “that underlying sadness of hurt and her process of validating and accepting it”; and orange, the uplifting “the somewhat hurrah at the end of (going through something) heavy.”
Fun-fact: the Alya denim-blend corset (pictured here) was inspired by Narelle Kheng’s love for wearing corsets.
Scroll on to have a look at the designs from the Threads collection that are now retailing exclusively on Unda’s website.