Shopping In Singapore: Chunky Moncler Sneakers, Gender Neutral Collection At Beyond The Vines & More
Meet Moncler’s footwear answer to its puffer jacket. The skiwear specialist, known for its luxurious down jackets and outerwear with Michelin Man proportions, has debuted a chunky sneaker design called Leave No Trace. Inspired by trekking gear, the exaggerated proportions of the kicks ($975) take their cues from the shark tooth soles of mountaineering shoes, while the vibrant colour combinations and mash-up of materials like suede and polyester mesh is a dead ringer for those retro basketball kicks from the ’80s.
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT
Inspired by collegiate style this season, Bonia’s Fall collection scores for its preppy good looks. One new style that stands out is the Carrie miniature crossbody bag. Designed by brand ambassador and actress Carrie Wong, the series comes in art school cool van Goghian hues like burnt orange and midnight blue. Besides its peppy youthful colours, the piece checks the boxes for the small and elongated bag trend as well as fashion’s appetite for vintagey monograms. For that, it deserves an A+.
BOY MEETS GIRL
Beyond The Vines is a household name among women here who love fuss-free designs for the everyday wardrobe. Now, the four-year-old womenswear label might just be a hit with the men. As part of its latest capsule collection ($69-$159), the brand has introduced its first gender-neutral collection of staples – with a third of the pieces considered as unisex clothing. Workwear elements like contrast stitching, hardware accents and utilitarian colours like khaki green and boxier cuts permeate the androgynous pieces which include trenchcoats, parkas and worker-inspired shirts.
EVERYBODY'S KUNGFU FIGHTING
You already know the blockbuster designer collaborations that H&M launches around Nov each year. For its latest tie-up, the fast-fashion giant takes a different approach by tapping on the next big thing from China. Launching exclusively at the H&M Orchard Building flagship on Sept 26, the collection ($29.95-$299) features the work of emerging Chinese designer Angel Chen who is known for her bold and street-inspired interpretation of local themes like acupuncture and gang culture. For her H&M gig, the Central Saint Martins graduate references Chinese kungfu and turns up pieces like a velvet mini cheongsam, denim jumpsuits and sweatsuits embroidered with chinoiserie motifs like dragons and cranes, alongside slogan designs that are emblazoned with her name.
From buttons to headbands, the pearl trend is Fall fashion’s romantic sleeper hit. British watch brand Olivia Burton seems to have caught the bug too. Its new Pearly Queen timepiece (from $309) is made up of a minimalist dial that features a drift of bees surrounding some Swarovski faux pearls which were sustainably created. The designs come in either a vintage-style silver or rose gold mesh bracelet or a classic bracelet in colours like slate grey or black.