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Springtime pieces
by Yeoh Wee Teck

I might get flamed for this, but shopping and fashion in Singapore is actually more exciting than many other big cities.

Men's Fashion Week - featuring design houses such as Richard Chai, Spencer Hart and Songzio - starts this Wednesday at Marina Bay Sands.

And with the spring/summer pieces from international brands trickling into the stores, there is such a nice buzz for the sartorially minded.

With shiny new things to look at, it makes hitting the malls more fun. What better time to plan a wardrobe renewal?

Here are some pieces that should put a spring in your step.



Oprah Winfrey loves this watch so much, she gave one to all her friends.

And other celebrities have lined up behind it too, such as Madonna, Nicholas Tse, Sammi Cheng and Samuel L Jackson.

The watch is made by Philip Stein with an emphasis on health and well-being.

Using Natural Frequency Technology, it claims to reduce stress and jet lag while also improving sleep.

The watch is priced at $2,984 and will be available at Millenia Walk from next month.


One of the hottest singers now is Lana Del Rey, and Mulberry has come up with the Del Ray ($1,960), inspired by the singer. It is slightly bigger than the Alexa but lighter.

This bag is already in Singapore, way ahead of its international launch.

The Hilton store here is among the three stores worldwide to get the first shipment of the Del Rey in black and deer brown.






Every girl should have a summer dress.

This floral dress is from the H&M Exclusive Conscious collection, just launched on Thursday.

The collection is made out of sustainable materials like organic cotton and hemp, and celebrities such as Michelle Williams and Amanda Seyfried have been seen wearing it out and about.

So with this, you can be on-trend and kind to the environment.

The dress ($139) is only available in around 100 H&M stores worldwide. The good news is that the Singapore outlet is one of them.


Another must have is a pair of skinny jeans. And if it's in a summery color, all the better!

These Levi's jeans ($129.90) are called Ankle Skinny and in colours such as bright indigo, tomato red and sunset coral.

When you buy yours, be sure to check your "Curve ID". This is Levi's way to ensure you get the best fit based on your shape and proportions.

Just go into the boutique and asked to be measured.


Nothing is cooler than vintage-style shades.

There's something about the vibe that is hard to match.

This pair is from a French brand called Aria, and costs $160.

You can find it at Granny's Day Out at #03-25 Peninsula Shopping Centre.

Call the store at 6336-9774.


For guys, it is easier to go "summer".

A denim jacket is lightweight enough to not let you swelter in the heat but thick enough to survive the aircon.

And it's a good time to add one to the wardrobe with Topman's Denim Jacket Project.

A bunch of hip young designers have come up with looks to reintroduce this fashion staple back into the limelight.

My favourite piece is from British menswear designer Lou Dalton ($183).

She has centred the details in the threadwork and the wash with engineered French seams throughout, which retain the colour during the washing process and add depth to the jacket.

I just like it because it reminds me of the 80s.

It's available in Topman Ion Orchard, Knightsbridge and VivoCity on Friday.


And if you really want to keep to the 80s, these Sting sunglasses ($168), which are available at most Spectacle Hut outlets, are perfect.

They're bold and colourful, and you can wear them with almost everything.

This article was first published in The New Paper.


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