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Friday, May 15, 2015

Discovering new style destinations @ Orchard Central

When in Somerset, I love exploring Orchard Central which seems to have something new and exciting to explore each time I pop by. Not only does it offer a wide range of food places, boutique spas and lifestyle shops,but it also has a collective of great stores to meet Singapore's diverse fashion crowd. I embarked on this mini fashion trail courtesy of Orchard Central, and got the opportunity to get up close and personal with not one, but four hip resident brands!

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First up and a pleasant surrprise to me is Sans & Sans. I previously covered this contemporary brand last year and I immediately fell in love with the simplistic and versatile designs that make great for work and casual. The quality of their materials is of extremely good quality for the price, and you can find anything from basic separates to formal dresses.

My top pick and the one I ended up getting after is this embellished navy top and a white rose mesh midi skirt. The length falls just right and is flattering for both work and happy hours after.

My perfect summer outfit! I think the breezy lace top with khaki shorts is not only flattering but also comfy for my upcoming picnic date with the family.

What's a lookbook without a pants combo? Again paired with a beaded neckline top, I pair this with a biege pair of pants for some boardroom

Like what you see? Check Sans & Sans out at the below and follow them for the latest updates:

Unit no: #02-04/05

Just further down the line is The Reckless Shop which currently carries their own in-house labels, Reckless Ericka and Odds by Reckless Ericka;  and also includes a neat curation of statement accessories by fashion show producer extraordinaire, Daniel Boey. 

They dub their style as 'Euro-Centric', and are known for striking the happy marriage between classic tailoring with creative use of shapes and colours to and constructing avant-garde silhouettes with classic details.  Its high-street brand Odds by Reckless Ericka really caught my eye, with its attractive price point and its versatile pieces that can worn in multiple ways.

I always say no to boring conventional formal wear and this is case in point. I like the long cascading flutter sleeves of this white top, and this asymmetrical pencil skirt in teal is adds just the right dose of quirky to the look.

Get more of The Reckless Shop at:
Unit no:#02-08/09) 

One of the places I can't resist popping in each time I'm at Orchard Central is Desigual, a brand known for its bright vivid colours and vibrant crop circle prints in wearable styles. I went for the Desigual Audi Fashion Show last year and it was fabulous. Since our country is an eternal summer land, Desigual's lightweight, summer designs are perfect for everyday wear and beyond.

With the unbearable scorch of the weather these days, this billowy rose top adds a insouciant, chictouch to a basic khaki shorts. Pair it with espadrilles wedges and a cute sun hat and I'm ready to rock the heat in style.

Found a piece in my favourite color green, and it has pockets which is major plus points for me! I think this makes for a fun piece for casual fridays at the office too, by making it work-friendly when you pair it with a basic cardigan.

Since I always had a thing for maxi dresses, I could not miss this airy tribal print dress which is perfect for that beach getaway.

Check out more of Desigual here or follow the on their facebook page for the latest updates and promotions:
Unit no. : #01-11/12/13/14 


My last stop was PACT, a multi-label concept shop that carries a wide range of creative goods, quirky designer creation and quirky homeware items; some of which are exclusively stocked here only. We started off with SPUR Hauswerks, an independent home and lifestyle brand that offers an extensive selection of design-centric products which ranges from lighting, jewellery and novelty items which makes for a unique, one of a kind gift for friends and family.

Find something cool and functional for your home, innovative knick-knacks for the young ones, and add some statement accessories to your repetoire. Being the usual beauty junkie that I was, I was quite taken with PLANT's body washes, with its paint bottle containers. This skincare range is the brainchild of a husband and wife team and I like that they incorporate social enterprise by engaging people with mental/physical/medical/psychiatric disabilities. 

Also high on my list is this gold and turqoise laden necklace by Killari Jewellery, of which you can wear in 4 different ways...totally a chic and elegant investment! This Ecuadorian label is goes the long mile by scouring the best semi-precious stones from around the world; from the isolated Madagascar regions for rare ocean jaspers to exotic Brazil for rich purple amethysts, so you can be sure each statement piece tells a story.

I was pretty fixated on SOIL, a capsule range of keisodo (daitomite or diatomaceous earth) household products. Keisodo material is traditionally used on walls in Japanese architecture, and is popular amongst the Japanese for its high moisture absorbency and quick drying properties due to its tiny pores. And the different colors aren't just for looks, it actually indicates the different soil origins used: The white and blue versions are from Akita, the pink is from Ishikawa, while the green is a mix of Ishikawa and Akita materials.

I absolutely loved the whimsical, tongue-in-cheek chest pin brooches and necklaces by The Little Drom Store, which plays on our local Singlish and undeniable idiosyncrasies. Catch phrases such as 'Blur like sotong and 'chope' are accompanied with a cute avatar in pastel colors and made into chic necklaces/ brooch pins and notebooks, making it way cool to wear our Singaporean-ness proudly!

Find PACT on Facebook and get your designer kicks at: 

Unit No. : #02-16-19/21-23

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Still can't get enough about design? Then head down to Orchard Central's atrium at level 1, where popup store Design Supermarket by Naiise is happening: shoppers can enjoy some exclusive perks and discounts, which can also be used at the various stores in Orchard Central. Plus, get your hands and tastebuds busy by being part of the weekly workshops organized by local makers and other interesting activities such as art jamming and coffee sampling. 

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The Design Supermarket by Naiise is open daily from 11am to 10pm, and will go on till May 29. Stay updated on the pop-up store's happenings on the Naiise Facebook page. 

Whether its to pick out fashion staples or staying ahead of the trend game, Orchard Central proves to be a not-to-be-missed destination, whether you are looking for a sartorial pick-me-up or in need for the next cool style hangout. Thank you Orchard Central for having me and for the lovely pieces!

PSST! Orchard Central is current holding a Instagram contest where you can stand to win $200 worth of Far East Organization vouchers at OC! Simply snap a photo of your fashion buys at OC or OOTD at OC and hashtag #OCfashion to participate! But hurry, promo ends 23 May, 2359hrs!


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