Raffles 2015 Fashion Show -The Future of Menswear in Asia

When I was young I’ve always wanted to study fashion in university. But with certain circumstances it never happened so every time I am invited to sit front row at a Design College Fashion Show, I’ve always wondered what it would’ve been like if I had the chance to present my first mini collection at my first fashion show in College.

For the second year in a row, Raffles International College presented their Graduation Fashion Show at Hong Kong Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016.  Like the previous year, the designs featuring work by students across Asia was exceptional with Contemporary Womens wear being featured in several of the student’s collections. However, the biggest surprise was the level of creativity and craftsmanship menswear collections since we don’t often see a lot of menswear in a lot of graduation fashion shows and design competitions. Maybe because of the fact that sadly, we live in an industry which traditionally its very womens wear based and in comparison,menswear is often neglected. So I always have a lot of respect for students who attempts menswear.

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For Raffles Fashion Show 2015 , there was 4 collections which featured menswear with Athram by Martha Sartika presenting a super wearable daywear capsule collection , Rickky Wong presenting a unique avant garde unisex collection and The Winner of the Special Creativity Award Tommy Chong presenting a Japanese inspired contemporary menswear collection.  Last year’s “Collection of the year” winner :8CUFF by Sue Suh returned to the runway with a Korean Inspired Street wear Collection which will definitely win the hearts and the credit card bills of many fashion brothers in the room.

Without further Doodahs, Here is my review of the Menswear at Raffles Fashion Show 2015.

“Overshadow |  Indistinct” by ATHRAM

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Model showcases design Extrication by Tommy Chong during the Visceral Instinct show by Raffles Hong Kong as part of the Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 at the Hong Kong Convenition and Exhibition Centre on 08 July 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Photo by Victor Fraile / illume visuals

For this show, Final year Jakata Student  Martha Sartika  presented a captule collection for her Clothing label Athram inspired by 90s Old school Jungle subculture.
Even though this is a small collection consist of 4 looks but this is one of my favourite collections of the show because it has the perfect balance between creativity and wearability – something which we don’t often see in fashion shows.  I really loved the fact that Martha have used classic wardrobe staples in a men’s wardrobe but gave it her own spin by adding details such as pleating and geometric appliques.  The prints adds a sense of character and boldness into the clothes.  The denim was a highlight because its used and tailored in such a sophisticated way.  The magic about this collection is the fact that it is creative yet not confronting and these are clothes which I can visualize selling in shops right now.  I had the privilege to wear some of these pieces at an event last week so stay tuned for an up coming #ootd blog post.  Congrats to Martha on an amazing pre-collection, can’t wait to see how she develops these pieces into her graduation collection.

“La Soif de L’Amour – L’Éternité” by Rickyy Wong

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Model showcases design Extrication by Tommy Chong during the Visceral Instinct show by Raffles Hong Kong as part of the Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 at the Hong Kong Convenition and Exhibition Centre on 08 July 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Photo by Victor Fraile / illume visuals

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Based in Hong Kong , Graduate Student Rickyy Wong presented a unisex collection inspired by the fourth painting (The Love Letter) in the series of paintings ‘The Progress of Love’, painted in 1770 by Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

What I loved about this collection is the fact that the silhouettes feel very now.  These are androgynous clothes which are being worn by fashionistas who dare to go this direction.  What made it unique and innovative is the juxtaposition of softness- the light pastel colour palette , the sheer light flowy fabrics, the fluffiness of the wool and feather caps mixed against the hard – heavy pleating, the silhouettes of the necklines , the strong design lines , the straight, clean silhouettes to the street fashion inspired styling.  To many designers, androgyny usually mean women in black suits or men in skirts but Rickyy managed to interpret this theme in such an innovative way.  The collection really made us rethink about the definition of androgyny and when it comes from a fresh graduate, that’s what you call true talent.

“Extrication” by Tommy Chong 

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Model showcases design Extrication by Tommy Chong during the Visceral Instinct show by Raffles Hong Kong as part of the Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 at the Hong Kong Convenition and Exhibition Centre on 08 July 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Photo by Victor Fraile / illume visuals

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

The Hong Kong based graduate student Tommy Chong won the Special Creativity Award with this menswear collection inspired by Botticeli’s ‘’Map of Hell’’ and Japanese novel, ‘’Kawaki’’.

The prize was well deserved because there is a clear connection between the inspiration in the designs.  What’s special about this collection is that even though these clothes are editorial however when you look at these pieces individually there are pieces which can be worn with more toned down pieces in a men’s wardrobe. Really love the blazer like bibs which was a clear element in the collection because it feels like a new way to wear blazers in warmer weather.  Tailoring was very strong in this collection as seen in the black and grey blazer which for me is one of my favourite jackets in the entire fashion show. I really love the juxtaposition of the traditional Japanese influence against the classic European tailoring.  Call me biased but I am CRAZY about that creamy pink fabric with art deco print.  It is not easy for menswear designers to design clothes which show skin without looking gay or camp and the looks which show skin actually look masculine by keeping the accessorizing clean.  The looks have a lot of details but still looks polish and sophisticated.  Congrats to Tommy for the Win, can’t wait to see this young talent shine in the industry.

“The Great Kim” by 8:CUFF

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 -Visceral Instinct by Raffles Hong Kong

Model showcases design Extrication by Tommy Chong during the Visceral Instinct show by Raffles Hong Kong as part of the Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 at the Hong Kong Convenition and Exhibition Centre on 08 July 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Photo by Victor Fraile / illume visuals

Last year’s “Brand Ready Award’ and the ‘Collection of the Year Award’ winner Sue Suh closed the fashion show with the latest collection for her design label – 8:CUFF. What I loved about this collection is the fact there is a military influence interpreted in the most modern and urban way.  Instead of expected military jackets , Sue interpreted the inspiration into the Brand’s signature aesthetic- thru prints and street wear.  My favourite pieces of the collection is the opening look – a flowy layered yet tailored ensemble in white, the boxy jacket rendered in olive green suede – its very tough looking even though its presented in a very over sized relaxed silhouette , A printed vest rendered in leather was incredibly executed – it was literally a wearable painting .

Even though it was only 8 looks, there was an exceptional range of different pieces from shirts , tees and sweaters , shorts and trousers, jackets, coats and vest.  Almost every piece on each model is different both interms of style and type of clothing yet all the looks feel very cohesive.  Really love the visors on every  model – the modern take of the classic military cap.  It is a collection which many fashion brothers would love to wear and every single piece screams “buy me buy me buy me” ( Which our poor credit cards will feel like giving them the finger from the pants of final look on the runway lol)

Anyway sorry for the incredibly long post.
Congratulations to all the winners and students involved in the amazing fashion show.  So happy to see such large level of talent in Asia especially Hong Kong. Can’t wait to see how the designers blossom in the industry.

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Until Next Time

xoxo

Timtim Wong

#OOTD – The Perfect Plan B

Hong Kong weather in summer is often so unpredictable especially in the past few weeks.  My followers on instagram will know that lately, I’ve been trying to do more outdoor #ootd photoshoots. It is always interesting to see how each outfit works with a different scenery to create the perfect fashion street snap.  Which is why everywhere I go I look around to see which location and interesting to compliments which outfits I have in my closet.  Sometimes, I will wear an outfit first then walk around with my assistant to see where its best to shoot the clothes, but for this outfit I had a specific location in mind.  So imagine my disappointment when it rained heavily the day I have to wear this outfit to the designer’s popup event.
Not wanting to wear the exact same outfit to shoot again waiting for the weather to improve ( cause I never really like to wear the exact
same outfit twice ) I’ve decided to try to experiment with using this
outfit but shoot it indoors without going out in the rain- the back
stairs and the space in the old industrial building outside my office.
Lets talk about the outfit first.  Those of you who read this blog
from the very beginning will know that I wear alot of Hong Kong
Fashion Brand Modement.  I love how the brand innovates menswear yet
also have pieces that are very wearable and compliments the body.
One of the signature pieces for Modement SS15 is a geometric print in
primary colours which features birds in a semi sheer fabric.  I fell
in love with it as soon as I saw it last year because for me Fashion
is art and I would hang that print up my wall.  Playing with that idea
I decide to compliment the print jacket with basic clean whites to
create a canvas against my art work and my new printed Giuseppe
Zanotti Sneakers which FINALLY went on sale. For some reason I really
want to clash it with Sailor Moon socks to bring some fun and
quirkiness to the outfit.
The result end up going suprisingly well with the location. The brightness and fun of the outfit contrast very well with the rawness of the industrial building. Also realise my building have a few bright colours which compliments the outfit. After going thru the photos, I realise sometimes plan b can be better than plan A cause I never throught a place I walk past everyday on my way to work have so many beautiful elements which matches this outfit.
Without further doodahs, Here are the photos.

THE PERFECT PLAN B

TOP . SHORTS . JACKET | MODEMENT
SOCKS | MEEH
SNEAKERS | GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI
BAG| 112 MOUNTAINYAM
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Hope you enjoy this set of photo.

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Thats it for now.

Until next time

Xoxo Timtim Wong

#OOTD -The New Animal Print

Every summer, my fashion brothers and I often struggle to find something appropriate to wear to special occasion and semi – formal to wear because it needs to look Smart, Cool enough to not sweat yet try to make an editioral statement. (Style sisters often have a similar problem in Winter).

For me, My usual smart casual /semi formal party gear often include a dress code of a Crisp Shirt, Tailored Shorts or Cropped trousers, A waistcoat (to replace the blazer) a nice tie, a printed pair of socks finished off with a good pair of shoes.

Which is why during my recent trip to London, Liberty became one of the must go places on my list of where to shop. Many of my followers on Instagram will know that I’ve always had a love for prints. I love them because it is the quickest way to make a fashion statement on any occasion especially in summer. I’ve always loved the prints from Liberty London because they are unique , often have a slight hand drawn asethetic and often have a cute touch to it. Also they are often not available anywhere else in the world. Which is why instead of spending my shopping budget on Designer Clothes I can find in HK, I chose to spend it on Fabrics instead to have a unique London Fashion Experience.

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The First Print I chose to ask my tailor in Hong Kong to turn into clothes features different animals that you can find in the zoo rendered in cool colours such as purples , blues and greys.  The thing I love about this print is that up close you can find human accessories such as Giraffes wearing converse sneakers, birds wearing socks and Elephants carrying a briefcase.  With this beautiful print my tailors at Mijosu turned it into a pair of tailored shorts , a waistcoat and tie to create the perfect summer party outfit.  The total effect reminds me a little bit of one of my favourite childhood storybook characters Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus.
Without further Doodahs, Here is the photoshoot.

THE NEW ANIMAL PRINT

Shirt – Modement
Shorts | Waistcoat | Tie – Mijosu featuring Fabric by Liberty London
Socks | Topman
Shoes | Trickers
Wallet | Liberty London

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Follow me on instagram (search for timtimwongbtw for mobile readers) for immediate updates of my life and #ootd photoshoots. Also I’ve been picking out my favourite looks from fashion week, dream wedding dresses and red carpet inspiration on pinterest so follow me and checkout my pinterest when you have time.

Thats it for now.

Until next time

Xoxo Timtim Wong