SARTORIALISTS
Female Singapore|March 2021
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KENG YANG SHUEN

JOANNE CHEAH, 29, RETAIL ASSOCIATE

What are you wearing? “A Comme des Garcons jacket, an Issey Miyake top, and a Molly Goddard dress.” Describe your sense of style.“Boy wearing girls’ clothes; girl wearing boys’ clothes.”

BEFORE STREET STYLE BECAME THE INFLUENCER-DOMINATED, DO-IT-FOR-THE-’GRAM FASHION WEEK SPORT THAT IT’S EVOLVED INTO, IN THE PAST DECADE, IT WAS A MORE SPONTANEOUS, LESS SPLASHY AFFAIR. THE LATE GODFATHER OF THE SCENE, BILL CUNNINGHAM, AND HIS STYLISH DOCUMENTARY OF WHAT NEW YORKERS – CELEBRITY OR NOT – WORE AS THEY WENT ABOUT THEIR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES IN THE ’70S THROUGH TO THE EARLY AUGHTS. THE NOW-DEFUNCT JAPANESE MAGAZINE FRUITS AND ITS IMMORTALISATION OF ’90S HARAJUKU SUBCULTURES AND THEIR INDIVIDUALISTIC FASHION TASTES. EVEN THE HOTSHOTS OF THE BLOGGER GENERATION – NAMES LIKE TOMMY TON AND SCOTT SCHUMAN OF THE SARTORIALIST FAME WHO HAVE SINCE LARGELY TRADED STREET STYLE FOR COMMERCIAL WORK – CAPTURED A VERY DIFFERENT SIDE TO THE INDUSTRY AND ITS FOLLOWERS IN THEIR EARLY YEARS: MODELS OFF DUTY, CAMERA-SHY EDITORS ON THE GO, THE PASSER-BY WHO GENUINELY LOVES DRESSING UP. SO WITH THE GLOBAL FASHION WEEKS MUCH QUIETER THAN BEFORE SINCE THE ONSET OF THE PANDEMIC, WE THOUGHT: WHY NOT POUND THE STREETS OF SINGAPORE AND BRING BACK THAT CELEBRATION OF REAL STYLE?

ALIF SIANIPAR, 23, APPRENTICE

BARBER

Describe your sense of style.

“I tend to go for outfits with a ’70s flair... I usually keep them simple, but pay attention to colours and the overall silhouette so that they’re interesting yet practical.”

EVIN TAN, 22, RETAIL ASSOCIATE

What are you wearing?

“The T-shirt with this sculpted silhouette is from Comme des Garcons – it’s the first piece of Comme that I own and I was very excited to wear it to work today. The top I’ve layered under is by Kenzo and I bought it from a thrift shop in Johor Baru. I don’t remember where my skirt is from. My boots are from Dr Martens.”

SUN JIABAO, 32, TEACHER

What were you thinking about when you were getting dressed today?

“I was feeling lazy and wanted to be able to get dressed in 15 minutes before heading out. When I laid eyes on this blue skirt in my wardrobe, I decided that I would put together my whole outfit using it as the focal point.”

KIMBERLY KIONG, 23, PHOTOGRAPHER

Do you think you look fashionable and does that matter to you?

“If being fashionable means being trendy, then the answer would depend on whether one has the access and means to afford what’s considered in style at the moment. That and the taste for it. With that, I don’t fuss too much over whether or not I look fashionable to others.”

FURQAN SAINI, 39, FASHION DIRECTOR & FASHION MEDIA LECTURER

What are you wearing?

“The shirt is from Helmut Lang – I’ve had it for 10 years and it’s been bleached a couple of times to maintain its whiteness. My suspenders, keychain, and boots are all Prada. My shorts are from Yoshio Kubo, the leather bag from Miharayasuhiro, and the bangle from Alexander Wang. I’ve had some of these pieces for many years. It’s not always about wearing what’s current or trending.”

Describe your sense of style.

“IDGAF?... I buy into the design and my purchases tend to be pieces that are conceptual yet classic, high on quality in terms of their make. I do love clothes. I love how they’re identity markers and the way one wears them is a form of self-expression. I also love studying the construction of a garment; its fabric, cut, material, texture, and silhouette; the ideas and business behind it; and how it can be used to tell stories. I guess that’s why I do what I do.”

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