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Style News: Store openings, dressing services and emerging designers in Singapore

There are plenty of new store openings in Singapore this month, as well as upcoming bridal trunk shows to mark in your diaries and info on independent designers. For the latest news and fashion scene updates, read on.

Nothing shows off a holiday glow like a LWD (little white dress), and it’s one of this season’s hottest trends. Opt for flowing cotton materials that nip in at the waist, à la Kate Middleton. Check out the gallery above to get the look with our shopping picks.

Marvellous Malabar
Malabar Gold & Diamonds has just opened its second outlet in Singapore, on Serangoon Road. The new showroom features an international collection of classic and contemporary jewellery crafted with gold, platinum and diamonds. malabargoldanddiamonds.com


Pleats Please
New, pleat-focused local brand Pleatation has just opened its first concept store in Singapore. Here you’ll find products galore – across fashion, interior design and stationery – featuring the humble pleat, with unique textures and constructions. With new colours and prints added each month, there’s plenty of variety, too. #02-K6 Orchard Central. pleatation.com


French Revolution
French labels are having something of a heyday in Singapore at the moment, and the addition of Parisian-based label Sandro last month has just added to the list. You’ll love this brand if you’re into chic femininity. #03-18 ION Orchard.


Hats Off
Singapore’s newest millinery label, Hats Off – Handcrafted Headwear for Very Special Occasions, is the place to find unique or bespoke handcrafted headpieces for horseracing events, weddings and parties. Designs are individual, colourful, stylish, and always made with love from quality materials sourced from the UK and Australia. Look out for the 50-percent-off sale during the months of June and July only. Email camp_dk@hotmail.com to book a fitting appointment.


Swim Good
Swimwear label Tom & Teddy has launched its 2014 new collection, just in time for Father’s Day and the summer holidays. All the latest designs come in sizes ranging from age 12 months up to XXL, so there’s something for all the boys. Super-soft, mid-thigh shorts come in bold, retro-inspired prints in punchy colour combinations. Choose from speedboats, scooters and airplane motifs, or a lovely, cool-blue wave pattern. Visit tomandteddy.com to shop online. Free delivery within Singapore.

Emerging Talent
New at online retailer Inverted Edge is Singaporean label Pauline Ning, an emerging and independent designer who produces ready-to-wear urban pieces with a feminine spin. We love the draping, simple tailoring and cool silhouettes. To shop, visit invertededge.com.


Mini Mac Mayhem
The iconic Mini Mac Clutch ($299) is now available in ten different shades, ranging from bold, solid colours to metallic shades and contrasting hues. New colours are released every month. We’ve got our eye on the printed snakeskin ($349, pictured), large enough to hold your keys, wallet, phone and other essentials. To shop, visit the Doorstep Luxury boutique at 163 Telok Ayer Street, or visit doorstepluxury.com.


Bridal Brilliance
Mark the following dates in your diaries for Trinity Gallery’s upcoming trunk shows. American designer Reem Acra, known for her glamorous, red-carpet-worthy designs, will be showcasing 20 wedding dresses from 3 to 5 July. Next up, Oscar de la Renta’s 2015 bridal collection will showcase 30 wedding dresses from 24 to 26 July. For more information, visit trinitygallery.com.sg or call 6336 5052.


Styling With An Edge
For indie clothing that’s not in the malls, we head to Inverted Edge to check out its ever-growing roster of up-and-coming contemporary Asia-Pacific designers such as  Lion Earl, Fleamadonna, Day Dream Nation and Karen Walker.

Did you know Inverted Edge offers professional styling ? The team stands by the fact that a good styling session doesn’t just boost your confidence, but can make you a smarter shopper, giving you tips you can use again and again. We chat to Debra Langley, CEO of Inverted Edge, about styling up a storm in Singapore.

Who are your typical customers for styling advice?
Often, women come to us because they want to adjust their style after having a baby, or they have a new job, or they’re starting a business, or just because they’re new to Singapore and don’t know what to wear in this climate. This is where we love to step in, because, after years of working with different silhouettes and personalities, we can see options that aren’t necessarily obvious to the customer.

What advice do you offer women who are rather self-conscious about their bodies?
Every woman, no matter how tall or small or thin or curvy, has a part of her body that she obsesses over. Rather than trying to hide it with looser or tighter clothing, or a combination that doesn’t flatter, we’ve learned that there are styling solutions for everyone. Best of all for us is the boost of confidence that our customers get from learning how simple styling tweaks can totally change how they look and feel.

Where do you look for inspiration?
For trends, we follow various style-influencers and bloggers, especially those who encourage women to develop and own their own personal style – and that means dressing in a way that reflects their personality, not buying a brand simply because of the name. We try to help through introducing interesting new brands like those we carry, but ultimately our goal is to arm our customers with the personal style information they need to make well-informed purchasing decisions every time they shop – not just when they shop with us.”

Browse through Inverted Edge’s collections at invertededge.com.