Fashion

Dress for work well with these Singapore designer labels

3 stylish (and office-appropriate!) collections from Nuyou's latest collab with local labels A.W.O.L, Cruise and Still
 

Last year, Chinese fashion magazine Nuyou became the first Singapore publication to co-design a collection with a fashion label.

This year, to mark its 38th anniversary, it has collaborated with three local labels - A.W.O.L by Alfie Leong, Cruise by Nic Wong, and Still by Afton Chen.

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The Nuyou x A.W.O.L collection, available at Robinsons Orchard. Image: Nuyou

The pieces are on sale this month exclusively at Robinsons Orchard.

Each of the designers was tasked to create a capsule collection. Nuyou editor Terence Lee, 38, said: "We wanted the three collections to complete the Nuyou woman's wardrobe."

He describes the Nuyou woman as a "fashion-forward career woman who is well-read and well-travelled, and adventurous at times with colours and cuts in clothing".

A.W.O.L is known for its unconventional designs, Cruise has a laid-back style which features denim and chambray fabrics, and Still is known for its youthful, understated outfits with clean lines and silhouettes.

Leong, 44, the designer of A.W.O.L said he had initially intended to use darker colours such as maroon, grey and black for his collection, but he was thankful that he followed the Nuyou editor's advice to use more colours such as yellow, green and blue to suit the party mood of his pieces. Plus, it looked better when photographed for the magazine.

He also tweaked his usual style so that it would appeal more to the Nuyou reader. It is more feminine and streamlined, with boat-necked tops, dresses and pencil skirts.

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The Nuyou x Still collection, available at Robinsons Orchard. Image: Nuyou

Mr Lee approached the three designers as he believed in their labels' aesthetics and knew they could deliver within the short production period.

All three collections were designed in under two months and discussions were done mostly over phone calls and WhatsApp, with just two face-to-face meetings.

Mr Lee said: "All of them are very original and do not rip off international labels. I've also been friends with Nic and Alfie for over 10 years."

Wong worked with Nuyou last year on the magazine's first fashion collaboration. He created a 200-piece collection under his other label Saturday with Nuyou and all but two pieces of the collection sold out.

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The Nuyou x Cruise collection, available at Robinsons Orchard. Image: Nuyou

Mr Lee said: "Last year's collection with Saturday was very urban - there were dresses made of clingy jersey material. This year's with Cruise is more casual."

Wong, 41, said: "The collection is tailored for women who travel, so it has pieces like shirt dresses and jumpsuits which are easy to pack and dress up."

Prices for the collab collection with Cruise starts from $79 for a pair of shorts and go up to $189 for a long dress.

The collection done with Still features workwear, with prices starting at $129 for a pair of palazzo pants to $219 for a jacket. The A.W.O.L collection is made up of partywear such as cocktail dresses.

Prices range from $128 for a tank top to $598 for a silk dress.

All three collaborative collections are available exclusively at Robinsons Orchard, 260 Orchard Rd.

This article was first run in The Straits Times newspaper on August 8, 2014. For similar stories, go to sph.straitstimes.com/premium/singapore. You will not be able to access the Premium section of The Straits Times website unless you are already a subscriber.

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