It seemed as if the gritty-cool train rolled into town, judging by two shows at the third Future Fashion Now showcase held on day four of Audi Fashion Festival 2012 on Saturday, May 19..

Singapore fashion labels Mae Pang and Dzojchen sent out collections bundled with attitude; with a New York “It” kid sensibility, although each label catered to a different sort of “It” child personality.

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(Left) Mae Pang (Right) Dzojchen. Photos by Wesley Kow

At Mae Pang, local designer Pang Ai Mei sent out her signature style with her Pre-Spring 2013 collection, fusing billowy chiffon layers with more structured, grounded cuts and fabrics in muted hues like black, grey and navy blue. Only one of Pang’s neon colours from last season made it into this collection – the neon aqua-blue shade, which appeared as a pop of colour on select pieces.

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Mae Pang pre-Spring 2013

There was a distinctive sporty, Alexander Wang-like vibe to the collection; collared silk-chiffon shirts had zips down the front instead of buttons, sheer panelling was found on tops, skirts and dresses and to bring home the message, models sported luxe black baseball caps.

At Dzojchen, the sensibility belonged to the grittier side of New York City. Black leather pieces turned up in every single iteration possible, from leather pants to maxi skirts, city shorts, vests, tank tops, blazers and even hooded capes.

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Dzojchen pre-Spring 2013

And to go with these rough-and-tumble leather pieces were amazingly deceptive dark green knitted sweaters that are actually made of finely-woven lambskin leather, as well as sheer chiffon collared shirts and basic cotton-jersey tank dresses.  

Considering that the Singapore-made, New York-based label from ex-model Chelsea Scott-Blackhall first began as a denim brand, there was a surprising lack of this fabric in the pre-Spring 2013 collection. Only a couple pairs went down the runway, the most noteworthy, a pair of dark washed jeans with two half-open zips down the side.

You can see the model-off-duty look in most of the Dzojchen and Mae Pang looks – which means this is wearable, super chic fashion at its best.

You can buy these items now on Future Fashion Now, prices start from US$80 for a sheer tank top from Dzojchen and US$139 for a short-sleeved t-shirt from Mae Pang. Log on to www.futurefashionnow.com/index.php/main/designer to shop.