Emerging Singapore fashion label 20:TwoThree hasn’t been around very long, but designer Genevieve Goh is making a name for her understated, minimal pieces that mix womenswear and menswear elements into a range of unisex looks in comfortable materials.
For Autumn Winter 2013, Genevieve has come up with the concept of “order in chaos”. Not a particularly new idea, but her interpretation in the form of softly draped, oversized pieces that can be worn by either sex is at least wearable.
“Order in Chaos explores calmness amidst disorder with denim and lightweight knits while manipulating traditional construction,” says Genevieve. “20:TwoThree’s basic principle is defined by subtle infusion of angles and a combination of masculine and feminine shapes, banishing gender differences.”
While all this sounds a bit like gilding a sow’s ear, so to speak, the clothes themselves are comfortably lightweight, the semi-transparency of some of the fabrics make them idea for layering in Singapore’s alternately steamy (outside) and freezing (inside) weather conditions.
The use of wrinkle-effect fabric, denim and neutral black, white and grey, mean these are super easy to wear separates; the loose silhouettes are equally forgiving of the weather and a large
Drop-crotch pants – usually the lazy designer’s answer to trousers; but here with a slightly more fitted leg – wide-legged “yoga” pants, loose-fit cropped jackets, straight-cut button-through shirts and slouchy tees can all be worn easily by both sexes.
A few more “womenswear” looks like a classic pencil skirt made interesting with patchwork fabric usage, a loose fitting shirtdress and shift dress are the only really gender specific pieces in the 20:TwoThree Autumn Winter 2013 collection.
While catering to both sexes without having two clearly defined lines is a smart move for a young label, it will be interesting to see if the fit translates as well across the sizes and shapes of guys and girls.
All in all, however, this collection from 20:TwoThree is an interesting development in the brand’s DNA. Previously wafting between neutrals and colours, loose and fitted, the designer appears to be slowly but surely defining what her brand is all about. I’m look forward to see what happens next.
The 20:TwoThree Order in Chaos collection will be available from Threadbare & Squirrel, 660 North Bridge Road, Tel: 6396 6738, from October 14, 2013; and from Parco Next Next, Parco Marina Bay Level 2, Millenia Walk, from October 16, 2013. For more information about 20:TwoThree, go to 20twothree.com; follow the brand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/20TWOTHREE, on Twitter at @20TWOTHREE and on Instagram at @20TWOTHREE.
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