1. Know: New local swimwear label Pinksalt

 

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Pinksalt founders Ng Su May (left) and Belinda Lee (right).

 

Graphic designer Belinda Lee, 46, and business administration graduate Ng Su May, 26, started the brand because Singapore, strangely, is not the best country for a variety of swimwear - especially for less-than-youthful women.

 

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The Heather two-piece ($149) has a T-back and strategic dark colour blocking to give the illusion of a smaller middle.

 

“Being older and a mum with teenage boys, I know my string bikini days are over, and I want coverage in all my problem areas.” says Lee. “Finding swimwear that does that and looks fashionable is a real challenge.”

 

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The Poppy one-piece ($139) has back cut-outs and doubles as a bodysuit.

 

So she hooked up with Ng, whom she met while studying for a diploma in fashion technology at TaF.tc, and founded Pinksalt for chic, comfortable and modest swimsuits. The label was launched online at www.pinksaltswim.co last month. “We use thicker polyester/spandex with less Lycra for a more snug, secure fit that supports and shapes the body better,” says Ng. Prices range from $109 to $159.

 

2. Buy: Get more bang(le) for your buck from Swarovski 

 

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What’s a better multi-tasker than an accessory that can be worn four ways? Swarovski’s Crystaldust coil-like bangle stretches to accommodate any width, whether it’s worn on the wrist, arm, and neck or around the head. There are two lengths to choose from: Double for a two-spiral wrap in 13 colours or Triple for three spirals in three colours.

 

4. Wear: The Canadian Tuxedo

 

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According to Levi’s Strauss & Co, the term has its roots in a 1951 Bing Crosby incident: the legendary singer and a friend were denied entry into a posh Canadian hotel for being in top to toe denim. Although Crosby was eventually recognised and allowed to stay, the episode got Levi’s to create formal denim for him.

 

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Sixty years later, denim on top and bottom still rules – without the rules to conform.

 

4. Buy: Melissa Goes Utilitarian

 

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The Brazilian footwear brand, which is known for girlie jelly shoes, is mixing things up for with a FlyGrl collection that’s decidedly hip-hop and street-inspired. Prices range from $90-$195.

 

5. Know: Tasaki - The Japanese brand with an edgy take on pearls

 

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What the 63-year-old fine jeweller lacks in rich history (compared to say, Mikimoto), it makes up for with modern designs by partnering with American designer Thakoon Panichgul (pictured above) to introduce pearl pieces that are less Queen Elizabeth and more Rihanna.

 

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So when you visit Tasaki’s first flagship at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, expect a different way of appreciating pearls – like having them in graphic lines on a bangle so it resembles a knuckleduster, or a single pearl pierced by a gold-plated “canine tooth” (very Riccado Ticci).

 

6. Buy: Whole9yards F/W ‘17 Collection

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Drawing inspiration from desert wildflowers, the local label shows femininity and toughness can coexist. For the 94-piece collection, its designers Daniel Ngoo and Frank Pouchoulin used lace, velvet, fill coupé and wool to create looks that are as fragile as they are gritty.

 

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Three standout pieces are outerwear: a cocoon-shaped sponge coat with pleated sleeves and back; an embroidered jacket with face art; and a pompom-sleeved jacket. At www.whole9yards.com, from €250 to €650 ($390 to $1,010).

 

7. Wear: The Roaring ‘20s

 

The Roaring ‘20s - that particular era in the United States was all about jazz, fast cars and speakeasies. It was also a period where women wore some of the most beautiful accessories.

 

Chanel’s Boy.Friend, Tiffany & Co.’s Cocktail and Monica Vinader’s Baja – draw inspiration from the decade in different ways.

 

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The first, Chanel's Boy.Friend watch, has a tweed pattern (Coco’s iconic material) on the metal strap, which adjusts to the contours of the wrist for a comfy fit. The watch comes in three sizes and two colours, from $6,600 for the S size.

 

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The second, adapted from a 1920s chatelaine timepiece made by Henry Blank and Company for Tiffany, features a slim oval face embellished with diamonds. From $7,050.

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And the third, Monica Vinader Baja’s fringed cocktail earrings, pays homage to the geometric stepped designs of famed Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa. From $180-$1,985.

 

 

This story was first published in the July 2017 issue of Her World magazine.