From The Straits Times    |


Singapore Fashion Week (SGFW) kicks off this week, but while all eyes are on Taiwan-born, New York-based designer Jason Wu who famously dressed former First Lady Michelle Obama, we’re also keeping a close watch on our home-grown designers and brands. These four local labels are making us grip the edge of our seats even before SGFW has started, as we browse their designs that are now available at

The best thing yet? The designs are perfect for the office. Read on to find out more about these fashion labels and see our top picks.


Ying the Label

Ying The Label Brave The Storm Top, $199

Ying The Label Lovelle Dress, $199


Launched by designer Phuay Li Ying, Ying the Label is known for its watercolour-inspired designs, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since painting is Li Ying’s passion. This year, Ying the Label collaborated with Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry, among others, to produce a capsule collection for National Day. The collection was worn by Member of Parliament Vikram Nair and his family.


Ying The Label Victoria Pants, $209

Ying The Label Sweet Pastures Top, $119

Ying The Label Conquerer Pants, $209



Weekend Sundries

Weekend Sundries Swing Dress, $179

Weekend Sundries Knot Dress, $169


Looking for clothes that are actually suitable for our hot weather? Look no further than Weekend Sundries, who make wearability their ultimate objective. Founded by Michelle Chan, the label stocks office-friendly and practical pieces such as shirt dresses and drop-waist dresses that won’t make you regret life choices while walking back to the office under the sun after lunch.


Weekend Sundries Dropwaist Tee Dress, $179

Weekend Sundries Soft Shapes Blouse, $139

Weekend Sundries Fawn Mesh Dress, $179


Ginlee Studio

Ginlee Studio Snow Top In Light Blue, $168

Ginlee Studio Shell Vest In Black, $188


Fashion label GINLEE Studio wasn’t founded in Singapore. It started in 2010 in Israel by Singaporean designer Gin Lee. It wasn’t until 2015 that the designer decided to debut her label in her home country. The reason for the label’s success in both Israel and Singapore is simple: her designs are practical and easy to wear. While comfort is a key element in the pieces, design is also at the forefront, evident from the unique details that her creations boast.


Ginlee Studio Dusk Dress In Blue, $158

Ginlee Studio Wave Trousers In Grey, $188

Ginlee Studio Kai Dress In Pink, $178


Ling Wu

Ling Wu x Onlewo Siu Jie Blue Botanical, $320

Ling Wu Lara Black, $450


Goh Ling Ling has always been passionate about fashion, but her inspiration for Ling Wu came largely from her mother, who not only helped set up the family’s garment factory, but also had an extensive wardrobe that included vintage handbags. To Ling, who is the ZALORA Style Awards 2017 Designer of the Year winner, a good handbag shouldn’t just be on-trend, but also functional and made with quality materials. She adds: “I believe a great bag should never live within the confines of the latest trend, but should live with purpose as a close and honest friend to whoever owns it.”


Ling Wu Lara Wine, $450

Ling Wu Jamie White, $380

Ling Wu Torres Navy And Wine Mix, $480


Photos: ZALORA