Back in Black

You don’t have to spend a bomb to look like a million bucks, as A/X (Armani Exchange)’s Fall collection will testify. Its “Speed Style” collection is exactly that, featuring hard-edged characters roaming with a rugged sense of elegance and sexual intrigue (just check out its latest video campaign). The guys can rough it out in tough leather military jackets and blazers, coupled with trooper vests and wool active pants that will take you through season after season, while the girls can look forward to diamond-accented black jackets and glamorous black dresses that won’t look out of the place at work or play.
Available at #B1-03 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard turn, 6304-1369.
Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair
Fusing the best elements of British and Japanese fashion, the autumn collection for Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair is anything but boring. The men’s collection, especially, is inspired by the old gentlemen’s look but with a twist—featuring pieces like double coated college jackets and bowler hats in black—certainly one for aspiring dandys. For the girls, basic tees and cut up gothic dresses (see left) should do the trick.
Available at #02-13/14 Hilton Shopping Gallery, 581 Orchard Rd., 6836-8413.
Always good for well-made basics, the guys behind local menswear label Sifr have upped their ante even further with their latest “Wax Coated Icicles” collection. Nothing cold here, except really cool black coated twill pants and pre-washed shorts that will have you looking like a clued-in man about town in no time.
Available at Know It Nothing, 51 Haji Lane, 6392-5475.
Tsumori Chisato
If you still need to add some playfulness to your collection, the Fall/Winter collection by quirky Jap label Tsumori Chisato should do the trick. Inspired by the planets and certain cartoon characters, black dresses, tops and harem pants come with embellishments like gold embroidery for that luxe factor. Never mind that you’ll look like you just rolled out of bed; these comfortable, evergreen pieces will have come in useful year after year.
Available at Blackjack, #01-10 Forum the Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd., 6735-0975.
Twenty 8 Twelve
If you insist on looking fashionably forward, just buy into British actress Sienna Miller’s latest clothing label Twenty8Twelve because the girl certainly has her eye on the pulse. Not one to unnecessarily stray into colors, Miller has come up with a set of reliably chic black pieces for the hipster in you. You can’t go wrong with eye-catching pieces like wool dresses with frilly shoulder trimmings that are all the rage right now, as well as deconstructed blazers and jackets, and well-fitted tights.
Available at Blackjack, #01-10 Forum the Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd., 6735-0975.