Shopping Preview: The Best of Spring/Summer 2013

You know summer’s arrived when the blazing sun slows down your sartorial sensibilities and all you really want to step out of the house in are simple T-shirt and jeans. Thankfully, these groovy Spring/Summer finds compromise neither comfort nor style.

For Men

Dior Homme

The luxury fashion brand’s latest collection “Light” is certainly all that: Materials are as light and luminous as the name of the collection implies. Lightweight wools and Prince of Wales check, silk satin and taffeta, wool and silk knits, techno mesh and nylon canvas—it’s an impressive mix and match of materials that ensures that each piece is immaculately made and utterly wearable in this weather. Silhouettes are precise, soft and elongated for extra comfort while ribbed collar and cuffs, vertical pockets and drawstrings further add to the style quotient. The sleeveless sweaters are also a draw which allows wearers to slip them on and off with effortless ease.

$440 upwards from The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands


This new-in-town Japanese brand sets itself apart with an Americana twist to great effect in the form of bold and colorful designs, patterns and prints across a selection of pieces like totes, pouches, lightweight scarves and socks. Punctuated by seriously trendy color- and print-blocking applications throughout pieces like short-sleeve button-downs, T-shirts, trousers, sweaters, cardigans and lightweight outerwear, as well as necklaces and bracelets inspired by Native Americans, it’s an effortlessly chic collection.

$289 upwards from Club 21b, Forum The Shopping Mall


For something even more easy and timeless, try French brand Zilli’s Spring/Summer pieces on for size. Their resort-inspired collection is made from exceptional fabrics, coupled with espadrilles and sandals, combined with uber-luxurious beach bags (made from glazed lambskin) that bring the art of idling with elegance to a whole new level. Its cross-strap sandals with waterproof gripped soles are also a hit, while ready-to-wear pieces like shirts are infused with groovy gingham prints.

$700 upwards from The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

For Women

Alexander Wang

Experimental yet sophisticated, Wang’s Spring/Summer arrivals depict a linear quality that is clean and minimal with floating lines created by translucent fish wire, embroidery and exaggerated eyelets. The juxtaposition of tension and suspension are captured between structure and fluidity is what sets the collection apart, while exotic animal prints also permeate the collection made from a series of extensive embroidery techniques for an overall eye-catching collection. There are also some equally playful sportswear-inspired pieces featuring suspended patches fused with lucent fish wire on shirts and dresses for a visually stunning effect.

$120 upwards from Hilton Singapore

Club Monaco

Inspired by New York and Los Angeles, this collection will capture all the attention that you need on the streets. Contrasting texture combinations like lace with metallic, leather and sheer fabrics ensure that movements are easy while you wear them, while more athlectic-inspired pieces—ranging from side-striped bottoms, color-blocked winbreakers and soft-stuctured sweatshirts—are equally inspired. Elsewhere, lively print blocking in camouflage and floral designs, soft botanical prints and water patterns ensure that this is one of the most on-trend collections for the year

$69 upwards from Ngee Ann City

Stella McCartney

For something more structured yet playful, look no further than Stella McCartney’s latest collection which plays with geometry in fresh and hyper-realistic colors. Elliptical shapes of white, bright orange and black flow on sheer linear dresses, while ultra-fine silk rib knits worn under micro-plisse create a slimming silhouette. Spearmint and paper white gauze knits will also stand out at the workplace, and sleeveless and belted summer tweed jackets in forest green are exactly what the style doctor prescribed for the season.

$360 upwards from Hilton Singapore