The Upcoming Men’s Fashion Week; Undercover x Nike; Shanghai Tang Accessories

I’m very excited about the upcoming Men’s Fashion Week that’s going to take place on Mar 30-Apr 3. Not only is this the first time that Singapore will host a mens-only fashion showcase; apparently this is the first time it’s happening in Asia, too. Personally, I’m glad that I won’t be seeing another series of (boring) evening gowns, OTT accessories and other frilly nonsense of the kind that usually permeates womenswear shows here. Frank has personally asked me not to disclose any of the brands that will be on show (I’m privy because I’m a nice guy), but I can say that there will be an interesting mix of debuting regional labels alongside the usual big brands as well as a major streetwear giant. My lips are sealed for now (hey, apart from being from the press, I’m first and foremost, a good friend), but watch this space—more will be revealed in my column next week.
Another highlight this year is the Nike and cult Japanese label Undercover’s collaboration for the inaugural Gyakusou collection. The range is not available for sale here yet (fingers crossed, it will hit the local stores later this year), so if you’re a savvy shopper, you might want to hit the Internet to secure some buys first. This is the first sportswear range since Stella McCartney’s collaboration with Adidas that actually has me excited. Chief designer Jun Takahashi’s clever mix of technology and craft—fusing lightweight, high-tech material with striking designs especially for its sneaker range—is so desirable, it makes me feel like jogging all over again just so that I have a reason to buy a pair (admittedly, I’ve been slacking over the past couple of months). But hey, whatever it takes to motivate myself.
I’m also the type of person who likes to plan ahead, (well, most of the time, anyways), so I’ve my eyes set on a few Shanghai Tang (#02-09 Ngee Ann City, 291 Orchard Rd., 6737-3537) accessories and homeware before the CNY festive rush kicks in. Why do I need them? Strictly speaking, I don’t, but they’re nice to have, and the good folks back home wouldn’t mind them as gifts. The dragon porcelain trays ($295) can double up as dessert showcase pieces, while mom will love either the jade bracelet or earrings ($570 upwards). For myself, perhaps the bamboo home fragrance ($65) will do as I’ve just moved into my new place. And on that note, perhaps I should get myself the “ginger flower” pillow spray ($65) too, just for kicks.