FASHION ARTISAN WEEK – COFFEE AND TALK WITH LOCAL & FRENCH DESIGNERS
What are the challenges of young designers in a globalised world?
Come for the talk with French designer Diane de Malherbe, local designers Weekend Sundries and Ying the Label. Discover the challenges of being a designer in Singapore and in France and how they overcome the them in a fast-paced world we live in.
About Michelle Chan – founder of Weekend Sundries
Michelle Chan founded the Weekend Sundries in 2012 – a line of relaxed womenswear, befitting to its name. “I seek to offer a sense of breathing space for the modern woman,” the 34-year-old explains. Chan previously dabbled in interior design, architecture, and art curation before finding her way into fashion. Aligned with her vision for slow-living, Chan sources her fabrics from Japan, “I work with quality fabrics including high-count cottons, as well as organic textiles.” She also produces small batches of fabrics in her studio, “hand-dyed or printed in limited runs,” she adds. And the local market has been responsive to Weekend Sundries, “My label is currently stocked with the department store TANGS…Threadbare & Squirrel, and Egg3.”
The 28-year-old Phuay Li Ying studied in Melbourne for four years, where “the clothes were always vibrant and bright. Prints were everywhere,” she notes. When she graduated and returned to Singapore, Phuay was taken aback, “I couldn’t find such prints on clothes.” Phuay wanted to plug the gap, and in 2015, Ying The Label officially launched at Singapore’s digital fashion week. It’s Phuay’s side project outside of her day job, “I wanted to translate my passion, which was watercolour painting into wearable art.” Phuay has released four collections till date, and she sources fabrics from Japan, Korea, and Indonesia. Ying The Label is stocked at Isetan Scotts, Nana and Bird, and their own e-commerce site.
About Diane de Malherbe – founder of the eponymous brand
Diane de Malherbe was born in Kuala Lumpur and raised in Paris. She studied fashion design and pattern making in Paris, where she graduated in 2010. After gaining experience for several years designing for prestigious Haute Couture houses in New York, Paris, and London, she launched her first collection in 2017. Having a taste for the elegance through the natural elements, art and historical sources, Diane de Malherbe was inspired for this first collection by the mystical ornaments and gardens of the Fontainebleau and Courances castles, as well as the French poet and artist Jean Cocteau.