Mae Goodness

Mae Goodness

>> It might sound a little condescending to constantly be surprised at the fact that Singapore seems to have a flourishing fashion design scene but honestly the wee wee size of the country does make you marvel at its ability to produce a sizeable number of designers presented at the Blueprint tradeshow this year.  One of them which caught my eye was Mae Pang, whose collection immediatley conjured up a more refined amalgamation of things that I might have seen in Cyber Dog, a cultish store that I've repeatedly brought up on the blog as a teenage novelty haunt.  The combination of black PVC, bright coloured mesh and particular sort of sheeny black polyester that harks back to the boxy jackets, oversized combat trousers and cut-out dresses that I was fascinated by at Cyber Dog.  It has to be said that I never actually bought anything.  The mere act of going in there was enough of a trip.  Plus I wasn't sure how I'd explain to my mum that a battery back in a t-shirt was totally normal. 

Mei has actually taken those elements and moulded them into a far more contemporary shapes in a mix of long and short pleated skirts, tops that are cut wide to create angular lines and strong masculine-led jackets, creating a set of pieces ripe for layering.  By the by, there are no excuses for the "It's too hot for layering in Singapore!" as I wore a few silk and sheer things mish-mashed together and actually felt fairly comfortable and even cold at times in the freezing air-con and Mae Pang certainly can accommodate the climate-specific mode of layering. 

The main thing that I took away from Mae Pang's collection along with a lot of the designers I saw at Blueprint, was that interesting design and interesting back stories were coupled with fairly low price points.  I did look through some of  wholesale prices in surprise althought It might just be my brain, inflated by United Kingdom prices.  That said, buying clothes that aren't necessarily mass-market and that have some sort of design provenance or independent voice at a middling levelled price seems potently relevant now. 

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The advantage of that price point benefit was immediately felt when I went to visit the new A Curious Teepee shop in Singapore and bought this mesh cut-out jacket/cardi from Mae Pang's S/S 11 collection that ended up costing about the equivalent of ¬£88.  That's a brack that's hovering just above Topshop prices essentially and given that there's a fair amount of design 'deets' in this jacket, I personally don't feel like quality has necessarily been compromised in favour of noticeable details such as the strategically placed cut-outs.  On the back streets of Cat Street in Harajuku in Tokyo, with my limited amount of luggage, I've got a nifty bit of affordable design that perhaps is the key to marking out a lot of South East Asian designers out. 

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(Worn with Miu Miu bag, Church's shoes, Sunspel t-shirt, vintage slip, Topshop trousers)

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  1. Mordrian

    2011-05-25 at 8:02 PM

    Your hair is so amazing! Those bangs and that bun….its just magnificent

  2. Carolinas Couture

    2011-05-25 at 11:16 PM

    I love the turquoise dress and thanks for updating us on Singapore’s fashion.

  3. Hannah

    2011-05-25 at 11:39 PM

    I absolutely LOVE your studded Church’s brogues here. And the tux detailing in the cardigan is beautiful
    http://whatshisisyours.com/

  4. Monica // crossthat

    2011-05-26 at 1:31 AM

    I love the futurism of the designs! It’s like Space Goddess 101.
    Thanks for sharing
    http://crossthat.com

  5. Gemma

    2011-05-26 at 4:23 AM

    Love this postttt! And a tiny heads up on a mis-info, Mae’s a guaduate from Laselle College of the Arts in Singapore, not CSM!

  6. The bangs and the bun = LOVE.
    Makes me want to cut my bangs for the summer 🙂
    xoxo

  7. The Visual Jerbil

    2011-05-26 at 6:03 AM

    finally! my quest for a space outfit that is not a spandex unitard is now complete. Who knew it was hiding out in Singapore this whole time?

  8. leonie

    2011-05-26 at 6:52 AM

    great stuff! those zip shin guards are dope!
    ‚úòleonie
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  9. ALEXANDRE

    2011-05-26 at 9:37 AM

    WOW! Amazing work from such a tiny island! Is it stocked anywhere in the UK yet?

  10. Rose

    2011-05-28 at 1:21 AM
  11. LUSHGAZINE

    2011-05-29 at 5:14 PM

    I’m lovin it!
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    you’re a ‚òÖ
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  12. Laura

    2011-05-31 at 11:06 PM

    I love those platforms at the top of the page! I’m currently coveting these for a similar look: http://www.chineselaundry.com/chineselaundry/platforms/avalanche

  13. Meizitang Botanical Slimming

    2011-06-02 at 9:21 AM

    nice dress. i like it.

  14. Mertxe Hernandez

    2011-06-04 at 1:18 PM

    NICE… NICE!!!!!!
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  15. Mertxe Hernandez

    2011-06-04 at 1:20 PM

    Love it! the pics… the heels all….!!!!
    mertxehernandez.blogspot

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