19 Best Dressed Streetbeasts at Sole Superior 2016

In case you have been out of the loop, Sole Superior 2016 just happened over the weekend. And boy it was crazy! Each year it gets bigger and better than the previous.

This year, instead of covering the event as I did previously, I decided to scout for some of the best dressed people at the event with Melissa (@a.series). After all, style and fashion is my thing, ain’t it? One thing’s for sure, we were not on the look out for who was wearing the hypest brands because STYLE COMES BEFORE HYPE; it’s the whole package. If you are wearing hype things but you haven’t got style, man you need to up your game. And even if you don’t have the hypest gear but you got style, it’s all that matters #truth.

(all photos are taken by @a.series / @melissalcl)

If you are going to rock Yeezys, you better do it right…

1. @imrntv, Graphic Designer (20)

Imran is in tonal black gear with the Pirate Black Yeezy, complete with a Y-3 tote and Supreme cap.

2. @dylandkl , Student (19)

And this trio where you will see the Yeezy V2 accompanied by a Nike Air Jordan 1.
Am particularly digging Dylan’s olive outfit accented with white and the orange detailing from the Yeezy,

3. @parag0n, Student (15)

For a kid his age, I have always been impressed Ee Jin’s style. He wears a denim jacket from ‘The Life of Pablo’ merch line and the coveted Yeezy V2 in white. By the way, check out his IG ’cause his photography is dope af.

And then there’s the crowd that brought back true old school ’90s flava

4. @marzipansgd, Dancer (31)

Streetwear in the ’90s was a lot more colorful than it is now. Marcus blends the old and the new in a vintage San Antonio Spurs X Mitchell & Ness NBA Authentic 94-95 Jacket and Wood Wood x New Balance 670.

5. @clarahongg, ??? (??)

One of the reigning local streetbaes, Clara rocks FILA with an all-black outfit. Pretty sure she is going to make Fila cool again in our local scene.
Photo by – @izzraimy.

6. @tingxwei, Student (19)

Probably one of the most outstanding outfits I’ve seen that day, Ting is the perfect example where you don’t have to deck full out in streetwear brands to look good. Mixing vintage pieces in contrasting prints of the same color family, the focus is drawn to her Vans Old Skool in Tan leather.

7. @_nakedsnaps, Student (16)

Heating up the jersey game, Danish is spotted in a 10 Deep All Saints Jersey.

Coming back to present time, simple does it when you put the right combination together. I.e. Colors, prints, minute details..

8. @rocky_rated, Visualiser (26)’

Literally the first person i spotted because of his yellow tee. Rocky’s outfit is effortlessly put together. Check out those Jordan 1s though!

9. @yinemily, Graphic designer (??)

Well, you have to admit yellow is a really eye-catching color. but only a handful can pull it off really well. We spotted Yin from afar in the line. A chirpy outfit with a personality to match, Yin wears Stoned and Co.

10. @izzraimy, NS (22)

Usually a simple outfit of a graphic tee and ripped jeans, complete with a pair of chucks will do the trick. But you can spice things up a little but slipping in some exclusivity as Izz did with his Palace Tri Coco Tee and PLAY by CDG x Converse Chuck Taylors.

11. @spawntan, Freelancer (32)

A sick graphic tee will speak the loudest when you keep your outfit simple so that the print stands out. Syafique is wearing The Hundreds “Where’s Adam Bomb” Tee and Lafayette camp cap.

12. @tontonlim, Student (17)

If you are not one to be challenged by the Singapore heat and humidity, MA-1s will always be your safest choice of outerwear. Preston is wearing an Alpha Industries MA-1 flight jacket.

Or you can go low-key hype by wearing OG brand collabs that people seem to forget about now because majority just wanna get the “hype” stuff…

13. @yatkinsei, Police officer (30)

A true Bape represent, Yat is wearing Bape x Stussy Shark Army Jaw Head T-Shirt and Bape WGM Shark jogger pants.

And finally, it is all in the details

14.  @the_daxian, Teacher (34)

The print game is strong with Peng Yuan as he works with layering to create a a cohesive outfit.

15. @kevbinn, Student (15)

Masked up in Bape, Kevbin is decked in a cap from the Singapore ‘The Life of Pablo’ merch line, Palace coach jacket and adidas NMDs.

16. @black.wolfsbane, Production executive- Mighty Jaxx (27)

Bane kills it with his 10 Deep ‘The Bonzai’ Military shirt that features mandarin buttons, complete with a safari hat and tinted shades.

17. @izzadely, Student (18)

Windbreaker, Champion, and Reebok Classics on feet; this is the perfect recipe for an Old School outfit. Note how Dee accessories with a gold chain and gold-rimmed specs, and the little touch of pins on his beanie.

18. @hanyaseah, Student (??)


Another streetbae in town, Hanya definitely caught some attention with her Supreme championship football jersey. But on a closer look, check out those sick grillz by @chezgrillz.

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With guys dominating the list, girls it’s time to up our streetwear game! Keep experimenting and remember, it ain’t always about the hype. See ya next year!

p/s Just in case any of you are curious, I wore:

Black Suede Dad Cap – @sfbclo
Stussy Crossback Sports Bra
Carhartt White Overalls
Air Jordan 4 ‘Oreo’

 

Sole Superior 2016 – The Biggest Sneakers & Streetwear Convention in Singapore is Back


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Sneakerheads and street wear enthusiasts heads up! Sole Superior is back for its fourth instalment on 12th November.  If you don’t know about it already, Sole Superior is Singapore’s exclusive sneakers and street wear convention.  The event has attained global recognition in the realm of sneaker convention after 2 post-event feature on Highsnobiety for Sole Superior 2015. Check out the highlights from last year:

As you can see, past instalments saw an array of street wear and sneaker vendors participating in the event. From some of the news and leaks I’ve heard from the organisers themself, It seems that this year is going to be way bigger than last. Here are the first wave of highlights you can expect at Sole Superior this year!

Exclusive Event Merch – Pras The Bandit, Mister Tucks and…

Following its collaboration last year,  Sole Superior and Pras the Bandit come together again to produce merch unique to the event. The collaborative capsule include tees, caps, military field jackets (ala Kanye style) with embroidered details, tote bags, wood poster art, as well as a Pras x Sole Superior carpet.  If there is anything I would advise, you need to go as early as possible if you hope to cop any of the merch. Last year’s capsule was practically sold out within 30 minutes since doors open so I’m expecting this year will be no different, or even faster since this year’s turn out is expected to be crazier than the last.


Pras the Bandit x Sole Superior Carpet

The official poster for Sole Superior 2016 was designed by Mister Tucks ( local illustrator x skater x rad master ), whom just released 4 graphics for global skateboard brad REAL Skateboards in September. To celebrate the collaboration, a limited run of Mister Tucks x Sole Superior 2016 hand-screened tees will be sold at the event. By limited I mean like ONLY 30 pieces; so you know what to do.


Mister Tucks x Sole Superior 2016 Tee

Lastly, this particular collaboration is one I feel sneakerheads will find VERY RELATABLE and functional. A three-way collaboration with TERRAINWARE and FIN, the Sole Superior Camping chair will fast become a key essential item for those who always queue and camp for sneaker drops. Think about it, why sit on the floor when you can get both comfort and style with this chair, right?


Preview – Terrainware x FIN x Sole Superior Camping Chair

Free REAL tattoos

Yes- REAL, permanent tattoos by professional artists; not the temporary sticker kinds. Returning from his stint working guest spots in San Diego, Singaporean tattoo artist Alfrey Tattoos and Kelvin Monster – top score winner for 2016 Batam Tattoo Convention, will offer complimentary tattoos from an exclusive Sole Superior 2016 flash sheet to a selected lucky few. The flash sheet features graphics contributed by various artists consolidated by local illustrator collective Tell Your Children.  The flash sheet will be released before the actual event. If you are interested, you can email Alfrey with your chosen art and schedule your appointment to get inked during Sole Superior.

 

Cover up #gimmelovetattoo #sgtattoo #singaporetattoo

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Live DJ set by Wav(y)

The Hip hop DJ duo consisting of Prav and Deejay XG will be feeding the vibes on the wheels of steel at SS16. Signifying the best music selection backed by sneakerheads, street wear enthusiasts and new age hip hop audience, Wav(y) will be dropping some soulful bass heavy music and banging 808’s all afternoon. Check out their sounds here or below!

New Participating vendors and lucky draw

With an anticipated increase in attendees as well as to bid a fond farewell to Zouk’s Jiak Kim location, Sole Superior 2016 will take up the entire Zouk Complex. That means this year’s Sole Superior sees even more participating labels and retailers; including main stayers from past instalments and new vendors such as Vans and Jason Markk.

And what’s not to be missed is the Sole Superior Lucky Draw; where over $20,000 worth of products will be given away. Besides hourly giveaways, the ultimate prizes comprising of highly coveted items (mostly sneakers, but last year they gave away a KIKSTYO board!!) are given away at the grand draw at the end of the day. So be sure to stay till the end!

Going at $10 each (actual day door sales $20), entry tickets are now on sale online and selected stores listed below in limited quantities:

  • Limited Edt (Queensway Shopping Centre)
  • E Way (313@Somerset)
  • E Hall of Fame (VivoCity)
  • Limited Edt Vault (Jurong East Mall aka JEM)
  • Limited Edt Chamber (Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands)
    Further information available at Limited Edt
  • The Analog Vault
  • Goodluck Bunch
  • Seek (Raffles City)

OR ACTUALLY, you can score a pair of tickets for free! I will be giving away a pair of Sole Superior  2016 tickets to you and your friend; all you have to do is:

Sole Superior is back this year! Check out the link in my bio to find out the first wave of highlights happening at Singapore biggest sneakers and streetwear convention #solesuperior2016 . . Also, I am giving away pair of entry tickets to the event! All you need to do is like this picture and tag your Friend in the comments. Closing date is on 17 Oct 2359pm, the winner will be notify via insta Dm. . . #snobshots #jordans #aj4 #airjordan4 #streetshot #fashionista #style #styleblogger #ootdmagazine #ootdcampaign #wiwt #dailylook #aboutalook #vscocam #lookbook #streetstyle #streetwear #hypebeast #streetshot #streetbeast #kicks #kotd #thecreatorclass #teamcozy #hsdailyfeature #postthepeople #minimalmovement #agameoftones

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1) Head over to my Instagram and spot the picture above.
2) Like the picture
3) Tag a friend the comment section

The winner will be selected by (date) and contacted via Insta DM!

I don’t know about you but I’m already pretty psyched for Sole Superior 2016 already! Stay tuned to the event page on facebook or Sole Superior’s  Instagram for more updates. See you then!

SOLE SUPERIOR 2016

Date: 12th November 2016
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Venue: Zouk Singapore
Ticket prices: $10 (Pre-event), $20 (Event Day)
Online Ticketing: http://tinyurl.com/solesuptix2016

What’s the Hype over Rihanna’s Latest Fenty PUMA Fall/Winter Collection

Since the collection debuted at NYFW earlier this year in February,  Rihanna’s Fenty PUMA 2016 Fall/Winter collection finally made its way to our shore. The collection has officially launched in Singapore and is now available at Pedder on Scotts, and soon to be available at Limited Ed Chamber at Marina Bay Sands from September 9.

But seriously though, besides the fact that Riri headed the creative direction of the whole collection, is it really worth the hype? Let’s take a look at the full collection below:

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The songstress/creative director took inspiration from Japanese street culture, infusing them with her personal style to create pieces with gothic undertones and exaggerated proportions. Pushing the boundaries of her designs for the sports label, Riri is certainly bringing PUMA onto a different level with such bold designs and luxurious fabric choices.

However though, while some pieces hold their own and are really worth the stacks, others are well…questionable? Like why would you pay USD$80 for an oversized crew neck T-shirt!?

Aside from that perplexing excuse of a garment, I’d think Riri could have done an even better job with the use of Japanese elements. Using the words “秋の冬”, which literally translate to “Autumn/Winter’s”, seemed kindda tried-hard. It’s like if she was going to make a Spring/Summer collection then she’ll use “春の夏”, get what I mean?

That’s the thing about Westerners appropriating Asian culture, it is always very superficial when there is so much more depth to the varying Asian cultures. As Sasa and Keff from Shock and Awe mentioned in an interview with Highsnobiety about whether streetwear objectifies Japanese culture, brands are using Japanese characters just “make the design look “edgier.” I do have to give props to Riri though, at least her characters has a meaning to it and not some random Katakana words.  That said, delivering the principle of what PUMA stands for in Japanese would have been more impactful than simply listing the season down.

While those are the minor ticks that made me question the collection, I have to say the silhouettes are unarguably unique; with the mix of Kimono shapes with sports apparels. If I have to get something from the collection, I would consider copping the Rising Sun Lacing Sweatshirt, the Kimono Long Sleeve Top / Super Long Sleeve Crew Neck Top, and just maybe the Tricot Track Jacket.

Is the collection worth the hype though? I’d say 60-40. For one, at least this collection beats the Yeezus Merch in terms of design and quality, and you could see Rihanna in the designs yet it does not overshadow  PUMA’s sporty aesthetics. However, you have to admit that this is just going to be a fad that’ll will die out in a couple of months.

Besides fashionistas who are already inclined towards the Japanese-Goth aesthetics or true PUMA fans who would level up the look of this collection, I cannot say the same for others. I’ll think most people are just going to buy the pieces to blast their social media hoping for a feature on Hypebae or Snobshot because it’s the IN-thing now.  #justsayingnothating.

Nonetheless, do check out the collection at Pedder on Scotts and Limited Ed and let me know what you think too! Meanwhile, take a look at the official campaign for the collection below as Rihanna goes full out Nihon in it. (Asian models yasssss)

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Pedder on Scotts
6 Scotts Rd, 04 – 07 Scotts Square
Singapore 228209

Limited Ed Chamber
Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Ave, 23 Marina Bay Sands
Singapura 018972

5 Streetwear brands to check out in Seoul

Yassssssss~ Guess who’s back! Now I finally have time off my hands to focus on this space to continue my mission to push the streetwear scene in Asia. To start things off, I’m going to start with a topic I have been meaning to write for the longest time. If you followed my Instagram, you would know that I went to Seoul earlier this year. And damn, their streetwear game is hella strong. You actually find ahjuumas (middle-aged ladies) wearing Air Force 1s and longline bomber jackets (Say what~).

So with a thriving streetwear scene in the Korean capital, no doubt there is an abundance of opportunities for streetwear labels to sprout and grow over there. And amongst all of them, here are my favourite brands that you should definitely check out when you head to Korea.

1) A Piece of Cake (APOC)

As the name suggests, adopting the Korean streetwear style is effortless with A Piece of Cake. Playing with basic tees, most of its merch comes in an array of colors. The brand’s quirky logo makes up the graphic on the apparels, setting a playful yet minimalistic vibe. While it may be pretty low key in the Asian market, APOC is steadily winning the hearts of streetwear players in Seoul; as its apparels are often spotted on K-Pop artists and South Korean media. If candy minimal is your thing, be sure to check out APOC here.


Featured – Stripe Cake Logo 1/2 Tee in ‘BlackPink’ and Cake logo cap in Pink


Featured – Neon Blouson in Denim

A Piece of Cake
A Land Hongdae
Mapo-gu, Seoul 357-4 Seogyo
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2) Ader Error

Perhaps one of the better known Korean brands out here, Ader Error is known for its use of bold colors, quirky graphics and witty slogans in designs. Besides these, its apparels are made with distinctive silhouettes too.  The brand plays with oversized cuttings that is all the rage now in the streetwear scene (think Vetements), as well as unique color or texture blockings in some of its collection. Ader Error has since caught the attention of the international scene since it got featured on Hypebeast and Highsnobiety numerous times.

Ader Error
26, Itaewon-ro 36-Gil
Yongsan-gu, Seoul
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3) Cres. E Dim. / Dim. E Cres.

Fusing high fashion with street influences, the labels founded by Kim Hong Bum shows another side of Korean fashion. While it is clear that the designs take on a witty personality; using bright pops of colors and bold silhouettes, the two labels present different aesthetics. Cres. E Dim could be considered as the high end label, delivering sculptural pieces with a more refined appeal. Where else casual basics, loud colors and sporty silhouettes make up the bulk of  the collections for the light-hearted Dim. E Cres. One thing’s for sure, Cres and Dim definitely got you covered even if you have a style preference on extreme ends of the spectrum.

Cres. E Dim.
Common Ground headquarters retail (COMMON GROUND SHOP)
Gwangjin-gu, Seoul COMMON GROUND SHOP, SM East second floor
(2F, SM Dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul) 

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4) BrownBreath

This is one brand the boys have to look out for. Just hitting its 10 years mark, BrownBreath has already established itself as the forerunner in the Seoul streetwear scene. BrownBreath carries an extensive range streetwear staples including slogan tees, sweats, button shirts, outerwear, pants, caps and various accessories.  While the primary palette is more masculine, the clothier has its fair share of female fans too.

The label also has a sub-line called BLC that produces bags, which are as functional as they are stylish. With the aim to promote culture and lifestyle through its brand, BrownBreath also started an initiative called Project B that introduces different culture and shares the story of the people who are creating and leading different movements. With such an influence in the scene, it’s unsurprising that the South Korean label has earned the respect amongst its local street beasts.

BrownBreath
Mapo-gu, Seoul Seogyo 1F 340-13
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5) Stereo Vinyls

In a span of just three years, Stereo Vinyls has already carved an identity for itself. A London and Seoul based label pushing unisex urban garment, Stereo Vinyls seem to always bring the freshest and most interesting collections and collaborations to the table. Some of the notable collections include WuTang, Bart Simpson and Disney. The label’s house design adapts to the minimalistic, sporty design that appeals to the Korean market in terms of silhouette and colors, while visual elements such as illustrations and typography takes influence from European streetwear. A perfect marriage of East and West, hop over to Stereo Vinyls e-store to cop their unique apparels.

Stereo Vinyls
Stocks at A Land
(Garosu Branch, Itawon Branch, Myungdong Branch,
Myungdong 2nd Page Branch, Sinchon Branch, Hongdae Branch)
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PHOTOSHOOT COLLAB 02- @CHRSTPHRWXD

I’m finally back after exactly 2 months! Life has been really crazy busy but I’ve met and worked with so many people and I’m really grateful for everything’s that happening to me now and the people I’ve met. For one, I got to know another amazing photographer Christopher and had the honor to shoot with him. All I can say is, Chris is a very underrated photographer. He really has a keen eye for perspective (which is really important in my opinion) and I adore his post-processing style, which was probably the main reason I decided to work with him. Check out the photos below to see the product of his work!

 

It’s crazy how this shot turned out because of how he caught the lighting!

(Such a bummer that PS downgrade the quality when I export it as a gif)

 

 

So far when I’ve worked with Melissa, I’ve always been more spontaneous; I would just go “let’s climb this wall” or “I can step into the fountain” or “do you want me to lie on the road?”. So I think I kindda scared Chris with my overwhelming enthusiasm when I proposed to make use of the abandoned cola fridge we saw standing in the alley haha. But hey, seemed like most people liked the concept !


(yeap, when you’re petite enough you can fit in most small spaces)

For one, I always believed (after watching too much ANTM) that the subject/model and the photographer have to help inspire each other during a shoot. So I feel it always better to give way more and tone it down if we need to, than just playing it safe. Because even then, the photographer will run out of perspectives he can work with.

 

Chris had deactivated his Instagram account for personal reasons. However, you can still check out his work and contact him at his website here!