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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Click image to purchase tickets to Sole Superior 2016*

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.

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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:

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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

RADIKAL FORZE JAM 2016- Asia’s Biggest, Freshest Dance Festival (and Party) EVER

And you’ll be regretting if you’re not down for it!

Started out as an annual break-dancing competition in collaboration with the anniversary of Singapore pioneer bboy crew, Radikal Forze Crew, Radikal Forze Jam is now possibly the BIGGEST and DOPEST dance festival in Asia.

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The 3-Day event will see intense battles in BBoy, Popping and All-style* categories; including crew battles and 7-to-smoke** battles. This of course has attracted dancers from ALL OVER the world to take part.

You must be thinking, the prizes must be damn good that’s why RF Jam is getting so much attention, right? But guess what? It really isn’t about the prize (bragging rights, hello!) but everyone’s coming together for the love of the culture, and just the sheer craziness of this jam.

But really, the biggest highlight of every RF Jam has got to be the parties. You don’t know what is a real party until you come for at least one RF Jam party.  If there’s anything you can’t miss, it’s the Closing Hancai Beach Party on Day 3.

Imagine, real dopeass music from international DJs, people from all over the world from different cultures coming together, it is as crazy as it gets. Check out the vid below to get an idea what it’s gonna be like!

From now till 13th Mar, you can get your RF Jam tickets online for only $45 for a 3-day pass (door sales are going at $50, single day pass are going at $20-30). Whether you’re a dancer or not, I strongly urge you to come jam and party with us. I promise it’ll be the best decision you’ll make this year.

For more information about the event, visit the offical Radikal Forze Jam website here

*All-style : Dancers can dance any styles in the battle, but they’re judge on how well they adapt their dance to the music played. Which isn’t always easy

** 7-to-smoke: 8 dancers in total, the winner will be the dancer who wins over (smoke) the other 7 dancers / accumulate the most wins in a time limit.

The Day Singaporeans Will Change The Way They See Streetdance

Today marks the end of The DanceFloor 2015, the competition series in search for Singapore’s best dance crew. AND INDEED THEY HAVE! I can’t be more elated and emotional about the results because the winners of the competition are friends of mine, as well as dancers that I have a lot respect for.

CONGRATULATIONS SCRACH MARCS!

I’m not only happy for them that they won because they are my friends, but I believe many dancers would agree with me that this win in a commercialised competition means a lot to streetdancers.  I mean, when non-dancers look at our different dance styles, they only associate them to pop/lock/breaking (bboy) / hiphop; and it’s always a messed-up jumble anyways. It also doesn’t help when national media don’t report the right facts, confusing the public even further.

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Sorry CNA. But seriously, the media NEED to stop going “popping and locking” when they see a funk style performance -_____-

But anyways, taking popping as an example, most people  will associate popping as the “robotic dance”. But I think Rachel and Marcus have done an extraordinary job in showing Singapore that popping is not just that.

If you’ve seen my previous post on them about how their performances always  transcended how you would typically see a popping performance, tonight at the finals was no exception. Taking a contemporary approach to popping,  the final piece was so emotional (Rach teared when they finished their item) that it left me with goosebumps and I too teared from it (cos it kindda hit home y’all know). And I really want to believe that their performances had won the hearts of the public, since the competition was based on 100% voting.

So really, dance across all genres tells a story and even if it’s a streetdance genre, it too can make you emotional. Hopefully after this, more people will become more open and interested in learning streetdances!

[ And if you want to learn from ScRach Marcs, Marcus is teaching Hiphop (THU 7-8pm / SUN 6-7pm) and Popping ( SAT 5-6pm) at Kulture Studios at Kallang Wave Mall. Rachel is teaching Popping (TUE 7-8pm) at Converge Studios.]

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Rach remember how you always take our unglam pictures and send us lol. Love you all the same!!

Thank you ScRach Marcs for representing SG Streetdance so well ! Can’t be more proud of the two of you. And mad props for all the dancers who participated in the competition. It’s no easy feat considering the commitment needed for this competition. And the weekly mind-busting themes; mad respect for each and every one of you. Check out the opening act by all 10 finalist groups.

*Mad props to Bill for attempting popping woots!*

Stay tuned for ScRach Marcs’ winning piece! For now, you can watch the results show, which include dope-af performance by Lia Kim and Koharu HERE ( I went crazy when Funky Lia is back with a short popping showcase omg)

 

What’s All This Hype About Dover Street Market Opening In Singapore?

I suppose by now everybody in the know knows that Dover Street Market is coming to Singapore. Honestly I have mixed feeling  to the news. As much as I’m elated (who won’t! all the drop-ass awesome cross collaborations- ya that’s kindda what I always eye from DSM. e.g Stussy x DSM), I just have this feeling that posey self-proclaim “streetheads” are going to spoil it for most of us here. (not hating, just saying). Or you know, there are people who just buys the tote bags or cups and think they’ve did a big deal- aka the people who Qs for H&M x Balmain and only buys the tee

Ok but all things aside, I think too many don’t understand what’s the hype about. ‘It’s just another international fashion retailer franchise what”

Let’s set things straight here- DSM is NOT just any other fashion retailer. From its foundational philosophy that powers the stores’ visual merchandising concept to the vast array of brands they bring in, DSM is without a doubt the best fashion boutique on Earth!

How did Dover Street Market C0me About

Most reports will say DSM was piloted by Rei Kawakubo, the mastermind behind Commes des Garcons. But I’d say it’s the seamless brainchild of Rei and Adrian Joffe- with Rei holding the reins on creative and Joffe managing the business aspects.

With the aim to create an entirely new retail experience, one that stimulates and evokes excitement in the senses, the first Dover Street Market opened in 2004 in London. The gallery-style store was the first of its kind that had retailers talking about “curating”- showing collections from a variety of brands.

The Concept of DSM

“Beautiful Chaos”– is the essence that is the foundation of DSM. Rei and Joffe wanted DSM to not only function as a retail store, but also a space that encourages creativity and freedom for budding designers and luxury brands. So be it street, casual, classic; all things creative are mixed together to conceive a synergy that is visually exciting.for all who walks into DSM.

What Sets DSM Apart from other fashion retailers

Visually enticing interior design and art

Traversing through a DSM store is almost like being transport into an art gallery. Besides the store’s own interior design (that goes through a refreshing transformation bi-annually- known as a Tachiagari), Rei and Joffe work with progressive artists to continuously transform their space.

Plus, every brand that comes on board to DSM are highly encouraged to set up their own space and bring their own furnitures. That way, every space is transformed based on the brand’s taste and identity, allowing the customers to fully experience the work of the designers.

So remember how most Singaporeans seem to whine that EVERY shopping mall in Singapore is THE SAME and they’re so BORING? Well this is your oasis for a novel and more stimulating shopping experience.

Variety of brands, ranging from streetwear to high fashion

Trust me, I doubt there’s any place in Singapore where you’ll find Supreme and Undercover in one part of the store, then Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang in another, and exclusive sneakers drops in another section- all in one space. Every DSM location has a brand roster that is uniquely tailored to each location.

Supreme’s space at DSM Ginza

Prada’s space at DSM Ginza

Though the list for Singapore hasn’t been confirmed yet, some of the brands that I’m anticipating are Commes des Garcons (duh), Alexander Wang, Visvim, Supreme, Sacai, Raf Simons,  ACNE Studios and possibly some sneakers drops (just to name a few)

But one thing’s for sure, time to start saving and make space in your wardrobe!

p/s I hope they bring in KITH though. I mean, Have you seen their new women’s collection!?!

Exciting Collaborations

Stussy, Nike, Undercover, Sacai, Tiffancy & Co. , Brain Dead, A Bathing Ape…and the list goes on. DSM had collaborated with a long list of noteworthy brands and each of these collection are as enticing as it gets!

Prada x DSM

And we are not talking about taking something from the brands and slapping on a DSM logo and call it a day. DSM infuse themselves in these collaborative collections, creating products that speaks loud about the brands.

Supreme x CDG Shirt x New Era x Vans

That’s why, besides the in-house brands, you ought to be attentive on release news of such collaborations because they usually sell out like hot cakes.

What to expect

Brand you may never heard of before

Unless you’re a true fashionista and 24/7 on high alert of both the street and high fashion news radar, you probably walk into DSM and be greeted by brands you may not heard of before!

I’d say, give yourself an eye-opener and explore the spaces and racks. Who knows, you may just find yourself another favourite label. Even if you have no money to buy, it’s always good to get exposed and be inspired. Who can say Singaporeans have boring dress sense right?

Unique pop-up shops

Other than the resident brands, DSM invites a wide spectrum of brands to pop-up in their locations that constantly reinvigorate and evolve the DSM experience. These pop-up stores may not necessarily be selling clothes all the time– in this sense it add another layer of retail selection and artistic presentation to the store.

DSM-exclusive collaboration products

Kitch x DSM x Puma

Like I mentioned above, DSM collaborations sell like crazy. Sometimes you can’t even get it at the collaborated brand’s store; they are only available at DSM locations and their e-store. That’s why, with a DSM store at home, it means copping all these is a slightly easier feat now.

No 2 DSMs are the same

Those of you who have been to other DSM locations should still check out Singapore’s nonetheless. With each location having their own brand roster, what you can find in London may not be available in the Ginza store. So it’s possible that our DSM will house brands that are not available in the other locations!

That said, do you think DSM will welcome up-and-coming local / regional designer brands into their space? hmmmm

will DSM work in Singapore?

While majority of the fashion community will welcome DSM with open arms to our shore, I can’t say the same for the average Singaporean. Not because they are not receptive, it’s more like they are new to this retail concept and it takes a while to sink in.

For one, Dover Street Market Singapore is set to open at Dempsey Hill. It’s not the most ideal location for retail-traffic (I don’t even travel there specifically for food !). However, even the original DSM in London and other CDG stores in Japan were opened at unexpected locations. So really, DSM may possibly breath new life into Dempsey Hill.

DSM is not definitely not “hipster” despite its daring approach to aesthetics. But give it to most typical stereotypical Singaporeans and they will call it a hipster artsy-fartsy shop at a hipster area. (Oh seriously people, it’s time we stop passing initial judgements even before we encounter new things first-hand and learn to be more open to new concepts.)

Well, even though not many of us can afford some of the brands in DSM, it’s doesn’t hurt to check out the store just to see their amazing visual merchandising style. And of course, the various pop-up stores will possibly come with different price tags, giving an alternative to the different taste and budget of different customers.

Dover Street Market is definitely here to stay in Singapore no doubt. For all you know, it could revolutionise the local fashion scene and retail-scape.

No news have been release for the official opening date. but meanwhile, you may shop for DSM here