15 Singapore-designed items to buy right now
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams put Singapore brand Charles & Keith on the map this week when she brought three of the brand's bags to three different Hollywood events.
It's not the first time an international celebrity has donned accessories from a local brand.
Singaporean fashion designer Ashley Isham has seen his designs on singers Florence Welch and Kylie Minogue, while The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, wore local fashion brand Raoul on her visit to Singapore in 2012.
The Charles & Keith bags taken by Williams to the Emmy Awards were priced from S$39.90 to S$89.90 and are now sold out in stores and on the brand's website.
Don't fret, though. We've curated a list of red carpet-ready designs designed by Singapore brands that are not only glamorous but also budget friendly.
1. V Neck Blouse With Neck Tie, Frontrow by Klarr
S$49.00 | http://klarra.com/
A trend which that's been seen on models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, this gorgeous blouse by Klarra is the perfect choice if you don't have a choker on hand. Pair it with a pair of white cigarette pants for a classy look.
Klarra is a local brand started by fashion influencer Beatrice Tan in 2014 and has three labels under its belt: Klarra, Frontrow by Klarra and Boutique.
It has successfully expanded to other countries such as the United Kingdom, Thailand and Malaysia.
2. Empire Waist Maxi Dress, COLLATE
S$269 (now S$107.60) | https://collatethelabel.com/
This dress screams sophistication and elegance with its structured neckline and fitted waist.
You'll be all ready for a red carpet event if you pair this with strappy heels and a gold clutch for a pop of colour.
A fairly new brand, COLLATE was founded by Velda Tan, social media influencer and founder of popular blog shop Love, Bonito.
The brand made its first appearance at Singapore Fashion Week in 2015.
3. Clementine Dress in White, MDS Collection
S$42.90 (now S$30.03) | http://www.mdscollections.com/
This affordable, super versatile, delicate dress can take you from work to a night out on the town.
Back in 2007, MDS Collection was founded by Georgiana Yeo and Joe Phua as an online fashion store. It has expanded with physical stores
in Singapore and has branched out to other countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
4. Eyelet Cut Out Jumpsuit, Frontrow by Klarra
S$109.00 | http://klarra.com/
This may be on the pricier side, but a jumpsuit like this can flatter any figure or height.
Pair this with a statement necklace to jazz it up.
5. Jillian Waisted Dress Pants, Hyphen
S$64.90 | http://www.hyphenthelabel.com/
Say goodbye to hours spent in the morning in front of your wardrobe wondering what to wear as this pair of white dress pants pairs well with any kind of top - cropped, flared, off-the-shoulder, you name it.
Hyphen was established in 2015 in Singapore.
1. Textured Ankle Strap Stilettos, Charles & Keith
S$85.90 (now S$60.10) | http://www.charleskeith.com/sg
This killer-looking pair of ankle-strapped pointed heels adds spice to an outfit with its gold hardware on the straps.
2. Kiara Strappy Heels, MDS Collection
S$44.90 (now S$13.47) | http://www.mdscollections.com/
This pair of multi-strapped heels are simple but classy, and versatile enough to go from night to day.
3. Grecian Multi Strap Heels in Black, MDS Collection
S$39.90 (now S$11.97) | http://www.mdscollections.com/
An absolute steal, these heels give off a gladiator vibe and will pair very well with a little black dress and gold accessories.
4. Mink Fur Stilettos, Charles & Keith
S$79.90 | http://www.charleskeith.com/sg
If you're feeling a little flirty, pair this beautiful pair of heels with a plain romper for a look that's ready for a party or a club.
5. Cut-Out Heeled Sandals, Pedro
S$93 (now S$65.10) | http://www.pedroshoes.com/sg
This funky looking pair of heels may be a little too risky for some, but it can jazz up any boring outfit.
Pedro was started in 2005 by founders of Charles & Keith, Charles Wong and Keith Wong. Initially targeted at men, it has since branched out to include women's shoes and accessories.
1. Crackled Quartz Square Bracelet, By Invite Only
S$45.00 | http://www.byinviteonly.info/
This delicate bracelet is made with quartz and matte rhodium plated chains, and goes well with any other accessories. Try matching this with a silver watch and you're good to go.
By Invite Only was founded by Trixie Khong in 2013 and each jewellery is carefully hand-crafted in Singapore. Its brand name is meant to reach out to those who value exclusivity and craftsmanship in jewellery.
2. Full Cuff Earring, Ohvola
S$49.00 | https://www.ohvola.com/
This cuff earring may seem small, but it definitely plays a big part in making a bold look. Pair it with a silver cuff and necklace to match.
Ohvola was founded in 2007 by sisters Jolene Zhou and Lucinda Zhou, when Lucinda sold dresses at a pushcart as part of her school's social entrepreneurship club.
Its items are designed and manufactured exclusively in Singapore.
3. Caged Clutch, Charles & Keith
S$69.90 | http://www.charleskeith.com/sg
An unusual clutch like this would go well with either masculine outfits - like a women's tuxedo - or more feminine pieces.
4. Embellished Curved Bar Necklace, Part & Parcel
S$10.00 | http://www.partandparcelblogshop.com/
5. Statement Bib Necklace, Part & Parcel
S$10.00 | http://www.partandparcelblogshop.com/
A simple outfit and minimal accessories is all you need when you put on one of these statement necklaces.
Part & Parcel launched in 2013 in Singapore and sells apparel, shoes and accessories at affordable prices.