It is really true when they say that a new year begets new beginnings, and for most people, the name Thomas Wee brings to mind many traces of familiarity.
Indeed, he has been in the Singapore fashion industry for more than thirty years, and has been synonymous and well recognised for his impeccable workmanship, clean lines and sleek silhouettes in his innovative designs.
He is also in fact, one of the 30 people who have shaped Singapore in CNN Power List, for he has paved way for a flair of elegance and sophistication in the Singapore fashion scene since his heydays with his collections of perfect tailored suits that he has since showcased in New York Fashion Week, as well as in Paris. And just last December, he has shown a beautiful tailored collection to rave reviews at the Special Couture Presentation in conjunction with the French Couture Week 2012 Singapore.
And this year, he has set forth in a novel and fresh experience as he makes his foray back into the retail scene, stocking his exclusive ‘demi-couture’ prêt-a-porter line of menswear and womenswear in luxury multi-label boutique CODA.Co, which also stocks specially-curated prêt-a-porter and ‘demi-couture’ lines from renowned fashion labels Alexis Mabille and Christophe Josse from Paris, menswear label JBB from Bangkok, as well as Dzojchen from New York.
“We are very happy to stock Thomas Wee within our fashion stable. He is a designer that is true to his creativity. His precise cut and fit is second to none. To me, he is a true perfectionist, constantly perfecting his craft through constant fine-tuning. Thomas is an inspiration for me!”
says Jeanna Chan, President of Ferrell International Limited (who owns CODA.Co) on Thomas Wee.
And to that, there is of course no better way for Thomas Wee to debut this special line than to showcase with a presentation of his Festive 2013 collection.
Held last Wednesday at CODA.Co at Scotts Square, his collection of 20 womenswear styles translates and emits the beauty of the 1950s era where he focuses greatly on the continuation of Dior’s “new look” from 1947 and the revival of the corset.
“I love everything of the era, especially the femininity of the styles then. This is my interpretation,”
elaborates Thomas on this festive collection.
This, of course involves a beauteous collection of fit-and-flare looks, highlighted waists, as well as full skirts that are trended with the season’s highlight, the peplum as well as sweeping long skirt.
With red as the predominant colour in the collection, it was truly a case of femininity, classic elegance and grace meets strong confidence, as the models in prim, sleek hairdos that are reminiscence of the 50s ladies sashayed in his beautiful sculptured and tailored pieces with scarfed style.
Alongside, his collection also uses some of the most luxurious fabrics, from cotton organzas to crepes and to shantung silks in palettes of black, white, turquoise and a vibrant vermilion.
And indeed, with such a serenely clean, slated collection that speaks volume in terms of sophistication and echoes the tranquil flair of Grace Kelly, this ‘demi-couture’ collection of his which is half custom-made and comes in limited quantities is an absolute match for women who are looking for after-five dressy looks that are totally worthy to be on the red carpet.
So be it in separates or occasion dresses, his collection of pristine workmanship is a promise to all women that they can shine with refinery and charm in the most perfect glory. And for me, I am simply in love with all his jeweled-coloured shantung silk tops. It is the epitome of minimalist sleek and is ageless.
The collection prices starts from SGD$300 for a top, SGD$500 for a short occasion dress and SG$800 upwards for a maxi-occasion dress/gown.
The Thomas Wee Festive 2013 collection is only available at CODA Co. SingaporeCODA Co. Scotts Square 6 Scotts Road #02-02 Singapore 228209