Brewing in trendy hip-hop / R&B bar Butter Factory on Friday was the launch of the autumn / winter 2013 collection of Singaporean fashion collective MASH-UP, aptly titled “LOCOS IN TOKYO”, where an energetic mix of street wear and youthful prints and appliqué adorned a casual collection of skirts, dresses and sweaters.
Designers Daniela Monasterios-Tan, Nathanael Ng and Shaf Amis’aabudin draw inspirations from the low-rider Mexican-American (or Chicano) culture in Japan fusing the collection with intricate kimono-inspired motifs, Japanese Kitsune masks and the all-too-familiar Hokusai wave to bring us a funky collection of familiar, but trendy wear.
We had so much fun attending the show-cum-bash, where we were able to see the collection up front and talk to the Mash-Up gang. It was a fun display of colour and vibrancy with updated silhouettes and proportions from their previous collections, plus the infusion of Japanese elements was a cool mix suffused with the designer’s own imagination and energy.
We cannot wait to see what MASH-UP have for us next- we are sure it can only get much COOLER!