20 By Two, Cross-Cultural Fashion Exchange between Singapore & Malaysia

About a month ago, we just celebrated our 47th Birthday for Singapore and we can’t that deny that we only have this short history as a young nation.  We share much of our culture, especially food, with our neighbor Malaysia and till today, we are still debating the origins of some of our highly favoured local food.

Debates on food aside, Singapore fashion social sharing platform FashionSpace together with Malaysia fashion portal, Tongue In Chic presented a 3-day cross-cultural fashion exchange event named 20 By Two – Fashion Beyond Borders.

I was at the 20 By Two media preview at the Red Dot Design Museum as the event will be open to public on the 7th and 8th September from 11am – midnight and 11am – 8pm .  So if you’re free tonight, do drop by and check out this exciting inaugural fashion collaboration between 20 fashion brands, 10 from each country.

Malaysian label – KLutched. Some of their premium items from their Luxe series known for the studs. Some of their range can be found at What Women Want at Mandarin Gallery. Check them out at http://www.klutched.com

Among the 20 brands, there are collections featuring menswear, womenswear, jewellery and accessories. Recognizable and award-winning brands such as AL&ALICIA, Lauren Jasmine and By Invite Only are some of the twenty labels present at this pop-up fashion event.

Some of the Malaysian labels include renowned names as Joe Chia, Alia Bastaman, Yadotsa, KLutched, Chic Yamada and Thirtyfour.

Bright and cheery colours! Malaysian High Street Fashion Chic Yamada showcase their Summer Paradise collection for 2012 perfect for the Happy Summer girls! Check them out at http://www.chicyamada.com

Malaysian brand Alia Bastamam brings out the finest in modern women with the slim curves of their dresses using soft fabric to create a dash of class. Check them out at http://www.aliabastamam.com

There’s something for the men out there too with participating menswear labels such as Coupé-cousu, TJ by Bedlam and -J-A-S-O-N-.

First launched in Men’s Fashion Week 2011, local brand -J-A-S-O-N- serves to outfit men who are not swayed by trends. JR Chan, the brainchild behind this label was present to show us her designs. Do check them out at http://www.iamjason.com.sg or visit their store at THREE/SIX/FIVE at Parco Millenia Walk.

Coupé-cousu, a Malaysian brand founded in 2008 aims to design their clothes to suit urbanites constantly on the move. Check them out at http://www.coupecousu.com

h’muse, a Singapore-based fashion business to provide a platform for international designers to retail and build their presence here. They carry more than 800 items over 28 brands on their online store at http://www.hmuse.com

There are brands specializing in accessories too so you can mix and match them with your outfit.

By Invite Only, a Singapore label founded by Trixie Khong specializes in handmade jewellery and accessories inspired by the 18th century circuses and the Victorian era is aimed to spice up a humdrum wardrobe. Check them out at http://www.byinviteonly.info

AMEN is another local label which is highly inspired by Music, Subcultures, Art and Lifestyle. The label is dedicated to create products with a strong sense of identity and style. Check when out at http://www.amenlabel.com

Of course, our outfit of the day which I felt has a very Autumn colour theme and style.  With fellow bloggers Mint and Darren in the center and Mint’s friend, Jeanne on the left.

Special thanks to Qin at the Disco for the invite to20 By Two – Fashion Beyond Borders!

If you didn’t manage to catch the Singapore leg of 20 By Two – Fashion Beyond Borders at Red Dot Design Museum from the 6 to 8 September 2012, there will also be a Malaysian leg from the 14 to 16 September 2012 at Publika!  Otherwise, you can visit 20 By Two Online pop-up store at the comfort of your home from 6 September to 31 October 2012 at 20bytwo.com to view and purchase items from all 20 brands!

Did I mention that you can also receive discounts with your mobile phone and get the right fit when shopping online too?  Hop over to 20bytwo.com now!

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