Styling Inspired by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

The Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2017 collection was released in stores last month and our Wellness Insider team just had to be on the guest list! The styling was done at the Marc Jacobs’ popup store at The Paragon in Orchard Road as this SS’17 collection sees a lot of colours, especially in patchwork and we wanted the low-down on how to effectively work in these pops of colour into our wardrobe without looking like the colour palette exploded on us.

Indulging in bubbly while browsing the colourful selections of accessories and wallets

The Spring/Summer collection is all about fun and beauty (with lots of accessorising). Bags and pouches characterised by vibrant colours and refreshing motifs are just some of the many new rejuvenating things to fill your wardrobe from the latest Collection. Of course, the apparels to complement all your accessories have not been neglected. Marc Jacobs has released a series of comfortable light-coloured casual wear to help you match your accessories for the Singapore streets. It is all about being able to walk the streets with confidence and have fun about it. Marc Jacobs has also chanced on the rising popularity of patchwork. Here are some highlights from the styling session.

Floral patterns are everywhere

Demin and patchwork embroidery are making a comeback

Take a colourful skirt and keep the top simple with a white T-shirt and then throw a denim jacket over for air-conditioned areas (left). Keep your shoes a simple matching colour too. Then choose a bag with the same tones as your skirt to bring out the colours without overdoing it.

Keeping the palette refreshing with a rainbow striped dress to accessorise with a rainbow camera bag for your spring memories. You can also style this with light-coloured sneakers. The jeans are optional(right).

Julie Verhoeven, British illustrator and designer, has also collaborated again with Marc Jacobs to design a series of illustrations embroidered unto apparels, bags and also mobile phone cases.

(Frog) illustrated accessories designed by Julie Verhoeven

So, how can you make MJ’s Spring collection work for your wardrobe? Here are some suggestions to work in the spring collection with your wardrobe.

1.  Keep it casual and comfortable

Denim is the answer to any styling. Especially when paired with bright tees. Works well in tropical Singapore!

Denim shorts with a pastel (pink) tee and white/light-coloured sneakers for a refreshing strut and accessorise with a bag with the same colours to tie it all in.

2.  Keep it cool

Oversized tops and cargo pants makes it comfortable and well ventilated for the sweltering tropical humidity. That nonchalant, stylishly sloppy look is now in trend, which also explains this look.

As a more ‘girly’ alternative, you can try wearing a full denim dress that will also go well with your sneakers. Remember to accessorise with pops of colour through your bag and jewellery.

Esprit Dresses Demin Midi (Blue medium wash) S$99.95

The Vickky Jersey sneakers come in 2 tones of demin-like shades so it doesn’t overwhelm your outfit of the day. You can also attempt a bolder styling with the Carson Runner Prism running shoes, which retains last Spring’s psychedelic (nostalgia) feels with the prism print and mesh overlay so that you still get that pop of colour without being OTT.

Puma Vickky Jersey Softfoam Womens Sneakers US$34.99

Periscope-Puma White (left), Peacoat-Peacoat (right)

Carson Runners Prism Women’s running shoes US$49.99

Puma Black-Puma Silver (left), Quarry-Puma silver (right)

Cargo pants are great for an extended walk down a shopping strip, or…

A colourful printed cotton dress with a matching pair of sandals and, of course… accessorise.

3. Salvage old apparel

Remember how we mentioned that this season highlights patchwork? Old T-shirts and dresses are great to start with and it’s not about your traditional ideas of patchwork blankets but more of pops of colour throughout your whole look.

We decided to go with a plain black T-shirt dress to highlight the accessories. Iron rainbow patch, strass pill pin (red) and toast my heart patch (from top to bottom, left to right). The thing about patchwork is to keep it minimal. If you have too much patchwork, it will make you look like a frumpy woman or a lot larger than you are. Also if you are planning on using the patchwork embroidery from MJ, stay off the white apparels. The colour tones of the patches are close to neutral greys and will appear underwhelming if paired with white tops.

If patchwork or pins are not your cup of tea, Cotton:On has a great range of patterned or printed tees and dresses that go well on their own and great for accessorizing with bracelets, earrings and pendants on your wrists.

Cotton:On WV anatalia tie up playsuit S$44.95

T-shirts keeps things casual and easy to pair with any accessory from patches, bags and sneakers. They even decided to pair the tops with demin bottoms.

Tbar hero Graphic t-shirt S$19.95

This season is all about the demins, patchwork and a slightly nostalgic feel to designs as seen in the embroidered illustrations. Using denims and pastel colours to tone down your get-up and bringing out the patchwork and energetic illustrations are what this S/S 2017 collection is all about.

Photography: Matthew Yeo
Styling pictures from Stylecaster, Mytheresa, Marc Jacobs
Runway pictures from Marc Jacobs
Product pictures from various online catalogues

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Workout Gear For Women To Keep You Movin’

They say clothes maketh the (wo)man…and there’s actual psychology behind that! Which is why your workout gear can actually motivate you to go to the gym!

We’re not kidding. It’s called “enclothed cognition” and it basically means that particular clothing affects the way you mentally feel. The study suggests that what you put on influences your behaviour and attitude due to the symbolic meaning of the clothing. Therefore, if what you wear can subconsciously change your attitude, then slipping into some hot workout gear can give you that boost to hit the gym. That probably also explains why some of us have a drawer full of yoga leggings.

So let’s kick off 2017 with these 7 new workout gear to keep you moving and sticking to your health goals.

ANJE Daisy Full Support Tank Top

Regular trips to the gym means having suitable number of tanks and ANJE’s tank top tucks in at the sides while also showing off your cute sports bra. Made with stretchable material that is also breathable and comes with great wicking. Best part? It doesn’t slip during down dog or a handstand if you decide to wear this during your yoga session.

Available at The Wellness Shop at S$69.90.

RUMI X Gamble Shorts

How cute are these shorts? Give your workout gear a burst of colour with these shorts that can be used for running, pole dancing, hot yoga and even surfing! Made from recycled plastic, not only are these shorts incredible with their wicking, they are also environmentally friendly.

The waistband is also foldable so those who prefer high rise waist line can leave it up to cover any muffin top. You can even adjust the side length through the adjustable bungee at the side.

Available at RUMI X for S$65.

RUMI X Notorious Sports Bra

A good workout gear needs to ensure that the girls are secured and we love this Notorious print by RUMI X and it accentuates your curves while also giving support. Also, gone are the days where you hide your straps. Show off the 4-way bra straps that are both sexy and practical (it supports movement in all directions). This is best for medium impact workouts such as barre, ballet, pilates and yoga.

Comes with matching leggings and capris too!

Available at RUMI X at S$70.

ANJE Flora Tonga Top

Want something a little funky but yet has more support for high impact sports or gym workouts? Then this is the one for you. ANJE’s Flora Tonja asymmetrical top definitely adds that pop not only in colour but design in your workout gear. Can be worn as a top or as a sports bra under your tank top.

Available at The Wellness Shop at S$89.90.

ANJE GILLIAN Performance Tights

You also need bottoms to support you when you workout and these tights from ANJE have you in mind. They’re breathable, with high wicking and comes with side mesh to put your mobile phone or other important things while you workout. Moreover, they move along with you and do not slip even if you’re kickboxing.

Available at The Wellness Shop at S$89.90.

Limited Edition Singapore Committee for UN Women Leggings

Gotta love design with a cause. These limited edition leggings are functional, comfortable, pretty and also with a charitable cause. For every purchase, 30% of proceeds go to the UN Women Foundation, which help raise awareness on gender equality as well as create opportunities for women. Oh, and did we mention that these leggings are suitable for crossfit, barre, yoga, ballet and pilates?

Available at RUMI X at S$125. More information on the Singapore committee of UN Women can be found at www.unwomen-nc.org.sg.

RUMI X Truth Headband

Working out equals sweat and you wouldn’t want that dripping all over your face. Which is why a headband is great and we love this reversible headband which you can wear as a simple plain design or funky pattern – depending on your mood! Made with the same recycled plastic with great wicking, this headband will keep your head cool and all you need to do is pop it in the washing machine with the rest of your workout gear.

Available at RUMI X at S$15.


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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 25: Changing Body Image With Clothes

This week sees special guest Clare Chan, a fashion designer with costume background, who is also a cosplayer. We talk about how clothes and changing them affects one’s body image and how cosplaying helps boost confidence. Clare even brought her latest mask and ‘ears’ from the last costume she wore and got me cracking to design my own mask!

Clare is now working on her latest fashion brand “Erandé” which she plans to create gender neutral clothes so that the wearer is able to express themselves however they choose to do so through her clothing. We wish Clare all the best and we can’t wait to see the designs of her new line!

Catch the ‘live’ version of Melissa’s Table Top Talk every Tue, 8.30pm (Singapore Time) at Wellness Insider’s Facebook page. To be updated on the latest episodes, you can also subscribe via our YouTube channel.


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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 24: Designing Atheleisure Wear MY ANJE

This week, I speak to Angelina Francesca, the designer of local athleisure wear MY ANJE, to find out why she decided to design active wear (sports wear for those who aren’t familiar with the terms ‘atheleisure’ and ‘active wear’) instead of ‘normal’ clothing. We find out what sort of woman she designs for and what body positivity also means to her in this short interview.

The Wellness Insider is also proud to be carrying MY ANJE in our Wellness Shop and you can take a look at this season’s latest pieces:

ANJE KAIRI Ultra Support Top

As mentioned, their leggings really provide support and lifts your butt while tucking in your stomach so you feel great! Best part, they don’t slip when you’re doing your exercise – be it yoga or kickboxing (which Angelina is a fan of).

ANJE Blue Leather Support Capris

We’re having up to 50% discount off ANJE active wear till the end of Jan 2017, which comes at a perfect time if your New Year’s Resolution is to hit the gym…because, it is fun to look good while you’re working out!

Catch the ‘live’ version of Melissa’s Table Top Talk every Tue, 8.30pm (Singapore Time) at Wellness Insider’s Facebook page. To be updated on the latest episodes, you can also subscribe via our YouTube channel.


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