The first thing we noticed about Samantha was that she was glowing all over - a healthy glow on her face, a shimmering crown of red hair, a bright green bag and neon laces on her trainers. Currently looking for a job, she's been keeping fit in the meantime and was on her way to a regular work-out. The active athlete has been living in Singapore for four years.
09 March 2014
08 March 2014
George, Commodity Futures Broker, Pants from Polo Ralph Lauren.
It's him again! Caught for the second time, George was as charming as when we first met him. Coincidentally, he was pretty much dressed the same way too – in a casual white-shirt-and-coloured-pants ensemble, this time swapping the burgundy for a pair in bright orange – not the least bit concerned about the carrot legs label then. His Gomminos may have weathered a little but George is looking better than ever with his neatly coiffed hair and cheeky smile. During his downtime, the English lad takes short trips to Hong Kong and Thailand for a bout of quick relaxing and can be found partying most nights. Well, we have to say, the late nights have not impaired his good looks.
07 March 2014
We already know Linna's greatly inspired by the Japanese mori girl subculture from the last time we met her, and her outfit this time round only emphasised her influences further. A crochet lace playsuit, a vintage floral embroidered jacket and paisley satchel, plus bunny-print socks (!) and that signature mane of curls – this girl's a walking, talking forest fairy. "I'm a traveller, a collector, a forest wanderer. If I could have some kind of magical power, I'd like to be able to go anywhere in the world in a second – I'd love to visit all kinds of forests!" A dreamer and creator of the most whimsical kind, Linna chose (what else?) the deer as an animal she would be. "I watched 'Bambi' when I was young and since then I always had an image of me being a deer in a natural environment," she laughed. So what would she do in a real forest? "I'd sketch, colour, maybe do a couple of outfit shoots for my blog, maybe pick up a branch and create something," she mused. Big on D.I.Y. projects, Linna regularly hunts for vintage pieces which she would then deconstruct and embellish with her own personal touch. She cites Japanese actress Aoi Yu (also a mori girl) as a key inspiration, with Yu's movies such as "Honey and Clover" and "Hula Girls" as her favourites that "capture some feelings I can't explain". Would she like dinner with Yu then? "I'd like dinner with (Korean idol) Jang Geun Suk," she laughed, "As you can see, I'm lost in my own world with a K-pop fan side!"
06 March 2014
Brendon, Actor, Shirt from Cotton On.
Brendon was previously spotted here.
05 March 2014
Philipp, Brand Strategist, Shoes from ed et al.
Engaging and spontaneous in his speech, Philipp was absolutely bursting with big ideas and inspirational brilliance in more ways than one. It was his bright coral pants that caught our attention, and we love how it synchronises beautifully with his sharp navy blazer and two-tone brogues. Fashion, to Philipp, is "more than a coat of paint for the body, it is a multi-sensual experience that hinges greatly on how it is brought to life". Sounds deep, but his modern yet classic style is indeed elevated by his lively, passionate personality. A brand strategist who constantly contemplates about life and seeks to "create beautiful alternatives to the status quo", he has been charged by his contemporaries as a great motivational speaker who inspires with his "insatiable zest for life". Philipp cites sunlight as his elixir and balearic music as the soundtrack to his life, which we understand to be one full of fine flavours, excellent coffee, wine and cuban cigars. He ends off his energetic spiel by advocating a wise gem of advice. "Kids have no needs and lots of ideas; adults have lots of needs and no ideas. Be a kid!"
04 March 2014
Veena is undeniably a looker. From her porcelain skin and lustrous locks to her long limbs and poised demeanour, she cuts a wholly feminine figure that is both youthful and elegant. It's an interesting contrast to her predominantly monochrome, minimalist outfit, although each piece stands out on its own. Her blouse features a curved cut hem and shoulder cut-outs, her shorts feature an overlaid skirt flap - nothing too dramatic but yet with enough detail to elevate the look. "I look to blogger Rumi Neely for style inspiration. I adore her undeniable nonchalance, she's one of the few who can absolutely rock just a simple cami-and-shorts with boots outfit. She's got a real eye for minimalist styling with unique textural twists and she's very real and relatable." Admitting to a serious case of the sweet tooth, Veena keeps her figure trim with gym, Zumba and dance class. She's also careful with her diet when she can - right now she's obsessed with Graze boxes. "They're compact little cardboard boxes of healthy snacks that get mailed to me every week. Basically I browse their website and rate their snacks and they send my favourites. It's the highlight of my stress-filled weeks at boarding school," she mused. "They also drain my bank account!"
This is a Shentonista project for CommonThread.
03 March 2014
We haven't seen someone do an all-denim look quite so brilliantly in a while. The trick, it seems, is to play with one and only one aspect – in this case, colour. Matthews essentially pulled on pretty basic pieces – shirt, bomber, straight-cut jeans – but in varying shades of denim's classic hue. The effect is simple yet striking. "I look to form, function and minimalism in my dressing," said the rather goofy guy, "and I don't really have style influences. I just observe people and flip magazines occasionally." Matthews is a big snowboarder who wishes he could teleport so he can perfect his boarding anytime, anywhere. "If you don't try your best at everything, you wouldn't be good at anything," he insists.
This is a Shentonista project for CommonThread.