TaFF Launches Spotlight: Singapore Stories 2019 | Clozette

As we edge closer to celebrating Singapore’s 54th year of independence on National Day next week, we also remember that this year marks the Singapore Bicentennial — the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore in 1819.

Last Tuesday, the Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF) launched Spotlight: Singapore Stories 2019 for the second time running. This year, seven homegrown brands — Weekend Sundries, Kayloo Prints, Esther Tay, CYC, Joan Guo, Kanyeka, and CAYRA — created capsule collections inspired by the Singapore Bicentennial, reflecting the rich heritage of the country.

The evening began with a fashion presentation featuring two creations per label at the TENCEL™ Studio on the third floor of Design Orchard, which was graced with the presence of Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth Ministry of Communications and Information Ms. Sim Ann. The show was followed by a reception at The Cocoon Space on the second floor, where the full collection was on display for guests to preview in greater detail.

Selected Singapore Stories creations will be available at the Design Orchard shop on Level 1 for purchase throughout the month of August.

Clozette is proud to be the digital content and fashion show partner for Spotlight: Singapore Stories. Click here to read more about each designer and the inspiration behind their Singapore Stories collection.

If you’re curious about what happened at the showcase, scroll on to see some highlights below.

Opening Speeches

The evening began with opening speeches by TaFF CEO Ms. Semun Ho and Guest of Honour, Senior Minister of State Ms. Sim Ann.

Weekend Sundries

Inspired by the local childhood game of zero point, Weekend Sundries’ collection titled “A LEAP OF FAITH” features a limited edition print reminiscent of the rubber band ropes frequently used by children as hurdles upheld at varying heights to jump across.

Kayloo Prints

Named “OUR FORE-MOTHERS” for the women who contributed to nation-building efforts in their own unique ways, this collection pays tribute to them through nine unique prints illustrating the work they did back in the day.

Esther Tay

Inspired by the growth and development of Singapore, Esther Tay’s Singapore Stories collection pays homage to the nation’s past while also anticipating the future, through a fusion of traditional and contemporary prints that result in modern, yet playful designs.


Drawing inspiration from the chapter ‘Singapore is an 80-storey Building on Marshy Land’ in Lee Kuan Yew's book, CYC’s collection features casual printed shirts and shirt dresses emblazoned with unique prints celebrating Singapore’s natural beauty and architecture.

Joan Guo

In hopes of reminding older generations and spreading awareness among younger Singaporeans, the Singapore Story Joan Guo tells draws a connection between the spiral and flames in the traditional Lion Dance and Peranakan art.


Kanyeka’s Singapore Stories collection focusses on Singapore’s history, infrastructure, environmental conservation, cultural preservation, and its strategic impact. This is made evident through the incorporation of visual elements such as the Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore’s national flower, and accessories that serve as a nod to other elements of our nation’s story.


A Singapore Story told through the combination of bold colours, elements connected to historic traditions, CAYRA’s collection draws inspiration from the Chetti Melaka, a group of Peranakan Indians whose culture expresses the rich diversity within the country.


Front row, from left to right: Kyra Chang, Caylandrea Chang, Kanchan Gaitonde, Joanne Quek, Audrey Chen, Senior Minister of State Ms. Sim Ann, Semun Ho, Cara Chiang, Esther Tay, Kristin Loo, Michelle Chan



Jewellery with an outfit is to seasoning in cooking; neither is complete without the other. If you’re in the market for tiny gold or silver pieces with a little something that makes them stand out, there’s bound to be something you love from these dainty jewellery brands around the region. 

Wanderlust + Co 

Expect to see ethereal designs, whimsical motifs and a whole lotta gold when you shop at Wanderlust + Co. The brand has been gracing the limbs of supermodels and rising stars alike and has been making waves among the millennial crowd. The brainchild of Jenn Low, this brand has recently moved operations from Australia back to Malaysia to connect better with the audience.


Born from the idea that luxury can be affordable, the Eleventh Hour capsule collection encompasses their vision for versatility and wearability. The founders designed and created their wares to be delicate and beautiful, set with sparkling gems, ready to be shown off every day.

Amado Gudek

Fitting in perfectly with the recent resin comeback, this label provides unique, eye-catching designs for those who like to stand out from the crowd. They also strive to produce sustainable jewellery mixed with other natural elements such as wood, fossilised stone and plants.

By Invite Only 

What sets this brand apart from the others is their attention to the sensitivities of their customer base. These pretty little things are hypoallergenic and nickel-free, suitable for everyone and for every occasion.

Soul Flower

Refresh your basic looks with handmade beauties from Soul Flower, lovingly handmade and studded with gems in delicate settings. Founded in 2010, this brand has the perks of experience and a youthful, contemporary style to fit any personality.


Made for girls who love the idea of more is more, Heyjow encourages their patrons to love their layers, creating pieces that spark conversation to be stacked for maximum effect. With their large selection of original designs, there’s bound to be something for every mood you’re in.

(Cover photo from: @aftergoldjewellery)



There are days that we just wake up feeling quite giddy and happy. For moments like that, why not express what we feel by adding colour to our outfits? Add extra sweetness to your day by donning some ice-cream-coloured pieces. See how the ladies from the Clozette Community style these bubbly hues to fit their mood.

(Cover photo from: Vanessaxlim)

Find sweet styles for your wardrobe below.