Fashion Innovation And Sustainability Meet At The Cocoon Space | Clozette


Fashion, just like any other kind of art, constantly evolves. From new designers foraying into the realm to new innovations being explored, there's always room to get creative. But what seems to be the natural course not only for inspiration but also for innovation when it comes to fashion is sustainability. And rightfully so, because the world needs it. This cause, along with the need for Singaporean fashion creatives to have a hub to grow, has been one of the reasons the Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF) — in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, JTC and Singapore Tourism Board — launched The Cocoon Space at Design Orchard.


What is The Cocoon Space?


Co-working space at The Cocoon Lab

Co-Lab co-working space


Simply put, it's a co-working space and events place. It offers various specialised rooms for creatives such as The Makers Studio, equipped with industrial sewing equipment — from those for sewing and embroidery to overlock machines. There's also The Cave, a mini-theatre equipped with a projector and sound system that's perfect for gatherings or conferences.


The Makers Studio at The Cocoon Space

The Makers Studio


But more than that, it's also a hub for fashion creatives to explore and strengthen their visions for fashion innovation and sustainability. The Cocoon Space also offers The Bridge Fashion Incubator.


What is The Bridge Fashion Incubator?


It's a 30-week-long programme starting in August 2019 that aims to support emerging fashion, fashion-tech and fashion-retail tech brands in Singapore that focus on sustainability, innovation and the re-invention of the fashion chain. Participants will be able to gain not only knowledge but also support in pushing forward their sustainability-focused projects. Mills Fabrica, a Hong Kong-based incubator, will provide international exposure. Meanwhile, Lenzing Group, an international fibre company will provide participants with materials they can use in their pursuits. 


We're excited to see these efforts for promoting innovation and sustainability in the region flourish.


Interested? Learn more about The Cocoon Space here.

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Can you believe another week has already passed? Don't worry if you missed a couple of headlines because of how time flew by fast. Celebrate the end of the week with a smile with news from Instagram, Netflix, and more in today's Insider Roundup.


Are you ready for Instagram shopping?


Instagram In-App Shopping Feature


Good news for you, bad news for your wallet: Instagram now has an in-app checkout feature. This allows users to simply tap, add to cart, and immediately purchase products straight from their feed without even leaving the app. Shipping methods, details, and payment options are all intact with this new feature as well, making the platform now close to how e-commerce sites are. Still, it was no surprise that the platform has ventured into this and has enhanced its past business-friendly technology since its family of apps like Facebook has been implementing this for quite some time. We can only anticipate how these continuous advancements will change and merge our experience with both social media and online shopping in the future. 


Barbara Palvin as the first plus-sized VS Angel? 



It's been just almost a week since Victoria's Secret announced Barbara Palvin as their newest Angel. And yet the news is already causing so much trouble for both the brand and their patrons. Many fans of VS kept on claiming that Barbara is the first plus-sized model to don the brand's title — and while some are happy, others even go to lengths to body-shame Barbara. Obviously, people are furious. The 25-year-old Hungarian model stands 5'8 and weighs 121 lbs., which is definitely a lot curvier than VS's past Angels, but plus-sized? Not even close. Still, she doesn't deserve to be body-shamed for either being too skinny or too curvy.

This year has not been particularly good for Victoria's Secret with the decline of the ratings of their most recent Fashion Show and the announcement of at least 53 stores in the U.S. closing down. Now, despite them not being at the helm of labelling Barbara as their first plus-sized Angel, critics still hold them partially responsible for remaining to be stubborn to rebrand in the face of diversity and propagating a linear perception of beauty in the past years. 

Influencers face backlash over California super bloom incident


Lake Elsinore Bans Influencers


Not again! After recently being banned from areas in Paris, London, and more for obstructing traffic and causing residents inconvenience in their pursuit of finding the "right Instagram spot," influencers are facing backlash yet again, this time in California, for similar reasons. During the rare super bloom of Lake Elsinore's poppies, California needed to declare a state of emergency in the area for the sudden influx of visitors they received. The city hall claimed that the terrain of the botanical site is rough and is not meant for such a surge. Because of the attempts of both "families and Instagram-influencer wannabes" to free-climb to reach the spot, rocks and large boulders toppled behind them, putting the residents in danger of getting hit below. One injury was reported due to this. Soon after, the area was declared closed until further notice by the city officials. 


To All The Boys I've Loved Before starts shooting for second movie



Missing Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky already? Well, they are going to be back on our screens sooner than we think. The stars of the Netflix hit, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, teased their return to production with a short Twitter conversation on how they can't wait to see each other again on set. And while we're waiting for its comeback on Netflix, what do you say about giving the first movie a watch again this weekend?



Gucci creates diversity campaign post-blackface controversy



Fashion brands are always caught in some controversy and Gucci is no different. Just a couple of weeks ago, they were under fire for debuting a balaclava sweater allegedly portraying blackface imagery, but now, they are trying to bounce back. Called the Gucci Changemakers program, the initiative aims to create support for students who are venturing into fashion. But that's not all. According to the fashion house, the program also aims to strengthen connections and create opportunities for African-American and communities of people of colour, in general. Good start to make amends, don't you think?


LOEWE opens first standalone store in PH


LOEWE PH opening


A brand known for striking colour themes and beautifully crafted pieces, LOEWE finds a home in Shangri-La Plaza for its first standalone store in the Philippines. Aside from admiring its modern aesthetics featuring furniture and displays from designers across Japan, Spain, France and more, find yourself shopping for a curated selection of leather goods, accessories, and eyewear that will truly add some flair to your current wardrobe. 


More exciting news from earlier this week here.


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Airports aren’t just gateways to the different parts of the world anymore. They’ve also become places where our globetrotting fashionistas show off their unique looks. Unsure how to fuse trend with convenient comfort? Let these Asian celebrities show you how to make the airport runway your very own.

 


Simply sporty



Singaporean actress Julie Tan is proof that you can never go wrong with athleisure wear. Amazingly, an ensemble consisting of a simple hoodie, yoga pants, and sneakers does wonders as it helps you nail that laid-back look. You won’t even need to worry about managing all the check-in stress because the outfit provides you with the flexibility to run to your boarding gate.


Monochrome essentials




If chic and modern is the way you want to go, then maybe an all-black outfit is the way to go. Like Malaysian TV host Scha Alyahya, you can opt to wear a statement sling bag to contrast and save your look from being plain. With its thick and studded strap, you’ll be sure that all your valuables and necessities are right with you wherever you go.  


Travel smart



If you’re heading to a destination where it’s a bit colder, opt to take a light coat with you. Filipino actress Anne Curtis makes it preppy and casual by overlaying an earthy brown coat on her shirt and sweater combo. A suitcase whose shade compliments your outfit’s palette will also add oomph to your whole look.




Convenient blooms



On the other hand, if you’re off to a country with a warm climate, then florals are your go-to. You can follow SNSD’s Hyoyeon and keep it convenient (and less weighty for your baggage later on) by choosing a one-piece clothing like a romper or a dress, paired with a blazer that you can also use with the other ensembles you’ve got for the rest of your trip. Skip the hassle of having to take your shoes off for security checks by just wearing dainty sandals instead.


Chic comfort



Thai actress Urassaya Sperbund is the epitome of chic in this airport outfit and she shows exactly how to wear comfortable clothing without compromising the silhouette. Although the oversized sweater is paired with denim culottes, she brings the attention back to the waist with her Louis Vuitton belt. Prevent the look from becoming bulky by finishing it with sleek stilettos.



Totally yours



Avoid losing your hand luggage in the sea of black bags around the airport by carrying a personalized tote bag like Japanese model Anne Nakamura. Not only will it have a large enough room for your essentials and extras, but it will also be eye-catching enough to not miss.


(Cover photo from: @urassayas)

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