Graduate Collections: Coalesce and Common Community

Fashion students took to the catwalk end May for a two-day-long graduation event, showcasing the collections of NAFA’s finest. We distilled the work by the local students into a round-up which you can eyeball over the next couple of days.

Our first post belongs to the students from the Diploma in Fashion Merchandising & Marketing programme who combine the practical components of design and product development with business skills. Their Final Year Projects showcase a collection of garments under a label for which marketing collaterals and business plans are put forward.

“Coalesce” by Germaine Tan, Soria Janina Deocareza, Ho Pei Ling, Nicole Sim and Yolande Wong

“The launch collection is inspired by visceral fashion trends. “Coalesce” incorporates elements of the human body and technology in the designs. Human organs such as the brain and heart were symbolically linked to their technological counterparts: a computer motherboard and ECG wave pattern. Details on the garments are inspired by digital artwork that fused aspects of the human anatomy with technology. The colour palette is a combination of red and cyan, together with essential tones of black and white. The key silhouettes are boxy and rectangular, drawn from the outline of an artist’s regular canvas.”

“Common Community” by Bernice Chia, Tham Alex Ishibi, Sim Si Xian, Samuel Fung and Cassandra Lee

“Common Community is a lifestyle menswear brand. The label believes in modest modern staples that provide the perfect combination of aesthetics and function. The label’s timeless creations sit in harmony with sustainable fashion, promoting a conscious society which supports slow, instead of fast fashion. Its main objective is to offer understated, reinvented basics, with well thought out proportions, details, finishes and textiles. “Common Community” was born with men who have creative and discerning taste in mind. The label aspires to build a sense of belonging for individuals who appreciate the finer things in life.”



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