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Kotmj's trip to Singapore, that wasteland of yore

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Day 1

 

A great view from the room at Swissotel!

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Dressed for a dinner

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The dinner

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Lorenzo Ferrari of E. Zegna. The back doesn't clean up regardless (I walked behind him for 15 seconds).

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After the dinner, preparing the display jackets for the competition the next day

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Day 2

 

There are two categories for display jackets: conservative lounge and "fashion".

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Apart from the display jackets which showcase coatmaking skill, there is the part where the representative from each country construct a baste jacket to fit a model.

 

The Koreans

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Day 2 continued

 

So here I am at a 24-hour Starbucks sipping Indian "Chai" tea. I once bought the spice for Masala tea in Klang but never got around to using it (I almost never drink black tea).

 

My two favourite jackets from the display jacket competition. None won a single prize. I dunno WTF the judges there are looking for.

 

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Snaps of the jackets that did win. Curious to see what sorta standards the "professionals" expect in this region.

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The dinner

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Wow, Monsieur kotmj, how did you get invited to this event?


Bonjour, je m'apelle Pierre Hermé (avec accent aigu é).

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Day 3

 

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The previous night the winning display jackets were announced. The jackets above were already sorted according to the winners. I managed to buy two of the mannequins as the evening drew to a close for S$70 per piece.

 

The contestants had altered the jackets they made for a model. My favourite team is from Korea, not necessarily for technical competence, but for their relaxed approach to tailoring. The Taiwanese team was damned kiasu, they were so intensely competitive, it was difficult to like them.

 

The Korean fitter. Interestingly, the fitter is not the cutter.

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I like this man. He has a constant cheerful disposition and his movements are graceful and polished.

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This back view is from the Taiwanese submission. You see now why the model was chosen.

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The judges. "I felt like I was molested," the model admitted to me during the gala dinner.

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The Korean tailor of my favourite jacket. It won third prize. It should have won first prize.

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Dressed for the black tie gala dinner. I don't own black tie attire, so this will have to do.

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Great pictures, Zegna, that mediocre brand with the best marketing on the industry. They just released a limited edition of megaexpensive machine done shirts called Giza 90 ,trying to fool ignorants that a Giza 90 cotton, ( May be if has been genetically enhanced ) as the Giza 45 is called that because the flower of that coton is 4.5 centimers long, the longest one.


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The gold medal jacket? This:-

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No wait, that may have been the wrong pic.

 

 

I think the mannequin is making a female pose. Maybe this suit is marketed to the drag kings. :mellow:


Bonjour, je m'apelle Pierre Hermé (avec accent aigu é).

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Joon, my thoughts exactly although the colors are a bit out there the jackets all rounds looks nice. The Korean jackets has lovely checks and i like how the checks came out seamlessly.

 

Kotmj, you should start a DJ prototype call it the Sultan.

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Just reached home. With a sleep debt that puts the Spanish financial one in perspective. Thing is, I have many things to do tomorrow and on Sunday.

 

I went trimmings shopping with a bunch of other tailors in S'pore and it was very fruitful.

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The winning coat looks pretty good to be honest? why dont you like it, kotmj?

It is an awesome jacket, but I prefer the chest convexity, lapel and front edge design, not to mention the fabric choice in the Korean submission.

 

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^As I said, an awesome jacket.

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Not all submissions are that successful...

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The canvas is corrugated and shows through...

 

 

For the contest that involved a live model, let me show you the best and the worst...

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Hwa Seng Textiles was an exhibitor at the conference. When I saw the shirred sleeveheads of Hwa Seng's boss, I took this pic and asked him if he got it made in Naples. "It was made in Singapore," he gleefully replied.

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There were three sessions in the live model contest. The first was the measurement taking session. The second was the first fitting. The third is where the altered jacket is put on the model on-stage to be passed final judgement.

 

Here you see the Korean fitter during the first fitting

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Day 2 was a day of great activity. At least three things were going on simultaneously: A Korean was lecturing about pattern-making for the Neapolitan style of jacket, the contesting teams from the various countries were busy sewing, and Mr Liang from Taiwan -- the man who submitted the 1st prize display jacket -- was giving a demo on coatmaking.

 

The man seated in the center is Mr. Liang.

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Demonstrating the shaping of the canvas

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On the night of Day 3, a bunch of us Malaysians wanted to go see the new casino at Marina Bay Sands. It was 11:30 p.m. and I was waiting in the lobby for the others when one came down and told us that Mr. Liang is doing a patternmaking master class in the room of one of the Singaporean tailors. We abandoned our casino plans and stormed the room. The class went on to 1:30 a.m.

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