Q&A with Daniel Boey

Style and Creativity are definitely two terms that are associated with Daniel Boey. Avante-Garde and imaginative ideas are just a few things that emanate from his creative mind. With a notable reputation as Singapore's "godfather of fashion" and one of Asia's most-sought after fashion producers and creative directors, it's no wonder how he gained this title. Daniel has worked all over the world in cities like New York and Shanghai, and has an impressive portfolio working with high-end brands (think: Louis Vuitton, Vera Wang, and Jean-Paul Gaultier).  I have a lot of respect for what Daniel has contributed to the Singapore fashion industry into what has become one of the biggest fashion cities in Asia. Through this interview, Daniel discusses the evolution of Singaporean fashion through to his experience as a judge on Asia's Next Top Model.

1. Do you think Singapore fashion has evolved significantly in the last 10 years?
Most definitely, although parts of it have moved in the wrong direction. It's gone from the glory days of Thomas Wee, David Wang and Esther tay, when Singapore designers had fabulous boutiques, massive local support and cult followings, to a time when many Singapore designers are labelled as "cheap street wear", an often-unfair tag. I do see many talented Singapore fashion designers struggling, not for want of talent but for want of support. The ironic thing is, the same designers are fast gathering a following abroad. So I'm grateful to the likes of Robinson's and Parco, who are firm supporters of Singapore designers and give a platform for them to retail. 

2. Has there been an increasing trend of home-grown designers gaining recognition on the international scene?
Yes, thanks to the advent of the Internet social media. Designers also have to realise that whilst it's easy to get noticed, it's also very easy, with one bad collection, to fall spectacularly. the home-grown designers who have gained international recognition have a distinct signature and strong sense of style.

3. Was it always your dream to be involved in the fashion industry?
Actually, no, although, looking back, the signs were all there. I started out with a love of theatre, and realised later on that i loved to create beautiful images and tell stories on stage - and it segued from that to fashion, where the clothes become my script, and the runway or the printed page became my medium for telling those stories.

(above are some of fashion editorials that Daniel Boey has worked on, you can find more here)
4. What do you love about your job?
i love being surrounded by beautiful images, and i am inspired constantly by the designers and creative entities i work with.
being around them, and having creative brainstorms with them give me an amazing high.
plus, being able to shop backstage and having first-hand access to the collections doesn't hurt. 
and the travel is always a perk.

5. You have experienced so many amazing fashion shows and met so many noted fashion icons like Suzy Menkes. What has the overall experience been like?
It's always a surreal experience meeting someone that you've been a fan of, whose work you've always admired from afar, and whose musings and insights about fashion and the industry have shaped your own perception of the industry. Sometimes, the meetings turn out to be better-than-pleasant, and you walk away having gained a stronger insight and a deeper respect for that person - grace coddington, derek blasberg, tim blanks, suzy menkes - i will remain fans of theirs till the day i die !!!!!
sometimes, the bubble is burst and you leave, having had the romanticised vision of the person shattered. But the industry is made up of many different people, and thats what makes it so unpredictable and exciting.

posing with the other judges of Asia's Next Top Model
6. How was your overall experience being a judge on Asia's Next Top Model?
the girls were the sole reason i signed on for the show. to be able to groom and shape them and then see their careers soar as models is reward enough for me. I also realised that there's more bitchiness and backstabbing on a tv show about fashion than there is in the real fashion industry itself !!!! Unfortunately, like fashion, you also get production houses who run away without paying their talent and crew !!!!! However, I've made some great friends along the way - some of the production crew are now working with me on my new show. 

7. You have been referred to as the "Godfather of Singapore fashion"--how do you feel about that?
hahahaha ..... extremely surprised and very flattered. I do my best to help the industry that has embraced me and given me so many opportunities and wonderful memories. 
i find great joy in nuturing young talent and watching them grow into successful businesses,  and become, themselves, mentors to the new generation. 

8. What would you like to see in terms of development/maturity in the Singapore fashion scene?
I would like to see a much greater support for our talent. I wish people would make that choice to buy something because they like it, not because of the designers' nationality or race. Likewise with models - you hire them because they look good in your clothes and help you tell the story, not because of their race or nationality.

9. Finally, what advice would you give to anyone who wants to make it into the fashion industry?
Its a tough industry so once you've made that choice, be prepared for a rough and bumpy ride.
creativity alone does not make a successful label - it's a business so learn to run it like such.
and be prepared to work very very very hard - there are no days off in fashion.
but it's a fab industry, I've had the time of my life, it's given me lots of good ( and occasionally nasty ) moments,  and i wouldn't trade it in for anything else.

Thank-you Daniel for taking the time to answer this interview!



I'm back from Belgium! I had the most amazing time in the grand cities of Hasselt and Brussels. Hasselt  is a small town, just outside of Brussels. I spent the day wandering the cobble stone paths, going to all the humble boutiques, stopping by a charming cafĂ© for lunch. The next day I travelled to Brussels. Being in Brussels was my favourite part of the trip. Brussels is an exquisite city, home to the EU Quarter. While I was making my way up to Boulevard de Waterloo, a fantastic shopping street, I passed some majestic architectures, some of which were even thousands of years old! After shopping we stopped in the Egmont Park, located near a palace of the same name. These gardens were one of the finest I have ever seen! There was a large fountain with staircases flowing down on each side. The whole scene was romantic and heavenly. My stay in Belgium could not be completed without a visit ( or five) to the Belgium chocolate shops! I went to several small boutiques that specialised in selling only the finest chocolate in Belgium, it was a chocolate lovers paradise! I had an absolutely magnificent experience in Belgium, and would love to visit again. 





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Summer is the time when new trends are experimented with. This summer, overalls are proving to be a very popular trend amongst everyone ( I have literally seen everyone wear them in London!). Fashion from the 90s like crop tops and overalls are dominating the shops and you could find these clothes in almost every high street brand. There are a myriad of ways to style overalls and so many to chose from. Floral, polka-dot, and stripes are amid many of the different styles, but denim overalls are definitely my favourite. Not only are they versatile and easy to style with, they are also extremely comfortable and stylish if you know how to style them. If you do own a pair of overalls, my number #1 tip would be to wear a contrasting shirt underneath to enhance an eye-catching effect. Overalls also give off a very relaxed and androgynous mood, and is perfect for summer weather. I have recently purchased one for myself and cannot wait to start wearing it!
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Above, are my favourite street style pictures of ladies adorning the denim dungaree trend. As you can see, they have each styled the trend in an equally unique and trendy fashion. These pictures just prove that there are an endless amount of ways to wear this trend. The first two looks are fairly subdued in light hues of denim, compared to the other two looks which are bolder and more dressed up.

(All sets are made on polyvore, find our polyvore here)

How would you style overalls? 


Summer so far

All photos from weheartit.com 

Summer is finally taking full swing! The weather is hotter, drinks are colder, music is louder and skin gets darker. It is the time of year when you forget about all your worries and all the drama. Summer is when you sit outside for hours, spending time with family and friends in the bright weather. All year people long for summer to come around. This year Mother Nature has really been treating us well in Europe, the weather is hot hot hot! I'm having a great time here in the UK at the moment, and next week I'll be heading off to Brussels! I've never been to Belgium, but I look forward to going there. After that I'll be back home in Norway for a while. 

My summer has been amazing so far, how is yours? Tell me down below!

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