Rabak Tinder, Nocturnal Society, and other cool Singaporean Instagram accounts that I've discovered: Screenshots #1
When it comes to matters of diversity, things are definitely looking up within the international modelling scene. In the past five years alone, independent modelling agencies such as Lumpen, Nii, and Lorde Inc have emerged to defy fashion's traditional notion of a cookie-cutter, pale-skinned beauty with an eclectic roster of uncoventional faces and bodies.
On our home turf, though, little has changed until now. BLU Management is that quintessential alternative modelling agency that's changing the tide with some of Singapore's coolest millennial personalities. To be specific, we've got our eye on Spencer and Mako. The sharp fashion editorials that they've racked up prove that young Singaporeans have got what it takes to jostle with the best.
Nothing gets me quite as excited as the in-your-face scent of rebellion. The Young British Artists (YBA) and Vetements' arnachic breakout streaks in the late 1980s and 2000s come to mind as examples. Locally though, these kinds of upstart movements are few and far between, so I was pleased to discover the birth of whynot.works.
Fustrated by the financial and creative barriers that they had experienced while at school, six fashion graduates decided to band together as a collective to put on their own show at The Substation in June. The resulting event was an evocative hybrid of theatre, performance, and runway. Watch this space, because who knows what other disruptions they've got up their sneaky sleeves.
Tinder has single-handedly flipped the whole dating process from approaching a cute stranger in a bar to a virtual free-for-all meat marketplace. It's the price we pay for convenience, but the best part of it has to be the memes, skin-crawling profiles, and ridiculous come-hither pick-up lines.
To get an idea of what Tinder looks like in Singapore, look no further than Rabak Tinder. Since 1 February this year, the account has developed that uncanny ability to distill the most ratchet men on the app. It isn't exactly encouraging for singles, but hit follow, and it'll soon become your go-to for a laugh.
Skateboarding has bled into the mainstream within the past decade with the emergence of streetwear brands such as Supreme and Palace, as well as indie films like Jonah Hill's Mid90s (2018). That influence has obviously trickled down into Singapore, even though skateboarding culture has been relegated to a few tragic spots around the island such as Somerset's age-old skatepark.
That didn't stop skateboarding crew Nocturnal Society from creating their IG presence back in 2014, but it was not until the release of their Mustafa Centre-inspired silkscreened tee that they popped up on insiders' radars. They have since gone from strength to strength, dropping their full-fledged 'Heatwave/Monsoon' clothing collection in January. Just don't click on the link in bio. You've been warned.
We're only half way through the year, but I'm going to call it; "plastic" is 2019's dirty word. All over the world, and in almost every sector from food packaging to textiles, manufacturers are dropping plastic like it's hot and opting for more turtle-friendly alternatives. It's happening because there's been a tsunami-like cultural shift in consumers' mindsets.
In Singapore, an anonymous young girl's plea for her peers to stop using carrier bags for their bubble tea takeaways has grown over two years to become a full-blown viral campaign that's sweeping the country's college campuses. The IG account is packed with heart-warming images of young people going carrier-free during their daily coffee runs and lunch breaks. While the issue of harmful plastics needs to be tackled on a global scale if it's ever going to be solved in our lifetime, it's truly amazing to see what a world of difference one person can make with their platform.
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