Style News: The art of shoes design competition



If you have dreams of being the next Jimmy Choo, this competition is for you.

Learn to design footwear in a four-day course and submit your designs to The Art of Shoes competition. The course and competition are organised by the Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre.

Eight finalists will have their designs prototyped and showcased on the Singapore Fashion Week 2016 runway in October.

The winner will receive $800, a two-month internship as a footwear designer at home-grown shoe label Pazzion, a trip to Micam , an international footwear fair held in Milan, Italy, and a scholarship for a Fashion Technology diploma by the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications worth at least $20,000.

The national footwear design competition is supported by Pazzion, the Employment and Employability Institute, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency and the Textile and Fashion Federation of Singapore. This is the second edition of the competition, which was first held in 2014.

Mr Tom Ng, founder of Pazzion, says: "Through this competition, we hope to identify local design talents and groom them for the world stage. I'm excited to see their fresh interpretations and look forward to mentoring the winner."

Singaporeans and permanent residents can sign up for the competition at from now until June 30.


Taiwanese singer Jay Chou opened his first PHANTACi boutique in Singapore at Orchardgateway last Friday.

Located on the second floor of the mall, the 1,200 sq ft boutique features a hip interior with black-and-white display tables and hot pink shelving (above).

Founded by Chou in 2006, PHANTACi is a streetwear apparel brand. This is the brand’s first overseas boutique outside of Taiwan, where there are four stores.

The Fall/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016 collection is available at the Singapore boutique. Expect a range of graphic print T-shirts and caps for men and women, as well as a limited-edition range of black and gold PHANTACi branded T-shirts and embroidered cap at $63 each.

Prices range from $49 for a women’s crop top to $294 for a polyester winter jacket. There is also a selection of limited-edition New Balance and Nike shoes at $400.

PHANTACi is located at 277 Orchard Road, Orchardgateway, #02-05/06, open daily from 11am to 9pm, tel: 6385-9805.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2016, with the headline 'Style News'. Print Edition | Subscribe