You can always count on hansel to come up with clothes that are fun, pretty and just the right amount of quirky. Following its well-established tradition of building each season around a cute illustrated character, Ali Baba’s playful but faithful donkey take centrestage for the label’s A/W11 collection, Flyaway Donkey.
Inspired by the magical tales from Arabian Nights, it features earthy desert tones and Jo Soh’s signature hand-drawn prints, which in this case, narrate thrilling adventures involving magic lamps and flying carpets. Fans of hansel’s trademark femininity will also not be disappointed – luscious silk dresses and sweet knit cardigans continue to be a staple in the line-up.
Highlights of this wonderfully whimsical collection include digitally printed cotton/nylon knit dresses that depict the escapades of the aforementioned donkey hero, hello hansel’s bold and graphic Treasure print and voluminous silhouettes in the form of billowing skirts and harem pants. Mixing in pleasingly mellow shades like pink, sand and khaki with a neutral palette of black, grey, navy and cream, it creates a delightfully dreamy effect that is befitting the characters from One Thousand And One Nights.
Adding a cherry to the top of this cake, Singaporean jewellery label, WoonHung, has created an exclusive range of custom-made necklaces to complement the Flyaway Donkey collection. Crafted from inlaid wood of contrasting colours and textures, these necklaces feature the donkey and lamp motifs that can also be found on the clothes. They come in 14k or 18k gold chains, sparkling rhinestone chains and an assortment of matte chains.
Over the last weekend, new styles have hit the Hansel store. The Cut-Out Fit and Flare Shirt Dress (SGD169) is a cute but safe-for-work option while the Flyaway Donkey Knit Dress (shown above, SGD189) is a sweet, printed number that is great for a weekend brunch. Drop by the store to check them out up close and personal!
The Hansel Store is located at #02-14, Mandarin Gallery