RCHE CELEBRATES TEACHERS’ DAY 2012 Raffles College of Higher Education (RCHE) celebrated Teachers’ Day on th 7 September 2012 in the RCHE Campus. Lecturers and staff were treated to a buffet spread while they celebrated another successful year of competition wins and public recognition. RCHE would like to thank our lecturers for a job well done and we look forward to another fruitful year for the school and their students.
RMI ORGANISES CHARITY FASHION SHOW LA SOIREE BLANCHE Students from Raffles Merchandising Institute (RMI) organised a charity fashion show La Soiree Blanche, th which means “an evening in white” in French, on 9 September 2012 at nightlife venue Zirca.
RCHE ATTENDS TRIUMPH’S 40TH BIRTHDAY BASH Triumph, a long-term industry partner of RCHE, has invited the school to attend th their 40 Birthday Bash held at Alkaff th Mansion on 15 August 2012. Vice President of South East Asia Operations (East) Ong Kai How, and Principal and Programme Director Professor Joe Spinelli represented the school and th attended the event. Guests were treated to the 40 Anniversary Fashion Show inspired by the theme “Queens of the World”, which showed off Triumph’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.
Attendees – all dressed in white - were treated to a fashion show by owner of local label SPUNKPUNKFUNK Jen Su, a lucky draw, and entertaining performances by celebrities such as Abigail Chay and Yit Hann. Funds raised were donated to a children’s charity organisation.
RAFFLES DOMINATE IN AUDIO TECHNICA BLUEPRINT COMPETITION Raffles Designers took up five out of ten finalist slots as Angela Amanda Suwanda went on to win the AudioTechnica (AT) Blueprint Competition. The other finalists are Cynthia Salim, Evadne Setia Oetama, Sutowar Lai and Ngo Dang Phuong Anh. Contestants were required to design AT’s ATH-SJ33 white headphone to express “What Music Means to Me”. Finalists had their prototypes displayed at COMEX 2012, where over a million visitors got to vote for their favourite headphones.
(Clockwise from Top): The designs of Sutowar Lai, Cynthia Salim, Ngo Dang Phuong Anh, winner Angela Amanda Suwanda and Evadne Setia Oetama.
REEBONZ ‘PIMP YOUR VAN’ COMPETITION
Raffles Designer Sansiani Martin (whose design is shown on top) has won the inaugural Reebonz “Pimp Your Van” competition while fellow classmate Kevin Aderland (bottom) came in second. Their performance is remarkable as they jointly received more than half of the total number of public votes. Contestants created stylish designs to decorate Reebonz’s delivery van. Sansiani won after her classy envelope design received more than 2,000 votes, out of a total of 6,000. Raffles Designers Joyee Koo and Clarissa Sulaeman were also among the finalists.
‘KOPITIAM CHAIR’ EMERGES AS FINALIST Pan Weigen’s ‘Kopitiam Chair’ (left) has emerged as a finalist in the inaugural The Space Nurtures competition. Participants were required to apply modem design elements onto the iconic Vitra Panton chair and submit a conceptual sketch. Finalists would then be required to create a prototype. The prototype was exhibited in the Space Asia Hub from th th 30 August 2012 to 9 September 2012.
RAFFLES MAKES WAVES IN PROJECT RUNWAYS
RCHE is proud to have the production team of Project Runway Korea Season 4 filming episode 12 in the Raffles Singapore campus. Filming took place in our th th college from 10 to 12 January 2012, where five remaining contestants in the competition created their fashion pieces from scratch in an attempt to impress judges and avoid elimination. The episode was aired in South Korea th on 14 April 2012. RCHE is also proud to have Raffles Fashion Graduate Paul Nathaphol emerging Top 6 in Project Runway Thailand 2012, and also winning a challenge. He is the only foreign graduate who qualified for the show, which received more than a thousand applications. He currently has his collection retailing in Raffles Privato.
WORKSHOP ELEMENTS LAUNCHED ON 17 AUG Raffles Design Alumni Mr Alfie Leong had officially launched a brand new retail store W.E. (Workshop Elements) with a th private party on 17 August 2012. The store features an all local cast of 19 brands and 16 fashion designers – a first of its kind in Singapore. Included among the ensemble are labels from other Raffles graduates: Afton Chen (Reckless Ericka), Eve Tan (Eve) (bottom) and Vicky (Burgundy). The temporary store – it will only stay open for eight months - is open daily from 11am to 10pm at Wisma Atria, #0316 to #03-49, 435 Orchard Road.
NATION PRIDE 2012 Raffles Design Graduate Lee Yun Ting, founder of fashion label ‘Episene’, was part of the team which launched a special collection in ‘Nation Pride 2012 – th Everyday Belonging’ to mark Singapore’s 47 birthday. Her work was showcased at the “Nation th Pride 2012 – Everyday Belonging” exhibition from 4 th August 2012 to 12 August 2012 in PARCO Marina Bay. Proceeds were donated to special needs artists under The Everyday Revolution (TER).
JOE CHIA IN 20 BY TWO Raffles Alumni Joe Chia was one of the designers who debuted their latest collection in 20 By Two – Fashion Beyond Borders, a pop-up store bazaar which assembled 20 talented designers from Singapore and Malaysia. The event, organized by online fashion platforms FashionSpace and Tongue in Chic, th th was held in The Red Dot Museum from 6 to 8 September 2012. The Malaysian leg of 20 By Two th th was held in Kuala Lumpur from 14 to 16 September 2012. Joe would also continue to be involved in the webstore http://20bytwo.com which st remains open till 31 October 2012.
EXPERIENCE SHARED WITH JEWELLERY DESIGNERS Meera Gautam Uttamchandani, a founder of Mahika Diamond Jewellery which recently expanded into Singapore, visited the school to share her entrepreneurship experience in the jewellery industry. Besides sharing her business experience in India, Meera also gave tips on setting up a business in Singapore. She also brought along some of her collections for students’ viewing.
FEATURE: MICHELLE DOHO 20-year-old Michelle Doho, who won second runner up in the prestigious Singapore Jewellery Design Award 2012, recently gave us an interview, revealing her joy of studying in Raffles. “Studying jewellery in RDI allows students to be more focused
and competent in designing and making jewellery,” she said. “The lecturers are very helpful in supporting our ideas, in deciding concepts, in making products, as well as in time management. Our school and lecturers also help to prepare us to join the jewellery design industry in the future.”
RDI: AN ATTRACTION AT STGCC 2012 RDI was part of the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention st (STGCC) held on 1 nd and 2 September 2012. This year’s edition of the annual event, which drew close to 35,000 fans, was organised in Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. Visitors to the RDI booth were treated to hands on demonstrations of character sculpting, games and interactive multimedia on the first day, and of caricature drawings and 3D modelling on the second day. They also had an opportunity to interact with Raffles Designers and have a hands-on experience in these fun filled activities.
SPEAK GOOD ENGLISH MOVEMENT 2012
RDI is proud to be a partner in the Speak Good English Movement’s 2012 campaign. To reinforce the tagline of this year’s campaign – Make Good English Stick – Raffles have skilfully used bright multi-coloured Post-it Notes to produce garments and wall murals. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, the Minister for Information Communication and the Arts, was present at the launch of the Speak Good English Movement 2012, th held at the Botanic Gardens on 27 September 2012. Our students’ creations were showcased at the launch of the campaign where models strutted down the runway showcasing the colourful pieces. The dresses would be consecutively exhibited in five shopping malls - namely Nex Shopping Centre, Millenia Walk, Wisma Atria, Bugis+ and Bugis th th Junction – from 28 September 2012 to 11 November 2012.
RAFFLES REDEFINES DENIM WITH GAP SINGAPORE Raffles Designers were invited by GAP Singapore to collaborate in the ‘Denim Redefined’ project, where students used their design skill sets and creativity to create new sets of denim jeans to woo and impress audiences. Selected students were in Vivocity’s GAP store to present their customised jeans during the launch of GAP’s Fall/Winter 2012 Collection. Their creations would also be showcased in Wisma Atria and Centrepoint.
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RACE STUDENTS FEATURED IN THE SUNDAY TIMES Two students from Raffles Academy of Continuing Education (RACE) were featured in a special feature th in The Sunday Times on 19 August 2012. Ms Rashoo Naseem, from Professional Diploma in Fashion Marketing and Management, and Ms Julia Lie, from Professional Diploma in Fashion Design, expressed their satisfaction after enrolling into the course.
Besides spending three days in school, Ms Rashoo is currently undergoing apprenticeship at Les Affaires for two and a half days. She said the timetable provides a suitable mix of classroom and real work experience for students. “I am confident this programme will allow me to restart my career as a professional in the fashion industry,” she said. Julia is also optimistic about the programme and her job prospects, “I’m really enjoying the course so far. I get to apply my understanding and knowledge immediately and effectively in the real fashion industry, and see the results first hand instead of just learning in a classroom.” The second batch of students in RACE will start their lessons in October 2012. The next intake will be offered in January 2013.