Prince of Street-Wear
Article & Photos by Justin Prahlad
Ka Shing might seem like an ordinary teenager, but this 18 year old has wild passions and dreams slowly developing, just like the growing local street fashion scene. His interest in the sphere of street fashion began in his adolescent age as his close friend, who was into high fashion street wear, had influenced him. From his early childhood, Ka Shing has always had a preference to stay away from normalcy. He enjoys being, feeling and looking different from your everyday Singaporean boy-next-door.
Though the seed of interest had been planted in him from an early age, Ka Shing only began actively taking on this style early this year. He claims his lack courage delayed him from trying out this style, but took on the challenge to try it out after realising he “takes pride in looking different from others”. In the beginning, Ka Shing felt insecure and judged for his style, however as time passed, he took pride in it and gained much more confidence for himself.
When asked where his favourite places to shop are, Ka Shing without hesitation firstly mentioned ZARA, as he is a huge fan of sweatpants with many zippers, similar to the hip-hop style. He also patronises local brands such as Localism and Flesh Imp at Orchard Cineleisure, who specialise in fashionable street wear at affordable prices, a particularly important factor for a student as himself. Surprisingly, Ka Shing does not particularly like online shopping, a common trend amongst teenagers now. He explained that he is especially particular about fitting clothes and fears that clothes ordered online might not fit him in the manner he is comfortable in. “People should try on their clothes especially street wear before buying it to make sure it isn't overly loose or too tight”, Ka Shing explained.
Though the street wear community is small, Ka Shing agrees that it is increasing rapidly in recent years. “K-pop does play a large part in influencing people to street wear”, Ka Shing agrees. Though he personally does not take a personal liking to K-pop music, he agrees that some of their style are admirable, and undoubtedly influence teenagers sense of dressing.
Apart from hoodies and thick jackets, Ka Shing thinks that street wear is indeed comfortable and suitable for Singapore’s hot and humid weather. “I consider myself practical. I don't like formal clothes because it’s too hot for that. I prefer casual comfortable clothes, which street wear can fit in”, Ka Shing explains. “For a person who sweats very easily, I think street wear is wearable here!”
That being said, Ka Shing also thinks that certain styles of street wear may not exactly be practical for Singapore’s tropical climate. Instead of buying thick jackets, beanies etc., Ka Shing says it is important for people to choose “practicality over fashion”.
In terms of differences between men and women’s street wear fashion; Ka Shing feels that women have a wider variety of styles to pick from. “Women have the choice to play around with far more accessories and colours to their outifit, while men mostly stick to monochrome colours and minimalism”, Ka Shing elaborates. That being said, sticking to monochrome does make matching of clothes significantly easier.
Other then his love for street fashion, Ka Shing loves aviation, representing his school in flight simulation competitions and dreaming to eventually become a pilot in the future. He also has an interest in music and hope to one day be able to perform publicly. When asked why he has not gone public with his music yet, Ka Shing explains, “First impressions are very important, I want my first performance to be awe-striking”. Be it aviation, music or fashion, Ka Shing is a high aimer and finds joy in being different from the everyday Singaporean, and is certainly worth looking out for in the future.
To all interested in street wear, Ka Shing advices; “I’d say just go for it. If you don't want to look the same the same as everyone else, just do it. Life is too short to be doing something you don't want to do or be”.