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Designer Feature: Sab Five Five

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Celebrating in the theme of ecological fashion, Sabrina Wong’s label Sab Five Five brings a fresh sense of diversity with her edgy Eastern designs in the West Australian fashion scene. At a young age Sabrina’s love for the arts and fashion has allowed her to exercise creativity using clothes bought from thrift stores. Now she’s a leading fashion designer specialising in sustainability and reinvention in her designs, transforming them into wearable art. With a flagship store in Claremont since 2005, Sab Five Five “is a place for people who have an appreciation of art and who are inspired to discover their own unique style”. It has also been worn globally in its tapping into the worldwide market. Wong’s designs are one of the leaders in evolving genderless and androgynous streetwear with quality pieces fit for versatility and personal styling – and she’s been rocking this (along with her eco-conscious design production) since before it became a trend in the wider fashion world, appealing to the more alternative fashionistas.

Sabrina Wong’s designs offer something new to the table, edgy, unconventional silhouettes, oriental, and genderless yet a little bit feminine, with native and tribal elements inspired by Asian cultures from Brunei to India and her roots. Her pieces are made with flowy fabrics such as linen for softness and lightweight breathability in neutral earth tones, and pieces made from the deconstruction and reconstruction of pre-owned items, ensuring that nothing is wasted in the process. But the label is not only leading in eco-conscious fashion but is proud to be ethical when it comes to workshop manufacturing.

For those who didn’t study fashion but are trying to get into the fashion industry, you can relate to Sabrina Wong – who didn’t get “proper” training or attend fashion school. It was her experience with marketing in the fashion industry all over the world that has led her to where she is today. Her work has impressed many in the fashion world, just as when Wong presented her Son of Soil collection at this year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival where she displayed new designs with similar elements that have resonated within her work, such as the tribal and ethnic elements, flowy fabrics and neutral earth tones – but the way the colours are utilised in the design composition bring the garments to life. It’s great to see a talented local designer drift away from the trend culture of western fashion and just do something different. Wong’s designs appeal to the more accessible, or the more eco-minded crowd, and it will be interesting to see where her direction will lead her next.

Photography by Khaliq Roziman and Wilson Lau

HMUA by Jason Chung

Styled by  Hariz Khalid

By Ariel Nanagas