Singapore Fashion Week wraps up on high note

Mashizan Masjum presented a collection that featured geometric heels and glittery metallic colours, on the event's main stage at the National Gallery Singapore.
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Singapore Fashion Week ended with a flourish, as local luxury shoe brand Mashizan and London-based contemporary label Self-Portrait closed the glitzy event on two runways at the National Gallery Singapore.

The shows wrapped up a five-day extravaganza of collections from Asian designers that dazzled more than 6,000 guests.

Self-Portrait, launched by Malaysia-born designer Han Chong, closed the event on its main stage with an upbeat 15-minute show. The collection featured his distinctive use of lace contrasted with edgier, masculine silhouettes.

Feminine ruffles were paired with military skirts, while lace dresses were made sexy with asymmetrical off-the-shoulder styles.

Over at the second stage in the auditorium foyer, Singaporean shoe designer Mashizan Masjum presented a collection featuring glittery metallic colours and geometric heels. The label, founded in July last year, has been seen on singer La Toya Jackson and other celebrities.

This year's Singapore Fashion Week was not only staged at an impressive new venue - it was previously held at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza - but also had a new focus on Asian talent. Twenty of its 22 shows featured Asian designers, a significant increase from the eight highlighted at last year's event.

Big names this year included Chinese designer Guo Pei, famed for the ornate canary-yellow gown worn by singer Rihanna at last year's Met Gala. Another couturier was New York-based Indian-American Naeem Khan, whose dresses are beloved by United States First Lady Michelle Obama.

Apart from Mashizan, Singapore's signature fashion event also feted local labels such as Arissa X by Arissa Cheo, Max.Tan by Max Tan, Aijek by Danelle Woo and Ong Shunmugam by Priscilla Shunmugam. It was organised by marketing and communications agency Mercury M&C.

Designer Han Chong was honoured to close Singapore Fashion Week on the main stage, saying: "It was my first time showing in Asia. To be able to show in front of friends and family who could make it was exciting."

Marketing executive Shikin Rosli, 25, who attended eight shows, including Self-Portrait, said the gallery gave the event an air of luxury. "I like that the venue offered two stages which gave audiences very different experiences."

Singapore Fashion Week 2016 highlights

  • Singapore Fashion Week ended with a flourish, as local luxury shoe brand Mashizan and London-based contemporary label Self-Portrait closed the glitzy event on two runways at the National Gallery Singapore.
  • Singaporean shoe designer Mashizan Masjum presented a collection featuring glittery metallic colours and geometric heels.
  • The label,has been seen on singer La Toya Jackson and other celebrities.
  • Self-Portrait, launched by Malaysia-born designer Han Chong, closed the event on its main stage with an upbeat 15-minute show.
  • The collection featured his distinctive use of lace contrasted with edgier, masculine silhouettes.
  • Feminine ruffles were paired with military skirts, while lace dresses were made sexy with asymmetrical off-the-shoulder styles.
  • Embrace chokers, crop tops, and high-heeled combat boots as Arissa Cheo shows you how to slay the 90s trend with a larger-than-life attitude, a bit of skin and lots of bling.
  • The Arissa X girl that she is designing for is "not perfect, not premeditated" and definitely too cool to care. You have to be game enough to wear it.
  • For his debut runway show in Asia, New York-based red carpet designer Naeem Khan sent out almost his complete Spring Summer 2017 collection of gorgeous, colourful, embellished, glamorous bling-tastic pieces.
  • From the opening looks that were flowing, graphically coloured and relatively unadorned, to the closing series of three - yes, three - amazingly embellished wedding gowns via ballgowns
  • Naeem Khan has been worn by celebrities from Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Penélope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Emily Blunt, to Queen Noor of Jordan and the Duchess of Cambridge!
  • If you want something beautiful, joyous and fabulous to wear, this is the designer for you.
  • Modern, architectural, minimalist, Stolen S/S 2017 has stayed true to its signatures, yet still amazed audiences with unexpected cuts and sophisticated origami folds.
  • Leading global jewellery brand and Official Fashion Accessories Partner of Singapore Fashion Week (SGFW), Swarovski, hosted the Swarovski Opening Showcase Party at Smoke & Mirrors in National Gallery Singapore last night.
  • In attendance were local celebrities such as Jeffrey Xu, Hor Ying Ying, Zhang Zhen Huan and Romeo Tan.
  • Also spotted amongst the star-studded crowd were MediaCorp deejays Yasminne Cheng and Jean Danker.
  • In line with Swarovski’s plan to establish Singapore as the hub of fashion in the region, the partnership with SGFW brought influencers, media and guests from around the region to celebrate fashion in a glamorous opening showcase party. This is the first of its kind on such scale, seeing Southeast Asian markets from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, coming together with a common vested interest in celebration of the brand and its initiatives.
  • Superstar Thai actress and singer, Namcha Sheranut Yusananda - or @namcha_tea - already has more than 628,000 followers on Instagram! With the launch of her new fashion brand Sheranut, she's sure to have even more.
  • Aymeric Lacroix, Managing Director of Swarovski’s Consumer Good Business (CGB) Southeast Asia said, "We are grateful for the support and enthusiasm Swarovski has received in Singapore and around the region. We hope to be able to showcase more sparkling facets of Swarovski to everyone through exciting partnerships and events."
  • Launched in 2014, the brand debuted basically on Instagram but quickly turned into a complete label with its own stores in Thailand.
  • The Autumn Winter 2016 collection that showed on the runway for Day 2 at Singapore Fashion Week was definitely 'wild' going by the sounds of the African savannah, the face paint on the models and the animal prints all over the runway.
  • However in courtesy to the passing of the Thai monarch recently, there was a minute of silence before the start of the show.
  • While some people might have questioned the idea of putting white models in African-inspired masks and 'face jewellery', apparently the collection was based on the photography of Michel Comte who is known for mixing fashion and wildlife, and which inspired the designer to "protect each other as well as reminding people to stop animal abuse all over the world … and also reminded [them] of the African tribal people who have lived this way for many millenniums". So that's the reason behind the homage to Africa.
  • The pieces of the collection themselves, without the trappings of the styling, ranged from sexy to outrageously sexy with a fair bit of skin in between that was greatly appreciated by the audience - from those who wanted to wear it, to those who wanted to see other people wearing it.
  • Guo Pei is the Beijing-based couturier who created the much memed yellow gown worn by Rihanna.
  • The 49-year-old designer's evening show opened the five-day Singapore Fashion Week 2016's main stage inside the National Gallery Singapore - one of two stages at the annual event.
  • If anyone was expecting super traditional Chinese outfits from Guo Pei, it was anything but.
  • She made tassels, embroidered trains and brocade look incredibly wearable - modern day luxury and glamour that was restrained and tasteful.
  • Home-grown womenswear designer Max Tan - known for his avant garde designs and exaggerated silhouettes - raised the curtain on the stage at the Auditorium Foyer, marking his SGFW debut.
  • The label Max.Tan was launched in 2010.
  • In the years since then, he has racked up praise for his avant- garde pieces.
  • Tan says: "My clothes are for the sophisticated rebel who appreciates design and wants to be different."
  • The bold and the beautiful of Singapore’s fashion scene gathered for a photo shoot at the National Gallery. They included former models, style icons and fashion bigwigs, chosen to represent over five decades of Singapore’s colourful fashion industry.

melheng@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Oct 31, 2016.
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