Singapore Fashion Week

Asian designers thrill with myriad looks

Taiwan-born designer Jason Wu's runway show (above) at Singapore Fashion Week was held at the National Gallery Singapore's Supreme Court Terrace. Outfits by Singapore label Feayn (top) and Indonesian designer Dian Pelangi (above) were also featured.
Taiwan-born designer Jason Wu's runway show (above) at Singapore Fashion Week was held at the National Gallery Singapore's Supreme Court Terrace.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Taiwan-born designer Jason Wu's runway show (above) at Singapore Fashion Week was held at the National Gallery Singapore's Supreme Court Terrace. Outfits by Singapore label Feayn (top) and Indonesian designer Dian Pelangi (above) were also featured.
Outfits by Singapore label Feayn (above) and Indonesian designer Dian Pelangi were also featured.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Taiwan-born designer Jason Wu's runway show (above) at Singapore Fashion Week was held at the National Gallery Singapore's Supreme Court Terrace. Outfits by Singapore label Feayn (top) and Indonesian designer Dian Pelangi (above) were also featured.
Outfits by Singapore label Feayn and Indonesian designer Dian Pelangi (above) were also featured.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The event featured more than 50 designers from 11 Asian countries, up from 40 designers from five Asian countries last year

New York-based designer Jason Wu, 35, brought edgy feminine chic and patchwork prints to the last night of Singapore Fashion Week 2017 last Saturday.

His Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection featured layered pleat dresses and drawstrings woven into sleeves and skirts to create a folded texture.

The Taiwan-born designer, whose fans include former United States first lady Michelle Obama and actresses Reese Witherspoon and Diane Kruger, showcased his collection at the National Gallery Singapore's Supreme Court Terrace.

His show was the penultimate one for the three-day fashion event, which closed with a runway show by local fashion label Arissa X by Arissa Cheo.

Home-grown designer Cheo showcased a 30-piece collection with a grungy office girl aesthetic of off-the-shoulder shirts and ruffled asymmetrical skirts.

This year's Singapore Fashion Week, with 13 runway shows, focused on Asian designers.

More than 50 designers from 11 Asian countries were featured over three days, up from 40 designers from five Asian countries over five days last year.

Singapore labels that took part in the event included fashion label Laichan and contemporary womenswear label Exhibit.

Modest fashion targeting Muslim women was also highlighted this year with three shows featuring established designers from the region, including Malaysia's Jovian Mandagie and Indonesia's Dian Pelangi.

The latter sent bold prints, stripes and colours with bright embellishments down the runway, while Mandagie showcased sportswear-inspired looks with lots of pleats and fringing in a blue cotton and denim, embellished with tiny red glass beads.

Besides runway shows, this year's Singapore Fashion Week also included a series of technology talks with about 20 speakers, including digital influencers Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl and Shini Park of Park & Cube, who spoke about brand marketing in a social media-driven world; and local clothing brand Love, Bonito's co-founder Rachel Lim, who shared her experience in online and offline retail.

Regional brand manager at Zalora Karisa Sukamto, 24, who attended seven shows, said the annual event is always a place where the most stylish people gather to celebrate their love of fashion.

She said: "It's great to see the designers and inspirations of what's on trend."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2017, with the headline 'Asian designers thrill with myriad looks'. Print Edition | Subscribe