Singapore Fashion Week may be over. But before we officially say goodbye, here's our take on the event's best shows and designers
Singapore Fashion Week 2016 may be over, but we’re still buzzing over our favourite collections and ensembles seen during the five-day extravaganza. Attended by fashion’s upper crust, glitterati and social media stars, the event heralded a bold, new direction with an all-Asian powerhouse lineup and a stunning new venue.
Not to worry if you missed our Instagram stories – catch up on all the action with our round-up of our favourite SFGW shows, from dazzling designer debuts to high-profile headliners.
Guo Pei: A theatrical spectacle
Kicking off SGFW was Guo Pei. Theatrics are what we’d come to expect from the Chinese haute couturier, and her Courtyard Collection did not disappoint. Guests streaming into the Supreme Court Terrace were greeted by a makeshift arch draped in a white cloth. As the show started and the lights dimmed to a deep red, the cloth fell in a swoop, revealing a model dressed in a gilded, floor-sweeping, embroidered gown complete with matching headpiece. That level of drama persisted as a cavalcade of opulent confections in modern silhouettes proceeded to cascade down the runway, with some painstakingly encrusted with beads and even Swarovski crystals.
Hardy-Hardy: High on rebellion
Day 2 of Singapore Fashion Week showcased the fashionably rebellious Fall 2016 collection by Hardy Hardy (launched in 2015 as the diffusion line of American street couture label, Ed Hardy). What did we love about the show, you ask? It had something for everyone with womenswear, menswear and even threads for the littles. If you’re spicing up your wardrobe, the ready-to-wear pieces from the Fall 2016 collection, decked with skull motifs inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead festival, will do the trick. Grungy, edgy, and broodingly hip – just a few adjectives to describe the bold pieces that were strutted down the runway that evening. From crystal bead-embellished skull hoodies to movie poster-print hoodies, the array of well-crafted outerwears definitely stole the show. Our top favourite? The leather biker jacket (for both sexes) took our breath away. We, too, wanna look that cool.
Sheranut: Sophisticated safari style
The second day of Singapore Fashion Week ended with a show-stopping presentation by Sheranut (a womenswear label by Thai actress and singer, Namcha Sheranut Yusananda). It goes without saying that we were truly impressed with the show; Sheranut truly outdid herself by pushing the limits of fashion and showcasing her bravery (and creativity!) through her head-turning Fall/Winter 2016 collection. Deriving inspiration from wildlife and the African tribal people, her collection – which consists of pantsuits, dresses, jackets, tops and bottoms – cleverly encapsulates the notion of strong, independent women. The highlight of the collection? Definitely the Are You With Me Body Suit – sexy, unique choice of fabrics, and truly avant-garde, this body suit is a sartorial must-have!
exhibit: That ’70s redux
Street style star, Yoyo Cao, is by no means an ingénue to Singapore Fashion Week. Returning to the runway for a third year in a row, exhibit Fall/Winter 2016 was easily one of our favourite shows of the night – if not, the entire week. The 30-piece collection bore a decidedly Victorian-meets-Studio 54 vibe – think billowing sleeves, tiered ruffles, slinky slip dresses, and crushed velvet suits – that all came together in a strangely wearable (and covetable) way. In the age of Instagram, this is definitely one collection that’ll help step up your #OOTD game.
Chi Chi Von Tang: Anime superhero
Just who is Chi Chi Von Tang? Well, if you don’t already know by now, she is the crime-busting fashion vigilante who made her debut at the ‘Anime’ collection presentation last Friday. While the “Mysterious Superhero” theme was a little too campy for our liking, the collection nonetheless showcased some standout pieces like CCVT’s signature Mandarin jackets (always a crowd-pleaser), modernised Cheongsam dresses, and vibrant Chinoserie duster coats that we predict will appeal to fans of the East-meets-West aesthetic. The original comic prints (created specially for the label by Canadian-Chinese artist, Liao Mujia) which adorned several of the pieces was another nice touch.
Naeem Khan: Red carpet-worthy wearables
Saturday’s Naeem Khan show marked the debut of the famed Indian designer in Asia. Though known for his signature elaborate gowns, Khan previously asserted that this collection would mark a return to his Halston roots with cleaner silhouettes and daywear. Women of all types were certainly catered to here, with wearable colour-blocked jersey dresses, peasant-style off-shoulder floral maxis and knee-length shift dresses. But it was his trademark showstoppers that had us reeling: from neon flapper frocks that shimmied down the runway and billowing capes, to floor-length embroidered gowns, we were left gasping for more.
Stolen: Fashion as performance art
Elyn Wong of local label, Stolen, bucked the trend of the traditional runway for her debut showcase at SGFW – and her efforts paid off. At the heart of the auditorium foyer of the National Gallery was a platform made up of golden cubes of varying heights. Kicking off with a soliloquy, the intimate show featured models switching between standing stock-still, and sprawling on chairs as strobe lights flashed. But the spectacle did not trump the clothes; presented in a palette of soft neutrals, ensembles combined soft draping with architectural pleats, with Stolen’s signature, sensual exposed backs frequently on display.
Self-Portrait: Leather meets lace
What had made Self-Portrait famous – we’re referring to Han Chong’s perfectly imperfect guipure-lace-and-sheer-panels constructions – took a backseat for its new Spring ’17 collection. Of course, there were still a handful of dresses in Chong’s signature (we were smitten with a white ruffled one-shoulder piece with a nipped waist, and a nude strappy number with cutouts and a skirt of slashed lace ribbons), but it was clear Chong wanted to do more than just pretty. He gave his girlish aesthetic a lot more edge with a couple of patent leather pants, military skirts and big buttons on tailored mini dresses, shirts, jumpsuits and trousers. Admittedly, we weren’t blown away by the non-lace numbers, which felt a little disparate from Self-Portrait’s mainstays, but we’re still lusting after those frilly tea dresses.