While there was plenty of international talent at the Audi Fashion Festival—Singapore Fashion Week, in laymen's terms—the region's emerging designers gave a solid performance.
More than anything, I was truly impressed by the workmanship shown in the majority of the new-designer collections. Project Runway-level clothes these were not. Instead, these up-and-coming designers from China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and of course, Singapore itself, debuted well-constructed collection (often with a refreshing point of view). Click through to meet five stand-out designers.
Who: Ong Shunmugam Based In: Singapore Approach: Designer Priscilla Shunmugam takes traditional Asian design elements—nehru collars, cheongsam—and spins them in a decidedly modern way. The local favorite also sells at Pixie Market in New York City.
Who: Issue Based In: Thailand Approach: Beautiful fabrics, beautiful patterns. Very Mary Katrantzou-goes-Japanese, without being too referential.
Who: Christian Dada Based in: Japan Approach: Dada's dark-and-stormy collections are a favorite of Lady Gaga's.
Who: Kaal e Suktae Based In: Korea Approach: Sold at Opening Ceremony in the States, I loved the sporty designer's tattoo print.
Who: Kae Hana Based In: Singapore Approach: Hana's original prints are some of the most distinctive I saw all week. And her show was special, too. The local designer had friends and colleagues walk the runway alongside traditional models.