Unlike the Big Four fashion weeks, events like Audi’s Fashion Festival Singapore are a mix of local designers launching their latest collections and international designers showing theirs for a second time to a new audience. On Friday, Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato showed her fall 2013 collection to Singapore fans, months after debuting it at Paris Fashion Week.
Most definitely the high point of the day’s shows, Chisato’s extreme take on ’50s style—cat-eye sunglasses paired with cat-eye liner; exaggerated polka dots, stripes and flowers—was perfectly kooky and polished. It was also a great example for the city’s emerging designers of what a sellable, wearable, artful line can and should be. There were so many great details—from the incredible black-and-white plastic heels to the sequined lobsters—that it felt like we were seeing it again for the first time.