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I spent last week in Singapore attending the city's Audi Fashion Festival. To conclude my coverage, I offer you an abbreviated guide to shopping in the city. Shopping for the mall-adverse, that is. Because Singapore—which to me, feels like a cross between Vancouver, Las Vegas and, well, Asia—is filled with malls. If you live in a place that doesn't have Forever 21, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, etc.—or the internet—you might want to visit those malls. But for most of us, a mall is a mall is a mall. These are shops you won't find anywhere but Singapore.
Cities like Berlin, Tokyo and Sydney boast enough local talent recognized internationally to draw a small-but-influential pool of editors and buyers from the US, Europe and still-growing luxury markets including Russia, South America and of course, Asia. But when a city like Singapore throws a fashion week, there's got to be more to it than industry buzz. There's got to be a consumer angle.
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.
Lauded British designer Hussein Chalayan closed Audi's Singapore Fashion Festival on Sunday night, the last of several international designers to show their fall 2013 collections during the week. While the clothes certainly wowed the audience--especially the convertible gowns that models dramatically unleashed while walking down the runway--it was even more fun to chat with Chalayan backstage after the show. The deeply opinionated designer discussed everything from why he'll probably never show at London Fashion Week again, to his ideal fashion cycle.
The international talent at Singapore's Audi Fashion Festival is impressive: Carolina Herrera opened the event, Hussein Chalayan will close it. Friday's schedule featured Tsumori Chisato. And Saturday brought Peter Pilotto, the London-based designer whose lauded collections are just as much about the fabrics and detailing as they are about his memorable computerized prints. I spoke with Pilotto--whose six-year-old business is on the cusp of some big things—just after the show.
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.
There are plenty of emerging Singapore-based fashion labels, but maybe not one so well-supported as the less-than-a-year-old Zardoze, which showed its second ready-to-wear collection Friday at Audi’s Fashion Festival Singapore.