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Published: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 9:42:37 AM

Runway revelry at Singapore Fashion Week 2013

South Korean megastar Rain was the celebrity guest at MCM’s showcase.

South Korean megastar Rain was the celebrity guest at MCM’s showcase.

There were plenty of highlights at the recent Fashion Week 2013 in Singapore.

FROM the appearance of superstar Rain to clothes inspired by the mythical Chimera, the recent Fashion Week 2013 in the Lion City had these exciting elements, and more.

Presented by The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and organised by FIDé Fashion Weeks, it was held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

The 11-day fashion extravaganza saw designers from all over the world showcasing men’s and women’s prêt-à-porter and couture collections. The fashion hall, where the shows took place, was set-up with a 50m long runway and a capacity of 600 seats.

These were among the highlights:

Michael Cinco

Cinco is a couturier from the Philippines who has been based in Dubai for the last 15 years. He showed why he is at the top of his game with a near-perfect collection inspired by the Spanish dress. Cinco’s interpretations of the sexy flamenco gown were manifested in sheer silk tulles, French laces, heavy beads and embroidery. The three main colours were skin nude, lipstick red and gothic black. One key black and maroon gown with a cascading multi-tiered train used as much as 200m of tulle embroidered at the hems, and took five helpers to carry it from the changing room to the back of the stage. Upon close inspection, Cinco’s workmanship was close to flawless; there were no loose threads nor unfinished seams. Cinco’s celebrity fans include Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara, Britney Spears, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez and Ciara.

Drama mama: Inspired by the Spanish dress, Michael Cinco¿s interpretations of the sexy flamenco gown were manifested in sheer silk tulles.
Drama mama: Inspired by the Spanish dress, Michael Cinco's interpretations of the sexy flamenco gown were manifested in sheer silktulles.

The skies were clear when South Korean megastar Rain showed up in the late afternoon at MCM flagship boutique’s opening at MBS. As expected, fans staked out precious real estate at the hotel lobby, waiting to catch a glimpse of their idol, who was the celebrity guest. Making his appearance at 6pm, Rain breezed in and took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the first MCM boutique in South-East Asia. After the opening, guests – numbering 1,000 – were all psyched up for the fashion show. The collection, named Flower Boys In Paradise, was fresh and invigorating, quite unlike what MCM had done before. Florals and pastels dominated the runway, with bright punches of neon green, pink, electric yellow, metallic silver and gold. The duster coat and motorcycle jacket were given a fun interpretation. Bags were termed as the season’s must-haves – backpacks, carryalls, small clutches, large envelopes – with the gamut of shapes and colours, incorporating the floral motif. South Korean actors and models Sung Hoon and Shin Woo also took to the stage to the audience’s delight.

Vatit Itthi

Vatit Itthi was about an ¿old school, new world¿ attitude.They used draping, sheer overlays and embellishments of handmade delicate silk flowers and strategic beadwork.
Vatit Itthi was about an 'old school, new world' attitude. They used draping, sheer overlays and embellishments of handmade delicate silk flowers and strategic beadwork.

This Thai duo comprising Vatit Virashpanth and Itthi Metanee – better known as Vatit Itthi – started the line in 2002 in Chicago. They then moved back to Thailand to carry on their line of red-carpet gowns. For their showcase in the Lion City, fresh from Bangkok’s Elle Fashion Week, it was about an “old school, new world” attitude. Adapting “old” silhouettes inspired by World War II, they used draping, sheer overlays and embellishments of handmade delicate silk flowers and strategic beadwork.

On Aura Tout Vu

On Aura Tout Vu's showcase aimed to highlight the ¿cerebral¿ and ¿skeletal¿ connectors of the human mind and body.
On Aura Tout Vu's showcase aimed to highlight the 'cerebral' and 'skeletal' connectors of the human mind and body.

This label by Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov showcased 29 looks. They decided that they wanted to switch it up and showed part of their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection in the beginning and part of their Spring/Summer 2013 collection for the second half. So the audience got to see the “dark” before transitioning into “light”. Beetle wings were cleverly attached to create shapes and forms while plexiglass was specially cut out to create the “cerebral” and “skeletal” connectors of the human mind and body. Most well-known for their stunning jewellery pieces, the On Aura Tout Vu show was a particularly interesting one as clothes took the limelight with crystals taking a backseat.

Julien Fournié

A dramatic evening gown from Julien Fournié, touted as the man of the hour as he showed his haute couture range.
A dramatic evening gown from Julien Fournie, touted as the man of the hour as he showed his haute couture range.

A recognised invited member of the La Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Julien Fournié has worked with brands such as Celine and Jean Paul Gaultier, and is one of the most exciting designers to watch. For this fashion week, Fournié is the man of the hour as he showed his haute couture range as well as a collaboration collection. Showing 22 looks, his silhouette is that of an elongated feminine form, very much inspired by Italian painter and sculptor Modigliani, who worked mainly in France. According to Fournié, it is also to depict the mythical animal, the Chimera. Colours are in the chocolate palette, inspired by Austrian symbolist painter, Gustav Klimt. He showed sinuous silhouettes and exaggerated the elongation with sky-high stilettos by Walter Steiger, strategically-placed crystals, leather strips, fur trims and hand-painted prints by his good friend, artist Anbraude. It all looked simple, but the execution is pure haute couture in terms of its cut and fit.

Moiselle

A girlish look from Moiselle's Fall/Winter 2014 collection, themed Lost In Russia.
A girlish look from Moiselle's Fall/Winter 2014 collection, themed Lost In Russia.

This is a label known for its stylish designs, high-quality European fabric and exquisite craftsmanship since its debut in 1997. Showcasing its Fall/Winter 2014 Lost In Russia collection, the covetable 44 ensembles were modern and classic with a hint of femininity through the floral references on almost every style. Key pieces include the elongated overcoats (to be worn over your separates or over a dress) and swishy flare skirts (shirt blouse and jacket for a masculine-feminine look or with a frilly top for the girl-next-door persona).

Germain

Germain, a Parisian womenswear brand, did an about-turn from feminine and girly looks with its Monoplay range.
Germain, a Parisian womenswear brand, did an about-turn from feminine and girly looks with its Monoplay range.

A Parisian womenswear brand that did an about-turn from feminine and girly looks with its Monoplay range, skewed towards the young and trendy girl-about-town. Contemporary styles with a slight edge, the 36-ensemble collection was mostly in black and white, either colour blockings or printed and punctuated with a dash of neon pink, cobalt blue, lime and chartreuse. Luxury materials like tweed, wool, leather and fur ensured the pieces stood the test of time.

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